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Inside Alex Jones’ family home: The One Show star’s abode boasts rustic features and chic decor

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She gave birth to her third child, daughter Annie, on August 21 with her husband Charlie Thomson.

And Alex Jones, 44 – who is also mum to sons Teddy, four, and Kit, two, – has given fans a glimpse into her brood’s gorgeous family home.

The One Show star’s stunning London abode boasts a gorgeous farmhouse-style kitchen, rustic features and chic decor throughout. 

Inside her home: Alex Jones, 44 - who is mum to Annie, four months, Teddy, four, and Kit, two, with husband Charlie Thomson - often shares glimpses of her family home on Instagram

Inside her home: Alex Jones, 44 – who is mum to Annie, four months, Teddy, four, and Kit, two, with husband Charlie Thomson – often shares glimpses of her family home on Instagram

One of the rooms she has shared plenty of photos of in the past is her farmhouse-style kitchen which features a timber island and wooden bar stools.

It also has a marble worktop, a stove top, white tile splashback and light blue cabinets for a stunning pop of colour.

The kitchen has been featured in the past at her 40th birthday party showing the brunette beauty surrounded by her nearest and dearest and holding her then-newborn son Teddy.     

Multi-purpose: The One Show host uses her stunning living room for relaxing family time as well as to practice meditation and to record audio for work projects

Multi-purpose: The One Show host uses her stunning living room for relaxing family time as well as to practice meditation and to record audio for work projects

Heart of the home: One of the rooms she has shared plenty of photos of in the past is the kitchen which features a timber island

Heart of the home: One of the rooms she has shared plenty of photos of in the past is the kitchen which features a timber island

Fabulous: Wooden bar stools tie in perfectly while light blue cabinets add a pop of colour

Fabulous: Wooden bar stools tie in perfectly while light blue cabinets add a pop of colour

Secret storage: Their kitchen table has plenty of secret storage for books and boardgames

Secret storage: Their kitchen table has plenty of secret storage for books and boardgames

Cooking space: It also has a marble bench tops and white tile splashback as well as an Aga

Cooking space: It also has a marble bench tops and white tile splashback as well as an Aga 

Alex’s dining room has a large wooden table as it’s centrepiece with matching school-style chairs.

While floor to ceiling shutters surround the enormous windows, which allow the room to be flooded with light. 

Her gorgeous living room boasts high ceilings, soft grey walls, and a stunning bay window. 

Floating shelves! The kitchen also has a high white floating shelf offering further storage

Floating shelves! The kitchen also has a high white floating shelf offering further storage

Art work: Alex has a penchant for black and white sketched artwork, which hangs throughout her home

Art work: Alex has a penchant for black and white sketched artwork, which hangs throughout her home

Celebration: The kitchen has been featured in the past at her 40th birthday party showing Alex surrounded by her nearest and dearest and holding her then-newborn son Teddy

Celebration: The kitchen has been featured in the past at her 40th birthday party showing Alex surrounded by her nearest and dearest and holding her then-newborn son Teddy

Gorgeous: Alex's dining room has a large wooden table as it's centrepiece with matching school-style chairs

Gorgeous: Alex’s dining room has a large wooden table as it’s centrepiece with matching school-style chairs

Wow! Her living room boasts high ceilings, grey walls and a stunning bay window

Wow! Her living room boasts high ceilings, grey walls and a stunning bay window

Chic: Complementing the style of the room, their large coffee table is made of wood, but features a chic glass top

Chic: Complementing the style of the room, their large coffee table is made of wood, but features a chic glass top

Elsewhere, the room features a marble fireplace and white timber shelves, while a rattan rug protects the hardwood floors.

Continuing with the minimal theme, their comfy-looking coach is also a soft grey with plenty of pillows. 

Complementing the style of the room, their large coffee table is made of wood, but features a chic glass top. 

Minimal: Continuing with the minimal theme, their comfy coach is also a soft grey with plenty of pillows (Alex's husband with their son Teddy)

Minimal: Continuing with the minimal theme, their comfy coach is also a soft grey with plenty of pillows (Alex’s husband with their son Teddy)

Ready for Christmas: The family has erected a huge Christmas tree in their living room

Ready for Christmas: The family has erected a huge Christmas tree in their living room

Spacious: Her living room with soft grey walls, a marble fireplace and white timber shelves

Spacious: Her living room with soft grey walls, a marble fireplace and white timber shelves

Rustic: In the bedroom, the minimal style and colour palette continues with a mix of grey and white sheets, including a grey quilted headboard

Rustic: In the bedroom, the minimal style and colour palette continues with a mix of grey and white sheets, including a grey quilted headboard

After a long day at work, Alex treats herself to a relaxing soak in her freestanding, roll-top bathtub or she can jump in her corner shower.

A silver radiator keeps her towels warm, while white metro tiles on the walls provides a calm and elegant finish. 

Victorian style patterned floor tiles and white French-inspired shutters give the bathroom an elevated finish. 

Bathroom: After a long day at work, Alex treats herself to a relaxing soak in her freestanding, roll-top bathtub

Bathroom: After a long day at work, Alex treats herself to a relaxing soak in her freestanding, roll-top bathtub

Rest and relaxation: A silver radiator keeps her towels warm, while white metro tiles on the walls provides a calm and elegant finish

Rest and relaxation: A silver radiator keeps her towels warm, while white metro tiles on the walls provides a calm and elegant finish

Shower time: Alex can choose between having a bath or jumping in her corner shower

Shower time: Alex can choose between having a bath or jumping in her corner shower

In the master bedroom, the minimal style and colour palette continues with a mix of grey and white sheets, including a grey quilted headboard.

Alex and Charlie’s room also features white timber floorboards for a rustic look and the French shutters which feature in other upstairs rooms. 

Looking outside, their home is surrounded by lush green hedges, while their back garden houses wooden outdoor seating and a wooden shed.

Gorgeous: Looking outside, their home is surrounded by lush green hedges

Gorgeous: Looking outside, their home is surrounded by lush green hedges

Back garden: Their back garden houses wooden outdoor seating and a wooden shed

Back garden: Their back garden houses wooden outdoor seating and a wooden shed

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Hines invests in industrial portfolio in Northern Italy

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Hines has reached a binding agreement for an off-market investment to acquire 20 logistics assets located between Emilia Romagna and Lombardy through the Italian fund HEVF II Italy managed by Prelios SGR on behalf of the Hines European Value Fund 2 (HEVF 2). The transaction involves the acquisition of the real estate portfolio from four different selling companies and the simultaneous 15-year lease of the same portfolio to Snatt Logistica Group, a leader in the third-party logistics (3PL) sector focusing exclusively on the fashion industry. The portfolio of 20 logistics assets provides a total of 200,000m² of logistics space around Milan, Parma, Reggio Emilia, and Bologna. They are strategic, well-established logistic centres that enjoy effective, rapid connections with Italy’s main cities and the rest of Europe.

 

“We are pleased to start 2022 with an important investment in the logistics sector that consolidates our presence in the main intersections in Northern Italy. At Hines, we believe in the potential of the logistics sector in Italy and have set an investment target of around €1bn in 2022,” commented Mario Abbadessa, senior managing director & country head of Hines Italy. “We are proud to collaborate with Snatt Logistica Group, which is an international 3PL logistics leader in the luxury fashion industry, and we are certain that we will be able to develop a shared path for growth, guided by common values, including ESG, which is key to our DNA.”

 

Paul White, senior managing director and fund manager for HEVF 2 at Hines, said: “This is an attractive portfolio of assets with a strong, innovative tenant at the forefront of Italy’s fast-growing third-party logistics sector for the fashion industry. We believe that e-commerce will continue to drive long-term demand for high-quality logistics facilities in Italy’s northern cities, pushing the value of these investments forwards, while there is also a significant opportunity to enhance the sustainability performance of existing assets here. This is aligned with our ESG objectives as recognised by GRESB, with HEVF 2 achieving the award of Overall Global Sector Leader in the Diversified Office/Retail category for sustainability performance in 2021.”

 

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Latest Coveney gaffe shows new knack of ‘making small problems big’

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“Don’t mind your press releases,” a Fine Gael source was told by a more experienced hand on their first day in Leinster House; “If you want something out there, just say it in the PP [parliamentary party meeting].”

It’s a truism of Irish politics that these meetings – especially those of the two larger Government parties – leak like the proverbial sieve. This got worse during Covid, when virtual meetings meant members were unencumbered by the need to even appear interested, and journalists were freely briefed in real time. The content of the meeting, coupled with the observations of parliamentarians – arch, knowing, and unfiltered – populated twitter streams and news copy.

So, when Simon Coveney’s remarks about his surprise at the meeting between the Russian ambassador to Ireland and the head of the defence forces were promptly headline news, it can’t have been too much of a shock. “He knows he’s speaking at the leakiest meeting in Leinster House,” observed a source present.

Still, some in the room thought when Michael Creed raised the issue, Coveney would just “warble on like you normally do”. Instead, after a gap of several minutes while other questions were fielded, the Minister for Defence bit down. He said he was “surprised to put it mildly”, several sources present said, and questioned the judgement of it.

Afterwards, sources close to Coveney quickly asserted the Minister meant the tweet from the Russians, and the accompanying picture, were the issue, not the meeting. But multiple sources at the parliamentary party interpreted it as referring to the meeting, and what’s more, as a direct rebuke to the chief of staff. “The tone I got was he was f***ing livid,” said one source.

Either way, the remark was leaked, it was controversial, and early the next morning, Coveney was mending fences in the Dáil, expressing confidence in Clancy and contrition for having brought him into the line of political fire.

A kind interpretation, offered by some at the meeting, is that he feels honour-bound to respond fully to questions from parliamentary colleagues. There is likely truth to that. But equally, many believe he would have known his comments would have been controversial, open to interpretation as a rebuke to the head of the Defence Forces, and that it was meant as a shot across the bows.

Others postulate that – perhaps more worryingly – he didn’t detect the political risk inherent in the remarks, which the Opposition would say had undermined the Chief of Staff . “Simon should have known this was going to result in public comment,” said another person there.

That, in truth is the bigger concern – that Coveney’s bad run of form is down to a blunted political dexterity. “You’d know by the way he said it he wasn’t trying to cause controversy,” one colleague said – adding that it was, however, evidence of Coveney’s new knack of “making small problems into big ones”.

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Greenman OPEN acquires German retail portfolio for €90m

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Greenman OPEN has acquired three retail parks for a combined value of circa €90m. The newly purchased portfolio includes a retail centre in Sonneberg, Rastal Centre in Hohr-Grenzhausen, and a new supermarket located in Markneukirchen.

 

The retail centre in Sonneberg comprises 33,145m² of lettable space and is one of the largest assets in the fund portfolio. It is fully occupied and anchored by EDEKA Marktkauf. Deriving 84% of its income from “essential” retailers, of which 60% is from grocery retailers, the centre will generate consistent income over its long nine-year WARLT.

 

The new turnkey Rastal Centre in Hohr-Grenzhausen offers 13,793m²,  and is anchored by Lidl and Aldi. The high weighted average remaining lease term (WARLT) of the centre, 12.5 years, will ensure income generation for the fund for the long term.

 

The brand-new supermarket in Markneukirchen is also let to EDEKA on a new 15-year lease term and forms part of the developer framework agreement signed with Schroder.

 

In line with OPEN’s ESG strategy to be carbon neutral by 2040, all newly acquired centres fit into the fund’s ESG framework. In Sonneberg, the centre operates at a reduced energy consumption rate compared to the average for a property of its size and usage. Simultaneously, it is compatible with OPEN’s plans to implement PV solar panels for renewable energy generation. The brand-new development in Hohr-Grenzhausen will be built to a minimum silver DGNB standard.

 

Commenting on OPEN’s acquisitions and growth milestone, James McEvoy, Head of Acquisitions for Greenman, said: “Reaching €1bn of AUM is a significant milestone for the OPEN fund and underlines our sector expertise. As we grow further, we’re paying particular attention to ensuring that all OPEN’s assets are fit for the future shape of the grocery retail sector, incorporating ESG criteria, new technology and innovation to improve how physical assets support the grocery retail model of the future. Having surpassed our €1bn AUM target in 2021, we will continue to use our market-leading expertise in the German food retail sector to source the best opportunities for investors. We have a locked-in pipeline of assets in place to grow the fund further this year and are targeting to achieve €3bn AUM by 2027.”

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