By Design | Issue 2

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OLALA INTERIORS was honoured at the African Property Awards in association with Salice at The Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah Hotel on 11th October 2018 for their project CLIFTON SPLENDOUR.

OLALA INTERIORS competed against the best property professionals across the African region and was ultimately presented with the highest scoring 5 STAR AWARD and recognised as the BEST in the INTERIOR DESIGN - PRIVATE RESIDENCE category. OLALA INTERIORS also received an award as NOMINEE for Best in Africa - which includes projects in and around the Indian Ocean Islands.


Schanè Anderson (second from left), CEO & Creative Director of OLALA INTERIORS accepting the prestigeous awards.


Best Interior Design Private Residence Africa

Clifton Splendour by Olala Interiors



estigeous awards.

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ISSUE #02 EDITOR Stephanie du Preez Email: WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO Metropole Architects, Melanie Stuart, Michael Anderson, Grant Pitcher & Schanè Anderson PUBLISHED BY OLALA INTERIORS Shop639b Ballito Junction, Compensation Road, Ballito, KwaZulu Natal Tel: +27 32 946 0641 Email: W W W.O L A L A I N T E R I O R S .CO M

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ello summer and a brand spanking New Year! 2018 was a phenomenal year for the OLALA INTERIORS team. Local and international acclaim provided plenty of accolades with a host of awards bestowed including ROMO International Top Designer of the Year for KwaZulu Natal, Home Fabrics Top Design & Specifier of the Year for KwaZulu Natal, Regional Finalist for the Business Women’s Association of South Africa and shortlisted for the International Design & Architecture Awards for 2019. And finally, 5 Star Award Winner: Best Interior Design Private Residence South Africa and Nominee: Best Interior Design Private Residence Africa in the International Property Awards - We expand on this impressive win in our feature on page 8.

Summer is the time of year that we all truly celebrate outdoor living and bringing that outdoors into the home. All three of the beautiful homes featured in this issue work seamlessly with their outdoor environments. The first of which, Clifton Splendor, is a multi award winning project and rightly so. With its magnificently proportioned spaces and the dramatic use of black with saturated blues, velvet and layered glamour, the home creates a veritable feast for the eyes. The Midrand equestrian estate home, filled with iconic pieces, delights with its majestic architecture and boundless luxurious interior design. The OLALA INTERIORS team outdid themselves with pure artistry in this exceptional home. And last but certainly not least, the home that epitomises

summer, Endless Horizons. Designed by Metropole Architects and located on the KwaZulu Natal North Coast, this boldly contemporary home honours the spectacular ocean views, and draws the tropical blue and grey colour palette in from the surrounding environment. Good lighting has the power to make or break a space (or at least badly illuminate it!). Transforming it into something amazing that is not only pleasing aesthetically but emotionally too. Choosing good lighting can be horribly daunting or it can be a fantastic experience. With the myriad choices available out there, Michael Anderson from our Cape Town office shines a light on some of his favourite, on trend lighting fixtures. Make this summer something to remember. Here’s to a fabulous 2019...


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// The official presentation of the Awards was held at the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah in October 2018.


PROPERTY AWARDS The International Property Awards are open to residential and commercial property professionals from around the globe. An International Property Award is a world-renowned mark of excellence.

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he objective of these awards is to celebrate and recognise excellence and to maintain high standards worldwide in the property industry.

The Awards are in their 25th year and cover over 45 different residential and commercial categories. Regional Awards are staged for Arabia, Europe, Africa, Canada, Central & South America, the Caribbean, USA, UK and Asia Pacific. These were celebrated at gala presentation events in Bangkok, Dubai, London and Toronto during the course of the 2018. The African Property Awards celebrate the highest levels of achievement by companies operating in all sectors of the property industry. The event brings together the top players in real estate, architecture and interior design covering both commercial and residential categories.

// Schanè Anderson at the Gala Presentation held in Dubai.


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Schanè Anderson (second from left), CEO & Creative Director of OLALA INTE

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// Main image: Schanè Anderson (second from left) accepting the prestigious awards at the gala award celebration held in Dubai.

Entries are judged by an independent panel of 80 industry experts, based on design, quality, service, innovation, originality and commitment to sustainability. The judging panel is chaired by Lord Caithness, Lord Best, The Earl of Liverpool, and Lord Thurso, members of the House of Lords in the UK Parliament. The African Property Awards are the largest, most prestigious, and widely recognised programme throughout the region. OLALA INTERIORS was honoured at the African Property Awards, in association with Salice, at The Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah Hotel on 11th October 2018 for their project CLIFTON SPLENDOUR.

OLALA INTERIORS competed against the best property professionals across the African region and was ultimately presented with the highest scoring 5 STAR AWARD and recognised as the BEST in the INTERIOR DESIGN PRIVATE RESIDENCE category. “This was an amazing result for the OLALA INTERIORS team. I couldn’t be more proud of the work we have done to achieve these awards,” said Schanè Anderson, CEO & Creative Director of OLALA INTERIORS.

OLALA INTERIORS also received an award as NOMINEE for Best in Africa which includes projects in and around the Indian Ocean Islands. “It is a real honour to receive recognition of our focus on delivering excellent interior design and services to our clients, and of our commitment to adding value in every assignment we undertake.”

We are absolutely delighted to be presented with a fivestar award in the category of Best Interior Design - Private Residence South Africa. Being nominated for Best in Africa was the cherry on top.” Schanè Anderson

ERIORS accepting the prestigeous awards.


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The lounge and dining areas are flanked by hand made brass based chairs and a custom manufactured servers by OLALA INTERIORS Luxoure™ brand. //

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Blend a magnificent Cape Town property, a simple, open brief of ‘Surprise me’, and a trusting client with an eye for designer pieces, and the end result is award winning.


riginally appointed to deliver a home in a different location, the project took a surprise turn. With the interior design, product design and manufacturing complete, the week OLALA INTERIORS started loading trucks and readying for installation, the team was advised of ‘a change of plan and venue’. The original home they were primed to furnish had since been sold and in its place was an exclusive property located in Clifton, Cape Town.


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Formal Dining: Galileo dining table and Cerva dining chairs Fendi - Italy. When the dining chairs were delivered to the house, the stark white walls fought the subtle buttery creams, so the walls were covered in the beautifully exclusive Cobra Cork wallpaper by Omexco. //

“We stopped everything and went back to the drawing board. A toned down, yet alluring modern industrial style was redesigned into a layered and more glamorous look and feel”, says Schanè Anderson, CEO and Creative Director of OLALA INTERIORS. Schanè also had to ensure that everything complimented and functioned at the new project site. The team arrived in Cape Town that same week to view the new canvass, which was a freshly painted new ‘white site’ with Phase 1 furniture as planned for the original installation. In the following weeks, Schanè and her team turned the project around, travelling to find exclusive designer pieces, hunting for fabulous art, and for the team at the OLALA INTERIORS factory to make the custom designed cabinetry. Schanè says “We then re-grouped on-site to install, complete and handover the finished project!”

Private Library: Bringing the magical world of // literature to life in a unique setting. Imported walnut-veneer leaf tables complement the deep tub chairs custom-made by OLALA INTERIORS Luxoure™ brand and a Paco rug. Art by Natasha Barnes sourced from Imbizo Gallery.

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Private Lounge: The gold Ferletti old school, retro // drinks trolley is from the client’s own collection and is perfectly set off by the Versace wallpaper. Custom manufactured sofas and tub chairs by OLALA INTERIORS Luxoure™ brand. Coffee and side tables made from American walnut and black stained ash.

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This was a client-centered project – as are all OLALA INTERIORS’ projects. The company loves the fact that their clients (and this client in particular) are well traveled, enlightened and authentic. “OLALA INTERIORS clients generally have very strong opinions and definitely know what rock their boats”, laughs Schanè. “In the first project completed for this client, I designed and made a deepmidnight-blue buttoned sofa”, says Schanè. “The client loved it then, and still loves it now”. That cemented the clients favourite interior colour scheme: black with saturated blues, deep sapphires, cobalt and navy. Schanè has two loves: black and velvet. “So now I have a client who loves black, who adores velvet, who travels extensively, who has an amazing eye for design, and who fell

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in love with this gracious home and its unobstructed views over Clifton and Camps Bay!”. This could fairly be classified as a dream job. Designed by Jane Visser of Visser Architects, the home has four storeys, five bedrooms, 3,9m high ceilings, bare white walls and panoramic views from the Twelve Apostles to Clifton’s beaches - This was the blank canvas that OLALA INTERIORS got to work with. The home’s magnificent proportions allowed for expressive decorating with volumes of epic wall space for beautiful imported wallpaper and local art. In addition to being a family home, the house is also used as a corporate and entertainment venue for local and international business clients, hence the importance and expense placed on reception and entertainment areas

// Lounging & Dining - A Family Affair: The Fork floor lamp designed for Foscarini

by Diesel, is an adjustable standing lamp made from anodised lacquered metal and fabric. Custom manufactured dining table and chairs, sofas, occasional chairs and cluster of independent coffee tables in polished stainless steel by OLALA INTERIORS Luxoure™ brand.

This client has fallen under the spell of velvet!” Schanè Anderson


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// Formal Lounge: The placement of the Fendi Artu Curved Sofa was inspired by the client’s love and admiration for the

Fendi brand, as well as their Casa range of high end luxe upholstered furnishings. The mirrored Constellation coffee table by Fendi Casa, with its reflective gold finish were placed at the fireplace, flanked by a Cité armchair by French designer Jean Prouvé. This chair with its dynamic appearance, broad leather detail coated steel rocker, is said to be used by Prouvé himself in his lounge.

as well as the fairly masculine guest suites. The budget was prioritised in terms of a) investment, b) handmade hand knotted rugs and c) the support of upcoming South African artists. All art was intuitively purchased with the client delivering the final thumbs up. “Because the client loves fashion and art, I spent many, many hours trailing art galleries,

dealers and exhibitions to source all the magnificent pieces displayed in the home”, says Schanè. Crockery and cutlery purchased for the home is also used as functional art. High end designer pieces and sets from Carrol Boyes, Allessi and Ralph Lauren feature strongly. From every angle, this is a home that celebrates craftsmanship, design, art and its exquisite location.

Collecting art for my clients is one of my passions. How privileged to be living vicariously through my clients.” Schanè Anderson OLALA INTERIORS

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The black and gold accents of the custom-made OLALA INTERIORS // bedroom suite is reinforced by iconic Kartell Bourgie lamps and an All Saints mirror from Kartell, gold poodles and Nika Zupanc’s The Golden Chair. Playing with the ballet pumps and tutu’s was huge fun - on display in the custom cabinetry by OLALA INTERIORS.

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// Bedroom - Fit for a Little Princess: Schanè

played with a pale dusky pink and black Chanel theme in the little girl’s bedroom. The room features Christian Lacroix wallpaper and an artwork by Danielle Hewitt, hung especially low for her to enjoy. The bespoke bed and chairs from OLALA INTERIORS.


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Master Suite: The Diane von Furstenburg rug gives a sophisticated edge to the conversation // lounge in the suite, and an Alpaco hand-sewn rug underfoot in the bedroom area provides superior luxury. Developed by Vira and Antonio Citterio, the Grand Repos armchair and footstool offers generous padding, inviting armrests, expressive wings and visually exudes the kind of comfort that only a large swivel chair can offer. Custom manufactured daybed sofas, plasma and bedside pedestals designed for OLALA INTERIORS Luxoure™ brand. The Bed Ruché by Inga Sempéis, one of Sempé’s awardwinning upholstery collections, features the same quilted cover with its intricate stitch work detailing, on an airy frame in anthracite-stained solid beech flanked by gold Fosca floor lamps by client. The master bedroom’s en-suite leads of the walk-in wardrobe. An Abe Opperman painting, Harvest, hangs above the double slipper bath. The sanitary ware is all by the luxury British manufacturer Lefroy Brooks.

The Client has an amazing eye for colour and design - which is prevalent throughout the home.” Schanè Anderson

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// Boys Bedroom: Adnet Circulaire Mirrors – besides the remarkable

Italian cognac leather and brass detail, the mirror is unique as the strap that holds the mirror is in direct proportion to the dimension of the mirror. The idea behind the ABOUT A CHAIR was developed with conspicuous simplicity. Custom manufactured cabinetry by OLALA INTERIORS Luxoure™ brand.


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// Graphite & Velvet Guest Suite: The current guest suite would have been

the master bedroom in the previous location, so Schanè had to redesign, specify and rescale the master bedroom. Custom manufactured seating, cabinetry, plasma and pedestals for OLALA INTERIORS Luxoure™ brand. Art purchased in Ballito, KwaZulu Natal North Coast, from Imbizo Gallery.

Loft Suite: Black and white geometrical wallpaper, a bamboo silk rug and linen and wool scatter cushion by OLALA INTERIORS. The Corbusier Loft chair is by Italian manufacturer Gamma. //

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Guest Bathroom - Over-scaled Floral: My ultimate favourite wallpaper ever! is how Schanè describes the custom printed, baroque Dark Floral vinyl wall covering by Ellie Cashman in the guest bathroom. Flowers, particularly old roses, are so ephemeral. Their subtle shapes and movements are as elegant as brush strokes. Using the flowered wallpaper in such an over-scaled manner, one simply cannot escape their striking beauty. //


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// Mancave, Bar & Wine Cellar: Versace wallpaper wraps the columns in the man-cavecum-cinema-cumbar,

Marbleous wallpaper from Zinc Textile adorns the walls, and old-printed cork on the ceiling provides sound insulation. The Raimond Tensegrity floor lamps designed by Raimond Tensegrity for Dutch company Moooi. The pub and curved sofa with fixed back and seat with custom made stainless steel legs, were designed and manufactured by OLALA INTERIORS Luxoure™ brand. The striking pendant light, called Heracleum Big O, was designed by Bertjan Pot and Marcel Wanders for Moooi. The wine cellar and whiskey/pub collection was curated by Michael Anderson from OLALA INTERIORS. Gamma chairs from Italy. A gentleman’s cigar lounge in front of the warming fireplace, seating is full caramel hide Theodore Alexander Club Chairs with Rosewood finish, and Zebrano inlaid coffee tables, accompanying a magnificent collection of whiskeys to boot.

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I LOVE that our manufactured pieces hold their own against high-end imported pieces. Our craftsmanship is magnificent, and I’m proud that international owners are happy to display South African pieces alongside imports.” Schanè Anderson OLALA INTERIORS

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Large Chrome // Molten Pendant: A beautifully distorted lighting globe that creates a mesmerizing melting hot blown glass effect. Translucent when on and mirror-finish when off. R2,852.00

Light is the first element of design; without it there is no color, form, or texture.� Thomas E. Farin

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YOUR LIFE Use beautifully designed, on trend lighting to illuminate the perfect mood and ambiance in your spaces. Be inspired to achieve the sometimes elusive balance of the practical and the aesthetic.


he right light lifts the mood, inspires productivity and motivates us. At home, light enlivens the little things - our morning routines, or the moments we spend with friends. Any designer will tell you that lighting is an essential ingredient when you’re decorating a room - not the afterthought that many of us consider it. If you’re tempted to spend more of your time picking out furnishings or puzzling over layouts, remember that lighting can completely transform a space — not just by brightening dark corners, but by affecting

your emotions. Every room in your home should have a good mix of lighting including overhead, accent and task lights. Choosing lighting fixtures is one of the details you need to plan when decorating a new space. But the decision is not easy, not even if you’re planning a simple makeover or renovation. You need to be organized and to take things one by one, room by room. Michael Anderson, one of OLALA INTERIORS’ designers based in Cape Town, sheds some light on some of his favourite lighting fixtures that he has taken a shine to.

// Konka Wire Pendant: Wire pendants work well in clusters and

are often used to display filament or vintage bulbs. Available in various colours. R995.00 OLALA INTERIORS

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Collier Slim LED Pendant: Reflect a futurist look in your home with the sleek style-lines and luminous quality of the Collier Slim LED Pendant light. R3,998.00



New Mason Cement Brass Table Lamp: Bring a luxe aesthetic into your space. R2,055.00


Milano Brass Deco Wall Light: Enlist the modern style of the Milano Brass Art Deco Wall Light. R1,598.00


Triangle Felt Pendant: A beautifully earthy touch in charcoal and light grey. R447.50ea.




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Hand-Blown Recycled Glass Orb // Pendants: Installed in a bedroom designed by OLALA INTERIORS provides the perfect illumination.


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A celebration of composed grandeur mingled with delectably iconic and collectable pieces, this estate home oozes exclusive design.


he owners of this private residence, situated within an equestrian estate in Midrand, Johannesburg, gave the OLALA INTERIORS team freedom to introduce luxurious design in the pursuit of excellence. Having previously worked with these clients, Schanè Anderson, CEO and Creative Director of OLALA INTERIORS, had a very good idea as to what their expectations and preferences were. “To deliver this, I invested a good deal of time on research and in the

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Multifunctional Living & Entertainment: A custom-engineered spiral staircase spans three levels and is illuminated with numerous Heracleum Pendant lights designed by Bertjan Pot for Moooi. The Rhythm horizontal light over the kitchen island, a ground breaking design by Arik Levy for Vibia, allows infinite configurations.

The Brave New World Standing Lamp: Designed by Freshwest (Marcus Beck // & Simon Macro) for Moooi, began as an exercise in random though-initiated construction. Freshwest followed the method used to construct old Far Eastern bamboo scaffolding. With no plan or design in mind, each piece of wood is carefully notched and pegged together to form an essential part of the overall structure. The Brave New World is made from oak, with cast iron balancing weights and a twisted red fabric cord.

development of the interior design concept”, says Schanè. The brief was for a customised, luxurious yet comfortable solution – one in which the whole family could live harmoniously. The consideration of family was vitally important when the design and function of key spaces were OLALA INTERIORS

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The brief was for a customised, luxurious yet comfortable solution – one in which the whole family could live harmoniously.” Schanè Anderson

contemplated. The client’s appreciation of decoration and keen eye for fabrics, wall claddings and iconic pieces are reflected throughout the home. A spiral staircase, designed and evaluated by the client (a professional engineer), dominates the space and is inspirational in construction. “If I had to choose the most suitable word to describe a spiral staircase it would be ‘caracol’ (or ‘caracole’), an 18th century architectural term for spiral or helical stairs. I like the quote of contemporary Turkish playwright, novelist and thinker Mehmet Muratildan: ‘Stairs are wonderful friends; they rise with us and they fall with us!”, says Schanè.

Bertjan Pot. Velvet tub chairs with inlaid brass bangles surround the Walnut dining table with solid brass base - all designed and manufactured by OLALA INTERIORS. Says Schanè, “It was custom manufactured ‘to hearten and foster many happy family dining events. A few prototypes were made before we got it exactly right - we involve a lot of time and effort in our R&D.” Materials used throughout the home are of an exceptionally high quality, with superb design selection and attention to detail. Materials include wood, glass, concrete and steel – all elements of this classical contemporary signature home.

The double volume dining area is illuminated by nine perfectly positioned Heracleum Pendants designed by

A visual & textural delight: Sumptuous wallcaoverings and fabrics create a dramatically luxurious space. //

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Mixing natural wooden elements alongside highly polished, contemporary pieces creates an eclectic mix.

The details are not the details. They make the design.� Charles Eames


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Rheinsberg Black & White: A sophisticated ‘Chinoserie’ inspired geometric pattern for a graphic look. Printed on a high quality ‘easy to hang’ non-woven // ground.

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Monochromatic Geometrics: A modern use of strong, bold colours, textures & patterns. //


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// Master Bedroom Suite:

The requirement for this space was to create a luxurious private drawing room where no colour is dominant; a calm yet breathtaking interior space. The winged Mamy Blue bed, designed by Roberto Lazzeroni, is described as half-bed half-sculpture and was intentionally placed to take centre stage in the room. The pronounced winged headboard sits in front of a velvet padded wall and is flanked by circular bedside pedestals. Neutral tones, playful patterns and uber comfort create a measure of ambiance here, which is virtually elysian: beautifully creative, divinely inspired, peaceful and perfect. The wallpapers are by Romo and Omexco.


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Black and white always looks modern.� Karl Lagerfeld

Horse Lamp: The creative collaboration of the Dutch company Moooi with the Swedish design team Front resulted in the Animal collection in 2006, which besides the Pig Table and the Rabbit Lamp also includes the Horse Lamp. // Included in this home as a tongue in cheek play on horsepower.

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Form follows function - that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.� Frank Lloyd Wright

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With magnificent 180 degree panoramic sea views, this stylishly contemporary home situated on the fantastically picturesque KwaZulu Natal North Coast, makes full use of the balmy coastal climate.


esigned by Metropole Architects, the house is 530 square meters of bold, modern architecture. Because the home was to be situated on a steep site, the architects designed a progressive cantilever form over three cascading levels, representing an uninhibited architectural expression, free from restrictive stylistic design guidelines. “This bold architecture brings the great South African coastal outdoors in and then, in turn, encourages the inhabitants to venture out into it”, says Metropole Architects. The OLALA INTERIORS journey with the owners of this fabulous home initially started with specifications of the soft furnishing. This very quickly progressed to the detailing and design of the interior architectural and functional elements too. OLALA INTERIORS

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Real comfort, visual and physical, is vital to every room.� Mark Hampton

“We effortlessly mastered the complex interior design, specification and refined detailing on this project, because of the good design principles created and implemented by the architect”, says Schanè Anderson, OLALA INTERIORS.

The textures and palette used throughout the home work hand in hand with all the interior finishes to // blend perfectly together.

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A testament to good functional design and exceptional craftsmanship, Schanè is incredibly proud of the beautiful bespoke furniture pieces, furniture and cabinetry throughout the home. All the bathroom vanities, cabinetry, solid wood dining table, plasma units and built-in cabinetry were specially designed and

manufactured by their own factory. The result is a world-class quality installation. “From the moment I walked in the door of this home I felt welcome”, says Grant Pitcher, the photographer who truly captured the essence of the home. “Welcome to showcase the magnificent architecture that made every aspect of this home a majestic viewing space for the Indian Ocean below. The colour palette and design of the interiors within allow the spaces to feel like a home. It was such a treat to capture the location in beautiful light and display vibrant imagery that are testament to good design.”


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// Interior styling, furniture and finishes are an ‘African Contemporary’ fusion of colour and texture

that complements the architectural spaces and synergises with a contemporary beach aesthetic.

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// With sea views to die for, a soft coastal palette of greys and white was used to

maximise the views and the light. To bring comfort and warmth to the cooler colours, plenty of soft furnishings, including luxurious throws and plush fabrics were incorporated into the design.

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Bespoke Bedroom: Mirror // finish pendant lights complete the harmonious mix of modern and traditional elements.

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// Walk-in Closet: Custom designed and

manufactured by OLALA INTERIORS.


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The best rooms have something to say about the people who live in them.� David Hicks


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A comfortable, luxurious space for the family to enjoy the relaxed, coastal lifestyle. The perfect positioning and placement of decor and functional furniture creates an abundance of space and light.â€? Schanè Anderson

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With a fascination and love for design and spaces, Ballito based Interior Designer, Melanie Stuart, shares her design style and inspirations.


escribe yourself in three words. Passionate, determined and compassionate.

How & why did you get into the design Industry? I have always had a fascination and love for design and spaces, what they each represent and what they can become with a little attention to detail. I was fortunate enough to study at Inscape Design College in Pretoria, where my studies furthered my passion in making me the designer I am today. How would you describe your design style? How varied are your designs? Do you have a signature touch with your designs? Because we design for clients with various requirements and design styles, it is hard to have one particular design style in our industry. I do definitely gravitate to modern contemporary with lots of detail to open plans, and attention to natural light. My personal touch comes in to play by really listening to clients wants and needs, adding elements of their personalities to create a space they have always wanted.

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What do you love about being a designer & where do you draw your inspiration from? It would have to be the places I get to see (locations and amazing homes) and the people I get to meet. There is something very special about being invited into a persons home to become part of their design dream. I draw inspiration from getting to know my clients and listening to what they envision for their home. The emotion of the space and the setting are also very much taken into account.

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What are some of your most popular designs/projects? This is a difficult question to answer as each project that I have worked on has had an aspect that I loved - from designing office spaces, residential homes on the coast overlooking the ocean, lush inland forest locations, to New York styled loft apartments in the heart of Johannesburg - It would be too difficult to choose just one! Is there anything exciting that you are working on at the moment? All the projects that I am currently working on are exciting as all of them are so different! We have new builds, renovations of existing homes and office designs - Each project has its own element of excitement. What colours, textures & furniture pieces do you love the most? Another hard question to answer! Each of these elements lends itself to the design of the home and it’s different spaces. Some projects have shades of light greys, whites and natural woods with furniture that is soft and appealing to the eye, while others need darker shades with hints of brass and gold to create the desired effect with dramatic furniture to match. It is important to combine and balance the colours, textures and furnishings to match each project. What is your philosophy on design & life? Do everything with passion, kindness and have fun in the business of life! When you are happy, it flows into everything you do. Make the best of bad situations, your bad day is as bad as you make it. What are your design dreams? To continue creating dream homes for people in their image as well as mine, challenging the design industry to its fullest and making a unique home every single time. In your opinion, which will be the top trends in interior design for 2019? Individuality, uniqueness and distinctive quality. Over the years community living has become ever more popular and the sense of privacy is one of the most sought-after qualities in community living. Each home needs its own identity and sense of uniqueness. What & who are some of your design inspirations? You can find inspiration in anything if you look long enough! Inspiration is drawn from the clients you are designing homes for, and the location they are situated in. There

are so many designers worldwide that I as a designer learn from every day, design trends are so different across the globe. I think it is so important to learn from global designs and bring them home to add to our own design style. What piece in your portfolio are you most proud of? Each and every project that I have worked on has led me to the here and now, working for one of the most amazing interior design companies in South Africa! I am proud of each project as they have helped me grow into the designer I am today and will continue to push me to evolve and grow. What do you need to consider when designing? Every aspect in a house needs to be taken into account from the flow of the spaces in conjunction with the furniture (built in and freestanding) to the functionality, to the lighting (natural and fixed). That has to work with the colours, mood, tone and textures used to create the desired effects. What are a couple of questions you’d ask to discover your client’s requirements? Meeting a client on-site and having them take you through their home and seeing how they react to the different spaces gives you an idea of what to ask and to determine what they require in each space. Where do they spend most of their time? Living room, kitchen, bedrooms? This helps me ascertain where to focus key design elements. How do you keep up with industry changes? We are fortunate enough keep up with national and international trends by attending many industry events and seminars, as well as visiting trade shows in Paris, Milan, China, India and New York. This keeps us current and assists us in applying new trends in all the fields of design. Do you prefer functionality or appeal? Definitely both, they work hand in hand in completing a successful end product.

FOR MORE INFORMATION call Melanie Stuart on 032 940 0399 or email Shop 639b Ballito Junction, Compensation Rd, Ballito


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