A study separates the living areas from the bedroom; the barn door is locked at night for additional security. The barber chair belonged to Uncle Swannie, who used to cut Hilko and his brother’s hair when they were children. Years later, Hilko bought the chair from a successor at the salon for its sentimental value. “It still smelled like baby powder when I bought it,” Hilko says with a smile.
Photos Elza Cooper | Styling Amanda van Wyngaardt
Dit was a stroke of luck that led Hilko Johannsmeier to discover this house in Parkhurst on a Friday afternoon in 2013. All the estate agent had sent beforehand was a single unattractive photo of an ugly brown house with ‘lashes’ – two canopies over the windows on either side of the front door. But the price was right and the house was one of the most affordable he could find in this popular Johannesburg suburb.
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