LIFE­STYLE ENVY TRIG­GERS

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - SOCIAL REPORT -

A man with good knife skills Log fires Linen sheets Very big win­dows Very big bath­rooms with arm­chairs Flow­ers, from the gar­den Veg­eta­bles, from the gar­den A fresh­wa­ter eco-pool A steam room Mak­ing pesto from scratch Ef­fort­less cater­ing for large num­bers Easy­go­ing, life-en­hanc­ing re­la­tions Easy­go­ing, life-en­hanc­ing friends Easy­go­ing, life-en­hanc­ing pets Heir­loom rugs Big dogs. They sug­gest that you have plenty of space and time and cer­tainly not a nine-to-five desk job. Those dogs need walk­ing ‘Please don’t get Kitchen Envy.’ (It used to be, ‘Please don’t drink too much.’) Some key phrases that will ratchet up House Envy: ‘I paid R250 for the set on eBay.’ ‘It’s Mr Price Home!’ ‘Those? Re­claimed tiles I found in the back of a shop in Oudt­shoorn.’ And, of course, ‘We bought it back in the early 90s for R200 000.’

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