Makeover – Inspiring before and after

Rearranging the furniture and adding a few finishing touches gave this patio the warm, welcoming feel it needed

Even though the patio of this bachelor’s home in Durbanville in the Cape had good proportions, quality fittings and furniture, it was a bit bland and lacked the soft finishes needed to make it comfortable and inviting. The owner asked Jeanne-Marie Bosman of Urban Lifestyle to help him transform the patio into a welcoming space ideal for entertaining.

Dining room

“I set out to create a look that was modern, but also warm and inviting,” says Jeanne-Marie.

“The patio was already furnished with an attractive wooden table, cane chairs and wooden bench, but the way these pieces were arranged made it feel cramped and braaiing was awkward. Positioning the table at a right angle to the braai created space for a sofa against one wall and opened up the area in front of the braai and countertop.Before   After

“I chose a huge clock for the wall above the countertop to create a focal point and hung mirrors above the new sofa to add a sense of depth to the space. A Nguni hide in front of the seating area softens the flooring, and a couple of antique wooden stools were included to use as extra seating or side tables.” explains Jeanne-Marie.Dining room

Says the homeowner: “The patio is now a dream to entertain in – the makeover has really uplifted the space, giving it warmth and character.”