Win A Home Finale Draws Near

The Design Duos show off incredible interiors as finale draws near

Over the past 10 weeks, the Win a Home design duos have transformed three white-box penthouse apartments at Balwin Properties’ Paardevlei Lifestyle Estate in Somerset West into spectacular designer homes.

Throughout the competition, the three competing duos, comprising of Rekopile Belebesi and Koketso Marole (team R&K), Kehumile Mate and Nicholas Smit (team Contrast Control) and Melissa Oosthuizen and Sinead Turner (team Perma Peeps), have used their skills and creativity to decorate their respective apartment’s various rooms in order to wow judges Bryan Courtney of Private Property, Slade Brookes of Balwin Properties, Buhle Mathole of Kabu Design Architects, and various guest judge interior design luminaries.

The design duos first task was to tackle the apartment’s guest bedroom and spare room. The one prerequisite was that the spare room could not be a bedroom. For their spare room, team R&K decided to create a 'Glam Room' with a wardrobe and dressing table where they commissioned Hout Bay-based fine artists Donna Solovei to do a painting of red-bottom high heels and framed it in Caesarstone. For their guest bedroom, team Contrast Control collaborated with Oliver Sherwell of Sherwell Interiors to create a wrap-around headboard in olive green fabric, and designed a study space for their other room. Perma Peeps created a Murphy Bed for the spare room and a macramé-woven headboard for their guest bedroom. A mistake made by creating a ceiling feature that stopped the cupboards from opening caused Contrast Control to become joint winners with R&K for this first challenge. This task was mentored and guest judged by Rudolph Jordaan (design winner of Win a Home season 3).

Next, the duos were challenged with renovating both the en-suite and guest bathrooms. Team R&K commissioned Emma de Crespigny of The New Modernist to create a bespoke upcycled wardrobe cupboard for the en-suite. Contrast Control worked with Cara Saven to create custom wallpaper print for both of their bathrooms while Perma Peeps collaborated with Sue Kingma of Nuno Indoor Plants to make moss ball plants that added vibrancy and colour to their bathrooms which were tiled in reclaimed roof tiles. After wowing the judges with their eclectic approach to colour and design, Contrast Control came out as this the champions of the bathroom challenge. This task was mentored and guest judged by Cape Town interior designer Karen Masden.

The master bedroom was the third challenge the design duos undertook. Team R&K commissioned Emma Nourse to create a 3D style triptych mural while Contrast Control collaborated with local designer Candice Lawrence of Modern Gesture to create pendant lamps and a feature piece inspired by African necklace design. Perma Peeps got Carol Saayman of Carol's Curtains to make custom curtains that they then dip died the ends of to create something truly unique and visually pleasing which ultimately helped them become the champions of this challenge. This task was mentored and guest judged by Sarah Ord.

Things heated up in the show’s fourth challenge which saw the duos create the kitchen dreams are made of. Team R&K switched things up as they got Nikki Schomer, owner & designer of Gold Bottom Pots, to create pendant lights out of inverted plant pots. Contrast Control chose to work with Dean Sossen once again to create a hanging herb garden floating above the kitchen, which can be lowered and raised using a pulley system and handle. Perma Peeps continued their hand-woven theme by getting Ashleigh Lloyd Wedlake, Founder & Creative Director of Ashlee Lloyd Design Studio, to create a custom hand-woven crochet 'chandelier'. Ultimately, team R&K impressed the judges the most this round. This task was mentored and guest judged by well-known architect and designer Mark Rielly.

Finally, the design duos were put to the test as they put their mark on the apartment’s living room and balcony. Team R&K teamed up with Minenhle Ntuli (a contestant from season 3 of Win a Home) to design a unique coffee table with Caesarstone and glass while, Contrast Control worked with local furniture designer Mlondolozi Hempe to create custom seating that incorporated work from Kehumile’s grandmother. Perma Peeps worked with a local community organisation and designer Heath Nash to create a lighting installation made from re-purposed post-consumer waste. This task was mentored and guest judged by Kyle Roux.

To find out who wins this leg of the competition, tune into Win A Home this Thursday at 19:30 on SABC3 for the nail-biting reveal.

As the series draws nearer to its grand finale on the 13th of December, one lucky viewer will walk away with their choice of one of the three brand-new designer decorated apartments at Balwin Properties’ Paardevlei Lifestyle Estate in Somerset West by simply by voting for their favourite design duo. The prize is worth more than R3 million, making it the biggest prize on South African television right now. Entering the competition is easy. Simply visit and enter by voting for your favourite design duo. Entries close at midnight this Sunday 2nd December 2018.

Viewers who enter will also have a chance to win big, live on TV, in the exciting Capitec Open The Door Giveaway. Like the other lucky winners that have already won in previous episodes, contestants picked for the live competition will get to select one of three doors and stand the chance of winning prizes hidden behind the doors as well as Samsung connected devices. Capitec Bank clients chosen to play the competition also stand the chance of winning an additional R5000.

Meanwhile, the design duos will battle it out for two prizes. In the main Judges’ Choice prize, our esteemed judges will critique every single aspect of the designer homes and will essentially decide which duo will walk away with the R100 000 grand prize. Then, the team who accumulated the most votes throughout the season in the viewers competition will win a R20 000 cash prize.

Win a Home is proudly brought to you by Capitec Bank and Private Property, with the Grand Prize luxury penthouse apartment by Balwin Properties. The show airs every Thursday at 19:30 on SABC 3.

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