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COVER STORIES Our cover stories are highlighted by a spot. Cover photography: Paul Massey

[ News & views ] 13 NEWS This month, we’re cocooning ourselves at home with plush velvet seating from M&S, faded Persian rugs from and vibrant Missoni beds and screens in the company’s iconic zigzags

21 TREND Lavender love The fragrant hue that’s blooming marvellous

28 EDITED CHOICE Small desks Smart choices for home offices 29 DESIGN CLASSIC

22 EDITED CHOICE Coffee cups Reusables for your morning brew

Let’s give a big shout-out to Down Pipe, Farrow & Ball’s ultimate grey

Alexander Evangelou of interiors specialist Alexander Waterworth on his love of rustic style and why the dining room is the heart of his home

24 EDITED CHOICE Modern grandfather clocks Chic

61 THE SHOPPING EDIT Little marvels Funky essentials to create

timepieces even Granny would get a tick out of

rocking rooms for junior members of the clan


26 EDITED CHOICE Fireside accessories Toasty treats

129 EDITED CHOICE Bathroom taps Make a splash with

to make your hearth super-cosy

beautifully streamlined modern fittings


A peek behind the scenes at the team out and about putting the issue together 6

[ Shopping ]

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28 129 To download a digital edition of Livingetc to read on your iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire and Google Play, go to digital-editions/ livingetc


[ Food & Travel ] [ Modern Homes ]

132 SPA-ING PARTNERS We report from four fabulous rejuvenating retreats – in deepest Devon, the Bavarian Alps, a vineyard near Bordeaux and by the East Vietnam Sea

32 CLEAR VISION Playful touches, a flash of neon and a cool bespoke bar endow Sommer and Will’s Victorian semi with an edgy glamour


68 LIGHT DREAM Handcrafted and vintage

[ Design Ideas ]

pieces, antiques and taxidermy are all in the mix in Mandeep and Alistair’s low-key luxe London house

47 DECORATING Forest green


Create fresh schemes with verdant hues – a mosscoloured wall covering, tactile leaf-toned fabrics and pale and dark paint layers – for a striking effect

cool meets French chic in Ashley’s Parisian pad

88 DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH Who would have thought that Roddy and Andrew’s epic Edinburgh home was once an unremarkable office

110 DESIGN NEWS Kitchen and bathroom kit and hi-tech solutions

98 OPEN HOUSE Paul and Tim’s sumptuous

117 PROJECT INSPIRATION 10 ways to add space

boutique hotel-style villa is a haven for visitors

Genius ideas to work your home to the max

137 ¡ESPAÑA POR FAVOR! Tasty Iberian classics created by Omar Allibhoy of restaurant chain Tapas Revolution

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ast year was a tumultuous one to say the least, full of change and just as much uncertainty. But it’s with optimism that the Livingetc team is welcoming 2017. We’re setting up in a sparkly new HQ – complete with modernrustic designer kitchens, Crittall windows and glossy new desks, of course, and looking forward. So this issue has a theme running through it… New beginnings. The featured houses all celebrate period bones, but are jam-packed with fresh, contemporary twists, ranging from creative spacial solutions to dramatic decorative details. Roddy and Andrew’s home in Edinburgh (page 88) breathes life into a former office, while Ashley injects a classic French apartment with a dose of California cool (page 78). And it’s impossible not to be inspired by Sommer and Will’s edgy renovation of their south London semi (page 32). If starting from scratch isn’t an option, our projects feature focuses on ‘the big refresh’ (page 117), offering ideas for updates to make your space work harder, from small cosmetic tweaks to large-scale structural interventions. Our decorating story (page 47) has got in on the act in its own way too – it’s all about forest green, the utterly gorgeous hue that’s so huge right now. Besides being a major interiors trend, this colour symbolises growth, harmony, freshness… The perfect way to welcome the new year!

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PLUSH TOUCH The timeless luxury of velvet seating has been catapulted into 2017 with M&S’s spring/ summer collection. Traditional button detailing makes way for clean, modern shapes on the Dante sofa and chair, with jewel-toned upholstery accessorised with shining gold legs flashing along the base of the pieces. Careful, though – your furniture might end up being more dressed up than you are… Dante sofa, £2,099; and chair, £1,299; and Dezra footstool, £499 (marks

POSH PRINT Damask has been given an extraordinary makeover by Black Edition by Romo. This Maroque wall covering is crafted from embossed vinyl with layers of detailed pattern coloured with a rainbow of complementing, tonal shades. All of which builds up to form a design that looks just as spectacular close up as it does from a distance. Eye-poppingly good. £250 per roll (

[Shine on] Who cares if it buckets down until spring? Treat yourself to this metallic coat with its shimmering layer of iridescence and you’ll be so busy outshining everyone else’s black ensembles, you’ll barely notice the water. Quick, let’s do a rain dance. £49 ( / February 2017


CITY HEIGHTS Paste Graham & Brown’s Metallic Tile wallpaper on to your ceiling and you’ll be transported into an industrial, New York-style den without all of the hassle of tiling upside-down… You’re still going to need an extra-tall ladder, though. £50 per roll (

T R EN D I N G [ Knitware ] It’s not just us who are feeling the winter cold – all sorts of products have donned an extra outer layer this season, as classic knitting stitches move from blankets on to far more unusual objects. From teapots to trainers, candles to chairs, it’s knit one, purl one all the way. CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE LEFT Kas Tanner Knit cushion, £35 (; Ethimo Knit dining chair, £790 (; Eva Solo My Big Tea teapot, £78.26 (; Anne-Claire Petit stool, £285 (; No. 22 candle, £38 (conranshop.; and Missoni sneakers, £410 (


London-based design studio Pinch has teamed up with Heal’s to create an exclusive capsule collection, the shining star of which is this magnificent Wallis sofa. Bedecked in Designers Guild’s Varese velvet, the shapely curves and elegant legs are boosted by a vibrant shot of colour (if you prefer to keep greenery in the garden, it comes in other fabrics too). We’ll be hibernating for the rest of winter on it. From £1,999 (

[ Table manners ] The iridescent trend is here to stay and we’re pretty thrilled about it. George Home’s bringing that purply/greeny/bluey shade to dinner time with a 16-piece cutlery set, which is – frankly – outstanding value. How could any meal be as delicious as this? £20 (

SNUG FIT Sebastian Mann’s new brand MannMade enters the design arena with a bang with its Battersea collection. The Alexandra is a compact-yetstylish getting-ready zone – just hang the next day’s outfit on it and mornings will become a lot easier to cope with. £1,475 (mann


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AGENDA / NEWS The new extended gallery at Domus Battersea


We may not be the world’s best cooks, but we know what makes a great dining room. Our latest design collab with features a marble-topped table, faded Persian rugs and quirky pendants, all with a playful Livingetc twist. So come round for a takeaway – it’s not just about the food. Betty dining table, £719; Rochelle chairs, £229 for two; Yolanda rug, £159; and Ilaria cluster light, £169 (

WE’RE FOLLOWING DOMUS @DomusTiles # WE WANT to redo every surface in our home, after exploring the treasuretrove of mosaics, stone and wood that British tile specialist Domus offers. # WE’RE EXCITED about the upcoming trends the brand is predicting – coloured JURXWLQJPL[HGJOD]HGDQGPDWWÀQLVKHV unusual shapes and eclectic designs. The SDUW\¡VRQWKHZDOOVDQGà RRUSHRSOH

[ Unplugged ] Carry Flos’s Bon Jour light around like a candlestick, thanks to designer Philippe Starck’s addition of a USB charging port. It’ll hold power for up to six hours and will ÀOODQ\VSDFHZLWK light, but with much less wax spillage. £385 (


Murano Puzzle porcelain tiles, from ÂŁ214 per sq m, Barber & Osgerby for Mutina at Domus

Curl up into Calligaris’s Sweet chair and you’ll be wrapped in the swathes of rich red fabric that coat its indulgent seat and arms. Like its name, it’s delicious, a real treat and one just doesn’t seem like enough – our very own candy crush. £1,816 (

# WE’RE TESSELLATING with intricate patterns with the Modello range, which is cut by water jet and can be personalised in a huge variety of materials. # WE GASPED AT the sheer amount of surfaces the brand sells – sales equate to more than 1 million sq m per year. Wowza.

# WE’RE NAME-DROPPING the array of top designers Domus supplies from Italian tile manufacturer Mutina – Barber & Osgerby, Patricia Urquiola and the Bouroullec brothers, to name but a few. # WE’LL BE at the Battersea showroom on Saturday 18 February to hear more on the tile trends, styles and designs for ²JHW\RXUIUHHWLFNHWRQOLQH Modello Lithology porcelain stone tiles, from ÂŁ343 per sq m, Domus

[ Kids’ craft ] Teach the little ’uns about the joys of the postal service with Molly & the Wolf’s craft subscription service. Through the letterbox each month comes a package filled with feathers, fabrics, pompoms and paint to create anything from a raccoon outfit to a light-up puppet show. So much better than an email‌ From £14.95 per month (mollyandthe / February 2017



[ Clock this ] We’d like to spend some quality time with the spun-brass face of Mr Clarke, Newgate’s latest arrival. He’s the first of a mid-century-inspired collection the Brit brand will be launching this year, which, we’re promised, will all have different personalities. We’re counting down until we can meet Mr Edwards and Mr Turner too. £60 (

If you’re in need of a stylish helping hand on the interior design front, give Studio Sims Hilditch a call. It offers an ‘instant’ design service to update existing spaces rather than renovate them, with much of its curated edit of furniture and furnishings sourced from suppliers who have pieces ready to grace your home in just a few days. Typical spend, from £30,000 (studio

ART FORM Delicate fans dance across the background of Jane Churchill’s shimmering Tamara fabric, comprised of part 3-D and part flat embroidery in subtle metallic threads. The pattern they create radiates glam Art Deco vibes in rich colourways. We must have them for our next curtains – anyone know a good seamstress? £89 per m (

ZIGA ZIG A H! Pattern. It’s arrived. Missoni Home furniture has finally reached our shores and can now be exclusively found at super-stockist Go Modern. Sofas, screens, beds, rugs, floor lights and outdoor furniture covered in those iconic zigzags, stripes and flowers will bring a burst of Italian sunshine to your home all year round. Much more convenient than trekking halfway across Europe to get them. Screen High bed, from £6,221 (

[ Lifting the lid ] You’ve broken the table! Oh no you haven’t – Habitat’s Brodi is adept at multitasking, being both a side table and a tray. Fitting neatly on to the base, the circular tray lifts off to reveal a surface underneath, ideal for storing your book on for when you need to do a tea-and-biscuit run. £95 ( 16

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TWICE AS NICE If your budding interior designers are prone to impromptu room rejigs, a smart investment would be this Clever Clogs bed. Part of Loaf’s recently launched (and adorably named) Little Loafers range, the bunk bed niftily un-stacks to become two standalone singles. Best prepare for some epic sleepovers. £895 (

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[ Top seat ] When you need to get off your feet, take a break on The Sofa & Chair Company’s Flare bar stool. Made of sweeping curves with glamorous details, it can be customised with a vast range of fabrics and ÀQLVKHVRURSWLRQDO piping, buttoning and studs for something truly show stopping. From £1,010 (

Inspired by the Bauhaus movement, DesignK’s Geometric ceramics feature bold, primary colours dotted on lids and spouts, while the handles are transformed with glazed spheres. Something tells us your tea party’s going to have its own hashtag. Teapot, £58; and cup and saucer, £38 (

PASTURES NEW What will you be wearing when it’s finally warm enough to venture outside? Pretty embroidered trainers, that’s what. Let your feet celebrate all of the joys of spring as pumps covered in blossom and blooms (none with lambs on yet, though) hit the high street. Hebe trainers, £95 (

[ Soft focus ] For a bit of peace and quiet, take a deep breath and step into Crown’s new paint palette called Stillness. Awash with muted shades of yellow, with tonal greys and watery almost-blues mixed in, it casts an uplifting feeling of rest and relaxation, while still injecting a zesty energy into the room. And exhale‌ From £13 for 2.5l ( / February 2017





The prettiest of the planets, Saturn has had us in raptures for aeons. Luckily, lighting specialist Hector Finch has launched a miniature version, complete with ring that comes in this polished brass, as well as bronze, chrome and nickel. Out of this world… From £680 (

Check out how the whole family are looking in one glance with Porada’s colossal Giove mirror. A whopping two-metre diameter of solid canaletto walnut, it’s practically a wall in its own right, so doesn’t need hanging – just prop it up (note its little feet) and you’re good to go. Plus, the living room suddenly seems enormous… £3,020 (

DRESSED TO IMPRESS No longer is a dresser the place to display your great-greatgreat grandmother’s chipped tableware – embrace the 21st century with Chamber Furniture’s modern yet timeless version. Striking Arabascato marble lines the back, highlighted by built-in LEDs and complemented by Farrow & Ball’s deep blue Railings eggshell (or another shade of your choice), with soft-close drawers and handcrafted copper handles to finish. Get one for every kitchen wall. From £15,000 (


FLY GUY Alex Monroe’s iconic bee necklace has a host of new friends courtesy of the jewellery designer’s Entomology collection. Named after the Greek study of insects, you’ll soon be finding beetles, moths and ladybirds crawling around your jewellery box. Damsel Fly earrings, £264 ( 18

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The pretty, not-quite-pastel tones of lavender are in bloom, filling the land with a fragrant mix of soft purples with hints of blue and grey. The autumn/winter 2016 catwalk was infused with the tone – Roksanda’s layered with patterned sheers and PPQ’s filled with textured ruffles and wools in matching shades. The home’s enjoying some purple rain too – Designers Guild’s Fortrose throw meanders between lavender, violet and heather, while Curiousa & Curiousa’s delicate pendant and Calligaris’ Parisienne chair lend the colour a hazy, dreamlike feel.

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Hot Stuff thermal mug, approx £11.50,

Fika coffee cup, £17, KeepCup

Gold thermal mug, £16, Kate Spade New York at John Lewis

SmartCup, £17.99, Frank Green

Sweet Salutation travel mug, £18, Molly Hatch for Anthropologie

Touch travel mug, £15, Nespresso

To Go Click drinks cup, £24.95, Stelton

Cat travel mug, £12, Urban Outfitters

Stripe print travel mug, £18, Vera Wang for Wedgwood

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Tiuku clock, approx £172, Covo at

PS Pendel floor clock, £135, Ikea

Tidvis Gray clock, approx £1,965, Johan Forsberg at Forsberg Form Mora clock, from £835, Nordic Style

Altdeutsche clock, £3,470, Studio Job for Moooi

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Slemcka coal chute, £17, B&Q

Circle log holder, £59, Graham and Green

Conform fire tools, £78, Morsø

Shovel and brush set, £116, Eldvarm at Amara

Quatrefoil fire screen, £120, The French Bedroom Company

Living broom and dustpan, £57, BoConcept

Coal tongs, £14.45, All Things Brighton Beautiful at

Kindling bucket, £80, Garden Trading

The Broughton log holder, £375, Chesney’s

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Vernan desk, £275, La Redoute Haller modular desk, £1,528.68, USM

Otto desk, £249, Swoon Editions

Clayton desk, £499, Terence Conran for M&S

Manhattan desk, £880, Neptune

James desk, £99, John Lewis

Depot desk, £983, Lene Bjerre at Houseology

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Storm desk, £1,323, Andrea Lucatello for Cattelan Italia at Chaplins

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Designers John Farrow and Richard Ball. Details Down Pipe estate emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5l, Farrow & Ball. Background A dark, warm grey with blue undertones, this colour was inspired by, you guessed it, the look of drainpipes, which were often made out of lead. A flagship colour from Farrow & Ball, them of the clever names and iconic heritage hues fame, despite its dank origins, Down Pipe has become one of the world’s favourite decorating shades, used by interior designers on walls, floors and woodwork. In part, this is due to the change in domestic light sources: where once the ubiquitous tungsten bulbs gave off a yellowish glow – well suited to off-white shades such as magnolia – the LEDs and halogen bulbs that replaced them emit a cooler light, which, when teamed with dark surfaces, creates a snug, embracing feel. The rise in popularity of industrial materials – think concrete and steel – plays its part too, as layered greys add a cohesive, free-flowing look to a scheme. The fact that savvy guests at dinner parties can identify the colour of the walls not just by brand but exact shade is perhaps indicative of how finely tuned our design sensibilities have become. And, thanks to magazines like Livingetc, homeowners now understand that painting a modest room white doesn’t make it appear larger at all. Instead, we’ve embraced the dark side… A cool, contemporary style perfectly in tune with the modern world.

Words / Adrienne Wyper / February 2017




Once their home was remodelled, Sommer and Will had definite ideas on how it should look – full of edgy twists, playful touches and a bar named after Sommer’s grandfather Photography ⁄ Paul Massey


Production ⁄ Mary Weaver


Words ⁄ Jo Leevers


HOME PROFILE THE OWNERS Sommer Pyne, who runs House Curious, a home interiors outlet and venue/hub for creative workshops, her husband Will, chief creative officer at a digital media company, and their daughter Lyla-Rose, three. THE PROPERTY A Victorian semi in south London, comprising a living room, family room, kitchen-diner and WC on the ground floor, with a guest suite, gym, cinema room and bar, plus WC and utility room, on the lower-ground floor. The master suite, dressing room and guest bedroom are on the first floor, with two further bedrooms, a bathroom and study above.

FA MILY ROOM Referring to the artwork, Sommer says, ‘Actually, Will made me a different promise – that someday we’d make a home together that was as nice as all the ones I’d gazed at in magazines. I still can’t quite believe it’s happened.’ Get the look The Nice View typographical print is by Nathan Johnson for Blacklist. The vase is from House Curious. / February 2017


hen Sommer Pyne says she ‘works from home’, she’s doesn’t mean catching up on emails at the kitchen table. She’s not even talking about her study, tucked away at the top of the house. Her idea of working from home comes from a fresher angle. ‘I’ve loved creating this place for our family,’ she says. ‘But then I thought, “Maybe it’s time for the definition of ‘home’ to expand”. I could share our home and make it my workplace.’ The result of Sommer’s rethink is that, several times a year, her home doubles as a venue for workshops, all with an interiors slant. Intimate groups of like-minded people gather to learn a skill, swap ideas and make connections. ‘And, by the end, at least one person has asked me where I sourced our kitchen tap or what colour we painted the walls,’ she says, laughing. Because this house, home to Sommer, her husband Will and their daughter Lyla-Rose, is pretty much guaranteed to inspire and create that kind of buzz. The ground floor is a run of three living spaces, each with its own distinct vibe. Elegant yet edgy in the family room at the front of the house. Moody, cool and clubby in the middle living room. And then – revealing Sommer’s Australian roots – a gleaming, light-filled kitchen-diner that feels as bright as a beach house. ‘Will and I wanted this home to be full of interesting surfaces, colours and textures, so that each space has a glamorous edge,’ she says. In the kitchen-diner, 34

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for example, stone, brass, marble and wood are all natural materials, but we tried to put them together in a sophisticated way.’ Of course, having plenty of space to play with also adds to the luxurious air. The first floor is pretty much devoted to the couple’s master suite, with tones of blush and foggy greys softened by brushed brass. Then, with Ade Architecture as their architects, they excavated down beneath the house to create an entirely new lower-ground floor. ‘We wanted something different from a standard basement,’ says Sommer. Generous lightwells, a blaze of neon and a cool bar area that opens outside all do that job nicely. ‘When you build something from scratch, the danger is that it can feel a little too clinical,’ she adds. ‘So, to give the new rooms character, we brought in some touches of humour.’ As a result, the powder room spells out its presence in hexagonal floor tiles and words of wisdom are emblazoned in neon. Meanwhile, Sommer’s grandfather Ted – in the shape of an offbeat sign – gets toasted every time a drink is poured. Sommer’s original career was in advertising. Her accounts erred towards the fun, sexier side – managing campaigns for Magnum ice cream, Lynx and L’Oréal. But she then took stock. ‘It was time to think about how I wanted my life to look,’ she reflects. Her answers? ‘Less stress. More balance. And more of a family and home life.’ Once Sommer and Will had updated the semi, she could see how a house on this scale could handle adding ‘business’ into its repertoire. ‘I love how the “concept store” in places like Ibiza is redefining the idea of a shop. Yes, people go in to buy things, but also to do a yoga class,’ she says. Then there’s the supper-club trend, where people put their dining rooms to work as pop-up restaurants: ‘I think a home can be more than one thing, while still being your most personal, comfortable place,’ says Sommer. With a plan to meld work and home, decorating took on a new momentum. ‘We made a point of looking for amazing artwork, seeking out fabulous things or trying out ideas we’d seen in restaurants or clubs,’ Sommer explains. Some of her finds are gathered in the shopping section of House Curious. ‘When people walk in here, I want them to feel inspired, to think, “Wow, I’d like to do something like that in my place”,’ she says. And if it’s that simply tracking down the same kitchen tap or inky paint shade, that’s just fine too. Check out House Curious at; the semi is available as a location through



H A LLWAY The couple opened up the ground-floor spaces as much as possible, replacing the old doorway with wider, higher steel doors. Dark banisters are a dramatic line that zigzags up through the house’s core. Get the look The metal glazing is from Clement Windows. These are Popham Design tiles at Ann Sacks. The banisters are painted in Railings estate eggshell by Farrow & Ball.

FA MILY ROOM The décor downstairs progresses from mid-grey to deeply dark, emerging into the pure white space of the kitchen-diner. ‘This is where we play or watch TV with Lyla,’ says Sommer. ‘A bit of velvet has spread into here, but the darker, plushluxe mood really gets going in the next room.’ Get the look The vintage armchair was found at Pure White Lines. The cushions on the sofa are House of Hackney’s Palmeral design. The Beni Ourain rug is from West Elm. The artwork, left on the chimney breast, is by Blacklist. This is Tom Dixon’s Copper Bronze pendant.

LI V ING ROOM ‘I love this contemporary artist’s rework of a traditional subject,’ says Sommer. ‘It fits right in with our darkly luxe look.’ Get the look The floral painting is by Will Ayres. This is the Martini side table from West Elm. The sofa is by Designers Guild. The Graphic cushion on the sofa and the table lamps, opposite and in the family room beyond, are from House Curious. This is the Atomium pendant light by Lambert & Fils. The parquet flooring is from The Natural Wood Floor Company.


HOME TRUTHS What track gets you on the dancefloor? Can’t beat Donna Summer’s I Feel Love. Best party ever? Our Tarantino New Year’s Eve party. We transformed the kitchen into an American diner – think black and white checkered floor and red leather booths. Everyone ate burgers, Oreo shakes and downed shots in syringes. Favourite drink at the bar? Will mixes a mean Aperol Spritz. And your superpower of choice? My good side says magical healing powers. But my naughty side wants to be invisible. If you were Mayor of London, you would… Build more homes and make barbecues in parks compulsory. Just for starters. Finally, tell us a secret… Some of my leafy plants are fake. But you’ll have to guess which ones.

K ITCHEN ‘We went for natural materials such as wood, stone, marble and metal. Surfaces that are having a moment right now and look glamorous, but will endure and feel classic forever,’ says Sommer. Get the look The kitchen is bespoke by Matrix Design, with a marble and brass island. These are Hooked pendants by Buster + Punch. The bar stools are from Rockett St George.

DINING A R E A Sommer and Will took down the previous extension and rebuilt it wider, brighter and bigger. ‘The light in here is incredible – you almost feel as if you’re outside,’ says Will. Get the look This is the Bolt table by Amode. The Eames DSW chairs are by Vitra. The rattan hanging chair is from Scandinavian Design Centre. The polished-concrete floor is by Lazenby. / February 2017


HOMES / ETC BA R ‘The sign is dedicated to my wonderful grandmother and names her two great loves – my grandfather Ted and her favourite tipple,’ says Sommer. There’s a ping-pong table waiting in the wings and a cinema room next door. ‘If the mood took us, a bunch of friends could close the door on Friday night and spend the whole weekend here without ever getting bored,’ she adds. Get the look The bespoke bar, created by Made by Jason & Co, includes a brass bar top from The Copper And Zinc Bar Company.

‘The overall mood we wanted is natural, but seen with a contemporary eye’

LOW ER-GROUN D FLOOR H A LL ‘The neon quote is from Hunter S Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,’ Sommer explains. ‘Very apt for us - but not too overexposed – yet.’ Get the look The quote was made by The Neon Sign Store. The concrete floor is by Lazenby. / February 2017



LIVINGETC LOVES The concept of a dual-purpose house that’s still a warm family home at heart. Flow-through spaces that each retain a strong individuality. United, but separate. Natural materials that feel sophisticated rather than rough-and-ready rustic. That downstairs bar. We’d be on the decks – not to mention the Scotch – every Friday night. Seventies-lite touches: just a sprinkling of glossy leaves and that cool bamboo hanging chair.

POW DER ROOM ‘I had a bit of tongue-in-cheek fun in here,’ says Sommer. ‘I usually come up with the ideas and then hand things over to Will, who’s better at the precision side of design.’ Get the look The floor tiles are from Tiles Direct. Kast Concrete Basins made the basin and RCC Furniture created the vanity unit. These are Orlanda wall sconces by Industville.

Will and Sommer replaced the existing window with a deeper version with enough space to install a window seat. ‘This room is all about total relaxation and escapism,’ says Sommer. Get the look The bath and fittings are by Castello. The marble basin was designed by Karena Clayton at Colour Interiors and made by Marble City. This is the Rustic Natural stool at House Curious.

DR ESSING ROOM There’s plenty of space beneath the bay window to house a snug seating zone. Get the look The sofa is by Designers Guild. This is the Natural Agate coffee table by Graham and Green.

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Sommer and Will dedicated the first floor to an indulgent suite in tones of blush and brass set against walls the colour of a stormy sky. ‘It still feels a bit “pinch me” waking up here,’ she says. ‘It’s so serene – and I never stop appreciating it.’ Get the look The wall is painted in Quiet Interlude matt emulsion by Valspar. The Sky Circles print by Love Warriors is from Holly’s House. The bedding is from Merci .The bedside table and Aston pendant are from House Curious. The flooring is from The Natural Wood Floor Company.






















IDEAS TO STEAL CLEAR VISION KEY FEATURE Bespoke basement bar Sommer may well ‘work from home’ when she uses the house for her business, but that’s not to say that she and husband Will don’t like to party in the place too. As evidence, just check out this stylish drinking den, designed in collaboration with Jason Prain at Made by Jason & Company ( ‘The project really appealed as it gave us a chance to work with new materials and a contemporary brief,’ he says. ‘Working closely with Will and Sommer allowed the design to evolve and take shape into a unique feature for their home.’ Expect to pay from £15,000 for a similar bespoke piece of furniture.


FROM LEFT Concrete vinyl floor tile, £42.95 per sq m, Tadao Ando for Harvey Maria; Lamp Black absolute matt emulsion, £38 for 2.5l, Little Greene; and Luxe 10253 wallpaper, £20.95 per linear m, Fardis

KEY PRODUCTS Marble wheel pendant, £75, French Connection Home Bardot three-seater velvet Chesterfield, £1,399,

Artificial real touch rubber plant, £25 (with pot),

Diamond kelim rug, from £215, Debenhams

Kvistbro storage table, £25, Ikea

Tonbridge stool, £179, Swoon Editions

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This hessian wall covering creates a dramatic, evocative backdrop. WALL Covered in Épure RM 666 62 burlap wall covering in Pachira, £173.80 per m, Élitis at Abbott + Boyd. DETAILS Marble and brass shelf, £62, Holly’s House. Lunga bowl, left, £24 for three; and Angel #8 artwork, £45, Curious Egg. Marcia bowl, upturned, £9, Rockett St George. Decorative egg, £24, Oka. Angles vase, £68, Anthropologie. Flowers and foliage, this page and throughout, New Covent Garden Market. / February 2017


Layering tonal shades and experimenting with shapes results in a striking painterly effect. WALL Painted in Apple Smiles II, square, and Stable Green, circle, pure flat emulsions, both £42.50 for 2.5l, Paint & Paper Library. FURNITURE Mass coat stand, £1,500, Tom Dixon at Harrods. Fusion console table, £399, Content by Conran at John Lewis. FLOOR Wenge oak silk planks, £69.99 per sq m, Castello collection at Quick-Step. DETAILS Square, Circle, Semi and Arc mirrors, £160 for the set, Haidée Drew. White and terracotta plant pots, from £7.50 each, Petersham Nurseries. Constellation hexagonal bowls, from £330 each, Lara Bohinc for Lapicida. Wellington boots, from £95, Hunter Boots. Barbour coat, stylist's own.


Against a peaceful, stone background, this leaf-toned velvet sofa is the main attraction. WALLS Painted in Fescue absolute matt emulsion, £38 for 2.5l; with woodwork and skirting in Lamp Black intelligent eggshell, £54.50 for 2.5l, Little Greene. WINDOW Curtains made in Painting F3127002 embroidered linen in Noir, £237.60 per m, Pierre Frey. FURNITURE Clarence velvet sofa in Olive Green, £4,800, The Conran Shop. Estere coffee table, £375, Graham and Green. Fusion console table, as before. FLOOR Wenge oak silk planks, as before. Glimpse rug, £995 per sq m, Walking on Art collection at Deirdre Dyson. DETAILS Ostrich feather lamp in Black, £3,999, A Modern Grand Tour at Harrods. Oval vase, £125; and Nest bowl, £127, Mud Australia. Parrot on perch ornament, £42, Rockett St George. Owl Manor mirror in Holly, £998, Anthropologie. Paul cushion, left, £59, Holly’s House. Amboise cushion, right, £125, Abigail Ahern. Derry carafe, £24; and Derry gin glasses, £28 for four, Rowen & Wren. Handbag, stylist's own. / February 2017


When night falls, this pale and dark paint effect comes to life, with low-level candles casting a soft light. WALL Painted in a mix of Porcelain Doll and White Handkerchief matt emulsions, top; and Palm Night matt emulsion, below, all £24.99 for 2.5l, Dulux. FURNITURE Kenta dining table, £2,295, Lombok. Amélie dining chairs, £301.50 each, Calligaris. DETAILS Cake stand, £55; Marcia monochrome tableware, from £5.50 for a cup; earthenware bowls, £30 for four; earthenware tumblers, £32 for six: and Mynte tea towel, £12.50, all Rockett St George. Racing Green tablecloth, £103, Larusi. Leland candleholders, £26 each, Rowen & Wren.


Up the style ante with tactile, luxurious finishes, such as this vellum cabinet and velvet armchair. WALL Painted in Fescue absolute matt emulsion, as before; and woodwork and skirting in Lamp Black intelligent eggshell, as before. WINDOW Madras lace panel in Paradiso, from £250, Curious Egg. FURNITURE Deneuve vellum cabinet in Teal, £6,429, Julian Chichester. Stardust brushed-velvet armchair, £4,640, Nika Zupanc for Sé London. FLOOR Wenge oak silk planks, as before. DETAILS Vases, from left, Saori, £30; Ted, £45; Sena, £20; and Mars, £20, all Habitat. Chimney vases, from £110 each, all LSA International. Kipper The Pelican ornament, £75, Abigail Ahern. Marble tray, £24, Curious Egg. Handbag, stylist's own. / February 2017


Dare to be bold and dress a fire surround with geometric 3-D tiles for an eye-popping feature. WALL Painted in a mix of Porcelain Doll and White Handkerchief matt emulsions; and Palm Night matt emulsion, all as before. Fire surround tiled in Alvito encaustic tiles, £224.70 per sq m, Fired Earth. FURNITURE Longwave wool armchair in Kvadrat Malachite Green, £2,064, Diesel Living with Moroso at Heal’s. Luxe bar table, £295, Oliver Bonas. Tree trunk stool, £169, Graham and Green. FLOOR Linen Gold sisal, £58 per sq m, Crucial Trading. Medley rug in Moss Green, £688, Calligaris. DETAILS Oil paintings, from £150 each, Emma Sophie Wilson. Stone pots, from £7.50 each; frog, £95; and dove, £140, all Petersham Nurseries. Icarus mirror, £185, Oka. Stargazer multi candleholder, £450, Lara Bohinc for Lapicida. Bleu bottle vase, £45; and Sena vase, £20, Habitat. Cross serving plate, £30, Rockett St George. Cushion made in Mira V3224/17 velvet in Oregano, £79 per m; and Mira V3224/18 velvet in Sapling, both £79 per m, Villa Nova.


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Spark interest by mixing old and new – a classic chaise, period paintings and a sleek modern floor lamp make a stylish combo. WALLS Painted in Fescue absolute matt emulsion; and woodwork in Lamp Black intelligent eggshell, as before. WINDOW Curtain made in Metropolis J900F-01 cotton-mix in Navy/Teal, £95 per m, Jane Churchill at Colefax and Fowler. FURNITURE Tallulah velvet chaise longue in Peridot Green, £1,325, Love Your Home. Morning Glory low table, £396, Marc Thorpe for Moroso at Heal’s. FLOOR Wenge oak silk planks, as before. Bella Aquae rug, £2,985 per sq m, Zoë Luyendijk for Front. DETAILS Sleek floor lamp, £200, French Connection Home. Canvases, clockwise from bottom left: Still Life with Book, Papers and Inkwell by François Bonvin, £180; Branch Hill Pond by John Constable, £305; Dedham Vale from the Coombs by John Constable, £180; Rain, Steam and Speed – The Great Western Railway by JMW Turner, £165; Storm at Honfleur by Alfred Stevens, £305; and Whistlejacket by George Stubbs, £420, all Surface View. Arbres cushion in Forest Green, £66, Larusi. Contrast mug, £39, Hannah Bould at The Conran Shop.

Raise the glamour stakes with a flamboyant carved headboard swathed in plush velvet. WALLS Painted in Inox absolute matt emulsion, £38 for 2.5l, Little Greene. FURNITURE Iva Ornate velvet headboard in Teal, £495; and Agate side table, £125, Graham and Green. DETAILS Bed linen, from £48 for a pillowcase; and throws, from a selection, all Larusi. Metal hooks, £7.99, H&M Home. Hanging plant pot, £12, Hubsch at Lo + Behold Store. Ettore table lamp, £40, Oliver Bonas. Contrast mug, as before. Gold tray, £14.99, H&M Home.

DECORATING / ETC Made in soft linen, this elegant two-toned, floor-length curtain makes a gorgeous room divider. WALL Painted in Fescue absolute matt emulsion; and skirting in Lamp Black intelligent eggshell, as before. Room divider made in Breva 35870521 linen in Emeraude/Flax, £88.90 per m, Casamance. FURNITURE Jenny 156 canaletto walnut service table, £2,608.80, Stefano Bigi for Porada. Plant stand, £155, MiaFleur. FLOOR Wenge oak silk planks, as before. Harva rug, £700, Heal’s. DETAILS Fowey pendant, £128, Rowen & Wren. Black ceramic vase, £118, Mud Australia. Barney Bird ornament, top shelf, £25; and Raven bookends, £45 for a pair, Abigail Ahern. Perdiz (partridge) candleholders, £49 for two, Oka. Lunga bowls, as before; Kea vase, left, £20; and Kora vase, right, £8, both on top shelf, all Curious Egg. / February 2017


A sculptural vase and toning accessories bring subtle colour and beauty to a monochrome scheme. WALL Painted in Porcelain Doll and White Handkerchief matt emulsions, as before. FURNITURE Athena side table, £119, Swoon Editions. EB24 steel screen, £1,600, Clement Windows. DETAILS Bottle vase, £39.50, Conran for M&S. Daisy vases, from £30 each, Reiko Kaneko. Patchouli scented candle, £12.99, H&M Home. Toothbrushes, £1 for two, Tesco. Aromatic water, £20, AS Apothecary at Curious Egg. Oval Druzy necklace, £38, Holly's House.



Think on a grand scale – a deep tub, a tall screen and a supersized chandelier – to add drama and sophistication. WALL Painted in Porcelain Doll and White Handkerchief matt emulsions, as before. FURNITURE EB24 screen, as before. Beetle velvet dining chair, £689, GamFratesi for Gubi at The Conran Shop. FLOOR Calacatta marble floor tiles, £39.80 per sq m, Mandarin Stone. DETAILS Bute painted bath, £6,300; and Chessleton floor-standing bath/shower mixer, £3,402, Drummonds. Angelus Shadow chandelier, £1,450, Rockett St George. Nadia mirror, £58, Anthropologie. Sculpture, £820, Petersham Nurseries. Liquid soap, £21.50, Lo + Behold Store. Tray, £12.99, H&M Home. / February 2017





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Spridd boxes, £6 for two, Ikea

Giraffes on the Savannah mobile, £24.50, Flensted at The Scandinavian Shop

MARVELS Inject some designer style into your youngster’s space with these fabulously funky bedroom essentials

Dreamscape wallpaper, £89 per roll, Vilma Pellinen for Feathr

Letter A shelving unit, £139, Graham and Green

Muslin squares, £19.97 for three, Aden + Anais

Measureman wall sticker, £44, Design Letters & Friends at Cissy Wears

Rocking horse, £96, The White Company

Diamond basket, £40 for two, House of Fraser

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Happy Camper bed, £1,295, Loaf

Toy basket, £49.99, Zara Home

Jungle Playtime bed set, £55, Designers Guild Cam Cam balloon ceiling light, £52,

Toy basket, £73.99,

Cardboard stove, £21, Building 2 rug, £169, Papilio at Gautier

Toddler desk and chair, approx £127 for the set, The Land of Nod Sleeping bag in Liberty Wiltshire, approx £68, Lab Boutique

Rainbow marquee floor light, £150, Debenhams


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T he k id s’ ed it Whitby chalkboard cupboard, £1,468, Rowen & Wren Verdon drum shade, £35; and Verdon tapered shade, £29,

LED light box, £55, John Lewis

Glitter bunting letters, £2.25 each, Meri Meri at Liberty

Comic Book desk pad, £7, Paperchase

Keepsake box, from £22, Harris & Jones

Bean chair, £95, Cox & Cox

Oldschool boombox, approx £60.50, Berlin Boombox Camp Canyon tent with pull-out bed, £445,

Shark laundry bag, £24, Marquis & Dawe at / February 2017


Birdcages, from £65 each, Numero 74 at Molly Meg

Cosmetics pouch, £24.95, Wild & Wolf

Wall sticker set, £15, JoJo Maman Bébé

Lola bookstand, £39.50, Miriam Mirri for Alessi

The Tolkien Treasury book set, £39.99,

Roulotte cabinet, £499.90, Maisons du Monde

The Original Print: The Huge One collage, £395 framed, Barney & Wilf

Miniature Funkis house, £165, Ferm Living

Crayon Box rug, £550,


Glow in the Dark pyjamas, from £22.50, Boden

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T he k id s’ ed it Pom-Pom LED fairy lights, £30, The Conran Shop

Nelly the Elephant, Walter the Crocodile and Ralph the Monster shelving units, £150 each, Matthew Long for Habitat

Cardboard house, £18, Paper Imagination at

Sleepyhead baby pod, £125,

Riceroar cushion, £30, Noodoll


Marlow changing bag, £89, Jem + Bea

Hygro + humidifier, £79.99, Babymoov

Harper bed, £375, Next Home

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HOMES / ETC DINING AREA Mandeep and Alistair’s style is low-key luxe, shown to perfection by these double-height French doors that allow light to flood into the space. Get the look This is the Ava dining table by Tom Faulkner. The Tulip chairs are by Eero Saarinen for Knoll and can be found at The Conran Shop. The oak herringbone floor is by Cheville. The chandelier is antique – find similar at the Vintage Chandelier Company. The artwork is by Mandeep Dillon.

‘Make it as light and bright as possible.’ That was Mandeep D i l lon a nd A l i st a i r Hug he s’ mandate five years ago when taking on this classic double-fronted 19th-centur y house in a leaf y suburb of west London. Drawn to the idea of a little more space than their previous home, the couple also relished the house’s unusual proportions. ‘It was only one room deep, but very wide,’ says Alistair. With its south-facing garden, tumbledown conservatory at the back – complete with a resident 150-year-old vine originally from Hampton Court – there was enough space to build a two-storey kitchen, bedroom and bathroom extension that wouldn’t affect the light quality. ‘Usually with an add-on to a Victorian house, you end up with a big dark patch in the middle, because there are so few windows,’ says Alistair. Just as they were in the process of buying the place, however, disaster struck. Due to a huge water leak, the roof on the left-hand side of the house collapsed right through to the ground floor, ‘destroying much of the previous owner’s art collection,’ says Alistair. ‘He’d been wavering about whether to sell or stay – the damage must have made it easier for him.’ The leak proved to be a blessing in disguise – even with props holding everything up and buckets all over catching the drips. ‘It was easier just to gut everything,’ says Alistair. Mandeep, a trained interior architect (with a second career in TV production under her belt), set about staying true to the house’s original proportions and detailing – from the soothing neutral colour palette to replicating the cornicing and restoring the balustrades. Against this relaxed backdrop, the vibrant colours in Mandeep’s artwork really pop. At the rear of the house, the couple’s desire to make the most of the natural light led to Mandeep and Alistair digging four metres down into the garden and stretching a vast extension across most of the back of the property (stopping just short of the living room’s back window). ‘With its lofty ceilings, it feels much bigger than it really is,’ says Alistair. The kitchen is without doubt the pièce de résistance of the home, despite purist Mandeep admitting her ‘ideal kitchen would be an empty room with a switch in it’. Here, however, she’s softened the clean lines and minimal looks 70

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of the cabinetry with the rich, textural warmth of herringbone oak floors and the energetic patterning of a ‘white fantasy’ Quartzite worktop and kitchen island. ‘It’s a terrible name for it,’ she says, with a laugh. ‘But it’s been so hard-wearing. I worried it would fade, but so far, it hasn’t.’ She consciously avoided making the space feel too modern, installing double-height paned French doors rather than sliding bi-folds. ‘Understated and luxurious,’ is how Mandeep goes on to describe the couple’s style, both at home and at work with Savoir Beds. Alistair bought into the company in 1997, then known as The Savoy Bedworks (named after its most famous bed, made for the Savoy hotel in 1905). The firm has a history of quality craftsmanship – each bed is hand-stitched and made to order – and a catalogue of great back stories (‘Apparently, Frank Sinatra would only play in London if he could sleep on a Savoy Bed,’ says Alistair). This passion for artistr y and thoughtful design threads through the house. Luxe, natural materials such as oak, stone and marble feature throughout – with special h a ndcr a f ted pie c e s m a de by designers John Galvin for Faolchú and Tom Faulkner. Teamed together are modern and antique lights and classic vintage Saarinen chairs, alongside Alexis Turner’s tax idermy rooks and gazelles. ‘I like to mix a little bit of the old and new. I don’t like anything too matching,’ Mandeep says. ‘And nothing too fashion-led. Instead, it’s the practicality and usability of a space that matters to us most. ‘It’s also a great house for parties,’ adds Mandeep, explaining how the pair fling open the kitchen doors, even when it’s chilly, and the sound system installed in the ceiling above pumps out her favourite easylistening Seventies tunes. When it comes to party times and celebrations, they load the kitchen island with food and drinks so, ‘our friends and neighbours can come to mill around and relax,’ says Mandeep. It’s a house that feeds the soul – ‘it’s a place of total relaxation because it’s not work,’ says Alistair. ‘For me, it’s a place to create and make things,’ chimes Mandeep. ‘I’ve never been one for sitting still, so I’m always cooking, gardening and making things. This house gives me the space and freedom to do that.’ For more information about Savoir Beds, visit; and to check out Mandeep’s artwork, go to


HOME PROFILE THE OWNERS Creative director Mandeep Dillon and managing director Alistair Hughes, of luxury-bed manufacturer Savoir Beds, and their daughter Octavia, 15, plus Spooky the Boston terrier. THE PROPERTY A two-storey Victorian house in west London, built in 1860, comprising a living room, kitchen-diner, studio and WC on the ground floor, with four bedrooms (two en suite) and a bathroom upstairs.

KITCHEN For the streamlined, all-white kitchen, ‘it needed to be really functional and practical with no fussy details,’ says Mandeep. For the worktops and kitchen island, ‘Quartzite imitates the feel of marble, but it is much more hard-wearing,’ she adds. Get the look The kitchen is from the Tio Collection by Rational, teamed with White Fantasy Quartzite from Stone World. These are Bolle Sola pendants by Massimo Castagna for Gallotti&Radice. The stools are from John Lewis.

LIVING ROOM ‘We always end up in here at the end of the night – it’s very comfortable,’ says Mandeep. With the elegant shutters drawn on a cold winter’s evening and the fire burning, ‘it feels so cosy’, adds Alistair. Get the look The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Oxford Stone estate emulsion. The grey sofa is by Kingcome and the green sofa opposite is from George Smith. The burr elm coffee table is by Faolchú. The rug is from Chaplins. The console table and crystal-base lamp are by Simon Horn. The stuffed rook is from London Taxidermy. The artwork is by Mandeep.


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‘I like to mix the old and the new. I never like anything too matching’

STUDIO Opposite the living room is Mandeep’s studio, where she spends her spare time creating her artwork. As she explains, ‘I derive great pleasure from making things with my hands.’ Get the look The Tulip table and chair are by Eero Saarinen for Knoll. The chandelier was found at a Southall market – for similar, try the Château Chic chandelier at This is the Samba rug by Graham and Green. The gazelle head on the wall is by London Taxidermy.


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HOME TRUTHS On your New Year’s resolution list is… Mandeep: To grow more veg. And what’s the craziest New Year’s Eve you’ve ever had… Alistair: In Zimbabwe, as the nation fell apart under Robert Mugabe. You’d love to visit... Alistair: Botswana – we love Africa. Your favourite culture fix in London is... Mandeep: east London galleries. What have you just downloaded? Mandeep: The Childhood of a Leader, a score by Scott Walker. And you’d never be caught dead listening to… Alistair: The Archers… Except on a Sunday!

HALLWAY When restoring the tiling in the house, Mandeep chose tiles with ‘a small-scale pattern that felt authentic to the period.’ Get the look The Ascona tiles are from Stone & Ceramic Warehouse. This is a Jacobsbyn pendant from Ikea.













This part of the new extension is ‘warm and cosy, but very light,’ says Mandeep. ‘A gorgeous spot to lie in with the papers on a Sunday morning,’ the epic headboard ‘centres the room,’ she enthuses. Get the look The walls are painted in Calluna estate emulsion and the woodwork in James White estate eggshell, both by Farrow & Ball. The Max bed is by Savoir Beds. The walnut side table is from Faolchú and the bed linen is Biella by Designers Guild. See more great rooms at


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IDEAS TO STEAL LIGHT DREAM KEY FEATURE Oversized French windows Having dug down into the garden, Mandeep and Alistair’s extension boasts a vast amount of space. To match the epic proportions of the room, the couple sourced bespoke glazed fittings that fill the height of the walls. Structural considerations are key for recreating the look in your own home, as Ian Willett of Willett Building Ltd (07976 934 178) explains: ‘A structural engineer will check that the lintel is sufficient to support such large-scale doors,’ he says. ‘An existing wooden lintel may be rotten and could be replaced with a steel or concrete version.’ Expect to pay from £5,000 for similar extra-tall French windows.


FROM LEFT Mimica Venato porcelain tile, from £53.94 per sq m, Mandarin Stone; French Grey absolute matt emulsion, £38 for 2.5l, Little Greene; and Surface Planed oak chevron flooring, from £142.64 per sq m, Ecora

KEY PRODUCTS Souk 5 light mini chandelier, £112.99, Där Lighting at Big Crochet cushion, £120, Charlene Mullen

Cuboid console table, £595, Atkin and Thyme


Taxidermy Chough, £285 (including dome), Ayre & Co

Betty dining table, £749, with Livingetc

Gleaming Primrose mirror, from £498, Anthropologie Picasso rug, from £2,400, Floor_Story Research / Jo Bailey / February 2017


An American in Paris Designer Ashley Maddox has brought a touch of West Coast cool to her Parisian apartment, which blends classic French chic with Californian colour, pattern and pizzazz

Photography ⁄ Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer


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Production ⁄ Julia Mincarelli/Sisters Agency


Words ⁄ Andréa Childs


HOME PROFILE THE OWNER Ashley Maddox, who designs and rents out properties, and her children Eloise, eight, Daphne, six, and Roo, three. THE PROPERTY An apartment in Saint-Germain-des-Prés in Paris, built in 1718. There’s an entrance lobby, living room, kitchen-diner, office, utility room, WC and three bedrooms, each with a dressing room and en suite. / February 2017


‘I like pink... and beige tones, which makes most Parisians shudder,’ says Ashley Maddox, laughing. ‘Then they see the original Versailles-style parquet floors and faint with envy – this is an apartment that inspires intense emotions!’ It’s your typical ugly-duckling-turned-swan story – think Funny Face, only with an 18th-century apartment rather than Audrey Hepburn in the lead role. When Ashley bought the apartment in 2014, it had been lived in by the same, single male occupant for the previous 50 years… And it showed. He’d installed linoleum and cheap wood wall panelling throughout and there was also a lone bathroom with a plastic tub and a mouldy shower curtain. The walls were marigold yellow and there was a suspiciously low ceiling in one room. ‘Can I say how weird this place was? It was super-creepy. There was even a decayed marionette theatre in the corner of what’s now the dining room,’ Ashley recalls with a shiver. ‘But I was looking for a fresh start and to make a home for myself and my three children. The location was exceptional – we walk across the Luxembourg Gardens every day to school. The property has an internal courtyard, so there’s light coming in both front and back. And to have those fancy floors was really wonderful!’ The wall panelling was ripped out to reveal marble fireplaces and huge gilt mirrors beneath and air conditioning was installed in the bedrooms. Next, Ashley worked with Parisian interior architects Flora de Gastines and Anne Geistdoerfer (aka double g) to update the layout for 21st-century family life, with the kitchen-diner taking over from the formal salon as the main living space. ‘It means we’ve compromised by turning the old library into a smaller living room, but everyone always hangs out in the kitchen anyway, so it’s silly to pretend otherwise,’ says Ashley. The most difficult job was to adapt the


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ancient plumbing to install three new bathrooms, plus a cloakroom in the hallway. ‘Yeah, the whole design was based on how far a toilet could be from the downpipe – very chic,’ she says with a laugh. Ashley moved to Paris from her native Los Angeles six years ago and she credits this outsider’s view with giving her a fresh take on how to decorate her new home. ‘I like colourful Sixties American art and bright graphic designs, while Parisian style is more reserved and formal. You can’t find a comfortable couch anywhere here!’ she says. Her colour choices are informed by the grey skies and cold stone of the city’s architecture. ‘It means colour is everything – warm beige, tomato red and pink inspired by the décor of English and Scottish country houses,’ Ashley says. ‘When I showed my pink paint swatch to one of the architects, she was appalled and said it looked like the room of an eightyear-old girl. But I love its warmth and pretty glamour.’ Unlike a lot of designers, Ashley hasn’t kept to a single palette to visually connect the rooms in the apartment. ‘It makes the space feel bigger to have different colours in each room – there’s a sense of not knowing what’s going to come next,’ she says. ‘But if you look closely, you can see that the décor is actually pared-back. The bedrooms appear to have an aggressive wallpaper, but it’s just on one wall.’ In the same vein, ‘the kitchen has crazy tiles, but the rest of the room is beige.’ Ashley’s picked up a few tips from her neighbours too. ‘I’ve learnt a lot from how particular Parisian style is – every piece of furniture is considered and clutter is hidden away,’ she says. ‘For me, this apartment is about the power of colour and graphics, with French finesse.’ In other words, LA style with added ooh la la. Check out Ashley’s properties at; and double g’s portfolio at


LIVING ROOM The pink walls may have been inspired by Brit country-house style, but here, they’re teamed with contemporary geometrics, rather than traditional chintz. Get the look The sofa is from Caravane. The circular side table is from French Art Deco. The coffee table and wall light are both vintage and were found at Paris’s Les Puces flea market. The wicker chair was bought in Lyon. The Beni Ourain rug was brought back from Morocco. The Sixties poster, entitled with love to the everyday miracle is by the late Corita Kent.

LOBBY The flooring in the hallway was installed during the Sixties. ‘There’s no way the quality could compare with the original Versailles-style parquet, so I painted it a deep navy blue to make it “go away”,’ says Ashley. Get the look The console and table are both 19th-century French antiques. The photograph, entitled Interior of Fidel Castro’s Palace of the Revolution, is by Taryn Simon. / February 2017


VIEW TO DINING AREA ‘When I decorated, I chose sleek, contemporary or midcentury pieces that wouldn’t overpower the original features or grander statements, such as the 19th-century mirrors and antique chandeliers,’ says Ashley. Get the look The table is a Sixties piece made from Brazilian rosewood. The chairs are Tulip designs by Eero Saarinen for Knoll teamed with Sixties Danish classics by Kai Kristiansen.

KITCHEN-DINER ‘All the action is in here – it’s the physical and spiritual centre of the apartment,’ says Ashley. ‘The wall tiles are from a high-school friend. I met him 20 years later at a reunion and found he’d moved to Marrakech and was making these incredible designs.’ Get the look The cabinetry was designed by double g. These are Fretwork on One handmade cement tiles in Marine, Milk and Slate by Popham Design.


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HOME TRUTHS What do you love about Paris in the springtime? Seeing lily of the valley (muguet in French) for sale all over the city. The tradition is to buy bunches to give to special friends and neighbours. What are the three things you like most about your adopted home? The colours and textures of the Luxembourg Gardens; the fact that I don’t need a car; and that it’s totally normal to drink champagne every time you go out to lunch or dinner. And what do you miss about Los Angeles? The sunshine, the quirkiness and the sense of humour. What’s the biggest misconception people make about you? That I’m their ‘totally typical American’ friend. We’re in Paris for the day – where should we visit? Have dinner at Loulou, the buzzy new restaurant in the Louvre that overlooks the Tuileries Gardens. And watch the Eiffel Tower sparkle on the hour, every hour – it gets me every time. And what’s your favourite meal? Oysters and champagne, eaten outside at night with a merry group of friends. / February 2017


‘When I went to Versailles, I saw that all the rooms were red, green and blue, so I’ve designed the places I’ve lived in Paris in the same colours – plus pink!’ THE BLUEPRINT OFFICE KITCHEN-DINER












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MASTER BEDROOM This modern interpretation of a four-poster bed conceals a secret. ‘The panelling behind the bed was in poor shape, so I hung the fabric to conceal it and then the curtains just made sense,’ says Ashley. The colour scheme seems contemporary, but it actually references the colours used throughout the Palace of Versailles – ‘Just interpreted in a crazy Ghanaian bedspread and a bespoke version of a Sixties print by Australian designer Florence Broadhurst!’ says Ashley. Get the look The Ghanaian kente cloth was sourced from Amatuli in Johannesburg. The Sixties Børge Mogensen chandelier was brought back from Copenhagen. The Fifties Italian floor lamp was found at Les Puces flea market.

MASTER EN SUITE Ashley added a ‘peekaboo’ window to bring natural light into the space. With no wall to fix them on, vanity mirrors are suspended above the basins instead. The marble for the shower comes from a single panel chosen at a showroom ‘the size of a football field’ outside Paris. Get the look The cabinetry was designed by double g. The Eloise taps are by Horus. The bulb light is from Merci.

GUEST BEDROOM ‘I’m a graphics junkie!’ says Ashley, who chose this linear wallpaper to add drama to the guest suite. Thick wool curtains wrap around the windows like a comfort blanket. Get the look This is Channels wallpaper in Lake Beige by Kelly Wearstler. The Dedar wool curtains were made by Créations Mourra. The 19th-century chandelier and the Fifties bedside tables were all found at Les Puces flea market.



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IDEAS TO STEAL AN AMERICAN IN PARIS KEY FEATURE Papered feature wall Keen to break free of the ‘proper’ Parisian way of decorating, Ashley brought her West Coast sensibility to the fore, using bold patterns to enhance the grand proportions of her St Germain apartment. ‘Given that wallpaper is often expensive, I don’t use a lot,’ she says. ‘Instead, I just cover one wall to give depth and personality to a space.’ True to her word, this Kelly Wearstler print in the bedroom is on the pricy side, but for a smart, cost-conscious alternative, see Harlequin’s ( Sumi wallpaper in Linen/Indigo, £62 per roll, which features similar geometric motifs in a brushed, painterly style.



FROM LEFT Design 36 24 36 linen in Indigo, £95 per m, Ilse Crawford for Studioilse at Christopher Farr Cloth; Threadneedle marble matt emulsion, £42 for 2.5l, Mylands; and reclaimed engineered Heritage Oak Versailles floor panel, from £294 per sq m, The Reclaimed Flooring Company

Essence Vintage chandelier, £680, The French Bedroom Company


Graphic throw, £149, Lexington

Bone inlay coffee table, £799, West Elm

Ondello mirror, £295, Oka

Decorative bird, £19.50, M&S Cooper three-seater linen-mix sofa in Rose House, £1,290,

Beni Ourain rug, £375, Emily’s House London on Etsy

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DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH Roddy and Andrew’s Edinburgh home had been converted into offices when they bought it. So it took a big dose of creative thinking to turn the place into its current vision of period-meetscontemporary perfection...

Photography ⁄ Paul Massey


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Production ⁄ Mary Weaver


Words ⁄ Claudia Baillie


LOUNGE The chairs were designed by Paola Navone, a close colleague of Andrew’s. ‘She’s been working with us on the Joyce store in Hong Kong,’ he says. Get the look These are the Bray 07 armchairs by Paola Navone for Gervasoni. The coffee and side tables are by Eero Saarinen for Knoll. This is the Hepburn sofa and chaise, shown opposite, by Matthew Hilton. The rug is the Pangolin design by Roddy Murray for Boxer Rugs. The pendant is by Lindsey Adelman. The Bourgie lamp on the mantel is by Ferruccio Laviani for Kartell. The abstract art is by New York graffiti artist JMR. Above the chaise is a collection of floral paintings by James Stuart Park.


HOME PROFILE THE OWNERS Roddy Murray, founder of interior design practice RJ Murray Design, and his partner Andrew Keith, president of both Hong Kong-based fashion retailer Joyce and luxury department store Lane Crawford. THE PROPERTY A threestorey, Grade A-listed Georgian terrace in Edinburgh New Town. On the ground floor is a hall, lobby, living room, master bedroom suite and cloakroom, while on the first floor there’s a lounge, dining room, kitchen, utility room and cloakroom. On the top floor are three guest bedrooms, one with an en suite and walk-in wardrobe, and a bathroom.

LIVING ROOM ‘The combination of modern Tom Dixon pieces, classic Seventies furniture and Georgian antiques really gives this room an eclectic feel,’ says Roddy. Get the look The Plane chandelier is by Tom Dixon, as is the Micro wingback chair and Base wall light. The Serpentine Cloud sofa by Vladimir Kagan is a vintage Sixties piece that Roddy and Andrew had reupholstered. The coffee table is by Aerin Lauder. The Indian rug was brought back from Jaipur and the antique Berber rug was found in Paris.


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DINING ROOM A huge window allows light to fill the dining room, which is papered in a stylish contemporary wallpaper. Get the look The Snakeskin Damask wallpaper in Black is by Timorous Beasties. The Tulip table is by Eero Saarinen for Knoll, as are the Executive chairs. The chandelier is from Georgian Antiques. This is the Mondel rug, designed by Roddy Murray for Boxer Rugs.


KITCHEN The bespoke units, including an impressive central island, were crafted by a local cabinet maker, then topped with leatherfinished marble. The splashback incorporates clever storage for cookery books and crockery. Get the look The bespoke cabinetry is by Sculleries of Stockbridge. The marble worktops are from Stirling Stone. These are Brick 228 stools by Gervasoni. The light is by Lindsey Adelman. The wall lamps are from House Doctor. 92

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soaring ceilings, vast windows and a sweeping staircase are just some of the epic features that first attracted Roderick – or Roddy – Murray and Andrew Keith to their house in Edinburgh’s sought after New Town area. But the three-storey terrace, which they bought back in 2013, was no ordinary renovation project. The Grade A-listed building had previously been converted into offices, meaning it took no less than three years to return to its former Georgian glory. ‘The bones were just perfect, but there was a whole list of approvals needed from planning departments, Historic Scotland and Edinburgh city council before we could start,’ says Roddy. ‘We had to take out a staff kitchen and even toilet blocks, then install a mains gas and water supply – which meant digging up the cobbled street at the front of the house. Walls had been removed to open it up as an office space, so those needed to be rebuilt, along with proper bathrooms and a kitchen. We didn’t think much about it at the time, but looking back now, it was pretty major stuff.’ Large-scale stuff indeed for the couple, who were then living solely in Hong Kong where they had met 16 years previously, but who bought the house so they could return to Edinburgh and split their time between China and Scotland’s capital. ‘The great thing was that we discovered so many wonderful features after we acquired the place,’ Roddy continues. ‘The ceiling roses and cornicing were all intact, but much of the interior was pretty ugly as it had been boarded over.’ It was only as they pulled away huge sheets of chipboard that original timber floorboards and a fantastic 200-year-old marble fireplace became visible, but alas, not all of the discoveries were quite as pleasing. Having unearthed one elegant mantel, they tore off more boarding expecting to find another. ‘Instead, it was a peculiar Sixties number, which looked very odd in a Georgian room,’ says Andrew, laughing. ‘Needless to say, it didn’t stay.’ As well as uncovering architectural gems, what the extensive renovation also allowed was for the couple to completely rework the space and design a more contemporary layout. ‘We didn’t compartmentalise things in the way the Georgians had, or indeed how many homes in Edinburgh still are,’ Roddy explains. ‘Instead, we decided to move the lounge, the dining room, the kitchen and the utility room up to the first floor – just to create a more modern way of living.’ When it came to decorating, the pair knew they wanted colour, although they say it took some time to get things exactly right. ‘Working in interiors, I’d been seeing a lot of grey and up until that point, we’d been a little bit colour shy, so it was a real commitment,’ says Roddy. ‘But Georgian homes were big on strong shades, so it wasn’t completely offbeat. We also referenced colours we’d seen abroad, where walls were saturated with strong hues.’ As a result, the walls became a patchwork of sample shades. ‘We got there in the end, though, and had a lot of fun doing it,’ he adds. What also gives the home much of its unique style is the carefully curated mix of antique and modern. Both Roddy and Andrew were keen to use as many Scottish suppliers as possible and so the bespoke kitchen was crafted by furniture maker Sculleries of Stockbridge, while the wrought-iron hall lights were forged by a local blacksmith and both wallpaper and fabrics were sourced from Glaswegian brand Timorous Beasties. ‘We bought lots of pieces from a great company in Edinburgh called Georgian Antiques,’ says Roddy. ‘Much of the artwork is by local artists too.’ Also in the mix are designs by Tom Dixon and Matthew Hilton, plus furniture picked up in Thailand, the Philippines and China, as well as some classic midcentury pieces. ‘It’s a wonderful mix of things collected from our travels and places that we love and a reflection of us as individuals,’ says Roddy. ‘This is who we are.’ See more of Roddy’s design portfolio at Learn about Andrew’s retail brands at both and


‘When we finally finished, we had a big party and about 60 people came round. It really felt like the house was coming alive again’

HOMES / ETC HALLWAY ‘Roddy designed the hallway storage – I love the contrast between the bright yellow doors and the flagstone floor,’ says Andrew. Get the look The lanterns were made by a local blacksmith. The rug was designed by Roddy Murray for Boxer Rugs. The velvet upholstered chair is by Luca Nichetto at Lane Crawford. For similar Native American portraits, visit

HOME TRUTHS If you were a piece of furniture, what would you be? Roddy: A Tom Dixon Wingback chair. Andrew: An Eames Lounger. Favourite piece of clothing? Roddy: I love scarves. Andrew: My Dries van Noten navy coat is perfect for Edinburgh winters. Disco dancing or opera? Roddy: Disco, but I may have to brush up on my moves. Andrew: Opera. Favourite building or architectural style? Roddy: The Sydney Opera House. Andrew: The Villa Necchi Campiglio in Milan. If you could fly anywhere, where would it be? Roddy: We’d both love to go to South America. Best place in Edinburgh to go for breakfast? Roddy: Sunday brunch at The Scran & Scallie. Andrew: Sunday papers in Moray Place Gardens.

MASTER BEDROOM ‘We tried lots of different colours in the bedroom and repainted it several times,’ says Roddy. In the end, they decided on this custom pink. Get the look The bed was designed by Roddy Murray for RJ Murray Design. The Egg chair, designed by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, has been upholstered in Kvadrat fabric.

BATHROOM Moroccan encaustic tiles add real personality to the family bathroom. While bespoke cabinets provide plentiful hidden storage. Get the look These are Vero basins by Duravit. The bath is the Normandie by Fired Earth. The cabinets were made to order by a local craftsperson. / February 2017






















‘I really like the master bathroom,’ says Roddy. ‘It’s a good combination of old and new, everything works well and it feels comfortable. It’s my favourite place to be.’ Get the look This is the Astonian Epoca roll-top bath by Aston Matthews. The floor-mounted mixer is the Axor Citterio E by Hansgrohe. This is the Torch S10 Bunch 10 cluster lamp by Sylvain Willenz for Established & Sons.

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IDEAS TO STEAL DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH KEY FEATURE Semi-tiled bathroom wall Used to dealing with top-end clients, Roddy had a host of original design ideas ready to employ when renovating his own home – and this stylish semi-tiled wall in the bathroom is just one example. ‘Placing them on the vertical gave the tiles more appeal and added enormously to their decorative quality,’ he says. ‘A full wall may have been too much, so I decided to install them halfway up – this has the effect of lengthening out the room and gives it a really spacious feel.’ To source similar designs, check out the Henry floor tile, below. And find a skilled tiler to recreate the look at


FROM LEFT Henry ceramic floor tile, £40 per sq m, British Ceramic Tile; Chawla Hul alterior matt, £36.50 for 2.5l, eicó; and Pure Strawberry Thief 216017 wallpaper, £101 per roll, Morris & Co


Jan van Huysum still-life print, from £45.99 (frame not included),

Eteri claret jug, £54, Oka

Chichester open-rack dresser, £1,510, Neptune


Franklin chandelier, £459.95, Menu at Amara

Lance dining table, £150, Habitat Spun T1 table lamp, £672, Sebastian Wrong for Flos at The Conran Shop

Duchess armchair, from £1,395, Content by Terence Conran

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Paul and Tim designed their Victorian villa with rich tones and luxe finishes, plus a little hotel-chic style thrown in to make their regular stream of visitors feel at home Photography ⁄ Paul Craig


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Production ⁄ Mary Weaver


Words ⁄ Amelia Thorpe

HOMES / ETC LIBRARY ‘Think gentlemen’s club,’ says Paul. ‘This is designed as a comfortable spot to read a book, though more often than not, it’s the place where we make calls and catch up with emails. There’s so much steel holding up the rest of the ground floor, it’s difficult to get a phone signal anywhere but here.’ Get the look These are Matthew Hilton’s Balzac armchairs for SCP, covered in Zoffany’s Quartz velvet in Berry. The library shelves were designed by Paul and made by Andwoodcraft, then painted in Little Greene’s Lamp Black eggshell. This is the Estadio pendant by Miguel Milá for Santa & Cole.


‘What do you think this is, a hotel?’ is a question usually laced with sarcasm, but not so for interiors photographer Paul Craig and his solicitor partner Tim Dawson. ‘We genuinely love having friends and family to stay,’ says Paul, whose family hails from Bristol, while Tim’s is from Yorkshire. Regular guests include cousins from Australia (‘They make us their base for the summer – and get more post than we do,’ says Tim) and an aunt who makes her annual trip to London for The Archers fans’ meet-up. So when their south London home was feeling just a bit too cramped for the steady stream of visitors, the couple decided it was time to look for a larger house. As luck would have it, on an adjacent street, they spotted a ‘property with potential’: a quirky Victorian end-of-terrace on a corner plot with an unusual side wing. But that was probably all that was good about it, as Tim explains. ‘The neighbours called it “The Witch’s House” because it looked haunted, with curtains rotting at the windows and holes in the roof,’ he says. ‘The local children used to cross the road rather than walk past the front door, because it looked so sinister.’ Its uninhabitable state made it impossible to secure a mortgage, so the pair were forced to abandon their attempt to buy the house. ‘We were very disappointed, because we could see it had so much potential and was crying out for renovation,’ says Tim. But six months later, unable to find anything that grabbed their attention as much as ‘The Witch’s House’, Paul expressed their disappointment to the local estate agent. ‘Hmm,’ said the agent. ‘Let me see what I can do.’ It transpired that the house had been bought by a builder, who had put a new roof on it and was happy to make a quick return on his investment. ‘The new roof made the house “habitable” and this time, we were able to get finance,’ explains Tim. Their plan was to restore the three-storey, five-bedroom house, extend it to create a spacious open-plan living-dining-kitchen on the ground floor

and dig out the basement to install a cinema room and add another bedroom. ‘We fancied a bit of a challenge,’ says master of understatement Paul, who admits that the project went on to ‘absorb every single molecule of our beings’ for 18 months. ‘At one point, we had an eightmetre-deep hole in the floor, held up by props, with one of the ground-floor walls threatening to collapse after heavy rain washed away the foundations,’ he recalls. But somehow they managed to focus on the prize, combining Paul’s visual flair with Tim’s meticulous eye for detail and budget control (their high-vis jackets worn on site were labelled ‘Creative Department’ and ‘Finance Department’). Paul sketched out plans and created moodboards for every one of the 19 rooms in the house, editing down ideas and colours until they were just right. ‘We both like clean lines and are not into fancy froufrou,’ says Tim. But that doesn’t mean boring: colours can be bold, shapes dramatic and textures luxe. ‘In my day-to-day work, I see beautiful things all the time,’ says Paul, ‘so I’m never short of inspiration. The fun part is editing it down, with quite an eclectic eye, to what we both really like.’ Now the couple say they like the house to run like a hotel (‘a boutique hotel, not a Premier Inn,’ quips Paul). They have even recently totally overhauled the plumbing system once again, so unhappy were they with the first job, to ensure that all four showers can be running at the same time without any loss of pressure or shortage of hot water. This weekend, Paul’s sister, her partner and their two young sons will be staying (Paul will be directing his nephews in the long-awaited sequel to their movie about a boy with superpowers). What about the sticky fingers on the upholstery or the chaos caused by toddler paraphernalia? ‘Does it really matter?’ says Paul, shrugging. ‘We love entertaining, treating, sharing – we honestly mean it when we say we encourage an “open house”.’ Check out Paul’s photography at

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HOME PROFILE THE OWNERS Interiors photographer Paul Craig and his partner Tim Dawson, a solicitor. THE PROPERTY A four-storey Victorian end-ofterrace house in south London. The open-plan ground floor has living and dining areas, plus a kitchen and library. The basement includes a cinema room, utility room, guest bedroom and en-suite shower room and a WC. The master bedroom, dressing room and en suite are on the first floor, with the family bathroom and guest bedroom, while upstairs are three more guest bedrooms and another shower room.

LIVING AREA Inspired by their stay at The Ranch at Rock Creek in Montana, known for its cowboy-meets-luxe aesthetic, Paul, left, and Tim chose a cowhide rug, leather armchairs and an antique water buffalo head. Get the look These are Saddle Up chairs and the Tux sofa by Stuart Scott. The Diana table lamps are by Santa & Cole. The bespoke cowhide rug is from Whistler Leather. The black-stained engineered-oak floor is from Pietra Wood & Stone. This is the All This Love sculpture by Anne Gillespie. The vases and faux flowers are from Abigail Ahern. The decorative dog is from Graham and Green.


HOME TRUTHS Paul, what kept you going through the house renovation? Prosecco, beer and pizza. What do you look forward to in the spring? Pop Brixton outdoor events, bars and street food []. What makes you nervous? Photographing my own house! It’s so personal that it’s hard to see it with an objective eye. Tim, if you were reincarnated, what would you like to come back as? Somebody who doesn’t give a s**t. Who’s the cook? Tim: Paul. I’m the dogsbody. What are your most overused words? Let’s go to the cinema.

TV LIVING AREA The green sofa adds a welcoming spring-fresh colour that pops against the dark wall. Get the look This is the Reposer sofa by Stuart Scott, covered in Designers Guild’s Varese cotton-velvet in Emerald. For a similar lamp, try the Flos Spun by Sebastian Wrong at Nest. The London Calling by Night cushion, left, is by Charlene Mullen; the check cushion, right, is from Burberry.

KITCHEN Extending both widthways and lengthways made room for a supersized kitchen and relaxing zone, with doors that open on to a secluded patio. ‘On the first day of spring, I’ll be sitting outside to enjoy the sunshine,’ says Tim. Get the look This is a bespoke kitchen by Neil Norton Design. The Diner 75 pendants are from Davey Lighting at Original BTC. The vintage diner stools are from Style Matters.


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DINING AREA ‘The antiqued mirrors in our favourite bar, The Northall at the Corinthia Hotel London, gave us the idea for this wall of bevelled panels. We approached a local glass company and it turned out they were the very people who’d supplied the ones for the bar,’ says Paul. Get the look The antiqued bevelled mirror wall panel is from Osborn Glass. These are BA3 chairs by Ernest Race for Race Furniture. The walnut dining table was custom-made by Andwoodcraft. These are Hang pendants by Marcel Wanders for Moooi. The ceiling roses are from London Plastercraft.

MASTER BEDROOM ‘The drama of deep colour cannot be denied,’ says Paul, laughing. ‘It creates a fantastically cocooning effect.’ Get the look The wall is painted in Little Greene’s Hicks’ Blue absolute matt emulsion. This is the Cask pendant by Bert Frank. The bespoke bedside cabinet is from Sixninethree. For a similar bed, try Savoir Beds’ Harlech 01. The pug vase is from Graham and Green.

CLOAKROOM A luxuriously upholstered door opens to a glamorous cloakroom, clad in glossy black tiles with brass fittings. Get the look The light bulbs and fittings are from Dyke & Dean. The metal-framed wall mirror is from West Elm. The salvaged school laboratory basin is from Warwick Reclamation. The bespoke basin unit is by Andwoodcraft. Try Aston Matthews for similar taps. The Lissome Licorice Gloss tiles are from Walls and Floors. The upholstered door is by Material Concepts.

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GUEST BEDROOM ‘The house was built in 1893 and this is a map of the area from 1892,’ says Tim. ‘I love maps and it’s fascinating to really look at what London was like then.’ Get the look The map wallpaper is by Love Maps On… The bespoke headboard was designed by Paul and Tim and made by Material Concepts. This is the Tribeca Duane pendant light by Søren Rose for Menu at Nest. The bespoke Andwoodcraft side table includes a Buster + Punch pull handle.


‘In contrast to the bedroom, we deliberately chose a masculine look in here’

MASTER EN SUITE Bespoke concrete wall and floor panels were made in Hungary and designed to create a gritty backdrop to the sculpturally shaped white basins. Get the look The Il Bagno Alessi One basins by Stefano Giovannoni for Laufen and the Dornbracht MEM wall-mounted mixers are from Ripples. The Hector Mini Globe pendants are from Hector Finch. The bespoke concrete wall and floor panels are from Ivanka.

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IDEAS TO STEAL OPEN HOUSE KEY FEATURE Built-in bookcase Despite knocking through to create an open-plan living area, Paul and Tim utilised every available inch in order to keep the look clutter free. Installing library shelving in the ‘dead space’ beneath the staircase was just one of the clever ways the pair achieved their aim. ‘Paul designed the shelving down to the last detail,’ says Andrzej Buczkowski of joiners Andwoodcraft ( ‘The challenge was to fit the shelves under the staircase we also created for him and Tim. It took us a few lengthy discussions,’ he adds, ‘but the result is pretty stunning!’ Expect to pay from £6,000 for similar bookcases.


FROM LEFT Zelve porcelain floor/wall tile, £44.94 per sq m, Topps Tiles; Cassia F2034/44 velvet in Grass, £65 per m, Designers Guild; and Wenge Oak Silk hardwood flooring, £66.99 per sq m, Quick-Step


Halo Angel armchair, £750, John Lewis

Unique faux-bull skull, £79.36, ellebaillie designs at Etsy


Beatrice chandelier, £495, Graham and Green

Beatrice velvet upholstered bed, £1,164 (mattress not included), Love Your Home

Dezra footstool, £499, M&S

Asia table lamp, £178, RV Astley at Houseology

Whisper Gerald paper dog, £20, illustrated by Magdolna Naj Torma for Lazerian

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113 DESIGN PROFILE From glam London restaurants to rustic Italian farmhouses, Alexander Evangelou takes a holistic approach to his craft / February 2017


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Putting the kettle on is no longer a chore with the Smarter iKettle, which now comes in this chic rose-gold and white finish. Connect it to your Wi-Fi and tell it what time to boil, what temperature to reach and – if you still can’t bring yourself to get up – it’ll keep the water hot until you just can’t wait for that Earl Grey. £99.99 (

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CLOCKWISE FROM THIS PICTURE Raw materials, exposed brick and rich walnut furnishings help define Alexander Waterworth’s design for The Musket Room restaurant; echo Alexander’s love of mid-century style with the Model 42 chair, £2,695 for six, Kai Kristiansen for Schou Andersen at The Modern Warehouse; and add a luxe, tactile touch with Kipling leather in Metallic Nickel, £25.20 per sq ft; and Denim, £23.85 per sq ft, Moore & Giles at Altfield

Founder Alexander Evangelou explains how intimate spaces and chic finishes create a warm, inviting vibe


Words ⁄ Fiona McCarthy


aving started out as a furniture designer in the early Noughties, Alexander Evangelou moved into interiors in 2011 when he co-founded Alexander Waterworth with his friend James Waterworth (who has since left the company). His ‘home from home’ style – think rustic wood, reclaimed furniture, rich colours and industrial lighting – has made him a popular choice both for residential and restaurant/bar projects such as The Musket Room in New York and Kerbisher & Malt and Hally’s in the UK. Here, he shares his inspirations and design know-how. How did you get into the interiors business? After showcasing a piece of furniture – something for a restricted space that could turn from a two-seater lounger and coffee table into two benches and a dining table – as my final-year graduate project at the New Designers exhibition

in London in 2002, someone kindly recommended me to architect Martin Brudnizki to help design his own-brand furniture collection. So was this your big break? From working on furniture for Martin, I suddenly found I was designing bespoke pieces for restaurants such as Scott’s and managing private residential projects. Martin taught me the importance of getting the smallest details right. Doing my own thing has allowed me to push the boundaries creatively and collaborate with a team of young designers who make me laugh. This really is what gets me out of bed in the morning. Can you sum up your approach? Our aim is to create homely spaces that people feel instantly connected to. We like to mix rough / February 2017


CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE Aged mirror glass and pale wood make a striking combo in Alexander’s design for the Mamma Primi restaurant in Paris; Kipling leather in Dolphin, £23.85 per sq ft, Moore & Giles at Altfield; timber takes on a darker hue in one of Alexander’s residential projects; West Elm’s Mid-Century sideboard, £699, one of Alexander’s go-to brands; pared-back style in the Alexander Waterworthrevamped Masseria Petrarolo villa in Puglia; and warm up the look with Pointing and Green Smoke estate emulsions, both £39.50 for 2.5l, Farrow & Ball

with smooth, so combining textured materials such as wood, concrete and tiles with pattern and interesting lighting to add depth and warmth to a room. My favourite part of any project is sourcing really beautiful, but functional vintage furniture. These pieces bring an easy elegance and create a space that people find welcoming and comforting. Do you have any buying advice? I would never purchase an antique on the basis of an online image; it’s vital to see it in person, to ensure it has a good weight if it’s a chair and good joinery for a table. It doesn’t matter if pieces are a little chipped – that just lends character. I never worry too much about the vintage pieces we use coming from the same family, just as long as they share a similar visual language. For new pieces, with a similar high-quality, crafted aesthetic, I work with Rough Living and Matthew Cox. I also like the lived-in feel of Rose & Grey’s leather Chesterfields. West Elm has some lovely products too – I’m keen on its mirrors and mid-century-style sideboards. What’s been a favourite project? The Musket Room in Manhattan’s NoLIta district – its vibe


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is relaxed rustic, but with sophisticated touches, such as gorgeous Moore & Giles leather for the banquettes. Where’s the heart of your home? The dining room. My house revolves around food, so a good table is somewhere enjoyable to sit, share and appreciate one another. I say take a leaf from restaurant design and use low-level lighting and comfortable seating to allow the food and company to be the focus. How do you balance architectural details and furnishings? If the bones of a room are minimal, you can play with layers of pattern and colour, but for somewhere like the villa in Puglia we recently worked on, with its 17th-century detailing, we kept the furniture very pared back. At Hally’s café in London, we went for a Californian vibe, but the whitewashed raw brick and simple wood-panelled walls felt a bit bland, so we dip-dyed the tops of bentwood chairs in pretty colours and used patterned fabric for cushions to give it a lift. Wood seems to feature a lot in your work… I’m obsessed with rough, unfinished wood – I think it stems from my childhood and growing up in a house filled with highly polished mahogany. I was terrified of marking anything. Wood lends soul to a home, with all its imperfections and scratches. I like to use different timber finishes together, such as a rich, unwaxed walnut floor with grainy oak cupboard door fronts in a kitchen. How else do you build up depth and interest? Tiles in different shapes, widths and sizes work well together – a favourite supplier is Focus Ceramics – and I like to choose



CLOCKWISE FROM BELOW Rich blue furnishings pop against a monastic backdrop in a Masseria Petrarolo villa bedroom; Alexander likes to add a light touch with the Cloud pendant, £5,294, Apparatus Studio; wood cladding and sleek fittings dress an Alexander Waterworth-designed bathroom in London; and a concrete and wood floor makes a statement at New York’s The Musket Room

designs with a mottled, handmade feel (even if they’re brand new) as they have more depth. Painting walls with a brush rather than a roller also gives extra texture. The size of floorboards can really affect a room’s mood too – really thin boards give more contrast to a room so you need very little else; wide boards bring less attention to the floor. Favourite suppliers include Schotten & Hansen and Marmorea. Do you have any paint colours you particularly recommend? I’ve just painted my living room in Farrow & Ball’s Green Smoke. It’s very cosy. For a lighter neutral, I love Farrow & Ball’s Pointing. It’s warm, elegant and clean, plus there’s a comforting way it glows with electric light. And what about lighting buys? A current favourite is the Cloud light by Apparatus Studio, which we used at Ober Mamma in Paris. We also recently used a metalworker to create bespoke shapes for us, which we then had an electrician wire up as lights. Statement lighting makes a space feel unique. Finally, where’s best to go to experience your style? We’ve just finished a restaurant for Michelin-starred chef Günter Seeger in New York – an interesting juxtaposition of a cosy, rustic restaurant feel with a fine dining experience in the Meatpacking District – and are soon to open the Mamma Primi restaurant in Paris’s 17th arrondissement, combining fun Italian food in an elegant, intimate space. We’re also working on a second Clove Club here in London and a wine bar for Château Margaux in Marylebone. For more info, visit

[ P.S ] Who is on your dream dinner party guest list? [Jazz saxophonist] Charlie Parker (to experience his unprecedented creativity matched by technical skill), Thomas Edison (to understand his persistence in creating the light bulb) and the late interior designer David Collins (who I feel really led the way for interior design in the UK).

What would you save if your house was on fire? The vintage blackboard in the corridor – it’s where we all leave messages for one another and note important dates. Without it, I’d miss out on family life.

What’s your favourite hotel? The Marlton in New York, because of its warm, sophisticated, neighbourhood feel.

What was the last book you read? Some people read, some people absorb visually – I’m the latter. / February 2017










10 WAYS TO ADD SPACE How to make your home work harder, from building up, out or down to streamlining shelves and staircases


1 BUILD IN SEATING Layout and furniture go a seriously long way in unlocking space. ‘The placement of pieces in a room can make it feel larger and lighter without too much expense,’ says interior designer Louisa Grey of House of Grey. Avoid a tangle of table and chair legs by building seating nooks into corners or window bays. That way, you can streamline your look as well as factor in storage beneath. Top off with custom upholstery for a luxe brasserie vibe – button-back, butter-soft leather or velvet for louche glamour, or linen for Scandi simplicity. Whichever you choose, it’ll be the hottest seat in the house. Project details A small alcove is transformed into a comfy nook with a plush upholstered back rest. This banquette was designed by Christophe Clement at The Ugly Room. For similar designs, try C&S Interiors, from £1,000. Pendant lighting is used to define the seating area as a ‘zone’ – these are Lee Broom’s Crystal bulbs and pendants, £199 each. The cabinet is by British Standard by Plain English.

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Picture research ⁄ Nicola Rowe / February 2017


Project details Minale + Mann designed this industrial-inspired extension as part of a renovation of a Victorian house in London. Its client wanted a cool family home with room for kids to play, yet with a grown-up, elegant mood. Expect a full renovation and extension project like this with Minale + Mann to be priced in excess of £1 million. The Split table, £1,850; and Cover chairs in Grey, £425 each, are by Muuto at

Gone are the days when a side-return extension meant a quick knock-through and lean-to job. This new breed of space savers is sleeker and more sophisticated than ever before, flooding rooms with light and appearing weightless from the exterior. ‘People are becoming more design aware and now appreciate the difference between a “builder’s extension” and an architect-led intervention,’ says Henri Bredenkamp of London-based practice Studio 30 Architects. Jennifer Kay of Minale + Mann adds, ‘We’ve seen the “refined industrial” look develop as a trend for extensions over the past few years. For us, however, there’s a fine art in balancing the roughness of the materials with that homely feel that home owners want.’

Project details This side return was constructed by A1 Lofts & Extensions. Similar projects start at approx £60,000. The kitchen was designed by German kitchen specialist KDCUK – a similar kitchen starts at approx £25,000. The suspended extraction unit is the Celestial extractor hood, £1,799, by Elica at John Lewis.


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3 DIVIDE TO CONQUER It might appear counterproductive, but sectioning off a portion of your room to conceal untidy bits will help the remaining area feel restful, uncluttered and, therefore, more spacious. ‘We’d always advise on floor-to-ceiling cupboards, as you can store away much of life’s clutter,’ says interior designer Louisa Grey. Glass or natural materials, such as woven cane or semi-opaque fabrics, will mask mess and create intrigue by hinting that there’s more space beyond your partition. ‘The most straightforward way to create illusion is by reflection. Think about using shiny materials, such as mirrors, metals or metallic paints, fabrics and papers,’ adds interior designer Harriet Anstruther. Project details This walk-in wardrobe with a glazed partition was constructed by Plain English. The dark, moody colour scheme creates a calm and cosy bedroom. Plain English can offer similar partitions from approx £8,000.


4 CONVERT THE LOFT If extending out, sideways or downwards isn’t feasible, the only way is up. But loft extensions shouldn’t be seen as a last resort – they’re typically cheaper, less disruptive and the resulting spaces are flooded with light. ‘Lofts are simpler to do and an easier and less expensive way to add square metres. You almost never struggle for daylight in a loft,’ says Henri Bredenkamp of Studio 30 Architects, who designed the glazed loft extension, below. ‘If increasing the number of bedrooms or bathrooms is your goal, a carefully planned loft conversion can create contemporary spaces conducive to modern-day living.’ Be sure to enhance any feeling of space with light, bright finishes – an all-white palette is one very effective approach. ‘My go-to shades include whites, cool neutrals and pale blue, as they aid rest and recovery,’ adds interior designer Harriet Anstruther.

‘Use a loft extension as a chance to create height and light – if the view is great, consider making this the living space instead of the bedroom’ Project details The attic of this Twenties house in California has been transformed into a lofty and luxurious bathroom. Its panelled walls have been designed to provide plenty of space for storage. This is the teardrop-shaped Napoli bath, £2,825, by Victoria + Albert. The vintage Danish armchair was bought from Organic Modernism in Brooklyn.

Project details This loft was designed by Studio 30 Architects. To avoid creating costly bi-fold windows from scratch, the studio repurposed a ready-made door design by manufacturer SunSeeker Doors. The loft required all new services and a totally new floor and roof structure to create such an open-plan arrangement. Expect a conversion on this scale to cost approx £100,000.


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Jonathan Tuckey, Jonathan Tuckey Design

5 INSTALL STATEMENT STORAGE ‘A house without books is like a room without windows,’ wrote American educational reformer Horace Mann. We’re inclined to agree, but storage for your tomes needs to be well planned, both so you can easily access them and so they become a visual feature rather than a disordered mess. Look around for awkward nooks and alcoves where nothing else will fit. ‘Shelving can also stop that oppressive feeling that lots of cupboards create and it draws the eye line lengthways, which adds to the illusion of space,’ says Katie Fontana, creative director at Plain English. Project details This built-in library was designed for a client by Ebba Thott of design studio Sigmar. ‘The aim was to create a design that married the history of the building and the new colour scheme we devised,’ she says. ‘By replicating the room’s beautiful old ceiling cornice at the front, the shelves look like they’ve always been there.’ Neville Johnson creates similar library systems from approx £3,000. This is the Baba Cool III rug from Tim Page Carpets.

6 SUPERSIZE ALL DOORS Allowing the eye to travel through one area to the next is the key to creating the illusion of space. Take a door off its hinges, for example, and you’ll see how your room instantly feels more open and capacious. Which is all very well, but not hugely practical, especially in a busy family home. Instead, consider glass doors and partitions and widening or elongating door frames, which will give your space an open-plan feel without losing the ability to shut areas off. Add to the roomy effect by choosing slim Crittall-style frames, as seen in the project, right, or pivot hinges, below. Doors with the latter will also protrude less into the room when open.

Project details Adding an extra panel above doors gives a sense of height and space, as well as allowing more light into rooms. ‘Natural and reflected light makes a big difference to the feeling of space,’ says Katie Fontana of Plain English, which can create glass doors and partitions similar to this from approx £5,400. D & R Design also offers stylish bespoke solutions.

Project details Urban Front can make bespoke pivoting doors for both interiors and exteriors. For a glass pivoting door 1.5m wide and 2.4m high, prices start at £9,600.


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‘The great advantage of bespoke furniture is that it can cope with idiosyncrasies. We can be a lot more creative with designs – by adding asymmetrical elements, for example, or mixing solid-wood components with glass shelves and lighting’


Simon Tcherniak, senior designer, Neville Johnson

7 CREATE A BESPOKE BED Built-in beds are seriously cool for kids’ rooms at the moment, but their appeal goes beyond just looking good. Bunk and cabin beds create the opportunity for housing toys, books and clothes and can even be used as a work space. The joy of a custom-fitted design is that it can be everything you need rolled into one, saving valuable wall and floor space elsewhere. But a raised storage bed such as this is not just for kids. Spare rooms or studio apartments could benefit from a multifunctional built-in bed, especially in attics or loft spaces where walls are pitched and wardrobes are tricky to squeeze in. Project details With its impeccable attention to detail and chic, streamlined finish, this timeless design will see even the pickiest of kids through from junior to teen. Commission a carpenter to design a one-off solution – find one in your area at / February 2017



Project details Giles Pike Architects designed this light-filled basement. Expect a major subterranean extension and remodelling like this to cost approx £1 million. This is the Eames Lounge Chair, £3,879, and Ottoman, £1,438, in Nero leather, Vitra at Heal’s.

If you’ve ever dreamt of a home cinema/ fitness suite/playroom to keep the kids quiet (and who hasn’t?), unlocking the space beneath your property could be the answer. ‘A basement utilising the entire footprint of the building will normally provide far more space than a new loft or side return,’ says Kirsty Heber-Smith of Giles Pike Architects. ‘It has the added advantage of freeing up the ground floor (usually the main living level) by relocating utility and storage spaces.’ Digging down needn’t mean sacrificing light either, as architects are devising ever more innovative ways to make basements as bright as the upper floors of a home – such as this double-height window, above. On a smaller scale, kitchen cellars provide ample space for wine connoisseurs to indulge their passion for the grape, thanks to the accessible design.


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Project details A dedicated wine room is a serious luxury. If you aren’t planning on an extensive renovation, consider a Spiral Cellars design. These can be installed under any ground-floor room and don’t require an existing cellar or basement. The Somerset half-round wine store costs from £19,140. The pendants seen here are from Fiat Lux.



9 EXTEND YOUR HOME Investing in a substantial remodel is a chance not only to create extra square footage, but to redesign every aspect of your home – so it can cater for your day-to-day needs more efficiently. This is the time to install those dream details – underfloor heating, bi-fold doors or balcony terraces. Even a relatively small amount of reclaimed space can make a huge difference. ‘A dining room addition may only entail 10 sq m of additional space, but the sense of scale internally is usually much greater than this,’ says Tristan Wigfall of architects Alma-nac. If you do ever decide to move on, your efforts won’t be in vain. ‘Every property is different, but adding square metres will always add value to a property,’ Wigfall points out. Project details This south London Victorian terrace was refigured and refurbished by London-based practice Studio Webb Architects. The brief was to reorganise the house and update the layout to meet the needs of the owner’s growing family. By using reclaimed brick to blend in with the original build, the single-storey extension is seamlessly integrated with the rest of the exterior. Expect to pay from £144,000 for similar. The metal Crittall windows and doors were supplied by D & R Design.


The under-stair area is historically a place to stash away any unsightly stuff. ‘It’s one of the first places we’d look at in a client’s home for storage solutions, as it can become a dumping ground, yet has the potential to unlock so much extra space,’ notes interior designer Louisa Grey. ‘It seems rather obvious, but this is the joy of involving a designer in a project – they have a broad view of the design of space.’ So, instead of cramming everything haphazardly into a cupboard, consider breaking the area up into shelves or drawers. That way, the space will work harder for you – it’ll make locating things much easier too. Think about including different shapes and sizes of cupboards to hide away everything from brooms and brollies to ironing boards. Project details This Manhattan loft apartment’s custom-fitted staircase was designed by Specht Architects. C&S Interiors can create a similar built-in under-stair storage system with drawers and cupboards of various sizes from approx £25,000.


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Erskine wall-mounted basin mixer, £159, Mode at Victoria Plum

Soho wall-mounted basin mixer, £1,047, JEE-O at Aston Matthews

MB289 single-lever basin mixer, £502, MGS at Grange Design

Equilibrio basin mixer, from £858, Giuseppe Maurizio Scutellà for Gessi at CP Hart

Spey monobloc basin mixer, £149, John Lewis

Wall-mounted basin set, £415, Lefroy Brooks at Neptune

VWM103 wall-mounted basin mixer, £89.95 (including shelf), Vesta at Victorian Plumbing


Brooklyn deck-mounted basin set, £1,037, The Watermark Collection

Deck-mounted basin set, £818.40, Studio Ore

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CLOCKWISE FROM THIS PICTURE Les Sources de Caudalie’s indoor pool is a chic, rustic-luxe haven; L’Ile aux Oiseaux Suite features vintage and couture fabrics in a soothing palette of whites; a harmony of wood and marble in the Vinothérapie Spa; and one of the original ‘suites on stilts’ set beside the lake

SPA-ING PARTNERS Start 2017 as you mean to go on with a spell at a rejuvenating retreat Words ⁄ Mary Weaver, Suzanne Imre, Paula Rodney and Steven Efstathiou

Les Sources de Caudalie Martillac, Bordeaux, France

ather than making that list of unattainable New Year’s resolutions, why not feed your resolve by booking yourself on a health kick that gives you space to work on yourself and achieve some realistic goals. Take your pick from awardwinning holistic retreat Yeotown in wildest Devon, with its refreshing anti-boot camp philosophy; ultra-luxe Six Senses Ninh Van Bay in beautiful Vietnam; Germany’s Lanserhof Tegernsee, which has recently been named World’s Best Medical Spa for the second year in a row; and France’s perfectly pampering Les Sources de Caudalie. We’re all wise to the fact that to be the best we can possibly be, we need more than awesome abs and gorgeous glutes. We need to be on top form on the inside too. And with this clued-up quartet of sensational spa resorts, you’ll come away looking good, feeling great and all set for a very happy 2017.

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The lowdown Five-star luxe in a contemporary country-house hotel. Best for Relaxing and reviving in a beautiful, natural environment. Enjoy both organic spa treatments and gourmet dining in the vineyards of Les Sources de Caudalie, the brainchild of Mathilde Thomas, the founder of French green cosmetics brand Caudalie. The Vinothérapie Spa, built from local stone and wood, harmonises with the surrounding landscape and offers treatments with pure ingredients including, not surprisingly, vine and grape extracts. It also boasts a hot spring rich in minerals and nutrients. We highly recommend the leisurely de-stressing and toning massage, followed by the Premier Cru anti-ageing facial, which guarantee you’ll look your best for an evening of Michelin two-star dining. We indulged in the seven-course tasting menu, with seafood, venison and a hazelnut dessert. Served in a former orangery now named La Grand’Vigne, chef Nicolas Masse’s cuisine celebrates seasonal produce from the nearby Atlantic coast and Graves countryside. And if you’re pushing the boat out, you can enjoy a glass (or two) of Château Smith Haut Lafitte. Book it Double rooms from £232 (


CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE The array of holistic treatments available at Lanserhof Tegernsee; the spa/fitness area offers massage therapies in chic surroundings; each of the private terraces enjoys epic views; and relax on B&B Italia furniture in the lounge

[ Fit kit ] For those of us who have yet to experience Lanserhof Tegernsee (or are looking for a healthy change in lifestyle), check out the nutritional supplements, dermatological treatments and wellbeing cookbooks available at

Lanserhof Tegernsee Marienstein, Waakirchen, Germany The lowdown Europe’s premier wellness retreat, set in the Bavarian Alps. Best for Intensive detox routines designed for the dietary conscious. If your idea of getting back into shape is a day’s abstinence from your favourite tipple, then give this place a miss – for this is hardcore detox, based on the principle that the secret to a happy life is healthy intestines. And boy, do your inner workings get a makeover at this chic, luxurious resort. Even before we arrived, an email suggested cutting back on dairy products, wheat, coffee, sugar and alcohol, for these are all off the menu. In their place are meals served without raw vegetables (to aid digestion). But if that sounds ominously like being back at school, relax… The food is super-tasty and forms only part of the regime. Lanserhof has one of the finest medical facilities in Europe and the team of experts on hand – from dieticians to personal trainers – means you can take a holistic approach to losing those unwanted kilos. And do we have to tell you that the programme actually works? You’ll leave here slim, trim and raring to go… Book it Double rooms from £3,285, based on one week’s minimum stay, plus £1,390 each for the basic medical programme ( / February 2017


CLOCKWISE FROM THIS PICTURE A double-sided fireplace keeps Yeotown’s Love and Be Loved Cottage snug; the spa’s mantra is lit up in neon; pretty painted bedside tables and a striking print adorn the Empathy Lodge; wind down with a treatment in front of the wood burner in the Sanctuary room; one of the well-appointed bathrooms; and the garden and fields lead down to a tributary of Devon’s River Yeo

Yeotown The lowdown A sublimely holistic countryside sanctuary. Best for Anyone in need of a full-on, outside-inside detox. If austere boot camps don’t work for you, but gentle nurturing does, check out Yeotown. It’s hard to believe the spectacularly situated retreat is a mere two-hour train ride from central London. Its epic five-day health and fitness programme, the ‘Yeotox’, will work every inch of you – we’re talking mind, body and spirit here. The team of ‘mavens’ will guide you through everything from core workouts and coastal hiking to positive psychology and cookery lessons. Unlike some health camps, the 10 themed rooms/suites here are rustic luxe, so you’ll feel spoilt even while you’re being good. They include four new eco lodges, ranging from Courage, dressed in serene seaside shades, to the New England woodsman-inspired Empathy (with pitchforks hanging by the bed). At the end of your Yeotown experience, you’ll not only feel ready to face the world again but, hopefully, inspired and equipped to stay on the right track. Book it From £1,870 per person, Wednesday to Sunday, fully inclusive (


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[ Eat chic ] Vietnamese food is some of the healthiest on the planet, being low in fat, gluten-free and packed with vitamins and minerals, but we still like to feast in style. To dine in one of the country’s hippest joints, visit Altitude in nearby Nha Trang City. sheratonnhatrang. com/altitude

Six Senses CLOCKWISE FROM THIS PICTURE A candlelit wallway leads to one of Six Senses’ therapy rooms; a rustic take on modern minimalism in the Water Pool villa; verdant jungle shades the Hill Top villa’s pool; and the Rock Pool villa enjoys magnificent views of the coast

Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam The lowdown An exclusive coastal hotel, located in a secluded bay. Best for Jaded city dwellers in need of therapeutic rejuvenation. As soon as you step off the speed boat – Six Senses Ninh Van Bay is a short ride across the sheltered East Vietnam Sea – and are greeted by your personal butler in a golf cart, you know you’ve arrived at somewhere special. This place really is a treat for the senses. In the astonishingly beautiful spa, consultancies are offered over fragrant ginger-infused tea, before you choose from a list including wellness programmes with nutritional advice, yoga, Chinese acupuncture and a range of therapies, such as the rejuvenating Vietnamese massage and the smoothing green coffee body treatment. Your accommodation too is designed for relaxation. The private villas, from those at the ocean’s edge to others up in the hills, offer serene views of the surroundings – crystal-blue seas and verdant jungle. Tasty local delicacies can be enjoyed by the resort’s pool or by the bay, while dressing for dinner is preferred at the cliff-top Dining by the Rocks restaurant. Blissful! Book it Double rooms from £514, excluding tax ( / February 2017



¡ESPAÑA POR FAVOR! Omar Allibhoy, the chef behind restaurant chain Tapas Revolution, shares his modern take on some tasty Iberian classics Photography ⁄ Martin Poole


Styling ⁄ Rosie Reynolds

Watermelon, tomato, coriander and goat ’s cheese salad Serves 4 peeled watermelon, * 200g seeded and diced 500g yellow *orabout Heritage cherry tomatoes, halved soft goat’s cheese * 50g a few sprigs of fresh * coriander, leaves separated and finely chopped FOR THE VINAIGRET TE clove, peeled * 1 garlic a good drizzle of *balsamic vinegar onion, thinly sliced * ½ared of black olives * handful a good drizzle of * extra-virgin olive oil * a pinch of sea salt

* For the vinaigrette, crush the garlic clove with the side of a knife and mix it with the balsamic vinegar in a small bowl. Add the red onion, olives and the oil. Leave to marinate. Place the watermelon and tomatoes in a bowl. Crumble over the goat’s cheese and scatter with the coriander. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the salad, scatter with the sea salt and serve. If you want to add some * leaves to this salad, I’d recommend rocket. / February 2017


Slow-cooked lamb and pepper stew

Cauliflower with garlic, vinegar and capers

Serves 4

Serves 4 as a tapa

1kg diced lamb *salt and freshly * ground black pepper * a pinch of ground cumin plain flour * 100g 175ml olive oil * large carrots, cut * 2into thin strips 1 large onion, cut *into thin strips garlic cloves, * 3thinly sliced 1 red pepper, cut *into thin strips green pepper, cut * ½into thin strips a few bay leaves * 1 sprig fresh thyme, *plus extra to garnish peeled * 4 tomatoes, and chopped sugar * a pinch ofpimentón * 1 teaspoon white wine * 200ml fried diced * potatoes, to serve

Season the lamb with the salt, pepper and just a little pinch of ground cumin, then coat with the flour. Heat the olive oil until sizzling in a shallow frying pan and toss the coated lamb in the pan for about 5 minutes to seal the edges. Remove the lamb, leaving the oil in the pan, and set it aside to rest. Add the carrots, onion, garlic and peppers to the cooking oil, along with the bay leaves and thyme, and reduce the heat to medium. Cook for 10 minutes and then add the chopped tomatoes with the sugar and cook for a further 5 minutes, until the ingredients are combined to make a tomato paste. Add the lamb back to the pan with the pimentón, white wine and 1 litre of water and cook over a low heat for a couple of hours, or until the meat is tender, adding more water if necessary. The result should be a rich, dense and silky sauce. Garnish with the fresh thyme and serve with the fried diced potatoes.



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1 large cauliflower, *broken into florets and leaves reserved * salt 200ml milk * olive * extra-virgin oil, for frying * 5 garlic cloves, inner stem discarded and sliced capers * 50g drained 1 teaspoon *cumin seeds ½ teaspoon pimentón * 50ml sherry or other * white vinegar


Place the cauliflower florets in a large pan, cover them with water and then add a pinch of salt and the milk (this will make the cauliflower whiter and prevent odours). Cook over a high heat until al dente, about 8 minutes in total (from the time you put the cauliflower in the pan), drain and refresh under cold running water. Set aside. Pour a good drizzle of oil into a cold frying pan, add the reserved cauliflower leaves, sliced garlic, capers and cumin seeds and then turn the heat to high. When the garlic turns golden, add the pimentón and then the sherry vinegar. Reduce the liquid for 30 seconds and then toss the cauliflower into the pan. Make sure the ingredients are well mixed and serve.


* 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil rustic bread * 4 slices 3 garlic cloves, *finely chopped finely * 1 onion, chopped * 1 bay leaf 50g Serrano ham *slices, finely chopped, plus 4 extra slices, to serve pimentรณn * 1 teaspoon 1 tablespoon *plain flour 1 tablespoon * sherry vinegar chicken stock * 600ml frozen peas * 500g salt and freshly * ground black pepper *

Pea soup with Serrano ham Serves 4 Pour 1 tablespoon of the oil into a medium pan over a medium heat and fry the bread on both sides. Set aside. Pour the rest of the oil into the pan, add the garlic, onion, bay leaf and finely chopped ham and fry for 10 minutes. Sprinkle over the pimentรณn and the flour and let it cook for 1 minute, then pour in the sherry vinegar, stirring constantly, and cook for a couple of minutes to make a roux. Increase the temperature to high and continue to stir as you slowly pour in the chicken stock so that the roux dissolves in the stock without forming lumps. Add the frozen peas, season with salt and pepper and leave to boil for 6 minutes. Top the sliced bread with the rest of the ham and serve alongside the soup. / February 2017



Creamy rice with prawns and artichokes

Baked figs with tetilla cheese

Serves 5

Serves 4

* 500g fresh squid, cleaned (you can ask your fishmonger to do this for you) 10 baby artichokes, *stalks trimmed and outer leaves removed extra-virgin * 50mlolive oil rock * 1 tablespoon or sea salt roughly * 1 onion, chopped 6 garlic cloves, *finely chopped pimentón * 1 teaspoon 2 tomatoes * (weighing about 300g in total), grated 1g (2 teaspoons) *saffron threads fish stock * 2l 400g Spanish *paella rice 500g fresh prawns, * heads and shells removed *


Roughly chop the squid tube, wings and tentacles. Cut the artichoke hearts into quarters and scrape away any of the furry choke with a teaspoon. (If you do this step in advance, squeeze over some lemon juice and keep them in cold water to stop them going dark and oxidising.) Place a large wide pan (or a big terracotta one if you have one) over a high heat and add the olive oil, squid and salt. Allow the squid to release its liquid and let it evaporate before adding the onion and artichoke, stirring constantly so that everything browns nicely. Add the garlic and stir for 1 minute before adding the pimentón. Stir again and cook for 30 seconds, then add the grated tomatoes. If the garlic or pimentón start to burn, add the tomatoes a little earlier. Add the saffron and stock and bring to the boil. Taste and adjust the salt if necessary – it should taste too salty at this stage as it will balance out once the rice is cooked. Add the rice and cook for 5 minutes over the high heat, then reduce to low and continue to cook for 15 minutes, stirring every now and then. Add the prawn tails just 5 minutes before the rice is ready. The rice should have released a lot of starch with the stirring, making the texture thick and dense, like a risotto.

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* 8 figs 1 cinnamon stick *200g tetilla cheese *(or any soft cow’s milk cheese) soft brown * 100gsugar sweet sherry * 25ml knob of butter * a breadsticks, * to serve

Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Slice the figs in half and place them in a roasting tray with the cinnamon stick. Break the cheese into pieces and spread it over the figs. Sprinkle with the sugar and the sweet sherry. Finish with a knob of butter and bake for 15-20 minutes. Have some breadsticks to hand and enjoy this simple but very serious treat.


Recipes taken from Spanish Made Simple: Foolproof Spanish Recipes for Every Day by Omar Allibhoy (Quadrille, £20). Livingetc readers can purchase a copy for the special price of £16.99, including free p&p. To order, call 01256 302 699 and quote code KG8.

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