we are flying the flag here at Heart Home
summer holiday... the hotels feature is
this summer and with very good reason.
a ‘bucket and spade’ family break and a
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee (2 - 5 June)
Glamping feature gives first-class tips on
celebrations and the London Olympics (27
July - 12 August) have given us even more
excuse to feel patriotic.
wonderful UK shores for your summer
break, the fashion pages ensure you look
We have the usual mix of gorgeous
Which brings us to the great British
But if you do prefer to flee the
and inspirational homes to share with you,
great on the beach, in the city and yes, even
including two very special historic houses
on the camp site.
that the owners have adapted to suit
family life in the twenty first century, and
we hope you have a wonderful time and
one home by the sea, which quite frankly
remember to take Heart Home with you.
we wanted to move into.
Carole King Editor-in-chief
Whatever you are doing this summer,
Cover image: Photographer Simon Eldon
It may have come to your attention that
Carole, Arianna and Daniel Daniel Nelson Art editor
Arianna Trapani Editor-in-chief
Photographer Oliver Gordon
The Heart Home team enjoying brunch at The Modern Pantry. Read the feature
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32 The French Connection – A Parisienne’s tips for chic rental living
12 Summer Wedding Loving – Thrifty but stylish tips for a garden wedding
56 Beach Life – A cool seaside second home full of vintage children’s furniture
74 Flower Power – A glimpse into the life of textile designer Clarissa Hulse
86 The Good Life – A stunning 17th century home full of homespun charm 100 Oliver’s House – A character filled family home in London 112 Nurtured By Nature – An interior designer’s colourful country cottage home 126 Colourful Synergy – An artist’s jewel box home in Tel Aviv
82 Bake, Style, Pretty – Tips for creating the perfect dessert table 66 Young Designer – James Ward
Restored antique & vintage furniture and decorative home accessories. Visit www.westegg.co.uk » Tel 0207 060 2975 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Home and Away 136 Berlin – A stylist’s guide 132 Beside the Seaside – Bucket and spade holidays within our own shores
Interviews 68 Video interview with Anna Hansen of The Modern Pantry 29 Maryam Montague talks about her new book Marrakesh by Design
Shopping 47 Fashion – Summer looks to turn up the heat 24 Skandi Skool for Kids – Stylish Scandinavian inspired looks for the little ones 43 Put the Glamp into Camping – Tips for stylish camping holidays
Regular features 21 Stop press – A last minute roundup of design news 140 The Great Date Guide – Miss Mary’s suggestions for sporty summer dates 110 Popartrockgirlyeah! – Investigates Bauhaus style. 99 Flowerona – Looks at the latest floral finds for your home 96 Aspiring Kennedy – A light hearted look at life by an American in London 124 Heart Home Diary – What to see this summer
42 Deck it Out – Our top picks for that oh, so English deckchair 142 Hidden Gems – Seed in Somerset
Summer Wedding Loving
Weddings donâ€™t necessarily have to be about swanky venues and bank breaking budgets; especially in the summer months. With a little imagination and some extra preparation, the back garden might just be the perfect place.
Photographer Richard Clatworthy
Stylist Elkie Brown
Dazzle your guests with a bright fun wedding. Be thrifty and playful to create a relaxed day full of quirky surprises. Make flags as table numbers that can be placed into the flower arrangement. They can be made out of fabric, felt or card.
Mis-match brightly coloured prints. Make napkins out of three or four different fabrics to add colour and texture to the table setting. For cocktail hour serve gin and homemade lemonade in jam jars from buckets full of ice. Use retro paper straws and decorate the jars with ribbon.
If you have green fingers (or a family member or friend who does) why not grow your own flowers for the wedding. Flowers like Sweet Peas are fairly easy to grow but expensive to buy, just see what is in season.
Paint tin cans in matching or contrasting colours as an alternative to glass vases.
You can also wrap in fabric, wrapping paper or wallpaper.
Mini flags can be made out of origami paper and skewers left on tables or placed in drinks as stirrers, you can leave fun messages on them.
Coloured glassware will create a fun but elegant feel. You can hire coloured glassware in an array of colours.
To stop fresh flower waste,
organise someone to make up bouquets You can resell anything you buy on
of flowers to give to guests as they
eBay or local neighbourhood websites...
leave, alternatively donate to a local
lanterns, tea light holders, buntingâ€Ś
hospice or nursing home.
somebody is always getting married!
church design them in a way that they
Car boot sales, charity shops and
If you are having flowers at the
Freecycle are great places to pick up
can be transported and used again at
props for your wedding.
Create an elegant rustic wedding by keeping it simple but beautiful. Choose natural materials, scent with fresh plants and herbs and light with twinkly candles.
Sage martinis served in vintage cocktail glasses with antique lace bows will welcome your guests and set the scene.
A simple piece of lace wrapped around a linen napkin, a sprig of rosemary and a brown luggage label makes a beautiful name place. WHSmith have the best luggage labels I have found and Cox & Cox do great rubber stamps.
Large and small white paper lanterns clustered together make a beautiful focal point. They are great to fill spaces with high ceilings. If you can, get then wired up so in the evening they glow. Try Ikea and online paper lantern stores.
Camelot stick back chair in mahogany from ÂŁ3.50 each Trestle table from ÂŁ10.95 each Both from Rayners Catering Equipment Hire 020 8870 6000
An alternative to fresh cut flowers is to use potted plants such as lavender and rosemary. Plant in large metal trugs for a rustic feel.
Wedding inspiration stylemepretty.com greenweddingshoes.com postcardsandpretties.blogspot.co.uk marthastewartweddings.com snippetandink.com florenceblue.com weddingtwitter.com pinterest.com elkiebrown.com
Dot a mixture of glass and mercerised tea lights together for a beautiful twinkle along the table. Break up with simple church candles in elegant hurricane vases.
inexpensive tea light holders using tumblers from Ikea. Leave as they are or using double sided tape wrap ribbon or lace around the rim. They create a beautiful light.
Table seating plans donâ€™t need to be boring or complicated. Use them visually as a way of introducing your guests to the look of your reception. Luggage labels have been used here and then again on the place settings.
Wedding supplies notonthehighstreet.com/weddings ikea.com seamstar.co.uk dzd.co.uk easyfloristsupplies.co.uk click4warehouse.co.uk partypacks.co.uk coxandcox.co.uk prettyvintage.co.uk rayners.co.uk
01425 626147 email@example.com www.biancalorenne.co.uk
The Perfectly Imperfect Home Perfectly Imperfect Home, from founder of domino and editor of the Wall Street Journal magazine Deborah Needleman, is a must-have guide to choosing furnishings that will help create a relaxed, comfortable and stylish home.
New Products from Fenella Smith Fenella Smith is launching new
Mini Moderns launches Backgammon collection
pieces to her increasingly popular
Another fabulous collection from the
Animal Collection at Pulse in June;
founders of mini moderns, Keith and Mark.
and they are very cute indeed!
The Backgammon collection derives from
Available to buy online.
their obsession from an early age with the glamorous connotations of Backgammon, as well as its
Craft Club at ‘In with the Old’
graphic geometry. Backgammon
In With The Old at 57 Amwell Street (near
4 colourways. Also available
Angel) has started a fun craft club. Since the club is aimed at becoming a fun social event, drinks and snacks will also be provided. All sessions run from 7pm to 9pm Monday and Wednesday evenings every other week. A full list of classes is available on their website.
is available as a wallpaper in as cushions and a porcelain collection.
affordable contemporary art & design from the best british based artists & designer-makers
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paintings | ceramics | sculpture | textiles | lighting | furniture www.cavalierofinn.com
Arianna’s wish list
Black Band Straw Trilby, £15.00, ASOS
Designers Guild Uppsala Teal Rug, £850, Amara
Balfazar Cushion, £29.99, Zara Home Diagonal Stripe iPhone 4 Case, $40, Kate Spade J Brand Denim skinny jeans, £225, Net-APorter
Beige Falabella Shaggy Deer Clutch, Stella McCartney, £495, Liberty
Missoni crochet-knit bandeau bikini, £225, Net-A-Porter
Tolix Classic French Cafe Chair, £190, Graham & Green
Fontana Covered Box, £88, Jonathan Adler
skandi skandi skool skool f By Carole King
Who says only the grown ups can have cool, clean, chic design? Take a lesson from the Scandi school of thought and give the kids bright decorations and accessories that will stand the test of time and might even be with them forever.
Hedgehog baby bedlinen from Skandivis. £46 Bedtime stories guaranteed.
Birdy garden mugs from DotComGiftShop £4.95
Bird on a Wire wipeable blind from Bodie and Fou. £64.99
for for kids kids Oslo flowers lampshade. Retro style from HunkyDoryHome £34
A modern twist on the classic doll's house from Ferm Living, available from MyHaus. £129
Practical storage that won’t offend the eye. Sold as a set of three from Nordic House. £39.95 From Danish design house Superliving these five beautiful hand painted wooden birds nest together to make the Bird Family. £29.99 from HunkyDoryHome.
Dutch boy stool £29 from 4-Living. Stronger than it looks and very adaptable. Is it a chair, a stool or a table?
‘How it Works’ wallpaper from PaperBoy. £60 for a 10 metre roll. Cute and educational!
skandi skandi skool skool f Patriotic but oh, so cosy. Knitted lambswool London soldier cushion from Folly Home. £39.95
This oak Bambi style lamp will add a mystical feel to any kids bedroom. £59.95 MyHaus.
Geo’s desk and Lilly’s chair. Made in Denmark from sustainable bamboo. £200 and £120 from e-side.
Our Little Monster framed print. 50 x 70cms and available in 3 colours from Koko Kids. £29
Pricey but surely a future family heirloom? Rocking sheep made from real sheepskin from Story North. £345
Melamine rabbits plate from the ‘Animal Inside Out’ collection at the Natural History Museum. £6
Summer lovin’ Carole’s wish list Antik Batik Woven Leather Belt, £90, Net-a-Porter
Pink Paisley Liberty Print Trilby, £68, Liberty
Aderyn Deep V Neck Dress, £169, Reiss
Esther Patterson Glass Pendants, £288, Cavaliero Finn
Paisley Crescent Wallpaper Tangerine Dream, £45, Mini Moderns
Blue Urn Cushion, £54, PreyUK Rose Three Tier Cake Stand, £44.95, Not on the High Street
Grand Cafe Margot Clock, £195, Graham and Green
Chunky Turquoise Teardrop Necklace, £30, Pasttimes
Gigi Statement Chain Sandels, £110, Reiss
Marrakesh By Design By Arianna Trapani
Maryam Montague is a writer, photographer, designer, human rights specialist & owner of boutique guesthouse, Peacock Pavilions. She is also the author of her award wining blog, My Marrakesh. Here she talks to Heart Home about her first design book â€˜Marrakesh by Designâ€™ and her love affair with this captivating city.
to buy them, no matter where you are’.
Marrakesh 6 years ago and has never looked
When asked what has been her favourite
back. When asked what made her fall in love
part of putting the book together, she
with Marrakesh, she simply responds ‘Its
said ‘I really loved spending time with the
gorgeous madness. It’s a place that is literally
homeowners whose houses are included in
a whirlwind of colour, sound, and taste, with
my book. Many people who choose to live
a snake charmer or two thrown in there for
in Marrakesh are a pretty creative bunch. I
adored seeing their collections and hearing
It is for this very reason that Maryam
decided to start her popular blog, My
So what is it that fascinates her so much
Marrakesh; to chronicle her life in the city
about Moroccan design? ‘I love that Morocco
and express her fascination with Moroccan
has such an iconic design culture with
culture and design. ‘I began to get more
features that are so instantly recognisable’.
and more readers on my blog and then was
If one has to describe Maryam’s style it
contacted by Artisan Books to write a book
would have to be modern global glamour. ‘I
to discuss the beauty of Moroccan design in
love things that are made by hand, unique
a more comprehensive way’.
and worldly. I also adore things that are
intriguing and curious like talismans and
‘Marrakesh by Design’ as a love letter to
African games. Beauty with a strange past is
Moroccan design. ‘In the book I talk about
my favourite combination’.
the ABCs of Moroccan design: Moroccan
So where do Maryam’s inspirations come
architecture, decorative features, colour and
from? ‘Simply from wandering the souks of
pattern. In the second section I discuss how
to add Moroccan flair to every room in the house. In the last section I talk about all the very best Moroccan things to buy and where
Read the full interview on the Heart Home blog »
“Beauty with a strange past is my favourite combination”
- Grace Bonney
Marrakesh by Design is currently available to buy on Amazon. moroccanmaryam.typepad.com Photography Excerpted from Marrakesh by Design by Maryam Montague (Artisan Books) © 2012
Connection Parisienne blogger Carole Poirot is the author of the blog Mademoiselle Poirot. As we take a look around her chic and feminine Forest Hill flat, we discover that her beautiful home is just like her wistful and stylish blog , trĂ¨s jolie!
Photographer Andrew Boyd Writer Michaela Mildenhall
The oil painting above the desk is one of Caroleâ€™s own.
“I like the way it overlooks parts of London … and it’s nice and green”
pon glancing around the rented flat that Carole shares with her teenage son, you witness the evidence of
a creative mind at work everywhere you look.There are many of Carole’s lovely paintings on the walls. Carole prefers to work with oil on canvas, but has recently been experimenting with watercolour due to the lack of space. She has also made lots of cushions for the flat herself, and had a go at some curtains too.
The flat itself is not architecturally
unusual, although its location is. Situated above several garages, the flat looks out over leafy Forest Hill and you can watch the squirrels playing about in the trees. The nature continues inside as Carole is a lover of plants, and their presence in her home brings a lovely freshness to the flat. Carole has nicknamed the space “The Penthouse”, and it affords a little nook of quiet in the centre of London. Carole explains why she originally chose the flat;
“I like the way it overlooks parts of
London, it’s up on a hill. It’s quiet up here; there’s just nobody around unless you live up here…and it’s nice and green!”
The Penthouse is open plan, but Carole
has skilfully managed to separate the rooms, and has cleverly used furniture that doubles up as storage.
Carole has sourced the finds in her
home from a varied range of places; she says she gets her inspiration “from absolutely everywhere and anywhere”, and goes on to say, “I’ve got pieces inherited from grandparents, my desk and table are from eBay, the dresser is from La Redoute - it took months to get it here from France!” Carole also picks up the odd item from flea markets, and describes her signature style as “eclectic”, whilst stating that she is “definitely not minimalist”.
“The one thing I would say is to make sure you get on with your landlord”
“The Penthouse” may well be rented but
and that is how you gain their trust and are
Carole has very much made the space her
able to paint walls and things like that.”
own - it feels like a home. This is something
that she feels strongly about; attitudes to
Poirot is a wonderful snapshot of her chic
renting are very different in the UK to on
life in London, but she does admit that one
the continent. In France, for example, it is
day, probably when her son is a bit older,
still very important to invest in your home
she might consider moving back to France,
whether you actually own it or not.
“..but not necessarily Paris”. Let’s hope
Carole’s lifestyle blog, Mademoiselle
In fact Carole has recently blogged
that if Carole does move back to her native
about this; kindly giving us tips on how to
France that she keeps on blogging, although
make a rented home feel like your own. She
this time about her stylish life across the
tells Heart Home, “the one thing I would
say is to make sure you get on with your landlord…show them that you are treating the property as your home…with respect,
Get the look from Carole’s home Herb Pot
Chunky Hand Knit
Throws, £400, The
Antique Venetian Dressing
Table Mirror, £169, Ivory Pearl Interiors
Lisbeth Dahl Square Gemstone Charm
Handmade Portugese Glass
Oriental Floral Cushion,
£30, Digitex Home
Wrought Iron Day bed,
£355, Lavender and Sage
Paris In The Pink Eiffel Tower,
£55, Ghost Furniture
Rustic Industrial Style Cabinet, £565, Out There Interiors
Deck It Out! Blue & White Stripe Deckchair The Conran Shop £59 Bird on Egg Deckchair Thornback & Peel £125.00
Sheila Bownas Double Deckchair Pedlars £495
Come Summer and us Brits like nothing more than lounging around on our deckchairs. Here is a selection of our favourite picks…
The Seabird Deckchair The Seaside Company £70
Vintage French Deckchair Bubbledrum £48 Maui Lizzie Deckchair Sling Habitat £10
Pigeon & Jelly Deckchair Rume £125
Union Jack Deckchair Next £30
Put the Glamp into Camping
A Stylist’s guide to camping by Vanessa Leigh-Anders A-Z Paper Plates, Graham and Green, £12
Melamine Bowl, Pedlars, £8.85
Enjoying the great outdoors can be more glamorous than a two man tent and a roll mat. It might take a bit more effort and a fairly long checklist but it’s worth it when you get together with a group of friends and create a cool and fun camp. Enamel Mug, John Lewis, £6
Melamine Cups, Pedlars, £4,
Kissing Horses OilCloth, Anorak, £55 (for 2 metres) If you can’t live without your cup of tea in the morning don’t forget your kettle and enamel mugs to give you that outdoor feeling.
Folklore Enamel Teapot, Liberty, £14.95
Put the Glamp into Camping
Fire Bowl, Toast, £99
BBQ’s are a huge part of camping fun - choose a portable BBQ that doubles as a fire pit for after hours sitting round the campfire - don’t forget the marshmallows..
Storm Lantern, Toast, £29 Petal Dome Tent, Cath Kidston, £85, Send some sky lanterns into the night sky to finish off the perfect glamping day....
Smokey Joe Weber BBQ, John Lewis, £59.99
Punk Bunting, Ruby Shoes Rocks, £19.50 (for 3 metres)
Marshmallows, Harvey Nichols, £3.95
Cable Knit Blanket, John Lewis, £80
It’s the small things that count - get creative with decorating your camp. It's amazing how a table cloth, some bunting and flowers will transform your camp to glamp ! Hang battery
Kissing Stags Sleeping Bag, Anorak, £59
powered fairy lights from tent to tent to give a magical feel - the kids will love it !
There is no reason why camping
Knot Garden cushion by Melin Tregwynt, SCP, £51
should be uncomfortable and hard work. You can create a comfortable homely feel both inside your tent and in your camp. Invest in some self inflating mattresses and fun sleeping bags, especially the ones that can still be zipped together to create a double bag and take your blanket from home to get that extra cosy feel - camping is no fun unless you get some sleep!!
Put the Glamp into Camping Don’t forget to have some fun!
Sky Lantern, Graham and Green, £14.95 (pack of 5)
Stomp Rocket, Skyhighkites, £11.99
Washing up can also be glamorous with a huge selection Trugs stack easily inside one
of tea towels to choose from.
Classic Diamond Rainbow Kite, Skyhighkites, £7.99
another which can then be packed with other things for easy packing in the car and can double up as washing up bowls and ice buckets for drinks - Love them.
Coloured Trug, Rainbow Trugs, 15L £3.30, 25L Shallow £6.99 and 45L £5.90 Give Me Sunshine Tea Towel by Pintuck, To Dry For, £9.95 Pick up a camping book for inspiration or there are some great websites to entice you to visit some fantastic campsites Coolcamping.co.uk is a good place to start. Visit Jamie Oliver's website for great summer recipes for camping too.
jamieoliver.com/recipes theyurtfarm.co.uk featherdown.co.uk
The Camping Cookbook by Annie Bell, Oliver Bonas, £12.99, Glamping Getaways, Cool Camping, £14.95
FASHION Summer Lovinâ€™ Helena del Rio turns up the heat with her favourite summer looks
FASHION Jonny D ruched bandeau bikini top by Norma Kamali, £170, Net-a-Porter
Faux patent-leather and cork sandals by Stella McCartney, £225, Net-a-Porter
Kimono, £14.99, H&M
Beach Glam Handmade Acetate Cateye Sunglasses, $150, Cole Haan
Rosebud Salve, $6, Sephora
Kindle Touch, £109, Amazon
Anthelios 40 Sunscreen Cream, £unknown, La RochePosay Katie Basket, £30, Le Papillon Vert
FASHION Lizard-trimmed cat eye acetate sunglasses by Linda Farrow Luxe, £345, Net-a-Porter
Diem Tie Front, Medieval Blue, $184, Equipment
Jack Purcell Helen sneakers by Converse, £70, Neta-Porter
Paris cropped mid-rise straightleg jeans by Mih Jeans, £145, Net-aPorter
Hit the city pavement Bahari Necklace, £85, Stella & Dot
Bobble BPA-Free 550 ml Water Bottle, Blue, £7.99, Amazon
Michael Kors Jet Set Logo Medium Travel Tote, $278, Michael Kors
Nikon 1 J1 Compact System Camera, £365.90, Amazon
Mikas Pond Lacey, $178, Kate Spade
FASHION Organic cotton tank by Chinti and Parker, £45, Net-a-Porter
Cropped ikat-print silk-blend pants by Michael Kors, £195, Net-aPorter
Native Envelope Clutch, £30, TopShop
Marrakech Dunes, Vintage Chic Pentax Asahi K1000, $299, eBay
14-karat gold-vermeil teardrop earrings by Chan Lui, £115, Net-a-Porter
Eye Kohl, £14, Mac Cosmetics
Nikomachi Sandals, £114, Boutique1
Flower Cocktail Ring by Oscar de la Renta, £118, Boutique1
FASHION Mini Gracie pleated leather shoulder bag by Anya Hindmarch, £395, Net-aPorter Zoe Karssen Paris Can Wait Tee, £55, Asos Original Tall Hunter wellington, £79, Hunter
Denim Shorts, £7.49, H&M
Rock it, it’s festival season!
House of Harlow 1960 Leather Station Necklace, £51.93, Nordstrom
Batiste Dry Shampoo Floral & Flirty Blush 400ml, £4.99, Boots
Tangle Teezer Professional Detangling Brush, £10, Asos
Photographer Simon Eldon Writer Kelly Lavender
A shabby cottage near a sandy beach went from a weekend bolthole to a successful holiday let for one business-minded couple. 56
“There is quite a lot of vintage furniture in the house”
turned out to be about much more than just building sand castles
for Rebecca and Mark Partridge and their Over the past 18 months Rebecca has
three young boys, as they instantly fell in
love with the area and decided to put down
been working hard to make the 1930s coastal
roots. However, it was Mark who saw the
cottage welcoming and comfortable for
business potential in the property that they
anyone wishing to rent it, a mission that has
found to buy, just a stone’s throw from the
been aided by her other business venture
beach, and he convinced Rebecca that they
back home in Brighton. Along with business
should let it out as a holiday home.
partner Jess Bird, Rebecca runs Nest, a
company specialising in vintage children’s
Rebecca says: “We bought the property
about a year and a half ago after falling in
love with the area. I persuaded Mark to
buy it, but he said it had to be as a business
throughout the Camber Sands property,
investment rather than entirely as our
as Rebecca who is mum to 11-year-old
second home. We make the most of our time
Tom, six-year-old Charlie and four-year-
here when it’s not being let, but it’s proving
old Rufus, explains: “There is quite a lot of
popular with families as a great place to
vintage furniture in the house. When I’m
stay at weekends, during the summer and
out sourcing new products it’s one for me,
one for the house and one for the business.”
Her love for all things vintage is apparent
“When I’m out sourcing new products it’s one for me, one for the house and one for the business”
Rebecca and Mark restored the entire
comfortably sleeps up to 11 people, with
property, re-wiring, re-plumbing and re-
cladding along the way. “The en-suite
bedroom with bunk beds and a further sofa
bathroom was just like a little folly, it wasn’t
bed in the living room. Outside there is a
even built-in, just the framework was there,”
large decking area and a fabulous garden,
complete with donkeys braying in the field
that backs on to it. The clean white space is
is the perfect base for families looking to
practical yet homely and a far cry from how
make the most of what Camber Sands and
Rebecca remembers it when they bought it.
its mile after mile of sandy beach has to
She says: “It was revolting. I just remember
it all being brown, with UPVC windows and
just absolutely tasteless.
spending time here as a family,” concludes
“We used to come here every weekend
Rebecca. “We can invite friends to stay now,
to work on it. I thought Mark would never
whereas at first no-one wanted to come
want to come and stay again and that he’d
because we’d give them a job to do!”
hate it forever but he loves it now.”
With the hard work complete, Sandways
“When it’s not being let out we just love
“When it’s not being let out we just love spending time here as a family”
Rent the house www.cambersandscottage.co.uk Rebecca’s vintage shop www.kidsnest.co.uk
Get the look from Rebecca’s home
Classic Couffin French Market
Basket set, £56,
Le Klint 172 Pendant Light,
£246, Cloudberry Living
Framed Original Bus Destination Blinds, £175, Unlimited Editions
6 Mini School
Roberts Vintage Digital Radio,
£120, Cotswold Trading
Crate, £9.95, DotComGiftShop
Young Hunter Yellow Wellington Boots, £26.99,
£135, The Dormy House
Beer Hall Table & Benches, £275, The Old Cinema
Vintage French School
Animal Magic Like many artists, James Ward of JimBobArt finds business a tough challenge but you wouldn’t know it from his inspiring success story.
urious creatures inhabit the fascinating
James. “I was also recently involved in an
world of illustrator James Ward. There’s
exhibition curated by EtsyUK for Clerkenwell
Viv the badger with a penchant for
Design Week, which had me drawing large
Victoria sponge cake and party bags; feline
scale drawings on tiles and in a bathtub.”
beauty Kat who, while shy, loves to boogie
and dreams of becoming a respected author;
gearing up to sell wholesale and take part in
and Ralph the ram, a political puppeteer who
the larger trade shows such as Pulse at Earls
is set on taking his act to the West End. These
Court in June. He highlights press exposure a
characters and many others are created by
valuable helping hand to raise his public profile.
32-year-old James at his studio in Angel, north
“I think the hardest thing for a small business is
London, which he sells as art prints and hand-
increasing your visibility. There is so much great
drawn ceramic plates and espresso cups.
work and competition for design-led gifts.”
“I’ve always drawn animals. I enjoy
Throughout the past year, James has been
James shares a hurdle faced by many
creating an emotional connection with their
creatives: finding the time and acumen to
expressions or with text,” explains James,
profit from his passion. “The balance is very
who graduated in illustration at Westminster
difficult. I want to spend every day drawing
University in 2008 in need of a plan of action.
new products but I have to be focused and
“Illustration can be a difficult industry to get
try to concentrate on all parts of business,”
into so I wanted to supplement my income
explains James. “I took a business course run
by selling in markets and local shops. I had
by former Dragon’s Den entrepreneur Doug
to find a product and after being inspired by
Richards which has been really useful and I
natural history surface design on a trip to
now employ an assistant two days a week
Sweden, I decided to start with plates.”
which is a huge help.”
Hard work and perseverance has seen
Whatever James is doing, he is clearly
James’ grow his passion into a successful
doing it right and is firmly on track to achieve
his goal. “I would love to just continue what I
am doing but free up more and more time to
commissions, including a recent T-shirt
produce new work.”
illustration for apparel brand Lacoste.
“It was a great project because I was given
a lot of control on the final piece,” explains
Writer Hannah Ricci
Portrait photograph Zack Mclaughlin
“I’ve always drawn animals. I enjoy creating an emotional connection with their expressions or with text”
By Shane Holland
Anna Hansen opened The Modern Pantry in 2008 to show us all how to use ingredients to their fullest. Chair of Slow Food London, Shane Holland, tells us more...
â€œMy grandmother was excellent at adapting dishes and recreating them with other ingredients â€?
Watch the video interview in partnership with Crane.tv
Anna Hansen set out to write a book called
Zealand, a mixing of cuisine has been with
the “The Modern Pantry” after she left
her from birth. Taking everyday ingredients
Providores, a restaurant she had opened with
you’d find in your home pantry and paring
Peter Gordon a fellow New Zealander whom
them with the new global offerings available
she had previously worked with in Mayfair’s
in virtually every supermarket, she creates a
Green Street Club. The book came, but not
modern eclectic cuisine which is both deeply
before Anna opened one of London’s most
familiar yet surprising new at the same time.
chic and playful restaurants in Clerkenwell
in 2011, and includes home versions of all
the signature dishes such as the Sugar Cured
Born in Canada, to a Danish mother and
Canadian father, but brought up in New
The book “Modern Pantry” was published
Prawn Omelette and Matchta Tea Scones.
â€œYou can go to a supermarket and buy anything ... I try to show people that you can use these kind of ingredientsâ€?
Summer lovin’ Daniel’s wish list
Stelle Polaris decanter, £64, I Like It Here boutique
Cake stand (small), £25.19, SCP
Kensal Rising by Old Town cushion cover, £32, St Judes
2012 cushion by Michelle Mason, £49, Lifestylebazaar Nicoll High Back chair, £350, Habitat
Bobby floor lamp, £60, Habitat
Tea Towel English Dinner Red by Victoria Egg, £9, Moska
Braque cushion cover, £69, The Conran Shop Vessel Light by Decode, £228, mydeco
Blinder armchair, £795, The Sleep Room
Photographer James Balston Writer Ellie Walker-Arnott
Clarissa Hulse is well known for her lively and vibrant botanical designs. The exciting prints, which capture the colours and shapes of the natural world, can now be found in hundreds of department stores and exclusive boutiques across the globe.
We meet Clarissa in pretty North London
design bed linen.
at her studio. The building was once home
Although her career really began in fashion, she
to the chauffeurs who worked in Islington’s
says: ‘I felt happy with the move into interiors
grand houses, but it now it
because in fashion everything is very fickle.
People are much more conscious of what is “in”
and what is “out”. With homeware people just
studio, and will soon
buy what they really love.’
be converted into
When coming up with the ideas for her
her family home,
designs she sometimes starts with sketches.
‘A lot of my designs originally
my business in
gathered from trips
by accident!’ says
to the countryside
Clarissa. ‘I was hand
printing scarves and I
got an order from Liberty
and then Barney’s in
p h o to g r a p h s
I take in situ,
scarves in Liberty - then
I had an order from
before I knew it I had
a picture of an
ears. All of a sudden I had
amazing sunset or
to employ people and get a
beautiful flower for
bigger studio. I had a business
colour and inspiration.’
before I knew what I was doing!’
‘For the next fabric and
Clarissa’s business was a challenge
to begin with. ‘We had a lot of ups and
also might take
orders coming out of my
downs,’ she says. Now though, she employs
actually done a lot of research online, which
3 full time and 3 part time staff to help her
I’ve never done before,’ says Clarissa. ‘It’s a
manage the ever-increasing work load.
very different way of working. On the one hand
In 2002 she expanded and launched her
it’s very frustrating because you’re sat at a
first cushion collection. She quickly sold the
computer and it doesn’t affect you in the same
collection to Heals, The Conran Shop, Liberty
way that being out there experiencing nature
and Selfridges. ‘I just knew I was really on to
does, but at the same time the enormous breadth
something!’ she says. After that the business
of what you can find is just mind blowing. I
grew into lampshades, wallpapers and fabric,
think it’s good to change the way you work and
before she was asked by House of Fraser to
challenge yourself every now and again.’
“I still feel like really I’m an artist”
Clarissa and Business Manager Sue Davenport (left)
She also finds inspiration in the area
visiting Clarissa we popped into nearby
around her. When she is in need of a little
Thomas Kleibrink, where Clarissa bought
natural inspiration, Highbury Fields, with
a cute vintage cup and saucer and Annie’s
its vast expanse of green grass, is a must-
Vintage Costume and Textiles where we
visit. As is Angel’s Camden Passage, bursting
couldn’t help but try on some hats – we
with quirky shops and cafes. It’s a little
also stumbled upon a newly opened shop,
haven of creativity – and only a short walk
Folklore, which Clarissa loved. ‘What I love
away from Clarissa’s studio.
about London is that you come across new
things all the time!’ she says. Clarissa also
A favourite haunt of hers is The Elk
in the Woods, a cafe and restaurant with
showed us another of her favourite places,
impeccably designed, wonderfully eccentric
the Little Angel Theatre - a puppet theatre
interiors. After seeing the plush fabrics
for children which showcases amazing
and bold prints for ourselves its clear why
puppets and props.
it’s one of Clarissa’s favourites! While A few moments of relaxation at Elk-in-the-woods
â€œWhat I love about London is that you come across new things all the timeâ€?
Clockwise from top left 'Little Angel Theatre' 'Thomas Kleibrink' 'Camden Passage'
Before we left we asked Clarissa what
she hoped to achieve next. ‘Life is totally nuts at the moment - I feel like I’m spinning hundreds of plates!’ says Clarissa. ‘But I’ve got a great nanny and a great team and because this is my own business there is a lot of flexibility. Travel is the one thing I really miss since having children. I used
Annie's Vintage Costumes and Textiles
“I felt happy with the move into interiors because in fashion everything is very fickle”
to go to India all the time. Now they are getting older though I hope I’ll be able to
start travelling again.’
‘I still feel like really I’m an artist. I
want to work with new techniques and new
fabrics and I’d like to do more arty projects.
Most of all though I do miss doing scarves
Thomas Kleibrink 07710 770214
and I’ll definitely go back to that.’
New shop Folklore
Bake Style Pretty Photography & Words Eunice Yeo
Dessert tables are all the rage these days; they add the wow factor to any party. Contrary to what many may think, a simple dessert table really isnâ€™t that difficult to set up. Here Eunice Yeo shows us how it is done in a few simple steps.
1. Plan ahead
Know how many people you are catering for
vintage and other interesting accessories
and estimate the total number of items you
from flea markets and thrift shops. A mix of
will need. A rule of thumb to use is about
styles work well together for a vintage look
2-3 items per person. Estimate the number
that is not too formal. Try to avoid too many
of stands and platters you will need and
clashing patterns or colours. Remember,
gather them in one place.
less is more!
2. Bake or Not
you could assemble a variety of baked
theme such as flowers, fruits in pretty vases
goods from your local bakery or get friends
or teacups and bowls. Objects like old books,
involved in making an item each!
lamps or boxes also add an interesting
For minimum effort and maximum results,
3. Work with a theme
Add decorative elements to play up your
dimension. You could add stationery like tags and labels to indicate what desserts
Style your dessert table around a theme. It
there are. Also consider hanging tissue
could be as simple as a colour palette like
pompoms, bunting, or other décor in line
yellow & green, or something more elaborate
with your theme.
such as ‘a vintage garden tea party’. This will help you decide what desserts and decorating colours to use like icing, as well as the colour and style of the plates and other props.
4. Include a variety of items
7. Add height and depth to your display
Remember to vary the height of the display using a variety of holders. Boxes and old books make fabulous raisers. You want to draw the eye’s attention to a focal point,
With your theme and colour palette in mind,
such as a beautiful cake or a cupcake tower,
decide what kind of desserts you would
which can be set in the middle at a higher
like to have. Cupcakes and macaroons are
point than the rest of the display.
easily customisable in terms of flavours and colours. A variety of items always add interest to your table.
5. Use interesting display plates and stands
Display platters and stands are just as
8. Add depth to your display
Think of your display in layers from front to back, with shallow platters placed near the front and taller stands & objects placed behind. Smaller props and flowers scattered around.
important in creating a visual impact. Collect www.carpenterandcook.com
Good Life Canadian expat and blogger Elisa Rathje takes us round her stunning 17th century home, and lets us into a few secrets about her handmade style and homespun living!
Photographer Paul Craig
Writer Michaela Mildenhall
“Literally you had to be a knave to farm here. You couldn’t get your horse in – there’s a cliff rising up in the middle of the garden!”
here aren’t that many people that you can safely say make and restore most of the furniture and furnishings for their own homes,
but that is precisely what Canadian blogger Elisa Rathje does! The handmade chic of this inspiring writer is very much in keeping with the style of the historical property that Elisa shares with her husband and two young girls in West Sussex.
The 400 year old building was
originally a Wheelwright and has undergone a few transformations in that time - and for the Rathje family it was love at first sight! Elisa explains, “Originally we looked at another property; it would have been so easy to live in – it was very straightforward, nothing weird or unexpected, but in the end we couldn’t not go with this property (Knave’s Acre) – it was so unusual, and there’s so many stories”.
The property was originally one
building, but is now a semi-detached space, and was first named Knave’s Acre as, “literally you had to be a knave to farm here. You couldn’t get your horse in – there’s a cliff rising up in the middle of the garden!”
“I’ve always learned what I need to learn to make an idea happen”
The layout of the property is very
already to Elisa’s taste, she explains, “..It
unique due to the nature of the origins
already “fitted” when we moved in. We
of the building. Unusually, there are four
didn’t own hardly any furniture…so there’s
levels in total! But Elisa has a very strong
this opportunity to get some great antiques
feeling of historical perspective, and she is
and pieces that we are interested in and fix
sympathetic to the period style of Knave’s
Acre and the subsequent changes that the
building has been through.
The list is almost endless – pottery,quilting,
This is something which she tries
Elisa loves to learn traditional skills.
to convey in the way she decorates and
g,woodturning and preserving: “I’ve always
furnishes her home. The house is rented,
learned what I need to learn to make an idea
but Elisa has still managed to make the
happen. I’ve never focused on one particular
home feel uniquely hers, and the neutral
medium…and I love a lot of variety and
white walls and the worn beams were
“We didn’t own hardly any furniture…so there’s this opportunity to get some great antiques and pieces that we are interested in and fix them up!”
Obviously Elisa uses these skills to
“It already ‘fitted’ when we moved in”
pass on some knowledge about this wonderful
furnish her home, creating a wonderful
skill. The videos will also be beautiful because
backdrop to a creative and domestic life
everything Elisa uses for the skills are vintage.
filled with the aroma of home-baking; using
Her ironing board is wood; there is an old
organic ingredients of course. Not only that,
fashioned iron on it. Her sewing machine is
everything is shared with her readers on her
vintage. There doesn’t appear to be anything
blog Apple Turnover.
plastic in the house, although Elisa did say the
So passionate is Elisa about homemade, and
children had some Lego!
preserving traditional skills, that she is now in the process of making ‘how to’ kits for
people who might like to do the same. She
has even being talking with a Stonemason to
Get the look from Elisa’s home Octagonal Pottery Dinner Plate, £15.95, Boutique Provencale
Daisy Mae Quilt, £100, Berry Red
Vintage Imperial Typewriter, £75, Bubbledrum
Bobbin String & Scissor
Amelie Bedside Table, £119, Newtons Furniture
Sweatpea Vintage Style Cushions,
and Willow Linen Red Rose Curtain,
£39.95, Nordic House
Susie Watson Designs
Gabriela Louis XV Sofa,
£Bespoke, Oficina Inglesa
Aspiring Kennedy Diary of a Texan living in the UK
By Lauren Bryan Knight won’t make it to England summertime anytime soon, take heart, there is Pimms! Where there is sun in England, there will be Pimms by the gallon. Whether you are at Wimbledon, at a garden party, or a wedding cocktail
summer with this classic drink. Whenever it’s summer in Britain, it’s always Pimms O’Clock! Classic Pimms Cup 1 part Pimms 3 parts lemonade (or Sprite, if in the US) Ice Freshly cut orange slices & strawberries ICED TEA Growing up in Texas, we have a
A handful of fresh mint
certain opinion of how to make the perfect
Sliced cucumber pieces
cup of tea: unsweetened over ice in a large
Fill a carafe or jug about halfway full of ice.
tumbler with lemon wedge (porch swing
Add in your fruit, mint & cucumber.
optional). Iced tea is more than just a drink
Pour in 1 part Pimms and 3 parts lemonade.
back home, it’s a part of life. Upon arrival to
Stir, serve & pray for sunshine.
England, I was a bit dismayed to see that in this land of great tea culture, iced tea really isn’t acknowledged. I, eventually, chalked it up to a loss, but found myself enthused at the Oxford Cambridge boat race last year when I fell into a crowd of people meandering along the Thames drinking giant cups of iced tea. Glory be! The South has risen! Iced tea has come to England! However, upon my first drink I realized my mistake. This was not iced tea, this was… well, I didn’t know what it was. “Darling, haven’t you ever had Pimms?” my friend laughed. While iced tea probably
some consolation as the amazing talent of these young athletes reminds me that I have completely passed my physical peak.
SUMMER BARBECUES American Ex-
PAT Public Service Announcement, Please Read: Are you headed to a friend’s house for a “barbecue” this summer? In order to avoid confusion (and dare I say, “beginner’s disappointment”), here are something you might want to know before setting out for a day of sticky BBQ in the sunshine: there isn’t actually any barbecue. In British-
OLYMPICS It’s impossible to ignore
that the 2012 Olympics are approaching! The weather is warming up, stores in London are
are starting to advertise Olympic-themed food like “Olympic Onion Rings”, and longforgotten friends are appearing at recordbreaking frequency in hopes of qualifying to earn a spot in your guest room. The chance to watch some of these events in person offers me the chance of a lifetime… and, hopefully,
English, “barbecue” refers to the grill used rather than the type of food. Instead of sticky ribs & hotlinks, envision grilled burgers. In fact, just switch out the term “barbecue” completely for the American term “cook out.” Beyond that small-buttotally-befuddling factor, you are in for a treat. While you won’t find any brisket or hotlinks, you are going to discover a new realm of delicacies like meat-flavored crisps & Eton mess.
fully experience the splendor of an English summer, you need to get out to the country. Until you’ve tromped through a field with fluffy sheep, watched the clouds suspend like clumps of wool over the hills, and felt like Elizabeth Bennet wandering to Netherfield, you really haven’t lived. Pack a lunch for the day out (or plan your route in the direction of a village pub) and head out the country for a rustic adventure. (Americans: This is an example of an appropriate time to wear your rainboots/wellies.) Not only will you be indulging yourself in one of Britain’s favorite pastimes, but you’ll experience England at it’s best.
starts to feel personal. It’s very one-sided relationship, too. Even though good weather constantly ignores this corner of the earth, Britain couldn’t love the sun more. When it sporadically appears, the day’s plans go out the window. Upon the sun’s arrival, the only thing anyone seems to care about is getting somewhere, immediately, that maximizes exposure to the golden skies. While most people find themselves lunching on patios or hauling out the grill, others satisfy the craving for Vitamin D a little different. And for these people, who appear dotted along grassy fields & public spaces missing key articles of clothing, we wish you the catnap in the sun you crave... and some aloe vera
SUNSHINE With all the talent sparking
within this tiny country, it’s a privilege to live in such a place. However, there’s one problem; it’s got the worst weather in the world. After working through about 8 months of grey skies & rain, the lack of sun almost
for the burn.
Floral Finds for your Home By Rona Wheeldon
Rona Wheeldon is the writer behind the floral-inspired blog, Flowerona 1 Bluebellgray’s new Harebelle cushion features a perfect combination of blue hued florals in an abstract style. A great way to add a splash of colour to your sofa this summer. £70.00
2 With a cascading blossom
design in teal blue with metallic highlights, Giselle wallpaper from Harlequin would certainly add impact to a room. £42.00 per roll
3 Featuring bright blue
Morning Glory blooms is this 1/2 pint hand-decorated mug from Emma Bridgewater £19.95
4 With a dainty floral design,
this pretty Blue Rose Tableware collection from John Lewis draws inspiration from traditional cobalt porcelain decorations used back in the 9th century. £6.00-£25.00
5 This lavender diffuser
from Crabtree & Evelyn is
a lovely way to add such a quintessential English scent to
your home. £28.00
6 A beautiful Blue
Hydrangea Heart Wreath from Bloom — perfect for creating a country cottage feel outdoors on a patio in the summer, or indoors all year round. £35.00
Oliverâ€™s House Turning a run-down Edwardian house into a character-filled family home was more than just a passing fancy for Hannah Gooch, as it led to her setting up an interior design business of her own.
Photographer Oliver Gordon Writer Kelly Lavender
hen Hannah and Richard Gooch moved in to their
three bedroom Edwardian home south east London, finding any original style features seemed like an impossible feat, but Hannah was determined to restore the house to its former glory. The Gooch’s bought the property seven years ago and Hannah still recalls what it was like when they first moved in. “It had louvered windows which let in the draught and an old gas boiler,” says Hannah. “There was so much paint on the woodwork and plaster work that you couldn’t see the detail so we stripped it all back to its original state.”
With a helping hand from
Richard’s carpenter dad, the couple set about restoring the property to its former glory, stripping the walls and floors, installing alcove cupboards, placing Victorian fireplaces in each room and replacing all the windows with wooden sash glazing.
“We gutted the whole house,” says
Hannah. “We put a working fireplace in the living room so we can enjoy open fires and put architraves on the windows to replicate what would have been there originally.”
With its muted colour scheme and
original features, the house is now a far cry from the draughty shell the Gooch’s first moved into. But it is Hannah’s eclectic style and passion for hunting down individual pieces that really makes this house a home for the couple and their two-and-a-half year old son Oliver. Hannah says: “I like to find elements that are unique and accessories that are a little bit different, although I am much more like this now than when we originally furnished the house so if I was doing it all over again it would probably be quite different.
Originally two rooms, the kitchen
diner was the last piece of the puzzle for the Gooch’s, as they knocked two rooms into one and opted for large glass doors that overlook the garden. Hannah says: “This is my favourite spot of the whole house. We can enjoy the views of the garden whatever the weather and in the summer Oliver can run in and out to his heart’s content.”
Hannah and Richard have opted for
an off-the-shelf Ikea kitchen which they adapted so it looks custom-made. “We couldn’t afford a hand-built painted kitchen and did consider gloss but that would have been a nightmare with Oliver’s sticky fingers,” Hannah explains. “Ikea had one that was the right shape so we built a frame around it and painted it so it looked handmade.”
It was this passion for individuality
that led Hannah to set up her own interior design website –eburyhomeandgarden. com. She says: “It initially started out as a wedding directory and blog, which is still online at theeburycollection.com. When I was planning our wedding I didn’t want to conform to what everyone else had and it’s been the same with the house.
“I’ve always preferred shopping for interiors rather than clothes”
“I source pieces from
countries such as Denmark and India but am keen to stock more items that are made in this country and support local businesses. I’ve always preferred shopping for interiors rather than clothes and creating the website has enabled me not only to fill the house with things I like but also to showcase my styling.”
“I like to find elements that are unique and accessories that are a little bit different” 108
Get the look from Hannah’s home Adorno Chair Set, £119,
Handcrafted Shell Mirror, £175, Graham & Green
Vintage Style Box Files, £18.95£35, Graham
Glass Dome Bell Jars by I Love
Retro, £15, Not On The High
Vintage Shoe Last, £13.50,
Homes & Dreams
Brushed Motor Floor Mandara Table Lamp,
£29.75, The Chandelier
Lamp, Concrete Candlestick, £14.90, Nordic Bliss
& Mirror Company Ltd
Alexander & Pearl
Victorian 7 Drawer Jumbo
Chest, £445, UniqueChic Furniture
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.
e prepared to be seduced by bold
- who see “Pattern Everywhere”, and the
geometric shapes and bright colours.
creator of the Bauhaus birdfeeder (yes
Get out those Kandinsky and Klee
that’s right, even your common House
posters. That’s right, Bauhaus style is
Martin can reside in Bauhaus style), Julia
massive in interiors right now, and it’s young,
cool, British and very modern darling!
For those who wanna be in the know,
lather regarding all things Bauhaus due to
the main components of this uber-trend are
the exhibition being held at the Barbican
the circle, the triangle and the cube - along
Art Gallery this summer. The original
with lots of flat, but vibrant colour. There
movement was German, but it wasn’t some
are some fabulous young Brit Designers that
dusty old Art “ism”, but in fact an Art and
are rocking this modernistic look right now:
Design school set up by the architect Walter
Fashion and prop designer (and the creator
Gropius in 1919, and initially funded by the
of THAT Lady GaGa telephone headpiece),
Weimar Government. Basically it started
Fred Butler; the inspiring Patternity Girls
out by being what we might call “a bit of an
Of course we are all getting in a bit of a
experiment”. It was shut down by the Nazis Wassily Lounge Chair by Marcel Breuer
What is especially exciting for many
designers about this school is its unique way of paying equal attention to art, architecture, design and craft; it combined these disciplines to create a unified vision for a modern way of living. The Bauhaus had some very cutting-edge tutors too, such as the German Expressionist Artists Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee; the now famous colour theorist and painter of the “Homage to the Square” series, Josef Albers; and of course, designer of exquisite furniture, Marcel Breuer.
So how do you add a bit of Bauhaus
to your own house? Most importantly, I always think that when you are looking to the past for inspiration it’s best to do so in a
The Bauhaus Birdfeeder by Julia Jacobs at REthinkthings
fresh way; there’s no need to teleport your home back in time! Here are some how-to Bauhaus tips:
It’s hip to be square, triangular or even
Rhomboid! Embrace strong shapes and look for inspiration in architecture, abstract art and mundane everyday objects.
When looking for furniture to fit with
the Bauhaus theme, you can’t go far wrong with a bit of tubular steel! Think of the furniture of one of the original members of the school, Marcel Breuer, whose “Wassily” Chair is still hugely popular today!
Phase Bureau by Toby Winteringham and Patternity
Colour was a key part of the design of
the Bauhaus school. Stark white modernist or soft grey walls are a great backdrop to showcase lots of colour. Magnolia is best avoided.
Strong geometric vases are very
sculptural and add depth to any room. Simply fill with a cheap bunch of vibrant tulips for an instant piece of Modernist Art!
You can take your pick when it comes
to Bauhaus poster Art. Why not check out vintage Bauhaus exhibition posters, or buy a new one from a contemporary show!
Vintage 60s Bauhaus exhibition poster from a selection at Fears and Kahn
Photographer Emma Lewis
Writer Liggy Griffiths
Nurtured by Nature Henny Tate was brought up in the countryside by a mother who loves nature. Following in her footsteps, she has settled in a remote country cottage where she works as an interior designer. She discusses the inspiration behind her work and setting up a family home.
“We had no reason to move here whatsoever, but we just loved the house”
nterior Designer Henny Tate lives in a stunning grade II listed house with her three young
children and husband Rupert. They fell in love with the country cottage six years ago and decided to follow their hearts and buy the property, “We had no reason to move here whatsoever!” she laughs, “but we just loved the house”.
evolved throughout its lifetime and if walls could talk, it could certainly tell some stories. It’s 350 years old in parts and occupies what would originally have been two and a half cottages.
In its time it has posed
as a hardware shop, hairdressers, a bakery and even an armoury during the war. “There’s a little door in our bedroom that’s bricked up - I think it’s from when it was a bakery, but I’m not sure what would have been brought up through that window” Henny says with interest. “That’s what I like- houses like this that grow organically. Some of the doors aren’t A cow painting by mum ‘Celia Lewis’ hangs in the kitchen
square- they just lean!”
“I find bits from everywhere!”
Henny’s studio is situated in the old shop front.
The ceramic wall art behind the sofa is by Fenella Elms who lives in the same village
“I think it’s nice to have everything thrown together”
The master bedroom with its mysterious door to nowhere
Henny has maintained the character
of the house beautifully when renovating, but has managed to assert her own style with quirky, thrifty furnishings. Dotted around the home you can spot old church pews, re-upholstered chairs, a bargain sofa bought from her local auction house and, her favourite piece, a work top cleverly recrafted from an old billiard table top - need I say more!
From looking at the combination of
cleverly put together crafts and objects it is clear that Henny has an inherent talent. Very few could inject touches of ethnic art and colourful textiles into a quintessential English Country cottage quite so effortlessly.
A quick delve into her background reveals where she gets her creative flare from. Her mother, Celia Lewis, is an artist and author whose published books, ‘The Illustrated Guide to Keeping Chickens’ and ‘The Illustrated Guide to Keeping Pigs’, are proudly placed on the coffee table.
“We were brought up in a house down
a two mile bumpy track into the middle of nowhere; Mum and Dad were always quite self-sufficient, they had chickens, sheep, pigs and a huge vegtable garden” Henny says warmly.
Mum’s on her fourth book now which
is an ‘Illustrated Guide to Nature’- she’s nature mad!”
â€œI also love things that friends and family have madeâ€?
“Some of the doors aren’t square - they just lean!”
Celia’s illustrations can be seen on
linen and hasn’t looked back. “There are linen
various cushions or table mats throughout the
curtains here, there and everywhere- it’s the
house and although she is not as big on nature
one thing I still use all the time!”
as her mother, it’s evident that the country
theme is very close to Henny’s heart.
of all things wholesome have undoubtedly
“I find bits from everywhere!” she smiles
influenced her attitude to life and design.
“I love things that friends and family have
She places great emphasis on homemaking,
made, a lot of items in this house have come
and her penchant for cultural pieces, natural
from them. I like blending things together
fabrics and up-cycling has proved the perfect
and prefer it to a curated look- particularly in
recipe for creating a beautifully nurtured
cottages and family homes, as I think it’s nice to
Henny’s earthy background and love
have everything thrown together”. Alongside all the mix-matching even the most eclectic
designers such as Henny have their staple
pieces. After a memorabletrip to France one
year, she discovered the wonders of French
Get the look from Henny’s home
Floral Pink Quilt, £76.75,
Vintage Industrial Factory Enamel
Shade, £185, Bubbledrum
Indigo & White Carpet, £17, Berry Red
Nek Vase in Pink,
£59, Villeroy & Boch ‘Have a Seat’
Stool by House Doctor, £70.99, Artic Design
Ikat Cushion, £9.50, Very
£POA, Oficina Inglesa
Sissy Rug, £115, Idyll Home
Bed, £1397, Sweetpea & Willow
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Lab Craft: Digital adventures in contemporary craft The Barony Centre, Scotland, 2 May to 1 July 2012 Tickets: Free entry Open: Mon to Sat 10am - 5pm and Sun 12noon - 5pm Lab Craft: ‘Digital Adventures in Contemporary Craft’ is a Crafts Council touring exhibition that previewed at Tent London at London Design Festival in September 2010 and launched at the Turnpike Gallery in Leigh, Greater Manchester in October 2010.
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Southbank Centre Festival of the World Southbank, London, 1st June – 9th September 2012
SouthBank Centre Festival Of The
World: the largest ever UK poetry
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festival that gives the chance to work with, and learn from, the world’s leading artists- this festival has it all! This summer, the Southbank
centre will be transformed into
an international learning site that
shows how art transforms lives.
Public Receptors by Gabi Schillig. © LFA 2012
International Architecture and Design Showcase Various embassies and cultural centres across London 23rd June – 23rd September 2012 Tickets: Free Open: Opening times vary
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The International Showcase will draw upon the relationship between architecture,
design, the creative industries and the cultural context of cities. Projects and
examples from around the world will show how cities and their inhabitants are incubators and leaders of extraordinary cultural, social, technological and
© Johnny Ladd
Design Stories – the Architecture behind 2012 Royal Institute of British Architects, London, 25th June – 21st September 2012 Tickets: Free entry Open: Wed - Sat 10am – 5pm, Tue10am – 10pm.
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Showcasing the design stories behind the venues and spaces of London 2012, this audio-visual installation is
a unique collection of films, images, models and a new
14 metre mural that reveals the thinking and design
flourishes that shaped London’s newest architectural landmarks.
The layers of the London 2012 stadium © Populous
Christian Louboutin The Design Museum, London 1 May to 9 July 2012 Tickets: £11 adults, £10 concessions, £7 Students Open: Daily 10am - 5.45pm Celebrating a career which has pushed the boundaries
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of high fashion shoe design, this exhibition celebrates
Louboutin’s career showcasing twenty years of designs
and inspiration, revealing the artistry and theatricality
of his shoe design from stilettos to lace-up boots.
London Festival of Architecture Venues across London, 23rd June – 8th July 2012 Tickets and opening times: Vary
The London Festival of Architecture is
a city-wide celebration of architecture
and architectural talent in the UK capital.
It brings architects and communities
together to examine how we make London a better place. The theme of
the 2012 Festival - ‘The Playful City’ –
responds to the presence in London of
the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
© LFA 2012
Heart Homes Abroad
Words Chedva Kleinhandler Photography Avishai Finkelstein
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An artist re-invents himself in his new jewel-box of a loft
or years, artist and designer Samy David – known as Samy D - wouldn’t even have one of his designs at home.
“I didn’t want to come across as arrogant,” he says, “like I was on some sort of ego trip.” But as the years passed by, the jewellike aesthetic of his sculptures and ceramic creations started leaking into his life… and apartment.
After living in Jaffa and having his own
boutique shop in Neve Tzedek, where he sold his eponymous ceramic dishes, D and his writer partner Yohai felt like a fresh start. “I moved to this new studio space in south Tel Aviv,” says D, “and the energy was amazing. When we were looking for a new apartment we didn’t initially think about this area, but then the loft above the studio became available for rent and we just went with it.”
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“When we came here, the apartment was
totally open space.” D re-planned the space to allow some privacy (two rooms) and turned the tiny kitchen into something more appropriate for its cooking- and entertaining- loving tenants.
Apart from the new space plan,
the design was done more freestyle, as befitting an artist. “I knew there was going to be a lot of colour, but not exactly which colours or where each would go.” The artist-come-designer had a certain yellow, which he first saw in a book from the ‘70s, in his mind for years. He thought he found the right match and indeed used it to paint the wall that connects the entrance to the bedroom and dining room, but later found out the effect wasn’t the one he was lusting for. Another regret is the green hue the couple used for the living room ceiling and the pipe on the same room’s wall, but D doesn’t feel like design regrets are a bad thing. For the designer, whom experimented with colour and interiors since his childhood, design is more about evolution. Taking those “décor disasters” in stride is part of the everyday for an artist whose become more and more interested in returning to interior design, years after he studied it in university. The paint scheme wasn’t the only thing recycled here. Though boasting a luxurious look and feel, the loft is filled with sentimental – and many times repurposed – furniture and different items.
“You can spend all the money in the world on an architect, designer and so on, but what’s it worth if you can’t tell who lives there?”
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It seems like flexibility is a must when
designing a perfectly imperfect home, which happens to be a rented loft in an aging building, without a humongous budget. “We didn’t set a fixed budget for this project. Frankly, I never thought we would spend so much – and not only money – on a rental.” But budgetary restrictions aren’t all bad. “If we don’t have the budget for a project, we wait. It actually allows for some welcome time to re-think, re-value and plan ahead.
For a designer well known in Israel and
abroad, Samy D is awfully un-pretentious. The highlight of designing their loft, he says, was the freedom of experimenting with colour and the sheer fun of practicing one of the greatest loves – design – together with his partner. “You can spend all the money in the world on an architect, designer and so on, but what’s it worth if you can’t tell who lives there?” says Samy. “My favourite houses are those where the owner’s personality
step for the colourful loft? “We started designing the bedroom recently, but then I decided we simply had to have some sort of greenery in the building and I installed a koi fish pool and planted some grass.” In the building’s joint yard, right in the middle of the formerly-grey, industrial area, hints of grass are already raising their green little heads and hinting at a new life.
“My favourite houses are those where the owner’s personality shines”
Beside the Seaside By Ellie Walker-Arnott
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The Lugger Hotel, Cornwall (from £450 for a 3 nightstay with bed and breakfast)
he Lugger Hotel is the ideal
stone’s throw from the Cornish
setting for a Frenchman’s
surf. With a heavenly terrace for
Creek-style romantic getaway.
sampling locally sourced treats
Once a smuggler’s inn, the hotel still
when the sun does shine, a cosy
retains its atmospheric fog-filled
and chic interior for less pleasant
history, but now embraces a more
days and a luxurious spa for truly
relaxed and modern feel.
disappointing days, The Lugger
The boutique hideaway
is a seafront haven whatever the
can be found in the delightfully
British weather throws your way.
coastal village of Portloe. Think
whitewashed walls, lobster pots
rugged coastal path to explore, little
and fishing boats - and you won’t
mobile phone signal and no street
be disappointed. The hotel clings
lamps, you can really get away
to the water’s edge, literally a
from it all.
In Portloe, with miles of
Titchwell Manor, Norfolk (from £330 for a 3 night stay with bed and breakfast)
et above the North Norfolk coastline in the pretty village of
Titchwell, Titchwell Manor is a perfect bolthole from which to explore Norfolk’s sweeping stretches of sandy coastline. The county’s beaches will delight bird watchers, sand castle builders and sun seekers alike. Marshes and woodland sit alongside miles of sand that are just crying out for a picnic blanket. When you’ve selected the perfect sun-soaked spot indulge in a lunch of local crab and deliciously salty samphire.
Titchwell Manor itself
is an elegant Victorian manor. Simply designed, with calm, coastal shades and luxurious fabrics, it’s an ideal place to wipe the sand off your feet and refresh after a day on the beach. With ambitious, bold and eclectic menus, foodies won’t be disappointed by dishes on offer in the Manor’s restaurant either.
This charming hotel,
set on the edge of Titchwell Marsh, is the perfect treat for a summery weekend away.
Artists’ Beach House, Kent
via Unique Home Stays (from £1250 for a 3 night stay)
f you’re dreaming of a Great British
built in 1906 and retains all of its vintage
summer holiday, what could be better
charm, with a wrap around veranda and
than your very own cottage on the
a chic period interior. The veranda is the
beach? Set on the edge of Tankerton Beach
perfect spot to enjoy 180° views of the
in Kent, surrounded by wild woodland, the
ocean, or indulge in some seaside cuisine -
Artist’s Beach House is an idyllic setting for
fish n’ chips anyone?
a beachside break.
place to retreat to when you need a break
You can spend your days sunbathing
The Artists’ Beach House is an ideal
on the sand, reclining in your hammock
from London. After just a 90 minute train
or frolicking in the surf – there’s even an
ride you’ll be able to hear the sound of the
outdoor shower for rinsing off afterwards.
surf and sink your toes into the sand.
The white, wood clad beach house was
Guide to Berlin
By Kate Baxter
It was one of those gloriously sunny days reserved exclusively for introducing you to a foreign city when you have just 24 hours to explore; everything is tinged with magic, the possibilities are endless, and yet you have to somehow distil the complete essence of the city into just a few hours of wondrous enlightenment. And thus, the stage was set for my introduction to Berlin...
EAT I made a point of seeking out contemporary Alpine restaurant Alpenstueck, whose minimalist décor combines a wall of stacked logs with cool grey tones and well balanced lighting to create an alluring environment. The food was hearty with a contemporary twist; lots of schnitzel, maultaschen, goulash, kässpätzle and sauerbraten, all made with local produce. I settled on the cream of asparagus soup, swirled seductively with herb oil, followed by chicken breast with a spring onion and goat’s cheese risotto, both fragrant and delicious. The following morning, their sister-venue Baeckerai was calling my name, and provided a welcome break from sightseeing with a delectable array of kaffee und kuchen, Alpenstueck, Gartenstraße 9, 10115
Consisting of 2,711 massive rectangular
stones on a sloping stretch of land, architect Peter Eisenman courted controversy with his abstract design for the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. The imposing grey stone slabs appear outwardly to symbolise the regimented order of the Third Reich, while ARCHITECTURE Designed by US architect
the contrasting disorderly terrain and
Hugh Stubbins, the Haus der Kulturen der
differing dimensions of the blocks seem
Welt caught my eye for its shell-shaped
to reflect the despair, confusion and fear
concrete roof, which is known locally as ‘the
of the persecuted Jewish population.
oyster.’ The contemporary arts centre is
The whole space is at once beautiful and
one of Berlin’s cultural hubs and the go-to
eerily sombre, and deep inside the myriad
place for spectacular large-scale exhibitions
of stone slabs you feel a million miles
as diverse as contemporary Indian art,
from the city, providing a place for quiet
Bedouin culture and Chinese avant-garde.
contemplation. Holocaust Memorial,
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-
Cora-Berliner-Straße1, 10117 Berlin
Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin
ART Whether it be illegal street art, spatial installations in unconventional settings, provocative action art or inventive contemporary architecture, Berlin has it all, and more. It definitely pays to walk around the city with your eyes wide and darting, taking in the brightly coloured streetscape, political slogans and anarchist caricatures, as well as more modernist art installations and advertising hoardings, for Berlin is a photographer’s dream!
Top of my agenda for art consumption
in Berlin was the Boros Bunker, where the
peeling urban decay of anex-air raid shelter
credited art in the Oranienburger area,
provided a surprisingly stark yet sympathetic
make sure you keep your eyes peeled (!)
contrast to the modern art installations on
for spray painted yellow bananas by cult
display from the Christian Boros collection,
street artist Thomas Baumgaertel, which
including artwork by Damien Hirst and
are tagged outside art galleries he holds
Olafur Eliasson. I was also captivated by
in high esteem. I was delighted when
the Banksy-style graffiti adorning the
I finally spotted one outside the Sara
exterior, which further enhanced the
Asperger Gallery, but apparently you can
concrete bunker’s estrangement from the
spot a number of Baumgaertel stamps of
surrounding modern district. Boros Bunker,
approval locally. Sara Asperger Gallery,
Reinhardtstraße 20, 10117 Berlin
Sophienstraße 18, 10178 Berlin
If you are on the look-out for highly
SHOPPING Guided by the vivacious Antiques Diva a.k.a Toma Haines, I concluded my introduction to Berlin with an afternoon’s ‘vintiquing’ on Suarezstraße. The beautifully curated selection of turnof-the-century luggage, steamer trunks and travel ephemera at Antik-Center had me in a spin, as did the eclectic junk-shop style inventory at Hin&Weg. The ultimate selection for me though had to be the iconic 20th-century design classics at B3, where I swooned over a mouth-watering array of vintage Bauhaus posters, classic Mies van der Rohe Barcelona chairs and mintcondition mid-century modern sideboards, wondering how I could ever fit it all in my carry-on! Antiques Diva, Antik-Center, Suarezstraße 48/49, 14057 Berlin Hin&Weg,Suarezstraße 55, 14057 Berlin B3, Suarezstraße 47, 14057 Berlin
STAY The Cosmo Hotel Berlin Mitte, situated in the heart of Berlin’s historical city centre, offered the perfect urban crash-pad for my whistle-stop tour. My sleek minimalistdesigned 7th floor room afforded me stunning views across the heart of the city, while the interior décor melted shades of chocolate into cream and slate for a warm, understated appeal, creating a decadent home from home. Cosmo Hotel Berlin Mitte, Spittelmarkt 13, 10117 Berlin Kate Baxter is author of inspirational blog fabricofmylife.co.uk
Miss Mary’s suggestions for... Sporty Summer dates By Mary Higgs
In London our favourite water-based date is hiring a boat in Richmond and rowing down to beautiful Ham House for a spot of culture, followed by a delicious afternoon tea at the quintessentially English (and effortlessly stylish) Petersham Nurseries which is just a short stroll around the corner. Another favourite is hiring a boat in one of London’s parks and smuggling some wine and cheese aboard! Wherever you live there’s bound to be some water nearby so don a Breton top and a pair of deck shoes and set sail.
Wimbledon is now a symbol of British
summertime. If you haven’t been before you really should go, as it’s a fantastic experience. If you’re not lucky enough to get a ticket in the ballot then queue up for a day ticket, or (and this is our top tip) head over after work and buy a cheap evening ticket then, once inside you can queue for Centre Court returns. If you don’t live in London there are plenty of other options. Dress in your best tennis whites and head to the Nottingham Open (men’s) or Eastbourne (women’s) for the
We hired a rowing boat from Richmond
pre Wimbledon competitions. Or how about
Bridge Boathouse for the day. It cost £45
your own DIY tennis tournament? Book some
for two adults but we got a 50% discount
courts at your local park and get a couple
on production of our National Trust ticket
of friends together (tennis doubles = double
for Ham House. A pot of earl grey and two
date!). A strawberry’s and cream picnic is
delicious slices of cake cost us about £12 at
just £14 after 5pm. www.wimbledon.com
Ground court tickets for Wimbledon are
Another classic summer date is going to
Perhaps our best chance at winning Gold
the races and our favourite, for the sheer
and certainly a winning date idea. Again,
glamour, has to be Glorious Goodwood.
lycra is optional. If you’re in London then the fabulous “Boris Bikes” make planning a cycling date very easy. All you have to do is pack a picnic (or cheat and have one delivered!), unlock a bike and set off through London’s beautiful parks, stopping when you see a suitably romantic spot. We recommend the Rose Garden in Regent’s Park, perfect for some blowsy summer blooms. If you’re after something a little more strenuous then head to Richmond Park and hire mountain bikes – after 5 minutes you feel like you’re in the countryside! Even if you don’t have your own bikes, it’s easy to hire them all over the UK so there really is no excuse.
Whether you like horse racing or not, there’s no better excuse for dressing up than a trip to Goodwood. Retro style rules here, so girls, a 1940s tea dress would be perfect – with a hat of course! And did I mention the view? Perched on top of a hill, it’s renowned as one of the most beautiful racecourses in the world, with stunning views for miles around. On the way, make sure you stop off at the lovely town of Petworth, which is full to the brim of super stylish antique shops and an incredible deli – great for upmarket picnic supplies. If you
Boris Bikes cost £1 each for the whole day
can’t make it down to Sussex then have a hunt (we cycled in half hour stints which means it’s around for a race meeting in your area, and
free to use the bikes) and ordered a delicious
perhaps have a little flutter whilst you’re at it.
“lawn” picnic from picnic2u costing £45.
Glorious Goodwood runs from 31st
August to 4th July and tickets range from just
£16 to £126 with discounts available if booking before June.
Mary Higgs is the author of popular
website The Great Date Guide.
Hidden Gems: Somerset’s
SEED Writer Victoria Dockrell Photography SEED
ith a background in fashion, Sinead was frustrated by the struggles faced by talented, fresh young
designers and artists, to get their products showcased when they are first starting out. Through SEED, and the creation of a platform showcasing the work of emerging British design talent, she hopes to help them blossom. “I would like to think that in some small way I can help designers to fulfill their potential, whether they make as a hobby or a full-time career, there is nothing better than the knowledge that someone else appreciates and loves what you have created.”
Sinead Foley’s Frome emporium provides fertile soil for the germination of young British design talent.
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“There is nothing better than the knowledge that someone else appreciates and loves what you have created.”
“I would like to think that in some small way I can help designers to fulfill their potential”
Sinead is clear that she wants SEED
oxidised silver, with an etched bone brooch
to “offer something unusual, something
set with onyx, it’s completely stunning and I
different to the high street” not only in
love trying it on!” she says.
the products and designers she stocks, but
also in the environment in which she sells
individual new pieces and admits her labours
them. “Good design is what inspires me” she
of love can be hard to part with, for example,
enthuses, continuing “I love architecture,
a bobbin trolley with wheels and leather
reinforcements along the sides which originally
Sinead loves scouring antiques fairs for
inspiration from all aspects of life.”
came from a British textile factory, “I’m in no
Currently housed within the Black Swan
rush to sell it, it’s totally unique!” she admits.
Arts Centre in Frome, SEED stocks a wide
The fairs and markets provide a fertile hunting
range of items including jewellery, art,
ground for the furniture/home accessories
ceramics, sculpture, homeware, candles
sourcing service that SEED offers.
and scents, accessories, furniture and gifts.
The shop itself is beautiful and Sinead
talks” which provide an independent artisan
incorporates lots of freestanding vintage
or designer with the opportunity to host an
and antique furniture into her displays, all
event within the shop and they have a local
of which are also for sale. “The appearance
blacksmith coming to demonstrate his art with
of the shop keeps changing which keeps it
a mobile forge lined up for their next workshop
fresh, there is always something new to
see” Sinead says. She claims she “wanted
to create a store interior that embraced
hopes to continue SEED’s success through
organic growth and expansion. “I would like to
providing a “relaxed and welcoming space
try to get people thinking differently, to help
to display the variety of merchandise”.
them appreciate the wonderful talent Britain
Metal racking is used as a picture rail,
has to offer and not to be afraid to shy away
from which art hangs on industrial wires,
In late 2011 Sinead also launched her “SEED
Sinead is positive about the future and
juxtaposed by an eight foot mirrored French antique chiffonier, which is used
to display items under glass cloches. Her current ‘need’ is a beautiful vintage inspired brooch from Nicola Wylie “it’s
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