“Barefoot Luxury Living” in South Africa, by Antoni Associates

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Located on the exclusive Pearl Valley Golf Estate near Paarl, this home by Antoni Associates boasts what the designers like to call “barefoot luxury living.” The pool is the center of the fun — and the house — in this easy-living place. The designers add, “…this home focuses on family entertainment with an emphasis on the use of natural materials. The interiors boast a sporty elegance and laid-back coolness.” This “coolness” is fostered by the use of blue everywhere. “Spot” it on fun wall art, played up by skylights and echoed in the casual chair tucked into a window view. A reflecting panel on one side of the dining area is framed in a second shade, casual chairs at a bar are a third — with the added interest of pattern — while kitchen cabinet fronts are a fourth.

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Without a doubt, this house speaks “laid-back coolness” fluently. Whimsical rectangular tables with plenty of seating for a crowd segue right into the living room, with its plump-cushioned gray couch, curved casual lounge chair, ottoman and matching pillows in a muted coral. Latticed dividers, natural white stone walls and casual striped rug give you a “garden” feel, even indoors — and the outdoors is welcomed in through sliding glass doors and “walls” that fold back for unfettered access to fresh air and sunshine. With a ‘bevy’ of beverage choices and kitchen within steps of a flat-screen television and media center in the living room, this Antoni house at Pearl Valley (276) does, indeed, make you want to shed your shoes — and your cares — at the door.

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