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Contemporary, clean       A firm fan of austere white,   as classic contemporary,          what I really loved. With
      residential interior  she intersperses a few         Yvonne states that, “I            that I enrolled in KLC Design
                            accent colours to achieve      don’t like over-the-top           School in London.”
design. Photos supplied     the overall feel of the room.  embellishment, but rather
       by Private House     This very talented lady is     subtle settings that are          Q. Who in the industry
                Company.    no newbie to the industry.     luxurious by virtue of their      would you say is your key
                            Her work is featured often     downplayed sophistication         influence?
                            in top SA Décor magazines.     and elegance.” How                A. “An American decorator
                            As a teenager she used         refreshing. Often using a         Vincent Wolf, who had no
                            to constantly redecorate       neutral palette and natural       formal training. I loved his
                            her room. As an adult          materials she accents with        style for its natural light
                            she lived in London for a      a few shots of bright, rich       and the mix of old and new.
                            while, working for Nina        colours by way of statement       Locally I draw inspiration
                            Campbell and then later        fabrics, which liven a base of    from Boyd Ferguson.”
                            back in SA where she           classic patterns and modern
                            collaborated with Stephen      graphic print. She enjoys         Q. Having successfully
                            Falke on a few projects.       keeping rooms light and airy      decorated the likes of both
                            Yvonne has not only made       and typically involves her        private homes and game
                            her mark in South Africa       clients at every step in the      lodges, Londolozi Private
                            but has also expanded          decision making process,          Game Lodge for example,
                            her horizons abroad and        as the result is always a         would you say that you
                            skilfully brings the feel      close marriage of ideas that      have a preference for either
                            of far away and exotic         ultimately results in dreams      private or corporate décor?
                            lands and cultures to your     brought to fruition.              A. “Londolozi never felt
                            living spaces, seemingly                                         like a commercial project. I
                            effortlessly. Described by     Recently Yvonne opened            have worked with them for
                            her close friends as an        a shop in Plettenberg Bay         eight years. It is a family run
                            ultra-talented, understated    to the great delight of the       business and I have been
                            and very humble lady and       local market. Seizing the         part of their growth and
                            by her family as a dedicated   opportunity, we asked             vision. So for me it has not
                            mother and wife, she is a      Yvonne some questions.            been a corporate project but
                            celebrated local gem.                                            more of a private one.”
                                                           Q. Town is a buzz with
                            Yvonne has worked mainly       the news that you’ve just         Q. What do you aspire to in
                            on residential homes, but      opened a beautiful store.         2016, career wise?  
                            also on a polo estate, a       What made you decide on           A. “To work more with local
                            lodge in the Namib Desert      Plett?                            artisans and import less.
                            as well as the six camps at    A. “I’ve been coming to           With the weakening Rand, it
                            Londolozi Game Reserve. In     Plett for 30 years and when       makes sense to use our own
                            the spring of 2009, Yvonne     Arteriors Interiors closed I      local talent.”
                            opened a showroom called       felt it left a void and I missed
                            The Private House Company      it. So when I saw a to-let        Q. Could you share with us
                            in Fourways, Johannesburg,     sign where they use to be, I      the trends in décor in 2016
                            where she sources              impulsively took it!”             as you see them?
                            furnishings from all over the                                    A. “I think the look is a little
                            world as well as carefully     Q. Where do you source            softer than the industrial
                            curating pieces that inspire   your décor items from and         organic look we have had
                            her to incorporate in her      what country inspires you         over the last couple of years.
                            decorating projects. The       most?                             People want quality and
                            exciting aspect of this store  A. “I import mainly from          comfort over what is in or
                            is that shoppers are able to   Indonesia and China, but the      out. They are opening up
                            buy more than just furniture.  two countries whose décor         their homes to let more
                            Yvonne stocks a variety of     I am always drawn to is           of the outside in, so that
                            other accessories so that      Belgium and Holland.”             every room can have some
                            people can buy wedding and                                       connection to the outdoors/
                            other special gifts in-store.  Q. Do you remember how            nature.”
                            Enthused by the subtleties     old you were when you
                            of nature and natural light,   decided on décor as a             When asked about the kind
                            her shop is a reflection of    chosen career path?               of furniture she stocks in
                            her personal design style.     A. “I was about 26 years          her shops, she had this to
                                                           old, freelancing in London,       say; “It is mostly imported.
                            Having described said style    when I decided to focus on        However with the current

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