When house-hunt­ing back in 2013, buy­ing an old her­itage home wasn’t quite what Cara and Marvin Saven had in mind.

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It wasn’t open-plan, for one. On top of that, the ex­te­rior and gar­den were run-down and the in­te­rior fin­ishes just weren’t to their taste.

What they did fall in love with, how­ever, are the beau­ti­ful bay win­dows, spa­cious front stoep, orig­i­nal wooden floors and the lo­ca­tion – Fres­naye is mostly wind-free and it has easy ac­cess to the moun­tain and beach. “It also had a huge av­o­cado tree,’’ Cara says. “When we be­gan ren­o­vat­ing, I told the builders they could mess up any­thing but my avo tree!’’

Cara, owner of Cara Saven Wall De­sign, has a spe­cial place in her heart for pre-loved items, but she was itch­ing to add some fresh, mod­ern in­te­rior el­e­ments. So she and Marvin, who works in the film in­dus­try, agreed on an in­ter­est­ing so­lu­tion that would al­low them to have both…

The front of their home has a mid-cen­tury aes­thetic with retro fur­ni­ture, wooden floors and warm colours while the back of the house, a new ad­di­tion, has a mod­ern look and feel, thanks to con­crete ceil­ings, plenty of glass and white screeded floors. To fur­ther sep­a­rate the two styles, Cara used colour: the façade has been painted white, while the back is a trendy grey! Yin and yang form­ing a per­fect whole… >>

The retro server in the liv­ing area was a sec­ond­hand find to which Cara added slid­ing mir­ror doors; framed prints from Cara Saven Wall De­sign adorn the wall. Pen­dants from Light­world

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