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The luxe list: discover team House and Leisure's top luxury picks


In the November 2017 luxury issue of House and Leisure, we go inside inspirational homes and explore some of the best spoils across the country. If you follow us on Instagram, you'll have seen our team-curated luxe gift guides, too. What follows here is a bumper list of our top picks to encourage you to live (and give) lavishly, just in time for the festive season.

decor spoil

Cecilia wine glasses from William Yeoward Crystal

'Apsley House in Hyde Park Corner, Joburg, is one of my absolute favourite luxury homeware stores, not just for their Etro slippers and Céline blankets, but also because they are the only local stockist of William Yeoward Crystal. I really like the weight of these pieces, which make the whole ceremony of entertaining guests that much more magical.' – Tiaan Nagel, editor.
In Bloom rug by Elie Saab for The Rug Company.

'This rug designed by Elie Saab for The Rug Company is everything! 
One day, in my big house, I’ll have you.' - Chrizanda Botha, decor editor
Assorted Symbol Vases by Nicolette Johnson

'Having started pottery lessons a few months ago myself, ceramics are always on my wish list, and I've been obsessed with the gorgeous, somewhat strange work of Nicolette Johnson for a while now. One day, I'd love to own a selection of her Symbol vases - they're perfect for a single stem and just as beautiful without any blooms, too.' - Jessica Hunkin, online editor

must-have gadget

Marshall Wireless Multi-room System.

'I'll have all three Marshall Wireless Multi-room Systems, thanks, which I’d either use to play different sounds in different rooms or the same song in different spaces. Nifty and sexy.' - Kholeka Kumalo, features editor

travel wild card

A view over Lisbon, Portugal.

'Having spent a few days in Lisbon, Portugal, in 2017, I'm longing to go back – this time, for a good two weeks or so. The city combines everything you want from a European travel adventure: a real sense of history plus vibrant contemporary energy, loads of cool culture and shopping, superb food and several nearby gems to escape to (Cascais, Porto, the Green Coast) for a few days as well. Start planning your trip at Lisbon's official site here.' - Robyn Alexander, deputy editor
Glass igloo at Kakslauttanen resort.

'Seeing the Northern Lights is an absolute dream of mine, but I feel you're not doing it properly if you don’t sleep under the lights. Lapland has an Arctic resort called Kakslauttanen where you stays in luxury glass igloos. That right there would be just everything. And then, we'd spend the next day dog sledding with friendly huskies.' - Chrizanda Botha, decor editor
Traditional Japanese steamed dumplings.

'My best friend and I have two obsessions: food and Asia. So, for the ultimate vacation, I would love to take her on a culinary tour of Japan, where we can experience traditional ramen, street food and, of course, sushi. The tasty finale of the trip would be kaiseki dinner, which, in my eyes, is the world’s finest meal. Steeped in history and flavour, originally it was only presented to the royal noble classes of Japan. The standard six course are inspired by the season and even just the day, and a true kaiseki provides a full-sensory experience.' - Catherine Franklin, online content producer

best scent

Christian Dior La Collection Privée Ambre Nuit.

'I love sniffing my way through perfume counters for an instant pick me up. I first fell in love with Christian Dior's range with Fève Délicieuse and now have my eye on a large bottle of Ambre Nuit – intoxicating, seductive and warm.' - Kholeka Kumalo, features editor
Feu de Bois candle by Diptyque.

'This scent takes me back to wintery Christmas days living in London. How they managed to capture the familiar scent of crackling wood, I’ll never know.' - Ian Martin, art director
Comme des Garçons 2 Man perfume.

'This is one of my favourite fragrances, not because it the most expensive and most exclusive, but because it reminds me of my days staying in Paris – and until a year ago, it was extremely tricky to find locally. Its strange rock-like shape reminds me of the thick stucco at Charles de Gaulle airport in France and the horrible duty free store where I stocked up on these to and from Paris.' - Tiaan Nagel, editor
Alaïa Paris scented body lotion.

'With stylish packaging and a nifty size small enough to pop into your handbag, this lotion will have you smelling good and feeling luxurious.' - Shoki Mokale, junior decor editor

art to own

'Mamoyo on Astro B-612' by Kudzanai-Violet Hwami.

'When I clapped eyes on this artwork at this year’s FNB JoburgArtFair, it was a standstill moment. I keep revisiting it and it would be right at home in my lounge.' - Kholeka Kumalo, features editor
'Wilderness' by Cathy Layzell.

'I don’t believe in buying art to hang on a specific wall above a specific thing. It shouldn’t be bought to fit a space, but rather because it gets more attractive every time you look at it. At the moment I really like Cathy Layzell’s work.' - Chrizanda Botha, decor editor

on the coffee table

Hard copy of Tom Ford's self-titled book.

'This has pride of place on my coffee table. I was lucky enough to meet Tom Ford and have admired him ever since. For me, he's the ultimate in style and class.' - Ian Martin, art director

summer tipple

Pierre Jourdan Brut, Haute Cabrière.

'Because sometimes you want it to be just you, the view and a half-bottle of excellent MCC. Anyone who gifts me a case of this is my friend for life, never mind 2018!' - Robyn Alexander, deputy editor
Spekboom/iGwanitsha Botanical Gin, New Harbour.

'Gin is my favourite spirit and spekboom my favourite succulent, so imagine my delight when I discovered New Harbour’s Spekboom/iGwanitsha Botanical Gin. Not only is it proudly South African, but the delicate fynbos infusion results in a unique and refreshing flavour. And, with its rose-gold accents, the bottle is great to look at, too.' - Karen Tennent, chief copy editor

home splurge

Carved wooden chairs and sidetables by Saba Studios.

'It was love at first sight when I spotted the wooden furniture of Moran Munyuthe, founder of Saba Studios, at this year's Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair. So simple yet achingly attractive, these pieces will last a lifetime.' - Jessica Hunkin, online editor
Mixer from Smeg x Dolce & Gabbana's Sicily is my Love, a truly made in Italy project range.

'The moment I saw the vibrant creations that emerged from Smeg’s collaboration with Dolce & Gabbana earlier this year, I was obsessed. Aptly named Sicily is my Love, a truly made in Italy project, the range (which is due to arrive in South Africa next year) celebrates the Italian heritage of both brands and features Smeg’s smaller kitchen appliances such as a juicer, coffee machine, blender, mixer and toaster, all intricately adorned with quintessential Sicilian motifs.' - Karen Tennent, chief copy editor
Haywire D1 Wenge and Copper light by David Krynauw.

'I first encountered David Krynauw’s designs when we featured his chapel in the June Design issue of House and Leisure. When Southern Guild opened their new gallery in Cape Town's Silo district, I got the chance to gaze upon his mesmerising lighting. The Haywire D1 Wenge and Copper light would hang perfectly in an open-plan lounge/dining room in my ideal home.' - Catherine Franklin, online content producer  
Stripe cushion in Signal Red by Skinny laMinx.

'I love these fresh, printed cushions from Skinny laMinx. My favourite design, The Stripe, is simple, comes in a range of colourways and will complement just about any sofa.' - Rosalynd Watson, managing editor  
Natural oak woven Rio 529 Table from Cassina.

'Originally designed by Charlotte Perriand in 1962 and now reproduced by Cassina, the Rio 529 Table will make you want to time-travel and explore more of the artwork and artists that came before us.' - Shoki Mokale, junior decor editor

ultimate spa treat

Mani/pedi stations at Glasshouse Rejuvenation spa.

'For three and a half hours of pampering, try the Deluxe Package at Glasshouse Rejuvenation in Cape Town's Silo district, comprising a Lamelle advanced facial, deluxe mani and pedi, and a 60-minute hot-stone massage. Heaven.' - Ian Martin, art director    
Bath and shower gel from Hôtel Costes.

'My most indulgent spa treatment must be the one I had as a student at Hôtel Costes in Paris. I have always been a little obsessed with this moody-lit hotel with its sexy red spa products and heavy oud-like scented candles. These days, I have very little time when I’m there, but always make time for their cheesecake – it's the best I've ever had.' - Tiaan Nagel, editor
Life Day Spa in the Western Cape.

'Spending the day at Life Day Spa with a few girlfriends is a real treat. They have the most dazzling facilities to use during your stay.' - Rosalynd Watson, managing editor

special accessory

Les Oiseaux Libérés ring, Cartier.

'One day when I have a bank account and wardrobe to match – plus a full-time bodyguard and driver – my fingers will play host to gold, heavily jewelled pieces like this Les Oiseaux Libérés ring by Cartier.' - Kholeka Kumalo, features editor  
Bamboo Spa wraps, Mungo.

'Snap up a few of these pretty Bamboo Spa wraps, made by Plett-based weavers Mungo from ultra-soft bamboo fibres, for friends who love a multifunctional accessory. They make perfect travel companions, too.' - Robyn Alexander, deputy editor  
Rolex Daytona watch in white gold with a black ceramic dial.

'Roughly in the region of R600 000, this Rolex watch is truly a masterpiece, but will require a little more saving!' - Ian Martin, art director  
Thinking rings by Waif.

'Ever since I first glimpsed Gisele Human’s sculptural Waif jewellery, I’ve been fixated on it. I love her graphic yet minimalist style that’s completely unique. Predominately inspired by nature, Human has no formal training, which gives her designs fresh appeal. It certainly helps having goldsmith Heidi Human for a mother, too. Although she is known more for her earrings, I would love a selection of Human's Thinking rings, which are simple but eye-catching.' - Catherine Franklin, online content producer

the design icon

Circle Chair by Hans J Wegner.

'Created in 1986 by famous Danish furniture designer Hans J Wegner, the Circle Chair would make an impressive addition to my living room. Its alluring Scandi Modern aesthetic makes a bold statement, and I like that two people can snuggle up in its expansive and comfortable seat. Yes, it’s a large piece of furniture, but thanks to the addition of casters, the Circle Chair can be easily moved around – and if I were ever lucky enough to own one, I would be sure to find a place for it no matter the size of my home!' - Karen Tennent, chief copy editor
Jean Royère couch.

'There are a few things that I lay awake dreaming about for my home. I am the editor of a decor title, after all. But this Jean Royère curved couch in red is my absolute favourite. The organic shape and red hue remind me of Andrée Putman’s signature lip – not that the couch was created when she was around, but still, it triggers that.' - Tiaan Nagel, editor
Barcelona chair by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich. 

'Call me boring, cliché or an old soul, but I will always admire and aspire to have an original parchment Barcelona chair. Simple and classic.' - Chrizanda Botha, decor editor Save