Photographs: Mirjam Bleeker

Our #SummerIssue showcases a sprawling home in Senegal owned by interior designer Erik Pol. Mesmerised by the colours and design that Senegal has to offer, he took up residence outside the city in a home that is an artful mix of African and European aesthetics. 

Just outside Senegal’s bustling capital, Erik Pol commissioned celebrated Belgian architect Wim De Vos to design a minimalist, private home that would protect from the heat. Using wooden shutters to keep the sun out and the breeze coming through was but one of De Vos’ ingenious ideas to escape the heat in the harsh African summer.

Get the full scoop for House Senegal in our #SummerIssue, on shelf now. In the meantime, DECO shows you how to Get The Look: rustic minimalism embraces a no-frills-attached approach, with timber and stone interiors:

Get the look

1. ‘A Fuck Off Expensive Art  Object Oil on Canvas by Georgina Gratrix, SMAC 2. Country 4 Poster from R 12 525, Homewood 3. Kelly oval platter R320, Woolworths 4. Flock bronze ceramic metallic bottle round from R 2 795, La Grange Interiors 5. Raku-fired triangles R 220, Millstone Pottery

We have much appreciation for the wooden and stone interiors, which keep the house nice and cool in this warm tropical climate.  

Get the look

1. 2 Salt-glazed, wood-fired lidded jars R 550, Millstone Pottery 2. Platter oval copper from R595, La Grange Interiors 3. Artisan oval platter R525, Wooloworths 4. ‘Anna’ 4 colour, chine collé lithograph by Claudette Schreuders R 8 550, STEVENSON 5. Multi drawer haberdashery unit R 12 500, On Site Gallery

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cover The Summer Issue edition of ELLE DECORATION South Africa is on shelves now at your nearest magazine retailer. Featuring festive eats, cooling cocktails and all your must-have outdoor décor ideas, it’s your breezy summer respite. Pick up your copy today – across South Africa wherever magazines are sold – and tell us what you think on Twitter @Elle_Deco, sharing your #SummerIssue #DECOselfie