I met one of my dearest friends, Frank, back in 2003 when we started our chef’s training together in Stellenbosch. We hit it off instantly, and I was soon introduced to his wonderful family. Since then we’ve had many wonderful times at their home in Caledon, as well as their beautiful beach house in Kleinmond. Frank, his brother Danie and dad Nico bought the house in 2006. I still remember walking through the uninspiring grey face-brick house one winter’s afternoon. As Danie describes it, “a box with two windows and a door”.The site of the property however was great, bordering the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, set in fynbos with spectacular mountain and sea views.
The family tool up the challenge, and their mission was to turn the cramped house into a four bedroom home with ample space for entertaining family and friends. This home was truly a family project, with Danie, an architect, in charge of the renovations. And with mom Junianna’s great sense of style, the new space was soon transformed into home with heart and personality. Back in 2006 the decor was very clean and modern, which earned the beach house the nickname “white on white”. However it now has a more eclectic feel with a strong African influence, as Frank -now a chef in Singita Grumeti Tanzania- regularly brings home little treasures from his travels. We caught up with Danie and Junianna to talk about “white on white.
Images: Christine Meintjes
5 Minutes with Danie:
We are inspired by all things pretty our friends as well as our surroundings. We are very fortunate working in and with beautiful spaces everyday which in itself is a huge inspiration.
We love our home because the inside and outside merges so well together. It is a place where we as a family can relax and just have a good time!
Our home DIY projects included staining the timber floors to the colour, planting the grass on the front lawn and giving many old pieces “new life”.
We splurged on a good coffee machine and quality linen.
Our advice for other home decor enthusiasts would be to stay true to yourself. You must be comfortable with the things surrounding you; otherwise what’s the point of decorating or having your own space. Don’t just blindly follow a fashion trends. The pieces have in your home should have meaning.
What do you love most about your home? Sitting on our stoep with good friends and family overlooking the fynbos with the sun setting on the sea … and that first glass of wine after a long week.