“Eat cake, because it’s somebody’s birthday somewhere”… After experiencing a tragic family loss at a young age, Angie Batis Durrant lives by this quote. She appreciates the gift of life, as well as the importance of family. She attributes much of her success not only to hard work and determination, but also to the support of her loved ones – her husband Shane (of the SA band Desmond and the Tutus), her two children, and her parents.
Angie’s parents have been her biggest fans, and have supported her in whatever she was doing. Which, for Angie, has been many different things. No matter what she wanted to do, they always told her, “Great idea, you can do it, and you can do it right.” So it’s not surprising that she became a serial entrepreneur. As co-owner of no less than three restaurants (Wolves Café, The Good Luck Club, and Father Coffee), as well as a blogger (check out miss_luckypony on Instagram), content creator and photographer, Angie is no stranger to hard work. Plus, as a mom to two gorgeous children, her daily life is pretty busy.
On top of that, Angie and her husband decided to renovate their house in order to make it perfect for their children. “The meaning of home for me is the place that makes you feel the most safe and the most happy”, she explains. Angie has fond memories from her childhood of visiting her ‘yaya’ (grandmother) in Zimbabwe and she wanted to draw on those feelings. This meant she wanted a kitchen that would be the perfect space for her to be creative, but also present.
For Angie and her family, they needed a kitchen that was just as versatile as she is. “The epicentre of our house is definitely the kitchen. Everything happens in here.” And she’s not kidding. Angie cooks and bakes, while Rex plays office in a cupboard (yes, a cupboard) and Nina draws while sitting on the countertop. They even spend time playing board games in the kitchen. This is not really surprising, though, when you see how gorgeous it is!
“This is our forever home. So every decision we made is based on having the best of the best in every single room and that’s why we decided to have Caesarstone countertops because they are the best.” Angie chose Cloudburst Concrete for her kitchen countertops because anything and everything looks good on this countertop – from freshly-baked cake to spilt milk.
It’s important for Angie that the home, and the kitchen, plays a big role in her family’s life. “A home is like a nest. It’s full of all the things that you’ve collected throughout your life, all the things you can look at and say, ‘This is what I’ve done, this is who I am, and this is where I belong’ – I think what my children will remember the most about the home that we’ve built is that it’s constantly full of music, sounds. I think for them, that’ll be what they remember of their childhood – a home that was constantly a vibe.” Angie’s advice to those who want to be successful? “Don’t be afraid to take the first step, but be afraid that it won’t be a success, and then use that fear to drive yourself to make it what you want it to be.”
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