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A little Light Music

In Slough on July 30, 2014 at 10:25 am

Slough may not be the top destination on any style seekers list but not far from the bustling railway station, and what must be the country’s largest Tesco, is the home of Mark and Trina Reilly.

Mark was in the cult band Blue Rondo a la Turk and latterly Matt Bianco and with that impressively cool CV it wasn’t all that much of a surprise to find that his family home is a single storey L shaped American style house built in the early 1960s. What was a surprise was how ‘hands on’ Mark and Trina had been on the restoration and transformation of their house.

Jefferson Smith took some amazing shots which will hopefully make an autumn edition of the the Times Magazine in the meantime look out for The Chewing The Fat 2 CD De Luxe Collectors edition of Blue Rondo’s 80s style Latin-themed album

Jefferson in the bushes

Jefferson in the bushes

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A Burst of summer

In Uncategorized on July 8, 2014 at 11:36 am

On my way to the Oscar de la Renta Home launch I walked through Berkeley Square ¬†and got the full impact of Dale Chihuly’s fabulous 14ft glass installation, The Sun. Ten or more years ago I went to Seattle to interview Chihuly about his home and work and was accompanied by The Times Magazine Picture Editor Graham Wood who did the pictures. Graham got on like a house on fire with Chihuly and it was a very enjoyable shoot – so seeing the brilliant orange red and yellow sun brought back many memories.

Dale Chihuly's The Sun in Berkeley Square

Dale Chihuly’s The Sun in Berkeley Square

Then there was the trip to The Bargehouse behind the Oxo Tower to see Habitat’s Autumn Winter preview. I had a guided tour with creative director Polly Dickins, who was on Woman’s House a few days later talking about Habitat’s 50th anniversary this year.

new Habitat product at The Bargehouse

new Habitat product at The Bargehouse

Also a shoot with James Balston at the new home of budding designer Amber Jeavons. We featured her studio flat in The Times Magazine about three years ago, but she has moved up a rung on the property ladder to a one bed flat taking with her all her style and wonderful ideas, so we were happy to catch up with Amber and to do a shoot that will hopefully appear in the magazine sometime soon.

Amber's sunburst mirrors in their new home

Amber’s sunburst mirrors in their new home