House and Leisure October 2018

House and Leisure is a quarterly 240-page journal-style decor and design magazine. The inspirational content focuses on decor, design, interiors, architecture, trends, food and wine, books, art, tech, travel and more. Beautiful lengthy stories, photographed by some of the best in the industry, showcase stylish homes and exclusive properties from around the continent.

South Africa
Look Book Pty Ltd
R 130
R 520
4 Issues

in this issue

3 min
editor’s letter

About four months ago my wife and I – with our son Raf, of course – moved into a new house, a change prompted by the fact that we wanted a bigger garden for Raf but, equally importantly, it was a move into a place that embraced its garden and allowed for greater outdoor entertaining. Our previous home, a typical post-war Parkhurst cottage, was perfect in every way, except for the fact (one we realised only after renovating it) that we more or less ignored the patio and garden completely. The patio was beautiful – with its herringbone-laid slate floor and the carefully curated pots of herbs – but overall it lacked personality as well as proper space in which to live outdoors. It was also way too late into the…

1 min

1 LIVING PAPER In an effort to innovate your reading experience, House and Leisure has made parts of its pages shoppable. Use a QR reader (accessible on the Facebook app or in the App store) to scan your favourite product’s QR code for a direct pathway to find it online. 2 GREEN FINGERS WHETHER IT’S AN INNER-CITY BALCONY BURSTING WITH SUCCULENTS, OR A VERDANT, ROSE-FILLED SPACE, CELEBRATE GARDEN DAY WITH US ON 21 OCTOBER . 3 BREAKING THE MOULD Casting entire plants in bronze and sterling silver, South African artist Nic Bladen’s extraordinary botanical sculptures are Jurassic-like in their preservation. Join us this month as we feature artists working creatively in the botanical arts. GARDENS Don’t forget to check out our social feeds this month for all sorts of bold, beautiful plant-related inspiration. houseleisureSA houseandleisure House And Leisure houseandleisure…

1 min
shop online for summer

4 min
garden party


3 min
the life of a city

I’ve lived in four South African cities. As a student I stayed in Port Elizabeth, East London, and then Johannesburg all in fairly quick succession, before choosing Cape Town as my home towards the end of 1999. Then there was a time when Cape Town and I almost broke up. In 2007 I decided to move back to Joburg to work at the head office of a major clothing retailer. I’d visited Johannesburg a few times in the years since I left it in 1999, and had a somewhat romantic, nostalgic recollection of the couple of years I spent there as a student, living in mid-to-late-’90s Yeoville, and later, Norwood’s Grant Avenue. But something in me was different when I landed on 16 July 2007. Years of coastal living and easy…

4 min
karoo dreaming

It all began on the southern edge of the Great Karoo. This semi-arid region of the Western Cape is where Frances van Hasselt spent her childhood. It is what inspires her – and it’s the birthplace of the world’s finest mohair. Working with the luxurious yarn was always on the cards for Frances, who developed a love for it early on. ‘I grew up on a farm with a family who is passionate about Angora goats, which produce mohair. ‘I’ve always wanted to create an end product from it,’ she says, adding that working with the textile fibre was a ‘personal hobby’ at first. That hobby has now developed into a growing concern: Frances designs and sells exquisite handcrafted mohair rugs through her company, Frances VH Mohair, whose Raw Landscapes range uses…