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A busi­ness­man’s

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 amat­ Block & Chisel blockand­ For­estFloor­ing forest­floor­ Her­tex her­ Mavro­mac & Gatehouse mavro­macan­dthe­gate­ Mor­gan As­so­ci­ates mor­ganas­so­ci­ Pro­furn Con­tracts pro­furn­con­ Reb­tex reb­ The Pri­vate House Com­pany pri­vate­ Three Sixty De­signs 083 963 7751 Wey­landts wey­

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.

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