Name: Anisa du Plessis
Location: Capital Park, Pretoria, South Africa
Size: 4,400 square feet, including outside buildings
Years lived in: 14 and a bit years
Apartment Therapy Survey:
What do you do for a living?: I’m and entrepreneur with 4 retail outlets.
What are your hopes and dreams?:To be happy and make others happy and to continue dreaming big! To be inspired by life all of the time and to give back to society in order to enrich other lives
My/Our Style: A little crazy I think. I love color and words and art. I would describe it as eclectic and eccentric — something unique to me. I love anything that has been made with meaning and passion, especially if it is made by somebody I treasure and love like an artist who is a friend or the students that work in our Décor Store. My business partner Francois is the best in the world he is so creative and helps me with refining my home. Without him, I’d probably be at a loss when it came to not only decorating my home but also running the business.
Inspiration: Life in general is my inspiration — people (their differences), the wonderful colors and textures in nature, animals, my friends, my colleagues and my family — they are all so colorful in personality and style that there is never a moment of boredom. What also inspires me are the wonderful design websites that showcase the most amazing new trends and developments in décor and design. I thrive on these.
Favorite Element: I love fabric, specifically the embellished rich and colorful fabrics we have access to today. The beautiful rich colors and textures are fabulous to play with and can create such intrigue and fun. The wonderful South African artists that design and produce home grown fabrics are simply amazing and the quality is awesome. I also have a passion for old rickety furniture that allows us to breathe new life into it. I always get a chill down my spine when I look at the before and after photos and see what magic we have created.
Biggest Challenge: To find good quality artisans — individuals that provide not only superior service but deliver a fantastic product. The other challenge is to always ensure we remain ahead of the pack when it comes to ensuring originality — life is fast paced and so are new ideas. There has been an amazing awakening in SA around the home industry and there are an amazing array of new SA décor products on the market — it is essential to to keep up with international developments, whilst also setting trends.
What Friends Say: Some think I am crazy but the majority of people think it is fabulous, over the top and generally portrays my personality and lust for life.
Proudest DIY: I am an avid knitter and I crochet a lot — so I make really beautiful décor smalls and lovely jerseys for myself and friends.
Biggest Indulgence: Anything over the top. I love big rings, lots of shoes and amazing clothing. I also spend a lot on my homes — I have a beautiful home in Dullstroom in the countryside and a wonderful lock up and go flat in Natal South Coast. I have a lot of fun decorating them and can spend hours day dreaming of my next house project
Best advice: Know what you want when it comes to decorating your home
Buy the best — rather, save that splurge money on something that is not your first choice call in a decorator if you are unsure — but do your homework and ensure that the individual will listen to your needs and that of your family. Most of all have lots of fun!
Kitchen Hardware: : Jabu, my carpenter uses salvaged skirting boards to build the cupboards. I also have a friend that does amazing mosaic work, my kitchen will be remodeled with mosaic back splashes. Another kitchen supplier I admire is Peter Osbourne.
Accessories: :These are swap shop and flea market finds as well as some art work made specifically for me. I love expressing words on walls and Francois wrote a wonderful inspiring verse all along the top of my kitchen wall.
Lighting: : Beautiful chandeliers from Radient Lighting. A Stunning antique chandelier from a local antique store and a very decadent angel light found in a décor shop.
Paint: : I love Plascon and they have the most amazing colour coordination system. I am in the process of re painting my home inside and outside and will be using Plascon.
Art: : I love the work of Riaan Bosch he has painted most of my murals and I have a lot of his paintings in my home
Rugs and Carpets: : My carpets were bought from a collector who sold me a few. But beautiful ones can be found at auctions at reasonable prices
Window Treatments: : I have my curtains manufactured at our workshop and between Francois and I we decide on a style and what fabric is best to use
Beds: : Some were found at wonderful antique shops and others were bought or manufactured for me by our craftsmen.
Dining Room Furniture: : My dining room is very unique and quite different — it could be daunting to some. I have a wonderful larger than life crucifix against my wall with the Lords prayer in Latin subtly painted on the wall as a background. The furniture is rust antique French wooden table with large rustic rattan chairs.
Thanks Anisa and Deon!
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