Wel­come to the Friendly City

Lively bold colours in­ject plenty of per­son­al­ity into this cheer­ful Port El­iz­a­beth home.

Home Paint It - - CONTENTS - By Beatrice Moore-nöth­nagel Pho­to­graphs Fran­cois Ober­hol­ster Styling Mar­ian van Wyk

Lizé-marie Marais and Ian Tay­lor had al­ways wanted an old house with high ceil­ings, thick walls and huge rooms – and prefer­ably a sea view!

And that’s pre­cisely what they got with this stately old Vic­to­rian home in the sub­urb of Mount Croix in PE.

“The house in­stantly re­minded us of an old farm­stead,” says Lizé-marie. “And the wide pas­sage and kitchen con­vinced us to put in an of­fer.”

In April 2014, they be­came the proud own­ers of this 60-year-old grande dame. They loved its lay­out, so a ma­jor ren­o­va­tion was not on their agenda. “The only prob­lem was the mo­not­o­nous white walls and old-fash­ioned yel­low skirt­ing boards and ceil­ings,” says Ian. The yel­low, es­pe­cially, re­minded them of a “granny’s” house – and not in a good way!

With a clear plan in mind, the pair grabbed a cou­ple of paint tins; they wanted to cre­ate a first im­pres­sion that would in­stantly in­di­cate that artis­tic and un­con­ven­tional peo­ple live here.

Thanks to their hand­i­work, Lizé-marie and Ian’s home is now boldly colour­ful with plenty of per­son­al­ity. Yet, where pos­si­ble, they have main­tained the orig­i­nal stately feel of the build­ing. The cou­ple say they aren’t the kind of peo­ple who paint ev­ery piece of fur­ni­ture, es­pe­cially not old items with history.

The re­sult is a won­der­ful blend of old and new, fresh and lived-in.

Our home doesn’t leave peo­ple feel­ing am­biva­lent, they ei­ther love it or hate it! – Lizé-marie

Scarf on couch from Skinny laminx

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