Plantation house style Spring 2011: let’s play it again

With its fantastical foliage, exotic taxidermy and wild mix of unusual finds, it's hard to believe that this room belongs to a 250-year-old farmhouse in the Overberg and not an explorer's tropical forest stowaway.

Lush tropical scenes set the backdrop for a conservatory with a difference in an Overberg Farmhouse.

With its fantastical foliage, exotic taxidermy and wild mix of unusual finds, it’s hard to believe that this room belongs to a 250-year-old farmhouse in the Overberg and not an explorer’s tropical forest stowaway. 

These days there’s a new addition to the mix that’s stealing the show – the ‘Plantation Room’, a once empty entrance hall turned dreamy dining and relaxing area for guests. A verdant mural on three walls creates a perfect backdrop for owner Jan Georg Solms’ eclectic pieces, while the fourth wall – consisting of massive foldaway doors – opens out onto the generous verandah and its jaw-dropping view of green undulating farmland beyond.

Some things are worth repeating. This interior was featured in Elle Decoration Issue 80: Spring 2011.

Text Lin Murray

Photographs Inge Prins

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3 Comments

  • IS THAT A REAL FOX PELT IN THE CHAIR IN THE SECOND PHOTO? AND THE TAXIDERMY ON THAT OWL? SERIOUSLY?

    I recently picked up a copy of Elle decoration SA (spring edition, my first ever) and I loved it, logged onto the blog, signed up and loved it too. . . but now I wonder, has ELLE lost a gentle heart or sense of responsibility in the name of fashionable decor? Perhaps I may have jumped to conclusions (dont see how that owl or fowl can look more real). Your reader has no idea regarding the circumstances of those animals, so we can draw conclusions in whatever manner we see fit.

    Disappointed.

    Charlene

    • Charlene, the shoot was on a farm. So it stood to reason that an owl and the fox could be as much a part of the picture as the the flowers and the birds.
      The world needs more people with gentle hearts, who question things and behave more responsibly. We value your observation. Thank you for thinking about this and pointing it out.

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