Shatavari, ashwagandha, tulsi and triphala. Chances are, these aren’t words you’ll find in everyone’s lexicon. They’re Ayurvedic herbs, used for the promotion of health and longevity, and ingredients that are commonplace in the Rhodes household. Added to daily smoothies and juices along with other life-giving superfoods and supplements, they’re the cornerstone of the family’s vitality. Laid back as it appears, the Rhodes’ home in Little Chelsea,
Wynberg, is a hardworking base for their busy lifestyle. Jonty, of cricket fame, coaches and travels regularly for the game, while his wife Melanie is an architect, long-time yoga disciple and devotee of wellness. Their four children, Ethan (12), Timothy (9), India (4) and Nathan (2) are school-going and sport-loving by default.
‘Chelsea Village has always attracted us with its charm, well preserved historic architecture and tree-lined park,’ Melanie explains. On the hunt for a new home, they came across a national monument – a thatched barn whose earliest structure is guessed to have been built some 250 years ago, with many additions and an annexe added later. For the most part, the existing buildings were dark and disjointed. ‘My brief to myself was to turn it into something the kids would love, while preserving the integrity of the building’s history,’ recalls Melanie, who handled the plans. She adapted the building to suit their lifestyle, bringing in much needed light and revealing the historical character of the building. It’s a careful balance between respect and renewal, echoing Melanie’s ethos of ‘enhancing and working with what is available’.
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At The Breakfast Table With Jonty Rhodes And Family
Recently renovated, the historic Cape Town home of Jonty and Melanie Rhodes is an adaptable base for an active, clean-eating clan of six
LUNCH IN THE GARDEN with siblings Bronwyn and Jonathan Cane
Alfresco gatherings are the order of the day at this updated century-old semi – the home of a design-centric sister and brother in Brixton, Joburg
IN THE KITCHEN with Karen Dudley and family
For Karen Dudley, food informs the family dynamic and her home is as multilayered and as delicious a delight as her colourful personality and cooking style
THE TRADITIONAL KITCHEN
The perfect piece to pull together a country-style kitchen is a beautiful wooden table that will age with time and hold its place in the memories made around it.
IN THE FRAME
'The history of architecture is the history of the struggle for light.’
DRINKS AT THE TABLE with David Cope and Donné Bullivant
A dream kitchen renovation meant wine lovers Dave Cope and Donné Bullivant could finally settle down in their wondrously moody City Bowl apartment
THE MODULAR KITCHEN
DECOR TIP Modular elements like these USM Haller systems are a great way to create interesting, non-permanent storage that can be customised to your needs.
SUPPER IN THE BARN with the Thatenhorst family
Munich-based interior designer Stephanie Thatenhorst transformed the barn at her parents’ farm in Bavaria into an eclectic family retreat
The pendulum has swung back for this nutritious, crusty staple of flour, yeast, water and time – the much-beloved artisanal loaf
SNACKS ON THE TERRACE with sisters Vicky Crease and Maira Koutsoudakis
The traditional Cycladic home of dynamic sisters Vicky Crease and Maira Koutsoudakis on the island of Serifos is a reminder of what it means to be a part of a close-knit family