Idon’t like surprises. Call me a control freak but if I had the choice, most of the time I’d like to know what lies in store for me (except for romantic surprises, then I’m game for anything).
For example, I accept that a geyser will burst at some point but can’t I at least be given some indication that it’s about to happen the week before – that way I can have the plumber on standby late on Saturday afternoon when the water starts dripping through my light fittings...
Perhaps more fittingly in these trying times of load shedding, I have a message for Eskom: please just stick to the schedule, because then I can visit friends in an area where the power isn’t off, instead of sitting in the dark at home.
This issue presented us with a bit of a surprise. We do our planning far in advance and when we decided to dedicate our April edition to the platteland, we visited many homes and gardens to make sure we were getting the right feel and showing spaces our readers would find irresistible – what city dweller doesn’t dream of getting away from the frenetic pace of city life and living the simple life?
In planning meetings we often look at photographs taken by the homeowners but then when we later view the pics taken by our own photographer, we suddenly notice things that previously weren’t there. Or details that weren’t so noticeable.
Can you guess what it was in this issue? The colour black. Everywhere. On walls, on floors – suddenly it became a common thread running through the entire issue.
At first I was a bit concerned, even though I know many people like to experiment with black in their décor; not just pitch black but also dark grey and charcoal. But the more I looked at it in its various incarnations throughout the book, the more I grew to love it. I myself have just installed a black floor in my bathroom. I was surprised – pleasantly surprised.
Let me know what you think. And if you’ve recently added a touch of black to your home, send us a photo – we’d love to see how it looks.