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