• Layered luxury in an Umhlanga home

    In the living room of Melanie Stockl’s home in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, mirrored doors adorned with rosettes by bespoke interior design studio Egg Designs both conceal a drinks cabinet and make a bold statement. The leather Tub chair – a favourite of Melanie’s – and the other chairs, dining table, sidetables, African thorn sculpture and Surilight chandelier are also by Egg Designs.
    Melanie Stockl and her late husband Martin took a leap of faith when they purchased a penth
  • Ultra Violet is Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2018

    If we break the colour purple down into the sum of its parts, it combines the calming stability of blue with the fierce energy of red. Brought to the forefront by musical icons like Prince and David Bowie, and with long-held associations with the mystical, purple is powerful and symbolic of counterculture and unconventionality. It certainly feels like a fitting choice for Pantone‘s Colour of the Year for 2018.
    The shade in question, Ultra Violet, is both 
  • Five modern window treatments we love

    No longer purely functional, window treatments have been given a new lease of life with innovative designs in gleaming finishes inspired by precious stones.
    Gold
    Aluminium blinds in Gold POR, Taylor Blinds
    Give your interiors a glamorous Art Deco feel with sumptuous fabrics and decorative additions infused with the Midas touch.
    Azure-Malachite
    Yeti fabric in Emerald/Saffron/Stone from the Translucents 01 collection by Anthology R2 465/m (3m wide), Black Fabrics
    Jewel tones and pared-back accesso
  • The Butchery by Marble opens in the Keyes Art Mile

    A year after the fiery debut of Marble restaurant, which became an instant hit on the Johannesburg culinary scene, The Butchery by Marble followed, opening directly underneath it in August. Chef David Higgs, together with his business partner Gary Kyriacou and Gary’s wife Irene of Oniroco design studio, always intended for Marble to have this extra dimension. ‘When this baby was born, we knew we wanted it to include a butchery,’ says Irene, who together with design practice Re
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  • Spring vegetable and coconut broth with litchis and scallops

    Deliciously simple ingredients take on fresh and sophisticated appeal in a dish that balances taste, texture and colour.
    spring vegetable and coconut broth with litchis and scallops
    For the broth
    125ml vegetable oil
    A handful of fresh coriander
    2.5cm piece of fresh ginger
    1 Thai lime leaf
    1 mild green chilli, to taste
    3 curry leaves
    2.5cm-long lemongrass stalk, chopped
    1 garlic clove
    3x410g tins coconut cream
    25ml fish sauce
    25ml soy sauce
    12 fresh litches, pitted and juice reserved
    300g spring
  • Spring vegetable and coconut broth

    Deliciously simple ingredients take on fresh and sophisticated appeal in a dish that balances taste, texture and colour.
    spring vegetable and coconut broth with litchis and scallops
    For the broth
    125ml vegetable oil
    A handful of fresh coriander
    2.5cm piece of fresh ginger
    1 Thai lime leaf
    1 mild green chilli, to taste
    3 curry leaves
    2.5cm-long lemongrass stalk, chopped
    1 garlic clove
    3x410g tins coconut cream
    25ml fish sauce
    25ml soy sauce
    12 fresh litches, pitted and juice reserved
    300g spring
  • Roche Bobois comes to Johannesburg

    After opening its first store in South Africa two years ago in Cape Town, luxury furniture brand Roche Bobois has moved into the trendy Johannesburg neighbourhood of Kramerville – continuing its staggeringly fast international expansion at a rate of at least one new launch per month.
    Today the brand has more than 255 showrooms in over 55 countries. ‘In recent years Roche Bobois has continued to expand its global presence,’ says
  • The 2017 Design Foundation Awards winners

    Ngwenya Glass, winner of the Manufacture Award.
    On Saturday 25 November, the fifth annual Design Foundation Awards took place, in which a total of seven accolades were given out to SA’s top local talents for categories encompassing design, manufacture, commercial success and innovation.
    ‘With our independent think-tank board representing diverse industries, our aim is to have a foundation that supports the design industry at large – from grassroots and educa
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  • Q&A with architect George Elphick

    The Umdloti home that was designed by George Elphick is featured in House and Leisure’s December 2017 issue.
    Architect George Elphick established a private practice in 1987 and became one of the founding partners of Elphick Proome Architects in 1989. He has served as design critic for five national universities over a 20-year period and, in his 30-year career, has completed projects including the design and implementation of large corporate offices, mixed-use developments and high-rise apa
  • Riviera-style elegance at Russell’s on the Port

    Often associated only with bokkoms (a whole, salted and dried mullet delicacy) and the Berg River, the sleepy West Coast town of Velddrif is also home to the holiday resort of Port Owen – a maze of artificial canals and waterways situated along the river mouth.
    Russell’s on the Port has provided locals and holidaymakers alike with the opportunity to experience the best of the Cape West Coast. Featuring a total of 15 rooms in their boutique guesthouse alongside a restaurant that is a
  • Popsicles, two ways

    Make your own fast frozen treats at home with two simple recipes for summertime ice lollies. Both recipes make four popsicles each, and you can increase or decrease the amounts depending on what kind of mould you are using.
    caramelised pineapple popsicles
    Ingredients
    1 medium-sized pineapple, peeled and cut into chunks
    2T sticky brown sugar
    1x400ml tin coconut milk
    Method
    In a saucepan, combine the pineapple with the brown sugar and heat until the fruit is sticky and soft. Allow the carame
  • Do you read meme?

    Zodwa Kumalo
    When it comes to responding on social media, South Africans sure don’t waste time posting hurriedly assembled memes of a jiving Julius Malema or a disapproving Baleka Mbete (complete with spelling and grammatical errors) after an allegedly scandalous incident.
    According to Quora, my go-to platform for asking clever people what they think, the term ‘meme’ dates back to Richard Dawkins’ 1976 bestseller The Selfish Gene, in which he coined the word ‘to ide
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  • American Shutters introduce Gear Tilt security shutters

    When the MacMillans were given the opportunity to include American Shutters in their home in Kalk Bay in Cape Town, they jumped at the chance. ‘We have always loved the look of American Shutters and the quality is outstanding. The overall clean design of the shutters has worked exceptionally well and added immense value to our home,’ they commented. ‘By choosing the security shutters, we didn’t have to consider unsightly burglar bars, making the house all the more attrac
  • Mount Babylon’s new tasting lounge is a plush pink dream

    Elegance doesn’t get more plush than this. On Mount Babylon wine farm in the Western Cape’s Walker Bay district, Yolanda and Johan Holtzhausen have created a cool yet intimate space where guests at private events can savour the delightful pink Méthode Cap Classique made by Jean-Claude Martin, the winemaker who co-owns Creation Wines next door, from the seven-hectare estate’s Shiraz grapes.
    There’s no doubt that the venue is a glamorous one, and boasts magnificent
  • Striking gold with Lina Iris Viktor

    Lina Iris Viktor
    Working in a limited colour palette of black, white, blue and 24-karat gold, Lina Iris Viktor’s figurative and geometric compositions combine elements of the mythical, archaic, cosmic and divine. Her artworks are like rare artefacts excavated from ancient Egyptian tombs set before us to unlock what Viktor describes as ‘our residual DNA – information passed down through generations that is dormant within us until something ignites it’.
    From a young age, V
  • Create the ultimate courtyard garden

    As populations grow and water resources lessen, it makes sense to say goodbye to sprawling lawns in favour of smaller, more practical courtyard gardens. They’re cheaper, easier to maintain and water-wise. Together with Corobrik, we show you how to create the ultimate greened-up courtyard.
    pave the way
    Image credit: Eaglestone Landscape Design
    Before you start planting, you’ll have to pave your courtyard. Corobrik’s clay brick pavers provide both beauty and durability
  • Sense and sensibility: a sophisticated Tamboerskloof apartment

    Designed by interiors specialist John Jacob Zwiegelaar of John Jacob Interiors, this lock-up-and-go apartment in Tamboerskloof, Cape Town, is a prime example of the designer’s pared-back aesthetic.
    ‘I just love the intensity of a small space,’ John Jacob Zwiegelaar insists with such enthusiasm, it is clear he’s most passionate when talking about his work. It’s perhaps because for the lauded Cape Town-based interior designer, nine-to-five comprises so much more than
  • A peek inside Bilboa, Camps Bay’s smoking new hot spot

    Swing a pair of sunnies on Camps Bay’s Victoria Road in Cape Town and you’re likely to hit one of Paul Kovensky’s chic beachside restaurants. The Kove Collection founder’s hot-property eateries line the strip and, come summer each year, this stretch of sun-baked road teems with bronzed beachgoers filing into Kovensky-owned spaces such as Paranga, Umi and Zenzero. The latest to join the Kove stable is Bilboa, a bright and breezy suntrap that blends modern Mediterranean fa
  • Fabiana Hoy is the face of SHF for December

    Fabiana Hoy
    SHF is thrilled to introduce Fabiana Hoy as the new face of the #shfdefineyourself campaign. This creative and visual thinker, interior architect, decor stylist and entrepreneur is the embodiment of SHF’s new generation of style icons.
    Fabiana has been working in the interior design industry for 20 years. For as long as she can recall, her biggest passion has been design, which she has studied, taught and lived. Within the creative industry she has collaborated o
  • One at Cavalli celebrates a monthly hero ingredient

    The dam and outside dining area at Cavalli Estate.
    If you follow the R44 out of Cape Town you’ll eventually find yourself in one of the area’s most sophisticated destinations: Cavalli Estate. Indigenous gardens surrounded by iconic views of the Helderberg mountains are complemented by modern, pared-back buildings designed by estate operations director Lauren Smith in collaboration with Bouwer Architects. With sustainability as key, the estate prides itself on contributing to and prot
  • The ultimate staycation guide: where to eat and drink

    You don’t have to venture far to enjoy an adventurous holiday. In a new House and Leisure miniseries, we’ve consulted a few of South Africa’s coolest creatives to compile the ultimate staycation guide, bringing you the best, lesser-known summertime activities in and around Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town. In week one, we explored the top spots to stay for a December staycation, and now we’re discovering the best places to eat and drink.
    Jo
  • A living legacy

    ‘Somehow the orchid fraternity got hold of me,’ smiles sculptor Nic Bladen. It may sound like a plot twist in a floral conspiracy novel, but this was perhaps the turning point in his career. While making a living creating jewellery, he was asked by the president of the local orchid society to cast a few whole orchids in bronze.
    A former dental technician, Bladen learned about bronze sculpture under the watchful eye of Otto du Plessis at Bronze Age before going out on his own. H
  • 5 ways to save water in your garden this summer

    As we’ve seen by the severe drought that Cape Town is currently experiencing, and myriad other affected areas around the world, water is becoming scarcer by the day. Strict but necessary restrictions can result in a garden that suffers, which is why, together with leading paving supplier Corobrik, we’ve compiled five top tips for saving water this summer while keeping your garden going strong at the same time.
    pave the way
    Image credit: Eco Outdoor
    Grass consumes the most water in a
  • West Coast Wander: at home with history in Hopefield

    In a four-part House and Leisure miniseries, writer and food stylist Georgia East travels along the West Coast in search of unique stories and recipes. Here she explores the lesser-known destination of Hopefield which, in turn, inspired this recipe for poached pear pavlova. Read the previous entries on St Helena Bay, Velddrif and Elands Bay.To those who consider the Cape West Coast to solely consist of beaches, breakers and ba
  • Poached pear pavlova with rooibos and honey

    In a new House and Leisure miniseries, writer and food stylist Georgia East travels along the West Coast in search of unique stories and recipes. Read the story that inspired this one, here.Inspired in part by Hopefield’s 1970s stalwart, the Commercial Hotel, this retro dessert takes on local flavour with the inclusion of rooibos tea and West Coast honey.
    Inherently a popular dessert in the Seventies, the pavlova is appealingly kitsch in both presentation
  • The best of Barcelona

    The skyline of Barcelona at sunset.
    It’s easy to see why Barcelona has so much appeal. Whether you’re admiring works of art and design, swimming in the warm Mediterranean or tasting delectable flavours on a tapas walk, this seaside city pulses both day and night, and gets under your skin in the best way imaginable. In the December 2017 issue of House and Leisure (in stores and online now) Lisa van Aswegen shares a two-day guide to making the most of this metro beach destination. Pair
  • Who let the dogs in?

    Ian and I in the entrance hall of Radisson RED.
    A dog-friendly hotel in South Africa? Seriously? I’ve watched many old-timey films set in Paris where dogs are allowed into hotels with their owners, but I didn’t expect it to be something I’d ever have the pleasure of experiencing for myself.
    That was until, along with my dad Ian Martin (House and Leisure‘s art director), I was invited to spend a night at the new Radisson RED hotel in Cape Town
  • 5 ideas for a kitchen revamp

    Explore five fresh ideas for your kitchen, with cutting-edge designs and appliances to suit all tastes – no matter what kind of cook you are.
    Go ProClean lines, white cabinetry and stainless-steel elements combine in an enticing workspace for the aspiring experimental masterchef – as seen in this bulthaup b1 kitchen system in Alpine White.
    Cake BossSatisfy your passion for baking with top-notch accessories, copper accents and durable surfaces, as seen in Schmidt Kitchens’
  • Our guide to luxurious living in South Africa

    We’ve rounded up our best recommendations for the most indulgent places to eat, sleep, drink and relax your way around South Africa. The toughest choice you’ll have to make this season is where to begin.
    Sleep
    With bespoke fittings, furniture and textiles by local designers, a night at Ellerman House in Cape Town is time well spent.
    Ellerman House, Cape Town
    Originally a private residence, this Edwardian-style mansion offers the ultimate in modern interiors throughout its 11 rooms, t
  • Video tour: sculptor Edoardo Villa’s Mid-Century house

    A few years after sculptor Edoardo Villa’s death in 2011, art dealer Warren Siebrits and interior designer Lunetta Bartz became the custodians of his house in the suburb of Kew, Johannesburg. Villa, one of South Africa’s most eminent 20th-century sculptors, commissioned the house in 1968 and lived there with his wife Claire for the rest of their lives.
    The house itself is an architectural gem, rich with Joburg art history. Italian-born Villa first lived on the property after WWII, a
  • Video tour of Edoardo Villa’s Mid-Century house

    A few years after sculptor Edoardo Villa’s death in 2011, art dealer Warren Siebrits and interior designer Lunetta Bartz became the custodians of his house in the suburb of Kew, Johannesburg. Villa, one of South Africa’s most eminent 20th-century sculptors, commissioned the house in 1968 and lived there with his wife Claire for the rest of their lives.
    The house itself is an architectural gem, rich with Joburg art history. Italian-born Villa first lived on the property after WWII, a
  • The world’s first concrete sunglasses available for purchase

    Since winning the industrial design category of the 2017 PPC Imaginarium Awards, South African architect Handre de la Rey has partnered with studio 20 EIGHT to launch the world’s first pair of concrete sunglasses available for public purchase. The design is based off his winning entry, CS Project, which explored the possibility of creating a pair of ultra-thin sunglasses that push the perceived boundaries of cement. And pushing these boundaries is what 20 EIGHT specialises
  • Take a culinary journey through South Korea

    With visa-free short-term trips, scenic beauty, forward-thinking fashion and design, constant technological innovations, art everywhere, a rich history and cities that truly never sleep, South Korea is fast becoming one of the world’s most popular travel destinations. Besides doing more shopping than you’ll ever do, delving into the street culture and visiting the top sights, eating the local food is a must-do while visiting this Asian country. Get your tastebuds tingling with o
  • A design-forward family home in Pretoria

    Echoing the pattern on the staircase, a screen by HK Studio separates the kitchen-cum-dining room and living areas. The sofa is from Tonic, the tables from Anatomy Design and the blue-and-gold vases from La Grange Interiors.
    The design-conscious owners of this home in Eldoraigne, Pretoria, made a smart decision before they started building – they called on interior designers Megan Hesse and Andrea Kleinloog of Joburg-based interior design firm HK Studio. Although Grant Bullard of GWA
  • Book review: Feasts by Sabrina Ghayour

    Feasts by Sabrina Ghayour (Mitchell Beazley; R348).
    As the author of the award-winning cookbook Persiana and the Sunday Times no.1 bestselling Sirocco, Sabrina Ghayour knows a thing or two about Persian cuisine. So it was only a matter of time before the chef, food writer and cookery teacher released another book showcasing a variety of simple, colourful and flavourful Middle Eastern dishes.
    Feasts is inspired by the gatherings and parties Sabrina’s family threw when she was growing u
  • The ultimate staycation guide: where to sleep

    You don’t have to venture far to enjoy an adventurous holiday. In a new House and Leisure miniseries, we’ve consulted a few of South Africa’s coolest creatives to compile the ultimate staycation guide, bringing you the best, lesser-known summertime activities in and around Durban, Joburg and Cape Town. In week one, we’re exploring the top spots to stay for a December staycation.
    Joburg
    Pablo’s House in Joburg
    December is the best time t
  • Into the wild: go mod-tropical with your decor

    Unleash your wild side using jungle-inspired patterns and prints, bold tropical colours and mixed natural textures offset with high-sheen materials.
    From left: Maori rug in Burnt Orange from the Tibet wool collection R35 900, Paco; Domino standing lamp in Vanilla Noir Caesarstone R27 000 (left) and R33 000 (right), both Dokter and Misses; limited-edition Panton chairs in Summer Green by Verner Panton for Vitra R3 630 each (excludes shipping and insurance), Cube gallery; XS Co
  • We chat to the architects of a street-friendly seaside home

    Walk along Kloof Road in Clifton, Cape Town, and you’ll notice one house where the joggers, dog walkers and strollers tend to slow, stop and gather for a chat. ‘Clifton doesn’t have the typical suburban setup where people just drive. There’s a lot of foot traffic and people use the sidewalks,’ says architect Jan-Heyn Vorster of this seaside neighbourhood. Vorster and his life partner Pieter Bruwer built the abode specifically with the hope that it would be friendli
  • 5 things to consider when renovating your bathroom

    Image credit: Greg Cox/Bureaux.co.za
    Renovating in general is an exciting but exhausting exercise – and updating a bathroom can also become a lot more technical. Unless you’re a professional or a homeowner who has remodelled bathrooms in the past, it’s best to seek expert advice before proceeding. We’ve teamed up with WOMAG to bring you a few handy tips to consider.
    1. know what a bathroom renovation costs
    There’s nothing worse than budgeting for a renovat
  • Savour summer with Mulberry & Prince’s new menu

    Cornel Mostert and Cynthia Rivera.
    If Mulberry & Prince co-owners and culinary ingenues Cynthia Rivera and Cornel Mostert are anything to go by, the new menu is anything but ordinary. Enter a selection of dishes inspired by the East while retaining the restaurant’s signature fusion of complex flavours executed with simplicity and skill.
    Going beyond current food trends, both chefs have seasoned each dish with personal experience, another detail that makes dining at Mulberry &
  • Get back to nature: a guide to indoor gardening

    Indoor plants are enjoying a healthy resurgence as a way to soften interiors and bring nature inside. Use contrasting foliage and pots in varying shapes and textures: product designer Joe Paine recommends the range of high-quality planters from Indigenus.
    While indoor gardening may smack of the ’70s, the new verdant invasion has a more curated, sculptural and bespoke persona. ‘There’s a huge return to indoor plants,’ says Johannesburg-based garden designer James Barry. &l
  • Get back to nature: a guide to in indoor gardening

    Indoor plants are enjoying a healthy resurgence as a way to soften interiors and bring nature inside. Use contrasting foliage and pots in varying shapes and textures: product designer Joe Paine recommends the range of high-quality planters from Indigenus.
    While indoor gardening may smack of the ’70s, the new verdant invasion has a more curated, sculptural and bespoke persona. ‘There’s a huge return to indoor plants,’ says Johannesburg-based garden designer James Barry. &l
  • Catching up with designer Nicholas Coutts

    Specialising in woven and knitted artisanal wear, Nicholas Coutts talks us through the inspiration behind his craft in the December issue of House and Leisure. Here, we chat to the local fashion designer about his new fabric collection, Optimistically Abstract.
    What are the defining features of the Arts & Crafts movement that inspires your designs?The Arts & Crafts movement constantly inspires my designs as my core concepts always evolve from my weaving. To quote William Morris, ‘
  • Granadilla curd doughnuts

    In our December issue, in stores and online now, you’ll find a brilliant selection of quick and easy alfresco dishes that celebrate summer with bright, chargrilled vegetables and bold flavours. To finish off your ultimate holiday entertaining menu, serve up these tart yet deliciously sweet doughnuts.
    granadilla curd doughnutsIngredients
    3 large eggs, lightly beaten2 large egg yolks, lightly beaten1 cup caster sugar½ cup granadilla pulp2T lemon juice150g unsalted butter, cut int
  • The one-room hotel is the ultimate in exclusive places to rest your head

    You’re an Airbnb aficionado, and you’ve stayed at a few boutique hotels in your time… so what’s next when it comes to hotel experiences? We’ve noticed a mini-trend for one-room hotels – places where you’ll get the amenities and service you expect from an upmarket hotel, but where you and your partner will also, quite literally, be the only guests. For a taste of a trend that we hope will catch on more widely around the world, read on.
    the krane, copenha
  • Visit Neil Roake’s pop-up vegan cafe for The Space

    An innovative retail store by The Space, Now Showing changes completely every few months. First was The Dark Side, which ran until 28 October 2017, and now The Light Side – a vegan cafe – graces the ever-evolving concept store. And, if you visit again after 1 February 2018, you’ll be in for something new again. We took a trip to the small, highly curated spot at 109 Waterkant Street, Cape Town, for a taste of its exciting new menu and signature quirky offerings.
    Before settlin
  • Olubunmi Adeyemi’s African-inspired brand of minimalism

    Olubunmi Adeyemi, the Lagos-based designer behind the Afrominima movement, has launched a minimalist lifestyle brand called DÁ. The first collection comprises simple wooden kitchen utensils, such as spoons, platters, bowls and spatulas. They’re all handmade, finished with a striking dab of colour and are definitely the kind of thing you’ll want to keep on display. Here, we chat to Olubunmi about his new venture.
    Tell us about your passion for the minimalist movement
  • White Rabbit Wonderland Gin Cocktail Recipe

    Beautiful, whimsical and a little bit mad… this delightfully peculiar Hendrick’s Gin cocktail, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, will leave you tumbling down the rabbit hole into indulgent bliss.
    Wonderland cocktail
    50ml Hendrick’s Gin
    30ml cucumber pulp
    Dill sprig
    12ml lemon juice
    5ml pickled cucumber brine 
    Method 
    Pour into a large cocktail shaker and shake to combine. Serve in a Nick and Nora glass and garnish with pickled cucumber
  • An Italian home with artistic flair

    Photographs by Lakin Ogunbanwo take pride of place in the study-cum-guest room of this art-filled home on the Arno riverbank in Florence, Italy. From the Flair Edition sofas upholstered in More is More textural tartan bouclé by Dedar to the 1970s Belgian resin coffee table and Turkish carpet from the 1960s, the interiors are both tactile and visually interesting, which is due in large part to Italian architect Massimo Adario who helped design the abode.
    Located on the Arno riverbank in Fl
  • A sneak peek at our #HLEscapeIssue

    Palm-tree strewn sandy beaches and turquoise-blue waters are what most of us think of when looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of reality. We’ve taken the concept of escaping the everyday to a new level in the December issue of House and Leisure, in which we feature bright and sunny homes that embrace the best of South Africa’s indoor-outdoor lifestyle, fresh, chargrilled recipes perfect for alfresco eating, and the hottest new hotel in Cape Town. Find inspiration to es

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