25 Beautiful Homes - - EDITOR’S LETTER -

Brrr. Win­ter is well and truly upon us and, while I will never be a chilly weather per­son at heart, this year I have been en­joy­ing the feel­ing of warmth that en­velops you when walk­ing into a toasty home. When we re­designed our house, we in­vested in un­der­floor heat­ing. It has been a game changer and left our place feel­ing so cosy – and ‘cosy’ is a word I keep hear­ing at this time of year. In the past, it may have meant small, dark rooms, too much wood, squishy fur­ni­ture, etc, but cosy th­ese days is framed as the ul­ti­mate lux­ury. Let’s call it the New Cosy – think warm, re­laxed, com­fort­able, can­dlelit. This is­sue’s homes are rich in New Cosy at­mos­phere – Jess’s con­verted en­gine house in Corn­wall fea­tures rich wooden pan­elling and pops of gold ( page 36); con­crete de­tails are soft­ened by ex­posed beams and twin­kling lights in Mar­gret and Henk’s home ( page 130); while tan leather bar stools lend tex­ture to Char­lotte and Cameron’s white kitchen ( page 50). I hope you find in­spi­ra­tion in this is­sue and take time out of the hol­i­day pe­riod to en­joy it. You’ll find me snug­gled on the sofa with a blan­ket and a hot choc…

sarah spi­teri, edi­to­rial di­rec­tor

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