KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY
When this historic house came up for sale in Virginia, Anne Massie and her brother Will could not resist it. Some 30 years later, their impulse purchase remains Anne’s much loved home.
COMPARE AND CONTRAST
Charged with refreshing a south London terrace house from the owner’s bachelor days into a second home for his young family, designer Sarah Vanrenen chose a simple palette enlivened by splashed of colour and pattern.
SPREADING ITS WINGS
Having once been a building at risk, Slackwood Farm in Lancashire has, under its new owners and a team of architects, become a sight to behold, thanks in part to a strikingly modern curved glass extension.
Relocating to a house and farm buildings in rural Hampshire six years ago, the antique dealer and decorator Max Rollitt and his wife, movement therapist Jane Watson, have created a relaxed base for their family and their work.
Diverse habitats work as one in this garden in Dorset, providing its owner with abundant opportunities to showcase a range of spectacular plants.
The Spanish architect Isabel López-Quesada has softened the industrial architecture of a former office space in New York to create a sophisticated pied-à-terre for its new owners.
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
Combining foraged materials with traditional techniques, the duo behind home accessories company Forest-and-Found create beautiful and useful pieces imbued with artistry.
ADAPT AND EVOLVE
As the writer of House & Garden’s advice column, interior designer Rita Konig is known for her strong ideas about decorating, but when her own household expanded, she had to rethink her plans for her west London flat.
Having taken over part of the building next door to their Notting Hill villa, the owners reworked the layout of their house and commissioned interior designer Amanda Hornby to create bright rooms filled with statement patterns.
TWICE AS NICE
Interior designer Louise Jones’s extended home combines the charm and comfort of English country-cottage style with easy access to the centre of London.
Devising a year-round planting scheme to connect the Serpentine Sackler Gallery with Hyde Park was Arabella Lennox-Boyd’s brief for the borders of Zaha Hadid’s building.
WINGS OF CHANGE
At Carlton Towers in Yorkshire, Lord and Lady Gerald Fitzalan Howard have created a twenty-first-century estate, complete with a renovated east wing used for weddings and shooting-party guests, and a cookery school in the Victoria kitchens.
In this reconfigured St Moritz apartment with lakeside views, interior designer Kate Earle has combined contemporary elements with natural materials, resulting in a holiday hoe that has exceeded its owners’ high expectations.
For Italian architect Robert Falconi, the conversion of one wing of his childhood home in Lombardy reflects the synthesis of his aesthetic passions with his family history.
PLUS: Inside the Northampton workshop of Thomas Greenway, who is helping to preserve the sixteenth-century Italian art of pietra dura; and a combination of traditional English planting ideas and the Midwestern climate has resulted in a Chicago garden rich in colours and textures.
With all things vintage enjoying a boom worldwide, swing dancing has well and truly swung back into fashion. From vintage festivals and tea dances to weekend socials and hundreds of weekly classes held around the world, multiple forms of the dance that was created in 1930s Harlem by Frankie Manning are growing ever more popular.Swing Dance explores the vibrant contemporary swing-dancing scene, looking at the different dance styles and the associated culture, community and fashion. Illustrated with vintage and contemporary photography, as well as specially commissioned step-by-step guides, it provides everything you need to know, whether you fancy kicking up your heels in the Charleston or mastering the Lindy Hop ‘swing out’.The four major dance styles are covered – Charleston, Collegiate Shag, Balboa and Lindy Hop, including the Strolls, which are guaranteed to fill the dance floorThere are also insider tips from old-timers and today’s leading swing dancers as well as fun, easy-to-follow page-embedded video demonstrations produced exclusively for the book and accessible via scannable QR codes.
Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
Swing Dance by Scott Cupit, founder of Swing Patrol is a fabulous book.
Each chapter begins with an overview of the fascinating evolution of the dance style. ‘Get the Look’ examines the fashions for guys and girls, including hair and make-up, and a clothing, shoes and accessories checklist, while ‘The Music’ suggests the top ten tunes to practise to. Then follows a breakdown of the basic step patterns upon which the dance is built, and a guide to some of the key moves. If you are excited by swing dancing and a lover of vintage you will adore this book, it is an absolute gem! Highly Recommended!
Synopsis: Dust off your sequins as series 13 of Strictly Come Dancing is back on our screens. Put your best foot forward with the 2016 annual, the perfect partner.
Take a sneak peak into Craig’s dressing room as he discusses his Strictly Saturday, eat like a dancer with our tasty recipes and take a tan-tastic tour of the tanning booths. The Official Strictly Come Dancing Annual 2016 is as lively as a foxtrot!
Featuring a dazzling new cast of celebrities, exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes stories this annual is a glittering companion to everything Strictly.
Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
If you love Strictly Come Dancing you will love this book, packed full with entertaining facts and behind-the-scenes information including profiles of all the celebrities and their professional partners. This is the perfect companion to your weekend viewing.
A delightful gift for any Strictly fans! Highly Recommended!