How much can nostalgia play a part in a renovation process? For some, this is solely the reason for the impulse buy of a dilapidated house, choosing to ignore the hard work that lies beneath this emotional reaction. To me this is a very ‘human’ response to our fascination with the past. This also appears to be the case with Dalliance House
There is no mistaking this country abode’s defined character, as it resembles the typical colonial lifestyle of the early 1930s.That was when wrap-around verandahs under plane trees and rolling hills amid stables and cottages, reflected an earthy yet refined lifestyle of many settlers of bygone eras
I must admit that I occasionally walk around my house and picture all the beautiful things that will look great in my newly purchased home. Expensive gourmet kitchen, fancy dining room table, gas braai for the hubby…the list could go on and on as I ponder how these items will enhance our lives.
I visited the Design Quarter in Fourways over the weekend, to look at some kitchen showrooms. It makes a tremendous difference seeing the products in person as opposed to on the pages of a magazine (even one as fantastic as SA Home Owner!) This is one of the biggest pieces of advice I would give a home owner seeking inspiration to renovate or build a kitchen: visit the showrooms, chat to the professionals, look at and touch the products.