A Jo’burg home designed for outdoor living and entertaining
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
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 amatuli.co.za Ambiente Luce ambienteluce.com
Angele Whittaker Architect 083 407 7114 Block & Chisel blockandchisel.co.za Country Road woolworths.co.za Hans van der Merwe & Son hansvandermerwe.com Hertex hertex.co.za
Mobelli Furniture + Living mobelli.co.za Mr Price Home
mrphome.com Pezula Interiors pezulainteriors.co.za Plascon plascon.co.za Sasi Wallpaper sasiwallpaper.co.za SHF shf.co.za St Leger & Viney stleger.co.za Sybaris Kitchens sybaris.co.za
Vita Upholstery 011 334 7277 Vivian Ward Interiors
vivianleigh[email protected] Volpes volpes.co.za Weylandts weylandts.co.za WOMAG womag.co.za