A Contradictory Life

Brunch and home decor at Bay Tree


Decorate your home. It gives the illusion that your life is more interesting than it really is. - Charles M. Schulz

On Saturday morning I met Ali from Seams and Silhouettes and Megan from The Sun House for brunch. I studied at Tuks with Ali but have never met Megan in ‘real life’ before. I absolutely love that social media has allowed me to get to know and become friends with people I probably would not have met otherwise. Brunch could have easily turned into dinner as we chatted endlessly!

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 We had been invited to have something to eat and view the lovely home decor items at the newly opened Bay Tree Decor shop in Forest Hill City Mall in the south West of Pretoria (Centurion/Mnandi side) and I was blown away by the contemporary architecture of this mall; a South African flavour has been created without being too ‘touristy’ and the spaces, textures, materials and light utilised are world class (the bathrooms are the best I have ever seen in a South African mall).

Bay Tree Decor specialises in handcrafted furniture, fine linen and accessories for your home – read more about them here. My dream home decor combines bohemian, french country and eclectic elements (see my Pinterest boards here and my current home here) and I definitely found a few items at this store that are now on my wishlist (click here to make one of your own on their website)!

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 I absolutely love that ceramic vase at the back and the tin jug on the right. Won’t it looks so lovely with fresh flowers in it on a long wooden lunch table? My aunt would love those chickens and am definitely keeping them in mind for her next birthday or Christmas!

I love a home that smells good and these candles would definitely do the job! My favourites were the red merlot and mango. You can get them as car air fresheners as well. I have also been desperate for a Le Creuset whistling kettle for ages but which colour would I choose?

Those rope lanterns on the middle shelf of the left photo? I need them for my stoep! The cutest bunny kitchen accessories were on display too. That green plate has egg shaped holes in it with a little bunny in the middle and the sugar pots and big glass jars have bunnies on the lids – they are adorable and I know Natasha from Raising Men would adore them! I would keep the jar filled with nuts and dried fruit at home. Another thing with which I am obsessed? – quilts on beds. I would probably go for the blue and white patchwork one but the one pictured would also work in my spare bedroom which I currently hate (is that too strong a word?). I would add colourful, patterned, textured scatter cushions though. Our bedroom, as pictured here, still needs bedside tables and I think this bay white drawer pedastal would look nice and fresh but I would prefer for it to be longer with a longer draw because we have quite a bit of space on either side of the bed and I would like them to have the wooden top rather like the cove dressing table. What do you think?

Keep an eye out on Ali and Megan‘s blogs for the items that made their wish lists too 🙂 What would make yours?

We had such a lovely morning and the food (view the menu here) was great value for money! I had a Camembert cheese, bacon and cranberry sauce omelette with salad and rye toast (they had 100% rye, something which so many restaurants don’t bother serving. There is no point in 50% rye for someone who cannot eat wheat), my ma had the English Rose Bagel (salmon, scrambled eggs, cream cheese) also served with a side salad and Ali and Megan both had decadent French toast with whipped mascarpone, bacon, syrup, strawberries, syrup and nutella!

Thank you to Siyanda (also known as Ruth) from Bay Tree Decor for being such a lovely and friendly host and well done to Yvonne for opening a second store!

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