WIN A HOME

DE­SIGN DUOS ACROSS THE COUN­TRY EN­TERED SABC 3’S WIN A HOME COM­PE­TI­TION, BUT IT WAS THANKS TO A STRONG VIS­UAL LAN­GUAGE AND AES­THETIC EX­PER­TISE THAT TEAM HOUSE AND LEISURE WON THE VIEWER’S CHOICE AWARD

House and Leisure Before and After - - CONTENTS - IN­TER­VIEW LAYLA LEIMAN STYLING HEATHER BOTING PHO­TO­GRAPHS GRAEME WYLLIE

Cre­ative ex­per­tise took team House and Leisure – which con­sisted of artist Banele Khoza and in­te­rior de­signer Tshepo Sealetsa – to the top of SABC 3’s Win a Home com­pe­ti­tion

Best friends since univer­sity, fine artist Banele Khoza and ar­chi­tect-turnedi-nte­rior-de­signer Tshepo Sealetsa fin­ish each other’s sen­tences when they talk. So it was no sur­prise when they teamed up to com­pete along­side fel­low cre­atives in SABC 3’s Win a Home com­pe­ti­tion, aired on Af­ter­noon

Ex­press, and were cho­sen as two of six fi­nal­ists who put their com­bined skills to the test to ren­o­vate one of three homes to be won by a lucky viewer. Un­der the men­tor­ship of House and

Leisure editor Ti­aan Nagel, Banele and Tshepo – dubbed Team House and Leisure – dec­o­rated a colour-in­fused dream home with lo­cal de­sign at its heart in Eikenhof, Johannesburg. Writer Layla Leiman sat down with the pair to dis­cuss the project, the home’s de­sign vo­cab­u­lary and how the duo worked to­gether as a team.

LAYLA What I love about this house is that it feels so con­sid­ered with­out be­ing ‘dec­o­rated’. When you were work­ing on this project, were you de­sign­ing with your­selves in mind? TSHEPO I like to think so. At the start we wanted to de­sign a space that we would both ap­pre­ci­ate and want to live in. BANELE I think it has a lot of us in it, and the over­all theme was us. How do you com­ple­ment or chal­lenge each other?

TSHEPO Banele has a re­ally good eye for colour, and thanks to my ar­chi­tec­tural background, I’m a tech­ni­cal per­son and am all about at­ten­tion to de­tail. BANELE From an ar­chi­tec­tural per­spec­tive, I think with­out Tshepo, I wouldn’t have planned any­thing prop­erly. I would have just been like, ‘Well, if it works, it works’. The shades you’ve cho­sen, such as Mil­len­nial pink and for­est green, are very on trend. In terms of this project and de­sign in gen­eral, do you in­ten­tion­ally look to broader cul­ture or are these de­ci­sions quite in­tu­itive and part of your vis­ual vo­cab­u­lary? TSHEPO We didn’t ref­er­ence any­thing specif­i­cally, and in­stead wanted the space to show­case our per­son­al­i­ties and what we stand for. BANELE We also were re­ally in­ter­ested in col­lab­o­ra­tions and work­ing with lo­cal artists and de­sign­ers. So we did all our decor sourc­ing for the lounge from lo­cal de­sign­ers, which made

it more African. So sourc­ing lo­cal was a spe­cific choice? BANELE Yes, it was. How did you choose which de­sign­ers to col­lab­o­rate

with? TSHEPO That was Banele’s job! BANELE (Laughs) With the de­sign­ers, it was about think­ing which aes­thetic would suit the house. Also, we had to be am­bi­tious, and get­ting big names such as Dok­ter and Misses, 28, Joe Paine, Houtlander and Hei­die Fourie on board was quite a feat. They could have eas­ily said no, but I think they recog­nised that we’re de­vel­op­ing a spe­cific de­sign lan­guage, and all said yes. Did you have an over­ar­ch­ing con­cept for the house, or did you work room by room? TSHEPO We took it one room at a time, and I don’t think it would have turned out the way it did if we had planned ev­ery­thing at once. We wanted to see how our styles were go­ing to work to­gether and go from there. Where is the heart of this home for you? TSHEPO For me, it’s the main bed­room, be­cause it’s sub­tle, airy and soft, but in the same breath, it’s also quite a bold space con­sid­er­ing the merg­ing of the main bath­room and bed­room. BANELE I love ev­ery room, and when I’m in the house, it feels like a whole. What was your vi­sion for the home, and what did you want it to feel like when you step in­side? BANELE Cap­i­tal letters: LUX­URY (laughs). TSHEPO We were wor­ried that we wouldn’t be able to achieve this be­cause of bud­get… BANELE … but we re­alised that of­ten the less bud­get we had, the more cre­ative we be­came. Tell us about some of the decor choices you made. BANELE We wanted ev­ery space to feel com­fort­able and invit­ing. Nat­u­ral light­ing was es­pe­cially im­por­tant and in­formed our colour choices.

TSHEPO The first thing we thought about was warmth. So it’s a house for liv­ing in? BANELE Yes! How does it feel hav­ing de­signed a home that so closely re­flects your per­son­al­i­ties, and after all this, some­one else will move in? BANELE As an artist, I’m used to let­ting go of my work, so this felt like that. TSHEPO At the start I strug­gled, but after a while, I re­alised that this is what I’m go­ing to be do­ing go­ing for­ward, so I can’t get emo­tion­ally at­tached. It is some­one else’s home, and my job is to make it re­ally beau­ti­ful and liv­able for them, and hand it over. You were awarded the Win a Home View­ers’ Choice award, which means that the view­ers voted for the house you de­signed to win. How does that feel? TSHEPO I found it im­mensely heart­warm­ing that we were able to cap­ture the hearts of the au­di­ence, be­cause these are the peo­ple who are go­ing to be our fu­ture clients. It made all of the hard work worth it and, to some ex­tent, it gave me the con­fi­dence to go into the in­dus­try and be true to my de­sign aes­thetic.

bkhz; tshe­p­o_sealetsa Find out more about the Win a Home com­pe­ti­tion and watch the fi­nal episode at house­an­dleisure.co.za

THIS PAGE BANELE KHOZA AND TSHEPO SEALETSA CHOSE BOLD TONES IN PLASCON’S CARIBBEAN CUR­RENT AND ROOIBOS (PLASCON.CO.ZA) FOR THE LIV­ING ROOM WALLS OF THE WIN A HOME HOUSE THEY DE­SIGNED IN EIKENHOF, JOHANNESBURG. THE SPACE IS DE­FINED BY LAY­ERS OF NAT­U­RAL TEX­TURE, AS SEEN IN THE WOOD-LOOK TILES BY BELGOTEX (BELGOTEXFLOORS.CO.ZA), RAW TIM­BER BENCHES BY HOUTLANDER (HOUTLANDER.CO.ZA) AND STATE­MENT UFO COF­FEE TA­BLE BY DOK­TER AND MISSES (DOKTERANDMISSES.COM).

THIS PAGE, CLOCK­WISEFROM TOP A SIDE­BOARD BY RE-TREND (RETREND. CO.ZA) STANDS OUT AGAINST THE LIV­ING ROOM’S AC­CENT WALL, WHICH IS HOME TO ART­WORKS BY HEIDI FOURIE (LEFT) AND TATENDA CHIDORA (RIGHT); IN THE SPARE BED­ROOM, A CLOTHES RAIL FROM WEYLANDTS (WEYLANDTS.CO.ZA), CUS­TOMISED WITH CAE­SAR­STONE SHELV­ING (CAE­SAR­STONE.CO.ZA), FRAMES A PAINT­ING BY BANELE; THE LAID-BACK PA­TIO SPORTS BENCHES BY HOUTLANDER; NAT­U­RAL LIGHT­ING IN­FORMED THE PAIR’S COLOUR CHOICES THROUGH­OUT; VES­SELS AND SMALLS, SUCH AS A T-REX PLANTER FROM RIALHEIM (RIALHEIM. CO.ZA), GIVE THE HOME ADDED PER­SON­AL­ITY.

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