A gorgeous Banhoek home in South Africa catches our attention today, designed by local architect Henri Comrie. Inspired by Le Corbusier, the exterior of today’s home is beautifully minimalist with an oversized stoep looking out across the flower-filled valley, providing a constant source of inspiration for the owners.
The brief was to create something that welcomes: a modern exterior with a farm inside. The architects achieved the design by using walls of white lime, wide spaces, exposed brickwork, industrial metal and raw finishes. All of this paired with traditional farmhouse furniture and vintage finds within the interior.
The inside is a quirky mix of colourful furnishings and striking finishes. High ceilings, white-washed walls and overhead wooden bulkheads add to the style of this eclectic family room. Pops of colour add visual appeal with yellow-painted storage built-into the living room walls. Glass pendants in various areas of the room offer functional lighting in this space.
Like an oversized artwork, the library wall is a playful mix of colour-coded books on display. Rattan furniture and a vintage wooden coffee table add to the overall look of this space – which opens up to the outdoors with a balcony overlooking the lush landscape.
Playful design elements are used throughout this home, from the entryway and stairwell with a brightly painted server table displaying some of the owners’ favourite things. A mix of wooden elements and brightly coloured decor adds charm to this space and a welcome contrast against the white interior walls.
The home has been aptly named by the homeowners as ‘Johannesdal’, peacefully resting between lush forested grounds and majestic mountains. The home features a simple, honest atmosphere with a flair for colour, unexpected combinations and a strong desire to draw nature in. Creativity in design and lifestyle needs were at the forefront of the project, which features a modern exterior and farmhouse style interior.
Untreated wood, raw finishes and vintage furniture in bright colours fill this home and lend it its authentic farm-house character. In the bedroom, a colourful area rug adds vibrancy and richness to this space while raw wood acts as the divide between rooms and becomes an interesting focal point behind the bed.