Comfort and joy
Against a stunning backdrop of natural hues, earthy tones and stylish finishes, Tania Mitchell prepares her home for a relaxed festive season
A home’s natural, earthy tones and stylish finishes that are the perfect backdrop for a relaxed holiday season
‘ Our home is the perfect base from which to reminisce about the past, enjoy the present, and forge more warm memories for years to come’
Together with her husband and three children, Tania Mitchell hosts Christmas festivities for the whole family in their beloved home, a fusion of modern architecture and French-provincial decor notes.
Every year, the Mitchells celebrate the same way Tania did as a child. “We have a corny little tradition,” she says. “We play carols and spend a whole afternoon decorating the tree together. This year, it’s also our turn to host relatives from around the country. The day itself will be a traditional family aair: a lavish feast, followed by a lively game of cricket in the garden.
Designed with a warm climate in mind and to allow for plenty of natural light, Tania’s house has high ceilings and large, steel-framed bifold doors >>
that lead out into the garden. At the back of the property is a self-contained pool house, featuring a sunny living space, outdoor kitchen and covered entertainment area arranged around the sparkling pool. “It’s such a relaxing space,” explains Tania. “It makes us feel like we’re on holiday and is perfect for when we have visitors.”
When it comes to layout, the home has a casual feel. There are no formal rooms, just various living spaces that extend into the garden. The children – Wesley, 16, and twins Grace and Annie, 13 – are free to enjoy their own area at the other end of the house. Here, they each have a bedroom and share two bathrooms, as well as a lounge and study adjacent to the main living area.
“The way the house is laid out allows everyone their own space to unwind and decompress,” Tania points out. “The kids can shut a door and chill out, and my husband Craig can go to the pool house.” As for Tania, she prefers the leather chair in the reading nook just o the kitchen. “I can open the doors
and look out onto a pond,” she says. “It’s my favourite place in the whole house.”
What is immediately striking is the superb use of building materials and finishes all through the home. From stone and timber to marble and French oak, the palette encapsulates the merger of sophisticated aesthetics with natural elements. “The palette is soft grey, but not at all cold,” notes Tania. “The stone and timber bring warmth.”
Decorating the tree, the family looks forward to another relaxed Christmas in their stunning home. “It’s the perfect base from which to reminisce about the past, enjoy the present as a family, and forge more warm memories over the years to come,” Tania adds. w&h