Family homes, designer interviews and trends: Hi October 23 issue!

Say hello to the October 23 issue of Kitchens Bedrooms & Bathrooms – out now! Creating a wonderful family home where all the generations can gather to socialise and celebrate is one of life’s great pleasures.

It’s a huge challenge – creatively and financially – but always well worth the effort. Multi-generational living is a hot topic right now as the cost of living – especially ever-rising rents and mortgages – means young people can’t afford to move out of home.

Similarly, a lack of care facilities for our ageing population means they often need to rely on the family. So we hope this issue – with features on multi-functional kitchens and family-friendly bathrooms – helps to make the most of your home.

multi-generational homes
The October 23 issue is focused on multi-generational living.

Cover home

Our cover story features the beautiful home of interior designer Sophia Fanciulli and her husband Nic, who swapped life in Notting Hill for a Victorian villa in East Malling in the Kent countryside.

Influenced by the architecture of the Cotswolds and Soho House’s Farmhouse, Sophia has given the house a complete facelift with two double-height extensions centred around a courtyard.

Today it’s a unique family home – the large kitchen island is perfect for family gatherings – and the black wood and metal clad exterior of the new additions sits in stylish contrast with the original building.

KBB magazine October issue cover home
A peek inside the beautiful home of interior designer Sophia Fanciulli and her husband Nic.

Make sure to grab your copy nationwide in store, on the KBB Magazine app, or via Readly.

The history of Crittall Windows

We delve into the history of the iconic brand Crittall Windows – which is synonymous with the Art Deco movement and Brutalist architecture, and much loved by architects like Erno Goldfinger. He designed Trellick Tower, one of my favourite London landmarks, which I look at every day from my bedroom window in north west London.

The company began in a humble ironmongery in Braintree, Essex, in 1849, but pioneered the metal window and the rest, as they say, is history. It’s quite the story.

Crittall windows in contemporary  home with views of the garden
Crittall windows work well in both contemporary and traditional homes.

The last word

New to this issue is our Last Word feature, where we’ll be talking to characters in the design world, from up-and-coming stars to more established creatives.

I first met Roisin Lafferty of Kingston Lafferty Design, Dublin-based interior designers, when I was editing Image Interiors & Magazine in Ireland and she was briefly my intern.

Portrait of interior designer Roisin Lafferty
Roisin Lafferty photographed by Ruth Maria.

Talented, driven and extremely organised, it was clear she was going to have a glittering future. Roisin set up her company during Ireland’s recession in 2010 and little did she know it would grow so quickly.

Today, their designs can be found across Ireland and the UK, and recently, she’s started designing spaces across the United States for the co-working firm The Malin.

luxurious ensuite with marble worksurfaces
An ensuite bathroom in The Farm, a residential project in Ireland, created by Kingston Lafferty Design. Photography: Ruth Maria.

Autumn trends for a cosy home

And, last but definitely not least, Irina has done the research so you can shop at your leisure for the latest autumn trends including a delightfully squishy velvet sofa by Loaf. It’s perfect for curling up with a good book as the nights get colder.

Squishy sofa in burgundy shade
Squisharoo sofa in Drenched Damsons Clever Velvet, £2435, Loaf.

So, grab your copy nationwide in store, on the KBB Magazine app, or via Readly – enjoy the issue!

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