THINK­ING BIG

Clever de­sign added ex­tra space to this KZN fam­ily home

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While we loved the lo­ca­tion of our home and the fact that it was solidly built with good fin­ishes, our aim when we moved in was to make it feel much larger,” re­call Brett and Kita Veale.

Kita, who runs Home­stead Decor, an on­line decor ac­ces­sories busi­ness, has had years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the decor

in­dus­try and has learned many of the tricks of the trade along the way.

“To cre­ate a sense of space, we kept the ba­sics neu­tral and painted all the walls – ex­cept those in the bath­rooms – pale stone for con­ti­nu­ity,” ex­plains Kita. “But what made the big­gest dif­fer­ence was re­plac­ing the tiled f loor­ing with wood­look vinyl down­stairs and in­stalling wall-to-wall jute in the bed­rooms. The rooms in­stantly looked lighter and more con­tem­po­rary.”

Ex­tend­ing the ve­randa by 12 square me­tres and car­ry­ing it across the front of the house was an­other clever way of gain­ing an ex­tra liv­ing room. “Be­fore, there was barely space for a chair; now we can eas­ily en­ter­tain guests out there,” says Kita, who also turned her at­ten­tion to es­tab­lish­ing suf­fi­cient

stor­age space. “This is essen­tial in a small home. We took ad­van­tage of the wasted space un­der the stair­case to cre­ate a pantry, giv­ing us more room to tuck things away and keep the house clut­ter-free.”

When it came to dec­o­rat­ing, Kita’s pas­sion for the or­ganic and ar­ti­sanal played a large role. “I was in­tro­duced to beaded jew­ellery, bas­kets and pot­tery at an early age,” she re­veals. And this inf lu­enced her home as well as the busi­ness she set up four years ago. Us­ing a smart com­bi­na­tion of black and white as the base, she added raf­fia lamp­shades, gilded mir­rors and raw wood fin­ishes to es­tab­lish the re­laxed yet stylish feel. “Car­ry­ing the theme through­out means we can move items and fur­ni­ture from room to room and it all lives to­gether hap­pily,” she notes.

Her choice of black and white makes a par­tic­u­lar state­ment in the pow­der room. “This is the one place you can do some­thing dar­ing and we wanted ours to be big and bold. We painted the tiles black, added a mono­chrome palm leaf wall­pa­per, and we love the dra­matic ef­fect.”

Paint­ing the tiles wasn’t the only bit of cre­ative DIY the cou­ple got up to. “We painted fur­ni­ture handed down from our fam­i­lies and sanded wooden items to give them the look we were af­ter. To get the ef­fect I wanted in the en­trance hall, I painted the bas­kets on the wall black and the lamp­shade as well,” says Kita.

“We love us­ing items that have sen­ti­men­tal value, and also me­men­toes from our trav­els. This is what makes our home unique and so per­sonal.”

Kita Veale’s love of the or­ganic and stylish is ev­i­dent right from theen­trance hall where a se­lec­tion of in­ter­est­ing arte­facts makes a fo­cal point of the con­sole ta­ble.

THIS PAGE, FROM TOP TO BOT­TOM: Dou­bling the size of theve­randa re­sulted in an ad­di­tional liv­ing room. The cush­ions on the sofa are from Her­tex and the tim­ber heads from Home­stead Decor. The ball and claw chairs are fam­ily hand-me-downs.De­mar­cat­ing the liv­ing area is a rug from Home­stead Decor while a cor­ner sofa max­imises the seat­ing. Clut­ter is hid­den in wo­ven bas­kets in the TV unit.

THIS PAGE, CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP LEFT: “Mir­ror is a great way to make a room feel big­ger,” says Kita, who hung a large black­framed one in the liv­ing room. The cush­ions are from Her­tex and De­sign Team. To up­date the kitchen and keep costs down, the ex­ist­ing tiles were painted white. The pow­der room was given a strik­ing look by paint­ing the tiles black and cladding the walls with Ash­ford Trop­ics’ Bali Leaves wall­pa­per, from Her­tex.

THIS PAGE, FROM TOP TO BOT­TOM: The guest room is cool and re­lax­ing with in­ter­est com­ing from a dusty pink cush­ion from De­sign Team and a tex­tured throw from KNUS. Har­vey’snurs­ery has the same chic, stylish look of the rest of the house. Kita made the mo­bile, and the shut­ters were in­stalled by Kirk­lands Lets De­sign.

ABOVE: The bath­room was gut­ted and the van­ity cus­tom­made to fit the small room. To free up space, the door was re­placed with a slid­ing ver­sion. With one wall painted black and the far wall clad with mir­ror, it’s now a glam­orous space.

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