A family haven with a feminine touch Sleek-meets-homely design
Hayley Pannekoecke transformed a dated house into a welcoming abode with a blush palette and bags of sleek-meets-homely design
Aretro orange kitchen, 1970s floral carpets, and dull-brown bricks would probably send most house-hunters running for the hills, but savvy textile designer Hayley Pannekoecke saw past this dated decor to visualise what would become her future dream home.
Within weeks of snapping up this house, Hayley and her builder husband James had already started demolition.
Fast forward two years and the couple, their three children – Chloe, 10; Baye, seven; and Floyd, six – and their dogs, Jaffa and Cookie, are loving life in this colourfully renovated family abode.
Working in the homeware industry, Hayley knows a thing or two about interiors, and for her own house there was no question it would embrace a playful colour palette. “I was born with a love for colour and pattern. I’ve always been drawn to them,” Hayley says. “I wanted to create a space that had a calm and feminine energy, so I chose shades of pink for some of the walls in the kitchen and other rooms.” What does James think about the rosy hues? “He’s not fussed with the wall colours, as he knows only too well that I generally win those battles!” Hayley laughs.
That being said, renovating a home together didn’t come without its fair share of challenges. “We would butt heads here and there, mainly with my requests for things like round plaster >>
ceilings and archways,” says Hayley. “James would tell me that certain things just weren’t in the budget, but I fought hard for the steel archway between the kitchen and separate laundry area and now he loves it!”
While James may have been happy to take a back seat when it came to the style of the house, the kids were adamant they wanted a say. The boys helped their dad design their own pirate-ship-inspired bunk beds, while Chloe chose the paint colours for her room. Hayley says there was a method to her madness. “I only gave them a handful of colour and material options – a mom edit!” As a result, Hayley
loves the space that they’ve created together. “Our home is user-friendly and built for a family,” she says.
Your first impression of the house prepares you for what’s to come: a small entrance with beautiful American-oak parquetry and a splash of colour with a vintage yellow coat stand. The gorgeous flooring flows throughout the house, including the kitchen, which is very much the heartbeat of the home. “I’ve always had an affinity for round windows and curved walls, because they add a real softness and ambience to a space,” explains Hayley. It’s apt, then, that the kitchen boasts a striking curved wall in concrete panelling, offset by plaster walls painted in the softest pink. The giant kitchen bench doubles as a dining table and servery; it’s a feature that’s helped Hayley instil good eating habits and an appreciation for food in their children. “We have so many fond memories of meals and good times with friends and family sitting around this bench,” she adds.
Meanwhile, in the kids’ bathroom and the master bedroom’s en-suite bathroom, James’s building skills were put to good use again. Both rooms sport a stylish concrete vanity he made to spec, for a bespoke touch Hayley loves.
And when it’s time for the family to unwind? They can either be found in the reading nook playing Uno or guitar, or in the main living area. This lounge is home to a comfy, velvet-covered turquoise couch, tactile scatters and throws, and eye-catching tribal-inspired artworks.
“At some point, I’d like to convert the loft space into a parents’ retreat,” muses Hayley, “but, right now, from location to design, this house ticks all our boxes for a growing brood.” w&h
HEART OF THE HOME Hayley has cleverly introduced colour in the kitchen with stools in her feminine colour palette. Copper pendants add warmth – we like Illumina’s Rustic Copper Industrial Pendants, R3 025 each
TEXTURE WINS Hardwood timber cladding on parts of the home’s exterior is left to weather naturally for a Scandi touch. In the main living area, woven plant holders, tasselled throws and a velvet couch add to the tactile trend
COSY CORNER This side of the kitchen is great for family meals. Again, soft pink plays well with a metallic light fitting – try Hoi P’loy’s Molecule 4 Brass chandelier, R6 700
CHILL PAD This reading nook is where the family comes to relax and play Uno or guitar. We love the standout feature wall in pink (Dulux’s Hot Pink is a close match). For a similar armchair, you can’t go wrong with Coricraft’s Chobe Chair, from R8 999
IN THE DETAILS Hayley’s decor, from a Scandi-style stag ornament to bright and cheery artwork, shows how to work an eclectic collection
SOFT FOR SLUMBER Even with a predominately pink colour scheme, the master suite isn’t overpowering. Hayley chose olive, mustard and grey shades as a foil
CALM SPACE Natural materials in earthy tones make this an inviting space. The wood-look walls are actually stone tiles
OPPOSITES ATTRACT The softer round edges of the mirror are contrasted against the hard lines of the concrete basin to add visual interest