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5 reasons to read our April kitchen issue

For HL's Kitchen Issue, we decided to create something different to our 'usual'. We gathered, obsessed and collaborated on the content. A few things we agreed upon, that influenced the rest of the issue...

nature is key

The days of fitted, cookie-cutter kitchens are over. We are seeing a looser arrangement of furniture, with natural materials such as bronze, wood and stone – as well as blue and white ceramics – featuring strongly.

a creatively-charged collab

We also got to collaborate with two of House and Leisure’s local heroes: as a master of the blue and white colour palette, it’s fitting that artist, designer and curator Michael Chandler of Chandler House in Cape Town came on board with his signature blue and white illustrations – his custom-painted ceramic tiles adorn our beautiful cover – and unique Cape-focused Curate shoot (page 29), where a plethora of special objets d ’art result in a veritable visual banquet. Find out more online here.

I can’t wait to tuck into the 2018 April issue of House & Leisure! Earlier this year I got to work with the amazing @houseandleisure team on this special, kitchen issue including painting one of the featured kitchens on the cover (what a cover and oh so meta...), styling a four page spread (S/O to Miss Haversham), painting some dishy lead-in pages and sharing my insights about sharding, cobalt and how sexy history is. This issue is also a banquet of great homes, including my local style hero Jacques Erasmus of @hemelhuijs fame, some delicious autumnal recipes and a splash of dessert in the guise of a double-page spread of dear pal Lucie de Moyencourt. 💋 What a happy, happy project this was; one that definitely deserves pride-of-place in my recently-refitted Blue and White Cabinet. . . . . #HLKitchenIssue #HouseandLeisure #CoverBoy #associatedmediapublishing #kitchen #inspiration #michaelchandlerceramics #hemelhuijs #localtalent #capecreatives #magfag #menshealthimcomingforyounext #southafrica #blueandwhite #neverinmywildestdreams #makingmumproud #sharding #cobalt #theaprilissue #skynest @houseandleisure 🔹 @lucie.in.wonderlands 🔹 @hemelhuijs 🔹 @chef_jacques 🔹 @tiaannagel 🔹 @stuffandnon 🔹 @gemmabedforth 🔹 @iandmartin 🔹

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rural wanderings

We spent a few days with one of the most stylish men we know, Hemelhuijs chef and traditionalist-minded designer Jacques Erasmus, at his home in the Klein Karoo (see page 52) – where he cooked for us, introduced us to his chickens and labradors, and shared his kitchen inspiration with us. Watch the video we created after our time there here

art needn't be serious

Armed with pen and ink wherever she goes, Lucie De Moyencourt – Cape Town-based painter and illustrator – creates dreamy, much coveted figurative drawings and paintings. A joy to work with an artist that doesn't take herself too seriously (but is a most serious artist). Turn to page 42.

hand-dying and botanicals

Fabric designer Amanda du Plessis explores South Africa's history through hand-dyed textiles and delicate sun prints. She shares insight into her textile brand, Evolution Product;  a true labour of love.