By Karien Slabbert, Project Consultant Lorna Ioakim, Photography Irma Bosch & Anrike Staude

This contemporary build in Midrand is home to a couple who enjoy exploring their perennial interest in all things culinary. “We love food and trying out different dishes,” says the owner, who recently qualified as a chef and master chocolatier.

One of their favourite pastimes is entertaining friends and family. “From formal wine-pairing degustation meals to standard braais and slap-up dinners, we’re always keen to have people over.”

The well-planned design of the home was informed by the couple’s demanding lifestyle. “We lead a busy life, so we wanted a lock-up-and-go home with laid-back, comfy interiors.”

The owner admits that their initial brief to the architects was succinct, to say the least. “We gave the architects a rough pencil sketch of what we wanted. High ceilings were a prerequisite, to create a sense of open-space living.” Other must-haves were well-designed home automation and a super-functional kitchen that included all of the culinary mod-cons a chef’s kitchen needs.

For these culinary mavens, life’s little luxuries include collecting whisky and wine, so a wine cellar was a must. “We’ve always had a wine cellar. With our new house, we had less space, so we had to make it as functional as possible,” says the owner.

The couple has certainly found the right domestic recipe – their home strikes a perfect balance between comfort and style. The modern architecture and eclectic mix of materials reflect their love of clean-lined design, while a minimalist, open-plan layout ensures a seamless flow from one space to the next.

A neutral base palette creates a sense of calm, while splashes of earthy colour shake things up. “A clean colour palette gives you the flexibility to change the look and feel of a room by adding a new scatter, rug or couch, without having to repaint the entire room,” explains the owner.

Although they share a good dose of wanderlust, these jetsetters are equally comfy at home, pottering about in the garden or trying out new recipes in the kitchen. It’s the perfect spot for indulging in the finer things in life.