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Needing some inspiration for an eclectic apartment revamp? We stole a few minutes from designer Nick Smit of December Wind Collective, who worked alongside Kehumile Mate on the 2018 Win a Home reality show. The design duo transformed this Paardevlei apartment into a lush, modern and cosy den, and here’s how you can get the look…

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Describe the look and feel of the apartment:
Kehumile and I chose to challenge ourselves to explore and combine natural tones (primary/earthy) with soft playful pastels. It’s a style we called Afrolicious! We also played on themes of nostalgia, reflection and mesh type repetitions. For more of a reference you can check out our Pinterest board: Afrolicious 

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What was it like working with Caesarstone?
We used a variety of Caesarstone designs to clad the window sills and boxes throughout the house, and this is probably one of our favourite uses of the material. It seems like something so insignificant but it adds such definition and an understated style to each room in the apartment.

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The design duo used Airy Concrete and White Attica Caesarstone in the Kitchen and dining area, which is complemented by the use of raw wood and split-level surfaces.

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Favourite area of the apartment and why:
Without doubt it is the dining area, the core of a truly South African home, which is especially interconnected within the open living space. From the continuous joinery unit which marries the kitchen and lounge areas, forming the bench at the head of the table; to the bespoke table which is essentially nothing but a beautiful 13mm White Attica slab mounted on a diner-style base. It is flawless.

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An exceptional collection of various materials and textures were incorporated into the apartment: Bark Design hand-stitched leather bench seat and wall mounted backrest which is hung off of the vertical stack bond black tiles, the Mitsotso woven recycled plastic bag seat cushions on the stools and the raw timber Imbadu bench by Umongu. 

If you could go back, is there anything you would change about the design?
If I could be totally honest; I would take the day to enjoy the space. We had so little time to sit back, to enjoy what we had created, and even though we already have a ton of pictures, I’d take another couple rounds of photographing the detail elements. It is all in the detail. People often neglect the small things but they really add up to the beauty of the full image.

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Your best part of the WAH experience:
The opportunity to work with and get to know world-class suppliers. Apart from Caesarstone we also got to work with Oggie Flooring, Flush Bathrooms, Stiles Tiles, Cara Saven Wall Design, and De Steyl Furniture to mention a few.

Biggest challenge being on a reality show?
Feeling the pressure! We were working on two week deadlines in an industry that is used to  six to eighth weeks, so you really get a handle of what can actually get done in two weeks, and of course who your real mates are and who you can rely on in a tight situation. The suppliers that accepted to work with us on this project were either good friends going in or just pure crazy… but now we’re good friends as a result.

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What trends should we look out for in the various living areas of a home?
These are my latest boards to answer that question:
Bathrooms: https://pin.it/2ti7jg77vadldh
Kitchens: https://pin.it/yervy7pd6qecc4
Bedroom: https://pin.it/fct52cdopimrqb 

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Most important piece of advice for people wanting to renovate their homes:
Be aware or make yourself aware of the cost and time that would be involved with your specific project as early on in your ideas phase as possible in order to plan correctly. I would even suggest getting a quote, even if you don’t plan on getting the design/works done in the foreseeable future, just to educate yourself. Most reliable designers would be able to give you an accurate estimation of cost and time, but unfortunately we can’t speak for everyone in the industry, so for your own peace of mind secretly expand those figures by about 20-30% to account for surprises.

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GET INSPIRED WITH DECEMBER WIND COLLECTIVE

December Wind Collective is a Cape Town based Interior Design agency founded in early 2018. Their focus varies from office design, fit-out and project management to High-end Residential and Restaurant design. We also enjoy getting the most out of small spaces like apartment renovations and will do stand alone bathroom/kitchen projects if the budget allows. Contact them on info@decemberwind.co.za

Want to get your hands on your very own Caesarstone? Contact us for a quote from a Caesarstone Accredited Fabricator. You can also get inspiration from our social media platforms on Instagram | Twitter | Facebook. If you want to show off your Caesarstone tag us at #CaesarstoneSA – we’d love to see your creations. Read more from our design dialogues and kitchen inspiration

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