The savvy cos­metic changes Cindy Gra­vante made when up­dat­ing her Gra­ham­stown house won her sec­ond prize in our#Don­tMoveIm­prove on­line com­pe­ti­tion

South African Garden and Home - - Makeovers -


“I have fond mem­o­ries of this house,” says Cindy Gra­vante (pic­tured). “It be­longed to a school friend and I went to sleep­overs and pool par­ties there. When it came on the mar­ket, I was de­lighted that my hus­band also loved

it and its sweep­ing views.” How­ever, along with the plusses, there were some prob­lem ar­eas. “The house had old, dated car­pets, the fire­place in the liv­ing room was off cen­tre and the kitchen was rather dark and gloomy,” she re­calls.


An in­te­rior de­signer, Cindy had lots of ideas for mak­ing im­prove­ments. “I en­joy cre­at­ing warm, wel­com­ing spa­ces that are or­gan­ised, stylish and func­tional. The first things to go were the car­pets. For­tu­nately, there was par­quet f loor­ing un­der­neath, which we had sanded and fin­ished with a light white­wash for a beachy feel,” she says.

“As the liv­ing room was rather bland, I painted one wall a rich blue. To solve the fire­place prob­lem, I an­chored it with a round mir­ror and to make its po­si­tion less ob­vi­ous, I added f loat­ing shelves on ei­ther side. I filled the gap on the one side with a tall lamp so that the room seems more bal­anced.”

To brighten the kitchen, Cindy de­cided to re­move some of the wall­mounted cab­i­nets and up­date the rest by paint­ing them white and chang­ing the han­dles. “To re­place the lost stor­age space, I in­stalled f loat­ing shelves in nat­u­ral wood which looks much more mod­ern,” she ex­plains. Blue and white pat­terned tiles and new pen­dant lights added the fin­ish­ing touches. “We’re plan­ning to ex­tend the kitchen so we de­cided to keep the ex­ist­ing coun­ter­tops for now.”

SOURCES Cindy Gra­vante cindy­gra­van­tein­te­ri­ors.word­press.com or face­book.com/cindy­gra­van­tein­te­ri­ors or 078 786 9659 CTM ctm.co.za Sorin Franche sor­in­franche.com Su­per­bal­ist su­per­bal­ist.com

BE­FORETHIS SPREAD, LEFT TO RIGHT:The large round mir­ror was cus­tom­made by Sorin Franche. It draws the eye so you don’t no­tice that the fire­place is of­f­cen­tre. Cindy trans­formed the dated kitchen by re­mov­ing some of the wall­mounted cab­i­nets, which she re­placed with mod­ern float­ing shelves. The re­main­ing cab­i­nets were painted white and fit­ted with new han­dles. The pat­terned tiles on the splash­back are from CTM and the pen­dants from Su­per­bal­ist.


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