From dated to con­tem­po­rary

Home (South Africa) - - RENOVATION -

The cou­ple were keen to work with a blank can­vas so they pretty much gut­ted the place, knock­ing down walls and re­plac­ing door and win­dow frames.

When this was done, they could be­gin with Tammy’s favourite bit – the dé­cor! She has al­ways had an eye for beau­ti­ful and func­tional in­te­ri­ors, hav­ing grown up with in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tor and de­signer Sue Led­erle as her mother. Tammy ex­presses her creativity with var­i­ous business ven­tures, in­clud­ing her in­te­rior dé­cor com­pany Ivy Dé­cor & De­sign and love­ables.co.za, a cu­rated dé­cor gift­ing store.

While metic­u­lously plan­ning the style of each room, Tammy spent months search­ing through stores, mag­a­zines, web­sites and dé­cor jour­nals to pull to­gether just the right colours and tex­tures so that no time would be wasted on ex­pen­sive mis­takes.

She paired newer deep-but­toned pieces, nat­u­ral woods, linens and vel­vets (her favourite dé­cor choices) with older couches, arm­chairs, ot­tomans and ta­bles from their pre­vi­ous home.

Alistair, founder and owner of Holmes Un­der­writ­ing Agency, en­joyed build­ing things for the new house from old rafters and beams, in­clud­ing shelv­ing and Ivy’s gor­geous crib in the nurs­ery.

But it was colour that played the big­gest role in the dec­o­rat­ing process, Tammy says. “I wanted to cre­ate a neu­tral can­vas in our home and then add pops of fun colours to dif­fer­ent ar­eas. We still like to think of our­selves as young (35 is the new 25 af­ter all), so I didn’t want to make the space too se­ri­ous.”

Us­ing colour as a guide means that noth­ing is oddly matched and that some uni­for­mity and flow is cre­ated.

“I planned each room’s colour around the way we’d use the space – so my home study is play­ful, colour­ful and cre­ative, and the guest suite is a more re­gal blue with pinks for a fun, fem­i­nine touch.”

Win­dows were length­ened, ceil­ings re­moved and walls de­mol­ished to con­nect and lighten up the var­i­ous ar­eas. BED­ROOM LIV­ING AREA The cou­ple trans­formed the old-fash­ioned in­te­rior into a tex­tured, mod­ern space. KITCHEN STOEP BATH­ROOM Be­fore

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