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Things I’ve seen, done and loved this month As a rambler whose favourite walks of all time are in Scotland, this issue makes me want to pull on my walking boots and head north! Be inspired by Emily and Hal Salvesen’s farmhouse and its dramatic and creative interior, located on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park (page 30), and fall in love with the Wards’ idyllic East Lothian cottage with its modern, rough-luxe aesthetic (page 52). Turn to page 76 to see our ideas for using tartans, tweeds and quirky game bird patterns to give your home a fresh spin on traditional Highland style, and delve into the fascinating life of Perthshire-based fabric designer Lady

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A beautiful tablescape abundant with stylish glassware and linens, rustic textures, plus a colourful assortment of gourds and squashes. Artisan dinner plate, £12; pasta bowl, £12; Orford tumblers, £32 for four; wine glasses, £32 for four; placemats, £20 for two; napkins, £25 for four; Symons cutlery, £165 for 24-piece set, £35, all The White Company. Shop now with Ownable

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1 Keeping coats at the ready with vintage-inspired, rustic hall accents. Driftwood wall hooks, H10xW60xDia10cm, £32, French Connection. 2 Melting frozen fingers around a steaming cup of hot choc (with toppings, of course)! Pick Me mug, £9.95, White Stuff. 3 Hard-wearing and stylish hand shields. Suede fire gloves, £22, Cox & Cox. 4 A night sky welcome for visitors. Stars doormat, £18, Oliver Bonas. Shop now with Ownable

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5 Adding country character to seating arrangements with a scattering of feather-filled lovelies. Pheasant cushion, 46cm sq, £55, Mimi Emmett. 6 Draping a woolly beauty over a bench or chair to add sumptuous comfort... Herdwick rug, £120, Celtic & Co. 7 Mood-lifting lighting in pomegranate hues. Yuyi table lamp, H77xD46cm, £245, Sophie Conran. 8 A nostalgic campfire atmosphere. Barrow BBQ fire pit, H35xW139xD81cm, £799, Konstantin Slawinski, The Conran Shop. Shop now with Ownable Country Homes & Interiors

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13 Long matches to light fireworks safely! Folk Doves extra-long safety matches, H3xL29xW6cm, £4.95, Rex London. 14 Subtle ombre effects on crockery... Reactive dinnerware set, £60, Debenhams. 15 Old favourites featuring delicate Indian paisleys and tassels. Silvassa armchair, H101xW75xD87cm, £1,175, Oka. 16 A playful (and seasonal) way to dry the dishes. Jasmine printed tea towel, £16, Anthropologie. Use the Ownable app to shop now Country Homes & Interiors

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This beautiful retro school chair, £225 at Liberty London, definitely comes top of the class for creating a chic, industrial vibe. Made by mother and daughter duo Scott & Taylor, the design comes in five hand-painted stripes, including gold-toned for a luxe twist on the industrial aesthetic. Shop now with Ownable

Pure Fruit 216540 wallpaper, £89 a roll. Pure Laxa 236603 fabric (on ladder), £109m, both Morris & Co. Shop now with Ownable

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Formed in 2016 by husband and wife team Catherine and David Cross, March & May reflects their passion for design, a belief that their style is shared by a wider audience and a desire to create for the individual. From their Derbyshire workshop, the duo hand-print their designs on the finest-quality linen. Catherine tells us more... What inspires you? Anything and everything – architecture, art and nature. We are also fascinated with geometry and graphics. Our first collection included designs that stemmed from both a Japanese kimono and an Indian palace, whereas the latest collection of fabrics was influenced by a trip to Morocco. How long does it take you to produce a design? Some concepts are brought to life in a single morning, while others evolve slowly over weeks of revisiting and reworking an idea. What do you think makes your designs so special? They are versatile, timeless and almost simplistic patterns, given life by the inherent imperfections

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Nordic inspiration Catherine prints Hemel, £105m

of hand-printing with hand-mixed inks. What do you love about what you do? Working with our minds and our hands to turn a vision into something tangible. The whole process is very satisfying and lifting a screen to reveal a print is a joyous thing. What’s next? More inspiration means more patterns and more products. We have added an upholstery workshop this year and are designing our own furniture to showcase the fabric. March & May, 0114 247 8274, march-may. co.uk.

William Morris was captivated by Iceland when he visited in the 1870s, and evocative descriptions of the topography, lora and fauna in his journals have inspired Morris & Co to bring out two new collections, North and Kindred. Comprising ive fabrics, six embroideries, 12 weaves and 10 wallpapers, the collections include some reworked archive designs, while the palette of neutrals and watercolour tones, relecting the colours of the Nordic landscape, injects a contemporary twist.

C R E AT E A P L AC E O F C O M F O RT If you need help turning your home into a calm and relaxing sanctuary, take a look at Holistic Spaces: 108 Ways to Create a Mindful and Peaceful Home by architect Anjie Cho (£9.99, Cico Books). Anjie draws on her background in green design and feng shui to provide invaluable advice to help you clear and refresh your home. Shop now with Ownable Country Homes & Interiors

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If you’re cooking apple parkin or spiced cider this autumn, make preparation a little easier with this handy new Spice Mill, £24.95 from Microplane. The stainless-steel blades precisely grate spices, including nutmeg and cinnamon, in seconds, and it even has a handy airtight compartment for storing them.

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Inspired by his greatgreat-great-greatgrandfather John, who set up the Cadbury chocolate firm in 1824, James Cadbury started Love Cocoa in 2016 to make British chocolate great again, reinventing classics with a contemporary touch. Products are stocked in major department stores, as well as online, and 10 per cent of profits are donated to the Rainforest Foundation. James tells us more… What’s so special about your chocolate? We source the finest organic chocolate by paying above fair-trade prices in countries such as Ecuador and the Dominican Republic, and combine it with local ingredients where possible. Tell us about your flavours… We try to be innovative. We recently launched a vegan Avocado Dark Chocolate bar and a Sparkling Rosé White Chocolate bar. We have lots of new flavours this Christmas which we are excited about! What’s your favourite product you sell? That has to be the Earl Grey chocolate. Even people who hate tea say positive things about it!

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What’s the best thing about running your business? Seeing things grow from an idea to a product on a shelf. And it’s great to have the flexibility to work when I want. How much does your heritage mean? I am very proud of what my Quaker ancestors did, not only for the chocolate industry but also for civil rights and working conditions. They didn’t live extravagant lives despite the company being a huge success, but gave to charities, and also their workers. Three words to sum up your company? British, innovative, delicious. Love Cocoa, lovecocoa. com.

Stay toasty while watching ireworks with these tasty Catherine wheels. To make 12, stir 350g strong plain lour with 7g easy-bake fast-action dried yeast and a pinch of salt in a bowl. Pour in 150ml lukewarm milk, 30g melted butter and a beaten egg and mix. Knead for 5-10 mins until smooth and elastic. Roll out on a lightly loured surface to a rectangle 40cm long. Brush one long edge with water. Top remaining dough with 500g wilted spinach, 460g jar chopped roasted peppers, 200g crumbled feta cheese, 50g toasted pine nuts and 70g sliced black olives. Roll up to the clear edge, keeping the join underneath, then cut off ends and slice into 12. Cover with oiled clingilm and leave to rise. Preheat oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/ Gas 6. Bake the wheels for 20 mins until golden.

A D D A STA M P T O YO U R S L O E G I N Give your homemade sloe gin the smart label it deserves with a custom-made stamp from GetStampedUK on Etsy. Simply tell the company what size of stamp and the names you want, then get stuck in stamping – perfect for gifts for friends or starting a market-stall business. From £24 for a 7cm stamp. Country Homes & Interiors

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Garden notes T H E W I N D O WS I L L W I N N E R Nothing lifts the spirits more than flowering houseplants, and the Hippeastrum (amaryllis) will give you an enviable display. Plant bulbs from October-January: we love Hippeastrum ‘Très Chic’. Place in a bright spot out of direct sunlight. Turn often to keep the stems from leaning and, once the flowers have faded, cut off the stem and yellow leaves. Move to a cool room and reduce watering. Repeat next year for new blooms.

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The RHS has four gardens – Rosemoor, Harlow Carr, Wisley and Hyde Hall. We asked Robert Brett, curator of RHS Hyde Hall, why you should visit out of season. What’s the most recent winter planting in the RHS gardens? It’s our new Winter Garden at Hyde Hall in Essex. This spectacular garden has been three years in the making, contains 1,500 trees and shrubs, 5,000 herbaceous plants and around 48,000 bulbs. Why is it important that the gardens stay open all year? They’re open every day except Christmas Day, so everyone can discover beautiful plants they could grow in their own gardens. Are the gardens worth visiting on a wet day? Each garden has covered or sheltered spaces. Wisley’s Glasshouse is filled with exotic and tropical plants and is a brilliant place when the weather is unfavourable. What do you hope visitors will discover? The amazing diversity of plant life that is

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associated with winter: flower and fragrance, bark texture, fruits and colour. That, and the planting combinations that can bring contrast to a garden. I hope it inspires people to grow. Any other winter events planned? At Rosemoor, Harlow Carr and Wisley, the Glow Winter Illuminations are returning to show the gardens in a different light. Visit rhs. org.uk for details.

Ever thought of growing this vital ingredient? Now’s the time to plant autumn varieties for harvesting in June and July. Garlic does well in a free-draining soil in full sun and is an easy crop to cultivate. Don’t be tempted to use bulbs from the supermarket – buy from specialist growers and select a variety that suits your garden and cooking habits. Try ‘Elephant’ garlic, which is perfect for roasting, or ‘Picardy Wight’, for colder, wetter conditions. Plant the cloves in well-prepared soil, pointy ends up, 4cm deep and 10cm apart. The Garlic Farm on the Isle of Wight offers a tasty range, thegarlicfarm.co.uk.

Just what you ned nw... It’s the perfect time to prune out dead wood from trees and shrubs. Make light work of this seasonal task with a hand saw. We particularly like the F180 folding saw, £23.34, from Silky Fox, a brand respected by gardeners across the world. The handle has a rubber insert for comfort and the blade can be locked into two positions. Find stockists at silkyfox.co.uk. Country Homes & Interiors

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Restoration Yard is a gorgeous shop, café and wellbeing studio located in a restored courtyard and stables, outside Edinburgh.

The store sells beautiful products sourced from all over the world or designed in-house.

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Restoration Yard A CHIC EMPORIUM FULL OF BEAUTIFUL WARES, SET IN A HISTORIC STABLEYARD IN MIDLOTHIAN

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Restoration Yard is a beautiful homeware, furniture and fashion store with a café and wellness facility, located in the 18th-century stableyard at Dalkeith Country Park, a 1,000acre estate owned by the Duke of Buccleuch, just five miles from the centre of Edinburgh. Developed in conjunction with Amanda Pratt, designer and former owner of Ireland’s Avoca, the store sells an inspiring and curated product range. Amanda tells us more:

stables. They had visited Avoca a decade before and liked our concept, so asked if I would help them do something similar. I took my lead from the estate’s history – the four historic homes and the art collection. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE RESTORATION YARD STYLE? I

believe in William Morris’s adage, ‘have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful’. Things are chosen for the shop on the basis of being beautiful and useful, innovative or inspiring. I’m also really interested in how things are made and by whom.

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The Ninth Duke of Buccleuch had always wanted to rescue the Dalkeith Palace estate and his sons decided to do something about the historic

The beauty of the park, the converted stables, the courtyard, the circular orangery combined with beautiful products makes it authentic.

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shop is in a long, almost corridorlike pair of wings that previously used to house the horse stalls, with a big entrance hall between them and a huge double-height room at one end. The café is over the courtyard, and the Wellbeing Lab – which runs classes that support mental health and wellbeing: yoga, meditation, art and dance – is on the first floor where the stable boys used to sleep. WHAT’S NEW FOR WINTER? So, so much! Fabulous new cashmere mix knits, graphic cushions, stationery, gins, children’s toys – it’s a huge collection of things designed in the UK and from the rest of the world. Dalkeith Country Park via Town Gate, Dalkeith EH22 1ST, 0131 654 1666, restorationyard.com. Country Homes & Interiors

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The super-comfortable bar stool IN OUR ONGOING SERIES, WE SELECT SIMPLE COUNTRY-STYLE HERO PIECES THAT LOOK BEAUTIFUL… AND MAKE LIFE EVEN BETTER

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For a similar stool, try Antique brown vintage leather bar stool, £264, Woodpecker Interiors.

Opt for warm, leather, upholstered styles for a stool that will age gracefully.

NEXT MONTH CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS

Now, more than ever, a countrystyle kitchen is a multi-tasking cooking, eating and living area. Which is why super-comfy bar stools suit them so perfectly. These flexible pieces offer the chance for friends and family to gather and converse with the cook, prepare a meal together, or informally drink and dine. WHAT’S THE STORY? Originally deemed the lowliest of seating options in ancient times, the stool’s status grew with the popularity of bar and public house culture. The basic no-back design was adapted to fit differing situations, and tall stools with supportive backs became smart places to perch. Once kitchen designers started recognising the benefit of a bar or island unit in the home and the flexibility of its use, the bar stool secured its place as a fundamental furniture must-have. WHICH STYLE TO CHOOSE For a neat style, perfect for smaller kitchens, go for something without a back that can be pushed under a counter or easily stacked when not in use, such as a metal or wood high stool. Larger kitchens suit luxurious, oversized seating, which is perfect for crowd, cook and coffee-time scenarios. Opt for lavish leather with deep, upholstered seating, backs and armrests to create a comfy place to linger. STYLE IT UP Statement stools don’t often need much dressing as the shape and look say it all. Details such as buttons and tacks draw the eye to the curves and corners. If extra comfort or colour is required, a small cushion will add character and a pop of personality. Country Homes & Interiors

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Discover a world of festive country style, Christmas shopping and inspirational workshops at Penshurst Place in Kent from 9-11 November 2018 and at Stonor Park, near Henley-on-Thames, 22-25 November 2018. With over 100 stands of homewares, gifts and lifestyle products from our favourite country makers and brands, you can do all your Christmas shopping in one place.

Eat, drink & have a chat! Head to our artisan food area, sit down and relax over a cup of coffee, lunch and afternoon tea, or even a glass of fizz.

❆ HOW TO ENJOY YOUR DAY •Parking is free at both of the venues •Pick up a show guide (while stocks last) •Do bring some cash as some exhibitors won’t accept card payments

•Don’t forget to bring some extra shopping bags •Check out our timetables for details of various workshops and talks taking place •AND most of all, have fun!

See Country Homes & Interiors brought to life! Step inside our seasonal room set and be inspired by festive decorating and interiors ideas created by Country Homes & Interiors’ stylists. We’ve taken inspiration from wintry woodlands and country copses, then added painted and light-toned furniture, beautifully patterned wallpaper, wicker and woven textures for a touch of Scandinavian elegance. With our thanks to Collins & Hayes, Oak Furniture Land, Sanderson and Charnwood for helping us to create this most festive of rooms to celebrate Christmas.


Meet some of our stallholders

BOOK YOUR TICKETS TODAY PENSHURST PLACE 9-11 November Tonbridge Early Bird ticket offer £12 (£14 on the door) Book online at ichfevents.co.uk/ CHIChristmas Penshurst or call 01425 277988

Gifts ONE-OFF PRESENTS The Make Shed sells its own textile pieces and also sources an eclectic mix of products for the home and garden.

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STONOR PARK 22-25 November Henley-on-Thames Early Bird ticket offer £10 (£12 on the door) *A combined show and house entrance is £16 in advance (£18 on the door)

Discover our Festive Shop Find exquisite gifts and crafts from handpicked independent retailers, craftspeople and artisan producers from around the UK. Enjoy shopping in the relaxed festive atmosphere, where exhibitors will be on hand to help you ind the perfect presents and unique pieces for everyone on your list.

Hoewae STYLISH TABLEWARE Zed & Co designs beautiful placemats, coasters, mugs and other kitchen accessories, all made in the UK.

Book online at ichfevents.co.uk/ CHIChristmasStonor or call 01425 277988

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Penshurst Place Tonbridge, TN11 8DH

Decor MADE IN BRITAIN Golden Hare will be showcasing handmade art, gifts and homeware by a curated portfolio of British artists and makers.

Get creative in the Demonstration Area Fashion GIFTS FOR HER Megan & Martha’s 2018 collection includes new sweaters, tops and T-shirts, plus snuggly scarves, hats and gloves.

HOW TO FIND US

There will be free talks and demonstrations from Sanderson, Sophie Conran, Charnwood, Pure Morris and more. Experts will show you how to style a Country Homes & Interiors Christmas, give tips on having a cosy festive season and share the latest trends on dressing the seasonal table.

From M25, Junction 5: follow A21 to Tonbridge leaving at the Hildenborough exit, then follow the brown tourist signs. From M20/M26, Junction 2a: follow A25 to Sevenoaks, then A21 for Hildenborough, and then follow the brown tourist signs.

Stonor Park Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 6HF Stonor is located between the M4 and M40 on the B480 Henley-on-Thames to Watlington Road.


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New traditions EMILY AND HAL SALVESEN HAVE GIVEN THE DRAMATIC INTERIOR OF A HIGHLANDS FARMHOUSE AND STEADING A CAREFUL UPDATE WITH COSY COLOURS

Exterior The converted farm building and farmhouse is set in beautiful countryside.

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Living room Huge windows overlook the majestic valley below. Leather Chesterfield, eBay. The main kitchen has a large range cooker at its heart. Range cooker, Lacanche. Cabinetry painted in Brinjal by Farrow & Ball.

Guests can find a hot drink at any time in the second kitchen. Cabinetry in Stone Blue, Farrow & Ball.

Snug The perfect spot to cosy up for a quiet nightcap. Blazer by Farrow & Ball is similar to this wall colour.


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Dining room Perfect for entertaining, red tones conjure up a toasty scheme. Find similar wallpaper at Wallpaper Direct.

Living room Warm terracotta shades give the living room a cosy and inviting atmosphere. Faux fur throws and plaid cushions, Dunelm.

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What we love most about living here... â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;It has to be the magical, fairy-tale views all year round; it does not seem real sometimesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

Second kitchen The mellow tones of wooden furniture and shelving, as well as traditionalstyle red brick floor, add warmth to the space. Tablecloth, Vanessa Arbuthnott. Similar dining chairs, I & JL Brown.


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Emily and Hal Salvesen had been looking for a property near

their family home that was suitable for hosting large shooting parties. They came across an idyllic farmhouse and buildings set in beautiful gardens on the edge of Dinnet Estate, nestled in a bucolic valley in the Cairngorms National Park, and fell in love with it. The previous owners had taken inspiration from a Belgian interior designer and antiquarian, Axel Vervoordt, well known for his serene interpretations of historic buildings and had restored the interior of the cottage in the style of a medieval Flemish lodge house. When Emily and Hal bought the property, they continued with the theme and extended the farm buildings in the same style, inspired by the amazing, historical exactness of the renovations. They used a Belgian company called Rik Storms from Antwerp to source the wood and many other antique building materials. ‘The existing structure already had the dramatic double height space, as well as cosy snugs and galleried areas,’ says Emily. Working with local architect, Gerry Robb in Aboyne, an expert in period renovations, the project was a fantastic learning process for the Salvesens, who became absorbed in every detail. ‘Everyone took an interest and we made decisions together,’ says Emily. ‘The opportunity to thoroughly insulate the house was very welcome and the house is so cosy now.’ The immediate scenery is surprisingly gentle. ‘We must be in a bit of a micro climate; this particular valley is deinitely not as rugged as the rest of the Cairngorms, so the unusual style of the interior feels right,’ says Emily. Taking inspiration from alpine ski lodges as well as their medieval Flemish starting point, the house has ended up as a delightful concoction of European history. ‘No-one felt bound by Highland tradition, and we have ended up with a classic result that feels homely and welcoming to guests, but still absolutely right for the dramatic surroundings,’ says Emily. The house makes the perfect base for their popular shooting parties. While redecorating throughout, the Salvesens engaged a specialist painter and decorator who was able to recreate the traditional techniques used by Axel Vervoordt. He mixed the colours himself to achieve the rough textured walls, typical of medieval Flemish properties. A mix of strong, traditional colours have been chosen for the interior, including terracottas, oranges and blues. The results are dramatic but very soothing, while lots of soft textures ensure a homely feel, and salvaged wood has been left raw to complete the authentic result they longed for. ‘I was brought up in Dorset but my mum is Australian, so my interior inspiration has journeyed from my childhood English country home to a Highland shooting lodge, through many international twists along on the way,’ says Emily. ‘Hal and I lived in Singapore for three years before we had children and we both love to travel, so warm Mediterranean colours and hints of ski chalet styling felt like very natural additions to this otherwise very Scottish home from home.’

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AT HOME WITH... Owners Emily Salvesen and her husband Hal, owner of Highland sport and travel company, Findrack Sporting. Emily and Hal acquired this house as a shooting lodge catering for large parties. They live nearby with their three children, Montgomery, four, Cordelia, three, and Alfred, one.

House A converted farm building, where the main living space is located with eight bedrooms, adjacent to a farmhouse with two further bedrooms and living areas, dating from the 1840s.

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* O N M Y D O O R S T E P. . . Visit… ‘The Royal Lochnagar Distillery (01339 742700, malts. com), next door to Balmoral, for a brilliant day out. It’s a single malt Scotch whisky distillery on the Abergeldie Estate, close to the Lochnagar mountain. Smaller than most, the distillery tour is amazing. You get to sample loads of different types of whisky, not just their own.’

Shop at… ‘Sheridan’s (013397 55218, hmsheridan.co.uk) in Ballater. The Queen’s butcher is nothing short of excellent!’ Go for a meal at… ‘Spider on a Bicycle (spideronabicycle. com), in Aboyne, is my favourite local cafe. It serves excellent simple food in a gorgeous, welcoming setting around a lovely log burner.‘

Bedroom Hal’s father is Norwegian and Scandi-style built in, toe-to-toe beds make for a fun touch. Star blankets, Cox & Cox. Distressed wardrobe, Scottish Antique & Arts centre.


H I G H L A N D S FA R M H O U S E Main bedroom The floor-to-ceiling windows look out over beautiful views. Emily has opted for an alpine chaletinspired interior. Distressed painted wardrobe, Scottish Antique & Arts Centre. Bedding, The White Company.

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What makes this house a home...

Galleried landing A snug reading nook overlooks the double height living room. Find similar hide at Hide Rugs.

dusky pink creates a cosy backdrop. Bedside lamps, Oka.

‘Family ties, friends and visitors. Bringing our children up in the same area that Hal was brought up in feels like it’s meant to be’

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Built in vanity units make the most of the tricky coved ceilings while a roll-top bath painted red makes a statement. Similar bath, Drummonds.

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ROOM IDEAS

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Emily’s living room Designed to look like bamboo, this slim lamp sits perfectly beside a sofa or reading chair. Guadua floor lamp, col Antique Brass; with 50cm drum shade, col Off-White, H154x W47xD21cm, £339, both Oka. Shop now with Ownable

Treat your home to a stylish update with this plump, super-soft scatter cushion. Faux fur Siberian wolf cushion, 40x40cm, £59, Helen Moore England at Amara. Shop now with Ownable

Give highland style a modern fling with plaid and tartan revamped in breezy, contemporary brights.

Opt for library calm and an aged feel with this warming terracotta shade. Estate emulsion, col Book Room Red, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Shop now with Ownable

Rustic beauty lies in the solidity and natural finish of this coffee table in recycled elm. Bruges recycled coffee table, 100x100cm, £516.50, Maisons Du Monde. Shop now with Ownable

Liven up traditional and modern spaces alike with this timeless shape. Loft Archie armchair, col Duck Egg, H81x W68xD79cm, £299, Marks & Spencer. Shop now with Ownable

Emily’s style secret... Add warmth with lovingly worn leather furniture in contrast to woven upholstered pieces.

Modern Country Classic Gothic chandelier

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versatile, adding contrast and grandeur. For authentic charm choose a cartwheel design in matt black. Or try a contemporary adaptation featuring slimmer, fluid lines and a light-neutral colour finish.

Where to buy…

•Nigel Tyas for medieval influences in stylish designs. •Universal Lighting for a wide range of finishes. •Bespoke Lights for British-made reproductions in a variety of sizes.

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Create your own castle-chic style with an overhead statement. Medieval in origin, forged wrought-iron designs often featured popular Gothic motifs such as leaves and scrolls. Today’s refined designs are highly


    

                                         

     


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Rustic revival SALLY BOURNE AND DAVID CONFINO FOUND AN UNLOVED HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF A FOREST AND TRANSFORMED IT INTO THEIR DREAM HOME WITH A PALETTE OF RICH COLOURS AND STYLISH VINTAGE FINDS


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Exterior The cottage was built using reclaimed materials. Living room Rich colours were used to warm up the space. Sofas, cushions and accessories, all Sally Bourne Interiors. Blanket box, a gift. Curtains, made by Sian Colley in Linara fabric by Romo. Walls painted in Stony Ground by Farrow & Ball. Pendant light, Ikea, with vintage silk shades.

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Living room Cosy seats

Kitchen The cupboards,

are tucked in either side of the fireplace. Cushions made from rugs, light and striped vase, all from Sally Bourne Interiors.

by Howdens, are painted in Clunch by Farrow & Ball. Vintage tea towel and colander, both Sally Bourne Interiors.

A change in circumstances led to a completely

different lifestyle for Sally Bourne. Living in London at the time, Sally, who runs Sally Bourne Interiors in Muswell Hill, was going through a divorce and deciding what to do with the next stage of her life. She certainly wanted to move out of London to the countryside. ‘I create beautiful spaces, and I was looking for land near some woods where I could build a green-oak barn,’ she says. She met her partner, David Confino, who was also going through a divorce, and it was David who found her dream property six months later. ‘David had viewed a tiny cottage in East Sussex that wasn’t suitable for him, but then drove past a house, with some land, for sale near Ashdown Forest. There was also an old barn on the property that needed rebuilding. The estate agent was sure he wouldn’t be interested in it – nobody was, except David! He then sent me an email saying he’d found a property and he’d like me to view it for him – in actual fact, he’d found the house I was looking for.’ The house, built in the 1930s, had been empty for six years and on the market for four. It had been one of the homes of the Waters family, who were the local Master Builders. They had built the house out of reclaimed materials from other properties in the area, which gives the house the appearance of being much older than it is. ‘Some of the beams come from ships,’ says Sally. ‘It’s

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AT HOME WITH... Owners Sally Bourne, founder of Sally Bourne Interiors, and her partner David Confino. They live here with Sally’s grown-up children Elliot and Tilly.

House A country house with four bedrooms, built in the 1930s using materials reclaimed from older houses The family moved here in 2010.


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Kitchen Sally has created a traditional farmhouse feel. Range cooker, Aga. Cabinets, John Pallot of Tonbridge Joinery. Table and chairs from Nutley Antiques. Walls painted in Frond and Squid Ink by Paint & Paper Library. Curtains, GP&J Baker from Nutley Antiques. Laundry dryer, Sheila Maid. Rise-and-fall lamp and coffee cups, Sally Bourne Interiors. Country Homes & Interiors

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Utility Open shelving

Kitchen Sally has used

enhances the space. Shelves and brackets, Sally Bourne Interiors. Oak units and drawers by John Pallot of Tonbridge Joinery. Enamel double sink, Ebay.

original vintage tiles for the patchwork-effect splashback. Bottles and tea towel, all vintage from Sally Bourne Interiors.

What makes this house a home… ‘The family farmhouse kitchen with traditional Aga and the beautiful handcrafted inglenook fireplace’

Landing Sally has created a statement wall with library wallpaper. Wallpaper, Andrew Martin. Rugs, kilims from Sally Bourne Interiors.


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Downstairs bedroom Pops of yellow add vibrancy. Headboard, made out of old doors by Sally’s son Elliot and painted in Chateau Grey by Annie Sloane. Accessories (also opposite page below), Sally Bourne Interiors.

beautifully crafted.’ She instantly fell in love with the house. ‘From the outside it looks bigger than it really is – it’s a small house masquerading as a mansion. The property was very neglected and was calling out to be loved. There wasn’t even a path leading up to the front door. It was like it had just been dropped into the plot. I wanted to make sense of the house and its surroundings – and David and I wanted to create a home. We both like projects so we took on the challenge together.’ The house was situated in a one-acre plot that included the old derelict barn. This gave Sally the opportunity to build the green-oak barn that she had always wanted, both for her studio and as a bolthole. But the house itself was in a fairly good state considering it had been empty for so long. ‘It had heating and an Aga but needed a new boiler and lots of TLC,’ says Sally. She set about making her new home work by reconfiguring some of the rooms. ‘There was a lovely front door that nobody used. We took away the back door and incorporated the back hallway into the kitchen to make it bigger,’ she says. ‘We added French doors as the kitchen only had a tiny window overlooking the garden, and we wanted to bring the outside in.’ New built-in furniture helped to create a classic country feel with a patchwork-effect splashback of tiles introducing detail. A handy utility room, with lots of storage space, was

Guest bedroom Chest of drawers, family hand-me-down. White jug and tray, both vintage from Sally Bourne Interiors. Rug, kilim from Sally Bourne Interiors.

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Bathroom The Guest bedroom The curtain fabric is vintage Sanderson from Ebay. Throw, Wallace & Sewell. All accessories from Sally Bourne Interiors.

created from the boot room. In addition, two new bathrooms were installed and one of the downstairs living rooms was converted into a bedroom. The house needed decorating and furnishing, and Sally was keen to enhance the quality of the original craftsmanship. ‘The house has an Arts and Crafts feel and needed to be given integrity. In the living room, there’s a magnificent inglenook fireplace with seating either side but the room was cold and rigid so we added thick, heavy fabrics, such as kilim rugs, to soften it and bring in more warmth.’ The work has taken six years. ‘As well as the house and building the green-oak barn, the garden needed lots of work. The deer had eaten everything! Now we’ve created a vegetable garden and borders,’ says Sally. Sally and David’s move to the countryside has proved a huge success. ‘It’s so beautiful and to see the seasons change is amazing as we have huge trees around us. It’s lovely to hear owls hooting rather than police sirens! ‘I love it in winter when the air is filled with the smell of wood smoke. I’m home and my heart knows it. The project was a big thing to take on but worth it. When we arrived the house felt as if it had just been set down in the forest; now it feels rooted here.’ Sally Bourne Interiors, 020 8444 3031, sallybourne interiors.co.uk. The house can be rented through airbnb.

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ON OUR D O O R S T E P. . . Visit… ‘Sheffield Park and Garden (01825 790231, nationaltrust.org. uk/sheffield-park-and-garden) for lovely gardens, and woodland. Also, 13th-century Hever Castle (01732 865224, hevercastle.co.uk), the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, is beautiful.‘

Shop at… ‘One The Square (01342 826465, onethesquare. co.uk) in Forest Row is a creative space for crafts people. Tablehurst Farm (01342 82317, tablehurst. farm) is a community-owned biodynamic farm in Forest Row with a farm shop and organic cafe. Nutley Antiques (01825 713220) sells vintage and decorative items.’

Go for a meal at… ‘The Griffin Inn (01825 722890, thegriffininn. co.uk) at Fletching has a garden and serves locally sourced food.’

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basin is original to the house. Curtains made by Sian Colley in fabric from Mulberry Home. Walls painted in Stony Ground and Charleston Gray by Farrow & Ball.


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What we love most about living here… ‘Being so close to nature and seeing the seasons change, walks everyday in the forest, the smell of wood smoke on a chilly night and going to sleep listening to the owls’

Guest bedroom Dark grey adds drama. Walls painted in Stone IV & Squid Ink by Paint & Paper Library. Headboard painted in Squid Ink. Accessories from Sally Bourne Interiors. Country Homes & Interiors

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Sally’s bedroom Surrender your walls to the calming shades of nature. Kitchen Green, £48.50 for 2.5L intelligent matt emulsion, Little Greene. Shop now with Ownable

Indulge in your favourite bedtime read with the glow from this barley-twist beauty. Paolo table lamp in Dark Mahogany, H45xW15cm, £55 (base only), Pooky. Shop now with Ownable

Layer tonal greens to create a soothing yet energising sanctuary that’s visually interesting and full of subtle contrast.

Layer up on cosy comfort with this bright-delight blanket, woven using only the finest yarns. Summer Stripe pure new wool throw blanket,150x183cm, £49.95, Tweedmill at Hurn & Hurn. Shop now with Ownable

Add a delightful dose of country charm in any room with your favourite florals. English garden framed prints, H36xW28cm, £215 for set of nine, Oka. Shop now with Ownable

Sally’s style secret... Add character and homespun appeal with mix-and-match bedding in colour-block hues.

Modern Country Classic Built-in headboard Unifying the bed with the room scheme, these bespoke, wall-mounted pieces are a popular alternative to traditional headboards. Offering both space-saving appeal and the opportunity to get creative,

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the possibilities are endless. Choose upcycled charm with salvaged floorboards or old doors; texture and pattern with a DIY padded fabric panel; or artistic flair with an oversized mural – the only limit is your imagination!

Where to buy…

•The Headboard Workshop for bespoke giant options. •Headboards By Design for hand-upholstered designs. •Etsy for reclaimed and rustic, handmade options and inspiration.

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This stylish storage solution is lightly distressed with handcrafted detail. Adlington two-drawer bedside table, H72xW38xD31cm, £240, Rosalind Wheeler at Wayfair. Shop now with Ownable




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Living area Within this light open-plan space, Joyce and Peter have created a cosy corner for winter nights. Contura wood stove, G Christie & Sons. Reindeer hide throw, Beech & Birch. Rug, Gudrun Sjoden.

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* AT HOME WITH... Owners Joyce Ward, a stylist and producer, and her husband, Peter, now retired. The couple have three grown-up children: Oliver, Saskia and Hayley. House A five-bedroom converted and extended cottage built in the mid 1800s. They bought the property as a second home in 2002, and moved here in 2014.

in particular, Joyce Ward came across a former keeper’s cottage in East Lothian, close to one of Scotland’s oldest stone-built castles. She persuaded her husband, Peter, that they should view the property and, having been completely charmed by the cottage and its location, the couple put in an offer. Within a few days of first seeing it advertised, it was theirs. That was 16 years ago, and it took 12 years before Joyce and Peter realised their ambitions for the cottage, having spotted the potential to convert it into a lovely modern home on the first viewing. ‘We were both so busy in our working lives,’ says Joyce. ‘It was a lovely cottage, full of character and perfectly comfortable, in a rustic way. We were living in Edinburgh and had bought it for weekend and holiday use. It wasn’t until Peter retired and the lure of the countryside had taken hold that we decided to sell up in the city, downsize, and make the cottage our home. But before we could do that, we had work to do!’ In 2013, Joyce and Peter contacted an Edinburgh architect they had worked with on several projects in the past. ‘Having a good relationship with your architect is so important,’ says Joyce. ‘We gave him our ideas and he made them work.’ The cottage had already been extended by the previous owners, who had added a two-storey extension onto what was formerly a two-roomed cottage, more than doubling it

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Dining area The wooden console table tones beautifully with the large driftwood mirror and also provides a useful extra surface at mealtimes. Console table and Nancy chair, both Time & Tide. Dragonfly lampshade, Lovage & Lace. Grey Angel Wing throw, Nordic Edit.

What we love most about living here... ‘The feel-good factor – it’s so peaceful and so relaxing’


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Kitchen Joyce has used part of an old shop counter under her island unit. Reclaimed Indian wooden floor tiles (rear wall), Rockett St George. Mirror (used as splashback), Maisons du Monde. Skeleton clock, Time & Tide.

in size. This clever extension was given a flat roof so that it couldn’t be seen from the front and therefore didn’t detract from the historic character of the cottage. The challenge for Joyce and Peter was to remove all the internal walls of the ground floor of this extension and convert what was then a main bedroom, en suite bathroom, corridor and a kitchen into one large space. ‘We wanted this to be a light-filled open-plan living/kitchen/dining area with large sliding doors that would give access to the south-facing part of the garden.’ With the help of a structural engineer it was deemed that this would be possible using an RSJ of over seven metres in length, running the width of the extension, with a smaller one running in the opposite direction. These would support the upper floor and staircase. In order to get them in, a large hole was knocked into the side of the house. They were then laid on a concertina platform and winched into position. ‘That was a tense day,’ says Joyce. ‘We had to send Peter back to Edinburgh as he was convinced the builders would never get the beams down the tiny road to the cottage, let alone get them inside! It was the most stressful part of the build but well worth it in the end.’ With the beams in place and all the equipment removed, the couple could start to get excited about the fantastic space that they had created, but the real work was, in fact, just beginning. ‘Naively, I imagined that upstairs might get a bit dusty during the build but would be otherwise unscathed,’ says Joyce. ‘In reality, the builders had to virtually deconstruct

Exterior The cottage sits in threequarters of an acre of garden, naturally landscaped around a rocky outcrop.

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What makes this house a home... Guest bedroom Two old wooden crates make for unusual bedside storage. Apple crates, Time & Tide. Bed, Habitat. Bedlinen and hedgehog cushion, both John Lewis.

‘The cottage has always felt right for us, but when the grandchildren come and chaos reigns, that’s when it’s just perfect’

Joyce has chosen a soothing palette with pops of turquoise. Bed and embroidered linen throw, both Loaf. Bedlinen, John Lewis. Fleur-de-lis cushions, Madame Butterfly.

Guest bedroom Visiting friends and family can enjoy the open fire on chillier evenings. Mirror, Holyrood Architectural Salvage. French wooden garden chair, Lovage & Lace.

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E X T E N D E D V I C T O R I A N C O T TAG E En suite A geometric

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pattern on the wall adds a modern touch. Floor and wall tiles, both Fired Earth. Mirrors, Ikea. Bathroom fittings, Bathstore. Towels, The White Company.

the bedrooms in order to position the beams into the floor space. Basically every single other room in the house then needed a complete makeover!’ Being very practical, Peter was quite hands-on during the design and build. However, he was happy to take a back seat on colour schemes and furnishing. ‘I wanted this home to have a completely different feel from our Edinburgh house,’ says Joyce. ‘Most of the furniture from there was too large to bring here, and this meant I virtually had a blank canvas.’ At times, however, she found this quite daunting. ‘Online you have access to so much choice. I found it quite hard to make a decision and then stick to it.’ In the end she decided to opt for a neutral palette of white walls contrasted with different shades of grey, both in the paintwork and also for the furnishings. The idea was to then add colour to the living spaces with cushions, rugs, throws and pictures. Opting for accessories in differing hues of blue, with bold golden touches, as well as colourful, distressed picture frames has all worked to brighten up the mix. ‘Everything has come together perfectly. Our home finally has the casual feel I was hoping to achieve and it works so well with the beautiful light we have here. We’re very lucky that it’s a bright house, even during the depths of winter.’ ‘We have a few property projects under our belts now – who knows if there will be any more?’ says Joyce. ‘But at the moment I can’t imagine it. We have all that we need right here.’

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O N O U R D O O R S T E P. . . Visit… ‘A trip across to the stunning May Island by boat to see the puffins and seals, taking in the Bass Rock on the way home, is one of the most special days out I know. Forth Wild (07399 218949, forthwild. co.uk) runs boat trips between March and November.’

Shop at… ‘Time & Tide (01620 890096, timeandtidestores.co.uk). Nearby North Berwick is lucky enough to have two Time & Tide shops. If you are furnishing a house or just looking for accessories or gifts, be sure and visit both. They have stock that changes all the time, and I love being able to shop locally without going online.’ Go for a meal at… ‘La Potinière (01620 843214, lapotiniere.co.uk) in Gullane. Without doubt this restaurant serves the most sophisticated and well-presented food in East Lothian – it’s always fresh, local and delicious.’

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Joyce’s kitchen Opt for homespun, industrial-meetscountry style with a combination of rustic, natural materials and aged metallic accessories. Add some mechanical character to your walls with this striking, rust-effect finish clock. Libra skeleton wall clock, col Antique Grey, Dia73cm, £79, Homelia. Shop now with Ownable

Illuminate your space in classic industrial style courtesy of this glossy, enamel-finish design. Pop pendant light, col Light Blue, H23xDia21cm, £35, Lampsy. Shop now with Ownable

This hard-wearing, hand-woven pattern pop is reversible — if it gets a stain simply turn over and voila! Dhurrie stripe rug, col White/Blue, 140x 200cm, £89, Rug Vista. Shop now with Ownable

Joyce’s style secret...

Introduce the warmth and rustic feel that real wood brings to a room with this elegant, vintageeffect wallcovering. Scrapwood wallpaper, £175 a roll, Piet Hein Eek at Rockett St George. Shop now with Ownable

Create a unique space with reclaimed wooden features juxtaposed against contemporary concrete worktops.

Store and display everything from spice jars and biscuit canisters to mugs, utensils and balls of string with this versatile, farmhouse-style addition. Wooden wall shelf with hooks, H63xW60cm, £55, The Forest & Co. Shop now with Ownable

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antiqued mirror glass creates a striking feature in both contemporary and traditional schemes, while the aged patina helps to hide splash marks, making it a practical as well as a beautiful choice.

Where to buy…

•Saligo Design for unique styles of antiqued mirror. •CreoGlass Design for toughened mirror glass. •Rough Old Glass for bespoke commissions in antiqued mirror.

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Living room The exposed brick ďŹ replace is a cosy focal point, while plaid brings tonal variety. Moray sofa, armchair and footstool, all DFS. Round table, Ikea, upcycled with pallet wood and chalk paint by Amanda and Niall. Pineapple lamp, Laura Ashley.


Kitchen Wood flooring and worktops add a warm note. Allendale cabinets in Dove Grey; splashback painted in Blackened, Farrow & Ball, both Howdens.

A manda and Niall Burnside had always loved

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AT HOME WITH... Owners Amanda Burnside is a secondary school pastoral support officer and her husband Niall is a university reader. They’ve lived here since 2015 with their children Ellen, 22, Ross, 19, and Fergus, 15, plus huskies Max and Ruby.

House A Grade II-listed three-bay medieval cottage that was once an old forge. It has four bedrooms.

one particular village in East Sussex. ‘We were drawn to it and we looked at several houses that were all renovation projects, but they all went to sealed bids and we never managed to buy one,’ says Amanda. Then in 2015, she spotted an idyllic cottage for sale online. ‘It had been on the market for a while, possibly because it had listed status,’ she says. ‘We booked a viewing, even though our own home wasn’t on the market. It was the only house we’ve walked into and been sold on immediately. We fell in love with its character, history charm and location and said to each other, “We’ve got to have this”.’ The cottage is a village landmark and reputedly the oldest building there. ‘It was owned by a couple in their 90s who had lived in it for 30 years. We knew we really wanted it, even though it needed a great deal of work. We love renovating – it’s a hobby for us. We’ve done up five houses in total now and all our previous houses have been typically old properties.’ Amanda and Niall put their house on the market straight away and, fortunately, sold it quickly. ‘We then had a specialist survey done which ran to 57 pages, but we still went ahead with the sale!’ Because the

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Dining room Amanda has created a Scandi feel with a palette of pale greys, while a statement geometric rug adds a modern touch underfoot. Table, Trading 4 U, with legs painted in chalk paint. Chairs, Next. Rug, Ikea. Floor painted in white floor paint, Ronseal.

What we love most about living here… ‘As a family we love having the river, woodland and mills on our doorstep to enjoy, whatever the season’


cottage is listed and made of wattle and daub and lath and plaster, listed building consent has to be obtained for any renovation work. The cottage has a fascinating history – originally it consisted of just a service room and medieval solar with a forge in the middle. The dining room and the end of the front room were once a cowshed added in the 1800s, while the kitchen and study were part of the bakehouse. It has also been a wheelwright’s and an undertaker’s at different points in its past. Once the family moved in, a number of unexpected issues emerged. ‘At first we hardly had any water pressure,’ says Amanda. ‘It took half an hour to run a bath a few inches deep, and we all had to share the water!’ To solve the problem, a new water main had to be installed from the road. Then Niall looked in the water tank in the loft. ‘There were dead rodents in it!’ recalls Amanda. ‘We had to use bottled water to clean our teeth until a new tank was put in.’ Nor was there any proper insulation in the house, which meant that their first winter was very cold. ‘Niall had to wear a hat in bed,’ says Amanda. The elderly couple who previously lived in the cottage used only part of the space and, although

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Console, bought on Gumtree and painted in Winter Grey chalk paint by Rustoleum. Metal tray, Ikea. White enamel jug, garden centre find. The candlesticks were a gift.


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Ellen’s bedroom White floorboards add to the Scandi vibe. Bed and spotlight, both Ikea. Throw, John Lewis.

What makes this house a home … ‘There’s something about the flow of the layout that’s very calming and tranquil’ Main bedroom Blush pink accents make this an on-trend scheme. Houghton bed, Laura Ashley. Throw, Sainsbury’s Home. Chests of drawers and pendant, both Ikea.

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Bathroom Amanda has used an under-the-eaves space to install a statement slipper bath. Bath, City Plumbing. Hammam towel, Amazon. Feature wall painted in Manor House Gray, Farrow & Ball.

Bathroom Amanda and Niall have made clever use of the compact space with a corner wash stand. Wash stand cabinet, @theoldforgecottage. Vinyl flooring, County Carpets.

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ON OUR D O O R S T E P. . . Visit… ‘Barcombe Mills for a beautiful walk by the River Ouse. You can swim, or hire a boat from The Anchor Inn (01273 400414, anchorinnandboating.co.uk) in Barcombe. We love heading down there for family time.’

Shop at… ‘Closet and Botts Homestore (01273 945398, closetandbotts.com) on Lewes High Street, which sells an eclectic mix of vintage, new and handmade homeware, furniture and clothes.’

Go for a meal at …‘The Cock Inn (01273 812040, cockpub. co.uk) in Ringmer, a delightful 17th-century Grade II-listed pub and restaurant. It’s family run and the meat is from local butchers. Try their gins, some of which are local, too.’

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they had worked sympathetically with the property, a number of rooms required restoration. ‘There are 18 and in our three years here we’ve done eight,’ says Amanda. ‘We’re gradually dragging a 600-year-old house into the 21st century!’ The couple are doing most of the work themselves, undertaking many upcycling projects along the way. ‘Every job has been far bigger than we thought,’ says Amanda. ‘I took up a pink carpet in the boys’ snug and discovered that all the joists were rotten. Niall spent two weeks replacing them and putting all the original floorboards back in the same order!’ Amanda has decorated in a modern country style in keeping with the property’s heritage. ‘We’re sensitive to its age,’ she says. ‘We wanted to keep it neutral with greys and beiges – no colours or patterned wallpaper. I like Scandi style so we have painted floorboards, and we have also exposed fireplaces. ‘It’s small from the outside but it goes back a long way. The dining room is in the middle so we tend to congregate there, and we’ve added seating areas in the garden, as well as a pizza oven made by Niall, so we are able to have lots of friends and family over. We love our sociable house – it’s very easy to live in.’


  



 





   



   



                    

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Amanda’s dining room Check out this generous and comfy seat, so suave with a slim and simple frame. Miller dining chair, col Ewan Stone with Vintage Oak legs, H87xW47xD59cm, £290, Neptune. Shop now with Ownable

Dare to bare with this exposed-bulb style icon – hang a trio above your table for a real statement. Olson medium glass cloche pendant, H20xW20cm, £99, Heal’s. Shop now with Ownable

Give your country scheme a contemporary update with a mono palette of cool greys and dark charcoals.

The undertone of violet in this pale grey adds a subtle contrast in a traditional setting. Bugle, £40 for 2.5L Claypaint, Earthborn Paints. Shop now with Ownable Invite your beloved herd to flock around the dining table with this charming design... Gather sign, approx 30x60cm, from £34.63, Black Butterfly Signs at Etsy. Shop now with Ownable

Amanda’s style secret...

Define an area with this hand-tufted, wool rug. Dark Grey/Ivory Dalton hand-tufted rug, 243x304cm, £355.99, Wayfair. Shop now with Ownable

Queen Anne in style, with a carved wooden back resembling a violin, these farmhouse favourites have been popular for over a century. Traditionally crafted from hard, raw wood like beech and mahogany,

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Fiddleback chair

English models are classically timeless. Modern inspirations have been adapted in simplified forms with sweeping, decorative backs and fresh, colourpainted finishes for continued timeless appeal.

Where to buy…

•Trent Furniture for designs in dark or light oak. •Angel and Boho for painted-to-order classics. •Taylor’s Classics for makers and restorers of traditional furniture.

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HIGHLAND SPIRIT Inspired by the latest twists on Scottish tartan, tweed and modern baronial details, this handsome look is illed with luxurious textures. Featuring fern and game bird designs, reined clan checks and paisleys, this north-of-the-border look is at home wherever you live.


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STYLE UP A MANTEL Bring a gallery look to a mantel by creating an ever-changing art space for signature sculptures, paintings and foraged treasures. See page 84 for details.

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LAVISH GUESTS WITH LUXURIOUS TOUCHES Make everyday catch-ups all the more special with handcrafted, well thought out details and matt metallics to add a glamorous and indulgent ďŹ nish. See page 84 for details.

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IMAGINE MOORLAND NIGHTS Create an autumnal room with a supersized wallpaper surrounding a fire-filled mantel. Wild game birds are reimagined and matched with leather, plaids, tweeds and tartans to bring a modern country look. See page 84 for details.

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GATHER AT SUPPER TIMES Add a welcoming touch to dining with fireside feasting on refined table settings. Mix and match patterned linens and platters with on-trend paisleys and Celtic scroll details. See page 84 for details.

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GET CREATIVE WITH STORAGE Put favourite dinnerware on show in glass cabinets. Pressed pattern and feather features pick up on the Highland theme alongside seasonal foliage and ďŹ nds. See page 84 for details.

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CREATE A CONTEMPORARY CLAN WELCOME Choose a paisley wool weave for an entrance area blind and marry with stylish tartan inspired wallpaper; a cosy rocker makes for a calming corner spot. See page 84 for details.

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DESIGN A BARONIAL BOUTIQUE BEDROOM Introduce Scottish themed elements to a sumptuous bedroom. Opt for high-style headboards, signature linens, desirable quilts and modern paisley patterns. See page 84 for details.

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HIGHLAND SPIRIT Edward wallpaper, £95 a roll, Sandberg Wallpaper. Woodwork, Pigeon dead flat, £60 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Duncan Macgillivary hearth rug, £665, Anta. Weathered oak stool, £180, Cox & Cox. Blanket stitch throw in denim, £239, Scotland Shop. Elm pom-pom throw, £69, Wallace Cotton. Cushion, Cornelius, col Aqua F4133/03, £98m, Colefax & Fowler. Feather Wreath plate, £17.95, Emma Bridgewater. Gold flecked bowl, £16, French Connection Home. Toscana leather key tassels, £47 each, Samuel &

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STYLE UP A MANTEL Game Birds wallpaper, col Stone, £98m, Mulberry Home. Autumn Sunset print (back), £150; Scottish Landscape acrylic, £375, both Emma Tweedie. Marbled tealight holder, £22, Caro Somerset. Thistle small candle jar, £44; Isobel Anderson jug, £36, both Anta. Strobus pine cone, £16, Neptune. Bird sculpture, £22, National Trust Shop. Metal vase from a selection, D Byford & Sons. Shop now with Ownable

Walls, French Gray estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L; woodwork, French Gray dead flat, £60 for 2.5L, both Farrow & Ball. Game Birds wallpaper, as before. Wall mirror, £265, Oka. Larkin chair, £1,800; covered in Belmont Verdigris, £95m; piped in Leith Woodsmoke, £89m, both Mulberry Modern Country Weaves collection, all GP & J Baker. (On armchair) Blakeney throw, £120, The White Company. Tartan cushion, £49.95, Bronte By Moon. Pouco stool, from £100, Lombok. George sofa, £2,150 Neptune.

Wallace coffee table, £1,625, Oka. (On sofa) Cushions 1 Caithness Highland tweed, £88, Anta. 2 Shetland aqua, £49.95, Bronte by Moon. 3 Mellick, col slate, £90m, Ian Sanderson. 4 Herron wool/cotton, £68, Anta. Blanket stitch throw, col Denim, £239, Scotland Shop. Mohair throw, £89.95, Bronte By Moon. Vintage king rug, £155, French Connection Home. Wire basket, £100, The White Company. Square serving plate, £15, Murmur. Feather Wreath mugs, £14.95 each, Emma Bridgewater. Pouffe, £200, Tuffet. Moroccan side table, col black, £80, Rockett St George. (On mantelpiece) Jug, £6, Cox & Cox. Mill spindles, 90p each, Gingerbread Interiors. Plant pot, from a selection, Packhouse. Smoked glass candle holders, £16 each, The White Company. Arissa candlestick, £88; dinner candles, £9 for six; pillar candles, £4 each, all Rowen and Wren. Marble fruit, from £65 each, Bamford. Large mill bobbins, £13.95 each, Gingerbread Interiors. Isobel Anderson vase, £48, Anta. Shop now with Ownable

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Walls, Pigeon estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Windsor dining chairs, £415 each, Ercol at Heal’s. Kulit leather dining chairs, £345 each, Lombok. Sky lanterns, from £24 each, Rowen & Wren. Cushion, Mellick, as before. Cushion, Joanne paisley linen, as before. Tablecloth, £79; Neem napkins, £7.50 each, both Bungalow. Alvalade tablecloth, £45; table runners, £19 each; Murud serving board, £29, all Urbanara. Dinner plates, £12 each, Murmur. Chloe lunch plates, £14 each; Neem bowls, £10 each; Tara dinner plate, £23, all Bungalow. Luxe wine glasses, £7 each; tumblers, £4 each; glasses, £5 each, all French Connection Home. Dome, £65; vase, £52, both LSA. Basket, £35 for two, Murmur. Jug, £48, Anta.

(On top shelf) Feather Wreath serving plate, £59.95; plates, £17.95 each; jug, £89.95, all Emma Bridgewater. Jug, as before; thistle serving plate, £72, both Anta. Neem cup, £10, Bungalow. Koyna trivet, £29, Urbanara. Hay pot, £16, Caro Somerset. Urn vase, £19, Abigail Bryans Designs at Notonthe highstreet.com. (On middle shelf) Feather Wreath plates, £19.95 each; bowl, £69.95, all Emma Bridgewater. Neem bowl, £5, Bungalow. Isobel Anderson serving plate, £72, Anta. Marble platter, £32, French Connection Home. Plant pot, D Byford & Sons. (On bottom shelf) Similar ink pots, at Packhouse. Diffuser bottle, Next. Plant pot, as before. Chopping board, £28, French Connection Home. Shop now with Ownable

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CREATE A CONTEMPORARY CLAN WELCOME Walls, Lamp Room

Library. Pendant, £125, Cox & Cox. Liberty Fabrics pillowcase, £18; duvet cover, £75, both John Lewis. Tassel pillowcase, £20; Highland knitted blanket, £95, both Wallace Cotton. Linen pillowcases; square pillowcase, col Grey, all £20 each, Secret Linen Store. Cushion, Joanne Oxford blue paisley linen, £54m, Olive + Daisy. Cushion, Walton, col Soft Teal, £95m; piped in Carrick Airforce, £85m, both Mulberry Modern Country Weaves collection, GP & J Baker. Velvet cushion cover, £24, Bungalow. Clevedon double quilt, £180, The White Company. Velvet quilt, £199, Wallace Cotton. Tartan throw, £195, Scotland Shop. Bag, £50, John Lewis. Glen Affric candle, £7.50, The Old School Beauly. Candle, Botanical Candle Company. Shop now with Ownable

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throw, col Aqua, £75, Bronte By Moon. Genda throw, £135, Oka. Rope basket, £40, Murmur. Oskar brass candle dish, £32 and mug, £12, both Rowen & Wren. Glass teapot, £25, The White Company. Isobel Anderson candle jar, £44, Anta. Notebooks covered in Joanne paisley linen, £54m, Olive + Daisy.

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Gray estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L; Woodwork, Pigeon dead flat, £60 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Blind, Sinclair Charcoal; cushion, Sinclair Old Blue, both £110m, Erskine Wools at Colefax & Fowler. Rocking chair, £995, Ercol. Henley side table, £350; Islay throw, £98, both Neptune. Storm lantern, £65, LSA. Serving plate, £20, Murmur. Flowers, from £7, Fox Flowers.

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Coloured glass Invite nature inside with a conga of twiggy stems and leaves in glossy colours… Mix up texture with strong ribbed lines, elegant curves and etched and dimpled styles.

Vases (from left): Chevron vase, £22.95, Audenza. Curved stem vases, col Green and Blue, from £7 each, Red Lilly. Handmade vase on teak base, £20, Oggetto. Glass vase, £8.95, All Things Brighton Beautiful. Dimpled vase, £12 for three, Gisela Graham at The Contemporary Home. Pleat vase, £34, LSA International. Toska bottle, £16.95, Nkuku. Reclining vase, £8.50, Nordic House. Etched chevron vase, £12.50, Gisela Graham at The Contemporary Home. Faux flowers, Wyld Home, Fox Flowers and Abigail Ahern. Buy now with Ownable

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Vases (top shelf, from left): Betty vase, £70, Oggetto. Blush glaze vase, £10.50, Cox & Cox. Dipped Unna vase, col White, £12, Design Vintage. Speckle bud vases, £26 each, Melisa Dora. (Bottom shelf, from left): Zaire ceramic vase, £24, Dassie Artisan. Bud vase, £26, Melisa Dora. Slim rustic vase, £9.50, Nordic House. Felicity Jones vase, col Black & White, £180, Petersham Nurseries. Stargazer Lilies jug, £49.95, Emma Bridgewater. Seasonal faux flowers, Wyld Home, Fox Flowers and Abigail Ahern. Shop now with Ownable

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Magpie metallics

Vases (on counter, from left): Negana tapered vase, £89.95, Nkuku. Bulb bud vase, £12, Audenza. Pale metallic lustre vase, £6, The Contemporary Home. Burnished copper bud vases, £50 for three, Cox & Cox. (On windowsill, from left): Bronze bulb vase, £7.50, The Den & Now. Bronze graduated glass vase, £16, Marquis & Dawe. Seasonal faux flowers and foliage, from a selection at Wyld Home, Fox Flowers and Abigail Ahern. Shop now with Ownable 90

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VELVET Welcome bygone-era glamour into your home and relish the strokable. Luxurious and eclectic, velvet gives furnishings a deluxe update this season. In a sultry palette of jewel tones, these dramatic looks have a rich, heritage-meets-fashion attitude. Soften hard architecture by lavishing touches of pomegranate, midnight teal and emerald forest with humble, natural textures like exposed wood. Channelling Baroque grandeur, this is all about juxtaposing opulence with an honest, rustic foundation.

THE DINNER PARTY GUEST Washakie velvet chair, H98xW50xD59cm, col Blood Orange, £320, Oka. Shop with Ownable

THE DECADENT DRAPES Curtain in Chambalon Trail, £99m; and Curzon, £108m, both Zoffany at Style Library. Shop with Ownable

LOVE THIS LOOK? THEN TRY… @ Getting bold with colour choices! Make a textural ‘wow’ statement with a sofa or snuggler in bewitching upholstery. @ Touch-tactile walls, with contemporary lock-effect wallcoverings that showcase exquisite beading techniques. @ Creating a Twenties ambience with velvet drapes and Art Deco-style lighting. @ Cosying up a boudoir with velvet pin-tucked quilts and cushions. @ Adding quirky velvet accessories, such as jewellery boxes and stationery.

THE TOUCH OF LUXURY Pin-tucked velvet and linen kingsize quilt, L220xW240cm, col Blue, £295, Cox & Cox. Shop with Ownable

THE TACTILE TREAT Kadhaee cushion, 50cm sq, col Lead/Tourmaline, £42.50, Birdie Fortescue. Shop with Ownable

DID YOU KNOW…? Velvet is woven fabric traditionally made from silk. Durable, with a natural sheen and fantastic drape, this versatile weave can be produced using any ibre.

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Almeria rug, 140x 200cm, col Stone, £549, Linie Design at Heal’s. Shop with Ownable

THE STATELY BED Mirabelle king-size bed, H110xL210xW155cm, col Twilight Blue, fabric Clever Deep Velvet, £1,325, Loaf. Shop with Ownable

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‘PERTHSHIRE IS A GREAT SOURCE OF INSPIR ATION’ Fabric designer Lady Caroline Inchyra

he catalyst to the start of Caroline Inchyra’s fabric design journey was an interest in antiques and vintage linens. And with a workroom set in the beautiful Perthshire countryside, it is the colours found right on her doorstep that inluence her archive-inspired prints and weaves. We headed north to her beautiful estate on an autumn day to ind out more...

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TELL US ABOUT WHERE YOU LIVE… I live in Glencarse, a village between Perth and Dundee. WHERE DO YOU CALL HOME? The Inchyra Estate. We have 150 acres which is the base for a fabric company, wedding venue, music venue and a homeware brand. We keep horses, Highland cows and chickens. My husband James, three children and a team of six, including my brother, all enjoy working here.

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years, when I visit the city now, I love it for a little while but then I’m longing to get home for the freedom, space and the outdoors. WHAT INSPIRES YOU MOST ABOUT LIVING IN THE LANDSCAPE? Everything. We’re incredibly lucky to live somewhere so beautiful, with a landscape illed with stunning scenery and light. I think my linens relect that. Most of the heritage fabrics I love are French but when I look at how I design here, it is inluenced by the atmospheric seasons. WHAT GETS YOU OUT OF BED IN THE MORNINGS? Coffee! That and the thought of ‘what is next’. Every day is different here and you never know what’s going to happen.

HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN A COUNTRY GIRL AT HEART? Yes, I was brought up on a farm in Hampshire. I remember haymaking, taking picnics out to my father in the ields and thinking I was helping him milk the cows.

HAVE YOU ALWAYS DONE WHAT YOU’RE DOING NOW? No, but I’ve always collected antique and vintage fabrics. It began when I bumped into Angus Nicholl who runs the last major linen mill in Scotland, Peter Greig & Co, and we got talking about how I could produce antiqued linens. That kicked off a long long journey of creating ‘old’ new fabrics.

HOW DOES THE COUNTRYSIDE ENHANCE YOUR LIFE? For me, it’s about personal space and how much people live in the moment. Even though I was in London for over 20

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The beautiful St Matthews Church in nearby Perth.

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A vintage-style floral print adds charm and character.

The Bean Shop in Perth is one of Caroline’s regular coffee stops.

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Caroline and James on the estate with their Scottish Deerhound, D’Artagnan, and Chocolate Labrador mother and daughter, Fusca and Ripley.


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what we were doing. I was thrilled with how well the last collection, Balazuc, was received. Launching that range was a game changer. WHAT IS THE SECRET OF YOUR SUCCESS? Well, I wouldn’t say that I am a success yet but, as you so often hear, it’s hard work and tenacity. And I also think that you have to do what you want and not listen too much to what’s going on, as trends do come and go. HOW DO YOU JUGGLE WORK AND FAMILY LIFE? With dificulty, but I think that any working mother carries guilt about how well she’s managing work and home. I was talking to our youngest daughter recently and she said that she felt her childhood was pretty idyllic, so we can’t have done too badly. WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN AND WHY? Framboise, because that’s where it all started. I do two things to produce our fabrics – one is to bring back into being designs that would otherwise be lost and the other is to work from old designs to produce something new. Framboise was the fabric that led to the ageing inish that I developed. The whole Inchyra look has evolved from it. WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW? I’m trying to work out which of two collections to release next. I think I’ve decided. One is rustic and contemporary and the other loral, based around a beautiful 18th-century French design that I’ve had for years.

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WHAT INSPIRES YOU? It could be anything. Finding a treasure of a fabric hidden in an antiques shop or seeing something random that I could work with. At the moment, I’m inspired by motifs from antique china and it’s taken me off on a whole new path. WHOSE WORK DO YOU MOST ADMIRE? I owe a lot to fabric designer Kate Forman. We’ve been friends since our early twenties. She showed me that it was possible to start from scratch in this business and build a brand from something that you love. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO ESCAPE TO? Inchyra is an incredibly busy place so we have a cottage on the west coast of Scotland. It’s a little white house that sits

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CA RO L I N E’S C O U N T RY V I B E What do you love about October and November? The colours – they are beautiful around the estate. What’s happening now at Inchyra? We host some lovely autumn weddings. It’s big tree country here and the leaf shades are amazing. What will you be doing for bonire night? Making a huge ire and getting everyone together. My husband James and brother Tim are ireworks iends!

on a hill looking across the sea over towards Mull. As soon as we arrive it’s like therapy! HOW DOES YOUR PERFECT WEEKEND SHAPE UP? On the west coast of Scotland, with the cottage illed with friends. Long walks, the pub, good food, lots of laughing, no telly and masses of music. DO YOU GET INVOLVED IN LOCAL AFFAIRS OR COMMUNITY GROUPS? We run a music venue that brings some amazing artists into the village and I’m a trustee of the village hall. It’s getting harder to ind volunteers to run facilities like the village hall, so the people who do are just brilliant. WE’RE COMING TO VISIT – WHAT MUSTN’T WE MISS? The Inchyra Arts Club, of course! And we’re very excited about the new V&A opening in Dundee (vandadundee.org). WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE SHOP LOCALLY? Provender Brown (provenderbrown.co.uk) – it’s a fantastic gourmet deli in Perth that stocks local and far-lung foods. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE RESTAURANT LOCALLY? The North Port restaurant (thenorthport.co.uk) in Perth, which focuses on growers, breeders, suppliers and foragers. ☎ Inchyra Designs, 01738 860066, inchyradesigns.co.uk; Inchyra Home, inchyrahome.co.uk; Inchyra Arts Club, inchyraartsclub.co.uk; The Byre at Inchyra, thebyreatinchyra.co.uk. Country Homes & Interiors

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The Classic English kitchen, painted in Linen, by deVOL, from £25,000. Handmade terracotta tiles, £36sq m, Floors of Stone.

Rustic terracotta Boasting heartwarming ruddy shades and awesome dirt-concealing powers, there’s a lot to love about terracotta looring. Massively popular in the Eighties, it fell out of favour about the same time as terracotta walls were repainted in ‘safer’ shades. Now it’s popping up on Instagram and Pinterest, it’s time to reconsider. Supplied unsealed, terracotta tiles do require a good dose of linseed oil to be water resistant and an additional waxing will bring out the colour. Floors of Stone used LTP Antique Wax to achieve this rich inish. Add aged brass taps and oak stools to complete the artisanal look.


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Exposed oak grains Traditional timbers like oak and ash are being given a new lease of life thanks to interesting cutting techniques. By highlighting the natural variety of individual grain patterns, they can make your kitchen truly unique. ‘Here, the distinctive grain of crown-cut oak, which is sliced at an angle to create a ine, cathedral shape pattern, celebrates the beauty of the wood,’ says Jasper Middleton, design director at Middleton. ‘Ornate grains can feel a little busy, but by restricting them to the glazed cabinet’s interior, we have added depth and character without going overboard – it’s interesting, yet still timeless.’

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The Middleton Classic kitchen from £25,000, Middleton.

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Copper accents Hailed as the most successful new surfaces of the decade, the reign of copper, brass and rose gold, collectively known as ‘warm metals’, shows no signs of abating. If you’re not ready to make a big commitment, follow Harvey Jones’s lead by introducing warm metals as accents on appliance trims, cabinet handles and lighting. These small injections of rich, glowing colour can pack a powerful punch and can be effectively combined with absolutely any colour or inish, including other metals such as classic chrome.

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The Original kitchen by Harvey Jones, from £18,000. CornuFé 110 Dual Fuel range cooker, from £5,895; CornuFé 110 cooker hood, from £2,395, both in black with polished copper trims, La Cornue.

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The Hampton Court kitchen, from £20,000, Naked Kitchens.

Showpiece splashbacks In today’s diverse design climate, plain splashbacks are nothing short of a wasted opportunity. The void between worktop and wall cabinets is ripe with potential and bespoke surfaces are the way forward. This copper splashback was made in Naked Kitchens’ Norfolk workshops using artisanal hand-aging techniques. ‘The copper has taken on a beautiful blue that we then lacquered in place to arrest further oxidisation,’ explains creative director, Jayne Everett. The splashback’s verdigris tones have been matched on the cabinetry below to boost the colour story and make this unique kitchen sing.

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Ceramic tiling After a long, hot summer, indigo’s deep, Mediterranean charms are welcome in our homes. This burst of jewel-like colour feels particularly refreshing following on the heels of the trend for dark black-based blues, but indigo is a forceful shade that requires a strong commitment in the kitchen. Make it more livable by combining solid blocks of indigo on cabinetry and splashbacks with two-tone patterned loor tiles, as Martin Moore has in this spirited design. ‘The oily-iridescent surface of the ceramic splashback tiles relect the light, which allowed us to use this strong shade on a large area without overpowering the room,’ says designer Toni Silver of Martin Moore.

Martin Moore’s English kitchen, painted in Grey Stone and Ink, from £35,000. Trellis floor tiles in Lattice, £89.70sq m, Fired Earth. New Terracotta splashback tiles in Oxide, £195sq m, Domus.


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Man-made marble Marble’s timeless elegance has made it a irm favourite in the home. However, in the kitchen our relationship with this exotic metamorphic rock can prove, well, a little rocky! In truth, natural marble just isn’t up to the rough and tumble a busy kitchen endures. Enter marble-look quartz, being produced in increasingly realistic designs. ‘It can provide an eye-catching inish with all the character of real marble but, being quartz, it is fantastically resilient, non-porous and super-durable,’ enthuses Giuseppe Consiglio, designer at Life Kitchens. Go for bookmatched quartz, like this Calacatta Gold, to enable uninterrupted vein patterns that low seamlessly from horizontal to vertical surfaces.

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The Grafton Shaker range, with splashbacks and worktops in Strata Quartz, from £25,000, Life Kitchens.

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Bespoke kitchens start from £26,000 at Sustainable Kitchens.

Salvaged timber Few things in life are more rewarding, for both your conscience and the environment, than inding a new use for redundant materials. Reclaimed timber is inding its way into the kitchen and the results are impressive. This design by Sustainable Kitchens features Boxcar oak salvaged from 19th-century French railway carriages. ‘Salvaged timber can be utterly beautiful and creates a striking focal point,’ says design manager Jeremy Price. ‘It requires expertise to retain the original rustic charm as the wood can start to look like new if it is too rigorously processed,’ he adds. Here, Sustainable Kitchens used the full thickness of the boards to minimise machining and retain as much of the timeworn character as possible.

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Tumbled limestone Talk of a Seventies revival has been bubbling away for a few years. Now it’s inally arrived – the vintage look is being relected in the use of pretty patterned tiles in brown and beige tones, with retro ribbed-glass lighting and tumbled limestone loors adding a soft edge. ‘These classic vintage surfaces can really boost the sense of individuality and personality in your kitchen,’ says Andy Stirling, creative and design director at The Shaker Kitchen Company. Combined with classic Shaker cabinetry and oak accents, the look is quietly sophisticated, without a hint of Grandma kitsch.

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Industrial materials ‘For this country kitchen, our client wanted to bring a touch of London’s trend for industrial touches and raw materials to the traditional Cotswold scene,’ explains Irene Gunter, creative director at Gunter & Co, who introduced iconic industrial materials such as blackened metal-framed doors and reeded glass. The cabinetry is made from reclaimed wood found in this cottage’s gardens. ‘Sourcing the right wall lights was crucial to ensure the space didn’t feel too utilitarian, and these bring the inviting warmth associated with country kitchens,’ Irene adds.

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Pop this upholstered beauty at the end of your guest bed to keep quilts in luxurious fashion. With soft-close hinges, trapped fingers are so much less likely, plus the top is a perfect display spot. Light Oak willow buttoned blanket box, col Cream Linen, H42xW122x D46cm, £199, The Cotswold Company. Shop now with Ownable

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Go to greater heights with this curved, beautifully handcrafted piece, made with 100% reclaimed wood from FSC certified sources. Winchester wooden blanket box, H55xW99x D46.5cm, £239, Modish Living. Shop now with Ownable

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Bring warmth and vibrancy to a room, with this hard-wearing and versatile piece, resplendent with handwoven patterns. Upholstered Kilim solid wood ottoman blanket box, H40xW120xD40cm, £499.99, Homescapes. Shop now with Ownable

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Neat and tidy

This chunky yet elegant and charming design, with gently curved feet, will bring natural texture and practical storage to your bedroom. Witham solid oak panelled blanket box, H45x L90xW45cm, £322, Rowen & Wren. Shop now with Ownable

Striking silver

Introduce this metallic update to your boudoir and lust over its unique industrial-meets-Moorish design and vintage-style patterned finish. Metal embossed blanket box, col Silver, H51.5xW92xD46cm, £140, Shabby Store. Shop now with Ownable

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Stir up memories of boarding school trunks, with this sturdy and roomy box to keep unruly blanket stacks discreetly in order. Eton Mess storage chest, col Midnight Plush Velvet, H48xW135xD45cm, £515, Loaf. Shop now with Ownable

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Inspired by traditional styling, the brushed finish on this pretty piece is hand-applied for an extra-authentic look. Provencale blanket box, col Dove Grey, H53x W120xD40cm, £700, Laura Ashley. Shop now with Ownable

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A lovely versatile design that can be tailored to your exact taste – take your pick of leg finishes (12 options), fabric type and colour. Plus you can choose different buttons for a contrast. Empire ottoman with deep buttoned lid, col Charcoal, H50xW130xD40cm, £525, The Dormy House. Shop now with Ownable

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Just the thing to complement a relaxed country home, this timeless woven wonder has neat cut-out handles. Appledore hand-woven large rattan trunk with hinged lid, col Grey, H35xW65xD45cm, £119, The Holding Company. Shop now with Ownable

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WOOD BURNER INVEST IN A SUPER-EFFICIENT STOVE THAT’S HOT ON DESIGN AND ECO CREDENTIALS. HERE ARE OUR FAVOURITES FOR AUTUMN WHEN THE TEMPERATURE DROPS, there’s nothing

more welcoming than a wood-burning stove. If you’re tempted instead by an open fire, just be aware that around 80% of the heat will escape up the chimney, while a snug stove sends 80% or more of the heat into the room. The fireplace isn’t the only place for a stove; freestanding versions can become the highlight of a room when positioned in the corner or as the centrepiece of an open-plan space, with the flue exiting through an outside wall, or up and out via the roof. An insert stove, set flush into the chimney breast or a wall, will also create a dramatic feature. CAST-IRON STOVES HAVE EXCELLENT HEAT RETENTION PROPERTIES and can be cast with

intricate detailing, but steel stoves are lighter in weight and lend themselves to contemporary designs such as cylindrical models on a pedestal. Choose a wood burner, and the wood will burn efficiently on a flat bed of ash. Multifuel stoves, which also burn solid fuel, have a riddling grate that lets ash fall through. WHICHEVER STOVE YOU CHOOSE, expect your

supplier and HETAS-registered engineer to advise on the positioning, hearth, flue, and power of the stove. DESPITE WOOD BEING CONSIDERED AN ECOFRIENDLY CARBON-NEUTRAL FUEL, stoves have been

in the firing line recently, since the emissions contribute to air pollution. If you live in a Smoke Control Area and want to burn wood, you must buy a Defra-exempted appliance which is guaranteed to burn cleanly, or burn smokeless fuel on a multifuel stove. From 2022 more stringent regulations will come into force; some stoves already comply with the Stove Industry Alliance’s (SIA) Ecodesign Ready scheme. 112

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Black may be the default option, but many stoves come in enticing shades, either painted or enamelled. ‘Jøtul introduced porcelain enamel for wood-burning stoves more than 50 years ago,’ says Mark Ryan, marketing manager, Jøtul. ‘Not only is it durable and maintenance free but a semi-gloss porcelain enamel surface highlights the contrast between textured and smooth surfaces. The enamel will also over time develop a “crazed” finish which adds character to the stove.’ Much Wenlock Classic multifuel stove, 5.5kW, energy rating A, H70xW55xD48cm, £1,675, Aga. Shop now with Ownable

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‘What is more quintessentially country than watching real flames dance about in a classically styled stove?’ says Carl Moon, national sales manager, Rayburn Home Heating Appliances. ‘This stove is as beautiful as it is efficient. It can burn wood, coal, anthracite and peat briquettes and, since cast iron retains heat, even once the fire has gone out its warmth still radiates into the room. Cast-iron stoves are a great addition to any home, especially when they have a gorgeous traditional aesthetic.’

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DID YOU KNOW? DRY WOOD EMITS LESS SMOKE THAN DAMP WHEN BURNED, AND WON’T DAMAGE YOUR STOVE OR CHIMNEY. LOOK OUT FOR F 400 wood-burning stove in Ivory enamel, 7.2kW, energy rating A+, H74.4xW67x D597cm, £2,449, Jøtul. Shop now with Ownable

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Launched in 2002, the Island stove by Charnwood is a firm favourite, but design never stands still. ‘We have given it a complete redesign, to meet the Ecodesign regulations coming into effect in 2022 – the stove now boasts an efficiency in excess of 85%,’ says Ced Wells, director, Charnwood. Heating aside, the best part of stove-owning is watching the flames. ‘Cleaner lines and 38% larger windows give a great view.’

CH&I All New Island stove with store stand in Gunmetal, 5kW, energy rating A+, Defra approved, Ecodesign Ready, H61.1xW53.3xD40.1cm, £1,589, Charnwood. Shop now with Ownable

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Farringdon Ecodesign Ready small stove with log store in Atlantic, 4.9kW, energy rating A, Defra approved, 4.9kW, H63.8xW49.5x D35.6cm, £1,515, Arada Stoves. Shop now with Ownable

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companion sets CHOOSE FIRESIDE TOOLS TO KEEP THE HEARTH SPICK AND SPAN

Forged by hand in Scotland using timehonoured skills, this polished, lacquered steel set has knotted detailing. Hand-forged fireside companion set, £345, Highgrove Royal Gardens Shop. Shop now with Ownable

This stand and tools can also be purchased separately, if you don’t need a full set. Portland companion set in matt black with stand, £199, Jim Lawrence. Shop now with Ownable

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‘We are all striving to reduce our carbon footprint and impact on the environment, not only for ourselves but also for future generations,’ says Jon Butterworth, director, Arada Stoves. ‘Our range of Ecodesign Ready appliances meets the new SIA standard, supporting the government’s clean air policy. Designed and built in Devon, all our stoves come in seven modern colours. For me, the Atlantic colourway captures the essence of Devon’s coastal waters, where my family have spent many hours together.’

NEO3W multifuel stove, 5kW, energy rating A+, Defra approved, H69.8x W49xD39.7cm, £1,545, ACR Heat Products. Shop now with Ownable

Team these tools with a matching log holder and fire screen to complete the hearth. Burnished steel fourpiece fireside set, £95, Cox & Cox. Shop now with Ownable

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For a clean, contemporary and eye-catching look, select a modern stove that can be suspended dramatically from the wall. Not every wall will be suitable for installing this type of design, and there are some practical issues to consider, regarding the weight of the stove itself, as well as the positioning of the flue. ‘It is vital that you check with your HETAS installer before purchasing, who will be able to advise you on where it can be placed and what fixings you will need,’ says Martyn Ryan, managing director, ACR Heat Products.

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6843 woodburning stove with log storage, 5kW, energy rating A+, Defra approved, Ecodesign Ready, H95xW45.1x D38.6cm, £1,700, Morsø. Shop now with Ownable

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‘Now that stoves are viewed as a focal point for a home as much as an efficient way to heat it, contemporary designs, often cylindrical or curved, are becoming more popular,’ says Declan Walsh, managing director, Morsø. ‘The main practical advantage of a convection stove such as this is that it distributes heat evenly throughout the room, naturally drawing cool air through its side panels, heating it and then emitting it back out into the room, to keep the room toasty during the winter months.’

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An insert stove or built-in fire behind glass is both eye-catching and super-efficient. ‘In this case, the widescreen, frameless glass window not only provides a beautiful view of the flames but slides vertically to give access for cleaning and maintenance,’ says Niall Deiraniya, general manager, DRU Fires. ‘These fires can be built into brick chimneys, false chimney breasts or room-dividing walls. As well as heating the room, they can be combined with a ducting system to pipe warm air around the home.’

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Spartherm Premium V-Ash built-in wood fire, 9kW, energy rating A+, Ecodesign Ready, H33.8xW95x D50.8cm £4,185, DRU Fires. Shop now with Ownable

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WT7UH640GB, £1,449, Siemens With generous 8kg capacity, this heat pump dryer (H84.2xW59.7xD64.4cm) has a vast selection of programmes to make your life easier, including a specialist mode for drying outdoor clothing without damaging the technical fabrics and a quick 40-minute one for work shirts. With an A+++ energy rating, it’s one of the most efficient available and has a self-cleaning condenser, which means it always performs at its best. Shop now with Ownable

In the past decade there has been a leap forward in technology, with vented dryers being replaced by more efficient designs. Condensing models, as the name suggests, condense the warm damp air from laundry into water and deposit it into a container that is then emptied. And

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HSCX 10441, £899, Whirlpool Whirlpool’s heat pump condensing dryer (H84.5xW59.6xD65.9cm) has a wool cycle that can dry up to four sweaters in one hour. It also boasts 17 other programmes, including a steam-injection mode for freshening up lightly worn items. With 10kg capacity and an A++ rating, it’s ideal for a large family and if used with the FCSR 12441 washing machine, the two appliances can ‘talk’ to each other to synchronise cycles. Shop now with Ownable

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DV90M8204AW/EU, £799, Samsung Samsung specialises in app-controlled appliances, and with this 9kg, A+++ model (H85xW60xD65cm) you can get advice on which cycle is suitable, start, pause and even set a finishing time, all from your smartphone. It can also self-diagnose problems, helping to reduce the need for engineer visits. But even if you don’t need the futuristic features, this is an impressive dryer with an anti-crease feature and refresh cycle, plus it can dry 1kg of laundry in 35 minutes. Shop now with Ownable

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a botanical-inspired wallpaper that evokes an elegant feel. ‘Artistic tendency abounds in this spirited design, a stunning composition featuring a secret garden scene with awe-inspiring detail, set against dramatic skies,’ says Tricia Guild, founder and creative director of Designers Guild. ‘It has a transportative quality and comes in two parts that can be joined in any order, so you can create your own plant-based theme.’

Giardino Segreto Scene 1 and Scene 2 wallpaper, £195 a roll, Designers Guild. Use the Ownable app to shop now


Asterid Lantern wallpaper, £196 a roll, Little Greene. Use the Ownable app to shop now

Peacock Garden wallpaper, col Green/ Coral, £90m, Zoffany Jaipur Collection. Use the Ownable app to shop now

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Immerse yourself in the trend for greenery, adding a contemporary twist with a mix of midcentury modern and vintage pieces. ‘This design is a reinterpretation of an illustrative painting from the mid-20th century,’ says David Mottershead, managing director of Little Greene. ‘The fine detail and a three-panel design provides a repeating floral trail that creates a vitality and freshness.’

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wallpaper of dramatic, oversized florals in a softhued colourway. Bring it up to date by teasing out colours and accessorising with bohemian cushions and throws in mismatched patterns. Weathered-wood furniture grounds the look – a rattan headboard continues the theme while adding elegance, and a retro bedside chest injects modern-country style.

Similar wallpaper, Garden Peony, col Antique/ Sand, £85 a roll, Mulberry Home, Wallpaper Direct. Use the Ownable app to shop now

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Murals, from £280sq m; off-the-peg scenic wallpaper, from £130 per linear metre; bespoke wallpaper, price on request, all Melissa White. Use the Ownable app to shop now

Similar wallpaper, Emeline, col Jade, £45.50 a roll, Clarke & Clarke, Wallpaper Direct. Use the Ownable app to shop now

Murals, from £65sq m; Surface View. Use the Ownable app to shop now

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for entertaining. Make the focal point a wallpaper that features beautiful, blowsy, oversized blooms – this scheme works best in large rooms with high ceilings so it’s not too overpowering. Create a seamless look with a quirky feature, papering and painting a cabinet in a shade picked out from the wallpaper, and opt for pared-back flooring.

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wallpaper that captures the imagination. ‘This enchanted, wooded landscape fits the four-metre high walls of this room in the Loft Suite at London’s Charlotte Street Hotel,’ says mural artist Melissa White. ‘The bespoke design incorporates Mythical Creatures adapted from Kit Kemp’s designs for Wedgwood and Chelsea Textiles.’

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restful ambience in a bedroom. ‘Botanical-inspired murals are ideal for statement-worthy wall art,’ says Alissa Sequeira, marketing executive at Surface View. ‘Choose from leafy scenes, floral studies and botanical drawings. Reproduced in 1200mm-wide panels to bespoke sizes, the linen-finish wallcovering gives the impression of a hand-painted mural.

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Choose a wow-factor backdrop for the bathroom. Take inspiration from this Japanese garden design, with its pearlescent antique finish. ‘Bathrooms lend themselves to creating drama,’ says James Lentaigne, creative director at Drummonds. ‘Decorate with hand-painted designs to set the scene for key pieces such as a cast-iron bath. Be bold – it’s one of the few places where you can get away with decorative elements that might be over the top in other rooms.’

Hand-painted Japanese Garden wallpaper on sterling silver gilded paper, W915mm, from £1,264 a panel, Japanese and Korean collection at de Gournay. Tweed bath, from £3,420, Drummonds. Use the Ownable app to shop now


Northern lights COLD, BRIGHT DAYS ENHANCE CAROLINE AND HENRY GIBSONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SCOTTISH GARDEN, THANKS TO A COLLECTION OF PLANTS AND TREES THAT WORK THEIR MAGIC THROUGH TO WINTER

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AT HOME WITH... Owners Caroline and Henry Gibson live here with golden retriever Lula, Dyson the cat, two hens and a cockerel called Donald.

House A former farmhouse, built in 1820.

Garden A house garden with herbaceous borders and a sunken terrace leads to two paddocks, with pond, greenhouse and orchard, plus woods.

Victorian plant hunter and botanist Robert Fortune her three-times great uncle, Caroline Gibson can legitimately claim that a love of plants is in her blood. Whether she has inherited his gardening genes or, as she modestly says, simply ‘learned by trial and error’, her planting and design skills are clear to see in her three-acre rural garden, 15 miles south of Edinburgh – even on a bright but bitter November day. Trees and shrubs catch the wintry sunlight, their bark, foliage and berries ablaze with seasonal colour while, beyond the garden boundaries, frosted ields add extra sparkle to the magical scene. Caroline and her husband, Henry, an architect, moved back to their native Scotland with their young family 23 years ago. ‘We sold our house in Surrey and rented in this area,’ says Caroline. ‘We wanted a detached house with a garden that was a challenge, something I could put my mark on, but there was nothing available. Everyone I met I’d ask, “Are you thinking of moving?” Eventually a couple rang us and said, “Yes, we’re going to sell.” We moved in six weeks later. It was serendipity.’ In an idyllic location along a single-track road and surrounded by farmland on the edge of the Lammermuir Hills, Frostineb turned out to be everything the couple were looking for. It had two large paddocks, a long lowerbed around the house and a large area of bare earth, which they initially grassed over. Then Caroline started cutting curved herbaceous borders and the design began to evolve. Today, each part of the garden lows into the next; each with its own atmosphere, like walking from room to room. Creating a garden at an elevation of 800ft, however, does present its challenges. ‘It’s certainly a few degrees cooler

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MIDLOTHIAN GARDEN Frosty fields can be glimpsed through Stipa gigantea from this seating area.

Flower-like metal sculptures complement the seedheads.

What we love most about this garden…

The golden reed grass Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’.

A metal archway in an old stone wall frames the view to the house and conservatory.

‘The greenhouse beside our pond– it’s wonderful. We call it the “crystal palace” and I’m forever to be found pottering contentedly around in there.’

The birds love to strip the cotoneaster of its jewel-like scarlet berries.

A swing seat provides a place to relax in summer and structure in autumn and winter.

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Corylus avellana â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Contortaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; carpets the waterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s edge with crimson leaves dropped from its twisted branches.

here than, say, Edinburgh, just half an hour away,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; says Caroline. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Frostineb means cold nose in the local dialect. I think it got that name back in the 18th century when a farmer would come here to tend his locks. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d return home and say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been at that awful cold place. My nose is frozen!â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; To begin with Caroline planted what she liked, but soon had to take a different approach. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The irst couple of years a lot of plants died, so I learned the hard way what survives and what doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. I realised it was down to the right plant for the right place. There are some that are as tough as old boots; others on the tender side, I place somewhere protected. The weather is a challenge, though. We can still have snow in April and we have cold, frosty nights, all of which means a short growing season.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for that reason that Caroline ensures her planting works hard all year round. She and Henry inherited some venerable old trees and have planted many more, all carefully selected for their blossom, bark and glorious autumn foliage. Favourites include a Prunus serrula, with its shiny, mahogany trunk; Acer griseum for its chestnut brown peeling bark that takes on a spectacular glow when backlit by the sun; and an enormous larch â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a deciduous conifer that briely blazes a showstopping yellow before losing its needles. Berries are another way Caroline has introduced vibrant colour at this time of year, such as on the spindle tree, Euonymus europaeus, which grows funny little red and orange fruit and iery red foliage, and Sorbus vilmorinii, for its pretty clusters of white berries. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lovely large cotoneaster with crimson

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The burnished copper foliage of Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ and berry-laden cotoneaster put on a vibrant late-autumn display.

ON OUR D O O R S T E P. . . Visit… ‘Monteviot Gardens (01835 830380, monteviot.com), near Jedburgh, a series of separate and imaginative gardens with a large collection of specialist shrubs and trees. Floors Castle Gardens (01573 223333, floorscastle.com) in Kelso, is also worth seeing, with its walled garden and Star Plantation.’

Shop at... ‘Humbie Hub (01875 833262, humbiehub.com) in Humbie, a post office, village shop and café. It’s on the cycle network and makes the perfect stop-off. I can’t recommend it highly enough.’

Go for a meal at… The Sun Inn (0131 663 2456, thesuninnedinburgh.co.uk) in Lothianbridge for delicious meals made with Scottish produce. Also try our local, The Juniperlea Inn (01875 833775, juniperlea. business.site), south of Pathhead.’

berries that last right through winter, until the birds decide to eat them – usually just as I would be thinking about picking them as a substitute for holly sprigs, so I have to be quick!’ Wildlife is well catered for in this Scottish garden as Caroline deliberately leaves decorative seedheads standing throughout her herbaceous borders, for their structure. Then there is the large pond in the back paddock, its edges softened with lag irises and grasses such as Carex elata ‘Aurea’, phragmites and lofty Stipa gigantea. ‘We put the pond in 20 years ago. It was a boggy area, so it seemed the natural place for it. However, it’s 65ft by 30ft at its widest and it was a bit like mining for coal when they dug it out. It took ive days to ill with a hosepipe, but it was worth it. Within a few days we had dragonlies and the frog spawn just appeared overnight. Visitors often comment that my hostas look wonderfully free from holes, and I tell them it’s because the garden’s full of frogs, toads and newts. They do an excellent job!’ Caroline and Henry often open their garden for charity under Scotland’s Gardens Scheme and for local events, and Caroline believes in visiting other gardens to pick up ideas. ‘It doesn’t matter if it’s tiny or huge, there’s always something. It’s nice to have our garden appreciated by visitors. It’s about seeing it through other people’s eyes. You’re busy creating it, but you’ve no idea whether anyone will like it. Sometimes I surprise myself and think, “Oh, that colour combination works well”, but I didn’t plan it, it was just instinct.’ Great-great-great-uncle Robert would approve.  Frostineb, Pathhead, East Lothian, opens by appointment. For details, email chjgibson@btinternet.com.

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CLASSIC GOOD LOOKS If you’re taking part in country pursuits or out on winter walks, this tweed coat by Really Wild is a winner in the style stakes. The 100 per cent wool dogtooth design gets a modern twist, with contrasting details in brown and a drawstring waist.

Coat for all seasons Dry your dog off in a jiffy after muddy walks or bathtime with the Country Dog drying coat, from £39 at Ruff and Tumble. Made from high-quality, double-thickness cotton towelling, the coats are super absorbent and make drying your dog quick and easy. They have a long adjustable collar, Velcro tummy flap and an extra-long fit for added comfort. As well as the new Mud shade (pictured), the coats also come in Bottle Green, French Navy and Burgundy, all with a faux-leather trim.

Spread a little joy ‘The joy of living in the country is the proximity of nature and the ability to have a home that blends outside and in,’ says author Ingrid Fetell Lee. Read Ingrid's new book, Joyful (£20, Rider), to discover how to find and create more joy in your life.

Parka coat in Hazel Slate Fawn, £395; cashmere roll-neck in Dark Green, £250; outback hat in Brown, £75. Shop now with Ownable

STAY SMART Nokia’s Steel HR is a hybrid smartwatch that not only looks good with its elegant styling, but has a wealth of amazing features, too. Water resistant up to 50m and with a battery life of up to 25 days, it tracks your heart rate during workouts to optimise training, and monitors it day and night to improve health over time, as well as calories burned. In addition, you can set a vibrating alarm and receive smartphone notifications. Available in four colourways with a soft silicone wristband, prices start at £169.95. Country Homes & Interiors

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Rare Breeds Loop Linen carpet, £42sq m, Brockway Carpets. Shop now with Ownable

Foraging with kids

1 YOU CAN GO at any time of day as long as it’s light enough to see, and at any time of year. 2 YOU CAN FORAGE IN THE CITY as well as in the countryside. 3 YOU CAN CONNECT WITH NATURE and have lots of fun in the process. Taken from Foraging with Kids by Adele Nozedar (£12.99, Watkins Publishing), a practical book that details 52 easyto-identify plants worldwide and provides recipes and uses for them Shop now with Ownable.

Scent with love Give a meaningful gift with the exquisite Peace Rose candle by Tatine, £24 from Curious Egg, which comes in gorgeous packaging inspired by the Dutch Masters. Each one is handcrafted from soy and beeswax and blended with essential oils, and 10 per cent of all wholesale purchases is donated to global peace causes.

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Sustainable choice Bradford-based British Wool works on behalf of sheep farmers to grade and promote British wool, one of the most sustainable fibres available. The wool is used in products as diverse as carpets, bedding and apparel.

Opt for eco storage Cut down on how much plastic you use in the home with eco-friendly silicone Stasher bags, which are reusable, self-sealing storage bags. Perfect for use in the kitchen, as they’re freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe. They're also great for cooking sous vide, steaming vegetables and heating up sauces. Available in small, regular and large, you’ll find them at John Lewis and Lakeland, starting at £9.99. Shop now with Ownable Country Homes & Interiors

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Ensure a sound night’s sleep Drift off with The White Company’s new range of sleep-promoting products that help prepare your body for tranquil slumber. Expertly blended by master perfumers using six peace-inducing essential oils, the range comprises seven products, including a diffuser, bath soak, body cream, pillow mist and hand balm.

Ideal for hearty soups and hot drinks on wintry days, we love this artisanal mug by ceramic designer Rebecca Williams. Each one is formed by hand and has a slightly different shape as patterns are hand-stamped. Stoneware wheat print mug, £28, Made+Good.

The appeal of apples Sleep Softening Body Oil; Candle; Nourishing Body Cream; Soothing Pillow Mist; Bath Soak; Diffuser; Hand Balm, from £10, all The White Company. Shop now with Ownable

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Use up the seasonal glut by making apple crisps or rings for a tasty snack, or purée to serve with roast pork or as a porridge topping. For something a little naughtier, try creating your own cider – delicious in a hot toddy in front of the fire. To help with the prep, check out the Sainsbury’s Home Rural Retreat range, with prices starting at £4.50. Shop now with Ownable

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ENJOY YOUR FAVOURITE DRINK AND DO YOUR BIT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, TOO

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Inject a rustic touch to your drinking glass with these natural wheat straws, from £3.49 for 50, Ecostrawz. For single use, they are biodegradable and compostable.

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Angled to make sipping your drink a breeze, this pack of six chic Joie reusable stainless steel straws comes with a cleaning brush and silicone holder. £5.99, Lakeland.

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Experience a taste of real luxury as you ride through the scenic Scottish countryside.

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ADMIRE SCOTLAND’S DRAMATIC LANDSCAPES WHILE INDULGING IN UTMOST LUXURY Composed of nine vintage-inspired carriages, including restored Sixties Pullman cars, the Royal Scotsman offers truly elegant train travel. CHOOSE YOUR TRIP From two nights to seven, there are journeys to suit everyone. As well as the classic Taste of the Highlands, incorporating Highland pursuits, and Western Scenic Wonders, which takes in iconic sights such as Loch Lomond and Ben Nevis, there are more specialised options, too. Heritage Homes & Gardens visits country estates and castles, while the Scotch Malt Whisky Trail stops off at renowned distilleries. LIFE ON BOARD Two carriages are restaurants and five are stateroom cars with en-suite bathrooms and personal cabin stewards, decorated

with marquetry and prints of Highland chieftains. Our favourite carriage, however, is the last one: the observation car. Made up of a long drawing room, and a bar (stocking more than 50 whiskies alone!), it culminates in the open observation deck, the perfect spot to sip a G&T and take in the ever-changing view. DINING AND DRINKING Meals are a highlight, with chefs using seasonal Scottish produce wherever possible. You might breakfast on a full fry-up, porridge or fresh local fish in the dining cars or your own room, but dinner is a sociable affair, with cocktails and canapés beforehand and digestifs afterwards, in the observation car. For dinner, expect Kyle of Lochalsh

langoustines or Aberdeen Angus beef fillet, perhaps followed by homemade heather honey ice cream or Scottish cheese and oatcakes. On formal evenings many guests wear Highland dress (staff can help with hiring or buying), and traditional entertainment, such as local music and storytelling is laid on. RELAX BY RAIL As an added treat, the new Haybarn Spa has two treatment rooms, and offers treatments like bespoke facials or de-stress massages using Bamford products. HOW MUCH? From £2,850 per person for two nights, £8,900 per person for seven nights, all-inclusive, based on two guests sharing a twin cabin. The Royal Scotsman, 0845 077 2222, belmond.com



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AUTUMN FLAVOURS Gill Meller of River Cottage takes his favourite seasonal ingredients and turns them into heartwarming dishes that reflect a love of simple cooking

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with salt and pepper. Cover the tray with kitchen foil and place in the oven for 45min or until the squash lesh is tender. 4 Meanwhile, set a medium heavy-based pan over a medium heat. Add the butter and, when it’s bubbling, add the onion, garlic and rosemary. Season the onion and stir as it begins to soften in the pan. After 4–5min, add the red lentils and the stock. Stir well and bring to a simmer. Cook for 25–30min, until the lentils are tender, then add the pheasant and the black pudding. 5 Season the mixture really well with salt and pepper, stir, then spoon it into the squashes, and top with the chopped herbs, if using. 6 Return the tray to the oven for 15 minutes to heat everything through before serving.

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STUFFED SQUASH The red lentil stuffing is so good it’s almost a dish in its own right. I start by sweating sweet onions, fragrant rosemary and lots of garlic in butter and olive oil, before adding the lentils and a good stock, it’s all about building up layers of flavour.

SERVES 4 2 small squashes 1tbsp extra-virgin olive oil Knob of butter 1 onion, sliced 4 garlic cloves, peeled and grated 2 rosemary sprigs 75g red lentils 400ml pheasant, chicken or vegetable stock 200g roast pheasant, torn into small pieces 100g black pudding, cut into bite-size pieces Chives or fennel tops, chopped, to finish (optional) Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 Preheat the oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas 6. 2 Halve or slice off the tops of the squashes. I’ve done both here and they turn out really well either way. Scoop out and discard the seeds and soft ibres that surround the seeds. 3 Place the squashes on a roasting tray, cut-sides up, trickle with olive oil and season

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This super-quick soda bread is easy to make and incredibly delicious to eat. It’s a brilliant way to use a few handfuls of fizzy, sharp blackcurrants, a fruit I’ve always found perfect alongside goat’s cheese, and the perfumed perennial herb rosemary.

MAKES 1 LARGE LOAF 250g plain flour 2tsp (heaped) baking powder 1tsp fine salt 150g rinded goat’s cheese, cubed 50g shelled hazelnuts, bashed 100g blackcurrants, topped and tailed 2 rosemary sprigs, roughly chopped 200ml whey or buttermilk 2tbsp jumbo oats

1 Preheat the oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas 6. 2 In a large bowl combine the lour with the baking powder and salt, two-thirds of the goat’s cheese, two-thirds of the hazelnuts, the blackcurrants, chopped rosemary, and whey or buttermilk. Use your hands to form the dough into a round, about 20cm in diameter. 3 Line a baking tray with baking parchment, place the dough round on top, then sprinkle on the remaining nuts and cheese and the oats. 4 Cut a deep cross into the surface of the dough, which will help the bread to rise. Place the bread in the oven and bake for 30–35min or until well-risen and golden on top. 5 Serve warm from the oven with butter, a few slices of cheese and ham, or with jam or honey.


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PORK STEW

DATE AND FENNEL CAKE

I first served this stew aboard a fishing boat. I’d

If you like the peppery, herbaceous qualities of

cooked it the day before and reheated it over a camp stove in the wheel-house. I remember the delicious

a good extra-virgin olive oil and the sweet, clean taste of fennel seed, then you’re sure to like this

smells carrying out to the hungry fishermen on deck.

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cake, too. It’s a dairy-free cake, so has a different feel from a classic sponge made with butter. It’s

Dash of extra-virgin olive oil

denser, richer and full of that distinctive, gritty texture dates bring.

1 piece of cured pork belly (streaky bacon; about 350g), cut into 4–5cm cubes 500g fresh pork belly, cut into 4–5cm cubes

SERVES 8–12

1 large or 2 small leeks, halved and sliced

100g light soft brown sugar

2 or 3 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced 4–6 bay leaves 2–3 rosemary sprigs

150g unrefined golden caster sugar

2–3 thyme sprigs

4tsp fennel seeds, toasted and coarsely crushed

2tbsp plain flour 450ml cider 450ml pork, chicken or vegetable stock

200g medjool dates, stoned

Knob of butter

3 large eggs

250g wild or cultivated mushrooms, sliced 200ml double cream Small bunch of parsley, chopped Salt and freshly ground black pepper

4tbsp runny honey

1 Preheat the oven to 170°C/Fan 150°C/Gas 3. 2 Start by heating the oil in a large heavybased casserole set over a medium-high heat. Add the cured and fresh pork belly pieces and cook the meat for 6–8min, or until well browned on all sides. Remove from the pan and set aside. 3 Add the leeks to the same pan, along with the sliced garlic, all the herbs and a little seasoning. Sweat the leeks gently for about 10min, then return the browned pork pieces to the pan, sprinkle over the plain lour and stir well. Cook for a further 3–4min, pour in the cider and stock and bring to a simmer. Stir well, cover with a tight-itting lid and place in the oven for 2hr, until the pork is fork tender. 4 Meanwhile, set a large frying pan over a high heat and add the butter. When it’s bubbling, add the mushrooms, season lightly and sauté, turning them regularly for 6–8min, until cooked through. Set aside. 5 When the casserole is ready, remove it from the oven and add the fried mushrooms and cream. Stir well, then return the pan to the oven for 15 minutes without its lid. 6 Stir in the chopped parsley and check the seasoning before serving with a sharply dressed green salad and some good bread.

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250g white self-raising flour

Pinch of salt ½tsp baking powder

300ml extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for greasing Zest and juice of 2 oranges

1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas 4. 2 Place the lour, sugars, salt, baking powder and half the fennel seeds into a large bowl. 3 Whizz the dates, 250ml of the olive oil and all the orange juice in a blender until you have a relatively smooth, ine mixture. Add the eggs and zest and whizz again to combine. 4 Pour the puree over the dry ingredients and, using a spatula, fold the two together thoroughly to create a sweet fragrant batter. 5 Grease and line a 20cm springform cake tin with baking parchment. Spoon in the mixture and bake in the centre of the oven for 50–60min, until a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. When the cake is ready, remove it from the oven and let it stand in the tin. 6 Warm the remaining olive oil with the honey in a pan over a medium heat. Use a cocktail stick to prick the surface of the cake. Spoon the oil and honey over the cake and top with the remaining fennel seeds, then allow the cake to cool. These recipes are from Time by Gill Meller (£25, Quadrille), which offers dishes and inspiration for different times of the day

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‘GREAT LIGHTING TRANSFORMS A SPACE’ Lighting designer, Emily Buteril ighting is in my blood,’ says North Yorkshire-based Emily Butterill. ‘My parents owned a commercial lighting company and my husband Mike also owns one. I guess it was my destiny. I love how lighting can be used in so many ways to transform a space.’ But Emily’s path to owning her own lighting business took a few turns along the way. As a teenager, Emily loved music and drama and began a performing arts degree with music, but didn’t complete it. Her father, Philip Appleyard, ran commercial lighting company Trac, but when Emily left university, she didn’t want to work for the family business. Her father persuaded her to work at Trac for the summer, which Emily did and loved, so she stayed permanently. Emily gained a wealth of experience working in every aspect of the business – she did telesales, production, purchasing and ran the sales office. Then her father became ill and the lighting industry started to change, moving from high intensity discharge lighting to LED. ‘In the commercial area, it was very hard to change to LED, and difficult as a British manufacturer,’ says Emily. Philip, who was the driving force behind Trac, didn’t want to move to overseas

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suppliers and the business started to fail, going into administration in September 2013. Sadly, Philip died three months later. ‘We didn’t want to continue the business without him,’ says Emily. Emily then faced a dilemma, career-wise. ‘I had three children to support – Oscar, now 16, Jacob, now 12, and William, now seven. I’ve always worked and I didn’t know what to do. I was in turmoil, too, as Dad had died.’ So in 2014, Emily embarked on an access course at university and was accepted to do a midwifery degree. Before she started, however, she went to the Home Fair at the Birmingham NEC. ‘I’ve always loved interiors and renovated houses. I had an epiphany moment at the fair – I was hooked on lighting and I knew about its components. Lighting was what I knew. I rang up Mike and said I wanted to start my own lighting business. I had learnt so much while working for my dad and also when the business went into administration. ‘I began contacting local suppliers such as wood turners and metal pressers in summer 2015 and then started Glow Lighting. The company’s name came about because in my early years working in the commercial lighting industry, we always called

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What I loe most about the busines... ‘BEING MY OWN BOSS IS DEFINITELY THE BEST THING! I CAN WORK AROUND THE CHILDREN, WHICH IS REALLY IMPORTANT, AND TAKE AN AFTERNOON OFF IF I NEED TO’

lightbulbs lamps, not bulbs. My colleague always used to say “bulbs grow, lamps glow”, and it stuck with me. I love the idea of our lighting glowing inside our clients’ homes.’ Emily used a local company, Bronco, to create her website, but she didn’t have an online shop at first. ‘I sold through notonthehighstreet.com, which I still do. I wanted to create good-quality British lighting – that’s the business’s USP. I tailormake lighting to people’s taste and if I can’t do it, I’ll find someone who can.’ Emily shares a workshop with Mike. ‘We work well alongside each other,’ she says. ‘I started getting orders through from September 2015. I decided I wanted to enjoy the business without feeling under too much

Emily designing a lamp in her workshop

pressure, so I slowly built it up. I love doing bespoke work, as it has helped me develop new products and move forward. I got some of my products into Cox & Cox and into the emerging designers’ section at Redbrick Mill, near Batley. We have had brilliant support from local businesses and stockists such as The Light House in Harrogate and The Lite Spot in Barnsley. People also just come and knock on our workshop door. I work closely with an electrical contractor so we can carry out installations, too.’ The business has grown organically, with Emily starting an online shop in December 2015. ‘I haven’t really done Facebook or Google ads, as I wanted a natural progression,’ she says. Such has been her success that she has taken on a colleague, Ned Yates, to help her. ‘We design the lighting and bring in components – most of which are British made, as my ethos is made in Britain. We offer a bespoke and a standard range, both of which are made to order and can be turned around in a few days.’ The creative element is one of the things that Emily loves most about the business. ‘I visit people and give them ideas about their space and how to accentuate it. Lighting is a great way to set the tone of a room. For instance, in a kitchen you have various types of lighting: there’s task lighting, which is workable light, such as downlights used for cooking areas. Accent lighting is used to highlight specific features, such as artwork, and ambient lighting creates a mood or atmosphere in a room. Using pendant lights with warm bulbs is lovely in a space for eating or entertaining. Having your lighting on dimmers is another way to get the mood just right. ‘I love being my own boss. I can work around the children, which is really important. I can work on a Sunday if I need to and take a Wednesday afternoon off for the children.’ Glow Lighting 01765 607723 glowlighting.co.uk.

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Emily making the Lenny factory pendant in her workshop.

A colourful pendant light set

Various glass lampshades, which are hand blown in the UK.

Emily wiring up a B22 lamp holder.

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Emily taking Mabel and Wanda for a walk in the nearby countryside


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start-up businesses and a marketplace website can offer fantastic exposure as more customers turn to such sites for unique, independently made gifts. Shops on online marketplaces are quick and easy to set up, but it’s important to factor in fees and commission. Standing out from the competition is crucial, so not only do you need to have a great product, but you need to stand out with great photography and branding. Emily Butterill started her business off by joining notonthehighstreet.com. ‘It’s been a great platform for Glow,’ she says. ‘They’re selective about who they work with and love to support small British businesses.’ Notonthehighstreet. com was set up to support independent creative UK businesses, giving them a platform to sell high-quality goods online, and it supports 5,000 small firms. With a joining fee of £199, plus VAT, commission per sale is 25%. To succeed with notonthehighstreet.com, Senior Curator Francesca Pittaway advises: Have an original product. ‘We look for original, inspiring and beautifully crafted products that are ahead of the curve with materials and trends. We want to show our customers unique

designs that they can’t find anywhere else, so it’s important the businesses we accept on our platform stand out.’ Invest in good photography. ‘Using engaging imagery has never been more important and we encourage a lifestyle approach to photography in order to bring products to life. Our customers can’t touch or feel the products, so showing movement and interaction in product photography is really powerful. ‘There are many ways we promote small businesses that they wouldn’t be able to do themselves. Each business has the opportunity to be featured on our social channels, in email marketing, or in our seasonal catalogues, which are sent to millions of customers. We also offer business support and development plans for those keen to grow their business with us.’ If you make your own products, another great online marketplace is Etsy. It’s an open marketplace, so anyone can open a shop on it to sell handmade, vintage or craft supplies, and it has more than 33 million buyers worldwide. Fees include a listings fee of around 15p for four months, or until you sell an item, commission of 5% and payment processing of 4%, plus 20p. To

be successful on Etsy, UK Seller Growth Specialist Ajeet Jugnauth advises: Tag your products using keywords. ‘Think about the words customers will use to search for your item and put those words in your product title, description and tags. If you are selling a bracelet, use a descriptive title such as “Sterling silver star bracelet”. Doing this helps search engines find your product.’ Price it right. ‘Pay yourself adequately and don’t undercharge for the items you use to make your products or the time you spend creating them. A pricing formula that a number of Etsy sellers use is materials + labour + expenses + profit = wholesale x 2 = retail.’ Create a brand identity and promote yourself. ‘Think about who your target audience is and what your brand is all about. Pick one or two social media platforms and start building a community around your brand.’ Get in touch with bloggers, journalists and magazines. ‘Briefly introduce yourself, include some eye-catching product shots and invite them to get in touch with you if they would like more information.’

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Departures from April to September 2019. Fifteen days from only £2,499pp. Price includes: See Kalocsa cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace Guided tours of historic Pecs, Bucharest, and Paprika Museum Novi Sad, Belgrade and Budapest Take a scenic drive into the ‘Puszta’ and watch a performance by some of the region’s most Cruise through the Iron Gates Gorge and skilled horsemen pass through the Djerdap locks Visits to Pleven, Lepenski Vir and Veliko Tarnovo, the village of Arbanassi and its ancient Church of the Nativity Visit Constanta on the Black Sea Return Fourteen nights on flights from a selection of regional airports board in your choice of luxury cabin or suite, all with river view All meals on board from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your day of departure (except one lunch), including welcome cocktails and dinner, plus the Captain’s Dinner Services of a Riviera Travel cruise director and tour manager

Departures up to October 2018 and April to October 2019. Eight days from only £1,199pp. Price includes: Visit to Beaune, centre of the Burgundy wine Cruise the spectacular Rhône region and wine tasting valley Guided tour of Lyon, second city of France and its gastronomic capital Visit to charming Vienne Tour of the Guided tour of Arles, home of astonishing Ardèche Gorges Vincent Van Gogh Visit to the Pont du Gard Tour of All meals on board medieval Avignon and the Pope’s Palace from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your day of departure, including welcome cocktails and dinner, plus the Captain’s Dinner Return flights from a selection of regional airports or standard class seat on Eurostar from London St Pancras International Seven nights on board in your choice of luxury cabin or suite, all with river view Services of a Riviera Travel cruise director and tour manager

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PL A N T OFFER S AU T U M N-F L OW E R I N G NERINES These autumn flowering Nerines (also known as Guernsey lilies) bear bright blooms on sturdy stems that make dramatic cut flowers at a time when other blooms are scarce. This RHS AGM species is best planted in tight clumps for a dramatic late season display. Height: 45cm (18in). Spread: 8cm (3in). Bulb size: 12/14.

Buy 5 of any variety for £9.99 Buy 20 (5 of each) for £19.98 – Half Price* Buy 40 (10 of each) for £29.99 – saving £49.93*

‘Pink’

Half Price*

‘Alba’

Patio Pot This durable planter has punchable drainage holes in the base making it ideal for a wide range of uses, and is embellished with an embossed trellis effect. Perfect for your patio displays and ideal for all bedding plants. 24 litre. Height: 30cm (12in). Diameter: 39cm (15in).

From £9.99 incredibloom® A complete plant fertiliser that guarantees that your plants will be fed the correct nutrients as and when they need them. This ground breaking plant feed gives a fast acting, immediate result combined with a slow release, long-term effect and no waste or burning.

From £4.99 ‘Stefanie’

‘Isabel’

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‘Crossing the Forth Bridge is so exciting’ Joana Norman, lead curator at V&A Dundee

sense of excitement when the train hits the coast, just around the border between England and Scotland, and the same sense of excitement at approaching Edinburgh and seeing the city arrive. But for the last few years it’s a view that’s taken on new importance for me as I’ve continued further north and over the Forth Bridge.

The cantilever structure of the bridge is the most astonishing piece of engineering, even now in the 21st century. When the train goes over your view is nearly 360 degrees, with the coasts opening up on either side, Fife ahead and Edinburgh sprawling and heading out towards North Berwick. You have that irst feeling of being properly in Scotland. It’s also amazing because your view is of the iron structure of the bridge, so you’re always looking through this lattice, like another window into the view beyond. You can also see the road bridge and boats, so it’s an active view, a working area; it’s not just picturesque.

When I was younger I was aware, to an extent, of the country’s history, but not the richness of its design heritage. I think that’s not an especially well-known history yet, but it’s so interesting because you can ind traces of it in lots of places. That’s 178

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partly what makes the Forth Bridge so important for me, because as I travel over I think of how that engineering feat connected the north of Scotland to London and opened up new communication routes and travel and trade possibilities. Then, as you head north you pass through places with such relevance to Scottish design heritage. There’s Kirkcaldy, one of the most successful producers of linoleum for about a century from the 1870s, then Fife, where linen and jute were produced. So there’s this network of interlinked trade rooted in speciic places, but connected via the train line. Now, for me, the culmination is crossing the Tay Bridge into Dundee and seeing the V&A Dundee emerging out of the water, encapsulating some of Scotland’s design.

Sadly I now fly much more but I do take the train when I have the opportunity, and luckily I still have a reason to go up there apart from work: I have family in Edinburgh and my husband’s from St Andrews. As a child, every school holiday my father would put my mother, my two brothers and me on the train at King’s Cross and we’d meet my grandparents at Waverley, so there was a sense of something familiar, but also an adventure. I’ve done many spectacular train journeys, but this is still my favourite. Joanna is lead curator of the Scottish Design Galleries at the new V&A Dundee, 1 Riverside Esplanade, DD1 4EZ, 01382 411611, vam.ac.uk/dundee.

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