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COVER STORIES Our cover stories are highlighted by a spot. Cover photography: Fabrizio Cicconi/ Living Inside

Shopping News & Views 13 NEWS This month, we’re excited about patriotic paints, minimalist tableware and Ladurée’s mouthwatering macarons

26 TREND Soft shimmer

62 LIVINGETC DISCOVERS Will Martyr The British artistic talent

29 EDITED CHOICE Circus decorations Roll up, roll up! Special

hailed as the new David Hockney

attractions to bring Christmas cheer


31 EDITED CHOICE Champagne glasses Toast the new year with these

generation of florists reinventing how we look at beautiful blooms

154 ONE LAST THING Heckfield Place Check into this gorgeous country pile to escape winter woes 6 January 2019 /


25 TREND Forest foray Hedgerow heroes provide the latest inspiration in juicy shades of blackberry and cherry ’Tis the season to add a sophisticated sheen

elegant flutes and saucers

32 EDITED CHOICE Crackers Designs with pulling power, guaranteed to make the festivities go off with a bang

34 EDITED CHOICE Occasional tables Always have a place to put your drink with a surface on the side

36 EDITED CHOICE Scalloped armchairs Seats with a smoother edge 119 EDITED CHOICE Wine coolers Designs to ensure your glass of choice is just the right temperature. Chin-chin…

123 EDITED CHOICE Home tech Get smart with well-connected gadgets


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36 Modern Homes

Design Ideas 53 DECO Off piste Come in from

38 GOLDEN YEARS Seventies glamour

the cold with a look that channels an oh-so cosy chalet-chic vibe

meets contemporary chic in designer Caroline Legrande’s London home

64 PAINTBOX Green on green

76 ART LOVER Thayse Viégas’ villa

Layer several shades of this comeback colour

apartment near Milan is both her stylish home and her gallery displaying the work of her favourite artists and designers

67 DECO Raising the bar Cool

86 IN THE MOOD Kim Smith went for

Dark and moody looks that are big on drama

maximum atmosphere in her Cape Town home, with dark shades and metallic surfaces

94 LOFTY IDEALS Converting the attic of their Parisian home gave Shiri and Igor plenty of room for their young family – as well as a great place to entertain friends 105 CLEAR VISION A 19th-century manor house in Bordeaux has been brought bang up to date by Cécile and Laurent

131 PROJECT INSPIRATION Top tables Divine schemes to ensure you dine in style this holiday season


cocktail corners mixologists dream of

70 STYLE STORY #jet black 113 DESIGN NEWS Luxe bathroom lighting, coding toys for kids and more

116 KITCHEN CASE STUDY New Nordic Simplicity is at the heart of this carefully balanced room

140 THE HOT LIST The hippest hotels – from a Caribbean queen to a Icelandic gem 144 EASTERN DELIGHTS Spice up your life with sweets from the Middle East

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I am writing this on the way back from Milan. Every autumn we make a trip to the design capital to visit our favourite brands and hear their plans for the year ahead. I love the city. Firstly, I can’t get enough of the food (this stay’s triumph was fusilloni alla Norma followed by cappuccino and delicious cannolo at an amazing restaurant called Boatta). I also enjoy the dry sense of humour of northern Italian people. But this time I discovered a new highlight in my tour of the Porada furniture factory. Guided by the knowledgeable Sara Allievi, I was lucky enough to go behind the scenes and witness the expert craftsmanship and intense labour that goes into the production of every single piece. It was astonishing and marvellous, and I left feeling very inspired. It deepened my understanding and appreciation of quality design. At a very different but no less brilliant end of the style spectrum is my favourite house feature in this month’s issue, Igor and Shiri’s apartment in Paris (page 94), with its bohemian spirit and whimsical and witty styling touches (spot the bow tie-wearing Chairman Mao). Shiri previously styled the interiors department of concept store Merci, so it should come as no surprise that she and Igor live somewhere so full of ideas and inspiration. Their home has a warmth and informality; you can easily imagine the lively parties that take place in its open-plan living/eating space. I bet they host a very jolly bash. What are your plans for entertaining this month? Take inspiration for your dining space from our projects feature (page 131); follow the current trend for a funky cocktail corner with our ideas for bar spaces (page 67); or simply smarten up your serveware with one of our stylish champagne glasses (page 31). I love Ferm Living’s Ripple saucer so much that I’m planning on snapping up a few ahead of the party season. I hope you also enjoy discovering three of London’s hippest florists, interviewed for A Life in Design by a true friend and key contributor to the magazine, Fiona McCarthy (page 124). Aesme, Kitten Grayson and Juliet Glaves are the movers and shakers of the scene, changing the way we think of arrangements and looking for inspiration in the wild. To see Kitten’s work for yourself, why not head to Heckfield Place – the new hotel in Hampshire that opened in September after a six-year wait. It’s very much the talk of the town. Head to our One Last Thing feature (page 154) to hear more… Sarah Spiteri, EDITORIAL DIRECTOR / January 2019 9

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A STA R IS BOR N A tough-luxe aesthetic influenced by machinery and motorcycles has won Brit label Buster + Punch a cult following. Founder Massimo Buster Minale sums up its style as ‘refined rebellion’, reflecting the brand’s obsession with precision engineering. It shouldn’t come as much surprise then that its latest launch, Popstar, is a leather-clad gin bar – successor to the 2013 Rockstar whisky bar (which, rumour has it, was designed for a Rolling Stone). Yet that’s not to say Buster + Punch is strictly for the music glitterati. ‘Our customers want to invest in home fittings that tell a story beyond their function, spending a little extra to stand out from the crowd,’ explains Minale. Consider the solid oak body, marble ‘mixing’ platform, quilted back panel and bronze light fitting and we think you’ll feel adequately showy. So there’s one way to toast the New Year in good taste. £2,550 (

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AGE NDA / NEWS CONTENTS ⁄ ETC 6ft artificial mountain spruce tree, £285; Alice Mary Lynch angel tree topper, £250; tree decorations and baubles, from £10 each; Alice Mary Lynch Hare in a Hoop ornament, £995; and Alice Mary Lynch Ringmaster Rosco Lion, on chair, £995, all Harrods

[ Comeback kid ] If you’re convinced napkin rings veer more towards naff than nice, head to French interiors emporium Caravane. The brand’s hand-moulded, gold metal designs will change the way you think about the humble serviette holder and they’re guaranteed to bring a little bit of Parisian chic to your festive table. Floria napkin ring, £7, (


It’s not just the bulbs lighting up Harrods that are set to dazzle this Christmas. The shopping icon’s Circus collection is every bit as spectacular, brimming with more shimmering, sugary-sweet decorations than you could stuff in a striped marquee. Expect carousel ornaments decked with Swarovski crystals and sequin-strewn baubles, all washed down with glittery popcorn and candyfloss decs. Taking to the stage are ringmaster, hare and elephant dolls by Alice Mary Lynch, each hand-stitched from vintage textiles and treasures. Got the buzz? We round up the best of the big-top adornments on page 29.


Reinventing the wreath is a bit like reinventing the wheel, so you’ve got to hand it to Dobbies Garden Centres for this novel idea. Collect all those Insta-friendly succulents that have been gathering dust since you bought them in summer, grab an Oasis ring, and soak some moss in water before pinning it and the plants to the ring, all secured with more pins and wire. Just ensure you’re on hand to spritz to keep it looking shipshape all the way up to the big day. Oasis ring, £6.99; and florist’s wire, £3.99 (dobbies. com). Succulents, from £3 each (

Putting the twinkle into twinkle toes this season is Katie Matilda Harland, founder of Rogue Matilda. Her latest drop of anythingbut-boring brogues features these out-of-this-world metallic numbers, strewn with velvet stars and featuring mix ’n’ match laces. Slip on and slide straight into 2019 in stellar fashion. Intergalactic velvet, £175 ( l i v i n g e t c . c o m / J a n u a r y 2 0 1 9 15



Irrespective of its sublime sweets, Ladurée is as much salivated over for its picture-perfect, pastel-hued packaging. So what’s this, we hear you ask? One of two limited-edition boxes designed in collaboration with Brazilian artist Iracema Trevisan, sprawled with flora and fauna native to her home country. Darker and a little more mysterious, yes, but still as pretty as a, er, chocolate box. 12 macarons gift box (shown), £24; and 18 macarons gift box, £34.70 (


Maximalist interiors have had more than their fair share of the spotlight, so let’s spare a thought for the more minimally inclined among us. Purveyor of all things understated, Also Home is the place to find inspiration for a less-is-more approach. Team its Krem ceramics with its washed linen for a setting worthy of a Vermeer still life. Krem candleholders, from £23; Krem plates, from £14; garment washed linen tablecloth in Citrine, £65, and garment washed linen napkin in Citrine, £26 for four (

[ Initial thoughts ] Get personal this Yuletide with any one of Rae Feather’s monogrammed accessories. Friends and family will love seeing their initials stamped across cloth and clobber. Our money’s on the City Tote – sized just so for a country escape. £295 (


As the New Year approaches and nostalgia sets in, 2018 could be best described as the year of the collaboration (if not globally, then in the design world at least). Style Library (home to Zoffany, Sanderson, Morris & Co, et al) has been feeling chummy, releasing collections with H&M and Radley in recent months. Alternative Flooring is the latest brand to join the roster, launching the Boutique carpet collection inspired by five signature designs from Zoffany’s fabric range. Should you be torn between a carpet and a stone floor, Serpentine in Malachite translates the wavy quality of marble onto a hand-tufted 100 per cent nylon pile. £57.95sq m ( l i v i n g e t c . c o m / J a n u a r y 2 0 1 9 17



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Fresh from launching AU Bespoke – a treasure trove of one-off vintage pieces - designer and interior stylist Anna Unwin discusses life as a magpie with minimalist tastes. HOW DID YOUR CAREER START? I studied textiles at Chelsea School of Art, goingon to work as a freelance interiorstylist and in-house at theBBC. Eventually, my love for collectingled me to open lifestyleshop Maidenin Primrose Hill. I now live in the country, but still source for commercial and private clients. NAME A FAVOURITE PIECE YOU’VE FOUND FOR AU BESPOKE. The torso sculpture madefrom quartz is oneI adore. It’s deliciously tactile. A close contender is the African wall hanging, which isbeautifully craftedwith amazing attention to detail and remindsme of my weaving days at Chelsea. Both pieces have age on theirside, but would sit perfectly in a modern space. My ethosis ‘buy well and buy once’ –in an age of mass production it’s important to hand pieces down the generations. DESIGN ERA YOU ADMIRE MOST? I’m not loyal to any one – great design and designers span the eras, but I do adore the work of WillyRizzo and WillyGuhl.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR HOME. I’m aminimalist at heart and my home is a former retreat house for monks. We’ve restored the building into a family home with a separate space forthe AUBespokeshowroom. Preserving theoriginal peace was important and it alwaysfeels likea tranquil place to be.I’ve chosen a neutral colour palettewith vintage SDUTXHWKHUULQJERQHÁRRUV HOW FAR HAVE YOU TRAVELLED ON YOUR SOURCING JAUNTS? Although so much can be done online, I try to get out and about as much as possible; nothing makes me happier WKDQÀQGLQJXQLTXHSLHFHVLQWKH PLGGOHRIDÀHOGDWDIDLU*HUPDQDQG French marketsare brilliant, but most recently I’ve brought back treasures from Morocco and India. TELL US ABOUT THE RECENTLY LAUNCHED JEWELLERY LINE. I’m a magpie with a passion for jewellery, soI went to study gemmology at TheGem-A institute in London. I wanted to design a collection with the sameethosas my interiors range: simple, timeless and classic. Each item is an investment piece that will become an heirloom, and all are bespoke to theclient, handcrafted in the UK byartisans and madefrom 18ct gold and precious gemstones.

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[ Happy days ] A dip into Sanderson’s new paint palette would have even the most resolute Scrooge feeling merry and patriotic. How so? It’s got 50 cocklewarming colours with many names plucked straight from the UK’s most postcardpretty locations (note Whitstable Blue) and tones devised to complement the brand’s recent collections. £45 for 2.5L (

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[ Take action ] An adrenaline junkie with a side interest in marquetry can be tricky to buy for. Luckily, ‘modern marquetry’ brand Woodpop creates made-to-order skate and surfboards – from pintail longboards to maple wood bellyboards – each jazzed up with intricate patterns. Skateboard, £585 ( Stella opal glass pendant, £32 (


Another day, another Scandi brand to drool over. Expanding into furniture and accessories, Northern Lighting has ‘chopped’ itself in half to become Northern, launching a collection that addresses the modern-day demand for ‘understated luxury and multifunctional designs’. Think desks with privacy screens and a series of tables in three just-right heights. Stilk tables by Morten & Jonas, from £228 (; (

ZIG-A-ZIG Disc and sphere asymmetrical ceiling/wall light, €390 (

Invest in any rug with Patricia Urquiola’s name on it and laying it on the floor might feel like a disservice. Her Mirage collection for GAN in pure New Zealand wool features bands of tonal colour in zigzag patterns, all creating the illusion of movement and a 3D quality exaggerated by the extended edges. Mirage rug in Blue, £4,090 (


Paparazzo lamp, £350 (

TH R EE O F TH E B EST SPHERICAL LIGHTS Thought super-glam was the antithesis of simple? Then check out these brassy little numbers bringing a subtle yet sexy twist to the humble light bulb. Guaranteed ambience for any drinks party lacking je ne sais quoi. l i v i n g e t c . c o m / J a n u a r y 2 0 1 9 19


Audrey convertible crib, £699; organic Half Moon crib fitted sheet in Rosette, £24; and washed Tencel toddler quilt in Platinum, £79, all West Elm x Pottery Barn Kids (

[ Sink or swim ] We get the impression St Nic is feeling overstretched this year. Head to Flying Tiger Copenhagen stores and you’ll see he’s outsourced delivery duties to a host of slippery friends, including this diligent turtle. This guy is equal parts kitsch and cute, but don’t be surprised if things don’t turn up on time. Turtle Christmas tree bauble, £2 (



Cultured friends might raise eyebrows if a game of Guess Who? is suggested post Christmas dinner. Cater to the arty crowd instead with Galison’s Andy Warhol Memory Game, which tasks players to pair up soup can cards that are in their authentic colours. Come Boxing Day, use them to line the shelves once you’ve depleted the larder. £14.67 (

Pottery Barn – the US home store that split Phoebe and Rachel in that episode of Friends – has launched its dedicated line for tots on British shores. A result of a partnership with its Brooklyn-based sister brand, the West Elm x Pottery Barn Kids collection sees children’s furniture given a hit of NYC cool. Think cribs and changing tables decked with honeycomb textures and lacquer finishes, all made with natural materials and many GREENGUARD certified. Because even a nursery should have a little glamour…


Park the Thurloe in your living room and suddenly you’ve got a sofa that promises never to sink into the background. The design is one of three pieces from a collaboration between Sofa Workshop and the V&A, each featuring upholstery prints plucked from the museum’s archives. Slashed across seating that takes its cue from 19th-century furniture, the prints look surprisingly modern. Thurloe sofa in Love Birds Saffron, £2,999, Sofa Workshop x V&A ( l i v i n g e t c . c o m / J a n u a r y 2 0 1 9 21




There’s nothing like the smug satisfaction of peering under the tree and noting that your gift contributions are the best-dressed in the pile. Schedule a dash around John Lewis & Partners and it’s an achievable feat; its Emerald collection boasts jewel-toned papers printed with lush leaves and toucans for a pretty, albeit unseasonal, tropical touch. £4 for 3m (

One lives on the foundations of an old flower market, the other depicts the brutal beauty of nature across fabrics and wallcoverings, so bring the Royal Opera House and Timorous Beasties together and the results were bound to include statement flora and fauna. Find scarves, bags and notebooks alongside ceramics that promise to bring a twist to afternoon tea. Timorous Beasties x Royal Opera House Tea For One, £40 (


As backstories go, the latest from A Rum Fellow has ‘potential blockbuster’ written all over it. Starting with the recent discovery of a forgotten kingdom beneath the Guatemalan jungle, the brand’s Izapa collection of brocade fabrics, cushions and artisan rugs mimics the network of stepped, geometric structures lying deep beneath the vast tree canopy. Pretty epic, huh? Elsewhere, its 100 per cent cotton Palopo Ruffle fabric has been created entirely by hand on a treadle loom by master weavers, boasting ruching and, you guessed it, ruffles. We look forward to the sequels…

[ Bright young things ] Know a kid with places to be and people to see? Honey & Toast is here to ensure magnates-in-the-making can get on the move with all their essentials in tow, creatingleatherbagsforlittle’uns. This one is particularly cute. Unicorn purse, £25 (

Izapa flatweave rug in Black Multi, £1,655; sofa upholstered in Palopo Ruffle 100 per cent cotton fabric, £275m, and Palopo cushions, from £185 ( 22 J a n u a r y 2 0 1 9 / l i v i n g e t c . c o m




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Feel the magic up close with these spellbinding attractions

Glass swivel bauble, £3, Homebase.

Glass carousel ornament, £32, Kurt S Adler at Harrods.

Fairground clown magician decoration, £9.90, India Jane.

Recycled paper circus horse decoration, £18, Petersham Nurseries.

Cotton candy machine ornament, £14, Anthropologie.

Hot dog stand Christmas bauble, £25, The Conran Shop.

Glitter checkerboard Christmas decoration, £30, Selfridges.

Embroidered tiger decoration, £12.50, V&A Shop.

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Resin carousel giraffe bauble, £14.95, Liberty.

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CHAMPAGNE GLASSES Raise an elegant toast to the New Year

Fluted champagne glass, £120, Richard Brendon.

Ripple champagne saucer, £29 for two, Ferm Living at Amara.

Barwell cut crystal champagne coupe, £32, Soho Home.

Marquis Addison flute, £45 for two, Waterford.

Greek key champagne coupe, £75 for six, Liberty.

Home midnight party champagne saucer, £4.50, Sainsbury’s Home.

Bellagio champagne saucer, £19.50 for two, Marks & Spencer.

Stem zero champagne glass, £40 for six, Nude Glass.

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Champagne flute, £60, NasonMoretti at William & Son.

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OCCASIONAL TABLES Stylish ways to enjoy a little bit on the side

Splinter high side table, £475, Nendo at The Conran Shop.

Porra side table, £149, Swoon.

Stool C, £1,150, Charles and Ray Eames at Vitra.

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Cube side table, £199, Wes›t Elm.

Duckbill side table, £1,243, Julian Chichester.

Berlin side table, £590, Lombok.

Bobbin side table, £220, Debenhams.

Pausa side table, £1,080, Porada at Chaplins.

Free-Range side table, £499, Blu Dot at Heal’s.

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SCALLOPED ARMCHAIRS Seating with plenty of curve appeal

Blush pleated velvet tub armchair, £580, Rockett St George. Trapezium chair, £1,100, Eichholtz at Houseology.

Glamorös chair, £449, Calvers + Suvdal.

Langham velvet armchair, £1,275, Form and Feature.

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Feathered dining chair, £598, Bethan Gray for Anthropologie.

Paipaï velvet armchair, from £2,465, Ligne Roset. Bice lounge chair, from £1,871, Lema.

Maggie armchair in Whitstable limited edition St Margaret’s, £330,

Ariel shell chair, £795, Graham and Green.

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golden YEARS Designer Caroline Legrand’s home takes the cream of Seventies design and remixes it into something deliciously decadent that’s just right for now

Photography/Anna Stathaki


Production/Mary Weaver


Words/Jo Leevers


THE OWNER Caroline Legrand, an interior designer, and her sons, Oscar, 16, and Arthur, 14. Master Yoda the miniature poodle lives here, too. THE PROPERTY An apartment in west London. There is an entrance hall, living room, dining room, kitchen, study, family room/guest bedroom (with shower room), a master suite, two further bedrooms and two bathrooms.

LI V ING ROOM Flashes of gold, brass and glass come into their own during the holidays. ‘I love celebrating the creative, sensual side of Seventies design,’ says Caroline. That said, her spaces are never frozen in time. ‘I recently added a new artwork to this room and repainted the walls. Change and movement are always good.’ Get the look The chairs are Milo Baughman, reupholstered in Robert Allen fabric. The sofa and the chandelier are from Talisman. The dark artwork is by Angel Otero; the one on the right is by Marilyn Minter. The marble coffee table is from Nihil Novi in Miami. The rug is by Stark Carpet. The floral arrangements are by Absolute Flowers & Home.

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t this time of year, Caroline Legrand doesn’t worry too much about decking her hall – or any of her other rooms, come to that. With the best of Seventies design and contemporary art on display, her spaces are already on gleaming, glittering form. Caroline’s gallery-like hall announces her love of vintage opulence, but step into the living room and things get serious. Cloud-soft, white-on-gold Milo Baughman armchairs, cascading tiers of a Lucite chandelier and the hazy sensuality of a Marilyn Minter photograph make for a heady mix. Next door, Hollywood glamour is alive, well and ready to dine out on its past, with Lucite chairs and a brass rams’ heads table laid with gilt-laced foliage. This is where Caroline entertains friends or, equally, hangs out with her teenage sons, Oscar and Arthur. ‘I love hosting parties – I’ve cooked for 50 before now,’ she says. Originally from Belgium, Caroline previously worked in fashion, including being part of the design team for Anya Hindmarch, before moving into interiors five years ago. Her private client list already includes Melissa Odabash and New York facialist to the stars Georgia Louise. After Caroline fitted out Georgia’s coveted Manhattan Atelier, Jennifer Aniston declared its powder room to be ‘the sexiest on earth’. Caroline freely admits to an ongoing fascination with the sensual designs of the Seventies. ‘I guess I am a child of that era,’ she smiles. ‘It was a time of glamour and daring creativity and I keep finding myself drawn back to its styles, while also adding my own stamp.’ In her quest to evoke that bold design spirit, Caroline has sourced pieces from Miami and New York, as well as London, lending a strong stateside feel to some of her neo-Seventies spaces. In the living room, for example, there’s a hint of Studio 54 in the expanses of low, elegantly louche seating. ‘It was, let’s face it, a very sensual decade,’ she adds. A few hits from the Eighties also make it into Caroline’s mixes, along with plenty of tactile pleasures, from shagpile rugs to strokable fabrics. ‘Textures are important to me – they are the canvas upon which I create,’ she explains. Marble dominates in the kitchen and the bathrooms, while woven wallcoverings bring depth to the bedrooms and study. ‘I love wallpapers with an intricate finish,’ she says. ‘I believe even an all-white house can be made interesting if you mix in wood, stone and textural wallcoverings.’ This apartment recently had a change around – something Caroline is all for. ‘It’s healthy to shift things about, because stasis is never a good thing,’ she says. Such switches are made easy because Caroline makes a point of not designing her spaces around a single object. ‘If you get fixated on making everything match, say, an expensive Italian sofa, it doesn’t allow creativity to flourish,’ she says. In her own home, Caroline says, ‘I could move any item into a different setting and it would still work. Everything would still flow, because it’s been chosen by me, in the same spirit.’ Artwork also benefits from the occasional rejig: ‘Give something a new context and you see it afresh and it inspires you all over again,’ she says. With works by Anish Kapoor, Marilyn Minter, Alex Prager, Jeff Koons, Christopher Wool and Tracey Emin in her collection, Caroline prefers art that is bold as well as beautiful. ‘Whether it’s photography, sculpture, paintings or installations, I’m drawn to art where I recognise the energy and the evolution of a piece,’ she says. Given the time of year, Caroline does concede adding seasonally appropriate candlelight and some extra gleam to her dining table. But even then, the array of sculptural blooms on the table, sprayed bronze and silver, could almost be another vintage Curtis Jeré. The idea was dreamed up by Caroline’s good friend Hayley Newstead of Absolute Flowers & Home. ‘I think she has the best flower shop in London and a very creative eye for vintage finds, too. Plus, like me, she hosts some wicked parties…’ See Caroline’s portfolio at Absolute Flowers & Home is at

DINING ROOM Decadence reigns in here, and luxe top notes include delicate fresh and dried flowers sprayed in metallic shades. ‘I love to entertain,’ says Caroline. ‘And if you do it with genuine love, that shines through.’ Get the look The vintage table is from Talisman, with vintage Charles Hollis Jones Lucite-framed dining chairs. Artworks are by Anish Kapoor and Lucien Smith (centre). The ceiling light is by Bec Brittain. The floral display and containers are as above. The Sixties table lamps are by Roger Rougier. l i v i n g e t c . c o m / J a n u a r y 2 0 1 9 41

K ITCHEN The sleek lines of Caroline’s kitchen cabinets are broken up by a Murano glass chandelier and the swirls of the marble flooring and worktops. Get the look The kitchen is by Boffi. The chandelier is from Caira Mandaglio. The black and white jar is by Jonathan Adler.

DINING A R E A A photograph by Laurie Simmons presides over the kitchen’s dining area. The walls are actually a pale pink to tie in with the artwork. Get the look The artwork is Love Doll/Day 11, bought from Frieze. The Tulip table and stools by Eero Saarinen for Knoll are available at The Conran Shop. 42 J a n u a r y 2 0 1 9 / l i v i n g e t c . c o m


‘I’ve gradually realised that most of the furniture I love hails from the Seventies. It was a very sensual, sexy era’


Christmas decoration go-to? Candles for cosiness and flowers for a natural aura. What would we never see in your home? Clutter! My home is welcoming and relaxed, but also tidy. And, yes, it is possible to have a cream sofa with kids and a dog. Secret ingredient for a successful dinner party? Make sure guests have at least one thing in common with the person next to them – and cook with love. Can’t live without… Music. When I need a lift or an energy boost that’s what I turn to. What’s on your playlist? It’s pretty varied: Portishead, Florence + The Machine, Ibiza techno and a bit of Lil Peep – that’s my son’s influence. Favourite tipple? I don’t drink, so mine’s usually a virgin Bloody Mary. I like discovering how each bartender puts their own spin on it.


H A LL ‘I almost treat my hallway as a gallery space, but a very welcoming one. Your entrance should announce your style,’ says Caroline. Get the look The Seventies Mastercraft Greek Key brass chair is from Talisman. The painting is by Philippe Pastor.

FA MILY ROOM Marshmallow-like pouffes contrast with the sharper geometric backdrop in this room, which the family uses for watching movies or reading. Get the look The wallpaper is by Kelly Wearstler. The vintage console and pouffes are from Nihil Novi. The sunburst wall sculptures are by Curtis Jeré. l i v i n g e t c . c o m / J a n u a r y 2 0 1 9 45

M A STER EN SUITE Caroline loves marble because it combines practicality with luxury. Get the look The statuettes are from Paris’ MarchÊ aux Puces. The portrait is by Fergus Greer. The stool is by Jonathan Adler. Burlanes does a similar vanity.

M A STER BEDROOM Layers of deep textures are balanced out with visually strong outlines. Get the look The vintage Brutalist lamp is by Paul Evans from Talisman. The neon light artwork is by Tracey Emin. The Seventies bedside table is from Nihil Novi in Miami. The wallpaper is Concrete by Cole & Son. The headboard was made in Hong Kong. 46 J a n u a r y 2 0 1 9 / l i v i n g e t c . c o m





Work the luxe look like Caroline has with these rich finds

ABOVE, FROM TOP LEFT TO RIGHT Electric marble wallpaper, £36sq m, Murals Wallpaper; Oak Green Park herringbone flooring, from £106.80sq m, Ecora; Weave wallpaper, £355 a roll, Today Interiors at Lime Lace; Brasília polyester-mix, £120m, Margo Selby x Casa Botelho; and Torrente marble flooring, £45sq m, Floors of Stone

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE Cassia cushion in Emerald, £65, Designers Guild; Havilland console table, £244.99, Mercer41 at Wayfair; Calla sconce, £510, Celerie Kemble for Arteriors Home; Ziggy Cloud chair, £368, Audenza; Jack mirror, £795, Jonathan Adler; Fancy Seeing You Here framed artwork, £220, Surface View; Jasper faux-fur Amber blanket, £185, Laura Ashley; and Loki chandelier, £335, Pooky Lighting.

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OFF PISTE For the ultimate mid-winter party, hunker down in a chalet layered with luxe neutrals, sink-into rugs and shots of marble


Photography / James Merrell


Stylist / Marianne Cotterill

Lau dining table light in white ash, £2,249, Stua at Heal’s. Strøm large ceramic jug, £90, Nicholai Wiig Hansen for Raawii at Aram. Boska ‘Mr Big’ party fondue set, £250, John Lewis & Partners. Ivory marble cheese board and tool set, £50, J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams. Hay field cutting board, £45, Cos. Koruku wallpaper in Soft Charcoal, £24 a roll, Graham & Brown.

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N at u r a l tex tu re s a n d c u r va ce o u s f u r n i s h i n g s c re ate a n inviting space to hang out with friends. Just add glühwein… ABOVE Wall painted in from top, Coco mixed with Graphite, both £19.95 for 1L; Country Grey, £19.95 for 1L; Pure, £19.95 for 1L, all chalk paint, Annie Sloan. Big vase, £1,500, Max Lamb at Mint Shop. Hedwig owl, £250, Steiff. Zaria carafe, £25, Habitat. Goggles, from a selection, Harrods. Crown ball vase, £34, Serax at Amara. Krakatoa vase, £138, Jonathan Adler. Joyce chest of drawers in cherry walnut, £4,995, Pinch.

OPPOSITE Sloan decorative branches, from a selection, New Covent Garden Market. Prop Light Round, £2,716, Moooi. Framed print, from £65, King & McGaw. Pumpkin sofa, from £2,448, Ligne Roset. Stanford armchairs, £5,318 each, Jean-Marie Massaud at Poliform. Silver raffia and beadwork cushion, £795, Khalique. Crack cushion in silver, £47, Zoeppritz at Amara. Arctic hare, £169; Niklas Arctic hare, £85, both Steiff. Tokki marble side table, £250, Habitat. Concrete candlesticks, from £9.50, Graham and Green. Mr Zheng coffee table, £1,973, Lema. Spa marble wax LED pillar candles, £9.99 for two; 10 ceramic star battery fairy lights, £11.99; both Lights4Fun. Polaris metal star bauble in silver, £5; Ting silver star baubles, £8 for 12, both Habitat. Nordic Christmas bottle brush trees, £8.99 for six; balloons in silver and white mix, £10 for 30, all Talking Tables. Luxe collection sheepskin wool rug, £59.99, Very. New Zealand sheepskin rug in ivory, £540, The Conran Shop. Herdwick rug in grey, £135, Neptune.


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A w h ite - o u t o n th e s l o p e s? W h e e l o u t th e b a r b e c u e a n d h u d d l e a ro u n d u nti l th e s n ows to r m c l e a r s . ABOVE Koruku wallpaper in Soft Charcoal, £24 a roll, Graham & Brown. Border in Fiji Slate W0082/07, £45.50 a roll, Clarke & Clarke. Marble-effect ceiling pendant, £22, George Home. Marble vases, from £80, Perch & Parrow. Marble-effect cannisters, from £6 each; coasters, £7 for eight, 12-piece marbleeffect dinner set, £20, marble-effect pasta bowls, £12 for four, all George Home. Silver Holly leaf spray, £10.95 per piece, VV Rouleaux. Woodland Scenics soft flake artificial snow, £15, Hobbycraft.

OPPOSITE Silver foil curtain, £8.50, Talking Tables. Barrow barbecue fire pit, £799, Konstantin Slawinski at The Conran Shop. Grey footstool, £79.99, Zara Home. Kyra marble table, £118; Petri polar bear side table, £145, both Graham and Green. Ulima mango wood coffee table in white, £43, Out There Interiors. Aarunya monochrome rug, £199, Audenza. Silver foiled polka-dot paper fan decorations, £7.99 for three, Ginger Ray. Lights in barbecue, from a selection, Lights4Fun. Glacier white glass herringbone mosaic tiles on barbecue, £135.14sq m, Mandarin Stone. Silver Moscow mule mugs, £15 each, Pushka Home. Hogmodig coffee maker, £10, Ikea. Zaria whisky glasses and stones, £20 for six, Habitat. Versinthe absinthe, £42.50 for 70cl; Glenfiddich Winter Storm single malt whisky, £270 for 70cl, both Harvey Nichols.


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S h a ke of f yo u r b o ot s a n d co m e in f ro m th e co ld . Th e re ’s a wa r m wo r l d of s of t s h e e p s k i n to we l co m e yo u i n s i d e . ABOVE Fiji Slate W0082/07 wallpaper, £45.50 a roll, Clarke & Clarke. Ziggy chair in clotted cream sheepskin, £1,299, Heal’s. Silver hourglass drinks trolley, £295, Graham and Green. Soft mirror, £990, Gallotti & Radice. Framed print, from £65, King & McGaw. Ecliptic round rug, £349, West Elm. Icelandic sheepskin extra-large rug, £440, The Organic Sheep at Heal’s. Luxe collection sheepskin wool rug, £59.99, Very. All white paper decorations, from £1, Re. Freestanding tube in white £60, Out There Interiors. Octopus stand and glass bowl, £148, Audenza.

OPPOSITE Wall painted in from top, Coco mixed with Graphite, both £19.95 for 1L; Country Grey, £19.95 for 1L; Pure, £19.95 for 1L, all chalk paint, Annie Sloan. Shelf with hooks, £95, Re. Nordic Christmas wooden LED star light, £28, Talking Tables. Goggles, from a selection, Harrods. Pine cone, from a selection, New Covent Garden Market. Fastnet Stripe Christmas stocking, £45.90, Tori Murphy. Vintage jacket, stylist’s own. Capena Alia dining bench, £405, Ercol. Double sheepskin in ivory, £135, Graham and Green. Ribbed socks, from a selection, Luna & Curious. This Will Be My Year 2019 planner, £30, Maronibrater boots in dark brown, £635, Holland & Holland at Harrods. Calacatta vein polished marble tiles, £70.76sq m, Mandarin Stone. Woodland Scenics soft flake artificial snow, £15, Hobbycraft.


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E n j oy a m o m e n t of c h a l e t- c h i c i n d u l g e n c e , re l a x i n g o n a b o u cl é c h a i s e l o n g u e b ef o re g et ti n g i n to a p rè s m o d e . Wall painted in from top, Country Grey, £19.95 for 1L; Coco mixed with Graphite, both £19.95 for 1L; Pure, £19.95 for 1L, all chalk paint, Annie Sloan. Jumbo Pom Pom fringe 985-56313 in Vapor, £98m, Samuel & Sons. Mirror Mirror white round mirrors, £80 for five, Habitat. Tallulah chaise lounge, from £1,320, Love Your Home; upholstered in Zurimez Moonbeam bouclé, £150m, Zinc Textile. Jacquard weave cushion cover, £17.99, H&M Home. Josephine cushion, £65, Habitat. Jumbo Pom Pom fringe 985-56313 in Whipped Cream, £98, Samuel & Sons. Asola floor light, £821 , Ligne Roset. Geir rug, £1,099, Linie Design at Heal’s. Sheepskin rug in natural, £40, Soak & Sleep. Luxe collection sheepskin wool rug,

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£59.99, Very. Homemaker faux sheepskin rug, £18, George Home. Icelandic extra-large sheepskin rug, £440, The Organic Sheep at Heal’s. Deco mirrored side table, £89, JD Williams. Lustered wine glass in Oyster, £40 for four, Anthropologie. Baccarat Flutissimo flute, £340 for two, Harrods. Wavy stem wine glass, £9.99, Zara Home. Ritzenhoff milk glass, £16.50, Sieger Design; Studio Pepe Design; Ritzenhoff gin and tonic glass £22.50, Piero Lissoni Design, all Rockett St George. Zaria whisky glasses and stones, £20 for six, Habitat. Silver glitter leaf garland, £29.95, VV Rouleaux. Apollo cocktail set, £14.99, Very. Stainless steel ice bucket, £35, J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams. Baccarat Dom Pérignon champagne flutes, £190 for two, Harrods. Daffy’s gin, £41.50 for 70cl; Papadiablo Espadin mezcal, £65 for 70cl, Harvey Nichols. Iridescent party bags, £5.99 for five, Ginger Ray.

WILL MARTYR A modern-day answer to David Hockney, this scene-stealing artist’s paintings capture the good life So who is Will Martyr? He’s a young British artist making waves on the international art scene with charismatic and colourful paintings that depict some of the most gorgeous houses, rooms and views in the world – sometimes real, sometimes invented. Give me a feel of his vibe... If Hockney, Slim Aarons and Roy Lichtenstein collaborated on a project together, we imagine the results would look like these paintings. Whether it’s architecture spanning California Modernism to Belle Époque, or lust-worthy views of rooms stuffed with mid-century design classics, Will paints the things interiors lovers swoon over. Despite all the seductive imagery, there’s a poetry to the paintings that keeps the look intelligent. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Will Martyr pictured in front of a large-scale work; two paintings from his ‘Fathoms’ exhibition at Unit London; a work depicting modernist architecture; the painting ‘Love Is Not Time’s Fool’

He’s a name to watch then? Absolutely. Will trained at world-renowned schools including The Slade School of Fine Art, the New York Studio School and the Royal College of Art. Since then his reputation has been steadily growing, and today his works are sought after by private collectors, art consultants and corporate collections. They’re investment pieces to love for a lifetime. Where does he take his inspiration from? Despite looking remarkably recognisable, many of Will’s paintings depict fantasy compositions that mix experiences from his travels and life. For example, a single painting might depict a home in Mexico, a sea from the Riviera, and a cloudless blue sky spotted while on holiday in the Caribbean. This allows the paintings to be familiar and safe, while lending them an air of mystery that can’t quite be placed. What is it about interiors and architecture that excites him? Always drawn to spaces that encourage relaxation and reflection, Will loves creating works the viewer can become

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT The artist in his studio working on pieces for a show; a painting showing an interior with design icons; Will with finished artworks

completely lost in. What’s more, he never paints figures into his scenes, instead leaving them empty and inviting his audience to read their own narratives into the works. Will has said he wants his works to remind us of the places we’ve been happiest and felt most grateful for in life. This is escapist art at its most indulgent level.

How are the paintings made? The compositions are hand-drawn on the surface of the canvas and made up from numerous images. The areas to paint are masked off with tape and each colour is individually mixed and painted with a brush. It’s a painstaking, labour-intensive process with each canvas taking over 100 hours to finish. The results are crisp, clean and strikingly contemporary. How can I get my hands on a piece? Will’s canvas paintings start at £8,000 and can be purchased through his gallery or by commission. Equally beautiful are his handmade traditional screenprints that run in small editions and are available for £500-£800. Will also makes original drawings that can be snapped up for around £2,500. Given his passions, he must have his own interiors style? As you might imagine, Will loves design classics; his home features mid-century modern pieces by designers such as Robin Day and Arne Jacobsen. He collects the work of artists he knows personally, and has some of his own studio proofs and planning drawings on display. Where can I see Will’s work? Will works with the impossibly cool Unit London gallery, based on Hanover Square in London. Unit and its founders Joe Kennedy and Jonny Burt have gained a reputation for representing the brightest of young artistic talent both here in the UK and across the pond. Popular with a younger crowd of fledgling collectors, the gallery has established an impressive social media presence. Following the success of Will’s two recent solo shows with the gallery, there are further plans for another in 2019, so watch this space! l i v i n g e t c . c o m / J a n u a r y 2 0 1 9 63

GREEN ON GREEN Pair different shades of this flexible neutral for a colour scheme that is both striking and soothing

JEWEL HUES Vibrant emerald adds a shot of energy to a living space. For a similar wall paint colour try Enchanted Eden flat matt, £26.90 for 2.5L, Dulux. Skirting in Black Blue 95 estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L (only available in stores), Farrow & Ball.

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alming, confident, the colour of nature – it’s no wonder that green is staging a comeback, given our increasingly urbanised and always-on digital lifestyles. There’s a reason green was the best-selling carpet colour for years: quite simply, it grounds us. As Marianne Shillingford, creative director of Dulux, explains, ‘Green works in modern homes because it connects us to the fields, forests and open spaces that we lack in our indoor lives and gives us an energy that is fundamental to human existence.’ Green is a true neutral, meaning it’s your flexible friend when it comes to creating a colour scheme. ‘It sits right in the centre of the spectrum and works with every other colour and material you pair it with,’ says Marianne. ‘Try it out for yourself: place a green plant in any room and in front of any colour you like and it will never look out of place. Green is the “go to� colour when everything else isn’t working.’ Because the spectrum of greens is so broad, running from pale minty pastels to rich peacock, it has something for everyone. However, when pairing up greens, do take heed of paint expert Annie Sloan’s advice: ‘There are so many greens – and some have little in common. When combining different shades, stick to using either yellow-based or blue-based greens. Otherwise you’ll have a very uncomfortable scheme. The closer together the greens are, the better.’

Best for transitioning from grey Opal Green matt emulsion, ÂŁ39.50 for 2.5L, Fired Earth

Best as your new neutral Into the Wild matt emulsion, £34.95 for 2.5L, Victory Colours NATURE’S PALETTE Muted tones create a relaxing mood. Upper wall in Aquamarine; lower wall in Ambleside; back wall in Aquamarine Pale, all £43.50 for 2.5L absolute matt emulsion, Little Greene. Nadia rattan bed, £550, Habitat. Beata light, £550, Pinch Design. Picardie Ecru bedlinen, from £30 for a pillowcase; fringe linen throw, £145, both The Linen Works. Amelia cushion, £125, Jennifer Manners

Best as a backdrop to your art collection Uluwatu matt emulsion, ÂŁ38 for 2.5L, Graham & Brown

[ How to use it ] Green is a useful ally * if you are hoping to make

small spaces appear larger. This is because ‘it is a receding colour with a short visual wavelength’, explains Marianne Shillingford, creative director of Dulux. Combine this with ‘our mental association with green as a symbol of wide open outside spaces’ and you can see why this visual trick works.

‘Green is versatile * and works well in most

rooms,’ says Dominic Myland, managing director of Mylands. ‘Deep tones add warmth, so in a north-facing living room bold shades will create a cosy, cocooning environment. Cooler shades of green are ideal in warmer rooms, such as a southfacing bedroom, while sage greens are great on Shakerstyle cabinets in a kitchen.’ GENTLY DOES IT Move over grey! Shades of green from the softer end of the spectrum work well in practical spaces such as the kitchen. Suffolk kitchen hand-painted in Cactus, from ÂŁ12,000, Neptune

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Best for a relaxing vibe Myrtle Green marble matt emulsion, ÂŁ46 for 2.5L, Mylands

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RAISING THE BAR Be ready to host a sophisticated soirée with a cool cocktail corner


Research ⁄ Thea Babington-Stitt

C re ate a n e p h e m e r a l i c e b u c ke t by f re ezi n g a b ot tl e of vo d ka i n fo li a g e - f ill e d wate r. C h a n g e th e colo u r of th e co nte nt s d e p e n d in g o n th e th e m e of yo u r d o , o r a d d h e r b s to m atc h th e g a r n i s h of th e eve n i n g . Webster drinks cabinet, £599, Marks & Spencer. The Soro stoneware side plate, £55 for four, Cox & Cox, is similar. Champus Marlies plank champagne flute, £19.50, Ritzenhoff at Trouva. Insect shot glasses, £22.95 for four, The Best Room; and Nativity Scene cocktail stirrers, £15 for 10, Auntie Mims, both at

C o m b i n e m et a l l i c h i nt s with a n A r t D e co vib e fo r a p rofe s sio n a l to u c h . On the top shelf, from left: for similar cocktail kit, try Oliver Bonas’ bar tools set, £60; Sferico No. 1 and No. 2 glasses, £32.75 each, Joe Colombo for Karakter at SCP; Bangle tumbler, £23 for two, LSA International; and Glitterati Glam party hat, £7 for six, Talking Tables. On the bottom shelf, from left: Crystal Head jeroboam vodka, £385, Harvey Nichols; for a similar champagne saucer, try Wine Culture, £50 for two, LSA International; G and Tea gift set, £30, Root 7 at John Lewis & Partners; and Newport ice bucket, £182, Jonathan Adler at Yoox. l i v i n g e t c . c o m / J a n u a r y 2 0 1 9 67

Acce s s o r is e with retro co c k t a il u m b re ll a s i n th e s a m e h u e a s yo u r ti p p l e fo r a q u i c k a n d c h i c way to a d d s t y l e to yo u r d r i n k s tr ay. M i r ro re d s u r f a ce s i m b i b e th e a re a with eve n m o re vib r a n cy. Straight-stem cocktail glasses, £39 each, English Antique Glass. Find similar cocktail umbrellas at Rex London, £1.50 for 24. For a vintage mirror tray like this one, try Brownrigg.

Fo r a b r ig hte r fe e l , disp lay m u lti co l o u re d b a ll o o n s , f l o r a ls a n d g l a s s wa re . T h i s wo r k s p e r fe c tly i n a m o re n e u tr a l s c h e m e a s it h e l p s th e c h e e r y s h a d e s p o p . For a similar Roman blind, try Blinds 2 Go. Salvatore side table, from £2,344, Porta Romana. Try Dartington’s Teal wide trail vase, £65, for similar. The Giant Balloon Company has balloons like these, £6.95 each.

G o fo r g o l d with yo u r b a r a re a . Ed iti n g d ow n th e o b j e c t s o n yo u r c a r t to a m i n i m u m ke e ps th e l o o k f ro m fe e lin g ove r wh e lm in g . The Balloon Workshop’s Circle foil balloons, £4.49 each, have this look. The Gatsby bar trolley, £299, Atkin and Thyme, is a match. Try Culinary Concepts for a champagne bath. John Lewis & Partners has a similar cocktail shaker, £30. LSA International’s Sorbet champagne flutes, £25 for two, are like these. 68 J a n u a r y 2 0 1 9 / l i v i n g e t c . c o m

DECORATING ⁄ ETC A v i n t a g e c a b i n et m a ke s a s tu rd y b a r fo r th e e cl e c ti c h o m e . B r i g ht c o l o u re d g l a s s a d d s to th e f u n , s o d e c a nt spirit s fo r s t ylish p o u r in g .


Vintage Chinese lacquered cabinet, £995, Rouge. Flash rectangle table, £350, Tom Dixon. For decanters and bottles like these, try Joe Cariati. Heal’s has matching glassware. For similar lanterns, try

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ST Y LE⁄story #JET BLACK Interiors have gone over to the dark side with dramatic schemes that are marvellously moody

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE O’Hare & D’Jafer’s Waves moulded leather wall surface, POA, plays with amorphous, curved shapes for a naturalistic feel; in Madrid, Hotel Puerta América’s black Zaha Hadid-designed rooms are a vision of dark futurism; Tom Dixon’s copper black Mega pendant system makes for a show-stopping centrepiece, £6,880; Caesarstone’s 5100 Vanilla Noir quartz is a daring alternative to marble, £550sq m; charcoal-toned and charred-effect woods offer theatrical drama to furniture and surfaces. 70 J a n u a r y 2 0 1 9 / l i v i n g e t c . c o m

RESEARCH ⁄ Patrick Hamilton Courtney



CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE Havwoods’ Duke engineered European oak wood flooring will bring flair and intrigue to interior projects; the striking Tunes Bar at Amsterdam’s Conservatorium hotel plays with light and dark for an arresting look; Curious Egg’s Cueva tableware perfectly plates colourful dishes, from £8; the shadowy Arts and Crafts decor at New York’s NoMad Hotel hints at the indulgence lying in wait; Jonathan Adler’s Canaan collection juxtaposes the blackest marble with pale Carrara in this chic line of home accessories, available at Amara; the new black shelving system by String offers a sleek storage solution for all homewares, from £42, Skandium; this collection of matt-black furniture fittings by Armac Martin offer a subtle nod towards the black trend; Scandi-noir styling goes comfy in this dark but inviting bedroom scheme. l i v i n g e t c . c o m / J a n u a r y 2 0 1 9 71

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Shiri and Igor’s eclectic Parisian apartment is full of surprises







A corner of a grand Italian villa is both home and showroom for Thayse

Over in sunny Cape Town, Kim embraced the dark side with a palette of stormy hues

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ART LOVER Thayse’s amazing Italian villa apartment doubles up as a stylish showcase of ever-evolving pieces of art and design that her clients can browse and buy

Photography ⁄ Lea Anouchinsky/Living Inside

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Styling ⁄ Chiara dal Canto


Words ⁄ Ruth Corbett


FRONT DOOR INTO LI V ING ROOM The wonderful space has two sets of tall double doors giving access to formal gardens at the front and back of the apartment. Get the look The Italian velvet chaise longue dates from the Seventies. The Murano glass chandelier is an antique piece

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THE OWNER Thayse ViÊgas, who runs art and design gallery Casa Canvas from her home. THE PROPERTY A ground oor apartment within a late-18th century villa in Brianza, near Milan. It comprises two main living rooms, a mezzanine bedroom and a small kitchen and bathroom.

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eople turn up and assume I own the whole place. As if!’ says Thayse Viégas, who, in fact, lives in a relatively modest, ground-floor apartment occupying part of this grand Italian villa. From here, deep in the countryside, she runs her art and design business, Casa Canvas, exhibiting and selling modern artworks alongside mostly Italian furniture from the Fifties to the Seventies. Originally from Brazil, Thayse moved to Milan to study fashion. ‘I was already a trained film-set and costume designer, so those skills, combined with a couple of years spent as a fashion buyer, made the move into collectible art and furniture feel do-able,’ she says. Casa Canvas takes its name and inspiration from the term ‘blank canvas’. ‘The idea is that on an empty canvas everything can happen; anyone is free to leave their mark, whether it’s an artist with his vision, a designer with his project, or a visitor with his memories.’ It took some doing to find the perfect space in which to launch the business. ‘I’m an urban, big-city person and I really wanted a place in Milan, but I simply couldn’t find anything suitable, ’ says Thayse. Her ex-husband convinced her to look further afield, outside of the city. ‘He’s from Brianza and he helped me to find this incredible property, a fabulous villa which had been divided into apartments. I knew straight away it would make a great gallery, as well as a pretty special home. It’s right in the heart of an area famous for its designer furniture manufacturers – a place that is something of a mecca for Italian craftsmanship, which helps!’ The apartment is essentially two generously proportioned living rooms, with frescoed ceilings, terrazzo and marble floors and vast ornate doors, which lead out to a terrace and exquisitely manicured gardens beyond. A small, glossy black kitchen is open-plan to one of the rooms, while a skinny, L-shaped bathroom dog-legs off the other. A sleek set of stone steps leads to a mezzanine space overlooking the whole, which occupies as Thayse’s bedroom. ‘To be honest, I love my bed and the bedroom is the only space that feels completely mine,’ she says. ‘While it’s wonderful to live in a place like his, privacy can be a bit of an issue and having your home as your work space takes some adjusting to. Clients come here often to discuss and view what’s on offer, so I have to be very tidy, which I definitely wasn’t at first!’ On show at Casa Canvas are the works of those artists and designers Thayse is moved by and wants to surround herself with. Some are rising stars, others are already established,

such as French designer Sam Baron, whose mirrored Perflect bookshelves give the apartment a little hit of crazy edge, and the Brazilian Gustavo Martini, whose metal-grid Grove coffee tables add cubes of industrial chic to the classic backdrop. ‘I like to mix things up. It’s always been my thing – I designed a concept store for my thesis linking art, fashion and furniture. For me the three elements go hand in hand.’ Her own creations, including console and side tables, and a delicate porcelain china collection made using a combination of artisan techniques and digital wizardry are also on display, holding their own among the sumptuous, velvet-covered lounge chairs and sofas, vintage side tables in brass and onyx, Murano chandeliers and Scandinavian chairs. It’s an intriguing melange indeed. Despite her home’s idyllic setting, the lure of the city looms large and Thayse regularly travels to Milan for meetings, evenings out and a change of pace. ‘I love the city, but I love here, too. This place has changed me. My previous life in fashion charged along at a frenetic pace, making me a victim to trends and seasons, but here I slow right down. I’m still in touch with all the new happenings, of course, but I’m more contemplative, more appreciative of the nature around me.’ Contact Thayse at

LI V ING ROOM Original poured terrazzo flooring runs throughout both living rooms, offset here by the vast statement fireplace. Get the look The framed photographs are by Giorgio Ferri. The steel Vip chair is by Bruno Faucz. Cushion by Fornasetti. Oto lamp by Maurizio Bergo for Aria Atelier. The velvet Italian sofa

and the onyx and brass table both date from the Fifties. The Ceramique sculptures are by Christophe Betmalle. On the shelves, right, are Touch glassware by Sally Viganò; untitled photographs by Yan Motta; and Behind the Scenes dishes by Thayse Viégas for Casa Canvas

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DINING ROOM Paintings, vases and sculptures decorate furnishings from Thayse’s own Casa Canvas collections. Get the look Unlimited paintings by Ilaria Franza. Otto wood cabinet and Rosiwall table in pink onyx and steel by Casa Canvas. Ecentric brass vase by Giorgio Bonaguro.

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K ITCHEN The small kitchen is open-plan to one of the living spaces. Glossy black units and an oversized extractor provide modern contrast to the neo-classical architecture. Get the look Grove steel coffee tables by Gustavo Martini. Photograph by Ana Teresa Bello. Ceramic bowl by Rina Menardi.

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SECON D LI V ING ROOM A contemporary staircase leads to Thayse’s mezzanine bedroom. ‘It’s my one, truly private space, and I love it!’ she says. Get the look Centrico brass coffee tables by Giorgo Bonaguro. Calcarenite Series side tables in natural stone and white plaster by Cosma Frascina.

Cosmos Live Edge marble and wood console by Kunaal Kyhaan Seolekar. Autoritratto paintings by Giulia Biasini. Brera armchair in leather and kvadrat (left) by Angelo Duvoisin for Moora. Ling candle stand (also left) by Kunaal Kyhaan Seolekar.

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What’s the best thing about Italy in winter? Spending a week in the mountains, drinking good wine and eating cheese. How do you celebrate the festive season? I’ll be in Milan with a huge group of Brazilian friends who meet up every year. What about New Year's Eve? I'm going to share it with friends in a rented house on the beach in Brazil. We have a lot of traditions: jump seven times into the waves while making a wish; throw roses into the sea to Yemanjá, the African goddess of the sea; and dress in white clothes. If you could buy any artwork, what would it be? This is difficult, but I really love the painting Self-portrait with Carnation by Otto Dix. So probably that’s the number one on my list. Has living in the countryside changed you? Yes, definitely, I’m an urban person, but now I contemplate nature more, and silence… it seems a bit clichéd, but it’s true.

SECON D LI V ING ROOM The frescoed ceiling and window alcove are original features. Get the look Perflect cubes with metal and steel panels by Sam Baron. What a Pain in my Brain Murano glass sculpture by Sally Viganò. Unlimited painting by Ilaria Franze.


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The one-stop edit of the best modern style inspiration and design ideas. BE INSPIRED.


In the sun-soaked city of Cape Town, Kim’s apartment celebrates dramatic hues, with smoky greys, metal surfaces and wall-to-wall inspiration Photography/Greg Cox/Bureaux


Styling/Sven Alberding/Bureaux


Words/Jenny Tucker



THE OWNER Kim Smith, who runs homeware brand Weylandts with her partner Chris Weylandt. THE PROPERTY A multi-level apartment on the 10th floor of a modern building in central Cape Town. The entry floor has an open-plan kitchen-diner/living area, laundry room, WC and balcony overlooking Table Mountain. On the second level is a bedroom, bathroom and dressing room. There is a TV room on the third floor.

LI V ING AREA Modular shelving adorned with greenery and African artefacts combine beautifully with luxe fabrics and a view of nature’s finest. ‘There is enormous visual power in the juxtaposition of unexpected items and I carefully considered what to group together,’ says Kim. Get the look Try Farrow & Ball’s Railings estate emulsion for a similar shade. The Marconi modular sofa, armchair, coffee tables, antelope heads and shelving units are all from Weylandts. The vintage rug is from Turkey.

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I T ’S A L MOST N E W Y E A R I N T H E S OU T H E R N H E M I S PH E R E and Cape Town is blisteringly hot. But inside this multi-level apartment is a moody palette of storm clouds. Elements of metallic, black and smoke create an overall effect of mystique, drama and a cocoon-like feel. There’s something about opting for unified tones of silver that takes everything down a notch, creating a calming, almost ethereal, retreat. ‘I wanted to instil maximum atmosphere here,’ says Kim Smith, the owner of this city bolthole. ‘The apartment has to come into its own after dark. I went for an urban, pareddown look with shades of grey to create a stylish sanctuary high above our stunning city. With the party season upon us, it’s the perfect place to throw open the doors, drink champagne on the balcony, watch the fireworks and absorb the atmosphere.’ Kim bought the apartment 18 months ago after being wowed by its central location and eye-popping views of the city and Table

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Mountain. ‘I was looking for a personal creative project and an inner-city loft has always been on my bucket list,’ she says. ‘I also wanted to use products from our furniture and homeware range to show what could be accomplished. But when I took the apartment over, the original interior was so bad. There were tin sheets separating the walls and you could tell everything had been done on a minimal budget. For example, as a cheap solution to plumbing, the loo had been raised so high from the floor it was like a throne!’ Kim had to completely strip the apartment back to its bare bones, which gave her the chance to reconfigure the layout. She wanted clean lines and simplicity, but there also had to be touches of cosiness and flow. ‘One of the challenges was creating a connection between three levels and ensuring each space was utilised,’ says Kim. ‘I opted for industrial staircases to link floors and created specific smaller zones, like a

This industrial-style space complements the living area for a seamless look. Get the look The units are by Easylife Kitchens and the granite worktops are from WOMAG. These are Factory pendants from Weylandts.

BA LCON Y With its olive trees, jasmine plants and stunning views of Table Mountain, the balcony is a hot spot for relaxing. Get the look All seating is from Weylandts.


BATHROOM/ DR ESSING ROOM dressing room, to break away from the boxy feel that modern builds often tend to have.’ Kim confides that the apartment affects her mood. ‘This home makes me feel really connected to the city, but also energised and carefree,’ she says. ‘There’s something about being in the hub of Cape Town while having the epic views of nature that is contradictory but, somehow, it works.’ The same paradox can be seen in Kim’s interior choices. ‘I was very cognisant of the environment and how the interior relates to the exterior,’ she says. Her steely greys can’t help but be softened by the light that floods through the floor-to-ceiling windows, and although Kim would in no way be described as a maximalist, she has managed to create a home that feels personal and lived-in. ‘I have collected various pieces from my travels over the years, but good design involves discipline, serious editing and considered layering,’ she adds. Kim couples raw steel with luxurious fabrics, and dark woods with lush greenery. There are flashes of sumptuous living, with kilim fabric chairs and squishy sofas. And at the

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core of it all are the African touches – bleached antelope skulls, hide rugs and tribal artworks – that Kim says are ‘the heartbeat of the apartment’. It takes a certain amount of courage to be this dogmatic about your choices, but after years of putting together homes for others and choosing merchandise for her stores, Kim has the know-how and the nerve to see it through. With another year almost upon us, it’s the time most of us start planning ahead. ‘I love taking stock and dreaming big, and I am always excited by the opportunities of new beginnings,’ says Kim. ‘I tend to completely switch off in December. It’s the month for sitting back and thinking about the way forward. I always find that’s when my creativity thrives best. We have so many business developments ahead, and I am kicking off 2019 with a two-week trip to Europe to scout the trade fairs. But before that happens, I am going to celebrate the new year with a delicious meal under the stars and be thankful for all the wonderful things that have happened in the last 12 months.’ We’ll toast to that! Find out more about Weylandts at To stay at Kim’s apartment, visit

Kim created a nook for relaxing and getting dressed. ‘Extra details like this one are important to give the apartment an edge,’ she says. Get the look The Todd chair, reupholstered in a shaggy kilim fabric, and bespoke vanity unit are by Weylandts.


‘I wanted to create a cocoon, peaceful and unexpected on top of this 10-storey building’

BEDROOM ‘This is my favourite room,’ says Kim. ‘I absolutely love the sense of space with the high ceilings, sliding doors and incredible mountain views. The steel wall behind the bed really makes an impact.’ Get the look The Delta bed, wall lights and bedside tables are from Weylandts. The steel cladding behind the bed was made by a local craftsman.

T V ROOM Kim uses this space as a chill-out area. Located at the top of the apartment, it provides a space to kick back, away from the bustle of the city. With artworks of cattle on the wall and a hide rug, local nature makes a stylish appearance here. Get the look This is the Eames Lounge chair and ottoman by Charles and Ray Eames for Vitra. The coffee table and all artwork are from Weylandts. Try Hide Rugs for similar.

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Who will you be kissing at the stroke of midnight? My partner, Chris. How do you relax? I read, watch Netflix, cook, and drink wine from the vineyard at our country house. When we have more time, we ski in the French Alps. Plans for 2019? Trips to Japan and New York. What are you like at parties? I always have fun and laugh a lot. I enjoy catching up with friends. If you were an animal, what would you be? Chris says I’m like a penguin – they have one life partner and can be argumentative. I’m not sure if his information is factually correct, though! How do you like to spend a free afternoon? Go out for a long lunch followed by a massage.



lof ty ideals Shiri and Igor have created their lived-in home for entertaining and family fun - as well as a place to showcase their unusual design pieces Photography ⁄ Fabrizio Cicconi/Living Inside


Production ⁄ Chiara Dal Canto


Words ⁄ Andréa Childs

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LI V ING/ DINING A R E A Strewn rugs, vintage furniture and warm wood bring a touch of boho cosiness to the apartment. Get the look The Turkish carpets are flea-market finds. A 19th-century French daybed has been reupholstered in soft leather. These are Fifties dining chairs by Baumann.


Hidden behind the formal façade of a Parisian townhouse is a ‘roll up the rugs, kick up your heels and party’ kind of apartment, where the vibes are more New York townhouse than chic salon. Which, of course, makes it the perfect place to celebrate the New Year. ‘We’ll have dinner here with friends, so I’ll be doing more cooking than dancing,’ laughs Shiri Slavin, ‘but it is a great space for entertaining. We hate small rooms and low ceilings; this space feels free.’ Shiri and partner Igor Becker bought the property 10 years ago, when the 19th-century building was divided into apartments for the first time. The virgin space meant they could design a home to suit them and their young children, but purchasing it was a risk. ‘At the time, we didn’t have permission to convert the loft space into a home, although we saw its potential,’ explains Shiri. ‘With the loft, we would have a family home; without it, we’d be in trouble.’ Fortunately, the planners saw it their way. The renovation of the two-storey apartment took three years but by the end, they’d installed six skylights, four bedrooms and a bathroom in what had once been the attic. Downstairs, the work was all about stripping back, rather than building in. ‘It was a Titanic job; we took out 40 tons of plaster,’ says Igor. Doing so revealed the oak ceiling beams that put a lid on the airy space, bringing a sense of warmth and enclosure. ‘We pulled out thousands of nails from the wood,’ remembers Shiri. ‘Igor has kept them to use in a sculpture one day.’ Igor, a designer, is responsible for the majority of the furniture in the property; bold, structural pieces that define the function of each space – the chunky bookshelf, stainless-steel kitchen and bespoke staircase. There’s a steampunk playfulness to his industrial-tinged pieces. Car headlamps are transformed into pendant lights above the kitchen worksurface; metal trunks become rolling seating with the addition of cushions and casters. ‘My home is also my showroom. I like to use it as a laboratory and test how new pieces work together,’ he says. Shiri remarks, ‘I love how strong and practical Igor’s designs are, but I like to mix them with retro furniture and objects I’ve picked up in flea markets. I don’t look for anything specific; when you leave things to chance, they find their place.’ Shiri previously styled the interiors department at the celebrated Paris store Merci and now runs a boutique named Super Vintage. It’s her madcap eye for curios and kitsch accessories that gives the apartment its shots of colour and lightness of touch. ‘I wrote a book about brushes, so I have a whole lot of them. And I collect Pyrex dishes from the Fifties. Basically, I like to fill the apartment with little objects,’ she says. Together, they’ve created a home that’s unique and personal. ‘The children can run around; I love to cook; Igor can work; we’ve made it that way,’ Shiri says. Igor agrees. ‘The ground floor is huge but it’s a meeting place for the whole family, with communicating zones so we can be in touch no matter what we’re doing,’ he says. The perfect place to toast the arrival of the New Year… Visit Shiri’s shop Super Vintage on the Rue des Petites Écuries. See Igor’s work on Instagram, @supervintageparis


THE OWNERS Furniture designer Igor Becker and boutique owner Shiri Slavin live here with their three children, Lou, 16, Max, 13, and six-year-old Tess. THE PROPERTY A two-storey apartment in a 19th-century house in the 10th arrondissement of Paris. The open-plan downstairs has the kitchen-diner, living area, library and a bathroom. Upstairs, in the former loft space, there are four bedrooms and a bathroom.

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LI V ING A R E A DETA IL The apartment is filled with custom-made pieces, such as this reinforced plaster bookcase, designed by Igor. It’s styled like a shop display by Shiri, with pieces including two plaster heads from the Twenties, found in a flea market. This old mirror was discovered in the attic before it was converted. Get the look The chandelier is vintage Murano glass. Find a range of vintage Murano chandeliers and antique mirrors at Renaissance London. The resin animals on the round table were collected by Shiri.

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K ITCHEN ‘Igor can fabricate metal in his workshop, so he made the kitchen,’ says Shiri. The island is a modified table from Igor’s studio. The red cupboard was also made by Igor, using mirror doors reclaimed from a bakery. Get the look The lamps above the sink are vintage Holophane. The letter Y came from a Seventies shopfront. Lassco and Retrouvius are good sources for vintage lamps and letters.

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UPSTA IR S BATHROOM ‘The suite was reclaimed from the Rothschild residence; it was being thrown away,’ says Shiri. The couple had wooden furniture custom-built to house it. Get the look Try Stone Circle for a similar bath and vanity unit.

DOW NSTA IR S BATHROOM A collection of porcelain figures is used as jewellery holders. Get the look For a similar basin, try Crosswater.

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Shiri, what scent do you wear? Serge Lutens Féminité du Bois. Style icon? The Empire State Building. Of the two of you, who’s the most romantic? Igor. Aims for 2019? To develop our shop, Super Vintage. Three secrets to a fabulous party? Great outfits, favourite people and good food. What’s the best thing about Paris in the winter? The shop windows.


BEDROOM ‘We’ve kept the bedrooms simple, with new windows for light and storage tucked under the eaves,’ says Shiri. Get the look For similar bedlinen, try The Secret Linen Store. The red vinyl chair and occasional table are vintage Seventies. l i v i n g e t c . c o m / J a n u a r y 2 0 1 9 103





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Cécile and Laurent have worked their magic on what was once an over-the-top mansion, turning it into a family-friendly home Photography ⁄ Julien Fernandez/GAP Interiors


Words ⁄ Jo Leevers

R ECEPTION H A LL Cécile created a cohesively grey backdrop to highlight the glossy green houseplants: ‘They grow well here and it makes this space feel like an extension of the garden,’ she says. Get the look Violet Grey sells antique French plant benches. Moon Waves 3 and 4 by Dulux are comparable paint shades.

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he staircase was like something out of Hogwarts and the fireplace was a Disneyland rococo fantasy,’ says Cécile Bahier, remembering this house in its former incarnation with just the hint of a shudder. Today, their Bordeaux home is a far more tasteful proposition, carefully balancing its mansion-like architecture with modern decor. But that wasn’t how this house’s story began and, at times, it didn’t look like Cécile and Laurent would ever get their happy ending. For a start, they relocated to this rather grand 19th-century house from a très chic apartment in Paris, which was quite a wrench and it took a while to adjust to the different pace of life. ‘We moved here just before our youngest, Leopold, was born,’ explains Cécile. ‘Like lots of families, we wanted more space, a garden, and so on…’ And space is what they got, with a hallway long enough to host roller-skate races and everything from the doorways to the shuttered windows on an epic scale. But, en masse, all those features began to feel a bit overwhelmingly old-fashioned. The house had originally been built as a mansion for a wine merchant’s family: ‘They were almost certainly British, as there were many who made their fortune that way in Bordeaux then,’ says Cécile. What’s more, this wealthy family certainly wanted to ensure their French neighbours knew that they were doing all right, because everything about the house says ‘stature’. ‘We loved that the original features had remained intact, but our aim was to highlight these details without letting them dictate our style’, Cécile explains. In recent decades, the house had been divided into two flats, so reuniting the two portions was part of their plan, too. The couple initially signed up an architect to help them, but parted ways after his vision for the house turned out to be equally extreme, in the wrong kind of way. ‘He envisaged turning it into series of blank modern cubes,’ says Cécile. With no way forward with that architect, the couple decided to ‘let him go’ and deal directly with the contractors. Their challenge was to find their own middle way – a style that was neither overblown 19th-century mansion, nor bland modernist box. The reception hall is lined with intricate wooden wall panelling inset with leatherwork and beautiful parquet flooring runs through most of the rooms. But Cécile and Laurent soon realised they would need to rework all this ‘character’ into a more contemporary look if the house was going to work as their family home. To that end, they magicked away the Beauty and the Beast-style fireplace in the living room by cladding it with a simple, pared-back surround. ‘It immediately made the mood of the room much more relaxed,’ Cécile says. And the ‘monumental’ staircase was lightened up with a French chalk paint treatment so that the crafted details still shine through, but without the dark, overbearing character. The couple also selected fresh paint colours for the spaces: ‘We opted for shades that have a strong character – nothing that would look too faded or old fashioned,’ says Cécile. ‘We went for a dark grey in the reception hall, black in the TV room and a milky coffee colour in our master bedroom.’ The intricate parquet stayed put and now warms up the dark grey backdrops, particularly in the reception hall. Plants also add vibrancy to that space, which adjoins the kitchen. In the family’s kitchen, the couple opted for urban-feel black gloss units – old Parisian habits clearly die hard. Elsewhere, vintage finds and heirlooms breathe character into the refreshed spaces. ‘It became a bit of a routine for the whole family to go hunting in Bordeaux’s flea markets on Sundays,’ says Cécile. ‘Even the kids got into spotting bargains.’

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HOME PROFILE THE OWNERS Cécile Bahier, a psychoanalyst, her husband Laurent Bahier, who owns a sports store, and their children Jade, Brune and Leopold. THE PROPERTY A 19th-century house in Bordeaux, France. The ground floor has a reception hall, living room and dining room (which interconnect), kitchen, TV room and master bedroom with a dressing room, en suite and a WC. Upstairs are four bedrooms (three en suite).

K ITCHENDIN ER Parisian style followed Cécile and Laurent to their Bordeaux home, with glossy monochrome and just a dash of industrial metal. Get the look See Howdens’ Greenwich kitchen in Graphite gloss. The Conran Shop sells Tolix chairs. The kitchen table is vintage timber on industrial iron bases; has one. Industville does a pendant in this style.


T V ROOM In this space for watching films and TV, shelves recede into the blackness of the walls. ‘This room feels really cosy in winter,’ says Cécile. Get the look The paint shade is Jack Black by Little Greene. does a similar pouffe.

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‘WE UPDATED THE HOUSE BY ADDING OUR OWN KIND OF MODERNITY INTO ITS HISTORIC FRAME’ BATHROOM A concrete basin is matched with micro concrete that is moulded around the base unit, then taken up the wall and into the shower. A palest blue tint on the base prevents the effect from looking too hard-industrial. Get the look Living Concrete specialises in micro concrete projects. Kast does a wide range of concrete basins.


Are you party people? Yes, but we prefer lots of smaller gatherings with very close friends to one big bash. Favourite party drink? Champagne, of course – although we recently discovered some very good Portuguese sparkling wines. Where will you be for New Year? We love to go skiing – the atmosphere is really magical. I have 24 hours in Bordeaux – what should I do? Brunch at the restaurant of the Musée d’Art Contemporain (CAPC) before seeing the exhibitions. Add in a trip to the Musée du Vin for good measure. Favourite smell? Oven-fresh cannelés – tiny custard pastries laced with rum. They are a Bordeaux specialty. Any resolutions for 2019? Find the time to do my own paintings.

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M A STER BEDROOM Cécile chose a café au lait paint shade for their bedroom, which is flooded with light, even in winter months. A super-sized headboard works with the scale of the space. Get the look See the Smith headboard at Loaf.

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PROJECT INSPIR ATION Delicious ideas for your dining room







Product innovation and reviews of the latest launches

Keep your favourite red, white or rosé at the ideal temperature

Discover the latest connected kit for your home







Bringing Scandi style to a west London basement

A dated en suite gets a magical monochrome makeover

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The latest updates for kitchens, bathrooms and big projects


There’s nothing basic about the basins in the Plissé collection from Italian manufacturer Artelinea. Its plinth-style units, each made entirely from colouredglass, feature uniformed rows of pleats. The result is a surface so shiny that you needn’t bother with the show-stopping mirror above (from the Gemme collection). Plissé basins, POA, Artelina; showerhead, £1,660; slider shower, £1,350; mixer, £1,429; thermostatic shower valve, £3,229; tumbler, £434; soap dispenser, £793, all Gessi’s Inciso range ; Drench Frahm shower door and panel, from £1,667 (

[ Cool collab ] It should come as no surprise that a collaboration between two Parisian powerhouses - interior designer Stéphanie Coutas and high-end bathroom brand THG is, as the locals would say, très chic. Think basins, baths and taps with ‘Leonardo Grey’ and ‘Grand Antique’ marble detail. Montaigne Grand Antique marble rim basin mixer, POA (; (

[ Rise & shine ]

FEELING FLUSH Drummonds’ Art Deco-style Derwent flush light wouldn’t look out of place in Jay Gatsby’s bathroom. We’re talking fluted, handblown glass, nine brass finishes, including polished nickel and antique bronze, and a moody, atmospheric glow. Vintage-luxe fit for a (fictional) millionaire. Derwent flush ceiling light in brass finish by Martin Brudnizki, from £894 (


If only the promise of a freshlybrewed coffee can rouse you from your pillow, it’s time to make the Barisieur alarm clock a bedsidestaple and wake to the soothing sounds of brewing coffee. Beats the irritating beeps of your phone. £349, Joshua Renouf (

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Design, buzz and style in glamorous Marylebone village



It would be impossible to list just one cool credential of Bang & Olufsen’s Beosound Edge, but let’s start with the minimal coin-like frame, devised in partnership with lighting-whizz Michael Anastassiades. Then there’s our favourite feature: volume adjustment that requires just a gentle roll backwards or forwards. Sublime! £2,900 (


The humble blind offers much more than mere privacy, you know. The Duette line at Luxaflex boasts a unique honeycomb structure designed to trap air inside, keeping hot air in during winter and out in summer, while absorbing up to 40 per cent of outdoor noise. From £164 (


Purveyor of the wacky and wonderful with a dark twist, Divine Savages is all set to let a little light into its moodily-lit, Deco-feel world. A collaboration with Light Up North means that designs from its wallpaper collection can now be finished with bespoke neon touches, all using electroluminescent neon wire so flexible it can be stitched onto the surface like embroidery. Nocturnal Faunacation wallpaper, £140 a roll (; framed neon artworks, from £345 (

[ 3 of the best ] CODING TOYS

Know a tech-savvy tot with Silicon Valley in their sights? Then get one of these wrapped up and under the tree on the 25th. Fun, yes, but educational too and guaranteed to keep little ones amused while you see to the turkey.

A friendly bot that can be programmed to manoeuvre an obstacle course and learn a word or two. Botley the Coding Robot, £59 (

Drive this robot on assault courses, controlled via your smart device, and create games using JavaScript. Sphero BOLT, £149.99 (

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NEW NORDIC Clean lines, sleek surfaces and a neutral palette strike a smart-casual balance in this timeless design Photography / Trevor Richards


Words / Linda Clayton

INSIDE STORY THE PROPERTY A neo-Georgian townhouse in west London. THE PROJECT This is the basement of a large family home that has been revamped to provide a well-equipped kitchen/family space, put together with simple, streamlined materials. THE DESIGNER Andy Barette, McCarron & Company. KITCHEN SIZE 6x4m DESIGN BRIEF The owners wanted a crisp, contemporary kitchen that is highly functional, as the family really love to cook. The open-plan room is at basement level, but it was important that it didn’t feel gloomy. ‘We worked closely with the architect Richard Bell to achieve a look that is light and modern,’ says Andy. ‘The pale palette and expanses of glass help to create this, and you never feel as if you are underground, thanks in part to some clever garden excavation and Crittall-style partition walls.’ FURNITURE The cabinetry was always going to be made in oak, a

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material that runs throughout the house, to ensure a cohesive, cocooning effect. McCarron & Company tried out 10 samples before eventually finding the perfect pale finish that creates a modern lift. ‘It’s made using a light liming process that gives it a fresh, slightly Scandinavian air,’ says Andy. SURFACES While each individual surface – the marble-look worktops, reflective glass splashback and oversized porcelain-tile flooring – is in a neutral tone, their combined effect is dynamic and interesting. ‘Smart details, such as the thin shadowline beneath the breakfast bar, reinforce the architectural precision of this kitchen,’ says Andy. ‘Often the simplest designs are the most difficult to execute.’ LIGHTING & ACCESSORIES This multifunctional space includes a generous relaxation area, so the lighting, which is on several circuits, is crucial for setting the right mood. ‘At night, the kitchen becomes a


[ Where to buy ] *

Furniture Bespoke kitchen in limed oak, from ÂŁ42,000 for a similar kitchen, McCarron & Company. Appliances H 6660 BP ovens, ÂŁ2,849 each; DGC 6600 steam oven, ÂŁ2,329; H 6600 BM combi-microwave oven, ÂŁ3,849; KM 6118 induction hob, ÂŁ1,299; ESW 6114 warming drawers, ÂŁ1,049 each; KFN 37452 iDE fridge freezer, ÂŁ2,499; K 37272 iD larder fridge, ÂŁ1,699; G 6665 SCVi XXL dishwasher, ÂŁ1,399, all Miele. Sinks & tap Kubus KBX 160/55-20 sink, ÂŁ560, Franke. Fusion Square tap,


CLOCKWISE FROM THIS PICTURE Sleek, handleless cabinets are arranged in grids for architectural precision; to create a seamless impression, the units run straight into the utility room; Crittall-style glazing helps carry natural light through the house. The stairs lead down to sub-basement level


from ÂŁ1,150, Quooker. Surfaces Frosty Carinna quartz worktops, 2cm thick, ÂŁ780m; glass splashbacks, ÂŁ594m, both McCarron & Company. Maximo White porcelain FPVTĂ RRUWLOHV ÂŁ80sq m, Stone & Ceramic Warehouse. Walls in Strong White estate emulsion, ÂŁ43.50 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Accessories Louis Poulsen PH 4/3 pendant shades, ÂŁ415 each, Skandium. Nero black metal bar stools, ÂŁ145 each, Rockett St George.



serene backdrop to the rest of the room,’ explains Andy. Accessories are kept to a minimum, with just a trio of pendants and smart bar stools to boost the calm, modern style. APPLIANCES The main appliances were chosen from Miele’s sleek PureLine range, which includes the latest features such as sensorcontrolled steam cooking and cooling – ideal for such keen cooks. STYLE TAKEAWAY A simple galley run, with a parallel island unit and breakfast bar, provides a very efficient working area in this kitchen, without any space-wasting corner units. ‘The bank of cupboards on the back wall runs straight into the utility room, with a discreet pocket door providing a partition when required,’ says Andy. ‘I don’t see the utility space as a poor relation to the kitchen – it’s designed to be a natural continuation of the main area, offering extra storage, a pot-wash sink and a freezer.’

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have you seen the light? decorative lighting from






Chill out, these smart units will ensure you always have a cold drink to hand Sense Wi6134 dual-zone wine cooler, £1,038, Caple Lamona 300mm drinks cooler, price on request, Howdens

FWC304BL freestanding wine cooler, £296, CDA

Bosch Serie 4 KSW30V81GB wine cooler, £724,

HWCB 60D UK integrated wine cooler, £499.99, Hoover JLWF153 under-counter wine cabinet, £289, John Lewis

Dolce Stil Novo CVI618NXS compact wine cooler, £1,599, Smeg SWE61501DG refrigerator wine cooler, £395, AEG

U-Line 3090WCWC wine cooler, £3,399, Rangemaster

RESEARCH ⁄ Linda Clayton

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VARIETY SHOW Warm wood, polished brass and statement tiles are the dream combo for this luxe sanctuary Photography / Darren Cheung


Words / Sally Smith

INSIDE STORY THE PROPERTY A substantial Victorian semi-detached villa in southwest London. THE PROJECT Redesigning a tired en suite leading off the main bedroom at the front of the property. BATHROOM SIZE 4x3.5m. THE DESIGNERS Ali Johnson and Alex Keith at Otta Design. DESIGN BRIEF The new en suite had to be a luxurious space to unwind in after a busy day. ‘It was decided the scheme would be based on a monochrome palette, with patterned tiles and wood finishes,’ explains Ali. ‘The owners’ home has an eclectic decor, so that gave us plenty of scope to explore a range of looks and materials.’ FURNITURE There was enough space to build a bespoke, 1.8m-long double vanity unit made from American black walnut with polished brass taps and fittings. ‘We needed to provide plenty of storage and came up with the Crittall-style framed doors for the wardrobes, with mirrored panels adding to the glamorous style,’ says Ali. SURFACES ‘Black and white can be rather austere, so we incorporated a mix of materials to add another dimension to the room,’ says Alex.

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‘We had already fallen in love with the chevron tiles for the shower area before we took on this project, and the reflective marble and the mosaic effect were just the look we wanted.’ FITTINGS The sash window on the rear wall was central to the layout and made a great backdrop for the freestanding volcanic limestone bath. ‘We chose polished brass fittings to give a sense of glamour,’ says Ali. The lighting scheme was equally important. ‘We wanted the clients to have the luxury of choosing a range of lighting options to change the mood at night.’ There is a layered lighting scheme throughout, with dimmer switches in the bedroom to control it. The lights include simple LED strips under the walnut picture ledges and floating vanity unit, as well as spots in the shower that all provide mood lighting. ACCESSORIES ‘We designed the black-metal-framed mirrors to match the shape of the “his and hers” basins,’ says Alex. STYLE TAKEAWAY ‘The hexagonal floor tiles provide a subtle pattern without dominating, adding a sophisticated feel that brought the scheme together,’ says Alex.


[ Where to buy ] Fittings Napoli bath, * £2,700, Victoria + Albert

Baths. Artis basins, £530.40 each, Villeroy & Boch. Wet-room panel with brace bar, £531.60, Matki. Wall-mounted taps, £850.80 each; bath mixer, from a selection; shower mixer, £3,244.80; and showerhead, from a selection; all Vola. Joinery designed by Otta Design and made by Tim Amery.


Furniture Bespoke vanity unit, picture ledges and wardrobe, from £10,000, made by Otta Design. Surfaces Pyrenees * chevron mosaic marble wall

tiles, £204.62sq m; and &DVDEODQFDSRUFHODLQÁRRU tiles, £40.60sq m, both Mandarin Stone. Walls in Ammonite estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Windows and wardrobe in Jack Black intelligent eggshell, £62 for 2.5L, Little Greene.


Accessories Diamond brass pendant, £220, Graham and Green. Filo 60 brass wall lights, from £342 each, Hector Finch. Straightfronted black dual-fuel towel radiator, £882.80, Bisque. Bespoke black-matt steel mirrors, £650 each, Looking Glass of Bath.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT The teardrop-shaped bath takes centre stage and creates a spa look; a frameless shower screen allows the chevron tiles to come to the fore, while the niche for toiletries adds to the elegant minimalism of the scheme; an alcove is home to a bespoke vanity unit topped with marble, and the large mirrors help to enhance the light levels in this corner

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ARTISTIC DISCOVERY Bruce Atherton on his paintings and the new online Runway Gallery


or multidisciplinary artist Bruce Atherton, art is a means of communicating thoughts, be that through the emotional impact of colour or quite literally through text on paintings. He explores techniques through paint, photography and sculpture, explaining that if you understand technique really well, you’re not afraid to let go.

Phoebe 7 by Bruce Atherton

Tell us about your art background… At the age of three, I would draw fanatically, encouraged by my mother and father. She was a midwife and he was a consultant surgeon, and coming from a non-arty family was a huge freedom. There were no expectations, so I could take an independent view of what I wanted to do. I admired the Old Masters but art school in the late 80s was all about super abstract expressionism, so I left. By my mid-20s, I was a successful art director in advertising but needed to find my inner Michaelangelo. I handed in my notice, went to Italy and studied at the Scuola Libera del Nudo, an advanced life painting school. I also studied philosophy and meditation, including a stint with Tibetan lamas in Austria, plus I took on teaching work and portrait commissions. Then a solo show at the Cannaviello gallery in Milan led to more international exhibitions.

What inspires you? Beauty, the search for perfection and truth, whether that’s a person, a landscape or an idea. How do people react to your work? Someone experienced something like Stendhal syndrome in Italy where they were really overwhelmed but the most common reaction is ‘Wow, you’re going to be famous!’, which is rather nice. What’s your process? Idea. Research. Preparation. Procrastination. Meditation. Action. The second I commit to doing

something, I give 100% and there is little piece of my soul in every artwork I make. If you could own one artwork, what would it be? Caravaggio’s Saint John the Baptist – I did a cheeky copy of it and it’s responsible for my decision to go to Italy. Any advice for people who want to buy art for their homes? Choose a piece you love that’s true to your taste. What are you working on now? As well as taking part in the Runway Gallery initiative, I’m doing new works that will be exhibited in Amsterdam’s largest church, Westerkerk, in January and February. It may be an exhibition that travels and I’m looking forward to seeing where that takes me.

Investment buys may hit the headlines but most of us – 94%* – buy art because we love it. However, finding out about contemporary artists isn’t easy, which is why artist SYRETT has created Runway Gallery. Its line-up includes a 14-strong collective of celebrated artists who have exhibited internationally. Names include Bruce Atherton, Louise Dear, Dara Vandor, Astrid Vos and SYRETT. As well as discovering new artists’ work, you can buy online, with prices starting at £200 for limited-edition prints. Artist SYRETT also hosts the monthly Soho Salon Supper Club for art enthusiasts. Tickets cost £45 each and include a cocktail on arrival, an artist’s talk, plus a short life-drawing session, and a three-course dinner at London restaurant Scarlett Green.

Book Soho Salon Supper Club tickets at and browse new artworks at

*Source: ArtTactic

How did your Vatican commissions come about? In 2000, I was recommended to the Vatican by an Italian health minister whose portrait I had painted. It was an honour to work for the Vatican, not least because I’m neither a catholic nor Italian. I completed 13 paintings of newly canonised saints and official portraits and took tea with two of the popes.




Make every room smarter with hard-working connected kit

Nest’s Learning thermostat, from £219 or £279 with installation, programmes itself to save energy. It can be controlled from your phone, tablet or computer.

Drift away to music, monitor and manage snoring, or set a smart alarm to wake you up gently with this Bluetooth-connected Soundasleep pillow, £70.

With the Apple TV 4K, you can use your iOS device to control your TV, access the App Store and stream your favourite films and shows. From £179 for 32GB,

Watch what’s happening at home via your smartphone with Hive’s View indoor smart camera, £189. It will livestream or record when it detects motion or sound.

TV when it’s on, art when it’s off, the Samsung The Frame Art Mode TV has 4K picture quality and online entertainment, £1,499, John Lewis & Partners.

This Citation One smart speaker features Google Assistant so its voice control can stream music, as well as create calendar reminders, £179.99, Harman Kardon.

Meet the app-controlled Botvac D6 robot vacuum, £649, Neato. Great for dealing with pet hair, it links to both Amazon Echo and Google Home to control its route.

Keep an eye on your pup, talk to them and toss them a treat while you are out of the house, using this clever dog camera and app, £249, Furbo.

Eliminate waste with the FridgeCam, £149.99, Smarter. As well as its bestbefore tracker, it photographs the fridge’s contents every time you close the door.

RESEARCH ⁄ Rachel Ogden

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THE NEW FLORAL MOVEMENT There’s a modern wave of creatives shaking things up in the world of floristry. Meet the new guard doing beautiful things with blooms


e’ll be looking at bunches of blooms in a different way thanks to the new generation of florists rising up the botanical ranks. Why? Well, they’re looking beyond the buckets of cut flowers at markets and heading out into the great outdoors, growing their own flora and foliage to use in free-form designs inspired by nature. Here, three leading lights in floral design – Aesme, Juliet Glaves and Kitten Grayson Flowers – reveal how they are helping reinvent the craft.

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CLOCKWISE FROM THIS IMAGE Jess and Ally in their studio; a wreath of moss, dog rose and clematis exemplifies the sisters’ delight in the dainty and delicate; an unstructured tablescape of scabious, coreopsis and cosmos, interwoven with grasses and fruits, celebrates autumn; and a striking blend of spring flowers creates a romantic display


Sisters Ally Nutting and Jess Lister joined forces to launch Aesme in 2015. As owners of an artisanal flower studio in Shepherd’s Bush, west London, they’ve worked on weddings, parties and with clients such as Jo Malone London. Here, the duo tell us about drawing on the English garden as inspiration.

When did you become interested in flowers? A: Jess and I were living in Oxford, doing all sorts of jobs. I was making arrangements as a hobby in my spare time. Jess is an amazing illustrator, as is our mum [also an interior designer], so we both always had an awareness of colour and design. How did flowers become a full-time job? A: We’d always wanted to run our own business, so one day Jess and I met for a coffee and just decided to do it. From the start, we knew we didn’t want to follow the normal floristry route, but instead work with unusual flowers we’d grown ourselves.


Why grow your own blooms? A: Floristry has become like the slow food movement – where people want to use seasonal produce. There’s now a growing appetite for arrangements using proper garden flowers. Tell us about your arrangements. A: Roses tend to be our focal point and we arrange them with what’s in season, from zinnias and clematis to phlox and long wispy grasses. We gravitate towards dainty and delicate. J: We happily use anything from a kitchen garden – herbs such as sage and mint. We even use entire tomato vines – we love the nuance of colour from green through orange to dark-red fruit.

[ P.S ] What would you take with you if you had to leave home in a hurry? A: Mavis, our dog. J: My collection of letters (from my parents when I was at school, from Ally when she was on her gap year and my boyfriend’s letters from when we were at nursery together) and my original artwork. What was the first thing you bought for your home? A: A salmon-pink lampshade from Ben Pentreath.

J: A big, embroidered Afghan rug. Favourite music? A: Marvin Gaye. J: Taylor Swift (it’s good for working to). Guilty addiction? Both: Chewing gum while scrolling Instagram. Desert island dish? A: Cacio e pepe pasta. J: Eggs and soldiers. Recent download? A: Call Me By Your Name – I love all of Luca Guadagnino’s work. J: The soundtrack to The Mission by Ennio Morricone.

What inspires you? A: Constance Spry, the 20th-century British florist. J: Visiting beautiful English gardens such as Great Dixter. Are there any arrangements that are easy to do at home? A: A small arrangement in a footed bowl is an absolute dream for a dining table. For a party, there’s nothing prettier than candlelight reflecting in flowers. And like Constance, instead of a vase, use that pretty jug sitting unused in the cupboard. J: Try single-stem bud vases, especially in gold or brass. Words ⁄ Fiona McCarthy

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JULIET GLAVES ABOVE Juliet gathers armfuls of homegrown flowers from her Shropshire fields THIS IMAGE Wound with Designers Guild fabric and ribbon, the wreath of pine foliage and cedar cones demonstrates Juliet’s love of free-form design

It was in 2007, after she and her husband Neil transformed a pig farm into fields and fields of flowers, that Juliet Glaves turned to floristry. Based in Shropshire, Juliet also runs a small flower shop in Designers Guild’s King’s Road store, alongside working with clients such as Temperley London and Cole & Son.

When were you first drawn to flowers? Floristry is my third career. After graduating from Central Saint Martins, I was first a fashion designer, which then led me into TV where I started as a researcher before working my way up to producing documentaries for the BBC. What kick-started your career as a florist? After making a documentary on the British cut-flower industry, I was inspired to start growing my own. Then Neil and I bought the pig farm and began filling it with rows of cutting flowers. Describe your style. Abundant, informal, slightly wild but in a considered way, full of colour and texture. I view flowers like I once did fabric as a fashion designer – I don’t play by the rules and follow my instinct. Often odd things work surprisingly well together. What sort of flowers do you like to work with? Our little colourful slice of botanical heaven, and its ever-changing seasonal palette, inspires everything I do. We grow over 200 varieties of flowers, grasses and other foliage, from roses, peonies, ranunculus, foxgloves and dahlias to hollyhocks, lupins and delphiniums. Sarah Raven has been a huge source of information and inspiration for what to grow. What makes a successful arrangement? There are no rules in my world, but I do believe an arrangement needs to make you feel something, to invoke a gut reaction – whether that’s maybe happy, melancholic or wistful.

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DE SIGN / PROFILE THIS IMAGE Roses, foxgloves, echinops, hollyhocks and zinnia make up this dramatic summer display BELOW Juliet used to be a fashion designer and this winter arrangement of hellebores and hazel catkins dotted with narcissus takes its cue from boldly patterned textiles like Designers Guild’s Plum Blossom in Acacia in the background

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Where do you find inspiration? I love colour, so I’m always looking to fashion. I love Marni for its odd shapes, Jil Sander for its clean lines. The designer Alice Temperley used some of my flowers as inspiration for embroidered prints in a collection recently. I also love the flattering effect of flowers around the face, so I often make arrangements to be worn, like neck ruffs or wildflower crowns.


Any favourite accessories? Anything from Astier de Villatte, for its fragile beauty. Coloured glass collected for many years, particularly the organic shapes of Sixties Murano or Whitefriars vases. Turquoise is a great colour with all flowers as it’s warm and cold hued. Whether the flowers are in a turquoise ceramic pot or wrapped in turquoise tissue paper, the colour somehow adds a weird life to them.

First thing you bought for your home? A handcrafted oak toilet seat. One thing you’d rescue if your house was on fire? My dog. Favourite cocktail? A Feni Rita (ideally on a Goan beach). Desert island dish? Oliver Reed. Dream date? Fresh not dried.

What are your decoration plans for Christmas? A wreath for the front door sets the tone for decorations inside. I like wreaths to look wild and free-form, with lots of texture. I’ll use foliage, twigs and seedheads I’ve dried, like alliums, tulips and willowherb. Last year, for Designers Guild, I wired random elder branches and stems with seeds or pine cones around metal rings wound with fabric strips and velvet ribbon. What’s next? I’ve just helped with the refurbishment of The Montagu Kitchen in Marylebone. We’ve created a laser-cut Perspex etching based on the garden-themed fabric used on the chairs and banquettes, and I’ve created big window boxes for outside and wild planters for inside. l i v i n g e t c . c o m / J a n u a r y 2 0 1 9 127

RIGHT Kitten and Harriette BELOW The Kitten Grayson naturalistic approach is evident in this seemingly unstructured arrangement of camellia, scabious fritillaria and trailing jasmine


Always with signature blowsy fabric flowers in her hair, Somersetborn founder Kitten Grayson has joined forces with creative director Harriette Tebbutt to bring a touch of magic to their flower arrangements. They have worked with landscape designers, such as Piet Oudolf, and biodynamic farmer Jane Scotter and chef Skye Gyngell at the new country house hotel Heckfield Place. The duo are based at London members’ club Mortimer House, where they also design the floristry.

When did you get started? K: I worked with a florist in Somerset before moving to London to train with Harper and Tom’s, Wild at Heart and Scarlet & Violet. About five years ago, I decided to go out on my own. H: I did a degree in illustration, then went into set design and art direction, working for an events company where I was dressing the tables and Kitten was heading up the flowers. How did you start working together? K: I asked Harriette to come work with me because she had such a natural flair for pulling everything together. Describe your style. K: We use just a few varieties en masse because we want to put each flower, leaf or grass in the spotlight. H: We’re inspired by beautiful, natural gardens, looking at what grows side by side, including their seasonal colours. What’s your favourite flower? K: I love roses. Even the candles I burn are rose-scented – favourites include Haeckels’ Dreamland/GPS 23’5”N and Diptyque’s Roses. H: I love more folky flowers: rudbeckias, zinnias and anything 128 J a n u a r y 2 0 1 9 / l i v i n g e t c . c o m


[ P.S ] Last book you read? K: As I’m dyslexic, I listen to audio books instead – my recent favourite was Peter Wohlleben’s The Hidden Life of Trees. H: I like reading things I can dip in and out of, like Raymond Carver’s short stories, while commuting around London. Last thing you Instagrammed? K: A painting of cabbage flowers with a butterfly and caterpillar, seen at Heckfield Place.

If you could buy one thing for your home… K: A tree house. H: A hammock. Favourite Sunday dish? K: Roast chicken with new potatoes and lots of veg, Margo Henderson style. H: I’m really into Indian food at the moment so maybe Made In India author Meera Sodha’s Peshwari naan. First thing you bought for your home? K: Plant pots. H: Blankets and cushions from H&M and a Marimekko cushion.

LEFT Summer planting for Heckfield Place featured lavender, salvia, ferns, verbena and artichoke flowers THIS IMAGE Kitten and Harriette pair blooms according to the season – this wreath is constructed from hydrangea, pine, peppercorns and eucalyptus

that has a natural pattern on it, like geraniums, rosehips, viburnum with red berries, even ivy leaves.


Any quick tips? K: Grow herbs from seed in little terracotta pots – after two months, they’re just big enough to line up along a table. H: Buy a tiny, seasonal bunch of something you love and dot them in bud vases along a mantelpiece. What are your decoration plans for Christmas? K: We’re going Dickensian with traditional foliage, dried citrus slices and wooden decorations. H: For drama, fix hooks into the ceiling above a dining table and string up a bare branch hung with baubles. What have been your biggest projects over the past year? K: Creating a bower of trees at the London Gate entrance of the Chelsea Flower Show was a big step for us. In celebration of Harry and Meghan’s wedding, we planted an English oak on one side for Harry and a cedar on the other for Meghan. What’s next? K: Apart from a baby on the way for me, we’re focusing on the flowers we want to grow for Heckfield Place next year. l i v i n g e t c . c o m / J a n u a r y 2 0 1 9 129

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Divine dining room ideas for serving up a stylish festive feast

Words and research ⁄ Sophie Baylis

SOFT AND MOODY Christmas table. ‘Consider making a centrepiece by clustering church candles of varying sizes and colours together in a stylish hurricane lamp,’ says Dan Cooper, Christmas buyer at John Lewis & Partners. Project details Add a dash of dark drama with Colours Premium Black silk emulsion, £16 for 2.5L, B&Q. Team it with a polished plaster wall by Mike Wye & Associates. Try Richard Haworth for a similar forest green tablecloth.


Candlelight plays a crucial role in creating an atmospheric dining room. Casting a soft light over a polished plaster wall gives a raw yet luxe quality. ‘Scents can be so evocative in creating a festive ambience and candles are perfect for this,’ says Sarah Oaten, director of Bear René. ‘Orange and citrus fragrances, pine and woody notes, or cinnamon, clove and spice aromas all set the tone.’ Candles are also the perfect accessory for adding festive sparkle to a

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Heal’s buyer Emily Dunstan reveals the dos and don’ts of festive dining



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BLACK MEETS WHITE Interior designer David Hicks elevates a minimalist monochrome palette through a tight edit of luxurious materials. Almost instantly, the eye is drawn to the most striking aspect of this scheme, a showstopping Sixties sideboard, resplendent in black glass with a Murano trim. It serves as a glamorous resting place for Hervé Van der Straeten’s Pastilles 373 table lamp for Ralph Pucci, with its jewellery-esque design. The graceful curves of a customdesigned oak dining table are echoed in iconic Platner chairs, lavished in black velvet to lend a sumptuous quality. The chandelier offers the perfect finishing touch. Project details These are Platner side dining chairs by Warren Platner for Knoll, from £2,508 each with a polished nickel base, Utility Design. Find Angelo Mangiarotti’s Giogali chandelier for Vistosi at 1stdibs. The cow hide rug is by David Hicks, from around £6,000.


[ Style notes ]


A FORMAL AFFAIR Introducing a little formality to the table can give an added sense of occasion. Think a modern-day Downton Abbey sit-down – hopefully with less drama. ‘Ensure any arrangements are either below or above eye-level, so that guests can still talk to each other,’ advises Sarah Oaten of Bear René. ‘Don’t forget to leave enough space for the food,’ adds interior designer Katharine Pooley. ‘It’s easy to layer on candles and flowers, but there must be enough room to eat comfortably,’ she adds. Project details By taking a classic approach to their dining table with white linen, a family allowed their electric-blue chairs to pop. Furniture123’s button-back stud dining chairs, £229.97 for two, are comparable. Go for non-iron linens such as Marks & Spencer’s Nova tablecloth, from £29.50, for less fuss on the big day. Get matching walls with Fired Earth’s Carbon Blue matt emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5L.

TAP INTO TEAL Teal continues to be a hot colour trend for 2019. Not only is it warm and anchoring to a scheme, but it doesn’t overwhelm when used throughout. This room was brought to life with a generous dose of cool design details, from Marcel Wanders’ Monster dining chairs for Moooi, to a classic wood table laden with whimsical porcelain pieces. The diamond pattern of the rug is picked up in the chairs, which take their colour cue from the feature wall. White provides a crisp counterpoint to the teal, resulting in a modern spin on a

classic colour combination. A cohesive theme is the secret to unifying a space. Collections are best grouped according to height, style, function, or colour. The considered repetition of shapes and shades can also be effective. Project details The Monster chairs are £1,265 each at Chaplins. For a similar feature wall paint, Dulux’s Once Teal Tension matt emulsion, £22 for 2.5L at B&Q, is a good match. Offset it with Farrow & Ball’s All White estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, on the ceiling and other walls.

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GOLD RUSH dining space. Splashes of playful bright yellow are unexpected but effective too, particularly with Ligne Roset’s Ura mirror, which is seen used here as a tray on the dining table. Project details This is Segments wallpaper in Heather/Gold, £56 a roll, Harlequin. Graham and Green’s Velletri chandelier is £385. The Conference side chairs, by Eero Saarinen for Knoll, are priced from £960 each at Aram. This is the Drum dining table by Julian Chichester. The Antwerp sideboard is by Jonathan Adler, £2,750.


The taste for accent metallics has matured into full-fledged confidence, with a wealth of glittering opportunities coming to the fore. Some have classic good looks – cue Graham and Green’s Velletri chandelier – while others are more about making a statement through bold prints, such as Harlequin’s Segments wallpaper. The details shout louder, the look is more exuberant and yet the overall effect can still remain refined and elegant. Head-to-toe shine can be brash, so bold hits of bright blue are champion in this scheme, bringing a look of everyday glamour to the

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TEXTURE MIX Clever use of texture can be equally as effective as colour when it comes to standing out. This space oozes visual interest, from the stunning decorative ceiling, to the eclectic mix of materials and styles that follow. The blue Rondino easy chairs are among the dazzling stars of this room, taking pride of place at the table. The tan leather Series 7 dining chairs set a more formal vibe. A bespoke table is given a glamorous edge with a modern chandelier. ‘Use burgundy hues to enhance the rich tones of a wooden dining table and complete

the canvas with a chic linen table runner,’ says Heal’s buyer Emily Dunstan. ‘Style the scene with various midnight shades by adding dark, dramatic glassware, and enhance deeper tints with the use of amber or tortoiseshell cutlery.’ Project details The Rondino chairs are by Yngve Ekström for Swedese, £1,152 each at Twentytwentyone. These are Series 7 chairs by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen in Rustic Leather Tan, £1,904 each at Skandium. This is the Celestial Pebble chandelier, from £7,020, Uber Interiors.


IN BLOOM ‘The Christmas table is a great place to go over the top,’ says Dan Cooper, Christmas buyer at John Lewis & Partners. ‘To create a table that’s extra special, take time to consider your scheme, how you’d like it to look and the ambience you’re trying to create,’ he adds. How you decorate should be determined by your table’s requirements, such as how many courses you plan to serve and whether you’ll need space for extra cutlery. ‘For a busy Christmas table, scale back with a centrepiece that will leave the rest of the table relatively clear for tableware,’ Dan suggests. ‘This could be a beautiful wreath housing a few candles, or some posy vases simply clustered together.’

ON REFLECTION A mirrored wall panel in your dining room creates a striking feature, enhances the light and space and, on a more practical note, is useful after dinner for checking you don’t have turkey stuck between your teeth. The fragmented reflection of this bevelled piece by Osborn Glass is the talking point of this minimalist space. Its commanding presence is emphasised by a trio of pendants. Layering walnut touches, such as this custom-made dining table,

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can lend warmth and patina to a cool white backdrop. Project details The Hang pendants are £373.20 each, Marcel Wanders for Moooi at Clippings. The table is by Andwoodcraft. These are BA3 chairs, £350 each, Race Furniture at Soho Home. The ceiling roses are by London Plastercraft. Try Pure Brilliant White matt coloured emulsion, £16 for 2.5L, Crown Paints, for a similar shade.


Project details This dining room tells an indulgent design story with Ellie Cashman’s bold Dark Floral wallpaper and coordinating curtains providing a dramatic backdrop to the fabulous table display. Vintage green armchairs upholstered in a Manuel Canovas linen inject a splash of colour.

BALANCED BEAUTY ‘My style relies heavily on symmetry and coordination,’ says João Botelho, founder and creative director at Casa Botelho. ‘A balanced aesthetic creates an elegant, harmonious atmosphere, easing the subconscious mind and making guests feel comfortable.’ A pair of wall lights sets the symmetrical pace here, flanking a bold oil painting. Matching Beetle chairs pair perfectly with Matthew Hilton’s Light extending dining table, for De La Espada. João mixed in his Atena Carver dining chairs, retaining consistency by upholstering them in Olive Novasuede to match the others. Project details Find the Light dining table at Heal’s, £7,416. The green velvet Beetle chairs by GamFratesi for Gubi are available at The Conran Shop, £961 each. For a similar paint colour to the mantelpiece and walls, try Farrow & Ball’s Cornforth White estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L.

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GO GLAM chandelier. ‘Introducing plush velvet textures will give your Christmas table a luxurious feel, and nothing is complete without a touch of golden glamour,’ adds João Botelho of Casa Botelho. Cue the gold detailing of the classic Milo Baughman chairs, upholstered in a sumptuous Dedar velvet to coordinate with the rug. Project details Find a marble dining table by Willy Rizzo at Pamono. Try 1stdibs for vintage Vistosi chandeliers and similar Milo Baughman chairs.


‘The classic gold, evergreen and ruby red combination will always be popular at this time of year, but midnight hues form the key colour scheme this season, providing an exquisite backdrop when teamed with amber finishes and plum tones,’ says Heal’s buyer Emily Dunstan. This divine formal dining room in London is an excellent case in point. Walls are adorned in navy wallpaper, providing a suitably sultry setting for the showstopping marble dining table by Willy Rizzo and vintage Vistosi

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he Legian is one of Bali’s best-loved hotels with good reason – not only does it overlook Seminyak beach, but it also has 14 private pool villas, 67 sea-facing suites and a seafront beach house.The interiors were created by celebrated Indonesian designer, the late Jaya Ibrahim, and typify an understated and locally inspired design style. This month, one lucky reader and a guest will have the chance to stay in one of the hotel’s stunning suites and sample some of the best cuisine on the island with a meal at The Restaurant. Overlooking the hotel’s three-tiered infinity pool, the offering combines local cooking techniques with the best of organic and sustainable seasonal ingredients. Cocktails can be had day or night at The Pool Bar and The Ocean Champagne Bar. The indulgence continues at The Spa at The Legian. Stylishly subtle and minimalist in design, the spa has a holistic, calming ambience and offers an extensive treatment menu of signature experiences and rituals delivered in beachfront treatment rooms. The winner and their guest will each receive a 90-minute massage treatment. And if you’ve both had enough relaxing, the hotel is within walking distance of some of Bali’s most exclusive bars, clubs and shops.

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS The prize includes one complimentary suite for two people staying for four nights at The Legian Seminyak, Bali, one three-course dinner at The Restaurant for two guests, excluding alcohol, and one 90-minute Java Spa Wave massage treatment per person. International flights and airport transfers are not included in the prize. Travel insurance is not included. Any incidental expenses, such as drinks, telephone, minibar, room service, laundry, spa, etc, must be paid upon check-out by the winner. Booking is dependent on availability and excludes blackout dates. These include: 22 December 2018–5 January 2019, 1–9 February 2019, 1 6–23 April 2019, 1–8 June 2019, 20 July–31 August 2019, 21 December–6 January 2020. The prize is non-transferable, non-refundable, has no cash value and expires on 3 January 2020. The date may not be extended. The competition is open to UK entrants aged 18 and over only and closes on 10 January 2019. Full terms and conditions online.

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THE HOT LIST Livingetc’s guide to the latest hotels lighting up our design radar Words / Patrick Hamilton Courtney


FROM TOP Experience the lava canyons away from the crowds; the junior suite offers floor-to-ceiling views of the surrounding lagoon; unwind in the hotel’s cosy library

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The lowdown Iceland’s most iconic destination opens its first luxury hotel. Best for High-end design with volcanic views. Despite Iceland's bona fide tourist credentials, the country has, until now, been sorely lacking in swoon-worthy accommodation. That's all about to change thanks to The Retreat, a next-level luxury hotel offering world-class design and bucket-list bedroom views. Located at Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spring and Iceland’s most popular attraction, the property’s minimalist suites are built right into the lava rock and blend seamlessly with their dramatic surroundings. The Retreat provides access to an exclusive lagoon, offering total privacy from the heaving crowds. Elsewhere, the impressive Retreat Spa offers ‘The Ritual’, a relaxation regimen of mineral exfoliators and mud masks designed for deep detoxification and anti-aging. Complete the experience with an in-water treatment, where you will be wrapped in algae and massaged while half submerged in the silica-rich waters. After a day of swimming and spa-ing, the hotel’s Moss Restaurant dishes up light, gourmet meals in a sleek dining room overlooking the rocky terrain beyond. Book it Junior suites from £1,000 (


[ Brunch bliss ]

Williamsburg is a brunch lovers’ nirvana. Sunday in Brooklyn and Cafe Colette both have see-and-be-seen status, but you’ll find French toast and pancake stacks around every street corner.



New York

FROM TOP Klein’s serves classic American dishes; the Roomy rooms feature king-size beds and larger bathrooms; take in the wonderful views of Manhattan from the Summerly bar

The lowdown Hipster-luxe lodgings in so-cool-it-hurts Williamsburg. Best for Exploring Brooklyn from this happening new hotspot. The urban lifestyle maestros at Hoxton, the group behind millennial-magnet hotels in London, Paris, and Amsterdam, have opened their first property across the pond. Occupying a covetable spot in the ever-popular neighbourhood of Williamsburg, the design-led hotel has already become Brooklyn’s hottest hangout for New Yorkers in the know. The first thing guests will experience is the cavernous Ennismore-designed lobby; like a chic Brooklyn friend’s warehouse apartment, the space is a great spot to meet friends, grab lunch, or whip out your laptop for some oh-so-modern remote working. Bedrooms come in two tiers, Cosy or Roomy, and deliver unbelievably comfortable beds, stylish mid-century furniture and small but beautifully formed bathrooms. Hotel restaurant Klein’s all-day dining menu offers updated American classics and fashionable contemporary cuisine – think acai bowls and fried chicken sandwiches. Up on the roof, the seasonally opening Summerly bar is one of the buzziest venues in town, where guests can munch on lobster rolls while taking in the cinematic views. Book it Cosy rooms from £122 (

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The lowdown Warm, family-run hospitality in the isolated wilds of Scotland’s Isle of Skye. Best for Experiencing the outdoors and fabulous foodie escapes. Kinloch Lodge has stood proud since the 16th century, when it was first built as a grand hunting lodge. It later became a family home of the Macdonald clan, who still own and run it today. Set in spectacular seclusion on the south of the island, the lodge has enviable views and a true sense of bucolic tranquillity. This is a place for culinary indulgence. Lauded chef Marcello Tully oversees the destination restaurant, which is almost certainly the best in Skye. His inventive tasting menus draw from the island’s abundant produce with local seafood and wild vegetables a speciality. Gourmets can make the most of guided foraging tours by local experts who share their knowledge of the best places to scout out mushrooms, sorrel, samphire and mussels. Kinloch can also arrange cookery courses, fishing, wild walks and spa treatments, for a fully immersive Scottish stay. When you’ve explored the enchanting landscape, retire to the whisky bar for a nightcap and on to a restful night’s sleep in the country-cosy bedrooms. Book it Double rooms from £280 (

FROM TOP The Whisky bar provides a welcome place to round off your evening; individually decorated bedrooms reflect Skye’s stunning landscape; revel in the splendid isolation of Loch na Dal

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[ Spice island ]

Grenada’s undulating landscape is home to numerous spice plantations, growing everything from nutmeg and cloves to cinnamon and cocoa. Keep your eye (and nose) tuned and expect your food to come with a kick!

FROM TOP The design-led resort enjoys a hideaway Caribbean location; rooms reflect a cool, pared-back style; relax on the Grand Anse beach

SILVERSANDS Grenada The lowdown Design-led luxury lands in the lesser-travelled Caribbean island of Grenada. Best for Sun worshippers and families. Somewhat off the beaten track, Grenada has long been a hidden haven offering a quieter slice of Caribbean life. Taking advantage of the exceptional beaches and picture-perfect scenery is new resort Silversands, which brings contemporary attitude to the unspoiled island and promises to make Grenada a competitor to the more familiar destinations of Antigua and St Barts. Parisian firm AW2 oversaw the resort’s sleek, modernist architecture, creating what is easily the country’s most ambitious design venture. Previous projects include hotels for Aman and Six Senses, and that same pared-back, elegantly neutral aesthetic can also be found here. The geometrically shaped villa suites, decorated with natural textiles and bleached wood, are positioned to make the most of the sea views while offering guests full privacy. Facilities naturally include a stylish spa, 100-metre infinity pool, cigar and rum bar, and two dining options. Main restaurant Asiatique serves fine Thai cuisine with a Caribbean flair, or for local specialties, head to the ocean-front Grenadian Grill. Book it Double rooms from £760 (

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EASTERN DELIGHTS Be inspired by the Middle East and add spice to your sweet treats Photography/Alan Benson

Crystallised flowers Makes 15 -20 organic unsprayed * 1–2 roses in full bloom (about 20 petals) 1 egg white, whisked * to a light froth 50g * caster sugar


Carefully pick the petals from the roses, taking care not to bruise or tear them. Select small, unblemished petals. Line up two bowls on your worksurface, one containing the whisked egg white, the other the sugar. Working one at a time, hold a petal on one forefinger and use the other to lightly brush it all over with the egg white, then drop it gently into the bowl of sugar. Once you have coated several petals with egg white, tumble them gently in the sugar so they are evenly coated, but take care not to touch them too much with your fingers.

Use a small pair of tweezers to pick the petals out of the sugar and transfer them to a wire rack. Hold the petals at the base, as even the slightest touch can dislodge the sugar and egg white, making them patchy. Once you have completed a few petals, you can work out the method that works best. Leave the petals alone for 12 hours to dry completely. They will harden as the sugar and egg white sets. Store the crystallised petals between sheets of baking paper in an airtight container. They will keep for several months.


Blood orange steamed puddings

Persian butter fudge

Makes 8

Makes around 650g

blood oranges * 2 orange 200g * 180g goldenmarmalade syrup or * honey or light treacle VHOIUDLVLQJÁRXU *J 75g ground almonds * golden caster sugar * 75g1tsp bicarbonate * of soda from 22 cardamom * Seeds pods, ground (or a generous ½tsp ground cardamom) 195g eggs (around 3), * lightly beaten 200g Greek-style yogurt * 150g unsalted butter * melted, plus extra , for greasing * 75g mild honey


Preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan160°C/ Gas 4. Liberally butter eight dariole moulds or small pudding basins (180ml volume). Finely zest the blood oranges and mix the zest together with 2tbsp of the orange marmalade. Then set aside. With a sharp, serrated knife, remove the remaining skin and all traces of pith from the oranges. Cut the oranges crossways, into fairly thick slices. Select eight slices that will fit snugly into the base of the moulds. Put 1tbsp each of the marmalade and golden syrup into the dariole moulds and arrange the blood orange slices on top. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, ground almonds, sugar, bicarbonate of soda and cardamom. Mix together evenly. Add the eggs, yogurt, butter, honey and reserved marmalade and beat until evenly incorporated. Spoon the batter into the dariole moulds to about three-quarters full, then sit the moulds in a deep roasting tin. Pour hot water (from the tap) into the tin, so that it comes halfway up the sides of the moulds. Bake for 20–25 minutes. To test if they’re done, insert a fine skewer and if it comes out clean, they are ready. If your moulds are ceramic rather than metal, they may take longer, in which case return them to the oven and test at 10-minute intervals. Once cooked through, remove the puddings from the oven and leave them in the water bath for 5 minutes to settle. Turn them out onto dessert plates and serve with chilled cream or custard.

saffron threads * 15 500g caster sugar * 100g golden syrup * 300g unsalted butter, * roughly diced * 2tsp ground cardamom seeds pistachio slivers * 50g Dried rose petals, * to garnish (optional)


Lightly toast the saffron threads in a dry frying pan over a medium heat for about 30 seconds. They must be crisp and dry, but be careful not to let them burn. Cool slightly before crushing to a powder. Mix the saffron powder with 2tbsp boiling water and set aside to infuse for 1 hour. Combine the sugar, golden syrup and 60ml water in a heavy-based saucepan and melt over a low heat, stirring from time to time. When the sugar has completely dissolved, increase the heat and cook for 10–15 minutes until the mixture begins to turn golden. Whisk in the butter, cardamom and liquid saffron and cook for a few minutes more until the fudge turns an even butterscotch shade and reaches 118°C on a sugar thermometer. Pour onto a paper-lined tray and use a spatula to smooth it out as thinly as you can. Sprinkle on the pistachio slivers and rose petals, if using, pressing them gently into the surface of the fudge. Leave the fudge to cool completely, then break into random-sized pieces. Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 month.

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Turkish coffee petits pots Serves 8 milk * 600ml whole coffee powder * 40g Turkish 10 cardamom pods, *roughly crushed 1 vanilla bean, split * lengthways and seeds scraped double cream * 300ml 180g caster sugar * good-quality 100g dark *chocolate (60–70% cocoa solids), chopped 1 egg *yolks 120g egg (about 6) *


Pour half the milk into a saucepan and add the coffee powder, cardamom pods and vanilla bean and seeds. Heat to just below boiling. Remove from the heat and leave at room temperature to infuse overnight. The next day, preheat the oven to 180°C/ Fan 160°C/Gas 4. Sit eight small custard pots or ramekin dishes in a small, deep baking tin. Strain the infused milk into a pan through a sieve lined with a double layer of muslin and remove the vanilla bean. Stir in the remaining milk and the cream, and heat to just below boiling. Remove from the heat. Combine half the sugar with 40ml water in a pan and heat gently, stirring from time to time, until the sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes to form a honey-coloured caramel.

Pour the caramel into the infused cream and whisk to combine. Add the chopped chocolate and whisk very gently until everything is smooth. Set aside. Put the egg, egg yolks and remaining sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer and beat with the paddle attachment on high speed for 3 minutes, or until thick and pale. Lower the speed and slowly dribble in the hot chocolate cream until it is incorporated. Strain the mixture into a jug and pour into the custard pots. Pour hot water (from the tap is fine) into the baking tin so that it comes halfway up the sides. Bake for 45 minutes, until the creams are just set. Refrigerate the pots for 4–6 hours until firm. Serve the chilled pots with chocolate marshmallows and a jug of runny cream.


Plum soufflĂŠs with cardamom and orange

Pistachio shortbreads

Serves 6

Makes around 40

60g melted unsalted *butter , for brushing 50g caster , plus * extra for sugar dusting 200g egg whites (from * around 5 eggs), at room temperature 300g purÊe * (seeplum below) sugar, for dusting * IcingPLUM PURÉE 400g plums, quartered * and pitted Seeds from 3 * cardamom pods 80g caster sugar * Zest and juice of * ½ large orange  J FRUQà RXU *


To make the purÊe, put the plums into a saucepan. Use a mortar and pestle to grind the cardamom seeds with ½tsp of the sugar and add to the pan with the rest of the sugar, orange zest and juice. Cover and bring to the boil, stirring occasionally, then lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 15–20 minutes until the plums are soft. Cool briefly, then blitz to a purÊe in a food mixer and pass through a sieve. Measure 300g of purÊe and return to the cleaned pan. In a bowl, mix the cornflour with 3tbsp of the remaining purÊe, then tip into the pan of purÊe. Bring to the boil, lower the heat and simmer for 1 minute, stirring, until it thickens. Tip into a bowl and leave to cool. To make the soufflÊs, preheat the oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas 6. Grease six small soufflÊ dishes (approx 200ml volume) with melted butter. Dust with caster sugar, then refrigerate the dishes to set the butter. Whisk the egg whites in an electric mixer until they start to froth. Then, with the motor running, scatter on the sugar and whisk to medium-stiff glossy peaks. Lightly whisk two large spoonfuls of the whisked egg whites into the plum purÊe. Use a large metal spoon to fold in the rest. Spoon the mixture into the dishes and run a knife around the rim to help the soufflÊs rise. Put them in a baking tin and pour in boiling water a quarter of the way up the sides. Bake for 10–15 minutes until well risen. Dust the soufflÊs with icing sugar and serve immediately with ice cream.

icing sugar, sifted * 100g  J Ă RXUVLIWHG * 1tspSODLQ baking powder *JFODULĂ€HG EXWWHU *at room temperature white, lightly * 1 egg beaten PISTACHIO DUST 30g * good-quality blanched pistachio nuts


Recipes from SUQAR – Desserts & Sweets from the Modern Middle East by Greg and Lucy Malouf (£30, Hardie Grant)

To make the pistachio dust, blitz the pistachios to a fine powder in a food processor, then set aside. Line two baking trays with non-stick baking paper. For the shortbread dough, sift the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir them a little with your fingers. Make a well in the centre and pour in the clarified butter. Use your fingertips to push the dry ingredients into the butter and work everything together slowly. Be patient and rub carefully with a firm but gentle touch, until you achieve an even, wet sand consistency. If you squeeze some dough in the palm of your hand, it should squish together nicely. Break off walnut-sized pieces of the dough (approx 25g each). Roll into smooth, round balls and divide them between the prepared trays (you should be able to get 20 on each tray as they don’t spread much as they bake). Flatten the biscuits slightly – use the base of a tumbler – to 5cm in diameter. Rest in the fridge for 45 minutes. Preheat the oven to 160°C/Fan 140°C/Gas 3. Bake the biscuits in the centre of the oven for 20 minutes, swapping the trays around so they bake evenly (they should remain pale). Remove from the oven and lightly brush with the beaten egg white, then sprinkle with the pistachio dust and return to the oven for a final 5 minutes, watching carefully to ensure they do not brown. Remove from the oven and leave the biscuits to cool. Once cold, store them in an airtight container for up to a week. l i v i n g e t c . c o m / J a n u a r y 2 0 1 9 147




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