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suburban cafe

JUST LIKE BEING IN A CAFE!

Very much in love with the whimsical cafes she’d visited in the Hongdae area in Seoul, Sharon Lim didn’t need to think twice when it came to decor inspirations for her home. Together with her husband Raymond Liew, they conceptualised a home very much inspired by the many indie coffee joints they frequented while dating. Their first home together also reflected two distinct tastes, representing the union of two individuals. But while Raymond recalled how they worked their preferences out, he jokingly clarified, «I looked at the budget while she took care of the

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SMALL-SPACE SOLUTION

SIZE 400SQF

CREATING SPACES AND FEATURES THAT DOUBLE-UP IN FUNCTIONALITY ALLOWED THIS YOUNG COUPLE TO PURSUE THE LIFESTYLE THEY WANTED IN THEIR PINT-SIZED HOME.

Faced with a space that is only 400sqf large (or small, in this case), Annie Tan of The Interarch Design had to make the footprint work for her clients’ Wendy Lee and Leonard Sim’s lifestyle. The sociable couple wanted a place they could cook and entertain their friends in; and also had an extensive wardrobe which used to fill up one room alone in their previous place.

This apartment in Balestier might be short on floor

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SECOND CHANCE

Two decades after first seeing it, Paula and Gary Yallop bought and extended their dream rural home

Paula and Gary Yallop first spotted their impressive home near Guildford, in Surrey, more than 20 years ago. They loved it on sight, but had to stop themselves buying it, firstly because their two daughters, Keeley and Danielle, needed to stay close to their school and friends, and secondly, because the couple were unable to sell their own property.

However, Gary never forgot about this dream house nestling in nearly four acres of land, so eight years ago, the couple drove down the

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PERFECT HARMONY

A COUPLE’S STARTER NEST EXUDES SERENITY AND CASUAL STYLE, THANKS TO CALMING NEUTRALS AND CLEAN, CONTEMPORARY PIECES

A custom-made wooden daybed makes the fourth-floor guest room warm and cozy. The designer combined two side tables to make a center table. The leaf-patterned area rug, pillows, and woven Designers Guild wallpaper complement the room’s rustic vibe, while a painting by Carlo Magno adds a bit of bright color. This room will soon be converted into a nursery.

How do you design a home for a couple with two different personalities? Usually, one of the spouses takes the lead. In this three-story,

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not all weddings are created equal

When KATE HOPEWELL-SMITH got a chance to shoot her dream wedding, all money concerns were Left at the altar

At some point during every wedding training session, I ask my delegates what kind of weddings they would like to shoot and almost without exception the same type of wedding is described: featuring a relaxed boho couple with a festival vibe and stylish, bespoke details.

And I couldn’t agree more — what’s not to love about this from a photographer’s perspective? The sad truth I have learnt is that generally the reason these weddings are so DIY and home grown is

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Modern wellbeing

The area and setting were Sarah and John Watkins’ biggest priorities when they decided to move house. ‘This was more important to us than finding the perfect property,’ says Sarah. ‘We believed that as long as it was in the right place, the “wrong” house could be extended, adapted or altered to suit us.’ The couple were keen to stay in the Gloucestershire region where they lived, but in a quieter and more picturesque area, with excellent schools for their children, Harriet, eight, and Charlie, six. With a clear idea of what they wanted,

Sarah and John found a 1960s

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LIVING ART

The Giannonis show us what teamwork really is about, in this airy, artsy apartment that combines their passions and interests.

“The challenge was to prevent the space becoming boxy. The guest rooms have double doors which slide open for a spacious feel ” says Jenny Newton.

Danilo Giannoni paints in many colours, and green is definitely one of them. The jovial artist, photographer and jewellery designer ushers us into his apartment with a hearty welcome, liberally sprinkled with offerings of food and assurances that “my home is your home”, in a true display of Italian hospitality. The home in question

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HERES ONE I MADE EARLIER

We took on the task of making the Konstruktor, a DIY SLR kit from Lomography, to see if we could show you how it’s done, according to the timer

Setting up our studio table, equipped with video cameras and decorative strawberries and bunting, Professional Photographermagazine’s Art Editor Becky opened the tabs on the beautifully designed box of the Konstruktor and started the stopwatch. What was supposed to take a couple of hours maximum turned into quite the epic task!

The Konstruktor from Lomography is a build-it-yourself assembly kit for a working 35mm SLR film camera. Opening the box we found

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Grand illusion

Rachel Stephenson’s home, with its period features, chandeliers and paintings set against a palette of rich colours and patterns, is all about timeless elegance. It might look like a big-budget project, but Rachel and her husband Rob have created this luxurious interior without breaking the bank. ‘My taste is classic,’ says Rachel.

‘I adore beautiful fabrics, bold wallpapers and old furniture, but I always find an affordable way to achieve the look I want.’ Having renovated a Victorian cottage nearby, the couple decided they were ready for another challenge and bought this Edwardian property in 2006. ‘I’ve always been drawn

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FOR THE LOVE OF PAUL

I’m glad you gave Paul Kossoff the credit he deserved in your cover feature (June 2013). He was my hero growing up and I spent many, many hours learning his parts rather than doing my homework. Every weekend I could make it I would head down to Denmark Street, and my admiration for the man increased tenfold when he turned up in the same shop as me on a couple of occasions. Although he might not have been completely sober, he had a good word for anybody who wanted to talk to him, and he would happily while away the

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