Mar 142012

A com­ment on a recent posts was that there are now so many names for colours that we can scarcely keep up.  This reminded me of my friend Chaz, whose favourite colour is Char­treuse. It is noth­ing short of spec­tac­u­lar.

It is one of those colours that is hard to cat­e­gorise — not quite yel­low and not quite green.  Less sat­u­rated than lime, but not quite as dark as olive, Char­treuse  takes its name from the liqueur, a herbal con­coc­tion with a dis­tinc­tive taste to match its unusual color. Vibrant and fresh, it fits with all design styles and com­bines beau­ti­fully with a range of colours.  Much like pink, it is one of those colours you’ll either love or hate!

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Mar 132012

Built in the early 1990s in the secluded heart of Inanda in Johan­nes­burg, this Carmel Back-designed home was des­tined to become a mod­ern clas­sic. ‘It has good bones,’ says inte­rior designer San­dra Bowler, ‘and has stood the test of time.’ Fif­teen years on, how­ever, the own­ers felt that they wanted a change. The cou­ple had briefly con­sid­ered the idea of a new build or clus­ter, but they knew that their home’s loca­tion and clean, unclut­tered lines would be hard to beat. Instead they opted to enhance the exist­ing space and give it a lighter, more updated look.

Glass tables grouped together in the gar­den room. The custom-designed rug is from Paco and the black Twiggy lamp by Mark Sadler for Foscarini.

A char­coal sofa fab­ric helps anchor the double-volume space.

The guest room fea­tures sooth­ing white tones com­ple­mented by nat­ural hues.

The orig­i­nal dark gran­ite floor­ing was replaced with oiled oak floors.

The new break­fast room func­tions as a cosy din­ing space, or as a ‘servery’ when the own­ers enter­tain. The server, as well as the Eero Saari­nen Tulip chairs and table for Knoll, are all from Tonic

In the mas­ter bed­room a mir­rored wall reflects the green­ery beyond. The rug is from Paco, the metal­lic chest of draw­ers is from Block and Chisel Inte­ri­ors and the lamp is from La Grange Interiors.

Neu­tral colours cre­ate a calm feel­ing in the main bedroom.

Feb 282012

Beau­ti­ful shades of Aqua­ma­rine is mak­ing it’s appear­ance every­where.  Lovely in pas­tel or bold splendour.

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