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Dare 2 Magazine By The Luxury Channel

Living an ‘eco’ life just got a whole lot easier thanks to the launch of Dare 2 Magazine.

Dare 2

Dare 2 magazine is an online resource for everything eco-chic, whether that’s green travel tips and ideas from Quintessentially Travel or features on the latest green fashion and dining. And to make it even easier to stay green, readers can search the Little Green Book, a customised search engine which brings you all of Dare 2’s listings and company information, or The Green Map, which highlights restaurants, stores, companies and designers that meet the green standard. Meanwhile, Dare 2 is committed to bringing green lifestyle into everyone’s homes through in-depth interviews with leading green figures, from politicians to designers and reviews of the latest socially responsible documentaries and features.

Editor in Chief, Shirley Leigh-Wood Oakes wants to make being green a lifestyle choice, rather than a trend, and her aim is to integrate it into reader’s lives and show how it can easily slot into the fashion, beauty and foodie things they already enjoy. The word ‘green’ has become a cliché” Shirley remarks, “what we are showing at Dare 2 is that with a few small changes one can live a more responsible and socially conscience life. It doesn’t mean you have to give up the little luxuries…”

It certainly doesn’t, the first issue features ASOS’s new ASOS Africa collection, sourced from African communities, an interview with Rock and Roll beauty queen Jo Wood and plenty of dream-worthy travel destinations – all with a green twist.

As if they had still had to prove that being green doesn’t have to mean sacrificing style, the Dare2 launch event in Chelsea was a super chic affair serving up seasonal cocktails and canapes to an eco-savvy and stylish guest list, including Jo Wood, Sam Branson and chef Tom Aikens who contributes to Dare 2’s food pages.

Check it out – go on, we dare you.

Home Stylish Home – Louise Bradley By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel meets London-based designer Louise Bradley.

Louise Bradley

If you’re stuck in an interior design rut, it’s time to call upon one of the best in the biz, Louise Bradley. She’s outfitted some of the most elegant pads around the world, one peek inside her London showrooms and you’ll see how.

The showrooms in London’s Chelsea are full of beautiful, sleek, elegant designs, using antique mirror, shagreen, Art Deco touches and lots of sexy and sleek purples, silvers and neutrals: we love the comfy sink-into sofas and beautiful shagreen desks, photo frames and bar kit.

Louise Bradley

This isn’t a case of style over substance, Bradley has really thought about practicality and comfort as well as beauty. Feeling overwhelmed by choice? Hand the whole project over to Bradley, she has masterminded spaces for clients the world over and works on commission for full interior design or just individual furnishing. Currently her new bespoke sofa line is premiering at her London flagship in Kimbolton Court. Clients choose from one of five frames, then pick the materials – or have one of the consultants come to your home and help make an informed choice. Turn around is a speedy 4-5 weeks as everything is made in England.

Even if you’re not thinking of redecorating, pop along to enjoy lunch in the café surrounded by beautiful home furnishings – who knows, you might be inspired to change your mind.

Belgravia’s Favourite – Catherine Milner By The Luxury Channel

Catherine Milner has been quietly acquiring, renovating and designing properties for her exclusive and international clientele for a number of years.

Catherine Milner Interiors

Catherine’s most recent project was described as a triumph in which the ‘style went above and beyond that offered by most top end developers’ (Knight Frank, Belgravia division). Clients and contemporaries alike speak of her reputation for excellence and impressive value-adding renovations, making Catherine the chief port of call for high-specification projects in Belgravia, Chelsea and Knightsbridge.

Guided by strong architectonic principles and classical influences, in Catherine’s view “every property possesses an inherent and rational logic that must be un-locked”. Once revealed, skilled artisans and her personal team of sub-contractors are employed to achieve optimum control over quality and finish. This, combined with her beauty and charm, ensures that notoriously difficult builders become obedient soldiers in her presence. Meanwhile, delighted clients come up with every ruse to keep Catherine in their lives post-renovation. Whether they instruct her to design their home or garden, build a conservatory or facilitate a long lease extension: these clients know that all projects will be completed on time, on budget with taste and aplomb.

Catherine maintains a ‘personal commitment’ to every project and takes pleasure in creating beautiful and timeless homes for her clients. She will stop at nothing in pursuit of the perfect finish and looks for inspiration wherever she goes. During a recent trip to Pompeii, Catherine was inspired by the classical cornicing in the Roman forum. Upon her return to London she instructed her architect and craftsman to lift the ceilings and replicate the proportions to magnificent effect.

For Catherine, it is ‘important that the interior design of the property reflects both the client’s lifestyle and their cultural history.’ Only then can the turn-key service be of true value to a client.