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Stumbling across a delicately scented carpet of bluebells in your local woodland. White Wedding bunting, £13 for 5m, The Cotton Bunting Company. Enamel teapot, £22, Falcon Enamelware. Pitcher, from a selection, TK Maxx. Vases, similar from Garden Trading.

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1 Porcelain tealight holders with delicate floral silhouettes. Decorated votives, H9x7.5cm diameter, £24 for 3 designs, Uniquely Eclectic at notonthehighstreet.com. 2 Refreshing after-rain scents. Pollen Scented Soy Wax candle, H8.5x7cm diameter, £18.51, Bon Lux at Etsy. 3 Crafty afternoons creating botany keepsakes. Flower press, 15cm sq, £21.75, Witshop. 4 A distressed artisanal piece. Zulu log stool, H48x31cm diameter, £155, Dassie Artisan.

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Handling tender asparagus spears with charming patterned linen. Calke Abbey Allotment tea towel, £6, National Trust Shop.

9 Pampering with crisp cotton. Enfleur Prairie towel, 92x150cm, £85, Yves Delorme. 10 Encouraging feathery friends. Bird houses, H16cm, £48 each; bird feeder, H16cm, £48, all Rowen & Wren. 11 Carrying a statement shopper. Jute shopping bag, H43x W32cm, £25, by Nordal at House Envy. 12 Emerald glazed stoneware. Sintra dinner plate, 27cm diameter, £10, Habitat.

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Sitting in the sunniest spot with spring-detailed cushions. Leckford border cushion, £35; Asher Meadow cushion, £20, both John Lewis.

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Fabrics (from top left): Tsarina, col Green, £50 m, Charlotte Gaisford. Pretty Maids, col Lime & Winter, £49.50 m, Vanessa Arbuthnott. Polka Dot, col Pea Pod, £42.40 m, Sarah Hardaker. Madam Birdie, col Soft Green, £50 m, Charlotte Gaisford. Lara, col Apple Green, £29.90 m, Linwood. Botanica, col Willow, £25 m, Iliv. Woodland Walk, col Field Green, £48 m, Vanessa Arbuthnott. Wallpapers (from top): Garden Plan, col Garden Green, £62 a roll, Sanderson. Filix, col Emerald/Forest, £50 a roll, Clarissa Hulse. Kahrs Unity Arctic wood flooring, £49.99 sq m, Carpetright. Paint, Crockery, £20 for 2.5L matt emulsion, Graham & Brown. Bluebell Liberty Fabric dog collar, £18, The Spotted Dog Company at notonthehighstreet.com. Embroidery hoop and twine, from a selection, John Lewis. Vintage wooden crate, £38, Susie Watson Designs.

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Fingal sofa in Leaves, col Ivy, from £1,140; Iggy footstool in Geometric, col Spring Green, from £440, both Sofa.com.

Lighting is key when it comes to ambience, so why not create a sense of tranquility with this statement shade, £125, from Cox & Cox? Woven from on-trend rattan, it has an organic shape and natural finish, and casts a soft, gentle glow – perfect for restful country rooms.

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Ceramicist Sue began her career over 20 years ago, working as a designer for Wedgwood. She’s gone on to develop homeware collections for Ikea, Marks & Spencer and John Lewis, and has launched her own line of tableware in collaboration with small factories and makers across the UK. Where are you based? In a village, south of Leicester. I used to work in a converted stable that overlooked my garden (and hens!) but have recently moved into an old factory. It’s not as idyllic, but I desperately needed the space to expand. What inspires you? Familiarity plays a strong role in my design process. I strive to create shapes that sit comfortably in a home. I’m fascinated by the intuitive decisions we make every day, like how we pick a mug from the cupboard for a cup of tea. What materials do you choose to work with and why? I love working with clay and use the slipcasting technique (when it’s poured

Herald summer with fabrics strewn with flowers...

Flop onto a floral sofa into moulds) to create my designs. The result is elegant yet fragile, completely different to the chunky finish you get when using a wheel. Do you have a favourite piece? I recently created three vases as part of a collection for the National Trust. They look like they’re in conversation when grouped, so I named them after my great aunts, Betty, Vera (both left) and Eadie – they’re always putting the world to rights! What do you love about what you do? Creating objects of use is so satisfying, as is working with amazing craftspeople and retailers – there’s a great community out there. Sum up your creative style. Simple, elegant, understated. Find out more at suepryke.com.

As a nod to this season’s botanical trend, designer Imogen Heath has created two striking prints, Leaves and Geometric, using a mixture of traditional artistry and digital technology. They’ve been launched in collaboration with Sofa.com and Design Lab (a bi-annual initiative championing emerging design stars), as a limited edition across Sofa.com’s full range until August. ‘Inspiration came from my local National Trust garden,’ says Imogen. ‘I was drawn to the bellflower and its cascading blooms against a backdrop of criss-cross shadows.’

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Sow it, grow it – you can even eat it!

Keep losing your gardening tools? If so, the FloraBrite range is for you, with fluorescent handles that glow under torch light. RHS-endorsed, they come with a 10-year guarantee and are a great way to brighten up your gardening day. We think everyone needs a pair of Bypass Secateurs, £18.99, and Flower and Fruit Snips, £9.99, from Burgon & Ball.

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How do I grow organic? Writer Val Bourne shares her 30-years’ experience of organic gardening in Gloucestershire... • Draw in more beneficial insects and birds by nurturing a wide range of perennials, ferns, grasses, annuals, trees and shrubs. Provide flowers for as long as possible in your garden, especially early in the year when valuable bumblebees emerge from hibernation. • Create wild areas in your garden. I have a much-admired bit close to a sunny wall that’s full of honeysuckle and roses, and hedgehogs live there. I also have two mini-meadows,

one with wild orchids and wildflowers, the other with spring bulbs. The long grass encourages ground beetles, the best predator for slugs. Frogs, newts, toads and small mammals also shelter there and I get a lot of brown butterflies, such as meadow brown and ringlets. • Do not put the whole garden to bed in autumn. Leave late borders intact until early spring. Aim to encourage nature, work with it and you’ll get fewer problems, not more. Read Val’s latest book The Living Jigsaw (£25, Kew Publishing).

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Plant & pick pot marigolds May is the last chance to sow hardy annual calendulas. These are a must as they make great cut flowers for the table, bloom until October and their petals are edible. They are so easy to grow – simply scatter seeds on well-cultivated soil in a sunny spot. Space them a few centimetres apart and 12mm deep to avoid having to thin out seedlings. The bright orange and yellow flowers are an upbeat addition to any garden, pot, plate or vase. Petals offer a peppery taste and add colour and gentle spice when sprinkled over salads or paella. On stems of about 40cm long, these vibrant flowers offer the finishing touch to a bouquet of sunflowers, verbena and cosmos.

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Food notes B O TA N I CA L CO C K TA I LS This season is all about drinking cocktails infused and garnished with foraged herbs and flowers. Gin works best with botanicals and our favourite pairing is hibiscus. Add fresh flowers (or cordial – try the East India Company’s version, £7.95 for 25cl) to a bottle of gin, a couple each of cardamom pods, whole coriander seeds and black peppercorns, plus a tablespoon of sugar, and leave to steep for a couple of hours before you strain and serve.

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Tanya Olver of Cornish Duck The Olver family has been at Terras Farm near Truro for five generations. Tanya’s light-bulb moment was realising there was no high-quality, locally-bred duck in Cornwall, so she purchased a hatchery and set up a small-scale artisan operation. Her awardwinning duck is now sold at local farmers’ markets, top restaurants and online, and fans include Jamie Oliver, whose restaurant Fifteen Cornwall has used it exclusively since opening. What’s so special about your ducks? Over the years we have bred a unique blend of four traditional breeds to produce the ultimate table bird. We rear them for eight weeks as opposed to the six weeks that is common elsewhere in the industry, ensuring a perfect fat to meat ratio. What’s your favourite way to serve duck? We eat pan-fried duck breast (£10.25 for two) all the time (we call it quality control!) in all sorts of recipes. Our Duck Fat (£2.70 for a 200g jar) is great for roast potatoes, pie crusts and pastries. Our duck burgers

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(£4.30 for two) always sell out fast or you can go for a whole duck (£23.50). How important was winning the Great Taste Awards? It gave us much more exposure. Being voted one of the top 50 foods by leading chefs and food writers has been our greatest achievement so far. What’s the best thing about running your business? The ducks! They can make us laugh even on the rainiest day. And getting the endorsement of the Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines, who said that our duck is the best he’s ever tasted. For more information, visit cornish duck.com, 01726 882383.

Colourful baby rhubarb chard adds a splash of red to dishes with its beautiful scarlet stems and veined leaves. For summer salads, try adding it to a mix of shredded carrot, sliced radishes, chopped apple, spring onion, tomatoes and avocado. Or a bacon, pine nut and raisin combo if you want a meaty kick. Both work best with a strong garlicky dressing. The leaves can also be just wilted and served stems-on with a knob of good salty butter to partner fish, cheese and tomato-based dishes. As well as growing it yourself (in pots or a raised bed – buy tender plants from Rocket Gardens), you can buy from Abel & Cole and Fresh & Naked.

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If you’re planning to dish up a roast over the May bank holiday weekends, you will need a carving set to serve it in style at the table. Opinel has been manufacturing knives since 1890 with a quality and reputation that is second to none. This good-looking carving set with 16cm stainless-steel blade – £59.95 from Divertimenti – has beech handles, is corrosion-resistant and easy to sharpen. Country Homes & Interiors

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OUT AND ABOUT The elegant homeware and accessory store is a recent addition to the beautiful cobbled streets of Rye.

The stylish range at Pale & Interesting includes paisley cushion covers, zinc planters and tie-dyed scarves.

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mixing it up – teaming old with new, rough with smooth and utility with femininity. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO OPEN YOUR SHOP? We really needed a

physical showcase for our growing online homeware store. We also wanted a frontage for our East Sussex coastal holiday-let business as well as our locations agency. This seemed like the perfect way to show how all the various branches of our businesses can work once they’re united under a single ‘interior design’ umbrella. WHAT MAKES RYE SO SPECIAL?

It’s such a quaint and quirky place. Over the last few years there’s been a great shift, and although the town now feels like it’s got its feet in the 21st century, it hasn’t lost

any of its special, historic charm. WHAT MAKES YOUR SHOP STAND OUT? I think what sets us apart

are the exclusive ranges we design and produce, such as our plaster-cast wall plaques, china, soft furnishings and our Coast Collection of handmade and handpainted furniture. We’re the first retail outlet in the South East to stock Bauwerk’s modern lime paints and we offer an interior-design service. WHAT’S NEW FOR THIS YEAR?

We have some beautiful hand-dyed cushions coming from France, and hand-block-printed cushions from India. There’ll also be some new additions to our furniture range. Pale & Interesting, 21 Mermaid Street, Rye TN31 7ET, 01797 344077, paleandinteresting.com.

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Created by husband and wife team, Atlanta Bartlett and Dave Coote, Pale & Interesting was launched online in 2007 as the culmination of the couple’s combined 30-year experience in the magazine, photography and design industries. The couple opened Pale & Interesting in Rye, East Sussex, known for its picturesque cobbled lanes and period architecture, last year. Owner Atlanta tells us more…


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A neat cupboard under the stairs In our new series, we select simple country-style hero pieces that look beautiful... and feel good Similar paint (inside cupboard), Aquamarine – Deep (198), £45 for 2.5L, Little Greene.

Often overlooked or crammed fit to bursting, the humble under-stairs cupboard can be full of space-saving surprises. With nooks and niches, just perfect for orderly arranging, it has the potential for superior storage – and domestic bliss. WHAT’S THE STORY? This tuckedaway area really came into its own during the 18th and 19th centuries as joinery crafts improved. Left open, the low-ceilinged space was topped with dust-gathering stair treads, but once enclosed with doors, it made a clean and useful stow space, pantry, larder or cleaning cupboard – a real asset to the country home.

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or backs of doors are the ideal places to hang long-handled mops and brooms. If there’s adequate floor space, a trolley on wheels is a neat way of grouping items together and getting them in, out or around with ease. Use tight corners or lower areas for heavier electricals and add open shelving for jars and bottles. Try staircase and joinery specialists Jackson Woodturners, bespoke storage experts Neville Johnson, or local carpenters sourced from Checkatrade.com. Neptune offers in-house design to create cupboard and storage areas, as well as freestanding furniture. Or for a budget solution, Ikea has a range of fitted furniture and storage ideas.

Choose utility-chic scullery ware, such as bristle brushes and zinc buckets, to make the space feel stylish yet practical.

STYLE IT UP Add unexpected colour to brighten up this potentially gloomy space. A crisp green paint will bring a fresh finish inside, in line with spick-and-span thinking. Of course, you’ll need artisan-style brooms, mops, rug beaters and feather dusters to complete the look. Head to Plain Useful, where you’ll find some pleasing choices.

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House The pretty beamed cottage is Grade II-listed and was originally two cottages dating from 1690 knocked into one, with later extensions.

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Living room The beams were stripped for a softer finish. Sofas, Sofa.com, Old Boot Sofas. Trunk coffee table, Laura Ashley. Flowers, The Oak & The Owl. Jug (below), Jane Hogben.

Snug Pops of pink lift the neutral scheme. Armchair, Cath Kidston.

What we love most about living here... ‘It’s a house for all seasons. In the winter we love the cosiness of the log fires and in the summer the children enjoy roaming in the garden’

Daisy and daughter Esme feed the chickens.

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Phone, Heal’s. Box file, Kate Forman.


Snug This space is in the original part of the cottage where the terracotta oor tiles had to be reinstated. The bench came from a vintage fair. Cushion, in Peony & Sage fabric made by Clarabelle Interiors. Curtain fabric, Peony & Sage.

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Kitchen A pale backdrop allows the vintage chairs in assorted colours to sing out. Units, DeVol. Range cooker, Smeg. Tea towels, oven gloves, Betty Boyns. (Opposite) Pendant light, Garden Trading. Pink kettle, The Country Brocante Store.


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a brave person who buys a property despite a poor house survey. But Daisy Robson and her husband James followed their hearts when they found the house of their dreams. Having spent time living in Vancouver and County Durham, Daisy and James moved south when James got a job in London. As a family friend lived in Surrey, they headed there and rented for three years before deciding that the time was right to buy their own house. ‘We started to look for somewhere in the countryside and saw a few properties, but we couldn’t find anywhere with character, potential and space for the children,’ says Daisy. ‘Then the estate agent’s details came through for this house and we thought it was gorgeous. It had been empty for two years – there had been interest in it and several offers, which had all fallen through after surveys. ‘We viewed it in February and even though it was empty and cold, it felt nice. It just needed to be loved again and we could see that it could be beautiful. We put in an offer, then we got our survey back and we could see why everyone else had pulled out! The house needed a new roof, chimneys repointing, rewiring and replumbing, and – along with the fact that it was listed – the amount of work had frightened potential buyers.’ Daisy and James were not put off, however, and they invited the local conservation officer to give his opinion before they signed on the dotted line. ‘He gave us lots of guidance and encouragement,’ says Daisy. So they took the plunge and bought the house, moving in June and beginning the huge task of renovating it. ‘We were planning to do it in small chunks as there was so much to do. The plumbing and central heating were prioritised because we needed a new boiler and it made sense to install one in the summer.’ Work continued gradually until the Christmas 2013 storms hit and the roof was damaged. ‘We then had to bring forward the repairs to it,’ says Daisy. ‘The whole roof had to be removed so we decided to move out and rent for six months and do all the work on the house – our hand was forced because of the storm damage.’ Once the roof was completed, the cottage was taken back to the bare bones and it was rewired, the black beams were stripped, and the downstairs walls were redone with lime plaster. One of the listed building regulations was that chalk paint had to be used throughout so that the house could breathe. A new kitchen and new bathrooms were installed, while the slate floor in the oldest part of the house had to be removed and terracotta tiles similar to those that would have been there originally had to be re-instated to comply with the requirements of a listed house. When it finally came to decorating, Daisy knew exactly what she wanted. ‘The interior needed to be in keeping with the house as a classic English country cottage,’ she says. ‘I love country style and I wanted it to be pretty with muted colours, faded florals and lovely fabrics. Most rooms are tonally the same so the house flows.’ The children had input, too. ‘They were involved in choosing the decor for their rooms – we made all the choices together, so it’s all the more special for them. Now we’re finished, it’s a sanctuary for us and the perfect place to raise a young family.’

AT HOME WITH... Owners Daisy Robson, a paediatric nurse and her husband James, an accountant. They live here with their children, Esme, seven, and Theo, five. They have five chickens and two rabbits. House A Grade II-listed property, which was originally two cottages dating from 1690 knocked into one, with later extensions. The house has four bedrooms and the family moved here in 2013.

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Esme’s bedroom A wooden bed tones beautifully with the beams and door (below). Bed, Scumble Goosie. Quilt, Clarabelle Interiors. Wallpaper, Peony & Sage.

Cloakroom A copper basin adds the wow factor. Basin, William Holland. Blind fabric, Peony & Sage.

What makes this house a home…

Theo’s bedroom A bespoke cabin bed is a fun place to sleep and play. Wallpaper, PaperBoy.

Main bathroom Twin basins and a slipper bath create a classic feel. Washstand, Neptune. Bath, similar from Fired Earth.

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‘We put so much love and enthusiasm into the renovation and that has created a place that we all enjoy spending time in’


Guest bedroom A vintage eiderdown and painted furniture add country charm. Bed, Neptune. Eiderdown, cushion and curtain fabric, Peony & Sage. Dressing table, bespoke. Walls, painted in Cat’s Cradle by Earthborn.

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ON OUR D O O R S T E P. . . Visit… ‘Nymans (01444 405250, nationaltrust.org.uk/ nymans), in Handcross, a beautiful English garden in all seasons and somewhere that the children love exploring.’

Shop at… ‘Nutley Antiques (01825 713220) in the village of Nutley – it’s a treasure trove of vintage homewares.’ Go for a meal at… ‘The Curious Pig in the Parlour (01342 716202, thecuriouspig intheparlour.com) near Crawley. This relaxed country eatery caters for the whole family.’

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Suspend this beauty over your table or breakfast bar to light up mealtimes. Euston pendant, 37cm diameter, £132, The David Hunt Lighting Collection at The Lighting Company.

Use flower power to dry the dishes! Rose tea towel, 45x65cm, £8, Sophie Allport.

The classic flagstone will never go out of fashion

Have fun playing with coloured chairs around the breakfast table. Betsy distressed dining chair, H107xW49x D43cm, £215, Out There Interiors.

Pop these blowsy blooms into a vase and fill with water to create the illusion that they’re the real deal. Oxberry Hollyhock faux flowers, H92cm, £190, Oka.

The lightly stippled finish on these rustic flags is the perfect choice for a country kitchen. Calcot Limestone Seasoned flags, £71.40 sq m, The Stone Floor Company.

Daisy’s style secret Add a free-and-easy feel to your scheme with upcycled, handpainted furniture in mismatched country colours. Modern Country Classic Painted larder cupboards

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kitchens. Choose the arrangement of racks, shelves and drawers that best suits your needs and go for a paint colour to match your other units or, alternatively, to provide a stylish contrast.

Where to buy…

•The Cotswold Company for a range in fresh, country colours. •The Bespoke Furniture Company for larders with different storage options. •Loaf for character pieces in scuffed grey and rustic woods.

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Summer lounge (Opposite) Zoe’s signature fabrics feature throughout her home. Chair and cushion in Bollin Bird; stool in Mottram Meadow, Zoe Glencross Fabric & Home.

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AT HOME WITH... Owners Zoe Glencross, founder of Zoe Glencross Fabric & Home, and her husband, Jonah, a barrister. They live here with their sons, Ben, 11, and Toby, eight, and Basil the cat. They bought the house in May 2013 and moved in six months later. House Barn dating from 1873 with four bedrooms.

had long been Zoe Glencross’s wish to move to the country. Zoe and her husband, Jonah, had lived in Didsbury, a leafy suburb of Manchester, since their early twenties. ‘We loved Didsbury, but then we had children and it became a dream of mine for the boys to grow up in the countryside,’ says Zoe. ‘I was raised in Sussex and spent holidays in Devon as a child, so I have lovely memories of a childhood full of freedom.’ Jonah, however, wasn’t keen to move away from the city as he had a short commute to work and loved the area. Then one day, while Zoe was driving through the Cheshire countryside, she spotted a building that would change their lives. ‘I was travelling along a country lane when I noticed a barn covered in scaffolding,’ she says. ‘The barn was derelict with birds’ nests in it and plants growing up the internal walls, but was being renovated. I told Jonah about it, but he said he wasn’t interested. However, the next day was a sunny Saturday and I persuaded him to come with me to the site. He took one look at the view at the back and said that if he ever moved from Didsbury, it would be to here!’ So the family took the decision to move to the barn. Having bought it, they remained in their Didsbury home for six months until the work on it was completed. Zoe wanted to make some changes to the build. ‘The developer’s plan was for it to be minimalist, but that wasn’t what I wanted,’ she says. ‘So we

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Living room Zoe has picked out the blue in her fabrics with a deep, warm shade on the walls. Walls, painted in Blue Blood by Paint & Paper Library. Mirror, Brissi. Chandelier, Moth. Lanterns, Rowen & Wren. Sofas (opposite), Laura Ashley and Sofa.com. Chairs (opposite), Laura Ashley, re-upholstered in Windmill Wood, Zoe Glencross Fabric & Home.

What we love most about living here... ‘We are lucky to live in such a peaceful spot. Being in the country still feels like we’re on holiday sometimes – especially when the sun comes out’


What makes this house a home… ‘The kitchen is very much at the heart of family life. With a large table tucked into a corner seating area, it feels cosy, informal and sociable’

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CHESHIRE BARN Kitchen Zoe designed the open-plan area to her own specification. Units, Philip Howard Cabinet Maker. Bar stools, Cox & Cox.

bought the barn off-plan and the developers planned the layout while I chose everything for the interior.’ Zoe’s priority was to give the barn character as she and Jonah had only lived in period houses previously. ‘We love the original features of old houses and this was basically a new-build in an old skin – and new-builds can feel rather cold and sterile.’ Zoe wanted to create a contemporary rural style that incorporated texture, print and pattern in the soft furnishings. The natural surroundings had inspired Zoe to start her own business designing fabrics and she has used her linens to create elegant schemes for her home set against a largely neutral backdrop. ‘I tried to use a chalky palette in the main areas of the house so that they flowed, but I also incorporated accents of colour, such as the deep blue in the living room, for cosiness and warmth.’ When Zoe and Jonah had first viewed the house there was no staircase leading upstairs, so it was only when their home was finished that they realised that the sun rises over the Peak District hills at the back. ‘The view from our bedroom is amazing – it’s wonderful to look out of the window first thing in the morning,’ says Zoe. ‘Living here is so peaceful. It feels completely different from living in the city and we’ve never regretted making the move.’ ☎ Zoe Glencross Fabric & Home, zoeglencross.com.

Bench, painted in Pavilion Gray by Farrow & Ball. Cushion in Adlington Cowparsley; seat pad in Slade Stripe, Zoe Glencross Fabric & Home.

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CHESHIRE BARN Main bedroom The room has beautiful views of the sun rising over the Peak District in the morning. Bed cover, John Lewis. Bedside cabinet, The Dormy House. Wall lights, Original BTC.

ON OUR D O O R S T E P. . . Visit… ‘Local landmark En suite A traditional washbasin adds a stylish touch. Basin, Atlas Bathrooms. Wall tiles, similar from Topps Tiles.

The view that prompted the family’s move to the country.

White Nancy – walk up from Bollington for stunning views over Manchester and Cheshire.’

Shop at… ‘The Artisan Meat Company farm shop (01625 524517), Mottram St Andrew, for fresh meat, veg and dairy produce.’ Go for a meal at…

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‘The Bull’s Head (01625 828111, brunning andprice.co.uk/bullshead), also in Mottram St Andrew. It is a classic country pub with great food.’

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Zoe’s master bedroom Leaves and feathers picked up on a country walk make great displays when framed. Keep things simple with light wood accents on Scandi-inspired accessories. Oak hanging frame, H44xW32xD1cm, £50, Cox & Cox.

Switch on the ambience with this British design classic in quality translucent bone china. Hector Dome switched wall light, col Natural, H22.5cm, £125, Original BTC.

With classic panel detailing, a lacquered oak veneer and soft white painted finish, this smart triple robe is a generous giant in storage and style. Burlington wardrobe, H195xW120xD57cm, £1,090, Debenhams.

This neutral is grey in tone, but with an element of warmth that softens it. Paint, col Strong White, £43.50 for 2.5L Modern Emulsion, Farrow & Ball.

Flop down on this comfy domed seat with deep-buttoned back. Flump armchair, H90xW70xD82cm, col Grey Vintage Rose, £875, Loaf.

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Modern Country Classic Extra-tall headboard Simple and subtle or supersized and show-offy, a headboard can transform your bedroom from humble stable into majestic boudoir. An upholstered high-and-mighty piece is an affordable way to add

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comfort and style to your suite. With options including freestanding, fixed, wood-framed, straight and wingback – the list is never-ending… You can even go bespoke for your dream creation.

Where to buy…

•The Headboard Workshop for beautiful bespoke headboards. •The White Company for elegant headboards available in tactile neutrals. •Made for statement-style, button-backed modern designs.

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Conceal a busy corner, zone a room, or filter light with a bespoke panelled screen covered in a beautiful feature fabric.


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Kitchen A simple blind shows off the stone mullioned windows giving privacy without detracting from the frame. Table and chairs, The Antique Table. Retro-style ceiling light, John Lewis. Kitchen units, painted in Down Pipe; walls, painted in Shaded White, both by Farrow & Ball.

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Kitchen Nicole asked her builder to construct a mantelpiece to match those in other rooms of the house. Vintage press (in the fireplace), painted in Celestial Blue by Little Greene.

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AT HOME WITH... Owners Nicole Hood, who runs her own interior design business and her husband, Paul, a branding designer. They have two grown-up sons, Scott and Patrick.

House A 15th-century stone terraced property with four bedrooms.

say there is no such thing as coincidence, so perhaps when interior designer and fabric enthusiast Nicole Hood fell for this 15th-century textile merchant’s home, it was serendipity. Not everyone would have recognised the charm of the stone cottage. It was the middle of three in what was once a single dwelling known as The Clothiers Palace. ‘My initial impressions were of cold, grotty rooms where you could see your breath in front of you,’ says Nicole. ‘The two-foot-thick walls were charming, but kept the chill in, and the sole source of heat – a broken Rayburn cooker – had long since given up the ghost.’ The fact that it hadn’t been lived in for some years did nothing to help. However, in its favour were the many original features: stone mullioned window frames, oak window seats and much of the original joinery. ‘Its charm shone through,’ says Nicole. ‘My husband, Paul, and I knew this was the weekend bolthole we’d been searching for as an escape from our busy London lives.’ The couple bought the cottage four years ago and set about creating a quirky period home, complete with modern comforts. ‘Because it’s Grade II listed, we had to work with planners, but through my business I was fortunate enough to have a team of experts to guide us through the paperwork,’ says Nicole. Builder David Gumbleton and architect Adam Brill ensured the structural changes complied with regulations and helped project manage the team, from damp experts to fireplace technicians. ‘David had a sound knowledge of period properties, so he was

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Hallway This space doubles as a boot room for muddy wellies after walks in the surrounding countryside. Flagstone flooring, Mandarin Stone.

What we love most about living here… ’There’s such a sense of calm and relaxation’


House The pretty property was originally built as a textile merchant’s mansion.

The deep reveals of the windows flood the room with light, making this cosy corner the perfect spot for sitting and reading. Carved chair, Loaf. Cushion, Frome Market.

able to restore the oak seats and make shutters and a kitchen mantelpiece in the same style as the existing joinery,’ says Nicole. ‘We also had new central heating and plumbing installed because there is no mains gas supply, and as we didn’t have the room for an oil tank outside, we had to opt for electric heating.’ The six-month renovation did not go entirely without hitches. ‘When we first bought the property we discovered the bedroom light worked even when all the power was off,’ says Nicole. ‘It had been wired up to our neighbour’s electricity supply for years and she’d never realised. It had to be rewired.’ As it was their bolthole, the couple had to buy everything for the interior in a short space of time. ‘It was a very different experience to creating our London home, which evolved gradually over 30 years,’ says Nicole. ‘Because this property tells a story, I wanted its structure to be at the heart of the styling, with the organic textures of the stone and timbers the focal points.’ Just because the cottage is 15th century, Nicole didn’t feel she had to fill it with antiques. ‘I like mixing it up a bit,’ she says, so I have retro-style lighting alongside ethnic-inspired fabrics like the rug in the living room, and rustic-style furniture like the pine chest in the bedroom, as well as a touch of French elegance with the beautiful oak bed in the main bedroom. ‘There was a lot of pressure creating a home from scratch – especially as we’d planned and dreamed of a weekend bolthole for quite some time. But now we’ve had a chance to settle in and enjoy the home we longed for, our plan has finally come together.’

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Living room Nicole has introduced ethnic touches to complement the original features and classic furniture. Anglepoise floor lamp, Fiat Lux. Sofa, Oka. Kilim rug, The Conran Shop. Original 007 poster (below), Limelight Movie Art.

What makes this house a home… ‘Everyone says they feel at home here. I think the textures of the stone and timbers play a part in that’

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Bathroom The monochrome scheme adds elegance. Nicole painted the tongue and groove in Lamp Room Gray by Farrow & Ball to match the existing floorboards. Bath, The Bathroom Discount Centre.

Visit… ‘The Walled Garden (01373 812597, thewalled gardenatmells.co.uk) in Mells, a beautiful garden and nursery with outdoor café and pizza oven.’

Shop at… ‘Mells village shop and café (01373 812251, mellsvillage. co.uk/mells-village-shop), an award-winning community shop selling organic vegetables, farm produce and homebaked cakes.’

Go for a meal at… ‘The Talbot Inn (01373 812254, talbotinn.com) in Mells, voted best pub in England by Sunday Times readers. Amazing food, beautiful decor, friendly staff and lovely garden. They also have great rooms.’

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Main bedroom The all-blue scheme brings a sense of peace. The throw adds a dramatic splash of colour, while the geometric rug is cosy underfoot. Carnival throw, Avoca. Rug, The Rug Company. Walls, painted in Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball.

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Nicole’s living room Think ‘cosy comfort’ when it comes to this luxurious velvet piece, drenched in a rich blue hue. Dark teal velvet cushion, 60cm sq, £18, Debenhams.

Shed some light on your living space with a sleek lamp, such as this stylish standard. Neil LED floor lamp, H142x W22xD40cm, col Taupe, £90, John Lewis.

Intensive and gritty, it’s all about industrial greys to define a space this season.

This rich and earthy shade of grey adds an effortless touch of drama. Plummet, £43.50 for 2.5L Estate Emulsion, Farrow & Ball.

This sofa gives credit to the weekend, and rightly so, with its bold, fun and ‘let-loose’ attitude! Saturday two-seater sofa in pure cotton matt velvet, H88xW174xD115cm, col Peony, £1,640, Sofa.com.

Nicole’s style secret Introduce homely, eclectic appeal and make a vibrant statement with sumptuous velvet upholstery.

Influenced by Versailles, this hand-carved wood table is a delight. Gustavian coffee table, H50xW100xD50cm, £149, Scumble Goosie.

Traditionally made from bamboo, these silky-soft textured flat weaves have been produced for aeons. Increasingly popular in recent years as collectible quality pieces, they make beautiful heirlooms to be

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passed down through the generations. Often featuring a distinctive tessellating motif, modern designs have been re-worked in graphic geometrics and colourful hues to (literally) lay down the wow factor.

Where to buy...

•The Conran Shop for modern motifs in contrasting colours. •Heal’s for hotchpotch designs in beautiful brights. •The Handmade Rug Company for soft wool, natural dyes and timeless geometrics.

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The happiest of homecomings AFTER SEVEN YEARS RENOVATING PROPERTIES IN RURAL FRANCE, JO FLAVELL RETURNED TO ENGLAND TO CREATE A STYLISH FOREVER HOME


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House Jo (seen here with Ralphie) and Peter Flavell have tenderly extended their Grade II-listed home. The scorched cedar cladding uses a decorative Japanese technique called shou-sugi-ban.

Kitchen diner The wall-mounted bread cupboard hides cups and the coffee maker and came from a French brocante. Peter made the units and the table. Walls, painted in Down Pipe by Farrow & Ball. Black wall light, Heal’s.

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AT HOME WITH... Owners Interior designer Jo Flavell and her husband, Peter, a furniture maker. They live here with Lakeland Terrier Ralphie, and moved in in 2012. House A two-bedroom Grade II-listed cottage dating back to 1701.

you make a living from finding properties to do up and sell on, ‘renovator’s restlessness’ can make it hard to settle down. Jo and her husband, Peter, had moved to the south of France in 2005 to convert rural barns and settle down there. ‘We renovated two complete wrecks and a third was part-wreck,’ says Jo. ‘Each time, we lived on site during the renovations and that sort of workload really takes it out of you.’ After seven years the couple were ready to settle down. They rented in Somerset for six months before spotting their cottage in a quiet village in Leicestershire. ‘It meant we would be halfway between my parents in Yorkshire and Peter’s son Frank in London,’ says Jo. The house looks like a tiny cottage from the front, but inside it’s surprisingly spacious. It’s essentially a U-shape with what Jo and Peter jokingly call the ‘east’ and ‘west’ wings. Having not been modernised since the 1970s, it was in need of a major overhaul. The couple created a new double-height kitchen-diner from the old garage and rebuilt the ‘east wing’ to make a new main bedroom, with a garden room underneath. They also altered the layout upstairs to extend the bathroom and create a new dressing room. ‘We changed the windows to something more in keeping with the age of the house,’ Jo says. ‘The

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Kitchen diner It’s hard to believe that this sunny room was a garage when the Flavells moved in. The farmhouse table is a family heirloom, similar from Ebay. Spindle chairs, Flavell Trading. Throw, Mulberry. Lights, Re.


What we love most about living here… ‘The fact the kitchen is very light, but still has the character of a cottage’

Living room A bold hue above the fireplace makes a statement. Chimney breast, painted in Light Bronze Green 123; walls, in Bath Stone 64, both by Little Greene. Armchair, Matthew Hilton at SCP.


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Study Peter built the handy work bench. The reclaimed floor came from a whisky distillery.

Shower room Jo

What makes this house a home... ‘We’ve done all the work ourselves and we know the house in intimate detail’

Bathroom The space has a rustic Provençal feel. Brass taps, Barber Wilson. Rug, Niki Jones.

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painted the panelling with her trademark pigmented linseed oil. Mirror, Baileys.


Main bedroom Peter made the light fittings from an old door, wall sconces, cord and bulbs from Urban Cottage Industries. Bedspread, Habitat. Bedside lamp, Re. Bedside table, similar from Maisons du Monde. Walls, painted in Mole’s Breath by Farrow & Ball, mixed with white. Light switches, M-Marcus.

exterior was painted brick and we’ve replaced it in part with a skin of Cotswold stone. The cladding on the new extensions is made from scorched cedar.’ Inside, the feel is very relaxed, dominated by Jo’s favourite sludgy, earthy greys. ‘Over the years our style has changed,’ says Jo. ‘In France we were all cream, neutral linens and soft greys. Here, we wanted it to feel cosier, so we had to use bolder colours.’ The house is filled with homely, handcrafted touches that give it a unique personality. Peter has built all the fitted cupboards, laid all the recycled floorboards and created the tongue-and-groove panelling from scratch. Jo likes to add colour accents in a room using her own blends of Jacquard fabric dyes in bronze, olive, chartreuse, gold ochre, Aztec gold, olive and pumpkin. Everywhere you look, there are signs of this couple’s creativity with displays of objects, and each with a story to tell: like the old towel ladder in the bathroom rescued from an orchard. ‘In France we were constantly going to antiques markets, brocantes and flea markets looking for interesting items,’ says Jo. The French days are now a happy memory, but the homecoming was worth it. ‘We spent seven years renovating properties to sell,’ says Jo. ‘But this one was for us to live in. It sounds corny, but it’s our bubble; a real home where we can escape from it all.’

Guest bedroom This simple space uses layers of earthy tones against crisp white. Walls, painted in Mouse’s Back by Farrow & Ball.

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Jo and Peter live close to the Jurassic Way, with open views of the Leicestershire countryside.

ON OUR D O O R S T E P. . . 756991, hambletonhall.com) in Rutland. It’s a country house hotel and restaurant with lovely grounds overlooking Rutland Water.’

Shop at… ‘Priddy Essentials (01572 821890, priddyessentials.com) in Uppingham. They do homewares, bespoke perfumes and house fragrances, and ceramics.’

Go for a meal at… ‘The Falcon Inn (01832 226254, thefalcon-inn. co.uk) at Fotheringhay near Peterborough. It’s a creative gastro pub with log fires and real ales.’

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Jo’s bathroom Quirky, upcycled flea-market finds add arty, Provençal flair!

Antique in look and appeal, this distressed table is actually brand new. Round distressed garden table, H75x86.5cm diameter, col Blue, £190, Out There Interiors.

Gently blushing stone-coloured flooring adds rustic texture to this bathroom floor. Limestone-style flooring, £70 sq m, Amtico.

Combine blooms with bubbles for the ultimate at-home spa! Leggo Area rug, 60x100cm, col Purple, £32.40, Wayfair.

Gold taps can lend vintage glamour without being over the top. Cooke & Lewis Classic Gold Effect Bath Mixer Tap, H15.6xW23.4cm, B&Q.

Jo’s style secret Don’t be afraid to use unusual pieces in your bathroom. A feature rug can inspire colour accents throughout the scheme.

Modern Country Classic Painted baths If you’re looking to update a country classic roll-top or slipper design with something a little different, a paint finish in a stand-out hue adds instant character and wow factor. Choose a tonal colour for a subtle

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•Heritage Painted Baths for bespoke painted tubs available in a variety of style and colour combinations.

•The Cast Iron Bath Company for bateau and slipper models finished in your Farrow & Ball colour choice. •Drummonds for a choice of jaunty custom matt or gloss painted baths as well as dare-to-be-different designs.

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This innovative light fitting has a sealed glass cover to keep any damp out. Single Malvern bathroom wall light, W7.5xH19xD17.5cm, £134.50; Bathroom Candle shade, H12x15cm diameter, £17.50, both Jim Lawrence.


                      


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Fabric, Furniture and Wallpaper Designers Are you creating key interiors pieces that decorate and furnish the surfaces and rooms in the home? From textile artists to hand-carvers and craftsmen, this one’s for you.

The prestigious prizes The 2017 winners will receive an invaluable package of mentoring, as well as promotion in Country Homes & Interiors. Starting up and running your own business can often be a daunting experience, but our expert panel of Awards mentors (meet them over the page) will guide and support the winners, allowing them to learn new skills and perspectives, while also providing priceless advice and insight. The money-can’t-buy package includes:

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‘Winning the award gave such a boost to my confidence as a new designer. The mentoring advice I won with Melanie Adams of Wallpaperdirect has been invaluable, with practical ideas to make my business a reality.’ Petra Hall of Petronella Hall

‘Winning an award like this is so important for a small business. It was brilliant being mentored by Yeo Valley.’ Emma and George Crawford, Cupsmith

‘It was wonderful that Notonthehighstreet.com saw my potential.’ Jasmine Linington of Jasmine Linington Bespoke Textiles

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ARTISAN PATTERN Draw inspiration from easy-on-the-eye, ethnic-inspired designs to create casual good looks in your country home. Celebrate embroidered zigzags and subtle block prints on relaxed slubby linens in an earthy palette of teal, terracotta and leaf green. Choose rough-hewn furniture for instant rural character and accessorise with utilitarian homewares in modest woven

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Display honestly-made homewares Make kitchen counters and rough-hewn, wall-hung crates the place to gather carved and chunky cooking utensils and tableware. Use simple stencils and wallpaper to create interesting backgrounds. See page 80 for details.


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Dress up slouchy sofas

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DRESS UP SLOUCHY SOFAS Walls, painted in Pure Brilliant White, £18.71 for 2.5L, Dulux. Curtain, Noki in Satsuma/Sky/ Pebble, £39 m, Scion. Isaac sofa in Rockpool washed linen, from £3,110, Sofa.com. U430 armchair, £1,620, Benchmark. Kaleng coffee table, £595; Nandak rug, £595, Lombok. Terracotta pots, similar from Idyll Home. Candle pot, £11.80, St Eval Candle Company. Conga Star Weave trays, £38, House of Fraser. Terrarium, £35, Graham & Green. Beeswax candle, £18.95, James Price candlestick, £75, Selvedge. Kiko box frame, £49.95, Nkuku. Jute spool, £3.50 for 2m, Hobbycraft. Glass bottle (in frame); red enamel pot, similar from Homebarn. Brass planter, £45 for 2, Nisi Living. Butterfly print, £29, Graham & Green. Grid Lino print, £24, Knockout at notonthehighstreet.com. Cushions (from left): 1 Teilo, col Cornflower, £24, Damson & Slate. 2 Monochrome square, £39, Graham & Green. 3 Morelo, 132105, £39, Harlequin. 4 Nahuala III, £175; 5 Antigua tasselled, £115, both Wood Grey. 6 Monochrome rectangle, £39, Graham &

COMBINE NATURAL MATERIALS Shanxi antique stool, £95, Lombok. Ladder, similar from Ebay. Carnival rug, £85, The Braided Rub Company. Hammam towel, £22, Wood Grey. Hamman stripe towel, £45.95, Selvedge. Fern & Moss candle, £34, Wood Grey. Ingrid mug and plate, £7.95 each, Graham & Green. Handmade soap, £5.50, Oggetto. Basket, from a selection, Ikea. Pumice stone, £4.50, Oggetto. Necklace, £48, Anthropologie. Cairo bag, £16.95, Graham & Green. Oat warmer made with Itsuki Charcoal, 7635/01, £55 m, Romo. Hamman towel, £22, Wood Grey. Plough storage pot, £22, Orwell and Goode at notonthehighstreet.com. Bath salts, £20 each, Wood Grey.

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ENJOY CASUAL EATING Walls, painted in French Grey Mid, £45 for 2.5L, Little Greene. Blind, Mikado, 31608/04, £80 m, James Hare. Vintage-style rattan sunburst mirrors, £290 for 5 assorted, The Forest & Co. Nord candle holder, £15, India May Home. Hurricane lantern, £29.99, Oggetto. Graham table, £750, Graham & Green. Wishbone chair, £536, Benchmark. Trestle bench, chairs and zinc jug, similar from Homebarn. Cushions: 1 Poxte Falseria, £115, A Rum Fellow. 2 Nahuala II, £175, Wood Grey. 3 Carpet, £40, French Connection. Maldwyn Stripe blanket, £240, Mourne Textiles. Vardagen tablecloth, £12, Ikea. Hinterland runner, £8, Sainsbury’s. Bowl, £28; marble chutney dish, £60 (two dishes and a tray), House of Fraser. Side plate, £16.95, Nkuku. Chopping board, £32, French Connection. Salt and pepper mills, £47.99 each, T&G Woodware. Tumblers; cutlery, as before. Mali jug, £22, Nkuku. Dinner plates, £32 each, Leach Pottery. Confetti napkins, £12.50 each, Georgia Bosson. Place mats, £39.95 for 6; Misty Blue rug, £140, The Braided Rug Company.

Green. 7 Teilo, col Apple, £24, Damson & Slate. Amroth throw, £85, Damson & Slate. Khadi & Co throw, from a selection at Selvedge. Maldwyn Stripe blankets in orange and blue (on chair), as before. Mugs, £22 each, Leach Pottery. Ingrid teapot, £38, Graham & Green. ClothBound by Julie Paterson, £25, Murdoch Books. Book cover in Porthmeor Beach Vintage Velvet in Studio, £120 m, Liberty. Tweed blankets, £195 each, Mourne Textiles. Hogla floor seat, £120; scarf, £19.95, Oggetto. Pom pom garland, £18.95, Graham & Green. Tray (on floor), stylist’s own.

SURF AND SCRIBE WITH ARTISANAL ACCESSORIES Leather iPad sleeve, £125, Tea Green at notonthe highstreet.com. A4 portfolio, £45; cards, £22 (gift pack), Yateley Papers. Kaweco pen, £20, National Gallery Shop. Board, from a selection, T&G Woodware. Table, plate, mug, bottle, as before. Cloth, Itsuki Dresden Blue, £55 m, Romo. Planter, from a selection at D Byford & Sons.

Forest & Co. Dew Drop mug, £12.95, Nkuku. Tesa sandals, £65, Celtic & Co. Picture frame, similar from Nkuku. Painted picture frames and vintage pictures, similar from Ebay. Romance vases, £3.50 (small), £4.95 (medium), Graham & Green. Tallulah stencil, £6.99, Annie Sloan; painted in Laurel Green, £4.99 for 125ml, Rust-Oleum. Clip, £6.95 for 6, Cow & Co. White Provence pillowcases, £28 for a double bedlinen set, Sainsbury’s. Natural Washed Linen double duvet cover, £139; pillowcases, £24.99, Linen Me. Cushions (from left): 1 Red/ White, from a selection, Khadi & Co at Selvedge. 2 Monochrome rectangle, £39, Graham & Green. 3 (at front) Solitaire, NCF 4220-03, £57 m, Nina Campbell at Osborne & Little. 4 Red/ White, as before. 5 (at back) Morelo, 132101, £39 m, Harlequin. Green throw (just seen), £20, Sainsbury’s. Pom pom bedspread with red stripes, £80; monochrome Geo bedspread, £150, House of Fraser. Throw, from a selection, Khadi & Co at Selvedge. Cotton scarf, £19.95, Oggetto. Notebooks, stylist’s own.

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Glass House terrarium, H28.5x W21xD26cm, £30, National Trust Shop.

Rosa Chinensis gardening gloves (one size), £14.95, Burgon & Ball. Aldsworth Potting Shed shelf, £45; wooden bothy pot, £6.50, galvanised herb pots, £3 each; all Garden Trading.

Herb Garden seed sets, £9.95 for 4 assorted packs, Sophie Conran.

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Liberty Flowers Roberts Revival radio, H15.5xW25xD10cm, £250, Liberty London.

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Willow and zinc planters, small H23cm; medium H25cm; large H30cm, £65 for 3, Nordic House.

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Eden Pressed vase, H25cm, £15, Marks & Spencer.

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The 52 Lists Project journal, £11.99, Oliver Bonas.

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Rose & Peony 1927 hand cream, £8 for 100ml, Sanderson at Heathcote & Ivory.

Wooden Planting Out tray, H15.5x W55xD37cm, £18, Garden Trading.

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Take time out just to sit back in the perfect rattan chair. Chatto armchair, £725; Delilah scatter cushion, col Emma Sage & Warm White, £57, both Neptune.


Fall in love with a delicate china tea set adorned with flourishing flowers and foliage. Mugs, £8 each; sugar pot, £12; creamer, £6; side plates, £8 each; teapot, £32; milk jug, £10, all from the Glasshouse collection by Dee Hardwicke for the National Trust Shop.

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Update a classic neutrally decorated room with a window treatment that has a soft exotic feel. Indian paisleys, Moroccan geometric patterns and ikat prints in muted tones are all ideal for adding a relaxed ethnic feel to a country interior without it being too overpowering. For wide windows, keep the look restrained with a single unifying curtain that can be drawn right back to make the most of the spring sunshine.

Curtain fabric, Weston Natural Tiled, £36 m, Laura Ashley.

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DESIGN SECRETS Similar curtain fabrics, Saphira Orchid, £45 m; and Cante Quill, £39.50 m, both Romo.

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Curtain and blind fabric, Waterperry, col Charcoal, £52 m, Sanderson.

plenty of charm despite their diminutive size. Opt for a classic small print such as a country check, polka dot, tiny sprig or gingham to make a simple cotton curtain. For added interest introduce a larger-style floral design or contrasting pattern as a border or ruffled top panel and keep it fresh for spring by avoiding long lengths or fussy pelmets.

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in sophisticated earthy pastel shades and some relaxed-style curtains and blinds to add a breezy feel to a classic country room. Rebecca Craig, Design Manager at the Sanderson Studio, advises that ‘combining curtains with blinds on smaller windows lets you easily adjust the light throughout the day and has a fresh appeal.’

4 Make the most of the spring breeze with a BREEZY FEEL

window treatment fabric with a soft, floaty feel. Pretty voiles, shimmering silks and loose-weave linens are ideal for creating a curtain with a lovely relaxed vibe. For French windows or doors, update a pair of plain curtains with a seasonal fabric panel made from a print inspired by nature in delicate and pretty pastel hues.

Curtain fabric, Broom & Bee Dusk linen, £72 m, Lorna Syson.

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Curtain fabric, Scandi Stripe Warm linen, £56 m, Vanessa Arbuthnott.

Sycamore Teal readymade curtains, from £28.50, Ashley Wilde.

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refreshingly relaxed sunshine vibe. Cheery tones such as rosy pink, ochre yellow and tangerine orange are ideal for teaming with warm woods and modern accessories. Fabric designer Vanessa Arbuthnott adds that ‘bright colours, especially pinks and yellows, lift the spirits and remind you of the long, lazy light-filled days ahead.’

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but one that’s still suitable all year round, consider doubling a bold floral with a classic check, plaid or stripe. With invisible seams and a simple eyelet heading threaded onto a pole, this will ensure the curtain is easily reversible, allowing you to change the look with the seasons. For best effect whatever the season, stick to pale neutrals and soft pastels.

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then make the most of this link with the outside using a pretty foliage or leafy print. Claire Vallis, Design Director at Harlequin suggests, ‘fresh green tones and natural motifs are a sure-fire way to bring spring into your home. Create a focal point at the window – for example, with flowers – to encourage the eye to it, and to the garden beyond.’

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‘MY DESIGN IDEAS ARE INSPIRED BY THE RIVER AND LANES OF THE CHILTERNS’ Ercol Creative Director Rachel Galbraith

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hree years ago Rachel Galbraith landed her dream job at the iconic UK furniture brand Ercol after previously working for big names such as John Lewis, Tesco and Marks & Spencer. Her design journey started with an art foundation course followed by a degree in furniture design at Loughborough University. The role at Ercol sees Rachel heading up the look for the entire brand, both new collections and heritage pieces, with a wealth of archive designs from the 1950s to update at her fingertips. Away from her studio at Ercol’s Princes Risborough headquarters, Rachel is a country girl and we headed off to the Chiltern Hills to meet her... TELL US ABOUT WHERE YOU LIVE... A cottage in the heart of Henley-on-Thames. Life here is focused on enjoying the river – the town springs into action every summer with the historic regatta. It’s a wonderful place – there are beautiful examples of Georgian architecture and more than 300 buildings designated as having special architectural or historical interest. WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT WHERE YOU LIVE? It has to be the river. I enjoy 94

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spending time sitting quietly beside the water with a picnic, enjoying the scenery. I also love the rolling valleys of the Chilterns and seeing the countryside change with the seasons. HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN A COUNTRY GIRL AT HEART? Absolutely! We spent childhood holidays at our family cottage in Ireland, surrounded by the beautiful Donegal hills, enjoying all the freedom and beauty that nature has to offer, from walks in bluebell woods and running wild in the fields to haymaking and fruit picking. YOU’RE A KEEN ROWER. TELL US MORE... When I’m out at dawn, the first person on the river, with the mist rising and the tranquility and beauty of the landscape and the wildlife, it is quite simply the best feeling in the world and I know it can’t fail to inspire my work. HOW DOES YOUR PERFECT WEEKEND SHAPE UP? With an early morning row at Henley Rowing Club, followed by a tea break with the crew and a trip to the bakery for a treat, then I hop on my bike and cycle out to one of the villages such as Hambleden or Turville. Or sometimes I head over for

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Rachel spends her days working on furniture designs in her light-filled studio.

Rachel enjoys the best of town and country life in Henley-onThames (also right and below).

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The Ercol Cosenza chair and footstool.

The countryside around Henley was the inspiration for The Wind in the Willows.

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Rachel spends every weekend at the rowing club and can’t wait to get out on the water at first light.

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‘MY FAMILY. ALSO, HAVING ACCESS TO THE CITY AND THE COUNTRYSIDE AS IT ENABLES ME TO DRAW ON A WEALTH OF INSPIRATION FROM DIVERSE ENVIRONMENTS’

The Angel on the Bridge is one of Rachel’s favourite places to eat.

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Beautiful buildings are a feature of the countryside in the Chilterns.


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WHAT ARE THE HOT TOPICS LOCALLY? The plans for getting ready for the influx of visitors and tourists that Henley attracts during the summer months!

What do you like about this time of year? It’s wonderful to see the leaves breaking into bud and bright patches of bluebells in the woods. How do you get to work? I am lucky to have a beautiful drive through the Chiltern valley past Stonor Park and through Christmas Common. How will you be spending the bank holidays? Going for a cycle ride along country lanes, maybe stopping off at a little village tearoom on the way.

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WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO EAT? For lunch, either the Angel on the Bridge overlooking the river or the Little Angel opposite the cricket ground. Artisan coffee at Athlete Service is a fantastic pit stop on a long cycle ride. WE’RE COMING TO YOUR PART OF THE WORLD – WHAT WOULD YOU SAY ARE THE MUST-SEES? Head to the regatta of course, plus you shouldn’t miss the Henley Festival and the Rewind Festival. WHAT GETS YOU OUT OF BED IN THE MORNINGS? My role at Ercol is ever-changing and each season brings new projects. It’s an exciting challenge and I love working for a brand that has such a special place in the hearts of UK consumers. DESCRIBE YOUR WORK SPACE... The Ercol building has won a number of awards for architectural design and environmental features. There are large windows that maximise natural daylight and the building is heated by a biomass boiler, fuelled by our wood waste and sawdust. We also only use water-based stains and lacquers in our factory. My work space is surrounded by walls of windows opening out on to wooded landscape and the colours bounce into the showroom. I surround myself with fabric swatches, moodboards, magazines and our library of books. WHO ARE THE DESIGNERS YOU MOST ADMIRE? The architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s work is inspirational. I like the way he balanced everything with nature. There are so many furniture designers I admire – in particular, Arne Jacobsen with his classic designs utilising new manufacturing techniques of the era, and Charles Eames, who made a major contribution by looking at things in a new way.

TELL US ABOUT THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CAREER... It has to be my time here at Ercol – working with a fantastic team of creative people to help drive Ercol to the forefront of British design. It is such an exciting place to be. It’s wonderful because I oversee the look of the entire brand. I organise photoshoots, exhibition stands and the layout of the showroom. The company’s history means so much to me. When I started here, I knew I wanted to bring wood bending back – it’s the technique that Ercol is best known for. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE JOB? The versatility of the product and design, developing new ideas and drawing on the archive. We use a variety of woods, from traditional beech – which originally came from the beech trees in the Chilterns – to walnut, ash, oak and elm. Each has a distinctive look and feel that defines Ercol furniture. THIS MONTH IS LOOKING PRETTY BUSY FOR YOU... Yes, every May we have an open house to showcase our new collections for the season. We also delve into our archives to reproduce iconic heritage pieces in trend finishes with new woods and fabrics. We are working towards the Milan and New York shows, so it’s a busy and exciting time of year.

For more information on Ercol, visit ercol.com or call 01844 271800.

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If you need more room, but can’t quite stretch to moving, clever glass design solutions could boost your living space and brighten your mood, whatever the weather Bespoke kitchens, from £35,000, Martin Moore. Roof lantern, Traditional Roof Lanterns.

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If you need more space for a bigger kitchen, consider an orangery with a lantern roof, which offers more ‘solid’ wall space than a conservatory or modern ‘glass box’ extension. ‘The more glass you

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have, the less wall space is available for kitchen cabinets or appliances,’ says Richard Moore, Design Director, Martin Moore. ‘Kitchens also produce a lot of heat and moisture and, with a little less glass, an orangery will make it easier to keep control of the interior climate.’


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Interior design, Katharine Pooley Interiors. Glass hurricane lamps, from £30 each, Oka.

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A frameless glass and steel mezzanine floor visually connects the second storey to the living space below without blocking light. The interiors in this Oxfordshire home are designed by Katharine Pooley, who has used the honey-coloured stone walls and oak trusses to inspire the colour palette in this impressive space.

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3 Make a link ‘Incorporating nearby barns or outbuildings into usable living space is a popular option for period and listed properties. A minimalist glazed link-way allows you to maintain the integrity and character of the existing buildings and provide a light-filled connection between the original and new spaces,’ says Paul Schofield, Head of Commercial Design, Apropos. An adjoining lean-to conservatory also maximises light and space.

Bespoke glass and aluminium link-way and lean-to conservatory, from £15,000, Apropos.

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Adding a skylight in the same style as the conservatory helps to create a seamless look.


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Glass and oak extension, around £125,000, similar from Prime Oak.

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Similar sheepskin stools, £275 each, Cox & Cox.

4 Natural fit

The timber-framed extension to this Cotswolds-based home was built using local stone and reclaimed oak. ‘Everything you can see is newly installed, but was designed to suit the vernacular of the area,’ explains interior designer Charles Bateson. ‘There’s lots of natural light in this part of the house, so I’ve kept it simple and elegant, with a smooth limestone floor that softly reflects the light.’ A new chimney breast in bush-hammered local stone adds texture.

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The Real Shaker kitchen, painted in Mushroom, from £12,000, DeVol. Similar sliding glass door systems, from £15,000, The Caulfield Company.

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A full ‘wall’ of sliding doors brings serious amounts of light into a new extension, especially if openings are all on one elevation. ‘Sliding door systems are now available in much larger panels, with minimal framing, to give a more contemporary architectural finish,’ says Mark Caulfield, Founder and Managing Director, The Caulfield Company.

Orangery with bi-fold doors, from £35,000 (excluding building works), similar from David Salisbury.

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BUILDING WITH GLASS O PART L1B OF BUILDING REGULATIONS outlines the U values and thermal efficiency, with which all extensions must comply. Ensure the thermal performance of the glass itself and the glass installation – the frame, closing mechanisms, etc – are as efficient as possible for L1 compliance. O THE PASSIVHAUS STANDARD is the Holy Grail of low-energy performance and, with regards to windows, refers to ultra-efficient triple glazing and window profiles. Try Velfac (velfac.co.uk) or Hyperion (efficientwindowsandoors.co.uk). O AN OVER-GLAZED EXTENSION is when the glazing amounts to more than

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25% of the floor area, and falls outside of standard building regulations. In this case, you may need to commission an SAP calculation by an accredited professional (expect to pay around £300 +VAT), which helps you meet thermal targets by making upgrades elsewhere to offset the negative impact of large expanses of glass. O A CONSERVATORY that is installed outside the external walls of the house, separated by external quality, insulated doors and not heated by the main property’s heating system is normally exempt from building regulations, but do check with your local planning office.


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A similar interior by Emma Hooton would cost about £20,000 (excluding building costs).

EVEN WITH SELF-CLEANING GLASS YOU’LL NEED TO CLEAR AWAY WET LEAVES, ETC, SO IT’S IMPORTANT TO ENSURE ANY NEW GLASS ROOFING CAN STILL BE ACCESSED.

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‘Simple lean-to glazing over an unused outdoor space can create the most beautiful, light-filled room,’ says interior designer Emma Hooton. ‘To keep it in use all year round, invest in underfloor heating or substantial radiators. Here, we chose classic cast-iron radiators for a cosy country look. We also added mirrored shelving [just seen on the right], which reflects greenery from the garden.’

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As part of a major overhaul, Leon Smith Architects replaced this property’s crumbling bay windows with modern glass versions. Each bay has a self-supporting cantilevered roof that enables ‘frameless’ glass-to-glass joints. ‘Like many older properties, the rooms have low ceilings so our brief was to bring in as much light as possible,’ explains Leon. ‘With floor-to-ceiling glass, it feels as if you’re part of the garden when you’re standing in a bay.’

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Some people love the open uncluttered feeling of glass day and night, while others prefer to create more privacy and cosiness. Robert Walker, Managing Director, Alexander James Interior Design shares his thoughts on large windows... • A double-height gable window will flood your extension with plenty of natural light. To make it a room you can sit comfortably in all year round, invest in good-quality window films (take a look at solarshield.co.uk) that are nearly invisible and reject the sun’s harmful rays during the summer months. • Hang sheer voile curtains, which will also help to diffuse the light without obstructing views, and provide a degree of privacy. • Protect your furniture by positioning seating away from direct sunlight and choosing robust, fade-resistant materials.

Bespoke glass bay windows, about £6-8,000 each, by W&C Glazing, to Leon Smith Architects’ design.

* DESIGN TIP CONSIDER INTERNAL BLINDS FOR MAINTAINING THE SLEEK LOOK OF YOUR GLAZED SPACE AND YOUR PRIVACY. THE BLINDS NEVER NEED CLEANING AND CAN BE OPERATED AT THE FLICK OF A SWITCH. TRY MORLEY GLASS (MORLEYGLASS.CO.UK).

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Similar garden room, from £20,000 (excluding building costs), Alexander James Interior Design.


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BEDLINENS Slip into a bed freshly made up with the latest sheets and duvet covers, all layered with textured throws and the prettiest cushions WHEN GENTLE SPRING BREEZES begin to stir and windows can at last be thrown open, new linens will bring a country bedroom into focus. ‘At the end of a busy day there is no better feeling in the world than slipping into a beautifully made and blissfully comfortable bed,’ says Chrissie Rucker, MBE, Founder, The White Company. THIS SEASON we’re waking up to inspirational patterns and linens with exquisite detailing. Take your pick from nature-inspired designs to paint a picture of life in the great outdoors. Go for bright flowers bobbing their heads on duvet covers or opt for boats setting sail across calm linen waters. For pattern that’s guaranteed to fit in with a sophisticated neutral scheme, check out the monochrome designs that are popping up everywhere, their simple silver or grey colourways highlighted by intricate but never overwhelming patterns. There’s much to be said for sticking to single-colour bedding decorated with embroidered details or, simplest of all, pure white. ‘Nothing says sweet dreams quite like an all-white bedroom centrepiece,’ says Chrissie. ‘Beautifully timeless and versatile, a mix of different textured white bedlinen, throws and cushions makes for an irresistibly inviting finish.’ TO TRULY SET THE SCENE , the backdrop is just as important as the linens. For the Hamptons look, Kristina Lindhe, Founder and Creative Director, Lexington, recommends a simple, light decorating scheme. ‘White paint or reclaimed cladding works perfectly on walls along with a rustic wooden floor,’ she says. Then just add the linens you love for a refreshing new look.

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Wake up to the loveliness of an English country garden with a cheerful floral scheme. ‘Spring is the perfect time to refresh bedlinen,’ says Lucy Ackroyd, Bedlinen Design Manager, Christy. ‘Updating a bedroom with fresh country floral patterns instantly revives the space and can be the start of a whole new decorating scheme. Take elements of the design and introduce new throws, cushions and flowers to start bringing the look together.’


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Annabelle double duvet cover, £90; matching pillowcases, £35 for 2; Penny double flat sheet, £35; matching Oxford pillowcases, £35 for 2; Atlas throw in Brick Red, £120; Amalfi cushion in Charcoal/Cream, £25, all Christy.

Talia Pineapple Print double duvet set, £39.50; Zebra crewel work cushion, £25, both Marks & Spencer.

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‘This elegant bedlinen is a fusion between the traditional and the contemporary,’ says Elise Nichols, Print Design Assistant, Marks & Spencer. ‘It features hand-drawn pineapples among beautiful parrots and filigree to create an intricate pattern. Designed in muted stone and neutral greys, its minimalistic colour palette means it’s easy to add accessories, such as rugs and cushions in modern patterns, to create an easy luxurious look that’s perfect for any country home.’

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3 New bohemian

Project your personality onto the bedroom, piling the bed high with a glorious mix of linens. ‘We’ve combined a palette of earthy neutrals, intricate patterns and decorative trims to create a bohemian feel,’ says Sue Roberts, Design Director, House of Fraser. ‘Layered bedlinen and throws in varying rustic clay and indigo tones and textures complement each other, creating a sumptuous look for your bedroom.’

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Emi paisley blanket, £70; Kayo block print bedspread, £100; pillowcases, from £25 for 2; cushions, from £15, all House of Fraser.

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Drum side table, £200, House of Fraser.


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THREAD COUNT When buying bedlinen, the thread count is often used to judge the quality, but be aware that the numbers may not always tell the whole story. Thread count is measured by counting the threads in a square inch. Linen with a count of 200 or more is generally considered to be good quality. Higher numbers promise higher quality, but some manufacturers can count individual threads that have been twisted together to make two-ply or several-ply strands, so that the thread count appears much higher. It’s best to go on the feel and handle of the cloth.

Sail Boat double duvet cover, £75; matching pillowcases, from £12 each; Blue woven throw, £95; Blue woven cushion, £40, all Joules.

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FIBRE OPTIONS The type of cotton used to make the cloth for the bedlinen is a good indicator of the quality. The longer the cotton fibre, known as the ‘staple’, the better, and Egyptian cotton is widely regarded as the best. It is carded and combed to remove the shorter fibres, leaving the longer ones in place, creating a strong fine yarn, which can then be woven into a durable fabric.

‘This spring, there’s a nautical vibe to Joules’ bedding collection,’ says Laura Douglas, Head of Print, Joules. ‘Our handpainted design offers a contemporary twist on the classic coastal theme that’s a favourite in many country homes. With a soft painterly appearance of hazy ink-blue sailing boats on one side, and a crisp geometric ikat-inspired print on the reverse, it brings a fresh new look to the bedroom and you will be sure to drift easily away to sleep each night.’

* Villers king-size duvet cover, £189; pillowcases, from £39 for 2; Christobel Dove bed cover, £129, all Sheridan.

CHOOSE A WEAVE Percale is the description for the tight, plain weave used for many sheets and duvet covers because it creates durable bedlinen with a crisp finish. Sateen cotton cloth has long fibres on the surface, making it soft and giving a silkier feel, but it can be less hard-wearing than percale. Chambray is woven using two colours of yarn, while jacquard looms can produce complex woven patterns.

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‘A combination of floral and geometric motifs, trims of satin rope and a soft colour give this bedlinen an opulent, luxurious feel,’ says Jo Jaggs, General Manager of Design, Sheridan. ‘The polished sheen enhances the silver grey tone perfectly; it’s a restful colour for the bedroom and can be an alternative, or complement to, an all-white interior.’

White Ladder Lace double bedlinen set, £50; Luxury White Voile Quilted bedspread, £35; pillow, £16; White Frill cushion, £10, all Sainsbury’s.

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‘The coastal look doesn’t need to involve deckchair stripes – you can use subtle pattern or no pattern at all and yet still create the feel,’ says Kristina Lindhe, Founder and Creative Director, Lexington Company. ‘For bedlinen, take inspiration from the water; think soft blues, greys and green. These can be teamed with deeper classic blues picked out by piping and embroidery.’

Green Mini Check Poplin double duvet cover, £169; pillowcase, £29; Green Printed Sateen double duvet cover, £179; pillowcase, £35; Heritage Printed Pillowcase, £39, all Lexington.

* FALL IN LOVE WITH THE CRUMPLED LOOK OF REAL LINEN SHEETS. MADE FROM FLAX, LINEN IS DURABLE AND COOL TO THE TOUCH. FIND IT IN LOVELY COUNTRY COLOURS SUCH AS PRETTY DUCK EGG AT THE LINEN WORKS, 020 3744 1020, THELINENWORKS.CO.UK.

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Artichokes Blue Bedlinen double duvet cover, £59; pillowcases, £12 each; Waffle throw, £39; Waffle cushion, £22, all Secret Linen Store.

‘Our Artichokes bedlinen is a new take on a trusted favourite motif,’ says Molly Freshwater, Founder, Secret Linen Store. ‘This subtle blue colourway is a wonderfully relaxed look for spring and summer. The high thread count and sateen finish makes it a dream to iron, as well as giving it a super-soft touch. After laundering, the iron should glide over the fabric with minimal effort and creases will just fall out.’

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Heritage Bathrooms Hemsby collection, basin taps start at £200

If you love the look and want to achieve the finish across all your bathroom brassware, then Heritage bathrooms is on the case. Its Hemsby range, with its clean and edgy lines, carries the same pretty rose-gold finish across basin mixers, bath taps and showers. Even the basin waste trap is covered!

DID YOU KNOW? MADE FROM AN ALLOY OF GOLD AND COPPER, ROSE GOLD BOASTS NATURAL ANTIBACTERIAL PROPERTIES THAT MAKE IT A HYGIENIC, FAMILY-FRIENDLY CHOICE.

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Livinghouse Rose Gold collection fixed showerhead, from £380

Victorian Plumbing Heritage Abingdon Blenheim basin and washstand, £615

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean electric toothbrush, £299

Luxuriously wide to ensure an invigorating head-to-toe drench, this fixed showerhead comes in 20cm or 30cm diameter versions and is part of a Rose Gold collection that covers valves, taps and accessories. Made for wall installation, its directional showerhead can be angled to control water spray. Requires a minimum 1-bar water pressure.

Gently tapered rose-gold legs lend a graceful silhouette to this beautiful washstand (H84.8xW65xD47cm), which creates an elegant focal point to a bathroom. The ceramic basin comes in various tap hole options, while an integral towel rail adds a practical element. Order a glass shelf (sold separately) for useful storage.

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A band of rose gold is all it takes to make this high-tech toothbrush pretty enough to be willingly left on display. Featuring Philips’ patented sonic technology, it promises to remove up to 10 times more plaque than a non-electric brush and improve gum health in two weeks. The compact base uses induction technology for speedy wireless charging.

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Marks & Spencer Concrete soap dispenser, £12

Alchemy Design Award Italica 3224P three-hole basin mixer, £2,030

Part of a range which includes a soap dish, tumbler and toiletbrush holder, this soap dispenser boasts a pretty rose gold-plated trim that softens its industrial tones. A textured surface makes it super-easy to grip with wet hands and, with each piece priced from £10-£20, the whole set is reassuringly attainable.

Made by one of Italy’s most exclusive brassware manufacturers, Stella 1882, this exquisitely crafted basin mixer is definitely an investment piece, but it will make you smile every single day. Built to last, the rich pink finish is achieved using copper and pure 24ct gold, preventing any risk of oxidation.

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HOW SHOULD I CLEAN ROSE GOLD? Treat it like any other metal brassware finish, which should never be cleaned with abrasive agents or harsh chemicals or you’ll risk ruining the surface. Instead, use a microfibre cloth, such as an E-Cloth, with plain water or a mild cleaning solution. ● IS THERE A WAY TO AVOID WATER MARKS? Wiping brassware dry after use will stop them forming in the first place, but it can be hard to persuade children to oblige. Selecting a simple design without too many water-collecting nooks and crannies will help (try CP Hart). ● WHAT IF I’D LIKE AN AGED LOOK? If you’re less keen on super-shiny and are happy to let a natural patina develop over time, consider an unlacquered brass finish – try Lefroy Brooks. Great for introducing a rustic/industrial accent, unlacquered brassware looks particularly striking against natural stone tiles in a country bathroom.

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HANGING CHAIRS DESIGNED TO SWAY GENTLY IN THE BREEZE, A SWINGING SEAT IS A MUST-HAVE FOR COUNTRY GARDENS. WHILE AWAY SUNNY DAYS IN ONE OF THESE STYLISH DESIGNS

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Crafted from natural jute, this rustic chair blends in beautifully with the great outdoors. Hanging swing chair, £140, Rockett St George.

This 60s-inspired seat offers a fun, vintage feel. Rattan hanging chair, £675, Out There Interiors.

Light, portable and rainresistant, this chair-cum-tent is a camper’s best friend. Cacoon single hanging chair, £220, Cuckooland.

Available in natural or grey-washed wicker, this handwoven seat epitomises Scandi style. Dante Pod hanging chair, £399, John Lewis.

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This traditional wood bench comes in different styles and sizes, as well as in many Farrow & Ball shades. Harmony swing seat, from £979, Sitting Spiritually.

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An extra-wide pod with comfy cushions is ideal for snuggling up. Amazonas Globo Royal hanging chair, from £996, Houseology.

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An eye-catching hammock seat made from durable cotton combines comfort and style. Bloomingville hammock chair, £79, Amara.

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With its delicate lace design, this freestanding frame doubles up as a pretty decking feature. Egg hanging chair, £350, Cox & Cox.

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Oakland armchair in Boucle Jute.

Winslet leather 3-seater sofa in Capri Putty.

Pip fabric 3-seater sofa in Floss Mocha.

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here are few pieces of furniture that rely on truly lasting comfort more than sofas. After all, you’ll be curling up on yours for many years ahead. This is where G Plan and its generations of experience comes in. Since 1898, this thoroughly British brand has been handcrafting sofas and chairs to order, with styles ranging from simple and classic, to more sleek and modern. For the ultimate comfort, you can select from a range of models with different levels of support, and choose the upholstery to work with your interior scheme. And with 149 fabrics and 42 shades of leather, you’ll find material to work in any style of country home. With the current home trend of appreciating the small comforts of life,

and consumers turning to well-made, reliable furniture, the traditional, solid designs and luxuriously rounded silhouettes of G Plan’s pieces are perfectly on the mark. Whether you’re drawn to the supporting and enveloping comfort of the Milton range, the wooden feet and stylish scrolls of the Gemma range or the contemporary pared-back design of the Winslet, there’s a G Plan piece just right for your country home, ready to bring modern yet classic style. You can also enjoy peace of mind with a 10-year guarantee for the frame and springs, as well as a timeless design that doesn’t compromise on lasting comfort, so you’ll be relaxing on your G Plan furniture for years to come.

Chloe fabric 3-seater sofa in Checkers Oyster.

Take a look... To find your local stockist or order free fabric samples, visit gplan.co.uk.

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Blending ancient and modern CHRISTINA SHANDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S MAGICAL GARDEN LIGHTS UP AT THIS TIME OF YEAR WITH A MULTITUDE OF BLOOMS AS BRIGHT AND BOLD AS THE VIVID PINK HOUSE AT ITS HEART


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In an area of the garden known as David’s Wood, the white trunks of Betula pubescens stand out against the lush grass. Elsewhere, in moist meadows, tall spikes of blue camassias (left) are the stars of the show.

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The path to the front garden is framed with shrubs, including fragrant daphne and witch hazel. A pot of bronze carex sits on the gate post and a carved wooden head can be seen above the wall.

Christina

AT HOME WITH... Owners Christina Shand and David Allum, who live here with Border Terrier Megan and cat Zoe.

House A 250-year-old Georgian stone farmhouse.

Garden Six acres on a sticky acid clay soil with a high water table, including courtyard gardens with lots of containers, a kitchen garden, formal garden, bog garden with obelisk, a field of grasses, ponds and natural rush pasture.

Shand’s uncompromisingly pink house expresses a love of colour that can also be seen woven throughout the equally bold and brilliant garden that unfurls around it. In this wild spot between the Preseli Hills and the Pembrokeshire coast she has made a garden full of exuberant planting, which is quite an achievement on a site with little topsoil, an abundance of rock, and areas of marsh and bog. When Christina moved here in 1994, looking for somewhere to build a new life with her two young children, a muddy lane led to the near-derelict house standing in land covered with a dense blanket of perennial weeds. ‘I liked the place because of the light and its proximity to the sea,’ says Christina, and after spending two years making the house habitable she set to work outside. ‘At first, I just wanted an ornamental garden at the front and a domestic space at the back to grow food, dry washing and sit in the setting sun, but I’d brought masses of plants from my previous garden and they needed planting out.’ Scented azaleas and acers found a home on the steep rocky bank along the drive at the front of the house. Then, bit by bit, Christina pushed further and further into the wild parts of her garden as more areas were cleared to find homes for her containerised plants. Twenty-three years on, the garden’s six acres comprise a mosaic of distinct areas. Some are intensively gardened like the Rickyard, the front garden and the Orchard; others have been left wild to bleed into the beautiful surrounding Welsh landscape. Some are ‘in between’, like the damp meadow near the pond, currently being planted with cream and white camassias,

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Pots of colourful tulips mingle with euphorbias in the Courtyard garden.

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The new leaves of Gunnera manicata.

Tulips grow among herbaceous perennials, including fennel and hardy geraniums, in front of the barn.

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A stainless-steel obelisk in the bog garden reflects the lush planting and the beauty of the ‘borrowed’ landscape.

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The obelisk pheasant’s eye narcissi and chequered snakeshead fritillaries. Rocks and boulders were moved with crowbars as Christina shaped paths and planting areas around the old barn to create the Courtyard garden on one side and the Rickyard on the other. The stony Courtyard garden naturally became home to plants that like good drainage such as tree peonies and Melianthus major. Nowadays this sheltered area, enclosed by the Long Barn and the old tractor shed, is full of striking and unusual containers, like a large shallow slate sink planted with the black Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ and delicate fritillaries, stone sinks of fleshy succulents and large copper pots full of multicoloured tulips. ‘I used to run a business dealing in garden antiques and brought a lot with me,’ explains Christina. With patches of fertile soil where cattle were once penned, the Rickyard is a bold formal space in which seven varieties of clipped evergreens, including pittosporums, yew and box, line a central path, and rusted metal ‘tusks’ arch protectively over a large terracotta oil jar. ‘Abu Hassan’, Christina’s ‘absolute favourite tulip’, fits beautifully here, as do bold blocks of hot red and pink viridifloras, their intensely coloured petals cooled by a green stripe. The distinctive rocky form of Garn Fawr rising beyond a sea of native shrubs and trees forms a backdrop here as it does throughout this ‘garden without boundaries’. The pretty front garden is full of pots of tulips in spring, including orange ‘Ballerina’, yellow ‘West Point’, and lily-shaped ‘China Pink’ in a delightful tutti-frutti mix. ‘I don’t colour theme areas,’ says Christina. ‘I use whatever looks good regardless of whether they’re supposed to work together or not. It’s all about

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Obelisks, tapering columns with four sides, have been used for centuries as monuments and more lately in gardens, either as solid objects or openwork structures to support climbers.

Need to know... • Focal points are designed to draw the eye so make sure the obelisk you use is worth looking at. • Think about the background. If the area is busy with tall plants the obelisk may ‘disappear’, while against a dark evergreen hedge it will stand out. • Choose a mirrored obelisk to reflect surrounding foliage and planting beautifully, even on a grey day. • Place a solid obelisk at the end of a path, or where paths cross at the main axis in the garden. • Use several open-sided wooden obelisks in a border to support climbing plants where most planting is low. They will provide height and interest all year round. • Build your own simple obelisks and paint them whatever colour you like, from subtle moss green to pillar-box red. There are lots of step-by-step guides online.


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What we love most about this garden... ‘The way it merges into its landscape of rock, moor and marsh’

Vibrant tulips ‘Virichic’, ‘China Pink’ and ‘Ballerina’ enliven the seating area in the front garden. Garn Fawr can be seen in the background.


In the Rickyard, tulips mingle happily with clipped box. The deep red tulips are ‘Abu Hassan’, Christina’s favourite.

the particular hues, the proportions and the texture of the plant.’ According to Christina, you haven’t seen a garden if you only walk through it – ‘sitting down is essential,’ she says. So there are seats everywhere, even an improvised swing seat in the form of a wooden bench suspended from the stout limb of an old oak tree. In the bog garden, stone plinths serve as benches from which to admire new gunnera leaves, magenta Primula pulverulenta and the strange pink flowers of Darmera peltata atop bristly stems, all reflected in an extraordinary stainlesssteel obelisk. ‘Sixteen years ago, David and I saw a mirrored obelisk at the Chelsea Flower Show, which we loved but couldn’t afford. So we worked out how to make something similar and a welder in Splott made it for us. I love the contrast between the modern, clean obelisk and the primitive bog plants around it.’ Perhaps surprisingly, astelia and phormiums do well in the bog garden, too, an example of Christina’s willingness to experiment. ‘Most people would give those a dry spot, but I like to try plants in different conditions and see how they respond.’ Bold foliage plants are vitally important in the garden, a lesson learnt from one of Christina’s gardening heroes Beth Chatto. ‘I learnt so much from reading The Damp Garden, particularly about using contrasting foliage. Flowers are just the icing on the cake.’ Dyffryn Fernant, Dinas, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire SA65 9SP (01348 811282, dyffrynfernant.co.uk) opens seven days a week, 1 April to 29 October, 12-6pm.

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ON OUR D O O R S T E P. . . Visit... ‘The Last Invasion Tapestry (01437 776638, pembrokeshire.gov.uk) in Fishguard Library, a beautiful 30m-long embroidery commemorating the last time the British mainland was invaded in 1797, made by local women to mark the event’s bicentenary.’

Shop at... ‘Moorland Cottage Plants (01239 891363, moorlandcottageplants.co.uk) in Crymych, a small hardy plant nursery 700ft above sea level in the Preseli Hills with brilliant plants at good prices.’

Go for a meal at... ‘Peppers (01348 874540, peppers-hub.co.uk) in Fishguard, for excellent food, good wines, Welsh art on the walls and amazing musical evenings.’

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Christina’s favourite May beauties 1 Darmera peltata is moisture-loving, with rosy pink flowers on thick hairy stems. 2 Tulipa ‘Abu Hassan’ is an intensely coloured oxide red tulip edged with gold. 3 Tulipa ‘China Pink’ is lily flowered with lipstick pink blooms and silver green leaves. 4 Tulipa ‘Virichic’ has a green flash along each petal and lasts well when cut. 5 Tulipa ‘Ballerina’ is a popular variety with delicate, pointed petals in deepest orange. 6 Tulipa ‘Cummins’ is an unusual violet pink with pretty frilly edging. 7 Tulipa ‘Cairo’ has ginger orange flowers and a lovely light fragrance.

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FASHION, WELLBEING, ECO, PETS AND OTHER NICE THINGS

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Brighten up your bike

The Cambridge Satchel Company

If you buy just one thing this month, make it a colourful bike basket from ethical lifestyle brand, The Basket Room. Handwoven from sisal grass by craft collectives in East Africa, every sale helps provide the weavers with a sustainable income. The baskets cost from £65 each.

Perfect for shopping, picnics or even a small dog!

If you’re in the market for a new bag, look no further. From satchels and backpacks to cross-bodies, The Cambridge Satchel Company has the most stunning styles, all crafted from leather in an array of shades. The company was founded in 2008 by mother and daughter, Freda Thomas and Julie Deane, after they struggled to find the perfect school satchel for Julie’s children. Originally designed to be purely practical, the iconic bags quickly became a fashion statement and the brand is now recognised worldwide. The creative duo have stayed true to their British roots, employing local craftspeople in their Midlands-based factory. This spring sees a collection in a gorgeous pastel palette, including a mini satchel (above), £135, inspired by the earthy tones of the Provençal countryside.

* Watch out for cottage style Cath Kidston’s colourful new watch collection features three retro designs, offering different takes on her signature floral motifs and all inspired by fabrics from her rural childhood home. Watches (from left), Sketched Rose leather strap, £60; Painted Pansies rubber, £40; Wildflower Bunch Rose leather strap, £60, all Cath Kidston.

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Energise mind and body LIFT YOUR SPIRITS WITH THESE MOOD-ENHANCING MISTS • Perfect for when your energy levels are low, this revitalising spray gives your senses a hit of lime, coriander and orange leaf for a natural boost. Use in the morning, during an afternoon lull or before a night out for the ideal pick-me-up. Energy Mist, £8.95 for 50ml, Tisserand.

It’s a beauty! Enjoy the fresh, floral fragrance of magnolia, geranium and linden blossom. Ode to Spring luxury candle, £25, Eve of St Agnes.

• Designed with busy lifestyles in mind, this handbag-sized bottle holds a blend of 17 essential oils, including grapefruit, lemon and rosemary, which can be used to refresh yourself anytime, anywhere. Energy Burst On The Go Mist, £8 for 5ml, Neom Organics.

• This authentic fusion of oils is designed to balance the power chakra, according to Ayurveda, the ancient healing art of India. Essences of fir balsam, organic lavender and lemon will leave you feeing motivated. Aveda Chakra 3 Balancing Body Mist, £30 for 100ml, House of Fraser.

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Exercising in the open air It makes you feel great. Studies have shown it improves mood, self-esteem and positivity by 50%, as well as reducing stress. ●

● You burn more calories. Uneven terrain and weather conditions result in a more hardcore workout than indoors – and with stunning scenery to look at, you don’t even notice! ● It’s the ultimate energy boost. Did you know that an active 20 minutes in fresh, clean air has the same effect as drinking a cup of strong coffee?

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EVER WONDERED WHY THE RICH, EARTHY SCENT OF RAIN IS SO APPEALING?

In days gone by, it meant a plentiful crop and survival for our ancestors. Today that instinct isn’t quite so acute, but the happy association remains.

* RAISE A GLASS Just in time for English Wine Week (27 May-4 June), Best of England is launching a series of intimate tours to some of the finest vineyards in Sussex. Learn all about the production process from grape to bottle on a half-day experience for £129 per person, including a gourmet picnic lunch in a picturesque spot. Visit bestofengland.com.

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Brew a cup of healing tea MAKE THIS FRAGRANT FLORAL BLEND… INGREDIENTS: 1 part white tea, ½ part rose petals, ¼ part osmanthus flowers To make, pour 1½ cupfuls of hot water over 1 teaspoon of the tea mix. Leave for 15 seconds, then strain. To steep the tea for drinking, pour on fresh hot water and steep for 30 seconds. You can repeat this process five or six times before the flavours start to wane.

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Flower identification apps

Plantsnapp Send a photo of your favourite bloom and a horticultural expert will reply within 24 hours with the plant’s name and details on how to grow it. You can then buy it from one of the app’s affiliated nurseries.

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* Have your dog’s dinner delivered with real style Introducing Wonderboo, a Swedish brand that’s charming the country with its dog-food delivery truck. It’s not quite a case of (pet-friendly) meals on wheels as most orders are posted, but we’re smitten with the all-natural, nutritious food on offer. Given the empty bowls, our furry friends seem to agree. Conveniently packaged into individual servings, current flavours include Swedish ox and cod, as well as grainfree options, with a trial-pack costing just £5.

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Naturetale

Answer a series of questions about the habitat, colour and shape of your mystery flora to narrow down a selection of images. Tap the one that matches to discover more about it. You can also search for butterflies, birds and other wildlife – a rambler’s dream!

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Whether you want to identify a beautiful flower or get rid of a pesky weed, send a picture along with your query and a eam of experts will get back to you with a personalised response.

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OUT AND ABOUT

Enjoy the coastal air from the front deck, overlooking St Mawes harbour.

Request a Grand Sea View room to wake up to amazing views all around.

THE BEST PLACE TO FEEL A SEA BREEZE

The Idle Rocks

FOR A RESTORATIVE DOSE OF FRESH FOOD AND SEA AIR, STAY AT THIS LUXURIOUS HOTEL WITH A HOMELY FEEL IN ST MAWES, CORNWALL From its idyllic position on the harbourside in the heart of the Cornish village of St Mawes, The Idle Rocks boutique hotel is a luxurious bolthole for a seaside getaway. Here, everything’s geared around making your stay feel like a visit to a friend’s stylish home.

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formalities such as check-in desk and breakfast serving times have been done away with in favour of a more low-key, relaxed way of doing things. This is a place that’s all about laid-back luxury, with the best of Cornwall’s great outdoors right on your doorstep.

300 varieties of fruit, vegetables and herbs. The Idle Rocks’ Head Chef, Guy Owen, has designed a seasonal menu championing these amazing ingredients, alongside produce from local fishermen, greengrocers and the best meat the area has to offer. TAKE A SEAT... There are plenty of cosy corners to curl up in. Head to the bookcase-lined sitting room for an ideal afternoon reading spot, or catch the sun on the terrace. LIVE IN LUXURY... Most of the 19 rooms boast sea views. Home luxuries include underfloor heating, oversized beds and hospitality trays piled with local treats.

sailing and kayaking and can all be arranged by the hotel’s concierge, Sid) and off. Two pebble beaches, Summer’s and Tavern, with plenty of rock pools to investigate, are within wandering distance of the hotel, while a host of sandy spots, including Porthcurnick and Carne, are a short drive away. The 630-mile South West Coast Path winds its way through the village on its journey around Cornwall, and there are endless off-the-beaten tracks to be explored. From 2-6 May, the village will be revving up for its annual classic car festival.

MEALTIMES ARE A JOY... The hotel

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HOW MUCH? Rooms start from £240 per night.

enjoys a special partnership with The Lost Gardens of Heligan – 200 acres of historic gardens with over

the perfect base from which to explore Cornwall’s coastline, both on the water (paddle-boarding,

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Happy eating with our favourite

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Lovingly produced in a warm island climate, Jersey Royals are considered the ‘Champagne of the potato world’. Unique in taste and character, they’ve been given a modern makeover thanks to farmer and TV presenter Jimmy Doherty

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JERSEY ROYAL DIPPING PLATTER

SPRING VEGETABLE FRITTATA

The new potatoes take centre stage with this great idea for a tasty snack. SERVES 6-8

Delicious hot or cold – prepare a day in advance and cut into wedges to make a perfect addition to a lunch box or picnic hamper. SERVES 4-6

For the basil pesto 1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped ½ tsp sea salt 50g fresh basil, leaves picked and chopped 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 30g Parmesan, finely grated 25g pine nuts, toasted

For the chive crème fraîche 250g tub of full-fat crème fraîche Bunch of chives, finely chopped ½ juice and zest of 1 lemon Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the chimichurri sauce Bunch of coriander Bunch of flat-leaf parsley 1 tsp of dried oregano 1 garlic clove 1 shallot, peeled and roughly chopped ½ red chilli, deseeded 2 tbsp red wine vinegar 2 tbsp olive oil Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the potatoes 1.5kg Jersey Royal new potatoes, scrubbed (not peeled) and halved if large 50g unsalted butter Small bunch of fresh mint, roughly chopped 1 tbsp pure sea salt flakes 1 tbsp coarse ground black pepper 1 First make the dips and cover and refrigerate each until needed. For the pesto, pound the garlic and salt with a pestle and mortar. Add the basil, grinding until it’s a fairly smooth paste, then trickle in the oil. Add the cheese and pine nuts, and pound once more. 2 For the chive crème fraîche, spoon the crème fraîche into a bowl with the chives, lemon juice and zest. Mix well and season to taste. 3 For the chimichurri sauce, blitz the herbs, garlic, shallot and chilli in a food processor. Add the red wine vinegar, oil and some salt and pepper to taste. Process until smooth. 4 Bring a large pan of lightly salted water to the boil. Add the potatoes and cook for 10-12 minutes until tender, then drain well. Add the butter, mint, salt and pepper and mix well, then place on a large board or platter. Spoon the dips into three small bowls and serve with the potatoes for dipping.

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For the frittata 300g Jersey Royal new potatoes 100g fresh peas, podded or frozen 100g broad beans, podded and shelled or frozen 6 large free-range eggs 3 tbsp mint, roughly chopped Salt and coarsely ground black pepper 1 tbsp olive oil 20g unsalted butter 4 baby courgettes, sliced in half lengthways 4 salad onions, thinly sliced 1 garlic clove, crushed 100g feta cheese, crumbled

For the pea shoot and mint salad 40g fresh pea shoots 40g fresh rocket leaves Small bunch mint, leaves torn 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil Squeeze of lemon juice Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 Cook the Jersey Royals for 12-15 minutes until tender. Drain and, when cool, slice thinly. 2 Cook the peas and broad beans in boiling water then drain and refresh under cold water. 3 Whisk the eggs in a medium bowl with the mint, salt and pepper. Heat the oil and butter in a 24cm non-stick ovenproof frying pan. Add the courgettes and cook for 1-2 minutes, then add the potatoes, onions and garlic, and cook for 3-4 minutes. Stir in the peas and broad beans, reserving 10g of each for the salad. 4 Preheat the grill. Pour the whisked egg over the vegetables and crumble over the feta, reserving 20g. Cook over a gentle heat for 10-12 minutes until almost set. Transfer the pan to the grill and cook for 3-5 minutes until the top is golden. 5 Place a plate or board over the top of the pan and turn out the frittata. Slice into wedges. 6 For the salad, wash the pea shoots and rocket, dry and tear into bite-sized pieces. Add to a bowl with the mint, reserved peas, broad beans and feta. 7 Drizzle the leaves with the oil and lemon juice, and season. Serve with the frittata.


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ONE-PAN SPICY FARMER’S BREAKFAST This makes a hearty weekend brunch. If you don’t have a very large frying pan, split the ingredients across two smaller pans. SERVES 4 3 tbsp light olive oil 4 large spicy sausages 50g smoked pancetta, diced ½ medium red onion, peeled and diced ½ red and ½ yellow pepper, deseeded and cut roughly into 1cm squares Pinch of dried chilli flakes 1 tbsp flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 250g Jersey Royal new potatoes, scrubbed (not peeled) and thinly sliced 4 baby courgettes, cut in half, lengthways 20g unsalted butter 4 large free-range eggs

500g Jersey Royal new potatoes, scrubbed (not peeled) and cut in half 360g halloumi cheese, cut into 3cm cubes 1 medium aubergine, cut into 3cm cubes 200g cherry tomatoes 4 straight stems of rosemary, around 25cm long Sea salt and coarsely ground black pepper

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1 For the mint oil, add all the ingredients to a food processor and blitz for 1-2 minutes until smooth. 2 For the skewers, add the potatoes, halloumi cheese, aubergine and tomatoes to the mint oil. Mix well to ensure that all the ingredients are evenly coated. 3 Strip the base leaves from each rosemary stem, leaving the top 4cm of each with leaves. Thread alternately potato, halloumi, aubergine and tomatoes along each stem until all the ingredients are used up. 4 Preheat the barbecue or grill. Cover the rosemary leaves at the top of each of the skewers with aluminium foil to prevent burning. 5 Barbecue or grill or the skewers over a medium heat for about 10-15 minutes, turning regularly until the potatoes are cooked and the vegetables are golden. Baste occasionally with the mint oil. 6 Serve with a drizzle of the remaining mint oil.

25g fresh mint, leaves only 150ml extra-virgin olive oil Sea salt and coarsely ground black pepper

• For information on Jersey Royal potatoes and more delicious seasonal recipes, visit jerseyroyals.co.uk.

HALLOUMI ROSEMARY SKEWERS For minty skewers, prepare the oil a few hours before and leave the ingredients to slowly marinate. SERVES 6

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1 Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large frying pan or two smaller ones. Add the sausages, brown and cook for 5-10 minutes, turning regularly. Remove and set aside. 2 Add the pancetta, onion, peppers and chilli to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir through the parsley and season. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. 3 Heat the remaining 1 tbsp of oil in the pan then add the potatoes in a single layer. Cook for 2-3 minutes each side until crisp and golden. Add the courgettes, stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes until they begin to soften and colour. 4 Return the onion, pancetta and peppers to the pan with the sausages and cook for a further 5-10 minutes. With the back of a spoon, make four 8cm circles between the vegetables. Add a small knob of butter to each circle, then break one egg into each. Cover the pan and cook over a medium heat for 2-3 minutes until the whites are set and the yolks still runny. Serve in the pan with hot buttered toast.

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House A contemporary new-build, designed to look like a collection of traditional farm buildings in rural Hampshire.

with views of the countryside. The room has glass walls, so the kitchen had to be mainly island-based, with the Aga taking centre-stage.

Kitchen size 6x10m. Designer Andrew Hall, Woodstock Furniture.

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The kitchen’s layout had to be compact and efficient, with the large island housing the dishwasher, under-counter fridge and sinks.

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For a modern take on a traditional farmhouse kitchen, Claire chose walnut units to contrast with the rest of the room.

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wanted a big, open-plan kitchen, with a contemporary feel and a traditional layout – a light, bright space we could entertain in,’ says Claire Lopez, who spent 18 months living in a bungalow on the building site of her new family home. ‘We bought the bungalow to build on the land,’ she says. ‘We loved the location – it faces a Bronze Age hill fort – and we knew we could create a lovely country house here.’ Claire and Pedro approached an architect friend to help them with the whole process, including the design of the contemporary farmhouse kitchen. ‘I wanted my kitchen to be more than just functional – it had to be the heart of the home – and my dance floor, too!’ says Claire. The couple found kitchen designer Andrew Hall from Woodstock Furniture through friends. ‘It was wonderful to work with such an unassuming, creative person,’ says Claire. ‘Andrew enhanced and progressed my ideas rather than trying to put his stamp on the kitchen.’ Claire’s brief was very simple: the room had to include a walk-in larder, an Aga, a huge island with 138

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lighting above, and the cabinetry had to be raised. ‘I didn’t want standard-height cabinetry. I like it tall and lean as I think it gives the room a bespoke look,’ she explains. ‘Andrew designed it accordingly, using all the available storage space. The work surface I chose is nearly 10cm thick, and I had the Aga raised, too. These details help to make the room look long and elegant.’ The thick quartz worktops, matched with stainlesssteel plinths and bar handles, brought the durable agricultural ethos Claire and Pedro were aiming for. Together with the attractive grain of the walnut veneer and the light limestone floor, they create a room that’s packed with texture and interest, but also bright and streamlined. And did Claire and Pedro manage to create the warm, sociable space they wanted? ‘When we’re entertaining, people always gather in here, and it’s the first room any member of the family goes to when they come home. I hear the kettle go on the Aga, the larder door open, and I think, “they’re home”.’


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Claire was keen to add a touch of glamour and luxury to her new kitchen, so she had the interior of the cabinets painted and the glass splashback back-sprayed in a contemporary dark purple. ‘The idea is that of a brightly coloured, vibrant lining of a Savile Row suit!’ says designer Andrew Hall of Woodstock Furniture. ‘I think the large purple splashback creates a fabulous mirror to the entire room, too.’

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The colourful glass splashback makes a statement in the new kitchen, and is highly practical, too.


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Drawers under the island neatly store all the crockery the family need day to day.

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‘As a new-build project, it was possible to create a large walk-in larder and plenty of worktop space. This allowed us to use minimal cabinetry within the kitchen, with everyday-use crockery and utensils housed in well-organised drawers in the island,’ explains designer Andrew Hall. ‘The drawers are smartly divided for storing cutlery or have peg boards for neatly separating the crockery; there’s even a handy mug drawer to the side of the dishwasher.’

‘The breakfast station in this cupboard is my favourite feature,’ says Claire. ‘It’s so useful.’

The details CABINETRY Contemporary-styled bespoke cabinetry with flush walnut exteriors and spray-painted interiors, walnut bar handles and stainless steel effect plinths, from £30,000, Woodstock Furniture.

SURFACES Honed Diresco Divinity Summertime worktops, including polished sink cut-out and drainer grooves, £500 sq m, Woodstock Furniture. Dark purple glass splashback, £750, Saper Glass. French limestone floor tiles, Artisans of Devizes; similar tiles Albemarle Tumbled Limestone, £90 sq m.

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APPLIANCES Maytag fridge, existing; for similar, Maytag Premium American Fridge Freezer, £1,948, Appliances Direct. Four-oven Aga, from £6,995, John Cooper & Sons. Fisher Paykel integrated Double DishDrawer dishwasher, £1,049.99; Miele flush fit extractor, £1,200; Miele under-counter fridge (in island), £725, all Woodstock Furniture.

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Claire already owned her Maytag fridge, so to incorporate it into the kitchen, designer Andrew came up with the idea of building a cabinet around it in the same proportions. ‘It has a roll-out tray for the toaster, jams and ketchup,’ Claire explains.

SINKS AND TAPS Similar Kohler Icerock sinks, around £334 each; similar Kohler Forte pull-out stainless steel tap, around £389; Hansgrohe Allegra Starck tap, £390, all Woodstock Furniture.

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MAY DAY MOMENTS CELEBRATE THE MONTH OF HIGH DAYS AND HOLIDAYS WITH PRETTY PINK FLOWERS FASHIONED INTO DAINTY DECORATIONS AND DISPLAYS

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Instead of foliage, use herbs such as thyme or rosemary or, later in the season, lavender to add a delightful scent.

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Vintage tea cups never go out of fashion – you’ll find pretty examples sold on Etsy and Ebay or you could keep an eye out in charity shops and at car-boot sales. The cups make perfect little planters and using them like this is a great way to keep your favourites out on display all the time. Simply scatter a little grit in the bottom of each cup before potting up a flowering plant – pick small-scale varieties, such as the pink daisies used here, to complement the size of the cups. For a neat finishing touch, top the soil with fresh moss. Check the plants regularly so they don’t dry out, but be careful not to overwater or the roots will become waterlogged. These would also look lovely as a place-setting idea. Simply make up a plant marker with your guest’s name and pop into position in the tea cup beside the plant.

Be inspired by May Day celebrations and create a flower-filled headdress to wear or display. Start by covering a craft ring with green florist’s tape, then build up a layer of foliage by attaching leaf cuttings to the crown using florist’s wire – mix different leaf varieties for an attractive, textural look. Work from one side of the crown into the centre, facing the foliage towards the centre and keeping the stems to the back, tucking in and layering up each cutting as you go. Repeat to cover the other side of the crown. Use the same technique to work in single floral stems. Select seasonal flowers such as ranunculus and spray roses, both of which are good at holding their shape out of water. Keep the crown in a cool place until needed.

Chair decorations Trim chairs for special celebrations with jars of fresh flowers. To make, start by winding thin-gauge wire around the rim of a glass jar, joining the ends together by twisting securely. Use another length of wire to make a loop to create a handle for the top of the jar and secure at the rim by twisting around the wire circle. Decorate the jar with stickers and linen ribbon secured in place with double-sided tape. To secure the jar to the chair, tie a piece of rope to the wire handle and hook it to the front of the chair using picture hanging tape (we used small Command strips, £2.50 for three packs or four strips, available at Amazon). Snip your chosen flowers to fit into the jar and add a small amount of water to keep the blooms fresh. Pantry Design labels (in a set with lid covers and ties), £3.95 for 12 of each, Dotcomgiftshop. Linen ribbon, from a selection at Hobbycraft. Wire and rope, from all good garden centres. French linen napkins, £8 each, Nisi Living. Kempton Grey wrap, £109, Plümo. Other items, all stylist’s own.

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Nosegay napkins Package up a posy of flowers into a napkin wrap for a personal touch at your spring dining table. Use flowers that will keep their shape well while out of water – we chose ranunculus and spray roses – and remember to give the blooms a good drink of water before use. Measure the length of your chosen napkin when rolled up, then add 10cm. Cut the flower stems to this length and bunch together into a posy, securing in the middle with florist’s wire. Roll the napkin around the posy of flowers, then secure with a band of ribbon or a linen braid held in place at the back with double-sided tape. Add an extra piece of twine or string around the ribbon or braid for more decoration, if desired.

Georgia Bosson Confetti napkins, £11 each; French linen napkins, £8 each; Natural Fringe napkins, £10 each; stainless-steel cutlery, £115 for 20 pieces, all Nisi Living. Ribbons, from a selection at Hobbycraft. Vintage hemp, florist’s wire, both as before. Measuring cup, £5 for 4 assorted, George at Asda. Other items, all stylist’s own.

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Craft ring, from a selection, The Little Crafty Bugs Company. Florist’s tape and wire, from good florists. Vintage hemp, £23.95 m, Selvedge. Napkin, £10, Nisi Living. Scissors, £10, Curious Egg. Jug, £7.50, Cox & Cox. Spool, from a selection, Jane Means.

Vintage Royal Vale tea cups, from a selection, Maddy Vintage Hostess at Etsy. Chunni chopping board, £29.95, Nkuku. French linen napkins, £8 each, Nisi Living. Other items, all stylist’s own.

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‘MY AMAZING BAKES AND CAKES ARE EDIBLE WORKS OF ART’ A rtisan baker Helen Bakunowicz

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aving worked as a fashion textile designer and later as a colour and trend forecaster, design and creativity have always been important influences for Helen Bakunowicz. For the last two years, Helen has transferred her skills from the world of design consultancy to artisan bakery, and has been busy creating her own company, The Bakemonger. Her inspirational ‘edible tapestries’ and ‘cakescapes’ are mini works of art, blurring the boundaries between food and fashion. ‘I graduated from Brighton in 2001 with a degree in Fashion Textiles Design and spent time designing in Lake Como and New York before settling back in London,’ says Helen. ‘I moved into trend forecasting and consulted international brands across fashion, footwear and interiors. Colour, detail and texture have influenced my thinking on everything. ‘Subconsciously, food references began to feature regularly on my trend moodboards and I was increasingly inspired by the creators of awe-inspiring food experiences,

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such as Bompas & Parr,’ says Helen. What began as a hobby – baking for friends and family, quickly took over and Helen felt a desire to merge it with her trend work. In 2013, Helen applied for The Great British Bake Off and got down to the last 24. ‘I was so disappointed to not make the final cut and decided I really wanted to create my own baking business,’ says Helen. The same year, Helen and her husband, Paul, a naval weather forecaster, moved from Portsmouth to Frome in Somerset, buying a home and establishing firm roots. ‘It’s such a beautiful area, and it has transformed life for us and our Red Setter, Dotty. Frome is buzzing with creativity and it felt the right place for me to launch my business,’ says Helen. ‘I knew I could bake well enough and started drawing designs to create a website for launch,’ she says. ‘When I sketched the name The Bakemonger, I loved that it conjured up the feeling of master baker – purveyor of a craft.’ In September 2014, The Bakemonger launched at The Frome Independent – an

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exciting monthly food market. ‘Customers were intrigued by my designs,’ says Helen. ‘I wanted to transform the image of baking from a dry slab of fondant cake or a homogenous cupcake and spark a reaction – explosive colours, smells and taste. Everything has to be edible and experimental, but also with a refined, modern aesthetic.’ Working from home and creating her own website and marketing materials has enabled Helen to get underway with minimal outlay. ‘I already had my food mixer so start-up costs really involved buying more cake tins and having banners printed for my stall,’ she says. Each design is driven primarily by colour

Helen packs a collection of individual carrot, pecan and cardamom cakes.

and texture, and is influenced by her love of art, design and culture. ‘I still work on freelance projects as a colour and trend forecaster and I like the mix – my baking is inspired by this,’ says Helen. Helen’s working notebook is full of ideas that show the depth of thinking behind each bake. Experimentation and innovation are key – the basic ingredients of flour, sugar and eggs may be simple, but the magical layering of flavours and decorative detail has taken time to perfect and is constantly changing. Dehydrated fruits, rice paper origami, edible flowers, honeycomb and tempered chocolate are among the delicious layers that Helen boldly curates into three-dimensional sculptures. ‘I never work with fondant icing or bought-in decorations – I want each piece to be a handmade show-stopper. Every item is handmade to order and specially tailored for each customer.’ Within two years Helen has extended her business from The Frome Independent and is now the in-house baker for boutique store, Caro Somerset. She also supplies art gallery, Hauser & Wirth in Bruton, creates stunning installations for weddings and occasions, and hosts workshops at Babington House and Anthropologie. ‘The Frome Independent is where I test the water,’ says Helen. ‘It’s also where I get to chat to customers and I’m always grateful for the response.’ As well as appearing on James Martin’s Home Comforts recently, Helen’s social media pages are also sparking press attention, with Vogue voting The Bakemonger’s Instagram feed among the top 15 accounts that food lovers should follow. ‘I want my customers to get truly excited about their bakes and dream about the taste. They are conversation pieces – edible delights that I hope will inspire long after they have been devoured.’ ☎ The Bakemonger, 07765 825200, thebakemonger.com.

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✽ ON OUR D O O R S T E P. . . Visit… ’Heaven’s Gate (strollingguides.co.uk/books/ Wiltshire/places/heavensgate) on the Longleat Estate. It’s our absolute favourite walk.’

Shop at… ’Caro Somerset (01749 813931, carosomerset.com) in Bruton. We are their in-house baker, but it is genuinely my favourite local store, full of contemporary and timeless objects.’ The Walled Garden at Mells is where Helen often comes to walk Dotty and sketch ideas. The beautiful surroundings and seasonal floral colours provide an inspirational setting for Helen’s creativity.

Go for a meal at… ’The Ethicurean Restaurant (01386 852461, theethicurean.com) near Wrington, a magical British restaurant set in a beautiful walled garden. Food is seasonally led and ingredients are foraged locally.’


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HOW TO WORK COLLABORATIVELY Our guide to creating beneficial relationships with other businesses

With more than five million small businesses in the UK, collaboration can prove highly effective, as Helen Bakunowicz, owner of The Bakemonger, has shown. By joining forces with like-minded creatives, businesses can harness the power of the collective, share ideas with similar people and use each other’s business platforms to facilitate growth.

Raise awareness among a larger target audience through pop-up collaborations. The monthly pop-up food market in Frome has been a great tool for Helen to take her wares to a regular audience and to test the water with new ideas. Design companies, such as Ben Pentreath, offer a pop-up shop space throughout the year, as do department stores, local shops and art galleries. Be bold and make approaches.

Use social media to attract potential collaborations. Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest are all brilliant ways of taking your products to an international audience. @the_bakemonger Instagram page has been described by Vogue as ‘more like modern art installations than social media snaps’. Create a professional eyecatching look and watch your profile and business grow. Katherine Sabbath, a hugely successful Sydney-based baker with over 350,000 followers on Instagram, promoted Helen’s business on her Instagram account, resulting in an immediate jump of 2,000 followers in 24 hours. Helen was also invited to ‘takeover’ Stylist magazine’s Instagram feed for 24 hours last year – a free opportunity to showcase her work to their many followers. This resulted in both a surge of new orders and followers.

Consider high-profile venues that may benefit you mutually. Think about approaching other companies

Press, TV workshops and publishing are all great ways to collaboratively take your brand to a wider market. Take

Create complementary collaborations that can provide increased revenue opportunities for both parties. Helen has worked with Bruton-based lifestyle store Caro Somerset as its in-house baker, which has given both great opportunities.

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that may need your services for events. Helen supplies bespoke creations to high-profile art gallery Hauser & Wirth for special occasions, which in turn raises awareness of her brand with a new extended audience.

time to consider any offers and ensure your brand integrity is protected. Consider these four things for meaningful collaborations. Digital publication Real Business has been an online champion of UK enterprise. It invites established business owners to offer regular business guidance. Rahul Parekh, co-founder and CEO of EatFirst, offers the following insights into creating meaningful collaborations: 1 Strategy. When deciding to collaborate with a business, develop a plan that discusses the ’why’ before the ‘how’. Set a clear strategy and outline your objectives. 2 Chemistry. With any relationship, the chemistry needs to be right. Make sure your partner business reflects your own brand ethos and objectives. 3 Reach and synergy. It might make more sense to link up with a small company rather than a large corporation that may not have your interests at heart. 4 Opinion. Every business will have different views and positions on a particular sector. It’s important you take on board these thoughts as they could provide invaluable insights you had previously never thought about. ☎ For more information about Real Business, visit realbusiness.co.uk.

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‘THE RUTLAND BIRD LIFE IS A CONSTANT SOURCE OF INSPIRATION’ Print-maker and painter A ngela Harding

My studio is at the bottom of the garden, overlooking fields and gentle sloping hills. It’s not a dramatic landscape, but more a soft and comforting one and, to me, feels very much like home. Rutland Water is just over the ridge and my studio looks out onto the track that leads up to the view, so I have the sensation of being enclosed by nature. I love the textures and patterns of the countryside, the blocks and shapes of the fields. I’ve lived here in Rutland, the smallest county in Britain, since 1988. Before this I moved around a lot, but for the past 10 years I have worked 170

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in my studio at the bottom of my garden in a village called Wing – very apt for a woman inspired by birds.

There’s a brook nearby where the hares come to drink, often leaping across the water. Hares also feature a great deal in my work. There tends to be a lot of hare coursing around here and sometimes the dogs get lost. We’ve rescued several including, last summer, Lily the lurcher who turned out to be pregnant and had a litter of six puppies.

I’ve cycled 3,000 miles around the British coastline so I’ve seen some pretty stunning views of the UK on my travels, but my favourite is still the one on my own doorstep. The whole area inspires my work and I chose to live here for that reason.

I’m a passionate gardener and in summer spend all my time outside. I opened my garden as part of the National Gardens Scheme last year. What visitors most enjoyed was the view – I wanted to share it because it’s so important to me. As you walk through the passageway at the side of the house and the view opens up before you, it’s like my own very special Narnia.

Angela’s recent exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (ysp.co.uk) has led to a merchandising range, including gift wrap, tea towels and oven gloves. She has a book in the pipeline, as well as three exhibitions lined up for this year and an Open Studio event in June. For more details, visit angelaharding.co.uk.

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