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april 2018

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Classic elegance

Stunning period homes, from a converted station house to an extended cottage

SHOP FOR... bedrooms decorative plates table lamps antique vases

Fresh blooms Pick beautiful flowers from your very own cutting garden

design inspiration for windows and doors

Spring greens Decorate with on-trend zesty hues and leafy prints

Illustration Sarah Overs Photograph David Lloyd

Editor’s Letter

eeping both sides in a relationship happy is not always easy when it comes to home design choices. For some couples, there is one party who is so passionate about what they want, that their easy-going other half just lets them get on with it. But often there are conflicting tastes: one is drawn to bold pattern and colour, while the other wants to keep things simple and neutral; one craves the character of period homes, while the other hankers after a modern new build. What should you do in such circumstances? You could please yourself at the expense of your spouse, but this can breed resentment if you don’t give them free rein over the next project. Alternatively, you can do what my husband and I resort to in such deadlock situations and go for something that you both find inoffensive – although I can’t really recommend this route as you end up with something that neither of you love, and then no one is happy. Of course, there are the lucky ones: those matches made in interior design heaven, where two like-minded souls with complementary styles somehow manage to harmoniously combine belongings and embark on a lifetime of successful decorating collaborations. One such couple is Jo Davison and Alistair Haxton, whose Georgian apartment in South Yorkshire is finished with dark, dramatic shades and eclectic furnishings, plus a perfect mix of junk shop gems and quality antiques that give the whole scheme a sense of grandeur (page 38). There were inevitably compromises to be made, and some of their beloved possessions didn’t make the final cut, but the end result proves that when you work together, you can achieve a beautiful, happy home that you both truly love. Elsewhere this issue, we celebrate the long heralded arrival of spring with a look at how to create a cut flower garden (page 119). Not only will growing your own blooms add interest to your outdoor space, but it will save you money on buying bouquets, attract beneficial insects, and fill your home with colour and scent. You may even discover that you have a flair for flower arranging. And where better to put your freshly picked stems than in a decorative vase? We asked Antiques Roadshow expert Marc Allum to provide a potted history of this mantelpiece staple (page 29), from its ancient roots to modern artistic interpretations. It’s a fascinating read, and will certainly make me think more carefully about the next vase I buy. Finally, this month we take a look at the less glamorous – but crucial – subject of doors and windows. I always feel annoyed when I pass a lovely period house with chunky, gleaming white plastic frames – the originals forever lost. From page 100 we reveal some of the best new designs, then Roger Hunt provides a guide to caring for original metal windows. Enjoy! Melanie Griffiths Editor, Period Living Period Living 3


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Decorating & shopping

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Photograph Douglas Gibb

April journal We round up the latest interiors offerings, news and exhibitions Parma violet Introduce this year’s hottest shade into your period home

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Decorative plates Our pick of the prettiest dishes to serve or display ON THE COVER

Table lamps Set the mood with the latest lights to suit all tastes ON THE COVER

Spring greens Fresh ideas for using invigorating yet calming verdant shades Spring cottage Create a rural idyll with pastel pieces and natural prints

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Antique vases Antiques Roadshow expert Marc Allum charts the history of the humble vase from Ancient Greek design to Arts and Crafts Made in Britain Upholsterer Liz Rose invites us into her magical country studio to sample her traditional craft Veggie adventures Maria Elia shares creative ideas for cooking with vegetables Heritage weekend... Cheltenham Discover where to eat, sleep and shop in this Regency gem Home sweet home A look at the history behind Bournville, the model village developed for Cadbury workers

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A marriage of styles Set within a Grade II-listed manor house, this lovely apartment is a perfect mix of his and hers style Safe as houses Interior designer Amanda Hamilton and her husband John Thornhill turned a historic stonemason’s cottage into a practical family home

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The heart of the city The Buchanans’ elegant Georgian apartment is brimming with antiques and traditional charm ON THE COVER

All change Awash with colour and quirky features, this converted railway station makes the perfect home for the Amigo family ON THE COVER Holidaying at home A marvel in monochrome, the interiors of this German cottage are full of ideas for decorating with antiques and muted shades

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House journal New products and expert advice for updating a period property ON THE COVER

Bedroom design Be inspired to create a stylish and restful sanctury with the latest furniture and bedlinen


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Home health check Property expert Roger Hunt advises on metal windows The reclaimer Sophie Miller, co-founder at Skinflint, shares her advice for buying reclaimed lighting


Advice & inspiration



ON THE COVER Window and door design Preserve your home’s period character by choosing the correct style of fenestration

Gardens Garden journal A round-up of the latest products for your garden Country club Garden shopping inspired by rural Britain in springtime ON THE COVER Cutting gardens Gardening expert Leigh Clapp shares advice for growing your own flowers for display

Woodland wonders An ancient bluebell wood is just one of the beautiful highlights in this glorious garden of rooms

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journal april

The latest interiors offerings for a period home, from prints bursting with natural charm to handmade treasures

3 of the best easter eggs

Almost too pretty to eat, here’s our pick of this year’s chocolate goodies

Limited-edition Spring Bloom egg, £30, Bettys

Hand-decorated white chocolate egg, £40, Fortnum & Mason

Dairy-free chocolate rose egg, £15, Daylesford Organic

TEA BREAK Ceramicist Emma Bridgewater has added two new sweet pea mugs to her bounty of botanical designs, which also include these blue parrot tulip and cornflower versions. Perfect collectibles, the floral favourites cost from £14.95.

Feature Pippa Blenkinsop

ArTIST’S IMPRESSION Herald the approach of warmer weather and spring vitality with a vibrant interior update. An immersive painterly paradise of soaring foliage fronds dotted with tropical birds, this new two-part Giardino Segreto wall panel is a visual treat guaranteed to lift the spirits. £195 per panel from Designers Guild.

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Immerse yourself in the exotic with Harlequin’s latest Zapara collection, named after an indigenous people native to the Amazon rainforest along the border of Ecuador and Peru. Featuring 29 fabrics and 29 wallpapers, the range is bursting with tropical flowers and foliage, bound with a jewel palette. PL loves this exuberant Amaryllis design, a profusion of orchids, irises, pussy willows and ferns printed onto a silky cotton satin for added opulence, £45 per m.

TREASURE CHEST Combining on-trend moody botanicals with a digital découpage effect, these beautiful vintage-style painted drawers are ideal for breathing life into a bland bedroom. The statement piece is £420 at Grand Illusions.

TALENT SPOT ‘It all starts with a cover,’ says artist Alison Stockmarr of her beautiful book assemblages. ‘The patina of the cloth – or leather if you’re lucky - along with the typography are what really inspire me.’ Add to that an evocative title, and an idea for another picture book is born. Celebrating the nostalgic in a digital age, her pieces seek to create ‘3D narratives of a bygone age’. Working as a fashion designer for many years, Alison later turned to collaged textile art and more recently to paper collage, yet an underlying fascination with texture and layering borne from her fashion days can still be traced. Once selected, Alison cuts into the books to create apertures, opening up new fictional worlds that often centre around a significant line or quote within the pages. From here, she proceeds to layer carefully chosen paper ephemera in and around the frame to build up a whimsical narrative. ‘I use photographs, postcards, wrapping paper, old magazines – anything really, but they need to have a certain quality,’ she says. Limited prints of original pieces are available from £70 for A4 and £180 for A2, with bespoke pieces available on request. ( 12 Period Living


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