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From catwalk to curtain rail: Moss turns interior designer

Martin Castilla            No comments            Aug, 27

EVER dreamt of spending some time in Kate Moss’s bedroom? Well, now you can if you are prepared to pay more than £2.5m for the privilege.

In her latest move away from the world of catwalk modelling, Moss is turning her hand to interior design and has spent six months planning the interior of the new Barnhouse at the luxury Cotswolds development, the Lakes by Yoo, which is situated near Lechlade, Gloucestershire.

The style of Moss — who has given The Sunday Times Home section an exclusive tour around the house — is evident throughout the building.

A wall of pictures along the staircase features Sinatra, Dylan, Elvis and Sid Vicious, a topless shot of Moss herself and a black-and-white Linda McCartney portrait of Neil Young in his 1970s heyday. On it is scrawled “Hi Kate! Neil”.

“That’s my rogue’s gallery — they’re all mine,” Moss said.

It is not the only indication that the design has been done by someone who made her name in the world of fashion.

Asked what is the difference between designing a house in the country compared with the city, she replied: “One’s a welly, one’s a heel. You want to be cosy in the country. You spend two days away from London and it feels like four. You fit so much in.”

A corner view looking onto the swimming pool and lawn is described by her as “gorge” and the master bedroom — one of five bedrooms in the house — is filled with mirrored surfaces and a striking four-poster.

On the mirrored dressing table a vintage white Crosley record player has a cerise-pink vinyl copy of Blondie’s Rapture. “Back of the net! This kind of sums up me in a bedroom really,” Moss declared.

Some of the artwork in the house features her own work. “I did these with Jake and Dinos, the Chapman brothers,” she said, pointing out eight framed artworks.

“It was a collaboration called the Story of the Eye. I drew all the eyes and they finished it off. It’s mental, isn’t it? Look at the colours. They were in the Royal Academy for a bit.”

Unsurprisingly, colours are important to Moss in her design. “I hate those homes that are just beige and black and white,” she said.

There is also a reassuringly enormous television: “Oh, it’s all about a big telly. Don’t be ashamed.”

Moss, whose personal wealth is put at £55m, has designed sell-out clothing collections for Topshop and saw the opportunity to move into interiors as coming at just the right time for her.

After visiting her friend Jade Jagger’s house in the 650-acre lakeside project, she was introduced to John Hitchcox, the developer. Since starting the Lakes nine years ago, Hitchcox and his partners have built 90 homes around six lakes as weekend and holiday retreats that sell off-plan for between £1m and £4m.

The scheme already has model pedigree: Elle Macpherson designed the five-bedroom, 5,000sq ft Dock House.

Moss, 41, said: “When John said, ‘I’ve got a house in the woods and I’d like you to have a look at it,’ I was like: I’ve always wanted a house in the woods. Johnny Cash had a house in the woods that he took me to once.

“It [the Lakes] was the perfect project for me. It was the perfect timing, too . . . I’m branching out.”

Interior design may not be the last venture for Brand Moss. She makes her own jam, called Kate’s Sweet and Sticky, and while it is not on the market yet “you never know”.

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