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Hooked on style | Val de Vie Polo Village

Hooked on style | Val de Vie Polo Village
The light-filled apartments at Val de Vie’s Polo Village offer an enviable lifestyle in the cape winelands.

When Real Estate magazine was approached to mentor young interior designer Rudolph Jordaan as part of the Win a Home series on SABC3’s Afternoon Express, we were honoured to be included alongside teams from Visi and ELLE Decoration. Who wouldn’t want the chance to decorate a Stefan Antoni-designed apartment in the new Polo Village at equestrian paradise Val de Vie? Surrounded by magnificent mountain scenery and with its superb network of trails and world-class health clubs, it offers a secure lifestyle in the Paarl-Franschhoek valley.


In the main bedroom, Lisa Firer’s delicate ceramic vessels complement the elegant lines created by the James Mudge table in this sunny corner; Interior designer Rudolph Jordaan chose Plascon’s Moody Blue for the open-plan living area. Uplifting by day and glamorous by night, he offset the look with a comfortable white linen sofa from Weylandts and covered three cushions in Elitis fabric, flown out especially from Paris by St Leger & Viney and chosen to echo his favourite green tones on the bedroom wall. Lisa Firer’s handmade blue-and-white vessel (from the new range showcased at 100% Design South Africa) provided a focus on the organic-shaped Caesarstone sidetable. Moonbasket’s handmade rug and the white OKHA swivel-base chair with oak arms complete the room


All 60 apartments were sold out in only a few months – not surprising, as Val de Vie has been voted top estate in South Africa. It recently bought out neighbouring Pearl Valley Golf Estate, hosted Prince Harry and the Sentebale Cup at the Polo Pavilion and launched the Gentleman’s Estates. In 2016, Patrice Motsepe’s African Rainbow Capital bought a 20% stake in Val de Vie Investments.


Smoky mirror enlarges the guest room, while the Coastal Grey Caesarstone-and-leather headboard incorporates a bookshelf. Plascon’s Aluminium Snow was chosen for the walls and environmentally friendly mini-mosaic oak flooring was installed throughout by Zimbo’s Flooring Solutions. Not only is it wonderfully warm underfoot, but it has twice the life of an engineered floor, is made with nontoxic polyurethane-free glues and a solvent-free, oiled finish is mixed especially on-site. The corn-yellow throw is from Pezula, the Ladies with Branches cushion by Evolution Product from Lim and lighting by Hoi P’loy; ‘All of 13m2, the guest bedroom tells a story of flexibility and movement,’ says Rudolph. With the millennial traveller in mind, he opted for the Le Grange Interiors adjustable storage system, which doubles as a desk, an ideal option for a short-stay polo fan or even a student. The intriguing wallpaper was printed by Robin Sprong


At the moment, however, the Polo Village is almost complete – team Real Estate’s challenging task was to decorate the empty apartment within extremely tight deadlines – not for the faint-hearted! But Rudolph’s interior vision came together in record time. We were amazed to see how he created a welcoming sanctuary with effortless flow, combining luxury finishes with collaborative works from artisans and local designers.


Futurewoods handcrafted the main bathroom vanity and drawer painted in Plascon Savannah and Starlight Express inside. Beautifully bevilled mirrors from Wessel Snyman Creative balance the elegant Classic Trading basin. Both bathrooms feature water-saving taps and luxurious showerheads from the innovative Hansgrohe PuraVida range, with a magnificent rain shower and spa-like hand shower for added luxury. The guest bathroom features a herringbone-tiled wall, contrasting with Starlight Express by Plascon and a sensual bronze mirror to complement the oak turned-leg vanity finished in a dark stain with a bronze top

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Underfloor heating, a heated Bathroom Butler towel rail, top-of-the-range fittings from Hansgrohe plus custom Caesarstone shower trays complete this spa-like bathroom; Brandt Bester of BB Designs crafted the complex dressing room in record time with astounding detail and workmanship. Drawer units are suspended from the walls, leaving a small gap on each side, potentially for glass bathroom doors to slide away seamlessly. Oak ceiling strips unite both sides and complete the cocooned dressing area; slipper orchids and succulents bring nature into the bathroom; Natalie Bulwer’s original Indian ink artwork on archival paper, a Weylandts standing lamp and sculptural basket from Moonbasket complete the main bedroom; stylist Henrique Wilding, who worked with Rudolph for most of the project, sourced the wonderfully tactile Krafthaus felt throw to offset the softest linen and the pick-up sticks pattern in David Bbellamy’s headboard fabric. Crystal LED downlights from K-Light add a final touch with a soft and sensual glow and hang over Caesarstone bedside tables

Little black book

• Caesarstone
• Beth Haynes Design 082 426 2969
• Brandt Bester (BB Designs) 084 517 6281
• Grass (kitchen fittings)
• Hansgrohe
• Henrique Wilding (stylist) 082 461 8371
• K-Light
• Lisa Firer
• Meyer von Wielligh
• Newport Lighting
• One Design
• Plascon
• Sangengalo Marble & Granite
• Smeg
• Weylandts
• Zimbo’s Flooring Solutions


Glossy Smeg appliances from the Retro range contrast beautifully against the raw-wood peg board with flexible storage options. The elegant black linear light is from Newport Lighting and has moveable bulbs for task or ambient lighting; Beth Haynes of Beth Haynes Design incorporated a movable island on castors that doubles as a dining table. Designer Umthi bar stools by Meyer von Wielligh and Mervyn Gers Ceramics both reflect Rudolph’s love of artisanal talent


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Win a Home featured on SABC3’s Afternoon Express, with a grand prize for the winning designer of R50 000 and an internship at global design studio ARRCC (which includes mentorship by architect Stefan Antoni). The panel of judges were from ARRCC, Caesarstone, Plascon and Private Property.


The clever sink design includes a seamless Caesarstone built-in option with a slide-over drainage board/cover that provides additional work surface (or hides dishes) when placed over the basin; when swivelled at 90 degrees, the kitchen island (in Caesarstone Statuario Maximus) creates a generous dining table. The frame was custom-made by Bend-it Steel and finished at Quality Coaters, while One Design built the units and installed the kitchen. Superior German kitchen hinges and fittings are from Grass and the black Blanco tap is from Larson. Caesarstone Sleek Concrete was used for the rest of the countertops; Rudolph’s storage unit has LED back lighting and conceals all cords and plugs, a major consideration if you’re to achieve an uncluttered space. A leather-clad frame (pattern cut by Woodheads) slides from side to side and is ideal for concealing all audiovisual equipment or displaying sculptures such as the horse, one of Rudolph’s earliest purchases. UV blinds were installed, giving the apartment a soft, filtered light. The LED unit lighting, uplighting and a Weylandts standing lamp cast a beautiful glow in the space at night


Filmed recordings of the briefs, installations and reveals are all on, where viewers could enter for the chance to win one of these beautiful apartments worth more than R3 million each. Win a Home was sponsored by Private Property along with Nedbank

Text Michelle Snaddon
Photographs Henrique Wilding

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