House Tour: Lientjie & Robert's Treasure Trove

House Tour: Lientjie & Robert's Treasure Trove

Liezel Strauss
Jan 23, 2009

Name: Robert Denton and Lientjie Wessels Denton
Occupation: Owners of Li-bel, Restaurant and Exhibition space
Location: Sunnyside Pretoria South Africa
Type: Penthouse
Size: 1895 sq.ft.
Years lived in: 3

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In a time when so many people migrated from the heart of Pretoria to the painfully sterile and uniform suburbs and golf estates, it is refreshing to meet a creative couple who ventured in the opposite direction. Lientjie and Robert brought their money back to where they were born and as a result, actively share in the nation's responsibility to revive the Capital.

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They bought an entire floor of a high rise apartment building in the the city and converted the apartments into one spacious pad. The result is breathtaking! A wonderfully creative nest overlooking the famous Union Buildings (The President's office & where Nelson Mandela was inaugurated). Lientjie's philosophy is to surround herself with beautiful objects and good friends. She tries to always be aware of the intrinsic beauty of nature everyday and to cook and eat great food. Her background in styling is evident everywhere — she has the most delightful sense of style and has now turned her hand to cooking. She also dreams of finding the time for all her ideas in creating menus, food and objects. She is constantly experimenting to find new ways of experiencing the art and design of food. To visit their delightful restaurant and exhibition space go to: Li-bel.

AT Survey:

My/Our Style: I don't have a specific style – I like to mix and match.
Inspiration: My newest find and colors.
Favorite Element: North facing in the Southern Hemisphere with a great view on the Union Buildings and the President's office.
Biggest Challenge: Paying the bond!
What Friends Say: That I have an amazing ability to put things together – must be the styling background!
Biggest Embarrassment: My husband and his couch!
Proudest DIY: We're not into DIY
Biggest Indulgence: The art.
Best advice: Do what you believe in and what you like.
Dream source: Everything has been collected over years – antique shops, flea markets and friends.

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Resources:
Kitchen Hardware: We don't have kitchen hardware – it's is all in the restaurant.
Furniture Heirlooms: South African designers, finds and things I have made myself.
Kitchen accessories: Again, South African designers, finds and things I have made myself.
Lighting: Loads of Living
Paint: We're not there yet
Rugs and Carpets: Suzani's from Uzbekistan, inherited Chinese carpets
Tiles: It came with the house.
Window treatments: Canopies and curtains made from Government Issue Hospital linen
Beds:Loads of Living
Art: Collected over many years and inherited (some bartered for beer!)
Ruan Hoffman, Walter Meyer, Hilton Nel, Debbie Cloete, Hanneke Benade, Anton Carstell, Albert Redelinghuys, Edzard du Plessis, MJ Lourens, Theresa-anne Mackintosh, Otto Klar, Sydney Carter,myself

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Thanks, Lientjie & Robert!

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