In our November issue, we’re encouraging you to take your foot off the gas. Or at least, to think about it. As we enter the final stretch of the year, stress reaches an all time high in an attempt to complete all tasks at hand and before you know it, you’re in a complete frenzy. This month’s theme is Slow Living, a call to simmer things down and be conscious.

One of our featured homes is that of Pascale Zammar, cookbook author and custodian of Lebanese culinary heritage. Her Beirut home is the very definition of lush comfort.
The house itself has royal ties, as it was built in the 1800s as a temporary home for the Sursock family. Despite this auspicious air, Pascale has managed to keep her home comforting. There are soft textures everywhere, inviting couches begging to be flopped on and cushioned sunny spots to snooze in. There are ornate pieces, sure, but they are reigned in with delicate edges and warmth.

The decor is the result of a life well-travelled, with pieces from all over the globe as well as from local Lebanese designers. She’s also played with colours and materials off all descriptions, and it all harmonises perfectly.

What we love about this home is that there’s something so familiar about it, despite being in  a country and part of a culture far far away. The light, the use of outdoor space and greenery reminds us of houses in Johannesburg and Cape Town.  What’s more is that despite all the beautiful furniture and decoration, the true beauty comes from the life that is lived in this house, the family and the love.

For more on this beautiful Beirut home, as well as shopping inspiration, be sure to pick up our November issue – on stands now!