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Tone Alexander shares his approach to patio living
Decorator of the Month
Comfort and aesthetic are top of the priority list for designer Tone Alexander. His work is strongly focused on patio living and exterior design, resulting in great indoor-outdoor living spaces centred around the personal preferences of his clients. Tone tells us more about his design approach and gives us some insight into his personal project Noordhoek Hideaway.
Why did you choose a career in landscaping?
I believe a career chooses you. I’ve always had a love of beautiful things, of plants and of bringing the outdoors in, combining indoor and outdoor living. In South Africa we have such beautiful weather, we’re very fortunate to be able to extend our homes to appreciate the outdoors and how that can extend our living spaces.
Do you have a specific style? What inspires you?
My style is best described as traditional modern. I like clean lines, symmetry, and formal structured environments. But in my work, each garden is unique and aligned to the home and the clients’ style and personal preferences. I love to travel and expose myself to global trends. I recently had the pleasure of travelling to Australia to meet one of my personal favourite landscapers, Paul Bangay, whose work definitely inspires me.
Tell us about your latest project.
I recently designed, built and decorated my Noordhoek home in a modern French farmhouse-style with a formal garden. A large undercover patio looks over the pool and has doors leading onto it from the main lounge and gallery, linking the home to the outdoors through this extended space. The patio has an eating area and informal seating area with an outdoor fireplace.To maximise the views of Chapman's Peak, we went with extra-height ceilings and custom-made curved doors.
What is your favourite piece in your home?
One of my favourite pieces is the large dining room table on the patio. We use this space a lot for entertaining, particularly now during the warmer months.
Share your simplest décor tip.
Combine aesthetic with comfort. In an area where you’ll spend lots of time relaxing and entertaining, a beautiful couch or lounger won’t be used if its not also comfortable.
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