When Ron and Darryl started designing the outside area of their Sea Point home around the corner from the promenade, they set out to create a peaceful and inviting space where they could entertain guests, or simply sit and enjoy the morning papers, or a glass of wine at the end of the day. Now the part stoep and part courtyard (boasting a beautiful old oak tree) ticks all the right boxes for a serene space.
Although the property is surrounded by blocks of flats, once you enter through the door leading onto the courtyard, the stress of the city is soon forgotten. Travertine tiles underfoot seamlessly connect the courtyard and stoep with its elegant arches. And stacked doors that open onto the living area create an indoor/outdoor flow that allows Ron and Darryl (and their two Jack Russells, Fudge and Oscar) to make the most of this area in the warm summer months, and to enjoy the best of both worlds.
The décor combines various elements and styles. Many of the furniture pieces were discovered in little antique or second-hand stores while the homeowners were on road trips. The shelving unit on the stoep was custom made in keeping with the overall look and feel of the space. Ron and Darryl often make changes to the décor to keep things fresh – so it’s always a work in progress.
Why It Works
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Words and images: Home magazine