If you asked me what the best thing is about this apartment, it is without a doubt the two generous living spaces. One of the reasons we loved this property when we first saw pictures of it was it’s large outside patio area and the fact that the previous owners had installed custom sliding doors to enclose the space. Enclosing this area has pretty much doubled the living space of the apartment, allowing for a second lounge and large dining area that feels authentically al fresco when those large sliding doors are wide open.
The two living areas merge into one another and we have kept both living spaces intentionally simple in style with a neutral palette and an interesting mix of materials and textures. The inside area has a round concrete dining table just off the kitchen area that functions as a breakfast table and the centre of the home. I love the contrast of the wooden chairs with the woven seats against the concrete.
The lounge is decorated with a large, comfy sofa, a Bamileke Stool for a coffee table, a gorgeous Nguni Hide and statement armchair that I found right in the neighbourhood (see my post of Kipekee Studio). And then there’s the cushions I fell in love with from Cape-based Novella and my old favourite, Inside Out Home Boutique.
The four meter custom cabinet that runs along the one wall multitasks as a TV bench on the lounge side and a dining server on the other end of the room, where my black wall light takes pride of place. As it should (since I carried it from Dubai as hand luggage). The floating cabinet with handleless doors offers plenty of practical storage and completes the minimalist feel I was aiming for.
We covered the old flooring on the outside patio with a cement screed that has made all the difference in this area. It’s honestly my favourite place to be in the apartment. The long painted grey dining table and benches on the patio provide ample room for dinner parties with a view – and those pendants above it are one of my favourite finds from my lengthly sourcing efforts.