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Kate Winslet ‘sells chic New York City penthouse after putting it on the market for $5.69 million’ 

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Kate Winslet has offloaded her chic New York City penthouse less than six months after putting it on the market for $5.69 million.

The actress, 45, previously had the property, a four bedroom duplex located in Chelsea, listed as a rental for $30,000 a month, according to the New York Post.

Now the Titanic star is in contract to sell the stunning piece of Manhattan real estate, which boasts 13-foot tall ceilings, plenty of natural sunshine and an outdoor deck with incredible views of the city.

Sold! Kate Winslet has offloaded her chic New York City penthouse less than six months after putting it on the market for $5.69 million

Sold! Kate Winslet has offloaded her chic New York City penthouse less than six months after putting it on the market for $5.69 million

The 3,018 square foot loft also comes with three and a half bathrooms, built-in storage and an open chef’s kitchen.

The modern yet minimal kitchen features a sleek metallic stove, matching fridge, wooden cabinetry and coordinating island counter.

Guests can take in the stunning city views from inside the living room, which houses a fireplace and arty gold chandelier.

The next homeowner will also have plenty of storage space with a wall full of built-in cabinetry located right in the living room. 

New York, New York: Winslet previously had the stunning property listed as a $30,000 a month rental

New York, New York: Winslet previously had the stunning property listed as a $30,000 a month rental 

Kick back: The sophisticated loft boasts plenty of space, built-in cabinetry and tons of natural lighting

Kick back: The sophisticated loft boasts plenty of space, built-in cabinetry and tons of natural lighting 

Rubbing elbows: The incredible deck makes the apartment the perfect place for relaxation and entertainment

Rubbing elbows: The incredible deck makes the apartment the perfect place for relaxation and entertainment 

A rarity in some New York apartments, all of the bedrooms come with large windows allowing for tons of natural sunshine to pour inside.

Chic hardwood floors add a modern and clean touch all throughout the loft.

Contrasting the overall sleek vibe of the duplex is the elegant bathroom. 

The next homeowner will be able to soak inside a luxurious clawfoot bathtub, rinse off inside a chic shower, all beneath a translucent hanging chandelier. 

Chic: Hardwood floors and matching cabinetry and countertop compliment the unit's simple design

Chic: Hardwood floors and matching cabinetry and countertop compliment the unit’s simple design 

What's cooking? A sleek metallic stove and fridge add a modern touch to the kitchen

What’s cooking? A sleek metallic stove and fridge add a modern touch to the kitchen 

Perhaps one of the most jaw-dropping features of the property is the incredible deck.

Guests can take in the incredible views whilst relaxing upon the spacious outdoor area.

Nowadays, Kate has been living much of her life across the pond at her historic estate outside of London with her husband Edward Abel Smith, according to the NY Post. 

Her current accommodations are certainly a far cry from the world she was recently inhabiting as part of her role in the new HBO series, Mare Of Easttown. 

Sophisticated: The next homeowner will be able to relax beside a roaring fireplace with stunning views of the city

Sophisticated: The next homeowner will be able to relax beside a roaring fireplace with stunning views of the city

Ray of sunshine: Unlike some New York apartments, Kate's has plenty of windows allowing for plenty of sunshine to bathe the place

Ray of sunshine: Unlike some New York apartments, Kate’s has plenty of windows allowing for plenty of sunshine to bathe the place

In an interview with the Radio Times, she admitted playing the eponymous lead character took a toll on her emotional wellbeing and forced her to ‘invent trauma’ to properly portray her.

Kate confessed that she struggled to shake off Mare’s inner turmoil and fraught home life, even after she wrapped up filming in the States and returned to her home in Sussex.

‘It’s a process I’m going through. It’ll be gone soon. I’ve been her for a year and a half, right? You can’t just switch it off.

Zzzz: The loft boasts four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms

Zzzz: The loft boasts four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms 

Sweet dreams: The loft is perfect for a growing family

Sweet dreams: The loft is perfect for a growing family 

‘I had to invent more trauma for myself to play this part than any character I’ve ever played. 

‘I mean, look at me. It’s utterly, utterly stupid,’ Kate said to the publication with tears trickling down her cheeks.

According to the award-winning actress, it was not the brooding mystery and crime underpinning the drama which affected her, but rather Mare’s strained relationship with her troubled son who is absent from the home.

She continued: ‘There’s clearly something in me that’s bound up in the guilt.

‘As a mother, one feels for certain things. And you know, not that I have huge things as a mother to particularly feel guilty about myself, but we can always do better as mums.

Big Apple sophistication: Chic hardwood floors add a modern and clean touch all throughout the loft

Big Apple sophistication: Chic hardwood floors add a modern and clean touch all throughout the loft

Rub a dub dub: The next homeowner will be able to soak inside a luxurious clawfoot bathtub, rinse off inside a chic class-encased shower, all beneath a translucent hanging chandelier

Rub a dub dub: The next homeowner will be able to soak inside a luxurious clawfoot bathtub, rinse off inside a chic class-encased shower, all beneath a translucent hanging chandelier

‘We all have something where we wish we’d said it differently or perhaps made a different choice.’

Kate has daughter Mia, 20, with her first husband Jim Threapleton, son Joe, 17, from her second marriage to Sam Mendes, and Bear, seven, who is the son of her husband Edward.  

Kate confirmed there were many negative underlying themes affecting her character, Mare, which she identified with, even if they weren’t present among her own family.

She continued: ‘When I think about kids today – I mean, luckily, luckily, I don’t have this with my children – but the number of kids who are self-harming, the number of kids who have mental health issues, how hard it is even to track what’s happening to young people when so much of their life is spent online…

‘I was very struck by how relevant a lot of the underlying themes in Mare truly felt to me.’

Perfect place to hang out: Perhaps one of the most jaw-dropping features of the property is the incredible deck

Perfect place to hang out: Perhaps one of the most jaw-dropping features of the property is the incredible deck

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Disenchanted? Surely not, as Enniskerry gets a magical Disney makeover

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The village of Enniskerry in Co Wicklow was en fete on Sunday afternoon with locals, tourists and film crew all mingling among flower-festooned buildings and pubs serving food in the open air.

The normally flowery-but-sedate village seemed to lose all sense of sedateness and go all-out-twee, as plastic garlands of wisteria flowers almost smothered real-life wisteria-clad houses facing the town’s iconic clock tower.

The clock tower itself, built by the 6th Viscount Powerscourt to commemorate the centenary of the 1743 creation of the first viscount, is already an ornate affair, built on a shamrock-shaped base. But for Disney which is filming Disenchanted, it was not enough. The clock tower was clothed in artificial shrubbery, more purple wisteria, bunting and its flower beds brimming with multi-coloured, plastic, daisies.

The entire looked across the square at a grand imperial building where, last week, no grand imperial building was located. Visitors posed for photographs in front of its granite-looking steps, just a blue line around the roof giving the game away.

Yellow roses were trailed through the iron railings of homes on the streets approaching the clock tower, while The Reluctant Dragon Tavern, a Tudor-looking structure, leaned perilously into the – suddenly cobbled – roadway. A small sign to one side announced: “Enniskerry Inn, business as usual”.

Ever more garlands

Indeed, with tables set out on the road in the sunshine and visitors eating and drinking as workers added ever more garlands seemingly to any structure that stood still, it was hard to know what was real and what had changed.

The local chemist was there, renamed The Village Cauldron, Potions, Notions and Lotions. Next door was Prince Ali’s Magic Carpet Shoppe, while across the road was Beauty and the Book. A house had been renamed “Ratatoothie”, and declared it was a dentist’s practice.

People work during the week on transforming Enniskerry village in Co Wicklow into part of the Disenchanted film set, where Disney are filming. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire
People work during the week on transforming Enniskerry village in Co Wicklow into part of the Disenchanted film set, where Disney are filming. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

All afternoon, visitors and locals alike trailed through the centre of the village, cameras aloft or staring from cars as gardaí from the Roads Policing Unit tried to keep things moving.

Disney did not respond to requests for commentary on what was happening over several days. A local retailer said she could not say anything because “Disney have told us not to”.

“I can say Enniskerry will be closed next week from Monday, but I can’t say anything more than that – I don’t know anything more then that anyway,” she said. Two further businesses in the village declined the opportunity to comment.

Disenchanted is a sequel to the Disney movie Enchanted, featuring Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey as princess Giselle and divorce lawyer Robert Phillip. It follows on from Enchanted, which ended with the baddies destroyed, Giselle (Adams) married to Robert, and running a fashion business. But what happens then is seemingly the tightly guarded secret.

The village will be closed from June 14th to 18th, from 7am to 10pm, with other dates in July, and even “night shoots” towards the end of next month.

At another location, Erskine Avenue, in Greystones, a modest Arts and Crafts Edwardian home has also been given the Disney treatment, complete with turrets and masses of blossoms, and of course onlookers and a closed road. A local told The Irish Times “it was fun at first, but now I’m browned off”.

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Madison International Realty invests in London Salesforce Tower (GB)

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Madison International Realty has acquired a minority stake in the Salesforce Tower, London EC2, through a Jersey Property Unit Trust (JPUT), joining other investors including Heron International.

 

The 230-metre tower, completed in 2011 at 110 Bishopsgate, is an island site in the City of London and provides 441,000ft² of office space over 37 floors. The property is over 93% let to a range of tenants, the largest of which is Salesforce. The Salesforce Tower also has an outstanding food and beverage offering with Duck and Waffle and Sushi Samba at the very top and the Drift on the ground floor. The building has a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating for design.

 

The asset’s central location in the core of the City of London means it benefits from excellent transport connectivity, with Liverpool Street and Bank within a short walking distance. Similarly, there are a large number of new world-class food, drink and entertainment options nearby including the new Pan Pacific hotel adjacent at Heron Plaza and Eataly in Broadgate. In January 2021, an ING-led syndicate of lenders completed a €465.2m (£400m), five-year refinancing of the Tower.

 

Alex Lukesch, Managing Director at Madison International Realty commented on the investment: “This acquisition has allowed us to secure a stake in a prominent London office building, which we believe delivers space that meets the demands of modern occupiers looking for world-class offices in one of the world’s leading financial centres. The investment reflects our conviction in the ongoing resilience of the office sector and the role we believe it will play post-pandemic. We have observed that demand for quality, well-located space remains robust, while companies are increasingly looking for properties that also have strong ESG credentials to help meet their own sustainability targets. In Heron, we believe we have an experienced and highly regarded partner and we look forward to working with them on this venture.”

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Britain’s blossoming love for Japanese design in the home

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The design has a red lid and a narrow neck which widens to form a base of sturdy hips. When poured, the contents flow in a singular, uninterrupted stream.

The Kikkoman bottle hasn’t changed since it was designed in 1961 by Kenji Ekuan for the world’s largest soy sauce producer.

Simplicity has made it ubiquitous. And crucially, it works — think of wrestling with glass Heinz ketchup bottles or constantly wiping lids on plastic iterations. Likely, Kikkoman’s bottle is the reason we’re so familiar with soy sauce.

Serene: A contemporary Japanese-style sitting room. The country's influence can be seen most clearly in the clean, elegant and functional everyday products we use in our homes

Serene: A contemporary Japanese-style sitting room. The country’s influence can be seen most clearly in the clean, elegant and functional everyday products we use in our homes

In the introduction to her book Japanese Design Since 1945 (£35, Thames & Hudson), Naomi Pollock writes: ‘In Japan, good design is everywhere. But most of all, it’s in the home.’

The trend for Japanese-inspired, UK-based brands, such as Wagamama, Superdry and Yo! Sushi, is well worn, but the country’s influence is likely seen most clearly in the clean, elegant and functional everyday products we use in our homes.

Inspired idea 

The Japanese approach to design is summed up well by a single product – Muji’s right angle sock (from £3.50, muji.eu). 

As the foot is perpendicular to the leg, the sock should follow the shape of the body: design centres on the user rather than the designer.

The word ‘Muji’ translates as ‘without brand’ and the company invites (often renowned) designers to create reasonably priced products anonymously. 

Design guru Naoto Fukasawa is an adviser to Muji, and his wall-mounted CD player for the company (£149) is in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Naoto Fukasawa's butterfly-inspired Grande Papilio Swivel Lounge Chair (£2,869, chaplins.co.uk)

Naoto Fukasawa’s butterfly-inspired Grande Papilio Swivel Lounge Chair (£2,869, chaplins.co.uk)

In the UK, Chaplins stocks a large selection of products from Japan, including some from the designer.

‘The idea is to create designs that appear to have been sculpted by the elements,’ says Ludovic Aublanc, creative director at Chaplins. ‘It’s the kind of minimalism that brims with emotion, that makes you grateful and happy to come home.’

The company stocks Fukasawa’s butterfly-inspired Papilio range – chairs and sofas sporting headset ‘wings’ to protect the user’s head (Grande Papilio Swivel Lounge Chair, £2,869, chaplins.co.uk).

Simple seating

Japanese designers have described the chair as the centre of design and an extension of the human form. It follows that these things should be easy on both the body and the eye.

Habitat’s Mori charcoal two-seater sofa (£716, habitat.co.uk) certainly fits the bill. It is compact, unfussy and elegant with its plush curved armrests and contrasting thin, wooden legs.

Simple unfinished woodwork is a key part of design in Japan, like the solid oak dining chairs from Oak Furnitureland (£140, oakfurnitureland.com) which would pair well with the Japanese oak Castor Table by Karimoku New Standard (£1,169, nest.co.uk).

Clutter free

Last year, decluttering guru Marie Kondo took the world by storm with her hit Netflix show. The programme has been talked of plenty, but we’re perhaps unaware of how key these principles are to Japanese design.

A large part of the focus on user-friendly products comes down to space. As ever, it’s important for Muji, with its storage bed (from £299) which has spacious drawers to banish clutter. Loaf has the Woody storage bed (from £995, loaf.com).

Simple boxy shelving units such as the Ikea Kallax range (from £15, ikea.com) are practical, but can also be used for displaying plants, books and records.

Or, for a modern twist, try the John Lewis Dice shelving unit bookcase (£450, johnlewis.com). The company also stocks Japanese brand Like-it’s clear storage products (from £8).

Crockery that rocks 

Japanese pottery has long been a feature of our homes, and a collection by John Lewis is a nod to this. Inspired by woodblock prints, the range includes glassware, plates, mugs and even Christmas decorations. 

It’s all delicate, bright patterns and the infuser mugs by Tokyo Design Studio (from £25) are a highlight.

But elegant motifs are only part of the story. The earthy charcoals, whites and beiges of Hasami Porcelain (hasami-porcelain.com) are a calming, elegant addition to any kitchen.

Hasami teapots start from £65 and mugs from £22 (la-gent.com) – also pick up a copy of Okakura Kakuzo’s The Book Of Tea, written in 1906, an insight into the Japanese ritual of tea-making. Elsewhere, an Oriental Hobnail tea set costs from £22.98 (wayfair.co.uk).

For eating, Denby Pottery has Japanese-inspired bowls from £58 for four in grey and white (denbypottery.com).

Finally, being able to serve Japan’s other favourite drink – the highball – is a must. Try LSA’s Mia Highball glasses (£27 for four, lsa-international.com) or, for something cheaper, a set of six Duralex Prisme highballs is £11.99 at rinkit.com.

Then grab a bottle of Akashi whisky (£28.50, waitrosecellar.com), add ice, stir clockwise 13 times, add soda water, stir again and appreciate another example of elegance and simplicity in Japanese design.

What your home really needs is… a Christmas throw

At this time of year, people fall into two groups: those who believe more is more, with bright lights and decorations aplenty; and others who keep things simple, with a few holly sprigs and a carefully adorned tree.

Yuletide luxury: You could use this Alpaca Fair Isle Throw, £99.50, all year round

Yuletide luxury: You could use this Alpaca Fair Isle Throw, £99.50, all year round

But whether you’re a maximalist or a minimalist, your home will need a Christmas throw because someone in your festive bubble is bound to complain about being cold.

If glitter is your thing, you’ll like the fleece star throw from Marks & Spencer (£25, marksand spencer.com). 

Or snuggle up under Dunelm’s red cable-knit design with a fleecey inside (£60, dunelm.com).

For something more fun, Redbubble has one that reads: ‘This is my Hallmark Christmas movie watching blanket’ (£34.73, redbubble.com).

Going low-key? How about a white and grey reindeer pattern with red pompoms (£40, barkerand stonehouse.com)? 

Or this Alpaca Fair Isle Throw , £99.50, notonthe highstreet.com), which you could use all year round.

Anne Ashworth 

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