From the Editor
As we head into a ninth week of lockdown (team ELLE Deco, ever the early adopters, started our home-working adventure on 12 March) and in-between seemingly endless Zoom meetings, box-set bingeing and finding ways to avoid eating everything in the fridge, I’m re-reading Alain de Botton’s The Architecture of Happiness, the philosopher’s 2006 exploration of the home. In it, he ascertains that architecture and interior design have the power to influence how we feel and that we should strive to create homes in which we stand the utmost chance of happiness.
As we’re all into interiors, that’s hardly going to come as a revelation, but it strikes a chord, especially as one of the few things I’ve loved about quarantine has been the renewed focus on where we live and our relationship with the spaces we inhabit. After all, the home and what it means, how it’s designed and decorated is more important than ever when you’re stuck inside all day, every day. It’s no wonder that online sales of paint and products for the home have boomed over the past few months, as many take the opportunity to improve their surroundings. At ELLE Decoration, we’ve championed the mantra #isolateanddecorate as we search for an uplifting take on the situation we find ourselves in.
So, this edition is an ode to the power of positivity and how that can carry us all through the most troubling of times. As spring drifts into a sunny summer, so, too, the houses on our pages are a light-filled joy to behold, bursting with colours and inspiration. Our attention also turns to outdoor spaces and how they extend your home – again, something else needed more than ever… You’ll find our pick of brilliant fabrics, furniture and ideas from garden designers to transform whatever you’re working with. And, while travel plans may be on hold, we’ve spoken to our favourite designers about past trips that fired their creativity. As a result, I’ve already started compiling my must-see list for when things ease.
As de Botton points out: ‘Although a house may lack solutions to a great many of its occupants’ ills, its rooms nevertheless give evidence of a happiness to which architecture has made its distinctive contribution.’ Enjoy your homes inside and out, and hang on to the happy right now. I know I’m going to…
In this month’s issue you’ll find…
- Happy homes, from Ibiza and the Greek islands to the Côte d’Azur
- Great ideas for a stylish summer staycation
- Plan your al fresco oasis with the latest outdoor furniture and fabrics
- We introduce the rising stars of garden design
- Fresh ways to dress a window for summer
- Lee Broom, Kelly Wearstler, Bethan Gray and more share their holiday inspirations
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