Décor & Gardening
At home with Khaya Zondo
With his heart set on debuting for the Proteas, this first class South African cricketer is on a journey of self-discovery and change. The former Westville Boy’s High learner made his debut for the Dolphins in 2007 against the Titans in Pietermaritzburg and over the past 10 years has amassed more than 250 appearances for the franchise across all three formats. He went past the 100 First-Class games mark recently in the Hollywoodbets Dolphins’ Sunfoil Series clash with the Cape Cobras in Oudtshoorn and took over the captaincy in the 2016/17 season after Morné van Wyk stood down. He was also selected to lead the South Africa ‘A’ 50-over side on their tour of England in the winter of 2017. Travelling has become a regular part of his life, which is why finding a home that was conducive to a ‘lock up and go’ lifestyle was essential to his choice of purchase.
While he’s a serious player on the cricket pitch, always at the top of his game trying to prove his worth as a team player and leader, in the comforts of his own home, he loves nothing more than parking off in his bedroom with an autobiography and taking some time out from the world.
Boasting a suave style and masculine look, it’s the ideal gentleman’s bachelor pad. Surrounded by his sporting memorabilia and collectibles, he’s constantly reminded of his achievements and the things he has set his sights on. It’s a space where a guy can chill on his own, have a few friends over for a fun time or put on a little moody jazz and invite his girlfriend over for dinner.
“I was initially attracted to the property because of the location and price, but once I took a look inside and saw the opportunity it presented to renovate and bring back to life, I was even more sold. I love Durban. I love the lifestyle. It’s so relaxed and so are its people, which is why I’m so happy to call it home. In fact, what I love most about my new place is that, much like the city I live in, it has a very warm and welcoming feel to it.”
With its modern look and feel, the secure two bedroom townhouse located in an upmarket block is perfect for Khaya because, aside from everything else is offers (communal pool included), it is located a stone’s throw away from the cricket stadium where he spends so much of his time.
“When I first moved in, the place was bare and very old school with carpets and wooden floors and old school cupboards. It gave me an opportunity to do it up, liven it up, make it modern and add my own touch to it. I redid the kitchen, took out the carpets and brought in porcelain and wood-like tiles. I put in new railings on the staircase, changed the doors and coated the walls with mixture of blue and grey – although I’ll admit I had a little of help from friends with the painting. Blue is the world’s favourite colour and perhaps the most versatile. For me, the place now has a more calming and timeless feel to it.”
While his bedroom is his hide-out, the lounge is his playroom – for a little bit of fun and games with mates. He has a couple of items of décor that he cherishes, the most sentimental of which is a large mirror that hangs in his dining room and gives the illusion of a grander space.
“The mirror was a gift from my mom when I told my parents I was moving out of home, and it’s a focal point in my living area. Everybody loves it! I’m just loving life in my new abode. I’m enjoying the journey I’m on, the people who have helped guide me and the relationships I have that are a big part of who I am. I love the transformation I have been a part of and I seem to spend a lot more time at home now (travels aside). I guess that’s because it’s really becoming a home.”
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