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ELLE Decoration UK November 2017

ELLE Decoration UK showcases the world’s most beautiful homes and makes good design accessible to everyone through its mix of styles, products and price points. Combining all the inspiration, information and ideas you need to bring your home to life, it is the authority on trends, style and contemporary design.

United Kingdom
Hearst Magazines UK
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12 Issues

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2 min.
elle decoration

It’s somewhat of a cliché to talk of the only constant being change, but in this world of political uncertainties, shifting social movements – not to mention digital media refreshing on a second-by-second basis – it seems that the concept of transformation surrounds us more than ever. For me, the shift between the seasons is always a time for embracing change. I particularly love the influx of new colour combinations and must-buy pieces that arrive with the onset of autumn. Then, there’s the fact that the way we live and interact with our homes changes as the temperature drops. Now is the moment to retreat indoors; to refresh your space by tackling those pre-winter decorating jobs; to bring warmth and texture into your home. It’s now that our minds turn to…

2 min.
sleep in style

FIVE-STAR FORTY WINKS There’s nothing quite like the sleep you’ll have in a penthouse suite. We’ve checked into four hot hotels to unveil the secrets behind the world’s most luxurious bedrooms 1 PUBLIC, New York Hotelier Ian Schrager – founder of Studio 54 – has opened this affordable Manhattan hotel, designed by architects Herzog & De Meuron (herzogdemeuron.com). How’s the bed? Custom-made from wire-brushed oak, it slots perfectly into the bleached-oak-clad ‘sleep space’ by the window. Bonus Triple-glazed windows and blackout blinds block the noise and light from the city that never sleeps (public-nyc.com). 2 NOBU HOTEL, London This is Nobu’s first British outpost, co-designed by Ron Arad (ronarad.co.uk). How’s the bed? Low-slung, dressed with ‘inner chamber’ pillows (two pipes of feather surrounded by soft down to provide a ‘valley’ for your head) and 400-thread-count…

2 min.
elle decoration tests

It is a fact that without sufficient sleep, our bodies fail to function as they should – our immune system is weakened, our learning, memory and decision making all impaired. Also, sleeping well begets good mornings, and having a solid start can ease you into having a clear-minded, active and productive day. As Aristotle once said, ‘It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth and wisdom’. However, neither sleep nor jolly mornings are possible without a good mattress. And yet in the UK, we are reputedly not changing our mattresses every five to seven years, as is the customary recommendation, opting instead for something more like every 12–15 years. And forget about rotating the mattress every six months, too – it’s largely not…

2 min.
the boutique bedroom checklist

1 Lighting This can make or break a room. Lights need to be dimmable, and you should be able to turn all of them off with one quick flick of a bedside switch. 2 Scent Amangiri (a spa in Utah; aman.com) and the Upper House (in Hong Kong; upperhouse.com) both smell incredible. Those aromas completely transform the setting and, of course, help you to relax. At home, I burn a ‘White Wood’ candle from Clement & Claude, made from soy wax. It smells heavenly (£14; clementandclaude.com). 3 The bed Your hotel bed should be better than your bed at home. It will, naturally, have freshly ironed sheets. Thread count isn’t always everything – often a quality-made 400-count sheet can be better than one that’s 700. In fact, if you go too high,…

1 min.
elle decoration tests

What does it do? Also known as a ‘dawn simulator’, this alarm clock’s main attraction is its light, which is specially developed to help reset your bodyclock to ease you into early mornings. This updated version also comes with an integrated DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as a white noise setting. How does it work? The clock, which is bigger than most, gradually lights up each morning to wake you up – you can choose how gradually, from 90 minutes to 15. The idea is that, prompted by the light, your body stops producing melatonin and instead produces cortisol, which is the hormone that rouses you. The same can be done at night, slowly decreasing the light in the room to prepare you for sleep. Do I need it in my bedroom? I’ve…

1 min.
9 of the best beautiful beds