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Homes to Inspire | Natural Beauty


I stumbled across this unique home late last night and was intrigued by the architecture and interior style. This morning I couldn't wait to look at it again with fresh eyes (after my coffee fix) and I have to say I'm pretty smitten. Located in Cape Town, South Africa, it was designed by Chilean architect Antonio Zaninovic. Drawing inspiration from the surrounding landscape and forest reserve of Table Mountain nearby, natural materials such as concrete, bricks and bamboo have been used in such a way as to mimic the structure of a tree. The resulting family home which is deceptively spacious and easy to live in, resembles that of a contemporary glass-box tree house. 

Turkish designer Yelda Bayraktar took on the interior project, in collaboration with the owner Jo Springthorpe, a fashion editor. Predominantly white with lashings of green and an abundance of wood give the home a fresh yet earthy feel, further connecting with nature and the beautiful outdoors. Vintage textiles, African design pieces and a mix of original mid-century modern furnishings make for some wonderfully vibrant spaces. Gorgeous plants and colourful artworks add the finishing touches. 

Clearly a surfing family, the indoor/outdoor spaces provide an idyllic lifestyle. 

The white Tulip Chairs designed by Eero Saarinen in the kitchen look great against the concrete and wood.

Such superb styling! I love the rug, greenery, vintage touches and photographic art. 

More green in the bedroom, expansive glass, and a lovely outdoor spot.

There's definitely a relaxed, holiday feel to this home which is so appealing. If you'd like to see more, there are some additional images on the architect's site. While you're there check out some more of Antonio Zaninovic's work. It's pretty spectacular! 

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  1. This house is impressive, had I not known it was in Capetown I would have thought it was in the desert somewhere, maybe Spain/Portugal. I like it's cool, eclectic design which is a big part of it's appeal. I also like the vintage touches and the fact it actually looks lived in... by real humans :-)

    1. Thanks Nat, so true! Hope you're enjoying the long weekend x

  2. It's pretty gorgeous and so unique. I love the huge floor to ceiling windows and the beautiful styling in the entranceway. x

    1. Thanks Vic - the entranceway is definitely a standout isn't it? x

  3. Lovely home, so stylish yet a relaxed welcoming looking space. I agree with you & Vic, the styling in the entranceway is spot on. Wood, concrete, stripes and some greenery & I'm sold! x

    1. Yes - such a great combo! Hope you're enjoying the long weekend x



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