Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Dinner for two foodies last night, and gold paint on an nguni skin from South Africa, for a little instant interior decoration

This photo was taken at one of the most beautiful hotels in the world.
It's become my inspiration for decor...

So last night, back at home living a Travelife, when I walked through my front door at 810 PM, one of my guests was already seated in my living room, waiting for me.

I was hosting a dinner for two serious foodies, and as usual I'd tried to have it all. After work, I'd dropped by the home of the Ambassador of Spain to attend a cocktail party and then rushed home to act as hostess for a dinner.

The first thing I said to him, of course, was: "I hope I haven't kept you waiting."

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ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE
TO REMIND ME....

Traffic was absolutely terrible last night, even for the very short distance I had to travel.

He replied: "Not at all. I've just been looking around your house. You have amazing things, and I see they're from everywhere. I'm seeing Myanmar, Spain, Sri Lanka, Japan all over here."


Yes, from everywhere I go, I try to bring back something beautiful that will serve as a reminder of my trip.

REMEMBERING THE SABI SABI GAME RESERVE
IN KRUGER NATIONAL PARK,
SOUTH AFRICA

But the thing in my house I'm most proud of at the moment is an nguni skin from Africa that's lying on the floor of my study -- although you can see it from the living room as well.



First, this nguni skin is very special as its pattern is most unusual.

It has hundreds of tiny dots, and the person who sold it to me said that this is the skin from a royal cow of a tribal chief -- which is why it looks like this.

I don't know how true this story is, but I bought the skin anyway as the pattern is so unusual and beautiful.

ART THERAPY UPON 
RETURNING FROM BANGKOK

Then on Monday night, as it was a holiday in my part of the world, and after returning from a weekend in Bangkok, living a Travelife, I took out a special gold pen I'd bought in Japan recently and started to apply it on the skin.

"Just like art therapy," this guy said last night, when I told him the story of how my nguni skin suddenly got flecked with gold paint.

Indeed, just like art therapy.

A LITTLE INSTANT INTERIOR DECORATION

Earth Lodge of the Sabi Sabi Game Reserve

And a little interior decoration.

I'd seen beautiful nguni skins with gold flecks on them at the Earth Lodge of the Sabi Sabi Game Reserve in South Africa, and I'd loved them.

Since then, I've been looking all over South Africa for similar skins and have not found any yet.

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So on Monday night, I made my own.

And the skin turned out so beautifully -- plus no one else in the world has one like it. It's truly one in a trillion. Nothing else like it in the world.

And how wonderful and appropriate is that, for my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife?


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