A serene her­itage home in Grey­ton that ticks all the right boxes

This serene haven in the Over­berg ticks all the right boxes for De­myan and Heiné’s next chap­ter in life.

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Long be­fore De­myan Ros­souw and Heiné de Waal bought their home in Grey­ton, it was at­tached to a school dor­mi­tory and be­longed to the school ma­tron.

Over the years, this her­itage build­ing, be­lieved to have been con­structed in the late 1800s, housed three dif­fer­ent restau­rants be­fore it was bought by Eu­gene Buch­ner, a ce­ram­ics re­storer who ren­o­vated it and rented it out as self-cater­ing hol­i­day ac­com­mo­da­tion.

In 2016, De­myan and Heiné took own­er­ship of the prop­erty af­ter fall­ing in love with its rich his­tory – it was just the right out-of-town home they’d been look­ing for. “It’s been a long-stand­ing dream to live in a small vil­lage in ‘the plat­te­land’,” says De­myan. “Some­where close enough to the city but with­out the ur­ban vibe – or the usual small-town busy­bod­ies! Grey­ton ticked all the boxes.”

They viewed about 15 homes be­fore they were shown this one. “We spent a few hours in the house with­out the es­tate agent. We liked the feel and loved what we saw, so we moved in two months later.” >>

Leav­ing the city be­hind

For many years, the cou­ple rented two small one-bed­room apart­ments in an apart­ment block in Tam­boer­skloof, Cape Town: one in which to live and an­other that func­tioned as an of­fice and study. De­myan is a cog­ni­tive be­hav­iour coach and Heiné, once a med­i­cal tech­nol­o­gist and later an al­ter­na­tive heal­ing ther­a­pist, now fo­cuses on paint­ing, sculp­ture and bon­sai.

“At this stage of our lives, this home is the per­fect fit,” De­myan says. “It’s spa­cious, but not too big, with a man­age­able gar­den, plenty of fresh air and enough room in which we can both ex­press our­selves.”

The din­ing room and lounge, gal­ley kitchen, study, stu­dio, guest room and guest bath­room are all lo­cated down­stairs. The main bed­room with its en-suite bath­room is sit­u­ated up­stairs.

“From the out­side, the house looks rather small and one wouldn’t ex­pect a sec­ond storey,” De­myan says. “De­spite be­ing more than 100 years old, the house still has mod­ern el­e­ments such as the loft bed­room – and we fell in love with these sur­prise fac­tors!”

We like a lot of neg­a­tive space in the house; the pal­ette is quite neu­tral and the fur­nish­ings sparse. Some peo­ple think we’re still in the process of un­pack­ing!

– De­myan

Their unique style

While the pair didn’t have to make any ma­jor struc­tural changes to their home, thanks to a re­cent ren­o­va­tion, the in­te­rior was too im­per­sonal for their lik­ing. These days, the dé­cor – an eclec­tic mix of min­i­mal­ist, plat­te­land, retro and Asian styles – re­flects both De­myan and Heiné’s per­son­al­i­ties.

“We styled the house in a way that suits our life­style, not to im­press other peo­ple,” De­myan says. “Our in­ten­tion with the lay­out and dé­cor is to cre­ate space so the en­ergy can move and to show­case the art­work and other things we love dearly.” Heiné has a keen eye for colour and de­tail, which is ex­pressed in the art­works and dec­o­ra­tive pieces through­out their home.

“The house now acts as his can­vas and he thor­oughly en­joys ex­press­ing his cre­ativ­ity in prac­tic­ing his art, dec­o­rat­ing the house and in de­sign­ing and main­tain­ing the gar­den,” De­myan adds. The cou­ple also max­imised the gor­geous view of the Rivier­son­derend moun­tains from sev­eral rooms in their home by in­stalling roll-up blinds in­stead of cur­tains; these allow plenty of light into the space dur­ing the day.

“Peo­ple of­ten re­mark on how warm and wel­com­ing the house is now. That’s ex­actly what we hoped to achieve in this space: to feel at home, to feel safe and to be real… No pre­ten­tious­ness re­quired,” De­myan says with a smile. >>

Al­most all the pen­dants in the home are the same to cre­ate uni­for­mity.

Who lives here? De­myan Ros­souw, Heiné de Waal and their cats Ti­mothy, Yuki and Fico WHERE Grey­ton SIZE 250m²

The white dec­o­ra­tive trim around the win­dows (op­po­site) is ac­cen­tu­ated by the sur­round­ing blue-grey walls. The old ce­ment floor was trans­formed with the ad­di­tion of soft grey and white quarry tiles. Stan­dard Stone and Stan­dard Char­coal stoep tiles from...

The orig­i­nal un­stained Ore­gon pine floors in the liv­ing ar­eas, in­clud­ing the din­ing room, en­hance the farm-style theme in this bright, un­clut­tered space. Flow­ers from Wool­worths

As cre­atives, it was im­por­tant for De­myan and Heiné to have their own space in which to re­treat. De­myan’s study, pre­vi­ously a bed­room, is all old-world charm with its dark wood, rich ac­cent colours and state­ment chair cov­ered in fab­ric by lo­cal...

Heiné bright­ened up his stu­dio with An­nie Sloan paint; the sec­ond-hand Ore­gon pine cabi­net and but­ler’s tray were painted in English Yel­low and the desk in Old White.

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