I wanted to introduce Sharon, the author of Roses and Rust Blog. Coming from halfway across the globe, she has inspired me with her wonderful images showcasing a wide variety of design styles from around the world.
As you can see by her header, she loves incorporating antiques, plastered walls and anything old and vintage into her posts and personal design. You can tell that interior decorating and design have been her passions for as long as she can remember.
Sharon, pretty as can be, lives in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa with her husband and four sons!!!
By following her blog, I've gotten to see just what gorgeous surroundings she lives near!!! Every Thursday, she drives to her oil painting class in the Constantia Valley. The house above is a beautiful wine farm named “Buitenverwatchting” which means "beyond expectations". In this post, Sharon researches this type of architecture, prevalent in the area during the 17th and 18th centuries! To see the post, go here.
Reminiscent of a house one would find in Provence, this home is actually in Paarl, a quaint historic town near Cape Town. To see its incredible interiors, go here.
Sharon generously introduces us to South African artisans who are impacting design in her part of the world. This company, African Sketchbook, has a very innovative approach to fabric. Sharon thinks they are very unique, because "each fabric design job starts with two things: a story and a colour palette, two building blocks of great design. Imagine that instead of choosing fabrics to fit your design, you were able to use fabrics born from the design itself".
The manuscripts and motifs on the fabrics and design elements are meaningful and unique to the owners. To read more of this interesting story, go here.
Sharon also shares great do-it-yourself tips on things she has created in her own home like this niche that was originally just a brick wall. Because she couldn't find any pieces that would fit, she built this herself and explains how here.
This was the before - she crafted such a pretty, functional space from this formerly unused area!!
I just love this South African home that she shared on Roses & Rust! The white floors are fantastic!
And the eclectic yet sophisticated dining room of the same home! To see the whole house, go here.
Her posts on kitchens are always informative and feature breathtaking photos. They give a new slant to the traditional kitchens we so often see in the United States!
Always finding innovative ways to make the holidays special, she shares her tips on wrapping!
I don’t garden, but after reading her posts on gardening sheds, I want to start—so beautiful!!! Go here to visit this post.
Occasionally, Sharon explores some fabulous places to stay in Europe... this one's definitely on my bucket list! I love the stone! To see the whole villa, go here.
This French home has an interesting mix of French and Scandinavian furnishings! To find out more about how these were incorporated, go here.
Thank you so much, Sharon, for giving us a glimpse into your part of the world and sharing your wonderful design ideas, inspiration, and just happy living!! It's such a wonderful blog - if you havent visited Sharons blog, it's a must see so click Roses and Rust!
To see a sneak peak of this years 2012 Pink Ribbon House go to the post below!
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