Recently ARRCC, a studio with a passion for unique interior design, has completed a remodel in South Africa. Like all their projects, this one was a close collaboration between the architects and their clients and the result is a new family home that leaves a long-lasting impression on everyone who comes in contact with it.
The brief was to transform an existing house into a modern and updated version of its itself, able to serve as a comfortable family home for many years to come. In order to achieve that, the architects had first to completely empty the house and to restructure it. They even added a new top floor.
The new layout is a simplified and more open one than the previous previous of the house. The living room, dining area and the kitchen form an open floor plan which has direct access to a terrace. Each of the three sections has its own distinct character. The living area, for instance, is a cozy space despite the gray-based color palette. The patchwork rug adds a nice and subtle tone of blue to the mix while the side tables and the accent chair warm up the ambiance with their soft yet still neutral colors.
The dining area is positioned next to a wall at one end of the floor plan. The table is robust and has a certain roughness to it but at the same time the live-edge top gives it the stylish look that allows it to integrate into the decor perfectly. In addition, the white Eames chairs are as elegant and as timeless as ever, being the perfect choice for this casual decor.
The artwork is the element that gives personality to the spaces. In the living room, a floral motif softens the neutral color palette and the simple nature of the materials and forms used throughout. In one corner, framed black and white images of buildings keep alive the architectural nature of the house and framed drawings done by the kids add color and charm to the playroom.
The kitchen has its nook with access to the courtyard. It’s mostly decorated with tones of gray and stainless steel accents but the marble island doesn’t let the design become monotonous and boring.
The master bedroom and its en-suite occupy the new top floor of the house. They both enjoy panoramic views of the city and the horizon and, like the rest of the house, are decorated with neutral colors and simple materials. An upholstered bed and a linen and mohair rug make the bedroom feel cozy without interfering with its minimalist nature.
In the bathroom you can better see the contrast between the dark-stained ceiling and the light wooden floor, a contrast that defines the entire residence and serves as a link between the exterior which is dark and the interior which is warm and welcoming.
The children’s rooms are placed on the lower level. They have access to the terrace and the garden and they’re as chic and beautiful as the rest of the rooms, with a bit more color in their decor. The flamingo-themed wallpaper is a very quirky detail, making the room look playful without taking away its elegance.