Hillcrest-based interior designer Jennifer Jones lets us inside her new home and shares her top interior design tips with us…

Interior decorator Jennifer Jones, who is included in this year’s Decorex Durban Designer Spotlight, is known for her eclectic style and unique vision.

“Decorex always provides an endless array of creative inspiration for the design year ahead and I’m so looking forward to sharing my favourite 2019 décor trends,” says Jones, who is participating in the Durban Exhibition Centre from 21 to 24 March 2019.

As a way to give visitors a sneak preview of the unique style, the Hillcrest-based interior designer gives us a look at her recently renovated new home.

Room by room

Having recently moved to the Spanish-style townhouse from her period home on the Berea, Jennifer had to downscale and re-work her furniture and décor into a whole new space.

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In the kitchen

Jones says that many modern kitchens are incorporating seated areas to offer a space for intimate meals, an alternative workspace or just a place to relax.

For her kitchen, she converted an old desk into a kitchen table by changing the top. She used a natural timber for the table top, to add a different element to the room and for the seating, she re-fashioned a couch by adjusting the height so that it could be used at the kitchen table.

“I wanted to add mood to the townhouse, using paint to give each room a different feel. I painted the kitchen walls quite a strong shade of grey – Mr Grey from the Shaves Colour Collection – and created a conversation corner as a place to entertain and chat,” says Jones.

The grey creates a perfect backdrop for the Moulin Rouge-inspired wallpaper and framed family pictures. Together, they create lovely warmth in the kitchen while fishing basket-style light fittings add to the ambience with their dramatic shadows.

In the dining room

“This is a smaller space which had an existing built-in cabinet with down lighting along one wall that I painted in charcoal, allowing it to blend seamlessly into the wallpaper behind. I enjoy using darker feature walls for smaller spaces balanced with a lighter colour and mirrors to add light, as it creates depth in a room.”

The ball and claw dining room suite is in a mix of German silver and ebony, giving this traditional furniture a new look.

The dining room chairs have been finished in a German silver technique, while the table is stained in a satin ebony finish.

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