Building designs

The first phase involved knocking out the wall between the Wade, Liesl, Samuel and Joshua relax beneath the ‘Beach Bungalow’ surfboard on the veranda wall. Wade salvaged it years ago and when we were doing the revamp, I had it covered in custom-designed vinyl as a surprise,” says Liesl. The living room has a mix of patterns with a punch of bright yellow from the cushions. The wallpaper is Orvieto in Topaz by Romo. A detailed chandelier from Couch + Interiors hangs above the tree root coffee table.

A table originally used in the canteen at the University of Natal makes a perfect gathering spot for parties on the veranda. Moulded plastic chairs are a durable choice for outdoors. Liesl made the light fitting from small shells collected on the beach kitchen and living room, turning a lean-to into a scullery and converting the carport into an extra bedroom.

The next step was to update the finishes and fixtures. The bathrooms and kitchen were refitted, resulting in clean-lined contemporary spaces. We wanted to keep the whole look uncluttered as it provides a break from all the paraphernalia you usually have at home, say Liesl and Wade. They chose a blue and white palette that suits the setting perfectly. Although it’s a beach house, we didn’t want to make it too nautical. We decided to

The dining room’s retro table is a second-hand find that was given a new look with a glossy white top covered by a sheet of glass. Melaya Indigo from Hertex’s Couture Age of Empires collection covers the chairs, and the crocheted light fitting came from Couch + Interiors.

The patterned tiles, from Hadeda, in the kitchen provide a contrast to the clean lines of the cabinetry. Wood-look vinyl flooring was used to clad the island, and the pendant lights provide interesting texture as do the industrial stools from Robert Thomson & Co.

In Joshua and Samuel’s bedroom, the wardrobe was cleverly covered with leftover wallpaper.

In the guest bedroom, bold stripes contrast with florals and an intricately patterned wallpaper, Thibault’s Tulsi Block Print in Navy from St Leger & Viney. stick to a fresh theme of blues, white and natural textures, says Sabrina. I wanted a big, bold, patterned sofa in the living room, Wade says, and this was the starting point. Striking patterns are a common thread throughout, and every room has a patterned focal point, whether it’s a wallpaper, cushion, lampshade, furniture piece or a row of geometric tiles such as those in the kitchen.

My favourite part of the project was revamping the retro furniture that Wade purchased at auctions and second-hand stores, says Sabrina. The table on the veranda came from an old University of Natal canteen, the two armchairs in the lounge were second-hand finds and a freestanding wardrobe in the boys’ room was transformed with leftover wallpaper.

The clean lines of the main bedroom are enhanced by floating side tables and pendant lights, both from Couch + Interiors. The repurposed wood-look vinyl flooring on the wall behind the bed is one of Liesl’s favourite features.

Another notable element is the lighting; Liesl chose a variety of pendants with natural textures to reflect the seaside setting.

The cottage is now a holiday retreat that the whole family enjoys. Joshua and Samuel are free to run around and play cricket on the lawn, while Wade and Liesl can relax and entertain friends in beach-bungalow style.

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