Have you ever wondered who the faces are behind all the decor inspiration you read on a daily basis online, or every other month in our shiny glossy magazine? With sketches hand-drawn by Team DECO’s Sanri Pienaar, meet the team making the magic.

Every time you settle in to indulge in the very best decor inspiration and information from ELLE Decoration South Africa, you are actually getting a glimpse into the worlds of seven young women, who spend every waking hour of their days planning, dreaming and scheming about what will go into the next issue or online feature. Keen to meet them? Allow me to introduce, the fabulous Team DECO!




Marushka Stipinovich

ART DIRECTOR | @Elle_DecoArt

Your home is like: A Pieter Claesz Still Life. An ‘olde worlde’ space with gatherings of books, collectables, plants, skulls and mandolins.
App of the year: 8mm Vintage Camera – short bursts of memories recorded like a Charlie Chaplin film.
Must follow: @designmilk, @coolhunting and @thejealouscurator


Megan Schumann


This winter you’ll: be at that place that has a campsite, a fire-pit and a mountain to climb.
Decor dream: A fireplace in my bedroom
All time favourite artwork:
Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Luncheon at the Boating Party and Egon Schiele’s Sitting Woman with Legs Drawn Up
A local legend is: David Goldblatt.

Ilana Swanepoel

Ilana Swanepoel |

DECOR STYLIST | @ilana_swanepoel

This winter you’ll: be in Sutherland – it’s far enough away with countless stars and every hour feels like two. Your home is like: A confused Aubrey Beardsley that wishes he was Le Corbusier on Mondays, Basquiat on Fridays, but is definitely Pierneef on Sundays growing old as Grandma Moses. In other news: @Julius_Malema follows me on Twitter.


Jessie Bell

JUNIOR DESIGNER @jessbowbess

All time favourite artist: Masters of the self-portrait Cindy Sherman and Hannah Wilke
Top winter trend: Anything in Marble and wood
Addicted to:  Instagram! Following @designlovefest, @emily_katz and @tappancollective
Mad for: Our beautiful office suspender shelves by Tim Church.


Lucie Bartlett

ONLINE & FEATURES EDITOR | @luciebartlett

Your home is like: A Jackson Pollock – one, big, colourful mess. It’s like living in the Annunciation of the Virgin Deal tapestry by Grayson Perry
Must Google:
Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi.
Swooning over:
The Designers Guild Shanghai Garden and Christian Lacroix Nouveaux Mondes collections for Home Fabrics.


Sanri Pienaar

DECOR ASSISTANT | @sanripienaar

Favourite artwork: Young Girls Walking by Edouard Vuillard.
Best Instagramers: @fvonf for spaces and decor, @marinalondon for fashion and lifestyle @jeanphilippedelhomme for illustrations.
Must Google: Lady Skollie.
You’ve been DECO’d when: You dream about couches, all the time.

Be sure to follow the girls on Twitter and Instagram, and don’t be shy to ask us questions! We are at your service. #askDECO