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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 home.co.za CTM ctm.co.za ON TAP ontap.co.za Pine Options pineoptions.co.za Studio Melissa Louise melissalouise.co.za Superbalist superbalist.co.za