SOLD ~ ONE OF A FIND collection #9.
retro sideboard revamped and restored as a bathroom vanity.
Price: R 7500
What happens when a creative director, fashion buyer and a sustainability guru all get together? One hell of a lot of creative ideas and one beautiful looking apartment with a shed load of energy saving bulbs!
Mrs Rebels with a Cause was one of my first buyers when I was directing a merchandise team for an online retailer, and when she asked if I would run this project for them, I was more than honored to take on the work. Her sister in law was back from New York and was the perfect compliment to this team to add valuable insight and creative direction to the project.
As a couple, they are the perfect mix between sophistication and surfing, with a creative flair that rides between boho chic and uber NY trends. Their apartment is real estate gold, covering close to 500 sq/m on the Atlantic seaboard, but whilst in good condition, it was dated all the way back to the 80s. Tiled floors, mirrors galore and weird boxing everywhere made the bathrooms and kitchen feel cramped. What they needed was a space that reflected their love of the world, more Bali and less Dallas.
It’s been far too long time since we posted one of our completed projects. Truth be told, 2017 was a fast paced marathon to year end closing, and we started off 2000 and greateen seriously running. When I say running, I’m not talking about a gentle jog through the forest, I’m referring to something out of a horror film where the girl is racing, crying and screaming, whilst being chased by some monster. Get the picture?
I’ve been so excited to post our stage 1 completion of Mr and Mrs North and South’s magnificent home, since we completed last November. The landscaping part of the project is still underway and should be completed end April.
For me, this project truly epitomises why I started LLD and do what I do. Working with interesting clients, with a sense of style, who understand good functional design.
Following on from our last post showcasing our recently completed project for Mr Gone Fishing, http://leilester.co.za/2017/10/before-and-after-mr-gone-fishing-phase1/,here are a few more pictures from this special project.
These bathrooms especially, were some of my favorites ever done…I loved the mix of materials, the old mixed with new and the heavy industrial elements.
In the master suite we teamed the classic metro tile with slick black detailing in the taps, the customised steel shower cubicle, handles and accessories. We even went so far as to the powder coat the aluminium trims for the tiling, to add that final finesse.
The introduction of wood in both the vanity and shelf soften and further enhance the space perfectly.
They say a challenge in life is good.
For some people its running a marathon (or half, or even 5km…no judgies!), for others its going on a strict diet, or taking up a new hobby. For others still, it’s just surviving through the week.
My challenge came one cold wintery and rainy day a few months ago. One of my all-time favourite client’s brother asked if I was busy and if I could assist with a renovation he’s doing? At the time I was spinning (the work kind, not the gym kind), but I offered to come have a look and see if I could assist.
Now if truth be told I have no idea if it was actually raining that day, it was more to set the scene, but what I can tell you is I arrived on site to find….well, nothing. Granted it was a structure in so much as it had a floor, walls and a roof, but that was it….a basic shell but with one hell of a vision behind it.
The simple basket, an object of pure perfection.
I think I may a love a basket more than most, and have been to some incredible factories both locally and in Vietnam before where it truly is an art form.
Its quite remarkable watching how some simple fibres are transformed into vessels of sheer beauty. Much like watching someone plaster a wall, it definately looks easier than it actually is.
Every now and again the renovation fairies bless you with a great client and a project that just flows right from beginning to end. Now that’s not to say ALL my clients are superb, wonderful and filled with happy dust, but sometimes the glove just fits perfectly and the schedule of works….well, just works!
Mrs Cool, Calm and Collected contacted me after seeing some of my work through a friend. With a new baby on the way and being the director of a company, she had her hands fairly full and needed some help with a new property purchased.
The property was purchased as a rental investment, and thus we needed to look at what work needed doing with this in mind. The property sits in a gorgeous complex on the slopes of the mountain with views that make you want to #blessed (before you gasp in horror, I didn’t do it, I’m just saying the views make you want to!).
The space desperately needed updating…it felt very 70s, but not in a cool, hip, streets of San Fran kind of way….we talking off white melamine, aging linoleum and dated mirrored walls. We set up reworking the various spaces in a way that made sense, and Mrs CCC’s approach to detail and design helped massively to form the best solutions and decisions along the way. With a great team on board, and problem solving skills to the max, the project flowed with a good rhythm and some serious karaoke tunes drafting through the space thanks to the master tiler (in fairness, I gave him a million metro tiles to space right, if his team wants to sing their way through it, who am I to judge?).
That’s not to say we didn’t face problems along the way…every day we were faced with new challenges to overcome and solve but when it works, it just works, and this project flowed right from start to finish. Having a superb “A team” on site made all the difference, and despite a million and one bank holidays in between, we finished the job in a little over three weeks. The various design elements pulled together with perfection in the end, giving the space a tranquil flow with modern detailing, and of course, a mid century edge.
Update and transform the recently purchased investment property.
The main areas of concern for updating and renovating being the bathroom, toilet, and kitchen. As well as giving the entire townhouse an all over re-furbed glow, making it fit and sparkling for a new tenant.
Best feature: Best features would hands down be the new bathroom vanity we restored, and the newly framed film poster in the dining room (so want to steal this, talk about statement art!)
You can tell a lot about a person by the art or decor they choose to showcase on their walls. When it comes to decor in the home, art is the most tricky to get right. Subjective and unique for each person, it really is that final finessing touch, the thread that brings the space together, that talking point or playful piece…so what does your art say about you and your home?
There are many different ways to curate your walls with care – big bold statement artworks to create a strong focal point in the room, a vehicle for bringing colour to the space, or just a playful collection of your favorite pieces.
We have collected some of our favorite walls from spaces we have curated to inspire your own curation skills at work or home. Have fun, art should always bring great joy or at least stir some emotion within.
Three times this past weekend I saw Landrovers driving around emblazoned with “One life. Live it”. A few hundred fishing rods hanging out the back and a seriously happy driver behind the wheel. Now admittedly I was on the Weskus, and I think this type of sighting is pretty standard, but each time it got me thinking about the future and our life plans for it. It’s not easy taking risks to jump ship and change direction, and it got me thinking about my recent clients Mr and Mrs Game Changer.
I had met them before through mutual friends, and unexpectedly they contacted me saying that the needed some design work done, and was I available to meet them urgently? Mr Game Changer had quit his job out of the blue, and decided to start a Raclette food stand, at a trendy new food and design market opening on the Atlantic seaboard….talk about “One life. Live it!”Inspired by their love of cheese from the Borough market in London, they decided to take a chance and do something different, importing a Raclette machine from Switzerland and bringing this much loved cuisine to local shores. Who in the world doesn’t like melted cheese I ask you?
As a couple they are fun loving and fancy free and it was such a breath of fresh air conceptualizing and designing this stand for them. We had a super tight deadline, with only 2 weeks till opening, and an even tighter space to work within. We wanted the space to be user friendly and functional for their needs. The look and feel of it needing to be slick and sophisticated, much like the Swiss themselves, but have elements of quirk and creativity that resonated with the couple and their newly found brand.
We kept it clean and simple – using black to ground and define the space, plants to soften it, and played with natural woods to bring through that cheeky cheeseboard element. We customized the back wallpaper with Ben Grib from Essie Letterpress for some uniqueness and trend, and added some hanging lights because, well, we all have a little hipster in us, right?
Installation went off without any hitches and the result is superb…the market is an absolute hit, constantly abuzz with activity, and Mr Game Changer is totally designed for chatting and drawing people in.
*sigh* Shelving…no matter where you live there is just never enough, is there? When we moved into our bigger house, each room echoed they were so empty, and yet slowly but surely I have managed to start filling every nook and cranny.
Anyhoo, enough about me and my hoarding…this post is about creating the perfect shelfie.
Be it in a bathroom, bedroom, kitchen or lounge, every space looks good with some gloriously draped shelves. Practical but pleasing on the eye, we have put together some of our best looks and feels to get you inspired.
We started with a classic basic shelf and put together 3 looks.
The living space
Same shelf, completely versatile.
Now for some other looks and feels, we put together our favorite selection from past projects:
These open lip shelves are great for displaying books, art or vinyls. Less practical due in part to the depth of the shelf, they are designed with specific purpose in mind.
2. The classic floating shelfie
Always a win and depending on size and depth can normally carry quite a substantial amount of items. Great for kitchens and book displays.
3. The hanging shelfie
4. The little ledge shelfie