A split-level Fifties house in Cape Town, South Africa. On the ground floor, there is a kitchen-diner, living area and patio. The master bedroom with en suite, guest bedroom, home office, bathroom and WC are on the first floor.
The entrance is a textbook example of layering - the wallpaper, screen and furniture create a 3-D tableau. The distressed sideboard was a white-painted flea-market find that was blasted with a blowtorch. The wallpaper is taken from a photograph, resized and reprinted to a larger scale.
3/8 Living room
With luxe textiles, olive tree stumps and lashings of foliage, the living room embodies all things safari. Rather than knock out the dated natural rock fireplace wall, the owner's have concealed it with a plaster screen, with lights behind to give a soft glow in the evening.
The designer-look kitchen is actually home-made units decorated with a stencil and sprayed with two tons of grey spray paint. Previously separated from the main living space, the owner knocked down a wall to open it up and provide a clear flow through to the back door.
5/8 Dining room
A cluster of lamps and overlapping roses turn lighting into an art installation on the cheap. Lush foliage and reclaimed wood slats provide a burst of raw colour against the black walls.
6/8 Home office
Upcycled and contemporary pieces complement each other in the home office. The glass table top was made from the original shower enclosure.
Similar table base
Quadrin chair by Katie Walker at Heal's
7/8 Master bedroom
The owner made the wood wall from old grape pallets that a farmer has thrown away, mainly as a place to hang the three pod lights. Soft fabrics contrast with the hard surfaces and make the bed even more inviting.
Similar woven pendants
The French Bedroom Company
The en-suite bathroom was created from a guest bedroom. The stone support for the basins was actually cast in concrete from a clay mould. Fresh foliage give this space an indoor/outdoor vibe.
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Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.
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