OR­GANIC CHEM­ISTRY.

TWO FRIENDS DEC­O­RATE A COASTAL HOME THAT'S A RE­FRESH­ING GET­AWAY FILLED WITH A CRAFT-IN­SPIRED AES­THETIC AND COL­OR­FUL ART­WORK

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A hol­i­day-coastal abode is a haven of fun and calm with col­or­ful ac­ces­sories and airy liv­ing spa­ces.

A neu­tral pal­ette gives the house a time­less feel while nat­u­ral tex­tures keep it laid­back. Anthea New­bury, the owner, was adamant about creat­ing a lay­ered, atypical space, and so through­out, you’ll find in­ter­est­ing el­e­ments like this white peb­ble wash floor treat­ment—a de­tail that in­stantly makes the space feel like a cot­tage in Greece. Get sim­i­lar wicker fur­ni­ture at Lu­zon Rattan In­dus­tries, LRI De­sign Plaza, 210 N. Gar­cia St., Makati City.

Ahol­i­day home poses a very par­tic­u­lar chal­lenge to a de­signer: it must cater to the needs of dif­fer­ent peo­ple, on dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions. It should be an oa­sis of calm, a haven of fun, a show­case for sig­na­ture style—and it needs to tick all the boxes, but not at the ex­pense of any sin­gle one.

This kind of task needs a co­he­sive team and a clear vi­sion, and this par­tic­u­lar beach house in Plet­ten­berg Bay (one of the most pop­u­lar and sought-af­ter spots on South Africa’s Gar­den Route coastal stretch) has both. An added bonus: the de­sign duo in ques­tion are long­time friends.

De­signer Kim Stephen, who now lives and works in London, and owner Anthea New­bury set out on what would be­come a two-year ad­ven­ture, trav­el­ing to­gether and sourc­ing around the coun­try, pick­ing up pieces that fit their vi­sion or­gan­i­cally as they found them. Home­own­ers Anthea and An­ton had al­ready nar­rowed down what they wanted to some­thing that could be con­sid­ered as “boho-eclec­tic,” and needed some­one to bring it to life when they brought Kim on board. “They had al­ready started build­ing the home and had a clear idea of what they were look­ing for. We’ve been close friends for many years, so I felt I could do jus­tice to their life­style, but I was also ex­cited to leave my own aes­thetic be­hind and go along on the jour­ney of re­al­iz­ing their creative vi­sion,” adds Kim.

This in­cluded steer­ing clear of coastal clichés. “We did not want a typ­i­cal beach house―you know, blue and white with white­washed wood. Noth­ing ‘shabby chic’,” Anthea says. “And yet, we also didn’t want ul­tra mod­ern, bal­anced or set dé­cor, but rather an al­most un­planned, thrown-to­gether feel.” So some­where in the mid­dle, they set out to find the sweet spot―so­phis­ti­cated but

A LOT OF THOUGHT WENT INTO CREAT­ING SPA­CES FOR EV­ERY­ONE―A KEY EL­E­MENT OF SUC­CESS­FUL HOL­I­DAY LIV­ING.

re­laxed. “While it is a fam­ily home, we could af­ford to up the glam­our fac­tor a bit, and were very aware of com­fort with­out com­pro­mis­ing on style,” Anthea adds.

Loosely in­spired by des­ti­na­tions like the Mediter­ranean in gen­eral, and Ibiza in par­tic­u­lar, the idea was to fill the space with in­ter­est­ing finds and beau­ti­ful art­work set against the back­drop of a strong white and nat­u­ral pal­ette to cre­ate a col­lected feel. Anthea’s vi­sion from the be­gin­ning was in­ter­est­ing, lay­ered, and off­beat―not too bal­anced nor too “dec­o­rated.” Color, too, needed a bit of com­pro­mise. “I like a lot of it, my hus­band less so, so we had to find a happy medium,” she ex­plains. Kim is known for her jewel-box use of color, so be­tween the three of them, a clever and demo­cratic ap­proach was needed.

As a re­sult, most of the col­ors are in the art­work. Where the rest of the dé­cor has a breezy white base with blue and black ac­cents, the pieces pop in kalei­do­scopic hues—a smart and so­phis­ti­cated so­lu­tion that cre­ates a thread out of the art that runs through­out the house and high­lights it as a fea­ture.

“One of our great­est pas­sions is col­lect­ing art,” Anthea ad­mits. And though the se­lec­tion might ap­pear un­ex­pected, the pieces, which range from oils to in­stal­la­tions, were care­fully se­lected to en­hance each space, ei­ther by adding color or by throw­ing off the bal­ance in a room.

Some­thing they all agreed on, how­ever, was that rus­tic was a swear­word and stereo­types were out. That said, they did want to draw on the lo­ca­tion as in­spi­ra­tion— some­thing the prop­erty as a whole does (the gar­den was planned as an ex­ten­sion of the dune us­ing coastal plant­ing to cre­ate a con­tin­uum). Nat­u­ral tex­tures were inevitable in or­der to cre­ate a home com­fort­able in its sur­round­ings, hence, the dé­cor scheme of wood, raf­fia, and bas­ketry fea­ture promi­nently. Kim and Anthea were each other’s mon­i­tors here, and they put each other back on the right track if ei­ther strayed slightly away from the boho theme of the house.

“We were each other’s coun­ter­points—I some­times tem­pered Anthea’s wilder ideas but she also stretched my cre­ativ­ity, as this house is non-con­form­ist in many ways,” com­ments Kim. Her ap­proach that a co­coon­ing base needs to bal­ance high drama was per­fectly in sync with the fam­ily’s need for easy el­e­gance: play­ful but per­fectly ap­pointed.

NAT­U­RAL TEX­TURES IN THE FORM OF WOOD, RAF­FIA, AND BAS­KETRY CRE­ATE A HOME THAT IS COM­FORT­ABLE IN ITS SUR­ROUND­INGS.

The sea-fac­ing ve­ran­dah needs lit­tle by way of adorn­ment, as the views are sim­ply show­stop­ping. Plenty of seat­ing and loungers are all ori­ented to­wards the seascape, of­fer­ing many op­tions in the house to re­lax in. Get a sim­i­lar lat­tice-pat­terned side ta­ble from Global Views at Shangri-La at the Fort, and trop­i­cal palm-printed pil­low­cases at H&M Home, SM Makati.

In this mag­i­cal liv­ing space, all the de­signer's and owner’s boho vi­sions are man­i­fested in the eth­nic tex­tiles, an­i­mal print ac­ces­sories, and in­laid ta­bles. These all come to­gether in an ex­quis­ite ex­pres­sion of hip­pie glam­our that begs for caf­tan-clad leisure lovers to lounge in it. Here, a stun­ning, large-scale kalei­do­scopic art­work is the cen­ter­piece of the space. To achieve a sim­i­lar boho feel, layer on Jobi and Jo­mata pil­lows from Habi­tat.

above In her projects, Kim al­ways keeps a bal­ance of com­fort and so­phis­ti­ca­tion, as a co­coon­ing base has to coun­ter­act aes­thet­ics. In this bed­room, soft tex­tures of white give the space a re­lax­ing feel, al­low­ing the view to shine. You can get a sim­i­lar pat­terned area rug like this at Deco­l­iv­ing Manila.

left A bath­room that opens to the out­doors is the epit­ome of beach liv­ing. Min­i­mal lines are off­set by nat­u­ral tex­ture in the per­fect bal­ance of sleek and or­ganic fix­tures and el­e­ments. You can find a sim­i­lar tub like this at San­itec, 240 E. Ro­driguez Sr. Ave., Que­zon City.

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