From eclectic Modernist spaces to dreamy open-plan settings, we’ve rounded up 12 of our favourite lounges from previous HL home stories.
1. concrete castle
Cold concrete walls lend this luxurious double-volume living room in a Sandhurst, Joburg home a striking sculptural quality while contrasting with the soft comfort of the couch. A neutral palette of greys also lets the brass and black steel metallic details shine. It’s the sort of lounge we can imagine James Bond owning.
2. ode to the past
This cottage lounge in the heart of Joburg is the ultimate celebration of the Mid-Century Modernist movement, featuring a Le Corbusier armchair and an Eileen Gray side table. The otherwise subdued palette is brought to life by the primary colours of a Piet Mondrian painting.
3. eclectic warmth
This beautiful lounge in a Pretoria family home is proof that it’s possible to mix an assortment of items collected over time seamlessly in your lounge area. Here odds and ends from travels, a collection of artworks and furnishings from auctions and second-hand stores sit comfortably side by side to tell a very personal, welcoming story.
4. breathing room
We love this Joburg lounge for its ability to show that open-plan living rooms can be just as cosy, intimate and inviting as their walled-in counterparts. Dark leather, wood panels and a Jetmaster fireplace that acts as a room divider are what makes this lounge a success story.
5. open for relaxation
The sense of space in this unusual living room sits in harmony with the outdoor area just beyond its glass walls and the striking red wire lamps and burnt orange chairs bring interest to an otherwise stark arrangement. We’re also fans of the way in which the home owners have embraced vintage flair with the 1960s wooden lounge suite complemented by the iconic arc lamp.
6. modernist constellation
There’s no doubt that this lounge in an Illovo home belongs to an art collector. A gun fetish sculpture by Michael MacGarry and circular work by Andrzej Urbanski sit alongside Mid-Century chairs and tables to create a deeply interesting and original space.
7. cool tree-top nest
A palette of jungle hues is what makes this lounge blend so effortlessly with the trees in which it seems to be nestled. The simple upholstery in serene colours and the addition of delicious monster leaves makes this Cape Town lounge feel wonderfully exotic, while lots of natural light renders it the ideal spot for relaxation after long days.
8. eco-chic splendour
The beautiful Hout Bay scenery is the focal point in this tranquil lounge, with large glass windows letting in lots of light and natural materials bringing the outside in. Sleek fittings and metal panels contrast with soft leather and the warmth of wood to give the room immediate appeal.
9. contemporary country hideout
This lovely lounge in a family holiday home in Greyton is the quintessential mix of contemporary cool and country charm, a truly inviting place to unwind and read days away. We love the contrast between the warm pops of sunset colours in the decor and the grassy greens just outside the garden-facing window.
10. airy elegance
Crisp whites, classic greys and a double-volume interior lend this beautiful barn-style lounge in a Franschhoek a luxurious appeal. Very much the showpiece heart of the home, the living room boasts large windows that bring the vineyard and mountain views inside and is centred around a magnificent Root coffee table from Weylandts.
11. small comforts
Rich brown couches, second-hand furniture and stained wood make this compact renovated living room in a Parkhurst home the ultimate comfort hub. Glass sliding doors open up the relaxation area to the beautifully landscaped garden, turning it into a charming entertainment zone for all seasons and times of day.
12. urban cool
According to the owner of this lounge in a loft apartment in Cape Town’s city centre, various greens were incorporated to soften and freshen up a space that could otherwise be quite sterile. Perfectly set up for a city dweller, this living room is both comfortable and carefully curated with art pieces and period furniture.
See our A-to-Z guide to lounges in our July 2016 issue.