HE­LENE SIEPMAN

House and Leisure (South Africa) - - Online -

is House and Leisure’s in­trepid gen­eral man­ager. She’s worked in Media24’s lifestyle mag­a­zines divi­sion as ac­count man­ager, be­fore which she spent five years liv­ing in Zürich. De­scribe your dream home. Loads of wood and nat­u­ral stone with big dou­ble-glazed win­dows, a view over­look­ing Ta­ble Moun­tain, a large ve­randa and a li­brary filled to the ceil­ing with books. What’s the best thing about win­ter? Run­ning in the crisp cold on one of those no­to­ri­ously beau­ti­ful Cape win­ter days. What’s on your list of decor essentials for the sea­son? A David Bel­lamy blan­ket from MRP

What does fam­ily mean to you? All-time favourite de­sign­ers and artists? STEFANIE JA­SON, a writer and copy editor based in Joburg, has worked on Bona, True Love and Sowe­tan, as well as the Mail & Guardian. She han­dles our art fea­ture this month (page 42), dis­cussing Henri Matisse’s piv­otal North African in­spi­ra­tion. De­scribe your dream home. Com­fort­able, warm and full of cul­ture (art, mu­sic and books), a bit of in­cense and a lot of love. What’s the best thing about win­ter? Hiber­nat­ing, wine and spoon­ing. What’s on your list of decor essentials for the sea­son? Knit­ted throws. What does fam­ily mean to you? A lot, most of the time. All­time favourite de­sign­ers and artists? There are so many, but I’d say my pho­to­jour­nal­ist fa­ther, Fanie Ja­son. What are your go-to colours? I like white in my apart­ment, and black clothes. JAC­QUES ERAS­MUS, owner of Cape Town eatery Hemel­huijs – not to men­tion an artist and an in­te­rior de­signer – got crack­ing with quinces for our ‘Three Ways With’ ar­ti­cle (page 94). What would your ideal kitchen have in it? A La Cor­nue Grand Palais cooker. What is your sig­na­ture dish? Grilled loin of lamb with lots of minted béar­naise! What do you love most about your kitchen? The old brick floor and the joy of cook­ing with French cop­per pots. What are your favourite cities for food? Is­tan­bul, Hong Kong, Rome and Ho Chi Minh. What’s an easy way to up­grade your kitchen? Have ev­ery­thing painted the same colour – cup­boards and walls. In­stall the best stove you can af­ford and in­vest in beau­ti­ful, high-qual­ity cook­ware. What are you cov­et­ing for your bed­room right now? A Hästens bed and An­ton Kars­tel paint­ing.

Home and a Her­tex Ti­dal throw. Hav­ing din­ner to­gether, shar­ing our dreams with our kids and mak­ing mem­o­ries. Fritz Hansen, from a fur­ni­ture per­spec­tive – and I love the work of Astrid Dahl.

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