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Photographs Francois Oberholster, Ed O’Riley, Greg Cox, Elsa Young/Bureaux l Styling Johané Neilson, Marian van Wyk and Nelia Andrag

When Johané and Allister Neilson moved into their new home in Durbanville, they decided to convert an unused outside loo into a small wine cellar. “The room, which opens into the study, is wonderfully cool and perfect for storing wine, but it’s tiny. To make maximum use of wall space, our builder made the door opening fairly narrow, with just enough room for a sliding door,” says Johané, Home’s food editor. “Instead of a conventional door, I first looked at installing a decorative laser-cut screen to complement the adjacent wall of artworks but it would have been quite costly. Luckily, Allister saw a door with shallow shelves on Pinterest and was inspired to build something similar. It not only provides extra storage for my cookbook collection, but it also looks beautiful!”Allister designed the sliding door-cum-shelf and The Board Store pre-cut the timber for him; the assembly afterwards was just a matter of gluing and screwing. The shelves, made of 18mm shutterply, were given two coats of white primer to allow the wood grain to show through slightly. Allister made the sliding track from stainless steel.

Asher Stoltz says he and his wife Gina were keen to create an unconventional home for themselves and their two sons, Tokyo and Ziggy. Their compact house in Johannesburg, designed by architect Gregory Katz, is a playful experiment in bright colours and interesting shapes, as can be seen in almost every room. In the kitchen – the focal point of the open-plan living area – the semi-circular shape of the eye-level cabinets complements the arched doors and windows throughout the house. The warm and striking peach colour also presents a quirky break from the more muted charcoals and neutrals in this space. Asher is a keen cook, as evidenced by his collection of recipe books. These are always close at hand in the built-in shelves of the kitchen island.  

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