Sanctuary in blue
Catalina Baliña transformed a bedroom in her beautiful Victorian home into two stylish new bathrooms.
Reason for renovation
Designer and renovator Catalina Baliña bought her Observatory home as an investment in December 2014 and started renovating in February 2015. Typical of Victorian homes, the original bathroom was right at the back of the property, behind the kitchen. “This was extremely inconvenient in such a long, narrow house. You had to walk past three bedrooms and the lounge, then through the dining area and kitchen, before you finally got to the bathroom,” says Catalina.
“On top of that, the finishes were outdated and the room was dark. It resembled an ‘add-on’, while today’s bathrooms are sanctuaries, places of relaxation and pampering. With this in mind, I decided to transform one of the three bedrooms into two new bathrooms that would add value to my property. My construction team and I took about three weeks to do the job.”
We love the blue
focal wall in Plascon’s Berry
The old bathroom (above) at the back of the house was demolished – this area now forms part of the garden. A five-drawer console table now serves as a ‘his and hers’ vanity. Towels are neatly stored in baskets. Baskets, towels, bath mat and vase from MRP
Rather than tiling the entire wall, Catalina created a decorative tile strip and then treated the walls with a clear sealant.
Who lives here? Catalina Baliña
WHERE Observatory, Cape Town