IN LIVING COLOUR
Combining bold visual flair with clean architectural lines, this home is a classic study in the power of contrast |揉合繽紛視覺元素與簡約建築線條的家居是鮮明對比的有力研讀
Stepping over the threshold of interior designer Kim Stephen’s gloriously colourful home in the affluent Bishopscourt suburb of Cape Town is like virtually inserting yourself into her plethora of gorgeous Pinterest boards. Vibrant hues are everywhere and yet these bursts of brightness are also framed within the crisp lines of Kim’s classic-yet-contemporary style, which nods to architectural lines, beautiful fabrics and a few judicious touches of whimsy.
Kim’s home exhibits a graceful sense of classicism that includes a confident use of black and white, which, as she explains, "works as a foil to the vibrant palette by balancing and grounding it". The contrast comes from, for example, the bright orange front door that opens onto an elegant hallway and stairwell that features poured terrazzo floors and a textured charcoal wallpaper, as well as a tall potted palm tree and a number of artworks, including an eye-catching series of silkscreens by littleknown South African artist Stephanie Watson. Kim spotted them in an antiques store in the Cape Town suburb of Wynberg and instantly fell in love.
Another indicator of Kim’s penchant for classicism is the architecture of the house, which
“BLACK AND WHITE BASE TONES WORK AS A FOIL TO THE VIBRANT PALETTE BY GROUNDING IT”
she describes as "Georgian lines with modern edges". Before the structure was completely renovated three and a half years ago, it was a simple, rustic A-frame that’s difficult to imagine today. With husband Graham and their 10-yearold son, Jamie, the family lived here for seven years before the remodel. Their daughter Anna, who is three years old, came along in its immediate aftermath.
The open-plan living-dining-kitchen area is the heart of the house and is made even more family friendly by having a colourful kids’ play area, situated just off the kitchen space. Beyond this is a beautiful indoor-outdoor living space that was added to the house during the renovation. Reminiscent of the extensive patios and terraces that are popular in Durban and Johannesburg but are still relatively new to Cape Town houses, this "outdoor room" can be closed up during more inclement weather or completely opened to the elements during the city’s long, hot summers.
The patio area adjoins the garden, showcasing an inviting square swimming pool – as well as a marvellous wooden jungle gym for the kids, featuring a slide that runs directly into the pool. The views here are spectacular, with an uninterrupted vista of the side of Table Mountain above Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden – it’s a typical Bishopscourt view and gives the entire property a real feeling of expansiveness and freedom. Wynberg的古董店看到這批作品，並一見鍾情。
Across the front of the dining and living space are French doors that open onto an uncovered, narrow terrace. It was originally going to have a pergola over it, says Kim, until she substituted that idea for the four huge grey planters with lime trees in them. It’s a boldly elegant idea that creates a much more modern feel than a pergola would have – and the trees provide a great supply of limes to boot.
The family’s bedrooms, as well as Kim’s petite home office – which features a fresh green ombre wallpaper by Designers Guild – are all upstairs. All these first-floor rooms lead off a hallway that has been furnished as a casual pyjama lounge and features a glorious view across Cape Town towards the distant Durbanville hills.
平台跟花園相連，可見宜人方正的泳池，還有供孩子暢玩的玩架連滑梯，滑下即能跳進水池。物業飽覽Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden上方的Table Mountain無阻隔美景，這種典型Bishopscourt景色為房子注入開揚和自由奔放的情感。
VIM AND VIGOUR Designer Kim Stephen's "outdoor room" overlooks the inviting swimming pool and can be opened up to the elements during Cape Town's spectacular summers.
MAKING AN ENTRANCE
Potted palms, bold prints and a textured charcoal wallpaper add grandeur to the abode's impressive antechamber. The living room combines classicism and whimsy to great effect.
COLOURS AND SHAPES Natural elements, patterned fabrics and furnishings that extol a contemporary twist on tradition create visual interest and a balanced beauty.