Every house has a personality, shaped by the spirit of its occupants or by its location, or both. But sometimes a new approach is required in order to bring out the best qualities: an addition here, an update there – even, perhaps, complete gutting. When local designer Sue Bond was introduced to this house in Clifton, she was captivated by its magnificent setting, its clear potential and its soul.
‘Art is my passion and can uplift an ordinary space in an instant – invest in a special piece’ – Sue Bond
Originally an old-style Georgian house, with separate rooms, traditional doors and casement windows, the space was turned classically elegant with gracious columns and broad patios, after an extensive renovation. With a predominately monochrome palette, the effect is quietly dramatic, offset by touches that celebrate the modern and the unusual.
Sue Bond, interior decorator
The Georgian tradition of separated spaces was cleared out and everything was connected using an expanse of living areas, all interlinked with casual and formal options. The kitchen, as considered as other rooms, is the star attraction boasting a spectacular view of the sea from the conservatory.
Recreate this classic, monochrome space using our round-up of similar products found locally…
1. Victoria + Albert ‘Amiata’ Freestanding bath, R25 935 Lavo Bathroom Concepts
2. ‘PAAX2303’ Chandelier, R1 890, Eagle Lighting
3. White Metal Round Mirror, R8 995, Weylandts
4. Spanish Ginger Jar, R680, and Granada Ginger Jar, R340, both Moorgas & Waldron
5. Blanc de Noir ‘Imperial Journey’ fabric in Black and White, R855 per metre, Halogen International
6. Schumacher ‘Nanjing’ fabric in smoke, R3 107.41 per metre, St Leger & Viney
7. Anna French Lyric ‘Elliott Stripe’ wallpaper in Black and White, R2 686.07 per roll, St Leger & Viney
8. Upholstered ‘Shé’ Ottoman, from R4 995, Sofaworx