By Trisha Harinath

“In essence, I wanted a new look with understated elegance, specifically for entertaining large groups of people. I also wanted a modern look that I had seen during my overseas travels. However at the same time, I did not want the look to become clichéd,” recalls the owner. Being an Aquarian, the owner mentions that he loves water and all of the colours that are associated with the ocean. This love of his can be seen in the treatment of the home’s colour palette. Neutral base colours were used and these were accentuated by splashes of bright, bold colours that include striking shades of blue, green and orange.

Enhancing the modern and trendy feel is the inclusion of mirrors in the home. The interior designer has made use of circular framed mirrors that are placed either on their own or combined in groups to form captivating works of art while they simultaneously open up the rooms further. Stone cladding, wooden floors and tiles all come together to bring warmth, modernity and a timeless appeal throughout this delightful abode. A room worth mentioning in detail is without a doubt the kitchen.

A blend of white and green come together to add a contemporary feel to this culinary dream. Green mosaics were skillfully applied to the walls and these create a stunning feature in the kitchen. Once again, the same green hue that is visible on the walls is also found in the nook. The home comprises three levels. The first level houses the owner’s designer library, the formal lounge, the dining area and the kitchen. This level is open-plan allowing for hassle-free entertaining and communicating. The TV room flows downstairs into the Martini bar.

The entertainment area and custom designed home theatre can be accessed from this area as well. This in turn leads to the semi-enclosed outdoor entertainment and pool area. The third level is home to the four bedrooms, bathrooms and study. The master bedroom comes complete with a dressing room and an en-suite bathroom as well as offers the owner a magnificent view of the ships queuing in the habour. With its meticulous and modern architecture and contemporary interiors, this elegant home boasts more than enough for one to lead an upmarket and remarkable lifestyle.

Collaro Designs (011 262 4180). The project management as well as the interior design and decoration throughout this magnificent home were undertaken and completed by Bridget Larder-Burke of Collaro Designs. The existing home underwent a thorough renovation – all of the windows and doors were replaced as well as the flooring, kitchen, bathrooms, sanitaryware, pool, paving, balustrades, staircases, garden and so forth – resulting in a new home that emits a refreshing and opulent ambience. Working closely with the home owners, Bridget of Collaro Designs set about creating a cool and modern feel throughout by using neutral yet fashionable paint colours that are offset by splashes of bright hues. New and custom designed furniture were used, giving the home a trendy and cutting edge appeal. Grame Kerr Contractors (031 304 8630). Graeme Kerr Building Contractors was responsible for the renovation of this striking Durban North home. The company turned the existing home into a breathtaking, comfortable and luxurious abode. Graeme Kerr Building Contractors is well known for its meticulous workmanship in designing new homes, alterations and additions to existing homes, offices, factories and apartment blocks.Jardine Landscape Designs (072 952 3904). The majority of this garden was landscaped around its existing shrubbery. However the experts from Jardine Landscape Designs replaced the tennis court with a “secret garden” using all new material. The landscapers also designed and installed a fully automated irrigation system, 140m² of granite pathways and a water feature. Adding the finishing touches to this outdoor haven are various pots and an impressive bench. Curtains Exclusive (011 402 8530). Curtains Exclusive is renowned for its wide selection and remarkable range of window treatments, curtains and accessories. Practical and aesthetically appealing, the curtains throughout this home were supplied by Curtains Exclusive. In order to maximise the amount of natural light that enters the home, the company used natural, lightweight curtains. Not only do the curtains enhance the spaciousness of this home but they also add to the contemporary feel that the owners desired.Complete Folloring (011 787 3002). A striking characteristic of this home is the fusion of various themes that can be seen throughout. Modern architecture combines gracefully with homely touches to bring about a sense of stylish comfort that makes one feel truly at home. With the incorporation of wooden flooring from Complete Flooring, the home resonates with a warm and welcoming ambience. Complete Flooring supplies and installs an impressive selection of wooden flooring and carpeting that is guaranteed to enhance the appeal of your home.Kitchen Wise Designs (082 318 2892). Designed to complement the room’s clean-cut architecture, this contemporary unit – created by Kitchen Wise Designs – is aesthetically pleasing and fully functional. The soft-close drawers house CD and DVD racks whilst the audio visual equipment is housed in the centre unit with fully sandblasted door insert to allow remote functioning. Kitchen Wise Designs is celebrated for its custom-made ranges that vary from the most traditional styles to the most streamlined European styles. Kitchen Wise Designs (082 318 2892). This stylish and trendy kitchen was designed and installed by Kitchen Wise Designs. The company is renowned for its impressive and high-quality product range which includes kitchens, built-in cupboards, bathroom vanities, studies, bars, cellars, wooden flooring and related accessories. Kitchen Wise Designs’ locally manufactured products compete with the best imported European products at a fraction of the cost in both South Africa and other African Countries.