Laura and I like to spend time looking for easy home updates, and we receive many questions about them, such as where a rug, lamp or mirror is from. As a result, we have long toyed with the idea of adding a deco section to the website, but the opportune moment has never arisen, until now. What better time for our first interiors issue and shopping section than when we’re all mostly housebound?
There was little debate over who we wanted on the cover and, thanks to an introduction by our dear friend and ICONS girl, Ruth Chapman, the interiors icon Rita Konig kindly agreed to be interviewed by Deborah Brett for our Experts interview. When you step into a home that Rita has designed, the overall feeling is one of warmth, calm and creativity; a heady mix that takes a master to pull off. We love her tips and tricks to make a home not only functional but beautiful and cosy, and we’re sure you will, too.
Alongside Rita, we asked our talented interiors friends to come up with their own handpicked edits. Presenter and fashion journalist Louise Roe has recently moved back to England from LA and been making the most of lockdown by gardening up a storm; she shares her favourite outdoor pieces. Eiesha Bharti Pasricha, fashion investor-turned-home-chef, spends her days creating enviable delicacies in her perfectly kitted-out kitchen, so we think you’ll enjoy her selection of kitchen accessories. The same goes for jewellery designer Carolina Bucci’s divine home-office picks, which incorporate her usual playful charm. Finally, although we may not be able to get away for a break at the moment, there’s nothing to stop us creating that indulgent hotel-feeling at home. Luckily, Marie-Louise Sciò, vice president of some of Italy’s most divinely designed hotels, is on hand to help, with her choice of ideal bedroom buys for that five-star upgrade.
In our Beauty Focus, we have the ultimate storage solutions to help keep your make-up, trinkets and tools perfectly organised and easily accessible. We also shine a spotlight on one of our favourite interior havens, Summerill & Bishop, a space that frequently lightens our mood – and our wallets! Plus, we don’t know about you, but with so much cooking being done at home, the lack of inspiration has started to hit – despite us being foodies – so we commissioned chef Nina Parker to come up with the perfect easy family meal. And she has worked her magic to create a delicious comfort-food dish for everyone to enjoy together.
For those still requiring a fashion fix, Laura turns her attention to the ultimate multitasking power team – the blouse-and-shorts combo; practical summer-wear that can be combined or worn separately for easy at-home style or for heading out when the opportunity finally arrives. She also shares her favourite wardrobe-organisation tips that are guaranteed to give your collections a new lease of life, as well as make it a hundred times easier to get dressed in the morning, even if that’s just putting a selection of your favourite loungewear together.
Finally, we are delighted to introduce our new Future – and first interiors – ICON, Rebecca Udall. Laura discovered Rebecca’s beautiful Italian-made linen placemats, hand-crafted rattan chargers and textured wine glasses earlier this year and knew she would be the perfect addition to our Future ICONS roster. We hope you love discovering her hand-selected pieces as much as we do.
As always, thank you for your support in reading, sharing and clicking through our issue. It is created with love and hopefully provides some much-needed escapism and distraction.
All our love,
Petro (and Laura) xx