• Escape To Eden

    The horse-riding trails and vineyards of Cape Town’s Constantia couldn’t be further from New York’s hip and edgy Brooklyn, especially for fashion designer Lindy Cohen and her music-producer husband Marc Algranti. Yet, that’s precisely the move they have made. ‘New York was incredible, but it was less great when we had kids,’ explains Lindy, who worked as a buyer for Anthropologie and as creative director for fashion label Liquid during her 11 years in the Big
  • ‘Tis the Season to Eat Cake

    Velvet Orange, Purple and Green Cakes
    As much fun as the festive season is, it can be a lot of work for those who have to take all the baking, cooking and planning upon themselves. With this in mind, The Velvet Cake Co. is putting all the effort in for us and producing special holiday-themed bakes that are ideal for anything from a family Christmas celebration to a year-end function.
    Envision options like red velvet Christmas cake covered in Swiss white meringue or a Reindeer Piñata cake
  • Lucie Demoyencourt Inks Up Cape Town’s CBD

    Even if you haven’t yet heard her name, you’ve almost certainly seen Cape Town-based artist Lucie Demoyencourt’s distinctive drawings and paintings, many of which have been turned into prints and postcards. Featuring the relaxed, easy style of someone who’s very comfortable with a brush or pen, her works capture everyday scenes and landscapes, showing us the world through Lucie’s eyes.
    Her latest exhibition, on from 1 December 2016 until 28 January 2017 at The Voork
  • Summer Sips: Moët Ice Impérial Rosé

    Summer always brings plentiful moments to celebrate with ice-cold beverages. Rosé has to be one of our top favourites for summertime and now Moët & Chandon has introduced the world’s first Rosé Champagne specifically created to be enjoyed on ice. That’s right, French Champagne on ice. The vibrant and fresh flavours of Moët Ice Impérial Rosé make this our hot go-to summer drink. Gone are the days of needing to chill your French Champagne befor
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  • Verdant Visual Delight

    Fourteen years ago, this one-acre garden in Hurlingham, Johannesburg, was pretty much a shambles – an unkempt tangle of pines and gum trees that had suffered decades of benign neglect. ‘The fact that nobody had gardened here was ideal,’ explains the owner. ‘We knew that we could make it our own and put our stamp on it without being influenced by an existing design.’
    After demolishing the house, the owners then re-built, envisioning a sizable pool and expansive
  • A Seaboard Base for Brothers

    Despite its seaboard location, there’s a feeling of an urban farmhouse to the Three Anchor Bay house that brothers Danie and Frank Louw call home. The brothers bought it in 2014, predominantly lured by its prime position and proximity to the Sea Point promenade, but also because it offered them the generosity of space and the outdoor areas that they craved.
    ‘Make no mistake it was a shipwreck,’ recalls Danie, an architectural designer and co-owner of ADsquared, an architectural
  • 12 Christmas Cocktails By Rémy Martin

    Rémy Martin was founded in 1724 by its namesake, a French winemaker, in Charante. In this small piece of French terroir, the signature blend of Grande and Petite Champagne crus was born, together forming Cognac Fine Champagne.
    The secret to Rémy Martin’s aroma and flavour lies in the soil in which the vines are cultivated. The region boasts pale, chalky soil and provides the ideal conditions for the ripening of the grapes. This nearly three-century-old brand delivers the f
  • New robovac makes cleaning effortless

    The latest addition to Miele’s family of appliances is proof that we are entering a new The Jetsons-style world. The Scout RX1, a fully automatic vacuum cleaner, takes care of all your cleaning needs. Developed in collaboration with a robotics specialist, this dynamic invention incorporates a systematic navigation system that directs it around an interior, ensuring all areas are covered.‘With this robovac product, Miele is fairly and squarely placing the focus on the quality of clean
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  • New robot vacuum cleaner makes cleaning easy

    The latest addition to Miele’s family of appliances is proof that we are entering a new The Jetsons-style world. The Scout RX1, a fully automatic vacuum cleaner, takes care of all your cleaning needs. Developed in collaboration with a robotics specialist, this dynamic invention incorporates a systematic navigation system that directs it around an interior, ensuring all areas are covered.‘With this robovac product, Miele is fairly and squarely placing the focus on the quality of clean
  • Beef Fillet with Gremolata

    Ingredients
    750g of fillet
    For the rub
    2t harissa rub
    2t olive oil
    2T fresh rosemary
    1T truffle oil
    Flaky sea salt and black pepper, for seasoning
    For the gremolata
    ½ cup Italian flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped
    ½ cup fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
    2T lemon zest, grated
    2T garlic cloves, crushed and minced
    3T olive oil
    Method
    Combine all rub ingredients together and scatter over the fillet ensuring that all sides are evenly covered. Refrigerate overnight (or for at least
  • the Top 10 Restaurants in South Africa

    South Africa is home to world famous restaurants, which serve as platforms for culinary geniuses to share their passion for good food with the public. The dishes served at each destination provide for unforgettable culinary experiences and highlight the chef’s signature style. We are certainly spoilt for choice. Nothing makes our team prouder than seeing local gourmet creatives redefining the way we enjoy food. Eat Out Awards recently awarded their nominees for various awards for 2016
  • The Wavescape Art Board Project

    Cape Town’s ocean culture is alive and well, and with summer finally here, the Wavescape Art Board project is capturing the appreciation and imagination of surfers and beachgoers alike. As part of the Wavescape Festival, this project brings together the love of surfing and a celebration of graphic artistry. Top South African artists, including Lionel Smit and Brett Murray, have decorated 11 surfboards that are on exhibition a stone’s throw from the ocean in Muizenberg, near Cape Town
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  • Deconstructed tea by Twinings

    Luxury tea brand Twinings recently added a Platinum range to its portfolio. The loose tea trend has tea lovers captivated but in a bid to retain the convenience of the classic tea bag, Twinings has combined the best of both worlds with a range of pyramid shaped silk teabags, containing whole leaf teas. We love the fact that the tea bags are not only luxuriously silky but they are also biodegradable.
    The new, intriguing blends combine an expertly selected curation of ingredients that capture the
  • Deconstructed loose-leaf tea by Twinings

    Luxury tea brand Twinings recently added a Platinum range to its portfolio. The loose tea trend has tea lovers captivated but in a bid to retain the convenience of the classic tea bag, Twinings has combined the best of both worlds with a range of pyramid shaped silk teabags, containing whole leaf teas. We love the fact that the tea bags are not only luxuriously silky but they are also biodegradable.
    The new, intriguing blends combine an expertly selected curation of ingredients that capture the
  • Something Old, Something New

    We’ve owned this house forever,’ says Marianna Furman as she walks through her cleverly updated Victorian cottage in Tamboerskloof towards the glass doors that lead onto the pool deck. ‘In other words, since the early 1990s,’ she adds, laughing. Around that time, almost 25 years ago now, Marianna’s husband Jarome was keeping himself very busy: not only had he recently met Marianna, he’d also bought this house – he was especially attracted by the mature t
  • Our Guide to Christmas Shopping at Woolworths

    The festive season has arrived and with it comes the inevitable Christmas shopping rush. For smart shoppers though, darting between brick-and-mortar shops is a thing of the past. The best place to shop is online and fortunately, with Woolworths you’ll find everything you need at one destination.
    We’ve curated a range of gifts for him, for her, for home and for entertainment. Whether you want to splurge on someone special or need something small and thoughtful for a neighbour, this li
  • Our Definitive Guide to Christmas Shopping at Woolworths

    The festive season has arrived and with it comes the inevitable Christmas shopping rush. For smart shoppers though, darting between brick-and-mortar shops is a thing of the past. The best place to shop is online and fortunately, with Woolworths you’ll find everything you need at one destination.
    We’ve curated a range of gifts for him, for her, for home and for entertainment. Whether you want to splurge on someone special or need something small and thoughtful for a neighbour, this li
  • Christmas Shopping at Woolworths

    The festive season has arrived and with it comes the inevitable Christmas shopping rush. For smart shoppers though, darting between brick-and-mortar shops is a thing of the past. The best place to shop is online and fortunately, with Woolworths you’ll find everything you need at one destination.
    We’ve curated a range of gifts for him, for her, for home and for entertainment. Whether you want to splurge on someone special or need something small and thoughtful for a neighbour, this li
  • Geometrical wooden lighting by Hemmesphere

    The Hemmesphere lighting range bears a trademark Japanese aesthetic with its geometric form, clean lines and anatomical influence. Distinctively contemporary in their design outlook, each of these wooden lights are beautifully crafted, with cage like structures that allow the light to filter through and create interesting silhouettes.
    Designed by Barend Massow Hemmes, this lighting range has global appeal and are the products of a life dedicated to taking a bold and innovative approach to interi
  • Geometrical wooden lighting

    The Hemmesphere lighting range bears a trademark Japanese aesthetic with its geometric form, clean lines and anatomical influence. Distinctively contemporary in their design outlook, each of these wooden lights are beautifully crafted, with cage like structures that allow the light to filter through and create interesting silhouettes.
    Designed by Barend Massow Hemmes, this lighting range has global appeal and are the products of a life dedicated to taking a bold and innovative approach to interi
  • Prawn Aïoli Wraps, Vegetable Crisps And Blueberry Friands

    Prawn Aïoli Wraps
    Ingredients
    1 egg yolk
    1T lemon juice
    ½t English mustard
    salt and pepper
    ½ cup vegetable oil
    1 garlic clove, crushed
    2 spring onions, sliced
    1 small lime
    1 ripe avocado
    olive oil
    butter
    300g peeled prawns
    chilli flakes (optional)
    2 soft flour wraps
    iceberg lettuce, shredded
    coriander leaves
    Method
    To make the aïoli, place the egg yolk, lemon juice and mustard in the bowl of a food processor and season with salt and pepper. With the motor running, gradual
  • Prawn Aïoli Wraps, Veg Crisps And Friands

    Prawn Aïoli Wraps
    Ingredients
    1 egg yolk
    1T lemon juice
    ½t English mustard
    salt and pepper
    ½ cup vegetable oil
    1 garlic clove, crushed
    2 spring onions, sliced
    1 small lime
    1 ripe avocado
    olive oil
    butter
    300g peeled prawns
    chilli flakes (optional)
    2 soft flour wraps
    iceberg lettuce, shredded
    coriander leaves
    Method
    To make the aïoli, place the egg yolk, lemon juice and mustard in the bowl of a food processor and season with salt and pepper. With the motor running, gradual
  • Muted Character

    For the owners of this elegant new home in Bryanston, Johannesburg, there is nothing better than being in ‘a space that is beautiful but comfortable and that reflects who you are’. When asked about their decor influences, Craig and Natasha Stone admit that they don’t have ‘a defined style’ but that they do share a ‘strong dislike of colour’, succinctly expressed in the house’s tasteful muted palette of greys, white and
  • Modern Irene Barn

    ‘We’ve always dreamed of living in a minimalist, contemporary home,’ say Irene-based engineers Philippus and Reani Fouché. After moving out of their ‘very traditional’ house in Waterkloof the couple grabbed the chance to realise their ambition: a sleek, ascetic barn that turns country living on its head. In keeping with its rustic surrounds, the design guidelines for Irene development Southdowns Estate might require adhering to an agricultural vernacular but
  • Carefree days in a Modern Irene Barn

    ‘We’ve always dreamed of living in a minimalist, contemporary home,’ say Irene-based engineers Philippus and Reani Fouché. After moving out of their ‘very traditional’ house in Waterkloof the couple grabbed the chance to realise their ambition: a sleek, ascetic barn that turns country living on its head. In keeping with its rustic surrounds, the design guidelines for Irene development Southdowns Estate might require adhering to an agricultural vernacular but
  • South Africa’s Top Restaurant gets Reinvented

    Since the Test Kitchen opened in 2010, it has been ranked as South Africa’s leading restaurant and has made top listings all around the world. From 2012 to 2016, it was named Restaurant of the Year by Eat Out. Bookings are hard to come by and it has fast become a must-see culinary destination on the South African map. Now, with a clever redesign, it has been reinvented to provide an unmatched dining experience that has everyone talking. The new design plays on the dualism between darkness
  • SA’s Top Restaurant gets Reinvented

    Since the Test Kitchen opened in 2010, it has been ranked as South Africa’s leading restaurant and has made top listings all around the world. From 2012 to 2016, it was named Restaurant of the Year by Eat Out. Bookings are hard to come by and it has fast become a must-see culinary destination on the South African map. Now, with a clever redesign, it has been reinvented to provide an unmatched dining experience that has everyone talking. The new design plays on the dualism between darkness
  • Poached Pears with Thyme Yoghurt

    ingredients
    For the poached pears
    500ml dry white wine
    20 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
    1T fresh thyme
    ½t fresh ginger
    2T orange rind
    1T lemon, freshly squeezed
    6 pears, peeled
    For the thyme yoghurt
    500g plain Greek double cream yogurt
    2T fresh thyme
    1T castor sugar
    150g castor sugar
    10g pistachio nuts, shelled
    method
    To poach the pears, pour the wine into a saucepan. Add the sugar, cardamom, thyme, ginger, orange rind, lemon juice and a pinch of salt and bring the mixture to a light sim
  • make cocktails with Cointreau

    The ubiquitous orange liqueur, Cointreau has a unique flavour, and a lively character that dares you to go beyond the conventional. This triple sec spirit is produced in Saint-Barthélemy-d’Anjou, France. The first bottle of liqueur was sold in 1875, and now over 13 million bottles are sold each year. The production process of this unique apéritif is still a family secret. Now Cointreau has designed a creative gift pack to bring out the mixologist in everyone.
    Three exquisite
  • The Top Sundowner Spots in South Africa

    Summer has finally arrived, and with good weather comes the opportunity to wine and dine alfresco. It’s all about enjoying well-deserved sundowners after a long day of work, and doing it in style. We’ve rounded up a selection of top sundowner spots throughout South Africa, chosen for their drinks offering, setting, decor and ambience.
    Cape Town
    Beau Constantia
    Image Credit: Beau Constantia
    This boutique wine farm is situated at the top of Constantia Nek, overlooking False Bay. Undula
  • The Pacific Collection by Weylandts

    Weylandts’ new Pacific range from the Philippines is made from driftwood found along the coast. Using driftwood to create beautiful furniture pieces reflects the notion of re-imagining something old and transforming it into something else that captures its true essense.
    After collecting the driftwood, it is cleaned, fumigated and dried in the sun for more than 8 weeks. Once the drying process is complete, each individual piece is cut and crafted to make each piece of furniture unique
  • The Black Palm Collection by Cape Island

    The palm tree. As a tropical icon, it conjures up feelings of serenity, calm and ocean induced bliss. It’s the beach, summer holidays and family days spent lounging in the sun. These are the images that the Black Palm Collection by Cape Island will bring into your living space.
    The design of this collection features a simple, elegant silhouette in a monochrome colour way that’s as classically timeless as the tree symbol itself. Passionate about quality and style, founders Suzanne, Ka
  • Black Palm Collection by Cape Island

    The palm tree. As a tropical icon, it conjures up feelings of serenity, calm and ocean induced bliss. It’s the beach, summer holidays and family days spent lounging in the sun. These are the images that the Black Palm Collection by Cape Island will bring into your living space.
    The design of this collection features a simple, elegant silhouette in a monochrome colour way that’s as classically timeless as the tree symbol itself. Passionate about quality and style, founders Suzanne, Ka
  • French Green Beans and Roasted Tomato Salad

    This light and fresh salad is the perfect accompaniment to roast lamb or any other slow-cooked joint of meat. After roasting the tomatoes to bring out their sweetness, arrange together with the crunchy beans and parmesan cheese shavings in a salad bowl and serve with lime wedges.
    ingredients
    350g vine tomatoes
    olive oil
    300g extra fine green beans
    100g parmesan cheese shavings
    freshly ground black pepper
    To Serve
    400g frozen edamame beans
    fresh limes
    method
    Preheat the oven to 200°C.
    Place t
  • Living in A modern barn

    It all started when Ben’s parents bought a piece of land to extend their garden. As it happened, Feeringbury Farm Barn, a timber-framed 16th-century barn, was part of the sale and so they gave it to Ben and Freddie as a gift.
    ‘Despite initial misgivings on my part, the prospect of living in the country seemed like a sensible thing to do,’ says Freddie. ‘We’d been living in London for 17 years and we’d just had our daughter, Willa, so it seemed churlish to turn
  • A modern barn

    It all started when Ben’s parents bought a piece of land to extend their garden. As it happened, Feeringbury Farm Barn, a timber-framed 16th-century barn, was part of the sale and so they gave it to Ben and Freddie as a gift.
    ‘Despite initial misgivings on my part, the prospect of living in the country seemed like a sensible thing to do,’ says Freddie. ‘We’d been living in London for 17 years and we’d just had our daughter, Willa, so it seemed churlish to turn
  • home away from home

    Despite having lived in England for more than thirty years, Joel Bernstein has infused his home with an earthy sensibility that is very un-British. Sure, you’ll find classic Anglophile touches, but the clues to another life lie in his love of dusky monochromatic hues and a thread of the artisanal that runs throughout this space. It’s no surprise then to learn that Joel, a creative director in both the fashion and interior industries, was born in South Africa.
    ‘I don’
  • New Opulent Living Store On Kloof St

    Opulent Living, the brand behind the magazine that features the most luxurious lifestyle content, has opened a new concept store and gallery in Kloof Street, Cape Town.
    The store has found its niche on one of Cape Town’s most ‘boutique’ streets and was remodelled under the expert guidance of top interior designer, Sarah Ord. Stark emerald green lines every wall, creating a relaxing interior feel that is offset in places by rich sapphire blue.
    “It’s the perfect fit f
  • Wallpaper’s Top Urban Hotels

    Wallpaper magazine recently launched a shortlist of their top urban hotels around the world, chosen for their unique interiors and grand designs. We listed our top 10 favourites on the list – this global cosmopolitan listing will inspire you. From Milan to Perth, these boutique style hotels will leave you wanting to explore the world in style.
    Room Mate: Giulio, Milan
    Image Credit: Room Mate Hotel
    Milan is the capital of style and this hotel is certainly one of its desi
  • Berry-pepper Slush

    Ingredients
    500g strawberries
    500g watermelon
    1 cup water
    1t ground pink peppercorns
    1t ground rainbow peppercorns
    castor sugar, to taste
    rosé MCC
    ½ cucumber, thinly sliced
    8 frozen strawberries
    Method
    Blitz the strawberries and watermelon in a blender until liquid. Stir through the water and pepper and adjust the sweetness to taste with the sugar. Freeze for at least two hours, stirring with a fork every 30 minutes or so to break up the ice crystals.
    Refreeze for another 4 hours o
  • Masters of their craft: gordon beard

    Gordon Beard is the production leader of Comfy Lounge at SHF (Sutherlands Home Furnishing). His role entails managing a team of artisans, spearheading the workflow of the factory and ensuring that the highest-quality and most comfortable textiles are used to upholster the artisanally produced couches for which SHF has become known.
    Gordon can often be found scurrying around the factory and putting in late nights in order to keep production running smoothly, and he is held in high regar
  • The cultural side of Maputo

    Lourenço Marques was the former name for the bustling city of Maputo. Capital to Mozambique, this dynamic city is steadily becoming a sought after African travel destination despite its struggling years of colonisation and civil unrest. This Portuguese capital was once a port for the spice trade and is now a historical and inspiring destination.
    The building of the first railroad that connected Pretoria to Maputo took place in 1844. This lead to rapid economic and population gro
  • african de stijl

    A large galvanised-steel electricity pylon imposes itself on the ‘messy’ but remarkable view from artist Roelof Petrus van Wyk’s Parktown West house overlooking Auckland Park and Melville. He loves the untidiness of it. In fact, this remarkable steel-and-glass house is in many ways directly inspired by the city’s urban-industrial materials and geometry, and nothing so much as that pylon. ‘The idea for the design of the house is a pylon that fell over,’ says Ro
  • FENNEL SALAD WITH PARMIGIANO REGGIANO

    ingredients
    For the dukka
    3T sesame seeds, lightly toasted
    2T dried onion flakes
    20g pine nuts, lightly toasted
    2T fennel seeds
    For the dressing
    4T olive oil
    2T lemon juice
    For the salad
    250g asparagus
    olive oil
    sesame seeds for sprinkling
    3 fennel bulbs, finely sliced
    500g watercress
    500g wild rocket
    250g parmigiano reggiano, shaved
    method
    To make dukka, mix all ingredients together and season with salt and pepper. To make dressing, combine all ingredients and season with salt and pepper.
  • Atang Tshikare and the guilded creatures

    Design Miami, the global forum for design is taking place from 30 November to 04 December 2016. The forum will bring together the most influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators and critics from around the world in celebration of design culture and commerce.
    For Design Miami 2016, Southern Guild ‘presents a future-primal take on collectible design. This sensory environment offers groundbreaking interpretations of classic forms, dictating a new pulse for limited-edition African
  • Top Ten Rosé Wines in South Africa

    Rosé is one of the oldest types of wine. The soft pink colour is taken from the skin of the grapes and the intensity of the colour is dependant on the skills of the winemaker. Rosé ranges in sweetness and can be sold still, semi-sparkling or sparkling. Commonly known names for the flavouring of the wine are dry Provençal rosé, sweet White Zinfandels and blush. As a top wine producing country South Africa has its fair share of award-winning ros&eacu
  • Seared salmon with pickled apple and guava

    Ingredients
    For the Salmon
    2T honey
    ⅓ cup soy sauce
    2cm knob ginger, grated
    1 garlic clove, crushed
    200g skinned salmon fillets, cubed
    2T olive oil
    1T sesame oil
    For the Pickled Apple
    4T castor sugar
    ¼ cup rice-wine vinegar
    1 apple, sliced
    To Serve
    guava, sliced
    baby fennel, sliced
    fresh peas and shoots
    mangetout
    sushi rice balls
    Method
    To make the salmon, mix the honey, soy sauce, ginger and garlic together. Place the salmon in the marinade and leave to sit for 30 to 60 minutes.
    Re
  • Seared salmon with pickled apple

    Ingredients
    For the Salmon
    2T honey
    ⅓ cup soy sauce
    2cm knob ginger, grated
    1 garlic clove, crushed
    200g skinned salmon fillets, cubed
    2T olive oil
    1T sesame oil
    For the Pickled Apple
    4T castor sugar
    ¼ cup rice-wine vinegar
    1 apple, sliced
    To Serve
    guava, sliced
    baby fennel, sliced
    fresh peas and shoots
    mangetout
    sushi rice balls
    Method
    To make the salmon, mix the honey, soy sauce, ginger and garlic together. Place the salmon in the marinade and leave to sit for 30 to 60 minutes.
    Re
  • The gifting guide from head interiors

    The festive season has begun, and with end-of-year functions and Christmas holidays fast approaching, the weeks ahead are all about choosing great gifts.
    To make your shopping experience that much easier, visit Head Interiors’ specialist gift store. Launched two years ago in Hyde Park, Johannesburg, the store has become a go-to treasure trove for everything from beautiful hand-cut glass to exclusive hand-stitched Italian leather accessories.
    Head Interiors was founded in 1980 by
  • a lesson in laid-back chic

    If you are a fan of Neil Roake’s cookbooks or have frequented his restaurants, stayed in his hotel or visited The Space stores, you may have some sense of his style: quirky with a clear sense of humour that makes it as fun as it is fashionable. His home confirms that none of that impression is contrived, filled as it is with curated collections of fascinating objects, piles of cookbooks and punches of colour on a neutral base. Despite the artworks that adorn the walls and the stylish furni

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