Step inside a renovated 20th-century stone dairy

Take a tour around a renovated 20th-century stone dairy as featured in Livingetc. This beautiful readers' home combines colour and eccentricity to make a traquil South African retreat.

The house is set in the shadow of South Africa's Table Mountain and features guest quarters complete with balcony and deck.

1/8 Exterior | Renovated 20th-century stone dairy | House tour

renovated 20th century stone dairy house tour exterior

(Image credit: Future PLC/Micky Hoyle)

2/8 Living room | Renovated 20th-century stone dairy | House tour

renovated 20th century stone dairy house tour living room

(Image credit: Future PLC/Micky Hoyle)

A pink sofa picks up the vibrant tones of modern artwork.

Find similar fabric like this at Laura Ashley (opens in new tab)Heal's (opens in new tab) sells Philippe Starck's Louis Ghost chairs and Blend Boutique (opens in new tab) stocks storage cubes.

3/8 Dining room | Renovated 20th-century stone dairy | House tour

renovated 20th century stone dairy house tour dining room

(Image credit: Future PLC/Micky Hoyle)

The dining (opens in new tab)room (opens in new tab) features powerful colours on the walls and the furniture. The Louis Ghost chairs add a modern note and can work with any colour scheme.

The Garrat table at Laura Ashley (opens in new tab) is like this. For pink paint try Sanderson's (opens in new tab) Mallow Rose.

4/8 Kitchen | Renovated 20th-century stone dairy | House tour

renovated 20th century stone dairy house tour kitchen

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The kitchen features a selection of retro cupboards, including this stylish freestanding dresser.

For brightly coloured earthenware and serving dishes try Jars Ceramistes (opens in new tab).

5/8 Hallway | Renovated 20th-century stone dairy | House tour

renovated 20th century stone dairy house tour hallway

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A saturated colour like this bold blue makes a stunning backdrop for artworks, and here it helps accessories really stand out.

6/8 Conservatory | Renovated 20th-century stone dairy | House tour

renovated 20th century stone dairy house tour conservatory

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Bright and welcoming blocks of colour break up any suggestion of glassy sterility. The doors open onto a decked area and let the light flood into the living area.

The Conran Shop (opens in new tab) sells the Wassily chair by Marcel Breuer. For a similar wall colour try Designers Guild's New Mauve.

7/8 Bedroom | Renovated 20th-century stone dairy

renovated 20th century stone dairy house tour bedroom

(Image credit: Future PLC/Micky Hoyle)

The elegant wood panelling in this bedroom is actually low-cost laminate. Keeping the rafters on show makes it feel spacey, and in this instance, painting them and the ceiling white emphasises the airiness.

For similar wood panelling try Formica (opens in new tab). Try Feather & Black (opens in new tab) for an uphlostered bedstead.

8/8 Bathroom | Renovated 20th-century stone dairy | House tour

renovated 20th century stone dairy house tour bathroom

(Image credit: Future PLC/Micky Hoyle)

The custom-made bath and concrete floor creates a modern look, while the old-fashioned glass fronted cabinet adds interest to the room.

Concreations (opens in new tab) could make a concrete bath and floor. Go to World's End Tiles (opens in new tab) for similar mosaics. The Roman Blind Studio (opens in new tab) could make fabric from Pierre Frey's Imprimes collection into a blind for you.

Looking for more modern decorating inspiration? Check out our House Tours section for more inspiring ideas from real homes.

Heather Young
Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and also edits its sister title Style At Home. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.