A Jo’burg clus­ter trans­formed into a serene fam­ily home

South African Garden and Home - - Contents - court­yard. en­trance

Ifound our new home com­pletely by chance,” says Anne Hart­mann. “I was house-hunt­ing for a friend, and we stopped to look at this clus­ter on the way to an­other prop­erty. It def­i­nitely spoke of the ’80s, but I saw the po­ten­tial right away. In the end we each bought a unit, so it was a very pro­duc­tive day out!”

Look­ing past any mi­nor f laws,

Anne was drawn to the build­ing’s strik­ing pro­por­tions. High ceil­ings cre­ate gen­er­ous, el­e­gant spa­ces, with the en­tire f low re­volv­ing around a cen­tral court­yard. “As a re­sult the qual­ity of light is fan­tas­tic – it reaches into every room, both on the ground f loor and up­stairs.” Anne at­tributes the Con­ti­nen­tal, al­most villa-like at­mos­phere to the Ital­ian builder. “It’s su­perbly fin­ished – the orig­i­nal mar­ble f loors and roll-down shut­ter win­dows are still in per­fect con­di­tion.” With so many of the ba­sics in place, they be­gan with the ar­eas that were no­tice­ably dated.

“The messi­est part was the com­plete over­haul of all the bath­rooms – up­dat­ing the look to a more time­less, clas­si­cal aes­thetic.” Tak­ing her cue from the wal­nut kitchen which the pre­vi­ous owner had in­stalled, Anne re­peated this tim­ber on all the van­i­ties.


Tiles from Mo­roc­can Ware­house add a dec­o­ra­tive note to the The stream­lined planters freed up space, the ta­ble and chairs were cus­tom made by TrenDIY. The ter­ra­cotta roof tiles add to the dis­tinctly Con­ti­nen­tal feel. Anne and Robert Hart­mann at the to their ren­o­vated clus­ter.

“Wall­pa­per is an ex­cel­lent choice for bath­rooms too – you can add pat­tern while still main­tain­ing a neu­tral pal­ette.”

Choos­ing one geo­met­ric pat­tern, Anne used it in the bath­rooms and kitchen, with a stronger shade for the lat­ter. “Re­peat­ing key el­e­ments is a good way to cre­ate a sense of co­he­sion. A bit like a bou­tique ho­tel, it be­comes a vis­ual sig­na­ture that runs through­out the house.”

The spa­cious kitchen is ad­ja­cent to the court­yard, per­fectly po­si­tioned for reg­u­lar gath­er­ings. “Apart from need­ing some TLC, there was very lit­tle wrong with the kitchen. We changed the wall­pa­per, had all the doors and draw­ers ser­viced, and in­te­grated a pair of fridges – one of which is ded­i­cated to drinks.” Keep­ing the look crisply neu­tral, Anne added modern black seat­ing to the ex­ist­ing kitchen is­land.

De­scrib­ing the court­yard as the pièce de ré­sis­tance, Anne trans­formed this or­di­nary thor­ough­fare into a dream space for en­ter­tain­ing. Re­duc­ing the size of the ex­ist­ing beds added ex­tra space, and the orig­i­nal f loor­ing was re­placed with dec­o­ra­tive Mo­roc­can tiles. Re­vamped box planters con­tain fresh green­ery, and string lights add a mag­i­cal touch. “We re­ally do live out here – it’s per­fect whether hot or cold, and it con­nects seam­lessly to all the liv­ing spa­ces.”

Fac­ing the gar­den and pool, a roomy cov­ered pa­tio is also well used – es­pe­cially by the cou­ple’s sons. “We in­stalled a large glass panel to sep­a­rate

the pool from the sit­ting area. It acts as a shield against wa­ter polo matches, and also pro­tects the space from rain and wind.” Here, as with all the en­ter­tain­ing spa­ces, Anne likes to add fra­grant can­dles, which she im­ports through her com­pany Grace Col­lec­tion.

Up­stairs, the main bed­room is a tran­quil haven of blues and cream – a pal­ette that Anne used through­out the house. “For me a home has to be calm and re­laxed. As a fam­ily we’re home bod­ies, and I’m hap­pi­est when there’s a sense of or­der. Af­ter count­less moves I try to stick to three rules: sur­round your­self only with things that are beau­ti­ful, prac­ti­cal or sen­ti­men­tal. Any­thing else tends to be­come clut­ter.” Hav­ing built and ren­o­vated nu­mer­ous homes, Anne ad­mits that this is the best de­signed of all. “From the cen­tral lo­ca­tion to the easy, in­ter­con­nected spa­ces, it’s been a com­plete joy for our fam­ily.”

THIS PAGE, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: The clas­si­cal din­ing room has a state­ment chan­de­lier from K. Light Im­port. The Her­itage chairs are from Hart­mann & Kep­pler. Hamp­ton Trel­lis wall­pa­per from Home Fab­rics and chairs from @home up­dated the ex­ist­ing kitchen. The pen­dant lights are from K. Light Im­port.


THIS PAGE, FROM TOP TO BOT­TOM: Anne’s love of pale blues and cream is ev­i­dent in the liv­ing room. The sea­grass rug is from Hart­mann & Kep­pler and the an­tique bu­reau came from France. An L-shaped sofa from Com­fort Cre­ations pro­vides seat­ing on the pa­tio.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.