AYKROYD & CO: TEAM WORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK

Property specialist Hannah Aykroyd founded her company Aykroyd & Co in the heart of Kensington five years ago, advising clients on buying the very best properties in Prime Central London – often off-market – and she lives with her young family nearby in South Kensington. Here we discuss the launch of Hannah’s company, her typical […] Read more…

THE SNOW PATROL: NICOLA O’MARA

BOUTIQUE HOTEL VIBES: A chalet designed by Nicola O’Mara using a range of natural, textured, layered and organic fabrics… Designer Nicola O’Mara is in high demand as she not only produces timelessly elegant interiors, she also fully refurbishes properties and returns them to their former glory. One of Nicola’s most recent projects in the mountains […] Read more…

HOME HUNTS: A LIFE IN PROVENCE, AND BEYOND

BY NICKY SUMMER: For almost twenty years, Tim Swannie – the co-founder of leading property search company HOME HUNTS, has lived and operated from various idyllic locations on the French Riviera – first Mougins, then Valbonne and now Grasse, the international capital of perfume. Here we discuss how he helps his prestige clients find the […] Read more…

AT HOME IN THE ’BU: THE LOCALS FAVOURITES

BY NICKY SUMMER MALIBU is home to some of the most beautiful private residences on the west coast and the support system for the locals, weekend visitors and holiday makers is second to none. We’re talking rustic beauty in a land of sunshine, surf and sunsets where you can let your hair down, walk bare-foot […] Read more…

CHARLES MC DOWELL PROPERTY

McDowell Properties is a Knightsbridge based prime London agency that specialises in the discreet sale and disposal of high end property on behalf of clients from around the world, and has been doing so successfully over the past 20 years. Belgravia, Knightsbridge, Chelsea, Kensington, Notting Hill, Holland Park and Mayfair are the key areas in […] Read more…

WINTER WHITE: AWARD-WINNING GARDEN DESIGN

Beautiful gardens come with the territory when referencing dream homes, therefore we’re thrilled to feature the work seen here of Chelsea Flower Show award winning designer Richard Miers alongside luxurious residences presented by property expert *Charles McDowell in our New Year 2023 content (*see separate feature on the front page January 2023). Following on from […] Read more…

JOHNJAMES BESPOKE: LICENSED TO DRILL

JohnJames Bespoke Kitchens & Joinery was founded in 2019 by partners John Tookey and Jamie Farrimond in order to design and build handmade kitchens and fitted joinery. Based from their workshop on the London/Surrey border, the team primarily cover the areas of London, Surrey, Berkshire, the Chiltern Hills and Sussex, also producing bespoke wardrobes, alcove […] Read more…

NINA NAUSTDAL, QUEEN OF THE NIGHT

Residing in London, Norwegian ’wonder woman’ Nina Naustdal is a highly-recognised face both in the media and on the red carpet; truly the embodiment of the self-made woman, Nina has evolved from international athlete to fashion model, influencer, designer, TV personality, singer, actor and award-winning lifestyle entrepreneur of global renown… Nina is a believer of […] Read more…

CA’ SAGREDO, VENEZIA: A STEP INTO THE PAST

BY NICKY SUMMER: Palazzo Ca Sagredo is the epitome of what visitors expect of a grand Venetian hotel – a living museum in the sestiere of Cannaregio filled with exquisite tapestries and art. The collection is housed in a Byzantine property built back in the 14th century by the eminent Morosini family; central to the […] Read more…

CREATE THE AMBIENCE OF A 15C. PALAZZO HOTEL

BY NICKY SUMMER Wherever we travel, we find that the decor in the most exclusive locations all feature handcrafted furnishings that have been built to stand the test of time; this is particularly so in the luxury hotels of Venice, Italy, where unique, traditional pieces lend an established air to the property. Often our residential […] Read more…

SAINT JAMES: THE KEY TO YOUR CHATEAU IN PARIS

COMING UP: LATE DECEMBER 2022 BY NICKY SUMMER: The Saint James Paris Chateau Hotel and private club is located in the elegant 16th arrondissement of the city, situated within private walled gardens at the junction of Avenue Bugeaud and Rue des Belles Feuilles, not far from the Bois de Boulogne end of Avenue Foch. Read […] Read more…

LE MEURICE: WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER?

COMING UP: LATE DECEMBER 2022 Who wants to live forever? Who wants to live forever? Forever is our today – Who waits forever anyway?” Written by Brian May; sung by Freddie Mercury, QUEEN Read more…

A COSY WEEKEND: RELAIS CHRISTINE, PARIS

BY NICKY SUMMER: Relais Christine is tucked away along a tiny, quiet street in Saint Germain des Pres on the Left Bank, just moments walk from La Seine and set amongst all the beautiful ateliers of the area; Picasso’s former studio (above) is located around the corner on Rue Des Grand Augustins and there’s a […] Read more…

PLANTATION SHUTTERS FOR HOTELS & RESIDENCES

Kent Bespoke Shutters are one of the leading window shutter specialists in England, designing, supplying and installing beautiful bespoke shutters for both domestic and commercial projects. Typical day-to-day enquiries originate mainly from direct clients looking to add shutters to their own homes, however the company has completed work on behalf of small independent hotels, as […] Read more…

A SEAMLESS FINISH: IMPECCABLE JOINERY

I first came across the work of Seamers Specialist Joinery when I visited the ‘Bonadea’ interiors shop in Pimlico Road and was impressed by the quality of the craftsmanship throughout – the store itself is like a jewellery box, filled with fine objet produced by artisans located all over Europe and is a nominee in […] Read more…

FOCUS ON THE CHILTERN FIREHOUSE

BY NICKY SUMMER London icons – there are a few… Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, The 02 Centre, The Shard – and the fabulous, much loved Chiltern Firehouse! After the extravagant lighting displays of the Queens Platinum Jubilee, I decided to return here, to one of London’s most unique establishments, and study exactly what […] Read more…

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