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A Cape Town

stu­dio makeover

With a few clever changes, a dated Cape Town apart­ment was trans­formed into a bright, con­tem­po­rary home ideal for a young pro­fes­sional

aving vis­ited this apart­ment on a reg­u­lar ba­sis when her grand­mother lived there, Melissa Raath of­ten thought about how she would ren­o­vate it, if she ever moved there. Years later, when her fa­ther in­her­ited the apart­ment, she was able to put her ideas into prac­tice.

Typical of older apart­ments, it was a war­ren of small rooms all con­nected by doors. To help them im­prove it, they called in in­te­rior de­signer Melissa Lawrence of Stu­dio Melissa Louise. “I re­alised that with some rel­a­tively sim­ple changes, such as en­larg­ing the door­ways to form arch­ways, we could update the main liv­ing area and cre­ate a bright, airy, min­i­mal­ist feel,” says Melissa Lawrence.

She started with the kitchen and bath­room. By re­mov­ing the kitchen cab­i­nets and knock­ing out the wall be­tween it and the en­trance, the kitchen gained the il­lu­sion of more space.

To get more room in the 3,5m2 bath­room, the door was re­placed by a barn door on a track and the bath with a walk-in shower. She con­tin­ued the hexag­o­nal f loor tiles right through and com­bined these with metro tiles on the walls for a light, fresh ef­fect.

As Melissa prefers clean lines and min­i­mal­ist fur­nish­ings, she and the


in­te­rior de­signer chose a neu­tral pal­ette en­hanced by in­door plants. The re­sult is a tran­quil re­treat where she can es­cape and re­lax af­ter a busy day.

“Liv­ing in a small space has its chal­lenges and be­cause I don’t have a lot of room I have to limit my­self to the es­sen­tials and things that I re­ally love,” says Melissa. Her favourite area is the kitchen and finds that it’s be­come the per­fect place to host in­ti­mate din­ners.

By open­ing up the kitchen to the en­trance hall, in­te­rior de­signer Melissa Lawrence cre­ated an open-plan space. With un­dercounter space for stools, it’s be­come ideal for en­ter­tain­ing.WHO LIVES HEREMelissa Raath, a young work­ing pro­fes­sional who loves the out­doors and en­ter­tain­ing.THE APART­MENTA newly ren­o­vated 48m2 stu­dio apart­ment in the heart of Sea Point, Cape Town.

THIS PAGE, CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP LEFT: A cool pal­ette of white and grey cre­ates con­ti­nu­ity be­tween the liv­ing and sleep­ing ar­eas.A round ta­ble from Su­per­bal­ist serves both the bed­room and liv­ing spa­ces. They chose clean­lined fur­ni­ture such as the sofa from @home. A fid­dle-leaf fig adds a pop of green­ery.

THIS PAGE, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: The orig­i­nal par­quet floor­ing was re­stored. The chest of draw­ers was made by Pine Op­tions and the round mir­ror is fromCTM. Be­cause of a load-bear­ing col­umn, the lay­out of the bath­room couldn’t change but the bath was re­placed with a walk-in shower. The wall and floor tiles are from ON TAP. SOURCES @home CTM ON TAP on­ Pine Op­tions pi­neop­ Stu­dio Melissa Louise melissa­ Su­per­bal­ist su­per­bal­

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