For in­te­rior de­signer Clin­ton Sav­age, mov­ing from the city to an es­tate in the scenic Tokai re­gion rep­re­sented a new style of liv­ing

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A coun­try house in the Cape winelands

Want­ing more space, fresh air and a slower pace of life, Cape Town in­te­rior de­signer Clin­ton Sav­age and his part­ner Ruald Rheeder, a well-known fash­ion de­signer, de­cided to put their home in Hig­govale in the City Bowl on the mar­ket and move to the sub­urbs. What Clin­ton de­scribes as a ba­sic shell of a home was ap­peal­ing for many rea­sons, namely its open­ness, the fact that it didn’t need ren­o­vat­ing and the life­style and se­cu­rity of­fered by Sil­ver Tree Es­tate. “The area is well known for its vine­yards, we’re close to some fan­tas­tic restau­rants, which we fre­quent of­ten, and there are some great moun­tain walks, which we love do­ing with our Great Dane, Thomas,” he elab­o­rates.

With this house, Clin­ton was his own client, a chal­lenge he rev­elled in. “As a de­signer, you never re­ally have time for your own home. In this case, I had to get the house ready for liv­ing in one month and it was a re­ally en­joy­able process,” he says. As they had sold most of their old fur­ni­ture with their Hig­govale home, they could start al­most from scratch.

“We added per­son­al­ity to the house by fo­cus­ing on the walls. In some ar­eas, we clad the bot­tom half with white pan­elling to give a more for­mal feel and pro­vide a con­trast to the darker wall­cov­er­ings,” he ex­plains.

The clas­sic con­tem­po­rary style he’s known for suits the mod­ern Cape ar­chi­tec­ture and is also a softer take on the mono­chrome scheme he favours. Nat­u­ral hemp boucle car­pets were used in many rooms and the strik­ing, one of a kind pieces col­lected by the cou­ple over the years add per­son­al­ity.

Clin­ton’s aim was to give the struc­ture a fresh, light feel and de­signed the in­te­ri­ors to suit their love of no-fuss en­ter­tain­ing where ev­ery­one, the furkids in­cluded, can put their feet up and re­lax. The fin­ishes are very

prac­ti­cal; all the liv­ing room fur­ni­ture is slip­cov­ered in wash­able linens. “Noth­ing is too pre­cious and we re­ally live in ev­ery inch of the house,” he says. Clin­ton’s aim as a de­signer is to cre­ate spa­ces that are beau­ti­ful but with­out pre­tence. “To have a home that is easy to live in and not too pre­cious is the ul­ti­mate goal of in­te­rior de­sign.”

Although gen­er­ous in size, with views of the sur­round­ing moun­tains, the house has a very in­ti­mate feel. Aside from Clin­ton’s cre­ative use of tex­tures and lay­er­ing, the in­doorout­door dy­namic is the other star fea­ture. Ev­ery room opens up to the gar­den and pool, and thanks to Clin­ton’s con­sid­ered de­sign, the dif­fer­ent spa­ces all re­late to each other, cre­at­ing con­ti­nu­ity through­out.

“The en­tire house has a cer­tain hon­esty,” com­ments Clin­ton. “It’s the per­fect spot for liv­ing and ev­ery door opens onto the gar­den and the views,” he says.

The out­door din­ing area is a favourite spot in sum­mer. The chairs are from Be­spoke and the rus­tic wooden ta­ble from Trade Se­cret.

THIS PAGE, FROM LEFT: TO RIGHT:Wo­ven bas­kets from the Pan African Mar­ket make a fo­cal point in theen­trance. Some were painted white for vari­a­tion. The gar­den’s small lawn is just the right size for the dogs to laze on and dry off after a swim in the pool.

THIS PAGE, FROM TOP TO BOT­TOM: The white­washed bricks in the liv­ing area pro­vide a fresh aes­thetic. The chairs and ta­ble in the din­ing area are part of the Clin­ton Sav­age In­te­ri­ors range.

THIS PAGE, FROM TOP TO BOT­TOM:The main en suite bath­room has a rest­ful at­mos­phere. The mir­rors are from @home. Clin­ton in­tro­duced gen­tle sage green to the mas­ter bed­room as it has a calm­ing ef­fect and com­ple­ments the flo­ral de­sign of the Her­tex wall­pa­per.

THIS PAGE, CLOCK­WISE FROM ABOVE LEFT: The dress­ing room was given a bold touch with an or­nate light fit­ting by Mor­gan As­so­ciates. Hemp boucle car­pets from Coir­tex were used in the bed­rooms. A chair and stool draw the eye down the pas­sage and into the mas­ter bed­room. Clin­ton painted the linen cabi­net bright turquoise, which adds a touch of quirk­i­ness.

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