• Paul’s Homemade Ice Cream sets up shop in Parkhurst

    Following the launch of its flagship store in Rosebank and a second venue in Hyde Park, Paul’s Homemade Ice Cream has officially opened in Parkhurst. Decked out in the style of an old-school ice cream parlour, with a menu that caters to both sit down and on-the-go patrons, it’s the perfect spot to swing by on a relaxed Saturday afternoon. Or pop in for dessert, once you’ve had your mains elsewhere on Parkhurst’s famous 4th Avenue strip.The new space, located op
  • banksy’s walled off hotel: a live-in artwork

    The interior of the Presidential Suite is fit for a king… or a corrupt head of state. A simian bellboy and a poncy doorman in a top hat usher you in at the front door, and the Piano Bar (with its auto-playing baby grand) is dotted with CCTV cameras. The Walled Off Hotel, an ‘all-inclusive vandals’ resort’ in Bethlehem, deliberately faces one of the Middle East’s most vilified structures – the wall that separates Israel from Palestine’s West Bank.Staying
  • surface tensions

    Frances Goodman next to her ‘Pink Pearl’ sculpture from ‘Lady Garden’
    ‘Beautiful’ is an adjective you expect to be associated with art but rarely is it used to describe it, particularly when the art is good. ‘Beautiful’, in relation to art, somehow implies that it is vacuous, without intellectual weight or depth. This view is so far-reaching that it extends to all who trade in beauty – such as designers, who are often thought to be superficia
  • a guide to restaurant week

    An international culinary experience that began in the late 1990s, Restaurant Week debuted in South Africa only in 2013 but has been a massive success ever since. This week-long event highlights 100 of SA’s best restaurants and offers diners a festive opportunity to explore top eateries without breaking the bank: it’s only R150 for a two-course lunch and R250 for a three-course dinner. Featuring establishments in Joburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, the Winelands and Durban, it offers the be
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  • the animaze collection

    Thanks to the delightful Animaze range by Ekaterina Shchetina and Libero Rutilo of DesignLibero, kids can have their furniture and play with it, too. This cute and clever multipurpose system comprises five upholstered ‘animals’ inside solid wooden frames. They fit together like a puzzle, can be stacked horizontally or vertically, and can be used together or apart as chairs, a console table, a pouffe and even a rocking horse. This is kid-f
  • guilt-free indulgence at wholesome on bree

    Breakfast croissant; labneh, radish and black pepper on house nut and seed bread; baby gem salad; kimchi rice and eggs.As healthy food options become increasingly sought after, Wholesome on Bree could not have chosen a better time to join ever-popular Bree Street. As a Clarke’s regular, I was eager to try out their new daytime eatery and takeaway spot, a welcoming and expansive space hidden behind the courtyard. The interior is simple and nature-inspired, featuring one long row of ben
  • 3 on-trend kitchens from bulthaup

    For bulthaup, the kitchen is the heart of the home – a place for friends and family to come together to connect and share special moments. With incredible attention to detail and a passion for creating spaces that enrich people’s lives, bulthaup has come up with three premium kitchen design systems to meet a wide range of needs and wants. We take a closer look.
    b1: intelligent minimalismMany things in life can be made easier and better through intelligent minimisa
  • A crisp and cool design at Melbourne’s No 19 café

    ‘In Melbourne, breakfast is the new dinner – it’s a social activity. We carefully considered music, furniture, crockery, finishes and visual communication to create a relaxed, sophisticated atmosphere.’ Designer Jean-Pierre Biasol is talking about the ultra-chic restaurant design that his studio Biasol recently created for restaurateurs Domenic and Diana Caruso at their second Melbourne café, No 19.With its high ceilings, skylights and deep rectangular footprint, t
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  • country living

    Business owners Mike and Debbie Frost adore natural light and large, open spaces, which is what drew them to their Constantia house five years ago. ‘We don’t like the idea of our neighbours living on top of us, so we were after a roomy home with a big garden located in a country setting,’ explains Debbie. ‘It was important for us that we bought a space that worked for our family and we wanted to choose our own finishes, so we looked for a property that needed major renova
  • a snapshot of abu dhabi

    From markets to Michelin star-rated chefs, extravagant architecture, roller-coaster rides at Ferrari World, lavish hotels, street food and breathtaking sunsets, Abu Dhabi has what it takes to be a world-class holiday destination.
    sheikh zayed grand mosque
    The key site for worship in the country, this spiritual masterpiece is the third-largest mosque in the world and is surrounded by lush gardens and calm water pools. Created by over 3 000 artisans from different countries, the mosque&r
  • our must-have interior design books this month

    1. bookmark readyOne of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful books to be published about South African domestic architecture and decoration in the past few years, Remarkable Heritage Houses of South Africa is by renowned photographer Craig Fraser and writer Nini Bairnsfather Cloete. Ranging from an exquisite apartment in Johannesburg’s most famous block of flats to traditional farmhouses and heritage properties located across the country, the homes featured will inspire and delight. Bairnsfat
  • Nose-to-tail eating – and much more – at La Tête

    Is it completely insane to be obsessed with the fish dishes at a restaurant best known for serving nose-to-tail meat? While I’ve also tasted the crispy pig’s tails (of course I have, how could you not?) and literally drooled over a starter of pig cheek with chicory and apple, it’s La Tête’s fish options that I always seem to want to order. And they are always outstanding, too – a perfectly cooked and seasoned piece of hake with almost nothing else on the plate
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  • meet the head chef of jamie’s italian

    Dining at the newly-opened Jamie’s Italian in Melrose Arch, it’d be easy to believe that Jamie Oliver himself was in the kitchen casting a friendly and ever-discerning eye over the proceedings (in between grating Parmesan over fresh pasta in his typically generous style). While this isn’t the case, you’ll likely spot the talented chef who Jamie hand-picked to run his first-ever franchise in South Africa, Shane Smit. It’s no easy task to carry out the vision of a wor
  • Tyrone Arendse’s home truths

    Tyrone Arendse’s mid-century modern design collection takes centre stage in the considered interior of his Johannesburg apartment. We find out what makes him tick.
    The best thing about living where I do is being in an area that celebrates walking culture, with restaurants, bars, coffee shops and galleries all within walking distance. Luxury means having to only take my own tastes, opinions and needs in account. My style is better than it was in my twenties. I am inspired by unsolicit
  • 3 herb-inspired recipes to try this autumn

    First up in this trio of recipes is succulent lamb chops served with pita bread and a fennel salad. Then there’s a contemporary update on hearty roast beef, with rosemary potatoes and a lemon-balm remoulade. And finally, there’s a recipe for herb bread and two delicious spreads that are perfect for al fresco dining.
    lamb chops with pita bread and a fennel saladFor the lamb marinade2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped1T curry plant (Helichrysum italicum), roughly chopped3T
  • Gretha Scholtz’s home truths

    The Cape Town base of international businessman Mogens Tholstrup and Gretha Scholtz hints at a glamorous jet-set lifestyle yet retains the essence of a real South African home. Read Gretha’s truths when it comes to this beautiful abode.
    My best place for inspiration is our island house in the Finnish archipelago, which is surrounded by wild, unspoilt nature and more than 8 000 neighbouring islands. The most cherished item in my home is our cabinet of curiosities. Whether it’s a piec
  • 20 breathtaking photographs from around the world

    Travel broadens our horizons. By discovering new or unfamiliar sights, places and ways of life, we gain a greater appreciation for the world we live in and a better understanding of what it means to exist. While most of us won’t make it around the globe, we’re lucky that modern technology has allowed good photography to become so accessible. More locations – from the bustling tourist meccas to the ultra-remote – are being beautifully documented for us to enjoy than ever b
  • trend spotting with st leger & viney

    In the ever-changing world of trends, fabrics and wallcoverings are an easy and cost-effective way to update your space. There’s no need to completely redecorate – all it takes is a fresh wallpaper or a few new accents to keep your home on-trend. To provide us with some inspiration, St Leger & Viney let us in on a few of the looks that are sure to take off in the months to come.
    tropical glamPalm trees and flamingos are stepping aside for a far more muted, luxuriou
  • Go graphic with The Urbanative

    Thandeka Server
    A furniture and design-solution brand founded by Mpho Vackier, The Urbanative is inspired by ethnic patterns and motifs – particularly Ndebele – and explores the way in which these graphic cultural signifiers can be applied to products for the modern urban citizen. The Urbanative has a collaborative approach and pieces are customisable, allowing clients the chance to express their individuality by having items tailored to meet their needs. We love the newly
  • 5 reasons to own the #HLKitchenIssue

    The April 2017 edition of House and Leisure is now on shelves, and we’ve turned our attention to kitchens to bring you the latest trends, ideas and inspiration. For the first time ever, we’ve partnered up with kitchen specialist bulthaup to create three unique covers, giving you the chance to vote for your favourite and stand in line to win R10 000. What’s more, every issue comes with a 10% off voucher for Le Creuset cookware. Read on for a sneak peek at the #HLKitchenIssu
  • achieve a natural aesthetic with coral & hive

    Somerset West-based studio, Coral & Hive, produces authentic, hand-woven rugs using the largest traditional wooden looms in Africa. Comprising karakul wool, mohair and cotton, each rug is unique,  and beautiful in its imperfection. Coral & Hive employs talented local weavers whose skills have been passed down for generations, bringing age-old techniques into contemporary living. We chatted to owner Jeannine Birch to get to know the company better.
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  • gluten-free superfood slabs

    Wellness Warehouse advocates a balanced approach to nutrition. Why deny yourself the occasional sweet indulgence when it’s possible to make treats that are wholesome, too? These dark chocolate-topped superfood slabs are totally delicious, gluten-free and full of goodness. Plus, they’re easy to make – here’s how.
    ½ cup honey2T solid coconut oilpinch of Himalayan saltpinch of cinnamon1 cup uncooked Wellness quinoa3T Wellness raw maca powder
  • cottage industry

    ‘I really don’t like it when people say “hoarder” – it’s such an ugly word,’ says Sarah Scott. ‘I much prefer “collector”.’ She’s attempting to sum up her eclectic tastes, which have managed to affably settle down together in her quaint Sea Point heritage cottage. ‘I actually wanted to go for the minimalist Scandi look when I moved in,’ she adds, ‘but I kept adding to the space and soon realised that it&rsq
  • It’s a small world

    A sudden midsummer storm hammers down on the lawn at The Robertson Small Hotel. For this part of the Western Cape, the rain is unseasonable but welcome, leaving a refreshing petrichor in its wake. ‘The balcony is my favourite spot on the property,’ says Lana Groenewald, who’s been the boutique hotel’s manager – and part of the family – since 2012. As she sips coffee on the sheltered patio, she looks out to a vista framed by the broekielace arches of the Victor
  • Beds go old-school at Design Store

    With their brilliantly retro lines, these beds would probably be right at home in a Hogwarts dormitory… and that’s just one of the reasons they’ve jumped to the top of our wish list. Expertly crafted from sturdy and strong steel, with classic curves, the beds are available in three styles: pictured here is the Amelia (which has a tall headboard and small foot end) and there’s also the Isabel (with a tall headboard and foot end), and the Hannah (which has a short headboa
  • The ultimate foodie experience: Come Wine With Us

    When Sybil Doms’ aunt sent her six bottles of wine and asked her to suggest a few canapés to pair them with, it set the ball rolling for Come Wine With Us (CWWU), which is fast becoming one of South Africa’s ultimate foodie experiences. After putting together a menu suggestion, Sybil invited a few friends around to sample her pairings, marking the debut CWWU event – albeit an informal one. Turns out the timing was perfect.Five years ago Sybil gave up her f
  • 6 of our favourite minimalist kitchens

    These pared-back kitchens feature clean lines, restrained palettes and tons of light. They’re timeless, effortlessly modern and offer a lesson in ‘less is more’.
    natural textures
    Image: Greg Cox/Bureaux.co.za
    Sitting pretty in a relaxed summer-holiday house on the Spanish island of Mallorca, this kitchen is elegant, simple and compact, with a beautiful slab of natural stone topping the prep station in its centre. The counter tops are made from the same softl
  • Le Creuset’s new Colours of Spice collection

    A new addition to Le Creuset’s iconic range of cast iron and stoneware products is here to spice things up.  The stylish Colours of Spice collection celebrates the aromatic flavours and vibrant colours of world cuisine, offering plenty of inspiration to make magic with spices in the kitchen. We especially love the limited-edition tagine, which features a beautiful Moroccan-inspired decal and is ideal for fragrant dishes that need to be simmered slowly. This ve
  • a guide to mexico city

    Densely populated Mexico City has never been the country’s biggest draw card. Tourists would rather guzzle tequila and tuck into tacos while watching the turquoise ocean lap the shores of one of the beautiful coastal towns, but many of these places offer a Westernised version of Mexico – one that’s foreign even to Mexicans.
    Sprawling, chaotic and unapologetic in its rawness, Mexico City is permeated with a palpable energy. With its Jozi-like landscape and Capetonian pace, the c
  • Happiness begins with hygge

    The concept of ‘hygge’ originated as a way to get through the long, dark months of the Danish winter by invoking a sense of pleasure from hunkering down, eating copious amounts of warming foods and owning a vast selection of woolly socks. Since then, the notion has evolved into the simple practice of deriving happiness from the ordinary. At its core, hygge is about creating a warm atmosphere by appreciating life’s little pleasures. This could take the form of curling up in
  • Rivertown: Your new favourite Durban hangout

    Image credit: Propertuity
    Johannesburg and Cape Town have had their fair share of inner-city development, and now it’s Durban’s turn. Propertuity (the property developer behind the bustling Maboneng Precinct in Jozi) has turned its attention to the city famous for its sub-tropical heat to revamp an industrial zone now known as Rivertown. Vibrant artworks on its building facades add energy to the spaces that now house boutique stores and play backdrop to an exciting host of
  • Bosjes Estate is now open to the public

    The wider Western Cape area sports a large number of gorgeous destination restaurants, wine estates and guesthouses – so many, in fact, that it can be difficult to imagine how something completely new and unexpected might be on the cards. Yet this is precisely what’s been achieved at Bosjes Estate, which is poised to put the beautiful Slanghoek valley – situated between Worcester and Ceres – very much on the stylish map.
    Bosjes (‘small bushes’ in Dutch) is th
  • Verner Panton’s iconic Flowerpot light

    Contemporary yet timeless, the Flowerpot pendant lamp was created by Danish designer Verner Panton in 1968 – the same year in which student uprisings in Paris changed the world, and Stanley Kubrick released his legendary film, 2001: A Space Odyssey – which, coincidentally, featured a chair designed by Panton. Rather like the year in which it was first released, the Flowerpot is a game-changer. Add it to any space, from a kitchen to a living area or kids’ room, and you’ll
  • invisible mending

    When Patrick and Chloe O’Doherty bought their Parktown North home, which is 100 years old this year, it had been condemned. ‘It was completely derelict,’ says Patrick, ‘and there were 7.5cm-wide cracks going right through the walls.’ Patrick and Chloe had returned home after two years of travel, most recently spending six months driving around the US in a Chevy camper van. While contemplating their next move, the couple rented a Victorian house in Parkhurst. ‘
  • the revival of stained glass

    An age-old art form that reached its peak in the middle ages, stained-glass windows in British churches and monasteries can be traced back to the 7th century. Fast-forward to the 21st century, and this effect is shedding its outdated reputation as contemporary designers reimagine it for the world today. Following the likes of Milan-based Patricia Urquiola, creator of the influential Credenza cupboard, we’re seeing a widespread resurgence of artists and designers using
  • Flavour ranger

    Dating back to the mid- to late 18th century, the modern iterations of this aperitif were first produced in Turin, Italy. Despite an impressive first encounter with vermouth at a sleazy Bond-themed basement party in London in his early twenties, and a subsequent epicurean interlude with a pedigreed bottle in Turin, Kobus van der Merwe’s primary motivation to make alcohol-based herbal bitters stems from his nose. More specifically, from the desire to capture the scents that rush up as he wa
  • Talking trends with the team behind They’re Wonted

    Siblings Daniella and Dillon du Plessis make up two thirds of the dynamic team behind They’re Wonted, while Jessica Bennetto completes the trio. All about discovering relevant products, lifestyle movements and fashion news to spin their sartorial technique around, they’ve created a blog space that is as culturally nourishing to read as it is to look at. To get to know this trendy trifecta a little better, we sent a few questions their way.
    What was your motivation to c
  • In the hot seat with Yinka Ilori

    Colour, heritage and a sense of playfulness are all at the heart of the work coming from Nigerian-born, London-based furniture designer Yinka Ilori, who exhibited at the 2016 London Design Festival. In an installation called Swimming Pool of Dreams, Yinka showed six bold chairs made from different found materials and which straddle the line between art and design. His upcycled creations channel memories of time spent on the Margate coast with his family’s church co
  • 1 room dressed 5 ways

    If you had the opportunity to style your bedroom from scratch, what look would you go for? We considered this question to explore five unique aesthetics – from the ultra graphic and modern to the elegant and romantic. All it takes is a few key elements to completely transform a space. So whether you’re in the midst of a total makeover or simply want to update your bedroom, take a cue from these different – but equally stunning – styles.
    1. nature-inspiredWith a
  • Ones to watch

    Since it was established in Johannesburg in 1966, Goodman Gallery has been championing contemporary artists who strive to shift perspectives and bring about societal change through their work. As one of the most distinguished and long-standing art galleries in South Africa, they’re keenly suited to identifying emerging talent. Here, the experts at Goodman Gallery outline five of the local artists on their radar right now.
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    Strange Fruits (Jacaranda) (2016), image co
  • weaving a win for nkuli mlangeni

    The Most Beautiful Object in South Africa (MBOISA) competition is a highly anticipated feature in Design Indaba‘s annual programme, and this year the prestigious title was awarded to Nkuli Mlangeni, founder of textile company The Ninevites, for the Sankara rug. This woven beauty was nominated by interior designer Bielle Bellingham who remarked on its expression of Southern Africa’s modernity as well as its rich history of craft.
    Wanting to celebrate the diminishing culture of t
  • flavour profile: wahab ahmed

    From the Test Kitchen to Bukhara, top restaurants across the Mother City shop for spices at Atlas Trading, a simple, warehouse-style outlet in Bo-Kaap. The store has been in the Ahmed family for three generations, and we sat down with current owner Wahab Ahmed to uncover the secrets of the spice world.
    When did your family enter the spice trade?
    In 1946 my father and uncle saw a need due to the difficulty of getting hold of good spices in Cape Town. At the time all spices had to come from Durba
  • the new designer range from plantation shutters

    With a solid reputation for producing attractive, quality shutters, Plantation Shutters‘ newest collection has managed to raise the bar even higher. Their Designer Colour Range is the result of a collaboration with interior designer and consultant Sam Lurie from Sprout Design, and includes 21 contemporary and classic shades. Thanks to her property-development and retail-merchandising experience, Lurie understands what homeowners want and has a comprehensive insight into what’s in dem
  • 5 graphic sofas we love

    Introduce print and texture into your home with a patterned sofa that takes a cue from the fashion world. Inspired by Proenza Schouler’s spring/summer 2017 show, this look is bold, beautiful and full-on.
    pop cultureImage credit: Kartell
    Cheeky, playful and plush, the Foliage sofa combines comic book-style illustrations with an organic silhouette. Designed by Patricia Urquiola, who focuses on the dialogue between nature and the artificial, the couch seems to have grown f
  • Faber restaurant launches ‘Field to Feast’ lunches

    Named after the Latin word for artisan or craftsperson, Faber restaurant opened in October 2016 and has already established itself as a leading proponent of fine seasonal cuisine in the Cape Winelands. Acclaimed chef Eric Bulpitt shares a commitment to sustainability and total dedication to his craft with Avondale wine estate’s proprietor, Jonathan Grieve, and the restaurant’s food showcases the kitchen garden’s organically and biodynamically grown vegetables and herbs, as wel
  • Family ties

    It’s clear that the kitchen is the heart of the home at the Kai residence and it’s the first thing you notice as you enter the light-filled first level of the house. When architect Jeanette Schachler was set the task of renovating the home, it was key that the kitchen centrally linked all the other living areas on the same floor – resulting in the library and study, lounge and dining area, and the children’s playroom all stemming from it. Kevin Kai, a digital media and te
  • Snøhetta unveils a memorial arch for Archbishop Desmond Tutu

    On Friday 3 March 2017, Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta marked the end of Cape Town’s annual Design Indaba by holding the first public viewing of its latest project: a memorial arch in honour of human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Designed by Snøhetta and built by Thomas Chapman of Local Studio, the structure was created in collaboration with South African office and Design Indaba.
    To the audience’s surprise and delight,
  • Snøhetta designs a memorial arch for Archbishop Desmond Tutu

    On Friday 3 March 2017, Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta marked the end of Cape Town’s annual Design Indaba by holding the first public viewing of its latest project: a memorial arch in honour of human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Designed by Snøhetta and built by Thomas Chapman of Local Studio, the structure was created in collaboration with South African office and Design Indaba.
    To the audience’s surprise and delight,
  • 8 autumn-inspired lights to illuminate your home

    Image credit: Illumina
    The greenness of summer is coming to an end as autumn brushes the trees with an orange-and-gold palette, creating a cosy and rich aesthetic across South Africa’s landscapes. Inspired by these warmer hues, we’ve collated a selection of lighting solutions to help you incorporate the coming season into your home.
    flower powerImage credit: Créma Design
    Inspired by the flower-power generation, the award-winning FlowerPot VP1 by Verner Panton is synonymous wit
  • Fusion flavour at Manga

    Situated right on Mouille Point’s Beach Road, Manga is a light, airy eatery that is centred on the titular Japanese style of animation. Drawings adorn part of the restaurant, and simple minimalist furniture, expansive glass windows and ambient lighting make for an intimate dining experience. While spectacular views of both the Green Point Lighthouse and Lion’s Head give this restaurant an advantage over its competitors, it’s the menu that makes Manga unique.
    Inspired by true f

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