A Design Lover’s Guide to Decking the Halls ()
NVP’s favourite K&C destinations to get you and your home feeling festive, whatever your style.
A trip to Daylesford Organic always gets us in the mood for Christmas. It’s pared down, country chic homeware and imaginative selection of gifts means there something for everyone. And it won’t just get the dining table, kitchen and other cosy corners of your home looking the part, it will also have your larder and fridge stocked up with all manner of delights, from award-winning cheeses to Christmas pudding.
If you like your interiors polished and will only settle for the finest quality British craftsmanship then David Linley’s eponymous Pimlico store is the place to go. Beautiful board games sit alongside decadent decanters and glassware, and the Hussar nutcrackers will add a truly traditional touch to your table or fireside over the holidays. You can also have many items engraved for the last word in bespoke chic.
Since opening its doors 30 years ago, the Conran Shop has been a hub for modern design and all the trimmings, and it becomes even more of a treasure trove at Christmastime. With inspiration at every turn, you’ll find everything from the most beautiful cards and wrapping paper to the most original gifts, along with eye-catching decorations for your home. We love their kitsch snow globes and Fornasetti candles.
It wouldn’t feel like Christmas without a visit to that wintergreen shrine to all things giftworthy, Harrods. It’s also the perfect place to go to make sure your home is looking Yule ready, whether it’s decorations and a wreath you’re after, unique stockings to hang for your children, a hamper full of treats or the ultimate crackers for your table, the most famous store in London has it covered.
What’s New and Cool in K&C ()
Just opened on Pavilion Road, KXU is the second venture from the people behind the well known, uber luxe gym KX off Brompton Cross. Instead of the usual membership fee, however, the new “one stop shop for boutique fitness” is pay-as-you-go; making it particularly appealing to frequent travellers. Boasting 40 of the industry’s most respected teachers, there is everything from yoga to spin classes and much more on offer. The spa is described as a “complete beauty and wellness clinic” and there is a deliciously healthy menu to refuel you after your workout. Where better to keep fit and network at the same time?
We’ve long been fans of the Marylebone restaurant, which serves exceptional Japanese fusion ‘tapas’, so, as the Tel Aviv outpost is a little harder to get to, we’re delighted they’ve opened another branch off Walton Street. The menu is more eclectic than your usual sushi restaurant, thanks to the modern European influence, featuring their own take on a ‘Plateu de Fruits de Mer’, Tar-Tar chips (like mini tacos filled, for example, with fatty Toro tuna and jalapeno mayonnaise) and Robata style grilled dishes, alongside other sashimi and sushi creations. All their seafood is seasonal from the Cornish coast and the cocktail list is worth sampling too.
Since relocating from Dorset to its striking art deco premises on the New King’s Road in 2006, this haven for contemporary and antique furniture and objets d’art has become a must-visit for anyone serious about interiors. This year, for the London Design Festival, they teamed up with eight influential designers and artists, asking them to each create a ‘money no object’ room or space for their ‘Designed at Talisman’ exhibition. From the ‘Greco-Roman meets crumbling English country house’ drawing room by Luke Edward Hall to an opulent courtyard with tribal touches by leading florist Hayley Newstead, the project is a riot of creativity and inspiration.
Designed at Talisman runs until 6th October
A Good Time to Buy London Property ()
It would seem that after a slow summer the autumn market is off to a good start with a substantial increase in viewings from prospective buyers. Vendors who are pricing their properties more realistically are attracting offers close to their asking prices.
Here at Nicolas Van Patrick we are relieved by this but not entirely surprised, as domestic buyers who are willing to step into the market now are getting 10-15% of capital values, from the peak of the market back in 2014, and international buyers whose currency is pegged to the US dollar or Euro buyers are getting another 10-15% on the currency conversion.
Bearing these significant discounts in mind, we’d say this is an excellent time to buy in London.