Proudly South African | Innovative Home-grown Joinery Design
We take a look inside the Scarborough home of Jean Booyens, founder and director of CCMI. Jean’s innovation and design skills are beautifully demonstrated through this personal passion project showcasing his unique home-grown style.
Upon entering the front door one feels compelled to explore and devour a visual feast of textures and tones. The herringbone pattern of the reclaimed pallet-wood ceiling draws the eye into the open-plan living space, with the open staircase beckoning one to investigate upstairs.
Jean’s sense of adventure, and his love for South Africa and South African art, are visible throughout. The protea coat stand by the front door was inspired by many hours spent exploring Table Mountain and its unique flora. A multi-dimensional shelf built to display curiosities, art, and books, cleverly conceals a closet providing storage beneath the stairs. At the centre of the living room stands a coffee table crafted as a homage to the time spent in the United Kingdom as a young man – each colour of the British flag represented by a different type of wood.
Always thinking out of the box, Jean designed the ground-floor burglar proofing around the silhouette of a bush-veld tree in laser-cut steel. What’s more is that the whimsical characters from Edward Lear’s The Owl and The Pussycat are included in the design, as the poem is a family favourite and also happens to be the name chosen for the property.
Sustainability, affordability, and durability were all priorities and the only limitations for the design, which allowed Jean to create a truly unique kitchen. Masculine and feminine elements are juxtaposed with industrial influences and organic materials playing off of one another to create balance in the space. The cabinet doors have handles incorporated directly into a modern steel frame, surrounding natural wood fronts. The concrete countertops were cast on-site, around the existing gas hob, creating a sleek modern look and providing a durable work surface without breaking the bank.
A comfortable bamboo-framed sofa was dreamed up and brought to life for the upstairs lounge, creating a space where the family can kick back, relax, and enjoy time together. Deliberately understated, the media unit is of little distraction to the serenity of the space, with the TV all but forgotten as afternoons are spent dreamily breathing in the scent of the Atlantic Ocean.
A light and airy atmosphere prevails in the bedrooms, with simple clean-lined bedsides and neat cupboards having been installed. For the children’s room, Jean created a built-in bunk arrangement with ample storage and enough little nooks for each of the children to let their imagination run wild.
- Interior Designers & Decorators