Natural Wonder

A charming beachside cottage in South Africa boasts impressive carbon footprint credentials—but scores big on style, too.

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Photo: Mark Williams , Styling: Nathalie Williams

Repurpose When Possible

As you might expect from a project with such green credentials, the mantra "reduce, reuse, and recycle" was constantly borne in mind. The old teak-framed windows came out of a hotel in Cape Town, while the ceiling beams were salvaged from the harbor there (and even have clusters of barnacles still clinging to their petrified grain).

The seating in the living room is strategically placed around the cozy fireplace for increased intimacy.

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