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Welcome back and escape in your House and Leisure

June 6, 2021

Home and Leisure lover? Then you are in for a treat! Your favourite South African decor and design publication is back on the shelves. Celebrating the lean-back pleasure of print, enjoy this first edition by its new publisher – LOOKBOOK.

True to industry trends, the quarterly 240-page journal-style magazine easily turns into a coffee table book. When you get your hands on this classic collectable, be sure to be on the lookout for the different kinds of paper that are used. This is used to emphasise the exceptional design and incredible photography on display in the different chapters. Two of which are a 16- page lookbook shopping insert and the real-life tactility and craft of print. 

Escape in House and Leisure

The theme for the first volume is ‘Escape’. A direct reference to the feeling of breaking out of what is now COVID fatigue. Having been in various states of confinements, an escape is really needed. Yes for the body but really for the mind. Escape. Escape into and through the pages of House and Leisure and let it transport you. To beautiful spaces, landscapes and marvel at the pillars of:

  • Decor
  • Design
  • Trends
  • Interiors
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Books
  • Food and wine
  • Sustainability and greening
  • Travel 
  • Tech 

“Our new direction is one of effortless living – celebrating a sense of place, and touching on the mood and emotions that our homes and surroundings evoke,” says Charl Edwards, House and Leisure’s Editor-in-Chief. “We’re interested in the feeling a space elicits, especially now in the context of the pandemic. Despite a new direction and look and feel, we are still honouring the legacy of House and Leisure, remaining true to what we believe the reader has come to love over the past three decades.” 

House and Leisure
Photography Greg Cox, Bureaux

While travel remains limited, readers can journey to inspiring homes and exclusive properties around the continent. These include: 

  • The reopening of the iconic Jack’s Camp in Botswana
  • The launch of Sussurro – a boutique beach retreat in Mozambique
  • Klein JAN – Michelin-star chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen’s new restaurant on the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
  • House and Leisure’s cover star – Caracal – the latest addition to the Cabine du Cap property in the Karoo

House and Leisure is created by LOOKBOOK’s creative and commercial team. It is supported by a wider network of respected writers, photographers and specialist contributing editors. 


LOOKBOOK was born of a passion for decor and design and a belief in the value of the editor’s eye to discern, curate and craft quality, niche content. Co-founded by entrepreneur Pieter Bruwer and creative director and editor Charl Edwards in mid-2020, the independent media company and the creative content studio went on to announce the acquisition of House and Leisure in December 2020, after the 28-year-old publication’s last edition was circulated under Associated Media Publishing in April of the same year. 

“COVID-19 has changed the way we live and work dramatically,” says Pieter. “New opportunities inevitably open up, but one needs to pay attention and remain optimistic about the long-term future. In a time when we’re craving a sense of stability and the familiar, and when screen fatigue is so prevalent, we have confidence in the longevity of print. But it couldn’t have been just any magazine. First launched in 1993 House and Leisure has a respected reputation and legacy and is strategically focused on the right niche,” he explains. 

“With people spending more time at home, there’s been an increased interest in improving the spaces we inhabit. As a result, the decor and design industry has been one of the few that has not been as significantly impacted by the pandemic,” Pieter continues. “Through our content platforms, such as House and Leisure, LOOKBOOK has an amazing opportunity to make a difference in the South African creative industry by showcasing, spotlighting and supporting established talent as well as emerging artists, designers and creatives, many of whom come from marginalised communities. We believe such efforts have the potential to positively stimulate growth in our country.” 

At a retail price of R130.00, readers can now purchase the first volume of House and Leisure online through Houseandleisure.co.za or in-store from national stockists such as: 

  • Woolworths
  • Selected Checkers
  • Spars 
  • Exclusive Books
  • A range of independent retailers

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