The April 2012 edition of Homes & Gardens (UK) is a cracker and my favourite home featured is bang slap on the front cover...
It is the south London apartment home of garden designer Stephen Woodhams. He has so beautifully turned the apartment he bought from a developer into a stylish but inviting home...and that roof terrace...wow!
"In every way, the inside and outside link seamlessly, achieved through silvery-blue tones of the fabric and flooring mimicking the hues of hydrangea or silver birch; or the vivid green burst of a botanical wallpaper decorating the walls of a bedroom."
"There is the creamy white marble that, inside, appears as a worktop applied to what Stephen calls the "bog-standard kitchen" and, outside, as a made to order dining table. Stephen designed the pair of striking sculptures, made from a pair of Art Deco lamp bases perching on birch-log columns (above), an effect that has been replicated in the base of a square coffee table on the roof terrace outside".
"I treated the terrace as an interior designer would a room," he says, pointing out the scrunchy, all-weather carpet. "It is inviting, somewhere to linger in."
Yes, I think I could certainly linger there.
I think the papier-mâché dog is a fabulous piece of humour that stops the space taking itself so seriously.
The Stephen Woodhams website states simply that "We offer clients bespoke outdoor spaces which are functional yet beautiful."
I think it sums up his own terrace perfectly.
All images via Stephen Woodhams.