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We put this Spring issue together in the dead of winter as weather patterns were spiralling out of control in the Western Cape.

That’s why we are all wearing black and wrapped in winter coats in the photos on this page (okay, not all of us). This is the drawback of print journalism; you are always working in the wrong season and there is no instant gratifi cation to be had.

Nonetheless, we have managed to bring you the best of spring living in this issue. The spaces we are featuring range from (very) large to (very) small, with a few in-between sizes for good measure. On the large side there is a “floating concrete box” on Silver Lakes Golf Estate in Pretoria, a dream holiday home in Llandudno, and Sir Richard Branson’s private Winelands escape on Mont Rochelle Estate in Franschhoek. In contrast, we feature two tiny apartments in the Cape Town City

Bowl, showcasing smart decorating skills. And somewhere in-between is a beautifully converted dairy in Wellington and a renovated Victorian in Green Point.

The place to be this spring has to be the magical sculpture garden Dylan Lewis created near Stellenbosch. You can now view it by appointment or book your place on the VISI Great Spaces Tour that we are hosting. Enjoy this issue of the magazine, and when we meet again at the end of September we will take you inside the newly opened Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA). Can you afford to miss the most important art event in Africa this year? I don’t think so!

– Sumien

This ink-and-watercolour image of Sumien was made by Eloise Thompson, an interior architect who did job shadowing at VISI. Have a look at