In reimagining their home to stand the test of time, Lizelda and Rupert Hackwill have been inspired by classic Mediterranean architecture and sophistication in their interior design.

Located in Camps Bay, with the picturesque mountain landscape behind it and overlooking the breathtaking Atlantic Ocean, this home has the best of both worlds.

Blending art, marble and oak flooring with contemporary furniture and lighting, the interiors are a meeting of French and Manhattan style. For Lizelda, one of her favourite areas of the three storey home is their ground floor.

This floor is really one of my favourite floors, because it’s such a beautiful big open plan for my whole family,” she says, “And when we have friends, all these French doors open up to the pool, and it’s just a beautiful, refreshing environment.”

Architect and Partner at Newman Architecture and Design, Karen Newman helped to realise that vision.

For me, the unique features of the houses is that it’s really been transformed into a modern classical home rather than a sort of stuck in the 1970s vibe, I think it’s going to be a house that will be timeless.”

Interior architecture and furniture serve the owner’s lifestyle, not the other way around. Only a few material finishes were used in the house.

“What we find in our designs is that it calms the pallets, and creates continuity throughout the house,” explains Karen.

With the house facing north, it is spoiled for natural light. However, after dark, the sculptural light fittings really get to shine.

“Lights create mood and ambience and that’s really what I tried to create right through the house,” says Lizelda, “All my lights are very interesting, very different, and it just adds that little wow factor.”

Truly, the house is designed to make you feel like you never want to leave. The main attraction of the home is definitely the main bedroom.

“The most incredible part of this room is the view, my view stretches all the way from the 12 Apostles right around to Camps Bay Beach.”

As a lover of fashion however, Lizelda’s real favorite place in this house is her walk in wardrobe. 

Although the house includes a home theater system, the most cinematic experience is taking in the ocean views framed by fynbos, softened by famous bougainvillea and the most subtle of gardens.

This villa would be right at home in Italy, Spain, Morocco, France or Sicily or any coast along the Mediterranean. Little wonder it’s a hit. 

With its arches, terraces and bougainvilleas inspired by designs which have proven timeless, this modern renovation has already become a classic.



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