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[ News & views ] 13 NEWS This month, we’re toasting the season with a dazzling West Elm drinks cabinet, a Casamance fabric that’s as flavoursome as mulled wine and funky glassware that’ll put your guests in a twist


25 TREND Snow queen Winter’s key theme sees a blizzard of silvery white

27 EDITED CHOICE Crackers Pop-tastic faves for festive tables

32 EDITED CHOICE Cocktail shakers Cool kit for creative mixologists… Just add party spirit.

33 DESIGN CLASSIC Wedgwood’s iconic blue and white Jasperware

59 THE SHOPPING EDIT 50 great gifts under £50 From clothing

Emma Pocock of interiors specialist Turner Pocock on her love for layering patterns and why decorating with ivy will never go out of fashion

28 EDITED CHOICE Typographical baubles Spell out how much you love Christmas with these on-trend decs

and tech to games and edible treats, these designer buys are sure to delight


29 EDITED CHOICE Modern stockings Santa’s special gift bag

124 EDITED CHOICE Nifty kitchen gadgets Culinary

gets a very stylish revamp

appliances for the budget-conscious

A peek behind the scenes at the team out and about putting the issue together 4

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[ Modern Homes ] 34 SOUL SENSATION Extravagant


prints and ultra-plush furnishings give Fiona’s period apartment in Berkshire its sensual look

32 [ Design Ideas ]

66 TIME TO CELEBRATE! Its vast living

47 DECORATING On Christmas night… Stun the senses with giant crackers,

space makes Corrine and Peter’s London mews party central for all their family and friends

iridescent decs and a constellation of shimmering stars, all set against a midnight-blue sky



Ivan reworked a former office in Barcelona into a chic getaway purpose-built for the holiday season

Product launches and hi-tech innovations

86 WINTER CHIC Cécile and Dominique’s

113 PROJECT INSPIRATION Ultimate kids’ rooms Stimulate your little

French home is a hommage to cosy Danish design

’uns designista genes with these stylish ideas

94 MIX MASTERS Georgian style vamped


up to the max is Nick and Susana’s idea of heaven

Curve appeal… The history of the bay window

[ Food & Travel ] 126 PARTY PIECES Delicious savoury nibbles and sweet treats that are a doddle to prepare

131 SNOW PATROL We hit the slopes in search of the funkiest ski resorts, from a Marcel Breuer-built hotel in France to an Andrew Martin-furnished lodge in Spain

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[ Follow that star ] New York jewellery brand Lulu Frost has crossed the pond to create a festive collection for Whistles that’s full of statement modern shapes. We’ll be donning this bracelet (and probably the matching necklace) as you can never have too many twinkles at this time of year. £85 (

M ETA L PETA L Like they’ve been picked straight from an enchanted tree, the leaves on Amara’s metallic garland and wreath are coated in silver and a dusting of glitter, making for a magic, ethereal mood. The ultra-realistic details on each leaf have us dreaming of a sparkling, precious-metal forest. Lapland suddenly sounds quite boring. Garland, £49; and wreath, £89 (

DRINK IT IN Who cares if it’s full or empty – all anyone at your New Year’s party is going to be doing with this bar cabinet is staring at it. Stained mango wood frames striking inlaid tiles in a spectacular geometric pattern, with one door more intricate than the other – adding to the ultra-modern, awe-inspiring effect. £1,299 (

[ Family favourite ] Too scared to go the whole way but still want to show your mum how much you care? The Hambledon’s painted metal tatt decoration is a happy compromise – turning a heart, ORYH ELUGVDQGÁRZHUV into an edgy dedication to mommie dearest. And it’s totally pain-free. £14.95 ( / January 2017



BLOW OUT If anything’s going to get you in the mood, it’s this Meri Meri garland. The balloon letters come as part of a self-assembly kit, complete with balls, pinwheels and a neon cord – it’s much easier to string a word together than playing Scrabble. £18 (

SW ITCH IT ON The new lighting department at Debenhams is a glowing one-stop shop for everything you’ll need to illuminate your home. Vintage-inspired cinema lights, modern chandeliers, marble detailing and luminous pink flamingos – every room in your soon-to-be-very-well-lit abode is covered. Lucky it’s getting dark so early these days. Cora chandelier, £250 (

[ Light of my life ] A picket fence and an adorable two-up-two-down – life’s rather lovely in George Home’s bell jar and that’s even before light-up stars start shooting out of the roof. Flick the switch and gaze wistfully into a peaceful land where there’s no last-minute wrapping to GRQR VWRFNLQJVWR ÀOO DQG no Christmas cards waiting to be written. £10 (

[ Fresh fabric ] Sofa Workshop has teamed up with British fabric house Flock to create a capsule collection of a sofa, armchair and footstool all covered in vivacious, dancing shapes. They’re basically gift wrapped already. Little Jon sofa in A Shingle Night linen-mix by Touching Elbows, £1,522 (

[ Under the influence ] Recognise these? They’re your favourite iconic tumblers after a few too many. Duralex’s glasses are melted and reshaped,in amber as well as clear glass. These Tipsy designs come as shot glasses too – so after a few tequilas maybe they’ll look straight! £25 for two ( 14

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SNAP IT UP Chuck out Articulate! and box up Monopoly, the only entertainment you’ll be needing this new year is a good, old-fashioned pack of cards. Don’t worry, Christian Lacroix has given them a glorious makeover, replacing kings, queens and the whole high court with parrots, jewels, plants, fish and splatters of neon paint. Now even a game of snap seems riveting. £28 (

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AGENDA / NEWS Homage to Danish style on the high street

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SPICED U P Orange and pink – who’d have thought it?! The two bold shades work gloriously in Casamance’s embroidered Ubud cotton, forming gentle patches and merging into each other with lashings of gold thread. It’s part of the new Kebaya collection, which is full of exotic, spicy tones that’ll keep you warm through winter. From £145 per m (

PEARLY GUISE Move over delicate paper snowflakes – the iridescent trend has hit Christmas and brought with it a sturdy, reusable plastic to carry the luxe, pearly finish. The effect is also applied to garlands and 3-D honeycomb baubles, so it’s set to be a rather dazzling December. £10 for three (

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# WE HEARD the new collection is all rich reds combined with luxe blues. The countdown is on. Monza table with supplementary table top, £2,999; Adelaide swivel chairs, £369 each; and Spiral pendant by Verner Panton, £960, BoConcept

BEDDED IN Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s called the Napper and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what it makes us want to do. Loafâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest bed has a simplified button headboard, sleek oak legs and playful curves and comes in more than 120 fabrics, from this Bumblebee velvet to designs by Romo and Designers Guild. With this in the bedroom, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll barely notice Santaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s giftsâ&#x20AC;¦ From £795 ( / January 2017



ALPHABET ART Wow pretty much sums it up – LK Bennett has collaborated with artist Boyarde to create a gloriously colourful alphabet, ready to liven up your accessories. In the classic Boyarde style of comic book-ish pop art, the leather letters stick directly on to bags, shoes and anything else you fancy, so start thinking about what you want to write up your knee-high boots. £19 each (

BURN BABY BURN Not familiar with the ancient Japanese art of Shou Sugi Ban? Not to worry – Havwood’s new wall cladding demonstrates it splendidly. Made from reclaimed solid pine, the wood is charred, misted with water, cooled, then stained and sealed to highlight its natural beauty and pattern. Do not try this at home! £149.94 per sq m (

STYLE IT UP Deck the halls with more than boughs of holly and branch out to the ceiling too with Sainsbury’s Midnight collection. Full of shimmering golds complemented by deep navy and purple tones, it creates a feeling of mystic glamour with exotic shapes and wish-this-bird-was-real glittering feathers. Baubles, from £1.50 each (

SASSY STEPS If any shoes are going get you partying like it’s 1999, it’s these glittering bad boys by Steve Madden. Is it midnight yet? Carrson Barely There sandal, £80 (

T R EN D I N G [ Harlequin ] The panto-esque pattern of the harlequin is all we want to decorate with this year – and it shouldn’t be too hard considering its prominence of late. Tree topers, tableware and truffles have all got dressed up in the classic diamond pattern, ready to put on a damn good show. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Christmas cracker with Pink Marc de Champagne truffles, £7.50 (; MacKenzie-Childs tree topper, £140 (; Diamond bauble, £10 (; Orange Bitters scented candle, £120 (; and Marcel Wanders Circus mug, £14 (


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PUT UPON Perfect for perching, Arlo & Jacob’s Bennet can’t decide if it’s a pouffe or a stool – and does it really matter? Subtly decorated with a single, cute button and piped edges, it comes in more than 100 fabrics, from this bright Peony velvet to linens and wools in every shade. Pick your favourite party guest and let them rest their dancing feet on it. £199 (


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If you thought the patterned tablecloth was dead, you might want to reconsider. The bold shapes on Marimekko’s Kumiseva fabric draped across this Scandi dining set-up makes for a very memorable lunch indeed. Leaving the table can become very difficult, though… Maybe we’ll have one more After Eight. £39 per m (

‘MANDLE’ Aromas of wood, spices and tobacco have been floating around of late and it’s thanks to the rise of the man-candle. Stop buying socks and ties and fill stockings up with wax and wicks instead. Strength candle, £40 (

CUTTING EDGE Leading retail brand has expanded into home accessories with a glorious new collection. You’ll find dinnerware, glassware, serveware and most other wares, all in trend-led materials, such as marble and metallics. Dayton cutlery, £65 for a 16-piece set (

[ Height of style ] Try as we might, we just can’t grow a tree that’s a cool as this magnificent artificial creation from Next Home. Boldly standing at 6ft tall, its monochrome ombré branches are the epitome of cool Yule. Does it even need decorating? We don’t think so. £100 (

[ Head full ] Stand out from the crowd and don this delicious headband at as many Christmas functions as possible. Featuring a roast turkey and all the trimmings on a glittering gold plate, it will make you an Instagram sensation in no time #ChristmasDinnerHead. £7.50 (paperchase.

[ All the frills ] Forget fancy wrapping paper and personalise your presents with playful accessories this year. The time for brown-paper packages tied up with string has long gone – now we’re talking tinsel pompoms, copper ribbon and metres of glitter tape. Just think how proud you’ll be showcasing your offerings under the tree.

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WESTERN EPIC Snuggle into a classic American Christmas with Lexington’s Holiday Collection, filled with Jacquards, checks and tartans in bold scales and playful messages. As well as cushions and throws, there’s bedding, slippers, table runners and place mats – perfect for transforming your home into a New England cabin. Cushion covers, from £49 each; and blanket, £149 (

[ Yo! Grandma! ] Get 2017 off to an ever-so-slightly inappropriate start with these tonguein-cheek coasters from Rockett St George. Wording aside, the calligraphy’s beautiful… But best keep the drinks topped up in case an elderly relative manages to read them through an empty glass. £10.99 for 15, also available in two other designs (

STAR BUY Reaching a colossal 90cm tall, Bomma’s TIM pendants are a sight to behold. Created by freely blowing glass without a mould – a highly skilled job at this scale – the result is an organic shape with no two the same. They may look like bubbles on the brink of popping, but at up to 30kg each, they’re pretty sturdy… From £695 each (


CLOCKWISE FROM RIGHT In-transit long-sleeve t-shirt, £65; Colorblock sports bra, £48; and Performance leggings, £95 (

[ Looking good ] TEAM SPIRIT Fans of all things matching, rejoice – lighting brand Pooky has teamed up with Farrow & Ball to coat its turned-wood bases in 21 paint colours, from Elephant’s Breath to India Yellow. Just pick your base, shade and classic colour and wait for your dream lamp to arrive. Paint service from £25, plus base cost (

)RULWVÀUVW IRUD\LQWR activewear, JCrew got New Balance on board to create a collection that’ll make burning off those roast potatoes less painful. Alongside the exclusive colours and prints, there’s a techy fabric that’s sweat-absorbing, with hidden pockets to stash keys. So don’t be afraid of that second helping.

ROCK ON Your eyes are not deceiving you – this is a rocking moose. The antlers and that distinctive nose have been transformed in Scandi style by (who else?) Ikea, flattening the design so it can be assembled with a screwdriver and an Allen key. That’s what you’ll be doing on Christmas Eve, then. £26 (

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Sure, we want to get cosy at this time of year, but we want to do it in style (get out of that onesie), so we’re mixing wintry, textured whites with flashes of silver for a snuggly-yet-luxe look. The a/w 2016 catwalk was adrift with paleness and hints of glamour – Carolina Herrera’s models floated along in fur combined with shimmering organza, while Michael Kors’ were sparkling with sequins layered under thick, fluffy coats. A blizzard’s hit the home too, with Moooi’s Boutique Sophy sofa literally covered in snowflakes and Tord Boontje’s Lux Orbit lantern for Atelier Swarovski bedecked in ice-like shards of glistening crystal. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

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Add some snap to your styling with these party favourites

Snowflake Connoisseur cracker, £29.50 for six, M&S

Christmas cracker, £39 for six, Toast

Delahaye marbled cracker, £50 for 12, Designers Guild

Colourful cracker, £50 for six,

Meri Meri Nutcracker cracker, £22.95 for eight, Harrods

Luxury Christmas cracker, £660 for six, William & Son

Jingle Those Bells! cracker, £18 for six, Rockett St George

Peacock Feathers cracker, £50 for six, John Lewis

Monochrome cracker, £40 for six, Katie Leamon at

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Light-up decoration, £6, Next Home

Porcelain decoration, £5, The Letteroom

Ampersand decoration, £4.50, Oliver Bonas

Monogram decoration, £5, John Lewis

Crystal decoration, £19.95, Tinker Tailor at Harrods

Red letter decoration, £3.99, Dobbies Garden Centres

Ceramic decoration, £6, Anthropologie

Alphabet decoration, £3, M&S

Bauble decoration, from £18, Charlene Mullen

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Follow the fad for fonts with these cool letter designs


MODERN STOCKINGS These chic designs are anything but trad

Woodhouse stocking, £60, Tori Murphy

Faux-fur stocking, £20, John Lewis

Reindeer stocking, £28, Design Vintage

Winterland stocking, £26, Ferm Living

Suzanni stocking, £50, Anthropologie

Personalised glitter stocking, £21, Minna’s Room at

Fair Isle stocking, £30, The White Company

Deck the Halls stocking, £160, MacKenzie-Childs at Harrods

Nutcracker stocking, £16, Linea at House of Fraser

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Two of a Kind Gold Dot shaker, £50, Kate Spade New York

Chiringuito cocktail shaker, £115, Ron Arad for Alessi

Hollywood cocktail shaker, £17.50, M&S

Montgomery cocktail shaker, £195, Ralph Lauren Home

Pineapple cocktail shaker, £34, Oliver Bonas

Trombone cocktail shaker, £65, Nick Munro

33 cocktail shaker, £29.99,

Rocket cocktail shaker, £34.99, Rockett St George

Plum cocktail shaker, £95, Tom Dixon

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Designer Josiah Wedgwood, 1774. Details Porcelain Christmas tree decorations, £25 each, Wedgwood. Background A true English classic, Wedgwood Jasperware has been a star player in British dining rooms since visionary master potter Josiah Wedgwood introduced it to society in 1774. Crafted in his independent Staffordshire pottery from the finest unglazed vitreous stoneware and graced with exquisite classical and contemporary reliefs, each creation feels like a luxury piece of history. Although there are many shades in the Wedgwood colour wheel, from cream Queen’s Ware to Black Basalt, it is the delicate light blue and white Jasper design that is most synonymous with the brand. In fact, ‘Wedgwood Blue’ is every bit as famous and recognisable as America’s ‘Tiffany Blue’. Today, Wedgwood remains true to Josiah’s exacting standards, with many of its products still handfinished using techniques that date back to the company’s beginnings more than 250 years ago. And with its royal warrant, innovative new product ranges and undoubted quality, it remains a welcome guest at the banquets of both royals and heads of state – what’s the betting these showstopping future heirloom baubles will be given a top spot on the trees at Buckingham Palace and the White House this Christmas…

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Fiona’s glammed-up, sensual apartment boasts moody lighting, sparkly finishes and a relaxed vibe. And – just like its owner – it’s always ready to party…

HOME PROFILE THE OWNER Fiona Ellis, who runs her own interior design and model scouting business, and her daughter Honey, 16. THE PROPERTY A ground-floor apartment in a converted manor house in Berkshire, built in 1910, comprising a living room, kitchen, dining area, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a cloakroom. 34

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HOMES / ETC LI V ING ROOM The original embossed ceiling has darker layers of paint applied on top and is finished with a lightreflecting glaze. ‘It looks almost like it’s waxed,’ says Fiona. Hanging on the wall above her original Peacock chair is a stag’s head, which has been mirrored. ‘When the light hits it, it looks like a disco ball… Or a disco stag!’ she adds with a laugh. Get the look The ceiling is painted in Brinjal estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. The Peacock chair was found at an antiques fair. The sheepskin rug is from Bowron Sheepskins. The candleholders, lanterns and illuminated tree are all from Graham and Green.

H A LLWAY The tactile, crocodile-print vinyl on the ceiling and facing wall makes a dramatic first impression. Get the look This is Osborne & Little’s Crocodilo wallpaper.

Photography ⁄ Alexander James


Production ⁄ Mary Weaver


Words ⁄ Joanna Simmons


ring on the New Year dancing!’ says Fiona Ellis. ‘It makes you feel great… The next place I own is going to have a cellar, which will become my disco. Friday night, round mine, disco night!’ For now, though, the spacious living room in her Berkshire apartment serves just fine as a dancefloor and the festive period is Fiona’s chance to socialise at home. ‘I get the mulled wine going about a week before Christmas and keep that coming,’ she says. ‘This is a time for friends and family, having a few hangovers and lying in bed all day watching box sets!’ There will be a tree too, but forget the trad trimmings. ‘I have antique decorations, little Russian glass ornaments and I buy old jewellery, which I mount on velvet plaques,’ Fiona explains. ‘My daughter Honey often asks, “Why can’t we have a normal tree?” She’s longing for something traditional. Mine has lots of velvet ribbons and leopard-print baubles!’ It’s not just Fiona’s festive tree that swerves from the conventional route. Her whole apartment is gloriously unique. From the extraordinary wallpaper used throughout (mimicking croc and cheetah skin, mirrors and satin drapes) and the pimped-up antiques to the warm, woody perfume from scented candles, this place is part punk rock, part sensual retreat. ‘I don’t know how I’d describe the look,’ she says. ‘It’s eclectic – it’s evolved over time. There’s an edge to it, but it’s also very dark, cosy and womb-like.’ Fiona has used dark colours for as long as she can remember, but to prevent the palette feeling oppressive, she works in layers of texture, reflective surfaces and luxe finishes – with wallpaper her secret weapon. ‘I love wallpaper – it’s amazing!’ she says. ‘People don’t realise the mirrored wall in the living room is a wallpaper. The light reflection is outstanding. It adds another dimension.’ She might use two different papers in one room and loves it on the ceiling too. ‘The guy putting the paper up here said, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen it hung on the ceiling before”,’ Fiona recalls. ‘I replied, “Get used to it, mate!’” The apartment was ‘very cream’ when she found it six years ago, but when Fiona clocked its high ceilings and ornate period features, ‘It was, “Oh my God! That’s the one!”’ Now, the original details, such as the embossed ceiling in the living room, are dressed in deep tones and the 36

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moody palette creates the perfect backdrop for her unique finds and offbeat furniture. ‘When the living room was first painted, Honey wasn’t sure she liked it,’ says Fiona. ‘I said, “Just wait!” When you hang art on it, it looks amazing. Then you bring in colour. Love it…’ That colour in the apartment comes in the form of a purple carpet, burgundy velvet and mock-croc sofas. ‘If a fabric isn’t a skin, a velvet or gorgeous to the touch, I’m not interested,’ Fiona says. Added to this are little pops of fluoro, including Fiona’s iron bed frame painted in searing orange and yellow. ‘Even a very minimal scheme needs a touch of fluoro to give it a bit of life,’ she says. ‘I like some on my clothes too, but a little goes a long way.’ Fiona says there is ‘100 per cent crossover’ between fashion and interiors and her working life involves both. She is a legendary model scout, who worked for Models One and then co-founded Independent Models and was responsible for discovering Erin O’Connor, Karen Elson and Alek Wek. Her eye for what she calls ‘extraordinary beauty that you want to stop and stare at’ is now at work creating interiors and she combines both skills in her business called Elliseye. When advising clients, Fiona urges them to have confidence and be brave. ‘Don’t be scared of colour. It makes you feel good,’ she says. ‘Also, just do whatever you like. No one can tell you that you can’t mix those pieces together or have this colour with that one.’ Fiona lives by her own advice, scoffing at conventional design wisdom. ‘The idea that you have to put white on ceilings! That winds me up big time. Forget it,’ she says. ‘People sometimes ask why I have animal print on my ceiling. I say, “Why not?” It’s your home to be adventurous in or not, as you choose.’ This brave, independent attitude will serve Fiona well in the future and she’s itching for new adventures, both at work and home. ‘My New Year resolution is to say “Yes!” Yes, I would love to come… Yes to more festivals, gigs and travelling,’ she says. ‘I’m going to Cuba soon and planning to do something different with my interiors business. I’m always up for dancing too. Bring it on in 2017!’ For more information about Fiona’s interiors and model scouting business, visit

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An African juju hat hangs on the wall. ‘You’ve got to have feathers!’ says Fiona. The piano is much loved by Honey, who can play by ear. Get the look The juju hat was brought back from the States – find similar at Rockett St George. The woodwork is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Studio Green estate eggshell darkened with black. The Art Deco horse-head lamp base was found in a Parisian flea market.

HOMES / ETC LI V ING ROOM ‘Wherever I go, I always look up an antiques or junk shop and visit,’ says Fiona. ‘I love finding treasures – it’s a passion of mine.’ Get the look Fiona bought the Art Deco Ibex table lamps in the US and had them re-bronzed. This is Antique Mirror wallpaper from the Mariinsky Damask collection at Cole & Son. The sofas are upholstered in Rubelli velvet and fauxalligator-skin fabric from Altfield. The zebra-print fabric used for the cushion is by Abbott & Boyd.

K ITCHEN Fiona added new splashback tiles and put up some eye-tricking velvet flock wallpaper on one section of wall. ‘It’s the most incredible print, with an almost 3-D effect,’ she says. Get the look This is Drape wallpaper from the Geometric collection at Cole & Son. The bar stools were bought in a junk shop and revamped with Altfield leather.

HOME TRUTHS How long does it take you to get ready for a party? If it’s a proper dress-up do, at least an hour and a half, but I never come out looking like I’ve spent that long! I don’t put on lots of make-up – my look is very natural. But I’ll do a scrub, use a face mask and have a long bath with Micheline Arcier oils, so I feel good going out and, hopefully, that glows from inside. Do you prefer heels or flats? Depends. I always wear wedges rather than heels. I’m a bit of a Dick Emery – not very good on my feet. I take trainers in my handbag too, because I love to dance, no matter what I’m wearing. Which music gets you moving? I love all kinds of music, but I’m a real hip-hop girl. What did you love most about 2016? My daughter getting into music academy to study vocals. And what did you loathe? Brexit. That’s really done me in. Finally, can you recall your most memorable New Year’s Eve ever? Turtle Beach, Tobago, about 12 years ago, giving it large. It really was an absolute blinder…


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V IEW TO DINING A R E A The kitchen was already in place when Fiona moved in. ‘I kept thinking I should change it, then thought, no, I’ll just work with it,’ she says. ‘I’d rather have a holiday than spend money on a new one.’ Get the look The ocelot-print wallpaper on the ceiling and lining the arch is Pantanal by Osborne & Little. The candle is by Diptyque.

HON EY ’S BEDROOM The teenager’s room rocks a cool grey. ‘Honey always says, “Mum, when I have my own place, it’s going to be so light”,’ says Fiona. ‘But then she asked if she could have a dark navy room in our next home.’ Get the look The walls are painted in Pavilion Gray estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. The vintage furniture, sourced from Pedlars Place, is painted in Manor House Gray estate eggshell, also by Farrow & Ball.

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M A STER BEDROOM A flash of fluoro brightens Fiona’s boudoir. ‘I bought the paint from somewhere like Halfords – it’s made for cars,’ she says. Fiona has owned the bed for years. ‘It was found on top of a house in Morocco. It’s gorgeous and with each home I’ve lived in, it’s changed colour.’ Get the look For a similar bed, try the Victorian Brass Bedstead Company. The French wardrobe was bought at the Newark Antiques & Collectors Fair.

HOMES / ETC BATHROOM ‘The cheetah-print wallpaper was the cheapest I could find online,’ says Fiona. ‘It’s so Bet Lynch – I’ve used it floor to ceiling too as it’s such a great effect.’ Get the look For similar wallpaper, check out Graham & Brown. The Art Deco mirror was bought at the Newark Antiques & Collectors Fair.

LIVINGETC LOVES The independent spirit behind this home. Fiona doesn’t follow convention or an established look, but goes with her heart, creating a unique style. Those amazing wallpapers, which trick the eye, bounce light around and bring lashings of personality and humour. Pops of fluoro colour that liven up a dark palette. Fiona has used zingy tones sparingly to invigorate her scheme without throwing it off balance. The sensual appeal of the rooms. Scented candles, soft lighting, tactile sheepskin and deep tones delight the senses and instil a relaxed vibe. The pimped-up animal skulls, many with mirrored finishes. Suddenly, a stag skull feels a lot more disco! Those dark ceilings, which smash the convention that says white is right. Fiona even has wallpaper on some. Fun, effective and ever so anarchic…

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IDEAS TO STEAL SOUL SENSATION KEY FEATURE Arched doorway Fiona’s striking apartment is filled with glamorous cosmetic details, but as every great model scout (and canny decorator knows), it’s the bone structure that counts – and this place has it in spades. With its high ceilings, classical pediments and ornate cornices, it’s chock-full of astonishing architectural elements, not least the arched doorways that separate several of the living zones. Original designs can often be found in salvage yards, but to re-create the style, check out the plaster arch available at Stevensons of Norwich ( Expect to pay from £540, excluding installation costs.


FROM LEFT Lustre Tile 310984 wallpaper, £89 per roll, Zoffany; Purpleheart absolute matt emulsion, £38 for 2.5l, Little Greene; and Grevy River Birch VAP222 cowhide, £28 per sq ft, Whistler Leather


Heavy Aged bronze mirror, from £110, Notre Monde


Bison skull, £84, Young & Battaglia for Mineheart

Opulent Optic pendant, £350, Rothschild & Bickers

3-rod candleholder, £45, Pols Potten at Amara Nepal Peacock chair, £795, Alexander & Pearl

De Beauvoir screen in Tigre velvet, £2,250, House of Hackney

Josephine cabinet, £2,695, Andrew Martin

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ON CHR ISTMAS NIGHT… Create a heavenly party atmosphere with stars, glitter and midnight blues

Photography ⁄ James Merrell


Styling ⁄ Jo Bailey

Reinvent a traditional nativity with a village of candles and a shimmering forest of mini trees. WALLS Painted in Deep Space absolute matt emulsion, £38 for 2.5l, Little Greene. DETAILS Francis mirror, on the chimney breast, £450, Petite Friture at Heal’s. Patina aged mirror, on the mantel, from £169, Notre Monde at Eli mirror, on the wall, £55, Graham and Green. Glittered fir trees, from £8.99 each, Gisela Graham. Kulört crushed glass, £1.75 per 0.75kg, Ikea. Urbania ceramic tea-light houses, from £16.50 each, Kähler at Aram Store. Metal Christmas tea-light houses, from £11.95, The Farthing. Copper tea-light house, £26, Ella James at Solar eclipse glasses, £9.99 for four, eclipseglasses. Decorative logs, from £34 for a bundle, The Log Basket. Moon, last quarter canvas, seen in reflection, from £155, Surface View. / January 2017



For fun and games, award a prize to whoever can guess what’s inside this enormous cracker… WALL AND WOODWORK Painted in Deep Space absolute matt emulsion, as before. WINDOW Curtain made in Glacier Danube polyester-mix, £62 per m, Earth Form Collection at Kai. FURNITURE Earl Grey velvet sofa, £2,148, Love Your Home. FLOOR Staccato rug, £1,425 per sq m, Kelly Wearstler for The Rug Company. DETAILS Super Crazy giant cracker, £195, Rockett St George. Eclipse artwork, £90 each (excluding frames), Whitebeam Studio. Mirror puzzle cubes, £4.99 each, LSMY at Amazon.


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Add a crisp, festive flavour with frosted-effect windows and a dazzling array of stars. WINDOWS Ice Crystal spray, £7.50, FURNITURE Rattan hanging chair, £199, Rockett St George. FLOOR Sam rug in Petrol, £3,825, Kasthall at Chaplins. DETAILS Star wire lights, hanging from the ceiling, £17.50 each; Rusty stars, on the window ledge, £50 each; Star Silhouette carnival lights, £35 each; Standing star, on the floor, £22 for two; and illuminated copper wire star, £75, all Cox & Cox. Ultimate beaded stars, on the window ledge, £60 each, The White Company. Acid Burnt cowhide cushion, £70; and Zoeppritz Crack cushion, £31, Amara.

What, no tree? Create a modern focal point with sleek candle groupings and sparkling twigs. FEATURE WALL Painted in Deep Space absolute matt emulsion, as before. WINDOWS Curtains made in Glacier Danube polyestermix, £62 per m, Kai. FURNITURE Earl Grey sofa, as before. Beetle velvet lounge chair, £1,209, GamFratesi for Gubi at The Conran Shop. Vinyl coffee tables, £1,887 for three, Cattelan Italia at Harrods. FLOOR Staccato rug, as before. DETAILS Pre-lit twig Christmas trees, from £40 each, John Lewis. Cone candles, from £6.25 each, Ester & Erik at Barbed. Eclipse artwork, as before. Gold and Silver wrapping paper, from £2.50 per roll, M&S. Constellations wrapping paper, £3.95 for two sheets, Newton and the Apple at Etsy. Toy Box wrapping paper, £2.50 per sheet, Hannah Richards Design at Etsy. Infinity Star light, £55, Next Home. Giant cracker, £19.95; and toy rocket, £13.75, Rockett St George. LED fairy lights, £19.99,


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Give Santa a contemporary Christmas greeting – that carrot cake is for him, not Rudolph! DETAILS Light box, £30, A Little Lovely Company at Trouva. Decorative logs, from £34 for a bundle, The Log Basket. Barney Bird, £25, Wyld Home. Party hat, £7 for six; and Silver foil curtain, £8.50, Talking Tables. Constellations wrapping paper, as before. Blue Antique bauble, £9.95; and Blue Crush bauble, £17.95, both Harrods. Royal Doulton Splash dinner plate, £8; and Culinary Concepts hip flask, £22.50, John Lewis. Arcobaleno fork, £400 for a 24-piece set, Mepra at Selfridges. Staccato rug, as before. / January 2017



Iridescent decs and personalised place settings are this year’s tabletop essentials. MAIN PICTURE: WALL Papered in Kershaw Plain NCW4204-07 wallpaper, £61 per roll, Nina Campbell at Osborne & Little. FURNITURE Odette ochre velum cabinet, £4,277, Julian Chichester. DETAILS Apsley candleholders, from £12 each, The White Company. Baubles, from £5.50 each, Selfridges. Oil vase, £250, Tom Dixon at Heal’s. Glass pebbles, £4.50 for 100, The Crafty Glass Box. INSET: FURNITURE Haumea-T dining table, for details, see opposite. DETAILS Personalised snow globe, £42.25, Small Marbled dinner plates, £13.95 each, Royal Stafford at Liberty. Arcobaleno cutlery, as before; Arcobaleno cake slice, £53; and Arcobaleno charger, £150, all Mepra at Selfridges. Brownie bites, £2 each, Paul A Young. Pebeo Deco silver flakes, £6.50, Hobbycraft. Lit glass globe, in the table centrepiece, £20, Next Home.


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Make a glam statement with gold-flecked wallpaper – pops of brass sing against the blue. WALL As before. WOODWORK AND DOOR Painted in Deep Space absolute matt emulsion, as before. FURNITURE Haumea-T dining table (includes brass centrepiece), £3,846, Massimo Castagna for Gallotti&Radice. Bai Lu chairs, £1,055 each, Neri & Hu for Lema. Odette cabinet, as before. DETAILS Brass Fan wall sculpture, £1,400, Curtis Jeré at Talisman. Mineral pendant in Sodalite Blue, £750, Rothschild & Bickers. Nox candleholders, £45 for three, Caravane. Candles, £1 each, Tiger. Hazelnut chocolates, £19.95 per bag, Carluccio’s. Silver ribbon, £1.75 for 3m, Paperchase. Mini Star piñatas, £12 each, Urban Outfitters. Gold and Silver wrapping paper, from £2.50 per roll, M&S. Constellations wrapping paper, £3.95 for two sheets, Newton and the Apple at Etsy. Acrylic stones, stuck on the wrapped presents, £6 per pack, Hobbycraft. Baubles, as before. The Galaxy Bottle, £35, S’well at Amara. LED strip light, £14.99,


In a room bedecked in gold, layer up pressies in the shape of a tree – drinks get a chic touch too. OPPOSITE PAGE: WALLS Papered in Luxe 10253 wallpaper, £20.95 per m, Fardis. FURNITURE Isabel velvet sofa in Navy Blue, £995, Habitat. Melrose drinks cabinet, £1,255, Living by Christiane Lemieux at House of Fraser. Tattoo footstool, £650, Baleri Italia at Chaplins. FLOOR Black Quartz rug, £1,800 per sq m, Jan Kath for Front. DETAILS Fire & Ice (Lip Series) by Claire Luxton framed print, £550, Elixir cushion, £48, Voyage at John Lewis. Silver Moon and Star balloons, £11 for six, Pipii. Minerals, from £245 each (stands sold separately), Aura London. Star fairy lights, £15, The White Company. Mixology tumblers, £100 for two, Waterford at John Lewis. Gold chocolate bullion, £3, Iceland. Gold chocolate coins, £2.50 each, Carluccio’s. Aeroplane decoration, £24.95, Harrods. THIS PAGE, MAIN PICTURE: WALLS As before. FURNITURE Silver decorative ladder, £195, Orchid. FLOOR Washed Denim rug in Copper, £4,500, Bazaar Velvet. DETAILS Glitter confetti garland, on the ladder, £5.99, Pipii. Glitter star, £11.94, DZD. Space wrapping papers, from £11.10 per roll, Starry garland, on the presents, £7.49, Pipii. Lit globes, £20 each, Next Home. Confetti rockets, £15.99 for six, Meri Meri at Party Pieces. Telescope, £45, Linea at House of Fraser. THIS PAGE, INSET: WALL As before. FURNITURE Melrose drinks cabinet, as before. DETAILS Indigo Organic tray, £110, Notre Monde at Amara. Mixology tumblers, as before. Silver leaf, on rim of the tumblers, £7 for 12 sheets, Hobbycraft. X View goggles, £65, Salomon. Blue glitter stars, £11.58 for six, DZD. Cîroc vodka, £28.95, Sainsbury’s. Jewel bauble, £21.95, Harrods. Ribbon, £1.75 per roll, Paperchase. / January 2017


Get set for the occasion at a hip dressing table designed for a moon goddess. WALL Moon, last quarter canvas, for details, see opposite. FURNITURE Amina console table, £575, Graham and Green. DETAILS Onyx Tension mirror, £1,450, Katharina Eisenkoeck. Mini Whisper Box, on left, £330, Nika Zupanc for Sé. Frosted Ice bauble, £3.95, Liberty. Ribbon, as before. Igneous notebook, £8.50, Custhom. Blue glitter pot, £9.95, Harrods. Stardust apothecary bottle, £22.50, Rockett St George. Star headband, £170, Piers Atkinson for Selfridges. Black ornamental sphere, £9.95, Glitter lash pack, £25, Niclove at Batman badge, on the onyx mirror base, £99.95, Philipp Plein at Harrods. iPhone charging dock, £40, Native Union at Amara. iPhone, stylist’s own.


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Introduce a cosmic vibe with a glammed-up canvas and silver strips on a monochrome tree. FEATURE WALL Moon, last quarter canvas, from £155, Surface View. WINDOW Curtain made in Sirente 7540/49 polyester in Twilight, £51 per m, Romo. FURNITURE No. 3 bed set with Harlech headboard, £18,090.50, Savoir Beds. Culver metallic stool, £150, Abigail Ahern. FLOOR Mirror rug in Original, £9,450, Abstract Collection at Knots Rugs. DETAILS John duvet cover, £416; and John pillowcases, £154 for two, Missoni Home at Amara. Silk bedding, from £56 for a pillowcase, Gingerlily. Gramercy cushion, £117.50, Abigail Ahern. Tiber quilt, £380, Designers Guild. Slate Skin Macbook case, £80, Roxxlyn. September Lapis Lazuli birthstone scarf, £185, Weston at Liberty. Dynamo table light, £90, Brewers Home. Ombré-effect Christmas tree, £100, Next Home. Silver lametta, £1.55 per pack, Amazon. Giant baubles, £30 each, DZD. LED fairy lights, on the canvas, £9.99; and LED White Star Christmas window light, draped on the door, £16.99, Aeroplane decorations, £24.95 each, Harrods. Ribbon, £2.50 per roll, Paperchase.




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Cécile’s new-build French home is a natural wonder that looks like it’s been around forever

Rio carnival cool meets Jane Austen elegance in Nick and Susana’s joyful terrace / January 2017


TIME TO CELEBR ATE! With its huge living space, Corrine and Peter’s home is as much designed for parties as it is for family life – and the pair intend to make the most of every inch…

Photography ⁄ Paul Massey


Production ⁄ Mary Weaver


Words ⁄ Jenny Tucker


HOME PROFILE THE OWNERS Corrine Moore, a corporate lawyer, her husband Peter, an investment manager, and their 20-month-old daughter Annabel. THE PROPERTY A Victorian mews house in north London. On the ground floor is an open-plan kitchen/ dining/living area and WC, with a lower-level basement comprising a study and utility room. On the first floor is Annabel’s nursery, two guest bedrooms, a family bathroom and terrace. The master bedroom suite is on the second floor.

H A LL As soon as anyone arrives at this home, first impressions are of a stylish and calm interior. Soft blues tone everything down. Get the look The feature wall is painted in Maritime marble emulsion by Mylands. The flooring was custom made by Mosaic Del Sur. / January 2017


With a sparkly New Year celebration fast approaching, it seems fitting that the Moore family are relishing putting the finishing touches to their polished new home. ‘This is the fun bit,’ says Corrine with a smile. ‘We’ve been through the planning, the months of dust, the choice of this tap or that one… Now we can sit back and enjoy living here.’ There’s even a christening party on the horizon. Not for baby Annabel, but for their home – a festive housewarming for Corrine and Peter’s friends before the family head to Australia to visit her folks in Sydney. ‘It’s the first proper gathering we’ve had in this house and the open-plan layout is perfect for a party,’ she says. ‘Peter and I always wanted a home where everyone could hang out.’ As an Aussie married to a Brit, and as someone who’s lived in London for more than 12 years, it’s no surprise that Corrine’s home is a hybrid of English and Antipodean style. ‘The façade is traditional Victorian mews and we’ve chosen some classic features inside, but there are aspects of modern Australian design dotted around,’ she explains. ‘The rear extension, with its huge sliding doors, means the interior can flow freely outside. Australian houses are often built to make the most of nature and the light and we wanted to go for that here.’ Yet when the couple first bought the mews, it was a very drab and very poky affair. The previous owners had daubed every surface in their favourite yellow shade, while each floor was divided into compact, gloomy rooms. ‘We knew we wanted to start from scratch and gut the place,’ Corrine recalls, ‘but that was the extent of our plan. We began looking for experts to help us and because we’d previously worked so well with Alex and Mathew Orme at Space+Matter, we got back in touch with them. From the start, it was a seamless collaboration. They gave us the whole package – the planning, the building, the ideas, the hours of sourcing. It’s quite a leap of faith to give the design of your home over to someone else, but they made it easy. They encouraged us to make choices we might never have considered and we didn’t have the hassle of trawling around interiors stores or fretting over what would work where.’ It was a nine-month process and everything but the stairwell ended up in a skip. Corrine and Peter waited in the wings – well, in a cramped maisonette nearby – and entrusted Mathew to oversee the architectural dilemmas, while Alex stepped in later with fabric and paint swatches. ‘They were so relaxed, it was infectious,’ says Corrine, laughing. ‘I can honestly say I enjoyed the process. Ha! Not many people going through a huge renovation could say that! But what I loved most was how Alex pushed us to think beyond our comfort zone. She’d turn up with three images: one she thought we’d like; one that was a possibility; and one wild card. Initially, we told her to go down a really traditional route, but she always kept well away from anything fusty and dusty and we soon realised we wanted to inject a bit more life and daring into the house.’ The result is a calm, relaxing and creative home – from its winter landscape colour palette of blues, greys and subdued greens right down to the clever touches that crank the design up a notch – such as the specially constructed roof terrace with its living wall of cascading blooms. And the upper landing with its bespoke panelling that conceals each doorway for a now-you-see-them, now-you-don’t finish. And the glazed ceiling at the end of the living area, which offers a front-row-seat view of the ever-changing drama of the night sky. ‘Being in our new home for the new year is the best Christmas present any of us could have,’ says Corrine. ‘The day we moved in, Annabel had just started to totter around. She walked from one side of the kitchen to the other – it must have felt as big as a stadium to her. She was covered in the remnants of builders’ dust, smiling from ear to ear, while Peter and I stood there watching her, laughing and laughing. I’ll always remember it…’ See more of Alex and Mathew’s portfolio at


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K ITCHEN ‘This area is my favourite part of the house,’ says Corrine. ‘We eat here, watch TV or gravitate towards the garden – everything a family could want in one space.’ Get the look The cabinetry and worktops are from Roundhouse. These are Midas bar stools from Rockett St George. The Amp pendants by Simon Legald for Normann Copenhagen are from nest. The oak herringbone flooring is from Siberian Floors. This is the Psychedelic Cactus coat stand by Paul Smith for Gufram.


‘This house was always charming, but now it has our own stamp on it too’ / January 2017



DINING A R E A Warm wood, overhead lighting and a contemporary slant to the furnishings mean the dining zone looks fresh, welcoming and relaxed. Get the look The table is a design collaboration between Space+Matter and Frances Bradley. These are Mathilda dining chairs by Patricia Urquiola and Tord Boontje’s Shadowy armchair, all for Moroso. The trio of Industrial pendants by Dreizehngrad are from

LI V ING A R E A Blue-green walls contrast with the oak floor and limewashed kitchen cabinets. Get the look This is A Dip in the Lake matt emulsion by Fired Earth. The Spool armchair is by Rodolfo Dordoni for Roda at Exterior-Interior.

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HOME TRUTHS Who will you be toasting at midnight on NYE? The health and happiness of our friends and family. We might also have a cheeky toast to ourselves for surviving another year with our baby Annabel, who’s discovering the ‘terrible twos’ slightly earlier than advertised! Have you got a dream getaway for 2017? We’d love to visit Sri Lanka, but at the moment, I’d be happy to spend a couple of weeks in a villa in Mallorca – it’s relatively quick and easy to get to. What do you miss most about Australia? The weather and the outdoors lifestyle that goes with having such lovely long summers. In London’s defence, last summer was a good one. If you were an animal what would you be? Lion, king of the jungle. Before we had the baby, we spent many years travelling to Africa on safari. How do you and Peter spend a perfect grown-up night out? We don’t get the opportunity much these days, but we enjoy eating out. So when we get the chance, we try new restaurants. What’s your secret indulgence? Wine. We both love a glass or two of a nice white or rosé. We’re pretty sure it’s not a secret, though!

LI V ING A R E A Painting the far wall in the same soft shade of green as used for the rear of the house creates a cocooning effect. Get the look This is Fired Earth’s Opal Green matt emulsion. The Mah Jong sofa is by Hans Hopfer for Roche Bobois. This is the Cloud coffee table by Nendo for Moroso. The Float side tables are by Pinch. This is the Palermo kilim rug by Gan at Cimmermann. The pendant light is from French Connection Home. The artwork is by Lucie Flynn.

CLOA K ROOM Trad fittings sit well with the dado-level panelling and graphic wallpaper. Get the look The Deluge cistern and Victoria Petite basin are from Catchpole & Rye. The panelling is painted in Maritime eggshell by Mylands. The custom-made wallpaper is by BAF Graphics.


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M A STER EN SUITE Making the most of the modern Victorian feel, a combo of classic fixtures and cool tiling simply sparkles. Get the look The freestanding bath is from Aston Matthews. The shower system is by Lefroy Brooks. These are Tratti floor tiles by Inga SempĂŠ for Mutina at Domus.

L A N DING Semi-hidden doors add a sense of intrigue to this first-storey space. Get the look The woodwork is painted in Fired Earthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dowager eggshell. These are Zipper stools by Visser & Meijwaard at Mint and the Oona rug by Normann Copenhagen at The String Light Sphere is by Michael Anastassiades for Flos at Cimmermann.


‘The higher you go in the house, the calmer it feels – an intentional design plan!’


M A STER BEDROOM Serenity is the key theme at the top of the house. Get the look The rug is by Golran for Moroso. This is the Circus pendant by Corinna Warm for Innermost at nest. The Cloche table light is by Sebastian Wrong for Wrong.London at Amara.

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‘This is totally the grown-up area – for drinking a glass of wine and just hanging out,’ says Corrine. Get the look The Float sofa is by Francesco Rota for Paola Lenti at The Modern Garden Company. This is the Filo + Irony coffee table by Paola Navone for Gervasoni at Exterior-Interior. The Tio chair is by Massproductions at Twentytwentyone. These are Flaster tiles by Ivanka at Strata Tiles. The living wall was designed by Space+Matters with planting by The Girl who Gardens.


IDEAS TO STEAL TIME TO CELEBRATE! KEY FEATURE Bespoke panelling Corrine and Peter transformed the interior of their Victorian mews into a bright and spacious home, while still retaining the property’s impressive original features. These semi-hidden panelled doors instil a seamless feel to the landing and add a modern take on trad style. To re-create the look, contact The Wall Panelling Company (, where you can expect to pay approx £450 for each panelled door, or £90 per sq m for wall panelling. For a quick and easy refresh, paper a door with panelling wallpaper – Mineheart at has a great selection.


FROM LEFT Casablanca Mono Décor floor tiles, £40.80 per sq m, Mandarin Stone; Sevres Porcelain perfect matt emulsion, £40 for 2.5l, Designers Guild; and London 1832 wallpaper, £75 per m, Zoffany


Graphic rug, £405, Linie Design at Heal’s

Temple pendant and Plumen bulb in Brass, £99,


Qiana bar stool, £330, Bloomingville at Out There Interiors

Taxidermy wall art, from £250, BespokeSpokes at Etsy

David cushion cover, £85, The Conran Shop

Cactus vase, £56, MiaFleur

Madurai sofa, £799.90, Maisons du Monde

Research / Jo Bailey / January 2017



Stripped-back, raw and yet luxuriously elegant, Ivan Massow’s Barcelona bolt hole is an enticing mix of colour, pattern and industrial style… Photography ⁄ Manolo Yllera 76

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Words ⁄ Andréa Childs


HOME PROFILE THE OWNER Ivan Massow, an entrepreneur and social mobility campaigner. THE PROPERTY A first-floor apartment in Barcelona, comprising a living room, kitchendiner, master bedroom suite – including a living area and office – guest bedroom suite and a terrace, which has both living and dining areas.

LI V ING ROOM A vaulted ceiling of Catalan brickwork contrasts with the rich pink elegance of the décor, where Seventies chairs reupholstered in soft suede splay brass legs across vivid redveined rugs. Get the look These are vintage Onda lounge chairs by Giovanni Offredi for Saporti. The Oxford sofa, cushions, coffee table and rugs are by Jaime Beriestain. The red artwork is by Mexican artist Bosco Sodi. The painted metalwork wall sculpture, opposite, is by Portuguese artist José Pedro Croft. / January 2017


DINING A R E A DETA IL Exposed wiring and industrial fittings ramp up the rough-luxe factor. Get the look The artwork is by New York artist Peter Halley.

at New Year,’ says Ivan Massow. ‘It’s a Catholic city, so there are always parades and festivals. I’m torn between staying in London for the annual firework display and seeing in the New Year, Spanish style!’ Ivan campaigned in 2015 to be the Conservative candidate for Mayor of London (Zac Goldsmith got the gig), but doesn’t hide the fact that another capital claims a piece of his heart. ‘I love Barcelona, everything from the typography on the shopfronts to its coffee shops – it’s not overrun with Starbucks, like so many other European cities,’ he says. ‘The people are fiercely independent, but it’s also brilliantly multicultural. Plus, it has a beach! Every time I get off the plane, I feel like I’m on holiday.’ It’s no Airbnb pad for Ivan, though. After an extensive search, he bought this property three years ago. ‘I wanted a first-floor principal apartment in a historic building, with the high ceilings and spacious rooms that implies,’ he explains. ‘I also wanted outdoor space, so the roof terrace was a massive asset. And, last of all, I didn’t want to pay a premium for someone else’s taste and renovations – it had to be somewhere I could completely transform.’


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This former solicitor’s office, devoid of original features and with suspended ceilings and strip lighting, got his vote. ‘There was nothing to be salvaged – they’d ripped out everything, including the walls,’ says Ivan. ‘They’d even put in a green marble floor, which sounds cool, but it wasn’t even kitsch-ugly, it was just bad. But that gave me completely free rein.’ He began by creating two separate living rooms at either end of the property. ‘I want to feel that, even if I have guests staying, I can retreat to my own quarters, so I have a separate living room leading off my bedroom, which also has access to the roof garden,’ Ivan explains. Despite the apartment’s classic proportions, he knew he wanted a pared-back, industrial look for the space and commissioned Jaime Beriestain, founder of an eponymous concept store and interior design business in Barcelona, to help achieve his vision. ‘What Jaime did brilliantly was to look at my brief – concrete floors, exposed brick, factory lighting – and take it to a completely new level,’ says Ivan, admiringly. When the office panelling was removed from the walls, peeling paintwork was revealed, which Jaime preserved to create a raw patina. Air-conditioning and heating pipes made from copper became a design feature. Similarly, rather than channelling the new wiring into the walls, an electrical grid of fabric-wrapped power lines joins plug sockets and light fittings. It’s as if the apartment’s nerves and blood vessels are revealed, a stylistic life force that pulses through and connects the rooms. At its dark heart is the kitchen, a black-walled space leavened only by a trio of white pendants and a touch of wood. ‘It doesn’t get much light, so I decided to go for it and make it even darker,’ says Ivan. ‘It’s a trick I’ve used in basement conversions I’ve decorated back in London. Don’t worry about putting in extra windows – just fill it with drama, light it fantastically and make it exciting!’ The formal living room couldn’t be more different – its white walls are offset with throbbing pink upholstery and red lines that snake like veins and capillaries across the rug. ‘The pattern is all Jaime’s work and I’ve learnt from that,’ Ivan says. ‘I’m currently decorating my home in Sussex and using wallpaper for the first time ever because Jaime has given me a taste for print and decoration.’ So where will he be spending the festive season – Spain or Sussex? ‘Both,’ says Ivan with a laugh. ‘I’ll put up a tree and decorate at home in the UK, especially as it will be my son Theo’s first Christmas. Then I’ll nip over to Barcelona for a few days…’ See more of Jaime Beriestain’s work at


DINING A R E A ‘I wanted cast-iron radiators, but Jaime sourced the most decorative, beautiful examples I’ve ever seen,’ says Ivan. The greypainted walls actually consist of three different colours, to create a distressed look. Get the look The sofa and table are by Jaime Beriestain. The artwork, called SP95, 2015, is by Barcelona-based artist Yago Hortal. / January 2017


K ITCHEN The bespoke kitchen features a huge slab of black granite work surface with a tactile brushed finish. Just as dark are the walls, units and painted brickwork. Get the look For a similar paint shade, try Farrow & Ballâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Railings estate emulsion. The stools are vintage â&#x20AC;&#x201C; visit Cox & Cox for similar. The vintage pendants are from Jaime Beriestain Concept Store.


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HOME TRUTHS Any New Year resolutions? I’m pretty strict with myself – I don’t drink or eat sugar and I exercise a lot. I guess I could work a bit more. Favourite non-alcoholic tipple? Tea! Ideal dinner guest? Well, my son’s godmother is Joan Collins and I call her my ‘second mum’, so she’d be top of the list. What’s your biggest indulgence? Probably my horses. I love them and ride every day. Any other animals? I’ve two rescue parrots from a sanctuary in Skegness. Favourite mode of transport? I live in central London, so I always walk everywhere.

IVA N’S LIV ING A R E A This glass-roofed space is Ivan’s private sanctum. ‘I like to have a place to retreat to,’ he says. Get the look The screen and sofa are by Jaime Beriestain. The coffee table came from Jaime Beriestain Concept Store. This is a vintage Stilnovo floor lamp. On the desk is the JWDA table lamp by Jonas Wagell for Menu. The photographic prints are from The Keyhole series by Erwin Olaf. / January 2017



M A STER EN SUITE The bathroom is a steampunk mash-up of vintage plumbing, valves and piping with contemporary art. ‘Friends always want to have a bath in this copper tub,’ says Ivan. Get the look The basins are vintage finds. Try Victorian Plumbing for similar. Check out William Holland for a statement copper bath. The artwork is by Barcelona-based artist Fernando Prats.

‘For me, the copper bathtub is more like a sculptural installation’


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M A STER BEDROOM Contrasts rule in the bedroom, with inky furnishings set against white-painted walls, a monochrome artwork and a space-age Sputnik light vying for attention with industrial piping. Get the look The pendant, table lamps and armchairs are all by Jaime Beriestain. The artwork, called Painting of Birds, 2015, is by Fernando Prats.



GUEST BEDROOM A dangling light and lengths of exposed cable emphasise the height of the ceiling, but the row of artwork above the bed brings the room back down to scale. Get the look For a similar pendant, try Urban Cottage Industries. The vintage Austrian armchair was reupholstered by Jaime Beriestain.






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IDEAS TO STEAL NEW YEAR STATE OF MIND KEY FEATURE Exposed copper piping Inspired by his home’s commercial past, Ivan’s apartment has a luxe, industrial look, with pipework and cabling left out on view. Very now, exposed pipes work particularly well when set against a concrete wall. You can also push the idea further by making the pipework run up and down as well as around a space. Any skilled plumber can re-create this style (visit for tradesmen in your area), but do be aware that stripping out plumbing from behind existing plasterboards may be prohibitively expensive. Expect to pay from £3,500 to plumb an entire room.


FROM LEFT Michaux PDG716/03 wallpaper in Thistle, £59 per roll, Designers Guild; Off-Black estate emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5l, Farrow & Ball; and Façade F6610-16 cotton-mix, £54 per m, Osborne & Little

Geometric Triangle cushion cover, £75, The Conran Shop



Maria wall sconce, £156.42, Factorylux The Copper Bateau bath, from £5,400, Catchpole & Rye Industrial six-arm candelabra, £109, BoConcept

Brush Stroke rug, £2,495, Floor_Story

Pizza tray, £45, French Connection Home

Söderhamn cotton-mix corner sofa, £895, Ikea

Research / Jesse Harris / January 2017


winter chic Cécile's vintage-meetsmodern, chalet-style home looks like it’s been sitting in the French countryside forever… But she actually built it from scratch four years ago HOME PROFILE THE OWNERS Interior designer and stylist Cécile Siméone, her husband Dominique Casagrande, a former Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper, and their daughters Jade, 14, and Dévone, nine, plus Harpo the dog. THE PROPERTY A single-storey stone and timber house, just outside Lyon, France. It comprises a living/dining area, kitchen-diner, study, three bedrooms (all with dressing areas), three bathrooms and a self-contained apartment for guests. Outside is a large paved patio area and a swimming pool for the summer months.

LI V ING/ DINING A R E A ‘I always knew I wanted large windows,’ says Cécile, who had them positioned to divide the rooms and reflect the sunlight throughout the house. She chose large pieces of furniture to fill the space. Get the look This is the Cloud Atlas sofa by Diesel for Moroso.

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Words ⁄ Lola Borg


LI V ING/ DINING A R E A ‘I like big spaces and this is my favourite,’ says Cécile, ‘as I love the wall of wood.’ The fireplace has a façade made with renovated planks, similar to those used in the construction of the house. Get the look This photograph is Lion in the Wind by Laurent Baheux. The vintage marble Arflex coffee table was bought in Lyon. The vintage armchairs, also bought in Lyon, were inspired by Jean Royère’s Polar Bear chairs and are upholstered in faux fur.

K ITCHENDIN ER ‘I wanted the kitchen to be minimalist, so I used aluminium,’ says Cécile. The handleless cabinets make the effect even sleeker. Get the look This is the Twelve kitchen by Carlo Colombo and CR & S Varenna for Varenna Poliform. The poster, on the end wall, is Circus from Sérénissime Kidstore in Lyon. 88

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I don’t do much to decorate the house over the New Year,’ says Cécile Siméone airily. ‘Apart from the usual sapin de Noël “Christmas tree”, that’s it! But I love an open fire. That’s very important to me. And I love the house to look and feel warm when it’s cold outside. That was always part of my idea here.’ Possibly the temperature is more of a consideration for Cécile, whose unusual career trajectory has taken her from national weather girl on French TV to actress and singer, and then to successful interior designer and stylist. She is well known in France for her spell in the Nineties informing viewers what might be happening in the skies above Franche-Comté or Languedoc-Roussillon on Canal+ (think Sky TV), as well as her marriage to a high-profile football player. But, today, not only has she pulled off the tricky career move from show business to interiors, but her newest home, outside Lyon, is a showcase for her skills. It’s the sum, she explains, of all her years of (unknown to her public, at least) interest in architecture and design. A chalet-style family house, it was inspired by her love of clean-lined Scandi and Californian design. Cécile, in a very un-Gallic way, has always had a passion for renovating houses. Asked if this is the second home she has transformed, she laughs. ‘Non, non, non! This is my seventh or eighth house. My father was a builder – we moved all the time and I have the same malady!’ She would work on the interior of each property with her mother and her sister Margo. So it was an interest she acquired while still at school and continued after she moved to Paris when she was 20. This house in Lyon is different in one crucial respect. All of Cécile’s previous properties were renovations, but this was built from scratch – a project that took 18 months. Cécile found the land while still living in Paris. ‘It was an empty garden,’ she says, ‘so we had to do everything. I was really set on this style of house, so I drew up the plans and then got an architect to help me. I knew exactly what I wanted – a studio feel, with large windows, high ceilings and a flat roof – something modern that didn’t look cold.’ Constructed from natural materials such as stone, iron and wood, and covered with painted cladding, the house merges into the surrounding landscape. The interior is spacious because Cécile loves to entertain. Christmas, typically, is spent here with the family. At New Year, she and her husband Dominique ring the changes and, instead of staying in for the traditional French supper (foie gras, oysters and a seafood platter), they go out to a restaurant with friends. In fact, Dominique has his own restaurant, Le 1838, just outside Lyon, where Cécile cut her design teeth. She now owns and runs an interiors shop and interior design service in the city with Margo, called Simone Sisters. ‘And I’m very hands-on,’ she says. While the house was being built, Cécile and her family lived in Paris. After that, she could settle down to the part she really loves – the interior design, which mixes functional modernity with vintage and retro finds. ‘Brocantes have always been an attraction for me since I was young,’ Cécile says. ‘I particularly love the Fifties and I find it works well with modern styles. ‘It was essential that the house felt cosy,’ she adds, ‘so I thought about how to do this, especially as it was so big. I used wood outside, which I painted grey, and I opted for timber on the inside too to make the house feel warm.’ For example, the living room wall was covered with planks, put together by a craftsman. The look is echoed in the master bedroom, where the headboard was created from pieces of scrap timber. Colours were kept neutral and floors were laid with Cécile’s favourite wood, or concrete, while fabrics with tactile qualities were chosen, from the faux-fur polar bear chairs to cowhide rugs. The entire project took around three years to complete and now this is the main family home after the years of wanderlust. ‘In Paris, I was always changing where I lived, whereas we’ve stayed here for nearly four years. But…’ Cécile pauses. ‘ This year, I’m afraid, I’m thinking of moving again!’ To see more of Cécile’s work, visit

HOMES / ETC K ITCHENDIN ER CĂŠcile laid a light-coloured concrete floor here to balance out the darker wood ceiling. Get the look The Tulip table by Eero Saarinen for Knoll was bought at Les Puces du Canal, a flea market in Villeurbanne, Lyon. The Flow chairs are by Jean-Marie Massaud for MDF Italia.

HOME TRUTHS New Year resolutions? They’re the same every year – to sort out my priorities and to make the most of each day. Favourite seasonal cocktail? A mojito. Best food for New Year? My mother’s homemade foie gras is a must. New Year’s Eve – dress up or down? Definitely down, – I’m not sophisticated in how I dress. I like things to be simple. What’s more important – food or wine? I come from a family of gourmets! I love traditional Lyonnaise and also Mediterranean food, but I like our regional wines too – especially Côtes du Rhône. We increasingly eat organic and one of my daughters is vegetarian, so I have to adapt. Alternative place for New Year? We all adore the mountains. But I would enjoy going somewhere to relax and maybe have some thalassotherapy, if I had the time…

LI V ING/ DINING A R E A DETA IL At one side of the dining area is a corner to relax in. Get the look This is the Chubby Chic armchair by Diesel for Moroso. The shelves are from Ikea. The drawings are by Charles Kiffer. The Amish star was found at

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Reclaimed wood planks form the headboard, continuing the timber theme throughout the house. ‘The guitar is mine, but I never have time to play these days,’ says Cécile. Get the look These Star linen cushions are by Florence Bouvier and sold at Simone Sisters. The Cloud light is by Hervé Langlais for Designheure.




Cécile designed the bathroom to have maximum storage space, as it is one of the smaller rooms in the house. Get the look The fittings are from

Dévone, who was three when the house was built, wanted a pink bedroom. And why wouldn’t she? Get the look The headboard is from Maisons du Monde. The desk and bed are from Dutch outlet Bopita.

In the Napoleon III dome is a pair of vintage sequined shoes. Get the look This Marilyn Monroe photograph is by Ed Feingersh. The lamp is the Spun Light T1 by Sebastian Wrong for Flos. See more great rooms at


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IDEAS TO STEAL WINTER CHIC KEY FEATURE Timber wall cladding Despite her love of all things Scandi and West Coast American, Cécile gave a uniquely Gallic spin to her laid-back interior, mixing raw, natural materials and luxe furnishings to add a certain Je ne sais quoi to her contemporary rustic-chic style. To enhance the space’s warm, embracing feel, many of the walls and ceilings are clad in rich, reclaimed planks, matching the wide-oak boards laid on the floor. To re-create the look, check out the timber available at The Reclaimed Flooring Company ( Its 18th/19th century French oak, £330 per sq m, is reworked from original period flooring.


FROM LEFT Spitalfields brushed-oak floorboards, £83.85 per sq m, Ecora; Stone matt emulsion, £24 for 2.5l, Graham & Brown; and Urban Slate wall/floor tile in Black Brushed, £49.95 per sq m, Fired Earth

KEY PRODUCTS Lymington chandelier, £1,602, Vaughan


Speckled Cowhide cushion, £62.50, Amara

Cheetah Who Shops framed print, from £190, Getty Images Collection at 55 MAX

Gianni coffee table, £269, Swoon Editions

Gold glimmer vase, £50, Next Home

Braconte cabinet, £765, Graham and Green

Woody bed, from £895 (mattress and bedding not included), Loaf

Research / Jo Bailey / January 2017


Photography ⁄ Sarah Hogan


Production ⁄ Mary Weaver


Words ⁄ Joanna Simmons

Nick and Susana brought their period property into the 21st century with a sensitive restoration that blends Seventies glamour, mid-century cool and a flamingo or two… 94

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THE OWNERS Nick Leith-Smith, founder and principal of Nick LeithSmith Architecture + Design, his wife Susana, a banker, and their children Olympia, five, and Leonardo, two. THE PROPERTY A Georgian terraced house in a conservation area in south London. On the lower-ground floor is a kitchen-diner, play room, bathroom and utility room. The ground floor comprises a living room and study. The master bedroom suite and dressing room are on the first floor and the children’s bedroom and a family bathroom are on the second floor.

LI V ING ROOM ‘We love fluoro colours and bright shades,’ says Nick. ‘The flamingo print is just a fun touch.’ Get the look The FlamingoRama print is by Aida at Nelly Duff. These are Mr. and Mrs. vases by Jonathan Adler. The Ultime Notizie candle is by Fornasetti.

‘I LOVE GEORGIAN houses,’ says Nick Leith-Smith. ‘The proportions of the rooms, high ceilings, big windows…’ And when Nick and his wife Susana were hunting for their first home in 2011, ‘Georgian’ was non-negotiable. No wonder, then, that this period gem in a quiet south London conservation area, with mature garden and original features, set pulses racing. ‘As soon as I walked in, I thought, “This is the house!”’ says Nick. ‘I loved how it was set out and immediately saw how we were going to live in it.’ Nick’s trained eye – he runs a successful architecture and design practice – also instantly gleaned what it would take to update the place. ‘It was incredibly tired,’ he says. ‘The previous owner was an art dealer, so there was lots of fantastic art around, which distracted from what was wrong. I spotted it, but my wife maybe didn’t realise how much work would be involved.’ Completion day came as a shock, then. ‘She got here first to find the carpet hopping with moths!’ he says. ‘I arrived ten minutes later with a bottle of champagne, ready to celebrate and found her in tears.’ Today, the house is a joyful home for the couple and their young children, and it wears its history with panache. Think Rio carnival staged in Jane Austen’s house... You’re close. A flamingo print perches on an original Georgian fireplace and cushion covers in zingy Brazilian fabric (Susana is half Brazilian, half Portuguese) brighten up the elegant living room. Elsewhere are plates adorned with macaws, lush plants, gold pineapple side tables and design classic chairs boasting their original, vivid upholstery. ‘We love fashion, art and contrasting colour,’ says Nick, ‘and we wanted the house to reflect this.’ Before the zingy fabrics and vintage one-offs could rev up the rooms, though, the house had to be refurbished. ‘The starting point was to enhance the Georgian shell – the cornicing, fireplaces and shutters,’ says Nick. ‘We then had fun mixing in some Seventies retro style and mid-century design.’ Nick reinstated a lot of original features, especially on the upper two floors, but couldn’t make any radical structural changes because the house is listed. ‘We managed to tweak the first floor to create a proper bathroom,’ he says, ‘but we had to get permission to move the door by 500mm!’ In all, it took six months to transform the house with Nick, Susana and new baby Olympia camped out on the lowerground floor – ‘what I advise clients not to do,’ he says. But the set-up proved cosy and choosing fabrics and colour schemes was a joy. Nick also enjoyed creating one-off pieces for it, such as the floating copper unit in the dining area – ‘it really warms up that space’ – and the beautiful bar cabinet in the living room. ‘I’m a big fan of Seventies West Coast American style and this is my interpretation of it,’ he says. Now, guests can grab a drink here before relaxing on the sofa or spilling into the garden. ‘We light the outside and put candles on the stairs that lead down to it,’ says Nick. ‘It looks beautiful.’ Like all self-respecting architects, Nick dreams of building a home one day, and while his exuberant Georgian pad is perfect for his family now, he sees them all as merely temporary tenants in its lifetime. ‘You just borrow a house like this,’ he says. ‘You might live here for 20 years, but that’s all. Already 20 people have lived here before me and hopefully a lot more will afterwards.’ All Nick has done, he says, is help his home reflect a moment in time. ‘I think it’s important when you buy a place of this age that you really like the bones of the house,’ says Nick. ‘It needs to work for you. Luckily, this place does – perfectly.’ For more info about Nick’s architectural and design work, visit


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LI V ING ROOM ‘This lovely arched frame on the wall was crying out for a mirror,’ says Nick. He fitted it with antiqued mirror cut into squares. Nick designed the drinks cabinet and had it made using the same chestnut as the dining table top, but with a high-gloss finish. ‘The doors are concealed and inside it’s painted bright colours. It’s quite fun!’ he says. Get the look This is the Peaks rug by Paul Smith for The Rug Company. The white vases are Sven, left, and Belly, right, by Jonathan Adler. The feather swan is from Graham and Green. The Milo Baughman Seventies chair was found on

LI V ING ROOM ‘It’s a wonderfully proportioned room,’ says Nick. The original features include dado and picture rails. ‘We painted in-between these in three shades, getting lighter as you go up,’ he explains. Get the look The walls and ceiling are painted in, from bottom up, Lamp Room Gray, Cornforth White and Great White estate emulsions, all by Farrow & Ball. The sofa is by Piero Lissoni for Cassina. The cushion fabric is by Brazilian designer Adriana Barra. The coffee table was found in a Parisian flea market.

STUDY This space at the front of the house is painted a deep blue. ‘We felt the room could really suit a dark colour,’ says Nick. ‘All the other rooms are quite neutral and we liked the idea of the study being quite cosy.’ The painting is of Susana when she was around ten, by her older brother. Get the look This desk is a vintage Arne Vodder design. The desk chair with hopsack upholstery is the original EA108, by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. The walls are painted in Hague Blue estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. The hare is from Graham and Green.

K ITCHEN ‘We kept the kitchen and just painted the doors,’ says Nick. ‘We felt certain aspects of the house had a lot of personality – the kitchen feels like it’s part of the house.’ Get the look The cabinets are painted in Lichen estate eggshell by Farrow & Ball. The plates are Royal Doulton in collaboration with graffiti artist Nick Walker. The birds on perches are from Graham and Green. The ashtrays behind the Aga are from Milk Concept Boutique.

HOME TRUTHS Any highlights of 2016? I’ve been busy designing Manolo Blahnik’s shops in Selfridges as well as the Middle East and Far East – very exciting! What are you looking forward to in 2017? Travel plans to visit completed shops in Japan, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong. Excited about private trips to Trancoso in Brazil and Sri Lanka. Favourite festive movie? Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon. Completely candle-lit, it’s a visual masterpiece. What will be filling up your fridge for the festive period? Pheasants are a staple in my fridge and freezer, and I make a enviable game pie. Best thing about winter? Cosy pubs, roaring fires, long country walks – clichés, but they’re true! Any New Year resolutions you can share? Find time to launch my furniture collection. I’m very excited about this, so please watch this space.


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DINING A R E A This extension had been added to the house before Nick and Susana moved in, but they installed new steel-framed windows and glazing. Nick designed the dining table using chestnut wood, mounted on a steel frame sprayed a vibrant green. ‘There’s such a fantastic, mature garden outside and the view is so nice, so this connects it all really well with the room,’ he says. Get the look The window frames and doors were made by Fabco. These are Ercol Windsor chairs.


M A STER BEDROOM The first floor was converted to become a master suite, with a bedroom at the back. ‘We wanted warm, darker colours for the space, but still working with a bright palette,’ says Nick. Get the look The bed and Rossini headboard are by The Sofa & Chair Company. The Cassis Rose pink bedlinen is from The Linen Works. This is the Nixon alpaca throw by Jonathan Adler. The Cable Yellow rug is by The Rug Company. The Golden Pineapple table is by Graham and Green. The walls are in Elephant’s Breath estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball.

DR ESSING ROOM Nick designed the wardrobes. ‘I wanted to play with the idea of something very geometric and contemporary,’ he says. The top cupboards appear to float above a high-gloss oak mid-rail. Get the look The ottoman, covered in Raoul Serafina Cayenne fabric, is by George Smith. The chair is by Swedish designer Prince Sigvard Bernadotte.















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FA MILY BATHROOM ‘We wanted this space to be functional,’ says Nick, ‘but to pack a punch too.’ Get the look This is Nautilus wallpaper by Cole & Son. The bath is from Bette. The bath surround is tiled in Via Arkadia tiles. The basin is from Cielo. The mirrored vanity unit is bespoke.

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IDEAS TO STEAL MIX MASTERS KEY FEATURE Antiqued mirror-glass wall As befits a period property updated for contemporary family living, Nick and Susana’s home has plenty of architectural details reworked in a modern style. This chic glazed wall is a case in point – the antiqued mirror glass is definitely on trend, yet harks back to a more glamorous age. Tamara Schuster at specialist supplier Dominic Schuster ( says, ‘Mirrors such as this start at £350 per sq m for most levels of antiquing, although verre églomisé (which uses gilding on the back of glass to create a reflective surface) is priced from £400 per sq m. We also provide a survey and installation service.’


FROM LEFT Kipling FP398002 wallpaper, £132 per m, Pierre Frey; Blueprint marble matt emulsion, £42 for 2.5l, Mylands; and Valbonella FDG2552/01 silk weave in Fuchsia, £98 per m, Designers Guild


Period hallway ceiling light, £222, Skinflint Tricolour Brindle cowhide rug, £249, City Cows

Moondance by Jessica Das art print, £85, Outline Editions

Linear Mirror wall art, £249, West Elm


Double Cross table, from £1,500, Steuart Padwick

Diamond Shadow pouffe, £120, John Lewis

Ritz velvet tub chair, £499, Swoon Editions Research / Jesse Harris 102

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DESIGN / PROFILE CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT Emma and Bunny embrace a festive look with House string lights, £25, Cox & Cox; the designers often use decorative prints – here, Sanderson’s Ooti 231268 cotton in Emerald, £76 per m – on large pieces of upholstery; The Rug Company is the go-to brand for the duo – this bright geometric dhurrie is Jali in Green & Blue, from £355; and Luxe drinks trolley, £350, Oliver Bonas


Pattern and colour abound in the stylish projects by this London-based design duo


O Words ⁄ Fiona McCarthy

nce dubbed, ‘the doyennes of the London terrace house’, Bunny Turner and Emma Pocock’s love of colour, pattern and cosy luxury has seen them grow from a two-woman band, working from Emma’s kitchen table in 2007, to a powerhouse in interior design – with offices in London and Geneva. They have redesigned homes in the UK and Europe, plus created an award-winning penthouse show apartment for developers Banda in a converted Victorian bakery in southwest London. Here, Emma shares their design secrets. How did you get started? After studying fashion design, then interiors at the KLC School of Design in London, I worked for interior designers Kate Bingham and Henrietta Spencer-Churchill. Bunny worked in the art world, having studied at The Courtauld Institute, but feeling disenchanted she decided to hone her skills in site management by working with a property developer for a couple of years. Over a few glasses of rosé, we decided to go into business together. What was your big break? Our first job came via a recommendation from a builder I knew. We were lucky – we started with one room and ended up redesigning a whole Chelsea townhouse. / January 2017


CLOCKWISE FROM THIS PICTURE Dotted Floral RAD_D0801 printed linen in Ruby, £199 per m, Rebecca Atwood at George Spencer Designs; the duo layer large and small geometric prints to create an inviting space; and antique oil drum lamps from Original House add a ‘found’ feeling to this living room

FROM TOP Some of Turner Pocock’s favourite designs include Jieldé Loft wall lights, £211 each at Made in Design (shown here with Palm Jungle 95/1002 wallpaper, £82 per roll, Cole & Son); the Metropolis table lamp in Scruffy White, £1,560; and linen shade, £326, Gareth Devonald Smith for Porta Romana; and the Talia chair, £95, Habitat

How would you describe your style? We’re ‘colourists’. We like using prints to curate a look that feels inviting and genuine. By layering different patterns, large and small, and mixing furniture from different eras, we create spaces that evolve over time, but always feel fresh. What’s the best place to start? Be honest about how you use your space – is it formal or informal, smart and chic or cosy and comfortable, how many people come for dinner, where do you watch TV or sit to relax? Be strict with your floorplan – work out where everything needs to go, from plugs for charging phones and gadgets to all levels of lighting and furniture. Then balance the upholstery and texture in each space. And how about the colour palette? Inspiration can come from a piece of fabric with three or four colours in it – this might be an upholstery fabric, a cushion or an antique textile. We had an obsessive moment with Christopher Farr’s Carnival – we’ve had to ban ourselves from using it – but its duck-egg blue and green worked so well on a neutral background, which went nicely with pinks and reds. We love traditional florals, geometrics or ikats turned on their head by being writ large – they look funky on big bits of upholstery. Our top designers include Galbraith & Paul and Rebecca Atwood. We draw out colours too, with braiding on chairs and curtains and edgings on cushions. Do you like to play with dark and light? Dark colours feel intimate, cosy and inviting. We team dark walls painted in our go-to colours – Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue and Black Blue – with lighter furniture and accessories, or we combine

light walls and dark furniture. We also like to swap the way we paint walls and woodwork – darker skirting and architraves with a lighter wall within the same colour palette, such as Paint & Paper Library’s Cotton and Slate ranges, which have a very sophisticated feel. We like to keep kitchens light and airy, because it’s the one room where it works to let the outside in. How do you bring colour into a room? We love wallpaper and not just on a feature wall. Fabric wallpapers are good for bringing in warmth, great for acoustics and provide the perfect backdrop for hanging pictures. Kit Kemp’s designs for Christopher Farr are a current favourite. Patterned runners on stairs and Popham Design’s big geometric patterned tiles for bathrooms both work well. Pooky’s lamp shades – they can be made up with your own fabric – jazz up any lamp base. Hanging favourite things on the wall, especially in the bathroom, such as art, mirrors and framed fabrics, makes a room feel more interesting. Pattern helps to create a house that feels fun and light. Do you have any tricks for awkward spaces? If a room is north-facing, it’s going to feel inherently dark, so we paint walls in dark tones on purpose to make things feel cosy. Trying to brighten things merely makes it feel gloomy. The same goes for often forgotten spaces such as hallways and guest bathrooms – here, you can elevate their importance and have some fun with rich, deep colour and bold pattern. How do you make the most of a budget? We always design to the budget’s bottom line, but juggle where the money goes. We’ll spend more on sculptural lamps (favourite sources include Porta Romana, Talisman and Tyson) or rugs that feel like pieces of art (The Rug Company, Madeline Weinrib). Then we save on things such as the smart ladder-back Talia chairs from Habitat, and’s armchairs and sofas are perfect for TV snugs and playrooms. We’ll often spray-paint hospital trolleys to use as bar carts or side tables. With fabric, you can use less expensive linen for curtains and more precious fabrics on cushions. The same with bathroom tiles – use simple metro tiles on walls and a patterned tile for the floor. It’s about mixing stuff up.

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CLOCKWISE FROM THIS PICTURE A winged headboard, upholstered in red wool, makes the room feel cosy; bold prints in a nursery easily bridge baby to teenage years; and Hex Knot tiles in Celadon & Cream, £150 per sq m to custom order, Popham Design at Ann Sacks

Any clever tricks of the trade? For smaller spaces, sliding pocket doors increase the flow between rooms and painting radiators to match walls helps to disguise them. Recess shelves into walls in the hallway or in the void above a cistern to create areas for displaying favourite things, books and even shoes (which actually don’t need that much depth). And we love a great front door – it makes such a statement in a bold colour with an interesting door knob (we often use banister finials instead of a traditional knob). How do you work with lighting? We like to layer a room with various levels of lighting – pendant lights, task lighting (such as a standard lamp for the bedside) and ambient lighting (picture lights to wash a warm glow over your books at night, say). We use Jieldé lights for almost every project we’ve been involved with – they’re a great and effective way to introduce pops of colour in a graphic style. Finally, do you have any special surprises for Christmas? We love Christmas so much that Bunny actually bought a house on the premise of where she’d put the Christmas tree! Every year, we spend a lot of time deciding how we’ll wrap gifts – last year, it was neon paper with matching bows and tags. At home, it’s all about the tree for both of us, laden with old wooden decorations (we often have more than one tree too). Wall decals are a fun way to decorate and we like to dress the tables with long streams of ivy down the middle, dotted with fairy lights and porcelain house tea-light holders from Cox & Cox. And we’re suckers for a good old traditional carol! For more info, visit

[ P.S ] Who is on your dream dinner-party guest list? David Hicks, Zaha Hadid, Francis Bacon or Andy Warhol, plus Bunny and I, drinking good champagne.

What’s the first thing you bought for your home? An artwork by Natasha Law.

What would you save if your house was on fire? My husband and the little people and nothing else – it’s all just stuff. We can do it all again.

What’s your favourite hotel or design destination? JK Place in Capri – I'm desperate to go because I designed my bedroom around its dark blue and white theme. It feels chic, smart and like I’m on holiday.

What was the last book you read? A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Plus Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. Both Bunny and I are very inspired by her. / January 2017




ULTIMATE KIDS’ BEDROOMS 10 rocking rooms for tots to teens


Words ⁄ Kate Worthington


Picture research ⁄ Nicola Rowe

1 URBAN LEGEND It takes a lot to impress a picky pre-teen, but a street art-emblazoned wall is sure to get the nod of approval. Not up on your graffiti skills? Don’t sweat – there are lots of ready-made wallpaper murals on the market. Murals Wallpaper has dozens of designs to choose from and can even make bespoke versions. Team the print with industrial-style furniture and accessories to complete the scheme. Want to add another layer? Denim bedding is a sure-fire way to up the funk. This wallpaper is Pierre Frey’s No Toys Allowed FP371001, £564 per roll, shown with Loaf’s Beatnik bed, from £795; and Bowles & Bowles’ Hanging mesh lockers, £469 each. The carpet is by Brintons. / January 2017




They may be small, but somehow kids need just as much (if not more) storage than the rest of us. Built-in designs are the obvious way to make the most of every nook and cranny, but they needn’t cost a fortune. By adding bespoke details to off-the-rack buys, you can create something unique and practical. Dutch designer Holly Marder of Avenue Lifestyle created this desk, wardrobe and reading nook combination for her daughter by adapting two Ikea storage systems, Bestå and Stuva. She added leather cabinet handles from Nu Interieur Ontwerp from approx £8.61 each, and an upholstered seat cushion for a cosy feel. The light is the E27 pendant in Rose by Muuto, £55, and the rug is from Pink Rug Co at Etsy.


3 THE WRITE START Washable surfaces are a must for kid-friendly spaces, so what could be more suitable for children’s rooms than a blackboard wall? A giant, changeable canvas for doodles, sketches and ideas, it’ll nurture their creative side and let them express themselves without making a mess (well, that’s the idea anyway). It also allows their room to reflect who they are as they grow and gives spaces an on-trend, graphic edge – a look that Scion designer Hannah Bowen has noticed becoming increasingly popular. ‘Trends in kids’ rooms are veering away from the cutesy and heading straight to cool,’ she says. Try B&Q’s Colours Jet Black matt chalkboard paint, £2 for 500ml. For a similar bed, check out Blomkal’s Dreamer Cabin bed in Natural, £359 at Smallable. / January 2017


4 BUNK UP The current must-have for cool kids’ rooms isn’t the latest gadget or games console, but something reassuringly solid – the bunk bed. ‘We’re seeing a real resurgence in traditional bunk beds, where the bottom bunk is used during the day as a sofa/chilling/living area – with or without mates – and the top bunk is the cosy bed space,’ notes Christopher Lusty, creative director of Little Folks Furniture. ‘Obviously, it does the job as a sleepover solution, but it’s the multifunctionality that’s very of-the-moment.’ For a standalone design try Little Folks Furniture, or commission a carpenter to build a similar bespoke bed to this. The best way to find a skilled tradesman in your local area is via

‘Kids are always thinking ahead. This is often reflected in their choice of colour – they’re drawn to spaces displaying more adult tones’ Jérome Loizeau, Gautier


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They want a shrine to Frozen – you want a space they won’t grow out of before term’s over. ‘Kids’ tastes change all the time, but parents want some longevity,’ says interior designer Ursula Wesselingh of Room to Bloom. Finding the balance between the two is about a good foundation: ‘Keep the base non-kiddy, calm and sophisticated,’ says Ursula, ‘and provide lots of storage. Then no matter how messy their room gets, it will always look stylish – a calm background gives pretty things room to shine.’ To create a space fit for a little king or queen without being too ‘themed’, try a statement headboard. It’ll add that regal, fairy-tale feel, but will still look elegant and grown-up when the princess phase is over. For a custom-made design like this, try The Headboard Workshop.

‘I love the idea of investing in art for children’s rooms to educate their eye with beauty and originality’ Julie Hamon, Bobo Kids



Children’s rooms are a great opportunity to experiment with colour and pattern. ‘The joy of decorating a kid’s room is that pretty much anything goes,’ says Scion’s Hannah Bowden. ‘Mix and match the scale and colour of designs – use the motifs from fabrics to make funky-shaped cushions, or try adding one of our rugs for a quick and colourful update.’ Even small spaces can benefit from a splash of colour or pattern. ‘An accent wall in a different shade or feature wallpaper adds interest and focus and can help improve the room’s proportions,’ says Room to Bloom’s Ursula Wesselingh. Scion, Sandberg and Osborne & Little are worth a look for gorgeous children’s wallpapers. For a similar bed, try Blomkal at Smallable. This is the Triangle rug by Armadillo & Co, from £305.


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7 BUILDING BLOCKS Double-up your little one’s sleep space as a cosy hideaway and even the most notorious bedtime refuseniks couldn’t resist snuggling down every night. The natural timber sloping roof and built-in tongue-and-groove bed give this room a comfy, Alpine feel, while a muted colour palette ensures the space feels fresh and contemporary. ‘New neutrals are a big trend for children’s rooms this year, with the emergence of greys and mustards paired with dusky blues for a palette that’s suitable for children as they go from baby to pre-school and beyond,’ says Scion’s Hannah Bowen. For a similar industrial-style desk, try La Redoute’s Buton vintage school desk and chair, £105.

‘Kids love to play on the floor, whether they’re three or 12. Easily accessible storage space is always a hit, so they can access their favourite toys and activities’ Jean-Luc Lallemand, Gautier / January 2017



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For a shared bedroom that keeps everyone happy, give its occupants ways to personalise their spaces. Allowing children to make decisions about even the smallest of details in their room can help them feel a sense of ownership and pride – whether it’s choosing between bedding designs, adding a flash of a favourite colour or having free rein with the sticker book. Try Ikea’s Malm single beds in White, £139 each, including two storage boxes, and customise with paint for a similar look to the ones seen here. On the floor is David Hicks’ Hexagon House 2 design in Gray, £146 per sq m, Stark Carpet.

This space designed by Jen Langston Interiors uses a bold striped effect to iron out an awkward pitched ceiling, creating the illusion of height. To echo the home’s coastal location and create a calming mood, Jen Langston chose a rich teal colour scheme using Benjamin Moore’s North Sea Green, from £19.50 for 0.94l, and harmonising turquoise accessories. Olli Ella sells baskets like this. For a similar rug, see the Vintage 8015 design by Louis de Poortere in Azure Blue, from £144. M&S’s Esme solid beech cot in Grey, £129, is a good alternative to the design shown here.

‘The best way to create a balance between fun and calm is with zones, using colour on dedicated walls to help break up the areas’ Daniela Boleto, Camomile London / January 2017


10 IN THE CHILL As they grow older, children’s bedrooms serve many functions, from somewhere to sleep to a space in which to play, do homework and socialise with friends. ‘Right now, kids’ rooms are all about comfort – a place where it’s easy to hang out,’ says Christopher Lusty of Little Folks Furniture. Incorporate chill-out areas for friends, using built-in storage to maximise space, and don’t be afraid to make a statement while you’re at it. Bold lighting, colour and interesting paint effects add wow-factor and give kids’ spaces personality – which will make spending time there all the more appealing for them and their friends. The lights are by Dutch company Vegas Lights. For similar, try Jam Jar Lights’ Letter lights, from £195 each.


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Spiralizer Express, £49.99, Morphy Richards

CH180 mini chopper, £19.99, Kenwood at John Lewis

Retro popcorn maker, £25, Gourmet Gadgetry at Debenhams

MQ5000 soup blender, £49.99, Braun at House of Fraser

ZX905 folding digital kitchen scale, £14.99, Wahl at Amazon

FJ15 whole fruit juicer, £34.50, Tesco

Rechargeable seasoning mill, £40, Cuisinart

Magic Bullet food processor, £49, NutriBullet at

KG79 coffee grinder, £36.59, De’Longhi at Argos

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Background Tax and style are two words rarely uttered in the same breath at Livingetc. However, they’re inextricably linked in the story of the bay window. Until the mid-19th century, hefty surcharges on glass combined with the cost of brick prevented developers from wasting their precious budget on anything more extravagant than the flat frontages so adored by the Georgians. But a repeal of the law meant architects could knock themselves out with a new idea that added a modicum of extra floor space and oodles more light to a project. And so a trend was born… Whether square or, more commonly, ‘canted’, the bay became a staple of our streets. From the humblest Victorian terrace to the grandest mansion, it was rare for any home built up to the Forties not to have one. While great to look at from the outside, they’re not without challenges for the decorator. Long considered a tricky area to dress, modern homeowners have replaced drapes and nets with Roman blinds or plantation shutters, which improve the views whether looking in or out. Window seats, snugglers and low-level storage also ensure the space is anything but wasted. Oh, and it’s also the perfect place to put your Christmas tree… Get the look To upgrade or renovate an existing bay, The Sash Window Man charges from £285 per window – services include sound- and draft-proofing and double glazing.

Words / Brittany Dawson / January 2017


PARTY PIECES Life too short to fiddle about with filo? Whip up a plate of these delicious finger foods in under 10 minutes Photography ⁄ Stuart West

Feature and food styling ⁄ Jennifer Bedloe and Sophie Austen-Smith

Prawns and sumac aïoli

Manchego and red pepper sticks

Makes approx 20

Makes 20

raw, tail-on * 250gprawns pancetta, cut *in295g half lengthways tablespoons * 3mayonnaise * ¼ teaspoon puréed garlic * 1 teaspoon ground sumac * 1 teaspoon olive oil * salt and black pepper * 126


Wrap each prawn in a pancetta slice and transfer to a non-stick baking tray. Mix the mayonnaise with the garlic, sumac and olive oil and season. Decant into a small serving bowl and sprinkle with a little more sumac. Grill the prawns under a high heat for 2 mins on each side, or cook at 200°C/ gas mark 6 for 5-6 mins, until the prawns are pink and the pancetta is crisp. Serve the prawns hot on a platter with the sumac aïoli dip.

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* 150g Manchego cheese, cut into even-sized cubes oregano * 20 fresh leaves * 1 roasted red pepper, cut into thin strips *

Top each chunk of cheese with a strip of pepper and an oregano leaf, then secure with a cocktail stick. Arrange on a platter to serve.


Salmon and beetroot blinis Makes 20

Pea and paneer fritters Makes 20

* 1 egg of fresh * squeeze lemon juice tablespoons * 3plain flour ¼ teaspoon * baking powder ¼ teaspoon * garam masala 100g peas, *half puréed cheese, * 75g paneer diced * 1 teaspoon sunflower oil * 1 tablespoon chopped fresh kaffir

Whisk together the egg, lemon juice, flour, baking powder and garam masala. Stir in the pea purée, remaining peas and paneer. Fry teaspoonfuls of the mixture in a little oil for 2 minutes until golden. Add the lime leaves to crisp up. Serve each fritter on a piece of poppadom and topped with a dollop of yogurt, a little mango chutney and lime leaves.

20 shop-bought *cocktail blinis Black Pepper * 150g Boursin cheese juice of 1 lemon * pack hot smoked * 160g trout or salmon * 1 small cooked beetroot, blitzed until chopped small * fresh dill, separated into sprigs

Heat the oven to 200C°/gas mark 6. Put the blinis on a baking tray and lightly warm in the hot oven to crisp them up. Transfer to a serving platter. Mix the Boursin with a little of the lemon juice. Spread a dollop on to each blini, then top with a few flakes of fish. Toss the beetroot in a little lemon juice, spoon a little on top of the fish, then add a sprig of dill to serve.


lime leaves (optional), plus extra to garnish of mini * handful poppadoms tablespoons * 2-3 Greek yogurt 1-2 tablespoons *mango chutney

* / January 2017


Mini salt-beef bagels Makes 12 3 mini bagels, cut *into quarters and split in half tablespoons * 2mayonnaise * 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard * 2 teaspoons chopped chives * salt and black pepper

Put the bagel pieces on a baking tray and lightly toast under the grill. Mix together the mayonnaise, mustard and chives with a little seasoning. Put the bagel bottoms on to a serving plate and spread with a little mayonnaise, then add a slice of gherkin and a piece of beef, rolled up. Add the bagel tops and secure with a cocktail stick or canapé pick.

sliced * 3-4 gherkins, 6 thin slices *salt beef, cut in half


Mackerel and apple crostini Makes 20

* ½ x 268g pack peppered mackerel fillets cream cheese * 50g juice of half a * lemon, plus extra for the apple 1 tablespoon * creamed horseradish * salt and black pepper * ½ green apple, sliced and cut into matchsticks 20 ready-made * crostini (we used Crosta & Mollica chilli flavour) *


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Put the mackerel, cream cheese, lemon juice, horseradish and a little seasoning into a food processer. Blitz until smooth. Toss the apple in the remaining lemon juice. Spread the mackerel pâté on top of the crostini and serve with the apple matchsticks scattered on top.


Lemon and raspberry syllabub tarts

Coconut truffles

Makes 20

Makes 20 -30

whipping cream * 150ml caster sugar * 25g tablespoons * 2Cointreau of 1 lemon * juice teaspoons * 10 lemon curd 20 shop-bought mini *sweet pastry cases * 20 raspberries *

Whisk together the cream and sugar until you have soft peaks. Add the Cointreau and lemon juice and whisk together until blended. Put a spoonful of lemon curd at the bottom of each pastry case, then fill with the cream mix (you can pipe it if you find it easier). Top each case with a raspberry to serve.

1 x 160ml can *coconut cream dark chocolate * 200g30ml Malibu *(optional) * 100g gluten-free shortbread biscuits, crushed gold leaf * edible (optional) dried coconut *shavings, to decorate


Put the coconut cream, chocolate and Malibu (if using) into a bowl, placed over a pan of barely simmering water, and allow to melt. Once almost fully melted, stir to combine. Arrange the biscuits on the base of a small rectangular foil tray or use half a square cake tin, lined with baking paper. Pour over the melted chocolate mixture and leave to set in the fridge. Using a hot knife, cut into even-sized rectangles. Decorate with gold leaf and a shaving of coconut. / January 2017


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SNOW PATROL For off-piste pleasures plus designer style, check out these chic Euro resorts

CLOCKWISE FROM THIS PICTURE Terminal Neige Totem’s outdoor hot tub; updated Marcel Breuer furniture peps up the interior; embracing bedroom palettes; and a warm and cosy après-ski retreat

Words ⁄ Steven Efstathiou and Paula Rodney

aving chosen your Huski-Wear one-piece or musthave Snooks jacket, where are the hippest places to be staying on the slopes this season? French fave Flaine has a new kid on the block as one ofthe town’s lodges is re-imagined as the Terminal Neige Totem – an elegantly furnished tribute to the modernist aesthetic. Elsewhere in the Alps, Val d’Isère’s Le Yule takes ski-chalet chic to new heights of luxury – think Scandi-inspired décorand stone-clad spas – while White 1921 in Courchevel is as sought after by the cognoscenti as the champagne from which it takes its name. If sun + snow + Brit design is more to your taste, El Lodge in Spain’s Sierra Nevada serves up Andrew Martin style in a spectacular mountain setting. See you on the powder!


Terminal Neige Totem Flaine, Pays du Mont-Blanc, France The lowdown An industrial-luxe outpost on the Alpine slopes. Best for Ski lovers with a penchant for brutalist architecture. Built from scratch during the Sixties, the resort of Flaine is located high up on the tree line, but not super-high, so it’s ideal for skiers and boarders of all levels. Originally comprising a series of lodges and apartments, mostly all designed by Marcel (Wassily chair) Breuer in typical brutalist style, the Terminal Neige Totem is the first to be recast as a plush hotel. Each of the doubles, club doubles and suites is dressed in hip, urban fashion, with open ceilings, bold blocks of charcoal and subtle graphics (we loved the wide expanse of glazing providing uninterrupted views outside). The spa includes an outdoor hot tub, gym and hamman, while food is catered for by two well-stocked diners offering buffets and sharing plates. Once you’re out on the slopes, there are lifts to numerous spots across the Grand Massif, so it’s worth getting off the beaten track to lose the crowds and find the pristine snow. Book it Double rooms from approx £135, including breakfast ( / January 2017


CLOCKWISE FROM THIS PICTURE Enjoy a local cava at El Lodge’s bar; the Corner Suite includes a generous living room; a vintage ski gondola is one of the offbeat artefacts on show in the hotel; the roomy terrace; and luxe leather accessories embellish the Royal Suite

El Lodge Maribel, Sierra Nevada, Spain The lowdown An Andrew Martin refurb in Grenada’s major ski resort. Best for Fans of Finnish-style log retreats with added Spanish sun. Look across the peaks and ridges of the Sierra Nevada and, yes indeed, that is the Mediterranean with the shores of North Africa beyond. It’s this unlikely paradox that makes the resort such an enticing prospect, with guaranteed sunshine and the best spring snow conditions in Europe. And just to mix up the imagery even further, along comes El Lodge – a quirky boutique hotel built entirely in Finnish wood, but furnished with a true Brit sensibility, courtesy of Mr Martin. So if you fancy lounging on a deep-slung Chesterfield while gazing at offbeat art, or enjoying an après-ski cocktail while swathed in luxe faux fur on the terrace, this is the place to be. Many of the expansive 20 rooms and suites have balconies with private whirlpool tubs and the spa also features an outdoor sauna. Gourmet dining is available at The Grill restaurant, with tasty snacks on offer in both the super-chic bar and the spacious sun deck. And just to prove how funky El Lodge is, the hotel even boasts a ski-boot warming service. How cool is that? Book it Double rooms from £295, including breakfast (


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TRAVEL / ETC CLOCKWISE FROM THIS PICTURE White 1921 has show-stopping views to spare; the pared-back Grand Salon does a mean line in gourmet breakfasts; the Petit Salon is just the place to cosy up with a hot chocolate; and one of the cool rooms complete with mountain-inspired geometrics

[High life ] If you fancy rubber-necking with the Russian oligarchs who throng to Courchevel each season, check out the fabulous fare – and the often over-the-top fashion sense of its guests – at the two Michelinstarred Le Chabichou. Rue des Chenus, 73120 Courchevel 1850 (

White 1921 Courchevel, Les Trois Vallées, France The lowdown A fuss-free boutique hotel located in hip Courchevel 1850. Best for Ski bunnies who don’t need a fancy base from which to explore. Although it’s situated slap bang on the Croisette in ritzy, glitzy Courchevel 1850, White 1921 is refreshingly down to earth – the aim here isn’t to dazzle, but to create a laid-back, genuine Alpine experience. And it does the job with aplomb. Open from mid-December to early April, it offers a thoughtful, personal service in a gorgeous setting. Designed by celebrated architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, the 26-room hotel is a nicely turned out affair – walls and floors are decked with geometric, trianglebased designs in a witty nod to the epic views over the mountain peaks and colour is used sparingly. While you won’t find a five-star eaterie here, head down to pared-back chic Grand Salon for scrummy gourmet breakfasts to sustain you on the slopes. And after a day of serious snow motion, pop into the snug Petit Salon, where you can cosy up with a yummy hot chocolate. Also don’t forget to treat yourself to a soothing interlude in the Wellness Centre, complete with sauna, hamman and Jacuzzi. Who needs flashy showiness when you have all this? Book it Double rooms from £270, including breakfast ( / January 2017



CLOCKWISE FROM THIS PICTURE A Superior Room at Le Yule, complete with stunning views and super-snuggly bedding; Spa Nuxe is relaxation central; Le Yule’s postcard-perfect exterior; and bathrooms are pared-back havens

Le Yule Front de Neige, Val d’Isère, France The lowdown A super-luxe five-star resort with real spa power. Best for Those who like skiing and spa-ing in equal measure. Situated at the foot of two spectacular slopes, as well as basking in awesome mountain views, relative newbie Le Yule – it opened its doors less than a year ago on the site of the old Grand Paradis hotel – also offers a ski-in, ski-out experience. Decked out in a Scandi chic style – think wall panelling, snuggly faux-fur throws and subtle hues – the 41 rooms are mostly south-facing, with glorious sun-trap balconies. Food-wise, you’re spoilt for choice as dishes on offer range from classic French cuisine to burgers and fondues, while the Lounge Bar serves addictively good cocktails. The skiing is, natch, top-notch, but the other big draw here is the Spa Nuxe, with its energizing menu of treatments and swimming pool and Jacuzzi positioned to give panoramic views of the Bellevarde piste. It’s such a huge attraction, in fact, that exhausted parents will appreciate the fab games room, which has PlayStation, pool and table football and is perfect for keeping the junior members of the crew out of mischief while you just lie back and, sigh, R-E-L-A-X… Book it Double rooms from approx £400 (


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