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e recently hosted our sixth House Tours event, this year welcoming 500 readers to six amazing homes in the Hackney area. Once again, it was a fabulous day, meeting readers and homeowners alike and soaking up design and decorating ideas. Every year, I’m bowled over (and rather put to shame) by the creativity, energy and passion that people pour into their homes – from bold wallpaper choices, clever paint treatments and stunning chandeliers to intriguing collections and displays. Suffice to say, by lunchtime the following day, I’d ordered a number of paint samples and bought a trolley full of indoor plants for my bathroom, directly inspired by some of the homes I saw. The houses in this issue are no less inspiring. We loved the boho vibe of fashion designer Alice Temperley’s Somerset home (page 44), which is surely the perfect English country house – casual and grand at the same time. At the other end of the style scale, Bart’s houseboat in Amsterdam (page 78) oozes sophisticated, thoughtful design. Also in this issue, we have a special report on innovative uses for glass (page 127), including floors and double-height doors that definitely add the wow factor to a space. Ready for a summer project?
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A prevalent new trend always generates a buzz at Livingetc HQ. Shimmying its way on to our radar, heavy fringing hits the mark for textured pieces with a regal, military-inspired feel. Consult Portuguese upholstery brand Munna for high-style tassels – its Fringes armchair channels stately and seductive Royal Blue velvet for a seat that oozes old-school elegance. Think of it as your living room’s answer to a Twenties flapper-style dress. Get ready to swish and swoosh…
MAIN PICTURE Fringes velvet armchair, £2,600, Munna; bespoke screen, £2,550, London Essentials, upholstered in Cupola Ochre 132233 viscose/cotton-mix, £50m, Harlequin at Style Library; Fringe wallpaper, from £186sq m, Tracy Kendall; Cigg side table in Marquina marble, £895; and Diversi bowl in Blue and Red by Carlo Moretti, £109, both The Conran Shop; The Maud stool by Talisman Bespoke, £1,140, Talisman London; Turkish vintage rug, £1,400, Floor_Story; and Bedgebury Classic planks, £106.93sq m, Ted Todd l i v i n g e t c . c o m / A u g u s t 2 0 1 8 13
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PU NCH Y SH A DES Swedish brand Skargaarden might originate from a small town on the Baltic coast yet it excels in fine outdoor furniture for more temperate climes. But don’t expect anything wooden or brown. The Reso line offers simple essentials made from powder-coated steel in a kaleidoscope of ice-cream colours. Fuss-free Scandi design at its best. Let’s just hope the weather we’ll be enjoying it in is a little more Mediterranean…
PLANT LIFE The light, the place settings, the view… alfresco dining is all about aesthetics, right? Good job Marks & Spencer has gone all-out with its tableware this season, then. Serve guests with these botanical designs and feel like you’re dining on a leafy, sun-dappled pergola. Melamine leaf-print dinner plates, £16 for four, (marksandspencer.com)
Capturing the essence of your holiday in a pint-sized perfume is no problem when you’re Jo Malone MBE. Think of her latest Jo Loves scent as the South of France in a bottle, bursting with notes of orange blossom, petitgrain, mandarin and neroli. Orange Butterflies, £70 for 50ml (joloves.com)
Skargaarden Reso dining chairs, £349 each; large Reso table, £1,400 (houseology.com). Big Love ice-cream bowls, £32 each (alessi. com). Toucan jug, £50 (aram.co.uk). Flamingo, £28 (talkingtables.com). Roc Pool swim shorts, £225 (orlebarbrown.com)
[ Dressing up ] Haven’t yet made it to the V&A’s Frida Kahlo exhibition? Then pop on this silk faux flower headdress inspired by the Mexican muse. Better yet, it’s been designed by florist Philippa ‘Royal Wedding’ Craddock. If it’s good enough for Harry and Meghan… Fuchsia headdress, £245 (vam.ac.uk) 14 A u g u s t 2 0 1 8 / l i v i n g e t c . c o m
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INSIDE SCOOP It would be fair to say that the Swiss Cheese plant is having an interiors moment, working its way on to everything from furniture and fabric to these Jacaranda wood salad spoons from Zenta South Africa. Statement serveware at its best. Monster Leaf salad spoons, £65 for two (selfridges.com)
Coral is making a comeback with Grace wallpaper
SI M PLE ELEGA NCE Ask any Pinch fan what they really, really want and theyâ€™d tell you a bed â€“ the until-now missing piece from the brandâ€™s collection of expertly crafted, effortlessly simple furniture. Itâ€™s time then to welcome Moreau, the signature piece from its first ever bedroom collection. Expect a subtly sculptural shape with softly curved lines, legs in oak or walnut and the option to upholster in any fabric you fancy. From ÂŁ2,980 for a double (pinchdesign.com)
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AGE NDA/ NEWS CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT Curtains made in Calozzo Stretto polyester in Cobalt, £35m; and Sumi cotton in Cobalt, £69m; and chair upholstered in Varese cotton velvet in Pale Jade, £72m, all Jaipur Rose fabric collection (designersguild.com)
[ God complex ] Uncorking your best bottle can require a bit of muscle. Thankfully, DOIY Design’s corkscrews and bottle openers come in the form of honed Greek gods and goddesses. You’ll have no trouble with Dionysus – god of winemaking – on your table. Hestia bottle opener and corkscrew, £13.99 each (doiydesign.com)
Just when you’d exhausted all ways to keep the kids amused during the holidays, lifestyle outlet Freyr and Fell launches its own children’s line. Head over to Little Fell to get mini-mitts on designs from Wildfire Teepees, like this monochrome number, which brings a more sophisticated touch to den-making. £135 (freyr-fell.com)
BLU E MOOD The 19th-century explorer Isabella Bird was the muse for the autumn/ winter 2018 collection from Designers Guild, so expect fabrics and wallpapers with a distinctly exotic feel inspired by the writings and photographs from her travels to China, Japan, Persia and beyond. We’re talking hand-painted botanicals, inky watercolours and intricate fretwork stamps. But that’s not to say it’s OTT – small scale-hexagons and a palette of shimmery cobalts are a go-to for easy-to-use updates.
NEW STRIPES If any bag is going to get you partying on the dancefloor come wedding season, our money’s on this sequined, rainbowhued beauty. And it will no doubt distract fellow guests from any questionable dance moves. Win, win. £25 (uk. accessorize.com)
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MODER N COU N TRY Aware that its style might be a little rustic for some, Neptune’s revamped Suffolk kitchen boasts cleaner lines, more compact pieces for urban living and bold colour options. Say hello to a host of new shades joining Honed Slate and Dove Grey, including this dusty, of-the-moment pink. Suffolk bi-fold larder painted in Old Rose, £4,725; Suffolk rectangular table, from £825; and Suffolk dining chairs, from £235 each (neptune.com)
While the bar stool has earned ‘kitchen staple’ status of late, its strictly metal, industrial-style incarnations can be a little dull. Not at Hayche – its WW design shakes up the look with six bold colour combinations. Go pretty with contrasting shades of pink or opt for tennis-feel green and white. £595 (hayche.com)
[ Shady lady ] Set yourself apart from a sea of straw hats on the beach with the loopy lines trademark of Themis Z. Taking inspiration from the Greek islands, its hats and beach bags are strewn with its squiggly Kyma pattern. Time to book those flights… Kyma sunhat, £159 (themisz.com)
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FERN FAVOURITE The colours in Neisha Crosland’s new encaustic tile collection really are good enough to eat – see Shrimp Blue, Pistachio, Cinnamon and Pomato Pink, all in unusual shapes, from diamonds and scallops to oblong hexagons. We’re smitten by Fern, above, in Smoke Sage for summery bathroom walls. Jigsaw tile collection by Neisha Crosland, £7.80 per tile (artisansofdevizes.com)
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SI M PLE TA STES The season’s most chic shade might take its inspiration from the vegetable patch, but the look is anything but drab. Putting beetroot on the colour map, Plumo’s offerings include handcrafted tableware in minimal styles that perfectly cater to laid-back garden gatherings. From £14 for a small plate (plumo.com)
COLLAB ALERT BRINTONS X TIMOROUS BEASTIES
What do you get when you invite Timorous Beasties to cast its magic at Brintons Carpets? Unsurprisingly, the answer doesn’t involve anything beige. Craigend – the partnership’s third collection of nine wool and nylon carpets – emulates natural textures found underfoot. Expect mosses, lichen and molten lava. We’d call it a rock ’n’ roll geography trip of sorts. Nice! Price on request (brintons.net)
[ Drum roll ] Oka’s Dige and Rander designs can’t quite decide if they’re stools or side tables – they’re perfectly sized for perching yet look like somewhere we’d rest our martini too. Either way, the circus-feel stripes and fun polka dots are a sure-fire talking point. Ceramic stools, £150-£175 each, available from September(oka.com)
Abstract illustrations of Earth get the nod on Greek designer Ellie Rassia’s out-of-this-world swimming costume. Think of it as wearable body art, designed with look-at-me Baywatch moments in mind. Planet Earth-print Baywatch swimsuit, £162 (matchesfashion.com)
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CA LIFOR N I A COOL Fans of clean, mid-century lines should check out The Rug Company’s Endurance collection. Taking its inspiration from Palm Springs’ Fifties architecture, its 12 flatweave rugs feature interlocking grid patterns, understated stripes and abstract graphics. Unique manufacturing techniques mean they’re fade- and stain-resistant and suitable for indoor and outdoor use. High style whatever the weather. Marina rug, from £2,758 (therugcompany.com)
ARTISTIC FLAIR You can count on Lee Broom for statement lighting that will dazzle equally when turned on and off. A tale of two halves, the Lens Flair pendant features a solid brushed brass top with an intricate, cross-cut lens down below, designed to softly diffuse light. We’d call that mega-watt wow factor. £850 (leebroom.com)
[ Winging it ] Myth has it, the gods and goddesses of Ancient Greece wore sandals with magical powers. All sounds rather fabulous, but were they made from the finest leather and bedazzled with pearly stones, we wonder? Ikaria Pearls, £267 (ancient-greeksandals.com)
PRETTY IN PINK
Hunker down on Gallotti&Radice’s Sophie armchair and you’ll feel like you’re floating on a velvety, pink-coloured cloud. Then consider the satin brass-plated legs and you’ll understand why we’re declaring this the most glamorous chair of them all. Call off the search! Federica Biasi for Gallotti&Radice, £4,572, in store at Harrods from end of July (gallottiradice.it) 22 A u g u s t 2 0 1 8 / l i v i n g e t c . c o m
Summer 2018 is set to be a riotous affair at Sainsbury’s Home. Hotfoot it to the seasonal aisle to check out its Fiesta line – a collection full of kaleidoscope colours geared towards outdoor fun and games. Who’s for a round of bat and ball? You can’t beat the classics, after all. Wooden bat and ball set, £7 (sainsburys.co.uk)
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Flask, £30, Corkcicle at Smallable
Dolce pom-pom fringe, £50m, Samuel & Sons
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Not getting your recommended dose of vitamin C? No problem. Like a freshly muddled mojito, this season’s hottest hue comes served with a sunny, citrus-infused kick. Proving its day-to-night appeal, models at Temperley London brought glitz and glam to the colour, with head-to-toe sequined sparkle. Freshly picked homeware is every bit as zesty too. Kartell’s Ge’ pendant packs a fruity punch, with its lime-tinted transparent lamp. And Fatboy, Ethimo and Emu are donning the shade across outdoor furniture and lighting. Your garden party guests will be lime green with envy. We’d call that summer on a plate – or, erm, in a fruit bowl…
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Transloetje wireless lamp, £90, Fatboy at Selfridges
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Jzuzh up your garden with these swish weatherproof loungers NEUTRAL
Lois sofa, £119, Marks & Spencer
Ohio sofa, £325, Next Home
Naxos sofa, £944, Maisons du Monde
Jonah sofa, £499, Made.com
California sofa, £207, B&Q
Brea sofa, price on request, Barber & Osgerby for Dedon
Daybreak sofa, £3,455, Link Outdoor at Colony
Newhaven sofa, £2,340, Garpa
Moments sofa, £2,110, Cane-line
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Wicked sofa, £1,989, Vincent Sheppard Twins sofa, £1,685, Expormim at The Conran Shop
Forma daybed, approx £2,590, Kenneth Cobonpue Cala sofa, £5,957, Doshi Levien for Kettal
Jambi bench, £250, Habitat
Copa sofa, £999, Made.com
Kungsholmen sofa, £282, Ikea Backpack sofa, £1,555, Ligne Roset
Swing sofa, £2,870, Ethimo at Houseology
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You’ll always have a drink on the go with these design-led numbers
Hot Stuff travel mug, £12, Alice Scott at The Hut
But First Coffee thermal mug, £20, Bando at Selfridges
Encaustic Tiles travel mug, £12, V&A for Creative Tops
Touch travel mug, £18, Nespresso
Parrots thermal flask, £15, Sara Miller London
Leopard-print travel mug, £47.66, Spoontiques at Amazon
Brew travel cup, £21.99, Trouva
S’well travel drinking bottle, £35, John Lewis
Flamingo Dot thermal mug, £15, Kate Spade New York
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Time to throw some shade with these colourful beauties
Sywawa Tahiti parasol, £1,990 (without base), Mark Gabbertas at Go Modern
Fisko/Ramso parasol, £17, Ikea
Striped parasol, £79, John Lewis
Sunnylife beach umbrella, £58, Wategos at Amara Balinese parasol, £250 (without base), Raj Tent Club
Nina parasol, £399, East London Parasol
Flowerpowersol parasol, £399.95, Marimekko for Fatboy at Made in Design
Ensombra parasol, from £1,650, Gandia Blasco at Barbed
Shanghai parasol, £59.99, Robert Dyas
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Statement designs to brighten bathrooms and pamper toes
Fusion Diamonds bath mat, £20, John Lewis
Sadek bath mat, £60, Abanjá at The Conran Shop
Geometric bath mat, from £24.95, Graham and Green
Heritage bath mat, £179, Abyss & Habidecor at Harrods Risa bath mat, £48, Anthropologie Naiade bath mat, £69, Yves Delorme
Parma bath mat, £118, Missoni Home at Amara
Star bath mat, £19.99, Zara Home Plait bath mat, £16, Next Home
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METALLIC TASK LAMPS Gleaming buys to light up your desk space
Beat table light, £420, Tom Dixon at Aria
Harman LED table lamp, £110, Aaron Probyn at Habitat
Cleo desk lamp, £460, Kelly Wearstler at LuxDeco
Jayden table lamp, £124, Graham and Green
Taj mini table lamp, £260, Kartell at Houseology
Burton table lamp, £50, Next Home
Tubular table lamp, £120, French Connection Home
Factory task lamp, £129, West Elm
Keegan task lamp, £55, John Lewis
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Travel in style this summer with one of these luxe covers
Metallic passport holder, £29, Whistles
Tropical passport cover, £20, John Lewis
Burlington passport cover in Navy Camouflage, £175, Smythson
Passport holder in Iphis Canvas, £75, Liberty
Canyon Sunset passport holder, £24, Anthropologie
Passport cover in Tan and Cappuccino, £55, Aspinal of London
Passport holder in Mustard, £49, Thomas Lyte
Hyde Lane passport holder, £70, Kate Spade New York
Floral-print passport cover, £185, Dolce & Gabbana at Net-a-Porter
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PHOTOGRAPHY SIMON BEVAN STYLING REBECCA DE BOEHMLER RESEARCH SOPHIE BROWN DETAILS GLASS CARRIER, £30, GARDEN TRADING; AND STRAWS, £3.50 PER PACKET, TALKING TABLES
Designer The Coca-Cola Company, 1916. Details Coca-Cola bottles, £4.49 for a six-pack, Amazon. Background As witnessed by photos of celebrities as diverse as actor Spencer Tracy, Cuban leader Fidel Castro and assorted Beatles and Rolling Stones, sipping on a bottle of Coke is one of the coolest and most enduring images of the past one hundred years, summoning up the American 20th-century in a single frame. Perfectly shaped to fit in a curled palm, it’s as recognisable as any corporate logo and has become as ubiquitous as the fizzy drink itself. Back in the early 1900s, however, Coca-Cola was only one of many such sodas, colas and beverages produced in the USA. To gain an edge on its competitors, the company’s Asa Griggs Candler launched a contest for a new bottle design that would make Coke stand out from the crowd. His brief was simple, but deceptively clever: ‘We need a bottle that can be recognised when felt in the dark or identified even when broken’. Indiana’s Root Glass Company got the gig, after its Earl R Dean saw an illustration of a cocoa plant (Coca-Cola had nothing to do with cocoa, but the plant’s pod had a strange, appealing shape). Fluted and curved, Dean’s design, once tweaked – as it was at first wider in the middle than the base, making it unstable for a conveyor belt – was an instant hit. Since then, an astonishing 300 billion bottles have been produced across the planet, making it one of the most successful consumer packages in the history of humankind. Its celebrity status is assured too, with artists such as Andy Warhol recognising its classless, universal appeal in his silkscreen prints. ‘A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking,’ Warhol once said. We’ll drink to that…
WORDS ⁄ Steven Efstathiou
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ALICE’S WONDERLAND BOHEMIAN, ROMANTIC AND WHIMSICAL BY TURNS, STAR DESIGNER ALICE TEMPERLEY’S EDWARDIAN COUNTRY HOUSE IS AN ENGLISH IDYLL STEEPED IN HER DISTINCTIVELY ETHEREAL, GLAMOROUS STYLE Photography ⁄ Pa
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Words ⁄ Serena Fokschaner
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HOME PROFILE THE OWNER Fashion designer Alice Temperley, who lives here with her nine-year-old son Fox. THE PROPERTY An Edwardian house in south Somerset that once belonged to newspaper magnate Lord Beaverbrook. It has a reception room, living room, morning room, kitchen, studio, dining room and WC on the ground ﬂoor. The ﬁrst ﬂoor houses four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a library, study and attic. There are also another four bedrooms and two bathrooms on the ﬂoor above.
EXTER IOR Alice, with son Fox, left, and nephew Phoenix, extends her playful style of decorating to the outside of her mansion with oversized disco balls and a vintage Union Jack flag.
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ou don’t need directions to find Alice Temperley’s home. Just ask for the house with the disco balls and you’ll find it: a handsome, Edwardian mansion with sash windows, stone portico on fat columns and, yes, a pair of glittering dancefloor orbs. This Somerset-meets-Studio-54 touch is quintessentially Alice. Glamorous and bohemian, it’s a prelude to what the fashion designer calls her ‘wedding cake’ of a home filled with icing-sugar colours, decorative paint finishes and hand-worked textiles dashed over antique furniture. ‘It’s romantic and wildly impractical, which is why I love it, of course,’ says Alice. It’s also a peaceful place to work. Lately, she’s been spending time in her studio, which opens on to the garden, painting and drawing designs for a new, hush-hush range, which will be launched later this year. ‘All I can say at the moment is that it’s an area of design that I’ve always experimented with, so I am really excited,’ says Alice. Temperley London’s main HQ, with its Union Jack-painted façade, is still in London, where she also has a West End shop. But two years ago, when the brand was ‘being restructured’ as she puts it, Alice decided it was time to redress her work-life balance by spending more of her week in Somerset. ‘London is about the team – here I have the space to think.’ Somerset is where she grew up on a cider farm with her siblings Mary, Matilda and Henry. It was by all accounts a bucolic, bohemian childhood. ‘We were always outside. I milked a goat every morning. My sisters and I were farm girls.’ Alice, who is divorced from her husband and former business partner Lars von Bennigsen, wants her nine-year-old son Fox to have ‘the same quality of life I grew up with, spending time outside. Here, Fox can open the door and disappear into the forest with his bow and arrow or make dens,’ she says. For a designer whose work has always reflected her personal style, the house had instant appeal from the moment she saw it. ‘I remember walking up the steps on a summer afternoon. The windows are huge, so the light is exceptional – it feels more like a palazzo than a Somerset house.’ The scalloped niches and coffered ceilings beguiled her. ‘It’s odd and unique,’
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DINING ROOM The fantastical ‘inverted wedding cake’ architecture of the house appealed to Alice, who painted every room in a different colour, adding antiques and artwork gathered from her favourite markets in Paris and London. In the dining room, she commissioned her friend Frederick Wimsett to paint the 18th-centurystyle mural. Get the look Find a similar inlay chest at Myakka. The artwork is by Alice’s sister, Mary Temperley.
DINING ROOM Throughout the house, the distinctive plasterwork and unusually tall windows of the Edwardian property are the setting for Aliceâ€™s collection of antiques as well as contemporary pieces, such as the storage cabinet, which came from her London shop. Get the look For a similar vintage chandelier, try Charles Edwards.
she says. During the Second World War, the house was home to newspaper magnate Lord Beaverbrook, who held secret meetings and played host to Winston Churchill in the panelled library. There are traces of an older past too: a Tudor bear pit and thick turreted stone walls, a legacy of the castle that once stood on the site. The historic setting called for confident decorating and each room is different, from powder pink in the bedroom to cosy aubergine in the sitting room. ‘Every colour evokes a contrasting mood,’ says Alice. Next came that bohemian Temperley touch: a mix of chandeliers, mirrors and disco balls galore. ‘I love the way they sparkle in the sunshine. It’s the opposite of strip lighting.’ In the bathroom, she covered the roll-top bath in a ‘disco tile’ of broken mirrors. ‘A friend and I did it over a bottle of wine – there were lots of cut fingers,’ she says. Another Temperley motif, the Union Jack, is everywhere, cascading across walls, emblazoning a toy box. There’s nothing jingoistic about it, though. ‘I’ve always had a romantic affection for our flag,’ says the Royal College of Art textiles graduate. ‘It’s part of our brand.’ In the dining room, artist Frederick Wimsett perched on a ladder to paint the chinoiserie mural, adding the bright folkloric design inspired by Alice’s embroidery adorning a corridor. In the kitchen, a vintage haberdashery cabinet does its duty as a storage space and the tablecloth is an off-cut from a dress fabric. It’s here that you’ll find the Temperley clan at weekends. ‘We’re very close,’ say Alice. ‘When we were growing up, I’d drape my sisters in the materials I was using to make clothes.’ Head through French doors into the gardens and you can’t miss the golden stag – saved from a shop window display – and the latest acquisition, a bubbling hot tub. During the summer months, the gardens are the setting for Alice’s glamorous annual party, with previous themes including Leather, Lace, Debauchery and Grace, where the hostess wore PVC – in July! ‘Don’t ask…’ Alice is toying with ideas for this year’s bash. ‘Whatever I choose, it will be an excuse for my friends to dress up in beautiful, decadent pieces and spend time in the English countryside,’ she says. Check out Alice’s work at temperleylondon.com. Her Somerset range of clothing is available at johnlewis.com
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R ECEPTION ROOM ‘One of the first things I noticed about the house was the windows,’ says Alice. ‘They flood the space with light, making it feel almost Italianate at times.’ She uses disco balls throughout the property as decoration. ‘They throw wonderful sparkling beams across the rooms, which I think is so much nicer than conventional lighting.’ Get the look Try Sisters Guild for a similar disco ball. Graham and Green sells overmantel mirrors like this.
LI V ING ROOM ‘Wherever I’ve lived, I’ve painted one room in this deep aubergine colour. I find it very soothing,’ says Alice. Get the look Find a similar mirror at B&T Antiques. The sofas are bespoke.
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‘IT’S NOT YOUR CONVENTIONAL COUNTRY HOUSE. THE EDWARDIAN ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS, LIKE THE DEEP CORNICES, DREW ME IN’
LI V ING ROOM Once the setting for grand parties hosted by Lord Beaverbrook in the Thirties, Alice has brought a more relaxed, layered feel to this room. Get the look Find similar vintage sofas at Tetbury Antiques. The screen travelled with Alice from Asia, where she lived for six months.
‘I DON’T SAVE THINGS FOR BEST. I LIKE TO MIX MY FINE CHINA WITH HANDMADE GLASSES OR CUT MY FABRICS INTO NAPKINS. LIFE’S TOO SHORT NOT TO USE EVERYTHING’
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K ITCHEN A photo in the corner taken for Vogue captures Alice with her ex-husband and family, while the dresser is filled with pieces by friends, including pottery from Dennis China Works in Somerset. Alice avoided a built-in look by using a mix of cabinetry, including a vintage shop display cabinet for her glassware. Get the look Find a similar dresser at The Lacquer Chest. Retrouvius has vintage display cabinets like this.
HOME TRUTHS What’s your favourite time of day? Early morning, as the sun comes up over the gardens. Yoga bunny or runner? Yoga and long walks for me. Artwork you’d most like to own? I’d love one of Toulouse Lautrec’s ad prints or anything by Man Ray. What’s your personal style signifier? Red lipstick, unruly hair, white shirts and relaxed suits. Best piece of advice you were ever given? Just get on with it! Your secret source? I love rummaging around Clignancourt market in Paris. It’s a regular haunt for me.
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H A LLWAY The eye-teasing MC Escher-like vistas of the house were one of the first things that captured Aliceâ€™s imagination. She uses unusual artwork, such as the African heart sailcloth painting, to draw the eye to the interior. Get the look For a similar chandelier, try Gustavian.
A LICE’S STUDIO
TOP-FLOOR L A N DING
The designer’s distinctive, ethereal dresses and knitwear start life as sketches, paintings and experiments in her studio, where antique textiles are a constant source of inspiration. Get the look For a zebra-print rug like this, try Abigail Ahern.
The top floor of the house, with its unique lozenge-like lantern, doubles as an informal art gallery, with work by friends and family.
BATHROOM Alice decorated the bath in a mirrored mosaic and designed the plinth herself, customised in her signature Union Jack. Get the look Find a similar bath at The Albion Bath Company.
THE BLUEPRINT STUDIO
BATHROOM BEDROOM LIVING ROOM
WC LANDING STUDY
HALL RECEPTION ROOM MORNING ROOM
BEDROOM BATH BEDROOM ROOM ATTIC
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‘I LOVE THE PEACE OF THIS HOUSE. I COULD STAY IN MY BATH FOR HOURS JUST GAZING OUT OF THE WINDOW OVER THE ROLLING HILLS’
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M A STER BEDROOM Alice hand-stitched this quilt, adding furniture and textiles collected from her favourite markets in London and Paris. Get the look Find a similar quilt at John Lewis.
SEE MORE GREAT ROOMS AT LIVINGETC.COM
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IDEAS TO STEAL
Take a walk on the grand side like Alice with rich patterns and glam accessories
PHOTOGRAPHY (PAINT SWATCH) PIXELEYES
ABOVE, FROM TOP LEFT TO RIGHT Delft Noir velvet, £131m, Designers Guild; Eiger reclaimed wood flooring, £230.40sq m, Woodworks by Ted Todd; Claremont carpet in Woburn, £79.22sq m, Sinclair Till Flooring Company; Cook’s Blue estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball; and Edo wallpaper in Mint, £470 a roll, Coordonné
CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT Cromwell sofa in Old English Chestnut, £2,335, Darlings of Chelsea; Terrace Tower bookshelf, £499, West Elm at John Lewis; Rice disco ball, £28, Printer+Tailor at Trouva; De Beauvoir screen in Mey Meh Red, £3,295, House of Hackney; Union Jack Chair framed print, £90, Marion McConaghie at King & McGaw; CC35 ceiling rose, £220.80, Stevensons of Norwich; Eleanor chandelier, £220, Debenhams; and zebra-print rug, £399.99, Zara Home
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From cosmic ceilings to chic jewellery, reach for the stars to find inspiration
CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT Hang an ethereal web of starlights overhead – Q2 hanging lamp, £10,870, Jan Pauwels for Baxter at Silvera; this decorative Fornasetti plate has been crafted with whimsical prints and glistening golden accents for added elegance – Astronomici wall plate No. 2, £254, Amara; opt for striking galactic surfaces – Royal Blue marble, from £3,360sq m, Gerald Culliford; this stunning Spiral Galaxy mural wallpaper has us lost in space and loving it – £36sq m, Murals Wallpaper; and we’re wishing on an Eastern star for this resplendent kimono-style number – Iris Moonlit Sky wrap dress, £245, Rixo. RESEARCH ⁄ Rohini Wahi
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PHOTOGRAPHY (ALBERTINE BOOKSHOP) JOHN BARTELSTONE PHOTOGRAPHY
CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT Give your floor tiles star power with a vintage edge – Metropolis Star tile, £27.42sq m, Tons of Tiles; plan your days with this Constellation daily journal, £12, Urban Outfitters, with delicate gold foil lettering; add bright splashes around your home and garden with this divine Starburst light, £36, Rockett St George; at once graphic and delicate, a mesmerising pattern is translated into this Constellation wall light, £1,164, Porta Romana; Dear Diary entries have never looked better, thanks to these vegan leather Zodiac journals, £16 each, Anthropologie; sparkle with these perfectly mismatched Crescent two-way earrings, £25, Dose of Rose; Modern Mud’s heavenly Constellation mugs, £74.38 each, are hand-painted in glimmering 22-carat gold; and nestled in the Payne Whitney mansion in New York, the Albertine bookshop features a dazzling ceiling painted by French artisans, creating the perfect spot for starstruck bookworms.
PHOTOGRAPHY (HAIRPINS) RACHAEL SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY
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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE Graphic white stars amid a chalky-blue backdrop make for dreamy bath times – Hex Star wall tiles, £131.24sq m, Popham Design at Marrakech Design; cast stellar shadows with this pretty cut-out Star shade, £12, Next Home; these cosy cushion covers will add charm to a scheme – Midnight, £17 each; and Stars with fringe, £22, all Zana Products; studded with brass stars, New Ravenna’s Astronomy stone mosaic, £90.55sq m, is anything but ordinary; Juan Montoya was inspired by the cosmos when designing this lace-like Moon Island rug, from £2,570, for Stepevi; add a little adventure to your look with Aspinal of London’s luxe Pegasus backpack, £594, adorned with hand-drawn prints; prepare for plenty of starry, starry nights with these Swarovski crystal-encrusted Callisto Moon hairpins, £140 for three, Tilly Thomas Lux; and take your decor to a lunar level – My Moon My Mirror table, £690, Moroso. l i v i n g e t c . c o m / A u g u s t 2 0 1 8 59
DIVINE DECADENCE The hedonistic glamour of Fifties and Sixties high society is casting its dazzling light on interiors. Think midcentury shapes, sunshine shades and a sly salute to the genius of Slim Aarons
Photography ⁄ Paul Raeside
Styling ⁄ Marianne Cotterill
A retro c h e s t wo r k s sl e e k g e o m etric d etails a n d a p ret t y p a s te l p a l e t te , w h i l e th e l a m p te a s e s th e eye with it s u n exp e c te d p ro p o r ti o n s . Harlequin chest, £2,950, Jonathan Adler. Narcisa lamp, £195, Selène at RB12. Prickle ornament, £23, Pols Potten at Amara. Garden Party by Slim Aarons print, £435, Galerie Prints.
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SHOPPING ⁄ ETC T h e s ex y c u r ve s of th e s of a a n d a g o rg e o u s l y p l u s h r u g l u re yo u i n fo r a n i n d u l g e nt h it of p o o l s i d e g os s i p s e t a g a i n s t a n e p i c s l at te d wa l l . Tiffany sofa in Atol velvet (includes cushion), £3,450, Graham and Green. Flora ottoman in Amber Yellow velvet, £675, Att Pynta. Zefiro table in Calacatta Oro marble and metal, £1,558, Flexform. Carnival rug, £1,080sq m, Deirdre Dyson. Phenomena floor lamp, on the table, £3,900, Bomma at Poliform. Hotel Du Cap Eden Roc by Slim Aarons print, £1,095, Galerie Prints. Cushions, from left: Regency Pink, £40, Habitat; Halcyon, £49, Collect Scotland at Heal’s; Hands, £25, Habitat; and Peach, £45, Heal’s. Kaymet sandwich tray in Gold, £29, John Lewis. Vintage Emilio Pucci dress and sandals and hat, from a selection, 1stdibs. Leya plant stand side table in Lime, just seen, £99, Urban Outfitters. Ice bucket, from a selection, Vinterior. Plant box with stand, £179, Ferm Living at Heal’s. Artificial plants, from a selection, Audenza and Marks & Spencer. Fresh foliage, from a selection, New Covent Garden Market.
Tr i p py vi nyl b e at s , p e e k- a - b o o s h e lvi n g a n d a j a z z y j u m b l e of l ow - l eve l s e ati n g m a ke s fo r a f a b chill - o ut zo n e . Palm Springs table, £180, Raj Tent Club. Officina armchair with galvanised frame by Magis; upholstered in Brera Moda Emerald and Brera Moda Thyme linen, £1,120; and Officina ottoman with galvanised frame by Magis; upholstered in Brera Moda Emerald linen, £683, both Designers Guild. Jericho reclining chair, £4,579, Arteriors. Kermes sideboard, £1,321, Evangelos Vasileiou at Ligne Roset. Corian stool, £340, Rexa Design at RB12. Pavillion rugs in Yellow and Light Pink; and Blush and Green, £365 each, Normann Copenhagen at Amara. Devyn lamp base, £65; and Devyn macrame shade, £165, both Där Lighting. Indy cushion in Yellow, £35, Habitat. Cheese plant, £49.50, Marks & Spencer. On the table: Crosley Keepsake vinyl record player, £165, Urban Outfitters; Old Havana dinner plates in Mint, £16 each, Anthropologie; Versailles Hex vase, £295, Jonathan Adler; and orchid plant, from a selection, New Covent Garden Market. On the sideboard: Vitamin Eclipse mirror in Blue, £180, Someday Designs; and Lito bookend, £210, L’Objet at Harrods. On the shelf: Cire Trudon + Giambattista Valli Positano scented candle, £78, Amara; and Lito paperweight, £275, L’Objet at Harrods.
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C l a s s i c m e e t s p l ay f u l a s p l a s ti c f a nt a s ti c p i e ce s p o p a g a i n s t a co n s o l e ’s ultra - co m p ose d lin e s . Pino console table, £239.99, My Furniture. Panton chair in Classic Red, £225, Aram Store. Martha faux-shagreen mirror in Satsuma, £745, Julian Chichester. Wild & Wolf 746 Sixties corded telephone in French Blue, £35.99; and vase in Turquoise, £40, Hemingway Design for Royal Doulton, both John Lewis. Teacup, from a selection, Vinterior. Lipstick, from a selection, Illamasqua. Family Snapper by Slim Aarons print, £295, Galerie Prints. Fabric seen in mirror: Tiger Silk silk-mix, £228sq m, Dedar. l i v i n g e t c . c o m / A u g u s t 2 0 1 8 63
SHOPPING ⁄ ETC S p e llin g o ut th e h e d o n is ti c m o o d of th e e r a , a c h e e k y f l a s h of n e o n b r a ze n l y l e a d s th e way to co ck tail o’clo c k . Kermes sideboard, as before. Cocktails neon light, £70, Talking Tables. Vera Wang Bande decanter, £140; and Globe tumblers, £40 for two, all Wedgwood. Plant, from a selection, New Covent Garden Market.
W ith th e i r l a i d - b a c k L A l o o k s , th e s e p o o l s i d e p i c k s tot a l l y ro c k i n d o o r s . A c a n e b a r is th e n ew m u s t- h ave . Nanny rocking chair, £895, Att Pynta. Akaros lounge chair and footstool, £350, Habitat. Indoor/outdoor bar cart, £698, Anthropologie. Monstera rug, £200, Urban Outfitters. Beverly Hills Hotel by Slim Aarons print, £595, Galerie Prints. On the rocking chair: Rare Garden cushion in Rust, £85, Heal’s. On the lounge chair: Face cushion, £40, Habitat. On the footstool: Kaymet sandwich tray, as before. On the bar cart: Globe red wine glasses, £50 for two, Wedgwood; Globe tumblers, as before; Levis Lapis decanter, on the top shelf, £328, Arteriors; Bande decanter, as before; and ice buckets, from a selection, Vinterior. Umbrellas, £45 each, Jalu.
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The outside-inside vibe gets an upbeat twist with classic seating and a table that echoes the beauty of a seasoned redwood. Timber 75 table, £2,140, Porada. Cherner armchair, £1,185, Aram Store. Bertoia side chair, £1,115, Knoll at Designers Guild. Elaborate peacock chair, £490, Out There Interiors. Tribeca two-tier side table painted in Benjamin Moore CP 2801-20 high gloss, £1,191.60, Julian Chichester. Bench covered in 31772-12, £85m, Soleil collection by Kravet Design at GP&J Baker. Monstera rug, as before. On the table: Prestige Black Panther vase, £2,800, Wedgwood; and Lobster plate, £31, Aram Store. On the side table: Old Havana plate, as before; jugs, £40 each, Hemingway Design for Royal Doulton at John Lewis; and Bangle tumblers in Rose, £29 for two, LSA International at Amara. On the bench, clockwise from top left: Cheese plant, £49.50, Marks & Spencer; Pavel vase, £29, Made.com; cushion in Ochre, £19.50, Marks & Spencer; Palm print cushions, from £50 each; and bolster cushion in Green, £40, all Rosehip & Wild at Handpicked by Kate. Flowers and foliage, from a selection, New Covent Garden Market.
S li m A a ro n s c a ptu re d a m o m e nt wh e n life wa s b e a utif u l a n d th is H o lly wo o d H ills- s t yl e b e d ro o m n a ils th at F if ti e s c h i c . A n d , o h , th at d ivi n e h e a d b o a rd ! Zabel headboard, £549, Swoon Editions. Jericho reclining chair, as before. Zefiro table in Carrara marble, £1,488, Flexform. Scone Madam by Slim Aarons print, £910, Galerie Prints. Nappa fringed table lamp, £130, Oliver Bonas. On the bed: Odyssey king-size cotton duvet set in Teal, £150; and cotton Aruba Oxford pillowcase set in Blue, £28; both Wallace Cotton; bolster cushions in Ocean, £40 each, Rosehip & Wild at Handpicked by Kate; Berlingot cushion cover in Ambre, £49, Iosis at Yves Delorme; and vintage Emilio Pucci dress, from a selection, 1stdibs. On the table: scarf, from a selection, 1stdibs; and vintage books, from a selection, eBay.
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Selene vanity desk, £5,659, Gallotti&Radice at Harrods. Menu Afteroom Plus dining chair in Dusty Rose, £399, Pad Lifestyle. Atelier Des Ors, Eau Triple, Heeley, Maison Francis Kurkdjian Mizensir and Cire Trudon perfumes, from a selection, United Perfume.
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DECORATING WITH PALE PINK Work this on-trend shade to create a scheme that’s delicate, pretty and thoroughly grown-up Picture research ⁄ Patrick Hamilton Courtney
A s of t p i n k with u n d e r to n e s of g rey wo r k s to s o oth i n g e f f e c t i n Yvo n n e Ko n é’s C o p e n h a g e n b o utiq u e , d e sig n e d by O live r G u s t av. Te a m with b u rg u n d y d r a p e s to ke e p th e l o o k e l e g a nt . WALLS For a similar paint shade, try Farrow & Ball’s Pink Ground estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L. DETAILS Industrial chandelier, £1,617.83, Workstead. For similar curtains, try Rothko furnishing fabric, £25m, John Lewis. Find a similar faux fig tree at Nordic House. 68 A u g u s t 2 0 1 8 / l i v i n g e t c . c o m
Tr y a m o d e rn p a int ef fe c t su ch a s o m b ré s h a d i n g , u s i n g s i m il a r ros y p i n k a n d s k y b l u e to n e s fo r a re s t f u l co l o u r u p d ate . WALL To recreate this look, try Crown’s Fairy Dust and Chance matt coloured emulsions, both £18 for 2.5L. FURNITURE For a chair like this one, try the Tallow stackable chair, £160, Habitat. This is the Tam Tam stool, £18, Habitat.
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WALLS For a similar paint shade, try Farrow & Ball’s Dead Salmon estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L. FURNITURE The Oscar three-seater sofa in Powder Pink, £1,940, Sofa.com is similar. The side table is part of a plaster pillar.
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P a s te l h a n d - p a i nte d p a n e l s su cce s s f ully co m b in e p ret t y with b o ld in th is u p b e at , fe m i nin e sp a ce . WALL Covered in Amazonia wallpaper on custom Pink Edo painted Xuan paper, from £1,035 per panel, de Gournay. FURNITURE For a similar sofa, try The French Bedroom Company. DETAILS Hand-painted Amazonia cushions on Pink silk twill, £740 each; and hand-painted Butterflies cushion on Imperial Yellow silk twill, £510, both de Gournay.
C o m b i n e l aye r s of r a s p b e r r y, ros e a n d s e a s h e l l p i n k i n tex ti l e s , th e n te a m with b u r n i s h e d m et a l l i c s fo r a m o d e r n - m e et s- v i n t a g e l o o k . WALL Covered in Lustre Tile wallpaper, £98 a roll, Zoffany. FURNITURE For a similar bed, try the Madeleine, £2,059, Maisons du Monde. The bed was covered in silk by Jo Berryman Studio. The chair is vintage. DETAILS The curtains and cushions are by Kevin O’Brien Studio. 70 A u g u s t 2 0 1 8 / l i v i n g e t c . c o m
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INTRODUCE SHADES OF PINK AND TAKE A SCHEME FROM GIRLIE TO GROWN UP
DECORATING ⁄ ETC E xp e r i m e n t with s h a d e s of p i n k a n d a s i m p l e l i n e a r p a i nt tre atm e nt to t u r n a p l a i n s p a ce i nto a n eye - c atc h i n g co r n e r. WALLS Painted in, from top, Little Greene’s Dorchester Pink Pale; Dorchester Pink Deep; Dorchester Pink, Dorchester Pink Deep; and Dorchester Pink Pale intelligent matt emulsions, all £48.50 for 2.5L. FURNITURE For a similar unit, try Loaf’s Hoot sideboard, £675.
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EASY LIVING Take inspiration from Next Home and create a look that’s a modern mix of colour, texture and natural materials
LOUNGE LIFE Stratus sofa, from £750; pom-pom edge cushion, £12; textured pom-pom cushion, £14; velour cushions, from £10 each; coffee table (part of a set), £175; and chevron rug, from £80, all Next Home
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DRAMATIC DINING Stockholm dining table, £350; Hamilton dining chairs, £198 for two; Hutton dinner set, £28; Cupertino pendant, £60; and vase, £24, all Next Home
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BUREAU CHANGE Desk, £235; chair, £160 for two; chevron rug, from £55; Laguna task lamp, £40; and marble-effect pot, £18, all Next Home
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PHOTOGRAPHY ARMELLE HABIB
Designer Jessica’s epic revamp gave a tired Victorian home some pizzazz
COOL AS ICE
We bet you’ve never seen a houseboat quite like Bart’s…
Sophie and Jim’s subtly zoned London home makes family living a breeze
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As smart as its Amsterdam setting, this houseboat mixes futuristic-style fittings with a more zen approach to life. And its owner is making waves tooâ€Ś
Photography and styling / Jelte Janmaat/House of Pictures
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Words / Steven Efstathiou
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HOME PROFILE THE OWNER Bart Biermans, a cosmetic physician who runs two facial clinics as well as conducting ice-bath therapy sessions in his home. THE PROPERTY A three-storey houseboat moored on the Amstel river in Amsterdam. There are two en-suite bedrooms, a sauna, gym, laundry room, engine room, WC and an atriumstyle space on the ﬁrst level. Upstairs is the living area, kitchen and dining area, plus a WC and terrace. On the third level is a sun lounge, WC and two additional terraces.
LI V ING A R E A Designed by Framework Studio, with the refit completed by Amsterdam-based contractors JHK Bouw, the houseboat’s open-plan zone has all the appearance of a luxurious apartment. Get the look This is the DS-1025 sofa by Ubald Klug for de Sede. The rug is by Marc Janssen for ICE International at Framework Studio. The architectural spotlights hanging over the atrium are by Flos. The balustrade was designed and created by Framework Studio. The lava stone-topped coffee table (just seen) is by Made a Mano.
ot your typical houseboat, or for that matter houseboat owner, this b eautif ul A msterda m home belonging to Bart Biermans is both a chic abode and a wellness centre that offers alternative therapies. The vessel, which is more akin to a New York loft, is f illed with spacious living areas dressed in funky modern furniture and standout art – a testament to Bart’s creative impulses. After studying medicine, he travelled extensively, searching for philosophical techniques that complemented his medical work. ‘I’ve always had a fascination with the body and its connection to the mind,’ Bart says, ‘so I’ve explored everything.’ Eventually, he discovered the Wim Hof Method, which works to fortify the immune system. One element of the method is being able to sit – for a substantial length of time – in icy-cold conditions. ‘It was a life-changing event,’ he says. ‘I signed up for an instructor’s course and here I am.’ Having previously lived in the bustling Kinkerstraat area of Amsterdam, Bart was on the lookout for a more contemplative setting in order to carry out his workshops – which culminate in a session in an ice bath – and the houseboat fitted the bill perfectly. Calling on the expertise of architectural design company Framework Studio, the boat, although relatively new, was radically altered. ‘I needed to fit in a large space for meditation, a sauna big enough to accommodate groups and somewhere to install an outdoor tub,’ says Bart. ‘The kitchen also had to cater for my guests.’ In order to leave the boat’s triple tiers free of unnecessary obstructions, the centrally located staircase was stripped out. 80 A u g u s t 2 0 1 8 / l i v i n g e t c . c o m
‘We also lowered the ceiling on the second level in order to add more height up top,’ says Bart. With the new staircase due to be installed towards the side of the boat, there was now plenty of room to knock through the first and second levels to create a double-height ‘atrium’ that’s become the dominant interior feature. Glass sections in the floor up above allow light to flood down, helping to cultivate the living wall growing in the atrium as well as illuminating most corners of the houseboat. The Crittall-style glazed doors – another of Framework Studio’s innovations – also add to the free-flowing feel. Attention to detail is evident throughout Bart’s reworked home. The new flooring, for example, offers a novel twist on trad designs, so the parquet, which spreads across the living and dining areas, is made up of chunky, nautical-style blocks, while the screed concrete in the bedrooms and bathrooms is inlaid with strips of brass – a motif that’s repeated in the panels built into the staircase and balcony balustrade, as well as the brass base unit of the kitchen island. The furniture and fittings also speak of Bart’s innate style. He’s happy to describe the look as ‘masculine minimalist’, though he adds with a smile, ‘If I ever get lucky, a nice woman is always welcome to move in and introduce a more feminine touch’. As it is, the designer pieces and decorative flourishes make singular statements throughout his home, without ever intruding on the bright, reflective mood that imbues this unusual boat. Although the clients who venture out on to the deck in order to sample the delights of the ice bath might disagree, the interior space that Bart has created never feels remotely cold – it’s just very, very cool… For more info on Bart’s Iceman training, check out icemantrainingen. nl. The Body Clinic can be contacted at bodyclinic.nl. To see more of Framework Studio’s portfolio, visit framework.eu.
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BA LCON Y Subtle inlays of brass are a recurring motif throughout the houseboat. Even the artwork here – which features acrylic and gold laid over an aluminium surface – follows this lead. Get the look The artwork is from the Chronicles series by Dutch artist Alisa Lim A Po.
V IEW TO ATR IUM The only areas in the houseboat that aren’t bathed in pools of light are the bedrooms, located down in what Bart calls the ‘basement’. This lower level is also used for watering the plants in the atrium. The concrete screed floor echoes the ripples in the river outside. Get the look The green living wall was conceived by Norbert Streng at Vertical Gardens.
K ITCHEN A N D DINING A R E A Cleverly following the design and palette of the artwork hanging over the atrium, the tile-topped table has a retro-futuristic feel and can accommodate a crowd. For a co-ordinated finish, chairs, bar stools and a pendant with black metalwork were chosen. Get the look These are Beetle chairs by GamFratesi for Gubi. The bespoke table, designed by Framework Studio, is topped with Turkish Iznik tiles and supported by a base created by Van Venrooij Interieurbouw. This is the Two Spheres pendant by Areti. The kitchen cabinetry was designed by Framework Studio and made by Dylan van der Linde at Proest Interior. The appliances are by Gaggenau. The bar stools are vintage â€“ find similar at Industville.
BA LCON Y The Crittall-style doors that open out from the entrance to the houseboat add an industrial edge to the scheme. Bart chose to have wood flooring laid in square blocks for a modern finish. Get the look The doors were designed and made by Framework Studio. A matching paint shade is Little Greeneâ€™s Marine Blue flat oil eggshell. For flooring in this style, try Element 7.
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HOME TRUTHS Favourite hang-out in Amsterdam? Amsterdam Noord is a really up-and-coming area, with a lot of cool places near the water. I also like to take my dinghy out and cruise the canals. Restaurant recommendation? I’m vegetarian, so De Kas is my go-to spot. It’s an upmarket organic restaurant and you literally sit in a greenhouse where they grow their own vegetables. Where are you going on holiday this year? Most of my holidays are work trips too. I travel around the world with Wim Hof for his international workshops and this summer, I’ll be with him in the Pyrenees. If I really want to relax, I go to Bali. It’s a second home as I have a lot of friends living there. What gets you out on the dancefloor? Deep tech house. I used to be a DJ in my younger years. Movie choice? For me, it’s more about box sets nowadays. I’d really recommend Black Mirror, which sketches a realistic future world where tech is everything.
STA IRW ELL A clever juxtaposition of geometric forms and colour variations adds depth and interest to what is normally a plain and practical space. Get the look The descending ‘banisters’ were created by Framework Studio. The acrylic and copper Future Loss artwork is from Alisa Lim A Po’s Chronicles series.
SAUNA As part of Bart’s ice bath therapy sessions, his clients are invited to relax in this purpose-built sauna, which is located on the first level. Get the look The sauna was built and installed by Jan Daniels Interieurbouw in Edam. For bespoke designs in the UK, try Helo.
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M A STER EN SUITE The panelled wall here adds another element of textural contrast to the interior. And space is not at a premium, as witnessed by the room left around the freestanding tub. Get the look The bath and fittings are by Cocoon. The drum stool is upholstered in Pierre Frey’s Mauritius fabric. For a similar paint colour to that seen on the panelled wall, try Farrow & Ball’s Vardo dead flat. Lazenby specialises in concrete flooring like this.
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M A STER BEDROOM The entwined headboards symbolise a sense of ‘yin and yang’, a subtle reference to Bart’s philosophical leanings. But there’s nothing monastic about this plush-looking space. Get the look The headboards were designed and made by Framework Studio and upholstered in a Dedar fabric. For similar bedlinen, try Ralph Lauren Home. Amara stocks similar cushions. These are Serge Mouille wall lights. Visit Julian Chichester for a matching side table. The built-in cupboards were made by Dylan van der Linde at Proest Interior.
EXTER IOR The houseboat has a prime spot on the Amstel river. Its peaceful rooftop terrace is a great spot for yoga.
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stylish living Despite having a large family – and a lively dog – Sophie and Jim’s home exudes elegance and calm, with inspiring design ideas and a healthy dose of comfort
Photography ⁄ Paul Massey
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* Production ⁄ Mary Weaver * Words ⁄ Jenny Tucker
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K ITCHEN ‘It’s wonderful being able to open the Crittall doors in the kitchen,’ says Sophie. ‘The garden becomes an extension of the ground floor and the boys spend all their time outside.’ Get the look The table is from The French House. The dining chairs are by Andy Thornton. The armchair is by Anthropologie. The wall lamp is by Wo & Wé.
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eat and sleek is how Sophie Klatt describes her style. Sounds impossible with two adults, five children and a dog rubbing along, side by side, in one house. And yet, by some jiggery-pokery design magic, this functional but fabulous home meets the criteria. Its success is down to Sophie’s razor-sharp eye for detail and innate passion for stylish interiors, which she nurtured from a young age by scrutinising the houses section of the local newspaper as soon as it was delivered to her door. ‘Plus my partner Jim doesn’t like mess, so we work hard to keep the chaos under control,’ says Sophie. Five years ago, the couple were renting a property in Parsons Green. They wanted a large house where they could put down roots and where Jim’s three teenage children could come to stay. ‘When I saw this house, I loved the fact it was spacious and that the layout was more lateral than our previous home,’ says Sophie. ‘A lot of Victorian houses are very up and down, often narrow and dark. But here, we could create an open-plan living space and be together without feeling cramped. I always had a strong idea of the look I wanted to achieve, but I scoured Pinterest for inspiration and had the backing of an interior designer whose input I trust.’ And so the renovation went ahead, with the practicalities of accommodating a burgeoning clan as the starting point. The kitchen-diner and family room became one expansive area. A loft extension was added to create another bedroom and, one by one, every room was given a transformation that would put Cinderella in the shade. ‘It was quite a headache,’ says Sophie, ‘because the process was slow at times. But I’d always dreamed of creating my own home, so there was a huge element of enjoyment and satisfaction too.’ But it takes living with a refurb to learn what works and what doesn’t. ‘I love my en-suite bathroom,’ says Sophie. ‘Along with the kitchen, it’s my favourite area in the house. The kitchen is where we all gather and spend precious time together, while the bathroom is my retreat from everyone and where I go to feel calm. After a day with the children, or working with my fitness clients, a hot bath with Epsom salts is my idea of heaven.’ And yet, after a period of time, it became clear that some rooms had not been such a triumph. ‘The first time we renovated, we didn’t have the babies,’ Sophie says. ‘We needed to rejig the bedrooms and, as the living room was more of a formal space, we rarely used it. I wanted it to be more relaxed, so our stylist searched everywhere for a sofa big enough for all of us. It was important that we were enticed to go in there.’ Sophie did that typical mum-to-be thing and indulged her nesting instincts. A week before Kit was born, the builders put the finishing touches to the second round of improvements. ‘I must admit, I was very keen to see them leave!’ she says. Ultimately, Sophie has pulled off her dream, creating a stylish home that feels like a family haven. ‘Of course, it’s crazy at times,’ she says. ‘We’ve got teenagers at one end and little ones at the other. There’s always something going on and most weekends, we have the older kids’ friends staying too. You’ll often find me cooking huge piles of food for everyone. And with a family this big, everything else has to be big. So we’ve got supersized saucepans, plates, the table, the sofa… But even though it may sound like a contradiction, this house makes me feel very calm, especially when it’s clean and organised. I know we are very lucky. We have an amazing family and this house enables us to all be together. That simple fact makes me the happiest.’ For more info on Sophie’s work, check out buzz-fitness.co.uk
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HOME PROFILE THE OWNERS Sophie Klatt, founder of Buzz Fitness, her partner Jim Ryan, a strategist at an American cable company, and their sons Otto, three, and Kit, one. Jim also has three children from a previous relationship: Hannah, 19, Louis, 17, and Alix, 13. Plus Kyla, a Working Cocker Spaniel. THE PROPERTY A four-storey Victorian house in southwest London. The kitchendiner, family room, living room, WC and cloakroom/study are on the ground ﬂoor, with a utility room in the basement. The ﬁrst ﬂoor has a master suite, plus another bedroom, a dressing room and bathroom. There are three bedrooms and a bathroom on the second ﬂoor, with an en-suite bedroom in the loft.
K ITCHEN DETA IL Sophie’s kitchen is a wonderful mix of style and function, with plenty of storage and open shelving that combines both. Get the look For similar kitchen tiles, try Fired Earth.
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K ITCHEN This is Sophie’s favourite place to spend time with her family. ‘I’m very proud of this space,’ she says. ‘It’s the hub of the house.’ Get the look The units and concrete island are by Roundhouse. The bar stools are by Blu Dot at Heal’s. The pendant lights are by Hector Finch.
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LI V ING ROOM After two makeovers, Sophie has created a more relaxed family environment here, with a seven-seater sofa as the key piece. Get the look The sofa is by Caravane. The vintage mirror is from Fiona McDonald. The ceiling light is by Serge Mouille. The benches are by Made. com. The chair is by Space Copenhagen at &Tradition. The rug is by Woven.
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CLOA KROOM/ STUDY ‘We desperately needed an expansive area to store shoes, coats, buggies and bikes,’ says Sophie, ‘but I still wanted it to look stylish.’ Get the look The shelving and coat hook area was made bespoke by Hut Projects. The pendant light is by Pooky Lighting. The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe estate emulsion.
K ITCHEN A quiet nook provides some seclusion for breakaway groups. ‘The best thing about an open space is having areas where you can be present, but still enjoy some privacy,’ says Sophie. Get the look For a similar table, try Pash Classics. The fitted seating area was made bespoke. The pendant light is by Holloways of Ludlow. The chairs are by Andy Thornton.
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‘We wanted the house to feel contemporary and homely’
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Sophie’s bedroom is relaxed and restful with soothing colours and a stylish mix of luxe textures. Get the look The headboard was made bespoke. The side cabinet is by Loaf. The table lamp is by West Elm.
This space is tranquil and easy on the eye, but it also has wellthought-out practical elements, such as plenty of storage and his and hers basins. Get the look The basin unit is by CP Hart. The wall light is by Hector Finch.
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M A STER BATHROOM ‘I love this room,’ says Sophie. ‘Not only is it beautiful, it’s also the perfect retreat when I need time alone.’ Get the look The bath is by CP Hart. For wall tiles like these, try Bert & May. The artwork includes prints from John Lewis, family photographs and an antique painting.
HOME TRUTHS What are you like at parties? I love catching up with everyone, so you’ll often find me in the kitchen chatting, but sometimes the occasion calls for my inner Beyoncé to make an appearance. Best and worst traits? I love making sure everyone around me is happy, but I’m also easily overexcited. I’m like a puppy! What’s your mantra? Exercise daily, eat well, drink with friends and if all else fails, take a nap. Your greatest fitness achievement? Running the London Marathon a year after having Otto. Favourite ice cream? Jude’s caramel pecan. Any holidays planned? We’re going to South Africa. Otto loves animals, so I can’t wait to take him on safari.
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This bedroom doubles up as a playroom, designed for flexibility as Otto grows. Get the look The bed is from John Lewis. The wardrobe is by Maisons du Monde. This is Treasure Map wallpaper by Sanderson. The rug was a gift – Etsy has a good selection of children’s rugs.
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Designer Jessica Bettenay took an old weatherboard house and brought it back to life with natural materials, bespoke fittings and as many upcycled items as she could fit in – the result is totally contemporary Photography ⁄ Armelle Habib 98 A u g u s t 2 0 1 8 / l i v i n g e t c . c o m
Words and styling ⁄ Julia Green
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EXTER IOR The angular, leaf-shaped exterior of the home can be enjoyed from many vantage points across the property. Leisurely barbecues with friends and family are a regular occurrence, while stylish outdoor furniture eases the family into lazy weekends spent unwinding with magazines and books. Get the look The outdoor furniture is from Tait.
THE AGE-OLD SAYING, ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ certainly rings true for Australian designer Jessica Bettenay. The adage speaks to both the time and the creative energy put into her latest project, a renovated Victorian weatherboard house in Williamstown, a suburb of Melbourne. The refurbishment was almost six years in the making, but the process was more than worthwhile and saw Jessica deliver her friends Andrew and Kylie O’Toole with the home of their dreams. Sustainable living, a love of natural materials and a desire for a unique dwelling were the driving factors behind the revamp, which included recycling original materials, introducing bespoke fittings and adding a rooftop garden. ‘It took time, patience and four rounds of architectural designs before we started the interior. All in all, it took just under six years to get it right,’ says Jessica, of Melbourne-based design studio Resident Avenue. It might have been a long process but, according to Jessica, not a second was wasted nor a stone unturned to ensure the right feel was achieved for every space. The overhaul began with the stripping back of the original building, revealing its bare bones and demolishing the kitchen, bathrooms and living areas. ‘In the true spirit of sustainability, all offcuts were upcycled – even the new back gate was built out of salvaged timber,’ says Jessica. A modern copper angled roof structure installed at the rear of the building set the tone for things to come. Its leaf shape became synonymous with the home and earned the abode its name The Leaf House. Wrapping the copper material from the exterior through to the interior wall of the home’s living room was a genius move, seamlessly linking the spaces. Jessica selected naturally aged materials including Carrara marble and concrete for the kitchen and bathrooms. Every detail was thoughtfully considered – from the ageing brass taps to the custom drainer set into the marble kitchen worktop. To encapsulate the home’s timeless style, Jessica used a mix of artwork and furniture, which reflects the owners’ love of travel and natural beauty. Treasures from around the world, including rugs, textiles and sculptures, were integrated, while earthy colours dictate the home’s understated palette. Jessica then layered colourful accessories for depth and impact. ‘It was Kylie and Andrew’s love for and exploration of natural materials that were the trump cards for the successful result,’ Jessica insists. Another factor underpinning many decisions was the home’s interplay with light. The owners were particular about the need for their family to bask in light, as well as the impact light has on the house’s ambience. Jessica worked with the couple to produce a plan that ticked the boxes both practically and aesthetically. Textural cloud lighting in the hallway, which offers the softest of evening glows, is a stunning example of their ingenious choices. Functionality was also important and the home’s central living area needed to be a space for the family to connect. Subsequently, a decision was made to remove the TV from the zone, creating a space for the owners to interact. But it wasn’t just indoors that enjoyed the makeover. A prolific rooftop vegetable garden was added to the build, which saw the family oasis become a much-loved local talking point. ‘Kylie and Andrew don’t need to set foot into a greengrocer, feeding themselves from the abundant home-grown produce,’ Jessica says. ‘The end of every day winds up with them catching up on the day’s events, while they nurture their rooftop patch.’ The house’s overall tapestry is so thought out that it’s hard to fault. According to Jessica, though, the design journey was as important as the end result. It was a collaboration of creative minds, culminating in brave decisions made with a lifetime in mind. ‘The devil is in the detail,’ she says. ‘It’s the emotional response to every facet of this home that makes it special. This house is an honest reflection of the beautiful souls that occupy it.’ See more of Jessica’s work at residentavenue.com.au
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HOME PROFILE THE DESIGNER Jessica Bettenay, who created the space for her close friends Kylie, a make-up artist, and Andrew O’Toole, a photographer and creative director of haircare brand Eleven Australia, plus their daughters Anais, 15, and Bonnie, 13. THE PROPERTY A double-fronted Victorian weatherboard house built circa 1880, in Melbourne, Australia. The ground ﬂoor has an open-plan kitchen-diner and living room, study nook, library, sitting room and WC, plus three bedrooms (one en suite) and a bathroom. Upstairs, on a mezzanine ﬂoor is another study, plus a rooftop garden and deck areas.
LI V ING ROOM Natural light floods this modern space, with floor-to-ceiling glass providing a constant view of the changing seasons. Get the look The antique silk rug is from Loom. The luxurious mix of Maison de Vacances textiles is from Tigger Hall Design in Prahran. The three-tiered coffee table is from Great Dane Furniture.
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K ITCHEN ‘Two versions of the kitchen were initially designed – one white and one black. The family opted for the lighter version, but introduced a black timber-slatted wall for drama and accent,’ says Jessica. ‘American oak veneer finished with neutral oil was used on all joinery throughout the home.’ Get the look The Integra Alpine Oak kitchen by Magnet is similar.
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H A LLWAY Flawless mixing of the material palette with shapes, texture and colour has resulted in a welcoming and layered space for the home, as evidenced from the first glimpse at the front door to the end of the hallway. Get the look The ambient ‘cloud’ light is from Lights Lights Lights.
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HOME TRUTHS What’s your guilty pleasure? Food, particularly anything I’m not meant to eat! And I never say no to a G&T. Is there a mantra you live by? Whatever life throws at you, rise above it and learn from it. Favourite way to relax? A beach day, afternoon cocktails, dinner with family. Favourite holiday destination? In Australia, it’s Byron Bay. Or overseas, I’m in love with the Côte d’Azur. What are you reading? I’m a sucker for crime novels and I’m working through the Easy Rawlins Mysteries by Walter Mosley. What would people be surprised to know about you? I’m a Surf Life Saving coach at the local Williamstown Surf Club. It’s a great way to be involved in my children’s sport, give back and escape from my desk mid-week.
LIBR A RY This intimate black-panelled room features a floor-toceiling bookshelf, which houses the family’s curated treasures. ‘There is a sliding door to close off this room for privacy,’ says Jessica. Get the look The blue leather chairs are from Meizai.
STUDY The work space is simple yet chic thanks to its streamlined fittings and goldplated accessories. Folding doors mean that, should the kids make a mess with their homework, it can be hidden away in an instant! Get the look The Flowerpot VP4 light is from Great Dane Furniture.
M A STER EN SUITE Graphic yet bold combinations of tiles were chosen for each of the home’s wet areas, with the master en suite showcasing a striking selection of bespoke designs. Get the look The custom-made tiles are from The City Tiler in South Melbourne. The large format floor and wall tiles are from Urban Edge.
‘WE WANTED TO BUILD A HOME THAT EMBRACED INDIVIDUALITY AND SUSTAINABILITY’
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M A STER EN SUITE An egg-shaped tub is a luxurious inclusion. The room is finished with textured towels, ensuring this bathroom ticks all the boxes for unpretentious indulgence. Get the look Lusso Stone does similar baths. The towels are from Bedouin Societe.
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M A STER BEDROOM The vaulted ceiling creates space, light, luxury and a sense of calm. ‘Kylie discovered the giant spider palm on her travels and it was not even for sale, but she talked the previous owner into the purchase and enjoys the way it has added height to the room,’ says Jessica. Get the look The bedlinen is from Societyofwanderers. com. The mounted wall lights are from Douglas & Bec.
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retro LUXE Julia and Paul’s home gives vintage a new twist,
mixed with rock ’n’ roll photography, iconic movie poster prints and quirky collectables Photography ⁄ Rei Moon
Production ⁄ Mary Weaver
Words ⁄ Jo Leevers
HOME PROFILE THE OWNERS Julia Thompson, an interior designer, her husband Paul, who works in TV, and their son Frank, 10. Plus Coco the wheaten terrier. THE PROPERTY A Georgian townhouse in south London. On the upper-ground ﬂoor are living and cinema areas, with a study on the half-landing. The lower-ground ﬂoor has a kitchen-diner, family area, utility room and WC. The master bedroom suite is on the ﬁrst ﬂoor, while the second ﬂoor has two bedrooms and a bathroom.
DINING A R E A Julia groups together collections of pieces that catch her eye. ‘I love the work of ceramicist Jane Muir – it’s quirky but also very perceptive,’ she says. The photograph is of Keith and Marlon Richards. ‘It tells a story rather than being a fan picture.’ Get the look The print is by Dominique Tarlé. The head sculpture is by Jane Muir. Find a similar vase at Homeplace. The table is from The French House. These are Smithfield Suspension pendants by Jasper Morrison for Flos. 108 A u g u s t 2 0 1 8 / l i v i n g e t c . c o m
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FA MILY A R E A From Alec Guinness to Jarvis Cocker, retro gems meet national treasures in this space made for lounging. Get the look The sofa is by The Modern Warehouse. The vintage orange swivel chair is from France – try Swoon Editions for a similar look. The cane table is vintage – MoseyHome sells similar. The Jarvis Cocker print is by Mattia Zoppellaro. AntikBar sells vintage film posters like this one. The coffee table is by Ercol.
DINING A R E A This space combines contemporary lighting with vintage finds, alongside plenty of lush pot plants. ‘I’ve always loved foliage that reminds me of faraway places,’ says Julia. Get the look The dining chairs are from Rockett St George. These are Smithfield Suspension pendants by Jasper Morrison for Flos.
’m drawn to objects that tell a story,’ says Julia Thompson. And true to her word, she has plenty of tales about the vintage finds dotted around her family home. There’s a great story of how she haggled over a pair of orange Seventies swivel chairs in the blazing heat of Provence. And then there’s the one about rummaging her way around Amsterdam’s flea markets in search of her favourite amber glassware. With Julia, even the more contemporary pieces come with a backstory, such as the portraits of Jarvis Cocker that remind her of her Nineties partying days. Or the risqué Ellen von Unwerth print in the master bedroom. ‘It was the first piece of art Paul and I bought together,’ she says. ‘Not every woman would fancy that over her bed, but I love it.’ Julia has always had an eye for the uncommon beauty of vintage pieces and the home she shares with her husband Paul and their son Frank brings out the glamorous side of all things aged. ‘Some people assume that vintage style equals fusty and dusty and I get that nobody wants to live in a granny house,’ she says. ‘But who wouldn’t want to live in a home that feels individual?’ For Julia, creating a look that’s fresh – and 100 per cent granny-free – is all about how she puts old and new pieces together. ‘The beauty of using vintage items is that it stirs you into being creative, as you’ve got to give them a different character,’ she says. ‘You have to add your own twist.’ Julia worked as a fashion stylist for several years, so mixing, rearranging and what she calls ‘endlessly frou-frouing’ come naturally to her. ‘Fiddling around until things look right is something I’ve always been able to do,’ she says. ‘It’s just that, these days, I’ve progressed from doing it on models to working on a larger scale, both here and in clients’ homes.’ The family has lived in this Georgian townhouse for 10 years, but reinventing its style and structure has been a slow-burner, rather than a rush-in-andrip-out project. ‘Frank was a baby when we moved in, so we just enjoyed living here and took our time deciding what we wanted to do,’ says Julia. Then, three years ago, the couple finally bit the bullet and reworked the house’s layout. Robert Dye Architects created a double-height extension at the back, which added a study to the higher level and a large kitchen-diner at garden level. A set of roof lights and subtle vertical openings between levels allow a free flow of light, so the two floors feel connected. ‘Previously, there was an Eighties-style conservatory at the back of the house,’ says Julia. ‘It wasn’t an inviting space – it was damp and cold and we avoided it. This also made us less inclined to use the garden, which was a long, overgrown patch, which our dog Coco destroyed after racing up and down in pursuit of the local foxes.’ Once the extension was complete, the pair complemented it with a garden redesign by Barbara Samitier, turning that stretch of wrecked lawn into a sequence of serene spaces full of lush greenery and linked by paved paths. ‘We now use the outside spaces all the time – eating breakfast, sitting out with friends or having dinner together,’ says Julia. ‘It has really transformed how we live.’ The garden design works especially well because Barbara looked at the house’s interior style before she undertook any work outside. ‘She understood my love of intriguing finds and created a garden that feels similar. So it’s relaxed, but also dotted with hidden treasures,’ says Julia. Back inside, her interesting finds range from mid-century sofas to iconic film and exhibition posters. ‘I love the way a poster sums up the glamour of an era, even down to the fonts and images,’ she says. ‘And when one includes a picture of Steve McQueen, that’s a definite bonus.’ By mixing pieces that whisper of a glamorous past with a dash of modernity, Julia’s home feels contemporary. Lighting by Jasper Morrison, a De La Espada coffee table and a supersized Poliform bed all add polish to the weathered edges. But rest
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assured, there’s no danger of Julia succumbing to this aesthetic entirely. ‘The idea of living in a white box full of modern furniture makes my heart sink a little,’ she says, smiling. ‘I prefer pieces that come with a bit of soul.’ Photography displayed around the home also works with Julia’s design ethos, including Dominique Tarlé’s image of Keith Richards and his son Marlon, which was taken in 1971 during the musician’s self-imposed tax exile to France. ‘I like that it’s not immediately obvious who they are,’ says Julia. ‘You wonder what’s happening in that particular moment before you think about the rock star element.’ As with everything else Julia has curated for this home, there’s a feeling of a tale behind the acquisition of this print just waiting to be uncovered. ‘Who can resist a good story?’ she says. Find out more about Julia’s work at frankinteriors. space. See Barbara Samitier’s landscaping portfolio at barbarasamitiergardens.co.uk l i v i n g e t c . c o m / A u g u s t 2 0 1 8 111
‘Paul and I bought all the artwork together – we look for pieces that capture a moment and make us look twice’
K ITCHEN The kitchen sits between the family and dining areas in this long, open-plan space. ‘The natural shade of the cabinetry softens the stainless-steel surfaces and polished concrete,’ says Julia. ‘It’s a hard-working kitchen with plenty of storage, which is always important with open-plan living.’ Get the look The kitchen is by Dan Clark Furniture. This is a Mercury range cooker. The architecture is by Robert Dye Architects.
DINING A R E A A double-height void above this reading corner allows ample natural light to flow down into the lower-ground floor, while lush plants add to the indoor-outdoor mood. ‘Watering my plants is a daily routine that I actively enjoy,’ says Julia. Get the look The armchair is by The Conran Shop. The mirror is by Lombok. The cushion is by Blackpop. 112 A u g u s t 2 0 1 8 / l i v i n g e t c . c o m
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CIN EM A A R E A On film nights, a large screen descends from the ceiling on the left-hand side of this dramatically glam space. ‘We’re all big movie lovers and this room is a wonderfully snug and comfortable place to spread out and watch,’ says Julia. Get the look The coffee table is by De La Espada. The walls, woodwork and floor are painted in Madison Grey emulsion by Abigail Ahern. Artsy sells this vintage Andy Warhol exhibition poster. Find a similar mirror at Pamono. The sofa is by Graham and Green. The sideboard is an eBay find that Julia had painted.
L A N DING This space on the top floor is where Julia has styled an array of her favourite objects, books and art. ‘A home has to feel personal to you and reflect your own story,’ she says. Get the look The collectable figures are by Frank Kozik for Toy2R. Julia found the cinema seat on eBay and had it reupholstered. The banister is painted in Railings estate eggshell by Farrow & Ball. l i v i n g e t c . c o m / A u g u s t 2 0 1 8 113
HOME TRUTHS What’s your favourite vintage event? The Midcentury Modern shows. I don’t think I’ve ever missed one. One thing you’d love to own? A Mario Testino portrait of Kate Moss. What will you be serving at your next garden party? Vodka-based cocktails and a playlist by my muso husband – he should have been a DJ. Song that sums up summer? Spread Your Love by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. It was the first song played at our summer wedding and it takes me back every time. City break or beach hol? Amsterdam every time. It’s my spiritual home. Most memorable trip? Our family holiday to Japan in 2016 was mind-blowing.
M A STER BEDROOM The 2005 print is of model Omahyra Mota, Jean Paul Gaultier’s muse. ‘It was our first joint purchase,’ says Julia. ‘Arrestingly gorgeous, then and now.’ Get the look The photograph is by Ellen von Unwerth. The bed is by Poliform. The cushions are by Niki Jones and One Nine Eight Five. The bedside table is from Rockett St George.
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FR A N K’S BEDROOM ‘We bought the cool mural in Holland,’ says Julia. ‘It’s a collaborative work by a group of Rotterdam graffiti artists. I think it’s always a good idea to have something bold and creative in a kid’s room.’ Get the look Head to the Affordable Art Fair for similar artwork. The bed is by The White Company. Find similar wall lights at Made.com. The cushion is by Scion at John Lewis.
M A STER BATHROOM This is Julia’s favourite spot to relax at the end of a long day. ‘The bath came with the house, but we added a walk-in shower for a quicker wash-and-go in the morning,’ she says. Get the look Find a similar bath at The Albion Bath Company. The brassware is by Villeroy & Boch.
M A STER BATHROOM Steve McQueen casts an approving eye over Julia’s luxe style from the hallway. ‘He has to be the sexiest man ever, no?’ she says. Part of Julia’s collection of medicinal glass bottles is lined up along a shelf. Get the look The movie poster is vintage. The floor tiles are by Mosaic del Sur. l i v i n g e t c . c o m / A u g u s t 2 0 1 8 115
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FIRST FLOOR GA R DEN The outdoor space was redesigned as a series of serene, linked zones. ‘It has given us an extra set of interesting “rooms” that we use all the time,’ says Julia. Tiles were chosen to reflect her love of all things vintage. ‘They look naturally aged – I didn’t want clinical grey or white,’ she adds. Get the look The garden was designed by Barbara Samitier, with tiles by Alhambra Tiles. The outdoor sofas are by Gloster Furniture. The lamp is by Anglepoise.
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123 DESIGN PROFILE
Product innovation and reviews of the latest launches
Katie Earl and Emma Rayner, the duo behind No.12 studio, share their style secrets
Less certainly is more with these minimalist tubs
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The latest updates for kitchens, bathrooms and big projects
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Opting for concrete-effect worktops doesn’t have to mean dark and gloomy. Part of Caesarstone’s new Metropolitan collection of quartz surfaces, 4011 Cloudburst Concrete reflects the authentic texture of raw material while bringing a softer, more tonal touch with its cloud-like patina. Pair with dark timbers for a Scandinavian loft apartment feel. From £300sq m (caesarstone.co.uk)
BRUSH IT OFF How to do bathroom bronze without the bling? Make like Bagnodesign and its Zanzibar line. Five of its brassware ranges now feature a matt, lightdiffusing hue for glamour without the gleam. Zanzibar mixer tap, from £321 (bagnodesignlondon.com)
[ La dolce vita ] The third instalment of Smeg’s collaboration with Dolce&Gabbana is every bit as fabulous as the first two. Titled Sicily is My Love, it’s a kitchen appliance-shaped love letter to Southern Italy and includes this pretty Majolica print. Price on request (smeguk.com)
SH A R ED A PPE A L Forget your hotel-style his and hers sinks – the modern way to go Dutch is with a double trough basin. West One Bathrooms does a fine example with this latest addition to its Broadway collection. Available in ceramic gloss or matt, go wall-mounted or keep toiletries in check with the optional storage stand. Double basin with metal storage stand, £6,384 (westonebathrooms.com)
[ And the winner is… ] Liberty’s Open Call competition offered the UK’s undiscovered design talent the chance to be stocked at its world-famous emporium. Check out winner Alex Chinneck’s knotted broom – more wall art than utility room essential. Blood, Sweat and Tears of Joy broom, £2,495 (libertylondon.com)
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WORDS AND RESEARCH ⁄ Maudie Manton
PHOTOGRAPHY (PALOFORM) JEFF McNEILL
SPLASHING AROUND We couldn’t tell you what we love most about the recent bathroom collection from India Mahdavi for Bisazza. Its mosaic tiles, the onomatopoeia-style design names, or the ice-cream hues of pistachio, strawberry and blueberry it comes in. Pinstripe mosaic pattern tiles, £264sq m; Plouf bath, £9,016; Splash basin, £1,141; and Wow mirror, £902, available September 2018 (bisazza.com)
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Gathering around the firepit gets an urban twist at Paloform. Handcrafted in Toronto, its simple, architectural vessels make fail-safe patio-side statements and also keep the chill at bay. Available in two lengths â€“ 2,134mm and 1,524mm â€“ the Komodo Linear design also doubles as a stylish, contemporary space divider or garden wall and you can choose from three powder-coated steel colours or pre-weathered Corten steel. Komodo 84 firepit, from ÂŁ5,100 (paloform.co.uk)
COMPACT CA M The Smarter FridgeCam is set to help people reduce food waste by sending users a snapshot of the contents of their fridge so they donâ€™t buy things they already have. Itâ€™ll even keep an eye on expiry dates. Brilliant, yes, but also great for snooping on greedy family members. ÂŁ150 (currys.co.uk)
IN SAFE HANDS Running at dusk or dawn this summer neednâ€™t be a safety issue. Just strap SeniTurn indicator lights to your hands before you set off, raise an arm to let others know youâ€™re turning and theyâ€™ll automatically start flashing. Simple, effective, safe. ÂŁ30 (firebox.com)
[ Pretty in pink ] Raleighâ€™s Willow bike has old-school charm by the wicker basket-load. Check out its â€˜ding-dongâ€™ bell and pannier rack and Wimbledonesque strawberries-and-cream colour palette. ÂŁ415 (raleigh.co.uk)
GOING BA R E The minimal metal structure of the Wazebo outdoor shower from Zucchetti.Kos guarantees unobstructed views of your garden â€“ perfect for exhibitionists wanting their â€˜Iâ€™m a Celebrityâ€Śâ€™ shower moment. Either way, expect chic, slatted wooden floors and rainfall showerheads. ÂŁ5,900 (zucchettidesign.co.uk)
[ Night light ] The three essentials of camping kit? Waterproof, portable and night-time-friendly, so LuminAIDâ€™s PackLite deserves its place in your rucksack. Just FPWKLFNEHIRUHLQĂ DWLRQWKLVSRFNHWVL]HG lantern charges via solar power or USB. PackLite Nova camping light, ÂŁ20 (bearandbear.com)
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DE SIGN / PROFILE CLOCKWISE FROM BELOW Katie and Emma’s design and colour palette for The AllBright club in London’s Fitzrovia took inspiration from the Bloomsbury set; in the club’s bar, the pair used this bar stool, £348, from Out There Interiors, reupholstering its seat in grey velvet; and they add texture to rooms using rugs, such as this Pasta design by Holland & Sherry, £1,627sq m
The design duo on ﬁnding luxury in space and light and breaking the rules on creating interiors for women
PHOTOGRAPHY (PORTRAIT) TINA HILLIER
ince starting design studio No.12 in 2015, Katie Earl and Emma Rayner have worked on everything from small apartments to vast penthouses, female-only member’s club The AllBright in London’s Fitzrovia to prominent new residential developments such as The Gasholders in King’s Cross. Here, they share their design inspirations… How did you get started? Emma: I have a background in furniture design – after studying a BA at Kingston University, I went to work for a furniture designer and upholsterer in Bath, learning the ins and outs of both the craft and trade. Katie: I studied interior architecture at Manchester University. I’d wanted to be an interior designer since I was 12 – every month, I made my mum take me to B&Q, so I could repaint and restyle my bedroom. On holiday, I used to take graph paper with me, so I could reorganise the places we stayed in. I was obsessed. Where did you meet? Emma: We both went from working in a team of 70 at the design studio 1508 London to a small practice of just eight, including us. It’s where our mutual style was really cemented
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CLOCKWISE FROM RIGHT The duo designed this simple, elegant master bedroom for an apartment in London’s Fitzrovia; they like to hang strips of wallpaper as pieces of art – Kelly Wearstler’s Jubilee wallpaper in Green/ Gold for Lee Jofa at GP&J Baker, £290 for 9m; Emma and Katie created this bold bathroom scheme for a house in St John’s Wood; they often use pendant shades, hung low, such as these Formakami lights, from £160, by Jaime Hayon for &Tradition at SCP, to create balance in rooms with high ceilings; the AllBright club’s glamorous cocktail bar; sculptural shapes bring an eclectic feel to this sophisticated No.12-designed reception room; and Espasso’s Dinemaquesa armchair by Jorge Zalszupin, from £6,050, is one of the duo’s favourite designs
together, but we were working so hard, it made us wonder why we shouldn’t do it for ourselves instead. What was your first big break? Emma: Joining forces with Wilkinson Eyre to design the interiors of apartments at The Gasholders really kick-started the practice. The AllBright club put us on the map. Describe your style? Emma: As female designers, it’s inherently quite masculine. Katie: It’s funny because people assume the opposite – super-luxxy, pretty spaces. Instead, it’s always very bold, simple and clean. For example, for The AllBright club – just because it’s for women, didn’t mean it needed to be pink. What’s your starting point? Katie: The design for each project starts with the building – we dig into its history, who lived there, or for a new build, what happened around the area before it was built. For The AllBright in Fitzrovia, we drew on the art of Vanessa Bell of the Bloomsbury set as a reference for colour. It’s never just about what we like – it needs to have more reason than that. Describe your design process? Emma: We don’t believe stylish means more layers, more adornment, more ‘show’. We think the biggest luxuries are calm, space, light and beauty. We appreciate when things are made properly. Katie: We like celebrating the detail: the beautiful weave within a fabric, the way joinery interlocks on a piece of cabinetry. We strip it all back – we like proving that simplicity can be as much of a statement as adornment. What pieces are you drawn to? Emma: It isn’t about the era or heritage, it’s about the feeling one piece gives off when sitting next to another piece. We
DE SIGN / PROFILE CLOCKWISE FROM FAR LEFT Kelly Wearstler’s Jubilee wallpaper in Shell/ Gold for Lee Jofa at GP&J Baker, £290 for 9m; the pair’s sleek kitchen design is given a modern kick with patterned marble; brass roof lanterns lend The AllBright café a contemporary feel, while hanging planters add greenery; and Channels pleated wool flannel fabric in Stone, top, and Winter, £388m, both by Weitzner at Altfield, one of No.12’s top fabric sources
[ P.S ] Who is on your dream dinner party guest list? Both: Iris Apfel, the late Franca Sozzani, Nile Rodgers and Apparatus Studio’s Jeremy Anderson and Gabriel Hendifar.
happily mix old and new, but never with too much of the same material – it unbalances the What was the first mood of a room. thing you bought for What’s your colour palette? your home? Emma: We like very rich, desaturated tones Emma: A Tito Agnoli P3 lounge in green, blue, mustard, black, white and grey, chair, bought for a bargain warm not cold. Katie: We use red quite a lot on eBay when I was 20. Katie: A cane-backed antique too, but never in a telephone or post-box red chair with a black leather Emma: If you love timber, say an exotic – it would be a claret or burgundy because it’s seat, bought on eBay for £40. wenge, but can’t afford it, stain a solid wood richer, deeper and stronger. like oak dark rather than use a laminate. What is your most How do you decide on the pieces for a room? treasured possession? Rugs are also a great way to bring in added Katie: We print out pictures of every piece Emma: Our artwork. My depth – we use Holland & Sherry for the we’d like to use and group them together by favourite is by Anders interesting textures and mix of materials room – we never look at each piece on its own Petersen. I love how like leather, wool and jute. romantic it is. Katie: A – and then lay all the rooms out to see how it How else do you lend depth to a room? feels as a whole. You don’t want to walk into Christophe Delcourt DUL Katie: Artwork doesn’t have to just be a chair in gunmetal and moss one room with a mid-century Scandi vibe and green suede leather, bought framed photograph or painting – play with then walk into another that’s all shabby chic. from Willer. pieces like a tapestry (rodded and hung or It helps discern which pieces stay and how to What was the last book box framed), ceramics and glass. We also achieve consistency throughout. like hanging strips of wallpaper, like Kelly you read? What about lighting? Emma: The Dream Colony – A Wearstler’s Jubilee, in place of artwork. Emma: Warm white bulbs make a space Life in Art by Anne Doran, What about if you’re on a budget? feel comfortable and make people look Deborah Treisman and Walter Emma: If you can’t afford to have lots of one good. For bedrooms, we alternate lighting Hopps. Katie: I read and beautiful material, use a small bit well. We to add a point of difference to the hierarchy reread The Godfather by transformed Seventies-style gold bar stools Mario Puzo. of rooms – if we use pendants in the master from Out There Interiors by reupholstering bedroom, we’ll use table lamps or wall lights in a guest the seats in a grey velvet from Northcroft Fabrics. room. In living rooms, we play with varied heights of Where do you source favourite pieces? multi-drop pendants, like Jaime Hayon’s Formakami Katie: We love eBay – what we don’t know about what’s on designs for &Tradition, to connect higher ceilings to eBay isn’t worth knowing. We’ve recently been looking at furniture at lower levels. pre-mid-century pieces with inlay and marquetry details. Is texture important? Emma: For something modern, Espasso’s Dinemaquesa Emma: We celebrate the quality of materials – seeing the armchair by Jorge Zalszupin never fails to impress. grain of a timber, the weave in a linen, the vein of a stone or What does home mean to you? marble. We use texture rather than colour to keep things Emma: It needs to be an extension of yourself – you have to as pure as possible. Katie: We never use faux materials, love everything in it, it doesn’t matter if anybody else likes it. for example, a printed tile to look like stone or a laminate. For more info on No.12, check out No12studio.com
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1 UP & OVER ‘Statement’ is a word the interiors world likes to use – a lot. That said, we can’t think of a more fitting description for up and over glazing designed to catch sunlight as it moves around a property. ‘This type of configuration works very well on narrow installations of glass, where side windows or glazing is not possible,’ says Rebecca Clayton of IQ Glass. ‘It’s also very popular for side-infill extensions that are largely overlooked by neighbouring properties.’ Project details Practicality and desirability underpin this project by Sophie Nguyen Architects. The brief was to draw light deep into the house to create a visual separation between the kitchen and adjacent living room. ‘The solution was to span the gap with a single panel of double-glazed glass, 4.50m long by 0.85m wide,’ Nguyen explains. For this type of design, allow for around £1,300-£1,800sq m, depending on your project’s specific requirements.
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Make an entrance with a single oversized glass door or even a wall of doors – both options are guaranteed to lend a real sense of drama to your abode. Inevitably, this bespoke approach will be more expensive than a standard off-theshelf design and you’ll need to think about weight. However, it will maximise natural light and provide uninterrupted views of just about anything you want to show off. Keep door hardware discreet so as not to detract from the star of the show.
Project details The Caulfield Company scaled new heights with this impressive six-metre wall of glass. ‘The glass is triple-glazed, which adds great insulation and goes hand in hand with noise-cancelling technology,’ explains founder and MD Mark Caulfield. ‘The minimal framing gives uninterrupted views and a really contemporary look.’ To offset the weight of the made-to-order glass doors, an automatic motorised control system makes them easy to open. Prices start at £15,000.
Project details This oversized glazed internal door, which just oozes chic Scandi simplicity, works hard for both the compact corridor and living space. Its large glass centre means both areas feel more spacious and less enclosed. Another point of difference to this door is that it operates off a pivot rather than a run-of-the-mill hinge. Cue & Co can make a similar door, from £2,800, excluding fitting.
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3 WALK THIS WAY Now here’s a brilliant idea: borrow light to brighten a gloomy room. Cue walk-on glass panels (also known as floor lights), which facilitate a flow of light between floor levels. Set flush to the floor to avoid a trip hazard, walk-on glass flooring is most effective when located alongside glazed patio doors or positioned directly under a roof light to take full advantage of the sunshine. Panels need to be strong enough to walk on, so you’ll need structural calculations to be done before installation.
Project details It’s all about teamwork in this urban kitchen, where walk-on glass flooring flanks bifold patio doors to capture sunlight and filter it down to the playroom in the basement below. ‘The added benefit of the glass floor is that it allows the playroom to be viewed from the kitchen – helpful when you have a bunch of kids you need to keep an eye on while cooking dinner,’ explains Neil Dusheiko of Neil Dusheiko Architects. The glass floor and glass doors cost around £14,000 and £16,800 respectively.
Project details Space restrictions and party wall issues with neighbours meant that Eldridge London had to think outside the box when excavating the basement of this terraced house. Unable to install external windows or light wells, the solution was a glass floor that spans the length of the dining space. Contact Firman Glass for something similar – expect to spend from £35,000.
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Look up because your best source of light may come from above. ‘A roof window can typically let in up to twice as much light as a conventional vertical window,’ says Grant Sneddon, product manager at Velux. ‘This is because the glazing is angled directly towards the natural light source, with very little diffused or reflected light.’ If you have a bigger budget, a glass roof will bathe your home in daylight, brightening dark corners and expanding the feeling of space. Project details By adding a large glass roof to this basement extension, FC Architects has let light penetrate into the open-plan kitchen/dining space. ‘The other advantage is roof thickness,’ says director Peter Chiu. ‘A glass roof is thinner than a solid one so you gain extra headroom, which is ideal for a basement extension where you might be limited by planning constraints.’ If all this glass looks like a maintenance nightmare, you’ll be glad to hear that a non-stick coating can be applied to help stop dirt sticking. A similar roof from Easyglaze costs around £19,200.
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* Check if you will need planning permission or listed building consent from your local authority before starting any glazing work on your home. * Working with a Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) member company is a smart move as it must comply with the GGF Consumer Code of Practice. The GGF also has a free conciliation service you can use should a complaint arise. * Make informed decisions. Consider what you want in terms of style and design, and also the age, type and location of your home. Reputable tradespeople and companies should be able to discuss your bespoke needs and provide the very best solution for you. * You’ll probably be asked to pay a deposit – and this could be anything from 10-50 per cent of the total cost of the job. You should feel comfortable handing this money over before any work has been done. With GGF, you have a deposit protection scheme. * It’s a good idea WRÀQGRXWWKHH[SHFWHG lifetime of each product you’re considering – the industry norm is 10 years, though many companies offer longer periods and some even give lifetime guarantees. In addition, ask about any guarantees and warranties that come with the product and its installation.
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5 A WORK OF ART Many design-conscious types have been reluctant to embrace stained glass, deeming it too old-fashioned for a contemporary look. However, change is afoot. After all, there’s something mesmerising about the richly coloured streams of light produced when sunlight strikes stained glass. It’s not just for windows and doors either – you can use it for dividing walls too. Scour reclamation yards for old church windows or commission a custom design. Project details Here, designer Jo Berryman provides a lesson in how to keep the distinctive aesthetic of stained glass fresh. The entrance to this hall is more in keeping with modern tastes, mixing clear and coloured glass to dial down the high drama of traditional stained glass. There’s also the added benefit that it lets more light filter through. Acquire your own unique piece of stained glass from Lightworks Stained Glass.
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6 DIVIDE & RULE Forget open plan. The current buzz is all about broken-plan living, which works in much the same way as its predecessor, drawing light into dark rooms and increasing a sense of flow and connectivity. However, unlike open-plan, broken-plan employs structural elements, such as internal glass walls or windows, to create both a visual and physical separation without the room losing its independence. If privacy is a priority, choose frosted or even privacy glass, which changes from clear to opaque as needed.
Project details Textured glass set within matt-black steel framing adds a hint of industrial style to this bathroom scheme. The beauty of the glass divide is that it provides privacy without compromising the flow of natural light from the window above the bath. The connecting space is characterised by a large mirror hung above the vanity unit to help amplify the light. This project was designed by Stiff + Trevillion. Expect to pay from around £6,000 for similar Crittall-style glazing.
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Project details Here’s how to separate spaces, but keep a sense of flow. This EMR Architecture design means that cooking smells are contained thanks to a pocket door that slides into a cavity within the kitchen wall. Meanwhile, an internal window lets in light and helps retain connectivity to the living room even when the door is shut. A similar window will cost around £3,000.
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Project details Every well-designed home has a feature that marks the pinnacle of its success. For this Australian abode, it’s the stunning master en suite. ‘We utilised an expanse of mirror to reflect the light and the vista, thus “doubling” the visual space and creating that wow factor,’ explains designer and homeowner Michelle Fieldsend of A Fresh Touch Interiors.
7 INSIDE OUT Some design trends become so deeply ingrained in everyday life that they’re taken for granted. Take outdoor living, which is driven by a desire to break down the barrier between home and garden to extend one’s living space. Of course, it can be tough to create a strong connection to the great outdoors in a more urban environment, but, as these projects prove, success very often comes down to the glazing you choose.
Project details Opting for great swathes of glass is a foolproof way to blur the boundary between indoors and out. Worried about overheating? There’s a range of solar-control coatings available that give you different levels of solar protection. ‘Always seek expert advice because each time you reduce the amount of solar radiation coming in, you will reduce the clarity and light transmission of the glass too,’ explains Rebecca Clayton of IQ Glass. ‘The choice of coating then becomes a balancing act between the clear, transparent look you want and the level of protection you need.’ Shown here is a Sky-Frame sliding door system, priced from £14,000.
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8 VINTAGE CHIC You donâ€™t need to opt for the modern effect of sheets of plain glass in a period home. With their exquisite detailing, vintage and reclaimed options can add more character while still allowing the light to flow freely in a space. Vintage-style glass doesnâ€™t have to be rooted to period properties â€“ cleverly mixed into a contemporary setting, it can have an equally stunning impact. Project details This elegant glazed partition is proof enough that a door can be much more than just part of the bones of a room. The painted wood gives a Crittall-style look to these Edwardian doors and separates two areas while retaining a sense of unity without compromising on the light. Black Oak Builders can make something similar from around ÂŁ7,500.
Project details The owners of this modern white kitchen have added interest by offsetting the minimalist style with decorative glass on the doors. The blend of architectural designs creates a visual tension but yet an appealing balance. This kitchen from Elan Kitchens costs ÂŁ34,000.
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9 FLIGHTS OF FANCY A wow-factor glass staircase can add drama to your home aesthetic and provides an airy and seamless transition between floors. Fitting a glass balustrade maximises the use of natural light to the stairwell and also gives the illusion of a greater sense of space. They are usually constructed with shatterproof glass and can withstand heavy loads, so are perfectly safe for family homes. Qualified suppliers and installers of structural glass will be able to guide you through the choices available.
Project details Designed to float gracefully above the floor, this staircase is so much more than a practical route to the next level. A glass balustrade lightens the look of the timber treads and risers and to frame the balustrade, Gregory Phillips Architects added in a handrail wrapped in luxurious leather. Allow ÂŁ25,000 per flight of stairs.
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10 BOX CLEVER A glass box extension with a minimalist, barely there frame isn’t just a contemporary statement – it can elevate the look of a traditional home without compromising the integrity of the original architecture. However, bear in mind that if your home is listed or located in a conservation area, you’ll need planning permission for this kind of work. Once this is granted, give some thought to the type of glass you need. Turn to page 134, where Rebecca Clayton of IQ Glass gives the lowdown on what you need to know.
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Project details A reminder that Victorian architecture needn’t hold you back in the style stakes, this slick glass extension by Minale + Mann brings this London home bang up to date. By extending sideways, its owners have gained valuable square metres for a casual dining area. Bifold doors enhance the seamless transition between indoors and out and allow for amazing views of the garden. This extension was part of a complete renovation that cost approximately £1 million.
Project details Old doesn’t have to mean traditional. Here, a supercontemporary glass box extension by Scott Donald Architecture lightens the visual aesthetic of the period brick building. The ‘open-ended’ design is achieved using 3.2m-high Sky-Frame sliding glass doors at both ends, increasing the sense of space from within and providing an impressive through-view. To remove any barrier between indoors and out, a cavity built into the wall allows the sliding doors to disappear completely when open. The cost of this extension was around £200,000 (shell only).
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11 CRITTALLSTYLE COOL You don’t need to live in a former factory to adopt the industrial aesthetic of Crittall windows. From new builds to period properties, the windows’ sturdy, slim-profile steel frames adapt with enviable ease to their environment and bring envy-inducing architectural details with them, making them great for shower cubicles or room partitions.
Project details Colour theory dictates that white pushes the walls of a room back, which works well here as height has the potential to make the space feel narrow. Crittall-style glazing was chosen to provide sharp definition to the sea of white. ‘It also frames the view and breaks down the scale of the opening,’ says Guy Stansfeld of 318 Studios. Expect to spend around £8,000 for something similar.
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A TASTE OF ADVENTURE Thereâ€™s more to a summer break than lazing on a sun lounger, as these alternative holiday experiences showâ€Ś
CLOCKWISE FROM THIS PICTURE Take in the sights on safari; expand your culinary repertoire with a cooking class; wake up with the sunrise in a luxury suite; and hang out with the wildlife
f you want more from your holiday than siestas and sangria, there are plenty of options to shake things up. Glamping hits new heights at The Bower Treehouse in Somerset, where a luxe wood cabin perches in the EUDQFKHVRIUHPRWHIRUHVWODQG)XUWKHUDĂ€HOG6mR LourenĂ§o do Barrocal in Portugal is a vast working farm where you can indulge in fresh cuisine, reared right before your eyes. The tranquil Masseria TrapanĂ in Puglia is a food loverâ€™s paradise, featuring the regionâ€™s simple yet delicious dishes, plus cookery demonstrations and tastings. For a high-end safari experience, South Africaâ€™s Singita Lebombo Lodge offers an extraordinary close-up of wildlife at Kruger National Park. And for a unique trip any time of year, Deplar Farm in Iceland takes you off-grid for some spectacular skiing, hiking and whale-watching.
ALTERNATIVE EXPERIENCE e Come here for a once-in-a-lifetim . audience with the animal kingdom
SINGITA LEBOMBO LODGE Kruger National Park, South Africa The lowdown A luxe environment with safari on its doorstep. Best for Anyone prepared to splash out on an unforgettable holiday. Recently refurbished, Lebombo Lodge is a thing of true beauty. Its 13 contemporary suites and private villa are suspended above the Nâ€™wanetsi River, blending effortlessly into the African bushland. Each room has floor-to-ceiling glass windows for maximum light and spacious decks where you can sleep under a mozzie net to be closer to nature. The design focuses on rustic wood furniture and softly billowing fabrics in muted greys, with sumptuous sofas and cushions throughout. Highlights include indoor and outdoor showers, a sublime 25-metre pool and a panoramic deck for stargazing. Of course, the prime reason to visit is the safari. A few days in the wild should deliver sightings of â€˜the big fiveâ€™: leopards, lions, elephants, buffaloes and black rhinos. Children (who are welcome over the age of 10) will love the Mini Rangersâ€™ course, with lessons in bush survival techniques and birdwatching. The lodge also offers a complementary minibar, help-yourself deli, gym and spa, with Dermalogica facials and body treatments. At sunset, tuck into some tasty local game, including antelope and ostrich and team your dinner with a tipple from the on-site wine studio. Perfection. Book it Suites from ÂŁ1,415 per night (singita.com).
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[ Starry skies ] Be sure to take a pair of binoculars with you as the Alqueva lake nearby is the first Starlight Tourism Destination site. This immense nature reserve, spanning 3,000sq km, makes the perfect backdrop for a mesmerising night of stargazing.
ALTERNATIVE EXPERIENCE eat for A working farm that’s a unique retr the whole family.
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SÃO LOURENÇO DO BARROCAL Monsaraz, Portugal
CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE Saddle up for a spot of horseriding; unwind in the hotel bar; cottages include sun-drenched terraces; sleep well on Egyptian cotton bedlinen; take in the sights poolside; and the winery offers some delicious options
The lowdown A rustic-chic getaway on an idyllic working farm. Best for Outdoorsy families who like a touch of luxe. A two-hour drive from Lisbon, São Lourenço do Barrocal is a 200-year-old farm estate, whose crumbling whitewashed buildings have been lovingly restored to their original glory. Spread across 780 hectares in the Alentejo region, the hotel blends country charm and Scandi minimalism, with a range of 40 simple rooms, deluxe suites and larger cottages for families. Plain white walls and gorgeous terracottatiled floors abound, with homely, all-natural materials and Portuguese vintage pieces completing the look. The pretty farmhouse dining room has a welcoming fireplace, marble tabletops and a handmade wood bar. Grab a picnic and cycle around the farm, looking out for 75 bird species, roaming cattle and wild rabbits. The estate treasure hunt will keep the kids entertained, especially once they spot the treatladen chest. Seek refuge in the spa, with organic treatments by Susanne Kaufmann. Or enjoy a horseback trek to the hilltop village of Monsaraz, one of the oldest in southern Portugal. Cuisine is another USP here and meals reflect the farm-to-table policy, with homegrown veg, herbs and the estate’s beef on the menu. Book it Double rooms from £147 per night (barrocal.pt).
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CLOCKWISE FROM FAR LEFT Taxidermy takes centre stage in the Grettir room; marvel at the Northern Lights; replenish your body inside and out at the spa; soak in a chic bath after an action-packed day; and the view from the Flóki suite
[Night life ] In the Land of the Midnight Sun, at least one all-nighter is in order during peak summer. The sun doesn’t set until around midnight in mid-June and rises again at 3am. Observe the phenomenon in style on a boat cruise or ski trip.
ALTERNATIVE EXPERIENCE thrills, The place for supreme outdoor whatever the time of year.
DEPLAR FARM Troll Peninsula, Iceland The lowdown A five-star lodge close to the Arctic Circle. Best for Adrenaline junkies who want to get away from it all. Located on northern Iceland’s amusingly named Troll Peninsula, Deplar Farm is a stunning contemporary lodge, which doubles up as the perfect base for daredevil pursuits. A former sheep farm that has been converted into a luxe hotel, there are 13 cosy bedrooms, each kitted out with sheepkskins, native artefacts and textured walls. The prime suites offer dreamy hammocks for two and panoramic views. In the communal areas, enormous windows draw the ice-capped mountains inside and the lounge features an open fireplace and oversized sofas to snuggle up on after a hard day outdoors. There’s plenty to do virtually all year round. In winter, try cross-country and heli-skiing, snowmobiling and sledding. Visit during the summer months and it’s all about hot spring tours, horseriding, kayaking and surfing. Your best chance of catching the Northern Lights falls between September and April. The spa has two i-sopod flotation tanks and a steamed, open-air geothermal pool, complete with a swim-up bar, where native schnapps shots are all in a day’s work. Meals consist of farm-to-table fare, including locally caught salmon and mountain lamb. Book it Double rooms from £1,830 per night, including activities, meals, drinks and transfers (elevenexperience.com).
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[Bella! ] Don’t miss pizza-making night in Masseria Trapanà’s cuttingedge kitchen. Fired up by a rousing soundtrack of Italian opera (and plenty of prosecco), guests get to design their own masterpiece from a range of freshly chopped toppings. Turn to page 162 to see our effort…
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ALTERNATIVE EXPERIENCE cooks set Foodie heaven for adventurous t. men iron env ing elax er-r sup in a CLOCKWISE FROM THIS PICTURE The kitchen plays host to yummy tastings and cookery demonstrations; the pool garden is relaxation central; Trapana Suite’s sitting room is the perfect chill-out zone; winding paths lead to all kinds of delights, including super-comfy hammocks; and a four-poster fit for a princess in the Trapana North Suite
MASSERIA TRAPANA Puglia, Italy The lowdown A lovingly upgraded 16th-century farmhouse. Best for Gourmets who want to treat their tastebuds. A stay at the laid-back-luxe Masseria Trapanà should come with a warning – this super-chilled boutique hotel is so stress-busting and so gorgeous, you’ll never want to leave. Surrounded by 60 hectares of olive groves, with the air scented by a heady mix of lemon and orange trees, fresh herbs and plump roses, everything about this zen-like space is geared towards relaxation. Foodies are spoilt for choice – as well as pizza night (see roundel), be sure to sign up for one of the family-run half-day cookery classes in the nearby village of Squinzano. Back at the masseria, ace chef Sandro Cagnazzo’s authentic cucina povera is divine – think orecchiette with aubergine and sublime gelatos – taken outside on the terrace on endless balmy evenings or in one of the rustic-chic indoor spaces. Other must-trys include Hatha yoga in the meditation garden and dreamy treatments in the subterranean spa. While all nine of the rooms are pretty special, with their massive four-posters, towering vaulted ceilings and private courtyards complete with outdoor baths, the garden is the star of the show. Divided into six themed areas – including the pool garden and games garden (afternoon croquet on the lawn is a big draw) – you can lose hours ambling down the winding paths, smelling the fabulous fleurs or taking time out for a snooze in a hammock. And with its strict no-under-12s policy, your passport to peace is guaranteed… Book it Suites from £220 per night, including breakfast (trapana.com).
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[Animal antics] The surrounding Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has plenty more attractions to lure you from your nest. At Bush Farm Bison Centre in West Knoyle, there are more than 30 acres of lakes and woodlands. Look out for bison, elk, raccoons, pygmy goats and chipmunks.
THE BOWER TREEHOUSE Somerset, UK
CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE Get cosy in the sitting room with a log-burning stove; the king-size bed takes this treehouse up a notch; the en-suite bathroom includes underfloor heating; there’s a fully equipped kitchen; gladly get lost in the woods; and indulge in an outdoor bath surrounded by nature
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The lowdown A fresh, ultra-decadent take on glamping. Best for Couples craving a romantic break under the stars. The Bower Treehouse is no ordinary treehouse, as it features underfloor heating, a king-size bed, fully equipped kitchen and log-burner for those chilly British nights. Out on the spacious balcony deck is the pièce de résistance: a large oval bath, in which a long soak with a chilled glass of bubbly (or two) is obligatory. Once ensconced in your own little slice of paradise in the trees, be on the lookout for owls, woodpeckers, deer, foxes and badgers. Created by awardwinning garden designer Lulu Urquhart and partner Simon Parfett, the treehouse has been sustainably designed and is made up of two interlinking hexagons with the brass and copper kitchen in the middle. Naturally, the style is all harmonious wood walls, with a bed carved from stag oak. Your home-from-home is stocked full of organic goodies, from butter to pesto, as well as that all-important champagne. Rustle up your own barbecue for dinner, or order a home-cooked meal from the owners. While the treehouse is aimed at couples, extra guests can be accommodated on a sofa bed. And if you can bear to tear yourself away, excursions include the Frome Independent market and Glastonbury Abbey, while the world-famous Hauser & Wirth gallery is just down the road in Bruton. Book it Treehouse from £275 per night (canopyandstars.co.uk).
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ALTERNATIVE EXPERIENCE Waking up in a treehouse appeals to the inner child in us all.
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CELEBRATE WITH A CHAMPAGNE WEEKEND If you love a glass of fizz and have a special occasion to raise a glass to, why not join our weekend break to France’s wonderful Champagne region?
THE ITINERARY DAY 1 WELCOME TO CHAMPAGNE
PHOTOGRAPHY (VINEYARD, OAK BARRELS, PALAIS DU TAU) SHUTTERSTOCK
ho doesn’t enjoy celebrating with champagne? It’s the perfect way to mark a special event and if you want to do it in style, we have a champagne tasting minibreak exclusively for Livingetc readers. We’ve joined forces with wine-tour specialist Arblaster & Clarke to bring you a three-day break in Reims, capital of the Champagne region. The itinerary includes dinner in the medieval Palais du Tau, a private party in Taittinger’s headquarters and a behind-thescenes visit to one of the region’s vineyards. You’ll also get the chance to buy discounted champagne so you can continue your celebration back at home. Cheers to that!
WHAT’S INCLUDED Return travel from London by private coach via Eurotunnel or ferry (depending on availability) Two nights’ bed and champagne breakfast accommodation in a four-star hotel in the centre of Reims Champagne-filled private dinner at the Palais du Tau Tutored champagne tasting by an Arblaster & Clarke expert Private party with champagne and canapés at Taittinger’s Demeure des Comtes de Champagne headquarters in Reims Behind the scenes visit to one of Champagne’s famous vineyards Gourmet farewell lunch at the Champagne Vilmart château The chance to buy discounted wines and champagnes direct from the best producers Local transport by coach
CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE The beautiful landscape of the Champagne region is dominated by vineyards; discover how champagne is made and aged in oak barrels; and visit the medieval Palais du Tau in Reims, where the kings of France stayed during their coronations
Depart for France on a private coach via Eurotunnel or ferry (depending on availability) to the Champagne region. Upon arrival in Reims, check into a four-star hotel located in the centre of the city for the next two nights.
EXCLUSIVE LIVINGETC EXPERIENCE In the evening, enjoy a
magical champagne dinner held in the vaulted crypt of the spectacular medieval Palais du Tau, which once held coronation banquets for the kings of France and is now officially classified as a Unesco World Heritage site.
DAY 2 PRIVATE PARTY AT TAITTINGER
In the morning, after a champagne breakfast (of course!), take part in a tutored tasting by one of Arblaster & Clarke’s experts of the best champagnes and wines of the Champagne region. There will be some free time over lunch to explore the historic city of Reims and visit its stunning cathedral, or simply take the chance to relax before the next tasting.
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THE DATES 22-24 April 2019
THE PRICE From £745pp, based on two people sharing. Subject to availability. Single supplement applies. Deposit: £100. Dates and details of the itinerary may be subject to change. This trip is ATOL protected and our travel partner Arblaster & Clarke is ABTOT-bonded. For full Ts&Cs, visit livingetc.tripsmiths.com/champagneetc
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famous champagne house Taittinger will be hosting a private party at its incredible Demeure des Comtes de Champagne headquarters in Reims. Here, sip on some of Taittinger’s finest vintages while eating delicious canapés and then take a tour of the company’s iconic chalk cellars, parts of which occupy 4th-century Roman stone quarries and others that were excavated by 13th-century Benedictine monks.
DAY 3 SPECIAL VINEYARD TOUR AND GOURMET FAREWELL LUNCH Another champagne breakfast rings in the final day of the trip.
EXCLUSIVE LIVINGETC EXPERIENCE Enjoy a fascinating behind-
the-scenes visit to one of the region’s most famous vineyards, which supplies the top champagne houses, and find out how they produce the grapes that are used in the unique Méthode Champenoise. Finally, as a farewell celebration, sit down to a gourmet lunch in the Champagne Vilmart château to toast the end of the journey and the new friends made along the way. From here, travel back to the UK by private coach via Eurotunnel or ferry (depending on availability).
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BEAUTY & THE FEAST These tasty recipes by health advocate Carla Oates are bursting with nutrients to help get you in tip-top shape, inside and out Photography ⁄ Carla Oates ⁄ The Beauty Chef
Quinoa, spiced apple and pecan bircher Serves 2 quinoa, rinsed * 65g150ml water * 1tsp ground * cinnamon ground nutmeg * ½tsp of ground * a pinch cloves 1 tart green Granny *Smith apple, peeled, cored and coarsely grated 125g natural or *coconut yogurt (or coconut kefir), plus extra to serve juiced * ½ orange, 60g pecans, * coarsely chopped, plus extra to serve (optional) 2 medjool dates, * pitted and coarsely chopped 1tbsp raw honey, * warmed up, plus extra to serve (optional) * raspberries, to serve
Place the quinoa, water, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Decrease the heat to low and gently simmer for 10 minutes, or until most of the water has been absorbed. Cover and remove from the heat to finish cooking for another 5 minutes, or until tails have sprouted and all of the water has been absorbed. Transfer to a medium bowl and set aside to cool slightly. Alternatively, use 200g of pre-cooked quinoa. Add the apple, yogurt (or kefir), orange juice, pecans, dates and honey and stir to combine. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate overnight. To serve, top with the additional yogurt and raspberries, plus the extra pecans and an extra drizzle of honey, if desired.
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Cashew butter chicken Serves 4 skinless chicken thigh *1kgfil lets, quartered coarsely chopped *2tbsp roasted cashews 1 large handful coriander *leaves, coarsely chopped to garnish quinoa, to serve *cooked FOR THE MARINADE natural yogurt *125g juice of ½ lemon * garlic, finely chopped *2 cloves knob of ginger, peeled *4cmand coarsely grated 1tsp garam masala *½tsp turmeric * ½tspground ground cumin *½tsp chil li powder * Himalayan salt *½tsp FOR THE SAUCE raw cashews, soaked in *75g cold water for 4 hours coconut cream *250ml2tbsp ghee * garlic, finely chopped *3 cloves knob of ginger, peeled *4cmand finely grated 1tsp ground cumin *½tsp cinnamon * ½tspground garam masala *½tsp chil li powder * tomato passata *375ml160ml water * *
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Combine all of the marinade ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well. Add the chicken and stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours. For the sauce, drain and rinse the cashews and put in a blender or food processor. Mix until finely chopped. Add the coconut cream and blend until smooth. Set aside. Heat the ghee in a large frying pan over a low heat. Cook the garlic and ginger until the garlic has softened. Add the spices and cook until fragrant. Add the passata and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the cashew sauce and water and gently simmer for 10 minutes. Preheat a large frying pan or heavy-based saucepan over a high heat. Once very hot, cook the marinated chicken pieces in batches for 2 minutes on each side, or until browned. Add the chicken to the sauce and stir to coat. Cook for 20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Serve with the roasted cashews, coriander and quinoa.
Broccoli and peas with hazelnuts, lemon and mint Serves 4 - 6 head broccoli * 1 largepreserved lemon * ¼ spiced 140g fresh peas * olive oil, * extra-virgin for drizzling of ½ lemon * juice roasted hazelnuts, * 45g coarsely chopped 1 long red chilli, halved * lengthways, seeds removed and thinly sliced 1 large handful mint *leaves, roughly torn salt and freshly * Himalayan ground black pepper
Cut the broccoli lengthways into medium-sized wedges, rinse well and set aside. Remove and discard the preserved lemon flesh and thinly slice the skin. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Cook the broccoli for 2 minutes, or until just tender. Add the peas and cook for 10-15 seconds, until tender. Drain. Put the broccoli and peas in a medium bowl. Drizzle generously with the olive oil and squeeze over the lemon juice. Toss to coat. Add the preserved lemon, hazelnuts, chilli and mint. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine.
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Mediterranean cauliflower pizza Makes 6 slices FOR THE BASE 600g cauliflower *25g finely grated *Parmesan cheese meal * 25g1 almond large egg * 1tbsp olive oil *½tsp onion powder *½tsp salt * ¼tspHimalayan powder * FORgarlic THE SAUCE extra-virgin * 2tspolive oil 1 clove garlic * 2 small tomatoes, *coarsely chopped ½tsp dried basil *Himalayan salt and *
freshly ground black pepper FOR THE TOPPING ½ roasted red bell * pepper , peeled, seeded and sliced * 4 marinated artichoke halves, thickly sliced 150g marinated *goat’ s cheese, broken into lumps olives * 45g Kalamata bunch rocket * 1 large 1tbsp pine nuts, *lightly toasted
Preheat the oven to 220°C/Fan 200°C/ Gas 7 and place a pizza stone or baking tray in the oven. Lightly grease and line a 26cm pizza tray with baking paper. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Line a colander with a tea towel. Place the cauliflower in a food processor and blend until finely chopped. Cook the cauliflower for about 1 minute, or until it is tender. Pour into the prepared colander and set aside to drain and cool slightly. To prepare the sauce, heat the oil in a small saucepan over a low heat. Cook the garlic until softened. Add the tomatoes and basil and cook for 15 minutes. Puree using a stick blender or food processor. Add the salt and pepper. Bundle the cauliflower up in the tea
towel, squeezing out excess liquid. For the base, put the cauliflower and the remaining ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well to combine. Spoon the mixture into the centre of the pizza tray and press out to make an even base. Put the pizza tray on to the preheated pizza stone or baking tray. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and beginning to crisp. Spread the sauce over the base. Scatter the red pepper, artichoke, goat’s cheese and olives on top. Cook for another 10 minutes, or until the cheese softens and begins to turn golden brown. Remove from the oven, top with the rocket and scatter with the pine nuts. Drizzle with olive oil. Slice to serve.
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Raw rainbow salad with soft-boiled egg and creamy miso dressing Serves 4 celeriac, * Â˝ large peeled peeled * 11beetroot, peeled *150gcarrot, large radishes * (around 4-5) 4 large eggs *1 large handful *chives, cut into 5cm batons FOR THE MISO DRESSING 60ml brown * rice vinegar egg yolk * 1 large 1tbsp white *miso paste 1tsp tamari, * (or soy sauce) knob of ginger, * 2cmpeeled and finely grated * 80ml lightflavoured extravirgin olive oil * 1tsp sesame oil
To make the miso dressing, put the vinegar, egg yolk, miso paste, tamari (or soy sauce) and ginger in a medium bowl. Whisk to combine. Gradually pour in the olive and sesame oils, whisking continuously until incorporated. Using a mandolin, finely shred the celeriac, beetroot, carrot and radishes. Wash the mandolin between each vegetable to prevent the colours from bleeding. Alternatively, coarsely grate using a hand-held grater. Put the eggs in a small saucepan and cover with cold water. Simmer for 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl of iced water for 2 minutes to cool slightly. Peel the eggs. Combine the shredded vegetables and chives in a large bowl and toss to combine. Add 3/4 of the dressing and toss to coat. Serve the salad topped with the soft-boiled eggs and drizzled with the remaining dressing.
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Fig, pomegranate, radicchio, orange and feta salad Serves 4 oranges *32ripe figs * radicchio * 1 head * seeds of 1 pomegranate * 150g marinated feta, drained and crumbled
* 80g walnuts, lightly roasted handfuls mint * 2leaves, torn FOR THE DRESSING * 60ml red wine vinegar Dijon mustard * 1½tsp 1tsp raw honey *80ml extra-virgin * olive oil Himalayan salt * and freshly ground black pepper
To prepare the dressing, whisk the vinegar, mustard and honey together in a small bowl. Gradually add the oil and the salt and pepper. Set aside. Using a small sharp knife, cut off and discard the orange skins. Slice the oranges into approximately 1cm-thick rounds. Roughly tear the figs into quarters and the radicchio into pieces. To assemble, arrange the orange, fig and radicchio on a large serving plate. Drizzle with half of the dressing. Scatter with the pomegranate seeds, feta, walnuts and mint. Drizzle with the remaining dressing and serve.
Roasted pineapple with tamarind, date and chilli sauce Serves 6 Preheat the oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/ Gas 6. Trim the pineapple and remove the skin. Cut lengthways into six wedges. Place in a large roasting tin. Melt the ghee and maple syrup together in a small saucepan. Brush over the pineapple. FOR THE SAUCE Roast for 45 minutes, or until caramelised 4 medjool dates, * pitted and tender, basting every 15 minutes. make the sauce, cover the dates with 125ml boil ing water * tamarind puree To the boiling water and set aside for 10 *60ml2tbsp minutes, or until softened. Put the dates freshly * squeezed lime juice and any remaining soaking liquid in a food maple syrup processor or blender. Add the remaining *2tbspchil li flakes ingredients and blend until smooth. *½tsp Transfer into a small bowl. ½tsp vanil *bean powder*la Serve the roasted pineapple with the sauce and coconut cream. ¼tsp Himalayan * salt You should be able to find vanilla * bean powder at a health-foods store. l pineapple *1 smal 1tbsp ghee * maple syrup *1tbsp cream, *coconut to serve
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