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Contents Real homes

16  Simply beautiful

Moving their kitchen from the back to the front of the house enabled these homeowners to realise their dream design

30  Old fashioned charm

Combining their kitchen and dining room into one large open-plan space gave this family the traditional, yet modern, kitchen they love


45  Kitchen Dressing up

When it comes to storage a traditional dresser is a natural choice, allowing you to display as well as hide away

50  Living Finishing touches

30 Home comforts

88  Wonders in wool

Create handmade accessories with our gorgeous projects

91  Book corner

A touch of… pastels

Pull up a chair and make yourself comfortable, as we take a look at a selection of great new reads

54  Bathroom Shower power

92  Sweet pastry

The allure of showers comes down to design as well as practicality

60 Flooring Walk right in

The humble pie has become quite a culinary star. Cook up delicious versions at home with these great recipes

It’s essential to your home and comes in a variety of forms, but where do you start when it comes to flooring?

75  Bed Spring colour

Calm, happy shades to update your bedroom this season

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78  Bed Sleep on it

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9  Letter from the editor



See what’s in store in this month’s issue

10  Let’s go shopping

Out and about to find April’s best buys

58  Creating a beautiful home

Interior designer Mary Leslie talks colour

97  Stockist directory

Where to find the products featured in this month’s issue of the magazine


86  Win a fabulous shower from

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Editor’s letter

PUBLISHED Published by: Traditional Homes Limited Publisher: Colin Woolley Production Manager: Colin Halliday Publishing email: ADVERTISING Display: Robert Taylor Email: Classified: Jo Emin Email:

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A Victorian property in Yorkshire and a family home in west London

Welcome to the April issue of Traditional Homes & Interiors I don’t know about you but I love this time of year, the days are pulling out, the chills of winter are slowly disappearing and there’s lots of promise for summer to come. Everywhere you look nature is waking up. Flowers start to bloom, birds sing as they busy themselves building their nests, and there’s a lighter feel to life. It’s also traditionally the time of year when our thoughts turn to decorating and diy, so if you’re in need of a few ideas, read on. Our case studies this month are sure to inspire you (pages 16 and 30), while our feature on dressers, which you’ll find on page 45, includes styles to fit any kitchen scheme. Resident design expert Mary Leslie is full of good advice for using colour in your home (page 58), and speaking of colour, our Finishing Touches feature this month focuses on pastels (page 50). We also take a look at traditional showers (page 54) and gorgeous bedding for spring (page 75), get to the bottom of choosing different types of flooring, with our feature on page 60, and enjoy a spot of cooking, with our recipes on page 92. For me, a home is not just about what you buy, but what you make, adding a unique touch, which is why I’m delighted to introduce our new craft feature (page 88). This issue it includes instructions on knitting a cosy throw and chunky floor pillow. Now where are my knitting needles… Until next time


Design talk

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Flooring: how to choose and what to choose


Stylish and practical designs for the bathroom


A fabulous shower enclosure worth more than


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home ideas Beautiful buys

Lets Go Shopping

Out and about to find this month' s best buys

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home ideas Beautiful buys

Stirrup desk clock, £98.85, from DesResDesign

Arden Bellini roller blind, from £62 for a 61 x 61cm blind, at The Fabric Box

Watercress oval plate, £49.50, from the Richard Bramble Collection

Bone china mugs, £12 each, from Dee Hardwick

GAT Winner espresso pot in orange, from £36.95, at Top Gourmet | Traditional Homes

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home ideas Beautiful buys

The Marseille collection from Le Crueset includes this 24cm cast iron casserole, £140, petite round casserole, £15, stoneware rectangular dish, £26, and set of two ramekins, £14.50

Crochet cushion in cream and green, £12, from Matalan

Red Modern country vase set, £9, from Tesco

Rustica console table made from reclaimed hardwood, from £375, at Little Tree Furniture

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home ideas Beautiful buys

Brights cake tins, set of 2, £6.50, from Tesco

Lucky Clover salad server set, handmade in stainless steel, beech and glass, £39.95, from Styleabode

Herb Garden fragrance reed diffuser, £25 and candle, £20, from the Historic Royal Palaces collection by Ashleigh & Burwood | Traditional Homes

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home ideas Beautiful buys

Large Crazy Daisys mixing bowl, £38.50, from Portmeirion

Large enamel jug, £32, from The White Company Ladder shelving, £89.95. Also pictured are the Wild Rose diffuser, 19.95, and candle pot, £11.50, Love cushion, £39.95, and soft pink candle holders, £17.95, all from Riverdale

Nadia Sofa in bird’s egg and aqua blue, £2,695, from Parker and Farr

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Simply beautiful Moving their kitchen from the back to the front of the house enabled these homeowners to realise their dream design Photos: Nicholas Yarsley

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The Lacanche range cooker is topped by a powerful Westin extractor


hen it came to creating a new kitchen for this family home in West London, Robert Burnett, the award winning head of design at Holloways of Ludlow, had a challenge on his hands, not least because the room opened directly on to the street. “The original kitchen was a modern style with wood doors and bar handles, and it was situated at the back of the house,” he explains. “As part of a major house refurbishment, the

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client wanted the kitchen relocated to the front of the house, which features a large window and the main entrance.” His solution was pure genius – tall cabinetry that offers storage on all sides, positioned so it creates an entrance hall next to the front door, complete with space for coats, shoes and bags, yet is a major part of the kitchen also. This divider wall sections off the living/ dining area, providing privacy for the

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occupants, while maintaining the open-plan feel. On the kitchen side the cabinetry houses a large fridge freezer, as well as a practical pull-out larder; it also incorporates adjustable open shelving, which helps add to the spacious feel of the room. Robert explains: “The family were keen to keep things open and light, preferring shelves where required and avoiding any wall cabinets. They wanted a traditional, but simple, timeless design.”

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Real Homes Timeless design Material World A mixture of tulip wood and oak was selected for the handmade cabinetry, which was hand painted in a bespoke colour from Papers and Paints. There’s a natural Italian black slate worktop around the sink and cooker, and a solid oak surface on the island. “These materials were chosen mainly for their authenticity,” reveals Robert. They will age

gracefully and show all the scars of a well loved and used kitchen.” Drawer fronts, doors and shelves are a combination of a classic Shaker design in a plain frame, and a flat fronted design within a beaded frame. This traditional look is enhanced with modern touches, such as soft closing drawer runners, and high tech appliances, including Fisher & Paykel dish drawers, a Lacanche range

The island was designed on legs to enhance the feeling of space in the room. It is positioned to enable free movement around the kitchen

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cooker and Westin extractor. It was the extractor that posed a challenge for the designer and builders – how to make it work efficiently in a five-storey terrace house. The solution, says Robert, was “a very powerful external motor that sat on top of the chimney stack alongside the remaining chimney pots. The air had to travel up five storeys to exit due to planning restrictions.”

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Designer advice Before buying a new kitchen‌ Focus on the design of the overall space, and not only the kitchen in isolation, and get the kitchen design finalised before starting building work, to avoid limiting the potential of what can be achieved.

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The tall cabinetry divides the open-plan kitchen and living space from the entrance to the property, creating a hall in the process and providing a place to hang coats

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Pendant lamps suspended above the island become a design feature, as well as providing essential task lighting for the cook working below

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Deep drawers provide storage space for kitchen essentials Creating the look In planning their dream kitchen the owners knew they wanted an open space for dining and entertaining, they also knew they wanted a traditional look, but “they were struggling to achieve the look they liked with the functionality they needed, in the space available”, says Robert. Working with their designer they were able to translate their ideas into reality. Their desire for a light, airy feel to the room was achieved through the use of neutral colours – on the cabinetry, the limestone

floor and handmade wall tiles. The dining table and chairs contribute to this ambiance, while the large mirror on the wall reflects light back into the room. Even the island has been designed to enhance the spaciousness and simplicity of the room – it was deliberately designed with legs to enhance the open aesthetic. Most of the furniture and fixtures were purchased specifically for the new space, with the family searching out unusual, interesting and often handmade fixtures and fittings from all over Europe, says Robert. “They have | Traditional Homes

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Real Homes Timeless design a love of interiors and their choices really add character to the kitchen design. “The absence of wall cabinets, the open shelves and the island have all contributed to a kitchen that looks light, calm and understated,” he says. “This has enabled the owners to dress the kitchen with colourful pendants, and an array of books and ornaments, which bring this kitchen to life and add to its individuality.”

Shopping information Holloways of Ludlow bespoke kitchens start from £25,000 Product information Worktops – natural slate from TNC Granite Sink – Blanco Claron 700-U Taps – Perrin and Rowe Ionian Two Hole sink mixer with lever handles and rinse; Quooker boiling water tap Fridge freezer – Siemens CI36BP00 integrated fridge freezer Dishwasher – Fisher & Paykel DD60DHI6 integrated double dishdrawer Cooker – Lacanche Saulieu cooker Extractor – Westin made to order Table – Holloways of Ludlow Pendant lights – Holloways of Ludlow Floor tiles – Fired Earth

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reating a 21st century living space in this detached four-bedroom Victorian property, while at the same time retaining its 19th century feel, was no mean feat for bespoke kitchen company The Secret Drawer. Stockbroker Rupert Fenton and his wife Emma had commissioned the company to transform their home in Rathmell, North

Yorkshire. The couple wanted a contemporary layout and the latest high-tech appliances, but didn’t want the traditional appeal of the property compromised in the process. The answer was to remove a two-foot thick wall between the existing kitchen and dining room, creating one space in which to house a cooking and living zone. This though then

created another potential problem – the size of the new room. According to Richard Mason, designer for Yorkshire-based The Secret Drawer: “Both the beauty and the greatest challenge of this project was the large space that the removal of the dividing wall between the former kitchen and dining room created. | Traditional Homes

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“We had to ensure that the key elements of the kitchen – the cooker, fridge and sink – were not too far away from each other,” he continues. Richard decided to incorporate two islands into the layout, which not only solved

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the problem of prep space conveniently situated for the kitchen triangle of sink, fridge freezer and cooker, but also provided a welcome informal dining area. Having a second island also prevented that side of the room from feeling too empty,

something that can be problematic in such a large space. “The solution of the two islands provided access around the kitchen as well as serving to create separate food preparation and breakfast bar seating functions,” says Richard.

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A large room can sometimes feel empty. Here, a second island prevents this happening. It provides extra storage and prep space, and balances the layout

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The bespoke dining table is a good match with the family's existing dining chairs and corner cabinet. The table extends to accommodate up to 12 people, so is ideal for entertaining

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Real Homes Yorkshire pride Bespoke cabinetry Crafting the islands in pippy oak gave a complete contrast to the simple painted cabinetry, finished in Lamp Room grey. Keeping wall units to a minimum also contributed to the traditional look of the kitchen, while opting for integrated appliances – including dishwasher, coffee machine and warming drawer – meant the family could enjoy cutting edge technology without it being on display. The islands and cabinets are topped by honed African black granite worktops, while the main prep island also incorporates a chunky curved butcher’s block in sycamore. A double bowl Belfast sink continues the traditional feel, which finds its acme in the reconditioned fouroven Aga that sits within the chimney breast. This though is no historical piece of architecture – the feature was designed by Richard specifically to frame the Aga, giving the impression of an original fireplace.

Furniture for the Future Their love of the traditional means the Fentons could include pieces of their existing furniture in the new kitchen scheme without it looking out of place – the dining chairs, oak corner cabinet and dresser are all items they owned before the conversion and they complement the space beautifully. The handcrafted pippy oak table though was commissioned from The Secret Drawer and will surely become a family heirloom: it features carvings of each family member’s signature and a favourite quotation, making it a unique item to treasure. Practically speaking, the table can seat up to 12 diners when extended, so it’s ideal for parties and formal entertaining. The look of the room was completed with new windows that match the design of the existing sash windows, but with the added benefit of double glazing. An oak window seat was crafted so the family could relax and

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Real Homes Yorkshire pride enjoy views of the garden, and the main Georgian window shutters were restored. Of course the company’s trademark secret drawer was also hidden by craftsmen somewhere in the handmade cabinetry. "We had a family competition to see who would be the first to find our secret drawer,” reveals Emma. “It took us two or three days to find it, but eventually Rupert won.”

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Ideas for the Home Kitchen

As well as being practical a dresser should bring beauty to a room, something this solid oak dresser from Mereway Kitchens manages easily. It’s from the English Revival collection and is shown in Natural Oak and Indian Plum. Other colours are available and prices start from £3,500

Dressing up When it comes to storage a traditional dresser is a natural choice, allowing you to display as well as hide away


n the days of non-fitted kitchens, dressers were a common sight in many homes. Their drawers and cupboards were filled with pans, pots and the paraphernalia of family life, while treasured mementos, photographs or Sunday best crockery graced their open shelves. Perhaps the most wellknown type was the Welsh dresser, which though still popular today, has been joined by a multitude of different designs incorporating

more modern-day features such as adjustable shelves, glazed panels and internal lighting. Though kitchen design moves, on there will always be a place for the dresser, whatever its form. The more ornate examples are particularly suited to traditional style kitchens, but contemporary designs can work in any scheme. Such a piece of freestanding

furniture also becomes a potential heirloom, with the possibility to pass it on to children or grandchildren, something you can’t easily do with a fitted kitchen. According to Simon Baird of the Kitchen Dresser Company: “Kitchen dressers are timeless pieces of freestanding furniture and will always be cherished, especially by people who had one in their family’s kitchen when they were growing up.” | Traditional Homes

Interiors | 4 5 Expanding circular Jupe’s table in crotch mahogany The original Jupes tables were manufactured between 1835 and 1840 and are extremely rare, fetching up to nearly $500,000 at auction. The swivel action top is formed of eight spinout triangular segments with additional leaves to expand the table top which is raised on a substantial centre turned pillar and four turned columns on a concave platform base. The handmade internal capstan action and inset corners are of solid brass construction. The table is accompanied by an appropriate baize lined leaf cabinet. Diameter 60 expanding to 84 Height 30 in. £10,060 Available in pollard oak and alternative sizes.

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As well as cupboards and drawers for storage, this Suffolk glazed dresser from Kit Stone also sports a handy wine rack at its base. Handpainted in Honed Slate, it is available in more than 20 colours and three sizes, and features integral lighting and a solid oak worktop. From £1,850

Smaller spaces can work the dresser look as well as larger ones, the key is to keep everything in proportion. This Henley dresser in oak from Neptune. measures H209 x W92cm x D49cm and costs from £1,795

The Warm Oak finish on this traditional-style Welsh dresser makes it look like it has been around for centuries. Handcrafted from solid English Pippy and Character Oak, the Canterbury Salisbury dresser from Royal Oak is available in a variety of finishes and sizes; the dresser shown measures H200 x W138 x D46cm and costs £6,695

The curved top and base, together with the distressed cream finish on this Cottage Chic dresser give a distinctly country feel, which is enhanced by the acacia worktop. It measures H191 x W120 x D38cm and costs £630

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Ideas for the Home Kitchen

What better way to display your favourite kitchen items than on a dresser, here framed by a castellated cornice and open shelving. Cornell from Second Nature offers ample storage, so there’s a place for everything. Available in 15 colours, Cornell is shown here in alabaster and willow. Dressers start from £1,500

Not all dressers feature glazed cabinets and open displays. This cream painted bespoke version from Simon Taylor Furniture is more about storage than show, but when you open the distinctive bi-fold doors your favourite crockery and glassware are revealed. The base features deep drawers, which are ideal for hiding away bulky pans. From £3,600

In the luxury of a spacious kitchen a large dresser can provide a focal point to the layout. This bespoke Parsonage dresser in Plover is available in a variety of sizes and colours from the Kitchen Dresser Company. The model shown features an oak worktop and glass handles, and costs £3,930 choosing a dresser: ■■ Think about the features you need before you buy – plate racks, open shelving, drawers, cupboards or a combination of all of these. ■■ Measure the space available before choosing and buying a dresser. ■■ Are you going to use the worktop for display or storage? Again check the size.

For a dresser personalised to your style and taste, go for bespoke, that way you can liaise with your craftsman to come up with a design you love. This handmade, tulip wood dresser from Underwood Furniture has a shaker-style door and an oak worktop, boasts masses of storage space and is finished in a tranquil white shade. It measures an impressive H210 x W300 x D60cm and costs from £7,500

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■■ How deep are the drawers and cupboards – are they large enough to store large pans and dishes? Opting for a bespoke dresser means you can have the features you most desire. This solid ash handpainted cream dresser from Sola Kitchens features adjustable shelves, cutlery inserts, plate inserts, spice racks and integral lighting. It also comes in any size. Prices start from £1,800

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■■ If you have young children consider the height of the worktop and if possible, opt for lockable doors to prevent little fingers being caught in them.

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Bespoke pippy oak kitchen in sugared violet by The Secret Drawer, from £40,000 Madelaine organic cotton oven gloves in lavender from Ochre & Ocre, £16

Pink candy stripe tea, coffee and sugar holders Premier Housewares, £6.99 each

Quilted cushion from Pinch of Salt Home, £20

Bon Bon four-piece mug set from Sabichi, £5

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Set of four cupcake egg cups, from Premier Housewares, £7.99

Home ideas Finishing touches

Green 50s-style magnetic kitchen timer by Drift Living, £9.50

Pink duck cushion from Milton & Manor, £28

Atelier white wood framed mirror from Dobbies Garden Centres, £60

Pink candy stripe cake tin from Premier Housewares, £19.99

Embossed teal plate from Dunelm Mill, £2.49

Scrunch Belgian linen cushions in pink, charcoal, heather, natural and grey, from Loaf, £55 each | Traditional Homes

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Home ideas Finishing touches

Glamour Jewel roller blind from The Fabric Box, from £62 for 61 x 61cm blind

Tress Cushion from the Moorish Collection by Sian Elin, £60

Mezzo series stoneware in mint, rose and white from Nordic Elements. Cup £11.50, bowl £17.25, breakfast/lunch plate £17.25

Chicken cushions in green and duck egg blue from Milton & Manor, from £18

Parasol stripe cushions from the Orchard Silks collection by James Hare. Fabric from £55 per metre | Traditional Homes

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Bathrooms April showers

This chrome plated, thermostatic bath shower mixer from The Radiator and Bathroom Gallery features a curved shower arm, 23cm shower rose, diverter, cradle and soap basket. Minimum bar pressure required is 1. It costs £917

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The allure of showers comes down to design as well as practicality


s the popularity of showers has grown so we have become more selective in what we’re buying. It’s no longer enough to simply be practical and offer a quick way of washing, showers today have to look good and perform. Design – as in all other areas of the home – has forged its way into the bathroom and whether your taste is traditional, minimalist, cutting edge or kitsch, showers have to fit their décor. And it’s not just the overall look we’re talking about here, but the shape and style of the individual components, explains David Osborne, managing director of Roman Showers: “The look and design of the showerhead has become just as

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important as the performance. Larger drench heads have become a popular style choice, as they give a more dramatic look to the showering space.” Functionality is also key, says David. “Our most popular styles are those that offer multifunction. So alongside the attractive drench head, which offers a lovely rainfall effect, people also want a multi-mode hand shower. This then offers massage settings and is height adjustable, making it perfect for the entire family.” Body jets, waterfall spouts, chromatherapy, aromatherapy, the choice is limitless when it comes to design, whether you’re after a compact enclosure for an en suite, or creating a home spa sanctuary.

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Advances in technology have also had an impact – thermostatic valves eliminate scalding risk, aerating the water creates larger droplets, helping conserve resources and remote digital controls enable users to programme in preferred shower settings, switch the shower on and off, and control temperature, even from another room. Finally, with ever decreasing natural resources and ever increasing household bills, showers – compared to baths – are a way to save water and save money. According to the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, a shower uses around 40% less water than a bath, and with a bath requiring a minimum of 100 litres of water, that’s quite a saving.

Bathrooms April showers

Taking its inspiration from the Belle Epoque era, Showerpipe from the Axor Montreux bathroom collection features a 24cm fixed overhead shower and a hand shower with two spray intensities – normal and soft. Available in a brushed or polished nickel, or chrome finish, the shower features white ceramic detail and thermostatic controls. Minimum 3 bar pressure. From £1,890

Dual from Aqualisa sports thermostatic controls, an adjustable drencher head and a height adjustable hand shower. Finished in chrome it operates on minimum 1 bar pressure. Prepare for a soaking. Dual retails at £643

The hexagonal design on the Eccelsa shower and hand shower was first introduced at the end of the 1920s by Rubinetterie Stella, the oldest tap manufacturer in Italy. It is available through the Grand Tour Collection and comes in various finishes including gold, silver, chrome, nickel and, as shown here, protected brass. Minimum 1.5 bar pressure. This version costs £2,717

Available in antique gold, chrome, pewter and nickel finishes, the Traditional Bath and Shower Mixer from Perrin & Rowe features a crosshead or lever tap, and is floor mounted. It requires a minimum .5 bar pressure and costs from £1,088

This bar valve shower from Roman boasts a five-mode hand shower, a 20cm fixed drench head and user-friendly cross handles, as well as a height adjustable riser rail. It requires a minimum 1 bar pressure and costs £650 | Traditional Homes

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Bathrooms April showers

Tips for buying a shower ■■ Check the pressure of your water system and the pressure needed by the shower you’re considering ■■ You need to know what type of boiler and hot water system you have before buying your shower ■■ If space is limited consider concealing the pipework in a wall so there’s more space in the enclosure ■■ Measure the available space before choosing an enclosure ■■ If you have children consider a height-adjustable shower ■■ A separate handset will be useful if you have children and will come in handy when cleaning the shower, too

This classic design from Hansgrohe incorporates air injection technology to produce a bubbly spray that uses less water. The Raindance Royale fixed shower head is a gorgeous 35cm and there’s also a hand shower with three spray modes for total flexibility. Minimum 3 bar pressure. For the fixed head, thermostatic mixer and Raindance Classic 100 Air 3 jet hand shower expect to pay around £3,273

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The overhead arm of this Victoria shower brings an unusual design touch to the enclosure, as well as serving as a bracing bar. Finished in chrome and with a minimum 0.2 bar pressure, the Victoria integrated 1000 shower panel with 1400 level entry shower tray is by Heritage Bathrooms and costs from £2,756

The Aquaglass closing walk-in enclosure from Frontline promises a luxurious showering experience. It is shown here with the Ixos triple concealed thermostatic shower valve, 30cm fixed head shower and height adjustable square hand shower in chrome. Minimum .5 bar pressure. Total cost around £1,520

A blend of contemporary technology and 1920s-inspired design, the freestanding Spittal by Drummonds certainly has wow factor. Thermostatic controls, four upright water jets and a fixed shower head blend seamlessly with a traditional cast iron tray and solid brass frame. The enamelled tray is available in any colour, while the frame is finished in chrome or nickel. Minimum 1 bar pressure. From £20,340

Le Thermo from Catchpole & Rye is the epitome of old fashioned style for modernday living. Shown in polished brass, its exposed pipework creates a focal point in the bathroom, while the thermostatic valve gives you total control. The shower rose is available in a choice of three sizes – 20, 25 or 30cm. Also available in silver nickel or chrome, minimum 2 bar pressure. From £1,200

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Design Talk Creating a beautiful home

Add colour accents to soft furnishings and accessories, as shown in this kitchen by Richard Baker Furniture. Kitchens from £30,000

Colour codes Is your home a vibrant violet or a calm cream? Your colour scheme preferences can reveal much about you, says Mary Leslie


am always fascinated by the way people’s personalities are reflected in the colours they are drawn to. Anyone who has had their colours analysed by an image consultant will already know where they fit into the winter, spring, summer or autumn colour palettes. Often the same is reflected in the home. But it goes deeper than that, and whether you appear confident, timid, calm, fiery, a trend setter or a trend follower, will be apparent in the way you decorate your home. A good interior designer will learn about your character and establish your colour palette early on in the design process. If you are not employing a designer then you need to follow a few rules to ensure you are comfortable with the final results, and the simpler your approach is to your colour schemes, the easier they will be to create. Your first consideration should be the orientation of your rooms – consider the position of the sun, and whether light will be strongest in the morning or afternoon. It is best to avoid cold colours, such as blue or

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grey, in north facing rooms, which will not be warmed by direct sunlight. Equally, too many hot colours such as red and orange can be overwhelming in a room flooded by sunlight. Also, bear in mind that light colours do not necessarily lighten a dark room. I always think warm, dark colours such as red, teal or aubergine look wonderful in basement rooms or spaces without natural light, and you can use vibrant hues, such as orange and hot pink, as accents to do wonders in what would be otherwise gloomy spaces. When planning your colour schemes remember that some colours will be seen as large blocks and others as hints and accents. Your eyes will focus on the predominant planes of colour, such as the curtains, sofas, beds, walls and floors, and where you have large expanses of carpet or wood avoid too many changes between rooms. Too many changes confuse the eye and interrupt the flow from one space to the other. A basic scheme can be enlivened by flashes of colour, which provide highlights

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Rich colours can add warmth to a room. Smarty chair in aubergine velvet fabric, £999, from Multiyork

design Talk Creating a beautiful home and complement the mood of the room. These could take the form of cushions, throws, plants, ornaments, pictures, lamps or table settings. Furniture and fittings also add colour, so consider smaller pieces in gilt, brass, bronze, nickel, glass, wood or paint finishes. These, and mirrors, will bring life and sparkle to your room. One rule I learned long ago that I still bear in mind to this day is that every room should have a touch of black. When pulling together a scheme you can also use texture to add depth. Different types of fabric in the same colour react to light in different ways, for example silks and velvets catch and reflect the light in the way that ‘dry’ fabrics, such as linen and cotton, do not; a pale blue crunchy silk or taffeta will look completely different to the same colour in twill or cotton damask. I advise you not to have too many colours in each scheme. Even if you plan to decorate your home in phases it is a good idea to consider the schemes for all of the rooms at the same time. A home where the colour schemes flow into one another always has more impact than one where unrelated schemes pop up from room to room. A professional designer will prepare sample boards showing the fabrics and finishes for each room, so you can lay them out together to ensure the whole house is cohesive. Even if you are working on your own, I suggest you should do the same. It is best to look at the boards in both natural and electric light, and at different times of the day. Make sure the

Opting for the same flooring across different zones of an open-plan layout helps the design flow and unites the space. Montreal Oak flooring from the Transform collection by Moduleo. Prices start from £19.99/m² electric light you use is the same as the one in the final space, otherwise the finished look might not match your expectations. When you have sorted out your colour schemes you will almost certainly find that several colours run from room to room, albeit in different guises, and these are the ones I would have looked for to reflect your personality had I been working with you. Finally, even if you do think of yourself as a trendsetter, bear in mind that you may have

Black adds drama to any colour scheme, but don’t go overboard. The cream and wooden cabinetry of this in-frame Milton Kitchen balance the look beautifully. Second Nature kitchens start from £14,000

to live with your choices for a long time. The colours that work for you will be the ones you instinctively enjoy, not the ones that look ahead of the pack. If you are not entirely comfortable with them – don’t use them.


ary Leslie works with clients across the UK and overseas from two offices in London and Perthshire. She founded her interior design company in 1996 after having worked for several of London’s leading interior designers. If there were such a thing as a Mary Leslie look it would combine a creative use of colour, form and function with elegance, comfort and sensitivity to clients’ needs. Mary and her team are happy to undertake the full range of interior architectural services and they specialise in bespoke joinery. Whatever the project they ensure the highest attention to detail and standard of finish. As Interior Decorators they design, source and supply furniture, curtains, upholstery, carpets, fixtures, materials, lighting, antiques, works of art and accessories. For further information visit Mary’s website at | Traditional Homes

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Ideas for your Home Flooring

Antonio travertine tumbled from Kit Stone, around £35.95/m²

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Ideas for your Home Flooring

Chateau oak, brushed engineered brown oak, from Topps Tiles, six planks per pack, £52.99


ood, ceramic, stone, vinyl or laminate, carpet, rug or runner – when it comes to floor coverings the choices seem endless. Final decisions will rest to a greater or lesser extent on individual taste, but there is a common starting point to all types of flooring – before you buy think about the space and how it is to be used. “You have to make sure a floor can live up to what your family are going to put it through and the weight that it will need to

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Ideas for your Home Flooring

Chelsea Chevron oak flooring from Urbane Living, in prime grade or rustic grade, engineered oak or solid oak, with a waxed finish. Size 14.8cm x 90cm, from £106.20/m²

“Tiles are easy to combine,

Parquet luxury vinyl flooring, designed by Neisha Crossland for Harvey Maria. Available in charcoal, sage, stone and turquoise, shown, £42.95/m²

mix and match and give you lots of creative freedom bringing a personal touch to an everyday space.

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Vintage Victorian mosaic pattern tiles in Roura from the 1900 range by Vives, created using ink jet technology. Available in 12 plain colours and 10 patterns, from Tile Supplies. From £49.99/m²

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hold,” explains Brad Crosthwaite, director at the Cheshire Tile Studio. So a fluffy carpet would work in a bedroom but not so much in the hall where there’s a high foot fall, while a wooden floor in the kitchen in hardwearing oak may be too harsh in the bedroom, where comfort is often the sought after vibe. You also need to consider the look you are trying to create, says David Bigland, MD of Moduleo Floors. “.For a living or dining room, you may want to consider carpet, warm wooden tones, or perhaps a rug. Bathrooms or the kitchen on the other hand may benefit from a tiled-effect floor. If you are keen to create space, then large planks or tiles can be helpful to open up any room in the house.” With regards to the look you’re after, you also need to decide if the floor is to be a subtle background to the room or a prominent feature of it – as Crosthwaite puts it: “Do you want your floor to be the main attraction or the supporting cast to a headliner, such as the kitchen or fireplace.”


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Canada White Wash tiles by Porcelanosa, 19.3 x 120cm, £105.10/m²

This HD Origin Keystone slate-look porcelain tile is by British Ceramic Tile. It comes in mocha and stone, shown, each tile measures 40 x 60cm and it costs from £22/m²

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Ideas for your Home Flooring

Tibor limestone from Stone Age, from £137/m²

“Always a traditional material

in British homes, stone flooring has returned to become one of the strongest contemporary trends.

Rebecca Cherrington, head of projects, Lapicida Shades of grey? When it comes to colour again the choices are endless. A light, neutral tone will open up the room and give an illusion of more space, while darker shades draw in a room, but are warming, so are great in a larger area. Neutral does not mean bland and could incorporate a little colour or small pattern, which you would then pick out in soft furnishings and accessories. Oates advises: “Buy flooring before buying your upholstery and curtains, it is easier to match fabrics to flooring than the other way around.” He adds: “Don’t buy anything in haste, live in the space before making decisions.” If outgoing is more your style then bold colours and strong designs can really lift a room, adding interest and drama, but remember to tone it down in wall colours and furniture to avoid overkill.

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Ideas for your Home Flooring

Selection Oak porcelain tiles with a matt finish from Surface Tiles. Available in six colours and five floorboard-style sizes, from £109.92/m²

Antique reclaimed 17th century Lyon terracotta from Lapicida, £288/m²

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both new and reclaimed flooring in oak, pine and elm infact our traditional oak flooring is indistinguishable from genuine reclaimed boarding. All Masco new flooring is responsibly sourced , importing the highest quality kiln dried boards which are carefully prepared in-house to give a finish appropriate for listed buildings or heritage work. At Masco we specialise in long wide boards but can supply our flooring in a selection of widths to suit the individual project. Our quality engineered Oak board is the perfect solution for wide plank flooring that is resistant to swelling, twisting, warping and shrinkage compatible with underfloor heating and areas such as bathrooms with high humidity. At Masco you will find large quantities of reclaimed  Edwardian and Victorian board pine board all stored on-site in dry conditions having been carefully lifted, denailed and trimmed. Geometric, encaustic and quarry tile flooring is also increasingly popular and our partners The Vintage Floor Tile Company have the largest stocks in the UK which cover many tile styles from the Victorian era through to 1950’s.The Vintage Floor Tile Company offers a gorgeous selection of original floors, complete floors can be purchased to create your own hardwearing yet eye-catching feature as well as individual tiles to restore an existing original floor. All these tiles are available for viewing at our tile showroom in Gloucestershire. We would be happy to welcome you at our showroom near Stroud telephone number 01285 760 886 or visit the website

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Inspired by Nature porcelain tiles from the Cheshire Tile Studio. Available in six colours including warm grey, shown. £75/m²

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welcoming touch to any hall or stairway, instantly transforming a dark entrance into a warm space.

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Material World The type of floor covering you opt for will be influenced by your way of life as much as the likely traffic. So if you’re a busy mum then porcelain tiles that are easy to clean may be your top priority, whereas for an elderly homeowner the comfort provided by carpets could be the deciding factor. Stone floors require maintenance – sealing as well as cleaning, and wooden floors also need a little tlc, such as conditioning oils or wax, but hard floors are easier to clean than carpets. Carpets can harbour dust mites and hold a greater amount of dirt, which can be problematic, especially for allergy sufferers. On the other hand, older properties can be draughty and carpets help prevent this, they also absorb noise.

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Masai 100 per cent wool flatweave runner by Roger Oates Floors & Fabrics in indigo. Other colours are gold, tobacco, madder, oatmeal and emerald. £112 per linear metre

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Ideas for your Home Flooring

Fontanarosa porcelain floor tiles with satin glazed finish from the Renaissance Collection at Craven Dunnill. Available in ice or muted grey beige, shown, they come in two sizes: 600 x 600mm and 600 x 300mm. Around £37.50/m² | Traditional Homes

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Ideas for your Home Flooring

Verdon Oak is from the Transform collection of luxury vinyl flooring by Moduleo. It costs from £19.99/m²

“ Using darker timbers in a large plank form is a great way of applying a traditional look with a contemporary twist. Mike Richardson, general manager, Kersaint Cobb

Hot stuff Stone or tile floors can be cold to walk on, not so nice, especially in winter, which is where underfloor heating comes in. Not all floors are suitable for this though, which you should bear in mind if it’s something you think you might decide to go for later. Of course the best time to install underfloor heating is when the floor is installed, and depending on what type you buy it can be fitted DIY or by a professional. According to Michiel Bester, technical manager of Speedheat UK, underfloor heating is becoming both more popular and easier to install. “Advances in electrical engineering have created a new generation of controllable, super efficient systems, which are less under the floor and more radiant surface heating, like an electric blanket nestling just under your chosen floor finish. Because these systems are laid on top of the sub floor and sealed with an ultra-thin layer of special screed, they are straightforward to install, doing away with the need to dig down and avoiding any noticeable increase in floor levels.”

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Heritage parquet in museum, from kersaint cobb, £45/m²

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Electrical underfloor heating system by Speedheat, price on application

Cable carpet in polypropylene from Carpetright, available in 12 colours including grey, shown. £45/m²

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Ideas for your Home Flooring

“ Porcelain tiles are incredibly

practical and very robust. You can throw anything at them and you won’t damage them.

Jules Archard, sales manager, Surface Tiles

Victorian modular floor tiles from Tons of Tiles, from £22.99/m²

Anti slip porcelain tiles in Harmony, from the Stone and Ceramic Warehouse shown in ivory and also available in beige, grey, tobacco and jute. Sizes 30 x 60cm and 60 x 60cm, £47.40/m² | Traditional Homes

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Ideas for your Home Flooring

“Among the strongest, most

enduring looks are the warm, grey tones of native stone, which is at its most beautiful when reclaimed from old buildings, restored and then relaid in new locations.

Rebecca Cherrington, head of projects, Lapicida

Frame by Refin in Majolica, rectified porcelain floor tile from Tons of Tiles, 60 x 60cm, £49.99/m²

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Trendsetters Fashion affects floors as it does most other areas of life. Currently, this goes hand in hand with digital technology to create a style that is becoming increasingly popular – porcelain tiles that look like wood. “You get the best of the natural look but with none of the downsides,” explains Brad from the Cheshire Tile Studio. “The surface looks textured and incredibly realistic, but it’s smooth – a trick of the eye and a real talking point for guests.” Ana Martinez from the Spanish Tile Association agrees: “Wood effect tiles have turned out to be a popular flooring choice. They combine the best of both worlds – the elegant and warm aesthetics of wood with the asy-clean durability of porcelain and compatibility with under floor heating.” Technology is also having a huge impact in recreating styles from the past, says Jules Archard, sales manager at Surface tiles. “Ink jet technology means it’s possible to paint the most incredibly complex patterns on to tiles and there’s a big trend for Victorian-style encaustic designs.” Machines that recreate the look of scarce natural resources, such as teak or mahogany, on sustainable materials, and allow us to enjoy designs from yesteryear at an accessible price, well, that can’t be bad.

Bedrooms Rest and relaxation

Lolarose duvet, £239, pillowcases, £69 each, and throw, £229, from the Garden of Impressions collection by Yves Delorme

Spring into colour T Calm, happy shades to update your bedroom this season

he days are becoming longer and warmer, the sun is shining at last and it is becoming easier to get out of bed in the morning. Now is the time to pack away your heavyweight quilts and welcome in another spring, full of hope for a good summer ahead, with cottons, linens and lightweight throws. Let us inspire you with our pick of the season’s spring greens… creams and florals. | Traditional Homes

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Bedrooms Rest and relaxation headboards are “Upholstered the big fashion story in bedrooms, and they are the perfect starting place to start co-ordinating, with cushions, curtains, blinds and even lampshades. Today’s fabric trends are about clever co-ordination – take a plain fabric and use it with patterned and textured materials to achieve a relaxed, informal look which is very now.

Saffron Hare, sales director, James Hare

Vintage bed linen from the Vintage Linen Barn, including embroidered cover, £135, vintage ladder edged and embroidered pillowcase, £34, and white pillowcases with hand crocheted edging, £22 each

Elizabeth Hurley Persian bedding, £58 for a double duvet, from World Stores

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Emilie bedding is made from 100 per cent Belgian linen and has a floral sprig design. The colourway is cloud grey on white, and a double duvet costs £150. Also shown is the Loire 100 per cent cotton throw in natural, which costs £120; both from The White Company

This Vivid Living blanket, from the Scarlet & Argent collection, is made from pure lambswool and is available in five colours including olive, shown. The kingsize version costs £145 and matching cushions are £70 each, by Hainsworth

Kane grey floral pillowcases in 100 per cent cotton, £30 for a set of two, from Andrew Martin

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Fyfield duvet in rose, from £79 for a single, up to £109 for a super-king size; pillowcases – Oxford and housewife styles available – £25 for two, from Christy

White Oxford frill pillowcase, £15, from John Lewis

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BEDROOMS Rest and relaxation

Sleep on it

The Bobbin bed from Loaf is constructed from solid wood, despite looking like metal. It is painted in calming off white and wax finished. Available in double, kingsize and superking versions, prices start from ÂŁ645

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uying a bed takes a lot of consideration before you get to the point of handing over your money. It’s not enough to base your decision on how the bed looks – though of course that is important – you need to lie, and sit and roll over on the product, just as you would while sleeping, so you get a feel for it. “When choosing a bed, we recommend that people should always go and try it before they buy,” advises Chris Ward, marketing director for Hypnos beds. “It’s surprising how many people don’t actually do this.” When it comes to design, take into account your existing bedroom décor and the space you have available as well as the bed itself. “You’ll probably think about the style of bed first,” says Emma Drew, marketing manager at “Start with the headboard. Are you looking for an

upholstered headboard, a wooden one or an iron one, contemporary or traditional? “Next, consider what sort of base you like? Do you want a bed on legs that means you can vacuum underneath, or would you like a divan base?” If you have limited storage then a divan base with built-in drawers could be a godsend,

but there are lots of options to choose from if you yearn for a traditional frame , including wood, metal and painted styles. Comfort and support After the bed, comes the crucial part – the mattress. “Do you like a soft, medium or firm mattress? If you have any back or joint issues

There is a strong trend at the moment for classic furniture because it suits virtually any setting. Look for beds and bedroom furniture in timeless shapes with today’s subtle hand painted finishes in neutral shades, such as chalk white, greys and taupe.

Illustrators Juliet Thornback and Delia Peel designed the fabric for this Angelica double bed, inspired in part by Beatrix Potter’s Mr McGregor’s garden. Rabbits and Cabbages costs £1,360 at

Ryan McNeish, head of design, Halo

Available in two lightly distressed matt paint finishes, Chalk White, shown, and Charleston Grey, this Bayswater sleigh bed is made from poplar wood and costs from £1,075 at Halo | Traditional Homes

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BEDROOMS Rest and relaxation

Regency Hampton king-size mattress and divan set, £3,225, from Hypnos you’ll also need to bear these in mind when choosing,” says Emma. “Spend as much as you can possibly afford. Don’t view your mattress purchase as the bit you can skimp on at the end. After all, life’s busy, most of us spend around 30 per cent of our time in bed and nothing makes life better than a great night’s sleep.” As with beds, you’re will find yourself faced with lots of products to choose from – pocket sprung, open coil or non-sprung, to name but a few. Take your time, try them out and seek advice. Hypnos specialises in handmade pocket sprung mattresses. “They are designed to actively minimise pressure points on the body, helping to increase blood circulation and alleviate tension, which in turn allows muscles to relax,” explains Chris. “The independent movement of each individual pocket spring means the mattress will mould

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This Lily day bed in cream features cast iron fittings. It costs £499, from the Wrought Iron & Brass Bed Company

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Something Different in the Bedroom?


ariety is the spice of life – or so they say. And when it comes to something special, unusual and different in the bedroom leading supplier King of Cotton has got a few new ideas. For sheets and pillowcases you cannot beat the pure natural cleanness of 100 percent Egyptian cotton. But even in the realms of Egyptian cotton things are changing with the new ‘Radial’ design just launched by King of Cotton. This contemporary styled grey cotton bedding with its polka-dot design adds a new dimension to the look of the bedroom and features retro look buttons. The Radial range includes sheets, duvet covers and pillowcases. For the home maker it opens up new

opportunities for the person who wants something out of the ordinary. Just such a creative idea would be the addition of a bed-runner and a good example is the new Diamond Weave range from King of Cotton. These runners, which are designed and woven in pure cotton in Portugal, drape beautifully across the bed adding a touch of colour in such a way that they can almost be considered an interior design option. With its grey version the Diamond Weave runner, along with the matching pillowcases, could make the perfect accompaniment to the Radial bedding range. With these runners costing just £22.65 for a single they really are an affordable choice. The Diamond Weave range comes in seven captivating colours, includes full bed throws and can be machine washed and tumble dried. Throws and bedspreads are really important for helping to create a special look in the bedroom and King of Cotton has a wonderfully wide range with styles influenced by Italian and French design. The Paris Jacquard with its classic design conjures up the opulent style of the French capital in the early 20th century whilst the Santinia brings a more contemporary slant to the proceedings. This is the great thing about creating your bedroom look because you can harness these different styles and approaches to conceive a look which is individual to you.

BEDROOMS Rest and relaxation itself to your body, leading to a natural alignment of your spine.” Jan Ryde, owner of Hästens beds adds: “Using natural materials helps you fall asleep quicker – due to the benefits of each material – and keeps you in deeper sleep for longer as they follow, support and relieve pressure from the body.” Mattresses come with all types of filling – from wool and silk, to latex and coconut husk, but whatever it’s made from a good quality mattress will be breathable, encouraging air flow and regulating your body temperature, while supporting you in comfort. Whether you need a soft or a firm mattress will also depend on your weight – lighter people can get away with softer versions, but if you’re on the large side you will find a firm mattress more comfortable. And don’t forget to turn it several times a year, as the layers become compressed with use. There’s even a mattress that is a combination of soft and firm, available with either a different tension on each side or two mattresses linked together – ideal if your sleeping partner varies greatly in weight from yourself. Sleep well!

The numerous health benefits of a good night’s sleep are well documented, such as better posture, looking younger and being more efficient and productive at work, so a good bed is always a brilliant investment. Chris Ward, marketing director for Hypnos

Chatsworth four poster bed with integral storage. Available in a natural wood or painted finish. From £1,030 at Revival Beds

Churchill Linen 150 x 200cm bed, £8,975, from And So To Bed

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A good night’s sleep Your best investment

‘ Making an investment in a good bed will pay dividends in terms of your mental and physical well-being.’ Dr Neil Stanley,


n active life depends on restorative sleep in order to be mentally and physically alert. A Vi‑Spring bed provides you with the most blissful sleep to make you feel alive and well throughout the day.

By choosing the mattress which suits your body best, you will ensure that your spine, joints and muscles are supported so that you sleep peacefully.

The natural fibres used in every Vi‑Spring mattress The profound comfort of a will help regulate your Vi‑Spring bed will help you temperature, perfectly fall asleep easily, and crucially, responding to your body remain sleeping soundly. to keep you comfortably warm or cool. Use yoUr smartphone to scan this Qr code for instant access to Vi-spring on-line

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you prefer to guarantee you a peaceful night. Good sleep is vital for physical and emotional health. poor sleep is associated with increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity; lack of motivation at work and mood swings, irritability and depression. Investing in a Vi‑Spring bed will repay you with years of blissful sleep. in fact, it would be hard to think of a more rewarding investment.

Call 0800 592952, quoting THI1212, for a brochure. Visit for your nearest Vi-Spring Specialist.

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Colours are in – think citrus shades of lime, tangerine and lemon. These lively and stimulating shades are perfect mixed with taupe, beige or white. Look for patterns in citrus shades on a white background, or large scale florals.

Wayne Clarke, creative director, And So To Bed

A handmade headboard is a luxurious finishing touch. Buttoned headboard in Lago and Peridot Soho Silk, £34 per metre. Plain cushion in Peridot Soho Silk, patterned cushion in Catamaran from the Soho Dash collection, £65 per metre. All by James Hare

This 2000TII bed is available in seven different sizes and nine different check colours. It costs from £10,330 at Hästens

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Wrought Iron and Brass Bed Co


Wrought Iron & Brass Bed Co Handmade in Norfolk

6 Ravens Yard, Nethergate Street, Harpley, Norfolk PE31 6TN Showroom open: Tuesday–Friday 10-4pm & Saturday 10-3pm

01485 521823

family company based in Harpley near Fakenham, Norfolk, The Wrought Iron & Brass Bed Company’s range of wrought iron, brass and nickel beds are handmade in Norfolk by a team of craftsmen using traditional construction techniques. These, says founder Amanda Oldfield, are beds which become family heirlooms: “All our beds are handmade to order and are guaranteed for the buyer’s lifetime. They can be handed down. Our styles are based on simple, clean country designs and we also build bespoke beds. Before Christmas we made two small brass beds for the Broadway stage show of Mary Poppins. We’ve also made a bespoke bed in brass shaped like a ship’s wheel for a narrow boat.” Their beds are available in standard or bespoke sizes, with a choice of colour, bed base and even bed knobs, so they can be tailored to suit your interior design scheme and indeed your inner Goldilocks. Children’s beds are also available, and can include a motif of your choice at the head and foot, such as a sailing boat or a princess, as well as a range of colours. Come and see us at stand L27 Grand Design Live Show 4th- 12th May. | 01485 521823


HANDMADE BEDS WITH REAL CHARACTER AND QUALITY Since we began in 1983, every bed has been handmade to order by our own craftsmen, using the finest grade of sustainable wood. All beds are guaranteed for 10 years We provide free delivery & installation ● We offer a 21 day money back promise ● Each bed comes with its own plaque & certificate of authenticity ● ●

To request a brochure telephone or visit our website:



Quality British Craftsmanship from Revival Beds


evival Beds has been handmaking wooden beds in their Nottinghamshire workshops since 1983. Their skilled craftsmen believe in using time honoured techniques, along with the finest grade sustainable wood, to make a bed that will last a lifetime. There are 18 beds in the Revival collection, including sleigh beds and four poster beds. Each bed is available from 3 -7ft wide and in a range of 15 different finishes. Under bed drawers can also be incorporated to give up to 16 cu ft of additional storage space. To complete the look Revival Beds also has a collection of handmade bedroom furniture in matching styles, as well as mattresses and bedding. All Revival beds come with free delivery and installation, as well as a 10-year guarantee. To request a brochure visit or call 01777 869 669.

Competition Your chance to win

Win a fabulous shower from Roman, worth more than £1,000, in our great giveaway


e have teamed up with the lovely guys at Roman to bring you a great prize that is sure to brighten up your April showers. One lucky reader will win an Embrace Quadrant shower, which features high quality chrome plated brass, 6mm thick glass and stylish handles. Embrace is available in a range of sizes, including an offset version, to sit discreetly in the corner of any bathroom. The prize also includes the Roman Infinity shower tray, which can be installed straight on to floor joists, which when floor tiles are laid, creates level entry access into the shower area.

Manufactured from Roman Stone, Infinity’s flawless design includes a single angle flow to the waste; the chic look is completed by a stylish load bearing solid surface waste cover. The waste is suitable for power shower systems and carries away an exceptionally high flow rate. Finally, to complete your showering experience, we have an Egyptian cotton towel bale from Roman at Home, including a bath towel, bath sheet and hand towel. Roman at Home’s towel bales are available in a variety of colours including crisp white, smooth latte and sky blue.

Roman is a leading UK shower manufacturer and designer. Its extensive range comprehensively covers high quality shower enclosures, everything you need to create a stunning wetroom, ingenious bath screens, low-level shower trays, state-of–theart water delivery, designer shower walling and an appealing range of accessories. Roman’s products range from affordable high quality solutions, right through to indulgent, boutique-style products, all available to suit any style or shape bathroom. In 2009, Roman expanded its expertise to the rest of the home, launching online retailer Roman at Home. Roman at Home offers an inspired collection of everyday luxuries, essential products and attractive finishing touches, for use all over your home and garden. To enter: Send your name and address on a postcard to ‘Roman showers giveaway’ to the address on page 9, along with your name, address and telephone number. If you do not wish your details to be used for marketing purposes please say so clearly on your entry.

To find out more about Roman telephone 0845 050 4032 or visit For Roman at Home, telephone 0845 052 5125 or see the collection online at

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Home comforts Time to relax

Image by Porcelanosa

Home comforts C rafts to make . . . Knit a cosy throw and gorgeous floor cushion B ooks to read . . . The latest home and food titles F ood to love . . . Delicious savoury and sweet pies and quiches | Traditional Homes

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Home comforts Craft work

Wonders in wool Create handmade accessories with our gorgeous projects from ­Hand-Knit Your Home

Chunky bramble throw


sumptuous textured throw that you’ll love to snuggle up in on the sofa, or keep in the bedroom as a shoulder wrap on chilly mornings Size ■■ Approximately 102cm x 88cm

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Materials Yarn ■■ Wool yarn such as Big Wool from Rowan – 100% merino wool; approximately 80m per 100g ball ■■ Eternal – approximately 600g/480m

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Needles Pair of US 19 (15mm) knitting needles Other materials ■■ Tapestry needle

Home comforts Craft work

Large f loor pillow

Gauge (tension) ■■ 7.5 sts and 9 rows to 10cm over patt using US 19 (15mm) needles Pattern Main piece ■■ Cast on 66 sts. ■■ Row 1 and every alt row: purl. ■■ Row 2: K1, *p3tog, (k1, p1, k1) into next st*; rep from * to * to last st, k1. ■■ Row 4: K1, *(k1, p1, k1) into next st, p3tog*; rep from * to * to last st, k1. ■■ Rep rows 1-4 until just enough yarn remains to cast off. ■■ Cast off. To make up Weave in all loose ends. Press the knitting gently following the instructions on the yarn wrapper. Changing size To increase the size of your throw, cast on extra stitches in multiples of 4


wonderfully textured floor pillow, which has been felted for a hardwearing finish. This is a very simple stitch pattern to work and the chunky yarn and big needles mean that the knitting will grow quickly Size ■■ 65 x 65cm Materials Yarn ■■ A lightly twisted wool, also known as a pencil roving, such as Bella from Texere – 100% pure wool; approximately 130m per 200g ball ■■ Ecru – approximately 400g/160m Needles Pair of US 19 (15mm) knitting needles Other materials ■■ 65 x 65cm pillow pad ■■ Fabric for pillow back ■■ Pins

■■ Sewing needle ■■ Sewing thread Gauge (tension) ■■ 8 sts and 10 rows to 10cm ■■ over patt using US 19 (15mm) needles Pattern ■■ Pillow front | Traditional Homes

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Home comforts Craft work ■■ Cast on 64 sts. ■■ Row 1: [Yo, k2, pass yo over the k2] ■■ to end. ■■ Row 2: Purl. ■■ Row 3: K1, [yo, k2, pass yo over the k2] to last st, k1. ■■ Row 4: Purl. ■■ Rep rows 1–4 until knitting measures 70cm. ■■ Cast off. To make up ■■ Weave in all loose ends. Wash the knit gently by hand until it is felted to the desired degree. Leave to dry. ■■ As the pillow is intended to sit on the floor, I chose a hardwearing canvas fabric for the back. Cut the fabric 1cm larger than the knitted panel to allow for fraying. ■■ Right sides together, pin the fabric to the knitted panel. Taking a 1.5cm seam allowance on the knitted panel, sew around three sides using a sewing machine, or by hand using backstitch. ■■ Turn cover right side out and insert pillow pad. Hand-sew final side closed with slipstitch.

Abbreviations approx approximately

rev st st reverse stocking stitch


RH right-hand

alternate; alternatively

beg begin(s)(ning)


right side

C4B cable four stitches (or number stated) back


single crochet


slip 2 stitches purlwise

sl st

slip stitch

C4F cable four stitches (or number stated) front ch


cm centimetres cont continue dc

double crochet


double knitting

skpo slip 1, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over sk2po slip one stitch, knit two together, pass slipped stitch over sppo slip 1, purl 1, pass slipped stitch over

g gram(s)

ssk slip one stitch, slip one stitch, knit the slipped stitches together

inc increase

st(s) stitch(es)

k knit

st st

stocking stitch

Felting This yarn will felt very easily, so by washing it by hand you can really control the desired result.

k2tog knit two stitches (or number stated) together




treble crochet


wrong side

To felt: plunge the knitting into a bowl of hot water and rub it vigorously against itself. Dunk it in and out of the water several times and make sure you rub evenly across the knitting.

m meters


with yarn at back


with yarn in front


yarn over

Every so often, plunge the knitting into a bowl of cold water, which encourages felting. Continue in this way until you are happy with the result.

LH left-hand


make 1 stitch

mm millimetres p purl p2tog purl two stitches (or number stated) together rem remain(ing) rep repeat

Hand-Knit Your Home – 30 modern projects for a modern home, by Melanie Porter, £12.99 from Cico Books. Order Hand-Knit Your Home for the special price of £10.99 including free postage and packing, by calling 01256 302699 and quoting the reference GLR8AR. For more from Cico Books visit

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Home comforts Reading

Book corner Pull up a chair and make yourself comfortable as we take a look at a selection of great new reads to inspire you…

Romantic French Homes by Lanie Goodman, with photography by Simon Brown, £30, Cico Books If you are a naturally inquisitive person then you are going to adore this book as it leads you on a journey through the most exquisite homes. Meandering through the French countryside to the St Tropez beach cottage of writer Marcel Pagnol, up to the city streets of Paris and an apartment belonging to a famous musician, over to the mountains for a peak at an Alpine ski lodge, there’s a real feeling of being there. Simon Brown’s sumptuous photography is the perfect complement to Lanie Goodman’s prose, which brings to life the history and character of these homes and the people who lived in them.

Things I Love by Megan Morton, £25, Conran Octopus This is a book of four parts and includes a practical collection of design tips as well as a section of inspirational pull-out postcards, to whet your home stylist appetite. Megan also introduces a number of people she admires – designers, artists, models, collectors and photographers – through interviews that give insights into their creativity. Finally, Homes I Love is a look inside houses across the world that have had an impact on her, thanks to their style and the people who live in them. Informal in tone and easy to read, this book will quickly engross you.

Lace, Ribbons and Bows, by Ann Brownfield and Jane Cassini, £12.99, Cico Books Craft fans and lovers of vintage are going to treasure this collection of pretty gifts and accessories to make, all created using ribbons, lace and bows. Inside, step-by-step instructions are illustrated with photography of the finished projects, with detail close-ups and lifestyle images showing them at their best. From lace-covered cushions to a handkerchief café curtain, a summer straw basket adorned with a bow to vintage drawstring bags, the projects are presented beautifully – and within reach of the even the most novice crafter.

Everyday Lebanese Cooking by Mona Hamadeh, £14.99, Spring Hill Full of photographs of delicious looking food, this recipe book covers everything from maza (starters) to hilwayat (sweets) and everything in between. There are familiar favourites, such as hummus and baba ghanouj (aubergine dip) that are these days readily available in delicatessens and supermarkets, there are meat and fish dishes, and a section dedicated to vegetables, which is great for vegetarians. The author does not present her recipes in isolation, rather she introduces us to the food, culture and hospitality of Lebanon through her own experiences, providing an informative and interesting background to her book and her obvious love of the country, its food and its people. | Traditional Homes

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Home comforts Food

Sweet pastry W

e may be heading into spring but there’s often still a chill in the air, and what better way to counter it than with a home baked pie? Savoury, sweet,

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open or pastry topped, the humble pie has become the fashionable food in restaurants and gastro pubs across the land, indeed it even has a national week named after it.

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In her new book Caroline Bretherton brings together quiches, pasties and tarts of all shapes, sizes and flavours to tempt even the fussiest eater as well as pie fans the world over.

Home comforts Food Steak and wild mushroom pie If you can’t find fresh, wild mushrooms, use dried, or even dark chestnut mushrooms instead. Serves 4–6 Prep time 50–55 minutes plus chilling Cook 2½ hrs–3 hrs Freeze up to 1 month Equipment 2 litre pie dish Pie funnel Ingredients For the filling: 500g fresh wild mushrooms, or 75g dried wild mushrooms, soaked for 30 minutes and drained 35g plain flour Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1kg braising steak, cut into 2.5cm cubes 4 shallots, finely chopped 900ml beef stock or water, plus extra if needed Leaves from 6 sprigs of parsley, finely chopped For the pastry: 250g plain flour, plus extra for dusting ½ tsp fine salt 175g unsalted butter, diced 1 egg, beaten, to glaze

Courgette, broad bean and pea mini quiches

These light, delicate mini quiches are filled with the produce of an early summer harvest. Using cheese in the crust adds a sharpness, which contrasts well with the sweetness of the vegetables. Makes 6 Prep time 15 minutes plus chilling and cooling Cook 35–40 minutes Freeze up to 1 month Equipment: Six 10 x 4cm fluted tart tins, Baking beans Ingredients: For the pastry 200g plain flour, plus extra for dusting 100g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing

1.  Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/gas 4). Slice the mushrooms. Make the filling by seasoning the flour with salt and black pepper. Toss the steak in it to coat. 2.  P  ut the meat, mushrooms, and shallots in a casserole. Add the stock and heat, stirring well. Bring to the boil, stirring constantly. Cover and cook in the oven for 2–2¼ hours until tender. 3.  To make the pastry, sift the flour and salt into a bowl. Rub in onethird of the butter with your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add 100ml water and bring it together to form a dough. Chill for 15 minutes. 4.  Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to a 15 x 38cm rectangle. Dot the rest of the butter over two-thirds. Fold the unbuttered side over half the buttered side. Fold the dough again so the butter is completely enclosed in layers of dough. Turn it over and roll over the edges to seal. Wrap in cling film and chill for 15 minutes. Roll to 15 x 45cm, fold in thirds, make a quarter turn. Seal. Chill for 15 minutes. Repeat three more times, chilling for 15 minutes between each turn.  dd the parsley to the meat and season. Spoon it into the dish. 5.  A Increase the heat to 220°C (425°F/ gas 7). Roll out the dough on a floured surface. Cut a strip from the edge. Dampen the rim of the dish and press the strip onto it. Put the rolled-out dough over the pie and press firmly to seal. Brush with the beaten egg. Make a hole in the top and add a pie funnel to allow steam to escape. Chill for 15 minutes. Bake for 25–35 minutes until golden brown. If browning too quickly, cover with foil. The filling can be made 2–3 days ahead.

1 egg yolk 40g vegetarian Parmesan-style cheese or regular Parmesan, grated Salt and freshly ground black pepper A little milk For the filling 650g broad beans in the pod (or 220g frozen) 200g courgettes, cut into 1cm pieces 400g fresh peas (120g podded weight) 6 egg yolks 150ml double cream 1 tbsp chopped mint 1.  Preheat the oven to 170°C (350°F/gas 4). In a food processor, spin the flour for a minute, then drop the butter down the chute in small knobs. To make by hand, rub the butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs. Once incorporated, add the egg yolk, Parmesan, and some salt and black pepper. Tip out onto a work surface and bring the dough together with a little milk. Wrap in cling film and chill for 30 minutes. 2.  Bring a saucepan of salted water to the boil and drop in the broad beans. Blanch them for 3 minutes, then drain under cold running water, and shell them. 3.  Grease the tart tins with butter, then dust with flour. Roll the pastry out on a lightly floured surface and use to line the tart tins. Chill in the refrigerator for 10 minutes, then line the pastry cases with greaseproof paper and bake for 8 minutes. Set aside to cool, then fill with the vegetables. 4.  Mix together the egg yolks and cream, add the chopped mint, season with salt and black pepper, and pour over the tarts, right up to the top. Bake for 25 minutes until the custard has just set. Let them stand for 5 minutes before serving with a few dressed mixed leaves. | Traditional Homes

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Home comforts Food Normandy pear tart

For the filling: 125g whole blanched almonds 3–4 pears, peeled, cored, and cut in wedges Juice of 1 lemon 150g apricot jam 2–4 tbsp Kirsch

A classic frangipane-filled tart, this recipe hails from Normandy, France Serves 6–8 Prep time 40–45 minutes, plus chilling; cook 35–45 minutes Equipment 23–25cm loose-bottomed, fluted tart tin Ingredients For the pastry: 175g plain flour, plus 2 tbsp extra 4 egg yolks, plus 1 egg 160g caster sugar A pinch of salt 200g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing ½ tsp vanilla extract

Blueberry tart

For the pastry 1.  Sift 175g flour onto a work surface, make a well in the centre, add 3 egg yolks, 60g sugar, salt, 75g butter, and vanilla. Mix with your fingertips. Work the flour into the ingredients until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. If dry, add a little water. On a floured surface, knead for 1–2 minutes. Wrap and chill for 30 minutes. Grease the tin. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to a circle, 5cm larger than the tin, and use to line the tin. Prick the bottom with a fork. Chill for 15 minutes. 2.  Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F/gas 6). Grind the almonds to a flour in a food processor; prepare the frangipane (see below). Toss the pears with the lemon juice. Spread the frangipane over the pastry; place the pears in a spiral pattern. Set the tin on a baking tray. Bake for 12–15 minutes. Reduce the heat to 180°C (350°F/gas 4). Bake for 25–30 minutes until set. Melt the jam with the Kirsch and work it through a sieve. Cool, unmould, then brush with the glaze. Serve warm. For the frangipane 1.  With an electric whisk, beat 125g butter and 100g sugar for 2–3 minutes until fluffy. 2.  Gradually add 1 egg and the remaining egg yolk, beating well after each addition. 3.  Add 1 tablespoon Kirsch, then gently stir in the almonds and remaining flour until well blended. 85g butter, diced 2 tbsp caster sugar 1 egg yolk For the filling 115g cream cheese 60g soured cream 60g caster sugar A pinch of grated nutmeg 3 eggs, beaten Zest of 1 lemon 350g blueberries Icing sugar, for dusting

Serves 8 Prep time 25 minutes, plus chilling Cook 45–50 minutes Equipment 23cm loose-bottomed tart tin, baking beans Ingredients For the pastry 175g plain flour, plus extra for dusting

1.  Rub the flour and butter together with your fingertips, until it resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar, add the egg yolk, and mix to form a firm dough. Roll out the pastry and use to line the tart tin. Prick the bottom with a fork. Wrap in cling film and chill for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F/gas 6). 2.  Line the pastry case with greaseproof paper and fill with baking beans. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove the paper and beans, and bake for a further 10 minutes, or until a pale golden colour. Remove from the oven, and reduce the heat to 180°C (350°F/gas 4). 3.  To make the filling, beat together the cream cheese, soured cream, sugar, nutmeg, eggs, and lemon zest. Pour into the pastry case and scatter the blueberries on top. Bake for 25–30 minutes until just set. Serve warm or cold, dusted with icing sugar.

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