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The ‘students’ came from all over and for three days we had tons of fun: expert talks, a photo shoot, cover discussions, a visit to a breathtaking home and an inspiring fabric designer. I think it was due to the fact that all of us were so hungry for the ‘old normal’ that this get-together in Cape Town was so awesome, even though we all had to wear masks, fill out forms every day and have our temperatures taken when we arrived. 

With Covid-19 restrictions still strictly enforced, we weren’t able to hold the event in Media24’s boardroom because the building was still off limits to visitors. So we made another plan: we rented a gorgeous old Victorian house on Airbnb and hosted the entire event there – from the talks and photo sessions to food editor Johané’s delicious breakfasts and lunches. 

It was a blessing in disguise; in retrospect, I realise that a décor school in a boardroom would never have been as successful as the one we held in that fabulous old house. Covid-19 is no joke and this pandemic has forced us all to rethink how we approach things and make plans. 

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