BY JENNIFER CAMPBELL
PHOTOGRAPHY: ELSA YOUNG
An exclusive boutique hotel, The Thatch House is set in the pretty town of Hermanus. The space is refined and luxurious — the kind of place you escape to for peace and tranquillity, without compromising on comfort. The hotel has six suites, as well as in and outdoor living areas, and over two hectares of gardens with views over the Cape Fold mountains and the lagoon. Once decorated in a traditional English country style, the space has recently been
refreshed with a new splash of chic. Interior designer Sumari Krige and her design team at La Grange have transformed the suites to embrace a mix of modern elements with patterns, texture and colour, without losing any of the hotel’s natural, classic charm.
KEEPING IT FRESH
La Grange Interiors is a decorator’s hub, celebrated for its unique furniture designs and decor accessories. In addition, La Grange has a bespoke interior design offering known for bringing fresh sophistication to any space. The suites at The Thatch House were given a contemporary overhaul by introducing bold prints — the Milkwood suite, for example, boasts a striking wallpaper of graphic leaves, while the linens and furniture are a celebration of pattern. Geometric bathroom tiles add texture and visual interest, while rich hues are incorporated through the clever use of statement rugs.
PLAYING WITH TEXTURE
The carefully considered mix of textures keeps each of the rooms interesting — think wood elements mixed with metal, natural fabrics, and glass. The Fern suite is a great example of this successful juxtaposition of texture and colour. It’s a perfect blend of raw and refined with layers of green, grey and gold, and a mix of materials. The central living area is monochromatic, with a geometric print wallpaper on the fireplace forming an arresting focal point. Metal lights make for an interesting design element, while the use of wood and neutral fabrics create a beautiful balance, especially as the room opens up onto amazing natural views on both sides.
ALL IN THE DETAIL
Each of the interiors is striking, and the bold use of pattern and print plays a big part in this visual impact. But the small details are carefully thought out too, and it’s impossible to ignore some of the décor elements unique to each room. For the lagoon suite, which is a beautiful open space with plenty of natural light, the La Grange team chose a gold hand replica chair, based on the famous design by Mexican artist Pedro Friedeberg, which features gold leaf over mahogany.
MEET SUMARI KRIGE
Sumari Krige is a South African interior designer and owner of La Grange Interiors which has showrooms in both Cape Town and Johannesburg. With a passion for the extraordinary, Sumari hand selects or custom designs each of the pieces that she uses in her work. Her style effortlessly mixes a contemporary aesthetic with eclectic finds and unique items from her travels. To see more of her work, take a look at www.lagrangeinteriors.co.za