Green Living, sustainability

Master the Art of Outdoor Living

Editor picI didn’t foresee writing an editor’s letter for an issue that showcased my own home. However, I was persuaded by my team to have it shot and so there you have it. It’s a small house but it has such great indoor/outdoor flow that when all the doors are open it suddenly becomes spacious; the garden morphs into a second dining area and the back patio into another lounge. I’ve had lots of fun times in this place and so often been lucky enough to be able to enjoy it with family and friends. What Luchelle Nel says of her modern, streamlined Pretoria home sums up my feelings: ‘This house lives so well.’ The fact is I could happily live in all of this month’s houses. There’s the sleek three-storied Higgovale house, nicknamed The Aviary because of its ornithological theme throughout, with its lush garden and forested surrounds and, in sharp contrast, Luchelle and her family’s Scandinavian–style, meticulously curated abode. Our House of the Month in Irene so masterfully combines various architectural features including a glass box entrance, rim flow pool and a mix of materials and textures, all within the restrictions of a barn-style. And, it still manages to be in tune with the landscape. In preparation for all the outdoor living you’ll be doing thanks to such an accommodating climate, we’ve lined up loads of shopping ideas. HL’s Joburg décor stylist Heather Boting has selected a range of the latest sunglasses (see more online at and compiled an exciting selection of all-weather items you’ll want to own. Likewise, if your pool and patio need a revamp or just some fresh inspiration, check out the trends and new designs we’ve spotted. This month we also bring you our bumper Green Living guide (page xx). It’s fair to say that all of us want to shift to a more eco-friendly, sustainable lifestyle but sometimes lack the knowledge as to just how and what to do to make a difference. Writer Catriona Ross sorts it out, leaving us all with no excuses. Naomi Larkin Editor – House and Leisure

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HL Oct Content Box 2015