Our Home: Entertainment Area

One of the requests I get most frequently is for a tour around our home, so finally here it is. Starting with our downstairs living area. We sorted our home out for AirBnb so I took the opportunity to snap some pics while it was at it’s least cluttered πŸ˜‰

Welcome to our home…

Here is our entertainment area. This was the main focus for us in the design phase of our home. We longed for a home where we could entertain our friends and their kids. It was important that the space was open and comfortable, yet suited our desire for a modern and chic aesthetic. We bought in an estate whereby the developer sold plots with already designed plans, but we were very lucky to work closely with the incredible visionary who was the developer to combine that plan with our dreams, and create a space that fits our family just perfectly. That special man has since passed, but he was such an integral part of our house build, that we feel a piece of him remains with us.

We worked with an Interior Designer – Kirst Lindley, who really helped us to create furniture that fit into the space we had, as well as very clever additions like the wood feature wall that extends across the inside and outside walls so as to create a seamless feel between the verandah and the lounge/dining.

We have decided to wait a while before we invest in a coffee table because a) we have the server under the TV, but b) and mainly because we absolutley love having dance parties in our lounge, and a coffee table would reduce the sporadic moments where those fun and crazy times take place.

Our couch was designed by Kirst Lindley and made by one of her suppliers. It is my absolute favourite piece if furniture in my home. The rug we bought on Superbalist. Most of the other furniture and decor was bought at Tusker Trading. The art I bought on Etsy and got Live Print to print. Frames are from Mr P Home.

The Chanel book is a very special gift from my sis & bro in law. I am obsessed. I try bring character and detail into different spaces of our living area, so that despite it being open plan, it oozes character.

The dining room extends off the kitchen in our open plan living area. Our round dining table was also designed by Kirst Lindley and works so well in the space.

Server, Lamps and much of the decor was from Tusker Trading’s annual sale. The lamps are attached to a smart plug so they turn on automatically at 5pm and off at 9pm daily. The round shell piece is a cowrie shell ornament we bought in Bali on our first trip and painted black. I am obsessed with Africology diffusers (Neroli) so you will find those all over my house.

An undercover lounge area extends off the dining room, and this is where we spend most of our time when entertaining. The couch was not something we wanted to keep outside, we used it there until we could afford to replace it with an outdoor set… but for the time-being it actually works. It is a great quality sofa with a white bull-denim slip cover which simply goes into the wash each time it is covered in sticky fingers or the notorious sugar-cane black ash. The cushion covers are HM and the rug is Hertex. All other furniture was Tusker Trading. Something I get asked on nearly every InstaStory sharing our entertainment area is where I got the PRADA art… I bought the printable on Etsy and Live Print printed and block mounted it for me.

Kirst Lindley sourced a 10 seater table for us, and it was one of the best things we did – allowing for large dinner or lunch gatherings in our home! One of my next -best pieces of furniture in my home! The feature wall is balau and the wood was sourced from Coastal Timber and installed by Dynemo Decking. The deck was also sourced and installed by the same companies, you can see more here.

You will find a lot of greenery, candles, wood & the colour black πŸ˜‰ in our living area. It is my happy place and I just love my home. Of course there are still many things we want to do to it to improve/change/add… but that will come with time (and money) πŸ˜‰ but for now, it is our haven and we love it.

The entertainment area faces the pool and braai area. We are yet to install a gas braai and maybe a pizza oven. We opted for a pool 7×3, although now regret not making it bigger. Our garden faces a servitude and its exactly what we dreamt of for our kids to run, play and expore in.

So there you have our entertainment area of our home. I hope you enjoyed the tour. Next I will do the kitchen πŸ™‚

Author: Shan Fourie

Shan Fourie is a busy mom of three, based in Ballito, and is a full-time lifestyle blogger/Content Creator. With over 14 years of experience in marketing, Shan began blogging in 2018, and embarked into full-time content creation in 2021. Shan uses her platform to share brands, businesses as well as to raise awareness and funds for causes and initiatives close to her heart. Somewhat of an activist, Shan has helped bring people together for multiple causes, including A21 Walk for Freedom, multiple Bone Marrow & Blood drives, a peaceful protest to stop NetCare Alberlito from closing its paeds ward, as well as other movements she is passionate about. Her biggest focus this year is on raising funds, alongside The Rise Up Movement, for a GBV safe house in Kwadukuza, along with a lab for facilitating rape-kits on site, instead of having to send them to Pretoria. Shan is an official Ambassador for (a) The SA Bone Marrow Registry, (b) the Red Movement (a movement intent on eradicating period poverty), and (c) and a partner of the Rise Up Movement - an NPO that stands against GBV, Child abuse, and Human Trafficking. Shan was a Mrs South Africa 2022 finalist, 2023 CANSA ambassador for Mrs South Africa, and Discovery Bank was her gold sponsor. Shan is also the official Wellness influencer for Gateway Theatre of Shopping and The Pencil Club Umhlanga. Shan believes that wellness is all-encompassing - mental, physical and emotional. She believes it is important to keep your life clean of toxicity. Self-care is super important to her.

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