The team at VISI HQ is totally aligned with the Precious theme that was explored at this year’s Maison & Objet trade fair in Paris. We are ready to take gold beyond bling, and have travelled far and wide to round up our selection of the best boltholes and beach houses for you to enjoy.

There is an elegant, clean-lined house in tropical Inhambane, Mozambique; a clapboard home right on the beach in Swakopmund, Namibia; a contemporary family home in Camps Bay; an eclectic emporium in Kramerville; a beachfront penthouse with black and dark-grey walls in the Strand; a renovated bungalow in Clifton; and Angama Mara in Kenya, where the interior design was the work of our talented Deputy Editor Annemarie Meintjes (turn to page 34 for more).

Burnished gold is definitely my go-to colour this holiday season and I invite you to raise your paintbrushes with us in celebration of Dulux’s colour of the year, Monarch Gold 20YY 36/370. This soft gold is going to feature big time in my home this year. My minimal Christmas tree will be draped with crowns in all shapes and sizes, in a variety of gold hues.

We also have some amazing giveaways in this issue, including a luxury four-night stay for two people at Africa on Foot and nThambo Tree Camp plus SA Express flights, worth up to R45 000, as well as a Samsung Sparkling Fridge, worth R42 995.

Come and enjoy the luxury of this indulgent season with us!

– Sumien