TEXT AND STYLING JO TRAPPITT PHOTOGRAPHS CHRISTOPH HOFFMAN ACCESSORIES CORICRAFT

When publicist Jo Giles of Frontpage Communications decided to renovate her family’s Parkview, Jo’burg home, the patio was a major consideration. As she and her husband Quinton love to entertain, they wanted an easy flow between the patio and the rest of the living areas

Creating a flow between the patio and living areas wasn’t as straightforward as the couple had imagined. “There was no access for heavy machinery to the back garden so our builder had to dig the patio and cart the sand away by hand,” recalls Jo.

The new space has a wisteria-covered pergola at one end, which shades a white-washed dining table and benches. The floor here consists of large pavers interplanted with groundcover, which link this area to the garden. At the other end is a covered sitting area with a fireplace, which Jo furnished with comfy couches and wicker occasional chairs from Coricraft. “It’s ideal for lazy afternoons lying on the sofa with a book,” she says.

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