Times Magazine features


A few years ago we did  feature on Amber Jeavons and her one room studio flat. Recently she upgraded to a one bedroom flat and used her mainly monochrome palette to make a mundane place in to something rather special.



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Photographic Gallery owner Michael Hoppen ignores his family’s style advice and does his own thing. Michael also had a wonderful stand at PAD in Berkeley Square. His gallery is a constantly changing feast of images Michael Hoppen Gallery

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——————————————————————————————————–TAMARA TOWERS

Tamara Ecclestone’s house is palatial and so it should be in the street next to Kensington Palace. In spite of my worst fears and the slagging she often gets in newspaper gossip columns,  Tamara was a delight to interview and gave me an animated tour of the house she obviously loves.

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—————————————————————————————————————————————————SUMMER RETREAT

This is just one of Michael Bruno’s homes, but as the founder of the 1st Dibs furniture and art business he has plenty of opportunity to choose the best with which to furnish his homes – and this one is ideal for summer breaks.





Zadig & Voltaire are an uber cool fashion brand but the home of the label’s owners Thierry Gillier and Cecilia Bonstrom is out of this world, a grand maison with many original features but filled with contemporary art.TIM26T1GM_056_ZandVinteriors.indd






This was a fun project, artist Michael Landy and his dog May were entertaining company and architect  Marta Nowicka a great source of copy. The space may look pared back and sparse but it is actually a warm and very liberating home in which to spend time.






Just after Christmas when the post party slump beings to hit, I packed my bag and jetted off to Florida to meet The Hon Hilary Weston and to put together a feature on the amazing Windsor development that she has masterminded. It was a short break, flying out on Thursday and back on Friday but worth it for a glimpse of how the other half lives.

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Rients Bruinsma’s modest council flat looked a million dollars after his hands on make-over

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—————————————————————————————————————————————-FRENCH BARN STORMING

Another great french location, this time the home of one of the founders of the vintage textile company ‘Les Soeurs Anglaises” who now offer a range of residential craft courses.

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——————————————————————————————————————————————SUNNY FRENCH LOCATION

A really lovely house and happy memories of a sunny day in the french countryside.

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Another European destination, this time the wonderful mini chateau of Les Trois Garcons, restaurant and shop owners, interiors designers and acquirers of amazing antiques

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————————————————————————————————————————————–ITALIAN STYLE

We had a quick and adventurous trip  to Italy to photograph designer Roberto Cavalli at his home – the adventure began when the photographers equipment was whisked away by in unknown taxi – after much waving of hands and many telephone calls the taxi was tracked down and the bags returned, but that was all before we’d even started the day’s work!

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Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire, the men behind Mini Moderns are  a truly inspirational pair and have a seaside home at Dungeness that I really covet. The place has also inspired their new collection Hinterland – with grasses, lighthouses and the power station all featured in print.

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Fiona Barratt-Campbell and her husband retired footballer Sol Campbell commute between Northumerland and London, home up north is a Georgian house and in London it’s the top floor of a Mansion block overlooking the Thames. Barratt-Campbell has just launched a new shop in Pimlico and furniture range.

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I first interviewed Karim Rashid a few years ago at his slick New York apartment and admired his dedication to a certain style and look which takes focus to achieve, so I was surprised with the absolute adoration that filled his voice when we spoke about the arrival of his daughter and how it had necessitated a move to a larger home.

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It’s been a little time in coming ( we did the shoot in May) but this converted smithy in Devon makes a nice change of pace and shows how a little lateral thinking can be the basis of a thriving business, look out for Quba products, they have long life and

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Loic’s south London home is loft living in London but with an ecclesiastical twist, being in the upper section of a converted synagogue and filled with amazing artworks from his Carpenters Workshop Gallery

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It was very jolly to meet up with George and Glenn again. We did a shoot at the New York apartment a few years ago so it was a treat to be able to publish their new house on the coast. The pair were in town to for the launch of a new Fitzrovia hotel they had designed and were off to parts East the next day – life in the fast lane?

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Paula and Stephen Parkinson of  Augusts Brandt Antiques gave us a great welcome to their amazing house and thanks also to Anne McAlvoy and Fred for putting the whole trip together and making it an enjoyable and stress free event.

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————————————————————————————————————————————————–AT THE HEART OF THINGS

Brendan and Vanessa of Mineheart were very welcoming to their small cottage in St Neots, we got the feature published just in time for Tent London, where they were exhibiting.



————————————————————————————————————————————————-THE HOT HOUSE

The home of the inspirational Trevyn and Julian Mc Gowan, a shoot sadly done by remote control, rather than via a trip to South Africa, but the pictures look great.Trevyn1




We had a quick but productive trip to Stockholm to shoot the lovely airy and light home of the Lindhe family who are the founders and owners of the Lexington home and fashion label. (Sorry for the early proof without captions but I’ll put up a finished one next week when it comes through from The Times)

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The home of architect Annabel Karim Kassar was an unexpected place, and took quite a while to shoot, with joggers and various family members needing to use bathrooms and entertain friends, but we got there in the end.






The result of a quick but very enjoyable trip to Malmo where we photographed the home of cermaics and glass designer Anne Nilsson



————————————————————————————————————————————————–THE EMERALD FAERIE

The Faerie ( aka Fiona Gall) worked so hard to make her home picture perfect for our shoot, it’s not a palatial place but it was full of style and bright ideas.

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Karen Howes is a very patient lady, this feature has been in and out of the magazine’s schedule a couple of times, but this weekend her stoic ways were rewarded with four pages of colourful images.

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Harry Parr and Cecilia Carey have a fun house in south London, and their bed is something else – for more details see Ceilia’s site

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The extraordinary home of Ben Coode-Adams and Freddie Robins was shot during the last downfall of snow, we spent sometime brushing the snow away from the front of the building so that it would look a bit more spring like.

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This house had a magic quality, although shot early in the year the light was just perfect and we had a great time with the owner Jane Hilton who has an exhibition of her work currently on show at Eleven

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Francis Sultana managed to fit us in to his frantic, international schedule and to complain bitterly about the unsuitable shops that are invading Savile Row and the off shoots of Bond Street.

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Sultana 3—————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————A VERY CHIC PARIS APARTMENT

Sarah Lavoine’s apartment is right bang in the centre of the City of Lights, and she admits that because of its wonderful location she couldn’t bear to move.

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An interesting shoot with an adamantly recluse husband so we used the wife’s maiden name to preserve his privacy.  Apologies about the intro paragraph with references to working with children and animals, that was not my copy it was altered in the editing process and is a such a sad cliche.

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—————————————————————————————————————————————————CONRAN IN THE KITCHEN

We had a jolly day with Sebastian Conran, much of it spent in his kitchen looking at the new range of kitchen china and playing with the gadgets he has created under the brand name Universal Expert

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It was difficult not to stare out of the windows during this shoot, the views are amazing, but the apartment is pretty special too.

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A calm and impressive house, the home of the founder of Rodial skin products and decorated in many shades of grey

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Just before the wintry weather hit Wiltshire we went to shoot the home of nightclub and racing entrepreneur Howard Spooner, he’d built the manor style house in his late twenties – quite an undertaking but one that still stands him in good stead

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—————————————————————————————————————————————————QUITE BAZAAR

Tracey Boyd and Adrian Wright live in a small but perfectly formed home converted from a garage, yes a garage and from the street it looks as though it is still where they park their car – just  a pair of simple painted wooden doors is all that you see, until you step inside…..

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—————————————————————————————————————————————————WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE

A fascinating East London house with a wealth of history and the best coffee in London. Patrick Vink , who owns the Whitechapel Coffee Company makes a brew that delights all the senses.

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It has taken time and a lot of patience to build this wonderful house and studios on the outskirts of a village in Wiltshire but it goes to prove that patience pays off. From a mud and cobble courtyard and some derelict out buildings rose a magnificent modern home – well done the Newmans. An edited version of this feature appeared in the magazine  but it is the one the should have gone to print.

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Orla Kiely’s home is a colourful and pattern-ful place as you might expect but a proper family home not a showcase for her design. Her sons had thoughtfully tided their rooms so it made of job relatively easy. look out for extensive new homes range Orla Kiely House



A rectory on the outskirts of Bath has been given a modern and very glamorous make-over by Linda Morey-Smith

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A very jolly day spent with the Lytle family produce a colourful set of images and a strong inside cover

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The second of the features shot with Ben Anders on our Finnish expedition, a really interesting way of working round rough rock and excellent uses of terraces and balconies



Richard Joseph is one of the twin brothers behind the hugely successful Joseph Joseph kitchenware brand, so successful that last week they were awarded Ernst & Young ‘ Entrepreneur of the Year’ in the innovation category, and Richard’s home is pretty well up there in the innovation steaks as well.

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The Barbican in the city has become a real hub for designers, architects and those interested in design so it wasn’t too much of a surprise to find that Kathryn Williams of Knoll and Craig Allen ex of Linley, Molton Brown, Conran and others, had a stylish and well furnished flat in one of the central blocks.

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It now seems worth the very early start to do the day trip to Amsterdam to shoot this feature, Kate and her husband were very welcoming even though we arrived during their breakfast. Darren shot images like a man possessed so that we had time to walk over a few bridges and canals for some mood setting scenes.

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It was a pleasure to be allowed to wander around the Aalto’s home on a warm sunny day with their grandsons reminiscing about their grandfather and laughing about their memories of him, I’ll never sit in an Aalto chair or pick up one of their vases in quite the same way

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Rob Hughes is something of a Wizard when it comes to doing up unusual properties and this wonderful Tin Hut is just one of them. It is, as he describes it, something of a tardis, small on the outside but roomy once you are through the door



Nestled among the rolling hills of the French countryside architect Vicky Thornton’s unusual house blends in with the landscape. Photographer Alex James and Vicky got on well and discovered they had mutual friends so a good trip and great pics.



The wonderful terrier Bean stole the show even though we went to Leicester to photograph the giant crocheted lions and their maker, he is very much the dog in charge.

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The delightful Mr Hone took me ‘walkies’ with his dog Basil so we did most of the interview about his museum-like apartment ambling around a neighbouring park. Mr Hone eschews the modern conveniences of mobile phones and emails so I had hand delivered a written note to his home to ask him if he would like to be in The Times Magazine – and as you see, he agreed.



In spite of an overcast day the shoot went well at the Bradbury’s home – good luck at Pulse I hope it goes well!



This is the sort of pied a terre that I guess many of us would like to have in central Paris, a chic little place to stay when visiting the city of lights, it is in fact the office and workplace of Olivia Putman, daughter of legendary designer Andree

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The top three floors of a period house overlooking Hyde Park was the venue for this shoot, it is the home of Harry Handelsman the man behind the Manhattan Loft Corporation and the rejuvenation of the St Pancras Hotel, the architect was the delightful Sarah Featherstone who I interviewed for the Times Mag feature of great British architects – scroll down if you want to read her thoughts.

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The luxuriously appointed apartment of Pierre Frey is at the top of one of those wonderfully shambolic, slightly listing staircases that you find in period apartment blocks in Paris. Walking up the stairs, passing walls of dusty painted plaster I wondered what I would find, but the moment Pierre opened the door in to the striped hallway I knew it was a gem.

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I met Chris Dyson while doing a photo shoot at a property he had worked on, just down the road from where he lives so while interviewing him about the work he had done elsewhere I was busy eyeing up his own house – which proved to be a real gem.



It took me a while to get my tongue around the names of  design duo Yabu and Pushelberg but they were such a hospitable pair and generous with their time when we took over their New York apartment for the day. This is the last of the shoots I did with photographer Jonny Valiant in New York – here’s to the next batch!

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Christian Louboutin’s apartment is an extraordinary place, up in the eaves of a five storey building near the Opera in Paris. I did a feature on him in his previous home ( about 15 years ago!) and his fame and fortune has been on the rise ever since. Such a pity so few of the pictures made it to print, the bedroom and dressing room were also great.



Bodo Sperlein‘s converted shop in Munich is his escape from London life, where he and his design business are based. The photographer Darren Chung made a great job of a small and quite difficult space, but there were plenty of interesting pieces of furniutre and ceramics on which to focus.

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This feature was put together on a fun but sadly brief trip to Helsinki in September, but I’m glad we went then rather than now – there would be less light and probably more snow.

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The posters, prints and books published by Woop are gaining cult status, I was having lunch with my ex-boss Gill Morgan at a cafe in Soho a few weeks ago and the wall behind her was covered with Woop’s wonderful animal posters. Then I got to spend a day at their barn



The lovely Sarah Shotton took a little persuading to let us photograph her flat but in the end we had a fun day and she was a perfect model in her pink seamed stockings ( even if she did need a little help to move around on those killer heels). See the very glamorous Agent Provocateur home range and bedlinen on

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The unexpected home of Yves Legendre and Micheline Taillardat in a French forest, Micheline was giving a talk as part of Decorex at the Pierre Frey store at Chelsea Harbour this weekend

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The seaside home of fashion designer Elie Tahari, so glad we photographed it a few months ago as trying to do it under the threat of Hurricane Irene may not have been much fun



I think I might have to pin these pictures on the pin board above my desk – so that when life get’s difficult I can think of a ‘happy place’, this beach hut is my idea of heaven and I’ll be visiting it again for Coastal Currents art festival the first and second weekends in September.

————————————————————————————————————————————————–A CHANGE OF ART

David and Alex Jones’s house is stunning place to visit and James Balston captured the light and space in his photographs, James also did much of the interior design in his previous life as a designer.

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This was a really enjoyable shoot with Ben Anders even if the light did go up and down like a yo-yo, we did manage to catch enough blue sky to make the cover shot look summery!


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This unusual home is above a laterally converted antique shop in St Leonard’s on sea an area I have been to a couple of times in the last year and where a thriving antiques and design community is growing up, there are also many beautiful old properties there, many sadly in a state of disrepair, but as more arty types move in they are being revived and restored. Home owner Georgina Brett Chinnery is exhibiting at Collect this week and her company Bombarock specialises in intricate leather work



It was about fifteen years since I did my first shoot with Audrey Carden and her business partner Eleanora Cunetti so as well as having an enjoyable shoot  with Audrey,we also had quite a chat.



I’ve long been a fan of Maureen Doherty and the non-fashion approach to dressing that she pioneers at her shop Egg, so it was a pleasure to meet her. I think photographer Jan Baldwin felt the same and as you can see from the blog Jan went to great lengths to get a great bedroom shot – but sadly it didn’t make the feature, such is life!



The Alessi brand is global and over the last few weeks people I have spoken to, from diplomats to concierges, all know and most own at least one of the objects made by the family run firm so it was a great privilege to meet the man himself.



It was a bit of an epic getting this one together but fascinating of meet some of our most prestigious and influential architects



Mr Evil is a graffiti artist of note and a rather nice gentleman, his East London home is an elegant space with walls of polished concrete and not a spray can in sight. He (Charles Edwards) will be exhibiting prints of his works at Pick Me Up Contemporary Graphic Art Fair this week.

  1. […] home was featured in The Saturday Times Magazine on 19 Jan 2013 The feature was written by Vinny Lee and the amazing photographs were taken by James Balston.  His website is worth a visit if you like […]

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