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WHY WE LOVE VIVIENNE WESTWOOD, KARTELL, SANDERSON, HILFIGER & MORE

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hat brightens your day? Something profound like timeless design, or simple like that first sip of morning coffee? Discovering covetable new finds, having a nose round a gorgeous home, planning a holiday and whipping up a recipe that has ‘culinary genius’ written all over it, but took only 20 minutes – that’s what does it for us, and what prompted us to launch ACHICA Living magazine. We hope you have as much fun reading it as we did putting it together…

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MEET THE TEAM Emily Peck, Editor, ACHICA Living Emily has written and styled for the likes of Grand Designs, Real Homes, Stuff, Wired UK, Woman & Home, C4 and the BBC. Pip McCormac is the commissioning lifestyle editor on The Sunday Times Style and contributes to a number of magazines, including Elle Decoration, Glamour and Stylist. Emma MortonTurner is a stylist and writer who has worked for House Beautiful, Style at Home, Woman & Home and Ideal Home, as well as the Daily Mail. Fiona McCarthy is a lifestyle writer, covering fashion, food and design for publications including Red and Livingetc. She is the London editor for Vogue Living (Australia). Zia Allaway is the editor of Beautiful Gardens and the author of a number of books, including The Complete Gardenerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guide and How to Grow Practically Everything.

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Flowery screens!To break up the design, Andy screened areas of the garden with tall plants, including Verbena bonariensis and Michaelmas daisies, such as this beautiful mauve Aster novibelgii ‘Marie Ballard’. You’ll find a great selection at Hayloft Plants (hayloft-plants.co.uk).

Rills like the one used by Andy inject light and movement. They can be installed in a garden of any size, even a small courtyard. Ask a specialist, such as Fairwater (fairwater.co.uk) to advise on design, installation and cost.

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Create a stunning focal point in your garden with sculptural furniture such as this swing by Steve Myburgh. Perfect for a snooze on a summer’s day, it features florets of wrought iron that swirl around a willow basket seat like the delicate tendrils of a sweet pea. If you don’t have a tree to hang it from, the elegant stand available to buy separately will allow the swing to be used inside or out. (myburghdesigns.com)

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If you thought growing potatoes was only for those with an allotment, think again. Planting spuds couldn’t be easier, even in a small space. Place a few seed potatoes in an egg box indoors in a cool, light spot to sprout and by May they’ll be ready to plant outside. If your garden’s tiny, use a patio planting bag with a decorative willow surround, such as this one from Harrod Horticultural (harrodhorticultural.com). Put a 20cm layer of John Innes No 3 compost in the bottom, plant four potatoes, shoots pointing upwards, and cover with another layer of compost. As the plants grow, add more compost to cover the stems, which will then develop additional roots and potatoes, until the bag is full. Then leave the plants to grow until ready to harvest in summer when the flowers open.


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GO CONTINENTAL The French and Italians have style in spades, and their plants are just as chic. Give your garden a Mediterranean vibe with classic, sweetly scented lavender, adding a new twist with this cute cupcake planter from Garden Beet (gardenbeet.com) – ideal for decorating an outdoor dining area.

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THE HISTORY In 2001, Steve Drake won the Roux Scholarship and, as his prize, worked with super-chef Marc Veyrat in Annecy. It clearly paid off – his eponymous restaurant Drake’s, opened in 2004 by Steve and his wife Serena, has been awarded a Michelin star every year since 2005.

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