Even just approaching Sarah Dinwiddy’s beautiful home you can tell the inside is going to be special. Her look combines an innate sense of style, clever tricks, and plenty of beautiful, seasonal flowers supplied by London florists Whispers & Snippets
No surprise, then, that The English Home snapped up this property, which was photographed by Colin Poole.
Her home is so like its owner; warm, stylish, with an eye for the unexpected and the unusual. I really enjoyed meeting Emma Smith, whose home is in Topsham, the chic, riverside town near Exeter in Devon where she co-owns Lark, a beautiful lifestyle store.
I love the way she has created a tiny en-suite behind the guest bedroom and her cheerful acceptance of what life is like with teenage boys, especially of the rugby-loving sort!
A lovely journo colleague tipped me off about Eve and Gary’s south London home. Outside, a stylish end-of-terrace property; inside a stunning space transformed with clever tricks and ideas devised by the architectural designer, John Osborn.
This house was snapped up by Living etc magazine for their September 2016 edition, styled by Mary Weaver. With John’s help, Eve and Gary have created a warm, happy, relaxed home that perfectly suits their busy lifestyles.
We shot the house on a boiling hot day, but you get the feeling that come the depths of winter, it would feel as cosy and welcoming, thanks to the amazing furnishings (many of which were sale bargains).
Just adding one more shot here, the bedroom, which is my favourite for several reasons. I love the floating bed effect (created by John with mirrored skirting) and the subtle colour of the bed cover. Best of all, though, are those pulley lights – created by John Osborn Design. What a brilliant but simple way to change the ambience and light within a bedroom!
It may still be January but that’s never to early for me to start thinking about my birthday next month and what I’d like to receive as a present! And what I’d really like is a subscription to Maisons Cote Ouest, which is my favourite French holiday read. The Cote Maison group of magazines focus exclusively on distinct areas of France, East (Est), the south (Sud) and Paris (the capital and the north). It’s a fascinating way to learn more about the architecture, customs and what’s going on in specific areas of France.
My French isn’t brilliant but ploughing through the articles certainly helps improve it and the photos are wonderful, especially when they visit a house you’ve glimpsed as you walk or drive by. I hope someone in present-buying mode sees this…