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Spring 2014


design with Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen

MUST-HAVE TRENDS Beautiful colours for spring

Get the look

for every room in your home

GARDENING GUIDE Spring time tips and tricks for your garden


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Welcome & Workshops





hether you find yourself dreaming of a house by the sea, or a peaceful countryside retreat, everyone’s ideal home is personal. My home is a haphazard space with various pieces of furniture and trinkets, a combination of antique and modern features. Regardless of the (carefully organised) mess, it is my home. A collection of shells gathered over the years now sits in a bowl in the window, and an array of clocks feature throughout the house, each on different times. So what makes your home, your own? Inside the spring issue of Homes & Gardens, I caught up with North Devon businesses to deliver ideas for your home; including anything from decorative glass, beautiful fabrics, outstanding furniture and fabulous accessories. Interior design guru Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen shares his top tips and trends exclusively with the North Devon Journal on page 8, and Thompson & Morgan’s gardening expert Michael Perry shares his top five plants and flowers for the spring on page 12. I hope you will feel inspired by the ideas and advice in Homes & Gardens 2014, enjoy!

Dawn Stephens-Borg, editor.

Contents Through the keyhole Must-have trends Fresh spring greens & blush pinks

Must-have trends Beautiful blues & misty greys

Living room & kitchen Bedroom & bathroom Interview Exploring design with Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen

Outdoor living Gardening Guides for planting

Gardening Jobs for the spring

Gardening Michael Perry’s top plants and flowers for spring


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EDITOR: Dawn Stephens-Borg



DESIGN: Creative Hub / Rob Coumbe

Inspire and create at local workshops


nspiration for interior design, landscaping, gardening and restoration comes from the world around you. These workshops throughout North Devon could bring the idea you need to create a decoration for your home, or discover a new skill to progress in your design adventure.

ABOVE: Annie Sloan furniture painting workshops. LEFT AND BELOW: KK Design

Beginners Workshop

KK Design KK Design in South Molton offers the opportunity for full creative control in a three hour workshop. Visitors are encouraged to bring friends and family along, to create tea cosies, pin boards, pencil cases, purses, make up bags and much more. Tuesday to Friday 10.00-12.30 and 2.00-4.30

Source for the Goose - Annie Sloan Learn how to use Chalk Paint, decorative paint by Annie Sloan, the ideal paint for achieving the perfect distressed look for your furniture. The workshop includes three hours of training in Annie’s techniques including two-colour paintwork, ageing and distressing, alongside using waxes and colour mixing. Saturdays 2-5pm

Use My Space

Intermediate Workshop

It’s up to you

KK Design Bring along your tools, machines and any project you are working on and share the space at KK Design. The team will be available to provide advice if necessary. Tuesday to Friday 10.00-12.30 and 2.00-4.30

Source for the Goose - Annie Sloan This workshop covers Annie’s more advanced techniques including Gilding, Decoupage, Crakelure and Stencilling. Saturdays 2-5pm


Through the keyhole

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ith exceptional 180 degree views across the bay from Lundy Island to Baggy Point, it is difficult to imagine a finer property than Blue Yonder. A coastal paradise would only begin to describe this deluxe seaside retreat, offering architect designed stylish accommodation. Blue Yonder is not short of astounding features, complete with a cinema and studio and a gym, with most rooms taking full advantage of the breath-taking views on offer. A glazed atrium and balcony provides the opportunity for stargazing, while the state of the art alarm and CCTV system provides maximum security in this luxurious property. The accommodation features four bedrooms, each with its own en suite, a level lawned garden and beautiful sloping woodland area. The interior design is lavishly modern with plenty of vast open plan spaces. Minimalism is key to achieving greatness with a property such as this, with sleek sets of furniture almost refusing to distract attention away from the glorious views. This is coastal bliss at its most sophisticated, each room and piece of furniture justifying its place in the home. The simple, calm design of the interior allows for full appreciation of the property in its entirety. Blue Yonder is a true coastal treasure in North Devon, offering an idyllic dream home that strives for nothing short of perfection.

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Must-have trends



Fresh spring greens


Blush pinks



resh spring green colours, a blend between yellow and green, leaves room for manoeuvre within the palette. The green hues elegantly emulate the spring weather, with bursts of sunshine and a fresh breeze. With leaves on the trees and daffodils, snowdrops and bluebells making an appearance, freshen up your home with these beautiful spring green colours. Whether you’re redecorating or sprucing up for the season, this is a must-have colour to give your home a lift.

natural colour in flowers and blossoms, blush pink is the essence of spring. With Mother Nature revitalising the landscape through new growth, foliage and beautiful flowers, blush pink colours are a welcome trend for this season. Whether you’re thinking of upholstering your furniture, adding accessories or simply sprinkling a new colour through your home, blush pinks offer a perfect platform for transforming your home. Consider elegant touches such as blankets, throws, pillows and vases.

LEFT: Jug at Daisy Park INSET: Inchyra fabrics at Finishing Touches ABOVE: Sanderson fabrics at Finishing Touches BELOW: Sanderson fabrics at Finishing Touches

Blush pink is the essence of spring ABOVE FROM TOP: Daisy Park; Cushion - Inchyra fabrics at Finishing Touching; Throw - Shetland Herringbone at Daisy Park


Must-have trends



Misty greys


eutral shades are back, reinvented with pops of colour, misty grey is a calming shade for your home. The non-invasive yet neutral colour evokes a relaxing atmosphere within the home, and can be accessorised with beautiful bright floral patterns and pops of colour, to keep the look current. Another fresh shade, misty greys provide a perfect backdrop for any home, while also mixing well in home furnishings and ornaments.

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Beautiful Blues


he big blue sky, the deep blue sea, blue is a vast and versatile trend for the spring. From deep inky blue to sky blue, pastel palettes and duck egg bliss, this colour is guaranteed to brighten up your home for the season. A natural colour, we often associate blue with our surroundings, which can be emulated though wistful fabrics and paints, while accessories can bring a flash of brighter colour to the room.

ABOVE: Inchyra fabrics at Finishing Touches INSET: Gingham Old Blue - Inchyra fabrics at Finishing Touches BELOW RIGHT: Emma Bridgwater at Daisy Park BELOW: Sanderson fabrics at Finishing Touches

FROM TOP: Grey Artichoke by Emily Bond at Finishing Touches; Jug - Daisy Park; Furniture - Barrow Clark; Leeks by Emily Bond at Finishing Touches

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Living room & kitchen




Absolutely design each room differently, do not just stick to one colour scheme throughout the entire house…Some rooms have better light, some rooms look better in winter, there is plenty to consider. Each room has its own personality. – Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen

BELOW LEFT: Ducks by Emily Bond at Finishing Touches BELOW AND RIGHT: Sanderson fabrics at Finishing Touches

ABOVE: Lamp by KK Design

Forming a home and finding a home that best reflects your personality is very much like choosing a suit. Where before you could go into a shop and pick a suit off the shelf, once you reach a certain age, over 50’s, there are particulars and specifics to consider to create a bespoke suit. This is much like designing your home. – Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen TOP: Barrow Clark ABOVE: Furniture at Barrow Clark BELOW: French chest by Source for the Goose BOTTOM: Barrow Clark

ABOVE: Bradworthy Glass BELOW LEFT: Magpie range at Source for the Goose BELOW RIGHT: Emily Bond fabrics at Finishing Touches

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Bedroom & bathroom



Bedroom & Bathroom


hough each room in the house plays an essential role in our lives, the bedroom and bathroom are personal spaces that contribute to much of our relaxation hours. When considering your space, think of the atmosphere you’d like to create. Each room is personal and offers a different purpose. There is so much room for manoeuvre and for creativity in accessories, fabrics, flooring, furniture and lighting, allow yourself room to be inspired and create a space that is truly your own.

LEFT AND ABOVE: Lundy Collection at Devonshire Pine and Oak ABOVE RIGHT: Pip Studio at Daisy Park

The seductively spring look is dominant; it’s floral but less fussy, less Victorian and more thoughtful. – Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen

ABOVE: Living Needs Bathrooms

ABOVE LEFT: Sanderson fabrics at Finishing Touches ABOVE RIGHT: Daisy Park

ABOVE: Barrow Clark RIGHT: Speedwell in Duck Egg Blue - Inchyra fabrics at Finishing Touches

ABOVE: Living Needs Bathrooms BELOW: Bradworthy Glass

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Exploring design




Exploring design

with Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen Interview by Dawn Stephens-Borg


nterior design guru Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen has worked his magic on homes for years, experimenting and exploring the boundless avenues of design. Exclusively for the North Devon Journal, Laurence shares his experience, favourite trends and future plans for his home décor.

Where do you find inspiration for your home? I’m inspired by history and travel; these are key elements for me. Fashion too, of course, as I’ve practised it and I’m literate in these three subjects for inspiration. These elements combined produce a springboard for ideas. My home is essentially a design lab, I’m very much a part of the work I love and I’m proud of my designs. I aim to create designs that fit anywhere. I know I live in a grade two listed period property in Cirencester but my designs would suit anything from a terraced house in mid London to a villa in Devon; there is real democracy in design. What are you working on at the moment? I’m now in my fourth collection at Littlewoods and it’s lovely to design with the company, combining the connection between fashion and home. Finding the right retail and manufacturer is very important. These days, people are very literate with their fashion, so it is important to be able to emulate this. My mission is to be literate with decoration. The new collection is Italian chic inspired, influenced by northern Italy. The new products are indulgent and there is such enjoyment to be gained from the indoors/outdoors aspect. The Harem Tulips in the Littlewoods collection boast a bold print. It is exuberance of the floral Seventies print, but brought up to date in a cool rendition. The Littlewoods collections reflect taste and style as it is now, without the need to over focus on long-term trends. This is interior design for a fashion literate market. Now that your home is on the market, will you find it difficult to say goodbye to your designs? Leaving my home is like a break up

of a seven year relationship. You have moments where you think: “I can’t bear to move on”. But there comes a time where you have to sit your house down and say, it’s not you it’s me, and we can’t go on anymore. Our house and family life is always changing and we are not the same type of family anymore. We have empty rooms, and I think it is important to recognise when you need to move on from your home and pass it on to someone new; find someone else to love it. Do you know what you are looking for in your next home? We spend so much time abroad, in the Middle East and Mexico; we are aiming to streamline where we are and what we do. We get so excited about the next place we’ll live, life is about moving on, and it’s about transitions. Our next home has to be somewhere that will reflect our personalities. We are thinking of building our own place and purchasing a piece of land. I love where we are, but we’re looking for somewhere that reflects us much better. Finding a home that best reflects your personality is very much like choosing a suit. Where before you could go into a shop and pick a suit off the shelf, once you reach a certain age, over Fifties, there are particulars and specifics to consider to create a bespoke suit that meets your requirements. What is your approach to creating each room in the house? Absolutely design each room differently. Do not just stick to one colour scheme throughout the entire house. Decorating the house in one colour is so unadventurous and late Nineties, but most people have stepped away from that now. Some rooms have better light, some rooms look better in winter, there is plenty to consider. Each room has its

own personality. Be as emphatically, personality driven as possible. Look at making ways to express your personality.

I aim to create designs that fit anywhere… there is real democracy in design.

Spring is well and truly on its way. Are there any trends that stand out to you? In my current Littlewoods collection, the Harem Tulips bed linen, with big botanical inspired prints is invigorating. The seductively spring look is dominant; it’s floral but less fussy, less Victorian, more thoughtful. Beige is just a kneejerk. It is a bad colour, if you prefer a neutral look for your home, which is absolutely fine, choose a pale grey as a background for some brighter and more colourful pieces. I’ve managed to move people away from magnolia. Do you get involved with the gardening at your home? I’m not so much involved in gardening; Jackie is very much interested in gardening and takes on the challenges.

FROM LEFT: Tulips from Laurence’s collection at Littlewoods RIGHT: LLB dining room set from Littlewoods collection

The layout of the garden interests me; I just find dealing with nature very frustrating. I very much like the fact that interiors just stay put.

Are there any particular fabrics you are working with this season? I’m working with linens a lot at the moment, particularly grey, styled with elegant pared back florals. Whitewash furniture such as in the Littlewoods collection is very romantic, very northern Italian and Venetian, almost. With a view towards building your own home, what is your stance on new-build properties in the country? In terms of new build properties, I do feel that we need to re-evaluate how we build. The subject of new build properties is very sensitive and controversial. But I feel we need to see it as an opportunity. People throw their hands up in horror at the thought of losing a green space, but I feel it is a trade-off for great architecture. It is ornamentation in the landscape.


Outdoor living



Garden furniture, gates & fences

Outdoor living


hen decorating your conservatory or summer house, it is important to remember the location of the space. Bringing the outdoors indoors can create the perfect tone for your outdoor living space. For example, you could use materials that you may have also included in your garden. Wood, tools and fencing are all prime examples of this. Keep the space as light as possible, allowing nature to influence the design of the room. Pale shades accompanied by blocks of colour create an uplifting space to enjoy your outdoor living area. Introduce a few garden plants into the room to connect the living area with your garden.


our garden provides boundless opportunities for an entirely new living space. Torridge Gates creates a range of outdoor furniture including bird tables, sheds, garden offices, log stores and entrance gates. Mark and Steve at Torridge Gates said: “Now that spring is on its way, why not think about turning your garden into an open air living space? “Whether it’s a garden gate, a swing seat or a family size picnic table, choosing great quality garden furniture/gates can bring comfort, style and function to your garden. “With the correct guidance you can choose the right size and style to provide you with an outdoor space that you’ll be able to enjoy and be proud of.” Torridge Gates also offers a bespoke service to help you create a product that suits your home perfectly.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Source for the Goose; Green Articoke by Emily Bond at Finishing Touches; Dairy Cow by Emily Bond at Finishing Touches; Himolla at Barrow Clark ©LW

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Jobs for the spring


he weather is finally changing, spring sunshine is breaking through and it is time to get the garden ready for the season. With so many jobs to do at home and in the garden, it is important to prioritise and make a head start if you can, to get your garden in top shape for the spring and summer. Edward Serna of Merry Harriers shares his top five jobs for the garden in spring below and guide to tree planting and seed propogation on page 11.

1Get your growing house ready

Wherever you grow plants, in the green house, polytunnel, porch or grow house, make sure you give it a good clean inside and out. You don’t want to be growing a crop of weeds. A good cleaning detergent recommended by growers is Jeyes fluid, a diluted solution that can be applied with a soft brush and then rinsed with water.

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Gardens correct place in the garden, some are sun loving and enjoy dry ground while others like damp, shaded areas. Be careful not to plant in too small a gap, as most shrubs take between two to five years to reach their full height which can be a couple of metres in height and width. Fruit trees sometimes require to be paired with another in order to produce fruit, however some tree stock are self-fertile and will produce fruit without the need for another tree to pollinate it.


remove the moss and aerate the lawn. On heavy clay soils, aerate the lawn in early spring with a garden fork or hollow-tinned aerator to improve drainage and help reduce water-logging problems, to make the grass grow better. After aerating and at least two to three days after cutting, add a top dressing and feed to further improve drainage and ensure healthy grass growth. Trim the edges of the lawn whenever you mow to keep crisp lines that clearly show you care for your lawn.

4seed propagation

Watching plants spring into life is so rewarding and economical and a lot easier than you might think. Why not try growing some vegetables or summer flowers? Salad crops such as lettuce rarely fail.

5Lawn maintenance

Our lawns have spent most of winter drenched in water, now is the best time to breathe life into them. After you have performed your first cut of the season (make sure not to cut too short) use a spring rake to

Rake over areas of gravel and bark chip, remove the weeds and top up where necessary.

Now is a great time to plant new herbaceous perennials. Herbaceous perennials are flowering plants that grow and bloom over the spring, summer and autumn. The leaves and stem die to soil level at the end of the growing season and then return in the spring from their root stock; they have no persistent woody stem above ground. Use a good quality compost and feed to help your plants along in their new home. Shrubs and fruit trees. It’s the perfect time to plant, the ground is lovely and moist and beginning to warm up. When buying a shrub it is important to position in the

FROM LEFT: Spring flowers and wildlife by Dawn StephensBorg; Seed propagation at Merry Harriers ; Garden in bloom by Keith Stephens-Borg





Step-by-step guide to tree planting


Dig a hole approximately twice the size of the pot containing the tree, loosen the soil in the bottom of the hole and mix in some well-rooted compost or a bagged product (beware not to use manure as this can burn the roots) A good quality feed should be mixed in such as bone meal.


Remove the tree from the pot and loosen the roots, freeing them from the compact root-ball without breaking; this is known as teasing.


Stand the tree upright in the hole and back fill with soil and compost, heeling it in with your foot as you go.


Staking the tree helps produce a strong and upright tree. Be careful not to drive the stake through the tree’s root-ball and make sure you select a stake strong enough to drive in to the ground (approx. 18”/ 450mm) and also reach two thirds of the height of the tree. Secure this with a tree tie enabling the tree to grow without harming the growth. Hard wood stakes are best as they tend not to rot and transmit disease to the tree.


Watering is the most important job, at least two watering cans upon planting followed by one every day for two weeks, weather permitting.

What’s in your tool shed?

Essential tools for gardening this spring ► When visiting your local garden centre or DIY store, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the choice of garden tools available. ► This season, make sure you choose the essential tools to make your life easier and get the best results for your garden. ► Derrick Dyer of Eggesford Gardens shares his top tips for the essential gardening tools. ► The majority of tasks in the garden can be managed with just a few wellchosen tools and, as is often the case, the old adage of “buy well, buy once” applies. If you are just getting started in the garden here are the main tools that you will need: ► Hand trowel and fork: essential for tasks such as weeding, planting out smaller plants and bulbs.

► Digging spade and fork: these are for heavier digging, such as a planting hole for a tree or shrub and turning over the soil in beds and borders. Do not be tempted to use spades or forks for digging out tree roots as you will more than likely end up breaking the tool. ► Hoe: a hoe is handy for weeding in flower borders and veg plots. There are several different shapes available, the most common being the Dutch hoe and the draw hoe. ► Secateurs: these are needed for pruning shrubs and taking cuttings. Bypass secateurs have a scissor like action and are best for pruning of live plants. Anvil secateurs have a crushing action and are best for cutting out old or dead wood.

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A handy guide

to seed propagation Fill small pots or seed trays with seed compost (professionals usually mix in a bit of vermiculite; this helps retain moisture and nutrients and slowly releases them over time. Use a watering can fitted with a fine hose to moisten compost, and leave the pots to drain. Sprinkle seeds evenly and thinly over the surface of the compost, leaving approximately 2-3cm between each one. Cover seeds with a thin layer of compost. Cover the pot with a sheet of glass or an inverted polythene bag if you don’t have a propagator. Place on a well-lit windowsill or grow house and keep the compost moist. Once the growth emerges from the seedlings, remove the cover and continue to grow in a warm place. They are ready to be ‘pricked’ out when the first true leaves emerge. Only handle seedlings by their first seed leaves. Fill a seed tray with seed compost and plant seedling about 5cm apart, burying the root up to the base of the first leaves. After six weeks, the young plants will be large enough to pot individually into 7.5cm pots. After three weeks, transfer into larger pots.




Thompson & Morgan’s Michael Perry It’s time for Top 5 plants, flowers & vegetables for spring


brand new year brings brand new ways to refresh and revitalize your garden. Whether you’re a green-fingered expert or an enthusiastic beginner, the spring season is destined to bring blooming marvellous opportunities. Michael Perry, gardening expert, sunflower enthusiast, endorser of the TomTato plant and new product development manager at Thompson & Morgan shares his top five favourites for the Spring.

Tree lilies can also grow, after a long period of time, into a shrub type plant which works well in borders or in large pots in the garden.


Begonias are definitely making a comeback this year. Perfect for anything from baskets to window boxes, 2014 will see the revival of the begonia. It is a reliable flower which is available in so many different colours. The English weather doesn’t offer much stability, but begonias are much more stable and offer a new dimension.

Sunflowers are set to make a comeback this year and throughout 2015. People have definitely started to take an interest in growing them and they are fun for anyone to grow. Sunflowers aren’t just available as the tall flowers we traditionally know, there are also varieties of sunflowers that are much smaller and even pot plants. Also there is a variety of colours including red, white orange and of course yellow in a range of shades. They are even great for gardening beginners, as they are truly reliable. Sunflowers do exactly what they say on the tin, they do exactly what they are supposed to do and look lovely.

Rainbow vegetables



The “grow your own vegetables” phase has been and gone, and although people enjoyed growing their own carrots and potatoes, it’s definitely time for the rainbow vegetables to make an appearance. People are now cooking more as well as growing their own ingredients, so it’s worth looking at rainbow carrots, which are available in different shades of orange, yellow, white and even in purple. Rainbow beetroot is another fantastic alternative which offers bold traditional red and purple colours and even shades of gold.

Tree lilies Tree lilies are perfect as a cottage flower and are another reliable flower to grow. With almost a tissue paper look, these flowers grow to about six to eight inches and have the added benefit of a scent similar to roses.

Lilies, in particular the beetle-resistant lilies are great for the spring and summer. The oriental lily ‘Defender’ is known as the most beetle-resistant lily. It often grows to approximately three feet tall and is perfect for pots or borders.

TomTato The TomTato plant has developed from an idea that is almost 100 years old. The concept had only ever been attempted on an amateur level; we have now taken the product and developed the idea. The TomTato plant grows sweet cherry tomato fruits on the top and delicious white potatoes underneath. Each plant is hand grafted and provides a sweet tomato fruit that can only be achieved through growing this particular variety of plant, alongside white potatoes great for mashing, boiling or roasting.

ABOVE RIGHT: Michael Perry and the TomTato plant BELOW FROM LEFT: Rainbow Beetroot; Sunflower Magic Roundabout; Begonia FragrantFalls Basket

rainbow vegetables to make an appearance


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