Penthouse Architecture: Ian Simpson

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This week we’re coveting renowned architect Ian Simpson’s amazing Manchester Penthouse, set on the 47th floor of the Beetham Tower.

Designed by Simpson himself, the 2 storey apartment complex covers the top 2 floors of this incredible Manchester landmark and boasts an amazing olive garden consisting of 30 spectacular trees and a 23-foot tall garden. It really is an incredible home!

Let us know what you think below.

Making the most of small spaces

Small home spaces interior design solutions Alphabet Lifestyle

Make your small space work harder with smart architecture and interior design solutions for making it look and feel larger than it actually is.

Project: Intersect House, Stoke Newington, London, U.K.

Client brief inspiration: ‘Cozy coffeehouse vibe’

Architect: William Tozer Associates

Small home spaces interior design solutions Alphabet Lifestyle
A Lebanese cedar island and stainless-steel countertops provide ample work space
Small home spaces interior design solutions Alphabet Lifestyle
The clutter-free, cedar-lined kitchen seemingly awaits the arrival of its barista.

Small home spaces interior design solutions Alphabet Lifestyle

Source: This Kitchen Is as Cozy as Your Favorite Coffee Shop and That’s Exactly the Idea

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Go Inside a $50 Million New York City Mansion


The grand Clarence Whitman Mansion in Upper East Side, New York, has recently been listed for $50 million! Built in 1898 by noted architectural firm Parish & Schroeder, the impressive property retains many of its original turn-of-the-century details.  Located within walking distance of the famous Fifth Avenue in one of Manhattan’s most exclusive addresses, the mansion has 9 bedrooms, 5.4 bathrooms and 14,000 sq. ft. Would you pay $50 million for this property?!

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6 Contemporary Bedroom Designs

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Location: Beverly Hills. Design: Marmol Radziner.
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Location: Aspen, Colorado. Design: Shelton, Mindel & Associates.
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Location: Los Angeles. Design: Holly Hunt.
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Location: Nova Scotia. Design: Ray Frizzell Design.
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Location: Laguna Beach, California. Design: Ehrlich Architects

Source: Architectural Digest

How to Decorate with Autumn Colours


Update your home with autumn colours. Choose shades of gold, red and orange, add rich chocolate-brown and compliment with cool colours such as blues, purples and greens. Use autumn displays to create a big impact and warm up rooms with layers of earthy tones.

Add warmth with a faux fur rug to a design classic
Add warmth to a design classic with a faux fur rug
Check out the autumn colours in these beautiful woven kalims
Check out the autumn colours in these beautiful woven kalims

Buy similar kalim rugs at Urban Outfitters.

But from Urbanoutfitters
Available from Urban Outfitters
Urban Outfitters
Available from Urban Outfitters

To make a bold statement, we love this autumn orange Smeg refrigerator available at John Lewis.

 Smeg refrigerator
Smeg refrigerator. Available from John Lewis


To introduce an autumn colour palette in the bedroom, layer rich velvet textures for an instant update to your bedroom interior scheme. Try mixing burnt orange with grey for a modern look. Similar bedding available to shop at John Lewis Home.

Heavy orange velvet textures add warmth to a grey colour scheme
Heavy orange velvet textures add warmth to a grey colour scheme
Inspirational autumn colours
Inspirational autumn colours

For a quick and easy way to spruce up your home, create an autumn display using wooden candles and natural dried floral items. A simple way to add interest to your living room.

Create a centrepiece
Create a centrepiece
Use candles to create an autumn display
Use candles to create an autumn display
Choose colours from an autumn palette for accessories
Choose colours from an autumn palette for accessories
Autumn branches and rustic leaves add a seasonal lift
Autumn branches and rustic leaves add a seasonal lift
A natural colour themed room is given an autumn lift just by adding an orange throw.
A natural colour themed room is given an autumn lift just by adding an orange throw.
Missouri home throws in autumn colours. Available at shop.tessuti.co.nz
Missoni home throws in autumn colours. Available at buy at shop.tessuti.co.nz

Welcome to Doha

Welcome to Doha, Qatar

Welcome To Doha Timelapse from Michael Shainblum on Vimeo.

Check out this great time-lapse video of Qatar by Michael Shainblum. The video captures the evolution of the Middle Eastern state of Qatar’s history from the old to present-day world, and the quintessence of the country’s culture.

It’s fascinating to see how the country has developed since it gained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1971 – just over four decades ago!

Doha 1985, Sheraton Hotel
Doha 1985, Sheraton Hotel
Qatar in 1977
Doha’s open-air market in 1977

Katara Cultural Village

Katara Cultural Village

Alphabet Lifestyle visits Katara Cultural Village, Doha, Qatar.

No visit to Doha would be complete without a visit to Katara Cultural Village.

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Discover traditional Qatari architecture

The village includes a theatre, art galleries – hosting modern and local Qatari art, an opera house and the piece de resistance; an open amphitheatre. The project was conceptualised to reflect the heritage of Qatar through traditional architecture.

Katara amphitheatre
Walkway to amphitheatre
Katara art sculptures
Katara art sculptures

The Katara Opera House is home to the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and the breathe-taking amphitheatre hosts world class events (Alphabet Lifestyle Top Tip: Take a cushion, as several hours seated on concrete steps can be seriously uncomfortable!). You will find some of the best cultural performances in Doha, so ensure that you make time to enjoy a performance at the opera house or visit the latest exhibitions. See the link for more details of upcoming events – Katara.net.

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Katara Amphitheatre
Katara Amphitheatre

As well as offering a diverse culture experience, you will also find some of the best restaurants in Doha within Katara. We recommend that anyone visiting Katara should experience L’wzaar sea food restaurant, or Saffron Lounge for an exceptional culinary experience. For a traditional Middle-Eastern food visit Chac late, or Mamig restaurant doha for casual authentic Armenian and Lebanese cuisine.

Watch this space for upcoming Doha restaurant reviews and click here for more photographs from our Katara visit.

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Katara Doha , Qatar.


Katara Mosque Doha , Qatar
Katara Mosque Doha , Qatar
Walkway into Katara amphitheatre
Walkway into Katara amphitheatre
Art sculptures around Katara Village
Art sculptures around Katara Village
Breath-taking Katara amphitheatre architecture
Breath-taking Katara amphitheatre architecture

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Katara Cultural Village
Katara Cultural Village
Traditional middle-eastern architecture
Traditional middle-eastern architecture

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Katara Amphitheatre
Katara Amphitheatre

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Katara Cultural Village, Doha
Alphabet Lifestyle Visits Katara Cultural Village, Doha