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Spotlight: Refresh Your Space with Mint Designer Renovations

Home renovations need not give you endless grief or worry. In fact, when you leave your remodel to the professionals, it’s much more likely to be a smooth and happy process. Mint Designer Renovations is in the business of providing refreshing interiors from conceptualization and design to execution of the highest standard.

We chatted to Sue Lloyd-Roberts from Mint about what inspires her and what  trends we can expect in interior design this year. Here is what she had to say…

How would you describe your personal style?

I would say it is comfortable, layered, textured, a little edgy, always with a touch of glamour! I draw inspiration from a dynamic combination of classical with industrial and I love weaving contemporary layers with a variety of textures in all my finishes. Creating unusual contrasts that extend into all elements of the build, the interiors and the décor excite me.

What qualities define your colour choices?

A combination of serenity, happiness, warmth, light-hearted,  with sensual, bold and adventurous.

What is your personal favourite colour combination? 

It changes with the seasons, but I love working with the jewel tones and combining  them with neutrals… typically yellows, teals, sage, blues and deep gold.

What is the most recent purchase you’ve made for your home?

It actually was a really old solid teak and  black metal leaded window frame from one of our recent renovations. I’ve popped a mirror behind it and it now adds such an interesting and slightly quirky corner in my garden, bouncing light and reflecting the verdant delicious monster plant opposite it.

What one design element, trend or furniture item can you not live without?

That would have to be ‘bringing the outside in’.  It gives any space a more connected, tactile and textured feel. When we layer elements of nature, whether it be through bringing it in to our views through structural change, or through various selections of fabric, lighting, tiles, furniture pieces and objets d’art, we ultimately create a more considered and balanced ambiance throughout.

What design influence has had the greatest influence on your work and business?

This is a tricky one as each project is unique and I find is largely influenced by where the property is located. Which way it faces, what the ‘bones’ of the space inherently has. These factors all play a role. I find that whenever the opportunity arises, I will always opt for flooding the space with natural light. Allowing for features that introduce slithers of light. I guess this harks back to the ancient Egyptian temples where the concept of  ‘clerestory windows’ were the norm to allow the light in.

What has been one of the most challenging projects you have worked on?

I find that every project comes with it’s own set of challenges, however the refurbishment of 280 bedrooms for a hotel in Cape Town… Both challenging and tremendously exciting. It is such a different and interesting modus operandi, having to tie in our sourcing, manufacturing and delivery to work efficiently with the managements’ current capacity, their structure, their commitments to their guests and the ability to apportion time for the various phases to roll out. Happy to say that we achieved it within their budget and given time frame of six months!

How would you describe the design/decor industry in South Africa at present?

I think we’re in the process of transitioning as we seek to find more locally produced and more sustainable solutions within our industry. This can only be a good thing. We have such exceptional creative talent here and history has always shown us that some of the best initiatives,  particularly in the fields of design and the arts, emerge stronger, more inventive, more creative  during times of crises.

What trends do you think we should keep an eye on in upcoming seasons?

In colour, we will see the use of earthy tones, dusty pinks, greens/blues (all shades) will play a big role as we connect more with nature. In materials and finishes, the naturals will have a big influence and move to centre stage.

Big florals both in fabric and wallpaper. Loads of lovely texture.  And more texture. Real and faux greening on the inside. Mixing metals.

I think we’re going to see a really interesting mix of styles allowing the individuals’ story to be told. So perhaps not so much of any one particular signature look and feel.

What exciting products do you have planned within the next year?

Unique metal and wood furniture. Burnt and blackened wood. Bold accents with sustainable materials. So much to look forward to!

More about Mint:

Mint Designer Renovations has helped countless individuals redesign their homes and find purpose and new meaning again. If you want to breathe fresh life into your home or commercial space, for yourself or for a future buyer, then the team can make it happen.

Whether your style is classical or contemporary, understated or bold and edgy, Sue and her team will work with you and your resources so that your living space reflects your lifestyle. It’s not only a place to relax and play and entertain; it’s a space to kick back in and retreat.

Mint is your go-to team, no matter whether you want a comprehensive décor update, a top-to-toe rebuild, or just a revamp of your guest loo.


For more visit Mint.

Images  from Garden and Home 2019



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