Home decorating tips

The right location and orientation

A beach house doesn’t have to be in the front row facing the sea. This house faces north, so it gets sun all day – an important factor in winter. In summer, the sun moves high over the house but the broad overhangs of about 700mm are perfect for keeping out the heat. Although a lovely stoep surrounds the front of the house, the couple are particularly fond of the west side, where they lounge about and entertain from early morning until late, as this area is sheltered from the worst winds.

Wall panels used in the living room are also present here to enhance the beach house feel; white-painted latte form a striking focal point above the table.

Fine dining

The large eight-seater dining table is great for entertaining in this open plan house. Leone whitewashed the table and chairs but painted the ones at the ends in grey and turquoise. All the chairs have straw seats and are light enough to be carried out as extra seating outdoors. “At Christmas time, I add an extra table and chairs to accommodate 25 people,” says Leone.

Leone stacked the stones for the fireplace herself, with the help of a labourer.

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