The following is an excerpt from our #HLCraftIssue – find it on shelves this month.
Seventeen years ago, Heather Moore and Paul Edmunds bought their first home together – a modest two-bedroom, top-floor flat in Gardens, Cape Town. Situated a few blocks from Kloof Street (then by no means the bustling social hub it has now become) and in one of a group of low-rise 1930s buildings tucked behind the Mount Nelson hotel, it was the ideal ‘starter property’ for a young couple both venturing into creative fields.
Fast forward to 2018: Heather is now the founder and co-owner of beloved design brand Skinny laMinx, having found her niche as the creator of brilliantly beautiful textiles. And Paul is an internationally acclaimed fine artist whose works form part of museum collections and adorn the walls of art lovers across the globe. So you might expect them to have moved to a grander and more spacious abode.
The interiors of Heather and Paul’s home have come together over many years. They have always been drawn to Mid-Century Modern style, and hunted down their all-vintage furniture at markets and antique stores.
In Heather and Paul’s own unique way, they have. ‘We’ve renovated twice,’ says Heather, recalling an initial change to the very small kitchen, followed by a more extensive upgrade three years ago. The latter involved a complete reorientation of the apartment because, after many years of waiting for the opportunity, it happened when the couple were finally able to purchase the bachelor flat next door and, along with the help of architect Daniel Maggs, incorporate the additional space into their apartment.
Having mounted the three flights of stairs on what must be some of Cape Town’s quirkiest floors – they are a combination of terrazzo (for the treads) and broken tiles laid in what can really only be called a crazy-paving pattern. To the left of the entryway is the open-plan kitchen, which features simple built-in cupboards and plenty of open shelving. Adjacent to the kitchen is a study, with an inviting, built-in single daybed (‘Ideal for sneaky afternoon naps,’ says Paul confidentially) and simple desk and chair. Plus there’s a small balcony off the bedroom, too – regularly occupied by Monkey, but also featuring a vintage chair with plump cushions clad in Skinny laMinx fabrics as well as a veritable forest of pot plants, most of which are thriving succulents (although there’s also a lush fern and an enviable fiddle-leaf fig).
This is a home that could only belong to the two people who live in it: it’s the perfect expression of the deeply thoughtful creative spirit that animates them both, as well as their very evident insistence on living simply with beautiful things that they genuinely love. And it’s a space in which to realise that all the best upgrades take place slowly, over time.