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#TheWayWeREALLYLive

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Our surroundings have enhanced our lives during lockdown. Here we let you look at our homes and ask to take a look at yours … 

This week, we begin a new series where we invite readers to send images of their homes to us so that we can create an ongoing portfolio of the way we REALLY live NOW. We get the ball rolling with some amazing images from our magazine family and friends, our contributors and photographers.

To share how lockdown has changed how you live or how you use of your home, email a picture and 60 words explaining what happens in this particular space (home-schooling, zoom calls, nightly family dinners …) to [email protected] and your home may be selected for inclusion in our weekly #TheWayWeREALLYLive online series. To enter via Instagram tag @theglossmag in your pictures and use #TheWayWeREALLYLive. We look forward to seeing your entries …

CLAIRE DELAP Designer,
Take Monday, Paris

The kitchen table is where all the Zooms take place, where Chinese takeaways are eaten, where I sit with a glass of wine and spy on passers-by on the street below, where hours pass on WhatsApp calls to my best friend. When the weather is good, I climb out the window with a cushion and sit on the sill.

DOMINO WHISKER
Artist, Dublin

My life hasn’t changed much as I always live quite simply. Without outside distractions I’m more productive than ever. The trick will be to keep this going now lockdown is over.

Photographed by Gregg Purcell

CLIODHNA PRENDERGAST
Food Writer, Lens & Larder, Connemara

Friend and architect David Flannery of Scott Tallon Walker designed our house for every eventuality, it seems. Lockdown magnified its sense of flow, and the feeling of bringing the outdoors in. Sunny days mean that the outdoors have provided us with another room: we have had lunch outside almost every day. Having the time to cook has been one of the most pleasurable things for me, making an extra effort, trying out new recipes, seeking out local produce and truly relishing it. I make bread and pass it around to the neighbours and friends; in return they drop boxes of crab, salad and herbs on my doorstep. It has made for a wonderful connection with people. I am grateful for our home, our surroundings and the sense of slow that has settled upon us all. I hope we can retain that sense of slowness, community, and appreciation for the little things when this is all over.

Zoe Jordan,
Fashion Designer, Majorca

The limits on what you can get and where you can go have forced us to be more creative and crafty at home. Here are my daughters Eden and Dylan, dancing away to In my Mind by Dynoro + Gigi D’Agostino. We dressed up, and I made a refreshing Paloma cocktail with frozen ginger.

HELEN STEELE
Fashion Designer & Artist, Monaghan

Life has changed so much. I get more time to paint and cook for my kids. The light is really good in my studio so I have been doing all Zoom calls here. It’s also where I pack my online face mask orders. I started making masks one day and they sold out within an hour: now we are busy making more.

JASON LLOYD EVANS
Fashion Photographer, London

I have a big, bright studio at the bottom of the garden which has been turned into a fun and work space. Isla has been using it for craft; painting and making robots, and storybooks. I have been working through my entire archive dating back to 2004, something I would never usually get the time to do. It has been fun pulling out all my favourite images from nearly 20 years of fashion shows and shoots.

RACHEL HOBBS
Interior Architect, Cork

I recently renovated my dream home, a 170-year-old farmhouse in Ballincollig. With an open-plan layout, the hall runs front to back, linking the original front door to the contemporary extension. This functional space allows us to be separate as we work or play, but remain connected. I colour-zoned the spaces around the hallway using Colourtrend shades Silver Birch, Subtle and Dressage.

SARAH HALLIWELL
Beauty Editor, THE GLOSS, Dublin

My mornings are more leisurely … and my kitchen is my beauty workshop / test lab.

CLAIRE DELAP Designer,
Take Monday, Paris

The kitchen table is where all the Zooms take place, where Chinese takeaways are eaten, where I sit with a glass of wine and spy on passers-by on the street below, where hours pass on WhatsApp calls to my best friend. When the weather is good, I climb out the window with a cushion and sit on the sill.

DOMINO WHISKER
Artist, Dublin

My life hasn’t changed much as I always live quite simply. Without outside distractions I’m more productive than ever. The trick will be to keep this going now lockdown is over.

Photographed by Gregg Purcell

CLIODHNA PRENDERGAST
Food Writer, Lens & Larder, Connemara

Friend and architect David Flannery of Scott Tallon Walker designed our house for every eventuality, it seems. Lockdown magnified its sense of flow, and the feeling of bringing the outdoors in. Sunny days mean that the outdoors have provided us with another room: we have had lunch outside almost every day. Having the time to cook has been one of the most pleasurable things for me, making an extra effort, trying out new recipes, seeking out local produce and truly relishing it. I make bread and pass it around to the neighbours and friends; in return they drop boxes of crab, salad and herbs on my doorstep. It has made for a wonderful connection with people. I am grateful for our home, our surroundings and the sense of slow that has settled upon us all. I hope we can retain that sense of slowness, community, and appreciation for the little things when this is all over.

Zoe Jordan,
Fashion Designer, Majorca

The limits on what you can get and where you can go have forced us to be more creative and crafty at home. Here are my daughters Eden and Dylan, dancing away to In my Mind by Dynoro + Gigi D’Agostino. We dressed up, and I made a refreshing Paloma cocktail with frozen ginger.

HELEN STEELE
Fashion Designer & Artist, Monaghan

Life has changed so much. I get more time to paint and cook for my kids. The light is really good in my studio so I have been doing all Zoom calls here. It’s also where I pack my online face mask orders. I started making masks one day and they sold out within an hour: now we are busy making more.

JASON LLOYD EVANS
Fashion Photographer, London

I have a big, bright studio at the bottom of the garden which has been turned into a fun and work space. Isla has been using it for craft; painting and making robots, and storybooks. I have been working through my entire archive dating back to 2004, something I would never usually get the time to do. It has been fun pulling out all my favourite images from nearly 20 years of fashion shows and shoots.

RACHEL HOBBS
Interior Architect, Cork

I recently renovated my dream home, a 170-year-old farmhouse in Ballincollig. With an open-plan layout, the hall runs front to back, linking the original front door to the contemporary extension. This functional space allows us to be separate as we work or play, but remain connected. I colour-zoned the spaces around the hallway using Colourtrend shades Silver Birch, Subtle and Dressage.

SARAH HALLIWELL
Beauty Editor, THE GLOSS, Dublin

My mornings are more leisurely … and my kitchen is my beauty workshop / test lab.

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