you guys, i LOVE a good before and after. you might say i am OBSESSED with them. you can ask my husband how many hours i have spent watching shows like Fixer Upper and Masters of Flip or how i get totally lost scrolling through the Apartment Therapy B&A archives. if we had HGTV in South Africa i would be permanently tuned in. my Instagram explore page is basically just filled with stylists, interior decorators and house flippers. i’m also hoping to share our own house before & after here – soon!

so i was really happy when i found the work of Holly Marder, an interior design stylist & journalist who blogs about her work at Avenue Lifestyle. she has such a light, soft sensibility and sense of style – i love her work! AND, judging by her accent, Holly has South African roots. check out some of her projects below – including before and afters – and delve into her blog here.

Holly’s Studio:

Holly’s bedroom:

Holly’s daughter’s bedroom:

Project Hoff bedroom:

Project H Studio:

Project H bedroom:


  1. Diana, thank you so so much for featuring my work and your very kind words about me. Blushing big time over here! Holly x

  2. So beautiful – could you please tell me the designer of the bed frame in the Project Hoff bedroom? Thanks so much

  3. Beautiful photos of some beautiful interiors – I’ve come across some pretty decent setups locally in a few upmarket Umhlanga Accommodation venues. Can’t help but take a step back to admire it.

  4. I love a good renno too. I have pinned so many of these rooms and never realised it was the same home. Now I hate people who put links in their comments, so I won’t, but google Currawong Cottage Build House Home, to see the before and afters of the cottage we rennovated on a shoe string. I think you will like it.

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