houses

Spring House of the Month

Text Leigh Robertson Styling Jeanne Botes Photographs Micky Hoyle Before you’ve had a chance to snoop the decor, the first things likely to impress you on entering the immaculately renovated Observatory home of trendsetting Capetonians Rupert Smith and Warren Matthee are the soothing trickle of running water and an aura that’s as tranquil as a mystic retreat. It makes you stop in your tracks and re-measure your breath, and then you pick up the sensual notes of essential oils drifting through from the room Warren uses for his Hawaiian Lomilomi massage practice, Ha Pule. A cat – it might be Skye, Astro or Venus – stretches in a sunny patch on the gleaming white floor, as chilled-out as can be. In this house, good ambience is as important as how everything’s been pulled together. As to be expected from the owners of the city’s landmark O.live Chemistry of Living interiors store, a magnet for magpies drawn in by its original and beautiful window displays, the house is filled with great stuff, the sort you instantly want to teleport to your own home. To read more about this enviable Observatory home, to view more pictures, and to read Rupert and Warren's Home Truths, see page 52 of our September 2011 spring issue!