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Designer’s Cape Town Nest {Home Tour}

November 6, 2012 by
How does someone like me, write an intro for the home feature of one of South Africa’s most promising creatives? The answer is,  you don’t, you let the photos “do the talking”. And Yolandé sure took some beautiful shots at Cape Town Designer, Etienne Hanekom’s Cape Town home. 
The girls were met with a big smile and a warm cup of tea.We were so grateful that this former art director at Visi and award winning interior designer, took the time to let us snap away his “nest”. It’s bold, edgy and a little eccentric, but mostly inspiring.

What best describes your style?


I would say eclectic? Although that sounds like a hippie. It’s a mix of dead and alive. Old and new. Shiny and matt. Not glamorous.

What are you inspired by?


Shapes, colours and material used.

I love my home because of…


It’s my nest. And everything I own I chose to have. So it’s a big part of me and who I am.

My home DIY projects include…


Painting, Building, stripping, transforming, mixing. masking

I splurged on…


I don’t really have anything expensive in my house, Most are bargain finds, I am a complete bargain hunter and like doing a deal or a trade

My advice for other home decor enthusiasts is…


Create your own style. Feel comfortable in your own skin. We have created a copy nation. Break away from that.

My biggest challenge is …


To stop. I cant stop. I am a Hoarder

What do you love most about your home?


It feels like home, and I am totally comfortable in it.

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8 Responses to “Designer’s Cape Town Nest {Home Tour}”

  1. Liezl Stals November 6, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    Well done! Most beautiful space.

  2. iaan November 6, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    This place is amazing!

  3. Tanya November 6, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

    I love tree/forest wall paper…it looks like there’s a wall next to the front door by the yellow Roman head statue on the floor that has trees on it. Is there another shot of that wall?

  4. Tasha Seccombe November 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    Fantastic!!

  5. Gera Smuts November 6, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    Cool space, Et!

  6. Jenny November 7, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    I’m so in love with that grey/blue wall. I saw it on the visi site and have loved it ever since! Soooo beautiful

  7. Barbara November 8, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    Oh my word … lOvE it !!

  8. Gosia December 7, 2013 at 8:21 am #

    I’d love to know where the tree wallpaper came from. There are many similar options out there, but none are as pretty as this one.

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Girly pink pony party

On the 1st of March, Milla was showered with love from friends and ponies alike. It was a special occasion to celebrate her 8th birthday and I can see in the sweetly happy smiles of the girls, the ponies (pink and real) were as much a part of the fun as the girls themselves. Although mother Theunette Heinlein has her own events company, she couldn’t have created the lovely day without Milla’s great love for horses and intuitive knack for matching vintage teal and pink. It gave the pony party a unique atmosphere that the girls adored.

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