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25 Beautiful Homes

25 Beautiful Homes November 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
R 78,88
R 591,41
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min
all in the detail

As a child growing up in north London, Evi Antonio’s yearnings for nature were satiated by the images in early natural history books. Fascinated by the detailed pictorials, her love of drawing grew and she was never without her sketchbook and pencils. A degree in scientific and natural history illustration from Middlesex University followed and led to a career as a natural history illustrator and a move to Ware, Hertfordshire, where she ran an illustration agency with her husband from their studio on the Amwell Nature Reserve. Inspired by her surroundings, Evi explored a contemporary fine art form, using digital technology and traditional oil glazing techniques to convey the infinite patterns, symmetry and beauty in nature. WHAT ARE YOUR CREATIVE INFLUENCES? I’ve always been inspired by the lithographic plates and hand-coloured engravings…

4 min
past meets present

Louisa and Charlie Butters had all but given up hope of ever finding the perfect house in the country. They had started looking when Louisa was expecting their first baby, Cecilia, but after several months they had grown increasingly dispirited. It was more out of habit than real hope that Louisa found herself one Sunday night resignedly tapping her usual criteria into her property search. When she spotted a period village house with a generous and enclosed garden five miles from Bicester, Louisa instinctively knew that this was indeed the house for them. The village was close to Bicester, yet rural and unspoilt, with a gastro pub and a farm shop. The house sat on the edge of the village, with its secluded garden backing on to farmland. Built in Cotswold…

4 min
monochrome chic

Amy Morton’s first passion was textiles, which was followed by an instinctive obsession with antiques. ‘I’m drawn to neutrals – natural linens, vintage tickings and patterned florals in shades of black and white,’ says Amy. ‘I’m not quite sure where my love of monochrome came from but it doesn’t seem to be fading. I find it calming and it is the perfect foil for the well-made, utilitarian items from the past that I love.’ INSPIRATION ‘I love vintage as it’s fun to buy (you meet some real characters at the fairs!), while being truly unique and delightfully different’ The north London flat she owns with her husband Will was very run-down when the couple first viewed it, but they could also see what great potential it had. ‘We rectified damp issues, ripped…

4 min
open house

When looking for a new home, the last thing Annicka Locket wanted for her family was a place that felt prim and precious, so she was naturally delighted to discover a homely Suffolk farmhouse. With three children, Eben, 15, Otto, 12, and Arlo, seven, Annicka and her husband James were confident they had found a warm and welcoming rural abode, not just for themselves but for visiting friends and relatives. As much as they loved the house, however, they knew the building was in desperate need of updating and renovation. ‘We wanted to make sure that whatever we did would be sympathetic to the age of the house,’ says Annicka. ‘Unfortunately, there were elements that had gone missing over the years, while the house was being extended again and again, including…

4 min
centre point

When Chris Grafton found this third-floor apartment in a mixed-use building, where the ground floor was being used as offices, he was confident he could transform it into a contemporary family home. ‘It’s quite unique as the main entrance is accessed through a church frontage, which opens up into a central courtyard with fountains,’ says Chris. ‘The interior was originally quite dated, very dark and the property felt awkward in terms of the layout.’ Chris has experience in property development and knew that by engaging the right professionals, he could greatly improve on what was there. It was with this in mind that he chose Day True, who he’d worked with on a previous renovation, to create something high spec and fitting for the central London location. ‘Chris was looking…

1 min

As the season changes, and we start to turn our minds to Christmas, now is the perfect time to complete a small project. From decorating a spare bedroom to retiling a bathroom, these quick-ish wins will make a big difference to how you feel about your home. This issue is packed with dreamy schemes to spark your ideas. I am particularly taken by our cover feature, which is the home of Melanie Molesworth in Lyme Regis. Her Georgian former meeting hall has been completely transformed and is now full of found and foraged pieces against a simple, honest backdrop. Melanie and her husband moved from a Victorian semi in London to this place on the coast, and their relocation also gave rise to a brilliant business. It’s an inspiring tale.…