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This December marks our 20th anniversary and 130th issue of Elle Decoration South Africa. These are our favourite covers from each of the last 20 years.

Autumn 1998 – No. 1

Our first favourite cover could be nothing other than the very first issue of Elle Decoration South Africa. The cheerful orange cover promised what we strive to deliver on every day – easy modern living in South Africa.

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May/June 1999 – No. 6

We giggled at these quirky cover lines, especially “Living with Children without Losing Your Style” and “Housework Sucks: Our Pick of Sexy Vacuum Cleaners.”

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January/February 2000 – No. 10

Elle Decoration transitioned into the new millennium with simplicity and a commitment to promoting sustainable living.

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Winter 2001 – No. 19

We’re still crushing on this Hollywood Hills house designed by architect Brian Murphy featuring a fireplace by Palazzetti and steel table by Jean Nouvel.

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Autumn 2002 – No. 22

We love eclectic houses, and this home is one that still stands out because of the owner’s obsession for collecting. This incredible cover is a tantalising teaser of the over-the-top home inside.

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Winter 2003 – No. 27

Oh the places you’ll go with Elle Decoration! This fabulous space is in a straw-bale house in Noordhoek and features the owner’s dressmaking patterns and a piece of woven Italian fabric as a headboard.

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Winter 2004 – No. 32

We just love that the focal point of this interior is the lush garden outside.

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Small Spaces 2005 – No. 38

This small space really does pack a punch.

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Summer 2005/2006 – No. 40

We’re still saying “yes please!” to this deck overlooking Robberg beach in Plettenberg Bay.

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Spring 2007 – No. 51

With its retro furniture, sorbet shades and eclectic frames, this Parisian cover home wouldn’t look out of place on today’s Pinterest boards.

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Celebrate Issue 2008 – 10th Birthday

Can you believe this was ten years ago?

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Colour Issue 2009 – No. 63

This colour-crazy playful cover is making us want to get the paint out.

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Kitchen Issue 2010 – No. 68

This stylish kitchen features artwork as splashbacks by architect Lorenzo Nassimbeni whose recent work you can read about here.

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February 2011 – No. 75

Remember when blackboard paint was all the rage?

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June/July 2012 – No. 84

This cover is a love letter to the often overlooked beauty in the simple things.

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October/November 2013 – No. 92

Perhaps the biggest creative departure from the usual home and decor shots, but this cover beautifully captures the magic of spring.

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August/September 2014 – No. 97

With fashion at the heart of the ELLE brand, we love to dress up spaces as often as a fashionista during fashion week.

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February/March 2015 – 100th Issue

Another momentous milestone along the way.

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August/September 2016 – No. 109

This is a hotel room we could live in. Designed by Patricia Urquiola, the Room Mate Hotel Guilia in Milan is certainly cover-worthy.

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August 2017 – No. 115

We love the glamour of Marissa Tomei’s living room complete with a sofa upholstered in a Kuba textile and a Milo Baughman swivel chair in Christopher Hyland fabric.

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December 2018 – No. 130

Naturally our latest cover is our favourite of the year. We are exceptionally proud of this issue, so we encourage you to find out more about what’s inside here.

To celebrate our 20th birthday, we’re giving away over R100,000 worth of decor prizes over 20 days – see what’s up for grabs here.