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