A sym­phony of colour

Grey forms the per­fect back­drop for an en­sem­ble of bright and bold hues in mu­si­cian Elvis Blue’s fam­ily home.

Home Paint It - - CONTENTS - By Beatrice Moore-nöth­nagel Pho­to­graphs Fran­cois Ober­hol­ster Styling Mar­ian van Wyk

Af­ter three years in a rented home where the walls, floors and fur­ni­ture were all the same bor­ing shade, Chireze Hoogendyk was ready for some­thing new. When she and her singer hus­band Jan (aka Elvis Blue) built their new home on a golf es­tate in Ge­orge two years ago, they were in ab­so­lute agree­ment: it could be any­thing but mo­not­o­nous. “We both love bright colours,” says Chireze. “Elvis’s favourite colour is red while I love royal blue, yel­low and red – at the mo­ment, yel­low is at the top of my list,” she says with a smile.

Nat­u­rally, once the con­struc­tion work was com­pleted and they were able to start decorating, there was no hold­ing back.

“We de­cided on grey as a base colour through­out the house be­cause it is neu­tral enough to al­low you to play with colours around it,” says Chireze.

The Hoogendyks bid farewell to Jo­han­nes­burg in 2015 and moved to Ge­orge. “It’s so quiet and safe here and you get to en­joy na­ture as well,” says Chireze. They moved into their new home, a stone’s throw from the 15th hole at the Kingswood Golf Es­tate, in Fe­bru­ary last year. “I couldn’t wait to get started on decorating my own home. My good friend Ja­nine Borcher is an in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tor; she helped a lot by lay­ing the foun­da­tions for the pal­ette and then I sim­ply had to ‘colour-in’ as I went along.

“I re­ally wanted to prove that it’s pos­si­ble to be just as cre­ative on a tight bud­get. Earthy el­e­ments are way more beau­ti­ful than bling and so much more invit­ing.”

Mak­ing mu­sic

A mu­si­cian’s home must, of course, have a piano – and the liv­ing room is where Elvis has put his. “This is his space; it’s where he writes his mu­sic,” says Chireze. “Our girls love hold­ing their own lit­tle con­certs here while daddy is mak­ing mu­sic.”

Yel­low is a strong ac­cent colour in the liv­ing room and has been added in a play­ful man­ner with a high-gloss paint (Du­lux’s Gloss Enamel range). The cof­fee ta­ble was made from a vin­tage ch­est that Chireze has had since she was a lit­tle girl. “When we moved here, I de­cided to give it yel­low legs (Du­lux Tar­ragon Glory 4) and trans­form it into a cof­fee ta­ble,” she ex­plains. The yel­low bal­land-claw chair (also Tar­ragon Glory 4) is an heir­loom from Elvis’s grand­mother.

“Peo­ple of­ten think yel­low is a dif­fi­cult colour and too much of a gam­ble but when our friends see it, they love it,” says Chireze.

Large stack­ing doors lead out to a se­cluded cor­ner of the gar­den that boasts an old cane pa­tio suite up­dated with a coat of An­nie Sloan Napoleonic Blue. “I feel the same way about blue as I do about yel­low: it stands out beau­ti­fully and it makes you feel good. Yel­low and blue also com­ple­ment each other,” says Chireze.

I love the feel­ing of hap­pi­ness that yel­low in­spires. – Chireze

The Hoogendyks cre­ated an in­dus­trial yet earthy feel in the kitchen with raw bricks, grey con­crete floors and nat­u­ral wood; pops of colour were in­tro­duced with art­works and a loose rug.

The swing bench on the stoep was spe­cially made for Elvis by a crafts­man in town who took an or­di­nary bunk bed, cut off one side and at­tached sturdy ropes.

The pat­tern on the ce­ment tiles at the front door was in­spired by Pin­ter­est. Chireze had a sten­cil of the de­sign laser-cut, gave the tiles a base coat of grey roof paint (Du­lux Roof­guard) and painted the pat­tern with white paving paint.

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