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COVER STORIES Our cover stories are highlighted by a spot. Cover photography: James Merrell

Shopping 33 TREND Mint Zingy picks to freshen up your home

News & views

34 TREND Coloured weaves Go

17 NEWS This month, we’re loving

37 SCHEME OF THE MONTH Soft white Work wonders with the

Anthropologie’s chilled-out summer range, can’t get enough of Loaf’s sexy new sideboard and are non-stop talking about Christopher Kane and The Rug Company’s new collab

143 DESIGN PROFILE Rising star Lucy Barlow on her love of architectural features and why statement fabrics are a must

186 #PLANET LIVINGETC A peek behind the scenes at the team out and about putting the issue together

crazy for combos of funky shades that fiesta

46 EDITED CHOICE Ice buckets Keep your drinks cool as a cucumber

49 EDITED CHOICE Summer slides Slip on the perfect match 50 EDITED CHOICE Butter dishes Up the style stakes with a statement choice

chic neutral

53 DESIGN CLASSIC Sir Paul Smith’s iconic stripes make the Swirl rug a favourite

41 EDITED CHOICE Cocoon chairs Hideaway for total chill-out time

87 STYLE STORY #Bugsandbotanics Leafy prints and

42 EDITED CHOICE Wood desks It’s easy to knuckle down when your home office furniture looks this good

45 EDITED CHOICE Pizza ovens These outdoor designs are worth the dough

insects give stylish spaces a Victorian twist

159 EDITED CHOICE Freestanding basins Elegant designs with a minimalist edge 160 EDITED CHOICE Kitchen handles Give your units a hit of bling / June 2018 7



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Modern Homes 56 MODERN FAMILY Nicole and

Food & Travel

Maarten’s Amsterdam home has grown-up vibes with a family-friendly approach

92 ELEGANT DECADENCE Malin didn’t shy away from this challenging renovation in Sweden, but brought it back to life with a bang 102 HOLLY’S HOUSE Entrepreneur Holly and partner Frank’s Victorian home highlights her imaginative creative streak

114 COLOUR RUSH Interior designer Jaime went all-out with colour in this old office space turned apartment in Barcelona 124 GEORGIAN REBOOT Luxe textures and sumptuous shades have brought Heidi and Graham’s period home into the 21st century 8 June 2018 /


Design Ideas 73 DECO Military dress A regal colour combo with a hint of bling will have you standing to attention

139 DESIGN NEWS Kitchen and bathroom kit and hi-tech solutions

147 PROJECT INSPIRATION Garden rooms Turn your outdoor space into an extra room with these exceptional ideas for a sanctuary in the city

Donna Hay’s delicious recipes will keep you cool and refreshed this summer

171 AMERICAN COASTAL Take it to the beach with these luxe retreats that are calling your name

Offers & Info 14 LIVINGETC HOUSE TOURS It’s back – join us Friday 8 June for a peek into our pick of London’s chicest homes

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t last! Lighter evenings, kitchen doors wedged open and gardens that come into their own again. Yes, summer is on the way and that triggers a rethink when it comes to our interiors. Fresh colour schemes, cool-to-touch textures and sunny nooks all become important, which is why we have focused on utilising any outdoor space (be it a slither of balcony or a large lawn) in our Garden Rooms report on page 147. From designing a smart alfresco dining space to introducing cutting-edge textures like rusted steel, there are so many ways to make your garden somewhere special. When it comes to interiors, the owners of this month’s houses have also applied a light touch to their homes. Nicole’s bedroom scheme is soft and elegant (page 56), while Malin works a neutral palette to create a cool summer mood in her period home (page 92). In Barcelona, Jaime has used strong colour schemes to flash against the sunny white walls (page 114), while Holly has gone even further with a faux tree planted in the middle of her kitchen (page 102). So throw open those windows and make the most of your home in the warmer months ahead whether you are inside or out!

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e are delighted to announce the sixth Livingetc House Tours! Back by popular demand, this premium event gives you the chance to step inside some of the homes featured in the magazine, see them for yourself in all their stylish glory and meet some of the design talent behind them. Taking place on Friday 8 June, this year’s event will give you exclusive access to six fabulous homes in one of the hippest areas of happening east London. Once inside the houses, you’ll be able to explore them at your leisure, picking up plenty of inspiration for styling your own space. Livingetc House Tours is specifically tailored to keep travel between the properties as simple as possible (most houses are within walking distance of each other). Once you’ve secured your place on the tour, we’ll send you a map highlighting the participating homes, a guide to transport to and from the area, plus detailed information about each of the properties, which span a range of cool, modern design styles. Tickets for the Livingetc House Tours are strictly limited, so book your place now for an inspiring day out for you and your friends.

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SU M M ER CH IC If Anthropologie’s style could typically be summed up as statement florals and riotous colour, think of its new range as a more toned-down tribute to Balearic-feel bohemia, complete with all-white hues and soft, sink-into textures. For instance, the Tymberly dining chair, with its curved, Seventies-style silhouette, has been given a modern-day update in white, while brass finishes on the gilt Quartet mirror are a glitzy ode to White Isle glamour. And underfoot? Dust off sandy feet on a collection of Moroccan-style rugs made from tufted jute and cotton.

MAIN PICTURE Tymberly dining chairs, £468 each; Lilibet rug, £398; glazed terracotta Karuma tableware, from £12 per piece; and Farina tableware, from £18 per piece. INSET Mackay mirror, £268; Embury three-drawer dresser, £998; and Sundrift vase, from £36. Rugs, in background, from £198 each; and Taran pillows, right, from £60 each l i v i n g e t c . c o m / J u n e 2 0 1 8 17


WHATEVER TH E W E ATH ER There’s little point investing in garden furniture that isn’t built to withstand a few British downpours. Luckily, Belgian manufacturer Manutti knows a thing or two about weather-proofing. Its Minus dining table has a thick, ceramic top made from fossil or travertine that’s built to tolerate the harshest of conditions. And note the elegant, handwoven rope and slender stainless-steel legs on the Radius chairs. We’d be willing to sit in the rain for that.

Minus dining table, £4,990; and Radius chairs, £770 each, all Manutti at Go Modern (

[ Cause a buzz ] If you like Dame Viv’s punky aesthetic, but find it hard to rock day to day, go pint-sized with your Westwood tribute with these Bumble stud earrings. Zirconiaencrusted wings pack a small but mighty touch of bling. £98, Vivienne Westwood (


Venture into Liberty London and the memory of Oxford Street’s grey pavements will quickly fade away. Its Made in India collection celebrates the continent’s many artisan crafts. Plump up sofas with zardozi-style embroidery, as seen on these playful cushions, for a fast track to the look. Tiger cushion; and Man on an Elephant cushion, £125 each (


We’re calling it – garden lovers and horticulturalists everywhere will be going plant potty for this handsculpted Fern vase. Fill with your best blooms and double your floral impact in one green-glazed go. Nice! £38 (

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Go ahead and live out only your most fabulous Coachella fantasies in Freda Banana’s studded sunglasses. Azure blue frames are just the thing for covert celeb-spotting, yet a bedazzling of resin pearls means you’ll most likely be the real head-turner. Vilmo aviators, £220 (

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Soft and subtle curves, an easy-to-live-with shade and a headboard thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s generous without being OTT make Button & Sprungâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dahlia bed an instant classic. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upholstered in material-of-the-moment velvet too. With all those boxes ticked, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll definitely be getting eight hours of good shuteye. Dahlia king-size bed frame in Navy, ÂŁ795; and blanket box in Forest, ÂŁ425, both Button & Sprung (; Modasa rug in Indigo/ White, from ÂŁ60; Tiles throw, ÂŁ35; and House by John Lewis jersey bedspread in Navy, ÂŁ40, all John Lewis

@houseofhackney #WEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;RE CHANELLING chintz and porcelain cockatoos this season, if the brandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spring/summer 2018 collection is anything to go by. Think its staple, English-eccentric ORRNDQG:LOOLDP0RUULVHVTXHĂ RUDOVSXPSHG up to the max with a palette of lime chartreuse, azure blue and fuchsia pink. #WEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;RE SPOTTING its iconic prints all the way from Shoreditch to Soho, with the brand recently being let loose on the fourth Ă RRURI/LEHUW\/RQGRQ6QXJJOHLQWRLWV velvet-clad Mey Meh sofa under sloping walls decked in the Jacobean-inspired Artemis wallpaper and you really will feel like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in your (very chic) grannyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attic. The ultimate pick â&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mix

#WEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;RE MATCHING dresses with drapes, thanks to a collaboration with high-street favourite & Other Stories launching at the end of May. ([SHFWVZHHSLQJJRZQVLQEDURTXHĂ RUDOVDOO made from sustainable materials that bring a minimal approach to maximalalist style. #WEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;VE HEARD whispers of a partnership with French wallpaper house Zuber for autumn/ winter 2018. Think of it as a quick whip around the globe with a Moroccan aesthetic inspired by Zuberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s archives. #WEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;RE DREAMING of a stay at Loddiges, the renovated home of founders Frieda and Javvy. Victorian townhouse meets Moroccan medina, complete with wallpapered ceilings and a study swathed in zebra print. Fabulous! Devotees of beige â&#x20AC;&#x201C; enter at your own risk


Splash a rocking chair with zingy, citrus-fresh shades, pop it in the garden and you get the Monceau rocker by Fermob. Sure to oust any outdated notions of the creaky, wooden designs of yesteryear, it features a slender steel frame and has â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;never-knew-I-neededoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; garden staple written all over it. Monceau rocking chairs in Verbena Green and Capucine, ÂŁ218 each ( l i v i n g e t c . c o m / J u n e 2 0 1 8 21


ROOM FOR ON E MOR E? The more the merrier and Habitat’s Feliz range perfectly caters to squeezing those last-minute plus-one’s around the table. Take its European oak bench – it’s a five-seater, but we can easily see a few extra aunts and uncles sliding on. And its scoop-shaped rattan chairs are just the thing for those going the distance over lazy brunches.

Feliz table, £1,200; Feliz bench, £495; Feliz dining chairs, £130 each; Dennis side plate, £10; Dennis jug, £35; Vera salad bowl, £30; Blair vase, £40; and Fergusson rug, £250 (

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COLLAB ALERT CHRISTOPHER KANE X THE RUG COMPANY One decks floors far and wide with the finest threads, the other is a stalwart of the British fashion scene, so it’s little surprise a collaboration between The Rug Company and Christopher Kane should get tongues wagging. The five handcrafted rugs in the collection span the gamut from botanicalinspired prints to Kane’s signature modern aesthetic vibe, with one signature cushion thrown in for good measure.

Look the biz with Ettinger’s Westminster briefcase. The brand’s expert craftsmen combine traditional leatherwork techniques and the finest English bridle hide to create pieces that will last a lifetime. £1,985 (ettinger.


Yves Delorme’s new Mousson bedlinen collection blends pretty shades of lilac and spring green across hazy, watercolour-inspired patterns. Its bright, fresh feel is perfect for summer and so is the 200 thread count cotton percale that keeps air flowing and your skin breathing. And… relax. King-size duvet cover, £299; and pillowcases, £75 each ( 22 J u n e 2 0 1 8 / l i v i n g e t c . c o m

Botanical Anatomy cushion, £550; and Wave Construct rug, from £1,500sq m (






Hear the word marquetry and immediately think dark and dowdy? Putting its pared-back and pretty stamp on the classic cabinetry technique, Pinch’s Elan Armorie layers three different birch veneers to form abstract shapes that look like joyous, dancing ladies. But are you a hanger or a folder? Doesn’t matter – an internal ‘ladder system’ means you can customise shelf and rail combinations to your heart’s content. £8,450 (

[ Safari cool ] Dreaming of going on safari? Why not get planning over your morning cereal with Graham and Green’s zebra- and giraffe-themed place mats and coasters. Just pop on your table to bring the savannah straight to your kitchen. Coasters, from £6.95 each (

Sofa in Wigwam Klein Z545/03 linen, £119m; pouffe in Algonquin Klein Z535/04 linen-mix, £119m; hanging fabric in Tommy Klein Z544/03, linen, £79m. CUSHIONS, from left: Wigwam Klein Z545/03 linen, £119m; Tommy Klein Z544/03 linen, £79m; Kiowa Klein Z537/04 linen-mix, £119m; Ganado Klein Z542/04 cotton-mix, £119m; and Algonquin Klein Z535/04 cotton-mix, £119m. SWATCHES, from left: Wigwam Klein Z545/03 linen, £119m; and Geronimo Klein Z538/03 linen-mix, £139m (

W I LD, W I LD W EST Not to worry if you can’t recreate the dusty pink walls, modernist lines and Balearic blue skies seen here at home – we have a hunch that Zinc Textiles’ Geronimo collection could be picked up and placed anywhere and still look pretty special. Expect punchy, Navajo-inspired prints on 100 per cent linen, heavy, earth-coloured jutes and names that’ll make you want to mount a horse, pronto! (We’re looking at you Saddle Blanket and Poncho Stripe.) Oh, and the new monochrome? Blue and white, of course. l i v i n g e t c . c o m / J u n e 2 0 1 8 25




[ Ice trays ] Don’t be square when it comes to your ice cubes this summer. Knock out fruity shapes and twee tashes into your tumblers and you’ll look as cool as a cucumber too.

A carpet with just the right look and feel for summer? Kersaint Cobb’s Pampas Nordic Stripe. Its Scandinavian palette of soft taupes and greys (in shades Denmark, Sweden and Osterøy) keeps floors light and airy, with a smart stripe and linear loop weave adding texture. It’s the kind of floor you don’t feel too put out about having to vacuum every day.

FROM TOP Moustache ice cube tray, £8.94, Kikkerland at Fruugo; Club Skull ice cube, £16 for two, Sagaform at Cloudberry Living; and Citrus ice cube infuser set, £9.99, Lakeland

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Velvet is given the couture treatment at Ashley Wilde with its new Dakota fabric. We’ve been lured in by a choice of 32 shades and a subtle embossing that gives the material a luxe finish. A fresh colour combo for the summer? Ochre and crimson – a match made in furnishings heaven. Sofa in Dakota Ochre polyester; and cushion and ottoman in Dakota Crimson polyester, both £25m (


Ensuring your flip-flops and factor 50 make it to the beach with you shouldn’t be too much of a chore with one of Rae Feather’s palm straw beach baskets. Go one step further and opt for the monogrammed design and leave it on your sunbed to make sure no one else nabs it while you’re having a swim. Aztec trim basket, £180 ( 26 J u n e 2 0 1 8 / l i v i n g e t c . c o m


How to set your side table apart from its square, cookie-cutter counterparts? Step in at the last minute and give it a good twist à la Kelly Hoppen. Her Marco design really has gone askew – but definitely in the right kind of way. £345, Kelly Hoppen for Resource Doctor at Sonder Living (



Banish white plastic patio furniture for good with the colourful new outdoor range from Marks & Spencer. Jostling for your attention are the Summer Brights and Fresh Greens collections, with Indigo Blues, pictured here, combining raw materials, coloured glass and vibrant ocean tones for a look that does subtle seaside chic. Sardinia modular furniture range, from £149 for a coffee table; Lois coffee table, £99; Jade reactive glaze planter, £17.50; apothecary vase, £9.50; solar lanterns, from £12.50 each; and Stripe indoor/outdoor rug, from £59 (

TR EN D I N G [ Accordion ] Here’s a trend that really is in (and out, and in again…). Think pleats, folds, zigs and zags strewn across pots and pendants that cut some serious shapes. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Lin pendant, £210, Laura Jane Atkinson; Quartz easy fit pendant, £26 Soak&Sleep; Carriacou F2954001 linen-mix, £254.40m, Pierre Frey; Anaia vases, from £17 each, La Redoute; and Zig Zag stool, £204, Pols Potten at Amara



[ Touch base ] Haven’t yet nabbed a night’s stay at the new Soho House, Wood Lane? Not to worry – get your hands on one of Rye Pottery’s lamps to light your home, just like the 47 bedrooms in the new hotel. Think mid-century style bases in muted hues stamped with Soho House’s signature stripe motif. From £395 ( 28 J u n e 2 0 1 8 / l i v i n g e t c . c o m


Buy a piece of Loaf’s reclaimed wood furniture and you’ll never know exactly where the material came from – was it once a door? A shed? Or maybe salvaged from a ship? One thing you can be sure of is its good looks, exemplified here on the new Orinoco sideboard. An undulating, carved surface in beached timber and a smoothly sanded finish make its second incarnation one worth talking about. Grand Orinoco sideboard, £845; Burbler occasional chair, £445; and Zillions table lamp, £95 (

What are these, we hear you ask? Why, fabric ‘virtues patches’, of course. Add to bags and blazers for instant hippy-chic fun, or share with friends to spread the love. Virtues patches, around £20 for seven (shopthe


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Models didn’t so much strut as weave up and down the catwalk this season, with Dolce & Gabbana going for high-octane, fiesta-feel fun with rainbow-coloured stitching laced and looped in different directions. And on the homeware front? Think bright and think braided, taking your inspiration from Jonathan Adler’s Topanga corded cushion, the woven plastic on Ames Design’s Caribe table and the new crop of coloured baskets from Mexico-based Makaua at The Conran Shop. Packing for your summer vacay? Grab your Loeffler Randall carry-all, don a Sensi Studio Panama hat and hotfoot it to the beach, pronto!

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ON-TREND soft white

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Pulse of Passion wall mural, £59.20m, Rebel Walls; Zack wallpaper, £27 a roll, Engblad & Co; Pitcher, £95, Jo Davies for Your Artisans; Old White wall paint, £39.95 for 2.5L, Annie Sloan; Canvas White coloured emulsion, £14 for 2.5L, Crown; Pebble Shore mixing matt emulsion, £23.96 for 2.5L, Dulux; Myer Halliday Elgin chair, £999, Heal’s; All White estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball; and Clockface absolute matt emulsion, £42 for 2.5L, Little Greene

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risp and clean. Pale and interesting. White is a mystery. Science claims it’s not a colour at all, instead representing light in which all colours are blended. But a whole book could be written on the different nuances of white, as much of what we call white is, in fact, tinged with other hues. ‘White’s enduring appeal is its infinite versatility,’ says paint and colour expert Annie Sloan. ‘The many shades of white cover the spectrum from warm to cool, which means that it can work with all decorating styles, from sleek industrial to Shaker chic. ‘The great thing about an all-white interior is that it creates the illusion of making a room appear larger. For city dwellers, where space comes at a premium, this is a useful hack,’ she adds. According to Sloan, the new season’s whites are sleeker than their predecessors. ‘So white kitchens are less country, more modern. And, with the enhanced emphasis on practicality in the home, white-painted floorboards are increasingly popular.

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AGE NDA / ST YLE LEFT The impression of almost monastic simplicity belies a luxurious use of texture in this bedroom, where crisp bedding and radiant walls demonstrate a sensual awareness of light. RIGHT Brilliant white instantly steers this bleached oak kitchen away from twee â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;country cuteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, forming a canvas for the interplay of natural textures

Getting it right BE BRAVE â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A minimalist approach of * layering the same shade of cool, crisp white is best staged in open spaces as it imbues busy areas of the home with a sense of order and calm,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; says David Mottershead, managing director of Little Greene KEEP THE FAITH â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;White is most effective when you go all the way. 8SF\FOHMXQNVKRSĂ&#x20AC;QGVRU inexpensive pieces with a lick of white paint,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; says Judy Smith, colour consultant of Crown EMBRACE THE LIGHT â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;White is not an emotional colour, so lighting is very important to add atmosphere. Use warmer LED bulbs and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t skimp on Ă RRUDQGWDEOHODPSVWRFUHDWH spotlighted pools of interest,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; says Ingela Wingborg, head of design at Engblad & Co ADD SURFACE APPEAL â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Combining GLIIHUHQWSDLQWĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHV²DQ emulsion on walls, an eggshell on LQWHULRUZRRGZRUN²ZLOODGGGHSWK WRDQDOOZKLWHVFKHPHUHĂ HFWLQJ the light in interesting ways,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; says Charlotte Cosby, head of creative at Farrow & Ball PICK A TONE â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Yellow-based, creamy whites add warmth to north-facing rooms, while blue-toned whites give a subtle, watery feel. Red-toned whites bring a touch of sophistication and grey-based shades lend a contemporary feel,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; says Dominic Myland, chief executive RIĂ&#x20AC;FHURI0\ODQGV LOOK TO NATURE. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Natural materials work especially well in an all-white scheme. Think wood, stone, marble, bamboo and foliage. A white backdrop enhances natural elements, bringing to fore fabrics, furnishings, art and accessories,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; says Annie Sloan, founder of Annie Sloan


CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE LEFT Wimborne White estate emulsion, ÂŁ45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball; Holland Park marble matt emulsion, ÂŁ46 for 2.5L, Mylands; and Lines sideboard, ÂŁ4,520, Peter Maly at Ligne Roset

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The key to getting white on white right is layering,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Sloan continues. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A mix of chalky matt white-painted furniture, glossy porcelain white surfaces and natural white wools, cottons and linens is essential for creating depth and interest.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; She warns that pure, brilliant white is tricky to use on its own: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Even with loads of texture thrown in, it can look flat and cold. Instead, play around with an assortment of tinged whites for a softer, more flattering scheme. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Because of its chameleon qualities, white is fascinating to work with. When paired with other colours, it forms a balancing presence; an anchor for moments of intensity,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; adds Sloan. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;It gives other hues room to breathe, to stop competing, to be themselves.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;











Enjoy some luxe chill time in these cosy designs

Kerala chair, £225, Charles Bentley at Next Home

Knotted Melati hanging chair, £488, Anthropologie

Indoor Outdoor hanging chair, £375, Cox & Cox

Fabio hanging chair, £2,320, Skyline Design at Houseology

Hanging garden armchair, £262.50, Palaos at Maisons du Monde

Tropicalia cocoon, £5,904, Patricia Urquiola for Moroso

Hanging Egg chair, £2,067, The Chelsea Gardener

Dakara Fusion Cabana outdoor chair, £369, John Lewis

Rattan hanging chair, £250, Raj Tent Club

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Beautifully crafted designs that will inspire you to do your very best work

Edwin desk, £2,295, Andrew Martin

Batik desk, £2,013.60, Andrea Lucatello for Cattelan Italia

Luciano desk, from £1,486, Julian Chichester

Lisabo desk, £125, Ikea

Carter desk, £1,210, Neptune

Cupertino desk, £1,519, Arde for BoConcept

Brody desk, £349, Swoon Editions

Slab desk, £1,500, Tom Dixon

Den desk, £595, Loaf

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Get fired up and ready for summer with the must-have alfresco cooking kit

Pizza oven, £89.99, The Range

Outdoor pizza oven, £720, Vitcas

Forno outdoor oven, £1,099, Morsø

Outdoor gas oven in Lava Red, £395, Firepod

La Hacienda Firebox pizza oven, £89.99, Homebase

Mezzo 76 Go oven, £1,199, The Stone Bake Oven Company

The Vintage Blue oven, £1,200, Delivita

Kettle pizza oven, £125, Mano Mano

Uuni 3 pizza oven, £199, John Lewis

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Keep your bubbly chilled to perfection with these cool choices

Newport ice bucket, £198, Jonathan Adler

Ice bucket, £35, Marks & Spencer

Circus wine cooler, £180, Marcel Wanders at Alessi

Ice Ice Baby ice bucket, £290, Monologue

Pineapple ice bucket, £40, Oliver Bonas

Palmyra ice bucket, £145, William Yeoward

Pot of Love ice bucket, £85, Design of Love by Slide at Made in Design

Kipton ice bucket, £395, Ralph Lauren Home

Antartica ice bucket, £85.50, Mario Luca Giusti at Selfridges

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Dazzle poolside in this season’s hottest slip-ons

Suede slides, £69, & Other Stories

Heart slides, £495, Anya Hindmarch

Evelyne slides, £295, Moncler

Shimmer slides, £18, Next

Faux-fur slides, £17.99, H&M

Beaded fringed slides, £49.99, Zara

Striped slides, £270, Stella McCartney

Hibiscus espadrille slides, £29, Topshop

Vali slides, £159, Tory Burch at Selfridges

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Spread the style on thick with one of these tasty designs

Menagerie Whale butter dish, £68, Jonathan Adler

Fortnum’s Provisions butter dish, £55, Fortnum & Mason

Cobra butter dish, £45, Georg Jensen

Stoneware butter dish, £30, Le Creuset

Retro Accessories butter dish, £25, Villeroy & Boch

Melamine butter dish, £13, Nook

REcycled butter dish, £6.50, RE

Butter dish with wood lid, £20, Garden Trading Company

Hasker large butter dish, £18, Daylesford Organic

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Designer Sir Paul Smith, 2000. Details Hand-knotted, cut-pile Tibetan wool rug, from £1,552, The Rug Company. Background Created by one of the foremost UK fashion designers to collaborate with leading brands across the interiors world, Sir Paul Smith’s Swirl rug for The Rug Company gives his signature stripes a psychedelic twist, washing across the floor in wave-like forms. The colourbanded weave is cleverly drawn out, adding an illusionary op-art element to the mix – even the tones are carefully calibrated to coalesce rather than clash. Sir Paul’s renowned tailoring is a byword for precision-cut cloth, beautifully sculpted for contemporary taste. What’s less well-known is that when he was approached by The Rug Company’s founders, Suzanne and Christopher Sharp, to produce the design (the couple first met him while Christopher was being fitted for a suit), it wasn’t expected to be such a game changer. ‘I famously said it wouldn’t sell well,’ says Suzanne. ‘Now, it’s one of our bestsellers.’ The secret to its success? Sir Paul has a theory. ‘I believe people like the bright colours and the optimism they represent,’ he says. ‘Optimism isn’t always easy to come by in today’s world, so I think that’s why it stands out.’ Coupled with The Rug Company’s own philosophy of teaming creativity with craft – each rug takes four months to make: the Tibetan wool is first washed by a mountain river, before being dried on the banks and then transported to Kathmandu to be spun, dyed and woven – it’s an uplifting design guaranteed to both elevate your mood and transform a room. And it feels divine underfoot…

WORDS ⁄ Steven Efstathiou

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Mo d e r n With its enticing entertaining spaces, layers of artisanal fabrics and evocative artefacts, Nicole and Maarten’s stylish Amsterdam home is both grown-up and family-friendly

FAM I LY Photography ⁄ Marc van Praag


Production ⁄ Mary Weaver


Words ⁄ Serena Fokschaner


THE OWNERS Photographer and interior designer Nicole Dohmen and her husband Maarten Biezeveld, a paediatrician. They have four children between them: Aba, 11, Morris, 10, Doortje, nine, and Len, seven. THE PROPERTY A Twenties townhouse in Amsterdam. There is a playroom in the basement, while the ground floor has a kitchen, family room, conservatory and dining area. On the first floor there is a living room, oice and studio. The master and guest bedrooms and a laundry room are on the second floor. The children’s rooms are on the third floor. 56 J u n e 2 0 1 8 / l i v i n g e t c . c o m

LI V ING ROOM In the main living area, Nicole customised the sofa to give it a more modern, classical feel. Get the look The Grand National sofa is made to order by Ascencion Latorre. Nicole upholstered it in Fame velvet by Lizzo. The cushions are made in a Liberty fabric. The photograph is by Marc Lagrange from the Jaski Gallery.



FA MILY ROOM Nicole conserved the traditional feel of her Twenties Amsterdam townhouse, its floorplan inspired by older canalside houses, by creating inviting living spaces on the ground floor of the property. Get the look The Ghost sofa is by Paola Navone for Gervasoni. The cushions are made from blockprinted fabric, which Nicole bought in India. The side table is by Marcel Wolterinck. The photo is by German duo Billy und Hells, from Morren Galleries. 58 J u n e 2 0 1 8 / l i v i n g e t c . c o m

a family home can often mean sacrificing individuality for practicality. Delicate pots are stowed out of sight, decorative wallpapers traded for wipe-down vinyl. But that’s not the case in Nicole Dohmen and Maarten Biezeveld’s Amsterdam house where, on a weekday afternoon, the interior that greets you is assured, colourful and exotic – but not at all precious. As their children arrive home from school, designer sofas are dive-bombed, snacks are spread across the marble counter tops and scooters career across mellow parquet flooring, past trailing plants and beatific Buddhas, adding to the down-to-earth feel. It’s a style that Nicole, a photographer and interior designer, describes as ‘instinctive… I can walk into a room and visualise exactly how it should look – and feel,’ she says. Despite its ‘sombre grey façade’, she knew instantly that the Twenties townhouse, with its south-facing garden and 400sq m footprint was the place to bring up their ‘blended’ brood of four. ‘Compared to our previous home, which was beautiful, but a bit dark, I felt that I could make this place light and welcoming – a fresh start for all of us,’ says Nicole. The location, in the Oud-Zuid (Old South) district, lined with designer shops and just a cycle ride from the museums, also appealed. ‘It’s a friendly area. The children can walk to school and bring their classmates back to play,’ she adds. Previous owners had left their mark on the house in the doubleheight extension at the back and the tidy joinery. ‘It was in good decorative order, but it was a bit…’ Nicole’s voice tails off as you fill in the blank: bland? ‘So I knew that I had to spice it up and reorganise the space to suit the way we live as a family,’ she continues. She enlisted the skills of her business partner, interior designer Nicoline Beerkens, to revive the five-storey interior. ‘We collaborated on my last home when we discovered that we make a good partnership. I help Nicoline with some of her projects and we blend our creativity to design individual homes for our clients,’ says Nicole. ‘Nicoline has all the contingencies covered, so she’s good at reigning in my more impractical suggestions.’ So they started with practicalities. ‘We created bedrooms and bathrooms for the children in the attic.’ Down a level, the master bedroom was reconfigured to include a separate dressing room and a second bedroom was turned into a bathroom, with rustic basins set in an antique Chinese cabinet. ‘We turned the basement into a playroom.’ And in the new kitchen, wooden joinery was chosen to echo the lived-on tones of the reclaimed parquet flooring. The project took a year to complete. ‘We spent a lot of time on the finishes: taking up the carpet, repainting the joinery and oiling the floors. We also installed glass panels in the doors to introduce more light,’ says Nicole. In every room, artisanal cottons and velvets, sea-grass walls and hand-blocked wallpapers feel like a welcoming embrace. ‘I love layering different textures to add richness. I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about how to decorate, I do what feels right,’ says Nicole. Walls and surfaces are peppered with unusual finds: a sculptural basket from Botswana, a blush-rose, semi-precious quartz. ‘I put precious stones all over my house – they create a wonderful energy. I was bitten by the travel bug after a long road trip around the US in my early twenties. Nowadays, I travel with my children and a spare suitcase,’ says Nicole. And what does Maarten think of that extra travel-bag allowance? ‘I have a very nice husband!’ she says. ‘And he appreciates the atmosphere, the fabrics, the incense. He says: “this house is such a home”.’ You sense this immediately in the living areas, each with their fireplaces and tall windows. ‘I’ve redesigned the rooms to be places we can all hang out together,’ says Nicole. In the conservatory, where a basket chair hovers over toe-cossetting rugs, she installed the modern fireplace and she designed the window seat in the dining area to be a reading nook. The larger living room, where a dove-grey corner sofa embodies insouciant chic, is, in theory, the grown-ups’ sitting area, but the kids are allowed everywhere. ‘I’m not one of those parents who is always telling their children to not sit there, or to “mind that pot, it’s from India!” – that’s just not the way we do things,’ says Nicole. For more info about Nicole and Nicoline’s work, visit and


LI V ING ROOM ‘The room was much plainer before, but I added the chandelier and more grown-up decoration to create a place where we can all relax at the end of the day, away from any kitchen mess,’ says Nicole. ‘The chunky wooden table suits our lifestyle: I like the natural texture and you don’t have to worry about ringmarks or putting hot plates down on it.’ Get the look The chandelier is by Ochre. The coffee table is by Xyleia.

DINING ROOM The former kitchen was redesigned as a family dining area. A radiator hidden away underneath the window seat keeps this nook cosy year round. ‘I’ve always dreamt of having somewhere comfy to stretch out with a book on a Sunday,’ says Nicole. Get the look The walls are painted in Calamine estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. The sofa is covered in fabric by Casamance. These are Diamond M pendants by Pols Potten. The bespoke table is by Designed by David, with Wishbone chairs by Hans J Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn.

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STUDIO DETA IL In a corner of her studio, Nicole displays her own art among unusual finds and treasured artwork by friends. Get the look Find similar artwork at Yellow Korner. The photos of Africa are by Aernout Overbeeke. The poem is by Frieda Mulisch. The antique chest was found in Syria.

STUDIO Flooded with light from the extension at the back, the upstairs studio is a peaceful place for Nicole to work and design. Get the look The wallpaper is by Cole & Son. The photos are by Nick Brandt. The pendant lights are by Ochre. For a similar Victorian chair, try Sideshow Interiors. The dining table is from Xyleia Natural Interiors. The Febo chairs are from Maxalto at B&B Italia. The side table is from Anthropologie.

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K ITCHEN Nicole designed the kitchen using mellow, understated materials like the 200-year-old parquet floor, which was reclaimed from a French monastery. Installing floor-toceiling storage has made the space work well for the family. Get the look Try Rene Houben for similar vintage lights. The bar stools are by HK Living. The flooring is from Oude Plank.

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A photo by one of Nicoleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favourite photographers is one of the first things you see as you step into the kitchen. Get the look The photo is Princess by Marc Lagrange from the Lionel Gallery.

Previous owners had extended the house into this double-height space. Nicole added softness by installing a built-in fireplace and hanging chair to create another family zone for her children to enjoy. Get the look The coffee table was found in India. The hanging chair is by HK Living. The black and white cushion is from 33 Rue Majorelle.

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Where will you be stealing away to this year? My favourite island, Sumba, in Indonesia, where they have a beautiful resort, Nihiwatu. By staying there, you can contribute your time or money to the Sumba Foundation. Your favourite website? Unfortunately, it’s Net-a-Porter – they send me so many EIP (Extremely Important Previews), which I ‘have’ to check before I fall asleep – it’s addictive. What’s in your fridge? I love cold-pressed juices. Since I started drinking them, my skin looks better and I have more energy. Best last dessert? Hazelnut ice cream from Dutch company IJscuypje. It really is the best. Sorry Italy… Your top cocktail? I love alcohol, but I get drunk just by looking at it! So I mostly drink really good wine, for the taste, of course. And your signature lipstick? I prefer natural lip glosses, in all different shades. They are in every bag and scattered all over the house.



This neat cloakroom is on the third floor, next to Doortje’s bedroom, which was originally a bathroom. Get the look The wallpaper is by Cole & Son. The tap is by Zazzeri.

A former bathroom was given a bohemian face-lift using a mix of antique pieces and modern touches, such as the Chinese cabinet and contemporary patterned tiles. Get the look The basins are from Ksar Living, Ibiza. The wall lights are by Vaughan. The ceiling light is the Z1 by Ay Illuminate. The mirrors are by Pomax. The antique Chinese cabinet is from October Interior. The Lazy Sofa bath is by B Dutch. The tiles are by Popham Design. l i v i n g e t c . c o m / J u n e 2 0 1 8 65

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M A STER BEDROOM Nicole reorganised the layout of this space to include a separate dressing room, with reclaimed French doors leading to the bathroom. She also added the built-in shelving on either side of the bed to include storage without detracting from the calm, serene feel of the room. Get the look The Ghost bed is by Paola Navone for Gervasoni. The beige linen cover on the bed is made from fabric by Raoul Textiles. The Zeppelin chandelier is by Marcel Wanders for Flos.







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ABOVE, FROM TOP LEFT TO RIGHT Captain Thomas Browns Shells in Oyster cotton, £65m, John Derian for Designers Guild; Oak Imperial distressed blocks flooring, from £76sq m, Ecora; Pattern H105 tiles in B, RB, £74sq m, Mosaic del Sur; Smoked Trout estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball; and Flamingos 112/11039 wallpaper, £87 a roll, Cole & Son


CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Amadeus drawers, £299, Atkin and Thyme; Bex mirror, £49,; Glass Orb chandelier, £400, The White Company; Seattle armchair in Kingfisher velvet, £999, Swoon; Eucalyptus wood table, £120, French Connection Home; Louka Berber style rug, from £249, La Redoute; Alfredo vase, £145, Georg Jensen; Samuel Executive table, £750, Oli & Grace; and Laursen cushion, £36, Trouva

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MILITARY DRESS Edgy accessories and hits of bling meet regimented lines and regal colours for a trad-with-a-twist mash-up that’s a real class act

Photography ⁄ Jon Day


Styling ⁄ Hannah Franklin

With the flair of a soldier ’s swinging epaulettes , this showily fringed wallpaper makes the per fect background to an alternative of ficer ’s uniform . WALL Papered in Fringe wallpaper, from £186sq m, Tracy Kendall. DETAILS Faceless Oscar mannequin, £45 to hire, Mannakin. Bearskin Guardsman hat, £650, Army Classics. Annees Folles Mordore F3106001 acrylic-mix, on upper body, £189.60m, Pierre Frey. Cocoon Ecume O7911001 acrylic-mix, on lower body, £259.20m; and Cocoon Zephyr O7911004 acrylic-mix, on arms, £259.20m, both Boussac at Pierre Frey. Oberon key tassel in Gold Leaf KT-57888-05, used as an earring, £80; Oberon braid in Antique Gold BT-57884-06, for the belt and shoulders, £85m; Oberon Bullion fringe in Antique Gold BU-57875-06, around the neck, £119m; and Harbour Crown knot frog in Lobster 975-56516-08, on the neck fringe, £35, all Samuel & Sons. Gold chains, hanging on chest, £21m; and Scroll gimp in Ruby Slippers 20891, hanging from shoulders, £2.95m, all VV Rouleaux. l i v i n g e t c . c o m / J u n e 2 0 1 8 73

Ser ve up a celebrator y brew in a silver and gold teapot fit for a queen . Fancy macarons and dink y crowns add to the deliciousness . WALL Papered in Fringe wallpaper, as before. FURNITURE Sofa – for details, see opposite. First Poltrona armchair in Ochre velvet, £2,529, Gallotti&Radice at Harrods. La Boheme 3 stool, £128, Kartell at Amara. DETAILS Tassel cushion in Ochre, £125, One Nine Eight Five at Heal’s. The Queen’s teapot, £150, Nick Munro. Gold rimmed plate, £30, Emma Alington. Coronation jewelled crown box, £65; and Coronet jewelled boxes, from £21.90 each, all India Jane. Macarons, from £19 for 10, L’Orchidee. Buckingham Palace souvenir spoons, £30 for four, Royal Collection Trust.

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DECORATING ⁄ ETC A plush , low-backed sofa in a seductive royal blue is just the spot for an intimate tête -à-tête – hits of gold rev up the glamour. WALL Papered in Fringe wallpaper, as before. WINDOW Curtain, on the left, made in Epoque Ochre M504/03 cotton, £125m, Mark Alexander. Oberon double quilles tieback in Antique Gold TT-57885-06, £590, Samuel & Sons. Curtain, on the right, made in Oriel Antique White 7736/09 cotton/ viscose-mix, £51.50m, Romo. FLOOR Bedgebury Classic planks, £106.93sq m, Ted Todd. Regalia rug, £3,349, Vivienne Westwood for The Rug Company. FURNITURE Bolton sofa, £3,799, London Essentials; upholstered in Birodo Indigo 332417 velvet, £82m, Zoffany at Style Library. Bespoke screen, £2,550, London Essentials; upholstered in Cupola Ochre 132233 viscose/cotton-mix, £50m, Harlequin at Style Library. Eighties Red swivel armchair, £8,500 for two, Talisman. First Poltrona armchair, as before. Paskalina stool, £410, Out There Interiors; upholstered in Corridor Nuit 0760-05 polyester, £149m, Lelièvre. Asola floor lamp, £821, Evangelos Vasileiou for Ligne Roset. DETAILS Thirties French Empire chandelier, around £5,400, Renaissance London. Bolster cushion upholstered in Corridor 0760-08 in Espelette polyester, £149m, Lelièvre. Tall metal basket, £69, Zara Home. Nomad tapestry, £132.38, Thread & Flow at Etsy. Alessi Port basket, £115, Aria. Sugar bowl top hat, £34, We Built This City. Tassel cushion, as before. Vintage military jacket, on the chair, £80, Rokit.

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This directional cabinet hints at the treasure within . Gold mirrors nod to a captain’s polishedto -per fection buttons . WALL Painted in Flame Red perfect matt emulsion, £44 for 2.5L, Designers Guild. WINDOW Curtain made in Kabuki Stripe in Madder 728-330 acrylic, price on request, Perrenials. FLOOR White vinyl flooring, £29sq m, The Colour Flooring Company. FURNITURE Alpaga fringe cabinet, £3,800, Ibride. 0414 armchair in Velvet Ochre, £1,072, Gallotti&Radice at Harrods. DETAILS Endora mirrors, from £57 each, all Sentou. On the cabinet: metal baskets, round, £25.99; and oval, £29.99, both Zara Home; Red, White and Blue candles, £1 for two, Flying Tiger Copenhagen; Sugar bowlers, £36 each, We Built This City; Eagle cake stand, £125, Audenza; macarons, as before; Coronet jewelled box, as before; and Metallic vase, £14, Next Home. In the cabinet: Sugar bowlers/Sugar bowl top hats, as before; Red linen napkins, £12.50 each, The Conran Shop; Fitzroy wine glasses, £26 for four, Next Home; Irisa votive, £6.90, India Jane; and Matt Gold cutlery, £26.50 for a four-piece set, Mink Interiors. 76 J u n e 2 0 1 8 / l i v i n g e t c . c o m


Decked out in a militar yinspired stripe, these smar t cur tains add an upstanding air to campaign plans . WALL Painted in Flame Red perfect matt emulsion, as before. WINDOWS Curtain made in Kabuki Stripe in Madder 728-330 acrylic, as before. FLOOR White vinyl flooring, as before. FURNITURE Parabola dining table, £3,298, Anthropologie. 0414 armchairs; and Alpaga fringe cabinet, both as before. DETAILS Endora mirrors; and metal baskets, all as before. Meshmatics chandelier, £2,484, Rick Tegelaar for Moooi. On the table, from left: Château macaron tower, from £240, Caffè Concerto; Abbracciaio candleholder, £163, Kartell at Aria; Blue candles; and Gold rimmed plate, all as before; Denby dinner plates in Imperial Blue, £16 each, Debenhams; Red napkins, as before; and Black crown bottle holder, £16, India Jane. l i v i n g e t c . c o m / J u n e 2 0 1 8 77

Find a quiet corner beneath a lavish gold leather panel, with a majestic celebrator y desser t and topnotch claret. WALL Delta Tesoro padded leatherwall wall covering, £1,645sq m, Elaine Yan Ling Ng/The Fabrick Lab at Studioart. FLOOR Luxe Collection Glamour shaggy rug in Indigo, from £79.99, Very. FURNITURE Angui bench, £640, Aytm at Aria. Pila side table, £195, Oliver Bonas. DETAILS V&A Star goblet, £9.90, India Jane. Chocolate Queen, from £45, Creighton’s Chocolaterie. 78 J u n e 2 0 1 8 / l i v i n g e t c . c o m

DECORATING ⁄ ETC This commanding chair is a fitting post for an of ficer and a gentleman . A striking coat of arms ups the heraldic vibe. WALL Papered in Hibiki wallpaper in Gold/Putty 11860, £116 a roll, Anthology. Croco New Rouge 5101/70 wall covering, £74.40m, Stark Carpet. Quilt #2, £1,600, Fault Lines at Yarn Collective. FLOOR Bedgebury Classic planks, as before. Transition hand-knotted rug in wool and silk, £7,500, Floor_ Story. FURNITURE Gold octagon star side table, £160, Rockett St George. Liala armchair, £2,780, Porada. Babele shelving unit, £1,028, Ligne Roset. DETAILS Red boxes, £9.60 each, Retrouvius. On the mantel, from left: Twist vase, £64, BoConcept; Abbracciaio candleholder; Blue candles; Black crown bottle holders; and Endora mirror, all as before; Alessi Port tray, £115, Aria; and Crown ornament, £120, Rockett St George. Coat of Arms plaque, £165, Rockett St George. Riding boots, £100, Trent Park Equestrian Centre.

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DECORATING ⁄ ETC Sumptuous Medici red drapes and an imposing, jewel-bright desk are a suitable accompaniment to a future powerhouse. WALL Papered in Hibiki wallpaper in Gold/Putty 11860, as before. WINDOW Curtains made in Medici F7100-21 cotton/polyester-mix, £99m, Osborne & Little. FLOOR Bedgebury Classic planks, as before. Reindeer hide rug, £179, Aria. FURNITURE Victor desk in Navy 230, £4,052, Roberto Lazzeroni at Lema. Bespoke Canal chair Stemma Nichetto, £1,860, Luca Nichetto at Moooi. Revolve floor lamp, £1,140, Bert Frank. DETAILS Shanghai vase, £211, Kartell at Aria. Vintage military jacket, in the vase, as before. On the desk, from left: Le Grand Espeigle mobile in Conran Blue, £284, The Conran Shop; King Ludwig bust, £606, Stevensons of Norwich; illustrated by Mr Doodle; Oberon double quilles tieback, as before; Lumio Book lamp, £210, The Conran Shop; Buckingham Palace Cream Minton egg, £95, Royal Collection Trust; Bloomingville vase, £49, Amara; and La Rosa fruit bowl, £106, Alessi at Aria.

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DECORATING ⁄ ETC While the bed rocks a riot of pattern , the styling is meticulously ordered. Decorative wall braiding takes its cue from a war hero’s tunic . WALL Wooden slats painted in Flame Red perfect matt emulsion, as before. FURNITURE Store storage king-size bed, £895, Loaf. Bespoke Mitford king-size headboard, £2,095, Ensemblier London; upholstered in Chareau Indigo FDG2789/03 velvet, £69m, Designers Guild. Amadeus bedside drawers, £299, Atkin & Thyme. DETAILS Woodville table lamp in Brass, £972, Vaughan; with lampshade in Lynx Driftwood Z514/02 velvet, £130m, Zinc Textiles. Alfredo Green vase, £125, Georg Jensen at Heal’s. Windsor Castle glass tumbler, £12.95, Royal Collection Trust. Linen pillowcases in Workwear Blue, £35 each, The Conran Shop. Sigillo cushion, £225, Roberto Cavalli at Amara. Erica cushion in Aubergine, £140; Zig Zag cushion in Red Pepper and Pink Rose, £140; and Frida cushion in Pale Blue, £120, all Mink Interiors. Tassel cushion, as before. Bedspread, on the top, made in Regimen in Red Marines polyester trevira; and Regimen in Bleu Canard polyester trevira, both £186.50m, Dedar. Bedspread, in the middle, made in Namata in Silver/Black F3245001 viscose-mix, £172.80m, Pierre Frey. Bedspread, on the bottom, made in Tissus Berlin Damier Jaune BRLS81412203 polyester, £26.95m, Casadeco.

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DECORATING ⁄ ETC A stately marble washstand and fringed mirrors make the per fect spot to spruce up – quick smar t!


WALL Painted in Oxford Blue mixing matt emulsion, £27.56 for 2.5L, Dulux. Gatsby tiles, £98.22 per tile, Fired Earth. FLOOR White vinyl flooring, as before. FURNITURE La Parisienne Double Nero washstand, £4,800; and Solheim three-hole basin taps with swan neck spouts, £1,340, all Catchpole & Rye. Nappa fringed mirrors, £60 each, Oliver Bonas. Clara chair, £595, Aura London. DETAILS Vintage military jacket, £125, Rokit. Vase, perfumes and room diffuser, stylist’s own. Red votive, behind the blue bottle, £6.90, India Jane. Regimen in Red Marines polyester trevira, reflected in the mirror, as before. Riding boots, as before.

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STY LE⁄stor y #BUGSAND BOTANICS Take summer inspiration from Victorian artwork with fresh foliage, leafy prints and insect-influenced collections

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT Dine among the flora and fauna at Sloane Square eaterie The Botanist; Markus Lupfer’s yellow crepe dress, £430, will have you looking as resplendent as a summer garden; non-alcoholic spirits provide the punch of botanical extracts without that morning headache – Spice 94, £27.99, Seedlip at Ocado; we love Sandberg’s light and bright floral wallpaper – Simons Ång in Meadow White, £76 a roll; and overcome your fear of creepy-crawlies with Charles Tottenham’s stylish Scutelleridae cushion, £85. WORDS/Patrick Hamilton Courtney. RESEARCH ⁄ Hannah Hopkins

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT The Ivy Chelsea Garden has brought the outside in at its King’s Road restaurant for an alfresco vibe; celebrate the cutest of bugs with Marks & Spencer’s ladybird cushion, £15; inspired by his historical botanical sketches, John Derian’s collaboration with Designers Guild brings a touch of nature to curtains, cushions and wallpaper – Flora and Fauna cotton, £65m; stand out from the crowd at any garden party in the Bishop Sleeves dress, £2,088, from Andrew Gn’s spring/ summer 2018 collection; use Ambre Botanicals’ reinvigorating herbal bath oil, £18, for a refreshing start to the day; give bedrooms an instant revamp with Dorma’s Botanical Garden bedlinen – duvet, from £50; and pillowcases, £15 each, Dunelm; the Minton Hollins Botanical White tile panel, £145.99 for six, Topps Tiles, will add a flowery flourish to any kitchen or bathroom; and Zara’s fern-print bedlinen offers a modern take on florals – duvet, from £49.99; and pillowcase, £9.99.



CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE Hedgerow flowers take centre stage with Sanderson’s Summer Harvest cotton-linen mix, £48m, Style Library; give tea time a herbaceous twist with Zara Home’s leaf transfer porcelain tableware, from £7.99 for a dessert plate; these scatter cushions look fabulous in fabrics from Prestigious Textiles’ painterly Terrace collection, £15.99m; mid-century design gets a tropical makeover at The Butler restaurant in Potts Point, Sydney; florals go couture at Bottega Veneta – this handcrafted snakeskin clutch features a delicate floral print, £2,160; Moebe’s photographic foliage prints bring modernity to traditional botanical illustration – Floating Leaves, from £16 each; and frames, from £24 each; say it with flowers – thank you card, £3.35, Papier; and treat yourself to this tantalising chilli-infused dark chocolate from the masters of botany at Kew Gardens, from £1.75 for 50g. l i v i n g e t c . c o m / J u n e 2 0 1 8 89

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Malin’s Malmö home marries hot Latin looks with a cool industrial vibe, shot through with quirky, individual touches Photography ⁄ Petra Bindel/House of Pictures Words ⁄ Katarina Mattsson/House of Pictures


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Styling ⁄ Malin Persson/House of Pictures Additional words ⁄ Steven Efstathiou



LI V ING ROOM DETA IL The patinated workbench was rescued from the back of an antiques shop in Rome – Malin only had to refurbish the inside of the drawers. Get the look Pedlars sells reclaimed school furniture that echoes the style of this workbench. The painting is by British artist Martin Bradley – find examples of his work at

LI V ING ROOM A classic Swedish fireplace takes centre stage. Malin has left a deliberately uncluttered feel to the space, allowing the original architectural features to speak for themselves. Get the look Marylebone Antiques stocks a chaise similar to this one. The bare light bulb is the Diamond light by Eric Therner at Frama.


THE OWNER Malin Persson, a former model-turned-interior designer, and her children Tiago, Milo and Cleo. THE PROPERTY A renovated and extended 1908 villa in Malmö, Sweden, comprising a hallway, library, oice, living room, dining room, kitchen and cloakroom on the ground floor with the master bedroom suite, children’s bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor. There’s also a guest bedroom in the loft.

‘You can’t always get what you want’ is one of the many printed maxims and uplifting pieces of advice dotted around the sumptuous interior of Malin Persson’s home. But – as luck would have it – she found exactly what she was looking for when house-hunting in Malmö after years of living in Rome. And, despite the professional guidance she received, Malin wasn’t about to let the place slip through her fingers. ‘I was told I’d be better off demolishing the place,’ she recalls, ‘but I knew I could make it work.’ Located in a picturesque part of the city, the villa – built in 1908 for the chief of the local fire brigade – was dubbed ‘the haunted house’ by the neighbourhood kids and it was easy to see why. Subsidence was a major issue and the exterior was suffering from neglect and decay. ‘I wasn’t really looking for a major project, as I’d only just finished revamping the apartment we lived in in Rome,’ says Malin. But with three young children to accommodate, the wreck offered an abundance of space as well as the chance to expand, an opportunity Malin seized with both hands. And this same hands-on approach seems to run in her genes… After a highly successful career in modelling – at top-end couture houses such as Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, Dior and Givenchy – Malin took up interior design, first creating the look of a cocktail bar in Rome that she and her former husband founded and ran, then working for private clients. ‘I introduced lots of antiques into the design of the bar, but in a very modern fashion,’ says Malin. ‘It was pretty unusual at the time and it became one of the coolest places in the city.’ This canny mix of Scandinavian chic and Latin good looks is evident throughout her renovated home. Much of the furniture was shipped over from Rome and fits effortlessly into the reworked rooms, now made structurally sound. But it’s the way that it’s been used that adds a modern edge to what might have been a traditional design. The vast glazed dresser in the kitchen, for example, was originally a shop fitting in a jewellery store. Broken down into pieces for transit, it was reassembled here and trimmed to fit the space. In the adjoining dining area, two benches – reclaimed from the waiting room of an Italian railway station – sit comfortably alongside a rustic-style dining table, adding an element of rough-luxe allure to the monochrome setting. Malin, however, is definitely not into perfection. Having left some of the cracks in the plaster and slightly discoloured walls in situ, she carried on with her ‘distressed-meets-decadent’ look elsewhere in the villa, by way of exposed brick surfaces and unclad pipework – much to the disbelief of her contractors. Take the copper towel rail in her bathroom – at first, Malin’s plumber refused to accept that leaving the pipes exposed wouldn’t contravene her home-insurance policy, but she stuck to her guns and now accepts commissions from others keen to have the same design in their own homes. Artwork and accessories are another way Malin has stamped her personality on the place, with a constantly rotating selection of pieces chosen either for the changing seasons, or to highlight inspirational ideas, which she writes about daily on her interiors and lifestyle blog. ‘Mostly, I don’t buy anything new – I rearrange instead,’ she says. So motivational prints are pinned on cupboards or on walls, soft furnishings get a refresh with seasonal colourways and upcycled furniture is repainted to induce a new mood. And the building itself needs constant maintenance, with Malin often to be found applying her own brand of DIY. ‘I think I was a carpenter in a previous life,’ she says with a smile, ‘because I find it all such fun. That’s the charm of old houses like this. At first, I was told that I could never make it work. But it does, it really does…’ Check out Malin’s interiors and lifestyle blog at


LI V ING ROOM DINING ROOM DETA IL The studded leather chair is an antique piece brought back from Rome. It adds an element of textural contrast to the glossy table and pure white walls. Get the look Elisabeth James Antiques sells similar Jacobean-style dining chairs. For a matching paint shade, try Little Greene’s Gauze absolute matt emulsion. Check out LSA International for comparable glass storage jars. Graham and Green stocks ceramic phrenology busts.

Malin had the built-in bookcase installed once the structural work on the house was complete. One of her favourite ways for refreshing decor is to reupholster her sofas on a regular basis – ‘Right now, I’m into lush velvets,’ she says. Get the look Empatika specialises in bespoke, contemporary storage solutions. offers a selection of travertine coffee tables in this style. For a similar wire chair, check out Knoll’s Bertoia Side chair, available at The Conran Shop. Romo is a good source of velvet upholstery. For similar scatter cushions, try Andrew Martin.


K ITCHEN DETA IL An inspired mix of elaborate antiques, industrial-style fittings and distressed-leather seating is perfectly showcased here. Get the look D&A Binder sells reclaimed vintage shop fittings, much like Malin’s former jewellery display case. The raw-iron bar stools are from House Doctor. The Old Cinema is a good source of antique leather armchairs.

K ITCHEN Malin designed this space to match her period display unit, cleverly selecting the cabinets in a deep mahogany shade to give them an aged appearance. Get the look Ikea’s Laxerby doors in BlackBrown are a comparable design. The range cooker, extraction hood and fridge-freezer are all by Ilve. Där Lighting’s Speckle 1 light is a match for the pendants. Lazenby specialises in polished-concrete floors.


What’s your go-to outfit during the day? I love wearing long kaftans. Great as pyjamas and as a party outfit. Do you have a favourite perfume? Incense by Comme des Garçons. Best places to shop in Malmö… AB Småland, a great lifestyle concept shop in the centre of town, where you find a cosy café, nice clothes, cool vintage furniture and flowers. Favourite place to eat? At my sister’s restaurant Raw Food House! She serves the best vegan food and her desserts are to die for! Where do you spend the summer? Actually, we try to stay in Sweden, but we often go back to Italy, especially Puglia, which we adore! What makes you most happy? Hanging out in the garden, fixing a fun DIY project, taking care of my vegetable garden and a barbecue with my family and friends. 96 J u n e 2 0 1 8 / l i v i n g e t c . c o m

DINING ROOM ‘The most important thing was that the kitchen and dining area was a meeting point for the family,’ says Malin, who’s become well-used to updating pieces after the inevitable accidents caused by having three youngsters in the house. The dining table, for example, was stained and varnished after it inadvertently came into contact with a popcorn pan! Get the look Try The French House for a similar antique dining table. Lassco stocks reclaimed railway station fittings like these benches. For a large white pendant light, see the Wohlert by Vilhelm Wohlert for Louis Poulsen at Felix Lighting Specialists stocks vintage industrial-style floor lamps.

M A STER EN SUITE Bare-brick walls lead into the bathroom, where a copper-lined bath and basins inject a dash of rough-luxe style alongside the vintage furniture and upcycled vanity unit. Within the bathing space itself, the lime-covered walls are treated with bee wax, which makes them both eco-friendly and water repellent. Get the look The slipper bath is from Swedish outlet Qvesarum ByggnadsvĂĽrd â&#x20AC;&#x201C; find a similar tub at Catchpole & Rye. A distressed-effect rug like this is available from the Livingetc collection at Visit Perrin & Rowe for brushednickel brassware. Overmantels sells ornate gilt-framed mirrors.

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M A STER BEDROOM Soft linen bedding has a casual, lived-in feel that’s well suited to the relaxed atmosphere in Malin’s private retreat. Get the look Find similar bedding at LinenMe. Buster + Punch’s Heavy Metal pendant is a match for this design. Paint & Paper Library’s Salt II pure flat emulsion is another cool grey.

UPSTA IR S H A LLWAY Removing the plasterboard ceiling to reveal the support beams and apex above creates a bright, attractive space, more akin to an art gallery than a little-used thoroughfare. Get the look Mylands’ Leadenhall wood and metal eggshell is a similar paint shade to the one seen on the staircase – its Pure White marble matt emulsion is also a match for the walls. Abigail Ahern’s Linn twisted rope lamp has the look of this design.

FA MILY BATHROOM Stainless-steel fittings and geometric tiles make a splash in the children’s bathing space. Get the look For a similar basin, see Washware Essentials’ wash troughs. Bert & May sells hexagonal floor tiles like these.










CLEO’S BEDROOM ‘Cleo thinks decorations are great fun. She helped put up the pom-poms,’ says Malin. Get the look For a selection of similar decs, visit Talking Tables. The bed is from Ikea – its Byrne canopy is a match. 100 J u n e 2 0 1 8 / l i v i n g e t c . c o m

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THE OWNERS Holly Tucker, co-founder of Notonthehighstreet and founder of Holly & Co, her partner Frank Symington, who, when not helping with Holly’s businesses, cooks for their shop and is a full-time dad to their son Harry, 13, plus Mr Mudley the dog. THE PROPERTY A detached Victorian house in southwest London, with a hall, dining area, living room, playroom, Frank’s study, a kitchen and cloakroom on the ground floor. On the first floor is the en-suite master bedroom, Harry’s bedroom and bathroom and Holly’s oice. The second floor has two bedrooms, a spare room and a bathroom.

FRONT DOOR Holly’s builder, Adam Paterson at uk, demolished the partition walls in this former school entrance to create a large space with lots of light. Get the look For a similar paint to that used for the doors and woodwork, try Farrow & Ball’s Arsenic estate eggshell.

DINING A R E A In contrast to the ornate ceiling at the front of the house, the rear was relatively plain. ‘We wanted to bring a different feel by using scaffolding boards,’ says Holly. Get the look Eurotiles & Bathrooms supplied the tumbled Noce Travertine floor tiles. The large factory shelving cart is by Andy Thornton. This is the glass-topped Last Supper console table by Anthony William Parry for Cappa E Spada. These are Habitat’s Hester dining chairs.

PL AY ROOM ‘Harry is a massive, massive Star Wars fan,’ says Holly. ‘He’s also been into Lego ever since he was a kid.’ Get the look The vintage Pepsi-Cola sign is from The Old Cinema. The bean bag is from BeanBagBazaar. The giant Lego storage box is from Store. This is the Star Wars Stormtrooper Battle Buddy figure from Tesco Direct. The Graffiti wallpaper is from Murals Wallpaper.

‘This is my happy place – I can’t get enough of renovating,’ says a smiling Holly Tucker. ‘I don’t have any other hobbies… I work, I’m a mum, a friend and a wife and I have my home. Because I’m so expressive, I have to live in what I love.’ And who couldn’t help but adore this gorgeous Victorian gem in southwest London? Once a prep school, it’s given Holly the perfect setting for indulging her love of artisanal pieces and offbeat artwork, all pulled together in a stylishly effortless fashion. Much like her career – Holly came up with the idea for Notonthehighstreet, before co-founding the online ‘arts and crafts fair’ with her business partner Sophie Cornish – it’s an inspired mix of free-flowing creativity teamed with a hard-work ethic, then sprinkled with lashings of fun. In particular, the house is full of the objects that Holly has helped in nurturing from the drawing board out into the retail world and, as she gleefully admits, it’s an ever-growing collection. ‘Once our old house was full (i.e. when my partner Frank had banned me from ever shopping again and doing what I do, that’s quite difficult), we wanted to find our forever home,’ Holly explains. ‘This place is right by the river, we’ve got access to four acres of trust grounds along the bank and there’s a listed Victorian lock that acts as a beautiful focal point at the back of the house. It’s just ridiculously idyllic.’ Nevertheless, the original interior – a warren of darkened rooms – was hardly conducive to the open-plan lifestyle Holly, Frank and their teenage son Harry wanted. ‘We lived here for two years before we started work,’ says Holly. ‘We knocked through the downstairs rooms, demolished the garage in favour of a kitchen area and stripped out the fittings from all the bedrooms and bathrooms too.’ Crittall doors now open out to and enclose the living area and the new kitchen has an airy feel, with its lofty ceiling and enormous island, but this is no ‘modernmeets-classic’ refurb, but rather an individual space that is as welcoming as it is jaw-droppingly gorgeous. ‘I’m into raw materials and nature,’ says Holly, ‘so the look is all about stone and wood – tactile and textured materials – and lots of animals. The whole thing had to be fun. Our builder, Adam Paterson, is open to taking on a creative brief, so whether it was putting up scaffolding boards on the ceiling or telling him that I needed a flamingo loo, he was willing to explore ideas that are out of the ordinary.’ Most extraordinary of all is the faux olive tree in the kitchen, which seems to have taken root within the Corian-clad island. ‘I knew we had to have one in the house,’ says Holly, whose previous home was called Olive House, and both she and Frank, who’s a keen chef, are fans of Olive magazine. ‘It took eight burly chaps to heave it into place, as it weighs hundreds of kilos and that was only after they got it through the front door, which at one point seemed impossible,’ Holly recalls. ‘It was a nightmare…’ Still, there it now serenely sits, spreading its good vibes. And while the renovation took place, Holly also launched a new venture called Holly & Co – a shop-cum-coffee bar near the house, which also acts as an advice centre for small businesses. ‘I’m still involved with Notonthehighstreet, but with Holly & Co, I’m taking a new journey where I’d like to help small businesses grow in an organic fashion,’ Holly explains. Like her home, it’s certain to be a fun way of stretching the mind and exploring the art of the possible. Holly will be launching her new podcast Holly & Co-mpany in May and tickets to her first creative events for small businesses go on sale in June. Learn more at Holly’s house is available as a location via

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LI V ING A R E A ‘I designed the sofa myself, by merging the look of two different styles I particularly liked,’ says Holly. Get the look For a similar velvet fabric to that used on the sofa, try Clarke & Clarke. The bird feather coffee table is by Anthony William Parry for Cappa E Spada. The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Chappell Green estate emulsion. The beaded moose skull is by Daisy Harkness at Denim and Bone.

STA IRW ELL ‘I bought the La Volière pendant because it reminds me of my first-ever purchase for my home,’ says Holly. ‘I could just about afford the table lamp back then.’ Get the look This is the La Volière pendant light by Mathieu Challières at The Conran Shop. YES Glazing Solutions supplied the Crittall doors. The faux flamingos were found at The Red Dot Gallery.


‘The kitchen had to be open and not look like a kitchen (I hate anything that looks like it’s supposed to). This space is creative and full of artwork’

K ITCHEN ‘We get two fridge magnets from every place we visit,’ says Holly. ‘One has to be a good ’un, the other one naff…’ Get the look The vintage locker is from The Old Cinema. The personalised basket is by Marmaduke London at Notonthehighstreet. This is the factory cart sofa by Andy Thornton. The cushion is from Amnesty Shop.

K ITCHEN DETA IL ‘The painted breadboard is by artist Alex Ebdon – this is a new business venture that I’m creating for him,’ says Holly. Get the look To learn more about Alex Ebdon’s work, visit The Esteril Siusi faux-timber porcelain flooring is from Eurotiles & Bathrooms.

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K ITCHEN LED lighting was cleverly incorporated into the apex of the roof, thus accentuating the height of this new space that replaced the old garage. Get the look The bespoke cabinetry by Sola Kitchens features Corian worksurfaces and antique mirror-glass panels on the island. The islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bespoke legs (matching the legs of the bar chairs) are by Adam Paterson at These are Hauteville concrete bar chairs by Lyon Beton at Rockett St George. The felt Corn Flakes packet and other felt produce on the shelving is from The Felt Cornershop collection by Lucy Sparrow at


M A STER BEDROOM ‘None of our beds have headboards or legs as I don’t enjoy the formulaic structure,’ says Holly. ‘I wanted something more creative, so I’ve designed my own.’ Get the look The scaffold board bed was made by Adam Paterson. This is the Kubu pendant by Dutchbone. The Mexicana cushions are by Graham and Green. This is the Sunburst Rattan Mirror by The Forest & Co at Notonthehighstreet.

CLOA K ROOM ‘I’ve got a thing about flamingos… so the whole cloakroom was designed around them,’ says Holly. Get the look The flamingo was an eBay find. This is Flamingo Club wallpaper by Matthew Williamson at Osborne & Little. The basin is from Hampton Bathrooms.

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A walk on the towpath or a stroll in the park? Towpath – I take Mr Mudley out for a walk every morning when I listen to a podcast and have the Thames to myself. That’s where I get my best ideas. City break or beach? Going through the lanes of any city is my favourite thing. Shops, shops, shops… I take pictures, talk to shop owners and inevitably come back with an extra suitcase. Frank hates it! What do you like to do abroad that you can’t do at home? Shop the independents. I find it almost impossible to do the same in this country now… It’s one of my missions in life to turn that around. What won’t you leave the house without? An Anya Hindmarch handbag with my notebook and Mr Mudley – he comes to work with me. What’s the first thing you do when you get back? Get into my pyjamas and give Harry a big cuddle. What’s your abiding mantra? Be the fullest version of yourself that you can.

GUEST BEDROOM ‘I love Jane Rockett and Lucy St George at Rockett St George – I think they’ve done an amazing job in interiors,’ says Holly. Get the look The framed feather wings are by Rockett St George. The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue estate emulsion.


TER R ACE A large terrace runs around the rear of the house – once used for a scene in the film The French Lieutenant’s Woman – and includes this unusual seating zone. Get the look The grass furniture is by Artificial Landscapes at Notonthehighstreet. This is the Original 1227 floor lamp by Anglepoise. The coffee tables are from La Redoute. The ornamental pig is from Wyevale Garden Centres. The floor cushion is by The Forest & Co at Notonthehighstreet.














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Photography ⁄ Manolo Yllera


Words ⁄ Andréa Childs



Interior designer Jaime Beriestain has turned an ordinary office space into a light-filled apartment that pops with cool colours and design classics


THE OWNER Interior designer Jaime Beriestain, who as well as running a design studio, has a café and concept store in Barcelona. THE PROPERTY A first-floor apartment in a five-storey building in Barcelona, built in 1920, comprising a kitchen, dining area, living area, WC, bedroom, en-suite bathroom and dressing room. There are also two internal courtyards and a terrace.

LI V ING A R E A Jaime’s art collection inspires the apartment’s colour scheme. Here, the pinks and purples of the standout piece are repeated in a plush rug and vintage chair. Get the look The artwork is See, What You See (Composition in a Garden) by Ola Kolehmainen. This is the Ponti Red rug by Suzanne Sharp for The Rug Company. The purple chair is a Fifties design from the Czech Republic restored by Jaime Beriestain Studio. The Sixties Diablo floor lamp is by Maison Arlus. 114 J u n e 2 0 1 8 / l i v i n g e t c . c o m


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ike a bubble in champagne, this sparkling apartment floats above the buzz and heat of Barcelona for a vibe that mixes cool clarity with fun and fizz. ‘I like the interplay of light, reflections and subtle transparency,’ says its owner, interior designer Jaime Beriestain. ‘It gives it both airiness and substance.’ He bought the apartment in 2010. Back then, it was an ordinary office space in an extraordinary setting – the grand first floor of a Twenties building in the Eixample district, where cutting-edge galleries and chic hotels sit beside traditional markets and city squares. ‘What won me over was the headroom. And, unusually, the property has inner courtyards that provide shafts of natural light,’ says Jaime. His task was to turn this workspace into a home that would make the most of its possibilities. ‘To convert it, I had to demolish the internal structure. Of the original space, only the façade and windows remain,’ he says. ‘It gave me a frame for creativity. The real challenge was to decide what I wanted from the space.’ Jaime was born in Chile and after a decade working in design in his home country, moved to Barcelona to study further. The plan was to stay for two years – almost 20 years on, the Catalan capital is firmly home. ‘In Chile, I learnt to work with craftsmen and to understand the importance of detail and finish,’ he says. ‘In Spain, I’ve designed hotels and private homes and discovered a love of vintage furniture. In both places, art has been central – I’ve been collecting since I was 20 years old. It all comes together in this apartment.’ He had two concepts for the project. The first was to create a minimalist white box that would put the spotlight on his art collection. The second was to organise the space to improve its proportions. ‘The apartment’s design clearly differentiates between the area for my social life and that for my private life, with the bedroom suite set apart at one end,’ he says. The main living area is all about fluidity and flow, with a sliding glass door between the kitchen and dining room and the living room for entertaining beyond. ‘I love to have people over,’ says Jaime. ‘I cook for my guests with the sliding door open. When I’m done, I close it (it’s almost like a wall on wheels) and the dining room becomes self-contained and peaceful.’ Airy limestone floors and white walls are pulled down to earth by the black, ribbon-like strips of varnished door frames and windows that help to define the space. Iconic design pieces are chosen for their shine, shimmer and see-through qualities. And pulsating in-between is Jaime’s artwork. ‘The colours give rhythm and energy to the apartment without becoming strident. There’s a cohesiveness and harmony to the scheme,’ he says. ‘In the morning, when the sun shines into the living room, the white walls get brighter and the art is even more vibrant. It’s exactly how I designed the space to be.’ For more info about Jaime’s design studio, café and concept store, check out

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‘I discover new stories in my artworks, depending on where I am in my life, how the light hits them and the way I combine them’

FIR EPL ACE DETA IL LI V ING ROOM DETA IL In a room of strong contrasts, bold colours pop against a white background, while organic marble and branches counterpoint the slick surfaces. Get the look Jaime designed the white sofa. The Sixties Austrian fibreglass easy chair was restored by Jaime Beriestain Studio.

The fireplace was found in an antiques shop in Provence. It’s fitted with an ethanol fire, which means it doesn’t need a chimney. ‘It means I could put it on the outer wall,’ Jaime explains. ‘I love the atmosphere it brings to the room.’ Get the look The chairs were designed by Louis Baillon in 1955. These are vintage Venetian glass vases. The artwork is Another End by Noh Sang-Kyoon. l i v i n g e t c . c o m / J u n e 2 0 1 8 117


‘The apartment has been designed as an open, seamless space with a dual aspect’ HOME TRUTHS


K ITCHEN A sliding wall separates the kitchen from the dining area, creating an intimate space for eating and entertaining once the cooking is done. The simple white kitchen units are by Bulthaup. Get the look The vintage stools were found in Provence and restored by Jaime Beriestain Studio. The ‘artwork’ on the plinth is a piece of boat rudder. This is the Pipistrello lamp by Gae Aulenti. 118 J u n e 2 0 1 8 / l i v i n g e t c . c o m

‘I choose vintage furniture because it’s unique and special. It gives a strong identity to a space,’ says Jaime. Here, chairs with gleaming chrome bases and a transparent table provide the reflective, weightless qualities he loves. Get the look This is the Nomos table by Norman Foster. The Boris Tabacoff chairs were restored by Jaime Beriestain Studio. The black and yellow artwork is Affatus, 105 by Fernando Prats. This is the Cable Blue rug by The Rug Company. The Sixties Sputnik chandelier is by Stilnova. The prism sculpture is by Vasa Velizar Mihich. The painting beside the boat rudder is Pink Prison by Peter Halley.

Favourite way to spend a Saturday? On my farm, one hour from Barcelona, which has beautiful views of Montserrat. I have a vegetable garden, chickens and goats there. If you could design anyone’s apartment, whose would it be? Carla Bruni. I met her last year at a concert. She’s stunning, funny and smart. How do you treat yourself? I love cultural moments. My last treat was coming to London for a day to see the All Too Human exhibition at Tate Britain, followed by the opera. How do you relax? Reading cookery books and trying new recipes. If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? A gentleman farmer! Where should we visit in Barcelona? My concept store! I create all the products sold and take care of the food and wine in the restaurant.

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LI V ING ROOM At one end of the living room, floor-to-ceiling shelving creates a library area. Jaime’s artwork becomes part of the display. Get the look The ceramic vessel on the table is a vintage Seventies design. The sculpture on the plinth is by Fernando Casasempere. These are Brno chairs by Mies van der Rohe. The Segmented table is by Charles and Ray Eames, reinterpreted by Jaime Beriestain Studio. This is a Fifties Italian black cabinet. The Hiroshima – Tokyo photograph above the cabinet is by Georges Rousse.

EN-SUITE BATHROOM Repetition is used as a design motif in Jaime’s bathroom, where lights, basins and photographs appear in multiples. Get the look The Time Exposed – Seascapes photographs are by Hiroshi Sugimoto. These are Sixties Italian tulip lights. The basins were designed by Jaime Beriestain Studio. This is a Fifties Nordic cabinet.

CLOA K ROOM Jaime asked the artist Yoshi Sislay to draw across the walls of the cloakroom with marker pen. ‘It’s full of references to my life and passions: Chile, my friends, photography, design,’ he says. Get the look The pendant lights are by Tom Dixon. This is a Roca basin. l i v i n g e t c . c o m / J u n e 2 0 1 8 121


BEDROOM The bedroom suite is reached by a corridor, so feels secluded from the rest of the apartment. Jaime mounted a Sixties light on to a brass plate to emphasise its dazzle and brilliance. Get the look The gold wall light is vintage Venini. The two-tone green chair is a vintage design restored by Jaime Beriestain Studio. The button-back green chair is a Sixties design by Joseph-André Motte for Steiner. The Fifties sofa is by Charles Ramos. This is the PK61 table by Poul Kjaerhom for Republic of Fritz Hansen. The gold cocktail table is an American Seventies design. 122 J u n e 2 0 1 8 / l i v i n g e t c . c o m









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THE OWNERS Heidi and Graham Mosedale, who run a small property company. They have four grown-up children between them, who stay here regularly. THE PROPERTY A five-storey Georgian townhouse in north London. There’s a living room and study on the ground floor, while the lower-ground floor has a kitchen-diner, family room, WC and utility area. The first floor has the master bedroom and bathroom; there are two bedrooms and a shower room on the second floor and the top floor has a guest bedroom.

georgian REBOOT Heidi and Graham have used luxe textures, sumptuous shades and contemporary twists to breathe new life into their period property

Photography ⁄ Paul Raeside


Production ⁄ Mary Weaver


Words ⁄ Jo Leevers


LI V ING ROOM ‘We love the luscious textures in here, from velvet to brushed metal and shiny glass,’ says Heidi. The restored stained-glass window served as a starting point for the room’s jewel shades. Get the look The pendant light is by Eichholtz, available at Sweetpea & Willow. The ottoman is a bespoke design by Honey Bee Interiors. The flooring is by The Parquet Flooring Company. The rug is by

LI V ING ROOM ‘We couldn’t resist these paintings of St Paul’s Cathedral, with their moody blue hues and grey tones,’ says Heidi. Get the look The sofa is by Eichholtz, available at Sweetpea & Willow. The floor lamp is by French Connection Home. The paintings are by Kris Hardy. The walls are painted in Ammonite estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. The cushion is by House of Hackney. l i v i n g e t c . c o m / J u n e 2 0 1 8 125


n Heidi Mosedale’s book, the Seventies have a lot to answer for. She’s not talking fashion – but the era’s mania for ripping out fireplaces, panelled doors and the kind of period features that first gave this Georgian townhouse an air of genteel grandeur. ‘That is one Seventies trend not worth revisiting,’ says Heidi. No matter, though, because Heidi and her husband Graham’s revamp of this north London home has put back in all the character their house could wish for – and then added some more 2018-style sumptuousness for good measure. ‘We wanted it to feel sophisticated, but in a modern, unstuffy way,’ says Heidi. Tall and thin, the house lent itself well to indulging a bit more formality on the ground floor, while switching to an edgier, fun mood in the downstairs kitchen-diner and family room. Upstairs, bedrooms play to the house’s floor-to-ceiling windows and wroughtiron balconies, but are updated with rich colours and cool lighting. ‘We wanted strong shades, but all wrapped up in the softest textures,’ she adds. To achieve this creative makeover, Heidi and Graham called upon Sacha Berger of Honey Bee Interiors. ‘She immediately “got” what I wanted and was really easy to work with,’ says Heidi. ‘She initially designed two of the bedrooms and they hit the spot for us – we loved them. After that, Sacha ended up designing the rest of the rooms for us too.’ But first came the building work. ‘The property certainly wasn’t a wreck, but it did need updating with new wiring, plumbing, replastering and reroofing – all the invisible but important bits,’ says Heidi. Then they reinstated ceiling roses and architraves and reconditioned and refitted the house’s sash windows and wood shutters. The architectural feature that shines out most strikingly is the arched stained-glass window on the ground floor and the deep yellow colour is repeated in the fanlight above the front door. These fanciful trims were presumably dreamt up by some design-savvy Georgian or Victorian dandy in the house’s distant past but, sadly, along the way some panes had been damaged and replaced with plain glass. Heidi and Graham’s solution was to colour-match some replacement panes to complete the pattern, recreating a dazzling amber arch around the house’s front window. When the couple and Sacha started looking at colours for these rooms, this stained glass provided a natural starting point. ‘When you’ve got an amazing focal point like this, you want to celebrate it,’ says Heidi. Sacha selected furniture upholstered in greens, 126 J u n e 2 0 1 8 / l i v i n g e t c . c o m


FA MILY ROOM ‘This is where our grown-up children hang out with their friends. It’s a space that looks cool, but is really comfortable,’ says Heidi. Get the look The sofa is by Barker & Stonehouse. The coffee tables are by French Connection Home. Bag & Bones made the bespoke artwork for Honey Bee Interiors. The cushions are by House of Hackney. The outdoor furniture is by Next Home.

DINING ROOM ‘We told Sacha to go bright, funky and bold on this floor – and she took us at our word,’ says Heidi. The dining area is the bridge between the kitchen and the relaxed family room beyond. Get the look The light is by Där Lighting. The dining chairs are by Pols Potten at Amara. The print is by Mike Edwards.

‘The natural striations of the marble are given space to flow, with knarled brass handles and light fittings acting as a gleaming contrast’

blues and soft greys that complement the yellow – and then had an ottoman made up in a matching rich pollen shade. ‘We love all the colours in here – and the soft velvet textures seem to bring a real depth to them,’ says Heidi. The velvets also work as a contrast to the hardwood parquet flooring. ‘With that hardness underfoot, you need some warmth and softness in the furnishings to save it from feeling cold and echoey,’ she adds. The sumptuousness continues upstairs, with the main bedroom plumped up with a dusky red headboard, surrounded by softer pink velvets. ‘This bedroom is my favourite spot in the house,’ says Heidi. ‘The windows extend all the way from floor to ceiling, so you get a real sense of the house’s grandeur.’ The next door bathroom has a similarly old-fashioned feel, with a freestanding bath silhouetted against a serene blue backdrop. ‘The paint shade adds an atmosphere to this room,’ says Heidi. ‘Colours can infuse a space with character – so why would you want to settle for timid taupe and cream?’ But it was the lower-ground floor where Sacha had the most freedom to play around with colour, art, texture – and neon lighting. ‘This was always going to be the most relaxed area – a space where our children can turn the music up or just hang out with friends,’ says Heidi. They’ve already had one party down there and I don’t think it’ll be the last.’ The space on this lowest level was almost doubled by excavating five metres out into the garden and the couple now have a long run of the three rooms – kitchen, dining area and a family room, which, in turn, opens on to an outside area. ‘It means that gatherings can spread out into the terrace and garden in the summer,’ says Heidi. On this floor, Sacha kicked off the colour scheme with pop-art-feel prints by Mike Edwards and Sara Pope – her lipstick reds repeated in a set of pouty Gubi stools that were reupholstered in luscious fuchsia velvet. Above the low-slung seating in the family room she’s hung a bespoke neon sign that beams a bright message. Like a modern-day version of the stained-glass window, it feels like a suitably brilliant final flourish. See more of Sacha’s work at 128 J u n e 2 0 1 8 / l i v i n g e t c . c o m

K ITCHEN DETA IL Heidi and Graham opted for a marble splashback and worktops, its natural striations adding subtle patterns alongside the fuss-free cabinetry. Knurled brass is a finishing touch. Get the look The kitchen is by Harvey Jones, with worktops and splashbacks by Midland Marble. The appliances are by Miele. The pendants and unit handles are by Buster + Punch. The toaster is by Dualit.

K ITCHEN Set against fuss-free cabinetry and marble surfaces, just a dash of lipstick pink has the desired effect. Get the look The bar stools are by Gubi, re-covered in Varese velvet in Fuchsia by Designers Guild. The lips artwork is by Sara Pope. The light is by Där Lighting.

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GUEST BEDROOM With four grown-up children between them – and a central London location – the couple are never short of overnight guests. ‘We deliberately wanted schemes that are neither overtly feminine or masculine – just luxurious,’ says Heidi. Get the look The bed is by The bedside table is by Eichholtz, available at Sweetpea & Willow. The lamp is by Loaf. The walls are painted in Stiffkey Blue estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. The cushions are by Timorous Beasties.

‘We wanted each space to have impact – whether through a deep colour or an eye-catching focal point’

H A LLWAY ‘The hallway is too narrow for a console, but we needed something with real impact as you come in – and these ceiling pendants are the perfect solution,’ says Heidi. Get the look The lights are by Eichholtz, available at Sweetpea & Willow. The mirrors are by Notre Monde at Houseology. The flooring is by The Parquet Flooring Company. l i v i n g e t c . c o m / J u n e 2 0 1 8 131




‘I wanted this space to have traditional, almost old-fashioned touches and to feel serene, but not bland,’ says Heidi. Get the look The freestanding bath is by West One Bathrooms with Bristan Heritage brassware. The walls are painted in Double La Seine acrylic eggshell by Zoffany.


Favourite Saturday morning? I always start with a run along the canal, then we head to The Elk in the Woods on Camden Passage for brunch with our kids. Afterwards, I love browsing the vintage and antiques stalls and shops. Favourite place for drinks? You’ll find us sipping cocktails in Scarfes Bar at the Rosewood London. Currently reading? Lullaby by Leïla Slimani. It’s powerful from the very first page. Favourite food for a meal out? Always seafood… preferably to the sound of waves lapping on a beach. Favourite getaway? South Africa – we got married there and fell for its climate, people, scenery and the wine. It’s all incredible. Most used app? BBC Weather – I like to know if I’m going to get wet on my morning run!

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M A STER BEDROOM Shades of dusty rose and pale pink rule in this elegant space, set against the lightest grey walls for a feminine vibe. Get the look The bed is by The bedcover and cushions are by Graham and Green. The bespoke curtains are by Honey Bee Interiors. The bedside light is by Tom Dixon. The walls are painted in Ammonite estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball.



The dressing table mirror looks like the kind of treasure you might find in a secret antiques shop or French market – but it’s a savvy high-street buy. ‘I like its subtle shape and it works with the other touches of brass in here,’ says Heidi. Get the look The mirror is by Anthropologie. The bespoke dressing table is by Honey Bee Interiors. The chair is by Loaf.














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hen updating your home, a paint refresh may nod to a passing trend and accessories might add fleeting flair, but the floor is the foundation on which everything else builds. That’s why choosing the right flooring is the most important design decision you can make. Karndean Designflooring has a huge range of stylish wood and stone designs that have been created to work in every room of the house. With more than 250 options to choose from, in an array of colours and shapes – including cubes, hexagons and pyramids – a hard floor from Karndean offers endless style possibilities. Planks can be fitted to form different patterns (parquet is elegant and classic, while modern basketweave and contemporary chevrons are also popular) in straight lay, 45-degree and 90-degree angle configurations. The chosen pattern can then be customised with borders and design strips to define your look even further. With all these options, you can be confident you’re installing a floor that’s truly unique to you. A Karndean floor is also versatile enough to work in all types of house styles. Whether you have a Scandi-minimalist townhouse, a modern country cottage or a chic urban apartment, a hard floor from Karndean is highly practical, being easy to clean, waterproof and suitable for use with underfloor heating. Flexible, contemporary, stylish and modern, a Karndean floor is, above all, beautiful. The perfect building block to a smart contemporary home.

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DE SIGN / PROFILE CLOCKWISE FROM BELOW Lucy gave a flat in Covent Garden a modernist touch with an Eichholtz Antares chandelier, £1,800,; Serge Mouille threearm ceiling lamp, £4,624, Holloways of Ludlow; and Izzy corner sofa, £2,680,; the designer uses vivid rugs to lend an unexpected touch – Loomed Dryden rug, from £598, Anthropologie; and she likes to help declutter sleeping spaces – Soane Britain’s The Simplified Crillon dining chair, from £3,975, is the perfect accessory (and substitute valet) for dressing up a bedroom

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t just 32, Lucy Barlow is one of London’s rising interior design talents, working alongside her lighting specialist and cinematographer brother Max as Barlow & Barlow. With projects such as sleek offices for a music company, funky luxe houses for movers and shakers in fashion, film and PR and glamorous apartments for a new development in Gatti House on the Strand, she’s becoming known for her eclectic meets modern style. Here, she shares her design inspirations… How did you get started? I had always wanted to be a fashion designer, but after a foundation year at the London College of Fashion, I fell out of love with it and went travelling. On my return, I realised interiors might satisfy my desire to do something with design, so in 2009, I studied at the Inchbald School of Design for a year. What was your first big break? After graduation, I worked with the interior decorator Mark

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CLOCKWISE FROM BOTTOM Lucy injected fashion hits into this Dublin house – the bedroom teams Barneby Gates Marrakech Palm wallpaper, £87 a roll; with a Pooky lamp, from £50; the living room rocks cushions in House of Hackney’s Artemis velvet, £90 each; and Bigoudi Party #2, £1,325, by Nicolas Bets at Yellow Korner Gallery; in the kitchen, Farrow & Ball’s Bamboo wallpaper, £99 a roll, is a fab backdrop to Marco Walker’s Super Star; she gave a music agency a chilled vibe with a bespoke sofa in Pierre Frey’s Tiago Jacquard in Pivert, £129.60m; with an A1 deSIGNS sign; and one of the new Barlow & Barlow lamps, from £275

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Gillette in the north of England for two years, working on a variety of large-scale country houses around the UK. It was a huge learning curve and I loved every minute of it, but I missed London, so I moved back to work with designers like Fiona Barratt-Campbell. A property developer then asked me to work on four apartments in a Grade II-listed building on the Strand. When did you start your own design practice? Max and I set up Barlow & Barlow in 2013 – he’d previously worked on large-scale ambient schemes for big parties, including the Queen’s 80th birthday, before working with specialist John Cullen Lighting. We work both together and independently, depending on the project. Describe your style? I’m a maximalist. I like creating spaces full of interest, where everywhere you look, the more you see. But where the more traditional English interior approach is layering rooms with furniture, antiques and art, collected over generations, my approach is slightly less full-on and slightly quirkier. It’s a total mix – I can happily team antique and vintage pieces together, a trad rug with an Axel Vervoordt sofa. I guess you can say I’m a traditional modernist (or maybe a modern traditionalist). How do you structure spaces? I love architectural features – cornices, architraves – so I big them up wherever I can. I like differentiating between rooms when dealing with open-plan living – even if it’s just with a doorway but no door in it or a wall of Crittall windows to create a transparent divide. I like the idea of travelling from one room to another room and the feeling that if you’re having a dinner party, it’s not in your whole flat. What’s your favourite colour palette? I use shades of soft grey, putty and soft salmon, like Farrow & Ball’s Setting Plaster, because they’re warmer than white, they work in almost every room and make a great backdrop for art. How do you play with lighting in a space? Pendant lights, like Thomas O’Brien’s Hicks ball lights, or chandeliers hung at intervals along a ceiling can help create zones within a room. I love lots of lamps – I like the sculptural bases by Vaughan. Lampshades are a great way to bring pattern


CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT In this west London house, Lucy mixed inherited pieces like an old Howard & Sons Ivor armchair with modern Gubi chairs in Dedar’s contemporary Coup De Foudre velvet, £376m; she created an elegant bathroom using Pierre Frey’s La Menagerie wallpaper in Fumee, £200.80m; Original BTC’s Narrow Pillar lights, £449 each; and Julian Chichester Silvy’s dressing table, £1,655; and she likes to add a fun touch to cloakrooms with the London Basin Company’s decorative basins – Adriana basin, £850


[ P.S ] into a room – from the Japanese, Indian and marbled paper shades by Rosi de Ruig to Pooky’s vast collection. Any favourite materials? Carrara marble cut into tiles, rather than as one big expensive and complicated piece, lends great texture to a bathroom nook or kitchen splashback. I take it the whole way to the ceiling to make a real statement. Mirroring the underside of a kitchen island adds interest and reflection. I like woods with a beautiful grain, but more finished than the reclaimed look you find in a hip pop-up restaurant or bar. At home, it’s better without the pockmarks. You don’t want to feel like you’re going to get a splinter at home, do you? How about soft furnishing finishes? When it’s too expensive to do entire curtains in a statement pattern, I use it as a border instead – it still creates impact without costing a fortune. Favourites prints include Beata Heuman’s Marbleized velvets, fabrics and wallpapers by House of Hackney and Celerie Kemble for Schumacher, and anything by Pierre Frey. Do you have any signature touches? I like doing one unexpected thing in a room to make it feel vibrant. Like extending the pattern on a headboard through to the valance in a bedroom; bringing in abstract pattern through a rug from Anthropologie, Christopher Farr or The Rug Company; or lending fun to a cloakroom with a decorative porcelain basin from the London Basin Company. And I try to squeeze leopard print into every scheme – like Brunschwig & Fils’s Amur Leopard in Brown or Scarlet – even if it’s just a cushion or seat pad. Any interesting paint techniques? Teaming an off-white wall with architraves and radiators painted in a bold gloss gives a room great definition, but feels young and fun too. Glossy, lacquered finishes satisfy my love of anything shiny and bright. You don’t have to paint small spaces white to look bigger – I recently lacquered a hallway

Who’s on your dream dinner party guest list? The Mitford sisters, Oscar Wilde, Jane Austen, Cicero and Bill Gates.

What was the first thing you bought for your home? A ton of fabric from when I was in Jaipur shortly before moving into my current home.

What are your two most

(with no natural light) in a dark chocolatey brown and it looks gorgeous, making a feature of an precious things? My dog Figaro and my malachite otherwise dead space. collection. What does home mean to you? And your favourite hotel Home is the most important thing in our lives – or design destination? it’s where we go to feel better when we’re sad, it’s I was blown away recently by where we celebrate and relax. I love to laugh – I the beautifully simple, but don’t take myself or anything too seriously and the luxurious design of the same with a house. I like a bit of quirkiness and fabulous Babylonstoren in humour, not to the point it’s a novelty, but South Africa. somewhere that makes you feel relaxed, happy Last book you read? and light about life. I want to create happy spaces. SPQR by Mary Beard – learning as much as I can about Rome What’s up next? before getting married there We’re working on our own affordable collection of this year! accessories, including handmade ceramic lamp bases, in soft organic shapes and delicious glazes, created exclusively with a Finnish artisan I found through Etsy. I’m having some brightly coloured rattan pendant shades being woven in South Africa and some Madagascan raffia being made into stools. Design projects include a big house in Notting Hill, five villas in Marbella, plus there’s a restaurant and a designer shop in the pipeline. Any last words of design advice? Always go bolder than you think you should – bold interiors are the ones people love the most. For more info, check out l i v i n g e t c . c o m / J u n e 2 0 1 8 145









Create a city sanctuary with down-to-earth planting and sky-high schemes

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It’s official: black is the new black in garden design. ‘Just as they do inside, colours really pop against a darker background, so vibrantly hued trees, shrubs and flowers become the star of the show in a garden where black is used on the hard landscaping elements,’ says landscape architect Philip Nixon. ‘Matt black or dark grey work particularly well on boundary walls, as dark colours recede, making the garden appear longer or wider,’ he adds. Cuprinol’s Garden Shades Black Ash wood paint, £30 for 5L, at B&Q, will do the job handsomely.

Project details ‘The use of black as a hard material can contrast beautifully with a soft landscape if enough consideration is given to the types of plants chosen. Those with striking textures or colours tend to work best,’ says Philip Nixon, who designed and built this smart Primrose Hill garden, where a restrained palette is offset by sharply geometric hard landscaping. He can create a similar garden for around £100,000.

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RUST REINVENTED Overlooked and unloved? Not any more, say designers of the multi-hued delights of rust, which adds character and complexity to gardens. ‘Corten is a steel alloy that develops an attractive rusty patina on its surface, but will not rust away like mild steel,’ says Garden Club London’s director Tony Woods. ‘But consider where it will be placed, as rusty run-off can stain surrounding paving,’ he adds. A maintenance-free option is Corten-effect DesignClad, £130.50 for a 1.5x1m slab, from London Stone. ‘It combines the industrial chic of rusted steel with the lightweight benefits of hard-wearing porcelain,’ says Woods. Project details The design for Tom Stuart-Smith’s award-winning Chelsea Flower Show garden was inspired by the weathering processes of both natural and man-made materials. Enclosed by alternating sections of hornbeam hedge and Corten steel wall, the garden, built by Crocus, featured richly coloured herbaceous planting and was framed by two groups of Viburnum rhytidophyllum, pruned to display their angular branches against the rusted-steel walls.

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Project details Designed by Garden Club London, this lush courtyard belongs to a house in Belsize Park. ‘We were inspired by the geometric forms of rock faces,’ says Tony Woods, describing the Corten steel wall planted with shade-tolerant foliage. ‘We planted the tree ferns in raised Corten steel cubes, allowing shadows and light to bounce below the leaves.’ Prices for a similar design start at £28,000.


Project details ‘The essence of this scheme was to carve out a garden that complemented the house and its well-crafted interior, while meeting the demands of family life,’ says landscape and garden designer James Aldridge. Located in London, the garden is defined by a French limestone terrace and its smart structure is dictated by a range of hedges and clipped forms, whose gentle contrast of greens form the backbone of the look. Prices for a similar design are available on request.

TERRACES AND TIERS ‘Clients often consider their sloping gardens to be a challenge but, in fact, they offer the opportunity to create many features on different levels, introduce dramatic steps and add focal-point features and layers of planting that can be viewed from the house,’ says Scottish garden designer Anne Macfie. ‘There’s also something alluring about terraced gardens that draw you up or down to the next level and the promise of more garden to explore,’ she adds. So don’t write off your garden just because it slopes – it’s a chance to take a wee wander. Project details Framed by a raised lawn and planted beds and boasting hillside views, the sunken seating area in Cortney and Robert Novogratz’s Los Angeles home creates the impression of being gloriously ‘submerged’ in the garden. For similar patio floor tiles, try the Petrology Stone porcelain external range, from £75.74sq m, at Domus. The Play side chairs, £255 each, are by Philippe Starck for Dedon at Leisure Plan; and the large rubber vase is by Italian architect-designer Gaetano Pesce.

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OUTDOOR HEARTHS ‘Small gardens need to work twice as hard as big ones and should really be seen as the largest room in the house,’ says garden designer Kate Gould. ‘Outdoor fireplaces make these gardens sustainable through both summer and winter.’ She insists that the first consideration when installing an outdoor hearth is the type of fuel you’ll burn, as this dictates both the fireplace’s design as well as its cost. ‘Piped natural gas is expensive, but probably the easiest of all to use. More affordable bioethanol is clean, but labour intensive and doesn’t burn very hot. Natural wood is lovely, but its burning is prohibited in certain areas.’ Project details Designed by Kate Gould Gardens, this Kensington courtyard features a bespoke glass, mirror and polished stainless-steel fireplace. It uses bioethanol gel and includes colour-changing lights. ‘The white light setting creates a more relaxed vibe, but in the evening, the different coloured lights can dictate a choice of moods,’ says Gould. A similar fireplace would cost around £20,000 to design and build.

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Project details Created by Charlotte Rowe Garden Design, this wooden pavilion with its generous fireplace is the ultimate outdoor room. ‘To achieve this look, you’ll need a garden designer and a landscape contractor,’ says Rowe. ‘Consider size, aspect and location (close to the house or at the bottom of the garden where it’s not overlooked). And, of course, everything needs to be weatherproof and fire retardant.’ This bespoke fireside pavilion costs around £40,000. The Designers Guild’s Tiana outdoor fabric is £61m.


Project details ‘Despite the spacious terrace of this Sydney penthouse, planting was kept modest in order to limit maintenance,’ explains Matthew Cantwell of Secret Gardens. ‘A series of oversized concrete pots provides a real presence against the timber decking and adds a certain rhythm against the skyline.’ For a similar lounger, try the Catania deckchair, £229,

OVER-THE-TOP PLANT POTS There are few circumstances where a garden is not improved by the addition of a pot or two, but when these are larger than life, they add a designer kick. Pimp up the curves of big rounded beauties with contrasting spiky leafed Yucca gloriosa ‘Spanish bayonet’, or temper the angularity of square or triangular titans with topiary balls of Buxus sempervirens ‘Box hedge’. Then line them up soldier-style for extra clout. Adam Christopher does a range of geometrically shaped concrete pots, from £386 each. Project details Planted with Liriope muscari, a low, herbaceous flowering perennial, as well as a sculptural Ilex crenata ‘Cloud tree’, the Urbis pots in this Holborn garden were chosen for their architectural bulk and elegant curves. Mounted on hidden plinths, they appear to be floating, despite their generous proportions. ‘Large pots are becoming sculptural additions in their own right,’ says garden designer Maria Örnberg of Greenlinesdesign. ‘In a small garden, they also bring foliage up to eye level.’ A similar garden by Greenlinesdesign costs about £65,000.

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Channel the Buddhist monks of Kyoto and create a place for meditation. ‘The tenets of Eastern design – form and space, stillness and movement, asymmetry and balance – can be translated into modern spaces, particularly where the environment boasts strong minimalist lines,’ says garden designer Jenny Hendy. ‘If the Victorian chimney pots of your skyline don’t favour a Zen makeover, try creating a garden within a garden. Or take elements of Eastern design and work them into an existing landscape, blending the cultures,’ she adds. Project details This serene patio space draws on the linearity and balanced proportions of Japanese garden design. Created by Matthew Cantwell of Secret Gardens, it’s backdropped by a wall of bamboo planted in integrated troughs. ‘When containing bamboo, line the planter with either solid materials, such as paving slabs or corrugated iron sheets, or with fabric, such as root barrier fabric from Green-Tech, to prevent its tough stems from damaging the landscaping,’ says Cantwell. Vondom’s Sabinas lounge chairs, £693 each, have a similar look.

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[ Trade secrets ] Useful hacks from those in the know for creating a zone designed for long, lazy summer days

* Do one thing and do it well,’ says Nick McMahon, MD of Modular, who explains that when outdoor space is tight, it’s best to decide on your garden’s primary purpose – seating, eating, or simply chilling – then to work on getting the elements just right. * ‘Don’t try to set trends in small gardens; rather follow them,’ says Kate Gould, of Kate Gould Gardens. ‘Take a little bit of what’s popular in large gardens and dilute this in your small space to prevent things from becoming contrived and looking unnatural.’ * ‘Integration with hard landscaping is all-important in urban gardens,’ says Amir Schlezinger, director of Mylandscapes Garden Design. ‘Framing borrowed views and echoing interior design elements outdoors helps to spatially extend the garden.’ * Introduce as much low-maintenance greenery as possible,’ advises Tony Woods, of Garden Club London. ‘If you’re time-strapped or new to gardening, then concentrate on fewer but larger plants for impact and structure.’ * ‘Discreet lighting adds another dimension to an outdoor space, making the garden usable and visible throughout the year,’ says Charlotte Rowe, owner of Charlotte Rowe Garden Design.




ROOFTOP LIVING ‘Roof and balcony gardens present unique conditions,’ says garden designer Charlotte Rowe. ‘They offer lots of light and views that are second to none, but they are often exposed sites, open to the elements and boasting their own microclimates.’ The main consideration when planning a garden in the sky is limitations to weight and loadings. ‘All structures have to be designed to minimise the stress on the rooftop and this may involve planning permission. Trees and shrubs should be kept low as they need to be stable, and they should be able to withstand wind and high temperatures,’ says Rowe. ‘Evergreen plants such as single-stem olive trees or rosemary hedging work well.’ Project details Its long, south-facing terrace was one of the selling points of this apartment, says its owner, interior designer Pol Theis, who has created a rooftop sanctuary off a Twenties building in Manhattan’s busy Garment District. Timber boards like those used here are lightweight and tone down bright sunshine. He achieved the quality of flowing motion on the narrow deck by placing containers of ornamental trees and shrubs on both sides of the ‘walkway’, directing the flow of traffic in a more undulating line. Charlotte Rowe Garden Designs could create a similar look with built-in timber seating for £40,000.

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OUTDOOR DINING ROOMS Alfresco dining has moved way beyond the old collapsible table and stackable chairs. ‘Today, we’re talking permanent fixtures designed to lure you outdoors all year round,’ says Tony Woods, of Garden Club London. But ensure yours is as practical as it is pretty. ‘Proximity to the kitchen (if it’s not already outdoors) is key, as is heating and shelter,’ he adds. And indoor spaces aren’t the only ones that benefit from a little mood lighting, so bust out the candles, fairy lights and chandeliers. Project details ‘In this Fulham garden, we chose calm and contemporary landscaping palettes, so as not to overwhelm the dining area,’ says Tony Woods, who explains that bespoke steel frames were used to lighten the look of the timber table. ‘The design created areas for planting, seating and storage and opened up what was initially quite a difficult space.’ Garden Club London can create this look, including bespoke furniture, from £25,000. Heal’s stocks Skagerak’s Reform table, £1,099; and bench, £699.

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Project details Simple yet effective, a flourish of ferns and other sculptural foliage serves as a natural screen, lending privacy to this outdoor dining room designed by Modular. ‘A garden like this will cost around £450sq m,’ says MD Nick McMahon. For a similar style, try the Barlow Tyrie Cayman six-seater outdoor dining table, £1,175; and chairs, £225 each, from John Lewis.


ALFRESCO KITCHENS Say hello to the full-service outdoor kitchen â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from wood-fired grills to pizza ovens, with a teppanyaki griddle thrown in for good measure. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;And where once masonry structures topped by granite dominated the outdoor kitchen category, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re now more likely to see sleek cabinets with countertop surfaces like porcelain slab,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; says Amir Schlezinger, director of Mylandcapes Garden Design. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A well-integrated kitchen frame that maximises the social and aesthetic aspects of outdoor cooking within its design is key. But with important considerations such as electricity, water, waste and lighting to account for, outdoor kitchens have grown in size, style, scope and budget.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Project details Situated on the fourth floor of a Covent Garden apartment building, this L-shaped kitchen spans 3.5m, its fiery crimson cladding a stark contrast to its white Corian worktop. LED strip lighting delineates the seating area, while Mediterranean flora thrives in this exposed location. Prices start at ÂŁ5,000 for an outdoor kitchen by Mylandscapes Garden Design.






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Nothing beats relaxing poolside at the end of a working day, glass in hand. But, whether you choose to install a formal swimming pool or a naturalistic pond, bear in mind that it’s not a maintenancelight choice, cautions landscape architect Philip Nixon. ‘It’s important to design something you can live with and afford,’ he says. A simple wildlife pond can be just as stunning as a full-blown lap pool and doesn’t necessarily need fountains, sculptures or other bells ’n’ whistles. You may not require (or even want) the water to be gin-clear and can probably easily tolerate the odd few days in hot, early spring when it may look like pea soup.

Project details Architect Andy Martin’s extensive remodelling of this once nondescript terrace house in north London involved completely opening the interior to the patio and pool. ‘Straight-edged swimming pools such as this one are sunk into the surrounding paving with relative ease and benefit from a non-shaded and level site,’ says Philip Nixon, who can create a similar poolside patio garden like this one from £35,000.

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Project details Taking its cue from the Corten steel and concrete used elsewhere in this Hampstead garden, designer Sara Jane Rothwell’s water feature boasts copper spouts that create a gentle, rippled pattern in the pool below. ‘At night, when it’s lit up, the pattern dances across the steel, creating a moving installation,’ she says. Prices for a similar bespoke water feature to this, designed by Rothwell’s company London Garden Designer, start from £6,000.



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et’s face it – we’re all obsessed with doing up our home, constantly on the lookout for new ways to give it a refresh. While staying on-trend with furniture requires investment, decorating is quick and easy, with something as simple as a lick of paint bringing a room to life in an instant. Paint is also a great way, through creative application, of putting a personal stamp on your space. When it comes to choosing, Crown has every colour and finish you need to complete your look. In style terms, colour is very much at the forefront right now. A feature wall in a bold shade will catch the eye, or try combining complementary tones in graphic patterns. Add black outlines to ground things and create a Mondrian moment. Colour blocking has been big in fashion, but is also a look you can work at home. Choose shades from opposite sides of the colour wheel, combining them in graphic slabs. As some of the Crown ranges are multi-surface and can be used on wood and metal, you can carry colour over doors and architectural features to unify a scheme or create striking visual effects – the options for designing something truly unique are limitless. But choosing Crown paint isn’t just about staying ahead in the style stakes. The breatheasy formulation means it’s 99 per cent solvent-free, so perfect for use in a family home. To make your mark with colour, all you really need is a few tins of paint, a brush and your imagination.

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Stay cool this summer with Donna Hay’s fruity delights

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Raspberry and banana frozen yogurt with coconut macaroons Makes 9

* 250g fresh raspberries Greek-style * 560g natural yogurt * 115g honey 1 medium banana, chopped *FOR THE COCONUT MACAROONS * 2 egg whites 55g raw caster sugar * * 160g desiccated coconut *

Put the raspberries, yogurt, honey and banana in a large bowl. Using a handheld blender, blitz until smooth. Pour into a large plastic zip-lock bag, pressing out as much air as possible, and seal. Lay flat on a tray and freeze for 4 hours or until frozen. Remove the frozen yogurt mixture from the freezer. Using your hands, bend the bag to break up the mixture into small pieces. Put the mixture into a food processor and blitz until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl when necessary. Pour into a two-litre container and place in the freezer for 3 hours or until just frozen.

Meanwhile, to make the coconut macaroons, preheat the oven to 160°C/ Fan 140°C/Gas 3. Put the egg whites, sugar and coconut in a bowl and mix well to combine. Put a 7cm round cookie cutter on a large baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper and fill with 1tbsp of the coconut mixture. Press down with the back of a spoon to flatten evenly, then remove the cutter. Repeat with the remaining mixture to make 18 macaroons. Cook for 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden. Set aside to cool completely on the trays. To serve, sandwich the macaroons together with the frozen yogurt.

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Mango and cashew bars Serves 10


mango pieces * 450g frozen 115g honey * 420g natural Greek-style yogurt FOR THE CASHEW LAYERS 265g cashews *desiccated coconut * 60g 75g fresh dates, pitted *2tbsp coconut oil, melted *


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Put the mango and honey in a saucepan over a medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, for 15-18 minutes or until the mango is soft and the liquid is syrupy. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool slightly. Using a handheld blender, blitz until smooth. To make the cashew layers, put the ingredients in a food processor and blitz until the mixture comes together. Firmly press half of the mixture into the base of a greased and lined

20cm square tin, smoothing over with the back of a metal spoon. Add the yogurt to the cooled mango mixture and stir to combine. Pour over the cashew base and freeze for 3-4 hours or until frozen. Firmly press the remaining cashew mixture evenly over the top of the frozen yogurt, smoothing with the back of a metal spoon. Freeze for 30 minutes or until firm. Cut into bars and serve immediately.


Peach vanilla lollies Makes 8 Greek-style yogurt * 210g natural90g honey * vanilla bean paste * 1tsp * 3 peaches, chopped

* Put the yogurt, honey and vanilla in a large bowl and stir to combine. Put the peaches and 60ml of the yogurt mixture in a separate bowl. Using a handheld blender, blitz until smooth. Layer alternate spoonfuls of the yogurt and peach mixtures into 8x80ml lolly moulds. Swirl gently with a butter knife, insert ice lolly sticks and place in the freezer for 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5 hours or until firm.

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Strawberry ripple yogurt cake

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Serves 6 to 8

Serves 4 - 6

strawberries, * 400gchopped vanilla bean * 1tsp paste 115g honey *560g natural * Greek-style yogurt FOR THE ALMOND BASE almonds * 80gdesiccated * 20gcoconut white chia * 1tbspseeds fresh dates, * 90g pitted


Put the strawberries, vanilla and honey in a saucepan over a medium heat. Cook for 12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool slightly. Using a handheld blender, blitz until smooth. Set aside to cool slightly. Place 60ml of the strawberry mixture in a bowl and set aside. Add the yogurt to the remaining strawberry mixture and stir well to combine. To make the almond base, put the almonds, coconut, chia seeds and dates in a food processor and blitz for 2 minutes or until the mixture comes together. Press firmly into a lightly greased and lined 20cm round springform tin. Pour over the yogurt mixture. Spoon over the reserved strawberry mixture and gently stir through with a knife to swirl. Freeze for 4 hours or until frozen. Remove from the freezer 15 minutes before serving.

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650g pineapple*, *finely chopped raw sugar * 55g * 560g natural Greek-style yogurt passion fruit * 125ml pulp (about 6 passion fruits)


Put the pineapple and sugar in a saucepan over a medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, for 15-18 minutes or until the pineapple is soft and the liquid is syrupy. Set aside to cool slightly. Using a handheld blender, blitz until smooth. Add the yogurt and stir well. Pour into a large zip-lock plastic bag, pressing out as much air as possible and seal. Lay the bag flat on a tray and put in the freezer for 4 hours or until frozen. Remove the frozen yogurt mixture from the freezer. Using your hands, bend the bag to break up the mixture into small pieces. Put the mixture in a food processor and blitz until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl when necessary. Pour the mixture into a large piping bag, tie the end with a rubber band to close and put in the freezer for 1 hour or until almost firm. Cut the end of the piping bag, pipe the soft serve into cups and top with the passion fruit to serve. *You will need a 1.2kg whole fresh pineapple.


Lemon frozen yogurt with ginger caramel Serves 4

* 560g natural Greek-style yogurt honey * 90glemon rind, * 1tbsp Ă&#x20AC;QHO\JUDWHG FOR THE GINGER CARAMEL dates, * 10 fresh pitted boiling water * 125mlalmond spread* * 2tbsp * 1tsp grated ginger *

Put the yogurt, honey and lemon rind in a bowl and stir to combine. Pour the yogurt mixture into a large plastic zip-lock bag, pressing out as much air as possible, and seal. Lay the bag flat on a tray and put in the freezer for 4 hours or until frozen. To make the ginger caramel, put the dates, boiling water, almond spread and ginger in a bowl and set aside for 10 minutes. Using a handheld blender, blitz until smooth. Set aside. Remove the frozen yogurt mixture from the freezer and, using your hands, bend the bag to break up the mixture into small pieces. Place the mixture in a food processor and blitz until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl when necessary. Spoon the frozen yogurt mixture and ginger caramel into 4x250ml tins. Gently stir with a spoon to swirl through. Freeze for 3 hours or until frozen. Serve. *You can find almond spread in the health-food aisle of the supermarket.

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hether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a California dreamer or an East Coast bunny, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a US beach resort tailored to your summer lovinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; needs. Occupying a discreet niche along Miamiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s epic stretch of pristine sand is 1 Hotel South Beach, a luxurious bolthole with a private beach club and pools with Atlantic views. Another haven away from home can be found at The Chequit, a refurbished inn on New York stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Shelter Island. The ethos here is homespun comfort delivered in style, all within reach of the islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sun-kissed bays. On the West Coast, Carbon Beachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s swanky residents now have to share the spotlight with guests of the Nobu Ryokan. Elegantly minimalist, it takes the concept of a -DSDQHVHLQQWRH[WUDYDJDQWKHLJKWV)XUWKHUGRZQWKH3DFLĂ&#x20AC;F +LJKZD\WKH3DVpD+RWHO 6SDRYHUORRNVVRPHRIWKHĂ&#x20AC;QHVW surf beaches in the States. And Hawaiiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Modern Honolulu offers an alternative American getaway, surrounding its pool with groves of exotic trees. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a beach holiday, but not as we know it.


CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE Breathtaking views frame every angle of the wraparound terrace; rooms have an authentic Japanese vibe; bathrooms include limestone showers and handmade ryokan-style teak tubs; and the garden is the epitome of serenity

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NOBU RYOKAN Malibu, California The lowdown An Ăźber-chic retreat in a prime West Coast spot. Best for Escapists into minimalist design and maximum pleasure. Visitors to Malibu will have caught a glimpse of the A-list residencies that shelter along the sand like beachfront prima donnas. Until 2015, Carbon Beach was strictly out of bounds, with public access denied by the locals. But times have changed and now this spectacular crescent of coastline is home to the recently opened Nobu Ryokan â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and to you. Following an extensive renovation of a Fifties beach motel, the Ryokan sees the debut of the hotel brandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offshoot, offering stylised accommodation in select spots around the globe. With 12 suites and five oceanfront bungalows, you can expect a remarkable degree of pampering with rarified privacy. A modernist take on Japanese interiors produces jaw-dropping results, with shoji screens, tatami mats and generous tubs taking their place alongside sleek fittings. Although only breakfast is served in the hotel, guests are welcome to dine at the adjoining Nobu Malibu, where signature dishes such as yellow-tail sashimi with jalapeĂąo and rock shrimp tempura with ponzu go down as beautifully as the setting Californian sun. The hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website offers no phone number, nor booking facility and all enquiries are by email only â&#x20AC;&#x201C; this place is about as exclusive as it gets. Book it Rooms from approx ÂŁ1,446 (

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[ Island explorer ] The Modern is located on the island of Oahu, home to some of Hawaii’s most famous landmarks. Take a volcanic hike up Diamond Head, go snorkelling at Hanauma Bay and get your chill on at Waikiki Beach.

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE The Grove Restaurant & Bar is sprinkled with palm fronds; take a dip in the Sunrise Pool; the sound of the waves washes over oceanfront suites; enjoy beautiful views of the marina; and dance the night away under 40,000 lights at Addiction

THE MODERN HONOLULU Honolulu, Hawaii The lowdown An adult-orientated leisure hub with a hipster vibe. Best for Alfresco entertainment to keep you buzzing or blissed out. Imagine laying in a hammock with an ice-cold mojito, swaying gently in the breeze with palm leaves overhead offering shelter from the sun. Now imagine snapping out of your reverie when you realise it’s time for lunch and then taking a few short steps across the warm sand to a poolside restaurant. Say ‘aloha’ to The Modern Honolulu, where the best in Hawaiian hospitality is served up in a funky setting. Overlooking a marina located just north of Waikiki Beach, the hotel has set new standards for guest houses on the island. With an array of broken surfboards displayed in the lobby, the vibe is immediately established. The suites are sleekly clean, with floor-to-ceiling windows providing views across the blue horizon. The hotel’s Ravish restaurant blends Hawaiian ingredients with modern Japanese cuisine, while a Polynesian flavour resurfaces in the Lather Spa, where the Lomi Lomi massage is based on ancient healing techniques. For hedonists, the in-house Addiction nightclub pulls in bright young things from across the island, while those after a tropical tipple should wait for the lobby’s bookcase to swing open and reveal The Study, a bar-cum-live music lounge where the cocktails are named after literary classics. Anyone for a Catch 22? Don’t mind if we do. Book it Double rooms from approx £259 (

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Huntington Beach, California

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE Enjoy a comfortable hot shower in an ADAaccessible guest room bathroom; hits of turquoise in the oceanfront king room complement the exterior views; this lobby is a study in coolness; and beyond the ornate doors of the hotel’s Aarna Spa is 5,800sq ft of invigorating treatments and unbridled serenity

The lowdown A grand resort right on the seafront at Surf City. Best for Wave devotees who like refined quarters with their rollers. Never surfed before? Then this is the place to start. As well as hosting the US Open of Surfing this July (a great chance to watch some of the world’s best riding the waves), Huntington Beach offers beginners the ideal conditions for testing their toes out on the board. And if you want to do it in style, why not take advantage of Paséa’s dedicated Beach Butlers, who will arrange lessons for novice guests. As well as putting in laps at the pools or setting off on one of the complimentary Cruiser bikes to explore the paths along the coast, you can enjoy a meditative massage at the in-house Balinese-inspired Aarna Spa, with eight treatment rooms, a private spa garden, sauna, eucalyptus steam room and salt-water whirlpool. Almost all the rooms and suites have terraces with views over the palms, sand and sea, while the penthouse includes a kitchen and bar, eight-seater dining table and wraparound balcony. Frank Gehry-style wiggle loungers are dotted around the lobby, with neo-Bauhaus furniture and plumped-up Frette beds in the rooms. Food-wise, expect fusion surprises at Tanner’s restaurant, with Latino and American staples spiced with South American salsas. There’s also a rooftop bar – just the spot to gaze out over the endless Pacific, sipping on a craft Junipearo cocktail (slow gin and spiced pear liqueur, since you ask). Book it Rooms from £189 (

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[ Great outdoors ] Be sure to bring your walking boots and binoculars to check out the glorious tidal creeks, oak woodlands and fauna-brimming meadows of the Mashomack Preserve, often referred to as the Jewel of the Peconic.

THE CHEQUIT Shelter Island Heights, New York

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE Pretty pastels reign supreme in the Garden suite; the warmest of welcomes awaits you on the hotel’s entrance terrace; a luxe tub beside a cosy bed is the ultimate comfort; and the hotel’s weatherboard façade salutes its 19th-century origins

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The lowdown A weatherboard inn revamped to recreate its heyday. Best for Long Islanders after a low-key alternative to the Hamptons. Are you one of those people who finds check-in times a tad restrictive? Prepare to be set free. Friendly staff at The Chequit will contact you a few days before you’re due to arrive, asking what time you’d like to have your room ready. So you’re free to enjoy the ferry ride over from either Greenport or Sag Harbor knowing you can relax the instant you take up residence in one of the hotel’s spacious and elegantly furnished rooms and suites. Renovated in 2015, the three buildings that make up the hotel – the main house, Summerhouse and Cottage – have all been reworked in modern-classic style, taking their cue from Shelter Island’s Forties high point, when frequent vacationers from the Big Apple are said to have included Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe. That means chaise longues and velvet armchairs in the lobby, daybeds and potted palms on the terrace and loveseats and claw-footed baths in the bedrooms. Crescent Beach is a short stroll away, but you should take time to explore all 20 miles of coastland here – some of the more secluded bays are truly gorgeous. Once back at the hotel, dining options include the inn’s Red Maple restaurant and White Hill Café for freshly prepared bites, perfect with picnics on the beach. Book it Double rooms from approx £145 (



CLOCKWISE FROM THIS PICTURE You wouldn’t mind spending the night in the lobby; there are plenty of light-bulb moments to be had in the Plnthouse restaurant; sleep tight on organic cotton sheets; choose a sun-splashed spot for lunch on the Plnthouse terrace; and enjoy drinks and sea views in the sumptuous seating area

1 HOTEL SOUTH BEACH Miami, Florida The lowdown Five-star accommodation with a distinctive eco vibe. Best for Lovers of water sports and wellness treatments equally. If picking your way through a crowd of loungers on the way to the pool is your idea of holiday hell, then this resort will have you hummin’ hallelujah. Occupying an entire oceanfront block, 1 Hotel South Beach makes the most of its footprint, with even entry-level bedrooms boasting 650sq ft of luxurious comfort. Miami-based design firm Plant the Future has created green ‘moments’ that act as living art exhibits throughout the building, including a grotto garden in the lobby. Sustainability lies at the heart of the hotel’s experience, so hemp blend-filled mattresses and hangers made from recycled paper are just some of the resource-saving measures you’ll find here. Fans of Brit wellness brand Daylesford Organic will be delighted to find a Bamford Haybarn spa set in the hotel rooms, alongside complimentary fitness classes ranging from Deep Detox Yoga to Core Body Burn. Meanwhile, kids can be kept occupied at Basecamp, where activities include nature walks and seashell art. The fare varies from farm-to-table cuisine to Asian-inspired dishes. And since the hotel is set back from Miami’s more frenetic streets, you’ll enjoy a good night’s sleep, while still being within strolling distance of the top shops, bars and clubs, not to mention that awesome beach. Book it Double rooms from approx £420 (

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