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Unusual bath tubs
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Rachel Branson PUBLISHER / EDITOR Is it just me or is the weather starting to make everyone feel grumpy? Road rage with a woman who thought I had pinched her parking space...Lost mobile phone, lost house keys and grumpy people inspired me to take refuge in by bathroom and indulge in a relaxing soak in my bath tub, something I only tend to do in the winter months... Candles lit, soft music playing, floating away to some island in the sun. It works wonders at washing away those dreary days, creating a haven of peace and tranquility. Enjoy & be inspired.
Victoria Branson FEATURES EDITOR It’s supposed to be July, blue sky and sunshine! Sadly the sky has been grey and instead of sunshine we’ve had rain and lots of it. Still one blessing is the hosepipe bans have been lifted. Grey seems to be a trending colour (all thanks to one author), so much so it inspired me to find some stylish grey products to fill your homes with. Don’t be afraid of using grey as many shades of grey can actually be quite warming and subtle, just perfect to create an environment where you just want to snuggle down and pick up a good book.
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Drain Wallpaper Drain Wallpaper (light grey). Digitally printed wallpaper design, featuring grey tonal colour-ways. This is design collaboration by Adrienne Chinn and ATADesigns. Roll size W52cm L10m Ref: Urlo-w0020 £110/roll atadesigns.com
ALESSI LA STANZA DELLO SCIROCCO FRUIT BOWL This eye-catching designer fruit bowl makes the perfect centre piece and a brilliant work of art for any Alessi collector. £73 redcandy.co.uk
Edward Bowler Inspired by the classic quintessential bowler hat, and english rose in bluey silhouettes, delicately resting on a combination of lace type chandelier drawings. Available in other colours. Roll size W52cm L10m Ref: Wallp055 £160/roll atadesigns.com
Highgrove Wallpaper NEW...The Studio Collection by Digetex Gorgeous Wallpapers from only £45 Fabrics from £35- substrates include: silk, linen, velvet & cotton... £45 DigetexHOME.com
J by Jasper Conran Sequin Cushion Add some shimmer to your shade of grey with this gorgeous sequined cushion available from Debenhams £30 debenhams.com
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ave you indulged yourself into the 50 Shades of Grey? Unfortunately, neither Rachel or I have had the time yet to read this trilogy that appears to have become somewhat of a phenomenon and I'm only overhearing what my friends are saying about it, but clearly there seems to be something tantalising between the covers! All this chitta-chatta about shades of grey has inspired me to go in search of home interior products that fit within this trend. Grey is such a versatile colour and used with either other monochrome tones can create a very sleek and stylish look. Add some vibrancy to a monochrome scheme with a splash of citrus green or try a bright cerise. Alternatively create a sumptuous yet elegant feel, by adding champagne creams and ballerina pinks!
HIN Cape Dutch Mohair The Cape Dutch Mohair blanket has a beautiful and timeless style and is perfect to use as a throw in the bedroom, or as a cosy blanket to snuggle under on the sofa. Made with 70% mohair, this blanket /throw is super soft and very light. Size: 180x130cm ÂŁ129 delve.co.uk
Spitalfield Grey Armchair A fabulous piece for softening up a formal monochrome interior look. This inviting Spitalfield Chair combines a cosy shape and delicately turned casters with rather dapper grey flannel upholstery. Team it with any of our sleek, black and white pieces for an executive feel or soften up harsh whites for a pretty boudoir look. With inlay piped arms and piped deep-filled seat cushion. W130xD91xH74cm ÂŁ775 frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk
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Borgen Hurricane Lantern This uber-stylish wooden Danish lantern will grace any location. Can be used indoors or out. (best to bring indoors after use) Available in an dark antique grey or light antique grey finish. Size: 38.5x25cm. ÂŁ43.50 nordichouse.co.uk
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These top quality planters are made from Fibre a result are extremely strong and durable. The a raised rim at the bottom designed to help dra protect from frost. All planters feature a drainag are supplied with a bung. Fibrecotta is a wonde material which is light-weight (when compared frost-proof, tough, low maintenance and non-c Fibrecotta combines the classic styling with m the innovative material allows the plant to breat remaining tough and durable. Medium size H30xW30xD30cm - 22 Litre ÂŁ29.95 primrose.co.uk
Flow Garden Chair The Flow garden furniture collection from Manutti Belgium is completely weather proof outdoor furniture & made from the same high tech fabric used on smart yachts. The finishing on this range of modern garden furniture range is flawless & the fabric is very comfortable to the touch. Seams are welded as well as sewn, so if a drop of water does manage get through it will drain away through the specially designed cushions. Dimensions: W72xD79cm Seat H39cm, armrest H67.5cm. ÂŁ1,460 gomodern.co.uk
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The Fatboy outdoor beanbag is a garden essential, created especially for lounging in complete comfort. Fitted with special straps and sail rings that allow for lounging in a sitting position up to 60 degrees - perfect if you prefer to sit up and watch the world go by! Constructed from a tough polyester fabric with a durable PVC coating the Fatboy Outdoor is rain, stain and UV resistant. Each bean bag contains 360 litres of EPS filling. The wipe clean durable fabric is dirt and moisture repellent water and neutral soap. Size 180cmx140cm ÂŁ225 alltidiedandlitup.co.uk
Bonaparte Bed Proud to unveil their beautiful new collection, Bonaparte, hope you’ll agree it’s completely and utterly showstoppingly stunning! Made from solid Mahogany and finished in a chic French Wedgwood-style blue, it features antique white relief details which have been intricately hand-carved - the headboard ‘wings’, corners, top edges, feet, headboard, footboard and side rails are adorned with beading, flowers and other delicate carved details. It takes 8-10 weeks to complete this bed. £2,600 frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk
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Belgravia Silver Tub Chair Beautiful tub chair finished in a gorgeous silver/grey velvet material with a touch of sparkle. Comes with black/brown legs. This chair is an absolute must for interior designers at the moment. Looks great when paired up with the Belgravia silver chaise. £265 sweetpeaandwillow.com
Melody Maison Grey Chest A three drawer chest of drawers finished in sophisticated French grey Incredibly stylish this chest of drawers forms part of an entire bedroom range Made from wood this chest of drawers has sleek curved legs, dark wood top and a round metal handle There is ornate engraved detailing below the drawer. H80cmxW80cmxD40cm £309.95 melodymaison.co.uk
Hastings Lamp With a lime-washed turned wooden base and simple cotton coolie shade, the Hastings Floor Lamp is a prettily understated piece of lighting, perfect for popping in any neglected area of the room, whether it be by a favourite armchair or next to a bed. Great in a tranquil, nautical themed room or equally fitting as a softer piece in a stark, modern white scheme. £185 frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk
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ow many of you have now got bar stools in your house? Stylista Homes takes a look at a variety of stylish bar stools available to give your home a little Stylista Chic! Historically, because of their height and narrow form bar stools were only ever found in Public Houses or at Hotel bars. However, due to the change in attitude to the layout of our homes with many people opting for open plan living the bar stool has become a familiar piece of household furniture. Homes with larger kitchens being designed with a large centre island more often have one side for working, and the other-side for sitting on bar stools making the kitchen a perfect area to be social with friends and family while the food is being prepared.
Jacobsen style swan Feast your eyes on a real design masterpiece! This Jacobsen style swan bar stool has been given an ultra-modern twist with a splash of industrial styling. The brown leather upholstery has been paired with a bolted metal finish giving this chair a totally revamped look. ÂŁ575 beautifulmodernthing.com
HAND CARVED BAR STOOL Subtle, innovative, quirky: Pols Potten products are clearly rooted in the Dutch design tradition. That may very well be exact reason why their designs feel at home across the globe. ÂŁ519 madeindesign.co.uk
Tiffany Bar Stool With its unique acrylic legs and backrest, the Tiffany Bar Stool appears like something out of a dream, brought to life to provide you with a place at your home bar! The clear acrylic of the Tiffany Stool visibly almost disappears into its surroundings, blending perfectly with any setting you choose to place it in. The seat top is padded and upholstered with a subtle white microfibre finish for extra comfort when you’re wiling away the hours with a few drinks with friends. H762mm Seat Top H610mm £399.99 drinkstuff.com
New Antiqued Bar Stool An imposing and sturdy stool. Depth and patterns of the added antique patina will in its nature vary on each stool adding to the vintage feel. Dimensions: W30 D30 H75cm. £144 bubbledrum.co.uk
SCRAP METAL BAR STOOL This unusual upcycled Bar Stool from re-purposed Scrap Metal would look great in a industrial loft style apartment. Measurements: H80 W44 D38 cm £425 theoldcinema.co.uk
ooking for a sleek trendy bar stool with a real contemproary look? Stylista Homes have found some uniquely modern bar stools currently on the market. Each with their own individual style you’re bound to find one to fit the definitive style you’re after.
HUDSON BAR STOOL
This stool was created in 2000 by Philippe Starck for Ian Schranger's Hudson Hotel in New York. This stool is still used by the infamous Designer for numerous places including restaurants and VIP lounges. You can use it as an essential and exceptional piece of contemporary design in your home. The Hudson collection is included in the design collection of the Museum of Modern Art and won the "Good Design Award" in year 2000. This stool is 75 cm sitting height and is also available in 61 cm sitting height. Hudson stool is available in brushed or polished aluminium. £1,996 madeindesign.co.uk
KONCORD BAR STOOL
VISTA BAR STOOL
The Koncord is part of the new collection by Karim Rashid and is established by a single piece of rotational moulded polyethylene. It has a futuristic look and is characterized by an incredibly refined structure which is very comfortable. Koncord is available in a multitude of tangy colours. From £216 madeindesign.co.uk
To give your bar a touch of modern style, the Vista Bar Stool comes into view with its sleek polished chrome finish. The bold image of the Vista makes it easily stand out for a unique seating option. £24.99 drinkstuff.com
magis high stool The unique bar stool designed by Konstantin Grcic, shaped into an angular, geometric grid, is now available in a new version in polished aluminium. So luxurious and sophisticated! £418 madeindesign.co.uk
Carrello A stylish pair of Carrello Bar Stool seats, available in black, cream and red, perfect for bar or kitchen breakfast bar. Measurements H85 x D 43 x W 38cms; seat height at 73cms. £315 uniquechicfurniture.co.uk
E3 HOUSE IN CANADA BY ARCHITECT NATALIE DIONNE
he E3 House is located in. a bustling neighbourhood near the very popular Jean-Talon Market in Montreal. It was designed for a family with a deep attachment to the neighbourhood, the parents' work in theatre, film and television, and the children are young adults. The exterior geometry of the residence is a simple parallelepiped defined by two largely fenestrated walls on the east and west sides and party walls to the north and south. The orientation of the lot inspired the design of a multi-level House that enables natural light to penetrate. The floors are staggered on Either Side of the 12-meter-high central atrium that divides into two volumes the house, front and back, a staircase, topped with a skylight, links the different Levels. The large windows situated at both ends of the house and the central skylight allow the sun to reach deep into the interior to create ever-changing plays of natural light and shadow. Malthus, the interior environment modulates According To the time of day and the season. Large wooden shutters slide in front of the windows in each room to filter the light at dawn and sunset. To ensure natural ventilation, the windows are facing and each other they all open, as do those in the skylight. The shutters protect the house from Aussi summer heat. The house is Called E3 because it is organized around the cross section of the building. The cross-sectional drawing resembles a capital E is backward linked to E by intersecting the staircase. Each living space and room is on a Separate level. The staircase links the six rooms in the house, ultimately leading to a mezzanine studio and a terrace with a view of iconic Mount Royal. On the Other Side, looks out the skylight was green roof system, where 'a small field of lavender will be planted. The bedrooms open onto the central space-through wide sliding doors pivoting gold, which expand the space, allow light to enter, and create a depth of perspective. When the doors are closed, the space is withdrawn, allowing for insulation, privacy, and contemplation. The volume is structured by integrated architectural elements and finishes contribute that has graphical and sculptural quality to the space. The central staircase, light and airy, and the impressive island kitchen both feature steel and walnut.
Cabinets, wardrobes and storage spaces, made with maple-veneer plywood, is vertically arranged to create multi-functional, multilevel monoliths. Outside, marine-grade plywood stained to a dark espresso colour lines the walls and ceilings of alcoves off to mark both front and back entrances. The project's program includes a code of materials with simple, repetitive colours: polished concrete, natural steel, wood and blue tiles. The interplay of these materials creates stunning graphical compositions that resemble abstract paintings. Trained in architecture and video art, Natalie Dionne opened in 2000. Her work has engaged sophisticated exploration of the links between art and architecture, film and interior design. Early in her career she worked with artists on the production and installation of public art. In 2008, she collaborated with her partner, Martin Laneville, House on the U (U House), an urban residence Focused inwards around interior courtyard that year accommodates both their family home and studio office. When it was completed in 2008, Lipton left the movie and television industry to join Dionne full time in design development. U The house has received the Award of Excellence from the Quebec Order of Architects in 2009. Photographer: Marc Cramer Source: v2com.biz
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A bathroom should be a place for thought and reflection. A tranquil space in which to unwind and drift away. Bathrooms seem to have got smaller and smaller, almost an after thought, a space in which to squeeze a bath, toilet, basin and if you’re luck a shower as well. I do most of my thinking in the shower and my most creative time is while lounging in a bath, candles lit, music playing. I aspire to build my own house with a space big enough to install the most creative of bath tubs or perhaps have the luxury of turning a bedroom over to a a huge luxurious space. Over the last few months we have uncovered some truely inspiring bath tubs, so we hope you enjoy a selection of our favourite tubs. The Swiss company Bagno Sasso sets trends and creates new ideas for fantastic spa moments. Their bathtubs have a very architectural feel and set eye-catching trends in modern bathrooms. With unique forms, textures and materials Bagno Sasso creates a new world in the bathroom. Together with the German designer Manuel Dreesmann, Bagno Sasso developed two eye-catching bathtub models ‘Ocean Wing’ (main picture) and ‘Ocean Wave’. “Design is our passion and creating new sensational bathroom trends is our challenge. The new bathtubs are characterised by modern and stylish elements and fit perfectly into the bath lounge”, says Rolf Senti, owner & CEO, Bagno Sasso. bagnosasso.com
With unique forms, textures and materials Bagno Sasso creates a new world in the bathroom bagnosasso.com
CERAMICA FLAMINIA The new Leggera bathtub from Ceramica Flaminia is a designed by Gilda Borgnini. A stainless steel shower pole pierces through the porcelain effortlessly, as if it were indeed cloth. The outside and inside of the bathtub are less marked, melting into one another with a sensation of airy relaxation. ceramicaflaminia.it
I came across a stunning bath from Indigenous Tiles at a recent exhibition. Riverstone (pictured above) is sourced straight from the riverbed, the Riverstone Collection includes a selection of stunning bathtubs, bowls and pedestal basins. Basalt boulders, originating from the active Marapi volcano in Central Java, are washed down the river during the rainy season, by torrents of water, before becoming lodged downstream. The boulders are then collected and crafted by hand. Polished to give an internal smooth finish, the Riverstones boulders are chosen to complement each other and share a fluid bowl design and rich, earthy tone. Each piece is completely unique. Riverstones can be used throughout the bathroom or chosen individually as statement pieces - their distinctive natural look suiting both contemporary and traditional interiors.
TRAVERTINE FROM INDIGENOUS
(left) Another of their ranges is Travertine, inspired by sleek, contemporary lines, combined
with solid, traditional travertine, this collection is always popular, especially with the current trend for mixing old and new pieces in bathrooms. It includes basins, baths and shower trays, which are crafted from single solid pieces of honed and filled ivory travertine. All pieces are offered in a variety of shapes and sizes, with bespoke commissions designed to individual requirements also available.
(above right) The Modernus Collection (Image supplied by Pibamarmi) is more than a bathroom range; it is a concept in bathroom design. Produced in Italy, and using only their finest limestone and marble, it provides you with a rare opportunity to approach your bathroom as a homogenous space, where you can dictate
the design and layout of your bath, basin and shower. You can then further enhance these pieces by choosing complementing stone for the walls and floors. If yourâ€™re looking for something truly different, there is very little comparable to Modernus currently available in the UK. Minimalist style combined with sleek lines, Modernus is the ultimate in bespoke and boutique contemporary chic. www. indigenoustiles.com
Bagno Sasso creates a new world in the bathroom bagnosasso.com
uring Grand Designs this year we came across the Mosaic Bath Company who have an agreement with Victoria + Albert, a global brand with a worldwide reputation for creating beautiful freestanding baths and basins. The Mosaic Bath Company take their classic designed bath tubs and lovingly decorate them with handcrafted mosaics in either mother of pearl, glass or stone. The end results are out of this world. The luxury of pearl and the vibrance of colour gives the bath a distinct style. Mother of Pearl has always been associated with elegance. The glass comes in a variety of colours from purples and blues to greens and browns. The stone offers a more back to nature feel. www.mosaicbathcompany.co.uk Our final bath is the Cabrits will is due to launched into the UK this July and will be exclusively available from Victoria + Albert. The freestanding Cabrits bath introduces a unique double dip design to provide a revolutionary experience. With contours mirroring the volcanoes of the caribbean National Park of the same name. The ergonomic form has been shaped to fit the body, providing support for the mid and lower back. www.vandabaths.com/uk With so many wonderful and creative ideas, you can transform your bathroom into a haven of tranquility with style and a bathtub that is just that little bit out of the ordinary.
BATHTUBS FROM BC DESIGNS
ALUMINIUM BATH BOAT (above) The classic Boat bath, known by some as a ‘Bateau’ style bath is a stunning deep bath tub with lots of character. The bath is cast in solid marine grade aluminium, so will last a n the search for stylish bathrooms, I came across BC Designs whose lifetime and has a bonded acrylic liner stunning baths captured the imagination, my only wish is to have for excellent heat retention benefits. a bathroom big enough to cater for these beautiful pieces. Barrie The surface has been polished for a Cutchie has been in the forefront of bathroom innovation and design high shine look. The freestanding bath for over 30 years and has designed freestanding baths, made from Solid is also available in an acrylic version Surface and Resin, Cast Iron Baths, Stone Baths, as well as bathroom and can be painted by BC Designs mirrors, bathroom lighting and recently a new range of bathroom Cabinets. BD Designs are known to be “The First” in introducing the latest trends into (acrylic or primed finishes only) Size: L1640 x W685mm x H710mm Price: the Bathroom Market, from the beautifully designed bathroom pull switch £3,594 www.bcdesigns.co.uk to the exquisite range of solid surface baths.
TASSE (right) The oval freestanding Tasse bath has symmetrical curves, allowing for a large internal bathing area for optimum comfort and relaxation. The luxurious Tasse is a solid surface bath with a solid colour throughout. It is manufactured from BC Designs’ own Cian material which is durable, repairable and nonyellowing. The bath has a gloss finish and is now also available with a matt finish. Size: L1770mm x H555mm x W880mm £3,468
MAGNUS (left)The Magnus is a fantastic, solid cast 1 piece bath made from Cian. The colour goes all the way through, no thin Gel coat to break through, no hollow ringing sound. Scratches and marks can be easily removed. With a built in overflow set in the solid walls of the bath, MAGNUS is truly a magnificent bath to enhance any bathroom, modern or traditional. The overflow is cast seamlessly into the body of the bath. 1740mm x 760mm x 560mm high. Water capacity: 180 litres £4,794
s it just me or is the weather starting to make everyone feel grumpy? Road rage with a woman who thought I had pinched her parking space... Lost mobile phone, lost house keys and grumpy people inspired me to take refuge in by bathroom and indulge in a relaxing soak in my bath tub, something I only tend to do in the winter months... Candles lit, soft music playing, floating away to some island in the sun. It works wonders at washing away those dreary thoughts, creating a haven of peace and tranquility. I must admit I first need to declutter the bathroom of rubber ducks and floating bath toys, but the effort of creating a sensual space is worth it, and not just for us women, I think the men should give it a try as well. Now relaxed by my bath time treat, I have been inspired to uncovered some truly inspiring bath tubs, so have a look at our unusual bath tubs feature, however if space is limited and funds are depleted I have also found some lovely fragrances and luxurious bath towels that should transform even the smallest of bathrooms into your own personal spa. So what ever the weather or your mood take a little time to transform your bathroom and soak away those grey, rainy summer days. Fill your bathtub, close the door, tight some candles, play soft music and drift away which you wash the stresses and strains of the day. If you are lacking
inspiration then we hope our selection of scents, towels, candles and music systems help you to transform your bathroom into a personal spa! Dunelm Mill (main picture left) have created an Eastern Treasures inspired bathroom, proving that style doesn’t have to be costly, the bathroom features an abstract hand painted half circles canvases £24.99, burnt sienna wooden elephant ornament £8.99, burnt sienna marrakesh lantern £4.99, Egyptian cotton towels from £2.99, large Moroccan squat pendant £49.99, Winchester sideboard £229.99 and Adelaide rug £59.99. www.dunelm-mill.com
(left) Inspired by the ancient ritual of bathing in ancient Rome. Reminiscent of the wonderful scent of the infused Roman bath waters, this beautiful candle contains notes of soft herbaceous lavender, combined with nourishing milk notes, Egyptian oils and a touch of Lily of the Valley to give a fresh twist to this calming scent. The double wick ensures an even burn and excellent transfer of fragrance. This wonderful candle made from 100% organic soy and beeswax blend contains the world’s finest essential oils – the scent of the summer! At least, you can dream the summer will come. Medium: £20, 6.5oz (30 hour burn time) Large: £32, 8.5oz (45 hour burn time) Jonathan Ward London is now available from jonathanwardlondon.com, House of Fraser, Whole Foods, Harvey Nichols Manchester, Josh Woods Salon, the W Hotel and other leading stores and boutique hotels.
My personal favourite is Neom Fragrances, I came across their range a few months ago and fell in love their Moroccan Blush Rose range, their diffusing oils and candles are heavenly and well worth the investment in creating a home of beautiful fragrances. A beautiful glass bottle holds the precious scentdiffusing oil made using only the highest quality blend of pure essential oils rather than synthetic fragrances. Once inserted into the bottle, the natural reed sticks absorb the oil blend and gradually diffuse the scent into your home. Like their candles and room mists, each reed diffuser (pictured right) is designed to give you a specific treatment, depending on the scent you choose. Reeds are fantastically versatile for scenting so many areas...hallways, bathrooms, guest-rooms, we love them in our wardrobes too! £35
COMPLETE BLISS: ULTIMATE CANDLE
NEOM Luxury Organics candles are made using only vegetable wax and pure essential oils rather than synthetic fragrances so they burn without releasing harmful pollutants, toxins or soot. They work as powerful holistic treatments as you breathe in the scented air so it is best to burn them for between 2-4 hours at a time. Each candle has 4 wicks and burns for over 100 hours (30% longer than standard premium candles) £160 neomorganics.com
CHRISTY HAS COLLABORATED WITH HARLEQUIN
Renowned for an eclectic fusion of classic mixed with contemporary and flamboyant married with elegant designs. Derived from three eye-catching and bestselling fabric designs, Pod, Rush Stripe and Azara, the towels come in three sizes, including the ultimate in luxury - an all-enveloping bath sheet. A timeless and elegant design, Azara (pictured right) features a sophisticated paisley in a stylish mix of charcoal and taupe shades. Rush Stripe (pictured right) is a beautifully balanced stripe in scarlet, blue and willow colourways on a light ground. Hand towel £10, Bath Towel £20, Bath Sheet £30 Made with 100% cotton 600gsm. www.christy-towels.com
If you are looking for something a little more luxurious, then Amara features some of the most beautiful towels, bath mats and robes. My favourite items are from the Missoni Home Collection. Jazel (right) is a collection of vibrant colours to brighten up your bathroom. They have a slightly masculine feel so should inspire the man of the house to take a long luxurious dip, Jazel Bathmat £178 and towels start at £13
But if you are looking for a more feminine touch then the Josephine collection, featuring colour butterfly shapes could get the heart fluttering for these luxurious bath towels and Hooded Bathrobe £174 amara.co.uk
Four of our most popular radios have been evaluated for use in the bathroom* by Intertek Test Labs, a world leader in electrical product safety testing. ONE Mini, ONE Classic, ONE Elite and Move are suitable for bathroom use when powered by Pure’s rechargeable ChargePAK or batteries. Look out for the duck icon on our packaging and promotional materials. One Mini (above) offers FM reception, an input so you can plug in your iPod and use One Mini as a portable speaker, up to 16 presets, a headphone socket and a USB socket for future upgrades. There’s even a choice of colours. www. pure.com/bathroom
MYSTIQUE ESCAPE BATH SALTS
Feature the latest in salt manufacturing, an innovative sea salt technology known as Silk Salt. Mystique Escape Bath Salts gently and effectively polish the surface of the skin without friction or irritation. Enhancing the already mineral-rich sea salt, this advanced bath salt formulation adds a powerhouse ingredient, Atoligomer, a micronised, high concentration mixture of pure microminerals for easy absorption. Serving as a natural source of mineral replenishment, Atoligomer
infuses the skin with 73 minerals Delivering an abundance of essential oils, these phenomenal bath salts delight the senses with their heavenly aroma while inspiring relaxation and ensuring results. The skin emerges clean, bright, smooth, mineralised, and wonderfully rehydrated. Mystique Escape Bath Salts are suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive skin 120g £23 pevonia.co.uk
AQUALA BATH CADDY (above) This is the ultimate accessory for you bathroom. Relax in the bath with your favourite book and your favourite tipple. Made from bamboo, a highly renewable resource, this expandable bathtub caddy has a built in wine glass holder and fold away book support 71 x 22 x 4cm - extends to 102cm £50 theliterarygiftcompany.com
ew build homes have undergone an architectural evolution in the last thirty years due to a fundamental shift in consumer demand. Separate reception rooms once epitomised sophisticated living, and layouts were structured around areas specifically designated as kitchens, living or dining rooms. Upstairs, floor plans were designed to include as many bedrooms and bathrooms as possible, with en suites regarded as the height of luxury. Mark Watson, Head of Technical Design for Berkeley (Eastern Counties) Ltd, explains: â€œSuch traditional architectural styles have been transformed in the last decade to reflect the demand for more flexible living accommodation.
~ Such traditional architectural styles have been transformed in the last decade to reflect the demand for more flexible living accommodation.
“In order to maximise space and light, astute house hunters now favour open plan living where the ground floor accommodation, such as the kitchen, living room and dining room, effortlessly combine. “Feedback has also shown that new home buyers are now prepared to sacrifice an extra en suite in return for a dedicated dressing area – a feature that was traditionally considered the exclusive preserve of the more affluent purchaser. This transition in requirements
reflects how comfort and spaciousness are no longer aspirations, but prerequisites, for contemporary living.” With the property ladder so difficult to climb for many nowadays, first homes need to evolve to become family homes, meaning living areas are required to adapt to reflect the lifestyle demands that children bring. “We have found that townhouse style properties are often the best solution to help maximise the land available for new build developments. Their design
reflects the requirement for more than one reception room and a maximum number of bedrooms.â€? Townhouse style homes are proving very popular with couples and families alike. Some styles now incorporate a nursery room on the same level as the master bedroom suite, meaning that younger children can sleep within easy proximity of their parents, and then move onto a different floor as they become teenagers and want space from their parents.
In essence, this enables families to grow into their homes, and for the homes to adapt to differing family needs. Living accommodation benefits in a similar manner as it is divided across the ground and first floors, enabling families to have an open plan family space on the ground floor, with a more formal â€˜adultâ€™ living room upstairs. In order to maximise the space, light and outdoor areas, some new build homes in Kent now incorporate
a variety of architectural designs. First floor private terraces and balconies are now being included in both apartment and house designs. Bi-fold doors are becoming standard feature in downstairs living areas and open directly onto a paved area in the garden, maximising ‘outdoor living’, creating the feeling of bringing the outside space indoors.
Some modern town house designs even include an extended ground floor to create a greater downstairs living area. These designs feature a galleried ceiling with Velux windows, flooding the lounge with natural light. “Irrespective of budget, house buyers repeatedly place flexible living, open plan layouts, space and light at the top of their list of what they look for in a new property. Open plan designs undoubtedly lend themselves most
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successfully to flexible living, and mean that the same property can be as successfully occupied by a single occupier as a couple who are starting a family. Whilst features such as dressing rooms, outside space, and garden rooms were once seen as bonuses, they are increasingly becoming the norm. Purchasers of today’s new build properties can rest assured they are making a sound investment for their future,” Mark concludes.
The development has 1 and 2 bedroom apartments available from 134,950, 4 bedroom houses from £249,950, and 5 bedroom houses available from £419,950 Kingsbrook Park, Canterbury, has 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments available from £164,950 Ryewood, Sevenoaks, has one and two bedroom apartments available from £186,950, and three and four bedroom houses available from £314,950. For further details, please contact berkeleygroup.co.uk/berkeley/
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Published on Jun 30, 2012
Published on Jun 30, 2012
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