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*72 COTSWOLDS RESTORATION Modern design blends with the traditional to transform a series of farm buildings into a visionary home.
*118 CITY GARDEN After calling in an expert to overhaul her neglected plot, this novice gardener discovered an unexpected horticultural passion.
*82 NEW-BUILD DESIGN A love of outdoor
*126 FAMILY DESIGN With wildflower
living inspired this spectacular South African house, constructed with textural wood and thatch.
meadows, a tree house and natural swimming pond, this garden is a paradise for children.
94 VICTORIAN COTTAGE The creative owners
*133 HOW TO CREATE a stylish garden
of this rural idyll have used artisanal touches and personal mementoes to enhance its rustic character.
for relaxed outdoor living this summer.
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104 WOOD-FRAME HOME A Canadian lakeside retreat becomes a serene sanctuary, perfect for escaping the bustle of city life.
*61 EFFORTLESSLY ELEGANT Aâ‰ ordable, stylish furniture from the high street and online.
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126 54 NEWS AND LIFESTYLE
17 H&G EDIT Events, shopping, gardening and style ideas, plus the latest news from the design world.
44 MOVERS & SHAKERS Using wrapping and weaving techniques, Jo Elbourne brings a new dimension to the unique furniture and art she creates. *177 A TABLE IN VENICE Skye McAlpine shares perfect recipes for informal summer entertaining.
198 WE LOVE For a chic city base with sumptuous relaxed style, visit Kettnerâ€™s Townhouse in Soho.
*148 KITCHEN Industrial style in a new build in Cheshire creates a dramatic Manhattan-loft feel.
154 KITCHEN UPDATE The latest product and style news for the heart of the home. 155 READER EVENT Join us for a masterclass by kitchen designer Martin Moore and chef Lee Westcott.
156 LIVING ROOM Soft colours, natural textiles and smart detailing inspired this inviting scheme.
158 BATHROOM A serene space brimming with cool marble, clean lines and touches of chic brass.
*163 ART OF GLASS Innovative ideas to help bring more natural light into your home. 173 ADVICE Celia Rufey answers your queries.
18 WELL CRAFTED Celebrating all things artisan with a selection of skilfully fashioned homewares. 29 PITCHER PERFECT Choose from finely crafted ceramic or glass jugs, all beautifully stylish. 37 ON THE TILES Understated designs in subtle tones for a smart contemporary look.
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We love these characterful blue and white ceramic plates which will bring a whimsical feel and a touch of personality to any wall. Inigo (top) and Monsieur Moreau (bottom) wall plates, £164 each, Kinkatou. Large carrier vessel, £700; tall striped vase, £800; small carrier vessel, £300; small bottle neck vase, £300, all Christopher Riggio. Allerdale console table in Greyed Oak, H85xW123xD41cm, £1,790, William Yeoward. One Way Grass Cloth wallpaper in Cobalt, W87cm, £65m, Christopher Farr Cloth.
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Our pick of beautifully designed pieces for bringing a touch of the handmade into your home
1| A quirky take on the traditional pendant.
Terracotta light, H33xDia28cm, £450, Silvia K Ceramics, 07817 650709, silviakceramics.co.uk.
2| Brexit cushions created to provide comfort. Hold mE.U cushions, 60x30cm, £85 each, Kate Hawkins at Common Room, 07900 006309, commonroom.co.
3| With a woven vegetable-tanned leather strap.
Braid mirror in Dove, Dia50cm, £1,050, Genevieve Bennett, 020 3637 3483, genevievebennett.com.
4| Old English seating gets a smart update. Plank settle, H135xW120xD52cm, £5,100, Sue Skeen and Inglis Hall at The New Craftsmen, 020 7148 3190, thenewcraftsmen.com.
5| Influenced by abstract 20th-century art. Tri Blok blanket, 200x220cm, £440, Shepherd, 01233 733096, shepherdengland.com.
6| Carved from seasoned English wood. Spoon in cherry, L30cm, £140; Spoon in ﬁeld maple, L20cm, £90, Alexander Devol at Wooden & Woven, woodwoven.com.
7| Sculptural shape with textural appeal. Fluted stoneware bowl, H13.5xDia25cm, £120, John Julian, 01722 744805, johnjulian.co.uk.
9| Combining bold hues and artistic flair. Thrown vessels, H10xDia11cm, £260; H10xDia10cm, £250, Barry Stedman at Contemporary Applied Arts, 020 7620 0086, caa.org.uk. To find out about events and workshops at London Craft Week, 9-13 May, turn to page 42.
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8| An elegant piece for any style of scheme. Eleanor side table, H48xDia45cm, £725, Byron & Gómez at Benchmark, 01488 608020, benchmarkfurniture.com.
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PRINTS CHARMING Depicting romantic ﬂorals and vintage-style motifs reminiscent of découpage, John Derian’s new Picture Book collection of fabrics and wallpaper for Designers Guild, 020 7351 5775, designersguild.com, includes The Rose cushion, 50cm sq, £90, and Captain Thomas Brown’s Shells cushion, 45x60cm, £95.
ON YOUR METAL Made by craftsmen in his Wiltshire workshop, the Avenues collection by Tom Faulkner, 020 7351 7272, tomfaulkner.co.uk, is defined by strong lines and seamless finishes. The Madison demi-lune console table, H76xW122x D40cm, £2,710, is shown here with a bronze frame and limestone top, but it can be tailored to suit with a choice of finishes and glass or stone tops.
HIDDEN GEMS Discover inspiring gardens off the beaten track with the National Garden Scheme, which hosts open days at 3,700 private gardens in aid of nursing charities. To find participating gardens near you, visit ngs.org.uk.
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CURVE APPEAL With the beneﬁt of 70 years’ experience and the use of traditional artisan techniques, Dudgeon, 020 7589 0322, dudgeonsofas.com, makes supremely comfortable upholstered furniture. Its stylish Beaufort three-seater sofa (right), H86xW213x D97cm, £6,240, is a smart reworking of a classic shape, featuring tapered walnut legs, antique castors and double cone coil springs.
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UNITED ARTISTS The brainchild
Taking inspiration from the landscape of South America, the intricate hand-drawn geometric pattern that adorns Juma, the latest bedlinen range from Bedeck 1951, 0333 200 7331, bedeckhome.com, mixes rich inky hues with hints of jungle green on the reverse. Prices start at £20 for an Oxford pillowcase.
of Becky Sheraidah, Arthouse Meath, 01483 425273, arthousemeath.com, is a collective of talented artists living with disabilities. Working alongside instructors, they create designs that are translated onto homewares, greetings cards and chocolate bars, £4.95 each. Also on offer are original pieces, from bold abstract paintings to detailed pencil drawings.
New for 2018 at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival, from 10-13 May at the Three Counties Showground, are the Great Pavilion of Art and Flowers, giant terrariums standing seven metres high and the Grow & Know marquee, which will host talks on sustainable gardens. Visit rhsmalvern.co.uk for tickets.
CHECK IT OUT Fabric wrapped chair legs are making a stylish return to the home, and what better place to start than with this handsome new Simone chair, H84x W58xD43cm, £268, in chic monochrome Buffalo check, courtesy of Anthropologie, 00 800 0026 8476, anthropologie. com.
LIE OF THE LAND The much anticipated memoir of renowned garden designer John Brookes MBE has arrived. In A Landscape Legacy, £40, published by Pimpernel Press, pimpernelpress.com, he tells the story of his life and work, reflecting on how his ideas have developed. A thought-provoking read, it offers an insight into the man seen by many as responsible for transforming 20th-century garden design.
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SHOP TALK ARIA ONE.SIX.EIGHT The latest in Pushpa Gulhane and David Smith’s line of Islington-based lifestyle shops showcases a curated mix of desirable pieces in innovative premises
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How did the business grow? That shop was at 133 Upper Street. In the following January, the landlord decided to develop the premises and asked if we wanted to stay. We signed a lease and began to sell accessories such as jewellery, watches and bags. Then we opened a bathroom store at 295 Upper Street, and moved into 296 as well, bringing over the tableware, which allowed us to extend the fashion offering at 133. After that we expanded into 297 to sell furniture and lighting. Eventually we outgrew them all. In 2009, we brought everything under one roof at Barnsbury Hall, a converted bookbinding factory that had also been used as a meeting hall and an entertainment venue. It’s our main store today. So how did One.Six.Eight come about? Around a year ago, the opportunity arose to develop the site on the corner opposite Barnsbury Hall. The original property had been built for Scotch House; cloth was woven upstairs, with retail space beneath. During the Second World War, it was bombed and lay flattened until now. When we took on Barnsbury Hall, which
dates from the 1830s, we rebuilt the front in limestone to reflect Islington town hall. For One.Six.Eight we wanted a signature building, so we proposed a contemporary limestone structure, but the planning department turned it down, asking for a copy of what had originally been there. We weren’t interested in erecting a pastiche with no real architectural merit, so we asked four architects to put forward ideas. Which design did you choose? Amin Taha Architects proposed a cast-terracotta structure – a modern interpretation of the original Victorian Palladian front. There are six storeys; the ground floor is the retail space, with apartments on the upper floors. It’s really innovative: sections of the building were poured into laser-cut polystyrene moulds, which were then torn away. The intention was to create a ghost appearance, to give an idea of what was once there. It seems to have succeeded, because people think it’s an old property. It took a lot of samples to convince planners and heritage conservation officers that it would work, and it’s quite an engineering achievement. How does One.Six.Eight differ from Barnsbury Hall, from a retail perspective? Barnsbury Hall is a destination store. It’s where customers come to make a considered purchase, as it doesn’t really lend itself to passing trade. At Christmas we’ve always incorporated gifts, but we ran out of room. We decided to dedicate Barnsbury Hall to furniture and lighting, and to offer fashion at One.Six.Eight. We sell heritage labels such as Paul Smith, John Smedley, Barbour and Alex Monroe – the must-have scarf, the must-have watch. We want to support those iconic brands that have real longevity.
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Aria One.Six.Eight is housed in a unique cast-terracotta building (below). The retail space (top left) offers designer fashion, jewellery and bags alongside lighting and home accessories, while a private apartment (above) features furniture by Ligne Roset.
Can you tell us about Aria’s history? The first shop was opened in Islington in September 1989. We were influenced by the modern design stores we’d seen in Europe selling tableware and accessories – that wasn’t happening much here. We stocked Swedish cutlery and French crockery, but we wanted to include something British and liked the idea of crafts. We found three artisan glass-blowers in a workshop in Covent Garden and bought their beautiful pieces to offset the modern cutlery.
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NEW DIRECTION Online furniture emporium Swoon Editions, 020 3319 6332, swooneditions.com, has ventured into ceramics. The plates, bowls and mugs make happy companions to its Ellis dining table (shown), H78.5xW180xD90cm, £649.
ON THE SURFACE Fast making its name for beautiful wall and floor tiles in striking colour combinations is Claybrook, claybrook.studio. Its well-curated collection showcases modern, graphic patterns alongside Portuguese-inspired motifs and designs that draw on the simplicity of Japanese raku glazing. Prices start at £35sq m.
SWEET SCENT This Lip Balm candle, from Anya Hindmarch, anyahindmarch.com, with notes of cherry, is designed to bring back memories of first kisses. It is one of a collection of delicious-smelling, evocative candles: £50 for 628g; £150 for 1,800g. The graphic stickers and quirky boxes add to the fun.
Offering textured linens, wools, mohair velvets, cotton ticking and sheers, RU Fabric (above) by Rose Uniacke, 020 7730 7050, roseuniacke.com, is a superb capsule collection for interiors. From just £60m, the cloth is made from finest quality yarns and dyed in Rose’s own distinctive palette of calm neutrals and earthy tones as well as jewel hues.
PASSION FOR PATTERN Interiors company Blendworth, 023 9259 4911, blendworth.co.uk, has been furnishing our homes since 1921, and its extensive archive of textiles and artwork proved to be an excellent source of inspiration for the 11 reworked new fabrics in its Library collection. The eye-catching florals, modern damasks, bold botanicals and subtle paisleys, from £42m, offer something to lift every scheme.
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PITCHER PERFECT Our favourite artisan jugs in ceramic and glass are the perfect choice for making a stylish design statement 1| Dappled ceramic jug, £24, Rose & Grey. 2| Candlemas jug, £325, The Shop Floor Project. 3| Dry Kohiki jug, £260, Akiko Hirai at Flow Gallery. 4| The Jug in Black Steel, €90, Arran Street East. 5| Jethro jug, £20, Habitat. 6| Whichford pitcher, £60, Soho Home. 7| Flare jug, £150, Pinch Design. 8| Dogan decorative jug, medium, £49,
Oka. 9| Pottery Series pitcher in Black, £58, Another Country. 10| Marbled milk jug, £50, Myer Halliday at Heal’s. 11| Etched jug, £220, Nicola Tassie at Maud & Mabel. 12| Milk jug, £48, Dove Street Pottery. 13| Water jug in Light Grey, £70, Sue Pryke. Background Vanoise in Graphite, linen, £125m, Designers Guild.
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1| Caipirinha high jug in Pink & Smoke, £99, Ichendorf Milano at The Conran Shop. 2| Mixologist cocktail jug and stirrer, £40, LSA International at John Lewis. 3| Spot glass pitcher in White, £23, Bitossi Home at Amara. 4| Green glass jug, £39, Hay at Unique & Unity. 5| Incalmo jug in Pink
and Green, £170, Jochen Holz at The New Craftsmen. 6| Pitcher, £80, Sir/Madam at Liberty. 7| Optic carafe in Pink, £32, Anthropologie. 8| Bump jug, £85, Tom Dixon at Amara. Background Vanoise in Fuchsia, linen, £125m, Designers Guild. WHERE TO BUY, PAGE 186
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MIX AND MATCH Look out for the ﬁrst tile collection from the design team at Rockett St George, 01444 253391, rockettstgeorge.co.uk. The idea was to create patterns and shades that could be used in different combinations for unique features such as skirting or a tabletop. The ceramic tiles come in nine designs, £6.80 each.
Inspired by the sacred valleys and hidden worlds of the Himalayas, the exuberant new Beyul fabric collection by Shauna Dennison for Pepe Peñalver, 020 7823 3456, pepepenalver.com, includes cotton embroideries such as Panthera (curtains), £171m, and the raised velvet Tigris (on chair), £125m, as well as prints, a woven plain and a stripe.
MyDaylight is a clever new app that lets you visualise the effects of daylight when renovating your rooms. Created by Velux, 01592 778225, velux.co.uk/mydaylight, the free app gives you a virtual tour of your space, helping you to position windows to make the most of natural light.
INSTAGRAM INSPIRATION Landscape and garden designer Luciano Giubbilei @lucianogiubbileigardens captivates us with the serenity and elegance found in outdoor spaces
ALL THE TRIMMINGS Specialist techniques such as pleating, embroidery, laser-cutting and ombré colouring run across the new Couture Collection of trimmings by textile designer Lori Weitzner for Samuel & Sons, 020 7351 5153, samuelandsons.com. Inspired by fashion designers, the range of tapes, cords, brush ﬁnishes and tassel fringes includes the Jean Paul ombré pleated border, £36m, and Isabel pleated border, £63m (both shown above).
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How would you describe your Instagram account? It’s somewhere between a diary and a sketch book. A collection of inspirations and a reminder of how fast I move. Who would you recommend we follow and why? James Horner @jameshornergarden is one of my closest collaborators, a true gardener and the most sensitive plantsman. His photography speaks louder than any words could. Stardust @stardust_kana was the most inspiring place I visited during my recent trip to Japan. This Kyoto-based gallery/café/shop is a hub for the most beautifully creative Japanese craftspeople.
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STAR GAZING Interior designer Juan Montoya has translated his fascination with the night sky into four captivating new rug designs in the Moonlight collection by Stepevi, 020 7376 7574, stepevi.com. Shown is Moon Rocks, 170x240cm, £1,970.
STACKED UP We love these Red chairs, H82xW59xD50cm, £995 each, a new arrival in the showroom of William Yeoward, 020 7349 7828, williamyeoward.com. Wrapped in exquisitely soft red leather with white cross stitching, they’re also very practical as they can be stacked away when not needed.
For inspiration at your fingertips, download the latest edition of Homes & Gardens at bit.ly/2h6ykdx.
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OFF THE WALL Dutch designer Ottoline de Vries, ottoline.nl, continues to delight us with her quirky and vibrant style. Her latest wallpapers, inspired by other cultures and holidays abroad, include (below, clockwise from top left) Montana in Green, Double Swirl, Native Chevron in Raspberry/Green and Tangier Hot Air, all £135 a roll.
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This luxurious wool blanket is the result of a collaboration between Begg & Co, 01292 267615, begg andcompany.com, and abstract artist Michael Wall, which aims to show the innovative and technical ability of the mill the company has run in the small Scottish town of Ayr for more than 100 years. Measuring 140x175cm, it is available in blue or red and costs £650.
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ON THE TILES This season’s designs feature dusky hues and sleek but subtle patterns
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1| Bowl in Rose, 12cm sq, £102.20sq m, Artisans of Devizes. 2| Geomento, 45cm sq, £67.56sq m, Topps Tiles. 3| Carnaby in Taupe, 20cm sq, £58.80sq m, Mandarin Stone. 4| Square triangles, 20cm sq, £90sq m, Otto Tiles and Design. 5| Maven Dune in Matt White, 20.3cm sq, £1,181.70sq m, Kelly Wearstler for Ann Sacks at West One Bathrooms. 6|Moroccan encaustic single colour in Black, 20cm sq, £49.50sq m, Best Tile. 7| Syren in Natural Linen, 15x14.2cm, £78.18sq m, Topps Tiles. 8| After Lowry, 14cm sq, from £396sq m, Smink Things at Domus. 9| Venetia Grigio, 25cm sq, £82.75sq m, Mandarin Stone.
10| Rustiles, 43.5x20.5cm, £500sq m, Prin London. 11| New terracotta in Matt Grey, 10cm sq, £210sq m, Domus. 12| Attingham seagrass geometric, 40x15cm, £65.96sq m, Topps Tiles. 13| Moroccan encaustic hexagonal Artic-4, 20x23cm, £58.87sq m, Best Tile. 14| Bonheur in Rose, 7.5x30cm, £71.28sq m, Artisans of Devizes. 15| Torus in Marsh, 4.3x13cm, £24.85m, The Winchester Tile Company. Form bowl, £75 for five; Form spoon, £65 with sugar dish, Tom Dixon at Amara. WHERE TO BUY, PAGE 186
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ONE TO WATCH FELDSPAR Combining fine materials and a pared-back aesthetic, Cath and Jeremy Brown’s handmade designs grace the shelves of Fortnum & Mason, Twentytwentyone and the V&A shop Can you tell us a bit about your backgrounds? I trained as an architect and worked in London, and Jeremy was creative director of a UN programme that helps to build global ethical production systems, mainly for luxury fashion houses; they might pair Vivienne Westwood with a Masai tribe, for example. Jeremy was travelling a lot and, when we had a baby, we decided to leave London and take some time out. The original idea was to have six months off, but three years later we’re still here in Devon.
What were the first items you made? Jeremy made a kitchen table, then we moved on to plates and bowls. We bought a pottery wheel from someone who lived in the middle of the moor but, apart from GCSE ceramics, we really didn’t have a clue how to proceed. We taught ourselves from books, as when we first moved here we had no internet connection. Eventually, we watched instructional videos on YouTube, which was very handy. How did you turn it into a business? We always thought it would be fun to run our own design brand. We would often see something in a shop and think: ‘It’s nice, but it would be better if it were a bit more like this,’ so we just went for it. Initially, we wanted to make everything ourselves, but then we decided we needed the help of other craftspeople to realise our designs. Our first creation was a set of three very thin-walled, fine bone china coffee mugs with a subtly dimpled form, which makes them tactile and pleasing to hold. It was really important to us to find the right people to manufacture them, so we went to Stoke on Trent. The level of skill and craftsmanship there is brilliant. What other products do you offer now? We’ve expanded the range to include jacquard lambswool blankets, which are made by a couple in Scotland, as
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well as hand-poured soy wax candles made with essential oils and hand-crafted cold process soap, which are both made just up the road. Do you plan to start making products yourselves again? We’ve been working on ideas for one-off pieces using jesmonite, a gypsum-based material, with a soap dish in the pipeline. We’ve also been using the local clay, which is a mix of earthenware and china clay. It’s great to work with and becomes a lovely terracotta when it’s fired. Our local farmer is digging a lake, so we’ve got about six tons of it. How would you describe your design ethos? Our tag line is‘objects for life’. If you visit your grandparents’ house, they often have older items that still work perfectly, and we find it frustrating that these days products are so disposable. The items we make are timeless and meant to be used every day. They are crafted from beautiful materials, but made to last. Why did you call your studio Feldspar? It’s one of the main minerals in granite. Dartmoor is on a granite bed, our farmhouse is made of granite, and it’s the ingredient that makes ceramics and glass so strong. We thought the name seemed wonderfully appropriate. Feldspar products are available online and from stockists; visit feldspar.studio.
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in their Dartmoor studio. Their designs include a butter dish with a 22ct gold handle, £70, and Moor lambswool blanket, knitted in Scotland, £540. The Cobalt milk jug, £35, Cobalt coffee mug, £25, and Feldspar Kelp candle, £45, are made from gently dimpled fine bone china.
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Why did you start making things? We moved from a one-bedroom flat in Hackney to a 400-year-old, five-bedroom farmhouse in the middle of Dartmoor, but we didn’t have any furniture or household items to fill it. We couldn’t find things that we liked for the house, so we decided to make them. While my background was in architecture, Jeremy had studied design at Goldsmiths and Ravensbourne and worked at a boat builders when he left college, so he had woodworking experience. Designing and making things was something we’d always wanted to do, but this was the first time we had the time and space to get on with it.
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NATURAL BEAUTY Emphasising the creative synergy between design, yarn and craftsmanship, the new fabric collection from Larsen at Colefax and Fowler, 020 8877 6400, larsenfabrics.com, celebrates the natural elegance of linen. The sofa shown here is in Tsuga in Snow, £59m, while the seat and scatter cushions are in Celtis in Natural, £95m.
3 OF THE BEST SIMPLE-FORM LIGHTS Clean-cut pendants are this season’s must-have design
1| Sleek style with an integrated LED. Dome pendant in Khaki, H9x Dia46cm, £249, Matthew Hilton at Heal’s, 0333 212 1915, heals.com.
2| Fine porcelain handmade in Italy. Fuji in Coral Red, H20xDia35cm, £320, Hand & Eye Studio, 07876 343036, handandeyestudio.co.uk.
AN EYE FOR DESIGN For an insight into the world of finely crafted interiors, visit Azelle Design, 07800 608670, azelledesign.co.uk, for Azelle’s carefully curated selection of accessories and furniture, such as the Resilience bench (left), H78xW160xD56cm, £6,900, by Angus Ross Furniture. Azelle also offers interior design advice for those needing help to put a scheme together.
FUN OF THE FAIR Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, the West Woodhay Gardeners’ Fair, west woodhayfair.co.uk, is returning to the beautiful estate near Newbury, Berkshire, from 22-24 June. Tickets cost £12 and give entry to the fair and the extensive private gardens, which include a new Italian garden and arboretum. All profits are donated to charity.
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3| High-street chic meets
modern classic. Blocco small dome in Blue, H24xDia12cm, £45, Oliver Bonas, 020 8974 0110, oliverbonas.com.
Creating a buzz this spring is Friends of the Earth’s Great British Bee count 2018, which is taking place from 17 May to 30 June. Sign up and get a free app to record the different species at greatbritishbeecount.co.uk.
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LONDON CRAFT WEEK We share our highlights of this inspirational event, from 9-13 May, which celebrates the creativity of makers with exhibitions, workshops and talks. Find the full programme at londoncraftweek.com
MAUD & MABEL, 020 7435
2099, maudandmabel.com, presents a Celebration of Contemporary Makers, with a special installation by Sophie Cook, a talk by Akiko Hirai (work by both ceramicists shown below) and demonstrations. Talk 9 May, 11am-1pm. Demonstrations 12 May, 11am-1pm; 13 May, 11am-2pm, £5 for each event. Booking essential.
2 CONTEMPORARY APPLIED ARTS, 020 7620 0086, caa.org.uk, shows by-products from the making process by silversmith Adi Toch and bone china by ceramicist Sasha Wardell (above). Exhibition Until 9 June, 10am-6pm, free. Masterclass with Adi Toch 12 May, 11am-1pm, £15. Booking essential. Slip-casting demonstration by Sasha Wardell 12 May, 2.30pm-5pm, free.
THE GOLDSMITHS’ CENTRE,
020 7566 7650, goldsmiths-centre. org, offers the chance to discover the stories behind the UK’s most exquisite jewellery and contemporary silverware at its exhibition How to Build a Goldsmith, which includes pieces such as this Concave brooch (right) by Jo Hayes Ward, Exhibition 9-11 May, 9am-6pm, free.
THE NEW CRAFTSMEN, 020 7148 3190, thenewcraftsmen.com, stages Colourful Minds: Illustration & Pattern for the Home, which showcases the imaginative work of Aude Van Ryn (left), Jo Waterhouse and Laura Carlin. There’s also an exclusive collaboration with the archive of Peggy Angus, featuring her hand-blocked textiles and wallpapers. Exhibition 9-12 May, 11am-6pm, free.
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WILLIAM MORRIS GALLERY, 020 8496 4390, wmgallery.org.uk, runs a Woodblock Carving and Printing workshop with Laura Anderson and Lola Lely. Create a colour palette and learn how to carve a woodblock to print your own patterns, inspired by in-house designs such as Windrush (above). Workshop 12 May, 11am-4pm, £50; concessions, £42. Booking essential.
HOWE AT 36 BOURNE STREET, Christopher Howe’s textile shop, 020 7730 7991, 36bournestreet.com, welcomes multidisciplinary artist in residence Lora Avedian, whose pieces, depicting natural forms in textiles and paper with delicate embellishment, are available to purchase. Demonstrations 10-13 May, 10.30am-5.30pm, free.
COCKPIT ARTS, 020 7419
1959, cockpitarts.com, puts on Makers’ Stories Live, hosted by curator Brian Kennedy. Discussing their creative work will be leather designer Bill Amberg, ceramicists Leah Jensen (below) and David Marques, shoemaker Carréducker and artist in wood Eleanor Lakelin. Talk 9 May, 10.30am-1pm, free. Booking essential.
8 WILLIAM & SON, 020 7493 8385, williamandson.com, invites a panel of watchmakers to discuss the Future of Heritage in Modern Watchmaking. Join the debate on the role that traditional crafts and methods have to play in an increasingly automated luxury industry, and how their survival can be ensured. Talk 11 May, 4.30pm-6.30pm, free. Booking essential.
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Joâ€™s workspace, which is in Margateâ€™s Resort Studios, features glazed panels and reclaimed gym flooring. On top is a collection of chair frames to which she will add her woven seats (right).
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MAKER OF WOVEN PIECES
JO ELBOURNE This contemporary craftsperson puts a distinctive spin on traditional weaving techniques to bring a new dimension to seating and decorative pieces WORDS EMMA J P A G E P H O TO G RA P H S J A K E CU RTIS
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Jo Elbourne’s creative background in art, design and fashion has informed her innovative wrapping and weaving technique, which she uses to make a variety of contemporary pieces, from chairs and stools to wall art. She set up her own studio in 2015, working as part of Margate-based arts community Resort. A multi-disciplinary approach is important to me. I like to remain open to my work shifting in many directions over time and I’m inspired by creative people who haven’t confined themselves to one medium. It’s good to be a little entrepreneurial. Creating blocks of colour or shape rather than a repeated woven pattern really interests me. I used to be a menswear designer, but when I hand knitted accessories for a friend’s fashion label, I realised I was benefiting from physically making something, as opposed to working on a computer. A little later, on a whim, I bought a big spool of cord from a charity shop and I just kept trying things out on a chair that I had at home. My environment has been transformative. Resort, in Cliftonville, was set up in 2013 by a group of seven like-minded creatives. Now there are more than forty of us, including photographers, artists, architects, jewellers, printers, writers, film-makers and furniture designers, working together in our beautiful Victorian warehouse building. ABOVE Finished items, including string-wrapped bricks, which work particularly well as decorative bookends, and a large framed wall piece. BELOW, CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT Stacked spools of dyed and unbleached cotton; making sure the tension is right on a woven seat; a finished stool with an assortment of found frames; Jo pulling individual strands of braided cotton through a stool frame.
I trained as a designer, so creating items that are functional and useful is ingrained in me. Often, when I’m in the middle of weaving one frame, I’ll have an idea for the next, so I take a lot of photos at various stages, which creates a natural flow from one piece to another. The shape and style of the frame also influence the design of the woven component. I enjoy the collaborative process. It’s much more satisfying than working in isolation. It was a group exhibition that prompted me to explore a wrapping and weaving technique, and various collaborations since have been instrumental in me developing new ideas, from string-wrapped bricks to skateboards and largescale installations. Currently, I source stool and chair frames from markets, boot fairs and eBay and rework them, myself or with the help of a restorer, before adding the woven element. I like making intricate pieces using a material that is simple, honest and useful in itself. Initially I used what I had to hand or could easily buy. Now I carefully source cord, flax and baker’s twine. I like to use natural fibres that take to dyeing well. Every day, I take the train along the coast from Whitstable where I live. It’s a peaceful commute and I use the walk along Margate Sands and up to Cliftonville to mentally prepare for the day. I always have a to-do list and I try to follow a monthly production schedule to keep on track. The stools I make have a nostalgic quality. They are at once familiar and yet di≠erent. It’s wonderful to have furniture commissions and now I’m expanding into window displays, installations, wall art and designer collaborations, too.” Jo Elbourne, Cumulo Design, Resort Studios, 50 Athelstan Road, Margate CT9 2BH, cumulodesign.co.uk; resortstudios.co.uk. Studio visits by appointment only, 01843 449454.
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H&G EDIT | SHOPPING Minus dining table in Travertin Geo Ceramic, H74xW279.5x D85cm, £4,990; Radius dining chairs with silver rope, H78.5x W54.5xD51.5cm, £770 each, all Manutti at Go Modern.
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SOFAS 1| Wicked sofa in Taupe/Charcoal, H69xW200xD84cm, £2,145, Vincent Sheppard. 2| Loop three-seater sofa in Seagull, H71.5xW228xD85.5cm, £4,035, Gloster. 3| Rome module, H70.5xW300xD245cm, £4,979, BoConcept. 4| Moments corner module, H70xW167xD167cm, £5,395, Cane-line. 5| Terramare two-seat sofa, H72xW175xD86cm, £2,064, Emu. 6| Blau sofa, H71xW185xD82cm, £3,310, Gandia Blasco at Barbed. 7| Tibbo three-seater sofa, H86xW288.5xD98cm, £8,604, Dedon at Leisure Plan.
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DINING TABLES AND CHAIRS 1| Eos table, H73xW162.5xD78cm, £530; Eos side chairs, H77.5xW50.5xD57cm, £160 each; Eos bench, H40xW148.5xD40cm, £350, Matthew Hilton for Case at Heal’s. 2| Levity table, H102xW75xD70cm; Levity chair, H75xW57xD56cm, £2,970 for table and two chairs, Gaze Burvill. 3| Modena table, H76xDia80cm; Modena chairs, H86xW63xD63cm, £1,200 for table and four chairs, Cox & Cox. 4| Aura table 150, H74xW145xD90cm, £835; Aura chair, H91xW50xD66cm, £195, Barlow Tyrie. 5| Puro table, H75xW160xD90cm, £199; Puro chairs, H84xW58xD61cm, £120 a pair, Homebase. 6| Tivoli table, H75xW160xD100cm; Tivoli side chairs, H84xW61xD60cm; Tivoli chairs, H84xW51xD56cm, £1,999 for table and six chairs (as shown), Alexander Rose at Dobbies Garden Centres.
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BENCHES 1| Hatfield bench, H92xW158xD63.5cm, £1,100, Neptune. 2| Somerset bench in Deep Blue, H82xW122xD62cm, £651, Fermob at Barbed. 3| Sandsend bench, H92xW181xD62cm, £445, Oka. 4| Allaperto Grand Hotel two-seater sofa, H70xW124xD80cm, £1,045, Ethimo at Houseology. 5| Everglade bench, H80xW180xD65cm, £1,160, Heseltine Design. 6| Hampstead bench, H83xW126xD71cm, £285, Garden Trading. 7| Plank bench, H77xW144xD70cm, £1,169, Skagerak at Skandium.
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ARMCHAIRS 1| Colone lounge chairs, H90xW80xD55cm, £259 each, Idyll Home. 2| Grande lounge chair, H100xW85xD91cm, £1,995, Oxley’s. 3| Sussex lounge armchair, H89xW68xD80cm, £449, Bridgman. 4| Leia lounging armchair, H88xW74xD80cm, £290, John Lewis. 5| Olympia lounge chair in Pearl/Taupe, H100xW106xD106cm, £3,995, Indian Ocean. 6| Bitta full club armchair with Woodland rope and Sandstone seat, H76xW80.5xD80.5cm, £1,867, Kettal. 7| Backpack armchair in Craie, H74xW80xD81cm, £1,054; Backpack footstool in Craie, H39xW80xD56cm, £497, LucidiPevere at Ligne Roset.
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PARASOLS 1| Mandisa parasol, H240xDia150cm, £225, Design Vintage. 2| Napoli cantilever parasol, H307xDia350cm, £2,995, Barlow Tyrie. 3| Oasis parasol in Dusty White, H262xDia300cm, £410, Cane-line. 4| Aretha parasol, H210xDia200cm, £312, East London Parasol Company. 5| Navy striped parasol, H270xDia270cm, £69, John Lewis. 6| Couture parasol and base, H245xDia190cm, £924, Sywawa at Naken Interiors. 7| Tahiti parasol in White with Yellow Edge and Rondo base, H240xDia300cm, £2,560, Sywawa at Go Modern. 8| Jalli parasol in Gold, H250xDia185cm, £225, Raj Tent Club. 9| Deluxe round parasol in Almond, H300xDia250cm, £178, Bridgman. WHERE TO BUY, PAGE 186
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Stylish design need not break the bank. Here we showcase a selection of online and high-street furniture and accessories that rival the smartest high-end pieces at a fraction of the cost ST YL IN G S ALLY DENNING PHOTOGRAPHS POLLY WRE FO RD
Tresillo Lienzo wallpaper, £48 a roll, Harlequin. Chevron sideboard, H78xW142xD42cm, £850, Debenhams. Elgar table lamp, £169.20, Där Lighting. Carafe, £12.99, H&M. Pink vase, £30, Sue Pryke. Toska Aqua vase, £35, Nkuku. Esrum bowl, £40.50, Broste Copenhagen. Embroidered picture, £150, Charlene Mullen. Nobel Triangle rug, 160x230cm, £129.99, Carpetright. Flowers, Scarlet & Violet.
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LIVING ROOM This season’s delicate shades of blush pink and pale aqua bring freshness to decorating schemes, while low-level furniture and soft, textural ready-made curtains keep the look light. FURNITURE Boston sofa in Powder Pink Caleido, H94xW223x D103cm, £1,825; Sofia stool in Rose Velvet, H45xDia40cm, £235, both Graham and Green. Bowl table, H52xDia46cm, £399, Heal’s. Quadro square stool in Brera Moda in Antique Jade, H28xW90xD90cm, £675, Designers Guild. Lotta chair, H109xD72xW83cm, £599, Nordic House. Milton round stool, H43xDia34cm, £80, Habitat. Aero shelving unit, H195xW90xD30cm, £499, Swoon Editions. WALLS Chimney breast in Teresa’s Green estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Wall in Brilliant White emulsion, £15.74 for 2.5L, Dulux. FABRICS Left-hand cushion in Willow in Pale Aqua, cotton, £39m, Jane Churchill. Centre back cushion in Vertex in Mineral, cotton mix, £32m, Clarke & Clarke. Second from right cushion in Taro Stripe in Coral,
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viscose mix, £34m, Jane Churchill. Cushion on armchair in Tacit in Duck Egg Blue, linen mix, £44.95m, Annie Sloan. ACCESSORIES Haveli cushion (centre front), £47.50, Bohzaar. Mint Linge Particular cushion cover (far right), £25, Vanil. Tubular floor lamp, H150xDia27cm, £225, French Connection. Ariano round maple mirror, £120, Habitat. Black curtain pole, L150xDia2.8cm, £20; brackets, £18 each; finial, £13, all John Lewis. Stone-washed linen panels with ties in Rosa and Ice Blue, from £99.99 set, Linen Me. Hammershoi ridged pink vase, £32; Spots cylinder vase, £65, both Heal’s. Painted lacquer tray, £30; Arare teapot, £30, both John Lewis. Spots Black mug, £24; Herringbone jar (on side table), £48, both Heal’s. Impasto Celadon rug, 200x300cm, £895, Designers Guild.
ENTRANCE HALL Using a water-based varnish up to dado height on a painted wall will give the colour a deeper, richer tone and o≠er a more durable finish in a high-tra∞c area. FURNITURE Kibo bench, £265, H46xL130xW40cm, Also Home. WALLS Soft Coral vinyl mixing matt emulsion, £27.56 for 2.5L, Dulux. FLOORING Olympia vinyl sheet flooring, £59sq m, Atrafloor. FABRIC Cushion in Dorset in Blush, cotton mix, £42m, Clarke & Clarke. ACCESSORIES Velvet and linen rectangular cushion in Sage,
£20, Cox & Cox. Lotus bedspread in Raspberry, £250, Kalinko. Oak framed Echo II, Tones I and Serenity silkscreen prints by Denise Duplock, from £60 each, King & McGaw. Sarson blackened forged hooks, £7 each, Rowen & Wren. Zigzag Pink tufted rug, 120x180cm, £250, Graham and Green.
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KITCHEN A row of mismatched decorative tiles is an inexpensive way to create a striking splashback that will lift a simple scheme out of the ordinary. FURNITURE Tall Clockhouse stool in Carbon,
H75xW45xD31cm, £150, Garden Trading. WALLS French Grey absolute matt emulsion,
£42 for 2.5L, Little Greene. Encaustic tiles, 20cm sq, £7 each, Bert & May. ACCESSORIES Pendant light, £60, Sue Pryke. Three core fabric cable, from £4.80m, Urban Cottage Industries. Linen tea towel in Aqua, £18.99, Linen Me. Grey water jug, £70, Sue Pryke. Puritan teapot in Aqua, £30; Puritan mugs in Aqua and Pink, £7 each, both John Lewis. Mr & Mrs Little cup, £25, Sue Pryke. Large Smoke glass bottle, £40, The White Company. Recycled glass vase, £27, Caravane. Krem White side plate, £12, Also Home. For a similar tap, try Studio Ore.
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DINING TABLE Update your table with new colours and textures for spring. For an easy, relaxed look, choose a mix of patterns in a similar palette. ACCESSORIES Washed linen tablecloth in Dark
Grey, £34.99; Jacquard weave table runner, £12.99, both H&M. Linen tea towel in Rosa, £18.99, Linen Me. Salt black and white cup and saucer, £19, Broste Copenhagen. Terracotta medium plate in Pink, £35, Silvia K Ceramics; Dapple Green small serve bowl, £18; Porcelain
Milk White dinner plate, £25, all Heal’s. Spotted Aqua side plate (part of Blake dinner set), £35 for 12-piece set, Next. Round marble board, £25, Garden Trading. Rainforest Sunbird plate, £90, Heal’s. Pink tapas bowl, £20, Sue Pryke. Black Helsinki tumbler, £3.50, Sainsbury’s Home. Black fork, £8.99 set of four, H&M.
DINING ROOM Combining furniture from di≠erent collections lends an informal feel. Look out for a≠ordable sets of framed artworks for a smart gallery-style finish. FURNITURE Austin dining table, H75xL208xW85xcm,
£595, Habitat. Round Seat dining chairs, H77xW45xD45cm, £180 each; Mango wood parquet console table with iron legs, H80xL140xW35cm, £360, both French Connection. WALLS Ocean Silk X124 (above picture rail) Valspar Premium Blend v700 walls & ceilings, £28 for 2.5L, B&Q. Brilliant White emulsion, £15.74 for 2.5L, Dulux. ACCESSORIES Arys curtain panel in Charcoal, £176, Caravane. Madeline pendant, £150, Debenhams. Toska
Smoke Grey vase, £36.95, Nkuku. Candle holder, £60 set of three; Hera carafe vase, £30; Hera goblet, £12, all Caravane. Dapple dinner plate, £15, Heal’s. Washed linen tablecloth, £39.99; Jacquard runner, £12.99, both H&M. Linen tea towel in Rosa, £18.99, Linen Me. (On console, from left) Toska Smoke Grey vase, £26.95, Nkuku. Wells vase, £38, Garden Trading. Small stoneware plant pot, £12.99, H&M. Glass hurricane vase, £70, The White Company. Framed marine botanical prints, £120 set of four, Modern Country Style Interiors. Hatton rug, 240x300cm, £2,565, Oka.
LIVING ROOM Furniture that can be used for both storage and display is beautiful and practical. A glass-fronted cabinet in dramatic black will allow collected objects to stand out to striking e≠ect. FURNITURE Malsjo glass-door cabinet, H141xW103xD47cm, £295, Ikea. WALLS Jourdain wallpaper in Graphite (in alcove), £65 a roll,
Designers Guild. Chimney breast in Teresa’s Green estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. ACCESSORIES Flexi neck swing wall-mounted lamp, £148, Spark & Bell. (On cabinet, from left) Ellingham Fog small vase, £18, Neptune. Pink Irregular vase, £18; Small black vase, £28 set of three, both John Rocha at Debenhams. Blair black vase, £40, Habitat. Pale blue ceramic vase, £35, Shimu. Oscar textured black vase, £35, House
of Fraser. (Top shelf, from left) Espresso Salt mugs, £17.55 set of two, Broste Copenhagen. Croft Collection Terracotta salad bowl, £28, John Lewis. Circle teapot, £55, LSA. Pink platter, £30, Sue Pryke. Croft Collection marble bird, £25; (second shelf, from left) Puritan pasta bowl in Mint, £9; Puritan pasta plate in Grey, £9; Puritan dinner plate in Grey, £9, Puritan side plate in Mint, £7, all John Lewis. Kilny dinnerware, from £40 for four cereal bowls, Loaf. (Bottom shelf, from left) Oscar textured black vase, £25, House of Fraser. Jute basket, £12.99, H&M. Almond rug in Ivory, 180x240cm, £799, Gandia Blasco at Heal’s.
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BATHROOM Minimal fittings and vintage-style accessories bring character to a pared-back scheme. Painted details replace tiles around the basin, with the wall sanded for an aged look. WALL Light Peach Blossom; French Grey;
Lamp Black and Aquamarine intelligent matt emulsion, £47 for 2.5L, Little Greene. ACCESSORIES Wall-mounting light ceramic, ¤89, THPG. Brass mirror, £29.95, Nkuku. Hera recycled goblet, £12, Caravane. White marble soap dish, £18; soap, £5.85, both Oggetto. Cabbage vase, £58, Arran East Ceramics at Vanil. Striped hand towel, £4.99, H&M. Trieste basin, £249, Click Basin. For a similar tap, try Studio Ore.
BEDROOM An oak shelf hung at picture-rail height using leather straps o≠ers a stylish and cost-e≠ective display space, while a subtly patterned wallpaper below adds texture and depth. FURNITURE Wallis bed, £1,899, Pinch at Heal’s. Hot Shot
side table, H56xDia42.5cm, £145, Loaf. WALLS Manarola Stripe wallpaper in Blush, £65 a roll, Osborne & Little. Wimbourne White estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. FLOORING Sisal Big Basket in Kishie, £68.25sq m, Alternative Flooring. ACCESSORIES Caidence bottle lamp with wicker shade, £255, Out There Interiors. (On shelf, from left) Espresso Salt mug, £17.55 a pair, Broste Copenhagen. Glass carafe bottle, £22, Caravane. Zoro woven basket,
£20, Habitat.Tillsyn hourglass, £7.95, Ikea. Gilligan vase, £35; Adoni vase, £20, both Habitat. Small vase, £28 set of three, John Rocha at Debenhams. Leather shelf straps, £14.50 each, RoomOneDesign at Etsy. Linen pillowcase in Rosa, £24.99, Linen Me. Geo jacquard cushion (front), £12, Next. Dufrene Duck Egg cushion (right), £60, Designers Guild. Beige Striped Sateen duvet cover, from £129; pillowcases, £35 each; Green cushion cover, £49, all Lexington. Linen Herringbone throw in Mint, £119, Heal’s. Light Pink Jacquard weave blanket, £34.99, H&M. WHERE TO BUY, PAGE 186
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ALL DAY NATURAL HOLD & 24h FRIZZ CON TROL*
P R O P E R FO R M A N C E I N YO U R H A N D S E V E R Y DAY # B eYo u r O w n P r o
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Our choice of irresistible homes and beautiful gardens
THIS MONTH, an artful blend of old and new gives a collection of converted farm buildings (page 72) a new lease of life, and the open-plan design of a South African farmstead brings the great outdoors in (page 82). In Northamptonshire, creative owners have updated a Victorian cottage (page 94), while natural materials reign supreme in a Canadian lakeside retreat (page 104). Outside, plants for all seasons flourish in a city garden (page 118) and a family outdoor space has grown into a rural-style idyll (page 126).
The Grade II-listed cottage, which now houses the couple’s bedroom and bathroom, had to be underpinned and extensively rebuilt. ENTRANCE HALL
‘We chose a neutral palette (right) because we did not want to compete with the views of the garden and beyond,’ says homeowner Sophie Stevenson. Belgian Blue limestone, £138sq m, Indigenous, indigenousltd.com. Beni Ouarain Moroccan rug, from £750, Blue Gigi, bluegigi.com.
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THINKING The use of sleek glass passages and green oak beams to connect a series of former farm buildings has resulted in a home that e≠ortlessly blends old and new WO RD S E M M A J PAGE PHOTOGRA P HS B ÉNÉDICT E DRU M M O ND
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A new long barn was built to link two of the converted farm buildings, creating a sheltered three-sided courtyard garden (top).
thin spaces always look better than those that are short and wide.’ Architect, Luke Chandresinghe, Undercover, undercoverarchitecture.com. Bespoke oak parquet flooring, FPS Flooring, fpsflooring.com.
The large, weathered-wood front door (above left) is entirely in keeping with the original building.
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To keep this newly built space as open and light as possible, Luke used A-frames of solid green oak (above) to support the roof.
This leads to the kitchen where Sophie has created a desk area (above). ‘It’s rare to find end-to-end sight lines in rural builds so we wanted to capitalise on that,’ says architect Luke Chandresinghe. ‘Long,
CH24 Wishbone dining chairs, £589 each, Skandium, skandium.com. Vintage Holophane pendant lights, Alex MacArthur Interiors, alexmacarthur.co.uk. Artwork, Chris Levine, chrislevine.com.
hen Sophie and Jules Stevenson decided to leave London for the Cotswolds with their young family, they did not anticipate the many twists and turns of the long road that lay ahead. They began by finding a home to rent in the area, so they could search more easily for the perfect property. Houses with the large, open-plan living spaces that had suited them so well in the city, however, proved nigh on impossible to find. ‘Most traditional Cotswold stone houses, beautiful as they are, don’t yield that kind of volume,’ says Sophie. Then, after two years of fruitless searching, the Stevensons decided to take a di≠erent approach. The breakthrough came when they spotted a plot for sale on The Great Tew Estate. It featured a Grade II-listed cottage and several derelict farm buildings, with planning permission to conjoin the dwellings and create a horseshoe-shaped family home. ‘Renovating on a large scale had not been part of our plan,’ says Sophie, ‘but we realised that to achieve our vision, we had to be brave and rethink our strategy.’ Under the terms of the planning permission, there was not much that could be done to alter the
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agreed footprint but thanks to the Stevensons’ architect, Luke Chandresinghe, they were able to make some adjustments that meant they could have the modern country home they had spent so long searching for. Luke simplified the property’s planned layout, removing a number of internal walls and incorporating a solid green oak A-frame to open up the space. ‘His vision was inspired,’ says Sophie. ‘He also introduced glass passageways to link the formerly disparate farm buildings.’
THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX The greatest challenge, however, was incorporating the listed two-storey cottage, which now houses the couple’s bedroom and bathroom. ‘We had to persuade the planning department to allow us to make the cottage part of the main house, instead of leaving it as an ancillary structure,’ Sophie recalls. ‘Fortunately, they were won over by the minimalist idea of incorporating a single sheet of glass into the passageway that links the two properties.’ The long build took shape over the course of the next two years, during which time
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This neat desk space (above left) benefits from full-length glass windows, which frame a view that acts as a natural, ever-changing artwork.
A palette of blues, greens and greys helps to define this living area (above). ‘We used architectural whites because they work beautifully as a backdrop to our artwork,’ says Sophie, who has introduced splashes of colour, in the form of furniture and soft furnishings, to add depth to the scheme.
Glass Pumpkin table lamp, £99, Graham and Green, grahamandgreen.co.uk. Eames EA 217 Soft Pad chairs, £2,630 each, The Conran Shop, conranshop.co.uk.
Harry Large ottoman, from £1,674.50, B&B Italia, bebitalia.com. Flaunt rug, from £1,867, The Rug Company, therugcompany.com.
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A bespoke oak bookcase (above) not only acts as a room divider, but is used to display a carefully edited collection of favourite pieces. The oiled herringbone floor lends a warm, textural look.
To limit the sense of separation between the main sitting room and the sunken snug (just seen, above right), the part wall that supports the stairs has been made as narrow as building regulations allow. It also provides the perfect spot for the Stevensons to show o≠ one of their favourite artworks by Damian Elwes.
Bespoke bookcase, Touch Design Group, touchdesign group.com. Pathos table in gloss finish, from £2,599, B&B Italia, bebitalia.com. Eames DSR dining chairs, £250 each, Heal’s, heals.com. Interior design, Hum Designs, humdesigns.co.uk.
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Wall in Dove Tale Modern Emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball, farrow-ball.com.
the family lived in a static home on the site. The new long barn accommodates the main living spaces, including the kitchen, dining area, sitting room and a sunken snug. It links to two converted farm buildings, one at either end, to form a horseshoe-shaped plot. One houses guest bedrooms and bathrooms; the other houses the children’s bedrooms and a games room. Meanwhile, another glass link, accessed via the kitchen, leads to a third wing, where the family playroom is tucked away.
A PERFECT BLEND The conversion had the happy effect of creating a three-sided courtyard, with the open end providing beautiful views across the valley towards the village of Great Tew. ‘The original position of the buildings allowed us to unite them in a very natural, sympathetic way, using local materials such as Cotswold stone and Welsh slate,’ says Sophie. Crucially for the couple, their new home has given them the chance to decorate with the traditional and contemporary aesthetics that they love: a palette of greys, neutrals
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and architectural whites, punctuated by colour accents courtesy of carefully selected soft furnishings and the couple’s choice of vibrant artworks.
OUTSIDE IN Interior designer and family friend Cate Williams, who came on board before the building work began, helped Sophie to create this understated look. ‘We wanted the interiors to complement nature,’ explains Cate, so the two of them worked with a muted palette, choosing aged parquet or simple limestone flooring, and rustic textures such as unfinished wood and stone. They added hints of glamour through linear furniture, contemporary artwork and classic mid-century-modern pieces by the likes of Eames and Hans J Wegner. ‘We wanted to be respectful of our surroundings while adding a modern twist,’ says Sophie. The result is an artful blend of old and new that sits naturally within its environment; a painstaking endeavour that happily proved well worth the wait.
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a bespoke stained and lacquered oak console.
To make this space (above) feel larger and to allow for the inclusion of a freestanding bath, the ceiling was opened up to the roof. Original mullion windows create a pleasing sense of symmetry, while the large canvas emphasises the room’s height.
Riverstone basin, £360, Indigenous, indigenousltd.com.
Celestial Pebble pendant lights, £1,620 each, Ochre, ochre.net. GUEST BATHROOM
Inspired by their travels, the couple created a subtle Eastern feel in this room (opposite page, bottom right). Preferring an unstructured look, they opted for a lava stone basin plumbed into
By placing the bath (opposite page, bottom left) in the bedroom and the other bathroom utilities behind a part wall (opposite page, top), Sophie was able to make the most of the space without compromising on privacy. French Grey painted rattan bed, from £1,345, The French Bedroom Company, frenchbedroomcompany. co.uk. Omina natural stone bath, £3,200, Home Etc, homeetcbathroom.com. Curtain in Lin Leger in Gris, £90m, Dominique Kieffer at Rubelli, rubelli.com.
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LIMIT Inspired by local farmsteads and fishermen’s huts, this spectacular family home in South Africa has been cleverly designed so that its owners can indulge their love of outdoor living to the full WORD S SER ENA FO KS CHA NER P HOTOGRA P HS G R EG COX
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Set back from the Kromme River, the Fergusonsâ€™ new home was designed as series of low pavilions, with verandas and thatched roofs that reflect the style of local traditional Cape architecture. Landscape and garden design, Tarna Klitzner, email@example.com. SITTING AREA
Accents of green make a subtle connection to the verdant planting beyond, while a generous and richly textured rug introduces a note of luxury to this inviting space.
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Sliding glass doors allow a seamless flow between inside and out, heightening the familyâ€™s connection to nature. In place of brick pillars, eucalyptus tree trunks were chosen to support the densely thatched roof. Bespoke dining table, Egg, eggdesigns.co.za. Bespoke cork pendant lights, Wiid Design, wiiddesign.co.za.
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On warmer days, and especially at Christmas, the family enjoys entertaining friends around the pool. Stones chairs, Â¤440 each; Stones coffee table, Â¤220, Vondom, vondom.com.
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alcyon memories of childhood enticed Johannesburg-born Fiona Ferguson to build a home for herself in St Francis Bay, South Africa. ‘As a teenager, I spent many family holidays here, musseling, windsurfing and watching the sunset from our favourite rocks,’ she recalls. ‘Although the setting is more built-up now, the atmosphere feels the same. It’s still all flip-flops and kikoys – the complete opposite of city life.’ Both Fiona and her British husband, Mark, who have four boys, were keen to reflect that laid-back air in their new home. Scouting about for the right location, they found a narrow but long plot next to the bay of the River Kromme that instantly appealed. ‘Because the river is safer than the ocean, which can be turbulent, the children have total freedom to swim, sail, windsurf and fish.’ The thatched roofline and low-level, white exterior of the house that the Fergusons built reflect the local vernacular – part farmstead, part fisherman’s hut – a detail that the planners insisted on. ‘It took nine months to get permission to build the property,’ explains Fiona, who enlisted Cape Town architect Bert Pepler to design it. ‘My brief to Bert was simple: we wanted open-plan living, with room to play and that all-important connection between inside and out. Apart from that I left it to him,’ she says. Scrunching across gravel, you enter a series of werfs, the local term for farm courtyards. Surrounding each of them is a set of parallel double-height pavilions: one is a service wing; the next accommodates the kitchen, sitting and dining areas, with bedrooms at either end. The materials – wood (mostly oak) and thatch – draw on classic Cape architecture. However, Bert departed from tradition by using great trunks of eucalyptus, rather than brick, as columns to support the densely thatched roofs, to make the house look and feel entirely open. ‘I want the family to have the sense that they are always outside,’ he says, adding that the shutters are essential: ‘When the weather changes, of course, they need to be able to close up the house.’ Of the decoration, Fiona says: ‘I have specific tastes, so I worked with two interior designers, AJ Bell and Carla de Fondaumiere, to help me achieve the right look. I wanted a simple aesthetic, with accents of colour, such as the green Marcel Wanders cocktail chairs in the sitting room.’ South African design is well represented too, and includes pieces such as the dining table by Egg and, in the bedrooms, the woven cord headboards by Vogel, which capture the energetic, beguiling spirit of the country. Ultimately, however, it is the setting that defines the appeal of the house. ‘My favourite time to be at home is in the early evening, when the wind dies down, the colours are muted and the water turns to glass,’ says Fiona. ‘We tend to over-embellish our lives. Here, it’s all about nature.’
Flowing o≠ the dining room (above right), the kitchen features oak cabinetry, which echoes the storage in the rest of the house. The large purple island (right) conceals drawers lined in bright orange, while its brass handles tie in with the statement bespoke brass fireplace in the sitting area. Architect, Bert Pepler, 0027 21 762 5188, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The house is liberally dotted with pleasing pieces such as this antique sideboard (top left), which was found at a local market.
Fiona turned a corner of the courtyard garden (above left) into an outdoor sitting room, using monochrome furnishings and contemporary styling to reflect the interior scheme.
This snug retreat (above) is lined with bespoke oak joinery which conceals the TV. The slim, extending light is ideal for late-night reading.
Biscuit mirror, ÂŁ940, Michael Koenig at Ligne Roset, ligne-roset.com.
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White stools, R1,995, Weylandts, weylandts.co.za.
265 wall lamp, ÂŁ649, Paolo Rizzatto for Flos at Skandium, skandium.com.
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With an eye for unusual South African pieces, Fiona commissioned local design company Egg to make the colourful laser-cut shelving unit (this picture). The striking brass fireplace (left) was inspired by a picture of a Dutch interior, which she saw in a magazine. Moooi Cocktail chairs in Moss velour, ÂŁ1,940 each, Marcel Wanders at Houseology, houseology.com.
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Two of the bedrooms include loft spaces with beds that are used when the children’s friends visit during holidays. Bert Pepler’s hexagonal storage design was inspired by the tiles used to line the walls of Fiona and Mark’s bathroom.
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Tucked between the children’s bedrooms and the sitting area, the playroom (top left) is put to good use by the family on cooler days.
Overscaled mirrors amplify the light, airy feel of this space (top right and above left), which opens directly into a garden courtyard.
The wall-mounted headboard allows the beds to be easily pushed together so the space can double as a guest room when needed.
Bespoke bench, John Vogel at Vogel, vogeldesign.co.za.
Similar tiles, Origami Hexagon white tiles, £19.95sq m, Dantotsu, dantotsu.co.uk.
Cushions on bed in Memphis in Orange, £125m, Christopher Farr Cloth, christoperfarrcloth.com.
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Ceiling-height glazing floods the room with light, while the roof extends out beyond the terrace to aâ‰ ord shade during hot weather. Bespoke woven cord headboard, Vogel, vogeldesign.co.za.
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Natural EVOLUTION Taking their time and using their skills as a fashion designer and a leathersmith, the owners of this country cottage have created a characterful home filled with mementoes and auction-house finds WORDS NATALIE WA IN P H OTO G RA P H S M A RCO BE RTO L INI
Originally two workers’ cottages, the property (left) had not been refurbished since the Sixties and, although it was rundown, Justin was keen for it to retain its original character. ‘I wanted to keep the windows, so I had my brother Jason repair them and make the wooden shutters.’
The combination of crisp white walls and colourful accessories is, for Angelos (seen left), typical of Greek interiors. Here, the simple decorative approach helps to make this low-ceilinged room feel much larger than it is.
Windows, Jason Capp Carpentry, 01832 293735.
Interior decoration, Justin Capp and Angelos Bratis, angelosbratis.it. Vintage lamp; 1970s Italian marble coffee table, both Mercatino Penelope, mercatinopenelope.it.
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or many of us, the idea of carefully hand-crafting our surroundings in a truly personal way remains little more than a pipe dream. However, for artisan leathersmith and chef Justin Capp, and his fashion designer partner Angelos Bratis, it comes naturally. Justin bought this idyllic cottage in rural Northamptonshire as a fixerupper in 1998. Over the intervening years, it has gradually evolved according to changing requirements and budget, and it was imbued with fresh perspective when Justin and Angelos met three years ago. Here, the creative couple tell us more about their homeâ€™s ongoing transformation.
Can you tell us about the location? JC We live in a wonderful little village in the Northamptonshire countryside. I was born in the house next-door-but-one, and have lived and worked here all my life. The house comprises two workersâ€™ cottages (part of a row that was built in 1840) which were converted into one property during the 1920s. What condition was the house in when you bought it? JC Structurally, it was in a sorry state. Rotten floorboards on the ground floor had to be replaced, walls replastered and new electrics installed. At some point in the early 20th century, the fireplaces were sealed up, so I unblocked them and I also repaired the roof. All in all, it took about six months to make it habitable. What other changes have you made? JC I have always been keen to respect the heritage of the property, but I also knew that I needed more space in which to live and work. In 2002, my father and I built an extension that eâ‰ ectively
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The industrial-style open shelving unit was designed by Angelos to emulate a professional kitchen and gives easy access to plates and dishes while cooking. The windows were left free of dressings to allow in as much natural light as possible.
This space is furnished with mementoes and objets d’art collected on trips abroad. The fireplace (left) is made from the canopy of a 17th-century bedstead that was part of a composite piece of furniture.
Porcelain bowls, from £25 each, Rachel Dormor, racheldormorceramics.com.
Tray side table, £169, Hay at Skandium, skandium.com. Ghost 10 sofa (reupholstered in linen), from around £1,950, Paola Navone at Gervasoni,
gervasoni1882.it. Foglio wall light, from £165, Tobia Scarpa at Flos, flos.com. GARDEN
Fruit and vegetables grown in the garden (far left, below) are used by chef Justin for his catering company, Paella Nostra, and meals at home. Chair, Lincoln Antiques & Home Show, Arthur Swallow Fairs, asfairs.com.
‘The original kitchen was tiny, so when we built this new one, we raised the ceiling an extra foot to create more space,’ Justin explains. The exposed joists were inspired by a friend’s 17th-century cottage. The aperture (right), now used as a fireplace, was originally in the exterior wall
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and would have been used by the Victorian owners as a means of removing ashes from the fire without walking them through the house. For similar terracotta floor tiles, try Topps Tiles, toppstiles. co.uk. Similar pendant light, Large mid-century Semi pendant, £559, Fog & Mørup at Pamono, pamono.co.uk.
This fireplace (far right) was blocked and reversed in order to create the hearth in the kitchen extension, directly behind it. Angelos and Justin collaborated on the design of the blue suede footstools.
The purpose-built space (far right, below) was added by Justin in 2002 and is where he keeps the tools of his trade. He and Angelos are working on a fashion collaboration that will launch later in 2018.
Square footstools in blue suede leather, GH Leathers, leathermerchants.com.
For similar glass pendant lights, try Rockett St George, rockettstgeorge.co.uk.
doubled the size of the property and enabled me to create a large kitchen and a new main bedroom. Architecturally, we stayed true to the style of the original property. AB More recently, we have removed the dividing wall between what had been two separate sitting rooms. Friends and family are always popping by, so it made sense to open up this area to create a brighter, more welcoming space. Can you tell us about the interior design? JC Before Angelos and I met, the rooms were decorated quite organically, with pieces found at flea markets and auction houses. The internal doors, gnarly old wooden ones, were salvaged from a local skip, and the carved fireplace was fashioned from pieces of an antique composite cupboard and bedstead that I had bought at auction for next to nothing. I am a great user-upper of things; I never let anything go to waste. How has Angelos influenced the decoration? JC It is fair to say that I became a bit more selective when Angelos arrived. I am more aware of how we use the space, and he has introduced more colour and styling. AB When it comes to decoration, we are both fascinated by beautiful design, exquisite materials and fine workmanship, but my main contribution has been the introduction of classic Italian design elements, such as the Gervasoni sofa and the Tobia Scarpa wall light in the sitting room. Justin and I have collaborated on making a few pieces, too; the suede stools in the sitting room, for example, and a cabinet in the kitchen, which is crafted from wine crates. Ultimately, though, the interior is a reflection of our two lives combined together. It is a little paradise.
Never one to waste anything, Justin made this cabinet from the base of the composite piece that he carved up to craft the fireplace downstairs. The 17th-century spinning chair (below right) was bought at auction. Fast vase, £132, Rosenthal, rosenthal.co.uk. BATHROOM
This scheme (below) was inspired by jewellery that a friend created for one of Angelos’ fashion shows. ‘I love the intense blues and greys, so they were my starting point,’ he says. Cabinetry and floor in Diamond Hard Floor Paint in Slate, £31.99 for 2.5L, Ronseal, ronseal.co.uk.
The vintage rug was bought in a Moroccan market and the Stilnovo sconces are from Porta Portese market in Rome. 1950s Gio Ponti-style armchair, Mercatino Penelope, mercatinopenelope.it. Bespoke black wooden bench, Gordon Monk at Black Chairs, blackchairs.co.uk.
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CALL of the WILD Elegant yet understated, this lakeside retreat provides the perfect counterpoint to its ownersâ€™ fast-paced city lives WORD S RAC HE L L EEDHA M P H OTOGRA P H S VIR G INIA M ACDO NA L D
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The façade (left) is clad in rough sawn pine painted in a bespoke near-black hue. ‘I was keen to have a black house as I wanted it to merge with the pine trees when viewed from the lake,’ says homeowner Anne Hepfer. SITTING ROOM
The vista from this double-height space gives the Hepfers the sense of being in a tree house. For the 20-foot-high window, Anne envisioned the end of a barn with the wall replaced by glass. Interior design, Anne Hepfer, annehepfer.com.
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In summer, this relaxing space with waterside access is the focus of family life. Back cushions in Antibes Chevron in Driftwood, ÂŁ288m, Schumacher at Turnell & Gigon, turnellandgigon.com.
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‘Black always helps to ground a space; it adds contrast and depth,’ says Anne of her choice of colour for the co≠ee table and pendant light (above), both of which are her own designs. Magnet lounge chairs, Vogel, vogeldesign.co.za. DEN
Silvered timber, reclaimed from the exterior of an old Ontarian barn, gives an intimate feel to this informal space (right and far right), which mixes influences from as far afield as Africa, in the form of the dramatic artwork, to the Far East, with the Japaneseinspired chiselled co≠ee table. Back cushions in Plimsoll F6413-03, £67m, Osborne & Little, osborneandlittle.com. Giraffes artwork by Nick Brandt, HK, hkartadvisory.com.
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Huge reclaimed wooden ceiling beams lend an organic quality to this space (left). Anne designed the striking chandelier, with blown glass globes, and had the oak cabinets made in the style of pieces by 1940s modernist designer James Mont. Salvaged wood and concrete X-base dining table, from $3,665; Union Filament clear glass wall sconces, from $299 each, both RH, restorationhardware.com. KITCHEN
Dark grey grouting brings out the herringbone pattern of the marble tiled splashback (above). The window has a clever drop-down mechanism so food can easily be passed outside for al fresco dining.
hen Anne Hepfer first met her Canadian husband, the idea of loading up the car at the weekends to head to a lakeside home was somewhat ba±ing to the dyed-in-the-wool New Yorker, but since moving to Toronto in 2004, this has become her way of life. ‘We retreat and reconnect with nature. It is such a grounding experience,’ says Anne who, during the week, works around the clock running a successful interior design practice. ‘We don’t use the car here; we travel by boat. We have two sets of twins, aged twelve and eight, and three of the four children already have boating licences; it’s incredibly liberating for them and enormous fun.’
RUGGED BEAUTY Located in Ontario’s Muskoka Lakes region, a two-hour drive north of Toronto, the family’s retreat is perched on a rocky outcrop amid towering pines. When the couple found the property, in 2007, it had been in the same family for generations and none of the three buildings was insulated for winter. ‘There was a boathouse, an A-frame guest house and the main house, which was a bungalow,’ says Anne. ‘The first thing we did was knock down the guest house and rebuild it, so that we had a place we could use in winter. We then rebuilt the boathouse.’ They waited a number of years before embarking on the main house, however. ‘We just whitewashed the rooms and then spent time living there; it was important for us to understand the site.’ The two-storey house that Anne and her husband eventually built follows the same L-shaped footprint as the former bungalow, as they did not want to lose the spectacular
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wraparound views of the lake. With the sleeping quarters now situated upstairs, the ground floor is dedicated to the kitchen, sitting areas and dining room. Key to the design and layout are the expanses of glazing punctuated with striking black frames. ‘I knew that these windows would be perfect; they frame the views without distracting the eye,’ says Anne, who meticulously planned every last detail, from doors that slide into the walls to open the house up to the outdoor spaces and the bespoke furniture, including the banquette seating in the breakfast nook, which is easily accessed thanks to the arrangement of a pair of tables with a gap between. ‘The design is entirely based on how we live; everything fits like a glove,’ she says.
NATURAL SELECTION Throughout the house, the colour palette is restrained and neutral. ‘I wanted a very strong connection with nature so I used reclaimed ceiling beams, white Belgian oak for the floors and locally quarried granite for the fireplace,’ Anne explains. ‘I work with colour every day and I would describe our home in Toronto as “David Hicks colourful”, but it was important for this house to reflect the views outside.’ Mixed in with tactile materials, including chalk-hued linens and soft leathers, are earthy tribal textiles such as African Kuba cloths, which have been made into cushions. ‘Other than my family, travel is my greatest passion and I always pick up decorative pieces wherever I go,’ says Anne. ‘Creating a curated, layered look was a crucial part of this design. I think that the more you layer, the more interesting a space becomes.’
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The large U-shaped banquette (above) is a practical choice for a house that is frequently full of guests. The matching tables are made from industrial iron bases fitted with bespoke marble tops. Banquette in Bisenzio in Zinc, £51m, Designers Guild, designersguild.com. Joe chairs, £365 each, Vincent Sheppard, vincentsheppard.com. BOY’S BEDROOM
Vintage cane beds and a mirror encircled with feathered darts bring a colonial feel to this bedroom (right), which belongs to one of Anne’s three sons. Accordion swing arm wall sconces, $237 each, Shades of Light, shadesoflight.com.
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Rather than clad the walls with boards, a textural European plaster finish was used in this serene room (above). Beneath the window is an inherited antique Canadian farmhouse bench. DRESSING ROOM
Every detail in this space (far right) was carefully planned, including the built-in dressing table that o≠ers a view from the dormer window. The sides of the cupboards have been mirrored to reflect the light. BOY’S BEDROOM
A sliding barn-style door to the bathroom is both space saving and aesthetically pleasing in this bedroom (right), which belongs to another of Anne’s sons.
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sk the head of a successful furniture took our chequebook away.’ The experience within its components, much of the finishing company for the traits that define its taught him a valuable lesson in steeling is still done by hand. ‘While someone may products and you might not expect ‘sea- his nerve. ‘When times get hard, you can be not be making the whole dresser, just the worthiness’ to crop up. To Neptune co-founder tempted to reduce quality. But what we have drawer boxes, they are still creating lovely John Sims-Hilditch, it makes perfect sense. learned over 25 years is never to allow the dovetail joints. It can be hugely satisfying to ‘I’ve always loved sailing – even the name financial tail to wag the dog. It’s crucial to know that someone’s going to see that craftsmanship every time they open the drawer.’ Neptune came through our love of the sea stay true to what you believe in.’ Eventually, with a great product, a lot – and there’s something about materials that can withstand its testing conditions that fits of hard work and a bit of luck, there may SUPPORTING CREATIVITY with our sense of quality. When we began come a time when you have to expand your ‘We’ve always admired people who are making hammocks, our first making clever, interesting product, we were conscious things, especially when they of using the best materials – are doing so with the next excellent canvas, good rope generation in mind. There Neptune has gone from making garden furniture on a and solid wood – and of the is such a pride and joy in kitchen table to creating a global lifestyle brand.” need for precise craftsmanskills that add longevity. ship to bring them together. For example, Neptune has This was our starting point, it was one of our operation and make the practical leap from always used a mortise and tenon joint with first values and has stayed with us ever since.’ workshop to production house. So how do a dowel lock. It’s complex, but it guarantees you enthuse a growing team, many of them that joint will not come apart.’ new to the business, and persuade them to Creativity is also a vehicle by which a very HUMBLE BEGINNINGS Neptune’s own journey has taken it from share your values? ‘For me, it’s important human connection between craftsperson and making garden furniture on John and his wife that everyone needs to see the customer in owner is formed. ‘When you can sense the Emma’s kitchen table to creating a lifestyle their mind’s eye – and that can be hard if your hand of the maker in the finished product, brand sold across the world. However, just job is simply to put screws into a cabinet all that piece will have special meaning to you. like a ship, a business can be bu≠eted during day. If you can find a way to get that emotional It will become part of your personal journey.’ But how easy is it to show that flash of its voyage and Neptune certainly was. ‘In its engagement, the results are fantastic.’ Although Neptune uses computer-aided creativity in such a broad collection that early years, we had good products, but cash flow was tough,’ recalls John. ‘The bank even machinery for precision and consistency evolves twice a year? Isn’t it easier to reveal
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the maker’s hand in accessories? ‘When you home should be individual and there are your art were important then – and they make something that’s a little uneven, the lots of ways to achieve that, for example by still are now. If I were helping to coach handcrafted element is more apparent – and customising our furniture through the craftspeople, that’s what I’d want to give time to. Britain is such a highly creative our accessories, such as our tableware, are a choice of colour, finishes and hardware.’ So what message would John give to nation. I’d love to see a wider celebration place where we can explore that. However, it isn’t just about wobbly edges in accesso- other craftspeople starting their own of that creativity.” ries, our furniture shows creativity in a much journey, in search of their own seaworthiness? ‘Being a craftsperson can be lonely,’ LOOKING AHEAD deeper sense through the design process.’ One of Neptune’s key design tenets is says John. ‘The complications of estab- And why do Neptune’s craftspeople, contrast. ‘People frequently think that con- lishing a business plan, calculating the value designers and workers do what they do? trast just means di≠erent ‘That’s an interesting quescolours,’ says John. ‘Of course tion,’ says John, ‘and not an that’s important, but it also easy one to answer. means contrast of materials, ‘I’ve talked to lots of Britain is a highly creative nation. I would love textures and finishes. They people in the business and to see a wider celebration of that creativity.” all build up layers of interest the word that seems to pop in a scheme. If you make up most often is happiness, everything too “clean” there’s nothing to of your time, and a score of other consider- in the context of making our customers catch the eye, to make you pay attention, ations weigh heavily when there are only a happier through having design and beauty so contrast is something we believe in as a few leaders in the business making all the in their homes. If we do our jobs well people way of creating impact.’ decisions. And that’s one of the reasons will be happier and feel contented when they Neptune has been looking for craftspeople come home. It’s a noble ambition, and one with whom they feel a connection, advising we are proud to pursue.’ INDIVIDUAL STYLE This approach to contrast is also something and supporting them where they can. ‘I love to be able to share creativity,’ says Neptune fosters among its customers. ‘In For further details our photography we always try to show an John. ‘Over the centuries this was done in about Neptune’s nationwide stores, interesting mix of pieces and we really art workshops where artists would help each simply call 01793 encourage customers to experiment with other learn and flourish. Developing your 427450 or visit neptune.com. mixing and matching themselves. Every principles and your philosophy alongside
CALLING ALL CRAFTERS This autumn, Neptune will be showcasing the work of a number of craftspeople and offering them support and mentorship, so whether you’re a calligrapher, a wood whittler, a ceramicist or any type of independent UK-based maker, we would love hear from you. To find out more, visit neptune.com/craft.
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Although the garden is just two years old, the planting, which includes ornamental grasses, Alchemilla mollis, Hydrangea â€˜Annabelleâ€™ and roses scaling the old walls, has filled out rapidly.
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A NOVICEâ€™S paradÄąse This expertly devised design, incorporating bountifully planted borders, a miniature orchard and a contemporary moat, inspired its owner to take up gardening herself WO RD S J O D IE J O NE S P H OTO G RA P H S M A RIA NNE M A J E RUS
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wo years ago, Constance Lambert knew nothing about gardening. ‘You could have hit me over the head with a Cornus kousa and I wouldn’t have had a clue what it was,’ she says. ‘Now it’s my favourite plant in a garden that I’m passionate about.’ Constance’s horticultural transformation began after she completed the renovation of the Georgian townhouse in southwest London where she lives with her husband and three children. ‘Before we moved in, three generations of the same family had lived here since 1923 and the garden had become terribly overgrown. I had everything chopped down and cleared out, and then realised I was going to need help.’ To the rescue came garden designer Emma Gri∞n, who was not at all fazed by being presented with a blank canvas. ‘The only plant here was a lovely blue pine, which was growing in a sea of bare earth,’ she says. ‘The brief was pretty broad, too, but Constance was clear that she wanted plants in soft colours, a water feature and a timeless design that would complement and link with the house. Beyond that, she was open to ideas.’ Emma’s first suggestion was to divide the space roughly into thirds, with a generous terrace near the house, a formal lawn and ornamental beds in the middle, and a miniature orchard, wildflower meadow and summerhouse at the far
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gently upwards away from the house, shallow York stone steps were added. These also form a bridge over the moat that edges two sides of the terrace.
Emma Griffin worked with owner Constance Lambert to design the contemporary water feature, using copper pipes and sheeting.
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end. ‘We found the most gorgeous pair of 18th-century doors in an architectural salvage yard and decided to design the summerhouse around them,’ says Constance. This section of the garden, which is the most informal, is reached by a path of York stone o≠cuts interplanted with low-growing, fragrant thyme. It leads not only to the summerhouse, the floor of which is laid with attractive encaustic tiles, but also to a grove of apple, plum, greengage and quince trees that cast dappled shade over a sunken trampoline where Constance’s daughters play. At the opposite end of the garden, close to the house, a generously sized terrace laid with York stone provides space for entertaining in the shade of three umbrella-trained Liquidambar styraciflua. These are underplanted with a swathe of Pennisetum ‘Karley Rose’, which both Emma and Constance love for its airy, arching habit and rich pink plumes. ‘The colour actually links really well with our interior decoration,’ says Constance. ‘The soft-green painted concrete and copper panels of the water feature also echo the colours inside the house.’ As the garden is broadly south-facing, and the soil is a decent loam that was further improved before planting, Emma has used the central area to create borders packed with plants that were chosen to provide maximum interest each season as well as opportunities for Constance to ABOVE Living parasols of
umbrella-trained Liquidambar styraciflua create a canopy over the terrace, while Pennisetum ‘Karley Rose’ softens the edges of the seating area.
RIGHT A gravel path runs through the garden, from the terrace past an elegant iron bench on the formal lawn to the small orchard and wildflower meadow at the far end.
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practise her new-found passion for gardening. Combining the shades of deep plum, lime green and soft white that Constance loves, at this time of year the borders bulge with Alchemilla mollis and the classic Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’, while the beautiful old walls surrounding the garden are scaled by fragrant roses, including the soft pink ‘The Generous Gardener’ and ‘St Swithun’. Beneath the old blue pine grows a subtle tapestry of the ornamental grasses Hakonechloa macra and Deschampsia cespitosa, threaded through with Polystichum setiferum ferns, antique-pink Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Altrosa’ and the white geranium ‘Derrick Cook’. For novice gardener Constance, who particularly loves the Cornus kousa that Emma planted for her, the finished garden is so much more than just a place in which to sit and relax. ‘Emma gave me a garden and turned me into a gardener,’ she says. A transformation to be envied, indeed. ABOVE At the back of the
garden, beds filled with aconites, astrantias and hardy geraniums screen a trampoline, which has been set into the ground to minimise its visual impact.
RIGHT The summerhouse, designed around decorative antique glazed doors found at a salvage yard, forms an attractive focal point for the miniature orchard.
Orientation South facing. Soil type Free-draining loam. Special features A miniature moat; areas of formal and informal planting; a grove of fruit trees; a bespoke summerhouse. Garden design Emma Griffin Garden Design, emmagriffingardens.com.
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The view from the boardwalk, over the swimming pond to the house. The garden was designed at the same time as the extension was built, allowing for a seamless integration of the two parts.
COUNTRY With a natural swimming pond, wildflower meadows and a three-room tree house, this tranquil retreat belies its London location WOR DS ST EPH A NIE D O NA L D S O N P H O T O G R A P H S M A RIA NNE M A J E RUS
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growing family is often cited as the reason that city-based couples move to the countryside. Simon Tinkler and Ailsa Davies, however, have done things in reverse and created the sense of a rural idyll in southeast London. It is hard to believe that this garden, with its natural swimming pond, wildflower meadows and mature trees, is a mere five miles from the centre of the city. It is equally astonishing that it incorporates a large tree house, a trampoline, ping-pong table, football pitch, cricket space and swings without compromising the design. When the family moved here, the garden was overgrown and unruly so it made sense to tackle it at the same time as extending the house. ‘It allowed us to integrate the two,’ says Simon. ‘Ailsa and I wanted the garden to be relatively informal and low maintenance, with lots of naturalisticstyle planting, and places to eat, drink, entertain and relax. We also wanted a space where our four children would enjoy spending time with their friends. There’s the swimming pond, of course, but we also have a firepit where the older teenagers can hang out, separated from the adults, but still part of the family.’ Finding the right designer to deliver all this was the result of a happy coincidence. While Simon was looking for someone reasonably local, he came across Jane Brockbank’s website and realised that she had created an award-winning garden that the couple had seen and loved at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show a few years earlier. Working on this garden has been a good collaboration, both its owners and designer agree, although it was quite
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ABOVE Along the side of the terrace,
Simon’s new vegetable bed provides easy pickings for the kitchen. BELOW The gravelled front garden is equally informal with plantings of woodland perennials, including Darmera peltata, Astrantia major ‘Alba’ and Deschampsia cespitosa. OPPOSITE PAGE, TOP LEFT Clay-tolerant perennials including purple-blue Geranium ‘Rozanne’, wiry-stemmed Libertia grandiflora, frothy acid-green
Alchemilla mollis, red thistle-like Cirsium rivulare and white spears of Aconitum ‘Ivorine’ thrive in the border. TOP RIGHT Raised wooden planters filled with the grass Molinia caerulea ‘Heidebraut’ separate the two levels of the terrace, while their deep edges offer additional bench seating. RIGHT The fire pit takes prime position at one end of the terrace, which overlooks the swimming pond and wildflower meadow beyond.
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ABOVE The cascading branches of the
weeping willow, which are reflected in the still water of the swimming pond, give the tree house a sense of secrecy. The three-room structure was built using fixings that allow the tree to grow.
BELOW The boardwalk is visible through a veil of marginal plants, including Schoenoplectus lacustris (common club-rush) and Saururus cernus (swamp lily), which filter the water and provide a habitat for wildlife.
a challenge for Jane to fit in everything on the family’s wish list. Fortunately, the garden (which backs on to a large, tree-filled park) is a fair size for London and has lovely mature trees, including a beautiful weeping willow. These days, the swimming pond is the main focus, but initially the tree house was the centre of attention. ‘Now that the children are teenagers, they would rather stay in their own beds than sleep in a tree,’ says Simon. ‘Their main concern is whether they can get a wi-fi signal there.’ He is in no hurry to remove any of the play equipment, though. ‘It’s remarkable how everything fits in, but doesn’t dominate,’ he says. ‘And when my oldest son comes back from university, he still wants to play football, as does my best man, who is coming up to fifty years old.’ Although installing the pond was not straightforward, Simon has no regrets. ‘It’s a wonderful thing to have,’ he says. ‘It’s lower maintenance than a swimming pool, looks great all year round and the water is pure. I swim before work on most mornings from April to September, and as I bob around I think, this is so beautiful and peaceful.’
Orientation South-west facing. Soil type Solid London clay that is gradually being improved with compost and mulch. Special features Seasonally heated natural swimming pond, wildflower meadows, naturalistic planting, a large tree house and variety of play equipment. Garden design Jane Brockbank MSGD, Jane Brockbank Gardens, 020 7371 9475, janebrockbank.com.
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A STYLISH GARDEN Our precious outdoor spaces are now firmly established as places in which to relax, entertain, exercise and play, as well as to flex our green fingers. What does such a garden look like, though? Our gallery of ideas will inspire you to decorate your outdoor room with confidence SITTING COMFORTABLY Contemporary designs featuring weatherproof aluminium or hardwood frames and waterproof cushions make it easier to create an outdoor space that complements your interior style. Place seating around a focal point, such as a firepit, or where you can relax and enjoy the best view.
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EXPERT VIEW CREATING AN OUTDOOR KITCHEN EMMA GRIFFIN,
Emma Griffin Garden Design, emmagriffin gardens.com.
SIDE ORDER Embellish your garden’s boundaries, just as you would paint or paper the walls in your home. Hedges make beautiful, wildlife-friendly borders, and can be taller than the six and half feet permitted for a back-garden fence or wall. To add height and increase privacy, a mixture of plants and hard materials, such as a run of pleached hornbeam, lime or fruit trees atop a brick wall, will look elegant all year round.
PERSONAL SPACE Create a sense of privacy with a screen, pavilion, plant-covered pergola or a tree to mask neighbours’ views into your garden from upper-storey windows. You could also place seating close to boundary fences and walls, so that you are hidden from adjoining properties. Tall deciduous plants, such as foxgloves, delphiniums and roses, are also useful, allowing you to shield areas without casting deep shade.
Where is the best spot in the garden to build an outdoor kitchen? Somewhere close to the house is often the most practical place, so that you have quick and easy access to running water, as well as refrigeration and pantry stores in the house. If you choose a site further away, you may wish to incorporate a fridge and sink in your design, which will be more costly. Wherever you position it, try to ensure the kitchen is partly covered, so you can use it in most weathers. Also, keep barbecues, and the fumes, away from neighbouring gardens and their seating area in particular. What types of worksurface do you recommend? Stainless-steel worktops are an option for east- or north-facing gardens but the steel will get too hot in a garden that faces west or south. If you want to co-ordinate your worktop with the flooring beneath the cooking unit, sealed granite is perfect, as it is resistant to grease. Natural stone paving is porous and, unless you seal it every year, it will quickly mark. What about the storage units? Cupboards and shelves are handy for storing cooking utensils and non-perishable goods, and add the finishing touch to an outdoor kitchen design. However, the British climate is such that no cupboard will be entirely waterproof, so I advise using plastic containers for anything you want to leave in the kitchen and keep dry.
Create a smart garden entrance with a tall container on either side of the gate, planted with clipped evergreens such as Ilex crenata (Japanese holly) or Euonymus japonicus ‘Microphyllus’ (spindle), two easy-care alternatives to box.” FIONA GREEN, Green Tree Garden Design, greentreegardendesign.com.
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PHOTOGRAPHS (SIDE ORDER) TIMEINCUKCONTENT.COM/ANNAICK GUITTENY; (PERSONAL SPACE) TIMEINCUKCONTENT.COM/ MARK BOLTON, GARDEN DESIGN ROSEMARY COLDSTREAM; (GROUND PLAN) TIMEINCUKCONTENT.COM/ANNAICK GUITTENY, GARDEN DESIGN LUCY WILLCOX; (EATING OUT) TIMEINCUKCONTENT.COM/MARK BOLTON, GARDEN DESIGN MARTIN HULBERT
GROUND PLAN Choosing an eco-friendly floor for your outdoor room does not mean compromising on style, as shown in this design by Lucy Willcox, lucywillcoxgardendesign.com. Try combining composite decking with porcelain tiles for a chic look with eco-credentials. Lowmaintenance composite decking is made from recycled plastics and real wood fibres and, while it resembles hardwood, it’s also resistant to stains, mould, cracking and warping. Porcelain tiles o≠er similar benefits and come in a range of colours and finishes, including wood e≠ects.
EATING OUT Weave your outdoor dining room into your garden by growing a ru≠ of plants around the seating area. Use fragrant roses, such as ‘Aloha’, ‘Compassion’ and ‘Mme. Alfred Carrière’, to scramble up a pergola and cut a few blooms to decorate the table, too. Or install a raised bed filled with herbs, such as sage, marjoram, bay and trailing rosemary, to soften the hard edges. The plants will provide fresh leaves for cooking, as well as adding to the overall planting scheme.
NIGHT LIGHT Strategically placed lighting can transform your garden in the evening, adding another layer to its overall design and creating a magical scene that you will enjoy spending time in and viewing from inside the house. A simple arrangement of solar- or battery-powered up- and down-lighters and candle lanterns is something you can do yourself. For a mains-powered scheme that adds a subtle glow around seating areas, highlights artworks and water features and illuminates steps and paths, contact a qualified garden and lighting designer. Visit the Society of Garden Designers, sgd.org.uk, for registered practices working near you.
RICH TAPESTRY Take your lead from top designers and select a range of plants specifically for their shape and texture, rather than flower colour. For a textural combination like this one, choose flower varieties with wispy petals and those with long-lasting seedheads, such as Selinum wallichianum (milk parsley), spiky-leaved irises and feathery grasses, such as Stipa tenuissima. Velvety Stachys byzantina (lambâ€™s ears) will add a soft layer at ground level to complete the scene. 136 | H&G | MAY 2018
EXPERT VIEW LIGHTING A GARDEN ROOM
Moonlight Design, moonlightdesign.co.uk.
PHOTOGRAPHS (NIGHT LIGHT) MMGI/MARIANNE MAJERUS, GARDEN DESIGN CHARLOTTE ROWE; (RICH TAPESTRY) TIMEINCUKCONTENT.COM/MARK BOLTON, GARDEN DESIGN EMMA COLEMAN; (PLAY TIME) MMGI/MARIANNE MAJERUS, GARDEN DESIGN JANE BROCKWELL; (HOME GROWN) TIMEINCUKCONTENT.COM/MARK BOLTON
Which garden features should be highlighted? Place LED spotlights at the base of feature plants such as trees or stands of bamboo, so that the stems stand out. Use the same uplighting technique for statues and artworks and remember to shield the light unit to avoid glare. What special effects are easy to achieve? For a romantic, moonlit effect, secure lights in the canopy of a small-leaved tree, such as a birch, willow, apple or beech, and angle the light downwards. This will produce beautiful dappled light and shadow patterns on the ground, a particularly lovely effect if the tree is near a terrace or dining table. You can also create dramatic shadows by cross-lighting a decoratively designed feature, such as a bench, or a textured boundary wall or screen. To do this, fix two spotlights on the ground, one on either side of the feature, and angle the beams up and across each other so they graze the feature.
PLAY TIME A treehouse or playhouse appeals to children and adults alike, enticing the former into the fresh air and providing the latter with a feature that, if well designed and built, will enhance the look of the garden. To merge temporary play structures more naturally into the garden design, opt for those made of wood, rope and canvas. The same applies to more permanent features: a stumpery or rock garden is perfect for clambering over, living willow or hazel can be woven into tunnels and wigwams, and stands of bamboo or tall grass create magical hideaways.
HOME GROWN Whether you are a serious gardener or a dabbler, there is something irresistible about a greenhouse and vegetable patch. And how better to keep your meals fresh and local than by growing the herbs and vegetables yourself? Simple timber raised beds are classic ornamental features and allow you to tend crops easily, while a greenhouse provides the right conditions for more tender produce such as tomatoes, peppers, aubergines and chillies. Some exotic fruits, including Cape gooseberries and kumquats, will also thrive in its warmth.
What about using coloured lights? Depending on the fitting, you can have LEDs in any colour or they can be programmed to change colour, which provides the best of both worlds. Blue lights work well in water features, or try green hues to enhance the effect of a tropical-themed planting scheme. Alternating colours are fun for parties, but I would stick to soft, warm white light for dining and seating areas.
Fit your veranda or pergola with motorised louvred canopies, â€œwhich track the sun to keep you cool in the shade and close to create a watertight roof when it rains. You will ind a range at A&C, awningsandcanopies.co.uk.â€? JOHN WYER FSGD, Bowles & Wyer, bowleswyer.co.uk. MAY 2018 | H&G | 137
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EXPERT VIEW INSTALLING AN OUTDOOR FIRE
GAVIN MCWILLIAM CMLI, MSGD,
MCWilliam Studio, mcwilliamstudio.com.
PHOTOGRAPHS (PORTRAIT) CHARLIE HOPKINSON; (GOOD SCENTS) MMGI/MARIANNE MAJERUS, GARDEN DESIGN MATT KEIGHTLEY; (HOT TOPIC) CASSANDRA CROUCH GARDEN DESIGN
Where is the best place to install a real fire in the garden? Make your firepit or fireplace the main focus of your design, setting sofas and chairs around it to create an appealing sense of enclosure. However, do leave a gap of at least five feet between the seating and the fire, and a gap of 13 to 16 feet between it and any flammable materials, including trees and plants. Fit a mesh screen, also known as a spark screen, on a firepit before igniting it to prevent sparks and debris from flying out; remove the screen with a poker once the fire is hot. If you opt for a firepit, think about the surface it will stand on. Choose gravel for a wood-burning pit and do not place it on a timber deck; a natural gas, propane or bioethanol-fuelled fire is a safer option for wooden surfaces. Also, be aware that the heat from some fires may crack natural stone, so check the manufacturer’s advice before buying. What are the fuel supply options? Mains gas (always use a Gas Safe Registered fitter, gassaferegister.co.uk) will let you turn the fire on and off at the flick of a switch, and will make it easier to create a smart fireside look. If you decide to use gas cylinders, consider asking a qualified designer to create a means of hiding the cylinders safely, so you can change them easily without compromising the design of your fireside. Are there environmentally sound fuels? The most eco-friendly fuel option is bioethanol, which is made from plants and food waste and burns cleanly with no residue. Although the choice of designs for bioethanol fires is not great at the moment, I think that they will be the way to go in the future.
GOOD SCENTS Enrich your outdoor space with aromatic plants, such as Lavandula angustifolia (English lavender), the leaves of which release their fragrance when agitated, so use it for a low hedge where you will brush it as you walk past. Other perfumed plants to consider include musk roses, such as ‘Cornelia’, phlox, sarcococca (sweet box) and syringa (lilac). Regal and oriental lilies emit a heady scent, but are best used away from dining areas as their fragrance can be a little overpowering.
Use salvaged items to give your garden personality. Vintage watering cans, old terracotta pots and pieces of architrave can all be repurposed as ornaments.”
SELINA LAKE, stylist, selinalake.co.uk.
HOT TOPIC Firepits, chimineas and woodburners have replaced the humble bonfire or barbecue in our gardens, and designers are being challenged to find ever more creative ways of using outdoor heating units in our garden sitting rooms and kitchens. To heat small spaces, designs by companies such as Paloform, paloform.com, are ideal. For a larger garden, you could consider a design inspired by modern interior fireplaces, which is accessible from both sides and can act as heat source and space divider. Remember to factor in safe storage space for fuels such as wood or gas cylinders, and always check that the appliance and the fuel you intend to use comply with the Clean Air Act; see gov.uk/smokecontrol-area-rules for details. MAY 2018 | H&G | 139
HAZY SHADE South-facing terraces or decks are the best sunspots, making them highly desirable. At the hottest times of the year, however, you will be grateful for some shade. Consider a sail strung between trees or attached to supports, or a classic umbrella or awning if shade is needed closer to the house. Alternatively, trees and plants have long served as natural shade givers; a grove of trees can be trained into a leafy canopy (try purple beech, plane trees or crab apples); or train vines, roses and clematis, or virginia creepers over a pergola for colourful and fragrant shelter.
DRAW THE EYE A decorative piece, whether a sculpture such as the wire Moule by Rupert Till, ruperttill.com (above), a mural or mosaic, a sundial or even a mirror, selected to complement your garden style can be both stimulating and relaxing. Position the piece so you can see it from a favourite seat or while you float in the pool, or perhaps hide it at the turn of a corner, giving you pleasure each time it catches your eye. 140 | H&G | MAY 2018
WORDS ZIA ALLAWAY PHOTOGRAPHS (HAZY SHADE) CLARE FORBES/ELLICAR GARDENS, ELLICARGARDENS.CO.UK; (WATER MUSIC) MMGI/MARIANNE MAJERUS, GARDEN DESIGN SARA JANE ROTHWELL; (DRAW THE EYE) TIMEINCUKCONTENT.COM/ALLUN CALLENDER
WATER MUSIC Sounds that soothe, without masking birdsong, are the most eâ‰ ective in a garden. Flowing water is an ideal choice, and in town gardens it also provides a distraction from traâˆžc and street noise. A feature such as the one shown, with simple spouts or a water blade, makes an attractive addition to a seating area while, in a more formal setting, a traditional stone fountain would make a musical focal point at the end of a pathway or in the centre of a courtyard.
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TV’s Michael Scott will answer your questions about the region’s history.
Bask in the late summer sun at Hotel Scapolatiello.
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towns engulfed by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD79. On this trip you will stay in the luxurious and tranquil Hotel Scapolatiello, from where you will discover the amazing history, sights and flavours of this beautiful and intriguing area of southern Italy. You will be guided by Michael Scott, a leading expert in classical archaeology and a familiar face on TV thanks to his captivating BBC series Invisible Cities and Sicily: Wonder of the Mediterranean. Alongside other experts from our travel partner, Andante Travels, he will reveal the human stories that lie buried in the ashes. He’ll also be joining you on a trip to Baiae, once an opulent seaside haunt of wealthy Romans. ‘Baiae is the lesser-known jewel of the Naples area,’ Michael says. ‘It is brilliantly preserved and has one of the largest geothermal baths complexes in the Roman world.’ During your holiday, you will eat only in independent local restaurants, where all the food and wine is included in the price. Among the culinary delights, you will enjoy a welcome drink and introductory talk from Hotel Scapolatiello’s head chef; sample the Unknown Menu at Ristorante Anfiteatro, where the freshest ingredients of the day are used to create authentic local meals; and indulge in an atmospheric lunch at Douce Restaurant, which overlooks the famous Roman ruins of Oplontis. To immerse yourself in breathtaking Italian scenery, balmy late summer weather, spectacular insights into ancient Roman life and mouthwatering local food, don’t miss this special trip.
See the stunning mosaics at Herculaneum.
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HOW TO BOOK Call 01722 626 310 and quote ref Michael Scott To find out more visit homesandgardens. tripsmiths.com/ italytourHG
Delicious local food is a highlight.
Take a tour inside Pompeii’s ruins.
Marvel at the wonders of this historic region.
Explore the church of Santa Chiara.
YOUR ITINERARY WHAT’S INCLUDED Q Four nights’ accommodation in four-star Hotel Scapolatiello. Q All meals (except lunch at Pompeii and on travelling days) and wine with dinners. Q Exclusive talk and Q&A with Michael Scott, who will also join you on a special visit to Baiae. Q Services of an expert Andante Travels guide and tour manager. Q Comfortable local travel in an air-conditioned coach. Q All excursions** and tips.
THE DATES 11-15 or 12-16 September 2018. THE PRICE £1,795 per person* *Based on two sharing. Single supplement, £240. Price with flights included, £1,995pp. HOW TO BOOK Call 01722 626 310 and quote ref Michael Scott. For full itinerary details and full terms and conditions, visit homesandgardens.tripsmiths. com/italytourHG.
DAY 1 ARRIVE IN NAPLES
DAY 3 MEET TV’S MICHAEL SCOTT
Your first visit will be to the beautiful church of Santa Chiara and the substantial Roman bathhouse that lies beneath. After time to explore Naples, you will transfer to Hotel Scapolatiello ready for a welcome dinner.
This morning, marvel at the incredible artefacts at the National Archaeological Museum at Naples. If you wish to explore the more salacious side of Roman life, you can also enter the museum’s Forbidden Room. In the afternoon, you will be joined by Michael Scott on an exclusive tour of the Roman seaside resort of Baiae. After dinner, Michael will deliver a fascinating talk, plus answer all your questions.
DAY 2 DISCOVER POMPEII You will visit many of the best-preserved buildings in the astonishing region of Pompeii, including the amphitheatre, theatre, forum, bathhouses, bars and brothels. Travelling by routes that avoid crowds, you will also visit recently reopened Roman villas before enjoying fresh, local cooking at Ristorante Anfiteatro.
Oplontis, which is famous for its frescoes.
DAY 5 ROOMS WITH A SPECTACULAR VIEW If time allows, we will visit the luxurious villas of the exclusive Roman resort of Stabiae, with superb views of the Bay of Naples. Transfer to Naples for flights home/onward journeys. **Flights permitting, all sites described will be visited but the order may differ.
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DAY 4 EXPLORE HERCULANEUM In the morning, you will visit the ruins of Herculaneum and then, after enjoying lunch and the views at Douce Restaurant, you will explore the vast villa complex at
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A refurbished commercial co≠ee machine and boiling water tap provide co≠ee house-standard refreshments.
Mike Fetherston, design director, Hetherington Newman, 01565 651595, handesign.co.uk.
The perforated mesh doors of the pantry units provide a glimpse of crisp white crockery within.
Can you tell us about the property? It’s hard to believe, given the urban, industrial style, but this is actually a new house in Cheshire, built by Matt and Victoria Farrar for their young family. The architecture was inspired by a striking property in London’s Clerkenwell. The exterior is yellow brick, black render and Crittall-style glazing, and the interiors have a similar East London feel. How did the design of this kitchen evolve? The project took five years from start to finish, partly due to the sheer scale of the property – seven bedrooms and six split storeys – but also because Matt and Victoria had lots of ideas and wanted to get it right. The kitchen design changed completely as the build progressed. Our brief was for a classic-contemporary look that was quite smart, perhaps a little Belgian in style. As the couple delved deeper into different materials and finishes, things took a more industrial direction, inspired by favourite haunts such as Soho House in Shoreditch, New York and Berlin. What materials are the cabinets made from? The main cabinetry is finished in veneered oak that was machined to create a tongue-and-groove effect, then sandblasted to a rough texture and stained to resemble burnt timber, like the Japanese shou sugi ban
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A trio of globe pendants helps to define the breakfast bar area within the open-plan space.
cabinetry in oak and brass, around £75,000, Hetherington Newman, handesign.co.uk. SURFACES Polished concrete and aged brass worktops, both £800sq m, Hetherington Newman, handesign.co.uk. Pozzolana 80cm sq cement floor tiles in Grigio Vibrato, £187sq m, Casa Ceramica, casaceramica.co.uk. Walls in Down Pipe modern emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball, farrow-ball.com. APPLIANCES 1200 dual-fuel range cooker, £4,144, Mercury, mercuryappliances.co.uk. Bespoke extractor, designed by Hetherington Newman and made by Westin, westin.co.uk. RC 472 301 integrated refrigerator, £5,734; RF 411 301 integrated
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freezer with internal ice maker, £4,782; RW 414 361 integrated wine storage, £4,044; DF 480 160F integrated dishwasher, £1,846, all Gaggenau, gaggenau.com. SINKS & TAPS ELV01 Elan Vital deck-mounted three-hole basin set in gunmetal, £1,498, The Watermark Collection, thewatermarkcollection.eu. Fusion Square Pro3 VAQ tap with boiling water in polished chrome, £1,150, Quooker, quooker.co.uk. KBX 110-34 stainless steel sink, £298; KBX 120 34-34 stainless steel sink, £569, both Franke, franke.com.
Can you tell us about the open shelving? The design was informed by the glassware rack-style shelving found in smart brasseries. We used raw steel and left the welding marks exposed to enhance the edgy, industrial look. The suspended shelves above the island have a mesh base, while the wall shelves at the coffee station are in sandblasted oak that’s been silvered for a weathered effect. Matt and Victoria wanted these rustic elements to help soften the concrete and steel. Which appliances did you choose? The space called for a robust range cooker like those used in professional kitchens and the clean lines and solid look of this Mercury stainless steel dual-fuel model made it a worthy contender. The extractor is a bespoke design that I drew up based on photos of commercial extractors supplied by Matt and Victoria. The exposed ducting adds to the industrial story and is connected to a very powerful external motor.
Vintage bar stools, Unique Vintage Industrial, uniquevintage industrial.co.uk. Mini Globe pendants, from £174 each, Hector Finch, hectorfinch.com.
Did you face any challenges? The worktops are precast concrete, which required seriously precise templates before the units were installed. This was stressful enough, but as the concrete is 10cm-thick, we also had to do a lot of calculations to ensure the appliances and sinks would fit. Nothing was standard or straightforward in this kitchen, but that’s probably what makes it one of the most interesting and rewarding projects I have worked on.
WORDS LINDA CLAYTON PHOTOGRAPHS DARREN CHUNG
WHERE TO BUY
charred timber cladding that’s popular in modern architecture these days. The island table and the shadow-gaps above the cabinet drawers are made from a solid-core material clad in brass sheeting with an aged patina. The brass table top is the same thickness as the shadow-gap so that it appears to run right through the island.
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If you love brass but don’t like super-shiny surfaces, take a look at the new Matt Sanded Brass design from Roundhouse, 020 7297 6220, roundhousedesign.com. Its surface, made with real brass sheeting, has a dull, velvety soft feel that demands to be touched and oxidises to an elegant patinated ﬁnish as it ages. It’s shown here with the Classic Urbo painted kitchen range, from £35,000.
The OGS168 professional-level cooking suite from Officine Gullo, 020 7036 1632, officinegullo.com, can be fully customised, with pasta cooker and wok hob being just two of the options. Other features include ovens with a 200-litre capacity. It costs from £18,000 with a lifetime warranty.
KITCHEN UPDATE The latest product and style news for the heart of the home
DREAM TEAM David Rockwell is the latest designer to add his unique ﬂair to the Cementiles range from Bisazza, 020 7584 8837, bisazza.com. His Tonal collection, which is available in eight dramatic patterns, including Leap in Sepia (shown), costs from £154sq m and is designed to give traditional cement tiles a contemporary twist.
FAST FOOD Speed is of the essence with the updated iQ500 single oven, from £789, Siemens, 0344 892 8999, siemens-home.bsh-group.com. There is a fast preheat option, while the CoolStart function cooks frozen food without preheating. And, with the CookControl roasting system, simply enter the weight of your meat or fish and it will be cooked to perfection. 154 | H&G | MAY 2018
Just when you thought the classic barstool could not be updated, along comes Pauline by Brdr.Krüger, 0045 39 56 15 55, brdr-kruger.com. Designed by OeO Studio and made in Denmark, it’s available in oiled or smoked oak (below), with a black steel footrest and cushioned seat for extra comfort. The 75cm-high design costs from £645.
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Keep your shelves in order with this handy storage jar, which has a lid that doubles as a measuring cup for portions of rice, pasta and couscous. The 1-litre glass version (above) costs £14.95, while the 1.3-litre plastic designs, £13.95 each, come in four shades. For every jar sold, Brabantia, 01275 819119, brabantia. com, is making a donation to The Hunger Project, thp. org, which is committed to ending world hunger by 2030 through training and investing in people in rural Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia.
H&G | READER EVENT Innovative chef Lee Westcott (far left) will demonstrate his cookery expertise in the new Martin Moore showroom in Muswell Hill.
COOKERY MASTERCLASS Enjoy a special opportunity to share insights on bespoke kitchen design before an exclusive cookery class in Martin Moore’s new north London kitchen showroom
ince its founding in 1975, Martin Moore has been at the forefront of designing and crafting beautiful bespoke timber kitchens. During this time, it has developed its hallmark style of classic, timeless, English furniture designed and handmade to order in its Yorkshire workshops. Still family owned, the company has eight showrooms across the UK, undertaking commissions for kitchens as well as joinery throughout the home. To mark the opening of the new north London showroom in Muswell Hill, Martin Moore invites you to explore its latest kitchen collection before enjoying an exclusive cookery masterclass with chef Lee Westcott of innovative London restaurant Typing Room. Young, creative and well-travelled, Lee represents the dynamic new breed of British chefs. He worked with world-renowned chef and restaurateur Tom Aikens and Noma in Copenhagen, one of the world’s leading restaurants, and his cooking has been described as pure, natural and honest. This is a rare opportunity to see Lee at work outside his own kitchen. He’ll be preparing a range of tasting dishes using the best seasonal English ingredients, demonstrating culinary techniques and taking questions from the group. Guests will also be given his recipes to take away.
THE DAY 10.30am Coffee, tea and pastries on arrival. 11-11.15am Richard Moore, design director of Martin Moore, will talk about bespoke kitchen design. 11.15am-12.15pm Masterclass with Lee Westcott Up-close cookery demonstration and expert advice with Lee Westcott, chef patron at Typing Room. 12.15-1.30pm Two-course lunch, with wine, is served.
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THE DETAILS Monday 14 May 2018 Martin Moore showroom, 426 Muswell Hill Broadway, London N10 1BS.
TO BOOK Tickets cost £20 and include lunch and a gift bag. To book, visit leewestcottmasterclass-muswellhill. eventbrite.co.uk.
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WHERE TO BUY FURNITURE Bespoke sofas, chairs,
ottoman and console table, Sims Hilditch, simshilditch.com. FABRICS Armchairs in Dancehall in Polka 12, £142m, Brentano at Altfield, altfield.com. Ottoman in Fife in Dove, £83m, Colefax and Fowler, colefax. com. Armchairs piped in Sonoran in Oyster, £69m; dining room curtains in Cawdor in Mineral, £149m, both GP&J Baker, gpjbaker.com. Sofa cushions in (from left) Plain Linen in Silver; Wicker N019, both £120m, Fermoie, fermoie.com. Pienza Cardo in Bianco Naturale, £189m, C&C Milano, cec-milano.com. Marden, £120m, Fermoie, fermoie.com. Sun Bleached Paisley in Cloud, £240m, de Le Cuona, delecuona.com. Armchair
Softly layered textures of linen, wool, velvet and a variety of weaves create a relaxing feel.
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cushions in Clara in Warm White, £37m, Neptune, neptune.com. WALLS French Grey Mid absolute matt emulsion, £42 for 2.5L, Little Greene, littlegreene.com. Woodwork in Silver Birch eggshell, £54 for 2.5L, Neptune, neptune.com. FLOORING Bristol Tectonic oak, from £49.90sq m, Chaunceys Timber Flooring, chauncey.co.uk. Camborne Ash rug, £85sq m, Capitol Carpets, thecarpet.co.uk. ACCESSORIES Somerton baskets, from £44 each, Neptune, neptune. com. Imperial Flowers artworks, from £418.80 each, Trowbridge Gallery, trowbridgegallery.com. Lartigue chandelier, £4,656, Porta Romana, portaromana.com.
CENTRE OF ATTENTION Smart details and soft hues underpin this inviting scheme at the heart of a cleverly devised living space
Emma Sims Hilditch, 01249 783087, simshilditch.com.
Can you describe the project? The house is a new build on the Suffolk/Essex border, which was designed as a dream home for our clients. This room opens up onto both the dining room and the conservatory to form one large living and entertaining space. Although this is the most formal of the schemes, the clients wanted it to have a lovely easy-going feel. How did the open-plan layout influence your approach? It was really important to create a sense of flow, which we’ve done by using different tones of grey: the palest in the conservatory, followed by a mid-French grey on the walls of the living room and building to a darker shade in the dining area. Increasing the strength of colour in this way creates momentum within the spaces. We also linked the rooms with a palette of blues, from the blue-grey of the botanical artworks and the velvet of the armchairs to the aqua hue on the joinery in the conservatory.
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What about the views from one room to the next? I love to have strong vistas, hence the eye-catching open shelves in the conservatory and the stunning crystal chandelier in the dining room – I like the idea that the clients can have this dimmed while sitting in the living room. Behind the sofa is a table with a little vignette of plants, candles and books, which gives guests in the dining room something interesting to look at, rather than the back of the sofa. Why did you design the seating and coffee table yourself? As a multidisciplinary design practice, we’re able to create individual pieces that are tailored to clients’ needs; here, the sofas and armchairs have high backs because the client’s father-in-law suffers from back problems. We also focused on details to elevate the scheme. Nickel studs and contrast piping add definition to the armchairs, while studs also embellish the sofas. Here, the oak frames have been left on show to make the pieces a little more elegant. To soften the scheme, we designed an upholstered coffee table, complete with bespoke oak trays for serving tea or wine. Can you tell us about the textures in the scheme? We love linen and chose a robust, dense option for the sofas, which is crisper and more formal than washed linen. The coffee table fabric is a wool and linen mix and the armchairs are covered in cotton velvet. We layered the textures using cushions in various weaves – I always advise that adding cushions is the most economical way to incorporate exquisite textiles in a scheme. The herringbone rug brings further texture to the floor, while accessories such as natural willow baskets keep the room relaxed. To counter some of the cooler greys and blues, the palette includes stone hues that enhance the warm, inviting feel.
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IN FINE FORM A sculptural bath is beautifully balanced with chic touches of brass and marble-look tiles to create a modern sanctuary in a period home
Louise Ashdown, West One Bathrooms, 0333 011 3333, westonebathrooms.com.
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Can you tell us how the project began? I was approached by interior designer Claire Langham of Ciel Interior Design, cielinteriordesign. com, who was renovating her six-bedroom Georgian house in Kent before moving in with her husband and children. As part of the project, Claire had decided to convert a bedroom with a small en suite into one large main bathroom by removing an internal wall. What was your brief for this room? As an interior designer, Claire had a clear idea of the relaxed yet luxurious feel she wanted to achieve, with a palette of subtle colours and streamlined fittings. Her husband likes to shower but she prefers to bathe, so they also wanted a space that served them both equally well.
Was there a starting point for the design? Claire had seen the freestanding Edonia bath in a magazine and chose it as the key feature of this room. Made of Cristalplant, a bio-based solid surface material that is perfectly smooth and easily adapted to create gently curved edges, the bath makes a striking focal point in the middle of the space. It is balanced by a large shower enclosure, tucked to the left as you enter the room, with a stud wall beyond to screen the WC. How did you choose the brassware? The floorstanding bath spout is slim and elegant, and simpler than the typical ‘telephone handset’ of a classic bath-shower mixer. It doesn’t detract from the beauty of the bath or hide the period fireplace. All of the taps are made of solid brushed-brass,
The bath was placed centrally for maximum impact and a generous shower enclosure (left) was devised with the addition of a stud wall.
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The muted palette is lifted by the brushedbrass finish of the taps and ceiling lights.
which adds soft warmth to the neutral scheme, and their unlacquered finish will develop a subtle patina over time. They are perfectly complemented by two rows of elegant spotlights on the ceiling. How did you incorporate storage? Tall cupboards, designed by Claire and made by a local joiner, have been built into the alcoves on both sides of the chimney breast. Painted in a muted tone to match the walls, they are unobtrusive yet provide ample storage for clothes, towels and toiletries. The matt lacquer vanity unit is more of a feature; it is finished in a slightly darker tone and wall hung to create a floating appearance. Are there any other notable features? The porcelain floor and wall tiles are designed to replicate vein-cut marble, but are easy to maintain and durable, and we used very large-format slabs on the shower walls to avoid unsightly vertical joins. All the colours in the room are understated and the different textures – from the polished tiles to the gentle gleam of the brassware and the chalk finish of the bath – add subtle and elegant interest.
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WHERE TO BUY FITTINGS Edonia bath, £9,606; Panta Rei wall-hung unit in Malta matt lacquer, £3,224; Segno double basin, £3,300; Zeromatt shower tray, £1,552; Komodo3 wall-hung WC, £1,040; open wall cabinet in Malta matt lacquer, £546; Vario mirror, £1,200; Lino table, £610, all Antonio Lupi at West One Bathrooms, westonebathrooms.com. 5th Avenue brassware in brushed brass, including floor-mounted bath spout and controls, £2,040; wall-mounted basin mixers, £606 each; showerhead, handset and controls, £1,536; Majestic Harmony shower enclosure with brushed gold fittings, £2,900, all West One Bathrooms, westonebathrooms.com. SURFACES Marmi Imperiali Elegance Striato polished porcelain floor tiles, 80cm sq, £146 for 1.28sq m; wall tiles, 180x80cm, £230 for 1.44sq m, West One Bathrooms, westonebathrooms.com. ACCESSORIES For similar spotlights, try John Cullen, johncullenlighting.com.
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ART OF GLASS
PHOTOGRAPH ANDY MARSHALL
With a little creative thinking, the architectural use of glass can open up homes to abundant natural light in a strikingly stylish way. From contemporary garden rooms to innovative interior windows and walkways, our gallery of ideas is sure to impress
OPPOSITES ATTRACT This impressive contemporary pavilion by Yiangou Architects, yiangou.com, creates a distinctive yet pleasing contrast to the original Cotswold stone farmhouse with its traditional mullioned windows.
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RAISE THE ROOF A traditional slate roof blends seamlessly into a minimally expressed glazed gabled extension in this design by Guarnieri Architects, guarnieri.co.uk.The lightness of the frame allows an almost clear view of the sky, which is particularly effective under the stars at night. RIGHT ANGLES For period houses it’s worth considering a partially glazed garden room to complement the original architecture. This design by Westbury Garden Rooms, westburygardenrooms.com, echoes the angular roofline of the building behind and includes windows in the central gable, flooding the room with light.
A glazed roof lantern will open the ceiling to the sky, maximise light flow, provide additional room height and make the space feel bigger.” PAUL MILDENSTEIN, CEO, Roof Maker, roof-maker.co.uk.
CLASSIC BEAUTY One of the most attractive elements of Georgian architecture is its respect for classical symmetry and proportions. This elegant orangery by Montpelier, montpelierjoinery.com, embraces those traits, resulting in a perfectly balanced addition to a historic property.
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EXPERT VIEW GLASS ROOM TRENDS KAREN BELL
manager, David Salisbury, davidsalisbury.com.
PHOTOGRAPHS DAVID PARMITER (BRIDGING THE GAP), GARETH GARDNER (LIGHT EXPOSURE)
Q The most popular additions at
the moment are orangeries – rooms with a part solid, part glass roof – which can be used to create an open-plan kitchen-living space. When designing an orangery consider how you want to use the space and how much light you need. There comes a point where you can have too much light, so think about the room’s orientation before you start. Q We’re increasingly seeing clients opting for flat glass roofs. These have several advantages: they offer an uninterrupted view of the sky, can slide open on summer evenings and can be a good solution for a listed building when conservation officers deem a traditional roof lantern to be too dominant. Q Another new approach is to cover the sides of a roof lantern in zinc. This is particularly effective in south-facing extensions or garden rooms, where you get the benefit of the spacious, vaulted ceiling, without being over-exposed to the sun. Q For flooring, porcelain tiles are finding favour as they have the look and feel of stone, but without the maintenance requirements. They are also suitable for underfloor heating, a benefit in garden rooms as it avoids bulky radiators. Q Recessed downlights are a popular choice for flat roofs and should ideally be set on a dimmer switch. We often hang pendants on the horizontal ridge of the lantern frame, but if you want something really dramatic (and heavy), this will have to be factored in early to ensure that the rafters can be strengthened. Q Clients often choose blinds neatly concealed within the frame of a flat glass roof. These are ideal for creating a mottled, soft light when the sun is out.
LIGHT EXPOSURE With glazed bi-fold doors and a ceiling comprised of three triple-glazed panels, this kitchen extension by Jones Associates Architects, jones-associates.co.uk, is wonderfully bright. The steel joists, which double as supports for the pendant lights, introduce a strong industrial note to the scheme.
BRIDGING THE GAP Unobtrusive glazed designs are a great way to connect separate buildings, and they also work well on structures of different periods. This one, conceived by Apropos, aproposconservatories. co.uk, incorporates simple glazing bars, which mirror the half-timbered detailing on the main house.
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OLD MEETS NEW Here, glass provides a degree of breathing space between the existing house and a contemporary addition. The new structure, by Mole Architects, molearchitects.co.uk, is a reinterpretation of local farmsteads with a dramatic barrel-vaulted roof in Terne-coated steel.
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PALE & INTERESTING In a traditionally designed conservatory, keeping the interior scheme pared back with pale stone flooring and upholstery in neutral tones will help to focus attention on the garden views. This design, by David Salisbury, davidsalisbury. com, is made from sapele hardwood, painted cream.
BRIGHT IDEA An internal window can provide otherwise hidden glimpses and reveal poetic connections between rooms, says architect Rodrigo Moreno Masey, morenomasey.com. Here, the tall window, with industrial-style glazing bars, creates a point of interest, while drawing the eye to the space beyond.
If you want a seamless look, use the same floor tiles inside and out, adjusting for an anti-slip inish where necessary.”
PHOTOGRAPHS DAVID BUTLER (OLD MEETS NEW), JULIAN ABRAMS (BRIGHT IDEA), MALBROOK CONSERVATORIES (PERFECT BLEND)
JESS PIDDOCK, designer, Domus, domustiles.co.uk.
PERFECT BLEND Adding an orangery with a glazed ceiling lantern is one way to increase the sense of space in a country cottage. In this design by Malbrook, malbrook.co.uk, traditional Cotswold stone has been used for the exterior walls to create a seamless fit with the original building.
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MODERN VISION This double height aluminium and glass family room, designed by The Caulfield Company, caulfieldcompany. co.uk, makes an arresting architectural statement. It has a built-in weather station that prevents overheating and glare by automatically raising and lowering the awnings.
FRAME OF REFERENCE This Gothic-style clerestory, designed by Vale Garden Houses, valegardenhouses. co.uk, is a more traditional approach to framing a beautiful view. The roomâ€™s impressive ceiling height is underlined by the presence of a pair of elegant crystal chandeliers and oversized candlesticks on the table.
PHOTOGRAPH COLLINGWOOD PHOTOGRAPHY (GLASS ACT).
GLASS ACT Conservation officers looking after Grade II-listed buildings will often favour extensions that contribute to the story of the property in a contemporary way. This frameless glass conservatory, designed by The Bazeley Partnership, bazeley-architects.co.uk, affords uninterrupted views of the subtropical garden beyond.
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Many planners like to juxtapose old and new, favouring a glass box that kisses the building, rather than a pastiche of period style.” MARK CAULFIELD, founder, The Caulfield Company, caulfieldcompany.co.uk.
BACK TO NATURE
PRIVATE VIEW A glazed link between two buildings affords the opportunity to change the tempo. This space, with its picture window and cut-out glass roof, is where Philippa Thorp, thorp.co.uk, displays modern art and sculptures.
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FEATURE ARABELLA YOUENS PHOTOGRAPHS POLLY ELTES (BACK TO NATURE), RICHARD POWERS (PRIVATE VIEW)
Structures made almost entirely of glass are best for bringing the outdoors in. The contemporary look of this extension by Sims Hilditch, simshilditch.com, is softened with traditionalstyle joinery and deep, comfortable armchairs.
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HOUSE CLINIC Our expert, Celia Rufey, answers your interior design questions and decorating dilemmas PROFILE Celia Rufey has been
the Homes & Gardens decorating expert for more than 30 years. She has a wealth of interiors knowledge and has also designed her own range of fabrics.
WHICH GINGHAM FABRICS WILL SUIT MY BUDGET? I’m looking for a fabric with a small blue check to make curtains and blinds for a spare bedroom. I need a large amount and the only suitable design I’ve seen is expensive. Can you suggest more affordable alternatives? AA, Pulborough, West Sussex.
PHOTOGRAPH JAMES MERRELL (FARROW & BALL)
There are well-priced cotton gingham weaves available from Tinsmiths, 01531 632083, tinsmiths.co.uk, with prices starting at £16m for the Small Gingham Check in Airforce; the slightly brighter Brogue Check in Marine is £22.50m. Clarke & Clarke, 01706 242010, clarke-clarke.com, offers Coniston in Navy F0421/04, at £20.50m, and Ian Mankin, 020 7722 0997, ianmankin.co.uk, which is always a go-to source for checks and stripes, stocks Suffolk Check in two blue options, the softer Bluebell and deeper Indigo, £27.50m. Other cotton ginghams that might suit your budget are Whitby in Marine Blue or Powder Blue, £30m, Sanderson, 020 3457 5862, stylelibrary.com, and from Romo, 01623 756699, romo.com, Elmore in Sapphire 7460/52 and Wedgewood 7460/54, £30m.
INSIDER’S TIP “Always hang artwork lower on walls than you’d expect. The base of the frame or canvas shouldn’t be more than 30cm above a headboard, sofa or console table.” BRIAN WOULFE, 020 3957 9863, designedbywoulfe.com.
WHAT EFFECT WILL THESE PAINT SCHEMES HAVE IN A HALL? I’m planning to redecorate my hall. How will a scheme with a single pale tint over all surfaces look compared with one in which the woodwork is a shade or two deeper than walls? SK-B, London SW11. I asked Joa Studholme, colour consultant at Farrow & Ball, 01202 876141, farrow-ball.com, for her thoughts on these two options. A single shade across the walls and woodwork was much used by the Georgians, she says, and has become a favourite with many decorators, as rooms painted in this way are tranquil and chic. When only one colour is used (as shown above), she adds, a room feels bigger because with no contrast you are less aware of the confines of the space. Using a darker tone on woodwork with a lighter shade on the walls makes walls feel lighter as well as adding a decorative element to the scheme. Among Farrow & Ball neutral pairings, try Ammonite on walls with Purbeck Stone on woodwork, or for a warmer look, Slipper Satin walls with woodwork in Old White.
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WHERE CAN I FIND THIS STYLE OF STORAGE? Who designs wall storage that combines open shelves and closed compartments? LH, Cromer, Norfolk. Two mid-century storage systems feature this mix and remain popular today. String, string.se, at Skandium, 020 7935 2077, skandium.com, designed in 1949, is a flexible ladder and shelf option that incorporates cupboards and drawers. The 606 Universal Shelving System designed by Dieter Rams in 1960 and made by Vitsoe, 020 7428 1606, vitsoe.com, is a versatile solution that you can take with you if you move. It features a metal track with shelves and cabinets attached on notched pins. For a classic painted option, the New Hampshire modular units at The Dormy House, 01264 365808, thedormyhouse.com, offer open shelves, cubby holes and cupboards in a choice of sizes. If you are thinking bespoke, wall storage by Neville Johnson (right), 0161 873 8333, nevillejohnson.co.uk, includes open shelves, cupboards and drawers made to the client’s specification.
DOES ANY COMPANY OFFER WOODEN DINNER PLATES? I often eat a casual lunch on a wooden board as it’s so much quieter than china. Are there any boards or plates made for this purpose? JD, Tavistock, Devon. Wood has plenty to recommend it for serving food. As well as silencing the clatter of cutlery, it’s an excellent insulator and unlikely to break when dropped. Before the 16th century, most people ate off wood and if this tradition interests you, Robin Wood, 01433 670321, robin-wood.co.uk, hand-turns Mary Rose dinner plates and bowls in beech finished with linseed oil to the same design as the ones found on the Tudor warship; a 9.5in dinner plate costs £55. You’ll find a complete range of acacia wood tableware at Muji, 020 7436 1779, muji.co.uk, including round, square and rectangular plates, from £7.95 each. Don’t overlook chopping, serving and bread boards in pleasing shapes and sizes as alternatives to plates for informal meals. See the Leather Strap bread boards (above), small, 30x18cm, £38; large, 48x20cm, £48, Rowen & Wren, 01276 451077, rowenandwren.co.uk; or the Croft oak wood handle chopping board, 46x28.5cm, £35, John Lewis, 0345 604 9049, johnlewis.com.
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HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR QUESTION The House Clinic service is free to all Homes & Gardens subscribers. There is a £12 fee per query for non-subscribers, who must send their query and payment by post. EMAIL Subscribers, send your query, subscriber number and address to firstname.lastname@example.org. POST Send your query, subscriber number or payment and an SAE to Homes & Gardens, 161 Marsh Wall, London E14 9AP. Please make cheques/postal orders payable to Time Inc (UK). We are unable to answer more than one question per reader each month. Celia Rufey can also help you create an individual design for any room in your home, with ideas for colours, fabrics, paint, wallcoverings and flooring. For full details, visit our Facebook page at bit.ly/2e5tpsu.
WHICH CONTEMPORARY CHAIRS WILL SIT WELL WITH AN ANTIQUE TABLE? I’ve inherited a 17th-century country oak table. Its style is simple but as it will be in an open-plan living space, I don’t want antique dining chairs. Can you suggest any options? C McD, Coggeshall, Essex. Choose chairs with a strong design status to complement the quality of the table. I spoke to Ruth Aram, whose contemporary furniture shop, Aram, 020 7557 7557, aram.co.uk, often fields similar requests and sells the options shown. Colour can be an asset, she says, and points to the CH88 chair (top) designed by Hans J Wegner in 1955; in wood or coloured lacquer, it starts at £343. The Steelwood chair, £457, designed by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec in 2008 has a painted steel frame with seat and legs painted (second from top) or in wood (left). Its mix of materials will bring a modern industrial feel to the setting, Ruth says. There’s also Mart Stam’s cantilevered S43 chair of 1926 (third from top), from £316. With the new option of a coloured lacquered frame, it can soften the heaviness of a large wooden table.
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A TABLE in VENICE Sharing her love of food and entertaining, Skye McAlpine invites us into her kitchen for a taste of the dishes that mean the most to her RE C IP E S A ND P H OTO G RA P H S S KYE M C A L P INE
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COURGETTE, PECORINO AND MINT FRITTATA Serves 6-8 as a sharing plate In my view, this should be served in the pan, cut into chunks and eaten with your fingers. It is true sharing food. 2 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, sliced Sea salt 3 courgettes, thinly sliced
8 eggs 100g pecorino, grated 3 sprigs mint leaves, finely chopped
Q Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan. Add
the onion and a generous pinch of salt and cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes, until the onion begins to turn translucent. Add the courgettes and cook, stirring, over a medium heat for 3-5 minutes, until they colour a little. Remove the pan from the heat. Q Lightly beat the eggs in a large bowl. Stir in the cheese and mint, and add a little salt if you like. Tip in the vegetables and stir well, then pour the mixture back into the pan. Q Cook the frittata over a low-medium heat for 5-7 minutes, until golden underneath, then ﬂip over. I ﬁnd this easiest to do by turning it out onto a plate and then gently nudging it back into the pan. Q Cover the pan and cook for 5 minutes or so, until the frittata is golden underneath and just set in the centre. Slice and serve while still warm or at room temperature.
ROAST SEA BREAM WITH FIGS AND ALMONDS Serves 4 as a main course I like to bring this dish to the table whole, to be enjoyed with the eyes before tucking in. Accompany with a good crisp salad.
It’s the small details that make a meal special. The luxury of a crisp linen napkin; a white tablecloth (or even a white cotton sheet) to hide the sins of a hardworking kitchen table; mixing your friends a cocktail (something easy, like a bellini or spritz) when they walk through the door – simple touches such as these make dinner feel like a party. I’m not one for formal table settings and decorations. I like a table that is laden with food – lots of food, cooked by you, of course, in generous dishes and casually presented so everyone can help themselves. Also beautiful loaves of bakery fresh bread (sourdough, ciabatta or baguette), piled high, directly on the table. And heaps of fruit, arranged higgledy-piggledy in whatever serving dishes you might have to hand, from soup bowls to cake stands. Cheaper than flowers, this looks colourful and opulent – and after dinner you can eat the decorations. As to what to cook: keep it simple, too. Choose dishes you can largely make ahead or pop in the oven and leave to care for themselves (such as roasts and pasta bakes), so you can enjoy the company of your friends, and they can enjoy yours. If you’re making things last minute, go with something easy and intuitive, say salad or pasta, and coerce your guests into helping you chop and stir over a glass of wine. That’s quite fun, too.
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4 sea bream, cleaned and gutted Sea salt 10 dried figs, stalks removed, quartered 80g black olives,
stoned 20g almonds, chopped 50ml white wine 50ml olive oil Few sprigs rosemary
Q Heat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Wash
the ﬁsh under cold running water, pat them dry on kitchen paper and lay them in a roasting tin. Carefully pat dry their insides too, then rub the insides with a little salt. Q Scatter the ﬁgs, olives and almonds over and around the ﬁsh. Drizzle over the wine and oil. Add the rosemary, torn into pieces. Q Roast for 30 minutes, until the ﬁsh is cooked; the ﬂesh should be opaque and part easily from the bone when you insert a small knife. Serve immediately.
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ARTICHOKE, BROAD BEAN, FARRO AND MINT SALAD Serves 4-6 Summer days on Lido in the Venice lagoon are all about the picnic lunch. This recipe is a slightly sophisticated twist on classic cold rice salad, made with farro, which has a nutty flavour and lovely, crunchy texture, and ricotta salata, which is firmer than ricotta. 200g pearled farro 8-10 baby artichokes (or tinned artichoke hearts) Juice of 1 lemon and grated zest of Â˝ lemon 5 tbsp olive oil 120ml white wine
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450g shelled broad beans Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Leaves of 1 small bunch mint, whole or chopped, if preferred 120g ricotta salata
Q Put the farro in a large saucepan, cover
with plenty of water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 20-25 minutes, until al dente, then drain and transfer to a large bowl. Q To prepare the artichokes, tear off the tough outer leaves and trim the spiky tops. Put the artichokes in a bowl of cold water with half the lemon juice as you go, to prevent browning. Cut into quarters. Q Heat 3 tablespoons of the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the artichokes and turn to coat in oil. Pour in the wine, reduce the heat and cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes, until the
artichokes are tender. Add the broad beans and cook for 5-7 minutes, until tender. (If using tinned artichokes, simmer the wine in the pan for 1 minute, then add the broad beans and simmer for 3 minutes; add the drained and quartered artichokes with 3 tablespoons oil and cook for 1 minute to heat through.) Q Season the artichokes and beans with salt and pepper, then add the remaining lemon juice and the lemon zest. Stir into the farro. Q Dress the salad with the remaining oil and season. Toss in the mint, then crumble or chop the ricotta and scatter over the top.
FENNEL SEED AND CANDIED PEEL YOGURT CAKE Serves 8 This Italian breakfast staple is also wonderful drizzled with icing for afternoon tea. It’s delectably light and not too sweet. A little butter, for greasing 3 large eggs 100g caster sugar 135g plain yogurt 50ml olive oil Pinch of salt 280g self-raising flour 1 tsp baking powder 60g candied peel, finely chopped 2 tsp fennel seeds
For the icing (optional) 200g icing sugar 1 tbsp orange blossom water 1 tsp fennel seeds
Q Heat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Butter
a 1-litre bundt tin or 20cm springform cake tin. Put the eggs and sugar in a large bowl and beat vigorously for 3-5 minutes using a hand-held electric mixer (or a little longer by hand), until pale and ﬂu≠y. Q Stir in the yogurt, oil and salt. Sift in the ﬂour and baking powder, then fold in. Gently fold in the peel and fennel seeds. Pour the batter into the tin; it should be about two-thirds full. Q Bake for 25-35 minutes, until the cake is lightly golden and a knife or skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean; the top should spring back if gently pressed with your ﬁnger. Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then turn out on a wire rack to cool completely. Q To make the icing, sift the icing sugar into a small bowl and slowly add the orange water, stirring to prevent lumps. It should have the consistency of runny honey. Add a little cold water if it seems too sti≠, or a touch more icing sugar if too thin. Drizzle the icing over the cake and sprinkle with fennel seeds.
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CHOCOLATE BIRTHDAY CAKE Serves 12-15 My mother made this cake for my birthday every year, and now I make it for my son and husband. It’s ﬂourless, so it is rich and dense, halfway to a mousse. The cake keeps very well in the fridge, un-iced, so you can make it up to ﬁve days in advance. 600g dark chocolate, chopped 600g salted butter, diced 12 large eggs, separated 600g caster sugar
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For the icing
Q Heat the oven to 140°C, gas mark 1. Remove
300g salted butter, softened 450g icing sugar 500g mascarpone, at room temperature A few fresh flowers or berries, to decorate
any oven racks above the shelf where you’ll put the tins, as the cakes rise hugely. Line the base and sides of two 24cm springform cake tins with baking parchment. Q Put the chocolate and butter in a large heatproof bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water, making sure the water doesn’t touch the base of the bowl. Leave until melted, stirring every now and then. Q Beat the egg whites in a large, clean bowl with a hand-held electric mixer on a lowmedium speed until they begin to froth. Increase the speed to high and add half the sugar, a tablespoon at a time, until the whites are glossy and form sti≠ peaks. Q Put the egg yolks in a separate bowl with the remaining sugar and whisk until pale and creamy. Gently fold in the egg whites, then the melted chocolate mixture. Divide the
batter between the tins and bake for 1 hour 20 minutes, until the cakes feel ﬁrm and don’t wobble when jiggled. Leave the cakes in the tins to cool, then store in the fridge, in the tins, for at least 2 hours, ideally overnight. Q To make the icing, beat the butter with a hand-held electric mixer until light and ﬂu≠y, then sift in half the icing sugar and beat well. Sift in the remaining icing sugar and beat until smooth. Beat in the mascarpone until just combined, taking care not to overbeat or the mixture will begin to look curdled. Q Carefully remove one cake from the tin and place on a plate or cake stand. Use a large bread knife to trim the top level. Spread half the icing over it, then sandwich together with the second cake. Trim the top level, then spread with the remaining icing. Decorate with fresh ﬂowers or berries as you like.
PEACHES POACHED IN AMARETTO SYRUP Serves 6 Choose peaches that are a bit underripe so they’ll hold their shape while cooking. Serve them chilled, swimming in syrup, with mascarpone or vanilla ice cream. 650ml water 300ml amaretto liqueur
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