The Well-crafted Life

3/31/2021

Tales from the Dining Table: Skye McAlpine, Theo Randall and Anna Jones

Season 1, Ep. 8
This is the final episode in the eight-part first series of The Well-crafted Life, brought to you by Homes & Gardens in association with Martin Moore. We end on a high; Tales from the Dining Table brings together passionate foodies. To a point, their enthusiasm for cooking and home comforts is truly inspiring. From first memories to favourite ingredients, each guest shares stories of how they live life well.Meet our guestsSkye McAlpine is a cookery writer who recently released her second book, A Table for Friends, and a collection of tableware with Anthropologie. She talks to us from her home in Venice, telling us of her love of fruit as decoration and the beauty of imperfection.Theo Randall is chef patron of Theo Randall at Hotel Intercontinental. He is passionate about Italy and Italian cuisine, and just released The Italian Deli Cookbook. From his Cassina LC2 sofa to a treasured pestle of mortar from the River Cafe days, Theo shares wonderful stories about his family's life in Primrose Hill. Writer, stylist and chef Anna Jones is a bit of a pioneer, leading the way for how we want to eat today; her new book One Pot, Pan, Planet is both very easy-to-use and environmentally conscious. Anna's The Well-crafted Life interview spans her home renovation through her approach to sustainability to her chef's notebook in an utterly gorgeous celebration of life and home. About this podcastThe Well-crafted Life is brought to you byHomes & Gardens, hosted bySarah Spiteriand edited by Matt Gibbs. This episode was sponsored byMartin Moore.
3/24/2021

Living in Nature: Willow Crossley, Marian Boswall and James Rich

Season 1, Ep. 7
Living in Nature features three brilliant creatives who are united by their passion for the land. They hail from different disciplines, floristry, garden design and food, but each finds joy in the natural world. Seasonality and sustainability are strong threads of the show, and our lively conversations span from colour and comfort through to tree hugging and meditation spirals. Meet the guestsFlorist and stylist Willow Crossley creates wild and whimsical arrangements that are incredibly inspiring. She has an online course with Create Academy and also produces wonderful instructional Instagram videos. Willow talks to us from her home in Oxfordshire, generously sharing what makes her happy, from treasured possessions through colours that give confidence to a love of walking in the woods.Landscape architect Marian Boswall runs her eponymous studio, best known for creating stunning gardens in sensitive or historic settings. Her ethos is nature-first, and it is clear from this podcast that she finds joy in surrounding herself with animals, birds, insects and trees. Listen to hear her inspiring and philosophical advice on how to elevate the everyday. Author James Rich's first book Apple came out in August 2019. The book celebrates James' Somerset heritage and the scope of recipes possible with the fruits of an English orchard. In this podcast, James tells us about his recent move from London to the countryside, enthuses on Aga cooking and shares what is particularly important to him at home. About this podcastThe Well-crafted Life is brought to you byHomes & Gardens, hosted bySarah Spiteriand edited by Matt Gibbs. This episode was sponsored byMartin Moore.
3/10/2021

Reuse, repurpose, restore: Sebastian Cox, Russell Sage and Maria Speake

Season 1, Ep. 5
Reuse, Repurpose, Restore features three brilliant creatives who all believe that well-made things are precious. Each takes a unique approach to designing sustainably, from "closing the loop" through a love of antiques to working with salvage. It's a fascinating episode with plenty of thought-provoking insights and ideas to inspire. Our conversation offers a truly high/low mix, spanning from cooking on wood and the joy of insects to new ways of thinking and concepts of living.Meet the guestsPassionate eco designer Sebastian Cox makes beautiful wooden furniture. He recently embarked on a renovation in Margate, with the aim to reuse as many of the materials as possible. Seb's enthusiasm for craftsmanship shines through in this episode, as he shares tales of his home and life with his wife Brogan and his young daughters.Russell Sage is best known for his work at The Goring hotel and Scotland's Fife Arms. He has been a passionate lover of antiques since he was a boy, and takes us on a wonderful journey through his career and style in this show. Maria Speake founded Retrouvius with her husband Adam Hills and together they could be considered as the pioneers when it comes to the use of salvage and reclamation in design. Maria generously opens up her home and her design notebook in this episode, sharing what works for her family and offering inspiration and ideas to take away for your own projects. About this podcastThe Well-crafted Life is brought to you byHomes & Gardens, hosted bySarah Spiteriand edited by Matt Gibbs. This episode was sponsored byMartin Moore.
3/3/2021

Bold, Bright and Beautiful: Tricia Guild, Eva Sonaike and Joa Studholme

Season 1, Ep. 4
What more could we want for our homes than that they be bold, bright and beautiful? The three creatives that feature in this episode embody this philosophy, each creating incredible interiors and stand-out products full of vibrancy and energy. Join us on a colourful journey from London to Somerset, via Japan, India, Nigeria and beyond. Meet our guestsTricia Guild has been filling our home with joyful colour and pattern since 1970 when she first opened Designers Guild on London's Kings Road. In this episode she paints a vivid picture of her home and style, offering insights into shades to decorate with and sharing the small ways she brings a little life and joy to her everyday. Eva Sonaike is a London-based designer who draws on her Nigerian and German heritage to create original textiles that are drenched in colour. Since launching her brand on maternity leave 13 years ago, Eva hasn't looked back. Talking to us from her north London home that she shares with her husband and two children, she tells us about their Friday night rituals, her love of fresh air and fragrance and the importance of power dressing. Joa Studholme is the colour curator for Farrow & Ball, responsible for coming up with some of the world's best-loved names like Elephant's Breath and Nancy's Blushes. She whisks us to her Somerset school house, describing her new found love of nature and her most treasured possession - her Caran d'Ache. About this podcastThe Well-crafted Life is brought to you byHomes & Gardens, hosted bySarah Spiteriand edited by Matt Gibbs. This episode was sponsored by Martin Moore.
2/24/2021

The Beauty of Bespoke: Susie Atkinson, Charu Gandhi and Linda Boronkay

Season 1, Ep. 3
The devil is in the detail for the three interior designers in this episode of The Well-crafted Life. Each of these creatives exemplifies that craftsmanship and bespoke design should be at the heart of creating beautiful spaces. We cover cooking and kitchen gardens, treasured memories, lockdown hacks and the small changes that make a big difference. Meet our guestsAlthough interior designer Susie Atkinson is perhaps best known for her commercial work, including Babington House, Beaverbrook hotel and Lime Wood, all her projects are all imbued with a deep sense of comfort and customisation. Here she paints a lovely picture of her home and focuses on what's important, from colour to creativity. Charu Gandhi is the founder and director of Elicyon. She has coined the phrase 'interior couture' to describe the studio's style, sharing in this podcast how her home taps in to that. She also tells us her most treasured design memories and offers insight into the importance of natural light and a well-made bed.Eclectic, collected, original and striking best describes Linda Boronkay's approach to style. The former design director of Soho House set up on her own last summer and is now working on exciting projects internationally. She opens up about her life in London with her family, her collected treasures and the little ways she lifts her spirits everyday. About this podcastThe Well-crafted Life is brought to you by Homes & Gardens, hosted by Sarah Spiteri and edited by Matt Gibbs. This episode was sponsored by Martin Moore.
2/17/2021

The Power of Collaboration: Andrew Hills, Michal Silver and Mary Graham

Season 1, Ep. 2
This week’s show brings together three brilliant creatives who each prove that the real magic comes from working with the right people. Partnership is at the heart of their work, which spans furniture and lighting, textiles and interior design.In focusing on how to elevate the everyday, we discuss the importance of a finding a place of retreat, design classics, natural light and the beauty of the seasons. Meet our guestsAndrew Hills is the co-founder and creative director of furniture and lighting brand Porta Romana. He originally set up the business with his wife Sarah, after they’d both quit their jobs in the city to follow their dreams, and he now regularly launches designs with industry leaders. In this podcast, he tells us about his Godfather-inspired office, his love of restoration and their treasured recipe book.Fabric and wallpaper guru Michal Silver is the creative force behind Christopher Farr Cloth. She has worked with the good and the great of the interiors world, both creating new designs with contemporary names and reviving archival work by artists like Raoul Duffy and Anni Albers. She describes her Mies van der Rohe-inspired home in London and talks about the importance of memories.Interior designer Mary Graham works with Nicole Salvesen, forging a distinctive design style they describe as future heritage. Their rooms are timeless, elegant and full of arresting details. They've also launched beautiful products in collaboration with Jennifer Manners, Fromental and David Seyfried. Here, she tells us about her new family home in Yorkshire, sharing her love of flowers and freshly ironed sheets.About this podcastThe Well-crafted Life is brought to you by Homes & Gardens, hosted by Sarah Spiteri and edited by Matt Gibbs. This episode was sponsored by Martin Moore.
2/10/2021

The Individual Home: Kit Kemp, Beata Heuman and Lulu Lytle

Season 1, Ep. 1
The Individual Home features three of the UK's leading interior designers who specialise in creating personal spaces that are joyful and uplifting. It's a melting pot of rich colours, treasured textiles, frothy coffees and birthday balloons, with a lot of comfort thrown in along the way.Meet the guestsThere are few designers with as iconic a look as Kit Kemp. Her hotels in London and New York are exuberant, drenched in colour and pattern, and filled with one-off pieces by undiscovered makers. In this podcast, Kit opens up both her home and her design notebook to share with us the ways she enhances her own spaces.Beata Heuman is a Swedish-born interior designer that delights with her eccentric and playful approach to design. She set up on her own in 2013, having trained with Nicky Haslam. Here, Beata describes with enthusiasm the rituals she has fostered and the spaces in her own home in which she finds the most joy.Comfortable and uplifting best describes rooms created by Soane founder Lulu Lytle. She designs with the guiding principle that furniture should be both enhancing and inherently useful. Her design story began at 25, when she founded her business and embarked on a road trip to find traditional craftspeople with whom she could work. She speaks to us from her west London flat that’s filled with found fabrics, rich colours and the spirit of family life.About this podcastThe Well-crafted Life is brought to you by Homes & Gardens, hosted by Sarah Spiteri and edited by Matt Gibbs. This episode was sponsored by Martin Moore.