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estled in South Africa’s
Valley and close to the Berg River
is Kim and Chris Weylandt’s
laid-back contemporary farmhouse, Maison.
This location, renowned for fine wine and
good living, was deemed the perfect place
for the couple to bring up their four children
teenage son Courtney and daughters Anna,
Alex and Georgina.
It’s a sharp contrast to their hectic
lifestyle as owners of the successf ul South
African lifestyle retail chain Weylandts,
which Chris founded a decade ago. When
they bought their property here six years
ago, prerequisites for the location were a
relaxed, beautiful area and a proximity to
Cape Town that allowed them to commute.
While the house is indeed within driving
distance for work, they try to work from
home at least once a week.
It’s a place where Chris and Kim can
not only recharge their batteries, but also
indulge in some of the family’s passions,
such as producing Maison label wines and
riding horses. “We’re away from South
Africa for at least three months of each year,
sourcing items for the business, so we’re
keen to spend as much time as possible out
here when we can,” says Kim.
Creating their home was a four-year
process – two years spent finessing the plans
with architects Van Der Merwe Miszewski,
followed by two years building it. All
the while, the family lived in an existing
Victorian house on the property.
ABOVE The home is filled with examples of the family’s
wide-ranging eye for pieces. While the sofa is from the family
business Weylandts, the silk ribbon rug is from Romania and the
round occasional storage tables come from Paris. OPPOSITE
The individual beams over the kitchen were numbered, removed
and restored before being returned to their original positions.
The Wishbone dining chairs are classics (see Style News p36).
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