FLOATING ON AIR A holiday home in Val de Vie
This holiday home in the Cape Winelands is a haven of calm and peace
When interior designer Danela Conti Bryant was asked to decorate this newly built home at Val de Vie, Paarl, she had to take careful stock of the owners’ needs.
Danela is a great fan of colour, but these clients wanted interiors that were neutral and calming. “They are fans of easy, laid-back tones rather than vivid hues,” says Danela. At the same time, she was to include all the luxuries for contemporary living.
Known for her bold palettes in the high-end projects she has worked on, Danela settled for plush fabrics, waxy leathers, textured wallpapers and bespoke furnishings as a substitute for colour.
“However, they were not adverse to busy patterns which I used in wallpapers,” says Danela. “I layered with simplicity, using textures to create interest on a subtle tone-on-tone palette.
“I also considered the wonderful views over the lake. In the main bedroom, for instance, I kept everything chalky and light so that the whole emphasis could be on the magnificent colour-changing views across the water to the Paarl Mountains.”
The second bedroom is used by their daughter, a great friend of Danela’s.
“So this bedroom is by far the most glamorous room in the house and quietly ref lects a bit of holiday magic and the mood of our friendship,” says Danela. “It’s palm-frond paper and fabrics from wall to wall. I love it!
“My clients are not keen on indoor braais, so I decorated the braai room for conversation and drinks – elegant, but casual. In the main living room we used plush fabrics with lots of velvet scatters on an elegant curved back sofa and
chose a viscose rug, which looks like silk, adding to the feeling of luxury with heavily draped windows. I always interline curtains, as this preserves the fabric in our harsh climate,”
Easy living was the key and there are no unnecessary or fussy decor items. The custom-made pieces designed by Danela and her craftsmen add a sense of individual style.
Danela worked around existing architectural elements, fittings and hardware such as taps and vanities. She had but a scant four months to complete everything so that her clients could move in for their first holiday with the house fully fitted – even down to champagne f lutes in the cupboards and bubbly chilling in the fridge.
The chill room overlooks the veranda and the lake. As the owners are not keen on braais, the room was furnished as a casual living area, with cane chairs from Block & Chisel and tie-dye grey linen curtains from Hertex.
THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM RIGHT: The formal living area is furnished with large sofas from Wunders and scatters from Ardmore. The marbletopped tables were gold leafed. Large pots from Liebermann Pottery make a strong statement on the deck. The lounger is from Bloc Outdoor. The deck next to the lake. A solid piece of granite was used to make the outdoor table on the deck.
The spacious terrace off the bedroom is furnished with large statement pots from Liebermann Pottery and outdoor furniture from Bloc Outdoor.
Ash bar stools from Wunders create a casual dining area in the kitchen.
THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: For the second bedroom Danela used a palmfrond wallpaper from Halogen, which complements the faux bamboo occasional chair from her Resort collection. The Fiji bedside tables are also from her range and the throw, specially coloured, is from Lula Fabrics. A dreamy bedroom for the four-year-old granddaughter. The butterfly wallpaper from Halogen and pink silk bed throw are offset with a chenille tweed from Hertex on the headboard. In the main bedroom, the headboard and night frill are in a woven tweed from Romo.