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Styling Summer Neutrals: How to put some punch into a pale palette Interiors experts share their thoughts on texture, natural materials and putting a little luxe into neutral schemes. WRITTEN BY SAM WYLIE-HARRIS


ven if you’re not new to neutrals and love everything clean and serene, chances are you’re at your most creative come high summer – and looking for ways to buff up your beige and freshen those fawn floors. “Light neutrals are always popular during summer months, as we enjoy longer days and want to instil a sense of relaxation into our homes, reminding us of holiday travels,” says Tara Thallon, cofounder of Bound Concept, a new online modern design store offering a curated range of ‘objects of desire’ from emerging designers. Copenhagen Cobra Vases: Tall Bubble White Vase, £135; Cobra Double, £145; Cobra Uno, £95 (others from a selection), Bound Concept “To avoid neutrals looking too flat, mix in tactile pieces to bring rich texture and visual interest. Think hand-made, imperfect ceramics with rough surfaces and accessories 4 / PROPERTYMAIL

with strong, interesting silhouettes that will draw attention,” suggests Thallon. To further your sense of calm, consider introducing natural materials alongside neutrals. “Jutes, rattans, light woods – all hint towards nature and have calming, natural tones to complement neutral surroundings,” adds Thallon. Rebel 3 Seater Sofa in Taupe Velvet, £1,099 (other items part of room set), SNUG

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If you’re not sure where to start, Jenna Choate, co-founder of Interior Fox, says working with cream, grey and taupe shades will allow you to create a base that’s easy to build upon, depending on the season or mood. “Add in bursts of vibrant colour during the summer months, or sumptuous and earthy colours during the winter,” suggests Choate. Hana Pink Recycled Cotton Throw, £29.50, Oliver Bonas “Find a colour that you feel drawn to the most. If you’re stuck for inspiration, have a look in your wardrobe to see what colours you naturally gravitate towards,” Choate adds. “We find green and blue are a winning combination, they reflect the colours you’d find outside and work perfectly with a neutral base. Whatever colour you choose, introduce it through soft furnishings, such as cushions, throws, and rugs. “For a look that feels effortless, steer away from using the exact colour and instead opt for a tonal look.” Rattan Wall Mirror Natural, £25 (other items from a selection), Dunelm


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As well as adding texture, creating interest through natural materials, such as decorative seashells or beach themed decos, channels holiday vibes. As Choate points out: “These materials are perfect for summer as they give a relaxed, lived-in feeling that transports you somewhere warm, like the coast.” Ocean Shores, Shell Wall Art Shadow Box Cream Natural, £94.99, Oak Furnitureland To build on those soft furnishings, a fresh lick of paint is one of the easiest ways to bring a new lease of life into a room. “To create contrast, add in wooden cladding vertically,” suggests Choate. “This look is a contemporary take on the panelling trend. Complete with a curation of art that reflects your style, and finish with a mix of clashing cushions on the sofa.” Mirage Cushion in Cacti, £70, Kagu Interiors Flooring can be given some new neutrals treatment too, especially if you’re looking for a significant revamp. Jemma Dayman, carpet and rugs buyer for Carpetright, says choosing a light and bright neutral shade for your floors, whether soft beige carpets or marble effect vinyl, ensures your room feels spacious and airy – making it the perfect choice for smaller spaces. Somerton Twist Carpet in Sand Heather, £31.99 per square metre; Safi Fringed Pyramid Natural Rug, from £59.99 (other items part of room set), Carpetright


As well as adding texture, creating interest through natural materials, such as decorative seashells or beach themed decos, channels holiday vibes. As Choate points out: “These materials are perfect for summer as they give a relaxed, lived-in feeling that transports you somewhere warm, like the coast.” Ocean Shores, Shell Wall Art Shadow Box Cream Natural, £94.99, Oak Furnitureland To build on those soft furnishings, a fresh lick of paint is one of the easiest ways to bring a new lease of life into a room. “To create contrast, add in wooden cladding vertically,” suggests Choate. “This look is a contemporary take on the panelling trend. Complete with a curation of art that reflects your style, and finish with a mix of clashing cushions on the sofa.” “Pairing neutral tones with natural materials like rattan and raw woods, adds depth to your scheme whilst helping bring the outside in, for an additional summery feel,” says Dayman. “If you’re looking to tone down bolder themes, pairing throws and lighting with neutral flooring will ensure the room feels considered, rather than overpowering.” Natural Braided Rattan Lampshades – Low, Belly or Bottle, £90 each, Kagu Interiors “Sophisticated and contemporary, soft summery neutral tones are the perfect base for an understated decor,”

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Dayman continues. “Enhancing natural light and brightening darker rooms, these versatile yet complementary shades will emanate warmth and unify existing colour schemes, creating a harmonious and relaxing atmosphere.” Tactile to the touch, texture is a word that comes up a lot in the world of neutral interiors. And if you’re starting out on your jute journey or pale palette, to echo your love of pared-back simplicity, in the same vein as ‘more is more’, you can never have too much texture. Portobello Scalloped Bowls – Set of 2, £25, The White Company “When decorating with neutrals, texture is key,” says Chrissie Rucker, founder of the The White Company.

“I like natural elements and lots of texture: weathered wood, slubby linens or marbled slate, all of which connect us back to nature and contrast well with crisp china and glassware, adding interest.” And for the finishing touch, what could be lovelier than the scent of freshly washed tumble-dried fluffy white towels, or sun-dried cotton sheets? Check out Yankee Candle’s collection of Pre-Fragranced Reed Starter Kits, from £16.49, to sit alongside their Candlelit Cabin Reed Diffuser, £19.99, in Fluffy Towels and Clean Cotton.

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At home with Paloma Faith as she launches her first interiors label WRITTEN BY SAM WYLIE-HARRIS

Sam Wylie-Harris chats to the singer about her style influences, and why she takes the same approach with decor as she does with her outfits. Opulent glamour, vintage chinoiserie and romantic noirs influenced by the cinematic works of Wong Kar-wai, deserve to be showcased with a flourish. And as someone who likes to feel “every minute of every day is beautiful”, Paloma Faith knows how to channel her love of retro bohemia and vintage style – whether that’s with her scene-stealing outfits on stage, or her home style. In-between finishing albums and filming projects – she’s set to tour her fifth album, Infinite Things in September – the singersongwriter has just launched Paloma Home (, a blueprint for the personal style reflected in her own London townhouse. “It’s inspired by the way I decorated my own house,” says Faith, who turns 40 later in July. “Because I’m never at home and usually on tour pre-Covid, I tend to take pictures of a space and then imagine it in my mind and put everything together while I’m away,” she adds. “And when I get back, it’s all done and I just pray that it works – and it usually does.” Her debut line features three collections – Spiced Up, Rock N’Roll and Lady Muck – to help you create a ‘beautifully bohemian set up’. With 10 house prints, including Pouncing Tigers and Oriental Leaves & Birds, there’s eye-catching bedding, a parade of striking scatter cushions, furnishings and wallpapers – all with a hint of luxe and prices starting from £21 for a ruffle cushion.


A flaFaith says she’s applied the same ethos as she takes with costumes and clothing. “The way I do it is like putting an outfit together, like every room is an outfit, and I’ve made this range to be that way. A collection with inter-changeable pieces,” she explains. “Almost like when a designer makes a capsule collection and you buy every bit of it, and then mix and match. I would say it’s probably more of a curation than a design, more about curating prints that shouldn’t be friends, but for some reason are.” As well as being her favourite eras, Faith sees the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies as the heyday of design. “When you look back at the way everything flowed, the clothing, the interiors, there wasn’t really a differentiation between the two things, it was a lifestyle.” Chatty, fun and a self-confessed maximalist, Faith says her love of thrift shops and shopping started when she was in her early-20s. “My mother and father were very much into minimalism. They were both young in the Sixties, when white walls and trying to make a house look as empty as possible was the trend. “So it was all about the opposite of maximalism. But my father’s mother, who was Spanish and Catholic, just loved tat, which I think is where it might have come from. Lots of Spanish Catholic influence, hoarding ornaments and stuff. And my mum and dad were always culling, throwing things out and saying this place is too full up. “Whereas I became the opposite,” Faith states. “I really enjoy looking for old things, and over the years, travelling and everything, I never go to a city without having a quick look through vintage homewares and clothes, to bring stuff back.” As every maximallist knows, there’s always room for more stuff. “Like the other day, I sort of secretly bought some life-sized ceramic dogs for my house, two of them. And I didn’t mention it to my boyfriend, who hates the fact I constantly buy and believe more is more.

“They arrived and he texted me: ‘Two life-sized ceramic dogs just arrived Paloma, what are you doing? Where are they going to go?’ I said, ‘There’s plenty of room, I’ll sort it out when I get home’, and he was so annoyed with me!,” quips the musician, who lives with her partner, French artist Leyman Lahcine, and their two children. “I was like, ‘Oh sorry’, trying to keep it light, but he was so irritated. He was like, ‘This is ridiculous now!’” Fortunately, she’s found a place for them. “They’re outside my daughter’s bedroom, because I told her they would guard the room for her.” Along with her passion for music, her love of films and romantic noirs – by acclaimed director Wong Ka-wei – first influenced her when she was a student. “I was doing a masters when I was 21 at Central Saint Martins and I became obsessed by him then.” Film fans might be familiar with Faith’s favourite film, the romantic drama 2046, set in China in the Sixties (the sequel to In The Mood For Love). “It was all very saturated and romantic, with loads of vintage to fit in with the Shanghai Sixties look. It stayed with me for years,” she recalls. “When I started to do up my own house, the first one, I looked for that wallpaper [from the movie] and couldn’t find it,” Faith recalls. “I’m very good at sourcing things, so it wasn’t for lack of trying. And so the next time, when I bought after that, I tried to look again and still couldn’t find it.” Determined to make this vision a reality, she admits her Oriental Leaves Red Wallpaper was one of the first prints in the new range to be brought to life. “I’m over the moon I’ll finally be able to admire it in my own home.” Lady Muck features more of a ladylike palette. “I can just imagine someone sitting with a powder puff, that’s where the name comes from, and it’s got that pastel-y, very feminine look,” notes Faith. Rock N’Roll, meanwhile, with its leopard print seating, sparks thoughts of sultry backstage sets and a cocktail of style statements – but you can create your own story.

“I feel like leopard and tiger, to me, are a neutral colour. Very much a staple, almost like a black T-shirt, so it plays around with that,” Faith continues of the collection. “And also, with Rock N’Roll, it’s got that uninhibited, leaning towards not really caring whether things go together or not…” And if she had to pick just one piece? “It would be the tiger print sofa,” says Faith. “It’s with the same fabric as the cushions and bedding. I’m already trying to imagine which piece of furniture from my home I can get rid of, so I can make space for it.” And another bonus? No need to worry about little ones and sticky fingers mucking up your plush furnishings. “The good thing about this range is there’re so many patterns and clashes, you probably won’t notice any stains at all,” says Faith. “So just go for it and let the kids draw all over it. You won’t be able to see it!”

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Get all your Flower, legal questions withofour resident&solicitor By Nichola Owner answered and Director Stephens Partners Estate Agents

Moving home is a stressful time, and we won’t lie – it can be hectic. There are so many things to do, so many plans to make, and then there’s the number crunching to do. It can be a tough time, even though you know that at the end of it you’ll be starting a new chapter in a new home with your family.

Changing agents can be done, but make sure it’s for the right reasons. Make lists of the pros and cons and consider very carefully.

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One of the key things to do is to choose the right estate agent at the start of the process. Sometimes though you may need to switch estate agents because you’re simply not happy with the estate agent you initially chose. This is not the best position to find yourself in! So, here are our top five tips to help you choose the right team to sell your property.



So, you think you need to change the estate agent who is selling your property? You may well be right, but take time to think carefully about why you want to change and make sure it’s for the right reasons. Ask yourself the following: • What is it that makes you want to change? • Are you being patient? • Have you spoken with your agent, or are they oblivious to your thoughts and feelings? • If you have had that conversation, have they tried to rectify things? • Have they failed to attract viewings? • Have you got unrealistic expectations? • Do they communicate regularly with you? Top Tip: Before changing agent, you should always speak with your current agent to satisfy yourself that there is nothing more they can do for you. 26 / PROPERTYMAIL

This is crucial, and we can’t stress this enough. You may be unhappy with your current estate agency and want to change, but the agreement you signed up to may prevent you from doing this immediately, or it may come at a cost. You may be tied into an agreement whereby the estate agent is the sole agency allowed to sell your property during a specific period. This sole agency clause will mean that you can’t instruct another estate agent during that period. It might also mean that you are tied into an agent for a specific time and will need to be patient. You may be able to break the agreement if you pay a fee, as some agents do charge a fee even if they don’t sell your property. Top Tip: Make sure you read the paperwork and are happy with it, including the small print, or at least are aware of it and its implications, before you sign it!


When you have decided to move, it’s easy to get carried away with things – after all, it can be an exciting time. But, slow down. Take the time to choose the right estate agent for you. And, this is the case whether you’re choosing an estate agent for the first time or are wanting to switch. Do some research about your intended agent.

Are they friendly and approachable? Do they have good knowledge of the local area? Are they prominent in the local community? How well do they market themselves and their properties?


You will find several estate agents in Cardiff all of whom operate in different ways, but who all should have the same objective – to sell your home! At Stephens & Partners Estate Agents we may not be the cheapest, nor the largest agency, but we will always do our absolute best for you, and we believe that our local knowledge and property expertise counts for a lot! We want to make sure that we are the right fit for you. We will ensure you feel comfortable with our team and

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Essential Tips To Rent Out Your Home Considering renting out your home in Cardiff but not quite sure where to get started? With years of experience in matching landlords with tenants, I’ve got the lowdown on all the essential steps you need to take to rent out your home. I have put together my top tips for homeowners who are now thinking of renting out their home: First things first: research, research, research As with most things, renting out your home in Cardiff should start with lots of research! Start by checking out other properties being let in your area to see what’s on the market. What kind of features do they have? How much rent are they being advertised for? Find yourself a great letting agent (Hint: I can help!) This is an essential step that can make or break how smoothly the letting process goes. If you’d like expert help with the letting process, take the time to find yourself a capable local letting agent. Do your research online and check out customer testimonials and online reviews. We recommend getting quotes from at least three local letting agents and having a face-to-face meeting or video call with them all before you decide to entrust them with your property. Remember, the cheapest agents may not be providing you with the compliant service you need. I take over several properties a year that were not managed correctly by cheap agents. Not quite sure why you might need a letting agent?





Here’s how agents can help: • Advise you on how much rent to charge • Market the property for you • Hold viewings and show prospective tenants around • Draw up tenancy agreements • Deal with any property maintenance and repairs directly with the tenant on your behalf Most letting agents will charge around 10% of your rental income for this service. Which brings us on to our next point… Do the maths Before you commit to renting out your home, take some time to weigh up the costs to see whether it will be worth it financially. You can do this once you’ve researched the market and spoken to us to get a better understanding of how much rent you should charge. Factor in tax, agent fees and any other costs involved in maintenance and management to figure out how much you’ll actually be left with. Ask yourself: will this figure cover your mortgage payments and leave you with a little extra to justify the time and effort spent letting your property? You should also be left a little extra for any ‘in case of emergency’ funds. Inform your mortgage lender Once you’re sure it makes financial sense to rent out your property, follow the terms of your mortgage contract and let your mortgage provider know. It’s easily done, just discuss a ‘consent for lease’ with them and once approved you’re free to start letting. Arrange your landlord insurance If you already have an insurer for your house, inform them of your decision to

rent out your property. They may need to change your existing insurance policy to reflect that there will now be tenants living there. Protect your property and your investment further by sorting out landlord insurance. Some landlord insurance policies will cover you in case of missed rental payments. Prepare your property Once you’ve done all your research, worked out your numbers and hired a reputable letting agent, it’s time to shift your focus back to the property itself. Before any tenants move into your house, there are a few vital preparation steps to take. These include the following: Deciding whether you’ll be including furniture or renting out an unfurnished home. This is important to clarify early on in the process as some tenants are only looking for furnished homes. Making sure any required maintenance checks and repairs are carried out before your tenants move in to avoid inconveniencing them. Removing any items or pieces of furniture that could easily be damaged – there’s no point putting yourself through the stress of leaving them there! Checking that all appliances are working and investing in any essentials that could sweeten the deal for potential tenants. Giving your property a little spruce up and a fresh lick of paint if needed. Staging your house with appealing decor can make a huge difference in how quickly it comes off the market.


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Llandaff A City within a City

The History

Most of the history of Llandaff centres on its role as a religious site. Before the creation of Llandaff Cathedral it became established as a Christian place of worship in the 6th century AD, probably because of its location as the first firm ground north of the point where the river Taff met the Bristol Channel, and because of its preChristian location as a river crossing on a north south trade route. Evidence of Roman-British ritual burials have been found under the present cathedral. The date of the moving of the cathedral to Llandaff is disputed, but elements of the fabric date from the 12th century, such as the impressive Romanesque Urban Arch, named after the 12th century Bishop, Urban. It has had a history of continual destruction and restoration, as a result of warfare, neglect, and natural disaster. Llandaff has been a focal point of devastating attacks by Owain Glyndŵr and Oliver Cromwell. It was the second most damaged Cathedral in the UK (after Coventry Cathedral) following Luftwaffe bombing during World War II, and subsequently restored by the architect George Pace. One of its main modern points of interest is the aluminium figure of Christ in Majesty (1954–5), by Jacob Epstein, which is suspended above the nave. In 2007 a lightning strike to its spire sent a surge through the building which destroyed its organ. Its replacement, the largest to be built in the UK for over 40 years, was inaugurated in 2010. A Bishop’s Palace, now in ruins, lies to the south of the Cathedral. It is believed it was constructed at a similar date to Caerphilly Castle,

in the late 13th century. It is also believed it was abandoned after being attacked and damaged by Owain Glyndwr in the 1400s.The gatehouse of the Palace survives and the courtyard is now a public garden. Llandaff never developed into a chartered borough, and by the nineteenth century was described as reduced to a mere village... It consists of little more than two short streets of cottages, not lighted or paved, terminating in a square, into which the great gateway of the old palace formerly opened, and where are still several genteel houses. Historically Llandaff was informally known as a “city” because of its status as the seat of the Bishop of Llandaff. This status was never officially recognised, largely because the community did not possess a charter of incorporation. The ancient parish of Llandaff included a wide area. Apart from Llandaff itself, it included the townships of Canton, Ely, Fairwater, and Gabalfa. During the development of the South Wales coalfield and Cardiff Docks, the parish was gradually absorbed into the Borough of Cardiff during the 19th and 20th centuries. Seen as a clean and green up-market countrified village location close to the fast developing city, many of the better-off coal merchants and business people chose to live in Llandaff, including the Insole family. The house now known as Insole Court dates originally from 1856. Llandaff itself became a civil parish and from 1894 to 1922 was part of the Llandaff and Dinas Powys Rural District. On 9 November 1922 the county borough of Cardiff was


Current HOUSE PRICES ²² The majority of sales in Llandaff during the last year were terraced properties, selling for an average price of £202,555. Semi-detached properties sold for an average of £295,560, with detached properties fetching £370,152. Llandaff, with an overall average price of £260,775, was similar in terms of sold prices to nearby Danescourt (£262,540), but was more expensive than Llandaff North (£199,826) and Fairwater (£144,318). Overall sold prices in Llandaff over the last year were 13% up on the previous year and 4% up on the 2010 level of £249,641.

extended to include the area. Llandaff is home to a co-educational independent school for children between the ages of 3–16. (The Cathedral School). The independent GDST school, Howell’s School Llandaff, is also based in the area and recently expanded from an all-girls school to include the co-educational Howell’s Sixth Form College. There are two state Church Schools; Llandaff City Church in Wales Primary School and Bishop of Llandaff Church in Wales High School. There is the Welsh Primary School Ysgol Pencae and State Primary School Danescourt Primary. Llandaff is also home of the Cardiff Metropolitan University Llandaff campus.

Llandaff has been a focal point of devastating attacks by Owain Glyndŵr and Oliver Cromwell. It was the second most damaged Cathedral in the UK. 30 / PROPERTYMAIL

Q & A from local agent Richard Tatham of Online Agent Cardiff PROPERTIES RECENTLY SOLD IN PONTCANNA How have local prices been compared to other nearby areas?

Just like a lot of Cardiff, Llandaff and the surrounding areas have seen dramatic increases in prices over recent months. It’s all about buying in the right area with a focus on lifestyle rather than the right price and from new luxurious developments to traditional character properties within Llandaff, more and more families want to move into the area. Two properties that we have recently sold in the local area have both achieved record high prices.

Over the short and long terms, how do you see the property market in Llandaff?

‘Will property prices keep rising’ is a question we receive every week. The short term answer seems to be yes, we haven’t noticed much of a drop off in the market just yet, even with the LLT holiday coming to an end. We listed three properties this week and all had their open days booked out within 24 hours! The long term answer is a little more complex, did anyone think that 2021 would rise astronomically higher than the late 2020 prices!? Where we certainly expect a drop off from the volume of properties coming to market (because surely everyone has moved in the last year!), the good news is the prices will most likely go back to a long term average of price growth, which is around 2-3% a year in comparison to a crazy 14% in the last year.

What connections do you have with the area? I live here! There is nothing easier than talking to buyer’s and seller’s about a local area when you already have a passion and reason for it. Our office is based in the thriving Llandaff North Village, where the whole place has an excellent community feel, just like Llandaff Village.


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6 Ways to keep your home Secure this summer It’s the season of open windows, dusting-down bikes and jetting off on hols - but don’t forget about protecting your property, says Abi Jackson.


Have a home-security checklist

Lucky enough to be heading away on holiday? You’ll want to do everything you can to ensure you’re able to fully relax and enjoy that well-earned summer break - and this includes taking appropriate steps to maximise the security of your property while you’re away. Some people find it reassuring to install burglar alarms and security cameras, and there are lots of apps available now that help you ‘keep an eye’ on your home from afar, or operate lights on timers, for


instance, so it looks like somebody’s in. These things aside, make absolutely sure all your door and window locks are adequate. You might want to have a chat with a trusted neighbour, who can keep an eye out for you while you’re away.


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Watch windows and back doors

Nobody likes a hot, stuffy house, so of course you’re going to want to have the windows open more often during summer, and if you have a back door, chances are it’ll be in use more than usual too. Just don’t forget to shut and lock them again if you’re going out, and - perhaps depending on the set-up and location of your home - if you’re leaving the room. It only takes a few minutes for opportunist thieves to sneak in or stick an arm through an open window. With this in mind, be sensible when it comes to leaving windows open at night-time - even if you’re not on the ground floor (thieves do use ladders). If you do want to sleep with the window open, look at installing security catches, so the window can’t be opened more widely from the outside.


Don’t keep valuables within reach Still on the open windows theme, it’s a good idea to ensure any items of potential value to a thief - laptops, phones, jewellery, car keys, wallets, etc - are kept well away from open windows at all times, even if they’re only open a smidge.

It’d be lovely to think of our gardens as crime-free safe havens, but thieves have been known to target gardens and garden sheds during summertime - when we might be more likely to leave tools, toys and bikes lying around on the grass, or within easy access in a shed with a flimsy lock. Make sure anything of value is packed away when not in use, and especially overnight, and that all your locks are up to the task. If you’re going away on holiday, it might be a good idea to take high-value items out of the shed and keep them more securely locked up in your house.



Be social media savvy

Following on from the above, while we all like to ‘share’ our weekend jaunts and holidays on social media, in this day and age, it’s wise to be cautious about how and where you’re advertising the fact that your house is currently sitting empty. At the very least, make sure your Facebook profile is set to ‘private’ and only accept people you genuinely know and trust as your online ‘friends’ - that way, if you do post a snap of you with a pina colada next to a pool on the other side of the world, you know it’s only good friends who’ll be seeing it. Another handy hint is to be careful not to post things on Instagram and Facebook that identify your address. And if homes in your area are being targeted by burglars while people are on holiday, it might be a more reassuring move to save the status updates entirely until you’re back.



Check your insurance

Should the worst happen and you do suffer a break-in or any thefts or damage to your property, the most important thing is to that you’re properly insured. This means making sure your home and home contents insurance actually covers all the things you’d hope it does, and that you’re clear on any specific details or criteria which could hinder any claims you might need to make - such as information and requirements for locks on windows and doors. If in doubt, have a good chat with one of the advisors and make sure you read all the small print.


Property Knowledge Property Questions & Answers

I am purchasing a property and the Q surveyor has indicated in the report

that there may be Japanese Knotweed in the garden. Why is this a problem and what should be done? property owners are not A Many aware, that having a plant known

as Japanese Knotweed in their garden, not only has the ability to cause serious structural damage to their property, but is likely to make it difficult to sell, as many Building Societies and Banks criteria, is to decline to lend on properties that have Japanese Knotweed, or even if it is in an adjoining neighbour’s garden. Japanese Knotweed is a hardy, bamboolike perennial plant that grows quickly and strongly and spreads through its underground rhizomes, or roots and thick clumps or strands, can quickly grow to a height of over 2 meters. It was first introduced to Britain by the Victorians, as an ornamental plant. Its leaves are heart shaped and are carried alternatively on zig-zag stems. There are four main reasons why Japanese Knotweed is a problem:• It spreads easily via rhizomes and cut stems, or crowns. • It out competes native flora. • It is difficult and expensive to control, or eradicate. • It can cause structural damage to buildings. Because of its regenerative properties and invasive habit, Japanese Knotweed is listed under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, as a plant that is not to be cultivated or otherwise 34 / PROPERTYMAIL


introduced into the wild. The Environmental Protection Act 1990, also lists it as ‘controlled waste’, to be disposed of properly. You have a legal obligation not to allow it to spread, if it occurs on your land. If it crosses your boundary into adjoining land, your neighbour could take legal action against you, for civil nuisance. The most common effects include the following:Drains and other buried services: Knotweed roots can exploit existing cracks and gaps in the pipes, in their search for water, which will further damage and in some cases, block the drains. Patios, paths and driveways: Japanese Knotweed can exploit poorly laid surfacing, grow between slabs and movement joints of concrete drives and disrupt brick paving, in its unstoppable quest for light. Boundary and retaining walls: Closely packed strands, can undermine garden walls with shallow foundations. The mass of the strands, can ‘push over’ retaining walls, often resulting in sudden collapse. Outbuildings: Vigorous strands of Japanese Knotweed, can overwhelm lightweight, insubstantial and poorly founded outbuildings, such as garden sheds, greenhouses and poorly built garages. If you have Japanese Knotweed in your garden, do not panic. Find out more – is the plant really Japanese

Knotweed? What can be done to control it? Find out the best options for your garden. The best advice, is to consult a specialist firm of Japanese Knotweed contractors, to carry out an investigation report and to advise on the best control method, to eradicate the site, whether chemical or physical control. Ensure your chosen contractor, will provide a guarantee that can be assigned to the new owners of your property, as and when you consider selling. Remember, you have a legal obligation not to allow it to spread and early treatment of a new colony is vital, as it can soon invade large areas and this will make it more expensive and difficult to control later. For more information visit


I am taking all my light fittings from the house I am selling, as the buyer does not wish to pay extra for these. What is my responsibility on removing light fittings?


When your Estate Agent agrees a sale of your home, generally it will exclude fitted carpets and light fittings, unless these are specifically mentioned at the time of negotiations, whereupon you are in a position at a later date to negotiate on these items separately. If you are removing light fittings (ceiling lights or wall lights), your obligation is that these are replaced with similar pendant ceiling or wall lights in a safe manner, carried out by a competent person, usually a qualified electrician, as you cannot just leave exposed wires hanging out of ceilings or walls. This is to ensure that the incoming family/new owners have safe lighting and will not be in danger of being electrocuted.

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Everyone’s favourite TV chef is back, with a new show and cookbook. Property Mail catches up with Jamie Oliver to talk all things vegetarian. WRITTEN BY LAUREN TAYLOR



amed for making home cooking approachable and achievable for millions of people, and for lobbying for better children’s public health, Jamie Oliver’s influence doesn’t seem to be wavering - even 20 years on from the Naked Chef first appearing on our TVs. His restaurant chain may have recently gone into administration in the UK, but a few months on, he’s “moving on, dusting down” after a “very, very painful” time and focusing on his next venture and this time it’s plant-based. So is the man who brought us the ‘insanity burger’ turning off meat altogether? “No. No way Jose!” he quaffs, and although a self-confessed meat-lover, it might surprise you to learn that he eats meat “probably only twice a week” these days. His new Channel 4 show Meat-Free Meals and cookbook Veg feel bang on the zeitgeist. It’s no coincidence that social consciousness around food is changing; we all know that

cutting down on meat is better for the environment, as well as for ourselves. “Yes it’s trendy at the moment, that’s cool,” Oliver, 44, says, as if preempting any assumptions that he’s jumping on any bandwagons. He wrote (and shelved) this book eight years ago, in fact. “I could be wrong but I hope that now is the time to go quite hard and mainstream on veg,” he says, and in true Jamie Oliver style he’s determined to normalise it, to get all of us cooking it, all of the time. “We’ve made it [vegetarianism] more faddy than it needs to be. Veg has been depicted as quite a divisive thing, like football, gangs,” he muses. “Vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian what are you? But it doesn’t really matter how you look at it, humans are absolutely deficient in veg, legumes and fibre. “Maybe it’s because I’m a bit older,” he adds, “maybe because it’s 20 years down the road, but I hope it feels like: If Jamie Oliver is doing a vegetarian book, it’s sort of saying

food & Drink All photos from Veg by Jamie Oliver, priced £26.

something [about] where we’re at and where we’re going.” The new TV show sees Oliver travel to countries where veg is often front and centre of the cuisine, like India and Israel. “Meat has always been an expression of progress, it’s always been a luxury or a sense of cash or commerce - but when you haven’t got much of it, humans are beyond genius,” he says, on the food he discovered travelling. “The diversity of textures and colours, for really affordable - onions, carrots - everyday things like pickles and fritters, things that give you the same hugging feeling as a burger or a pizza. You’re kind of sitting there going, ‘I don’t want any [meat], I’m really happy’.” He even visits a meat-free school: “The idea of schools going veggie is a brilliant idea - it would save loads of money.” Oliver says he wanted to go back to focusing on “Monday to Thursday eating, busy working people” for his Veg cookbook (which is incidentally 30-40% vegan), and it certainly harks back to the style of 30-Minute Meals and 5-Ingredients. It’s not rabbit food though. “It’s a celebration, not commiseration,” says Oliver. There’s heartiness (crispy cauliflower katsu), comfort food (Indian-style chip butty), nutrientdense (veg tagine) and naughtiness (cheesy kimchi toastie) and ‘Friday night nibbles’ for the end of the week. “For me it’s a relief! I’ll pour myself a little whiskey maybe and I want to have something fun to nibble on,” Oliver says of his Friday nights. “It’s about making it simple, delicious

“IT’S NO COINCIDENCE THAT SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS AROUND FOOD IS CHANGING.” and as good as it can be, I’m not trying to give you the best,” he adds, ever the realist. “I’m trying to write recipes that are car crash-proof; OK so you chopped it really badly that’s cool, chop it badly.” He doesn’t want busy people to open the book and think: “’Well I’m never going to do that, not until the weekend’.” It’s why he’s a big fan of using frozen food, particularly veg. “Frozen is the future,” Oliver declares. “The science of freezing has never changed, it’s just that we’ve always frozen a lot of s***. The chances are that your frozen pea will be more nutritious, and in better condition, than your fresh pea that’s been sitting in a warehouse for a week. “If you care about higher welfare, cheaper price - frozen. If you care about lack of waste - frozen. Convenience, portion control, nutrition - frozen.” In recent years, Oliver’s recipes haven’t been without controversy though; he was once criticised for using chorizo in a paella and last year ‘Jamie’s jollof rice’ attracted thousands of comments, many claiming he was ‘appropriating’ a traditional West African dish. “I just think that food can be

political, it can be divisive,” he says. “I learned to make the best hummus I’ve ever had from theoretically one of the best hummus makers on the planet - and there was at least 300400 comments that went really dark and really political. We were in the West Bank, Israel, so you’ve got to be really careful.” Politically speaking, Oliver has never been one to shy away; is he planning to lobby new Prime Minister Boris Johnson on child public health? “Always!” he declares - and there’s a long list apparently. “I’ve met him on a number of occasions, I’ve seen him as mayor, I’ve seen him say one thing and contradict one thing, but what now?>

Will we continue to weekly speak to his teams? Yes. Will I want to meet with him as soon as possible? Yes. Is child health a central pillar of Britain now and in the future? Yes. “The biggest morally wrong thing we have to deal with right now is that too many times, the better or healthier option is too expensive. We definitely need governments around the world to subsidy better food. “Generally, what a child and what a family needs is the same as what the planet needs - more veg, more nuts, more seeds, more legumes. If I had a magic wand, I’d love to go to David Attenborough and say, ‘Can we do a show called My Health, My Planet?’ Because I think that’s the conversation now.”


1 5. Peel the onion, garlic and ginger, place in a food processor with the coriander Preheat the oven to 190oC/375oF/gas

stalks and chillies (deseed if you like), and whiz to a fine paste. Put the spices and curry leaves into a 25cm x 35cm roasting tray on a low heat with two tablespoons of oil and fry for one minute, or until smelling fantastic, stirring constantly. Tip in the paste and cook for five minutes, or until softened, stirring regularly. Stir in the peanut butter, mango chutney and tamarind paste, season with a good pinch of sea salt and black pepper, then scrape into a bowl, adding a splash of water to loosen to a paste, if needed. Leaving them intact at the stalk, cut the aubergines into quarters lengthways, rub and stuff them generously with all the paste, then arrange them in the tray (if using regular aubergines, simply trim then cut into 1cm-thick rounds and sandwich the paste between them). Place the tray on a medium heat and fry for five minutes, turning halfway. Add the coconut milk, roughly chop and sprinkle over the tomatoes, season well with salt and pepper, and bring to the boil. Cover with tin foil and roast for 40 minutes, or until thickened and reduced, removing the foil halfway. Season and scatter over the coriander leaves. To serve: Always good with fluffy rice, poppadoms, yoghurt and extra fresh chilli.


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INCREDIENTS *1 onion *4 cloves of garlic *4cm piece of ginger *1/2 a bunch of fresh coriander (15g) *2 fresh red chillies *1tsp each of cumin seeds, mustard seeds, ground turmeric, garam masala, fenugreek seeds *1 big handful of fresh curry leaves *Groundnut oil *2tbsp (heaped) crunchy peanut butter *1tbsp mango chutney *2tbsp tamarind paste *12 finger aubergines (800g total) *1 x 400g tin of light coconut milk *250g ripe mixed-colour cherry tomatoes *Sea salt and black pepper Nutritional value per serving: Energy 221kcal Fat 15.2g Sat Fat 5.6g Protein 6.7g Carbs 15.9g Sugars 12.9g Salt 0.9g Fibre 2.3g




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