Coco Karoo is one of those boutiques that make you want to re-decorate your home in a instant – your head just gets full of ideas and it is truly inspiring . Coco Karoo makes you want to stay at the store and call it home for a while! Full of old beautiful things from around the world, Europe, Argentina and Morocco….the decor is a mixture of French Provencal, meets Africa in a old barn house! From the moment you walk in you are in a different world…amazing!
From their website..”A visit to Coco Karoo at The Old Scout Hall in Chelsea Village, Wynberg, is far more than a decorator’s delight. Exquisitely styled and yet surprisingly warm, the décor and antique store is a reflection of the talent and finesse of owner, Véronique Susman. From old barn doors to tiger figurines, each and every piece is lovingly chosen during her travels to destinations as varied as Europe, Argentina and Morocco.
In its latest incarnation at its new premises, Coco Karoo could be mistaken for an old world gentlemen’s club: chesterfield sofas in shades of sapphire and ruby, flanked by 19th Century club chairs and dark leather screens, create inviting sitting areas that are made only the more authentic by the added touch of old boxing gloves, vintage dumbbells and Belgian luggage chests. A decidedly masculine space at present, Coco Karoo boasts an impressive collection of original oil paintings, hundred-year-old medicine tincture bottles and leather-bound books, all impeccably styled on old butcher’s blocks from England and long kitchen tables from Provence.
Sumptuous reds and browns are offset by antique mirrors and crystal chandeliers, which inject light into the space. This instinctive understanding of light and dark, textured and refined, old and new, belongs to charismatic Véronique, who is known for her distinctive style.
“I enjoy collecting and putting new finds together,” says Véronique. “That’s how I decorate. There’s no formula, no method. Just instinct, and a passion for beautiful objects.” This is echoed in the seamless pairing of otherwise incongruous objects: in one corner an antique carousel pony straddles a wooden wine vat while in another; ornate Venetian mirrors hang over vintage roller skates and leather riding boots. Veronique’s fluid blending of styles and themes is a talent she puts down to her intercontinental upbringing. Born in Munich to a French mother and German father and raised in South Africa, with frequent visits to her European grandparents, Véronique inherited the tastes of Old World and a love for the textured aesthetic of Provencal France.
“My eye has always been drawn to a combination of the French Provencal, European opulence and the raw texture of Africa.” An injection of exotic energy, seen in Kelim Ottomans, Rajasthan statues and fringe umbrellas, is due to visits to Argentina, Morocco and India and the result is a harmonious union of global influences.
With its eclectic collection of furniture, art and décor items, Coco Karoo will captivate you from the moment you step inside, right until you walk out with your favourite new acquisition.”