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

(Image credit: Sean Laurenz/Frank Features)

2/6 Living room | South African family home

living room with table and sofa set with cushion

(Image credit: Sean Laurenz/Frank Features)

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 (opens in new tab)

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

living room with white walls and chandelier

(Image credit: Sean Laurenz/Frank Features)

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 (opens in new tab) for a similar vintage chandelier, and Aram (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) for chairs like these. For similar grey paint try Ebony Mists 2 by Dulux (opens in new tab).

5/6 Conservatory | South African family home

table with chair and sofa

(Image credit: Sean Laurenz/Frank Features)

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

(Image credit: Sean Laurenz/Frank Features)

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 (opens in new tab) has bedlinen in similar shades. Find a Tolomeo Mega floor lamp at Geoffrey Harris (opens in new tab). Find a similar carpet at Crucial Trading (opens in new tab).

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

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.