Sarah Spi­teri, ED­I­TO­RIAL DI­REC­TOR

Living Etc - - CONTENTS ⁄ ETC -

I am writ­ing this from the cosy com­fort of an arm­chair at home. Look­ing out the win­dow at an icy Lon­don, it strikes me that I’ve been caught off guard by win­ter; days of au­tumn walks and fiery am­ber leaves have flipped into frosty nights and slip­pery pave­ments with no warn­ing. I’m not pre­pared. In a cof­fee shop this morn­ing, a man de­scribed me to his son as ‘the crazy lady with no socks on’. But I’m not com­plain­ing. Chunky knits and open fires are just great. As is new-year en­ergy – that Jan­uary re­solve to make things hap­pen. For my part, I am go­ing to tackle my daugh­ter’s room. We had hoped her nurs­ery could dou­ble as an of­fice, but that’s proven im­pos­si­ble so we’re re­think­ing the space. My hus­band is keen for us to put in a climb­ing wall... See page 106 for some more cool ideas. While win­ter has its perks, I won’t deny that I like noth­ing more than es­cap­ing the chill for some sun­shine. I (al­most) love the plan­ning as much as the hol­i­day it­self, and I try to work off rec­om­men­da­tions. With that in mind, I’d like to share one gem I dis­cov­ered re­cently. On a re­mote In­done­sian is­land, there is a ho­tel called Nihi Sumba. Of­fer­ing a re­laxed take on lux­ury, its strap is ‘the edge of wild­ness’ and it is just that: horses gal­lop the beach and buf­falo wal­low in the waves. And oh, the in­te­ri­ors! Lo­cal craft brings life to el­e­gant spa­ces, plus al­most ev­ery room has its own pool! It is quite spe­cial. When you’re next in the mood for a de­sign ad­ven­ture, our monthly Hot List fea­ture (page 144) is the place to start your re­search. It is com­piled by our in-house ex­pert Pa­trick Hamil­ton Court­ney, who does a fab job of un­earthing new or rethought ho­tels, seen through a style lens. I’d like to share one more dis­cov­ery with you, this time an app. Our hol­i­day in­cluded a visit to Syd­ney, and it was the first time my daugh­ter met my fam­ily. Fol­low­ing many a con­ver­sa­tion with the cousins about how to keep in touch with my 98-year-old grand­mother, I down­loaded Touch­note. It turns your phone pics into post­cards, which are then sent through the real post with a stamp and ev­ery­thing! So even if you’re stay­ing put this win­ter, you can share a few ‘wish you were here’ mo­ments...

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