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15 Light fantastic

A spacious, airy kitchen with plenty of room for entertaining was top of this family’s wishlist

29 A place for everything

Masses of storage and a warm, traditional kitchen were top of the list when it came to redesigning this family space

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36 Kitchen Out of sight

Keep your worktops clear and clutterfree with our handy storage suggestions

52 Living Finishing touches

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56 Swimming pools and spas Expert advice on purchase and installation

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77 Bathroom Bathing bliss

As the bathroom becomes so much more than simply a place to wash, freestanding tubs have become something of a focal point

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Home comforts

99 Designer interview


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101 Craft work

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104 More veg please

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96 Trade Secrets Heritage Cob & Lime

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9 Letter from the editor

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WELCOME Editor’s letter

Welcome to the Summer issue of Traditional Homes & Interiors This is the time of year when we can really enjoy our homes – indoors and outdoors. At last the sun is shining and longer days make eating outside a pleasure, whether we’re talking barbecue, picnic, or simply taking a cup of tea al fresco. As I sit in the shade of my oak tree, writing this letter and sipping on my mug of Earl Grey, I’m wondering if I could possibly fit a swimming pool into my not very large garden. It would be the ultimate luxury. If you’re in the same position and contemplating whether or not to take the plunge, check out our pool advice from the experts, starting on page 56. Speaking of luxury, wouldn’t you just love a freestanding bath? They are ideal for creating a spa environment at home and for relaxing after a long day at work, and if you’re in need of inspiration then we can help with our feature on page 78. I love the brightness of summer and recreating this in my home with neutral colours that reflect the light. Our finishing touches feature on page 52 is full of ideas for lightening up your life – and your living room – with accessories in cream and white. Rounding off this bumper issue is our interview with talented designer Sophie Allport (page 99). Sophie draws her inspiration from nature and the world around her, and her collections featuring strawberries, bumble-bees and butterflies, are certainly the epitome of summer. Enjoy!


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Out and about to find this issue’s best buys This pretty pink tableware is handmade in Portugal and features lace or butterfly designs, on fluted or oyster-shaped pieces. The collection comprises a dinner service, fruit stand, jug and cake plate, and costs from £19.90, from Life

A refreshing take on window dressing, this roller blind is the perfect accompaniment to your morning cuppa. Tea & Coffee, available in white, poppy and graphite (shown), from £60 per metre at New House Textiles

Aqua – a restful yet fresh pastel shade – is the latest colour from Aga and is available across all of the company’s range cookers. Prices start from £4,995

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This cherry print design oven glove, £9.99, is part of a new range of home accessories by Monsoon for Oxfam. Created by artisans working for community organisations in India, the range includes textiles and enamel ware, and prices start from £2.99

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The blue and white patterns of these mugs are typical of Boleslawiec pottery from Poland, which has been produced since the 1830s. Each mug is handmade and hand painted, and forms part of a collection that also includes bowls, plates and jugs. Prices start from £7.95, at The Art Café

Marie Fleur Gris is a new addition to Villeroy & Boch’s floral tableware collection. Featuring a beige toned grey colourway with purple and blue blossoms, the watercolour-style design is available across a range of items. Prices start from £6.50

The Powermix Pro blender is so quiet – and at 77dB AEG claims it is one of the quietest on the market. Featuring a pulse function, variable speeds and stainless steel knives, this blender makes easy work of crushing ice. Available in glossy red and black, it costs from £99.99

Sing along to your favourite song in style, with this Pure Evoke Mio Dab radio. The distinctive Orla Kiely design, walnut veneered body, cream fascia and mirror chromed handle make this something of a collector’s item. It costs £149.95, and is available from John Lewis

This composite Magma sink is available in 1 and 1.5 bowl versions, and comes in three colours: stone, crystal white and ash (shown). It is scratch and heat resistant, and features a natural antibacterial hygiene protection system. Part of the new Igneous Granite sink collection, from £285, by Rangemaster

With its distinctive styling this De Longhi Scultura toaster will add a futuristic touch to breakfast time. Featuring an extra lift function for small slices of bread, a twoslot browning control and removable crumb tray, it is available in steel grey, carbon black, zinc white and bronze beige (shown). £99.95, from John Lewis

This chunky worktop is made from solid Safari Brasilica wood and features a white oil finish. Also available in oak and heart ash, it costs from £300 per linear metre, from Spekva

The simplicity of this solid oak Plank table makes it suitable for both traditional and not so traditional kitchen schemes. Featuring a handy cutlery drawer – not something you see so often these days – it comes in two sizes and costs from £675, from Loaf

This fridge freezer is part of the new Space+ cooling range from Zanussi, which promises up to 40 litres more internal storage space than similar models. There’s a separate cooling system for the fridge and freezer, deep drawers, a quick chill function and flexible shelving. Available in white or stainless steel, it costs around £500 | Traditional Homes

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Candy colours and pastels are spot on for summer. This Lila sofa in curry costs £859, and the armchair, £445; the Freya chair in pink is £499 and the earthenware Bilboo vases in green, red, teal, brown, light blue and pink, cost from £8.95 each. Vintage Candy collection from Barker and Stonehouse

The Lola embroidered linen cushion (left) is available in red, green, aqua, magenta and pink, shown, and costs £75; Lupins (right), in a linen/silk mix, costs £100 and also comes in magenta and blue. Both by Nina Campbell

Add a touch of psychedelia to your home with the Parris Wakefield collection. The cushions – Bliss, Garden and Martha, are covered in 100 per cent cotton satin with a feather inner, and cost from £66.40; the large Garden lampshade, also finished in cotton, is £105.60, all by Great British Designs

Inspired by traditional hand block printing techniques, summery Rica is part of the Soleil Bleu Finca wallpaper collection, £77.60 for a10m roll, from JAB Anstoetz

Handcrafted porcelain Sparrows vase in blue and white on yellow, £1,250, by Lladró

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Fragrance your home with these Peony candles and reed diffusers, new to the Royal Horticultural Society collection by Wax Lyrical. Prices start from £2.50

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Have flowers in your home with this pretty Lupin cushion, £36.50, from Adventino

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Dinner at Eight wallpaper, £60 per 10m roll, bordered by Delia’s Secret eggshell paint, £19.50/750ml, from the Archive Collection, from Fired Earth

Belgian linen Sligo sofa in natural flax, £1,245, Boboli cushions in blossom, £40, and Tivoli cushion in blossom, £50, from

Mop up spills easily with the bagless and rechargeable Ultrapower AG5012 cleaner. It is cordless, the battery lasts for up to an hour (two hours with the booster pack) and it makes short work of hairs and long fibres. It is powerful enough to use as a main vacuum cleaner and costs £229.99, by AEG Inspired by Japanese design, the Sama bed by Ercol is made from solid ash and ash veneers. Graduated spindles in the headboard echo the design of the feet, giving a clean, simple look. It costs £750 and is exclusive to John Lewis

Snuggle up in the Sheringham love seat in mocha leather. It measures H97cm x W149cm x D99cm and is also available in grey, dark brown and black. £970, from Harveys

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Light fantastic A spacious, airy kitchen with plenty of room for entertaining was top of this family’s wishlist


hen Kirsty and David Spencer set about redesigning the kitchen of their three bedroom family home in the Suffolk village of Snape they had one clear aim and that was to make the north facing room brighter and more cheery. “The existing kitchen was rather gloomy,”

explains Kirsty. “When we moved in we didn’t have the cash to redecorate immediately and wanted to make sure that when we did we were able to do it properly and get the space we had always dreamed of.” What the Spencers really wanted was a light, spacious kitchen with an island unit at its

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Real Homes Island living Decision making It was important to Kirsty and David that their new kitchen had a classic feel to it, to fit with the ambience of their Victorian home. It also had to cope with the demands of modern family life, so, after a detailed consultation with their designer, they decided to go for the Audley kitchen, an Edwardian-style kitchen featuring painted wood cabinetry. Neutral coloured units, pale quartz worktops and traditional detailing, and a limestone floor, work together to create an elegant yet practical layout; the kitchen is light and airy, helped by the colour scheme, which reflects natural light around the room, enhancing the feeling of space. A bespoke surround was crafted to frame the family’s range cooker, the mantel above providing display space for decorative touches; a practical, yet beautiful, glass splashback in red draws the eye towards the range, providing a focal point to the design. “Our main aim with the kitchen was to make it the heart of the home, a hub for the

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family to gather and enjoy spending time together,” explains Kirsty. “The island at the centre of the space achieves this as whoever is preparing the meal is never isolated from the goings on elsewhere in the room. It also has

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seating around it so the kids can do their homework or eat their breakfast there. “We’ve also included a relaxation area in the same space, rather than having a separate dining room, and this is great when we’re

Real Homes Island living entertaining. It’s a very sociable place to be and the whole family really enjoys spending time in there now.” Design to taste In terms of style Kirsty and David were quite sure about what they wanted, remembers

kitchen company managing director Richard Davonport. “They were keen to go for a handpainted timber finish, with a feature island, a traditional mantel and large appliances including a range cooker and American-style fridge freezer. “We were very conscious of not wanting the room to appear too stark, however, and

little touches such as the red splashback and the American black walnut worktop on the island unit really help to add warmth and character, while ensuring the space maintains its light and airy feel.” For the Spencers the end result could not have worked out better, as Kirsty says: “We dreamed of this kitchen and still can’t quite believe we managed to achieve it. It’s made our house into a home and we are delighted.”

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or a couple used to living in modern homes, the move to a 16th century converted threshing barn in Devon proved to be something of a learning experience for Joanne and Paul May. “We had previously owned houses that only needed to be decorated and furnished. We had never completed a major refurbishment of a kitchen before,”

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In order to create the homely, bright space they wanted, the couple turned to local company Barnes of Ashburton, experts in bespoke kitchen design. “Paul and Joanne were able to give us a clear vision of what they wanted for their dream kitchen, both in terms of lay-out and specification,” says designer Pat Gunning. “We were able to gain a clear | Traditional Homes

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uncluttered look that maximises daylight in the room. Large drawers have been incorporated into the design to provide much-needed storage, while a tall pantry section at the back of the room hides away a multitude of kitchen items and offers additional workspace.

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Keeping with tradition Joanne and Paul decided on a painted finish for the cabinetry, to enhance the historic build of their home and highlight the wooden beamed ceilings. The neutral shade – Farrow’s Cream from Farrow & Ball – helps reflect light around the room, increasing the feeling of

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number of months before deciding on Barnes of Ashburton. During that time the couple lived in their new house and, using it daily, found their initial plans for their kitchen changing, says Joanne. “We felt we were in complete control of the design at every point. Barnes of Ashburton really did listen to us. Their ideas were structured around what we wanted.

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“Living in the house during this decision process was significant as we changed our minds as our plans for a dream kitchen evolved,” she continues. “Looking back though, we have a better designed kitchen as a result. We love it – it’s very practical and easy to use, and it’s beautifully built.”

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Thinking of buying a new kitchen? Joanne says: “Take your time, don’t be rushed or pressured. Talk to previous customers for personal recommendations of the company you want to use and find out what they had problems with and take ideas from friends.” Pat says: “If you can, commission a bespoke kitchen that is sympathetically designed by professionals to work with the architecture of your house, not against it. Also, kitchen planning is a process that evolves. Give yourself at least a few months to settle into a new home before planning a new kitchen. Your priorities and requirements are bound to change in that time.”

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Ideas for the home Kitchen Storage “Designing kitchens that make the contents of cabinets and drawers immediately visible yet allows everything to be stored away and provide a clean uncluttered working area is key to the success of any kitchen.” Glyn Rodney, MD, Cotteswood

Ring the changes with this Arena Style base pullout unit from 1909 Kitchens. It features anti-slip shelves, polished chrome galleries, full extension runners and a soft close mechanism. The internal storage system costs from £180

“Modern living calls for wide drawers with neat inserts to store everything from cutlery and crockery to pans and bottles.” Graeme Smith, senior designer at 1909 and Second Nature Kitchens 4 2 | Traditional Homes

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Why not consider a countertop cabinet for extra storage space? This Renaissance housekeeper’s cupboard from Cotteswood features a walnut veneered interior, shelves and drawers, and is hand painted externally in Parchment. From £2,000

Ideas for the home Kitchen Storage Awkward spaces can be made easily accessible with the addition of magic corners – metal carousels that swing out when the cupboard door is opened, revealing their contents – the insides of cupboard doors can be used to house bottle racks, and narrow gaps between kitchen units can become homes to pull-out wire larders. Electrical sockets and knife blocks can be installed into worktops, hidden until needed when they simply pop up from the counter. Even large appliances, such as dishwashers, fridges and freezers can be concealed behind doors that match the kitchen décor. This is often particularly important in classic-style kitchens, says Satt Sembhy owner of Broadway Kitchens. “There’s almost a clash between very modern appliances and traditional kitchens. Often the two don’t look right together so people prefer their appliances to be hidden from view, integrated into the design.”

When you open the doors on this Glotech Le Mans larder unit the shelves pull forwards, making everything inside easily accessible. Available in a range of sizes with grey or gloss white anti-slip shelves and polished chrome racks. From £450

Incorporate extra storage on to the end of a unit or island, as shown in this Redmond Antique Oak kitchen from Mereway Kitchens. The open shelving also makes an attractive display space. Kitchens from £15,000

This dedicated spice drawer was handcrafted by Broadway Kitchens and also includes a space at the front for spice scoops. Price on request | Traditional Homes

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Open shelving offers the perfect place to show off treasured items and accessories, as seen here on the end of the island in this Original Artisan kitchen from John Lewis of Hungerford. Glazed wall units are also ideal for display. Kitchens cost from ÂŁ20,000

A bespoke bench creates the perfect storage compartment for table linens and tea towels, as well as providing comfortable seating. Upholstered wooden bench from Broadway kitchens. Price on request

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This handy pull-out unit from Sola Kitchens is from the company’s Kosen range and features doors in solid ash. The cabinet can be made in any size or colour and is shown finished in warm white. Kitchens start from £30,000 | Traditional Homes

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Create a breakfast area in your kitchen so everything you need for your morning tea and toast is at hand, in one place. This utility breakfast cupboard from Holloways of Ludlow houses a toaster, cups, plates, a power supply and built in coffee machine – ideal when you’re in a hurry. Bespoke kitchens start from £25,000

This white unit features four lined baskets and two drawers, and measures H59 x W52 x D28cm. It’s by Melody Maison and costs £114.95.

Keep all your herbs and spices to hand with the magnetic Soho spice rack by Gilberts at Top Gourmet. £79.95

This pretty polka dot jar is ideal for storing wooden spoons and spatulas. It’s by Emma Bridgewater and costs £29.95

The Manhattan accessory workstation by Reginox can be integrated into any worktop and tailored to suit individual storage needs. From £503 | Traditional Homes

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The deep drawers in this Argento Kitchen from Underwood are not only versatile, but provide an aesthetic contrast with the painted finish of the surrounding cabinetry. Kitchens cost from £30,000

“Clever internal pull-outs not only save time but also substantially increase the storage capacity for a cupboard. A myriad of options are available such as larders, magic corners and towel rails, ensuring the essential items are close to hand when they are needed.” Graeme Smith, senior designer at 1909 and Second Nature Kitchens

An internal plate rack is an alternative to simply stacking plates and dishes in drawers or cupboards. This two-drawer plate rack and basket pack from Crown Imperial fits a 600mm cabinet and costs from £542

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Handcrafted in Limewood and finished in Farrow & Ball Teresa’s Green, this Stool Bench from Barnes of Ashburton provides portable extra storage and food prep space. It is bespoke, so is available in any size or colour, and is shown here with a 40mm oak block top. From around £1,400 | Traditional Homes

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This Suffolk larder from Kit Stone features internal door racks, as well as drawers and shelves, and large full-width drawers for pans and crockery. It measures H216 x W110 x D60cm and is available in 27 colours, including the standard Dove Grey. From £2,915 Make storage a focal point in your kitchen with a statement dresser. This classically styled cabinetry from Davonport incorporates an elegant display space with a mirrored backdrop and practical food compartments, each section labelled with its contents. Kitchens cost from £35,000

“We pay a lot of attention to making the storage itself highly functional, with shelves, boxes, dividers and other clever organising elements.” Nick Bell, director of design, Underwood Furniture 5 0 | Traditional Homes

The Tandembox Antaro system from Blum is a collection of drawer boxes, pull-outs, accessories and dividers designed to bring harmony to internal storage. The design is minimalist and accessories are colour coordinated. Price on request

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Ideas for the home Kitchen Storage Freestanding furniture

Dressers and larders seem to be enjoying something of a renaissance, both for displaying favourite accessories and photographs, and for food storage. “The Victorians were great believers in pantries and larders, with several incorporated in each kitchen,” says Glyn Rodney, MD and head designer of Cotteswood Kitchens. “Today the trend is returning with purpose-built, freestanding larders.” This view of storage as something to be admired as well as used perhaps marks a renewed appreciation of design and form. “Storage now needs to be both attractive and functional in its own right,” adds Glyn. Tony McCarthy, commercial director at Crown Imperial, agrees. “The best kitchens combine design and functionality to achieve the style and ambiance you desire.” Whatever form of storage you opt for it has to suit your family and your way of life, as Sat explains. “The important thing is to cater for the individual and the way they use their kitchen rather than simply the room itself. Storage should be bespoke to the person, not just the space.”

Moveable oak pins in this drawer unit from 1909 Kitchens allow you to create flexible storage options for plates and dishes, as you simply arrange them to fit the size of your crockery – and they can be rearranged to suit. A standard 600mm base unit from 1909 Kitchens costs from £500

Make a feature of your kitchen sink and house it within a beautiful freestanding storage unit. This sink base from John Willies boasts a 40mm solid oak worktop with drainer grooves and can be painted in the Farrow & Ball colour of your choice. It costs from £1,659 | Traditional Homes

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Creations kitchen machine, featuring a food processor and blender, £199.99. Mincer, vegetable shredder and pasta maker attachments available separately, from Russell Hobbs Dual fuel range cooker in traditional cream; other colours include snow white and sky blue, from £1,229, by Leisure

Cordless jug kettle with detachable filter, auto stop, water gauge and 1.7l capacity, £25, from Sabichi

Ice bucket in chalk, £20, from Garden Trading

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White stoneware lanterns, from £6.50 for a 12cm version to £28.95 for the 26cm model, from Riverdale

Five-piece pan set in vanilla, £168, from Stellar

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Classic telephone in cream, £52, from Wild & Wolf

Ektorp Jennylund armchair in white, with 100 per cent cotton removable and washable covers, £130, from Ikea

Home Sweet Home door stop, £8.50, from Roman at Home

Moroccan Star footstool in cream faux leather, £30, from Tesco Direct

Hand tufted, Chinese style rug in 95 per cent wool and five per cent silk, £235 for the 122 x 61cm version, from Frith Rugs

From the Orchard Silk fabric collection: curtain in plover, chair in rinsed linen moiré silk design, cushion in parasol stripe design, snakeskin colour, from £55 per metre, by James Hare | Traditional Homes

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Cavendish studded bed: headboard from £695, bed base from £1,595. Milford double duvet cover, £65, Morgan cable knit throw, £110, Morgan cable knit cushions, from £35. The White Company

Caramine bird cushion in cotton and velvet, £35, from John Lewis

Handmade Josephine dressing table in mahogany, H145 x W105 x D60cm. Finished in Parisienne cream, £469, from Newtons

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Pentlow double bed in Lundy, in 100 per cent linen, £1,154, from Sofas & Stuff 

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Making a splash Eco friendly pool cleaning from Aligator


here can be few things more pleasurable than splashing about with the children in your own pool on a sunny summer’s day. However the question of how to sanitise your pool, keeping it clean and healthy is a tricky one. Chlorine has long been the industry favourite for this and has proven to be very effective, but it is harsh and can cause skin and eye irritation as well as unpleasant odour. Salt pools are a popular alternative but they convert the salt to chlorine and can irritate, as can other alternatives, such as bromine. The Aligator water purification system is low chemical, eco friendly and automatic, and well within the budget of most domestic pool owners. “We believe that it really is the end for stinging eyes and

irritating skin conditions,” says product manager David Dunn. The Aligator system works by harmlessly charging ions in the water, creating a residual disinfectant throughout the whole pool. No other system other than chemical saturation will do this. The ions are pH neutral, noncorrosive and have no effect on the human body. The system is not affected by heat or light is effective for longer periods than UV or chemicals. Once programmed, the system is fully automatic and will reduce your chemical usage by up to 80 per cent. Established in the UK since 1992, Aligator has installed systems in health clubs, hotels, spas and private homes in the UK and Ireland with thousands of satisfied customers. “The water is so pure that you can use the backwash from your pool to water your garden as it contains less chemical than tap water and is completely harmless,” says David. Aligator are so confident of their system that they offer a return to base guarantee on parts and labour of five years. “It’s easy for us to prove how effective the system is – visit our website www. and read the many testimonials from commercial and private users, he adds.” The Aligator system can be fitted to most existing pools and new pools, too, in less than a day. For more information telephone 01206 543 485 or visit our website at

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Make your dream a reality Top tips for buying a pool


f you have dreamed of owning your own pool, you will probably have some idea of what you want, but will could need a few tips to get you started. The following are a few things to consider before contacting a pool installer.

Your ideas Gather as much information as you can with pictures – from magazines or the web. Once you’ve done a little homework on what’s available and the latest technologies you will be ready to discuss your ideas with your pool builder and give him a clear picture of what you have in mind. Establish a budget You will probably already have a figure in mind, but your pool builder will be able to discuss your ideas with you and give you an idea of what the project will cost and how to obtain the pool of your dreams within your budget. Siting the pool Consider access to the site for plant and equipment, the cost of bringing services to the pool area, provision of a patio area, pool

plant room and storage for pool equipment. All of these can affect the overall cost. Type of pool Should you go for a liner, concrete, tiled or stone finish? Do your research on the different types and don’t necessarily choose the cheapest quote – quality can vary greatly. Shape of pool Take the form of the pool into account, for example when looking at covers – how easy is it to fit a safety cover? Irregular shapes, such as kidney shaped pools, can also affect the cost of the pool surround. How you want to use the pool If you are looking for a ‘fun’ pool keep water depths as shallow as possible, people spend more time playing in pools than they do swimming lengths or diving. Also, a shallower pool uses less water and lowers the heating, chemical and running costs. Whether you desire an indoor or outdoor pool, Leisure Pools can create a product for you to suit your imagination, aspirations and budget. Whatever your choice you can rest assured that your swimming pool will

be constructed and finished to the highest standard. Our design team has more than 30 years’ experience of installing all kinds of pools and can make your dreams a reality. Our involvement can be tailor-made to suit your requirements, from a full design, build and management package to completing various individual aspects of the project. Leisure Pools Limited is a well established family run company based in Tewkesbury. We have expertise in domestic swimming pool building and all aspects of both domestic and commercial pool maintenance and servicing, as well as supplying quality swimming pool chemicals and accessories. We are committed to providing a first class service throughout Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire and boast a solid reputation throughout the area. For your peace of mind all our engineers are accredited as members of the Institute of Swimming Pool Engineers with Confined Space qualifications and HSE training. For further information contact Leisure Pools Limited on 01684 292211 or email | Traditional Homes

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Keep it clean The technical aspects of caring for your pool


he ProPure SV range uses the latest technology to create crystal clear pool water, without harmful chemicals. The result of a ProPure system is silky smooth feeling water, with no bather irritation – even for sensitive skin and eyes. It also provides complete control of algae and a long term reduction of bacteria. This makes the water harmless to the health of both swimmers and the environment. All systems, whether our SV Ion or the SV UV Scenic, incorporate a scientific process called hydrolysis combined with either industry standard ionisation or UV treatment and complemented by automated pH and ORP control. Once set up, the ProPure system requires only six-monthly (indoor pools) or annual servicing (outdoor pools). This can be completed by one of our network service engineers. At ProPure we pride ourselves on keeping up with the latest technology, and

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for the person who is always on the move, our latest monitoring system enables the pool water to be monitored by the web, or by phone, making sure that your pool is always

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kept in perfect condition for use by you and your family. Technical details Monitored by the ORP demand, hydrolysis is achieved by a controlled electrical charge being passed through a combination of specially coated titanium plates, which separates the water (H2O) into its constituent hydrogen (H) and oxygen (O) molecules. This reaction then reforms quickly and briefly into associated chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), atomic oxygen (O) and ozone (O3). All three of these carry a significantly higher relative value (ORP) than chlorine gas or indeed sodium hypochlorite and, by the time they reach the pool, have reformed into H2O leaving no harmful traces in the pool water. The ProPure SV Ion system utilises an automated copper/silver ionisation process directly treating the pool filter with copper and silver ions. Historically this has been a highly successful method for water treatment, as the ions produced act as a very efficient biocide, and also is an equally efficient clarifier. The new SV UV Scenic has the same intelligent control unit as the SV Ion, but incorporates ultraviolet treatment, thus eliminating the requirement for copper/silver. The SV UV Scenic ultraviolet radiation, which uses a wavelength of 253,7nm, across a process of photolysis and photo-oxidation, destroys the organic matter in pools. Ultraviolet sterilisation has been used for many years in the pool industry, but until now has always required chlorine donors alongside. For more information about ProPure and Pure Plus telephone 08450 063063 (option 3) or visit

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Easy installation One-piece swimming pools – the modern approach


hen Jeremy and Diana West decided to install a swimming pool at their Buckinghamshire home in 1997, they ended up with much more than they had bargained for. Fifteen years later, their family business Sundance Pools, is one of the UK market leaders in fibreglass one-piece swimming pools. Having been interested in the concept of one-piece swimming pools on holiday in South Africa, the DIY-friendly Wests decided to look for one back home to self-install. Fibreglass pools presented an easier to install option than traditional concrete tiled pools, with the added benefit of easier cleaning and maintenance. They are proven to be more resilient than liner pools. Finding no suitable

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suppliers in the UK, there was only one logical solution: import from South Africa. Shipping one pool from Cape Town, however, was not a viable option. The solution? Ship half a dozen pools together. The rest, as they say, is history. Entering the market as consumers has enabled the company to operate with a unique perspective. Many customers opt to install their own one-piece pools with comprehensive instructions and as much remote or on-site support as required. Other clients use their own contractors, or instruct Sundance to carry out the full installation on their behalf. Over the past fifteen years the company has supplied hundreds of pools across the

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UK and beyond, and overcome countless challenges. There are several hundred Sundance Pools installed all over the UK, and as far as Sweden and the Falklands. Most notable jobs are delivery of a pool by helicopter, and floating a pool up the Thames to reach a riverside property inaccessible by road. In the past year, Sundance Pools has broadened its repertoire to include beautiful ceramic pools, imported from Hungary. The ceramic range is a stylish collection of flatbottomed one-piece pools. Ceramic pools are heavier and more robust than standard fibreglass pools, and insulate heat more effectively. The ceramic pools come in white as standard, and can be ordered with a sparkly

Home ideas Swimming pools and spas gelcoat in different colours and built-in automatic roller covers. Another recent addition to the Sundance range is their increasingly popular swimming pool enclosures. Low-level, high-level and fixed enclosures allow for maximum pool use throughout the year. Enclosures are usually positioned to allow a margin wide enough for sitting and walking around the pool. Talking of recent additions, Jeremy and Diana’s son Ed now manages sales for the company, using his architecture background to run most projects. Ed tells us, “These are exciting times for the business. One-piece pools are becoming more mainstream within the market as a sensible solution to a home pool. We’re really pleased that our updated range covers such a wide spectrum of customer requirements.” Sundance offers a range of nine different pools, including small exercise pools for endless swimming, flat-bottomed, space efficient pools, and large family pools with deep and shallow ends. Their Sunquest one-piece pool is Sundance’s largest UK manufactured pool at 11 metres long. All Sundance pools are equally suited to

indoor or outdoor installation, and the company also supplies all other swimming pool equipment. Benefits of Fibreglass OnePiece Swimming Pools: • Fully finished pool delivered to site. • Quick and easy to install with the minimum disruption. • Impervious finish requires fewer chemicals – kinder to hair and eyes. • Contoured corners are easier to clean. • Better absorption of minor ground movement than rigid pool structures. • Totally smooth finish; no skin abrasions. • A well maintained fibreglass pool will last for decades without refurbishment. • No repainting, retiling or replacement of liner. • Pool can withstand damage from sharp objects. For more information on fibreglass swimming pools and enclosures, visit www. or call Ed or Jeremy on 01296 715071. | Traditional Homes

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Capture the dream

Pinelog specialise in providing elegant high quality swimming pools in natural timber buildings. As the UK’s leading indoor swimming pool company, designing and manufacturing buildings in our Derbyshire factory, we efficiently and professionally manage swimming pool projects, taking care of everything from initial planning applications through to the final commissioning. An indoor swimming pool at home is an investment in a lifestyle which you can enjoy every single day, giving you and your family memories that last a lifetime. The perfect indoor swimming pool takes time and expertise to create – it’s an effort we would love to make for you, to help you capture your dream.

Contact us now to find out more, or visit our web site


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One of the key reasons why Pinelog has, for more than three decades, been the UK’s leading indoor swimming pool company is because it can offer its clients a complete in-house design, manufacture, build and final commissioning service. Paul Barron, associate director explains the benefits clients enjoy by taking advantage of this service


ndoor swimming pools are experiencing a renaissance as home owners discover that by commissioning one in their garden they can exercise, entertain, dine and lounge at any time - regardless of the season. Every home swimming pool project is unique and the creation of a perfect pool takes time, commitment and the expertise of many specialists. A large number of professionals will be involved in its development: architects, designers, building contractors, plumbers, ventilation engineers and electricians to name but a few. With so many disciplines to co-ordinate, creating a perfect swimming pool is beyond the comfort zone of many homeowners so that is why Pinelog offers its clients a complete bespoke package that covers everything they could possibly need – from initial surveys and planning applications through pool hall manufacture and building right through to final commissioning. This allows us to consistently meet our clients’ requirements by offering these benefits. Specialists – all on the same team: There are many steps in the process of creating a distinctive swimming pool and our team has one goal –to arrive at a successful project that meets or exceeds the client’s expectations. The process starts with our highly creative architects who, with the aid of the latest computer aided design packages, interpret the client’s brief to produce stunning designs.

Design-wise, an indoor pool room should be treated as any other space in a home: it needs to work with the home’s architecture and personality. In some cases the external finish of the pool building must be in the same material as the dwelling as is sometimes required by the local authority planning application process. Glulam laminated timber roof beams are often used to span the pool hall, as they give an uninterrupted, open feel to the building. Having agreed a design our craftsmen then part-manufacture these striking buildings in our Derbyshire factory, which are then delivered and erected on site. This allows us to maintain the highest standards, control costs and for the client, it means minimum disruption to their day-to-day lives. Another important part of the mix is skilled interior design. The environment of an indoor pool needs to match the client’s taste and be in harmony with the home’s overall décor. Our designer can offer advice on tile selection, decorative finishes, building and pool fixtures and fittings, lighting, furniture, amenities, and even artwork. Consistent high quality: Pinelog has built its reputation on high quality. When the designer, building manufacturer and commissioning engineers all work on the same team, the focus remains on maintaining consistent high quality – even down to those vital finishing touches.

Stress-free: We believe the installation of a swimming pool should not be disruptive, chaotic or stressful for our clients. Members of our team communicate not only with each other but also with the client, to ensure that the project is completed with as little stress as possible. Our clients also have the added assurance of knowing we are members of SPATA – The Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association. The association sets high standards covering the construction of pools, which we must follow. Our work is periodically inspected to confirm that we maintain these standards. Time is of the essence: With our service, projects can be completed in a shorter amount of time. Taking care of all planning procedures and acquiring building regulation approval can be a complicated exercise. We ensure the job is done as quickly as possible and usually without a glitch. The subsequent construction of the swimming pool involves managing many timelines that need to coordinate but our project managers’ plan each stage precisely, quickly turning dreams into reality. No matter what the reason our clients decided to have their own indoor pool, with our help they will quickly discover what all our hundreds of other clients have found to be true: they soon will have a new favourite place to enjoy the best things in life either alone or in the company of family and friends. | Traditional Homes

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Home spa heaven

The Crysta steam shower from Aqualux has a 3kW steam generator and features body jets, a large 20cm showerhead and LCD touchscreen controls. It costs £1,199

Love that well being feeling, says David Hoy of JT Spas


e all enjoy being able to take time out from our hectic lives to just relax, unwind and process the day’s events. Over the years we have seen the emergence of the spas industry. Having originated millennia ago we have always liked to take our aches and pains to water in a bid to find relief. Now in this modern age we find ourselves bombarded with many ways to maintain and improve our health, but still one of the simplest ways to help our bodies relax and rejuvenate is a good long soak. In the past 10 years we have seen dramatic price falls in whirlpool baths, steam rooms and showers. This has enabled us to bring the

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spa home and we do see high-end glitzy bathrooms sporting all sorts of features normally found in an expensive hotel or spa retreat. These can range from bespoke frameless shower enclosures with aromatherapy built into the steam generators to whirlpool baths that feature not only all of the spa features such as hydro massage jets and AirSpa systems but also mood lighting and music systems. When it comes to your next bathroom addition, remember to do your body a favour and bring the spa home. For more information contact JT Spas on 0800 002 9744, or visit

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With its minimalist design, the Seven basin by Hudson Reed will create a focal point in any bathroom. It costs £394.50

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Simple to fit and enjoy Polypropylene pools last for years and there’s no need for replacement tiles or liners, says Martin Paine


n a recent trip to a customer in Devon, I found him explaining to me why our Propa polypropylene swimming pools are so ideal for him. At this stage it was the ease of installation, our pools are simply put on a layer of insulation on top of the concrete base that he can prepare, after digging a suitable hole. The pipes are attached to the pre-installed skimmers and returns and then he starts adding water. While the pool fills, he adds concrete around the sides to back fill the hole. This is called a balanced fill and results in a perfect combination of concrete, insulation and permanent 5mm polypropylene lining that will last at least 50 years. Yes that was also important to him, the fact that it needs no liner that degrades and needs replacing or tiles that need re grouting (and sticking back on). And our 20-year warranty also impressed him as it far exceeds anything else. Propa pools are made to measure; we do not have set sizes, as in a moulded GRP pool. If a client wants a long, narrow pool – no problem; if the customer want internal steps in one corner, or across the end we can accommodate this easily. So we were able to discuss the exact size that suited him and decided on 7.5 x 3.5 with a roman end and a powerful built-in swim jet at the other end.

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This size is to fit a very neat low level telescopic enclosure with clear sides. The customer was pleased about the level of support Arcus Pools & Enclosures offer. Martin Paine, the director, is a qualified ISPE

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pool engineer. After a long phone conversation and a number of price indications, we arranged a meeting at his house in order to advise on the installation and the equipment required. We discussed his anticipated usage of the pool and advised a cyclone cartridge filter for ease of operation (no back wash) and a high spec heat pump that can operate efficiently down to very low temperatures, so he will be able to swim for about 10 months of the year. That is three times the season of an outdoor pool. With the enclosure he will not only keep the pool safe, but he will not have to spend time cleaning out leaves before swimming. Arcus has exceptional experience with enclosures, having installed around 300. We now have the largest range in the UK from our four suppliers in Europe. Our Vega sliding is proving very popular as the lowest cost full walk around enclosure available, and it suits domestic as well as commercial situations. With our own pool factory in north Cambridgeshire – Propa Pools and the recently acquired Sunsoka above ground pool are also made in the same unit – Arcus Pools & Enclosures is able to offer the most comprehensive pool range possible. We are happy to supply and/or install and we always offer exceptional support and service. For more information contact us on 01945 450170 or visit our website at .

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Relax and unwind

Creating a true wellbeing oasis with Cheshire Wellness


or more than 40 years award-winning Cheshire Wellness has been pushing the boundaries in the world of aqua-leisure design. We pride ourselves on creating environments that not only encourage wellbeing and health at their most innovative, but also function as a sanctuary in which you can completely unwind, revitalise and socialise. Creating bespoke swimming pools, spas, swimspas and thermal experience rooms – ranging from the traditional sauna and

steam room, to cultural delights such as the Turkish hammam or the health infused oasis of a salt room – all of our state-of-the-art designs are created entirely with your vision in mind. Using a fresh approach to wellness in water and taking inspiration from the natural world, modern art and architecture, we deliver outstanding results time after time – our impressive portfolio is testimony to this. Describe your dream and our talented team will combine their imagination,

expertise and assistance; working alongside you to bring your ideas to life. Begin to discover our concept of Live Life Well and contact us today on 0151 336 3417 or visit | Traditional Homes

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Desjoyaux technology revolutionises the family swimming pool


f you thought all swimming pool systems were the same. It’s time to think again. The traditional sand filters, backwashing and the well documented problems with leaking underground pipework have been a source of frustration for many pool owners for years, but now all that has changed. New technology has transformed the industry, led by Desjoyaux Pools who have been designing and building domestic and commercial pools for more than 50 years. The company is now the largest and probably the most successful swimming pool company in the world and currently sells over 15,000 pools a year. So what, you may ask, has changed? Firstly, you want flexibility with your pool structure so that it reflects your ideas. Secondly, you want a system that is fast to construct, strong and easy to maintain. Most importantly you want to enjoy your investment all year round at minimal cost. Desjoyaux has listened carefully to what people want and designed their systems to

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provide what their customers ask for: ƒƒ Low cost ƒƒ Fast build ƒƒ Professionally trained installation experts ƒƒ Long-term structure integrity ƒƒ No costly pump or pool house ƒƒ No wasted pool water, backwashing filters ƒƒ Automatic water treatment systems ƒƒ Strong, effective safety covers ƒƒ Low-cost heating options to extend pool use ƒƒ Long-term warranties and professional, caring, after sales service These are just a few of the reasons why Desjoyaux pools are so successful. Pools can be built within two weeks. The company designed and patented its unique ‘active permanent casing’ concept to reduce build time without compromising the structure’s strength and integrity. The pool wall system is composed of polypropylene ‘chimneys’ that are bolted together and then filled with concrete at the same time the pool

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base is poured. The result is a reinforced, self-supporting monolithic pool wall structure, which has even been proven to withstand earthquakes. Their filtration system is also unique and patented, and it is pipe-free. Desjoyaux offers two types of pipe-free filtration: the PFI, which is ideal for new builds and is integrated within the pool wall structure, and the GRI, which is perfect for renovating an existing pool with traditional sand filters and leaking pipe-work. Automatic water treatment systems ensure you spend all your free time in the pool, not cleaning it or testing the water. For more information telephone 0800 012 2521 or visit our website at

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Keep clean in the kitchen with this pretty red butterfly apron. Made from cotton, the Amy apron costs £15, from Pinch of Salt Home.

There’s nothing like happy horses to cheer you up. This cushion in cotton canvas was created by Lush Designs and costs £42 from Rume.

Ideal for dog lovers, the Black Labrador collection features china and textiles for a coordinated look. From £6 for a tea towel to £25 for a cushion; the mugs cost £9 each, from Sophie Allport.

The spongeware pattern on this teapot has a classical appeal, conjuring up images of cosy family tea times. Farmyard teapot, £54.95, by Emma Bridgewater.

Adorable otter cushion in teal, orange and brown, designed by illustrator Tom Frost. It costs £20 from Hunkydory Home.

Cheery, chirpy birdies to brighten up your day. Patchwork bird hooks, £12.99, from The Contemporary Home.

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Cats always find the most comfortable places to sleep don’t they? Cat Naps cotton tea towel, £9.95, from Let It Reign.

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Cheer up your table with this bright bone china butter dish. It costs £30 from Laura Lee Designs.

These pretty patchwork owls with button eyes would look good nesting on any style of sofa. Appliqué cushion, £9.95, from the Dotcomgiftshop.

Are you a cat or a dog person? Fine china pet mugs, £2 each, from Tesco.

Brighten up your living room with this red and green cushion featuring the cutest Pug. It costs £10, from Sabichi.

Look out for the zebra crossing! This distinctive cushion is made from linen and printed with water-based inks. Featuring black fringing and a concealed zip, it costs £75, from Let It Reign.

Light up your life with this Retro Birds lampshade, very 1970s. It costs £36, from Hunkydory Home.

Would you like milk in that? Meow mugs, featuring one of four kitties, cost £8.50 each, from Magpie. | Traditional Homes

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Design Talk Creating a beautiful home

Fit interior lighting to cupboards to show off your favourite items; to alter the mood of a room and create a cosy ambiance consider dimmable wall lights. Britania Viejo Via kitchen series by Doca in Blanco Viejo. Kitchen from £25,000

Lighten up! Illuminating your home will be all the easier if you take into account a few simple rules, says Mary Leslie


sing light to design a home is trickier than it was a few years ago because new technologies and new light bulbs are coming on the market fast. It is hard enough for the experts to keep up, let alone anyone else. However, if you are carrying out simple lighting alterations and do not need to hire a professional designer, there are a number of rules to follow, all of which will make a considerable difference to the finished result, especially in a traditional interior. Take it step by step When deciding on lighting your first task should be to get an accurate measured floor plan and then to mark existing light fittings and sockets on to it. The next stage is to add your proposed furniture layout – the fitting

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should follow the layout, not the other way round, unless your budget is very tight. Think about how you hope to use the space, for example will you have living rooms that are also corridors? Can you see potential dark spots, such as the turns on stairs? What sort of atmosphere would you like to create? Do you want the room to be brightly light or have pools of light against a darker background? Get the light right There are four types of light to consider in your home – natural, ambient, task and accent. To give your home depth and character you should try to incorporate all four types into each area. Natural light. It is important to maximise natural daylight from an aesthetic – and cost – perspective, and

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This contemporary Circo light is from the Torus collection. Available in a range of colours and finishes it is a stunning pendant that would be ideal in a living room. From £395 by Rousseau Design

design Talk Creating a beautiful home when thinking about room layout you should take this into consideration. There will be times during the day when no electric light is needed, even in homes with small windows. I am constantly amazed by people who automatically switch on lights whether they are necessary or not. For example, would moving a chair closer to a window make it easier to read without extra light? Can you face a window when you want to iron, sew or cook? In a study or home office simply positioning the desk in a different part of the room could mean you do not need electric lights while you work. In my office I only put the lights on when the daylight fades, and even then a single desk lamp is enough if I am at the computer – why waste electricity by switching on more?

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Ambient light This is the light that enables you to move around safely. Corridors and staircases should always be well lit. I have worked on a number of traditional homes where low level lighting has been used to complement the ceiling lights. This is particularly useful if you want lighting to be left on at night, in case people move around in the semi dark (especially small children). I also make sure that bathroom lights are on dimmers, or that there is a low level source of light. You don’t want all lights blazing when you go to the loo in the night. Task light This is the one that enables you to carry out different activities, such as reading, writing, cooking, sewing and dressing, when natural

Arrange your lighting to create a focal point in your kitchen, as shown here with these three statement pendants hung in a row for maximum practical and aesthetic benefit. Kitchen by Richard Baker Furniture

This Flowerpot pendant is inspired by the work of Danish interior designer Verner Panton. The retro look will work with most layouts and the shape of the shade will ensure an even spread of light around the room. £39.99 from Value Lights | Traditional Homes

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Design Talk Creating a beautiful home feature much more interesting. I always like to have directional lights over a dining or coffee table, which can highlight a centrepiece. A word of warning – you need to know precisely where you are going to position your table before you confirm lighting positions, as they will be difficult to move later. Also, if you plan to have lights over a dining table remember to install wall lights and candles too. Nothing ages someone over the age of about 22 quicker than having light wash down their face from above. Energy saving Getting back to technology. We all now have to use low energy light bulbs in our homes and the light given off by these is different to that from the light bulbs we were using just a few years ago, not least because it takes a while for low energy bulbs to illuminate a space fully. The light cast is also different: it is not as soft and is somewhat harsher, which is why it is important to look at your colour schemes in every kind of light. Schemes that work in daylight or with soft, old fashioned light bulbs, will not look the same with LEDs; colours that look wonderful in sunshine may change under low voltage downlights; and items that look fantastic in a showroom situation will not look the same in a domestic setting. For those reasons it is vital to make sure the colours you choose for each room in your home work at their best under all types of light, in situ as well as in store.

A bedside light is essential for bedtime reading. Hericus lamp in antique ivory featuring a French drum oyster linen shade, £399, from Heathfield & Co light is not enough. Decorative table and floor lamps come into their own as task lighting, and you should think about the size of the lamps and strength of the light bulbs for each task. A bedside light should be tall and bright enough to make reading in bed easy, whereas a light for sewing needs to be strong and as close to daylight as possible, and lamps for reading or playing games need to give you a strong spread of light. I avoided floor standing lamps for a long time because there were so few

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suitable ones on the market, but now I am a great fan. They are so versatile. Accent lighting This leads the eye to the highlights of a room, giving depth and atmosphere. Picture lights, bookcase and shelf lights, directional spotlights and wall washers all help to highlight different areas and objects. If you have a view towards a particular feature in your home can you light it so that it draws the eye? If so, it will make that

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Mary 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

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Finished in pale lapis, this Canterbury freestanding bath measures H65 x L176 x W80cm. Made from a resin and stone composite, it is sold unpainted so can be adapted to any bathroom colour scheme. It costs ÂŁ1,650, from Fired Earth

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hether they are a response to our busier lives or simply a desire to make a fashion statement in the home, freestanding baths appear to be enjoying a fresh wave of popularity at the moment. They add a touch of luxury and lend themselves particularly well to the home spa environment many people aspire to with their bathroom décor. According to Lesley Taylor, design director at Taylor’s Etc, they “bring a sense of elegance”. She adds: “Incorporating a freestanding bath into the plainest of

bathrooms will still allow the space to make a wow factor impression.” Leanne Martin, product manager at Ideal Standard, agrees. “The bath becomes the centrepiece, an iconic part of the room. With these baths the focus shifts from practicality and function and instead prioritises the user experience and creates a feeling of indulgence.” So it’s no longer simply about washing. Day-to-day concerns have perhaps been superseded by this desire for luxury and our need for relaxation. As Lesley says: At the end

of a hard day, nothing quite beats a long, hot soak in the bath, and a freestanding model provides the depth and comfort needed for ultimate relaxation.”

“Freestanding baths are part of a trend for ever more luxury in the bathroom.” Drummond Shaw, director, Drummonds

Boat roll top bath in twin skinned acrylic. It measures L75 x W71 x H73 cm and costs £469 from Victoria Plumb

Handmade Usk bath, L166 x W69 x H69.5cm. Finished in antique-look copper. From £3,210, by Drummonds

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Ideas for your Home Freestanding baths

Part of the Esplanade bathroom collection, this tub is finished in a dark wood panelling (oak) and measures L191 x W104.5cm. It also comes in corner and back-to-wall models, and a silk (white varnish) finish. Freestanding version from £4,832, by Duravit

This Aegean bath with integral base is available in four finishes – metallic gloss, metallic matt, gloss or matt – and three colours gold, silver and copper. It measures L180 x W84 x H46cm and costs £2,094, from Holloways of Ludlow | Traditional Homes

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A wide bath edge is ideal for rim mounted fittings. Classic Duo Oval Wide, with one-piece panelling in Alpine white. Fabricated from steel enamel, it measures L180 x W80cm and is available in a variety of colours. Around ÂŁ3,196, from Kaldewei

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Ivory travertine bath crafted from a solid piece of stone. It measures L190 x W 123 x H 62cm and costs £11,700, from Indigenous

The shape of this distinctive Cabrits tub is designed to support the bather’s back and legs, as well as providing a focal point to the bathroom. Made from Quarrycast, which is rich in volcanic limestone, it costs from £3,575, from Victoria & Albert Baths | Traditional Homes

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Ideas for your Home Freestanding baths

Add colour to your bathroom with the Lincoln cast iron tub, which is sold ready to paint. It measures L178 x W80 x H67.5cm and is shown here finished in Farrow & Ball Rectory Red. ÂŁ1,673 from CP Hart

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Ideas for your Home Freestanding baths Choosing your bath There are a number of factors to consider before purchase, including the size of your bathroom. A small space need not prevent you from installing this type of bath, as you could position it against a wall, but it is important to allow enough room to move around the tub.

“The role of the bathroom has transformed from a purely functional purpose to being a place in which to relax and unwind.” Lesley Taylor, design director, Taylor’s Etc

Bentley cast-iron bath with white, primed cast iron, chrome or antique gold feet. From £1,175 at Taylor’s Etc | Traditional Homes

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Ideas for your Home Freestanding baths

Crafted from solid copper, the Camborne sports an antique finish and measures L180 x W85 x D85cm. From ÂŁ3,999, at Bagno Design

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Ideas for your Home Freestanding baths Choice of material is also important. Whether you go for a cast iron, acrylic, composite or stone bath you will need to take into account the weight bearing down on the floor, with the bath empty and full, and cost for any necessary reinforcements. Increased water usage is a further issue, not just from an environmental point of view. “You will also need to check your boiler is able to cope with the added depth of a freestanding bath as it will require a greater capacity of water,” explains Lesley. “If your current system does not have a fast enough flow rate or is unable to provide the amount of hot water needed, and the budget is not available to upgrade your existing boiler, there is no point going for a freestanding bath.”

“Freestanding baths add an undisputed element of romance and luxury that just can’t be gained from any other type of tub.”

Emma Sturgess, marketing manager at Frontline Bathrooms

Old America traditional roll top bath with adjustable chrome feet. It measures L170 x W76 x H61cm, and costs around £2,579, from Glass Idromassaggio

Kildwick freestanding bath, finished in gloss white and shown with chrome feet (other options available). It measures L170 x W75 x D45cm and costs from £615, from Frontline Bathrooms | Traditional Homes

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Ideas for your Home Freestanding baths

For sheer opulence the art deco inspired Bagatelle ticks all the boxes. Shown in a finish of anthracite and matt white, with a gold base, this resin bath is available patterned or plain, and in gloss, matt or mother of pearl finishes. From ÂŁ12,000 at Bathrooms International

Add warmth to your bathroom with wood. This Lb3 panelled bath is complemented by matching furniture. It costs from ÂŁ1.927, by Laufen

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Ideas for your Home Freestanding baths

Double ended Maderia bath in cast iron, L170 x W69.5 x H72cm. Paint it to suit your bathroom dĂŠcor. ÂŁ4,455, from Heritage Bathrooms | Traditional Homes

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Ideas for your Home Freestanding baths Get the look For a period property a traditional, cast-iron bath with claw feet will often fit the bill, while for a contemporary setting you may decide on a more modern design. “Sleek freestanding baths are enormously popular and provide a simpler alternative to the more ornate

“For people seeking to create that day spa, luxury hotel feel in their homes, freestanding baths offer the ultimate bathing experience.” Leanne Martin, product manager, Ideal Standard

The double-ended Chalice features a tap ledge and built-in plinth. It is finished in gloss white and measures L178 x W93.5 x H56cm. £1,620, from BC Designs

Lagaro is made from composite Idealcast for the strength of cast iron without the weight. Supplied ready to paint, this cradle bath measures L169.5 x W79.5 x D60cm and costs from £1,372, from Ideal Standard

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Ideas for your Home Freestanding baths

This traditional Victorian single slipper bath is finished in red and measures 170 x 76cm. It costs £4,108, from Porcelanosa

The cast iron Le Bateau Foix is available in a painted or polished finish, shown. It measures L165 x W70 x H58cm (67.5 cm at its highest point), and costs from £3,400 at Catchpole & Rye | Traditional Homes

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Ideas for your Home Freestanding baths

With its modern, light oak trestle stand, this bath is a different take on traditional freestanding tubs. It measures L170 x W75cm and costs £2,593 from Bathrooms 365

This stone-look tub is crafted from Duralight – a material that captures the look and feel of real stone. Baby Feel bath, L180 x W100cm, around £6,840, from Teuco

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Ideas for your Home Freestanding baths “A great freestanding bath always creates a wonderful centrepiece. It is a bold statement, which simply says the bathroom is to be enjoyed.” Drummond Shaw, director, Drummonds

Patinato is finished in white, natural stone and measures L168 x W80x D54cm. It costs from £2,759, from the Radiator and Bathroom Gallery

c­­ ast-iron claw and ball feet baths,” says Mark Holloway, owner of Holloways of Ludlow. “Bateau baths in particular, in a range of finishes from copper to tin, are proving very well liked.” Or, you could go against the flow and mix and match traditional and modern, says Drummond Shaw, director of Drummonds. “One of the strongest trends we are seeing now is the fusion between our classic baths and our contemporary finishes, which range from copper cladding to painted and textured hand finishing.” Whatever your choice, be it elegant and roll top or sculptured and minimal, make sure it suits you before buying – so ignore the strange looks and jump in. Joss Thomas, founder and MD of Indigenous advises: “It’s not until you get in that you can properly assess the size, comfort, where the taps will work best and how easy it will prove to climb in and out.”

This elegant limestone Classic bath from Stonecast features a gently sloping high back. It measures L170 x W78cm and costs £2,995 | Traditional Homes

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oorcroft, living the passion for RHS Chelsea 2013 as both historic institutions celebrate a centenary of wonder in floral visions. These designs are inspirations of the Design Studio of Moorcroft as the world famous art pottery celebrates her centenary year in a blaze of colours and superb artistry. You will find all of these designs hidden in a table in Stoke-onTrent City Council’s Silver Medal winning Transformation Garden, and for those that simply want to take Chelsea home with them following

the spectacular gardening celebration as the iconic RHS Chelsea Flower Show reaches its 100th anniversary at the Royal Hospital, these five limited designs are available to purchase locally at the Moorcroft Heritage Visitor Centre, Sandbach Road, Burslem.

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Preserving our heritage Expert in the manufacture and supply of lime mortar products, Heritage Cob and Lime reveals the secrets of this natural building material What is lime mortar?

Lime mortar is derived from quarried limestone or chalk, (calcium carbonate) which is then crushed and fed into a kiln, where it is heated to a temperature in excess of 850°C. The process changes the limestone into calcium oxide and carbon dioxide, better known as quicklime. This is then slaked for at least three months, (mixed with water, which produces heat known as an exothermic reaction) where it becomes lime putty and takes on the appearance of cream cheese. Mix lime putty with good quality sand, and you have lime mortar. Depending on the task in hand, hair can be added at the time of applying the mortar to give it strength and stop it cracking.

Why use lime mortar?

Before 1930, building techniques differed greatly from those practised today by many modern builders. Traditional buildings were usually made of cob (earth), brick or stone. There were no damp proof courses or cavity walls, and the very nature of using such materials for building inevitably meant that moisture would be drawn up the walls. However, it was well known that the properties of lime mortar allow moisture to evaporate to the outside, letting the

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structure breathe and alleviating any damp issues. The same principle still holds true today.

How does lime mortar work?

Lime mortar has a greater porosity than cement and so lets the surface breathe. It also allows a certain amount of movement within the structure, unlike its modern day counterpart, which will crack, let water into the wall and result in deterioration of the cob/stone underneath. Lime mortar is in fact self healing and reduces cracking problems. When lime mortars crack, they tend to do so in tiny micro cracks. When used as an exterior render, the movement of rainwater through the surface of the mortar joints dissolves the free lime, which gets deposited in the micro cracks as the water evaporates. A chemical reaction sees the lime subsequently react with the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and is converted to calcium carbonate, so in a very short period of time, the cracks are healed, which all takes place without any interference from man.

How durable is lime mortar?

Anyone who has worked with traditional building materials will know lime mortar is

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extremely tough. Firstly, it’s very flexible and makes for more effective filling of vertical joints. Because lime mortar acts like a sponge, it absorbs rainfall and then allows it to evaporate, rather than soak into a wall. This means reduced water penetration, which also minimises the risk of the freeze thaw damage that can be extremely detrimental to masonry structures. Cement mortar on the other hand is brittle and inflexible, and can trap moisture in behind it, giving rise to a variety of problems such as poor insulation, and decay, especially if it’s rendered on top of cob. Lime render can be applied to a variety of backgrounds, including cob, brick and stone. When used internally lime mortar can also be applied to wooden laths for ceilings and internal partitions.

How do you use it?

When restoring a wall, all the old plaster must first be removed and any repairs done before applying the first scat coat of a 3:1 mix of sand and lime putty. The lime mortar needs to be kept damp in the initial stages of application, if it dries out too quickly, or is applied too thick, it will crack. The more porous the background, the more water

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required and a sprayer should be used to dampen down the wall. A haired dub coat is then added and scratched ready for the third coat, which is floated to a smooth finish. This method applies to both external and internal plastering, with an internal wall receiving a final top coat of a 3:2 mix of sand and lime putty to give a fine finish.

Can I paint lime mortar?

Lime mortar should be finished with a breathable paint such as lime wash, which allows the wall to continue to breathe. The

case for using limewash as opposed to modern paints is quite simple. Limewash works by sinking into the surface unlike modern barrier paints. It reduces the effects of condensation and enables the moisture within the walls to evaporate to the outside. Modern paints simply seal a structure, which in older buildings can lead to dampness and condensation problems, ultimately increasing the risk of decay in cob walls, as well as in the structural timbers and any stonework. Another plus for limewash is that it has fire proofing qualities and because it is alkaline it is also anti-bacterial and an insecticide, so bugs such as woodworm and deathwatch beetle don’t like it. Lime wash has a soft, chalky, matt appearance, due to its complex crystalline matrix, and is naturally white in colour. It gives a multi-dimensional depth of colour that has a unique character that cannot be replicated with modern plastic-based paints. Made from lime putty with pigment and water added to create a smooth wash, lime wash is available in a large range of colours that are made with both natural and manufactured pigments, including clay and silica, which are coloured with iron oxides in the earth. Although less intense in colour than manufactured pigments, natural pigments give a soft gentle hue, which is very attractive. Manufactured pigments are inorganic, using natural components that mimic traditional earth pigments, the end

result being a stronger, more consistent and durable colour.

The use of lime mortar today

The application of lime mortar dates back more than 2000 years, yet its use in construction still remains valid today because it delivers so many pluses. The last decade has seen a resurgence of interest in restoring historic properties in the correct manner, whether it’s a grand castle or two up, two down, cob cottage. The government has also indicated it wants the industry to move towards reducing the current carbon footprint created by the production of cement-based products. The manufacture and use of lime mortar ticks all the boxes on that front and more, and ensures that it will continue to play an ever increasing role in the future of preserving our nation’s historic heritage. If your property is listed, please contact your local authority and speak to the conservation/historic buildings officer before you begin any work as it is imperative you act in accordance with the rules that govern listed buildings. For more information about Heritage Cob and Lime telephone 01237 477431 or visit Find us on Facebook: Twitter: @HeritageCobLime | Traditional Homes

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raditional Homes & Interiors has teamed up with Hastings Hotels and ferry company Stena Line to offer one lucky reader a luxurious weekend break in Belfast. The prize includes: ■■ Two night’s bed and full Irish breakfast for two in an executive bedroom at the prestigious five-star Hastings Culloden Estate and Spa ■■ Gourmet dinner for two in the Mitre Restaurant on one evening with a bottle of wine ■■ Full use of the exclusive spa, including a one-hour treatment of your choice per person ■■ Return ferry travel for two people from Liverpool by Stena Line to Belfast Standing on the wooded slopes of the Holywood hills, overlooking Belfast Lough and the County Antrim coastline, is the magnificent Culloden Estate and Spa. Originally built as an official palace for the Bishops of Down, the 105-bedroom hotel stands in 12 acres of beautiful secluded gardens and woodland and is located just five miles from Belfast city centre. Each guest room is exquisitely decorated and tastefully furnished and many afford wonderful views of the gardens. Enjoy gourmet dining in the Mitre Restaurant, with a range of dishes created using only the finest local produce, or a more informal meal in the bistro-style Cultra Inn.

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Home comforts Designer interview

Five minutes with… Sophie Allport

How did you start doing the work you do? As a child I always loved to paint and draw and I had a brilliant art teacher at school who always encouraged me. My father was very artistic and both my parents supported and inspired me to go to the Lincoln School of Art & Design. I then went on to Leeds University where I graduated in 1994 with a first class honours degree in Graphic Art & Design, specialising in illustration.

How long have you been working in the industry? After graduating, I headed to London and managed to get an agent. I started working as a freelance illustrator designing everything from wine labels to illustrating books and magazines. In 2006 my brother Jem left his job as an accountant and Sophie Allport Ltd was born. With his business acumen and my creativity we make a great team and now employ 10 people at our head office near Stamford in Lincolnshire.

What would you be if you hadn’t become a designer? I was always very sporty and thrived in PE lessons at school, so if I hadn’t pursued

a career in design I think I would have trained to be a PE teacher.

What is your favourite colour? With three boys it probably has to be blue! I’ve always loved the different hues of blues and greys.

Do you follow fashion? Not especially. I like to come up with original designs that inspire me rather than follow anyone else’s themes or ideas. In terms of my own fashion I rarely get time to go shopping, but I do like to get dressed up when I go out.

Out of everything you’ve worked on, what has been your favourite project? That’s a difficult one. I design an exclusive collection for The All England Lawn Tennis Association at Wimbledon every year and I always love that – I’m an avid tennis fan and thoroughly enjoy the challenge of creating a new collection each time. Of my own designs I suppose I always enjoy the one I’m working on at the time – we’ve just launched the Rose collection, which is so pretty and perfect for summer. I love my gardening and have always had a passion for roses. I’m currently working on a new Christmas collection and

finalising a new range for autumn, which I’m very excited about.

Do you have any advice for somebody thinking of following in your footsteps? You must be prepared to work really, really hard and make lots of sacrifices, but if you’re | Traditional Homes

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Home comforts Designer interview determined, you’ll love it. There’s nothing better than seeing your work in someone’s home or on the shelf in a shop. We’ve even spotted one of our bags on Celebrity Come Dine With Me recently!

Who or what has inspired you in your work? I’m continually inspired by the world we live in. Since moving out of London I love watching the changing of the seasons and all the new colours they bring. Nature and the countryside are probably my main inspiration and you can see that from my collections.

What is your favourite room in your house? Definitely the kitchen, it’s the heart of our home and where we spend the majority of our time as with the Aga and the log burner it’s cosy and warm. I love to cook and entertain in the kitchen, and my boys do their homework and race their cars along the kitchen floor.

In your home, what is your favourite piece of furniture? I have a really comfy armchair covered in our Chicken fabric and I love snuggling up in it watching the TV, in front of the fire.

What keeps you awake at night? I’m usually so exhausted when my head hits the pillow! I’m lucky to sleep deeply until one of my boys jumps on me early in the morning and it’s time to do the school run

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again before heading to work or to my studio to paint.

Who or what makes you happiest? Being at home with my family. Children grow up so fast and I really savour my time with them. I also love being by the seaside – it inspires me and I find it very relaxing – and we regularly go to the north Norfolk coast and walk on the beach, build sandcastles and play cricket with our boys.

What three words describe you? Creative, mother, busy

What are your plans for the future? I would love the Sophie Allport brand to grow. I enjoy designing things that I want to have in my home and if other people want them, too, well then that’s a huge compliment.


ophie Allport is a designer and illustrator who draws her inspiration from the world around her. Her newest collection – Rose – joins popular favourites such as Busy Bees, Chickens and Butterfly, which appear across her fabrics and china. Sophie also recently launched a range of dog mugs depicting different breeds (see our feature on page 72) and she launched her first Christmas collection in 2012.

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Home comforts Craft work

Embroidered elephant cushion

Follow our guide to creating this richly decorated cushion – a true jewel for your home Nelly cushion This Nelly is a highly decorated elephant! You can either follow the stitch guide overleaf or create your own design and choose your own colours.

Supplies For the embroidery: 20cm diameter embroidery hoop DMC stranded embroidery thread in the following colours: Mint green 3849 Peach 3441 Pale green 3013 Beige 822 Sky blue 3810

Orange 741 Raspberry 891 Yellow 3819 Lilac 340 Gold 832 Metallic gold E3852

For the cushion: Two 50 x 50cm squares of linen 1m x 50cm cotton lining fabric Cushion stuffing

To embroider the design 1. Enlarge the pattern by 118% and cut out. Place the template on one of the squares of linen, pin in place and

trace around using tailor’s chalk or an air-erasable pen. Remove the template. 2. Using a brightly coloured thread, tack the outline of the elephant so you can see the shape on both sides of the fabric – this will be useful later, when sewing the cushion together. 3. Copy the embroidery pattern overleaf on to the fabric using a water-soluble pen or tailor’s chalk. When transferring the pattern, there is no need to copy every line on to your fabric. If you draw just her eye, ear, headpiece, saddle and the flowers, it is quite easy to free-style around these using different stitches following these basic guides. Place the linen in the embroidery hoop and embroider | Traditional Homes

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Home comforts Craft work following the stitch guide in the image. Use a full strand of floss. 4. When finished, sponge away the watersoluble pen or brush off the tailor’s chalk and press flat, using a damp cloth to protect the embroidery floss.

To make the cushion 5. Fold the piece of lining fabric in half widthways, pin the sides together and draw around the cushion template.

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Machine stitch around the line, leaving a 10cm turning hole at her feet. 6. Trim away the excess fabric to leave a 1cm seam allowance. Notch the fabric at her head, trunk and around her bottom to allow the fabric to lie flat when turned. Turn inside out and press. 7. Pin the embroidered fabric to the second linen square, embroidery facing inwards. Machine stitch around the tacked line of the elephant outline,

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again leaving a 10cm turning hole. Remove the tacking threads. Trim away any excess fabric and notch as before. Turn right side out and press, using a damp cloth. 8. Place the lining cushion inside the outer cushion and fill with stuffing, easing it into the trunk. Hand sew the lining cushion and then the outer cushion closed. Press the seam with a damp cloth.

Home comforts Craft work

How to embroider blanket and scallop stitch Blanket stitch ■■Sew a stitch from A to B, trapping the thread under the needle. ■■Put the needle back in the fabric at C and repeat step 1. Scallop stitch ■■Sew a loose stitch from A to B and bring the needle up at C. ■■Put the needle down at D, trapping the loose floss into a scallop. ■■Bring the needle up at E to continue the row.

This project comes from Simple Makes: Little Sew & Sew by Christine Leech, with photography by Keiko Oikawa. Published by Quadrille Publishing, £12.99. | Traditional Homes

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Home comforts Food


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meat-free lifestyle is the choice of increasing numbers of people. Vegetables are healthy and delicious – but you don’t have to be a committed vegetarian to enjoy them. In her new book Carolyn Humphries presents us with more than 200 mouth-watering recipes that take vegetables from the sidelines and place them centre stage. Even hardened carnivores will succumb to their power.

Home comforts Food

Blinis are usually made with yeast, but these are just as light and much quicker to make. They are best eaten fresh, but can be made in advance and reheated.

Beetroot and caraway blinis with soured cream Serves 4–6 Preparation 20 minutes To cook 40 minutes

Ingredients 115g plain flour Pinch of salt 2 tsp caster sugar 2 eggs, separated 250ml milk 1 tbsp caraway seeds 3 large or 6 small cooked beetroot, grated 1 large onion, finely chopped 1 tbsp chopped coriander or tarragon 200ml soured cream or crème fraîche Sunflower oil, for frying

1. Sift the flour, salt, and sugar into a bowl. Add the egg yolks and half the milk and beat well until smooth. 2. Stir in the remaining milk and add the caraway seeds and a quarter of the beetroot. Whisk the egg whites until stiff and fold in with a metal spoon. 3. Mix the onion with the coriander and place in a small serving dish. Put the remaining beetroot in a second serving dish and the soured cream in a third. Chill until ready to serve. 4. Heat a little oil in a non-stick frying pan. Pour off the excess. Add 3 tbsp batter and spread out to make a pancake about 10cm in diameter (you may be able to make 2 or 3, depending on the size of the pan). Cook over a medium-high heat for 1–2 minutes or until golden underneath and bubbles have risen and popped to the surface. Flip over and briefly cook the other side. Remove and keep warm while cooking the remainder. 5.

Serve the stack of blinis with the beetroot, onion, and coriander mixture and soured cream. To eat, take a blini, add a spoonful of beetroot, then a little onion mixture, and top with a dollop of soured cream. The blinis may also be made much smaller to serve as canapés.

Warm pasta, kale, and duck egg salad with truffle oil Knob of butter 2 tbsp olive oil 200g mixed wild mushrooms, cut up if large 2 tbsp chopped thyme, plus a few thyme leaves, to garnish 2 spring onions, chopped 4 tbsp truffle oil 2 tbsp white balsamic condiment Small black truffle, grated (optional), to garnish Warm ciabatta bread, to serve 1. Place the duck eggs in a steamer basket or large metal colander. Fill a bowl with cold water and set near the hob. 2. Add a generous pinch of salt to a large pan of water and bring to a boil, then add the pasta and stir. Bring back to a boil, top with the steamer containing the eggs, cover, and cook for 5 minutes. Add the kale to the steamer, cover, and cook for a further 5 minutes. Quickly take the steamer off the pan and immediately put the eggs in the bowl of cold water. Drain the pasta and rinse with cold water. Drain again and return to the pan. If fresh wild mushrooms aren’t available, use 140g white or chestnut ones, thickly sliced, and a handful of dried morels, chanterelles, or porcini, reconstituted.

3. While the kale is cooking, melt the butter and olive oil in a frying pan. Add the mushrooms and thyme and sauté, stirring, for 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add to the pasta with the kale and spring onions.

Serves 4 Preparation 20 minutes To cook 10 minutes

4. Whisk 2 tbsp truffle oil into the juices in the mushroom pan, along with the balsamic condiment, and a pinch of salt and a good grinding of pepper. Heat through, stirring, then pour into the pasta mixture. Toss gently.

Ingredients 4 large duck eggs, scrubbed Salt and freshly ground black pepper 225g conchiglie pasta 200g finely shredded curly kale, thick stalks removed

5. Pile into dishes and drizzle with the remaining truffle oil. Carefully shell the duck eggs and place one on top of each salad. Cut open so that the yolk trickles out slightly. Add a grating of black truffle, if using, and a few thyme leaves. Serve with warm ciabatta. | Traditional Homes

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Home comforts Food Vegetable ramen noodle bowl 1 litre vegetable stock 2 tbsp tamari or light soy sauce 2 tsp soft light brown sugar 3 tbsp mirin (or dry sherry) 4 spring onions, chopped 1 red pepper, deseeded and finely sliced 2 heads of pak choi, cut into thick shreds 1 courgette, cut into matchsticks 4 radishes, sliced 225g can bamboo shoots, drained 1 tsp crushed dried chillies (optional) 1 tbsp red miso paste 250g block firm tofu, cut into 8 slices Sweet chilli sauce, to drizzle (optional)

Miso paste enhances the flavour of this dish, but omit it if preferred and season with more tamari. Use dashi powder to make the vegetable stock, if it is available. Preparation 10 minutes, plus soaking To cook 10 minutes

Ingredients 2 x 10cm pieces wakame 2 heaped tbsp dried shiitake mushrooms 250g dried ramen noodles (or brown rice noodles)

1. Soak the wakame and mushrooms in 300ml warm water for 30 minutes. Lift out the wakame and cut into pieces before returning to the soaking water with the mushrooms. 2. Cook the noodles and drain. Put the stock in a large saucepan with the remaining ingredients, except the miso paste and tofu. Add the wakame, mushrooms, and soaking water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 3 minutes. 3. Blend a ladleful of the stock with the miso paste until smooth. Pour into the pan and stir gently. Taste and season. 4. Divide the noodles between 4 large open soup bowls. Add 2 slices of tofu to each bowl and ladle the very hot soup over.

Mushroom soup


30g butter 1 onion, finely chopped 2 celery sticks, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, crushed 450g mixed mushrooms, roughly chopped 200g potatoes, peeled and diced 1 litre vegetable stock 2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped Salt and pepper to taste 1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan, add the onion, celery and crushed garlic. Fry for 3-4 minutes, or until softened. Add the mushrooms and cook for 5-6 minutes. Tasty and easy to make, this is great for a light lunch or supper. Serves 4 Takes 55 minutes

2. Add 200g of peeled and diced potatoes and 1 litre of vegetable stock; bring to a boil and simmer gently for 30 minutes. Blend the soup until smooth. Sprinkle in the parsley, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and serve.

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