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Est Magazine – going green

I’m dragging myself away from Jaipur for a little bit and heading down under for a gorgeously green feature I saw in the Garden issue of the Australian Est Magazine. House plants took a back seat for quite a while – not sure why – but they’re back with a leafy vengeance. This issue celebrates the renewal of the green trend and reminds us of the reasons why we love inside greenery.


My mom was a keen and capable gardener –  not sure that I received that gene – and our garden was always a wonderfully lush planty paradise. Lacking her ability, I generally try to keep things simple and indigenous when it comes to our garden. There’s less chance of plants going pear-shaped if their ancient propagating urges are allowed to prosper in their natural habitat.

Inside, I quite like the creative energy that plants bring. Their beauty and structure share a sense of life that furniture and accessories lack. There’s great inspiration on the web for re-purposing everyday containers into creative plant holders. Take a look at my Pinterest board GREENhouse to see what’s caught my eye.

As a child of the seventies, I grew up with hanging plants neatly tucked in their macramé nests. I’ve noticed that those have made a stylish comeback too. Not too long ago, I shared a DIY of a more modern version of the seventies-era macramé delights, just with less tassels. I’m also a fan of the hanging gardens from Opus. I can watch my delicious monster turning lazily in the breeze for hours.

And let’s not forget the wonderful process of photosynthesis. More plants = more oxygen. It’s a no-brainer, really. Take some inspiration from this Garden issue of Est Magazine and head off to your nearest garden store and green up your space.

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images by Caroline Davis for Est Magazine

Est Magazine issue 14


Do you have a favourite online magazine that makes your day when you see a new issue announced? Est Magazine is that magazine for me – it’s a firm favourite of online inspiration that covers décor, art and fashion. Can’t get better than that! So when Est announced that they will now be publishing their global inspiration magazine monthly, I was very excited. The monthly issue will have fewer pages because Est reached the decision that their readers are actually rather busy – ain’t that the truth! – and getting through a 120 page magazine can be somewhat overwhelming when you have a million other things to do! So less content but more often. Sounds good?

Here’s a small city apartment in their latest issue #14 that caught my eye in a big way…I love the different shades of charcoal used throughout the space, the botanical prints on the walls, and the mix and match of old with new. It’s been given a modern monochromatic makeover but still retains a strong sense of provenance. And guess what? It’s in my city of Cape Town!

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photography by Greg Cox

Please read the full article and see all the amazing pictures of this home by downloading Est Magazine – global living with an Australian twist