A touch of French flair
Serina knows how to give a brand-new home a wonderfully lived-in feel with vintage and antique furniture. But don’t think that her house is a replica of her shop; while she specialises in distressed furniture in her store, her own style is more ‘fresh vintage’ with a touch of French flair. With De Villiers as a maiden name, there’s plenty of French blood running through her veins! Serina subtly brings this heritage into her décor.
“Most of my furniture comes from my previous home; however, over the past two years I have collected a few ‘new’ pieces for our new home, including the large French wardrobes which allowed me to avoid any built-in cupboards in the house,” she says. Many of these wardrobes come from Strand Trading Post and they work perfectly with the home’s high ceilings. “French wardrobes need plenty of space,” explains Serina. “For this style, furniture pieces must complement each other and not compete with each other – the balance has to be right.” >>
Wardrobe from Strand Trading Post; chaise longue from Nerf-Af; laminated flooring from Flooring Depot; wallpaper from Paint & Decor The headboard in the main bedroom belonged to Serina’s mother. “Neither of my siblings wanted it because it takes up so much space!” Serina had it reupholstered in French linen and applied a paint technique to the frame herself. The throw on the bed, which comes from Belgium, boasts a French monogram. Pale blue wallpaper with a touch of gold adds to a tranquil atmosphere.