Interior inspiration: a private sanctuary

Those with busy lives and active families know that a private space where you can enjoy a little me-time is a necessity  

Three essential elements: A restful colour scheme, comfortable seating for relaxing and a desk where you can work without interruption.


How this quiet refuge was achieved:

To create a room where they could each have quiet time away from the usual hurly-burly of family life, this Durban couple took a second look at a ramshackle outbuilding on their property.

As it had the advantage of being completely separate from the house, it proved ideal. They gutted it, laid a Cemcrete floor and installed stacking doors across the side adjacent to the garden.

Then they asked interior designer Taryn Flanagan to help them furnish it. “We wanted this room to be smart and elegant and not a playroom for the children.” To make it suitable for relaxing and working, Taryn included a sitting area, a desk and built-in shelves housing a television.

Work space Living room

She used existing furniture, like the wingback chairs and rattan sofa, and added a modern lamp, a large mirror and raw wood coffee and side tables to pull it all together. “Although it’s an adult room, the kids aren’t banned so we included some floor pillows that can be pulled up to the coffee table so they can sit and draw,” adds Taryn.

Living room

*Lamp from Plumbago, mirror from Taryn Flanagan Interiors and coffee and side tables from Cécile & Boyd.