Recipe for a great home

London Cocktail Week is the biggest, most vibrant celebration of our capital’s fantastic cocktail scene, and it will be taking over the city this week for the seventh year. As well as being an excuse to relax and enjoy a cheeky Mojito or Cosmopolitan after work, it has also got us at PHM thinking about the ideal mix of ingredients for a perfect home.

There’s nothing like knowing your home is safe and being looked after… perhaps you’re approaching the age where you feel you require helping hand? Experienced in managing a range of properties – from small boutique developments to large manorial estates – our client, Ethical Leasehold Management Limited (ELM), specialises in retirement housing. One of the reasons why ELM is the leading managing agent chosen by leaseholders is because they do not take or accept commissions of any type to supplement the service charge. For more information about what ELM can do for you or a family member, call 01252 356000 or visit

When it comes to styling your home, we think things should look good on the outside AND the inside – lighting can make a huge difference to the ambience of a home. When lighting is used well, it can transform and enhance both space and design. Ecoled, the leading luminaire light expert, specialises in unique and clever uses of light. The British company offers a range of products, including optics that will set the mood and make the most of any room. For more information or to take a look at Ecoled’s range of online tools, visit its new website:

Or perhaps you prefer more of a challenge, and a renovation project is more up your street? The Croft is a perfect project to make your own this autumn. This eight-bedroom Victorian home, which requires complete modernisation, is situated in the village of Shalford, Guildford. Despite its dated décor, the home is spacious and flooded with light thanks to extensive glazing. Period features include ornate fireplaces, sash windows with decorative cornicing and a stunning, original turning staircase with large picture window. On the market for £1,750,000, The Croft certainly has a lot of potential. For more information about this exciting project, call Chantries on 01483 405222.

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