Silvia and Sabrina's snippets and updates of our latest, new and recent kitchens, helpful advice and general stuff
Solid Ash Tops
Ash is a very hard durable wood with a beautiful grain.
Our Ash is imported from Canada and is FSC approved. This means it is:
🌲produced in a way that maintains and enhances the social and economic well-being of workers.
🌲and not only maintains, but restores the environment in which it is grown.
Although it is significantly more expensive than Pine, it will last a lifetime. You have the choice of raw, blonde, light, medium, dark or black vein stain for the colour of the ash. Which one is your favorite?
Click here for more information on tops
Can you tell we love our dogs? I mean, how could we not - they’re the best.
Who else is ready for Monday?
A sneak peek at our May Production. We’ve been allowed 5 of our 18 staff in Milestone Factory during May. We’re looking forward to having everyone back on Monday for a full month of production in June!
Remember you can always design your own kitchen plan if your have something specific in mind with our downloadable Kitchen Planner. Let the creative juices flow!
Finally, here is a closer look at the COLOURFUL Milestone Kitchen from our previous post:
Due to a number of requests...
Due to a number of requests...
David Hockney ~ “I prefer living in colour”
A bit about us in the May edition of the Home Magazine Keep reading to see what we LOVE about Milestone Kitchens.
Our French Flair range with an African twist
A turquoise Linen Cupboard handcrafted by MK to brighten your day
A BLAST FROM THE PAST
How CUTE is this
A special message from last year’s Home Magazine hero-item competition winner’s Carrie Lee and Michael:
Free standing Wardrobes are the future. They can be moved from room to room, corner to corner, as the need arises. Moving house? No problem. Take it with you. The freedom, choices and options are endless.
A Swedish Style Milestone Kitchen in Durban, KZN. We love the colour scheme and attention to detail.
Milestone Kitchens also offers Bamboo tops - eco-friendly, affordable, waterproof, hygienic. Everything you want a kitchen countertop to be
Hey South Africa! This is for you.
Our Deluxe Coffee Dresser is 2700mm wide x 2400mm tall and can be customised to fit a fridge, a microwave, a coffee machine, or an extra big coffee mug - whatever you like!
Recently a client came to us with an idea, something she’d seen and thought: “Now that’s what I want!” Based on her ideas we designed a unit, sent her a quote and now she has her very own custom TV cabinet!
For these 21 days, like most South African businesses, we have shut our doors and are staying at home, much to the delight of all our pets. We are proud of the way South Africa is responding to the National Lockdown. In the words of our president Cyril Ramaphosa: “I call on all of us, one and all, to play our part. To be courageous, to be patient, and above all, to show compassion. Let us never despair. For we are a nation at one, and we will surely prevail.” Together, if we all act responsibly and selflessly, we can beat COVID-19. Let’s do it South Africa!
The kitchen is the heart of the home. With the approaching lockdown, we will all be spending a lot more time in our kitchens. These clients sure won’t mind spending all that time in their beautiful African Allure kitchen!
All the best for the lockdown fellow South Africans.
Have you seen our Infinity Units? They are versatile, movable and multi-purpose, not to mention cute! You can choose how many of the 625mm wide sections you would like to string together to best suit your needs. Some ideas for your infinity unit are: as a TV stand, to give some height and a home to your pot plants, they can be placed underneath a window (and used for pot plants or baskets), they could even be used a pedestal - the possibilities are endless!
Cyril Ramaphosa’s great speech on Sunday evening has mobilized us to all do our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19. In light of this, our Factory Outlet Shop will be open BY APPOINTMENT ONLY in the coming weeks.
Phumla, our shop manageress, would love you to still come pop in, so contact her on 0725086215 to secure your appointment. We want to encourage you to also do your best to practice social distancing - it will only work effectively if we all do our part.
With everything going on in our country and the world at the moment, we are thankful we live and work in such a spacious beautiful place. Please keep safe and healthy and look out for one another during this trying time. Together we can combat the Coronavirus 💪🏿💪🏾💪🏽💪🏼
This is a French Flair 3 Door Wardrobe flat painted in light grey. Although most people are crazy about our textured look, we do still offer a flat painted finish for those who prefer it.
This is Nomonde, the newest addition to our Milestone Kitchens Team 🐣
Official Title: Assistant to Sabrina Miles
Quote: Believe in yourself, and you are halfway there 💪🏾
She is is resilient, hard-working and a quick learner! She makes quotes, client layouts, WhatsApps, answers calls, emails, places orders and much more. Nomonde acts as an important link between the staff on the factory floor and the management staff. She is new to the team and Milestone Kitchens is very excited to see what is in store for her. She is also, without doubt, the best-dressed in the company 👑
Islands are a wonderful central unit in a kitchen. Milestone Kitchens has many different Island designs for you to choose from. Free standing Islands are very versatile and can be moved around to change up your kitchen. Or even taken with you if you move house! Islands on caster wheels are especially easy to wheel around, outside to the braai area, inside to where your guests are or simply rotated for a fresh look.
Here is our Standard Island in the French Flair range in the latest edition of SA Garden and Home 🏡
Our prodigiously popular Office in a Cupboard is getting a lot of attention! It’s most recent appearance is in the latest edition of the SA Garden & Home Magazine 🌿
Perks of having the factory on a farm and working in a family business! Operations Manager Sabrina Miles showing she is a woman of many talents and towing the loaded Biddulphs truck out of a tough spot with the TLB. 🚜
This time next week we will be at the Johannesburg HomeMakers EXPO!
SAVE BIG! If you order your Office in a Cupboard at the Expo, OR share this post on Facebook or Instagram and order yours between now and the end of the HomeMakers Expo (the 1st of March) receive R1000 off the price.
Don’t miss out on the awesome deal - ORDER NOW!
“We love our cabinet!! She is the perfect fit to keep our vacuums etc upstairs. So elegant and yet so practical. Thank you for the fantastic service received!” - a happy client after receiving her Milestone Kitchens House Keeping Cupboard
Elegant, yet practical. That’s us.
When you try do a professional photo shoot with your dogs... 🐶
MASIVE SAVINGS NOW at our Factory Outlet Shop due to our big upcoming FOS revamp!🎉
This is Ronald Ntombela. He works in our Sanding Department with Malusi and does a great job!
He also has his own business that he runs in his own time repairing shoes. Our staff at Milestone Kitchens often go to him when their shoes need repairing.
Ronald is a quietly spoken, hard working and skilled man. He won the Most Courteous Award at our End of Year Staff Function 2019.
So if you have any shoes that need a face lift, give Ronald a call on 0724205190. Support local 💪🏼
Our new Office in a Cupboard was featured on the What’s New Page of the February 2020 edition of the HOME Magazine.
We like to keep ahead of the curve to bring you new and exciting ideas 💡
Read our article on Carrie Lee’s kitchen in the February 2020 edition of HOME!
Sabrina’s Quick Fixes
1 Replace your cupboard doors only and then paint your carcasses to match.
2 Remove some old cabinets or a wall to make room for a kitchen island. The Milestone Kitchens freestanding islands on castors are very popular as they can be moved around sand used as servers, tables or breakfast nooks.
The same can be said for replacing units with one of our coffee dressers or grocery cupboards. This is the beauty of freestanding units, not everything has to be done at once.
3 It can be practical and beautiful to have a combination of different countertops in a kitchen. Stainless steel around the sink for water permeability combined with a wood top on an island for comfort and warmth can be very striking.
This is Rosie ☀️
Official Title: Assistant Operations Manager
Unofficial Title: Resident Ray of Sunshine
Quote: “Keep an eye on the cake!” 🍰
Rosie’s cheerful, compassionate and adventurous spirit seeps into everything she does. She is involved in design, administration, social media and marketing-related tasks on a contract basis.
Rosie has a Bachelor in Chemical Engineering, (which leaves her with a lot of knowledge about chemicals) but also a sophisticated understanding of process.
Rosie has also been known to bake a delicious cake on occasion. We are not sure if her process management or cake-baking skills are more valuable 🎂
You dream it, we make it 💭🛠
Our client Lindy came to us last year with a vision of a dream Drinks Cabinet Unit of hers and we made it happen. From initial design right through to final unit.
And what a stunning unit it turned out to be 🖤
Milestone Kitchens’ affordable designer units are hand crafted and custom made to suit your size, colour and style requirements.
Build your dream kitchen now!
📣 NEW MILESTONE KITCHENS PRODUCT RELEASE 🤩🥳😱
The Office in a Cupboard is the perfect solution for a student apartment, a small space, or a home - with this unit you can 'close' your office, neatly and stylishly, so that it is out of sight and mind until you need it again.
This is the Milestone Kitchens 7 Piece Starter Set Special. We currently have one in African Allure, one in French Flair and one in Swedish Style AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY!
By buying all 7 units at the same time, YOU SAVE R14 919. What a bargain.
It includes a great combination of units necessary in almost any kitchen. The beauty of free-standing kitchens is that you can always add other units later, as your budget allows.
Don't miss out on this awesome deal, order now!
The kitchen of Silvia Miles, the owner and director of Milestone Kitchens, was featured in the Home Renovations Magazine 2019!
It shows off how brilliantly versatile the free-standing units are, not to mention how timeless and aesthetically appealing.
Check out pages 26 - 29 in the Home Renovations Mag 2019 to see Silvia's setup, read some of her tips for new kitchen owners and gain insight from the lessons she has learnt over the years.
After a deliciously hot and beautiful summer holiday, the Milestone Team is looking forward to 2020! (How could we not be with an of an office view like this ☀️☀️☀️).
Our Factory Outlet Shop at 44 Stanley Avenue in Milpark, JHB opens TOMORROW. And the Milestone Factory Office opens on Monday the 13th.
The combination of our sturdy and experienced staff (20 years of service for some), as well as the new energy and skills brought by our new staff members have us very excited for the creativity, vision, and team work coming up this year. Watch this space!
From the Milestone Kitchens Team, we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 🎄✨🎉
We are out enjoying the African sun for the festive season and will be back at the office and factory on the 13th of January 2020. Our Factory Outlet Shop in Johannesburg closes on the 19th of December 2019 and opens on the 8th of January 2020.
Keep safe this festive season and enjoy the quality time with family and friends.
Tiyon Loubser and Sipho Evans' beautiful Milestone Kitchen was featured in this years Home Renovations Magazine! They made great use of their space making a city apartment feel spatious.
HUGE savings with Milestone Kitchens this Black Friday!! Come visit us at the Factory Outlet Shop at 44 Stanley ONLY between 9:00 and 13:00 on Friday the 29th of November and receice at least 25% off.
Two beautiful vanities in our Milestone Kitchens Factory Outlet Shop at the moment. Ready to go!
Congratulations to Carrie-Lee Wolff on winning the Milestone Kitchens competition in association with HOME/TUIS Magazine!
She has chosen her hero item as the Butler Sink Unit and we will be working with her to design and provide her with the kitchen of her dreams.
Come join us tomorrow night! There will be refreshing beer, delicious chocolates, a vibrant energy in the air and most importantly Milestone Kitchens... Come see for yourself what free standing kitchens are all about.
We are so grateful all of our employees are fine and there was no damage to their houses from the Tornado in Mpolweni yesterday afternoon. Despite no electricity, our production goes on today thanks to our tractor-powered-generator 🚜
Our thoughts go out to those families affected by the Tornado.
Great first day for Nomonde yesterday! Welcome to our Milestone Kitchen Family, we hope you thrive here 🙌🏼
Head Carpenter, Sizwe, and his assistants, Buyi and Bryan, getting our November production into full swing 🔨
They are in the process of creating units from our African Allure range 🦁
GO SOUTH AFRICA! 💛💚💛💚💛
Watching from our Milestone Bookshelf - order yours now for the final!
You can find find out how easy and cost effective it is to update your kitchen with Milestone Kitchen Units in the October issue of HOME/TUIS.
A bank of free-standing wardrobes without doors waiting for delivery. With Tango looking on.
In today’s world we appreciate genuine hand crafted pieces of kitchen furniture made in our beautiful Umgeni Valley.
Happy client Tanya, wrote us this letter. She is furnishing a kitchen in her holiday home in Limpopo. We love receiving this kind of feedback.
Thank you for all your hard work and your team in producing such lovely cupboards. I’m really excited to receive them tomorrow and I know that it will have a safe journey to me in Mabalingwe.
Thank you for all the helpful advice checking the units once they arrive.
You did a superb job and you have great people skills. Constantly reverting back to me and checking before things were done incorrectly. The company is lucky to have you.
Have a great day.
All the best.
Her units were indeed beautiful, painted in Stoney Grey and finished with Zimbabwe Black Granite.
We have some fun and funky wardrobes available at our Factory Outlet Shop in Johannesburg (44 Stanley Avenue). These are one-of-a-kind wardrobes that can only be found at our Factory Outlet Shop and it is really worth checking them out. See you there....
Outlet Shop at @44_stanleyavenue in Milpark, Johannesburg. Our FOS gives you guys a chance to see for yourselves what the free-standing kitchen concept is all about. It also has a number of once off pieces and units available at discounted prices.
Phumla runs the shop and is always there to assist you, or help you plan your dream Milestone Kitchen ❤️🍽 🏠
A lovely Swedish Style Milestone Kitchen in ‘Aged Créme’ in Hillcrest, KZN. This kitchen is one of our many freestanding kitchens that has all the benefits of freestanding units, but still looks built in - the best of both worlds!
Stealing the show is a stunning center-island, custom-made to suit our client’s needs just right.
Speaking of units taking center stage - don’t forget you have 4 more days to enter the Home Magazine hero-item competition!
HOW TO ENTER:
🔸Go to www.milestonekitchens.co.za and select the “hero-item” around which you will design your dream kitchen. Remember to decide on your favourite range!
🔸 Take a photo of your own kitchen and, in 150 words or less, tell us why you want to renovate, include the name and style of your hero-item.
🔸 Email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org
Available immediately at our Factory Outlet Shop at 44 Stanley Avenue, Milpark, Jhb.
3 of the same units, painted over and finished differently to create 3 completely different looks! ✨
Milestone Kitchens units are custom-made and hand-made to suit each individual clients specific needs.
Some of our staff have been with us for 18 years ❤️
Named after our beloved GSP rescue, Nina. The Nina island saves you from getting in your dogs way when she is trying to have a nap in the kitchen!
In the spirit of Women’s Day, a favourite from Rupi Kaur:
“i want to apologize to all the women i have called beautiful before i’ve called them intelligent or brave i am sorry i made it sound as though something as simple as what you’re born with is all you have to be proud of when you have broken mountains with your wit from now on i will say things like you are resilient, or you are extraordinary not because i don’t think you’re beautiful but because i need you to know you are more than that” - Rupi Kaur
Happy Women’s day from everyone at Milestone Kitchens!
Our famous Kitchen In a Cupboard in the African Allure range.
Perfect for a hotel room, guest suite, granny flat, student accommodation or a small apartment!
GORGEOUS, sunny, timeless, rustic, delicious African Allure kitchen in 📍Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.
I mean, who would want to cook in this kitchen? Or drink a of glass of herbal tea. Or just normal tea. Or wine, glasses of wine? A few glasses of wine... who wouldn’t want to cook and drink a few glasses of wine in this kitchen?
WHY FREESTANDING KITCHENS you ask?
Milestone Kitchens produces freestanding, award-winning, designer, solid wood kitchens, hand-crafted with love in the heart of KZN, South Africa (but don’t worry, we deliver EVERYWHERE).
Visit 44 Stanley Avenue, Millpark, JHB to see our units in real life🤸🏽♂️. And have the opportunity to take advantage of loads of discounts and sales we don’t offer online!
French Flair, African Allure and Swedish Style Coffee Dressers - which is your favourite Milestone Kitchens range?? Tell us on Social Media!
Also, if you love one of these units, you can use it to enter the Home Magazine hero-item competition and stand a chance to win R50 000 worth of Milestone Kitchens units! More info on Facebook.
Milestone Kitchens has a Factory Outlet Shop at 44 Stanley Avenue in Millpark, Johannesburg. The FOS has a number of units for sale at discounted prices. It also gives customers a chance to see for themselves what the free-standing kitchen concept is all about.
44 Stanley is a leafy, cobble-stone-courtyard urban oasis. 44 Stanley doesn’t have any chain stores and brings together makers, creators, entrepreneurs and artisans, alongside some of the best coffee and food spots in the city.
And, just in case you didn’t read this above, EVERYTHING in our Outlet shop is for sale at a discounted price. As items get sold, new pieces come in, so the space is dynamic and ever changing. You can purchase a whole instant kitchen, or individual kitchen units and take them home immediately.
Your kitchen doesn’t have to be built in or stuck to the walls where it can’t be cleaned as effectively and easily, or taken with you if you move. With free-standing units you save on installation costs, you can buy new units as your budget allows, AND you get to be v trendy.
Look at the difference a couple of solid wood, free-standing Milestone Kitchens units made in this space!
See below for BEFORE AND AFTER comparison and some prices.
July production is in full swing at Milestone Factory!
We are currently taking orders for delivery in September. South African-made, hand-crafted, designer, freestanding, solid wood furniture, customize-able to your exact requirements. Order yours now!
Books and dogs! The most important storage unit in your house?
Designed by someone who loves being in the kitchen herself - our deluxe grocery cupboard has all the essential nooks and crannies. Many of our clients use it as a pantry cupboard!
And if there is something we haven’t thought of - we can (of course) customise it to suit your exact needs!
Available in whatever colour, shape or size you'd prefer.
Order yours now!
Beautiful natural light, and colour in a Milestone Kitchen in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape.
Our skilled carpenters, painters, trainees, and administrative staff are all locally born and raised 🇿🇦 🇿🇦 🇿🇦, and 100% dedicated to bringing you the best quality and customer service.
Don’t forget, we can help you plan your kitchen and draw up a layout plan for you 📝!
”Do you have this in pink??”
We custom make our units to whatever color, size and style your heart desires. We’ll happily help you design your ultimate kitchen or the perfect unit. And we fully encourage pink 💕...
Tiyon Loubser and Sabrina Miles (the Boss’s Daughter) have been friends since primary school. She was practically a part of the family when Milestone Kitchens came into fruition and has wanted her very own Milestone Kitchen since before the factory even existed! So we were naturally ecstatic when this dream finally became a reality for her, in 2018 ❤️.
The kitchen in Tiyon’s new house was a difficult space to work with but with the help of Silvia and the team, a floor plan was drawn up, and we think it’s lovely!
We are proud to partner with Biddulphs International again this year for the Comrades Marathon give away.
Click here to enter
50% off sale on at our Factory Outlet Shop in Johannesburg now on.
Stylish and trendy, our fully movable solid wood units can be positioned anywhere in your kitchen – and relocated when you want a new look.
You think this is cheap? We have reduced these beautiful tables even further. We just want them out so we can replace them with our beautiful new stock.
Need a wardrobe? Look no further than Milestone Kitchens. We offer a range of stylish cupboards.
DON'T MISS OUT! This is an opportunity to get these unique, hand-crafted, solid wood tables at a great price!
1800mm x 850mm x 760mm
Was: R15 686.00
NOW: R11 764.50
2100mmx 950x 760mm
Was: R17 330.00
NOW: R12 997.50
2400mm x 950 x 760mm
Was: R18 875.00
NOW: R14 231.25
2400m x 750mm x 750mm
Sand-blasted Straight Leg Table
NOW: R6 187.50
Today is a great day, to have a great day ☀️
A stunning cream-white French Flair kitchen ready for it’s new home in Zimbabwe.
(1) & (2): Nina Island [side 1]
(3) Nina Island [side 2]
(4) Chateau Dresser
(5) Coffee Dresser
(6) Stove House
These pics were taken in the Milestone factory (where all our units are hand crafted by our talented carpenters), you can catch some of it in the background.
The Nina Island is our biggest island, it has space for a dog bed (3) and is named after the Miles family’s much beloved, German Short-haired Pointer rescue, Nina. If you have a GSP it’s basically compulsory to get this island.
We love our people. We love South Africa, especially our crazy, beautiful place in it - all our carpenters, painters and other team members are local #lekker. We love the hope and the happiness and the viiiibe.
Silvia, Dennis, Bryan and Nobuhle show us 5 different kitchen arrangements using Milestone Kitchens' freestanding kitchen units. Do you have a favourite?
Milestone Kitchens Deluxe Grocery Cupboard and Pastry Table in the Home Magazine this month!
Our downloadable kitchen planner is simple and easy to use. All our units are already to scale and we have loads of design tips and suggestions to help you out.
This beautiful kitchen, designed by our client, Tarryn, in the Milestone Kitchens Swedish Style range can be found in her lovely home in Kloof, KZN.
For more real-life Milestone Kitchens, have a look at the Gallery.
“Shannon and I were at 44 Stanley last weekend and saw your store. I can’t tell you how impressed I am. Your products and vision is awe-inspiring. Seeing all the various combos brought memories of shopping for our cottage kitchen flooding back.” - a favourite client from Pretoria
Our Factory Outlet Shop at 44 Stanley contains great specials, plenty inspiration, and Phumla our effervescent Shop Manageress, AND it’s open every day of the week.
At the beginning, Milestone Kitchens was a three-man team, consisting of Dennis, Sizwe (who are both still with us) and Sipho, functioning in the garage of Silvia Miles’s home. Over seventeen years later, the garage has grown into a 650 square meter factory and the three-man team has expanded to employ and train up to 30 people from our local community. We are able to compete with the best kitchen companies in the country. We have all worked hard to establish a successful business and we are very proud of our product.
The Carpenters and Painters.
Quote: “Cabanga kabili, usike kanye“ - think twice cut once.
We believe that local is lekker, and better. So, we only employ and train people from our local communities. Our carpenters and painters take great pride in making quality kitchens for the families that we work with.
The vast majority of our carpenters and painters have been with Milestone Factory for 15+ years (I think you could say they’re happy here). Most started of our staff began at MK unskilled and have learnt their skills on the job over the years and are now invaluable in an economy where skilled labour is scarce.
You've already been introduced to Lulu De Beer, Bedette Olivier and Phumla Majola, but in case you've forgotten...
Lulu joined MK in December 2012. She is an internationally certified, City and Guild accredited front office/hotel manageress. She specialised in culinary arts during her course and graduated from Legends Hospitality School of Fine Cuisine with a distinction (we appreciate good food at MK). So you know she has a good understanding of how things are supposed to work in the kitchen. Lulu has 2 sons, and a menagerie of dogs, cats, geese (I'm probably missing a few). Lulu is a motivator, psychologist, lawyer, doctor, chef, dog whisperer, photographer, bodyguard and a highly valued human being.
Official Titles: Personal Assistant to Silvia Miles and Chief Designer.
Unofficial Title: Right hand woman.
Quote: “ Of all the things you can choose to be today, choose to be kind."
Bedette Olivier is the newest addition to the MK family, she came from an administration position at an airline company, to MK where she takes care of all of the general admin, and is an important link between the office and the carpenters on the factory floor. She is an adept logistical co-ordinator and not someone you want to get into an argument with! She is resilient, hard working and ALWAYS goes the extra mile.
Official Title: Factory Administrator
Quote: "Rather an hour early than 1 minute late”.
She is reliable, honest and full of fun, she always has a smile on her face. Phumla has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology. She runs the Milestone Kitchens FOS (Factory Outlet Shop) at 44 Stanley. She does everything: from decorating, to organising deliveries, to cleaning, to helping prospective clients with important dream-kitchen-making decisions.
Official title: Factory Outlet Shop Manageress
Quote: "Be true to yourself”
Official Title: Factory Manager
Quote: “Quality is pride in workmanship”
Dennis Mkhize has been the Milestone Factory Manager for 20 years, since the working-out-of-Silvia’s-garage days. He has a vast knowledge of carpentry. After finishing matric he won an award to be trained as a carpenter at PMB Gateway Prison project - we snapped him up soon afterwards and he has been with us ever since. He is the only man in our management team (the most impressive part of his resume?). He is calm and methodical and loyal and we couldn’t do without him.
Official Title: Media Manager
Unofficial Title: The Boss’s daughter.
Quote: "Gorify the hour".
Sabrina is very energetic; her positive and adventurous spirit seeps into everything she does. She is currently working for MK part time (PART time - Mom, did you see this?). She manages the social media and marketing related tasks, from somewhere - nobody is ever really sure where. Sabrina has a Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Engineering and understands all things entrepreneurial. Sometimes she consults for the business in an industrial engineering capacity. Sabrina is passionate about the company and will be joining the team in a more permanent role in the next few years.
Official Title: Videographer
Unofficial Title: The Boss’ taller daughter.
Quote: "Computers are useless. They can only give you answers."
Tess is a passionate, talented, very creative, proudly South African, recently graduated Video Journalist from Rhodes University. And no, we are not biased. Her job is to capture the essence of MK in videos and to help our clients better visualise our concept. This is a recent venture for us, but we have (we hope), some exciting things lined up so watch this space!
This week on Social Media we will be introducing you to some of the core members of the Milestone Team. First up is the big boss: Silvia Miles.
Official titles: CEO, Founder.
Unofficial Title: Creative Genius.
Quote: “In the dark you will never find the light switch if you don’t move.”
Silvia completed a Bachelors of Arts degree in painting and geography cum laude, with honours in painting, and also her PGCE. We are still not sure what this has to do with freestanding kitchen units, but we do know she is clever. After a couple years of teaching her way around the world, she went on to start her own business, MK. Silvia has a gift for making spaces beautiful, she is also a mother and a passionate, excellent cook (we know we’ve tasted her stress-cooking). This combination has rather effectively translated into an ability to design and manufacture furniture to create practical and beautiful kitchens and spaces, and evolved Milestone Kitchens into what it is today.
We love the way Debbie Coulson has combined Swedish Style units with blonde solid Ash tops in a space with lots of natural light to create this - her second milestone kitchen. And she said she can’t wait for her third! Think she likes us?
Sometimes Milestone Kitchens has clients from all over the globe, it really blows our hair back. We are proud to have hand-crafted this kitchen for an international client from Texas, USA.
Di Taylor, Merrivale, KZN: " Yes please! I love that such an awesome company is around the corner from us on the good old Wartburg rd!! I was a Greytown girl..."
We get warm fuzzy feelings in our tummys when clients send us photos of their kitchens ❤️
We are very excited to work with our Home Magazine/Tuis TydskrifHero Item competition winner Annelie!
You know you’re trendy when you’re featured in the Home Magazine/Tuis Tydskrif!
You know how they say, never trust a skinny chef? You should also never trust solid wood kitchen carpenters who don’t cook in their own kitchens. This is the Milestone Factory staff kitchen, made by the Milestone Kitchen carpenters, what do you think? Let us know on facebook or instagram with the buttons in the top right corner!
The Milestone Kitchens Factory Outlet Shop is OPEN for 2019, as of 11 minutes ago. It’s been almost a year since we first served you guys delicious chocolates from Chocoloza and scrumptious cheesecake and brownies from Salvation Cafe (ja that was a good time and no sorry we’re not doing it again right now), but, we’ve learnt SO much since that day and we’re excited to bring you even bigger and better things in the coming year!
We had a wonderful holiday under the African sun, and we hope you did too, (but we've had enough of our relatives now), and we're looking forward to a new year at Milestone Kitchens!
The Milestone Kitchens FOS at 44 Stanley is opening on Monday - we’d love to see you. This is a great opportunity to get those early bird orders in, as production is nearly full for Feb 2019.
It's not too late to get yourself (or your family) a last minute christmas treat from 44 Stanley Avenue!
Today is closing day! The Milestone Team wishes you a happy and safe festive season 🌲 🌲 🌲
P.S. This also means last day to get in orders for your free-standing, award-winning, designer, stress-free (!) kitchen units, for delivery in February!
But don’t worry, the Milestone Kitchens FOS and other worthwhile shops at 44 Stanley are still open if you’d like to do some Christmas shopping.
This is sparkly, beautiful Phum. She is full of fun and always has a smile on her face (and no sorry guys, this is not a dating app). Phumla runs the Milestone Kitchens FOS (Factory Outlet Shop) at 44 Stanley. She does everything: from decorating, to organising deliveries, to cleaning, to helping prospective clients with important dream-kitchen-making decisions. And she is so lovely to be around - it’s worth visiting our FOS just to to have a conversation with her!
Reliable, hard-working and eternally honest - we are so grateful we have you on our team Phum!
This is a picture of a hand-made, custom-made African Allure corner unit in white, taken on the factory floor just before it was wrapped up and sent off to a valued client. Everything we make is customizable and can be sized to fit perfectly into your kitchen and lifestyle!
We love orders like this! It’s awesome getting to make someone’s vision a reality.
This is a coffee dresser designed by a Mrs Venter, she drew this simple diagram for us and the Milestone carpenters worked their magic.
What fabulous ideas are floating around in your head? Is there anything you want but can’t find? Draw us a picture and we can make it happen.
Surprisingly, the best part about taking this photo was not sitting on the Milestone Kitchens trestle table but getting to sit next to Brian the mini-GSP 😍❤️
Our Kitchen In A Cupboard is perfect for guest houses, guest rooms, students housing, granny flats, hotels or any small space needing a kitchen. The KIAC has a sink, stove, microwave and mini fridge AND it all fits into this compact, stylish, cupboard. We can make this product in all shape and sizes and order your appliances, it’s fully customizable. Wheels, legs or skirting, stone tops, ash tops, pine tops - whatever fits your budget, we can do it for you! Have you ever seen an easier kitchen set up?
If you’ve been watching our stories lately you’ll know we have been experimenting with different shapes and colours. This grocery cupboard/wardrobe has been finished with pink chalk paint and a rose wallpaper. You can find it and others at the Factory Outlet Shop in Johannesburg.
Milestone Kitchens Factory Outlet shop opened in February 2018. Everything in this photo has been sold since it was taken on opening day - visit us at 44 Stanley Avenue, MilPark, Johannesburg and have a look at what else we have to offer before that sells out too!
Whether it’s to gain some inspiration and get those creative juices flowing, chat about ‘what’s new’ to our awesome sales reps, or indulge in a delicious coffee from Salvation Cafe, we’d love to see you!
Milestone Kitchens units are very versatile - in fact, contrary to popular belief we make furniture that can be used all over the house. This single vanity can be seen from the seat of a very nice toilet in a very nice bathroom in a very nice flat in KZN, South Africa. The second picture depicts the kitchen in said very nice flat, just in case you got so excited about this very nice vanity that you forgot we also make very nice kitchen units.
We had a wonderful and inspiring lunch with Home Magazine and SARIE Tydskrif yesterday The Oyster Box #printisnotdead.
These diverse magazines are full of ideas, inspiration and sometimes a Milestone Kitchens Unit or 3. If you haven’t had the privilege of owning one yet - better late than never!
“Kitchen islands serve a number of purposes. In addition to being a visual anchor in the space, they also help increase the room’s functionality and efficiency.”
Milestone Kitchens offer a number of island options and can customize them to meet your needs!
Want a wine rack? We’ll make you a wine rack! Want it on casters? We’ll put it on casters. Want a purple and yellow island with green legs? We’ll make you a purple and yellow island with green legs.
Overlooking Durban beachfront is this classic yet contemporary Milestone Kitchen, we love it! And so does the SA Garden and Home.
This is Bedette, AKA Bee 🐝 aka Meep (don’t ask me why). We would like to officially welcome her to the Milestone Kitchens team where she is attempting to fill the space left by Superwoman On Maternity Leave, Lulu de Beer. These shoes were acquired after 7 years of growing and learning while MK has grown from a small company into what it is today, and they are some big shoes to have to step into! Despite this, Bee is a resilient, hard worker and is learning quickly, she always goes the extra mile! I don’t think she knows my real name, or if she does she has forgotten it because she always, without fail, calls me Boss (I am not complaining as this is rather empowering and reminds me that I am an independent woman). When Lulu gets back Bee will stay on the team to help keep up with the growing administration demands of Milestone Kitchens.
Bee we are excited to have you with us and we look forward to a happy and successful future with you on the team!
Congratulations to Lulu and her family on the birth of their 4.2kg bundle of joy. Welcome to the world Dakota Potgieter!
This beautiful kitchen now belongs to Johanette Fellows from Pretoria. Johanette made her own concrete tops for her kitchen and they are stunning! In fact, she has started her own concrete top business. Concrete tops go so well with the Milestone Ranges, we are very impressed with how clever she has been combining them with her Swedish Style kitchen.
Should you wish to get a concrete top, you are welcome to contact Johanette on (082) 319 2391 for more information about them. You can also have a look at her website: http://www.imbecraft.com/
There are a number of different options for you and your kitchen regarding tops, hardwood, softwood, steel, Caesar stone, granite. Have a look at our new MK tops page.
"Thanks for meeting me. It was one of my dreams to meet you and now it seems that I will be getting one of your super kitchens."
Sandra Spangler made an appointment to see me at our Joburg Showroom last week. We sat and chatted and planned the Milestone kitchen she has been wanting for years, together.
I would love to meet with you and help you plan your dream kitchen! All you need to do is make an appointment.
I don’t know if the world knows, but there’s a special woman who works behind the scenes at Milestone Kitchens. Her name is Lulu aka my Right Hand aka Superwoman aka Expecting Mom.
Go over a 1000 emails per day, take and make calls, WhatsApp and SMS at speed, chase suppliers, keep up with the Live Chat, expertly fill in multiple forms, intuitively read between the lines, and maintain a sense of humour, all at the same time! Lulu is able to prepare any sort of letter, be it; employment contracts, dismissals and referrals, or a cake in the shape of an A.
When she is not in communication zone, she manages my finances, finds and interviews prospective employees, takes pictures, makes videos and slide shows, prints, faxes, writes up interviews, cancels accounts, opens accounts, prepares wages, and still finds the time to go to the toilet.
Not only does Lulu always know what the weather is doing - she knows exactly how I feel most of the time (I don’t even know how I feel half of the time?). In the (often occurring) necessity, she can: cure migraines, drive a truck, get to town and back in under an hour, remember the passwords for 25 different accounts, type in legal jargon, negotiate with labour units and the CCMA, arrange bank loans, fix anything, and make the best hot toddies. If needed, she will make supper, lunch, and, very importantly, coffee. She can, in fact, cater for a function for 30 people at a few hours notice. Probably while texting clients. By the way, no, she is not looking for a new job.
She is a motivator, psychologist, lawyer, doctor, chef, photographer, body guard, dog whisperer and a highly valued human being. I think the only thing she can’t do is work and have a baby at the same time! We are going to miss you over the next few months here at Milestone Kitchens Lulu, your beautiful boy is going to grow up in the most capable of hands and I can’t wait to meet him! ❤.
Make sure you enter our Milestone Kitchen competition in the August edition of HOME/TUIS. One lucky person gets to win R50 000 toward the cost of a new kitchen.
The pictures below give you an idea of what can be achieved with free-standing units. They are made from a combination of solid wood and supawood and not stuck to the walls so you are at liberty to move them, paint them, change only one top or all the tops, use them somewhere else or even remodel them. The choice is endless. You will never regret your decision to go this route.
We have a 7 Piece Starter Set Special in French Flair painted in Fresh Linen, available at our Factory Outlet Shop. The pieces are set on plinths, legs and castors, and have antique oval knob handles and blonde pine tops. Here are 2 of the pieces, rush to our factory outlet shop to view more of them.
Our famous and great value for money 7PSSS usually goes for R60 000 (plus VAT) but this one is going for the ridiculous price of R55 000 and is available immediately from our Factory Outlet Shop at 44 Stanley. GO quickly.
Contact us for more info.
One of our clients, Eleanor, bought her kitchen in five phases over the period of three years. The process is now complete!
A beautiful open-plan kitchen with plenty of surface space, we love the chic colour contrasts.
In the latest issue of Elle Decoration South Africa, our Factory Outlet Shop is part of their stunning 44 Stanley feature!
"With its stylish interior, this alluring space offers customers the opportunity to experience the brand's solid-wood, modular kitchen units in a lifestyle setting. We love that Milestone Kitchens has filled a gap in the market for locally made, competitively priced, free-standing units," says decor writer Mila Crewe-Brown.
Thanks for including us in the article!
We're featured on Franke Group's #MakeItWonderful blog today!
An interview with owner and founder of Milestone Kitchen, Silvia Miles, the article is about kitchen design, trends in the kitchen and our Factory Outlet Shop at 44 Stanley.
You can read the full piece here > https://bit.ly/2KSPavT
Thank you for including us on your blog, Franke!
If you're looking to create the ideal family kitchen, SA Home Owner's Kitchen Confidential feature in this month's issue has all the answers you need!
Milestone Kitchens is featured in the article and our resident kitchen pro, Silvia Miles, was interviewed...
"Free-standing kitchen units, rather than fixed wall-to-floor units are ideal for a family-friendly home, making cleaning that much easier. A broom and vacuum cleaner fits under the units with ease, and if you've chosen units on castors, then you can simply move the units aside to clean the floor," says Silvia.
Not many clients know that we do doors only. Here is an example of a client with a difficult kitchen space. It would have been almost impossible to put free-standing units in Esme Klopper’s kitchen as it has a weird, hexagonal layout, but she desperately wanted a Milestone Kitchen. So we made her doors. This is the result.
This is Esme's feedback:
👍💗💗💗Thank you so much, it's delivered! Beautiful. 👍💗💗💗 I am so pleased, it's beautiful!👍😄😄😄😄💗💗💗💗
Our units are fully customisable, and can be fitted with a variety of tops for the kitchen.
From stainless steel preparation and sink units to hard-wood kitchen islands, stone countertops and more, there is so much choice and flexibility.
Units with wood or stainless steel tops can be ordered directly from Milestone Kitchens, or you can order your units ‘topless’ to be fitted with the tops of your choice on site.
Recently, one of our clients created bespoke concrete tops for their kitchen. Take a peek...
Jo'burg based photographer and mom, Elza Cooper shared a gorgeous #MilestoneMomMoment with us on Instagram in celebration of Mother's Day! Congratulations, Elza, you have won a kitchen small of your choice from our Factory Outlet Shop at 44 Stanley.
In celebration of the Comrades Marathon, Biddulphs International is giving you the chance to win a R10 000 voucher from Milestone Kitchens!
Entries close on race day, 10 June 2018, at 11pm.
Click here for all the details: https://www.biddulphs.co.za/comrades-marathon
While we are known for our free-standing kitchen units, we also create a range of interchangeable, space-saving cupboards that can be used not only for groceries and kitchenware but also clothes, linen, towels and so much more!
Take a peek at our Cupboard Love feature, which was in the Home/Tuis May issue, to find out more!
Our Njabulo Bookshelf in Mexican Red. BOOM. Bruno just owned it.
Factory Special: Wardrobes
We have 20 of these wardrobes available, going for just R9999. Order yours quickly, they are selling fast.
Visit our Factory Outlet Shop at 44 Stanley, or contact us for more detail and to place your order.
Owner of Milestone Kitchens, Silvia Miles, pictured with Candice Botha, KZN Contributing Editor for SA Garden and Home magazine. They were photographing a Durban flat, which is soon to be published in an upcoming article on small spaces in SA G&H...something to look forward to!
"It was a hot day and we were all exhausted, but especially Candice who is 8 months preggies. I love the shoots with Candice and photographer, Sally Chance. We always have many laughs and a lot of fun!" says Silvia.
We have a kitchen similar to this one at our Factory Outlet Shop at 44 Stanley at the moment...
In matt black Annie Sloan paint, with Antique French Oak tops. All pieces are available immediately. If you’re looking to upgrade your kitchen, then look no further than our Factory Outlet Shop. Don’t think about it too long, it will be gone in a jiffy!
Photographs sourced from Pinterest.
"I could not believe my eyes when I saw that you opened an outlet shop in Gauteng...I am so excited to visit there with my hubby, as I am in need of a brand new kitchen after 20 years of marriage. I am the type of person who loves to touch and see something before I can actually visualise it in my home...now I get that opportunity and hopefully my starter kitchen unit set will become a reality. Thanks Silvia! See you soon."
Thank you for this lovely message, Connely! We look forward to seeing you at our Factory Outlet Shop very soon.
Have you picked up the latest SA Garden and Home magazine? We're excited to let you know that our 44 Stanley Factory Outlet Shop is featured in the Home Front section and our Njabulo Kennel is on the Shopping page. The issue is on shelves now!
Thank you Tracy Kelly of Nom de Plume Studio for assisting us to bring our vision for the space to life.
We recently assisted Cheryl, from Gauteng, to bring her dream kitchen to life. Silvia loves how warm and inviting this kitchen is and how Cheryl cleverly used other pieces of furniture alongside her Milestone Kitchen units.
Thank you for this lovely feedback, Cheryl...
"Choosing a Milestone Kitchen was one of the best decisions have I ever made. My little kitchen was looking drab and lacklustre and I had wanted to refresh it without losing the cottage feel the entire house has. I chose pieces that could fit in neatly with some existing heirlooms and a more modern shelf. The island is amazing! I use it to display my beloved roses and baked goodies and there is so much space for storage. The ordering process was a dream. Lulu is ever helpful and when the kitchen units arrived my dream fell into place! We are building a new home and although I have to leave my little kitchen behind, I am ordering a new Milestone Kitchen that Lulu has helped me plan. So at least I will have a very similar kitchen in my new home. A Milestone Kitchen should be on everyone's bucket list. Simply stunning!"
We love this write-up on the new shops at 44 Stanley in Hello Joburg Magazine!
Here's what Hello Joburg had to say about Milestone Kitchens:
"These beautifully crafted, modular and free standing kitchen cupboards and units are the bomb for maximising space in small apartments. All your stuff in one place – got it. Moving to a bigger place? Easy – just add on with matching items to grow your home."
Click here to read the full article: https://bit.ly/2GA8xI5
Jenna Schoeman was the the winner of the Home Magazine competition that we ran at the end of last year. We are very excited to be creating her dream kitchen for her - transforming a dilapidated space into something that reflects Jenna's style and needs for her kitchen, and does justice to the beauty of her blue stone farmhouse in KwaZulu-Natal.
Here is a peek of the exterior of her house and the kitchen plan that we have created for her. We are excited to start bringing this plan to life!
It's so lovely when someone who already has a Milestone Kitchen comes back for more!
Julie, we look forward to assisting you with your new African Allure kitchen pieces and wardrobe.
Milestone Kitchens would like to welcome Rico Boaga, our new office assistant at the MK factory, to the team.
If you send us an email asking for price list or if you have a general enquiry, this is the person on the other end of the email, who will be more than happy to help answer your questions. And, if he can't, will go in search of someone who can. Rico is an expert in logistics, and will ensure that your kitchen gets to you in time.
We're thrilled to have you on board, Rico!
Silvia Miles' pointers, Brian and new rescue pup Zuri, taking it easy in their Milestone Kitchen!
#brianthepocketsizepointer #zurithegsp #germanshorthairedpointer
From the entire Milestone Kitchens team, we hope you are having a safe, happy and fun-filled Easter weekend with your loved ones!
This April, we are pleased to offer you an Easter special...the first three customers to place orders will receive a 7% discount on their Milestone Kitchens purchase.
"It was an absolute pleasure to see your showroom. My mouth fell open when I actually saw the beautiful units 'in the flesh' so to speak. Your units are much better than the website pictures show and the workmanship and finishes are stunning."
We were thrilled to receive this message from a customer who visited our new Jo'burg showroom at 44 Stanley recently!
With our handy Kitchen Planner, you can design your dream kitchen with ease! There are hand-drawn, cut-and-paste and drag-and-drop options available for you to create your kitchen layout using our wide range of free-standing units.
Click here for more information and to download the Kitchen Planner
Our Chateau Dresser adds a dash of classic elegance to your kitchen! A pretty, practical way to store your tea, coffee and breakfast essentials, it can be customised to suit any space.
This evening, 44 Stanley is open for late night shopping! A chance to enjoy fabulous music, beautiful shops, outdoor eating and more, we hope to see you at the Milestone Kitchens showroom! We will be open until 7pm.
Our Njabulo Bookshelf is in the latest SA Garden and Home magazine, which is on shelves now! Take a peek...
We love messages like this! Tanya gets our Milestone Kitchens concept to the tee. Our free-standing kitchens make it possible for you to update your current kitchen, while planning for upcoming renovations later, as you can move your furniture when you're ready!
Great coffee and friendly neighbours are one of the many perks of being a part of the 44 Stanley precinct in Jo'burg!
We're thrilled to let you know that for the whole of March, our friends at L8 Cafe at 44 Stanley, will be giving complimentary coffee to anyone who makes a purchase at our Milestone Kitchens showroom. Thank you, L8 Cafe!
Our new showroom at 44 Stanley is not only a display of our kitchen furniture, but also a shop, where you can purchase our one-of-a-kind kitchen smalls.
Pictured here are our cutlery boxes, which are rare to find and sell out quickly! Each one is unique and we only make them up every now and again. Our cutlery boxes are available in raw, distressed white, flat white and in a dark brown stain.
Our friends from GSP Rescue came to join us at our showroom!
We’re thrilled that they made themselves at home in the dog bed within our Njabula Bookshelf.
We’re pleased to let you know that our new showroom is officially open! A taste of what a Milestone Kitchen can look like in your own home, we are excited to welcome customers to our new 44 Stanley Avenue space.
Thank you Tracy from Nom de Plume Studio for the fantastic effort and stunning work you have done for us…you have helped us to bring our vision for the showroom to life!
And, a very big thank you to everyone who made it to our opening celebration on Saturday morning, we so enjoyed spending time with you and truly appreciate your support.
Our new @44_stanleyavenue showroom opens tomorrow and we are so excited to welcome you to our new space! Join us for a glass of bubbly and handmade chocolates from 10am to 1pm tomorrow. We hope to see you there!
This month of love, we're running a Valentine Special to celebrate our new showroom opening!
All you need to do is send in a love letter with your Milestone Kitchens order and you will receive 7% off the purchase price.
The special is running until midnight on 28 February 2018, and does not apply to the 7 Piece Starter Set, smalls or factory seconds.
Our new showroom opens at 44 Stanley on Saturday, 17 February. Join us for a glass of bubbly and handmade chocolate to celebrate! All the details are in the image below...
To those of you who guessed that our new showroom is located within the vibrant design and decor destination - 44 Stanley in Johannesburg - you are correct!
Congratulations to Nicolette Van Der Westhuizen, you were the first person to guess the location correctly. You have won a R1000 voucher to use when purchasing units from Milestone Kitchens!
We open our doors on Saturday, 17 February and would like to invite you to join us from 10am to 1pm for a glass of bubbly and scrumptious homemade chocolate, made by the chocolatiers next door.
The first 30 visitors will also be getting complimentary tea and coffee tickets to use at our friendly, neighbouring coffee shops.
Thank you for all the well wishes and messages of support! It means so much to us. We are very excited for this next step on our journey.
Photograph by Robyn Davie
Our new showroom is situated in a mixed-use development that fuses downtown urbanism with a subtle sophistication. Our neighbours are a mix of carefully-curated, bespoke stores and independent restaurants.
This dynamic centre is an up-and-coming a décor and design destination, situated near some of the most historic suburbs in Johannesburg.
Photograph by Robyn Davie
Our second clue sheds light on exactly which city our new showroom will be located in. This city is home to over 6 million trees and is said to be the largest man-made urban forest in the world.
Now, where in this city is our showroom located? More clues to come!
We have some incredibly exciting news to share!
Eight years since we first started creating handcrafted, freestanding kitchens from our workshop in Wartburg, KwaZulu-Natal, we are opening our very first showroom. A permanent display of Milestone Kitchens' offerings.
This photograph is a sneak peek of our location. Can you guess where this is? We will be showcasing a few photo clues this week and will reveal the showroom address on Friday!
The person who guesses correctly first will receive R1000 off their next Milestone Kitchens purchase!
Photograph by Robyn Davie
We're very excited to announce the winner and runners up of our Home Magazine competition!
Thank you to each and every one of you who entered - it was heartwarming and inspiring to read your submissions.
A huge congratulations to Jenna Schoeman for her winning entry, and well done to runners up, Linda Arkert and Maura Hardman. We will be in touch with you soon!
There's no need for cleaning materials to clutter up your kitchen! Our space-saving Housekeeping Cupboard can conveniently store your laundry and cleaning essentials in style.
After a restful and rejuvenating break, the Milestone Kitchens team is thrilled to be back in action from today.
If you're setting your sights on a new kitchen in 2018, we'd love to assist you to bring your dream kitchen to life.
Here's to a wonderful year ahead!