An abun­dance of flow­ers and fo­liage sets the scene in a Ke­nil­worth home

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Belinda and Joe Soboil bought their beau­ti­ful home eight years ago. “We were look­ing for a house with a big enough gar­den for our three boys,” ex­plains Belinda. “Joe found this place, but I wasn’t so sure it was the right one un­til I fell in love with the or­nate front door – and the rest is his­tory!”

Their new home was in need of a ren­o­va­tion, but the Soboils de­cided to live in it for a while be­fore tack­ling the job. This way, they were able to fig­ure out ex­actly what needed to be done.

“First, we opened up the kitchen area and then we en­closed a sec­tion of the veranda to cre­ate a kids’ TV lounge,” ex­plains Belinda. “Af­ter this, we added dou­ble doors in the for­mal lounge lead­ing out into the gar­den, which made a huge dif­fer­ence to the in­side-out­side flow.”

Once the nec­es­sary struc­tural changes had been made, Belinda could be­gin to make her mark on the in­te­rior spa­ces. “I’d say my style is a mix of eclec­tic and mod­ern – per­haps boho vin­tage. I like to com­bine the un­pre­dictable with the un­usual and in­stinc­tively cre­ate a dé­cor look that’s moody and full of feel­ing – and strongly ac­cented by plants.” >>

By Sarah Stu­art-Reck­ling • Pho­to­graphs Justin Pa­trick

The fea­ture wall in the lounge is painted in Plas­con’s City of Green and it forms a strik­ing con­trast with the col­lec­tion of cream plat­ters above it. Couch and side ta­bles from Dan Saks; mir­ror from Hadeda; drinks trol­ley from Stokperd; art­work above by An­drew Put­ter

The open-plan kitchen with its screed floors is sit­u­ated right next to an en­closed veranda. The green cro­chet blan­ket on the couch was made by the tal­ented No­rah Karoi who works for the fam­ily. Couch from Wey­landts; cush­ions from Skinny laMinx

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