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Winter House Interiors

Winter House transforms interior landscapes and exterior living spaces into warm, beautiful and inviting areas — havens that are timeless and elegant — by designing for individual clients’ lifestyles and helping to bring their visualizations to life. For expert assistance in designing and furnishing a personally perfect indoor and outdoor home environment, step into a world of endless possibilities.

Whatever components best suit the customer’s purpose and taste, whether that be furniture or flooring, comfortable patio seating or custom bedding and draperies or accessories and gifts, are harmoniously united with an eye for detail and a personalized vision. Besides its

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WINDOW ТО THE WORLD

Strategically placed windows blur the lines between the indoors and the outdoors of this Secunderabad residence.

Most often, in housing societies, builders create generic structures without factoring in several practical considerations. It then becomes the interior designer’s task to turn the house into a livable space. This house in Secunderabad belongs to a gated community where one comes across rows of other identical bungalows. Hameeda Sharma of Aamir & Hameeda Designers along with her team took on the task of giving this residence a distinct identity with its interior design. According to Sharma, as the house has a built up

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What makes a publishing house great? The easy answer is the consistency with which it produces books of value over a lengthy period of time. That would include in our day, beyond the obvious candidates, houses as unalike as Oxford University Press and New Directions. But thereʼs also the energy and flair with which it brings its books to the attention of the general reading public, so doing justice to its authors. And theres its loyalty to those authors. And its over-all conviction that books matter. And, of course, turning a profit.

A new book «Hothouse» (Simon & Schuster), by Boris Kachka takes as a given that its subject, Farrar, Straus&Giroux, has been and remains a great publisher, and without any question that’s the case. FSG, as it’s generally called, has brought us more than half a century of distinguished books, rarely slipping below the level of distinction it hoped to achieve. How it did so is certainly worth both parsing and paying tribute to, but a degree of disillusionment with this project sets in when we get past the cute title to the even cuter and more hyperbolic subtitle: «The Art

Continue reading What makes a publishing house great? The easy answer is the consistency with which it produces books of value over a lengthy period of time. That would include in our day, beyond the obvious candidates, houses as unalike as Oxford University Press and New Directions. But thereʼs also the energy and flair with which it brings its books to the attention of the general reading public, so doing justice to its authors. And theres its loyalty to those authors. And its over-all conviction that books matter. And, of course, turning a profit.

What if you could go online and order your new house — pick out the layout and all the fixtures, the styles of doors and windows, and then have it delivered? A century ago you could, through the magic of the Eatons catalogue.

A History — Eaton’s Houses

This was the pioneer equivalent of buying online. You could buy just about anything out of the Eaton’s catalogue, from farm equipment to children’s toys. You simply checked off your order, mailed it in, then picked it up down at the railway station. Buying a house by mail was no different, albeit a bit trickier than ordering a sewing machine or a suit. For one thing, what they sent you was essentially a big pile of wood and some nails, so a certain amount of assembly was required.

How much assembly depended on from whom

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WELL CONNECTED

Interior designers tend to be one step ahead when it comes to house-hunting, which was certainly the case with Torill Tangen. She admits to finding it easy to visualise what any house will look like with her possessions inside it, and also had a clear image of where her new home should be and what it needed to provide. ‘I wanted to live in a small village with shops and easy access to transport,’ explains Torill. ‘The house also had to be in good structural and decorative condition; I’ve done several big restoration projects in the past and this time

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TRADING PLACES

Combining family life with a home-based business can be challenging if your property doesn’t accommodate both comfortably. ‘My business was part of the reason for choosing this house, as it had the retail space as well as the room we wanted,’ says Sara.

The family decided to relocate from west London to Somerset, to attain a more family- friendly lifestyle. ‘Steven still had good transport links to the capital, I was keen to work from home and we both liked the idea of a big house project,’ explains Sara. The couple certainly had their work cut out with the 400-year-old,

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Through the magic door…

It may look like your average incredibly charming Chelsea cottage, but Annoushka Ducas’s London house is SECRETLY an oh-so modern LA-style hacienda crash-pad. By Georgina Blackwell

We are in a secret nook of Chelsea: a storybook Georgian cottage accessed through an alleyway that in spring is thick with wisteria. The cottage is a sedate two-up two-down — until you get inside. Pass through the front door and the period exterior morphs into a sunny Los Angeles bolthole.

This is the London crash pad of Annoushka Ducas and her husband John Ayton, the founders of Links jewellers. You might be surprised

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THE HOUSE THAT PIETERS PARENTS BUILT

This modern barn on Jacobsdal wine farm in Stellenborsch is home to Koba and Cornelis Dumas and their two young sons

At the southwestern edge of the Stellenbosch wine region, on the vine shrouded slopes overlooking a gleaming False Bay, is a silver grey barn. A barn filled with beautiful furniture and books and photographs and laughter. A barn that’s actually a house. And in the house lives a little boy called Pieter, and his father and mother and baby brother, Stefan, and their two dogs, Suki and Simba. Happily ever after.

Two years ago Pieter’s parents, Cornells and Koba.

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STAYING POWER

As professional property renovators, Victoria and Lee Alderson bought their current home as a business venture, and certainly never expected to settle in it themselves. Located in an attractive village with fields all around, the house was an ideal project. ‘The interior was very shabby and old-fashioned with orangey-brown pine everywhere,’ recalls Victoria.

‘It was really damp, too — there were lots ofwoodlice!’

Victoria and Lee, who have three children — Isabella, eight, and twins Eloise and Madeleine, six — had just begun restoring the house for resale through their company IME Properties, when their personal circumstances changed. ‘We’d decided

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STATE OF THE ART

The richly coloured stained-glass front door of Ann Robertson’s Edwardian home is just the starter to the menu of vibrant rooms, paintings and artefacts within. ‘This is not a minimalist or neutral style of house,’ she says, opening the door to a wide, tiled hallway. ‘When we bought it, we were incredibly lucky that all the original features were intact: the pediments over the doors, the fireplaces and even this floor, which was only discovered when we lifted up the old brown carpet a week after moving in.’

Ann moved here from a smaller house round the corner when her

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