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Gallery: Understated style in muted tones

Durban - Having designed and decorated many homes together, husband and wife team Ray and Denise McCallum knew exactly what they wanted when planning their north coast house.

It’s not particularly large, but it’s not small either – in fact, one might argue it fits the couple and their lifestyle like a glove.

Upholstered tub chairs make for comfy dining room seats. Picture: Omeshnie Naidoo, Independent NewspapersAn ornate framed mirror to one side of the bed reflects light streaming through a window opposite. Picture: Omeshnie Naidoo, Independent NewspapersMirrors are cleverly used at the end of a hall. Picture: Omeshnie Naidoo, Independent NewspapersShe applies all the basics of decorating when putting together spaces, but what really adds flair is her strong eye for proportion and scale. Picture: Omeshnie Naidoo, Independent Newspapers

On the one end is the open-plan lounge, kitchen and dining room. This opens out on to an enclosed veranda which extends into a garden with pool. It’s ideal for entertaining – which the pair love to do. Designing beautiful tables is one of Denise’s fortés.

She applies all the basics of decorating when putting together spaces, but what really adds flair is her strong eye for proportion and scale and her very good taste.

The art, as well as the individual pieces she collects, are never dull.

She isn’t afraid of colour either and in the spacious, well-lit house, colour is effectively used to create a cheerful ambience.

The bedrooms are at the other end of the house from the living areas. The master bedroom is a space to retreat to. The tones and colours are muted and there is a French antique air about the room.

The two guest rooms incorporate magnificent photographs and art the couple have collected.

Everything, from the furniture to the architecture speaks to a modern design aesthetic. - The Mercury

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