GOING IN CIRCLES
chic Camps Bay bolthole
This compact apartment in Camps Bay not only boasts all the amenities, it features ultra-stylish furnishings that complement
the ocean views
hen Cape Town interior designer Karen Marsden was asked to decorate both the main house and the studio apartment of this Camps Bay home, she realised that she would have to treat each dwelling differently.
Known for her love of colour and the sense of fun and surprise that she brings to her work, she knew nevertheless that this self-contained space would need a different approach.
The massive double-height windows that offer a wonderful outlook over the sea of the ocean were the key. “The answer was to design interiors that were both cool and calm and would in no way detract from the extraordinary views,” she explains.
“Because it was such a square space, and because I didn’t want to clutter it with too many different textures, I decided to create interest with shapes,” says Karen. In the living area, she used small armless slipper chairs placed around a circular sea grass mat. Instead of a coffee table, she used two drum tables. “This gives an interesting view from the mezzanine – you see the round shapes of the rug and tables, as well as the glass top of the small dining table.”
She kept to neutral tones and placed emphasis on raw, natural surfaces. The very contemporary, simple design ref lects the shades of the sea and beach, visible through large windows. The palm trees, also seen through the picture windows, add a touch of green, which Karen echoed with bunches of foliage in glass vases.
Karen – who has been decorating for the past 13 years – started off in retail fashion. She believes that both clothing and decor demand the same skills: planning, organisation and strict budgeting. These are clearly evident in the careful planning of this bijou interior. All the owners’ guests require is a suitcase of clothes. From the fully equipped kitchen to the airy bedroom with desk-cum-dressing table, to the neat bathroom with its wall-hung vanity and walk-in shower, everything is on hand for the perfect stay.
WHO LIVES HEREAn Irish family who frequently holiday in South Africa.THE APARTMENTA self-contained studio flat adjoining a house in Camps Bay, Cape Town. It has a full kitchen, dining and living areas and a bathroom on the lower level. The bedroom is on the mezzanine floor.
THIS SPREAD, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Karen covered the two armless slipper chairs in the living room with white slipcovers. The two drum tables are from LIM and the striking artwork is by Cara Saven. Shelf-like steps lead to sliding doors that open on to a deck with fine views of Camps Bay beach.
THIS PAGE, FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: The kitchen is neatly fitted under the mezzanine floor. A small round table and two chairs don’t take up space visually, but are perfectly adequate for a dining area.
THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: A wall-hung cabinet in the bathroom keeps the floor space open and uncluttered.Wooden floors in the bedroom mezzanine area add warmth and are softened by a geometric rug. The combination of a desk from LIM and a wishbone chair from @home can be used as a dressing table or work area. The mirror is from Weylandts.
SOURCES @home home.co.za Cara Saven Wall Design carasaven.com Karen Marsden Interiors email@example.com LIM lim.co.za Weylandts weylandts.co.za