Modern Farmhouse - Silverlakes Nature Reserve: modern Living room by Karel Keuler Architects

​15 common things you'll see in South African homes

Johannes van Graan Johannes van Graan
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Other than a friendly personality and an awesome accent, there are other things you are also bound to find in a South African home that speak of our country and culture. 

Granted, personal taste differs from person to person (and, thus, from household to household), but we think these 15 elements are bound to be discovered in the majority of South African homes.

1. An open-plan layout of a kitchen, living room and dining area – perfect for socialising.

2. A few bottles of wine – locally produced, of course!

3. An assortment of cups and mugs for some Rooibos tea.

eclectic Kitchen by homify



4. Potted plants to remind ourselves of our country’s fantastic flora.

Bathroom 2: eclectic Bathroom by JSD Interiors
JSD Interiors

Bathroom 2

JSD Interiors

5. Photos of family and friends.

6. Décor pieces that speak of our country, whether it’s potted Proteas or a paperweight shaped like an elephant!

Master Suite Dressing Table:  Hotels by W Cubed Interior Design
W Cubed Interior Design

Master Suite Dressing Table

W Cubed Interior Design

7. A decent selection of Ina Paarman spices in the kitchen.

8. At least one cookbook gifted by a family member or friend.

9. A decent braaier!

10. A decent TV to keep up with our sports teams.

Modern Farmhouse - Silverlakes Nature Reserve: modern Living room by Karel Keuler Architects
Karel Keuler Architects

Modern Farmhouse—Silverlakes Nature Reserve

Karel Keuler Architects

11. An entertainment area for those get-togethers, whether it’s a splendid DVD collection or a pool table.

Urban Man Cave: industrial Living room by Inhouse

Urban Man Cave


12. A fantastic terrace to enhance our commitment to fresh-air living.

House Cowies Hill: modern Living room by Ferguson Architects
Ferguson Architects

House Cowies Hill

Ferguson Architects

13. Unique little garden touches to brag about!

14. A fireplace or boma – not just to keep warm, but for a social ambience.

modern Garden by homify

Lodge Gregory


15. A swimming pool to cool off during our South African summers.

For some local inspiration, check out these 5 stunning South African kitchens.

What other things do you think belong in a typical South African house?
modern Houses by Casas inHAUS

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