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House and Leisure December 2017

House and Leisure – For those who want to celebrate all aspects of contemporary, stylish living in South Africa. House and Leisure is more than just a décor magazine. It’s the local premium brand with authority on Stylish SA at Home and Play. A source of warmth and pride, loved for celebrating the positives of life in South Africa, it’s the only decor home magazine that also offers strong leisure and lifestyle editorial content. Please note: this digital version of the magazine does not include the covermount items you would find on printed newsstand copies.

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6 Issues

In this issue

2 min.
editor’s letter

As I type this editor’s letter for our December Escape issue – in early October – outside it looks a little as if the world is coming to an end. An epic Highveld thunderstorm is making its way across greater Johannesburg, momentarily demanding a dramatic halt to the ongoing marathon of Sandton skyscraper construction that surrounds our office. The weather is gloomy, and conversation turns to hailstorms and the effect being pelted with hail might have on all of our cars. It’s a well-known fact that we Joburgers take our cars very seriously. The bigger they are, the better, and we think of them as a sexy reminder of all the hours we put in at work – so any threat of the car being damaged by hailstones the size of…

1 min.
houseandleisure .co.za

WEEKEND WITH Discover how South Africa’s coolest creatives spend their downtime with our regular series that reveals where to relax, eat, drink, shop and play in the country. THE ULTIMATE STAYCATION YOU DON’T HAVE TO TRAVEL FAR TO ENJOY AN ADVENTUROUS HOLIDAY. DISCOVER OUR TOP LESSER-KNOWN SUMMERTIME ACTIVITIES IN AND AROUND CAPE TOWN, JOBURG AND DURBAN. BUY 1 GET 1 FREE Buy a 12-month subscription to House and Leisure for just R528 and get a second one absolutely free to give to a friend or family member. To subscribe, visit houseandleisure.co.za/subscribe, or download the SnapScan app from your app store. Scan this icon (right) and pay using the app. Fill in your address details to complete payment. You will then be contacted to provide the delivery address for your second subscription. Each month, your copy…

2 min.

LISA VAN ASWEGEN Lisa is a freelance travel, food and lifestyle journalist who moved to Berlin from Cape Town in 2016. She documents her travels with her seven-year-old son on her blog, lilylovespickles.wordpress.com, and for this issue, created our guide to visiting Barcelona, Spain (page 106). What’s your top travel-related memory? Travelling on my own to Paris for a weekend when I was on a working holiday in London. My hotel was in the dodgiest area, but I was so happy just to be there. I had to chuck out my trainers to make space for Japanese teacups I bought in the Marais district. Priorities, you know. Who do you like travelling with the best? My son, Kevin. Seeing him explore the world is utterly inspiring. How are you planning to…

3 min.
up on the roof


4 min.
taking stock

A friend recently tweeted something along the lines of, ‘Why are all of my exes suddenly coming out of the woodwork and apologising for past transgressions?’ She sounded slightly taken aback, but there was definitely a mixture of delight and relief in her words. Another friend shared in a Facebook post, ‘More and more people I know have stopped – or are planning to stop – drinking alcohol. Age makes us think about where we want to be in life, what we spend our money and energy on, and how to make the most of both.’ As we draw closer to the end of the year, we begin to take stock of our lives. And as we get older, we start to reevaluate what’s important to us and make necessary edits. So…

2 min.
beyond the curve

Challenging and thought-provoking, subtle and striking, memorable and sensitive – a tribute commission is nothing if not intimidating to design. In the case of the recently unveiled ‘Arch for Arch’, a wooden framework dedicated to Nobel Peace laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu in the Company’s Garden in Cape Town, it was about paying homage to a hero, but also about creating a public space that signifies human rights and freedom. ‘It’s so important to have these symbols and metaphors for what it is to be a South African,’ says founder of Design Indaba Ravi Naidoo, one of three key contributors to this piece. ‘[The Arch] is really a metaphor for the Constitution – it comprises 14 arches of wood for 14 chapters of the Constitution.’ After Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille…