My favourite room

TV and ra­dio pre­sen­ter Elana Afrika-bre­denkamp shares her har­mo­nious space.

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The Cape Town home that Elana Afrika-bre­denkamp shares with her hus­band Ian and their 15-month-old daugh­ter Es­ther Beth is just like its own­ers: warm, re­laxed and invit­ing.

“My home is a pure ex­pres­sion of who I am, and it’s the place where I’m hap­pi­est,” Elana ex­plains. “We’re al­ways host­ing din­ner par­ties, which in­evitably end with our guests singing and danc­ing in the mu­sic room.”

So it’s no sur­prise that this joy­ous space is her favourite room in the house, with its photo frame-filled cream walls, min­i­mal decor and ar­ray of gleam­ing mu­si­cal in­stru­ments.

“I love this room so much be­cause I hate talk­ing about my­self, but mu­sic is univer­sal – I could talk about it all day!”

Elana grew up in Cape Town play­ing the pi­ano and or­gan at her lo­cal church, and ever since then, in­stru­ments have al­ways re­minded her of her child­hood.

“Hav­ing such a room at home means I can in­dulge in my pas­sion for mu­sic. I learnt to play the ac­cor­dion be­cause my fa­ther never wanted me to touch his, and as a re­sult, I now have a col­lec­tion of my own! The white one on the floor is from Ian’s late un­cle Ben. It’s so loud that it could prob­a­bly lead an army.”

In the centre of Elana’s mu­sic room is her baby grand pi­ano, which is “smaller than a nor­mal baby grand be­cause the house I lived in pre­vi­ously wasn’t as big,” she ex­plains. “It’s also dig­i­tal be­cause I bang pi­anos so badly that they’re al­ways out of tune!”

The con­certina Elana’s hold­ing was given to her by Ian as a Christ­mas gift last year. “I asked for one in­stead of jew­ellery be­cause I knew he’d have to re­ally search for it. He even­tu­ally found this Ital­ian one in Pre­to­ria,” she says.

16 Loop St, CBD; 021 418 6304

For Gi­ulio’s stun­ning in­te­rior, owner Gi­ulio Loreg­gian’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with de­signer Michael Chan­dler re­sulted in imag­i­na­tive el­e­ments, like retro leather-backed stools, me­tal­lic wild fo­liage and a dry mac­a­roni chan­de­lier. Go for the tasty of­fer­ings, like La Bianca (eggs floren­tine with sal­mon, spinach, poached eggs and Hol­landaise sauce; R75) and Panino di carne (rose­marycrusted fil­let steak on cia­batta; R65).

Bryanston shop­ping centre; 011 463 0207

Imag­ine a large pri­vate din­ing room com­plete with white linen, a ver­ti­cal gar­den and walls painted with vine leaves, and you’ll have an idea of the fresh and tran­quil am­bi­ence here. The out­side area is just as re­laxed, with wooden cladding and benches. We rec­om­mend the spiced duck breast (R162) and berry pavlova (R60).

Umh­langa Rocks; 031 561 7589

Cuban in­spi­ra­tion makes for a great time, whether you sit in­doors or out­side at this ca­su­ally el­e­gant spot, with its glass lanterns, mir­rored walls and crisp white linen. Try the duck spring rolls (R60) fol­lowed by the prime grain-fed beef fil­let with café de Paris but­ter (R170).

“The cowhide rug was a gift from a friend. It looks great and is so prac­ti­cal as it traps dust.” “This is my old pi­ano from Joburg, which I’ve passed on to my step­daugh­ter Leila.” “The walls are cov­ered in fam­ily por­traits, which in­clude all of our childr

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