city, houses

Build a home over time

Elsa Young

'There's a great mix of masculine and feminine in this house,' says interior designer and store owner Megan Hesse, who shares her Parktown North home with her fiancé. 'Downstairs it's more manly, but upstairs the bedroom is filled with perfume bottles, trinkets and jewellery – it's definitely girly.'

meg_hesse3 Contemporary meets heritage where Megan’s trinkets rest on the nested Kaleido trays by Dutch design studio Hay.

Megan's home is a bright, double-volume space, peppered with a mix of products from her own store and other gems picked up along her travels. There's a definite nod to textural contrasts, such as gleaming copper pendant lights and natural wooden objets, but rather than being OTT, the couple’s style is clean, neutral and simple.
meg_hesse7 Anatomy Design’s Lab Light in front of an artwork by Nicky Levenberg in the living room.

'Owning a studio allows you to really see the little things you need in a space, like a tray to put magazines on. It's taken four years for our home to look like this. It’s something you build over time,' she says.
'A house becomes a home when you allow it to be a natural progression.' Megan Hesse
meganinsitu Ombre scatter cushions complement the light grey sofa.

The progression from empty shell to stylish abode has been organic for Megan. She admits that working on interiors all day means she's not always keen to decorate when she gets home. Most of the pieces placed thoughtfully around the house have been stumbled upon by chance, such as the two old paintings of a woman and child, picked up at an auction by Megan's parents, a kilim found on a trip to Turkey and graphic historical propaganda prints from Vietnam.
meg_hesse8 Megan loves her bear painting by Joburg creative Rui Alves; Anatomy Design’s Lorraine Floor Light sits in the corner, with a matt black tilting head.

megancompos LEFT A silk throw from Thailand adds colour to the bedroom and was a gift from Megan’s parents.  RIGHT A pendant from Anatomy Design shines above Gregor Jenkin’s sleek wooden dining table.

Anatomy Design, Originally published December 2014