Cintsa Coastal Residence Remodel

One of our favourite interior design projects, a Vintage Industrial home located along the East Coast of South Africa, was featured in the January 2016 issue of Home Magazine. The article also appeared in Home’s Afrikaans counterpart, Tuis Tydskrif.

At the onset, our client was looking for someone to assist her with design and decor decisions and choices on a consultation basis. However, as the project progressed we became fully immersed with all aspects of the interior design and decorating process. Our adventurous client gladly bought into our bold proposed interior style – contemporary, with strong industrial and vintage elements. We created some very quirky areas, each one more fascinating than the next. This is truly an eye-popping, jaw-dropping, camera grabbing interior.

The house, an old and somewhat neglected 70’s dwelling, was in desperate need of renovation. Our clients converted the space into a more contemporary, open-plan space perfect for entertaining. With clever sourcing and selections, Design Monarchy added a distinct vintage industrial feel to the coastal home.

Vintage Industrial Home Meets Coastal Cool

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Our client demolished several interior walls and replaced many of the windows with stacking glass doors. This allowed for almost seamless indoor/outdoor spaces and large open-plan living areas. (As featured in Home Magazine January 2016) Photography: Francois Oberholster | Stylist: Marian van Wyk (for Home Magazine)
The beautiful entrance to the home features a massive custom-made pivot door made from reclaimed planks and an industrial-style handle made of steel pipes and fittings. (As featured in Home Magazine January 2016) Photography: Francois Oberholster | Stylist: Marian van Wyk (for Home Magazine)
We spent a good hour or more arranging all the decor items and vintage accessories we sourced to create this perfect table vignette. We also used some of our client’s existing pieces, including the table and art, to style this amazing personality filled space. (As featured in Home Magazine January 2016) Photography: Francois Oberholster | Stylist: Marian van Wyk (for Home Magazine)
The airy entrance foyer leads into the formal lounge on the right and the kitchen dining area at the back. (As featured in Home Magazine January 2016) Photography: Francois Oberholster | Stylist: Marian van Wyk (for Home Magazine)
Old, new and found decorative items. (As featured in Home Magazine January 2016) Photography: Francois Oberholster | Stylist: Marian van Wyk (for Home Magazine)
Our client wanted the downstairs guest bedroom to be a real statement room. We played with pattern on pattern and pops of bright colour to add visual interest. (As featured in Home Magazine January 2016) Photography: Francois Oberholster | Stylist: Marian van Wyk (for Home Magazine)
We painted the bedside pedestals in a punchy red to complement the quirky locally designed fabric we sourced for the headboard and cushions. (As featured in Home Magazine January 2016) Photography: Francois Oberholster | Stylist: Marian van Wyk (for Home Magazine)
To serve as a contrast and to calm the busy space, we chose to keep the rest of the guest bedroom's fittings and finishes - including the walls, floors and cabinetry - bright, white and minimal. (As featured in Home Magazine January 2016) Photography: Francois Oberholster | Stylist: Marian van Wyk (for Home Magazine)
The cute heart motif wallpaper was custom designed by a talented local surface designer who picked the colours to match our chosen scheme. (As featured in Home Magazine January 2016) Photography: Francois Oberholster | Stylist: Marian van Wyk (for Home Magazine)
This quirky, creative workspace we designed for our client Mrs. Turner was one of our favourite nooks EVER. Many of the elements, including the desk made of an old door and the wall boxes, Design Monarchy designed and had custom made. (As featured in Home Magazine January 2016) Photography: Francois Oberholster | Stylist: Marian van Wyk (for Home Magazine)
The beautiful and serene master bedroom. We sourced a couple of old louvre screens to create a gorgeous shabby chic headboard. (As featured in Home Magazine January 2016) Photography: Francois Oberholster | Stylist: Marian van Wyk (for Home Magazine)
We included a small lounge area in the roomy master bedroom which has the most breathtaking 270 degree view of the ocean. (As featured in Home Magazine January 2016) Photography: Francois Oberholster | Stylist: Marian van Wyk (for Home Magazine)
The master bedroom en-suite. The bathroom vanity is actually a repurposed dining room server. We applied marine sealant to the wooden top to keep it watertight and stain free. (As featured in Home Magazine January 2016) Photography: Francois Oberholster | Stylist: Marian van Wyk (for Home Magazine)
Our client owned various retro and vintage furniture pieces that we spruced up and incorporated into the interiors. This retro dresser and bentwood chair got an "ombre" paint-dipped treatment, while the gorgeous reupholstered Mid-century Modern easy chair looked amazing with its new fabric. (As featured in Home Magazine January 2016) Photography: Francois Oberholster | Stylist: Marian van Wyk (for Home Magazine)
To break the symmetry we used a oversized and dramatic beaded glass pendant light on one side of the bed instead of the standard table lamp. This added a playful element and created some visual intrigue. (As featured in Home Magazine January 2016) Photography: Francois Oberholster | Stylist: Marian van Wyk (for Home Magazine)
For the upstairs guest bedroom we opted for a monochromatic scheme of greys and white with pops of bright yellow for contrast. Similar to the downstairs bedroom we played with a lot of pattern on pattern. (As featured in Home Magazine January 2016) Photography: Francois Oberholster | Stylist: Marian van Wyk (for Home Magazine)
We included Industrial Style element throughout the house like this unique chest of drawers and oversized wooden clock above. (As featured in Home Magazine January 2016) Photography: Francois Oberholster | Stylist: Marian van Wyk (for Home Magazine)
To add a creative and playful touch to the dining area we selected a mismatched mix of chairs. We had some chairs painted and sourced gorgeous fabrics from Skinny laMinx and Design Team for the seats. (As featured in Home Magazine January 2016) Photography: Francois Oberholster | Stylist: Marian van Wyk (for Home Magazine)
The large formal living room was divided into two seating areas. This more informal seating arrangement, which looks out unto the front deck and pool, has beautiful views of the ocean. (As featured in Home Magazine January 2016) Photography: Francois Oberholster | Stylist: Marian van Wyk (for Home Magazine)
With its slightly more muted palette the formal lounge has a serene and elegant feel. (As featured in Home Magazine January 2016) Photography: Francois Oberholster | Stylist: Marian van Wyk (for Home Magazine)
Instead of discarding our client's old forgotten piano we painted it a glossy white. The fresh white against the grey wall makes for a beautiful contrast. (As featured in Home Magazine January 2016) Photography: Francois Oberholster | Stylist: Marian van Wyk (for Home Magazine)
We upcycled an old & tired dark wood armoire - gave it a silver and white distressed paint technique, added some glass shelves, wallpapered the back, and later replaced the wood panels in the doors with wire mesh. It now houses a collection of ceramics in the formal lounge. (As featured in Home Magazine January 2016) Photography: Francois Oberholster | Stylist: Marian van Wyk (for Home Magazine)
The TV room featured a massive custom made L-shaped sofa - the perfect and most comfortable "slouch couch". We also designed a vintage industrial-inspired TV unit for this space. (As featured in Home Magazine January 2016) Photography: Francois Oberholster | Stylist: Marian van Wyk (for Home Magazine)
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