Botan­i­cal, Bo­hemian BEAUTY

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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.

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