Photographs Sally Chance, Suné Esterhuizen, ER Lombard and Henrique Wilding Styling Suretha Jansen van Rensburg, Marian van Wyk and Amanda van Wyngaardt

Jungle fever

To create a memorable impression at the entrance to her Durban home, Kara Human added vibrant wallpaper (Ashford Tropics from Hertex) to the staircase. We love the texture it creates as well as the shape it takes on thanks to the steps. A door was removed from a small cupboard under the stairs that now serves as a wine rack – another interesting focal point! Railing from Iron Art

A piece of history

Years ago in Stillbaai, it wasn’t uncommon to see entire homes built with corrugated-iron sheeting. “Hard clay bricks and cement were difficult to come by in the fifties and sixties,” says Manfred Vietze. He and his wife Louise wanted to retain this bit of history in their Stilbaai home and decided to create a feature in their bathroom. First, they painted a corrugated-iron sheet with an anti-rust primer (Duram NS4 Anti-Rust Coating) and then a PVA paint in buttery yellow before the sheet was screwed to the stone wall. A strip of Oregon pine was added to the top to prevent nasty cuts and to serve as a display space for the Vietzes’ collection of hand-painted ceramic tiles. The vanity was made using an old table left behind by the previous homeowners.

Loo paper is kept in an old galvanised steel bin, once used to store flour or rice.

A concrete plan 

Initially, Nerine Visagie wanted largeformat tiles on the bathroom walls in her Craighall, Johannesburg home. But since she had plenty of cement left over from a renovation, she decided to use it to create these impressive 1.2 x 1.2m ‘panels’. After applying another layer of cement on the walls, Nerina used nothing but a stick and “a lot of patience” to draw the lines and create ‘bolt marks’ reminiscent of reinforced concrete walls.

Nadine Prinsloo of Cemcrete explains how you can create this look in your own home:

1 Apply a base layer of CemPlaster (about 5mm thick) and draw in lines and bolt marks while it’s still wet.

2 Optional for added texture Once it’s dry, brush or trowel on CemCote (about 2.5mm) in the colour Concrete Grey.

3 Waterproof the walls by sealing them with Cemcrete’s Concrete Sealer, available in Gloss or Super Matt.

A walk in the park

Inspired by her love of New York City, Shawnee Hiten chose Central Park wallpaper for her bedroom in her parents’ Somerset West home. We love the depth and sense of space the full-length image creates. The raw wooden furniture is reminiscent of a park bench and the trees in the park, Shawnee (21) explains. Interior design and wallpaper by Dear Zania Interiors; blanket from Weylands

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