The clean-lined facade of the multileveled house rise from the rocks of Bantry Bay

This beautiful family home, perched high above the beaches of Bantry Bay and Clifton on Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard, combines cool and contemporary architecture with moody interiors that feature layers of elegantly mixed textures.

Through the clever use of texture and colour in the living, dining and kitchen area, Sumari created a laid-back, moody atmosphere.

Featured in ELLE Decoration’s ‘Ideas Issue’, this Bantry Bay home’s understated elegance, warmth and everyday ease was perfected by local designer, Sumari Krige of La Grange Interiors. The home boasts panoramic 270-degree views of the Atlantic Ocean; its terrace could easily be the bow of a beautiful cruise ship. But you won’t find any hint of natty nautical cliches here, Sumari avoided this through the use of soft furnishings, mostly in shades of charcoal, anthracite and stone.

“Although the finishes and furniture throughout are very contemporary, Sumari managed to create a sense of warmth and cosiness with her masterful use of texture”

The open-plan dressing area and bathroom feature a mixture of tactile textiles.

Sumari says she responded strongly to the area’s atmosphere of calm while decorating. As she puts it, the house combines ‘breathtaking views, the cool sea breeze, spaciousness and an almost complete lack of wind.’ To compliment this seaside home and create the laid-back yet moody atmosphere, Sumari combined dark, textured timber floors, black stone and taupe carpets for the floor finishes, then layered these with reworked Persian rugs and kilims.

 “Another key technique was to use fewer items of furniture, yet keep them oversized to complement the generous spaces”

The kitchen and dining area lead onto the front deck with its sweeping Atlantic Ocean views.

‘The homeowners wanted a contemporary family home that takes full advantage of Bantry Bay’s magnificent views.’ Says Sumari. See exactly how to achieve this look in Elle Decoration’s Big Ideas Issue on shelf now.

Photographs Warren Heath Original Text Robyn Alexander Production Sven Alberding All