al fresco garden by Federico Cedrone
Vertical gardening & modern hanging planters are top green living trends| Image © Federico Cedrone

Our new Style Directory – on shelf this week –  is packed with tips and ideas for every room in the house, including green living trends, as well as the most coveted décor contacts from our little black book. Here online, you’ll all the bonus content you won’t find in print.

Green living trends should be top of the agenda for every home owner. From using sustainable materials in the build and construction to installing energy-saving tech in every room, eco-living and finding ways to green-up our homes is mandatory for living better.

Embracing the outdoor lifestyle and bringing green elements indoors to freshen up your décor in natural ways doesn’t have to cost the earth. Though we might all yearn for an outdoor shower or a roaring fire pit, simply mastering the art of hydroponics or setting up a small kitchen garden in your tiny back patio can be the perfect place to start.



Fully functioning outdoor kitchens take the braai area to a whole new level | Image ©

Taking your braai area to a whole new level, outdoor kitchens are a worthwhile investment for impressive al fresco dining as spring arrives. No longer should you be content with running between your kitchen cupboard, fridge and Weiber every five minutes whilst keeping an eye on the fire.

Setting up a built-in or free-standing unit on your patio that caters for chilling, chopping and seasoning will not only make your cook-off easier but it becomes a more social affair with all your guests gathered close by around the outdoor dining table. Reaching across to cut fresh herbs from the patio pots instead of dried remnants from the cupboard spice rack will give your Sunday steaks a whole new flavour.



Andrew MacFarlane's grow wall © Roice Nel
Andrew MacFarlane’s grow wall is an inspiration for the beginner urban farmer | Image © Roice Nel

With sustainable farming high on the eco agenda and an increased awareness of trough-to-table carbon footprints, transforming your own back yard into an edible kitchen garden is becoming a popular past-time. Andrew MacFarlane’s grow-wall tips showed DECO how even a complete gardening novice can set up a fully-functioning urban farm in just a couple of weekends with a trip to the hardware store, a few YouTube tutorials and a generous sprinkling of patience.

Do you live in a high-rise apartment with only a postage stamp of outdoor space? Even the smallest of spaces can be transformed into an urban farm – with one square metre of wall and a grow bag, you’ll never buy lettuce again. Vertical gardening – both the fruitful and the flowering kind – is gaining traction as our cities over-populate, demand for space increases and the luxury of a proper garden is at a premium. For something special or commercial spaces, talk to the experts at Lemon about their modular vertical gardens to get started.



Weylandts fashion outdoor monochrome collection
The new outdoor range from Weylandts puts a striking contemporary twist on your average outdoor furniture

Aside from purely functional eco-living, your outside space should be lush and beautiful too. Durable outdoor fabrics have been given a new lease of life in striking hues and bold geometric prints. Gone are the traditional forest greens, steel and varnished teak; enter modern blended materials like poly-rattan in catwalk-inspired prints – like Weylants new monochrome outdoor furniture collection.

Inside the home, botantical patterned textiles are still leading the charge for bringing the outside indoors. Just take a look at Christian La Croix’s Nouveaux Mondes collection for Home Fabrics to see why we love this trend.


Additional research and image sourcing from guest writer, Janine Saal.


Our favourite outdoor & green living décor experts who should be on your speed dial:


+27 (0)11 262 3117 |

Wide-plank oak floors, made from the wood of sustainable forests, hand-crafted to your specific design needs. Visit an Oggie showroom in Sandton, Umhlanga or Cape Town for the latest in Oak Flooring.

Mobelli Flora AntraciteMOBELLI
@mobellioutdoor |

The home of modern and traditional outdoor furniture suitable for gardens, patios, verandas and pools, Mobelli makes patio living a pleasant experience with accessories, shade parasols, gs heaters and illuminated furniture.

Ora boo fire basket
+27 (0)11 023 8098 |

Ora, the outdoor boutique, specialises in supplying high quality, luxury, international outdoor furniture brands to the South African public. It now also supplies outdoor furniture, lighting, shade systems and accessories.

Cane Time furniture South AfricaCANE TIME
@cane_time |

A leading and reliable source of quality outdoor furniture. From synthetic fibre-woven furniture to aluminium and outdoor bean bags, Cane Time will enhance your outdoor living spaces in comfort and style.

@marlanteak |

Specialists in garden furniture of exceptional quality, comfort and craftsmanship, Marlanteak imports selected contemporary ranges from Europe and craft designs for its Traditional Teak range.


For over 200 contacts your decorator wouldn’t share, pick up our new Style Directory.

ELLE Decoration Style DirectoryRevealing over 200 of our most-coveted contacts, décor suppliers and design experts, the new ELLE Decoration Style Directory is a must-have for every décor amateur and professional alike. Packed with hints, tips and tricks to transform every room in your home, as well as all the experts you should know, it’s the ultimate buyers’ guide. Buy yours across South Africa wherever magazines are sold and as a digital download right here.