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8 Simple Questions to Help Find the Right Washbasin
8 Simple Questions to Help Find the Right Washbasin

Congratulations! You’ve decided to remodel your bathroom. That’s a biggie in itself. Because you know it’s just the start of a whole new decision-making process involving design, products, suppliers, tradespeople and money. So, we’re going to take one of those decisions – “which washbasin should I buy?” – and give you a little help with it… just because you’ve got a lot to think about already.

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The importance of being fabulous: Stéphanie Agostino's stunning Rose Beauty Salon
The importance of being fabulous: Stéphanie Agostino's stunning Rose Beauty Salon

 The beauty industry as we know it goes back over a hundred years. It took off in a big way in the ‘roaring twenties’ as Elizabeth Arden opened her signature salon, offering something called ‘makeovers’ – a brand new concept to early 20th Century women. And, by the time the ‘swinging sixties’ rolled around, it was part of the fabric of mainstream women’s lives.

Beauty salons were places where women could go both to socialise with one another and to feel like the centre of attention in what was otherwise very much a man’s world. And the salons themselves were as spectacular as the makeovers they promised, boasting the height of contemporary interior design style and substance.

Fast forward almost 60 years and the lay of the land has changed somewhat. Nail bars have popped up in increasing numbers in every major city, offering reduced, simplified services and without any of the fanfare, interior design flair or client-focused added value of their predecessors. For Architect and beauty fanatic Stéphanie Agostino, this was just not good enough. Which is why she decided to establish her own company, Rose Beauty Salon in Valencia, Spain, to bring back a little 60s-inspired luxury to the beauty and self-care industry.

Nick Mitchell caught up with her to find out why environment and experience are every bit as important as the result, when it comes to pampering oneself.

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Minimalist Design: Why is Less Still More?
Minimalist Design: Why is Less Still More?

The world of interior design has changed dramatically over the last 60 years. Trends in home improvements have come and gone. We’ve witnessed the garish opulence of the 1970s, with its plywood-panelled walls, shag pile carpets and liberal clashes of geometric patterns in bizarre colour combinations. We’ve had the neon, pink, grey, pastel, flame stitch, chrome and glass flash of the preppy 1980s. And we’ve seen mash-up re-runs of both those styles in the PoMo, anything-goes 1990s, where stylistic innovations in interior design slowed to a near standstill before the turn of the new Millennium.

One style, however, has outlasted them all. And now, as our lives become increasingly less encumbered by clutter in the digital age, it has never felt more relevant. It might be said to be a facet of the style we refer to as Mid-Century Modern (though it clearly exists as one of the most important movements of the 20th Century, in and of itself) and it is defined, somewhat ironically, by the very absence of stuff that makes it so desirable to us as consumers: Minimalism.

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What makes Corian® the perfect powder room material for make-up artists?
What makes Corian® the perfect powder room material for make-up artists?

You look down at your vanity unit and – “Aaaaaagh!” – terror strikes. There’s more mascara on the vanity than there is on the models’ lashes. Where did all those lipstick smears come from? You’re never going to get those off, not even with a bucket of Fairy liquid and a flamethrower... Well, here’s our advice, darling... run immediately out and get yourself a spangly new Corian® vanity.

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Black is back – the neo-gothic minimalism of rich, black bathrooms
Black is back – the neo-gothic minimalism of rich, black bathrooms

It’s almost 2020 and here’s a style prediction for luxury bathroom design for the coming new year that you all need to pay attention to: nothing is the new black. Because black is back – and in a big way.

 

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Opulent minimalism: the paradoxical glory of Janey Butler Interiors
Opulent minimalism: the paradoxical glory of Janey Butler Interiors

Cheshire has a unique reputation in the North of England. Home to superstar footballers, media moguls and the Bentley factory, its inhabitants have been long dubbed ´the Cheshire set’ by the green-eyed popular press. And its landscape has blossomed with grandiose architecture, oozing 21st Century style and rustic charm in equal measure.

It’s no great surprise, then, to discover that one of the UK’s most ground-breaking, inspiring and luxurious interior design businesses is based out of Cheshire, at what might be considered ‘posh HQ’ – the glorious 18th Century country house, Capesthorne Hall, just outside the village of Siddington, near Alderley Edge.

Nick Mitchell Maiato caught up with the eponymous founder and Design Director of Janey Butler Interiors to talk about the opulent-minimalist fusion of her stunning designs.

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