Heavenly Haven in Constantia
I love beautiful spaces and have been delighted with the response to my post on coastal style on Kwa-Zulu Natal’s North Coast a little over a week ago. Part of the fun of any time spent back in South Africa is enjoying the eclectic decor and original ideas in so many creative friends’ homes. There is nothing more wonderful than special times spent with old friends in gorgeous surroundings and we were so lucky to spend happy days with John and Jane in their Cape home. Jane is a dream cook and John a connoisseur of fine wines, but more essentially, they are hugely fun, so amidst laughter and many shared shenanigans I persuaded her to let me showcase their special space on the blog. I refused to allow the fact that I didn’t have my trusty Canon with me as the quality of smartphone pics has improved greatly.
I believe decor should reflect and enhance the lifestyle of the owners in order to be really interesting. Houses are only homes when they work perfectly as living spaces. Carefully chosen pieces of furniture, treasures and beautiful art work add personality and appeal.
Pool Area and Garden
There is nothing more wonderful than plunging into this pool to cool off on a hot summer’s day or even dipping one’s toes in and enjoying an expertly mxed G&T after a morning exploring Cape Town’s beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, which we were happy to do after enjoying the famous canopy walk. I absolutely love the ethnic beaded sheep which “graze” on the lawn and add an African touch to the colourful roses and lavender.
My many South African friends are sociable and love entertaining , their homes are always welcoming places to be in in. From a wine farm in the fairest Cape to tropical Durban seaside homes, I treasure images of places that for me create a magic all of their own. Half the fun of any holiday, especially one spent back home, is going through the photos and reliving each occasion The photo edit has made me experience everything twice, so writing this article has made our holiday doubly enjoyable.
The Kitchen and the entire interior,is very much open plan so guests can relax and enjoy the beautiful views of the Cape mountains while the hosts are cooking up a storm in the kitchen. It is easy relaxed entertaining at its best. The house has an amazing flow with massive windows and sliding glasses doors making the garden very much part of the living space.
I love the vaulted ceilings with the visible beams which add height and draw the eye upwards.
The Entrance Hall makes a real statement with its kudo horn lamps and interesting tablescape. I loved the mirror which adds light and increases the feeling of open space but is a design statement all on its own. Jane and John have a great eye for special pieces and showcase them with exceptional care.
The Living Room and Formal Dining Area are over to the right of the photo but the owners clever use of space has given each area its own special character. The spaces flow and the home is light and bright with beautiful images of the stunning mountains evident throughout. The whole house is fabulous African Style at is finest, with colour, character and elegance.