The long awaited change…

Before the new vanity

Before the new vanity

I have been in my current place for seven years now. From the day I moved in I have wanted to get rid of the (dreaded) carpet in the main bathroom. I know right ? What were they thinking to carpet a bathroom.
It was warmer on the feet but apart from that there was NOTHING great about it.
In December I did a minor bathroom renovation, which in included tiling the floor, taking out the sunken basin, resurfacing the vanity, putting in a new stand on top basin and new tap mixer.

 

New Basin and Mixer

New Basin and Mixer

I had an idea for a glass top surface, laid on top of the existing cement vanity. My idea was wonderful but it took a few attempts to get right. It’s a 1.8m stretch of glass. The first sheet of glass broke as it was leaving the factory, the second sheet cracked as the plumber was installing the tap, then eventually the third sheet made it in perfectly. Third time lucky.

Complemented with a wide basin and tall mixer, the vanity top now looks amazing. I am so glad I stuck with it. It’s just a pity the budget didn’t stretch to do the shower conversion at the same time.

Vanity complete

Vanity complete

 

cool and calm

cool and calm

 

My best advice is to get your ideas together. Source a good contractor and then stay close to the project for implementation. So have your ideas ready, stick to them, and put them into action.

There is a wonderful feeling from completing your project and putting your dreams into reality.

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Inspiration from Kamersvol Geskenke

This is one of the annual events I love to attend for inspiration.. Luckily this year I will get to go twice, as the Easter Kamers, was the launch of Kamersvol Geskenke in Jozi (Bryanston). It was a fantastic venue, with great outdoor space for eating, listening to music and chilling with your friends over some craft beer. There is so much to see and I for one always leave with one or two ideas to implement in my home.

I really like what Kamers brings to people, well (south African) made, beautiful, décor, jewellery and clothing.. it is so heartening to see how talented our nation is and to see what new things are being exhibited.

So if this is your thing, get ready to book out the first week of December for Kamers in Pretoria.

Hope you too feel inspired after seeing some of these pics.

Simplicity

Simplicity

 

We are good at using what is lying around or local for the prettiness.

We are good at using what is lying around or local for the prettiness.

 

 

Easter Bunny - all shapes and sizes

Easter Bunny – all shapes and sizes

 

Even grass one's

Even grass one’s

 

Jewellery

Jewellery

 

Reflections

Reflections

Toast

Toast

Local Fauna for fun uses

Local Fauna for fun uses

In case you were wondering

In case you were wondering

Funky lighting

Funky lighting

Clothing Brand

Clothing Brand

Chocolate

Chocolate

Table décor in the eating area

Table décor in the eating area

Think out of the pot!

Think out of the pot!

what else can eggs be used for

what else can eggs be used for

Elegant terrarium

Elegant terrarium

Keep on swimming.. keep on swimming…

Jozini Dam wall with the Diving Group

Jozini Dam wall with the Diving Group

Jozini Dam

Jozini Dam

Hi Everyone..

I cannot believe that the last time I posted was at Christmas time… this year has been hectic from the word GO..

You are probably wondering about the title of this post (from the Nemo movie), well I went diving in Sodwana last weekend.. and so there was lots of swimming.. We were a group of 40 people who headed off to the coast for the private schools mid term break long weekend. The weather was HOT, and so was the water.. the temp at 15m under was 27 Degrees, sublime for diving, not even needing a wetsuit.

While the diving conditions were not ideal, the saying of divers is that “there is no such thing as a bad dive”. There was a lot of surge and bad visibility , but despite this we managed to see some great things. We swam with turtles (Crush and his son Squirt) on one of the dives, quite extraordinary to see them up close. On another of our dives some of our dive mates managed to see and capture on video a white tipped shark (Bruce) about 10 m from where our group was. We saw a great variety of fish that are common to the southern African coast, including Powder Blue Surgeon Fish, Clown Trigger fish, emperor , chocolate dip, domino’s, different nudibranch’s, Scorpion fish (More on this later), Parrot fish and some of the most interesting and colourful Coral and Coral gardens.

Scorpion fish are fairly difficult to spot. They look like rocks and even spotting their eye’s and mouth is a challenge. Ugly as heck, but they pass the camouflage test with flying colours.

One of my next investments has got to be a new little camera, so that I can buy an underwater housing to take my own pics. For now I will enjoy those taken by others.

On the Sunday eve we were in Sodwana we went to the beach for sundowners. I managed to get some really magnificent photos of the sky and the sunset. It was such a relaxing and laid back weekend. I realise more and more how much I enjoy that and not having a holiday with hustle and bustle and lots to do. There is place in life for both for sure.. but for now.. I am thoroughly enjoying more of the laid back.

Here are some of my pics to

Sunset

Sunset

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

sunset skies

sunset skies

Cheers - to another great day in Africa

Cheers – to another great day in Africa

refreshing drinks

refreshing drinks

My Christmas Wishes to you all

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Thank you to all of your for following me, liking me, being a part of my life. May this Christmas time be a special time for you and your families. Make 2014 bigger and better than ever.

Appreciate more, love more, smile more, laugh more, share more and be grateful for all the things big and small that you have in your life.. or have had the opportunity of experienceing.

Leigh 🙂