Build a home over time
'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.'
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.
'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
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.
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Originally published December 2014