‘We’re all about colour!’

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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.

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