By Ntombi Nkosi
The aura when you enter Nthabi Taukobong’s luxurious up-market estate home in the north of Johannesburg is serene and welcoming.
At any other home this would most likely be accidental, but for this interior décor every little detail in the house is intentional.
Taukobong is not only the founder and Managing Director (MD) at Ditau Interiors, a company dealing in African luxury lifestyle, a special touch perfectly laced in her beautiful home, she is also the first black interior designer in Africa to write a memoir.
This ranks as one of her biggest achievements to date.
It is a proud moment mostly for her family, mom and dad, who were instrumental in the career path she chose.
Speaking to Ignited Woman team she admits that interior décor was truly a road less taken when she enrolled to study for a National Diploma in Interior Design at what is now Durban University of Technology more than two decades ago.
Despite Taukobong’s 23 year experience in the interior design industry, she remains humble, eager to learn and educate those who dream to pursue a career in the industry.
Taukobong describes her design style as effortless luxury.
“Obviously because I had a hotel background where everything was high-end, luxurious, glamorous and almost un-approachable, having the experience of travelling the world and having a child, one wants to relax and not always be on the feet, I learned to let nature to be part of the design and not to over-design,” said Taukobong.
There is nothing too small or too big for this designer who says she draws her inspiration from anything, even when she sees a feature falling down, her creative juices flows.
Although the industry is still white dominated the mother of an 11-year old son says she has the confidence that she can slay any job.
Taukobong was born in Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in the 70’s, a time when the ugly-face of Apartheid was rife, and grew up in Rockville, Soweto.
As young as age 10, she had developed an interest in interior design.
“My parents had a beautiful home in the heart of Rockville, we had wall papers and beautiful furniture and I fell in love with décor,” said Taukobong.
She said in the 80’s when her family moved to KwaZulu-Natal, she had her own bedroom for the first time, she was given liberty to decorate it and that’s how her passion became strong. She used to keep her Christmas decoration for the rest of the year.
At age 13, her father bought property in Durban and she volunteered to assist in decorating it.