houses, Renovations

Magical Revival

Styling Leana Schoeman Photographs David Ross Original text Sarah Buitendach When September 2010 Where Saxonwold, Johannesburg What A 1920s house given a radical face-lift… Surrounded by ivy-covered walls and a small garden that blends formal elements with flashes of vividly coloured flowers and striking focal points, this house is dignified and unassuming. However, its classic exterior belies an enchanting interior. For this is a house filled with antiques, exotic items sourced from all corners of the globe, colourful contemporary furniture, uplifting art, lots of light and a happy spirit. Architect Johann Slee, says owner Mariette Theron, had an amazing vision for the house – giving it a much-needed update while preserving its soul. Who Mariette and Peter Theron By Johann Slee,