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CONTENTS 8 Kelly Hoppen returns, this time Kelly gives you the heads up on how to light your home. 16  A selection of the finest homes available in the Cotswolds and Cheshire regions, courtesy of Knight Frank Estate Agents, Jackson-Stops and Hamptons. 38  The Beauty of Stone... James Thomas from Lapicida shares his passion with us. 64 From the traditional and classically elegant, bringing an extension of your garden in to your home, Mark Caulfield talks conservatories. 86  Emma Sims-Hilditch breathes new life into a simply stunning Grade I listed property in Bath . 98 Susan Dunstall gives us an insight into maximising our gardens potential, with the rain storms now a distant memory, its time to get back out in the garden.

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EDITORS NOTES No matter how long the winter, Spring is sure to follow. ~Proverb After what seems like the longest and wettest winter in living memory, its lovely to welcome you all to our Spring edition of Luxury Homes Magazine. In this edition we welcome back long term contributor Kelly Hoppen and the amazingly talented Emma Sims-Hilditch with another fantastic project. We also have gardening advice for the more green fingered amongst us from our resident expert Susan Dunstall. This edition sees the collaboration of my two favourite places, the Cotswolds and Cheshire showcasing the best from both in this special one off edition. We’d like to welcome our superb clients old and new - you truly give Luxury Homes readers the best products and services available in each of the regions and it’s lovely to have you on-board. Enjoy!

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By Kelly Hoppen.

Lighting will not only overlay the design of your rooms with drama and subtlety, but also have a direct bearing on your mood and frame o f mind. well-lit rooms are by turns welcoming, cheering, soothing, safe, soulful and sensuous.

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FEATURE | Kelly Hoppen - Lighting

SPARKLING CRYSTAL (right), brings a magical dimension to a space, especially when it has been configured into a sculptural design andcombined with light. These Tulsa 2 swirling crystal hanging lights from Swarovski make a stunning focal point for a hallway or stairwell. DIRECTIONAL CEILING LIGHTS (opposite), such as these nickel globe-shaped examples from Robert Clift Lighting, are an extremely versatileingredient of a lighting scheme, as they can be used to highlight objects or art, or to wash walls and floors with gentle pools of ambient light.


ighting has to be considered at the very first stages of any project. It is such an essential design ingredient that it must be given sufficient funds from the budget so that you are able to achieve versatile, flattering light in every room. I take lighting extremely seriously, using the extraordinary number of light fittings and light types that are available, as well as creating my own – most notably the crystal Twists and Waterfalls, developed with lighting specialist Robert Clift. I have learned that to create successful lighting you must achieve a balance of light on all sides of the room. I use different light sources and bulb types to cast light in tones ranging from pure white to yellow, through to blues and soft greys. The three main light sources I like to work with are tungsten, low-voltage and LED. LEDs are a low-energy low-heat light source that can be fitted almost anywhere as uplighters, surround lights, floor lights and shadow-gap lights. The colour rendition is very white, but if you use them so that the light bounces back from a soft finish, the effect is far more gentle. Soft ambient light is generally created with tungsten bulbs, which produce a warm light; task light is provided

by low-voltage directional spots and reading, floor and table lamps; accent lighting can be achieved using LED strips for uplighting and highlighting wall finishes, fabrics and artworks. Downlighters are an essential part of lighting, but be careful how you position them. When installed around the edges of a room, they create a good general light, and some can be directional, aimed at objects or art. Avoid placing downlighters where they will shine directly over someone’s head, as this exaggerates signs of tiredness. A warm rounded glow that forms a wave of light across a room, in combination with gentle uplighting, is the most flattering form of light, both for you and for the room. I have had great success with shadow-gap lighting at skirtingboard level and on either side of staircases. The whiteness of the LEDs along the side of the risers and treads creates the impression of greater width, as well as drawing the eye. Recessed lowvoltage lights and LEDs can be installed as floorwashing lights for a soft, low glow. LED linear strips can be concealed within shelving, used within alcoves and to light cupboard tops, all of which allows the light source to reflect softly back into the room. LUXURY TITLES


SUBTLETY AND CONTROL (right top) in lighting is key. In this dining space up–down plaster wall lights, positioned symmetrically on the vertical banners with three tall vases of flowers below each one, glow on the wall. The lighting strip beneath the bespoke floating stone shelf provides another layer of soft background lighting. STATEMENT LIGHTS (right bottom) that are objects of beauty in their own right make wonderful additions to a living space. The beauty of this fluidly sculptural wroughtiron Sera Lantern floor lamp by Mark BrazierJones is that it looks hand-drawn into the space. When lit it casts decorative shadows on the walls and over my collection of treasures and artwork by Desiree Dolron. THE JOY OF THIS ARRANGEMENT (left) is not only the combination of the custommade crystal chandelier with the velvet and Novasuede Donghia Villa sofa, but also that the chandelier has been suspended so that it hangs where you would expect to see a table lamp. A series of crystal chandeliers, also made by the contractor, each hang at different heights through the stairwell, adding drama and glamour to the space. FEATURE | Kelly Hoppen - Lighting

LIGHTING CHECKLIST • The secret of good lighting is to have three or four circuits in each room, so that you can vary the light throughout the day and for different functions. Design for options and control. • Use dimmers or a pre-set system, so that you can have a ‘wow’ setting for evenings, a comfortable scene for day-to-day life, a sexy night-time scene and a bright scene for cleaning. • Often it is best to position pendants and chandeliers over a table or grouping of furniture to the side of a room, rather than in the centre, as doing this casts a welcoming pool of light.



LAYERS OF LIGHT Start a lighting scheme by assessing the natural light on sunny and overcast days, and take photographs as a reminder of how the light falls in the room. Refer to the list you made of everything you will be doing in the room. Check your floor plan for the positioning of furniture, which must be worked out prior to the lighting design. Draw up elevationsof every wall, showing where pictures, star pieces or collections will be placed. Pay attention to wall finishes and floors, as you want the lighting to bring out their best qualities. Sufficient floor sockets for lamps are essential. FOR MY LIVING ROOM (right), I chose the softest of low-level lighting, to subtly enrich the many matt and glossy textures at play – the black glass and white-waxed plaster walls, dark wood floor, sheer linen curtains, damask linen Modenature sofas, polished steel and brass coffee table, and lacquer and bronze side tables by Christian Liaigre. It is the perfect light to make anyone look and feel good, and is glamorous and soothing. DECORATIVE LIGHT the crystal and metal lizard lamp by Mathieu Lustrerie is both pretty and quirky. ATMOSPHERIC LIGHT the warm glow of firelight and candlelight can never be underestimated. SCULPTURAL LIGHTS the two chrome table lamps are stunning vintage pieces that look as fabulous unlit as they do lit.



FEATURE | Kelly Hoppen - Lighting



CEILING LIGHTS The directional nickel ceiling lights wash the walls with gentle background light and highlight artworks. STATEMENT LIGHT The Kelly Light Sculpture is an intriguing ceilingto- floor silver chain and crystal piece designed by me for Spina. LIGHTING KEYNOTES I recommend having a five-amp circuit for table lamps, floor lamps and task lighting; a circuit for recess lighting that highlights artwork and wall finishes; a circuit for low-level or shadow-gap lighting; a circuit for wall lights and chandeliers; and an optional circuit to light fitted furniture. A STATEMENT PIECE (opposite far left), such as this Lustre ovale pendant from Galerie Van der Straeten, is very much a part of the welcome-wow aspect of this New york entrance hall. Hanging centrally above the cream lacquered table with antique-copper conical base by Robert Kuo, it illuminates the artwork I Am Not a Geisha, by Daniel Kelly, and casts patterns of light and shadow on the ceiling.

IPE CAVALLI’S TEXTURAL METALLIC WALL LIGHT (left) is an unusual example. The perforated metal mesh shade on a polished metal plate – reminiscent of a cheese grater – emits small points of light. THESE BRONZED BRASS LIBERTY FLOOR LAMPS (below) from Estro, with black painted shades, have beautiful flow of movement in their shape, which brings a sculptural element to the room and a utilitarian yet elegant feel. They work well as reading lights in a seating area.

THE DRAMATIC ARCHITECTURAL QUALITY (left) of this modern staircase is perfectly balanced by the Swarovski Tusla 2 hanging light, specially made to hang through all three storeys of this London townhouse. A SERIES OF FOUR NICKEL GLOBE TASK LIGHTS (near right) hangs above the cooking island-cum-breakfast bar in my kitchen, with additional nickel globe ceiling lights bouncing soft, balanced light into the space.

Taken from Kelly Hoppen IDEAS: Creating a home for the way you live, Text by Sarah Stewart-Smith, photographs by Mel Yates, published by Jacqui Small at £30 LUXURY TITLES


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Allington, Wiltshire Guide Price ÂŁ1,150,000 Freehold A beautiful Grade II listed stone barn conversion with equestrian facilities including about 2 acres of garden and paddock land with a range of outbuildings, stable block and yard. Approached along a tree-lined shared driveway, the property provides versatile, light and airy living space arranged over two floors.

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FEATURE | The Beauty of Stone

The Beauty of





rom breathtaking modern masterpieces to captivating country cottages, the beauty of natural stone can take your breath away. Nowhere is this more evident than the magnificent structures around the world – Stonehenge, the pyramids, English castles and French chateaus are just a few examples. These are natural stone constructions that have stood the test of time, paying homage to all that is great about natural stone: strength, beauty, durability, authenticity, timelessness and versatility. Natural beauty Stone is a completely natural material shaped by centuries of evolution, and every single stone tile is different. In fact, with natural stone its individual nuances are its beauty. What’s more, the older stone is, the more exposure it has, the more beautiful it becomes, offering a natural charm which is hard to rival.



FEATURE | The Beauty of Stone

Natural selection As a self builder you’re probably more aware than most of your style and taste, however, buying natural stone flooring can be a major investment, so it’s worth taking time and effort to research the type of stone that works best for you and your property. To give you a taster: Limestone: a very beautiful type of stone with a highly distinctive appearance, hard wearing and has been used to pave prestigious structures for centuries, for example French and Italian palaces. Marble: renowned for its high gloss appearance, marble is rich, distinctive and durable. Synonymous with affluence and good taste, marble is available in a range of colours. To make a really luxurious and dramatic impact on walls, ask for a book match finish. Sandstone: a versatile natural stone, sandstone can be used both indoors and outdoors as to create both a formal or more informal/ rustic appearance. Sandstone is very evident in English stately homes and in its reclaimed state is absolutely stunning. Travertine: no two travertine tiles are the same. This is ideal if you have to replace a tile since it will enhance the look, whereas other stones have to be matched. Interesting fact: the Coliseum in Rome is built from travertine. STONE FACTS • Stone comes in a variety of different grades, and grading is done according to colour, quality and markings. Lesser grade commercial cut-offs are the lowest and hand-selected stone are the highest. When buying stone, don’t be shy to ask for proof of origin. That way you’ll get exactly what you paid for. • All stone is porous but, with the correct sealant, can last for decades. • There are lots of different types of stone and each has different qualities – always remember this when you’re looking to buy.



Granite: revered for its hardness, granite’s strength is its benefit, however the varying colour isn’t always the most appealing. It is ideal for places in the home associated with high wear and tear, for example kitchen surfaces. Slate: generally found in black or grey and, characteristically, has a very flat or riven surface Onyx: prized for its highly decorative appearance, onyx is intrinsically beautiful and makes a real statement. Available in a wide range of jewelcolours.

“buying natural stone flooring can be a major investment, so it’s worth taking time and effort to research the type of stone that works best for you and your property”





FEATURE | The Beauty of Stone

Simple sums Once you’ve established the type of stone best suited to your needs establish the dimensions of the space you’re looking to tile. Then add on at least 10% to allow for setting out and cutting. (It’s worth remembering that diamonds ultimately govern the price of stone: the harder the stone, the more diamonds it takes to cut and finish it). With the size in mind, it’s time to calculate the budget available. It might sound obvious, but always buy the best you can afford. With natural stone, for example, the softer and consequently cheaper stone may sound appealing but is less likely to last as long, so it could be a false economy. Remember you’ll need to factor in a whole range of costs including the purchase of the tiles; grout; sealants (if used); decorative tiles or mosaics; accessories and installation costs (if tiling is not your speciality).

Installation tips 1.  It may sound obvious, but before you purchase any natural stone, be sure the floor underneath it is strong enough. If in any doubt strengthen it.

“the softer and consequently cheaper stone may sound appealing but is less likely to last as long”

2. A  s outlined in ‘simple sums’ (above), be sure to measure up correctly. Do a dummy run and establish exactly where the centre point is – this is where you will start to lay the stone from. 3. M  ake sure that the surface you’re planning to lay the stone onto has been correctly prepared e.g. dry and clean with a level surface. If you do not prepare carefully at this stage the stone could be prone to cracking or becoming loose. 4. T hink about what colour grout you want. You could get one that matches the colour of the stone or one that contrasts and consequently highlights it. 5. R  emember: all natural stone is porous and therefore requires sealing to ensure it always looks its best. Sealants are used to ensure stone tiles are resistant to stains. Colour enhancers further demonstrate why stone is so versatile, and various finishes include ‘colour enhanced,’ ‘light sheen’ or ‘matt’ looks. When you’re buying ask for specialist advice on the best way to care for your stone. Some manufacturers will give guarantees of up to 15 years on sealants – it really is worth investing in the best you can afford. Tel. 01423 400 300 or 020 3012 1000 St James Park, Knaresborough, Harrogate HG5 8PJ 31 Lisson Grove, Marylebone, London, NW1 6UB LUXURY TITLES


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ounded by Umberto Cazzola in Vicenza, Italy in 1929, FOPE is an Italian Goldsmith that has long been synonymous with elegance, artisanal craftsmanship and originality in jewellery design. Today, under the guidance of the fourth generation of the Cazzola family, FOPE continues to combine artistic style and innovation with the classical Italian jewellery tradition, and has evolved to become one of the world’s most sought-after jewellery brands. Feted for its inimitable Novecento mesh chain design– a fine, dexterous weave of tubular gold elements which forms the foundation of most of its collections, FOPE create bracelets, necklaces, rings and earrings that are distinctive, refined and wearable, for both day and night. Michael Jones Jeweler of Northampton and Banbury are proud stockiest of a number of Fope’s collections showcasing the 46


attention to detail, high quality raw materials and production in the only Fope laboratory in Vicenza, Italy. At the heart of the collection is FOPE’s Flex’it unique and patented ‘roll on’ mesh chain bracelets– each one varying in thickness and adornments but all crafted entirely in 18 carat gold, rendered fully flexible, without clasps, thanks to tiny gold springs in their intricate construction. FOPE’s Flex’it range is available with matching necklaces, earrings and rings - completing a luxurious collection of smooth, stretchable and ultimately elegant fine jewellery, with universal and functional appeal. FOPE proudly keeps its design studio, production and management in the city of Vicenza, Italy, creating every jewel in-house, with love and passion, where it was first established.



Proudly flying the flag for chic, comfort and hand-made Britain is the Sofa Workshop - specialising in creating tailored sofas and accessories to suit your home. With stores in Bath and Bristol, as well as across England and Scotland, the Sofa Workshop is a haven to thousands of luxurious fabrics and leathers with infinite colour options to unleash your inner interior designer.







After all, finding your perfect sofa is a matter of personal choice. Take a seat at your local store and relax in their exclusive sofas, sofa beds, chairs and chaises - or browse their personable website at your leisure. Thanks to the Sofa Specialists on hand or over the phone to guide and advise you every step of the way, the company is able to design sofas to your exact requirements - from the style, size, fabric and even cushion filling to makesure you get the perfect, bespoke creation. Sofa Workshop’s products are built by skilled craftsmen in one of the companies studios in Great Britain. What’s more, the company promises to deliver the sofa to the room of your choice, unwrap and inspect the furniture with you, plus remove all unwanted packaging and take it away for recycling. Each sofa is accompanied by up to a 10-year guarantee to reaffirm Sofa Workshop’s reputable brand and quality assurance. All you have to do is make your choice. Bath 21 Milsom Street, Bath, Avon BA1 1DE T. 01225 442 586 E. Bristol 76-78 Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2QN T. 01179 706 171 E. LUXURY TITLES


Regent Windows Units 1 and 2 Malmesbury Road Kingsditch Trading Estate Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL51 9PL Tel: 01242 254 222



Cleeve Hill

London Road Regent has been Manufacturing and Installing Bespoke windows and doors since 1994. Our emphasis on Durable Materials and an Engineering-Led approach that Focuses on Longevity has lead to Regent being nominated for a RIBA award. Our extensive work with Commercial Design and close relationships with leading Architects mean years of Experience and Know-How can be brought to bear on your Project. We’re a Local Family-Run business who employ local people in our Factory, Showroom and Offices in Cheltenham. Everything we do is Fabricated and Installed by our Staff. Now in our 20th year of Fabricating and Installing Aluminium, PVC and Glass; our Conservatories, Lantern Roofs, Bi-Folding Doors and Windows are found all over Gloucestershire, as well as throughout the UK.




We are Partnered with Smarts Systems, whose Hard-Wearing, thermally-broken aluminium can be powder-coated to Your Choice of Colour. We believe in Longevity; not only of the Materials we use, but also in our Relationships with Our Customers.

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Luxurious Design for Luxury Lifestyles

I N T E R I O R D E S I G N , B U I L D A N D T O TA L R E F U R B I S H M E N T S I N C E 2 0 0 2 Cream & Browne offer an exceptional service to deliver outstanding beautiful Interior Design projects. We can re-decorate and furnish individual rooms or design, plan and renovate a complete property, residential or commercial. Our expertise encompasses all types of property both modern and traditional throughout the UK.

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A North West based design studio creating innovative interiors for both residential and commercial clients. For more information regarding available services, or to book an initial consultation, please visit or email +44 (0) 161 831 9056

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Serving the West Country since 1969



R H Windows Ltd is proud to be the longest established Window Door and Joinery manufacturers in the Chew Valley area south of Bristol. Established in 1969 by Gerald Read and Bernard Harrington hence R H Windows, the firm has continuously served the area since then. The company is now owned and managed by and run by Alan Nash and Duncan Read. Alan is a time served apprentice with qualification up to ONC Level in Carpentry and Joinery and Duncan having trained as a Window Installer and Fabricator, both Directors have been with the company for over 20 years. RH Windows now boasts a staff of 20 all trained to a high standard. They also have apprentices training in Carpentry / Joinery and wood Machining. They offer a free quotation service dealing with all concepts from windows and doors up to conservatories, orangeries and lantern roofs. They manufacture all types of joinery from stairs, internal doors, shutters and window boards. Please contact us by telephone on 01761 452171 or by e-mail, for further information or to book an appointment. R H Windows, Unit 5, Farrington Fields, Trading Estate, Farrington Gurney, Bristol BS39 6UU T. 01761 452171 F. 01761 453342 E.





Peace of mind from a family business established 1974 Broadway designs, manufactures and installs bespoke kitchens, bedrooms, studies and media rooms to suit your lifestyle. As a British manufacturer with our own workshops we enable you to cut out the middleman and buy the best for less. Our enviable, long-established reputation for quality and service means that the children and grandchildren of our original customers now come to us for their kitchens knowing they are buying quality workmanship whether their requirement is Victorian, Edwardian, Regency, Shaker or ultra-modern. We manufacture not only fitted furniture and wall panelling but also free-standing items such as islands, chairs, tables and dressers. We turn your dreams into reality and allow you to see the craftsmanship and passion that goes into the making of every handmade kitchen and other room furniture. Throughout all English Counties, Central and Greater London, Scotland and Wales Broadway kitchens take pride of place in countless homes where our customers are justifiably proud of their purchases and more-than-happy to provide testimonials, even a guided tour of their pride and joy.

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There’s no ceiling to our choice of floors

w Karndean, Amtico, Carpets, Rugs, Hardwoods, Laminates – no one knows more or can access more when it comes to beautiful, fully-guaranteed floors. Step inside at Our major brands include: Jacaranda Carpets, Amtico International, Ryalux, Kahrs, Karndean Design Flooring, Cormar Carpets, Mohawk, Pergo, Alternative Flooring, Westex Carpets, Crucial Trading, Ted Todd, Ulster Carpets, Brockway Carpets and Quickstep. 60


From engineered boards to parquet patterns, revel in the beauty of real wood. With the largest selection of Hardwood floors in the North West our new design studio is sure to inspire. Open 7 days a week. Book a one hour personal appointment with one of our designers.


Malt Street, Knutsford, WA16 6ES T. 01565 633 155


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If you’re looking for friendly advice from a family run firm with over 30 years of experience within the Kitchen, bedroom and bathroom industry then you have come to the right place. Dajon interiors specialises in both service and design of Kitchens, Bathrooms, Bedrooms and also Heating and Water systems Dajon Interiors Ltd is your one stop shop for all of your interior requirements with a unique design service to help you along the way. Their qualified team of designers will create for you your dream kitchen, bathroom or bedroom using the latest 3D photorealistic computer aided design software, which enables you to see your new room before purchase Dajon interiors Ltd was founded in 1998 by directors John Morgan, Pat Hyam and David Collingwood. John and Pat have been in the Kitchen, bathroom and bedroom industry for over 30 years and carry a wealth of experience. They are still at the core of Dajon today. Alongside the founders are a friendly team of designers and installers that will assist you with your project in one way or another. Dajon has grown over the years to become Gloucester’s premier interior design studio catering for all requirements from a single tap purchase to a complete project managed renovation. Dajon interiors Ltd , 102 – 104 Finlay road, Gloucester GL4 6TP. T. 01452 332 336 E.



A Quest for

FEATURE | A Quest for Excellence

Excellence From the traditional and classically elegant, bringing an extension of your garden in to your home, to contemporary sleek lines that push the boundaries of glass architecture, create truly beautiful spaces that enhance your home, bringing the outside-in.

Self expression The conservatory has functional origins but today they maximise the space available for a comfortable modern lifestyle making the perfect hub for family life as well as an inviting room for entertaining friends. As functional as it is decorative, a Caulfield conservatory creates a space where your imagination has free rein to make fulfilling life style choices. Life under glass brings light, colour and flexibilty in to your home: it can be a garden room, a lounge, a dining room or a study, the options are endless and what’s more, you can literally change your mind as often as you like. What ever your choice, Caulfield will ensure they create you a highly useable space that is an expression of your style. 64




Managing Director Mark Caulfield’s deeprooted family history in design, construction and architecture enable them to deliver total customer satisfaction whatever the project requirements. Bespoke is a term all too often used inappropriately, but nothing could more accurately reflect a Caulfield conservatory. Each project is unique from design to implementation. No standard or modular components are used and only the highest quality brands, including Farrow and Ball paints and Clayton Munroe’s handmade ironmongery. Everything about a Caulfield conservatory proclaims its quality. Fine hardwoods from reclaimable or renewable sources ensure a permanence of construction that recalls an earlier age. Glass while seemingly no different from a standard specification, most 66


certainly is - it is UV coated and uses the latest heat retention technology for economy and care for the environment. A Caulfield conservatory is tailored entirely to your needs and desires, and no detail is left untouched. Following the design, architectural drawings and site survey is an in depth discussion of every minute detail; choices of paint colour, ventilation methods and embellishment details right down to the style and finish of the ironmongery. Each project is carried out with the finest craftsmanship, hand made using time honoured joinery methods and fully assembled in their Harrogate based workshops with each joint spliced into the ridge or hand carved boss Caulfield are proudly flying the British flag in creating out of the ordinary - extraordinary living spaces.

FEATURE | A Quest for Excellence

“Caulfield are proudly flying the British flag in creating out of the ordinary - extraordinary living spaces.”



“Caulfield Conservatories are immensely proud to be a preferred partner of Europe’s market leader in contemporary outside-in living, Solarlux. This partnership allows us to offer the most breathtaking contemporary extensions to our clients homes. We are able to incorporate pioneering design elements in to our structures to create conservatories that are not only stunningly beautiful and architecturally innovative, but a valuable investment too. Solarlux’s products are renowned throughout the world for their exceptional quality and clarity of design, sharing Caulfield’s core values to provide the highest quality and most innovative projects that go above and beyond the expectations of the customer”. Mark Caulfield



FEATURE | A Quest for Excellence

“A Caulfield Conservatory is an enduring tribute to its owner’s good taste, uncompromising standards and zest for life. We are committed to excellence.”

Mark believes it’s a combination of the unrivalled quality of the materials used and his staffs impeccable attention to detail at each stage of the design process that brings his clients that much-coveted ‘luxury’ experience and he works hard to ensure that their level of service also embodies these values. When you choose The Caulfield Conservatory Co, you’ll benefit from a personal approach to conservatory design that will allow you to have as much or as little input in your project as you like. You will be given the opportunity to revise the structure’s design at every stage of the creative process and will experience first-hand

the passion and commitment of Caulfield’s designers and craftsmen as they work closely with you to turn your vision into a startling reality. Caulfield offer an extensive range of products, from the highest quality traditional conservatories, impressive domes and garden rooms to the most contemporary, unique winter gardens, which create the perfect synergy between the outside world and your living space. CAULDFIELD CONSERVATORIES Tel. 01423 561156 www.



A brand new concept in luxurious bathroom design The hallmark of a room designed by Chester Bathrooms & Wetrooms is clean, simple lines and a spacious look and feel by making innovative use of modern, well designed products. And as the region’s leading wetroom specialist, tiled wet areas feature substantially in their designs. Wetrooms or wet areas can contribute substantially to achieving an airy, uncluttered appearance and are popular replacements for baths and shower enclosures. A walk-in shower has become the central feature of today’s modern bathroom, and the standard en suite solution. However tiled wetrooms are beautiful and durable only when designed and installed properly. Chester Bathroom & Wetrooms’ approach and the key to lasting reliability is to choose the right product for individual needs matched by a thoroughly professional installation The company feels that it is this fresh approach to designs, coupled with an unrivalled level of technical and design expertise, and backed up by a full design, supply and installation service gives Chester Bathrooms & Wetrooms its competitive edge, helping it become a leading designer, supplier and installer of bathrooms and wetrooms. At its “Gallery” on potential customers can see completed bathroom projects, illustrating the company’s design abilities and their installation skills in real situations—actual rooms in customer’s homes. Chester Bathrooms & Wetrooms 125 Long Lane, Upton By Chester Cheshire CH2 1JF

Tel. 01244 381038

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Leaving a great impression Hand Crafted, Exquisite plasterwork, custom made by Fullbrooks of England’s highly skilled team of master craftsmen. All of our products are made from traditional materials in the traditional manner. Reinforced with jute scrim and timber lathes will move and breathe with your building. Town House or Country House our ‘Heritage Range’ has authentic period designs to reflect your style of home. This luxury range will enhance and enrich any building, make it more desirable and create value for generations to come. Visit

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Restoration... Very little has changed in the methods employed by Full brooks’ master craftsmen since the 1700’s.

This is something that sets us apart from companies who simply retail plaster architectural features and it is why we are commissioned by organisations that need optimum levels of authenticity, skill and tradition in the workmanship. We are trusted to deliver work that is as well executed as the original article and so we have worked on a wide range of projects from the restoration of Grade II Listed buildings such as Cheltenham College’s Thirlestaine House (pictured) and Bath’s Holburne Museum through to the re-instatement of opulence in many private homes that may have damaged or missing pieces. We work with architects, interior designers and private clients who expect a bespoke service and a discrete approach to working relationships. 74


Bespoke Bespoke interior features such as ornate ceilings, cornices and other decorative schemes can include enrichments that have been designed to suit your own creative requirements and personal tastes. Originally these features displayed an understanding and appreciation of quality and craftsmanship and in turn were a show of status. So why stick to tradition? With the introduction of modern materials, the medium of ornamental plaster has never been so versatile, so flexible or had so much potential for precision detail. Fullbrooks of England , Southbrook Place, Southbrook Road, Gloucester Gloucestershire, GL4 3YY T: 01452 300071 E:

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without compromise Mike Honour/Lattice Period Windows Ltd specialise in the manufacture and installation of steel windows and traditional leaded lights also Part L Compliant double glazed windows, all hand made by our team of experienced craftsmen, many of whom have been with us since inception. The company also specialises in the refurbishment of existing period windows and leaded lights, utilizing wherever possible existing materials to preserve originality and able to provide bespoke blacksmith fittings to match those from bygone days. We specialise in Listed Grade 1 & Grade 2 properties. We are able to give advice on your conservation requirements for your property, through each stage sourcing colours, glass and window furniture, to preserve the look of your property whilst improving insulation, We have just finished a fabulous new development at The Four Pillars Hotel creating beautiful oak French doors with leaded steel inserts, opening out on to a decked area to take in the glorious surroundings. This can be created in your home environment or maybe we could create an orangery to spend lazy Sunday mornings in! We are a friendly family business and we will aim to achieve the look you require, which can be done in different phases to suit your budget. T: 01386 701079 E: Mike Honour Windows Ltd, Unit 85 Northwick Business Centre, Blockley, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire GL56 9RF. LUXURY TITLES


Specialist Bespoke Joinery Manufacturer E Beech Joinery Manufacturers specialise in the production of bespoke high quality wooden kitchens, bedrooms, gates, stairs, doors, windows, conservatories and much more. We are one of the most reputable manufacturers of bespoke furniture in Cheshire with over 50 years experience. All our pieces are hand crafted using both traditional techniques with classic woodworking machinery while still retaining the traditional style and quality associated with premium wood. Everything we make is bespoke and unique for our customer. Our team of highly skilled master craftsmen hand craft all of our pieces to meet your every demand for bespoke joinery using the finest premium wood. We also fit what we make to give full continuity from start to finish of a project. High standards of workmanship and the quality of the finished project ensure excellent customer satisfaction. Indeed the majority of new enquiries come through customer referrals and repeat business from satisfied customers from over the years. Our reputation speaks for itself. E Beech Joinery Ltd, Queen Street, Congleton, Cheshire CW12 2DP Tel: 01260 273068 Email:



Alberti Pavimenti

The Tile Boutique

If you like the natural look we offer dozens of different sizes and finishes on Travertine marble tiles several cuts and varieties of limestone tiles such as Applestone, Jura and Gascoigne blue plus a wide range of slate marble and granites. We have in our showroom over 70 natural stone products, over 100 large format porcelain tiles, hundreds of ceramic and porcelain wall tiles as well as hundreds of mosaic tiles. We encourage our customers to take home samples at no charge so that they can be sure it is correct for their room. If your bathroom or kitchen is the next room in your house to be refurbished, then we have both contemporary and traditional tiles. From large format porcelain for that contemporary minimal look, to Victorian geometric, Winchester and Marlborough handmade tiles for a traditional feel. We have over 50 years of experience and knowledge of the tile industry. If it’s design or technical help you’re looking for, Brian and Paul will no doubt be able to guide and inform you on the best solution. We realise that accurately measuring an area that is to be tiled is not as simple as it sounds. If you prefer, we can arrange for someone to call at your house and measure up at no cost, if you choose, they can also work out an estimate for labour. We pride ourselves on not just supplying you with beautiful tiles and also recommending a tiler that will give you a finish that you and the tiles you have chosen chosen deserve. We offer a fully insured, quality fitting service with free no obligation quotations. Tel. 0161 446 2211 35 Lapwing Lane, West Didsbury Manchester M20 2NT

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Craftsmanship everytime.... With nearly two decades of experience you can trust us to provide an unparalleled service and quality of work. We understand that every project is unique and individual, so we tailor our skilled services and design concepts to each and every client. Providing the highest quality of product and service is attained by a core passion for what we do. Our unique process makes sure that you benefit from our creative skills. A site survey will be carried out to assess the room / space. We will then discuss various design options with you and use our vast library of photos from previous work to help you choose the style and solution that is best for your home. However, for more complex or extensive projects, we can offer you our in-house

CAD design service. Using state of art 3D photorealistic design tools, you will be able to visualise the perfect storage solution or room layout. At Jamie Williams Carpentry & Joinery we pride ourselves on our craftsmanship and attention to detail. This, combined with our excellent communication, always achieves the best result for you.

Jamie Williams Carpentry & Joinery Unit 16 Space business centre, Tewkesbury Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 9FL T: 07971 286 496 E:



Furniture by Henry Lewis

Signature Carpets has provided luxurious handcrafted and custom designed wool carpets for over 30 years. The family business operates from its impressive factory, design studio and showroom located in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. Signature’s designers are renowned for their expert use of style and colour. We offer clients any design style from the traditional to the contemporary. After an initial consultation with the customer and, in many cases with the client’s Interior Designer, Signature’s designers hand paint artwork showing the room to scale and how the carpet will look in its full glory. Once every detail is agreed; a custom made sample is approved for colour and the carpet design is considered perfect, Signature proceeds with manufacture. Signature’s carpets are made to any size and without any unsightly seams, created to fit any shape, from an awkward alcove to every curve of a sweeping, spiral staircase. Hand made elements of the carpets are made upright on vertical frames by Signature’s talented crafts people. The construction is 100% New Zealand wool custom dyed to the precise shades needed to make the design excel in itself and sit perfectly as a complement to the interior.

Wool has always been a natural first choice for carpets and the outstanding properties of New Zealand wool which is the purest, whitest wool in the world, enables it to be dyed to long-lasting, vibrant hues and clean, fresh pastels. It is soft, strong and durable, with a natural resistance to fire, dirt and crushing, so carpets made from it will be practical, safe and comfortable, with good looks that will last. The finished Signature product is created in dense velvet pile, sometimes with hand carved sculptured details and loop pile used to introduce variation in texture. For final peace of mind and to safe guard customers’ investment, Signature is involved from the beginning to end. The highest quality of installation is paramount and is carried out by Signature’s own specialist fitters. Nothing is left to chance. For more information or to arrange a visit by one of Signature’s designers please call 01422 845075.

Signature Carpets Pennine Park, Valley Road, Hebden Bridge West Yorkshire HX7 7BZ T. 01422 845075 E. 84

Interior by Angel Martin International

A lifelong love of plants and gardening combined with a passion for design...

Susan Dunstall is a Landscape and Garden Designer in the Cotswolds, with a practice based in Charlbury, Oxfordshire – with garden design projects both locally and in London. I ndividually designed to fit the style of architecture: urban townhouses and Victorian terraces to country cottages and Grade II listed homes.

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FEATURE | History in the making

in the making! With projects ranging from country hotels to manor estates, Emma Sims Hilditch is recognised as a specialist in bespoke interiors for listed buildings. So when she was approached to breathe new life into a Grade I listed crescent known as Somerset Place, it was a match made in heaven.

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enowned for serpentine crescents overlooking the rolling Cotswold landscape, Bath is a world heritage city that wears its architecture proudly. Somerset Place is no exception and has survived as something of a time capsule full of original Georgian plasterwork, fireplaces and original detailing from the late 1790s. “ I believe that good design is not merely a discipline but a way of life that seeks to challenge, inspire and engage,” says Emma. “When dealing with period properties, one has to work closely with each client to preserve the authenticity of the architecture while enhancing the character of the location so as to reflect the clients’ lifestyle and needs.” Emma and her team applied this philosophy at Somerset Place, which has a history to match its landmark status. The façade was designed by John Eveleigh in the late 1700s and is a typical



FEATURE | History in the making

example of “Queen Anne front and Mary-Anne back” design characteristic of the era. Original purchasers would have bought a length of the façade and employed their own architects to finish the rear. The Second World War took a heavy toll on the property, which was badly damaged in the Bath Blitz in 1942. Following the war, the damage was gradually repaired and the building was integrated into the Bath Spa University campus. It was in 2005 that Somerset Place again made history as it became the first crescent in its entirety to be offered for sale in 200 years. Sims Hilditch were approached by Future Heritage Group to be part of a development team tasked with restoring the property to its original glory. “It is very rare that an entire Grade I listed crescent is put up for sale. In fact, the last time one was on the market was when George III was on the throne so we were thrilled to be a part of its rejuvenation,” Bringing her signature style to the duplex garden maisonette was a matter of balancing the investor’s penchant for colourful contemporary living with the bones of the building. “ Our interior design scheme looked to preserve the elegant character of the historic Georgian architecture, whilst sympathetically introducing a contemporary palette of bright accents, luxurious materials, wide oak floor boards and a complementary mix of modern and traditional lighting,” Before Sims Hilditch were brought on board, the apartment seemed to have a split personality. Firstly, the duplex layout meant a physical dislocation between reception rooms on the ground floor and bedrooms on the lower ground floor. Another challenge was that the front rooms had more period features while the rear rooms felt more contemporary as they had been added later. “It was vital that the generous proportions and striking period features took centre stage, so the design was stripped back to create a clean, classical feel that emphasised the natural light and mainly south facing views.”



“Not surprisingly, a key part of the scheme was making the most of the natural light, especially in the lower ground floor rooms”



FEATURE | History in the making

With the design concept in place, the first port of call was to address the flooring on the ground floor in order to create a basis for other design elements. “We were keen to achieve a chalky white feel to the floor,” explains Emma. “In this case, the flooring sets the mood and is a signature feature which pulls the entire ground floor together.” Colour is another feature which is artfully used as a unifying element that also gives each room a unique identity. In the drawing room, colours pick up the artwork from the owners private collection, while the considered use of greens and purples in the rear rooms and open plan kitchen dining area create a chromatic precursor to the landscaped garden. As a keen cook, the kitchen is one of Emma’s favourite areas in the home. When it comes to designing kitchens for clients, the first thing she does is imagine how it could enhance their way of living. “You don’t need a lot of space for a kitchen to work but it is vital that it is easy to navigate. An island is brilliant for making a space sociable and also for acting as a boundary.” Not surprisingly, a key part of the scheme was making the most of the natural light, especially in the lower ground floor rooms. When it comes to maximising natural light, Emma advises the use of reflective materials like glass, metal and mirror. “ These do have a contemporary feel so it’s important to balance these finishes with textured materials like the grass cloth wallpaper which we used on the walls or the elegant linens and sophisticated silks we used for the bedrooms.” The overall result is seamless classic yet contemporary style; the signature look for which Emma is known. “It’s all about giving a nod to the old while creating a link to new,” she says. “It was a delight to be able to do this in a building as unique as Somerset Place.” SIMS-HILDITCH LUXURY TITLES


An Exclusive Gallery Based just steps from the famous Betty’s Tea Rooms and historic Royal Baths, Belvedere Fine Art in Harrogate is a commercial art gallery offering a wide range of limited edition and original works from artists across the globe.

with a Fine View

Launched by owner Paul Allchin in September 2013, Belvedere is already considered to represent art in a different league to its contemporaries. With a price range from £1,000 to £60,000, no other gallery in the North of England offers access to such coveted international artists as Hamilton Aguiar, Brian O’Neill, Anne Packard, Craig Alan, Farrell Elizabeth Douglass and the acclaimed “once in a lifetime” artist, Fabian Perez. Belvedere – Italian for ‘beautiful view’ – is a spacious, stunningly lit gallery providing the perfect setting for diverse, ambitious and large scale works such as Aguiar’s “Cinque” (below), once owned by actress Jane Fonda. From traditional scenic and classic still life to contemporary abstract; oil, watercolour and acrylic pieces sit alongside original box works – not paintings or sculptures, but art that occupies the space in between. Emanuel Mattini

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F E Douglass

Fabian Perez

Fabian Perez

Featuring over thirty established artists, Belvedere is a refreshing destination for art lovers and collectors looking to buy truly unique pieces for their homes and private collections.

Todd White

Open Tuesday to Friday 10.30am – 5.30pm Saturday, 10.30am – 4.30pm Any other time by appointment Belvedere 44 Parliament Street Harrogate HG1 2RL Tel: 01423 536231 LUXURY TITLES


The Ideal Building Company Choosing the right tradesmen for the job can be tricky, especially amid stories of cowboy builders and rogue traders – but with a company as good as Urban Building Projects Ltd covering the local area you never need to worry. The professional team boast more than 45 years’ combined experience in offering excellence and innovation, and a reputation that’s the envy of many. The Warringtonbased building company is widely known for being a premier service provider offering first-class building work at competitive prices, with the friendly team determined to achieve total client satisfaction with every job. Whether you’re in need of commercial or domestic building services, look no further.



“We offer a broad spectrum of services to meet our clients’ needs,” says managing director Carl Palmer. “These range from structural and general building work to loft conversions, extensions, kitchen and bathroom fittings, home office construction and electrical, plumbing and heating jobs.” What’s more, Urban Building Projects also offers bespoke design services, producing architectural designs and allowing customers to take their vision from conception to completion. Customers can also enjoy high-quality joinery, groundwork, roofing, renovations, windows and doors and even new-build projects – Urban Building Projects offers everything you need, at great value for money prices.

410 Europa Boulevard, Gemini Business Park, Warrington, Cheshire, WA5 7TR T. 01925 730888

Urban Building Projects’ expertise isn’t limited to home improvements – with extensive construction experience in both commercial and industrial sectors, the business has worked with a diverse clientele since its formation nine years ago, working on projects in the education, health and retail sectors, and has a proven history of creating new offices and renovating existing buildings. The business’ website,, is packed full of glowing testimonials from happy clients, and you are guaranteed that all work produced will be of the highest standards of workmanship. For more details about Urban Building Projects you can visit or call 01925 730888.

410 Europa Boulevard, Gemini Business Park, Warrington, Cheshire, WA5 7TR For a free consultation call 01925 732060 or email:




Whether you are the owner of an historic house or barn,o r an architect looking for a visually appealing material to set your new development apart Winchcombe Tile are the company to help. Based at the edge of the North Cotswolds,W inchcombe Tile offers the most elegant and cost effective alternative to natural stone roof tiles on the market. As they produce replica stone slates and tiles they are not limited in the types of stone they can reproduce; and are able to duplicate colour,t one and texture of most regional stones – not just in the UK,b ut across Europe also. The stone tiles are approved by all local authority conservation departments for use in restricted areas and because they are the same weight as their natural counterparts they can be installed in re-roofing projects with no additional structural supports. Full technical support is freely given and an installation service is also available for those wishing to have an entire package. Winchcombe Tile Ltd 3 Station Approach,G reet Road,W inchcombe, Gloucestershire,G L54 5LB Tel: 01242 602552 Fax: 01242 604314 Email:



Maximise your garden’s potential this Spring Take a look at your garden. Are you happy with its layout? Would you like to make any changes?


arly Spring is an ideal time to look at the overall structure of your garden. The ground may still be cold, but now is the time to work out if you want to move flower beds, perhaps prepare a new vegetable plot or choose where to plant larger shrubs, bushes and trees. At this time of the year, the garden is full of promise. Before the weather turns warmer and you benefit from all the bright green foliage, ask yourself the following questions: • Are your planting beds in the right place - are there too many or would you like more? • Is the patio in the right place or do you always sit in shade? Maybe you need two seating areas: one for morning and an evening one to catch the last rays of sun at the end of the day. • Does your garden slope - would it be good to level it out and add some steps in? • Maybe you’d like a new garden pond to add interest, highlight a path with some lighting or put in a new vegetable garden.



FEATURE | Spring Garden

Dunstall’s work. Taking an uninspired space and turning into something inspirational is what drives her Landscape & Garden Design business. All her garden layouts are individual, to complement the character of your home, with the purpose of giving you an outdoor space that can be enjoyed, nurtured and developed for many years to come. Susan combines a lifelong love of plants with a passion for design, art and drawing. From her Charlbury-based practice, she works on projects across the Cotswolds and in London. She has worked on notable and award-winning garden projects, including one for David Harber at the 2013 RHS Chelsea Flower Show where his striking sculpture garden won a Best in Show Trade Stand Trophy. Discover more about Susan’s full range of design, planning and planting services at www. An initial one hour consultation is offered free of charge to all interested clients. In garden design, the basic principle is to start with a ground plan that works. Closest to the house, use straight lines for beds and patios to echo the geometric shape of the house – these straight lines can be softened with planting spilling over the edge. As you move further away from the house, curves can be introduced for lawns and paths to soften things and blend with the natural landscape. A garden plan is invaluable, either sketched out by yourself or for a larger garden drawn up by a professional designer, and will help a landscaper to provide you with a more accurate quotation. If you’re making structural changes to your garden, hard landscaping can be done all year round, subject to the weather, of course! Planting is best done from March onwards, though, when the soil starts to warm up, and can continue through till November avoiding the frosts. It’s best to avoid planting at the height of summer when the sun is at its strongest and people are often away on holiday and cannot water new plants. Transforming both large and small gardens to suit your style and budget encapsulates Susan LUXURY TITLES


“Luxury living is something that we all aspire to and SMC Bathrooms aim to make it achievable”



Installation, design and project management by


& interiors

SMC Bathrooms and Interiors is owned and run by Steven and Barbara McCready, ably assisted by a team of highly skilled and dedicated individuals who are specialists in their field. Customer service is our priority and whatever

that everything will be covered. In turn this

the space we are working on our team will

saves labour costs, as Barbara will check

ensure that all your requirements are met

everything you need will be on site at the

from project conception to completion.

right time, even if you’re sourcing everything yourself.

Unlike larger companies, SMC bathrooms and interiors don’t outsource installation,

Over the years we have brought together a

every job will be installed and managed on

team of tradesman who share our desire to

site by Steven, however large or small the

deliver your dream bathroom or kitchen to the

job. Where we also differ is in the planning

highest possible standard.smc bathrooms &

and project management side. Barbara will

interiors has grown into a well established and

guide you through the process step-by-step,

highly recommended service thanks to sheer

giving you as much or as little help in selecting

hard work, the opportunity to install quality

your bathroom, kitchen, fittings and flooring.

products and our love for design.

With local relationships with a wide range of bathroom and kitchen suppliers, you’ll get

Luxury living is something that we all aspire to

better value for money and the reassurance

and SMC Bathrooms aim to make it achievable.

T. 01706 881 774 M. 07909 538 887 M. 07909 544 794 E. LUXURY TITLES


Beautiful floors start here We understand that buying Carpets or flooring isn’t an everyday event for most so we will take the time to listen to what you want in order to help you find the right carpet at the right price. We’ll take into account your lifestyle, expectations and guide you in your choice, but our highest priority is you the customer’s - satisfaction. Deca Design Flooring is an independently owned company run by Chris Groome who has been installing all types of Carpets, Natural Flooring, Wood flooring, Amtico flooring & Karndean vinyl flooring for the past 19 years. We have a wide range of products in our showroom in Pittville, Cheltenham to suit all budgets whether you are looking for a unique flooring solution, flooring for some apartments or some vinyl for your bathroom we will have a wide range of high durability carpet or flooring products to meet your needs. We are not in the business of offering cheap substitutes to simply meet price or to get a sale. Whilst price is often a main factor we know that there are flooring products that may look similar but will not give the desired wear or performance. We will, however, take into account your own instructions whilst guiding your choice to find you the best product for your budget and lifestyle all backed up by our lifetime Personal Guarantee. Our brand new Pittville showroom opeens in April. Deca Design Flooring 33 Prestbury Road Pittville Cheltenham GL52 2PP Tel. 01453 890257 Email. 102


Trusted Experienced Reliable

Field builders is a family run building services business which was originally formed in 1985 by Vince Field after leaving the army where he had served as a combat engineer and qualified as a bricklayer and plant operator. The company presently has over thirty years of experience having successfully completing many domestic and commercial projects across the south west. Field Builders Limited have built a reputation upon the quality of their workmanship and pride themselves on being able to offer clients a wide range of services such as domestic extensions, new housing, refurbishments, barn conversions, structural steel frames and watertight basements. They have the skills and resources to undertake all scales of projects with the upmost efficiency, reliability and professionalism.

Serving the Cotswolds and beyond since 1985 Mobile: 07845 032934 Office: 01225 703757 Email:







Award Winning Design Whether you have a taste for minimal contemporary styling or you prefer more traditional interior design, your bathroom must meet your individual needs and exceed your expectations of comfort and quality. For more than ten years Deana Ashby has been designing elegant bespoke bathrooms across the South West and further afield. She has worked within a variety of properties from the quirkiest listed buildings to the sleekest examples of modern architecture. However, all of Deana’s bathrooms have certain qualities in common: they all incorporate the highest quality products, materials and finishes available, and are all designed with her clients’ needs at the heart of the project. Deana’s design skills and creativity have been celebrated through both industry and consumer awards. But in addition to these attributes she brings exceptional product knowledge and the latest technologies to her projects, so you can be certain that your bathroom is in more than just capable hands. From complete design specification, supply of products and installation to more flexible consultancy solutions, Deana can offer the service you require and the attention to detail that goes hand in hand with award winning design.

“Let’s make something beautiful together…”

Tel. 01761 20 20 10 Mob. 07775 608 226 email. LUXURY TITLES




Audio Visual Specialists Based in the heart of the Cotswolds, we provide a range of smart home solutions including multi-room audio & video, home automation, home cinemas, and lighting control systems. We’ll look after the whole process providing design, installation and programming services so that your dream project is delivered on time and to your requirements by our team of experts to the highest of standards. Working closely with our clients, architects and interior designers we creatively integrate top end audio-visual systems to create the desired ambiance. From home theatre to digital cinema, board room to conference hall, country manor hotel to nightclub and everything in between our dedicated team at Vivid AV can provide a first class service utilising the latest in high end technology. Please call for a free, no obligation consultation with one of our friendly team. T. 01285 721910 E. Multi Room Audio | Lighting Control | Home Cinema | Security Systems | Apple Television | iPad & iPhone Intergration LUXURY TITLES




We’re not just kitchen designers, we’re lifestyle specialists...

TRUKITCHEN, BASED IN WILMSLOW, SPECIALISES IN THE DESIGN AND INSTALLATION OF INNOVATIVE KITCHEN LIVING SPACES ACROSS CHESHIRE AND THE NORTH WEST. There is a growing desire for stylish and innovative design solutions for the home; solutions that meet the demands of a modern lifestyle yet still provide beautiful living spaces.

Headed up by managers Tracy Mackey and Rufus Wainwright who have a wealth of experience having designed functional yet stylish spaces for a whole host of Cheshire residents.

truKitchen provides the perfect answer, with a cleverly designed showroom that has functionality in mind, whilst also demonstrating the very best in design innovation, stylish finishes and state-of-theart appliances. Showcasing contemporary German kitchens by Rempp and British-built Hamilton Drake, a range of new-fashioned bespoke kitchens.

At truKitchen we are incredibly passionate about looking after our clients and value the relationships we develop with each and every one. We remain at the forefront of design thinking and blend this passion with our years of experience to deliver the very best service to all of our clients.

“We’re not just kitchen designers at truKitchen but lifestyle specialists. Designing a kitchen is the easy part, for us the challenge is to get inside the hearts and minds of our customers. It’s so important that we really understand how they live and use their homes so that we can create a space that works as perfectly for them now as it will in the future. This focus on our customer underpins everything we do and ensures we continually deliver incredible design solutions as well as the highest levels of service. A service that they are proud to tell everyone about”

Call us on 01625 533111 Showroom open Mon - Sat 9.30am - 5.00pm 56 Alderley Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 1NY LUXURY TITLES




Energy efficientmood lighting Ideal for keeping fit, entertaining a young family or simply for relaxation the pool can become the focus of any home. It is considered by many as the ultimate luxury the swimming pool is becoming one of the most popular installations in homes up and down the land. One of the companies at the forefront in design and installation is award winning Portrait Pools who can offer the perfect bespoke package to suit all styles and budgets. The company with over 20 years of experienced have transformed 100’s of pool dreams into a reality creating sumptuous designs including state of the art moving floors and walls, hidden automatic covers and extravagant water features. They specialise in producing energy efficient mood effect lighting and remote controlled pool and spa features that those pool dreams we speak of are made of. Other Portrait Pool services include saunas, steam rooms, hot tubs, hydrotherapy pools, spas, stretch ceiling systems and roll - on – roll off floors that can turn pool halls into comfortable, usable spaces in minutes at the touch of a button. They call on a vast portfolio of past projects and reference books of pools from all over the globe. To request a brochure or to contact the team please call 01704 544222 or visit their website





The forefront of pool design LUXURY TITLES


BMF have a range of the worlds most beautiful fires to suit every style of home. Whether you are undertaking a period renovation or moving into a new build, our friendly team can offer advice and recommendations on the right

bmf have everything you need to make your house a home...

products to meet your exact requirements. From start to finish our team will work hand in hand with you or your architect/interior designer to ensure that your fire not only gives the perfect visual effect but will be every bit as pleasurable to use. To discuss your requirements further please contact us on the details below or visit our Leeds based showroom.



7 Stainburn Parade • Harrogate Road • Moortown • Leeds • LS17

6NA • T: 0113 2660096 • •





Cheshire Luxury Homes & Interiors Magazine - Spring 2014  

Luxurious Homes & Interiors, featuring all the best suppliers and ideas from your region.

Cheshire Luxury Homes & Interiors Magazine - Spring 2014  

Luxurious Homes & Interiors, featuring all the best suppliers and ideas from your region.