Interior design tips and tricks, we interview the owner of The Post House Hotel in Greyton
Janet Higginson and her husband, John, recently embarked on a massive project transforming the historic Post House Hotel in Greyton into a tourist destination that mixes the old with the new whilst being able to compete with some of the best boutique hotels in the world. Their impeccable style combined with a flair for hospitality and property development has resulted in a country style retreat perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of city living. Undertaking such a project is definitely not for the faint hearted and requires a clear vision from the onset. In this interview, we sat down with Janet to discuss her process.
What was your inspiration when renovating the Post House?
Colour definitely played an integral part in our inspiration for the hotel. The property before was very neutral and we wanted to incorporate more energy and personality into the space with the strategic use of colour.
How did you balance incorporating the old with the new?
We worked slowly through each section trying to optimize it to its full potential and using bold, rich fabrics helped nicely to set the tone. The Post House was originally constructed in 1860 and is one of Greyton’s oldest buildings so we wanted to pay homage to the rich history in our rooms and public spaces. The building was used as a trading post and a place for lodgings for tired travellers. The main building which houses the restaurant and new coffee pod, also includes the pub, which is well-known for the Bells Whiskey advert and was also Greyton’s Post Office. We have honoured the pub’s humble roots with a vintage post box perched on the counter.
Why did you choose Rialheim for most of your wall decor?
Rialheim products are funky and original giving each space personality and flair. We also love being able to display skulls that are made out of ceramics as they are kind to nature whilst bringing the beauty of Africa indoors.
What are your top tips for anyone embarking on a project like this?
1. Make sure you have the time to focus and reflect while pushing through - having no other distractions helps a lot!
2. Keep to your budget as much as possible as it is easy to get carried away and then you cut corners at the end if the funds run out.
3. Plan your contractors accordingly to the renovations so that what has been fitted or supplied does not get damaged by the next contractor.
One style tip to live by?
Go with what suits you and what you feel comfortable in whether it is clothing or the space you are in.
What is your favourite aspect of living in Greyton?
There is no traffic, it is generally quiet and there is a real community feel to the village.
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For more information on The Post House Hotel and to make a reservation, please visit: https://theposthouse.co.za