‘We’re all about colour!’
Len and Faith kept the existing green tiles on the walls in the main bathroom and added dramatic black-and-white floor tiles for a Victorian look – a striking yet affordable improvement. The stainedglass window is one of two windows they picked up in a field on an old farm about 20 years ago. The second-hand Moroccan light fitting was brought out of storage and they made the vanity using an old sewing machine frame and a marble top.
“Our approach to décor is best described as ‘anything goes’,” Len says with a chuckle. “And, clearly, we’re very daring when it comes to colour! We knew that a fresh coat of paint would bring the house back to life.”
Len credits Faith for pairing their furniture and accessories with bold and exciting paint colours. “When we went to the paint shop in town, Faith took just five minutes to choose 14 different colours for the interior, exterior and roof!” says Len. “The salesman was amazed and asked her if she was sure she’d chosen the correct colours – several times. He even commented that it usually takes days to choose and offered a computer simulation and sample colours to try out first.
But Faith was adamant and the colours turned out perfectly – even the emerald-green on the dining room ceiling! We call it bohemian with a classical twist!”
It’s in the detail Faith restored the retro green tiles, using a chisel to carefully chip out the old grout. They added a border of black metro tiles. A Moroccan-style pendant, ornate mirror frame and stained-glass window create a sumptuous atmosphere.
In the second bathroom, an old workbench now serves as a vanity. The green shower screen was once a window in a school that was partially destroyed by a tornado in the Karoo town of Klipplaat in 2005. Floor and splashback tiles from The Tile House in Knysna
In the main bedroom, the walls have been painted a fresh green: Peppermint Beach 1 from Dulux.