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JANIE HARLAND & PEG MORRIS Leading the local arts scene


Our favourite cafés Where to EAT & DRINK this summer Young artists at Ignition Dance and IYAF take over town

Discovering DORICH HOUSE Museum

Ready for the summer season? Style and makeup advice from the experts

living living & & lifestyle lifestyle in in kingston, surbiton & teddington |

Tennis by the Thames A private, friendly club for all ages in an idyllic location

At the Kingston Riverside Club we warmly welcome players of all standards and ages. Our newly upgraded facilities include covered, floodlit courts enabling play throughout the year, a modern clubhouse with a bar, showers and changing rooms and a private car park for our members.

We offer two different types of court surfaces: Macadam hard courts for faster play and clay courts which are softer, limiting impact on ankle, knee and hip joints. Why not pop in and see us – the entrance to the club is at the junction of Lower Ham Road and Lower Kings Road in Kingston.

Professional coaching for all levels of tennis players Children’s tennis camps during holidays Social tennis, events & tournaments Call 020 8546 5935 Lower Ham Road, Kingston, Surrey, KT2 5AJ

JinJin Chinese Restaurant & Bar • Contemporary Chinese Restaurant, by the River Thames in the centre of Kingston. • An ideal venue for lunchtime meetings, socialising and fun-filled dinner parties. Take-away available. • Specialising in authentic SiChuan and North China cuisine with a twist.

Unit 8, Charter Quay, 2 Wadbrook Street, Kingston KT1 1HR | 020 8549 6638

editor’s letter Dear Darling reader, Summer’s here and we are feeling fabulous! But if we are not feeling it yet, we can be with a little help from our beauty, health and style experts. We are definitely worth it, so take a look inside at what the best of the local practitioners recommend. Cover: Janie Harland and Peg Morris Photography by Cythare Cooper Makeup by Kristina Gasperas

Publisher Darling Magazine UK Karine Torr Editor Marja-Leena Toseland All Enquiries 07802 949836 Email kingston@ Contributors Lyndsay Russell, Paul Mendelson, Valerie McBride-Munro Photography Cythare Cooper

Kingston is preparing for a busy summer of culture. I’m looking forward to wonderful art in the Kingston Artists Open Studios (KAOS) weekends in June. Over 100 artists will be opening their studios to visitors. Ignition Dance Festival is not to be missed either and July brings even more new talent to town with the International Youth Arts Festival - IYAF, with hundreds of brilliant performances to see, and easily done with festival passes for the whole family! Our Inspiring Women - yes we’ve got two this time, Janie Harland and Peg Morris, are real movers and shakers on the local art scene. The beautiful cover and article photos were shot at the stunning Dorich House Museum in Kingston Vale which is Sculptor Dora Gordine’s former studio home and now owned by Kingston University and is open to visitors. We’ve also hunted down some of the best cafés for you, whether you want a perfect latte or espresso, the freshest juice or traditional afternoon tea in a vintage setting. Don’t miss our regular columns from Dr De-Stress, chartered horticulturist Valerie McBride-Munro and Lyndsay Russell who's overcome her phobia of spiders. Hope you enjoy the read! Until September…

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CONTENTS Editor's letter Meet the leading ladies behind Kingston’s arts scene On a hunt for a perfect café The guide to the best local restaurants Cosmetic dentistry is more than skin deep Relaxation is not a luxury Fashion to flatter - wear it from home to holiday What is the state of your colon? On the couch with Dr De-Stress, Mariette Jansen Homecoming for local agent Wimbledon tennis Schools in the news The Devil doesn’t always wear Prada Kingston Carnival is back Dorich House museum Amazing what skilfully applied makeup and a blow-dry can do Books that connect you to your town Out and about with Darling editor Apps for everyone NT Live at KGS / Festival fever returns to Kingston Wellbeing in the home Love local The Willow Health Restaurant & Bar Dressing the windows by Valerie McBride-Munro What’s On Paul Mendelson's bridge column Lyndsay Russell's point of view

inspiring women

Meet the

Leading Ladies

behind Kingston's ART

SCENE by Marja-Leena Toseland

Photography by Cythare Cooper, makeup by Kristina Gasperas

Artists Peg Morris and Janie Harland


oth Janie Harland and Peg Morris are professional artists, and also share another side of their professional lives as women behind organisations supporting artists and small creative enterprises. Our editor caught up with the duo before Kingston's busy summer of art events kicks off with the Open Studios weekends in June. 6

Janie founded FusionARTS in 2004 and Peg set up KAOS in 2010 – Kingston Artists Open Studios – together with ceramicist Cressida Borrett.

Peg, what was your motivation for setting up KAOS? ‘When I had my garden studio built in 2010 I was keen to take part in an Open Studios event


but Kingston, unlike most other local councils, did not organise open studios so Cressida and I decided to do something about it. By working with other local artists we have grown from two to our current membership of 85 and rising. This June there will be over 90 artists taking part in our Kingston Artists Open Studios event which I consider to be a real achievement in just seven years.’

inspiring women Can you tell us about your work and how did you get started as an artist? ‘I have always made art. Since childhood, drawing and painting, and for the last 20 years, printmaking, have been an essential part of my life. I completed a degree in Fine Art (Painting) in 1988 and have subsequently specialised in printmaking and painting. I now work from my studio at home and also from Kew Studio where I am the Print Technician and Etching Tutor. I exhibit with several groups and galleries and also at art fairs, most recently the Brighton Art Fair last September.’

Peg Morris in her home studio

What challenges have been your biggest in your quest to becoming a full-time artist?

What are your three favourite things about Kingston?

‘It is very difficult to succeed as a full-time artist and like so many other artists, I have juggled teaching and family commitments with working and exhibiting my work for many years. I have recently moved from teaching in schools to teaching printmaking to adults. I have had to be very disciplined about my studio time in order to keep producing new work.’

‘The river, being next to Richmond Park and the proximity to both central London for world class galleries and the open countryside for inspiration.’

What advice would you give to those creatives who want to make art their professional future? ‘Finding a suitable workspace is always a challenge. Make the work which you are inspired to make rather than what you think will sell. It’s lovely to be in the studio but it is also vital to promote and show your work, especially now that social media is such a fundamental aspect of modern life.’

Janie can you tell us what FusionARTS is all about, and what led you to setting it up?

creative, in a business sense. The building was much larger than I had planned for and initially I thought it pointless even looking at it. But you know what it’s like with property - the hopeless cases inevitably seem to fire up the imagination, and the next minute you’re planning where the furniture will go. So it was with 53 Eden Street too. Once I’d imagined it, it was going to happen.’

‘FusionARTS is a complex of creative workspaces situated in the heart of Kingston. The motivation to setting it up came from the fact that, at that time in 2004, there was no provision for artists in the borough, and I had nowhere to work!

FusionARTS are having to relocate due to redevelopment of the building where you are now in central Kingston. What does the future look like for you as a group?

Initially, I approached the council, and while we managed to create a good relationship which led to locating our existing town centre building, there was no question of it being funded by the borough. So in order to take on the four floor office block, I had to be quite

‘Perversely, after the initial dismay faced with the changes in the next couple of years, there is now a huge amount of positive anticipation. Our current thinking for the future would not have come about without a bit of a kick up the backside. We are working on some exciting plans, not only SUMMER 2017 7

café review


On the hunt for a   

By Holly Lavelle

The French Tarte, 83 High Street, Teddington This café offers a relaxing and cosy atmosphere with their small marble tables and light radio. Have your coffee brought to you under the sun in their wonderful outside seating area. From almond croissants to croque monsieur, you definitely won’t go hungry!

The Fallow Deer, 130 High Street, Teddington A quirky coffee shop that’s always bustling with their vibrant atmosphere and shabby chic décor. The outside courtyard, with its fairy lights and rustic wooden tables, is almost as charming as the staff.

Beanberry Coffee Company, 39b Fife Street, Kingston Minimalist and spacious with an industrial vibe. This trendy coffee bar will leave you wanting seconds of their smiley staff and superb flat whites. Dimly lit to set the mood for a real artisan coffee!

Fratelli’s Delicatessen, 57 Park Road, Kingston I feel as if I’ve arrived in Italy. The café and deli is a firm favourite with the locals in North Kingston, who pop in for a proper Italian espresso (gets my vote!) or a foamy cappuccino in the morning, a quick bite to eat at lunch time or to pick up Italian cheese, parma ham or a bottle of finest Italian wine from the deli. Left: Owners Antionetta and Antonio Mensano with a freshly prepared, delicious bruschetta.

The Market House Tea Room, The Market Place, Kingston A vintage lover’s paradise serving fabulous homemade cakes, cream teas and sandwiches. Their crockery is all beautiful vintage wear and the upstairs tea room is a lovely wood-panelled escape from the hustle and bustle of the market.



Beans and Greens, 29 Castle Street, Kingston Sit back and relax in this fun and friendly haunt. Spacious and bright, the atmosphere is as fresh as the juice. Enjoy your drink in, or stay on the go! (Try their mango smoothie for an extra kick).

Wags N Tails Coffee, 7-9 Brighton Road, Surbiton A tucked away gem just off Surbiton high street. Spacious and comfortable, enjoy your delicious food and drink any time of day with the whole family. The décor is retro whilst contemporary with its colourful road signs, vintage lettering and high top tables.

inspiring women What advice would you give to someone who is at the start of their professional life as an artist? ‘The strange truth is that it isn't necessarily the most talented people that are the most successful. Success comes generally to those putting as much effort into promoting their work as they do to creating it. It seems simplistic to say it, but the public don’t know you exist unless you tell them. So spend 30% of your time on self promotion - and the rest being creative.’

Photo by Paul Mowatt

Janie Harland in her office for those at FusionARTS, but encompassing the wider creative community and the public.

What are your favourite three things about Kingston? ‘Riverside life, the ancient market place and FusionARTS of ocurse.’

We have been providing affordable workspaces for Kingston creatives for 13 years and we intend to stay as a group.’

What led you to becoming an artist and what have your challenges been in pursuing a career as a creative professional? ‘I was one of those children that drew all the time. I had no plan what I would do with that skill other than to head to art school which taught me that there are many talented artists out there and I had to knuckle down if I was to make a career out of it. So I did a four year Graphic Design degree with a year spent in industry. I was lucky enough to win a placement at J. Walter Thomson advertising agency. It quite literally changed my career direction overnight. I became an Art Director and created campaigns for print, radio and TV. It was a fantastic experience in a very competitive industry. I met so many talented people who inspired me. After my son was born I retrained in interior design, and started to draw and paint again. This seemed to bring me a full circle, being creative for myself once more rather than a client, and strangely, it was much more challenging!’

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Your summer guide to the Stein's - the Bavarian experience on the river Stein’s Kingston is a Bavarian restaurant with a wonderful river terrace overlooking the River Thames. The upstairs function room has got its own terrace too! Staff dress in traditional dirndl and lederhosen serving Bavarian beer in big steins. Their schnitzels and sausages are real winners with customers, but vegetarians are also catered for with delicious salads and cheese spätzle. A perfect place to enjoy a sunny afternoon with homemade German cake and coffee too! 56 High Street, Kingston KT1 1HN | 020 8546 2411

The Queen's Head Situated on the Richmond Road, the Queen’s Head is a place to dine, drink and stay. Food is a fresh affair, with dishes crafted from seasonal ingredients by Head Chef and winner of Fuller’s Chef of the Year 2017, Johnny Joseph. The classic and innovative dishes are served from lunch through to supper, weekend brunch and Sunday roasts. Dine alfresco in the secret garden, soak up the atmosphere in the beautifully designed pub or stay in one of the ten boutique bedrooms. 144 Richmond Rd, Kingston KT2 5HA

020 8237 8039 |

Fratelli Delicatessen Fratelli is a little piece of Italy in the heart of North Kingston. A perfect place for a coffee or delicious lunch prepared by the owner, Antonio, who has years of experience as a chef at London’s top Italian restaurants. As well as creating fantastic food, he can suggest the perfect ingredients and give great advice for all your cooking queries. Alongside the variety of food available from the Deli counter, Fratelli’s also offers a broad range of wines including some of the finest vintage Italian wine. 10% off for a case of of six bottles - offer valid until 31 July. 57 Park Road, Kingston KT2 6DB | 020 85498021 |

The Railway This family run pub, is situated in the beautiful heart of Teddington, next to the station has been transformed into a cosy area for casual dining and drinking with a restored 80 seater dining room upstairs. There is an extensive menu, ranging from brunch items, classic sandwiches, sharing boards and a full a la carte menu, signature Roast Sharing Boards on Sundays. All ingredients are fresh, seasonal and locally sourced, allowing the chefs to produce the best dishes. With an an extensive wine list and a great selection of beers and ales too, The Railway has the ingredients to be your favourite, family local. 3 Victoria Road, Teddington TW11 OBB | 0208 943 0480

BEST LOCAL RESTAURANTS JinJin Chinese Restaurant JinJin Chinese Restaurant is a contemporary Chinese restaurant, situated by the River Thames, within an easy walking distance from the town centre. It’s an ideal venue for lunch time meetings or evening socialising and fun-filled dinner parties. Opened in February 2014, we offer our guests all-day grazing experience, specialising in authentic SiChuan and North China cuisine with a twist. Unit 8, Charter Quay, 2 Wadbrook Street, Kingston KT1 1HR 020 8549 6638 |

Bistro Vadouvan Situated in Putney Wharf with stunning river views, is a stylish yet friendly new local from the creators of West London favourite Potli. Skilfully blending classic French cuisine with Middle Eastern and Asian spices our chef ’s Michelin-starred background brings deliciously original flavours to each dish. Irresistible spiced bouillabaisse, stunning seasonal salads, mouth-watering mains of duck leg ‘pot au pho’ and yoghurt & sage marinated BBQ poussin is a kiddie fave! Whether it’s a leisurely lunch al fresco, a quick bite at their communal dining table or a dinner in the semi-private balcony, a warm welcome awaits you. 020 3475 3776 |

30 Brewhouse Lane, Putney Wharf, Putney, London SW15 2JX

Jackson + Rye Jackson + Rye is an American restaurant serving up delicious homecooked east coast American food on the Riverside Walk 7 days a week from early morning breakfast to late-night dinners, drinks and everything in between. You can feast on steakhouse favourites, BBQ and burgers in a relaxed environment. If whiskey is your passion, or if you are new to the wonders of that world, you can explore it all with their extensive, specialist Rye List, perusing through 8 flavour camps with an impressive choice of well-known and rare whiskies. 1 Riverside Walk, Kingston, KT1 1QN | 020 3319 2010 |

The Willow Offers a deliciously nutritious menu that is also entirely gluten free. It also offers dairy free, grain free, low carb, protein-rich, lower sugar, vegan, Paleo, low-FODMAP and organic meat dishes. The menu is complemented by award-winning beers on draught, biodynamic, natural and low sulphate wines and tempting cocktails. You can relax over a direct trade organic tea or coffee, or enjoy a protein rich smoothie in the terrace. Take the kids for a nutritious meal without the fuss! 16 The Triangle, Norbiton, Kingston, KT1 3RT 020 3034 2424 |

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COSMETIC DENTISTRY is more than skin deep Dr Rahul Shah


ichmond Road Dental Practice in Kingston is bringing you cosmetic dentistry that can treat many health issues too.

practice. Botulinum toxin also has therapeutic uses and is approved in the UK for the treatment of several medical conditions including migraine, muscle spasm and hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating).

The practice has been providing expert dental care for over 65 years and Dr Anand Patel, principal dentist and owner, knows that the clinic is so much more than any ordinary dental practice. “I have never worked in such a happy environment and I’m very fortunate to have a truly amazing and loyal team, and even more so in having such a wonderful patient base, whom I have got to know so well over my 10 years at the practice”. We strive to update our knowledge continuously to provide the most advanced and up-to-date evidence-based treatments. Dr Anand Patel has teamed up with Dr Rahul Shah, a Harley Street

OPEN EVENING Tuesday 27 June, 6-8 pm: Live demonstrations of some of our treatments, such as Botox, Dermal Fillers and Skin Peels. Food and refreshments. Booking required as places are limited. Please call our receptionist Helen on 020 8546 2201. Your complimentary face and skin consultation with Dr Shah can also be booked through Helen. For more information please visit

physician and old university friend, to introduce the exciting new service of anti-wrinkle treatment and facial rejuvenation. Dr Rahul Shah has trained in non-surgical facial rejuvenation through the Botox Training Club. He is passionate about skin rejuvenation and the use of chemical skin peels, botulinum toxin, dermal fillers and such like to achieve natural results that complement and enhance one’s appearance. Dr Shah also works as an established General Practitioner and a clinical educator of student doctors for the University of Cambridge.

Conducting anti-ageing treatments in a dental surgery complement aesthetic treatments, such as teeth whitening and Invisalign, already provided by us. Combining the use of botulinum toxin with splint therapy in those patients who grind or clench their teeth can help to prevent them from destroying their dentitions. Patients with gummy smiles and a thin upper lip can now be offered a non surgical treatment alternative involving lip enhancement with dermal fillers in addition to using Botulinum toxin to reduce the elevator muscles of the upper lip. Phone: 020 8546 2201

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FASHION to flatter – wear it from home to holiday


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What is the state of your colon? Asks Rian Torres from Health Etcetera


very day our food ends up in our colon where it often gets stuck against the colon’s wall. Did you know that impacted faeces forms a dirty crust, which is the root cause of many health problems? Regularly cleansing our colon helps with a myriad of issues, both physical and emotional. Everyone should cleanse their colon once in a while if they are healthy. If you have health issues, a series of treatments is recommended. Scientists are now proving in the lab that your health starts in your colon. Whatever health condition you suffer from, a colonic cleanse will help you in some way.


Unfortunately, most clinics’ expensive rates mean that only the wealthy have access to this ancient treatment. Rian is set to change all that and offers treatments at a very reasonable rate. ‘I would like to educate people about the benefits of colonic irrigation in a safe and quiet environment’, says Rian. She sees clients at her retreat in Coombe Hill. T: 07963 692441

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ON THE COUCH with Dr De-Stress

Dr Mariette Jansen

Does your life feel like a struggle? Dr Mariette Jansen (Dr De-Stress) is a psychological coach who helps her clients to discover more about themselves and to take control of their lives and its challenges. If you are worrying about anything, share your questions with Mariette in confidence and receive a personal answer from her - email:

Q: The moment my husband and I start discussing summer holidays, we end up arguing. He wants to go to a sunny place and lie by the pool. I love to go to the mountains and be active. Each year our holiday is a stressful experience, as I don’t enjoy the heat and end up spending time in the gym or in my room while he is outside or we go for a hike and he is moaning at me all the time. Instead of having fun, we just create stress for each other. How can we have a great holiday together? Emily A: Dear Emily, happy relationships are partly about negotiating differences and that is clearly the case in your relationship when it comes to holidays. You have tried to accommodate each other but that hasn’t worked. I would suggest that you won’t even contemplate a sunny or a mountain holiday together anymore.

Your interests are too wide apart to make a compromise work. Let me take you back a step and ask the question what you want from a holiday, regardless of the destination: do you want to recharge your batteries, broadening your horizon or reconnect in your relationship? And what is your husband’s aim? Knowing what you both want will define the next step. So, if recharging is the aim for both of you through sun or mountains, you each have to find a friend or a group to go with. However, if you are both keen to explore new things, you have a joint project and you could end up together on a cruise, a city-break or an alternative holiday focussed on painting or wine making. Discovering things together might open up a whole new dimension in your relationship and in your holidays! There are a lot more types of holiday than the mountains or the sun. Let me know where you end up this year.

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HOMECOMING for local agent Guy Leaning has returned to the area and opened the new office for Robert Holmes and Company on Coombe Lane, Wimbledon at the beginning of April.


uy first started working in the area in 1989 with Barnard Marcus before opening his own business as a partner of Lords in 1994 which was later rebranded as Palladian in New Malden. His knowledge and experience as a trusted advisor within the area is highly recognised and already attracting significant interest. Guy comments, “It is wonderful to be back and I have received such a warm welcome from previous and new clients in opening the office for Robert. I am very fond of this area and its history and am delighted to have such a wonderful opportunity to work alongside such an experienced group of people’’ He continues ‘’One of the first people that phoned the office searching for a new property was a client that I had sold a house to in 1989, we remembered each other well and he remarked what a clever move it was to open a new office and link the success we have achieved from Wimbledon Village to service Coombe in a much more thorough way.’’ Locals love the Coombe area for the wide-open spaces of

Richmond Park, good sized houses and gardens as well as being close to the Village. Perhaps the biggest draw for parents is the education: schools in New Malden and Coombe which are renowned for being some of the best in the borough of Kingston. Families move to the area from all over London in order to increase their chances of gaining a place for their children at one of the areas prime schools.

Robert Holmes & Company is a 40-year-old private company which has long been established as the number one residential property specialist within the area and prides itself on its extensive knowledge and experience of its staff. We look forward to welcoming you at our new office. Robert Holmes & Company, 360 Coombe Lane, Wimbledon. SW20 0RJ SUMMER 2017 19


Battle Of

The Brands

From knee-lengths to crop-tops, by local historian Richard Jones skimpy) designs appearing on the courts with each passing year. When tennis superstar Chris Evert signed with Italian sportswear label Ellesse in 1979 it was the start of a new era of women’s tennis fashion and a new type of relationship between athletes and big brands. Evert, who had already won two of her three Wimbledon singles titles by then, became a globe-trotting model and ambassador for a brand whose signature look combined bright colours with simple, functional designs. If you were lucky enough to be around during the years when Chris was playing, it is likely you still recall her as she looked throughout the 1980s, the last decade of her career, wearing a simple Ellesse skirt and vest combination. The Ellesse brand had been founded in 1959 “on a dream of creating the world’s most stylish sportswear brand.” This sort of marketing-speak is commonplace today, but back then sports apparel and footwear had been largely functional rather than fashionable, and clothing for woman players had either been of the simple two-piece shirt and shorts variety or bespoke dresses made by famous designers such as Jean Patou, who designed for Suzanne Lenglen, Coco Chanel and Teddy Tinling. The latter, incidentally, went on to design Chris Evert’s dress for her wedding to John Lloyd in 1979.

Photo courtesy of The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum


omen’s tennis fashion has come a long way from the wide-brimmed hats, long skirts and matronly aprons worn by the Wimbledon champions of the Victorian era. Starting with Suzanne Lenglen’s daring knee-length skirts and bare arms in the 1920s, tennis has become the launch-pad for fashion innovation, with new fabrics and ever-more practical (some would say



The first colour TV outside broadcast from Wimbledon in 1967 had triggered a worldwide tennis boom, and as millions of new fans switched onto the sport during the 1970s it became big business, particularly in the US. Even before Chris Evert had signed her contract with Ellesse she had had her own range of tennis clothing for eight years, designed by Puritan Fashions of New York. Ellesse was one of the first companies to signal the change towards sportswear becoming leisurewear, even for those who had never swung a tennis racquet in their life.

Photography Michael Cole

Serena Williams

During the 1980s and 90s, players became closely associated with the clothes they wore and the companies which made them. Martina Navratilova was the embodiment of the Puma brand, whilst German rival Adidas was synonymous with the power and athleticism of Steffi Graf. With Martina’s fantastic career drawing to a close, the company signed Serena Williams and the high-water mark in their relationship came when the younger of the Williams sisters attracted enormous publicity by wearing a figure-hugging black catsuit at the 2002 US Open. Sister Venus, meanwhile, wore Reebok apparel before creating her own “EleVen” brand in 2007. “The whole philosophy of EleVen is about overcoming adversity and triumphing over anything while looking fashionable doing it,” said the five-time Wimbledon singles champion.

Photo courtesy of The Tennis Gallery

Anna Kournikova

The modern professional tennis player is a supremely-fit athlete, and as far as clothing is concerned functionality now comes firmly ahead of appearance. One wonders what the early Wimbledon champions in their voluminous ankle-length skirts would have made of it all!

In the same year that Serena was stunning the New York crowds in her black catsuit, Russia’s Anna Kournikova was pictured at the Miami Open wearing an Adidas creation consisting of short shorts and a stretch bra. According to reports at the time (2002), “her sexy glamour did wonders for Adidas way beyond the tennis courts.” Since the year 2000, even the most glamorous tennis players have become little more than clothes-horses in the never-ending battle between the two superpowers of tennis apparel, Adidas and Nike. New ranges are produced for the Australian Open, French Open, US Open and Wimbledon Championships each year, many of which never reach high street sports stores. SUMMER 2017 21

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Full STEAM ahead at Kingston Grammar School A digital future

Tim Benson, STEAM Coordinator at KGS

…digital and technology skills should be considered complementary to numeracy and literacy. Digital literacy is an essential tool that underpins other subjects and almost all jobs.” House of Lords Select Committee report on Digital Skills - Make or Break: The UK’s Digital future – Feb 2015 Digital making - the skills to build digital technology - is rapidly gaining momentum as an essential educational endeavour. Schools such as Kingston Grammar School aiming to revolutionise their STEAM curriculum. The moniker STEAM, adding Art to the traditional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), reflects how creative it can be to apply technical knowledge to traditional problems. As burgeoning giants such as Uber show, we live in an age where a simple, well executed application can have a seismic impact on traditional industry. In the classroom, innovations such as the credit card sized Raspberry Pi computer are making it easier for students to develop exciting tech without expert intervention. One KGS student recently developed a motion sensing photo booth that tweets your photo on demand!

Summary of parental attitudes to digital making Nesta report "Young Digital Makers"

The House of Lords' "Make or Break" report shone a light on the growing digital skills gap in the modern workplace. It estimated that of the 30 million jobs in the current UK workforce only 7% were at the level of the ‘Digital muggle’, i.e. no digital skills required. By contrast, 46% were at “Digital worker” level, those who can ‘evaluate, configure and use digital systems’ and a further 10% at the level of ‘Digital maker’, those with “skills sufficient to build digital technology”. A recent study by innovation foundation Nesta, ‘Young Digital Makers’, showed that this movement towards digital making as a core activity is long overdue, with 82% of students surveyed showing an interest in digital making and 89% of parents believing it is a worthwhile activity.

Newly appointed STEAM coordinator at KGS, Mr Tim Benson, commented: “I hope to give all students at KGS the opportunity to become digital creators, giving them opportunities to learn specific technical skills such as coding through exciting and challenging real-world projects, from robotics to cyber security. In developing both our curricular and co-curricular opportunities, I believe we can develop a pathway for our students to enter higher education as confident, creative and skilled problem solvers for our digital age.” SUMMER 2017 23

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Jane Crosby at Hart Brown explores current workplace dresscodes for women


he case of Nicola Thorp, a temporary receptionist on the books of Portico arriving for work at PwC wearing flat shoes, has been making headlines


She was sent home without pay for not complying with the dress code to wear high heels of between two and four inches.

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Rather than bring a tribunal claim for unfair or discriminatory treatment she decided to start a petition calling for the law to be changed. Ms Thorp set up a petition on the Government website, calling for it to be illegal for employers to require female staff to wear high heels at work. The petition was successful in obtaining more than 150,000 signatures over 6 months.

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• Implement a dress code which is appropriate to your business while making it fair for both men and • women Implement dress code which is appropriate to your business while making it fair both men (for aexample British Airways have recently allowed female cabin crew to wearfor trousers after a and women (for example British Airways have recently allowed female cabin crew to wear trousers dispute in 2016). after a dispute in 2016). • Don’t apply a dress code rigidly because there may be a good reason why certain people are unable • to Don’t apply a dress code rigidly because there may be a good reason why certain people are unable comply. to comply. • Communicate to all your employees the reason why you are introducing a dress code – there may be • aCommunicate to all your employees the reason you are introducing health and safety reason for why people need towhy wear certain clothing. a dress code – there may be a health and safety reason for why people need to wear certain clothing. • Review the dress code regularly taking into account the perceived needs of workers. • Review the dress code regularly taking into account the perceived needs of workers. • Distinguish between front office staff and back office roles. • Distinguish between front office staff and back office roles. Nicola Thorp was a woman who didn’t shut up and although she may not have achieved the result she Nicola Thorp woman who didn’t shut up and although not have achieved thecodes. result she wanted at leastwas she awas successful in opening a debate aboutshe themay issues involved with dress wanted, at least she was successful in opening up a debate about the issues involved with dress codes. Jane Crosby is an Associate Solicitor at Hart Brown and specialises in commercial litigation and Jane Crosby law is anacting Associate at Hart Brown and and employees specialises in inboth commercial litigation and employment employment for both employers contentious and non-contentious matters. law acting for both employers and employees in both contentious and non-contentious matters.

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Notting Hill, you’ve got competition!

By Natalie Robins

Kingston Carnival's back, and it’s BRIGHTER & BOLDER than ever


unning since 2000, Kingston Carnival is set for its annual return on Sunday September 3rd 2017. For those of you who have been before, you’ll know what this means – music, a multitude of cuisines and, of course, the big procession parade. The reason

for this event? To bring diverse communities together, celebrate the richness of culture, and provide a space to showcase different art forms within the borough. Courtesy of Kingston Race and Equalities Council (KREC), with particular thanks to CEO, John Azah and Chair of the Carnival Team and

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Committee, Prabha Shetty, there will be bands and musicians, an international food fair, street dance, face painting and much more. Special activities will also be provided for children. So throw your most colourful clothes on, get your dance moves ready, and come join the fun. For more information, visit:


Discovering a local treasure –

Dorich House Museum – a mere deer’s leap away from Richmond Park


orich House is the former studio home of the Russian sculptor Dora Gordine and her husband, the Hon. Richard Hare, a scholar of Russian art and literature. Grade II listed, the building was completed in 1936, to Gordine’s design, and is an exceptional example of a modern studio house. Following Gordine’s death in 1991 the house was acquired and renovated by Kingston University and is now open to the public. Dora was talented, charismatic and dedicated to her art and in 1938 she was praised as ‘very possibly becoming the finest woman sculptor in the world’ and remained a major presence in European sculpture until the late 1960s. Born into a middle-class Jewish family in Latvia, she grew up in Estonia, where she first exhibited her work. She moved to Paris in 1924, where she painted murals for the interior of the British pavilion for the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes. She was invited to exhibit at the Salon

de Tuileries, where she achieved critical acclaim with her bronze Head of a Chinaman (on display at the Museum). Gordine pursued her career in London in the late 1920s. Her solo shows in London and Berlin led to further success which allowed her to commission her first studio home in Paris, from Auguste Perret, a leading architect of the day. In 1930, encouraged by more far-flung artistic opportunities, Gordine left Europe for

Singapore, where she was married later that year. The marriage didn’t last, but her time in south-east Asia was productive and her work of the early 1930s cemented her reputation as a sculptor of considerable talent. On her return to Europe, marriage to Richard Hare opened up a new social world and brought her public and private commissions. Gordine continued to enjoy professional success until the 1960s, but after Hare’s sudden death in 1966 withdrew from the busy public life they had enjoyed together. She continued to work until the mid-1970s and lived on at Dorich House until her death in 1991. The Museum is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to support its work. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Sian: email: dorichhousemuseum web: phone: 0208 417 5515 SUMMER 2017 27



what skilfully applied makeup and a blow-dry can do!

An award winning makeup artist, Kristina Gasperas , gave our editor a look that’s perfect for the finest of this summer’s season and will carry you from day to night too

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ifferent face and eye shapes, skin types and tones require different approaches; here are some tips that will ensure you look an incredibly radiant, youthful and elegant version of yourself without appearing like you’ve had to put a lot of effort (or makeup) into it. For a flawless complexion… It’s worth seeing a good skincare specialist and find out which skincare products you should be using. Having great skin takes you a long way for looking incredible and you’ll need less makeup to cover imperfections.


A light foundation or a tinted moisturiser such as Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturiser and Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation worked well on Marja-Leena. Any darkness under her eyes was covered with a little bit of Estée Lauder Double Wear. Bourjois Healthy Mix and By Terry Terrybly Densities is also good.

ing touch to a flawless look. To cover any greys, use a tinted gel, such as Benefit Gimme Brow volumising fibre eyebrow gel.

Have your eyebrows shaped by a professional eyebrow specialist… Shapely, fuller eyebrows boost youthfulness and add that finish-

I used two products by Laura Mercier: Windflush Color Powder for Cheeks and Eyes from her Joie de Vivre Collection, and a hint of Matte Radiance


As for cheeks… Add colour and lift your cheeks by adding a little gentle bronzer and blusher to your makeup routine – this gives an instantly healthylooking complexion.


Baked Powder in Bronze 02. You’ll achieve a more natural finish when the bronzer isn’t too dark – aim to sweep it across the cheekbones from the hairline rather than starting in the middle of the cheek for a more gentle veil of colour. Lashes... LVL lash lift works wonders and is widely available at beauty salons. Natural lashes are curled in a specific way so that the curl lasts for 4 to 5 weeks. Your eyes will look lifted and more open. I love having this lash treatment done on myself. Alternatively curl your own lashes with a good eyelash curler, Kevyn Aucoin from Space NK or online is great. Squeeze the lashes close to the base for about 5 to 7 seconds and then swipe mascara on immediately afterwards. You’ll be wowed by the results. Lips… To inject life and youthfulness try a hint of flattering lip colour: this will also do wonders for your complexion. The pink lipstick that I used here is by is Fusion Pink by MAC. To define the lips and create a discreet fullness use a lip pencil close to your natural lip colour and colour in all over the lip. This will help the lipstick to keep longer too.

Finish for the eyes eyeshadow… My favourite eyeshadow palettes at the moment are Luxury Palette The Dolce Vita by Charlotte Tilbury and Tom Ford Nude Dip. To gently blend the eyeshadows use a good brush. My top tip is to pop a tiny bit of blusher colour on the brush and gently sweep it across your socket line. This will give a very gently diffused veil of fresh colour. You’ll see what it’ll do for your eyes! And eyeliner… Always use waterproof eyeliner to avoid smudging. Even a tiny bit of definition on the outer top lashline will do wonders for your eyes. Focus on getting the liner right in-between your lashes rather than have it sit above them because we don't want to see the eyeliner actually looking like eyeliner. For a sophisticated look, makeup should never be distracting and badly applied eyeliner can do just that. Use short strokes in-between your top lashes to create one straight line and add a tiny bit of non-black eyeshadow (think brown, grey or deep plum) on the outer edges of your lower lash-line. MAC 219 Pencil Brush is the perfect tool to achieve this gently diffused line.

Kristina Gasperas is a national award-winning makeup artist and her K-Team of skilled makeup artists and hairstylists specialise in flawless, youthful and naturally beautiful makeup and flattering red-carpet-inspired hairstyling for all ages and have ex-pertise in corrective as well as anti-ageing techniques. Private makeup lessons available. Kristina is also a professional portrait photographer. Her work is loved by her clients who appreciate being captured in portraits that show them looking the best versions of themselves.

Most importantly… Lead an active lifestyle - long daily walks, breathing fresh air and stock up on fresh greens and avocados as well as oily fish. These will all keep you looking healthy and mean less makeup to look fabulous. Kristina Gasperas Makeup & Hair Studio, 5A-7A Golden Court, Richmond, TW9 1EU 07931-041395

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BOOKS  that connect you to YOUR TOWN Secret Kingston upon Thames by Julian McCarthy Where were Cut Throat Alley and Heathen Street? How many could be hanged at one time and where? Who won the battle of the town undertakers? Secret Kingston upon Thames goes behind the façades of the familiar to discover the lesser-known aspects of the town’s fascinating past. Kingston has many secrets, and as you walk along the streets you are walking on history’s footsteps. There are clear reminders of the town’s past everywhere, waiting for you to stop, look and listen to their intriguing stories. On a journey through this ancient town, local tour guide Julian McCarthy tells these forgotten or untold tales. You may think that you know Kingston, but take another look around and you will find more than you could possibly imagine!

Kingston upon Thames in 50 Buildings by Julian McCarthy Kingston first appears on record in the Anglo-Saxon chronicles when King Alfred the Great’s grandfather came here in AD 838, and by the tenth century it had become a place of coronation for at least two Anglo-Saxon kings, one of whom was the first King of England, King Egbert. Our town has managed to retain many of its historical roots, with the countless examples of beautiful architecture throughout the ages. The book explores history through a selection of the greatest of these treasures. In this unique study, Julian McCarthy celebrates Kingston’s heritage in a new and accessible way with a chronological tour of the town’s historic and modern buildings. Both books above are on sale at Kingston Museum, WH Smith, Waterstones and online.

The Humans by Matt Haig Be on the same page with Kingston’s students and University staff. Kingston University’s Big Read was first introduced in 2015 and aims to make those coming to the university feel welcome before they arrive by creating links between them and the staff and students already here. All new students will receive the same book before they arrive and staff are reading it too. Current students can pick up a free copy. When I received last year’s book, The Humans by Matt Haig, in the post it was a lovely surprise. What a great book it turned out to be! I couldn’t put it down. It's about an alien who gradually learns to be human, written in a style of anthropological observation. It’s about his struggle to figure out "the rules of life’. There is spousal fidelity and overcoming years of strained relationships. Plenty of humour and many clever observations about ourselves. SUMMER 2017 31

On the scene


with Marja-Leena Toseland


Ann Hutchinson, John Azah and Prabha Shetty

The Young Enterprise group , Orion, Southborough High School: James Barry, Julian Chun, Haris Khan, George Whittaker and Dilan Premkumar

Nick and Jacqui Taimitarha, Hotspot Marketing with Andrew and Ruth Jones, Seriously Sofas

Robin Hutchinson MBE, Andrew Collins and Louise Wood (both from John Lewis)

David Hassard, Chris Farara, Wilf Frith and Frank Rainsborough - from the Hawker Association

Shona Sinclair, Lamees Nuseibeh and our editor

Jan Hazelton, L. Engle and Yasmin Mangaji

The DoubleTree by Hilton management team with Mayor Geoff Austin and Mayoress Sheila Austin


Jerry Irving, Gloria McDermott and Peter Gilbert

Kelly Bliss and Alex Duffield - Kingston First

Lorna GiffinSales Director andMSteven Brazil, General Manager of DoubleTree Michael Underwood, Marja-Leena Toseland and Angellica Bell by Hilton, Kingston


David Curzon (husband to our Ascot editori), Karine Torr, Marja-Leena Toseland and Philippa Hennessy Jan Meek, keynote speaker, Debbie Wastie and Natalie Harvey

Patricia Campbell-Barker, our editor, Mariette Jansen and Charmaine Mace Mayoress Sheila Austin and Deputy Mayor, Cllr Rowena Bass


Marja-Leena Toseland, Sandra Nardi 'Lady Kingston ' and former Mayor Anu W West (our designer) ofand Merton, CllrCooper Brenda(our Fraser Cythare photographer)


Get the perfect summer glow, £45. Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Body Highlighter

Beach Pretty, £35. Ted Baker bikini

Lucy Razveeva, Susi Senny, Seena Parsaei, Ingrid Scott and Afsaneh Mohammati Victoria Bell, The Karine Torr publisher), Sandra Nardi (Lady W Paul Mowatt, Artist in (our Kingston), and Peter Gilbert and Bogdan Moran Residence deputy Paul with his mother, Mayor, Cllr Rowena Bass Cathereine Mowatt

Give florals an edge with this suede jacket. £100. River Island

Michael O'Keefe, Irina Starkova and Rachel Pamela Gregory (Hannibal Brown), Josh Read and Caton Judy King

Zara Elliott and Malory Torr Tove Bellingham, David Faulkner (Director, Stanley Picker Gallery) and Janie Harland

Indulge in some 'me time'. A Little Holistic Oasis


Cocktails with a twist. Jackson + Rye

Emily Brett with Dame Vivienne Westwood Samantha Trinder (founder of bhuti) with Dame Photos Russell, by Barney James, SilverHeartPictures Vivienne Westwood Lyndsay Praveen Ingrid Womack, Elaine Jones, Veronica Congdon, Susan Green Kocthakota and Janys (founder of Inspired Women), Julia Jones, Paula Trovalusci, Jenny Kobernick Thomas, Charmaine Mace and Mona Usher

Add a bespoke touch. £125. The Collecterie

Poolside comfort and glam £36. Office Rose Gold sandals


Andrew Connolly, Kingston Pound and Liz Lewis, Landlady of the Lamb in Surbiton

Andy Fairgrieve, Sarah Govia, Rachel Braine and MarjaLeena Toseland

Meeta Rochan, Cythare Cooper and Nicky Newbury


Lou Tassle and Rachel Braine

Verity Lester, Brita Von Plato, Margie Brown, Lynda Leith, Marja-Leena Toseland, Karine Torr and Sandy Reid


Karen Powell, Sarah Cornes and Gloria McDermott

Adam Neil, Cythare Cooper (Darling's photographer) and Amanda Laughlin, Kingston Chamber of Commerce

Andrea Vida, Karen Powell and Gemma Stone


The history tour guides in their fabulous costumes. with Mike Seigal, current chair of the guides and a founding member, as King Athelstan


Kiera Stone (McMillan Williams Solicitors), Gary Score (Hart Brown Solicitors) and Corinne Flannery (Hart Brown)

Nick Holmes, Robert Holmes, Liz Berman and Guy Leaning (Head of the Coombe office)

Sarah Wingrove and Tracey McAneny (Amphlett Lissimore), Jan Bolden (Howell-Jones), Rajnikant Haria (Haria Pharmacy) and Samantha Yearwood (TWM)

Susan Cornelius (Robert Holmes & Co) and Hilary Beckitt (McMillan Williams)

John Nouri, Nick Holmes, Sandra Nardi 'Lady W Kingston' and Lynnie Farrant

Andrea Winter, Jo Armitt and Jane Potter (all from Robert Holmes & Co)


Caroline Pearsson, Sue Crook, Sandy Reid and Dianne Norton

Andrew Stoppani and Sarah-Jane Holden

Marja-Leena Toseland, Robert Holmes, Sarah-Jane Holden and Karine Torr


Tav Juttla and Lucy Caller, Kingston First

Ellie Wing, Etienne Bretaudeau, Steven Cooper, Chantille Wright and Rachel Le Tissier


Andy Currums, Festival Director,

Robin Hutchinson MBE and Geoffrey Godbold OBE TD DL

Angellica Bell, Sir Jeremy James Taylor and Michael Underwood

James Morton, singer


Sky Grania Young (Darling Ascot designer) and Mike Seigal

Aniela Zaba , Creative Youth, with her brother

Peter and Diana Butler

Mel Coleman, Lynda Leith and Hani Madanat, founder of Coombe Residential


Guy Bristow and Andrew Hall (MD) from Woodstock Furniture

Kate Brookes (Momentum Children's Charity) and Nikki Howard

Debbie Blott, Neomi Cullan and Sally Bucquet

Diana Tsung, Veronica and Tony Kerslake with Jacci Watson

Joyce Craveiro and Kirsty McMorron from Absolute Abode with Marie F Turner, artist

Emma Mitchell and Debbie Blott, founders of DecorCafe



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crowds at a music festival, watching the sun set on a beach or even just the view from the back seat on a road trip, make sure you capture it on Hyperlapse. The App will even stabilised to smooth out the bumps in your footage to give you that cinematic feel - so don’t leave home without it.

Once the App learns your taste and preferences it can even adapt the recommendations it gives you

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Hyperlapse This App is great for creating amazing, time lapse movies on the go - really simple and straightforward to use. It then links to either Instagram or Facebook so you can share your video with your friends So whatever you're planning this Summer - walking through

Consultant clinical psychologist Dr Nihara Krause has developed this free app to turn youngsters attention to soothing activities, away from the urge to self-harm. She thinks cyberbullying and anxiety over the number of social media likes is one of the causes behind self harming in young people and children. Over 700 primary school children were treated for self-harm in London casualty departments in 2016 according to the NSPCC. Calm Harm is a finalist in the AXA PPP Health Tech & You Awards.

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National Theatre Live has arrived at Kingston Grammar School Kingston Grammar School is delighted to announce they have become a public venue for National Theatre Live broadcasts.


ince February, the School’s superb 200-seat theatre has been welcoming audiences to experience world-class NT Live performances from the comfort of this local venue. Each production is filmed in front of a live audience and cameras are carefully positioned throughout the auditorium so that cinema audiences get the ‘best seat in the house’ every time. Future NT Live productions include Peter Pan, a family favourite directed by Sally Cookson on the 10th June, and Salomé, directed by Yaël Farber on 22nd June. Amongst the hottest theatre tickets for 2017, Angels in America, starring Andrew Garfield and Olivier Award-winner Denise Gough is being broadcast in July,

and in August, Billie Piper returns in her multi-award-winning Best Actress role in Yerma, which is already sold out. Head Master Stephen Lehec commented: “We are delighted to open up our Performing Arts Centre and Theatre to the public and join a host of venues across the countries who are part of the National Theatre Live family. “As well as bringing the National Theatre to the heart of Kingston we are also delighted to announce that our theatre will be renamed The Michael Frayn Theatre, with support from Michael Frayn, an alumnus of Kingston Grammar School. Michael is a renowned, award-winning playwright, author

and translator, and we are thrilled that he will be the patron of our Theatre. The official renaming will take place later this year.” KGS will be showing all NT Live productions and tickets can be booked in advance via their website: booking-information

Festival fever returns to Kingston Young talented artists at the Ignition Dance Festival and International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF) need your support watch short, sharp high quality dance pieces. It is not to be missed. Kingston’s International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF) runs from 7-16 July is now in its ninth year. It’s the UK’s biggest multiarts festival for performers aged under 27, featuring some of the best new work from talented rising stars.


The 10-day festival hosts around 200 events, including performances at the Rose Theatre and Arthur Cotterell Theatre, free live music at the Visit Kingston outdoor stage in the Market Place and the popular carnival procession.

Kathryn Woodvine, Arts Commissioning Manager, Kingston Council said ‘Ignition is such a unique festival offering audiences the chance to

Activities cover: theatre, dance, comedy, music, visual art, spoken word, circus, workshops, and exhibitions.

gnition Dance Festival has chosen seven choreographers, from 725 applications this year, to lead the dance at the Rose Theatre on June 16th 2017.



For those who just can’t choose and want a preview of what’s on, the festival’s Opening Night variety show (7th July) offers taster of good things to come. Alongside this incredible line up, the festival will also be hosting the culmination of Kingston RPM; Records, People and Music, a Heritage Lottery and Arts Council-funded project focused on the town’s fascinating musical heritage. A free special gig day will take place on Saturday 8th July, with a host of special guests. For info and ticket for both festivals visit the Rose Theatre box office or call 020 8174 0090. Further details on IYAF tickets visit

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s we are celebrating the Great British Summer, with long luxurious days, sunshine (and sometimes showers!) and the odd twilight Pimms, we are relishing relaxing and soaking up the atmosphere of the season. The Championships are upon us again, and Wimbledon is buzzing with summer excitement. We have some time to reflect on how we enjoy our homes, and how we can improve or update our space. At Absolute Abode, we understand how important your health and wellbeing is, and the best place to start is where you spend most of your time - at home! According to the UK Green Building Council’s Health and Wellbeing in Homes report from July 2016, ‘health and wellbeing’ includes social, psychological and physical factors. For most of us, our homes are our sanctuaries, so it makes sense to do our best to ensure we enhance our health and well-being at home as much as we can. Whilst some changes may be more dramatic, like well-designed ventilation and sound insulation1, there are many ways that we can make simple changes with big impact. Here are just a few ways that we can enhance our health and wellbeing at home2: • Having a bedroom that promotes healthy sleep and relaxation with the right colours and light levels • Creating enough storage and space for us to put away all our belongings and bits and pieces so we have a calm, relaxing space rather than being stressed about the chaos or ‘stuff’ that constantly needs to be put away or sorted out • Having a kitchen that promotes family interaction, with a good space layout and encourages healthy eating • Having a living space that provides stimulating environments for socialising and play • Optimising light with generous access to sunlight and daylight, and well supplementary designed electric lighting We help ourselves to flourish in our own environments when we create opportunities to be restored, uplift our spirits and, most importantly, be happy! We would love to help you enhance your home and ensure that every time you walk in the door, you feel like you’re in your sanctuary. Absolute Abode is a British Institute of Interior Design Registered Practice, which means you can rest assured that we will provide you with a professional, competent service. Please feel free to get in touch with us for a complimentary consultation, to discuss your ideas further. Absolute Abode | Design | Café | Emporium 76-78 Coombe Lane SW20 0AX | | 020 8090 3210 1 & 2: UK Green Building Council, (2016) Health and Wellbeing in Homes, London, p.7

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