A Jo’burg home de­signed for out­door liv­ing and en­ter­tain­ing

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If ever there was a home fit for Jo’burg’s idyl­lic sum­mer days it would be this one in Bird­haven. Its owner came across the prop­erty more than once be­fore it fi­nally be­came his. While the orig­i­nal house – a smaller 1960’s it­er­a­tion – was dated, in a bad state and had no real lay­out to speak of,

THIS SPREAD, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: The north­ern façade is sur­rounded by cov­ered pa­tios. The large north ve­randa is a ca­su­ally dec­o­rated sun­trap with wicker so­fas and a cof­fee ta­ble from Pezula In­te­ri­ors. The seat cush­ions are up­hol­stered in Par­fait Ster­ling from Her­tex.

the land was promis­ing and it came with a ten­nis court. Suf­fice to say, noth­ing re­mains of the orig­i­nal house.

A clean slate pro­vided the owner with the op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate the home of his dreams. High on his wish list was an abode geared for en­ter­tain­ing with gen­er­ous use of space and a strong bond with the out­doors. “My life­style re­volves around hav­ing friends and fam­ily (and all their kids) around. I needed the space to en­ter­tain, for every­one vis­it­ing to be re­laxed and to play ten­nis,” he ex­plains.

In­te­gral to the trans­for­ma­tion was in­te­rior de­signer Vi­vian Ward, who had pre­vi­ously worked with the owner on an­other house. Thanks to their shared his­tory, there was an easy syn­ergy. “The brief was for a con­tem­po­rary look with a touch of eclec­ti­cism,” she re­calls. “I like mak­ing a fea­ture state­ment and hence en­cour­age my clients to take bold steps and do some­thing that stands out and be­comes a fo­cal point.”

This bold­ness has man­i­fested in the slate grey walls in the TV lounge, as well as the guest loo, which is wall­pa­pered in a fun pink f lamingo de­sign. “It was a chal­lenge con­vinc­ing my client to go with the dark ac­cent walls, but he loves them now,” Vi­vian ex­plains, adding that the home’s im­pres­sive scale and largely white pal­ette al­lowed for shots of ex­pres­sive colour. The eclec­ti­cism the owner was af­ter is rep­re­sented by way of a pair of ze­bra skin ot­tomans, af­fec­tion­ately named Madge and Betty, which Vi­vian had cus­tom made.

Lead­ing the home’s ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign was An­gele Whit­taker who has worked with Vi­vian on a num­ber of projects. In or­der to deal with the prop­erty’s prom­i­nent slope, An­gele had the land di­vided into ter­races. She also spread the length of the build­ing from east to west, thereby

THIS SPREAD, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: The dou­ble-vol­ume

en­trance soars to an im­pres­sive 6,3 me­tres. The arm­chair is from Pezula In­te­ri­ors. A pair of match­ing arm­chairs up­hol­stered in Time Out from Her­tex frames the cosy

western ve­randa. St Leger & Viney’s coral-coloured Ishana linen on the sofa brings a shot of colour to the for­mal

liv­ing room.

al­low­ing more win­dows to cap­ture the north light.

In or­der to speak to the home’s vol­ume, Vi­vian had cer­tain items made ex­tra large, such as the L-shaped sofa in the TV lounge. Apart from these items, the owner re­pur­posed much of his ex­ist­ing fur­ni­ture, which Vi­vian re­uphol­stered in a range of plain white and grey fab­rics be­fore adding a host of clas­sic prints. Nowhere is the use of pat­terns more gen­er­ous than in the main bed­room, which vi­brates with a lib­eral dose of blue prints paired with grey.

Thanks to its chief ly white scheme, ubiq­ui­tous open­ings, slat­ted shut­ters and sub­stan­tial out­door rooms, the home has a Hamp­tons feel, which speaks di­rectly to the owner’s affin­ity for this style.

THIS PAGE, CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP LEFT: The Vic­to­rian chairs and ta­ble in the din­ing room were made by Hans van der Merwe & Son. The pho­to­graphic art­work is from Amat­uli.

The TV lounge cof­fee ta­ble is from Wey­landts. Vi­vian cus­tom de­signed the large L-shape sofa in the TV lounge and had it made up by Vita Up­hol­stery.

Most im­pres­sive of all is the north-fac­ing en­closed ve­randa with its deep so­fas and boun­ti­ful pot­ted plants; it’s a sun­trap on win­try days and a breezy han­gout on warmer ones, where it con­nects to the gar­den by way of seam­less, glass stack­ing doors. At around 12 me­tres long, it’s a space that can ac­com­mo­date ev­ery­thing from loung­ing to din­ing and par­ties.

Week­ends are a time for fun, in­volv­ing fam­ily and friends gath­er­ing over long lunches and ten­nis tour­na­ments. “This house has the per­fect di­men­sions,” the owner re­marks, high­light­ing the im­por­tance of po­si­tion­ing and f low be­tween rooms. “When you’re in the kitchen, you’re still part of what’s hap­pen­ing in the TV room and the pa­tio,” he adds.

THIS PAGE, FROM TOP TO BOT­TOM: By cou­pling blue printed cot­ton from Her­tex with wall paint in Plas­con’s Paris Paving, the

main bed­room is stylish and mas­cu­line. The rug is also from Her­tex. Fea­tur­ing flamin­goes, Lochs & La­goons wall­pa­per from Sasi Wall­pa­per adds drama to the guest loo.

THIS PAGE, FROM TOP TO BOT­TOM: The main bath­room has a luxe, so­phis­ti­cated look with mar­ble tiles from WOMAG and Basil­ica wall­pa­per from Her­tex. One of the sunny guest

be­d­rooms has an­i­mal print cur­tain­ing fab­ric from Her­tex and an ot­toman de­signed by Vi­vian and made by Vita Up­hol­stery. SOURCES Amat­uli amat­ Am­bi­ente Luce am­bi­en­

An­gele Whit­taker Ar­chi­tect 083 407 7114 Block & Chisel blockand­ Coun­try Road wool­ Hans van der Merwe & Son hansvan­der­ Her­tex her­

Mo­belli Fur­ni­ture + Liv­ing mo­ Mr Price Home

mr­ Pezula In­te­ri­ors pezu­lain­te­ri­ Plas­con plas­ Sasi Wall­pa­per sasi­wall­pa­ SHF St Leger & Viney Sy­baris Kitchens sy­

Vita Up­hol­stery 011 334 7277 Vi­vian Ward In­te­ri­ors

vi­vian­leigh­[email protected] Volpes Wey­landts wey­ WOMAG

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