This exquisite, recently updated Umdloti beach home is the epitome of all that is wonderful about North Coast living and holidaying. Just take a peek inside …
From the elegant, stylish décor to the prime location and flowing indoor and outdoor living areas, there is simply nothing not to love about this home. It is contemporary coastal design at its best.
Having recently been bought for holiday rental purposes, the five-bedroom beachfront property was touched up and made ‘holiday ready’ by KZN interior design guru, Lee Moon of Lee Moon Interior Design.
“The previous owner has such impeccable taste that we really haven’t had to change a lot,” says Lee. “She left a lot of the furniture and décor behind and we simply ‘filled the gaps’ where she had taken meaningful pieces with her.”
Having been in the interior design industry for over 30 years, Lee says it is very important to her to get to know her clients and understand their needs before embarking on any project. She leans towards timeless, classic furniture pieces, which can be accentuated with trendy, soft furnishings.
Because the home is being used predominantly for holiday rental purposes, the new owners wanted to depersonalise the interior and give it more of a classic, holiday look and feel.
Mostly, this just meant changing the odd wallpaper, adding a few soft furnishings and accessories and lots of greenery. The kitchen, however, did get a full revamp.
“We opened the kitchen up and created a wonderful, social seating area around the island. The large, open-shelved pantry is the perfect place to store all the crockery, cutlery and table décor, making it easy for holidaymakers to find what they need.”
The kitchen, lounge and master bedroom all open up onto the most exquisite verandah with 180-degree sea views. Stylishly decorated in the classic ‘Ralph Lauren blue and white’, the furniture and décor in this space fits its location perfectly.
Lee moved the shelving unit that was in the kitchen and turned it into a beautiful feature in the living area between the lounge and dining room. This is something, she says, she has become synonymous with. “A a strong part of my décor ethos and one of my strengths is using what clients already have in new and interesting ways.”
The home has five bedrooms, all of which are en-suite and each is uniquely and stylishly decorated. Three are situated on the ground floor and the two others, including the impressive main bedroom, are upstairs. There is also an elevator, making this a wheelchair-friendly home.
The open plan lounge and dining room lead onto a beautiful courtyard and swimming pool, where the owners have created a ‘mini beach’, complete with beach sand and tall palm trees.
It’s not hard to imagine perching yourself on one of the built-in wooden benches with a cocktail in hand or curling up with a book in the swinging chair that hangs in the stunning, roofed terrace leading off the bar. This home definitely has all the right holiday feels and is available for holiday rental through Luxury Coastal Escapes.
Text: Leah Shone | Photographs: Chris Allan Photo