Passive design details in an off-the-grid abode in Kommetjie

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Photographs Henrique Wilding

“We wanted to be able to open up to the outdoors as much as possible. So, the entire corner of the lounge opens onto the garden with stacking sliding glass doors,” says Charrisse. “Unfortunately, Winston decided that we’d planted too many sour figs and that his guard dog duties required a path to the fence.” Scatter cushions by Inyoni Art; ceiling fan by Solent

A bright coral and green tallboy immediately catches the eye when Charrisse Johnston and Ian Macduff’s front door swings open. But, as it turns out, this is by far the boldest décor statement in an otherwise muted neutral palette.

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