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Today, the heart of their home is what was
once one of the oldest barns in the area.
Dating back to the late 1700s, it had fallen
into disrepair and was used simply for wine
and agricultural storage.
“How could we not fall for it?” says Kim.
“The barn is enormous, has thick, robust
walls, lots of old beams and is just full of
character. Best of all, it offers panoramic
views of the vineyards and the oak trees
that surround the area.”
On either side of the barn are two modern,
container-like wings – one primarily for
Kim and Chris and one for the kids – where
the roofline has been kept low to ensure the
‘barn’ is the focal point of the home.
“We love raw, natural materials – that’s
why we went for teak on the barn floor and
the shelves and storage units, as well as the
children’s kitchen. We have kept the beams
intact – and design-wise, we believe in
keeping it simple,” says Kim.
Dotted throughout this area and the rest
of the home – indoors and out – is evidence
of the couple’s business, which sees them
sourcing furniture and homewares from
throughout the world, as well as making
their own pieces in the Weylandts South
African factory. In the ‘barn’ alone, you’ll
find a silk ribbon rug from Romania, a
Weylandts sofa, occasional storage tables
and wire chandeliers from Paris, an original
East African Dogon ladder, pieces from Tibet,
and much more besides.
Walking throughout the interior you
can see that this savvy couple have a real
eye for form and pieces with soul – they
have not only gathered beautiful pieces from
right around the world, but also brought
them together with contemporary design
to create a look that has the relaxed, but
design-oriented, aesthetic for which South
Africa is increasingly being recognised.
“Of course, we wanted to capitalise on
the settings here,” explains Kim, “so we’ve
installed masses of enormous sliding doors
that disappear into recesses tucked into each
wall, which means that the house,
Outdoor areas are all about being useable – with plenty
of seating and shade or sunny areas – and taking in
the environment. ABOVE LEFT View of the cove red
verandah, with log storage, from the living room. The tall
sculpture is an old Dogon ladder from East Africa.
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