Gallery: Nothing plain about Jane’s house


Durban - Life has a way of going full circle and for East Coast Radio DJ Jane Linley-Thomas that meant finding her dream home in Cowie’s Hill where she grew up.

“We were looking in the wrong places, but when some one suggested this part of the world and we came up here to look, it immediately resonated. I went to school here and stood on the side of the road with my folks for many a Comrades Marathon to cheer on the passers-by,” says Linley-Thomas.

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Indoor-outdoor rooms have just as much personality as the rest of your home  just be sure to opt for durable furnishing. Picture: Omeshnie Naidoo, Independent NewspapersAn unconventional glass top trestle table in Coopers bedroom. He is the eldest of Jane Linley-Thomass three children. Picture: Omeshnie Naidoo, Independent NewspapersCushion covers made out of shirts and school ties for tie-backs are a great idea for a schoolboy's room.The twins' bedroom is neutral in grey to suit both boy and girl. Picture: Omeshnie Naidoo, Independent NewspapersThe kitchen in grey, blues and yellow is an eclectic mix of styles. Picture: Omeshnie Naidoo, Independent Newspapers

The family of five settled in quite easily, largely because they’re not precious about material things and do as they like when it comes to decor.

“You can’t be when you have three toddlers,” she says.

But despite having created a down-to-earth, playful haven for the kids, she must, and she will, surround herself with bric-a-brac.

Most of it is interesting and quirky local art, photography, jewellery and ceramics.

“We have a wealth of incredible talent in KwaZulu-Natal and I guess I’m a collector. I’m also a shopper and love unusual finds, so apart from local arts and craft I am a bit of a fleamarket and antique shop trawler,” she says.

She and husband Mike love to up-cycle, and much of the furniture they own is refurbished.

They have been inventive with bookshelves, light fittings and other functional aspects of a house, such as Perspex-like burglar bars on windows that do not detract from the greenery outside.

Linley-Thomas is also a colour junkie and her kitsch old burglar gates painted bright red and yellow, kitchen chandelier, and bright patio area are among the aspects of the home that make it quite clearly Jane.

Omeshnie Naidoo, The Mercury

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