is one of the most dramatic revamps I have done in a while.
The basic structure of this beach cottage the KZN South Coast
remained the same but the interior had undergone a remarkable
transformation. The Johannesburg owners approached me via
my website then communicated via phone calls, and the rest
My brief was to transform an ugly beach bungalow
into something that would reflect the lush foliage outside
and convey a relaxed, calm and yet upmarket atmosphere. As
it is a holiday home the owners did not want to spend a great
deal of money and so they set a tight budget.
We painted all the interior walls in a subtle
stone shade and the dark exposed roof beams and ceiling as
well as the brown internal doors and trims a fresh white.
The floor was left as is to retain the rustic charm of the
New lighting was added to diffuse the light
that only came from the centre of the ceiling in each room.
The bathrooms and kitchen were gutted and revamped.
After sorting out all the hard stuff I could
then concentrate on adding interest in each room. Client specifically
did not want the usual blue/white seaside colour scheme, and
I couldn't agree more! Using a simple colour scheme of mainly
stone, white and green with some coral I added colour in every
room and visual interest with the use of shells, mother-of-pearl
mosaic mirrors, lamps, baskets, rugs and other small items.
The end result is a fun, modern space that
has a definite identity, and reflects the scenery outside,
is inviting and a real home away from home.