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Living Etc - - EDITOR’S OFFICE -

found my­self stay­ing in a pretty lit­tle log cabin at the side of a bab­bling stream ear­lier this month and while it was a world away from Livingetc’s edgy, ur­ban style (with its iron day bed on the ve­randa and squishy tar­tan-cov­ered so­fas), it was a per­fect bal­ance of mod­ern and rus­tic. Its rough-luxe look made me think about how many suc­cess­ful con­tem­po­rary in­te­ri­ors are an in­tox­i­cat­ing blend of in­flu­ences and trends.

The houses in this is­sue all echo this clever bal­ance, dis­play­ing a wide range of cre­ative ideas fil­tered through a dis­cern­ing de­sign eye – from Cas­san­dra and Ed’s pared­back, el­e­gant apart­ment (page 82), which teams raw wood with hits of pink up­hol­stery and brass light­ing, to Irina and Dar­ren’s fam­ily home (page 40), which com­bines Vic­to­rian oil paint­ings with hy­per-bright pho­tog­ra­phy and an Aga in the kitchen with a silk-swathed mas­ter bed­room.

Also in this is­sue, we’ve been look­ing ahead to the big­gest in­te­ri­ors trends in our spe­cial (page 129) – take note, no self-re­spect­ing home should be with­out a hang­ing chair or piece of taxi­dermy, plus we’ve been check­ing out the cat­walk to see which fash­ion di­rec­tions will be in­flu­enc­ing our shop­ping must-haves this au­tumn (page 69) – hint, here come the Seven­ties! Get ready for an in­spi­ra­tion-filled month. House Tours is back! For one day only in Septem­ber, join us for an ex­clu­sive tour of some of the most in­spir­ing houses in Lon­don. From vin­tage colour and pat­tern to loft-style liv­ing, these homes show­case the very best of de­sign and dé­cor. Turn to page 36 for more de­tails. See you there!

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