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fynbos house in Betty’s Bay

There’s something remarkably special about the little seaside hamlet of Betty’s Bay which lies along the scenic Overberg coast of South Africa’s Western Cape province. It’s quietly rustic charm and abundance of natural flora makes this holiday town uniquely special. All too often, holiday homes spring up and spoil the indigenous fynbos, sticking out like a sore thumb. However, the very special Fynbos House, belonging to architect Sarah Calburn, has been designed to dwell harmoniously with its surrounding landscape by complementing the natural scenery instead of dominating it.

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Speaking of her philosophy towards building, Sarah says, “A question I ask my architectural self is what it is to be “between”. What is it to work in the space between architecture and landscape. Land is too often regarded as being passive – a site to be built upon, conquered and covered. Land is also more than a simple, sometimes-beautiful backdrop.

So it’s no longer about simply designing a house on a site, it’s about getting between: between the great humpbacked mountains; the dense coastal thicket; the violent weather; the delicate beauty of the fynbos; surfing the conceptual wave of freezing blue seas and blinding beaches; the wind-free zones; the long lunches; the view from the bed.”

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This successful marriage of architectural and landscape is truly a thing of beauty.

view the article on Visi. Photography by David Ross.

visi – the country issue

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have you read the latest Visi magazine? I escaped into my copy this past weekend and loved the country-inspired images and ideology of introducing the country into your home. The cover features a giant image of the long dirt road extending into the Tankwa Karoo, shot by Adriaan Oosthuizen, covering a feature wall of a double-volume interior – cleverly bringing the outdoors in. Having recently visited the Tankwa Karoo area, the serenity of this cover with its magnificent landscape resonated with me. So I’ve snapped a few pictures from the magazine, simply styled with a few NYC mementos – bicycle postcard artworks by Taliah Lempert and a slab of Mast Brothers dark chocolate, the Brooklyn brand which, as you know, have the most awesome packaging. There’s so much beauty in this issue of Visi magazine…don’t delay in getting your copy and escaping to the country.

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all images by Megan Smith for Dressed By Style.