Episode 8 sees Lisa and Danilo visiting a beautiful new holiday home in the Simbithi Eco Estate in KZN. Homeowner and interior design aficionado, Bernadette Sampson, paired up with kitchen designer Paula Cremer of Kitchen Classics to create her dream space featuring Caesarstone Clamshell in the kitchen, lounge and bar areas. With a gorgeous view both indoors and outside, this is a holiday home we’d all like to visit!
View Episode 8 and enter this week’s KitchenAid giveaway after watching the video below, and keep reading for this finalist kitchen’s plans, interviews and more!
HOMEOWNER & DESIGNER INTERVIEWS, PLANS & IMAGES
We chatted to homeowner Bernadette Sampson to find out what her inspiration was behind her breathtaking, new Caesarstone holiday home and kitchen.
What was your motivation for the redesigning of your kitchen?
My relationship with Paula at Kitchen Classics started once I had broad architectural drawings of the holiday home. The final home design was done around the proposed visual elements of the kitchen, proposed by Paula, as the kitchen is very much the biggest feature of the downstairs area. The rest of the interior design of the house then followed the proposed textures and colours and layout provided by Kitchen Classics.
How prescriptive were you with your designer?
I had done a lot of homework on the latest trends in kitchens and gave Paula a pretty good idea of the modern feel that I liked. But left the rest to her expertise.
Were there any specific aspects that you asked the designer to incorporate in your design?
Different textures, a modern feel and Miele and Siemens equipment.
How did you feel when you finally saw the kitchen finalised?
100% chuffed, it’s really beautiful and functional.
What is your impression of the Caesarstone product in your kitchen?
Elegant and classy, but it still feels practical and easy to maintain. I felt that it complemented the Oggie wooden floors and the contemporary décor in the house. It is a product that just works in terms of look and feel. It complements any mix of textures in the house.
How would you describe your new kitchen?
It has the wow factor, it’s the focal point of the house and it’s a great place to be. It incorporates cooking and eating and has a water feature right outside the kitchen with the best ocean view in the house!
What relationship does your kitchen and kitchen activities have with the rest of your life.
We love eating and cooking and entertaining when we are in Simbithi. This house was built as a holiday home. Therefore the objective of the kitchen being such a large part of the downstairs open plan entertaining area was for family and friends to be together in an easy open living space with ocean views all around. The kitchen really is the heart of the home in this instance.
How much assistance did the designer give you in conceptualising your new kitchen?
Paula knows the ins and outs of textures, appliances and practicality of a kitchen. I was prescriptive in terms of the elegance and modern execution, otherwise left it to Paula to come up with ideas, which I immediately loved!
What is your favourite aspect of your new kitchen?
How tidy and neat the front kitchen always seems as everything seems hidden and there is a separate scullery that flows perfectly from the main kitchen, but it can be closed off.
Were you surprised to be one of the eight finalists?
Not really. When I told my husband he said “ are you surprised, its stunning!”.
Paula Cremer of Kitchen Classics was the designer for this beach holiday home kitchen. She shares her insights on what it was like to create a new kitchen masterpiece in an existing space.
What was your first impression of this kitchen when you received the contract?
I loved the concept! The modern sleek clean lines with a mix of colours and different textures that complimented the rest of the house. Stunning open plan home with exceptional views.
How prescriptive was your client for their kitchen design?
Bernadette knew exactly what she wanted. It needed to be tasteful and be very much the focal point of the downstairs area. We were on the same page from the beginning which made it a fun and exciting project for me to be involved in.
How did you manage to implement their ideas with your creative flair and insight?
In keeping with the modern clean lines I made the kitchen completely handleless using touch catches and integrated appliances. The use of the high gloss finishes, wood veneer elements as well as the Shitake and Snow White Caesarstone colours all complimented each other.
What were the challenges that you faced in designing this kitchen and how did you overcome them?
As you walk through the front door you are greeted with the most magnificent view and you look down onto the kitchen area. So this needed to be stylish yet fully functional and being very open plan it had to flow with the rest of the downstairs. The kitchen needed to compliment the family’s lifestyle with dining, bar/ braai and living areas all in one room.
Were you intentional in trying to incorporate new trends into your design?
Yes … the use of high gloss cabinets and no handles gave the kitchen a seamless, sleek look; the Snow White Caesarstone running down the side panels of the kitchen counters with the custom-made Snow White Caesarstone prep bowl; and the integrated fridge and freezer with recessed handle detail, in keeping with the clean lines. The classic grey mirrored wall gives an added “texture” and reflects the lounge area.
Could you point out to us some of your design elements in the kitchen?
The island has a shadow line detail and a ‘floating” feel with recessed plinth and LED lighting for added affect. I used a ceiling extractor which is housed in a simple feature with glass frame running along the bottom, very sleek and stylish.
What is your favourite aspect of this kitchen?
I love the simplicity… with the all the different finishes matched with state-of-the-art appliances and beautiful wooden flooring. The colours and textures definitely compliment the other areas. Its tasteful luxury living at its best.
Were you surprised to be one of the eight finalists?
Yes, very! It was an awesome surprise, I could not believe it and only entered at the last minute! Thank you so much – what an absolute honour.
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