Ditchin’ The Hay!

Well howdy there!

It’s been a while since we’ve admired and hung out in this space thanks to life. Lol

No fear!

Today we’re gonna put the swing back into things and do-se-do into this really awesome trend idea of BARN CONVERSIONS! 


Q: So, what is a barn?

A: A large wooden structure on a barn for storage. Pfft. Duh!

No. But seriously. 

Juuuuust in case you happen to NOT know, barn’s are usually used to house livestock, including cattle and horses, as well as equipment and fodder (dried hay or feed), and often grain. … In addition,barns may be used for equipment storage, as a covered workplace, and for activities such as threshing.

As of recent, many farm owners and DIY enthusiasts have been converting and changing these, what would be seen as drab and sometimes run down buildings into extremely beautiful homes.

Incorporating old and modern to create these unique spaces sometimes in the most remote areas is simply astounding.  

Would you travel out to the farm lands just to stay in one?  

If you happen to say no….well, maybe I can change your mind after you view these conversions below. 

Happy viewing!




[Boxed In]

It’s spring & Box Wood is in!

This short beautiful lush green plant is one of the most popular plants used to decorate gardens, home exteriors and walls.

Used to decorate interiors as well, most people tend to choose the artificial option as it is cheaper and no maintenance is needed. No worries,the artificial boxwood is just as beautiful as the live one.

The boxes are native to western and southern Europe, southwest, southern and eastern Asia, Africa, Madagascar, northernmost South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean, with the majority of species being tropical or subtropical; only the European and some Asian species are frost-tolerant. Centres of diversity occur in Cuba (about 30 species), China (17 species) and Madagascar (9 species).

Boxwood is still one of the most popular chosen garden plants in America as it is easy to maintain and to trim and decorate for your home if you so please.

So today, let’s take a look at some of the ways boxwood has been used to decorate homes and gardens.



Focal Point!

Focal Point?

What is a focal point?

Simply, one area within your home or establishment that you want a person’s eyes to travel to directly. Whether it be a brightly painted wall, a painting, a sofa or even a vase.

The main goal is to capture the person’s eye as soon as they enter the room.

Now today, things will be slightly different. I will share a series of photos BUT along with pointing out the obvious focal point, I want you to find another item in each room that you believe can be used as a focal point.

Good Luck! 🙂

Feel free to leave your answers in the comments below! 😀
– Shakeela

May I Wash My Hands?

Have you ever been out to eat or over at a really nice home, gone to the bathroom and found yourself a tad afraid to wash your hands?

Welcome to my club.

I remember it so clearly. We were all finished eating at a very nice local restaurant and getting ready to wrap up the night. I dismissed myself to use the bathroom and was partially in love with the sink fixtures in their bathrooms. I was almost afraid to wash my hands (I did of course, lol)

Sink fixtures and faucets have over the years been becoming more and more unique and different. People with the need and desire to be different and nontraditional have extended this touch down to their bathroom fixtures and sink colours.

So, I would like to share with you some of these bathrooms beauties and unique pieces I have seen and feel in love with.

– Shakeela ❤


The Marrakesh Sink by Kohler


The Marrakesh Sink by Kohler

International Women’s Day!

Happy International Women’s Day!

Today is recognized as Women’s day or Working Women’s Day, a day of showing appreciation and recognition for all super women all over the globe.
Although I love all of the positivity this day has to offer I want women (AND men) to show one another this love and appreciation and recognition and positive energy towards one another all year round. 

Too often we as women tend to cry down and attack one another, so from today on, let’s try to be a little more loving and supportive of one another. Not just on this day.

Show that leading lady in your life that you truly appreciate her today and every day or every chance you possibly get 🙂

Phenomenal Woman – Poem by Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
(Poem can be found originally via www.poemhunter.com)


Chateau Dreams

I have been following this page on Instagram for a while now and decided to share it with you all for today’s post.

“Chateau Dreams? What is a Chateau?”

Simple. A large French country house or castle often giving its name to wine made in its neighborhood.

Did you notice my little introduction was in a wine colour? Lol

The Château de Gudanes is an 18th-century neoclassical château in the commune of Château-Verdun in the Ariège département of southern France. It is built on the site of an older castle destroyed in 1580. (Via Wikipedia)

 Address: 09310 Château-Verdun, France
Architectural style: Neoclassical architecture

Once abandoned and destroyed, it is now returning to life.
Purchased in 2013 by the Waters, an Australian family from Perth, the Chateau is in ongoing restoration.

I have been stalking and watching their page for their “behind the scenes” photos for the ongoing restoration of the Chateau. This type of project takes time, patience, obviously the funds and a deep love to see it through until the end.

Personally, I enjoy the journey so far but looking forward even more to the finished interior and exterior of the Chateau.
I believe it will be absolutely STUNNING!

Here are some photos from their Instagram feed.
Links to their IG & website will be linked below.

I hope you find something within their walls or grounds that you love just as much as I do.

Shakeela 🙂



Château de Gudanes


The village of Les Cabannes in the distance. Le village de Cabannes | Photo taken by: @nina_van_ewijk





Restoration work in the Château kitchen 🍴


“Sifting through old documents found in a suitcase at the Château, we discovered an old Hermés invoice for horse goodies from 1947🐴 @hermes”


“And so the tiling continues…😃”


“A postcard giving a glimpse into the past early last century…”



“The wooden ceiling is almost finished. Next, the steel beams will be lined in timber to finish the “plafond à la française” (Translation: French ceiling)


“When the Salon de Musique is in between restoration… 💤💤💤”


@chateaugudanes: “Thank you @vogueliving_us for kindly sharing photos of the Château in Fall over the weekend. And to @tmmd_ for taking this autumn awesome photo 📷🍁🍁”

Instagram: @chateaugudanes

Official Website: http://www.chateaugudanes.com/

The Red Room Special.

Valentine’s day  is now officially a week ago! Lol.
However, this is still considered the “month of love” and we, are going to highlight some beautifully designed rooms using mainly or elements of red in today’s post. 

But first, here is some insight on the colour red and some of its meanings & meanings in different countries/cultures.


Red is the colour of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love.
– Since red is the colour of blood, it has historically been associated with sacrifice and courage.
Red is a very emotionally intense colour. It enhances human metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises blood pressure.

In Different Countries/Cultures

  • In Russia red symbolizes Communism and revolution.
  • In China, brides wear red and it is considered a Good Luck color. To most Asians red means happiness and prosperity.
  • In India red is a symbol of life-giving purity.
  • In the Middle East the color symbolism of red is danger and evil.

Modern surveys in the United States and Europe show red is also the colour most commonly associated with heat, activity, passion, sexuality, anger, love and joy.


Crazy About Patterns!

What do we know about patterns? 

Well, basically a pattern is a repeated decorative design. They can be found all around us. In nature, in homes, even in people. From the pattern on a leaf, to clothing, art, etc.

“In commercial interior design, pattern is often applied using wall coverings, tile, carpeting, and other graphic elements. Like texture, pattern can also define surfaces, impact scale, convey a design style, and add visual interest to a space.” [Definition courtesy http://www.hatchdesign.ca]

In today’s post, I’ll be featuring some patterns used in different rooms that are absolutely stunning and eye catching. I hope you love them just as much as I do!

There are various types of patterns. Complex/geometric patternsstripes (whether horizontal or vertical),  florals, motifs & animal prints.

Geometric/Complex Patterns

Stripes (Horizontal & Vertical)



Animal Prints

From Tween to Teen

Let’s face it…at some point we all have to grow up. Whether mentally ready or not.

This is usually one of “the scariest times” for a parent. Having to deal with teenaged mood swings and acting out. Lol

In today’s blog, we’ll be looking at 5 tips and considerations to keep in mind when helping them change their space from pre-teen to teen.

5 Ways To Change Your Child’s Space From Tween To Teen

  1. Create An “Open-Private” Space
    Teenagers usually tend to want A LOT of privacy. Their bedroom is their hideaway from the world when they have social, emotional, academic issues. It almost becomes a sanctuary. A safe place. However, as a parent, you have the right to and will also want to be able to “monitor” your growing teen.

What to consider?

  • FIRSTLY, building trust! 
  • Create a system between parent & child to know when they prefer to be alone as opposed to when they would allow you in and out of the room freely.
  • Be open with one another 🙂

2. Consider The Change Of Activities The Room Will Have

Bare in mind that your teenager will be studying more in the coming semesters. They will need both a study are and you can also consider a neutral area for them to clear their minds and de-stress.

What to consider?

A cozy study nook. Whether it be a desk tucked neatly into a corner of the room or a stylish chair designated for studying. 

3. Colour Choices

Now this can either be a very easy process or tiring especially if they want to negotiate colour choices. Lol.

Try to find common ground between what you are willing to allow and what they want. [For example, let’s say your teen wants the entire room in blood red. Blood red? What is this? A SAW movie? How about…a neutral colour you both can agree on with red furniture to give the room that element of colour they want. Sounds more doable right? Yeah, I think so too. Lol]

What to consider?

  • His/her favourite colours.
  • Types of fabrics and materials they would like in the room.
  • Complimenting colours.
  • What kind of vibe they want to get from their room (Peaceful, calming, fun, etc.)

4. Who Your Teenager Is As An Individual

EVERY teenager is different. They will like different things, have different kind of friends, make different choices, etc.

Try to get to know who they are or who they are becoming as an individual.

What to consider?

  • Their sense of style.
  • Their likes and dislikes.
  • Their interests (gaming, sports, ballet, cheer leading, etc)
  • Their goals and ambitions in life.

5. Budgeting & Recycling

We all know most teenagers have VERY. EXPENSIVE. TASTE. However, there are possible ways to combat this. So don’t throw out those “baby” things and pull out the credit card so soon!

What to consider?

  • Whatever can be recycled, recycle it!
  • Give them a budget to purchase what they would NEED for the room.(This budget can include buying brand new and/or thrifted.)
  • Consider DIY projects to help them make the room feel more a “part of them”


Your overall aim here is to make sure their room is a reflection of them as an individual. A place where they can relax and be themselves until they decide to move on into the world.

Keep these tips in mind and you’ll help keep some of the angst out of your teenager. Lol.








Wishing all of my followers many blessings and prosperity in this new year.

May you achieve all that you have planned, whether it be personal achievements, work related, home, etc.

I’ve been a bit MIA due to falling ill, so let me apologize for my absence BUT, continue to stick around and follow for more awesome posts here on The Sit Down!


  • Shakeela