Built in the early 1990s in the secluded heart of Inanda in Johannesburg, this Carmel Back-designed home was destined to become a modern classic. ‘It has good bones,’ says interior designer Sandra Bowler, ‘and has stood the test of time.’ Fifteen years on, however, the owners felt that they wanted a change. The couple had briefly considered the idea of a new build or cluster, but they knew that their home’s location and clean, uncluttered lines would be hard to beat. Instead they opted to enhance the existing space and give it a lighter, more updated look.
Glass tables grouped together in the garden room. The custom-designed rug is from Paco and the black Twiggy lamp by Mark Sadler for Foscarini.
A charcoal sofa fabric helps anchor the double-volume space.
The guest room features soothing white tones complemented by natural hues.
The original dark granite flooring was replaced with oiled oak floors.
The new breakfast room functions as a cosy dining space, or as a ‘servery’ when the owners entertain. The server, as well as the Eero Saarinen Tulip chairs and table for Knoll, are all from Tonic
In the master bedroom a mirrored wall reflects the greenery beyond. The rug is from Paco, the metallic chest of drawers is from Block and Chisel Interiors and the lamp is from La Grange Interiors.
Neutral colours create a calm feeling in the main bedroom.