Kitchens Make the most of the hub of your home!

We show you six im­pres­sive kitchens per­fect for shar­ing meals and mak­ing mem­o­ries.

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KITCHEN #1 Retro kitsch

When Kris­jan Fourie was ren­o­vat­ing his 1940s West­dene home, he knew one thing for sure: built-in cup­boards and a tiled floor wouldn’t do for his kitchen. “I wanted a din­ing ta­ble that could ac­com­mo­date a crowd of peo­ple as well as a pi­ano so we could hold kitchen con­certs!” says Kris­jan, who offers cook­ing classes at his home.

To­day, this open-plan area cov­ers a spa­cious 120m² and boasts a con­tem­po­rary white epoxy floor and free­stand­ing retro fur­ni­ture. Kris­jan de­scribes his style as “retro-kitsch”.

The vin­tage el­e­ments in this space that leads out to the gar­den have been col­lected by Kris­jan over the years.

“I bought most of these items from the late Leonard Wicht­man of what was then Bruce Tait’s Kitsch Col­lecta­bles in Cape Town,” he ex­plains.

The yel­low-and-green vin­tage dresser comes from a sec­ond-hand store in Rosendal in the Free State. “I ‘binged’ on seven cup­boards that day!” >>

Is­land style

Guests usu­ally gather around the kitchen is­land. “It’s sig­nif­i­cantly taller than nor­mal be­cause I’m very tall,” says Kris­jan with a laugh. “When I’m done cook­ing, I don’t want to feel as if I’ve just washed my laun­dry in the river!”

The is­land also serves as a photo sta­tion when he offers cook­ing classes. “I first put out all the in­gre­di­ents for a snap­shot and then when the cook­ing is done, the com­pleted dishes are also pho­tographed here. The is­land is where we hang out in-be­tween all the work. It’s on cas­tors, so we can eas­ily move it around as the sun shifts.”

A friend, Nic Fenske of Wood-n-Wot­nots, made the is­land and the din­ing ta­ble us­ing the home’s orig­i­nal Ore­gon pine roof trusses. “It was a great way to re­cy­cle and it helped keep the spirit of the old house alive,” says Kris­jan. His ad­vice for oth­ers want­ing to cre­ate a sim­i­lar kitchen? “It’s a process dur­ing which you’ll learn a lot about your­self. Colour out­side the lines a lit­tle and set your wild side free!” >>

KITCHEN #2 Old-world beauty

Pam and Mark Lee of Ron­de­bosch had big plans for their ren­o­va­tion project: the ex­ist­ing kitchen had to make way for a TV room and wine cel­lar, while a new 40m² kitchen and a scullery had to be added on. But no project is with­out its chal­lenges – for the Lees, it was mak­ing sure the new kitchen would look as if it has al­ways been part of their 100-year-old house.

“A mod­ern kitchen was def­i­nitely out of the ques­tion,” says Pam. So she and Mark started look­ing around at scrap­yards and on­line for re­cy­cled build­ing ma­te­ri­als: wide Ore­gon pine floor­boards, au­then­tic ter­ra­cotta tiles and Ore­gon ceil­ing beams were all per­fect for cre­at­ing the look they were af­ter.

“It was ac­tu­ally quite a mis­sion to find the right lengths, widths and quan­ti­ties,” says Mark. “But, even­tu­ally, we had ev­ery­thing we needed.”

The cou­ple asked Holly Wood Kitchens to cre­ate a typ­i­cal Provençal or farm­stead look with the kitchen cab­i­nets in black, red and cream – a com­bi­na­tion they love.

“The black dresser and red is­land re­ally stand out, while the rest of the cup­boards blend into the walls,” says Pam.

The fo­cal point of this kitchen is def­i­nitely the 2.4 x 1.2m is­land. “Be­cause the gas stove was built into the is­land, this is where we do all our prep­ping, cook­ing and din­ing. We also like to eat break­fast, drink cof­fee or share a glass of wine with friends here.” >>

KITCHEN #3 Work and play

The first thing that strikes you when you en­ter Melissa and Mark van Hoogstraaten’s kitchen is how much space there is for work­ing and en­ter­tain­ing – not only is there a large is­land and kitchen ta­ble with riem­pie chairs, but also a com­fort­able couch and a fire­place. And, of course, there’s al­ways some­thing de­li­cious to eat – which is hardly sur­pris­ing since Melissa and Mark are the own­ers of pop­u­lar Melissa’s Food, Home & Gift Store.

It’s a place where we can spend qual­ity time to­gether, where we can all gather while we cook, work and re­lax. - Melissa

By Beatrice Moore-Nöth­nagel Pho­to­graphs Fran­cois Ober­hol­ster, Elza Cooper, Justin Pa­trick, Hen­rique Wild­ing and ER Lom­bard Styling Mar­ian van Wyk, Amanda van Wyn­gaardt and Hen­rique Wild­ing

Kris­jan’s life part­ner Douw Botha in­her­ited the El­lis De Luxe stove from his fam­ily’s farm in Ly­den­burg. “When his fa­ther Jaap passed away, the stove be­came a city girl. She works beau­ti­fully and also keeps the en­tire house toasty in win­ter,” says Kris­jan.

The paint­ing is by May Went­worth; Kris­jan be­lieves one of her works is a must for “any place with spirit”.

A hang­ing pot rack made by Time for Liv­ing In­te­ri­ors adds the fin­ish­ing touch to this kitchen.

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