All to­gether now

An in­no­va­tive cou­ple turned a sep­a­rate – and out­dated – lounge and bar area into a con­tem­po­rary light-filled liv­ing room for their grow­ing fam­ily.

Home Renovations - - Contents - By Mar­ian van Wyk Pho­to­graphs Fran­cois Ober­hol­ster

Rea­son for ren­o­va­tion

When Suzi and Stephan bought their home in July 2014, both the lay­out and fin­ishes were rem­i­nis­cent of the 1980s. Con­nected by an arched door­way, the house had a sep­a­rate lounge and bar with dated fin­ishes – from the knotty pine ceil­ing to the wall-to-wall car­pet. The large slid­ing doors that opened up onto the back gar­den on the north­ern side were a bonus, but the un­painted knotty pine ceil­ing ab­sorbed too much light and dated the in­te­rior.

Hav­ing al­ways dreamt of buy­ing a home to ren­o­vate, this cre­ative cou­ple in­stantly saw the po­ten­tial to trans­form the lounge and bar into a sin­gle light and airy liv­ing area. Stephan, who re­cently started his own car­pen­try busi­ness, In­terieur Fitout, had the know-how while Suzi had the ideas. “The love we share for ren­o­va­tions is so ex­cit­ing,” says Suzi, who works in fi­nance and de­scribes her­self as “an English Van der Merwe”.

It took them three months to com­plete their liv­ing room ren­o­va­tion. “We could only ren­o­vate in the evenings af­ter work – pro­vided there was no load-shed­ding – and on week­ends, so it took longer than we’d an­tic­i­pated,” she says. >>

Stephan and I are a dream team – I come up with the ideas and he im­ple­ments

them! – Suzi

The pal­ette is Suzi’s favourite com­bi­na­tion of grey and white. Neu­tral cush­ions and tall vase from MRP Home; duck egg cush­ions in Birds Haven from Con­stan­tia Fab­rics

A con­sole ta­ble be­hind the couch di­vides the lounge and din­ing area. When it came to fur­nish­ing and dec­o­rat­ing the room, the Van der Mer­wes bought most pieces on auc­tion. Stephan made the wall unit. Pink flo­ral cush­ion from Wool­worths

Who lives here? Stephan and Suzi van der Merwe with their son Michael (3) – and there’s a daugh­ter on the way!

WHERE Monte Vista, Cape Town SIZE 50m2 ORI­EN­TA­TION North

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