Win­ning third place in our #Don­tMoveIm­prove com­pe­ti­tion, Savva Pafi­tis used colour and ac­ces­sories to glam up his grand­mother’s bed­room

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“My grand­mother’s room was very plain and old fash­ioned,” says Jo’burg graphic and in­te­rior de­signer Savva Pafi­tis. His ‘clients’, his mother and fa­ther, wanted some­thing more glam­orous for the room that Savva de­scribes as “a granny bed­room in ev­ery sense of the word”.


He pre­sented them with three mood boards so nec­es­sary de­ci­sions could be made. “While neu­tral taupe and stone form the ba­sis of this makeover, our love of Art Deco inf lu­ences, hints of Ori­en­tal and In­dian pat­terns, pops of rich jewel tones and must-keep heir­looms had to be in­cor­po­rated into the de­sign,” he says.

A teal fea­ture wall works as a dra­matic back­drop to a glam­orous Art Deco-in­spired head­board that Savva had cus­tom made. “The head­board was quite a chal­lenge as it kept ar­riv­ing with mul­ti­ple fab­ric joins in each cor­ner. I in­ter­vened on the third at­tempt and de­vised guide­lines on how to con­struct it so it looked as though it was made from one con­tin­u­ous piece of fab­ric,” Savva ex­plains.

New pedestals with crys­tal knobs were in­tro­duced and tall glass bed­side lights lend them­selves to the theme and don’t block the framed pho­tos and art­work.

Lux­ury was in­cor­po­rated with soft fur­nish­ings such as the quilted bed­spread and vel­vet and pais­ley-pat­terned scat­ters. “The cush­ions are dou­ble-sided so the mood can change from calm to dar­ing if de­sired,” says Savva.

He then up­dated the oc­ca­sional chair by re­uphol­ster­ing it in two dif­fer­ent vel­vets and hung four decor-in­spired art­works he cre­ated above it.

Sen­ti­men­tal pho­tos and ob­jects that hark back to a by­gone era are dis­played on a dark wood dresser, and a large mir­ror above it ref lects light and en­hances the sense of space.

Now the room is a dra­matic, so­phis­ti­cated space that’s also calm­ing. “My grand­mother un­for­tu­nately never got to see the fin­ished re­sult, but I know she would have ap­proved!” says Savva.

A fea­ture wall in Plas­con’s Stormy Fore­cast high­lights the cus­tom­made Art Deco head­board.BE­FORE

THIS PAGE, CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP LEFT:The scat­ter cush­ions fea­ture dif­fer­ent fab­rics on the front and back so the look can change when de­sired. The glass lamps are from Block & Chisel. A fam­ily heir­loom, the chair fea­tures two Her­tex fab­rics. The quilted bed­spread is in Slubby Silk (Pearl) from Her­tex.

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