The wallpaper, Alpaca in Granite from Hertex, adds texture while the striking mirror from SHF makes an effective focal point in the living room.

A comfortable outdoor sofa and Individual chairs from Mobelli furnish the covered patio. A textured outdoor rug, also from Mobelli, completes the look.

The Statement light fittings above the chunky dining room table are from SHF. All the internal shutters are from American Shutters and provide trendy fuss-free window treatments.

Who lives here

Marc Armstrong, a businessman who travels frequently.

The house

A 238m2 two-bedroom flat in a safe development in the heart of Pretoria.

When businessman and regular traveller Marc Armstrong bought a Brooklyn, Pretoria apartment for his South African base, he requested his friend and coworker, interior designer Tanja Beyers of Profurn Contracts, to decorate it. The catch was that she had one week in which to do everything from layout to setup.

“Marc and I have worked together on projects both here and overseas over the previous 12 years, so I understand his taste and his clear, concise brief definitely helped,” says Tanja. Luckily, the apartment, which contains a big open-plan living, kitchen and dining area leading onto a covered veranda, didn’t need any structural changes. “Yet, we had to decorate it from top to bottom,” clarifies Tanja.

“I drew up a floor plan so I knew what would fit in terms of size but I basically designed it on the go.”

She brought a painter in on day one and chose wallpapers that were in stock and readily available. The large items such as the sofa, TV and drinks units and beds were bought directly off the floor, and the workshops Tanja deals with regularly pulled out all the stops to literally make up soft furnishings overnight.

The resulting scheme is elegant and comfortable, yet uncluttered. The large modular sofa in the living room complements the masculine look and a vintage-style leather trunk acts as a coffee table as well as providing storage space.

“I kept the colour scheme neutral, which won’t date as quickly as bright colours,” says Tanja.

To house Marc’s collection of South African wine, Tanja introduced a large unit, now the focal point of the dining area. The wooden dining table is accompanied by upholstered, rattan-backed dining chairs. Adding ambience is striking light fittings fitted with a dimmer.

The main bedroom features rich accents of charcoal in the upholstered headboard, lampshades and wallpaper. Tanja chose security shutters instead of curtains as they have a more streamlined look. The second bedroom is predominantly white complemented with touches of chartreuse.

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