Malinda van Zyl (photo taken in 2017). 

Interior Design Book, 'The Nest': This book is about interior design with a focus on Organic French Chateau Style. The method and style was selected and developed by Malinda over a period of many years. Her style is unique, and it provides a view into the ideas and personal design construct of Malinda. The book is an overview of how this particular style is implemented and includes some tips, hints, and unique ideas to the reader. Different rooms and areas are discussed with many illustrations and images of Malinda's house;  the garden is also included. Her style could be described as a combination of French Chateau, Organic, and Natural. She is a fond collector of older well-loved items which adds additional layers, value, and meaning to her home and personal spaces.  One of her past times is paging through interior design and garden design books. She loves decorating and makes regular changes to her garden, rooms and display areas. She loves making changes and creating new combinations with items which she has collected over the years. She also loves personalising some display areas with family photographs, heirlooms, and artifacts which are dear to her.      

Malinda. Sketch Picasso style. Ink, pencil & pro-markers. Credit: William Van Zyl.

About Malinda Van Zyl(co-author)     

 Malinda emigrated to New Zealand years ago with her husband, William. She loves gardening, interior design, arts & crafts, and cooking. She also loves reading books on spirituality (Christian). She enjoys everything that involves a healthy lifestyle. Malinda loves visiting her grandchildren and spending quality time with them.

The e-book, 'Leon the Little Hammer Boy' & 'Leon the Watercolour Boy,' is Malinda's and her husband's first children's book. Malinda is co-writing an interior design book - The Nest - with her husband, William. The book is in progress, and plans are to publish it by the end of 2019. The title is 'The Nest.' The book includes an Organic-French (chateau) approach to interior decorating and design. 

Significant Christian books she have read are 'Driven by Eternity', 'Honour's Reward', and 'The Bait of Satan' by the author John Bevere. 


Cover page (draft): 'The Nest' due to be published by the end of 2018. 


Decorations to the center of the dining room table. The nest inside the glass dome is the focus on the diningroom table. Credit: W van Zyl

Decoration to the centre of the dining room table. Golden colour candelabra, blue 'delft' vases, translucent glass dome with nests and painted roses. Purple 'orchids' in a blue 'delft' vase. Credit: W van Zyl

Original nest with a bird made from feathers (top tier). Acorns, painted roses, and an original nest at the bottom of the tier. Credit: W van Zyl 

Concrete sculpture of a lady. Hand painted by Malinda and adorned with a pearls/shells/glass beads wreath. Gilded metal crown on the head of the lady. Credit: W van Zyl

Bird Town designed and created by Malinda and husband William. Bird Town located in Malinda's back garden. Credit: W van Zyl

Cream coloured metal shelf (hollow) with two concrete pedestals on the left and right (original nests on each) , a copper/verdigris chicken in the middle, a large rusted  tray, and an brown metal ornate clock against the wall in the background. Credit: W van Zyl

Malinda's back garden with a Wendy house in the background. This house is being prepared for little Lucia (grandchild) to play in as she grows up. A mud kitchen (outside) is planned with a small kitchen inside the Wendy house for her to 'bake and to cook'.  Credit: W van Zyl