House Envy: Babylonstoren in South Africa

For today’s edition of ‘House Envy’, I am super inspired by this Cape Dutch farm, Babylonstoren, set in the Drakenstein Valley is South Africa.   Built in the late 1600’s,  the farm was opened for guests in 2010 with beautifully appointed suites, a restaurant, vineyards, gardens, pool and spa. 

I LOVE the mix of modern and rustic elements in the guest suites.  Clean, simple furniture stands out against the vibrant and warm mix of textures.  In my mind this is Napa valley meets Scandinavia – and it’s absolutely perfect. 

Sliding barn doors lead into the bathroom

A wall of mirrors with frosted architectural design lends a strikingly luxurious air to an otherwise rustic on-suite bath.

The restaurant on site, Babel, uses ingredients from the surrounding farm.

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I’m relaxed just looking through these photos!  There are plenty of elements from this farm that could be easily incorporated into any home.  

The things that stand out most are

  1. 1. White, White, White – a TON of white everywhere.  It adds to the soothing appeal of the accommodations.
  2. 2. Simple furnishings – done in more white
  3. 3. Color through natural elements only – the only color is incorporated through things that are naturally that color – the wood, brick, straw, and plants.

I’m half tempted to paint every single thing in my house white this weekend. Every single thing.

What are your thoughts?  How do these spaces make you feel?

Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!  I’m going to go get caught up on my book club book and maybe take a lazy nap

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