A Dur­ban beach­front apart­ment geared for fun

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A KZN Mid­lands-based cou­ple and their three young adult chil­dren who spend week­ends here when­ever pos­si­ble.


A four-bed­room, two-bath­room apart­ment in a 1960’s block on Dur­ban’s beach­front with an open­plan liv­ing area and scullery.

The owner of this apart­ment on Dur­ban’s beach­front had al­ways ad­mired the retro charm of this 1960’s build­ing, its lo­ca­tion on the Golden Mile and its views of the prom­e­nade, so when two ad­join­ing apart­ments went on sale at the same time, she jumped at the op­por­tu­nity to buy them. “Dur­ban’s a real South African city and has all the cul­ture, vibe and sea­side slip-slop at­ti­tude I love,” she says. “I grew up here and the views over the prom­e­nade and Mini Town with ships queu­ing for the har­bour re­mind me of my child­hood.”

These child­hood mem­o­ries in­spired much of the de­sign and decor on which the owner col­lab­o­rated with Tracy Kelly of Nom de Plume Stu­dio. Struc­tural ren­o­va­tions in­volved re­mov­ing the wall be­tween the two apart­ments to es­tab­lish a spa­cious open-plan liv­ing area,

turn­ing one kitchen into a scullery-cum-laun­dry and the other into a bunk room, and re­vamp­ing the bath­rooms.

All the fam­ily’s ac­tiv­i­ties were taken into con­sid­er­a­tion with a rack for surf boards, a rail for sun­glasses and hooks for wet tow­els and cos­tumes.

“One of the big­gest changes we made was re­plac­ing the old win­dows with frame­less stack­ing ones,” says the owner. “Now, when you open them, you feel as though you’re on a bal­cony. We en­hanced this im­pres­sion in the din­ing sec­tion with up­hol­stered win­dow seats teamed with small round ta­bles and chairs to cre­ate the feel of a beach café. On the other side, we in­stalled a ledge below the win­dow which, with high stools, func­tions as a bar so we can take full ad­van­tage of the view.”

While the view is a ma­jor at­trac­tion, the draw­back of the large win­dows is the dam­age caused by the sun stream­ing in. “This is the rea­son I chose ex­pen­sive fade-re­sis­tant fab­rics for the front rooms. In the be­d­rooms, I used lots of white as you can’t see the ef­fects of fad­ing,” ex­plains the owner. A fresh blue and white colour scheme was used through­out. “I wanted the ef­fect to be el­e­gant yet re­laxed and let the view be the hero.”

As the kitchen forms the cen­tre of the apart­ment, it was im­por­tant to get it right. “I wanted a sim­ple, el­e­gant kitchen with a beach cot­tage feel,” ex­plains the owner. Free­stand­ing units from Mile­stone Kitchens proved to be the so­lu­tion. “We chose white cab­i­nets with tim­ber coun­ter­tops and used these through­out ex­cept in the wash­ing up area. We also in­stalled a long shelf to dis­play blue and white crock­ery. In­stead of be­ing hid­den in the cup­boards, it’s now an at­trac­tive fea­ture.”

To carry through the sea­side scheme, she chose a blue fridge, which was placed on a fridge base, also from Mile­stone Kitchens, to give it height and promi­nence.

“For us, a typ­i­cal week­end starts on Fri­day evening when we en­joy a sun­downer over­look­ing the beach. On Satur­days and Sun­days, we have an early morn­ing surf, jog along the prom­e­nade and then spend the rest of the day en­joy­ing the beach. If we don’t have a snack at Ke­babish, then we cook at home and eat in our own ‘cafe’. It’s bliss.”

SOURCES @home Ca­role Nevin De­signs car­ Cé­cile & Boyd ce­cile­and­ Chair Crazy chair­ K. Light Im­port Ke­babish 031 368 1844 Mile­stone Kitchens mile­stonek­ Mo­belli Fur­ni­ture + Liv­ing mo­ Nom de Plume Stu­dio 033 342 4158 Pa­tio Ware­house pa­tioware­ Shower So­lu­tions 031 303 2300 Tile Africa Wey­landts wey­ WOMAG

THIS SPREAD, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:Built-in win­dow seats com­bined with round ta­bles and chairs from Chair Crazy give the din­ing area beach café style. The blue and white Shi­bori cush­ions are from Nom de Plume Stu­dio. As the fam­ily are keen surfers, a rack for boards was placed near the front door. Wicker bas­kets hold clean tow­els and slip-slops.

THIS PAGE, FROM TOP TO BOT­TOM: Re­flect­ing the colour of beach sand, nat­u­ral tim­ber makes an at­trac­tive back­drop for the TV in the liv­ing area. To give the im­pres­sion of be­ing on a bal­cony, the own­ers re­placed the orig­i­nal win­dows with frame­less stack­ing ver­sions from Shower So­lu­tions.

THIS SPREAD, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:To make the kitchen ap­pear more spa­cious, the own­ers chose free­stand­ing units from Mile­stone Kitchens. By adding stools, also from Mile­stone, the counter serves as an ad­di­tional din­ing area. The own­ers chose crisp white for the fab­rics and bed­li­nen in the mainbed­room as it doesn’t show the signs of fad­ing. The cush­ions on the sofa are from Cé­cile & Boyd.

ABOVE: Black and white tiles from Tile Africa bring the all­white bath­room to life. Art deco black metal ball pen­dant, R5 760,K. Light Im­port.Copy the beach caféstyle of this din­ing area So­phie teak din­ing room arm­chair, R1 950, Pa­tio Ware­house. Line jute car­pet, R3 495, Wey­landts.Jaipur Geo­met­ric Indigo cush­ion cover, R325, Ca­role Nevin De­signs. Camino wood-look porce­lain tile, R573,85/m², WOMAG. Piana side ta­ble, R1 799, Mo­belli Fur­ni­ture + Liv­ing. Blue vel­vet cush­ion, R249, @home. Bistro ta­ble,R2 999, @home.Get the look

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