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!