We are all feeling the need to escape; whether that means the white-washed beaches of Greece or home for the holidays with family. it is that time of the year where, as the days grow longer, the living gets slower. And i for one couldn’t be happier for it.
The holidays are upon us and we are celebrating a – cautiously – optimistic summer: friends, freedom(ish) and, finally, a reprieve from the year that was. that is why, in this issue, we really wanted to dial it down and get back to basics, to explore the fundamentals of living life well. our cover stars this month, actress Amanda du-Pont and her husband, businessman Shawn rodriques, are no strangers to this notion. When they manage to eke out some ‘us time’ from their hectic schedules, you will find them right at home in Joburg, seeking calm and serenity in their carefully considered and precisely pared-back spaces. i have a feeling the rest of us will be doing just the same come year’s end.
Of course, what would a holiday issue be without beachside boltholes and impossibly far-flung bungalows that really make you feel you can disappear, even if only into the pages. from designer John Jacob’s megawatt Bantry Bay project that redefines the idea of coastal living to a blink-and-you-will-miss-it sanctuary on Cabo Verde, the House & Garden team certainly does not disappoint in their discoveries.
No matter your escape, i hope this issue soothes, transports and inspires you.
See you in the new year.
Piet Smedy, Editor-in-Chief