historic HOME of England Tour May 2016

I have exciting news to share …. Since last summer, I have planned, arranged and organized every detail of a Historic Home Tour of England that commences exactly 1 year from today, May 15th, 2016.  I invite you to join me on this adventure…. more details below ~ thanks for your interest :)

Stately Homes Tour England 2016

STATELY HOMES OF ENGLAND TOUR MAY 2016 INCLUDING              RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW
Join this exclusive tour through some of England’s Best – Iconic Architecture, Historic Homes and Gardens. Highlights include two full days in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Bath including a boat cruise on the River Avon and Afternoon Tea at the historic Pump Room. Explore the famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Visit the homes of William Morris, Winston Churchill and Virginia Woolf. See the work of architects and designers from different eras. Cottages, castles, royal palaces and other architectural gems viewed with a Blue Badge guide throughout the Tour.
This is a small group of 16 on a private bus for transportation staying at four star hotels in London, Bath and Royal Tunbridge Wells. Tour host and Interior Decorator Sue Womersley invites you to join her in England. For more information decorata.ca/england-tour-2016/ or contact Lindy Rothenburger Direct: 604.961.9756 Email: lindy@omega-travel.com

Exactly 1 year from today, May 15th, we will be in the home of William Morris – a home he created and lived in with his family – an Arts and Crafts masterpiece…

I have been so fortunate to have travelled as much as I have and share some of my photos of those trips here….

Enjoy a little taste of what we will explore… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31145n00FP0

design concept

We sourced and selected materials for a new client’s kitchen, dining area, living room. We also drew our concept for the kitchen, cabinetry and built-ins.

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fireplace stone, cabinetry colours, quartz counter colours, backsplash and paint palette

I often feel that people are not aware of how much time and effort is immersed in the design process, there are many considerations and each situation is unique.  There are so many micro decisions that are made that contribute to the overall feel of a room and how cohesive, balanced and harmonious the finished space will be.  Ultimately the success of the renovation is seen at the end, but this is where it all begins and the client has to take a leap of faith because they cannot visualize the end results, but we can :)

When there are LITERALLY 1000’s of options in products… why did I select these ones?  How did I boil it down to this colour way for this particular client… ?

While it still takes me many hours to get the presentation together, imagine how many hours I would save a client plus the benefit of making informed choices and decisions….

My name is Sue Womersley and I specialize in design/build full renovations in the White Rock and South Surrey area.  I offer a turnkey and streamlined process to my clients that I look after and take care of everything with my team so they don’t have to.

Favourite Joburg shop – the Private House

The Private House Co. In Design Quarter was my favourite home decor stop.
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Beautifully laid out and displayed, it almost looked as tho you could move in.

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An emphasis on natural materials and local elements.

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Gracious proportions, I liked the casually elegant feel.

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Even if you were not looking for furniture, I loved the way they added accessories….

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Recommend you visit if you are ever in South Africa.

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Hello, my name is sue Womersley, and I am an interior decorator from White Rock, BC Canada, sharing my musings on design.
All photos sue womersley. Please credit accordingly.

Beechwood Gardens, Johannesburg, South Africa

We were fortunate to attend a charity fundraiser garden open house at Beechwood Gardens. The Flemish country style home is from the 1940s with the garden designed by Joane Pym. The colossal Water Oak in the front yard is believed to be one of the largest trees in Johannesburg. The gardens were gorgeous and we enjoyed our visit immensely.

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The sunken potager.

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A formal English garden.

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Pierre de Ronsard roses.

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English formal garden photo sue womersley

A water garden is created with five ponds.

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Two large jacarandas in full bloom anchor the back garden.

Jacarandas photo sue womersley

The water lilies were lovely and the pond was full of vibrant purple blooms.

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The view of the 3.4 acre private property from the back corner perimeter walk. The pair of full bloom jacarandas can be seen from all areas in the back.

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The cherise and lime garden.

Cherise garden photo sue womersley

I loved the many white plantings, with variegated leaves. This is the blue garden.

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Whites garden photo sue womersley

Plentiful pots throughout, simple planted with greenery.

Plentiful pots photo sue womersley

It was 30 +degrees! needed refreshments…

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My name is sue and I am an interior decorator from White Rock BC Canada, and am visiting my long time friend in South Africa.

For more information on the charity events and garden tour.

http://www.gardensofthegoldencity.co.za/current-season-gardens-of-the-golden-city.php#G7

http://www.beechwoodgardens.co.za

winged VICTORY of samorace

Marble sculpture of the Greek Goddess Nike from the second century BC.

photo sue womersley

My pick to see in the Louvre. There were three of us and we only had a couple of hours, so I suggested we all select one thing each and in our search for each item we wandered through different areas. I love my photo, another favourite I thought I would share.

late September in Vandusen Gardens

It was a perfect Sunday afternoon to enjoy Van Dusen Gardens with friends.  I lucked out with some beautiful photos today that I wish to share with you.
butterfly

this just may be my new favourite photo that I have taken, ever.

chocolat cosmos

chocolate cosmos

photo sue womersley

Perfect timing, this bee landed just as I was shooting the flower…

black eyed

perfect blue sky day

art carved wood people

carved art in the garden

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euphorbia

mossy lantern

mossy lantern

pine cones plum hydrangea pod hydrangea

I am not sure what these are but they are pretty

photo sue womersley

pond, chair and gold tree

tree bark

tree bark

photo sue womersley

green hydrangea

photo sue womersley

bubbles and macarons with friends after a lovely wander through the garden.

My name is Sue Womersley and I am an Interior Decorator in White Rock, BC, owner of Decorata Design Creative.

All photos Sue Womersley, please credit accordingly thank you.

Wickaninnish Inn

carved yellow cedar doors to enter the Wickannish Inn
carved yellow cedar doors to enter the Wickaninnish Inn

Tofino and Ucluelet BC are a little piece of paradise, and I love to visit as often as I am able.  The internationally renowned and award winning Wickaninnish Inn is a worthwhile stop on your visit.

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This large carved sun mask greets you as you approach.  The lite glass is a unique feature on the native carving.

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I loved the lobby – this driftwood table with the glass float caught my eye, and the area rug the echoes the feel of the beach is a perfect backdrop.
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The feature of copper is throughout the property, and my photo does not do justice to the hammered coppered fireplace surround in the lobby.
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This copper screen offers privacy to people in the dining room, but is also beautiful, shaped like seaweed with glass floats incorporated in the design.

photo sue womersley
photo sue womersley

The dining room is made with hand carved beams, and that is another hammered copper fireplace.

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It was my favorite place for a meal, worth stopping here even if you are not staying.

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This carved moon mask in burl wood is a feature over another fireplace.

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Another gorgeous carved mask.

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Another cozy place to sit.

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View to the beach.

for more on the history of The Wickaninnish Inn and Tofino…

http://www.wickinn.com/wickaninnish-history

http://www.tofino-bc.com/

 

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West Coast Classic Tofino

West Coast Contemporary Ucluelet

My name is Sue Womersley and I am an Interior Decorator located in White Rock, BC.

All photos sue womersley – please credit accordingly.