FLOAT­ING ON AIR A hol­i­day home in Val de Vie

This hol­i­day home in the Cape Winelands is a haven of calm and peace

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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,”

Danela says.

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.

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