Eclectic Style in an Exclusive Ground-floor Apartment by Antoni Associates

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If you’re on the deck and pool area of this ground-floor apartment in the Bantry, Cape Town, South Africa, you can be forgiven for thinking that Bantry 102 by Antoni Associates is yet another sleek, ultra-modern interior treatment. However, step inside the apartment and that impression will vanish — as Antoni says, “The interior combines a classic style with contemporary living.” “Classic style” is a convenient way to describe this eclectic mix of ornate, traditional, and modern within the apartment, a mix that not only “works” somehow, but works beautifully. On one hand, you see a sleek, minimalist kitchen with stainless steel, recessed lighting, unornamented wood-grain cabinets; on the other, sit down at the breakfast bar and you’re on rustic stools looking at a classic “China hutch.” And that’s just the beginning of the surprising “pairings” you’ll find here.

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An open corridor is all neutrals, travertine and cool reflections — complemented with ornate gilt-edged tables holding elegant blue and white pottery and crystal, against a backdrop of framed scenic photographic art and paintings. An alcove holds a black lacquered sculpture — and Chinese blue and white 19th-century ceramics. In the dining room, a contemporary glass chandelier and prints on the walls complement a traditional dining table and pale-blue floral upholstered chairs. And let’s not forget the thoroughly-modern “bamboo” effect on a wall…behind yet another ornate gilded table and hanging oval mirror. Everywhere, the contrasts abound; yet the details make a homey, pleasing whole that invariably flows outward to the soothing blues of pool, al fresco area, and views of sea and sky. It’s the best of many worlds…and a welcoming, happy space.

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Written by Janet Butler

Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).