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Gingerbread House - for real

Posted by Natalie Jones on

Another Living Architecture masterpiece! This time a collaboration between FAT & Grayson Perry and located in Essex, this is a holiday home beyond expectation. Of course, it's booked up now. Maybe next year.... The building itself has gorgeous views out onto the River Stour but at night, the view into the church-like windows has an altogether different picture. Filled with the Turner Prize winners work, it isn't short of colour. The detailed interiors are mixed with gloss surfaces, wood finishes and moulded tile fireplaces. I love the slightly pistachio bathroom.

Playful, intelligent and with a sense of storytelling, the house is born out of a conceptual love story - a fulfilled promise to a wife that if she died before him, he would buy the Taj Mahal, on The Stour. 'Julie Cope' now lives on in the house for all of us to experience. Must watch the Channel 4 documentary.

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Monocle Travel Guides

Posted by Natalie Jones on

Air B&B is my choice of stay nowadays because you get the insiders knowledge into the area your staying in. This helps when you travel to Copenhagen where every person lives in a stylish apartment, hangs out in cool bars and dines in the new eatery that's opened 5 minutes a go. But not every city has the same collective of savvy inhabitants. To add to their collection of curated lifestyle, Monocle have fairly recently launched their own series of insight travel guides, shining the light on the places to pop your head into if you're jetting off to New York or London. 

Neighbourhood walks, independent retail, art galleries, fitness suits and hotel bars are all reviewed. I've grown up in London since the age of 7 but i'll still be reading up on the secret pockets of London i know i've missed.

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Where Chefs Eat

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Tuck your napkins into your collars and prepare for eating-frenzy-2015 to begin. An updated 'Where Chefs Eat' hit the book shelves in February. Crossing 70 countries, you can also plan where you fancying a holiday this year with your favourite recommendation with chefs such as Yottam Ottelanghi and René Redzepi pointing you in the right direction.

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