Rising up out of the pristine dunes along the Bushman’s River in Kenton-on-Sea is a striking beach-facing home designed by architect Wynand Wilsenach. With views that stretch forever down the rolling dunes of this magnificent unspoilt coastline of the Eastern Cape, it’s no surprise that its owners love spending time here.
From word go, a collection of South African art was the catalyst for the colours, textiles and wallpaper chosen for each of the rooms, a project that interior designer Tiggs Crozet enjoyed working on for years. Her palette was calming and layered, often reflecting the softest hues of the ever-changing tidal river frontage and the beach beyond. Carefully chosen geometric-patterned cushions by Mark Alexander juxtapose with gorgeous linens and umbrellas from Evolution Product with sea anenome, kelp and fern designs – each one an artwork in itself.
On the dining chairs, hand-embroidered water lilies have special meaning for the owners, as do the lilies forged into the entrance gate. A notable ceramic collection, put together over time with the help of Kim Sacks includes Tiggs’s favourites from Katherine Glenday, Farrah Hernandez, John Shirley, JP Wessels, Shelley Maisel, Elke Martins, Clementina van der Walt. Lisa Fihrer’s delicate vessels feature on the coffee table amid covetable books. Shaker style cupboards were especially commissioned to house the collection and they create a focus in on either side of the late artist Benon Lutaaya’s work, one of the owner’s favourites. It was bought to hang above the fireplace.
Deborah Bell’s ‘She Wolf’ beautifully positioned to enjoy in the living area and a new Mary Sibande now hangs in the breakfast area – the blues perfectly picked up in the cushions. There’s a lovely Maude Sumna in the downstairs bedroom and the upstairs suites feature several of Nelson Makamo’s work (also loved by Oprah). Wallpapers by Ardmore and Eijffinger were chosen especially for bedrooms but a dramatic deep blue and gold Sandberg in the downstairs bathroom is an artwork in itself! Throughout, And, Pierre Cronje’s solid wood tables and upstairs console are loved for their timeless craftsmanship.
Cleverly designed for all seasons, the house has a wonderfully protected back garden with a pool – lantern-lit dinners at night are balmy here – and salty sea breezes flow through the front of the house for coolth in midsummer. Upstairs, the views are staggeringly beautiful, so much so that you’d be tempted not to leave your lounger and simply gaze at the waves crashing rhythmically along the shorelines.