GENEVIEVE PUT­TER

House and Leisure Before and After - - CONTRIBUTORS -

is a free­lance writer based in Cape Town. Serendip­i­tously, at the time of com­pil­ing the Renoin­no­va­tion So­lu­tions sec­tion (page 73) she and her hus­band were about to em­bark on a makeover of their 1930s home. If you could change any­thing in your home, what would it be? Ev­ery­thing! This ren­o­va­tion has been two years in the plan­ning. Best ren­o­va­tion tip? Get in­ti­mate with Pin­ter­est; down­load the app and pin away. Your boards are a great ref­er­ence for your ar­chi­tect or con­trac­tor. Can’t leave home with­out? My Myciti Bus card. I love en­gag­ing with the city and its peo­ple on my daily com­mute to my shared of­fice space. It re­ally makes you see the area in a whole new light and I save im­mensely on petrol. Favourite lo­cal/in­ter­na­tional de­signer? In­ter­na­tion­ally I love the Haas Brother’s phan­tas­magor­i­cal and play­ful fur­nish­ings, pre­cisely be­cause they are so out there and imag­i­na­tive. Lo­cally there are just too many to name! Lo­cal artists you love? I love the hu­mour in Michael Tay­lor’s work, in fact my mother and sis­ter-in-law, bought us one of his pieces as a wed­ding present, which we aim to use as a start­ing point when dec­o­rat­ing our new home. I also love Mary Sibande’s nar­ra­tive of So­phie, the do­mes­tic worker; the re­la­tion­ship be­tween care­taker/house­keep­ers and their em­ploy­ers is a sub­ject that fas­ci­nates me. Dream hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion? It’s a toss up be­tween Mar­rakech and New Or­leans.

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