The rooms have also taken on signature looks courtesy ofJacqui’s knitted creations. At any one time their cat, Chutney, can be spotted lying in a patch of sun on a soft wool mat, or the ancient Jack Russell, Hugo, easing his arthritic joints on a generous throw. Jacqui started producing unique knitted goods in 2010 and eventually worked up the courage to start her own home wares label, Little Dandelion, in 2012. ‘I love the softness of unspun wool and the super chunky texture I can get by using oversized needles. Each piece has its own personality and thankfully people are responding to it positively,’ observes Jacqui, who hopes to grow the brand by creating knitted objects in all sorts of materials, including linen and rope – sometimes incorporating the special talents of friends Pepa and Karen from Shibori Textiles, or stylist, Lara Hutton, who creates ceramic vessels.
The house has a relaxed vibe that encourages creativity, and Jacqui admits that it is old and a bit knocked about but thankfully it’s pretty indestructible. ‘This is perfect for our three young kids who love to make cubbies all over the place.
It’s great not to feel too precious about the house and stifle their fun. In time we would love to do something with big, beautiful ideas again… We just have to win the Lotto first!’
‘This is perfect for our three young kids who love to make cubbies all over the place. It’s great not to feel too precious about the house and stifle their fun’
As a travel and wellness writerwho lived in Mahe for 10 months, LynetteBotha got to sample her fair share of luxury spa resorts
It’s that time of the year where you need to pack away your laptop, put down your cellphone, and disconnect all your electronics. In a day and age that sees us constantly connected, over-worked, and strung out, the biggest luxury we have is time to ourselves… and if that happens to be spent in an idyllic location like Mahe, SeychBlogs, a more blissful situation would be hard to come by. Majestic Mahe is the main island of the SeychBlogs archipelago, which is made up of115 island outcrops, spread far apart in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.