Design Inspiration from South Africa

Again Ive been lucky enought to spend some time in beautiful South Africa.   The country not only has fabulous countryside and beaches, the wildlife is amazing too.  Restaurants are first class and beautifully styled. Being away for a few weeks in such a diverse country for me is  very inspiring and here Im going to show you some of the amazing places and things I loved.  Thank you to those holding the fort whilst Ive been away.

Whilst Im in South Africa, its got to be said that I visit a fair few restaurant, most of which are excellent fine dining establishments.  I have to admit that the decor is as important to me (if not more important) than the food and the first thing I do on arrival is look around at the furnishings and the styling and try to take some pictures, distreetly of course! The following pictures I love, all different and loved for different reasons.  The food was of course great in all the  restaurants. South Africa is home to tallented world class Chefs, working with top class ingredients and the food is presented with great attention to detail by hard working and knowledgable staff.

La Colombe, my favourite restaurant in the whole world,.  Food created by Chef Scot Kirton and the restaurant run by the lovely Jennifer, the place is sensational.  Situated high up on Constantia Nek the views are knockout!


 I love the mix of leather, velvet and jewel like colours at the Five Rooms restaurant at the Alphen Hotel.

 Quentins Restaurant in Constantia is a treasure trove of antiques and effects that Quentin the owner and Chef has been collecting over the years. We beleive his wife was very pleased that they finally found a home at the restaurant which opened around two years ago.


 The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel, home to The Greenhouse Restaurant has recently been refurbished and the style is beautiful calm understated elegance.

The Open Door Restaurant, formerlly the River Cafe on the Constantia Uitsig wine estate.

 This picture is included for the pure simplicity of the window dressing is just perfect.


Art in th Forest – centre of ceramic excellence is somewhere we always visit.  The gallery is a non profit making social enterprise located in the beautiful Cecilia Forest, off Constantia Nek and around half an hour from Cape Town.  Potter Anthony Shapiro runs the business which mentors young, aspiring ceramists and they give children from under-serviced areas acess to art and creativity.The contemporary work created by the resident artists and ceramists  is aptly named Forestware and is on sale at the gallery at Constantia Nex and other local galleries.   work from reknowned artists and Ceramists sits in the gallery along side the local work.

 Succulents are an interiors trend at the moment and not only in the U.K. visiting Stanford,  near Harmanus there were plenty on display in the local Interiors shops.   When we visited South Africa there was a bit of a drought going on but the above garden wouldn’t have been too needy which is good in my book!

These little guys are hand knitted by ladies in Zimbabwe.  These beautifully crafted animals are all given ‘Shamwari ‘ names and the label shows a picture and the name of the lady who made it.  Finger puppet versions of the animals are also available.  They were so charming we stuffed our cases with them.