WHO LIVES HERE? Stefan Blom and Albie du Toit
WHERE Cape Town
#1 Bold in green (and gold and pink and orange…)
Stefan Blom and Albie du Toit are notafraid of colour. On the contrary, theirhouse in Green Point, Cape Town represents all the colours of the rainbow: the guest room is powder-blue (see the cover of Home, May 2020) and here on their stoep it’s lush green, ceiling and all.
“Painting the ceiling was suggested by our friend Jan Botha, an interior designer,” says Stefan. “It’s always good to discuss your plans with creative friends because they often have ideas that you would never think of yourself!
“We wanted to play with colour here to form a contrast with the veranda on the upper level where we only used white and other neutral shades. We love using colour to give different rooms their own character. Then it’s almost like meeting a new person when you choose a room depending on your mood on a particular day, and of course the weather. We definitely don’t shy away from colour!”
In the summer months, the pair spend almost all day on this stoep next to the pool. “It’s the ideal place to have a sundowner or to simply relax after a big lunch.”
It works because…
COLOUR The lush green walls and ceiling enhance a cool atmosphere, while contrasting colours such as pink and orange add interest.
TEXTURE The wooden deck, succulents, loose rug and small lawn next to the pool provide lovely texture.
INDOORS TO OUTDOORS Stacking doors connect the living room and stoep with each other and contribute to the feeling of being outdoors.
FURNITURE An old sofa covered in new fabric, as well as daybeds, create a relaxed mood and invite friends to kick back and relax.
#2 Decked out for guests
WHO LIVES HERE? Ilza Roggeband and her son Zac Steyn (18)
Thanks to a smart idea, this unused part of Ilza and Zac’s garden in Melkbosstrand is now a sociable spot that they enjoy daily. “I’m a very bad gardener,” says Ilza. “When I bought the house, there was a large piece of lawn and a few plants that I battled to keep alive. I probably replaced the grass three times!
“Zac’s dad, Skalk Steyn, was an architect and he suggested that we build a stoep and pergola. Sadly, he passed away in December 2016 and never got to see the end result. This ‘outdoor room’ makes my small house look much bigger – it was definitely worth every cent!”
In summer, Ilza and Zac use this space regularly for everything from breakfast to lunch and evening visits. “But in winter it’s just as pleasant because it’s sheltered from the wind; I simply put out a few cushions and some blankets.”
MULTIPURPOSE The slatted screen at the back of the stoep offers additional privacy and blocks out the worst of the sun; in addition, it supports a granadilla that will eventually cover the entire screen.
COLOUR A grey vibracrete wall was given a coat of deep blue roof paint. Pops of colour in the furniture and cushions brighten up the space.
PRACTICAL The stoep requires little maintenance and the potted plants practically take care of themselves.
#3 Unpretentious and romantic
WHO LIVES HERE? Trix and Koos Grové
When Trix and Koos, who own the Napier Antiques store in town, built this house 12 years ago, a covered stoep with a braai area was non-negotiable – because these former Namibians love having a braai, come rain or shine!
There is also a small veranda at the front of the house, but they specifically built their outdoor entertainment area at the back where it is much more sheltered from the wind. A terrace with vegetable beds in the back garden is flourishing. Trix loves gardening, so they didn’t want to enclose the stoep. Just a narrow strip of latte to the left of the braai, on which a climbing rose is creeping, provides shelter from the morning sun.
“Because the house itself is not very big, we wanted the stoep to be an extension of our home,” says Trix. The Grovés were keen to extend the
almost minimalist style of the interior onto the stoep. It has the same ordinary cement floor treated with a sealant to protect it from the worst stains, and a neat reed ceiling under a corrugated iron roof.
“It’s an unpretentious spot that we can use from dawn to dusk – exactly what we were after!”
It works because…
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