Luanna Shonfeld found the perfect home in the right place at the right time.
“The comforting thing about my home is that it is ‘lived in’. It is filled with love and an incredible amount of laughter,” says Luanna.
Here she tells Bianca Coleman how she found her place, and how she went about making it home.
Where do you live?
In Green Point with my beautiful nine-year-old daughter and 18-month-old Shar Pei Bo – not for getting the two goldfish Frank and Rocky, which I have had for three years. Green Point is so central and I love the vibe in the area. It’s close to work and everything I need is five minutes in either direction. It’s also not so windy. How did you find your apartment? I bought it exactly two years ago and moved in immediately. I was fortunate the owners were returning to the UK, so right place at the right time. I walked into Seeff on Main Road, Sea Point one morning and told them what I was looking for. Adrian Mauerberger told me there was nothing on the market in my price range, but in the same breath also mentioned he had been to see an apartment a few days prior, but hadn’t even listed it yet. He said he would try to call the owners and see if I could view it. Ten minutes later I saw it, loved it and bought it. I think the apartment found me.
What were the selling points?
The size, the layout and the security. The facilities are great – double parking bay, pool, garden and the block is pet-friendly, which is a huge plus point. The views of the Waterfront, the harbour (not to mention the Hottentots Holland mountain range) and Table Mountain are to die for, and the block is situated above a few retail stores, which is so convenient. It was just what I was looking for, and having a young child I knew she would feel safe. Most importantly, it was priced right.
How did you transform it from its original dark, brown and African feel to what you have today?
I gave it a mini facelift. I took out all the central ceiling lights and changed the ceiling by adding cornicing and down-lighting. I had a beautiful bar cupboard with shelves made for the entrance, painted the walls a different colour – Almost White – then added a few extras, like mirrored medicine cabinets, and changed towel rails to hooks,” she says.
Did you get help?
Yes, a friend, Louise van Niekerk, guided me a bit and made my stunning couch. She has a glamorous vision in whatever space she tackles and is a perfectionist like me.
I pretty much always know what I want. I didn’t really have any inspiration other than I wanted to simplify my home. I did have a few paintings and pieces I started with so I guess I had to work around those.
I love my purple velvet chairs I bought from Leon CCXIX, and my Flowers by Puccini by Robin Mann just brighten my home. I am an artist myself, although I don’t have a lot of time to paint these days. I do have an eye for making things work and I suppose making pretty pictures along the way.
What else do you love?
I am fond of light, airy rooms so the lounge and main bedroom have sliding doors onto the patio. I love the peaceful and homely feel; my couch is comfortable and dreamy, my paintings all mean something to me and I love the French influence which has created the glamorous look and feel of my bedroom.