Elegantly easy-going the Summer Issue of ELLE Decoration South Africa is the ultimate holiday read. Packed with island-style decor and architecture, recipes, outdoor living ideas and top travel destinations, this issue will make you dream, and also give you the practical insights to make those dreams come true.

Editor, Bielle Bellingham opens our new edition with her latest “word crush”, bon vivant:

Our summer issue is dedicated to the bon vivants out there. It is a tribute to celebrations, traditions and tranquility, as well as to the people and paces which make all of the above possible, meaningful and memorable.

We start the magazine off with a few tips to surviving the festive season; whether you’re a savvy entertainer or a holidays-only host, it’s time to do things a little differently. From the very best in table decor to recipes that won’t keep you slaving in the kitchen for hours, DECO shows you how to set the scene.

This time of year undoubtedly also lends itself to outdoor living, and the architecture and interior design that encourage this. We landed the jackpot when we found the book Living Under the Sun, published by gestalten; it’s an informative showcase of villas and beach shacks all over the world that work seamlessly with their outdoor environments. We’ve featured a few of our favourite examples of idyllic pools, shady gardens and enviable patios from the book, as well as in our bumper guide to outdoor living. Prepare to be inspired and just a little bit jealous.

Tans fade, memories last. Go somewhere you’ve never been before, invite someone unpredictable to dinner and refresh your traditions.

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Make the most of summer’s long days and balmy nights by creating an idyllic outside living space; lounge by the pool side, dine on the patio or extend your living room in to your garden. Our outdoor special is packed with ideas to inspire your outdoor oasis.

Deco Lab: Outdoor Oasis
Deco Lab: Outdoor Oasis


Choose your outdoor finishes wisely, from stone to sponge, make sure your palette is dapper and durable for the season ahead.

Take it Outside with Deco Palette
Take it Outside with Deco Palette


Discover the most idyllic island home in Corsica and a contrasting urban apartment in Cape Town’s CBD. Africa meets Danish design in Dakar before heading to the seaside to a a Cape Peninsula home on the hills.

A Corsican Dream
A Corsican Dream


Be unpredictable this season; serve your guests fabulous flare that won’t keep you stuck in the kitchen for hours. This is your chance to prove your cocktail-mixing, dip-making and duck-roasting talents.


To put the icing on the cake of our Summer special, Tempur is giving one DECO reader the chance to win a double mattress and base, to ensure luxurious and refreshing sleep. Turn to page 146 of our new issue to find our how you can win a Tempur hamper to the value of R40 000.

coverThe 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 decor 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