Favourite Joburg shop – the Private House

The Private House Co. In Design Quarter was my favourite home decor stop.
Beautifully laid out and displayed, it almost looked as tho you could move in.

An emphasis on natural materials and local elements.

Gracious proportions, I liked the casually elegant feel.

Even if you were not looking for furniture, I loved the way they added accessories….

Recommend you visit if you are ever in South Africa.





Hello, my name is sue Womersley, and I am an interior decorator from White Rock, BC Canada, sharing my musings on design.
All photos sue womersley. Please credit accordingly.

Beechwood Gardens, Johannesburg, South Africa

We were fortunate to attend a charity fundraiser garden open house at Beechwood Gardens. The Flemish country style home is from the 1940s with the garden designed by Joane Pym. The colossal Water Oak in the front yard is believed to be one of the largest trees in Johannesburg. The gardens were gorgeous and we enjoyed our visit immensely.


The sunken potager.


A formal English garden.


Pierre de Ronsard roses.


English formal garden photo sue womersley

A water garden is created with five ponds.


Two large jacarandas in full bloom anchor the back garden.

Jacarandas photo sue womersley

The water lilies were lovely and the pond was full of vibrant purple blooms.


The view of the 3.4 acre private property from the back corner perimeter walk. The pair of full bloom jacarandas can be seen from all areas in the back.


The cherise and lime garden.

Cherise garden photo sue womersley

I loved the many white plantings, with variegated leaves. This is the blue garden.


Whites garden photo sue womersley

Plentiful pots throughout, simple planted with greenery.

Plentiful pots photo sue womersley

It was 30 +degrees! needed refreshments…


My name is sue and I am an interior decorator from White Rock BC Canada, and am visiting my long time friend in South Africa.

For more information on the charity events and garden tour.



winged VICTORY of samorace

Marble sculpture of the Greek Goddess Nike from the second century BC.

photo sue womersley

My pick to see in the Louvre. There were three of us and we only had a couple of hours, so I suggested we all select one thing each and in our search for each item we wandered through different areas. I love my photo, another favourite I thought I would share.

late September in Vandusen Gardens

It was a perfect Sunday afternoon to enjoy Van Dusen Gardens with friends.  I lucked out with some beautiful photos today that I wish to share with you.

this just may be my new favourite photo that I have taken, ever.

chocolat cosmos

chocolate cosmos

photo sue womersley

Perfect timing, this bee landed just as I was shooting the flower…

black eyed

perfect blue sky day

art carved wood people

carved art in the garden



mossy lantern

mossy lantern

pine cones plum hydrangea pod hydrangea

I am not sure what these are but they are pretty

photo sue womersley

pond, chair and gold tree

tree bark

tree bark

photo sue womersley

green hydrangea

photo sue womersley

bubbles and macarons with friends after a lovely wander through the garden.

My name is Sue Womersley and I am an Interior Decorator in White Rock, BC, owner of Decorata Design Creative.

All photos Sue Womersley, please credit accordingly thank you.

Wickaninnish Inn

carved yellow cedar doors to enter the Wickannish Inn
carved yellow cedar doors to enter the Wickaninnish Inn

Tofino and Ucluelet BC are a little piece of paradise, and I love to visit as often as I am able.  The internationally renowned and award winning Wickaninnish Inn is a worthwhile stop on your visit.


This large carved sun mask greets you as you approach.  The lite glass is a unique feature on the native carving.


I loved the lobby – this driftwood table with the glass float caught my eye, and the area rug the echoes the feel of the beach is a perfect backdrop.


The feature of copper is throughout the property, and my photo does not do justice to the hammered coppered fireplace surround in the lobby.

This copper screen offers privacy to people in the dining room, but is also beautiful, shaped like seaweed with glass floats incorporated in the design.

photo sue womersley
photo sue womersley

The dining room is made with hand carved beams, and that is another hammered copper fireplace.


It was my favorite place for a meal, worth stopping here even if you are not staying.


This carved moon mask in burl wood is a feature over another fireplace.


Another gorgeous carved mask.


Another cozy place to sit.


View to the beach.

for more on the history of The Wickaninnish Inn and Tofino…




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My name is Sue Womersley and I am an Interior Decorator located in White Rock, BC.

All photos sue womersley – please credit accordingly.


home in a converted 1600s barn

Barn66photo sue womersley

I was fortunate see inside a very unique barn space that I am excited to share with you.  This amazing living space is created with a 1640s barn structure from Portsmouth, England.  The owners re-erected it here in Vancouver and built their home around it.  The room is decorated with antiques -beautifully mixing rustic with fine art and warmed up with a pair of large scale sofas and massive silk carpet.  For such a vast space it  is friendly and welcoming.

Barndetail72photo sue womersley


Barndetail75photo sue womersley

I love this vignette, with the gallery wall and pottery collection balancing this huge antique table..


Pairs of these window are on three sides of the room flooding it with natural light and views to the pond and garden. Even on this gray, rainy day the light was lovely inside.  This gorgeous carved mirror is a feature in the room, and again, another vignette beautifully created.


How fantastic to pair the artwork with this rustic trough of firewood and a brass bucket.  View to the dining room.

barndetail78photo sue womersley

View of the barn structure.

garden photo sue womersley

View of the pond outside the windows shown in photo 3 previous.  The exterior of the home does not indicate the beauty inside.

happy frogs photo sue womersley

The pond was full of happy frogs in the rain sitting on lilypads.

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This 1908 English iron greenhouse on the property was rescued in the 1960s from a nearby estate on Granville Street.

All photos Sue Womersley

Sicilian Aristocratic Villa Garden

This beautiful Villa and garden have been in the San Guiliano family for over 800 years.


The estate includes the chapel, below, a South American inspired garden from a stay in Brazil, and groves of citrus and olives.


I liked this section of blue, great shape and texture.


Head gardener Rachel Lamb was kind to give us a full tour of the property. She has worked closely with Marchese San Guiliano since 2002.


Poolside has a great view of Mt. Etna.





This walled garden s behind the pool and contains a pink grapefruit grove that the estate uses to make marmalade s that sell internationally.

Several pretty planters dot the back garden such as this one with the San Guiliano coat of arms. Look for the lizard, there were lots of them and frogs about.

This massive ficus was planted in 1959 in honour of the family’s return to the estate. One of several resident dogs.


Detail of chapel chairs with family coat of arms.
All photos sue.womersley.