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Live Big in a Small Space

Graeme Wyllie <strong>Styling</strong> Heather Boting

That Cara de Kock is 'obsessed with beautiful things' is immediately evident when peeking inside her home, a light and airy open-plan apartment in Joburg's hip Maboneng Precinct that belies its modest 120m² floorplan. An event coordinator at The Living Room, a rooftop venue that offers pop-up dining and has quickly become a Jozi hot spot, Cara's love of fashion extends to her interiors, which are layered with bursts of colour and vintage finds – one of her friends aptly labelled the apartment's style 'neon romantic'.

cara6001 The space is a riot of colours and textures. ‘Al Pacino’ print on the pillow, and a reindeer trophy, in the bedroom.

Having trawled thrift shops since she was a little girl, Cara has a passion for hunting down antiques, art and other collectables: 'the more macabre and weird, the better,' she laughs. The rest of the flat is dotted with whimsical items that she's picked up over the years: her collection of skulls, a variety of artworks (she has 'big love' for local talents such as artist Frederick Clarke and photographer Jasper Bailey) and impressive birdcages; there's even an old-school drinks trolley from an antique store in Jeppestown.
cara-600-3 Copper rails are a space saver in the bedroom. The dresser is from Paris.

Travel is another of Cara’s passions, with every destination a source of treasures for her home. She has a particular penchant for bed linen, with favourites being her 150-year-old hand-sewn pillows from India, and the delicately stitched pillowslips from France bearing the initials of the women who made them.
Cara loves indulgent bedding. Cara loves indulgent bedding.

'I’m fascinated by the history and the stories behind all the interior items that I buy,' she says. Originally published in HL March 2015