A cool Cape Coast getaway that’s a balm for the soul

Walking the line between contemporary and casual, this seaside escape delivers on both rest and recreation.

Having outgrown their seaside cottage in a popular holiday town on the Cape Coast, a UK-based family set their sights on a holiday home that would cater for their rapidly growing numbers (including a brood of children and grandchildren). With their roots in South Africa, the owners wanted an interior that celebrated a variety of local talent, but in a way that appeals to their modern sensibilities.

Together with architect Johann Slee of Slee & Co, designers EBONY/CURATED took on the brief for a space that would cater for large family numbers, entertainment opportunities and an interior that promotes calm. “Our brief was to design interior spaces that were comfortable, elegant and easy to live with, but never formal or grand, explains Dewald Prinsloo of EBONY/CURATED.

With a new, clean-lined and understated shell to work with, they set about creating spaces that celebrate the home’s seaside location, while pulling inspiration from its context, such as the muted hues from nearby fynbos and coastal bush. All furniture and accessories were either custom designed by EBONY/CURATED or sourced from local brands such as Vogel, James Mudge and Pierre Cronje with a handful of family heirlooms that the owners wanted to incorporate into the new space.

While the home naturally makes the most of its views outward onto the coast, it also offers its inhabitants privacy (and shelter from inclement weather) by way of an enclosed courtyard which brings natural light into the interior. This bright and breezy space is enveloped by cement floors and crisp white walls with a wonderfully open layout that champions contemporary coastal living and effortlessly manages the influx of family members over the holidays.


WORDS: Mila Crewe-Brown
PRODUCTION: J-P de la Chaumette

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