Clever design added extra space to this KZN family home
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.