Tiela On main
We’ve been doing quite a few interior photography jobs of late. It’s very different to “people photography” but in a way, it creates a good balance. It’s just you, the camera, the tripod and the space around you. Kind of like finding your “good side,” you need to showcase the space in such a way that it will be most attractive to the viewer. It does however come with its own set of challenges, and most people don’t realize that the real work actually happens during post production.
And so it is that we find ourselves in a little village called Napier, in a little blue house called Tiela on Main. You cannot miss it. It’s slap bang right in the middle of town. It’s bright façade and stately pair of white dogs standing guard at the front door welcome you in.
Quickly our eyes scan the area and all I can think of is lighting the fire on the stoep and observing the world go by with gin and tonic in hand. But that will have to wait till later. We’re here to do a job first.
Anyone who knows us well, also knows that there are two things we love more than anything else. Taking photographs and traveling. When we get the opportunity to combine the two, we’re like kids in a candy store! And by travel, we do not necessarily mean flying to an overseas destination, we literally mean hopping in the car and driving to a town a few 100 kilometres from home.
And that is just what we did recently when we went to Napier to do some interior photography of Tiela on Main for Aleit, of the famed Aleit Group. What a gorgeous space he has created. It’s the perfect spot to unwind and relax, be it in summer or winter. It’s also a very central base for exploring the nearby towns of Bredasdorp and the beautiful seaside town of Arniston. And then of course Napier itself has some quirky little shops and interesting characters too. Can you believe that there are no less than 12 eateries in this little dorpie to choose from?
On entering through the front door, it is so apparent how lovely and cool the interior is, and it’s such a respite from the nearly 40 degree celsius heat outside. A beautiful space with the two lounge areas, a lovely open plan kitchen and a dining area. We absolutely loved the green feature wall filled with collectibles. There’s an indoor chiminea which must be amazing on those chilly winter nights.
From the kitchen a little passage leads off to one of the bedrooms which has a separate toilet and hand basin area.
The kitchen is spacious with all of the necessary appliances including a wonderful gas cooker. I imagine this a lovely space for someone who enjoys entertaining, as the kitchen is so central. While guests can gather around in the other living spaces, and even spilling out onto the stoep, you can still feel part of everything.
There are two bedrooms, both with open plan shower. Both rooms lead out through patio doors to a little courtyard out back.
I think our absolute favourite part of the entire house is the front stoep and deck area. There’s just something about “stoepsitting” that is good for the soul. So if it’s chilly you can sit up next to the fire, else in the warmer summer evenings out on the deck is just perfect.
When the last photo was taken and as the night air started cooling down, the moon rose over Napier. We sat in silence with g&t’s in hand; the fire crackling in the background and these words I once read came to mind.
“The best kinds of people are the ones you can sit on a porch with, never saying a word, but walking away feeling like it was the best conversation you’ve had.”
Thank you Aleit, for the wonderful opportunity of capturing this little gem of a place.