House and Leisure Before and After - - CONTRIBUTORS -

is House and Leisure’s Cape Town-based Man­ag­ing Editor, who con­cep­tu­alised much of this spe­cial is­sue. If you could change any­thing in your home, what would it be? I’d change the floor­ing. I’m in a rental house so I’m stuck with ugly 1980s tiled floors. With walls and fur­ni­ture it’s easy to ex­press your own style, but floors are struc­tural and not so easy. Given half an op­por­tu­nity, I would change to wooden floors. A new start is… a lit­tle house in the Ka­roo. An­nual week­end get­away spot? Prince Al­bert. Who/what inspires you? Pin­ter­est! As a self-con­fessed DIY junkie, I have been a loyal pin­ner for some time. And the smell of wood when I walk into Lum­bercity. What’s your favourite room in your home? My pro­ject room, al­ways with a cou­ple of projects on the go. I’m for­ever in need of more tools, stor­age and or­gan­is­ing. What is your go-to store when start­ing a DIY pro­ject? My lo­cal, pri­vately owned hard­ware store. The staff are al­ways friendly and forth­com­ing with ad­vice, but more than the DIY store I can­not re­sist a great junk shop or some­thing like the Ross De­mo­li­tion Sec­ond­hand Yard in Lans­downe. If you could swap jobs for a month, what would you do? I would love to work with a car­pen­ter, work­ing with wood, mak­ing fur­ni­ture, us­ing proper tools, learn­ing tech­niques, build­ing things, cre­at­ing stuff...

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