Between Trees And Mountains
Home South Africa|September 2021
When the Roons’ house became too small for their family, they built a new one with a wing for their five daughters, which they’ve aptly dubbed “the hostel”.
Marie Opperman

WHO LIVES HERE? Matti and Erik Roon with their five daughters, Anika (14), Jessika (11), Matti-Alisa (10), Kari (7) and Lilia (6)

WHERE Brandwacht, Stellenbosch

SIZE 509m2

Stairs from the courtyard lead to the two upper wings housing the main bedroom and children’s rooms. Matti says she has developed green fingers, and her plants are thriving under the high glass roof. “I love all the greenery; it brings nature indoors.”

Erik’s brother Wilko did the paintings of the children.

Plants from Plantify and Folha Shop

Construction work by Cape Estates Building Projects; steelwork by Western Cape Steel Projects; window glazing by Go Green Design

Matti went through 14 000 photos of their children’s early years and family holidays to select pics for the panels in the main bedroom. “Sometimes we sit and just gaze at them for ages, remembering all the good, beautiful and fun times we’ve had,” says Matti. When the panels are opened, the couple has a view of the pool.

Wooden panels by Petika & Co.; photos printed by Art Lab; desk and chair from Weylandts

The main bedroom on the top floor has a view over the trees towards Stellenbosch Mountain.

Rug from Gonsenhausers Fine Rugs; blue throw from Woolworths; bed from Weylandts; scatters from Rest Established; bedside lamps from Spazio; Colour Hardener on floor and SatinCrete on wall by Cemcrete

During the first week in their spacious new home, the entire Roonfamily slept in the main bedroom. “We just wanted to be close to each other, as we had been in our old house,” says mom Matti. “We first had to get used to the abundance of space.”

In their previous three-bedroomed house, the children shared rooms. “In fact, the kids slept together on mattresses on the floor in the old house while we adjusted their beds to suit the new space.”

Now, two years later, Matti smiles when she relates these stories. “This place is an investment in making memories for our kids. The house is spacious enough for all of us. Other than each child now has their own bedroom, there’s also a lovely big play area and swimming pool for them to enjoy. They often invite their friends over for parties and sleepovers. We also have plenty of space for our 14 bunnies, three dogs, a cat, budgie and parrot!”

Matti-Alisa loves relaxing on the soft Happy Sak beanbag in the kids’ living and study area.

A bookshelf with an upholstered seat in the children’s living area was Matti and Erik’s idea. The grey door just below the ceiling conceals a linen closet.

Kari’s bedroom has a play area under the bed.

Furniture from The Room; curtains, cushions, and bedding from Bella Interiors; crocheted rug from Bella Poppelina; hanging chair from Happy Sak

A place for everyone

The house consists of three levels and two wings in an inverted L-shape; a glass-roofed courtyard is situated between the wings.

The kids’ wing was built on top of the garages, which are located on the street-facing side of the erf. “That’s the area we’ve dubbed ‘The Hostel’,” says Matti. “Each of our five daughters has a bedroom, and there are also two bathrooms, a living area, computer room, and TV room.”

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