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Balinese refuge in Durban

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Balinese refuge in Durban

This Durban home is the perfect hideaway for engineering couple Geraldine and Collin Paton.

Nestled in the middle of a nature reserve with a view of the Indian ocean, Geraldine and Collin Paton's home is an African-Balinese-style refuge from their work in the water engineering business. This influenced the home's eco-friendly design that includes solar panels that heat their water and provide electricity.

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As you move through the house, you can’t help but feel at home and on holiday at the same time. Geraldine and Collin love travelling overland and say there isn't a 'dorp' in South Africa they haven't explored. It's via these adventures that they've picked up an eclectic art collection.

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While the inside of the house is magnificent and serves as a virtual scrap book to the family's travels, it's the great outdoors that surround it that acts as the real scene stealer. Set in a nature reserve, it's not unusual to spot wildlife while sitting next to the pool.

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While the Paton's architect, Jimmy Velissariou, did a stellar job of capitalising on the view, their landscaper, Jan Blok, was briefed to create a garden that acted as an extension of the nature reserve and featured lots of water. The Paton's home is the kind of space where, everywhere you look, you'll be sure to find an intriguing piece that's got just as interesting a story to go with it. While some of the paintings that feature are by prolific local artists like Louis Audi and Rob MacIntosh, a few of the works are by Geraldine herself – but she won't tell you which! 

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