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FEBRUARY 2008 | ISSUE 111 | £3.00

THE NORTH’S BEST SELLING HOME & GARDEN MAGAZINE

BURNING DESIRES Roaring fires for every kind of home

LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE Ambient lighting for your living space

READERS’ HOMES in Cumbria and Cheshire

FRESH SPRING PALETTES Desirable paint colours for the year ahead

FAMILY FRIENDLY ROOMS

From dinky design classics to contemporary cots


Modern Functionality Mr and Mrs Murphy’s kitchen in Aughton. Designed by Diane Berry.

When Mr and Mrs Murphy moved into their new house the kitchen was definitely in need of modernisation and restoration. After seeing a feature on Diane Berry Kitchens in Concept For Living magazine, the couple decided to visit Diane Berry in her Manchester showroom. Said Mrs Murphy: “We have been married for over 30 years, moved various times and had quite a few kitchens. You don’t always get a functional kitchen. Even the most modern looking kitchens don’t always work.” With Diane’s help Mr and Mrs Murphy chose classic dark wood Alno kitchen units, silestone surfaces, Neff appliances and a Miele cooker hood. The classic combination gives the kitchen a sleek modern style, which not only looks beautiful, but also is easy to work in.

Mrs Murphy said: “My favourite part of the kitchen is the central island – I’ve never had one before. It works so well! And when it comes to unloading the dishwasher, things just couldn’t be easier. There are four big drawers, just in the right place.” From the initial design to completion Mrs Murphy says that the whole project was seamless: “We didn’t have any problems at all. We just left it all to Diane. She was so easy and pleasant to work with - I would recommend her to anyone.” Diane Berry had 26 years of experience in the kitchen business and along with her like-minded team has earned a reputation for attention to detail and flawless planning. Visit her Manchester showroom for advice on creating the kitchen of your dreams.

Diane Berry Kitchens Ltd, 132 Bury New Road, Prestwich, Manchester M25 OAA tel: 0161 798 5335 www.dianeberrykitchens.co.uk


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CONTENTS FEBRUARY 2008

45 COVER STORIES 45 BURNING DESIRES Roaring fires for every kind of home

69 LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE

A stunning selection of luxe low-level lighting

72 FRESH SPRING PALETTES

Style shoot: desirable paint colours for the year ahead

84 FAMILY-FRIENDLY ROOMS

A collection of child-proof furniture – from dinky design classics to contemporary cots

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SHOPPING 24 STYLE SOLUTIONS

The latest looks and trendiest trends

30 SUBSCRIPTION OFFER

Don’t miss this month’s subscription sale!

31 DESIGN NEWS

New ranges, industry events and store launches

54 STORAGE SOLUTIONS

Handy hints and a selection of products to help restore order to your home

91 TEN OF THE BEST

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Bar stools

93 CHIC KITCHEN GADGETS

Sleek and stylish products to bring your kitchen up-to-date

135 CUISINE NEWS

The latest ideas and products for your kitchen

136 ECO-FRIENDLY HOME PRODUCTS 144 DESIGNER LISTINGS AND STOCKIST DETAILS

INTERIOR LIVING 34 A DESIGN CLASSIC

A beautiful, contemporary apartment in Grade II listed Oakmere Hall

58 NEW BEGINNINGS A modern Macclesfield home

78 LUXURY LAKESIDE LIVING

A reader’s unusual home with a view of Lake Windermere

90 DESIGNER PROFILE Sanjay Prasad of ASP Design

92 DESIGNER/MAKER FEATURE

James Harrison and James Kinmond of James Design UK

94 THE ARTIST

Jennie Musgrove interviews talented artist Rebecca Scott

97 CONTEMPORARY ART A buyer’s guide by Phil Harwood

131 LEGAL MATTERS A lawyer lost

OUTDOOR LIVING 132 ARCHITECTURE – A LAWN UNTO THEMSELVES Lee Garland visits The Lawns, Hull

134 GARDEN NEWS The latest outdoor products

145 THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS Garden advice from Lucy Hunter

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A GUIDE TO NEW DEVELOPMENTS AT HOME & OVERSEAS

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102 ARTS AND CRAFTS ELEGANCE Period-inspired properties by Rowland Homes

110 EUROPEAN-INSPIRED HOMES ‘Colours’ – a spectacular collection of homes by Strata

116 PROPERTY NEWS 120 HIGH-FASHION HOMES

Jennie Musgrove explores the influence of fashion designers on the new-build industry

122 A CONTEMPORARY CASTLE Bodlondeb Castle – a conversion by Beck Homes

128 AREA FOCUS: NORTH WALES

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CONTRIBUTORS Simon Glanville, space-saving expert and creator of specialist storage solution shop ‘Store’ and website www.aplaceforeverything.co.uk is on hand this month to offer advice on clutter clearing. If you are in need of some innovative ideas to organise your home, turn to page 54 to see Simon’s helpful tips.

Phil Harwood is the art director of up-and-coming Lancashire art gallery, Ascot Studios. This month, in the first of a series of contemporary art columns, Phil imparts some invaluable advice on purchasing art. Whether you are a seasoned collector or first-time art buyer, you will find his hints very useful. Turn to page 97 to find out more. Legal eagle Andrew Foley-Jones is back this month to offer some more expert property advice. Experience a day-in-the-life of a solicitor: see how Andrew deals with a tricky transaction and find out more about the overage clause on page 131.

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FEBRUARY 2008 | ISSUE 111 | £3.00

THE HE E NORTH’S NO NORT BEST SELLING SEL EL LLING LLING LI HOME HOME & GARDEN GARDEN MAGAZINE AG AGAZ GAZ G GA A

BURNING BU BUR URNI NIN ING DESIRES DE DESI ESI S RE RES S Roaring fires for every kind of home

LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE Ambient lighting for your living space

READERS’ HOMES in Cumbria and Cheshire

FRESH SPRING PALETTES Desirable paint colours for the year ahead

FAMILY FRIENDLY ROOMS

From dinky design classics to contemporary cots

GENERAL ENQUIRIES Jazz Publishing, The Old School, Higher Kinnerton, Chester, CH4 9AJ, UK. Tel: 01244 663400 • Fax: 01244 660611 • info@conceptforliving.co.uk www.conceptforliving.co.uk EDITOR Rebecca Drake – rebecca.drake@conceptforliving.co.uk Telephone: 01244 663400 Ext. 325

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Welcome Welcome to our February issue. Every day, no matter how we experience life or where we live, our days are saturated with colour. Society dictates that some colours have a particular significance; blue for boys, pink for girls, red for danger and white for purity (OK, perhaps white isn’t an actual colour). We all have a favourite colour. Claude Monet once said: ‘Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment’ – such is the influence that colour in its infinite palettes, hues and saturations can have on our mood and manner.

Remember, when choosing a colour scheme for your home it is something that you have to look at every day. Recently an interior designer imparted to me, rather scathingly, that if they had to ‘look at another brown leather sofa and turquoise curtain combination’ they would ‘go mad!’ I half-heartedly commented that yes, maybe it is rather an obvious partnership; not disclosing that such a combo graces my living room. Undoubtedly, colour choice is hugely subjective. Don’t give up the search for a compatible scheme that suits your style, personality and, of course, your home – there really is something out there for everyone. If you are in need of some practical pointers, Concept For Living stylist Georgie Dye and photographer Lee Garland have been working hard to produce this month’s ‘Fresh Spring Palettes’ style shoot, featuring a delightful mixture of new season shades to amaze and inspire. Enjoy!

Rebecca Drake, Editor

P.S Do you have a beautiful home that you would like to see featured in the magazine, a design question that needs an answer, or thoughts and comments about the magazine? If so, we would love to hear from you. Write to me at: Concept For Living, The Old School, Higher Kinnerton, Chester CH4 9AJ rebecca.drake@conceptforliving.co.uk

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Always a pleasure

Wi n t e r S a l e f r o m 2 7 t h D e c e m b e r

The famous Arighi Bianchi store is a landmark Grade 2 Listed building covering 65,000 square feet of purposefully designed display space. The new look store features 30 showrooms, each filled with inspirational room displays in which all of the major prestigious furniture brands, some of which are exclusive to Arighi Bianchi, are brought together under one roof, providing the discerning shopper with an unrivalled choice of home furnishings in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Opening Times:

Monday to Saturday 9.30am - 5.30pm Sunday 12 noon - 5.00pm

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STYLE SOLUTIONS

Each month we take a look at some of the most stylish interior solutions for you to splash out on. Here’s our pick for January . . .

The ‘915’ bookcase by Bartoli Design for Kristalia, has a simple system based on horizontal shelves connected by vertical or L-shaped elements, which can be assembled as required with plastic dowels. It can be placed against a wall or in the middle of a room, depending on the position of its L-shaped elements. Everything can be easily dismantled, re-assembled and integrated, providing infinite solutions. For more details contact Bianchi Furniture, tel. 01462 433130 or visit: www.bianchifurniture.co.uk

Michelle Mason’s latest product ‘Egg’ – a ceramic candleholder, has been designed for the Hidden Art Select Collection. This is an eclectic mix of interior products, which brings together good design, humour and style with functionality, and is retailed through the Hidden Art E-shop. The Egg candleholder is designed to hold a candle but can also be used to hold a single flower head, bamboo stem or plant cutting. Visit: www.michellemason.co.uk or www.hiddenartshop.com

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STYLE SOLUTIONS

North East design company Deadgood are currently working closely with Bristol based urban artist Mr. Jago to develop his drawings into a digital format and create a limited edition collection of furniture to be released early this year. For more information tel. 0191 261 1277 or visit: www.deadgoodltd.co.uk The latest design by Antonella Scarpitta for De Sede, is the ‘DS-4’. This model follows on from her design of the DS-7 and DS-5 and has the same simple, elegant design. For more information on the range tel. 07967399759 or visit: www.desede.ch New from SieMatic is the new SC21, which is part of their Concept 10 collection. This range allows those with a smaller budget, but a keen eye for detail and design as well as a desire for the best and most effectively engineered products, to own a SieMatic kitchen. A SieMatic SC21 kitchen costs from around £15,000 with a 600mm base unit starting from £460 including vat. For further information contact SieMatic on 01438 369 251 or visit www.siematic.co.uk The new ‘Faraday’ bench and shelf from Gallotti and Radice make a colourful and contemporary addition to any living space. Designed by Marten Claesson, Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune, both the bench and shelf have a bright stainless steel structure with shelves in a range of coloured glass. Tel. 01748 812498 or visit: www.gallottiradice.it

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STYLE SOLUTIONS

Different shapes, widths, heights and softness alternate in the ‘715 Forever’ sofa by Gianluigi Landoni for Vibieffe. By playing with the volumes of its upholstered elements, Forever changes its image and personality. Soft cushions can be attached to the back of the sofa to create head rests and the feather back cushions make the sofa exceptionally comfortable. There is also a variety of ottomans in many sizes and heights that can be used in conjunction with the sofa or as individual pieces of furniture. Tel. 07834 448228 or visit: www.vibieffe.com The latest collection of printed and appliquéd silks from James Hare is the ‘Pergola Collection’. Inspired by the classic English garden, the Pergola Collection brings together three designs: their delicate, hand-appliquéd ‘Falling Leaf’, the ‘Rambling Rose’ print and the pretty ‘Pergola Stripe’. Each has been designed to work in harmony with the sophisticated tonal palette of hand woven Dupion silks for which James Hare is so renowned. Tel. 0113 243 120 or visit: www.jamesharesilks.co.uk

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Nature 1370, is a beautiful table lamp designed by Diego Fortunato for Spanish lighting company Vibia. The lamp is available in black, white or grey as a table, floor or hanging lamp and is available from Chattels. Tel. 01244 322280 or visit: www.chattels-designerfurniture.co.uk The ‘Wave’ sideboard from Content by Conran was the winner of the 100% Design Award and runner up in the Elle Decor award. Designed by Russell Pinch, the cabinet fronts are cut from solid wood to create an amazing wave effect. It is not only a piece of furniture, but a piece of sculpture too. Prices start from £1395 for the white version. For further details tel. 020 8963 0520 or visit: www.contentbyconran.com Bergen is a multi function unit that combines a roll out storage area and folding leaves to create a large dining area in two stages. Available from Proffitts of Bolton tel. 01204 533161 or visit: www.proffitts.co.uk

In collaboration with the Eames estate and Hella lla Jongerius, Vitra has produced this ‘light’ version off n the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman. The design is consistent down to the tiniest detail, the zips on the re cushions are the same colour as the leather, as are the inner surfaces of the wooden shells and the metal strips under the armrests. Price: £4875. o.uk Available from Utility, visit: www.utilitydesign.co.uk

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Pillow talk Flou launched in 1978 with the advertising slogan ‘Flou has re-made the bed’. Their concept of a complete textile bed, with fully removable and changeable base covers was totally unique. Almost 30 years later Flou’s acclaimed designers have expanded their range to incorporate bedside tables, chests of drawers, lamps, blankets, duvets and a huge selection of beautiful bed linen. With beds available in eight different widths and two lengths, a large selection of storage options and a varied choice of base covers from leather to pure cotton, it really is possible to have a different bed every day. To view the Flou bed and accessories call into The Wordsworth Design House, Ashley Road, Hale, Cheshire, WA15 9SR or tel. 0161 941 4479.

New bathroom display for Chalon, Harrogate Chalon UK Ltd, designers and manufacturers of handcrafted kitchens, bathrooms and freestanding furniture have installed a fresh new bathroom display into their Harrogate showroom. To view the freestanding range, with sanitary ware supplied by Lefroy Brooks, pop into: Chalon, 2 Parliament Terrace, Harrogate, HG1 2QY. Tel. 01423 523182 or visit: www.chalon.com

Flagship Kutchenhaus showroom opens in Chester

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In 2004 German kitchen retailer Kutchenhaus opened their first UK showroom at Manchester’s Trafford Retail Park. In the light of its resounding success, an impressive flagship store has been unveiled at Deva Retail Park in Chester and plans are already underway to open in various other locations including Preston and Liverpool. Norman Parker, director said: “We no longer want only the rich and famous to be able to afford a quality German kitchen, we believe everyone should be able to afford one no matter what their budget. There has never been a kitchen showroom to open like this in the UK and we are confident that customers will be delighted with the product and most importantly the price.” The two-storey Chester showroom boasts sts over 55 kitchens in a variety of eye-catching styles, from ultra ltra modern to stylish traditional. For more information tel. 01244 394 760, pop along to Deva Retail Park, Strendall Road, Chester, CH1 4LU or visit: www.thegermankitchen.co.uk

Now in its second year, FORM is a celebration of 20th and 21st century art and design and is the only event of its kind in Europe. Billed as one of the most approachable art and design fairs, it is aimed at a broad audience of new and established collectors, interior designers and industry professionals. Showcasing art, design, photography and sculpture in an accessible and inspiring environment, this year will see the inclusion of a new video installation area. Confirmed exhibitors so far include Saatchi Online, De Parma, Smith & Robinson, Stephanie Hoppen and Berengo Studio. The exhibition takes place at Olympia. For further information visit: www.form-london.com

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Traditional stonemasonry meets cutting-edge design The new Ian Knapper showroom is now open on the top floor of Robeys, Derbyshire. Ian has a nationwide reputation for designing and making fine stone fireplaces, staircases, outdoor stone furniture and unique stone features. A wide selection of his work can be viewed at: Ian Knapper, Robeys Ltd, Goods Road, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 1UU. Tel. 01332 364400 or log onto: www.ianknapper.com

Afternoon tea Brand new from the Sia Home Fashion SS08 collection is this beautiful, vintage style cup and saucer set. The perfect indulgence for an opulent afternoon tea party; buy a set for yourself or as an ultimate girly gift for a friend. For stockist information visit: www.sia-homefashion.com

New website for Nest

Nest, a modern online design superstore has recently launched their new enhanced website. Showcasing brand new and exclusive products from Arper, Moooi, Kartell, Vitra, Zanotta and many more renowned manufacturers, the website is now more user-friendly than ever and incorporates a variety of new features including order tracking and a ‘new designs’ page. To see the full range of products available, from accessories to wardrobes, visit: www.nest.co.uk

Stuart Frazer launches stunning Beaux Arts collection The recently launched ‘Beaux Arts’ collection of Siematic kitchens at Stuart Frazer breaks with rules of conventional kitchen design and planning to create new aesthetic principles for the interior design of a kitchen. Combining modern design with classic styles, the collection is aimed at people whose ideas don’t fit into tight compartments. Siematic Beaux Arts is a new concept in room planning which for the first time makes it possible to play with styles and compose seemingly contradictory design elements into a harmonious whole. For further information on Beaux Arts kitchens contact Stuart Frazer’s Prestwich showroom on 0161 798 4800 or visit: www.stuartfrazer.com

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As a young child Neill Brigs would admire Oakmere Hall from afar and dream that one day he would live there. In 2001 that dream became a reality when a friend told him that a duplex apartment in the majestic hall was on the market. All that remained was to transform the apartment into a living space that would work around Neillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s modern, sociable lifestyle.

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“WHEN I BOUGHT THE APARTMENT, THERE WAS AN ‘OLD-MEETS-NEW’ FEEL, BUT THE SOUL HAD BEEN STRIPPED AWAY AND THE FUNCTIONALITY OF THE HOME WASN’T WORKING.”

designclassics LE CORBUSIER designed the black leather chair, sofa and pony-hide chaise longue in Neill’s lounge area in 1928.Exclusive reproduction rights for these pieces were acquired by CASSINA in 1964. Visit: www.cassina.com for

uilt in 1857 and set in 14 acres of beautiful grounds, with its own lake, Grade II listed Oakmere Hall was designed by celebrated Cheshire architect John Douglas. “The location is fantastic. It’s only 20 minutes from Chester and 30 minutes from both Liverpool and Manchester airports. As a child I used to dream of living here. We would drive past on the way to Oulton Park race circuit. I would look through the trees and think ‘One day, I’d love to live there’ – and now, here I am!” Neill Briggs and his brother Ian own a design consultancy providing bespoke solutions for the hotel, luxury car and leisure industry. Redesigning the apartment was a project that they worked on together. Neill explained: “The hall was converted into apartments in the late 1980s. The space had been divided up into small rooms and the ceiling height had been lowered too. I wanted to open the space up. Take it back to how it was originally designed – high ceilings and large rooms. When I bought the apartment, there was an ‘old-meets-new’ feel, but the soul had been stripped away and the functionality of the home wasn’t working. Although it’s an over-used phrase, form does follow function. I looked at the space and thought about how to make the best use of it. I wanted to create that feeling of grandeur – the same amazement that guests get when they walk into the entrance hall downstairs.” An ambitious idea – but one that has definitely been realised. The living space consists of a kitchen, lounge area and a dining space – all of which are open plan and flow seamlessly from one area to the next. The original fireplace forms a natural partition between the kitchen and the

further details. Neill owns two BARCELONA CHAIRS. So called because they were designed for the Barcelona World Fair of 1929. The now iconic chair was designed by famous Bauhaus architect LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE and architect and designer LILLY REICH. The original reproduction rights were purchased by KNOLL and the chair went into commercial production in 1953. The recognisable ‘TULIP’ group of furniture was designed by EERO SAARINEN in the mid 1950s. KNOLL put the collection into production in 1956 – featuring side and armchairs, dining, coffee and side tables and a stool. The award winning collection is as popular today as it was 50 years ago. Visit: www.knoll.com to view the collection in full. The small adjustable TUBULAR TABLE that Neill has chosen was designed in 1927 by Irish furniture designer EILEEN GRAY. The versatile and functional design has ensured the table has stood the test of time and it continues to be a hugely popular side table, coffee table or bedside table.

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“THE ULTRA-MODERN KITCHEN AREA HAS BEEN DESIGNED WITH SOCIABILITY IN MIND.” rest of the living area. Natural light floods in through six large windows around the living space and the apartment has a relaxed and modern ambience. The fireplace has been used to great effect. A sleek contemporary chrome fire and black-gloss pedestal juxtaposed against the authentic brickwork creates a focal point for the room and reiterates the synergy of traditional and modern design working together. Noticeably Neill has carefully chosen a variety of iconic, design classics to furnish the living area. Said Neill: “I’ve studied design and always been a fan of the classics.” The recognisable Le Corbusier chair, sofa and pony-hide chaiselongue sit alongside two Barcelona chairs, adjustable Eileen Gray side-table and the Saarinen designed ‘Tulip’ dining suite. The look is completed with some thoughtfully selected modern-designed pieces: a black high gloss ‘Daft Punk’ coffee table from the Habitat VIP range, which lights up and can flash in time with your music, a Moooi light fitting ‘Light Shade Shade’ – a cylindrical one-way mirror which conceals an elegant glass chandelier and the Devign floating globe light.

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“DESPITE THE ALMOST MINIMAL APPEARANCE AND PREDOMINANTLY WHITE COLOUR SCHEME, THE APARTMENT HAS AN INTIMATE WARMTH AND WELCOMING AMBIENCE.”

The circular dining area has panoramic views out into the grounds of the hall and surrounding countryside. It’s the perfect backdrop for a dinner party and a place that Neill and his girlfriend Jane Winnard take full advantage of. “We enjoy mountain-biking and running in Delamere Forest,” said Neill. The ultra-modern kitchen area has been designed with sociability in mind. The stainless steel island incorporates oven, hob, sink, storage space and room for two barstools. High-gloss black units add to the contemporary look and the ‘concrete’ floor defines the cooking area. Neil reveals: “The ‘concrete’ look of the kitchen floor was achieved using a dyed levelling compound. Due to the age of the building, real concrete would have been far too heavy – but this solution works well and looks good too.” A similar technique has been used to achieve the ‘concrete’ wall effect, which adds a touch of ‘urban-loft’ style to the elegant architecture. To reach the upper level of the duplex apartment Neil has added a glass staircase. A striking architectural feature, it’s both attractive and unobtrusive, blending well with the stainless steel kitchen, offering a unique utilitarian glamour. To pass from the master bedroom to the master bathroom a glass landing area, which the couple affectionately call ‘the Star Wars bridge’ has been added.

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The compact master bedroom has a glass wall, which looks directly onto the bunker-style window of the opulent master bathroom, complete with sunken Jacuzzi bath and wet-room shower facilities. The bathroom is an unusual shape with a mixture of ceiling heights and a brooding, dark ambience – very filmic in nature. Colour is cautiously injected into the apartment in bursts and splashes. The lime green bedspread, bright blue shower-room, yellow Barcelona chairs, red seat-pads on the dining suite and the specially commissioned portrait of Jane, all stand-out against the pristine white walls. Despite the almost minimal appearance and predominantly white colour scheme, the apartment has an intimate warmth and welcoming ambience. As the light fades on a cold winter’s day, the apartment becomes evermore cosy. The soft lighting casts shadows around the open plan space and the quiet stillness of the secluded location is more noticeable. The unique mixture of modern classic furniture pieces set against grand 19th century architecture is undoubtedly well matched. As Neill relaxes at the dining table, it’s easy to see what drew him to the project. He had the foresight to envisage how the apartment would look and work with his strong interior style. Uncompromising in his ideas, the home he has created is a design triumph that Neill can be truly proud of. “It’s such a peaceful place. No matter what goes on in the world, I come back here and it’s a nice feeling.”

ADDRESS BOOK: The apartment is available for photo-shoots, or as a film or television location. Contact North West Locations. Tel. 0845 045 0608 or visit www.northwestlocations.co.uk Apartment design by Adaptive Space. Tel. 01606 888 540 or visit: www.adaptive-space.com Kitchen was purchased from Johnson and Johnson. Tel. 0161 872 7041 or visit: www.johnson-johnson.co.uk Black coffee table from Habitat. Visit: www.habitat.co.uk for further details. ‘Light Shade Shade’ light fitting by Moooi, available from Ferrious. Tel. 0161 228 6880 or visit: www.ferrious.com For further details on the Devign floating globe light fitting visit: www.devignglobe.com

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BURNING DESIRES We’ve found a selection of fires for all types of homes.

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CONTEMPORARY STYLE

Consider one of these modern styles if you want a fire to complement a modern interior. MAIN IMAGE (Previous page) FL08 flueless wall mounted gas fire, price on application, Firecraft Fires TOP Black ‘Hang-on-the-wall’ LED electric fire, from £950, Petra Hellas BOTTOM LEFT Homeflame Harmony high efficiency gas fire, from £649, Valor MIDDLE RIGHT 2 Edge Open Fronted gas fire, from £995, Gazco Studio BOTTOM RIGHT Geometry 22 Square shown with cameo white surround & driftwood in dish, price on application, from £1719, Brilliant Fires FOR STOCKIST DETAILS SEE PAGE 144

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SMALL HOMES

If your home is petite rather than palatial you don’t want a fire that overpowers your décor. There are lots of small designs available including the Harrie Leenders Canta fireplace, which is a notable space-saver for small homes, as it swivels so that you can direct the heat to any part of the room. TOP Dallas mantel shown with a Pearl Stone micro marble squared set and an Evolv Adelphi gas fire in black finish, Be Modern BOTTOM LEFT Exmoor solid fuel stove, from £515, Yeoman BOTTOM RIGHT Harrie Leenders Canta fireplace is a space saver for small homes as it swivels so that you can direct the heat to any part of the room, from £2726.80 + vat, available from Robeys Ltd FOR STOCKIST DETAILS SEE PAGE 144

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TRADITIONAL HOMES

Traditional doesn’t have to mean dated, and there are plenty of designs around that will fit perfectly into a period home. You could go for classic styling like the Valor Dimension Classica fire or contrast a more contemporary look by installing a stove like the Rais Palo from Robeys. MAIN IMAGE Dimension available in Classica brass or Classica pewter, from £599, Valor TOP Rais Palo slim and simple stove with a large, curved panoramic glass doorpanel, well suited for corners, the RAIS Palo can also be installed with a turntable so that the fire can be enjoyed from anywhere in the room, from £1718 + vat, available from Robeys Ltd BOTTOM LEFT Anderson 1, a functional small elongated stove, from £758, Scan BOTTOM RIGHT F600 multi-fuel stove, from £1,862, Jotul FOR STOCKIST DETAILS SEE PAGE 144

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LARGE HOMES If you’ve got a large space to heat, you’ll need a fire or stove that’s going to work hard to heat the whole space. Choose something like the Island IIIb from Charnwood, which is a full central heating boiler stove for larger properties. TOP Rais Malta stove with a completely tight firebox for optimal combustion, ash pan with a specially designed lid placed behind the large door of the firebox and a seal around the front of the firebox to ensure the door is tightly shut, from £1628 + vat, available from Robeys Ltd BOTTOM LEFT Island IIIb full central heating boiler stove for larger properties, from £1900, Charnwood INSET Fondis Fascination, from £1199, Arada Ltd BOTTOM RIGHT FH33 Black, from £1702.58, Euroheat FOR STOCKIST DETAILS SEE PAGE 144

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SAFETY FIRST If you have children, take inspiration from one of these fires. Many modern fires have cooling technology that keeps the front of the fire or stove cool where a glass front is fitted. Take a look at fires like the Atomic from Flamerite Fires, which has a glass front that automatically opens when the heat is turned on and closes when switched off. It is always recommended that you use a sturdy fireguard though to keep little hands safe. LEFT Ø6 stove from the Ø Collection shown with fireguard, from £1,039, Morsø TOP RIGHT Regency traditional solid fuel stove, from £749, Stovax BOTTOM RIGHT Atomic electric fire with a glass front that automatically opens when the heat is turned on and closes when switched off, from £1399.99, Flamerite Fires

Accessorise your fireplace with one of these chic companion sets. FROM LEFT Forged Hearth 4-Piece Tool Set, from £59.95, Pilgrim, ‘Z’ Style graphite companion set, £29.95, Fireside Accessories, Viscount companion set, price on application, Gallery Fireplaces, Companion set by Bodj fair trade, £52, Charnwood FOR STOCKIST DETAILS SEE PAGE 144

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STORAGE SOLUTIONS

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If you are feeling lost in a sea of post-Christmas clutter, don’t worry! Help is at hand in the form of our room-by-room, quick-fix storage solutions guide – featuring some clever tips from space saving guru, Simon Glanville of Store.

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This page Bespoke storage shown available from Sliderobes, POA. Facing page Basic XT storage system – available in white lacquer, black stained oak or walnut veneer, from £3,399, BoConcept. Below left Balance alcove shelving, from £275, Content by Conran. Below right Function coffee table – available in white lacquer, cherry, oak, wenge, walnut and black stained oak, from £649, BoConcept. Bottom Low flour block storage coffee table, £395, Dwell.

STORAGE SOLUTIONS

BEDROOMS

For many of us, space at home is at a premium – due to their position at the top of the house, bedrooms can often have awkward corners or sloping roofs. To maximise your available space choose a bespoke storage system incorporating hanging space, drawers, racks and shelves – that can be made to your specific requirements. Sliderobes offer a wide range of door finishes and styles, which can be mixed and matched to complement your décor.

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When relaxation is a priority, it can be difficult to de-stress and unwind for the day in a cluttered lounge. If you’re keen to get organised, invest in a sleek storage system that will provide somewhere to store DVDs, books and knick-knacks. Concept For Living loves the Basic XT from BoConcept that works as an elegant TV storage solution and a roomy bookcase. The sliding doors conceal electronic equipment when not in use, or hide away books and other treasures when the television is required. A traditional magazine rack can look untidy. Instead, choose a dual-purpose coffee table with storage, which provides somewhere to stash magazines, newspapers or anything that takes your fancy!

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KITCHEN

So many items are stored in the kitchen, many of which are utilitarian that we really don’t want on display: cleaning products, food, crockery and gadgets. If your kitchen cupboards are sagging under the weight of redundant tea sets or surplus cake stands, the first thing to do is de-clutter. Once you have decided what you really want to keep dispose of the rest, either to a charity shop or a good home, it’s then time to get organised. Simon says: “In every kitchen resides a pile of post, invites, menus, kids drawings and so on. Invest in a notice board to keep your surfaces free for the things that are actually meant to be there. Hooks on the wall or cupboard door for utensils and tea towels are another great space saving idea and an easy quick fix when you can’t find a home for something.”

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BATHROOM A well organised, de-cluttered home can take up to 40 per cent less time to clean. Less time scrubbing the shower means more time to spend soaking in the bath with the latest issue of Concept For Living. Putting some extra storage in the bathroom can be a quick-fix solution. Simon’s tip is: “Storage units on wheels are amazing in any room in the house but in smaller spaces prove invaluable for throwing in all those bathroom related things that don’t have a home!”

HALLWAY ADDRESS BOOK:

Store 0870224 2660, www.aplaceforeverything.co.uk BoConcept 01924 460 483, www.boconcept.co.uk Dwell 0870 241 8653, www.dwell.co.uk Content by Conran 020 8963 0520, www.contentbyconran.com Sliderobes, 0800 454 465, www.sliderobes.com

When you walk through the door after a long day at work, the last thing you want to see is a vision of untidiness. If your hallway is strewn with discarded coats, post, shoes and keys Simon’s advice is: “As hallway storage is mostly short-term the key lies in having storage at every level – hooks to hang coats up, a table on which to place bits and bobs, a basket for umbrellas and a shoe rack for outdoor shoes. Once these are in place it takes a matter of seconds to put everything in its right place.”

Facing page Trolley board, £110, Store, Utility bucket, £16, Store. Above Mobile bathroom cabinet, £99, Dwell, Mesh storage bin on castor, £35, Store. Above right Wall mounted shoe rack, £95, Store, Havdhem Hall Bench, £1,720, Bottom right Store, Flip coat hook, £33, Store.

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NEW BEGINNINGS

By Rebecca Drake

NEW BEGINNINGS

Murad Mousa was keen to move out of his city centre apartment and was looking for a plot of land on which to build his own home. When he came across a partially finished new property on the outskirts of Macclesfield, he knew it was at the perfect stage to step in and make his mark.

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“AT TWO OR THREE O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING I’D BE SAT IN BED WITH INTERIOR DESIGN MAGAZINES SPREAD AROUND ME. I WAS GETTING NOWHERE, CHASING MY TAIL AND CHANGING MY MIND CONSTANTLY. IT WAS WEARING ME OUT!”

hen I found the house, the developer had just finished the first fix. So the electrics were in, but nothing else had been completed.” Keen to make headway with finishing the building work and designing his new home, Murad Mousa enlisted the help of interior designer Angela Bailey from Emblazon Design who was recommended to him by a friend. Said Murad: “Angela did some fantastic designs that I loved. She came up with the idea of opening up the kitchen-dining-living area to make a large open-plan space, just the kind of thing I had envisaged. After looking at her designs I thought, ‘maybe I can do this myself’ and got started on the project.” But despite his enthusiasm and optimism, coordinating such a large project was not as easy as Murad had imagined. Explained Murad: “I was constantly thinking about everything: floors, walls, the kitchen, the bathroom. At two or three o’clock in the morning I’d be sat in bed with interior design magazines spread around me. I was getting nowhere, chasing my tail and changing my mind constantly. It was wearing me out!” Eventually Murad was forced to admit defeat. He returned to Angela and asked for her help: “It was all too much. With my tail between my legs, I went back to Angela and asked her to get involved.” ISSUE 111 FEBRUARY 08 CONCEPT FOR LIVING 61


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“ANGELA AND MURAD HAVE FORGED A CLOSE BOND, AND AMIDST THE BANTER AND LAUGHTER A CLOSE WORKING RELATIONSHIP HAS BEEN BORN.” In the following months, working to Angela’s original designs the project progressed quickly. Said Angela: “The designs were done just after Christmas and Murad moved into the house in May 2007.” Murad had a definite idea about how he envisaged the completed house. He said: I knew the kind of look that I wanted, but didn’t know how to achieve it. That was when I decided to hand the whole project over to Angela and it was the best w decision I made. It was ultimately good fun and the pressure was taken off me. Angela would show me

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mood boards and samples with prices and options, and would just make a decision.” Angela and Murad have forged a close bond, and amidst the banter and laughter a close working relationship has been born. Angela revealed: “It can become stressful, but we’ve got such a good working relationship that it’s been fun.” Murad agreed: “And, the fantastic thing is that she cared so much about the job. Surprisingly, when we look back, we did it in such a short space of time.” Angela laughed: “It didn’t feel like a


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short space of time, at the time!” Future proofing was an important part of the project for Murad, who has installed a Rako system, which controls lighting and sound throughout the house and can be controlled remotely by Murad, from his mobile phone. Said Murad: “I’m into my gadgets and I love music but Angela wasn’t keen on the speakers in the living room.” The huge living room transforms into a cinema room with projector and screen that descends from the ceiling at the touch of a button. Cleverly boxed in, the high-tech equipment doesn’t intrude on the sleek, stylish space. Angela sourced much of the contemporary furniture from Italian furniture company Jesse. Said Murad: “I wanted a minimalist house, but not stark and uncomfortable like a show home – I wanted to live in it.” But it took Murad time to adjust to his new surroundings. “At first I missed my apartment,” confessed Murad, continuing: “I would wander around the house just looking at things, opening doors, not knowing which room to spend time in. When my family came round I would be very conscious of them moving things out of place. One day they brought some croissants round for the children and I was running round, trying to catch the crumbs. I’m not like that now, I’ve chilled out.” 64 CONCEPT FOR LIVING FEBRUARY 08 ISSUE 111


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The Alno kitchen with Neff appliances is at the heart of the sociable kitchen-diner-living space. It is an ideal gathering space, with access onto the large outdoor-decked area – a perfect party room. Angela and Murad are both very perceptive when it comes to attention to detail. Said Angela: “It was good to have a client that was so understanding – we were on the same level.” Murad agreed: “Angela knew I wanted everything just so. She made sure the tops of the skirtings were polished – every little detail!” Angela’s detailed touches have contributed significantly to the polished look of the house. Small details like extending the work surface into the windowsills and down the side of the island has finish the project off perfectly. The house has two glamorous ‘wet room’ style

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bathrooms – one with its own television. Angela also sourced heated mirrors and suggested that Murad invest in under-floor heating, due to the large expanse of stone flooring used throughout the property. “I wasn’t sure that I needed it at first, but I couldn’t do without it now!” explained Murad. So, is there anything that Murad would change about his fantastic new home? “No! There are things that I’m going to add but nothing that I would want to change,” said Murad emphatically. And, for his interior designer and new found friend, Murad has nothing but praise: “For what it’s worth, I think that I have actually saved money by using Angela and I’d definitely use her again – for everything!”


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“I THINK THAT I HAVE ACTUALLY SAVED MONEY BY USING ANGELA AND I’D DEFINITELY USE HER AGAIN – FOR EVERYTHING!”

ADDRESS BOOK: To contact Emblazon Design tel. 0161 438 6898 or visit: www.emblazondesign.co.uk Alno kitchen from Altrincham Kitchens. Visit: www.altrinchamkitchens.com or tel. 0161 929 4901. Appliances by Neff. Visit: www.neff.co.uk for local stockists. Cooker hood by Elica. Visit: www.elica.co.uk for local stockists. Radiators from Bisque. Visit: www.bisque.co.uk for local stockists. Exterior landscaping by TJC Landscaping. Tel. 07793 952 870 or 01772 641 981

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FEEL GOOD FLOORING

LUXE LOW LEVEL Lighting can make or break an interior, so this month weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve put together a collection of table and floor lamps to help you set the right mood.

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FRESH SPRING PALETTES If you’re decorating this New Year, take inspiration from these fresh Spring colours.

In the Pink

Get girly with these soft pinks. BACKGROUND AND PAINT IN CUP Pale Saxifrage, £22.50 for 2.5L matt emulsion, Fired Earth, PALE PINK CUP Pashmina, £14.99 for 2.5L matt emulsion, Crown, MID PINK Powder Pink, £25 for 2.5L matt emulsion, Zoffany, DARK PINK Adventurer, £20.50 for 2.5L matt emulsion, The Little Greene Paint Company For stockist details see page 144. 72 CONCEPT FOR LIVING FEBRUARY 08 ISSUE 111


All White

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Bright Fantastic

If you like to make a statement, these fresh brights will certainly do the job. BACKGROUND, Chalky Down 3, £16.99 for 2.5L matt emulsion, Dulux, PINK, Calamine no. 230, £25 for 2.5L estate emulsion, Farrow & Ball, GREEN, Garden, £20.50 for 2.5L matt emulsion, The Little Greene Paint Company, YELLOW, Carambola, £24.99 for 2.5L matt emulsion, Malabar, BLUE, Chinese Blue no. 90, £25 for 2.5L estate emulsion, Farrow & Ball, RED, Fireside, £17.99 for 2.5L Solo One Coat emulsion, Crown For stockist details see page 144.

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Before Jacqui and Michael bought their home, Pine Ridge, in the Lake District village of Bowness-on-Windermere, the dĂŠcor was dated and the house dark. They set about renovating and refurbishing it, and two years later they are living in their dream home. By Jennie Musgrove

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hen Jacqui and Michael first saw Pine Ridge, they weren’t sure it was exactly what they were looking for. When they stepped into the entrance hall and walked through to the living room, however, they were greeted by a magnificent view of Lake Windermere lapping onto the garden, and they knew they had found their perfect home. “When I first saw it I thought, ‘Oh my God’, but then I walked inside and saw the view, and completely changed my mind,” said Jacqui. Over the following year, the couple worked closely with Lakeland-based interior designer Sarah Jane Nielsen, renovating, refurbishing and redesigning aspects of the house until they had realised their dream home. “They already knew 80 CONCEPT FOR LIVING FEBRUARY 08 ISSUE 111

a great deal of what they wanted,” said Sarah. “My input was to provide all the finishing details, co-ordination and pull it all together. We’ve transformed it into a sophisticated home.” Pine Ridge had already been extended and built onto three times before Jacqui and Michael bought the property, which they had to take into consideration when deciding how they wanted it. The Amdega conservatory overlooking the garden and lake was built in 2000, and is a charming addition to the house. The couple have kept it exactly as it was when they first saw it, but have opened up the doorway to the adjoining dining room, allowing more natural light in and creating an open-plan feel. Rather than using doors to separate rooms, sliding panels divide the kitchen, living room and dining room. This not only gives the house an


“WHEN I FIRST SAW IT I THOUGHT, ‘OH MY GOD’, BUT THEN I WALKED INSIDE AND SAW THE VIEW, AND COMPLETELY CHANGED MY MIND.”

ultra-contemporary look, but also allows Jacqui and Michael to choose whether they want an open-plan living space or cosy, private rooms to relax in. Frosted panels divide the kitchen and dining room, but transparent glass screens are between the kitchen and living room so that the wonderful view of the lake is always visible. “The focal point of the living room is the lake,” said Michael. “How could it be anything else?” A simple and beautifully elegant design scheme was employed throughout the home, and all the rooms reflect the relaxing way of life in the Lake District. The solid wood SieMatic kitchen with natural limestone surfaces has a pristine, black, white and silver look with a solid oak floor and stylish recess spotlights. A contemporary Italian glass breakfast table completes the room, and orange leather chairs

bring a shock of colour that beautifully complements the dark wood sliding panels. The adjoining dining room features a long dining table to seat ten, with a colour scheme of soft browns, creams and stone. Much of the furniture is by Rolf Benz, and the cream leather chairs around the dining table look invitingly plush and cosy. Solid oak flooring is a theme throughout the house. It creates a warm, flowing aesthetic and allows the sumptuous furniture to speak for itself. The rich brown leather sofa and chairs in the living room all face a huge window that overlooks Lake Windermere; the room has been kept deliberately simple to ensure the view is what stands out. An oak staircase leads to the first floor, which has the same elegance as the ground floor. The master bedroom features bespoke-made furniture ISSUE 111 FEBRUARY 08 CONCEPT FOR LIVING 81


by Ambleside-based company Baxter and Lee; gently curving units were inspired by the home’s surroundings and the softness of the contours in the garden. A pretty rotating jewellery box was also designed and made by Baxter and Lee and takes pride of place on the dressing table. A cream Rolf Benz relaxing chair next to the window has a glorious view of the lake; Jacqui and Michael went to Scottish leather company Bridge of Weir to get a specific mushroom-coloured leather for the chair. Duck-egg blue walls create a fresh yet cosy room in which the couple can relax and watch the boats chugging past on the lake. All the bedrooms have en-suites but the master bedroom’s en-suite is by far the most spectacular. Jerusalem stone tiles, luxuriously big his and hers sinks and underfloor heating all add up to make a beautifully stylish bathroom. The bath underneath a 82 CONCEPT FOR LIVING FEBRUARY 08 ISSUE 111

skylight window is in the centre of the room. “I wanted a nice deep bath I could relax and drink a cup of tea in,” said Michael. Also of note are the ingenious low-level LED lights around the room, which light up but don’t blind you on a night-time visit. Another innovative idea in the house is the Italian-made invisible cupboards on the first-floor landing. From Leeds-based company Doorhaus, they are almost completely hidden and yet make an ideal place to put away unused items; making the home clutter-free. Michael uses a home study on the ground floor to work from and keep his vast record collection in. A bespoke-made frosted-door cupboard from Hülsta was made to fit perfectly in the room with the Hülsta pine cupboards and desk. From the study, a glass door opens onto the patio, and just a


ADDRESS BOOK: Interior design by Sarah Jane Nielsen Tel. 01539 444 285, email info@sjn.uk.com or visit: www.sjn.uk.com SieMatic kitchen available from Stuart Frazer Tel. 0161 798 4800 or visit: www.stuartfrazer.com Furniture by Rolf Benz Visit: www.rolf-benz.com Solid fumed oak doors and invisible cupboards by Doorhaus Tel. 0870 1650 425 or visit: www.doorhaus.co.uk Furniture in master bedroom by Baxter and Lee Tel. 015394 34434 or email: baxterandlee@talktalk.net Wrought ironwork by Chris Brammall Tel. 01229 588 580, email: chris@chrisbrammall.com or visit: http://mango.webfusion.co.uk/~chrisbrammall Fountain and stonework by Andrew Louden Tel. 015394 41985, email info@drystone-walling.co.uk or visit: www.drystone-walling.co.uk

“WHEN PEOPLE VISIT, THEY LOVE LEANING OVER THE RAILING AND JUST WATCHING THE BOATS AND THE GEESE ON THE LAKE.”

few steps away stands the summerhouse. Made from Western Red Cedar wood that will age to blend in with its natural surroundings, the summerhouse has an integrated kitchen and living area. Jacqui and Michael had it built on the footprint of the original summerhouse, and had glass windows fitted along the front to take advantage of the natural light. The patio and railing curves out over the garden and makes a brilliant place to appreciate the lake from. Said Michael: “The patio and railing is like a ship’s deck. When people visit, they love leaning over the railing and just watching the boats and the geese on the lake.” A team of specialists worked with Jacqui, Michael and Sarah to refurbish both the interior and the exterior of the property. Chris Brammall designed and built the wrought iron railings as well as the gates at the front of the house, and Andrew Louden

created a three-pond slate fountain in the rear garden with a traditional Lakeland stone seat overlooking the Lake. In the front driveway an innovative slate water fountain in a pond set within a slate sunray is surrounded by polished black beach pebbles and dramatically lit at night with LED underwater lighting. “With something like this you need teams of people to work together,” said Sarah. “Jacqui and Michael were fairly unique clients in that they knew exactly what they wanted.” What they have created is a perfect home in an idyllic setting. “We only moved in a year ago but we already feel like we’ve lived here forever,” said Micheal. Jacqui’s verdict is the same: “We’ve tried to do everything in sympathy with the landscape because we wanted something that would blend in,” she said. “And it’s worked out exactly as we wanted it. Once the garden has matured, it’ll be perfect!” ISSUE 111 FEBRUARY 08 CONCEPT FOR LIVING 83


FAMILY FRIENDLY ROOMS

Family Friendly Rooms

Having children doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on style and live in a home that resembles a nursery. You don’t need to sacrifice style – you just need to be a little bit clever about it! There are many beautiful products available for children that will complement the look that you choose. We’ve rounded up a selection of pint-size pieces and stylish furniture that will fit into a mature grown-up scheme.

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A FEW TIPS TO CONSIDER WHEN YOU’RE THINKING ABOUT RE-DECORATING ■ Buy the best quality that you can afford. Well-made pieces will stand up to misuse by little ones, and last far longer than cheaper, make-do furniture. ■ Teach children to tidy up after themselves and create good habits by putting hooks and baskets and other storage at their height. ■ Create areas in family rooms where your children can do the things they enjoy. Keep toys and books in these areas, but with designated storage areas so everything can be tidied away easily. ■ Teach children to treat delicate items with care but don’t tempt fate! Make sure your accessories are beautiful but won’t break, and keep anything expensive out of harm’s way. ■ Minimalism just isn’t something that children understand, so make sure there is plenty of storage all around the home to help keep clutter to a minimum. ■ Create a home your whole family will enjoy by getting the children involved. Find out what they’d like to see in a room when you’re redecorating and let them help choose paint colours or fabrics.

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DESIGNER • PR OFILE

SANJAY PRASAD ASP DESIGN Interior designer Sanjay Prasad of ASP Design offers some handy tips on saving and splurging and reflects on his design inspiration. What inspires you? Any evocative location inspires me. The entrance hall at Tate Modern, walking through the backstreets of Venice at night or travelling in a Bentley at high speed are completely different experiences, yet they all create a sense of occasion that move and cosset you. Interiors have to achieve this to separate themselves from being just a space. When it comes to domestic interiors, the main influence on the end result has to be the client’s personality. Even if they say they’re not sure what they want, so much can be gleaned from how they are, what their interests are, even how they dress. Taking inspiration from something completely different isn’t necessarily the most ideal formulae for that client unless it is a particular feel they are trying to achieve. Even day-to-day products can be inspirational. I’ve got a Muji business card holder which cost literally a few pounds but as an object, its design and use of material is so simple that to me it’s highly covetable. When did you first become interested in interior design? I studied 3D design at university and on a trip to London. I remember being struck by a mock-up of Frank Lloyd Wright’s study in the V&A. For the first time I’d seen an interior space that just worked so well in terms of helping the room’s purpose. I’ve had a love of design since a child. I had a relatively academic education but didn’t really excel because I think in a visual way. As a result I can obsess about details and I’m at my happiest thinking through three-dimensional problems and getting them down on paper or AutoCAD. Who are your design heroes? When I was studying, the first chair I drew was the Barcelona chair by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. I went on to see the Pavilion he created in Barcelona for the 1929 Exposition and thought it was the most relaxing place I’d ever seen. It works so successfully because he used materials in an honest way, which is very reassuring. There are a few contemporary designers I admire. I love the work of Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Zaha Hadid and Marc Newson. Thomas Heatherwick is also very talented, his B of the Bang at the Manchester City stadium is one of the most stunning sculptures I’ve ever seen. Tell us about your typical working day. First thing is to turn on the coffee machine and feed the two kittens we’ve just got. They’re absolutely mad first thing in the morning and demand lots of attention! I’m currently heavily engaged in working for Apogaeum, a company who are launching their first of many Apple Premium Reseller stores throughout the UK. Currently that involves working with the manufacturers to get it produced and oversee the store design. That means confirming specifications, revising drawings and meeting with contractors. Luckily for me drawing furniture and creating interior spaces is what I’d be doing in my spare time anyway so when designing and such it’s very enjoyable. What has been your favourite project to work on and why? One of my favourite projects was a very modern house in Bowden in which you can actually see visual cues from Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion. The clients commissioned a startlingly contemporary home set in a beautiful landscape and were fantastic to work for. They ended up with a home that for me is the perfect definition of what luxury means today: space, materials and beauty in construction, yet seemingly timeless as well. My work currently for Apogaeum is what I’m most proud of. All current Apple Premium Resellers have taken Apple’s own design of furniture and store layout but Apogaeum wanted to create an identity that was more than just a logo, so commissioned me to design for them. They realised that store aesthetics have a huge influence on customer perception and the respective shopping experience. It’s been exciting working in both a very commercial environment and with the first APR in the UK to do this.

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How would you describe your style? Hopefully people perceive it as purposeful, relevant to modern living whilst also desirable and memorable. How I view my own style is irrelevant – I can’t employ myself! What should we consider when designing our own homes? Avoid faddish trends and colours. I find it slightly bizarre when people want the absolute latest style in their home. For me interiors need to be a haven in years to come, not just now. And will you really love what could be a whimsical fancy in a few years? Remember that a perfect interior makes a house feel like a home and if you don’t feel comfortable in it, no matter how magnificent or beautiful the result is, it’s failed. What should we splurge on? Always buy good quality items. It’s usually much better economy in the long run. Quality is often misunderstood as expensive, although when I want things they unfortunately seem to go hand in hand. Seating should be comfortable. It sounds like such an obvious thing, but so often you find seating in peoples’ homes which is so unforgiving to sit on. How do they relax? In a similar vein mattresses should always be very good quality and buying great bed linen is also a wonderful luxury. There is often a disparate balance between how much people spend on their bed and how long they spend in it. What can we save on? Often the best interior items can be picked up, second hand. If the really good quality items are too expensive to buy new then go and buy original Arne Jacobsen chairs from eBay! They’ll be better made and already have a patina of use which gives them their own character. Buying better quality items can save money easily. Oh, and an excess of cushions on a sofa is not necessary! It’s quite daunting to see how many people want to drown their seating, supposedly in the quest for ‘interior design’. What is your favourite interiors shop? I’m afraid nothing in the UK compares to spending a long weekend in Milan trawling through the various shops there. Anyone looking for complete inspiration should indulge themselves – the cost of the trip would be their best investment. I’m always drawn to kitchen shops though wherever I go. I can spend literally hours looking through kitchen equipment. Whenever I’m in Manchester the one place I will always visit is Thomas William on Deansgate, for a browse to see what’s in. Email: info@asp-design.co.uk or visit: www.asp-design.co.uk Tel. 07816 777 606 / 0161 928 7004


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James Design UK is a partnership between designers James Harrison and James Kinmond whose range of furniture balances contemporary and traditional design. We find out how they started working together and more about their work. Where are you based?

competitive industry. We formally set up James Design in April 2006, with the help of the university’s ‘Business Hatchery’, which works in tandem with the Designers in Residence scheme, and is an incubator allowing new businesses breathing space whilst they start up, providing them with business advice and office facilities. The initial plan was to design, make and distribute our initial product range, which has a consistent theme throughout as well as providing a one-off commission service. It is very much about updating and re-thinking iconic and often forgotten objects from our past. The range consists of exciting furniture products, which play on the balance of contemporary and traditional design. These designs whilst challenging preconceived notions of form, retain a highly functional application of materials and process.

We are split between Newcastle-uponTyne and London at present. Our workshop facilities are based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, so James Kinmond works up there, whilst James Harrison, who also works for Habitat, is based in London.

Tell us a bit about your background?

Can you describe your work and tell us what inspires you?

James Design UK

James Harrison & James Kinmond

We both graduated from Northumbria University, with first class honours in three dimensional design, JK in 2004 and JH in 2005. However we didn’t begin to work together until the summer after JH graduated when we became part of the university’s Designers in Residence scheme. This selection-based scheme has been developed to give new graduates a steppingstone into the highly competitive design world, by offering them the necessary support and workshop facilities. Initially working on some design and build projects for a local interior designer, it became apparent that we had a similar work ethic, passion for design and the determination to succeed in a highly

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We are both very hands-on and love being in the workshop experimenting with materials and processes and much of our styling originates from this experimentation. We enjoy the problem solving which is associated with working out how products will be constructed. We both admire Scandinavian design and designers and this style of design definitely inspired us during our studies, and now in our products for James Design UK. We enjoy the simplicity and clean lines of this styling. Our ideas so far have originated from observing people’s actions in particular environments and how individuals interact with different products as well as updating products which stuck out in our childhood and which seem to have disappeared from many modern living spaces. During final construction of a product we utilise modern technology whilst also combining many traditional techniques, this helps create the handcrafted aesthetic appeal of our products, which many of our potential customers desire.

What are you working on at the moment? We have a number of new products in the pipeline playing on the same theme as previously mentioned and have recently launched the ‘Hardwood Wingback’, which is available directly from James Design UK. The product is designed and made in the UK and where possible we have sourced all the raw materials from the UK. Also, this is a feature that we plan to adhere to when designing new products. We are also working on some briefs for some leading houses, so watch this space.

James Design UK Tel: 07717773330 / 07730599121 Email: info@jamesdesignuk.co.uk Website: www.jamesdesignuk.co.uk


CHIC KITCHEN GADGETS If you’re a budding chef and love sleek, stylish design then we may have found some great gadgets to bring your kitchen right up-to-date. The new ‘GC23LMC Clean Steel’ American fridge-freezer by GE Appliances is perfect for families with young children but still super stylish. The clean steel finish is easier to wipe clean than traditional stainless steel and fingerprint impressions are less visible. It is also equipped with the latest refrigeration technology, an external digital temperature control, built-in 12-month water filter, new space-saver interior light design, child lock and filter indicator. For more information tel. 01908 366363 or visit www.lsy-appliances.co.uk

This new built-in coffee machine from Gaggenau has been designed to co-ordinate with their new 200 series of built-in ovens. The ‘CM 210’ has stylish central controls for full integration with their other cooking appliances. It also has a new matching warming drawer, model WS 261; ideal for storing and warming cups and can be built in directly below the coffee machine. For more information on the range tel. 0870 125 4500 or visit: www.gaggenau.com

Blanco by Gutmann have created an innovative new cooker hood called ‘Futura’. Its unique downdraft ventilation system can be invisibly installed below the worktop level, and the motor that powers it can be fitted externally, or under the floor, or in a void in the wall. Using an electronic remote control, the hood can be made to ‘disappear’ into the work surface when not in use. For more information contact Ferrious. Tel. 0161 228 6880 or visit: www.ferrious.co.uk

‘D96K8’ is a brand new cube-style chimney hood finished in fashionable stainless steel from Neff. Designed to be wall mounted, the cube chimney offers a powerful extraction rate and for additional impact, glass canopy accessories can also be ordered for this model as optional extras. Available to order from Neff stockists, the D96K8 chimney hood costs around £750. Tel. 0870 513 3090 or visit: www.neff.co.uk for more information.

‘KWC Eve Luminaqua’ is a new Monobloc single-lever mixer tap with an extendable hose and LED lighting. The lighting creates a lovely interplay between light and water, while the extendable hose makes rinsing, washing and filling much easier than a standard tap. The tap is available in a polished chrome finish at £551, or in brushed stainless steel for £650. For further information call Swissline 020 8675 9335 or visit: www.kwc-uk.com

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THE ARTIST REBECCA SCOTT

“Rebecca’s individual, semi-abstract style has clearly been worked on and developed over time; ever since her schooldays in the Lakes, she knew she would become an artist.”

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THE ARTIST REBECCA SCOTT

STILL LIFE IN LANDSCAPES

After living in London for 20 years, artist Rebecca Scott has come back to her roots in the Lake District. She now lives in a converted barn in Bowness-on-Windermere, and this beautiful rural setting is where Rebecca creates her vivid still life paintings.

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think I’m affected by my surroundings in general,” said artist Rebecca Scott. “The reason I returned to the Lakes was to be removed from the whirl of London, and to be able to find a quiet base from which to stand.” Rebecca grew up on her family’s farm in Lakeland, but moved to London to do an art foundation course at Chelsea School of Art. “I wasn’t sure what I wanted to specialise in when I went to foundation school. I had thought I might like to be a graphic designer, but back then in the early 80s we had to copy a Tabasco packet, which didn’t excite me. I found the only things I could do were the fine art projects.” Rebecca went on to do a degree in painting at Chelsea School of Art and an MA at the prestigious Goldsmith’s College. “It opened my eyes to the requirements of being an artist,” she said of her higher education. “I still find it a difficult concept about being an artist. There’s what one does in the studio, days spent alone, and then there’s getting the work seen – which is difficult.” Looking at a list of galleries that have exhibited Rebecca’s work, in both solo and group exhibitions, it’s hard to imagine her ever struggling to get her work seen. Her paintings speak for themselves and have been exhibited in Cumbria and London as well as further afield in Spain, Germany and Austria. At a group exhibition called ‘Decoy’ at the Serpentine Gallery in London, Rebecca exhibited a series of large flower paintings – this, she says, was her proudest artistic achievement. Rebecca’s wistful, contemplative outlook on life transpires into her art; her work is personal, but at the same time it is a commentary on society. Her paintings are often imprecise and sometimes even abstract, and they question the very human idea of perfection. Her beautiful use of colour and the sense of natural light in the landscapes give the paintings a lovely, very warm aesthetic. “I’d like to describe the paintings as deliberately,

knowingly oil paintings,” said Rebecca. “In a sense I re-work a genre; nude painting, flower painting, romantic painting, and more recently the genre of still life painting. “I have always taken my source material from photography, calendars, catalogues and magazines. I use rather archetypal imagery and then I layer meaning – either by the choice of subjects (often with a deliberate female reading), or by perspective, to oppose the mainstream or expected.” Rebecca’s individual, semi-abstract style has clearly been worked on and developed over time; ever since her schooldays in the Lakes, she knew she would become an artist. “I have always been interested in art,” said Rebecca. “Even at school, I remember being stopped by the headmaster one day. He asked me why I looked like I was only in school to paint – he probably didn’t realise that painting was all I went to school for!” Rebecca’s studio is now in a long room at the side of her home in the Lake District. The high, sloping ceiling has skylight windows, allowing the studio to be filled with natural light. Rebecca draws a great deal of inspiration from the beautiful rural setting in which she lives; many of her recent paintings reflect this. They feature various food and drinks in the foreground, with backdrops of spectacular views of the surrounding hills and lakes. “Recently I have begun to mix my own photography with found sources, to create a particular image,” said Rebecca. “I’m working on a series of large landscapes, with an eye on some meat cuts and notions of romantic ideas of rural life. The meeting of romantic landscapes, food, the domestic, still life and contradictions are all questions that engage me at the moment.”

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Contemporary Art A Buyer’s Guide by Phil Harwood

In the first of our contemporary art columns, Phil Harwood, art director of Ascot Studios offers some invaluable advice on how to choose and buy a piece of original, contemporary art.

The Art Market

As a gallery owner and curator, I can say with authority that collecting art is no longer the domain of a privileged minority. Whilst it is true that many of my clients are millionaires, successful business people or seasoned art collectors; an increasing number of working couples, retired people and speculative investors are buying work and engaging with contemporary art in a very positive way. Industry figures for 2006 show a staggering increase in the market for quality original art. Ivan Macquisten, editor of leading arts’ publication, Antiques Trade Gazette reported that contemporary art was up by 61 per cent to $647m. The recent tabloid ridicule of the Turner Prize winner illustrates how parts of the media are eager to publicise what they perceive to be nonsensical conceptual installations. This derision feeds the public perception of the pretentious nature of art and artists today. Nevertheless, there is growing respect for modern painters working with commitment and integrity. In ever increasing numbers, discerning appreciators are buying high quality, original work produced with genuine passion and talent. The international cities of London and New York are epicentres of a global art market that is extending throughout Europe into India, China and Russia. Damian Hirst has been cited as the ‘flagship brand’ of modern art, underlining the huge respect and importance British Art attracts on the world stage. Additionally, the increasing admiration for the tradition of good painting is changing the art market across the provinces in the UK. As a consequence, it is an exciting time for both potential buyers and a relatively small group of credible independent galleries across the UK.

Advice to buyers

The contextual meaning of art is intensely personal and subject to a variety of interpretations. The monetary value is even harder to ascertain, as there is no inherent value for a particular painting other than the value others place on it. Therefore, in order to help people make shrewd judgments when considering investing in art, I have the following advice for potential buyers: ■ Join the gallery mailing list. It’s a great way of

getting to know about forthcoming exhibitions and events in advance. This is a free service with no obligations. ■ Do your research. Credible artists will have professional representation and will be featured on the gallery website. Here you should be able to read their artistic statement and view a substantial archive of their work. ■ Ask to see copies of any publications in which the artist has been featured. Also, ask if the artist has received critical acclaim from a respected industry professional. In my experience, quality work has an abundance of supporting evidence from third party observers. ■ Set yourself a realistic budget. Expect to pay in the low to mid-hundreds for a limited edition print from an established artist and up to a few thousand for original works. ■ Reputable galleries will always issue a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist. Expect to receive this within a few weeks of any purchase. ■ Don’t be afraid to ask questions of the gallery curator. The curator’s role is not that of a salesperson, but is more that of a communicator. They can offer lucid interpretations of the work enabling visitors to make a well-informed decision about their potential investment. ■ Consider commissioning an artist to produce a bespoke solution to your brief, particularly if you have decided on colour, style, size or subject matter. Independent galleries will be proficient and experienced in co-ordinating commission requests.

Help with evaluating artwork

As well as doing some research, allow yourself a reasonable period of contemplation in which to absorb and engage with the artwork in the gallery. It is perfectly normal for potential buyers to seek assurances about the quality and validity of work they are considering purchasing. If you are visiting galleries, talking with curators and artists, there are a number of personal evaluations I would advise you to make regarding the artwork in question: ■ Is the work presented to the highest standards? Strong production values are very important and are usually a reliable indicator of

the artist’s level of professionalism. ■ Is the price realistic, based on the trackrecord of the artist? ■ Is there a ‘progressive and forward-thinking’ element to the artwork? Is it challenging, interesting, fresh and new? ■ Is there a uniqueness or originality that separates it from other exhibits? Does the artwork show artistic innovation? In essence, I would encourage buyers to make rational decisions based on research, and to, follow their instincts; intuitive purchases can be both an enjoyable and shrewd long-term investment. Ultimately, part of the true meaning, merit and value of any artwork is determined by the kudos of the gallery in which the work is exhibited, the interpretation offered by the curator and the credibility of the artist. Above all, I would encourage people to enjoy the experience of engaging with contemporary art. People in the art industry often forget the following fundamental principal outlined by the highly respected Czechoslovakian author Lubor Hajek, who wrote: ‘The main function of an artistic work, even one not directly created for us but for people of other ages and climes, is to give pleasure.’ Gallery owners, curators, artists and collectors often lose sight of this when they build galleries, articulate meaning, paint or part with their hard-earned cash. Whilst it is true that buying art can be a wise investment, it can also represent an enjoyable life-enhancing decision. The truth is that art can be an inspirational addition to the home; the emotional response it stimulates can genuinely enhance mood and make us approach life more positively. This is exemplified by the fact that businesses are increasingly aware that environmental enhancements in the workplace can increase productivity and efficiency. The question is, is it part of your concept for living? Phil Harwood is the arts director at Ascot Studios. His gallery in the Ribble Valley is developing a reputation as one of the North’s leading independent contemporary art centres. Successful exhibitors are chosen from a plethora of emerging and established artists throughout the region. Contact Phil at Ascot Studios. Tel. 01254 878 100 or visit: www.ascotstudios.com

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CHORLEY NEW ROAD, BOLTON

ARTS AND CRAFTS ELEGANCE Arts and Crafts-inspired development Heaton Grange is an exclusive collection of 11 unique, luxury homes built by established developer Rowland Homes. Rebecca Drake visited the site on Chorley New Road, Bolton, to view the individually designed homes and imaginative show home â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Albert.


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CHORLEY NEW ROAD, BOLTON

“Designed to sit perfectly amidst the leafy charm and elegant period properties on Chorley New Road, each family-sized home at Heaton Grange benefits from large rooms, grand layouts and attractive period detail.”

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rawing up to Heaton Grange on a cold winter’s day, the most noticeable feature of this busy development site is the unique nature of each home on the small cul-de-sac. The partially gated community consists of 11 luxury five and six-bedroom homes, individually designed in the style of the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th century. Designed to sit perfectly amidst the leafy charm and elegant period properties on Chorley New Road, each family-sized home at Heaton Grange benefits from large rooms, grand layouts and attractive period detail. The warm, inviting show home is a striking example of an ideal family home. Interior designer Sanjay Prasad explained to me that he had an imaginary family in mind when the rooms were being dressed, which gave him inspiration for the décor, most evident within the bedrooms. Moving from the spacious entrance hall into the dual height family living space, the inviting ambience of the kitchen-diner-lounge

is immediately di t l noticeable. ti bl Th The ttop-of-the-range f th modern Siematic fitted kitchen with integrated Miele appliances and streamlined granite worktops, provides the ideal family kitchen. The breakfast bar is not only practical but offers a sociable place to sit and chat to the day’s allotted chef! The spacious kitchen area looks onto the dining space, which easily accommodates the Ligne Roset dining suite. Sanjay has chosen a vibrant green colour to accent the family room. Clean and eyecatching the pretty green and white curtains draw attention beyond the large dual-aspect windows and out to the attractive landscaped garden. The effective under-floor heating means that even on this particularly cold day the house feels cosy and warm throughout. The formal dining room at the front of the house is the ideal place to host a formal dinner party or to celebrate a special occasion. The rich brown colour scheme and eastern-oriental touches add an opulent feel to the space. Ambient lighting and a large Poliform table and chairs inject a


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“The formal dining room at the front of the house is the ideal place to host a formal dinner party or to celebrate a special occasion.”

contemporary t elegance, l iin kkeeping i with ith th the personality of the home and the development. The formal living room continues the opulent theme; two stunning Maxalto sofas, Foscarini lighting, Poliform display cabinets and an eye-catching recessed wall-mounted fire provide a focal point. Sari wallpaper from Casamance completes the modern look. The final room on the ground floor is the study. A large desk and matt black leather wingbacked chair offer a nod to a ‘gentleman’s club’ theme, whilst the modern shelving provides ideal storage space for someone who works from home or runs their own business. Upstairs, the master suite is large and contemporary. Much of the furniture, including the wardrobe and bedside tables are also by Poliform. A mixture of fabrics and wallpapers add a hotel-chic style, mirrored in the elegant en-suite shower room, fitted with Duravit sanitary ware and Hansgrohe Axor fittings, which come as standard throughout all the bath and shower rooms in the house. Bedroom two, which has a simple but striking


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CHORLEY NEW ROAD, BOLTON

“The Albert at Heaton Grange is a well-thought-out family home with a charm and character rarely seen in a new-build development.”

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black-and-white colour scheme, is a large-sized double room, also with its own en-suite shower room and space for a sleek four-poster bed and large wardrobe. The two further bedrooms on the second floor have been decorated as children’s rooms. A pretty pink room for a little girl and a high-tech-style trendy room, complete with Missoni fabric bean-chair for a little boy. One further room sits alone on the third floor of the house. Perhaps my favourite room in the home, there is plenty of space to accommodate a double guest bedroom. Sanjay has cleverly dressed this room as a family ‘chill-out’ space – with desk, television and a large, comfortable sofa. It’s so quiet in the eaves of the house and the dual aspect windows offer views to the surrounding area – giving a feeling of tranquillity and isolation. The Albert at Heaton Grange is a well-thought-out family home with a charm and character rarely seen in a new-build development. Despite the state-of-the-art ‘mod-cons’ including integral wiring to accommodate any kind of entertainment system, ground floor underfloor heating, recessed spotlighting and a bevy of luxury fixtures and fittings, the Rowland Homes ethos of traditional craftsmanship and careful planning and construction, are evident throughout the home. The location is ideal. Bolton centre is less than two miles away and Manchester is a short 20-minute train commute. Merely two months after the launch, only five of these prestigious properties remain available. To arrange a viewing or for further information contact Jane Sandiford in the sales office on 01204 841 056 or visit: www.rowland.co.uk

SUMMARY Title: Heaton Grange Developer: Rowland Homes Location: Chorley New Road, Bolton Prices from: £735,000 - £850,000 Website: www.homesbystrata.com Tel: 01709 760516 Availability: Now Viewing: Monday-Thursday 11am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday 11pm-5.30pm

Features: Bespoke development Siematic kitchens and Duravit bathrooms Location ideal for Bolton centre and commuting to Manchester Eleven different designs – no two houses are the same Pre-wired for personal audio visual system


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Prestbury

Prestbury

Located in one of Cheshire’s most desirable villages, this five bedroom house offers the ultimate in luxury living. High specification interiors featuring Poggenpohl kitchen and stunning bathrooms are complimented by beautifully landscaped grounds.

Located in one of Cheshire’s most desirable villages, this five bedroom house offers the ultimate in luxury living. High specification interiors featuring Poggenpohl kitchen and stunning bathrooms are complimented by beautifully landscaped grounds.

£1,950,000

£2,250,000

Prestbury Office

Prestbury

Prestbury Office

Prestbury

A magnificent cottage style residence, designed by Calder Peel Architects, to be built by Bilton Ward Developments, offering unrivalled accommodation in the heart of the Cheshire countryside.

A magnificent 10000 sq ft property offering unrivalled accommodation, with indoor swimming pool in one of the most desirable areas of the beautiful Cheshire village, designed by Calder peel Architects, to be built by Bilton Ward Developments.

£1,850,000

£4,250,000

Prestbury Office

Prestbury Office

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WATH-UPON-DEARNE, SOUTH YORKSHIRE

EUROPEANINSPIRED HOMES ‘Colours’ is a spectacular new collection of designer homes by developer Strata, in Wath-upon-Dearne, near Rotherham. Jennie Musgrove visited the development to have a look at the show homes and to preview the community Strata is creating.


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WATH-UPON-DEARNE, SOUTH YORKSHIRE

“Blacks, deep browns and creams create a cosy, plush living area, and contemporary artwork brings each room to life.”

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he latest development from Strata, ‘Colours’ is a collection of homes comprising one-bedroom duplex apartments through to six-bedroom family houses. Situated in Wath-uponDearne, near the vibrant South Yorkshire towns of Rotherham and Sheffield, the homes are a showcase development of European-inspired houses called ‘the Life Collection’. The properties combine contrasting brick finishes, varied rooflines and a progressive, modern style to create an original and community-minded development. Strata’s slogan for Colours: ‘no more magnolia!’ certainly befits the homes’ contemporary designs and vivid aesthetics. “For far too long, new-build customers have been offered a bland selection of similar styles with safe ‘suit all’ interiors,” said Andrew Weaver, managing director of Strata. “What we believe as a designer homebuilder is that the people of Yorkshire deserve more and so we are challenging them to choose Strata, choose life and say no to magnolia.” The new homes at Colours are far from bland, and their striking architectural look is the culmination of two years of origination by Strata’s in-house design team and external consultants. Architect Phil Knapton’s goal was to borrow from

European contemporary design to create a unique street scene and catapult Strata into uncontested market space. The show homes at Colours have been fully furnished, and Strata’s European-inspired design ethos is evident throughout the living spaces. The six-bedroom house type, ‘Toulon’, features an openplan kitchen/dining area with breakfast bar on the ground floor. The kitchen is by Harrogate-based David Charles Kitchens, and furniture from Danish company Bo Concept makes the home exude style. A well-sized formal dining room is separated from the kitchen by sliding panels. Glass sliding doubledoors lead from the kitchen into the garden at the back of the property, which has been professionally landscaped to make the most of the available space. The colour scheme inside the show home perfectly complements its original design, and not a splash of magnolia is in sight. Blacks, deep browns and creams create a cosy, plush living area, and contemporary artwork brings each room to life. Fulllength curtains adorn long windows in the dining room, and beautiful light fittings ensure the rooms will glow warmly with light even in the darkest of winter days. The European influence extends to even the smallest of details; bespoke, chunky door handles, flat-fronted radiators and even a continental skirting board all combine to make you


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feel like you’ve stepped right into Scandinavia Scandinavia. The home’s living room is located on the first floor, so you can leave any mess downstairs and go upstairs to relax after dining. A ‘Juliette’ balcony in the living room overlooks the garden and a huge, luxurious corner sofa makes the room snug and inviting. A family bathroom fitted with chunky, solid sanitary-ware, beautiful tiles and heated towel rails is next to the first floor’s two bedrooms. The first bedroom has a large window overlooking the RSPB Wet Moor Reserve opposite the development. A second bedroom next-door is the smallest in the home and could easily be used as a study or office – in the Toulon show home it is a study complete with black desk, office chair and Venetian blinds. The second floor features three further bedrooms, two of which are connected by an adjoining ‘Jack and Jill’ style en-suite shower room in between them. The whole of the top floor is the master suite, which has a wonderfully large window overlooking the wetlands. The master suite is not only a luxurious bedroom, but also almost a self-contained apartment as it has an adjoining dressing room and bathroom, all fitted with high quality designer furnishings and sanitaryware. A black, cream and chocolate-brown colour


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WATH-UPON-DEARNE, SOUTH YORKSHIRE

“The show homes at Colours have been fully furnished, and Strata’s European-inspired design ethos is evident throughout the living spaces.”

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scheme with a lavish carpet and ultra-stylish furnishings makes the master bedroom quite literally a cut above the rest. Strata’s second show home at Colours is a four-bedroom house called ‘Bruges’. Externally the house looks very different to its neighbour, ‘Toulon’, but inside it follows a similar layout over three floors rather than four. The first-floor living room features a contemporary wall-hung fire and a crisp white and deep orange colour scheme. The room feels light and airy, and this is accentuated by vast windows that look out over the garden. The master bedroom is also on the top floor in Bruges, but does not take up the whole floor. Instead, a baby room takes up part of the floor so that new parents can sleep soundly with their baby next-door. It’s clear that good quality design is a huge factor in Strata’s new homes, and this will help create a thriving new community in Wath-upon-Dearne. As well as being a brand new range, the Life Collection also encapsulates ‘More’, Strata’s accessory one-stop-shop, which allows customers to choose extra luxuries such as wireless sound and vision packages, sauna showers and Bo Concept furniture. “This is a really exciting new era at Strata as we are taking a huge leap forward by introducing a unique new range of designer homes,” said Strata’s design director, Mark Davis. “The Life Collection will differentiate us by placing design at the forefront of Strata’s manifesto.”

SUMMARY Title: Colours Developer: Strata Location: Wath-upon-Dearne, South Yorkshire Prices from: £115,000 Website: www.homesbystrata.com Tel: 01709 760516 Availability: Now Viewing: Thursday to Monday, 10am to 5pm

Features: Kitchens by David Charles Kitchens Furniture by Bo Concept Contemporary European design Well-located for commuting Great views across a wetlands reserve Parking available


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Show Apartment at Broadway Offers Luxury Living

A new show apartment at Salford Quays is offering potential buyers an insight into the exciting lifestyle that residents can experience by living on the cusp of Media City.

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T latest development from Warrington-based The Prospect (GB) Ltd is a fabulous collection of 180 highsspecification apartments grouped around communal gardens within a gated community. The homes are situated on the edge of Media City, the T UK’s first purpose-built, multi-million pound, media and creative industry hub and the highly anticipated new a northern base of the BBC. For the landmark show apartment, Prospect’s own interior designer Kirsty Merrie came up with a vibrant sscheme that reflects the area’s glamorous future and tthe lifestyle it will offer. “I had a brief to produce a scheme that captured tthe growing reputation of Salford Quays as an exciting destination in itself,” said Kirsty. “I looked to a design tthat was bold, creative and contemporary but also provided an element of luxurious elegance, hinting at the location’s glamorous prospects.” The Broadway development of one and two-bedroom apartments is conveniently placed close to Manchester a city centre, but Salford Quays is also a vibrant and upbeat place in its own right. Designer Kirsty has created a modern, fashion-conscious living space within the show apartment. “I was very much inspired by the bold and oversized patterns that are currently on the market,” she said. “You can make a really fabulous impact using these confident designs, which we did on the largest wall in the living area.” The open-plan living space also incorporates a formal glass dining table with high back, cream leather chairs. “To make the most of the generous space in the apartment I have ensured that its light and airy feel remains,” said Kirsty. “We used a very subtly blue for the main wall colour to give us a fresh base and provide

a link to the quayside’s proximity. To complement this, a warm wood-effect laminate floor and cosy neutral furnishings make the living space modern but welcoming,” she added. Prices at Broadway start at £139,000. To arrange a viewing, call selling agents King Sturge Residential on 0161 238 7400 or visit: www.prospectgb.com


15th Century Conversion

A restoration project in Knowsley will new homes in ill create t luxury l h i a rural setting in Merseyside.

Green is the Theme at Littledales Park

A stylish new show home at Littledales Park in Hartford has enabled developer Hillcrest Homes to show off their ‘green’ credentials. The latest development from Hillcrest Homes is a collection of 36 new homes and apartments, at the heart of which stands Sandiway Cottage, a beautiful 18th century black and white mansion. Littledales Park in Hartford, Cheshire, is the first carbon neutral development in the area, and the interior scheme for the new show home has been designed around the colour green to reflect this. Olive, mint, teal and lime have all been used to dramatic effect and teamed with shades of ecru, pale gold, bronze, chocolate, cream and slate to create an inviting and luxurious show home. Signature pieces from Danish furniture designers Ilva have been hand-picked to style the home and to make the most of the spacious accommodation and high ceilings. The development comprises two-bedroom apartments, five-bedroom semi-detached houses and four, five and six-bedroom detached homes. The show home is a detached, five-bedroom house designed over three floors. A spacious entrance hall, large lounge and open plan kitchen-diner and family room make up the ground floor, and five bedrooms are divided over the top two floors. Hillcrest Homes has a reputation for creating one-off, multimillionpound properties, and the same desire to offer a luxurious living environment is evident in the specification at Littledales. Kitchens are by Johnson & Johnson and feature appliances from AEG. Bathrooms are by Swiss company Laufen. Externally, the properties at Littledales Park are equally welldesigned, adorned with tasteful de architectural flourishes that are ar a direct influence of the finest properties in the area and of pr Sandiway Cottage, the 18th Sa century mansion at the heart of the ce fivve-acre development. Hillcrest Homes have painstakingly restored the cottage pa and made it into a family home once a more. The new show home is open m for viewing between 10am and 2pm fo at weekends. Alternatively, contact Katie Lavender at Hillcrest Homes K on 07764 517197 to arrange a o private viewing. p For further information visit: F www.hillcresthomes.co.uk w

The Tarbock Hall Estate in Tarbock,, Knowsley, is currently being restored and sympathetically converted by Belpool Developments into what promises to be one of the most exclusive developments in Merseyside. The properties in the first phase off the development h d l iinclude l d two three-bedroom h b d townhouses, a bungalow and Tarbock Hall itself. An additional farmhouse will be developed either as a shell ready for internal fit out by its purchasers, or with a fitted kitchen and bathroom. The quiet, semi-rural location will eventually become home to five exclusive properties ranging in price from £675,000 to £1.4m. One of the oldest settlements in Merseyside, Tarbock is just six miles from Liverpool and just over three miles from Widnes. Tarbock Hall was once surrounded by a moat and features in Saxton’s map of Lancashire in 1577, although parts of the hall are believed to be 15th century in origin. “This development will be something special and something entirely unique on the market in the region,” said Roxanne Stowell of selling agent Knight Frank. “It really is an opportunity to own part of the history of the area and we expect the reaction of the market to be extremely positive.” The 245-acre site will also become home to an 18-hole championship golf course designed by professional golfer Darren Clarke, and the country estate feel will continue with the creation of fishing lakes set within the mature woodland. The homes are now available off-plan. For further information contact Roxanne Stowell at Knight Frank on 0151 236 1101 or email: roxanne.stowell@knightfrank.com


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Leigh’s Sell-out Success A new collection of properties from McInerney Homes has been an instant success in the North West

New ‘PlusEnergie’ Eco-homes A German company has introduced an eco-home that produces more energy than it consumes.

Nearly half of the energy we consume today is used in buildings. But this could all change as a self-build homes company has launched a new ecohome that generates more energy than it consumes. WeberHaus is the latest German manufacturer of off-site homes to enter the UK market, and its new ‘PlusEnergie’ home is the first of its kind in the country. Not only will the home appeal to the environmentally aware, it will also be attractive to the financially astute because surplus energy can potentially be sold back to the National Grid. The walls have a thickness of 30 cm and a heat passage co-efficient way below current building regulation requirements. This means the house keeps the heat in during the winter and stays cool in the summer. The house gains its heat energy from geothermic sources. It transfers natural energy from the ground to heat the home and its water supply. This is captured from more than 30 m below the house, and transported using a probe sunk into the ground, containing a cooling agent. This cooling agent is heated by geothermic energy which is then transferred to the heating system via an exchanger. This method produces a constant heat source throughout the year. Special panels on the home’s roof generate electricity by converting light into electrical energy by solar cells made of silicon. During the winter and in days without much light, electricity may be required from the National Grid, but because on bright summer days surplus electricity cannot be stored in the home, there is the possibility to sell the electricity back to the provider. WeberHaus was founded in 1960 by German carpenter Hans Weber, who was driven to develop sustainable homes. WeberHaus homes use innovative construction techniques which ensure more accuracy and energy efficiency with less wastage. All WeberHaus homes are manufactured off-site before being constructed on-site in a matter of days. Unlike traditional ‘brick and block’ houses, they are produced predominantly of wood, which is versatile, durable and renewable. The unique method of manufacture ensures millimetre precision and no energy is lost through poor insulation or construction faults. For more information on the WeberHaus range call 01582 794 192 or visit: www.weberhaus.co.uk

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The latest sell-out success from developer McInerney Homes is The Delph in Leigh, near Manchester. The development features 45 homes, including 15 apartments and 30 houses, all of which have now been sold. “We are thrilled at the success of The Delph and we certainly hope to return to this vibrant Lancashire town in the future,” said Tracey Lowe, field sales manager for McInerney Homes North West. “As with all of our developments, it has been wonderful to see The Delph taking shape and evolving as new families move in and homes have been completed. The development has been especially successful with local residents who have seen building work taking place and watched an exciting new community being created in a brilliant location.” In recent years, Leigh town centre has seen a number of regeneration initiatives including pedestrianisation, a new outside market and a town centre management initiative. The town is conveniently located between the M6 and the M61, and its neighbouring towns and cities of Manchester, Bolton, Warrington and Wigan are all within a half-hour drive. “We’re now focusing on creating our new Verde Park development in nearby Wigan, which is proving just as successful as The Delph,” said Tracey. The Delph is now a vibrant community of quality homes, all of which boast an excellent finish and come with an impressive range of standard specifications. Other McInerney developments in the North West include Briarswood Village in Warrington, St Mary’s Grove in Lowton and Verde Park in Wigan. These have also gone from strength to strength because of the support of expert sales teams combined with beautifully designed homes to suit every type of buyer. For information on any of McInerney Homes’ developments call the sales office on 01942 768 025 or visit: www.mcinerneyhomes.com


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Wilmslow £825,000

Styal £850,000

An architecturally designed family detached property built in the former grounds of a mansion house.

A truly stunning five bedroom period property enjoying views front & rear boasting high ceilings and period features.

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Alderley Edge £2,250,000

Marthall £2,959,000

A magnificent prestige home set in stunning grounds offering extensive family accommodation.

A magnificent country home situated in a secluded position approached via a gated tree lined driveway.

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Alderley Edge £895,000

Wilmslow £1,100,000

A unique period style detached property situated at the head of short lane in a secluded position.

DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY(subject to p/perm). Situated on one of Wilmslow’s premier addresses.

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High Fashion Homes

During the last decade there has been a growing trend for property developers to collaborate with fashion designers when building new homes. Jennie Musgrove exclusively interviewed designers Wayne Hemingway and Ben de Lisi to find out how much of a part they play in designing the latest high-fashion properties.

Wayne Hemingway He’s one of Britain’s most successful designers, and won the British Fashion Council’s prestigious Streetstyle Designer of the Year Award three years running between 1995 and 1997. He and his wife Gerardine sold their fashion label, Red or Dead, in 1999 and since then, Wayne Hemingway has been involved in a number of award-winning property developments. Wayne Hemingway and his wife Gerardine started their careers in fashion in 1982, selling second-hand clothes on Camden Market in London. The following year they opened an outlet in Kensington, London, and the first Red or Dead collection was launched. Sixteen years and three Streetstyle Designer of the Year Awards later, Wayne and Gerardine sold the label in 1999 and set up a new company, Hemingway Design. In 2001 they collaborated with George Wimpey City and designed a development of approximately 700 homes on the banks of the River Tyne in Gateshead, called Staiths South Bank. The properties sold quickly and were awarded the Building For Life Silver award. The latest project they have put the Hemingway name to is The Birchin, a development of 90 affordable studio, one and twobedroom apartments in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Wayne and Gerardine teamed up with Edmund Kirby Architects to design the apartments for Dwell Developments. Wayne told Concept For Living: “The reason we chose Dwell is because they’ve got the right attitude, and they want to deliver great places to live. The important thing when you choose somewhere to live is not the property itself. The important thing is being in a happy place. You need to feel safe, the kids need to be happy and it’s got to be environmentally friendly. So we’re kindred spirits in that sense.” Affordability, choice and a sense of community are all ideals that Hemingway Design aims to instil in its properties. In order to achieve

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all these things, design must always be at the forefront. “As a designer, you’ve got to understand how people want to live,” said Wayne. “Designing aspirational but affordable homes, you’ve got to trust your own instincts. We know how we’d want to live, but we have to consider if other people would be happy there – our kids or our parents, for example. “We’re not just designing them to make money. It’s got to be something that someone you love would love to live in – you wouldn’t be a good designer if you got it wrong then.” The studios and apartments at The Birchin are intended for first-time buyers, but this doesn’t mean they miss out on specification or location. The custom-made kitchens are fitted with a full range of integrated appliances, and the location of the homes next to Afflecks Palace in the Northern Quarter means that everything Manchester has to offer is within easy reach. “The Birchin was designed for our kids; first-time buyers who love the city life,” said Wayne. “The Northern Quarter is such a great place to live. And Manchester’s got its own DNA – it’s got a history of youth culture, a distinct feel and a vibrancy that’s not London or Leeds.” Wayne is secretive about the next housing project he and Gerardine have become involved with, but said that people should look out for it. “We’re moving on and we’re making more homes that fit the bill,” he said. “But we’re not saying where they are until they are available to buy.” The desire to make a difference is the driving force of Hemingway Design, according to Wayne. “We don’t just build houses and plonk them anywhere,” he said. “Some people do it for money; we do it because we want to change things.”


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Sir Terence Conran One of the great icons of British design, Sir Terence Conran has been at the forefront of his profession for more than 50 years. He introduced modern design to the high street of Britain in the 1960s by launching his ground-breaking Habitat shops, and since then his designs have been influential the world over. During the past 20 years, his company Conran and Partners have been involved with a diverse range of property developments. Since becoming involved with property design and architecture, Conran and Partners have revitalised architectural landmarks (Michelin House, Butlers Wharf and Bluebird Garage to name a few), produced the longest building of its time (the Longman Headquarters in Harlow) and designed new developments all over Britain for City Lofts. Simon Hall, a director of City Lofts, says their relationship with Conran and Partners was a forerunner to the designer/developer relationships which have become more prevalent in the last few years. “Conran has been closely aligned with City Lofts for a number of years now,” he said. “We work together very closely, both in terms of architecture and in terms of interior design.” The developments Conran and Partners have designed for City Lofts include Argus Lofts in Brighton, The Timber Yard in London and 38 High Street in Manchester. The latest project they have become involved with is St Paul’s in Sheffield, a landmark development comprising 316 one and two-bedroom apartments set in two interlinking 11 and 32 storey towers. The building will be the tallest in Sheffield and will act as an iconic marker for the rejuvenated city centre. According to Simon, Conran and Partners bring much more than just a name to City Lofts’ developments. “From our point of view, Conran add a significant value to the City Lofts product,” he said. “It’s not just another brand name; it actually does improve and enhance the properties. It’s

a mutually beneficial relationship and we’re setting a benchmark for high quality city centre living.” Speaking of his company’s involvement with the developer,, Sir Terence Conran said: “We have an excellent relationship with City Lofts and have worked together for nine years on over 20 projects as architects and interior designers. The partnership is a great opportunity to design interesting new buildings with contemporary interiors in cities across the country that reflect the way they live today. One of the most pleasing aspects of our projects is that they often act as a catalyst for the rejuvenation of city centres. “St Paul’s is our biggest new development with City Lofts and I am confident it will play an important role in Sheffield’s dynamic new future.” City Lofts has always been a developer at the high end of residential property, and the developments they create are often landmark buildings in their respective cities. “For us, establishing the company as a high end developer has to be in terms of quality of product,” said Simon. “Some people who have brought a name to a developer do little more than that. But with City Lofts it’s much more than just a brand name.”

Ben de Lisi He’s designed dresses for Hollywood stars Kate Winslet, Angelica Houston and Emily Watson, and is a leading fashion designer. He’s been showing at London Fashion Week since 1995 and has twice been the recipient of the British Glamour Designer of the Year award from the British Fashion Council. In 2001, Ben de Lisi turned his talent to the property world and his chic, understated designs became an instant hit. Fashion designer Ben de Lisi grew up in New York but moved to London in 1982 to pursue his dream of becoming a fashion designer. Five years later, he established his own company and in 1994 he made his debut at London Fashion Week. A hugely successful career followed and Ben’s dresses have graced many red carpets. Seven years ago, Ben teamed up with Countryside Properties PLC and worked with them on several projects in Manchester, including The Edge and The NV Building. Since then, he has become a leading name not only in interior design, but also in property design itself. His latest project with Avenir Properties, 564 The Place in Leeds, sold out during the launch weekend in March of last year. In an exclusive interview with Concept For Living, Ben said: “I love design in all aspects. If you have a keen eye you can treat a room like a customer, and play up the positives, play down the negatives – it’s the same aesthetic.” Ben’s involvement with the ‘Space by Ben de Lisi’ brand at Avenir’s Properties is much more than just a way of raising the company’s profile; he has been part of the team since day one of the project. “I’ve had absolute input,” he said. “I don’t take on any commissions that are about cushion throwing because that’s not my job. My job is to make an impact on the look of the building from the outside to the inside, from its curb appeal to its interior design.” Putting his name to the properties does have a huge affect on the way people perceive them, however. He said: “By branding them with the name ‘Space by Ben de Lisi’, it makes Avenir a much more aspirational company.

I think that in this world, especially in England, people are just as much into their homes as what they put on their back. They want something that’s special, and it’s got to have the ‘wow factor’ to differentiate it.” So what design ethos did Ben employ in the homes to make them stand out from the rest? “The style in the properties is pure, sharp, timeless, elegant, not overworked, definitely not overstated, and the kind of canvas to imprint yourself onto,” he said. “They’re the kind of properties that would make you thrilled to have reached that point in your life – they’re very aspirational. And that’s my design ethos.” Much of Ben’s inspiration comes from the 1950s – his sharp lines and crisp, clean designs reflect this. “The 50s were a time all about fashion and utility,” he said. “They weren’t about gilding the lily, or superfluous detail. They were about design with a purpose. I think that’s what my clothes are like and that’s what I do for the properties I design.” According to Ben, the techniques for designing clothes and homes are not as different as you might imagine. “The process is exactly the same,” he said. “You look at it through the same eyes. You choose a colour for a wall and a veneer for a door like you choose a fabric and a button. You just have to look with an eye that’s into beauty.” Clothing is where Ben made his name, and his two mainline collections a year are what drive everything else. He doesn’t have favourites, though, when it comes to the different industries; designing clothes and designing homes both give him pleasure. “I get the same buzz seeing Kate Winslet walking down a red carpet wearing my clothes as I do when I hand over the keys to a new home that I’ve designed,” he said. Since the completion of 564 The Place, Ben has continued to have an involvement in the project. He visits the properties on a monthly basis ‘to look at them and tag them and snag them’ and to make sure they’ve turned out the way he wanted. “And I’m absolutely proud of them,” he said. “From the moment we started to the moment I put the last painting on the wall, I’m thrilled with the way they look.”


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The spectacular Bodlondeb Castle development in the picturesque seaside town of Llandudno is a beautiful example of how traditional architecture can blend with contemporary design. Jennie Musgrove visited the castle to preview its high speciďŹ cation apartments and cottages.


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his building is one of the most striking in the area,” said sales manager for Beck Homes, Simon DiCanio. The statement is not hard to believe; Bodlondeb Castle is a magnificent architectural structure complete with intricate stonework, large sash windows and corner turrets. Nestled in between Llandudno’s Great and Little Ormes and next to Britain’s only remaining cable-operated street tramway, the castle has been one of the most prestigious addresses in the resort since it was built in the 1800s. Over the last two years, developer Beck Homes have been renovating and restoring the castellated building to create nine luxury apartments and six high specification cottages. The Grade II listed building was originally a gentleman’s residence, and was once home to the Rt Hon William Hughes, the Prime Minister of Australia. Beck Homes have been careful to retain many of the castle’s original features. Their attention to detail is evident from the new stone gate pillars that match the original stonework, down to the intricate twirling details on the drainpipes – which are exactly the same as they were 200 years ago. Built in the Scottish Baronial style, the castle features a stunning marble entrance hall, translucent marble pillars and a sweeping staircase together with gothic masonry. The stained glass windows have been painstakingly restored and replaced to copy the originals – one window in the grand entrance hall contains an image representing the 15 tribes of Wales. “From the impressive façade to the imposing entrance hall, the style of the building has been maintained; only when you enter the apartments can the introduction of modern styling be seen,” said Simon. The largest apartment in the development is a duplex, three-bedroom luxury home with high specification throughout. An oak floor and solid oak doors are a theme in all the apartments, which have been professionally furnished by Kerry Jane Tornetta of Macclesfield-based Kerry Jane Interiors. The high ceilings and spacious living areas epitomise luxury living at its very best. A sumptuously furnished living room on the top floor is a perfect example of contemporary, ultra-stylish design mixed with old, unique architecture. Rich browns, blacks and creams on the sofas contrast with the whitepainted walls, and a glass coffee table adds the finishing touch to the room. Double glass doors lead from the living room onto the landing, creating an open feel. The apartment’s SieMatic kitchen features appliances by Neff and radiators that are exact copies of the originals (as can be seen throughout the home). Multi-functioning hobs, stainless steel and glass canopy hoods, fully integrated washer-dryers, built-in fridge-freezers and dishwashers are all fitted as standard. Two main bathrooms and one en-suite are by Villeroy and Boch, and fitted to a luxuriously high standard. Huge double showers, heated towel rails, and stylish tiling are all part of the specification. The most impressive room in the apartment, however, is the dining room.

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Two steps from the living room go up into the castle’s striking front turret with beautiful sash windows, from which you can see Llandudno bay. A black round table with black chairs is the focal point in the centre of the room and creates an imposing yet stunning dining area. “We believe we have thoughtfully transformed the interior to provide high specification apartments that residents can be proud of,” said Simon. “We wanted to preserve the original beauty of the castle; from the glass atrium to the original fireplace in the entrance hall. The essence of the building has been retained – even the skirting boards and door architraves are the same as they were originally.” The six cottages are located behind the castle and were once the residence’s rectory, stables and chapel. They share the apartments’ high specification, high ceilings, and sumptuous interior design. A SieMatic kitchen and open-plan living area on the ground floor offer plenty of space for relaxing and entertaining guests, and French windows open onto a well-sized garden bordered by a small mock-castle wall. A beautiful building steeped in history, Bodlondeb Castle offers generously proportioned luxury residences that enjoy the benefits of 19th century grandeur along with 21st century specification. The internal layouts create plush, elegant living environments which will ultimately reflect the lifestyle of Bodlondeb’s new residents – who will have Llandudno and all that North Wales has to offer right on their doorstep.

SUMMARY Title: Bodlondeb Castle Developer: Beck Homes Location: Llandudno Prices from: £184,950 Website: www.beckhomes.co.uk Tel: Anthony Flint Estate Agents. Tel. 01492 877 418 Availability: Now Viewing: By appointment

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“We believe we have thoughtfully transformed the interior to provide high specification apartments that residents can be proud of.”

Features: Kitchens by SieMatic Appliances by Neff Original features Homes available fully furnished Marble entrance hall Sea views Prestigious address Well-located for commuting Parking available


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Coastal Character

With its rural charm and rich heritage, the North Wales region has some lovely places to live in. An abundance of mountains, rivers and sea views make the area one of Britain’s favourite holiday destinations. North Wales offers not just spectacular views but also some fantastic sports and leisure activities. From cultural festivals and agricultural shows to walking, golf and watersports – the area has something for everyone. To the West lies Snowdonia National Park, a magnet for climbers, walkers and parachutists, and the Llyn Peninsula features some of the best sailing and surfing beaches in North Wales. The Isle of Anglesey is surrounded by 125 miles of beautiful coastline, whilst the North Wales Borderlands is dominated by the stunning Clwydian hills and picturesque market towns on Chester’s doorstep. This month, we take a look at some of the newest and oldest properties in North Wales, and a few in between.

New Homes in Spectacular Surroundings Luxurious family homes nestled on the east side of the Clwydian Hills are the latest properties by CB Homes.

T North Wales borderlands The are host to some of Britain’s a loveliest yet most accessible lo ccountryside, with Flintshire offering a charming mix of o historical villages, beautiful h beaches and incredibly easy b access to the cities of Chester, a Liverpool and Manchester. L Three exclusive new homes in the popular borderlands vvillage of Pantymwyn offer high h specification living as well as stunning views of the ne nearby Clwydian Hills. Award-winning developer CB Homes is currently building the luxury houses in a partially wooded area in this semi-rural location. Pantymwyn is well-situated and just four miles from the bustling market town of Mold in Flintshire. The village lies within an area of outstanding natural beauty and the surrounding area has plenty of opportunity for recreational pursuits; from hiking or mountain biking in the hills to golfing on one of the several golf courses. Managing director of CB Homes, Colin Booth, denies that the proximity to Pantymwyn’s

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18-hole golf course played any part in the choice of location for the homes. He is, however, eager to point out that the beautiful views offered over the Clwydian mountain range were what first struck him about the location. “I immediately realised what a great development opportunity Pantymwyn would be,” he said. “Our four and five-bedroom homes are perfect for the family market. Each has a big, secluded garden, spacious kitchens for family get-togethers and – at the same time – is conveniently close to the A494.” Having been in the construction industry for more than 26 years, Colin certainly knows what he’s talking about. “Buyers want individual, practical designs, incorporating traditional, high quality materials and unique feature detailing,” he said. “I am proud to say that I have a dedicated, conscientious team who all work enthusiastically to achieve these high standards.” Rowan House is a fivebedroom family home with two en-suites and a vast living room with views of the landscaped garden and countryside. Yew Tree House features two reception rooms and four generously sized bedrooms, one of which has an en-suite bathroom. The third property, Cedar House, has been designed with ample living space in mind. A five-bedroom home with two en-suites and three reception rooms, its high specification and attention to detail make it a perfect family house. Pantywmyn is scheduled for completion in March 2008. For further information call 01829 760 066 or visit: www.cbhomes.co.uk


An Old Mill with a Modern Twist A unique mill conversion near Mold shows

how contemporary design g can look exquisite q in an old building.

Pioneering Holiday Eco Park A new country park in Llangollen that features eco-friendly log homes is launching its show home this month.

A show home at the highly anticipated, multi-millionpound Whitewater Country Park development in the Dee Valley, Llangollen, is due to open this February. Situated in an idyllic rural setting next to the River Dee, the 35 log homes are within a designated area of outstanding natural beauty and are part of a pioneering development in the 12-mile valley. The log homes are made of solid logs and are seven times more energy efficient than traditional brick homes. A range of two, three and fourbedroom homes have all been built to a high luxury specification, and all materials are sourced from sustainable, managed forests. Once completed, the development will include a spa, hydro pool and restaurant set in the picturesque valley in North Wales. “The log home concept is incredibly popular in colder parts of the world, where the excellent insulation properties of a log home mean that heating bills can be kept to a minimum,” said Roxanne Stowell, senior sales manager at selling agents Knight Frank. Developers Whitewater Country Parks Ltd are hoping the log homes will attract more visitors to the Upper Dee Valley, and ultimately have a positive impact on the local economy. “The development is ideally located for the short let holiday market, which ensures this development will appeal to investors who want to see a decent return on their investment,” said Roxanne. “In the UK, development of log homes has tended to be confined to holiday homes but increasing awareness of sustainability issues is changing this attitude,” she said. “The high sustainability credentials coupled sus with wit the stunning designs that can be achieved with log homes leads us to ac believe that Whitewater Ecological be Village will be a huge success.” Vil Prices at the eco development start at £265,000. For more information visit: vis www.whitewaterparks.co.uk or contact selling agents Knight Frank on 0151 236 1101. Fr

Maes y Coed Mill was once a corn mill during the mid to late 19th century, but has now been converted into a four-bedroom home with a modern aesthetic and an exceptional specification. “When I first saw the property, it had rotten old floors and was in a bit of a bad state,” said Paul Hilton, who painstakingly restored the mill and now lives there with his girlfriend. “I wanted it immediately, but was far from in a position to buy it,” he said. Since seeing the property for the first time, Paul has established himself as a sculptor and in 2000 he was able to buy Maes y Coed and begin his plans to restore it. “After buying the mill, I had to wait for ten months in order to get planning permission n to make it into a four-bedroom dwelling,” he said. Converting the property took Paul around two years and during this time he sand-blasted its interior and exterior, and built the beech stairs, doors and units for the home. “We lived in a caravan for two years while we were doing it up,” he said. “There’s a river running through the garden so you could say we had a riverside apartment!” The mill originally dates back to the 1840s when it was used as a storage house for corn. Now it is a three-storey property that features two reception rooms, two bathrooms and a spiral staircase leading from the master bedroom onto a fourth mezzanine floor. “It’s got so much character,” said Paul. “From the stone walls to the huge old beams, and the cast-iron pillars holding the floors up. Every piece of wood tells a story.” The property also houses a gym, sauna room and Jacuzzi, as well as unique additions such as a skeleton staircase that wobbles slightly as you walk up it, and a rotating wall at the top of the house. Glass is a key material in the conversion, with glass floors, walls, and floor-to-ceiling windows to make the most of the natural light throughout the house. The mill’s original features complement the more contemporary additions of glass and stainless steel, and make the home aesthetically very interesting. “I know the house is quite unique,” said Paul. “It’s an old building but with a contemporary, ultra-modern interior. I like to think it’s an old home with a twist – it’s a bit quirky, and very trendy.” With this in mind, Paul added his home to UK Locations, a company that specialises in location scouting for filming and photography shoots. The property’s spacious rooms and chic interior design make it an ideal place for fashion photography. Maes y Coed’s rural setting also makes it stand out as an exceptional property. “The countryside around is absolutely beautiful, it’s just breathtaking,” said Paul. “There are lovely walks all around, and you can be at the beach within 20 minutes.” According to Paul, converting the mill has been a labour of love, but he is now moving on to his next project, and Maes y Coed Mill is for sale. For further information call estate agents Strutt and Parker on 08451 293 640 or visit: www.struttandparker.com


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Splendid Oak Frame Garden House A couple in Flint, North Wales had this beautiful oak frame garden house built next to their home and now enjoy it throughout the year.

New Homes on an Historical Estate A restoration project near Denbigh has created a beautiful collection of luxury new homes nestled in the countryside of North Wales.

Lleweni is a unique and beautiful conversion Lle project on a former grand country estate with pro history that reaches back to the 15th century. ah Developer Harris Homes has painstakingly De restored the Carriage House and a range of re barns and stables to create 17 contemporary ba homes of three to five bedrooms. ho One of the most impressive structures in the region, with its blank arches, corner pavilions and elegant tall windows, the pa Grade II* listed Old Carriage House has G a stunning architectural heritage. It is the only remaining known example of a th building attributable to the first professor of substantial and complete buildin architecture at the Royal Academy, Thomas Sandy (1721 to 1798). “Lleweni is completely unique,” said Sally Harris of Harris Homes. “Each property is individually designed to combine historical heritage with contemporary building technology. Unusually in a modern development, each home benefits by its setting and is set in spacious, private grounds.” Interest in the project has come from far and wide since the restoration first began, said Sally. “On the day we were finalising the sales office prior to launch, we had a lady reserve one of the properties without going into it,” she said. “That has set the momentum; to date we have not completed a property without it being reserved. This has been wonderful as it has allowed the customer to input into a bespoke property by choosing all the finishes.” The homes have attracted a good mix of people, which will create a vibrant community on the estate. And who wouldn’t want to live there; a lovely rural setting with the Welsh countryside right on your doorstep is the dream that Lleweni’s new residents have realised. North Wales is a region that has it all, according to Sally. “It has a tremendous network system which makes the rest of Wales and Cheshire easily accessible, and stunning, dramatic scenery as seen in the Clwydian Vale,” she said. “Above all, it offers a perfect compromise to the unrelenting pace of 21st century life, an oasis of calm and unrivalled beauty, yet less than half an hour to Chester and beyond.” For further information on Lleweni, call Harris Homes on 01745 818 819.

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Alana Wallace and her husband Niall wanted some extra space for when they had family and friends to visit their home in Flint. Rather than get an extension, however, they decided on a completely different plan of action – to build a garden house. Enlisting the help of Powys-based self-build company Welsh Oak Frame, they designed and built a beautiful, one-storey house in their garden. “I didn’t want the mess of an extension so we thought about having a garden house instead,” said Alana. “It’s a self-contained building – there’s a little bedroom and a bathroom, and there’s even a wood burner for cooking and heating. It’s very eco-friendly.” An open-plan living and kitchen area with a traditionally patterned red brick floor forms the main room of the building. A plush leather sofa faces a fire and the property’s lovely floor-to-ceiling windows at one end, and integrated kitchen units with spotlight lighting are at the other. From the outside, the property is reminiscent of an alpine cabin. Its interior, however, looks almost chapel-esque, with its beautiful oak beams accentuated by white painted walls. “We use it every weekend,” said Alana. “My husband works away a lot so instead of going away on holiday, we stay here! It’s only small but we really enjoy using it.” Everything in the garden house was sourced locally, making it a truly north Welsh building. “We knew exactly what we wanted – an area to sit and cook, somewhere to sleep, and a bathroom,” said Alana. From the initial planning stages to its realisation, the building took about a year to complete. It’s now enjoyed not just by Alana and Niall, but by everyone who visits them. “It’s so relaxing, you can completely get away,” said Alana. For further information about Welsh Oak Frame, call 01686 688 000 or visit: www.welshoakframe.co.uk


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LEGAL MATTERS: A LAWYER LOST

Legal expert Andrew Foley-Jones oversees a rather tricky legal transaction and meets an untoward farmer along the way… Stood in a field in my best Hugo Boss screaming at my sat nav who keeps telling me, in her Buckinghamshire twang to take a u turn. I look around: there is nowhere to turn. I am surrounded by sodden turf and a swirling mist, longing for a horizon. I look at my autoplanner, Plan B, creased and torn and slightly dampened by the drizzle that is now slanting into my face. Turn right after the Blue Lion and continue for 3.1 miles up and left at the red phone box. I am searching for a red phone box. In this inclement ness I couldn’t spot a phone box if it were covered in glitter and flashing in pink neon. And then, out of the mist, like an angel, appears the farmer I have been told to meet; on the instruction of a developer client of mine, keen on renovations of barns and the like. Without wishing to stereotype, he is a stereotypical farmer; in fact, he couldn’t look more like farmer if he were sitting on a bale of hay sucking on a piece of straw whilst whistling the theme tune to ‘I’ve got a brand new combine harvestor…’ He views my pinstripes with suspicion and mutters something, with incomprehension. Some form of dialogue ensues and soon transcends into a monologue; and I am not the one speaking. The monologue soon develops into a tirade against the urban types and globalization and reality television. He then confirms he will sell the land but only with a clause stipulating that 30 per cent of all profits made will go to him when the developer obtains planning permission and sells the barns.

“It’s called an overage clause” I say. This was never mentioned by my client. He told me he wanted an option to buy the land if he obtained planning permission to convert eight derelict barns. An overage provision requires the buyer (my client) to make a further payment to the seller, representing a share of the increased market value of the land after a certain triggering event takes place, such as the buyer obtaining planning permission. This will be bad news to my client. “You call it what you want, sonny,” he responds. “Just make sure it’s in the contract.” I’ve not been called sonny for some time. Perhaps I shouldn’t have shaved this morning. “And your client will be paying my legal fees” he declares. And with that, the farmer, canny and shrewd, is gone, as quickly as he appeared; into the misty abyss. I shout into the murky darkness. “But I haven’t got details of your solicitor.” From the smoky distance comes a response and an outstretched arm. “Here’s my business card. I am the solicitor, sonny.” I return to my car and telephone my client. Surprisingly, he agrees to the inclusion of the provision. I ignite the engine, drive off in no particular direction and reflect that appearances can be deceptive. Incidentally, the transaction proceeds smoothly: the converted barns sell for a premium. Both my client and the farmer (I am reliably informed), are delighted. Contact Andrew Foley Jones on 01745 536 030, email afj@macjones.com or visit: www.macjones.com


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urrently being honoured with an extensive retrospective at The Lighthouse in Glasgow, Isi Metzstein and Andy MacMillan took over as joint principals of Gillespie, Kidd & Coia in 1956. Arguably Scotland’s greatest architectural exports since Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Metzstein and MacMillan took control of an architectural practice largely famous for its neo-Romanesque churches for the catholic archdiocese. The new principals contributed the phenomenal St Peter’s seminary to their already extensive stable of ecclesiastical buildings. Indeed the vast project was in large part necessitated by the large number of churches Gillespie, Kidd & Coia had already built for the archdiocese. Famously robbed of its life by papal decree, St Peter’s is now crumbling on the World Monument Fund list of seriously endangered buildings. Metzstein and MacMillan’s work was by no means confined to religious builds however. They also famously turned their talents to college buildings. Oxford’s Wadham College extensions and most triumphantly, Robinson College, Cambridge. It is in Hull, however, where perhaps their greatest contribution to the architecture of northern England can be found.

Set far back from the outskirts of Cottingham village, a daisy chain of redbrick buildings coil through a vast expanse of green belt. Six of the twelve planned blocks were built, and serve as an elegant example of multi-cellular living. Each room is designed to make the most efficient use of its allocated space, staggered from each other in order to minimise the passage of sound. Externally the blocks flow jaggedly into one another. With each block consisting of 135 rooms arranged around their own courtyard, the ribbon of six blocks enables over 800 students to be accommodated in one structure that is at once uniform but not monolithic. The rooms extend out to their own individual balconies, giving continuity between blocks as they ripple along the footpaths taking the students to and from the Lawns Centre which houses the student bar and catering facilities. The ability to separate up an otherwise vast and repetitive housing solution allows for that central Gillespie, Kidd & Coia theme: the sense of community in their architecture. It was ironic that just as Metzstein and MacMillan had quite literally formed a series of buildings tightly designed around the isolation, movement and regimentation of seminary life at St Peter’s in Cardross, then that very

“Take a step back and it is very hard indeed not to admire this string of clustered blocks as it snakes into the distance.”

system of tuition was brought to an end in favour of learning in the ‘real’ community. In many ways though, that isolation is what typifies The Lawns. Outside the town, the site is solely populated by students. The architecture and the grounds are still serving the purpose for which they were commissioned. Young adults learning to provide for themselves. When an inquisitive student discovered I was at The Lawns to write a piece on its architectural merit, they offered the opinion it was ‘just like Benidorm’. Balconies, inebriated short-term residents and waste bins stuffed with kebabs lend credence to the theory. Indeed to the casual observer The Lawns may well blend into that all-encompassing category of buildings from the 1960s the public loves to hate. Despite the cheap drinks in the bar and the underwear drying on balconies though, this is no lads’ holiday; no Benidorm bender. Take a step back and it is very hard indeed not to admire this string of clustered blocks as it snakes into the distance, cloaked in winding paths that carry newly made friendships back and forth all hours of the day and night. Despite the tales of abandon and drunken heroism in the bar, on their way back to their rooms the neat placing of chip naans into waste bins is a giveaway that the community cares for its uniquely-built environment. In Benidorm, the chip wrappers find their way on to the floor. A major retrospective of Gillespie, Kidd & Coia’s work is currently on at The Lighthouse in Glasgow.

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Jennifer Newman › One of the first furniture products to be made using Corian is now available from the Jennifer Newman Studio. The ‘Urban-C’ small table and stools are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, and are ideal for windy spaces such as balconies. Tel. 01225 337790 or visit: www.jennifernewman.com

‹ A new concept in lighting The ‘Luau’ is an energy mood light that is ideal to move from room to room and is robust enough to be used outdoors on evening walks or for barbecues and picnics. The Luau is made from durable, impact and water-resistant plastic, so you can take it anywhere and let the kids take their turn carrying it too! It has fully rechargeable ni-mh batteries to ensure it can be used again and again. Priced at £180, the Luau is available from Ecocentric, tel. 0207 739 3888 or visit: www.ecocentric.co.uk

Outdoor living › Jorge Pensi has designed the ‘Biarritz Collection’ for Triconfort. The collection perfectly illustrates the innovative trend that Triconfort is taking; contemporary and sleek with refined lines and attention to detail. For more information on the range visit: www.triconfort.com

The Plant Exchange › A unique new green website is being launched offering Britain’s amateur gardeners the chance to swap their plants with fellow enthusiasts wherever they live in the UK. The Plant Exchange, enables gardeners to sell their own surplus home-grown items to other green-fingered fanatics in a free on-line service. Under the logo Grow It, Buy It, Sell It, members who sign up to www.theplantexchange. co.uk can also purchase plants they require from other people on the website as soon as they have paid a one-off £10 joining fee. Members are invited to donate part of their Plant Exchange sales income to a list of designated charities or organisations, although they are free to keep the proceeds themselves. Besides swapping plants, the website offers a wide range of other gardening facilities, including information services as well as a forum, diary and monthly tips. www.theplantexchange.co.uk

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Tools For Cooks By Christine McFadden Published by Jacqui Small on 1st February 2008 £18.99 (Hbk) ISBN: 9781903221853 Tools For Cooks is a handy book that features over 500 kitchen tools and tells you how to use them all. 100 recipes show how many of the tools are used with recipes contributed by well known chefs such as Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson, Michel Roux, Claudia Roden and Heston Blumenthal. With so many tools and kitchen gadgets available to us, this book takes us back to basics and teaches how to choose the best tool for a job and in turn produce better cooking skills.

Metallic chic on your table Make a style statement when entertaining with the new stainless steel ‘Accenta’ tabletop range from Emsa. Combining stylish design with practicality and durability, the Accenta range consists of seven items: a salt and pepper castor, 3x 20cm salt, pepper and herb mills, 30cm and 24cm electric mills and a gourmet oil sprayer. Prices start from £3.50 each for the salt and pepper castors and the mills start from £14 (20cm). For Emsa stockist information tel. 0800 515 300 or visit: www.addis.co.uk

Too hot to handle › The new ‘Fingerprint’ potholder from Menu has been designed to prevent burnt fingers when transferring pots from the stove or oven on to the table. The pattern was inspired by the designer Jacob Wagner’s fingerprint and helps to give better grip. Manufactured in heat-resistant silicone, the Fingerprint potholder has good friction properties and gives a sure grip on everything from pots and pans to hot oven dishes. The Fingerprint potholder costs from £24.95. For stockist details visit: www.menu.as

New Utensil Range Rösle has designed and engineered innovative food preparation kitchen tools and utensils, along with high performance cookware for over 100 years and have introduced new tools and utensils to the range. The new items include a mini utensils set (£29.95), locking tongs (£19.95), Versalid bowls (£49), gourmet thermometer (£29.95), onion and vegetable chopper (£24.95) and more. Altogether Rösle offers a wide choice of over 100 different products that are available from good cookshops and department stores throughout the UK. For your nearest stockist tel. 01782 572910 or visit: www.inthehaus.co.uk

Steenbergs launch organic Fairtrade vanilla › Steenbergs Organics have developed the first organic Fairtrade vanilla extract, in a handy 100ml size. It is available from a number of stores nationwide and costs £7.50. For further information tel. 01765 640088 or visit: www.steenbergs.co.uk

Stylish new hob The new KitchenAid ‘Step’ is an innovative new hob from KitchenAid’s new built-in range. On two levels, the Step hob combines the precision of two induction plates with the efficiency of three professional gas burners. Together, they enable total flexibility and professional results at home. Prices start from around £1399. For further information and stockists tel. 00800 3810 4026 or visit: www.kitchenaid.co.uk

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We’ve rounded up another selection of eco-friendly products this month that are good for the environment without compromising on style.

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1. GreenEarth® is a cleaning system that is more eco-friendly and gentler than usual cleaning methods. The dry cleaning system uses a silicon-based product that is safe, easy to use and less harmful to the environment. It is a gentler approach to treating clothing, curtains, rugs, soft upholstery and bedding, and the odourless non-toxic solvent leaves items looking bright, feeling soft and smelling fresh. You can find an approved GreenEarth® cleaner by visiting the Textiles Services Association website www.tsa-uk. org and clicking on ‘Find a Cleaner’ or by calling 020 8863 7755.

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2. This capacious new ‘bag of bags’ from ICTC’s ‘Home Grown’ range is made from 100 per cent organic cotton and should do away with the need for you to pick up extra carrier bags when shopping. There is one large main compartment and four exterior pockets, each of which contain another plain organic cotton. There are two vibrant designs to choose from: feathers and beans (shown) or beetroot and hellebore, price £17.50 each. For more information tel. 01603 488019 or visit: www.ictc.co.uk

3. Silk bedding is great for allergy sufferers as it will not house dust mites. It’s been proven as good for those who suffer with arthritis and rheumatism too, and because it has a thermostatic quality it will keep you warm in winter and cool in summer. Silkwood Silk have a wide range of bedding available to buy online at: www.silkwoodsilk.com or alternatively call 01666 860003.

4. New from Thomas Sanderson is a collection of forest-friendly interior window shutters made from abechi wood. The wood is sourced from managed forests where it is only taken from areas where natural growth exceeds what is harvested, and the finished product is available in 60 colours. For more information tel. 0800 051 5404 or go to www.thomassanderson.com


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Having listened to your feedback from our 2007 show, we are pleased to announce that for 2008 we are going to be offering you even more! More celebrity designers and chefs, more show gardens, more designer room sets, and a new children’s activity zone. We are also introducing two exciting new areas: The Property Zone and The Eco Zone.

PLUS we will be expanding our most popular areas of the show, so there will be more space allocated for shopping, demonstrations and talks. We will also be offering more free 30-minute garden design consultations, as these appointments proved to be extremely popular during the 2007 show. Highlights of next year’s event will include a series of celebrity talks on our main stage, live cookery demonstrations in our celebrity kitchen, inspiring room sets and show gardens and thousands of products to buy for your home and garden. Celebrities appearing at the show will include TV gardener Diarmuid Gavin and popular interior designer and presenter, Laura McCree. More celebrities will be confirmed over the coming months, so look out for regular updates within Concept For Living magazine and on our website. The show charity will be Teenage Cancer Trust and organisers hope to raise enough money to contribute towards the creation of improved facilities for young cancer sufferers during the three-day event.

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Free one-to-one design consultations will be available to book online from spring 2008. As these appointments tend to be very popular we recommend that you book early to avoid disappointment. To get the best from your consultation why not bring along a few snapshots of your home or garden or jot down questions to bring to the show with you. We will be announcing the dates on which celebrities such as Diarmuid Gavin will be giving their main stage talks on the Home & Garden Show website and within the pages of Concept For Living over the coming months. Look out for regular updates which will help you to choose the talks and demonstrations you’d like to see before you arrive at the show.

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Abitare 01942 248842 www.elizabethfurnishings.co.uk / www.abitareuk.com Acquisitions of London 0207 482 2949 www.acquisitions.co.uk ALNO 0870 043 3742 www.alnokitchens.co.uk Amdega 01325 349589 www.amdega.co.uk And So To Bed 01423 709555 www.andsotobed.co.uk Arada Ltd 01308 427234 www.arada.uk.com Arighi Bianchi 01625 613333 www.arighibianchi.co.uk August Blake 01625 599499 www.augustblake.com Axo Light + 39 041 584 5193 www.axolight.it

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BD Design 020 8964 5355 www.bd-designs.co.uk Beck Homes 0800 731 6564 www.beckhomes.co.uk Bella Figura www.bella-figura.com Be Modern 0191 489 8006 www.bemodern.co.uk Bianchi Furniture 01462 433130 sales@bianchifurniture.co.uk BoConcept 0845 605 0565 www.boconcept.co.uk Bodie & Fou 0870 609 2648 www.bodieandfou.com Bontempi 01925 757507 www.bontempi.it Brilliant Fires 01254 682384 www.brilliantfires.co.uk Bryant Homes 01925 849500 www.bryant.co.uk

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Charnwood 01983 537780 www.charnwood.com Chattels 01244 322280 www.chattels-designerfurniture.co.uk Cheadle Glass 0161 480 6644 www.sigmaglass.com Christopher Pratt Regent Street 0113 234 4404 Churchwood Design 01298 872422 www.churchwood.co.uk Concept Interiors 01924 211265 / 0845 184 1751 Content by Conran 020 8963 0520 www.contentbyconran.com Cotterell Light Centres 0800 027 2321 www.cotterelllightcentres.co.uk Cotterell Light Centres 01924 476222 www.clcliving.co.uk/cl CP Hart 0161 214 7200 www.cphart.co.uk Crown 0870 2401127 www.crownpaint.co.uk Curve Interior Design 0161 237 9300 www.curveinteriorsdesign.co.uk

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Deadgood 0191 261 1277 www.deadgoodltd.co.uk De Sede 07967399759 www.desede.ch Diane Berry Kitchens 0161 798 5335 www.dianeberrykitchens.co.uk Digetex 0161 873 8891 www.digetex.com Doorway to Value 01257 265295 Dulux 0870 444 1111 www.dulux.co.uk Dwell 0870 241 8653 www.dwell.co.uk

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Earthborn Paints 01928 734171 www.earthbornpaints.co.uk Ecocentric 0207 739 3888 www.ecocentric.co.uk Emsa 0800 515 300 www.addis.co.uk Euroheat 01885 491100 www.euroheat.co.uk

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Farrow & Ball 01202 876141www.farrow-ball.com Feather & Black 01243 380 600 www.featherandblack.com Feature Radiators 01274 567789 www.featureradiators.co.uk Ferrious 0161 228 6880 www.ferrious.com Firecraft 01202 588 638 www.firecraftfires.com Fired Earth 0845 366 0400 www.firedearth.com Fireside Accessories 0121 605 2532 www.fireside-accessories.com Fireside World 0151 254 1001 www.firesideworld.com Flamerite Fires 01543 251 122 www.flameritefires.com Freckles 0161 251 4452 www.freckleskids.co.uk

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Gaggenau 0870 125 4500 www.gaggenau.com Gallery Fireplaces www.galleryfireplaces.co.uk Gallotti and Radice 01748 812498 www.gallottiradice.it Gazco Studio 01392 474061 www.gazco.com GE Appliances 01908 366363 www.lsy-appliances.co.uk

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Habitat 08444 99 1111 www.habitat.net Hamptons International 01625 444700 www.hamptons.co.uk Heals 0207 636 1666 www.heals.co.uk Hewitts of Southport 01704 535000 www.hewittsofsouthport.co.uk Hidden Artshop www.hiddenartshop.com Holmes-Naden 01625 828254 www.holmesnaden.com

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ICTC 01603 488019 www.ictc.co.uk

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James Design UK 07717773330 / 07730599121 www.jamesdesignuk.co.uk James Hare Silks 0113 243 120 www.jamesharesilks.co.uk Jennifer Newman 01225 337790 www.jennifernewman.com Johnson & Johnson 0161 872 7041 www.johnson-johnson.co.uk Jotul www.jotuluk.com

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Karndean International 01386 820100 www.karndean.com KitchenAid 00800 3810 4026 www.kitchenaid.co.uk KLC School of Design 0207 376 3377 www.klc.co.uk KWC 020 8675 9335 www.kwc-uk.com

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Legend Fires 01254 695244 www.legend-fires.com Ligne Roset 08707 777 202 www.ligneroset.co.uk Little Fashion Gallery www.littlefashiongallery.com The Little Greene Paint Company 0845 880 5855 www. thelittlegreene.com Lion Witch Wardrobe 020 8318 2068 www.lionwitchwardrobe.co.uk Living Landscapes Shropshire 08450 510757 www.livinglandscapesshropshire.co.uk Loft 0845 603 7794 info@loftonline.net Louis Poulson www.louispoulsen.co.uk Lula Sapphire 08708 507 541 www.lulasapphire.com Lumina www.lumina.it

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M2 Direct 0113 269 8888 www.m2direct.co.uk Malabar 020 7501 4200 www.malabar.co.uk Mamas & Papas 0845 268 200 www.mamasandpapas.com Manor Cabinets 0161 928 7222 www.manorcabinets.co.uk Marks & Spencer Home 0845 603 1603 www.marksandspencer.com Menu www.menu.as Metre Square 0113 269 8888 www.metresquare.co.uk Michelle Mason www.michellemason.co.uk More Blanchard 01458 210164 www.moreblanchard.com Morris & Co 01895 830044 www.william-morris.co.uk Morsø 01788 554412 www.morso.com/uk

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Natuzzi www.natuzzi.com Neff 0870 513 3090 www.neff.co.uk

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Pagazzi 01244 398760 www.pagazzi.com Panorama Kitchens 0151 260 7749 www.panoramakitchens.co.uk Parapan 0113 201 2240 www.parapan.co.uk Penman Fairs 01825 744074 www.penman-fairs.com Penta www.pentalight.it Petra Hellas 01706 876 102 www.petrahellas.co.uk Pilgrim 01392 474055 www.stovax.com PJ Livesey 0161 873 7878 www.pjlivesey-group.co.uk The Plant Exchange www.theplantexchange.co.uk Play+ 0191 222 0024 www.studiouk.net

Radiant Radiators 0116 270 5777 www.radiant-radiators.co.uk Rasmus 01423 560050 www.rasmusdesign.co.uk Red Moon Interior Design 01829 270666 www.redmooninteriors.co.uk Robeys Ltd 01773 820940 www.robeys.co.uk Roche Bobois 0208 874 9818 www.roche-bobois.com Rolf Benz 0800 862 0042 www.rolf-benz.com Rösle 01782 572910 www.inthehaus.co.uk Rowland Homes 01772 621166 www.rowland.co.uk

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Scan www.scan.dk SieMatic 01438 369 251 www.siematic.co.uk Signature Shutters 0845 058 9425 www.signatureshutters.co.uk Silkwood Silk 01666 860003 www.silkwoodsilk.com Simon Green Interiors 0161 834 8903 www.simongreeninteriors.co.uk Sliderobes 0800 454 465 www.sliderobes.com Steenbergs Organics 01765 640088 www.steenbergs.co.uk Stocktons 0161 273 5331 www.stocktons.co.uk Stokers 01244 398777 www.stokers.co.uk Store 0870224 2660 www.aplaceforeverything.co.uk Stovax 01392 474056 www.stovax.com Strata Homes 01943 879630 www.homesbystrata.co.uk Stuart Frazer 0161 798 4800 www.stuartfrazer.com

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Textiles Services Association 020 8863 7755 www.tsa-uk.org The Little Greene Paint Company 0845 880 5855 www.thelittlegreene.com The New England Shutter Company 020 8675 1099 www.tnesc.co.uk Thomas Sanderson 0800 051 5404 www.thomassanderson.com Triconfort www.triconfort.com

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Utility 0151 708 4192 www.utilitydesign.co.uk

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Valor 0845 6010836 www.firesandstoves.co.uk Vibieffe 07834 448228 www.vibieffe.com Vitra 0207 608 6200 www.vitra.com

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Warm Living 01942 829590 www.gas-fire.co.uk West Park Interiors 0113 245 4522 www.westparkinteriors.co.uk Westshield Homes 0161 682 6222 www.westshieldhomes.co.uk

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Warm Living 01942 829590 www.gas-fire.co.uk West Park Interiors 0113 245 4522 www.westparkinteriors.co.uk Westshield Homes 0161 682 6222 www.westshieldhomes.co.uk

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Yeoman 01392 474060

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Zoffany 08708 300350 www.zoffany.com


GARDENING WITH LUCY

THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS

Award-winning garden designer and Concept For Living plant expert Lucy Hunter translates the language of flowers.

“I wouldn’t suggest that you have red tulips or snapdragons as they imply a ‘declaration of love’ and ‘desire’ – the man coming to read the meter might get the wrong idea!”

hristmas is over. The Christmas decorations are finally packed away. I’ve given up debating whether or not we should keep my son’s 20 metres of home-made ‘paper chains’ under his bed or not for another year and waved him back off to school dressed in his ‘Transformers’ hat, scarf and gloves. Ah, peace. January is a cold and dark month. I find my mood lifts in February. The spring flowers are just about to do their thing, new growth looks fresh and as yet un-spoilt by the slugs and snails, and daylight hours finally seem to be on the increase. February is also the month for St Valentine’s Day of course, one of the florist’s busiest times of the year. Everybody knows that red roses signify true, everlasting love, but I wonder how many people realise the full extent that is ‘the language of flowers’? Flowers have always played a significant part in human history and sending messages in the bouquet is an ancient tradition. Cleopatra would shower Marcus Antonius with rose petals to express her love. The popularity spread in 17th century BC Persia, and was finally brought to Europe in the 1700s when Charles II of Sweden introduced this custom to Europe. This gave me some food for thought. I design garden planting schemes based on colour combinations, texture, form and structure. I’ve never really given a lot of thought to what a large border of delphiniums or a patch of daffodils might actually be conveying in terms of a covert message. In Victorian times, when the language of flowers really took off, understanding this language became integral to their lives. For example, a combination and arrangement of flowers could be altered to convey specific messages. The scents, sizes of flowers and even position of the person giving

the bouquets when delivered directly would hold a specific message. The lucky woman receiving them could send a subtle message back. Taking the bouquet with your right hand would convey a ‘yes’ while receiving them with your left hand would indicate a ‘no’, and I presume a swiftly closed door. I think this is a rather lovely tradition that has all but been forgotten, but I can see that it could be a complete nightmare at the same time. For a start, I am left handed, so I suspect would have remained a spinster for a very long time. I wondered whether this could be a tradition that I could re-awaken, and promote as a feature to my clients who are looking to convey specific messages alongside their paths to the front door. Place an alstroemaria by the gate, which signifies friendship. Then plant Anemones – pertinent for the postman as these indicate anticipation and asters for patience (our postie doesn’t deliver till lunchtime!) How about a few black-eyed Susans for encouragement? Either side of the front door there could be two potted hollies for domestic happiness and maybe a hydrangea nearby for perseverance; oh and then a sprinkling of golden marigolds for a ‘desire of riches’. I wouldn’t suggest that you have red tulips or snapdragons as they imply a ‘declaration of love’ and ‘desire’ – the man coming to read the meter might get the wrong idea! Actually and sadly, I think it’s highly unlikely that anyone will know the true meaning of these flowers – it’s far more likely that they will just think you have a really bizarre collection of plants. If I were you I’d stick to the structure, form and colour combinations for a pleasing scheme. I might stick a few gold marigolds in mine though! To contact Lucy tel. 01829 770 726 or visit: www.lucyhuntergardendesigns.co.uk

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