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he moment I meet the gorgeous Jenny Murdock at her Fresnayehouse, I have a panic attack. Shemust be a supermodel and she’sgoing to give us a really hard time duringour photo shoot, I think. We shake hands,I catch my breath and it turns out thatI am wrong: she is a warm, down-to-earthSouth American girl who just happens to
like a supermodel. Jenny recently moved to Cape Town withher Miami-born husband Laurent Lamothe,owner of a telecommunications company,and their two young children – a one-year-old daughter and eight-year-old son.Upon arrival in Cape Town, the coupleinitially rented an apartment in the V&AWaterfront. However, because Laurentand Jenny are business-orientated people, they soon realised that instead of renting,a property investment would afford them the opportunity to make a proﬁt when they return to Miami one day.M Design, a company that specialisesin sourcing run-down properties along theAtlantic Seaboard, helped the couple toﬁnd a suitable home. Owned by RobertThomson, the company also offersarchitectural and interior design andsupply services. An uncompleted renovationperched high against Signal Hill, overlookingFresnaye, Sea Point and the Atlantic Ocean,appealed to the couple.Robert instantly knew there was just oneway to go with the interior: slick, sexy andglamorous. He explains: ‘This couple is soglamorous that I decided to bring in lots of shine. I wanted ultimate sophistication.’The couple agreed to Robert and hiscolleague Lucy Stephenson’s design concept,and they went all out with reﬂective surfaces – combining glass chandeliers, aluminium,mirrors and Perspex to stylish effect.The indulgent theme starts right at the front door, where aluminium strips transformed the existing door into a designer piece. An eye-catching curved chandelier lights up the all-white lounge area and amirror-clad ﬁn divider catches and reﬂects the afternoon light, while separating thedining area from the TV room.These reﬂective elements continue at theoutdoor pool area, where a thin stripof mirror runs along the perimeter wall,creating an eye-catching focal point.Robert and Lucy achieved the perfectbalance between the two extremes of pared-down and decorative. Despite the many reﬂective surfaces and designer furniture, thespace remains uncluttered yet retains asophisticated feel.The real show-stopper – the mainbedroom – is separated from the open-planbathroom by a dry wall. Clad in gold mosaicon both sides, this wall forms the backdrop to a bronze mirror-clad bed.Notwithstanding the indulgent, luxuriouselements throughout, Robert was adamant that he wanted a harmonious feel to spread through their home. He achieved this by using white porcelain ﬂoor tiles throughout the house. This principle was applied to thewindow treatments as well: the same sheer white curtains were ﬁtted consistently through the interior of the house.An ode to modern design, Jenny andLaurent’s home oozes sexy designer chic thatis seldom seen. It is an exceptionally glamorous home that has made this jet-setting couple feel right at home here inSouth Africa.