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