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Fortunately, there’s sweet relief for stressed souls in this issue of Home, spaces that invite you to relax and unwind; houses and holiday homes that give us renewed energy to face the New Year.

In my mind’s eye, I’m on a road trip from house to house, with my dog Asgat in the back of the station wagon. At the Kommetjie home of our Rookie Stylist winner (our annual Instagram competition in partnership with MRP Home) I’m especially impressed with the Nortjes’ outdoor shower because it’s just what I need at my house. I fight a losing battle against the dog’s hair, which falls off his body in tufts every winter. Come summer, he’s neatly shaved but then, as our handyman Deon DIY always says, there is “new trouble”: beach sand everywhere.

Next stop: Pringle Bay to admire Anneliese Burgess’s house – it’s actually quite small but it looks big because of its smart design. Shows you what a clever architect can do... From there, I’ll head to Fisherhaven to sit on Elzanne Woeke’s stoep. And at the Gründlinghs in Grotto Bay, I’d like to enjoy a week’s silent retreat. Or I could move into the gin shack in the Hodkinsons’ garden in Greyton – that’s my kind of garden, one with a cosy bar.

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