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Lifestyle
by Michelle Randall

Home Luxuries

Pimp Your Pad In Style

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Goodbye satellite, hello content on demand

Thanks to endless re-runs (seriously DSTV, up your game already), annoying commercial breaks and the unfortunate lag in content that only delivers our favourite series long after we've read the spoilers on Twitter, Afropolitans are cancelling their paid TV subscriptions in favour of content on demand.

We're consuming content faster than ever before, and choosing to binge-watch our favourite series wherever and whenever we want to (read: on the couch). This luxury of choice is now available in the form of Apple TV.

Download content straight from the iTunes Store (for purchase or for rent) or live stream a couple of free channels. Connect it to your Bang & Olufsen Beovision Avant television for the ultimate in-home cinema experience.

We're wired for sound

We're spending serious dough on wiring our pads with hidden speakers that produce excellent sound quality. No cables, no unsightly boxes and no flashing lights: we want pure ambience with the power to raise the roof when we're entertaining.

Big spenders, head on straight to Bang & Olufsen for a complete home sound makeover. For those in search of instant gratification, we love the wireless sound quality from reputable brands like Harman Kardon and Bose.

Original artworks  

Afropolitans are adorning their walls with new names in the art scene. Sure, there's always an empty space that could use a classic conversation piece like an original William Kentridge, but it's the new kids on the block we're after. It's the bragging rights of being able to say: we saw this first.

When it comes to art, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and Afropolitans are choosing to invest in works that speak to them on an emotional level. Forget the rules and go with your gut. If you're serious about investing in art, attend gallery openings or peruse sites like www.art.co.za to discover the perfect fit for your space. Visit the Barnard Gallery in Cape Town or read our feature in Afropolitan Issue 40 on local artist Chris Denovan for some art inspiration.

 Functional designs

Afropolitans are investing in functional design pieces while not skimping on beauty. We're combining comfortable sofas from Tonic Design with statement pieces from Jozi locals Dokter and Misses.

Our floors and windows are getting the royal treatment too. For some luxury underfoot, Forest Flooring is not only beautiful, but practical too. When it comes to windows, we love the aesthetic and security of Plantation Shutters.

Kitchen chic

Clean lines and gorgeous functionality are what we want from our kitchens, which is why we're splurging on oh-so-wow Fabri designs.

Beat the load shedding blues by switching to gas with Smeg gas stoves and ovens. And if you're one for details, then make sure you're chopping up gourmet fare with these unbeatable knives from Nesmuk.

Safe keeping

Our precious pieces are well-protected by Casoro Jewelry Safes while our indulgent luxuries (ahem, our wines) are kept at the perfect temperature in Liebherr's WKes653 Wine Cabinet.

We're tapping into small pleasures

We know that home is where we go to seek comfort, relaxation and rejuvenation, which is why we've created our bathrooms to maximise personal pampering. From power showers to your own private spa, Hansgrohe's beautiful designs and innovative products will make your me-time unforgettable.

 It's all in the thread count

We want a 5-star sleep experience with happy dreams, which is why Afropolitans are laying down their heads on only the best 100% cotton percale linen from Beaumont & Brown.

Tweet us and share your ultimate home luxuries?

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