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