151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters.African baskets, art and tropical plants fill the large spaces.“We needed a lot of wall space because we love showcasing art,” Mrs Planting said. 151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters was built to showcase art.“That was one of the requirements we gave the architect, that when you opened the front door you would have a long, unobstructed view down the hallway to the water,” Mrs Planting said.While the house is big on space Mrs Planting said it is designed to feel like you’re living in two villas. African baskets feature across the foyer wall. Homeowners Helen and Johan Planting built the six-bedroom house with the help of architect Shane Denman.Commanding the street the house has an extensive use of raw materials including timber, marble and stone.The couple who built their stunning family home five years ago said they bought the block of land and started from scratch.“The design took about six months,” she said.“We didn’t have Pinterest or much online inspiration at the time, it was mostly ideas we pulled from magazines and our travels to South Africa and around the world.“My husband Johan’s family is South African and we used that as inspiration in the design.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago 151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters.“The water feature separates the back of the home so when you’re in the main bedroom you can look out and feel like you are completely detached from the next room,” she said.“We focused a lot on raw materials like marble and wicker and although I am a big fan of trends we wanted a family home that was modern and elegant but a place you could live in and enjoy comfortably.” The house comes with a slice of South African style“We gave our architect photos from our travels and photos of angles on houses we liked and he was able to use that to design a house that matched our personality.”The mammoth sized front door opens to reveal an African-style and captures a striking riverfront view. 151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters.A JAW-DROPPING South African-inspired mansion has sold before auction. The house at 151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd which featured on the cover of the Gold Coast Bulletin’s Real Estate glossy magazine on August 19 sold to a Gold Coast couple last week. Ray White Surfers Paradise agent Sherry Smith negotiated the sale but has not yet revealed the price.