The artisan village

Image courtesy of Wallpaper

You may have gathered from several of my posts that I like using my hands.

It all started with my grandfather who repaired everything and after his passing my stepfather Joe, a master craftsman, took up the mantle of being my mentor.

One of my oldest memories was when he undertook the revamp of Cavendish Square where we clad all the pillars and balustrades in imported veneers. When you see both the immensity and scale of the shopping center you’d not believe that we did it while working out of a single garage!

Several years ago he got out of shopfitting and into residential property and started a company called Architectural Interiors with my mother and they’ve been building luxury homes for clients in Franschhoek for the better part of a decade.

Currently they are building their own factory with exterior accents inspired by my Mother’s love for Provence and in keeping with the French aesthetic that Franschhoek is known for. Not stopping there they’ve built a corner block that will boast 2 additional offices and 3 apartments, which they’ll rent out.

While the exterior is in keeping with the surrounding buildings the interiors have been left up to me and I’ve been story boarding ideas for them.

My love for Scandinavian design has come to the fore. The walls will be largely white, though we’ve left an exposed brick feature wall in each room with stained meranti window frames and dark grey architraves.

Below are a few shots of pics that have inspired additional accents and ideas which we are now implementing.

Image courtesy of Dos Family

Image courtesy of Chauncey’s Timber Flooring

Image courtesy of Remodelista

When it’s all done I’ll do a follow up post with shots of the completed rooms.

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