Botanical, Bohemian BEAUTY
For years, they collected magazine cut-outs of what they wanted their dream home to look like. Their shared Pinterest board featured plenty of country-style décor, Victorian bathrooms, pops of colour against white backgrounds and open-plan spaces with exposed wooden trusses.
But the home Linda, a graphic artist, and Almarie, a retired primary school principal, bought in 2014 was an old, wooden house with musty décor, lots of small, gloomy rooms and an unruly garden. “It was a wreck, but we fell in love with it immediately,” says Linda of their two-bedroom, two-bathroom home in the coastal town of Sedgefield on the Garden Route.
The couple, who’ve been married for seven years, previously lived in Table View, Cape Town but they found their city home too big to take on the renovation needed to bring to life the many ideas they had in mind. So when Almarie’s son Nicolas flew the nest, she and Linda decided to hunt for a smaller place in which to settle down. Previous holidays spent with Almarie’s brother in Sedgefield inspired the journey that eventually led them to the small fixer-upper they now call home.
And after two years spent renovating, their home ticks all the right boxes, right down to the last detail. >>
It really is such a joy to have everything at hand when cooking and still be able to enjoy our guests. – Linda
The feature wall in the lounge is painted in Plascon’s City of Green and it forms a striking contrast with the collection of cream platters above it. Couch and side tables from Dan Saks; mirror from Hadeda; drinks trolley from Stokperd; artwork above by Andrew Putter
Firepot by Hot Art
An old library index cabinet in the entrance hall is used for storing bits and bobs. It’s painted in Annie Sloan Old White and each drawer is covered in scrapbook paper stuck on with wallpaper paste and sealed with clear wood sealer.
Almarie (left) and Linda enjoy an al fresco lunch.