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VINTAGE: THEN, NOW, FOREVER This country-style favourite gets a summer update with an old-meets-new twist

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PACK-UP-AND-GO PICKS! The best picnic buys to ensure a stylish outdoor feast

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LET’S TALK RATTAN Woven pieces that work wonders in a modern country home

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JULY The things we can’t live without

HAMPSHIRE COTTAGE A house that had been split in two is now a unified, light-filled home with a cohesive neutral palette

SURREY OAK-FRAMED HOUSE The view of the South Downs was enough to seal the deal on this country property

OXFORDSHIRE VILLAGE HOUSE For a downsizing couple a former schoolhouse in a rural location is the perfect fit

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OUR FAVOURITE SHOP Visit Helen Round’s store in Cornwall for a range of beautiful handmade linens

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Things I’ve seen, done and loved this month

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The ‘old meets new’ ethos of country life and style continues to reinvent and thrive. Our history and heritage very much inspire the type of period property we dream of living in – Georgie Jones’ 300-year-old Hampshire cottage (page 32) is the perfect example. But, equally, the new generation of country women are stamping their style on the clean lines of more recent buildings, as Vanessa Roberts’ stunning remodelled 1950s house in Kent shows (page 22). Whether their property is aged or mid-century, the owners have each styled their home with an of-the-moment country look that’s right for them. Modern interpretations of classic vintage are also in vogue this summer. Turn to page 60 to see how age-old armoires, chandeliers and bedsteads have been refreshed with contemporary, cross-culture pieces. It’s this sense of moving between past and present that I loved when we went to interview both circus owner Nell Gifford (page 78) and designer and entrepreneur India Hicks (page 154). These free-spirited women share a real feeling of nostalgia about their magical childhoods growing up in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, respectively, and reveal how their country upbringings have informed their family lives today. Circle-of-life reading!

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Decorating inside and out with joyful jars of posies dotted all around. Rose & Fern hand-block fabric, £324m, Jean Monro. Pink glass, £7, Creative Tops. Vases, all vintage. Crate, from a selection, Packhouse. Flowers, Buckets of Blooms.

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Flattering silhouettes on warm days. Coach house dress, col Jetty, £70; Tranquil scarf, £30; Palmaira sandals, £48, all Seasalt.

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Creating a cosy atmosphere outdoors with friends and family as the sun goes down… Idbury cast-iron fire pit, £85, Garden Trading.

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Cooking up a storm with pretty tableware in the outdoor kitchen. Vanessa cup; Hope cup, £12 each; Vanessa side plate, £12; Hope dinner plate, £17; Vanessa tea towel, £7; acrylic jug, £24, all Greengate.

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Updating the summer wardrobe with luxurious drapes of pattern. Scarves, from £18 each, Valleys to Headlands Collection at National Trust Shop.


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ELECTRIFY YOUR INTERIORS WITH A VIBRANT SPLASH OF COBALT BLUE, ON BOLD PLAINS, DESTINATION-INSPIRED PATTERNS AND COLOUR-BLOCK WALLS

Fabrics (clockwise, from top left): 1 Walking in Heather, col Sky, £54m, Pippa Blacker Interiors. 2 Chiltern faux silk, col Bel Air, £24m, James Hare. 3 Gingham, col Dark Blue, £139m, Gainsborough. 4 Manila linen, col Blue, £57m, Sanderson at Style Library. 5 Floral dots, col French Blue, £42m, Charlotte Macey. 6 Ivy Rose, col Jay Blue, £52m, Susie Hetherington. 7 Papavera plains, col Palace, £28m, Sanderson. Beau Rivage wallpaper, col Blue/Indigo, £65 a roll, Nina Campbell. Trimmings (from top): 1 Swiss velvet piping, col Cobalt, £14m; 2 Printemps brush fringe, col Mykonos Blue, £48m, both Samuel & Sons. Paint (from left): 1 Lhasa; 2 Firework, both £32 for 2.5L matt emulsion, Graham & Brown. Country Homes & Interiors

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Pair floral linens with fresh plants and pretty flowers

Make a statement in the kitchen with an Aga in one of the gorgeous new coastal shades, like this one inspired by the colour of the sea around the idyllic harbour town of Salcombe, in Devon. This three-oven Dual Control costs from £11,020.

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FEATURE VIVIENNE AYERS PHOTOGRAPH (BRING IN BOTANICALS) A BY AMARA, AMARA.COM

Olive + Daisy Louise Schofield lives and works on the edge of the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds. Using her passion for sewing, she started off making soft furnishings and accessories, which developed into designing her own prints and then launching her brand, Olive + Daisy in Mini 2015. She now Anoushka makes and sells linen, £54m. many printed linens and What makes home textiles Josephine make-up your designs using the so special? I’ve bag, £16.95. vintage sewing learnt a lot since machines in her the business started and workshop, as well as love that my fabrics are so co-ordinating wallpaper eclectic. I would like to think and lampshades. my use of colour has been honed, especially in my latest What inspires you? The design, Ophelia, which has great outdoors, walks with a soft and feminine palette. my gorgeous Labradors, What do you love most Olive, Daisy and Wilfie, and about what you do? my travels around the world. The diversity. Whether How long does it take you I’m designing, sewing or to produce a design? Some tackling the paperwork, designs are quick to evolve, no two days are the same. coming from an initial drawing What’s next? I am currently or photo and then being working on a new Labrador translated into a woodblock design – it’s something a print or linocut. Others take little different, which I can’t a lot longer – I tend to pin wait to share! those ones up so that I can Olive + tweak details until I’m happy. Daisy, Once I have the design, it’s 07447 sent to my printers who create 628186 a digital format ready for oliveand colour and fabric sampling, daisy.co.uk. which takes four to six weeks.

Priory bedlinen, from £20; silk cushions, £30 each; table, £120; Beeston throw, £140, all A by Amara.

Bring in botanicals Give your bedroom a little summer update with these lovely pieces from the A by Amara Greenhouse collection. This beautiful, soft-hued bedroom is inspired by an English country garden and features timeless botanical-print bedlinen in a calming palette, with hints of sage and lavender. Team with blush pinks for a sophisticated touch and layer with textured throws and light blankets for a modern take on a traditionally feminine scheme.

PERFECT H I D E AWAY Store summer essentials in style with the Brittany hallway bench, coat, hook and shoe storage unit in white, H180xW96xD34cm, £89, Noa & Nani. Made from gorgeous solid pine, the unit has space to hang up jackets and hats and a storage drawer for sandals and canvas shoes. Plus, the bench comes in handy when tying laces.

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Garden notes GET DEADHEADING To keep bedding plants in fine fettle and encourage more flowers, you’ll need to deadhead. Make light work of it with the handy Hip Trug, which clips to a belt or pocket and leaves hands free for deadheading or fruit picking. Slip it quickly out of its neoprene sleeve to empty. In two sizes: 1.5L, £9.95, and 3L, £12.95, both from Harrod Horticultural.

The wider the variety of plants, the more butterlies

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Plant for butterflies

We asked the influential landscape designer and author Piet Oudolf about his first installation at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show this July. What encouraged you to take part? The Royal Horticultural Society asked me to create an installation that reflects my naturalistic planting style. The beautiful venue appealed to me, and I hope to inspire people with my ideas. What will your garden look like? It is a planting scheme that involves approximately 35 perennial plants and grasses. The design allows the visitor to walk through it and look at the plants in more detail. I’ve chosen plants that offer structure or strong flowers. There is no colour theme, so reds, oranges, yellows, and blues will mingle. 14

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What do you hope visitors will learn from it? I hope that they will admire the less traditional, more spontaneous planting style and feel compelled to try this in their gardens. Many gardeners are unsure about ornamental grasses, but this scheme will demonstrate the very different and more relaxed effects they can create. Can you pick three plants in the scheme to suit the country gardener? All the plants are easy to grow. The installation will feature echinacea, eryngium and the ornamental grass Stipa barbata, which reaches about 80cm in height and shimmers in the breeze. RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, 3-8 July. For tickets, rhs.org.uk.

Everyone loves to see butterlies dancing above their borders, adding movement and colour as they pollinate plants. To attract them, plant a sheltered, south-facing bed with Echinacea purpurea (above), Verbena bonariensis, buddleias and Sedum ‘Purple Emperor’. Place a few lat stones in sunny borders for butterlies to sunbathe on. Expect to see the Peacock (above), and the orange and brown Comma with its almost ragged appearance, which often feeds on fallen fruit as well as lowers. If you’re lucky, the attractive Holly Blue will lutter down for lunch as well.

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Get into these dungarees when tending your borders this summer. With plenty of handy pockets including two to slip knee pads into (available separately), the heavy cotton twill in stretch denim is comfortable and hard-wearing. Designed by Garden Girl clothing founder Petra Maison, who has combined her loves of fashion and gardening to create practical yet good-looking gardening-wear for women, they cost £69.95 a pair.

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Try serving this ice cream with grilled peaches

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Former chefs Allan Miller and Sue Drane started growing micro cress in 2010 after spotting the need for a more consistent product. Starting in their own greenhouse and supplying the restaurant they worked in, Nurtured in Norfolk now sends micro cress, micro herbs, edible flowers, baby, micro and sea veg and mint tips all around the UK, and to Michelin-starred restaurants. What’s so special about what you grow? Our products are petite and delicate but bursting with intense flavour, texture and nutrients. Which is your favourite? Edible flowers, because, regardless of the weather, we can guarantee colour in our greenhouses! When do you harvest? We cut our produce daily and all year round. Most varieties reach their peak in terms of vitamin and mineral content at around 8-10cm. Any tips for using these in food? Chefs use our products not only as a garnish but for extra flavour. We love seeing them infused into oils or used for sorbets, soups and stock.

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What might we not know about micro greens? It’s been proven that the antioxidant levels in micro cress are 10 times higher than in the adult plant. What’s the best thing about running your business? As former chefs, we greatly appreciate our feedback from hard-working chefs. What do you love about being based where you are? In our opinion, Norfolk is the best place to live, with lovely scenery, plus independent restaurants and cafés. Which three words sum up your company? Quality, perfection, flavour. Nurtured In Norfolk, 01362 697181, nurtured innorfolk. co.uk.

We love this delicious dessert from Daylesford. Combine 375ml each of milk and double cream and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and stir in 10g dried camomile lowers. Infuse for 30 mins. Lightly whisk 5 egg yolks, 50g caster sugar, a pinch of salt and 1 tsp lemon zest. Strain the milk and cream into a pan, discarding the camomile. Stir in 50ml runny honey and return to the heat, bringing to a light simmer. Pour onto yolks, whisking, then return to the pan on a low heat, stirring continuously, until thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon. Pour into a bowl and chill. Churn in an ice-cream maker for 15-20 mins to soft-scoop consistency. Stir through 50g honeycomb, broken into pieces.

T H E CO M P L E T E CO N D I M E N T Wiltshire-based Tracklements has been making English mustards since the 1970s, and its latest launch packs a real punch. The new Special Edition Hot Mustard Ketchup mixes spices with the tang of mustard and a powerful pinch of cayenne pepper – great on hot dogs or barbecued burgers. Use it as a marinade base for chicken or pork to add heat and flavour. £3.40 for 230ml, tracklements.co.uk. Country Homes & Interiors

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OUT AND ABOUT

Pick up everything from tea towels and tote bags to Aga tops and iPad cases, all handmade using pure linen.

Visit Helen at her new studio and shop on the Mount Edgcumbe Country Park Estate in Cornwall.

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Helen Round DISCOVER BEAUTIFUL HANDMADE LINEN HOMEWARE INSPIRED BY THE LOCAL LANDSCAPE

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opportunity to have a shop with an adjoining studio, so visitors can both see us at work and view our collections in the shop. WHAT’S YOUR SHOP STYLE? We’ve gone for a modern design with an organic feel, using natural materials, such as charcoal slate for the floor and beautiful ply for the cabinets, to complement our wares. WHAT DO YOU SELL? We use traditional hand-printing techniques and high-quality linen to make a range of lampshades and cushions, Aga tops, aprons and more, in designs inspired by Cornwall. HOW IS YOUR SHOP DIFFERENT?

The shop has been designed by local interior designer Kate Gale and uses clever ideas to maximise display space while also carefully

considering storage, such as suspending shelves from the ceiling beams using stainless steel cables, to avoid drilling into the listed walls. DO YOU SELL OTHER PRODUCTS APART FROM YOUR OWN? We have

a guest maker programme and are working closely with Plymouth College of Art to showcase exciting works from their design students. WHO VISITS YOUR SHOP? We’re at the start of the Cornish Coastal Path so we get a lot of walkers, as well as those who want to view the whole collection and ‘feel’ the linen – something that you just can’t do when you shop with us online. Helen Round, The Barrow Centre, Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, Cremyll, Cornwall PL10 1HZ, 07762 250485, helenround.com.

FEATURE VIVIENNE AYERS

Designer Helen Round creates beautiful hand-printed linen homeware and accessories, with designs inspired by the Cornish coast and countryside. In March she opened her first shop in a listed, converted stable block on the Mount Edgcumbe Country Park Estate in Cornwall. The shop is part of a collection of studios for local artisans and makers that surround the cobbled courtyard. We asked Helen to tell us more…


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A room to enjoy the morning sun IN OUR ONGOING SERIES, WE SELECT SIMPLE COUNTRY-STYLE HERO DESIGNS THAT LOOK BEAUTIFUL… AND FEEL EVEN BETTER

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Choose shades of green for furniture, textiles and accessories to allow the garden feel to flow from the outside in.

Chairs, Pimpernel & Partners. Covered in Hortensia 23, £41.50m, Swaffer; Poulton Stripe L-261, £110m, Fermoie.

NEXT MONTH A FIRE PIT TO EXTEND THE EVENINGS

A garden room has always been a ‘must have’ on the country home wish list. It’s a space that traps the first rays of the day, warms the body and relaxes the mind. Whatever the forecast, this room blurs the lines between inside and outside and has lasting, year-round pleasure. WHAT’S THE STORY? The origins of a sunroom date back to the late-Tudor times when wealthy landowners sought to ripen their homegrown, Mediterranean fruits in warm, glazed spaces. Later, orangeries and conservatories became popular with the Victorians as the interest in exotics and plant collections grew. By the late 20th century smaller glasshouses were common with the invention of single, less expensive glazing and were added to modest and large homes alike. WHICH STYLE TO CHOOSE With stronger, self-cleaning glass available, garden rooms now come in both multi-paned, period styles and contemporary, broad-glazed options. If designing from scratch, choose a timeless style to accentuate your property’s architectural character. Go for wood or metal structures that will age well and incorporate brickwork or panelling for a more homely feel. STYLE IT UP For a classic country look, arrange stylish upholstered armchairs and side tables. Employ window sills as extra space to display fresh flowers and plants. Think about curtains, voiles or shutters for sun screening, and choose soft white shades to avoid too much glare. Opt for a similar flooring finish to your patio to blend outdoor and indoor living spaces seamlessly. Country Homes & Interiors

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Poise and pattern VANESSA ROBERTS USED HER CREATIVE FLAIR TO TURN A 1950s HOUSE INTO AN ATTRACTIVE NEW ENGLAND-STYLE HOME

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Kitchen A white palette creates a calm place to cook and eat. Shaker-style cabinets, English Rose.

Hallway Modern touches complement classic country panelling. Mirror, Wayfair. Chair, Made.com. Botanical prints blur the lines between inside and out. Cushion, Rosie & Dolly.

Sitting area A happy clash of pattern and layers of colour add interest to neutral seating. Sofa, armchair (by windows), Laura Ashley. Sofa, Sofa.com. Armchair, John Lewis.

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Dining area (Also opposite) A bold tropical print in a soothing shade of green makes an eyecatching feature. Wallpaper, Cole & Son. Table, lamps, mirror, all Ardingly Antiques Fair. Cabinet, Julien Austin Giles. Green jug, Zara Home. Glassware, Neptune.

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What makes this house a home… ‘Each room is filled with things we have collected over the years, which remind us of the children growing up and our travels as a family’ »


Library An on-trend velvet sofa adds a touch of luxury. The bookcase and glass table are both family heirlooms. Teal sofa, Wayfair. Cream sofa, Sofa.com. Lamp, Pooky. Rug, Ralph Lauren. Shutters, Southern Shutters.


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A chance stop en route to view another property led Vanessa Roberts and her husband, Chris, to ind their present home. Although initially underwhelmed by its charmless exterior, once inside, the couple recognised the house’s potential to become a lexible family home and were excited by all the possibilities. ‘We started looking to move out of London about 10 years ago,’ says Vanessa. ‘Our children needed more space and we felt conined by city living.’ Chris had grown up in Surrey and the couple could see the attraction in being surrounded by countryside. Unfortunately the property market was at a low when they began their search, choice was limited and the period houses that Vanessa dreamt of were few and far between. ‘We just popped by this place. We thought it really was the ugliest house on the street, with a very unlattering front,’ says Vanessa. ‘But as soon as we opened the front door and saw all the space and the garden beyond, we knew that it was the one for us.’ With a spacious plot, room for a family to grow and a conservatory already added to the property’s footprint, Vanessa was able to see past the poor decor and limiting room conigurations. ‘Exterior changes aside, we knew we wanted to keep the structure and to create a light, open-plan family space that would include the kitchen, dining room and living area.’ Vanessa hired local architectural designers Back to Front after being impressed by their sensitive and lexible approach to home remodelling. Keeping the couple’s wish list in mind, they advised on applying correct detailing and classic proportions. ‘My favourite period buildings are those from the Georgian era, but that would never have worked with this house,’ says Vanessa. ‘So, with the designers’ help, we decided to go down a more New England-style route that would work with the original 1950s structure.’ By introducing a new glass extension, changing the roof line and tiling inish, and installing an attractive new hallway window and decorative porch, they achieved a more pared-back, symmetrical style for the exterior. When it came to the interior, Vanessa was conident enough to introduce bursts of colour and to mix exotic wallpaper and geometric textiles. She blended new purchases with vintage inds and family heirlooms that she had accumulated over many years. ‘I grew up in very light and airy homes with a mix of antiques and new pieces,’ says Vanessa. Family rooms and busier social spaces have been given a relaxed feel with a mix of furniture styles and layers of patterned textiles, cushions and throws, while a chic library room takes pride of place as Vanessa’s real show-stopper space. ‘I’m really pleased with what we’ve achieved and glad we had the conidence to go for it,’ says Vanessa. ‘The look, the light, the garden views, even how we live in the space – all the changes have been completely for the better. This house has become the model home that we’d dreamt of for years.’ ☎ Back to Front, 01252 820984, backtofrontexteriordesign.com.

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AT HOME WITH... Owners Vanessa Roberts, owner of Maud Vaughan (maudvaughan.co.uk), an online vintage homewares company, and her husband, Chris, who works in finance. They have two children, Zoe, 14, and Charlie, 12, and a Working Cocker Spaniel, Paddy.

House A remodelled 1950s house with a new rear extension and front elevation. It has an open-plan living area and five bedrooms. The family moved here in March 2009.

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ON OUR D O O R S T E P. . . Visit… ‘RHS Garden Wisley, (01483 224234, rhs.org.uk/ gardens/wisley) for year-round workshops. Or Box Hill (nationaltrust.org.uk/box-hill) for fabulous walks and views.’

Shop at… ‘Cullenders Delicatessen & Kitchen (01737 240800, cullenders.com) in Reigate. They sell fine foods, drinks and premium pantry fares including preserves, condiments, cheeses and wine from a shop-cum-café and mini catering emporium.’ Go for a meal at… ‘The Skimmington Castle (01737 243100, skimmingtoncastle. co.uk) in Reigate. A traditional, dog-friendly pub with cosy inglenooks and pretty terraces, where you can enjoy real ales and home-cooked meals.’

Main bedroom Hand-medown furniture and antique finds work together in this vintage-chic scheme. Sleigh bed, And So To Bed. Bedside cabinet, Maud Vaughan.


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Vanessa mixes botanical patterns with antique finds. Wallpaper, Cole & Son.

Buttoning on the headboard adds sophistication. Headboard, Laura Ashley. Shed painted in Pigeon by Farrow & Ball.

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Bathroom Lush plants

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make the space feel fresh and invigorating. Table, Ardingly Antiques Fair. Bath, Ripples.

‘We have so many walks on our doorstep and the countryside is so close, yet we are within easy reach of London’

Guest bedroom Muted paint tones create an elegant scheme. Walls, painted in Ammonite by Farrow & Ball. Bedside cabinets, Talbot House.

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Vanessa’s dining area Enjoy a sophisticated tropical look with a classic palm leaf design, complemented by weathered wood.

Cast a relaxing glow with this distressed, stone-effect, rustic urn design. Stone table lamp, H41x Dia31cm, £75, Cox & Cox.

This table-top foliage will have everyone fooled! Faux bracken fern in concrete pot, H42cm, £25, Design Vintage.

With understated details inspired by Shaker design, this modern classic finds beauty through utility. Suffolk 4ft contemporary dresser, H209xW129xD50cm, col French Grey, £2,736, Neptune.

Emulate traditional limestone tiles with stone-effect flooring. Cavendish Buff Porcelain tiles, from £30sq m, Mandarin Stone.

Vanessa’s style secret Opt for an old-mixed-with-new approach for homely appeal within a modern setting.

Sit down to family dinners in contemporary style with this Nordic-inspired beauty. Thelma dining chair, H86xW49xD54cm, col Oak and White, £149 for 2, Made.com.

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design and use sparingly. Bold botanical and floral designs look wonderful in larger areas; team with generously proportioned furniture featuring simple lines and a neutral palette to balance your scheme.

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•Murals Wallpaper for stunning imagery and super-size scales. •Graham & Brown for rescaled archive designs. •Harlequin for bold hues and motifs on digital-print panels.

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The art of elegance GEORGIE JONES TRANSFORMED A HOUSE THAT HAD BEEN SPLIT IN TWO, INTO A UNIFIED, LIGHT-FILLED FAMILY HOME, PERFECT FOR ENTERTAINING

Dining area Painted furniture and a neutral palette create a restful feel. Table and chairs, John Lewis. Florence console table, Amazon. Armchair, Next.


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House The pretty flint-and-brick property overlooks a beautiful walled garden. Seville armchairs, The Garden Furniture Centre.

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Bar area Industrial-style stools add a modern touch. Bar stools, French Connection. Framed prints, Oka.

Georgie and Laurence Jones were living in London

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House A six-bedroom flint-and brick house, dating back 300 years and extended 200 years ago. The family moved here in 2016.

but dreamt of moving to the countryside to raise their children. ‘We had a small house, an expanding family and a dog!’ says Georgie. ‘We needed more space.’ They went to lunch with their friends, interior designer Annabelle Holland and her husband, Anthony, at their home in Hampshire. ‘We were talking about our plans to move to the countryside and they encouraged us to relocate near them,’ says Georgie. ‘By chance, they knew of a house for sale and so we went to view it. ‘Our first impression was how pretty the exterior was. I loved the atmosphere inside, too – it felt so calm and the walled garden was ideal for the children.’ The downside was that the house needed some work doing as it had been split in two and converted back into a single house several times over the years. In its current incarnation it was whole, but there were two of everything – including two kitchens. The house didn’t flow well either: one side had neutral wallpaper and carpets, whereas the other side was brightly painted with wooden floors. Despite the work involved, Georgie and Laurence could see the property’s potential. ‘We wanted to make everything neutral to create a nice flow and a calm feel, and knock through some of the walls to give us larger spaces. We also had to work out which kitchen we were

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What makes this house a home… ‘It has a sense of calm that you feel as soon as you walk in’

Kitchen A dark grey island brings depth to the neutral scheme. Georgie painted the existing cabinets in Limestone by Little Greene. Island, painted in Railings by Farrow & Ball. Stools, John Lewis. Dresser, Amazon. Range cooker (above left), Aga.


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Garden room Large windows on two sides flood this space with light. L-shaped sofa, Loaf. Rug, West Elm. Coffee table, Rockett St George. Console table, Swoon.

going to keep!’ The couple enlisted Annabelle’s expertise – she organised the layout and gave advice on the decorating schemes. ‘I wanted lots of light and larger rooms so Annabelle’s team of builders knocked through walls and changed the positions of some of the doors so that the house worked better,’ says Georgie. The family chose to keep the kitchen that was at the heart of the house and update it with a fresh coat of paint, opting for contrasting colours for the cabinets and island. The other kitchen was then transformed into a sunny garden room with a bar. ‘Laurence had always wanted a bar,’ says Georgie. ‘Now, whenever friends and family come round we all relax here after dinner – it’s a great entertaining space.’ A neutral colour palette has helped the house to flow. ‘I wanted a fresh feel throughout with just a little colour in each room for depth. The garden room is the exception – it has grey walls, as it’s such a light room it can carry the colour. I was aiming for the interior to be modern country and not too cluttered,’ says Georgie. ‘Annabelle was brilliant at putting together the colour palettes, finding the perfect furniture and adding texture and interest with soft furnishings. She was great to work with and really helped to make my vision a reality.’ The move also proved the perfect excuse to buy some new furniture. ‘We were keen to invest in some beautiful

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Mirrored furniture lends an air of sophistication. Armchairs, Rowen & Wren. Cushions, Pepper and Ink. Table, rug, West Elm. Console tables, Amazon. Artwork, Loaf.


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Living room (Also left) Pink accents introduce a summery element. Sofas, Camerich. Cushions, Pepper and Ink. Upholstered table, La Residence Interiors. Rug, West Elm. Art, Nadia Waterfield Fine Art. Walls, painted in Slaked Lime Mid by Little Greene.


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Star stickers add personality to plain walls. Bed, similar from John Lewis. Bedcover, lamp, The White Company. Stool, The Range.

pieces as the furniture we had previously was either from Ikea or inherited. We wanted designs that fitted the space and the colour schemes, and a lot of our old furniture just didn’t work. We also used Nadia Waterfield Fine Art’s consultancy service to find some key pieces of art to make the house feel like a home.’ It was important for Georgie and Laurence that the house didn’t become a show home. ‘We wanted to match the practical needs of having young children and a dog, while ensuring a stylish and sophisticated atmosphere. We are fortunate to be able to dedicate areas to the children’s needs so other parts of the property can be more formal.’ The family love to entertain so the extra space has proved a real bonus. ‘Having the room to host is fabulous – whether it’s lazy Sundays by the fire, evenings in the garden room or summer lunches in the garden. Each space provides a different atmosphere that our friends and family can share with us.’ The house has proved to be a resounding success. ‘We’re really pleased with it. It’s much easier having space – things aren’t jammed under the bed any more!’ ☎ Annabelle Holland, 020 3397 1964, annabelleholland.com. 38

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Main bedroom A soothing palette of neutrals creates an easy-on-the-eye scheme. Bed, bedside tables, Amazon. Bedcover, The White Company.

Playroom Georgie has created a stylish space for the children to play in. Wigwam, Rowen & Wren. Car, The White Company. Basket, George Clark.

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O N O U R D O O R S T E P. . . Visit… ‘Danebury Hill – we love to walk our dog here and enjoy the fantastic views.’

Shop at… ‘George Clark (01264 811044, georgeclarkstockbridge.co.uk) in Stockbridge. It has an incredible selection of gorgeous lamps, homewares and fabric.’

Go for a meal at… ‘The Peat Spade Inn (01264 810612, peatspadeinn.co.uk) in Longstock. It’s a great, cosy, traditional pub in a lovely little town.’

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Georgie’s terrace Linger longer on a versatile, double-sided scatter cushion. Links indoor/outdoor pillow, 51cm sq, col Navy, £61, Dash & Albert Europe.

Transport wood from log store to fire pit with a sturdy woven carrier. Large Kubu rattan log basket, H52xW40cm, £49, Barker and Stonehouse.

Extend the living room outside with a comfortable and sociable seating arrangement, made extra cosy with pattern-punching cushions.

Bring architectural interest to your terrace with an elegant evergreen. Faux boxwood ball tree, H115xDia43cm, £312, Oka.

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Strong and sturdy with slatted wood details, this high-back seat will make a striking addition to your garden. Grigio 3-seater bench, H85xW152xD62cm, £295 (including seat pad), Houseology.

Arrange outdoor spaces as you would an indoor room by positioning benches symmetrically around a ire pit.

Lay textured slabs in your outdoor seating area for warmth and character. Bradstone natural sandstone paving, col Sunset Buff, £26sq m, Simply Paving.

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fire pits, either woodburning or lit by gas, are some of the most popular. Many suppliers also offer custom designed and built-in or in-ground options to cater for every size, shape and style preference imaginable.

Where to buy…

•Clifton for classically stylish British-made steel designs. •Primrose for large, portable or decorative options. •Elementi for new-concept, gas-powered ‘patio heaters’ in rustic and modern styles.

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As far as the eye can see FOR CLAIRE MERRIMAN, IT WAS THE AMAZING SOUTH DOWNS VIEWS THAT SEALED THE DEAL TO BUYING HER HOME, EVEN BEFORE SHEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;D SEEN INSIDE


SURREY OAK-FRAMED HOUSE Terrace The sloping grounds have beautiful views across to the South Downs. Dining room By choosing a circular table, Claire has created a sociable setting. Walls, painted in Stone IV by Paint & Paper Library. Table, Appel & Hardwick. Chairs, Oka. Consoles, Restoration Hardware, Appel & Hardwick. Pendant, Villaverde.

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Boot room This practical space has bespoke cabinetry and racks to store outdoor wear. Stone floor, Martin Moore.

The scheme features revived panelling and a secret door to a study beyond. Sofa, The Sofa Company. Cushions, made with Colefax and Fowler fabrics.

What we love most about living here… Party barn With indoor seating and a terrace, the party barn comes into its own in summer for easy outdoor entertaining. Cushions, Andrew Martin. Coffee table, Restoration Hardware.

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Kitchen Lighting plays a large part in Claire’s scheme with pendant, task and atmospheric styles. Lights, Porta Romana. Cabinets, worktop, stone floor, all Martin Moore. Range, Lacanche.

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House A five-bedroom mock Tudor oak-framed house.

of the list for Claire Merriman and her husband Rob when looking for their dream home was not the number of rooms, but what they could see from them. As the view was so important, the couple spent many a weekend poring over maps to find the most panoramic property. ‘We didn’t think we’d end up with everything we have today, with the gardens, estate, the pets and all the wildlife, including our herd of deer,’ says Claire. ‘It was a perfect, hot July day when we came to look around and, as we walked in the front door we could see the view from the open back door. We didn’t look at the rest of the house as we just knew.’ In its original state, the house had bags of character and the right proportions. However, the space didn’t work well for a family and the decor needed updating. ‘It needed a big spruce-up and, because it was a large, old house, it was draughty and costly to run. To make it work to modern standards, we worried we’d have to start all over again,’ says Claire. ‘Luckily, we found architects Back to Front who helped us redesign for our needs.’ Claire and her family lived in the property for a year or so to get to grips with what they liked and what needed changing. In order for the house to suit their growing family, they decided to incorporate the kitchen with the breakfast, dining and seating area and redesign the snug so it was a more sensible shape and could fit an extra bedroom above it. ‘We had to knock down part of the

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Main bedroom A gorgeous four-poster bed adds gravitas. Bed, The Four Poster Bed Company. Armchair, Hampton Court Interiors. Light, Appel & Hardwick. Walls, painted in Stone III, Paint & Paper Library. Throw, cushions, Oka.

exterior wall to do this,’ says Claire. ‘There was a single storey roof above the then TV room and the roof line cut into the porch, making it a really unimpressive entrance.’ This simple redesign gave Claire and Rob a chance to give poise and presence to the approach to the house and do justice to its setting. It took two years to finish the build and the decorating. ‘We had long delays, but it was a relief really as that gave us time to decide what style and finish we wanted,’ says Claire. ‘The extra time enabled me to do plenty of design research, meet the suppliers and see their work. We have a lot of bespoke items and character details and it was nice not to feel rushed when we were making decisions about these.’ Claire has kept the interior peaceful and calm, with shades that all adhere to the same pale honey-hued palette. ‘I designed the house not to feel too formal, with warmer, relaxing colours so people could feel comfortable,’ she says. ‘We’ve accumulated lots of things on our travels and this is the perfect backdrop for them.’ Happy with the way the house now looks, the garden has become the main focus. ‘Gardening is my big passion and we spend so much time outside all year round, but especially in the summer,’ says Claire. ‘As a family, we love exploring the views we can see from our home. We’re so lucky to have all this on our doorstep.’

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House The façade is now beautifully balanced with a graceful, lawned approach.


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What makes this house a home… ‘Our bits and pieces around the house. There’s a space for everyone, and everyone has his or her favourite chair, nook and cranny’

Main bathroom The double-ended bath has pride of place in this spectacular space. Bath, Fired Earth. Reclaimed stool, Designers Guild. Basin, Miscellanea. Country Homes & Interiors

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ON OUR D O O R S T E P. . . Visit… ‘Blackheath (woodlandtrust.org.uk) for walking. In the heart of the Surrey Hills, this child-friendly area features woods, sandy open spaces and gentle pathways to stroll along.’

Shop at… ‘The Packhouse (01252 781010, packhouse.com) in Farnham, which offers vintage, antique and one-off buys, plus fashion and gifts. With an on-site restaurant, it’s the perfect day out.’ Go for a meal at… ‘Positano

A garden pod sits in a shaded space with views across the landscaped terrace. Cushions, throws, Little White Box. Pod, similar from Notcutts.

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(01483 563277, positanorestaurant.co.uk) in Guildford, perfect for summery Italian food.’


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Claire’s dining room An ebony finish is a lovely contrast to a jazzy print. Otto lampbase, H33cm, col Black, with straight Empire shade, H21xDia30cm, col Pink block printed, £95, Pooky.

Add a pop of vivid colour with this cottage garden-inspired centrepiece. Peony artificial roses in mirror cube, H19x12cm sq, col Fuchsia, £50, John Lewis.

Create homely ambience in intimate spaces with layered lighting, combining tealight votives, atmospheric table lamps and a feature pendant.

Five Stone paints in the Architectural range are formulated using varying pigment strengths for subtle variations on interior walls – clever! Stone IV, £48.50 for 2.5L pure flat emulsion, Paint & Paper Library.

Claire’s style secret

Cast an atmospheric glow when entertaining, with distressed metallics. Glass votives, H6.5xDia5.5cm, col Rose Gold, £10.99 for 4, Originals UK at Wayfair.

Create a truly sociable dining area with a round table, encouraging lively conversation at mealtimes.

Handmade from powdered stone set in resin, this sculptural piece has a natural finish. Callanish dining table, H75xDia123cm, £1,825, Oka.

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Modern Country Classic Sphere candelabra Inspired by early astronomy’s armillary spheres, these orb-shaped pieces feature a hanging candelabra in a caged globe surround. Traditionally fashioned in a patina metal such as brass, copper or wrought iron with

a vintage-cum-industrial look, their eye-catching style lends a sophisticated and timeless feel to dining rooms and halls. Today’s designs experiment with sizes, shapes and finishes such as chrome and painted.

Where to buy...

•David Hunt for beautiful, British-made and bespoke. •The Lighting Company for rustic designs. •The Chandelier & Mirror Company for elegant shapes with a hint of luxury.

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A class act WHEN CAROLINE TAYLOR DOWNSIZED TO WHAT WAS ONCE A SCHOOLHOUSE, IT WAS THE IDEAL OPPORTUNITY TO DECORATE JUST AS SHE WANTED

Living room A palette of soft greys is interspersed with charcoals for depth, while a colourful rug adds pattern and texture. Sofa, Loaf. Cushions, coffee table, mirror, all Vintage Barn Interiors. Throw, floor lamp, Nkuku. Rug, Liberty. Curtains, fabric from Cabbages & Roses.

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House With its pretty façade, the Grade II-listed former schoolhouse has instant appeal.

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lived for some years in the countryside and brought up their two daughters there, Caroline Taylor and her husband Stephen were keen to stay in a rural location when they decided to downsize. ‘Stephen got a job in San Francisco and it made sense for us to sell our large home in the countryside here and buy a property over there and a smaller base in the UK,’ says Caroline. ‘We were looking for a convenient foothold – a house in the same area with easy access to London and Heathrow because of travel to and from San Francisco.’ The couple trawled through estate agents’ details with their main requirement being that they wanted an old house. ‘We’ve always lived in older properties, so it had to be a period house,’ says Caroline. A potential property eventually came through. It was a Grade II-listed former schoolhouse made from brick and flint, located in a village by the River Thames. ‘We saw this house and thought how pretty it looked,’ says Caroline. ‘It’s quite deceptive because it looks small from the outside but feels spacious inside with enough room for guests to stay. ‘It was also important that the property was in a good location in an active village with an interesting community. There was countryside on the doorstep, yet a station only six minutes away and the M4 close by. We could easily get trains to London, Oxford and the West Country, and it was near the airport so ideal for Stephen and easy for the girls to come back and forth.’ An added bonus was the sizeable enclosed garden as Caroline, a garden designer, is passionate about planting and wanted to have plenty of outdoor space. So with the house and

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AT HOME WITH... Owners Caroline Taylor, a garden designer who has her own company Planting Places (plantingplaces.com), and her husband Stephen, who is a director of several technology businesses. They have two grown-up daughters, Milly and Imogen.

House Grade II-listed Victorian former schoolhouse with four bedrooms. They moved in in 2015.


OX F O R D S H I R E V I L L AG E H O U S E Kitchen The mellow wooden units and larder cupboard contrast with the French-style seating. Dining chairs, Coach House. Range cooker, Britannia. Blind (left), fabric from Cabbages & Roses. Tap (left), similar from Perrin & Rowe.

What we love most about living here… ‘We live in a pretty village with a great community and beautiful countryside’


Main bedroom

Guest bedroom A teal blanket injects a punch of colour. Walls, painted in Cornforth White by Farrow & Ball. Mohair throw, Foxford. Blind, fabric from Kate Forman.

A wrought-iron bed makes a classic focal point. Bed, The Original Bedstead Company. Bedlinen, The Linen Works. Cushions, Vintage Barn Interiors.

garden ticking so many boxes, Caroline knew she could turn the property into a really lovely family home. Before that could happen, the house needed a little TLC. ‘It was painted in brownish tones and there was some purple and blue that had to go. It needed to be redecorated from top to toe,’ says Caroline. ‘I’m a firm believer in a house telling you what it needs and this house has lots of light, so we opted for a paler palette. We’ve decorated in greys and whites so that it all flows.’ Once the house was a blank canvas, Caroline enlisted the help of Sarah Nelson and Tracy Head of Vintage Barn Interiors to come up with ideas for soft furnishings and window treatments. ‘They were a fantastic help. I like a comfortable, modern country look and was keen to create a welcoming space that was not too refined – I want people to feel they can flop on the sofa. Vintage Barn Interiors helped us carry the theme throughout the house with fabrics and neutral linens going from room to room.’ The furniture is a mix of items that Caroline and Stephen already owned, along with some new pieces. ‘We came with old, dark furniture that had suited our previous house, but we needed some new buys to work with the new colour schemes,’ she says. ‘We’re thrilled with the result. This is the first place where I’ve been able to decorate as I wanted. Lots of people have commented on it and they all say they love the style.’ Vintage Barn Interiors, vintagebarninteriors.co.uk.

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ON OUR D O O R S T E P. . . Visit… ‘Basildon Park (nationaltrust.org.uk/basildonpark), a nearby National Trust property. It’s great for local history, lovely walks in the extensive grounds and, of course, a cup of tea in the tea room.’

Shop at… ’Green Parlour (0118 984 4000, greenparlour.com) – this wonderful shop in Pangbourne is perfect for fresh flowers and beautiful gifts.’

Go for a meal at… ‘The Miller of Mansfield (01491 872829, millerofmansfield.com) at Goring-on-Thames. A cosy village pub, it serves modern British dishes in the relaxed atmosphere of a country inn with 18th-century origins.’


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Bathroom Antique

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and vintage finds add character. Washstand and basins, similar from Etsy or eBay. Floor tiles, similar from Topps Tiles. Wall lights, similar from Ocean Lighting.

What makes this house a home… ‘It’s light and bright, yet every room is comfortable and welcoming’


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Caroline’s bathroom Tap into the trend for symmetry with a soothing scheme that’s harmonious and balanced.

After a luxurious soak, wrap yourself up in fast-drying, super-sized, snuggly softness. Luxury cotton jumbo towels, 180x127cm, £35 each, Soak & Sleep.

Choose a simple opal glass globe on a classic bracket design for understated style. Lefroy Brooks classic globe bracket wall light, H21.4x W15xD23.5cm, from £173, Holloways of Ludlow.

Add a touch of romance to your basin with a vintage-style bottle and a pretty stem. Allium in vase, H26xDia15cm, £9.50, Marks & Spencer.

A turned-leg stool is the perfect place for a plump pile of cloud-soft towels. Tall Colonial stool, H76xDia40cm, £36, Trent Furniture.

Lay an easy-to-maintain chequerboard floor in complementary hues. Milan unglazed porcelain tiles, 29.6cm sq, cols Bossi and (left) Cerva, £59.93sq m, Fired Earth.

Caroline’s style secret Get acquainted with your local vintage and antiques shops to add character with treasured inds.

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splashback, supported by shapely legs, and were used to hold a water bowl and pitcher. Choose one with a wider top that will take two basins for his-and-hers washing facilities – that’s what we call spa-style chic.

Where to buy...

•Neptune for handmade, rustic models, complete with marble and oak tops. •Drench for traditional styles with period detailing. •Tikamoon for innovative, modern designs.

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For a timeless finishing touch to your bathroom or cloakroom, consider adding one of these unique space savers. Washstands were traditionally a freestanding table or cabinet with a marble top and tiled


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then, nw, foreer Well loved and beautifully aged, this look continues to be a country-style favourite. This summer, classic armoires, chandeliers and bedsteads are refreshed with contemporary, cross-culture pieces, while pretty pastels blend with burnished metallics, edgy bamboo and touches of macramĂŠ. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s old meets new at its best...

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O Enjoy sun-filled suppers with layered summery linens of plain and archive-inspired patterns. A modern chandelier updates the look and works well with the classic painted chairs. See page 68 for details.

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Add bright and breezy style to living room spaces with vintage-style wallpaper and painted shutters. Folky florals, pale-coloured upholstery and rattan furniture keep the look fresh. Woven rugs and throws add a textural touch. See page 68 for details.

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PRODUCTS AND PRICES VINTAGE THEN, NOW, FOREVER Wallpaper, Vallance wide width, col Myrtle Pink, £65.52m, Lewis & Wood.

LAYER UP LINENS IN THE GARDEN ROOM Natterbox dining

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chairs, £230 for 2, Loaf. Pia natural rattan armchair, £149, Tikamoon. Cushions (clockwise, from right): 1 Pratham stripe green square, £55, Birdie Fortescue. 2 Abberley, col Mallow, £118m, Cloth & Clover. 3 Vallance, col Earl Grey, £92.70m, Lewis & Wood. 4 Bell Heather, col Sunset on Cream, £54m, Pippa Blacker. Pompom trim, similar from Samuel & Sons. (On rattan armchair) Cotton blanket, £145, Bohemia. Green-striped throw, £75, Birdie Fortescue. Garment washed linen tablecloth, col Blush, £59, Also Home. Pratham tablecloth, £195; Pratham floral linen napkins, £12 each; Pratham

BRING ARCHIVE PATTERN TO WALLS Wallpaper, Vallance wide width, col Myrtle Pink, £65.52m, Lewis & Wood. Long Island sofa, from £1,855, Neptune. Kibo bench, £265; Alem rug, £320, both Also Home. Lohals rug, £75, Ikea. Side table, £95; Rustic jug, £19, both Cox & Cox. Glass and raffia votive, £18.50, Birdie Fortescue. (On sofa) Blanket, £145, Bohemia. Cushions: 1 Yellow, price on request, Charlotte Gaisford. 2 Pratham stripe green, £55, Birdie Fortescue. 3 Lisbon, col Teal, £32, Also Home. 4 Chandolin Flowers, col Rose, £54m, Charlotte Gaisford. Pompom trim, similar from Samuel & Sons. Beaded chandelier, £745; Rattan rocking chair, £455, both Out There Interiors. (On bench) Teapot, £120, Oggetto. Mr & Mrs milk pourer, £20; Mr & Mrs mug, £35, both Sue Pryke. Ceramic coral, £14, Yonder Living. Zinc jug, £8, Cox & Cox. Flowers, Scarlet & Violet.

UPDATE AN ARMOIRE

Antique French Louis XV handpainted armoire, £695, Louisa Grace Interiors; with wallpaper, Abberley, col Duck Egg, £78 a roll, Cloth & Clover. Perfume bottle, from a selection, Maison Artefact. Basket, from £14; Moroccan Babouche slippers, £28; scarf, £40, all Bohemia. Cushion, Chandolin Flower/Zinal Stripe, col Straw, both £54m, Charlotte Gaisford. Pompom trim, similar from Samuel & Sons. Kantha quilt throw, £100, Rebecca’s Aix Home. Pillow, £65, Also Home.

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MIX OLD AND NEW FOR A ROMANTIC BEDROOM

Walls, painted in All White, £45 for 2.5L emulsion, Farrow & Ball. Wallpaper, White Green Marble, £36sq m, Murals Wallpaper. Curtains, Broad Stripe, col Tea Rose, £374 a pair, Volga Linen. Bed, side

REFLECT VINTAGE STYLE IN ACCESSORIES Walls, All White, as before. Liten basket, £45, Also Home. Faux tree, £450; Gold mirror, from a selection, both Louisa Grace Interiors. Harper mirror, £280, Cox & Cox. Painting, similar from Vintage Style Living. Books, from a selection, Maison Artefact. Cup and saucer, £26, Burleigh. Seagrass basket, £115 for 3, Out There Interiors. Tilly rug, £229, The French Bedroom Company. Cushions: 1 Bell Heather, col Sunset on Cream, £54m, Pippa Blacker. 2 Pratham Green Floral, £55, Birdie Fortescue.

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border napkins, £12 each; green glass jug, £40; Curved glass vase, col Seaspray, £10, all Birdie Fortescue. Embossed lace side plates, £65 for 6; embossed lace dinner plates, £85 for 6, all Cox & Cox. Paloma cutlery, £250 for a 24-piece set, Amara. Terrarium candle holder, £30; Junipa Lana chandelier, £195, both House of Fraser. Wooden bowls, from a selection, Sainsbury’s Home. Niju chopping board, from £25, Nkuku. Aran cuffed carafe, £28; Aran cuffed glasses, £16 each; Brent Verdigris plant pot, £8, all Rowen & Wren. Green glass candle, from a selection, Louisa Grace Interiors. Toska glass bottle vase, £17, Nkuku. Flowers, from a selection, Scarlet & Violet. Faux olive tree, £450; large metal zinc buckets, from a selection, Louisa Grace Interiors. Faux flowers, from a selection, Fox Flowers. Lohals natural rug, £75, Ikea.

Brent Verdigris plant pot, £8, Rowen & Wren. Niju chopping board, from £25, Nkuku. (On floor) Stor seagrass basket, £60, Also Home. Throw, from a selection, Bohemia. Boston fern, £20, The Modern Botanist. (On chair) Cushion, St Luc, col Straw, £54m, Charlotte Gaisford. Willow giant rib throw, £95, House of Fraser. Blue stripe throw, £75, Birdie Fortescue. Mr & Mrs mug, £35, Sue Pryke. (In front of chair) Holdall, £150, Celtic & Co. Scarf, col Grey, £40, Bohemia. Bucket, from a selection, Louisa Grace Interiors. Faux stems, from £13 each, Fox Flowers. (Outside) Bistro set, £160, Cox & Cox. Fejka faux bamboo, £35, Ikea.

DRAW THE EYE WITH A LAMP Side table, similar from Vintage Style Living. Mug, £58 for 2, Rowen & Wren. Book, from a selection, Maison Artefact. Oxalis glass bottle table lamp, from £141, Hannah Madden at Etsy.

table, both similar from Vintage Style Living. Malmo ruffle white bedlinen, from £42; Olivia linen pillows, from £60, Also Home. Pillowcase, Lisbon bedlinen, col Powder Pink, £40 for 2, The French Bedroom Company. Patterned pillowcase, from £35 for a duvet set, H&M. Cushions (from top): 1 Zinal Stripe, col Straw, £54m, Charlotte Gaisford. 2 Macramé, £45, French Connection. 3 St Luc, col Aqua, Charlotte Gaisford. 4 Abberley, col Mallow, £118m, Cloth & Clover. Bamboo tray, £32, Also Home. Bowl, £27, Burleigh. Mug, £58 for 2, Rowen & Wren. Kantha quilt, £98, Yonder Living. Juniper Dana bedspread, £135, House of Fraser. Books, from a selection, Maison Artefact. Alarm clock, £25, Amara. Ceramic succulents, from £20, Yonder Living. Eadie vase, £35, Sue Pryke. Tilly rug, £229, The French Bedroom Co. Basket, £48, Bohemia. Nubuck flip-flops, £47, Celtic & Co.

ADD A TOUCH OF GLAMOUR Walls, All White, as before. Curtain, Mollie Pink, £52m, Jacqueline Milton. Carolina ombré holdback, col Heather, £150, Samuel & Sons. Frida rattan table, £134, Amara. Selection of soaps, £7 each, The Handmade Soap Company. Farina nut bowl, £18, Anthropologie. Toska bottle, £17, Nkuku. Lena coasters, £32 for 4, Rowen & Wren. Perfume bottle, £9, H&M. Linen waffle bath towel, £28, Rowen & Wren. Embroidered scarf, £40, Bohemia. Flowers, Scarlet & Violet. Plate, stylist’s own.

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Decamp into the great outdoors with a trusty army of hardwearing enamelware in vivid brights and striking mottled designs.

(On crate) Keswick enamel tray, £9.50; nibble bowl, £4.50; mini tumbler, £5, Falcon Enamelware. Drinks Anyone? tray, £18, Garden Trading. Mini tumbler, col Pillarbox Red, £5, Falcon Enamelware. Gardener’s mug, £8; soup flask, £30, both Laura Ashley. Satara cups, £7.95 each, Nkuku. Libbi enamel mug, £12, Rowen & Wren. (On ground) Tiffin tin, £39, HAY at Liberty. Enamel pots, £18.50 for 2, Garden Trading. Satara jug, col Mustard, £29.95; bowl, col Navy, £7.95; trays, cols Mustard and Mulberry, £24.95 each; mug, col Mulberry, £8.95, all Nkuku. Enamel rimmed plate, £26 for 4; rectangular tray, £22, both Falcon Enamelware. Linen napkins, £14 for 2; Libbi round tray, £22; Libbi bowl, £14, all Rowen & Wren. Rug, col Warm Grey, £99, Tolly McRae. Apple crate, £27, Vintage Crates. Other items, stylist’s own.

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Take rustic materials to Mother Nature’s ‘table’ with artisan-made wooden platters and lightweight bamboo essentials.

(From top left) Emiko bamboo shallow bowl, £25; Mapora bamboo food cover, £20 for 3 assorted sizes, both Habitat. (In bowl): Veneerware square plate, £8.50 for 8, Green Tulip. Palm Tree bamboo cup, £5, White Stuff. Grass Stem bamboo tumbler, £5.50, Rouge. Vintage wooden spoon, £4.85 for 10; Polished natural coconut shell bowl, £1.60, both Pipii. Grass Stem bamboo plate, £7.50, Rouge. Hand-carved ice cream spoon, £6; scoop, £8; coconut wood medium serving bowl, £10, all Nom Living. Veneerware square tasting plate, £8.50 for 24, Green Tulip. Bamboo ball skewers, £2.65 for 25, Pipii. Spork, £2.15; Travel utensil set, £13, both Green Tulip. Condiment dish, £4, Nom Living. Forest Nature bamboo plate, £7.50, White Stuff. Artisan dinner plate, £17; nibble bowl, £9, both Wood & Meadow. Palm Tree bamboo pitcher, £19.95, White Stuff. Linen tablecloth, £95, The Linen Works.

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FEATURE AND STYLING HOLLY PHILLIPS PHOTOGRAPHS DAVID BRITTAIN

Lay out a yummy spread of garden-grown nibbles and celebrate pattern clashing and a riot of sunshine shades on a feast of unbreakable, blooming and tutti-frutti designs.

Melamine plates (from left): 1 Blaze, £24.95 for 4, Joules. 2 Paint + Petals, £8, Anthropologie. 3 Pastels, £28 for 4 assorted, Royal Doulton at John Lewis. 4 Lemon Titbit, £27 for 4 assorted, Kate Spade at Amara. 5 Spring Florals, £20 for 4 assorted, Laura Ashley. 5 Murlough Bay, £4.50, National Trust Shop. 5 Reactive, £16 for 4; Reactive cereal bowl, £14 for 4, Marks & Spencer. Paint + Petals nut bowl, £16 for 4 assorted; storage bowls, from £8 each, all Anthropologie. Oval platter, £8; patterned cups, £5 each, all Berylune. Picnic basket, £90, Joules. Angora throws, £195 each, Bronte by Moon. (On hamper) Murlough Bay tumbler, £4, National Trust Shop. Spring Florals beaker, £12 for 4 assorted, Laura Ashley. Tumblers, £3.30 each, Little Baby Company at Notonthehighstreet. com. Garden Birds beaker, £6, Sophie Allport. Rainbow cutlery, from £7.25; cake stand, £19.95; patterned bowls, £6.50 each, all Berylune. Nut bowls, as before.

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RATTAN THE WALL ACCENT Rattan Boheme Flower mirror, Dia40cm, £44, Bonton at Smallable.

THE HANDY CARRY ALL Bembridge forage basket, £44, Garden Trading.

Forget questionable 1970s conservatory furniture! Bring a rustic touch of relaxed tropical chic into your home and garden with this season’s modern take on tactile woven pieces. Seen across an array of hardworking indoor-outdoor moulded furniture and statement homewares, this strong, durable and lightweight bend-and-weave material offers stripped-back appeal and natural comfort that easily blends in to any style or scheme. Complement your look with artisanal statement pendants, hand-woven storage baskets and shapely, loomed accessories for added texture with a dose of woody earthiness.

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THE STYLISH LIGHTING Rattan shades, (from left): Chevron, H40cm, col Grey, £100; Woven, H39cm, col Natural, £150; Dome pendant, H20cm, £90; Pendant, H30cm, col Grey, £150; Emil pendant, H46cm, £175, all Cox & Cox.

THE LIVING ROOM HERO Caysie rattan sofa with grey cushions, H81xL138xD68cm, £620, Out There Interiors.

textured plant pots. ✽ Hanging a staggered group of woven pendants over your dining table for a relaxed country statement. ✽ Displaying an eclectic montage of mix-and-match mirrors on the wall. ✽ Layering rattan pieces with cosy textiles for Scandi-meets-farmhouse modern country comfort.

FEATURE HOLLY PHILLIPS BACKGROUND PLANTATIONS RATTAN WALLPAPER, COL WHITE, €60 A ROLL, RIVIERA MAISON

DID YOU KNOW…? Not to be confused with wicker, rattan is a naturally sustainable material that’s found in climbing palms across much of Africa, Australasia and Asia. THE MULTI FUNCTIONAL PIECE Tamky natural rattan and water hyacinth stool, H39x Dia30cm, £55, Urbanara.

THE GARDEN COLLECTION Hampton rattan 4-seater cube dining set, H75x96cm sq, £649, The Cotswold Company.

THE STATEMENT BED Natural rattan bed, H127x W163xD225cm, £1,495, Graham & Green.

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‘TOURING LIFE LETS ME STAY IN TOUCH WITH THE MAGIC OF MY CHILDHOOD’ Circus diector, Nel Giford

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ell Gifford started her irst circus as a child. She still has the poster she made, which proudly promises a Shetland pony, a performing dog and ‘possibly a tame sheep’. While studying English Literature at Oxford, Nell never gave up on her childhood dream of running away to the circus. She went on to work for travelling shows in the UK and abroad. With her husband Toti, she later renovated an old showman’s wagon found in a hedge. Today their vintagestyle company, Giffords Circus, tours southern England. Performances are based on literary themes, such as War and Peace and The Tempest. This year, there’s a special celebration to mark 250 years since circus began. Roll up, roll up to meet the remarkable ring-mistress...

Siamese cats, Mushroom and Velvet, and Monkey, our Collie. This is also where all our caravans, costumes and animals live. It’s a wonderfully serene spot with green ields all around – busy and muddy when rehearsals start in spring.

WHAT WAS YOUR CHILDHOOD LIKE? I was one of ive, the older children looking after us younger ones. There wasn’t much money, but we had non-stop fun, including plenty of parties. We would sew and paint and cobble the occasions together, all homemade.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT THE AREA? In the early days, drumming up audiences was not easy. But whenever we came to the Stroud valleys, we always received a warm welcome. The place is a magnet for craftspeople and artists, and it has a radical spirit, which I love.

WHERE DO YOU LAY YOUR HAT NOW? Home is a farm above the Stroud valleys in Gloucestershire, where I live with my eight-year-old twins, Red and Cecil, two 78

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CAN WE HAVE A PEEK? From the outside our house looks traditional, but it’s only a few decades old. Inside it’s peppered with props and antiques: masks, rocking horses, a watercolour of my mum’s cat... lots of treasures. There’s a large kitchen garden, full of pink sedum. One of my sisters is the potter Emma Bridgewater, so all crockery comes from her. On tour, my home is a cosy wagon with leather banquettes and gypsy throws.

YOU FOLLOWED YOUR DREAM. WHAT KEPT YOU FOCUSED? I think in some ways I was lucky because I didn’t have any

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Nell stands by stage scenery from a past show, Moonsongs.

Show mementos on sale, from crockery to jewellery.

Nettle soup, made with foraged ingredients, is served at Circus Sauce.

Nell added a kitchen garden and veranda to her converted farmhouse.

Sweets for the audience.

Beautifully dappled fellow performer, Diamond.

A balmy summer nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance on Minchinhampton Common.

Nell adds the ďŹ nal touches to her costume, inside her beautiful touring wagon.

Red and Cecil wait to go on stage outside Nellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wagon.


Circus Sauce, the circus restaurant, serves food from smallholders every evening.

I couldn’t lie without... ‘MY TRUSTY LEATHERMAN TOOL, WHICH GOES EVERYWHERE WITH ME AND HELPS FIX CARAVANS AND CIRCUS SETS. ALSO, MY CHILDREN, MY CATS, MY DOG AND PAINTS’

The Beatrix Potter museum – a tiny treasure in Gloucester.

Nell’s daughter Red leads the final parade at the end of last year’s show.

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Fantastical feats by Cuban acrobats in last year’s show, Any Port in a Storm.

Painting is Nell’s way of winding down. She wears a boiler suit from Daisy Bridgewater’s collection of working clothes, Spry Workwear.


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other ambition or plan. I just wanted to start a circus. But a family tragedy also played a part. In 1991, when I was about to start university, my mother fell from her horse and was fatally injured. The grief was immense. I took a year out and joined a circus in America. The romance of the touring life is my way of staying in touch with the magic of my childhood.

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HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? I spent years learning the trade. I drove trucks, made costumes from scrap fabrics, and washed elephants for lots of circus companies. When Toti and I met, we got by with odd jobs – and occasional free meals from our pub landlord! One day, we came across an old abandoned circus wagon, which we salvaged and rebuilt. Eventually we saved enough to buy a tent from the newspaper, and held auditions. Turnout was low – only a couple of performers. Luckily they were just the ticket: a tightrope-walking violinist and a contortionist. We took our irst show to Hay-on-Wye in 2000, and our fortunes began to change. WHAT IS IT ABOUT CIRCUS LIFE THAT MAKES YOUR HEART LEAP? It’s a beautiful, iddle-footed life on the road. We are like a family, with relatives from cultures all over the world, coming together for a wedding celebration that will go on for the whole summer. We burn the candle at both ends, but I love the joyfulness and hurly-burly of every day. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? Everything that we do is handcrafted, from the scenery to the costumes. Toti and I travel the world to seek out the right artistes for every season. But I have had some of my very best ideas just browsing in junk shops. Daydreaming and idleness can be very important to stoke the creative ires of the mind. In our overscheduled modern lives it’s easy to forget that. WHAT ARE YOUR LOVES OUTSIDE THE BIG TOP? I am passionate about riding. I also do weight training and yoga. Another love is copying well known works of art. I ind painting meditative. The mind seems to work things out while you’re

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doing it. Having been through periods of illness when I couldn’t perform, it was a useful way of staying involved behind the scenes. Picasso is an artist I go back to a lot. He loved to paint circus performers, so I like to think he would be amused, or maybe bemused, by my efforts! FAVOURITE LOCAL ATTRACTIONS...? In Gloucester there is a tiny Beatrix Potter museum. It’s a gem of a place. On a completely different scale, Gloucester Cathedral is very inspiring. Look carefully and you’ll ind a igure of Robert Curthose, son of William the Conqueror. DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT WEEKEND. A spot of painting at home with my cats around me. Then getting together with my sister Clover, and her ive children, for meals or a game of tennis. WHERE’S WONDERFUL FOR EATING OUT? I love to ride our horses to The Woolpack pub in Slad. But you can’t beat eating under the stars around the campire after a show. Last year, our Cuban acrobats made the most mouthwatering stews. IT MUST BE A MAGICAL UPBRINGING FOR YOUR CHILDREN... The proudest moment of my life was having them appear in the show. My daughter Red loves being on stage, while Cecil is more taken with the techy aspects of setting up. They form irm friendships with performers. It’s sad when the season ends. But that’s the nature of circus life, always moving on, always reminding us to make the most of every moment as it passes. Giffords Circus, 01242 691181, giffordscircus.com.

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BRIGHT & BREEZY COASTAL STYLE HOW ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER AND TV PRESENTER CHARLIE LUXTON BROUGHT THE COASTAL LOOK INTO HIS CORNISH RETREAT WITH BLINDS AND CURTAINS BY HILLARYS

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ew trends have such timeless appeal as coastal style, with its classic blue and white colour scheme. Whether you live by the sea or just love this colour palette, it’s easy to create the coastal look at home, without the need to add nautical motifs. Having explored some of Britain’s most impressive seaside homes, Charlie Luxton is an expert in coastal style, which is showcased throughout his place on the Cornish shore. Hillarys challenged Charlie to show how to bring the trend into your interior by using texture, colour and different treatments at the windows – transforming each room into a relaxing haven. As Charlie says, ‘The light quality you get in coastal areas, and speciically in Cornwall, is a really important part of living by the sea – and so is being able to control the light levels in your home. For example, on my living room sliding doors leading to 82

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the garden, I’ve combined voiles with roller blinds for lexibility and to create atmosphere.’ By using two different treatments, Charlie is able to pull down the roller blinds on sunny days to reduce heat and glare. When it’s overcast, he draws the voiles alone. ‘The lightweight voiles just blow in the wind. It’s delightful,’ he says. Around the rest of the room, Charlie has chosen his furniture

and accessories with the landscape in mind. ‘If you want to create a coastal look in your home, you need to think about the materials and textures that you ind by the seaside,’ he advises. ‘In my coastal home, I’ve looked to reference the beautiful local stone and slate, and that lovely sun-bleached timber that you get on the seaside. Then I’ve softened the look with natural linens and chunky woollen throws, rugs and cushions.’ Perfect for recreating Charlie’s coastal look, Hillarys curtains, shutters and blinds, including its new range of roller blinds, offer a huge choice of designs and inishes. Explore all of your options with Hillarys easy and convenient in-home advisor service where one of its experts will come to your house to measure up and give you advice on the right window treatments. See more of Charlie’s coastal home at Hillarys.co.uk/ inspiration/charlie-luxton.


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ABOVE Practicality and privacy are key considerations when dressing large areas of glass, such as the sliding doors in Charlie’s living room. He chose a flexible combination of Hillarys voiles and roller blinds to filter light, frame the view and, when fully drawn, create a cosy feel. Serene voiles in linen, from £111, including measuring and fitting; Brindle roller blinds in Denim Drift, from £75, including measuring and fitting, Hillarys.

Charlie took inspiration from the coast in his kitchen, with units in a striking shade of blue, and aqua walls that evoke the horizon. The blind, which is wipe-clean so ideal for kitchens and dining areas, complements the scheme. Brindle roller blind in Grey, from £75, including measuring and fitting, Hillarys.

Be inspired by the full range of Hillarys curtains, blinds, shutters and carpets at hillarys.co.uk or call 0800 916 7744 to book a free home appointment.

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INDUSTRIAL-STYLE STORAGE FROM BARE BRICKS TO VINTAGE TROLLEYS, COUNTRY KITCHEN STORAGE HAS GONE ALL RAW, RECLAIMED AND EXPOSED. WE ROUND UP THE KEY DESIGN ELEMENTS

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a material that’s synonymous with industrial style – concrete. A shelf built into a concrete island adds the wow factor and creates a focal point in the room. Soften the utilitarian effect by displaying etched glassware and pretty vintage china for pops of colour. Keep the scheme pared back and streamlined by opting for extra shelving built into an alcove, rather than adding wall cabinets.

Similar island from Mortise Concrete. Prices from £350sq m for MicroConcrete worktops (surface only) and £550sq m for joinery and surface combined.


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Terracotta pots, from £10; Suffolk dining chair, £235, all Neptune.

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with a backdrop of white tiles, then inject textural flair with aged leather shelf brackets. ‘Instead of cabinets, open wall shelving is versatile and attractive and will make the room feel airier,’ says John Sims-Hilditch, co-founder of Neptune. ‘White shelving adds warmth while rustic finishes create contrast and give an edge to a space.’

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Make a style statement and introduce a practical element, too, with an industrial trolley. It’s perfect for a kitchen as you can store fruit and veg (in crates and baskets for a rustic touch), as well as having cookware to hand. You can also move the trolley easily as it’s on wheels. Choose one with a rusted metal finish for an authentic look and opt for tray-shaped shelves to store items safely.

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exposed brickwork (the rougher the better) and use it as a backdrop to floating shelves made from weathered or reclaimed wood. Positioning the shelves beside exposed pipes will introduce another key ingredient of industrial style. For best visual effect, use the shelves to store items such as grey, copper and stainless-steel pans and utensils.

Similar distressed, reclaimed-style floating shelf, from £47 for 50cm, Ben Simpson Furniture.

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Reed basket, £45; copper pots, £8 each; marble board, £40; stoneware lantern, £25; tray, £30; bird, £25; marble utensil pot, £35; vase, £27; photo frames, from £22; lamp, £85; basket, £30, all John Lewis.

Papyrus half tile, £129.95sq m, Residence range, Original Style.

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kitchen-living area with a distressed plaster-effect background and bleached wooden shelves. ‘The key with open shelving is to display bigger items such as pots, vases and baskets,’ says Elena La Crette, showroom designer at John Lewis. ‘Lots of smaller items can look like clutter, so invest in attractive storage boxes for the shelves to keep them in.’

6 Set the tone instantly with a utilitarian backdrop of plain white brick tiles in a glazed cupboard. ‘Tiles are an interesting and practical addition to storage space,’ says Jane Addis, new products and design manager at Original Style. ‘Using floating shelves and clear glass doors will show off the gorgeous tiles to perfection – and makes cleaning the inside of the cupboard a breeze.’

7 Similar shelf, Hastings, £16, B&Q.

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Add functional chic with stainless-steel pipe racks. Ideal for storing kitchen essentials and tableware, plus glass preserving jars full of cooking ingredients, you can create an attractive display and see everything at a glance. For a modern country look, add over-rail hooks to hang pans and utensils. Emphasise the industrial feel by painting the backdrop a dramatic charcoal grey.

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8 Give reclaimed wooden shelves the factory factor with oversized or chunky metal brackets for added drama. ‘Displaying pots, pans, herbs and spices on open shelves will not only utilise unused wall space but conjure up a rustic, inviting feel to the kitchen,’ says Melissa Klink, head of design at Harvey Jones. ‘What’s more, this is a fantastic technique to adopt with regularly used items in a busy household, as open shelving will automatically save time when cooking, with everything you need at your fingertips and in easy sight.’

Original kitchen, from £18,000, Harvey Jones.


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Studio chic A generous overhang and sharply aligned veranda lend a contemporary architectural look to this modular garden studio. If you want to furnish your summerhouse with interior-grade itting or electrical goods, such as a television or a computer, choose a design that’s fully insulated on the loor, walls and ceiling, with draught-proof double-glazing. This Hub Studio, built in Norfolk exclusively for John Lewis, is designed for year-round use and meets permitted development regulations in terms of height and overall footprint. A mortice lock will help protect valuables.

The Hub Studio, £12,499, Crane Garden Buildings at John Lewis.


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Open to the elements An outdoor living space needn’t be enclosed to work as a clearly deined ‘room’. ‘To successfully establish a relaxation area that feels like a natural continuation of your home, choose furniture in a similar design and style to that found inside,’ says Bianca Sanchez, director of Halo Design Interiors. ‘Modular-style seating in faux wicker is a great choice as you have the warmth of a natural material, without the ongoing maintenance often associated with wood. Do provide storage for the cushions nearby, so that they can be safely stashed away on rainy days.’

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Similar outdoor space with a pergola and modular furniture, around £20,000, Halo Design Interiors. Country Homes & Interiors

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Folding doors Designed to fold and stack neatly to one or both sides of an opening, bifold doors offer a wide aperture that blurs the boundaries between inside and out. ‘Bifold doors are perfect for garden rooms like this one, particularly if you can open up two adjacent walls to maximise the views and achieve comfortable air circulation,’ 90

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says Nicholas Taylor, lead designer at IMBY3 Architecture & Design. ‘When choosing bifold doors, the size of the frame is crucial. A cheaper door may be tempting but it usually has a thicker frame, which can prove oppressive. Aluminium is slimmer than uPVC for example, so you can enjoy more of your garden from within.’

BraaiBOX all-weather barbecue and entertainment room, from £15,000, IMBY3.


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Ready-made space Supplied as a complete unit that is lowered into place, a pre-fabricated summerhouse offers a fast-track route to outdoor living. Decorated, pre-wired, and plumbed if required, all you need to do is connect it up to the utilities and you’re ready to move in. The Barn Box, by Belgium-based Atmosphere et Bois, is a particularly stylish pre-fab made from recycled timbers. ‘Building in reclaimed wood has obvious environmental advantages, but using century-old barn wood also allows a new building to sit comfortably within a country landscape,’ says Olivier Lucchetta, export manager at Atmosphere et Bois.

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Barn Box, from £15,600, Atmosphere & Bois at Holloways of Ludlow.

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Multi-tasker Torn between the practical need for a garden shed and the more luxurious desire for a summerhouse? This multipurpose summerhouse with side shed could be the answer. The lockable storage shed is perfect for stashing away the mower and trowels, while folding doors create a cosy sun-trap inside the summerhouse. A lick of on-trend black paint – try Osmo’s Country Colour woodstain in Charcoal, £70.41 for 2.5L – will provide a smart, modern look. Add a cushion-illed day bed and botanical prints for a comfy interior.

12x8ft Contemporary Summerhouse with Side Shed (LH), £1,349.99, Waltons.

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Raise the roof Umbris louvre roof system, from £30,000, IQ Outdoor Living.

Take the humble gazebo to next-level luxury with a striking louvre roof system. ‘The beauty of this type of modern shelter lies in its lexibility,’ explains Tan Yasin, marketing assistant at IQ Outdoor Living. ‘When the louvres rotate and interlock they create a watertight

roof, protecting the garden furniture from rain and providing complete shade.’ When partially open, they create an interior living space that beneits from relaxing dappled shade and a gentle breeze. Here, natural cedar louvres help to soften the modern aluminium frame.

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reasons to love GARDEN RECLINERS SIT BACK, RELAX, TAKE A SNOOZE IN A LIVING-THE-DREAM LOUNGER. WE SHORTLIST THE LATEST LAID-BACK LOOKS

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Double up in both size and style, and enjoy an outdoor lie-in with your favourite companion on this luxurious patio bed for two. Miami outdoor wicker four-poster bed, H210xW150xL210cm, col Black, £1,049, Maisons du Monde.

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Roll this wheeled wonder into place, then simply lean back and unwind against a scattering of cuddly cushions. Valentine 2-seater sunbed, L215xW174cm, £1,799, 4 Seasons Outdoor at John Lewis.

In a water-resistant rattan weave, this lounger swivels to find the sun and the best view. It has a pull-down shade and there’s even a retractable drinks table inside. Fiji Apple day bed, H230xDia200cm, £3,500, The Garden Furniture Centre.

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Pack this portable hammock when you go on holiday and unwind in luxury whenever and wherever the wanderlust takes you. A stand is available separately. TiiPii hammock bed, H175x Dia180cm, col Natural White, £299, Amazonas at Amara.

Find the perfect secluded spot between two trees to anchor this comfy cotton sling. Don’t forget to bring your favourite book! Striped hammock, L230xW165cm, £98, Lexington.

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Who said that beanbags were just for kids! With a durable canvas, easy-clean cover, this is the ultimate outdoor recliner. Felix lounger pouf, H65xW85x L140cm, col Blue, £327, Trimm Copenhagen at Made In Design.

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Hidden under this sofa is a half-moon base that pivots out to make a bed. Pull over the canopy when it’s time for an alfresco siesta. Monterey sunbed, H160xW176xD155cm, col Off-White, £1,525, Oka.

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Featuring a rich teak base and crisp, cream cushions, these will blend into any style of country garden. Bordeaux sunloungers, H38xW65xL200cm, £1,020 each, Neptune.

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The delightful (and supportive) checked fabric seat makes this cheerful hammock the ideal spot to savour a chilled drink on a lazy afternoon. Gingham cushioned swing hammock, 150x250cm, £120, Sophie Conran.

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WASH BOWL ADD DETAIL TO A CLOAKROOM OR EN SUITE WITH A DECORATIVE BASIN. THINK CONCRETE, STONE, DECORATED PORCELAIN, OR GO FOR A LITTLE SPARKLE

Charmingly simple in shape, this gleaming basin, with a stepped base and lipped rim, was designed to complement Fired Earth’s range of Babylon baths. ‘The Patina Copper exterior finish, which will develop over time, looks particularly striking against natural materials, such as stone, slate or this reclaimed teak washbench,’ says Jean-Paul Mouawad, managing director of Fired Earth. It also comes with a brushed copper external finish, and the interior can be finished in polished nickel, as shown here, or in white enamel.

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there’s a growing desire for more inventive choices, particularly for guest bathrooms or cloakrooms. ‘Decorative interiors, often inspired by the style of boutique hotels, have become popular. Coloured sanitaryware has seen a resurgence, wall and floor tiles have daring patterns, and the introduction of decorative washbasins is a simple way of adding a touch of opulence and drama,’ says Anna Callis, founder and designer of London Basin Company, whose decorated porcelain bowls are breathtakingly beautiful. ‘I draw inspiration from the places I have visited, and from markets, antiques shops and auctions,’ she says. FOR BOWL OR ‘ VESSEL’ BASINS, the choice of materials ranges from ceramics to copper, concrete or wood and there are also unique forms guaranteed to create an impression, such as the colourful, irregular-shaped Nabhi from West One Bathrooms, or flower designs from London Basin Company.

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Corsini Palazzo tiles, £861sq m, Fired Earth.

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nickel among the options. Not all basins are designed to shine, however – Fired Earth’s patina copper finish uses a catalyst to encourage and accelerate the natural ageing process, which will continue as the basin ages and reacts to the room it is in. IN A COUNTRY BATHROOM, the choice of cabinet or shelf is as important as the basin. For a contemporary look, a vanity stand is a good alternative to the classic vanity unit, although with less storage. Other options are a wall-mounted drawer unit or a simple shelf. If you’ve selected a heavy stone or concrete basin, check that the wall fixings are adequate. 98

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Aphrodite Kythera basin with Patina Copper exterior and polished nickel interior, H17xDia40cm, £1,350, Fired Earth.


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Lavastone Pebble basin, sizes vary, £354, Mandarin Stone.

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For a unique addition to the bathroom, nothing beats the look of time-worn stone. ‘Carved from dense volcanic stone, each basin is slightly different in size, shape and shade,’ says Alma Small, founder and managing director, Mandarin Stone. ‘In contrast to the dramatic texture on the outside, the hollowed-out interior has been honed to create a practical surface. Be sure to have it sealed with a waterproofing stone protector.’

Glass Design Ramada washbowl, H15xDia 45cm, £1,326, CP Hart.

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The hand-cut facets of this Italian lead crystal bowl will sparkle as they catch the light. ‘This basin works well on reflective stone countertops and is particularly suited to small guest cloakrooms to add a bit of glitz,’ says Rachel Martin, merchandising director, CP Hart. ‘It’s especially striking with matching crystal taps, which we also supply.’

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Coralie basin, H14.5xDia42cm, £750, London Basin Company.

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‘Blue and white has such enduring appeal,’ says Anna Callis, founder and designer, London Basin Company. ‘Our Coralie porcelain basin gives it a new, slightly more contemporary focus by combining a richly decorated interior and exterior with a subtle, off-white, crackle-glaze finish. Applied by hand before glazing, the exterior design has a swirling Oriental inspiration, with pretty, leafy borders inside. It’s a beautiful, feature basin, which will work in almost any setting, classic or modern.’

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Handmade in the UK, this period-style tap has quarter-turn ceramic disc flow control. Three-hole wall-mounted nickel basin set with lever handles, £404.76, Perrin & Rowe.

Mara Kast Canvas concrete basin, H18xDia42cm, col Ember, £1,912.50, Kast Concrete Basins.

A concealed aerator ensures a bubbly flow, and the flow limiter saves water. Image wall-mounted basin mixer, £266, Roper Rhodes.

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Concrete is swapping its reputation as a hard-edged urban material for a friendlier look. ‘We’ve recently launched a new range that celebrates the possibilities of concrete through surface pattern, including this interlocking circles design,’ says Tim Bayes, founder and creative director of Kast Concrete Basins. ‘Concrete is an extremely versatile material that can be cast into any shape. The variable nature gives each basin a unique texture and there are 22 colour options, from delicate neutrals and pastels to high-intensity hues.’

Persia on Conical Bell vessel basin in vitreous china, H16.2xDia41.3cm, £1,683, Kohler.

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An on-trend rose-gold finish highlights the faceted handles and slim spout. Hemsby wall-mounted basin mixer, col Rose Gold, £350, Heritage Bathrooms.

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‘The distinctive pattern and shapely design of this basin nods towards Moorishstyle architecture, taking influences from decorative arches, tiles and domes,’ says Kathryn Griffiths, designer at Kohler. ‘Decorative flowing lines highlighted with gold stand out against the white china, creating a design that is understated enough to complement a range of fixtures, yet striking enough to catch the attention.’ If you prefer a basin that sits within the counter top, the same pattern is also available on an undermounted version. Country Homes & Interiors

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WIRELESS SPEAKERS ENJOY ALL YOUR FAVOURITE MUSIC, RADIO STATIONS AND PODCASTS WITH OUR PICK OF THE BEST BLUETOOTH SPEAKERS

MRX Bluetooth wireless speaker, £399, Ruark Audio.

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SoundLink Revolve+, £280, Bose Despite looking good enough to display inside the house, this Bluetooth speaker (H18.4xW10.5xD10.5cm) is built tough, has a fabric-covered carry handle and can withstand bumps, knocks and even being caught in the rain. It also has a huge 16-hour battery life, can connect to your smartphone using Bluetooth and projects sound around 360° so you can hear it perfectly wherever you are. We think it might just be the perfect speaker for the British summertime.

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to a Bluetooth wireless speaker to stream music, podcasts and radio up to a range of 10 metres. Many models are also wi-fi-compatible and can be operated by voice control. You can also link up multiple speakers (of the same brand) throughout your home.

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Sonos One, £199, Sonos Despite its compact appearance, this wi-fi connected speaker (H16x12cm sq) has incredible sound quality whether you use just one or wirelessly link a whole bunch together to create a multi-room system. It is compatible with most smartphone streaming services like TuneIn and Spotify and, because it has Amazon Alexa built in, you can operate it using voice control. It can also be used to control smart home gadgets like Philips Hue lights and Nest thermostats.

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Mister Finch at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park IN THIS NEW SERIES, WE SEEK OUT UNIQUE EVENTS AND LAUNCHES, AND MEET THE PEOPLE BEHIND THEM

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turn out, then keep repeating this until I have a working pattern. The next step is to build up layers of fabric and wire, which I then pull and sew to create shapes, adding blocks to larger pieces for internal support. HOW LONG DOES THE PROCESS TAKE? It depends on size – I create sculptures to a range of scales, from tiny palm-sized pieces to ones I can hardly carry. Sometimes the smaller pieces can be inished in a day, while larger ones can take weeks. But it also depends on how elaborate they are – tiny mice in intricate clothing can take just as much time as larger, more simple creations.

WHAT STORY DOES YOUR EXHIBITION TELL? The show is named after a fairytale called The Wish Post. It’s about a magical kingdom of woodland creatures who can grant wishes, but not for themselves or anyone they know. They collect and sort through other creatures’ wishes, which are breathed into envelopes and posted in toadstool postboxes. But one night each year the The Wish Post animals are able to tie their own envelopes of wishes to a tree and, if the wind whisks them away in the night, their wish will be granted. My exhibition focuses on a miniature mouse’s desire to get his own wish granted, but it features all sorts of creatures such as badgers, rats, swans, hedgehogs, rabbits and moles, too.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU? I’m very drawn to fairytales, but enjoy placing them in a ‘now’ setting. I like the idea of the overlooked – how there can be birds of prey above and busy rats below, but few people ever see them. HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING ON ANYTHING ELSE? I’ve created a picture book featuring the characters in the show. I’ve taken all the images myself and built all the tiny sets, which you can see in the behind-the-scenes section at the back. I wanted to tell the story, but also record my adventures over the past two years.

HOW DID YOU START DESIGNING SOFT SCULPTURES? I’d been working with jewellery for a while, but was looking to transition to something else. I started turning wires and fabrics into wings and it went from there! I’ve never looked back.

WHAT’S NEXT? I would really love to create another book or even a tiny ilm in the future – who knows! I’m still in a glorious Yorkshire Sculpture Park bubble at present and I’m not wanting it to burst.

TELL US HOW YOU MAKE YOUR SCULPTURES… Each piece starts with a pattern. I create paper shapes, make mock-ups and stuff them to see how they

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his month, self-taught textile artist Mister Finch, presents his largest ever exhibition of more than 75 individual soft sculptures at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. We asked him to guide us through his magical world of moths, mice and toadstools…


Visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, situated in the 500-acre Bretton Hall estate. Mister Finch makes sculptures of all sizes – from really tiny to super-sized.

Get to know all The Wish Post characters in the new picture book, available at the exhibition.

‘I WORK FROM MY SPARE BEDROOM – IT’S FILLED TO THE BRIM WITH BOOKS, PLANTS, FABRICS AND OTHER TREASURES’


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NATURE Make flag bunting using book pages that feature insects. Simply cut out triangles and attach to string with glue.

As our native populations of small insects and animals continue to decline, summer is the perfect time to get our little people to look after, and outside for, garden bugs and beasties. Some people call it eco gardening, but we prefer to think of it as caring for our lora, birds, small mammals, bees and insects without the use of chemicals or pesticides. According to the wildlower specialist, Seedball, the UK has lost 97% of its native wildlower habitats since the Second World War, so getting our youngsters involved from an early age is a great idea – not least because they will ind it great fun, too!

Pick sweet peas, borage and lavender and wrap up to give as a gift.

WE LOVE THE WILD THINGS IN OUR GARDENS – AND SO DO OUR KIDS! HERE’S HOW TO GET THEM BOTH BUZZING THIS SUMMER

1 CREATE A HOME FOR THE BEES

All it takes is a small log to create a bee house. Here, a 15cm-long piece of birch log with a diameter of 12cm has had some 6cm-deep tunnels drilled into it. Screw a hook and chain into the log and hang it up in a quiet corner. Then wait to see if the bees decide to make it their home.


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Remember to keep the water in the insect bath topped up when the weather is hot.

2 MAKE AN INSECT BATH Butterflies, dragonflies and water skaters delight in water. You can create a little standing basin for them using a clay saucer that has been glued on to a table leg with a strong two-component glue. Ram the tip of the leg into the ground and fill the basin with water. Decorate with toy dragonflies and grasshoppers sprayed with white paint.

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WELCOME WILDLIFE If you want to have a lot of insects and small animals in the garden, make sure you have piles of wood and old branches that they can hide and build nests in.

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To make this simple seed station first drill a hole in a clay saucer by putting duct tape on each side and carefully drilling through. Attach a bolt nut to one end of a sturdy piece of string or steel wire and thread up through the hole. Pop a straw or piece of bamboo down over the string/ wire to cover. Next, thread a piece of wood (with a hole drilled in the centre) on top to act as a roof. Add a washer, another straw/bamboo and a perhaps a couple of decorative wooden balls. Attach a hook and chain to the top, hang in a tree and fill with bird seed.

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4 PRESS FLOWERS

Teach children about botany by letting them collect and press flowers. The flowers can be pressed between two newspapers with heavy books or with a flower press. Leave flowers to dry for 6-8 weeks. After that, they can be put in a nature book and named with the collection place and date picked – and possibly also a little text about which insects the flower attracts.

5 SCATTER WILDFLOWER SEEDS

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If a garden is to be full of wildlife, it needs flowers and herbs – preferably ones that give off an attractive scent. You can create your own little meadow by scattering wildflower seeds in a corner of your garden or a dedicated flower bed. They’re great for insects, low-maintenance and look gorgeous, too. Look out for wildflower seed tins from Seedball, £5.99 each, that have different seed mixes for beetles, bats, birds and butterflies, as well as colour themes. Apple trees are particularly loved by honey bees, so think about the possibility of a small orchard at the back of the garden that you’ll both benefit from.

6 BUILD A BUG HOTEL

The insect hotel can be created in a wooden wine box or old drawer. Make the divisions in the box with bark and fill up with a brick with holes, little branches, small offcuts of wood, pine cones and short lengths of bamboo canes. Put the hotel in a quiet and shaded place in the garden and the bugs, beetles and woodlice will soon be moving in.

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Growing in the wind HELEN KEYSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; PLANT-PACKED GARDEN OPENS OUT TO THE SURROUNDING SOUTH DOWNS LANDSCAPE WITH AN EXPANSIVE FIELD SCULPTED BY GRASSES AND TREES


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A pleached hornbeam hedge protects a border of Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’, Penstemon ‘Andenken an Friedrich Hahn’ and Salvia verticillata ‘Purple Rain’.

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AT HOME WITH... Owners Helen and Richard Keys, who live here with their cat and four hens.

House Tile-hung Victorian farmhouse extended in all directions, with stables, storeroom and an old dairy.

Features Five-and-a-half acres including a formal front garden, potager, gravel garden and field with a spiral mound.

was the view that convinced Helen and Richard Keys to buy Malthouse Farm in the quiet village of Streat in West Sussex, in spite of the amount of work the house needed. ‘We fell in love with the view of Ditchling Beacon and the South Downs,’ says Helen. The farm was a patchwork of concrete yards, stables, a sand school for horses and very little garden, but with ive acres of land it gave Helen the opportunity to make a larger garden with a spectacular natural backdrop. ‘We didn’t realise at the time that the wonderful views brought very strong winds,’ says Helen, ‘so we had to plant shelter belts and, over the years, I’ve learnt what plants will cope. It took 16 months to renovate the house, during which time I was busy planning the garden in my mind.’ That was 20 years ago, and Helen has brought her plans to life, making a sophisticated garden, dense with plants, clever detailing and well chosen sculptures. Fields of long grasses, etched with mown paths and shaped by willow, hornbeam, yew and birch, blend the garden into the landscape to the south. ‘After completing the house the irst thing we did was to build a terrace that the south-facing kitchen could open out on to,’ says Helen. ‘It’s really sunny here, which is perfect for the plants I love to grow in pots, like violas, marguerites and my favourite ivy-leaved pelargoniums that I add to every year. Watering can be a challenge though, so I recently installed an irrigation system.’ From the terrace, steps lead down between clipped box and pots of agapanthus into the vegetable garden where a quartet of raised beds made from railway sleepers are illed with decoratively arranged edibles interspersed with pollinator-pleasing ornamentals. ‘I grew the lowers for my daughter’s wedding

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Viola ‘Etain’ flourishes in pots.

A sculptural fire sphere beside salvias, cosmos and Orlaya grandiflora.

What we love most about this garden…

Roses scramble up past pretty wall-mounted containers.

At the front, a silver birch sits amid box, Rosa ‘Penelope’, and glass sculptures by Helen’s brother.

‘The way the garden is compartmentalised – it’s such a pleasure to walk from one area to the next’

Tennis rackets made from woven willow grown in the garden.

Decorative metal stakes wound with twine support perennials.

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last year, all oranges, yellows and greens including cosmos, Bells of Ireland and lots of different tagetes. Flowering annuals among lines of vegetables and salads looked so gorgeous that I did it again this year. I see it from the kitchen windows all the time.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; From the kitchen garden, decorative paths lead to other areas: a gravel garden with a bold central ire basket surrounded by long-lowering annuals, including Orlaya grandilora, lacy Ammi majus and bright cosmos, amid perennials such as purple Salvia nemorosa â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Caradonnaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and tall lilies; the old cottage garden, where borders bloom with subtle Rosa â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Corneliaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, sugar-pink salvias and silvery stachys backed by a tall pleached hornbeam hedge that ilters the wind without interfering entirely with the view; and the hot garden, where in late summer borders glow with oranges, reds and yellows. The display begins with Geum â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Totally Tangerineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, Salvia verticillata â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Purple Rainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and wine-dark Penstemon â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Andenken an Friedrich Hahnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, also known as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Garnetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, among metal plant supports strung with twine ready to shore up tall, late-season herbaceous perennials. The garden on the shady north side of the house is mainly green with a graceful, weeping mature silver birch at its centre. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I designed it before box blight became an issue, and though it did succumb Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been treating it successfully with Top Buxus.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Included here are striking blue glass sculptures shipped to Helen from South Africa by her brother, who runs a glass business there, rubbing shoulders with the blush-white lowers of Rosa â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Penelopeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Since the mid 1980s Helen has been an avid student, attending garden design and horticulture courses, as well as being a

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$ JUDYHO SDWK LQVHW with timber sections passes between lush borders planted with Rosa glauca, clematis and Sisyrinchium striatum.

What makes this garden so special… ‘It’s so open to the Downs that sometimes you feel as if you could reach out and touch them; at others they’ll be veiled with a sea mist’


Wide paths are mown through long grass featuring clumps of white-stemmed birch, against the backdrop of the South Downs.

member of The Daisies, a group of friends who’ve been going away on garden visits for 25 years. ‘Last year it was Derbyshire, for the new RHS Chatsworth show. We ask the National Garden Scheme County Organisers for recommendations. We’ve been to Italy, France and Ireland, too. It’s great fun and you learn a lot, visiting gardens with others who are really interested in the subject.’ On The Daisies’ trip to France, Helen discovered Le Jardin Plume in Normandy, where squares of long grass are divided by mown paths, creating strong patterns with a minimum of effort, ideas which inluenced her treatment of land south of the main garden at home. ‘I loved the textures in that garden and thought it might translate to our ield. We had to extend into it because we didn’t want to have grazing animals and it was too big a space just to leave,’ says Helen, who has planted a wavy hornbeam hedge, a ribbon of willows, a birch maze and a viewing mound. ‘We cut the willow every year and use it for practical things like border edging and wigwams or decorative items like the tennis rackets. My gardener, Alex Bell, has become really good at willow weaving. He’s a really important part of the garden and we work as a team.’ The ield is now Helen’s favourite summer garden area, showing how she’s integrated the windiness of the site. ‘It looks amazing as the wind goes through the grasses making them shimmer.’ ☎ Malthouse Farm, Streat Lane, Streat, Hassocks, West Sussex BN6 8SA (01273 890356, helen.k.keys@btinternet.com). Open for the National Garden Scheme (ngs.org.uk) on Sunday 19 August and Wednesday 22 August (2-5.30pm), by arrangement for groups of 10+ from May to October. 116

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ON OUR D O O R S T E P. . . Visit... ‘Sussex Prairie Garden, near Henfield (01273 495902; sussexprairies.co.uk), a fantastic showpiece garden full of big bold grasses and herbaceous perennials. Ideal for looking at a range of grasses and seeing which would work in your own garden.’

Go for a meal at... ‘The Jolly Sportsman, East Chiltington (01273 890400). A great, traditional country pub serving a range of Sussex beers and good food cooked by owner Bruce Wass and his team.’

Shop at... ‘Lewes, a quirky, creative market town that’s kept its distinctiveness, independent shops and a farmers’ market on the first Saturday of the month.’


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Helen’s July favourites 1 Strong shrub rose Rosa ‘Penelope’ bears masses of fruity-scented flowers. 2 Salvia verticillata ‘Purple Rain’ flowers bloom on branching stems. 3 Pelargonium ‘Sun Lover’ is a zonal geranium in hot pink and crimson. 4 Pollinators love the tubular flowers of Penstemon ‘Andenken an Friedrich Hahn’. 5 Strongly scented long-flowering Viola ‘Etain’ is perfect for pots. 6 For ground cover or edging, try Hakonechloa macra ‘Alboaurea’, golden Japanese forest grass. 7 Allium cristophii flowerheads are lovely in bloom and decorative when faded.

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FASHION, WELLBEING, ECO, PETS AND OTHER NICE THINGS

Put on a pinny Handmade in Yorkshire, The Stitch Society’s aprons are comfortable, durable and stylish. Made from hard-wearing cotton moleskin, denim, twill and linen, they are designed with broad shoulder straps and a huge front pocket. Susie pinafore apron, £49, The Stitch Society.

GO GEOMETRIC For a relaxed summer cover-up, the pure cotton voile Liza blouse, £99 from Wrap London, is on trend with its embroidered pattern, while the billowy sleeves and tasselled drawstrings give a nod to the 1970s.

GET FRUITY Inspired by the scents of the South of France, Jo Malone’s latest fragrance, Orange Butterflies by Jo Loves, contains notes of orange blossom, petitgrain, mandarin and neroli. From £70 for 50ml.

Clean up your act Neat idea Perfect for keen gardeners, this hand-turned, sustainably sourced oak string tidy, £13.50 from Nordic House, includes scissors and natural cotton string.

Ensure a spotless finish without harmful chemicals, with Tincture London’s 100% natural Glass and Mirror Tincture and All Purpose Cleaning Tincture, both £7.50 for 400ml. The environmentally friendly sprays come in anti-microbial recyclable packaging and use all-natural ingredients derived from ancient monastic botanical recipes to leave surfaces clean, shiny and streak-free.

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HAPPY THOUGHTS AND IDEAS

3 REASONS TO LOVE…

A retro gig in a wow location

SERVE UP... a spot of lunch Food always seems to taste better outdoors so invite friends and family over for a leisurely lunch in the sun. Make it even more lovely with an artisanal combo of mango wood, marble and hand-blown glass serveware from French Connection Home.

1 POP LEGEND SIR TOM JONES plays Belvoir Castle on Sunday 22 July. Visit the beautiful Regency property with its formal gardens and estate overlooking Leicestershire’s Vale of Belvoir, then sing along to Tom’s greatest hits. Visit belvoircastle.com.

2 FUNK AND SOUL STARS EARTH, WIND & FIRE headline at the Love Supreme Jazz Festival at Glynde Place on Sunday 1 July. The Elizabethan stately home, in East Sussex, has great views over the Weald and Sussex Downs. Visit lovesupremefestival.com.

3 DISCO DIVAS NILE RODGERS & CHIC play Alnwick Castle on Wednesday 11 July. The iconic castle in Northumberland, built after the Norman Conquest, has been the setting for Hogwarts, and makes a dramatic backdrop to the concert, which will be held in the pastures behind the castle. Visit alnwickcastle.com.

Trays, from £20; pinch pot with spoon, £16; wine glass, £7; condiment set with spoon, £34; salad servers, £28; enamel bowls, from £14; marble serving platter, £32; marble serving dish, £30; all French Connection Home.

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Andrew Martin Synonymous with characterful interior design, Andrew Martin was founded by Martin Waller in 1978, moving to its flagship showroom in Walton Street in Chelsea in 1987. Martin Waller’s eclectic pieces are based around global cultures, much inspired by his travels. The wallpapers, fabrics and custom-made furniture are made in the UK, with the Signature furniture collection designed in-house by Martin and the design team. The new Origin collection is a range of furniture from other designers around the world at accessible prices. Cadogan sofa, £2,595; Montague armchair, from £1,150; Florian dining table, £2,095; Oppède dining chairs, £275 each, all Andrew Martin.

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HAPPY THOUGHTS AND IDEAS

MUSICAL MOVES Listen to your favourite tunes in style with the limited-edition Beoplay H4 wireless headphones by B&O Play. In Aloe (above) or Steel Blue, inspired by the ocean, these £249 lightweight headphones are ideal for travelling.

LEAD THE WAY

Take a trip to the coast and learn how to create your own wallpaper on a weekend wallpaper printing workshop with designer Louise Body. The workshops, on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July, take place at Louise’s studio, which is a stone’s throw from the seafront in St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex. You’ll learn how to turn your design into a half-drop pattern repeat and then carve it on to lino and come away with small lengths of block-printed wallpaper, your lino block and all the knowledge you need to complete your project from your kitchen table. The course costs £150 for two days. For details, call 07734 907357 or visit louisebody.com.

3 OF THE LOVELIEST…

Handmade summer soaps

BRING THE SCENT OF THE OUTDOORS IN WITH THESE BEAUTIFUL ARTISAN SOAPS

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Soap Folk

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Quintessentially English

A blend of neroli and orange blossom ensures this handmade soap has the scent of a summer garden. Quintessentially English Buttercup Neroli Organic Soap, £3.75 for 50g; £7 for 100g.

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The Yorkshire Soap Company

Capturing the scent of the Yorkshire countryside, this naturally fragranced triple-milled soap bar is made with essential oil fragrance and moisturising shea butter. Yorkshire Rose, £6 for 175g, The Yorkshire Soap Company.

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Learn wallpaper printing

Ensure your best friend stays stylish while on walkies with Clara Check from Mungo & Maud. Made of printed webbing with a pastel leather accent, in Grey/Bonbon (right), Celeste/Mint or Orange/ Lavender, collars cost from £39.50; leads from £49.50.


OUT AND ABOUT

Step back in time at Cowdray Heritage and pick up treats at the Farm Shop (below).

The pretty holiday cottages offer glorious views out over the estate.

THE BEST PLACE TO ENJOY ENGLISH HERITAGE

Cowdray holiday cottages

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RELISH LONG WALKS, LOCAL FOOD AND COUNTRY PURSUITS IN BEAUTIFUL WEST SUSSEX Nestled in the heart of the South Downs National Park is the stunning Cowdray Estate. The 16,500-acre estate includes the ruins of Cowdray Heritage – an early Tudor house steeped in history and visited by both King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I, before being largely destroyed by a fire in 1793 – as well as polo lawns, a farm shop and café, and beautiful holiday homes, making the estate an ideal bolthole for enjoying country pursuits. COSY UP IN A COTTAGE There are four recently redeveloped holiday cottages on offer, but our favourite is the spacious two-bedroom Broomhill, featuring a sleekly refurbished kitchen and living area, as well as a lovely terrace with a barbecue looking out towards

the picturesque Benbow Pond, a great sundowner spot. Guests are given free entry to the famed Cowdray polo matches and a welcome breakfast pack. EAT LIKE A LOCAL The Farm Shop Café is a lovely alternative to cooking your own lunch. Local suppliers are used whenever possible, and the beef, lamb and venison are reared on the estate itself. There are also plenty of bars, restaurants and country pubs to explore in nearby Midhurst and the surrounding areas. STOP BY THE SHOP For a tasty after-dinner treat, head to the Farm Shop to pick up some local Riseley, a washed-rind sheep’s milk cheese. The shop also stocks many local artisan products, including beers

from Langham Brewery, sparkling wines from Upperton vineyard and smoked trout from Charlie’s Trout. A range of eco-conscious homewares is also stocked, including a selection of Weaver Green rugs, made from recycled plastic bottles. TRY A NEW SPORT Around 400 polo matches are played on the lawns each summer. Be sure to watch a few, and if you fancy having a go yourself, you can have lessons at the Polo Academy. Golf, clay pigeon shooting and fishing are available, too, as well as superb guided wildlife tours by local ranger Barry. HOW MUCH? From £90 a night high season, two-night minimum stay. Cowdray Estate, Cowdray Park, Midhurst, West Sussex GU29 0AQ, 01730 812423, cowdray.co.uk.

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IN TUSCANY WITH THE CALDESIS JOIN OUR FABULOUS SHORT COOKERY BREAK THIS AUTUMN IN A PRIVATE TUSCAN VILLA WITH ITALIAN FOOD EXPERTS GIANCARLO AND KATIE CALDESI

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here’s no better place to learn – or improve – your Italian cooking than in Tuscany. So, Country Homes & Interiors has joined forces with husband-and-wife team Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi, whose latest cookbook is inspired by the region, to offer the ultimate cooking trip. Rich in culture, art and food, Tuscany is stunningly beautiful and on our four-day break you’ll be staying in a lovely villa overlooking the rolling hills, cypress trees and vineyards. ‘It makes such a difference learning how to cook classic dishes in the place they’re from,’ says Katie Caldesi. ‘Tuscany holds many special memories for us – it’s where Giancarlo was born and where we got married – and we can’t wait to share our love of it with you.’ As well as beneitting from Katie and Giancarlo’s expertise, you’ll be given hands-on cooking lessons

from local chefs in the villa’s kitchen and be taught how to make pasta from scratch, as well as dishes such as Bistecca alla Fiorentina, a traditional Tuscan T-bone steak. You’ll be part of a small group of like-minded readers who’ll learn to cook together, so it’s a great trip to take on your own, because not only will you make friends, but there’s also no single supplement. There will be time for you to explore the nearby city of Florence on a day trip, during which you’ll visit its famous food market and enjoy lunch at a trattoria. Katie and Giancarlo, who own two restaurants in the UK and Italian cookery Hardback copy school La Cucina Caldesi, of Tuscany by Katie will also give a talk and Giancarlo Caldesi and Q&A, as well (Hardie as demonstrate how Grant, to make one of their favourite Tuscan dishes. £26)

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You’ll stay in private, en-suite accommodation.

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Your learn-to-cook itinerary DAY 1: YOUR FIRST LESSON

DAY 3: DISCOVERING FLORENCE

After arriving in Italy at Pisa Airport you’ll be transferred to your villa on Flavours Holidays’ private Tuscan estate just 30 minutes’ drive away. Once there, you’ll enjoy welcome drinks before your first cookery lesson with a local chef, during which you will prepare and enjoy a wonderful evening meal with fellow guests.

After breakfast you’ll spend the morning exploring the beautiful city of Florence and its amazing food market. You will enjoy lunch at a slow-food trattoria that champions traditional ingredients and the time-honoured local methods of producing them before returning to the villa. Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi will then demonstrate how to make one of their favourite Tuscan dishes and you’ll have the opportunity to ask them to sign your free copy of their latest book, which will be sent to you before departure. Then relax and enjoy your final dinner with the group.

DAY 2: PRIVATE WINE TASTING Following breakfast, you’ll have your second hands-on Italian cookery lesson, followed by lunch. During the afternoon you’ll visit a local winery for a private tasting session, before returning to your villa for a dinner prepared by the chef. You’ll also join Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi for drinks and a special culinary Q&A in which they’ll both share their love of Tuscan cuisine, plus answer all your foodie questions.

Return British Airways fights from London Heathrow to Pisa Three nights’ en-suite villa accommodation All meals listed in the itinerary with wine Exclusive talk and Q&A with Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi Exclusive demonstration of one of their favourite recipes and book signing Two cookery lessons with Flavours’ local chefs Private wine tasting at a winery Visit to Florence to see the famous food market and lunch at a local trattoria Local transport in a private minibus The services of an experienced Flavours Holidays’ host throughout your stay

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THE PRICE £999pp* including flights *No single supplement. For full itinerary details plus terms and conditions, visit countryhomes.tripsmiths.com/caldesicookingtuscanyCHI

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SHARING PLATES Friends over for lunch? Tuck into these midsummer platters , pizzette and pies. Packed with lavour and colour, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take centre stage...

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BURRATA WITH MIXED TOMATOES AND BASIL OIL

½ tsp sumac, to finish

Make sure you serve this at room temperature to make the most of the creaminess of the burrata and the flavour of the tomatoes – and allow yourself enough time to prepare the basil oil the night before.

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SERVES 8-10 1kg mixed tomatoes, such as flavoursome heritage varieties, cherry, Black Russian or baby plum, some roughly chopped and some left whole 30g basil leaves, torn 2 tbsp olive oil Sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste 6 burrata

For the basil oil 3 large handfuls of basil 2 large handfuls of spinach 100ml olive oil ¼ tsp salt 1 Make the basil oil 1 day in advance. Using

a blender, inely blend all the ingredients to a purée. Place the purée in a ine-meshed sieve over a bowl and leave to strain overnight in the fridge. You should be left with a vibrant green oil. 2 The next day, combine all the tomatoes in a large bowl. Add the basil and the olive oil, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Mix gently until well combined. 3 To assemble, pile the tomatoes onto a large serving platter and top with the whole burrata. Drizzle over the basil oil and adjust the seasoning if necessary.

AUBERGINE TABBOULEH This salad screams of summer. Make sure you roast the aubergine slices until they are golden and tender then tear them up by hand to mix through the bulgur. SERVES 8-10 175g bulgur wheat 10 medium ripe red tomatoes (about 1kg) 4 large aubergines 60ml olive oil 8 spring onions, finely sliced 1 large bunch of mint, finely shredded 1 large bunch of flat-leaf parsley, finely shredded

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1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas 4. 2 Place the bulgur wheat in a ine-meshed sieve

and rinse thoroughly for 1-2 minutes. Rest the sieve over a bowl to let it dry for 15 minutes. 3 Quarter, de-seed and cut the tomatoes into small cubes. Slice the aubergines lengthwise approximately 1cm thick, coat in olive oil and place on a baking tray. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until golden; set aside to cool. 4 Combine the spring onions and herbs in a bowl. Slice or tear the aubergines lengthways again to create narrower strips. Add to the bowl. Add the bulgur wheat and tomatoes and mix well. 5 To make the dressing, whisk together all the ingredients in a bowl. Pour over the tabbouleh and toss gently until evenly coated. Sprinkle with sumac to inish.

GRAPE, GOAT’S CHEESE AND ONION JAM PIZZETTE If you’ve never tried roasted red grapes, you’re in for a treat! These super-thin pizzette make a sophisticated snack and are especially good with a glass of rosé.

MAKES 3 400g strong flour 2 tsp fast-acting or instant dried yeast 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for greasing 1 tsp salt 240g onion jam 200g goat’s cheese 200g small red grapes (if large, cut them in half) 6 thyme sprigs Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling Sea salt, for seasoning 1 Preheat the oven to 240°C/Fan 220°C/Gas 9

and line two baking trays with baking paper. 2 In a large bowl, combine the lour and yeast

with the olive oil and salt. Add 250ml lukewarm water and use a spatula to bring the mixture

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together to form a dough. Tip the dough out onto a lightly oiled surface and, with lightly oiled hands, knead the dough for 5 minutes, or until it is soft and elastic. Divide the dough into three pieces, then cover with a damp tea towel and leave to prove in a warm place for 45 minutes, or until nearly doubled in size. 3 Stretch each dough ball into a rectangle measuring approximately 12x36cm, and transfer to the baking trays. Spread the onion jam evenly on each rectangle of dough. Top each with dollops of goat’s cheese, grapes and a few sprigs of thyme. Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and season generously with salt. 4 Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes, until slightly browned on the edges. Remove the pizzette from the oven, drizzle with a little more extra-virgin olive oil and serve immediately.

Fig crostata with rosemary custard.

3 Tip the dough out onto a loured surface, shape

FIG CROSTATA WITH ROSEMARY CUSTARD Take advantage of the sweet flavour and luxurious texture of figs by showcasing them in this rustic crostata. It’s best served warm, straight from the oven. SERVES 6-8 240g plain flour, plus extra for dusting 80g caster sugar Pinch of salt 120g cold butter, cubed 2 egg yolks 90g semolina 8 fresh figs, sliced in half lengthways 1 egg, beaten, for glazing Icing sugar, for dusting (optional)

For the rosemary custard 750ml milk 2 rosemary sprigs 3 egg yolks 70g caster sugar 2 tbsp cornflour

into a ball then latten slightly. Wrap in clingilm and rest in the fridge for 30 minutes. 4 Roll out the dough into a large circle 30cm in diameter. Line a baking tray with baking paper and sprinkle a third of the semolina on top. Place the dough on top of the semolina and sprinkle the remaining semolina on top of the dough. 5 Arrange the igs on top of the pastry in an inner circle, leaving a 10cm ring of pastry at the edge of the fruit, then fold this up over the edge of the fruit. Glaze the pastry lap with the beaten egg and bake in the oven for 50 minutes. 6 Meanwhile, make the rosemary custard. Pour the milk into a saucepan, add the rosemary and warm through to infuse for 5-10 minutes. In a bowl, vigorously whisk the egg yolks with the sugar and cornlour to form a paste. When the milk is warm, remove the rosemary and pour 250ml into the egg mixture. Gently combine, then pour the mixture back into the saucepan with the remaining milk. Stir continuously over low heat until the custard thickens. 7 Remove the crostata from the oven. Dust with icing sugar, if using, and serve with the custard.

and butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the egg yolks and 2 tbsp cold water, and blitz again until the dough comes together. Recipes taken from Feasting by Amanda Ruben (£25, Hardie Grant)

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PROJECT PROFILE Owners Kathleen O’Donnell, a lawyer, and her partner Tim, who runs technology companies, live here with their three dogs, Tio, Alfie and Monty.

House A five-bedroom, Grade II-listed hunting lodge in the heart of Dorset.

Project A sympathetically designed new extension has replaced a tiny, unheated

kitchen, creating a bigger and better-lit space for entertaining.

Kitchen size 9.8x6.9m Designer Gabriel Holland of Gabriel Holland Interior Design.

Cabinetry Bespoke Georgian-style cabinetry made by Anthony Durdle, painted in Borough Market by Mylands and The Botanist by Paint & Paper Library.

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The island’s black granite worktop has a wonderfully tactile, antiqued finish.

The dining area is framed by Crittall-style glazing on three sides, offering the most glorious views.

Having enjoyed a weekend property in the heart

of Dorset, six years ago Kathleen O’Donnell and her partner, Tim, decided to commit to country living permanently. A rural setting, with some land and views led their search criteria. But little did they know, their ideal home was moments from their weekend retreat. A former hunting lodge, the 17th-century property was bursting with to-die-for features, such as huge oak beams, original terracotta loors and large inglenook ireplaces. For many, the tiny, cold kitchen and equally inadequate utility might have been a deal breaker, but Kathleen and Tim were excited by the potential to put their stamp on the property. The vaulted barn-style extension that followed is a soaring triumph, providing the couple with a generous open-plan kitchen-diner, plus walk-in pantry, featuring Crittall-inspired glazing and reclaimed oak beams. ‘We didn’t want the kitchen to look too polished, so we sourced natural materials in keeping with the building’s origins,’ explains Kathleen. When it came to inessing the colour palette and liaising with the local cabinetmaker, long-term interior

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design ally Gabriel Holland was a natural call. ‘We’ve known Gabriel for more than 10 years, and she worked wonders at our previous property, so we knew she could help us realise our dream kitchen,’ says Kathleen. Gabriel helped plan a layout that makes the most of the wonderful long views across the valley. ‘The shape, size and axis of the island deliberately echoes the room’s length, while the dramatic tall dresser really shows off the generous scale of the room,’ adds Gabriel. As a busy lawyer, Kathleen has always appreciated the importance of paying attention to the details and she’s now learned the same applies when renovating a home. ‘We’d put a lot of thought into the kitchen’s overall design and look prior to the build, but we hadn’t realised how time consuming it is to actually source all the ixtures and ittings,’ she says. The devil’s in the detail though, and the couple’s considered selection of every element really shines through. ‘There is so much to love – the sense of space, the well organised pantry and the panoramic views put a smile on our faces every time we step inside.’


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The 4.4m-long island unit sits parallel to a single run of base units, forming an ergonomically efficient galley-style cooking area. The freestanding fridge-freezer is neatly framed by stud walling to minimise its impact, while the walk-in pantry acts as a huge food and wine store.

Mesh-front cabinet doors add a touch of industrial style to the island unit.

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This towering bespoke dresser is the perfect display case for Kathleen’s treasured collection of vintage china and glassware. ‘Painting it in Farrow & Ball’s dramatic Black Blue ensures it focuses your attention,’ says Gabriel Holland. ‘The traditional ladder is a nod to the dressers found in England’s great old country houses.’ Painting the interior in the same shade as the wall behind stops it from feeling top-heavy.


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Walk-in pantries are really making a comeback, and with good reason. Here, a small sink and slim wine fridge, along with pull-out vegetable baskets, help maximise the room’s potential. The reclaimed door was a last-minute suggestion from the builder. ‘I love how the worn imperfection and leaded glass adds character,’ says Gabriel. ‘The food sign and custom-made taps also bring a bit of fun to this secondary area.’

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What better way to keep herbs and spices organised than a dedicated drawer with beautifully carved dovetail joints? Concealing the drawer inside a bigger unit is a clever way of maximising space, while ensuring the exterior door matches the kitchen cabinetry. Beneath, oils and sauces are kept safely upright with dedicated dividers, all in beautiful natural oak.

Keep organised with dedicated spaces for all your essentials.

Make your pantry work harder with a built-in sink.

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CABINETRY Bespoke Georgian-style cabinetry made by Anthony Durdle, around £30,000, with island painted in Borough Market by Mylands, cabinets painted in The Botanist by Paint & Paper Library and dresser painted in Farrow & Ball’s Black Blue. Design by Gabriel Holland Interior Design.

SURFACES South African black antiqued granite worktop on island, £275sq m, Landford Stone. Perimeter worktops and splashbacks in composite quartz, col Misty Carrera, from £400sq m, Caesarstone. Walls, painted in Slate IV, £46.50 for 2.5L emulsion, Paint & Paper Library. Trusloe limestone seasoned finish flooring, £59.94sq m, Artisans of Devizes.

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ACCESSORIES Similar wall lights, £384 each, Felix Lighting Specialists. Bombo bar stools in silver, £525 each, Chaplins. Dining table and benches, from £1,800, Old Creamery Furniture.

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‘I MAKE TOP-QUALITY ICE CREAM WITH MILK FROM OUR OWN COWS’ A rtisan maker Caroline Spiby

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here’s something about ice cream – as soon as you say it, people smile,’ says Caroline Spiby, founder of artisan ice cream company Caroline’s Dairy, which is based in converted farm buildings on the family farm near the idyllic Sussex coast. Caroline has always had a love of cooking, but the seeds of the business came about after she married Chris, a dairy farmer. At the time, dairy farmers were not being paid the price of the cost of production and Caroline kept trying to think of things to do with the milk to add value and diversify. In 2000, Caroline started looking into making ice cream as a business, but plans were put on hold when there was a nationwide outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. Caroline then found out she was pregnant with Joseph, now 16, and went on to have Samuel, now 14, so bringing up the boys took priority. In 2007, Caroline revisited the idea and decided to go for it. ‘I get gut feelings,’ she says. ‘I knew what it was we had to do.’ She researched ice cream-making machinery and obtained a grant to renovate some redundant

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farm buildings to bring them up to food manufacturing standard. ‘I wanted to make top-quality ice cream,’ she says. ‘I use the very best ingredients and only use the milk that we produce on the farm from our cows.’ Flavours were an important consideration. ‘I like blending things together to see what happens,’ she says. The first flavours she made were Double Dairy, Royal Bourbon Vanilla, Fresh Strawberry and Belgian Chocolate. ‘I thought people would like at least one of those flavours!’ she says. Obviously, the taste of the ice cream was paramount, but Caroline was particularly keen for the packaging to have a strong identity with a rustic look. ‘A friend who’s a designer worked with me on the design. I wanted the pots to look like they were made from brown paper,’ she says. Caroline started selling her ice cream in a small number of local farm shops, as well as at Chichester and Midhurst farmers’ markets from a traditional ice-cream vendor’s bike. The farmers’ markets proved an invaluable way for Caroline to make new contacts. ‘I let people know what we’d created and that

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Caroline on the ice-cream bike that she uses at events.


What I loe most... ‘WHEN I SEE PEOPLE ENJOYING THE ICE CREAM, ESPECIALLY THE EXCITEMENT OF CHOOSING THE FLAVOUR, AND THEN THE SATISFACTION WHEN THEY ACTUALLY EAT IT’

there was local ice cream available. We soon got enquiries about attending events and supplying new customers.’ Over time, more flavours were added and restaurants approached Caroline to supply ice cream to them. There are now two menus: one for retailers with around 12 flavours in a year-round menu and seasonal flavours such as Coconut, Banana & Fudge and Bubblegum for summer, and White Chocolate with Raspberry Fudge and Blackberry Fool for winter, and one for restaurants and scooping customers that comprises 17 flavours with seasonal choices such as Pomegranate, Amarena Cherry, Honey & Whisky Ripple and White with Dark Chocolate Ripple. ‘What people like to take

Caroline making a delivery to stockist Runcton Farm Shop.

home is often different to what chefs want to pair with desserts,’ says Caroline. New ice cream flavours are always evolving. ‘Ideas can come from myself or any member of the team, from what we like – it could be a dessert where the flavours work well, or a request from a chef, or what’s trending in the food market. The ice creams have won many Great Taste Awards, and in 2015 we won Gold for our Salted Caramel at the National Ice Cream Awards, winning again in 2016 with our Toffee & Honeycomb ice cream.’ At first, Caroline made the ice cream on her own. ‘My mum used to help by putting the lids on the pots that I had filled by hand and putting them in the freezer. I also did the marketing, sales, delivery and accounts,’ says Caroline. As she made more ice cream, Caroline employed someone to help in the parlour. ‘There are now three people in the office, two-and-a-half people who make the ice cream, plus a delivery driver. A friend and one of the girls who makes ice cream help with events, plus we have seasonal staff, as well as my son Samuel.’ Caroline’s ice cream range is now sold in 20 Southern Co-op shops and five National Trust properties, as well as farm shops, pubs and restaurants throughout Surrey, Hampshire and Sussex. ‘It’s lovely running an ice cream business – we don’t have to worry about dessert!’ says Caroline. ‘I managed to juggle the business around the kids when they were younger – they spent a lot of time with Chris on the farm and my mum always helped with school pick-ups. Working from home makes it easier, but it means work is always there. It’s like an addiction. I can’t stop doing it. I work so hard trying to make it as good as it can be. I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve all done – I have an amazing team of people around me. I pinch myself when I see how big we are now and how word has spread.’ ☎ Caroline’s Dairy, 01243 641001, carolinesdairy.co.uk.

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A colourful array of fresh ingredients are used to flavour Caroline’s delicious ice creams.

Caroline puts the lids on the ice cream pots.

Raspberry ice cream being made in the batch freezer.

Caroline’s vibrant vintage ice cream van is popular at events.

Toffee & Honeycomb and Amarena Cherry ice creams.

Pouring fresh fruit into the ice cream mix.

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✽ ON OUR D O O R S T E P. . . Visit… ‘RSPB Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve (01243 641508, rspb.org.uk). In the summer we love to get on our bikes and have a ride across the farm and into the nature reserve and round to Church Norton, which backs on to Pagham Harbour. It is so relaxing and also gives us a bit of exercise.’ Shop at... ‘Runcton Farm Shop (01243 787847, runctonfarmshop.co.uk). They stock produce, including our ice cream, from around 50 local producers. They also grow 30 to 40 crops, including vegetables, soft fruits, pumpkins, squashes and the most delicious asparagus, and you can pick your own in the summer.’

Go for a meal at... ‘The Crab & Lobster (01243 641233, crab-lobster.co.uk) in Sidlesham or The Earl of March (01243 533993, theearlofmarch.com) in Lavant. When the weather is fine, both are wonderful places to eat alfresco.’

Caroline and Chris with dogs Fudge and Moss and the herd of cows that supply the milk used to make Caroline’s ice cream.


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Smal business advice

MAKE YOUR PACKAGING STAND OUT Our guide to what to consider when designing your product

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Developing packaging for the irst time is a challenge for many start up businesses. You may be more concerned with other aspects of your product, but people are drawn to attractive packaging and it may mean the difference between a sale or not, and, ultimately, the difference between the success or failure of your brand. ‘The packaging of your product is vital,’ says Paul Marsh, managing director at The Packaging Experts. ‘Up to 80% of purchase decisions are made at point of sale. People go into a shop for one item and come away having bought lots of things. You have to capture your target market’s attention, and packaging is about getting them to buy in the first place – you never get a second chance to make a first impression.’ Caroline Spiby spent a lot of time working on the look of her packaging as she wanted it to have a distinct brand identity – one that immediately said that it was artisan and homemade in the country. The brown paper-effect ice cream pot with distinctive cow logo ticks all the boxes. When it comes to packaging, Paul Marsh advises: Think about what the packaging needs to do. ‘Look at whether it is going to sit on a retail shelf or survive a trip with

Royal Mail,’ says Paul. ‘Work out the material that best suits the content in terms of size, weight and shape, and from there you can look at how you want it branded. There are all sorts of extras you can add – for instance, a film window in a box like you see with Easter eggs, but special embellishments are restricted to certain packaging and manufacturing processes will cost extra. In most cases, the more you need to do to the packaging to get it from concept to delivery, the more it will cost. For instance, a box that requires gluing will be more expensive than one that doesn’t.’ Work out your budget. ‘Be realistic when it comes to costs,’ says Paul. ‘People have a dream about how they want their packaging to look, but then they realise that it is not viable due to the cost. Packaging is the last thing that people think about, but you need to allow between 10-20% of your budget. ‘Many packaging products come in standard sizes or weights that you can then brand, and that’s a good idea for start-ups,’ says Paul. ‘One way of saving on costs is to buy pre-made boxes or cartons and have customised labels designed. Remember, too, that if you buy packaging in bulk you are likely to get a better deal.’

Test your market. ‘Make prototypes and show them to lots of people,’ says Paul. Caroline did her own market testing. ‘We made up 10 or 12 variations, put them on the ice cream pots and then asked friends, family and local people what they thought. The design was how I wanted it to look, but I had to know it would work for other people,’ she says. Consider colours carefully. ‘Colour amplifies brand identity and that familiarity plays a big part in encouraging repeat purchases. Choosing the right colours can engage your target audience and help you stand out,’ says Paul. ‘However, be aware of the impact of certain colours, especially if you will be exporting your product. In the Far East, red suggests good luck, but it tends to mean energy, danger, power, passion and love in Western cultures.’ Be open to new design ideas. ‘Don’t become too focused or passionate about one design idea to the extent that you become blinkered to other options. You also have to make sure that the packaging makes it really obvious what you are selling so that customers instantly know what’s inside,’ says Paul. The Packaging Experts, 01256 352415, thepackagingexperts.co.uk.

The one lesson I hae learnt... ‘HOW ADDICTIVE IT IS TO RUN YOUR OWN BUSINESS! YOUR MIND NEVER STOPS – IT KEEPS TURNING OUT IDEAS FOR DIFFERENT FLAVOURS, HOW WE CAN PRODUCE MORE, PROSPECTIVE CUSTOMERS, THE LIST GOES ON...’ NEXT MONTH ARTIST KATE NICOLE OF OYSTER BRIDGE & CO

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India Hicks’ home, Britwell.

‘Britwell Hill is in my earliest memories, and in my children’s, too’ India Hicks, designer and entepeneur It’s also where Chitty Chitty Bang Bang took off in the inal scene! I grew up in a house called Britwell, right at the bottom of the hill, and the brick house with its two wings and stable is really all you can see from the top of the hill, aside from the glorious countryside.

I was born there, and one of my earliest memories is being pushed up the hill in a big, old-fashioned pram by my nanny, with a huge hood above me, feeling the bumpy, unpaved road beneath me. There’s a lot of wildlife in the area – pheasants, foxes, deer – and when I was a little older, I would walk up the hill and watch the pigeons lying around our rooftop. My parents also kept peacocks at the time, and two of them, Pegasus and Ariande, had an albino baby, which was called The Egg. On a clear day you could often see The Egg strutting about the lawn from the top of the hill.

The area around Britwell Hill is still such a huge part of my life. The land’s been in my family for generations, and I was extraordinarily lucky to have grown up here. I just wrote a book called A Slice of England, and it’s about the three houses I grew up in, all in this one area, as well as the house I recently built, which is still only about four minutes away. The mid-Georgian gardens at my grandfather’s 154

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home were designed by Capability Brown and Henry Holland, so I was surrounded by amazing landscapes and architecture from day one. When my parents left Britwell and divided the estate in half, they moved over to The Grove, the dower house of the property, and my mother, aged 89, still lives there today.

I did most of my growing up in this one beautiful corner of England, and my own children now share similar childhoods to me. Although we’re based in the Bahamas, the kids go to school in England and have grown up playing in the exact same ields, hills and woods that I did. I love that, and being up on Britwell Hill with my ive unruly children is perfection to me.

Having lived in the tropics for so long, I now really appreciate the seasons, whether it’s the trees in the neighbouring wood turning golden in autumn, or being up on the hill in a snowstorm as my kids toboggan down on my mother’s salmon platters! That said, there really couldn’t be anywhere better to be on a perfect English summer’s day, walking and looking down on the unspoilt greenery, trees and rolling hills – everything that comes to mind when you think of the English countryside. India’s book, A Slice of England, is available now (£35, Rizzoli).

FEATURE THEA BABINGTON-STITT PHOTOGRAPHS MIGUEL FLORES-VIANNA

Britwell Hill in Oxfordshire is, to me, the most wonderful, unspoilt view of the English countryside imaginable.


          

                                                     

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