Between them, dynamic Londolozi housekeeping duo – Jacqui Wood and Lillian Ngwenya – inspect Londolozi’s chalets and suites every day. And every day, they’re tasked with creating the bushveld’s most soothing and uncluttered spaces. The views over the Sand River are a head start for Jacqui and Lillian, but aside from the majestic backdrops, what are the little things that you can do at home that will immediately add to your sense of calm in the bedroom?
- Go green … literally
There is no doubt that plants in a bedroom add a natural dimension, but they don’t have to be flowers. Evergreen, shrub-like plants create a very serene and simple ambience. To maximise on the effect, choose a glass vase. Glass in a bedroom adds texture and interest, but also increases a feeling of space and light.
- Make “smell” a feature
Don’t underestimate how much humans respond to smell. In the bush, our team knows the importance of aromas in a bedroom, but we are very careful to steer clear of anything too manufactured or floral. Jacqui recommends a small bowl of bath salts in the bathroom. “Add a few drops of aromatherapy oil to the bath salts every two or three days” advises Jacqui, “and this will create a beautiful, subtle smell through-out the space.”
- Chemicals aren’t always the best option
“In a bathroom, the chrome must shine, and the tiles must be spotless,” says Lillian, “but there are better options than the chemicals you find in supermarkets.” For a really spotless bathroom, Lillian recommends a mixture of white spirit vinegar, lemon juice and little bit of baking soda.
You can also add vinegar to a washing machine for fluffier towels. Use about one cup of white vinegar with a small amount of detergent – this is a great way to pull out the chemical buildup and hard water that gets stuck in the fibers of the towels.
We are interested in your tips for creating a soothing bush bedroom. How many readers have removed digital items from their bedroom in recent years? Are laptops allowed in bed? What are your favourite smells in a bedroom? How can you use furniture to create a more relaxing space, and are there any feng shui rules that you live by?