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For Ger­hardt and Kosie, ev­ery piece of fur­ni­ture is spe­cial, of­ten with its own story. Some pieces were in­her­ited, oth­ers came from an­tique stores or were picked up at de­mo­li­tion sites for a song.

“The tea chest in the liv­ing room cost us a mere R400. We of­ten find fur­ni­ture at a good price but it might be up­hol­stered in some strange fab­ric; we sim­ply re­uphol­ster it in some­thing more so­cially ac­cept­able,” says Ger­hardt.

The in­ven­tive cou­ple of­ten spots po­ten­tial that oth­ers might miss. In one of the guest rooms (above left), a win­dow frame from the orig­i­nal Pre­to­ria Ho­tel serves as a head­board. Ger­hardt and Kosie snapped it up at In­de­pen­dent Traders Un­lim­ited and at­tached it to the wall with metal re­in­force­ments. And in the main bed­room, the head­board con­sists of chains in dif­fer­ent lengths and thick­nesses; Ger­hardt de­signed and in­stalled it while Kosie was away at a con­fer­ence “so that it would be too late for him to ob­ject”.

Cur­rently, a guest bed­room with a Mex­i­can theme is keep­ing their cre­ative juices flow­ing. It all be­gan with a bright red beaded chan­de­lier they dis­cov­ered at a Wey­landts sale. “We wanted to com­bine the Mex­i­can in­flu­ence with the trop­i­cal style that is so on trend right now,” ex­plains Kosie.

Other col­lecta­bles were added later, such as the images of the Vir­gin Mary in true Mex­i­can style. “The aes­thetic is loosely in­spired by the artist Penny Siopis and the Dur­ban dé­cor store Shoppe,” says Ger­hardt. “I got the Vir­gin Mary fig­urine from my mother. I was wor­ried she would disown me be­cause I gave it a lick of paint but when she saw it, she gave hers the same treat­ment!” he chuck­les.

For these two, life is too short not to make a splash! >>

Walls painted in Earth­cote’s Sand Paint in the colour Dung Bee­tle Brown

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