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PROPERTY SPECIAL

PHOTOGRAPHY: LEON CSERNOHLAVEK

AT HOME WITH JOHN WHAITE

We all know Great British Bake Off alumnus John Whaite can decorate a cake to perfection, but what about his home? John and his partner Paul moved into their converted military hospital apartment in South East London around 18 months ago, and have since been getting their hands dirty making it their own with classic colour schemes and quirky items from all over the world. We sat down with John in his beautiful sitting room, with its 12-foot high ceiling and arched sash windows, to chat organised clutter, DIY and bargain hunting.

What was the main draw for you here when you were house-hunting?

We weren’t even looking for a house at the time because we were living with a friend’s mum in Greenwich, and then my partner Paul – he’s a graphic designer for a branding company, so he’s really obsessed with homes and home layouts and buildings – he saw this place online, because he’s always looking at places to buy, and said to me, “John, go look at this flat, it’s amazing. It’s in an old hospital!” So that day I came to see it and by that night we put the offer in. Well, I put the offer in, he wasn’t even here... He didn’t know what I was getting us into. I think it’s the high ceilings, it’s got character. I really like places with character, and the stories about the hospital are interesting too; Florence Nightingale helped design it. It’s all that individuality, that’s what I like about it.

Was it important for you to have a bit of a project, so you could put your own personal stamp on it?

It was, although Paul’s more of an interiors person than I am. That said, this is more my style. He likes things to be white and light and minimal and more mid-century modern, whereas I like the depth and the darkness. I like it to be womb-like and cosy. But I think he came round to that, and we developed this style together, so it’s a mix of my style and his. I like bits of clutter but they have to be well-placed. It’s cluttersome but it’s got its place. Organised clutter.

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The latest Attitude is a glam rock spectacular with America’s biggest gay singer Adam Lambert on the cover, chatting about everything from working with Queen to his new solo material, and what he thinks of taking on Sam Smith in the charts and homophobia. We also have the only interview with former Westlife star Mark Feehily who opens up for the first time about his troubled dark years to re-emerge as a very different kind of solo artist. As we approach the General Election we have exclusive interviews with David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg, Nigel Farage, Nicola Sturgeon and Natalie Bennett, challenging them on LGBT issues and asking why they deserve your vote. We also rate the leaders’ style, and have interviews with a spread of LGBT candidates from around the country. Elsewhere in the magazine, we speak to Broadway stars Michael 'Ugly Betty' Urie and Christine Baranski, and we wave goodbye to Mad Men by talking a look back at Mad Men’s gay storylines. We also get a sneak peek inside John Whaite’s newly decorated home, and put Lulu to the How Gay quiz.
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