TWICE AS NICE
pied-à-terre in Pretoria
Reworking the footprint of a Pretoria home resulted in this elegant self-contained cottage
resented with an established, roomy home in Waterkloof, Pretoria, interior designer Tanja Beyers of Profurn Contracts was asked to create a separate, self-contained unit for the owner.
“My client lives between the UK, Switzerland and South Africa,” she explains. “It made sense to rent out
the main space and make a small f latlet for the client, so we completely rejigged the f loor plan to accommodate a twobedroom pied-à-terre.”
Tanja’s main challenge was the lack of natural light. Furthermore, when they broke up the space, a new structural beam resulted in a lower than usual ceiling height. “Keeping to a neutral palette helped to open up the interior. I also used the three mirrors in the living room to help increase the available light.”
While the look is intentionally masculine, Tanja included softer accents to make the cottage feel like home. “My client travels extensively in Africa and loves the bush,” she says. “We wanted to allude to an outdoor safari feel, yet chose to keep it practical and free of clutter.” Solid timber f loors from Forest Flooring were used throughout, except for the guest bathroom, which is tiled. In the living room, Tanja added texture with a large sisal rug from Rebtex, as well as a leather armchair from The Private House Company. A pair of ceramic animal trophies form a focal point above a custom-made leather sofa.
“It’s a compact layout, so we kept the main bedroom clean-lined and mostly neutral.” Tall wall mirrors enhance a feeling of space, while a statement scatter in Galagos fabric from Mavromac echoes a series of black and white artworks.
Optimising the bedroom’s view, Tanja created a new decked courtyard space, which she decorated with timber fish sculptures from Amatuli.
From the highly practical kitchen with its concealed laundry, to the quirky entrance hall wallpapered in Collection from Hertex, it’s an easy-going, welcoming base.
Interior designer Tanja Beyers paired a leatherand timber armchair from The Private House Company with a custom-made, overscaled leather sofa in the living room. The animal trophies fromWeylandts and metal tables add texture.
WHO LIVES HEREA businessman who commutes between South Africa and Europe.THE APARTMENTA self-contained two-bedroom cottage with an open-plan living space and a compact courtyard.
THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT:A courtyard was created between the main house and the cottage. Tanja added mirrors from Block & Chisel to bring light into the living room.The kitchen, designed by Three Sixty Designs, features an integrated wine fridge and concealed appliances. The stools are from Weylandts and the pendants from Morgan Associates.
THIS PAGE, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:Hertex’s Collection wallpaper was used in the entrance hall. Tanja converted an armoire into a mirrored drinks cabinet that can be kept closed when not in use.The compact guest bathroom has a sliding door to save space.
SOURCES Amatuli amatuli.co.za Block & Chisel blockandchisel.co.za ForestFlooring forestflooring.co.za Hertex hertex.co.za Mavromac & Gatehouse mavromacandthegatehouse.co.za Morgan Associates morganassociates.co.za Profurn Contracts profurncontracts.com Rebtex rebtexrsa.com The Private House Company privatehouse.co.za Three Sixty Designs 083 963 7751 Weylandts weylandts.co.za
THIS PAGE, FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: The main bedroom has wall-mounted mirrors to enhance the sense of space. The ceramic bedside lamp is from Block & Chisel.The existing bathroom was freshened up with a circular mirror and fabric blinds.