LOUISA AND AN­THONY’S TOP 5 REN­O­VA­TION TIPS

House and Leisure Before and After - - RENOVATION #4 -

1. Fa­mil­iarise your­self with your space be­fore you be­gin plan­ning your ren­o­va­tion. Spend­ing time in it is the only way to work out which changes will be the most prac­ti­cal to make.

2. Con­sider your life­style. In this house, en­ter­tain­ing was key, but the weather of­ten makes sit­ting near the pool un­pleas­ant, so the court­yard al­lows for out­door liv­ing in all weather con­di­tions.

3. Choose durable fin­ishes and fix­tures. A home that looks good for years is peo­ple-proof.

4. Don’t be afraid of us­ing white. It is amaz­ingly prac­ti­cal be­cause it’s easy to clean – white linen, cur­tains and up­hol­stery can be bleached, and floors scrubbed. A white base gives a lovely fresh, airy feel that in­stantly up­dates a space.

5. Try some­thing bold. Strik­ing de­tails give a home per­son­al­ity.

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LEFT THE ORIG­I­NAL DEEP BLUE TILES IN THE MAIN BATH­ROOM WERE LEFT UN­TOUCHED; CRISP WHITE LINEN CON­TRASTS WITH THE NAT­U­RAL TEX­TURES OF A WOODEN SHELF AND JUTE RUG IN THE GUEST ROOM. THE PHO­TO­GRAPHS ARE BY SALLY CHANCE; KLEYN­HANS GAVE THIS UN­USED AREA AN OVER­HAUL BY BUILD­ING A READ­ING NOOK. THE SEAT IS UP­HOL­STERED IN PA­TIO LEAF FAB­RIC IN GAR­DEN GREEN FROM THE PA­TIO COL­LEC­TION BY MAVROMAC & GATE­HOUSE (MAVROMACANDTHEGATEHOUSE.CO.ZA).

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