Ren­o­va­tion The clever use of colour brings a gloomy ’70s home to life

The clever use of colour, and a touch of ro­mance, brings a gloomy ’70s home to life!

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IIt may have been dark and pokey but for Tammy and Alistair Holmes, the ’70s-style house they pur­chased in Park­more at a bar­gain price was a lucky charm. The cou­ple, who met on Tin­der in 2015, re­ceived the keys to their new home in April 2016 and that same night, Alistair pro­posed. He told Tammy they were go­ing to a nearby restau­rant but brought her to their new prop­erty, which she hadn’t yet seen, in­stead.

Blind­folded, she was led in­side where Alistair had spray-painted “Will you marry me?” on the big­gest wall space he could find. “He took off the blind­fold and I was so con­fused be­cause we were in an empty room,” Tammy says.

“Then I looked down and Al was on one knee and we were sur­rounded by hun­dreds of red roses. He made an amaz­ing speech, I said yes and we cracked open the bub­bly. Only then did I re­alise that we were in our new home and his pro­posal was writ­ten on the wall!”

“I knew we’d be paint­ing the walls any­way!” Alistair says with a laugh. “And I like know­ing that my pro­posal is still there, un­der a few lay­ers of paint.”

To top it all off, on the day they moved in af­ter five months of ren­o­va­tions, the cou­ple found out they were preg­nant with their baby girl, Ivy. >>

By Kim Arendse Pho­to­graphs Elza Cooper Styling Amanda van Wyn­gaardt

Who lives here? Alistair and Tammy Holmes, their six-month-old daugh­ter Ivy, their dogs Sum­mer and Lucky, and 16 gold­fish!

WHERE Park­more, Jo­han­nes­burg

SIZE 330m²

The once neu­tral bath­room felt too big and im­per­sonal for the cou­ple. To cre­ate a cosier space, they painted a dark blue fo­cal wall in the same Du­lux Shut­ter Blue as in the kitchen and hung dif­fer­ent-shaped mir­rors to add interest. “We were about to spend a for­tune on screed­ing the bath­room floor when our builder sug­gested sim­ply sand­ing the con­crete af­ter we re­moved the tiles. We love the in­dus­trial look!” Tammy says. Mir­rors from MRP Home; chan­de­lier from bidor­; blind fab­ric from Mavro­mac; stor­age lad­der from @home; taps from Bath­room Bizarre A mo­bile lad­der shelf pro­vides more than enough stor­age with­out look­ing bulky.

We love the white lion hooks found at the Dassies­fontein Farm Store near Botriv­ier.

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