Family treasures, art and colour work wonders in a suburban home

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Exposed beams create a greater sense of space on the stoep. Cillié and Andries made the shelving from old planks and pipes. Quite a few of Cillié’s accessories were made, given or lent to her by friends.
Exposed beams create a greater sense of space on the stoep. Cillié and Andries made the shelving from old planks and pipes. Quite a few of Cillié’s accessories were made, given or lent to her by friends.

Photographs Elza Cooper l Styling Amanda van Wyngaardt

This was once a very ordinary run-of-the-mill house, says Cillié van Rooyen. But then she filled it with treasured heirlooms, each with its own reminder of family and loved ones. Now the walls are aglow with jewel colours and striking works of art and souvenirs are displayed throughout, transforming the space into a sanctuary of precious memories. Cillié has created a home that is warm and inviting – the perfect place to kick back and relax.

“It makes me happy when people say that my house feels inviting and friendly,” says Cillié. “When you walk in, you should feel welcome and comfortable to kick off your shoes, have a laugh and enjoy a meal.

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