Décor & Gardening

Masculine and modern

Masculine and modern

A monochromatic use of colour with pops of vibrancy from raw, natural wood and bespoke one-of-a-kind furniture pieces. We took a peek inside this magnificent penthouse holiday apartment situated along the Umhlanga Rocks promenade.

Wide open spaces, lots of greenery, endless sea views, a strong masculine feel and stunning bespoke fittings and finishes. This was the brief given to interior designer Nicky Goldstone and her team at Design by Day Interiors when they were commissioned to completely redesign this modern apartment.


Nicky says the brief was simple – a masculine yet modern interior space that showcased amazing joinery details and natural finishes. “Our client, a Johannesburg-based business man, wanted quite a monochromatic space with pops of colour here and there. The idea was to open up the space completely and take advantage of the views. We did this by adding windows and openings to allow for a 180-degree sea view.” The three-bedroom home features two en-suite bathrooms, a family bathroom and a guest toilet. The open plan lounge, dining and kitchen living area lead onto an amazing inside-outside bar area on the balcony, which features a motorised skylight. There is also a separate scullery and entrance room.


The main bedroom features a wrap-around wooden bed feature, allowing you to take advantage of the sea views and fully utilize the volume of the space. A small lounge and dressing table area were added to create a boutique hotel-vibe within the space. The mood lighting works beautifully with the monochromatic colours used as well as the play on architectural lines.

Nicky had a tight space to work with in the second bedroom and maximized the area by incorporating a wooden headboard and oak bulkhead feature. The cupboard doors have a painted glass hexagon pop art print on the front in colours that are picked up on within the room. “The wooden bed feature adds height to the room and incorporates a natural softness to create a fun feel to the space.”

The third bedroom, even smaller, needed an entirely different theme to set it apart from the rest. A low bed by Okha was installed with beautiful wallpaper by Black Edition to add colour into this space and, with this room being at the end of the passage, it was the perfect room to incorporate this feature.


Previously sectioned off, the Design by Day team knocked down walls to open the space up into a complete open plan area with large sliding doors and skylights to allow the light in. Every window and door was motorised with sheer and blockout roller blinds that are connected to the home automation system to allow complete privacy and minimize the glare, especially in the early mornings, without eliminating the exquisite views.

Nicky aimed to customize as much of the furniture as possible to create a true one-of-a-kind space. “The walnut backing of the sofa has a grooved cup holder and the bespoke S-Dining table and kitchen barstools were designed by Designs by Day and custom made by Factory 5. These one-of-a-kind pieces add a uniqueness to this apartment that sets it apart from the rest.”

The kitchen and bar were installed by Poggen Pohl kitchens and the stone tops by Afrigran.

“The tiles are a big feature throughout the home and our client wanted a natural look. The tiles we used definitely play the part. The raw concrete-type 4D tiles from Versatile are amazing and create seamless detailing throughout. Another big feature is the Vibia wireflow feature lights that hang over the lounge, dining and kitchen area. These lights are simple and understated yet completely ‘wow’.”

A Vauni biofuel fireplace was imported from Sweden to create a unique wall feature when not in use. Nicky says one of the client’s favourite rooms in the house is the inside/outside bar. “The aim was to create a space where every person seated at the bar could benefit from the sea views – hence the zigzag structure of the bar itself. The bar top has an ice trough incorporated onto the stone top for ice and placement of beers for functions and large gatherings.” A motorized glass skylight was added to enclose the space, while allowing it to be opened on a beautiful Durban day to take advantage of our great weather.

Kitchen, bar and built-in cupboards: Alpine German Kitchens: 0315847788 | www.agk.co.za
Wooden bed features and custom wooden furniture: Factory 5: 0317001930 | www.thegoodwood.co.za
Bespoke furniture, upholstery, wallpaper and curtains: Designs by Day Interiors: 0796937212 | www.designsbyday.co.za
Furniture: Okha: 0214617233 | www.okha.co.za
Vibia Lights: Streamlight: 0114404142 | www.streamlight.co.za
Lighting and furniture pieces: Crema: 0214487775 | www.cremadesign.co.za and Weylandts: 0315847906 |
Tiles and sanitaryware: Versatile: 0315647670 | www.versatilesa.co.za

Designs by Day Interior Architects
079 693 7212 / 031 763 1359

Text: Monique De Villiers-Delport


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