The 4 most dangerous words in property investment

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Alexia Audrain designs hugging chair to comfort people with autism

Graduate designer Alexia Audrain has developed a chair with cocooning, inflatable walls that helps people with autism self-soothe when they are experiencing sensory overload.

Designed to emulate the feeling of being embraced, the Oto chair and its accompanying footrest squeeze the chest and legs via blow-up modules similar to those of a blood pressure monitor.

Oto hugging chair with inflatable walls
The Oto chair features inflatable walls that hug the user

This kind of deep pressure therapy has proven beneficial for people with autism, who can struggle with processing sensory information such as noise, light or physical contact, by helping them focus on the limits of their own body.

Normally, this requires help from another person by being tightly held, hugged or pinned to the ground. But with the Oto chair, Audrain hopes to introduce a sense of agency and dignity into the process.

Wooden cocoon chair by Alexia Audrain with footrest
A corresponding footrest applies pressure to the legs

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This charming Gloucestershire home is filled to the rafters with quaint character

Stone cottage? Tick! Thatched roof? Tick! Village location? Tick! Yes, folks, if you’re dreaming of the quintessential cottage home, then this place has it all.

Whether you’re after a country living room where you can enjoy a roaring fire in winter, or some open-plan kitchen ideas inspiration, Todthatch could be the property for you.

Set in a peaceful village close to Moreton-in-Marsh in Gloucestershire, this pretty semi-detached property is not only picture-perfect but up for sale.

Todthatch exterior

Image credit: Knight Frank

Approached through a gateway onto the private driveway, this partially-thatched Cotswold stone cottage has a stunning front garden. You can just see a slither of the terrace, where there’s plenty of space for al-fresco entertaining.

The gardens themselves back onto beautiful open fields and feature flower borders and two raised vegetable beds. From the front, you wouldn’t believe that the house includes three bedrooms, two reception rooms and … Read more

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An Elevated Take On Old Meets New

An Elevated Take On Old Meets New

Interiors

by Amelia Barnes

Hendra Project is an alterations and additions project by Wrightson Stewart, in collaboration with Barbara Bailey. Photo – Kylie Hood. Styling – Lynda Owen

Terracotta in the interiors draws on the scattering of terracotta-tiled roofs across Hendra, Brisbane. Photo – Kylie Hood. Styling – Lynda Owen

Wrightson Stewart drew inspiration from the Arts and Crafts movement and its philosophy of modest form and craftsmanship. Photo – Kylie Hood. Styling – Lynda Owen

The open-plan living area in the new addition. Photo – Kylie Hood. Styling – Lynda Owen

There is a strong geometry to the floor plan that encourages multiplicity of function. Photo – Kylie Hood. Styling – Lynda Owen

Shiplap joinery references the external weatherboarding. Photo – Kylie Hood. Styling – Lynda Owen

A joinery unit encourages exploration on the journey between the old and new structures. Photo

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Is a buyer’s agent just more money out the door?

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