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A sneak peek at our #HLEscapeIssue

#HLEscapeIssue Palm-tree strewn sandy beaches and turquoise-blue waters are what most of us think of when looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of reality. We've taken the concept of escaping the everyday to a new level in the December issue of House and Leisure, in which we feature bright and sunny homes that embrace the best of South Africa's indoor-outdoor lifestyle, fresh, chargrilled recipes perfect for alfresco eating, and the hottest new hotel in Cape Town. Find inspiration to escape the everyday with our #HLEscapeIssue. Keep reading for a taste of what to expect between the covers.

summery decor, linen and wearables

Hot summer weekends are all about relaxing on the rooftop in vibrant, sunny hues and our decor editor Chrizanda Botha has captured just that on page 16 of this month's issue. Inspired by Brazil, she has found the best pieces to get you through the season, from fabrics and kaftans to quirky tropical swimwear and decor – everything you need to start your summer with a fun splash of colour.

a fast-food joint becomes an art gallery

Most South Africans will associate Nando's with flame-grilled chicken, but the well-known fast-food chain's appetite also extends to supporting local art. Nando's in Soho, London, was recently transformed into a pop-up gallery exhibiting the works of some of Southern Africa's most talented emerging artists. We explore the space and discover the story behind it on page 34.

homes that offer a retreat from reality

Warren Siebritz and Lunetta Bartz offer us a rare glimpse into their private life by taking us through their house – originally the home and studio of Italian-born artist Edoardo Villa – on page 48. We also look at a beautifully layered retreat in Plettenberg Bay created by Summari Krige of La Grange Interiors that is filled with bleached woods and earthy tones (page 58). On page 66, you can view a modern, tiered home in Clifton, designed by architects Jan-Heyn Vorster and Pieter Malan, which is swathed in elegant pale wood. Durban-based designer Ruth Duke creates a laid-back getaway in a compact pavilion-style house in Umdloti on page 76.

go bold in this design-driven hotel

The newest hotel to join Cape Town's collection is the graphic and gorgeous Radisson Red in the Silo district. Appealing to modern travellers who embrace creativity, the hotel is unlike any you may have experienced, and is imbued with youthful energy and an exciting vibrancy. It was designed by Peerutin Architects and Design Space Africa, and the interiors overseen by Source IBA's Mardre Meyer and his team. As an added bonus, the glamorous hotel is also pet-friendly – watch out for our online dog's-eye review of  Radisson Red with our art director Ian Martin and his pooch Eddie.

the best of barcelona

The capital of Catalonia in Spain has serious clout as a holiday destination, boasting an eyeful of Antoni Gaudí's daring architecture, a wonderful tapas and wine culture, and beaches aplenty. Discover our two-day guide to the seaside city that pulses both day and night, to make the most of this metro-beach destination.