This gorgeous cloth-bound coffee table book delves into an 800-year exploration of Japanese Gardens. Through a series of essays and beautiful imagery of 100 featured gardens, ranging from ancient Shinto shrines to modern-day Zen designs, you’ll get lost in the art and rich history of this inspiring topic.
Enjoy some fun in the sun with a game of croquet. My favourite garden game, it’s multigenerational so the entire family can get involved. This luxurious four player set from the inventors of Croquet, Jaques of London, comes with all of the equipment you’ll need, elegantly stored and displayed in a solid Mahogany casket.
If you’re an avid gardener with a taste for cocktails, then this’ll tick off both hobbies in one! Grow your own aromatic herbs and plants in this ‘Cocktail Garden’ so you can garnish your drinks with homegrown produce. The set includes 6 growing pots, 6 peat blocks and 6 plant markers as well as sowing and growing tips and of course, cocktail recipes.
Now we’ve all got a bit more time to dedicate to home projects and gardening, treat yourself to some new tools to get the job done. I’m a fan of this simple set of essentials which includes a weedfork, hand trowel and transplanting trowel. You’ll have your very own Kew Gardens in no time!
I’ll be making basil pesto from scratch with this nifty indoor garden. Growing your own fresh herbs at home, all year round is foolproof with this. Simply insert the 3 pods, fill the pots, connect the cable to the LED lamp, and watch your herbs grow. The compact design means it’ll fit in any sized-kitchen too.
Serving up a good dose of escapism at a time when it’s needed the most, we’re sharing our pick of the best interiors and property shows. Makeovers, masterclasses, life-hacks and decluttering tips, there’s plenty here to inspire you.
Luckily for us, cultural institutions are opening their doors to the internet so that we can be educated and entertained from across the globe. Watch the Metropolitan Opera perform Carmen in your pyjamas, or pick up some acting tips from none other than Dame Helen Mirren - there's plenty to explore online.
Set in stunning private grounds, this heritage property is Grade II listed and understood to date back to 1580. It is arranged over three floors with classic proportions and elegant period features including Delft tiling, high ceilings, 17th century oak panelling and original fireplaces.
This 10-bedroom manor house has an outstanding entrance hall boasting a double height ceiling and minstrels gallery. The property, which has been subtly modernised, has outbuildings that are perfect for conversion and is surrounded by over 20 acres of domestic and agricultural land.
Spanning around 650 sq m with a total of 7 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms and 2 reception rooms as well as 2 additional cottages, this idyllic French home is surrounded by olive trees, lavender and heath and offers beautiful views over the Luberon.
Offering equal amounts of luxury and privacy, this gated, detached waterside house in the well-heeled area of Poole offers an abundance of accommodation. It has been off the market for nearly 20 years and planning is already granted for new build homes or apartments, making it a unique investment opportunity.
This brand new beach front home has been designed by award-winning architects Terence O’Rourke. The luxurious home is arranged across four floors which are serviced by a lift and includes an indoor swimming pool.
A Mediterranean villa in the Caribbean-like bay of Cala Blava with direct sea access, this extraordinary living space is a modern masterpiece in one of Mallorca's most beautiful settings. The 6-bedroom and 6-bathroom property has been crafted with meticulous attention to detail.
You may recognise this charming 6-bedroom property in Kingston-upon-Thames as the house from the John Lewis Christmas TV advert back in 2014 (the one with the young boy and penguin playing hide-and-seek). It has retained its period features and magical charm, including high ceilings, generous windows and a homely kitchen complete with an Aga.
Proving less is more, this contemporary minimalist home designed by world famous architect Claudio Silvestrin shows that pared-back interiors can allow for space and light to do the talking. There’s plenty of room for both indoor and outdoor entertaining, and the mature, ground floor level gardens have been designed by RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold prize-winning designer Chris Beardshaw.
Tucked away in Belgravia’s Wilton Mews sits this impressive new build home. Ample lateral space, large reception rooms and 6 generously-sized bedrooms with en suite facilities make this home ideal for entertaining. There’s also an indoor swimming pool, gym, and lift serving all floors and two garages.
Regal, imposing and epitomising the finest English architecture, Silk House (named after the explorer James Silk Buckingham) sits pride of place at the south-west corner of Regent’s Park, on Cornwall Terrace. Restored to the specification of the Crown Estate and English Heritage it is the ultimate inner-city, luxury family home.
Nestled amidst a green landscape of ferns, this 6-bedroom house, with a private garden, garage and swimming pool, has been impeccably designed by architects Stanton Williams. Modern and voluminous from the outside, the north London home is flooded with light and filled with distinctive features such as footbridge and galleried reception.
This imposing house located in north west London’s exclusive Hamilton Terrace has been built to the highest of specifications. The gated property sprawls across 11,420 sq ft of living area and houses a leisure complex, landscaped garden, large terrace, games room, bar and an attached mews house.
Despite being sky-high, this luxury penthouse in the Hell’s Kitchen district of New York has a grounded and peaceful feel, owing in part to the neutral, earthy palette and subtle contrast of natural textures.
As London’s property market continues to grow, residential, commercial and other multi-use property developments of varying scales are cropping up across the city. From much sought after luxury new homes in the heart of town to incredible new real estate that’s putting otherwise overlooked areas firmly on the map, there’s definitely a lot to be excited about. We’ve rounded up our favourite 25 new developments in London for 2020 and beyond.
Now that staying in is the new going out, we’ve called on some of our trusted clients and friends for their recommendations on how to make the new normal a bit more bearable. We all need a bit of healthy distraction from the news every now and again, so we’re sharing binge-worthy TV shows, books to bury your head in and podcasts to help you fill your time. We’ve also thrown in a few design pieces to make the Netflix and chilling more cosy.
As many of us have more time to spend in the kitchen, we’ve also curated a list of our favourite food suppliers, if there was ever a time to support sustainable producers and local businesses, it’s now. From farm-fresh fruit and vegetables to grass-fed meat that's perfect for Easter, these ingredients will inspire you to sharpen your cooking skills.
Enjoy your favourite coffee at home with the De'Longhi Eletta coffee machine. The sleek and compact design means it will look great without taking up too much space and the functions allow you to programme the strength, length and temperature of your coffee so you'll always have the perfect cup.
This six-bed, six-bath triplex apartment spans a generous 13,000 sq ft and soars above East 22nd Street and Park Avenue South. Set within Kohn Pedersen Fox’s latest skyscraper, the interiors have been designed collaboratively by Thomas Juul-Hansen, Lee F. Mindel of SheltonMindel, and Ryan Korban.
An elegantly presented Grade II listed country house amidst 171 acres of immaculate parkland, woodland and pastures. Walled gardens, lakes, a swimming pool and a tennis court provide wonderful outdoor activities and inside, ornate cornicing and stunning fireplaces add to the grandeur of the property, which was once occupied by Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, who served as Prime Minister from 1905 to 1908.
This modern, classic bedroom is small but perfectly formed. Set within a multi-award winning property, the interiors we have created here show how an efficient use of space doesn’t have to mean compromising on style.
Referred to as one of the most beautiful homes in the entire Bahamas, this stunning property offers 150ft of waterfront with a private beach and 150ft of canal frontage. Indoor-outdoor living at its very best, the refined aesthetic includes white glass flooring, natural bush hammered white quartz, a Bocci chandelier, Paola Lenti outdoor furniture and indoor furniture by Minotti and B&B Italia.
Concrete, natural wood and stone are the main materials used to create this low-key, minimal home in north west London. Takero Shimazaki Architects focused on the inclusion of tactile elements using herringbone marble tiling and bare plaster walls as well as archways to softly illustrate the source of inspiration, which was JMW Turner’s ‘Interior of an Italian Church’.
If a noisy home means you can’t knuckle down, these chic Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i headphones are noise cancelling, so they’ll help drown out the distractions.
This four-bedroom, seven-bathroom cast-iron loft boasts an enormous slate-grey, vaulted ceiling kitchen with ample storage space. Designed by AML Architecture/Roman and Williams, this illustrious home’s interior features include custom fabricated steel doors, windows and skylights and exemplary attention to detail throughout.
This stunning penthouse at 172 Madison Avenue boasts an unusually generous amount of outdoor space, with over 3,500 sq ft of terraces and a private rooftop pool. The Karl Fischer-designed tower sits next to the Empire State Building and sprawls across five floors. The property also includes access to a spa, pet spa and gym complete with a yoga studio.
This unique residential development of 145 apartments stands out amongst the city landscape thanks to its cast iron framework. Set within three conjoined gasholders, architecture firm Wilkinson Eyre designed the exterior and Jonathan Tuckey the interiors. Residents will have access to a gym, spa, cinema and a communal rooftop garden landscaped by Chelsea Flower Show gold medallist Dan Pearson.
More time at home means more time to experiment in the kitchen with new and perhaps more adventurous recipes. For precision cooking, this Nano Sous Vide Precision Cooker by Anova Culinary is my ultimate kitchen companion. It can be monitored and controlled from my phone, leaving me to potter about until dinner’s ready.
Lots of time spent indoors with central heating and a lack of fresh air and daylight can take its toll on skin. This luxurious mud mask by Omorovicza is like an at-home facial which gently exfoliates and brightens the complexion.
This limited collection of thirty-two remarkable properties are housed within the top 30 floors of The Woolworth Tower, one of NYC’s most iconic skyscrapers. The gothic building is known for its gargoyles, flying buttresses and verdigris crown and has never housed private residences until now. Famed French architect Thierry W Despont is responsible for this highly-anticipated transformation.
These 10 acres of conservation land are situated within Kapalua Resort. It offers resort-style accommodations for 12 or more as well as amenities to match, including a pool with lounging area and spa, outdoor barbecue and entertainment area, gym, game room, and two kitchens. A portion of this legacy property is protected by Hawaiian Islands Land Trust.
While spring is in bloom and the weather is brighter, now’s the time to get green fingered and tend to the garden. These raised wooden beds by WoodBlocX come in varying sizes and are great for anything from flower beds to small fruit, veg and herb patches.
Perched atop a hill with 360° panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, this dreamy property is the ultimate tropical escape. Occupying almost three acres of land peppered with palm trees and bougainvillea, it offers seclusion, freedom and understated luxury.
This classic, Queen Anne-style 12-bedroom country house sits within a 15-acre private estate and has a rich history. Built in the Queen Anne style in 1760, Lady Bingham, wife of Sir George Bingham who guarded the deposed Napoleon previously owned the property which offers luxury and comfort within a quintessentially British aesthetic. The layout of the house is adaptable, catering to large parties, whether celebrating or relaxing.
A charming countryside escape, this 15th century estate provides accommodation for 30 guests. In addition to the Manor House, the property includes four barns of varying sizes. With views over the rolling country hills, there’s plenty of space to explore and connect with the great outdoors.
In the heart of Austria sits this enchanting castle that would make for an unforgettable wedding or celebration venue. With plenty of cultural offerings in the area including wines, castles, abbeys and medieval villages, the castle also makes for a great location for private or corporate retreats. An in-house events team can work closely with guests to curate the perfect celebration, give advice, ideas and support or to be on hand for any unexpected requirements. The Castle is only available to hire from March to October.
This former rectory makes for an idyllic holiday home. The peaceful country mansion offers 17 acres of gardens and woodland and inside, there is a vast expanse of space for socialising, with four main reception rooms. There is also an elegant orangery and large farmhouse kitchen, for ultimate countryside charm.
This characterful London apartment, with its stained glass windows, mezzanine level, mosaic floors, mahogany fireplaces and barrelled ceiling is located just a short walk from Hyde Park. Many of its original period features have been restored and it was formerly occupied by Vicomtesse Petersham in the 20th century, as well as serving as a shoot location for Sir Paul McCartney’s 1984 film ‘Give my regards to Broad Street’.
360-degree views across Central Park, Hudson River, East River and the downtown NYC skyline are just one of the benefits of this impressive four-bedroom duplex. The luxury Jean Nouvel-designed property sits atop the Museum of Modern Art and was brought to life in collaboration with world-renowned interior designer Thierry Despont.
This south-west London home perfectly represents immaculate open-plan living. Double-height ceilings and big windows add depth while a large roof terrace overlooking Barnes and Harrods Village provides modern outdoor space. The loft-style master bedroom spans the entire width of the building.
Situated in the former Abdallah Bustros Palace, the 19th century interiors of this Lebanese restaurant in Beirut are still regal and lavish, yet with a playful edge that prevents the place from feeling stuffy. A creamy palette is offset with bespoke wallpaper and Moorish style interior windows.
A women’s only work and wellness-focused social club in New York’s upper east side. Working with architect Lubrano Ciavarra and Ronen Lev for the interior design, the space is bright, mood-lifting and more sophisticatedly neutral than overly feminine.
Sweetwater is a New Orleans-inspired cocktail bar set across two levels within Lafayette, a new 600-capacity music and nightlife venue within the Goods Way project. A modern take on saloon-style watering holes, the huge space also houses a plant-covered courtyard dedicated to street food.
Laptops are often too high or too low, which can strain your neck. Ideally, the top of your monitor should be just below eye level. This bamboo tablet and laptop table from Von Haus has a handy in-built drawer for USB drives, pens, notepads or snacks.
Board games always bring a family of all generations together. One of my childhood favourites and a classic is Rummikub. Less screen time, more fun, and a little healthy competition!
This airy converted warehouse restaurant in Bethnal Green is the latest opening from New Zealand-based coffee roasters Ozone. East London interior design studio Box 9 crafted a modern space that reflects Ozone’s ethos of sustainability, using plywood benches and architecture studio Snøhetta's S-1500 chairs which are made from recycled ﬁshing nets.
The popular Italian eatery by renowned chef Angela Hartnett opens its third branch serving up simple but sumptuous interiors designed by GS Contracts. Glazed tiles, textured glass, chandeliers and a timber-panelled bar provide a rich mix of textures.
Sri Lankan dining goes back to basics in this Soho restaurant. The interior designers, Studio Fils and Whitebox London, combine aged brickwork, raw plasterwork and dark wood for stripped-back, Geoffrey Bawa-inspired vibes. Batik art by Sonali Dharmawardena and paper pendant lights also give a subtle nod to the island aesthetic.
Located in the basement of East London’s Boundary hotel, legendary British designer Terence Conran’s new restaurant celebrates wild, foraged ingredients under the watchful eye of chef Richard McLellan. Architecture studio Kirkwood McCarthy crafted a grand, impressive space with an earthy feel.
This is the new outpost for Padella, which garnered a cult following since initially opening in Borough Market. The designers at DayStudio offset multicoloured marble surfaces against golden details and stripped-back walls. The signature open kitchen allows guests to watch the chefs make fresh Italian pasta while dining.
French designer Pierre Yovanovitch has revamped the interiors of Michelin-starred French chef Hélène Darroze’s restaurant to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The new design shows a bold contrast of colours and furnishings in yellow, red and salmon-pink hues.
Located in the Royal Festival Hall and designed by HOK, the theatrical interiors of this bar and restaurant combine pattern and colour in a way that clashes without being jarring. Velvet curtains, a marble bar and rounded leather booths provide the perfect perch for socialising in this space that’s specially catered to music lovers.
The interior designers behind Chiltern Firehouse, Studio KO, have injected "the sensuality and glamour of the 1960s and 70s" into the interiors of this Mediterranean eatery. Terrazzo flooring is softened up with patterned carpet and special attention has been given to the seating which is a combination of leather banquettes and blue velvet armchairs.
"The sumptuous style of ‘Mad Men’ reflects the current zealous appetite for mid-century modern furniture” says Maria Fitzpatrick.
When Clare Gaskin Interiors and Designed by Woulfe decided to collaborate on a room set for DreamHouzz 2018 we looked no further than the classy interiors of the late Fifties and Sixties.
When I launched my interior design business I spent money on shit I did not need. I changed my services way too regularly and I was running around chasing the knowledge I hoped would make me a star!
Outsourcing has always played an important role in my company and has allowed me run projects in various countries at the same time.
Having fully embraced it as a business concept it has let me invest my own time into more profitable activities and concentrate on doing what I do best!
On the run up to Decorex 2018 I reached out to some people I’ve met on my own journey to discuss outsourcing with them.