Before and After: Hout Bay Home

WORDS Amelia Brown IMAGES Mat van Niekerk

A recently completed family home on an estate in Hout Bay, Cape Town, needed some finishing touches and to make the most of some underutilised spaces. 

Architect and designer Hanno de Swardt of Onnah Design worked on the revamp, which took approximately three months, of the lounge, guest bathroom (or powder room) and main bedroom, the conversion of the wine tasting room into a family TV lounge, the creation of a kid’s TV lounge upstairs, and the addition of a built-in daybed on the upstairs balcony. “The general brief,” says Hanno, “was to look at all of the spaces – the layouts, furniture, wall and window treatments – and make improvements to suit the client’s laid-back family orientated lifestyle.”

The powder room, which is off the entrance hall, now makes the desired first impression with bold black and gold wallpaper from Hertex and the ceiling painted black. Another room off the entrance hall that previously had no purpose is now the dedicated TV room featuring a large timber table with benches, a sofa from Klooftique and armchair from Sofaworx. The oak display unit from Instyle Creations now frames the cavity sliding door, which leads out to the garden and beautiful views of Hout Bay beach and the harbour beyond. “Dark walls and roller blinds enhances the room’s function,” explains Hanno, “with the black TV fading away into its own dark wall recess.”

After: The oak display unit is by Instyle Creations.

The main living room terminated in a lounge area that was centred around a large TV – “a rather missed opportunity,” says Hanno. The TV made way for a floating bench, also by Instyle Creations, for either seating and display. A vintage sofa received a new lease on life from Bespoke Living with a paint and new upholstery and gives a subtly eclectic feel when combined with the new sofa from Sofaworx, with LIM console behind it.

Upstairs, the main bedroom’s makeover came courtesy of abstract landscape wallpaper from Cara Saven and nightstands from Loft Living. An intimate space for reading or relaxation was also created with armchairs from Sofaworx. Also upstairs, an open space between the children’s bedroom was transformed into a kid’s TV room and playroom. A banquette corner unit, by Instyle Creations, maximises the space with drawers and mobile storage baskets below.

Finally, the upstairs patio was enhanced by the introduction of a large raised daybed from Carpentry Creations with a display shelf for some greenery. “Now my clients can chill in the sun in comfort and style while taking in that spectacular view of the Hout Bay Harbour,” says Hanno. “Throughout my goal was to turn negative space into positive, functional space that now contributes to a more meaningful whole.”

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