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WELCOME Scattered around our home are boxes, baskets and bags that I use to store everything from fabric swatches and knitting wool to computer cables and stationery. I realised that I wasn’t alone in my secret love of storage when I joined our decorating team in selecting baskets to feature on page 31. While each of us had a favourite, all of the choices have a smart design that will bring a handcrafted touch to schemes. Whether you’re seeking individual details or inspiration for a whole room, our suggestions for using abstract pattern in vibrant colours, page 59, are brimming with energy for a striking look. Colour is also a defining element of this month’s dream kitchen, page 126, and a creatively transformed attic room, page 134. Of course, now that summer’s here, we’re also turning our attention outdoors. This issue is packed with beautiful gardens, including a modern pleasure garden in Northamptonshire, page 108; expert advice and ideas for creating a stylish haven for wildlife, page 118; and, on page 140, an innovative design for a tranquil woodland retreat.
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H&G EDIT JULY The people, products and places creating a buzz this month We love this beautiful painterly rug from the new Watercolour collection by Coral & Hive. Designed by artist Claire Oswalt and skilfully woven in South Africa on traditional looms, this ombré pattern is made from karakul wool and mohair for true luxury underfoot. Pricey Sunset rug, £600sq m, Coral & Hive. Murgi chair, H64xW65xD50cm, £400, Caravane. Similar floor lamp, Flos Tab LED floor lamp, £279, John Lewis. Artwork, Liza Giles.
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Add a touch of zest to interiors with uplifting shots of lemon
1| Traditional curves with a modern twist. Torassa chair in Distant Dawn by Robert Allan, H82xW77xD86cm, £3,395, Soho Home, 020 3819 8199, sohohome.com. FEATURE LAURA VINDEN
2| Perfect for adding a slice of summer style. Limon clutch, H16xW28cm, £70, Kayu at Net-a-Porter, 0800 044 5700, net-a-porter.com.
3| A fruity little number for the dinner table. Pineapple jug, H20cm, £98, Designers Guild, 020 7351 5775, designersguild.com.
4| Inspired by the lemon trees of Provence. Grove Citron wallpaper, £50yd, Wayne Pate + Studio Four NYC, studiofournyc.com.
5| A whimsical touch for added character. Cactus lamp, H50.5xDia15cm, £350; card shade, £126, Hector Finch, 020 7731 8886, hectorfinch.com.
6| Softly woven braid for decorative accents. La Perle in Mediterranean, 4.3cm wide, £22m, Gert Voorjans for Jim Thompson Fabrics, 020 7368 7700, jimthompsonfabrics.com.
7| Bright design with variable foot rest heights. Ninety stool in Yellow, H75xDia39cm, £300, Kent & London, 020 7739 3656, kentandlondon.co.uk.
8| Ideal for adding vitality to living rooms.
Margo cushion in Lemon, 45sq cm, £85, Fanny Shorter, fannyshorter.com.
9| A suave choice for cutting a dash. Panama hat in Yellow, £160, Frescobol Carioca, 020 3893 3611, frescobolcarioca.com.
10| Made of beautifully soft merino wool. Carousel blanket, 140x195cm, £215, Anna-Lisa Smith, 07730 350855, anna-lisasmith.com.
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PAINTERLY STYLE Taking inspiration from original works of art, the Los Angeles-based design collective Zoe Bios Creative has produced a mouth-watering range for West Elm, 0800 404 9780, westelm.co.uk, which includes bedding, rugs and these stylish outdoor cushions, 51cm sq, £39 each.
BRIGHT IDEA The oversized proportions of this Saybrook lantern, H91xW50xD50cm, £8,290, by Oomph at Nina Campbell, 020 7352 9518, shop.ninacampbell. com, make it the perfect statement piece. It is available in 18 colours, including Knockout Orange (above), finished with nickel or brass.
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DESIGNER DEBUTSophie Ashby is the first British designer to join The Invisible Collection, 07340 002928, theinvisiblecollection. com, an online edit of luxury designs for the home. Her collection features 17 pieces crafted in a range of materials, including steel, marble and jesmonite.
Jesmonite Jigsaw table, H75xDia95cm, £12,770, Studio Ashby at The Invisible Collection.
Those wishing to take a subtle approach to home decoration will find plenty to ponder in Abigail Edwards’ new book, Quiet Pattern: Gentle Designs for Interiors (£20, Clearview Books). This exploration of stylish ideas for beautifully understated backdrops features fabrics and wallpapers by artisan designers and offers practical, room by room advice.
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William Morris’s descriptive diary entries from his 1871 Icelandic expedition inspired the creation of North and Kindred printed fabrics, embroideries, weaves and wallpaper designs. Shown are Pure Honeysuckle Tulip wallpaper in Cloud Grey, £79 a roll, and sofa in Pure Laxa Weave in Cloud Grey, £109m, Morris & Co, 020 3457 5862, stylelibrary.com/morris&co.
This pretty Circle Shell wall sconce will bring a touch of cool coastal style to your home. Made of carved plaster, it measures H29.5 xW29cm and costs £800, Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam, 020 7730 0445, nicholashaslam.com.
With their shared love of vibrant colour, it’s clear to see why Secret Linen Store, 01243 822599, secret linenstore.com, enlisted the help of interior designer Sophie Robinson for its new bedlinen range. In zingy yellow, coral and blue, it includes pillowcases, from £14; Pom Pom throw, £95.
FIVE MINUTES WITH LAURA JACKSON & ALICE LEVINE The duo behind stylish London-based supper club Jackson & Levine tell us about their latest collaboration with Habitat, a collection of vibrant ceramics called The Second Course What inspired this collection? While on her honeymoon last year, Laura visited Grottaglie in Puglia, and met the Fasano family, the main producer of the bright and figuratively painted ceramics for which the town is known. She brought back about 50 pieces, which we’ve used at our supper clubs, as we love the handmade quality and vibrancy. So Italy and ceramics were very much in mind when Habitat approached us about creating a second collection with them. Habitat had worked with the Fasanos before, so they contacted the family, and they agreed to collaborate with us, too. How did you develop the designs? We wanted to take the traditional figurative and paint splatter ideas and give them a colour twist. While the Fasanos are famed for using cobalt blues, we opted for a
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clashing palette to really stand out – reds with pinks, yellows with lilacs. The pieces can be used anywhere around the home. What we love most is that each one is unique. Do you have a favourite piece? Laura: The large red and pink Margherita jug. It’s so multifunctional. We use it for serving cocktails at dinner parties, but it also takes pride of place on our mantelpiece filled with seasonal blooms, and on the bedside table, because it’s so pretty. Alice: I love the green and pink plates with the central figurative design. They’re a perfect example of old meets new. They nod to the Puglia face plate tradition, yet feel so contemporary, especially thanks to our ‘ugly-pretty’J&L palette. The colours clash but somehow just work. Habitat, 0344 499 4686, habitat.co.uk.
Francesca side plate, £12; Margherita jug, £45; Octavia oval platter, £15, The Second Course at Habitat.
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IN A NEW LIGHT To celebrate its 30th birthday, Porta Romana, 020 7352 0440, portaromana.com, has introduced the Chronicle Part I collection, giving a selection of its favourite lighting designs an update with sculptural metallics, organic shapes and sleek silhouettes. Shown is the Florentine Leaf lamp base in Plaster White, H44.5xW23cm, £852.
TAKING SHAPE With its beautifully patterned stained ash and birch doors, the Elan armoire, H199xW135xD60cm, £8,450, by British design studio Pinch, 020 7622 5075, pinchdesign.com, is an exquisite contemporary example of the classic technique of marquetry. The handles and hinges are copper-plated and the white oiled sycamore interior can be configured for wardrobe or general storage use.
ROLLING ALONG The key to a lovely garden is a pristine lawn, but keeping it that way can take time and effort. This clever iMow robotic mower, from £999, Viking, imow.co.uk, cuts the grass automatically, using sensors to navigate, allowing you to simply sit back and admire your outdoor space.
BEE KIND Whatever the size of your garden, you can help these precious pollinators to flourish by creating the right habitat. In her new book, Planting for Honeybees: The Grower’s Guide to Creating a Buzz (£12, Quadrille), Sarah Wyndham Lewis gives invaluable advice on the best plants to choose and when and where to plant them.
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This year marks the centenary of the birth of the internationally recognised garden designer, lecturer and writer Rosemary Verey. To celebrate, the magnificent Grade II-listed Barnsley House – her home and beloved garden from 1951 to 2001, now a luxurious Cotswolds hotel – is hosting a series of events. Visit barnsleyhouse.com for details of the Afternoon Tea & Tour (12 July) and the Harvest Festival Themed Lunch & Tour (6 September).
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Set in two acres of lavender ﬁelds, this bright and inviting lifestyle destination features enticingly displayed homewares alongside its own bath and beauty brand.
SHOP TALK LONG BARN Jane Marsden reveals how a love of lavender has grown into a thriving country business o≠ering aromatic products and crafted homewares
The shop includes a nursery selling a wide variety of plants and a café.
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How did the business develop? Richard’s idea was to create a brand based on the old English lavender growing industry. People tend to think of it as French, but there’s a huge tradition of English lavender, mainly in the southern counties around London, where it was grown and harvested then sent to the city for use in the apothecary trade. Richard was growing 10 acres of lavender with a local farmer and distilling the oil to use in soaps. Initially, we opened a tiny shop in the market town of Alresford in Hampshire, but we quickly found that there was so much competition, we couldn’t make a business from a handful of lavender products. We also realised, however, that we had more than a toiletries brand, and that people really liked our old-fashioned way of retailing. Where did you establish the new shop? We spotted a ﬁeld just outside Alresford, tracked down the landowner and persuaded him to invest in our business. It was meant to be,
as planning permission was already in place, and he built a beautiful green oak barn for us to move into; it’s an amazing building, based on a traditional mortise-and-tenon Norman structure. Richard planted 5,000 lavender plants on the two acres of land at the back and, over the past eight or nine years, Long Barn has become a real destination. As well as our lavender range, we stock homewares, an edited clothing line and food, and we have a café and a plant nursery, too. Can you tell us how the lavender is grown and used? The lavender season is in July and August, when the plants come into full bloom. They’re harvested then the oil is distilled using pressurised steam; as it cools and condenses, a layer of oil is left. This is siphoned off and left to sit for 12 to 18 months. There are different types of lavender; some are typically used for fragrance, and others are better for therapeutic purposes. It’s also common to create blends. What do you think is the key to Long Barn’s success? We work with small manufacturers, who use natural and organic ingredients, and we’ve also learned that these days it’s all about provenance. People want a brand with a story to tell. We have a great venue and lovely products, so customers come to enjoy some me time; they bring a friend, or pop in on their way to the south coast. The barn inspires people and gives them ideas for their homes. I’m very proud of the fact that we’ve put some joy back into shopping.
FEATURE CLAUDIA BAILLIE
Where did the Long Barn story begin? I met my business partner, Richard Norris, at a consumer exhibition in London. He was a Winchester-based horticulturist with a passion for lavender, and had set up a ﬂedgling toiletries company that he was trying to run part time. I was a marketing director for food and drink brands, and he asked me to join him. I thought that, as I do this kind of thing for other people, maybe I should try doing it for myself. So I decided to leave corporate business and give it a go.
ALL AT SEA Making waves this summer is the Lobster cushion cover, 45cm sq, £150, The Conran Shop, 0344 848 4000, conranshop.co.uk. Intricately hand-embroidered by skilled artisans in raffia on cotton, it’s the perfect accessory to bring a jaunty seaside feel to interiors.
Join the Great Stag Hunt throughout June and July to help keep track of our endangered native stag beetles. Create a log pile or leave dead wood to rest in your garden to encourage them to visit, then record your sightings with the People’s Trust for Endangered Species, ptes.org/gsh.
PHOTOGRAPH PAUL BARKER (GRAND IDEAS)
GRAND IDEAS Lovers of Chippendale should not miss the Thomas Chippendale: Designer, Maker, Decorator exhibition, celebrating the 300th anniversary of his birth. It runs until 2 September at Harewood House, 0113 218 1010, harewood.org – which the furniture maker refurbished as the largest commission of his career – and includes this exquisite Diana and Minerva chest of drawers.
THE REST IS HISTORY Delving into the V&A archive, the design team at Lewis & Wood, 020 7751 4554, lewisandwood.co.uk, chose four drawings by CFA Voysey as the basis for its latest fabric and wallpaper collection. The designs offer a fresh take on the traditional Arts & Crafts prints of the renowned architect and furniture and textile designer. Pictured above is Voysey Park wallpaper in Verdure, 136cm wide, £65.52m, which includes a unicorn among the deer.
PASSION FOR PATTERN Sketches of an ancient Wiltshire forest are depicted in the new linen fabric Savernake, £110m (right), which comes in eight striking shades. Meanwhile, Botany, cotton linen union, £110m (left), which also takes its cue from nature, gives a nod to the vibrant hues and bold brush strokes of the Fauvist art movement. Both designs are by Fermoie, 01672 513723, fermoie.com.
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Get organised with our pick of stylish baskets, perfect for adding a hand-crafted feel to your home
9| 1| Jioni dusky pink storage basket, H30xDia37.5cm, £72, The Basket Room. 2| Seagrass basket, H20xDia18cm, £40, Artisans & Adventurers. 3| Kiondo basket with leather handles, H30xDia28cm, £45, Such & Such. 4| Striped basket, H22xDia20cm, £30, Artisans & Adventurers. 5| Ghanaian basket, H37xDia40cm, £100, Raj Tent Club. 6| Abayomi basket, H29xDia27cm, £35, Oggetto. 7| Lidded basket, H15xDia25cm, £49 a pair, Ferm Living at Smallable. 8| Vipi yellow colour block lidded laundry basket, H50xDia50cm, £122, The Basket Room. 9| Thena storage basket, H39xDia38cm, £94, Rowen & Wren. 10| Coutinho seagrass basket with handles, H38xDia36cm, £50, Habitat. 11| Yellow Dash basket, H33xDia32cm, £55, Pentreath & Hall.
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1| Bamboo basket,H25xDia30cm, £99 a pair, Nordic House. 2| Devon basket, H22xW46xD37cm, £69,Balineum. 3| Honeycomb basket, H30x Dia35cm, £50,Artisans & Adventurers. 4| Stor basket, H25xDia38cm, £60, Also Home. 5| Hanging book basket, H30xW23cm, £20, Olli Ella. 6| Billy basket, H33xDia33cm, £29, Olli Ella. 7| Pindi basket, H28xW28xD40cm, £65, The Basket Room. 8| Open weave seagrass basket, H45xDia35, £95 set of three,Cox & Cox. 9| Wicker basket, H31xW44cm, £95, Rose & Grey. 10| Oki basket, H53xDia40cm, £55, Also Home. 11| Bazzar basket, H70xDia50cm, £55, Design Vintage. 12| Hemp basket, H40xW40cm, £69.95, Oggetto. 13| Small storage basket,H20xDia24cm, £12.99, H&M Home. Background Gabbro wallcovering, £350 a roll, Zinc Textile. WHERE TO BUY, PAGE 162
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STYLING SALLY DENNING PHOTOGRAPHS JON DAY
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From Harlequin comes Prism Plains, a collection of fabrics in a vast range of 701 colours, perfect for curtains and upholstery. The designs are divided into Texture and Lustre, which has a delicate sheen, and prices start at just £19m. Visit stylelibrary.com/harlequin.
PHOTOGRAPHS TANYA PATEMAN (PORTRAIT), KEVIN DUTTON (CHERNER CHAIR)I
he style tag ‘mid-century modern’ is now ubiquitous, loosely describing simple, functional furniture with organic or geometric shapes, made from around 1940 to 1960. The term was popularised in the US after the publication in 1984 of Mid-Century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s by art historian Cara Greenberg. However, we didn’t hear much of it in Britain until Lucy Ryder Richardson (above) and her business partner, Petra Curtis, started holding specialist shows 14 years ago. Lucy had moved into a 1960s house in Dulwich, south-east London, but found suitable furnishings hard to track down. Realising there was a gap in the market, she held an ‘open house’ in 2004, selling imported vintage Danish pieces and British modern design. It was a huge success, inspiring a larger fair the next year, in the ‘brilliantly brutalist’ Christison Hall at Dulwich College, all 1960s dark brick, concrete and glass. This hosted 30 dealers in mid-century furniture with a clutch of modern designers in the gallery upstairs. And the all-important name? ‘Modernist didn’t seem right for our 1930s to 1970s stuff, and 20th-century design classics was too long, so we took the hyphen out of mid-century and made it our own,’ says Lucy. Now Midcentury Modern is a registered trademark, with a mailing list of 35,000 fans. Its website, themodernmarket place.com, is a great resource, listing around 40 dealers, along with 50 idiosyncratic modern design brands, plus restoration services and advice.‘Once discovered, people love our shows,’ says Lucy.‘We are informal, genuine, affordable and fun. We are upmarket recyclers, and our furniture is likely to appreciate.’ For upcoming Midcentury Modern fairs, visit modernshows.com.
TOP Norman Cherner armchair,
1958; vintage industrial lighting by Skinflint. RIGHT 1960s Totem casserole dish, Portmeirion.
Join the Beth Chatto Symposium, a gathering of gardeners, plants people and speakers, in honour of the ecological planting pioneer’s 95th birthday and the 40th anniversary of her first book, The Dry Garden. 30-31 August, University of Essex; tickets, bethchattosymposium.com. All proceeds go to the Beth Chatto Education Trust.
NATURAL BEAUTY Expanding its homewares offerings to include furniture, Also Home, 01483 608611, alsohome.com, has introduced the Kibo bench, H46xW130x D40cm, £265, alongside two matching stools. Designed in-house, the pieces feature a traditionally woven cotton rope seat and sustainably sourced mango wood with a whitewashed finish, for a look of simple elegance that is fast becoming the company’s calling card.
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ONE TO WATCH EAST LONDON PARASOL COMPANY After several attempts at finding the right career path, Lucy Ferguson finally discovered her dream job under a colourful umbrella in a distant land Can you tell us about your background? I graduated in 2008 with a degree in theology and English literature, then I worked in financial communications, which made me realise how I didn’t want my life to be. After that I spent time in Kerala, writing a children’s book, which was where I found the incredible temple umbrellas and brought some back to London. I couldn’t finish the book and, needing something to do, I became a cheesemonger for Neal’s Yard Dairy. It was the first time I’d ever sold a physical product and was a lovely job, matching people with something they’d enjoy. How did you make the umbrellas into a business? I left Neal’s Yard, convinced I could continue writing, but it didn’t happen. Then back in India for a friend’s wedding, I thought,‘What about the parasols?’ I was popping them up wherever I went and they got such a positive response, it made me wonder why other umbrellas weren’t more interesting. I ended up travelling round Kerala in the back of a car, sitting on bales of cloth with my feet out of the window, trying to find the umbrella makers. When I did, everything just flowed. After spending my twenties pushing in different directions, it felt amazing.
The East London Parasol Company’s products are available online; visit eastlondonparasols.com.
Where are the parasols made? The silver fringes are hand-made by temple umbrella makers in Kerala. I have a good friend, a rickshaw driver, who picks them
up and posts them to Bali, where they’re sewn on to umbrellas. The Balinese umbrellas are made by a community who do everything in four houses opposite each other. One person carves the wood, another does the staining and someone else does the freehand painting. It’s very meditative. Nothing is mechanical – apart from the radio. The block prints are my designs and made in India. We do sketches, get the blocks cut and try out colours, before hand-printing on long tables. All you can hear is the thud of the blocks – a wonderful, rhythmic process. What have you learnt from working with the people who make the umbrellas? Being open is important. Making it clear you’re ready to do business and conversing with them to create something for the future also gets a good response. My trips to India and Bali are not just to source products. I spend time with people, go to weddings and cook with them. The best part of my work is building relationships. How did you expand the range? It seemed like a logical progression. Cushions, tablecloths, napkins – why not? You need to build a whole outdoor scene. If you’re sitting under something fabulous, you want fabulous things around you. This is my third season and I love this year’s stock. I sell through my website and at shows, where I enjoy seeing people’s reactions to the parasols; as they approach, their faces light up. Even if they don’t want to buy, they like being beneath one. It’s like being bathed in a little bit of sunshine.
Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire, 01476 871001, belvoircastle.com, is holding its first-ever flower show on 14 and 15 July.Tickets cost £15 and the beneficiary will be Perennial, the charity supporting those working in horticulture. Highlights include show gardens and floral exhibitors in the grand lakeside pavilion.
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H&G EDIT | NEWS John Brookes’ design for the courtyard at Penguin Books in 1964 featured geometic paving, water and planting.
ON THE EDGE Trimmings are making a welcome return and we love this new collection, Modern County Trimmings, for bringing crisp defining detail to curtains and cushions. Choose from beautifully stitched textural, striped and colourful designs, plus extra wide braids, from £45m, Mulberry Home at GP&J Baker, 020 7351 7760, gpjbaker.com.
WORDS ARABELLA ST JOHN PARKER (JOHN BROOKES MBE). PHOTOGRAPHS GWENDOLYN VAN PAASSCHEN (JOHN BROOKS MBE), ALAMY (NEW SKILLS)
IN MEMORIAM JOHN BROOKES MBE FSGD We take it for granted these days that our gardens should be beautiful, stylish, usable extensions of our homes. Until the 1960s, however, our attitude was very different. Large or small, country or urban, the garden was somewhere to practise horticulture and show off our ability to tame nature. Flowers had their place, trees had theirs, and edibles were cultivated in a plot hidden away. In 1962, however, Architectural Design magazine draughtsmanturned-garden-designer John Brookes broke new ground, literally and metaphorically. He built an RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden that was intended not just to be admired, but was structured like a sitting room. The gardener could practise his or her craft and then sit down and enjoy looking at and being surrounded by it. In John’s first book, Room Outside (published in 1969), he shared the ethos behind his designs: that gardens are for living in, as well as being places in which to grow things, and that the garden provides us with an opportunity to find the best way to live with nature. His career, which spanned 50 years, was spent travelling the world designing public and private gardens, including the College Green Garden, Westminster Abbey, and the English Walled Garden at Chicago Botanic Garden. He also taught garden design to generations of students at the Inchbald School of Design and later, at his own school, Clockhouse, at Denmans in West Sussex, where he lived and worked on his garden from the 1980s onwards. Sadly, John died in March this year, shortly before his book, A Landscape Legacy (£40, Pimpernel Press), was published. In his introduction, a brief, forward-looking overview of his own memories of an influential life in gardening, he wrote: ‘Travel, differing landscapes, the experience of other cultures, twentieth-century art and my hobby of gardening have all been a huge influence on my work as a landscape designer. These experiences have opened my eyes to all sorts of things. I feel very much that garden people are very often hemmed in by too close an association with plants and gardening, and their experience should be far wider.’ The restored gardens at Denmans will reopen to the public during the first weekend of June this year. For more details, visit denmans.org.
Organic curves and the warmth of wood are key to Plural, the new bathroom collection by VitrA, 01235 750990, vitra. co.uk, in collaboration with Terri Pecora. It includes a vertical mirror that pivots so it can be shared between two basins.
Online tutorial Perennial Management, The Piet Oudolf Way, £29, learningwithexperts.com, has caught our eye. Learn from the landscape architect himself, along with expert Noel Kingsbury, how to care for perennial plants in harsh conditions and how New York’s unique landscaped railway the High Line (below), a prime example, is maintained.
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IN THE BAG The summery and roomy Kyma basket, from H30xW50cm, £193, would make a handy travelling companion for your holiday. Designed by Themis Zouganeli, Themis Z, themisz.com, it’s woven by hand from straw in Greece and painted by local artisans. The basket can also be monogrammed, making it the perfect gift.
MEASURE FOR MEASURE With the new range of customisable sofas and chairs by Lombok, 020 7736 5171, lombok.co.uk, you can choose the model, fabric and finish to create your ideal piece. We love the Karlsson in Vintage Jade velvet (shown), H80xW150xD100cm, £1,495.
Continuing its commitment to the rediscovery of historical paint shades, Little Greene, 0845 880 5855, littlegreene.com, has an exciting collaboration with the National Trust in the pipeline. Research is underway towards a new collection of paints inspired by colours that are found in the trust’s properties, which will reflect all historical periods and styles and bring the nation’s heritage into our homes. With each paint pot sold, a contribution will be made to support the National Trust’s valuable conservation work.
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The classic coffee-table game dominoes has been given a smart makeover with bright green tiles in a stylish case, 24x9cm, £27.50, that’s far too attractive to hide away. It’s available from Alresford Linen, 01962 734221, alresford linen.co.uk.
INSTAGRAM INSPIRATION Florist Sarah Statham @simplybyarrangement has enchanted us her with wild, abundant and romantic floral displays created using flowers from her garden in her hillside workshop in Yorkshire How would you describe your Instagram account? It’s a seasonal journey of life here in our small corner of Yorkshire, mainly featuring the flowers I’m using at the time, the landscape, the stories of folk who pass through on their flowery journeys and occasionally a small dog. Who would you recommend we follow and why? My favourites include @matthewcoxetc, to drool over unusual objects, and @Tom375, for photography of rugged countryside that makes you want to pull on your wellies and start walking.
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IN CLOSE UP Not to be missed are the striking images of Swiss photographer Samuel Zeller in Botanical, £16.95, Hoxton Mini Press, hoxtonminipress.com. A modern take on classic plant studies, this book showcases the serene beauty of exotic specimens shot through the dappled glass of greenhouses throughout Europe.
To enjoy even more beautiful interiors, decorating schemes and gorgeous gardens, find us on Instagram @homesandgardensuk.
FEATURE LAURA VINDEN PHOTOGRAPHS PAUL MASSEY (A LIFE LESS ORDINARY) MICHAEL SINCLAIR (INSTAGRAM), STYLING ALI BROWN
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COASTAL CHIC Painterly stripes, inspired by the beach umbrellas of the French Riviera, feature in the two latest stoneware collections from Ralph Lauren Home, 020 7535 4600, ralphlaurenhome.com. Shown above are the Casey salad plate, Dia22cm, £22, and Mason mug, H11xDia10cm, £22 – a smart combination for a stylish summer table.
To celebrate the work of 18th-century landscape gardener Humphry Repton, The Gardens Trust has arranged a series of national events that looks at the life and work of the man who was responsible for landscaping more than 400 green spaces across Britain, including the grounds of what is now the Hotel Endsleigh in Devon (shown left). To find dates for your diary from some of the 200 sites running Reptoninspired events, visit thegardenstrust.org or call 020 7608 2409.
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LORA AVEDIAN This mixed media specialist uses traditional embroidery and embellishment techniques to add a contemporary twist to textiles, art and homewares WO RD S E M M A J PAG E P H OTO G RA P H S A LU N CA L L E ND E R
Lora in her Dalston studio in east London.
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Multidisciplinary artist Lora Avedian graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2017 with a master’s degree in mixed media textiles. She uses classic embroidery to add intricate embellishment to artefacts and is influenced by nature, folk costume and story telling. I like to use embroidery as a way of drawing. I regularly employ a technique called couching in which a continuous line of a material can be arranged across a base fabric and stitched in place to create a pattern. Nature is a huge inspiration for me, especially flowers. As part of my research for a piece, I tend to do a lot of drawings that eventually translate into embroideries. The story of an object and its history are things I find fascinating. Antique textiles hold a special appeal for me, from old samples to Edwardian ribbon work. I’ve been going to fairs at Hammersmith Town Hall since I was a teenager and I love finding handmade lace and pieces of embroidered ribbon. When I was doing my MA, I spent time at Blythe House, near London’s Olympia, looking at Armenian textiles, and I was also lucky enough to visit the archives at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, which was amazing. I try to use secondhand materials because, as well as being better for the environment, their quality is hard to beat. I spent a lot of time researching my Armenian heritage while at the Royal College of Art. Its folk costumes, everyday objects and landscapes are often referenced in my work, especially in the cut-out motifs, where each element has meaning. Thanks to my Armenian and British heritage, I have references that are a little different, which are most obvious in the colour combinations and materials I use. Collaborating with other makers is a wonderful way to put my work into new contexts. I’ve recently teamed up with printed textile designer Claire de Quénetain to create six cushion designs using beautiful washed linens from The Hackney Draper in Clapton. They feature my appliqué and embroidery combined with Claire’s handpainted materials. Claire lives in Brussels, so it’s a long-distance collaboration, which started with us exchanging ‘likes’ on Instagram. ABOVE Lora’s desk is a treasure trove of ideas. Her moodboard features a
captivating array of sketches, embroidery samples and works in progress. BELOW LEFT A linen ﬂower being appliquéd onto canvas. BELOW RIGHT A hand-cut leather petal destined to be part of a three-dimensional carnation.
I plan my day on the train journey from home to my Dalston studio. I like to do a little tidy before I start work, look at what I have on my moodboard and shift things around a bit to get ideas. Tea and podcasts are essential to help me get into the right frame of mind for the day ahead. I share my studio with my good friend Laura Gee. She’s a painter, so it’s nice to work alongside a like-minded creative. It’s great to be able to bounce ideas off one another. I’m a hoarder of objects. There are lots of pieces in my home that I’ve bought from car-boot sales and charity shops over the years. They inspire me and inform my work. I collect ceramics, old textiles that I’ve picked up while travelling, antique mirrors, and books on plants, craft techniques and embroidery. I work across several mediums, but they all feed into each other. My background is in set design, so I do a lot of work in paper, mainly making paper flowers. I like translating my signature style into di≠erent disciplines. I enjoy collaborating with individual makers and brands, too. I recently worked with Howe for London Craft Week and this month I’ll be hosting workshops with them, teaching traditional embroidery techniques. I try to take all of these strands and create something new that is unique to me and tells my story.” See Lora’s designs at loraavedian.com and languageofflora.com.
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CLOCKWISE, FROM ABOVE One of Lora and Claire de Quénetain’s six limited-edition cushions; Lora’s passion for making paper ﬂowers is reﬂected in this delicate blue hydrangea; an intricate ﬂoral design in hand-couched Russia braid, which has been hand painted using dye; Lora created this free-ﬂowing pattern in green thread-covered rope using a hand-guided embroidery machine; a wall in the studio features an eclectic mix of colourful collected ﬁnds; Lora making a leather carnation for a forthcoming exhibition; a hand-cut wool felt wall hanging; a sketchbook drawing of a poppy inspired this pretty motif in hand-couched Russia braid.
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SENSE of BELONGING Set in the heart of Tuscany, this new farmhouse, built from reclaimed stone and brick, sits harmoniously in the idyllic countryside WOR DS DOMI N I C BRADBURY PHOTOGRAPHS R I C H A R D P OW E R S
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A taste for Tuscan wines and cuisine enticed Gary and Marie Zwerling to build a home in the region. The open-plan dining area and kitchen provides the perfect space in which to cook for family and friends. Bespoke reclaimed wood dining table and chairs, Calattini, calattini.com. Chairs upholstered in Punteggiato, ÂŁ272m, Rubelli, rubelli.com.
Although the lush green countryside of Val d’Elsa is only around five miles from the tourist hotspot of San Gimignano, this Tuscan valley has a feeling of tranquillity. It was this sense of peace that enticed Gary and Marie Zwerling to set up home in the area known for its undulating landscape and hilltop villages. Having regularly visited Italy for 40 years, the couple prefers this little corner of the world to any other. ‘We’ve travelled a good deal but we’ve always liked Italy best and, within Italy, Tuscany is our favourite place,’ says Gary. ‘We love its natural beauty and the gentle pace of life. The people are extremely friendly, and we both love Tuscan food and wine. For us, it is the epitome of relaxation.’
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The Zwerlings consider the double-height entrance hall (above) to be one of the most dramatic and engaging aspects of the house. The large chandelier was chosen to add sculptural elegance to the space.
The tranquil view is of land that the couple has leased to local farmers, who use it to grow wheat. The chestnut wood dining table (below) was sourced locally.
Bespoke Mira ceiling lamp, Jan Pauwels at Quasar, quasar.nl. Sculpture (on table) by Andrea Roogi, andrearoggi.it.
Bespoke Dedie di Nuova dining chairs, Riccardo Barthel, riccardobarthel.it. Seat cushions in Colette, £156m, Donghia, donghia.com.
The Zwerlings, who now split their time between Italy and Florida, began visiting Tuscany regularly around 10 years ago. Having taken early retirement from their jobs in finance and education, they used their newly acquired freedom to explore the region and eventually stumbled upon Castello di Casole, an estate of 4,200 acres dotted with farmhouses, set among vast fields and olive groves. Seduced by the surroundings, the couple eventually decided they would like a home here, and so began the process of building their own farmhouse. ‘One of the reasons we chose to invest in a property here was so that we could have the flexibility to come and go as we like,’ says Gary. ‘Although our favourite seasons on the estate are spring and autumn, we enjoy visiting all year round for at least three weeks at a time. We also have two grown-up children and grandchildren, and they’re able to come to stay and enjoy the Tuscan lifestyle with us.’ The position that Gary and Marie chose for their house is surrounded by rolling fields, without a neighbour in sight. Terracotta bricks and tiles
for the estate used to be made on this site, but only the remnants of the kiln remained. Their farmhouse, therefore, was built from scratch by the architectural and design team at Castello di Casole, with the layout and interiors tailored to the Zwerlings’ needs.
NATURAL STYLE Largely constructed from reclaimed stone and brick, and tucked into the gentle slope of a hill, the property blends harmoniously into the landscape. A lower level features a dramatically scaled entrance hall and staircase, as well as guest bedrooms and the all-essential wine cellar, which was created from what was left of the old brick kiln. The main living spaces, and two further bedrooms and bathrooms, are situated on the upper level, with a high-ceilinged sitting room at the heart of the house. The kitchen and dining area lie beyond, with a separate hidden pantry and prep area. Throughout the interior, the stone walls and floors form a neutral backdrop for the couple’s carefully curated blend of Italian contemporary furniture, antique pieces and locally sourced artwork. ‘The design team used a palette of colours that all appear in the surrounding countryside at different times of the year,’ says Gary. ‘Almost everything here was made or produced in Italy, too, which is just what we wanted for our modern country farmhouse.’ The sitting room flows out to an attractive veranda that overlooks the garden and swimming pool; furnished with an outdoor dining table and plenty of seating, its sense of privacy and escape is blissful. For the Zwerlings, the farmhouse is a true retreat. ‘I often sit out on the veranda if I need to do some work,’ says Gary, ‘but there are so many beautiful things to look at that my mind quickly starts to drift.’
Tuscany is our favourite place. We love its natural beauty and the gentle pace of life. For us, it is the epitome of relaxation.”
When the weather becomes too cool to sit outside, coffee is enjoyed in front of the large fireplace (above), which separates the kitchen from the adjoining dining area. Bespoke Noble armchairs; bespoke Margarita counter chairs, all Donghia, donghia.com.
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Stone walls and floors form a neutral backdrop for the curated blend of Italian contemporary furniture and antique pieces.â€?
The fire surround (above) was inspired by those often seen in local poderi (farmhouses). The coffee table was crafted using antique doors placed atop a wrought iron base. Vintage clock face, La Casa dei Sogni, lacasadeisogniarezzo.it.
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The painting (right and below left) is of a Tuscan scene and is one of several by local artists displayed in the house. Painting by Linda Leupold, lindaleupold.com. Bespoke Noble armchairs, Donghia, donghia.com. Bangkok ottoman, from ÂŁ1,170, Flexform at Everything but Ordinary, everythingbutordinary.co.uk. MAIN BEDROOM
In keeping with the local vernacular, the terracotta roof tiles (below right) have been left exposed. The house was built in the traditional style but using modern construction methods and insulation to make it suitable for 21st-century living. Bespoke bed, Calattini, calattini. com. Bespoke wardrobes, GM Giancarlomerlin, giancarlomerlinmobili.com. GUEST BEDROOM
A sofa and desk have been added to this room (below), so that visitors have a versatile space to which they can retreat when seeking peace and quiet. Bespoke four-poster bed, Calattini, calattini.com. Bespoke sofa bed, Respace, respace.it. Grace lamps in Pigeon Grey, Porta Romana, portaromana.com.
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The interiors are based on a palette of colours that all appear in the surrounding countryside at di≠erent times of the year.”
The gold mosaic tiles (above left) were chosen to echo the yellow notes that dot the landscape in summer and autumn, while the bath was positioned to allow bathers to take advantage of the view.
The new farmhouse, with its traditional tiled roof, makes use of recycled stone and timber, which helps to settle the building naturally into the surrounding landscape.
Evoque tub, DiMasi at Archiproducts, archiproducts. com. Goccia basins, £1,159.20 each; Goccia taps, £537.60 each, both Gessi at cphart.co.uk.
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Architecture, interior design and landscaping, Castello di Casole, castellodicasole.com. Victor sun loungers, £400 each, Varaschin at Luxedeco, luxdeco.com.
Heidi chest of drawers, H79x W76xD46cm, £1,812, Oficina Inglesa, 020 7226 4569, oficinainglesa.com.
Ellington hanging lamp, H35x Dia35cm, £140, Oka, 0333 004 2042, oka.com. Genuine Antique Nimes Parefeuille terracotta tiles, 24x37cm, £216sq m, Lapicida, 01423 400100, lapicida.com.
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Fotis pot, H75xDia50cm, £395, Pots and Pithoi, 01342 714793, potsandpithoi.com.
BE INSPIRED Echo the modern rustic style of the Zwerlings’ home with natural materials and textures Miro side table, H46xDia45cm, £2,166, Porta Romana, 01420 23005, portaromana.com.
Elenor lamp in Ivory Crackle, H76x Dia22cm, £335; Flat drum shade in Oyster Glaze, £84, Heathfield & Co, 01732 350450, heathfield.co.uk.
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Soria silk cushion in Navy, 30x45cm, £92, th2 Studio, 020 7349 1289, th2studio.co.uk.
Blenheim oak coffee table, H41xW90xD60cm, £420, Neptune, 01793 427300, neptune.com. Sorgues wardrobe, H155xW110x D55cm, £2,550, Roche Bobois, 020 7317 8828, roche-bobois.com.
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1| From top Salcombe tassel pouffe, H40xW40xD40cm, £150; Luxury shorthair sheepskin cube, H45xW45xD50cm, £350; Marlow pouffe, H35xW100xD60cm, £395, all The White Company. 2| Pow Wow cube in Clever Velvet in Rose Quartz, H32xW40xD30cm, £245, Loaf. 3| Blue fringe pouffe, H40xW40xD40cm, £95, French Connection. 4| Silaï pouffe, H35xW68xD68cm, £1,335, Gan at Made in Design. 5| Rural crochet stitch grey pouffe, H50xW50xD50cm, £57, B&Q. 6| Kasmanda pouffe in Blue/Orange, H35xW50xD50cm, £50, John Lewis. 7| Hogla ﬂoor seat cube, H40xW40xD40cm, £110, Oggetto. 8| Tasselled pouffe, H40xW65xD40cm, £145, Marquis & Dawe. 9| Tailored to Sit stool in Geometric in Soft Heather, H45xW40xD40cm, £299, th2 Studio.
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1| Richmond stool, H37xW120xD70cm, £1,150 plus 2m fabric, Kingcome Sofas. 2| Clandon linen square footstool, H31xW46xD46cm, £344, Rowen & Wren. 3| Léo ottoman in Blue, H43.5xDia100cm, €1,595, Maison Sarah Lavoine. 4| Circus pouffe in velour in Light Blue, H35xW65xD65cm, £580, Normann Copenhagen. 5| Velvet Carousel ottoman in Pink, H58xDia44cm, £498, Anthropologie. 6| Club small storage footstool in Tamasyn Gambell Abstract Squares Camouflage, H43xW85xD52cm, £580, Sofa.com. 7| Pouffe round in Dark Green, H40xDia90cm, £979, Ferm Living. 8| Pollen B, H36xW66xD55cm, £1,560, Amy Somerville. 9| Caracas in velvet in Navy, H38xW71xD51cm, £1,450, Jonathan Adler.
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1| Upholstered storage-base ottomans, H49xDia49cm, £399 each, West Elm. 2| Fifty silk and velvet pouffe, H40xDia30cm, €268, Les-Ottomans. 3| Wewe pouffe in Blue, H45xDia40cm, £399, Eva Sonaike. 4| Charlie stool in Horizon Grey velvet, H43.5xDia47cm, £372, Liang & Eimil at Houseology. 5| Links indoor/outdoor pouffe in Fuchsia, H51xDia51cm, £198, Dash & Albert Europe. 6| Swirls pouffe in Pink, H45xDia70cm, £480, Amy Kent. 7| Kasbah footstool in Smoke, H33xDia51cm, £185, Weaver Green. 8| Objects pouffe in Sakura, H29xDia60cm, £427, Fritz Hansen at Skandium. 9| Malika footstool, H45xW59xD52cm, £1,680 plus 2m fabric, Beaumont & Fletcher. WHERE TO BUY, PAGE 162
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WALL & FLOOR TILES - MARBLE / PORCELAIN / ENCAUSTIC / GLAZED & DECORATED
VIBRANT abstracts Inspired by this summer’s retrospective of artist Patrick Heron at Tate St Ives, we embrace designs with dynamic pattern and bold colour, perfect for giving interiors fresh new energy STYL ING C LAUD IA B RYA NT P HOTO G RA P HS DAV ID E LOVATTI
WALL Impasto wallpaper in Magenta, £65 a roll, Designers Guild. ACCESSORIES Bailey footed pot in Dusk, £130, Abigail Ahern. White canister,
£195, Derek Wilson at Flow Gallery. Piet platter, £34, Anthropologie. Visage abstract vase, £150, Lrnce at The Conran Shop. Palette of Colour giclée print by Charlotte Morgan, from £419, Trowbridge Gallery. Hoa ceramic vase, £20 set of three, Made. Around Corners canvas, £1,000, Julian Wakelin.
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A sofa upholstered in a multicoloured graphic print takes centre stage in this contemporary living space. Additional blocks of colour work well with the strong linear shapes of dark furniture, while walls in pale grey allow the abstract artwork to sing out in this confident look. WALLS Cotton II architects matt, £53.50
for 2.5L, Paint & Paper Library. FURNITURE Hayward two-seater sofa,
H70xW190xD95cm, £2,958 plus 13.2m fabric, The Sofa & Chair Company. Irwin split-level cocktail table (on left), H51xW100xD52cm, £1,341, Arteriors Home. Sofia stool in Coral Red velvet, H45xDia40cm, £235; Nikolai armchair in Black, H80xW65xD60cm, £650, both Graham and Green. Dante side table in Dark Bronze, H60xDia50cm, £1,757, Julian Chichester. Rectangular three-panel upholstered screen, 183x60cm each panel, £410 plus 6m fabric and 16.5m trim, The Dormy House. FABRICS Sofa in Wigwam in Rainbow, linen, £119m, Zinc Textile. Nikolai chair in Tweed Décoloré in Sable Arctique, cotton mix, £118m, Dominique Kieffer at Rubelli. Screen in Everglades in Fuchsia, polyester, £66m, Camengo; trimmed in Petersham Grosgrain in Daffodil, £1.65m, both V V Rouleaux. (On sofa, from left) Cushions in Rivoli in Caraibes, cotton, £75m, Manuel Canovas at Colefax and Fowler. Bougival in Azure, linen, £69m, Designers Guild. Ice in Sunshine, cotton, £82.50m, Kirkby Design. ACCESSORIES Oil on canvas artwork, 120cm sq, £4,000, Liza Giles. Birdy floor light in Black, H133xW67cm, £356, Holloways of Ludlow. (On table) White reactive-glaze vase, £19, West Elm. Purple vase, £39, Daniel Smith at Flow Gallery. Yellow espresso cup, £19, Wonki Ware at The Conran Shop. Pigment cushion (on chair) in Emeraude, £65, Yves Delorme. (On side table) Palm Springs Dots vase, £250, Jonathan Adler. Orange espresso cup, £19, Wonki Ware at The Conran Shop. Catalonia rug, 170x240cm, £885, Woven.
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The composition of this scheme draws its strength from the considered layering of geometrics, in the form of a monochrome wallpaper and striking curtains, and shots of primary colour in the rug and chairs. LEFT WALLS Tattoo FP499003 wallpaper, £148 a roll, Pierre Frey. FURNITURE Joyce cabinet in Mint Green, from £7,120, Pinch. JW table with oak top, H74xDia140cm, £3,806, Aram. Vitra Softshell side chairs in Aura Royal Blue, Aura Dark Blue and Aura Brick, £625 each, Heal’s. FABRIC Curtains in Aegeus in Mediterranean, linen, £91m, No.9 Thompson at Fox Linton. ACCESSORIES Formakami pendant JH5, £196, And Tradition at Aram. Multi serving bowl, £75, Mervyn Gers at Heal’s. Similar candlestick, Sir/Madam large wooden candlestick, £80, Liberty. Dining candles in Tangerine, £3.50 each, The Conran Shop. Palette of Colour giclée prints by Charlotte Morgan, from £419 each, Trowbridge Gallery. Tonal Blue Green ﬂatweave rug, 240x300cm, wool, £1,795, Ptolemy Mann.
ABOVE FURNITURE Drum stool, H45xDia55cm, £270 plus 3m fabric, Clock House Furniture. FABRIC Drum stool in Solaro 10734.65, linen, £128m, Nobilis. ACCESSORIES (On wall) M06 and M07 prints, from £395 each, Ronan Bouroullec at Twentytwentyone. (On cabinet) Audrey large cylinder vase, £35; Blair vase in White, £30, both Habitat. (Top shelf, from left) Patchwork X1 Ethosha serving plate, £95; Visage Face vase, £150; Visage round vase, £150, all The Conran Shop. (Second shelf, from left) Stepto vase, £30, Habitat. For a similar orange vase, try Anthropologie. Abstract vase, £250, The Conran Shop. Vector dinner plate, £18, Anthropologie. (Third shelf, from left) Spotted ceramic vase, £38, Anthropologie. Isa bowl, £39, The Conran Shop.
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A feature wall in a striking wallpaper was the starting point for this vibrant hallway design. Plain upholstery and curtains in complementary shades prevent the look from overpowering, while a textured rug adds depth. ABOVE WALLS Psychedelic Pathways wallpaper in Teal and Rust, £129 a roll, 44ﬂavours at Feathr. FURNITURE Loubes bench in Black and Gold, H65.5xL153.5xW64.5cm, £6,240 plus 6.75m fabric and 4m piping, Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam. Edwin Round Square side table, H50xW45xD45cm, £275, Graham and Green. (In background) Fumi table in Black, H71xW109xD29.5cm, £425, Aria. FABRICS Curtain in Juno in Lace; bench seat cushion and bolster in Juno in Jade; bolster and curtain edge in Juno in Pumpkin; piping in Juno in Seaweed, all viscose/linen mix, £43.90m, Linwood. ACCESSORIES Circus pendant light in Black, H31xDia56cm, £449, Innermost. Hay plant pot in Grey, £25, Future and Found. Courbe blue side plate, £6, Habitat. The Pop Artists notebooks, £16 set of three, The Conran Shop. Loop rug, 160x230cm, wool, £750, Floor Story.
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ABSTRACT MOODBOARD 1|Ikat Weave in Orange, viscose mix, £210m, Kit Kemp at Christopher Farr Cloth. 2|Bali in Aurore, viscose mix, £149.50m, Lelièvre. 3|Raw Coral in Duck Egg, cotton mix, £300m, Tibor. 4|Bongo in Malakit, wool mix, £65m, Casamance. 5|Georgiana in Tutti Frutti, viscose mix, £158m, No.9 Thompson at Fox Linton. 6| Vice Versa in Tutti Frutti, cotton, £90m, No.9 Thompson at Fox Linton. 7|Brera Moda in Ocean, linen, £75m, Designers Guild. 8|Modform in Festival, linen, £87m, Kravet at GP&J Baker. 9|Ganado in Rainbow, cotton mix, £119m, Zinc Textile. 10|Morgan in Turquoise, polyester mix, £35m, Ashley Wilde. BACKGROUND Cheyne in Eau de Nil, cotton, £62m, Designers Guild.
Featuring the same design on an extra-wide headboard and the wall behind makes a wonderfully bold statement. Using complementary paint shades to echo and enlarge the motif in the adjoining bathroom unites the two spaces. LEFT FURNITURE Bespoke headboard, 120x300cm, from £450, Absolute Upholstery. Devon side table, H50xW50xD50cm, £1,350, Tom Faulkner. Murgi chair in Ivory, H64xW65xD50cm, £400, Caravane. FABRICS Wall and headboard in Huari in Tabasco, cotton mix, £35m; headboard piped in Seville in Onyx, cotton, £25.50m, both Villa Nova. Bolster in Miwok in Tutti Frutti, cotton mix, £322m, Pierre Frey. ACCESSORIES Ruby Tuesday silkscreen print, 64x76cm framed, £950, Mali Morris. King-size washed linen duvet cover in Vintage Rose, £160; housewife pillowcases in Vintage Rose and Soft Blush, £40 a pair, all Cox & Cox. Brahmi bedcover in Aubepine, 240x260cm, £429, Caravane. Herbert lamp, H30xDia10cm, £210; Straight Empire shade in black silk, Dia30cm, £45, both Pooky. Pink canister, £156, Derek Wilson at
Flow Gallery. Aran cuffed glass, £16; Aran cuffed carafe, £28, both Rowen & Wren. Linen cushion in Peach, £45, Heal’s. ABOVE WALLS Design based on Huari fabric by Villa Nova. Background in Light Peachblossom; abstract shapes in Carmine (top left), Tuscan Red and Lamp Black, all intelligent matt emulsion, £48.50 for 2.5L, Little Greene. FURNITURE Bute cast-iron bath tub painted in Little Greene’s Aquamarine acrylic eggshell, £6,792, Drummonds. Vent stool, H44xW43xD29cm, £449, Skagerak at Amara. ACCESSORIES Tara freestanding mixer tap in Matt Black, £3,713, Dornbracht at CP Hart. Spa Green linen waffle bath towel, £24.99, LinenMe. White faceted bowl, £60, Akiko Hirai at Flow Gallery. Ashford bath mat in oak, £29, Made. WHERE TO BUY, PAGE 162
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Our choice of irresistible homes and beautiful gardens
THIS MONTH, reversing an open-plan layout creates more personal space in a Victorian family home (page 70), while classic features help a Florida new-build achieve a heritage look (page 80). A once characterless London flat is enlivened with bold colour (page 90) and a Portuguese villa embraces natural materials to echo its surroundings (page 96). Outside, explore a 21st-century pleasure garden (page 108) and create a haven for wildlife (page 118).
This room was reinstated to create a formal yet comfortable space for entertaining. Accents of blue and green add vibrant notes to the neutral palette, with metallic pieces for a fresh, modern feel. The sofa and floor lamp were inherited from Ben’s father, Christopher Wray. Interior design, Tor Vivian, Tor Interiors, torinteriors.com. Izzy loveseat, £940, Sofa.com, sofa.com. Loveseat seat pads in Ozone, £150m, Kit Kemp at Christopher Farr, christopherfarrcloth.com. Curtains in Lindow Linen F0354/16, £22m, Clarke & Clarke, clarke-clarke.com. Sir large square coffee table, £2,150; Sir side table, £936; Testona floor lamp (base only), £1,395, all Christopher Wray, christopherwray.com. Walls in Elephant’s Breath estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball, farrow-ball.com.
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Trading SPACES By reversing the open-plan layout of their Victorian home, the owners and their children are now able to enjoy the benefits of both personal and family time WO RDS NATA LI E WA I N P H OTOG RA PH S DAVIDE LOVATTI
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The clock face overlooking this welcoming space at the back of the house is one of two that were made in the 1980s for the original Christopher Wray shop façade. As the masonry was unable to take their weight, however, neither was ever put up, until now. Iona table, £499; Iona bench, £279, both Made, made.com. Chair seats in Sahara II in Teal, £30m, Kirkby Design, kirkbydesign.com. Chair backs in Belinda 04834/04, £110m, Manuel Canovas at Colefax and Fowler, colefax.com.
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Bold blue cabinets are a striking contrast to crisp white walls. ‘There were no compromises made in this room,’ says Tor. ‘This is where Arabella cooks for the family and also for her businesses, the Alpine Bar and Gallery Café at Chel-Ski and Clip ’n Climb.’ Cabinetry in Stiffkey Blue estate eggshell, £60 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball, farrow-ball.com. Xavier Pauchard Tolix-style chairs, £79 each, Cult Furniture, cultfurniture.com.
ould our passion for open-plan homes be on the wane, as our desire grows for rooms where we can each relax in peace, away from the bustle and noise of daily life? This is certainly the case for Ben and Arabella Wray who, after 10 years of living in their open-plan Victorian terraced house in southwest London, have just completed a renovation to reverse the process. As their children, Oscar, Poppy and Grace (now aged 15, 14 and 12 respectively), approached their teenage years, there came an inevitable shift in family dynamics and the boundaries needed to be redrawn. This state of aâ‰ airs led to the couple calling on interior designer Tor Vivian to help establish a new kind of harmony. We spoke to Arabella and Tor to find out more. What had attracted you to the original property? AW Ironically, it was the open-plan layout. The previous owners had already extended the property at the back and had opened up the ground floor. The house had a lovely feel about it and we were able to move in straight away. It suited us perfectly; we spent most of our time in the communal space, which was ideal for keeping an eye on three young children. What prompted the recent renovation? AW We adore the house and its location, so moving was never really an option, but its openness no longer worked for us as a family. The children are older now and crave more privacy, as do Ben and I, so it made sense to start again, from scratch, creating new spaces that are more separate. We particularly wanted a formal grown-up area which we could use for entertaining and we also wanted to excavate the basement to provide much-needed extra space; the children now use this as their den.
Why did you decide to work with interior designer Tor Vivian? AW It was an ambitious project so we needed someone we could trust to oversee things from start to finish. Ben and I had worked with Tor on our Chel-Ski London ski centre business, so we knew we loved her work, and being my sister-in-law, she had a unique insight into our family. How did you go about the renovation? TV Arabella and her family moved out of the house for almost a year while we stripped it back to its bones and built it up again. When it came to reconfiguring the layout, we began by restoring the double reception room at the front of the house, providing Ben and Arabella with somewhere that they can use for entertaining, as well as a room where they can curl up and watch a film. Meanwhile, the first floor was rearranged to accommodate the children, and the top floor was transformed into a bedroom and bathroom for Ben and Arabella. The space up there is fairly compact but we also managed to fit in a small kitchenette, an o∞ce and a dressing room, which has upholstered cabinetry to enhance the luxurious, cocooning feel that Arabella wanted. Can you tell us about your vision for the interior? AW We wanted a relaxed, versatile home, with space to grow, literally and metaphorically. A neutral palette of soft greys and whites feels sophisticated and has the timeless look we wanted, while dashes of vibrant colour and quirky details add personality. Otherwise, our taste is fairly contemporary and, thanks to Tor, we have incorporated some industrial elements here and there. The children were also very involved in the process, and worked with Tor to create their own individual spaces that will stand the test of time.
‘Although this space (far left) is not huge, we’ve managed to fit in a couple of integrated fridges, four ovens and a Barazza hob,’ says Tor.
The generous ceiling height in the basement is emphasised by a skylight that floods the new den (below) with natural light. ‘This is very much a space for the children to call their own,’ says Arabella. ‘We now all have our places around the house where we can retreat to when we like, but we still have the kitchen where we can gather together as a family. It’s the perfect balance.’
Bespoke kitchen, King Cabinet Makers,kingcabinetmakers.co.uk. Hob LAB 1PLB3T, around £1,170, Barazza, barazzasrl.it. SITTING ROOM
This end of the newly configured room (below left) serves as a relaxing space for watching television, with storage and display for objets d’art. ‘I created three or four di≠erent layouts for this space so Ben and Arabella could make an informed decision,’ says Tor. The Crittall-style window in the new partition provides a link to the kitchen and allows natural light to flow through.
Louis Ghost chairs, £504 set of two, Philippe Starck at Kartell, kartell.com. Bow floor lamp, £119, Made, made.com. Walls in Skylight estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball, farrow-ball.com. Architectural consultation, Ian Hossack, A3 Associates, a3associates.net.
Bespoke sofa, Claremont Sofa Designs, claremontsofadesigns. co.uk. Sofa in Smooth in Nightshadow, £40m, Kirkby Design, kirkbydesign.com. Saxon mirror, from £3,990, Simpsons, simpsonslondon.com.
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Hot pink accents and a bright mix of patterned cushions (left) combine with silver-grey wallpaper, blinds and bedding to bring a sophisticated feel to this 14-year-old’s room. Window seat and blind edging in Sahara II in Magenta, £30m, Kirkby Design, kirkbydesign. com. Icelandic sheepskin rug, £60, John Lewis, johnlewis.com. Reversible cotton and silk quilt in Grey, £229.99, Zara Home, zarahome.com. GRACE’S BEDROOM
This space (below left) was designed with versatility in mind. Shelves allow Grace, aged 12, to change her display of decorative objects against the backdrop of the subtly patterned wallpaper, while the blue glass window, added by the previous owners, is a quirky touch. Coquine wallpaper ML2211, £51 a roll, Osborne & Little, osborneandlittle.com. Foxy table lamp base in recycled green glass with Empire shade in Apple Chambray, £130, Pooky,
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pooky.com. Serengeti multi cushions, £49 each, Andrew Martin, andrewmartin.co.uk. POPPY’S BATHROOM
A penchant for flamingos was the starting point for this pretty scheme (below). The marble-topped vanity unit and fluffy sheepskin stool add notes of glamour without overpowering the compact space. Flamingos wallpaper 95/8045, £85 a roll, Cole & Son, cole-andson.com. Mongolian sheepskin stool, £229, Suburban Salon, suburbansalon.co.uk. Grosvenor polished-chrome sconces 1108001, from £60 each, Astro, astrolighting.com. Blanco marble hexagon tiles (on floor), £9.95 for 290x285mm sheet, Walls and Floors, wallsandfloors.co.uk.
Oscar tasked Tor with creating a Banksy-themed scheme for his room. ‘We briefly considered covering the walls with a mural, but felt it wouldn’t have longevity,’ says Tor. Instead, a concrete-style feature wall captures the cool urban feel that Oscar wanted and is the perfect backdrop for Banksy prints and vintage furnishings. Bare Concrete Wall wallpaper mural, £36sq m, Murals Wallpaper, muralswallpaper.co.uk. Lenox mango wood and metal vintage desk, £344, Maisons du Monde, maisonsdumonde.com. Blinds in Inka 05, from £35m, Malabar, malabar.co.uk. Cult Living Bauhaus stackable chair, £59, Cult Furniture, cultfurniture.com.
‘I wanted our bedroom (left) to be a sanctuary, like a luxury hotel room,’ says Arabella. With this in mind, Tor used faux fur cushions and throws for cocooning softness, and brass studwork and exotic mother-of-pearl elements to give the room scheme a tailored yet decorative finish. Headboard in Herringbone in Light Grey, Abraham Moon, £36m, moons.co.uk. Tundra wolf faux fur bed runner, £165, Faux Fur Throws, fauxfurthrows. com. Bedside cabinets, £390 each, Iris Furnishing, irisfurnishing.com. Aged glass lamp bases, £120 each, John Lewis, johnlewis.com. Empire shades in Black cotton, £45 each, Pooky, pooky.com. DRESSING AREA
Tor overcame the challenge of this compact space by installing a Crittall-style wall
(below far left) to separate part of the bedroom without blocking light. She designed the fabric-covered chest of drawers, which conceals a television, to match the wardrobes beyond. Bespoke wardrobe and TV unit, King Cabinet Makers, kingcabinetmakers.co.uk. MAIN BATHROOM
As a nod to the heritage of the property, this room (also below left) has a Victorian aesthetic. ‘It feels opulent and is also a nice contrast to the contemporary style used elsewhere in the house,’ says Arabella. Lewisham freestanding oval double ended bath, £1,168, Essential Bathrooms, essential fromideal.com. Belgravia lever bath shower mixer, £810, Crosswater, crosswater.co.uk. Patisserie Sucre 2 tiles (on floor), £2.99 each,Fired Earth, firedearth.com.
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â€˜Our children love banquette seating and it allows us to have more people around the table in this inviting corner,â€™ says Amy. Southampton dining armchairs SO15, $535.50 each; outdoor round dining table BL59G, $1,450, both Kingsley Bate, kingsleybate.com.
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The starting point for this sophisticated blue and white scheme was the curtain fabric. Curtains and armchairs in Sultan II in Turquoise on White, £260m, Quadrille at Tissus d’Hélène, tissusdhelene.co.uk. Etoile Blue tiles (ﬁreplace), $11.50 each, Mosaic House, mosaichse.com.
character The owners of this newly built family home in Jacksonville, Florida, have used a refined mix of vernacular architecture and classic East Coast decoration to create an impressive heritage look that belies its age WO RDS JULIET BENNING PHOTOGRAPHS DAVID A LAND
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Brass fittings and a rattan pendant light bring warmth to this classic white scheme. The statement cooker hood, made by a local carpenter, adds architectural interest and a touch of period style. Blinds in Kashmir Paisley linen in Blue/Blue, £248m, Peter Dunham Textiles at Tissus d’Hélène, tissusdhelene.co.uk. DINING ROOM
‘Two lanterns teamed with three prints throws o≠ traditional symmetry (left) for a more informal look,’ says interior designer Andrew Howard. Arch top lanterns, around £982 each, Circa Lighting, circalighting.com. Feather Bloom wallpaper in Emerald & Ore, £216m, Schumacher at Turnell & Gigon, turnellandgigon.com. Interior design, Andrew Howard, andrewjhoward.com.
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my and Steven Wacaster looked at their forlorn children, Harris, eight, and Gigi, six, as they flew home from a weekend in Florida and knew that the time had come to make a permanent change. ‘Those flights back to New York were always so sad. It was as if we were already missing the vitamin D,’ says Amy. ‘We hadn’t planned to move away from the city so soon, but having a condo in Florida accelerated things. We realised that each time we stayed there, we didn’t want to return to New York.’
di≠erent rooflines, or that looked too new,’ says Amy. The simple beach houses that had lined the Florida coast during the Twenties and Thirties appealed to them, however, and they loved the timber-clad houses of New England. With this in mind, the couple opted for a classic, symmetrical building clad in cedar shake tiles, with a veranda and white-painted woodwork. Keen to give the inside of the house a similarly authentic sense of heritage, the couple called on the expertise of interior designer Andrew Howard, who had decorated their former holiday home. ‘We knew our tastes would coincide,’ says Amy.
PERFECT PLOT They struggled to find their ideal property in Florida, however, so they decided to build it themselves. ‘We wanted a large house, but most of the ones we saw had been constructed during the Nineties and were already beginning to look dated,’ says Amy. ‘Also, many of them were holiday rentals and retirement properties.’ Ponte Vedra Beach in Jacksonville, however, was changing, with younger families starting to make the area their home. ‘We found the perfect plot here, a block away from the sea,’ says Amy. ‘It looks out over a lagoon and is backed by a golf course. The green and blue surroundings inspired much of our interior design.’
NEW ENGLAND INFLUENCES Building their own home meant that the couple had important architectural decisions to make. ‘There are many building styles in Florida, but we didn’t want anything too fussy, with lots of
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COASTAL DESIGN Panelling, detailed cornicing and co≠ered ceilings were installed throughout the property to make it appear older, while Andrew and Amy worked together to define a colour palette and style for the rooms that would not only root the house firmly in its coastal surroundings, but also allow it to withstand the daily rigours of family life. Now, gentle nods to the sea can be found in the seaweed print fabric used for the curtains in the family room, and in the many hues of blue that complement the corals and sea greens around the house. Natural seagrass rugs and lampshades, and rattan seats and accessories, further reflect Amy’s subtle approach to coastal style. The finished e≠ect is smart and established, but thanks to an inspired use of strong pattern and colour, it is also imbued with a sense of fun, ideal for a family home beside the sea.
A hardwood floor (above, far left) withstands heavy traffic, while seats in the adjoining family room are clad in hardy outdoor fabric.
This stylish scheme (above left) features a bold mix of patterns. ‘In America, we would call this space a jewel-box powder room,’ says Amy.
Curtains in Seaweed in Lime, £33m, Katie Ridder at Tissus d’Hélène, tissusdhelene.co.uk. Rattan Daisy hanging light (in family room), £6,400, Soane Britain, soane.co.uk.
Topkapi wallpaper (above border) in Peacock, £355 a roll; Samovar wallpaper (below border) in Peacock, £367 a roll, both Schumacher at Turnell & Gigon, turnellandgigon.com.
The same floral print was chosen for the curtains and walls to create a fresh, harmonious feel. Amy and Steven meticulously matched the pattern repeat for a seamless look. Curtains in Persian Garden in Kiwi, £298m; Persian Garden wallpaper in Kiwi, £134m, both Galbraith & Paul, galbraithandpaul.com.
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This design was inspired by an indoor slide that Amy saw on Pinterest. Teamed with built-in bunk beds, it adds an extra playful note to the room that Harris and Gigi share with friends when they come to stay. Palm Beach hardwood tiles, $24sq ft, Mirth Studio, mirthstudio.com. Ceiling in Azure Water regal select matte, ÂŁ63 for 3.79L; slide and bunks in White Dove regal select eggshell, ÂŁ67 for 3.79L, both Benjamin Moore, benjaminmoorepaint.co.uk.
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An elegant symmetry characterises this high-ceilinged space. Instead of the bold colours found elsewhere in the house, it has been decorated with calming neutrals that work well with the airy nature of the room. Driftwood wallpaper in Sage Green, ÂŁ66m, Phillip Jeffries, phillipjeffries.com. Headboard in Brera Lino in Dove, ÂŁ62m, Designers Guild, designersguild.com.
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A smart interplay of stripes and squares (above left) makes for a masculine yet not overly sophisticated scheme. ‘I wanted a room that my son wouldn’t rapidly grow out of, so we used his favourite shades of green and blue, and the geometric print on the headboard, as a starting point for the look,’ says Amy. Headboard in Op in Prussian/Kelly, Studio Bon, studiobontextiles.com. Made Goods Edward nightstand, $2,200, Fine Line, finelinefurniture andaccessories.com. GIGI’S BATHROOM
‘We had this wallpaper (above) custom made to include di≠erent coloured bows, such as black and soft grey, as I really wanted to avoid the cliché of too much girlie pink,’ says Amy. Customised wallpaper, Dabney Lee, dabneylee. com. Pomona wall lamp, $316, Hudson Valley, hudsonvalleylighting.com. HARRIS’S BATHROOM
Amy is not afraid to use strong pattern, reasoning that it can easily be changed as tastes evolve. These blues and greens (left) complement the shades in the adjoining bedroom and help to create a strong visual link between the two spaces. Peter’s Pavers wallpaper in Navy/Green, £232 a roll, Studio Printworks at Turnell & Gigon, turnellandgigon.com. Gramercy 312 taps, Watermark, watermark-designs.com. Cabinet in Hudson Bay regal select eggshell, £67 for 3.79L, Benjamin Moore, benjaminmoorepaint.co.uk.
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Owners Nick and Amelia Fisher worked with interior designer Katie Goring to carefully craft this open-plan room, ensuring that every detail looked good from every angle. Bespoke extending dining table, Hyde House, hydehouse.co.uk. Addison II armchair (by mirror), ÂŁ5,652, Michael Reeves Design, michaelreeves design.com. Armchair in Mazely in Silver, ÂŁ66m, Colefax and Fowler, colefax.com. Acrylic artwork (on right), Relton Marine, reltonmarine.com. Interior design, Katie Goring, Studio Goring, studiogoring.com.
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LONDON APARTMENT What began as a characterless white flat in a newly built block has now been transformed into an elegant city bolthole, rich in colour, texture and style
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The kitchen that came as standard has been transformed with brick-format marble tiles, which were simply applied to the existing white tiles. Glass and copper pendants and wooden-topped spice jars add warmth. Lovell glass pendant lights in Antiqued Brass, £137.60 each, Jim Lawrence, jim-lawrence.co.uk. Febo chairs in Beta leather, £1,226 each, B&B Italia, bebitalia.com. Polo bar stool, £655, Robert Langford, robertlangford.co.uk. Bar stool in Bull’s Eye leather in Mare, £20.90sq ft, Jerry Pair Leather at Chase Erwin, chase-erwin.com. Misty Fjord 20 bevelled tiles, £85sq m, Topps Tiles, toppstiles.co.uk.
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The dark painted feature wall provides the perfect backdrop for treasured artwork by Slovenian artist Jože Ciuha. ‘We have a few of his pieces and part of Katie’s brief was to display them to their best advantage,’ explains Nick. ‘Ciuha lived on the island of Sipan, which is a favourite of ours, so these are very special.’ For artwork by Jože Ciuha, try Invaluable, invaluable.co.uk. Feature wall in Down Pipe estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball, farrow-ball. com. Simon lounge chairs in Pearl, £643 each; Element coffee table, £1,417, both Camerich, camerich.co.uk. Holmes tray in Faux Shagreen, £195, Forwood Design, forwooddesign.com.
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ick and Amelia Fisher had two stipulations when they began looking for a London flat two years ago: it had to be within easy walking distance of Covent Garden and the wider area that makes up the north bank of the River Thames, and it had to have su∞cient space to allow for comfortable entertaining. The Fishers, who split their time between the capital and a Georgian house in the country, eventually decided to buy a smart apartment with glorious full-height windows, within a newly built block that answered their needs perfectly. However, the empty ‘white box’ presented challenges of its own, prompting the Fishers to engage the services of interior designer Katie Goring, who helped them realise their dream of an elegant yet functional London home. We spoke to Nick and Katie, to find out more.
Why did you choose a newly built property? NF We had never considered one before; our house in the country is very traditional, so this was something of a departure for us. Actually, it was the location that caught our attention, but the windows and the incredible volume of natural light that floods the rooms were the real selling points. Once our interest was piqued, the idea of buying a newly built property seemed so much easier, and when we considered there would be no fireplaces, no radiators, no costly repairs to think about, we could not resist it. What prompted you to work with interior designer Katie Goring? NF Essentially, the apartment was a blank canvas, which we loved, but we needed help to turn our ideas into reality and to make the rooms suitable for us. We also wanted it to be completely di≠erent from our Georgian home, which has a country feel and is filled with traditional antique furniture. Katie approached the project from an entirely fresh perspective. Can you tell us about your vision for the apartment? NF The rooms had to work in a variety of ways, without appearing cluttered. On the one hand, we wanted a convivial space that would be large enough for us to entertain up to eight people, while on the other, we wanted a calm, elegant sanctuary where we could put our feet up and escape the hubbub of the city. How did you go about achieving this? KG The main open-plan room had to work hard, with the kitchen and dining table leading o≠ it at one end, a study at the opposite end, and several seating areas in the middle. I steered Nick and Amelia towards a calm, neutral colour scheme, with blue undertones and highlights of plum to pull the various areas together. Textural materials such as marble and leather provide nuances of interest while the dark feature walls, which we have used throughout the flat to enhance the sense of flow, add a welcome touch of drama without overdoing it. The feature walls also provide a great backdrop for some of the couple’s artwork, which was also a consideration. Were there any particular challenges? KG The seating required careful thought. You have to walk through the main space to reach the bedrooms and bathrooms, so I wanted to avoid it feeling like a thoroughfare. The curved armchair encourages you to walk gently around the room rather than straight through, and its shape ties in beautifully with the rounded edges of the dining table and mirror. You also see everything from every angle, so I was also conscious about how pieces looked from the back. The Camerich armchairs have a wonderful geometric frame, and make for a lovely entrance when you step through the front door.
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Floor-to-ceiling mirrors (above left) with metal detailing not only add a touch of glamour to the built-in utility cupboards but help to open up the narrow space.
This soothing scheme (above) is complemented by a pair of bronze figures, which Katie sourced and had mounted on tall plinths to fill this particular space. Accents of geometric pattern add further interest, while the bedside tables (right) were chosen for their stylish design and also because they match the height of the bed perfectly.
Bespoke mirrors, Mirror World, mirrorworld.co.uk. GUEST BEDROOM
The extra slim bespoke console table (left) ensures that this compact room does not feel cluttered, while the seat in the corner can be used as a dining chair when required. Bespoke console table, JMW Furniture, jmwfurniture.co.uk. Joanne dining chair, £734, Robert Langford, robertlangford. co.uk. Chair in Tummel Sloe, made to order, The Isle Mill, islemill.com. Artwork by Patrick Plattier, plattier.com.
Customised bronze figures, Ecco Trading, eccotrading.com. Anna bedside tables, £1,105.20 each, Julian Chichester, julianchichester.com. Small Salperton lamp base in Decayed Silver, £780; shade, £184, both Porta Romana, portaromana.com. Shade covered in Bing in Viola, £138m, James Malone Fabrics, jamesmalonefabrics.com. Front cushion in Felicita in Blue Thistle, £220m, Jim Thompson Fabrics, jimthompsonfabric. com. Feature wall in Railings estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball, farrow-ball.com.
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Expansive terraces wrap around the villa, offering a variety of different spots in which the family can relax. The slatted timber canopy over the dining terrace (right) creates an interesting play of light and shade and ensures a welcome of flow of air. Solaro aluminium sofa and coffee table, Garden Art, gardenarteu.com. Cushions, Cush Cush, cushcushcomportaspirit.com.
With views of the dunes, and within earshot of the soothing sound of the sea, this Portuguese villa oâ‰ ers all the tranquillity its owners could want WORD S R ACHEL L EED HA M P HOTOGRA P H S MONTSE GARRIGA GRAU
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Furnishings made from natural materials, such as the wicker chairs and a striking pendant shade in palm fibre, provide a soft counterpoint to the contemporary black cement dining table (left). Kitchen cabinets with opaque glass doors and a window at splashback level maximise the flow of light through this all-white interior. Tobi-Ishi black cement table, Barber & Osgerby at B&B Italia, bebitalia.com. Pendant light in palm fibre, Rock the Kasbah, rockthekasbah.net. SITTING ROOM
The pitched ceiling creates a great sense of space in the open-plan sitting room (above), allowing Charlotte and Jean-Christophe Chateauneuf to introduce large-scale pieces of art, such as this pair of monochrome watercolours (right). Charlotte bought the Berber rug on a trip to Morocco. Watercolours on handmade Indian paper, Bruno Castro Santos, brunocastrosantos.com. Small Oda table lamp, Pulpo at Tanini Home, taninihome.com.
ust over an hour’s drive south of Lisbon, the beaches around Comporta are a pristine wilderness with miles of sand dunes and rolling surf. ‘We started visiting Portuguese friends here and fell in love with the area,’ says Charlotte Chateauneuf who, with her husband, Jean-Christophe, moved from France to Lisbon 11 years ago. ‘Life here moves at a di≠erent pace; it allows us to really slow down,’ she says. Two years ago, the couple, who have two young children and work together as property developers, had the chance to buy a plot of land in a small village ten minutes from Comporta. ‘It has uninterrupted views across the dunes and we can always hear the
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ocean, even though we cannot see it,’ says Charlotte. ‘The only other sounds are the birds and the wind in the grasses.’ The couple employed an architect who had already created a home for friends nearby, and was therefore well versed in the stringent planning laws that help keep this stretch of the Alentejo coast so special. Taking its cue from the traditional fisherman’s houses of the area, the single-storey structure was built using natural materials, such as timber and thatch. The key rooms (an open-plan living space and three bedrooms) all open on to a terrace that wraps around the villa and which helps to blur the boundaries between the inside and out. The understated nature of the build also
inspired a similarly organic approach to the interior decoration. ‘I was keen to create a restful, monochromatic scheme,’ says Charlotte, who appointed interior designers Rosário Tello and Carmo Aranha of Saaranha & Vasconcelos to help her with this task. ‘Rosário and Carmo had worked with me on our Lisbon home, so I knew that we understood each other well,’ she says. The walls, clad with horizontal tongue-and-groove panelling, have been painted white throughout, providing a neutral foil for highly textural pieces, which include woven designs in seagrass, wicker and palm ﬁbre. ‘I wanted materials that would echo the thatch of the roof,’ Charlotte explains. ‘I love the way in which they
bring warmth and a touch of colour to the rooms.’ As well as sourcing woven chairs and lampshades, Rosário and Carmo created a headboard from chunky rattan and used the same material to clad a wall and the ceiling in the cloakroom. More texture comes from rustic fabrics, such as linen, hemp and vintage hessian. One of Charlotte’s favourite pieces is the co≠ee table, fashioned from 19th-century shutters. ‘It has so much character, as do the little chairs Rosário and Carmo found for my children. They are like sculptures,’ she says. The art, too, has been carefully selected to marry with the villa’s restrained palette and subtly ethnic aesthetic. ‘Nothing shouts too loudly,’ says Charlotte. ‘It’s a quiet scheme, just like its surroundings.’
Old shutters that have been reinvented as a co≠ee table bring tactile interest to this room’s pared-back palette. The design of the oversized sofas includes armrests filled with sand for added comfort. Architecture and interior design, Saaranha & Vasconcelos, saaranhavasconcelos.pt.
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‘This is one of my favourite rooms,’ says Charlotte of this serene space where a floor lamp made from an olive tree branch and a bespoke rattan-covered headboard lend an organic quality. The white dream catcher (below right) adds further character. Olive wood floor lamp with medium palm fibre shade, Rock the Kasbah, rockthekasbah.net. CHILDREN’S BEDROOM
A mezzanine level has been added in this room (right) to provide four more beds for the children’s visiting friends. The striking pendant and wall lights are made from baskets. CLOAKROOM
A wall clad in woven rattan (far right) is an unusual touch, while the basin has been carved from a single piece of teak. GUEST BEDROOM
Two-tone linen cushions and a Moroccan throw (below, far right) introduce pops of colour. Alfa pendant light, Rock the Kasbah, rockthekasbah.net.
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In accordance with local planning laws, only species that are native to the area have been used in the planting, which helps the garden blend with its surroundings. To chime with the colours of the landscape, the timber walls of the villa have been painted a soft green.
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Enjoy the beautiful Tuscan countryside.
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LEARN TO COOK
with the Caldesis
IN TUSCANY Our fabulous autumn culinary break, held in a private Tuscan villa, is being hosted by Italian food experts Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi There’s no better place to learn, or improve, your Italian cooking than in Tuscany. So Homes & Gardens has joined forces with Flavours Holidays and
Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi.
FREE BOOK Book this short break and receive a free hardback copy of Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi’s latest book, Tuscany: Simple Meals & Fabulous Feasts from Italy, worth £26.
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the brilliant husband-and-wife team Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi – whose latest cookbook is inspired by the region – to o≠er you the ultimate Tuscan cooking experience. Rich in culture, art and food, Tuscany is stunningly beautiful and on our new four-day break this autumn you’ll be staying in the heart of the region in a luxurious villa overlooking classic rolling hills, pencil-shaped cypress trees and pristine vineyards. ‘Tuscany holds so many special memories for Giancarlo and me – not only is it where Giancarlo was born, it’s also where we got married,’ says Katie. ‘Now we’re very excited to share our love of this special part of the world with our guests. It makes such a di≠erence learning how to cook classic dishes in the region they were first created; the place where they’ve been cooked for centuries. The produce is wonderfully fresh and you’ll get to take your time over preparing them, something that’s crucial in good Italian cooking.’ As well as benefiting from Katie and Giancarlo’s expertise, you’ll experience hands-on cooking lessons at the villa, from highly skilled Flavours Holidays local chefs. Your sessions will include being taught how to make fresh pasta, as well as regional dishes such as Bistecca alla Fiorentina, a traditional Tuscan T-bone steak. Your trip also includes a visit to a local winery for a private tasting. And, of course, there will be plenty of opportunity to sip Chianti, the famous regional wine, with your meals. Flavours Holidays specialises in small group trips in which like-minded travellers have fun learning to cook using seasonal ingredients. There will also be time for you to explore the nearby city of Florence, including wandering through its famous food markets and enjoying lunch at a local trattoria. Katie and Giancarlo, who own restaurants in the UK and run London’s brilliant Italian cookery school, La Cucina Caldesi, will also give an exclusive talk. This is a fantastic foodie experience that’s not to be missed.
Visit the historic Ponte Vecchio in Florence. Sip a glass of chilled Prosecco.
Vineyards are a feature of the Tuscan landscape.
HOW TO BOOK Call 0131 341 5271 and quote ref TSCALDESITUSCANY
Relaxing by the pool at the villa.
To find out more visit homesandgardens. tripsmiths.com/caldesi cookingtuscanyHG
PHOTOGRAPHS BORIS STROUJKO/SHUTTERSTOCK. TUSCANY BY KATIE & GIANCARLO CALDESI, PHOTOGRAPHS HELEN CATHCART (HARDIE GRANT)
THE DATES 7-10 October 2018. THE PRICE £999 per person including flights. No single supplement. HOW TO BOOK Call 0131 341 5271 and quote reference TSCALDESITUSCANY. For itinerary details and full terms and conditions, visit homesandgardens.tripsmiths.com/ caldesicookingtuscanyHG.
Florence’s majestic cathedral, which was completed in 1436.
WHAT’S INCLUDED Q Return British Airways flights from London Heathrow to Pisa. Q Three nights’ accommodation in a Flavours Holidays Tuscan villa. Q All meals listed in the itinerary, accompanied by a selection of local wines. Q Exclusive talk and Q&A with Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi. Q Demonstration of one of the Caldesis’ favourite Tuscan recipes and book signing. Q Two hands-on cookery lessons with Flavours Holidays local chefs. Q Private wine tasting at a local winery. Q Visit to Florence to see the famous food market and lunch at a trattoria. Q Local transport in a private minibus. Q Services of a Flavours Holidays host.
DAY ONE YOUR FIRST LESSON From 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, in which you’ll prepare and enjoy a wonderful evening meal.
DAY TWO PRIVATE WINE TASTING Following breakfast, you’ll have your second hands-on Italian cookery lesson, followed by lunch. This 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 and answer all your foodie questions.
DAY THREE DISCOVERING FLORENCE After breakfast you’ll spend the morning exploring the beautiful city of Florence and its amazing food market. You’ll enjoy lunch at a superb slow food trattoria that champions traditional ingredients, and the time-honoured local methods of producing them, before returning to your 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 given to you before you depart. Then relax and enjoy your final dinner with the group.
DAY FOUR CIAO After breakfast you’ll be collected from your villa and transferred to Pisa airport for your BA flight, ready to try out your new Italian cookery skills on friends and family at home.
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A sunken terrace with generous seating, backed by a hornbeam avenue, provides a calm place in which owner Alan Kennedy and family can relax.
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With his heart set on making a big impression, the owner of this former rectory in Northamptonshire has crafted an inspirational pleasure garden fit for the 21st century W O R D S DARRYL MOORE PHOTOGRAPHS C LIVE NIC H OLS
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o have one of the best gardens in the country can be nothing more than a dream for most homeowners, but when Alan Kennedy moved into the Old Rectory in 2010, he was determined to make that fantasy come true. A childhood spent in the Peak District, with frequent trips to Chatsworth, had instilled in him a love of landscape so, after owning a traditional garden composed of flower beds, Alan wanted to buy a property with a plot that he could fully develop to realise his grander ambitions. An 18th-century house in Northamptonshire, with three acres laid to lawn, offered the perfect opportunity to create the garden he envisaged as being ‘not ordinary, but outstanding’. To assist him in this plan, he engaged designer Anoushka Feiler of Bestique, briefing her to create ‘something slightly formal, but with softer elements, avoiding traditional beds for a more ethereal feel’. Anoushka embraced the challenge with enthusiasm, employing a wonderfully playful approach, as she explains: ‘I delight in getting families to enjoy their garden in ways they have never imagined.’ Presented with a suitably impressive design, Alan
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ABOVE In the front garden,
Carpinus betulus (hornbeam) has been trained into boxheads and underplanted with tufts of Hakonechloa macra, while box balls and cloud-pruned Parrotia persica in pots create a tranquil Japanese feel.
ABOVE, FROM LEFT Euphorbia wallichii
(Wallich spurge) provides luminous early-summer colour; the architectural Eryngium agavifolium (agave-leaved sea holly) brings distinct structure to the ephemeral planting of the flower garden; Phlomis russeliana (Turkish sage) was chosen by garden designer Anoushka Feiler as a floral highlight and for winter interest. LEFT Dense purple spires of Salvia nemorosa ‘Amethyst’ add textural contrast among fine blades of Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’. RIGHT Eye-catching Monarda didyma ‘Kardinal’ (bergamot) is planted en masse. BELOW, FROM LEFT The umbels of Achillea ‘Credo’ (yarrow) offer reliable zingy colour; Iris ‘Black Gamecock’ sings out among the grass-like libertia; the large yellow Digitalis grandiflora (foxglove) is a welcome focal point in the planting in June.
In the raised flower garden, the planting, which includes a sea of Sesleria autumnalis (autumn moor-grass) and Veronicastrum ‘Adoration’ (culver’s root), surrounds the sun room.
The view across the natural swimming pool includes a neatly clipped hornbeam archway, which draws the eye to the house beyond.
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At night, uplighters at the feet of the boxheaded hornbeams illuminate the allĂŠe to the oak-framed sun room, a structure reminiscent of the nave of a church. It was designed by Anoushka Feiler and made by Carpenter Oak, carpenteroak.com.
was happy to leave her to the task. The result is a 21st-century pleasure garden with spectacular contemporary details and innovative features in a series of distinctive areas. It is filled with enticing possibilities and novelties, including children’s play features, a golf studio with a miniature green and a natural swimming pool that is popular with everyone during the summer months. Its waters are spanned by a bridge, and the look is intended as an homage to the famous lily ponds in Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny. ‘You can’t see all of the features from any one place,’ says Alan. ‘You have to step through doorways in the hedges in order to discover them.’ At the front of the house, a drive and turning circle are flanked by cloud-pruned topiary and mounds of gracefully arching Hakonechloa macra grass that lend a tranquil Japanese feel to the space. To the side, a walled garden with shade-loving plants leads to the back of the house, where a hedge-enclosed area is divided by paths in a cruciform pattern, referencing the property’s religious heritage. Here, a glass sun room takes centre stage among a sea of perennials and ornamental grasses and, adjoining the house, a sunken terrace provides a spot for formal dining in
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ABOVE Anoushka’s design for
the natural swimming pool was inspired by Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny. The pool was built by Gartenart, gartenart. co.uk, and the Dedon Leaf sun loungers, designed by Frank Ligthart, are from Leisure Plan, leisureplan.co.uk.
ABOVE, FROM LEFT In the woodland garden, Anoushka has created a playhouse on stilts and turned offcuts of wood and salvaged chairbacks into quirky artworks; the steps to the lawn are planted with Soleirolia soleirolii (mind-your-ownbusiness) and flanked by Asplenium scolopendrium (hart’s tongue fern); shade-loving plants, including the climber Schizophragma hydrangeoides ‘Moonlight’, were chosen for this cooler seating area at the west side of the house. LEFT Abundant borders of repeat planting offset the heart-shaped arch. RIGHT This state-of-the art studio allows Alan to practise golf in all weathers. A close look at the living wall will reveal golf ball sculptures decorated with leaf skeletons, designed by Anoushka and made by 3DPrintUK, 3dprint-uk.co.uk. BELOW, FROM LEFT The bridge over the natural swimming pool; a traditional dovecote adds a rustic highlight to the garden scheme.
Platanus x acerifolia (London plane) has been trained into a grapevine-style living canopy to shelter the dining table that sits to one side of the terrace.
the shade of parasol-shaped Platanus x acerfolia trees. Alan’s love of roses is expressed in the unashamedly romantic white-flowered meadow, with varieties such as Rosa ‘Winchester Cathedral’ set among lime-washed trunks of aromatic, domed Osmanthus armatus and a mass planting of Sesleria autumnalis (autumn moor-grass) interspersed with alliums. Meanwhile, an adjacent enclosed seating nook with a fire pit is approached from a pergola walkway planted with the fiery hues of crocosmia, helenium, persicaria and rudbeckia. Finished in 2015, the transformation from plot to paradise took 15 months. Key to its success was a no-compromise attitude to quality and fine craftsmanship. As Alan says: ‘It could not have been done without such attention to detail; we made sure that we had the best people to do things at every stage.’ Delighted with the results of both hard work and imaginative design, which are now revealed to the public under the umbrella of the National Garden Scheme’s Open Days, Alan makes sure the garden always looks its best. ‘You cannot lower standards if you want to make something look fabulous,’ he says.
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Orientation South-facing garden with a north-facing approach to the house. Soil type Clay. Special features Massed perennial planting, meadows and woodland. Design Anoushka Feiler, Bestique, 0330 113 8113, bestique.co.uk. Visit The Old Rectory Garden, Quinton, Northamptonshire, is open 2 September 2018 under the National Garden Scheme, 01483 211535, ngs.org.uk.
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A STYLISH WILDLIFE GARDEN Our design and planting ideas will help you make a home for birds, insects and small mammals in an attractive and welcoming outdoor space 118 | H&G | JULY 2018
SET UP A HIVE Become a beekeeper and help to reverse the decline in bee populations worldwide. These precious insects, vital for plant pollination, are happy in both urban and country gardens as long as they have access to plenty of flowering plants, shrubs and trees. To start a small apiary, sign up for a short course in beekeeping with the British Beekeepers Association, bbka.org.uk, which will also o≠er support once your hive is up and running.
PHOTOGRAPHS MARIANNE MAJERUS GARDEN IMAGES (SET UP A HIVE) DESIGN, SADIE MAY STOWELL; (SUN-LOVING PLANTS) DESIGN, CHRIS GHYSELEN. ROWAN ISAAC/ TIMEINCUKCONTENT.COM (TREES & SHRUBS)
TREES & SHRUBS Bring structure to your garden and create a habitat for wildlife with fruit trees and native shrubs. Insect pollinators love pear and apple blossom and, in autumn, thrushes, blackbirds and butterflies will feast on the windfalls. Other excellent trees include hawthorns (the berries attract birds) and hazels, the nuts of which fatten dormice before they hibernate. A hedge of yew, dogrose or holly will o≠er nesting for birds and a menu of autumn and winter fruits. Small mammals, such as hedgehogs and field mice, will also benefit from the shelter and food that hedges provide.
SUN-LOVING PLANTS Transform a sunny terrace into a floral paradise for pollinators by choosing plants that thrive in direct sun. Check the Royal Horticultural Society’s list (visit rhs.org.uk and search for Perfect for Pollinators) and look for the bee logo at garden centres. In pots, try long-flowering perennials such as gaura (beeblossom), shown on the right, as most summer bedding plants have little wildlife value. If you install a bird box, make sure it is not in the sun all day long.
EXPERT ADVICE USING PERENNIAL WILDFLOWERS CATHERINE THOMAS MSGD,
Catherine Thomas Landscape & Garden Design, catherinethomas.co.uk.
How can I include perennial wildflowers in established beds? Many garden plants are bred from native perennial wildflowers and named varieties of these will attract bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects. Try varieties of Digitalis purpurea (foxglove), Geranium pratense (cranesbill) and Achillea millefolium (yarrow), and choose single rather than double flowers to attract pollinators. Avoid using the actual wildflowers, as they will grow too vigorously for most gardens.
Which wildflowers can I plant in shade? English bluebells thrive under deciduous trees, particularly beech or hazel, while foxgloves, wood spurge, wild garlic, red campion and primroses also enjoy shade. Add grasses, such as Deschampsia flexuosa (wavy hair grass) or Luzula nivea (evergreen snow rush), to weave among the flowering plants and create a tranquil woodland scene in a shady corner.
A GOOD VIEW Fill an area of the garden with features that attract birds, butterﬂies and bees, which you can enjoy from a window seat indoors or a table and chairs outside. In a small courtyard garden, use a door or a statue as the focal point, and frame it with a pergola draped with nectar-rich climbing roses, such as ‘Rambling Rector’. In a larger garden, create an allée of trees underplanted with a tapestry of shrubs, perennial ﬂowers and spring bulbs.
CONTEMPORARY DESIGN Even the most modern gardens can be a welcoming host to wildlife. Here, the tall planters arranged in stepped fashion are ﬁlled with pollinator-friendly plants that thrive in containers, including euphorbia, rosemary, hebe, heather and heliotropium. The area in the foreground is planted with colourful nectar-rich varieties such as alliums, lavender and anchusa, for a garden that will be buzzing from spring to autumn.
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PHOTOGRAPHS MARIANNE MAJERUS GARDEN IMAGES (A GOOD VIEW) DESIGN, RUPERT WHEELER AND PAUL GAZERWITZ; (CONTEMPORARY DESIGN) DESIGN, JANEY AUCHINCLOSS AND PAUL HAMMOND; (SHADED GARDENS) DESIGN, ROBERT MYERS. ROWAN ISAAC/TIMEINCUKCONTENT.COM (NATURAL MEADOWS)
Can I create a perennial wildflower lawn in my small garden? Leave a patch of lawn to grow a little longer and you will be surprised by how many wildflowers, such as daisies, selfheal, clover, yarrow and buttercups, pop up among the grass. Mow around the edge of the longer grass to create a crisp shape and increase the range of wildflowers by lifting small squares of turf and seeding them with a perennial wildflower mix or replacing them with wildflower turf.
EXPERT ADVICE CHEMICAL-FREE GARDENING JOHN CULLEN,
John Cullen Gardens, specialist in pollinator plants, johncullen gardens.com.
NATURAL MEADOWS The wildflowers that grow among the grasses of a meadow will attract bees, butterflies, moths and hoverflies. Ask a specialist designer, such as Catherine Thomas, catherinethomas.co.uk, for help in establishing a meadow from seed, or simply leave a field of grass to grow to its natural height. Mow a path through the grass for access, and cut down all the plants annually in August, after the flowers have set seed. Remove the clippings so they do not enrich the soil, as this will result in more grass but fewer flowers.
SHADED GARDENS A shady corner of the garden is ideal for creating an enchanting woodland area that is also highly appealing to wildlife. Plant ferns, foxgloves and hardy geraniums beneath the trees to provide patches of foliage and shelter that will lure natural slug and snail predators such as frogs, toads and hedgehogs. They will take up long-term residence if you install a water supply, in the form of a shallow canal or small pond. Bees and other insects will seek out the shade-loving plants and birds will roost in the trees above.
Which chemicals are most harmful to wildlife? Neonicotinoids (neonics), which are found in many insecticides, are harmful to bees and can cause infertility and hive destruction. These products are mixed with water, which allows the chemicals to travel through all parts of the plant, including the pollen and nectar. How can you keep pests at bay without using chemical treatments? We control slugs and vine weevil using nematodes. These microscopic worms feed on pests and we buy ours from Green Gardener, greengardener. co.uk. When they arrive, we mix them with water and apply them to pots or the ground. The nematodes then attack the pests underground, consuming their eggs and larvae. We also buy ladybirds in spring – each one will munch through hundreds of aphids in a day – and we have a wildlife pond to encourage natural predators, including frogs and toads. In winter, we like to feed birds such as thrushes and blackbirds that will enjoy dining on slugs for the rest of the year. What fertilisers are kind to wildlife and the environment? One of the best natural fertilisers is liquid seaweed, which we use once a month from spring to autumn to encourage healthy plant growth. When planting, we also add alpaca fertiliser granules – available from The Archers at The Larches, thearchersatthelarches.com – to the compost or the ground, which acts a slow-release fertiliser.
Make a bench that doubles as an insect hotel by stacking logs to “ form the base, illing the gaps with straw and twigs and ixing a plank of locally sourced oak on top.” ALEXANDRA FROGGATT, Alexandra Froggatt Design, alexandrafroggatt.com. JULY 2018 | H&G | 121
FROM POT TO PLATE Growing herbs, vegetables and fruits for your dinner table will also provide nectar for bees and other pollinators. The plants pictured below are not edibles but you can create a similar, stylish potager by planting up a smart collection of pots with ornamental flowers, edible herbs such as rosemary, sage and lavender, and soft fruits such strawberries, blueberries and dwarf raspberries. These easy-to-grow crops will thrive in clay, glazed or stone containers with drainage holes, positioned on a sunny terrace or along a broad path.
EXPERT ADVICE PET-FRIENDLY GARDENS
CAROLINE DAVY MSGD,
Caroline Davy Studio, carolinedavy.co.uk.
How can I make my garden suitable for dogs and cats? Dogs will always take the shortest route through a garden, so do not install a flowerbed where they will be tempted to run straight through it. Grow vegetables and fruit in raised beds or net them to prevent dogs from destroying the crops, and surround the garden with hedging to stop pets from escaping. Remember that cats are natural predators and will kill birds, so ensure all feeders and nest boxes are out of harm’s way. Which features should I consider if I have a horse? A number of plants are poisonous to horses so it is best to keep the animals in a separate paddock, bordered by a post and rail fence or wide hedge that they cannot jump over. Check the paddock and its boundaries for plants such as yew, privet, sycamore and oak, which will harm horses (a leaflet of poisonous plants can be ordered from the World Horse Welfare website, worldhorsewelfare. org/Chelsea-Sign-Up), but do include trees such as beech, hazel or hornbeam, to provide shelter from the rain and sun. Can I let chickens run free in my garden? Chickens are partial to most garden plants and will eat their way through a kitchen garden in no time. If you want to give them free rein, keep them on a patch of rough grass, or where established tall or prickly plants are growing.
help to increase soil fertility and drainage, and provide “aWorms valuable source of food for birds. Encourage these beneicial creatures by allowing autumn leaves to decompose naturally on your lowerbeds and borders.” ELLIE BRODIE, senior policy manager, The Wildlife Trusts, wildlifetrusts.org. 122 | H&G | JULY 2018
WORDS ZIA ALLAWAY PHOTOGRAPHS MARIANNE MAJERUS GARDEN IMAGES (FROM POT TO PLATE) DESIGN, SARA JANE ROTHWELL. MARK BOLTON/TIMEINCUKCONTENT.COM (FENCES & SCREENS, BIRD & BUG HAVEN), ANNAICK GUITTENY/ TIMEINCUKCONTENT.COM (WATER FEATURES), DARREN CHUNG/TIMEINCUKCONTENT.COM (FRONT OF HOUSE)
FENCES & SCREENS Choose materials and plants that will turn garden boundaries into beautiful features while providing habitats for wildlife. Arrange timber o≠cuts into a log wall to shelter beetles, and use hedging to make a home for nesting birds (but do not trim it until after the chicks have left). Or, plant a line of shrubs that bear flowers and fruit to sustain insects, birds and small mammals. You can also make a screen of tall perennial plants, such as angelica, that produce eye-catching, sculptural bee-friendly flowers, and then o≠er food for birds when the seedheads appear.
WATER FEATURES The source of all life, water is a magnet for wildlife, luring birds, frogs, toads and insects, such as dragonflies and damselflies, into the garden. To make a wildlife pond, create one sloping beach-like edge to allow creatures to get in and out easily. Place leafy plants in the shallow water and along the banks to oâ‰ er them shelter from predators. Keep the water clear by installing a small fountain or cascade, and include a range of aquatic plants and oxygenators, such as hornwort and water violet.
BIRD & BUG HAVEN Buy an insect hotel or make your own, like this one created by garden designer Anne Keenan, annekeenan.co.uk. Anne nailed copper dishes into an old tree stump and filled them with corks and pine cones to make this bug-friendly feature. Also, put up a bird nesting box or two, setting them a good distance apart, around ten feet oâ‰ the ground and away from bird feeders. Use boxes that are well insulated, waterproof and robust, and position them so that the openings are protected from wind, rain and sun.
FRONT OF HOUSE Even if it is used as a parking spot, you can still create opportunities for wildlife in your front garden. A gravel surface is ideal for naturalising self-seeding flowers, while pots can be filled with easy-care plants, such as houseleeks, lavender and grasses, to provide nectar and shelter for insects. In larger front gardens, try a multi-stemmed tree, such as robinia (false acacia), which has scented early-summer flowers. Underplant the tree with bee-attracting yellow, orange, blue and violet flowers and shrubs to maximise biodiversity.
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THINKING BIG Oversized furniture, bursts of burnt orange and an expansive outlook vie for attention in this north London scheme
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This end of the kitchen features a small intimate seating area with an antique wrought-iron bistro table and comfortable upholstered chairs.
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Hand-stitched leather handles provide tactile access to drawers and cupboards.
The industrial look of the robust range cooker is offset by the reclaimed wood flooring and vibrant cabinets and artwork.
Tracey Hyde, senior designer, Plain English, 020 7486 2674, plainenglishdesign.co.uk.
What inspired the initial design? The clients travel a great deal for their work, particularly to the United States. This heavily influenced many of their design choices, from the outsized, industrial-style appliances to the overall sense of sun-filled spaciousness. They are also avid supporters of modern art, which steered us towards the bright colours and contemporary feel of the scheme. Did you make any alterations to the space? The original kitchen in this Victorian property was a small galley space that led into an equally tiny conservatory. The footprint of the new kitchen encompasses the previous one plus a large extension with Crittall glazing. The planting in the garden was inspired by the wild plantings of New York City’s High Line, an elevated park that runs close to the clients’ offices there. Why did you choose this cabinetry? The Osea range is Plain English’s more contemporary style, yet it fits well into this period home, contrasting with the historical elements. The clients decided it was better to accept a modern look than to try to fit a traditional kitchen into what is obviously a new extension.
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The room is big enough to take a brave paint shade, while timber adds texture and warmth.”
Resilient Belgian Blue fossil stone tops the island, with a section of oiled oak at one end softening the effect.
Can you tell us about the design of the island? The extra-long dimensions of the room inspired the extensive island unit. We raised it on legs because seeing the floor underneath makes it feel lighter and less intrusive than a solid, modular piece. We then added design details, such as the oak tray drawers, to further break up the look, and a practical and easily accessible end rail for tea towels and oven gloves.
WORDS LINDA CLAYTON PHOTOGRAPHS JACK HOBHOUSE
Is the absence of a breakfast bar significant? The clients are not great fans of bar stools, as they are not always comfortable and can leave you feeling exposed in a large room. Instead they asked for a small bistro table with a couple of chairs to provide an inviting place where they could sit and read the paper, or listen to the radio while having breakfast. How did you introduce colour and texture? The room is big enough to warrant a brave paint shade, so we went for Plain English’s Rusty Nail, which combines well with the aged brass handles, steel appliances and bold artwork. Timber elements bring texture and warmth to the scheme. We opted for oiled oak on the end of the island, and Douglas fir for the shelving and cupboards above the worktops, which has a more contemporary feel. What was your main challenge? The biggest challenge lay in how to create intimate areas in a very large space, hence the arrangement of a number of different seating areas both within the kitchen and immediately outside on the terrace. Some are suitable for large groups when entertaining, while others are perfect for two.
WHERE TO BUY ARCHITECT Dyer Grimes
Architects, dyergrimes architects.com. CABINETRY Bespoke Osea kitchen, painted in Rusty Nail and Coal Scuttle, around £78,000, Plain English, plainenglishdesign.co.uk. SURFACES Silestone composite quartz in Lagoon (main worktops); Belgian Blue fossil stone and oiled oak (island worktop), around £12,000, supplied by Plain English, plainenglishdesign. co.uk. Walls in French Grey intelligent matt emulsion, £47 for 2.5L, Little Greene, littlegreene.com. Similar flooring, engineered reclaimed French oak flooring in Renaissance finish, £160sq m, The Reclaimed Flooring Co, reclaimedflooringco.com. APPLIANCES Modern Chalonnais range cooker, £10,420; Classic hood, from £1,280; steel splashback, from £450, all Lacanche,
lacanche.co.uk. RC462 301 tall integrated larder fridge, £4,862; RF461 301 tall integrated freezer with ice maker, £5,095; DF260161 integrated dishwasher, £1,056, all Gaggenau, gaggenau.com. SINKS & TAPS Edgworth 1.5 bowl ceramic offset sink, £705, Shaws of Darwen, shawsofdarwen.com. 1014-M52 bridge mixer taps in brushed stainless steel £832 each, Hornbeam Ivy, hornbeamivy.co.uk. 3332W Icerock sink (on island), £466, Kohler, kohler.co.uk. ACCESSORIES Circular steel chandelier with six shades (above dining table), from £5,418; Salon chairs (next to bistro table), from £2,794 each plus fabric; Grecian dining chairs, £2,491 each plus fabric; Antique marbletop garden table; antique opaline globe pendants (above island), all Howe, howelondon.com.
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Nick Bell, sales and design director, Mark Wilkinson Furniture, mwf.com, explains why metal remains one of this year’s strongest influences.
What impact is metal architecture having on kitchens? We’ve been working on projects featuring Crittall-style glazing for several years and it’s bolstering the creation of dynamic living spaces. While the look feels new, it is revivalism at its finest. How else are you using metal in your designs? We’re always experimenting with metals on cabinetry, taps, hinges and handles. Metal accents are brilliant for adding a twist to classic designs, playing into the Mark Wilkinson Furniture DNA. Which cabinetry colours and materials work best with metal? Rich-toned metals work well with bold colours. We’re seeing
more openness towards strong shades, such as dark green, blue and black painted cabinetry. The choice of timber influences the metal we recommend. Oak has a grain and patina that complements industrial bronze, while dark-stained walnut is smoother and more sophisticated, pairing beautifully with burnished brass. What’s the latest for worktops and splashbacks? We’ve noticed a definite shift towards lighter stones, both composite and real. We prefer to use man-made composites on worktops that will experience heavy use, with less durable materials, such as marble, reserved for splashbacks. Is the trend for warm metals here to stay? We’ve barely got started with them. I can see rich brass and bronze finishes still feeling fresh in five years’ time.
The bespoke Portobello kitchen, from £50,000, Mark Wilkinson Furniture 01380 850007, mwf.com.
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WHERE TO BUY FURNITURE Simpliciter sofas, from £4,468 for a two-seater including slip covers, B&B Italia, bebitalia.com. Marble coffee table and burr walnut cabinet, Martin Hulbert Design, martinhulbertdesign.com. Antique armchairs, The Decorative Antique and Textiles Fair, decorativefair.com. FABRIC Curtains in Skittery Linen in Northern Semi Grey, £49.43m, Lewis & Wood, lewisandwood.co.uk. WALLS Khaki Mists 4 mixing matt, £27.56 for 2.5L, Dulux Trade,
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duluxtradepaintexpert.co.uk. ACCESSORIES Murano glass Mizar six-light chandelier, €7,300, Seguso, seguso.com. Barton ceramic vase lamp base (on cabinet), £558; Bedford drum shade in Lily Linen, £98, both Vaughan, vaughandesigns.com. Rectangular linen cushion covers in Plaster, £40; square linen cushion covers in Blue Grey, £50 each, all The Conran Shop, conranshop.co.uk. Antique Maharajan Sarouk rug, Sharaﬁ & Co, sharafiandco.com.
GENTLE SOUL Simple yet refined pieces and soft, chalky shades give this room a mood of quiet elegance
Martin Hulbert, Martin Hulbert Design, 020 7352 5081, martinhulbertdesign.com.
Can you describe the project? This is the living room of a Grade II*-listed early Georgian house in west London. When my clients bought the property, all the architectural details had been destroyed; we had to gut it and reinstate the original layout. We didn’t want to slavishly reproduce a Georgian interior, so we have hinted at the era with details such as the fireplace, which features a simple painted timber surround that befits the relatively humble nature of the building. Did your client provide a specific brief? The owner wanted her home to be like the blossom in Japan when it is just opening: subtle, lovely and understated. She didn’t want anything that jumped out. She loves grey, and while we couldn’t create an entirely grey house, I suggested that we look at the many colours within grey and come up with a pixelated version of the hue.
Contemporary designs, including modern sofas and a beautiful burr walnut cabinet, mix seamlessly with antique pieces in this subtle scheme.
WORDS RACHEL LEEDHAM PHOTOGRAPH MARK BOLTON
How did the colour scheme come together? I particularly like chalky shades as they bring a soft, natural feel to a space. This room is west facing but the large trees outside mean that light is limited, so we chose a mushroom grey for the walls to give the room warmth. The curtains are a darker tone, while the sofas are upholstered in stone linen. The antique armchairs, which are covered in another natural hue, this time with a pinkish undertone, marry beautifully with the rug. I wanted to introduce a little punch of colour, so I added the terracotta cushions. What influenced the choice of furniture? We chose a number of contemporary designs, including two Simpliciter sofas by Antonio Citterio, but I also felt it was important to have a few simple Georgian pieces to give the room soul, such as the early Georgian table to the left of the window. We also used the elegance and proportions found in Georgian designs to inspire new pieces, such as the burr walnut cabinet. Above it hangs a collection of drawings belonging to the owner, which we reframed to display as a group. The coffee table was designed to show off the antique Persian rug, hence the circular top and simple base. The Murano glass chandelier and table lamps were chosen to give a soft, warm light and while they are decorative, they don’t shout at you. Can you tell us about the window dressing? We created shutters to replicate the originals, and then dressed the window with linen curtains which hang beautifully. The curtain track is recessed into a lath covered in the same linen, which runs wide of the window. I regularly use this trick to help exaggerate the ceiling height, but in this instance it was also particularly effective as we needed to maximise the available light.
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ROOM AT THE TOP A clever collaboration has resulted in a patriotic red, white and blue scheme for this American attic space DESIGNERS
Lamp designer Christopher Spitzmiller (left), christopherspitzmiller.com, and interior designer Harry Heissmann, harryheissmanninc.com.
Can you describe the room? CS This is a guest bedroom in my weekend home, an 1830s Greek Revival farmhouse in the Hudson Valley. The attic, which was originally one long space, has been turned into two bedrooms with a bathroom between. The walls sloped down to the floor, so they have been squared off, creating storage in the voids behind, while the window has been replaced with a new triangular design. Below it, the bench seating hides the heating system.
How did you approach the scheme? HH It began with the floor. We thought it would be fun to use a more unusual colour, so the wide ash boards have been painted a rich blue that runs throughout the attic and up the stairs leading to this level. What influenced the choice of wallpaper? CS This design is called Fireworks by my friend the late Albert Hadley (the American decorator who co-founded legendary interiors firm Parish-Hadley). We rescaled and recoloured it to make it more suitable for the size of the room. The combination of the blue floor and the red and white paper came together by chance, but we have ended up with a very American room, and we just love the wow factor. HH The way in which we have used the paper – on the walls and ceiling, and also in a matching fabric on the window seat and cushions – is something that Mr Hadley often did. It gives the room quite a European flavour. Why did you paint the bed? CS The spool bed belonged to Albert and it had been painted grey, which we changed to white. The American interior designer Elsie de Wolfe once said, ‘I believe in plenty of optimism and white paint,’ and I am inclined to agree. HH White keeps the effect clean and contemporary – the look would be very different if you imagine the bed in its original dark wood. What do your guests think about the space? CS I think they love its playful, witty energy. HH People often focus all their creativity on communal areas of the home, but I think that all rooms should be of the same importance – when guests come to stay, you want them to have a memorable experience.
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WORDS RACHEL LEEDHAM PHOTOGRAPH WILLIAM WALDRON/OTTO PORTRAIT KARIN KOHLBERG (HARRY HEISSMANN)
What was it like working with another designer on your home? CS Harry is a great friend and this was very much a collaboration. His tastes are funkier than mine, so it was a good combination – I think that the sum of our ideas was better than the two separate parts. HH Chris and I set out to do something different. I tried to push his boundaries, while still seeking to arrive at common ground.
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WHERE TO BUY FURNITURE AH Breckenridge étagère
FLOOR Hudson Bay Blue floor and patio
side table, $2,885; similar bench, Louis XVI style bench, $4,200 (plus shipping), both Christopher Spitzmiller, christopherspitzmiller.com. FABRIC Cushions and window seat in Fireworks in Red on White, £164m, Hinson at Donghia, donghia.com. WALLS Fireworks wallpaper in Red on White, £110 for a 4.6m roll, Hinson at Donghia, donghia.com.
enamel paint, £67 for 3.79L, Benjamin Moore, benjaminmoorepaint.co.uk. ACCESSORIES Natalie lamps in Cardinal Red lacquer, £895 each (excluding shades), Christopher Spitzmiller for The Lacquer Company, thelacquercompany.com. Bedlinen with triple line embroidery and band details in Real Red, Leontine Linens, leontinelinens.com.
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LAP OF LUXURY Sleek marble-look tiles and bespoke cabinetry underpin this serene scheme that exudes chic boutique-hotel style
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A sculptural freestanding bath takes centre stage, its solid shape contrasting with the frameless clear glass shower panels.
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Andrea Milward (seated) and Alison Teverini, Milward Teverini, 020 8994 6612, milwardteverini.com.
Can you tell us about the project? The property is a mews house in London, and the bathroom was last renovated in the Nineties. It was totally clad in bland beige tiles, with a bright green vanity top. We altered the layout by swapping the positions of the shower and the toilet, so the toilet is no longer the main focal point when you walk in the room. Positioning a sculptural freestanding bath under the window means it is the bath that now first catches your attention. Why did you choose marble-effect tiles? The clients wanted a chic boutique-hotel style bathroom that would sit well within their period home but also be easy to care for and long-lasting. To achieve the luxurious look of marble without potential maintenance problems, we chose a practical yet beautiful marble-look porcelain tile for the floor and walls. Underfoot, large format tiles make the bathroom appear bigger. A textured black inset tile was used as a border detail, giving the floor definition and a stylish monochromatic look.
Bespoke fitted wardrobes allow the space to double as a dressing room.
The vanity is wall-hung – why is this? We wanted to avoid storage above the basins, preferring to clad the wall in mirror glass, so the vanity unit below had to house toothbrushes and smaller toiletries, as well as towels. The two drawers are really roomy. A wall-hung installation helps retain a sense of spaciousness, as it appears to float. What’s the idea behind the fitted storage? In addition to ample bathroom storage, the client asked for extra wardrobe space within the room. We designed a row of bespoke floor-to-ceiling cabinets to cater for overspill of items from the adjacent bedroom. Further storage is available inside the bespoke mirror-fronted cabinets above the toilet.
WHERE TO BUY FITTINGS Leadon freestanding bath in Matt White, from £2,394; Moto floor-standing bath and shower mixer, £840; Giro vanity unit with double basin and double drawer unit in Matt Stone Grey, from £1,345; heated stainless steel ladder rail, £428; Moto Slim 30cm round shower head, £116; Moto 45cm wall-mounted shower arm, £50.40; Hansgrohe Axor Starck one jet baton hand shower, from £72.25; Moto dual control high-pressure shower valve, from £266; Slim40 shower tray, 140x90cm, £218, all CP Hart, cphart.co.uk. Bespoke fitted wardrobes, from £3,000; bespoke glass shower
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enclosure, from £2,000, both Milward Teverini, milwardteverini.com. SURFACES Mimica Venato matt porcelain tiles, 60cm sq, £59.97sq m, 60x30cm, £53.95sq m; Denim Black porcelain tiles, 60x10cm, £47.93sq m, all Mandarin Stone, mandarinstone.com. Walls and wardrobes in Oak Apple eggshell, £55 for 2.5L, Fired Earth, firedearth.com. Bespoke mirror-clad walls, around £1,500, Milward Teverini, milwardteverini.com. ACCESSORIES Copper side table, £130, French Connection Home, frenchconnection.com. Blind in Cosmic Platinum chenille, £76m, Zinc Textile, zinctextile.com.
WORDS LINDA CLAYTON PHOTOGRAPHS PAUL TEVERINI
Mirror-clad walls reflect light and enhance the feeling of spaciousness and calm.
How did you finish the scheme? As bathrooms are mostly formed of hard surfaces, it is always good to include some fabric elements to soften the effect. A neutral linen-look Roman blind is all it took to add simple elegance to the window. There is also a white sheer roller blind behind, providing privacy without compromising on natural light. The table for essential toiletries is a practical touch and also adds interest. Its dark bronze colour provides a contrast to the predominantly white and neutral shades in the room.
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INTO THE WOODS Lush shady planting and a leafy pavilion provide a tranquil sanctuary in this garden design for Macmillan Cancer Support DESIGNER PROFILE Multi-award-winning garden designer, author and broadcaster Ann-Marie Powell is one of Britain’s most innovative designers. Her portfolio features private gardens, show gardens and public spaces, including a design for the Royal Horticultural Society at RHS Hampton Court this year.
What was the brief for this garden? The nursing charity Macmillan asked me to create a show garden for the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. The Macmillan Legacy Garden was to be a therapeutic space for people living with cancer, their relatives, and for the nurses and staff who care for them. It was to provide a nurturing environment in which people could relax with friends or spend time on their own, and where visitors could enjoy the plants and find inspiration in nature. The other aim was to highlight the benefits of leaving a gift to the charity in your will, thereby allowing the nurses and carers to continue their vital work.
Can you tell us more about the pavilion? This was a complicated structure, made from a steel frame created by Colm O’Gallachoir and his students at Chichester College. It has a waterproof fibreglass shell, with a smooth plaster render inside. A hole in the roof allowed a birch tree, representing new life, to grow through and the structure was covered with ferns and shade-loving plants in a modular green wall system. What inspired your planting scheme? I wanted to show how a woodland garden could look pretty all year round, not just in spring, and use a range of plants that would attract wildlife. Verbascum ‘Cotswold Beauty’ and bright orange geums add colour to the areas that received sun for part of the day, while in deeper shade I included the lovely Rehmannia Walberton’s Magic Dragon. These were set against a sea of green ferns, asarum (wild ginger) and other leafy plants beneath the trees. Which trees and shrubs work in a woodland design? I included the compact Amelanchier lamarckii (juneberry), which is a fantastic choice for a small space. It has pretty white flowers in
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spring and good autumn leaf colour, as well as small red berries in summer that are edible and loved by birds. The other tree I would recommend is the Betula albosinensis (Chinese birch); its glowing orange-red bark will inject warmth into your design. Shrubs such as hydrangeas and philadelphus (mock orange) will add mid-height structure, while a carpet of textured foliage plants that knit together to form a leafy layer will offer interest at lower levels. How can you add drama to a naturalistic garden? The easiest way to make a natural-looking woodland garden stand out from the crowd is to incorporate bold, colourful furniture. Here, I have gone for contemporary neon green metal benches and a lime green woven seat, which contrast beautifully with the pavilion’s cool cream interior and provide a fabulous sculptural quality, as well as practical and comfortable seating.
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What inspired your design? Our family had just suffered the loss of my dear mother-in-law to cancer, so this garden really resonated with me. I often run through the woods near my home, and the beautiful trees and light and shadow patterns created by their canopies were my main inspirations. It struck me how the dark and light areas were symbolic of life’s ups and downs. I divided the garden site into zones, which included social spaces and areas where people could sit alone and reflect. The egg-shaped pavilion was the primary focal point, designed as a sanctuary from which visitors could look out at the garden, while feeling cocooned and safe inside.
KEY PLANTS 1| Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’ 2| Anemanthele lessoniana (New Zealand wind grass) 3| Verbascum ‘Cotswold Beauty’ 4| Astrantia major subsp. involucrata ‘Shaggy’ 5| Hosta ‘Devon Green’ 6| Dryopteris filix-mas (male fern) 7| Rosa Macmillan Nurse 8| Thalictrum urbanii 9| Amelanchier lamarckii (juneberry) 10| Aruncus dioicus (goat’s beard) 11| Rehmannia Walberton’s Magic Dragon 12| Betula albosinensis (Chinese birch) 13| Dichromena colorata (white star grass) 14| Anemone ‘Ruffled Swan’ (windflower) 15| Darmera peltata (umbrella plant) 16| Asplenium scolopendrium (hart’s tongue fern) 17| Green wall planted with a mix of ferns and ivies 18| Polystichum setiferum ‘Herrenhausen’ (soft shield fern) 19| Gillenia trifoliata (Bowman’s root) 20| Gunnera manicata
PLANT SUPPLIERS Crocus, 01344 578111, crocus.co.uk. Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants, 01256 896533, hardysplants.co.uk. The Plant Centre at Hortus Loci, 01189 326487, hlplantcentre.co.uk. Tendercare Nurseries, 01895 835544, tendercare.co.uk.
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The paving is Egyptian Beige limestone from London Stone, 01753 212950, londonstone. co.uk. The green chair is the Otto armchair by Paola Lenti from The Modern Garden Company, 01279 653200, moderngarden.co.uk; the metal benches are by Alex Moore of Made by Moore, 01273 510952, madebymoore.com. The pavilion was supported by steel supplied by Andrew Wood of Chatsworth Forge, 01903 502221, chatsworthforge.co.uk, and the green wall system is by Biotecture, 01243 572118, biotecture.uk.com.
GARDEN DESIGN Ann-Marie Powell Gardens, 01730 825650, ann-mariepowell.com.
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DINE IN STYLE As more of us are embracing casual entertaining, stylish eat-in kitchens and alfresco terraces are being used in favour of formal dining rooms. Here, we offer inspiring ideas for creating a relaxing ambience indoors and out
MELLOW MOOD Even at the height of summer, be sure to use warm, ambient light in the evening. Candles on the table are an obvious choice, but this Moorishinspired courtyard provides additional subtle sources with covered wall lights and a single spot in the walkway.
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CALM CORNER Opting for freestanding furniture will always give flexibility to dining arrangements. This seating was made by Ben Whistler, benwhistler.com, and is complemented by chair pads in a matching floral. The moveable island is ideal for making serving easier. ALL FIRED UP Create the ultimate wow factor by installing an outdoor kitchen with added conversation pieces such as a pizza oven, braai or fire pit. Go for a design that is as stylish as it is durable, such as this one by Wwoo, wwoo.nl.
For a summer table, I love to mix sweet peas and roses in beautiful old glass bud vases. Matilda Goad has some Murano glass options that I’m besotted with.”
IN THE ZONE Instead of hanging artwork on a large expanse of wall, think about installing built-in storage, with shelves for displaying books and glassware, as a focal point. In larger rooms, carve out a cosy area with an upholstered banquette and dining chairs, as Fiona Andrews Interiors, fionaandrewsinteriors.co.uk, has done in this scheme.
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PHOTOGRAPHS TIMEINCUKCONTENT.COM/PAUL RAESIDE (MELLOW MOOD), TIMEINCUKCONTENT.COM/JAN BALDWIN (CALM CORNER), EMMA LEWIS (IN THE ZONE), BAS OOSTERWAL (ALL FIRED UP)
WILLOW CROSSLEY, floral and interior stylist, willowcrossley.com.
EXPERT VIEW ENTERTAINING ALFRESCO SOPHIE CONRAN,
founder, Sophie Conran, sophieconran.com. Q During the summer when I’m entertaining at home, I usually start with lunch in the garden and simply bring out more and more candles as evening descends. Q I always use a tablecloth and napkins in cotton or linen. I have a selection of designs and colours to choose from depending on the look I want to create. Q I like to introduce colour to the table with glassware and candles, and I always use an abundance of fresh flowers to bring the whole scheme together. Q Weatherproof cane furniture is a must for the garden because it can be left outside all year. It is substantial in weight but not so heavy that you can’t move it around easily should you need to. Q Create lovely areas of shade with climbing plants. Chinese jasmine is my particular favourite; it has beautiful little star-like white flowers with the most incredible scent, and it’s amazing growing up a pergola. Otherwise, use garden umbrellas with interesting colours and designs to shield the sun – just make sure they are secured against the wind. Q For floral centrepieces, choose a low design that is less likely to be blown over and won’t interrupt your guests’ eyeline across the table. Use varieties that are in season, whether from your own garden, a local florist or a garden centre. Q Hurricane lamps are perfect for outdoor tables as they are sturdy and enclosed, so shelter the flame from the breeze. Fill the space around the base of the pillar candle with pretty coloured pebbles or flowers.
SOFT GLOW Highlight shrubs and trees and illuminate underneath the table for flattering atmospheric lighting while dining outdoors, as shown in this scheme by John Cullen Lighting, johncullenlighting.com. ISLAND LIFE Take design inspiration from the architectural features of your room, advises interior designer Nicole Salvesen, salvesengraham.com. The shape of this neat breakfast bar by Humphrey Munson, humphreymunson.co.uk, echoes the fanlight above the windows and makes greater use of the island by creating an intimate and relaxed eating area.
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IN THE SHADE On sunny days, choose a natural, muted colour theme for your table setting to keep the atmosphere light and cool. Save on storage space by selecting weatherproof chairs, such as these by Oka, oka.com, which can be left outside all year.
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SHOPPING DINING TABLES
1| All seasons Conisbrough indoor/outdoor dining table in pine and resin, H75x W260xD100cm, £2,575, Oka, oka.com.
2| Oval office Cuil table in Scottish oak, H75x W220xD140cm, made to order, £5,600, Azelle Design, azelledesign.co.uk.
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PHOTOGRAPHS TIMEINCUKCONTENT/EMMA LEE (IN THE SHADE), ISABEL PARRA (DRAW NEARER), MIGUEL FLORES VIANNA (BRIGHT& BREEZY)
Hebden dining table in oak and glass, H74.5xW230xD90cm, £867, Neptune, neptune.com.
4| Industrial heritage Bedrock Plank C table in walnut and iron, H76xW260xD90cm, £5,119, Riva 1920 at Heal’s, heals.com.
5| All sewn up Vintage Singer table in ash, glass and iron, H75xW190xD90cm, £1,895, Rockett St George, rockettstgeorge.co.uk.
DRAW NEARER Double up a window seat as a dining bench to make the most of a small space – the closer the seating is arranged, the more convivial the mood, as demonstrated in this scheme featuring Oomph furniture by Nina Campbell, ninacampbell.com. BRIGHT & BREEZY In a well-shaded corner of the garden, don’t be afraid to introduce lots of colour and pattern on the table. This exuberant setting of pinks, reds, oranges and greens by Penny Morrison, pennymorrison.com, sings out among the surrounding flowers and foliage.
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EXPERT VIEW OPEN-PLAN KITCHENS HENRIETTE VON STOCKHAUSEN,
COVER STORY Against the backdrop of stripped wood flooring, these brightly upholstered chairs inject energy into this room designed by Tor Interiors, torinteriors.com. Go one step further and have the backs covered in a contrasting design. ROUND TABLE The soft curve of a circular table is a good option for a busy family kitchen-dining space. This design by Tom Howley, tomhowley.co.uk, features a banquette that echoes the shape of the table to help minimise the space taken up by the seating.
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Q The key to a successful kitchen, dining and living space is getting the layout right from the start. Rooms that are too big can look disjointed and unwelcoming, while small, crowded rooms can feel overwhelming. Q Ideally, you want to create three interlinking zones for cooking, eating and relaxing, which can have either a sofa or window seat. In smaller spaces, it’s a good idea to opt for built-in seating. Think about catering for all ages; where possible, we always include two comfortable, upholstered armchairs at either end of the table to suit older guests. Q Unless your appliances are real statement pieces, hide as many of them as possible. This will help the kitchen to function as a living area too. Q Dishes piling up on work surfaces can be unsightly. When buying a butler sink, choose the deepest one possible, as it’s a good place to put empty plates between courses. If you’re planning on entertaining a lot, consider having two dishwashers. Q It is crucial to get the lighting right in the different zones. Use spots to illuminate work surfaces in the kitchen. In the table area, opt for sitting or dining room fittings, such as wall lights with beautiful shades and a chandelier, to create a distinctive ambience. Q Add as many soft furnishings as possible to the room. Kitchens can be very echoey with all the hard surfaces, so hang curtains at the windows and upholster the seats of built-in benches. Q Don’t be afraid of using bold and darker colours, especially in bigger spaces. It makes the room feel more intimate in the evenings, particularly during the summer when doors and windows are open. Avoid using white as it can be too startling and won’t create the inviting and relaxing space that you’ve planned for.
WORDS ARABELLA YOUENS PHOTOGRAPHS TIMEINCUKCONTENT/JON STEWART (COVER STORY), THE IKON PARTNERSHIP (ROUND TABLE), RACHAEL SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY (MODERN LOOK), ALEXANDER JAMES (IN THE PINK), STEVEN MEYERS (OPEN HOUSE)
co-founder, VSP Interiors, vspinteriors.com.
MODERN LOOK Smart white leather chairs and a round varnished wood table set a contemporary scene in this light-filled, open-plan dining area. Position your table to take advantage of the best views of the garden.
Comfort is key so opt for upholstered chairs to keep guests at the table long after the meal has ended. Benches are useful for maximising seating when space is limited but choose a style with back support and a cushion.â€? SOPHIE ELBORNE, creative director, Kitesgrove, kitesgrove.com.
OPEN HOUSE To create a seamless flow between indoors and out, use the same flooring in both areas. Here, Turner Pocock, turnerpocock.co.uk, laid a polished grey marble floor from Stone Collection, stonehousetiles.co.uk, to link the kitchen-dining space with the courtyard garden beyond.
IN THE PINK Painted vintage chairs and a cosy reading nook window seat keep the tone of this kitchen dining area light and fresh. In smaller spaces, paint the ceiling, walls and units in the same shade to unite and blur the edges of the scheme, as Studio Duggan, studioduggan.com, has done in this design.
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HOUSE CLINIC Our expert, Celia Rufey, answers your interior design questions and decorating dilemmas PROFILE Celia Rufey has been
the Homes & Gardens decorating expert for more than 30 years. She has a wealth of interiors knowledge and has also designed her own range of fabrics.
WHO SUPPLIES COLOURED LEATHER FOR UPHOLSTERY? Where can I buy faded mid-green leather for my dining chairs similar to some I saw on upholstered benches in a London hotel? VM, London W10. The type of leather you are looking for is known as uncorrected or aniline, meaning the characteristics of the natural hide are visible through the surface colour. Leather is sold by full hides and these measure from 40 to 60sq ft. The leather on the benches that you admired could well have been Mont Blanc in Celadon, £23.85sq ft, from Altfield, 020 7351 5893, altfield.com. Whistler Leather, 020 7352 4186, whistlerleather.com, also offers the mid-green options Cordoba Fern, £20sq ft, and Bilbao Green Tea, £19sq ft. You could also take a look at Alma Leather, 020 7377 0762, almaleather.co.uk, for its Vesuvious aniline leather in colours Cesped and Shamrock, £10.50sq ft. I am sending you cuttings of the colours described.
INSIDER’S TIP “I love to eat outside in summer and use hammam towels as tablecloths with recycled glass bud vases in vibrant colours – you only need two lowers in each for an informal picnic effect.” EMILY TODHUNTER, 020 7349 9999, todhunterearle.com.
CAN A SWING SEAT STAY OUTSIDE ALL SUMMER? We would like a garden swing seat that gives some protection on hot days and can be left out in summer. Can you suggest any designs? OW, Penryn, Cornwall. The Old Rocker swing seats by Odd, 01993 830674, oddlimited.com, are wonderfully indulgent. The Original incorporates an upholstered sofa with three seat and three back cushions, and has a choice of roof shape and piping or fringing; it costs £3,289. Although a cover is available, the seat can be left out all summer, and both the rocker frame and upholstery fold for winter storage. The Kettler Henley swing seat and daybed with canopy, £799, exclusive to John Lewis, 0345 604 9049, johnlewis.com, has a steel frame and an adjustable mesh seat and back. The frame can stay out all year, but the cushions, canopy and side windbreaks should be brought in over winter. With its powder-coated aluminium frame, the Bramblecrest all-weather wicker two-seater cocoon (above), £599, Dobbies, 0131 561 6406, dobbies.com, can cope with summer weather, but should be covered and the showerproof cushions stored in winter.
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ARE METAL PLANTERS A GOOD CHOICE? I would like large zinc planters for our terrace, but a gardener once advised me to avoid metal as it conducts heat and cold, affecting the plants. Is this correct? DJ, Hawkhurst, Kent. Plants in metal containers are at a greater risk from conducted heat than from cold, says Paul Cook of Clifton Nurseries, 01932 833866, 020 7289 6851, clifton.co.uk. We always take this into consideration when positioning planters, he adds. Lighter coloured metal planters reflect heat more readily than darker coloured ones, which absorb it. If the position of planters on your terrace concerns you, it helps to use a large size, Paul says, as these will have more soil volume and more surface area to dissipate the heat. You can also insulate metal planters by lining them with an internal plastic or fibreglass pot, allowing a 25mm gap all around filled with polystyrene packing chips. Ensure that the internal pot has adequate drainage holes and place it on 50mm of gravel in the base of the metal planter. A 50 to 75mm layer of mulch will help to retain moisture and prevent plant roots from drying out in warmer conditions.
HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR QUESTION The House Clinic service is free to all Homes & Gardens subscribers. There is a £12 fee per query for non-subscribers, who must send their query and payment by post. EMAIL Subscribers, send your query, subscriber number and address to firstname.lastname@example.org. POST Send your query, subscriber number or payment and an SAE to Homes & Gardens, 161 Marsh Wall, London E14 9AP. Please make cheques/postal orders payable to Time Inc (UK). We are unable to answer more than one question per reader each month. Celia Rufey can also help you create an individual design for any room in your home, with ideas for colours, fabrics, paint, wallcoverings and flooring. For full details, visit our Facebook page at bit.ly/2e5tpsu.
WHERE CAN I FIND TABLE LAMPS IN THIS STYLE? I’m looking for a pair of pagoda table lamps with tall, slender bases but the only ones I’ve found are in the US. Do you have any suggestions? JW, Harwell, Oxfordshire. The lighting collection at Oka, 0333 004 2042, oka.com, includes the Daqin lamp, H28cm, £88, with a pagoda base in Antique Gold, Antique Red or Antique Green, and the Liaodi, H53cm, £395, in dark sandblasted mango wood with doors and windows carved into the base. If you are looking for taller lamps, try the Tahoe Bronze lamp base (left), H67cm, £250, with Empire shade, £37.50, India Jane, 020 8799 7166, indiajane. co.uk, where you will also find the Pagoda Nickel lamp base, H73cm, £195, as a further option to consider. Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam, 020 7730 8623, nicholas haslam.com, offers a Pagoda lamp base that is taller still, at H84cm, in Antique Green or Antique Orange finish, £810.
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DO YOU KNOW OF ANY MODERN VERSIONS OF A TRADITIONAL KITCHEN TABLE? Where should I look for an updated country kitchen table in wood that incorporates a drawer? ML, Southport, Merseyside. The Farmer by Heerenhuis Manufactuur, heerenhuis.be (above top), has the combined aesthetic you are looking for. In solid oak with a drawer, it comes in three sizes, from £2,409, to order from The Conran Shop, 0344 848 4000, conranshop. co.uk. Conran’s own version with a drawer is the robust Wardour dining table (above) in solid oak with a scrubbable raw oak top; it measures H75xW240xD110cm and costs £6,250. Another piece that takes inspiration from the country kitchen table is the solid oak Cooks table (above middle), which has six drawers and turned legs, H76xW190xD95cm, £1,799, Heal’s, 020 7636 1666, heals.com.
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Lemon SQUEEZY Perfect for summer picnics, barbecues and get-togethers, these refreshing lemonades, laced with the likes of cucumber, cinnamon and watermelon, make tasty thirst quenchers R EC IPE S AP RI L W HIT E PHOTOGRAPHS GENT L AND H YERS
THE LEMONADE TREE Serves 5-7 Among foragers, the plant that produces crimson-red sumac berries is often known as the lemonade tree. Ground sumac will add a distinctive lemon tang and a beautiful pink colour to your drink. 1.14L still water 200g granulated sugar 20g ground sumac 105ml freshly
squeezed lemon juice (from about 3 lemons) Ice cubes, to serve (optional)
Q To make the sumac syrup, bring 240ml
of the water, the sugar and ground sumac to a simmer in a saucepan over a medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves. Leave the syrup to cool to room temperature. Strain through a fine-mesh
sieve lined with a coffee filter, reserving the liquid and discarding the solids. Q In a pitcher, stir together the syrup, the remaining 900ml water and the lemon juice. Refrigerate until cold. Serve over ice cubes.
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CEYLONADE Serves 6-8 Ceylon cinnamon is more ďŹ‚oral than spicy, which gives this lemonade fragrance and warmth. As this version is more concentrated than most, itâ€™s best served over crushed ice with a splash of sparkling water. 1.2L still water 10cm Ceylon cinnamon stick 200g granulated sugar 300ml freshly
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squeezed lemon juice (from about 8 lemons) Crushed ice Sparkling water (optional)
Q In a saucepan over a medium-low heat,
bring 240ml of the still water, the cinnamon stick and the sugar to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves. Q Take off the heat and leave to steep for 10 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick
and cool the syrup to room temperature. Q In a pitcher, stir together the syrup, the lemon juice and the remaining 960ml still water. Serve over crushed ice with a splash of sparkling water, if liked.
CUCUMBER COOLER Serves 6-8 This mellow lemonade is as refreshing as a day at the spa. If you can’t ﬁnd a seedless European cucumber, you’ll need to scrape out the bitter seeds of two regular cucumbers before grating them. 1.2L still water 200g granulated sugar 1 seedless European cucumber 240ml freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 6 lemons) Ice cubes, to serve (optional)
Q In a saucepan over a medium-low heat,
bring 240ml of the still water and the sugar to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and cool the syrup to room temperature. Q Peel the cucumber and grate the flesh into a fine-mesh sieve. Using your hands or a rubber spatula, press the cucumber juice from the flesh. Reserve the liquid and discard the solids, then measure out 120ml of the cucumber juice. Q In a pitcher, stir together the syrup, cucumber juice, lemon juice and the remaining 960ml water. Refrigerate until cold. Serve over ice, if liked.
Add a little kick Q Make the Cucumber Cooler according
to the recipe, but add only 720ml water to the pitcher along with the other ingredients. Refrigerate until cold. Just before serving, stir in 240ml gin and serve over ice, garnished with cucumber slices.
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WATERLEMON Serves 8-10 A pinch of salt is the secret ingredient in this pairing of lemon and watermelon. It brings out the fruits’ summery ﬂavours without overpowering. 240ml still water 200g granulated sugar 1kg cubed seedless watermelon (about ¼ watermelon)
240ml freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 6 lemons) Pinch of kosher salt Ice cubes
Q In a saucepan over a medium-low heat,
bring the water and sugar to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves. Cool the syrup to room temperature. Q Working in batches, liquefy the watermelon in a blender and strain the purée through a ﬁne-mesh sieve. Reserve the liquid and discard the solids, then measure out 1.4L watermelon juice. Q In a pitcher, stir together the syrup, watermelon juice, lemon juice and salt. Refrigerate until cold. Serve over ice cubes.
WATERLEMON POPS Makes 10 80ml ice pops There is only one thing more refreshing than a glass of lemonade on a hot summer’s day – a lemonade ice pop. 720ml Waterlemon (see recipe above) 1¼ tsp vodka (optional) Ice pop sticks
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Q In a pitcher, stir together the Waterlemon and vodka (if using). Don’t be tempted to add more vodka as too much will prevent the pops from freezing. Q Divide the liquid evenly between ice lolly moulds, leaving about 3mm of space
at the top of each mould. Insert the ice lolly sticks and freeze until solid – at least 6 hours and preferably overnight. To remove the ice pops, dip the moulds brieﬂy in warm water.
CITRON PRESSÉ Serves 4 What better way to conjure up the feel of a bustling Parisian café than to sip a cold citron pressé? For added panache, each element is served separately so everyone can mix their own drink to taste. 240ml still water 200g granulated sugar 240ml freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 6 lemons) 1.2L cold sparkling or still water Ice cubes
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Q Start with about 2 tablespoons lemon juice,
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2 tablespoons syrup and 240ml water. Stir and then tweak from there. Q A favourite combination is 4 tablespoons lemon juice, 3 tablespoons syrup and 240ml water. When you are happy with the proportions, add a handful of ice cubes.
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FROZEN LIMONADA Serves 5-7 Inspired by a popular South American drink, this slushy lemonade is best made with Key limes. These tiny fruits, which are less acidic than typical limes, can be tricky to juice, but it’s worth the eΩort. 200g granulated sugar 240ml still water 120ml freshly squeezed Key lime juice (from 14-17 Key limes) 600g ice cubes Pinch of kosher salt
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Q Combine all the ingredients in a blender and mix until
smooth. Spoon into glasses and serve with spoons or straws.
Add a little kick Q Make a pitcher of Frozen Limonada according to the recipe, but add 180ml tequila and 30ml triple sec before blending. Serve in salt-rimmed glasses.
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