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Lord it in Luxury

‘Your lot buys it, my lot inherits it,’ says Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey.

Whether you have inherited riches, you are self-made or if you are on the cusp of making it (my perpetual state), we’ll show you how to spend in style. Welcome to T&L’s luxury living edition. If you are looking to invest in gold, watches, luxury cars or to purchase a piece of furniture your children would be proud to inherit, delve into the following pages for inspiration.

Your home makes a statement about who you are and how you live. Interiors guru Kelly Hoppen said in T&L recently: ‘When you feel happy about your home, you feel happy about yourself.’ Our research shows that about 30 per cent of us are refurbishing our interiors and there is barely a street in our area not enveloped in scaffolding. Our homes are works in progress. They are a record of our lives, a showcase of our travels, a gallery of memories and treasures collected on our journeys. Each is a unique, personal and
precious creation.

When you lock the front door, your home becomes a haven. When you open it to others, you fill it with new memories. It is a place to welcome your family (just the sane ones), friends (just the fun ones) and neighbours (if there are any fun and sane ones!). Inside this issue you’ll find plenty of creative ideas for your home and garden.

We also meet Joss Ash, former English national surfing champion turned model, and Alain Pichon, celebrity hair stylist. See our What’s On guide for a preview of the best May events, movies and music - don’t miss the Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair in Battersea Park and the Wimbledon Arts Studio Open Day.

And don’t forget life’s little luxuries: Lying beneath the hot sun, swimming in the sea, a long walk or a day at the spa. What ever your preference, take time out this month to spoil yourself.

Kate Miranda is editor of the Wimbledon, Wandsworth and Putney editions of Time & Leisure Magazine.