Name: Christo & Nikki Roos
Location: Craighall Park, Johannesburg, South Africa
Type: Farm House In the City
Size: 7,600 square feet
Years lived in: 1
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When you mention Johannesburg, a farm house is the last image that springs to mind, but for Nikki and Christo it was a dream to create a weekend escape in the city. Set in the leafy neighborhood of Craighall you will find this tranquil home, a stone's through away from Africa's New York.
This home is brand new, but you would never guess - it feels lived in and cared for, something they achieved by decorating with inherited pieces from Nikki's grandparents. The family has called in the help of Interior designer Marinda van Rooy and together they have creatively mixed the old with the new. The couple also commissioned Rusty and Jeffrey, a carpenter and painter duo, to mastermind bespoke cupboards and furniture throughout the house - using reclaimed and inherited articles. Rusty and Jeffrey feels part of the family now and their handwork proudly adorns every room, it has taken them almost a year to complete the current installations and they are still going! Nikki and Christo have successfully created the unimaginable - a farm style living in the heart of the city!
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My/Our Style: Weekend living in the city
Inspiration: Unpretentious elegance
Favorite Element: Everything in the home is functional. And the champagne sunsets on the "stoep" (veranda) are great
Biggest Challenge: Blocking out the neighbors
What Friends Say: So much space! Great views & nice attention to detail
Biggest Embarrassment: That we didn’t go for solar geysers (actually everything green)
Proudest DIY: Fitting the ice machine
Biggest Indulgence: Lots of space, huge storerooms & the hydroboil for early morning coffees
Best advice: Get a interior designer involved from the beginning to plan placement of furniture, additional plugs etc. Get a builder you can trust & build a lifelong relationship with. Get a specialist in to do the leveling of the house as architects and builders often get this wrong
Dream Source: Buying from the wholesalers or importers directly
Kitchen Hardware: : Ilve, Bosch, AEG
Kitchen furniture: : Handmade country kitchens by Rusty
Lighting: : Sarita Sharman Lighting, Gatehouse lighting
Painting jobs: : All cupboard units handpainted by Jeffrey
Desks: Handmade by Rusty
Dining room furniture: Pieter Oosthuizen furniture
Window Treatments: Painted wooden windows and doors by Kelly
Beds: Bleu/Ossewa & linen from Cabbages & Roses/Loads of Living linen
Tiles and Stone: Pavini tiles
Art: Angus Taylor, Leon Muller, Michal Heyns
Other: Marinda van Rooy Interior Decorators + 27 83 454 2061
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Thanks Nikki & Christo!