Also this is­sue, we’re treat­ing you to a 100-page Bath­rooms mag­a­zine – your guide to cre­at­ing on-trend spa style at home*

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– it re­ally does! It should be your sanc­tu­ary, some­where that in­spires and de­lights, where you can feel com­pletely re­laxed. As we find our­selves on the brink of a new sea­son, it seems a per­ti­nent time to com­pare the whirling worlds of fash­ion and in­te­ri­ors. When I con­sider what I want to wear on a daily ba­sis, I’m of­ten plagued with anx­i­ety, whereas choos­ing pieces and schemes for my home fills me with noth­ing but joy. Con­tem­plat­ing this fact, I’m struck by the wise words of New York-based writer Kate Bolick: ‘ When you’re in­se­cure about your ap­pear­ance, try­ing to make your­self look bet­ter is a fraught en­deav­our. How­ever, the home is a blank can­vas, or empty ves­sel – a place where the will to­ward beauty can be ex­pressed unchecked, with­out the messy com­pli­ca­tions of the self.’

It’s an as­tute ob­ser­va­tion and, with it in mind, I hope you’ll find that this month’s com­pre­hen­sive dec­o­rat­ing sec­tion – with the lat­est fab­rics, wallpapers and paints, along­side in­spir­ing ideas – will give you real op­por­tu­nity to ex­press beauty unchecked in your own in­di­vid­ual way. Em­brace vi­brant colour, pat­tern and tex­ture in the space that stands for who you are and what home means to you.

Of course, in the con­text of this is­sue, ‘ home’ also refers to our an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of all things Bri­tish, which sees us cham­pi­oning a ros­ter of Uk-based tal­ents new and old, all of whom, in my opin­ion, truly rep­re­sent the breadth and di­ver­sity that makes our na­tion’s de­sign, style and sub­stance so very unique and ut­terly won­der­ful. Plus, the beau­ti­ful houses fea­tured this month ( bar one stun­ning ar­chi­tec­tural bolt­hole in Scot­land) can all be found in Lon­don, the city I call home.

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