Elle Decoration (South Africa) - - ED-IN-CHIEF’S NOTE - leigh.robert­son@ndalo­me­dia.com x @lil_robert­son

Al­though the tiny house move­ment has been around for a while, it’s one of those trends that’s not likely to be go­ing any­where but… strato­spheric, per­haps? With so many of us seek­ing to sim­plify our lives and, with it, di­min­ish our pos­ses­sions, the ques­tion is, re­ally, how much is enough? I hold onto the fan­tasy that, one day, I’ll have a small writer’s cabin of my own in the woods or near the ocean, a bliss­fully quiet place in which to re­treat with books and a jour­nal (yes, and a tape-mea­sure for some in­vari­able in­te­rior cu­ra­tion).

Spa­ces that of­fer the sort of con­di­tions con­ducive to re­flec­tion and seren­ity ap­pear to be more in de­mand than ever, and among them are some ar­chi­tec­tural and de­sign gems that beg to be shared. The DECO team has sourced eight glo­ri­ous bolt­holes – in­clud­ing a fab­u­lous pared-back eco cabin in the Ka­roo – to keep you in­spired as we daydream away that fran­tic last stretch of the year.

With the hol­i­days al­most within reach, we’ve also gath­ered a se­lec­tion of el­e­gantly rus­tic or just se­ri­ously chic homes and es­capes – Morocco, the French coun­try­side and the Sabi Sand Game Re­serve, for starters – that will al­most cer­tainly put you in a more care­free mood. This is­sue’s Slow Liv­ing theme per­fectly en­cap­su­lates this spirit, from the en­dur­ing charm of beach-shack chic decor pieces and dec­o­ra­tive de­tails, to a visit in­side the stu­dio of three in­cred­i­bly tal­ented ce­ram­i­cists – Chuma Maweni and broth­ers Madoda and Siyabonga Fani – whose ac­com­plished, soul­ful work has col­lec­tors across the globe cap­ti­vated.

Decor Stylist Sanri Pien­aar re­minds us why earthy tones and crisp white-on-white re­main peren­nial sea­son favourites, and com­piles a hotlist of the best new out­door fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories to get your home per­fectly sum­mer-ready. En­joy!

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