Proof that unplugged, sustainable living can be beautiful too
Living off the grid has become an increasingly appealing option for those eager to ease their impact on the environment and avoid consumerist thinking. Still, many still associate this lifestyle with the idea of an old run-down cabin in the woods. Truth is though, even off-the-grid homes can be beautiful and contemporary, or at
Simplicity, authenticity and practical magic define this Cape Dutch home at Babylonstoren
Located near Paarl in the Western Cape, Babylonstoren’s cool interiors are a successful blend of original fittings and contemporary furnishings. The sitting room features cream sofas by Philippe Starck, luxurious leather armchairs by Citterio, an Artemide floor lamp and ornate built-in teak wall cabinets that have been perfectly preserved.
The hum of countless bees can be heard in the late-afternoon air at Babylonstoren’s garden of Eden. Here, owners Karen Roos and Koos Bekker cultivate more than 300 varieties of edible or medicinal plants in the extraordinary gardens inspired by the farms that supplied ships passing t