Kitchen renovation | Image: La Cornue W Projects by Jean-Michel Wilmotte for La Cornue
Inspire your dream kitchen renovation | Image: La Cornue W Projects by Jean-Michel Wilmotte for La Cornue

Our new Style Directory – on shelf now –  is packed with tips and ideas for every room, including ideas for your next kitchen renovation, as well as the most coveted decor contacts from our little black book. Here online, we curate the very best bits.

Blending form with function and blurring the line between utilitarian and decorative, the kitchen is where performance and aesthetics combine at the heart of every home – which is why getting your next kitchen renovation right is really imperative for the overall style of your home.

Kitchens are the new living rooms. Playing host to a constant stream of activity: from cooking to entertaining and working to playing. Ideal for open plan living, the new ‘hidden kitchen’ is all about concealing everything, while remaining practical and keeping all of the essentials within arm’s reach.


Kitchen renovation Idunsgate Olso by Haptic Architects lr
Soft greys and ‘hidden kitchen’ storage make a clean setting |Image: Idunsgate Olso by Haptic Architects

One of the biggest trends in kitchen design is the shift from a purely utilitarian workspace to a social living room – the hub of the home. The key to modern kitchens is to have open-plan design with integrated, multi-purpose islands. Traditional lines are also combined with sizzling contemporary style, making kitchen appliances look more like furniture.

To make your next kitchen renovation the envy of your friends, you’ll need to get familiar with our favourite kitchen suppliers, hand-picked from our Editor’s Little Black Book, and the best contacts you’ll need to create the kitchen of your dreams.


Our favourite kitchen décor experts who should be on your speed dial:


+24 (0)800 00 2426 |

The BIBO Water Bar (left) is, quite simply, the future of water. At a touch of a button, and connected to your water mains, it provides pure, filtered, chilled or boiling water, instantly. It is also energy efficient and environmentally-friendly.


@blu_lineSA |

Modern, premium-quality spaces are the focus of blu_line kitchens. Specialists in the latest modern kitchen design, functionality and finishes, blu_line kitchens supply high-end products throughout South Africa.

@bulthaup |

Bulthaup is a global leader in the luxury kitchen market, renowned for superb design, matchless craftsmanship and unrivalled German quality – both in the product range and in service. They offer excellent materials, fittings and finishes.


@culinarysa |

Handmade by master craftsmen since 1739 in Burgundy, France, Lacanche cookers boast timeless designs and superb quality. Offering numerous options, colours and finishes, it is an expression of culinary art.


Douglas Jones tilingDOUGLAS JONES
@douglasjonesmos |

Douglas Jones is an importer of quality mosaic and tile decor products. The products are sourced from suppliers worldwide and mirror the taste of international interior design studios and architectural firms alike.


sq EclipseECLIPSE
@EclipseGroupSA |

Eclipse is a national distributor of quality furniture and hardware, including the renowned Blum range. The range includes furniture fittings and kitchen accessories for the commercial and domestic industry.

sq Kenzan tilesKENZAN TILES
+27 (0)21 510 8310 |

These porcelain cement look-alike tiles can be used on the floor or wall and beautifully complemented by a feature inset. Kenzan’s mixed-format tile ranges create a timeless yet contemporary visual effect.

sq smegSMEG

+27 (0)860 102 984 |

Give your kitchen an instant style update with the new Smeg Stand Mixer. This smooth operator offers a full serving of high-tech preparation, precision and vintage style. Available in fiery red, black, cream, pastel blue and chrome.


@WOMAGstone |

In addition to its range of sanitaryware, tops, tiles and taps, WOMAG has introduced a wide range of exquisite porcelain tiles that emulate the cement-look trend. They are stylish, easy-maintenance and durable.


For over 200 contacts your decorator wouldn’t share, pick up our new Style Directory.

ELLE Decoration Style DirectoryRevealing over 200 of our most-coveted contacts, décor suppliers and design experts, the new ELLE Decoration Style Directory is a must-have for every décor amateur and professional alike. Packed with hints, tips and tricks to transform every room in your home, as well as all the experts you should know, it’s the ultimate buyers’ guide. Buy yours across South Africa wherever magazines are sold and as a digital download right here.