Of hotels and beautiful decor-The Royal Livingstone

I was recently in Livingstone, Zambia. A lovely, one-street town that experiences desert like temperatures but contrastingly also hosts one of the wonders of the world; Victoria Falls or as the locals refers to it, Mosi-oa-Tunya, the smoke that thunders. Over 90million litres of water go down the falls per minute!

It is a magnificent sight and sound!

As the tourist town of Zambia, Livingstone is dotted with hotels and lodges for all pockets and tastes. Hotels are known for going all out on interior decor to create ambiance of luxury, beauty, serenity you name it. All this for their guests enjoyment.

I was blown away by The Royal Livingstone   . The hotel is built in Spanish Hacienda style characterised by burnt orange walls, beautifully placed accessories and use of succulent plants found in deserts.

See its for your self. I started from the inside out. Images courtesy of me!

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Yes even the toilet needs to look nice and ambient! The light above the cistern made a world of difference in this little room that is often forgotten

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Ambient lighting makes a world of difference! Don’t you just love the coloured sink bowls? Notice also the three mirrors above the sink and the wrought iron borders. Creativity!

 

This was outside the washrooms

This beautiful beads were outside the washrooms. This would make a beautiful and inexpensive room divider.

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One of the outdoor seating areas. The lamps and bright stools bring a Moroccan theme to the space

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More outdoor seating space carrying the Moroccan theme with the bright cushions

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Desert like weather conditions call for succulents. The beautifully arranged pots create a nice entry way. Notice the orange building in the background.

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Isn’t that inviting? Notice the attention to balance through plants, curtains, mirror and accessories

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Balance and colour. The single cactus in a large pot looks interesting. This was another entryway to washrooms.

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This wall would otherwise have been boring but it has been peppered with beaded dolls and a seating bench at the bottom

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Beautiful!! This is the entryway to the conference rooms. Everything balances out, the colours and accessories. And yes the carpets are plush! Notice also the curtains that could be closed off to create a ‘room’

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Nice display of artefacts on the consoles along the conference rooms entryway. The mirror reflects the light from the opposite side and brightens the space.

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The curtains bring in of softness. The curtains can be closed off to create a space with different feel for events such as a cocktail.

Hope you enjoyed the beauty as much as i did!! The decorating principles adopted here can easily be replicate din your home. Give it a try.

 

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Bulb Affair

I am sure you have had bulbs blow at the most inopportune times and you cursed them! Well, consider it a blessing from now on.

This past weekend i used some obsolete light bulbs to make a creative centre piece for the house.

We received this beautiful ceramic pot as a wedding gift and i was wondering what to do with it.

The pot. I love the size! Not to big not too small

The pot. I love the size! Not to big not too small

And poof!! the bulb idea lit up!  see what i did there? bulb, lit? It’s a good thing i hoard some items because i know they do deserve another chance at life!

Looks limit could use some excitement

Looks limit could use some excitement

I used what i had in the store. Some gold spray paint.

The gold spray paint

The gold spray paint

Remember this yummy purple colour from the dining area update? Yes that one too.

The colour is Tri Clover

The colour is Tri Clover

And viola!!

My transformed bulbs. Lets call them transformers!

My transformed bulbs. Lets call them transformers!

You can breathe a new lease of life to bulbs! Don’t throw them out! Even the energy saving ones!! Let your imagination and DIY spirit go to work!

 

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Wedding DIY

Hello Guys!

As promised, today’s post is about the DIYs i undertook for our wedding.

A wedding is once in a lifetime event (well that statement can be argued otherwise but today isn’t the day) and what better way to celebrate than with a touch of your personality.

I wanted our wedding to be fun, fun and more fun. Wedding planning in an African setting can be a daunting task!! Everyone wants to contribute their 2 cents, most with the best intentions, but for the bride and groom this can drive you up the wall.

I shall therefore give my few words of wisdom having gone through the process.

1. Start planning early- 1 year to 6months is good time.

2. Look for a one-stop-shop venue – moving from place to place is time, energy and money consuming.

3. Have a checklist and follow it through. I am quite organised so i had an excel sheet with various sheets showing suppliers and their contact details, budget, payment schedules, activity checklist and many others.

4. Decide on what items you will not compromise on and stick to it. Having the groom on your side is VERY important at this point! I was not going to compromise on photography, entertainment, food and decor. Other things i conceded to relatives demands, but those 4 i wasn’t budging!!

5. If you can, get a wedding planner about 2 weeks to the D-day, by then you will have all your suppliers and the planner will only be coordinating them on the day.

6. And finally, take 2 days off before your wedding to just chill! And on the D-day ENJOY yourself!! be deaf and blind to anything not going your way!

Ok, advice done. Let’s look at some pics.

This was a one stop shop. The wedding ceremony, reception, photo shoot and evening party were at the same place Stedmak Gardens in Karen, Nairobi.The layout for the day. All ceremonies were at the same place

The layout for the day. All ceremonies were at the same place but in different spaces

Flowers are beautiful. Very beautiful. But they are also very expensive. We opted to have minimal use of flowers and instead went for other ways to decorate the venue. Thanks to the very creative Betsy and her wonderful team at Exquisite Events By You we achieved this! They did all the tents, chairs, tables and decor.

Aisle, Alter

Aisle, Alter

Thanks to having everything in one venue, we were able to reuse some of the items. The ‘Altar’ which was decorated using the paper flowers and these dangly things that were on sale at House of Leather during christmas came in handy!! The ‘altar’, together with the walkway  and the mini columns were also used to house the cake at the reception area.

Cake gazebo and walkway

Cake gazebo and walkway

The programme

The programme

We didn’t print programmes, we used the board. Besides who does not know what happens at weddings??? Even if you don’t, go with the flow!!

sparkles

sparkles

The table centre piece was my major project. I collected about 170 wine bottles. This i did since we got engaged…a year. The bottles needed to be cleaned and have the labels removed. This was done in partnership with the help of friends in the month leading to the D-day. And we hacked!! To make it sparkle, Ms. Betsy from Exquisite added the gold and silver linings at the mouth of the bottle and viola!!

I also made table numbers using manila paper, string, pen and contoured scissors.

High table

High table

There was a mix of black and red charger plates and table overlays. We only used the water lilies and baby’s breath flowers which in total cost Ksh10,000 from Citi Market.

The cup cakes

The cup cakes

For the cake i had my friend Selian from Creme of Cakes do the cup cakes for me! Everyone ate a cupcake served with fruit and mango mousse!!

Memorable day

Memorable day

And it was a memorable day for us all!!

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Blog lovin

The internet is the coolest invention ever!! The kids born in the age of the internet also referred to as digital citizens, have no idea how lucky they are! The internet presents us with endless possibilities! such as this blog 🙂 !

Today’s post is about blogs and sites where i could get lost for hours, pages that encourage me and give me inspiration to keep blogging. These blogs and sites have the power to improve my dull moods, make sullen days seem that much happier!

Let’s dive in!

1. www.houzz.com

Thousands and thousands of interior photos showcasing different rooms in the house. And the Ideabook! Genius! You can create your dream home right there! A girl can and should dream!!

2. www.lovepomegranatehouse.com   

Her DIY projects are to die for! Her recipes, creative!! Become the total home maker!!

3. www.younghouselove.com

Well they wrote their last post and said they are moving on from blogging. They have however catalogued 900 projects they have carried out over the last 7 years. Amazing journey!!

4.www.decophotoblog.blogspot.com

Interior decor as we know it today wouldn’t exist without skilled photographers. This blog is all about interior photography, the colours, the lines, the contours, the lighting, composition. I could go on!

The blog is in a different language ( I’m yet to figure out which) but the images speak my language!!

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5. www.homedit.com 

Doable DIY projects!! Try them and don’t forget to share!!

6.  Don’t disturb this groove

Her groove should not be disturbed! This blog just warms my heart and stomach thanks to her amazing recopies!!

Dont Disturb This Groove Guest Post

7. http://www.apartmenttherapy.com

Interesting articles. Amazing pictures. Inspiring before and after projects!!

What blogs are you loving?

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