I love a good story...
And the one on page 52 about how the Van Zyls got a new kitchen is currently at the top of my list of the best stories we’ve published in Home.
Consider this: you’ve been retrenched from work and that night, in shock and frustration, you grab a hammer and start demolishing your tired old kitchen – to purge all those pent-up emotions! I don’t know all the details, but I wish I’d been a fly on the wall when Sonja van Zyl arrived home that evening. Did anyone try to stop her? Gosh, was anyone even at home or was it a huge, dusty surprise when they eventually saw her handiwork?
This whole scenario put a smile on my face. Perhaps because such overwhelming emotion is something to which we can all relate. And everyone reacts differently. I remember a colleague from my days spent working at a newspaper who would start painting her lips bright red at about 9pm when the paper was being “put to bed” – that time of the day when everything has to be done and dusted. It was a kind of ritual: the more stress she was under during those last few minutes before the newspaper was sent to the printer, the more deliberately she would redden her lips with lipstick. To ensure she looked her best for the Big Moment.
Although things are looking up for us in South Africa, it’s not all plain sailing – and I’m surprised that there aren’t more people with new kitchens (and red lips). Because the economy is taking strain and layoffs are, unfortunately, still a reality. If there was a direct correlation between renovation projects and national levels of frustration, we’d probably all be knee-deep in building rubble!
A new kitchen is often at the top of a homeowner’s wishlist. But it’s a huge expense – unless you’re prepared to roll up your sleeves and get stuck in like the five couples in our kitchen feature did. Four of the kitchens were entries in last year’s Fix it with Flair competition; we deliberately set them aside to feature in this issue because each one of them managed to achieve miracles in terms of costs. If you’re on a tight budget but still have big dreams, I hope this article will provide all the brilliant cost-cutting ideas you need.
And how wonderful that we’re once again able to run the ‘Milestone Heroes’ competition. Two lucky readers will have their kitchens redesigned by the owner of Milestone Kitchens, Silvia Miles, and one even more fortunate reader will receive kitchen units to the value of R50 000! Last year, we were inundated with letters from readers telling us why they felt they should be the lucky winners. Here’s your chance – come on, tell us your story! Check out all the details on page 74.