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pro­fes­sional’s stylish apart­ment

A mod­est-sized apart­ment in Cape Town’s in­ner city shows off its ex­pan­sive side af­ter some de­sign sleight of hand

The say­ing “Good things come in small pack­ages” could hardly be bet­ter ex­em­pli­fied than by this Tam­boer­skloof, Cape Town, apart­ment. Oc­cu­py­ing a cov­etable niche near the city’s pul­sat­ing Kloof Street, it spans a mere 60m2, and yet it con­tains all the req­ui­site func­tions and fa­cil­i­ties of a home. The owner, who is in the cre­ative in­dus­try, wanted to put his sig­na­ture stamp on the space be­fore mov­ing in and sought the help of in­te­rior de­signer Kim­ber­ley Rich­mond of Beautiful Spa­ces. It was a good match: there was a strong syn­ergy be­tween the pair as they both en­vi­sioned the same in­dus­trial, ‘city’ feel for the prop­erty.

Since space was con­strained, ev­ery de­tail had to count. “We had to be very clever with the de­sign aes­thet­ics to make it feel as large as pos­si­ble,” ex­plains Kim­ber­ley.

Her idea was to make the apart­ment a user-friendly space – with­out ex­tra­ne­ous fur­nish­ing that would get in the way. The owner had only one stip­u­la­tion: the decor had to in­clude his beloved sofa (a stal­wart from his pre­vi­ous homes). Kim­ber­ley’s ob­jec­tive was to re­move as much of the clut­ter as she could, in­stall func­tional yet stylish cab­i­netry and keep ev­ery­thing as light and bright as pos­si­ble.

The in­dus­trial feel was in­cor­po­rated in de­sign-smart ways that con­trib­uted to open­ing up the space. All the doors were re­placed with barn doors, which were cus­tom-de­signed and man­u­fac­tured by Kim­ber­ley’s team. The floor­ing was orig­i­nally par­quet, which gave the rooms a dark and gloomy cast. Kim­ber­ley sanded it down and painted it grey, which still re­spected the par­quet el­e­ment, but in a sub­tler way. The floor­ing in the back room had de­graded over the years, so she opted to screed that in­stead.

The orig­i­nal built-in kitchen cab­i­netry was solid and over­sized. To cre­ate a dis­tinc­tive de­sign feel and com­ple­ment the over­all aes­thetic, the owner and Kim­ber­ley chose dark cab­i­nets, in­cor­po­rat­ing wood and pen­dant lights. The apart­ment was too small for a din­ing ta­ble so Kim­ber­ley added a ta­ble-cum­work sur­face.

“We re­duced the size of the orig­i­nal kitchen to open up the space and did the same in the bed­room, in­stalling open­plan cup­boards.”

The bath­room was “re­ally small” – 2m x 2,5m – so the challenge was to cre­ate some turn-around space and still have a de­cent-sized shower and basin. White metro tiles were laid to give a feel of light­ness, while the hexag­o­nal floor tiles, black taps and bath­room fix­tures add a stylish touch. The van­ity was made of wood for tex­ture.

The orig­i­nal in­ten­tion was for the bed­room wall to be ex­posed brick, says Kim­ber­ley, “but when we started open­ing it up, we dis­cov­ered black block bricks be­hind, so we had to come up with an al­ter­na­tive plan.” The so­lu­tion was to use wall­pa­per.

All the walls were painted white, which pro­vided a good blank can­vas for what

Kim­ber­ley had in mind. “It’s amaz­ing what can be achieved with the in­clu­sion of some fea­ture walls,” she says.

Con­struc­tion was com­pleted in Oc­to­ber 2017 and all that was left was to add the per­fect final touches – beds, side ta­bles and invit­ingly soft fur­nish­ings, largely from Her­tex.

WHO LIVES HEREA young pro­fes­sional in the cre­ative in­dus­try.THE APART­MENTA ren­o­vated two-bed­room, one-bath­room apart­ment in Tam­boer­skloof, Cape Town with an open-plan kitchen and liv­ing area and a bal­cony.

THIS SPREAD, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:The ta­ble in the kitchen area dou­bles as a work sta­tion. The pen­dant light­ing and chairs are from Beautiful Spa­ces.En­hanc­ing the liv­ing area is a strik­ing fea­ture wall in Tessa Sonik Fab­rics'Tra­di­tion wall­pa­per, which off­sets the warm tones of the sofa and soft fur­nish­ings from Her­tex. El­e­gant and min­i­mal­ist, the fur­ni­ture was cho­sen to keep clut­ter to a min­i­mum on the bal­cony.

THIS SPREAD, CLOCK­WISE FROM LEFT: A view into the kitchen area. Slid­ing barn doors add to the in­dus­trial feel. The orig­i­nal par­quet floor­ing was sanded down and painted grey. The open-fronted wardrobe in the main bed­room was made by Beautiful Spa­ces. The main bed­room is punc­tu­ated with a wall­pa­pered fea­ture wall. The throws and scat­ters are from Her­tex. The guest bed­room con­tin­ues the theme of sub­tle tex­ture and un­der­stated style. The bath­room ap­pears larger than it is – an im­pres­sion ob­tained by the pre­dom­i­nance of glass. A wooden van­ity adds warmth to an oth­er­wise glossy space.

SOURCES Beautiful Spa­ces beau­ti­ Her­tex her­ Tessa Sonik Fab­rics tes­sas­

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