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ELLE Decoration Country No. 12

Explore the most inspiring homes in the countryside: from coastal hideaways to rural havens in the latest edition of ELLE Decoration Country. This beautifully crafted and stylish book showcases the interiors, lifestyles and houses of those who define contemporary countryside living. Discover 15 of the world’s most beautiful homes as well as 50 beautiful and useful essentials that will turn a house into a home. This coffee-table staple is a must for all lovers of modern country style.

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in this issue

2 min
painted bylight

BUREAUX.CO.ZA/LIVING INSIDE With its thick, whitewashed walls, pitched reed-thatch roof, rounded gables and pleasing symmetry, Babylonstoren is one of the finest remaining examples of Cape Dutch-style architecture in South Africa’s picturesque winelands. Originally built in 1777 – although the farm itself dates back to 1692 – the house is now part of a hotel owned by Karen Roos, former editor of ELLE Decoration South Africa, and her husband, Koos Bekker, chairman of multinational internet and media group Naspers. Dividing their time between properties in Cape Town and Somerset in the UK, this home, which sits within eight acres of gardens in the idyllic Franschhoek Valley, is where the couple head to escape busy city life. THE SOFTLY SUNLIT ROOMS HAVE THE ATMOSPHERIC FEEL OF A VERMEER PAINTING SET WITHIN EIGHT ACRES OF…

2 min
‘this home has historical interest and a true connection to nature’

THE LARGE WINDOWS PROVIDE EXPANSIVE VIEWS OF THE SURROUNDING MEADOWS AND CORNFIELDS Not many of us will have thought of spending our holidays at the end of the garden path, but when the surroundings are as beautiful as this picturesque part of East Flanders, a staycation seems very appealing. Situated close to the banks of the river Leie, whose natural beauty famously provided inspiration for the Flemish Expressionist painters, the property of Christophe Van der Elst, owner of R Square fashion agency, his advertising director partner Caroline Vandemoortele and their two teenage children, Lucie and Harry, is both family house and holiday escape. The couple’s main home is in the plot’s 18th-century farmhouse, but this impressive barn, just a short walk away, is where they spend long, lazy summers and relaxing…

2 min
law of the jungle

THE STRONG ARCHITECTURAL LINES ARE SOFTENED BY CUT-OUT TERRACES THAT BLUR BOUNDARIES BETWEEN INSIDE AND OUT A MINIMAL PALETTE OF MATERIALS, SUCH AS TEAK, CONCRETE AND MARBLE, WERE CHOSEN AS THEY WILL AGE WELL IN THE HUMID CLIMATE ‘WE FELT IT WOULD BE A GIFT FOR OUR SON TO GROW UP IN A PLACE LIKE THIS. SOMEWHERE HE COULD EXPERIENCE NATURE FIRST-HAND’ Having lived in Sydney for 14 years, French fashion designer Emmanuelle Flahault and her partner, Austrian-born advertising executive Johannes Weissenbaeck, were ready for a new adventure. The tranquillity of Bali had always been a draw, and it was here they decided to build a new home. Led to a pocket of land on a riverbank near Canggu by young Balinese architectural consultancy Word of Mouth, Emmanuelle and Johannes were…

2 min
divine proportion

ARMCHAIRS COVERED IN DAMASK FABRICS SIT BESIDE ORIGINAL FIREPLACES, AND VINTAGE CHANDELIERS HANG FROM THE CEILING ‘THE WALLCOVERING IN THE DINING ROOM, WITH ITS BIG TREES, MAKES YOU FEEL AS THOUGH YOU’RE EATING IN A GARDEN’ COVERING EIGHT HECTARES, THE VERDANT GROUNDS INCLUDE AN AVENUE LINED WITH TOWERING SEQUOIA TREES Hunting lodge for the great and good of Renaissance Milan, monastery, and now a beloved family home: Villa La Sforzesca has many stories to tell. Thankfully, jewellery designer Rosa Castelbarco – who, along with her brother Maurice, represents the youngest generation of the family that has made it their duty to preserve this building – relishes the idea of keeping those stories alive. ‘It’s a place with its own history,’ she says. ‘We love it just as we received it.’ Originally belonging…

2 min
sun trap

If you were lucky enough to be able to build a holiday retreat on the edge of a sandy beach in El Salvador, what kind of home would it be? For Maru Molina, the choice was obvious. The weather in Sonsonate, a rural paradise 45 minutes from the nearest town, is perfect all year round and there are no neighbours close by. So she chose to make the house completely open to the elements. Maru, a psychologist, and her banker husband, Rodrigo Salcedo, created their retreat in collaboration with architect José Roberto Paredes, founder of San Salvador practice Cincopatasalgato, and interior designers Claudia and Harry Washington. ‘I loved their playful approach,’ says Maru. ‘We wanted a functional, light and airy design that would be easy to maintain.’ The architecture is inspired…

9 min
51 essentials

1 ACACIA SALAD SERVERS, DECORATOR’S NOTEBOOK These simple salad servers are hand-carved from solid acacia wood, which has a rich colour and beautiful grain. White-painted handles bring the design up to date. £26.50, decoratorsnotebook.co.uk 2 ‘ARIZONA II’ BY RUG BY GUR, A NEW TRIBE Portugal-based company Rug by GUR collaborates with a variety of artists to create a range of colourful rugs and wallhangings, woven on hand looms. £125, anewtribe.co.uk 3 ‘TOUCH’ LAMP, TALA This elegant, cylindrical oak and brass lamp and environmentally friendly LED bulb are by young British lighting company Tala, which pledges to plant ten new trees for every 200 products it sells. Lamp, £120; bulb, £39, talaled.com 4 LINEN CUSHIONS BY AIMEE BETTS, THE NEW CRAFTSMEN These made-to-order, hand-dyed linen cushions are available in a range of sizes and shapes, and with a choice of unusual…