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Things I’ve seen, done and loved this month As a new season beckons, the colours of spring have been on our mind this month. Say hello to our favourite tones for country decorating this season by turning to our Decorating Special on page 65. Inspired by our ever-changing landscape and love of the naturally grown, the four shortlisted shades – denim, blossom, fern and honey – take on the colouration and character of frond and foliage patterns, sun-warmed florals, fresh sky hues and delicate painterly petals. These colours are at ease in rural-inspired settings and decor, and we show you how to use them in a fresh manner, matching them with of-the-moment furniture styles, textures and accessories for that modern country finish. For many of us, this is a time to refresh and revive. So regular readers will notice that we have updated many of your favourite features with savvy style advice, seasonal shopping ideas and new lifestyle tips. I hope you enjoy them!

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Blossoming ower bulbs in delicate colours. Terrarium, similar from Nordic House. Pots and planters, similar from Mia Fleur.

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C O U N T R Y D AY S Wearing beautiful blooms while working in the garden. Haven Prime waterproof jacket, col Grey Beau Bloom, £129; Printed wellies, col Grey Beau Stripe, £44.95, both Joules.

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Spoiling a special lady with sweet treats on Mother’s Day. Hearts mug, £11; napkin, £15 for 4; tea cosy, £14, all Sophie Allport.

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C O U N T R Y D AY S Refreshing the bedroom with the prettiest pastels. Darcey bed, from £649; Dovecote Floral bed set, £49.50; Botanical print, £6; hanging frame, £12, Dovecote trinket boxes, from £9.50, all Marks & Spencer.

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11 12 9 Comfort underfoot. Braided wool rug, 60x120cm, £155, Bloomingville at Scandi Living. 10 A beautiful vase for seasonal posies. Avron vase, H20cm, £30, Abode Living. 11 Celebrating the spring garden. Floral jug, H15cm, £15, Gisela Graham at The Contemporary Home. 12 Springing forward with an stylish clock. Concrete wall clock, 30cm diameter, £99, Oggetto.

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13 Botanical accents lighting the way. Killington lamp, H55cm, £74.95, One World Trading Company. 14 Planting up in gorgeous ceramics. Grow hanging pot, H9cm, £27, Anne Black. 15 A prickly character in the boot room. Hedgehog shoe brush, L30cm, £45, Redecker at Printer + Tailor. 16 Favourite cooking ingredients close at hand. Baroque crate, 20x17cm, £12.99, T&G Woodware. 12

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Garden-inspired accessories featuring floral prints and the beauty of wood. Lamp, £32; Garden cloche, £15; letter rack, £14, all Sainsbury’s.


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Home notes Love a jug! Designer Gisela Graham has partnered with the UK’s Butterfly Conservation charity to create Papillon, a pretty pastel giftware range inspired by seasonal blooms and the beautiful butterflies they attract. This charming milk jug, £22.99, is an ideal gift for Mother’s Day.

Easdale table, £799: bench, £399: Lloyd Loom chair, £299; Stanley shade, £95; tableware from £5; textured jug, £20, all Croft collection at John Lewis.

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Katie Charleson

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Katie is the current Designer in Residence at textiles brand, Woven. Bold painterly prints feature on cushions and throws in her new range, Rosehip & Poppy. What’s your workspace like? I share a studio in London with other artists, printmakers and designers – it’s a inspirational place to work. I find it hard to throw anything out so my desk is organised chaos but you never know where new ideas might come from! Describe the design process. I always carry a sketchbook with me, which I fill with scribbles, found objects and fabric samples. After coming up with a design, I try out different printing techniques and colours on various fabrics. Once I’m happy, I have them stitched into soft furnishings by a lovely local workshop. What inspired the collection? Plants and flowers feature heavily. I’m so drawn to them and enjoy visiting parks and gardens whenever I can. What’s been your proudest career moment so far? Every time I send an order out I feel proud! Hearing from happy

Mix natural woods with modern wicker

Love a laidback look customers makes me feel over the moon. What’s your favourite design from the new collection and why? It would have to be the throw (£285, shown above with the Hannah Rose cushion, £115). Made from 100% linen and bordered with teal silk velvet, it’s a cosy way to add colour and pattern. What’s next for you? I’m currently working with a Scottish manufacturer on my wallpaper collection, which will launch early next year. It includes a selection of classic floral and textural pieces, as well as a few fun designs for children, too. Sum up your creative style in three words. Expressive, colourful and luxurious. Visit katie charleson.com or call 07540 949639.

This season sees an update of our favourite Croft collection at John Lewis with the launch of new products and ranges, all designed with a modern rustic lifestyle in mind. The fresh palette of soft blues, pinks and leafy greens are beautifully complemented by crafted wicker and wood furniture. Seed collecting and foraging are at the heart of the accessories range, which features detailed grass, perennial and seedhead designs across cushions, bedding, kitchen linens and more, ideal for welcoming the beauty of nature into our homes just in time for spring.

FEELING BLUE Aga has introduced a new shade to its extensive colour palette: Dartmouth Blue. Named after the company’s favourite coastal town, the muted hue looks fantastic in both traditional and modern country kitchens. Shown here is the three-oven Aga Dual Control, priced at £10,595. Country Homes & Interiors

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Garden notes We want these now... It’s the best time to prune roses. Cuts should be no more than 5mm above the bud and should slope away from it so water does not collect on the bud. A sturdy but pretty pair of waterproof gauntlets like these will make the job so much easier. Bradleys Floral gardening gloves, £26, Garden Divas.

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Roger Parsons Roger Parsons has been growing sweet peas for over 30 years and is custodian of a National Collection of Lathyrus. He is THE sweet pea expert.

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Ammi majus, thalictrum and Verbena bonariensis. What’s the best way to keep the summer show going? Plenty of watering and remove the dead flowers. Ideally, plant them in sun, but where they’ll get shade during the very hottest part of the day. If you had to choose three... ‘Albutt Blue’ (above) is an elegant white sweet pea with a lavender-blue edge and wavy petals, a wonderful fragrance and it flowers for ages. ‘Matucana’ has the maroon and violet flowers of the wild sweet pea, plus a fabulous fragrance. And pink and white ‘Promise’, one of the tall Spencer varieties. Visit rpsweet peas.com.

If you have an established plant, it’s not too late to encourage an early crop of rhubarb. You’ll need something to cover the plant – a big plastic pot will do, although you can’t beat the look of a traditional terracotta rhubarb forcer. Remove any rotting leaves from the crown of the plant, then give it a mulch of garden compost or well-rotted manure. Finally, cover it with your forcer, making sure no light will get in, and, if you like, cover in bubble wrap to speed up the process. Give it six to eight weeks and you should have plenty of pink stems ready to cook and eat in compotes, pies and crumbles.

DA F F W I T H A D I F F E R E N C E If you want to grow narcissi, but fancy something a little different, ‘Keats’ is one to search out. Six unusually slim white petals fan out elegantly from the centre and it is beautifully scented. As a bonus, it will also cope with damp conditions better than most daffodils. From £9.95 for 15 bulbs at Sarah Raven.

FEATURE FRANCESCA CLARKE PHOTOGRAPHS (RHUBARB) GAP PHOTOS, (NARCISSUS) GAP PHOTOS/JONATHAN BUCKLEY

How did you get into sweet peas? I remember growing them as a child, going with my mother to Woolworths and buying 6d packets of seeds. They’re so easy that they’re addictive – then there’s the fragrance, the myriad colours, and elegance of the flowers. When is the best time to sow? For late-summer and autumn flowers, sow in March or April. If you want the longest stems for cutting and early flowers, sow in October from the Midlands south; January or February further north. Any good tips on climbing structures? Traditional pea sticks are best. Some gardeners weave them into lovely arches or tunnels. If you don’t have a great deal of space, try semi-dwarf varieties, which need minimal support. And planting companions? Try planting with smaller flowers that will look good in a vase with the cut sweet peas: Alchemilla mollis,

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Food notes We want this now... Just made for an Aga or hob, the timeless design of this new stove-top kettle from KitchenAid will make a fine addition to any kitchen. The porcelain exterior resists staining and the thumb-press spout allows for easy filling. It’s also got a homely whistle. KitchenAid stove-top kettle, 1.9L, £99, available in Empire Red, left, Onyx Black, Almond Cream and Stainless Steel.

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Alison Abernethy

FEATURE SARAH WILSON PHOTOGRAPH (SEEDS) STOCKFOOD

In the beautiful hills of Co Down, Abernethy country butter is handmade in the traditional way. Alison started making butter as a hobby using her great granny’s churn and three years ago gave up her job as a nurse to focus on the business full-time with her husband Will, after Heston Blumenthal asked them to supply his restaurant The Fat Duck. What’s so special about your butter? The cream we use is the very best and results in a lighter, creamier butter. We add a pinch of salt and nothing else, so it’s very pure. Commercially made butter is squeezed at high pressure, while ours is slowly churned. There is no comparison. We started with a 2 litre churn and now use a 35 litre one. As well as the regular butter, we make a smoked one and another version using freshly harvested dulse from the north coast of Ireland, which is dried and added along with Atlantic sea salt. You’ve won many awards – which one means the most? We were runners-up in the BBC Food and Farming Awards, which was an amazing result for us. We

Innovative ways to enjoy edible seeds

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were also in the Great Taste Awards Top 50 last year – out of 10,000 entries. How does social media work for your business? It’s very important. We have accounts on Instagram and Twitter that are followed by chefs and foodies, plus Facebook for the general public. Nigella Lawson, who has nearly two million followers, tweeted that Abernethy is the only butter she uses – you can’t beat that kind of endorsement. Anything else we need to know? We also make award-winning fudge and sea salted caramel made with butterscotch vodka. Visit abernethy butter company.com, 07890 139357.

Edible seeds have been on our healthy eating radar for a while, but this spring we’re getting more creative with them. How about a seedy pizza dough? Just add 2 tbsp fennel, hemp, chia or sesame seeds to the ratio of 500g flour. Or try making your own seed butters. For pumpkin seed butter, pulse 300g fresh pumpkin seeds, 150ml extra virgin olive oil, a pinch of fennel seed, 2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme, the juice of half a lemon and a pinch of rock salt in a blender until you get the consistency of peanut butter. For more ideas, see Amazing Edible Seeds by Vicki Edgson and Heather Thomas (£20, Jacquie Small), out this month.

P I N K F I Z Z A N YO N E ? We’re big fans of Gloucestershire’s Daylesford Organic Farm. What better place to shop for Mother’s Day treats? This sparkling Rosé Frizzante, £13.50 for 75cl, makes a lovely gift for celebrating any special event. Made from organically grown grapes on a family-run vineyard, you can buy it on its own (and reuse the bottle for homemade elderflower cordial or sloe gin) or in a wooden crate accompanied by two bottles of Prosecco if you really want to splash out. Country Homes & Interiors

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Out & A bout L EA R N T O B E P H O T O S M A RT Do you have a country business with gorgeous buys? Learn how to capture your product in the best light with the help of expert Lyndsey James. On the beginners Photocraft e-course you’ll learn about photoshoot planning, styling, camera skills (for smartphones, too), and lighting for your blog or shop. The six-week course costs £495. For more details, visit photocraft.org.

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St Mary’s Inn

Town and country... Regency classic

The place to go... Cheltenham

Love garden butterflies! There’s an extra splash of uplifting colour at RHS Garden Wisley this season with Butterflies in the Glasshouse (14 January to 5 March, rhs.org.uk/wisley). See more than 55 species of butterfly flutter by, swoop and feed, from a blue morpho and forest giant owl to a ruby-spotted swallowtail. 20

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This Northumberland country pub, near Stannington, offers great food throughout the day, plus afternoon tea and Sunday lunch. What’s so special? It’s big and inviting with colourful spaces, cosy corners and roaring real fires. What’s on the menu? The seafood is caught in the morning and served at the inn the same day. You can also enjoy Cheviot Lamb, Lindisfarne oysters, Craster kippers and Northumberland game. For afternoon tea, there are sandwiches, homemade scones and freshly baked cakes. Where does the veg come from? St Mary’s supports local businesses whenever possible and the menu features produce from regional suppliers including

organic vegetables from specialist grower Ken Holland. There is also fruit and veg from the inn’s kitchen garden. Can you stay over? Choose from 11 beautiful country-style rooms with comfy beds and stylish touches, plus a private rooftop courtyard to relax in. What’s the customer mantra? A passion to make you feel at home. St Mary’s Inn, St Mary’s Lane, St Mary’s Park, Morpeth NE61 6BL, 01670 293293 stmarysinn.co.uk.

FEATURE COLUMBA COLIVET PHOTOGRAPHS (CHELTENHAM) ALAMY STOCK PHOTO; (BUTTERFLIES) RHS

Set at the gateway to the Cotswolds, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this Regency spa town is popular with shoppers, book lovers, royalty and race-goers. Don’t miss the highlight of the National Hunt racing season, The Cheltenham Festival (14-17 March, cheltenham.thejockeyclub.co.uk). Explore Pitville Park and its Pump Room where you can taste the town’s therapeutic spa water (visitcheltenham.com). Eat at No.131 restaurant (theluckyonion.com/ no-131), which offers classic British and modern European dishes. The tasty weekend brunch menu will set you up for the day. Stay at the Hotel du Vin (hotelduvin.com), and enjoy boutique-style interiors, wine tastings and great food in the pretty Montpellier part of town.


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LOVE TO SHOP (Left) Pop into the nursery at Burford Garden Company and you’ll find a unique and curated mixture of plants.

Choose from beautiful chandeliers, kilims and handcrafted furniture to vintage jewellery and original art.

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Burford Garden Company

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YOU GET THE WHOLE LIFESTYLE EXPERIENCE AT THIS COTSWOLDS HOME AND GARDEN STORE In 1975 Burford Garden Company was only a small nursery. Since then, the founder Nigel Johnson has married Louise and their family-run store now covers 15 acres and offers everything from plants and gardenalia to home decor and art, reflecting the family’s eclectic tastes and interests. We took a road trip to this medieval town on the river Windrush to hear from Louise how it all got started... WHERE ARE YOU? Listed as the sixth most idyllic place to live in Europe by Forbes magazine, Burford is one of those places that people fall in love with.

pursued a vision of a unique shop in the Cotswolds and I think that spirit is echoed today. We are determinedly independent and avoid franchises in store, sourcing everything ourselves. WHAT’S YOUR STYLE? We have a diverse style and because of the varied nature of what we sell, (plants and gardening accessories, outdoor furniture and sculpture, rugs and furniture, food and kitchenware, art and textiles), we take care that the flow around the store is pleasing and calm. We have too many hidden gems to mention – we even have a large art gallery and sell many vintage, antique and found objects.

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20s, my entrepreneurial partner Nigel conceived and enthusiastically

a keen photographer, and visits to markets are a great source of

Louise Johnson is proud of Burford’s independence.

ideas. I like the sense that we are a giant interesting market, and perhaps that is one of the things that sets us apart from other retailers. WHAT EXCITING THINGS DO YOU HAVE COMING FOR THE HOME THIS SPRING? We have a new

bespoke kitchen textile range. I have worked with designer Cressida Bell to create a collection of Bloomsburystyle stationery and fabric. AND FOR THE GARDEN? Spring is lovely at Burford and our focus inevitably turns to outdoors. Our plants are sourced from far and wide. We work closely with many English growers and our plants are renowned for being high quality. Burford Garden Company, Shilton Road, Burford OX18 4PA, 01993 823117, burford.co.uk. Country Homes & Interiors

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A quiet seat by the window In our new series, we select simple country-style hero pieces that look beautiful... and feel good It’s the place to sit on a sunny morning, a place to watch what the weather is doing, it’s a place to savour a mug of tea and a good book. The window seat has been a nostalgic mainstay of the country house since time immemorial, and is still on our style wishlist today.

Curtain, Plaid, £110 m, Commune Collection, Christopher Farr Cloth. Window seat cushion, Cloud Garden, col Smoke, £120 m, Rapture & Wright. Bolster, Long Island, col Original on Oyster, £197 m, Bennison Fabrics.

CREATE YOUR OWN A bit like the humble pantry, this kind of seat should be low-key and lovely. Basic and sturdy in construction and made from inexpensive wood, it can then be painted in subtle and simple colours to match the surrounding walls. Incorporate storage with hinged doors or woven baskets. Height is important, too – make sure you can get the perfect view while it still feels comfortable for legs and backs.

Yellows, chalky neutrals, and khaki with a touch of pink make this look nostalgic and playful.

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STYLE IT UP Sill-length plaid curtains hint at a 1930s cottage feel in this inviting seat (left). For a cleaner look, opt for a Roman blind that will soften the window without being fussy. The pleasure comes from the combination of shapes and fabrics on the seat pad, bolsters and cushions. Combine country linens in florals, checks and plains without fear – the only rule is to choose within a colour palette. Happy times!

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WHAT’S THE STORY? It’s the small spaces in a home that make us smile the most. In cramped early cottages with no room for extra seating, the niche by the window allowed for a simple bench on which to take the weight off your feet. In more formal Georgian times, the popularity of graceful sash windows allowed for an elegant seat beneath with upholstered arms in order to view the room.


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House Julie, her husband Mark and Gus the dog at the lake in the grounds of the house. The oldest part of the property dates back to 1636 – originally it was three cottages and an adjoining barn.

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What we love most about living here...

Dining room A geometric rug pulls the scheme together. Rug, Ikea. Palm leaf chair, Alexander & James. Sign, Pedlars.

‘It’s close to three major cities, but you wouldn’t know it from the miles of stunning rural countryside surrounding us’

Living room A pop of yellow Gus makes himself comfortable on the sofa in the dining room. Sofa, Tetrad.

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adds vibrancy to the grey palette. Yellow chair, The Peanut Vendor. Footstool, off-white sofa, Ashley Manor. Nest of tables, TK Maxx.


Kitchen Dark blue cabinets create a smart look, while patterned floor tiles add drama. Units, DeVol in Pantry Blue. Stool, vintage. Floor tiles, Mandarin Stone. Walls, painted in Shaded White by Farrow & Ball.

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Library This is the oldest part of the house, where animals were probably housed originally. Yellow chair, green chair (opposite) and cushions, Alexander & James. Plaid chair, Tetrad. Vintage wheatsheaf table, The Peanut Vendor. Rug, Plantation Rug Company.


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always loved Derbyshire,’ says Julie Smith. She and her husband, Mark, and their two sons, Oska, 16, and Ned, 14, were living on the outskirts of Derby but wanted to move to a larger house. ‘We wanted to live in the countryside,’ she says. ‘We liked one particular village, but not much comes up for sale there, especially with land. Then a house on the outskirts of the village with a large garden came on to the market – we were thrilled.’ However, at first glance, the property wasn’t too appealing. ‘I’d always liked Victorian houses with high ceilings – I hadn’t seen myself in a cottage. Nevertheless, we warmed to the place when we visited it. I just had one of those moments and I thought this is it!’ The Smiths moved in and began a programme of building work that took two years. ‘As the house is one long series of rooms with the kitchen in the middle, we could live on one side and have work done on the other, but it was still hard living with builders for an extended period of time,’ says Julie. ‘The house was in good condition although the decor was not to our taste, but changes had been made in the 1970s – including the addition of a conservatory – that we didn’t like. Our aim was to take the house back as far as we could to what it would have been like originally.’ One of the first things Julie and Mark did was get planning permission to knock through walls that separated the oldest part of the house and the newer part. Work then began on the oldest part. ‘The beams had a black tar-like paint on them but a specialist company, Beam Clean & Restore, did a great job of treating them and taking them back to their original state.’ Flooring was laid in keeping with the house, including aged wooden boards and stone flags, and modern radiators were replaced with traditional cast-iron ones. ‘Because the house is Grade II listed we couldn’t change the glazing so we put in insulation wherever the walls were exposed – we had to rewire some of the house – and before we replastered.’ Changes were made to the layout, too. A straight flight of stairs was replaced with a winding one and an upstairs bedroom became a bathroom for Oska and Ned. A barn room at one end of the house was opened up to the ceiling and a floor built so that it became a living room and bedroom with en suite downstairs and a guest bedroom with en suite upstairs. The layout of the kitchen didn’t change but new cabinets were installed. ‘They made a huge difference,’ says Julie. ‘We kept the original red Victorian floor tiles and I lived with them for a year, but I didn’t like them so in the end we covered them with new floor tiles but they’re still there if the next owner wants them!’ Julie has plumped for a grey background palette throughout the house and added different accent shades to create pops of colour for a chic yet cosy interior. ‘I love an eclectic look so combined old, new, rustic and industrial,’ she says. Not surprisingly, given that Julie and Mark run a sofa business, beautiful sitting areas abound. ‘I like assembling vignettes,’ says Julie, ‘and I always aim to create an area where you would just want to curl up and read a book.’ For more information on Alexander & James, call 01159 835500 or visit alexanderandjamessofas.com.

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Main bedroom The opulent scheme features an open four-poster. Bed, And So To Bed. Blanket, Tinsmiths. Bedside drawers, TK Maxx. Chest of drawers (below), similar from Beau Decor.

What makes this house a home...

‘This house has stood for almost 400 years – it feels solid and strong, as if it has wrapped its beams around us’

Bathroom A roll-top bath and wooden doors from Thailand, now used as cupboard doors, create the wow factor. Bath, The Cast Iron Bath Company. Taps, Perrin & Rowe. Table (also above), similar from Graham & Green. FEATURE VIVIENNE AYERS PHOTOGRAPHS POLLY ELTES

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ON OUR D O O R S T E P. . . Visit… ‘The Cloud Trail – it runs right past our village and is the perfect walking and cycling route through beautiful countryside from Derby to Worthington in Leicestershire.’

Shop at… ‘Chantry Farm Shop (01332 865698, chantryfarm.com), near Melbourne, to buy meat and all the trimmings for a Sunday roast. Le Chien et Moi (01159 799199, lcemstore.com) in Nottingham has quirky finds.’ Go for a meal at… ‘The Bulls Head (01332 863921, thebullsheadwilson.co.uk) in Wilson. The new owners, Jo and Ian, have brought it back to life.’

Guest en suite A contemporary bath creates a stylish focal point. Bath and basin, Duravit. Walls, painted in Hardwick White by Farrow & Ball.

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Julie’s living room

This hand-embroidered, modern geometric design is just the thing to jazz up plain upholstery – minimum effort, maximum effect! Eichholtz Licorice Black cushion, 50cm sq, £110, Houseology.

Make a statement with a beautiful chair in this season’s hottest shade: mustard yellow. Add an on-trend metallic pop to your room with this space-saving mirrored duo. Nest of gold and mirror glass tables, H56x41cm diameter (larger table), £498, Joanna Wood.

Snuggle up in a cosy seat and unwind... Duchess armchair in Wattle Mustard Yellow Velvet, H108xW75x D85cm £1,235, Content by Terence Conran.

A chic take on a traditional look, this sofa has petite wooden feet and smart buttoning. Square 3-seat sofa, H80xW215xD85cm, £1,538, Shabby Store.

Use an empty alcove to create a store for firewood – it’s an innovative way to create a decorative feature wall.

Modern Country Classic Solid wooden shutters Solid shutters work for small windows and wide patio doors alike. In the Georgian period, the panelled type that’s still so popular was a must for fashionable homes, replacing plain-boarded versions; now shutters come

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plain or with mouldings in Georgian, Victorian or Edwardian styles. Painted and natural wood finishes are usual, but shutters can be covered in fabric, suede or faux-suede for a softer look to match your scheme.

Where to buy…

•Fabric Covered Shutters for unique, bespoke designs.

•Hillarys for solid shutters in custom colours.

•The New England Shutter

Company for a range of styles.

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Julie’s style secret

Rustic and warm, this character flooring has a natural patina that is too beautiful to cover up. Old Growth Yellow pine, £84 m, Bert & May.


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Coming home

WITH ITS WOW FACTOR SETTING AND SPECIAL MEMORIES, JEANETTA ROWAN HAMILTON’S CHILDHOOD HOLIDAY HOME HOLDS AN IMPORTANT PLACE IN HER HEART


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What makes this house a home...

‘The furniture is a mish-mash of styles – either inherited or bought on the road up from London’


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Living room This space is full of vintage and inherited pieces including the rescued sofa (left). Walls and mantel, painted in Slipper Satin by Farrow & Ball. Stove, Bonk & Co.

The picturesque tin house in the Highlands of Scotland has been in Jeanetta Rowan Hamilton’s family for a couple of generations and was her childhood holiday home. Once there were many such houses in the area – Jeanetta’s house was bought by her grandfather as somewhere to stay when he fished in the nearby Helmsdale River with its reputation for migrating Atlantic salmon. However, by the time it passed to Jeanetta, the house was starting to – quite literally – fall apart. There were many holes in the floor and frequent animal visitors. ‘I had grown up knowing the house and this part of Scotland, but I wondered if I should sell it and buy something closer to London, where I spend most of my time,’ says Jeanetta. ‘It was my daughter Caroline who said no, we need to bring it back to life and start using it again.’ The family – Jeanetta and her now grown-up children, Caroline and Jamie, all had happy memories of time spent at the house when the only things to do were play board games or explore the natural playground on the doorstep. So in 2002, Jeanetta made the decision to keep the house. With little money to spend on the renovation, Jeanetta undertook a lot of the work herself. She started by getting rid of everything in the house that she no longer wanted. ‘We decided to have a house sale and put everything that

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Vintage collection Jeanetta loves exploring second-hand shops for various treasures. She uses items such as this sewing box for making her vintage garments.

we didn’t want out on the grass,’ Jeanetta says. ‘Word soon spread, and antique dealers showed up and instantly bought the old dining table and chairs. I do think that they must have been something special. My mother said to me, “I hope that you got a good price for them”, but I think they only went for about £10 a chair. I haven’t had the heart to tell her,’ says Jeanetta. Having cleared everything out of the house, the family then started work on the interior, and when they came across a job that between them they couldn’t do, Jeanetta and Caroline called in local builder William Hendry and his son Douglas to help out. ‘I’m sure that they thought we were mad, especially when I put up things like old fish boxes as shelves,’ says Jeanetta. The house dictated its own style, and Jeanetta complemented the look with vintage finds – no surprise given her company Nettles Cashmere sells updated vintage garments. There were lots of original features that Jeanetta was keen to make the most of, including original wood panelling and a large verandah, which makes the perfect spot for lazy afternoons watching the world go by. ‘I love going to antiques shops, flea markets and second-hand shops,’ she says. ‘Nothing in the house is new. The bath is from a salvage yard, the dining table was a laboratory table, and my sister gave me the dining

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Dining room This bright and airy space is the latest addition to the home. The former lab table and second-hand chairs, a present from Jeanetta’s sister, suit the mismatched style she loves.

Kitchen Weathered pine and soft country colours give this room a cosy well-loved feel. Jeanetta’s grandmother started the hobby of collecting vintage signs, which has been continued. Range, Rangemaster.


What I love most about living here...

‘This house represents coming home as I grew up in Scotland. It is where my heart is’


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ON MY D O O R S T E P. . . Visit… ‘Dunrobin Castle (01408 633177, dunrobincastle.co.uk) near Golspie is home to the Countess of Sutherland. The grounds and gardens are lovely and there’s also an interesting museum.’ Shop at… ‘Loth Station Antiques (01408 622098), the railway antiques shop, where I have bought various things for the house.’

Go for a meal at… ‘La Mirage (01431 821615, lamirage.org), the famous fish and chip shop in Helmsdale. It has been voted the best chippie in Scotland.’

Main bedroom Jeanetta has made most of the soft furnishings herself from fabric she has picked up cheaply. Side table, similar from Etsy.


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The house requires constant maintenance to protect it from the elements. Window surrounds, painted in Highland Green by Dulux.

chairs, none of which match. I also took a nice sofa from a friend who was throwing it out.’ Jeanetta has also brought some pieces that were in her London home. Travelling between the two locations proved to be very useful when it came to shopping for her Scottish hideaway. ‘I must have stopped in every second-hand shop en route from London to Helmsdale and picked up things for the house,’ she says. After a year of renovation work, the house has been transformed – in Jeanetta’s words – into a Tardis. The exterior belies the four bedrooms, two bathrooms and recently added dining room. Although she loves the latest addition, it is the main bathroom that’s Jeanetta’s favourite room. This cosy spot, lit by just a skylight, is where an original fireplace was discovered behind a large piece of furniture that hadn’t been moved for many years. ‘With the addition of a salvaged bath, a cosy fire and candles, the relaxing atmosphere is wonderful. I always insist that guests experience it,’ says Jeanetta. There’s always some update or repair to the house that Jeanetta is working on, but she wouldn’t change a single thing about it. ‘I’m so glad that we decided to keep the house. It’s heaven. It was heaven before, even with holes in the floor,’ she says. And with such a stunning location, charming history and eclectic interior, it is easy to agree.

Guest bedroom The red and white colour scheme works beautifully in this classic country room. Bedspread fabric, similar from Cabbages & Roses. Gingham fabric, similar from Laura Ashley.

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Jeanetta’s bedroom Simple and perfectly formed, this petite shabby chic-style lamp comes complete with a pale fawn cotton shade. Lucy table lamp, H46, £40, The French Bedroom Company.

Dare to be different with this contemporary update on the traditional spindleback chair in primary red. Talia red dining chair, H83.5x W48xD51.5cm, £95, Habitat.

Join in on the rattan revival with fine weaves across re-worked contemporary curves.

Layer on the country charm with pretty floral prints. Catherine Rose bedspread, 260x240cm, £120, Cabbages & Roses at John Lewis.

Jeanetta’s style secret

For a unique flourish, mix and match complementary fabric trims on made-to-measure curtains and cushions. This French-inspired solid oak sleeping beauty features a gorgeous rattan headboard. Margot double bed, from £795, Loaf.

Modern Country Classic Wall panelling Bring to mind the nostalgic look of seaside chalets and writers’ huts with tongue-andgroove cladding. Whether rustic or smart, this wall treatment just needs a fresh coat of paint to keep its good looks. As the name suggests,

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the boards are designed to slot together and are ‘secret nailed’ to supporting battens. The newer lookalike version consists of sheets of MDF with the v-joint profile already routed. It’s stable and can even be glued to a perfectly flat wall.

Where to buy…

•Homebase for softwood

cladding and MDF panels.

•The English Panelling

Company for MDF panelling.

•Murals Wallpaper for a made-to-measure rustic wood-effect mural.

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A splash of red provides a warm, and striking contrast. Atomic Red Intelligent eggshell, £27 for 1L, Little Greene.


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Heart in the country

KATE DAVIES HAS NOT LET THE UPS AND DOWNS OF RENOVATING HER COUNTRY HOME DAMPEN HER ENTHUSIASM FOR RURAL LIVING

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Kitchen diner Rustic, multi-toned Indian sandstone was chosen for the floor. It was continued out into the garden for a cohesive look when the doors are open. Flooring, similar from DT Stone. Walls, painted in Shaded White by Farrow & Ball. Chandelier, similar from The Vintage Chandelier Company.

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AT HOME WITH... Owners Kate Davies, who runs an interiors business, and her husband, Max, a sales director for a software company. They live here with sons, Oscar, 10, and Harry, seven, plus black Labradors Indie and Lexie, having moved in in 2013.

House Estate woodman’s cottage, built in 1905, with four bedrooms.

brief taste of urban living confirmed to Kate Davies that she is definitely a country girl at heart. She and her husband, Max, quickly realised that their modern family home on a new, edge-of-town development was the wrong choice. So they sold up and moved to a rural, rented property, hoping to buy in the area within a couple of years. ‘It’s a lovely, quiet spot, with fields and great schools, but because it’s so nice, properties rarely become available,’ says Kate. ‘I had in mind somewhere old that needed work, because I wanted to put my own mark on our home.’ After a four-year wait, Kate eventually heard about a former woodman’s cottage, due to be sold as the elderly occupant had moved out. At one end of a row of eight cottages, it had a large garden and potential to extend at the side, but the house itself was in a sorry state. There were damp walls, the kitchen and bathroom were old-fashioned, and the house had no heating or gas. ‘It needed a huge amount of work, but there was a good feel about it, too, and the rooms were lovely and light,’ says Kate. ‘The owner was keen to pass it on to a family, and I could tell it would make a fabulous home.’ Kate and Max secured the house, but continued renting for the first month, visiting every evening to clear out old carpets and whitewash the walls. Once they had moved

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Kitchen Kate designed the room, incorporating a country-style plate rack. The oak worksurfaces blend with off-white painted cabinets. Bespoke kitchen units, Trilogy Interiors. Blind, Peony & Sage. Study area An antique table and chair turn a corner of the kitchen diner into a study area, where Kate is developing her range of wallpapers and fabric prints. Clock, similar from Scoutabout Interiors.


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Inspired by her country home and love of horses, Kate is designing Country & Grandeur, her own range of wallpaper and fabric prints.

in with their two small sons, they spent much of the next two years renovating and remodelling the house as finances allowed. At times, things were less than comfortable, and their surroundings were often dusty, dirty and cold. ‘At first we had bare floorboards upstairs, so it was freezing at night,’ says Kate. ‘We all used to go to bed in dressing gowns, and even hats and gloves. The living room floor was dug up at one point, and the dust got so bad that we had to move in with friends and family for a while.’ The old kitchen at the back was knocked down, a new porch was added at the front, and a two-storey extension built on the side of the property, creating a more symmetrical layout and adding a family-friendly kitchen and dining space with doors to the garden, and a main bedroom suite above. Every room has been refurbished and redecorated, with Kate and Max tackling much of the work themselves. Kate admits that in her enthusiasm she rushed into some jobs, like sanding and staining the original stairs, which were later replaced when the extension was built. ‘I was eager to start making the house ours, but it was a waste of time and money,’ she says. ‘Next time, I’d be more patient.’ An ugly 1980s living room fireplace was one of the biggest challenges. Demolishing the mock stone plinth and surround revealed a far more appealing brick fireplace

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Living room Kate bought the coffee table on Ebay, and also the pair of leather sofas, which she restored herself. Walls, painted in Stony Ground by Farrow & Ball. Sofas, similar from Rose & Grey.

Main bedroom A deep taupe has been used in this room to create mood, along with elements of pink – one of Kate’s favourite colours. The large, antique French mirror was a gift from Max. Walls, painted in Almond by Autentico. Chest, Stenvall Interiors.


What we love most about living here...

‘We’ve got gorgeous green countryside and beautiful walks, but we’re close to plenty of amenities, too’


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Visit... ‘Wendover Woods – the boys love the play area and there are lots of walking trails. The Café in the Woods (01296 620294, cafeinthewoods.co.uk) serves delicious, local food.’ Shop at... ‘Big Sky (01494 864025, bigskygtmissenden. com) in Great Missenden. The homewares, accessories and antiques are beautiful, and you can always find something a bit edgy and unusual, too.’ Go for a meal at... ‘Rumsey’s of Wendover (01296 625060, rumseys.co.uk). They have a great lunch menu, homemade cakes and ice cream, gorgeous coffee and fabulous handmade chocolates.’

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behind. ‘I love old bricks, but these had a black, waxy coating that was almost impossible to shift,’ says Kate. ‘We tried scraping, burning and paint stripper, and eventually we had to sand it off, which created masses of dust.’ The warm brickwork is now the centrepiece of the living room and sets the tone for Kate’s easy-on-the-eye country style. Neutrals predominate, but there is nothing bland about the multi-layered creams, greys and taupes, enhanced by interesting materials, from rough stone, wood and leather to cosy knits and crunchy linens. In keeping with the mellow feel, Kate’s furniture is a relaxed mix of second-hand, country-inspired items, with vintage chandeliers lending a decorative edge. Working to a budget, she sources mainly from Ebay and antiques markets. ‘I like old pieces with some history, and if things are a bit lived-in, it doesn’t matter if they get knocked or marked,’ she says. ‘This is a family home.’ Kate and Max have transformed the cottage both inside and out, picking up some invaluable experience along the way. Although their journey was not entirely smooth, they now feel totally at home here. ‘It’s been hard work and there’s more still that we could do, but the location and the vibe are perfect,’ says Kate. ‘It was the right move for us.’ Kate Davies, 07915 935945, kate-davies.co.uk.

Guest bedroom A stunning pair of antique painted doors make a statement as a headboard. Walls, painted in Skimming Stone by Farrow & Ball. Bedspread, Big Sky.

En suite The bathroom washstand is one of Kate’s favourite pieces. It was made to her own design, using reclaimed timber and a basin found on Ebay. She painted it and added the pretty crystal knobs. Bespoke washstand, Pinefinders.

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Kate’s study area These spirited little hoppers promise to jolly up admin duties. Mix and match with linens in toning shades for charming country style. Hare fabric, col Fudge, £58 m, Peony & Sage.

Keep track of time with an oversized timepiece featuring a distressed antique brass frame and copper Roman numerals. Large metal wall clock, 70cm diameter, £75, Puji.

A key trend for 2017 is for pieces with a distressed, worn-in look that’s full of character.

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This vintage-style club chair has a reversible leather and fabric seat cushion so you can change the look whenever you fancy. Turner armchair, H74xW67x D48.5cm, £730, Pib.

A warm neutral in a matt finish makes a beautiful backdrop. Priory paint, £24.99 for 2.5L, Crown Paints.

Add an industrial element to the space with an iron and wood table. Manhattan table, H77xW121xD60cm, £242, Alexander & Pearl.

Kate’s style secret

Opposites attract! Team country-style accents with industrial chic to create an authentic look with a quirky touch.

Modern Country Classic Cottage windows Choose replacement windows that are a close match to the originals. Cottage-style windows are divided into individual panes but, due to modern energy regulations for double glazing, they will require

thicker bars to hold each pane than the originals. To give a similar look, spacer bars are fitted within the large panes of a sealed unit and sometimes bars or leading are added to the inside and outside as well.

Where to buy…

•Clement for steel windows

with elegant slimline bars. •Mumford & Wood for windows with internal and external bars. •The Sash Restoration Company for a box sash unit with individually glazed panes.

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Top of the class SHIRLEY GALE LAVISHED LOTS OF T L C ON A N O L D S C H O O L H OUS E TO RESTORE IT TO ITS FORMER GLORY


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House This former school was designed by Francis Smith of Warwick, and dates back to 1707. Front door, painted in Pigeon by Farrow & Ball. Kitchen Shirley has painted shelving in soft shades to show off her beautiful china. Shelving, painted in Duck Egg Blue and Old White by Annie Sloan. Cups, jugs, Susie Watson Designs, Little Farm Ceramics, Oka.

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AT HOME WITH... Owner Shirley Gale, who owns a restaurant, lives here with her daughter Anna, 15, Lolly the spoodle and Purdy the cat. House A Grade II-listed former school, dating back to 1707, with five bedrooms. Shirley moved in 11 years ago.

Gale has something of a passion for breathing new life into old houses. ‘One day I went to the hairdressers in a nearby village and looked out and saw an old house with a handsome façade that looked sad and completely unloved,’ says Shirley of the house she now lives in. ‘Half of the windows were missing and it felt like it needed rescuing, but I loved it. Then, luckily, I discovered that it was up for sale through auction.’ The house is located in an iconic historic village and Shirley was won over by its past and its period features. ‘It was the beautiful wooden staircases that sold it to me,’ she says. Having decided to take the plunge, Shirley was keen to undertake the building work using traditional methods wherever possible. ‘Whenever we replaced plaster we got the Traditional Plastering Company to do it with lath and plaster and where there was damp we used pig fat.’ Shirley and her daughter Anna moved in and had to live with builders for some time while the renovation was carried out. ‘As Anna was only four at the time, it wasn’t very pleasant,’ says Shirley. ‘But I had invited people for Christmas some five months later so that was our deadline.’ Lots of work was needed to get this old village school back to its former glory. This included tanking out the cellar which had flooded, and putting in a pump. Windows also needed to be replaced, and as there were only old

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Snug Shirley has combined leather furniture, reindeer and sheepskin rugs and bohemian cushions for an eclectic look. Leather armchair, Tetrad. Rug and reindeer skin, Slipper Slapper. Cushion and floor cushion, Nadine Rose Interiors. Walls, painted in Dimity by Farrow & Ball.


What I love most about living here…

‘I’m blessed with fantastic friends, including our neighbours, and family, who all feel at home here’

Kitchen A tongue-andgroove splashback, Shaker units, and a farmhouse table create a signature country look. Walls, painted in Original by Annie Sloan. Rise-and-fall lights, Habitat. Turquoise china, Abraxas Cookshop.


Anna’s bedroom Ditsy floral wallpaper makes a pretty backdrop. Wallpaper, Cath Kidston. Bed, similar from Laura Ashley. Throw, Ikea. Runner, Laura Ashley. Clock, TK Maxx

What makes this house a home…

Bathroom Shirley exchanged a couple of old fireplaces for the wooden panelling. Bath, Fired Earth.

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‘The five open fires make this house so warm and welcoming, and people are just drawn in’


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Main bedroom A cream palette creates a soothing scheme, while an eyecatching pendant light makes a statement. Throw and blind fabric, Laura Ashley. Ceiling light, Ikea. Chest of drawers, painted in Original by Annie Sloan. Cushions and throws, Nadine Rose Interiors.

three-bar electric fires for heating, installing central heating was also a high priority. In addition, the house was completely rewired and re-plumbed. Two new bathrooms were also installed with wooden panelling added to the walls to enhance the period feel and provide insulation. Bringing the period features back to life required a lot of work. For instance, the beams and stairs all had to be carefully cleaned, a task which was undertaken by Shirley and a friend. ‘We cleaned every spindle on the staircase and replaced those that were missing,’ she says. Shirley shied away from creating a traditional interior, opting instead for a more modern style with an eclectic feel, encompassing old and new pieces and statement artwork. ‘I can’t imagine having achieved what I have without my builder Jeremy Smith and decorator Malcolm Garaghty,’ she says. ‘They are brilliant and make me feel like anything is possible.’ Shirley’s eye for a bargain also enhances her eclectic style. ‘As well as buying from galleries and antique shops, I’ve been known to rescue things from tips and bonfires. I can’t bear things being thrown away!’ The result of all the hard work is a wonderfully welcoming home. ‘It’s a house that needs using and it attracts people. Friends often let themselves in and make a cup of tea!’ Shirley rents out part of the house on airbnb at airbnb.co.uk/rooms/15753324.

ON MY D O O R S T E P. . . Visit… ‘Toft Alpacas (01788 810626, toft-alpacas.co.uk) in Dunchurch. You can see the alpacas, have a coffee and enjoy craft classes.’ Shop at… ‘Fosse House Gallery (01788 877007, fossehousegallery.co.uk) in Dunchurch is a lovely art gallery and picture framers.’

Go for a meal at… ‘La Casa Loco (01788 565756, lacasaloco.co.uk) in Rugby for a fun night or The White Swan (01788 860357, whiteswanshawell.co.uk) at Shawell for a lovely country pub dining experience.’

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Shirley’s kitchen diner For a country-kitchen look, you can’t beat a flagstone floor. Sambonet modular flagstone tile, £109.70 sq m, Topps Tiles.

Switch on with an English classic statement pendant light inspired by the Edwardian era. Hay coolie pendant light, H20x30cm diameter, £130, Fritz Fryer.

Fusion-inspired patterns on artisanal pieces are just the ticket this season!

Enjoy a warming drink in handpainted stoneware. Moorish stoneware teacup, H7cm, £5.95, Dotcomgiftshop.

Stack favourite crockery in this rustic wall unit. Country kitchen wall plate rack, H80xW60xD23cm, £119.85, Wayfair. Every day should be a party occasion, so decorate and spread cheer with festoons of pastel flags! Cotton bunting, £12 for 5m, Win Green.

Add playful notes to your kitchen by including painted cabinetry in pretty pastel tones and accessories in co-ordinating colours.

Combine traditional styling and modern efficiency with this clever electric dualcontrol range cooker. It’s everything you love about the look of an Aga with reduced running costs. Five-oven dual-control Aga, £12,295, Aga Living.

Modern Country Classic Larder cupboard Not every country kitchen has space for a walk-in larder, but a beautifully appointed cupboard, dedicated to all the kitchen essentials, is the next best thing. Traditional-style cupboards now come with

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soft-close drawers and adjustable shelves. Door racks are handy for spices and oils, and shallow shelves are a good option. Consider having a marble shelf to keep food cool, plus lighting and sockets for appliances.

Where to buy…

•Harvey Jones for a pantry

larder with deep drawers. •John Lewis of Hungerford for larder doors that are glazed or wired. •Smallbone of Devizes for a built-in larder cupboard.

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Spring colours

Honey yellow Sky blue denim

Say hello to four of our favourite tones for country decorating this season. Inspired by our love of nature and the ever-changing landscape, these shades sit easily in rural settings. We show you how to use them in a fresh new way along with of-the-moment furniture, textures and accessories for that modern country finish. TURN THE PAGE AND BE INSPIRED... Country Homes & Interiors

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Sky blue denim Look to the skies and evoke the crisp, clear colours the new season brings. From pale and cool mornings to darker end-of -the-day dusk, there’s a blue for all. Build up the colour spectrum tonally, adding and taking away layers to suit changeable spring weather, creating cosy nooks or airy spaces.  Mix with… ✢ Warming wood ✢ textural rope ✢ vintage metals.  Make pattern work... ✢ Use striking mini hand-block designs to bring an upbeat and pretty appeal. ✢ Match with graphic repeats and herringbone weaves for an sophisticated style fusion. See page 74 for details

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Decorating tip Accentuate the appeal of light and dark by using two paint tones on the walls. Use a darker denim tone at the base then open up the room with a lighter, softer shade above.

Quick fix... Update a favourite chair with a new slip cover.

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Trestle coffee table Choose a lean design made with salvage-look boards and cross-style legs for refined rustic appeal. Âť


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2 Blush blossom pink A delight to see as spring spreads her wings, delicate blossom brings beauty back to the wilds after winter. This season the bloom-inspired pinks are crisper, with violet undertones to make a room feel fresher. Use splashes and pops of this colour against pale backdrops and furniture for a pretty look with punch.  Mix with... ✢ Cool marble ✢ painted furniture ✢ smooth timber touches.  Make pattern work... ✢ Showy, splashy and painterly designs combine to make this look feel both refined and full of life. ✢ On-trend Japanese-style drawings, delicate illustrations and inky washes create a sophisticated country scheme. See page 74 for details

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Decorating tip Go for showstopping style with a bold wallpaper design. Choose supersized patterns on wide-width wallpapers to create bespoke murals or fabulous art walls.

Quick fix... Treat yourself to a vibrant floral table runner.

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Farmhouse chair Update your seating with chairs styled with a slender silhouette. Painted white or pale grey, they add subtle streamlined definition to a room. Âť


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Crisp fern green A perennial favourite and the hue that heralds the arrival of spring, the new greens are definitely more lush and fresh. Taking the tonal lead, as opposed to normally being an easy complementary colour, fern greens bring an energetic and refreshing look to decorating.  Mix with... ✢ Raw and rustic timber touches ✢ mellow brass details ✢ soft linens ✢ luxurious velvets.  Make pattern work... ✢ Fronds, ferns and long leafy imagery in a variety of scales blend together effortlessly in organic-looking layers. ✢ Go for indigenous shapes to keep the country non-tropical vibe. See page 74 for details


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Decorating tip

Choose a structured modern leafy pattern repeat to deďŹ ne a large window space by making into a broad blind. This design has an almost architectural lattice effect, stretching out into a large void, without being too bold or busy.

Quick fix... Bring the garden indoors with pot plants.

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Industrial bench This salvage style provides a neat seat, dwell space and storage. Choose a black finish to add a contemporary touch. Âť Country Homes & Interiors

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Honey yellow Mellow, moreish and modern, the pollen glow of this new shade adds subtle glamour to the yellow colour spectrum. A tone created to tantalise the bee and bug world is set to become a firm home favourite with its ability to add warmth, sophistication and create stage presence.  Mix with... ✢ Lighter linen weave throws ✢ vintage-style accessories ✢ rustic wicker buys for modern country appeal.  Make pattern work... ✢ Go for a full-on bloom-laden wallpaper for country romance. ✢ Choose a colourway with blackened or grey tones to offset the yellow for a grown-up feel. See page 74 for details

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Create a lofty and light look even with large personality-packed furniture and patterns by choosing to keep architectural details exposed in the room. White-painted picture rails, door frames and skirtings all help to control and calm a room’s overall feel.

Quick fix... Add favourite postcards and pictures to clear glass frames.

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Upholstered bed Buttoning, pleating, soft curves and high end boards make this a handsome choice. Max out on luxury with back-on-trend velvet fabric giving year-round appeal to this forgotten textile. Âť

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SKY BLUE DENIM

Inchyra Designs. 2 Mazely, F4333/02, col Blue, £65 m, Colefax and Fowler. 3 Coco, col Denim, £54 m, Sarah Hardaker. 4 Gelert ii, col Forget Me Not, £48 m, Damson & Slate. Dimus throw, col Anthracite, £220, Lombok. Galvanised pot, £10, Pimpernel & Partners. Baya White Wash coffee table, £495, Lombok. (On table, from left) True Blue mug, £15, Hinchcliffe & Barber. Hand-dipped vase, £12.50, Cox & Cox. Blue bowl, £20; blue notebook, £9, both Murmur at Bedeck. Marmalade pot; bobbin; string; scissors, all from a selection, Pimpernel & Partners. Inu dome, £34.95, Nkuku. Side table, £680; ledgers, £250 for 3, all Puckhaber. Jute wrapped lamp, £79.95, Myakka. Concrete pear, £12.50 for set (with apple), Cox & Cox. Mustard pot, £10, Dee Puddy. True Blue jug, £35, Hinchcliffe & Barber. Herringbone rug, £127, Luma.

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BLUSH BLOSSOM PINK

all Designers Guild. Wildlife Study table runner, £38; Wildflower Study dinner plate, £20; bowls, £14 each, all Anthropologie. Florrie tea plates, £9 each; Florrie milk jug, £25, all Bluebellgray. Blushed Pink dinner plates, £8 for 4, George Home. Emily linen napkins, col Pink Peppercorn, £33 for 6, Neptune. Vintage cutlery, from £26 for 6, Re. Derry recycled green glasses, £28 for 4, Rowen & Wren. Jar (as vase), from a selection, Pimpernel & Partners. Ribbed glass, similar from Nordic House. Walur chopping board, £29, Urbanara. Basket, similar from Neptune. Vintage stoneware bottles, similar from Below Stairs of Hungerford. Large cream jug, £30, I&JL Brown. Richmond cake stand, £35, Urbanara. Green vase, £35, Designers Guild. (On sideboard) ceramic bowl, £65, Luma. Napkins, as before. Walur chopping board, as before. Marble serving board, £32, Nordic House. Pink marble bowls, £9 each, Unique & Unity. Jug, £35, Hinchcliffe & Barber. Sisal linen gold rug, £385.70, Crucial Trading.

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CRISP FERN GREEN

Mark Alexander. 3 Palmetto, NCF4246-01, £62 m, Nina Campbell at Osborne & Little. 4 Dragonfly, £9.99, Dunelm. Scarf, £19.95, Oggetto. Shanxi antique stool, £95, Lombok. Gaston lamp, £95, Loaf. Geronimo mug, £15, Da Terra at Unique & Unity. Bird, £15 for 3, Cox & Cox. Watering can, £20, Laura Ashley. Crates, similar from Pimpernel & Partners. Terracotta pots, £3 each, Re. (In crates) Faux plants, from a selection, Ikea. Large Bay pot, £15, Neptune. Green ceramic jar, £8, Anthropologie. Blue twine, £1.50, Re. Faux hydrangea, similar from Oka. Terrarium, £8, Asda. Burley tiered plant stand, £78, Rowen & Wren. Green bowl, £15, Unique & Unity. Green twine, £1.50; seed packets, £2.50 each, all Re. Bird, as before. Flatweave Stripe rug, £275, Cox & Cox. Wellies, stylist’s own.

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HONEY YELLOW

Jacquard Silver kingsize duvet cover, £100, Laura Ashley. Cushions (from left): 1 Cressida, 7781/03, col Chinchilla, £67 m, Romo. 2 Camilla, col Emma Mustard and (back) Isla Finch, £60, Neptune. 3 Windermere Lemon Boudoir, £8.99, Dunelm. 4 Cressida, as before. 5 Linen Colour Gradient, col Yellow, £80, Oggetto. Grey Dew blanket, £130, Murmur at Bedeck. Waffled linen throw, col Mustard, £160; Black linen scarf, £45, both Oggetto. Straw shopper, £32; brass table, £98, both Rockett St George. Brenna lamp, £168, Rowen & Wren. Vase, £15, Marks & Spencer. Teacup, £10, Murmur at Bedeck. Vintage clock, £10, Pimpernel & Partners. Small basket, £17.90; Dash & Albert Annabelle Moss rug (in basket) £70, both Luma. Cream rug, similar from Cox & Cox. Frames, from £10.50 each, Re. Postcards, stylist’s own.

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MOODBOARD (From top) Mazely, F4333/02, col Blue, £65 m, Colefax and Fowler. Country Sky, £24.49 for 2.5L matt emulsion, Dulux. Biscayne carpet, col Powder Blue, £73 sq m, Crucial Trading. Amelie, col Denim/Fudge, £54 m, Sarah Hardaker. Indigo Stripe Blue, £34.50 m, Ian Mankin. Briog, col Bilberry Blue, £48 m, Damson & Slate. ROOM Walls, painted in (top) Country Sky; (bottom) Boathouse Blue, both £24.49 for 2.5L matt emulsion, Dulux. Curtain, Sumi, V3206/06, col Indigo, £59 m, Villa Nova. Malplaquet chair, £856, Pimpernel & Partners. Covered in Amelie, col Denim/Fudge, £54 m, Sarah Hardaker. Cushion, Riko, 132080, £30 m, Scion. Snowdrop 2.5-seater sofa, in Blue Marl, £1,600, Sofa.com. Cushions (from left): 1 Dedalo, col Indigo, £60 m,

MOODBOARD (From top) Koji, V3230/13, col Geranium, £52 m, Villa Nova. Rhubarb, £42.50 for 2.5L Pure Flat emulsion, Paint & Paper Library. Padua, F1987/10, col Peony, £83 m, Designers Guild. Hana, V3233/01, col Jewel, £32 m, Villa Nova. Affluence carpet, AF421, col Corn Silk, £70 sq m, Crucial Trading. Magnolia & Blossom wallpaper panel, Panel A 216305, £215 for L3m, Sanderson. ROOM Wallpaper, Magnolia & Blossom panels, Panel A 216305; Panel B 216306, £215 for L3m each, Sanderson. Curtains, Padua, F1987/10, col Peony, £83 m, Designers Guild. Baker Boy dining table, £545; Bossy carver chair, £250 for 2, all Loaf. Pimlico Windsor side chair, col Grey, £575, I&JL Brown. Suffolk 4ft sideboard, col Dove Grey, £1,130, Neptune. Cushions, (just seen, at back) Rhodera, 226278, col Blossom, £62 m, Sanderson. (On right) Hana, V3233/01, col Jewel, £32 m, Villa Nova. Throw, £19.95, Oggetto. (On table) Lario linen runner, col Pale Grey £69; Lario linen napkins, col Camelia, £7.50 each,

MOODBOARD (From top) Atil, V3229/39, col Evergreen, £47.50 m, Villa Nova. Palmetto, NCF424601, £62 m, Nina Campbell at Osborne & Little. Fine Herringbone Seagrass flooring, col Natural, £20 sq m, Crucial Trading. Guadeloupe, col Palm, £98.50 m, Rapture & Wright. Chelsea Green II, £42.50 for 2.5L Pure Flat emulsion, Paint & Paper Library. Aubrey, 7787-04, col Willow, £63 m, Romo. ROOM Walls, painted in Slate II, £42.50 for 2.5L Pure Flat emulsion, Paint & Paper Library. Blind, Guadeloupe, col Palm, £98.50 m, Rapture & Wright. Radinka metal bench, £375, Out There Interiors. Cushions (from left): 1 Virginia Creeper cover, £25, Clarissa Hulse. 2 Kerala, M460/01, col Vellum, £85 m,

MOODBOARD (From top) Rose Floral, 448887, col Gold/Lemon, £19.99 a roll, Albany at Wallpaper Direct. Atlas, 330369, col Leaf, £89 m, Zoffany. Holton Brook, 236107, col Citrus, £42 m, Sanderson. Mister David, £38 for 2.5L Absolute Matt emulsion, Little Greene. Cressida, 7781/03, col Chinchilla, £67 m, Romo. Coniston Berber wool carpet, col Sable Cream, £23.99 sq m, Carpetright. ROOM Wallpaper, Rose Floral, 448887, col Gold/Lemon, £19.99 a roll, Albany at Wallpaper Direct. Woodwork, painted in Slate II, £65 for 2.5L eggshell, Paint & Paper Library. Guinevere Chesterfield kingsize bed in Velvet, col Brass, from £1,566, Love your Home. Garland Ditsy pillowcases, £15 each, Clarissa Hulse. Grace Floral

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Prepare a delicious spread and linger over a relaxed brunch with family and friends. Bench, £260, Cox & Cox. Cushions (from left): 1 Paris Rose Black, £48 m, Cabbages & Roses. 2 Cow Parsley, £34, Charlotte Macey. Large runner, Burnet Stripe, £82 m, Sanderson. Small runner, Provence Black Linen, £13.99; napkin, £3.99, both Linen Me. Spoon, £11.50, Nordic House. Cafetiere, £75; sugar bowl, £10, both Denby. Bowl, £20, Sthal. Board, £34, Holly’s House. Teapot, £40; plates, £15 each, all Burleigh. Jug, £24, Anthropologie. Bell jar, £8.50, Nordic House. Mini cake stand, £24.50, Sophie Conran. Cup, £29.95 (including saucer); bowl, £14.95, both Emma Bridgewater. Measuring cup, £6.50; dipped jug, £39, both Rockett St George. Somerset Meadows jug, £48, Julia Davey at notonthehighstreet.com. Milk jug; tumbler; bowl, similar from John Lewis. Table, similar from Loaf.


SHOPPING SHORTLIST Roberts Revival mini digital radio, £139.99, John Lewis.

Enjoy breakfast even more with make-you-smile serving ideas.

Barista & Co brushed brass 3-cup cafetiere, £30, Habitat.

Sunday Brunch by Sonique Sailsman, £5.85, Waterstones.

Start the day in style. Brunch board, £8; black spoon, £11.50; Heart egg cup set, £11, all Nordic House. Mini bowl, £5, Holly’s House. White plate, £10, Anthropologie. Knives & Forks plate, £9.95, Emma Bridgewater. Spotty napkins, £28 for 4, Charlotte Macey. Beech board, £12, Garden Trading. Arrows chopping board, £35, MAiK. Jug, similar from John Lewis. Table linens, as before.

Raw oak bar stool, col White, £120, Cox & Cox.

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Dine oak toast rack set, £40, LSA International. Coffee run, £14, Garden Trading. Cup, £10, Anthropologie. Saucer, £10, Burleigh. Spoon, £7, Nordic House. Napkin, £28 for 4, Charlotte Macey.

The Living Nostalgia juicer, £19.99, Lakeland.

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Cast-iron frying pan, £125, Le Creuset.

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SHOPPING SHORTLIST

FREESTANDING 3 TOP LARDER SUPPLIERS…

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Labrador apron, col Biscuit Beige, £17, Sophie Allport.

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LAURA ASHLEY’S Dorset storage unit has a chalky painted finish inspired by a traditional country cottage. It is available in seven colourways and costs £1,600.

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JOHN LEWIS OF HUNGERFORD’S classic Artisan collection of freestanding kitchen units makes a strong style statement while providing a social space to prepare food and entertain. Prices start from £7,000.

Provence cookbook stand, £19.99, T&G Woodware.

Cone-shaped clear small glass, £6, Designers Guild.

Bubble glass carafe, £19.50, Nordic House.

Songbird Grey Aga cover, £13.99, Hinchcliffe & Barber.

Polka Dot recipe box, £30.30, by Rifle Paper Co at Northlight Homestore.

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Create a display of too-pretty-to-hide graphic crockery. Plates (from top left): Felicity, £15, Burleigh. Knives & Forks, £49.95, Emma Bridgewater. Ombre, £15, Rockett St George. Striped, £7.50, Holly’s House. Seedhead, £48, Caroline Barnes Ceramics at notonthehighstreet.com. Arabesque, £27, Sthal. Calico, £10, Burleigh. Toast, £12.95, Emma Bridgewater. Mug, £6, Anthropologie. Paddle board, similar from Garden Trading.


Master your barista skills and start the day full of beans!

Bring cafe culture into your home with the ultimate coffee station and the loveliest mugs. De’Longhi Distinta coffee machine, £199.99, Currys. The Art of Good Coffee print, £20 (unframed), Wildflower Illustration Co at notonthehighstreet.com. Knives & Forks mug, £14.95, Emma Bridgewater. Felicity sugar bowl, £15, Burleigh. Milk bottle, £10, Anthropologie. Enamel espresso mug, £8.50, Garden Trading. Marcia cup, £5.50, Rockett St George. Spoons, £7 each, Nordic House. Two-tier gold etage trolley, £69.50, Holly’s House. Monogrammed mug, £6, Anthropologie. Coffee mug, £11, Nordic House. Natural Canvas espresso cups and saucers, £35 a set, Denby. Tea towel, £10, Plum & Ashby. (Background items, see overleaf.)

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Enjoy cooking with beautiful crockery and storage cannisters close at hand. Tea towels, £10 each, Plum & Ashby. Tray, £30, Emma Bridgewater. Enamel stove kettle, £32, Garden Trading. (On shelves, from top): Marble jar, £22, Holly’s House. Caddie, £22 for 3 assorted; utensil jar, £39.95, Emma Bridgewater. Enamel teapot, £26.50, Garden Trading. Lidded jars, from £37.50 each, Sophie Conran. Felicity teacup, £16, Burleigh. Patterned bowl, £42, Anthropologie. Eva teapot, £16, Nordic House. Marcia bowl, £9, Rockett St George. Latte bowls, £3.50 each, Anthropologie. Cast-iron casseroles, from £95 each, Denby. 80

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NEXT MONTH THE ELEMENTAL BATHROOM

FEATURE AND STYLING HOLLY PHILLIPS PHOTOGRAPHS SIMON WHITMORE

spring bulbs for a touch of fun.


DESIGN SECRETS Bespoke Back Kitchen, Martin Moore. Kitchens, from £35,000.

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will enhance other classic design features, such as Shaker panelled cupboards, factory-style lighting or a classic Belfast sink. ‘Stable doors have featured in country kitchens for centuries and are a highly practical way to evoke a country feel in a more contemporary kitchen,’ says Richard Moore, Design Director, Martin Moore. Enhance the country look with rustic-style latches and hinges.

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3 A panelled door is synonymous with classic elegance and sophistication, especially in Georgian or Victorian homes, where attention to detail was historically a sign of wealth and prosperity. Charlotte Cosby, Head of Creative at Farrow & Ball suggests using eggshell for panelled doors and frames. ‘It’s perfect for a matt finish and it’s robust and durable, while also giving a classic period feel.’

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4 For interior spaces that are lacking in light, consider a door with a panelled and glazed top section that will help to create a light and airy feel even when closed. Tongue-and-groove panelling will also add character to the surrounding walls. Its linear stripe configuration also serves to make low ceilings appear higher.

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door was to keep animals out of the farmhouse, but still allow air and light in. Today, this design makes a practical and attractive front door for a country property and can be found in a range of finishes and designs. Source traditional handles and hinges to complement this style of door at The Rustic Merchant.

unique character and provide a valuable space-saving function, in this case concealing a six-foot pantry,’ says Susie Bohnsack of Pearhouse Designs. ‘The chalky blue-grey finish and beautiful original hardware on this door are authentic in style and conducive to creating a timeless country look.’

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7 A well-chosen country door can enhance a property’s architectural features, such as original structural beams or thick timber frames. To authentically reproduce a door, try to find a craftsman who can construct one from classic English oak and elm with sympathetic fixtures and fittings. Check out the Guild of Master Craftsmen (findacraftsman.com). 84

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NEXT MONTH DECORATIVE IDEAS FOR KITCHEN TILES

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6 ‘A vintage barn door can give a kitchen


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8 Whether you live in a modern new-build or country farmhouse, a traditional beadand-butt ledged country door will suit your property. Utilise the natural grain and rich honey tones of the wood to introduce some warmth to a neutral decorating scheme. In this modern bathroom, the natural timber door and stone walls provide an attractive contrast to the contemporary white tiles and chrome fixtures.


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‘MY PASSION FOR CER AMICS AND INTERIORS IS INSPIRED BY THE LOCAL LANDSCAPE’ Potter and interior designer Sally-Jo Bond

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inalist in the first series of BBC’s The Great Pottery Throw Down, Sally-Jo Bond juggles her interiordesign business with her passion for potting. Since her TV appearance, Sally-Jo has turned a disused outbuilding into a studio, bought a wheel and kiln, and created a collection of terracotta tableware called Swoosh. As well as attending evening classes at West Street Potters in Farnham (‘there’s always something new to learn’), Sally-Jo has recently started to teach pottery herself and is thrilled with her students’ results. We headed to Petersfield to meet her…

living space and are in a strong position to buy our dream country cottage when it crops up. My parents are so supportive and haven’t minded that the bathroom has morphed into my glazing room and the sitting room is where I pack my orders!

TELL US A BIT ABOUT WHERE YOU LIVE? My husband, Nick, and I are currently living with my parents in the family home that I grew up in. It’s a beautiful Victorian house on the edge of this bustling market town, yet just a stone’s throw from the South Downs National Park.

HOW DOES LIVING IN THE COUNTRYSIDE ENHANCE YOUR LIFE? I love the sense of space and feeling of freedom that living in the country gives me. When I’m at Harting Down, looking at the panoramic views across to the Isle of Wight, I feel as though I’m on top of the world. Although, in the past, I enjoyed travelling with my work, I reckon the UK is hard to beat. That experience has given me a much greater appreciation of this fabulous area.

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HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN A COUNTRY GIRL AT HEART? Definitely. I’m the eldest of four children and have very fond memories of many rural adventures with my siblings. At home we had a menagerie of ducks, geese, chickens, dogs, cats, tortoises and cockatoos.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU MOST ABOUT THE LANDSCAPE? I’m so lucky that I

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Sally-Jo loves to stop by the bridge where she and her siblings played as children.

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I couldn’t live without... ‘MY BAILEY WHEEL, A TAPE MEASURE, TWO PAIRS OF FUR-LINED FRANCHETTI BOND BOOTS (ONE FOR SMART AND THE OTHER FOR POTTING), PLUS GALLONS OF TEA’

The Harrow Inn a favourite local pub in Steep.

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Sally-Jo often pops along to the Durleighmarsh Farm Shop.

Running on Harting Down is often the way Sally-Jo gains creative inspiration.


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can immerse myself in the countryside within minutes of leaving my house. When I’m out walking or running, my mind clears and suddenly, ideas start formulating for ceramic designs or interiors schemes. TELL US ABOUT YOUR CAREER PATH… Despite falling in love with ceramics at school, I decided to study languages. Having landed a job in marketing with Designers Guild, I later moved into sales. After five years I retrained at KLC School of Design and launched my interior design practice, Sally-Jo Forrest Interior Design. The passion for ceramics was reignited when my friend Lizzie Hines was getting married and I decided to make her a super-sized fruit bowl as a wedding gift.

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DID YOU KNOW YOU’D BE A BIG HIT ON BBC’S THE GREAT POTTERY THROW DOWN ? Not at all. I had no idea that I’d even get on the programme but, lo and behold, there I was, one of four finalists. WHAT’S BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR POTTING CAREER SO FAR? I’ve had several. Getting to know Throw Down judge Kate Malone (who initially inspired my love of ceramics) was something I never thought would happen to me. Presenting Prince Charles with two little striped mugs I’d made for Prince George and Princess Charlotte when he officially opened the Prince of Wales Studios at Middleport Pottery, was very special. The Prince’s Regeneration Trust invested more than £9 million to restore the Pottery. I received a lovely thank you letter from Clarence House. WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN AND WHY? I’m excited about my Swoosh bowls – a range of terracotta tableware with a design that captures a fleeting moment in time. I’m currently developing new pieces for a complete service in different colours. WHAT ELSE ARE YOU WORKING ON? Fellow Throw Down finalist, Tom Knowles Jackson and I are collaborating on some new pieces, including large platters that can be either functional or decorative. I’m designing a range for a food stylist’s new

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SA L LY- J O’S C O U N T RY V I B E What’s your favourite recipe right now? Moroccan lamb tagine. What will you be doing when the clocks go forward? Barricading myself in the studio for some extra potting to make up for the lost hour. What do you love most about this time of year? Seeing the new buds arrive, and the setting sunlight which just takes your breath away.

cookery book and a commission for The Enterprise Centre in Norwich. DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT WEEKEND? The prospect of two days where I could get some potting done on the Saturday and turn the pots on the Sunday, ready to dry out, sounds blissful. I’d intersperse my time in the studio with a run around the lake and a rummage at a reclamation yard. We’d have friends round for dinner and stay up chatting around a log fire until the wee small hours. Sunday would involve a pub lunch with Nick, and then a walk, followed by a great TV drama. DO YOU GET INVOLVED IN LOCAL COMMUNITY GROUPS? I’m a member of Petersfield Arts & Crafts Society (PACS) and, in particular, the potting group which is called PACS Potters. It’s a really active local group, aimed at promoting arts and crafts. WE’RE COMING TO VISIT YOUR AREA. WHAT MUSTN’T WE MISS? Durleighmarsh Farm Shop is fantastic. It’s a family-run business selling local seasonal produce. The Thomas Lord pub in nearby West Meon has been beautifully restored and is perfect for a hearty mid-week casserole or Sunday lunch. For a drink, I’d recommend the Harrow Inn in Steep – an old pub with local ales, hops all around the room and open fires. The food is great, too. For more information or to commission Sally-Jo, call 07775 883696 or visit sjbceramics.com.

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TO GET DECORATIVE IN THE BATHROOM It’s the new place to get creative with colour and design. Use high-impact wallpaper, tiles and lighting to up the style stakes for a look of pure indulgence Adam’s Eden wallpaper, col Snowbird, £58.80 m, Lewis & Wood. Millbrook bath, £775, Cast Iron Bath Company. Allium 2 rug, £1,634, Amy Kent.

1 Work the walls

‘Wallpaper is an easy way to introduce colour and warmth into a bathroom,’ says interior designer Nadira Van der Grift. ‘Vinyl wallpapers are a practical choice as they’re more resilient to large amounts of moisture. Or if there’s a

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design in a standard wallpaper that you want to use, an acrylic panel can be fixed over the top of the paper to reduce any potential water damage.’ Adding a soft rug will enhance the scheme, particularly if you have hard floors. Choose one that will continue the colour scheme.


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An exposed brick wall brings texture and contrast to a vintage-inspired bathroom.

A light touch

‘A decorative light fitting, such as a crystal chandelier, can provide a dynamic design boost. These days, there are plenty of bathroom-safe options on the market,’ says Barrie Cutchie, Designer and Chairman, BC Designs. ‘To maximise the impact of your investment, use the chandelier to highlight key areas of interest, such as a mirror or a statement bath.’

Excelsior bath, £4,999, BC Designs. Similar bathroom chandelier, Vela 3, from £99.95, Victorian Plumbing.

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3 Go for graphics

‘Geometric patterns can add a contemporary twist to a country scheme,’ advises Rebecca Craig, Design Manager for the Sanderson studio. ‘Mix circularshaped patterns and straight-lined designs in a similar colour palette to create extra interest. Consider material durability for bathroom blinds. Lighter-weight fabrics will tolerate moist environments better than densely woven fibres.’

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Extend floor tiles up the side of the bath for a streamlined, seamless look.


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Ultimate Style Verbier cushion vinyl flooring, £20 sq m, Avenue Floors.

DESIGN TIP MANY HOME STORES OFFER A FREE INTERIORWallpaper, Zagora, col Soft Grey/ Chalk, £59 a roll, Sanderson. Similar tiles, Sorrento Polished Marble, from £75 sq m, Original Style.

DESIGN SERVICE, WITH ADVICE ON COLOUR, LAYOUT AND FURNISHINGS. TRY HEAL’S, OKA AND JOHN LEWIS.

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‘Washed oak-effect flooring is big news this season. Plank-style designs have a Scandi-inspired lightness that’s uplifting and gives smaller bathrooms a more spacious feel, as well as being warm underfoot,’ says Victoria Hemelaer, Product Manager, Avenue Floors. ‘For practicality, choose a modern vinyl floor that closely mimics oak in both looks and texture, and is, of course, waterproof and easy-to-clean – perfect for a country bathroom.’

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Bateau bath, £5,501; Antique cabinet basin, £2,719, both The Water Monopoly.

5 Curtain call

‘Generously draped shower curtains soften the functional lines in a bathroom, as well as lending an air of luxurious decoration – even decadence,’ says Justin Homewood, Director, The Water Monopoly. ‘Ideally, you should use lined and weighted curtains to ensure water is directed inside the bath by the lining, which will then cling to the bath, not your body!’

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DESIGN TIP BATHROOMS FEATURING TEXTILES AND WALLPAPER WILL BENEFIT FROM EXTRA VENTILATION. INSTALL LOW-VOLTAGE FANS NEAR YOUR SHOWER AND BATH TO QUICKLY REMOVE MOISTURE FROM THE ROOM.

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6 Glass screen

‘Frosted window films provide a fast track to privacy, but they also have a decorative role to play,’ says Micky Calcott, Director, The Window Film Company. ‘Popular patterns include floral motifs and birds – ideal for a rural home. The films are suited to moisture-rich atmospheres, and can be used on shower screens as well as bathroom windows.’

Frostbrite frosted window film, FB095, from £30, The Window Film Company.

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B E SA F E W I T H BAT H RO O M L I G H T S KNOW YOUR RATINGS Strict regulations govern which fittings can be used in a bathroom. Every light fitting is given an Ingress Protection (IP) rating, which refers to how good it is at preventing water or steam entering the fitting – an IP44 rating or above is essential. Areas within bathrooms are also divided into separate zones, each requiring a minimum IP rating. The highest IP ratings are within zone 0, which covers inside the shower and bath. Zone 1 refers to lighting within 2.25 metres above the bath and shower, and Zone 2 covers the area around the basin and directly next to Zone 1.

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Malvern bathroom wall light in Nickel, £160; Candle shade in Stirling Check Lovat Wool, £18.50, both Jim Lawrence.

FIT SAFE SWITCHES The safest light switches are pull cord, or regular switches positioned outside the bathroom door. For a more advanced solution, try Taptile’s touch sensitive controls (taptilecontrols.com), which are safe enough to use inside your shower. O CHECK CREDENTIALS Electricians are fully trained to ensure bathroom lighting follows the latest wiring and building regulations. Make sure you are in safe hands by checking yours is qualified to City & Guilds Level 3. The Government-endorsed TrustMark scheme (trustmark.org.uk) has a nationwide list of accredited electricians.

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7 Play with pattern

‘Get creative by using tiles to form unexpected patterns. Diagonal or chevron designs can look really effective in a country bathroom either on the walls, floors or both,’ says Martin Chadder, Managing Director, Chadder & Co. ‘Go for a neutral palette with just small colour pops to prevent it becoming too overwhelming.’

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Any beautiful bathroom always has wonderfully soft towels. We chatted to Julia Hewitt of Christy to get her top tips for keeping things fresh and fluffy... • ‘Wash your towels before first use, then every third use to keep them fresh. • Wash towels separately to avoid pilling and don’t overdo the detergent as this tends to reduce absorbency. • To keep your towels smelling fresh, dry them outside if possible and never iron towels as this reduces absorbency. Towels with a higher gsm (grams per sq m) are more absorbent and longer lasting. • Updating your towels seasonally will inject fresh colour into your bathroom. Right now, we're loving pink, grey and charcoal for a sophisticated spring look.’

Luxe towels in Pearl, French Grey and Soot, from £10 for a guest towel, Christy.

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DESIGN TIP IF YOU WANT TO INTRODUCE PATTERN TO YOUR NEW BATHROOM BUT AREN’T SURE WHERE TO START, TRY EXPLORING THE PINTEREST BOARDS OF THE MAJOR WALLPAPER BRANDS AND PAINT MANUFACTURERS – UK.PINTEREST.COM/ GRAHAMANDBROWN AND UK.PINTEREST.COM/ JCLAYTONANDCO HAVE SOME GREAT IDEAS.

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FRENCH FLORALS Beautiful handembroidered details ensure these towels will become firm favourites. • Aubépines cotton terry towels by D Porthault, from £154 for a 40x60cm towel, Harrods.

HAMMAN STYLE These handwoven Turkish towels are ethically made and come with a 20-year guarantee. • 100% Turkish cotton towels, from £25 for a 90x170cm towel, Lüks Linen.

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ORGANIC OPTION A contrasting blanket-style embroidered trim gives this organic cotton towel artisanal appeal. • Varzea 100% organic cotton towels in stone grey, from £10 for a 50x100cm hand towel, Urbanara.

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Windsor bath, £2,640; Deck bath shower mixer, £834; floor tiles, £42 sq m; wall tiles, £36 sq m, all Chadder & Co.


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e’re delighted to be able to offer you the chance to visit the new Tom Howley Bespoke Kitchens showroom in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, to hear company founder Tom Howley sharing his 30 years of expertise on what makes the perfect kitchen. Find out what you should consider when planning your new kitchen, the inspiration behind the new showroom designs and how to get the most from your space when working with a designer. You’ll get culinary advice from a guest chef as they showcase the appliances, preparing and cooking a delicious three-course lunch for you. The day will also include the chance to learn more about Tom’s top design tips and the opportunity to speak to one of the designers about any projects you have in mind. • When Thursday 23 March. • Where 35 High Street, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1XL. • Cost £25 (includes coffee and tea on arrival, lunch cooked by a guest chef in the showroom and a complimentary gift bag). • How to book To reserve a place, visit tomhowleycountryhomes. eventbrite.co.uk.

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ARMCHAIRS From retro to contemporary, high- to low-backed, this season’s designs are the last word in stylish comfort WHETHER AN ARMCHAIR is soft and squidgy or firm and supportive, it’s the shaping and fabric choices that will really bring updated country style to your home. ‘The latest shapes offer a perfect excuse to refresh a room,’ says Tom White, Design Director, Parker Knoll. Those heritage favourites we’ve always loved to snuggle into are getting a modern twist, influenced by an interest in mid-century designs. ‘This year sees a new fusion of the classic and contemporary across seating styles with more traditional shapes combined with modern design details and an array of playful patterns,’ says Kate Tansley, Creative Director, Multiyork. THE BACKBONE OF EVERY ARMCHAIR is the frame. Until recently, the whole chair tended to be covered in padding and fabric with only the legs exposed, but with new designs, the frame is often left on display finished in warm wood. Find striking designs at Ercol and John Lewis, firmly based on mid-century style and topped with plump, inviting cushions. AMONG THE MANY SHAPES ON OFFER,

tall-backed armchairs are making a comeback, especially wingback versions, which shield the sitter from draughts. Not only are these styles supportive, but they make a grand statement, especially when dressed up with piping and buttons, or with a large-scale print. Where space is limited, welcome a cocktail chair into your home. These neatly rounded chairs, often buttoned, and based on 1950s designs, are found in a delicious assortment of fabrics, including tempting colourful velvets.

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Curve appeal

‘Beautiful statement shapes such as this curvaceous chair are this season’s prettiest import,’ says Tom White, Design Director, Parker Knoll. ‘Piping detail emphasises the chair’s gentle lines, drawing attention to its neatly padded arms and softly scrolled back. With a deep seat and generously filled cushion, it’s also made to be seriously comfortable. Bold, paisley prints sit well in classic or contemporary country settings.


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Mina Print Constantin armchair, H85xW73x D75cm, £650, Graham & Green.

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Exposed wood frames are very popular right now, especially when covered with a striking fabric. ‘This seat is inspired by 1950s/1960s design and has been upholstered in a distinct Berber style that is so often seen in rugs, but not elsewhere,’ says Jamie Graham, Creative Director, Graham & Green. ‘We wanted to see this popular Berber style in a different context and modernise our classic armchair to suit more contemporary Scandinavian styles.’

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DESIGN TIP LARGE-SCALE PRINTS MAKE A WONDERFUL STATEMENT ON AN ARMCHAIR, BUT IF THE CHAIR IS BUTTONED SOME OF THE PATTERN WILL BE LOST. WITH Lucien chair in Montrose Charcoal, H94xW78x D93cm, £1,255, Parker Knoll.

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3 Animal magic

‘Pretty prints go hand in hand with any spring look, and an elegant accent chair provides the perfect piece to showcase them,’ says Kate Tansley, Creative Director, Multiyork. ‘With delicately scrolled arms and turned legs, this armchair has all the hallmarks of a classic, but combined with Emily Bond’s quirky Dachshund linen fabric, it will sit just as comfortably in a modern kitchen as it would in a more formal drawing room.’

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Similar rug, Jute Braided Round rug, £200, The Conran Shop.


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‘Comfortably wide and inviting, a love seat makes a wonderful addition to a home, creating the perfect space in which to curl up and read a book or simply relax,’ says Toni Clark, Upholstery Buyer, Marks & Spencer. ‘Think carefully about the size of the room and intended position of the seat, since a tall version could block out light if placed in the window of a small room. This design, with slender, compact scroll arms, is ideal for a bay window area.’

A little everyday maintenance is a great step towards keeping your furniture pristine. Plump up cushions daily, especially if they’re featherfilled, and turn occasionally so that they will wear and fade evenly. Use a soft brush once a week, or vacuum using a brush attachment on a low setting – be gentle so as not to raise the pile of the fabric. Avoid vacuuming featherfilled cushions, as this can damage them, and stick to dusting your leather furniture. FIXED COVERS Don’t attempt to wet the cover, or use soap on it – instead get the furniture professionally cleaned by a specialist upholstery cleaning company. Leather upholstery needs careful treatment; check the type of leather used and find suitable products and advice at Leather Master (01244 888658, leathermasteruk.com).

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SPILLS AND STAINS Treat any spillage immediately, mopping with a clean cloth or sponge – don’t rub! Deal with stains while they are fresh, dabbing with a clean white cloth dampened with a mild soap solution, such as soap flakes or washing-up liquid in cold water – don’t use hot water which can ‘set’ a stain. Before treating marks, test first in an unobtrusive area, such as under the valance or on the back of a cushion.

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5 Updated classic

‘This is a great example of a British classic reworked into a comfortable armchair for the modern-day country home,’ says Emily Proctor, Brand Guardian, Raft. ‘The shape is faithful to the original design with a high back to support the neck and back, wings to protect from draughts and scrolled arms. The exposed seams are piped to be longer lasting and the arm shape is emphasised with antiqued studs.’

Gramps armchair, H96xW80xD98cm, from £895, Loaf.

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6 Button up

‘Our take on the buttonback armchair is a comfy and contemporary twist on a more traditional bedroom chair,’ says Charlie Marshall, Founder, Loaf. ‘We’ve added simple oak legs, loose pleats and relaxed button detailing. But most of all we’ve steered away from a classic featherfilled seat cushion in favour of a fixed domed seat. It’s compact, but doesn’t compromise on comfort.’

DESIGN TIP CHOOSE CUSHIONS FOR THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF SUPPORT. FOAM IS THE FIRMEST, FIBRE (OR FOAM COMBINATIONS LIKE FIBRE-WRAPPED FOAM AND FOAM AND FEATHER) ARE SOFTER, WHILE ALL-FEATHER CUSHIONS ARE SUPREMELY SOFT, BUT NEED REGULAR PLUMPING.

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Calvin armchair in Blue Velvet, H85xW75 xD73cm, £389, Atkin and Thyme.

7 Retro revival

‘The cocktail shape is based on a mid-century chair design, and is set to be a big hit for spring,’ says Victoria Atkin, Co-founder, Atkin and Thyme. ‘This on-trend look is characterised by a rounded seat and slender, splayed legs, and we’ve added arms, too, to up the comfort level. The vibrant blue velvet fabric contrasts beautifully with the netural linen upholstery for an unexpected pairing, which works surprisingly well.’

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BUTCHER’S BLOCKS A MAINSTAY OF THE COUNTRY KITCHEN, THESE STYLISH STAND-ALONE WORK STATIONS PROVIDE VALUABLE SPACE FOR EXTRA CHOPPING, CUTTING AND STORAGE

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A chunky top in weathered wood finish lends a farmhouse feel. Reclaimed pine butcher’s block, £649, Hicks & Hicks.

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Beautiful colour

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In solid spruce with a cool zinc top, this design is both stylish and practical. Aldsworth butcher’s block, £250, Garden Trading.

Choose from six chalky shades to co-ordinate or contrast with units. Dorset butcher’s trolley in Duck Egg, £650, Laura Ashley.

Simple beauty

This double drawer frame boasts an antique marble top. Work table in Easy Blue, from £1,409, John Lewis of Hungerford.

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Rustic style

This large oak butcher’s block-cumisland serves as a multi-functional space. Cotswold kitchen butcher’s block, £699, The Cotswold Company.

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Industrial chic

Reclaimed timber shelves and a steel black frame give this on-wheels model a modern edge. Beeton butcher’s trolley, £499, Swoon Editions.

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Neat size

The simple shape and handy hanging rail make this ideal for smaller kitchens. Suffolk chopping block, £940, Neptune.

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This granite-topped island has generous drawer and cupboard space. Zelah oak kitchen island, £599, Roseland Furniture.

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country floors will love WELCOME TO THE FUTURE OF HOUSEWORK. THESE INTELLIGENT, TIMESAVING APPLIANCES WILL KEEP FLOOR SURFACES DIRT-FREE – AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO LIFT A FINGER

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YOUR FIRST ROBOT

Vileda Cleaning Robot, £149.99

While it lacks the suction power of other models here, this Vileda (H8.5xW34cm) is an exceptionally low-priced rechargeable vacuum, perfect for a robot first-timer. It can get neatly into corners, has a sensor preventing it from toppling down stairs and has different settings for small, medium and large rooms.

DID YOU KNOW? THE FIRST ROBOTIC VACUUM, THE ELECTROLUX TRILOBITE, MADE ITS DEBUT ON BBC’S TOMORROW’S WORLD IN 1997. IT USED ULTRASONIC SENSORS TO NAVIGATE BUT, UNLIKE LATER MODELS, WASN’T ABLE TO CLEAN THE WHOLE FLOOR.

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Dyson 360 Eye, £799.99

The spinning dust catchers push debris in front of the twin rubber brushes, which means this iRobot (H9.2xW35.3cm) loves picking up pet hair. The motor can even sense when it needs to work harder and will increase power automatically. Packed with sensors, the sleek robot navigates around chair legs and furniture with ease.

With notifications sent straight to your smartphone, this D3 Connected (H10xW31cm) is fully controllable via the app, and has laser navigation to work its way around any room. It returns to the base for charging before heading out to finish the job. The bristle and rubber combi-brush also picks up an impressive amount of debris.

MULTI-SURFACE HOUSEHOLDS Boasting the same motor and brush bar as the iconic cordless V8 design, the Dyson 360 Eye (H12xW24cm) has exceptional suction power on all floor surfaces and the strong performance you would expect. It’s wi-fi enabled too, so you can control it using a smartphone for easy scheduling.

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Roomba iRobot 875, £499

TECH ADDICTS

Neato Botvac D3 Connected, £449

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YO U R Q U E S T I O N S A N SW E R E D HOW DO THEY KNOW WHERE TO GO? Most robotic vacuums use sensors to feel their way around, moving slowly until they gently bump into something and change course. More expensive designs use cameras to map out the space. It can be frustrating to watch, but left to their own devices, they’ll cover every inch of available floor space, often many times. O ARE THEY SAFE ON THEIR OWN? Aside from irritating the dog, or occasionally getting stuck on a hearth or deep-pile rug, robots work best when you’re not there. Methodical cleaning takes time, so programme them to get busy while you’re at work and simply empty when you get home. O ARE THEY GOOD FOR PET HAIR? You’ll still need a normal vacuum for deep cleaning, but set your robot to clean every day and the amount of pet hair will be greatly reduced. Look for designs with rubber bristles to help attract difficult hair, even on carpet. O

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Samsung Powerbot VR9300, £799

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At 31cm wide, the brush bar on this Powerbot (H13.5x W37.8cm) is the same size as a standard upright vacuum with cleaning abilities to match. Using cameras and sensors, it maps out your home to make sure every inch is covered. The Powerbot comes with a handy remote or it can be programmed from your smartphone.

Slim, stylish and intelligent, the Scout (H13.6xW53.7cm) can sweep, suck and brush even the largest spaces thanks to the powerful battery that can last up to two hours – roughly equivalent to cleaning 150sq m. It’s particularly effective at corners and goes back to repeat the edges of the room to make sure it hasn’t missed anything.

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Miele Scout RX1, £499

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Plantaholics’ paradise SUE AND ROGER NORMAN’S BEAUTIFULLY DESIGNED GARDEN NEAR LEOMINSTER BURSTS INTO LIFE IN SPRING WITH A HOST OF UNUSUAL FLOWERING PLANTS

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The view to the house across an ivy-covered wall takes in scree beds, with pleached limes underplanted with mounds of clipped box on the right.

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The pergola by the shade garden is home to containers of Tulipa ‘Ballerina’ and T. ‘Red Shine’ underplanted with purple violas.

Even before completing the purchase of their new home in the

AT HOME WITH... Owners Sue and Roger Norman, who live here with dogs Flo and Molly, and four hens.

House Timber-framed cottage with parts dating from the 17th century. The property was a cider house in the 18th century surrounded by fields of fruit trees.

Garden Formal areas around the house give way to naturalistic planting, including meadows and a wildlife pond. Kitchen garden framed with espaliered fruit trees.

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village of Ivington Green in Herefordshire in 1996, Sue and Roger Norman had built a nursery area for their precious plants there. ‘We needed to move tender stuff directly from one greenhouse to another,’ says Sue, ‘and the owner was very understanding.’ In 1982, the couple had left Surrey and their demanding full-time jobs to move to Herefordshire with the aim of making a living from the land. They settled first at Marley Bank near Bromyard, where they grew herbs and sold cowslip seed and snowdrops by the bunch. The garden was pretty but impractical because of its heavy clay soil and steep slopes. The move to Ivy Croft, with its flat four-acre garden and rich soil, was the perfect antidote. ‘It also meant we could leave our mistakes behind and start afresh,’ says Roger. A former cider house surrounded by orchards grubbed out in the 1980s, the cottage had had little done to it since 1947 when it had first been modernised. The land around was pasture rather than garden, with grazing sheep and pigs in the barn. With a blank sheet and limited resources, Sue and Roger began to map out their new garden. ‘To begin with, we just walked round in circles,’ says Roger. The couple decided to use fruit trees to divide the awkwardly shaped front garden. ‘It made sense to use trained pears rather than apples near the house as pears need more heat. We felt fruit trees would suit because of the history of the site.’ Trained between posts spanned with wire, the fruit trees give interest all year, from spring blossom through to autumn

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The formal vegetable garden has a medlar tree at its centre and espaliered fruit trees as green ‘walls’.

Primula veris ‘Katy McSparron’ is highly fragrant.

What makes this garden so special...

‘We can go outside at any time of year and we will always find something beautiful in flower’

Vigorous climber Clematis montana isn’t fussy about soil or aspect as long as it gets enough light.

Cones of Buxus sempervirens ‘Elegantissima’.

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What we love most about this garden...

‘The burgeoning of spring as cyclamen, snowdrops and narcissi come into flower followed by masses of green leaves’

colour and fruit, and in the winter their bare silhouettes allow more light to the front of the house when it’s most needed. Apple trees are used as living walls around the formal kitchen garden too, an orderly arrangement of raised beds bisected by functional concrete paths enlivened by inlaid bricks and softened by the natural weathering of time. ‘I wasn’t fond of the concrete to begin with, but I’d spent far too long weeding the original bark paths and we couldn’t afford stone or brick,’ says Sue. Practical considerations also led to the creation of the sunken terrace and raised beds at one end of the house. ‘The soil was far too high against the cottage when we came,’ says Sue, ‘so it had to be dug out leaving us with a natural terrace and surplus topsoil that we used to fill raised beds made from railway sleepers.’ Given that the water table is so high in the garden over winter, these well-drained beds are ideal for plants that could not tolerate the damp conditions in the open garden, including delicate alpines such as Gypsophila repens and species tulips such as scarlet Tulipa linifolia and flame-like T. acuminata. Above the raised beds, a series of slabs set in gravel dotted with sempervivums and chocolate-leaved geraniums lead between clipped variegated box toward a specimen birch tree, Betula platyphylla. ‘The box came from our last garden and we planted the birch as a focal point to filter the view of the chapel across the road.’ Keen members of the British Pteridological Society, the couple enjoy seeing ferns and other plants in the wild – and they try to

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Large containers are planted with a colourful mix of wallflowers and Tulipa ‘Prinses Irene’. The slab and gravel path framed by cones of Buxus sempervirens ‘Elegantissima’ (above) leads to a whitestemmed Betula platyphylla. The adjacent raised bed is mulched with blue slate.


Sue and Roger used Laburnum x watereri ‘Vossii’ to make a simple two-tree arch to mark the site of a redundant gate in their front garden.

Modern Country Classic

Laburnum arch An elegant way to show off the long clusters of vivid yellow flowers in late spring and early summer.

Need to know...

• Use Laburnum × watereri ‘Vossii’ as this attractive hybrid produces fewer poisonous seeds than the common laburnum (but remember that all parts are poisonous). • They prefer well-drained, light soils though are adaptable to a range of conditions and do best in full sun. Water well at planting and during any dry spells in their first year. • If you intend to walk through the arch, ensure the two trees are wide enough apart to move through comfortably when the trees are mature. Take into account that the flower racemes can hang to 30cm. Use a pre-formed metal arch to train your trees against, if desired, or tie to tall, robust wooden stakes. • Train the central leader and other stems upright over your frame, tying them in as they grow with soft ties, and spur prune side shoots to three buds during winter to encourage flowering.


Softer, more naturalistic planting is used in a border in the informal area of the garden.

ON OUR D O O R S T E P. . . Visit... ‘Aulden Farm, near Leominster (01568 720129, auldenfarm.co.uk). A three-acre garden created by Alun and Jill Whitehead featuring a National Collection of Siberian irises. Open for the National Gardens Scheme and by appointment.’ Go for a meal at... ‘Jules Cafe, Bar and Restaurant, Weobley, (01544 318206, jules-restaurant. co.uk) for an intimate atmosphere and interesting food.’

Shop at... ‘Leominster, a small market town with plenty of independent shops, including a cheese shop, a fine greengrocer’s and a choice of antique shops.’

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emulate natural habitats as far as possible in their own garden. Their site contains a variety of micro-climates that they exploit in order to grow as wide a range of plants as possible. A shady path through a shelter belt is their woodland garden, a catwalk parade of beautiful and unusual plants including purple wood lily Trillium cuneatum and coppery-leaved Podophyllum peltatum. When Sue and Roger moved to Ivy Croft their aim was to have a plant nursery specialising in alpines, bulbs and unusual herbaceous plants. They sold from home and from Leominster farmers’ market and specialist plant fairs, earning a reputation for their growing list of unusual snowdrops. ‘We had a lot of snowdrops at Marley Bank and sent them to market in bunches of 25, sometimes picking 1,000 a day. Then we got a few special ones and the interest grew.’ Sue and Roger now make regular appearances at snowdrop events in February and open the garden for the ever-increasing band of gardeners who adore these milk-white heralds of spring. Hepaticas are Sue’s latest plant passion. These exquisite members of the buttercup family have jewel-like flowers in early spring and some need to be grown undercover for the best results. ‘I have a cold greenhouse now so I can grow the Japanese ones that are too difficult to grow outside,’ says Sue, with obvious relish. For a garden created by a couple of inveterate plant collectors, Ivy Croft is a remarkably well-designed and beautifully arranged space, and a wonderful frame for a fabulous plant collection. ☎ Ivy Croft, Ivington Green, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 0JN (01568 720344, ivycroftgarden.co.uk). Open every Thursday in February, 9am-4pm, and by appointment throughout the year.


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Sue and Roger’s go-to garden plants 1 Tulipa acuminata has unusual flamelike twisting petals of yellow and red. 2 Anemonella thalictroides f. rosea ‘Oscar Schoaf’ makes a lovely cut flower. 3 Anemone nemorosa ‘Bracteata Pleniflora’ has ruff-like green bracts. 4 Shade-loving Caulophyllum thalictroides has small starry flowers. 5 Iris ‘Cherry Garden’ is an earlyflowerer with vivid deep-plum flowers. 6 Daphne x susannae ‘Tichborne’ is covered in fragrant flowers in spring. 7 Trillium grandiflorum is a vigorous perennial with outward-facing blooms.

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T RAV E L O F F E R S Queen Mary 2 transatlantic crossings to New York After seven days on board the luxurious QM2, you will enjoy guided sightseeing in New York before continuing your journey on a choice of classic North American tours (see below). All tours include: 7 nights on the QM2 from Return flights and any domestic flights plus Southampton to New York, including all meals and afternoon tea taxes and transfers Three nights in New York with tours Services of a tour manager once disembarked.

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Queen Mary 2 – New York and Niagara Falls Departing May & October 2017. 14 days from only £1,799 per person. Price includes: Two nights in a Niagara hotel Visits to Niagara Falls up close, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Toronto with a choice to ascend the CN Tower.

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Queen Mary 2 – New York, the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and the original Queen Mary Departing 31 August 2017. 17 days from only £2,999 per person. Price includes: Two nights in Arizona, one night in Las Vegas and two nights in Los Angeles Drive part of the original Route 66, Grand Canyon Railroad journey and visit, plus tour of Los Angeles.

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Queen Mary 2 – New York and the Rocky Mountaineer Departing 21 July 2017. 17 days from only £3,999 per person.

Price includes: Two nights in Banff, two days on the Rocky Mountaineer train and two nights in Vancouver City tour of Vancouver with a visit to Capilano Suspension Bridge.

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Lake Garda, Venice and Verona

Selected departures from April to October 2017. Eight days’ half board from £629 per person. Price includes: Return flights, taxes and transfers Seven nights in handpicked lake-front hotels with half-board Comprehensive sightseeing of Lake Garda, the Dolomites, Escorted by an Verona and Venice experienced tour manager.

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Selected departures from May to September 2017. Eight days from £1,109 per person. Price includes: Return flights, taxes and transfers Seven nights in 4-star hotel with breakfast and three dinners Tour of Oslo, world’s steepest railway, plus fjords cruises with waterfall excursion and walking tour of Bergen Escorted by an experienced tour manager.

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Selected departures from May to September 2017. Nine days from £2,529 per person. Price includes: Return flights, taxes and transfers Superior 3-star hotel with two breakfasts and two lunches included on train Spectacular alpine scenery from Banff to Vancouver, glacier walk and Escorted by an tour of Vancouver experienced tour manager.

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1 Run a community woodland More and more groups across the UK are taking control of local woodlands in a bid to save trees, protect wildlife and bring people together. Here’s how to get started... • Ask the local council about available land in your area. • Find out about caring for woodland by signing up to a course, joining a woodland organisation or volunteering. Visit woodlands.co.uk to find those nearest to you. • Apply to The Woodland Trust’s Community Tree Packs scheme to receive a choice of free saplings and expert tree maintenance tips. • Host fundraising events for equipment. Organise a tree-planting

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day with other volunteers to get everyone involved. • Plan for the future; you could grow sustainable firewood, teach forestry skills, host community nature days – the list goes on! • Join the Community Woodland network for more advice and to get inspired at communitywoodland.org.

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Protect your pooch from showers with this waterproof jacket from Wiltshire-based pet brand, Mutts & Hounds. It’s handmade to order using waxed cotton and soft grey fleece with a stylish tartan lining. Choose from navy and olive, with prices starting at £48.

Painted pansies foldaway backpack, £28, Cath Kidston.

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Hang up your handbag, it’s all about the backpack this season. This foldaway floral design from Cath Kidston is easy on the eye (as well as the shoulders) and comes with two handy outer pockets to hold a drinks bottle or umbrella – perfect come rain or shine!

KEEP CALM 4 AND CLEAN Who says chores have to be stressful? British brand Tincture has launched a revolutionary range of all-natural cleaning products made from plantbased ingredients that are not only wonderfully effective, but enhance wellbeing, too. The concoctions start at £7.50 for the Iona washingup liquid (400ml), enriched with chamomile for healthy skin.

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5 Eat your way to fabulous skin Nourish and protect from the inside with these beauty-boosting foods. Fruit and veg – try avocado and carrots for a natural glow, while kiwis and kale reduce dryness and tomatoes improve your skin’s natural SPF*. Fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines are high in omega-3 fatty acids to hydrate and fight blemishes. Pumpkin seeds boost your skin’s natural oils for a fresh-faced look. A handful of almonds a day boosts levels of vitamin E – an important antioxidant for maintaining a clear complexion. Dark chocolate (in moderation!) contains

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antioxidants and releases endorphins for a natural feel-good buzz! Not technically a food, but drinking six to eight glasses of water a day is the best way to achieve a healthy glow. Find more suggestions and delicious recipes in Beauty Foods by Caroline Artiss (£14.99, Ryland Peters & Small). (*Not suggested as a sunscreen replacement.)

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Short on growing space? Tiny Tabletop Gardens (£14.99, CICO Books) offers 35 small-scale gardening projects for outdoors and in. Try your hand at tin-can planters, place-name pots, flourishing flower lanterns and more, all with handy instructions and aftercare tips from expert gardener, Emma Hardy.

BRUSH AWAY 8 NEGATIVE ENERGY If you’re moving house, do leave your broom (or vacuum cleaner) behind. Along with the dust and dirt, old brooms are thought to carry any negativity you felt while living there. Buying a new one signifies a fresh start.

Atworth two-seater sofa in Linen Cotton Dove, £1,076.

Buttermere threeseater sofabed in Country Linen Zinc, £1,183.

Spritz garden scents

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BORDER BLOOMS ARE THE INSPIRATION FOR OUR FAVOURITE NEW FRAGRANCES • Sweet freesias are at the heart of this fragrance, with top notes of bergamot, lemon, mandarin and lavender. English Freesia eau de toilette, £14.99 for 125ml, Yardley London.

• Evoking the romantic scent of the lily pond at dawn with water lilies and ylang ylang, enhanced with white musk and vanilla. Garden Lilies Cologne, £45 for 30ml, Jo Malone.

• Revel in subtle notes of dandelion leaf and lemongrass, a zingy heart of tomato vine, plus juniper on a base of earthy fig. Dandelion Fig natural spray fragrance, £55 for 100ml, Shay & Blue.

Braydon storage bed with Durrington divan bed base in Country Linen Zinc, £985.

9 Buy British WILLOW & HALL Founded in 2013 by Sarah Massouh, Willow & Hall has quickly made a name for itself as a quality online furniture brand. The busy Wiltshire workshop produces everything from sleek sofas and elegant beds to super-soft mattresses, all of which can be personalised. Expert craftsmen and seamstresses (with over 35 years’ experience) are on

hand to advise on frames, colours and textures, which is particularly helpful as there are over 90 fabrics and leathers to choose from! All are available at the click of a mouse, or at the company’s showroom in a converted stable just off Chiswick High Road, London. For more details, call 0845 468 0577 or visit willowandhall.co.uk.

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We love it because… This Irish country house has bags of old-world period charm. Soak All the bedrooms have lovely bathrooms, with the most coveted featuring antique baths. Lather up with awardwinning Voya bathroom products made from organic Irish seaweed. Sleep Choose from six bright and spacious rooms with in-room treats including homemade elderflower cordial and freshly baked biscuits. Eat House chef Teena Mahon prepares menus packed with flavour from great roasts to dishes showcasing fresh and 124

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saltwater fish, game in season, homegrown veg and delicious bread. Explore Take riverside walks along the scenic Blackwater valley to see plentiful wildlife and leaping salmon. How much? From €198 a night for a double room with breakfast. Ballyvolane House, 00 353 25 36349, ballyvolanehouse.ie.

by chef Matt Worswick. Explore Follow nature trails in Lightwater Country Park. How much? From £285 for a Cosy double room with breakfast (and use of the spa). Pennyhill Park, 01276 471774, exclusive.co.uk.

SEAHAM HALL, SEAHAM, COUNTY DURHAM We love it because… This spa hotel is made for me-time. Soak You’ll love the freestanding bathtubs and walk-in showers. The Ada Lovelace suite has views over the landscaped gardens to the sea. Sleep Bedrooms are individually designed with sumptuous seating and king-sized beds. Eat Try seasonal British dishes at Byron’s restaurant or pan-Asian food and cocktails at Ozone.

Explore Borrow the hotel’s mountain bikes and head out to enjoy country lanes and the heritage coastline. How much? From £195 for a double room with breakfast (and use of the spa). Seaham Hall, 0191 516 1400, seaham-hall.co.uk.

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We love it because… It’s a picture-perfect spot for couples. Soak Enjoy walk-in showers and big tubs, many with TVs at the end so you can catch up on missed programmes while relaxing with champagne on ice. Sleep Each of the elegant bedrooms is individually designed. Eat Go for casual dining at The Brasserie or celebrate at The Latymer with menus


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Squashed fly cherry spelt biscuits.

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SWEET SOMETHINGS There’s a lightness and freshness in the country kitchen this month – why not celebrate the change in mood by whipping up irresistible fruity bakes and puddings to treat friends and family?

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SQUASHED FLY CHERRY SPELT BISCUITS These squashed fly biscuits are given a twist here with spelt flour and dried cherries. Spelt has a nutty, almost sweet, taste that makes it especially useful in baking. You can use plain flour or a mix of wheat and spelt flour, if preferred. MAKES 15-20 120g butter, softened 90g caster sugar 1 free-range egg, separated 210g spelt flour, plus extra for dusting ½ tsp baking powder Pinch of salt 70g dried cherries (or currants or dried cranberries, if preferred), chopped 1 In a large bowl, using a wooden spoon or an electric mixer, cream the butter with 75g of the sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the egg yolk and beat to combine. 2 Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into the creamed butter mix, add the dried cherries and stir through. Mix thoroughly to combine. Cover with cling film and place in the fridge for half an hour to firm up. 3 Preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas 4. Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper. 4 On a lightly floured worksurface, roll out the dough to a thickness of 5mm and cut into rectangular shapes, each measuring approximately 7x4cm, using a knife. Arrange the shapes on the baking sheet, leaving a space between each biscuit, and place in the fridge for a further 10 minutes. 5 Bake the biscuits in the oven for about 8 minutes until they are just beginning to turn golden. While the biscuits are in the oven, beat the egg white until stiff. 6 Remove the biscuits from the oven, brush with the beaten egg white and sprinkle with the rest of the sugar, then bake for a further 2-3 minutes. 7 Leave the biscuits to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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PLUM, HONEY AND BAY COBBLER A cobbler is similar to a scone but is baked on top of fruit like a crumble. Here, the cobbler mixture is piled on top of plums, resulting in crisp, fluffy cobbler on top and just-collapsed fragrant plums beneath. SERVES 4-6 8 red-skinned plums, halved and pitted 80g honey 30g butter, diced, plus extra for greasing ¼ tsp ground cinnamon 3 small bay leaves

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150g plain flour, plus extra for dusting 1½ tsp baking powder 3 tbsp caster sugar 75g butter, cold and cubed 75g hazelnuts or almonds, toasted and chopped 130ml double cream 2 tbsp milk 1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas 4. Grease a shallow 1-litre baking dish with butter. 2 Combine the plums, honey, butter and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add 2 tbsp water and gently mix together. 3 Put the plums in the prepared baking dish in a single layer, cut side up, and tuck the bay leaves in between the fruit. 4 To make the topping, mix the flour, baking powder and 1 tbsp of the sugar in a bowl. Add the cubed butter and, using the tips of your fingers, rub into the flour as if you were making pastry until you have a crumbly mixture. 5 Stir in the nuts, then add the cream and knead lightly to form a dough. 6 On a lightly floured worksurface, gently roll out the dough to about 1.5cm thick. Using a cutter or a knife, divide the dough into pieces to cover the plum halves. Arrange the dough on top of the plums, brush the top of the cobbler with the milk and scatter the surface with the remaining 2 tbsp of sugar. 7 Bake for about 25 minutes, until the topping is golden and firm and the plums are cooked. Leave to cool for 10 minutes. Serve with cream, ice cream or crème fraîche.


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OAT, ORANGE AND NUTMEG BISCOTTI Biscotti are baked twice so will last a week at the very least in a biscuit tin. Traditionally made with almonds, oats are used here instead, making biscotti that are nut-free. MAKES 25-30

Peach, yogurt and almond muffins.

125g rolled oats, plus 2 tbsp for sprinkling 125g caster sugar 125g plain flour ½ tsp baking powder Pinch of salt ¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg Grated zest of 1 large orange 1 large free-range egg, beaten

PEACH, YOGURT AND ALMOND MUFFINS Yogurt lightens the muffin mix, balancing the fruity punch of the fresh peaches, while the almonds toast in the oven as the muffins bake. MAKES 12 240g plain flour 160g golden caster sugar 1½ tsp baking powder ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda 75g butter, plus extra for greasing the tin (or you can use vegetable, sunflower or groundnut oil) 4 tbsp plain yogurt

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2 medium free-range eggs, beaten 250g fresh peaches, stoned and roughly chopped (use apricots, if preferred) 50-80g flaked almonds 1 Preheat the oven to 190°C/Fan 170°C/Gas 5. Grease a non-stick, 12-hole muffin tin with butter or oil, or use paper cases. 2 Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and bicarb into a mixing bowl and stir together. 3 Melt the butter in a saucepan over a low heat. Leave to cool for 5 minutes, then add the yogurt and the eggs. The mixture will look as if it has split, but don’t worry. Add the chopped peaches. 4 Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Mix briefly but thoroughly to combine and spoon into the muffin tin, then top each muffin with flaked almonds. 5 Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden and firm to the touch. Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then turn out on to a wire rack. These muffins are best served warm.

Recipes taken from the National Trust Family Cookbook by Claire Thomson (£20, Pavilion Books).

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1 Preheat the oven to 190°C/Fan 170°C/Gas 5. Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper and sprinkle with 1 tbsp of the extra oats. 2 In a blender or food processor, whizz the 125g oats to a fine powder. 3 Put the ground oats, sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and orange zest into a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the egg. Bring the dough together and give it a good knead. Shape the dough into a log around 30cm long and place on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle the final tbsp of oats over the surface of the dough, gently pressing or rolling them in. 4 Bake for 12-15 minutes or until pale golden and firm to the touch. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 5 minutes. 5 Slice the log into 1cm rounds and place back on the lined baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 5 minutes, turning once, until golden brown and crisp. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


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House Six-bedroom barn conversion in Berkshire. The project Dark woodwork revamped and tired cabinetry replaced with fresh finishes and a more sociable layout.

Kitchen size 7x6.8m.

Designer Richard Stillman, Moneyhill Interiors. Cabinetry Davonport’s Tillingham range, painted in French Grey Mid 113 and French Grey Dark 163 Intelligent Eggshell for the island, by Little Greene.

At the centre of this open-plan space is an impressive multi-functional island. The room also features a media area with storage in a similar colour to the cabinetry.

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The farmhouse-style table provides casual dining space for family meals and informal suppers with friends.

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soaring vaulted ceilings and light-filled rooms of the barn conversion in Berkshire that they bought to accommodate their growing family. While the kitchen enjoyed an impressive ceiling height and stunning views, it was surprisingly dark inside. ‘Although the beams looked beautiful, the large expanse of dark wood felt quite oppressive,’ explains Lou. ‘Plaster boarding over the rafters and liming the remaining visible timber was a lot of work, but it has had a transformative effect.’ Seeking an equally uplifting revamp for the rest of the kitchen, Lou turned to Richard Stillman of Moneyhill Interiors. His first task was to reconfigure the layout to provide larger prep areas and a more family-friendly space, while reusing Lou’s beloved Aga. ‘The couple often entertain, so the kitchen needed to cater for fairly large crowds,’ Richard says. ‘But they also wanted informal dining and soft seating for relaxed family time day-today.’ The solution involved shifting the Aga to a more prominent position and installing a generous island unit 134

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that hosts multiple appliances as well as breakfast bar-style dining. ‘We wanted the island unit to bring the wow factor, so it had to be big but it sits perfectly in proportion with the room,’ says Lou. The nature-inspired colour palette of creamy antique limestone and soft Oyster worksurfaces also helps to lighten the space. The cabinetry is a traditional but simple design from Davonport’s Tillingham range, with plain cornices to avoid detracting from the beams above. As well as the Aga, Lou has a built-in single oven and warming drawer, plus induction hob, to provide extra cooking capacity when needed. On the outer side of the island unit, an integrated wine fridge is accessible to guests, without getting in Lou’s way. The large American-style fridge-freezer with ice and water has also proved a big hit. ‘I love how well our new kitchen works when we are entertaining. But the real success story is how it brings us together as a family,’ says Lou. ‘The children want to be in the kitchen far more, rather than it just being a place they come to eat!’

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The layout A door was moved to make an L-shaped layout with an ergonomic cooking area between sink and appliances. External access is via the boot room, and bi-fold glass doors.

The dramatic exposed roof trusses have been carefully limed to help lighten the kitchen without losing their impact.

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Lined in warm oak veneer, the breakfast cupboard features bi-fold doors that tuck out of the way. Electric sockets inside allow the toaster and blenders to be on stand-by and there’s plenty of space for the bread bin and cups. ‘We wanted as little clutter as possible on the worktops in this kitchen. I love how I can shut the doors and everything looks so neat and tidy,’ says Lou. ‘Sitting this cupboard directly on the Caesarstone worktops means the appliances slide smoothly out and it’s easy to wipe down any crumbs from the toaster.

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An oak veneer interior gives the open cupboard a stylish look.


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Located just inside the back door – the family’s main point of entry – the boot room plays a vital role in keeping the kitchen clutter-free. ‘Each child has his or her own peg and there are cupboards to hide away school bags, football boots and even the dogs’ food,’ says Richard. As the space is open to the kitchen, Lou chose the same Tillingham cabinetry throughout, and added a large sink and extra dishwasher for back-up support when clearing up after entertaining.

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This Quooker Fusion tap supplies hot, cold and boiling water from one spout. ‘We don’t need a separate kettle cluttering up the surfaces,’ says Lou.

The details CABINETRY

Bespoke cabinetry from the Tillingham range, painted in French Grey Mid 113 and French Grey Dark 163 Intelligent Eggshell, £54.50 for 2.5L, Little Greene. Kitchens start from £35,000, Davonport.

SURFACES

A ring on the tap’s spout glows red when boiling water is accessed as an additional safety feature.

Worksurfaces and splashback (behind Aga) in Oyster composite stone, £400 sq m, Caesarstone. Walls and ceiling painted in French Grey Pale 161 Intelligent Emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Little Greene. Buscot limestone flooring, from £87 sq m, Artisans of Devizes.

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H 2661-1 BP pyrolytic single oven, £1,129; ESW 6229 29cm high Gourmet warming drawer, £1,079; KM 6115 induction hob, £799; G 4960 SCVi fully integrated dishwasher, £955, all Miele. Three-oven range cooker, from £11,175, Aga. Cache built-in extractor, £750, Westin. RF540ADUSX4 American fridge-freezer, £2,099, Fisher & Paykel. WI6129 dual-zone undercounter wine cooler, £699, Caple.

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Kubus 1.5-bowl stainless-steel sink, £315, Franke. Fusion round boiling, hot and cold tap in brushed chrome, £1,240, Quooker.

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READY, STEADY, REFRESH UPGRADE ALL YOUR FAVOURITE HOUSEHOLD ITEMS USING JUST A SIMPLE ROLL OF SPRING-FRESH WALLPAPER

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M A K E T H E M YOU RS E L F Bordered storage

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Use this simple trick to personalise plain storage such as a country-style wooden crate. This wallpaper band can be updated time and again with the changing seasons, or as it starts to look untidy, and it only uses a small amount of paper. Work out the height and width of the band you need by measuring around all four sides of the outside of the box. Using a ruler, draw a band matching these dimensions onto the wallpaper and cut out. Glue the wallpaper band to the outside of the crate and then add a sealing layer using a decoupage glue and sealer, such as Mod Podge, and a small brush, gently pushing out any air bubbles as you go. Allow to dry before using the crate.

Add wow factor to a plain chair with a panel of wallpaper. You can use a chair with a semi-open back, but it looks equally fabulous on just the seat. First, if not painted, apply a couple of coats of chalk paint, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Next, make a template with newspaper for the areas to be covered. Press and crease over any edges to get the approximate outline. Cut just outside the crease and trim away the excess. Place the template on the wallpaper, draw around it and cut out. Glue onto the chair using Mod Podge, pressing out any air bubbles. When dry, add a couple of coats of Mod Podge to seal. The chair can be left like this, or you can add clear furniture varnish following the manufacturer’s instructions. Wallpaper, Simi, £76 a roll, Sanderson. Chair, try Ebay for similar. Painted in Winter Grey Chalky Furniture Paint, £12 for 750ml, Rust-Oleum. Mod Podge glue, as before. Rug, £105, Design Vintage. Olivia basket, £26, Le Papillon Vert. Earthenware mug, £32 for 6, Rockett St George. All other items, stylist’s own.

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Repurpose an old metal tray and add interest to a wall with this simple idea. To begin, give the tray a coat of paint, if desired, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Metal paint is ideal, but chalk paint can be used, too. Place the tray underside down on some newspaper and draw around the edge. Draw as closely as you can to the edge of the tray. Cut out a newspaper template, place inside the tray and trim to fit. Transfer the template onto your wallpaper and cut out. Glue this panel to the tray and then apply a sealing layer using a decoupage glue and sealer, such as Mod Podge, and a small brush, pushing any air bubbles out as you go, then allow to dry. Position and use to display notes and cards with decorative magnets.

This is a brilliant way to update and add a unique touch to old pendant shades. Paper-style shades should be avoided though as the glue can become too sticky. To begin, measure the height and the circumference of the shade, and add on 1cm to the circumference measurement. Draw and cut out a template from newspaper, wrap around the shade to check that it fits before transferring onto your chosen wallpaper. Taking some wallpaper paste, brush onto the shade bit by bit with a decorator’s brush. Line up the wallpaper with the seam on the shade and gradually stick around, aligning with the edges and pushing out any air bubbles as you go. Turn under the last 1cm excess of wallpaper and press lightly in place. Leave to dry completely before use.

Wallpaper, Candytuft, £38 a roll, Sanderson. Tray, try Ebay for similar. Painted in Winter Grey, as before. Mod Podge glue, as before. Nami brass vase, £14.95, Nkuku. Illustrated recipe notecards, £9 for 5; magnets, £7 for 10; Moments of Genius notebook, £14.99, dog-shaped paper clips, £3.99 for 3, all notonthehigh street.com. All other items, stylist’s own.

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Wallpaper, Fern Blue, £17.99 a roll, Wallpaper Direct. Light shades, similar from DIY stores. Mixed black and white flexes with chrome fittings, £40 each, Rockett St George.

NEXT MONTH SPRING FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS

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Wallpaper, Wind flowers, £41 a roll, Sanderson. Crate, try Ebay for similar. Mod Podge glue, £1.50 for 150ml, Hobbycraft. Terracotta pots, similar from Idyll Home. Corinium jug, £11, Neptune. Vintage-style zinc jug, £7.50, Cox & Cox. Monogrammed tea towel, £15, Mia Fleur. All other items, stylist’s own.

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‘MY BLOCK PRINT DESIGNS CAPTURE THE RURAL SPIRIT’ Textile designer and illustrator Hannah Watchorn

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n idyllic childhood in the country and bringing up her own children in the West Sussex landscape has provided plenty of inspiration for Hannah Watchorn’s range of beautiful textiles. ‘I grew up on a farm in Hertfordshire,’ says Hannah, ‘We had lots of animals and I spent much of my time riding horses and exploring the land. I was always artistic and creative, and the rural charm of the countryside inspired me and captured my imagination. My mother has a passion for interior design – I have her eye – and my father is a talented artist, so I inherited those skills from him.’ Hannah was fascinated by fabrics at school and went on to do a degree in Illustration at Plymouth University, before realising that she wanted to move into textiles. ‘I was very experimental in my techniques, combining my illustrations with textiles,’ she says. In 2008, Hannah began working for Elle Decoration magazine as an assistant stylist and part of her job involved visiting 144

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fabric houses. She then took a job in GP&J Baker’s showroom and from there went to work for Nicholas Herbert, where she realised she wanted to design fabrics. ‘I found I had a growing passion to create my own textiles collection and it was here that I learnt the skills to develop my business,’ says Hannah. She worked with Nicholas Herbert for three years and created a collection of four designs exclusively for the company. Hannah then left to have her first child, Jack, now three, and has since had Thomas, who’s nearly one. She began her eponymous business three years ago, working from the studio in her garden. ‘I was running the business along with juggling a baby and organically developing my collection at the time,’ she says. Hannah is constantly experimenting with new designs. ‘I always start with a sketch and then I carve into lino block. Everything is done by hand so it has a handcrafted finish. I then start printing and experimenting with colour and

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M Y C O U N T RY B U S I N E S S Hannah in her studio block-printing designs. She loves using natural tones, but has started to experiment with darker colours for contrast.


What I love most... ‘THE FREEDOM OF RUNNING MY OWN BUSINESS AND ALSO SEEING MY DESIGNS DEVELOP FROM A SINGLE ORIGINAL PRINT INTO A FINISHED PRODUCT’

layout. When I am finally happy with the colours, the design goes to my printer. ‘My fabrics are subtle and simplistic with delicate detail. I think they work beautifully in country homes, but also fit in modern interiors. I love using natural tones and tend to stick to earthy shades, but more recently I’ve been testing darker and brighter shades to add contrast.’ As well being inspired by the English countryside, Hannah’s designs are also influenced by the intricate patterns found on vintage textiles and ceramics from all over the world. To achieve this feel in her work, as well as using UK printers, Hannah uses the ancient method of blockprinting made famous in the Indian city

Hannah with a selection of her beautiful blockprinted designs.

of Jaipur. This technique is known for its subtle irregularities and is an ideal way to emulate the character found in old textiles. Hannah visited India with Francisca Denyer, who she met while working at GP&J Baker, to explore the possibility of using traditional block-printing to develop Hannah’s fabrics. ‘We were delighted to be able to source block-printers and makers to create the Chikoo collection in the vibrant city of Jaipur itself,’ says Hannah. Inspiration also comes from closer to home on the English coast and Hannah is launching her first collection with a coastal theme. ‘I love north Norfolk, where my family have a holiday cottage,’ she says. ‘We go there several times a year and I have been visiting the area since I was a child. I am drawn to the greys, which are so muted and delicate, and the big skies. The landscape creates an interesting atmosphere and the coastline and little villages give me lots of ideas.’ Hannah exhibits her work at fairs such as The Country Brocante in West Sussex and sells in local shops. She set up her website in 2015 and, as well as selling fabrics to interior designers and retail customers, she also sells accessories and has done a collaboration with lighting company Where Did You Get That Light? creating lampshades using her fabrics. ‘The business is demanding but it’s incredibly fulfilling – I love what I do. I’m striving to find a balance between bringing up my sons and running my business. Having two little boys gives me the determination to make it work. I try to work when Jack is at nursery, then in the evenings and at weekends.’ And the countryside location is at the heart of everything. ‘I love living in West Sussex – I grew up on a farm with beautiful views and now I’m living like that again, at the foot of the South Downs.’ ☎ Hannah Watchorn, 07967 349603, hannahwatchorn.com.

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Hannah creates many sketches and illustrations with the ďŹ nished designs being carved into lino block.

The wall light shades in Indian Seed were made in collaboration with Where Did You Get That Light?.

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@ ON MY D O O R S T E P. . . Visit… ‘The South Downs. We live next to a farm, surrounded by animals and fields, and are lucky to have beautiful walks literally on the doorstep.’

Shop at… ‘The Country Brocante Store (thecountrybrocante.co.uk), in Midhurst, which sells lovely things for the home, and Lodsworth Larder (01798 861947, lodsworthlarder.com) for fresh produce and groceries.’

Go for a meal at… ‘The Horse Guards Inn (01798 342332, thehorseguardsinn.co.uk), in Tillington. I love their hot spicy cider, as well as the delicious food.’

Hannah with Jack and Thomas and dog Huxley the Daxijack walking in the nearby countryside.


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HOW TO CONTINUE BEING INSPIRED Our guide to keeping your finger on the design pulse

Hannah Watchorn’s inspiration comes from nature and the objects of everyday life. ‘Hannah

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has developed her own distinctive style using simple, beautifully drawn designs and motifs in monochromatic earthy colourways,’ says Juliette Barrell, Marketing and Business Development Partner at Cognoscentis. ‘Hannah’s recent trip to Rajasthan gave her fresh inspiration for the Chikoo collection. It is a progressive design development in that, although it is new, it has all the hallmark qualities of her brand.’ Juliette advises budding designers to view inspiration as a key part of planning their business, rather than something that is done as-and-when. ‘Finding inspiration for the next collection is the lifeblood of any creative business. While new ideas can come from nowhere, successful designers will actively create the opportunities and space to find inspiration in a more structured way,’ Juliette says. She offers the following advice: Create realistic time frames within which to develop ideas. ‘Developing new collections from ideas into tangible, marketable products takes time and investment, so ensure that you have allowed for this in your business plan

and shared it with others in your business. This will ensure your business is ready and prepared to support the successful launch of a new collection.’ Make time for inspiration. ‘Create a disciplined approach by setting aside an allotted time each week or month. Get out of the studio to avoid day-today distractions and give yourself the opportunity to find fresh ideas. Plan inspiration away-days and put them in the diary to ensure you commit the time.’ Continually look for ideas. ‘While our environments and interests will fuel many ideas, try some additional ways and places in which to do research. 1 Art exhibitions and galleries can be a rich source of design inspiration. 2 Trade and consumer shows allow you an insight into creative communities. Look out for events such as the London Design Festival, Decorex, 100% Design, Clerkenwell Design Weeks and the international craft fair, COLLECT. 3 Subscribe to magazines. With so much emphasis on digital, don’t forget to keep up to date with the magazines both in your sector and in the broader consumer home-interest sector. It may feel indulgent to spend time reading magazines, but it’s time

well spent to pick up on design trends. 4 Shop the brands you admire to find out what are they doing, how are they presenting their merchandise and what colour palettes are they using. 5 Talk to your customers as they will be a valuable source of information to help develop ideas. Actively engage with them through newsletters, social media and face-to-face contact. 6 Use social media to connect: create your own digital community by following designers, commentators and organisations within your sphere.’ Convert inspiration into action with visual maps. ‘Channel your ideas by using photos and tear sheets to create moodboards for your latest sources of inspiration. Move moodboards on to the next stage by translating them into a more specific visual map with text and a flow chart to help create actions around the ideas. This will help you to take a structured approach to developing your ideas into something tangible.’ ☎ Juliette Barrell is partner at Cognoscentis (cognoscentis.co.uk) providing specialist business management and creative service solutions for home interiors businesses. Contact juliette@cognoscentis.co.uk.

The one lesson I have learned... ‘TO TAKE IT ONE STEP AT A TIME. I HAVE SO MANY IDEAS AND IT’S IMPORTANT TO DO EACH ONE PROPERLY WITHOUT RUSHING IT’ NEXT MONTH TEXTILE ARTIST IN DEVON

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with coppers, bronzes and rich ochres. It’s without doubt one of the most beautiful sights I know.

In winter when the trees are bare, you can see south to the Braid Hills, often covered in snow. In spring the acid green of the new leaves is so vivid they don’t quite seem real. I can happily sit and soak it all in for hours. Colour plays such a key part in my work. The beauty of the colours of these woods has a big influence on what we use in our collections.

Blackford Hill is a real contrast to the deep gorge of the Hermitage wood. Formed from the oldest rock in Edinburgh, it offers impressive panoramic views of the city, the Pentland Hills and Firth of Forth.

I love to spend time in the countryside, I find it the most restorative thing. I don’t get time to do it as

I used to spend a lot of time in the Hermitage when I was a child – practically all day, every day during the long summer holidays, and this wood was my favourite spot. I’ve always loved the

often as I would like now I’m busy working. I’m also interested in wildlife. When I was growing up I wanted to be the next David Attenborough and I still get so much joy from animals, particularly birds. My favourite weekends are spent in the countryside with friends, fishing or pottering around on boats. I tell myself that the aim of working such long hours is so I can then spend more time out in the fresh air.

calmness and order of the trunks of these beautiful trees, their roots exposed on the steep slope, through the carpet of moss and leaves. And then there’s the ever-changing colours of the canopy. This is at its absolute best in autumn when these woods light up

This month, Patrick is collaborating with Hobbycraft to launch a new range of products to inspire people to pick up a needle and thread and start sewing. For more information, visit hobbycraft.co.uk.

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am a native of Edinburgh and whenever I’m back there I always like to go on a particular walk. I climb through a gap in the stone wall that separates the Hermitage of Braid, a designated ancient woodland, from Blackford Hill, just above the bridge. An indistinct lower path then takes you into a small beech wood. I like go there whenever I am home, often with my mum, who lives only a few minutes’ walk away. There is a wonderful mixture of habitats, including woodland, scrubland, grassland, the burn and wetland, which all provide a refuge for wildlife. You can sometimes hear green woodpeckers calling from the top of the beech trees and, if you are lucky, there will be an otter swimming in the burn. There is also some amazing birdlife: herons, kestrels, kingfishers, song thrush and even tawny owls can be regularly seen around the nature reserve.


  

       

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