When you open a jar of peanut-butter, you’re greeted with a smooth, undisturbed light brown landscape that almost makes you want to reach for the jam instead, just so you can leave that perfection untouched. A perfectly decorated home is the same; it looks awesome, but you almost feel bad for disturbing the scatter cushions. With today’s Groupon, you can have your peanut-butter and eat it too and allow Amourette Vorster Interior Design create beautiful, but practical spaces in your home for R200 per hour.
Like creating a space where mom can design her culinary masterpieces, watch her soaps and still keep an eye on the kids tackling advanced algebra at the table, Amourette Vorster focuses on creating functional spaces that just happen to be worthy of a spread in an interior design magazine. While functional spaces are important, everyone needs their own space; this is probably why teenagers are so fond of spending days in their rooms without coming out for air. Her diverse and eclectic style doesn’t mean checkerboard linoleum in the kitchen, lime-green walls and mismatched furniture; drawing inspiration from a wide range of sources, she prides herself on doing wonders with even the most basic of fittings and ensuring the family can do their own thing without intruding on each other’s space.
Just because she likes to stick to the simple with a few key pieces doesn’t mean you can’t keep the vintage telephone hanging on the wall or the contemporary couch you picked up at a garage sale. Like in high-school, class participation always makes things more interesting; besides, it is your house. Just like stabbing your flag into the untouched ground of some distant island, make the space your own.
It’s not just the lounge that could benefit from a bit of sprucing up. The bathroom, Amourette’s favourite room to design, would definitely be a more enjoyable place to be if it wasn’t just a white walled room with a claw-foot tub. Creating a romantic space for the ladies, that still manages to be practical for the men, Amourette Vorster proves that the bathroom doesn’t have to be the room you keep the door shut on when guests come over.
While you might sleep, watch TV and shower on a suburban street, a good chunk of your time is probably spent in an office space somewhere. Corporate projects are another project that Amourette seems to enjoy, knowing that being stuck at a grey desk in a greyer room isn’t really good for company moral and a few licks of paint or lime-green roller chairs could really improve the ambience.
Whether it’s the place you sleep, or the place you take illegal naps on your laptop, Amourette Vorster can make even revamp even the dullest spaces.
Design Fact: As an outlet for their creativity when they ran out of pigment for their cave-paintings, natives of the area surrounding the pools of Pamukkale would weave scatter cushions from bison fur.