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sanctuary in the city: a tour of a spacious, light-filled home in the heart of cape town

Greg Cox

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We meet Nick and Robyn Gluckman, and their brood of pets, in their recently renovated Tamboerskloof home. Here they tell Lynette Botha a bit more about the renovation, their personal style and what they love most about their neighbourhood


What’s your advice for those looking to renovate their homes?

NG: Let the experts do their job. If you have a tight brief, there’s no risk in giving them full control, and just checking in now and then.

Zeanne Duminy and James Goss from Zeanne + Goss Interior Architecture Design oversaw the renovation. What was the best part of working with them?

NG: First of all, they nailed the brief. They were easy to work with, understood and met our needs, and made the entire process a pleasant one. RG: They thought of absolutely everything. From the little light switch below the loo for night-time bathroom visits, to a bar fridge in the lounge, a spice drawer installed next to the stove and beautiful, water-wise greenery throughout the home.


How do your personal styles differ, and was that difficult when it came to agreeing on how to furnish and decorate your new space?

RG: I grew up in Constantia; so I prefer old-school, French Provençal-style decor and a muted palette. NG: I’m a little more eccentric; I like modern, pared-down design and clean lines. We worked on a moodboard prior, but Zeanne and James basically took control of everything – they decided on the colour palette, decor and furnishings – we couldn’t be happier.

The kitchen, lounge and deck flow seamlessly from space to space, a perfect layout for entertaining. Do you enjoy having people over?

RG: Oh yes; this is a very social house. We love entertaining, but I think that sometimes our friends enjoy it more than us [laughs]. They never want to leave. Nick loves cooking – he cooks for me every night – so the open-plan kitchen was non-negotiable.


You said that Zeanne and James created a ‘big reveal’ for you. Can you elaborate?

NG: Yes, we weren’t allowed near the house for some time just before it was completed, as they wanted to ‘unveil’ it to us. RG: They told us to pack an overnight bag and come spend the night. The fridge was filled with food and beer, the drinks trolley was stocked with craft gins and whiskey; they’d bought food and water bowls for the pets; towels, linen, everything. We literally just had to arrive – it was so special. And of course, we loved the final result.

Now that you’re settled back in, what do you love most about living in this neighbourhood?

RG: I love the sense of community in this area. Also, the fact that everything is in walking distance and we’re so close to work, too. We love to walk down the road for dinner at El Burro and then move on to The Power and The Glory for a drink. There’s a park close by, we can walk the dogs in the neighbourhood – it just cements it as our ‘forever’ home. NG: It’s amazing to me that we are in the city – thanks to the greenery, mountain views and open space it feels like we could be anywhere in the country, not five minutes from the CBD.

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