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25 Beautiful Homes

25 Beautiful Homes October 2020

Your life made easier - every day. 25 Beautiful Homes is a magazine for readers with a sense of personal style. Aspire to your dream house and enjoy looking at other people's homes, designs and styles for inspiration.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min

The pandemic has universally changed perspectives, and our attitudes to home, travel, work and socialising have been reset. Many urbanites, for the first time, are considering escaping the city. Personally, I have found I have a new longing for wide, open spaces. It’s not helped by the fact that I am particularly inspired by the country houses in the issue. This month we are showcasing both tailored rural retreats and rustic boltholes with a laid-back vibe. Another major shift relates to homeworking; many of us are now asking our houses to function as offices, whether that’s in the form of a dedicated study, from the guest bedroom or sitting at the kitchen table. Here you’ll find plenty of ideas to inspire. I love Laura and Barney Monahan’s secret desk, hidden…

3 min
fresh horizons

Having grown up surrounded by natural beauty in the Hamptons, New York, contemporary American artist Jeff Muhs has always been passionate about nature. ‘My father was a hunting and fishing guide, so I was out on the water with him as a young child from sunrise to sunset,’ he says. An aptitude for oil painting led him to study at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, but the inspiration to be found in his home town proved too much to stay away and he moved back soon after completing his course. Today, his style combines abstract lines and bright colours – a bold look that’s seen commissions from celebrity fans, including Ryan Phillippe and Miley Cyrus. From his self-built studio, he works primarily with oil on canvas, but also…

4 min
wild at heart

Interior designer Sheena Murphy and her husband Paul were living in Brooklyn, New York, with their five-year daughter Matilda when they decided to build a weekend retreat upstate in the Catskill mountains. This would give them the opportunity to disconnect from the city grind and reconnect with family, friends and nature. The building plot they found was in an idyllic location nestled between several state parks and Sheena, who runs an interior design studio, hired New York architects Lang Architecture to design the house and source local materials. The idea was to create a contemporary cabin that would reflect – and almost merge – with its setting. With this in mind, the exterior was stained black to camouflage the house among the trees. The building design also included lots of windows…

3 min
cool, calm & collected

When Angelique Mol and her husband Jan Lorier first saw their farmhouse in the Netherlands’ westernmost province of Zeeland, it was painted in garish shades of blue, green, yellow, brown and orange that did nothing to complement its history or its innate style. ‘The house had lost its beautiful soul,’ says Angelique. ‘It was old-fashioned but we loved the bones of it – the quirky layout, beams, wood panelling and stone floors.’ Most importantly, Angelique was looking for a place with atmosphere. The couple’s previous home was a modern property, which gave them the space they needed for Jan’s three daughters, but the style didn’t suit Angelique. Since the girls had grown up and moved on, this farmhouse would be just right. A few key renovations were required, such as the removal…

4 min
natural wonder

It was Alex Cooke’s husband Ali that first discovered their home. He’d found it on the internet while travelling on a buying trip in India for the couple’s online ethical homeware brand, Nkuku. ‘We’d almost given up after an 18-month search,’ she explains, ‘so when Ali called and suggested I take a look, I went for a viewing straight away.’ The couple had sold their 17th-century cottage in the Totnes area as their four children, Amelie, 14, Archie, 13, Angus, nine, and Ava, seven, were all craving their own space. They also wanted to find somewhere more secluded and coastal, and this house was everything that they’d been hoping for. It was in the right area, close to two amazing beaches and walking distance to a river surrounded by a beautiful…

4 min
work of art

As a stylist and art director, Alyce Taylor moves in a very visual world and so it is perhaps no surprise that it was the kerb appeal of this Victorian townhouse in Gravesend that first caught her eye. ‘It is handsome and taller than the other houses in the street, and it has wonderful wrought iron railings at the front,’ she recounts, adding, ‘We could immediately tell that the proportions of the rooms would be good.’ Alyce and her husband Henry Castle, an artist, moved to northwest Kent from Windsor in order to benefit from the high-speed rail link into London. As a first buy, the project was relatively ambitious because the house needed a complete refit. ‘Fortunately, as a sculptor who works in wood and metal, Henry had the skills…