I can completely relate to someone who buys a house because it has a big avo tree in the back garden. It also helps that the house is a 1920′s beauty on the slopes of Fresnaye with a view of Lion’s Head and the sea. Score on every level right? It took Cara Saven and her family 3 years of searching to find this gem, and once they did, it turned out the previous owner was a good friend of her family, a very fortuitous find. With the help of architect Kobus van Schoor and her interior designer friends Karen Marsden and Lara Myerson they pretty much gutted the cramped interior to create an open, airy living space.
Cara - a photographer and designer of beautiful custom wallpaper, found the CNC template below on the rubbish heap outside her printer’s office, rescued it and hung it on the wall.
The lighting throughout the house is from Lightworld (owned by Cara’s fater-in-law)
The previous owners left behind quite a few of their original retro pieces, like the kitchen table and chairs. The white cement floors are by Stucco Italiano.
The kitchen cupboards were designed by Cara – who has a big thing for mint green kitchens. Built and fitted by Easylife kitchens.
The girls’ bedroom, very polite in their demands.
The guest bathroom – where an original porthole window was cleverly turned into a mirror. The bath was salvaged from the original house.
A clever feature suggested by Cara’s interior designer was to create “extra-length” doors, by extending the door frames and adding an extra half a door to the existing door.
Cara’s office – the walls are clad in one of her own beautiful custom wallpapers. You can view the full range here.
Architect – Kobus van Schoor email@example.com (021) 434 9111
Interior designers – Karen Marsden and Lara Myerson
Builder – Ryno van Deventer 082 292 5406
I love finding spaces that are a good reflection of the people they are inhabited by, and this retro-cool home is one of those. Nina van Reenen is creative director at Room 13 + Room 13 Collection and a fun-loving fellow afrikaanse meisie who I’ve laughed with many times over the years. Sascha Berolsky is the feisty portuguese guy who has done exceptionally well with iconic Cape Town restaurants Royale Eatery and El Burro. Their Greenpoint home is an artful combination of contradicting styles – pieces from local designers, family heirlooms, furniture and vintage toys found on travels around the world as well as second hand shop and market finds bought for a steal and renovated with a lick of paint. It all works beautifully in this happy home that they share with their two boys Leo and Sebastian and Molly the cat.
The dining room table below is from Gregor Jenkin and the retro chairs were traded for a fridge with the owner of their previous home.
The artwork above the fireplace is by Paul Senyol and Warren Lewis and the clock in the bell jar belonged to Nina’s great-great grandfather.
The cushions below are called Sanddollar and Deserted, the latest range from Room 13 Collection, click here to find out more.
The cushions on the sofa are all from Room 13 Collection.
The black and copper light fitting is from Light World in Buitengracht Street, Cape Town.
Bedroom vanity from Space for Life
Shelves – Munka in rosewood from Stokperd
Sebastian’s room – the crib was a lucky find from a second hand shop in Ysterplaat. Nina restored it with a coat of paint and wove new rope into the raillings, and also had a new mattress made. The cushions are from the Room 13 Collection – Monty range.
Leo’s room – the gorgeous knitted patchwork blanket was made by his doting grandmother Vovo (grandmother in portuguese) and the “Stay Puft” man is from Sascha’s extensive vintage toy collection.
Shelving – by James Mudge and the wooden rocker was made by a recluse furniture maker that Sasha found in the mountains of Hokkaido.
Art: Paintings for Ants by Lorraine Loots
Bathroom: planters by Pedersen & Lennard
Red stool – a Milnerton Market find, revived with a fresh coat of red paint. Hexagonal tiles from Quadrata.
This is the only part of the garden that was ready for the blog shoot, there’s an eco swimming pool and awesome vege-garden that I will have to show you in round two.
Beloved Abbysinian cat, Molly loves to chill on the red Chicane cushions from the Room 13 Collection.
Leo – having fun with his black pebbles.
Teri and Duncan MacDuff’s Rondebosch home is so awesome it made my eyeballs quiver. It has all the stuff I like – a spacious indigenous garden with big trees, a pool with a “majestic” (estate agent speak) view of the mountain and an interior that’s been renovated to maximise on many, many rays of natural light. And with the recent addition of Riley to the family, they are one cool little gang.
Naked bulbs from Hoi P’loy
Geometric Tiles at entrace hall – Quadrata
The main bedroom walls are clad with Ash wood from Ticktin Timbers and the reading lights are from Space for Life.
Geometric bathroom tiles from Quadrata
Shelf – rosewood munka from Stokperd
Vanity and mirror in guest bathroom are both from Space for Life
Baby Riley’s cot – an antique heirloom from Teri’s mom
The bright wooden rabbits were bought on their honeymoon trip – Terri says they didn’t make for easy transportation across Mexico!
Retro dining room chairs from Space for Life
Architect – Leah Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org
Builders – Faclier Brothers
Metal window and door frames - Metal Windows
Since we’ve started on our house-hunting mission I’ve been looking at houses like a hungry-blood-hound… wanting to sniff out the best suppliers in all the land for tiles, light fittings, chairs, everything. Enter Cath Crawford’s beautifully renovated home, she’s done a superb job in creating a light and airy retro-inspired space by doing a few clever face-lifts together with the help of Christo Interiors.
The hat-rack is a clever DIY job that Cath made from vintage rulers – you could find similar ones at the Milnerton Market.
The kitchen is the heart of this home, and leads out onto a gorgeous courtyard. I especially love the retro 70′s feel created with green and white linoleum tiles from Flor-store in Sea Point. The table is from Saks Corner and the chairs from Guideline Manufacturing
The black pendant lights are from Light World.
The metro tiles are from Douglas Jones.
Cath fell in love with the peppery taste and sunshine yellow packaging of the Prince Albert olive oil, and now get its posted over from the Badenhorst farm in sets of 10.
The lush Ivy-clad courtyard that leads out from the kitchen feels like you’ve stepped out of the city and into the centre of a sleepy village.
The outdoor table is a teak Lisbett from Stokperd.
The front stoep with great views of the city.
My Greenpoint neighbour Sue is one of those people that I’ve always admired for her calm presence, easy sense of style and mad design skills. When we recently used her lounge and bedroom as location for the Lisbett & Lucky shoot I thought it was about time that I showcased the home of gorgeousness that she shares with husband Brad and beloved dog Khay. What I love most about this home is the effortless blend of vintage finds, art and family heirlooms that she puts together so artfully. I asked Sue to tell us more about the lovely pieces in each pic, so over to Sue:
The photograph of Sea Point Pool on a sombre day was shot by Michael Meyersfeld. What a brilliant photographer – I’ve worked with him on many campaigns during my years in advertising:
The Little Girl with her Dog is a R10 find from Milnerton Market, I love her so much that she now features on my business cards! The wooden sign is from a holiday in Mozambique – a guy was removing it from his shop and throwing it out, I am obsessed with handwritten typography – I had to have it – he gave it to me as a gift, I gave him my sarong I was wearing at the time. Still love it. The guitar is Brad’s.
This chair belonged to my grandparents, it was recently re-upholstered with fabric from Silk & Cotton Co and the funny thing is that we discovered that the chair had been fixed previously with vinyl car seat covers (which looked like old VW Beetle seats!). The water colours are by Gabbi Raff.
This is Khay: our beloved who turned 9 on the 9th of September! She was found on the N2 just near Khayalitsha 9 years ago (hence her name given to her by my niece, Isabella). She was tiny, the size of a small loaf of bread, full of mange and fleas and totally dehydrated, but she miraculously survived and is now a huge part of our lives. She is an astonishingly well-loved pet, who pretty much knows she lives in this space.
The ink drawings are by Lisa Brice and the oil painting is by an unknown artist, given to me by my friend Tanya – she knows how much I love a good ol’ landscape.
This is our wall of inspiration! The paintings, drawings, photographs are all works done by family and friends – there is so much love on this wall. The photograph is of my parents, Dave and Joy and our families. Artists like Sue Williamson (I was Sue’s assistant for 2 years – it was my first job in the real world) My best friend Lisa Brice, my dad, Dave Stewart, my sister Ashley Probert, my funny friend Harry de Zitter, artist Dulcie Trop and sculpture by Donavan Ward, a precious gift from my clever art dealer cousin Paul McCabe. Ralf Bachuster shot the pic of Brad surfing – Brad’s true religion is surfing and kite surfing, and loads of memories sit on this wall : Ad awards too!
In the kitchen: We finally got rid of our formica tops! What took us so long I have no idea. Genius carpenter, Colin Rock (an old friend of Brad’s) made our oak tops. This is a chopping board that he designed next to the stove – he did it using tiny blocks of oak glued together and then cut to fit the space. It’s a beauty!
These are wedding gifts from Gorgina Franks and Lisa Brice (the little Russian doll is actually a stack of measuring cups – very clever design!)
Ahhh the very well-used kitchen table, this has seen many a kitchen dinner for 2 or 4 or 6 people.
The plants thanks to you (Monya) when you came over to shoot! Still alive and being promised a place in the outside courtyard garden.
Painting by Lisa Brice – I fell in love with this painting at her show at the Goodman Gallery Cape Town – just had to buy it!
Brad had just proposed to me at Babylonstoren in Franschhoek (our special place). The next day we went to lunch at La Motte – they set up a section for kids to paint on these tiny easels. Brad challenged me to paint how I was feeling. There was a whole lot of love going on, so I painted the feeling of getting engaged. We then used the image on the right as our wedding invite 6 months later. Sigh!
My wall of Lisa Brice’s – my genius friend who works from her studio in London. We have known each other and have been the best of friends from when we were 6 years old. The portrait of me was done by Lisa for my 21st birthday.
I fell in love with this brass Springbok at the Milnerton Market, my friend Lisa decided to buy it for me as a ‘thank you’ for staying with us. My dad played rugby for South Africa in the 60′s – so it always reminds me of him.
These old school lockers were found at the Community Chest Carnival when I first moved out of home, a real steal at R25 each. They have been painted 3 times to fit in with whichever room they are needed in. They now act as my shoe storage.
The beautiful mugs were recently given to Brad as a birthday gift from my good friend Carol Arnell in London (the illustrations are done by: Rory Dobner)
The piece above the bed is called “Life” – given to me by Lisa Brice when I helped her with her show years and years ago – she experimented with different tones of white on white, so this was the piece that was the most layered in white paint. It is slowly peeling away – which I absolutely love – It’s the piece that is aging with us. As we now know, life is not always perfect. The headboard was also made by Lisa Brice (just beautifully made, the dots are copies of love-heart sweets so it says things like “You and I”, “Sweet Kiss”, “Heart Throb”, “Prefer me”)
And – our new linen from Weylandts – heaven on earth!
The balcony gets used everyday, it’s where we get to look at the sea, the lighthouse and get a good feeling to start our day.
Monya: I had to share this pic, I found it in Sue’s (Susan) “activity box” and when I took it out to shoot it, the thread was running down at exactly the point where the print began…no styling involved at all! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home Susan, very cool of you!
My sister is one of my favourite people on the planet. I think its because she knows what ‘kenko’ means and therefore totally gets me. She and her husband Steph were the spark behind my business – they commissioned the Sister table, which was my very first order! They share their apartment in Illovo with the little dude Ben, the squishiest bit of cuteness in the world. It’s sunny and has a huge avo tree outside the window, a rooftop deck & pool and cool art by Kentridge, Robert Hodgins, Cecil Skotnes and Walter Battiss.
My talented pal Mariota grew up on a farm in the heart of Zululand, but now lives in Venice Beach with her husband Ian in a sunny bungalow. Over a skype chat the other day we decided to collaborate on this blog post and bring you a voyeuristic peak into their daily life. I Hope you enjoy the home tour as much as I did! All pics by Mariota Bauer.
Tell me about Venice Beach? Ian and I moved to Venice Beach 2 years ago. We were living in Amsterdam and after 3 years of rain, we were desperate for some sun. Venice Beach is home to celebs, gangsters, muscle men, hipsters and hobos – living in close proximity to one another. It doesn’t have the feeling of the glitz and glam you immediately associate with LA – and that’s why we love it. The palm trees are endless, and the sun really does shine every single day. We’ve accumulated a lot of hats since moving here!
I buy lots of things every time I go to South Africa, so our home is full of items from artists and designers back home. Covering our sofa (a Craigslist find) in Skinny la Minx fabric helps with the homesickness!
Both our mothers are artists, and we’ve received most of the art work hanging in our house from the 2 of them. One of our most treasured possessions is a painting depicting a Zulu wedding by my godmother Gail Van Lingen.
What do you do on weekends? You’ll find us on the beach – surfing, walking, and cycling along the boardwalks – we live about a 3 minute walk from the beach so there’s really no excuse. Ian loves to braai, one of our favourite recipe books is “A week in the Kitchen” by South African Karen Dudley, the carrot and beetroot salad is amazing!
What do you love most about your neighbourhood? We really love the lifestyle here – our front door is always open, letting the sea breeze in. Venice is incredibly colourful – the homes are painted brightly (our bungalow is sky blue) and flowers are everywhere – the smell of jasmine is pungeant in Spring. We are lucky enough to live just off the hip and happening street Abbott Kinney that boasts a wide variety of restaurants, interior shops, galleries and boutique clothing stores. One of our favourite spots is Gjelina’s – if you are ever in Venice, you’ve got to try it (and order the mushrooms truffle toast and brocollini dishes!)
What are the favourite items in your home? We’ve lived in the US/London/Amsterdam and South Africa, and our home is an eclectic mix of items we’ve collected all over the world. I’m constantly evolving our home, and buying things that I love not and because of how it’ll fit in with our décor. Our home is filled with items that remind us of places and people that we love. Antiques passed down from grandparents, childhood photographs taken by my dad, flea market finds (the Rose Bowl market in Pasadena is incredible for vintage finds) as well as modern bits and pieces.
We’ve also grown to love gardening – plants grow so fast here, and succulents come in every size. We both work in advertising which means the hours are long behind a desk – gardening is a great de-stresser.
Talking about favourite items in our home – how could I not mention our 2 beloved Siamese cats! You’ll find them basking in the sun, or chatting constantly to remind us that they are actually the most important beings in Venice Beach.
One of my favourite pics, Ian and Mariota “hanging out” with the Venice locals, thanks for sharing your home!
Sometimes a place is so damn good looking you have to make up a new adjective. Macking. A word that accurately describes the industrial city centre apartment that has been lovingly created by owner Paula Nel. While working in the caribbean she commissioned me to design a 3.8m oak storage cabinet, which was built in 3 parts and assembled on site and largely approved via late night cross-continent emails. What I love most about this apartment is that it is filled with unusual trinkets & treasures collected from travels around the world, but more importantly Paula’s penchant for the slightly macabre – a world war 2 gas mask, skulls, taxidermy, a photograph of a corpse on a gurny, so artfully displayed that you get the meaning of beauty in decay.
You know those friends who invite 10+ people to dinner and entertain without ever breaking a sweat and then make you think to yourself “this is so easy, I’m going to try it” but you know, you KNOW that you’ll never be able to pull it off as effortlessly? Well Kirsty and Paul (aka Chief) are exactly those people. Here is an example of one such night, and although the rest of their Greenpoint home is absolutely gorgeous, all pics were taken in the kitchen as this is where the awesomeness happens (and basically where I stuffed my face).
Clever tips I learnt from these two: Sit down dinners are last season, display food in beautiful big bowls on the kitchen table and stack “take-away” style chinese boxes and wooden utensils close by and let everyone help themselves. Check out Mister Packaging or Merrypak for similar.
We even got some beautifully packaged left overs to take home:
The Sumo benches I recently made were commissioned by Daley Muller from Mü&Me , one of my favourite stationery and kids clothing stores in Cape Town. Daley’s unique style extends to their beautiful family home in Vredehoek, filled with two bouncy twin girls, dogs, sunshine, and über cool style radiating from every corner.