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Welcome to our latest issue. As we move into Autumn we share ways of creating a cosy home. Delicious food, garden inspiration and the latest creative crafting books. If you are looking for ways to update your home we have beautiful suggestions for your home and garden. As we continue to work our way through the pandemic, our thoughts are with each and every one of you. Stay safe and well.


Kaye Thorne // Editor in Chief www.hotbrandscoolplaces.com

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BLACKPOP Established in 2013, maverick design label Blackpop create elegantly distressed wallpapers, plush velvet fabrics, furniture and rugs that punk up the rich tapestry of the past. Opulent yet random anarchic patterns on richly figured fabric and wallpaper, create bold designs for statement styling. All Blackpop designs are proudly manufactured in the UK using the latest in digital print technology.


J U S T FA B R I C S Just Fabrics is the Cotswolds' favourite fabric company. One of the largest online fabric retailers with two showrooms in the Cotswolds, Just Fabrics has served customers for over 25 years. Made to measure curtains and blinds are hand finished in their workroom. There is a wide range of designer and clearance fabrics on the website.


GROHE GROHE is a global leader in premium bathroom and kitchen fittings, offering complete bathroom solutions from brassware, ceramics and accessories to some of the most innovative shower and toilet systems, as well as a diverse range of sinks, taps and innovative WaterSystems for the kitchen. Additionally, GROHE also has an expanding portfolio of digital and professional product offerings. All GROHE products are developed with the brand’s core values in mind; innovative technology, sustainable credentials and superior quality and design.


HARTLEY BOTANIC HARTLEY BOTANIC EXPERIENCED A SPIKE IN DEMAND FOR GLASSHOUSES TO ‘GROW YOUR OWN’ DURING LOCKDOWN Glasshouse manufacturer Hartley Botanic experienced a renewed demand in their beautiful, handmade Greenhouses during lockdown, as the benefit of ‘growing your own’ was thrown sharply into focus. The Lancashire-based business experienced a c.35 percent increase in customers citing edible growing as the reason they wanted a Glasshouse, with customers saying they ‘never want to be caught out like this again.’


HOW TO CREATE A COSY HOME PA RT ONE As we move into autumn our homes become more of a sanctuary and if they have had to become more multifunctional it's even more important to think about your use of space and time. As the days get shorter and we hover over the heating button, it’s time to create a warm and comforting nest. This year we have had the strangest of seasons, very hot in spring and September, and then in came October with a cold blast that made us feel that winter had arrived early. Currently there is talk of a ‘second wave’ but with very different scenarios and restrictions in different parts of the country; perhaps the one stable point in our lives is our homes and over the next six months it will be important to continue to nurture ourselves and our families. Staying healthy and eating well One way to do this is to try and stay healthy and to eat well, using fresh ingredients wherever possible. One book that we have loved this year and recently published is Mary Berry’s Simple Comforts by Mary Berry. If ever there was a time that we needed Mary Berry it’s now; as the temperature starts dropping, the days are getting shorter, and we are faced with the current uncertainty in our lives. So to bring us all comfort, Mary has created this delicious book full of the most gorgeous and mouthwatering recipes. As Mary describes in her introduction: "The very words, ‘comfort food’ are like a big warm hug for most of us. Comfort food means different things to different people. For many, it will be a roast Sunday dinner that says family and togetherness. For others it may be a perfect tomato salad that gives you the feeling of being in a sunlit Mediterranean cafe, or a home-made cake that fills the house with tempting aromas as it bakes in the oven" This book is everything we have grown to love and expect from Mary, stunning photography of each dish, clear and concise details in the recipes and reassuringly helpful hints from Mary.

So whatever your mood, or occasion, you can easily find the perfect recipe.

We particularly love Mary’s Recipe Finder, which takes every recipe and organises them into different categories e.g Soups, Simple Starters, Light Lunches & Sharing Plates, Salads, Make-Ahead Meals, Speedy Suppers, One-Pot Dishes, Pasta, Pastry, Weekend Specials, Feeding a Crowd, Accompaniments, Cold Puddings, Hot Puddings, Small Cakes & Biscuits, Large Cakes, Bread.

Featuring all the recipes from Mary’s BBC Two series, plus many more fresh from Mary’s kitchen, this book is an absolute joy. We absolutely adore it and that is why we are delighted to choose Mary Berry Simple Comforts by Mary Berry, published by Ebury Publishing as our as our Cookery Book of the Month. Highly Recommended! www.waterstones.com/


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Minimising chores and uplifting your home In our increasingly busy lives it is so easy to become overwhelmed particularly as we adjust to changes both in work and at home. In our May issue we ran a feature about Working from Home – How to Create More Space and also how to clear clutter.

Despite this, it really is worth having a level of organization, as our homes take on increasingly more roles, home office, school-rooms, hobby central etc. There are many ways to tackle the need to be organized, increased storage can be a life-saver, looking creatively at your existing space can be another. Moving furniture around can also be quite liberating!

With more activities being carried out in potentially the same space inside our homes, there is an essential need to become more organized, most of us have experienced the statement, either from ourselves, our partners, or our children, "You’ve tidied, now I can’t find anything, it might have been a mess, but I knew where everything was!"

In the current situation, there is also a need for increased cleanliness, as well as hand-washing, surfaces need to be regularly cleaned and anything that is brought in from outside needs to be treated with care. Again try and equip yourself with as many labour-saving devices as possible, store cleaning products in a caddy, cordless vacuum cleaners can speed the process, but above all have a regular routine of household cleaning.

Also remember to regularly clean all the mobile devices, phones, keyboards, iPads, television remotes, particularly those used outside the home.

Getting enough fresh air and exercise One thing that many of us discovered during lockdown was the need to take daily exercise, being told that we were only allowed out for a certain period of time meant that many of us actually did go outside and discovered that we actually liked the daily routine. Another activity that brought enjoyment was gardening.

Feature Even if you don’t have a garden, there is still an opportunity to be creative with balconies or even window-sills. There is something quite special about seeing early bulbs arriving by Christmas, or early January and our second recommended book is full of inspiration.

If you are fortunate enough to have a garden, the autumn is the perfect time to clear out the remainder of summer plants and to prepare for next year’s spring planting. There is something quite lovely about planning for next year’s garden, curling up indoors and selecting seeds and plants, and if you are looking to redesign your garden, now is a good time to think about this. We have two favourite books to help with this planning, both of which have been our Gardening Books of the Month.

Modern Container Gardening – Isabelle Palmer In Modern Container Gardening, Isabelle Palmer aims to create an all-round, easy-to-understand guide to container gardening whether you are a complete novice, or have some gardening experience and it certainly fulfils that brief.

RHS How to Create your Garden – Ideas & Advice for Transforming Your Outdoor Space – Adam Frost Adam’s passion and enthusiasm for gardening shines throughout the book. Full of stunning illustrations and helpful advice he takes you through the key stages of creating a beautiful garden. He starts with Design, including Understanding Your Space, Design for People, Find Your Style, Choose Your Plants, Bring it all Together. He then focuses on How to Build Your Garden and How to Plant Your Garden. There are also really helpful ‘Ask Adam’ Q&A throughout the book. We love the final section of the book which is about how to Enjoy your Garden, which is a month by month summary of how to get the best out of your garden, with a quick checklist of tasks, what to do in your borders and vegetable garden, lawn, trees shrubs and climbers and any other jobs around the garden. As Adam says, “Great Gardens are all about emotions and how they make you feel”. Whether you are creating a garden for the first time, or want to revitalise your existing garden this is a most inspiring book, we absolutely loved it. How to Create Your Garden by Adam Frost is published by DK and available now dk.com

"It all started with one pot on a balcony; soon there were ten and then 30! From a simple desire to make the most of my small outdoor space. I’d soon created a container garden where I could sit and enjoy plants in the city" Packed full of the most useful information, the content includes, Getting Started, The Basics, Preparation and Planting, Caring for Container Plants, The Projects and Stockists. Also included is a Calendar of Care, with details of seasonal tasks, as Isabelle describes ’seasonal tasks in the container garden are a lovely way to mark the various stages in the horticultural year’ There is also a really helpful glossary of gardening terms. The beautiful projects are so inspiring, each project is an absolute joy with stunning photographs. This is an utterly delightful book, from start to finish it is full of the most gorgeous inspiration. Modern Container Gardening – Isabelle Palmer – How to Create a Stylish Small-Space Garden Anywhere. Published by Hardie Grant Books (UK) https://www.waterstones.com/ In Part Two we look at ways of enjoying relaxing together


In the run up to Autumn and winter it's a perfect time to make your home warm and functional, here are a few of our favourites...

Linda Barker Paints Much of Linda Barker Paints collection is inspired by the vast Yorkshire wraparound landscapes that surround Linda’s home, as well as the topography of her other favourite UK walking sites. Around Linda’s colour compass you’ll find paints with evocative names such as Malham Tarn, Muddied, Snicket, Moor, Kissing Gate, Borrowdale and Pen Y Ghent. Made in the UK, Linda Barker Paints are specifically designed to bring these natural colours of the outdoors into the home to create beautiful, fresh interior colour combinations. They are hand crafted paints using traditional recipes and the finest natural ingredients. Better for the planet, your home and your health, the water-based formulations provide exceptional coverage while also being super-breathable, virtually odourless and with minimal VOC content. The innovative Colour Compass displays the colours in a way that is designed to take the worry out of choosing and combining colours for your living spaces. Whatever combination you choose as you move around the different axes of the Compass, no two colours will clash. You can confidently mix and match at will, safe in the knowledge that whatever you choose, the shades will work well together. Available from: www.lindabarkerpaints.com

Introducing Vax ONEPWR The NEW Vax Blade 4 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner is powered by the revolutionary ONEPWR 4.0Ah battery, our new interchangeable battery technology and our best ever Vax Core™ controlled brushless motor. Find out more: www.vax.co.uk/onepwr-blade-4-vacuum-cleaner

GO MODERN Contemporary design for the house and garden. With a showroom on London’s Kings Road we offer the very best in modern design from Europe’s leading designers and manufacturers. We deliver to all parts of the UK and to many countries around the world. Our beautiful designs include high-quality luxury items for every room in the house, plus a customised wardrobe service to help you make the most of your space.


JOHN ATKINSON BLANKETS John Atkinson blankets are woven and hand finished in the heart of Yorkshire using the skills, knowledge and craftsmanship that can only be achieved by hundreds of years of passionate and dedicated manufacture. Our blankets dress the homes of Royalty across the globe and are the perfect traditional finishing touch to any home.


HAINSWORTH The Hainsworth family has been weaving the look of iconic England in Yorkshire since 1783. Proud holders of the Royal Warrant for Supplying Furnishing Fabrics to Her Majesty The Queen, Hainsworth cloth showcases a commitment to outstanding quality and an ability to deliver fabric to the highest possible standards. All of our interior fabrics are manufactured at the Hainsworth mill in West Yorkshire from raw wool to finished cloth, ensuring we maintain complete control of every stage of the process. The latest range draws upon this unrivalled heritage, utilising skills and craftsmanship learnt over 237 years, combined with modern design techniques and trends. From iconic Doeskin to classic Meltons and contemporary Twills, the new range is made up of 7 collections, comprising must have woollen staples to modern textures and everything in between.



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LEARNING A NEW SKILL OR HOBBY For many of us lockdown provided an opportunity to try something different, with patterns of employment changing, these new skills may eventually lead to a new career, but if you just want to relax, here are a sample of some delightful books to inspire and while away the evenings and weekends. Knitting Learn It. Love It. - Debbie Tomkies Techniques and projects to build a lifelong passion, for beginners upwards. Knitting Learn It. Love It. is designed to serve as a longterm reference guide to all the essential knitting techniques. Each chapter teaches basic skills in detail, with step-by-step guides and carefully annotated photographs and diagrams to ensure the reader knows exactly what to do and how to do it. There are simple 'quick start' projects to build confidence and help the reader progress; galleries of inspirational projects made using the techniques learned in that chapter; guest designers and bloggers share some of their favourite patterns. There are also really useful ‘listicles’ sprinkled throughout the pages for readers who want to quickly understand the essentials, plus knitting clinics for insider tips and advice on spotting and avoiding common mistakes. This comprehensive knitting reference guide is a valuable resource for beginners and more experienced knitters alike. www.searchpress.com

Knit Yourself Calm - Lynne Rowe & Betsan Corkhill

Cute Amigurumi Animals - Eleonore & Maurice

A creative path to managing stress

16 adorable creatures to crochet

Create beautiful projects designed to calm and soothe.

Enter into the whimsical, crocheted world of Eleonore & Maurice, a talented designer who blends pastel yarns with delicate floral fabric to make truly adorable amigurumi creations: plush animals with little accessories, as well as sweet cushions.

The Introduction is written by Betsan Corkhill, an experienced healthcare professional who founded the community interest company stitchlinks.com in 2005. It has grown into a global online community for those who enjoy the therapeutic benefits of craft, and in particular, knitting. Betsan has also advised on the projects included in the book and repetitive techniques to promote a calm state. Knitting is a relaxing and therapeutic pastime, and this winning combination focuses on mindfulness and the perfect stress-busting knitting projects. Whether you choose a portable project to knit on the go, a group project to do with friends, or one that introduces new skills to stimulate a creative mind, this book is the perfect path to keeping calm. The book is aimed at beginners as well as more advanced knitters, but does not include anything more complex than basic knit and purl stitches, increasing, decreasing and some simple colourwork. Lynne Rowe covers the essential techniques at the start of the book, followed by projects that have been specifically designed for mindfulness. The projects themselves are split into five sections: Quick and Easy, Portable, Group, Big, and New Skills. Within these sections, you can choose to make things such as a wash cloth, a hat, a blanket, a shawl and an evening bag, amongst others. Every single one has been designed to promote calm and mindfulness and all the projects are beautifully photographed with clear and simple knitting patterns. Whatever your skill level, there are plenty of projects in this book to help you achieve calm, bust those stress levels and enjoy a pastime which is creative, fun and produces beautiful projects to wear, or for the home. www.searchpress.com

The combination of the calming pastel cotton yarn and the delicate floral designs give beautiful results. These cute creations include a cat cushion, a bird family, a hedgehog, a rabbit and a reindeer. The crochet patterns are clear and easy to follow and the sewing element is minimal, including items such as fabric bows, belts, ears, tails and collars. Make them for yourself or as gifts for family and friends. Everyone is sure to love these beautiful crocheted creatures. The soft colours and splashes of floral fabric make them perfect companions that children will love. www.searchpress.com

"The crochet patterns are clear and easy to follow and the sewing element is minimal, including items such as fabric bows, belts, ears, tails and collars."

If there has been one book that we have kept close to us this year it has been: The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse – Charlie Mackesy

Stitched Textiles: Flowers - Bobby Britnell This book will appeal to any textile artist interested in exploring flowers and their design possibilities. Fresh and innovative in its approach, it covers the design process itself, from inspiration to final design, and provides information on the materials used and step-by-step demonstrations of a whole range of techniques including dyeing, monoprinting, block printing, appliqué, foiling, photo-transfer printing, piecing and stitching. Five step-by-step projects build on the skills learnt in the preceding sections and include wall hangings, a pretty needlecase, a pincushion and a cushion cover. Very much aimed at the contemporary textile artist, this beautiful book is designed to inspire and encourage new ideas and experimentation. www.searchpress.com CURLING UP WITH A GOOD BOOK With so much concerning press and media talking over our lives, there is something quite special about curling up under a cosy blanket, reading a book and escaping. If you visit our Fiction reviews in our Hot Brands Cool Places website you will see a collection of reviews of uplifting and escapist fiction from our favourite authors. www.hotbrandscoolplaces.com

There are certain books that touch your soul, that instinctively you want to share with others. As soon as this beautiful book arrived, we knew it was something special. In The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse, Charlie Mackesy has created an exquisite book to share with others, a gift to treasure and to hold close and read over and over again. Every page reveals a thoughtful comment and a beautiful illustration, page after page of wise words and so much love, a book that the world needs right now. This is a book to treasure and keep forever, put this inspiring book top of your gift list for all your friends and family. A reminder of the most important things in life. A book of hope for uncertain times. From the author:

‘My hope is that the book goes some way to helping people live more courageously, more honestly and with more love for themselves and others.’ – Charlie Mackesy

FAMILY ACTIVITIES This year more than ever before every family has had to find new ways of spending time together, not just for home schooling, but also because of the restrictions on our social lives. Each family member however old or young will be reacting in different ways to these new circumstances. There are many ways of sharing enjoyable time together as well as respecting each other’s need for space.

If you haven’t discovered this exquisite book yet, it is something really special and perfectly sums up how to keep your family and friends close and loved. It has been our Book of the Month, Gift Book of the Year, and we would also nominate it for the Book of the Decade!

Playing games, having special meals together, learning new skills, volunteering to help local charities and then exploring outside when circumstances allow are all ways of relieving the stresses in everyone’s lives.


The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy Ebury Press, £16.99)

For daily inspiration: https://www.instagram.com/charliemackesy/

T R E A S U R E T ROV E The Treasure Trove is an online Shabby Chic and Vintage Furniture Store based in East Sussex. We source our furniture from all over the UK and Europe, searching for time-worn or faded items that need The Treasure Trove’s restoring touch. All our furniture is lovingly hand painted and restored and delivered directly to your door with FREE UK DELIVERY. Why not see what treasures you can find?





T H E H E A D B OA R D WO R K S H O P The Headboard Workshop's user friendly website makes choosing beautiful headboards easy. They have over 30 years of experience in delivering exceptional craftsmanship, skilfully made products to order and on time, leaving you free to relax along with hundreds of delighted customers nationwide.


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THE FOOTSTOOL WORKSHOP The Footstool Workshop are an experienced team of skilled craftsmen, designers and upholsterers, having been in the furniture business for over 20 years. Whether you want something to sit on, to rest your weary feet on, to stack your magazines on, to use as storage or just to look beautiful to fill a large space, TFW have loads of gorgeous products to choose from..

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N A T U R A L R U G C O M PA N Y The Natural Rug Company is a small family business specialising in the sale of made to measure bordered rugs made from Sisal, Seagrass, Coir and/or Wool. Contact Val for more information or to obtain samples from our free sampling service.





L OA F Loaf's new AW20 collection is chock-full of new goodies. The Brit-brand has launched new Essential Loafing Supplies including smelly wax candles, colourful ceramic mugs, cosy knitted throws and beautiful artwork. There's also vintagestyle Coolicon pendant lights to bring a bit of old school cool into the home. As well as all that, there are new sofas, all with Loaf's signature squish, and corking furniture to boot..

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LUCY WILLOW At Lucy Willow we provide luxurious, unique and affordable furniture and home accessories. Hand picked with an eye for timeless style, our wide and varied collections will ensure that there is something to suit everyone's discerning taste. Over the years, we have been fortunate to furnish some of the most luxurious properties around the world. Details have always mattered to us and we take pride in ensuring that there is always something to catch your attention whatever your style or budget.





AT T I C U S & G I L DA Atticus & Gilda is a night wear company based in London designing stylish PJ's nighties & travel accessories for boys & girls. Using thoughtfully sourced fabrics all in 100% cotton.



THE FOLDABLE SPOT LIGHT The Foldable Spot Light from Urban Outfitters - Perfect for those gloomy cloudy days, a little spotlight makes reading easy and cool. www.urbanoutfitters.com

THE MINDFUL BOX The Mindful Box contains a curated selection of items for a mindfulness and appreciation ritual The Mindful Box from ThisIsHolisticLondon.com

THE WO OD IBED L AP DESK The Wood iBed Lap Desk from IWOOT - Place your tablet and connect your mouse and you can ‘tick off’ a few emails, or forget that and catch up on your favourite TV. www.iwantoneofthose.com

THE BEDSIDE PO CKET FELT CADDY The Bedside Pocket Felt Caddy from IWOOT Keep everything tidy and in arms reach with this cool caddy. www.iwantoneofthose.com

THE FEEL-GOOD MAP OF THE YEAR STG’s Lavishly Produced Great British Film and TV Map A location scout’s dream, Great Britain is the ultimate film and TV setting. From the worldwide success of its films and TV shows to its many famous filming locations. This map is a unique cartographical celebration of Britain’s champion celluloid credentials. Featuring an ensemble cast of over 2,000 film and TV locations, with a host of extras (including some truly technicolour trivia), this map is perfect for binge watching. Do not adjust your set! STG’s Lavishly Produced Great British Film and TV Map is available now at marvellousmaps.com ISSUE˚72



BEAUTY EDIT Here is our latest round-up of ways of relaxing and pampering NEAL ' S YARD R E M E DI E S L AVENDER BATH SALT S Add a handful of these best-selling, restorative salts to a warm bath to help you relax and unwind before bedtime. • Relaxing and restoring • With mineral-rich sea salt crystals • Infused with pure, organic lavender essential oil

NOURISHING OR ANGE FLOWER SKINCARE KIT This kit is an introduction to our Nourishing Orange Flower skincare range, which replenishes and boosts moisture levels for dry skin. These unique products are made with organic neroli essential oil – also known as orange flower. In a beautiful and compact, 100% organic cotton bag, with a 10-14 day supply, this kit offers a ready to go skincare ritual, with results you’ll love. Find out more at www.nealsyardremedies.com YU-NU SLEEP MASK The sumptuously soft mask has been designed with breathable fabric and an adjustable strap to provide both comfort and skincare to all. • invest in self-care and wellness with our sumptuous micro velour sleep mask • fuss-free way to up your skincare routine with a built-in moisturiser • protects the delicate skin around the eye area • comes with a handy travel pouch https://nanusleep.co.uk/the-sleepmask/




Autumn Beauty THE B ODY SHOP ® MANGO SHOWER GEL Our uplifting Mango Shower Gel is like a daily dose of sunshine in a bottle, leaving you pepped up for the day, and your skin feeling fresh and sweetly scented. • Cleanses your skin for that fruity-fresh feeling • Leaves your skin feeling silky-soft • Sweet, fresh fragrance that takes you to the tropics • Works into a luxuriously rich lather • Enriched with mango extract

CAMOMILE SUMPTUOUS CLEANSING BUT TER Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter can help melt away makeup and all traces of impurities. • Camomile extract from Norfolk, England • Cleanses your skin for that fresh-faced feeling • Gets rid of all that stubborn makeup and grime

ALMOND HAND & NAIL BUT TER It’s a rich, indulgent almond hand moisturiser that leaves hands and nails feeling beautifully softer and more nourished. • Rich, moisturising hand butter • Give your hands and nails the expert care they deserve • Enriched with sweet almond oil • Infused with Community Fair Trade shea butter Find out more at www.thebodyshop.com ISSUE˚72




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Hot Brands Cool Places - The Home Issue  

Welcome to our latest issue. As we move into Autumn we share ways of creating a cosy home. Delicious food, garden inspiration and the latest...

Hot Brands Cool Places - The Home Issue  

Welcome to our latest issue. As we move into Autumn we share ways of creating a cosy home. Delicious food, garden inspiration and the latest...

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