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Shop the cover: 7 Ways to get the look

Taking a pared-back, layered approach to interiors, HK Studio curated a pastoral family home in Noordhoek that holds a mirror to its owners’ family-led, nature-driven lifestyle

By House & Garden South Africa | July 4, 2022 | Interiors

Once dark and a touch gloomy in parts, interior designer, Megan Hesse explains that they didn’t change this traditional home with traditional proportions but gave it light and brought it up to date. “The house is now light, open and breezy, courtesy of some clever adjustments to the interior structure. So, while the bones remained intact, the team knocked out walls and flipped rooms, restored wooden floors and repainted walls to imbue them with life and light and tether them to the outside leafiness.”

To complement the home’s volume, many of the selected pieces are outsize – the copper pendants in the living room are up to a metre in diameter, heavy vintage doors were reused as coffee tables, and there is generously spacious armchair seating that invites you to curl up on a biting winter’s day. Every room carries a strong sense of materiality. Megan opted for raw earthy textures and a landscape-driven palette

The interior designer insists the well-worn cliche is also a very apt one when it comes to Sego and Mark Elliott’s expansive base on a private estate, which comprises a lofty five-bedroom house, a working farm complete with vegetable garden, chickens, goats, horses – even a couple of alpacas – paddocks and stables and a guest cottage, all surrounded by Noordhoek’s characteristic greenery. While this home has no shortage of spaces imbued with warmth, it is in the kitchen where the couple and their three teenage children come together to work, cook, eat and bond.

Here are 7 statement items inspired by the cover.

‘Dome’ ceiling lamps in antique brass, from R4 300, la grange interiors
‘Afar Jile’ Headrest, POR, Design Afrika
‘Naples’ two-seater Sofa, R28 995, Block & Chisel
‘Edgar Chair #2’ in tan and coal, R7 995, Weylandts
‘Om’ Sculpture in Bronze and Brass, R3 200, Cécile & Boyd
‘Coral’ Scalloped bowl in white, R595, Nap
‘Liang Ma’ Cabinet in Blue, R24 995, Block & Chisel

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