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The White House

Styling Sven Alberding Photographs Micky Hoyle When March 2010 Where Third Beach, Clifton, Cape Town What A revamped beach bungalow… Jo’burg interior designer Stephen Rich carried a torch for this particular Clifton house for almost 20 years and finally had the opportunity to buy it a couple of years ago. In a matter of eight weeks he transformed the rather poky (but impeccably located) house into the showstopper dwelling that it is now, floating serenely a metre or so off the beach. With its white sail-like awnings extending over a white wooden deck, the house has the appearance of a seagoing vessel. It was important that it didn't feel cluttered, he says of its design. The result is that 'everything is in proportion and there's not too much of anything'. Who Stephen Rich By Stephen Rich Interiors, 011-447-5917

‘I wanted it to be contemporary and, yes, a little glamorous, but not fussy’ – Stephen Rich