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A hovering presence within the South African panorama upon which it sits, with a sand-coloured façade and native stone that complement the inside shade scheme — that’s Chab Northcliff, a spacious modern dwelling by Nico van der Muelen Architects. From the curving stone driveway, you see cozy windowed alcoves; when you’ve entered the open inside, a metropolis skyline spreads earlier than you within the distance, framed by vast-open glass on a number of sides. You rise from degree to degree up a spiral staircase that appears suspended in mid-air; the staggered, mild angles of home windows and partitions offer you a “round” movement via the glass surrounding you. Entertaining is a breeze right here: out of your central front room, straightforward steps take you as much as the eating space, over to the kitchen, and even outdoors to an infinity-edge pool!

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Décor is the last word impartial palette — brown, sand, cream, and white — enhanced by all-encompassing pure mild; by daytime, your areas are bathed in mushy sunshine that warms the rooms and displays off glass-topped tables. Adding to the cautious neutrals are simply the best touches of different hues — splashes of pink from modern artwork and a cleverly positioned floral centerpiece, the luxurious inexperienced of palms and plantings outdoor, and the cool blue gem of an up-lighted pool. Assisting the house to mix with its rugged panorama, elements of the outside mix neatly with indoor décor: a rock-edged soaking tub within the toilet, low-mendacity purple native grasses across the windowed alcoves. The general really feel is enjoyable, stylish, and natural — a “cliff” perch from Nico van der Muelen.

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