DECO is excited to bring you, our dear readers, a very special edition, on shelf today. Our new Green Issue is here, bursting with inspiration on how to live more sustainable, stylish lives. Available in print across South Africa and globally as a digital download.
This issue, DECO presents a whole issue dedicated to making more sustainable, eco-conscious and ‘green’ choices when it comes to designing our homes and our lives. With more than 50 green resolutions that you can make tomorrow, we also profile a handful of the world’s sexiest sustainable homes and share profiles of off-grid heroes, who will all inspire you to live better lives.
Editor Bielle Bellingham opens our Green Issue with some significant words of encouragement:
‘Sustainable’ is a choice we have to make every single day. It is a maintenance plan where we constantly make little and big decisions that allow us to exist in productive harmony with nature.
Good planets are hard to find these days. We have to properly acknowledge the impact that the built environment has on our access to finite resources, and design conscientiously.
Here online, take a quick glimpse at our key features – from the unrivalled natural beauty, romance and mystery of Zambia in Travel to a bathroom special in Lab. Sustainable choices for little ones reveal natural, handmade toys for your DECO Kid and learn how to fine tune your urban gardening green fingers in DECO Grow.
Our bookshelves turn green with a DECO Read special dedicated to kitchen gardening, down-sizing and living off the grid, paving the way for our off-grid living Profiles special. All of your favourite regular features are up to date, plus indulgent special features on beautifully-designed, sustainably-built houses around the world – offering proof that, in the words of our Editor:
DECO LAB: BATHROOM BEAUTY
Transform your bathroom into a contemporary oasis that matches your sense of style and find out how to make the latest trends work for you. From natural woods and high-shine onyx to jewel-tone gems inset with polished brass, our bathroom special is packed with ideas to inspire your home spa.
DECO TRAVEL: ZAMBIA SPECIAL
Looking to escape? Need a holiday that ticks all the boxes: enlightenment, beauty, romance, history, mystery, adrenaline and adventure? Bielle Bellingham honeymooned at the great Victoria Falls in Zambia, and reckons it’s just the place you’re looking for.
DECO HOMES: THE WORLD’S SEXIEST SUSTAINABLE HOMES
Discover a haven in the heart of Westcliff before visiting Denmark to explore a here-today-gone-tomorrow home. Get a taste of Africa in the forest home of Italian designer Patrizia Moroso and venture into the Klein Karoo for total off-grid living with Ecomo architect Pietro Russo.
DECO PALETTE: ECO RUSH
Reap the benefits of sustainable materials like cork, coconut shells, linseed and bamboo in our latest hand-picked swatches, fabric cuts and decorative materials you should have in your home.
DECO INSPIRATION: GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK
Going green is not a trend. It is a solution. It is an important and overdue lifestyle decision that each of us has to make every day. Read the DECO team’s guide to get you started, with over 50 resolutions you can make tomorrow to lead a ‘greener’ life, with local sources to shop more sustainably.
DECO GET THE LOOK
Inspired by the stunning homes we feature this issue, we help you interpret the latest trends with our must-have shopping lists of treats and tricks to perfect your space. Invaluable advice is packed into every page with our indispensable guide to where to shop for the best bits – all sustainably sourced and stylishly put together, celebrating local design at every turn.
DECO WIN WITH CORDEV
To put the icing on the cake of our Bathroom special, Cordev KDA is giving DECO readers the chance to win the bathroom of your dreams, because you deserve a custom-designed vanity makeover with bathroom finishes from Italtile and Ceramic Industries. Turn to page 56 of our Fashion issue to find our how you can win a bathroom makeover worth R36 000.
The Green Issue edition of ELLE Decoration South Africa is on the shelf of your nearest magazine retailer now. Packed with sustainably stylish interiors, it’s full of all your favourite features and decor tips plus the green spaces of Patrizia Moroso and Pietro Russo. Pick up your copy today – across South Africa wherever magazines are sold – and tell us what you think on Twitter @ELLE_Deco, sharing your #GreenIssue #DECOselfie.