Endless Horizons

The Ballito MagazineAugust 8, 2023

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.


The house is 530 square metres of bold, modern architecture. Because the home was 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.


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 and functional elements too.


The OLALA Team effortlessly mastered this project’s complex interior design, specification and refined detailing because of the good design principles created and implemented by the architect, creating a visual and textural delight.


A testament to good functional design and exceptional craftsmanship, the team is incredibly proud of the beautiful, bespoke furniture and cabinetry throughout the home. Materials used throughout the house are of exceptionally high quality, with the superb design selection and attention to detail.


All the bathroom vanities, cabinetry, solid wood dining table, plasma units and built-in cabinetry were specially designed and manufactured by OLALA INTERIORS. The result is a world-class quality installation.


With sea views to die for, a soft coastal palette of greys, tropical blues and white was used to maximise the views and the light, honouring the spectacular surrounding environment. Plenty of soft furnishings, including luxurious throws and plush fabrics, were incorporated into the design to bring comfort and warmth to the cooler colours. The use of textures and palettes throughout the home works hand in hand with all the interior finishes to blend perfectly. Beautifully designed, on-trend lighting was used to illuminate the perfect mood and ambience in all the spaces, achieving the sometimes elusive balance of the practical and the aesthetic.


“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.” – OLALA Team


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. “From the moment I walked in the door of this home, I felt to welcome,” says Grant Pitcher, the photographer who truly captured the essence of the home. “Welcor to showcase the magnificent architecture that mi de 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.”


Words by Stephanie Du Preez 

Photos by Grant Pitcher