Your house is your warmth

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”
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The rise of ‘broken plan’ living: how to divide and zone your home for office, study and personal space

They’re calling it “broken plan”. With more of us now working from home, possibly for the long term, households want personal space for office, study and leisure — so Londoners are carving up their old open-plan homes into personal hubs.

“Dividing and zoning space is the new norm,” says Merlin Wright, design director at British Standard/Plain English, which has been installing kitchen-diners for decades.

“The old trend for knocking through and opening up no longer works, and in winter big spaces are expensive to heat.”

At London architectural design and build practice Zulu Fish (zulufish.co.uk), Felix Milns confirms: “Our clients are reorganising. They are dividing homes, converting spare rooms into offices and generally creating multifunctional spaces where parents and kids can operate.”

Meanwhile, a new report from John Lewis (johnlewis.com) reveals one in five customers is rejigging open-plan space to accommodate many different activities throughout the

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Smart tech for your home: how to control your heating by voice or app

As you consider turning on the central heating for the first time in months, note how simplistic the controls are. Even if you have thermostatic radiator valves for different temperatures in each room, traditional controls are a blunt instrument. The boiler turns on...

The rise of ‘broken plan’ living: how to divide and zone your home for office, study and personal space

They’re calling it “broken plan”. With more of us now working from home, possibly for the long term, households want personal space for office, study and leisure — so Londoners are carving up their old open-plan homes into personal hubs. “Dividing and zoning space is...

Interiors trends for autumn: earthy tones, natural materials and bright wallpapers among new season’s top looks

Trumpeting new season trends for autumn/winter and beyond comes a bevy of décor brands — but they lack herd unity. There are two camps, one saying interiors ahead will be warm, low-key and nurturing, the other going for the sensory shock of clear, joyful brights. For...

Smart tech for your home: how to control your heating by voice or app

As you consider turning on the central heating for the first time in months, note how simplistic the controls are. Even if you have thermostatic radiator valves for different temperatures in each room, traditional controls are a blunt instrument. The boiler turns on...

London Design Festival 2020: what to look out for around the capital and the expos to see online

Here’s the feel-good factor we all need — the 18th London Design Festival, though trimmed, is opening as planned on Saturday with a nine-day programme of installations, shows and events (September 12-20; londondesignfestival.com). Running in tandem, ambitious online...