The great OUTDOORS
Whenever we feature an outdoor living area on the cover, we’re often asked how the owners keep the furniture looking pristine. In reality, the homeowner usually does a massive clean-up just before the photographer arrives, but there are ways to protect it from dust and rain. In my case, it’s transparent plastic covers which, unlike solid covers, don’t give the impression that a herd of buffalo has taken residence on your veranda.
Kundra Bowley, the owner of the beautiful setting for this month’s cover, solved the cleaning problem by ‘upholstering’ the built-in seating in her courtyard with patterned Moroccan tiles, which only need a wipe with a damp cloth. Photographer/stylist Henrique Wilding went looking for more ideas for using tiles outdoors, which you’ll find on page 76.
If you’re planning to celebrate Garden Day on 21 October, the whole purpose of the day is to down tools and invite those close to you to enjoy the fruits of your labour. The beautiful gardens in this issue really capture the joy of gardening and how a garden, no matter its size, improves your quality of life. When their Jo’burg garden didn’t feel like home, the owners embarked on a series of landscaping projects that have transformed the site into something magical as you’ll see on page 80. And before they’d even moved into their home, the Adamses of Waterfall started on the garden so that within two years the trees and shrubs were established and the beds overf lowed with roses. Turn to page 86 to see the results. If this has inspired you to plant more roses, Alice Spenser Higgs has compiled a selection of some of the best new releases on page 90.
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I fancy a daybed like the George from La Grange Interiors. You’ll find a selection on page 54.
Who can resist the new multipetalled Nomzamo rose?Discover more of the latestreleases on page 90.
There’s nothing like a water feature to bring a garden to life. Turn to page 80 to see its magical effects.
If you’re dying to try a bold wallpaper, powder rooms are a great place to start. See the rest of this colourful house on page 22.
This is one ofthe prettiestchildren’srooms I’veseen in ages.There aremore lovelyideas onpage 64.