Inspiring before and after: a fresh perspective

Tinks Robinson, owner of Peppergreen Interiors, says that the makeover of her patio in Kloof, KZN, was prompted by the need for more space and colour

“It was tired, brown and boring and needed a more ‘now’ feel. My favourite thing about the new space is that it’s an extension of the inside – we fold back a whole wall of glass doors and voila!” she says. “When the weather’s inclement, we drop the reed blinds, light the fire and we have a cosy room under the tree. The makeover cost about R80 000 including the deck extension.”

How the room was made over

  • Some messy work was required to realise Tinks’s vision: tiles were pulled up and the floor screeded. “The floors now create a seamless flow between our home’s interior and the patio.”
  • “By adding an extra 3m to the deck, we created space for a table and chairs so we can enjoy the views. The deck now extends to under the boughs of the tree giving us a feeling of loftiness and a close connection to nature,” she says.
  • The brick pillars were plastered and the wooden railings were painted.
  • Tinks painted all the furniture in fresh colours.“The most surprising thing for me was witnessing my husband Rob’s face when his precious wood was painted. Now he wants to paint everything in sight.”
  • A roomy sofa with loose covers and an ottoman were relocated from inside the house.
  • Tinks added new cushions to the sofas and chairs in beautiful fabrics from Harlequin, available from Black Fabrics, and St Leger & Viney. “Scatters are a quick and easy update.”
  • Adding the finishing touch is a new Pierre Cronje coffee table, beautiful glassware and an abundant rabbit’s foot fern.