Bielle Bellingham Letter from the Editor
Editor Bielle Bellingham shares her Winter Issue Ed's Note | Photographs © Jessie Bell, Niquita Bento

Introducing her second issue as Editor of ELLE Decoration South Africa, Bielle Bellingham shares her personal letter to you, our readers. Inspired by motivational quotes, starting new winter projects and a vehement dislike of tracksuit pants, read her Ed’s Note right here.

I’ll start with a few pearlers; quotes from the artists and designers featured in this issue’s Artists in Residence feature (p65). ‘Let’s make mistakes. Believe in your own story and tell it. Just do it. And never underestimate the power of naps.’

I have always subscribed to motivational quotes. As horribly cheesy as they can sometimes be, I take great comfort in them; everyone needs a good pep talk at times. Especially in creative pursuits where doubt often creeps in, ennui or even worse — complacency. Creative block happens to everyone; the trick is not to entertain it.

Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working


This winter, I challenge you to use your time indoors wisely. Get cosy and warm yes, but move out of your comfort zones. Challenge yourself. Be productive. Turn off the TV and get your paints out or your pastels, guitar or sewing machine. Start a project, redesign your living room, make your own butter (p76). Shake things up.

Who says winter has to be all about browns and maroon? Get fresh; hibernate in style (p40) and most of all, be audacious. Think: ‘what would Beezy Bailey do? (p133) — his advice: ‘No one has ever died from painting their home a garish colour’.

And the most important thing, don’t wear tracksuit pants in public. To quote yet another brave artist, Karl Lagerfeld: ‘[they] are the ultimate sign of defeat’. Being warm does NOT mean you need to sacrifice style. In fact, quite the opposite. Akin to fashion, dressing your home up for winter can be a great exercise in creative expression.

So without further adieu, welcome to the Winter Issue. We trust that you will find all the inspiration you need to keep you busy until next issue. Also, watch out for our exciting new ELLE Decoration Style Directory; the ultimate reference book for home-owners, decorators, designers and architects. On shelf soon.


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Bielle Bellingham Winter Issue Ed's Note
Seven Swans print & boxed succulent from Abode | Image © Jessie Bell
Bielle Bellingham Winter Issue Ed's Note
Art Books on Bielle’s bookshelf from The Book Lounge, Cape Town | Image © Jessie Bell
Bielle Bellingham Winter Issue Ed's Note
A closer look at Bielle’s bookshelves this issue, product credits below | Image © Jessie Bell
Bielle Bellingham Winter Issue Ed's Note
CHURCH suspender shelves holding a few of Bielle’s favourite things | Image © Jessie Bell



From top: Gold Taya fig candle R499; Marble clock R699; Kinn frame R499, all Country Road

Painted ceramic cup R379, Celementina

Vietnamese sage vase, editor’s own

Jug R375, Clementina

Rowan brass frames large R349; small R249; both Country Road

Art books from The Book Lounge

Framed print R295; Print R250; Plant R350; all Abode

Church suspender shelves R2 500, CHURCH Originals.