The Light Between Oceans

By Justine Hewitt  Production Francois Pretorius Photography Warren Heath

Bring the notion of beach life to your own space with a palette of bleached natural tones and textures pepped up with characterful pieces from far-flung shores.


Beach life – it’s all about following the path of the sun, enjoying the soundtrack of the waves and celebrating that carefree summer feeling. What better way to fulfill that sun-dusted holiday mood than by devoting a quiet corner to chill out time? Whether it’s a corner of your patio or a sunny spot of your living room, a real deal hammock or a super comfy sofa, what’s important is to get the feeling just right. How? Soft, tactile textures, a muted monochromatic palette, layers of throws and blankets for when the heat of the day passes or eyes grow droopy and plenty of scatter cushions in corresponding colours of course


Take inspiration from the kaleidoscope of magnificent muted colours you find at the shoreline with a table dressed in a harmonious mix of plates and vessels inspired by nature. Think perfectly wonky wooden platters not unlike timeworn driftwood, charcoal-coloured slate plates that match the colour of mussel shells and handmade bowls and vases that look like they too could have been washed up by the waves. Floor cushions in sisal keep it casual while succulents and plants gathered from the windswept dunes add pops of visual interest.


In any decorative scheme, it’s the objects that catch the eye that give it character. Every piece of African basketry comes with an emotive provenance, its value lying not only in the vibrant colours and patterns but also the artistic expression and hand of its maker.


Want to easily evoke a feeling of beach shack chic? You need an understated statement chair, one that begs to be plopped down in. Stop things from becoming too rustic by bringing in on-trend brass or copper elements like this pared down table – a perfect partner for a whimsical collection of found and decorative items. Here, the combination of unvarnished cane, weathered wooden cladding, cement floors and woven textiles is absolutely arresting and delightful in its lack of pretence.


When you’re away at the beach there’s time to make the most of even the simplest daily rituals – like setting a morning tray for tea or coffee with just the right essentials. It’s about enjoying the perfection in this simple state of being, the beauty of empty horizons and of barefoot walks on the beach. Take inspiration from the abundance of ever-changing hues of blues, greens and greys that the beach can bring and enjoy the easy marriage with timeworn wood and the weft and weave of slubby linens. Just as a beautiful sea view is a timeless joy, so the marriage of these easy-on-the-eye tones and organic textures has infinite appeal.