Vogue Interiors designing Harbourside's Adriana II model at Miromar Lakes – Naples Daily News

Vogue Interiors announced that Leslie Gebert, Allied Member, ASID and Salvatore Giso, IDS are creating the interior for Harbourside Custom Homes’ Villa Adriana II furnished model at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club.

The 2,742-square-foot under air floor plan features a great room, island kitchen, and dining area. The great room and dining space both open to an outdoor living area with a fireplace, outdoor kitchen, conversation and dining areas, a pool with a sun shelf, and a spa. The plan also includes three bedrooms, a study, three full baths plus a pool bath that also serves as a powder room, and a two-car garage.             

Gebert and Giso created an ambiance that showcases a neutral color palette. Cream colored backgrounds will be accented with mocha, creamy taupe, and soft salmons. The floors in the living areas will be finished with light creamy taupe ceramic wood-look tile in varying widths. Ceiling details have been included throughout the home, starting with four six-inch pop-ups in the entry foyer that gradually step-up to a flat panel at the top. A chrome lighting fixture with a cream paper shade will be suspended from the unique ceiling treatment. The entry foyer will be flanked by niches, each finished with six vertically set 30-by-45-inch mirrored panels. The mirrored panels will be separated by a flat panel trim detail.

The long entry hallway leads to a second foyer outside the study that features a niche opposite the study’s doorway. The niche wall will be finished with a cream and chocolate grass cloth with metallic threads. An expresso toned chest with cream finished drawers and agate poles will be set in the niche. A large abstract art piece will be set above the chest.

Gebert and Giso included an octagonal tray ceiling detail in the study. Beige silk wallcoverings will combine with a wood and copper finished metal desk with banding that wraps across the desk’s medium-toned wooden top and down the sides, a desk chair with copper metal legs and textured chocolate and coral fabric, and a pair of mid-century side chairs with cream fabric and medium-toned wooden legs as well as cream, beige, and metallic gold cow hide accent pillows. Sheer draperies will be presented with soft coral, flesh-toned, and taupe horizontal strips against a cream background. The finials will be wrapped with creamy raffia. An area rug will anchor the space.

The great room will also feature an octagonal tray ceiling detail along with a 72-inch brushed nickel ceiling fan. The room’s feature wall will provide the design’s most prominent memory point. The wall will be finished with a soft, light brown wood veneer in a chevron pattern. LED lighting will be hidden behind uniquely shaped bump-outs and provide backlighting. An espresso-toned media cabinet with cream finished drawers will feature stylized brushed nickel on the legs that will be presented in a wave pattern that extends across the lower front of the cabinet. A large television will be mounted above the cabinet.

Furnishings in the great room will include a sofa with a matte velvet soft salmon and cream-toned fabric and four flesh-toned accent pillows, an angular cocktail table with a cream-toned wooden top and linear stepped polished chrome legs, a pair of side chairs with darker toned wooden legs and embroidered silk fabric with a raised pattern, a medium-toned wooden lamp table, an angular chrome and glass lamp table with a unique raised top, and an accent chair with neutral fabric and curved arms that mirror the wave pattern on the media cabinet. An area rug anchors the arrangement.

The kitchen’s glazed rift-cut wooden perimeter cabinetry will be in a very soft beige color and topped with a cream-toned quartz counter top. A wet bar will be at the end of the perimeter that is adjacent to the great room. The island base cabinet will match the perimeter cabinetry and will be finished with a granite Bianca countertop. A rectangular stepped ceiling detail over the island will feature backlighting. Smoky glass pendant lights will be suspended from the ceiling and centered over the island. Four medium-toned wooden bar stools will be finished with coral and gold metallic leather.

In the adjacent dining area, a long dining table will feature a soft beige lightly distressed painted wood finish. The frames of the dining chairs will have a matching finish. The sheer draperies in the dining area and great room will be  in a light brown tone with an elegant scalloped leading-edge band.

In the master bedroom, Gebert and Giso included cream and soft salmon woven fabric draperies with a slight sheen in the darker areas. The bedroom walls will be finished in a taupe tone that is slightly darker than the walls throughout the living areas. An upholstered winged headboard will be finished with a textured light beige fabric. The bed will be flanked by cream-toned nightstands with darker striping. A dresser will be presented in a matching finish. Two beige chenille chairs will play against a textured shag rug and a glass chandelier. A hallway leads past two large walk-in closets to a master bath finished with a pearlized cream origami wallcovering and linen porcelain tile in a soft taupe color. The bronze metal vanity cabinet will be topped with a brushed white quartz counter top. The entire back wall of the master bath will be finished with a glass mosaic tile. A freestanding tub will be placed in front of a walk-in shower.  A uniquely shaped glass and crystal square lighting fixture suspended from the ceiling will feature indented sides to give the appearance of waves.

Gebert and Giso will finish the linear outdoor fireplace wall with a 12-by-12-inch corrugated marble material that is richly textured. A cream finished sofa and two side chairs with cushions in a mocha color will be grouped around a glass-topped dark-brown rectangular rattan cocktail table set on a cream and brown area rug. A metal espresso finished dining table with a cream-toned fabric will be surrounded by six dining chairs.  The outdoor kitchen will feature espresso finished cabinetry and granite countertops in brown, taupe, and cream. The same granite will be used as a backsplash on the kitchen’s grill wall.

Founded in 1979, Vogue Interiors has earned numerous national, regional and local awards. From corporate offices at 24520 Production Circle in Bonita Springs, Vogue Interiors provides design services to residential and commercial clients in the United States and abroad. Online at vogueinteriors.com.

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Meet the Greenville fur company that outfits major Hollywood productions – Bangor Daily News

When temperatures dip below zero and the cold seeps into your bones, Glacier Wear of Greenville has you covered — with fur, if you’re not opposed.

The family-owned and -operated company is home to a giant inventory of fur, from silky rabbit hides to rough grizzly bear pelts. And with these furs the company crafts a wide variety of products for an even wider variety of customers, from superstars to the hunting guide down the road.

“We carry the largest inventory of tanned furs and leathers in North America,” said Randy Richard, who owns the company with his wife, Colleen Richard. “We get furs from all over the world.”

Since moving from Montana to Maine three years ago, Glacier Wear has continued to grow and thrive in a region where trapping and fur trade is not only historic, it’s also a tradition that continues to this day.

On Wednesday, Dec. 20, Randy Richard was busy in the company’s sewing room, cutting a bobcat hide destined to be made into a warm winter hat. Nearby, his grown daughters, Jessica and Beca, were busy with their own projects: a hand-stitched beaver blanket and a fox fur hat.

“We’ve worked with a lot of movie people, singers, entertainers, that kind of thing,” Randy Richard said.

In the company’s main office, posters are on display from the many movies and TV shows for which Glacier Wear has created fur pelts, costumes and props, including HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow.” There also are posters for “Magnificent Seven,” “The Ridiculous 6,” “Night at the Museum,” “Cowboys & Aliens” and “The Hateful Eight.”

“We made Kurt Russell’s hat in ‘The Hateful Eight,’” Colleen Richard said. Set in the dead of winter in post-Civil War Wyoming, the film naturally required a lot of traditional fur attire.

For “Game of Thrones,” the company provided fur pelts to the show’s award-winning costume designers. Glacier Wear also provided the grizzly bear hide used in the award-winning 2015 film “The Revenant,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The company has decorated the home of singer Celine Dion, and created a blanket as a Christmas gift for Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York and one of the richest people in the U.S.

“You just never know,” Randy Richard said of his wide variety of customers. “It could be a billionaire, or it could be this guy from Guilford who just wants a skunk hat.”

Once a trapper, hunter and whitewater rafting guide in the Moosehead region, Richard moved to Montana in 1988 with Colleen and continued to work in the outfitting business leading guided horseback tours. Then, in 1991, after a family health crisis, the Richards purchased a local wholesale fur company and established Glacier Wear. Since then, the company has steadily grown, and in 2014, the family decided to return to live and work in the Moosehead region.

“All of our family was still here,” Randy Richard said. “Probably about 70 percent of our business is east of the Mississippi, so it was easier and less costly to ship. And I buy most of the fur in the Northeast.”

The business now has eight full-time employees and three to four seasonal employees. Randy and Colleen continue to be a part of the entire process, from selecting and buying the furs to designing new products and crafting them to marketing and shipping out orders.

“We’ve always done all of it, the sewing, all of it,” Colleen Richard said.

One of the goals at Glacier Wear is to offer lower prices than its competitors, and one way to do that is to buy fur in bulk. At any one time, the company holds between 50,000 and 75,000 individual tanned hides in stock at its warehouse and offices on Spruce Street in Greenville. Fox, skunk, sable, sheep, wolverine, buffalo, elk — the list goes on and on.

“We carry a lot of inventory and we price it at a volume basis,” Randy Richard said. “So instead of trying to sell, you know, one item for a lot of money, we try to sell 10 items at a lesser cost. Of course, it took a while to get to the point where we could buy in this kind of bulk.”

Prices range greatly, depending on the type of fur and the time it takes to produce the item. Glacier Wear’s cowhide rugs, for example, are typically $150 to $170, while a specialty item such as a hand-stitched coyote fur comforter is listed just under $7,000.

While most of the fur the Richards buy comes from trappers in the Northeast, they also purchase furs from countries such as Finland and Russia. And all of their furs are “Origin Assured,” a label developed by the International Fur Trade Federation that essentially tells customers that the fur comes from a country where national or local regulations or standards governing fur production are enforced.

“There are strict guidelines set up internationally to assure the consumer that the animal was either raised humanely or trapped in the wild using the most humane methods available today,” Randy Richard said.

To match the variety of materials they work with, the family is constantly designing new products. On the company’s website, it currently offers various fur hats, throw blankets, comforters, scarves, vests, teddy bears, rugs and more. Glacier Wear even makes “ruffs,” the little strips of fur that line jacket hoods.

“We make them for a lot of different coat companies,” Richard said.

One popular item they currently sell is a variety of bomber-style beaver hats dyed the colors of national football teams, including a navy, red and white New England Patriots hat.

Whether dyed bright colors or kept in its natural hue, none of the fur goes to waste.

“This is from a lynx blanket that we shipped yesterday,” Richard said, pausing at a pile of fur scraps. “All the pieces are taken and they’re sewn together, then we make scarves out of them.”

Moving past the holiday season, the company anticipates a dip in online orders, but who knows? It could get a call from another major motion picture. Or a famous actor might want to redo their house in Western-style decor, cow rugs and all. Or a neighbor may just need a nice, warm, fox fur hat to bundle up against the long Maine winter. Whatever the order, they’ve got it covered.

To learn more, visit www.glacierwear.com or call 207-695-0940.

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Meet the Maine fur company that outfits 'Game of Thrones' and other Hollywood productions – Bangor Daily News

When temperatures dip below zero and the cold seeps into your bones, Glacier Wear of Greenville has you covered — with fur, if you’re not opposed.

The family owned and operated company is home to a giant inventory of fur, from silky rabbit hides to rough grizzly bear pelts. And with these furs they craft a wide variety of products for an even wider variety of customers, from superstars to the hunting guide down the road.

“We carry the largest inventory of tanned furs and leathers in North America,” said Randy Richard, who owns the company with his wife, Colleen Richard. “We get furs from all over the world.”

Since moving from Montana to Maine three years ago, Glacier Wear has continued to grow and thrive in a region where trapping and fur trade is not only historic, it’s a tradition that continues to this day.

On Wednesday, Dec. 20, Randy Richard was busy in the company’s sewing room, cutting a bobcat hide destined to be made into a warm winter hat. Nearby, his grown daughters, Jessica and Beca, were busy with their own projects: a hand-stitched beaver blanket and a fox fur hat.

“We’ve worked with a lot of movie people, singers, entertainers, that kind of thing,” Randy Richard said.

In the company’s main office, posters are on display from the many movies and TV shows they’ve recently created fur costumes and props for, including HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and FOX’s “Sleepy Hollow.” There’s also posters for “Magnificent Seven,” “The Ridiculous 6,” “Night at the Museum,” “Cowboys & Aliens” and “The Hateful Eight.”

“We made Kurt Russell’s hat in ‘The Hateful Eight,’” Colleen Richard said. Set in the dead of winter in Wyoming, post Civil War, the film naturally required a lot of traditional fur attire.

Glacier Wear also provided the grizzly bear hide used in the award-winning 2015 film “The Revenant,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio. They’ve decorated the home of singer Celine Dion, and created blankets for Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York and one of the richest people in the US.

“You just never know,” Randy Richard said of his wide variety of customers. “It could be a billionaire, or it could be this guy from Guilford who just wants a skunk hat.”

Once a trapper, hunter and whitewater rafting guide in the Moosehead Region, Randy Richard moved to Montana in 1988 with his wife, Colleen, and continued to work in the outfitting business leading guided horseback tours. Then, in 1991, after a family health crisis, the Richards purchased a local wholesale fur company and established Glacier Wear. Since then, the company has steadily grown, and in 2014, they family decided to return to live and work in the Moosehead Region.

“All of our family was still here,” Randy Richard said. “Probably about 70 percent of our business is east of the Mississippi, so it was easier and less costly to ship. And I buy most of the fur in the Northeast.”

The business now has eight full-time employees and three to four seasonal employees. Randy and Colleen continue to be a part of the entire process, from selecting and buying the furs, to designing new products and crafting them, to marketing and shipping out orders.

“We’ve always done all of it, the sewing, all of it,” Colleen Richard said.

One of their goals at Glacier Wear is to offer lower prices than their competitors, and one way to do that is to buy fur in bulk. At any one time, the company holds between 50,000 and 75,000 individual tanned hides in stock at their warehouse and offices on Spruce Street in Greenville. Fox, skunk, sable, sheep, wolverine, buffalo, elk — the list goes on and on.

“We carry a lot of inventory and we price it at a volume basis,” Randy Richard said. “So instead of trying to sell, you know, one item for a lot of money, we try to sell 10 items at a lesser cost. Of course it took a while to get to the point where we could buy in this kind of bulk.”

Their prices range greatly, depending on the type of fur and the time it takes to produce the item. Their cowhide rugs, for example, are typically $150 to $170, while a specialty item like a hand-stitched coyote fur comforter is listed just under $7,000.

While most of the fur they buy comes from trappers in the Northeast, they also purchase furs from places like Finland and Russia. And all of their furs are “Origin Assured,” a label developed by the International Fur Trade Federation that essentially tells customers that the fur comes from a country where national or local regulations or standards governing fur production are enforced.

“There are strict guidelines set up internationally to assure the consumer that the animal was either raised humanely or trapped in the wild using the most humane methods available today,” Randy Richard explained.

To match the variety of materials they work with, the family is constantly designing new products. On the company’s website, they currently offer various fur hats, throw blankets, comforters, scarves, vests, coats, teddy bears, rugs and more. They even make “ruffs,” the little strips of fur that line jacket hoods.

“We make them for a lot of different coat companies,” Randy Richard said.

One popular item they currently sell is a variety of bomber-style beaver hats dyed the colors of national football teams, including a navy, red and white New England Patriots hat.

Whether dyed bright colors or kept at its natural hue, none of the fur goes to waste.

“This is from a lynx blanket that we shipped yesterday,” he said, pausing at a pile of fur scraps. “All the pieces are taken and they’re sewn together, then we make scarves out of them.”

Moving past the holiday season, the company anticipates a dip in online orders, but who knows? They could get a call from another major motion picture. Or a famous actor might want to redo their house in Western-style decor, cow rugs and all. Or their neighbor may just need a nice, warm, fox fur hat to bundle up against the long Maine winter. Whatever the order, they’ve got it covered.

To learn more, visit www.glacierwear.com or call 855-808-7157.

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Here's how to keep your home interior better this winter – Deccan Chronicle

As we head into the cooler winter months, most of us will be spending more time inside our homes, which makes winter a great time to re-decorate. Beating the cold winter is all about indulging in cosy textures and warm hues, along with keeping our interior airy and fresh.

We’ve compiled few interior decorating tips to make your home more comfortable and appealing this winter.

Brighten your home with splash of colours: Being inside a colourful and cheery interior could be your best mood lifter in a wintry afternoon! Set off your bland spaces with a touch of woollen throw rugs, a boldly patterned cushion or some jazzy wall hangings, which will give you a warmth in contrast to the nippy exterior.

You can refurbish your house with a touch of Green to get the feel of Nature as we face a shortfall of it during winter. Purple could also be your choice for a touch of elegance and vibrancy. But the foremost would be the warm colours like yellow, orange and red to ditch a bleak winter day.

Cosy up your living rooms: Since the living rooms turn to be a prominent option for gatherings in a cold winter day, make it cosier by rearranging your furniture. If you have a fireplace, pull pieces in towards the centre of the room and face them near the hearth to make a snugly expanse for winter entertainment.

But if you can’t get the fireplace ready in time for the winter , Just use a few candles to usher in a charming warm glow! Flickering candlelight can turn the dreary and freezing winter night into a magical and intimate setting. If the safety of using candles makes you little bit strained, a few exquisite candle lanterns will solve that problem in no time!

Stowing a sheepskin rug or soft blanket in your drawing room’s divan will not only enhance the looks, but keep the guests warm as well. Incorporation of natural elements like bunch of fresh lilies or tulips, pine cones, smooth pebbles or stones give a winsome touch to the living room. Warm metallics such as bronze and copper, faux fur or cow hide rugs, and leather are all on trend for winter decorating. A delightful winter smell such as cinnamon, pine or orange can help to lift your spirits when you walk into your living room.

Make your windows reflective in the winter: Try to intensify the maximum daylight inside your home as sunlight is must for our well being by keeping obstructions away from your window. A mirror could be placed in a decorative display on a blank stretch of wall to reflect light throughout the space.

Wooden shutters are great for winter nights because they help to retain heat and insulate against the cold and most importantly as the winter approaches check your windows and doors for any leaks. The chunky and eye-catching curtains will not only help to keep your rooms warm, but will enhance the tone of the interior as well.

Luxuriate the bedroom: Being in laze seems to be the best time-pass hence bedrooms should be luxuriated to look warm and fuzzy. While your bed could be restful by adding different layers of beddings like quilt covers, comforters or goose down duvets, rest of the room should have a makeover by adding some interesting lighting or covering up the empty corners with some elegant chairs or stylish couches. Well, this is the season when you actually realise that having a small bedroom is not necessarily a bad thing!

Keep your feet warm: Bare wooden or tile floors can be quite unforgiving as winter starts to set in. Add a few lovely area rugs or carpets in bedroom and passageways. Choose the colour and character that suits your style and colour of home. Navajo textile rugs and blankets are perfect for winter, and they give your home a cosy cabin feel. Adding thinner and smaller rugs as a layer of an existing rug will create an appealing visual statement.

Give your interior a woodsy look: Wood has undeniable natural warmth, and adding wooden accessories to your interior will create an inviting look this winter. A few new wooden cabinets, a stylish new dining table, or even a simple coffee table in natural wood should do the trick.

Incorporating one or more of these interior design tips for winter will help you create seasonably stylish home that is sure to feel warm and ready for the family thanks giving dinner and Christmas celebrations as well.

The article has been penned by Shabnam Alam, The Founder and Head Designer of Design Studio, a brand, emerged eminently in the sphere of Interior Designing as a perfect combination of simplicity and elegance.

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Record number of vendors set for ENC Home & Holiday show – New Bern Sun Journal

The annual ENC Home & Holiday Gift Show will be bigger and better than ever when it opens this week for Friday and Saturday shows at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, 203 S. Front St.

“We have vendors from the ENC selling homemade jams, pickles, wine and grown-up gummies,” said Julie Alley, show manager for sponsoring ENC Live Events. “Plus, on the way out you can enjoy a made-to-order candy apple. We have vendors from throughout the ENC, plus vendors traveling from as far as Virginia, Florida, Kansas, Ohio, and Texas to be a part of the annual New Bern event.”

The Home & Holiday Gift Show has been a New Bern tradition since 2011.

Show hours are noon to 6 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Admission is $3, or $2 with a canned food donation. Children under age 12 get in free.

Attendees can accomplish all their holiday shopping under one roof, with more than 90 vendors offering gift ideas, clothing and accessories, home décor, health and beauty products, home improvement and much more.

The record number of vendors far surpasses the 2016 total of 72.

The show will have activities for the children, demonstrations and Santa.

Plus, register for lots of prizes throughout the show.

Some of the regional vendors include English Ivy Children’s Boutique of New Bern; Hinnant Family Vineyards & Winery of Pine Level; Lady B’s Boutique of New Bern; Pet’s Personality Bed Mats of Arapahoe; Southside Farms — jams and jellies — of Chocowinity; Timila’s Classic Jewels — lighted glass boxes and jewelry of Kinston; Tangled Turtle — glass and jewelry — of New Bern.

Some unique cash and carry items include hovering soccer balls, wool insulted coolers, Purify Hair Tools and Magic Pens.

There are gift ideas — from garlic grinders to massage pillows and everything in between — along with home-crafted items from wreaths to garden art and ornaments to artwork.

Lots of personal items for the women will be available, such as clothing and accessories, as well as pampering products and hand-crafted jewelry.

Items for the rest of the family range from dog beds, toys and accessories for the four-legged friends, to clothing, books and toys for the children.

There is even a travel trailer barbecue tools for dad.

Home and decor gifts range from exotic cow hide rugs to designer pillows and sheets.

The first 300 guests each day will receive a Tote Bag, compliments of Down East Heating & Air Conditioning.

Thousands of dollars in giveaways will be handed out, including three $200 gift cards. Other winning gifts include a Bathroom Remodel, YETI giveaway and numerous gift baskets.

Upcoming ENC shows include the ENC Bridal & Special Event Expo on Jan. 21; the ENC Jacksonville Home & Garden Show on March 10 and 11; and the ENC New Bern Home & Garden Show on March 17 and 18.

The show is sponsored by ENC Live Events. Call 970-590-0383.

Charlie Hall can be reached at 252-635-5667 or 252-259-7585, or charlie.hall@newbernsj.com. Follow him on Twitter @CharlieHallNBSJ

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Florence taxidermist busy after hunting season – NBC Montana

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FLORENCE, Mont. – With general big game hunting season wrapping up last weekend taxidermists are busy.

Florence taxidermist Shirley Hopkins has a good work load ahead of her. She owns A Memory Saved Taxidermy.

Using dental instruments she was cleaning the teeth of a white-tailed deer a hunter brought her.

She said most hunters she talks to want European skull mounts. That’s the bleached or unbleached skull and antlers of an elk or deer.

“They take up less space on the wall,” said Hopkins. “And they are a lot cheaper.”

But Hopkins also does shoulder mounts and rugs.

“I’ve gotten in two elk skins, a cow hide and a sheep hide,” the customer wants tanned, she said.

In the middle of her shop stands the form of a life-sized black bear. She will begin work on it after the hide is tanned.

The bear was taken near Florence. She said most of her work is with local and Montana hunters.

Hopkins has been working in taxidermy for nine years. But she’s had a life-long fascination with it.

It began, she said, when she was in second grade and visited the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C.

“I remember looking at all the animals that were taxidermied,” she said, “and I thought it was a really neat thing to have a fully preserved animal for history.”

She pointed to the skull of a white-tailed deer on her work table, calling it the biggest “highlight” of this years’s hunting season.

It was shot by a military veteran.

“It’s a Wounded Warrior deer that I got in last week,” she said. “It was a deer hunt donated by Montana Wounded Warriors.”

The group takes wounded veterans on all-expense-paid hunting trips.

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Made In Chelsea's Oliver Proudlock on home ownership – Metro Newspaper UK

MADE In Chelsea star Oliver Proudlock, 31, has been renting his two- bedroom apartment in a converted church in Kensington for two years — but thinks it’s time he got on to the property ladder.

‘Me and my girlfriend found a house in Shepherd’s Bush we really wanted. It was three storeys, had three bedrooms and a garden — but it needed a lot of work. Unfortunately, someone else made a higher offer, so we lost out on that one,’ he says.

Proudlock says he and his model partner Emma are now planning to go on a serious house-hunting mission and want to buy something early next year.

But even a three-storey home in Shepherd’s Bush would be a far cry from the place Ollie spent his early childhood — Grade II-listed country house Lasborough Park in Gloucestershire. ‘It was beautiful and had amazing grounds, but things changed and we had to downsize,’ he says.

‘The perception of people from Made In Chelsea is that we’re all minted. But I work very hard and I’ve been earning my own money since I was 17. I’ve had a good education but I’m not loaded.

Reality check: TV star Oliver looks for some design inspiration

‘We’ve been saving for the last three years and feel that now is the time to invest in property.’

Ollie grew up with his interior designer mother in the Gloucestershire countryside.

‘Mum used to change the house all the time,’ he says. ‘One week it would be all white, the next purple with gold leaf everywhere. And it was featured in interiors magazines quite often. There were shoots happening every other week; it was like a show house.’

Art attack: There are unique pieces in Ollie’s flat

And when Ollie was a teenager, his mother set up a design business themed around denim. ‘She used to upholster interiors with denim. The whole house was denim. My bedroom had black denim wallpaper — it’s still the same now; she hasn’t changed it.’

Ollie says his mother has inspired his work in fashion — he runs and designs for his own label, Serge DeNimes. ‘It’s a link to my upbringing and my mum,’ he says.

There was so much denim around the place that when Ollie returned from doing his Fine Art degree at Newcastle University he clad his Fiat car in it. ‘I even did the hubcaps,’ he says. ‘I drove around in this denim-ed Fiat but I didn’t seal it, so it all fell off after a couple of months.’

He points to a large artwork on the wall. It’s a 5ft by 4ft piece he did after leaving university. A tyre mark from the Fiat runs across the piece and there are denim patches which were offcuts from his mum’s materials.


The flat features more of his art, such as two abstract pieces printed on aluminium, inspired by the work of Robert Rauschenberg. There are also three reindeer skulls and a couple of cow hide rugs which were given to him by his mum.

‘I’d say my taste in interiors is a mix of English and Swedish — I like that minimalism. But we went to Morocco last year and I really like those rugs and lanterns — we’d want to include that in our new place. I’d want something pretty contemporary but also cosy,’ he says.

As the apartment is rented, there’s a limit to what Ollie and Emma can do but they have converted the second bedroom into a dressing room to store all their clothing. ‘We both work in fashion so we have a few clothes. This place is awesome but there aren’t many cupboards — so we need more storage.’

More is less: The couple want more space for clothes

And Ollie still likes the features which initially attracted him to the flat. ‘I love the windows. It used to be a church and there are also skylights in the main room, so there’s lots of light that comes in. And I like the area. Since I moved to London I’ve always lived in the west,’ he says. ‘But it feels like we’re at the point now where we want to find a place that can become a project.’

His dream home would be something ‘open plan with a lot of natural light’ in Notting Hill. ‘There’s an amazing energy there. It’s got that villagey vibe, but has amazing bars and restaurants. I’m just excited to try to get on the ladder. It feels like a buyer’s market at the moment. There’s potential to find a real gem if you put enough time into it.’

Oliver is founder and designer of urban clothing brand Serge DeNimes, sergedenimes.com

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