Top Billing visits a dream beach home in Yzerfontein
The marine meets modern theme of the Elsner’s West Coast home is part two of their South African adventure. Before moving here, this German couple immigrated to the winelands, married and set up a successful building and interior design business. But with success came stress and after Evi had a health scare - they opted for a simpler life – in Yzerfontein.
The organic décor of their beautiful home- collected across the world - has the feel of having been left by the tide, and the entire house follows the rhythm of the Atlantic.
The lady of the house favours sustainable materials, lots of texture, and a mix of the modern with antiques and odd finds.
The artwork and organic crockery traces its roots back to Evi’s career as a dental technician - before she got into interiors, which she clearly has a knack for!
Their home is perfect for hosting, and it is open house on weekends and since moving up the coast, this designing duo see far more of their friends. They built two spacious en suite guest bedrooms, with full sea views and varied designs. Visitors get their morning coffee served in bed and are then encouraged to do as they please; to sleep, read - or join the festivities.
The first floor is where the Elsners wanted one of the centre-pieces of the house, a large wooden postal counter that Evi bought at an auction. Since they couldn’t get it up the stairs, they had to erect an exterior scaffold and get fifteen men to hoist into place. This was one of the three pieces the entire house was designed around. The other two are the stunning wooden doors at the entry and the Indian wooden table in the kitchen.
The sails and strong architectural feature of narrow windows both lend the feeling of being on board a ship. But only once neighbours saw this effect from the inside looking out, did they fully understand the design.
They pair have traded the famed beer and cooking of Southern Germany for the wine and seafood of the West Coast. They’ve paired their heritage with the culture of their new home and all seems in balance!