Some of you followed my vacation to South Africa on instagram & facebook this September. (Thank you for all the excitement as I journeyed there!) It was truly such an amazing experience! I decided to break apart the adventure into different segments, so you can see more details (and tips!) of my time spent there.

Up first, Bo-kaap.

So here is the deal. I got to Cape Town late Saturday night, if I can recommend anything to you, do it that way - arrive late and get to bed ASAP! If you can get the first night of sleep in, I think you will be set on your trip and beat jet lag. So I did just that, got in a full night of sleep (yay!)

When I woke up Sunday morning, I just really couldn’t believe I was actually in South Africa. My heart was fluttering with excitement for what my first day would hold.

It wasn’t a 27 hour dream - I was actually spending Sunday morning in South Africa!

My hotel Protea Mowbray, was just outside of downtown Cape Town, which I really loved. It was quiet and calm and not overwhelming at all. It was a really great place to rest and rejuvenate and the staff was incredibly lovely. When I walked out of my room to start my adventure, this was the first view of my day. Quickly, I was smitten.

View just outside of room, looking over toward Table Mountain

I will definitely do another blog entry on the actual hotel, the design was the best. For now, I want to focus on other areas of the day!

So, after some coffee, off I went to the colorful streets of Bo-Kaap. I knew I was in for a colorful treat, thanks to some trusty instagram sneak peeks, but I had no idea it would be this colorful! Every corner I turned there was some kind of magical color blocking moment happening - and bonus points, even some funky vintage cars that just completed the whole vibe.

If Lisa were to have a house in Bo-Kaap. It would certainly be the green one!

All you need is love.

After exploring all the colorful eye candy and walking the streets of Bo-Kaap, I found my way to the cutest and most delish little cafe for a bite to eat and a latte.

My heart skipped a beat when I walked into this vibrant but airy space. It had so many natural elements and the plant life suspended from the ceiling - genius! I am definitely remembering that for an upcoming project!

And, can we just talk about this glorious little hand painted moment? Swoon.

After my lovely stop at Batavia Cafe, I headed over to Table Mountain, in hopes of some great views. Well. It didn’t work out in my favor. While the view up was amazing, the very top was completely covered in clouds! Still, it was a fun experience.

I ended my first day over in the Camps Bay area. It was truly breathtaking. The waterfront views, the teal blue water, stunning architecture and an eery view of the clouds rolling in. It had this very moody feel to it, that I couldn’t get enough of. To top it off, quite the array of restaurants to choose from as well!

So there you have, day one in South Africa. Stay tuned as I share more elements from this amazing trip!

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If windows are the eyes of a home, than the door is the mouth. And personally, I like a great, bold lipstick! Lipstick can change the mood of the day and I believe the color of your door to your home is the same.  

While in Paris, along the grey tone backsplash of historic buildings, I noticed that Parisians are not afraid to punch up their entry ways with color.  The architecture provided large, heavy, wood doors in bright colors with shiny hardware.

Here are a few of our favorites that I would love to incorporate into Florida living:

RED:  A bold red against the grey backdrop is fun and vibrant but also classic.  

Photo Credit: Lisa Gilmore Design personal photos

Photo Credit: Lisa Gilmore Design personal photos

NAVY: I love everything NAVY so why not put it on a door!  It's rich, smooth, and is a subtle but stylish choice.  Navy blue looks great with shiny bronze hardware.  

Photo Credit: Lisa Gilmore Design personal photos

Photo Credit: Lisa Gilmore Design personal photos

TEAL/TURQUOISE:  If you are looking for something a little bit more out of the box than navy blue or black but not quite as bold as red. A teal door is the perfect compromise.  Teal equals happy and inviting! 

Photo Credit: Lisa Gilmore Design personal photos

Photo Credit: Lisa Gilmore Design personal photos

Like all great trips, Paris has inspired all of us at Lisa Gilmore Design.  For me, I have decide to punch up the color on my drab, black entry door.  I'm thinking a glossy navy blue or going for a fun coral with a nice, brass knocker.  

Sherwin Williams In The Navy -  Sherwin Williams Ravishing Coral - Anthropologie Pineapple 

Let's say, "OUI, OUI" to bright front doors! 

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Hey there,  Nicole here… resident tile guru! 

This week we are diving into monochromatic spaces. A look at the simplistic yet stunning impact a bit of  tone on tone action can achieve.  Hold on to your seats, because things are about to get beautiful!

Have you ever seen a kitchen and your eyes went straight to the backsplash,  walked into a small powder room and awed at the patterned floor, or stepped into a shower that was immersed in natural stone. That my friends is what I like to call tile heaven.

Lisa Gilmore Design | Native House Photography

Lisa Gilmore Design | Native House Photography

In our recent outdoor kitchen project, we used this glass mosaic backsplash which has plenty of unique characteristics. The shade and surface texture of the backsplash helps each piece to  truly stand out and offers plenty of visual interest with its color variation and pattern play.

Handpainted terra-cotta tile will aways hold a special place in my heart. Dressing up stair risers with these ornate details  in an array of blues is a great way to pull color and fun  throughout the space.

The mixture of elements in these space makes it nothing less than magical. Incorporating cement tile, ceramic, and metals. Yes Please!

This installation of  large format tile and using  the natural edge to finish off the design gives an organic feel to the space and high visual impact. 

Quality tile is a true investment in your home and allows a curated space to come together. Its all in the details and these monochromatic gems will remain classic, and are versatile enough to incorporate pops of color when the time is right! 

Till next time,

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It's that time of year, October and November have already come and gone and we are already into the second week of December! Where does the year go?!  It seems most of the country is experiencing a warmer December than normal, I don't know about you, but that makes it a little tough for me to get into the holiday decorating spirit. 

So here are a few images we found via Pinterest, that we hope will get you motivated, if you haven't decorated yet. And if you have, well, share your decor with us on our social media channels!

We're loving this modern rustic holiday vibe that this space has going on! The mix of the black and white neutrals, paired with deer and topped with gold makes it a lovely space.

image via Anythingology

White and bright! This space is so fun, simple and clean. I especially love the modern white reindeer on the mantel. 

This next space sings eclectic holiday elegance! I love the touches of gilded gold paired with the modern black and white, all warmed up with traditional details. 

Looking for something a little more cozy this year? Well, you can't go wrong with wood tones, plaid, deer and mood lighting. Don't forget to add a cozy throw blanket to complete the look!

Do you tend to be a bit more modern? Or maybe you don't have a lot of space for a traditional tree? Well, this might be the look for you!

Image via Adore Home

Perhaps you are a holiday traditionalist? The holidays aren't complete without poinsettias, snowflakes and lots of red and white. Then this last space is for you!