Our Holiday Home Reveal Part 3 : Master bedroom and bathrooms


Our Holiday Home Reveal Part 3 : Master bedroom and bathrooms


Work has been so ridiculously busy the past two weeks that I haven’t been on the blog much. We are working on some great new projects which I look forward to sharing on here in the coming weeks but for now, I’m conscious that I still owe you guys more room reveals from our new holiday home. So whilst the family are chilling in the pool this weekend morning, I’ve started to type this post on my iPad whilst nursing a virgin mojito. Multitasking at its best.

I’m going to show you what we did with the master bedroom and it’s en-suite bathroom – and since the guest bathroom has been done in the same style, I’ll add that in here too.


That big old four poster bed from Weylandts was not an easy decision for the master bedroom but we are really happy with it in this space. I had seen this bed used in other spaces by my sister-in-law who’s a decorator so I was familiar with it and loved its simple style. I was worried though that it might clutter the room and spoil the airy atmosphere, but we decided to go with it in the end and it’s such a good fit. I found the concrete side tables at Coricraft and love how they look next to the raw wood bed frame and those brass wall lamps that I carried in my luggage from Dubai-based online store, The Bowery Company.

The dresser was sourced from @home and is such a good match. My long search for a large mirror with a super slim frame paid off when I found Durban-based Arkivio and their range of custom products. I can’t compliment the quality of this workmanship enough.  Smaller accessories included that gloriously soft Hertex throw on the bed and scatter cushions from another one of my new favorites, Novella Design. The hide on the floor is from Leisure Lounge and they have a great selection – as does Hides of Africa.


Both bathrooms in the apartment were a complete gut job – we changed everything from flooring and wall tiles to baths, showers, vanities and taps! I shared my plans for the bathroom here when we first started planning the renovation and I find it’s always so interesting to look back at the ideas you had for something after it’s all done. I think we really stuck to the plans on this one and I can honestly say that the bathrooms are just what I wanted them to be.

Getting to the end goal isn’t always smooth sailing – we had a few challenges in master bathroom (I won’t bore you with the details but they involved floor levels and concealing plumbing that was previously above floor level). It meant that we needed a step up into the bathroom from the wardrobe area which I wasn’t thrilled about initially – but now that it’s all done, I barely even notice it.  Heaven help anyone who tried to convince my mid-renovation self that it was going to be no big deal in the end ; )

The herringbone subway tile on the walls presented it’s own set of complications but we stuck with it, despite some areas having to be redone more than once. We chose a matte version with no bevel on the edge and white grouting. We also opted to tile only the areas that were absolutely necessary and left all other walls as just painted. For the flooring, we chose a beautiful light grey terrazzo look tile. All the brassware is from the Hansgrohe range and we are thrilled with the quality of the fittings. That Rain shower is everything!

The freestanding bath tub is from Victoria + Albert Baths. We needed to find a small tub that was 1500 mm or less and the Vetralla fit the specifications perfectly. I love this bath so much. I am also really happy that we included the alcove above the bath mixer, not only because it looks great but it’s so functional. And don’t even get my started on how obsessed I am with the Victoria Verbaan print leaning on the ledge.

There was much back and forth on whether we should build a custom cabinets with on-counter basins for the vanity areas vs installing something ready-made. The ready-made vanities won in the end because it worked out to be more economical and I love the space that the deep drawers offer. We picked the Milan vanity from the Clear Cube range for the master bathroom and something a little smaller for the guest / kids bathroom.


The last two visuals below are of the second bathroom which sits in the passage between the guest room and the kids room. It has a built in bath and a smaller shower and basin area but all the finishes are the same.

Next reveal will be the guest bedroom and the kids room.

Kathryn Hawkes

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  • Amanda 09/12/2018 at 12:14 PM

    Gorgeous! I love your idea! So lovely. Keep it up.

  • Chivonne Dorgan 05/11/2018 at 5:46 PM

    Hi there,

    I absolutely love your bathrooms. Would you mind sharing your floor tile supplier – I’m searching for something similar for our house.

    • Kathryn Hawkes 05/11/2018 at 10:00 PM

      hello Chivonne, thanks so much. we got our floor tiles from Malls Tiles in Durban. Ask for Ncumisa – she is super helpful ; )

  • Megan 29/10/2018 at 11:15 PM

    I have no words! Everything looks so beautiful and clean.

  • Olga 22/10/2018 at 12:37 PM

    Love it! So simple and elegant!

    What color paint did you use in the main bedroom?

  • Jane Gregson Walters 29/09/2018 at 4:41 PM

    It is all simply stunning. Well done.

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