By Refiloe Serai-Mzolo, Project Consultant Monique Rankine, Property Coordinator Chantel Spence, Photography Nic Baleta

Just because an estate has certain building restrictions, it doesn’t mean your home can’t reflect your personal taste and preferences. These home owners worked hard to create a modern and open-plan home that reflects and resonates with their personalities and lifestyle.

“We were looking for a spacious home that would be comfortable to live in, but also luxurious and beautifully furnished, and that our family could enjoy for many years to come,” they say.

This contemporary four-bedroomed house, located in the south of Johannesburg, was decorated with the help of interior designer Tracy Barnard of True Class Interiors, who played an integral role in bringing the home to life. “I would share ideas I had with my interior designer, and she would advise me if she thought it would be suitable for the particular space or room,” says the home owner.

The home is decorated in neutral tones of cream, but colour is brought in throughout – for example, in the dining room, there are splashes of turquoise to add character, and in the double-volume entrance hall, there is red wallpaper which makes a dramatic, yet elegant, statement.

A standout space in the home is the contemporary kitchen, which is minimalist in design but features a variety of ovens and stoves, including an electric and gas stove, as well as a steam oven, which the home owner says makes cooking and baking a breeze.

The owners have some good advice for anyone thinking of building and decorating their dream home. “Note down each and every idea you think will help to create your perfect home, and make sure you shop around for everything before making a decision,” they say.

The home owners also recommend sourcing furniture in South Africa, thereby supporting the local home decor and furniture industry. “Local furniture designers can design anything you can come up with,” they add.