BAILEY’S TOP 5 RENOVATION TIPS
1. Add a contingency allowance to your budget. Ideas grow, plans change and things always end up costing more than you think. 2. Decide on your finishes before each process starts. You don’t want to be holding up the kitchen because you haven’t found the right tiles. 3. Retain the character of your home in a way that makes sense. Although we gutted our apartment, it still feels authentic. 4. Do your final snag list once you’ve moved in. Little things that you wouldn’t have noticed previously always pop up. 5. Find a builder who is a pleasure to work with. Our builder, Elzabe de Klerk of Paint ICU, made our renovation a really good experience.
THIS PAGE, FROM TOP THE COLOUR PALETTE IN THE MAIN BEDROOM’S EN SUITE BATHROOM HAS BEEN KEPT INTENTIONALLY MINIMAL, WITH MIRRORS AND A PRINT FRAMED BY THE ATELIER (THEATELIER.CO.ZA) ADORNING THE COOL GREY WALLS; TROPICAL WALLPAPER BY LEMON (MADEBYLEMON.CO.ZA) MAKES A BOLD STATEMENT IN THE GUEST BATHROOM. OPPOSITE PAGE,
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP BAILEY AND JAN-JAN’S BEDROOM IS AN UNCLUTTERED SPACE THAT INCLUDES DETAILS SUCH AS A FAUX-FUR THROW FROM @HOME (HOME.CO.ZA) AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY DOUGLAS EMERY; A LAMP FROM WOOLWORTHS (WOOLWORTHS.CO.ZA) STANDS OUT AGAINST THE BEDROOM’S STRIKING BLACK ACCENT WALL; INSPIRED BY THE TWO FLOOR-TO-CEILING GILDED MIRRORS LEFT IN THE APARTMENT BY THE ORIGINAL HOMEOWNER, THE BEZUIDENHOUTS HAVE INCORPORATED BRASS TOUCHES IN MOST OF THE ROOMS, AS SEEN IN THE VINTAGE MIRROR IN THE TWINS’ BATHROOM. THE DESIGN LETTERS CUPS BY ARNE JACOBSEN ARE FROM ANATOMY DESIGN.