Khaya Series

By Almarie Stander

What inspires me about Barbara’s posts, is not only the beautiful interiors, but the stories behind them. Along with that, I have come to realise that the saying rings true: home is where the heart is. It doesn’t matter where you live; as long as you put your heart into it, any place can be a home.


Three years ago, I had the rare opportunity to move to a nature reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The tiny house I lived in, was a two-roomed hut with an outdoor toilet and shower. It was a humble home which I fondly refer to as my Khaya (Zulu word for home) … and it had many stories!


With the next few posts in the Khaya Series, I hope to share with you some of them. What follows is a recollection of my adventures in my little Khaya: