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Homes & Gardens

February 2021

Published by TI Media Limited Homes & Gardens celebrates the beauty of classic and contemporary style. Real-life homes with stunning photography deliver inspirational decorating while remaining real and relevant. Homes & Gardens is the ultimate sourcebook of beautiful ideas and detailed information, inspiring its readers to become their own interior designers.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
movers & shakers

Maximalism’s love affair with colour, pattern and whimsy owes much to the art of Adam Ellis. In his collaborations with designers such as Martin Brudnizki and Olga Polizzi, Adam creates dramatic scenes that seductively traverse walls, ceilings and doors, from the romantic trail of songbirds and wisteria enveloping the Brown’s Hotel lobby in Mayfair to the gilded scenes of flora and fauna found in many of The Ivy’s collection of brasseries. ‘There’s no space that can’t be enhanced or warmed up by the right picture,’ enthuses Adam. Here in his two-storey industrial space in west London, Adam has combined a light-drenched design studio with a gallery space for clients, both commercial and residential, to see his work in action, as well as peruse the archive of over 10,000 images Adam has…

3 min.
one to watch

Q Tell us a little about your background. I am originally from Poland and I used to earn a decent wage as a manager in retail, yet over time this career left me feeling wholly unfulfilled. Knowing that I wanted to do something using my hands and create something that would last, I quit my job and enrolled on a blacksmithing course at Hereford College of Arts. Since I completed the course, I have focused my career on forging superb kitchen knives and other useful tools. Q Where do find inspiration? I look back in history to more traditional methods. I love the process of forging and how it can transform a lump of steel into a beautiful and useful object, I can lose hours doing it while I try to figure out…

7 min.
the spice of life

COCONUT, GINGER AND KAFFIR LIME MUSSELS SERVES 4 2 tbsp groundnut oil4 shallots, finely chopped2 kaffir lime leaves, very finely sliced Thumb-sized piece ginger, peeled and sliced into fine matchsticks2 garlic cloves, finely chopped4 red chillies, deseeded and finely sliced400ml tin coconut milk2 tbsp fish sauce1 lime, juiced2kg mussels, cleaned Thai basil or coriander, to serve Heat the oil in a large wok or a large, wide pan with a lid. Fry the shallots, over a medium heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring often. Add the lime leaves, ginger, garlic, chilli and cook for a further minute or so. Pour in the coconut milk, fish sauce and lime juice and bring to a simmer. Add the mussels, put on the lid and steam for 4 minutes or so, until all the mussels are open (discard…

4 min.
shared canvas

Sensuality is not a word often associated with interiors, but it’s one Andre Mellone uses to describe his work. ‘I’ve been told there’s something sexy about it and I’m very proud of that,’ the Brazilian-born, New York-based interior designer says, smiling. True to his signature style, the stunning interiors he has created for a newly developed apartment in a late-19th-century building in Brooklyn are seductive, cosy and well-proportioned. His clients, a husband and wife with several other properties in the US, were eager to be close to their family. ‘The apartment is only three quarters of a mile from where our grandchildren live. We wanted our New York home to be somewhere where we could entertain formally, but that would also suit all the generations of our family,’ the wife of…

1 min.
insider insight

Andre Mellone shares his style vision and loves PROJECT’S BIGGEST SUCCESS I was very happy with the flexibility we created in the sitting room. It was one of the most challenging aspects of the project. SECRET ADDRESS Jake Szymanski (jmszymanski.com). He does beautiful forged metalwork. GO-TO COLOUR I’m obsessed with mustard. SMALL CHANGE, BIG IMPACT The partitions in the kitchen. They were complicated to retro-fit into the structure, but they really made a difference. NEXT GAME CHANGER IN DESIGN Design is less about typologies but is fusing into the same thing. Clients want homes to look like hotels and hotels want to be like homes. Everything is about a residential experience. PRIZED POSSESSION My sketchbooks from when I was a student of architecture living in Florence.…

4 min.
poised simplicity

Over the last decade, Shareen Joel has amassed dozens of vintage French doors and window frames, locking them away safely in storage. ‘I was patiently waiting for the right place to put them,’ says the Melbourne-based architectural, industrial and interior designer of her collection. ‘I just knew this house was it. I built the renovation around these doors.’ Coupled with classic Italian furniture, clean lines, Australian artwork and a cool, neutral palette, the effect is a modern European look that’s equal parts charm and sophistication. When Shareen and her husband Dean purchased the Victorian-Italianate villa on a leafy street in Melbourne, the gloomy interiors were dated and dim with an excess of ‘grandma carpets’. The compact house was disproportionate to the rambling garden and while Dean was hesitant, Shareen’s designer’s instinct kicked…