Two years ago, Monya and Jeremy Eastman set upon the ambitious task of renovating their home, located in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Cape Town, South Africa. Frustrated that she was unable to find the kind of furniture they were looking for, Monya started her own custom-made furniture company, Stokperd. The first project: measuring and sketching a kitchen table and bathroom cabinet. By doing this, Monya says that necessity really became the mother of invention. Post-renovation, Monya and Jeremy love so many things about their home; original features such as the thick walls and high ceilings marry well with the new additions. They decorate without any specific style, deciding instead to buy things they love and finding a way to make them work together. Thank you, Monya and Jeremy, and thanks to Cindy Taylor for the lovely photos! — Shannon
Image above: The metal light fitting is by Dutch designer Tord Boontje, and I picked it up in London.
Image above: Two special gifts — the colourful blanket was hand-knitted by my mom, and the framed photograph [was] a birthday gift from my photographer Cindy Taylor.
See more of Monya and Jeremy’s Cape Town home after the jump . . .
Image above: This is the day bed in our garden. I bought it at a second-hand shop on the Garden Route. It was rusted and in pretty bad shape, and I had to persuade Jeremy to strap it to the roof racks of our car for a four-hour drive back to Cape Town. He wasn’t very impressed at the time, but I think he likes it now.
Image above: The kitchen table was my very first Stokperd design! Jeremy is the foodie of our house, and this is where we spend most nights eating, drinking, talking and hatching plans. The Eames chairs are probably the most modern items in our house.
Image above: Jeremy is a great cook, and he spends a lot of time creating fantastic meals in here. It’s quite compact but works very well, as we have a potted garden leading out from the kitchen door and have easy access to basil, rosemary, oregano, thyme, fennel, mint, parsley and some juicy tomatoes!
Image above: The “For Like Ever” poster always makes me smile.
Image above: The pic in the gold frame is one of my favorites from our wedding day. I wore these blue suede heels, and the pic is of Jeremy and I opening the dance floor to Elvis Presley’s “Blue Suede Shoes.”
Image above: The bathroom is like a greenhouse; it gets a lot of light, and any plant I put in here just grows very happily. I found the grey light fitting in a second-hand store in Johannesburg, and it wasn’t easy getting it back to Cape Town on the plane. I dropped it by mistake, but now it has a nice battered look to it. The wooden cabinet was my second Stokperd design. It’s long and skinny, and the drawer knobs are from Anthropologie.
Image above: I bought the stools with the red metal legs in Amsterdam, and I ruined my suitcase bringing them over! My mother-in-law bought us the Roy Lichtenstein poster from MoMA when she visited New York recently, and the poster next to that is of the Soccer World Cup 2010 (which was hosted in South Africa) by Peter Eastman.