A Bright Future for a Villa in Tanzania

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This villa at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, is a soon-to-be-unveiled “bungalow” that the designers from Antoni Associates describe as follows: “… this private villa blends classical and contemporary architecture. The interiors are bold…with opulent finishes.” That’s a fine description as far as it goes; in this particular dwelling, classical and contemporary blend with dignity and elegance. Witness the white stone façade, two stories high; its pillared portico covers the stone drive, enabling guests to be brought directly to the door – in rainy weather, that’s a particularly welcome feature for any home. The wide driveway extends around the house; landscaping surrounds it, and the home, in a sea of green. Once inside, modern elements take over — but always with restraint; the foyer is lit by recessed lighting complemented by a feather-light modern brass chandelier.

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Light and color ensue: a cascade in pink highlights a doorway, and a stream of cool green light topped with tiny “star” bulbs mimics a night sky in the master suite. A separate alcove holds a sitting area and entertainment center, once again backlit in the same cool pale green, in counterpoint to creamy walls and furnishings. An ultra-modern kitchen holds sleek ebony and stainless-steel appliances, stores china and glassware in glass-fronted shelving, and an eat-in option with table and chairs plus a wood-topped center island. Finally, there’s the crowning touch: a vast pool that stretches the length of the house with a circular spa, complete with cascades, in addition to fountains at one end; the whole is set in magnificent white stone and edged with lavish plantings. It all adds up to new, luxurious, and contemporary — with class.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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