Wednesday, July 18, 2012

West Elm goes to South Africa

I walked into West Elm last week and my jaw dropped when I saw the incredible showcase of furniture and accessories before my eyes. Never mind the enormous graphic with Muizenberg beach in a larger than life print on the wall. I felt homesick and proud all in the same second. I love the fact that I can share these incredible little tidbits from West Elm's site about their explorations and finds in from my hometown (Cape Town) and Johannesburg in South Africa and the collections that they put together with many furniture designers, artists and ceramists. I love the fact that a lot or most of these pieces will not be available forever from West Elm, so they are truly unique. Thanks West Elm for exploring SA! But first enjoy some of the sites and places to eat!
West Elm photo's courtesy of their website and blog.

This used to be my go-to beach area. Lions Head in the background.

We need a shopping area as gorgeous as this in Boston.
Come on, we still have room on that waterfront!

A cable car transports you to the top of this incredible landmark.

Yes, these homes are really that bright and this pretty

These Muizenberg beach huts have been there since I was a 
little girl. Yes, a "bloody" long time ago that is.

I went to Grand Cafe in the Winter after it opened, but need to
get back there on our next trip. Can't beat a meal ON the beach.

These are the artists and gather more information on 

I love John Vogel's furniture line for West Elm
Trust me, even better in person

This reminds me of the Cape Castle and the rooms upon rooms 
that have "riempie" style Cape Dutch furniture

LOVE this console

This pottery wall art is incredible. I have two pieces 
perfectly placed in my newly painted dining room to 
freshen things up

Helen Vaughn Protea piece up close. National flower of SA.

Love these vases from Gerhard Swart and Anthony Harris

This Senufo bench is beautiful. Just no room in my home for it.
At $999 it's a steal for a piece like this.

To end, a few pictures of my dining room update
with my new West Elm Helen Vaughn pieces
This new Benjamin Moore "London Fog"
color is a gorgeous warm gray

This wooden sculpture reminded us of our
butler at our safari lodge, so it became our
little momento from our wedding and honeymoon
in Africa

1 comment:

  1. I agree. I think West Elm has definitely taken it up a notch of late. I had the pleasure of visiting South Africa in 2006 and it is absolutely a beautiful country with beautiful people.