A fam­ily haven with a fem­i­nine touch Sleek-meets-homely design

Hay­ley Pan­nekoecke trans­formed a dated house into a wel­com­ing abode with a blush palette and bags of sleek-meets-homely design

Woman & Home (South Africa) - - Contents -

Aretro or­ange kitchen, 1970s flo­ral car­pets, and dull-brown bricks would prob­a­bly send most house-hunters running for the hills, but savvy tex­tile de­signer Hay­ley Pan­nekoecke saw past this dated decor to vi­su­alise what would be­come her fu­ture dream home.

Within weeks of snap­ping up this house, Hay­ley and her builder hus­band James had al­ready started de­mo­li­tion.

Fast for­ward two years and the cou­ple, their three chil­dren – Chloe, 10; Baye, seven; and Floyd, six – and their dogs, Jaffa and Cookie, are lov­ing life in this colour­fully ren­o­vated fam­ily abode.

Work­ing in the home­ware in­dus­try, Hay­ley knows a thing or two about in­te­ri­ors, and for her own house there was no ques­tion it would em­brace a play­ful colour palette. “I was born with a love for colour and pat­tern. I’ve al­ways been drawn to them,” Hay­ley says. “I wanted to cre­ate a space that had a calm and fem­i­nine en­ergy, so I chose shades of pink for some of the walls in the kitchen and other rooms.” What does James think about the rosy hues? “He’s not fussed with the wall colours, as he knows only too well that I gen­er­ally win those bat­tles!” Hay­ley laughs.

That be­ing said, ren­o­vat­ing a home to­gether didn’t come with­out its fair share of chal­lenges. “We would butt heads here and there, mainly with my re­quests for things like round plaster >>

ceil­ings and arch­ways,” says Hay­ley. “James would tell me that cer­tain things just weren’t in the bud­get, but I fought hard for the steel arch­way be­tween the kitchen and sep­a­rate laun­dry area and now he loves it!”

While James may have been happy to take a back seat when it came to the style of the house, the kids were adamant they wanted a say. The boys helped their dad design their own pirate-ship-in­spired bunk beds, while Chloe chose the paint colours for her room. Hay­ley says there was a method to her mad­ness. “I only gave them a hand­ful of colour and ma­te­rial op­tions – a mom edit!” As a re­sult, Hay­ley

loves the space that they’ve cre­ated to­gether. “Our home is user-friendly and built for a fam­ily,” she says.

Your first im­pres­sion of the house pre­pares you for what’s to come: a small en­trance with beau­ti­ful Amer­i­can-oak par­quetry and a splash of colour with a vin­tage yel­low coat stand. The gor­geous floor­ing flows through­out the house, in­clud­ing the kitchen, which is very much the heart­beat of the home. “I’ve al­ways had an affin­ity for round win­dows and curved walls, be­cause they add a real soft­ness and am­bi­ence to a space,” ex­plains Hay­ley. It’s apt, then, that the kitchen boasts a strik­ing curved wall in con­crete pan­elling, off­set by plaster walls painted in the soft­est pink. The gi­ant kitchen bench dou­bles as a din­ing ta­ble and servery; it’s a fea­ture that’s helped Hay­ley in­stil good eat­ing habits and an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for food in their chil­dren. “We have so many fond mem­o­ries of meals and good times with friends and fam­ily sit­ting around this bench,” she adds.

Mean­while, in the kids’ bath­room and the master bed­room’s en-suite bath­room, James’s build­ing skills were put to good use again. Both rooms sport a stylish con­crete van­ity he made to spec, for a be­spoke touch Hay­ley loves.

And when it’s time for the fam­ily to un­wind? They can ei­ther be found in the read­ing nook play­ing Uno or gui­tar, or in the main liv­ing area. This lounge is home to a comfy, vel­vet-cov­ered turquoise couch, tac­tile scat­ters and throws, and eye-catch­ing tribal-in­spired art­works.

“At some point, I’d like to con­vert the loft space into a par­ents’ re­treat,” muses Hay­ley, “but, right now, from lo­ca­tion to design, this house ticks all our boxes for a grow­ing brood.” w&h

HEART OF THE HOME Hay­ley has clev­erly in­tro­duced colour in the kitchen with stools in her fem­i­nine colour palette. Cop­per pen­dants add warmth – we like Il­lu­mina’s Rus­tic Cop­per In­dus­trial Pen­dants, R3 025 each

TEX­TURE WINS Hard­wood tim­ber cladding on parts of the home’s exterior is left to weather nat­u­rally for a Scandi touch. In the main liv­ing area, wo­ven plant hold­ers, tas­selled throws and a vel­vet couch add to the tac­tile trend

COSY COR­NER This side of the kitchen is great for fam­ily meals. Again, soft pink plays well with a metal­lic light fit­ting – try Hoi P’loy’s Molecule 4 Brass chan­de­lier, R6 700

CHILL PAD This read­ing nook is where the fam­ily comes to re­lax and play Uno or gui­tar. We love the stand­out fea­ture wall in pink (Du­lux’s Hot Pink is a close match). For a sim­i­lar arm­chair, you can’t go wrong with Cor­i­craft’s Chobe Chair, from R8 999

IN THE DE­TAILS Hay­ley’s decor, from a Scandi-style stag or­na­ment to bright and cheery art­work, shows how to work an eclec­tic col­lec­tion

SOFT FOR SLUM­BER Even with a pre­dom­i­nately pink colour scheme, the master suite isn’t over­pow­er­ing. Hay­ley chose olive, mus­tard and grey shades as a foil

CALM SPACE Nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als in earthy tones make this an invit­ing space. The wood-look walls are ac­tu­ally stone tiles

OP­PO­SITES AT­TRACT The softer round edges of the mir­ror are con­trasted against the hard lines of the con­crete basin to add vis­ual in­ter­est

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