The house they found had stunning sea views, clean lines and needed no structural changes. The only problem was the buckling floor, which was solved by laying a cement screed covered with bleached wood laminate throughout.
But the house was very stark and white, recalls Ashley, who immediately set about introducing colour and a mix of interesting furnishings.
While the couple brought some vintage wicker furniture and light fittings from France, Ashley made a conscious effort to fill the gaps with items handmade in
Africa. These included tiles, carpets and Fez Pom Pom blankets from Morocco, grass and leather woven carpets from Mauritania, baskets from Zambia, Kenya and Uganda, and shells from Madagascar.
All the colour and pizzazz are from these African collectables, she says. I prefer accessories that have a bit of a soul,
ABOVE: The standing lamp in the far living area is from Atelier Areti and was an anniversary gift from Ashley to her husband.
Offsetting the ethnic furnishings are bold colours reflecting the ocean’s spectrum of blues and greens. You can create so much personality just with colour, she says.