Elle Decoration (South Africa) - - ED-IN-CHIEF’S NOTE - leigh.robert­[email protected]­me­dia.com x @lil_robert­son

De­cem­ber is ab­so­lutely my favourite month, most ob­vi­ously be­cause it means hol­i­day time for the ma­jor­ity of South Africans, when we get to slow our pace and re­ally en­joy our gor­geous, sunny cli­mate – and our homes.

It’s for good rea­son that this is­sue’s theme is the ‘Art of En­ter­tain­ing’ be­cause it’s also the month of plan­ning menus and get­ting vis­i­tor-ready for what will be, for many peo­ple, a madly so­cia­ble time. Call me am­bi­tious, but I’m still hop­ing to squeeze in some much-needed paint­work on my walls and a gen­eral spruce-up be­fore I can even be­gin to think of invit­ing friends and fam­ily over!

Not only is this is­sue all about pro­vid­ing in­spi­ra­tion for deck­ing out your ta­ble with the best new crock­ery, cut­lery and glass­ware – not to men­tion flo­ral decor – and get­ting into the fes­tive mood, it also marks ELLE DEC­O­RA­TION South Africa’s 20th an­niver­sary.

We think that’s some­thing well worth com­mem­o­rat­ing. We’re ex­cited to share the cel­e­bra­tions with you be­cause it’s only thanks to our grow­ing au­di­ence that we’re able to con­tinue, as part of the ELLE DEC­O­RA­TION global net­work, to be ‘the world’s best­selling homes mag­a­zine’ and an ex­pand­ing multi-plat­form brand.

Be sure to head to elledec­o­ra­tion.co.za to stand a chance to win some amaz­ing de­sign gifts as part of our birth­day fes­tiv­i­ties over the course of the month. And while we’re on the sub­ject of gifts, we hope you find some guid­ance for draw­ing up your own wish list from Decor Stylist Sanri Pien­aar’s glam­orous se­lec­tion on page 48.

In com­pil­ing this is­sue, the DECO team loved pag­ing through some of the ear­li­est edi­tions pro­duced in this coun­try, in­clud­ing the first in 1998, when the mag­a­zine was still a quar­terly. This is­sue was all about ‘Easy Mod­ern Liv­ing’, which then-Editor Lianne Bur­ton de­scribed as ‘sen­su­al­ity, self-ex­pres­sion, free­dom and Mr De­liv­ery’.

Times might have changed, from a plethora of ex­press food de­liv­ery op­tions to a ban on cig­a­rette ads, but the sen­ti­ment be­hind the lo­cal it­er­a­tion of ELLE DEC­O­RA­TION re­mains mostly the same. We’re just as pas­sion­ate about sourc­ing homes and other spa­ces that epit­o­mise time­less style – some­times cool and clas­sic, some­times as quirky and in­di­vid­u­al­is­tic as the de­sign vi­sion­ar­ies be­hind them. From Amanda Dambuza’s en­ter­tainer’s dream of a home in Jo’burg and a fam­ily’s bliss­ful con­tem­po­rary bolt­hole just a few steps from No­ord­hoek’s leg­endary beach to the rad­i­cal in­te­ri­ors of Cape Town’s new­est din­ing hot spot, we hope you find all the in­spo you need this month – and so much more!

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF’S PICKSMy fes­tive sea­son wish list is ded­i­cated to lo­cal crafts­man­ship with a dash of sum­mer glam­our

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