A little patch of South Africa can be found in the Green Community within the family home of this hotel professional. “I grew up in South Africa and also worked in game lodges in Botswana for three years, so I am passionate about the flora and fauna of the country and love the textures and cultural elements and patterns that Africa inspires. Our home is very ‘African Colonial’ in style, with its dark wood finish,” says Derryn.
Large pots, wooden African carvings and baskets are dotted about the house to create this feel, alongside statement furniture – including an enormous four-poster bed, which is among Derryn’s most treasured items.
“About 90 per cent of our furniture comes from South Africa,” says Derryn. “It’s sturdy and able to take all the knocks and wear and tear of small children and animals. South Africans have a love for open spaces, easy entertaining and a laid-back lifestyle, and that’s exactly how our home is.”