Lane Meets of Interior Lane recently completed a project for a wonderful local family who were looking to refresh their home – incorporating most of their furniture and keeping within the colonial style.
The scope of the project included the entrance area, the formal lounge and the dining-room. “We were looking to create a warm, inviting space for family and friends to enjoy,” says Lane.
Double louvered shutter doors open up into a beautifully spacious high-volume entrance hall. Working closely with the owners, Lane chose a neutral shade for the walls throughout, providing a striking contrast to the freshly refurbished parquet flooring and classic patterned wallpaper.
The focal point in the formal lounge is the elegant fireplace, flanked by two statuesque greyhounds. For the mantel, once again inspiration was drawn from the classic colonial style – using black Caesarstone for the hearth and inlay of the fireplace, with a characteristic Bianco marble top softening the overall look. A subtle nod to today’s trends, but in a quiet, sophisticated way.
A complementary colour scheme of green and red was introduced in the lounge, green representing the cool side and red the warm side of the colour wheel, creating a harmonising balance of colour and well-being in this space.
The striking William & Morris wallpaper, called Pimpernel, creates a nice backdrop wall to show off some crystal accessories. Soft, simple curtains surround windows and doors creating a light, airy feel – inviting you outdoors to the veranda and swimming pool area.
Most of the original furniture and carpet were used, as they were elegantly in style and perfect for the layout. Furniture was reupholstered in light fabrics adding texture; an accent chair in red sits beautifully next to the fireplace. A selection of new scatter cushions add interesting pattern, texture and form, keeping the overall scheme balanced as well as creating rhythm and unity throughout.
Two deep-buttoned leather ottoman coffee tables take centre stage in the lounge, allowing for flexible and multi-function purpose. Leather is a great choice as it will withstand the test of time and look good for years to come.
The dining area features the original solid wood table, whilst the look was freshened up with soft green fabric on the dining chairs. It also includes a focal wall of beautifully framed art.
Mood lighting was carefully selected. The main lighting was introduced through the wall lights, which were dressed with pleated silk lamp shades.
By adding an elegant and timeless element, the home felt revitalised and a sense of refreshment was created.
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We have been in our home just over 20 years, so you can imagine how outdated the decor in the lounge was. We commissioned Lane Meets to give the place a bit of a revamp, and we are delighted with the results. Lane handled the entire project with dedicated professionalism and enthusiastic creativity. Her sources, suppliers and contractors are of excellent quality, and she brings a lovely personal touch to everything. We highly recommend Interior Lane and will not hesitate to use this budding interior decorating business again.
– Malcolm and Jean Brown
More About Lane
Lane was born and raised in Welkom and decided to travel to London after school, where she studied at the renowned KLC School of Design. Back in South Africa she was fortunate to get an internship with a well-established architect firm in Cape Town, before gaining invaluable experience at a decor and design company in Durban. In 2012 Lane’s company Interior Lane was born, and today she celebrates over 10 years of dedication to the exciting and inspiring industry of interior design. “I am so grateful to all my clients’ support over the years. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to work with you!”