Milan apartment

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Excuse the poor quality of these photos, but I literally snapped them directly from my copy of Elle Deco. Loving the wild wallpaper, jade green hall, mix of rattan and willow-weave textures in the furniture and just the simple yet bold look of this home.

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Print it, hang it

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I’ve banged on enough times here before about how easy it is to have things on the walls of your house – postcards, photocopies, bits of music – but I really love how House and Garden UK is now getting on the bandwagon with downloadable, printable artwork. This set is quirky and understated, although I also loooooove the wallpaper.

Nesting again

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Rather like these projects by Neil Dusheiko architects; they look very livable, and have a good use of light and space. He uses some interesting materials too, like charred wood, which is naturally rain and fire resistant.

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Nesting

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It’s that time to shout out again to the Cup of Jo house tours, especially as I wonder if I can bear to take on building work. I’ve not yet seen a whole house I like – this first round is as close as I got – but I love corners of lots. The tranquility (and cleanness!) of that hallway, and the calm woodwork

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this crazy wallpaper, which I looove the colours of but don’t know how I’d feel about at breakfast,

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and the feel of this place.

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Margiela revelations

When I was 15, a friend’s mother kindly introduced me to a curator at the V&A’s fashion department, where I spent a week’s work experience. The exhibition they were putting on at the time and I remember listening with bafflement to tales of Martin Margiela, unsure why I was meant to admire a man for putting mould on tweed suits and deliberately making “ugly” clothes. I liked McQueen and Galliano, but avoided searching out Margiela any further.

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I was surprised therefore to see that the show at Antwerp’s MoMu (fashion museum) was titled Margiela: The Hermes Years. What would this designer have to do with a rather stuffy fashion house best known for its scarves and handbags? I couldn’t imagine it, but the show was a revelation.

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Simply displayed against plain white or Hermes-orange walls, the clothes were ultra-luxe, genuinely timeless in emphasising quality over passing whims, and yet not boring.

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There were defiant surrealist touches – a dress made out of fake engagement rings, a pair of stockings for a coat belt, a string of plastic jewels “staining” a dress with light or blood – but mostly just superb plays of texture against each other and immaculate cutting.

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It’ll never be my budget, and Margiela’s colour palette wouldn’t suit me anyway, but you see totally why these clothes were #lifegoals for his audience.

all photos August 2017.