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ormar Carpets brings star quality to home interiors with its successful Home Counties Plains range and its complementary twin collection, Home Counties Heathers. Cormar’s Home Counties Plains hits the right note with some of the best choices of fashionable colours for the home. The 18-strong palette has been infused with 12 inspirational new plain colours, including four new greys. And while contemporary neutrals remain at the heart of the collection, those who want to opt for a splash of colour can choose from striking shades such as Cardinal red and deep Espresso brown. For those who prefer a more understated look, Home Counties Heathers offers a selection of 14 heather hues such as Rutland Elm and Kirkstone. These provide the perfect canvas to work alongside the new Home Counties welcoming country décor schemes or wool twist collection the most modern from Cormar Carpets of urban retreats. Made from 80 per cent pure new wool, 10 per cent tuftbond and 10 per cent polypropylene, Home Counties Plains and Heathers are high-quality carpets in two different weights (42oz and 50oz), making them ideal for stairways and halls. Both are available in 4m and 5m widths to avoid joins, and retail from £29 per sq m. “We’ve carefully considered the two ranges and are confident they will match the market’s requirements in terms of composition, colours and styles,” says marketing director David Cormack. “The continued popularity of neutrals and renewed interest in wool carpets has encouraged us to refresh and extend the range to reflect current trends.” All of Cormar’s wool-twist, wool-loop and stain-resistant polypropylene carpets are produced on site at its Lancashire mills, and distributed in the UK and Eire via its own delivery fleet. For further information on any Cormar Carpet range, to order cutting samples or find your nearest stockists go online to www.cormarcarpets.co.uk

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f you’re not yet familiar with luxury furniture and homewares brand OKA, you’ll soon be adding it to your little black book of interior-design essentials. Since its launch in 1999, the company has become renowned for producing classic British designs with a twist, offering a collection of unique and beautiful pieces for the home. Its Spring Collection continues this philosophy, delivering pieces that combine stunning design with the practicality required for modern life. The new range of Huguenot bed linen ticks both of these boxes: it’s made from 100 per cent linen with beautifully embroidered edges, but, being machinewashable and requiring minimal ironing, it’s also easy to care for. For those who love flowers in their home but hate the upkeep, OKA’s incredibly realistic faux flowers are the answer. From perennial favourites to seasonal varieties, its collection of individual stems or pre-tied bunches will deliver a dose of colour and plenty of charm to any room. With over 200 styles of lighting to choose from, plus mirrors in different shapes, sizes and finishes, OKA offers numerous decorative and functional solutions to enhance your interiors. Ensure that your home is full of the joys of spring with a helping hand from OKA. Web okadirect.com Tel 0844 815 7380

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To coincide with British Wool Week, we look at ways to bring this versatile, hard-wearing and eco-friendly fibre into your home, says PAULA WOODS

Vanessa Arbuthnott’s new ‘Birds and Beasts’ collection (from £48 per m) champions authentic Harris Tweed, made from pure virgin wool that has been dyed and spun in the Outer Hebrides then handwoven at the home of the weaver

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Woven, knitted, felted, crocheted, knotted or cut, wool, when combined with colour dying, can be used to create fabrics and forms in every conceivable shade, pattern and texture. But it is not only wool’s design flexibility that makes it a must for the home. Bridgette Kelly of the Campaign For Wool points out that its ‘unique resilience ensures that it withstands wear and tear over a long period’ and, as a natural crimped fibre, it guarantees exceptional shape retention. Wool can also absorb and release up to 30 per cent of its own weight in moisture, making it a highly effective insulator. Having an innate resistance to bacteria, mildew and mites is not only great for allergy sufferers, but makes wool the perfect material to enhance both our interiors and our wellbeing.

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Studies show that wool mattresses and bedding can improve how we sleep. Companies such as Hästens, Hypnos and Vispring use wool fillings in their superior sprung beds and mattresses to ‘ensure added resilience, comfort and support,’ says Chris Ward of Hypnos. And, according to Vispring’s Mike Meehan, ‘Sprung mattresses made from quality materials and natural fibres should last around 10 to 15 years.’ For a continental alternative take a look at traditional Italian-

Vispring was the first bed maker to be awarded the Wool Mark in recognition of quality and guaranteed wool content. Its 100% wool bed and mattress range (from £3,815) includes ‘The Shetland’, filled with wool from the Shetland Islands

style all-wool mattresses. Abaca’s mattresses have no springs, just generous layers of Welsh organic wool. When it comes to bedding, easy-care wool duvets and pillows are offered by a growing number of retailers, including John Lewis, Soak & Sleep and The Wool Room. For guaranteed wool provenance, Southdown Duvets only use wool from Southdown sheep and are British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB) affiliated. While Devon Duvets use 100 per cent BWMB Platinumcertified wool, from sheep reared by British farmers.


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THIS IMAGE John Lewis’s new ‘Croft’ collection offers traditional crafts-style woollen textiles in a warm palette RIGHT Thermafleece has a comprehensive range of natural and sustainable sheep’s wool insulation for your home

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For those looking to upgrade their home, insulation is one of the best ways to increase energy efficiency. Incorporating natural materials such as wool into the fabric of a building is now a viable option. Wool will often prove a better performer than man-made alternatives thanks to its impressive thermal conductivity. While the use of coarse-coloured hill flock wool by the likes of Thermafleece helps sustain a material that would otherwise be more difficult to utilise. However, ‘the benefits go far beyond heat loss prevention,’ says Mark Lynn of Thermafleece. ‘Wool insulation can significantly help improve the sound characteristics of a building, while an ability to lock away some harmful organic compounds ensures a healthy, breathable living environment.’ Modern treatment techniques also mean that wool insulation will resist any form of pest infestation. Plus, it won’t go up in smoke, as wool fibres are naturally flame resistant.

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When it comes to curtaining credentials, not only does wool hang beautifully, but it is surprisingly lightweight and can offer superb noise, draught and light insulation. All this while still allowing interiors to breathe – a definite boon for many older homes. Those with a penchant for delicate furnishings prone to fading may also wish to note that wool has a naturally high level of UV protection. Weight, weave and finish will always determine form and function, with thicker, denser weaves inevitably offering better insulation properties. Textile designer Vanessa Arbuthnott suggests classic Harris Tweeds can be ‘used unlined as they look as beautiful from the back, as they do the front.’ Such reversible weaves should also prove ideal for today’s more simplistic window dressings. However, textile printer Stephen Lewis of Lewis & Wood favours, ‘Merino wool that offers the weight and drape but has a fineness invaluable for curtains.’ Stylistically, layering can also be a useful device when introducing finer woollens as it can add flexibility over light levels and insulation. While, for those requiring privacy, designer Liz Clay’s delicate felted textiles provide an innovative and textural alternative to sheers.

Woollen fabrics such as Linwood’s ‘Salmon Jacquard’ (£93.90 per m) provide the perfect insulator for less than perfect period windows

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With a weaving heritage spanning over a century, Melin Tregwynt is transforming traditional Welsh wool design with innovative colours and design that tap into today’s trends

Think soft furnishings and wool will no doubt feature highly on any list of desirable materials, thanks to its innate warmth and soft texture. However, today’s designers also recognise its potential as an exciting and innovative design medium. Time-honoured weavers, such as Melin Tregwynt and Moon, increasingly offer re-coloured and re-worked traditional designs, while a burgeoning industry of artisans is taking advantage of wool’s ready propensity to absorb dye and retain shape. Tori Murphy, Joy Bates and Eleanor Pritchard use British wool and British weavers to produce their original graphic designs, while Cushlab and Selina Rose prefer to exploit the exciting design properties of 3D felted forms and Melanie Porter often experiments with oversized knits. A renewed interest in crafted items has also seen knitted and crocheted creations return to the high street and, where once these may have been regarded as hand-wash only, many items can now be machinewashed – although damaging alkaline detergents should ideally be avoided.

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1 ‘Simple Shade Wool 03’, hand crocheted in 100% Shetland and Aran wools, £1,606, Naomi Paul 2 3D floral cushions, from £150, Rebecca Barton, Cushlab 3 Hand-knotted 100% wool ‘Chess’ rug, £500, Niki Jones 4 ‘Hembury’ side table, made from a unique mix of coarse upland wool and bio-resins, £245, Justin Floyd, Solidwool 5 Eleanor Pritchard’s ‘Easterley Throw’ in 100% wool, and woven in Wales, from £240, Heal’s 6 Zara Day’s ‘Memories’ hand-stitched, embroidered and embellished British wool fabric, £2,768 for a bespoke chair, Saffron Interior Arts 7 ‘Poppy’ vintage standard lamp clad in 100% merino wool felted knit with textured hand-knitted shade, £950, Melanie Porter

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According to David Cormack of Cormar Carpets, ‘Britain produces some of the best carpet wool in the world, as the harsh conditions survived by British sheep make the wool ideal for withstanding the rigours of daily living.’ Not only will such carpets prove hard-wearing, but the pile will retain its shape and even recover from furniture compression. Tim Booth, marketing manager for the British Wool Marketing Board also advocates, ‘A fitted wool carpet to help reduce noise, heat loss and improve energy efficiency.’ Traditional woven Axminster and Wilton carpets offer the highest quality whereas tufted carpet – where yarn is stitched through a backing fabric – can be a more affordable option. In terms of wear, the heavier the pile, the more yarn that is used and the more hard-wearing the carpet will be. Look for products carrying British Wool Marketing Board’s quality logos. Patterned carpet designs tend to be woven, while cut piles can be used to create smooth and sculptural surfaces or twisted to introduce textural finishes. Berber loops also add texture underfoot – but are best avoided by cat owners.

Brintons Carpets have delved into their archives to create ‘City Plaids’ (£80 per sq m), an Axminster collection inspired by Welsh plaids and Harris Tweed


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The British landscape has been shaped by centuries of sheep farming and has more breeds than any other country. As wool is a 100 per cent natural fibre, buying British wool products lessens your carbon footprint. The use of eco-friendly dyes can further enhance green credentials. The British wool industry also supports the use of unique yarns and fabrics such as Shetland wool and Harris Tweed which enjoy protected status. And when this versatile fibre comes to the end of its useful life, it biodegrades.

Sanderson’s ‘Byron Wools’ collection is woven in the UK and teams large-scale plaids, small checks, a pinstripe and herringbone with a re-interpretation of their classic ‘Squirrel & Dove’ design. Ideal for upholstery, throws or curtains


H&A GUIDE: Interiors For a classic tailored finish Neptune’s ‘Eva’ headboard (from £250) can be upholstered in ‘Angus’ (£45 per m) – a smart felted wool that can also be used to grace sofas and chairs

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made from solid oak, walnut or walnut veneer with duck-eggblue edging has a cradle to hold your bike and cubbies to store any cycling accessories. It comes with brackets and fittings to allow the pod to take the weight of any bike. Prices start at £395 (the oak version shown is £595), Tamasine Osher

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‘While it can be perceived as being an expensive home furnishing material, the longevity of wool will far exceed that of most other fibres,’ says Caroline Dulko of Heal’s. Favoured by furniture makers and designers for its natural flame-retardant and hardwearing characteristics, wool’s durable, springy fibres are not easily crushed, stretched, creased or flattened, so finishes tend to maintain their appearance and structural integrity. Having an inherent resistance to staining and dust makes wool a must for busy interiors. For period authenticity, traditional hardy weaves abound – be they plain, patterned or plaid and experimenting with weight, finish or texture can always offer a fresh approach. Marrying heritage and mid-century modern design is also a growing trend, with tartan and Welsh weaves both recent recipients. Alternatively, smart flat felted finishes impart a more contemporary look, as do bold patterned wools by designers such as Bailey Hills whose textile designs are digitally printed onto woven woollen and worsted cloth. Meanwhile, the latest knitted statement pieces, such as Cox & Cox’s capsule collection of stools and poufs, exploit the chunky knit look to great effect.

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PERIOD SETTINGS Six of the best wool furnishing fabrics to enhance period style

1. VICTORIAN PARLOUR ‘A woven baroque-style jacquard in blanched shades of old gold, smoke and verdigris, “Traquair” is an updated, sophisticated take on a classic 19th-century manor house motif,’ Jane Young of Johnstons of Elgin. * c1890 walnut card table, £1,950, Debenham Antiques Ltd

2. DECO BEDROOM ‘Inspired by mosaic floor patterns typical of medieval Italian churches, “Cosmati Stripe” has been developed into a blush pink and black striped design that now takes on an art deco Hollywood glamour look,’ Jane Walker of Bailey Hills. * c1930 British walnut dressing table, £750, The Old Cinema

3. GEORGIAN DRAWING ROOM ‘A variation on the classic ticking theme, “Strete” is woven with wool and linen. Its rich colouring and texture works well with dark wood, damasks and velvets,’ Helen Sanderson of Ian Sanderson. * c1810 George III mahogany side table, £495, Collinge Antiques

4. MID-CENTURY LIVING ROOM ‘A combination of neutral tones with more saturated colours of rose and turquoise, “Kilnsey Rhodolite” sits beautifully with the minimalist clean lines and smooth curved angles of mid-century modern furniture,’ Martin Aveyard of Moon. * Ercol rocking chair, £165, Raspberry Mash

5. ARTS AND CRAFTS DINING ROOM ‘Designed by William Morris, “Peacock and Dragon” was originally manufactured in wool twill and used for wall hangings. Now, reduced in scale, this wool jacquard is ideal for curtains and upholstery,’ Alison Gee of Morris & Co. * c1905 Arts and Crafts oak sideboard, £3,500, The Design Gallery

6. EDWARDIAN STUDY ‘Windowpane checks offer a lighter, less formal finish than heavier tartans and our “Ewan” weave would work well with Edwardian interiors, where fresher patterns and colours were often favoured,’ John Sims-Hilditch of Neptune. * 1910 ‘Amberg’s Imperial Letter File’, £1,275, English Salvage

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BOUTIQUE BREAKS for 2015

Whether you are planning a short weekend stay or a long relaxing holiday, treat yourself to the perfect break in some of Britain’s top boutique accommodation

THE BLACK SWAN HOTEL North East Located on the edge of the North York Moors, The Black Swan Hotel boasts a history like no other. Comprising of three houses – the black and white Tudor house, the Georgian house, and the Elizabethan house – the hotel has, for centuries, been extended to make it the popular go-to place to refuel, recover and relax you’ll find today. This destination hotel is also perfect for foodies, with its fine dining restaurant and an award-winning Tearoom.

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ESSEBORNEHOTEL MANOR HOTEL PETWOOD SouthMidlands East East Located southresidence of Newbury Berkshire close mess to Highclere Castle A formerjust country andinthe wartimeand officers’ of the 617 ‘Dam (the home of Downton thishotel, ultimate country hotel isfood ideal forgreat Busters’ Squadron, the Abbey) three-star boasting delicious and exploring local thatched villages, andfor the ancient cities of service in the a 30-acre setting, makes angardens ideal base exploring Lincolnshire. Salisbury and Winchester. The hotel’s restaurant is famous for its Visit the historic city of Lincoln, discover scenic country walks, or tasting test your menus. Overnight breaks with seven course tasting dinner andClub. afternoon tea handicap on the championship courses of Woodhall Spa Golf Midweek are available £159 Sunday per room. special offersfrom available to Thursday. ● 01526 01264 352411; 736444;petwood.co.uk esseborne-manor.co.uk ●

COQUET COTTAGES DRAKES OF BRIGHTON North East South East

Handpicked, award-winning luxury cottages in beautiful Northumberland. Since nearly 11 years ago, to Drakes has redefined the standards for From aopening romantic luxury bolt-hole a large country cottage for a memorable boutique hotels Brighton and beyond. TheyCottages continuehas to receive accolades get-together withinfriends and family, Coquet the perfect for stylish exemplary customer service andGOLD consistent high quality in cottage fordesign, you. Over 60 luxury privately owned, award-winning the hotel to as choose well as their fine diningFree restaurant. Drakes situated cottages from impeccable in the best locations. Wi-Fi, most are is pet along Brighton’s Royal Mile,you providing of the most stunning friendly too. Callillustrious or email us to help choose some your perfect cottage, or views ofour thewebsite. BrightonWe Pier. browse look forward to welcoming you. ● ● 01273 01665 696934; 710700; drakesofbrighton.co.uk coquetcottages.co.uk

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GRAYS COURT North East Dating back to 1080, and nestled in the heart of the exclusive Minster


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GOURMET BOUTIQUE BREAKS

DRAKES OF BRIGHTON

OVERNIGHT STAY IN A LUXURY ROOM, 2 COURSE DINNER IN AWARD WINNING,FINE DINING RESTAURANT AND FULL BREAKFAST. FROM £185 FOR TWO PEOPLE SHARING CALL 01273 696934 TO BOOK

Drakes of Brighton is the quintessential boutique hotel. With elegant design, luxurious surrounds, exemplary customer service and exquisite fine dining, this four-star townhouse, located on the seafront, offers unsurpassed views that can be enjoyed from the comfort of handmade beds or whilst soaking in our deep, free-standing baths. The restaurant at drakes has again achieved the highest score of all Brighton restaurants in The Good Food Guide 2015, for the 6th consecutive year. Indulge yourself a little with drakes’ Gourmet Boutique Breaks this spring.

43-44 Marine Parade, Brighton, BN2 1PE | 01273 696934 | drakesofbrighton.com


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COURSES


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ART APPRECIATION COURSE T

he Art Institute offers a comprehensive online art appreciation course, presented and curated by art consultant Hilary Kay. Hilary has brought together 12 passionate art specialists to create an introductory course, designed to provide a broad understanding and to teach students to think critically and become art savvy. The knowledge and enthusiasm of the authors and tutors will ensure the student will find the course both fulfilling and enjoyable, building confidence to enjoy art as a hobby or to start a new career. All learning is done online, at home, whenever it suits with no pressure to meet deadlines. There are no set dates to start the course.

Hilary Kay

Libby Anson

This means you can begin the course as soon as you enrol, any day or time of the year. Once a student has enrolled, they are sent a login and password and they can get started straight away. It is only a matter of downloading the modules and uploading the assignments for the tutor to mark. The tutor will give constructive feedback and indicate where and how one can improve. The tutor will guide the student step by step through the course. The Institute offers 24 hours support, has a 7-day money back guarantee and flexible payment options. CONTACT DETAILS

info@theartinstitute.co.uk | theartinstitute.co.uk

Professor Stephen Farthing


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