Step inside this modern family home in South Africa

Fancy looking around this reader's home in South Africa? This modern family home brings the outdoors in with an open-plan layout and modern interior. Get real-life inspiration from this Livingetc house tour featuring ideas for oepn-plan living

In the lush garden the poolside gazebo has been extended to create a barbecue and entertaining area.

1/6 Exterior | South African family home

exterior of view with swimming pool and garden

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2/6 Living room | South African family home

living room with table and sofa set with cushion

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Comfy white sofas in the airy all-white living room have been covered with practical linen slip-covers. A favourite painting hangs from the ceiling against the mirrored wall.

The silver twig candlesticks are from South African decorating shop Cecile & Boyd's

3/6 Open-plan living space | South African family home

living room with white walls and chandelier

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In the living room a chandelier hangs off centre against a mirrored wall. Dark parquet floors are topped with a large sisal mat which adds to the room's cosiness.

Try Rainbow London for a similar vintage chandelier, and Aram for an Eileen Gray chrome and glass table.

4 /6 Dining room | South African family home

dinning room with chandelier and black flooring

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The celing in the dining room has been painted grey to differentiate it from the all-white living room. A mirrored wall reflects the greenery beyond, while mismatched cane and raffia-covered chairs sit at a clean-lined table.

Try Reed & Rackstraw for chairs like these. For similar grey paint try Ebony Mists 2 by Dulux.

5/6 Conservatory | South African family home

table with chair and sofa

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An airy open-plan space creates a seamless transition between indoors and outdoors. The owners lifted the garden so it sits in line with the house, and created a deck that runs the entire length of the building.

6/6 Bedroom | South African family home

bedroom with lamp and bed

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A plinth behind the bed doubles as a headboard and desk. Floor-to-ceiling mirrored sliding doors reflect the views and seal off the bathroom from the main room.

Calvin Klein has bedlinen in similar shades. Find a Tolomeo Mega floor lamp at Geoffrey Harris. Find a similar carpet at Crucial Trading.

Looking for more modern decorating inspiration? Check out our House Tours section for everything from an industrial-chic conversion to a retro 1970s-inspired bungalow.

Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. 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.