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GOLDS & SILVERS At Sinclair Jewellers ON THE COUCH With Gianna De Salvo CRY BABIES Viv Rogan to the Rescue WATCH THIS SPACE! When Jason met Robyn FALL FOR IT L.K. Bennett’s Autumn Style WOMEN ON THE EDGE Tips for Coping & Hoping THE ULTIMATE DOG HOTEL WOMEN ARE ALWAYS RIGHT Ghigo Berni 2012 GREAT BRITISH SUMMER Bumper Social Pages INSPIRING NICKY SANTICHATSAK Wimbledon’s Empress of Thai PLUS: Paul Mendelson on Bridge, ‘Two Large Ladies’ Come Back Home, Jane Plan Making Diet Sense, Ovens Come Clean, Inheritance Tax Planning, Aubaine Comes to Town, 10 Year Old Maths Prodigy, Flawless Floors from C&K, Dates for the Diary, Kate Greenhalgh and the Stars & Stripes

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Put it down to what you like: post-Olympic Blues, intimations of winter, shaking the beach sand out of the kids’ clothes and cases, the prospect of school, work and darkening evenings – whatever it is, it’s taking its toll. Which is why we’re devoting this issue to ‘Women on the Edge’, with Mari Lawrence’s personal journey from despair to hope, tips for coping with depression or crying babies and Emotional Brain Training to get you back on track. But it’s not all gloom and doom. New gold post boxes are glistening in the sun, grand shops and restaurants are opening on our high streets again, L.K. Bennett brings a touch of glamour to cheer us up, and the packed Social Pages remind us of the exciting, historic times we have all just lived through, with memories to cherish forever. So until November when you can indulge in our bumper winter issue of festive cheer. Karine Torr Editor | info@darlingmagazine.co.uk

Email info@darlingmagazine.co.uk Contributor Kate Greenhalgh Photography Taylor Torr Design Director Talitha Minchin talitha@talithadesigns.co.uk Printer Aquatint/bsc jane@aquatintbsc.co.uk Distribution Three Colours Ltd info@3colours.co.uk Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this publication is accurate, neither the publisher nor its editorial contributors can accept, and hereby disclaim, any liability to any party to loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause. Darling Magazine does not officially endorse any advertising material included within this publicaiton. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form – electronic, recording or otherwise, without prior permission from the publisher.

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Inspiring Woman of Wimbledon, ace restaurateur Nicky Santi Iconic L.K. Bennett dazzles with autumn fashions Personal journey – ‘Women on the Edge’ High-end jewellery emporium in our midst with Peter Vara Paul Mendelson’s witty Bridge column Top dogs get the royal treatment à la chez Bruce The fairer sex gets all the credit with Ghigo Berni Want alternatives to dieting? Talk to Jane Michell Gianna De Salvo introduces a new stress therapy A touch of Mayfair on the Village High Street It’s been a long summer – bumper social pages Schools in the News – A Levels and boy genius Hart Brown on Inheritance Tax Planning Building and design working in harmony Getting your oven spick and span Cry Baby – not for long with Viv Rogan! Darling Magazine Hotspots – get a copy here Local landmark and well loved statue returns ‘What’s On’ – Diary page must-dos in September & October Darling Classifieds Kate Greenhalgh goes California Dreaming darlingmagazine.co.uk | sept–oct 2012 

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Thai Break

Nicky Santichatsak, owner of Thai Tho, tells Darling her extraordinary story

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rst came to this country from Thailand 24 years ago to study for my Masters Degree. Life, however, can be cruel and shortly after arriving I was robbed and all my money, £3,000 was taken. I was determined not to return to Thailand a failure and so I took four part-time jobs to be able to afford to live. Then on Sundays I started to cook on a stall at Merton Abbey Mills market. Rain, wind, snow, and freezing cold, I was there every week. People didn’t really know about Thai food but after a period of time I won them over. Eventually I rented a café in Chiswick in the evening. I called it Fat Boy’s. It became so successful that I was working 7 days a week, 18 hours a day as we opened selling breakfast at 6am closing at 11.30pm. It was exhausting work but I knew that I could improve myself. Then an opportunity arose when I saw a property for sale in Wimbledon Village. I sold everything I had; I borrowed from the bank and to my amazement, family and friends all lent me money including a wonderful English family who were regular

customers. They lent me £10,000 to help acquire the property and I was lucky to be able to buy the freehold. I couldn’t believe that so many people trusted me and had faith in what I was trying to do. I was able to pay everyone back and the English family became like second parents to me. That was 18 years ago. Since then I have worked tirelessly to expand my business. I now own and run 12 Thai restaurants across London. The latest Thai Tho recently opened at 42 Rupert Street, Soho. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would open a restaurant in the centre of one of the most exciting cities in the world.

People in Wimbledon know Thai Tho very well and we are lucky that during the tennis championships the world’s top players visit us. Agassi, Navratilova, Roddick, Murray, to name but a few. Maria Sharapova and the Williams sisters described Thai Tho as their favourite restaurant in the village and that is deeply flattering. Recently I was granted a great honour as the Thai Royal family chose Thai Tho to celebrate

My husband thinks I am a workaholic as I cannot sit still. There is always an opportunity if you look hard enough. He recently calculated that over the years I must have served several million Thai meals! However these are difficult times and my advice to anyone starting out would be to research, plan and prepare carefully, cash ow is vital as the banks are far more difficult to deal with than in the past as we know from recent news events. darlingmagazine.co.uk | sept–oct 2012 

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inspiring woman HRH’s 7th birthday. This made headlines in Thailand and increased interest overseas about my work. Despite being thousands of miles away, I have also been able to open a Thai resort. This has been a huge challenge, as I can only visit for short periods in the year and speak with my family in the early hours of the morning from the UK but I am very happy with how this beautiful Island resort has developed.

The Thai Royal family chose Thai Tho to celebrate HRH’s 7th birthday

A few years ago Radio 4 and the Independent newspaper interviewed me for a series about successful foreigners. I was so proud to be recognized by British society. As a result I have appeared in numerous magazines and television programmes in Thailand. I’m flattered to be viewed as a successful business woman. My policy has always been to treat everyone the way I would wish to be treated. I think my success is down to my deep-rooted Buddhist philosophy and the inner calm that it gives me, along with a passion and a desire to succeed. Next on the list is a cookery book and a Thai cookery school – when I find the time!

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fashion

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ounded in 1990 here in Wimbledon Village, L.K.Bennett has since gone on to become an international fashion brand with stores across the UK, USA, Europe and the Middle East. A true local success story which continues to offer the best in accessible luxury footwear, clothing and accessories.

a cosmopolitan lifestyle – the collection radiates with deep, bold colours and rich designs in the most luxurious fabrics. Their campaign this season proudly features Emily Mortimer, one of Britain’s finest actresses and the star of The Newsroom, the new drama series created and written by Academy Award® and Emmy® winning writer, Aaron Sorkin.

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mental health

Women on the Edge Back from the Brink, Mari Lawrence of Seasons Florists shares her harrowing personal journey Mari Lawrence

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n the middle of July last year I walked out of my shop and suffered a total nervous breakdown.

Looking back over the last 2/3 years, I can see that things piled up in my life and something had to give. As an analogy, what happened to me was like an overloaded computer crashing. I can only say that having been to the darkest place you can imagine and out the other side, I feel better now than I have ever felt in my whole life. I now have all my leads plugged in, my thinking is clearer than ever and I am more focused on everything in my personal and business life. I am very happy to talk about my journey in the hope that it helps others. We arrived in London from Gibraltar in Oct 1954 to start a new life. I was 8 ½ the youngest of the ‘second litter’. My two half-sisters were evacuated to Madeira during WW2 and returned to Gib in Oct 1945. Eight months later my mother died aged 34. I was 3 months old and my brothers 3 and 5. Having been left motherless, my halfsisters decided to dedicate their lives to looking after us all – they never married. My father died

on 17th June 1966 – 20 years and a day after my mother. I was devastated – he was my all!

of my eldest son’s marriage, my husband with a lump in his stomach and ME.

I knew when I got married 3 months later and was walking back down the aisle, after taking my vows, that I had made a terrible mistake. But I was convinced that I had to keep my promise to him and everyone present for 25 years, until the children that would be born to the marriage were old enough for me to leave. Strange thoughts for a bride – even more strange, when we separated 23 years later after I suffered a cancer scare and knew that I could not tolerate his infidelities and unreasonable behaviour anymore. I filed for divorce and the Decree Absolute was granted 2 years later making it 25 years of marriage to the month!

Trying to keep all the balls up in the air, I felt like a hamster on a wheel going round and round and just wanted to get off. This is precisely what I did – 6 months off work, lost 4½ stones in weight and a lot of hair, refusing to eat and drink. Only focusing on the best foolproof way of ending my life, even walking off at 5.10 one morning to the station to jump in front of the first train out! But common sense prevailed and I felt very sorry for my darling husband Roger – who would have to identify me and also the thought of the poor traindriver who had to live with this horror for the rest of his life. So back I went,

These experiences, coupled with the recession, difficult trading times and landlord, corporates cancelling contracts, normal family ups and downs – including my son David, on track to qualify for the Paralympics Wheelchair Tennis Team, only to give up all his training 3 years ago to look after his daughter, who was diagnosed with leukaemia (now fully recovered), the breakdown darlingmagazine.co.uk | sept–oct 2012  11


mental health just as Roger was calling me; I told him I was getting the milk in – it wasn’t even milk day! I replied that, yes, I was coming back to bed, dived into our dining room where I had left my clothes, got my nightie back on and got into bed. He was none the wiser until I told him 3 months ago. I was terribly lucky to have had the best possible care, help and support from Kingston Mental Health Authority. They got extra funding in January 2011 enabling them to keep patients like myself

Helping Hands Hormones Local Homeopath and Nutritionist Maria Jevtic says: ‘Women are most vulnerable to depression at times of hormonal changes such as puberty, during the menopause and after giving birth. In a woman’s life, these phases herald in a new chapter, and ideally our mind and emotions mature and embrace the changes our body and mind go through. This is not always easy and any extra demand can tip the balance against us. Homeopathy and Nutritional therapy can rebalance our hormones and help us to regain our happiness and wellbeing.’ www.familyhomeopathy.co.uk Laughter Lynne Parker - Founder of ‘Funny Women’: ‘Laughter can be very healing. It is a reflex action – we laugh at funny stuff, sad stuff and

at home with nurses coming in every day and a rota of friends 24/7. Now, after having taken my time to take stock of the whole business, I am restructuring ‘Seasons’ our lovely business and its branding. We are looking forward to Nov 2012 when our Flower School opens at Warren House, our Christmas showcase open evening at Cannizaro House on 13th Nov, ‘Seasons’ 4 day coach trip to Brussels at the end of April 2013 to see when we’re in shock. It comes from deep inside and we don’t always unleash its power as much as we should. The British psyche is inherently dour, more glass half empty than half full, and it’s no wonder so many of us suffer from depression! As the role of women has become more equal, in western society at least, we’ve had to learn how to compete in many environments that are male dominated, none more so than the world of comedy! Why not try and find your funny side?’ www.funnywomen.com Rescuing Your Business Claire Habel, Personal Business Coach provides her top three tips for when you feel like you’re teetering ‘on the edge’ either in your business or in your wider personal life: ‘Identify exactly what is causing you to feel this way. Ask yourself what one change to your current situation would make the biggest difference

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the greenhouses at the Royal Palace at Laeken and other fun, informative filled days for garden/flower lovers and finally, the exciting new exterior of ‘Seasons’ scheduled for May 2013. All this would not have been possible without the help of Roger, my lovely husband; Jane, my ‘silent partner’ and loyal Office Administrator and friend of 25 years, wonderful staff, customers and friends. Without you all there, I wouldn’t have a business to take forward. and focus on taking action with that, one step at a time. Feeling ‘on the edge’ can often be caused by overwhelm. Prioritise what is really urgent and important; if a task is neither of those then let it go. Whatever your situation, it’s important to have someone positive and supportive that you can talk to. For impartial, non-judgemental support, consider looking outside of your circle for a coach or mentor.’ www. inspiringfutures.biz


local jeweller

A GEM OF A JEWELLER Wimbledon Town sparkles with ex-Cartier designer, now at Sinclair Jewellers

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f you are looking for jewellery that is a little more upmarket at better prices, you may have to go a little down the hill to find it. Sinclair Jewellers (opposite Elys store), established since 1983 with Peter Vara at the helm, promises the best service and creativity for handmade and bespoke pieces.   Peter’s passion is to see old fashioned jewellery transformed into elegant, contemporary styles. A qualified gemmologist, he was one of the first jewellers to introduce goldsmiths and watch makers on the premises.   Sinclair’s ‘secret weapons’ are the highly talented goldsmiths Scott Stevenson and Fernando Santos who work on the premises creating jewellery worthy of London’s finest. Fernando was trained by Cartier as a maker and setter and eventually headed up a workshop in Paris for this prestigious brand. He works with all precious metals, semi and precious stones to produce haute couture designs at affordable prices. Sinclair Jewellers offers a free personal, no obligation consultation with Fernando – by appointment only.

Darling Special Offer  *Free clean & polish (one piece of jewellery) *Free verbal evaluation We are committed to bettering any written quote on repairs or design

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bridge Paul Mendelson Straight off the golf course and several pints of finest ale later, two Wimbledon husbands thought that they would get the better of their wives in the evening Bridge challenge. However, rested and ready, their wives had other ideas...

♠ West S AJ543 H J1086 D 1065 C 7

North S 76 H AQ972 D J87 C 953

South S K8 H 54 D K4 C AKQJ1086

♥ East S Q1092 H K3 D AQ932 C 42

Dealer North Game All N E S W NB 1D 3NT With a long minor suit, your eye should always be on no-trumps, and South took this idea to the extreme, bidding 3NT over East’s light 1D opener. South was right not to worry about hearts, since West would be likely to lead his partner’s suit. Could she bring home her contract? West decided to lead Jh rather than his partner’s suit, which worked okay. South contemplated for a long while and then rose with Ah, led 7d and, when East played low, she won with Kd, and cashed her seven club tricks. A brilliant coup. However, East could do better. South must have a long club suit and kd so, when a diamond is led from the dummy, East should rise with Ad and switch to spade. Whatever South does, she must then lose five spades, Ad and Kh, resulting in two down. This proves what I have been saying for ages about Bridge: it’s a thinking woman’s game. aceoftrumps.com 14

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pets

The Country Life for a Wimbledon Dog! Bruce’s Doggy Day Care has recently opened its paws to pampered pooches in Wimbledon for the rst time

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ominated for London and Surrey business awards for the last three years running, Bruce’s Doggy Day Care is already well established throughout South West London, and is fast making four-legged friends in Wimbledon. What’s at a Day Care Centre? The Doggy Day Care Centre boasts three fully fenced fields, each with a swimming pool, agility course, heated indoor area complete with dog beds and a gazebo for the dogs to laze in the shade! All enjoyed under the constant supervision of Bruce and his team of dog walkers. It’s like paradise for dogs! How does it work? They will collect your dog in the morning, take them for an action packed day at the Day Care Centre, then drop them home in the afternoon, happy and tired. What’s different about Bruce’s Doggy Day Care? They are proud to be one of South London’s longest established Day Care Centres. Feedback from clients is that they love the dog-e-diaries, seeing our updates on Facebook and Twitter and the open day in the summer is also a big hit! Are all the dogs friendly? They are very strict about only accepting friendly, social dogs that have a regular weekly booking. This means that all the dogs get to know one another, and that we know each dog individually. For more info call Bruce’s Doggy Day Care on 0207 205 2230 or visit www.brucesdoggydaycare.co.uk. darlingmagazine.co.uk | sept–oct 2012

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restaurant

THE ANNOYING THING ABOUT WOMEN IS THAT THEY ARE SO OFTEN RIGHT… Ghigo Berni of Wimbledon’s favourite Italian eatery, San Lorenzo, mulls over how

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t work, women frequently face male resistance to their innate abilities and intuitions. Why is this so? Like any regular caveman, I used to think most women were nutters. As a slightly more evolved man, I nd myself increasingly deferring to the female instinct, given the number of occasions I’ve had to secretly admit that my wife was right about something which at the time I had quite successfully argued could not be. That’s the most annoying thing about women, that they’re so often right even when they don’t initially appear to deserve that distinction. They just ‘guess’ or ‘feel’ something based on ostensibly vague and often tenuous assumptions which they can’t really be bothered to describe in a quantiable way to their obtusely didactical male counterparts.

and that, in accordance with My Moody Bastard Theory of Gender Tension, INTUITION and LOGIC are mutually exclusive concepts which often reach similar conclusions, only at different times. Half the time intuition trumps logic when, sometime later, you realise that a woman’s intuition was right all along. The other half of the time, logic gets things absolutely spot-on and a man can smugly enjoy his momentary delusion that logic always prevails. Consequently, men and women exist together in various degrees of isolation because they cannot always both be right. But behind every great man there’s a great woman, and the reverse is equally true, of course. Not because one is better than the other but because they are different. Creative relationships are usually better at embracing this premise, warts and all, and everyone gains strength in the romantic bargain.

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men and women is never ideal because, in an anthropological sense, we’re wired differently and, more specifically, for an evolutionary purpose which requires cooperation and intellectual challenge, rather than one-upmanship. To be continued forever …

But we men can do that successfully too sometimes. When we’re being intuitive or speculative, we say ‘I reckon’. Yes Ma’am, and I reckon women are right about 50% of the time

However, professional relationships between genders are often stymied by unnecessary competitive friction and the need to assert gender validation. But antagonistic competition between

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Slimming Secrets – A fresh start in September Jane Michell from Jane Plan spills the beans

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ith distractions from coffee mornings, PTA meetings and evenings spent driving children to activities, a new term might not seem the ideal time to start a diet. However, September is all about new beginnings, and even the smallest changes to your lifestyle and eating habits can make a big difference.  Consider walking to school or parking further away than usual. Make a promise to give your morning cappuccino a miss, and no matter how hectic your schedule, avoid grabbing lunch on the go. Sitting down will

encourage you to eat more slowly, and recognise when you are full. Need more help? Jane Plan creates a bespoke, flexible, stressfree eating plan designed around your lifestyle. All our meals come individually portioned and ready to eat in under three minutes – perfect if you haven’t got time to diet. Average weight loss is around 12 lbs a month. ‘Jane Plan worked wonders for me! I continued to lose weight even after I had finished the plan and have since been able to keep my weight stable. Thanks so much. It’s boosted my self-confidence and meant I can now wear all the clothes in my wardobe’ Shazia, GP, SW15

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therapy

SUFFERING FROM STRESS OVERLOAD? JOY IS WHAT YOU NEED Local hypnotherapist, Gianna De Salvo talks about EBT

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aving been practising in Wimbledon for the past three and a half years, I have seen so many people, both clients and friends, struggling to cope with stressors in their lives: family commitments, high workloads, the economy, anxieties, negative thinking, insomnia, depression. The list goes on and on. And while hypnotherapy goes a long way to helping people recognising the power that they have inside themselves to make important changes in their lives, I was very excited to come across Emotional BrainTraining (EBT), which I feel goes even one step further. I trained to be a hypnotherapist because I am interested in the human brain and why we sometimes download false ideas about ourselves or the world around us. At what point do we lose the awe and wonder of the beauty and mystery of life and get bogged down in negativity? It seems to happen to all of us at some point, unfortunately. I also chose hypnotherapy because I am a pragmatic person. I enjoy being able to give people tools to use in their everyday lives to overcome issues, rather than using traditional talk therapy to go over and over a problem.

our brain that holds onto negative generalisations about ourselves or about life. The tools of EBT teach us how to switch our brain state from lower to higher over and over again until our brain begins to favour those moments of peace and positivity and our set point changes. In other words, we are training the emotional brain to be happier – something that was thought to be impossible only a couple of decades ago! I am very excited to be able to share this learning with others and support them in creating joy in their lives. Groups: once a week for six weeks beginning in September. One-to-one sessions in person or via Skype also available. Contact Gianna De Salvo: Tel: 07917197625 Email: gianna@ebt-uk.com www.ebt-uk.com

‘With EBT we are training the emotional brain to be happier’ EBT is also a pragmatic method; it provides five feelings-based tools that correspond to the five brain states that neuroscientists discovered we move through each day. What they found, however, is that when we are stressed or in negativity often, brain states can get stuck. And when we are stuck in a lower brain state, we are accessing the lower part of darlingmagazine.co.uk | sept–oct 2012

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Wimbledon We have arrived!

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he latest venture for the chic Provençal restaurant group saw it open the most delightful restaurant on Wimbledon Village High Street. The zinc and wood table tops flow throughout the restaurant highlighted with pots of fresh plants which naturally lead the eye to the secret garden at the rear, a beautiful space perfect for champagne receptions or just for soaking up the afternoon sun. From the leather banquettes to the elegant bar chairs, the trademark macaroons to the cheerful service team, the healthy fresh salads to the indulgent dessert slate, it all lends itself to the perfect outing for friends and family alike. Full menu and all day dining also available.

Aubaine Wimbledon 18 High Street Wimbledon Wimbledon Village London, SW19 5DX Tel: 0203 434 1960 www.aubaine.co.uk Opening times: Mon – Sat: 8am to 10.30pm Sun & Bank Holidays: 8am to 10pm

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university (four years). Education is compulsory only for the nine years of elementary and middle school; however 98% of students attend senior school. Students must take highly prestigious and meritocratic based exams in order to enter senior oday’s school leavers therefore less time consuming. school and then university. face more pressure Humanities, however, tends and competition than to hoover time, requiring ever From the very early stages of a Japanese student’s ever before. A good longer essays, withlife noinlimit elementary school right the way through to degree from a top university is to the amount of secondary employment, one very important idea that closely no longer a guarantee of finding literature that teachers insistwith the development of the soul and interlinks mind is unity and conformity. 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HT planning is generally aimed at reducing the IHT payable by your children on your death. But will an inheritance from you to your children mean that they then have an IHT problem themselves? Any assets that they have inherited from you and then leave to their children may be subject to IHT again on their death. This extra IHT can be avoided by ‘skipping a generation’. A simple gift to your grandchildren rather than to your own children can achieve this. But what if your child then needs some of the funds? What if they got into financial difficulty or became disabled? And would you be happy for your grandchildren to inherit straight after your death or would they be too young? Rather than making a gift directly to your grandchildren, you might consider placing cash, investments and/or property into a discretionary trust. Under the terms of a discretionary trust, your trustees choose who is to benefit from the trust fund from your selected list of beneficiaries. That list could include your children, grandchildren and remoter descendants. The trustees can be family, friends

We are delighted to announce that after 9 years with Hart Brown, Chris Thurlow is now a partner in our Trust and Investment department in Wimbledon Village. Chris specialises in wills, trusts and inheritance tax planning as well as estates and powers of attorney. and/or professionals and can also be beneficiaries. You could then leave a letter of wishes letting your trustees know how you would like them to manage and distribute the trust fund. The letter would not be binding on your trustees but, you would hope, and expect, that they would follow your guidance. Careful choice of trustees is, therefore, essential. The use of a trust of this kind allows exibility regarding who benets (so your children can benet if they are in need) and when (so your estate can be protected for your grandchildren until they reach an appropriate age). It can also be used to protect against your children or grandchildren getting divorced or becoming bankrupt and help to ensure that the funds pass down your blood-line.

You can set up a discretionary trust in your will. Alternatively, you could set up such an arrangement now, with the added benefit that, subject to some exceptions, if you survive seven years, the assets put into the trust should be free of IHT. If, on the other hand, you have already inherited, you may still be able to make use of discretionary trusts. If you inherited in the last two years, you may be able to enter into a deed of variation. Under the terms of the deed you would effectively be redirecting your inheritance to individuals or into a trust without any IHT effect on you. To find out more about discretionary trusts and inheritance tax planning, contact Chris Thurlow on 0208 947 8171 or email trusts@hartbrown.co.uk

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This professional local duo are a match made in heaven for anyone looking for design inspiration, advice and the very best workmanship on any building project. They’ll maximize the potential of every nook and cranny in your home, and recommend innovative and practical solutions that fit with your vision of the home of your dreams.

What would you say to any potential client who’s about to embark on renovations or a first-time building project? JC: Great question. I’d say most clients are very discerning from a business point of view, but when it comes to renovating their homes then this can go out the window. I think if a client can try to separate their emotions from the project and develop an open and honest relationship with a reputable builder such as ourselves, then they’re at least half of the way there!

Do you love Wimbledon? Love your home? But feel as though you’re running out of rooms and the rooms you once loved have lost the appeal they once had? Well maybe it’s time to call on the experts for professional advice on that elusive home restoration project you’ve been dreaming of. Improving not moving is bang on trend, and if executed correctly you’ll add significant value to your home while you sit it out in an economic climate that – let’s face it – is more than a little uncertain, while saving or

We managed to catch up with our local experts to ask a couple of quick questions:

So many people complain about projects going way over budget. What can people do to begin to avoid this? JC: I think one of the most important things is for the brief to be pinned down at the beginning. The client must bring their ballpark budget to the table at the first meeting, and be open to a discussion around contingency should the brief change once the ball is rolling and work has begun.

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“It’s open-mindedness, transparency and flexibility on both sides that reaps the best rewards in our experience.” If there’s a problem, and by the very nature of our business there invariably will be at least one problem on any building project: we say: 1) keep calm, we’ll sort it out, and 2) listen to the solutions we come up with, even if they deviate slightly from your initial thinking. Some people might feel intimidated by the prospect of working with an Interior Designer. How do you suggest that a novice could prepare for that first meeting? RF: The first thing any Interior Designer should do is to put their client at ease. It’s the client’s home and their ideas are king I always say. Any good Interior Designer will respect this and if you get the feeling that this is not the case you should run for the door! It’s always a good idea for a client to spend a little bit of time ‘visualizing’ their dream home, and write down what they like and don’t like about it. It’s helpful if they’re clear and articulate


design and construction about how the space is working for them in their family life, and how they’d like to improve on this. Lack of design experience should never be a problem, as we like to embrace a client’s individuality – it’s what makes their home unique to them. And nally Robyn, can you share any insider tips on what’s trending at the moment in the world of interiors? RF: As always it comes down to the client’s preferences, rather than what’s in fashion. But in a nutshell I’d say that investing in your storage solutions is one of the best things you can do when planning your space. Understair pullout storage is definitely the way to go, as it’s a lovely deep space that’s especially useful if you can reach full depth. Items can be stored in pullout shelves that use both volume and floor space, which is ideal for tidying and organising.

“ It’s your home, not a show-home, and should be a testimony to your own taste and style. A designer works with this and makes it all come together in harmony ” I also suggest that clients consider the benefits of transforming their old furniture by upholstering favourite pieces with beautiful fabrics, or to explore the shabby chic trend by painting tired furniture or using it for a different purpose, which can liven the space up and give old furniture a new dynamic. If you have a burning question or would like to get in touch with either Jason or Robyn, see contact details below: Jason Coetzee: Rhino Construction M: 07932 75 3328 www.rhinoconstruction.co.uk Robyn Falck: Robyn Falck Interiors M: 07505 398 060 www.robynfalckinteriors.com darlingmagazine.co.uk | sept–oct 2012  37


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his summer I fulfilled the ambition of a lifetime, and piled the family into an RV convoy across the American deserts. Yee-hah! No loafing on a beach for us – time for back-packs, campsites, appalling toilet facilities and hairy legs. I’ve never felt so alive! The thing about the American landscape is the visceral thump it can deliver, the sheer lump-inthe-throat scale of it all. At last I’ve seen the Golden Gate Bridge, the waterfalls of Yosemite and where Mila Kunis lives with my own eyes. I can’t tell you how exciting it felt! But as well

as unforgettable memories, we brought home love for the American people, with their huge charm and kindness. It’s always really about people, not places, and when you come from London, warmth and helpfulness are qualities you don’t necessarily expect in strangers! I want to mention James in particular. We had diverted around Death Valley after being told that our tyres would explode if we attempted to cross it, and that there weren’t no folks would be able to rescue us before we self-immolated in the heat. Given that it was also Friday 13th, and there is a kind of clue in the name of the place, we decided not to pooh-pooh the advice in English stiff-upper-lip

fashion, and made a long detour through the less diabolical Mojave Desert instead. The town of Mojave itself is an eerie place, surrounded by vast wasteland, hundreds of sinister, churning wind turbines and a bleak airstrip. In a particularly dispiriting gas station, on an ugly intersection next to railroad tracks, we were served by an elderly gentleman whose plastic name badge announced that he was ‘James’. My patronising, touristic pity for James and his ‘Valley of Ashes’ circumstances was instantly blown away. James’ cheery good nature and adorable courtesy blazed forth. James was just great. These are good people, these Americans! Which is why, landing back in England on the eve of the Olympics, expecting rain, grumpy airport staff and rude motorists, in a country which has the Cheddar Gorge to hold up to the Grand Canyon, but in fact encountering lovely, smiling Olympic volunteers, gentle, watery sunshine and hedgerows full of poppies, the ambition of a lifetime was crowned. The best of journeys really do bring you back to the best of home.

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