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#interior design jobs cape town

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Courses

DIPLOMA IN
INTERIOR DESIGN

want to apply for our diploma programme?

higher certificate in
interior decorating

BHC offers an accredited and SAQA registered Higher Certificate Programme in Interior Decorating. The aim of this programme is to equip students with the required knowledge, skills, attitudes and values in order to contribute creatively towards the awareness of well-designed spaces as well as to enhance a client’s brief.

1 Year Full Time – NQF 5

All communication, facilitation, assessments and moderation are conducted in English

Mode of instruction includes lectures, tutorials, practical workplace training, assisted studio learning and industry outings.

This qualification provides the student with a strong theoretical foundation in the decorating principles and elements, arrangement of furniture and accessories, conceptual development, decorative materials, styles and trends, and project administration.

The student is then required to apply this knowledge, when critically analysing the design problem, and to construct a functional and aesthetically pleasing decorating proposal for a range of commercial and domestic interiors, that is clearly communicated (both visually and verbally) and is supported by relevant and documented research.

want to apply for our certificate
programme?

Do you have a valid FETC (South African Grade 12 certificate), or its international equivalent?

Are you a South African citizen or if you are a foreign student do you have a valid student permit?

short courses

skills development programmes

recognition of prior learning

Assessments



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Cape Cod Cottage History of Cape Cod Architecture

This early regional house style caught on like wildfire, and the Cape Cod home is arguably one of the most recognizable today. By Patricia Poore

Full Cape with accretions, ca. 1750 and later, Truro, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Cape Cods are short, stout, and simple to the point of austerity. Nevertheless, they evoke powerful images of warmth and comfort, integrity and safety. A true colonial type widely copied to this day, the Cape Cod says “home.”

There are two Cape Cod styles, really: the originals, modest and practical houses built from 1690 until 1850 or so; and the homey Colonial Revival Capes of the 20th century. The originals were most often half or three-quarter Capes, shingle-clad, sited to take advantage of the sun’s rays, their interiors centered on the hearth-warmed kitchen. Revival houses, neat and nostalgic behind their white picket fences, are most often symmetrical full Capes, often clapboarded and shuttered, painted white, with more formal and flexible floor plans.

The term “Cape Cod House” was used as early as 1800, in a comment by Yale College president Timothy Dwight on a visit to Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Even by then, the type had spread; by 1740, such houses had been built throughout most of New England, and also on New York’s Long Island. By 1790 it had made its way into southern New York State. Homesteaders brought the Cape Cod house with them to central New York, to the area around Lake Erie, and by 1830 into Ohio and Michigan.

A Colonial Revival-era Cape.

Regional variants with gambrel and bowed roofs (for headroom), and sometimes with small dormers (for added light in the loft space), appeared in Massachusetts and Connecticut. As the house type was brought west during the early 19th century, builders added popular Greek Revival details. Inside, the earliest houses were spare and simple, with floors and furnishings of pine.

Although Victorian styles eclipsed the plain Cape, these houses came back, in greater numbers than ever, during the Colonial Revival of the 1930s, often larger than the originals and with different framing methods, interior plans, staircases, and details. Owing to the romantic associations of 18th century models and the ubiquity of 20th century Capes, this is arguably the most recognized house style in America.

Post and beam construction anchors the early Cape to its central chimney.

Hallmarks of the Cape Cod Cottage

Steep roof. side-gabled, single pitch
Center chimney ; ubiquitous in early examples
Shingle-sided. and sometimes clapboarded on the front façade with shingles elsewhere
Unornamented except for the entry door, which might have a simple transom, fanlight, pilasters, or sidelights. Later examples had austere Greek Revival trim, as on lintels.
Windows often go to the roofline in early examples, attesting to the low ceiling height

Variations of the Cape

Full Cape (or Double Cape)
Apparently the quintessential Cape Cod house, full Capes were actually rare in the 18th century. Those that existed belonged to the most accomplished settlers. They have a steep pitched roof and a symmetrical five-bay façade with a generous entrance door centered on the massive chimney.


Three-Quarter Cape
Although seldom copied in the Cape Cod revivals that would come many decades later, the three-quarter Cape was a mainstay of 18th- and early-19th-century New England. On the three-quarter Cape as well as the half Cape, the entry was offset slightly from the chimney.


One-Half Cape (or Single Cape)
The starter house of its day, the half Cape often evolved through subsequent additions into a three-quarter Cape and on to a full Cape as its occupants’ families and fortunes grew. Nevertheless, examples remain throughout New England.

Inside the Cape

The typical full Cape floor plan shows the importance of the keeping room (the kitchen/living/family room):

Keeping room in coastal Maine, built 1819

The keeping room typically has seven doors. The first is the back door, the second opens to a storage pantry, the third to a small bedroom, the fourth to the good parlor, the fifth to a larger bedroom, the sixth to an extra room that might be used for a hired hand, a child, or an ill member of the household. The seventh door opens to a cold pantry.

Inside, the earliest houses were spare and simple, with floors and furnishings of pine. Wide plank floors might be painted in a reddish-brown or pumpkin orange, and spattered. As the house type was brought west during the early 19th century, builders added popular Greek Revival details, inside and out. Later, trade brought oriental rugs and china.

Recommended Reading

The Cape Cod Cottage
By William Morgan (Princeton Architectural Press, 2006)
An expanded essay on the charms of the originals, with both archival and modern photographs. Very good bibliography.

Early Cape Cod interior

A Book of Cape Cod Houses
By Doris Doane (David R. Godine, 2007) .
The history of the Cape from wind-beaten shingled dwellings in New England to the mainstay of the postwar building boom. Covers 720-square-foot Levittown examples as well as the sprawling Capes of Concord. Pencil drawings show floor plans, rooms, and exteriors.

The Cape Cod House
By Stanley Schuler (Schiffer, 1982)
The development of the Cape from New England originals through multi-winged versions of the 20th century.

Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn
By Thomas C. Hubka (Univ. Press of New England, reissued 2004)
Rural houses and farmsteads, many early 19th-century and some with a Cape at center. A fascinating and seminal book about vernacular architecture.

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Inside a Charming Cape Cod Escape

Righting the Ship

Three years ago, Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum’s dream house went on the market. The shingled Colonial was situated in Chatham, Massachusetts, on the elbow of Cape Cod. But that’s not what sold this mother of three. “It had five bathrooms!” Martha says. “It was perfect.”

Well, almost. Built in the 1960s and remodeled over the next two decades, the home felt dark, especially considering its quintessential seaside location. Decidedly un–Cape Cod–like details—such as a disco era’s worth of wood paneling—dominated almost every room.

In this photo: The family painted over the living room’s dark-pine paneling and then reupholstered their old sofa in a complementary hue. The rattan armchairs date to the 1940s, while the maps of Nantucket Sound are from 1874. The walls are painted Cambridge Heights by Benjamin Moore .

Hallway

Instead of stripping the structure down to the studs, Martha and her husband, Dan, vice president of a New Jersey–based family business, were determined to spruce the place up quickly. They closed in August, with an ambitious goal: to host Thanksgiving there that fall.

In this photo: Martha and Dan left the rough-hewn paneling in the mudroom untouched and accented the space with pennants from their kids’ sailing competitions.

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Staircase

Martha enlisted a friend, interior designer Michael Maher, to help meet her self-imposed deadline. “We decorated on speed dial,” Martha admits.

Rather than purchase all new furnishings, Maher reupholstered things the family already owned. Martha scored several new-to-her pieces from the property’s previous residents and filled in the blanks with accessories from area shops and garage sales.

In this photo: Martha acquired this antique bench—a perfect fit for the front hall—from the home’s former owners. The walls are painted Monterey White by Benjamin Moore .

Master Bedroom

“All it needed was paint,” Martha says of the home. “A lot of beach houses are really neutral, but I like when the colors of nature—yellows, greens, blues—explode inside.”

In this photo: Custom linen drapes frame waterfront views in the master bedroom. The walls are painted Patriotic White by Benjamin Moore .

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Storage Space

The closets that line the upstairs hallway store games and puzzles. Martha bought the wicker chairs and lattice-work pillows at Chatham shop Midsummer Nights ; the sailboat photos are yard-sale finds.



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Cape Cod Summer House

Fortunately for little bare feet, there are few toe-stubbing thresholds dividing inside from out in the Lovato family’s breezy Cape Cod summer house. Patrice and Walter’s four children pad happily across gently worn interior chestnut floors to a sun-warmed plank porch and the cool grassy lawn beyond.

This seamless connection lures the Lovatos from their San Francisco home to the Massachusetts cape for most of the summer, with Walter flying back and forth for his work. They’re not alone, however. Walter is Italian, and much of his family lives in Europe. So, come summer, his parents fly from Italy and a brother from Paris. Nephews, cousins, some with nannies in tow, also make the trek from Europe to the Cape for a holiday in the sun.

“This is a happy extended family,” says Maureen Footer, Patrice’s sister and the interior designer who helped the family renovate. “They are an old-fashioned, easygoing family that embraces a sort of la dolce vita or que sera sera vein in the summer.”

The Lovatos bought the historic house in large part because it sits midway between California and Europe, simplifying family gatherings. However, the original 1817 house, while charming, could not comfortably accommodate the six Lovatos and their extended family and friends.

Patrice says she and Walter loved the Cape, the old house, and the property, which was once part of an old cranberry farm. But in order to make the house workable, they needed to increase the number of bedrooms and square footage considerably. The challenge was how to do that without spoiling the historic and rural qualities of the property. No one wanted to tack a mansion onto the back of an 1817 farmhouse.

Because Footer lives in New York City and the Lovatos in San Francisco, Patrice asked for her sister’s help. The designer started by introducing Patrice and Walter to Massachusetts architect Reed A. Morrison. “He has a great understanding of vernacular Cape Cod architecture and also modern design,” Footer says.

He brought both aesthetics to the project, proposing the Lovatos renovate the existing old house and expand on its history with a barnlike addition. “The thought was, if you add a barn onto a house, it can be any size and look appropriate, and the existing residence would retain its small-house feel,” Morrison says. The town’s historic commission agreed, and the two-level lofted structure added about 2,665 square feet of living space that blends gracefully with the New England landscape.

The barn inspiration continues inside, as well. An open floor plan has the great room, kitchen, and dining room sharing a 32×65-foot space. A metal staircase leads to a loft, with a playroom and guest bedrooms. Wood plank ceilings accented by white-painted trusses peak at 25 feet. Skylights and large windows and doors facing all four exposures flood the interiors with light. “It is an open, expansive, barefoot kind of architecture,” Footer says.

She and the contractor handpicked salvaged chestnut for floors, which adds warmth and connects the new addition to the house’s past. “You can see the old nail holes; nothing was filled. It adds a lot of character,” Footer says. “From the start, we wanted a sense that the house was part of a continuum–that it reflects the past but also embraces modern lifestyles simultaneously.”

The kitchen is appropriately centered in the addition, with views to the porch, dining room, and great room. “This is an Italian family cooking, so the kitchen was central to that experience,” Footer says. A massive 10×4-foot island is topped with a solid slab of two-inch-thick Calcutta Gold marble, providing visual weight. The island cabinets are fastened with chunky nickel latches that resemble those on vintage refrigerators. “Patrice was adamant about finding those,” Footer says. “They’re so tactile and have this sense of the 1920s that really appealed to her.” Footer designed ribbed-glass light fixtures that hang on a nickel bar above the island. “The spheres are Murano glass, which ties back to the family’s Italian heritage,” she explains.

The old house was carefully renovated, right down to the foundation. Original floors were refinished and plaster ceilings were removed to expose the rough-hewn floor joists. “I love old houses,” Patrice says. “Retaining the old house and as many old elements as we could was very important to us.”

Footer tapped classic New England designs when furnishing rooms in the old house but often added fresh twists. Wing chairs by the fireplace in the keeping room are covered in a zippy green-and-white fabric that gives an updated look to a traditional flame-stitch design. Behind the settee are sea urchin-inspired lamps that share lighting duties with historical candle-style sconces.

Antiques that are reminders of the Lovatos’ trips to Europe are spotted throughout the house, including metal shelves from an Amsterdam library and a dining table from a Paris flea market.

“That was part of the spirit of the house,” Footer says. “They wanted to infuse it with their personalities, with Americana, with Europe, and with summer, yet not overpopulate it with stuff. In the end, the balance really came out wonderfully.”

Photography. Werner Straube
Produced by Stacy Kunstel

Architect. Reed A. Morrison, Reed Morrison Architect, 113 Pond St. Osterville, MA 02655; 508/428-8379, reedmorrisonarchitect.com. Interior designer. Maureen Footer, Maureen Footer Design, 30 E. 95th St. Suite 7C, New York, NY 10128; 212/207-3400, maureenfooterdesign.com.
Builder. C.H. Newton Builders, 919 Main St. Osterville, MA 02655; 508/428-5528.



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A s an award winning interior designer, Irina MacPhee knows that the key to good design is held by the client. For Irina, designing spaces is all about the possibility of living life well; improving the quality of life.

Working as your visionary and advocate, Irina provides assistance with design decisions involving both small and large spaces. Irina has helped transform and decorate homes on both the East and West Coasts. Selection of fabrics, furniture, window treatments, and accessories can often make the difference between a house and a beautiful home that offers the best environment for each client.

In the spirit of the lifestyle she promotes, Irina designed and developed The Cape Cod Collection , a signature line of upholstery and wood furniture offered at Pastiche of Cape Cod and through design professionals. Each piece captures the spirit of a casual-elegant lifestyle and is bench made in America.

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