A Vic­to­rian abode in the Mother City that ticks all the right boxes

“We find in­spi­ra­tion in any­thing that’s rel­a­tively easy to do, budgetfriendly and sim­ple but ex­cit­ing to look at,” says a Cape Town cou­ple with a keen eye for de­sign.

Home (South Africa) - - READER HOME - By Kim Arendse Pho­tographs Fran­cois Ober­hol­ster Styling Mar­ian van Wyk

When she made the de­ci­sion to take a hol­i­day in Cape Town,

Emma Ras­mussen had no idea that she’d end up call­ing the Mother City home.

In 1999, Bri­tish-born Emma came to South Africa to wel­come in the mil­len­nium with friends. The fun-lov­ing ad­ver­tis­ing op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor fell in love with Cape Town’s cul­tural di­ver­sity, hus­tle and bus­tle, and prox­im­ity to na­ture – a per­fect fit for this ad­ven­tur­ous spirit.

It wasn’t just the city that cap­tured her heart; she soon met and mar­ried War­ren, a pho­tog­ra­pher, who shared her zest for life. Years later, while look­ing for a place they could set­tle into with their young daugh­ter Lula, the cou­ple found a prop­erty that “matched their en­ergy” in Ob­ser­va­tory.

The house, an old Vic­to­rian abode that ticks all the boxes, suited them to a T. It re­quired no struc­tural changes and had beau­ti­ful min­i­mal­ist fea­tures, a per­fect blank can­vas they could dec­o­rate to re­flect their per­son­al­i­ties and in­ter­ests.

“As a fam­ily, we love be­ing out and about, ex­plor­ing new things in and around the city or hav­ing ad­ven­tures abroad. We’re al­ways busy with fun, cre­ative projects,” says Emma. “War­ren has de­vel­oped a pas­sion for bak­ing, while I’ve al­ways en­joyed sewing and hav­ing a ‘side hus­tle’ apart from my ad­ver­tis­ing job.”

The cou­ple has filled their space with an eclec­tic mix of vin­tage and Scandi-style fur­ni­ture pieces, lo­cal art­works and bright pops of colour.

“Our home rep­re­sents us – there’s never a dull mo­ment!” >>

It’s in the de­tail An al­pha­bet fo­cal wall adds a quirky el­e­ment to the chic din­ing room. “I saw some­thing sim­i­lar on Pin­ter­est and had the wooden let­ters de­signed and cut – it’s a great way to cre­ate an in­ter­est­ing art­work on a bud­get!” Emma says.

The study is used by Emma and War­ren for on­go­ing projects and the shelves – used as part stor­age, part dé­cor – re­flect their pas­sions. “I’m al­ways putting to­gether mood­boards and sourc­ing fab­rics to cre­ate be­spoke items for my com­pany Lula by Emma, and War­ren works on his pho­tog­ra­phy busi­ness here, too,” Emma says. War­ren, who also works at The Lo­cal Baker, plans to con­vert a sec­tion of the space into a mi­cro-bak­ery. Pouffe from Lula by Emma; rug from MRP Home

The cou­ple made the din­ing room ta­ble (left) us­ing legs they bought and a Formica top. Rug from Ikea; chairs from Chair Crazy; vin­tage hab­er­dash­ery chest of draw­ers from Vamp; ta­ble legs from Metal Win­dows

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