5 Questions to Ask the Neighbours Before Buying a House

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Buying a home is a big deal, so it’s important to carry out as much research as you can. This could include checking out the local area, researching the price of similar properties and even having a quick conversation with your potentially new neighbours.

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Whether it’s your first home or not, buying a house is an exciting time, but don’t be afraid to ask the neighbours questions. After all, they’ll likely know a lot about the area and will be much more honest than the sellers or estate agents. With this in mind, here are five insightful questions you could ask the neighbours before buying a house.

1. How long have you lived here?

This is a simple question that could be incredibly insightful. If they’ve been there for a long time, it could be a good sign. However, even if they’ve only lived there for a year or so, they might be able to give you an insight into moving to the area. It will also help you get a feel for the neighbours and if they’re interested in answering your questions or not.

2. Do you enjoy living in the area?

If they’re reluctant to give too much information after your first question, asking about the area will help you get to the bottom of the neighbourhood and the people that live within it. From this one question, you’ll be able to find out how safe the area is, what the other residents are like, and how sociable everyone is.

3. Is the neighbourhood child-friendly?

Moving to a new area is as challenging for children as it is for parents, so it’s only fair to ask about its child-friendliness. With this insightful question, you might find there are plenty of other children for your kids to play with, or you might discover it’s an adult-dominated street. Either way, it will help you decide if the area is right for you and your family. You could also ask about schools in the area to find out about their reputation.

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4. Is there anything I should be aware of?

This is another important question to ask the sellers and estate agents, but the neighbours might be willing to dish a little more dirt than those looking to make a quick sale. You can expect a few jokes to be made from friendly neighbours, and chances are they won’t have any worrying concerns to express. However, it’s a simple question for your own peace of mind. After all, you never know what it could reveal.

5. If you could change anything about the area, what would it be?

This might sound like an intense, interview-style question, but it could reveal some very important answers. Maybe they’d like the pot holes to be filled in, improved street security, or locals-only street parking. Whatever their answer, it will help you pick out any qualms they have with the area and make a decision on whether or not to purchase the property.

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Buying your first home

The next time you head to view a home, don’t forget to set aside a couple of minutes to chat with the neighbours. If you’re currently looking for your first property, why not enlist the help of specialist first-time buyers solicitors, ET Law? They can help you get the best deal on your first home, by streamlining the house buying process for you and helping you to understand exactly what you’re getting for your money. A good residential property solicitor can also help you carry out property checks, so you can be even more certain it’s the right property for you.




A Vibrant Family Home Full of Unusual Shapes and Bright Colours

This bright and colourful townhouse in Hampstead Manor, London, has recently been transformed by Pandora Taylor into a vibrant family home.

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With a limited budget, Pandora turned to bold colour choices and bespoke designs, to create a home that would be totally unique. Great care was exercised when sourcing the furniture pieces, ensuring that each piece had a discernible intrigue, whether in shape, form or materiality. “Buying furniture should have the same care, attention and due diligence taken over it as when buying a piece of art. Just because something is functional does not mean it can’t hold unique interest and tell its own story.”

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Pandora also comments: “I love to use unexpected shapes when designing headboards, they are a big feature in any bedroom and can often be a missed opportunity to add character and whimsy to a room.”

We love the bold artwork (particularly in the dining room), the comfy looking sofas and the unusual wall paint treatments.

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Pandora Taylor. The studio, Pandora Taylor, was set up by its namesake in June 2018. Prior to that, Pandora worked as Senior Interior Designer at Kitesgrove, a quietly assured design practice specialising in high-end, private residential work. It was here she developed a taste for designing her own furniture as well as honing an informal, playful design style. Pandora is strongly influenced by her earlier studies including Classics at school, and History of Art at Leeds University. It is through this that she developed an interest in art and design and most importantly the idea that each piece holds a unique story, whether it be the artist/maker, the concept behind it or the cultural environment it was born out of.

The studio finished the Hampstead Manor project at the end of December and is currently working on a South London home for a private client.

A Mid-Century Modern Remodel Creates a Light and Airy Family Home

The owners of this stunning renovation (a family of four with young children), wanted to update their recently purchased home to meet their growing needs across generations. It was essential to maintain the mid-century modern style throughout the project but most importantly, they wanted more natural light brought into the dark kitchen and cramped bathrooms while creating a smoother connection between the living spaces.

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The kitchen was expanded into the dining area, using part of the original kitchen area as a butler's pantry. With the main kitchen brought out into an open space with new larger windows and two skylights the space became light, open, and airy. Custom cabinetry throughout the kitchen and butler's pantry brought functionality to the space. And removing the wall between the kitchen and dining room, and widening the opening from the dining room to the living room created a more open and natural flow between the spaces.

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New redwood siding was installed in the entry foyer to match the original siding in the family room so it felt original to the house and consistent between the spaces. While oak flooring was installed throughout the house enhancing the movement between the new kitchen and adjacent areas.

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The two original bathrooms felt dark and cramped so they were expanded and also feature larger windows, modern fixtures and new tiles throughout. Custom vanities bring a unified look and feel from the kitchen into the new bathrooms. Designs included plans for a future in-law unit to accommodate the needs of an older generation.

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The house is much brighter, feels more unified with wider open site lines that provide the family with a better transition and seamless connection between rooms.

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Klopf Architecture Project Team: John Klopf and Angela Todorova

Contractor: Don Larwood

Structural Engineer: Sezen & Moon Structural Engineering, Inc.

Photography ©2018 Scott Maddern

Location: Lafayette, CA

Year completed: 2018

A Warm and Welcoming Family Home in Chicago

After five years of renovating other people’s homes and helping them make their dreams come true, Mika of Interiors by Mika decided it was time to design the home her family had always wanted, based on their tastes and needs.

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The house itself was originally built around 1910 and was a typical Chicago two flat brick building that she converted into a single family home with her husband in 2016. It was a complete gut rehab. Only two exterior walls remained, and all of the rest was taken down to the studs, and re-built for the layout the family needed.

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Located in the neighborhood of North Canter, it’s a great place to raise a family. “We enjoy on one hand being in the city, and on the other, feeling like we are in the suburbs. It’s very safe, quiet, yet still has a lot to offer like lots of restaurants, shops, and parks - all within walking distance. It has great schools and a wonderful community too.”

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Must-haves for the new home were an open-plan floor concept on the main living area, with as few walls as possible. Also, as a family with three young girls who spend a lot of time in the kitchen, a large eat-in kitchen was important. As was a barista station for a professional coffee machine and grinder. Lastly, Mika wanted to include a powder room on the main living floor that was privately positioned, so now a small foyer area leads into it without sacrificing the open floor plan. As an added bonus, this foyer, with the console table that fits just perfectly, allows for some extra storage and adds a surprising, interesting element to the space.

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During the construction work, a load bearing post was discovered where the kitchen island was to be positioned. Initially this was bad news as Mika was not planning on having a column in the middle of the room. But it was then decided to take advantage of this post and it was expanded to created a feature wall which now has three main functions. It defines the barista station and allows for extra storage for cups and mugs in the wall niche, it functions as a partition between the kitchen and the family room, and lastly, it acts as a magnetic/chalkboard wall in the family room.

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This small wall has now become the focal point of the kitchen, both aesthetically and functionally, and it is the perfect solution for the family’s lifestyle and needs.

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We couldn’t resist asking Mika which aspects of this stunning renovation she was most happy with.

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Oh, there are a lot. I really like everything about our new home! if I have to point out a few of those features it would probably be the open floor plan, so once you are in the house, the entire living space is in right in front of you. I also love the double, black and dramatic entry doors which lead into an inviting ,warm and functional entryway. The entryway is the first thing guests see when they come through the door so it’s important to pay attention to the details and give it the TLC it needs. Lastly, I love the larger windows that bring in a lot of natural light.”

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Interior Designer: Interiors by Mika.

Architects: Nabil for ZED Architects.

Construction Work: Adam from A to Z Constructions.

A Batchelor Pad With an Industrial Vibe for Twin Brothers

This is the home of two twin brothers in São Paulo. The two engineers asked Casa 100 Arquitetura to remodel the apartment in the neighbourhood of Brooklin to provide a comfortable home with ample spaces to also entertain friends.

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With this brief in mind the architects expanded the social area, and pushed it outwards to integrate the balcony into the living space. The open kitchen has been fitted with cabinets that hold utensils and food, and in front of it, an office-designed Piguês marble island serves as a base for cooking and also as a support for the wooden demolition base transformed into a dining table.

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Instead of placing pictures on the wall, the brothers wanted a decorative element that was dynamic. "We suggested the use of a pop mesh, industrial looking, so that with little hooks they could create the displays they wanted to decorate the space," say the architects. The structure works like a blank canvas that can receive pendant plants and compose a vertical garden in the room.

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To enhance the sense of spaciousness, the same porcelain flooring was used throughout the apartment. On the walls, the apparent concrete alternates with the strong turquoise color that highlights the kitchen area and the area of the TV.

Photos: Gui Morelli

A Covent Garden Pied à Terre Filled with Light and Clever Storage

This recently completed one bedroom pied à terre apartment in Covent Garden London, was sent to us by Elly MacDonald who runs a small interior design business servicing homes in London and Surrey. As always when we see a stunning project that we’d like to move into ourselves, we had a few questions….

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What type of house is it?

It’s a one bedroom flat in a modern apartment block, with a petite terrace overlooking a courtyard below.

Who lives here?

The client is very sociable, who uses it as a pied à terre when up in London, which impacted the design a little given that it’s not a full-time home. However she wanted to keep a keen eye on re-sale considerations so we made sure to still include plenty of storage etc. Insufficient storage is a perennial issue in apartments of this size, so we maximised use of space inside furniture, almost doubled the kitchen cabinetry storage space, and added built-in shelving and cubbies wherever possible, for instance either side of a mechanised TV stand hidden away inside a bench when not in use.

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How did the family/owners intend to use their home?

It’s really just used at weekends, for a night or two at a time, as it’s ideally located within striking distance of the West End and the Theatre District. We incorporated a sofa bed into the living room, and maximised the seating options in there so that the client is able to welcome family and friends over as guests. We tucked the TV away inside custom cabinetry, with an electric mechanism so that it can be hidden away when entertaining guests. The client does not do much cooking there, so we used a wipeable kitchen paint as the splashback instead of tiles to help the kitchen blend more seamlessly into the open plan living room.

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Where is it?

It’s just off the market square in Covent Garden, tucked behind a busy street away from the tourist hustle and bustle. Working on a property in such a central location came with a few logistical challenges, but the end result was very much worth it!

What was the client brief?

To brighten and lighten the space from its previous dark and dated form without it becoming a bland minimalist box; to maximise the natural light coming from windows on just one side of the property; to keep the overall scheme fairly neutral and ‘not trendy’ but to also bring in a few accents of colour; to bring in a sense of depth and history to a contemporary scheme, as the interior of the property was very new and lacked architectural detail.

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So we maximised the feeling of spaciousness by lightening up the walls and flooring but maintained interest and depth through using lots of natural finishes, from rattan and seagrass through to antiqued brass and mother of pearl, vintage textiles from Thailand and the occasional piece of antique-style furniture, and plenty of stunning accessories and artwork.

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Is there any interesting history or background to the project that will interest our readers?

We discovered just in the nick of time that the dining set the client had inherited from the previous owner was a set of authentic Charles Rennie Mackintosh DS3 chairs and DS2 table, which were discontinued in the 70s, making them really quite valuable – the client understandably hadn’t realised as it often takes a design background to spot these things, and we were very happy to give her the good news that they should not in fact just be thrown away!

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Were there any period details to be preserved or limitations on the design?

We had to work around a series of structural reinforced concrete columns and beams, which were mostly fine as we just incorporated them into the structure of the walls and ceilings and used the same emulsion paint on them to blend in. However there was one tricky column right in the centre of the main kitchen/living room wall, which we solved by wrapping a raised peninsula dining bar around its width.

What was the scope of the job? Renovation, building work, or just decorating?

Renovation of whole flat (living/kitchen, hallway, bedroom, terrace), decorating and accessorising. With client work I usually style up projects with accessories, artwork, textiles etc for my portfolio photoshoot, and then invite the client to come in and ‘shop’ for as many or as few of the items as they like – in this case the client loved almost everything so I ended up taking disappointingly little away again!

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Where do you go for inspiration when starting a new project?

I always ask my clients to give me three or four adjectives of how they would like the finished space to feel, and then use that as the basis of the project. I very commonly find that clients know exactly how they want their home to feel, but find it a challenge to translate that description into an actual design scheme, especially with the added considerations of getting things like the lighting, storage etc correct. In this case we had ‘light-filled’, ‘fresh’ and ‘welcoming’.

How do you present a new design concept to your clients? What tools do you use?

A mixture of floor plans and elevations, combined with design scheme boards and sample boards – I use a lot of stunning natural finishes in my work, and find they can only be truly appreciated by touching them and seeing in person the weave of the linen or the grain of the whitewashed wood or the patina of the antiqued copper.

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Did the client have much input into the finished design?

Yes a reasonable amount, I really love it when clients jump in with opinions or requests, or challenge me on aspects of the project. In this project the client had a few specific requests, such as the monochrome artwork over the master bed and the deep indigo Persian rug in the living room.

Did the client have existing items that needed to be incorporated into the new design?

No, everything was brand new. She was fed up of the dark heavy furniture and textiles and wanted a brand new fresh look. I do love working on projects where we have the challenge of incorporating existing items, but it’s also exciting to have a totally blank slate.

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Can you give some details of the products you used. Designer names, shops, websites?

I’d been desperate to include the stunning tan leather/metalwork bar stools from West Elm for a long time, and was so pleased when the client jumped at the chance to incorporate these.

Another favourite were the vintage Thai indigo and white Khmer silk textiles we had made into lumbar pillows – I have a huge weakness for hand-woven artisanal textiles, and own an arguably over-extensive collection from Asia that I’m slowly working my way through!

And lastly I love Nkuku as my ‘go to’ for fabulous brass picture frames and quirky accessories.

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What aspect of the renovation are you most happy with?

How well the open plan kitchen/living room turned out, incorporating the kitchen cabinetry as seamlessly as possible into the petite space. It was the first time I’ve used a dining bar peninsula, and after agonising over the design and dimensions for days I was very pleased to see it turn out perfectly! By running the Carrara marble-effect quartz worktop all the way around to the dining bar, we avoided any jarring transition between the kitchen and the lounging areas. I always try to tiptoe a little outside the box on every project I take on – design is a lot more rewarding and fun with a small amount of risk-taking!

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What aspect of the renovation are your clients most happy with?

She could not believe how light and bright it is now: ‘I can’t believe it’s the same flat!’ were her exact words! It’s my favourite part of the project seeing my clients’ eyes light up when seeing the big reveal for the first time.

Image credits - Moritz Schmittat and Elly MacDonald

Elly MacDonald Design 

A London Home That Mixes Scandi Style with Bold Artwork

This stunning maisonette in a converted Victorian townhouse has recently been renovated by Shanade McAllister-Fisher for a young professional couple enjoying a bustling city life. The property comprises of two bedrooms; a guest and master, bathroom and an open plan living space boasting spectacular views across London. Perfect for relaxing, dining, and entertaining friends with plenty of cocktails.

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Sofa - Bespoke design. Rug - Gobi Shaggy - Benuta. Coffee table - Rebar - Hay. Side tables - Marble nest table - French connection

We asked the designers a few questions about the project.

What was the client brief? 

In this case our clients wanted a relaxed, but entertaining space. They required an overall look and feel that could blend their two different personalities. One that would seamlessly mix the natural appeal of a Scandi design with a vibrant and fun collaboration between colour, shapes and texture. The result is a collection of spaces filled with interest, yet reassuringly relaxing.

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What was the scope of the job? Renovation, building work, or just decorating? 

The apartment was in a good condition so the main bulk of the project was centred around decoration and furnishing, however the rooms were consistently vanilla with little usable storage, so to provide greater impact we opted to include a significant amount of bespoke joinery to maximise space.

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Where do you go for inspiration when starting a new project? 

Every project is different but for this project the inspiration came from the owners bold artwork collection. This formed the basis for our gallery wall and helped influence a colour palette for the entire design. I consider art to be one of my most powerful allies when designing, so it was an absolute pleasure to pick through their pieces and add to their collection.

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Vanity unit - Noir Craft - Bathstore. Basin - Noir Square - Bathstore. Mirror - Patsy - Habitat.

Light - Solo Suspension Light - Intueri Light.

Did the client have much input into the finished design? 

Absolutely, It was incredibly important to us that the finished project was collaboration. We worked particularly closely together to develop a scheme that created the right mood and feeling while allowing my clients personality to shine through.

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Pendant light - IC Pendant Light - Flos. Bedside table - Carson - Swoon.

What aspect of the renovation are you most happy with? 

Personally I am really happy with the master bedroom. The depth of green against the natural sisal flooring, the wallpapered wardrobe detail created an incredibly harmonious and intriguing space, which was finished off with some beautiful globe lighting which is a consistent feature throughout the design. I also love the blush pink touches that add a feminine accent.

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What aspect of the renovation are your clients most happy with? 

My clients absolutely love the overall design but in particular we solved their lack of storage through the inclusion of bespoke joinery in the living/dining area. We designed it to be unobtrusive but dramatic using hand less doors, ribbed glass and timber details with the use of and a singular dark colour for cohesion and impact.










A Victorian Townhouse Renovation with Modern Touches

LLI Design have recently completed a total refurbishment of this 3 storey Victorian townhouse on a leafy residential road in Highgate, a desirable residential area of North London. The clients wanted to create a warm, comfortable home with modern touches. Although the house was in a reasonable condition, the joinery and fittings throughout the house were dated, had been well used and looked tired. Many of the period features had been stripped out and those that remained had not been maximised. All in all, the house lacked character and personality although it benefited from ‘good bones’, nicely proportioned rooms, a delightful garden and a handsome exterior.

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LLI Design felt that more could be made of the period features, enhancing some and reinstating others to bring out more of the Victorian feel of the property. The brief was to create a warm, comfortable and welcoming home referencing and emphasising the house’s Victorian past as well as adding more contemporary elements to the scheme

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Although the entrance hallway was a good size it lacked character. The stained glass in the fan light window above the front door and side window were reinstated in a bespoke design, bringing light, colour and texture into the hallway.

The original tiled floor had long been removed so the whole of the entrance hall in was re-tiled in crisp black and white period tiles with a border pattern. This immediately visually increased the size and lightness of the hall area.

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In the living and dining rooms new light greyed oak parquet floors were specified and traditional white marble fireplaces installed. Bespoke pale grey lacquer joinery was designed and installed either side of the fireplaces in both rooms, incorporating plenty of storage, with asymmetrical shelving which were lit with individual accent in joinery spotlights

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The kitchen extension, although a good size, was rather dark, with a wall of folding sliding doors on one side at the back overlooking the garden. The architectural style was traditional and in keeping with the architecture of the house. The rear extension was enhanced by adopting a contemporary aesthetic, installing folding sliding doors in dark grey aluminium on 2 sides. This allowed in copious amounts of light and gave a real sense of connection with the garden.

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The existing kitchen was re-designed to suit the family, with a bespoke joinery kitchen in lacquer, with walnut drawers and interiors. The styling is contemporary classic in soft colours with plenty of storage, including a generous larder and breakfast cupboard to house a kettle and toaster as well as a small wine fridge. Thus eliminating all clutter with everything being behind doors when not required.

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By subtle changes to the spaces and by adding texture, color and interesting material choices LLI Design were able to create a warm, comfortable and welcoming family home. They have achieved a harmonious and calm aesthetic throughout, with modern touches within a timeless design

For more information : llidesign.co.uk

A Croatian Villa That Combines Traditional Istrian with Modern Industrial Style

This extraordinary renovated villa is located in Istria, near the wonderful town of Novigrad. Villa Covri got its name after the Istrian village Kovri where she is located, and is situated only 4 km from the nearest beach.

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The villa was originally built in the 16th century and was completely restored in 2017 with furnishings of the highest quality and environmentally friendly paint. The old beams that have for centuries framed this beautiful villa have also been restored while the old stone has been put to new use.

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Marble of the highest quality from Istrian quarry’s was used to decorate the house. The interior consists of three floors which successfully combine traditional Istrian with modern industrial style which makes this place especially inviting.

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The open-plan living and dining areas, together with a fully equipped kitchen and toilet are located on the ground floor. Three spacious bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms are located on the first floor where one of the bedrooms has a terrace from which you can directly access the garden.

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The other two comfortable bedrooms, also with en-suite bathrooms, are located on the second floor.

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The villa is surrounded by a beautiful Mediterranean style garden with lavender, rosemary and olive trees surrounding the refreshing private pool.

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Guests can experience water sports at a discount. Yachts and other boats can also be arranged. And for those who would like to truly relax - a top yoga teacher can come to the villa and offer a private or group class as well as a massage.

Villa Covri

Architect/studio; Boris Ruzic

Photographs: Rajan Milosevic / Koridor 27

An Inspirational Home Renovation Where Everything is in Order

This is the home of boutique stationer Neil and graphic designer Mark. Together they worked with Matt McKenna of Architecture for London to complete a full renovation on a modest budget without compromising on style.

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The new kitchen, dining and study spaces are informally defined by exposed oak posts and beams, allowing natural light to penetrate deep into the lower ground floor plan. Framed views are created between the spaces and direct the eye towards the lush green garden outside. Inside, soap washed timber bounces soft light around the house, enhancing the layered internal partitions.

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Right angles play a huge part throughout the property with bricks in a variety of bonds externally, and square tiles with contrasting colour grout lines to the kitchen and bathroom. This contemporary, geometric approach is contrasted with refurbished traditional Victorian details on the upper floor, where the large skirting boards were painted to match the walls for a harmonised finish.

The depth of the rear extension was restricted by an existing upstairs neighbour’s stair, which had to be retained to allow access to their garden but this has in no way diminished the view either inside or out. Peterson bricks, akin to the tone of whitewashed London stock, cover the rear as it tucks underneath the stair, and fluted glass reduces the impact of this stair when viewed from the new study. Garden life is brought right through the house from potted plants in the kitchen to a large planter in the hall.

As befitting the home of a stationer and designer, this renovation highly compliments the considered and detailed approach that Neil and Mark bring to their work. The clients put significant energy into decorating, sourcing discounted fixtures and furniture, all allowing the budget to be pushed to the maximum.

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In the kitchen, the lines from the raw oak beams run through the kitchen cabinets, splash back tiles, and terrazzo tiled floor. Using terrazzo tiles with matching grout gives the impression of a site poured terrazzo floor for a fraction of the cost. Other design led savings included using standard Ikea kitchen carcasses with upgraded fronts finished with minimal knobs.

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Neil and Mark deeply engaged in the process, leading to a home that is truly theirs. Like a neatly ruled grid in a stationers notebook, the house is all in order.

Project Architect:
Matt McKenna, Architecture for London

Photography:
Christian Brailey

Things You Need to Know About the Mobile Homes Building Process

When you decide to purchase a mobile home, there is a whole process that goes behind building it. This type of house is manufactured and is transported in 1 or 2 pieces depending upon the size. Whether you are putting it together yourself or letting the pros take care of it, there are some things you should know about the building process.

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There are Different Levels of Affordability

One thing you need to know about the mobile home building process are that there are different levels of affordability. Manufacturers usually build their houses at 3 different levels. The most affordable are lower cost due to the use of cheaper materials.

For example, a 3rd tier mobile home may have staples instead of nails holding it together. These are the most popular types of manufactured homes due to the cheaper cost. Don’t worry though. The quality of the construction is overseen by housing development codes.

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Mid-level models typically feature more expensive materials. The windows and doors are more likely to be energy efficient. Aside from that, the features of the home are better made. Some examples are the cabinets and sink. These mobile homes typically reside in communities and have garages.

The most expensive mobile homes feature top of the line materials. This includes countertops, flooring, cabinets, roofing, and just about everything else built in. Furthermore, you won’t usually find these at dealership lots. Instead they take more time and require a lot of effort to put together.

Build on Your Own Land

It’s best to build on your own land as opposed to renting the land. When you rent, your mobile home really has no permanent resting place. Lot owners could increase the price of the land each year if they wanted. They could even potentially kick you off at any time. Another reason it is best to build your mobile home on your own land is property value. When a mobile home is anchored securely to its own piece of land, buyers are willing to pay much more.

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There are Choices

When deciding who you want to build your mobile home you should shop around. Many manufacturers have their own construction crew you can pay to go out and put it together. If they don’t, they usually have a group of outside contractors they use. Or, you have the option of hiring your own contractor. Just remember the mobile home manufacturers have a lot of experience with hiring people.

Either way, you will want to do your research on the companies first. You can simply search for reviews online. It is easy to find licensed professionals in this area. Or, talk to someone that has a mobile home you like. They may be able to recommend someone dependable like https://www.quick-garden.co.uk/. It is good to find out if they left any work unfinished or any materials behind at the end. Ask if the contractor is easy to work with. Is the communication up to standards?

A Model Bathroom Designed by Kate Moss

We don't need much of an excuse to share a sneaky peek of a celebrity bathroom. This one is in the home of supermodel (and bohemian style lover) Kate Moss. No surprise then, to see that it combines luxurious materials and fixtures with an eclectic assortment of accessories. We love the aged lace curtains, the crystal drop chandelier and the gorgeous fireplace feature. Just the place for a long soak at the end of a busy day.

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The hand painted ‘Anemones in Light’ wallpaper was designed by Kate in collaboration with De Gournay. It's ‘Dusk’ design colours are on custom grey painted Xuan paper.

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But the real centrepiece of the room is the Drummonds’ splendid Double Lowther Vanity. The brassware of the stand and taps is cast using the classic lost wax process and the white china basins are made in English clay, hand glazed and hand finished. Highly figured Arabescato marble underlines the sheer scale and luxury of this piece.

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To partner the Lowther, Kate has chosen a freestanding, double-ended Spey bath (also from Drummonds) with a hand painted exterior. This is just one of many cast iron bath designs, each of which takes several weeks to make in a series of craft processes beginning with casting the molten iron and completed by dry frit enamelling and custom exterior finishing.

Drummonds products:
The Lowther Vanity Basin Suite with Arabescato Marble £7980
The Mull Classic 3-Hole Basin Mixer £1170
The Spey Cast Iron Bath Tub from £3570
The Mull Classic Bath & Shower Mixer £1554
The Brora High Level WC Suite £2334

A Perfect English Townhouse

Extract from Perfect English Townhouse by Ros Byam Shaw, published by Ryland Peters & Small.

Seaside Inspiration - The home of Melanie Molesworth

'We saw the particulars for this house a long time before we decided to view it,' says Melanie. 'It had been hanging around for ages, was more than we wanted to spend, and enormous. A friend who loved Lyme Regis persuaded us that we should have a look at it, and when we did, it was obvious it had potential. We asked another friend, architect Ed Howell, for ideas and he came up with a plan for dividing it so that we could have a rental property, and an income.' They took the plunge, sold their house, ditched the idea of a London flat, and moved in. 'It was 2011, and I was very hot and cold about it, very nervous. But actually, it's been amazing.'

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A new staircase, leading from one of the two front doors, arrives at a small landing where this door with its glazed surround opens into the huge 18 metre living room and kitchen. Framed in a glass-fronted cabinet on the wall are fragments of china and pottery found by Melanie on the beach.

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Melanie and Martin inherited a fitted kitchen that was already in place, but have given it a facelift by painting it Farrow & Ball Mole's Breath and replacing the handles. New white brick tiling, open shelving, and a wall-mounted metal saucepan rack completed the transformation. A sofa covered in navy linen, just seen to the left, marks the division between the kitchen and the sitting room.

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To the left of the big, arched window that lights the kitchen, a table holds a framed pressed seaweed by Molesworth & Bird propped against an old seed tray, another find from Bridport Market. To its right is a painted Swedish sofa. A broken piece of brick, deliberately placed, takes on the status of a small sculpture. Lou-Lou the cat watches proceedings from under the table.

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The huge sofa, big enough to seat six, came with the house, and has been re-covered in a dark grey linen. A white IKEA table stands between the two armchairs, one covered in a floral fabric by Paul Smith for Mulberry. The window overlooks the culvert for the River Lym, which runs beneath part of the house.

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The main bedroom is one of the rooms directly above the River Lym, which runs in a deep culvert down through the town and into the sea. The Victorian chair is covered in vintage William Morris fabric, and the table beneath the window has one set of legs propped on blocks of wood to compensate for the slope of the old floorboards. 

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Perfect English Townhouse

by Ros Byam Shaw

Published by Ryland Peters & Small

Available on Amazon, £20.40

An Apartment in Moscow for a Globe Trotting Family

This newly renovated apartment in the centre of Moscow is the work of interior designer Anna Kovalchenko. The two bedroom apartment occupies around 80 square metres and is now the home of a family of four. We were interested to know a bit more about the inspiration for the design so we asked Anna a few questions.

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1. How many rooms are there exactly and who lives here?

There are 2 bedrooms (the master bedroom and the kids room), living room, kitchen, bathroom, entryway and balcony. It is the home of a family of 4 with two kids of 4 and 8 years old (a girl and a boy)

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2. What was the client brief?

The clients wanted the apartment to reflect their love for travel, so we have chosen different themes for each room – Greece for the kitchen and balcony, Africa for the living room, the tropical islands of the Indian Ocean for the kids room and bathroom, and an urban hotel style for the bedroom. They requested that we would mainly use natural materials - stone, wood, with some rustic elements introduced into the design. For the kids room they asked for bunk beds and also plenty of storage.

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They also specified that the living room should be an area where all family will unite and also meet with friends - they asked for a fireplace with a real fire, huge sofa that could be converted into a bed. In terms of a colour scheme they said they would prefer vivid colours everywhere accept in the bedroom which they wanted to be more relaxed and tranquil.

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3. What particular improvements have you made?

I was involved in all stages of the renovation project - starting from developing a concept, planning, sourcing materials and furniture, and construction works supervision. I made the floor plans for each room and also designed most of the furniture - bunk beds with a hammock, wardrobes in the kids room, bedroom and entryway, and the living room cupboards with a built in fireplace. All these elements were custom manufactured specially for this project. As the clients asked we used natural, expensive materials - e.g. marble and solid teak for the bathroom, American walnut veneer for the wardrobes in the entryway, oak wood for flooring and kids room furniture, handmade brass handles for all cupboards. As for the hammock in the kids room - the clients wanted it to be very strong so that it could support adult weight as well, so we made it of the same net used for yachts and catamarans and reinforced with a metal carcass. They brought lots of paintings from their travels so we used them to decorate the walls.

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4. What aspect of the renovation are you most happy with?

I was really excited while designing the kids room - I suggested to the client that we make it in a Robinson Crusoe style and she really loved the idea. It was so much fun and I am very happy with the result and the kids reaction.

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5. Where do you get your inspiration from?

The main inspiration came from travel - the clients have traveled a lot in Africa, Asia,and  Europe and they asked me to introduce elements that would remind them of these trips. I spent lots of time looking through various travel magazines and thinking what to introduce in the design. The biggest challenge was to unite it all so the whole apartment would look like one whole.

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6. What has been the clients' reaction to the finished project?

They told me that I helped them to make their dream come true.

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Special credits:

Photographer : Olga Shangina

Interior Stylist : Ekaterina Naumova

Dreaming of a Luxury Condo in Florida? Here's 5 of Our Favourites

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As this never-ending winter drags on, our thoughts at Heart Home are naturally turning to holidays in the sun. But what if that holiday feeling could last forever? What if a permanent place in the sun could become a reality?

South Florida has become the ideal destination for the wealthiest to travel and invest. So we thought we'd explore why. No, it is not just about the tropical weather, the white-sand beaches, the cosmopolitan ambiance or the vibrant, sophisticated lifestyle (although of course, it helps). It's also about the luxury living options that this sunshine state has to offer. 

Here (in the interests of research you understand) are 5 of the most expensive luxury condominiums currently on the market.

Murano at Portofino, South Beach

The Murano at Portofino has incredible ocean, bay, city views and year-round ocean breezes and is located on the most southernmost tip on the western side of the island of Miami Beach. Not too many condominiums can boast a private Bay Side Beach Club on its premises. This one comes with a saltwater pool and a poolside café. With the fabulous Art Deco architecture, trendy restaurants, clubs and the Ocean just steps away, South Beach is the perfect location.

Price Range: $825,000 - $6,595,000

La Santa Maria Brickell

La Santa Maria soars fifty-one stories into the Miami skyline featuring top of the line finishes and fixtures. This beyond luxury development is located on a prime waterfront property right on Biscayne Bay. Although built in 1997, the Santa Maria condo remains one of the most desirable addresses on Brickell Avenue. It features lushly landscaped grounds that include an oak and gumbo limbo tree hammock plus the bayfront swimming pool and marina.

Price Range: $1,700,000 - $11,500,000

Auberge Beach Fort Lauderdale

Auberge Beach is an ultra-luxury new construction project on 4.6 acres with 450 feet of oceanfront. Some of the amenities include a World Class Full Service Spa, State-of-the-Art Fitness Center overlooking the pool deck and Atlantic Ocean, fine dining and casual restaurants offering the finest cuisine, a barefoot butler service and so much more.

Price Range: $1,783,900 - $5,038,900

Paramount Bay, Edgewater

At Paramount Bay, you will find the perfect combination of sophisticated, thoughtful design, resort-like amenities, and fabulous location. Miami is a cosmopolitan melting spot alive with unparalleled energy and excitement and Paramount Bay is situated in the very heart of it all, and yet uniquely secluded in its own private urban oasis.

 Price Range: $599,000 - $5,750,000

Marina Palms, North Miami Beach

Marina Palms Yacht Club & Residence brings the yachting lifestyle back to Miami with the first luxury condominium and yacht club project in two decades. These luxury condos offer stunning views over the marina, the Intracoastal Waterway, and beyond to the Atlantic Ocean. Throughout the lushly landscaped, 14-acre waterfront enclave, its state-of-the-art marina, and in each of its spacious, well-appointed residences, there is an extravagant array of luxuries, services and amenities designed to help residents make the most of the time they spend aboard, and ashore.

Price Range: $850,000 - $1,490,000

It's a tough choice, but we think we'll go for The Auberge. How about you?

A Cutting Edge Design Apartment in the Heart of Amsterdam

This stunning apartment is just one of seven recently revealed by The Collective Studio in Amsterdam’s art district, surrounded by galleries and world famous museums. 

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Every apartment is decorated with an exclusive range of the most cutting- edge art and design. The Collective Studio designers made it their mission to give each home its own character. From table to linens, all the design details have been attentively selected to ensure luxury living in the heart of a city.

This one has been named Ghyczy, after the designers that created it and not surprisingly it's already sold. It consists of two bedrooms, two bathrooms, an open plan living, dining, kitchen space and a large terrace. 

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To see more and to see the other apartments visit http://project.dstrct.nl/

A Seaside Retreat Full of Colour and Pops of Red

This delightful seaside retreat delivers all that you'd expect from a house by the sea. Painted weatherboarding, a country kitchen complete with butler sink, and an enormous fireplace to snuggle up in front of. And it is (mostly) painted in the colours you'd expect - misty ocean greys, greens and a lovely soft white. But then there is the red. A powerful and energetic shade of red has been used on the dining room walls (did you know that red stimulates the appetite?) and then crops up as an accent colour all around the house. It's unexpected and impactful and we love it.

Walls - Sharkskin (2139-30), Trim - White Opulence (OC-69), Door - Wolf Gray (2127-40).

Walls - Sharkskin (2139-30), Trim - White Opulence (OC-69), Door - Wolf Gray (2127-40).

Walls - White Opulence (OC-69), Cabinets & Moulding - Stone (2112-40), Door - Wolf Gray (2127-40), Trim - Moonshine (2140-60).

Walls - White Opulence (OC-69), Cabinets & Moulding - Stone (2112-40), Door - Wolf Gray (2127-40), Trim - Moonshine (2140-60).

Walls - Caliente (AF-290), Trim - White Opulence (OC-69).

Walls - Caliente (AF-290), Trim - White Opulence (OC-69).

Walls - Whie Opulence (OC-69), Door - Caliente (AF-290), Trim - Wolf Gray (2127-40).

Walls - Whie Opulence (OC-69), Door - Caliente (AF-290), Trim - Wolf Gray (2127-40).

Walls - Silver Marlin (2139-50), Trim & Ceiling - White Opulence (OC-69), Door - Wolf Gray (2127-40).

Walls - Silver Marlin (2139-50), Trim & Ceiling - White Opulence (OC-69), Door - Wolf Gray (2127-40).

 Walls & Skirting - White Opulence (OC-69), Window Trim - Black Beauty (2128-10), Window Frame & Railings - Wolf Gray (2127-40).

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Window Frame & Railings - Wolf Gray (2127-40).

Walls - Caliente (AF-290), Alcove & Ceiling - White Opulence (OC-69).

Walls - Caliente (AF-290), Alcove & Ceiling - White Opulence (OC-69).

Caliente is Benjamin Moore’s Colour of the Year for 2018, and is a vibrant and versatile shade. It brings radiance to the bedroom and dining room, and complements its surroundings, from the wood tones of the dining room to the inviting nautical stripes of the bedroom soft furnishings. It plays an important role throughout this home and demonstrates how a range of shades can work together in harmony. 

All paints are from Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore products are distributed exclusively in the UK by Shaw Paints Ltd. Established in May 2015 by founder Craig Shaw, Shaw Paints Ltd. shares the vision and values of Benjamin Moore and wishes to extend the company’s industry leading brands, products and services to become the clear benchmark for colour and quality in the UK.

The Sky's the Limit in This Colourful and Practical 7-Storey Townhouse

This 7-storey townhouse in leafy and desirable Highgate has recently undergone an award winning refurbishment by LLI Design. The owners liked the idea of having a contemporary house and agreed that the house lent itself to this, however they were concerned that contemporary design could be cold and impersonal. We think you'll agree this is anything but. We put a few questions to the design team.

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What was the client brief?

The brief was to create a contemporary family home, not in a stark clinical sense, but rather, in a colourful and practical way. The key to the overall success of the design was to re-think the dynamics of all the spaces and change the existing layouts to provide a design and flow that worked. The family also had a large collection of vintage travel posters that they wished to display prominently around the house.

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Which particular problems did you have to overcome?

Although the house was c. 3500 sq ft, with generous room sizes, the house was very vertical comprising of 7 floors, with each room being effectively on a half landing; with a central core staircase connecting them. Overall the rooms seemed disconnected from each other without flow or relationship between them. The staircase and hallways were poorly lit and had a gloomy feel.

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What other major changes did you make to the layout?

We brought light into the staircase, by adding extra skylights on the top floor and also adding a floor-to-ceiling window on the third floor half landing. The existing kitchen was located on the second floor which was impractical as the heart of the home. We relocated it to the first floor at rear of the property which had existing access to the terrace and garden through 2 pairs of french doors.

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Which rooms are you particularly happy with?

We positioned the kitchen island to look out over the garden and created a separate pantry. There was an existing chimney but no fireplace, so we specified a gas fire and added some casual seating in the form of a chaise longue. On the other side of the room we designed a bespoke fitted banquette and specified a contemporary oak dining table to seat 12 comfortably. 

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On the third floor, we wanted to create a welcoming, calming, formal living room. We removed the existing french windows and juliette balcony over the terrace below, and replaced them with floor to ceiling casement windows. We removed the existing fireplace and designed and installed a contemporary bespoke stone fireplace with clean confident lines. Either side of the fireplace we designed bespoke storage and display units along with a decorative log store feature. We also specified a large and very comfortable L shaped sofa and ottoman as well as some comfy armchairs with tables and lamps beside them. 

The project recently won an award in the Interior Design, London category of the United Kingdom Property Awards, in association with Bentley Motors. 

For more projects : llidesign.co.uk

Top 5 Tips for a Great Night’s Sleep

If you have difficulty sleeping, or sometimes find it hard to switch off after a long day – then there maybe a few easy bed and lifestyle alterations you can make to get a great night’s sleep.

Sleeping is more than just getting into bed and closing your eyes, it’s time for your body and brain to recover, and process the days events. In order for your brain to do this, it needs to be in the mindset of sleep.

In the article, we will discuss 5 top tips to help you get a great night’s sleep.

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Get Into a Routine

Creating a routine, i.e. going to bed at a similar time and getting up at a similar time is vitally important for improving your sleep quality. A routine allows you to set aside the recommended seven to eight hours a night for sleep, and helps regulate your body’s internal clock for optimised sleep quality.

Choose a bedtime when you usually feel tired, so you don’t toss and turn, and set an alarm for eight hours later. If you’re getting enough sleep, you should wake up naturally before the alarm feeling highly refreshed. If you need the alarm every day, try going to bed slightly earlier.

To really improve the quality of your sleep, try not to sleep in on the weekends and wake up at a similar time to during the week!

Switch Off Smartphone And TV

Research has shown that blue light, emitted from our smartphones, computers and TV screens can interfere with the production of the hormone melatonin. Melatonin is an important chemical in the sleep-wake cycle, which helps your body regulate when you are tired.

Falling asleep to the TV or scrolling through Facebook before bed can seriously impact your night’s sleep, leaving you feeling restless and awake. Try turning all electrical items with a screen off, at least one hour before and notice the difference to your sleep it makes!

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Avoid Stimulants Before Bed

Stimulants, such as alcohol, nicotine and even coffee, can seriously impact falling asleep and overall sleep quality. As the name suggests, stimulants raise the levels of activity in your brain, preventing a deep and relaxed sleep.

Try avoiding all stimulants at least two to three hours before bed, to allow your body to naturally relax before its time to sleep.

Wind Down And Clear Your Head

Before you head hits the pillow, it’s important to allow time to winddown and clear your head of the days events. This could involve a spot of meditation, a talk with your partner before lights out, or even reading a chapter of a book.

Allowing time to relax and winddown helps ready your mind and body for a peaceful night’s sleep.

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Fall Asleep in the Perfect Bed

If you have a bed that you love and can’t wait to fall asleep in, then chances are you’re getting a great night’s sleep. Looking forward to going to bed can subconsciously ready your mind for sleep.

If your mattress is looking a little bit worse for wear, but you don’t want to invest in a new one – a supreme mattress topper can transform your old mattress. Their deep skirt fit engulfs old mattresses, transforming them into a like-new feel. They are extremely comfy and can help contribute to a great night’s sleep!

An Industrial Style Apartment with Seriously Sophisticated Style

From the studio of Jaime Beriestain, this renovated apartment celebrates its industrial roots but has more than a touch of added luxury thrown in. It was originally an office but after its sympathetic transformation into a sophisticated living space it now has a warm, timeless and contemporary ambiance. 

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The main objective of the renovation was to preserve the original features - including the fabulous vaulted brick Catalan ceilings - and to source new materials that worked with the style. All of the electric cables have been left exposed for instance but new air conditioning ducts have been installed in copper to bring it into the 21st century and to add warmth.

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The hallway interior is in Corten steel, light switches are retro in style, radiators are cast iron and all lighting has been fitted with filament bulbs. The copper tub in the bathroom is a showstopper and continues the theme.

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The kitchen is in the centre of the apartment and receives no direct light but this weakness has been turned into a design feature. The walls, cupboards, and even the ceiling are now painted dark and the copper pipes and wooden touches add warmth.

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The apartment came with a large roof terrace and this has been partially glazed. This light, bright room is now the perfect spot to enjoy the garden where there is also space for outdoor dining when the weather allows.

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Jaime Beriestain, Interior Designer, was born in Santiago de Chile in 1969. After a professional decade in his country, in 2000 he completed a postgraduate degree in interior design in Barcelona.
In 2013, he opened his Concept Store and Restaurant in the center of Barcelona.