This is the 'modern poetry' home in Forest Town, Johannesburg. It has soulful interiors inspired by the clean lines of modern design.
Vote now for your favourite house in the 2013 House and Leisure House of the Year competition, brought to you in association with SA Home Loans.
Vying for the title are 11 beautiful homes, which showcase a number of different designs including a quirky holiday retreat in Scarborough.
Naomi Larkin, Editor of House and Leisure, says although each home is unique in style, they share a confident, highly individual décor approach that is truly inspiring.
Kevin Penwarden, CEO of SA Home Loans, says it is a constant source of inspiration to see the flair and imagination that manifests itself in the 11 homes in the finals.
This 'little luxuries' apartment is layered in rich textures and colours, fine furnishings and artistically placed ornaments.
Here are this year’s finalists...
House 1 – Modern poetry
The first home in Forest Town, Johannesburg, has soulful interiors, inspired by the clean lines of modern design.
This striking architectural home is full of surprises, from its sensual use of natural materials to the lush inner garden and floating staircase.
The smooth concrete, slatted timber and use of glass gives it a beautiful finish and a timeless quality.
House 2 – Little luxuries
This 'high style' home is characterised by contemporary artwork, chic furniture and electric accessories.
The second home is a collector’s haven set in Killarney, Johannesburg.
This home is a small apartment, layered in rich textures and colours, fine furnishings and artistically placed ornaments.
The abundance of collectables gives it personality and undeniable style.
House 3 – High style
The word glamour best describes the third house. It is characterised by a host of contemporary artworks, chic furnishings and eclectic décor.
This Bantry Bay home is enveloped by a private garden, swimming pool and beautiful ocean views.
This 'go with the flow' Houghton home is framed by majestic trees, rolling lawns and a sleek swimming pool.
House 4 – Go with the flow
A voluminous contemporary home in Houghton, Johannesburg, is the fourth home in this year’s competition.
The open plan, double volume living area and all-white colour scheme form part of the home’s minimalistic design.
The home is also framed by majestic trees, rolling lawns and a sleek swimming pool.
House 5 – Natural perspective
House number five is an intimate cluster of eco homes on the Hermanus coastline.
This cosy, modern space is the 'natural perspective' home, which uses a minimalist palette and masculine elements such as a floating concrete staircase featuring natural stones and custom designed wooden furniture.
The homes, which come in complementary tones of grey, are set against a mountain backdrop and make up four cosy modern spaces using a minimalist palette and masculine elements such as a floating concrete staircase featuring natural stones and custom designed wooden furniture.
House 6 – Second nature
House number six is a stylishly renovated holiday home on the Garden Route.
The wood cladding on the walls and exposed trusses echo the wooden environment, while a serene palette makes reference to the ocean and lagoon.
The ground floor interiors have a great flow, which contributes to the relaxed holiday atmosphere that the home offers.
This 'second nature' home offers wood cladding on the walls and the exposed trusses echo the wooden environment, while a serene palette makes reference to the ocean and lagoon.
House 7 – Barefoot luxury
The seventh home in the competition is a grand beach house in Hermanus.
This simple retreat takes inspiration from the surrounding indigenous vegetation, with the use of balau timber. The home has an open plan living and entertainment area.
House 8 – Double take
An elegantly updated Edwardian mansion in Kenilworth, Cape Town, is house number eight.
A modern pavilion made out of timber and glass complements the main house, which has been painted in a cool, deep grey.
The seventh home in the competition is the 'double take' grand beach house in Hermanus.
Although its interiors are dotted with bright contemporary artwork, the home still possesses a timeless design.
House 9 – A clean start
A passion for contemporary architecture and the changing needs of a growing family informed the design of a modern home in Higgovale, Cape Town.
The ninth home in the House of the Year competition is a multi-level home in off-shutter concrete and glass, natural stone and raw timber.
The home appears to float effortlessly into its environment, giving off an easy-going feeling.
The vibrant 'away from it all' home is characterised by an open plan living and kitchen area, pine floors, exposed beams and unusual, brightly coloured décor.
House 10 – Natural anthem
The tenth home is a pared-down pavilion made of steel, glass and natural stone in Westcliff, Johannesburg.
It is set in a forest-like location, with open living spaces and a breezy deck ideal for summer entertaining.
House 11 – Away from it all
The eleventh and final home in the competition is a spirited weekend getaway in Scarborough.
This charming stone-clad cottage is set amid wild fynbos, in close proximity to the beach.
The vibrant home is characterised by an open plan living and kitchen area, pine floors, exposed beams and unusual, brightly coloured décor.
Vote and win
Stand a chance to win R30 000 by voting for your favourite home by 31 August 2013.
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