Fresh ideas: Old made new!

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Keen to revitalise your décor? Start with what you have – you’ll be surprised how much you can do with old planks, leftover tiles or forgotten trellises...

Photographs Francois Oberholster and Elza Cooper l Styling Marian van Wyk and Amanda van Wyngaardt

For good measure

A creative display of treasured measuring cups and spoons adds tons of charm and personality to Manuel and Jenny Cernades’ new kitchen in Linden, Johannesburg. “Some of these measuring spoons were passed down from my grannies, and others I have been collecting for over 30 years,” Jenny says. 

She took the top off an old table and used half of it to create the display board. Each item has its own nail keeping it in place and ready for use. Different coloured panels on the original wood make for interesting texture in the otherwise monochrome kitchen. The collection now has pride of place between two window frames made from recycled Oregon pine. 

A fresh coat of paint has given this wall, finished with a beautiful rose pattern back in 1935, a lovely contemporary aesthetic. 

White table from PEP Home; yellow scatter from Hermanus Factory Shop 

Paint colour: Plascon Paris Paving

Trendy trellis

Nadine Theron of Worcester isn’t a fan of bare walls. When the Therons replaced one of their old garden gates, she decided to repurpose its trelliswork. It now adorns a wall in her reading nook where it stands out beautifully against the grey wall. “I’m a ‘more is better’ type of person,” she says with a chuckle.

The nook is formed by an alcove in front of a window that gets wonderful morning sun. Nadine had an oversized ottoman custom made at a local upholsterer to fit the space so that two people can sit comfortably and read. The trelliswork also serves as a handy rack.  “I sometimes hang magazines or even books on the bars,” she says. 

Did you know?

Nadine was the winner of our 2019 Rookie Stylist competition. Do you have a cute corner in your home  that you’d love to share with us? Follow @tuishomemag and enter – there are weekly prizes up for grabs and the overall winner will receive a R15 000 voucher from MRP Home! 

Geometric tiles and floor tiles from CTM; splashback tiles from Quadrata; mirror from Delicious Display; wire rack from MRP Home

Make a splash

When Morné and Peter Foale decided to renovate the guest bathroom in their home in Bergvliet, old tiles from a previous bathroom renovation came in handy.  The leftover tiles were the perfect size for a splashback above the basin.

“We decided on a monochrome look and used 60 x 60cm black-and-white tiles on the floor,” says Morné, who describes her décor style as industrial with a touch of French flair. Geometric tiles on the floating shelf next to the basin echo the black-andwhite theme. 


CTM 010 003 9987

Delicious Display 021 448 7513

Hermanus Factory Shop 028 312 3265

MRP Home 0800 212 535

Orejen 083 303 3063

PEP Home 0860 737 000

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