how the other half live: ben fogle

What do we know about Ben Fogle? He’s terribly well-spoken, has floppy blonde hair, met his wife Marina whilst walking his black labrador, Inca, and isn’t content unless he’s pushing his body and mind to its limits on various treks, challenges and expeditions. I know the feeling (ahem). So it was fascinating to learn a little bit more about the intrepid adventurer by taking a glimpse inside the West London home he shares with his wife and son, Ludo, in this month’s LivingEtc.

What strikes me is how incredibly homely and welcoming it is, especially the kitchen-diner which is flooded with light thanks to a glass extention that the pair added in. It’s not surprising that according to Fogle it’s thoughts of home that keep him going when in some far-flung destination: “Imagining myself walking into the house, coming through to the kitchen, seeing Marina and Ludo, has become one of my key coping mechanisms in a tough environment.” Evidence of his adventures – included vibrant maps and a polar sledge – pop up in each room, and patchwork textiles, retro prints and Union Jack cushions give their dwelling a warm and cosy vibe. If I were Fogle, I’d never want to leave…

{images via LivingEtc}

{Smeg fridge / Tea Revives You poster / Newgate clock / large gold letters / Squint sofa}

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