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Winter 2011

When we launched Heart Home almost three

months ago, we hoped with all our hearts that

dear readers, for supporting us and for giving

it would be a success. The response has been

us so much positive feedback. You make all

overwhelming and has motivated us throughout

the hard work and late nights worthwhile.

the preparations for this, our second issue. We

hope you like it.

Heart Home magazine.

And a very special thanks to you, our

Have a very happy holiday from all at

Once again we have to give full credit to

our wondeful contributors who have worked so hard to produce a special festive issue for you all.

Carole King Editor-in-chief

Carole, Arianna and Daniel

Daniel Nelson Art editor

Arianna Trapani Editor-in-chief

Cover image: Photographer John Deed, Stylist Karl Openshaw

Illustration SOWA



22 Eclectic Edwardian

13 May all your Christmases be Bright

56 Resourceful Renovation    in East London 80 House of Memories 106 A Home with History 120 From Lewes with Love

32 Lee’s London Lee Broom and his East London haunts 132 Window Wonderland Liberty London and Fortnum & Mason display their wares 104 Young Designer –    Heidi Burton

Interviews 41 Grace Bonney talks about ‘Design*Sponge at Home’ 52 A video interview    with Zandra Rhodes 5


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144 Baby, it’s cold outside hotels to keep you warm

153 Floral Finds for    your Home 148 Miss Mary’s suggestions    for winter dates 150 Heart Home Diary what to see during Winter 6

Shopping 89 Party, party, party outfits for all occasions 138 Perfect Pattern the look for all budgets 154 Hidden Gems:    Wheelers Gardens

Styling 44 All Wrapped Up Christmas wrapping ideas 67 Woodland Christmas finds for a natural christmas 74 Baking - Apple Frangipane Tarts 96 A little something    from nothing - Sania Pell shares her secrets 116 Flourishing Décor - decorate with flowers and veggies!


Ellie Walker-Arnott


Jon Day

Oliver Gordon

Simon Eldon

Andrew Boyd

Emily Blunden

Karl Openshaw

Emily Henson

Jeska Hearne

Lauren Bryan Knight

Helena del Rio


Joanna Thornhill

Kate Baxter


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To all of the wonderful contributors that have helped to make Heart Home possible, we thank you...

Victoria Dockrell

Claire Marie Slight

Katie Cotgrave

Jane Audas

Hannah Ricci

Sophie Warren- Smith

John Deed

James Balston

Sarah Hogan

Manasi Kashyap

Mowie Kay

Wouter van Ierssel

Helen O’Byrne

Roberto Banfi

Ellie Trerise


Claire Morgan

Eunice Yeo

Annie Greevenbosch

Mary Higgs

Michaela Mildenhall


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Three top Heart Home interiors stylists bring you three different themes. Delve into the worlds of vintage pastels, neon pop and Nordic chic.

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Nordic Chic Bring the wooden chalet indoors, choose earth tones and organic textures to really bring that Nordic feel to your home. Brighten it up with reds and purples.

A different approach to decorating with baubles. Woods, creams and reds in folksy and traditional styles instantly conjures Nordic-chic. Discover your inner woodland


elf with the wide variety of authentic decorations available in stores and online.

Styling Emily Blunden


Keep it sweet and keep it simple; a variety of textural organic whites with flashes of a warm colour will have your Christmas lunch table looking Nordic and sophisticated.


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Vintage Wonderland Styling Joanna Thornhill


No space for a tree? Think laterally and create a wallhanging display with a selection of flat baubles. Use removable 3M Command strips and hang with fishing wire to ensure no trace is left come 4th January – perfect for renters!

Play with scale with your presents – add a row of tiny bows to a large gift, or an oversized decoration to a tiny box. Have fun with unusual shapes by wrapping them in ribbon – the end result is almost too good to unwrap!

Add a little wonderland magic to your dining table – adorn apples in edible glitter and employ ceramic animal ornaments as alternative placecard holders to stand attentively at each plate.

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Heart Shopping Zing up the present pile with neon gift wrap tempered by softer candy hues. Add your own festive style with rubber stamps, Japanese Washi tape or create your own bespoke design with sticky dots in clashing fluoros.

Bring on the Neon

Styling Kate Baxter


Do away with the traditional stolen or mince pies, and jazz up your Christmas afternoon tea with eye-popping frosted cupcakes, kept festive with graphic snowflake toppers.

Neon is one of the biggest colour trends for 2012 so why not dip your toe in this festive season, by hanging jazzy pompoms from the ceiling in vibrant colour clusters, and adding a select edit of statement table top decorations in matt, gloss or glitter tones.


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Heart Home editor Carole King writes her Christmas list…

Black Austin studded wrap watch,


£110.00 Liberty


Darling! cuff

£45 An angel at my table

Lorna Syson yellow wallflower

Flame square print scarf

£657 Lorna Syson

£69 Ted Baker

Amber and lavender cologne £36 Jo Malone

Inkhead Dinner Plate

£63 Lifestyle bazaar

Structured stem Willow Bag £315 Orla Kiely

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Woodward Framed Print £150 John Lewis

Quilted laptop sleeve £49 Ted Baker


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Eclectic Edwardian From charity shop discoveries to Cavaliero Finn treasures, Janice Redington’s Edwardian house is an eclectic mix of modern and classic with a dash of quirky thrown in for good measure. Photography Jon Day Stylist Emily Henson Words Claire Marie Slight

If there were ever a house made for the word ‘eclectic’, Janice Redington’s South London home might well be it. Since moving in four years ago, Janice and her husband Tony have created their ideal home through upgrading, decorating





furnishings– and the result is a gorgeous mix of classic meets modern.

First drawn to the beautiful fireplaces,

original tiling and airy Edwardian space, Janice and her family decided to look past some much needed improvement work and see the potential of the property underneath. Determined to do as much of the renovation work as possible, Janice first set about stripping the stunning feature fireplaces of a dozen layers of gloss paint; an effort which she openly admits was a real labour of love.

Next was the task of stripping the original

Edwardian floorboards, as well as renovating the kitchen and hallway and decorating almost



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every room in the house. Conscious of making the

leather items. Artwork also adorns the walls, most

most of the original features, Janice tries to keep

of it recent; Janice has accumulated most of the

the walls neutral, using soft furnishings to preserve

pieces within the last 18 months, and explains that

and highlight certain aspects of the house – and it

she’s developing a love for modern art, feeling her

definitely works, with the striking original features

way to find out what she likes.

standing out against the pale backgrounds.

A seven room house, Janice has furnished her

Items gifted by relatives, left abandoned in skips,

seven bedroom home with finds from a range of

and donated at the charity shop where she works

sources – many of the pieces are from Cavaliero

– she admits to always keeping an eye out for any

Finn, while she often visits East Dulwich based

bargains that are brought in.

boutique Mrs Robinson for any second-hand


Janice’s favourite way to source new finds?

“I think British design is quite a mix of things, actually – I suppose some people might think it’s the traditional country cottage style, but I think we’re definitely moving away from that now”


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“What’s nice about this house is that the features really stand out; I’m trying to keep the walls pretty neutral and use soft furnishings for the ‘wow’ bits!”



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acquisitions has to be the bold red and goldpatterned curtains in the master bedroom; brought in as a roll of fabric, Janice decided to rescue it on a whim after it had lain ignored on the floor for

“I find inspiration everywhere, but I’m always striving to be that little bit different”

several weeks.

She laughs now at the memory of struggling with

Asked about inspiration, Janice reveals that

the fabric on the bus home, and also at her decision

she doesn’t search for it – instead, she lets it come

to pick it at all; she openly admits she would never

to her. Sometimes in the form of an interesting

have chosen it herself due to the strong palette of

colour, and from dress fabrics to a pair of shoes,

colours. Now hanging as fantastic curtains, the

Janice finds inspiration anywhere and everywhere

pattern fits perfectly in with the rest of the room.

– but she always strives to be that little bit different, putting together furnishings on a trial and error basis to see what works and what doesn’t.


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“I try not to go looking for inspiration – it just comes to me. Things just pop out sometimes a colour will do, or sometimes a dress fabric, or a pair of shoes”

So, what does British design mean to Janice?

She definitely feels that it’s moving away from the traditional country cottage style and suggests that British design is now about an eclectic mix of styles.

An Edwardian house with Danish leather

furniture, filled with finds from charity shops and designer boutiques? We’d say Janice Redington’s house certainly defines the phrase eclectic mix – a style which we think will definitely have a part to play in the future of British design.


Style steal

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Get the look from Janice’s home

Letter To You Cushion,

Vintage Leather

Armchair, £950

£29.99 from

from Rose & Grey

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Bone Inlay Bedside

Cabinet, £450 from

Fuchsia Lamp, £210

from The Baobab Tree

Pearl Double

Necklace, £65.99 from Aye Do

Podara Catkin

Green Vase, £138 from

Rowen & Wren

Men in Turbans Fuchsia Cushion, £35 from Plum Chutney


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Lee's London Heart Home had the pleasure of spending one cold November morning with Lee Broom, ELLE Decoration’s newly proclaimed Designer of the Year.

Words Ellie Walker-Arnott

Photographs James Balston



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We met at Lee’s studio/gallery which is located in the middle of Shoreditch, London’s mecca for young creatives. His studio is the place where Lee turns his fantasy into reality. For him, making his concepts real and allowing other people to experience them is the best part of being a designer. In his studio there are no limitations. “We do what we want. And when we’ve got exactly what we want visually, then there is the laborious task of working out how we do it” says Lee. In some cases, his creations are about “doing something that seemed perfectly illogical”. The results are neon edged dining chairs, studded footstools and vintage decanter light shades - wonderful collections which bridge the gap between interiors and installation art.

Unsurprisingly Lee’s creations are inspired by fashion;

he studied Fashion at Central St Martins and has since worked under the legendary Vivienne Westwood. But he is also influenced by London’s architecture. He says “I’m just always looking up in London. Sometimes you’ll see the side of a building and I can see a coffee table instead...”


“We do what we want. And when we’ve got exactly what we want visually, then there is the laborious task of working out how we do it”


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Being inspired by quirky antiques and vintage design

As the designer finds much inspiration in the world

around him, we thought it was only right to follow him around his beloved Shoreditch and visit some of his favourite haunts.

We start off in men’s boutique Hostem in Redchurch

Street. Decorated by design duo JAMESPLUMB, the shop, filled with restored materials and avant garde design, is one place Lee admires. As is the antiques shop next door, Maison Trois Garcons. Lee says he loves the “varied eras and unique pieces” on sale and often scours its shelves for decanters. His iconic decanter lights are all made from vintage pieces, so he is always on the lookout for more.

Lunch for Lee is more often than not a quick bite to eat

from the legendary Brick Lane Beigel Bakery– the sweet dough and generous fillings cannot be beaten and probably fuel the creative energy of most of Shoreditch’s designers.

Lee also took us to Epra, a discount fabric wholesaler

which helped him take his first steps into the world of interiors. During his degree, Lee used to give decor advice to local bars, draping and pleating the walls and ceilings with fabrics. Epra was his first port of call for sourcing fabrics as a student, and is still the best place to bag a bargain!


Never far from his fashion roots

Lee in textiles heaven

“I’m just always looking up in London. Sometimes you’ll see the side of a building and I can see a coffee table instead...” Fast food the Brick Lane way

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Leaving with hair suitably quiffed

“I like to do something different each time�


Taylor Taylor, an achingly cool cult hairdressers, is

another of the designers favourite Shoreditch gems. In fact it is the place where his hair gets its signature quiff.

The last place Lee took us to was the Night Jar – a

speakeasy night club where he designed the interior. The plush decor was inspired by old school glamour and the retro cocktails served at the bar.

Lee’s most recent project was being asked to bring an edgy

East London feel to the new Westfield Stratford shopping centre and his new light installations, chic gold rings, now grace the centre’s ceilings. Flying from one success to the next, Lee is currently designing a collection for Milan. Much to our disappointment, we failed to get anything juicy out of him, so we’ll all just have to wait and see. Whatever he pulls out of the bag this time though is sure to be a surprise. “I like to do something different each time” says Lee.

Lee says “sometimes it’s just as bad being too early with

something as it is to be too late”, but we don’t think he needs to worry. Rather than a follower of fashion, Lee is something of a trend setter.

Cocktail shakers and oodles of old school glamour


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Santa Honey...


Heart Home editor Arianna Trapani writes her Christmas list…

Issa – Twist-Front Full Length Dress, £788, Matches


Alexander McQueen Skull-print silk-chiffon scarf, £165, Net-A-Porter

Monica Vinader Mini Marie 18-karat gold-plated pendant, £170, Net-A-Porter

Moonlight Print Light Sage, £43.00, Bodie & Fou

Jet Set Coasters, £48, Jonathan Adler

Wedgwood, 1920 Spring Meadow Three Piece Tea Set, Royal Albert £40.00, Liberty

Reiko Christmas baubles, £14.95, Lifestyle Bazaar La volière table lamp, £395, The Conran Shop


J Crew - Honeycomb cable-knit sweater, £90, Net-A-Porter Blue Bird (small), €129, Mariska Meijers

Gold Finch by Shan Valla, £30, Roost Living

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Design*Sponge at home Grace Bonney is the founder and author of the widely acclaimed blog Design*Sponge. Recently, she released her first book ‘Design*Sponge at Home’; here she talks to Heart Home magazine. By Arianna Trapani

Grace Bonney from Photo by Jamie Beck

Lace Doily Table Rubber by Christine Chitnis


Design*Sponge started in 2004; Grace, had hoped

it would act as an online portfolio to use towards

which has turned out better than she could have

applying for a job at a magazine. Grace goes on to to

hoped for. ‘People have been so friendly and excited

say ‘it’s been a happy surprise that the blog became

to come celebrate with us and we’ve really enjoyed

the magazine I had always hoped to work for’. With

being able to teach people craft skills at each event

over 75,000 readers a day, it is one of the most

and getting to raise money for local arts charities.

popular design blogs.

There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing people

with their favourite pages of the book already marked

With now her first book released Grace

Grace is in the middle of her US book tour,

Bonney is living the dream and is so excited with

and dog-eared’.

the result. She describes ‘Design*Sponge at Home’

as being a ‘design bible dedicated not just to inspire

there is no stopping this entrepreneur; Grace adds

people to create their dream homes, but give them

‘we just hired our second full-time employee and will

the tools and confidence to make it happen’.

be getting our first office space after the book tour’.

Grace goes on to say ‘the best part of putting

British fans can also get excited, as Grace Bonney

the book together was getting to spend more time

will be coming over to London as part of her book

with people. So much of my work is done via email,

tour next year - hopefully early March.

so getting to arrange photoshoots and collaborations with people in person was endlessly inspiring and exciting’.

With so many exciting projects on the horizon,

Read the full interview on the Heart Home blog » Dave Alhadeff's Living Room by Dean Kaufman

Monika Biegler Eyers' Bedroom by James Merel

“ The indie

girl band of the design blogosphere

- The New York Times -

- Grace Bonney

43 Excerpted from Design*Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney (Artisan Books, £20). Copyright 2011.

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All Wrapped Up Jeska from the lovely blog Lobster & Swan and her friend Rose who runs the shop, Butlers Emporium in Hastings always like to find new ways to wrap Christmas presents. Here they get creative and share with us three simple ways of creating beautiful gift wrapping for the holiday season. 44

By Jeska Hearne


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Angels and lace Wrap your gifts in a chosen paper design and use the tape to secure, using lots of small strips to add a collaged feel. Then cut scraps of lace the same width as your tags and hand or machine stitch along the top edge. Thread cotton or fine string through the lace to attach the heather sprigs. Then just pop them on to your gifts.


It’s amazing what one can find in old cigar boxes filled with vintage cards and images. By using some seasonal greetings cards and collecting them together along with some favourite lace, two paper designs are created, just right for small presents. The pale old fashioned colours and bright contrasting tape bring vintage and modern together.

What you will need • printer, scan in seasonal images or download and use this PDF • thin paper (A4 layout paper) • cardboard tags • lace • sprigs cut from 1 potted heather (available from most supermarkets/ garden centres) • natural jute string for tying • contrasting decorative tape


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Red and Gold Travels East

What you will need • cream handmade paper • cream paper with gold print • jute string • red card or paper to make tags • craft hole punch (or make a card template and cut around for desired tag shape) • paper/wood flowers • origami star • gold tape • thin gift tags • small tassels

Choose cream and gold handmade paper for a simple look and add red embellishments for luxury. Wrap your gifts in the paper, secure with clear tape, using a gold Japanese wash tape on some smaller gifts and just put a long strip all around the edge to secure the paper. Then tie with the jute.

Top with tags cut from red card, the one shown was a gift envelope, cut with the craft punch, but you could paint gold designs on plain red card or leave them blank, top with tassels and paper flowers. The tassel used had a silver thread around the top so just use a strip of gold ribbon and some double side tape to change it to gold.

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Rose’s Vintage Velvet

What you will need • velvet or fabric pieces • fabric flowers and leaves • pretty buckle or vintage brooch • ribbon, silver cord • small safety pins • beaded flower

Wrap your chosen fabric around the presents, tucking it neatly in at the edges. Use safety pins to secure (whilst you tie with ribbons or string) then remove them. Add your chosen decorations to the centres of the bows. Rose used an antique buckle, velvet


leaves, silk flowers and a vintage French beadwork bloom.

Tip-boxed gifts work best here or smaller items in bowls then you can sweep the fabric up, simply tie with ribbon and add a vintage brooch or tag.

Handmade Indian paper, tags and star Japenese Washi Tape Vintage ribbons and beadwork flowers Butlers Emporium 01424 430687 Tassels-Cafe Maroc 01424 774017 Velvet Fabric Paper flowers Jute string and card tags

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Zandra “I made very advanced statements in 1969 and throughout the 70s�


Words Jane Audas Portrait photograph Gene Nocon


Sometimes it is hard to see past her force of personality and striking personal image to remember what a long and distinguished career she has had. Her first shop opened in 1968. The 1970s were seminal years, and her covetable textile and fashion designs from this period still define that decade. 53

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Branching out from fashion, Zandra took an

finding its curatorial feet as a centre of fashion

obvious side step in to theatre and interior design.


She designed for Topshop, M&S, MAC and Royal

Doulton, amongst others. In particular, her opera

reassessed, revived and re-collected. It sits outside

work showcases the high theatricality of her

fashions whirlwind cycle of change, yet is sold in

surface designs to great effect.

some of the most fashion forward shops across

the globe. Her designs remain relevant to those in

On a personal odyssey, in 2003 Zandra

In recent years Zandra’s work has been

founded the Fashion and Textile Museum,

the fashion know and fresh to those who are too

for which she commissioned a striking pink

young to remember but are looking for something

building in Bermondsey, London. It is now

loud, proud and distinctive to wear.


Watch the video interview in partnership with

Zandra Rhodes unique and iconic clothes can be ordered via the website or with special personal one to one appointment at her fabulous studio above the distinctive Fashion and Textile Museum, by calling 0207 403 5333. Some of her garments can also be found at the exclusive Ricci Burns boutique in Knightsbridge. Her dresses from the 70’s and 80’s are the hottest collector’s items in Hollywood.


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Resourceful renovation in East London Words Victoria Godrell Photography Olly Gordon

With a little patience and creativity, renovation projects can be done on a tight budget as Sarah Ellison’s quirky Hackney home demonstrates.



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"Most of my things came from eBay, Etsy, junk shops, auctions or are good old handme-downs"








consultant, and her boyfriend Simon found they were unable to afford to buy in Islington, they invested in a three bedroom terraced house in up and coming Clapton, East London in February 2010.

Since moving in Sarah and Simon have had

to strip the property right back, ripping out all the original features. Sarah describes their task as “bringing it back to life and putting the soul back”, a journey which saw the walls stripped back to bare brick, completely re-boarded and re-plastered and the layout totally redesigned. The kitchen, now the hub of the house, was once four rooms and the current dining room used to be a bathroom. Although Sarah admits they couldn’t afford the poured concrete floor she would have loved, the white painted floorboards perfectly set off the cream cupboards, stainless steel and subway tiles. She admits this is now her favourite room where they love to entertain and hang out with friends.

Sarah is very much inspired by Abigail

Ahern and describes her style as a mixture of vintage, reclaimed items and design pieces. Her quirky and eclectic collections are perfectly exhibited by the various shades of grey paint and House of Hackney wallpaper which now adorns the walls of the smallest room in the house. Given their tight budget Sarah had to be creative with the sourcing of her materials and furniture, something which also suits her unique style. She is a great believer in reusing and re-cycling and most of her things come from eBay, Etsy, junk shops, auctions or are good old hand-me-downs. She found the French windows in the dining room (from the same period as the house) on eBay for £250. Despite having to be sawn in half to get them in, they now look as if they have been there forever.


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“Sarah describes the house renovation as bringing it back to life and putting the soul back�



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“the French windows in the dining room (which are from the same period as the house) were bought on eBay for £250… despite having to be sawn in half to get them in, they now look as if they have been there forever”


“Sarah describes her style as a mixture of vintage, reclaimed items and design pieces�

The one exception to this rule is

lighting. As a self-confessed ‘light junkie’, Sarah believes that the light fittings really make the room. However, even here she used her typical perseverance, sourcing an industrial looking pendant hanging over the stairs on Etsy and persuading the designer to ship it from Texas.

Sarah’s next task on her never-ending

to do list is the restoration of the hall stairs and landing. She says it is likely to retain a distressed and shabby finish as testament to what the house was once like.

Despite horrors such as unspeakable

smells, inches of grease and the discovery that the back of the house was moving away from the front, Sarah clearly hasn’t been put off by her experiences. Having been loyally documenting the renovation on her blog, she is now taking an interior design course and hopes to become an interior designer. The couple are also hoping to take advantage of being within walking distance of the Olympic site in Stratford and rent the house out. 59trehurststreet.wordpress. com/#olympic2012

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Style steal Get the look from Sarah’s home

Edison Lamp, £45 from

Acrylic Excelsior Bath With Ball and Claw feet, £1314 from BC Designs

Spring Desk

Spotlight Lamp In Bronze Finish Brass, £142 from Artisanti

Antique Bird Cage Tea Light

Holder, £17 from

Hackney Empire Luxury cushion, £149 from

Halo Downing Chair, £999


from Leekes

Words and Styling Karl Openshaw Photographs John Deed

Woodland Christmas Finds

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Every one of us loves to decorate our homes for Christmas. Here, stylist Karl Openshaw shares a few tips on creating that festive look without breaking the bank. 68

There is no better time of year to bring the

outdoors in. It’s amazing what beautiful treasures nature has to offer, if we open our eyes and see what lies around us. Be creative and use natural materials to make stunning festive creations.

Walking through the woods you can find

lichen-covered twigs, berries, pine cones and other inspiring discoveries. Look for things you wouldn’t normally consider, as it’s wonderful what you can put together.

“Look for things you wouldn’t normally consider, as it’s wonderful what you can put together.”

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“It’s not all about big budgets but more about imagination!”

Glorious Christmas wreaths twined with

tree bark and twigs covered in Hydrangea heads with berries work so well together.

Some of the dullest things can be turned

into things of beauty; take old paperback books, for example. We all hate them once they have been thumbed through. Tear off the covers and tie them with twine and wire them into a wreath and they look fabulous. Pages look like old vellum books if they are a little yellow; stacked up with natural finds, these look magnificent.

Make a long garland from vines and

twigs wired together with florist wire; add pine cones, seed heads and some evergreen foliage for a real focal point.

Entwine this around a collection of

candlesticks and other treasured objects to really embrace nature. Twisted around a mirror and skimming across a console will make any interior look festive.

So get outdoors, start looking around as

to what you can forage and gather together and make some striking pieces of your own. It’s not all about big budgets but more about imagination!

Photographs were taken at The French House


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Michaela Mildenhall, otherwise known as Pargy, is the author of the blog which hunts down the best in bold and daring design from the past and present. Surrealist-inspired interiors are so hot right now,

glamorous, and can even be pretty (think of the tea

and Pargy for one happens to be super excited

ware of Tina Tsang and the wistful Art works of

about this. There’s currently an abundance of

Delphine Lebourgeois).

furnishings out there nodding and winking

towards the Art of the original Surrealists such as

probably best to ask the question “what exactly

Dali, Miro and Magritte. And what better way to

are Surrealist interiors?” Well, in the most general

add some bohemian cool to life than incorporate

sense the answer is probably anything fantastical

this witty and intelligent trend in your home.

(Alice in Wonderland themes would count) and

Historically, the original Modernist Art

also any items/ themes inspired by Surrealist

movement straddled the 20’s and 30’s. Some

Artists. In the truest sense, though, it would be

Artists went to America, some went mad, others

the placing of an object in an environment that

became savvy brand builders, and many of them

you wouldn’t expect to see it, or where it doesn’t

quarrelled, but the legacy of Surrealism has

belong. For example, having fish or lobster images

endured and it now resides in all areas of popular

in the kitchen is not surreal, as that is where you

culture (think of the Monty Python films, the

would expect to find them. However, on a cushion

furniture of Jaime Hayon and Lady GaGa in her

or some bedding, then you’d be in business!

So, before having a go at this tricky trend, it’s

infamous Lobster hat).

So if you want to go Haus of

But for some reason, Surrealism hasn’t really

Gaga and get a bit of a Surrealist

hit big time in interiors..until NOW! Previously

vibe for your pad, where should

it has been seen as a bit too “out there” to be

you start? Of course this is not

seriously considered within interiors - despite the

a look for shrinking violets,

work of great designers such as Piero Fornasetti.

but if you follow the below

Surreal interiors have now gone mainstream, and

tips, it is a lot less scary

although it is still a bit bonkers and very avantgarde darling, the current look is also incredibly

This chair by Fabio Novembre caused


a storm a couple of years ago at the Milan furniture fair.

than you’d think...

Fornasetti Stool “Bocca” (mouth). Size: diameter cm 38 x 46h. Wood, printed, lacquered and painted by hand. From Milk Concept Boutique.

To jazz things up, a bit of gold embellishment

always works a treat, and/ or go for a few red or pink colour pops for a glam edge.

If you only want to dip your toes in the trend

rather than dive in headfirst, then the addition of some Fornasetti cushions and fragrance candles will be a beautiful talking point in your home.

“Bold Surreal statements work very well with big airy rooms that have mostly white or cream walls and furniture”

Be inspired by an Artist theme: Salvador Dali’s

iconic lobster telephone and the Mae West lips sofa, plus the subconscious doodlings of Joan Miro are very visually arresting. I particularly love the imagery of Rene Magritte. Although Magritte was Belgian, there is something very British about the motifs and imagery in his work – bowler hats, pipes and Granny Smith apples!

And don’t forget in these difficult times that

Surrealism above all else is very witty and great fun - so just make sure that you enjoy yourself to the max and really explore your imagination and creative side!

This stunning picture is called

Alice in Wonderland

“Missionaire” and is by Delphine

inspired Ala Carte table

Lebourgeois. It’s available from

by Seletti.

“A Little Bit of Art”.


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Apple Frangipane Tarts

To fill your house with the welcoming smells of Christmas, try making these easy Apple Frangipane Tarts. For these, I used a mixture of apples that I had in my fridge, and for the frangipane filling, I used a mix of whatever nuts I had in the house – hazelnuts, macadamias and pistachios. But don’t feel constricted to any of these ingredients, change it up and have some fun with it – try pears instead of apples, top with cranberries perhaps, and for the filling, try this recipe with pecan nuts or even chestnuts. You can also use other spices other than cinnamon, and for the icing stars, try cutting shapes out of ready-rolled marzipan, or top with gingerbread stars. Recipe, styling, photography and text all by Mowie Kay

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Recipe Apple Frangipane Tarts Ingredients Makes 10-12 mini tarts or one large tart Shortcrust Pastry: 350g flour 160g butter, cut into cubes 3-5tbsp water 1/4 tsp salt Frangipane filling: 100g ground hazelnuts 100g ground macadamias 100g ground pistachios 250g unsalted butter 250g caster sugar 2 eggs Topping: 5-6 apples cinnamon sugar, for sprinkling icing stars, for decorating


1. For the pastry, mix the flour, butter

and salt in a food mixer until it looks like breadcrumbs. Add the water and fold together with your fingertips only until the pastry just comes together. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

2. For the filling, mix the nuts in a bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk the butter with the sugar until light and creamy. Add the eggs and nuts, fold under until just incorporated, then refrigerate for 30 minutes.

3. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees.

Remove the pastry from the fridge, allow to come to room temperature, then roll out on a lightly floured surface using a rolling pin until pastry is 3-4mm thick.

4. Place your tart tins over the rolled

6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until

out pastry and cut circles out of the frangipane mixture firms up and is pastry. Line the tart shells with the pastry golden brown. circles. Fill with baking beans and blind bake for 15-20 minutes. 7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. 5. Remove from the oven and remove the beans. Allow the pastry shells to 8. To make the icing stars, simply use cool, then fill with frangipane mixture. star shaped cookie cutters to cut out Don’t over-fill the shells as the frangipane shapes in ready rolled white cake icing. mixture expands as it bakes. Top the Allow to dry then place on top of the tarts tarts with apple slices and sprinkle with and serve with warm custard or vanilla cinnamon sugar. ice cream.


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House of Memories It’s no surprise that vintage lover Claire Morgan fell head over heels for a period house with lovely exposed floorboards and charming original features. But turning this house into a home has truly been a labour of love...

Words Ellie Walker-Arnott

Photography Andrew Boyd Stylist Claire Morgan



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Under Claire’s watchful eye, the terraced London

a stylist has certainly been an advantage - “My

house has had a complete makeover. When she

house is my props cupboard!” says Claire.

moved in “it was a blank canvas”, so it has taken a

little TLC to put her stylish stamp on it.

that will bring a touch of homespun charm to her

Though Claire did bring on board a team of local

house, and her photo shoots. “I am an addict for

builders to do much of the revamp, she says

car boots. Every weekend in the summer I’m at a

she “likes finishing it off and adding all the final

car boot!” says Claire.


trinkets, antiques and ornaments, each item has

Claire describes her style as “eclectic,

Claire is constantly on the lookout for ‘props’

Though Claire has filled her home with

sometimes a little bit romantic but always

been selected with care. “Everything in the house

personal.” When transforming the property into

has got a certain memory - I know where I bought

the quirky and homely haven she envisaged, being

it from and who I was with,” says Claire.


“My house is my props cupboard!”

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“I like being able to walk out of my door and wave to my neighbours”


“I am an addict for car boots”

Every thoughtfully chosen piece has

an emotional attachment for Claire -a lovely concept which lends her house a homely, well loved atmosphere. It is also a refreshing take on sourcing interiors. “I don’t think there is anything in the house that’s actually been bought from a department store,” says Claire. “Everything is from a car boot sale, a junk shop or has been passed down through my family.”

Something Claire finds irresistible, and

takes a lot of inspiration from, is antiquarian books. “I buy lots of them from Car boot sales. I find that a lot of vintage stuff gets regurgitated in our styles now. I love all the old colours and illustrations, the texts and fonts. Hence all the vintage books around the place!”

Claire’s house is now nearing completion.

“For the last three years there have been builders in here constantly. Now it is beginning to feel like a home,” she says. Claire and her “best friend” Molly the cat don’t plan on leaving any time soon. Now her house has been transformed into a home, Claire says she’d “like to say here for as long as I can”.

She relaxes by getting green fingered in

the garden and turning her abundant apple crops into sumptuous puddings and cakes and is loving getting to know her neighbourhood. “There is a little community here,” Claire says. “I know everyone on my street and I like being able to walk out of my door and wave to my neighbours.”


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“Everything in the house has got a certain memory – I know where I bought it from and who I was with”


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Style steal Get the look from Claire’s home

Swedish Crown

Lantern, £59.95


from Nordic House

French Bronze

Chandelier, £295

from Alexander & Pearl

Vintage Clock, £450

from The Old Cinema

Silver Glass Bowl, £6.95

Owl Bookends , £17.50

from Nordic House

from Drift Living

Eames DSW

Chairs, £256.70

from Heal’s


Plantable paper bunting,

£14 from The Green Gables

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Party Party Party

Heart Home contributor Helena del Rio gives us a few tips for what to wear this festive season.


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Christmas Party

Gold-plated Yves Saint Laurent earrings, £215, Annick Goutal, Petit Cherie Eau de Toilette, £75, Liberty

Kenneth Jay Lane triple stretch bangle, £80,

Faux fur boyfriend coat, £110, Topshop

Tsumori Tsisato ballet printed silk dress, $1189, Benefit “They’re Real”, £18.50, Benefit cosmetics Sam Edelman black studded peep toe shoe, £182,


Marc Jacobs bianca leather clutch, £260, Harvey Nichols

Drinks Party Soft cord jacket, £135, Toast

Conroy & Wilcox marie chain, $1550

Aninna Vogel pearl heart and knot earrings, £350

A.P.C dark grey silk dress, £280,

India navy leather pumps, £82, French Sole

Jo Malone, Wild Bluebell Cologne, £72

R12K freston clutch, £65, John Lewis

Deborah Lippmann, Daytripper, £14, House of Fraser Laura Mercier, Lip Glace, £18.50, House of Fraser


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Cocktail Party

Kate Spade an ace up your sleeve idiom bangle,$48

Matthew Williamson tarnished gold dress, £374.99,

Sequined wallet Zara, £29.99

Great Plains black jacket, £100,

Gaggle triple bow court shoes, Topshop, £65

Topshop, £8


Kate Spade year of colour October ring,$78

Topshop, Rio Rio, £8

Home Front Kate Spade crystal court drop earrings, $68 Ileana Makri 18-karat skull and ruby necklace, £530,

Opi for Sephora, $9.50 Equipment silk satin shirt, £260, Balenciaga £59, House of Fraser

McQ Alexander McQueen pointed court shoe, £220,

Anya Hindmarch glitter finish clutch, £350,

Emilio Pucci low rise skinny leg wool pants, £630,


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Just For Men Levi’s 511 jeans, £80,

D&G black white spot bow tie, £95,

Paul Smith wool blazer, £675, Dior Homme Intense,£47, Boots

Dolce & Gabana classic leather patent shoes, £380,

D&G white slim dress shirt, £160,


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Dear Santa . . .


Moomin decoration minimugs by Arabia, £19, Skandium

Missoni Kew Zigzag Cushion, £145,

Heart Home art-editor Daniel Nelson writes his Christmas list…

Day Bed One, £1640, Another Country

Maslow shoes, £100, Mr B’s Gentlemen’s Boutique Banana Bud Vase, £48, Jonathan Adler

Oak Owl, £25, British by Design Cushion Gröna Fåglar Linen, 1000 SEK, Svenskt Tenn Acorn Lounge Chair, £1165, Tatebanko Paper Diorama Kits, $12, Poketo

Hand-Knitted Urchin Pouf, £470, Darkroom


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A little something from nothing Words and Styling Sania Pell Photography James Balston

You can create interesting displays in your home for next to nothing with a collection of found treasures, a dose of homemade, a few vintage finds and a little bit of time. Use empty picture frames to create focal points and canvases as backdrops for your displays and have fun styling. Play around with the objects until you find something that works visually for you.


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Add an inexpensive new shade to a car boot sale standard lamp base as a unique alternative to buying a brand new version.


Old, wooden boxes make

Look out for old shop drawer

Customise an Ikea chair by

fabulous storage for things

units as they are difficult to

painting it a colour then add a

you want to hide.

find at reasonable prices but

little fabric skirt. This fabric is

are great for storage.

by St.Judes.

Plant pots painted with blackboard paint means you can have fun with chalk numbers and messages. Bright, exotic plants like this orchid, cheer up any corner. Add an inexpensive new shade to a car boot sale standard lamp base as a unique alternative to buying a brand new version. Frame flea market posters with wonderful graphics as original art. Vintage chairs add character to a house and are often great value. Add something quirky and unique like this folded ruler ornament by Debbie Smyth that I bought at her graduate show.

An over-sized, spotty bow tied to the back of a chair makes it a bit of fun

This sculptural wooden sidelight was a car boot sale purchase, simply updated with a new John Lewis shade.

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Silver cotton reels add some shimmer and sparkle to the display and old clock faces give some graphic shape


The silver carriage creates a tiny surprise detail on close up inspection.

Look out for old school chemistry equipment at car boot sales and junk shops to be used as vases. Apothecary jars make interesting

Paint flowers with fluorescent paint to make an unusual centre point

displays too; the lettering adds a graphic bold detail.

Natural finds like skulls or fallen branches found on walks can make displays more

Hyacinth bulbs placed on top of glass vessels,


make unusual floral experiments and make a change to the normal bulb vases.

Pile up old books with the pages facing forward, they give wonderful height and

Hang objects straight on the wall as a

texture to a display.

decorative detail. I love vintage keys, as you never quite know what they once opened.

Use glass domes to encase and highlight a

Almost all the items were discovered at car

display and use vintage ceramic bottles as

boot sales and flea markets.



Empty picture frames are wonderful to create height to a display, paint them in a sympathetic colour. Use colours in a similar tone to create unity and then add contrasting colours for visual impact. Add shape and colour with flowers with bold sculptural forms. Drop in bold, graphic colour with postcards or small prints

Beautiful ceramics like these by Sophie Cook are sculptural and a delight to look at. Group three vases together and they will always sit happily together Group objects made from the same materials together, like these glass items. Mix empty, vintage perfume bottles with your modern ones you use every day. Place them all on a tray to group together, like this vintage rose glass tray bought at a car boot sale. Include contemporary glass vases to stop it feeling too old fashioned and pop a beautiful rose in. Display your favourite jewellery to add some colour, pattern and a different texture.

Evoke a 1950’s sculptural artwork feel with

geometric objects. Use old balls in white,

wood or black from games such as polo, billiards and boules.

Get the book ‘The Homemade Home’ by Sania Pell

Mix in other textures like metal, for some contrast and sheen.


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Making Strangers

Poetry, people and folk tales rock the world of this whimsical illustrator from Cambridge.

People watching from the bus window inspires the work of illustrator Heidi Burton. “I like to observe situations and facial expressions,” explains Heidi. “People and nature are endlessly inspiring.”    During the summer of 2007, after graduating from the University of the Creative Arts in Kent, Heidi was struggling to find a job with her degree in illustration. “I was creating art but not getting very far,” explains Heidi. “My sister told me about Etsy and I quickly opened a shop, first selling prints I made from some of my degree projects, before adding new illustrations.”    Heidi’s work was well received by the burgeoning community marketplace and positive feedback encouraged her to pursue her passion further.

Words Hannah Ricci

Portrait photograph Tiina Burton


Close up photographs Diana Stainton

Heidi now works as a freelance

   Heidi posts new drawings on Flickr for

illustrator and sells prints, cards, illustrated

feedback on which ones to turn into prints.

eggcups and altered Moleskin journals –

“It’s a useful way to see what captures

currently her most popular item. “I started

people,” explains Heidi. “I was surprised

by creating greetings cards with a hole in

when my ‘I like people who smile when its

the front to reveal a story inside,” explains

raining’ illustration got so many comments,

Heidi. “I loved the idea and evolved it into

but now it’s my best seller.”

one-of-a-kind journals to give people a

   Heidi works hard on providing a unique

format to continue the story in their

customer experience, spending up to an

own way.”

hour illustrating the packaging for every

   Heidi dives right in with her

item she sells. “I think it is really important

illustrations rather than working on drafts

to give a personal touch and make each

and ideas first. “I find that initial sketches

customer feel special,” she explains.

have all the energy and feeling and that gets lost if I try to recreate it,” explains Heidi,

   Heidi is hosting an Etsy upcycling

who lives with her sister and nephew in

event on the 14th December at The

Cambridge. “Poetry inspires a lot of my

Trampery in London called Pimp my Table.

work and I would love to illustrate children’s Guests are invited to bring their old dishes books one day.”

and plates for a creative makeover.







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A Home with History A well-travelled couple bring character and style to their West Oxford property

Words Katie Cotgrave Photography Oliver Gordon

Originally from Ireland, Sarah Lidwell-Durnin

Drawn to the charming location of West Oxford

and her American husband John moved to Oxford

and the great history of the area, the couple’s

three years ago after living in both Marrakesh and

Victorian house was originally built by Christ


Church College for its workers. Only a few of the

The couple spent many years travelling around

original Christ Church families are now left in the

the world before they married, and this is reflected

area and it is very rare for original houses to come

throughout their home; “we are already planning

on the market.

our next escape!” laughs Sarah. Sarah, owner of

online store Natural History, and her husband

for a PhD in 15th century poetry and politics in

John, who owns Clinic philosophy consultancy,

London. However after the birth of her first baby,

live with their children Beatrice and Honor.

Sarah decided to leave her studies and set up

Around the time of the move Sarah was studying


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“With two small children relaxing is a thing of the past!�


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“The store specialises in luxury homewares and stylish gifts”

Natural History. “The store specialises in luxury homewares and stylish gifts inspired by the illustrations found in antique encyclopedia of natural history,” explains Sarah, “It was meant to be highend linen and blankets originally, but when the leather Entomology notebooks and coral cushions were added, they where a huge success.”

Lucky for Sarah and John, the





previously owned by “a couple with great taste, so there was not much work to be done” states Sarah. “Although when we moved in I was heavily pregnant, and one evening when John had gone out I found myself ripping out the rather tired bathroom floor under which I discovered wooden floorboards! John was horrified when he came home but “luckily we had a skip outside from building an annexe in the garden for guests,” laughs Sarah.


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“I painted everything myself in the house. I

aesthetic of the museum has coloured her design

do get carried away with white paint as when we

ideas. Sarah often takes a trip back to recharge her

lived in Marrakesh our house was fresh and clean


and I love the calmness that the colour brings,”

explains Sarah. Stunning focal accessories such as

of the past!” Sarah explains. The couple would love

the vintage Jielde lamps were brought from Paris

to extend the house in various ways, for instance

and the rugs were found in Marrakesh with the help

to include a Moroccan style courtyard and even a

of hotelier friend, Maryam Montague.

laundry but as Natural History expands in 2012

Flexible in her style, Sarah is inspired by the

Sarah has lots on her hands! “Our plan is to build

Natural History Museum back in her home city,

on our products being recognisable in the industry

Dublin. She has fond childhood memories and the

and expand the business in several ways, so next

Now with two small children “relaxing is a thing

year is a big one for us.”


“Our plan is to build on our products being recognisable in the industry and expand the business in several ways, so next year is a big one for us.�


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“I painted everything myself in the house, I do get carried away with white paint�


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Style steal Get the look from Sarah’s home

Industrial Table

Butterfly No 1 Cushion, £70

Lamp, £184.99

from Natural History

from Hampton Round Mirror In Silver, £156 from Raines & Willow

Moroccan Leather Pouffe,

£129 from Graham & Green

Small Round Box, £4 from

Midcentury Vintage Set of Three Suitcases, £165 from The Old Cinema

Hans J Wegner Style Peacock

Chair, £399 from Interior Addict


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Flourishing DĂŠcor Spruce up the dĂŠcor in your home this Christmas with our guide on how to incorporate unusual flowers and vegetables (yes, we did say vegetables) into your scheme. By Eunice Yeo


1 Brussel sprouts are always on the Christmas menu! Why not add a twist and incorporate them into your decorations as well? Available in cream, green and purple their beautiful round heads and leaves resemble roses.

2 Silver accessories will lift your room in an instant. Add some sparkle with a glittery pine cone or decorate with metallic ribbons. Perfect for adding a modern touch, why not incorporate bold colours, this striking look is sure to make an impact!


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Bring depth and texture into your dĂŠcor by

Add a wow factor to your Christmas table with a

using blue thistles. Their sharp prickles and

stunning centrepiece featuring baby artichokes in

unusual bluish/purple tones are a real eye

shades of green and maroon. Why not try using


u-shaped wire pins to secure baubles and artichokes on a plain wreath? This is an easy way to create a focal table statement. Fill the middle with block candles or leave empty for a minimalist look.



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From Lewes with

Fifteen homes later, is serial house mover Sarah Lazenby finally


h Love

y ready to settle down?

Words Sarah Lazenby

Photography Simon Eldon

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“I am a gal who loves rescuing houses rather than animals.�



t certainly wasn’t love at first

   But fate had other plans. “The house

sight when Sarah set eyes on her

just grew on us. It had a lovely welcoming

Victorian terraced home in the historic

atmosphere despite its major lack of

Sussex town of Lewes.

TLC,” says Sarah, who has lived in an

   There was a row of empty

astonishing number

beer cans in the hallway, a distinct,

of homes – 15 of them over the past 25

unpleasant,murky smell plus a lot


of dodgy DIY. “The house wasn’t just

   “I am a gal who loves rescuing houses

tired and unloved, it was exhausted!”

rather than animals so when the landlord

she laughs.

said he wanted to sell

   The location, however, was great.

we bought it eight weeks after moving

As Sarah and her partner Simon Monk

in and two days before Christmas. Even

were only planning to rent it while they

when the boiler gave up in the middle of

looked for a place to buy, they tried not

our housewarming party, we weren’t put

to think about all the work the house

off. We just handed out more mulled wine

clearly needed.

and put some extra logs on the fire.”


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uckily Simon works in

   “Pretty much everything was

construction and is extremely handy

a bargain and some of the furniture has a

when it comes to renovation, so together

story to tell, such as the bookcase in the

the couple have spent the last 18 months

sitting room which came from a priest’s

turning their home around.

house in Oxford and the art deco sideboard

   Everything has been done on

made in Poland

a tight budget. “Vintage furniture is my

by brothers who sadly died under

favourite way of recycling,” says Sarah,

the Nazis.”

who has furnished their home with finds

   “We’ve got a very simple design

from flea markets, charity shops and

aesthetic – all the furniture we have bought

eBay plus bits and pieces from sales.

has to be functional, be made from good materials and not cost the earth. And we have to love it!”    On that basis, Sarah and Simon believe in mixing it up a little so Art Deco and Victorian pieces sit side-by-side with midcentury and modern.    “I’d be quite happy living in a flea market, rooting among the toot and treasure,” says Sarah. “Lewes is full of them plus antiques shops, an auction house and brilliant, small, independent lifestyle and interiors retailers.”    Sarah’s shop local philosophy extends to using local trades people. “My painter and decorator, the lovely Steve, is actually the town’s rock god lead singer with The Contenders,” says Sarah, who loves to use bold colour in her furnishings. “I was a lot more beige once upon a time but a trip to Australia stopped all that.”


“I was a lot more beige once upon a time but a trip to Australia stopped all that.�

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he is also lucky in having a talented

   Now their own home is almost

family. “My brother Jonathan is an

finished, Sarah and Simon are

illustrator so I have some of his Scandi-

spreading their interiors wings. “We’ve

inspired prints on display and his wife

been asked to design the interiors of

Mel makes vintage cushions

a house in Brighton for a couple with

and twice a year holds an open house

quite distinct and differing tastes.

for local artists to showcase their work

   “I might not buy any more

much of which ends up in

houses if I can rescue other people’s

our house.”

homes. That should keep me out of trouble. At least for now!”


“I might not buy any more houses if I can rescue other people’s homes.”

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“Vintage furniture is my favourite way of recycling,”


Style Steal

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Get the look from Sarah’s home Coat Hanger, £28, JasmineWay

Metal Jewellery

Tree, £58, Artisanti

Winter House Tealight Holder,

Leila Chandelier,

£229.96, The Chandelier & Mirror Company Ltd

£9.95, homehomehome Mallika Cushion,

£45, Plum Chutney

Seabass Gurgle Jugs, £55, The Padstow Mussel Company

Upcycled Articulated Engine Desk Lamp,


Romane Dining Mercury Gold Tealight (sold as a set of three), £9.95, Nordic House Ltd

Chair, £99, Gong


Aspiring Kennedy By Lauren Bryan Knight

Diary of a Texan living in the UK

Sometimes you can be surprised by the

combination of things that wouldn’t seem to naturally go together. You know, in that Russell Brand- Katy Perry sort of way. This thought leaves me hopeful in swaying my

The pairing of two quirky elements creates a combination that works in a bizarrely happy way. English friends to appreciating an authentic American breakfast. I know, I know- all that sweet & salty combined and mixed together. It grosses you out. But surely you were skeptical the first time you saw salted caramel on a menu? Did that ever leave you disappointed? Impossible. So, please,

There are a few stereotypes in my head of

take a leap into the syrupy marriage of sausage and

English Christmas that I need to set to resolve

pancakes. Who knows? You may like it, and I’m

this year. These images come from a pot pourri of

sure your boyfriend won’t mind it either.

Hollywood influences ranging from Love Actually, Bridget Jones to various made-for-TV versions of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. While I’m doubtful that Colin Firth will actually manifest in as many holiday settings as I envision, it has become clear that seemingly fictitious items such as mince pies, Christmas puddings and crackers are actually quite rampant within this small island. While I have no working knowledge of any of these festive novelties yet, you can be assured that I will be subtly campaigning to get myself invited to friend’s house for the fun… and crossing my fingers that they are in some way related to Colin Firth.


While applying for a permanent visa, I

I really, really want to tip. Not tipping at pubs

realized it was time to renew my passport. After

and cafes might be one of the hardest things about

completing the paperwork, the only task left was to

living in England. My friends used to slap my hands

fill the empty 2x2 square on my application with

and tell me to put the American-sized gratuity back

a passport photo. I tossed my hair in a messy bun

in my purse, but I resisted. Fortunately, London has

that could rival any Chelsea (or Essex?) girl, and

met my needs as a dining patron: most restaurants

promptly found myself teetering on a stool at our

include 12.5% service on the bill.

neighborhood photo lab. “Miss, you’ll need to smile less for a government ID,” the sales clerk sighed.

Smile less? How do I smile less? They don’t teach us this in America. I attempted to suppress my full-blown smile into a sultry smirk. After a few catastrophic shots portraying me as an idiotic pervert, I stopped “Look,” I offered, “This is for a US passport, and they won’t care if I smile. So can I just, you know, smile normally?” As I left the store, I peered into the small envelope to see two small identical versions of myself grinning back at me. Regardless of what passport or visa I may have, I suppose I’m still an American underneath this waxed jacket.

I can’t wait for Christmas. Everything leading up to it is so lovely, the time spent with family and friends is so rewarding, and then you have Boxing Day to unwind from the holiday blur. While never one to ever complain about an extra day’s holiday from work, I actually have no clue what Boxing Day is and, surprisingly, no one I ask seems to offer any explanation beyond massive department store sales. Oh well, I’ll keep my mouth shut (or stuffed with Christmas dinner leftovers), continue imagining Mike Tyson to be observing reverently, and happily celebrate this special day curled up on my couch.

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Window Wonderland Creating London’s most visually compelling Christmas windows takes a momentous fourteen months from conception to completion.Whole teams work all year round to turn mood boards and key words into stunning reality. Here Heart Home shares images of two of the most iconic department stores in the UK. By Carole King


Photograph courtesy Liberty London


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The Imaginarium, a magical dreamlike st mythical creatures cavort, amidst luxurio Inspired by the 12 days of Christmas wit


Liberty London

tate, beautific and celestial. Fantastical, ous treasures under our planetary systems. th a nod to the Olympic five gold rings.

Photographs courtesy Liberty London


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A fabulous Showtime theme with add stage. Inspired by the glamorous Holly extravagant, theatrical and h



ditional glimpses of scenes behind the ywood era from the 1930’s to 1940’s. It’s has just a hint of Burlesque.

Photographs courtesy Fortnum and Mason


Heart Shopping


Print Queen Clarissa Hulse has launched an

trademark prints to create a stunning textural

exciting fabric, wallpaper and homeware range

collection that will certainly warm up any home

called Kallianthi in collaboration with Harlequin.

this season. To help you recreate this exquisite look

in your home we’ve come up with our style guide to

A sumptuous colour palette of rich oranges,

reds, blues and browns is combined with Clarissa’s

suit any budget. By Sophie Warren-Smith





KIVIK 3 seater sofa in light brown, £499, IKEA

Claudius sofa, £2,375, Barker & Stonehouse

Westfield sofa, £3,145, Wesley Barrell

Embroidered leaf cushion, £11.99, Dunelm Mill

Safi cushion in crimson, £65, Niki Jones at Amara

John Robshaw Uzbek cushion, £89, Idyll Home

Kenneth Cole Broadway round table, £109, House of Fraser

Ella nest of side tables, £179, The Conran Shop

Autograph Jasper coffee table, £399 Marks & Spencer

Veneto damask fabric in Citrine, £30 p/metre, John Lewis

Wisteria fabric, NCF3883-01, £60 p/metre, Nina Campbell at Osborne & Little

LF1341C/4 fabric in absinthe, £99 p/metre, from the Fin de Siecle Collection, Linwood


Artistic Amsterdam Heart Travel

Heart Home takes a weekend break with Dutch artist and designer Mariska Meijers in her home city of Amsterdam. Words Carole King Photos Wouter van Ierssel

You cannot ignore the work of Mariska Meijers; it is vibrant, colourful and full of energy, much like the lovely lady herself. In the few years since she decided to follow her artist dream and give up her corporate job, she has produced not only fine art but a range of stationary, cushions and trays that is recognised around the globe. She also exhibits in Paris and in the US so we were very fortunate that she could find the time in her busy schedule to show us some of her preferred haunts in her favourite city.

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Mariska Meijers

Tea In The City

Tea In The City had moved to its new location in Beethoven Straat just two days before our visit but already it was looking established, with Emma Bridgewater and Mariska Meijers products jostling for space. Upstairs you can sample the tea blends and delicious home made cupcakes in comfort, and very soon baking classes will be on the agenda too. Heart Home couldn’t resist buying the pink and black polka dot cupcake cases with sweet little poodle toppers.

Klevering is Mariska’s first choice when she is looking for a gift. Full of tempting homewares, books, jewellery and toys, it wasn’t difficult to see why. It was hard, but Heart Home did manage to leave empty handed!

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Heart Travel GG Interior is situated in the Jordaan District and is a small but perfectly formed interiors shop, stocking mostly fabrics but also full of unusual and beautiful accessories for the home. Heart Home did spot a Mariska Meijers cushion or two looking very much at home.

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Mariska illustrates a popular culinary card series “Appetizing Art�, a line she created in conjunction with culinary author/ journalist Lise Goeman Borgesius and his recipes, so it was no surprise that lunch would be an important part of the day. Le Pain Quotiden was the perfect place to re-fuel and get our hostess to sit still for just a few moments. Heart Home recommends the smoked chicken salad with mixed

Le Pain Quotidien The American Book Centre

leaves, tomatoes, parmesan, croutons and pinenut, followed by a trio of sweet tarts. Yum.

is another

favourite for Mariska. A fiercely independent family-run business that is a paradise for book lovers and which also runs a full programme of events and exhibitions.


The American Book Centre

Ariane Inden Cosmetics has been established for 17 years and has an astonishing 241 products! They have been featured in many magazines and are very proud of their green credentials. Mariska finally had to slow down and allow the beautiful Cloudy Faase to make up her face. Heart Home recommends the skin analyzer test to find out your skin type- exclusive to

Ariane Inden Cosmetics

Ariane Inden Cosmetics.

And then the perfect end to a perfect day. A seafood platter and a glass of chilled white wine at the Bridges Raw Bar at the Sofitel The Grand. As we left for the airport, Mariska was rushing off to the studio to paint, bemoaning the fact that she should be going for a run, and simultaneously planning the dinner she was cooking for eight people that evening. Heart Home needed a rest.

Bridges Raw Bar

The College Hotel

Heart Home stayed at The College Hotel. Situtated in the building of a former secondary school it is a warm and luxurious boutique hotel boasting four stars and is a former winner of the Prix Villegiature for the ‘best interior design in a hotel in Europe’


Baby, it's cold outside... By Ellie Walker-Arnott Come in from the cold and prepare for a weekend of countryside comfort. Heart Home has found three of the best British rural retreats.

THE PIG, BROKENHURST (Rooms start at £125)

   All twent

Set in the heart of the New Forest, the ultra trendy

country house

Pig hotel is the perfect place to escape

embracing rec

the niggles and annoyances of everyday life.

Choose betwe

With warming winter drinks, squishy sofas

or splash out

and roaring fires a-plenty, there is really no

which have go

need to venture outdoors.

the surroundi

ty six rooms of the renovated

   You can also embrace your inner pig and

e have been carefully decorated,

quaff and trough to your heart’s content. Boasting

cycled and home grown design.

a 25 mile menu (though many of their ingredients

een comfy, snug or spacious rooms

only travel in from the garden) made up of

on your very own hideaway, all of

mouth-watering British delicacies, The Pig is

orgeous views of the grounds or

the ultimate treat for food lovers too.

ing forest.


BYFORDS POSH B&B, HOLT – (Rooms start at £150 – including an indulgent breakfast and sometimes dinner) In the tiny town of Holt, surrounded by the lush

   While Byfords is the perfect bolthole from

Norfolk countryside and coastline, is Byford’s

which to explore rural Norfolk, if you prefer

Posh B&B. Set inside a grade 2 listed building,

to keep out of the chill you can easily while

they call themselves a higgledy piggledy world

the hours away inside its four walls. Start with

of pleasure, and we at Heart Home are

a lazy breakfast washed down with a Byford’s

inclined to agree.

Bloody Mary, spend your afternoon snuggled

   Each of the sixteen rooms have been

up with a book or indulging in a decadent

decorated using local, natural materials;

afternoon tea and feast the evening away

exposed brickwork and wooden floors sit

beside an open fire. Sounds like heaven.

alongside leather, silk and thick white towels.


(Rooms start at £88 – including a full English breakfast) Sitting right above the river Hodder, with glorious

   You can soak up the nearby countryside

views of the Lancashire countryside, the Inn

from the comfort of the dining room, which boasts

at Whitewell is a haven of countryside comfort.

sweeping views across the valley. Whilst you’re

   Filled with an assortment of glorious antiques

there, enjoy the wholesome and hearty dishes

and furniture, the Inn is teaming with character

on offer and indulge in a glass or two of the fine

and rural charm. Book one of the seven bedrooms

wine the Inn prides itself on. If good vino is your

with an open fire for an indulgent weekend away

thing, there is an independent wine merchant in

or ask for one of their quirky Victorian bathrooms

reception with enough choice to please the most

for a truly unique bathing experience.

discerning wine connoisseur.


Miss Mary’s suggestions for Winter dates By Mary Higgs

Mary Higgs is the author of popular website The Great Date Guide.

RETRO BOWLING So, you may have embarrassing memories of going bowling for your 12th birthday (I certainly do!), but that doesn’t mean it’s not an inspired and stylish date idea. In fact, bowling has changed a lot since you were twelve. The new breed of retro bowling lanes are stylish and slick and provide a great venue for a fun night out. Some of the best “boutique” bowling alleys in London are the All Star Lanes. These venues will provide you with a bowling alley, restaurant, bar and even karaoke all under one


stylish 50’s inspired roof.

Go crazy and turn the conventional picnic on its

If you don’t live in London then just do a search

head! Swap rosé for delicious mulled wine, t-shirts

for retro bowling alleys – they’re popping up all

for chunky scarves and overcrowded summer

over the place! Prices are usually around the £8

parks for beautifully empty winter commons.

mark for one person on one lane (including hiring

Apart from the evil necessity of a thermos flask this

those fabulously fashionable bowling shoes).

is a very cool date and very romantic… If you are

organising the date, it’s your job to pack the picnic and as it’s winter, remember that hot drinks and a rug or two will be essential. The beauty of this date is that you can do it anywhere in the UK so be creative! An empty beach in Northumberland, a beautifully bleak moor in Devon, a deserted park in London… take your pick but just remember to wrap up warm.

Picnics obviously vary in price and can be

anything from £20 to £200. If you live in London and don’t fancy putting the picnic together yourself then we’d recommend ordering a hamper from the Mount Street Deli, where prices range


from £45 to £300.



Surely one of the greatest winter dates? Scarves

The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden is a simply

and hats, mulled wine and roasted chestnuts, pink

stunning venue. Even if you are not a seasoned

cheeks and (if your skating skills are anything like

ballet or opera buff, you’ve got to give it a try. It’s

ours) pink bottoms! Whether you’re a Torvill and

a wonderful experience, particularly at Christmas.

Dean wannabe or a complete novice, outdoor ice

This winter they’re showing the magical story

skating makes a brilliant date. In London we are

of the Nutcracker, which has been part of my

spoilt for choice with the most fantastic rinks,

Christmas for as long as I can remember! If you’re

from the Tower of London to Hampton Court Palace, The Natural History Museum and of course, the stunning Somerset House. As well as traditional skating sessions, Somerset House are a mixing it up a bit this year with the launch of

going all out to impress, do a ‘Pretty Woman’ and book a box. However, if you’re not made of money then we’d suggest seats in the lower section of the amphitheatre which give you a fabulous view of the whole opera house. You really are ‘up in the gods’ but we think they’re some of the best seats in the house (and some of the cheapest!).

There are wonderful winter ballet productions

their Skate at Somerset House Club Nights. A little

all over the country but we’d strongly recommend a

more glamorous than roller disco, we’re talking

trip to London and the Royal Opera House.

late night ice skating to the grown up soundtrack

of Lovebox and Ministry of Sound.

but tickets for the Nutcracker range from just £5 to


There are hundreds of outdoor rinks across

the UK so take your pick but remember that it’s all about the view, so as beautiful and romantic as possible please!

We went skating at Somerset House where

tickets start at £10.50 per adult.

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DESIGNERS IN RESIDENCE Design Museum, 24th August 2011 - 22nd January 2012 Tickets: £11 adults, £10 concessions “As part of its role to stimulate new experimental work from an emerging generation of designers, the Design Museum organises an annual commission and exhibition which supports and celebrates new design talent.”


By Katie Treggiden

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V&A ILLUSTRATION AWARDS V&A, 6th June - 17th December Tickets: free entry “The



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published over the last year. Original


artwork from the best illustrated

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book, book cover, magazine and student illustrator of the year will be on display, together with a selection of all competition entries.”



Alphabet - Dalton Ghetti - 1990-2005 - ©Sloan T. Howard Photography

THE POWER OF MAKING V&A, 6 September 2011 - 2 January 2012 • Tickets: free entry “The V&A and Crafts Council celebrate the role of making in our lives by presenting an eclectic selection of over 100 exquisitely crafted objects. Power of Making is a cabinet of curiosities showing works by both amateurs and leading makers from around the world to present a snapshot of making in our time.”



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THIS IS DESIGN Design Museum, 24th August 2011- 22nd January 2012 Tickets: £11 adults, £10 concessions


“The Design Museum collection includes objects that range from the early


Modernism of the 1900s to the cutting edge of contemporary design. Drawing on

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the museum’s collection, this exhibition brings together design classics alongside

A.Richard Allen, illustration for ‘Brat Farrar’


more unusual objects to look at some key themes including archetypes, identity, innovations in manufacturing, miniaturisation and obsolescence.”
























JOHN PAWSON PERSPECTIVES St Paul’s Cathedral, 19th September 2011 – 16th January 2012 • Tickets: £14.50 adults, concessions £13.50, children (6 – 18 years) £5.50

TEMPORIUM 65 Monmouth Street, Seven Dials, Covent Garden from 1-24 December Tickets: free entry

“This is about offering a spatial

“Leading designers and brands as

experience based around a single, sharply honed perspective. The form this experience takes will be

buildings” (John Pawson)


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together at our pop-up design store


The Temporium, which returns to


stalls will sell unique gifts and

creating scientific instruments out of


well as upcoming young talent come

London this Christmas. 20 different

shaped by Wren’s own interest in


products direct to the public.”


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TERENCE CONRAN, THE WAY WE LIVE NOW Design Museum, 16th November 2011 - 4th March 2012 Tickets: £11 adults, £10 concessions, £7 students

DESIGNERS AND MAKERS AT SOMERSET HOUSE Somerset House, 22 November – 8 January 2012 Tickets: free entry

“The Design Museum marks Sir Terence Conran’s 80th

“Designers & Makers at Somerset House is a unique,


birthday with a major exhibition that explores his unique

festive pop-up shop with a gallery feel, opening this

impact on contemporary life in Britain, tracing his career

winter in the newly refurbished East Wing. Showcasing


from post-war austerity through to the new sensibility of the

the best of British craftsmanship and design in non-

Festival of Britain in the 1950s, the birth of the Independent

precious jewellery, ceramics, stationery, framed art

Group and the Pop Culture of the 1960s, to the design boom

and glassware, Designers & Makers will offer striking,

of the 1980s and on to the present day.”


20 YEARS OF DAZED AND CONFUSED MAGAZINE Terrace Rooms, Somerset House, 4th November 2011 - 29th January 2012 Tickets: free entry

contemporary and affordable products.”


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“Dazed & Confused has been a go-to reference


for style and culture since its explosive launch in


1991 by Jefferson Hack and photographer Rankin. Curated by Jefferson Hack and Emma Reeves in


collaboration with Somerset House, this multi-


layered exhibition immortalises the magazine’s


most infamous visual stories, featuring legendary photoshoots,






editorial content and artwork from influential photographers, designers, and artists.”













looking for innovative surface solutions for the

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extravaganza and a Sunday food and wine market. Enjoy complimentary champagne and chestnuts at our late-night shopping evening on Thursday 8 December. The evening includes bespoke Christmas card printing from Mr Smith’s wooden and metal letterpress and a personalised gift wrapping service from design and illustration magazine, Wrap, with artists on-hand


“Surface Design Show is THE must attend event



“Christmas festivities come toThe Dock this year with a four-day shopping

SURFACE DESIGN SHOW Business Design Centre, Islington, 7th – 9th February 2012 • Tickets: TBC for Architects, Interior Designers and Specifiers


A SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA FOR CHRISTMAS AT THE DOCK Wharf Building, Portobello Dock, 344 Ladbroke Grove, W10 5BU, 8th – 10th December 2011 • Tickets: free entry

to personalise each wrapped gift.”

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a year since 1960.”



representatives, the fair has been held twice



international visitors and over 700 media



With 800 exhibitors, 24,000 national and



largest interior design fair for Nordic design.



knowledge and inspiration, Formex is the




“The meeting place for business, trends,





FORMEX 2012 Stockholmsmässan, 19th – 22nd January 2012 • Tickets: SEK 200




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build environment. Over 100 companies will be showcasing pioneering natural stone, wood, tiles, recyclable materials, metal, living materials, paint, illuminated surfaces and coatings that can be used as flooring, cladding, ceiling, wall coverings and more.”


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STOCKHOLM FURNITURE FAIR Stockholm, 7th – 11th February 2011 • Tickets: One-day ticket: SEK 200 online, SEK 230 on the door, Five-day ticket: SEK 300 online, SEK 330 on the door,


“Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair is the world’s largest

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and most important meeting place for Scandinavian

INTERIORS UK 2012 NEC Birmingham, 22nd – 25th January 2012 Tickets: Registration now open.

furniture and lighting design. Each year In February over

“With over 600 exhibitors and 26,500 visitors in 2011,

40,000 buyers, architects, designers and journalists gather in Stockholm to visit the exhibition and a number of other high-profile design events around the city during the Stockholm Design Week.”



INTERIORS UK is the definitive business interiors event for people passionate about design and sourcing great product. With an enviable reputation for over 25 years, the show celebrates all that is great about the industry.”




Heart Columns

Floral Finds for your Home By Rona Wheeldon

Rona Wheeldon is the writer behind the floral-inspired blog,

Emma Bridgewater auricula tile,

To brighten up your home over the winter months,

£19.96 each,

I’ve put together a collection of beautiful finds in

Fired Earth

purple and brown tones from UK designers, starting off with Bold & Noble’s wonderful Hedgerow screen print in dark mulberry.

You could also add colour to a room by creating

a feature wall. So, how about this fabulous Vivienne

Mushroom hankie

Westwood Magnolia wallpaper from Cole & Son.

flower oilcloth, £32

To brighten up your sofa, you could add this

p/m, Lisa Stickley

gorgeous violet poppy linen cushion from Scottishbased, Marram Studio. Hedgerow screen print in dark mulberry. £43, Bold & Noble

Whilst in the kitchen, a great way to add pattern

and protect your table at the same time, is this lovely hand-printed mushroom hankie flower oilcloth from Lisa Stickley.

Ideal for a splashback, either in the kitchen or

bathroom, is this hand-finished Emma Bridgewater auricula tile, available from Fired Earth.

And finally, this very cute Orla Kiely Abacus

brown milk jug from Bliss Home would make a perfect addition to your afternoon tea at the weekend.

Vivienne Westwood

Orla Kiely Abacus

Magnolia wallpaper, £60

brown milk jug, £17,

per roll, Cole & Son

Bliss Home

Violet poppy linen cushion, £47, Marram Studio


Heart Shopping

Hidden Gems:

Wheelers Gardens

Tucked away behind Turnham Green tube station in London lies West London’s very own secret garden.


Word Victoria Dockrell Photography Manasi Kashyap

“Just seconds from the dreariness of the tube, suddenly you are thrown into a burst of colour�


Heart Shopping Based in leafy Chiswick, West London, walking in to Wheelers is like walking into Doctor Who’s tardis. Just seconds from the dreariness of the tube, suddenly you are thrown into a burst of colour and eclectic garden furniture and art.

Although the space itself is small, the proprietors

Jason and Spencer Wheeler who have been running this independent gem for over 12 years, have made sure every inch of the site is packed with inspiring displays of beautiful plants and individual quirky garden wares and home ornaments.

Wheelers stock a broad range of horticultural

offerings ranging from traditional trees and shrubs, to more inventive Buxus and Bay topiary, selected perennials and grasses, orchids, herbs and seasonal bedding and bulbs to name just a few.

However, aside from their impressive botanical

collection, it is Wheelers’ furniture and garden art which makes it stand out. They claim “We have a real passion for sourcing unusual pieces, which will add individuality to your outdoor space.” Their

“We have a real passion for sourcing unusual pieces, which will add individuality to your outdoor space.”

eclectic collection of garden furniture includes table and chair sets, lanterns, wall art, statuary and ornate mirrors. Their selection is wide and ranges from contemporary pieces with sleek lines to traditional terracotta and stone pieces. They have a beautifully hand picked selection of


including gargoyles, Buddhas and cats. They also have a wonderful range of indoor ornaments including vases, Moroccan lanterns and wall lights. We were particularly taken with the vintage style


lanterns, hanging baskets and bird cages.

Wheelers also offer garden design, build and

maintenance services, headed up by their in-house Garden Designer, Stella Fear. Stella was previously Head Gardener at Holland Park in Kensington and was responsible for re-designing the ‘Earl’s Court Gate’; the park’s main pedestrian entrance.

Wheelers recently showcased these services in

a local primary school where they were responsible for the transformation of the playground. They created an interactive and stimulating ‘Sensory Garden’ for the children which included: a vertical xylophone and bamboo wall rattle, scented herbs, elegant perennials, as well as a ladybird house and wormery. The garden was heralded by Robert Winston as the “next generation of playground”.

The garden centre is also home to Wheelers

Flowers, which produce both traditional and contemporary arrangements. They have a very well regarded reputation and even provided flowers for the sets of the James Bond and Batman films.

“Every inch of the site is packed with inspiring displays of beautiful plants and individual, quirky garden wares”

With Christmas fast approaching we will be

excited to see Wheelers transformed into a winter wonderland, not only for their stock of Norway Spruce and non-drop Nordmann Firs, but also for their individually picked, unusual Christmas decorations and delightful selection of garlands, door wreaths and table decorations which use fresh greenery, dried fruit, flowers and spices.

Wheelers Gardens Cato’s Yard, Turnham Green Terrace, London W4

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