Changing Spaces Interior Design

A Calming Vista

It’s such a delight to look out over the ocean and mountains,” say Bobby and Joy Neethling of their newly renovated apartment in Blouberg Beach, Cape Town. While the breathtaking views first attracted the couple to the apartment, the interior left much to be desired.

“As she’d worked on one of our previous homes, we asked interior designer Cheryl Herweg of Changing Spaces to give our apartment a new look and feel,” says Joy.

The couple was moving from a large home, so Cheryl needed to accommodate sufficient storage space and also prevent the apartment from feeling boxed in. “Luckily the structure was fine, so I could easily make it fresh and contemporary by using a more modern colour scheme throughout,” explains Cheryl.

She began by lengthening the entrance hall in order to extend the kitchen. “I covered this wall with grasscloth wallpaper to give it depth and texture, and hung the clients’ artwork for a more personal feel.” She also designed a large display unit for the opposite wall and added mirrored panels to reflect light and make the area
appear larger.

The armchairs in the living room were in good condition, so they were covered in a new fabric to match the rest of the home. For the kitchen, Joy and Bobby asked for plenty of storage space and an island. “Essentially I needed to fit a large kitchen into a small space,” laughs Cheryl, who rearranged the floor plan.

The colours and textures also played a key role in keeping the kitchen uncluttered. “The white cabinets look fresh as do the solid grey glass splashbacks.” “We can’t get over the transformation. It’s an absolute pleasure to cook in,” says Joy. As the views of the Atlantic Ocean and Table Mountain dominate the apartment, Cheryl introduced a soft colour palette of blues and neutrals. “It works beautifully.

With the seascape and lends the apartment a light and spacious atmosphere. White is an amazing accent as anything you put against it immediately comes to life and looks brighter.” To create a flow from one room to the next, Cheryl installed the same flooring throughout. “I chose a vinyl from Table Bay Florstore as it’s very durable and works well in wet areas like the kitchen and bathroom,” she explains. To demarcate each room, she used eye-catching rugs. large pieces of furniture and striking light fittings. “I like to work with a variety of textures to give rooms visual interest.” “Having an interior decorator on board helped us to make the right design choices,” says Joy. “We love spending time at home and feel so comfortable and relaxed here.”