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October 2014

Welcome Home from the Editors

As Britain basked in a glorious Indian summer we were busy putting together this midautumn issue. September often surprises us with unseasonal temperatures, but October really is the month when we start to think about the darker months ahead.

Our featured home this month is a stunning Victorian renovation that has become a perfect home for the Price family with acres of marble, animal hides, quirky accessories and a bath deep enough to swim in.

To inspire you even further we have a With that in mind, we think you will really pastel toned shopping page and an indulgent enjoy our decorating feature on page 11 which bathroom scheme for all you romantics out celebrates the patterns, textures and colours there. of homewares with an ethnic edge. There’s no excuse for dull in our world! And as the days really draw in we recommend tea as the antidote. We have two cafes to try and a carrot cake to make at home! Enjoy.




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Contents HOMES 26

– A double fronted Victorian house that proved to be the perfect family home.


– Create you own family home with our shopping guide.

FEATURES 11 Tribal Gathering – A brave new look

for Autumn using tactile fabrics and furnishings with an ethnic edge.


– Extract from Kitchenalia by Vinny Lee.

51 Future and Found – A calm and

understated hidden gem of a shop in London’s Finsbury Park.


LEISURE – Add a soft feminine

greys to create a zen-like cocoon of cosiness this fall. 44 9

– Create an indulgent and utterly relaxing bathroom scheme.


– With cream cheese drizzling - delicious.

48 Time for Tea – Two of our favourite

cafés in which to enjoy one of life’s simple pleasures.

– The latest and greatest in our shops this October.


Shop online at pablo blue and treat your home and your loved ones to beautiful British-made homewares, jewellery and gifts from contemporary UK designers.

News... A roundup of the things we can’t do without this October… Storage never looked so good – a retroinspired hand made chest with different size

VINTAGE handles and a pop of colour For colour addicts everywhere – the addinterior 62cm - £224.50 Designed by GRY HOLMSKOV and available in Black, Galvanised, Turquoise and White from

£425 from Living It Up.

Combine cool greys with citrus shades and intricate geo designs for the perfect autumnal table setting. Living by Christiane Lemieux, £128 for 12-piece dinnerware


its irreverent colour twist is an eye-catching statement piece, £445,


The Rooftop Garden THE CONRAN SHOP

urban oasis all year round. 9

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Tribal Gathering Be brave with tactile fabrics and furnishings this autumn and bring indigenious handicrafts and warm tones.

Scour the shelves of food stores for bright tins with exotic packaging that you can use as pots for your plants.


Give your bedroom a grown-up, lived-in, eclectic look with beautiful textural bed linens in strong ikat prints. This look is not for the shy – embrace your inner boho with felt, pompoms and printed ceramics, and don’t be afraid to add more and more pattern.


Layer patterned fabrics – bold ethnic prints sit well with batiks and ikats, then add embroidered linens and hand-woven stripes.

Be clever: seek out unloved and unwanted items and create something useful. Here a packing crate has been transformed into a coffee table.

Don’t follow the crowd. Decorate your home with unique handicrafts. These birds are handcrafted in Zimbabwe and made from the seedpods of the star chestnut tree and form a colourful flock on a mantelpiece.

Natural textures will give your home an urban ethnic edge. Use simple wooden furniture layered with embroidered cushions and a stash of winter woollens in woven sea grass baskets of all shapes and sizes. Give walls personality with animal heads in straw.


Make a handy hook with a piece of driftwood painted and decorated with wire and wool. 19

Handmade papermache lampshades will add pattern and colour to your home.

Group together woven baskets and combine the warm hues.


Look out for bowls with a textured finish or a hand-thrown feel.


Decorate letters, walls or even hand-thrown ceramics using wooden hand-carved block stamps.

Southwold Bed Frame, £249; Southwold Bedside Table, £79; Dorset Desk Lamp, Chalk Pink, £25; Wooden lantern, £16; Tonal Roses Duvet Set, £15. Chevron Rug, £55; Faux Fur Cushion, £12; Faux Fur Throw, £30; Love Canvas, £8; Mercury Glass Lantern, £5; Pillar Candle, £5; Mercury Glass Candle, £6; Grey Frosted Vase, £12. Pink Frosted Vase, £9.50; Decorative frames, from £8; all Tesco Direct 24

Blushing Berry create a zen-like cocoon of cosiness this fall. 1. 2.





1. Rose Blush No. 1884 130th Anniversary Paint, Mylands 2. Calvin Klein Ash Strip Rug, £169, Kelaty 3. Nude Recycled Glass Vase, £25, Idyll Home 4. Simone Bowls, £32, Quince Living 5. Grey Wooden Stool, £79, Idyll Home



6. Jardena Armchair, £299, 7. Feather Design Platter, £35, Marks and Spencer 8. Hexa Cool Grey Ceramic Vase, £32, White Mint




Moving across the river from Parsons Green to Clapham time mum Sarah shows us around.


“We lived here for a year before we decided how we wanted to extend and refurbish the house”

They say that first impressions count and that was certainly the case when Sarah Price and her husband Keith set eyes on their sixbedroom detached home in Clapham. Sarah admits that she’d been impressed with the house right from the outset. “The front aspect of the house is very handsome and striking,” she explains. “It’s a red brick Victorian with an imposing gable, bay windows and an ornate front porch.” And inside too, the six-bedroom detached property suits the needs of this growing family admirably, with plenty of space for four-year-old Barney, two-year-old Dexter and an imminent new arrival to play together and to grow. Sarah and Keith moved from their terraced townhouse in Parsons Green, to this larger property back in 2009, with Sarah admitting that they were in no hurry to make any drastic changes, wanting to get a feel for the space first. “We lived here for a year before we decided how we wanted to extend and refurbish the house,” she explains. Taking inspiration from interiors magazines, the couple collected articles and ideas, filing them into themes and room schemes to help them formulate ideas for their own home.

Twelve months later and the hard work really began, with Sarah explaining: “We extended the open plan kitchen and living space at the rear of the house into the garden with a modern timber clad, light and bright, single storey extension  with  a flat glass lantern roof, sliding glass doors and a window box seat overlooking the garden. The rest of the house was also fully  refurbished  with  new flooring, new bathroom suites and redecorated throughout.”

With the building work complete, Sarah sought much of her inspiration for the interior design close to home, with Northcote Road Antiques Market being a particular favourite shopping destination. Cleverly combining contemporary and classic styles throughout the property, one of the pieces Sarah takes most pride in, is the custom-made Bruce Munro chandelier in the living room. “It is simply stunning and we never tire of gazing at it,” she says.


“In the evening when the children are asleep, our bedroom is a serene and peaceful haven, with dimmed lighting and decorated in calming shades of grey”

But it’s the master bedroom that has really stolen Sarah’s heart and she readily admits this is her favourite room. “In the evening when the children are asleep, it is a serene and peaceful haven, with dimmed lighting and decorated in calming shades of grey.” 32



“We love having friends with their children here for lazy long weekend lunches” With work on the house now complete, there is plenty of time to simply enjoy the space they have created, spending time together as a family and entertaining friends too. “With two energetic young boys we don’t have as many dinner parties as we used to pre-children, as they are very early risers, but we love having friends with  their children here for lazy long weekend lunches,” says Sarah.

At the moment Sarah and Keith are content with the décor the way it is, but admit that this is not likely to remain the case for long. “The work was only completed two years ago and we are so happy with the results, but I’m sure our boys’ rough play will take its toll on the  décor, so there will be some repainting needed in a year or two. But that’s exciting to look forward to as it’s lovely to change colour schemes every once in a while,” Sarah concludes. 37


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Pretty Romantic to create a feminine and indulgent bathroom. 1.




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1. Marie Therese Dual Mount Chandelier, £39, Debenhams 2. Damask Bathroom Accessories, from £3, George Home. 3. Carabella Rose Posy, £7.50, An Angel At My Table 4. Rosewater Hand Wash, £15, Crabtree & Evelyn


5. Odyssey Harlequin Grey Small Tile, £7.27 per tile/£79.97 per sq m, Original Style 6. Everyday Linen Bathsheet, $149, Coast New Zealand 7. Retro Bin in Mineral Pink, £80, Brabantia

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Large, £23.95, Adventino 9. Clip Top Bottles, £12.50, Pastel Lane


Carrot Cake Triangles By Giedre Augustinaviciute


Carrot Cake ½ cup unsalted butter, melted 1 large egg 1 cup light brown sugar 1 tbsp. vanilla extract 1 ½ tbsp. cinnamon ½ tsp. ground nutmeg ½ tsp. allspice


1 cup plain flour


1 ½ cups grated carrots, measured loosely (about 3 - 4 med/large carrots)

To make the carrot cake:

Cream Cheese Drizzling


1 cup icing sugar


1 heaped tbsp. cream cheese, softened 1 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened



Time for tea One of life’s simple pleasures… By Ellie Walker-Arnott

London is fit to burst with cafes, coffee shops and bakeries. Yet it can still be a challenge to find a spot where you’re guaranteed great service, a perfect cuppa and a satisfying slice of cake.

Thankfully, I seem to have unintentionally tried and tested hundreds of the capital’s teatime establishments… If you’re after laid back vintage charm The Muffins come baked in little terracotta pots, while Haberdashery in Crouch End is a must visit. a heaving cake display offers an array of surprising flavours, like Orange Blossom and Cardamom, In the villagey area of North London, which has Rose and Elderflower and Nectarine and Rosemary. avoided the spread of coffee chains and sprouted Though they do also do an impressive and simple uncountable numbers of independent cafes, The Victoria Sponge for cake purists. Haberdashery has plenty of competition. But, with its bunting draped exterior and towering plates of If you’re after more than a slice of sponge, The cake in the window, it still manages to draw in the Haberdashery does a mean brunch – think Eggs crowds. In fact, some days you’re lucky to find a Benedict or Banana and Cinnamon French Toast table. Not that its popularity should put you off. – plus generous salads, chunky sandwiches and hearty soups. This nostalgic café exudes eclectic style, with pretty painted chairs, mismatched vintage crockery, While it’s a favourite of the Crouch End mums kitted tea cosies and cute knick knacks. Once by day, The Haberdashery also plays host to local you’ve found a seat, you’re in for a treat, whether musicians, vintage markets and a supper club once that’s a pot of W. Martyn of Muswell Hill tea, a the sun goes down. jam jar of raspberry and rose soda or a steaming bowl of unbelievably rich hot chocolate “festooned with marshmallows”.


Down in South London, and on the other end of the scale from The Haberdashery’s homely and cluttered interior, sits Peggy Porschen’s Parlour, a palace of pristine presentation and precise cake making. The Belgravia tea shop is a love letter to the art of cake, and a mecca for those with a seriously sweet tooth. Once upon a time, Peggy’s bakes were bespoke and order-only – reserved for celebrations, wedding days and the rich and famous (Kate Moss and Elton John are among past customers) – but since the opening of the Parlour in 2010 the cake creations are now available for anyone to taste.

Inside the Parlour, pretty pastel shades are the order of the day, with a select number of tables, dainty designs and refined prints. But style aside, the glass cabinet - full of cookies, confections and perfect rows of identical cupcakes topped with thick swirls of sweet icing - is really the café’s focal point. Choose from classic yet indulgent flavours like Salted Caramel, Banoffee, Black Forest and Dark Chocolate Truffle. I can personally vouch for the Strawberry and Champagne Cake being beyond heavenly. I’s not just about cake, Peggy Porschen also serve up their own blends of tea, such as Caramel, Floral Rose and Orange Flower, designed to balance the sweetness in their range of bakes. Perfection. 50

Hidden Gems – Future and Found Words by Liggy Griffiths Photographs by David Cleveland

Andrea Bates set up her stunning homeware shop back in 2012. Since then she has exclusive ranges. Did we also mention she is hosting numerous events over the coming months promoting local artisans and businesses? Now this really is one hidden gem.

Future and Found is located a stone’s throw from Finsbury Park tube station. “The area has really changed over the past few years” says Andrea, “there are now numerous cafes, a butchers and even an ice cream parlour! More and more people are being attracted to the area, and we’re lucky in that respect. All has been good so far- thank goodness!” she laughs. As you approach the shop, you quickly realise there is a lot more to this premises than first meets the eye. First off, the shop entrance is actually an archway, covered in grey paint with neon arrows

that direct you into a courtyard, brimming with plants and furniture. The backdrop to this enclosed haven is a gorgeous converted warehouse. You almost feel as if you’ve entered someone’s home; which is kind of true, as Andrea does in fact live upstairs! As you step inside you are hit by the amazing collection of furniture, homewares, stationery and crockery that Andrea has curated. Sure, you may not need any of it; but you are suddenly overwhelmed by the sense that you have to have all of it! 51

With a background in retail buying for the likes of Heals, Paperchase and even Jamie Oliver, she has spent years refining her taste and understanding what sells. But this time she has been able to inject her own style, which is undeniably Scandinavian, interspersed with blasts of neon. “We are inspired by simple, stylish and thoughtful design. We like things that are playful and fun, beautiful design that doesn’t take itself too seriously.” “We think that calm and understated sums up the style of the shop nicely; but with a splash of colour and fun thrown in for good measure. Hopefully this sums up our personal style too, although we don’t always feel so serene!” Andrea is keen to expand the business and often targets young graduates for collaborations to help her products and brand stand out. To this end, she has also curated a number of summer events, each one themed to incorporate local businesses. “The first will be an ‘artisan afternoon’ with a wood turner and a ceramicist. The next will have a geometric theme, with jewellery and textile designers. We even have a wedding themed event with wedding planner and cake maker in tow!” “It’s a great way to attract people to the store outside of peak trading times. We’re not expecting to make a fortune, but it will be a great way to drum up energy in a relaxed atmosphere. We also have big plans for Christmas” she smiles. “Trees will line the walkway from the archway; they will then form two paths, one to the shop with more tasteful decorations and the other to Santa’s grotto, which will be full of craziness!” She laughs. As if this wasn’t enough to keep Andrea and her team busy, she also dabbles in some interior design on the side.

“We are inspired by simple, stylish and thoughtful design. We like things that are playful and fun, beautiful design that doesn’t take itself too seriously.”

“The interior design service is an extension of the ethos and style of the shop. We curate calm, understated yet design-led spaces that are done but never overdone. We believe homes should be lived in and loved in equal measure” she explains. Andrea is a humble character, but full of passion. She lives and breathes her business. Quite literally! She tells me how she takes great pleasure in walking down into the courtyard every morning before setting up for the day. For her it’s a way of life. Even if you aren’t there to buy anything you just can pop by, have a cuppa and soak up the ambience of the shop and courtyard whilst you catch up on some work. (However, there are some great neon pens that would definitely improve your productivity if you’re interested!). We love Future and Found and think you will too. Perhaps we will catch you at one of their summer events. If not – see you in Santa’s (neon) grotto!


photograph by PAUL CRAIG

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