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An ul­tra-

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 karen@karen­mars­den­in­te­ri­ors.co.za LIM lim.co.za Wey­landts wey­landts.co.za

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