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