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The Birthday Party at the Harold Pinter Theatre –  Perhaps it’s because I am an interior designer, but I always relish the opportunity to dissect set designs when at the theatre. The production values and level of craftsmanship on display for performances that are so ephemeral always impresses me. For anyone else into there theatre, then I …

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Interior designers collaborating

How To Choose An Interior Designer

Design Advice by Janine Stone

This month Janine Stone’s shared some advice with Almost Essential about choosing the right interior designer for your project.

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"Lightbench" by Bernd Spiecker

“Let There Be Light” – Lumiere London 2018

What To See In Central London

Starting today, Thursday 18th January and running until Sunday 21st Lumiere London is back. The largest free light festival in Europe returns for its second edition. London’s nocturnal streets and architecture will be reimagined in light, transforming the city into a shining exhibition for all to see.

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Jardin Majorelle


Where To Escape The Bleak Mid-Winter

If you’ve heard of Blue Monday, the name given to a day in January claimed to be the most depressing day of the year, then you’ll also know that Blue Monday happens to be today. Keeping this in mind an holiday escape is probably wise to consider this winter.

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visiting the workshop

Out Of The Ordinary: How To Commission Bespoke Furniture

If you’ve ever wondered how to commission out of the ordinary bespoke furniture then here is our guide to working with world class designers, artisan craftsmen and women, who can help you achieve your dreams.

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Kitzbuhel Chalet

This Week 7th December 2017

In the news this week: ‘Indian Buyers pouring into Prime Central London’, ‘Six of the best European Ski Lodges’, ‘What denotes Prime and Super-Prime?’, ‘ Architectural Digest’s Best Designed Restaurants of 2017’ and ‘Architects welcome the London Plan’.

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Fashion Picks:

Janine’s Winter Look

With winter taking hold, I always find it a challenge at this time of year to source wardrobe items that will keep me warm and strike a fashionable form. Céline is one of my favourite go to brands. They are one of the original Parisian fashion brands, known originally for designing bespoke children’s shoes over 70 years …

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8 Destinations for Hunting enthusiasts

This Week 23rd November 2017

In the news this week: ‘The Budget: What HNWIs and business owners need to know’, ‘On the mark – 8 destinations for hunting enthusiasts’, ‘RIBA’s 2017 Stirling Award brought to life in virtual reality’, ‘Inside the Orient Express’ and ‘How Nick Ross added £23m to the value of his Bayswater home’.

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Janine Stone's Date Mamouls

Recipes From My Childhood:

Lebanese Date Ma’amouls

In my childhood home in Lebanon, making ma’amouls was always a ceremonial event during any time of celebration or when we had specials guests visiting. My grandmother would bring me into the kitchen and share with me her secrets for making, shaping and filling the ultimate ma’amoul – as had been taught to her by her mother and surely others before.

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This Week 2nd November 2017

 In the news this week: ‘RIBA announces Britain’s top architecture prize’, ‘The chancellor is under increasing pressure to scrap stamp duty’, ‘A look at how brick can be used in design and build’, ‘Basquiat’s painting become the sixth-highest ever paid for any artwork at auction’ and ‘Doughty House in Richmond goes on sale for £100m’.

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