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in this issue DEVELOPMENT








22 The

58 Minimalism VS

37 Apartment

44 Festivals

Insight into the many pockets of our city and some of the new exciting developments found within.

Are you a Minimalist or Maximalist? Read to find out which decor style YOU embody or which one you'd like to adopt.

As we take note of the move to high-rise living, we take a look at four stunning apartments inhabited by Umhlanga folk.

Read about some of the most extraordinary festivals occurring all-year-round.

32 Affordable

70 Kitchen &

52 Insta-Worthy

Neighbourhoods of Umhlanga

Luxury at Gateway

With its brand new wing, its latest stores, as well as a recently launched Snow Park, Gateway's internal developments are surely something to celebrate!


Bathroom Trends

Design specialists Morley Miller provide answers to the questions we all need to ask ourselves before designing any kitchen or bathroom.



Our photogenic town makes for some of the prettiest pictures. We feature locals in the most insta-worthy spots around!

Around The World

57 Happy Birthday Skabenga

The Oyster Box's resident cat celebrates his sweet 16th!

74 Year-End Packages

What to do to celebrate the end of another successful year with your clan or colleagues.

42 Cover Story

Who are Blueprint Realty? Read on to find out how this new property group does it all under one 'blue roof'.

IN EVERY ISSUE 04 Ed’s Note | 08 Fabstuff | 10 Social Scene | 16 My 031 | 18 Inspiration

21 Restaurant Review - Mike's Kitchen | 78 Health | 80 Beauty Review - Brahman Spa | 82 Property

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’m really loving life at the moment. It’s busy…really busy, but I’ve found a rhythm that sees me ticking boxes daily. I’ve been achieving my goals (some planned and others less so) and doing things that I really love with a bunch of people who inspire me with their work ethic, enthusiasm and hunger to learn more and do more. Combine all of that with my unbelievably beautiful surroundings and the endless support of our close-knit community, and that might just be the recipe to happiness. We’ve always followed a slightly different model compared to traditional publishing companies because we didn’t come from a media background, and therefore, our ‘secret sauce’ is unique. What makes our model so special is that it includes a lot of hard work, passion and abstract ways of looking at the world of storytelling. Whatever it is, I think it might be working! As a proud KZN-based business who specialise in the publishing of niche community magazines, we’ve developed titles like The Umhlanga, The Ballito, The Estates Magazine, and recently, the newly launched Midlands Magazine. We’ve also been blessed to partner with some of the biggest and most prominent Estates in KZN to publish their Estate-based magazines. Recently, we also started publishing 11 digital magazines for a collection of Estates in the Cape, Gauteng and KZN. To think, we started out with one small Estate magazine, and now we have expanded our North Coast footprint to the point where we publish nationally! Wow! See what I mean when I say that life is busy! But it’s a busyness that inspires our team, because it’s all about telling stories of positive, inspiring and motivated people doing things to change our part of the world.

Justin Scott | GRAPHIC DESIGN Savannah Greyvenstein | SALES EXECUTIVE Amy Meyer | 082 777 5541 SALES DIRECTOR Lucille Wendler | 083 747 3694 IN HOUSE JOURNALIST Candice Buckle | Ria Naidoo | IN HOUSE COPY EDITOR Priyanka Govender | CONTRIBUTORS Jaci Mun-Gavin, Ross Cairns & Grant Gavin ADMIN & ACCOUNTS Production manager Sharlene Odayar OFFICE NUMBER 032 946 3187 | 032 946 0357

Be sure to check out The Neighbourhoods of Umhlanga (page 22), for an in-depth view of the exciting developments in our home town.


In our Cover Story (page 42), Blueprint Realty provides great insight into who they are as a team, and into the world of property auctions.

Festivals Around The World (page 44), takes readers on a celebratory journey across the world. Explore diverse cultures and traditions by learning all about the different festivals that take place each month across the globe.

086 605 0098 SOCIAL/EVENTS 082 562 7202 EDITORIAL ADDRESS 104 San Hall Office Park Kirsty Close | Ballito, KZN PRINTING

Minimalism vs Maximalism (page 58), is an intriguing perspective into the different decor trends and lifestyles that we embody. Give it a read to find out whether you are a Minimalist or a Maximalist! I’m off to grab a coffee and meet with the team to discuss our next mag! Till then, enjoy the October/November edition and I’ll connect with you again in our bumper holiday edition in December! God Bless

Justin Scott

and the FabMags Team

Justin Scott, ceo

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Apartment Living We chat to residents from four different apartments in Umhlanga to find out what they think of their newfound lifestyle. From colourful personalities to gorgeous design and unparalleled sea views, these residents fill us in on all the perks of apartment-living!


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We are both thrilled and proud to bring you the October edition of The Umhlanga! A lot of hard work, collaboration, and inspiration went into conceptualising our annual development edition – but it’s ultimately the local residents, developers and valued clients who make it all possible. To ensure we always stay relevant and tethered to the community, we invite our readers to connect with us on all our social platforms and websites. Follow us for updates and sneak peeks, and so we can also see what you're up to!

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The Realty Boutique La Lucia 1

The launch of The Realty Boutique offices was celebrated in true style! Hanging lights lit up the outside marquee, and guests mingled and sipped on their complimentary drinks while listening to live music from Cindy Alter and The Kickstands. The buffet table was filled with biryani, side salads and a delicious lamb on the spit.

The People 1. Paige, Michigan, Carys & Gordi Behn 2. Calvin Koster & Russell Bosch 3. Gordi Behn & Jonathan Flax 4. Kavi Bechan, Tharoshnee Iyer, Cheryl Van Quickelberge & Steve Sobey 5. Robin Duncan, Erica Lewis & Cathy Humphreys 6. Vicki & Craig Preston-Whyte





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Umhlanga On the 27th of August, Vodacom hosted a Women’s networking breakfast at the Coastlands Hotel and Convention centre. It was a morning of excitement and as we entered, we were in awe of the beautiful Wizard of Oz themed room. We listened to many different women share their stories with us and then had the privilege to mingle and network with various corporates. There were also games and competitions that every lady could partake in! 3

The People 1. Nonjabulo Gasa & Senele Goba 2. Shaa’ista Kathree & Chanel Stone 3. Ashmika Ramkissoon, Mishka Singh, Krissy Kirsten & Jayshree Rooplall 4. Anika Patel & Thiloshni Pather 5. Utira Mocktar & Anathi Qabaka 6. Zainab & Faatimah Paruk 7. Christene Ramduth & Pamela Mnyaka





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On Friday 2 August, Mazda hosted the official launch of the new Mazda 3. It was a night of excitement and curiosity as the spectacular new model was revealed to us. There were fire dancers outside to add to the mysticism, and the snacks and drinks were delectable. Guests were also allowed to sit in the car and explore its new features!

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1. Sarah McIntosh & Donna Mc Culloch 2. Teneal & Charmaine Patchappen 3. Melanie Stuart, Matthew Lilford & Warrick Stuart 4. Sholan Singh & Pashni Govender 5. Pieter & Sereza Sans 6. Deshan, Shaun & Veena Pillay



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Night of 1000 Drawings Doodle Auction


Springfield Vega School hosted their annual doodle auction in Barrows’ eclectic, Brooklyn-style office space. Drawings were provided by past doodle nights as well as various institutions and schools. Guests admired the immense talent pinned up on the walls to decide which doodle they wanted to take home with them, whilst enjoying a variety of finger food and drinks. Sales were donated to and the Vega Grant Fund for bursaries to deserving students.



The People 1. Brett Horn, Andrew Maccallum & Keith Hickman 2. Jordan McDonald & Anya Zinn 3. Paige Mullins & Jon Fish 4. Liliya Panina, Phehello Mosoang & Phila Zulu 5. Claire Duncan-Brown & Jenna Bleloch 6. Nick Ferreira & Jonathan Kellerman 4


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Do you prefer going to the Gym or training outdoors

Where can we find the best pizza in Umhlanga?

Both! I do weight training and classes at Planet Fitness Just Gym at the Pearls Mall. The Umhlanga promenade is my favourite place to go for a run and enjoy the outdoors! Us Durbanites are privileged to enjoy runs alongside our beautiful Indian Ocean.

Lupa Osteria in the Umhlanga Village. Their wood-fired pizzas are delicious and the vibe is always dynamic and amazing!

Umhlanga through the eyes of a local fashion influencer! We chatted to Julia Petersen, a Miss SA Top 12 Finalist, fashion influencer and model, about what she loves most about Umhlanga living. You consider yourself a fashion influencer. Day to day, what does that entail? Being a fashion influencer gives me an opportunity to showcase my own personal style. With so many trends to follow, I use my platform to show women that it’s okay to be different and unique. My motto is “just own your look!”

Tell us about a "hidden gem" in Umhlanga... Definitely the Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve. I love hiking and keeping fit while enjoying nature. When I discovered this spot I fell in love with it immediately!

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Who do you draw inspiration from in Umhlanga? I've been in the modelling industry professionally for 12 years, and therefore I have had an opportunity to meet with designers, photographers and people from the entertainment industry. Seeing people live unapologetically in their field inspires me to do the same.

What is your favourite place for a coffee? Starbucks in Gateway Mall. I love the 'neighbourhood' vibe because it creates a space that is open to everyone. Apart from the great coffee, I also get to do a bit of shopping afterwards!

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Hope Makes Way for the Miracle Words Jaci Mun-Gavin


he weekend rolls by again and I take the orchids off their shelf and dust off their leaves. I give them each the allotted few ice blocks that they require. The weeks have turned into months and years and yet I’ve eventually learnt the lesson that orchids have to teach: Hope is the highway to our desired future, and we have to keep it open if we’re ever going to get there. A few weeks ago, I found myself sprinting around an Australian airport behind my husband, chasing after cancelled flights. I was happy to give up, convincing myself that an extra night or two away from the kids, wasted time in a foreign city, and who knows how many dollars thrown away, was not worth a fight I knew we’d lose anyway. My husband Rich is speaking ever so strongly to the uniformed ground staff, while I’m smiling apologetically and thinking how lovely it would be to put our feet up in some airport lounge… for another 36 hours of waiting. He’s redirected, and we take another flight only to end up running around another airport in a different city. Eventually, we plop into our seats. Richard turns to me, and breathes out, “We made it!” and I realise he’s done the impossible. The logistics are too complicated to explain, but I’m convinced it’s nothing short of a (manmade?) miracle that we’re actually on a flight headed home! I’d started to think Richard had a travel agent called Jesus. Rich smiles at me and says, “I want to understand you better. You went all quiet on me when we heard about the cancelled flights and delays. What were you thinking?”

The truth is, I’d given up hope the minute I’d heard the odds. It didn’t seem like a fight we could win. Now I find myself flying home exactly as desired, and I’m almost disappointed because I had anticipated and accepted a different outcome. When I can’t control an outcome, I give up wanting it, so I don’t have to be disappointed. My husband however, calmly but strongly fought for an outcome he believed in. And that’s when I realise that there is an alternative to fighting with a panic that needs to control everything. I take down the third orchid from the shelf and smile at my lesson learned. Gentle persistence has kept me watering my hope, and after two years, this orchid is budding again. It is my first re-flowering and I know it won’t be my last. I have learned that hope that doesn’t give up, but rather causes a fight of faith that brings the object of our hope into today. When the highway of hope is closed, there is no choice but to look around and get comfortable where we are. But hope makes way for the miracle. When we keep the highway of hope open, we keep pushing, we keep running, we keep watering, we keep praying, and one day, we look around and realise: “We made it! We’ve done the impossible.”

and one day, we look around and realise: “We made it! We’ve done the impossible.”

JACI is an author, inspirational speaker and together with her husband, is a pastor of Anthem Church in Durban North, she is also the mother of 7 wonderful children.

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Only one brand delivers. It gives us great pleasure to announce the opening of our new Umhlanga & Durban North Office under the leadership of Sabrina Errico. Sabrina has been in property for 24 years, has a wealth of experience and has been successfully running the Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty office in Ballito.


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restaurant review

Mike’s Kitchen Nestled in the heart of the newly developed Park Square, Mike’s Kitchen is the epitome of South African hospitality. This iconic, family-friendly franchise is somewhat of an institution, earning high praise from foodies since 1972. Words Priyanka Govender


he evening air was crisp and chilly, interlaced with the remnants of a bygone Winter. However, as we entered Mike’s Kitchen, we were immediately embraced by the warmth and intimacy of a familial atmosphere. As we chatted with the restaurant’s charismatic manager, Vasan Naidoo, we could not help but marvel at the sleek, retro interior. With exposed brick walls and checkerboard floors, the element of design at Mike’s Kitchen is a marriage between Industrial Chic and Art Deco. Settling into the vintage red booths, we were transported back to the nostalgia of Mike’s Kitchen from our childhood. Cannon, our delightfully friendly waiter, recommended a selection of dishes from the menu while placing three large cocktails before us. However, these cocktails were by no means your generic, run-of-the-mill cheeky beverage! The cocktails, sporting vibrant colour palettes and an abundance of gin-infused fruit, were the liquid equivalent

of a Broadway production. We loved the theatrical steam effect, which resembled a witch’s bubbling brew as it overflowed with mystery and wondrous magic.

Coated in lashings of cheese sauce, bacon rashers and crumbled blue cheese, the meal was made even more decadent with a side of crispy onion rings and chips.

For starters, we enjoyed a plentiful portion of black mushrooms topped with creamed spinach, crispy bacon and mozzarella cheese. The pan-grilled chicken livers were smothered in a creamy peri-peri sauce, and the flavour profiles within the chilli mingled marvelously with the rich, creamy sauce.

For dessert, we were spoiled for choice as platters of cheesecake, deep-fried Lindt encased in phyllo pastry and malva pudding served with custard and ice-cream, were placed before us. Each dessert was deliciously decadent - and certainly worth the extra hour of cardio!

For mains, we indulged in hearty salmon fillets on a bed of creamed spinach. Infused with ginger and coconut, this meal was a definite treat for the senses! The creamy spinach paired perfectly with the flaky Norwegian salmon, and the fusion of tropical flavours added an exotic element to the dish. Our second main - the blue cheese and bacon fillet - is every bit as luxurious as it sounds. This signature dish was cooked perfectly, resulting in a tender and succulent steak dinner.

Mike’s Kitchen are to be commended on their signature brand of service with a smile. We wholeheartedly recommend this restaurant to those with a passion for food and family!

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Development Feature

The Pearls Boardwalk

Umhlanga Promenade Photo Kyle Mills

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Development Feature

Umhlanga Ridge Blvd

The Arch rendering

Sidewalk cafĂŠ and European feel

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Development Feature

Balize Rendering

Park Square

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Baraka Read Rendering

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Experience ocean-front living and 180-degree sea views from your home at Balize Private Estate. Enjoy family lunches on your expansive terrace or summer afternoons around the pool as you relish the tranquil privacy of your home while within the safety of the estate. Located within the prestigious Sibaya Coastal Precinct, you’ll have access to a myriad of modern facilities on your doorstep, amongst them the chic retail piazza, ADVTech private school, comprehensive sports complex and the Sibaya forest boardwalks which connect you to the beach. Balize Private Estate offers a distinctly coastal lifestyle with smart-ready 2, 3 and 4-bedroom luxury freestanding Villas, Cabanas and Penthouses to inspire a resort-living feel.

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Gateway’s exciting, new renovations and latest stores! With over 174 000 sqm of floor space, expansive passageways bathed in natural light, and a host of trendy new retail outlets, Gateway is gearing up for an exciting festive season ahead! In 2017 and 2018, Gateway Theatre of Shopping underwent major renovations by developing various areas of the mall. After years of state of the art design, innovative architecture and community input, Gateway has successfully created a world-class retail experience! With

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the changes now completed, a host of new stores have opened, with more due to open soon. Gateway’s focus on 'shoppertainment' has found patrons frequenting the mall for more than just retail shopping – it’s a place to get rid of cabin fever on a rainy day, a cool refuge from the heat in summer, and an all-round, vibey place to meet up with friends and family.

Some key international luxury brands have joined Gateway, including EA7 and Armani Exchange, with the more affordable Turkish brand, LC Waikiki filling up the ex-Stuttafords space. Ted Baker and Versace Jeans will soon join the mix, as well as Pick 'n Pay Clothing, Scotch and Soda, and a Lego store! With a wide variety of retail outlets, Gateway caters to the needs and wants of a diverse audience. There is literally something for everyone!


NEW WING AT GATEWAY There are also a number of new stores situated in the new Woolworths Node at Entrance 2. You can access this node either from inside the mall near Game, or alternatively directly from Parkade G (opposite ECR house). These stores include: Ground Floor: Edition Sports, Adidas, Le Coq Sportif, Chelino Baby, Absolute Pets, Freddy Jeans, Crocs, GenX, X Kids First Floor: Bogart Man, Zerga, Angelino, S Squared, MUD Studio, Epilate Laser, The Crazy Store, Wimpy, Sheet Street, Verimark, Essops Home, MTN, Kids Emporium, Remax ENTERTAINMENT AT GATEWAY When it comes to shopping, a good variety of stores will always be an important element of the mall experience, however an increasingly significant role is being played by leisure opportunities and entertainment.

The new food court is a hive of activity with an array of outlets for every taste, as well as an equally exciting entertainment mix to match. From cheesy pizzas and decadent pastas to healthier options like wholewheat wraps and fruity smoothies, every appetite can be satisfied at Gateway. One of the most exciting developments to come from the renovation was the launch of a beautifully designed Starbucks cafe. This classic American go-to boasts eclectic lighting, modern contemporary decor and an array of delicious beverages and meals. The cafe is split into two levels, offering copious amounts of space for friends and family to socialise over coffee and cake. With free Wi-Fi and a creative atmosphere, Starbucks is also ideal for those looking to complete some work, collect their thoughts, or simply relax while drinking in the stunning view of Gateway’s outdoor entertainment area. w w w. t h e u m h l a n g a m a g a z i n e . c o . z a

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Snow Wonderland, an exciting new addition to Gateway, has been designed to create the ultimate snow experience all year round. As South Africans, we are accustomed to a tropical climate with sunshine all year round. Therefore, the idea of a “White Christmas” - as popularised in childhood movies and sitcoms - has always appealed to our curiosity. The exciting and one of a kind Snow Wonderland is the first permanent snow park in South Africa. At Snow Wonderland, sunny South Africans will have the rare opportunity to experience real snow! You can enjoy all the magic and fun of adrenaline pumping snow slides, building a snowman, playing in the snow, munching on delicious s’mores or putting your throwing skills to the test at the snow target wall. Enjoy a snowy Christmas day all year round as you build snow angels with your friends, sip on hot chocolate and experience a unique adventure at Gateway Theatre of Shopping. Each session runs for a period of 45 minutes and costs a standard rate of R95.

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Tickets can be purchased online at www. or from the ticketing office at the snow park. Snow Wonderland produces authentic snow and this is done through Snow Magic Inc. which is the world’s first manufacturer of temperature independent snow. Their unique patented snowmaking technology is able to create real snow without the use of any chemicals or additives, just pure H2O. The snow park concept and snowmaking machinery comes from the USA. Similar snow parks like Snow Wonderland are located in the US, Mexico City, Hong Kong and China just to name a few. Other entertainment available at Gateway include Action Karting, Action Bowling, Be. Up Park, Electric Avenue, Action Soccer (S.O.C.A), Electric Avenue, Funtubbles and so much more! Discover the fun yourself by visiting Gateway today!

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RIVERTIDE Tinley Manor / RIVER TIDE ESTATE / R 9,000,000 600m2 Plot and Plan Home - the last available stand in this exceptional development.

Positioned along one of the few untouched areas of our breathtaking coastal corridor. The natural beauty of the vistas over the Umhlali River Estuary flowing towards the ever-changing beauty of the Indian Ocean, calms you with suble contrasts, and instantaneously takes you to a place that seems removed from everyday life. Anybody who has spent any time at River Tide comes away knowing that they have just experienced something exceptional. Each of the homes has been designed to compliment the natural beauty of this site and create a unique quality of life. Consisting of only five homes, this estate truly is a rare find. Its unique location coupled with unprecedented growth along the Natal North Coast, bodes well to realise the exceptional returns from an investment in River Tide.

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With the rise in population, comes the rise in housing developments and apartment blocks. Free standing houses used to be “a norm� here in Umhlanga, but with more and more complexes and apartment buildings being built around central nodes and office parks, comes the move from spacious houses with large gardens into smaller, high-rise living spaces. We chat to residents from four different apartments to see how they’ve adjusted to, and how much they are loving, this lifestyle change. And of course, the views that come with it! Words Candice Buckle

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Mike and Taz are both originally from Durban and recently moved in together in a high-rise apartment in Chartwell Centre. Mike is an attorney at Bowmans and Tarryn is an Analytics Manager at Canway Brands. What’s the best part about living in this area? Being close to all the restaurants and pubs makes it really easy to pick somewhere to go out for a drink or dinner when we feel like it, plus the beach is right on our doorstep which is amazing. It’s super convenient for shopping as there is a big selection of stores in the area. How does your apartment space work for you and your lifestyle? We enjoy socialising and going out with friends, so being close to the Umhlanga village is a real winner. I (Mike) am an avid surfer, so it's great being just a short walk away from the waves. We also enjoy going for runs and walks along the promenade which is right down the road, so it helps us maintain our active lifestyles. Describe the style you’ve gone for? We love wildlife and the outdoors, so we have gone for natural colours with lots of

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plants dotted around to give the apartment a fresh and lively feel. We also have a cute little collection of The Big 5 and other animals to make us feel a bit closer to the wild. What’s your favourite room/area in the apartment? The lounge because of how open and fresh it feels, plus our couch is great for a Sunday afternoon snooze! What are your views like? Great partial sea views which makes it nice to check the waves in the morning and we have a sneaky vantage point of some of the bars along the Chartwell strip, so we can see what our friends are getting up to! How do you deal with any street-noise & possible light pollution? Block-out curtains, a fan to wash out the noise and soundproofing to help seal the windows, which means that not much sound or light sneaks in. What’s one thing you wish your apartment space had? A zipline straight to the beach!

Nash Naidoo is a 21-year-old full time student at Varsity College currently studying a BCom degree. He lives in Savannah Park in Umhlanga Ridge. Describe the style you’ve gone for? I’ve gone for a modern yet simplistic style. Being a full-time student involves a lot of time spent studying and attending classes, and as a result, I prefer my space being less cluttered and having the most practical furniture. It’s really about minimalism. The colours that I’ve chosen are easy to mix and match so if I ever have a bad day, you’ll find me pulling out the brightest cushions. Best part about living in this area? The best part about living in Umhlanga is that the beaches are close, which is of course the best part about Durban. For me and my relationship with the gym, I’m lucky that it is less than a kilometer away. The close proximity of the amenities makes for easy living as I have Gateway just a stone's throw away for all my needs.

What’s your favourite room/area in the apartment? I would say my favourite area would most definitely be the lounge. I say this because this area allows me to relax and of course, “Netflix and chill”. What are your views like? If by view, you’re referring to catching the most picturesque sunrise or sunset, then I would say I sure as hell have the best view. How do you deal with any street-noise & possible light pollution? Based on the area in which I live, it’s expected that vehicles will be travelling at every hour of the day, and one must consider that there is a large number of people sharing the same space as me.


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Talicia and Warryn have lived in Valencia Apartments in La Lucia for three years. Talicia works as a Paid Search Operations Executive at Jellyfish and Warren is the owner and founder of B Square Formwork. What’s the best part about living in this area? We live so close to the mall, which is incredibly convenient and in walking distance to our gym. Describe the style you’ve gone for? Casual, homely with a touch of Bohemian/ Bali love. We love the rustic, natural look and want people to feel like our home is also theirs when they walk in. How have you tried to extend the space or create the illusion of more space? Mirrors, mirrors, mirrors - and plants. How does your space work for you and your lifestyle? We LOVE plants and the outdoors, and because we don't have an outside area, we found a way to bring the outdoors in. We fell in love when we went to Bali, so we have tried to bring that Balinese vibe and lifestyle into our home. Note the ukuleles, surfboards and bar area! What’s one thing you wish your apartment space had? An outside area/balcony, to sit and drink tea in the mornings and braai with gin in the evenings. What are your views like? We are blessed to have a downstairs neighbour that has a beautiful garden that we overlook and we can also see a bit of the ocean.

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Rona EVANS has recently moved back to Durban after completing her studies in Cape Town. She lives in Beacon Rock and currently works as a Candidate Attorney at Cox and Yeats. Describe the style you’ve gone for? I don’t think I’ve gone for any specific style. I have just tried to create a space that I look forward to coming back to as I work long hours, so it’s important for me to have a space that feels peaceful but also bright at the same time, hence my little pops of yellow or mustard. I have also tried to add plants here and there, although they are a lot more work than they look. I’m not very good at keeping them alive! How does your space work for you and your lifestyle? I am an avid reader, so I love the little reading nooks and the peaceful, “Sunday afternoon” ambiance. I also enjoy cooking and baking, and the kitchen is such a clean-cut and naturally bright space. My apartment is also right by the beach which is great in Summer as there’s nothing I love more than spending the day in the sun and swimming in the sea. It’s also really convenient whenever I want to go for a run on the promenade. Best part about living in this area? The best part about living in this area, for me, is how close it is to everything.

I work on Umhlanga Ridge so getting to work every morning is quick and easy. Umhlanga Village is down the road too so it’s nice to be close to lots of restaurants. I think the thing I enjoy most about living here is that my flat is in the same building as Movement X which makes it so easy to wake up and pop down to a class before work in the morning. Worst part about apartment living? I have lived in an apartment throughout varsity so I would say I’m used to apartment living, but one thing that is slightly annoying is the noise. I’m lucky in that the building itself is very quiet, it's only now and then that the street noise travels up. That, and limited cupboard space. What’s your favourite room/area in the apartment? My favourite area is definitely the balcony. The space feels very peaceful – I love reading out there. What are your views like? At the moment my views are best described as “construction site with a side of sea views” (my apartment faces the Oceans construction site). It doesn’t really bother me as I’m not home much during the day, and it will be interesting to see how the road changes once the Oceans development is complete.

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Buying, selling, renting or auctioning - this property group is doing it all under one 'blue roof'.


lueprint Realty is a fresh, new innovative Property Brand, with exciting plans to forge a unique identity that is disruptive, agile and entrepreneurial, and driven in line with the pace of technology and level of service required by buyers and sellers. As a newly independent entity operating in a fiercely competitive market and leveraging off market shifts, Blueprint Realty wants to position themselves at the cutting edge of global property trends and lead the way as pathfinders in their industry. That’s why they have entered the property auction market, as their view is that residential property auctions will gain traction in South Africa in the foreseeable future as an alternative method of buying and selling property.

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And they’re on a mission to make property auctions sexy again. Not because they aren’t sexy, but because there are many preconceived ideas, negative perceptions and misunderstandings around auctioning. They understand that buying or selling a property is likely one of the largest financial transactions a person will make in their life and want to make sure you’re making the right decision! That’s why they offer their clients the opportunity to buy or sell property the conventional route, or through auctions…all under one ‘Blue Roof’. Blueprint Realty has truly discovered what its unique blueprint is all about... They are proudly independent, truly passionate and believe that their clients come first. Their unique, entrepreneurial energy is at the heart of what they do, and ensures they drive innovation in a creative way.


But enough about them... they feel it's about YOU, their clients, partners, followers and friends. It's about YOUR unique blueprint, YOUR independence, dreams and goals, and YOUR future home. That's why they are there for YOU. Got questions about auctions? They are here to help you decide if auctioning is a good route for you! It is a common misconception that those selling their property on auction are desperate or bankrupt, real estate auctions, in general, are just another way to market a house and generate interest in the property, as you would any other method. Also, over 60% of residential properties in Australia are now sold at auction, with similar trends mirrored in the US, UK, and Europe. Everyone always wants to know if they will get fair value for their home if sold on auction, that really is the age old question: How much is my property worth? This is the question that every seller asks. The answer is simple: it’s the amount that someone is willing to part with to own the property. Selling a home can have a huge impact in a person’s life: sell to the first offer, and perhaps you left money on the table or pass up the opportunity and it could sit on the market for months. But thanks to property auctions, there is another way. In this way, your property is put in front of a pool of serious, qualified buyers, and they decide what its true value is and, remember, you are not obligated to accept an offer that is below your asking price.

You can either sign a counteroffer, look at other offers, or re-list the property for the next auction. The misconception that buyers need cash to buy on auction is also incorrect as they may come to an auction with a qualified bond in order to know their buying power, otherwise Blueprint Realty can also provide bond approvals on the day of the auction. Our beautiful cover photo is also another feather in this property group's cap as they have the beautiful Teremok Boutique Hotel on their books for sale. This incredible award winning, property seeks a new owner. Teremok is perfectly situated on the tropical belt of KwaZulu-Natal, nestled amongst the palm and giant Milkwood trees of Umhlanga Rocks. Just one block back from the ocean on the affluent Marine Drive, the perfect investment for anyone wanting to relocate to paradise and take over a successful going concern. If you have any questions about auctioning, buying or selling your property on auction, or if you are interested in acquiring Teremok Boutique Hotel, please get in touch with us!

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Celebrations and festivals are more than just an excuse to let your hair down and indulge in some fun, they are the markers of commemorating something significant, of honouring a tradition or event. Globally, these occasions maintain a sense of community, and remind us that being alive should be celebrated!

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them to fly too far away, and there is a recycling program in place to prevent littering from the festival. You can take a train from Taipei to Pingxi, shop carefully for your lantern (consider symbolism and intent), and join the throngs of happy people celebrating and praying together!

New Year’s Eve Ball Drop, New York City According to the Gregorian calendar, New Year’s Day falls on 1 January each year, and whilst there are extravagant parties around the world, there is one spot that most people have on their Bucket Lists: Watching the ball drop in Times Square, New York City! With a crowd of over one million people coming together to count down the New Year, a time ball descends 43 m in sixty seconds along a flagpole and comes to rest at exactly midnight. Since its very first drop by New York Times owner, Adolph Ochs, back in 1907, the event has gathered more people, highly anticipated entertainment and additional security. The weather in New York around New Years is usually exceptionally cold, so dress accordingly! Be prepared for big crowds and long waits. If you prefer to celebrate in a more comfortable environment, consider booking a table at one of the Times Square restaurants – you can simply watch the ball drop from there, and indulge in a delicious meal too. Or try stay at the Hilton Garden Inn on 136 west 42nd street in room 506 for your own private viewing away from the crowds!

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FEBRUARY Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival, Taiwan Despite that fact that some countries in Asia have adopted the Gregorian calendar to maintain business relations in the West, the lunar calendar is still expressly important to their traditions. The Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival period is based on the Chinese New Year, and that date changes every year based on the movement of the moon. The practice of releasing sky lanterns grew during the Qing Dynasty, when thieves ravaged villages, and sky lanterns were a way of families letting their loved ones know that they were safe. Today, the lanterns carry wishes and prayers up to the ancestors and gods, in the hopes that they are heard. Pingxi is the only village in Taiwan where lanterns are still allowed to be released because the mountains and water don’t allow

APRIL AfrikaBurn, South Africa Whilst sustainability has become a topic of daily conversation, few things can come close to the ten principles embodied by Burning Man, and its local spin-off, AfrikaBurn. The original Burning Man festival began in the late 80s on a San Francisco beach as a group of friends burnt effigies on the summer solstice as a form of radical “self-expression”. Later, as the number of attendees grew, the event was moved to the Black Rock Desert where it is

Eons before the fashionable colour festivals of today, India and Nepal were already engaging in the concept of vibrant, bold celebrations. Holi, the traditional festival of colour, occurs during Spring and is a celebration of the triumph of good over evil. It is also a way to give thanks for a good harvest. On Holi Eve, a huge bonfire is lit, and effigies of evil are burnt whilst people sing and dance around the fires. In some towns, fire-walking forms part of the celebrations, and in others, the festivities happen a week ahead of Holi itself. During Holi, people dress in old clothes (often white or light coloured), and spray water and coloured non-toxic powder all over each other! There are rain dances, parties, music and laughter – a day committed to partying and sheer fun. If you are interested in attending Holi in India, it is recommended to travel in a group, celebrate early (to avoid heavily intoxicated crowds in the afternoons), and spend the evening at a Holi party organised by your hotel. Be prepared to get dirty!

still held today. AfrikaBurn is South Africa’s version of Burning Man and follows the same guiding principles of leaving no trace, self-expression, self-reliance and several other elements that seek to encourage inclusion and responsibility. There is absolutely nothing on sale, except ice, encouraging a gifting system. The event is held in Tankwa in the Karoo, and consists of seven days of creating art, live music, mutant vehicles, costumes and themed camps, dancing, singing, celebration and performance. The namesake of this festival is the event of burning art, but AfrikaBurn is committed to sustainability and safety, and thus has clear rules regarding the burning of art. w w w. t h e u m h l a n g a m a g a z i n e . c o . z a

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JUNE Inti Raymi, Peru Traditionally, Inti Raymi (The Festival Of The Sun), was an event preceded by strict fasting by the people of Peru. The festival, dedicated to the Sun God, included parades, drinking, dancing and a large animal sacrifice. The festival occurs on the Winter Solstice in order to venerate the Sun God and plead His return so that there would be a good harvest.

MAY Cinco De Mayo, Los Angeles Whilst Cinco De Mayo is the celebration of Mexico's victory over the French invaders at The Battle of Puebla in Mexico, the world's biggest celebration takes place in Los Angeles and is called Fiesta Broadway! The battle remains important enough to continue commemorating, because Mexico's significantly smaller army defeated the much larger French army. The festivities are colourful, loud and energetic, with attendees having the opportunity to celebrate the Mexican way of life. There are Mariachi bands that provide celebratory music, elaborate parades with choreographed dances and detailed costumes, hundreds of vendors selling traditional Mexican food and drinks, traditional Mexican dancers, stalls and piĂąatas. Each year, the street festival seems to grow, and currently takes up twelve blocks in downtown Los Angeles, with over half a million people attending and taking part in the celebrations. Be prepared for an elevated mood, a full tummy, and lots of feelgood camaraderie!

July Full Moon Party, Thailand Almost every person remotely interested in travel or culture has heard of Thailand's famous Full Moon parties. Occurring every month since 1983, the all-night beach parties happen either the night before, the night of, or the night after the full moon.

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Today, the festival is as important as it was all those years ago, but the celebratory events are a little different. The seven-day festival includes different Peruvian musicians performing free concerts each night of the week, street fairs, lots of traditional food vendors and dancing. Each year, actors are selected to re-enact historical events, and being chosen is highly prestigious. On the main day (Incan New Year), the actor chosen to play Sapa Inca (Emperor of the Incan Empire), is carried on a golden throne to the hills of Cuzco, where he addresses the huge crowd, performs a realistic enactment of a llama sacrifice, and stacks of straw are set alight as the sun sets and people dance in celebration. A procession back to Cuzco brings the evening to an end, as blessings are given to all attendees. Due to the fact that hundreds of thousands of people attend from all over the world, it is recommended that you buy tickets to attend the festival in advance and ensure that accommodation is sorted too!

An entire night of hedonistic partying takes place on Thailand's beaches and comes to a stop at sunrise the next morning. All clubs located along the Haad Rin beach are open during the night of the party, and the festivities carry onto the sand too. Mainly attended by tourists, each party can garner crowds of up to 30 000 partygoers, and includes fire-dancing, interesting alcoholic drinks, a wide range of loud music and fireworks. Be prepared for a large crowd in a party mood, keep your valuables locked away in the hotel’s safe, and wear sensible, closed shoes.

AUGUST Crop Over, Barbados Originating in 1687 on sugar cane plantations during slavery, Harvest Home (now known as Crop Over), was an event filled with singing, feasting, games, drinking and dancing, and signalled the end of the sugar cane harvest. The festival was revived in 1974 and has become Barbados' largest national event, occurring over a two-month period and welcoming the likes of international celebrities from all around the world. Each day of the festival celebrates all things Barbadian, with Bajan food stalls, live music and bands, dancing (both by festivalgoers and professional dancers), fireworks, performances and all-round revelry. One of the iconic events of the festival are the fierce music competitions, with Calypso bands performing passionately to win. The festival comes to an end on Kadooment Day, a national holiday, when people dress up in masquerade-inspired festival costumes and make their way through the streets, dancing towards Brighton Beach, where the festivities continue into the night. Whether you're watching from the sidelines, or fully costumed with rhinestones and feathers too, the spirit of the festival is infectious and you are bound to leave with a sense of joy and appreciation for life!

SEPTEMBER Oktoberfest, Germany The name of this festival is a little misleading, as most of the celebrations take place during September, and end in the very first week of October. As the world's largest beer and funfair festival, the event hosts approximately six million people over an 18-day period each year. Apparently originating as a celebration of a royal wedding, the festival evolved into an event that includes games, craft stalls, traditional food, amusement rides, costume parades, live music and of course, beer. Only beer that meets specific criteria, and is brewed within Munich, can be served during the festival and can be classified as "Oktoberfest Beer". After years of raucous partying, the authorities have put measures in place to protect the elderly residents of Munich, curb issues due to wild partying, and preserve the atmosphere of a traditional German beer tent. Get on a few amusement park rides for the sake of nostalgia, pick a tent that you like, and indulge in as many Bavarian treats as you can manage!

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OCTOBER Dia De Los Muertos, Mexico A Mexican public holiday, the Day Of The Dead is a far-cry from its ominoussounding name. This sacred day of cultural heritage seeks to remember and honour the loved ones that have passed on and is observed throughout Mexico, as well as in places where people of Mexican heritage reside. The three-day festival starts with families cleaning and decorating the graves of the departed, then placing offerings of favourite foods, drinks and snacks, along with belongings of the deceased

or memorabilia representing love, and even photos. They may tell anecdotes and remember the good times had, and laughter may even ensue! The iconic calavera ("skull" in Spanish) is the universally recognized feature of Dia Des Los Muertos, more specifically the elaborately-decorated masks worn to represent the skulls. Even though the festival is essentially a celebration of life and love, the days are treated with great reverence and whilst you may be present to observe the rituals as a tourist, actual inclusion would be by invite only. Sugar skulls are often offered at altars, exchanged as gifts, and given to children on the day.

NOVEMBER Pirates Week, Cayman Islands If you're searching for somewhere that you can dress up, encourage the rebel inside you, and have some unadulterated fun - look no further than Pirates Week in the Cayman Islands! Already running for 42 exciting years, the week-long celebration is a full-on event, specifically dedicated to pirate folklore and Caymanian culture, as well as the island's history as an ideal stopover for pirates. The week-long festival draws massive crowds, with the entire island of Grand Cayman transformed into a pirate-themed haven, with people parading around in themed costumes and indulging in pirate parties. There is a mock invasion by pirates, beauty pageants, food vendors selling traditional cuisine (the Cayman Islands are known as the food capital of the Caribbean), an annual Pooch Parade and lots of singing and dancing. Put together your best pirate-inspired costume, practise your swashbuckling attitude, and book your tickets for a unique experience of pirates in paradise!

DECEMBER Winter Wonderland, England Growing up on the sunny shores of South Africa often had children longing for the experience of a white Christmas, as seen on the British and American movies we watched. The Annual Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is a culmination of every Christmas movie you have ever watched... From mid-November through to early January, London's Hyde Park is transformed into a magical, snowcovered fantasyland.

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The giant wheel, an ice bar, shows on ice, ice sculpting workshops, amusement park rides, games, food and drink, a Christmas market, Santaland and an entire Bavarian village - what more could one ask for in the hopes of getting into the festive season spirit?

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It is entirely undeniable that South Africa is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, with tourists flocking here to experience the natural environment that we are privileged enough to call "home". Chicago has “The Bean� (Cloud Gate), NYC has Lady Liberty, but Umhlanga, with its trendy eateries, pristine beaches and beautiful viewpoints, boasts some of the most Instagrammable spots on the east coast - let's chat about the hot spots... Words Ria Naidoo

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The Whalebone Pier Dubbed the world's most beautiful pier by CNN, the design of the whale skeleton never loses its wow-factor, no matter how many people post it. Whether you are taking a selfie with the arcs of the pier acting as a frame behind you, or if you are taking a shot of the sun between the arcs, it is almost impossible to not take a shot worthy of being posted on your grid. We suggest standing in the middle of the pier with the ocean behind you, while someone else shoots you looking straight at the camera, or looking at the ocean. Shots of coffee cups held to the sky in front of the pier are also very popular. Whatever your angle, the pier is unmistakably Umhlanga!

Prodigy Coffee House Tucked away in Tetford Circle, this coffee house is no ordinary spot. They have paid close attention to the aesthetics of the space, adopting the concept of copious indoor greenery arranged in a modern way. From an array of hanging plants, to the large leafy foliage in the space outside, this cafe exudes ultimate sophistication through simplicity. We highly recommend sitting on the rust-coloured couch against the white wall for the ultimate dramatic photograph. For even more gravity, look down as you sip on your coffee. Another excellent shot would be standing up in front of the lush greenery at the front of the cafĂŠ. Very moody.

The Lighthouse How could you not? If any South African scrolls through your feed, they will be able to locate you by the iconic red and white lighthouse - not the location tag or caption! No matter where or how this famous building features in your photo, the beauty of the shot is magnified. On blustery days, the lighthouse against the rough waves makes for a haunting photo, and on sunny days, the bright colours pop and create a vibrant marine-feel. Stand along the promenade, hands on the railing and gaze at the lighthouse for a good photo. Alternatively, if you're spoiling yourself with a stay at one of the seaside hotels, sit on the balcony facing the camera so that the lighthouse is behind you. Feeling creative? Why not try playing with perspective - touching the top of the lighthouse with your finger...

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NEW LOOK SAME SQUARE A key feature of the uMhlanga skyline for the last 30 years, Granada Square has established itself as the premier shopping & dining destination in the uMhlanga Village. In keeping with current design trends, the Centre’s recent refurbishment has breathed new life into the Centre, and created a welcoming, modern piazza feel. Offering the same eclectic tenant mix, and vibrant nightlife, it’s the same great square, with a brand new look.

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Forget that cats have nine lives‌our beloved Skabenga turns 16 this year! Words Candice Buckle

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kabenga has been a permanent resident at The Oyster Box for more years than anybody can remember. The tabby cat first wandered onto the property as a stray and found that guests were feeding him tasty, expensive tidbits under the table. “With life so good…who can blame him for never wanting to leave!”,says Wayne Coetzer, general manager at The Oyster Box. Endearingly given the Zulu name for “hooligan”, Skabenga wears his brass name-tag proudly and remains a beloved part of the hotel’s experience. Skabenga thoroughly enjoys the spoils that come with being the ‘Main Cat’ on the block! He loves regular treats of Catnip and his favourite food is a decadent prawn cocktail. When he’s not patrolling around the hotel, you’ll usually find Skabenga on one of his few favourite chairs, by his basket in the back office, or snoozing in the curio shop. He also enjoys basking in the sun on the warm tiles in the porte couchere area. The idea of throwing Skabenga a birthday bash first came about ten years ago, when the hotel re-opened after extensive renovations. With more and more guests passing through the doors, Skabenga became a celebrity and his popularity has been growing ever since. “Many guests and fans know him from the old days and so we decided to celebrate him annually with a big birthday bash!”, Wayne continues. “It’s now one of the hottest social events in town and we sell out every year...almost as soon as the tickets go on sale”. With over 1000 followers on Instagram and Facebook, Skabenga is clearly a socialite worth commemorating. Every year, the party has a different theme. Last year in 2018, the theme was “Out of Africa” and the year before that was “Skabenga and the Chocolate Factory”. “We love the fact that whatever the theme, guests go all out to dress up and be an integral part of the day’s celebrations,'' comments Wayne. Skabenga’s 16th birthday party was held over two days, 25th and 26th September in the opulent Pearl Room. This year’s theme was “Pirates” and there was a lot of hype about what some of the outfits would be (check out our next Social Scene to see what went down!) Like most humans, Skabenga’s birthday party is clearly his favourite day of the year as it gives him the chance to see his many fans, both young and old, and share a piece of birthday cake.

As always, Skabenga asks his guests to bring pet food for his less fortunate, furry friends, instead of bringing presents. When asked about Skabenga’s rising fame, Wayne says, “Skabenga is happy just to wile away his time lounging about, dining on the delicious morsels that come his way”. He is not too interested in being “Insta-famous” although he does love the constant, real-life attention from everyone in the hotel. Skabenga is humble, quirky and friendly, although he definitely can’t resist going for the big dogs when they’re on his turf! We’ve loved being able to celebrate our favourite tabby cat at the iconic Oyster Box Hotel each year.

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A discussion and comparison between Minimalist and Maximalist trends. Are you a Minimalist or a Maximalist, or both? We also chat to Nicole Maurel, a tangible example of someone who lives the minimalist lifestyle in South Africa. Words Candice Buckle

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The minimalist trend has gained rapid momentum in the last few years. Partly because it works on the same premise as transitioning to Veganism, banning plastic, and boycotting animal testing - all millenial tendencies that drive the human psyche to become more conscious and harbour constant intention. But minimalism is mainly appealing because it allows for one to live a decluttered life, it’s easier to maintain, and it looks clean-cut and orderly all the time. Let’s not forget the psychological benefits that come with this: increased productivity, decreased anxiety, and a dwindled obsession with consumerism. But being a minimalist isn’t just about owning less. It’s about shedding the need to focus on material possessions that easily become disposable, in order to make way for the things that have true value and meaning. A minimalist room is not simply a bare room, but a room with intentional, functional objects and nothing more. A minimalist room would consist of plain, nude colours and simple designs, with maybe one framed picture on the wall. The surfaces would be uncluttered and objects of use would be stored away. It’s a space where you can breathe, relax, and where simplicity is welcomed.

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With the rise of minimalism, people tend to discourage or forget its counterpart - the style that is more realistic to live by and allows for sentimentality and memory-triggerkeepsakes: Maximalism! While it is the complete opposite of the minimalist style, maximalism isn’t necessarily about clutter or excess. Yes, it may be visually and spatially busier, but comfort is key in the maximalist style, allowing for objects of convenience and practicality to be easily accessible and present. Maximalism is about bold colours, patterns and creativity. A maximalist room is filled with interest, variety, life and history. Think colourful throws, collected antiques, carefully arranged books, and plenty of indoor plants.

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While Minimalism is directly opposite to Maximalism, it’s definitely possible to be both at the same time. In fact, most people fall somewhere in between the two! Because let’s face it, pure minimalism can sometimes be an extremely difficult style to master, particularly if you have small children or pets or if you don’t live alone. And maximalism can sometimes be a bit too bizarre or busy, and impractical for a crowd. Maxi-minimalism is about creating a space that is both functional and comfortable at the same time, and that caters to real-life households of families, couples, housemates and pets. In a maxi-minimalist room, the hues are mostly plain, with one wall painted a different colour, or lined with wallpaper. One or two feature items – like a Persian carpet or a patterned cushion – will break up the subdued palette. Most objects will be stored away neatly, but a few are allowed to grace the surfaces of tables and shelves. Books are colour-coded and stacked for decoration, and art is displayed in a formal, clear-cut manner. There may even be divided rooms, for example the main bedroom can be kept extremely basic and minimalist whilst the kitchen could be of a colourful, bold and maximalist style.

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When decluttering, use the “definite keep”, “maybe keep” and “discard” approach. Then sort through each pile mindfully deciding where each item will go. Reduce waste by only buying what you need. Buy fewer, good quality items that last longer to reduce the need to buy more. Keep your space clear of clutter by having “a place for everything and everything in its place”. Reduce your cleaning time by having less “stuff” to clean. Be mindful of how a clear space equates to a clear mind, spending time each day to reflect on the people you hold dear, the space you occupy and the things you are grateful for. Essentially, collect people and not things.

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ollowing months of renovations, Granada Square unveiled their stunning new look and feel on Friday 30th August.

Having been a landmark in uMhlanga for the past 30 years, Granada Square is both a wellknown and well-loved community shopping centre, attracting holidaymakers and locals alike. Undertaken in a phased approach, the initial work began in August 2018 and focused on general maintenance elements, such as replacing the waterproofing for both office and retail spaces, repainting, and giving the centre a general facelift and more appealing exterior. The second phase of the upgrade, saw a complete reconfiguration of the centre court area, which has been redesigned to create to more modern, piazza feel. The entire square was re-tiled, with accent feature areas, and the lower level retail area façade was enhanced with roof canopies, allowing restaurant tenants to spill out into the courtyard area and giving shoppers a

semi weatherproof, covered walkway. A mixture of wood and steel finishes have softened the overall aesthetics, creating seamless synergies, and modernising the overall look of the building. In her address to the invited guests and tenants, Emira Property Fund COO, Ulana van Biljon, commented that, “one of our key focus areas as Emira Property Group is to ensure that our buildings remain relevant, and this led us to identify Granada Square as one of the buildings that required a refurb. What we wanted, was to create a piazza area that exuded life and energy, and the design of the new tiled square has certainly achieved that, with a design that draws you into the Centre.” Van Biljon also thanked the tenants for their patience, cooperation and commitment during the construction process, which she understands was not easy. If you haven’t visited Granada Square yet, we suggest that you head down and see for yourselves, all that this newly refurbished Centre brings to the area.

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a Lucia Mall is leading the way in aesthetically fresh, modern shopping experiences. It recently completed a major upgrade that has modernised and reimagined its entire retail space and, unlike many other 40-plusyear-old buildings, it now sets the bar for contemporary mall design trends. Shoppers will enjoy its welcoming new entrances, airy atria, higher shopfronts, classic neutral colour palette, patterned porcelain tile floors, timber ceilings, state-ofthe-art bathrooms and low-energy lighting. All this creates a fresh new experience, which is already earning enthusiastic customer appreciation. “The upgraded La Lucia Mall is crafted to meet the needs of its unique shoppers and community and give them an exceptional retail experience. Besides the elegant new aesthetic, it also has a fresh brand identity and new shopping options,” says La Lucia Mall Centre Manager Vanessa Blevins. La Lucia Mall’s new Cotton On store reflects the brand’s new global direction with authentic wood, brick and metalwork,

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creating an urban feel while being modern and youthful. “We are excited to open our new Cotton On store at La Lucia Mall with all of our brands under the one roof including Cotton On womenswear and menswear, Rubi, Cotton On Body and Cotton On Kids,” says Candie Myrise Agustoni, Cotton On Africa PR and Social Media Manager. “It includes exciting additions with Cotton On Body’s new Beauty range. We’ll also be introducing men’s footwear to the range with a collection of casual shoes on offer to complete the look.” WBHO was the main contractor for the upgrade and Bentel Associates International, which designed the original 12,000sqm La Lucia Mall in 1972, was again the architect for refurbishment which takes the centre to some 40,000sqm. With the mall trading throughout the construction, meticulous planning made the construction as seamless and non-intrusive for shoppers, retailers and local stakeholders as possible.

Darroll McKeown of M3 Africa Consulting believes this was the hallmark of the revamp. “Working in operating shopping environments, particularly one that has as passionate, loyal and vocal supporters as La Lucia Mall’s, presents unique challenges. The entire team made sure to minimise disruption while still progressing work at a commendable pace and prioritising safety.” La Lucia Mall refurbishment project professional, Evan Sim, Director of RLB Pentad Quantity Surveyors, highlights the innovation behind mall’s reduction in energy consumption and carbon footprint. Old internal and external lights have been replaced with energy efficient LED fittings and motion sensors. “Every part of the Mall is now a great space to experience. Customers will be delighted and La Lucia Mall’s current and future retailers will reap the benefits,” says Sim. 031 562 8420 @laluciamall

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The newly re-imagined Lighthouse Quarter is the outcome of the challenging yet successful refurbishment of an outdated retail space in the heart of Umhlanga Village. The retail space previously known as Lighthouse Mall was given a new lease on life through the architectural design undertaken by Sphere Design & Architecture together with the main contractor on site, Macwin Construction. Lighthouse Quarter is perfectly located on the corner of the Lighthouse Road and Chartwell Drive. The opportunity to maximise on this prime position could not be passed up by the owners, especially given the recent boom of new development in the immediate vicinity. Sphere Design & Architecture was tasked with the design challenge of streamlining several previously disjointed spaces and roofs, into a practical and cohesive space that supported the client and 3D Property Solution’s brief of creating a world-class al fresco dining experience. Using the client’s dream as inspiration for the design concept, Sphere focused the design intent on drawing from the charm of old-world artisanal street trading and dining culture.

A second driver was to the align the mall with the contemporary context in which it suddenly found itself, meaning that a complete upgrade to new finishes and functional, seamless spaces would be of primary concern to the team through the design and construction stages. The design intent was indeed met, as the new Lighthouse Quarter was rationalised into a voluminous primary concourse, connected to the bustling Chartwell Drive via three secondary passages. The new open roofs allowed for these circulation spaces to be flooded with natural light and ventilation; the markers of spatial quality. The spatial offering is further improved by the installation of an undercover outdoor seating area which directly relates to the street and passers-by. Meticulously crafted detailing and attention to every finish selected resonated with the artisanal craftsmanship present in great street-centred spaces around the world. Drawing on the charm of an old-world street culture combined with new and refreshed finishes brings a contemporary, yet warmly familiar, character to a landmark destination in Umhlanga Village.

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Morley Miller, Kitchen & Bathroom specialists, provide us with insight into what we all need to ask when designing a kitchen or bathroom KITCHEN PHOTOS courtesy of the Morley Miller 2019 Collection

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The kitchen is truly a space where one can express one's personal identity through design as a functional feature in their home. With an array of materials, colours, textures and styles to choose from, the idea of having a truly unique space is actually a reality. What are the current countertop / finishes / tap trends? Currently, the big trend is toward stones with dramatic veins running through them. The options available to the home owners are vast, especially where countertops are concerned. With regard to finishes on doors, we’ve started to move away from high gloss finishes, and there is a big focus on matte and natural textures. Instant boiling and cold water taps are becoming more popular, eliminating the need for a kettle. These come in various finishes – copper and matte black being on trend right now. How should the cupboards open? Your kitchen is only as good as the hardware that keeps it together. Using high quality hinges and runners is critical to the function of your kitchen! Although there is technology which allows drawers and doors to open automatically, we believe that high quality soft close hinges and drawer-runners are an absolute must. Be sure to delve into the details of the hardware in any new kitchen installation – not all are made equal! Where should the fridge be located in relation? Incorporating the fridge into a design is always challenging for designers – ensuring that the function does not negatively influence the final design is very important.

Your fridge can be the biggest eyesore in any kitchen, and the placement should be carefully considered in each design. However, because kitchens are primarily a functional area, your fridge should always be a few steps away from your stove and food preparation area. Island or no island? This really depends on your available space and the layout of your kitchen. An island can be a great focal point in your kitchen, as well as being functional either for cooking, preparing or enjoying your time with family. It is possible to achieve a really beautiful design without an island as well. Ventilation for stove-tops? Unless you’re a chef or have a very small kitchen with very little natural ventilation, it really isn’t necessary to have an extractor. Most extractors only filter and circulate the air but don’t really eliminate smells unless they are properly vented to the outside. If an extractor is a must-have for you, there are some really great options in terms of integrated extractors that fit into your wall units or a downdraft extractor that fits into your counter. Some even offer you a built in extractor in the centre of the stove. Again each space is unique, and having a view on all the options is important!

How should storage be arranged most effectively? Drawers are a good way to store items as they make finding things much easier. A good idea is to use drawer inserts which are really effective in organising things like cutlery, tin foil, utensils, dinnerware etc. Clever storage solutions bring the contents of the cupboard to you, so your items are easy to organise and access. Kessebohmer Clever storage has a solution for every cupboard in your kitchen and utilizing all the available space with German precision! Tips for grouping certain appliances together? Try grouping items into areas i.e cooking, prepping, coffee and toast etc. This does make the kitchen more functional and also assists in where to store things (i.e. pots and plates would be kept near where you cook as well as were you serve from).

Lighting? How do you keep the light bright enough but not too artificially bright when cooking at night? Under-the-counter lighting and pendants above an island are great ways to soften the light.

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BATHROOMS Like a blank canvas to a painter, the design process in a bathroom is all about functionality, your inspiration and how current and future trends in design interact with these factors. We believe that the trends both locally and internationally do impact the design journey, however we at Morley Miller use these as guidelines to translating your vision into a truly singular and unique space which is functional and beautiful. What's the best flooring for a bathroom? Vinyl flooring is a popular bathroom material choice because it’s inexpensive and is highly practical. It’s extremely water resistant but ultimately it is the look and feel that you are going for that will help you decide what you like. How do you create enough storage? By utilising the space you have and creating drawers or shelving areas. Do you need a shower or just a tub? This is a personal preference. It also boils down to how much space you have in your bathroom How important is ventilation? It's really important as the warm moist air encourages mold growth and can damage fixtures and surfaces in the bathroom. Shower curtain / glass trends? Shower curtains are out and sleek glass doors are in to create a modern, open plan effect. Float the vanity cupboard or keep it on the floor? We prefer the vanity to be floating. It means the flooring can extend all the way to the wall, which instantly makes your bathroom appear bigger and more spacious. Any comments about extending the sink surface space? It is nice to have a minimum of 300 mm space on each side of your vanity. It allows for your toiletries to be displayed and on-hand, or for space to place a decor item like a pretty plant or candles. Should you rather keep your en-suite bathroom far from walk-in closets / clothes? No not at all. These can lead into each other. How can you make your bathroom more cosy and comfortable? Decorate with textiles and colours. Add plants and classy containers to store toiletries in.

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Celebrating the year-end with your colleagues is much more than a simple meal together - it's the acknowledgement of friendships forged, projects completed and growth that has happened. We've managed to find some of the most exciting year-end ideas along the coast... Words Ria Naidoo

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If you are willing to embark on the 30 minute drive to Tinley Manor, you will be rewarded with a stunning view of the sea, indescribably delicious curry, and if booked in advance, an intimate dance floor where you are most welcome to show off your moves after a drink at the bar. For a fee per head, the owner will create a buffet-style meal for your staff to indulge in - that way, you will get to taste a bit of everything! We suggest hiring a minibus to transport everyone to the venue and back - this ensures everyone has a good time and there is no risk of intoxicated driving on your return to Umhlanga. @impulsebythesea

Whether you are wanting a private affair for ten guests, or a fullyfledged corporate event for over 100 guests, the super-dedicated staff will help you plan every little detail. Whilst the private dining area can accommodate a maximum of 16 guests, Little Havana is dedicated to creating a seating area that will seat all guests comfortably. They have two set menu options that include a choice of seven mouth-watering meals, and cater to vegans and vegetarians as well. Meal options can be adjusted to consider specific budgets. You are welcome to organise entertainment, decor to suit a theme and flowers for your year-end function. @littlehavanadbn

Another option that requires a group-bonding 30 minute drive, is a ride on the Umgeni Steam Railway! Departing from Stokers Arms in Kloof, the train ride ignites the excitement of childhood in every passenger - and what better way to experience it than with the wonderful people you see every day? The train rides through the beautiful scenery of Inchanga, and stops at the Inchanga Railway Station, where there is a craft market set up with food stalls, although you are most welcome to enjoy a picnic there too! Run entirely by volunteers committed to preserving South African heritage, there is a museum at the Inchanga Station too. @umgenisteamrailway w w w. t h e u m h l a n g a m a g a z i n e . c o . z a

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After a year of boardroom lunches, at-your-desk tea breaks and takeaway afternoon meals, we all deserve a moment to be our fanciest selves and indulge in champagne and cucumber sandwiches at The Oyster Box. For an extra element of fun, dress in an elegant theme and allow the excellent staff at the hotel to spoil you. An entire afternoon of delicately flavoured samoosas, handmade tea sandwiches, several types of authentic tea, welcome bubbly, gourmet cupcakes, freshly-baked scones and being waited-on. Don't forget to take group photos in the elegant foyer, at the table once everyone is seated, and out on the terrace. @theoysterbox

Embark on a unique, safari adventure at Rain Farm Game & Lodge! With decadent meals and a beautiful game drive on offer, Rain Farm is the ideal spot for you and your colleagues! The Corporate Year-End Special is not to be missed, and offers diners the choice of 2 generous courses for only R150 per person. Think succulent rump steaks, indulgent gnocchi arrabbiata and cajun chicken breast for mains, followed swiftly by decadent desserts like orange polenta cake, dark chocolate cherry mousse and chocolate brownies! What are you waiting for? Book your game drive and/or lavish meal today! @rain_farm

What is more festive than a full-blown fiesta? A fiesta with your work amigos, of course! With three set menus, you can create a fiesta to fit your taste. Quench your thirst with your pick from fruity-flavoured spins of the traditional tequila-based margarita, or get the party started with a must-try spicy chilli and jalapeno craft tequila. Get muchos Mexican flavour from the tacos, burritos and enchiladas, while the massive sombreros top off an absolute celebration! Go on, amigos‌book ahead, order an Uber, and get ready for a night of tequila shots... @salsa_mexican_grill_umhlanga

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When last did you go ice-skating? There is nothing more exciting than being able to let your hair down with other adults that are in a party mood! The Durban Ice Arena offers several occasion packages, which includes entrance to the rink and skates, party snacks and meal options! Adult packages can be booked during the evening to avoid the day-time patrons of young children and teens. Your dedicated event co-ordinator will assist with meal options for specific dietary requirements and let you know about the do’s and don’ts of partying at the rink. @durbanicearena

Some other fun ideas include - Spending the day at Ushaka Wet ‘n Wild and Marine World - Go-karting, tenpin bowling or visiting the new Snow Park at Gateway! - A SarieMarais boat cruise around Durban Harbour - Lunch and a team game drive at Rain Farm - Pamper activities like spa days or cheese and wine meanders - Camping or overnight trips at Drak Gardens or The Midlands - Segway tours or surfing lessons at Durban Beachfront The sky's the limit when it comes to you and your team members - the people who you spend most of your week days with! Disclaimer It doesn't matter if you choose to enjoy your year-end celebration skating across the ice rink, or indulging in delicious Cuban fare, make sure that everyone is one hundred percent safe by ensuring there is a sober driver or hired vehicle for the evening of festivities.

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Be Present For Every Sunrise Words Ross Cairns


s a multisport endurance enthusiast, pro-lifeguard and yoga teacher, I often find that my body is active between 6 to 9 hours a day. The question I am most frequently asked is, where do I get all my energy from? Besides being mindful of how I choose to nourish my body, as well as maintain a healthy sleep cycle, I can honestly say that most of my energy comes from my commitment to being present for every sunrise. feelings of depression and, potentially, other mental illnesses too.

As I wait for the sun to rise, signalling the start of a brand new day, I can’t help but feel a sense of euphoria and excitement of the possibilities that lie ahead. There is something magical that transpires in those moments, as the world around you starts to stir and the sky fills with an array of colours that warms the heart, leaving you feeling happy, inspired and grateful to be alive. In the moments before sunrise, the soft gentle blue light that illuminates the space around us is easily absorbed through the eyes. This soft light moves through our hypothalamic tract and into the brain stimulating the pineal gland and increasing the levels of serotonin which is then released into our central nervous system. Serotonin, the feel good hormone, is a neurotransmitter that helps to relay messages from the brain to other parts of the body and has a positive effect on the functioning of our cardiovascular system, muscle function, as well as various elements of the endocrine system. The endocrine system is a collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate your metabolism, growth and development, sleep as well as your mood. It’s hard to believe that something so simple with no cost involved, has the ability to not only improve your physical well-being, but stimulate a healthier mental state, thereby helping to relieve

Every breath taken before the sun rises nourishes the body and sets in motion an energy system.

As the sun begins to heat up the earth, there is a decrease in negative ions. Negative ions act as a natural air filter, purifying and reducing pollutants in the air we breathe. This reduction in air pollutants gives way to a higher oxygen saturation which leads to an increase in oxygen levels in our blood. As more oxygen circulates to all the cells of the body, cellular respiration increases, which in turn increases energy production in the cells, producing more energy within the body along with more efficient cardiovascular flow. Simply put, the quality of the air in which we breathe is at its peak before the sun begins to rise, as there is less air pollution from cars and factories, and the level of oxygen present in the air is at its highest. Every breath taken before the sun rises nourishes the body and sets in motion an energy system. Perhaps the simplest and cheapest way to increase your wellbeing, is to be present in every moment. If we are fully present in everything we do, mindfully applying the best of our skills and mental capacity from the moment the sun rises, we may just have the mental awareness and energy to create the life that we desire.

ross, founder of Yoga Balance, is a professional lifeguard, fitness fanatic and inspirational athlete. His healthy approach to all aspects of life is tangible and contagious. @ross.cairns

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Spa Sanctuary Words lorinda scott


eeking the perfect place for the ultimate escape…far away from the hustle and bustle of the world? The Brahman Hills Spa, situated in the midst of the Blue Crane Nature Reserve on the Brahman Hills property, with sweeping views of the surrounding hills is a serene, tranquil sanctuary. With its rough stone walls and recycled corrugated iron sheeting, it blends into the landscape, achieving the perfect balance of African earthiness and luxury. From an “out- of- Africa” exterior, you step into an interior world of simplicity, style and a state-of-the-art Spa. Now anyone who knows me, knows I’m a Spa girl - THIS is how you spoil me! I love spacious areas, I love views, I love water, and this Spa has it all and more! We started with the usual paperwork, and a light lunch and then Rox and I were then whisked off downstairs to the treatment room, (we love that they have couple/family rooms). With running water outside the window, relaxation begins the second you walk in, I can easily say that I had the best hour-long massage of my life. Not only did they apply the perfect pressure, but every area received equal attention and I was well and truly massaged until my muscles had forgotten what tension felt like. Upfront, we chose the oil fragrance we needed to best suit the massage - I opted for eucalyptus to soothe my tense muscles and open up my sinuses. No really, perfection - the therapists here get full points!! We then had a full body sugar scrub and we were told to go for a 15-minute soak in the bath! OMGee that was my happy place for sure! And here again we were asked what fragrance suited us and I chose the lemon grass. 2 glasses of lemon water waited for us to enjoy in the bath. The little details the spa does, really makes all the difference. OH and it is a DOUBLE bath, side by side! #LOVE They have two relaxing areas for pedicures - this Spa can handle your full bridal entourage for sure, or the best ever ladies day out!

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After changing into the comfiest warm gowns and slippers, we went upstairs where our feet were primed for the pedi and paint. With our champagne orders in, we were ready for another relaxing and perfect hour spent staring out over the reserve (and 4 weeks later and my paint is still perfect!). We decided to not rush out after our pedi, but instead relax a while longer - and at no point did we feel rushed by the staff - in fact they kept asking if we needed more champagne, coffee or water. Nothing was too much of an effort. The Spa has eight treatment rooms, a dedicated manicure and pedicure room, a tranquillity lounge, a champagne/coffee and chocolate bar and a highly skilled team of therapists; and there is also a dedicated private bridal suite where a bride and her retinue can gather before the big day for a memorable ‘bonding’ experience of champers and pampers. This Spa will for sure see us again! And with accommodation on site (they have quite a few specials and packages available) you can easily make a night or weekend of it. The Spa is open from 8:00 – 18:00 - seven days a week.

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he kitchen is popularly referred to as the heart of the home, so if you happen to get the design of this room wrong, you risk restricting the flow of your entire household. “Whether on a new build or during a renovation, homeowners should spend ample time on the design of their kitchen to make sure to strike the right balance between functionality and aesthetic appeal. Not only will this make the space more liveable, but it will also safeguard the future resale value of their property,” says Grant Gavin, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Panache. RE/MAX Panache describes the five most common mistakes homeowners make when designing a kitchen: 1) Create paths of least resistance When waking up for the midnight snack run, you do not want to be tripping over poorly positioned islands. The age-old rule of thumb still applies: design your kitchen to form a triangle between your sink, refrigerator and stove to ensure the best flow of traffic through the space. Think carefully about where you position the pantry cupboard, cutlery drawers and other storage units. You do not want your cutlery stored too far from where you prepare your meals. 2) Skimping on storage Towers of Tupperware, pots, blenders etc. are just some of the bulky items that you’re going to need to store in your kitchen. Too many homeowners forget how much storage space they need to make the space functional. Forget impractical minimalistic designs with open walls sans overhead storage and make use of every inch of available space for creative storage solutions.

The age-old rule of thumb still applies: design your kitchen to form a triangle between your sink, refrigerator and stove to ensure the best flow of traffic through the space.

3) Counterspace Conundrums Preparation space is essential, so be sure that there is enough space around the stove to put wooden spoons and other pre-chopped ingredients. There also needs to be some space near your oven where you can put hot dishes. The choice of countertop is important. It is sometimes worth splurging on quality as some of the cheaper options are prone to warping and scratches. 4) A Current Concern Consider where you are going to place electrical appliances like your toaster and kettle, and make sure that there is a plug socket within reach. The last thing you want is extension leads dragging along your counters. 5) Underestimating the project These builds often run overtime and over budget, so it would be wise to make allowances and create room to work within these areas. Kitchen renovations cause high levels of disruption, therefore you might have to prepare meals in a temporary kitchen throughout the duration of the build. Be patient and maintain your standards for the best end result. Of course, you could always choose to avoid all of this and find a home with your dream kitchen already installed.

grant is the Broker Owner of Remax Panache, an international speaker and an award-winning entrepreneur.

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