I was requested by my client to bring life into their new home near Stellenbosch.
They wanted to bring some contemporary clean lines, colour and warmth to the home, a sophisticated farmhouse in 2020, whilst being mindful of the Georgian architecture.
The very grand entrance was key to setting the tone. It was here that I wanted to break away from being too traditional and to stamp the family personality and a sense of place being set in a working wine farm.
I used an old farm work bench for a collection of plants, family treasures and photographs, customised overscaled mirrors made from pressed metal ceiling panels, an oversized kilim, heavy baskets filled with proteas from the farm and a modern cane couch covered in a burberry style fabric.
Contemporary metal rails were customised and made up with heavy natural linen curtains, and bold large reworked Persians used throughout the house.
I commissioned the hero of the lounge- a Casamento embroidered couch. This epitomises the style of the house- with its contemporary frame and delicate combination of traditional patterned linen, alternating colours of plain linen and exquisite hand embroidery. I picked up the colours in the couch and customised complimentary chairs and couch in mustard, soft reds and teals.
I made up a large cabinet in metal and ribbed glass to partner the server commissioned for the dining room and used an antique door as a base for the coffee table.
The dining room with its 3,6m ironwood table, contemporary meets classic metal legs sits grandly on a bold black carpet. To bring a sense of fun, texture and colour, I made up dining rooms chairs with a riot of colour and pattern- from some animal print, embroidered chinoiserie, textured velvet in tones that pick up plums, golds and teals. The custom cabinet and large mirror complete the eclectic yet classic look.
These 2 bold rooms needed a quietness between them and I used softer tones and simple furniture in the room to allow the baby grand piano to shine. The pinks and sands reflect the Photo of the Kalagadi flamingoes on the walls.
The kitchen is the heart of the house and I introduced the Jan range of printed textile in here with some jewel tones and linen textures to complement the existing daybed and the large chunky breakfast table.
The bedrooms we kept simple, with some of them with white and some with charcoal linen curtains, reworked carpets, textured linen embroidered cushions and in the man bedroom a stunning handpainted carpet wallhanging.
The clients were thrilled with the outcome. We created a home for them- combined texture, old and new and created a warm welcoming home that reflects their personalities.