A family home in Durban's Morningside blends a black backdrop with bold, colourful design details
There’s something about Durban’s Morningside that draws creative souls, not least of all for the suburb’s wealth of solid old houses, which happily swing either way: heritage preserved and revered, or sporting a contemporary look and feel.
Both in the retail industry and with a passion for design, Anthony and Taryn Smit
This 1940s bungalow has been completely transformed into a dream family home
'I knew exactly what I wanted,' says interior decorator Claire Frost of her renovated home in a leafy Joburg suburb. 'I pictured a farmy Cape feel but was terrified of a "hotel chain" look with a gable!'
Drawn to the character and great location of this 1940s house, Claire and her husband Tim bought the property in 2000. Despite a couple of 'bitty' renovations, though, it remained a series of rectilinear spaces with neither optimal flow nor sufficient light.
'The lack of light probably bothered us the most,' says Claire. 'More recently we were also aware that our sons Sam, 13, and Ben, 11, needed more space, especi