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Purity. Sensuality. Intelligence. This interesting loft apartment building in a rural setting is based on an “open-plan� layout. This lifestyle is especially popular with young couples. The occupants appreciate the rural peace, since both partners often have busy professional and personal lives. When they are at home, they enjoy entertaining and cooking with friends. The apartment featured here has been fitted with a bulthaup b1 kitchen. The cabinets are finished in pure white lacquer. The laminate worktop of the kitchen island is also pure white and has been designed with a solid wood bar top made from Ash. The fine finish detail of the mitred back and side panels make the kitchen island seem like a sculpture in the room. The ceiling-high units in the centre of the space are finished on the back side and serve as a room divider. Ceiling-high wall units are also used along the wall to complete the kitchen. To see what else bulthaup kitchens have to offer, please contact your African retail partner www.livingkitchens.bulthaup.com

bulthaup cape town Living Kitchens (Pty) Ltd 47 Somerset Road, Green Point Cape Town 8005 Tel. +27 (0)21 419 5445 info@bulthaup.co.za

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THE IDEAS ISSUE SHOPPING 17 THE SOCIETY

This is the definitive guide to the key elements every stylish home should have 29 FABRIC LIBRARY

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Our 2016 edit of the most beautiful and exciting fabrics available, in every shade, pattern and texture imaginable 45 DECO LAB: KITCHENS

Find your favourite kitchen looks in our in-depth special report on the modern heart of the home

LIVING 67 DECO EAT: BRINNER

We’ve been playing with the most important meal of the day, and serving breakfast for dinner 75 MODERN MUSE

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Steal the style secrets of the strong, modern women who we have a crush on

HOMES 92 PAST MASTER

Explore a revitalised 19th-century apartment in Paris, complete with stuccoed ceilings and opulent colour 104

THE TREASURY Enter the distinctive and treasure-filled Johannesburg home of designer Mia Widlake

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A city apartment that oozes depth and tranquillity amidst the bustle of Shanghai 126 ROCK THE KASBAH

Head to Tunisia to discover a bright and whimsical home of a French furniture designer

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EDITOR | BIELLE BELLINGHAM | @biellebellingham

LAURA WINDVOGEL Also known as Lady Skollie, this visual artist is creating a stir around genderbased issues with powerful, honest art. What’s the best part of your job? I get to create things that make the world a more beautiful and interesting place. Highlight of your career so far? Collaborating with the Stevenson Gallery and having my first solo exhibition at Worldart Gallery. Who should we follow on Instagram? @sainthoax for his talent in combining pop culture, social media woes and art; @erikbergrin for his love of masks, eye for detail and curiosities; @teeth_dream for his fearless mark-making; and @thevcg021 because they’re producing visual content for Africa by Africa. Your dream kitchen has: A Smeg oven and any KitchenAid appliance. We must Google: Rena Kanokogi. x @ladyskollie

MANAGING EDITOR | MEGAN SCHUMANN megan@elledecoration.co.za | @megan_carla ART DIRECTOR | MARUSHKA STIPINOVICH marushka@elledecoration.co.za | @ELLE_Deco DESIGNER | JESSIE BELL jessie@elledecoration.co.za | @jessbowbess ACTING COPY EDITOR | STACEY NEL DECOR STYLIST | SANRI PIENAAR sanri@elledecoration.co.za | @sanripienaar CONTRIBUTING DECOR STYLIST | ILANA SWANEPOEL | @ilana_swanepoel DESIGN INTERN | HEIDI VAN BERGEN | @heidivanberg ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT | NAAZNEEN BAULACKEY | naazneen@elle.co.za ACCOUNT MANAGER (JHB) | THALIA PALLOTTA | tpp@futurejhb.co.za ACCOUNT MANAGER (JHB) | HOWARD HEYMANS | howard@elledecoration.co.za ACCOUNT MANAGER (CT/DBN) | BERNICE BLUNDELL | bernice@adplacements.co.za MARKETING MANAGER | RYAN SORGENTE | ryan@elle.co.za MARKETING ASSISTANT | PHETHA MOTUMI | phetha@elle.co.za MARKETING ASSISTANT | AYANDA MOLEFE | ayanda@elledecoration.co.za

MARC SHOTLAND Marketing Executive of Home Fabrics, this is the man to talk to for the latest fabric trends, see page 29. Brightest invention of all time? The Nespresso coffee machine. What’s the next big idea? Wallpaper with integrated glue so it can be easily applied to a wall and easily taken down. No mess, no fuss. Fail-proof tip for decorating your house? Start with a white/neutral base that you can build with colour and design as the seasons change. Your dream living room has: Lots of space, high ceilings and lots of wall panelling. Most inspiring quote? ‘Life begins at the end of your comfort zone’ – Neale Donald Walsch. An artist and author come for dinner, who is attending? Without a doubt, William Kentridge and Paulo Coelho. x @homefabrics_SA

DANIEL BREITER Production Manager at Lalela Media, the genius studio that has made the DECO podcast a reality. What’s the best part of your job? Podcasting is still new in South Africa so we have lots of room for creativity, experimentation and can define our landscape. We often say it’s still the Wild West, and who doesn’t enjoy playing cowboy? What’s the next big idea? Affordable and advanced virtual/augmented reality in everyone’s homes. Fail-proof tip for decorating your house? I’m going to have to listen to the ELLE Decoration SA Design and Decor podcast and get back to you. Who should we follow on Instagram? @NatGeo for a world of adventure. An artist and author come for dinner, who is attending? Local artist Theodore Key and author Haruki Murakami – his writing is surreal, with a firm grounding. We must Google: Ili pika.  @LalelaPods

ADVERTISING PRODUCTION CO-ORDINATOR | NAAZNEEN BAULACKEY | naazneen@elle.co.za REPRODUCTION | Hirt & Carter PRINTING | CTP Cape Town DISTRIBUTION | RNA: Bianca Davis 011 248 3607 ENQUIRIES ELLE DECORATION, PO Box 2316, Randburg 2125 EDITORIAL 011 801 9176 / 021 045 0121 ADVERTISING 011 801 9176 SUBSCRIPTIONS 0860 123 300 COMPETITIONS | AYANDA MOLEFE | ayanda@elledecoration.co.za WEBSITE www.elledecoration.co.za

TRADEMARK NOTICE: ELLE® and ELLE DECORATIONTM are used under licence from the trademark owner, Hachette Filipacchi Presse. MANAGEMENT PUBLISHER Gisèle Wertheim Aymés gisele@elle.co.za PERSONAL ASSISTANT Cookoo Moodley cookoo@omnimed.co.za BUSINESS MANAGER Louise Birkner louise@elle.co.za MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTANT Robert Hood roberth@longevitymag.co.za LAGARDÈRE ACTIVE Chairman and CEO Lagardère Active Denis OLIVENNES CEO ELLE France & International Constance BENQUÉ Brand Management of ELLE DECORATION Sylvie DE CHIRÉE SVP/International Director of ELLE DECORATION Cristina ROMERO SVP/Director of International Media Licences, Digital Development & Syndication Mickael BERRET Editorial Executive of ELLE DECORATION Linda BERGMARK Marketing Executive of ELLE DECORATION Flora RÉGIBIER Syndication Coordinator Audrey SCHNEUWLY INTERNATIONAL AD SALES HOUSE: LAGARDERE GLOBAL ADVERTISING CEO Claudio PIOVESANA claudio.piovesana@lagardere-active.com 10 Rue Thierry Le Luron, 92300 Levallois-Perret, France ELLE DECORATION (ISSN 1028-9240, FEBRUARY 2016/MARCH 2016). Editorial contributions are welcome and should be sent to The Editor, ELLE DECORATION, PO Box 15793, Vlaeberg, 8018. All due care will be taken with material submitted but the magazine cannot be held responsible for loss or damage. ELLE DECORATION assumes no responsibility to return unsolicited editorial, graphic or other material. All rights in letters and unsolicited editorial and graphic material will be treated as unconditionally assigned for publication and copyright purposes and material will be subject to ELLE DECORATION’s unrestricted right to edit and comment editorially. ELLE DECORATION is fully protected by copyright and nothing may be reprinted in whole or part without written permission from the publisher. While reasonable precautions have been taken to ensure the accuracy of advice and information given to readers, the editor, publisher and proprietor cannot accept responsibility for any damage or inconvenience that may arise therefrom.


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'WE DON’T NEED MORE, WE NEED BETTER.'

this page: 'York' (31) R542/m, U&G Fabrics. ‘Silence Awhile’ 2015 Oil on canvas by Hei Malone R3 980.80/m, Hertex. Scale of Ply kitchen Noji Architects noji.ie in collaboration Bronze glass coffee table R7 300, Anatomy D

EDITOR'S NOTE I hate to brag, but as it happens, I had the privilege of having dinner with Li Edelkoort the other evening. My expectations of her were unreasonably high, but she surpassed them effortlessly and elegantly. I cannot explain how refreshing it was to meet a woman I have revered for years – and reaped serious inspiration from – to find that she is just as magical and impressive in person as I had imagined. Stirred by this gentlewoman, this – our annual Ideas Issue – is a festival of change and newness. In many ways, this means turning full circle and returning to the fundamental principles of design and decor: the basics. We don’t need more, we need better. We need to concentrate on excellence, resilience and innovation. Always innovation. The title of Li’s design and lifestyle forecast at the Design Indaba was ‘The Emancipation of Everything’. Paying homage to this, in this issue we salute compelling modern muses and echo the call to rethink everything you do. Why can’t you eat breakfast for dinner if it makes you happy? Seriously new ideas and a radical shift in both design thinking and practice are urgent; we’d like to see even more of that pioneer spirit that we as South Africans are known for. You up for it?

Customise your home so that it is uniquely suited to your lifestyle and becomes an efficient yet comforting sanctuary. Paint with shadow and build with space – and don’t overcomplicate things. Constantly upskill. Make sure you get to know the materials you are working with and revisit old tricks of the trade. But of course, constantly be on the lookout for novel, more agile ways of doing things. At the same time as we are challenging you to empower yourself, it is very important to let the experts do what they do best. We can’t be everything to everyone, and we certainly can’t perfect every art: so pick your battles. In line with the times, we also have a few new digital experiences to offer you. Have you subscribed to our new decor and design podcast yet? You can find us on iTunes, or listen directly from our site. This issue also marks the launch of our new augmented reality experience. Be sure to download the layar app, so that you can experience certain pages of this magazine with enriched media: photo slideshows, music clips and the ability to click and buy. Always aim to surprise and delight,

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Wooden tray R200; Arabia teapot R375; both Vamp Furniture Slab plate R200; Espresso cup R260; both Clementina Vase R250, Karizma Cellphone deck R450, Stable Cube pen by Tom Dixon R1 051; Cube stapler by Tom Dixon R1 295; both CrĂŠma Design


SHOPPING PHOTOGRAPH: TABLE MOUNTAIN SANDSTONE ARTESIAN WATER IN INDIGO IN LOW-TOXICTY INKS ON 55% LINEN R1 100//M, ARTISANAL STUDIO FABRICS BY BBELLAMY & BBELLAMY

ELLE DECORATION's pick of current home buys – everything you need to stay in style

How stylish is your home? Take the taste test (p17) and then we present the best fabrics of the season in our oicial Fabric Library (p29). Find your favourite kitchen styles in our in-depth special report on the modern heart of the home (p45).


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Of Grown-ups This is our definitive guide to the key elements that every selfrespecting good-looking home should have. From your boudoir to your lounge, we show you how to style your home like a pro PHOTOGRAPHS INGE PRINS PRODUCTION ILANA SWANEPOEL AND SANRI PIENAAR TEXT BIELLE BELLINGHAM LOCATIONS LA GRANGE, STILE MILANO, WEYLANDTS, CRÈMA DESIGN, LEON CCXIX

{ STATE OF THE ART } First prize is to invest in statement art pieces that pack a design punch. More importantly though, collect pieces that make you happy.

this page from top left: ‘Standing upright’ and ‘Silence Awhile’, 2015 oil on canvas by Heidi Fourie, Salon 91 Funky dining bench R13  203, Leon at CCXIX Bamboo silk carpet R4 800/m2, Gonsenhausers Fine Rugs Zoe side table R7 500, La Grange Interiors Rayon table lamp R22 287, OKHA

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{ SMOKE AND MIRRORS } Don’t underestimate the power of large and intriguing mirrors to add more light to a space, as well as to ramp up the glam factor.

this page from left: Tall mirror R800; Belgium fan mirror R6 000; both Karizma Granger mirror R4 850, Pezula Interiors Snake skin wedge espadrilles R1 199, Witchery Black Lala loafer R1 249; Black heels R1 249; both Country Road Industrial clothing rail R2 795, Weylandts Off-white polo neck R999, Trenery Lush pink jersey R999; Tanned knit dress R999; both Country Road Lace maxi dress R1 799, Witchery Flower print dress R1 399, Country Road Golden basket R1 495, Pezula Interiors opposite page from left: Queen flat sheet R1 695; Queen duvet cover R2 295; Queen duvet inner R1 995; all 100% linen from Weylandts Hay Plus 9 throw R4 065, Crèma Design 3 Chamber standard pillows R395 each; Pallet bed R8 995; Grey marble occasional table R2 995; all Weylandts Adler small frame R249; Loft marble dish R249; Aliz and Loop small marble vessels R549 each; Aliz oak paper weight R249; Taya amber candle R299; all Country Road Borosilicate glass mug R65; Better Life bottle R125; both Weylandts


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{ WHITE AS A SHEET } When in doubt, ALWAYS go with crisp white bed linen. By all means accesorise with an audacious throw, but stick to good quality white for the beautiful basics.

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{ HOT DESKING } It’s a fact: sitting at a beautifully styled desk will drastcally improve the quality of your work. Make sure you keep it clutter free.


DECOINSPIRATION { TOP-SHELF } Even in our digitally oversubscribed age, bookshelves are an important and stylish focus for any room. They are also an interesting display of your interests and passions.

this page from left: Brass tripod R4 995; Monte cabinet R35 995; Art glass vase R795; Brass table R2 495; all Weylandts Blue Nano silk carpet R12 000, Mae Artisan Rugs inside the cabinet from top left: All books The Book Lounge Guzzi flask R345, Vamp Furniture Clay saving pots R389 each, Moroccan Warehouse Puppets R75 each, Antiques on Kloof Fish R450, Clementina Ceramic charmrest R875; Purple glass vase R750; both Galleria Fortunata Brass oil can R45, Antiques on Kloof Leopard R2 500, Clementina Wax bowl R400, Moroccan Warehouse Shibuya vase R2 690, Kartell Seedpot vase R600, Clementina opposite page from left: Hay Copenhague desk R16 409.84; Hay About a Chair R5 702; Hay J107 chair R4 475; Foscarini Gregg table lamp R5 037; Hay Tower Block sticky notes R435; Tom Dixon Tank highball glass R1 410 per set of two; Tom Dixon Cog desk tidy R5 128; Hay Phi scissors R584; Tom Dixon Tool the Golden Rule ruler R259; Hay colour carpet R18 858; all Créma Design

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{ GREENHOUSE } Indoor plants are literally the easiest decor trick in the book. They add fantastic colours, shapes and life to a room – not to mention all the other natural benefits.


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{ VIGNETTE } Add the finishing touch to a room by carefully arranging accessories into a beautiful still life that sets the mood. Use any flat surface (a demilune, bookshelf, countertop or window sill), and anything from vases, sculptures, photos or other personal belongings.

this page from left: Shuttle console in smoked oak R12  995; Sheriff black desk lamp R3 950; both La Grange Interiors Tic&Tac black clock R1 865, Kartell Arthur Edward Cantrell sculpture R24 000, Piér Rabe Eclectic Black cylinder floor lamp R8 400, La Grange Interiors opposite page from left: Vertical garden from R4 995/m2, Living Green Walls Hay Bella coffee table R5 470; Tom Dixon Beat table lamp R14 265; Hay Don’t Leave Me table R4 277; Hee lounge chair R5 934; all Créma Design

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{ OFF YOUR TROLLEY } A well-styled bar cart will add panache to your favourite six o’clock ritual. Curated with artisanal spirits, handsome bar accessories and your most elegant glassware, this is the ultimate in sophistication.

this page from top left: Vitra Mariposa sofa R89 379, Créma Design 1960s drinks trolley R6 500, Karizma All alcohol Wine at the Mill Plum cocktail shaker R2 435; Scent London candle R1 410; Tower pepper grinder R1 285; all Tom Dixon from Crèma Design RCR Opera jug R369; RCR Prestige Karara glasses R349 each; RCR Fiona Diamond vessel R1 129; all Spilhaus Tom Dixon cast mini jack R1 169; Lee Broom On the Rock glasses R1 345 each; all Créma Design RCR Prestige Fiesole decanter R1 369; Bohemia Fiona Flame highball glasses R229 each; RCR candy box R429; RCR Opera tumblers R79 each; all Spilhaus Tom Dixon Etch copper tea light holder R1 168, Crèma Design opposite page from left: Chocolate box rug in green R39 000, Mae Artisan Rugs Servo Quadro coffee table R15 730; Pianca Joker coffee table R27 000; both Stile Milano Hay Kaleido tray R1 035, Créma Design Form teapot R3 720; Form bowl and spoon R1 540; Form milk jug R1 285; nut cracker R1 155; Scent Elements Water candle R1 869; all Tom Dixon from Créma Design Side plate R369; Rocky ashtray R349; both Spilhaus


DECOINSPIRATION { ON TOP } The contents of your coffee table can define and personalise your entire living room. You just need a few key accents – perhaps a tray, a collection, or the requisite stacks of design books – to create a focal point.

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{ TREASURE CHEST } Every home needs a charming chest of drawers, whether antique or mod. Apart from the obvious storage benefits, it also creates the perfect opportunity for a little extra creative styling.

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{ FINE DINING } Your dining room is where some of the best memories of your life will be made, so make sure your table will stand the test of time, and can accomodate as many friends and family as possible.

this page from left: Bentwood chairs R1 905 each, Tabletops Furniture Tablecloth R345, Arabesque Nu Casa dining table R16 995; Cheetah dining chairs R2 795 each; White Seventy-one occasional chair R3 495; all Weylandts Brown jar R870, Cécile & Boyd Arabia teapot R320, Vamp Furniture Tom Dixon Cog candle holders from R2 335 each, Créma Design opposite page from left: Pianca Quadra sideboard R34 500, Stile Milano White Wiebke vase R2 394, OKHA Tic&Tac copper clock R2 475, Kartell ‘Finding the black hole’, 2015 oil on board by Ronel de Jager, Salon 91

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T H E FA BR IC L IBR A RY Textiles add an important element of softness and comfort to your home, but also need to be durable and reflect your life and style. Whether for upholstery and window treatments, accessories and bedding, make sure you know what to use for what, and how to care for it PHOTOGRAPHS JESSIE BELL PRODUCTION SANRI PIENAAR PRODUCTION ASSISTANT HEIDI VAN BERGEN

‘Facet’ (Geranium) R5 499/m; ‘Spoutnik’ (Emeraude) both from the Architectonique Collection by Boussac R5 840/m; both Mavromac

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Advice from @HomeFabricsSA: Top textile trends for 2016? The colour palette is made up of shades of pink, red, peach and periwinkle (light blues). Denim has made a huge comeback, as well as patchwork fabrics and bold, colourful and distorted florals. You can expect more chunky and woven fabrics, knits and felt: this time with even more interest and detail. Top tip when choosing upholstery fabric? You need a decent rub count (25 000 and up). Also, polyester will wear and handle sunlight much better than a natural product such as linen, cotton, viscose and silk. Choose a fabric with a backing to it: this will help with durability and keeping the threads from moving to much when in use. Tell us about your local linen range Linen Roots? It’s a 100% linen that is 30-degree washable, suitable for full upholstery, accessories, curtaining and slip covers. How to choose from all the options available? Identify your area and the purpose of application (whether it’s a high traffic area). Then decide on what style you would like to achieve: modern/classic/ French. Ensure that the fabric you choose will fit in with your lifestyle, and then let your imagination do the rest. If you’re not sure what to put with what, stick to basic, natural colour tones such as grey, beige and white for the bigger furniture pieces, and then accessorise with a colour and patterns that catch your fancy. How to look after your fabrics? Different fabrics are constructed from different yarns, and have different caring instructions, so read the instructions. Keep out of direct sunlight as the UV rays damage fabrics.

It’s not all just about colour, pattern and texture when it comes to choosing fabrics for the home. Before you make your selection, ask yourself some simple questions: What exactly will it be used for? Will it be used in a high traffic area? Will it be used regularly or just when guests come over? What type of light does the room have? Do you have any pets or children? How much will you need and what is your budget?

The fabric needs to be durable and cleanable, and ideally be able to withstand fading.

CURTAINING Consider the weight, texture, lightblocking or light-exposing qualities, as well as the durablity.

ACCESSORIES This is where you can express yourself with colour and print, and be slightly less concerned with durablity and neutrality.

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EXPERT OPINION Advice from @davidbbellamy: What is a thread count? The thread count refers to the number of threads per square inch of fabric. It is the density of the weave, and thus the strength of the fabric. It indicates the viable life of the cloth. Top 5 textile trends in 2016? African, junglous, welvets, linen and monochromatic. Reupholster or slipcover? I like crisp shapes, so it would be reupholstery for me. How do you know when you need to change your fabrics? When they show signs of wear and tear, or faded pigments, and most definitely when your overall interior needs an update.

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1. ‘Facet’ (Argent) from the Architectonique collection by Boussac R5 499/m, Maveromac 2. ‘Waldorf’ (Pewter) R630.42/m; 3. ‘Ritz’ (Metallic) R630.42/m; both The Silk & Cotton Co 4. ‘Sonar’ (Copper) from the Tonic collection R610/m, Home Fabrics 5. ‘Ketti’ (Royal Purple) by Zoffany R3 160/m, St Leger & Viney 6. ‘Celestial Dragon’ from the Eden collection by Matthew Williamson for Osborne & Little R7 686/m; 7. ‘Fontainebleau’ (WE7191/099) by Soleil Blue R2 952; both Home Fabrics


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1. ‘Palma’ (Green) by Christopher Farr Cloth R4 406/m, St Leger & Viney 2. ‘Sweet ground water’ hand-painted fabric R1 100/m, bbellamy & bbellamy 3. ‘Maui’ (Night Sky) R1 094.40/m, Hertex 4. ‘Emilio’ (Marble Zinc) by Fabricut R2 199.06, The Silk & Cotton Co 5. ‘Ginkoleaf’ (Chartreuse & Lemon) R912/m, Lula Fabrics 6. ‘Waterfall’ (Tranquil) from the Fiesta collection R1 094.40/m, Hertex 7. ‘Peykar’ (03) from the Turandot collection R804/m, U&G Fabrics

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EXPERT OPINION Advice from @hertexfabrics: Top 5 textile trends in 2016? From a colour perspective, there is a leaning toward blues and greens of all hues, as well as ice-cream colours. Bling is still very in, and also look out for Moroccan tile designs and tropical designs combined with exotic birds. Top tip when choosing upholstery fabric? For longevity, consider a pile fabric that cleans easily, like microfibre, chenille, polypropylene, or polyester. Cottons and linens are often mixed with polyester for durability, however pilling can be an issue with these mixed yarns. They are also generally piece-dyed, making fading a problems as well. However, these fabrics are fashionable and with the correct handling and care, they will enhance your home. How to choose from all the options available? One should have a starting point, like a rug or wallcovering or an item of furniture to build your story around. If you have a blank canvas, page through decor magazines until a certain ‘look’ resonates with you. You can just take it step by step from there. How to look after your fabrics? Regular vacuuming of both curtains and upholstery is advised and no hard brushing of upholstery, because this causes pilling. If your couch is in direct sunlight it will fade, so blinds should be drawn to protect your upholstery from this. Reupholster or slipcover? Slipcovers are very trendy and look good in natural fabrics, vintage and brushed linens and cottons, but beware as they’re not easy to clean and refit.

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1. ‘Edith’ (Violet) by Donghia R6 914/m, Mavromac 2. ‘Drama’ (Teal) from Stonehaus Collection R342/m, Hertex 3. ‘Velvet Teatro’ (366) R1 324/m, Mavromac 4. ‘Palmette Art’ (Vieux Rose) by Misia R8 136/m, Hertex 5. ‘F6832-05’ by Osborne & Little R5 031/m, Home Fabrics 6. ‘York’ (02) R542/m, U&G Fabrics


DECOFABRIC EXPERT OPINION Advice from @Silkandcottonco How to choose upholstery fabric? Choose something that is timeless — not too trendy — as well as hard-wearing.It’s easier and more cost-effective to change scatter cushions to update your look than to have to reupholster. Also, !00% natural fabrics tend to move and crease, but blends behave themselves a bit more How to choose and work out how much fabric one needs for curtains? The fabric choice will dictate how long your curtains will last. Get a professional to quote and work out the quantities, as making a mistake will be costly.

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1. ‘Dakar’ (02) R674/m, U&G Fabrics 2. ‘The breast plumage of an African sparrowhawk’ R1 100/m, bbellamy & bbellamy 3. ‘Teo’ (02) R684/m, U&G Fabrics 4. ‘Cooper’ (Ocean) by Larsen R3 993/m, Mavromac 5. ‘Sway in Signal/Steel’ R545/m, Skinny laMinx 6. ‘Memphis’ (Green) by Christopher Farr Cloth R5 337.02/m, St Leger & Viney 7. ‘Carriacou’ (Multicolore) by Pierre Frey R7 064/m, Mavromac

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EXPERT OPINION Expert advice from @skinnylaminx: Top 5 textile trends in 2016? Bold, largescale designs, textile art on walls, hand-made textiles in small runs, textiles with a story to tell and fearless pattern-on-pattern action.How to work out how much fabric one needs for curtains? You need to factor in the area above and to the side of the window recess, the type of hanging system you will use, and also that closed curtains must still have some drape and movement. Reupholster or slipcover? If the silhouette of the chair or sofa needs to be crisp and tight, upholstery is the only choice. But, slipcovers allow you to change your mind!

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1. ‘Lounge’ (TV 547 07) by Élitis R4 565/m, St Leger & Viney 2. ‘Axis’ (Lunar Rock) from the Astrology collection R1 208.40/m, Hertex 3. ‘Djinn’ (TV 553 49) by Élitis R3 669.20/m, St Leger & Viney 4. ‘Mariano Beige Scuro' by Fadini Borghi R3 869/m, Mavromac 5. ‘Ritz’ (Sparkle) R630.42/m, The Silk & Cotton Co 6. ‘Filament’ (Moonshine) from the Astrology collection R672.60/m, Hertex 7. ‘Tune’ (Copper) from the Tonic collection R610/m, Home Fabrics

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1. ‘V Step’ (Loden) from the Miles Redd collection by Schumacher R8 143.54/m, St leger & Viney 2. ‘Bergamasques’ (Muscat) from the Scènes Baroques collection by Nobilis R7 192/m, Mavromac 3. ‘Reggio’ (01) from the Canossa collection R748/m, U&G Fabrics 4. ‘Canevas’ (LY 763 42) by Élitis R8 163.54/m, St Leger & Viney 5. ‘Jamaica’ (Acacia) from the Sorrento collection R2 325.60/m, Hertex 6. ‘Inter’ (02) from the Mazarri collection R768/m U&G Fabrics 7. ‘Pique Erica’ (Turmeric) from Gatehouse Home R2 490/m, Mavromac

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OFF THE RACK Choose local clothing brands that make exploring that much more stylish. Baby grows from R219, Kuna Kids

DIGI KIDS Following a little bird through various landscapes, ‘Petite Choses’ is a poetic game for two-year-olds, and definitely one of the most beautiful apps around. Petite Choses R19.62, Google Play COVER UP With the vast selection of wallpapers now available, there is no excuse for a bare wall. Open Your Mind and Grow wall art by Rebel Walls from R1 080/m2, St Leger & Viney

TO THE BRIM African baskets make the perfect storage units for toys – easy to access and quick to pack up after play. Bolga laundry baskets from R2 400, Design Afrika

RUG RATS Transform any area of your home into an inviting play space by simply laying down a soft rug. Jacquard Newark rug R599.99; Jacquard Lattice rug R999.99; both MrP Home

BAMBINO Mix spirited textures, prints and shapes in your little cherub's den COMPILED BY MEGAN SCHUMANN

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DECOL A B K I TCH E N F L AVOU R The living heart of the home, modern kitchens are hardworking and functional, and constantly adapting to suit our needs, cooking practices, eating habits and lifestyle choices. They're captivating too, inviting us to come in and stay longer

PHOTOGRAPH: CUSTOMISED, WHITE MODULAR KITCHEN BY VIPP (VIPP.COM)

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PHOTOGRAPH: FREDERIK VERCRUYSSE (GRAANMARKT 13 APARTMENT DESIGNED BY VINCENT VAN DUYSEN)

For floors, think practical and easy to clean. Cement screed and tiles are popular options.


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IDEA: STOWAWAY More than anywhere else in the house, kitchen cabinets and shelves need to be utilitarian, fit the available space and complement the overall look. If you’re not keen to commit to built-in cabinetry, or need a little extra storage space, why not try a ready-made wall-mountable unit for a stylish solution.

Log server in walnut James Mudge, jamesmudge.co.za

TOP FLOORING OPTIONS FOR YOUR KITCHEN FROM BELGOTEX Grimy hands? It’s no fuss with faucets that turn on and off with a tap of the wrist.

Vinyl floors from Belgotex are the perfect foundation for the heart of your home. Offering the look and feel of timber without the cost, noise or worries of water or spills that are inevitable in the kitchen, vinyl floors are hygienic, scratch-resistant, warm underfoot and waterproof (because they’re made from PVC). Belgotex’s range of easy-to-clean, warm vinyl surfaces are also super-quick to install in either cushioned vinyl sheets or luxury vinyl tiles (LVTs). Luxury vinyl tiles can be fitted over old floors by selecting an installation system that’s most convenient for you. • The stick down dry-back planks let you mix timber tones for a trendy colour blocking effect, • Click systems such as the new 360 degree Podium Clic range let you create decorative herringbone designs, or • The self-adhesive planks of Nottingham with pressure-sensitive TacBac give you an instant transformation with no mess or fuss.

Sensate Touchless kitchen faucet Kohler, africa.kohler.com

AU T H E N T IC Offering respite from our frenetic lives, our homes are sanctuaries in which we can unplug and unwind. Tap into the restorative benefits of nature by choosing combinations of wood, stone, steel and ceramic

The comfy cushioned vinyl such as Toledo insulates against cold and impact noise, providing a warm, smooth surface that will beat the budget but won’t break your crockery. With over 40 ranges in a variety of authentic light and dark wooden shades with a protective wear layer for extra durability, your new kitchen floor will be the envy of every suburban chef!  @belgotex  www.facebook.com/belgotex

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PODIUM CLIC – Belgotex Floors’ new addition to the Luxury Vinyl Tiles collection is Inspired by nature, and brings comfort and luxury into your home. PODIUM CLIC features a 360° clic system for easier installation and a Rigid Composite Board backing to resist the appearance œv̈i}ÀœÕ̏ˆ˜iÃ>˜`>œÜwÌ̈˜}œ˜՘iÛi˜yœœÀðÌÃsound and water resistant qualities mean it can be used in any room in the home.

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PHOTOGRAPH: DAVE BURK, HEDRICH BLESSING (DESIGNED BY DE GIULIO KITCHEN DESIGN)

Ebonised walnut, stainless steel and a bronze floating shelf look great against a quartzite countertop and backsplash.

TREND: MIX AND MATCH The kitchen should be a welcoming and attractive space with brilliant textures, warmth and light. Give it some unexpected flavour by mixing complementary and contrasting materials. Industrial concrete with raw wood, dark porcelain with polished steel, brass accents against durable marble... this dynamic approach will give you endless possibilities.

DECO RECOMMENDS: Reading Mick De Giulio’s book, KITCHEN, for the latest in kitchen design and inspiration.

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Add raw wood accents to soften harder surfaces.

LOOKING FOR A COUNTERTOP SOLUTION? TRY CAESARSTONE Classico slab (Buttermilk); Concetto semi-precious slab (Picture Jasper); Concetto semi-precious slab (White Quartz); all price on request, Caesarstone 

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Bring life into the kitchen with raw food products, such as locally made honey, sprouts or fresh herbs.

PHOTOGRAPH: MUUTO.COM (SHADES SERIES DESIGNED BY ANNE JØRGENSEN)

Create a small vignette on open shelves or a countertop. A display of well-worn cookbooks, a wooden cutting board or prized ceramics can make a kitchen feel inviting and considered. Just make sure the items don’t interfere with your work flow or look cluttered


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SIMPLY THE BEST Get back to the basics with pared down, high quality utensils. Stock your kitchen with tools that will last – and could become heirloom pieces – that speak of function, craftsmanship and beauty. Rolling pin R395, Weylandts 20cm Olive wood bread knife R3 500; Olive wood chef's knife (15cm, R2 250 or 20cm, R3 400); both Le Creuset Oak egg stand R529, Yuppiechef

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Burnt copper bowl R295, Weylandts Romy salad server R179, Woolworths Two-litre wine carafe with oak stopper R449, Yuppiechef

Form and function meet in display-worthy accessories. Organic shapes fuse with natural materials such as porcelain, bamboo and glass, paying homage to our return to authentic living.

RETRO GLOSS Give your kitchen old-fashioned charm with appliances and fittings that recall yesteryear. Go retro with modern takes on iconic designs, or restore a vintage original.

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Dornbracht Tara Classic single-hole kitchen mixer in Cyprum R12 558; Dornbracht Tara single-lever kitchen mixer in Cyprum R17 880; both Still Bathrooms Retro stand mixer in cream R7 499, Smeg Lacanche Vougeot range in ivory price on request, Culinary Equipment Company

Keeping your kitchen organised and tidy is the easiest trick to make space attractive. A freestanding pantry provides room for crockery and dry foods, and is a useful solution in small kitchens.

HG drinks unit with high-gloss Duco exterior and oil-finished oak charcoal interior R45 000, Tonic

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Glass-fronted, stainless steel faceted drawers, lined in handdistressed German silver by de Giulio Kitchen Design Collection

PHOTOGRAPH: DAVE BURK, HEDRICH BLESSING (DESIGNED BY DE GIULIO KITCHEN DESIGN), FALSTERBO WALL RAIL AND VARDAGEN TEA TOWEL BY IKEA.COM, CUSTOMISED BLACK MODULAR KITCHEN BY VIPP (VIPP.COM)

Kitchens are going over to the dark side, with black making a seriously sleek statement. Balance inky hues with brushed steel appliances, wooden cabinetry or polished brass accents

Beauty is in the details and there’s no beating high-quality products.

ON DISPL AY Use your space economically to keep your kitchen uncluttered and organised. Install hooks, draws and shelves that are big enough and easily accessible – you can even have separate sections for crockery and pots. And with cookware making a statement on its own, choose cabinets with open or glass fronts. Stainless steel is a great choice for its professional air, easy maintenance and enduring elegance.

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NEED SOME IDEAS OR ADVICE FOR YOUR KITCHEN? TWEET @ELLE_DECO AND LET’S CHAT

EXPERT OPINION Philip Richards, Brand Director of blu_line blu-line.co.za Top five things to consider when renovating your kitchen? Consider the look and feel you desire, such as modern or classic, then research which companies specialise in this. Think about the company’s product offering and interrogate the value given in terms of functionality. Remember that the kitchen is not just a showpiece, but a working element too. Consider the installation process and the company’s after-sales service as, again, the kitchen is a working element and guarantees and after-sales service systems are critical. Finally, analyse your budget to decide what you can afford.

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‘GUARANTEES AND AFTER-SALES SERVICE SYSTEMS ARE CRITICAL’ Top 5 trends in kitchen design? • Less is more is the biggest trend. • Open-plan design in which the kitchen is the anchor of the interior. • Clean, modern lines which ensure a timeless look. • Neutral colour palettes which feel calm and refined. • Combining textures to give the space an authentic feel. What are your dream kitchen appliances? Fridge: Gaggenau integrated Vario 400 Series Stove: Miele induction hob with panorama cooking zone Taps: Blanco Eloscope Gadget: Miele S5 Allervac Sensor 5 000 vacuum cleaner How to know which contractor or company to use? Do your research and shop around. Consider how long they have been around, their reputation for their service and if you know of anyone who has used them before.

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Things to find out about your contractor before you hire them? Communication is key throughout the project, so think about how they have communicated with you from the start. Consider their reputation outside of their marketing efforts. Look at what social media has to say about them. Think about the value they bring in comparison to their pricing. And finally, check out their after-sales service system, if indeed they have any guarantees in place. Top solution for countertops? My go-to supplier of stone countertops would have to be Caesarstone for its range of colours. A combination of concrete, or other textures, together with Caesarstone slabs makes for an interesting space.

Blue Pearl granite slab R4 788/m²; Absolute Black slab R2 736/m²; both WOMAG

Top kitchen materials at the moment? High gloss lacquer and satin lacquer are still popular core materials. Combine these with a range of other materials such as stone, aluminium, glass, textured timber and concrete for interesting accents throughout a kitchen. x @blu_linesa

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GREAT COMPLIMENT If you have gone to the trouble of creating a gorgeous kitchen, your accessories need to look the part too. Polished or matte, black and silver can do no wrong. Soho cutlery 4pc set R350, Woolworths Slate paddle board R95, Weylandts 3-Ply stainless steel pasta pot R3 700, Le Creuset

FORM & FUNCTION Smart small appliances are an easy way to update your kitchen. If you’re strapped for storage space, why not make a display out of your glossy, useful items. Retro 2 Slice Toaster in Glossy Black; Glossy black retro kettle; both R2 199, Smeg Barista Express manual espresso machine R8 999, Yuppiechef

ENERGY SAVERS These days energy saving is non-neg so pick a product that has the best rating and also matches the size you r Check the label for its energy ratin good). You must change all your ligh to energy efficient ones too.

STILL WATERS A high-tech, innovative kitchen faucet is a simple upgrade that offers great convenience. There are taps that filter water and taps that heat water, and then there are taps with pull-out spray elements and pivoting joints to allow you to fill that tall vase and direct the stream into the deepest corners of your sink. Simply marvellous! 900 Premium stainless steel chimney cookerhood R2 399, DEFY 90cm Anthracite Concert cooker R24 999, Smeg H6267 B CleanSteel CulinArt oven R19 999, Miele

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Sensate Touchless kitchen faucet R9 920, Kohler Mirus professional R3 580, Franke Karbon articulating kitchen faucet R23 030, Kohler


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Don’t be shy to introduce different shades and textures in your all-white scheme.

TREND: SEAMLESS EDGE Chop your veggies and wash the dishes in one seamless area. Constructing a countertop and sink from the same material creates a smooth look that is easy to maintain and is incredibly durable. Go one step further and install an integrated sink. Here, the sink and countertop are made from one piece of quartz, concrete or stainless steel and the sink has no lip. Choosing a faucet in the same colour further enhances a minimalist aesthetic. Ottavo kitchen sink mixer by Quadro R4 880, Lavo Bathroom Concepts

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PHOTOGRAPHS: HÄLLVIKEN INSET SINK, RINGSKÄR KITCHEN MIXER AND APTITLIG CHOPPING BOARD BY IKEA.COM, CUSTOMISED WHITE MODULAR KITCHEN BY VIPP (VIPP.COM)

Update a classic white kitchen with accents of natural colour (think blonde wood, textured marble and screed flooring) for a fresh, harmonious and refined look. The airy style allows feature design elements to enjoy attention, while promoting a sense of tranquility


WOW WOMAG Terrific tops & tiles!

Orso Grigio Phoenix Stone ULTRA Travertino Santa Caterina

Phoenix Stone brings affordable and durable engineered surfaces to every home. Resistant to scratching, staining and household acids like lemon juice, Phoenix Stone allows one to work directly on the surface. Phoenix Stone surfaces are available in an assortment of standard and unique colours, as well as a marble-look, making it the ideal top for the modern kitchen.

The Ultra porcelain tile range from WOMAG is perfect for use in the kitchen as counter tops. The Ultra tiles are 3 x 1.5m large and look like marble. Finally, it is possible to have a marble-look top in the kitchen without worrying about scratches and stains! The Ultra Arabescato Statuario porcelain tile is also available in bookmatch. WOMAG stocks many different marble looks in the Ultra range.

Above: The Heritage collection - these beautiful tiles are available in Heritage Mix, Heritage Black and Heritage Grey

The Deco tile revival is here and trending! WOMAG has introduced a wide variety of Deco tiles made from porcelain (as opposed to ceramic) to ensure that your creations will last and be talked about in years to come. This new Moroccan-inspired tile range is suitable for both wall and floor, making the use of Deco tiles in the kitchen versatile – they can be used as a decorative splashback or for a kitchen floor with a difference.

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DECOLAB COMMON KITCHEN L AYOUTS Deciding on a layout is the most important part of kitchen design. U-SHAPED KITCHEN Efficient for one primary cook in a small space

PHOTOGRAPH: BULTHAUP B3 SYSTEM KITCHEN DESIGNED BY RAMON CASADO WITH KAOLIN LAMINATE FINISHINGS, DARK ALUMINIUM POCKET DOORS AND APPLIANCES FROM GAGGENAU AND SIEMENS

Place the sink near the cooking area

Always keep fresh herbs ready to be harvested.

Have designated areas for cooking, and clean-up

Keep paths obstacle-free

L-SHAPED KITCHEN Perfect for loft-style apartments, entertaining and multiple cooks

Lighten up dark corners

Keep the work triangle intact

GO WITH THE FLOW A basic principle for designing ergonomically, the kitchen triangle creates a seamless flow from one workspace to the next. You should be able to draw a triangle between the stove, fridge and sink — the main work centres. When these three elements are in this configuration, the kitchen space is easier to use, cutting out wasted steps.

Designate the longer area for meal prep

ISLAND FLOOR PLAN Divides large kitchens into smaller, efficient working zones

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Match the island with the rest of the kitchen aesthetic

Provide enough space for movement

The island can be used for preparation, or for serving and entertaining

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The kitchen island is the way forward; it creates zones for cooking, eating and socialising to happen gracefully in one space. Consider including a dining area or breakfast bar as part of your island, and don't forget to leave enough space for food preparation

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PERSONALITY Small appliances and accessories are the best way to express your personal quirks and tastes in colour and style without dating your kitchen. Think fun and funky. AD ceramic bread plate R200; AD ceramic dinner plate R200; both Anatomy Design 1.7-litre white whistling tea kettle R1 500, Le Creuset

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Making breakfast for dinner seems oddly indulgent, and oh-so-liberating – it's a bit like drinking Champagne in your pyjamas

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MATCHA AND COCONUT CHIA PUDDING 6 Tbsp chia seeds • 1 tsp organic matcha powder • 1 can coconut milk • ½ cup lightly sweetened desiccated coconut • 1 Tbsp castor sugar

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APPLE OMELETTE WITH CHEDDAR AND THYME 2 apples, cored and quartered • 1 Tbsp honey • 1 tsp dried thyme • 6 eggs, separated • 3 Tbsp flour • 3 Tbsp milk • 1 cup mature cheddar cheese Heat a dash of olive oil, apples, honey and thyme in a frying pan on medium heat, and cook until apples are soft and caramelised. Set aside. Whisk egg whites until they are foamy. Using a wooden spoon, mix in flour, salt, egg yolks, milk and cheddar. Melt a little butter to coat a thickbottomed pan. Pour in the egg mixture and place apples on top. Bake at 175˚C for 12 minutes. Vintage copper pot R2 500; Stainless steel grid R750; Glass petri dish R150; all Pajamas & Jam Coaster R70, Gister


DECOEAT RICOTTA HOTCAKES WITH OVENROASTED PLUMS AND CRISPY BACON 4 eggs, separated and whites whisked to a stiff peak • ¾ cup milk • 1 cup flour • 1 tsp baking powder • ¼ tsp salt • 1½ cups ricotta, plus extra • 2 plums, pips removed and halved • 2 Tbsp honey • 6 rashes crispy streaky bacon

Place plums in a roasting tray, drizzle over the honey and bake at 180˚C for 15 minutes. Stir together the egg yolks, milk, flour, baking powder and salt with a fork. Add the ricotta and mix just a little. Fold ricotta mixture into egg whites (it should still have lumps of ricotta). Drop half cup of batter into a oiled and hot frying pan to make one hotcake. Cook both sides until they are golden. Stack the hotcakes, crumble over the extra ricotta and serve with plums and bacon. Black Vista plate R99; Neo black vase R449; both Country Road Cast iron cup R199, Woolworths Coaster R70, Gister

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CREPES WITH EXOTIC MUSHROOMS, KALE AND GOAT CHEESE 3 Tbsp salted butter • 2 Tbsp olive oil • 4 cups mixed exotic mushrooms • 1 small bunch kale, chopped • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 1 Tbsp fresh or 1 tsp dried thyme • 1 Tbsp fresh or 1 tsp dried sage • 100g goat cheese

Melt two tablespoons of butter and the olive oil in a large pan over a high heat. Add the mushrooms in a single layer until they have caramelised on the bottom. Toss once, season and cook for five minutes. Add one tablespoon of butter and the kale, cooking until wilted. Reduce the heat, add the garlic, thyme and sage and cook for one minute. Serve on a crepe with goat cheese. Marble tray R349, Country Road


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RIB-EYE STEAK WITH CHARGRILLED CAULIFLOWER AND ROASTED GARLIC • 500g dry-aged rib-eye steak • 200g whole cauliflower, cut lengthways • 4 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil • 50g butter • salt and freshly ground black pepper • 1 whole bulb fermented black garlic, roasted

Heat a heavy-duty, thick-bottomed pan until it is smoking hot. Season the steak only moments before you fry it, as the salt can draw out moisture. Heat the oil in the pan and add the steak. For medium rare, cook for four minutes on each side, then add the butter. The steak should feel slightly bouncy when prodded. Char cauliflower slices on a hot grill for two minutes on each side. Drizzle with olive oil, season and bake at 180˚C for five minutes. Serve with whole roasted fermented black garlic. Black Vista plate R99, Country Road Ball bearing steel knife R3 780, Odeon at The Watershed

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DECOGROW BASIL Ocimum basilicum Peppery anise flavour. At the end of cooking, scatter whole, chopped or torn leaves over bell peppers, zucchini, chicken, beef, fish or tofu. Add to pesto, tomato sauces and salads.

THYME Thymus vulgaris Pungent, slightly minty flavour. Pair sprigs or leaves (pull through the tines of a fork to remove leaves) with carrots, peas, lentils, tomatoes, chicken, beef or lamb. Add to soups, rice and stews. GO ONLINE to get more tips on how to grow your herbs indoors

SAGE Salvia officinalis Slightly bitter with a musty mint taste. Add sprigs to fat-rich dishes such as duck, game, pork, veal, roasts or marinades. Chop up in stuffings or add to brussel sprouts, eggplant and squash.

DILL Anethum graveolens Fresh, grassy flavour. Use only the leaves and add at the end of cooking. Pair with potatoes, green beans, fish, seafood and sour cream. Add to omelettes, yoghurt dishes, potato salads, pickles and dressings.

CHIVES Allium schoenoprasum Mild onion flavour. Snip and sprinkle over food just before serving. Pair with eggs, potatoes, fish and shellfish, or use as a garnish over salads, soups, sauces and risottos.

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SILVIA TONUI Having lived in Osaka, Chicago, Johannesburg and now Nairobi again, this Kenyan fashion marketer is fascinated by the possibility of creating something new out of nothing What is the quality you most admire in a woman? Resilience – the ability to bounce back no matter what life throws at you. Who are your favourite writers? Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for articulating my life as a modern African woman so effortlessly in all her books, and Arundhati Roy for writing one of my favourite books, The God of Small Things. Which historical figures do you most identify with? Queen Anne Nzinga of Angola, Wangari Maathai and Miriam Makeba. These are all unbelievably strong women who defied the traditional view of the African woman and took on roles they managed to excel at through sheer mental strength. We still live in a highly patriarchal society so these women set a brilliant example for young African women like myself to follow. What is your favourite room in your house? My bedroom – it’s my sanctuary. The colours I picked for the walls (grey and lavender), the vintage bed and vintage dressing table all resonate with my personal style. Tell us a story

of a defining moment in your life? I left Kenya to live in Japan for a year when I was 20. Everything about Japan was new and foreign to me, from the language to the people, culture and food – it was incredibly exciting. When I moved back to Kenya three years ago, I felt like I had to relearn almost everything. I had spent most of my twenties in South Africa, created strong friendships and defined my social habits. When I moved back I found that everything had stayed the same, but I had changed. After trying to fit into the lifestyle I had left behind and failing miserably, I had to think long and hard about who I was and accepting that I had changed. This helped me to evaluate many aspects of my life, especially my career. When I stopped trying so hard to fit into the shape of the puzzle piece I had left behind, I started to thrive, which led to me setting up my own business. @silviatonui | x @silvia_wanderluster | fafakenya.co.ke

I had to accept that I had changed


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JODI BALFOUR A South African actress living in Los Angeles, this self-confessed daydream-adventurer extraordinaire is a purveyor of home-cooked meals, chatty hikes and storytelling What are you wearing today? Rachel Comey mustard cords and a striped turtle neck from Madewell. How does that matter, if at all? It matters on days where I feel inspired to put an outfit together, seeking connection to myself and my self-expression… or on days when I’m pretending to be someone else at work. What is your morning ritual? Wake up, wee, meditate, drink a good coffee, put on music and check my emails. What is your greatest extravagance? Fashion. What is your most treasured possession? Freedom. Where would you like to live? New York City, Paris in the 1960s, Big Sur, Istanbul, Vernazza, Italy and Cape Town, of course. What is the quality you most like in a woman? Valiance. Who are your favourite writers? Sam Shepard, Walt Whitman, Ayn Rand, Patti Smith and Aaron Sorkin. What is your motto? Actually, I can. Which historical figure do you most identify with? On a tough day, Albert Camus. On a good day, Christabel Pankhurst. How would you describe your style? Classic silhouettes with a little bit

of whimsy. In high school, you would have been voted ‘most likely to…’ Run away to the woods and start a commune. Tell us a story of a defining moment in your life? When I was 18 and living in South Africa, I applied to The Juilliard School and was granted an audition. I was ecstatic. My aunt generously made the audition financially possible, so my mum and I flew to New York City. I was ready and hungry, and nervously gave it everything I had that day, but I didn’t make the cut. My big, fragile, ambitious heart imploded. I felt like I had failed myself and everyone who had believed in me. It was so important for me to have my expectations challenged like that; for reality to sink into my bones. I don’t think I wasn’t talented enough, too nervous or too foreign… it’s just that sometimes you can work your ass off for something you really believe you are worthy of, and it still doesn’t work out. It feels horrible and painful, but you bounce back and learn that ‘the dream’ is a moveable feast. And that actually, everything’s okay.  @JodiAnneBalfour | x @jodiannebalfour

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JEANNE GAIGHER Currently hard at work on her second solo exhibition, this emerging artist uses painting to show how stories and histories are woven together What are you wearing today? My mom’s old black Reebok shirt, jeans and white leather sandals I bought in Brazil. How does that matter, if at all? It shouldn’t matter. You should be able to wear exactly what you want and if it didn’t matter so much, some people would look way more interesting. What is your morning ritual? My head feels clearest in the morning so I try to get up as early as possible to wake up slowly and write down ideas. What is your greatest extravagance? If I had one it would definitely be ridiculous designer sunglasses. What is the greatest love of your life? Imagination/fiction – everything else can disappear or fall apart but that is something you have complete power over. What are your most treasured possessions? My YouTube music history and the photos I took during the year I lived in China. It was life changing living so far away from what I was used to and the photos still resonate in my work. Where would you like to live? South Africa is a very complex place and for now it’s Cape Town.

It feels most honest and challenging to make art in the place where I grew up. What is the quality you most admire in a woman? I’m in awe of women who aren’t scared of voicing their opinions even though it might jeopardise their safety or people’s opinions of them. Who are your favourite writers? I’m reading Jungle Jim, a bi-monthly African pulp fiction magazine that publishes short stories from writers across the African continent. What is your motto? It’s not what you do, it’s how you do it. What is your favourite room in your house? The lounge because it’s a shared space with the nicest light. Tell us a story of a defining moment in your life? I travelled and worked for two years after I graduated to figure out my art making process and to make more art outside of an institution. The defining moment came when I returned to Cape Town and Smith Studio offered me a solo show. It was incredible to find out that my work left an impression on people.  @jangaigher | x @ jangaigher | smithstudio.co.za

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ANDREA IYAMAH Oozing tasteful confidence, the Canadian-based owner and head designer of a Nigerian fashion brand, Andrea Iyamah is a lover of art, indie music and good food What are you wearing today? Although I love heels, some days I need something a little more comfortable. Today I’m wearing an Andrea Iyamah poncho along with pants from Nigerian label Sisiano. What is your morning ritual? I’m an early bird – I’m usually up by 5am or 6am latest. I say a little prayer and then check my phone for emails and any urgent things I need to get to for the day. What is your nighttime ritual? By 10pm I am in bed. I might end my day with a movie or Facetime with good friends to cool off from a long day. Who is the greatest love of your life? Family. Family over everything. Where would you like to live? If it’s not asking for too much, I’d say on the shores of Zanzibar, with a living room that bleeds into an outdoor patio, inspired by the open concept of Japanese architecture with furniture that has just the right amount of colour, while whispering of African heritage. What is the quality you most admire in a woman? Confidence. It’s important for

a woman to be sure of herself and take risks regardless of what limitations others may dictate. No one can see your dreams as clearly as you can. Who are your favourite writers? To be honest, I’ve never really been much of a reader, but I envy people who are. I have a very busy mind, so I find it difficult to occupy myself with books. What is your motto? There’s always a better way. What is your favourite piece of furniture? My couch. It’s wide enough to seat all my girlfriends on movie night and comfortable enough to nap on after a long day.  Tell us a story of a defining moment in your life? I lost my father at a very young age. I grew up in awe of my mother’s strength and I was determined to adopt the same strength when I was faced with the things life throws at us. Losing such a special person in my family brought about a bond between us, and we have done nothing but support each other regardless of the circumstances.  @AndreaI__ | x @dumsy_ | andreaiyamah.com

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AKOSUA AFRIYIE-KUMI This Ghanaian fashion accessories designer and founder of the distinctly African brand A A K S, a line of handcrafted bags, cherishes the freedom that comes with creativity What are you wearing today? A white Richard Nicoll lace wedding-inspired summer dress, my A A K S Gore tote and Havaiana flip flops. What is your morning ritual? Boiled oats with milk for breakfast and complete silence for at least two hours. What is your greatest extravagance? Food! I love croissants, but unfortunately we don’t have very good ones in Ghana so every time a family member or friend travels, they have to bring bags full of glorious croissants back home to me. What or who is the greatest love of your life? My greatest loves are art, music and family. Where would you like to live? Definitely in a developing city, like Accra. What is the quality you most admire in a woman? Patience. Who are your  favourite writers? Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Maya Angelou. What is your motto? I follow Mia Hollow’s words: ‘She was born wild and curious. A cage is no place for someone like that. I play with the fire of my own truth, she told me. I’ll burn for the things I love.’ What is the signatureofyourbrand?Craftsmanship,sustainability,

high quality finishes and a vibrant colour palette. What is your favourite room in a house? The balcony overlooking the city in my parents’ home, and my studio where I create my designs. What is your favourite piece of furniture? The enormous cutting table in my studio that was made especially for me by the carpenters who work my dad’s wood factory. Tell us a story of a defining moment in your life? It would have to be when I left the comfort of a salaried job in London to start up a business back home in Accra, Ghana that I knew very little about. However, on reflection, I am thankful that I trusted my curiosity enough to forge a new path. Gaining the trust of the women’s weaving co-operative that I work with to get them to buy into my vision of using raffia and adapting their weaving techniques to suit the fibre was challenging in the beginning, but ultimately incredibly rewarding.  @AAKShandcrafted | x @a.a.k.s | aaksonline.com

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METTE SKJØDT The interior director at Danish ELLE Decoration, this voguish gentlewoman lives in Copenhagen where art, architecture and design can be a part of her daily life What are you wearing today? I always wear jeans with a shirt or a sweater and sneakers on weekdays, and today is no different. It suits the work I do and my lifestyle in general. We use our bikes to get around and working in interior and magazine production often keeps me on my feet. What is your morning ritual? I start every morning at 6am with a cup of coffee with soya milk. I wish I could say something healthier like a green juice, but I just really need coffee to start my day. I take it with me to the bath and have some precious me-time for half hour. What is your greatest extravagance? I love good food and dining out. Copenhagen is filled with extraordinary restaurants, often with the most interesting interior settings. What is your most treasured possession? Perhaps the piano that I inherited from my grandmother, or rather… my wedding ring. Who are your favourite writers? I studied Danish literature at university and have always loved quiet Danish writers such as Ida Jessen. From an international

perspective, Canadian Alice Munro is an absolute favourite. What is your motto? Just do it (and do your best). What is your signature? I try to be dedicated, passionate and professional in everything I do. Which historical figure do you most identify with? Simone de Beauvoir maybe... What is your favourite room in your house? I live in a beautiful old block built in 1905 and my apartment has a small, elegant room next to the kitchen, which may have been the maid’s room. It’s my daughter’s room now, but I sometimes sneak in and sit on the bed just to enjoy the light. What is your favourite piece of furniture? I love my Safari chair, designed by Danish designer Kaare Klint in 1933. I sit in it when I read or just want to relax. It is a beautiful chair. It is so light and still so comfortable. How would you describe your style? I think my style is very Scandinavian – minimalistic but still warm and feminine.  @metteskjodt | elle.dk/decoration

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JOSIE BORAIN A self-professed voyeur, Josie feeds off the things and people that inspire her. In love with the arts, mainly music and photography, she hates egos and self-righteous beings What are you wearing today? I had to climb a mountain this morning, so I am wearing an old pair of shorts and an even older T-shirt, with spotty socks and sneakers. How does that matter, if at all? Yes it does matter, but just not to me anymore. I love fashion and wish I had more of a personality to wear crazy, colourful and beautiful clothes. But I have worn the best, and now am happy in jeans and a T-shirt. What is your morning ritual? I wake up with the birds at 5:15am, go downstairs and make coffee and the kids’ school lunches. I spend time on social media, and then make tea for my two kids and take it to them in bed to wake them up. We leave the house at 7am, them to school, and me for a bike ride or spin. What is your greatest extravagance? Spending time on my own. And silence… I love silence. What or who is the greatest love of your life? I love all three of my children more than anything. Their safety, happiness

and well-being is hugely important to me. I also love my past and can’t wait for my future to be my past so I can wallow in that too. What is your most treasured possession? I love all my stuff. I love my photographs and cameras and bits and pieces throughout my home… some are worth something, others I have literally picked up off the ground. What is the quality you most admire in a woman? Strength and the ability to own your power. The older I get, the more female friends I find. We all support each other emotionally. What is your signature? I am shy and I don’t like to draw attention to myself. I suppose I am more classic; less is more, understated. Which historical figure do you most identify with? Joan of Arc was pretty cool. Pirates and seafarers too – just imagine thinking the world was flat and still choosing to set sail. Any brave, crazy person really.  @josieborain | x @JosieBorain | www.josieborain.com

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SEATING | TARGA BY GAMFRATESI talian-Danish duo Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi’s Targa sofa and lounge chair for Gebrüder Thonet are perfect for an intimate, secluded atmosphere or an nconventional residential space. The seating pieces are shaped by a bentwood structure that is a signature of the Gebrüder Thonet brand. While the fully upholstered wide cushion seat and padded backrest are supported by the wooden frame, the Vienna woven cane is fixed into the construction, creating a small screen along the backrests. This cane edge holds the rounded element, the plate (targa), after which the design is named. gamfratesi.com

FABRICS | KVADRAT/RAF SIM Inspired by the tactile quality of heavier fabrics, Raf Simons use glamourous upholstery fabrics produced by Danish textiles sp Kvadrat to create suits and coasts in his Autumn/Winte collection. Now he brings his exceptional sense of style to the ho a collection of textiles and accessories that are both sophisticate playful. It shows a strong interplay between colour and weave, emphasis on texture and sculptural shapes. The colloboration be Kvadrat and Raf is built on a mutual appreciation for fine craftsma reflecting Kvadrat’s commitment to quality and Raf’s refined eleg kvadratrafsimons.com | x @rafsi

TABLEWARE | VOYAGE EN IKAT BY HERMES Ikat, an Indonesian woven pattern of dyed textiles with a storied history in both Eastern and Western cultures, has long been associated with wealth and prosperity. Referencing the global appeal of these fabrics found on journeys along the famed Silk Route, French luxury brand Hermès has created a porcelain dinner service at the crossroads of East and West. Decorated by craftsmen in France, more than 20 hues of lush jewel tones (sapphire, ruby and emerald) and 24-carat matte gold overlap in intricate designs. usa.hermes.com |  @Hermes_Paris

KITCHEN | FINESSE BY TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA Kitchens are becoming increasingly central in modern homes. With this in mind, Tokujin Yoshioka’s transparent cooking space offers an open concept for preparing meals, while providing units for displaying pots, crockery and glassware. The design comprises several modules that are brought together by a steel grid and finished with a veil of smoked glass. tokujin.com |  @TokujinYoshioka


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EDIDA WINNERS The ELLE Decoration International Design Awards (EDIDA) are 'the Oscars of the design community'. Every year the 25 editors-in-chief of the ELLE Decoration international network select the best of the best in global interior design. Meet the 2016 winners... DESIGNER OF THE YEAR | JAIME HAYON Spanish artist-designer Jaime Hayon’s esteem and knowledge of artisan skills and his inherent creativity has allowed him to push the boundaries of many media and functions, resulting in collections for very diverse clients. He has melded his concern for the conservation of craft skills with high-end companies concerned with the evolution of their work. His ranges of furniture, lighting fixtures, accessories and wristwatches, as well as his thought-provoking interiors, have put him at the forefront of a new wave of creators that are blurring the lines between art, design and decor. His main interest is to continuously find new challenges and perspectives. hayonstudio.com |  @HayonStudio

YOUNG DESIGN TALENT OF THE YEAR | &NEW Founded by British-Finnish design duo Jo Wilton and Mirka Grohn, &New is a furniture brand producing modular, multifunctional and colourful steel pieces that add a touch of pep, order and comfort to living spaces. Distinctly modern with elegant lines, the airy designs combine an aesthetic of British wit and Nordic simplicity. &New’s collection is recognisable by its minimal powder-coated steel form. ‘Steel was the perfect material for us’, says Jo. ‘It has the strength, purity and delicacy we were looking for to produce pieces that are long-lasting and strong, as well as beautiful.’ andnew.co.uk |  @andnewfurniture



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FURNITURE | KAARI BY RONAN AND ERWAN BOUROULLEC FOR ARTEK Driven by their desire to challenge the traditional design of the table, Ronan and Erwan created an innovative table leg that allows for various types and sizes of tabletops. The wooden element holds up the vertical load and bent steel banding provides diagonal support, the interplay between wood and metal creating a light appearance and distinct silhouette. bouroullec.com |  @artek_global

WALLCOVERING | NUMI BY KONSTANTIN GRCIC FOR MUTINA Numi marks the start of the collaboration between Italian tile company Mutina and Konstantin Grcic, as well as the designer’s first foray into ceramic surfaces. The collection consists of squared tiles with a different, partially glazed geometric form, in six dusty colours. These shapes create a pattern that magnifies the architectural space in which they are installed. Also part of the collection, the smaller Numini are characterised by an embossed pattern on a smooth finish, and the mosaic pieces are made in homogenous porcelain stoneware. In their arrangement, each shape is laid in the same way to emphasise light and shadow. mutina.it |  @mutinaceramics

BEDDING | MAJAL BY CARLO COLOMBO FOR FLOU This elegant double bed is a conversation between function and poetry. It boasts sumptuous fabrics, which are clearly visible in the geometric shapes of the large upholstered headboard that resembles finely sculptured wooden panelling. Carlo took his inspiration from women in India who dye and plait large swathes of fabric. The headboard is available in two versions and can be supplied in fabric or leather with a removable cover. flou.it | @Flouspa


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LIGHTING | SUPERLOON BY JASPER MORRISON Industrial designer Jasper Morrison creates understated, useful and responsible products. Drawing formal and functional influences from the moon, Superloon appears as an impressive flat disc of light. Using edge-lit LED technology, the light is mounted on a tripod and rotates through 360 degrees. The gyroscopic axis allows the light to be directed in infinite directions, and the light it gives out is broad and diffused. The intensity and colour temperature can be controlled using the optical sensor, making it ideal as an ambient and reading lamp. jaspermorrison.com

FLOORCOVERING | CEMENTILES BY INDIA MAHDAVI FOR BISAZZA Reflecting French designer India Mahdavi’s creativity and playfulness, her charming collection of decorative tiles allows for a kind of visual dialogue between the components. Optical graphic motifs, with sleek lines and bold colour combinations, show aspects of Pop and seventies inspiration. Tiles with stripes, polka dots, bubbles, squares and multi-coloured patterns in undulating shapes create a dynamic effect through endless repetition. Each cement tile is handmade, fusing design and craftsmanship and revealing a refined trendiness. india-mahdavi.com |  @indiamahdavi

BATHROOM| AXOR ONE BY EDWARD BARBER AND JAY OSGERBY FOR AXORHANSGROHE

OUTDOOR | PALISSADE BY RONAN AND ERWAN BOUROULLEC

This interactive shower control eliminates the need for various control units by incorporating four separate functions into a single control system. The device allows users to easily control the shower settings, water temperature and water flow, and also revolutionises how such controls are used. Simply tap the large buttons (with symbols for added simplicity) with a finger or elbow and the water flows. hansgrohe-int.com |  @barberosgerby

The French designers’ range of outdoor furniture is made up of 13 tables, chairs, sofas, stools and benches that are made from powder-coated tubes of steel – round for the frames and rectangular for the slats of the seats – in three colours. ‘We conceived the collection without a specific context in mind, and hope it will perform well in a wide variety of environments,’ they explain. bouroullec.com |  @Bouroullec

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EXPLORING THE HISTORY OF A COLOUR: PURPLE That royal hue, purple has its origins in the humblest of places, and even quite by accident. Of love, intoxication and penitence, this shade invites us to see beyond that which our mere eyes can conceive

For both Shakespeare and Jimi Hendrix purple was a heady hue purple on contact with oxygen. To make just one gram of Tyrian purple evoking powerful intoxication. In Antony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare up to 12 000 murex snails were needed, hence the high price. Along paints the sails of the Egyptian queen’s barge a seductive purple, ‘so with the beautiful colour, the extraction process released a terrible perfumed that the winds were lovesick with them’. In his 1967 hit stink – a fishy side-effect that never quite left the coloured garments. song Hendrix describes the disorientation of love or intoxicants as Due to its cost and rarity, purple exclusively became the colour of ‘purple haze’. The Ancient Greeks believed that purple amethysts royalty and power. Roman emperors wore purple togas, Byzantine offered some defence against intoxication and therefore fashioned rulers bedecked themselves in crimson purple and their palace in wine glasses from the gemstone. Constantinople even had a purple Amethyst amulets were worn by birthing chamber. From the time of medieval soldiers who believed Caesar to that of Queen Elizabeth I, that it helped them keep a cool purple was the most restricted head in battle and – failing that – colour of all: under the Roman assisted in healing their wounds. emperor Nero this sumptuary law Purple is a composite colour, was enforced by death. produced from mixing the primary This then changed with the colours of red and blue. It differs development of synthetic dyes, from violet, a spectral colour. Violet making purple cheaper and more has the shortest wavelength and is readily available to the masses. The situated at the end of the visible first synthetic dye, mauve, was spectrum – for humans that is. Our accidentally produced in 1856 by eyes have three photoreceptors – Henry Perkins, who was trying to red, green and blue – enabling us make artificial quinine from coal tar to enjoy a palette greater than that when he produced a black residue of our pet dogs with their two that turned white silk lilac. photoreceptors, but smaller than Perkins’ mauve hit the market that of bird and insect species. just in time for the purple craze of Incredibly, butterflies have five the 19th century during which photoreceptors and can see women’s fashions in Europe and ultraviolet, which has a shorter the UK embraced lavender and lilac wavelength than violet. The UV hues. The dictates of Victorian vision of insects enables them to mourning codes also boosted sales see colours and patterns – invisible as widows and widowers could to human eyes – on flower petals now wear purples for the period of which guide them to the nectar. half-mourning that followed the Nature presents us with customary year in black. a myriad shades of beautiful violet Due to its historic association and purple, and for centuries our with royalty, purple gained ‘I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in ancestors extracted dyes from connotations with opulence and a field somewhere and don't notice it.’ plants. Ancient Egyptians and vanity, but it also became the Alice Walker Gauls used blueberries and colour of penitence; violet being the blackberries to make purply fabrics, and European common folk used liturgical colour of the Advent and Lent in the Catholic Church. mulberries to dye clothing. Orchil lichen was used by the Greeks and In South Africa purple unexpectedly became the colour of revolution Hebrews of old to produce a red-violet dye by treating the moss with during the dying days of apartheid. On 2 September 1989, at a mass an ammoniac – mostly urine. None of these natural dyes, however, protest against racially segregated elections, a protester seized control produced the lasting colour or magnificent intensity of Tyrian purple. of a police water canon and redirected its jet of purple water. Dyed to Named after the ancient city of Tyre in present day Lebanon, this mark protesters for later identification and arrest, Philip Ivey thwarted dye is produced from tiny molluscs of the murex family found in the police plans, instead painting purple the Cape Town headquarters of eastern Mediterranean. For more than 3  000 years these snails were the National Party. By the next day, in a wordplay on the Freedom harvested to produce dyes in shades of violet and deep plum. The Charter’s declaration ‘The people shall govern’, graffiti on city walls creatures were boiled in vats to release their toxic mucus, which turns announced: ‘The purple shall govern.’ Q

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ELLE DECORATION’s pick of the world’s most beautiful homes

Step into a revitalised 19th-century residence in Paris (p92) and the treasure-filled Joburg home of local designer Mia Widlake (p104). Retreat into the tranquil setting of a Shanghai apartment (p116) and explore the bright Tunisian villa of a French furniture designer (p126).


PAST MASTER The stuccoed ceilings and opulent living spaces typical of late 19th-century Parisian architecture have been revitalised with audacious colour and modern furnishings TEXT AND PHOTOS HELENIO BARBETTA/LIVING INSIDE


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this page The floor lamp is a rare piece by Mathieu MatĂŠgot from 1955. The only gold accent in this home is the mirror above a sumptuous marble fireplace opposite Homeowner, Luis Laplace


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n Paris’ 9th arrondissement, within walking distance to the Paris Opera and the Saint-Lazare train station, in the tranquil Place Saint, is an imposing late 19th-century building. Home to Parisian architect Luis Laplace, the interior of this prestigious 200m2 apartment is testament to his design aptitude and flair. ‘We are in le quartier de la Nouvelle Athènes, the cultural centre of 19th century Paris,’ says Luis, who lives and works in the same edifice with his partner in business and life, Christophe Comoy. ‘Our studio is on the ground floor, but the house is the real showpiece of our business. Constantly evolving, it displays our personal choices in terms of interior design.’ The apartment creates a direct rapport between the past  – spectacularly represented by the immaculately restored stuccos – and the present, interpreted by a selection of made-to-measure furnishings and classics of modernism. ‘When we arrived these spaces were completely empty. We removed the phony decorations that concealed the original stuccos and uncovered the period boiserie, restoring the typical Haussmannian character of the place,’ Luis explains. He decided not to alter the original structure of the house; an elegant residence arranged along a corridor that delimits the main rooms lengthways and ends in the dining room, positioned crosswise to follow the perimeter of the building. The rooms of the living area all overlook the Place Saint-Georges and the historic Hôtel de la Païva, a reminder of the city’s long and illustrious past. The context is decidedly elegant, but then so are the interiors, showing attention to every detail. ‘The charm of the apartment is certainly intensified by the tall, decorated ceilings, and by the layout of the rooms,’ explains Luis. As in many houses of this period, great care was taken over the public spaces: the living and dining rooms, the library and the adjacent study. In contrast to the majestic size and decor of these public spaces are the smaller proportions of the private rooms, to which Luis has lent additional character through his use of colour, from walls painted grey or putty-yellow, to furnishings in bold monochromes. ‘These were impulsive choices, based on our mood,’ he jokes, yet it is clear that nothing was left to chance. ‘Our priority was to maintain the original character of the house without forsaking contemporaneousness. So we eliminated all the overlaid gilding, and renovated the parquet by stripping and treating it with a natural oil so that it looked well-worn and modern at the same time.’ A carefully balanced mix of past and present is the leitmotif of this home. ‘For the furniture, we chose pieces of Italian, French and Scandinavian modernism, and combined them with tailor-made pieces from our Laplace & Co range,’ Luis continues. This choice satisfies his desire to personalise every detail in his home, while also showcasing the style of the Laplace studio. ‘We do architecture and interior decor, but we also design furnishings for our clients, and select items for collection from all over Europe,’ he explains. It’s this passion for overseeing every feature of a project – whether it’s in his own home or for a client – that has resulted in a refreshingly composed apartment. Q

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HOMEPARIS this page Baroque stuccos form the living room’s backbone, completed by a pair of sleek Scandinavian modern armchairs

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‘OUR PRIORITY WAS TO MAINTAIN THE ORIGINAL CHARACTER OF THE HOUSE WITHOUT FORSAKING CONTEMPORANEOUSNESS’

this page The dining table, also designed by Luis, was crafted from iron and glass. The lacquered metal chairs are 1950s collectables and the Potence Lamp is by Jean Prouvé from Vitra opposite The entrance hall is characterised by French parquet flooring, leading into the large dining room. The pink artwork is by Luis

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‘WE REMOVED THE PHONY DECORATIONS THAT CONCEALED THE ORIGINAL STUCCOS, RESTORING THE TYPICAL HAUSSMANNIAN CHARACTER OF THE PLACE’

this page The studio doubles as a library with a bookshelf by Lips Vago and an Arco floor lamp by Achille e Pier Giacomo Castiglioni opposite The guest bedroom is decorated with Swedish sculptures, drawings and ceramics, and the vintage bedside lamp is by Carlo Scarpa

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this page The sunroom is tiled in monochromatic black and white tiles from Union Tiles. Homeowner Mia Widlake found the metal cabinets, that come from an old button factory, in the US, and the map drawer at Zekes Antique opposite Mia with her son, Oliver, and daughter, Stella


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THE TREASURY The distinctive Johannesburg home of a self-confessed treasure hunter is an idiosyncratic space filled with cherished possessions â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a testament to a career of collecting PHOTOGRAPHS ELSA YOUNG TEXT KERRYN FISCHER/ FRANK FEATURES

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this page top left Large arched windows fill the living room with natural light, and the coffee table is a vintage American transport trolley bottom right The outdoor area is perfect for summer dining


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he home that designer Mia Widlake shares with her husband, Rui Alves, and their two young children is something to behold. Filled with a collection of vintage and upcycled items, it is a truly original and intriguing space. ‘I’m a bit of a dumpster diver,’ laughs Mia by way of explanation. ‘I have always liked old things as there’s a wonderful sense of history and authenticity to them.’ Her love of all things vintage grew when she lived in the US. ‘I would go to these shows in Boston where there would be 12 football fields full of furniture and vintage pieces,’ she says. ‘I learnt quickly how to spot a gem.’ She has used this to spectacular effect in the range of lighting, furniture and accessories she designs under her own label, Studio 19. Her mercurial mix of new and old is evident throughout her home, too. On two levels, the house is a typical 1970s Hacienda style right down to the roof tiles and bougainvillea. And while Mia and Rui weren’t initially that enamoured with the Spanish flourishes, they loved the elegance of the arched windows and could see past the avocado bathrooms and low Swissstyle kitchen cupboards. ‘At first we just painted the entire house white,’ says Mia. ‘Then gradually we started to make changes, such as replacing the red stoep paint floors in every room with oak laminate floors.’ They also ripped out the kitchen, replacing it with navy cupboards and marble countertops, and breaking through into the dining room to create a better sense of flow. ‘Most recently we created a sun room in what was an outside courtyard,’ explains Mia. ‘The dining room was always a bit dark, so we put in a glass conservatory roof that has totally transformed the living areas. ‘We never thought that storage would be a problem as the house seemed to have ample cupboard space,’ adds Mia with a wry smile. ‘It was only after we had moved in that we discovered they were so narrow that you couldn’t fit much into them.’ To this end, a built-in bench that runs the length of the living room windows has oak tops that lift to reveal storage, while the kitchen island is another smart storage solution, holding everything from kitchen appliances to Mia’s sewing machine. Upstairs there are four bedrooms and two bathrooms, appointed with more of Mia’s stylish finds and resourceful decorating. ‘My style has evolved over time, with what I have been able to afford or inherited and what has suited a particular stage of my life,’ she says. ‘I hold onto them because they’re redolent of a particular stage in my life and therefore sentimental.’ A Pinterest addict, Mia’s own designs feature prominently throughout the house too, from wall lamps to art, ceramics, cupboards and occasional tables. ‘I prize craftmanship and quality in my own range above all else. This has fuelled my love of hand-me-downs for so long – there’s a provenance and authenticity to old things that is often lost in a modern piece.’ It’s this selfsame care, quality and artistry that make Rui and Mia’s house a home. Q

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this page A conservatory roof lets light into the sunroom. The lounge has a black geometric carpet from Gatehouse, old film reels on the wall and a two-tone slipper armchair, which was a charity-store find. The kitchen and dining room are raised above the living areas, which helps to define the spaces. Indoor plants add an extra dimension to the room


this page Mia leans against an antique map drawer which stands beneath a pair of her Zig Zag pendant lights opposite The kitchen was renovated, now sporting navy blue cabinetry, open shelves, marble countertops and barstools from Tolix. A central island is a smart storage solution, holding all appliances. Mia added her personal touch with framed prints, breadboards and wall-mounted lights


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‘THERE’S A PROVENANCE AND AUTHENTICITY TO OLD THINGS THAT IS OFTEN LOST IN A MODERN PIECE’

this page Light, subtle tones prevail in the main bedroom. The headboard is upholstered in black-and-white batik fabric opposite top right The staircase is covered in oak laminate flooring bottom right Mia designed the two blue cabinets that run the length of the bedroom wall, and Rui painted the artwork. A stretched wool art piece sits behind a lamp from Weylandts


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‘MY STYLE HAS EVOLVED OVER TIME, WITH WHAT I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO AFFORD OR INHERITED AND WHAT HAS SUITED A PARTICULAR STAGE OF MY LIFE’

this page and opposite Formerly a garage with exposed trusses, Mia’s studio holds an Ikea table and lamps from La Grange Interiors. She bought the leather-and-steel chairs in the US, and fitted the mirror into a wooden drum ring

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this page The furniture and decor accessories were all chosen carefully to fit with the palette opposite The owners, Singaporean Yang Yeo and his wife Ching Ian, who is Malaysian-Chinese


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A retreat from the bustling cityscape, dark grey hues offer depth and tranquility to this Shanghai apartment

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this page Built in 1928, the apartment was renovated to adopt a more modern feel and refelct the ownersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; personalities. At the centre of the home is the custom-made marble dining table, which sits below a brass chandelier


HOMESHANGHAI ight plays with dark, illuminating pockets of a home painted in shades of the late-night hours. At a busy intersection of Wuyuan Road in the heart of Shanghai, a 1920s Art Deco building stands among its contemporary counterparts. Inside, Singaporean advertising executive Yang Yeo and his wife, Ching Ian, have refurbished their apartment, seamlessly combining its heritage with a modern aesthetic; the vintage furnishings adding a sense of longevity to the space. Dark and muted, the home’s grey walls are the starting point for the rest of the decor. ‘The day is always busy and exciting, but when it comes to nighttime at home, I need quiet,’ says Yang of his preference for darker tones. ‘Dark colours always quiet my mind and it makes the space feel bigger, like I am under the night sky.’ Lighting up the dining room and kitchen, two chandeliers sparkle like stars, picking up lighter wood and metal accents. The transformed home satisfies the couple’s tastes and needs. A long hallway, hidden doors leading off to the bathrooms, ends at the peaceful main bedroom. At the apartment’s centre is the open-plan kitchen, rendering the adjacent living room fairly private. The couple shares a passion for food – Yang loves gourmet cuisine and Ching enjoys cooking – and for entertaining. To this end, they custom made a marbletopped dining table that can seat 12 people. ‘The dining table is the most important place in the house,’ says Yang. ‘We both grew up with this notion, which is why we are both foodies. We celebrate all the important occasions at the dining table.’ The house grows lively with guests, with Ching whipping up her creations in the kitchen, friends chatting at the counter separating the kitchen from the dining room and Yang sharing his love of fine wine. Although the style of this home is modern, the couple has retained story-worthy aspects of the original Art Deco design, like the wavy pattern between the ceiling and walls. The steel windows at the front door and in the living room are also original features, adding gravitas to the atmosphere. Many of their furniture pieces have witnessed Yang and Ching’s lives together: they have owned the living room sofa for more than a decade, transporting it to Shanghai from Singapore; they found the wooden folding theatre chairs while wandering Wukang Road in Shanghai, and bought the large wooden-framed mirror in Singapore 20 years ago. Yang and Ching have moved house more than 10 times, settling in Japan, the UK and Hong Kong. They go wherever their spirits take them. But theirs is not an unfettered existence; in every place they stay, they make a home, always pursuing detailed perfection. They both agree that the concept of ‘a home’ is not a space, but rather a state of mind. Home is where the heart is. Q

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HOMESHANGHAI this page Custom-made gold lights line the passage walls, highlighting the lighter tones of the natural wooden floor opposite The large window in the dining room formed part of the original house, but matches the modern decor

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this page Stone tiles in varying shades and a herringbone pattern make for interesting wall and floor finishes. The breakfast bar separates the open-plan kitchen from the dining area opposite Vintage wooden folding chairs from a Shanghai theatre stand in the hallway entrance, beneath a wooden-framed mirror that the couple bought 20 years ago


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HOMESHANGHAI this page The dramatic wall panelling sets the scene in the main bedroom opposite Pale natural stone tiles in the bathroom contrast against the dark grey of the door

‘DARK COLOURS ALWAYS QUIET MY MIND AND IT MAKES THE SPACE FEEL BIGGER, LIKE I AM UNDER THE NIGHT SKY’

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this page The 'Takarkaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; armchair and foot rest, made from metal and olive wood, as well as the floor lamp sculpture are from the homeownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s furniture brand, Rock the Kasbah. opposite Philippe Xerri and Ziggy the Jack Russel sit on the terrace, where he enjoys breakfast every morning


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ROCK THE KASBAH Modern meets ancient, functionality meets whimsy and home meets gallery in this Tunisian home of a French furniture designer PHOTOGRAPHS HOLLY EVANS TEXT OLYMPIA MAXWELL AND STACEY NEL

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this page The dining area is an indulgent space with 18th-century azulejos â&#x20AC;&#x201C; painted tin-glazed ceramic tiles â&#x20AC;&#x201C; covering the walls. The wooden and metal dining table and white pottery is from Rock the Kasbah, accompanied by Scandinavian chairs. A textured Tunisian carpet and chaise longue adds warmth to the space


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this page Different patterns of azelejo tiles have been alternated throughout the home. The resin sculptured white horse is by Tunisian artist Nina, for Rock the Kasbah


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heTunisianhomeofFrenchdesignerPhilippeXerriisunconventional at best, a wondrous mix of local crafts and urban design. Modern furnishings filling rooms steeped in ancient history to create a contemporary home with an Arab soul. Vintage chairs sit alongside a sculptured white horse; bright colour accents stand out against white linen bedspreads; vibrant kilims add warmth to the cool marble floor; and throughout the home, an ode to its extravagant origins and North African locale, patterned ceramic tiles decorate the walls. The home itself is in an 18th-century palazzo located within the historical Medina, a Unesco World Heritage site. Built in 1725, the palace housed the first Bey of Tunis’ dazzling harem. Philippe found the space in 2001 and, despite it being in total disrepair, fell in love with it, beginning his extensive renovations. He drew inspiration from the palazzo’s story, the thrumming Medina and Tunisia’s tradition of craftwork for his eclectic interior. Now, centuries later, with Philippe’s unique touch, the space flourishes once more. More than a home, this space is the ideal stage for Philippe’s furniture brand, Rock the Kasbah. His range of chairs, sofas, lamps and collectables fuse Tunisian expertise and traditional craftsmanship with a contemporary European design aesthetic. In fact, it’s precisely Philippe’s passion for blending the savoir faire of local artists with his own design language that has been so well received aboard. Thehome’swallsaretiledinazulejos,thoseelaborately-paintedceramictiles of Portuguese origin used to decorate everything from the walls of churches and mosques, to palaces and ordinary houses, park benches, fountains and shops. The tiles bear an unmistakable Arab influence: interlocking curvilinear, geometric and floral motifs in cool blues, greens and yellows. The nearby Medina still wears this ancient decoration. The white marble floor and flamboyant walls provide a lively setting against which Philippe exhibits his eccentric collection. His best-selling product, a lampshade crafted out of date palm fronds, faces a tall potted palm in an airy dining room. Philippe’s home has a glamourous feel; a mix of 1950s and contemporary furniture pieces accompany his own designs. His use of local materials and techniques – armchairs covered in handcrafted kilims, lampshades woven from straw – add a raw sensibility to the space. There is something to enjoy at every turn, not least for his unorthodox use of objects: a ceramic bust from the Tunisian town of Sejnane serves as a vase, and larger-than-life artworks stare down at the beds. These objects fill a cool space illuminated by natural light – a retreat from the heat and sounds outside. Philippe’s favourite room is the spacious main bedroom and he enjoys his breakfast each morning on the terrace, with Ziggy the Jack Russel on his lap. While he admits to finding inspiration in the decor of the fifties, he doesn’t follow trends. His design style, like his home, is a personal blend of different cultures and epochs, the spirit of urban living taking on an Oriental charm. Q

‘THIS SPACE IS THE IDEAL STAGE FOR PHILIPPE’S FURNITURE BRAND, ROCK THE KASBAH; A FUSION OF TUNISIAN EXPERTISE AND TRADITIONAL CRAFTSMANSHIP WITH A CONTEMPORARY EUROPEAN DESIGN AESTHETIC’ THE IDEAS ISSUE ELLEDECORATION.CO.ZA 131


this page A ceramic bust from the Tunisian town of Sejnane, known for its pottery, adds local charm to the home opposite A sculptured crow from Ibride sits on the wood and metal table by Rock the Kasbah. The paintings are by Tunisian artist Ibrahim Mattous and the French chandelier is made from opaline glass


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this page The main bedroom is light and spacious, opening onto a terrace. Bright handcrafted kilims and colourful accents stand out against the white linen, and the white â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Kerkenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; stool both by Rock the Kasbah. A David Bowie Ashes to Ashes poster hangs above a Louis the 15th-style French sofa


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this page and opposite The guest bedrooms have six-metre high ceilings. The furniture and lamp shades, crafted from date palm leaves and olive branches, as well as the linen are from Rock the Kasbah


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‘THE USE OF LOCAL MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES ADD A RAW SENSIBILITY TO THE SPACE, WITH SOMETHING TO ENJOY AT EVERY TURN’

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THE KINFOLK HOME by Nathan Williams (Artisan Books) For those searching for a simpler life, create fulfillment through design aesthetics. Transporting readers into 35 homes around the world, from Japan, the US and Scandinavia, readers are shown what considered simplicity looks like. These homeowners teach you how to mindfully construct beautifully intimate spaces that champion the good life. R658, Takealot.com HONEY & CO. by Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich (Hachette Book Group) Named cookbook of the year by the UK Sunday Times, this delightful and inventive husband-and-wife duo share their passion for food. From the tagines of North Africa to the sofritos of Jerusalem and the herb-infused stews of Iran, this volume brings the heady flavours of the Middle East to your home. R519, Exclusive Books OYSTER by Drew Smith (Basic Books) Oysters have long inspired chefs, painters and writers alike, sustained communities and played a part in history. This tome gives readers a  comprehensive overview on the role of oysters in cooking, literature, art and politics from the past to the present day. It also includes 50 contemporary and traditional country recipes in which to indulge. R496, Exclusive Books

KITCHEN by Mick De Giulio Named a kitchen and bath design leader by Interior Design magazine in 2003 and recognised as one of the 50 most influential people in the kitchen and bath industry over the last 50 years, Mick De Giulio has been creating kitchen interiors for more than 40 years. This extensive portfolio features his latest work, detailing the signature elements and finishes of his uber-luxurious kitchens, as well as a look at some of his designs that extend beyond the kitchen. R1 373, Reader’s Warehouse

THE TAILORED INTERIOR by Greg Natale (Hardie Grant Books) Filled with practical advice and useful illustrations, this book provides clear information paired with captivating photography. Award-winning architect and interior designer Greg Natale shares his design philosophy by taking readers through the steps he follows when building concepts and layering different elements. Greg’s goal is for his images, stories and advice to help people be braver about creating their dream interiors. R1 077, Exclusive Books

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What are the top things to consider when decorating your home? Understand that the design of your home, just like with your life and business, is a work in process, showing signs of the adventures along the way. Early on, identify the way you like to live, and then design for it. In my home, I have blurred the lines between the indoor and outdoor spaces, using grand window walls, making my home feel like a conservatory. Also, always use professionals, and the best you can afford. You wouldn’t do your own dentistry or accounting, now would you? What is your fail-safe decorating tip for the living room? Anything that is emotive, dramatic and personally meaningful to the owners. Play with scale – have collections of small, intimate, meaningful things that create a story – and counterpoint these with single, dramatic gestures, such as lighting or wall colour. What are your favourite local decor stores? Weylandts, La Grange Interiors and JAB Louw Antiques, as well as my LIFE Grand Cafes, of course. Who is your favourite interior designer? Wow, who is your favourite child? It would be a combination of Christian Liaigre, Jacques Garcia, Donna Karan and David Collins. What colour and material are trending right now? For colour, I’m loving ‘bone’ and in terms of material, anything with aged brass and studded leather. What advice to do you have for young designers? Dream, Design,

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