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The neutral colour palette of Eduan Roos and Melissa de Villiers’ home is offset by wooden details, such as the original ceiling in the open-plan living area; Mismatched dining room chairs bought at the couple’s favourite second-hand shop in Strand are arranged around a table that’s often used for entertaining.

The beautiful simplicity that defines the Strand home of Eduan Roos and Melissa de Villiers has been perfectly curated to suit their personal design aesthetic

On the surface, it’s a serene space that’s very easy on the eye. When you enter the light-filled, open-plan house, stress levels dip as the calming colours of clotted cream and wispy white, interspersed with deeper hues of grey, sand and stone, take hold. And this is exactly what Eduan Roos and Melissa de Villiers had in mind when they set about creating their dream home.

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The garden was a big drawcard when the couple decided to buy the old 1950s house and during their renovation, they redesigned and reconfigured the living spaces so that they now lead outdoors.

But there is also a fresh energy here that is not only provided by the most important member of the household, the handsome, exuberant black Russian terrier, Patchouli. Both Roos and De Villiers attest to a spontaneous creativity in all aspects of their lives, and the effect is palpable in their home.

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Roos, De Villiers and Patchouli, their black Russian terrier, spend a lot of time on the enclosed veranda; The expansive and airy living area forms the heart of this tranquil Strand home.

And considering their professions, it’s hardly surprising: Roos is a creative director at an events company and De Villiers is the guru in charge of the food at the Strand eatery Pyjamas + Jam, which she co-owns with her mother, Sandra, and sister, Natasha.

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An artwork by Gabriela Orzechowski hangs above Roos’s childhood piano; curated kitchenware is on display

The couple was not in the market for a new house when the dark, three-bedroomed 1950s home suddenly came up for sale just over a year ago. ‘When I first saw it, I just couldn’t imagine how we could turn it around… it was horrendous,’ Roos laughs. ‘We hated all the poky rooms and there were so many doors!’

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De Villiers prepares a meal on the work surface just off her scullery; twin sinks perch on top of a cement kitchen counter

But armed with myriad bright ideas and solutions offered by De Villiers’ close-knit family, they gratefully snapped it up and set about making it their own. By removing many of the walls and windows, getting rid of offending doors and cupboards, and changing the orientation so that the newly designed living areas lead directly onto the garden, they created an impressive two-bedroom, two-bathroom home suited to their needs and sensibilities. They then applied an equally considered, thoughtful approach to living in it.

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Just off the living area is the main bedroom, which intentionally has no door and features a mixed-media artwork by Jenna Haviland positioned above the bed. A chaise-longue from Roos’s childhood home is the only colourful addition in the house and picks up on the gold bedside lamps from @home.

‘Everything in our house is lived in and we’ve given life to old furniture by mixing it with new pieces,’ says De Villiers. ‘Many of the pieces were bought at second-hand shops and recovered or repainted,’ adds Roos. ‘We’ve filled our home with things that speak to us and fit in with our simple, unadorned aesthetic.’

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Varying muted hues combine in the guest bedroom; rough concrete walls in the guest bathroom reflect the couple’s love of texture

For the couple, detail and texture are paramount: long linen curtains drop dramatically to the smooth cement floor in the lounge; silky marble kitchen countertops perch on rough cement structures… the list is long and interesting, as are their possessions. ‘Our home is curated… there needs to be a reason for us to buy something,’ Roos notes. Instead of designer name tags, there are characterful additions that reflect the owners’ histories, from a cane-and-glass table which belonged to Roos’s mother to a piano from his childhood home. And when we sit down to enjoy De Villiers’ butternut and sweet potato tarts with caramelised onions, it’s at an eight-seater table made up of metal trestles which belonged to her grandfather that’s been topped with a piece of roughly hewn pine wood painted cream.

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A silk carpet runs the length of the dressing area; what was once a garage is now a modern en suite bathroom.

The table, and the one in the garden next to the old lemon and guava trees, are where they entertain friends and family, with their signature generosity. ‘We are big entertainers and love to have our friends or family over for a meal,’ Roos says. There’s no pomp or ceremony. ‘We just say, “Come over!”’ says De Villiers. ‘And it really does mean that we can put something on the table and be ready for you!’ So be prepared for the table to groan with De Villiers’ culinary creations, be adorned with beautiful foraged flowers placed in vases from Roos’s beloved collection, and be laid with copper-coloured cutlery and crystal glasses, if it takes their fancy. Says Roos: ‘We love being spontaneously creative. We thrive on it. Small things make a big difference.’

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Text: Sharon Sorour-Morris Photographs: Adam Letch

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