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The Build Up To Spring

What a busy place Kingston is.

Kingston University has revealed plans for the Town House site, the whole brand new riverside development is ready to welcome us into its new restaurants and open spaces, and that’s before we start to talk about the regeneration project of the Ancient Market Square which plans to create a great space, a cultural quarter, which will act as a vibrant and active destination at the heart of Kingston town centre.

I love it when old and new sit alongside each other. Whilst we often mourn the loss of the old, when in safe hands, our heritage will be preserved and new buildings will provide appropriate accommodation for the new generation. So whilst the university will embrace new architecture and design in its new building, it will preserve the academic traditions which have made it an icon in the educational world. While the riverside development welcomes in vibrant new chains and restaurants, the river still is at the heart of Kingston, its lifeblood. And the market place will still play host to the wonderful stalls all year round and to the Christmas markets.

Inside our homes too, on a smaller scale, we love March because it’s the time when we rethink our decor and our design. We start to look at colours and shapes. We open test pots of paint and order fabric and carpet samples. We might plan a new kitchen or bathroom. We buy interiors magazines and seize upon ideas that we can translate into our homes. It’s a great time for colour and experimentation.

And where interiors go, so does fashion. In our fashion section this month we offer you a truly exclusive glimpse at what the fashion experts are predicting we are going to be wearing this year. You read it here first!

Have a great creative March - and see you next month for our Foodie issue, when we launch the Time & Leisure Food Awards for 2014.

Sarah Hodgson is Editor-in-Chief at Time & Leisure Media Group