Natural Wonder

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

Fresh Paint
Photo: Mark Williams , Styling: Nathalie Williams

Make it Pop with Paint

Like many of the pieces that were selected for the home (salvaged from roadsides or Cape Town junk shops), the dining table was given a fresh coat of paint. With a locally made metal chandelier and chairs painted the same shade as the tabletop, the room takes on a contemporary-meets-French-countryside look.

The chandelier is from Garden Bleu; the chairs are by the du Preez family.

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Lacy curtains, fresh florals, and plenty of monogrammed pillows are just a few of the feminine touches that give this room its calming and sweet mood. Pieces scored at thrift stores and flea markets were refreshed with paint, then artfully applied to achieve the shabby-chic distressed look.