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This stately rambling residence, with its mixture of modern trendy design and conventional/basic element, involves us from the drafting board of South Africa’s Nico van der Meulen. A distinctive two-story portico opens onto a front room space with large expanses of glass; the open plan segues eating areas (there are multiple!), seating areas, and a streamlined kitchen collectively for an ingenious format that permits entertaining for a number of or a crowd with equal ease. In distinction to this contemporary inside plan, nevertheless, discover the character of a number of the furnishings: earlier than a really conventional hearth and white mantel, you’ll see patterned rugs, an opulent blue sofa and additional cushions, and a loveseat that each one can be at residence in an unusual household room. So what’s happening?

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It’s a mixture — a deliberate downplay of the “luxurious” points of the house that’s immediately enjoyable, heat, and welcoming — not typically an preliminary impression of a mansion (which this undoubtedly is!). If you’ve any doubt that you simply’ve walked into an unique property, the view of the grounds — from concrete paver paths to the splendid pool, superbly landscaped gardens and stone deck, and expansive garden will inform the story. At the identical time, nevertheless, that is unmistakably a household house: toys and books aren’t solely within the youngsters’s rooms however in the lounge, a transparent message that everybody within the household “lives” in all of the rooms. This property’s area is one in every of its true luxuries: bedrooms are lavish, baths are roomy and properly-outfitted, and there are cozy courtyards and terraces for quiet personal moments. It’s a perfect mixture: a relaxed mansion with modern class…and open arms.

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