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Through­out the house, old fur­ni­ture and heir­looms have been given a new lease on life. One such heir­loom is a din­ner service that be­longed to Madeleine’s Aunt Jo­hanna – it set the tone for the dé­cor colour scheme: aubergine, dark blue and pale green. “And a pop of red. Ev­ery home should have some­thing red,” says Madeleine. The dou­ble-vol­ume in­te­rior and mez­za­nine level en­hance a sense of spa­cious­ness.

To add a per­sonal touch, Madeleine and the builder cre­ated a floor mo­saic made with bro­ken porce­lain plates (above). The chairs also add a play­ful el­e­ment with their back­rests in­scribed with dif­fer­ent words be­gin­ning with the Afrikaans word “saam” (mean­ing to­gether), such as “saam­speel” (play to­gether), “saamw­erk” (work to­gether) and “saam­drom” (gather to­gether). Madeleine painted the back­rest with or­di­nary PVA paint and used home­made sten­cils for the in­scrip­tions.

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