professional’s stylish apartment
A modest-sized apartment in Cape Town’s inner city shows off its expansive side after some design sleight of hand
The saying “Good things come in small packages” could hardly be better exemplified than by this Tamboerskloof, Cape Town, apartment. Occupying a covetable niche near the city’s pulsating Kloof Street, it spans a mere 60m2, and yet it contains all the requisite functions and facilities of a home. The owner, who is in the creative industry, wanted to put his signature stamp on the space before moving in and sought the help of interior designer Kimberley Richmond of Beautiful Spaces. It was a good match: there was a strong synergy between the pair as they both envisioned the same industrial, ‘city’ feel for the property.
Since space was constrained, every detail had to count. “We had to be very clever with the design aesthetics to make it feel as large as possible,” explains Kimberley.
Her idea was to make the apartment a user-friendly space – without extraneous furnishing that would get in the way. The owner had only one stipulation: the decor had to include his beloved sofa (a stalwart from his previous homes). Kimberley’s objective was to remove as much of the clutter as she could, install functional yet stylish cabinetry and keep everything as light and bright as possible.
The industrial feel was incorporated in design-smart ways that contributed to opening up the space. All the doors were replaced with barn doors, which were custom-designed and manufactured by Kimberley’s team. The flooring was originally parquet, which gave the rooms a dark and gloomy cast. Kimberley sanded it down and painted it grey, which still respected the parquet element, but in a subtler way. The flooring in the back room had degraded over the years, so she opted to screed that instead.
The original built-in kitchen cabinetry was solid and oversized. To create a distinctive design feel and complement the overall aesthetic, the owner and Kimberley chose dark cabinets, incorporating wood and pendant lights. The apartment was too small for a dining table so Kimberley added a table-cumwork surface.
“We reduced the size of the original kitchen to open up the space and did the same in the bedroom, installing openplan cupboards.”
The bathroom was “really small” – 2m x 2,5m – so the challenge was to create some turn-around space and still have a decent-sized shower and basin. White metro tiles were laid to give a feel of lightness, while the hexagonal floor tiles, black taps and bathroom fixtures add a stylish touch. The vanity was made of wood for texture.
The original intention was for the bedroom wall to be exposed brick, says Kimberley, “but when we started opening it up, we discovered black block bricks behind, so we had to come up with an alternative plan.” The solution was to use wallpaper.
All the walls were painted white, which provided a good blank canvas for what
Kimberley had in mind. “It’s amazing what can be achieved with the inclusion of some feature walls,” she says.
Construction was completed in October 2017 and all that was left was to add the perfect final touches – beds, side tables and invitingly soft furnishings, largely from Hertex.
WHO LIVES HEREA young professional in the creative industry.THE APARTMENTA renovated two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment in Tamboerskloof, Cape Town with an open-plan kitchen and living area and a balcony.
THIS SPREAD, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:The table in the kitchen area doubles as a work station. The pendant lighting and chairs are from Beautiful Spaces.Enhancing the living area is a striking feature wall in Tessa Sonik Fabrics'Tradition wallpaper, which offsets the warm tones of the sofa and soft furnishings from Hertex. Elegant and minimalist, the furniture was chosen to keep clutter to a minimum on the balcony.
THIS SPREAD, CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: A view into the kitchen area. Sliding barn doors add to the industrial feel. The original parquet flooring was sanded down and painted grey. The open-fronted wardrobe in the main bedroom was made by Beautiful Spaces. The main bedroom is punctuated with a wallpapered feature wall. The throws and scatters are from Hertex. The guest bedroom continues the theme of subtle texture and understated style. The bathroom appears larger than it is – an impression obtained by the predominance of glass. A wooden vanity adds warmth to an otherwise glossy space.
SOURCES Beautiful Spaces beautifulspaces.co.za Hertex hertex.co.za Tessa Sonik Fabrics tessasonik.com