MJS Private Residence

A busy, leading legal eagle gave me a briefing to upgrade his home, which was an 100 year old house in a suburb in Johannesburg. The owner had several good pieces of original artworks and some interesting antique/reproduction furniture which formed the basis of this eclectic make-over. Walls in the house were removed to allow more light and a feeling of space into the areas where needed. The introduction of bright colours and patterns worked well to bring new life to old favourites, but his penchant for pastels was kept intact by allowing these softer hues in the main bedroom/study. The kitchen was a dreary, worn-out brown finish with small size floor tiles in beige... these were removed and marble tiles in an off-white were laid, instantly lifting the area and bringing a solid feel to the room. The surrounding brown cupboards were paint-effected in tones of washed biscuit and raw umber, creating a genuine antique-feel to balance some of the owner's other items. Harmony was thus achieved between plain, boring old-time look and the eclectic use of art and furniture in the other rooms of the house.
MJS Private Residence, Johannesburg
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Pics by Designer - Using the client's original artworks, simple but comfy bedding and furniture were made to compliment the unusual pastel hues of the art. Eastern design scatter cushions provided a bit of sheen.
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Pic by Designer - Eastern handwoven rugs offset antique side chairs with striped throw to bring out colours in the artwork above the bed. Bedroom is adjoined by private study and screening room for videos and music.
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Pics by Designer - In the reading room that adjoins the dining area and media room, an original oil painting is offset by eastern elements in the pouffe and rug. Interesting ethnic objet draw the attention.
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Pics by Designer - Part of the Library, with the influence of English red brick in a working fireplace brings warmth to the person reading or eating in the adjoining dining room. Earthy tones and simplicity keep things clean.
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Pics by Designer - In the 2nd bedroom, colours were kept bright and fun, as the sofa was also a bed for weekend visits by teenagers. Fabrics used were practical and room design kept simple to maximise limited space.
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Pics by Designer - Here the Library and Media Room are divided by oregon pine, leaded glass doors, which lend an antique feel to the space. Reproduction rattan chairs provide seating without taking up too much space. The boldly patterned eastern rug brings interest, as do the ethnic objet.
“chairs” — newton1215
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Pic by Designer - A closer look at the antique oregon pine room-dividing doors, with their beautiful, leaded glass squares.
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Pic by Designer - A closer look at the bright effect that introducing the eastern rug to this room has. Reproduction rattan chairs and leather sofa in traditional style bring solidarity to the room, which is whimsically off-set by the wrought iron and glass coffee table.
“Shape and style with oriental rug” — varsenault
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Pic by Designer - Glass bricks used as a dividing wall between this paint-effected kitchen and the scullery allows for plenty of light to brighten the space. The cupboards were old, wood-look before and have been given a lovely distressed patina to show off the stunning marble tiles. Whimsical wrought iron and wood bar-cafe table and chairs are the ideal place to have a qui...More
“good idea” — Kitty Yu
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Pic by Designer - The paint-effected old cupboards take on a new life in this renovated kitchen. New hardware was added to enhance the antique look and modern appliances in chrome/black were placed. The dark brown skirtings were a good demarcation between cupboards and marble tiles and add some punch to the overall look.
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Pic by Designer - This hob and under-counter oven replaced an old stand-alone stove. The granite counter-tops brought the kitchen up-to-date with its practicality and warmth. The hob back wall was cladded, using resin strips to emulate riven [natural stone], which is not practical to use here where cooking vapours could cause staining.
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Pic by Designer - A modern steel finish fridge/freezer was placed in an added alcove and a new wine cabinet was built to extend the existing cupboards in this kitchen, thus completing the overall look.
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Pic by Designer - Eastern rattan dining chairs offset the 'boardroom' dining table and are in keeping with the eclectic feel of this home renovation. New cool tiles were laid, and bright orange faux silk drapes were added to bring the colours of the home together and to add warmth.
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Pic by Designer - Clever use of a discarded boardroom table made this unusual dining setting interesting. The adjoining library is a great place for after-dinner coffee or liqueurs. Wrought iron chandelier and candles provide lighting for either large or intimate dinners.
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