HOME TOUR: OUR JOZI APARTMENT

I am totally over the moon about sharing our Jozi apartment tour with you today, but I’m also slightly nervous. Until a bit over five months ago, we called this home & I’m almost scared that showcasing it will make me sob. Yes, it was one of my happiest living spaces to date. Possibly the happiest. Don’t get me wrong. I love our new home. It is perfect in so many ways & I love living here. But back to the apartment: we were totally in love with the space itself. I was equally smitten with the lifestyle (which I wrote about quite a bit over here).

It all began after our return from a six month sabbatical from our busy lives in Johannesburg in 2012. We had a very specific list of things that we wanted. We were looking for a place with a little garden. Essentially a spot where we could live for six months or a year until we would find our first ‘grown up home’. We love entertaining (as you probably know by now), so we needed enough space. We also wanted to have enough space for when a little addition to the family arrived.

Needless to say: this place did not fit the original spec, but it could not be more perfect! If that makes any sense.

The location is über convenient. A corner unit on the second floor & so spacious at 180m² (1 937 square foot). Because it is located furthest from the super busy road, it is a surprisingly quiet spot with a view of many trees and gardens of surrounding buildings. It couldn’t be more perfect for our lifestyle – close to work, between two stations & also two malls, right on the bus route and across the road from some of Johannesburg’s trendiest eateries and coffee shops.

Uncertain about how long we would be in the apartment & hesitant to buy many custom-made furniture pieces, we still wanted to make the space our own, so we worked with existing furniture pieces. I tried to be clever about adding a personal touch, without breaking the bank. We unpcycled, painted & rearranged furniture & spaces.

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The white distressed cupboard used to be in my grandmothers’ kitchen on the farm.

When I decided to introduce a splash of yellow into the room, the cupboard got a lick of yellow paint for a more contemporary look without taking away any of the precious memories.

This stack of antique suitcases have been in our family forever. The tiny brown one belonged to my grandfather that I never got to meet. Very special indeed.

This stack of antique suitcases have been in our family forever. The tiny brown one belonged to my grandfather that I never got to meet. Very special indeed.

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Luckily, the landlord was very lenient & was happy for us to paint, so the very first step was to make the very large space a bit cosier with ceiling to floor curtains for some of the rooms. We also painted the living area (which is a massive 10 x 5 metres) in a dark grey.
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The kitchen was also perfect!

I adored the combination of wooden cabinets & steel counter tops.

I adored the combination of wooden cabinets & steel counter tops.

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An odd, dark corner in the entrance area got a bit of colour with fun wall art (many simply framed post cards), a bright red table & a fun yellow & grey door.

When our little Oliver arrived in 2013, one of the three rooms became the nursery.

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Oliver’s room.

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The alphabet letter & many other decor items were baby shower gifts.

 

olivers room collage

I tried to use fun non-permanent items like washi tape & bunting to create a unique nursery.

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As Oliver became more mobile, the balcony was also transformed into a sort-of outside play room with synthetic grass; ideal for toys & a mini play tent.

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… & a place to have a coffee …

We have never used a heater in this apartment except in Oliver’s room when he was new-born. It is just so wonderfully sunny.

We loved to soak up the Jozi winter sun on this (inherited) riempies bench on a Sunday morning with a cup of tea & the Sunday paper...

We loved to soak up the Jozi winter sun on this (inherited) riempies bench on a Sunday morning with a cup of tea & the paper…

These rattan chairs were my parents’ very first furniture pieces!

These rattan chairs were my parents’ very first furniture pieces!

We love entertaining and this is the perfect apartment for it.

We have hosted many special events here (baby showers, lazy breakfasts, Christmas’ in July and dinner parties). 

We have hosted many special events here (baby showers, lazy breakfasts, Christmas’ in July and dinner parties).

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The last ‘room make-over’ was the guest room, which used to be the back room (read dumping area), but became a guest room cum home office.

I’m hoping to share some before & afters soon. Did you enjoy the tour…? I know I did.

Lots of love,

Yolandi ♥

All images: Marsel Roothman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 Comments on HOME TOUR: OUR JOZI APARTMENT

  1. Clare
    September 11, 2015 at 7:40 pm (2 years ago)

    So STUNNING Yolandi! ❤️ I don’t know how you said goodbye to this gorgeous apartment!!!!

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    • Yolandi
      September 13, 2015 at 12:18 am (2 years ago)

      Thanx Clare. It was time for the next exciting chapter, but I have wonderful memories to cherish forever! x

      Reply
  2. christa
    September 12, 2015 at 11:25 am (2 years ago)

    Lovely space, happy memories. Now share the new home, starting at “before”

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    • Yolandi
      September 13, 2015 at 12:17 am (2 years ago)

      I sure will. Watch this space! xxx

      Reply
  3. Hayley
    September 23, 2015 at 5:19 pm (2 years ago)

    Lovely, special home! Always a treat to visit. Looking forward to the tour of your new space – hopefully in person!

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    • Yolandi
      September 29, 2015 at 9:02 pm (2 years ago)

      Me too! Just book your tickets. We’ll be so happy to have you guys here. xxx

      Reply
  4. Sabeeha Husain-Smith
    November 12, 2015 at 1:55 pm (1 year ago)

    Gorgeous! You have great taste!

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    • Yolandi
      November 12, 2015 at 3:55 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanx so much dearest Sabeeha. x

      Reply

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