Tuesday, January 22

A talent for decor

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A Sea Point penthouse has been transformed into a dream home for a creative couple.

Louise Day (her professional surname) is a musician/singer/songwriter who is launching an agency named Hello Talent to promote Cape Town’s finest musical abilities.

“I work in Cape Town, Joburg and other parts of the country. As I travel quite frequently, it is important that my home is my sanctuary. I also often work from home, and enjoying my environment helps me to be productive and creative,” she says.

“We have one crazy cat, Benson, who makes us laugh constantly and two goldfish, Celine and Connor.”

Husband Dean is the creative director of his own advertising agency. It is a busy, fast-paced environment in which to work and the days are long and demanding, he says.

“The best part of coming home is opening a well-deserved beer on our balcony and watching the sunset. We also enjoy entertaining and often have friends over for dinner. We love being in the hub of Sea Point, appreciate being close to the bustling Main Road and enjoy the outdoor lifestyle Sea Point offers.”

What made you choose Sea Point?

Louise: Having both grown up in the southern suburbs it was the natural progression to move to the Atlantic Seaboard for a different experience.

We both had apartments in Sea Point. When we got married at the beginning of the year I sold mine and we moved into Pepper Tree Penthouse. We chose Sea Point as it is one of the best places to live – the lifestyle, restaurants, all our friends are here, and it is close to Cape Town central.

Dean: We were brought up in family homes so we were both used to having space. One of the things that encouraged me to buy Pepper Tree Penthouse was the 40m² balcony which makes indoor/outdoor living easy.

What did it look like then, compared with to what it looks like now?

Louise: When I moved in it was very much a bachelor pad. We started updating it a few months ago by repainting, new furniture and fittings, redoing the balcony, creating the studio and redecorating the bedrooms. We are still working on the bathrooms, which will be done last.

Dean: When Louise moved in we decided it was important to make it our home, so we started putting our dream home together. I love DIY and Louise has got into it too. On weekends you will see us working on our home, me with my tool kit and Louise painting. We love buying old furniture and repurposing it.

What are your decor inspirations?

Louise: We love a vintage, older look. We were inspired by French design and decor and we wanted to incorporate this into our home. Our desire was to create an elegant, beautiful space. We also love colour, so you notice pops of bold colours throughout the apartment.

Dean: My mother, Sue Lederle, is an interior designer. I was brought up in beautiful spaces thanks to her talent. We ask her advice often and she always has great ideas.

What dictates your style?

Louise: Classic furniture pieces, French-inspired, neutrals and pops of colour. Nothing too expensive.

Dean: Antiques, beautiful colours and creating a space that feels like home. We spent a lot of time going to antique shops and antique markets for beautiful, different pieces.

Louise in her studio in Pepper Tree Penthouse. Picture: Bheki Radebe/ANA

What things of beauty in your home please you most?

Louise: I love the chandeliers in the bedroom and office. One is from France the other from a shop in Woodstock.

Dean: Everything in our home has some meaning to us. We love travelling and the overseas furniture markets have many treasures. I love our antique espresso cups which we found in a market in Ajaccio in Corsica. Every time we enjoy our morning coffee we are transported back to that happy moment on holiday.

What are the things with which you like to surround yourselves?

Louise: No home is complete without roses so you will always see plants in our home. Dean is the expert at keeping all the plants alive.

Dean: Our home is a beautiful environment. Louise loves lighting candles. I always think it looks its best in the evening with the candles, roses and setting sun.

What are your favourite things about your home?

Louise: I adore the copper theme in the lounge. One of my favourites is the beautiful copper lights over the kitchen area. In the bedroom, I love the yellow and blue and its elegant feel.

Dean: I love the chequered balcony and entertainment space. It’s perfect for a beer and braai with mates.

Is it a shared vision, or does one have more influence?

Louise: Our vision is shared. We love the same things so it is easy to decorate together. Dean is a handyman whiz and that makes it easier to get things done.

Dean: Louise and I work together on the house and it is our fun project. We spend many hours deciding where to look for our next furniture find or with the tool kit fixing up areas of the house.

Are you happy with how it is right now, or do you have plans to make more changes?

Louise: Dean teases me as I have never finished decorating. As soon as the drought has abated we want to expand the garden. We also are about to redo the bathrooms. We are going to incorporate a Moroccan tile with clean white finish.

Dean: Louise is never done decorating. We are going to create an undercover dining area on the balcony, which I think would finish off that area nicely.

Louise will be playing a sunset session at Waterford Estate, Stellenbosch, on October 27. “Bring a picnic and enjoy music from the band and me and delicious wine,” she says. Tickets are R80. Buy two and receive a complimentary bottle of wine. Booking is essential. Info: www.waterfordestate.co.za/estate/ or http://louisedayband.com/about/

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