Beach house on a budget
Durban - Paula and Piero Grobler benefited from having former décor editor Coba Kodelitsch in the family. When her Pretoria-based sister and husband bought their Durban North home, Kodelitsch was on hand to provide expert advice for a beach house on a budget.
The home is fitted with solid wooden floors throughout to ensure there is no musty smell after being locked up for long periods of time. To the same effect, fabric in curtaining and upholstery is also kept down to a minimum to ensure a fresh, fuss-free interior.
A sea breeze wafts through the airy, open spaces of the house on the day we visit which contributes to the calm energy one would associate with a getaway.
There is little “noise” in terms of décor.
Paula loves New York and so two oil paintings of the famous Flatiron buildings take pride of place in the living room. Splashes of red may be easily removed to return to the neutral palette.
The coffee table is on wheels so that it may be easily moved out of the way for kids to play.
The dining room table is comprised of a wooden board over a trestle table, painted white. Makeshift slip covers are created for the dining room chairs with pillow case covers and red ribbons.
Another trestle table is used for a study area, defined by a grey and china white stripe wall. Each stripe is 30cm wide.
The couple did, however, invest in patio furniture that would withstand the harsh local climate. Art by their grandchildren adds a special touch to this area.
In the master bedroom, two towelling rails are used on either side of a bay window in place of a standard curtain rod, to avoid spoiling the view with curtains. Fabric is simply draped over the railings.
Meanwhile, leftover wallpaper is cut up into hearts and pasted above the bed, which without a headboard, might have otherwise looked bare.
Creative flair and practical thinking have ensured that this holiday home, despite being minimalistic, is still a fun place for the family over the festive season. - Omeshnie Naidoo, The Mercury