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…to your October issue. With the cooler autumn weather and darker evenings on their way, I find myself drawn to interiors that are cosy and comfy; rooms that just have that air of relaxation. All of this month’s readers’ homes exude lived-in character, but if there is an art to cultivating the look, then the owner of our cover house, JP Kelly, has nailed it. Nothing in his Georgian townhouse in Brighton (page 64) is overly fussy, and the furniture isn’t so precious that Walt – his dog, and the real star of this month’s cover – can’t lie out across it. And, to me, that is what a home is. A place where everyone – family, children, guests and, yes, pets – can truly relax. Some of the best downtime in my household is spent cuddled up on the sofa, the cats taking up more of the seat cushions than the humans. Of course, in this scenario, I like to feel nice and toasty. I always have a woolly blanket at hand (shop for one on page 16), but to make a bigger impact I’m also investigating a wood-burning stove for the living room, so found our heating special, from page 134, a good starting point. The room is actually quite warm so I’m cautious about oversizing the stove, but I can’t wait to get one fitted to create a cosy centrepiece. My kitchen, on the other hand, is freezing cold in winter, so as part of its redesign I’m toying with the idea of underfloor heating. However, I’m mindful of the fact that I need to look at finding ways to reduce heat loss in the space first. So we’ve followed our heating special with 10 ways to make a home more energy efficient (page 145). From increasing insulation levels to investing in renewables, there is a solution here to help everyone reduce their reliance on fuel. If you have a good idea for cutting down on energy use, or want to tell me about your home, tweet me @MelaniesHome.

FROM TOP Our cosy, comfy cover home, page 64; buy a beautiful blanket to cuddle up under, page 16; invest in a new heating solution, from stylish wood-burners to underfloor heating solutions, page 134



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We round up the latest interiors offerings Choose accessories in classic soft stripes to add symmetry to your interiors, plus beautiful cosy blankets and throws


Jazz age

Re-create the elegant style of the Roaring Twenties with exotic motifs, shimmering materials and curvilinear forms that echo Art Deco designs


96 Hot off the press

We take a look at the luxury trends for the new season, and our pick of new product launches, ahead of Decorex



Past to present

The latest happenings and events in the antique, vintage and art worlds

23 The cool, calm collector

Fake or not fake? Marc Allum delves into the tricky business of spotting reproductions from genuine originals

178 My vintage world

Amanda Knox, founder of Decorative Country Living, shares her favourite vintage pieces and pastimes


Magic touch

Catherine Hills, jeweller for the Harry Potter films, has also brought her spellbinding creativity to her Victorian villa

Industrial evolution

The façade of Lisa Jackson’s post-war semi-detached home gives no hint as to its imaginative and eclectic interiors, which are full to brimming with recycled utilitarian and vintage finds

Creative spirit

Undaunted by the state of disrepair of a Swedish country farmhouse, serial renovator Ulrika Rindegårds transformed it into a welcoming home full of fleamarket finds

Star potential

Film production designer JP Kelly applied his eye for detail to his Georgian townhouse in Brighton, rebuilding a precarious extension and restoring period features

A tale of two halves

Merlyn Chesterman has filled her home, one half of a Georgian manor, with a lifetime’s collection of intriguing pieces sourced from around the world

GARDENS 109 On the grapevine

Gardening news, products and advice

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With no horticultural training, but bags of enthusiasm, Louise and Derek Ness have created a colourful and productive wildlife-filled garden on the Isle of Wight

121 Grand openings

Frame the view or set the scene for the style of the outdoor space beyond with a well-chosen garden gate

FEATURES 24 Into the wild

The world’s diverse natural ecosystems inspire the designs of Ursula Hunter’s graphic lino block prints for textiles and wallpapers, all created in her Edinburgh garden studio


Colour distraction

Learn how to embrace the imperfect, unstyled elements of your home, and use paint creatively to distract the eye

123 Out & about

Find out how the Edwardian hostess Margaret Greville entertained the great and good of her day at her country residence of Polesden Lacey, with its touch of the Ritz


radiators, we look at the various options available for heating an older property

Nature & nurture

How to heat your period home

From stoves and fireplaces, to underfloor heating and


10 ways to save energy

Respect your home’s heritage yet make it more energy efficient with cost-effective and eco-friendly solutions

RENOVATION & PROPERTY 131 Property know-how

The latest renovation products and advice, and expert Douglas Kent answers your maintenance queries

151 Reclaim & reuse

We trawl for treasure at the salvage yards, plus advise on the range of uses for old stone architectural features

153 A solid footing

Expert Ian Rock advises on how to repair and maintain solid floors, from encaustic tiles to simple flagstones

REGULARS 94 Subscription offer

Subscribe to Period Living today for £30 and receive two free Clissold baskets from Habitat, worth £25!

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October shortlist Our pick of the latest interiors offerings, from furniture and lighting to home accessories



Make the most of autumn’s warm evening light before the clocks go back, and enjoy the delights of the shifting seasons by dining alfresco. To create the perfect rustic table setting, team raw timber and natural foliage with plenty of cosy throws, from £80; warm speckled dinnerware, from £6; and textured Leaf cushions, £20 each, from the Linea Home Nature’s Collage range at House of Fraser. ( OCTOBER 2016 9

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Josefin Landälv, weaver and designer

It was during her BA in Textile Design at Chelsea College of Art that Josefin first became interested in sustainable design. Keen to experiment with materials, Josefin chose to explore greener ways of using cellulosic fibres from trees in textiles for her final project, which, since graduating, has led to her collection of woven paper lampshades. Made by stitching together cloth woven from Finnish paper yarn, each piece is free of glue and stiffening agent plus can be disassembled, and recycled at the end of its life. What’s more, the flame-retardant material is non-toxic. Drawing on her Scandinavian heritage, the pieces come in a range of primary brights, echoing colours found in Swedish folklore and landscape.

FROM TOP Lampshades in Blue Diamond, £160; Orange Mountain, £190; Blue Snowflake Diamond, £395 (cargocollective. com/josefinlandalv)

FLORAL FANCY As the weather starts to change, why not turn to fabric for your flower fix? New from Lorna Syson, these British Garden Pansy (top) and Chrysanthemum cushions, £52 each, are the perfect way to bring the outside in. (


From the hedgerow This autumn welcome the flora and fauna of the British countryside into your home with the National Trust’s latest kitchenware. Designed in collaboration with artist and designer Dee Hardwicke, the collection features a delicate motif of leaping hares, oak leaves and acorns across everything from cups to cake stands and kitchen textiles. From £6 for a teatowel at selected National Trust shops and

New from comes an ingenious space-saving solution. Featuring a fold-out bed cleverly concealed inside an upholstered bench, the Hetty Bed in a Box, H42xW107xD74cm, will turn a living room into a guest room in seconds. Priced from £530.

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EAST-COAST STYLE Lexington’s debut wallpaper collection captures its signature New England look. Designed in collaboration with Swedish brand Boråstapeter, the nine prints range from stripes and florals to maps and literature in a palette of sand, beige, dusky pink and navy blue for a relaxed feel. The designs are named after authors who lived and worked in New England, such as Mark Twain, who wrote Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; Harriet Beecher Stowe, who wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and Emily Dickinson, one of America’s foremost poets. Re-created from an 1899 guide book, this Boston Harbour map mural, H186xW135cm, is one of two in the collection, and costs £85. (

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SEASONAL SCENT Fill your home with the captivating aroma of Autumn, the new home fragrance from The White Company. With sweet notes of pear, quince and amber, this signature candle costs £20. (020 375 89 222; OCTOBER 2016 11

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UPDATED CLASSIC With a cool Carrara marble top and a solid oak frame that offers an angular take on the traditional farmhouse silhouette, the new Cooks table from Heal’s is perfect for those that love vintage style with a contemporary twist. H76xW190xD95cm, it’s priced £2,795. (020 7896 7451;

EYE ON DESIGN Sam Hood, co-founder at Amara, talks about the brand’s Own Label collection TELL US ABOUT AMARA’S NEW RANGE The collection consists of four trends: Fantasy, Heritage, Graphic and Luxe. By combining our own signature style and knowledge and working closely with our favourite manufacturers and brands, we have selected and created the very best pieces that we know our customers will love. It’s been a great experience to work with some of the most talented people and finest brands in the industry, for example leather

producer GioBagnara, cashmere producer Johnstons of Elgin, and silverware specialist Carrs of Sheffield. WHAT INSPIRED THE HERITAGE COLLECTION? We wanted to include a classic country home range, but with a modern twist. It features coloured glassware, chic silk bedlinen and luxurious faux furs to evoke a glamorous but contemporary look. The paisley print Ashdown bedlinen is my favourite product, as the print is typically English and evokes a relaxed, stately feel.

From the ports of Amalfi to the villages of Portugal, capture the essence of the Mediterranean with Balineum’s new Series S ceramic tiles, handpainted in Italy. Taking inspiration from these seaports, the designs will add a kaleidoscope of colour, Capri style, from £380 per m2. (020 7431 9364;

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Lille Dove Grey Stripe wallpaper, £35 per roll, Laura Ashley

Hotel velvet stripe cushion in Duck Egg, £18, Ponden Home


Lolly table lamp, £25, John Lewis

Magda striped pattern mug, £8, Habitat

Salcombe 24-piece cutlery set, £65, Neptune


From lovely lines to bold bands, choose accessories in this classic design to add symmetry to your interior


Woven stripe pom pom throw, £75, Oliver Bonas

Anita armchair, £499, Swoon Editions

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Large lambswool spectrum throw in Aqua, £82, Avoca Claire Gaudion Dixcart lambswool blanket, £295, Liberty

Woven WONDERS Highgrove Prince of Wales pure lambswool check throw, £125, Highgrove Gardens

Stay warm this autumn with our pick of colourful, cosy throws and blankets Iro merino blanket in Tweed, £189, Anna-Lisa Smith

Shetland Twill wool throw in Dovedale, £180, Wallace & Sewell Shetland Kilnsey new wool Brick throw, £75, Bronte by Moon


Diamond Shadow cotton throw in Saffron, £49, John Lewis

Lapuan Kankurit Rose Corona lambswool blanket, £89, Trouva

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Past to present Discover the latest renovation products, and pick up top tips from industry experts

SHOPPING IDEAS Birds of a feather

Mounted on driftwood with a mahogany base, this charming Victorian taxidermy Jay costs £250 from Brownrigg Interiors and Decorative Furniture (01666 500887;

Cocktail hour



This trio of mid-century brass pineapples consists of two H24cm ice buckets, £200 each, and a smaller vessel for cocktail sticks, H17cm, £130 from Decorative Antiques UK (01580 860317;

The V&A Museum of Childhood, based in Bethnal Green, east London, presents Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered, an exhibition exploring the fun and fascinating world of board games, from 8 October 2016 to 23 April 2017. Celebrate the joy, excitement and occasional frustration of this perennially popular family pastime through this collection of over 100 board games from around the world. Alongside more recent childhood favourites, such as Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit, you will also find exquisitely drawn games from the 18th century, such as The Game of the Goose. Open daily 10am–5.45pm, admission free. (020 8983 5200;


Marc Allum BBC Antiques Roadshow specialist

It’s a mantra of mine – reinvention! It works well with antiques and quirky objects; I like nothing better than to take something designed for one purpose and give it a new life in a completely different context. This is a premise that works very well with shop fixtures and fittings – from any period. Furniture, display items and signage; these are all elements that can lend a slightly surreal air to any cleverly thought-out

interior. The stylish 1960s-70s clothes hangers are a case in point. They epitomise the period and are far too good to be kept in a cupboard with clothes on them. Buy a few and put the ‘boutique’ on the wall – prices vary but they generally cost around £20-30 each – if you can find them, that is. Try that well-known auction website for some great examples. LEFT This retro 1960s shop hanger is worthy of a wall display OCTOBER 2016 19

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Peterborough Festival of Antiques, 30 September–1 October East of England Showground, Peterborough PE2 6XE (01664 812627; One of the largest antiques fairs in the country, the event has over 1,700 stalls. Open Friday 10am–4.30pm; Saturday 9am–4.30pm. Admission £5. Frock Me! Vintage Fashion Fair, 9 October Chelsea Town Hall, King’s Road, London SW3 5EE (020 7503 9171; A vintage fashion fair, Frock Me! features over 50 stalls of vintage fashion, textiles and accessories, with a 1940s-styled tearoom. Open 11.00am–5.30pm. £4 entry, £2 for students and under-16s go free. Cheshire Antiques & Fine Art Show, 13–16 October County Grandstand, Chester Racecourse, Cheshire CH1 2LY (01886 833091; Find 45–50 stands over three floors, including quality furniture, fine art and artefacts from the past 300 years. Open Thursday to Saturday 10.30am–5.30pm; Sunday 10.30am–5pm. Admission £5. LEFT Arts and Crafts copper vase with enamelled inset decoration, Shapiro & Co, Penman Fairs

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TREASURE TROVE Owned by husband and wife team Cassandra and Edward Nichols, Dig Haüshizzle is an intriguingly dramatic antiques and interiors shop at the top of Bristol’s Christmas Steps Art Quarter. The couple handpick every item on sale and have an eye for Gothic-style finds, ranging from vintage mannequin hands and dark Victorian furniture to decorative mounted taxidermy – they even run courses on it. Open Monday to Friday, 11am–6pm; Saturday, 10am– 6pm. (07789 145175;

Detling Antiques, Vintage and Collectors Fair, 29–30 October Kent County Showground, Detling, Maidstone, Kent ME14 3JF (01636 676531; Up to 400 exhibitors, both indoors and out, will feature antiques, vintage items and collectibles, including pieces from the continent. Saturday early entry, 8.30– 10am, £6; 10am–4.30pm, £5; Sunday 10am–3.30pm, £4. AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS Antiques and general textiles, 7 October Moore Allan & Innocent, 33 Castle Street, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 1QD (01285 651831; Antique and modern furniture and effects, 12 October Jefferys Auctions, 5 Fore Street, Lostwithiel, Cornwall PL22 0BP (01208 871947; Antiques, general, silver and jewellery, 17 October Pump House Auctions, Soberton Pump Station, Swanmore, Hampshire SO32 2QF (01329 836659; Books and manuscripts, 19 October Brightwells, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 0DE (01568 611122; Fine art, antiques and vintage, 26 October Denham’s, Dorking Road, Warnham, Nr Horsham, West Sussex RH12 3RZ (01403 255699; Art Deco, design and retro, 31 October Clarke and Simpson Auction Centre, Camsea Ashe, Nr. Wickham Market, Suffolk IP13 0PS (01728 746323;


WHAT A Japanned 17th-century style gilt-decorated cabinet with raised designs of birds. It opens to reveal 11 drawers and a cupboard enclosing four further drawers. Raised on a giltwood stand, the cabinet has a pierced apron featuring a winged cherub, and legs carved into caryatids WHEN 7 June 2016 WHERE Sworders’ Summer Country House Sale, Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex CM24 8GE (01279 817778; ESTIMATE £400–£600 SOLD FOR £3,000

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Sarah Latham Founder of Latham Interiors (01483 822217; lathaminteriors.

What’s your greatest find? Being born and bred in Derbyshire, I have a connection to Chatsworth House, so I was delighted when I got the chance in 2010 to bid there at a Sotheby’s auction. Among the huge catalogue of antiques that had been stored in the attic by successive Dukes as they put their stamp on the house, was a Regency mahogany piano c.1815, by John Broadwood & Sons, which I successfully bid for. It was charming in its own right but to think that it had played its part (pardon the pun) in life at Chatsworth was wonderful.

ABOVE This Regency mahogany square piano by John Broadwood & Sons holds special significance BELOW Classical book-reading figures adorn this Joseph van Baetens Regency mantel clock

Which item would you most like to keep? I was struck by the elegance and beauty of this Regency white marble and bronze library mantel clock by Joseph van Baetens, which I sourced from Ronald Phillips Antiques for a client’s library. Originally designed to be emblematic of ‘learning’ and ‘study’, the clock’s book-reading figures are conceived in the French antique or Roman classical style, while their ormolu books provided an ingenious place for van Baetens to sign the clock.

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Harrogate Art & Antiques Fair, 28 September–2 October Harrogate, with its elegant beauty, makes a natural setting for one of the most prestigious antiques and fine art events outside London. In collaboration with the British Antique Dealers’ Association, the fair has a reputation for quality and authenticity, and features a diverse profile of exhibitors, now including contemporary art and Art Nouveau dealers. The fair is open Thursday and Saturday 11am– 6pm; Friday 11am–8.30pm; and Sunday 11am–5pm, admission £7.50 (01823 323363; To win one of 25 pairs of tickets (worth £15 a pair), enter at; the deadline for entries is 15 September 2016.

Must-see exhibition Picasso Portraits, at London’s National Portrait Gallery, traces the development of Pablo Picasso – from child genius to one of the most famous artists in the world. Featuring around 80 works, the show reveals the ways he captured a sitter’s likeness and rewrote the rules of portraiture – through caricature, formal study and spontaneous expression, sometimes from memory. Running from 6 October 2016 to 5 February 2017, expect masterpieces at the exhibition such as the cubist portrait of Picasso’s art dealer, Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, on loan from the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as portraits of Jean Cocteau and Guillaume Apollinaire, among paintings of Picasso’s acquaintances, family, friends and lovers. Open daily 10am–6pm, Thursday to Friday until 9pm. Adults £17, concessions £15.50. Advance booking is recommended. The first 100 tickets for every Friday morning during the exhibition are just £5. (020 7306 0055; OCTOBER 2016 21

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How to spot a fake...

BBC Antiques Roadshow expert Marc Allum believes that experience is the key to divining fakes


raud, copy, facsimile, reproduction, forgery, counterfeit. These are all words that I encounter on a daily basis. In fact, they are an intrinsic part of my vocabulary – one that I relish – and a fascinating area of personal study that has always intrigued me. I thrive on convoluted stories of art fraud, hoodwinked experts and auction house attribution blunders. I don’t condone fakery – after all, fraud is dishonest – but I have a strange admiration for the Robin Hood-like characters that have perpetrated the most incredible deceptions on the unassailable expertise of the establishment. The infamous art forger Tom Keating and, more recently, Shaun Greenhalgh come to mind. We’ve all been caught by a fake. The British Museum, throughout its history, has been on the receiving end of many a skilled forger – it’s no badge of shame. Pliny the Elder moaned that the markets of ancient Rome were full of fakes, and in his work Natural History he talks in detail about the surfeit of coin counterfeiting. We know, therefore, that this kind of deception is an inherent and age-old characteristic of human nature, yet it is often the interpretation of the aforementioned words that gives rise to certain confusion, for the severity of the act can be construed in different ways, depending on your level of expertise. And herein lies the problem. My house is full of fakes. I love them. However, most of them are actually antiques in their own right, sold to unsuspecting grand tourists in the

Photograph MARC ALLUM

‘Simply put, artefacts are often not what they seem and, as a result, this is a business that makes you sceptical’ 18th and 19th centuries as they scrambled around the newly excavated ancient archaeological sites of North Africa and the Mediterranean, intent on returning to their country houses and filling them with ancient treasures. These look-a-likey bronzes, marbles and ceramics were often foisted on people with little knowledge, deep pockets and unreliable reference sources, so it’s not surprising that it was easier for the perpetrators of fraud to get away with it. What’s more, some of the fakes are really convincing, or are actually genuine antique pieces that have been heavily ‘restored’ or embellished. Sadly, I cannot easily convey the intricacies of spotting fakes onto the printed page, mainly because much of the skill involved in divining them is intuitive and based on accumulated knowledge

Marc’s collection includes this fake Roman bronze

and handling. It’s a perception, almost intangible, that draws from a mixture of many different aspects: patina, damage, wear, materials and provenances. Simply put, artefacts are often not what they seem and, as a result, this is a business that makes you sceptical, especially if you’ve been caught before. But where does a fake start and finish? Furniture can be significantly altered within its several-hundredyear life span – that’s not dishonest. Copies can be simply that – copies; easy for an expert to quickly analyse and reverse engineer but often misconstrued as a fake by the less knowledgeable. In recent years, the Chinese have flooded the markets with just about every type of imitation you can imagine: factory-farmed netsukes, bronzes, paintings… the list goes on and on. Yet many are just poor, over-aged, naively executed approximations of their real counterparts. My advice is simple: always analyse. Don’t take objects at face value. Put yourself in the mindset of the faker. Look out for the tea-stained photocopied 19th-century framer’s labels, the tell-tale sandpaper scratches on ceramics and glass, the dodgy pencil inscriptions – ‘reframed in 1963’ – always a clever one, and always ask yourself this question: ‘is it too good to be true?’ Because, sadly, it probably is. OCTOBER 2016 23

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WILD From her 1930s garden studio, Ursula Hunter creates graphic lino-block print designs for wallpapers and textiles, which celebrate the natural world Words PIPPA BLENKINSOP Photographs JEREMY PHILLIPS


he red squirrel, capercaillie and Scottish wildcat are just some of the creatures you can spot hidden among the sprawling branches of a lush rowan tree design that soars up a panel of Ursula’s vibrant wallpaper in her studio – but what do they have in common? They aren’t simply her favourite animals or random motifs to use as vehicles for decorative expression; they are in fact all endangered species that call Scotland their home, as she does. Fewer than 120,000 red squirrels are left in the wild, 75 per cent of which live in Scotland. The population of the world’s largest grouse, the capercaillie, has dropped dramatically in recent times to just 1,200 birds, and it is estimated that as few as a hundred Scottish wildcats remain. ‘I’m largely concerned with the relationships between rare species of British animals and plants, and illustrating the fragile micro ecosystems in urban spaces, gardens or wild habitats,’

THIS IMAGE Ursula in her garden studio, converted from a 1930s garage. Panels of her Endangered Animals wallpaper, and hanging fabric samples (from left) of her Black Pepper, Cardamom, Flood and Vanilla designs, provide a colourful backdrop to her work table. Here she prepares to make a lino-block print, which will then be scanned, digitally repeated and printed onto fabric and wallpaper ABOVE LEFT Ursula’s cut lino blocks – some are mounted on wood in order to print onto fabric using the hand-block technique

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Ursula prints using an old corkscrew press; once finalised on paper, a design is traced onto the lino block and cut with Swiss mushroom handled cutting tools; the lino is inked with waterbased inks; Ursula’s designs; she covers the inked lino with paper ready for printing – Fabriano Rosaspina is her favourite paper

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TOP In order to create a seamless repeat design for wallpapers and fabrics, Ursula scans in her lino prints to digitally manipulate and colour them before sending the design to independent wallpaper and fabric printers. This usually means printing a design in a single colour. When the fabrics come back she sews them up into a range of products, from teatowels, cushions and curtains, to wash bags and deck chairs, with the help of her mother, Catherine MIDDLE Ursula’s corkscrew press was salvaged by her father; above hang a collection of framed lino prints, hand-coloured using drawing inks BOTTOM She has recently started experimenting with hand-block printing onto fabric using lino cuts mounted on wooden blocks. The samples hang to dry in the garden

says Ursula. ‘Although I’m fascinated with decorative pattern and colour, I think it’s important for artwork to carry some sort of message, so that we draw attention to the environment and encourage people to take better care of it.’ Indeed, by combining carefully researched wild animals and plants with her graphic lino-block printing technique and captivating colourways, Ursula creates unique designs that are like a visual ecology textbook, highlighting conservation issues while delivering decorative delight. ‘My aim is to bring the outside in to remind us of our relationship with nature wherever we are,’ she says. Keen to reconnect with the natural environment, Ursula has recently settled into a newly converted garden studio. ‘Last year we moved from Glasgow city centre to a 1930s bungalow on the outskirts of Edinburgh,’ she says. ‘We were looking for somewhere with a garden room, as nature is such a source of inspiration for me, so as soon as I saw this property had a garage attached, I knew it would make the perfect creative space.’ With large windows and double doors onto the garden and a wealth of Scottish flora and fauna steps away to examine and explore, it is the perfect environment for her creativity to thrive. Have you always been creative? I always knew that I wanted to go to art college, so when I left school I took up a place on a Fine Art course at Glasgow School of Art. I’d always dreamed of studying there as I’d long been in love with the beautiful building designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, which is an Arts and Crafts masterpiece. I could have chosen any of the departments, but I chose to specialise in environmental art, where students learned about art in context and made work with a social message. We were encouraged to create art for public spaces, cities and derelict areas. Students would take over the rooms of the crumbling building and create installations that hoped to tackle some of the weighty subjects of the 1990s. It was during the BA that I decided to explore issues in my work, and over the following years I became more focused on the natural environment and wildlife. When did you become interested in surface design? After graduating I worked on community art projects for a company that worked with adults and children with complex needs, as well as in socially disadvantaged areas in Glasgow. I stopped work when I had my children, but once they were at primary school I wanted to get back into making, so in 2012 I began an MA in Illustration at Edinburgh College of Art. I spent most of my time in the print-making department, where I was particularly drawn to relief printing. I love the hand-cut style produced by the lino-block print and the evidence of the cut marks on the printed surface, along with the strong, graphic lines. It was during the course that I produced my first wallpaper, Endangered Animals. I’ve always been interested in pattern and print-making and wanted to find ways to apply this to domestic surfaces, as I like the idea of making art accessible to everyone; if you can print a design onto fabric and wallpaper it makes the design part of life. Who has inspired you? My father has been a great influence on my attitude to life and my appreciation of the handmade. He would always try not to OCTOBER 2016 27

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP Ursula holds up a final print to examine it; she begins her design process by creating detailed botanical drawings – her work space is surrounded by her inspirations, including a wallhung textile made in India; her tools; her cushions are made up from digitally printed Scottish woven silks and linens – below are her collection of antique Indian printing blocks

buy new, but to make do and mend. He put so much time and effort into his own creative projects that his work ethic definitely rubbed off on me. He was also an avid collector and a specialist in Asian art, so our house was always filled with curious objects found in junk shops, and textiles picked up on his travels to India. All these pieces inspired in me a love of traditional craft. I have an enduring love of the Arts and Crafts movement and designers such as William Morris, Voysey and William De Morgan. It’s such a decorative period and a rich inspiration, particularly the way the designers integrated art into everyday life. I also admire the abstracted textile designs of Lucienne Day and the lino prints of Edward Bawden, especially those he made for London Transport posters, plus the hand-block printed papers of Marthe Armitage and the design studio St Jude’s. Where do you get your ideas for your work? It’s all about nature. I’m interested in the connection between the variety of animals and plants that populate different natural habitats and the Endangered Animals design has inspired a lot of new work on this theme. Recently I was commissioned to make a series of 34 hand-coloured lino prints for the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, depicting eight wild Scottish habitats, from the seashore to the mountains. When I looked at the rivers and lochs, I discovered creatures such as the great crested newt, moorhen, the brown trout and the water weasel. I also learned about the alder tree, which has large roots that go into the river, creating sheltered nesting places for waterside animals. At the moment I’m working on a spice plants series, looking particularly at the insects that pollinate the plants and making sure that they’re included in the designs, as without them the plants would not survive. When did you start your own company? I set up my business, called Little Axe, after graduating from my MA course, with the aim of creating a small homegrown business with a focus on the handmade. My designs all stem from block prints; it’s a process that I really enjoy, so I knew that I would be able to sustain it. It really all began at the kitchen table. It’s been exciting developing the business; exhibiting at craft fairs, building the online presence and marketing through social media. It’s grown really organically but it has been a steep learning curve getting to grips with pricing and retail. What are you working on at the moment? I’ve just produced a wallpaper design for a seafood bar, which is in the beautiful village of Luss on the shores of Loch Lomond. It needed a fishy theme, so I created a design based on the great sea voyages of 17th-century spice traders. It’s got rolling seas, sailing ships and sea creatures. In turn this has inspired a series of designs on spice plants, which is quite exotic for me. They include black pepper, cardamom, clove and vanilla. My most recent commission is for a client in Northern Italy. I am doing a range of tableware based on the wildlife found at the foothills of the Alps. It will feature pomegranates, grapes, woodpeckers, azaleas and the fireflies you find there. I’m hoping this will inspire a new Mediterranean series.

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The project Catherine Hills, a jewellery designer (, and her husband James Simmons, an actor, live here with Eve, 13, and Jake, nine PROPERTY A four-bedroom, double-fronted Victorian villa, built in around 1860 in Tunbridge Wells, Kent ESSENTIAL REPAIRS A partition wall between the kitchen and day room was knocked through to create one large room. Old carpets were removed and floorboards exposed, and the home was redecorated throughout LAYOUT The kitchen and dayroom were joined to create a kitchen/dining area. The rest remains unchanged OWNERS


here’s always been a hint of wizardry in Catherine Hills’ bespoke jewellery creations, so it’s no surprise to discover that since gaining her masters from The Royal College of Art, her illustrious career has involved designing and crafting jewellery for the Harry Potter films. From serpentemblazoned cygnet rings for the students of Slytherin House to glittery radish earrings for moonchild Luna Lovegood, Catherine spent several years applying her own brand of practical magic to help create the depth of detail that makes the much-loved movies come alive. Even as she worked on the film project, however, Catherine could have been forgiven for believing that dark forces were at work in another aspect of her life: the search for a family home in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, where she had spent her childhood. ‘James and I were having a wonderful time living in our tiny terrace in Islington, but with two young children we were seriously short on space,’ explains Catherine. ‘So we decided to look for a family home with some better shared living areas and a proper garden, all of which was probably all inspired by the memories of growing up in my parents’ house here.’ Yet as their search progressed, the couple began to feel that fate was conspiring against them. Local estate agents were tipping them off, but Catherine and James still seemed to be trailing in a wake of ideal properties, all snapped up moments before their first viewing – not least a handsome double-fronted Victorian villa that ticked every box on their wishlist. ‘We moved on, but I persisted in ringing the agents over the forthcoming weeks, just in case there had been a change of circumstance,’ she explains. Her determination paid off several months later, when Catherine discovered that the initial buyers had eventually

TOP LEFT Catherine and James have transformed the interior of their double-fronted Victorian villa ABOVE Jewellery designer Catherine masterminded the home’s careful renovation over several years

RIGHT Faux fur keeps things cosy in the drawing room. Try Debenhams for a similar cushion. The ceramic dog was made by Kerry Jameson, while next to it is an antique glass specimen dome containing a fox skull

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LEFT A vintage pine farmhouse table and mismatched wooden school chairs create a relaxed, characterful space, lit by original 1950s Benjamin RLM Crysteel enamel pendant lights.

Catherine kept the Aga, but updated the tiled surround, and uses a second kitchen table with blue drawers as a prep and storage area. The flowers are by Lara at Darling & Wild

ABOVE The entrance hall has plenty to interest visitors, from the stairs lined with clogs to the publicity shots for James’ acting roles. A former doorway to the kitchen is now a handy bookcase

pulled out. Having secured the property and moving in early in 2008, the couple did little more for the first year than repaint a few rooms and have a wooden playhouse made for the children in their expansive new garden. ‘I’m a firm believer in living with what you’ve got and working with it, at least until you’ve got an idea of what you want as a replacement,’ says Catherine. ‘We’d never have rushed into gutting this place and embarking on a modern refurbishment – we’d always rather work slowly and organically with what suits the building, and remain true to its character.’ ‘When we first arrived, all the walls were yellow and accompanied by blue-grey carpet throughout,’ Catherine OCTOBER 2016 35

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ABOVE The mantel is filled with works by artists including Sophie Woodrow, Anja Lubach and Rie Taniguchi. An original Natasha Kerr picture hangs to the side

BELOW Rather than removing the tiles in the bathroom, Catherine repainted the walls in Fired Earth’s sophisticated Mercury. For similar floor tiles, try Mrs Stone Store

ABOVE Catherine chose calm shades of off-white and grey for the master bedroom. An original Victorian bandedmetal steamer trunk sits at the foot of the bed. For similar, try Chests & Trunks

recalls. ‘It certainly wasn’t our style but the carpet was in decent condition, and although we were sorely tempted to remove it and expose the original floorboards, we also realised we had a toddler crawling around, so we held back until Jake was walking. Once he was, it was one of our first major jobs, and although straightforward in terms of work, it immediately transformed the interiors.’ Aside from that, knocking the original day room and kitchen together to make a spacious kitchen-diner was Catherine and James’ only significant structural alteration. With this space now open from the front to the back of the house, light fills the long room through tall Victorian sash windows on three sides. The couple pulled up the old linoleum from the kitchen space to expose the floorboards and took out some rather dated gas fires, but kept the original cream Aga together with the duck egg tiles in the recess above it. In fact, it was the Aga and tiles that steered the gentle colour scheme for the open-plan space. OCTOBER 2016 37

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LEFT Colourful handmade bunting adorns Jake’s room, along with cushions and curtains in Harlequin’s Jolly Jurassic print. The bunk bed is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Oval Room Blue

BELOW Eve chose her own decorating scheme, which includes a feature wall of meerkat wallpaper, Trip by Holden Decor. For similar tiles, try the Edwardian design at Fireplace Tiles

Another good example of the couple’s preference for adapting rather than ripping out can be found in the upstairs bathroom. Here, even though they would not have been Catherine’s first choice, the burgundy bathroom tiles (which were in perfect condition) have been retained. However, painting over the existing ‘baby pink’ walls above with a more elegant shade of dark grey, has resulted in a truly dramatic transformation. It is probably the drawing room, though, with its rich, dark aubergine walls, that best illustrates what makes their home so special – a winning combination of heirloom antique furniture, original sculptures and artworks presented by friends (often in exchange for Catherine’s own silverwork), strong wall colours and honestly exposed period features. ‘Even though we’ve been here a good few years, I still regard this place as a work in progress,’ Catherine reflects. ‘Not only because we still have things to complete in the kitchen, but also because it’s a true family home, and families keep evolving. I’ve really thought hard about decorating in here – we’ve just filled it with what we love, things given to us by my family and James’ family, all the collected memories and exchanged gifts. ‘To me it’s these that add the magic,’ she adds, ‘because treasured possessions are what make the difference between life in a show home and living in a real home.’ 38 OCTOBER 2016

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Lisa created her dream open-plan kitchen-diner, leaving the steel support exposed, and covered the floor with oak boards from G O’Brien & Sons, which were salvaged from a school gym. The plank-topped dining table is a vintage work table from Fern Avenue Antiques Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne, the lights were a car boot sale find and the milk churn is from a French farm 42 OCTOBER 2016

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INDUSTRIAL An enamelled sign makes an unusual splashback next to an old housemaid’s cupboard, which holds the oven and microwave. The kickplate beneath is covered in wooden yardsticks, and the drawers are from a haberdashery shop

Using recycled utilitarian and vintage finds, Lisa Jackson has turned a postwar semi into a characterful home Words & Styling HAZEL DOLAN Photographs BRENT DARBY


fter seven years of renting houses, Lisa Jackson and her son Reece were more than ready for a home of their own. Each 12-month lease had ended on the day after Reece’s birthday. ‘Every time he had a party we were packed and ready to move,’ Lisa recalls. That all changed six years ago, when Lisa found a semidetached house within her price range in a quiet residential area she had long admired. ‘I didn’t look at a lot of options,’ she admits, ‘and I didn’t really care what this one looked like inside, which was just as well because it was absolutely horrendous. There was wallpaper hanging off the walls and horrible, tacky lampshades everywhere. It didn’t worry me at all because I would never choose a house because of the décor. I’d always want to change that.’ What did appeal was the generous amount of space – three bedrooms, a kitchen and living room, and gardens to the front and rear – and the freedom to make her mark on a home at last. She wasted no time; within a week every wall had been stripped, light fittings discarded, carpet lifted and floorboard sanded. She would like to have gone further, but her vintage homeware business was taking off, and for the first two years she had little spare time to give to decoration. The upside was she was in the perfect position to gather the fabulous collection of vintage finds that make each room so striking. The first significant step was to fit oak floorboards, salvaged from a school gym and still showing every scuff and paint streak of their past. ‘I got the joiner to lay it in the kitchen initially,’ she says. ‘It was a labour of love – it isn’t as if it comes ready to be laid; some boards had to be discarded because they were warped or split, and they’re all different lengths and sizes. ‘The idea was that I was going to get them stripped afterwards but I love it the way it is. Everyone says: “When are you going to have your floors done? It will be fantastic!” and I have to say: “Actually, I’m leaving them as they are”. It would just look like anybody else’s floor if I had it stripped, and all that history – the marks, scrapes and colours – would be lost. OCTOBER 2016 43

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The project OWNER Lisa Jackson, owner of vintage homeware business Industrial Habitat, lives here with son Reece, 13 PROPERTY A post-war semi-detached house in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear ESSENTIAL REPAIRS Lisa replaced the flooring throughout and opened up the ground-floor space LAYOUT The property now has an open-plan kitchen and living area, ground-floor bathroom and three bedrooms above

ABOVE The façade of the post-war semi-detached home gives no hint of its imaginative and eclectic interior ABOVE RIGHT Lisa commissioned a sign-writer to turn the narrow staircase into library steps, with each rise painted as the spine of a Charles Dickens novel. The handrail is from a St John’s Ambulance stretcher and the wall colour is Lichen by Farrow & Ball

‘Once I’d finished in the kitchen, I decided I had to do the living room, too. I went straight back to the reclamation yard to grab what was left of the same batch, because obviously you can’t match it exactly. When it’s gone, it’s gone. I still have some left over in case I need them for the loft.’ Opening up the ground floor was key, too. ‘Nobody sat in the living room,’ says Lisa. ‘Taking a wall out made a huge difference to the way we live. I can be cooking, the TV is on for Reece, we’re together and there’s a feeling of space.’ The biggest challenge for Lisa, with the help of her fiancé Ian, was to plan a layout that used her favourite antique finds – a housemaid’s cupboard, haberdashery counter and army bench – and yet still had room for all the kitchen essentials. ‘We sat for nights trying to work this kitchen out,’ she says. ‘I had lots of ideas, while Ian sat and drew it all out, to the point where we both had a headache. It was driving us mad. ‘We’ve done the best we can with the space we have and managed to fit everything we need into the recess. If we hadn’t brought it out so far – if it had been normal bench depth – we couldn’t have managed it, but by bringing it out flush with the wall we managed to find room for the sink, oven and hob.’ Lisa’s taste is eclectic, but she is particularly drawn to worn and weathered industrial pieces. A long, narrow work table bridges the gap between kitchen and living area, the cage doors of a factory lift slide across her bookshelves, walls are punctuated by factory clocks and gas station lights. Upstairs, a dentist’s operating lamp, bought for £200 at a car boot sale

Exposed brickwork and steel shelving create an industrial feel in the living room, against American-style tin ceiling tile wallpaper from Rockett St George. The distressed leather sofa is from Barker & Stonehouse and a maritime sphere candle lamp found in a local junk shop has been adapted to make a pendant light

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Reece’s wardrobe is an old school cupboard and, on top, demob suitcases, army issue for soldiers after World War II, provide extra storage. Lisa asked a glazier to fit mirror glass into vintage tennis rackets

Vintage bobbins and a weathered plug from an American crop-sprayer are among the offbeat treasures on display

‘The pieces are worn, used and faded and it is all so easy to live with. Everything has had a life and everything has a story’ in York, hangs over a bed built from scaffold poles; wardrobes are metal lockers and drawers are office filing cabinets. ‘I go with what I love,’ she says. ‘Everything I’ve collected has a special meaning, and I definitely have my own individual taste. There is always a real excitement when I spot something really odd or unusual. I don’t always know exactly what I am going to do with it, but I’m always sure I will find a place. I saw the factory lift doors and thought: “Right – what am I going to do with them?”’ One is earmarked for a shower door in the future, but the other inspired a warehouse-chic corner, with exposed brick, mock tin tile wallpaper and steel shelving. The sheer weight proved a challenge. ‘The delivery man brought them on a pallet and dumped them outside,’ says Lisa. ‘We had to ask three scrap men to help bring it in and hold it in place, while Ian eased it onto the rail. We only had to attempt it once: we hung it and it stayed on. We couldn’t believe that it worked straightaway.’ It isn’t easy to balance sometimes brutal styling with home comforts, but Lisa has been careful to soften the look with restful, earth-toned colours, warm woods, butter-soft leather and bleached linen. ‘I love earthy colours, and green in particular,’ she points out. ‘It’s not intentional; I keep finding myself painting another room green but it’s a colour that works with all of this wood and metal. ‘I love vintage industrial, but I also want it to be homely. Quite a lot of industrial stuff is hard edged, but I still find this

Old Manchester mill bobbins add soft colour alongside a milliner’s block, wooden shoe lasts and a cut-crystal scent bottle

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The bed is one of Lisa’s designs for Industrial Habitat, made using scaffolding pipes and clamps. A dentist’s operating light, a savvy car boot sale find, is positioned above, and Lisa had mirror glass panels fitted into French shutter frames to create the folding mirror. The bible verse is from RE OCTOBER 2016 47

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LEFT In the dressing room, clothes are stored in oak filing cabinets. The barber’s chair dates back to the late 19th century

living room a lovely, pleasant environment, and it’s cosy in the evenings. The pieces are worn, used and faded and it is all so easy to live with. I don’t want to have to cover the table or put a placemat under every cup. Everything has had a life and everything has a story.’ A chance meeting with an American couple while sourcing stock has meant she has been able to indulge both her love of reinvention and classic Americana. ‘They go to yard sales and find the most fantastic things,’ she says. ‘Industrial metal pipe lights, trouble lights from old garages and workshops – it is a constant excitement when they arrive at my door. I’d send them a picture of an old fan and say: “Can you make this into a light?” And then it would appear.’ Others in her team are closer to home. A local signwriter painted the library steps that transformed the plain staircase, a steel fabricator fashioned the scaffold bed, and the glazier is on standby to make the most unlikely objects into mirrors. ‘Last time I went he said to a customer: “Before you walk off, you have to see what she’s got in her boot because it won’t be anything normal,”’ she recalls. ‘As it happened, I was dropping off a massive old porthole for him; it opens in two so it will make a fabulous double mirror.’ Six years on, Lisa has plenty more plans for their home and no intention of leaving. A loft conversion and first-floor bathroom are next on her list, both to be filled with yet more offbeat, recycled finds. ‘We love living here,’ she says. ‘It reflects us and how we like to live. I absolutely treasure it – these are my things, my keepers, and I wouldn’t part with them.’

BELOW A bus blind featuring North East destinations makes the perfect bathroom window screen, next to a vintage Polo mints dispenser

Wooden oars and vintage sports memorabilia gathered from car boot sales brighten a corner of the downstairs bathroom

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with traditional brown casing and faded face for a retro addition to your wall. 3 DESK LAMP For authentic styling without the price tag, the Isaac metal desk lamp in green from B&Q is a great take on a classic. H68cm, £20. 4 SHUTTERS These lovely French louvre shutters from Goose Home & Garden feature

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what is left of the original white paint, with a dark green reverse. H190x W104xD5cm each, use as a decorative wall piece or upcyle as cupboard doors, £150 for the pair. 5 MILK CHURN Use this original lidded French milk churn, made from aluminium, as a garden planter or charming indoor feature. H54x

Dia.27cm, it costs £55 from Mayfly Vintage. 6 CUSHION Lighten the vintage industrial feel with earth-toned soft furnishings. This oblong linen cushion cover from Zara Home features a rustic text print, £22.99. 7 SUITCASE For an alternative storage idea, stacked suitcases are characterful as well as

practical. H18xW69x D39cm, this vintage military chest, £90 from Scaramanga, has an iconic green canvas with leather corners, and its original insignia stamped inside. 8 SHOE LASTS Worn wooden pieces, such as this pair of children’s shoe lasts, add a quirky touch to an interior, £36 from Baileys Home. OCTOBER 2016 51

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CREATIVE SPIRIT This pretty wooden home in the Swedish countryside was on the brink of ruin, but Ulrika Rindegård saw it as a challenge, filling it with clever design ideas Words & Styling ÅSA TIDSTRAND WINBERG Photographs GABRIELLA DAHLMAN

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ust outside the pretty little town of Enköping, where the landscape is a diverse mix of open pastures and dense woodlands, the autumn sun gives everything a golden glow. Here, in a pretty farmhouse on a hill, Ulrika Rindegård has made her home. And she really has – rebuilding the property from its dilapidated state, into the charming, rural house that you see today. With a main building and a barn where Ulrika has her interiors shop, and opposite, a stable and woodshed, all the buildings are timber built and painted in the traditional red Falu paint that defines Scandinavia, and has the added benefit of protecting the wood. The farm buildings are grouped in a U-shape around a courtyard with a flowerbed in the centre. This is the third farm renovation that Ulrika has tackled. ‘When it comes to houses, I always look for something old and run-down – a place that gets my imagination going and where I can do just what I like,’ she says. ‘I love to enhance the old features, but also create something new.’ In this project, apart from the roof and the outside walls, everything in the main building is new. Ulrika has reworked

the layout completely to suit the way she likes to live, so there are new internal walls, windows, kitchen and bathroom. First though, with the building in such an advanced state of disrepair, Ulrika had to attend to the essentials – the water supply, sanitation, and heating. She decided the best option for a rural home like this one was to have a septic tank built, while for heating there’s an air-source heat pump. For a touch of vintage cosiness in the living room, Ulrika recently installed a tiled stove bought at auction, while in the hallway she had a new fireplace built, copied from an antique stove in a neighbouring farmhouse. The other interior design details developed more organically, as Ulrika explains. ‘It is incredibly important that the proportions should harmonise, and this is fundamentally about seeing how well things work. There are so many things to think about when you’re renovating,’ she adds. ‘Where should a door sit? How wide should it be? How tall should the windows be? Does this house need a porch? Where should the kitchen be?’ Getting it right wasn’t all plain sailing, however, and it took Ulrika two attempts to get the proportions just so for the

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LEFT Having replaced all the floors with wood from a local timber yard, Ulrika worked her way through several shades of linseed oil paint to find the right finish. She inherited the grandfather clock from her parents and has stripped it back to reveal its original colour, while on the right, just seen, is a tiled stove that dates from 1880 and was found at auction RIGHT Manchester terrier Figge and Ulrika sit on the steps to the interiors shop she runs in one of the farm buildings BELOW Ulrika painted the hallway and kitchen floors with a checkerboard pattern. Next to the old front door is a cosy seating area, with a new corner stove, based on one in a neighbour’s house. The dresser is an antique

The project OWNER Art director Ulrika Rindegård lives here with her dog, Figge, and runs an interiors business in the barn opposite her home PROPERTY A wooden farmhouse built in around 1870, near the town of Enköping, Sweden ESSENTIAL REPAIRS The farmhouse was in a terrible state and Ulrika replaced everything apart from the roof and outside walls, installing sanitation and heating LAYOUT Ulrika redesigned the layout of her home to suit her lifestyle, installing double doors between the living room and kitchen, and replacing the kitchen and bathroom OCTOBER 2016 55

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Ulrika created this quintessential farmhouse kitchen from scratch, with its mismatched chairs, handpainted floor, and rustic staircase up to a study. The cupboard under the stairs came from an antiques centre in Stockholm

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ABOVE When Ulrika discovered she didn’t have enough of the vintage French tiles to cover the whole

double doors at the front of the house. ‘They were five centimetres too short, and I knew I wouldn’t ever be happy with them, so they had to be redone,’ she explains. Although Ulrika was very hands-on with the build, she called on a pair of talented artisan builders for help with the heavier jobs. ‘We sat down together to work out a plan of attack, but I am always pretty determined about how I want things done,’ she admits. ‘With three farmhouse renovations under my belt, I have plenty of experience, so it has to be a very unusual technical point that I haven’t thought of to make me change my mind and follow someone else’s advice!’ Occasionally, though, it simply comes down to a question of technique. ‘I was after an authentic, rustic finish for the walls in the summer bedroom, so that it looked how it would have done when it was first built – nothing too smooth or

area above her cooker, she creatively improvised, copying their designs onto plain wallpaper to great effect

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ABOVE In the master bedroom, the bed was made by a friend who is a blacksmith. Ulrika made the quilt and valance, and the trunk and chest were fleamarket finds

RIGHT Ulrika made the environmentally friendly clay finish for the walls of the summer bedroom, literally throwing it onto the wall. The cast-iron bedstead is an English antique

sharp-cornered,’ explains Ulrika. ‘But the builders didn’t want to get involved with anything as old-fashioned as the clay walls. So I mixed together the clay, sand, water, straw and bone glue in a cement mixer, and then threw it onto the walls myself. It’s a very environmentally friendly material, and it gives a lovely luminous finish, but you can imagine the scene of devastation!’ With the messy jobs out of the way, Ulrika could turn her thoughts to the flooring. She sourced the wood from a local timber yard and once the boards were in place, she painted them. In fact, some of the floors have already had several layers of paint as Ulrika worked her way through various shades of linseed oil paint to find the right colour. ‘Linseed is an eco-friendly and vibrant paint, which gives the most beautiful surface,’ she says. ‘And it feels absolutely the right choice for a house as old as this.’ Mindful that costs can quickly escalate on a project of this size, Ulrika was careful to keep an eye on the budget, buying a lot of secondhand furnishings and accessories from bric-a-brac stalls and auctions. ‘Older pieces are much more atmospheric,’ she says. ‘Besides, it’s really good fun looking for bargains. I think it’s best to save money wherever you can on furnishings, and spend more on the most important things – like ensuring 58 OCTOBER 2016

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ABOVE Ulrika’s charming woodenlegged horses are eco-friendly, too – straw-filled, with linen thread used for the manes and tails RIGHT Framed by an elegant porch, a new front door welcomes visitors to the farmhouse BELOW Figge proudly enjoys his own little red house

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‘It’s best to save money wherever you can on furnishings, and spend more on important things – like ensuring the structure is sound’ the main structure is sound, including the roof, windows, walls and flooring,’ she adds. ‘What can be cut down on, though, is luxury equipment in the kitchen, keeping your perfectly serviceable existing appliances, or using an inexpensive concrete worktop instead of marble. Buying a sink from a top brand can be ridiculously expensive and it can look just as good with an Ikea one.’ With a characteristic touch of ingenuity, Ulrika’s ‘tiled’ kitchen wall is not all it seems. When she discovered that there weren’t enough of the pretty vintage French tiles to cover the whole area, she simply improvised. By tracing the tile designs through a plastic film and cutting out everything that would be blue, then placing the film on top of white wallpaper, Ulrika printed through the film so the pattern came through and glued the wallpaper to the wall to complete the illusion. The whole house is filled with clever solutions like this and beautiful room settings and objects, and it is clear that Ulrika has a creative background. Among other things, she worked

as a stage design assistant to Anna Asp, who won an Oscar for the art direction in Ingmar Bergman’s film Fanny and Alexander, and has worked in Stockholm for many years as an art director in advertising. Just as resourceful in finding the right pieces for her home as she was when she worked in stage design, Ulrika is a regular at garage sales, fleamarkets and auctions. From the English bedsteads in the summer bedroom to the iron stove in the kitchen, many of Ulrika’s favourite pieces share a humble provenance. She places her bargain buys alongside treasured objects from her childhood and from the years she lived in Africa, and it’s this comfortable mix that’s partly the key to the cosy welcome visitors always enjoy in Ulrika’s home. Wherever you look, inside the farmhouse or outside in the garden, your gaze falls on something unusual and delightful, always artfully displayed. Above all, though, this is a home not a museum; nothing here is sacred or static but most pieces have an interesting story to tell. OCTOBER 2016 61

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4 1 TEATOWEL These stylish Hexamo teatowels by Finnish brand Lapuan Kankurit will make short work of the dishes. Made from a linen-cotton mix fabric and available in four colours, they cost £12.95 each from Hus & Hem. 2 PLATE Dish up a treat on Royal Copenhagen’s Mega Blue fluted oval serving dish. The pretty

handpainted design is a recent update on a 240-year-old classic and is dishwasher and microwave safe, £128 from Royal Design. 3 DRESSER Made from solid reclaimed fir with a beached timber finish, mesh doors and a grey heritage painted interior, Loaf’s Bakewell dresser is a farmhouse kitchen

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essential. It measures H200xW108xD50cm and costs £895. 4 TILES The pretty Skyros porcelain range from Tile Mountain offers 12 patterns, as well as a matching plain tile. They are priced at £18.99 per m2, but sample tiles are supplied free of charge. 5 CAKE TIN Savour the flavours of Sweden with

this Nordic Ware vaulted bundt tin, priced £36.95 from Divertimenti. The Dia.21cm tin is non-stick aluminium; simply pour in the batter and bake. 6 CANDLE HOLDER Cast a soft glow on autumn evenings with Garden Trading’s ribbed glass Cornbury votive, suitable for outdoor or indoor use with pillar candles.

This extra-large one, H26xW18cm, costs £10. 7 ARMCHAIR Ikea’s Tullsta chair in Ransta Natural with beech legs is perfect for a cosy spot, H77xW80xD70cm, £80. 8 FABRIC Ian Mankin’s crisp, Suffolk Check Large cotton fabric in Indigo will brighten the view through any window. Priced £24.50 per m. OCTOBER 2016 63

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THIS IMAGE An assortment of fleamarket finds make up a relaxing dining space. The Georgian cupboard was rescued from a car workshop and still bears the spray-paint scars, while the lantern pendant is from Alex MacArthur Interiors OPPOSITE Walt the dog makes himself at home on an antique club chair. The horse painting is by Ross Wilson and the walls are painted in Sanderson’s Canopy Green. For a similar fire surround, try Chesney’s 64 OCTOBER 2016

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THIS IMAGE JP wanted to replace all three living room windows with French doors onto the balcony but wasn’t granted permission. Instead, leaving the wood bare, he has made a feature of the curved bay. The sofas are from Loaf and the rabbit on the wall was painted by JP’s partner Tiago BELOW An ornate mirror from Mangan Antiques overlooks a coffee table from The Conran Shop


hen I first moved in, passers-by would stop me at the front door and say, “Oh, you’re the man who has bought the falling-down house!”,’ recalls John-Paul Kelly. ‘This building was infamous because you could see the three-storey rear extension drifting precariously away from the main building, like the Leaning Tower of Pisa! I was too scared to step into the bathrooms on each landing in case the whole edifice collapsed while I was in the shower.’ John-Paul, known as JP, says he was looking for a project when he found this Grade II-listed Georgian house in the elegant Montpelier district of Brighton. But the extent of the renovation required for this home wouldn’t have been for the fainthearted. ‘The major problem was the extension,’ he says. ‘And although the main part of the house had been split into bedsits years earlier, many of the original features were intact. The previous owners had reintegrated the space but didn’t complete the renovation. That gave me free rein to interpret the design my way.’ After moving to Brighton in 2011, it had taken JP a year to find a complete period property, as so many of Brighton’s Georgian homes are divided into flats. The building came with a self-contained basement flat, which JP and his partner, artist Tiago Lisboa, moved into in October 2012, while they sought planning permission for the renovations on the upper storeys. JP decided to leave the rebuilding of the extension as the final project, concentrating

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The pr�ject OWNER JP Kelly, a film production designer, lives here with partner Tiago Lisboa, an artist, and their Rhodesian ridgeback, Walt PROPERTY A Grade II-listed Georgian house in Brighton, built in 1850. A three-storey extension was added at the rear of the property in 1900, to add a bathroom on each floor ESSENTIAL REPAIRS The property had been divided into bedsits and needed rewiring and replumbing. The extension was coming away from the rear of the house, so was demolished and rebuilt. Period details such as plasterwork and shutters were restored LAYOUT There’s an open-plan kitchen-diner on the ground floor. The first floor houses a bathroom, study and living room, and there’s a master suite and guest bedroom and bathroom on the second floor. The third floor is a separate studio apartment used for holiday lets

ABOVE The townhouse was built in 1850, in Brighton’s Montpelier district LEFT JP’s study on the first floor has a cosy, gentlemen’s club feel, with walls painted in Little Greene’s vibrant Heat emulsion RIGHT He updated the existing kitchen island with a new wooden worktop, and painted it in Black Knight by Benjamin Moore. The cream range cooker is from Stoves and the tiles used as a splashback in the chimney are from The Reclaimed Tile Company. The shutters are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Incarnadine OCTOBER 2016 67

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first on renovating the original rooms. ‘My priority was getting power restored,’ he says. ‘It sounds easy, but the building had 10 coin-operated electricity and gas meters and four boilers. It was hugely complicated to integrate them into a single system.’ He also salvaged the Victorian cast-iron radiators, left in a rusting pile in the garden, and installed central heating. The next stage was to get planning permission for the remaining work. ‘Approval for the extension wasn’t a problem as I was simply replacing what had been there before, but not every decision went my way,’ JP explains. ‘Sadly, I wasn’t permitted to replace the 1960s door and sash windows on the first-floor balcony with French windows.’ Fortunately, many of the skirting boards, door surrounds and plasterwork simply needed a little TLC, although that didn’t mean the polished Regency finish you might expect. ‘When I stripped the old paint from the shutters, I found I liked the marks of the knotting solution on the raw wood so I decided to keep them bare,’ JP says. ‘It’s not true to the Georgian period but we like a home to feel comfortable, not pompous, and not to be shy of wear and tear. Besides, we have a big dog! It’s hard to keep things pristine with Walt around.’

ABOVE An antique crockery cupboard is perfectly positioned above the sink; try Smithy by Lakeland Paints for a similar colour, and Cooke &

Lewis at B&Q for the basin and tap. Grigio Stella by Granite Transformations is a similar work surface BELOW In the master bedroom a

chair from Mangan Antiques, and a patchwork quilt from London’s Ladbroke Grove, keep things cosy. Tiago created the dog painting

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LEFT ‘I used to have to step over a gap between the original building and the extension to reach this bathroom,’ says JP. The tiles are reclaimed from an Italian church and were found by Mangan Antiques, who also sourced the chair. The tub is from Majestic Bathrooms RIGHT At the back of the house is a sheltered courtyard garden BELOW A rear extension, added in 1900, was coming adrift from the rest of the property, so JP has had it rebuilt, staying faithful to its original architecture

Even with the opportunity to rebuild the back of the house, JP kept the layout the same, with the kitchen on the ground floor and the living room and study on the floor above. The kitchen island was already in place but a joiner built new floor units into the alcoves, with antique cupboards on the walls for a mismatched look. The bathrooms are in the extension, at the turn of each flight of stairs. ‘They were added in 1900, when bathrooms started to be brought inside the home,’ JP explains. ‘It made sense to keep them where all the pipes are.’ JP is an award-winning production designer, responsible for the overall look, locations, costumes and set design for films including The Theory of Everything, The Other Boleyn Girl and the upcoming Bridget Jones’s Baby. ‘It means I get to practise decorating a lot, whereas most people really only change the look of their home every few years,’ he says. ‘I approached the design as I would planning a movie, researching the décor of the Georgian era – which I found I didn’t like as it was too garish for my taste. That made me more confident about the colours I did choose; especially as there was a danger with this house that it could look too elegant and respectful to the period, or else too clean and contemporary. In the end I used the deeply pigmented shades I was drawn to.’ The result is a vibrant palette of olive, burnt orange, blue and emerald that works well with the stripped floors and patina of the antique furniture. ‘I suppose creating a home is similar to designing a film set: you always have to be sympathetic to the story,’ says JP. ‘For me, that means preserving and treasuring the beautiful architecture, but in a way that makes sense in the here and now. I feel so fortunate to be part of this house’s rich history.’ 70 OCTOBER 2016

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1 TILES Replicate JP’s graphic splashback with these striking, geometric Alhambra tiles in Light Grey and Dark Grey on White, £224.95 per m2, from Original Style’s Odyssey collection. 2 LANTERN With Gothic styling and four lights, this sophisticated lantern from Besselink & Jones is perfect for hanging above a dining table, H41xW28cm, £919.

3 CHAIR Bring a touch of club lounge character to your living space with this Jazz Club leather armchair from Made, inspired by 1930s designs. H85xW86xD83cm, it comes in Cognac (shown) or Chocolate, £299. 4 BEDSPREAD Liven up a simple scheme with textiles full of colour and pattern, such as this beautiful vintage Kantha quilt handmade in India,

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£95 from a selection at Rebecca Aix Home. 5 PAINT Emulate JP’s serene and stylish living room with a lick of Mylands’ Museum paint, which beautifully complements natural timber. £42 for 2.5ltrs of Marble matt emulsion. 6 FLOOR LAMP Bring light and style to an empty corner with Puji’s dark wood tripod floor lamp, H124xW68xD68cm, £158.

7 RUG Featuring a bold, colourful pattern, this Shiraz kilim, made from 100 per cent hand-spun wool with natural dyes, will set the tone for an eastern-inspired scheme. £550 for W150xL200cm from Bakhtiyar. 8 PAINT As JP’s interior proves, a home office needn’t be dreary. Try using Crown’s Dance Fever shade of Feature Wall Breatheasy matt

paint to create a warm and inspiring work space. Priced from £26 for 2.5ltrs at Homebase. 9 CABINET The perfect piece for fans of vintage botanical style, the Baby distressed cabinet, £275 from Rockett St George, features an aged leafy lining. H122xW77.5x D19cm, it can be used to store all manner of ornaments, tableware and curiosities.



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LEFT Crafted from ash with a driftwood finish and carved with a stag’s head, these Hunter’s chairs are £410 each. Shown with the refectory trestle oak table, from £3,324, and bench, from £889 BELOW These beautiful stickback Windsor chairs cost £375 for the side chair and £498 for an armchair

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atheaston has become a name to trust and a sure sign that a piece of furniture has been made to last, with no compromises and unprecedented attention to detail. Miles and Sam Gill are a father and son team, who start at the beginning of the process – carefully selecting oak and ash trees from sustainable woodlands, checking that they make the grade. Then, using methods and techniques that have been handed down through the generations, they begin to mould them into the heirlooms of the future. The firm specialises in oak cabinets and extendable tables that can be made to measure to suit all tastes and fit

specific spaces; designed with you and catered to your individual needs. The backbone of the family business is the world-famous Windsor chair and its many variations; a timeless classic that brings an elegance all of its own and is essentially the finishing touch to a room in any period household. Every beautiful piece is made to order and customers can choose from the wide selection of colours and finishes, and even have newly made furniture colour matched to existing pieces. Visit to find the right piece of furniture for you or call 01943 880622 for more information. You can also see ‘Batheaston Bespoke Furniture’ being made on Facebook. OCTOBER 2016 73


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TWO HALVES Since moving into one side of a divided early Georgian manor house, artist Merlyn Chesterman has filled its corners with a lifetime’s collection of precious finds sourced from around the world Words SIAN LEWIS Photographs JULIA TOMS

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When she bought the house 20 years ago, Merlyn fitted the Aga and had a local carpenter build cupboards into the alcoves either side. The ceiling beam, from a nearby farm, hides a boxed-in support. The kitchen table and chairs were sourced from local antiques dealer George Morgan, while the high chair is a family heirloom

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Kuan Yin, the goddess of mercy, casts her gaze across the living room. Merlyn found her at an antiques auction in Cressing Temple. A Parker Knoll chair gets a Middle Eastern twist with a pouffe from Devon store Ian Snow. To the right is a Portuguese ‘arca’ blanket chest, and the original alcove shelves house a collection of global finds


fter a life lived on the other side of the world – nearly two decades in the Far East, then years spent in America – Merlyn Chesterman and her late husband David Loveridge were keen to put down roots in the UK so that their two children could finish school here. The house the couple chose was quite different from their homes in Hong Kong and Bangkok. In fact it could not be more English – its history a tangle of family intrigues, with no wall straight. ‘We were living opposite when we heard that the owners wanted to sell the following year,’ recalls Merlyn. ‘We had 12 months to find the money.’ This was in 1995, and the sale of a family home in Portugal provided the funds. ‘We did everything in a hurry,’ says Merlyn. ‘We had to be out of our old house on a set date, and for two weeks, teams of workers, supervised by one builder, worked on the house.’ Central heating was installed, the electrics were updated and old lino downstairs was ripped up. A French limestone floor

was laid in the kitchen and Merlyn chose oak floorboards to run throughout the rest of the downstairs. She installed an Aga and had a carpenter make storage cupboards in the kitchen alcoves either side. An upstairs bathroom was transformed with floorboards, and painted in an off-white shade that has also been used to panel the sides of the bath. The house, which hugs the corner of a street near the town square in Hartland, north Devon, is half of a manor that up until the 1980s had been in the same family for 630 years. The manor was rebuilt 300 years ago, but a split had occurred naturally. ‘Apparently two sides of the family didn’t get on,’ Merlyn explains. ‘There were 15 bedrooms in all, but the two factions would meet in the middle of the passageways, either on what is now my landing or in the passage from my living room to the old front door.’ Merlyn’s house now has four bedrooms, and is the perfect size for the weekend retreats the artist runs, and the B&B

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TOP Merlyn put in central heating when she bought the house, and chose reproduction school radiators. One of her prints hangs above a teak sideboard from Bangkok ABOVE Merlyn hard at work in her printmaking studio at the front of the house LEFT Fifi the farm cat looks very good for her 16 years

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Throughout Merlyn’s house, East meets West via the coast – she bought the rosewood desk, which has its own corner of the living room, in Hong Kong in 1975. To the left is a lamp made from an old spittoon, and on the other side is a large silver-coloured ball, probably a fishing buoy, that Merlyn found on the beach. The black telephone once belonged to former Yugoslavian leader Tito

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guests she welcomes to supplement her work as a printmaker. It may look like a traditional English manor from the outside, but the rooms are filled with a lifetime’s collection of what can only be described as ‘story pieces’ from around the world. There is a tale to be told about every single thing in Merlyn’s house. David, who died in 1997, worked for international NGOs, and wherever they lived they collected pieces, which Merlyn has a knack for displaying in a way that invites questions. The old phone on the living room desk is one such piece, looking poised to ring at any moment. It was salvaged from the former Yugoslavian leader Tito’s office in Zagreb just before the building was demolished. ‘Who knows which world leaders he spoke to on that phone,’ says Merlyn. In the kitchen, the pieces of Chinese crockery stacked in her glass-panelled dresser came from abandoned houses outside Hong Kong. ‘The people had left for a new life in the city with only the things they could carry,’ she says. ‘It was as if they had walked away from everything they didn’t want anymore. So there was lots of what they call ‘kitchen ming’ just sitting in these old homes. I think it’s really beautiful.’ Merlyn’s house also brims over with family life. From the wooden high chair next to the kitchen Aga, which has been used by every family member since her father first sat in it, to the pieces of artwork created by her children Ayesha, now 34, and Leon, now 30, when they were young. ‘It’s funny, but it’s not until you start talking about your house and the things you have in it that you realise how much you have gathered over the years,’ says Merlyn. She still picks up pieces on trips to the Far East, inspiration for her Chineseinspired prints, or at the local beach where she swims regularly, whatever the weather. ‘I love the colour and shapes of the stone on the beach down at Hartland Quay,’ she says, of the pebbles she has in bowls ABOVE The front door of Merlyn’s north Devon house is painted in Mole’s Breath by Farrow & Ball. Set against the whitewashed walls, it gives the property a coastal feel LEFT Merlyn found the statue, which now sits in her Chinese-inspired garden, washed up on a beach in Hong Kong RIGHT Her small back garden is her little corner of Asia in Devon. Despite the Atlantic winds that howl through in winter, Merlyn has managed to grow bananas and bamboo OCTOBER 2016 79

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LEFT Merlyn used Dulux Trade white for all the bedrooms. In her own room, a picture wall is a mix of her artwork and family photos. The round green stone, from Trevor Cornforth, is called a Pi stone. In China they were buried with the dead to act as a stepping stone to the next life. Merlyn brought the cast-iron bed back from Portugal BELOW LEFT In the main bathroom, Merlyn ripped up the old lino floor and installed wooden floorboards. She gave the old bath a new look by using the same wood as panelling, which was then painted in Farrow & Ball’s Purbeck Stone LEFT In the single guest bedroom, Merlyn has hung a canopy from bamboo poles suspended from ceiling hooks, and the rug was bought from a travelling salesman. A pine chest of drawers and her mother’s low, velvet-covered chair complete the relaxed look

around the house. ‘Once a man told me to stop collecting them. But, anything above the mean high tide line belongs to the landowner, who I know. Anything below that line belongs to the crown. So I wouldn’t take that.’ Merlyn has done very little to the house since the initial building work 20 years ago. With the exception of the kitchen, which is painted in Farrow & Ball’s House White, she chose Dulux Trade white for the walls throughout, giving a gallery feel to the main rooms. ‘I studied fine art in the UK,’ she explains. ‘Then I worked as a painter when we lived in Hong Kong in the 1970s and 1980s.’ However, she now spends her time wood block printing, which she also teaches, and for the past three years, she has been

chosen to take part in the Royal Academy’s summer exhibition. The downstairs corner of the house is her home studio and shop. ‘I also rent space in the St John’s music centre in the village square,’ she says. ‘That’s where I go to make mess. Although if I don’t have guests in the house, I often spread my prints all over the place to dry.’ Storing the ever-growing collection of her art has prompted Merlyn’s future plans for the house. ‘I am going to commission an artisan craftsperson to build bookshelves with reclaimed wood in the loft space above my bedroom,’ she explains. Clearly her time in Hong Kong, where space is the most luxury item of all, has left Merlyn with the ability to find ways to make the most of it in her house.

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Style notes Team rustic pieces with MiddleEastern-inspired accessories to capture Merlyn’s living room look

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1 LAMP Intricately decorated by hand in Rajasthan, this brass Mahendra lampbase from Nkuku, H36xDia.30cm, costs £180, shown here with a linen drum shade, H30xDia.50cm, £59.95. 2 POUFFE Echo Merlyn’s décor with this beautifully authentic Fez Moroccan pouffe in grey, handmade from 100 per cent leather

and embossed with white silk stitching and silver foil. H32xDia.53cm, it’s supplied unstuffed, £100 from India May Home. 3 RUG Featuring a timeless motif, the Safavieh Cambridge wool pile rug is crafted with plush and loop textures, £799 for W183xL274cm at Wayfair. 4 COFFEE TABLE The chunky feet and arched

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underside of this reclaimed elm and pine Akiko coffee table from Out There Interiors give the piece a suitably ethnic feel. H45xW180x D90cm, its simplistic low design is ideal for putting your feet up on, £862. 5 CABINET This vintage mahogany filing cabinet was salvaged from a disused high street bank,

and features all of its original panelling with a lovely distressed finish. H87xW63xD59cm, priced £450 at Scaramanga. 6 BUDDA HEAD Emulate the calming corner of Merlyn’s space with a hand-carved dark stone buddha head from Shimu. H24xW15xD16cm, £79. 7 CUSHIONS Mix and match soft furnishings

with this velvet mustard yellow cushion with duck feather filler, £35 from Eclect Design, and H&M Home’s linen cover in Anthracite Grey, £7.99. 8 FLOORING The grain detail in this Art Select Morning Oak flooring, coupled with a tactile surface texture, creates a classic, homely feel. £47.99 per m2 from Karndean. OCTOBER 2016 83

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Find the items featured in our decorating shoot Stone, £54.50 for 2.5ltrs of Intelligent eggshell, Little Greene. Drake side table, £350, Laura Ashley. On side table: black jewellery box, £150, Nina Campbell. Vintage 1920s buttons, £22 for a pair, Nelson House Antiques. Find similar vintage Jet jewellery at Laurelle Antique Jewellery. Blake Crystal Obelisk lamp base, £80; lamp shade, from a selection, both Laura Ashley. Chic glass tealight holder, £4.50, Nordic House. Round mirrored Bedlinen, as below.

ice bucket on Ebay. Cocktail mixer sticks, from a

RIGHT PAGE Sula wallpaper, skirting board, side

selection at Alfies Antique Market. Nigella Orchid

table, and rug, all as before. True Velvet carpet

square cushion (background), £40, Laura Ashley.

in Platinum, £59.99 per m2, Brintons. Sage nickel

All other items as before.

bed, from £2,695; Vi Spring Marquess Superb

RIGHT PAGE Chrysler wallpaper, skirting board,

mattress, from £6,595, both And so to Bed. Ribba

Arte laminate floor tiles, Sparkler rug, Temple

frame, as before. Doris Zinkeisen print by Doris

console table and vases, all as before. Woodthorpe

Clare Zinkeisen, 1929, £30, National Portrait

Chrysler wallpaper in Duck Egg/Ivory Mica, £64

white MDF fire surround, £154, B&Q; painted in

Gallery. Bedlinen: (from top) Moustier Duck Egg

per roll, Osborne & Little. Skirting board painted in

Gentle Sky, as before. Soho 22” freestanding fire

housewife pillowcases, £30 each, The Linenworks.

Gentle Sky, £54.50 for 2.5ltrs of Intelligent eggshell,

basket, £450; The Derwent fire tool set, £390,

Ekard tailored pillowcases, £45 each; Ekard tailored

Little Greene. Arte laminate floor tiles in Versailles

Chesney’s. Ariel Shell chair, £695, Graham & Green.

quilt cover from £309, both Sheridan Australia.

Light, £31.99 per m2, Quick-Step. Sparkler wool/

Vintage 1920s shoes, from a selection at Circa

Autograph cotton and silk blend bedspread,

viscose rug, from £1,950 for W170xL240cm, Woven.

Vintage. Ribba picture frame, as before. Courtney

£200, Marks & Spencer. Faux fur scallop throw,

Iggy three-seater sofa in Egret Herringbone, £1,510,

Pine print by Liam Woon, 1988, £15, National

£20, George Home at Asda. Cushions: (from left) Garbo side table, £319, House of Fraser.

Gallery. On chair: (from left) cushions made from

Theago Quartz cushion, £55; Theon Gold cushion,

Andrew Martin Genevieve coffee table, £1,095,

Plato fabric in Aqua, £88 per m, Jane Churchill, and

£46, both Voyage Maison. Velvet cushion with

Houseology. Temple console table, £1,654, Julian

trimmed with Taisho beaded fringe in T570-07, £51

tassels in Pale Pink, £19.50, Marks & Spencer.

Chichester. On wall: Ribba picture frame, from

per m, Osborne & Little. Made from Sparkling fabric

On side table: lamp base and shade, and Chic

£2.25, Ikea. Dame Gladys Cooper print by Charles

in Sterling, £49 per m, Kravet, and trimmed with

glass tealight holder, as before. Heron ring

Buchel, 1920s, £30, National Portrait Gallery. On

Kediri satin beaded braid in T603-09, £62 per m,

holder, £6, George Home at Asda. Statement

sofa: (from left) cushions made from Tramonti fabric

Osborne & Little. On mantel: vintage cut glass vase,

pineapple scented candle (lid not shown),

in F6844-01 (front), £75 per m, Osborne & Little,

from a selection at Online Galleries. Piper shell table

£25, Marks & Spencer.

and Asuri fabric in Duck Egg (reverse and piping),

lamp, £65, Laura Ashley. Scalloped tealight holder,

£47.50 per m, Romo. Penelope cushion in Pale Pink,

£2, George Home at Asda. Seafoam green enamel

£17.50, Marks & Spencer. Made from Nimbus fabric

photo frame, £95, Nina Campbell. Maud Allan

in Aqua, £84 per m, Jane Churchill, with piping in

dancing Mendelssohn’s Spring Songs print by

Cranes in Flight

Launay fabric in Thistledown, £50 per m, Romo.

Foulsham & Banfield, £15, National Portrait Gallery.

wallpaper in

Theon Platinum cushion, £46, Voyage Maison. On

Decorative beaded-edge mirror tray, £35, Laura

Blush, £58 per roll,

side table: Paloma large glass candlestick lamp

Ashley. Vintage Champagne cocktail glasses, as

Harlequin. Skirting

base, £110, Laura Ashley. Lamp shade taken from

before. On console table: chrome-plated Deco

board, Arte laminate

Biba Rochelle gold-effect printed table lamp,

lady lamp, £393, Kansa.

floor tiles and

£65, House of Fraser. Dragonfly jewellery box,

Temple console

£10, George Home at Asda. 1930s Czech glass

table, all as before.

tulip-shaped vase, £150 for a pair, Renato at Alfies

Drum stool, £125

Antique Market. Find a similar vintage photo frame

plus 1m of fabric,

at Alfies. On coffee table: tortoise shell square tray,

The Dormy House; covered in Capture Luxury

£45, Nina Campbell. Vintage Champagne cocktail

Moonstruck fabric, £149 per m, Kravet. Vintage

glasses, from a selection, Alfies Antique Market.

velvet jacket and original 1920s shoes, both from

Aran cuffed glass, £16, Rowen & Wren. Handkerchief

a selection, Circa Vintage. On console table: black

vase, £19.50, Marks & Spencer. Find similar vintage

series 302 telephone, £51.95, Wild & Wolf. Biba

photographs at Alfies. Find a similar vintage photo

Art Deco picture frame, £24, House of Fraser.

album at Not on the High Street. Malachite A4 box

Betty Blake and Jean Castaner in ‘The Boy’ print

file, £36, Nina Campbell. On console table: Conran

by Bassano, 1918, £15, National Portrait Gallery. 1930s Czech glass tulip shaped vase, as before.

marble tealight holders, £12 each, Marks & Spencer. St Lambert 1960s vase, £170, Louise Verber at Alfies

LEFT PAGE Sula wallpaper in Copper, £65 per roll,

Petal glass vase, £30, Laura Ashley. Bronze Deco

Antique Market. Find similar vintage books at Alfies.

Jane Churchill. Skirting board painted in Portland

lady lamp, as before.


trinket boxes, £25 for a set of two, Laura Ashley. LEFT PAGE Find a similar vintage Moët & Chandon

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As the new autumn/winter collections are revealed, we take a look at the latest key trends and round up our favourite pieces from some of the top luxury design brands in the interiors industry

Furniture maker John Sankey will be unveiling its latest concept in chair design, The Buckingham collection, this month. Featuring a classic curved design with buttoned backs, the chair can come as a traditional one seater, but also as a two, three and even four, for an exciting twist on a classic design. Handmade in Derbyshire, the chairs are pictured in Zoffany Birodo velvet, POA. (

LUXURY UNDERFOOT Canadian designer Zoë Luyendijk will be showcasing her latest Blooming rug collection this autumn. Driven by free-spirited originality, her colourful, abstract rugs are hand-knotted in Nepal from Tibetan wool, each taking several months. £2,985 per m2. (020 7495 0740;



SITTING PRETTY Bringing the colours and prints of Asia to the UK, Jennifer Manners will be launching these new Eastern-inspired Buddy Ottomans in vibrant kiliminspired fabrics. (020 3648 6865;


his month, the biggest names in luxury homeware will be unveiling their latest collections to the industry, and Period Living has investigated the new trends to offer you a sneak peek of the products to look out for. One of the biggest events in the interiors calendar is Decorex, which takes place at Syon Park, London, in September, and showcases the latest in high-end home design, from wallcoverings, flooring and lighting to fabrics, upholstery and accessories. Featuring our favourite heritage brands as well as contemporary independent designers and studios, the event is the perfect place to see the very best in British and international design, and embraces the finest materials and sophisticated, high-quality manufacturing processes, from hand-knotted rugs to bespoke engraved decorative surfaces. Expect to be lured by lustrous shining surfaces, captivated by colour, dazzled by decorative prints, and tantalised by texture – all trends that feature highly this year. Taking the theme of ‘Roots in Design’, the show will also explore a topic close to our hearts – design heritage and origins of making, and examining how this inspires, shapes and defines design today. Drawing on this theme, many companies have looked to the past when developing their latest products, combining old techniques and archive materials to give a twist on the traditional.



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GOING FOR GOLD t What could be more luxurious than bathing in a golden roll-top tub? Helping you to bring a touch of sparkle to your home, Chadder & Co will this month be unveiling the latest in luxury bathware, including this Windsor bath covered in metallic mosaic. Handmade with Chadite, a lighter alternative to cast iron, and gold tiles from Original Style, it costs from £3,200, including plinth. (01959 532553;

WOVEN HERITAGE From fashion to homeware and furnishings, Liberty’s iconic ditsy prints have decorated hundreds of surfaces over the years, but for the first time ever fans of the brand can now enjoy the designs underfoot as the fabric house launches its first carpet collection with Alternative Flooring. Two British brands that share a rich heritage of design and making in the UK, they have paired up to reimagine famous Liberty prints as carpets and bespoke rugs. With four designs in a total of ten colourways, they cost £149 per m2. (01264 335111;


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FEMININE TOUCH If you’re a fan of romance, then check out the new fabulously floral fabrics, wallpapers and homeware from Boho & Co, formerly Angel at My Table. Driven by a belief that the beauty of nature can lift the spirit and gladden the heart, Boho’s designs capture a love of flowers and the enduring appeal of archive designs. This Chinoiserie velvet costs £55 per m. (0845 200 0723;

STATEMENT CERAMIC For bright ideas in ceramic lighting design, check out Lyngard. We love these Marney bone china pendants with a touch of gold – a finish that continues to shine through this season. £245 each. (01270 767095;

FROM THE ARCHIVE t With its latest collection of fabrics and wallcoverings inspired by the Potteries, Blendworth unveils Arris Volume II this month. The bold geometric patterns take their lead from Wedgwood’s Arris tableware, and have been reinterpreted to create a striking collection of opulent velvets, dual-purpose weaves and textured wall coverings, such as this Hex design, £75 per roll. (023 9259 4911;


Take a walk on the wild side with Carola Van Dyke’s new Africa taxidermy collection. A range of safari animal busts – Springbok, Mountain Goat, Zebra, Blue wildebeest, Baboon and Impala – covered in an eclectic collage of eye-catching Dutch wax prints, the textile trophies are bound to turn heads. From £1,750. (01273 858753;




Daniel Heath is proving that surface decoration doesn’t have to be confined to textiles and wallpaper; it can be applied to all manner of materials to bring decorative delight where you least expect. This Oak panel has been engraved using a custom illustration of birds and climbing vines to make a feature of a plain timber wardrobe. From £425 per m2. (

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Rich hues of paint and textiles infuse this living room with warmth. In every room of the house, window and door frames have been painted in contrasting colours, adding another layer of interest, and taking attention away from the general signs of life that are scattered about



Day-to-day clutter is a reality of life, so rather than fight it, embrace the imperfect elements of your home and use paint creatively to draw the eye, says Emily Henson


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he homes that interest me are stylish, creative and inspiring, but also brimming with evidence that people actually live there. What I like to see is a tangle of wires under a desk, a fridge plastered with bills and letters from school and a pile of shoes by the front door. This is real life for most of us, and doesn’t it feel good to be reminded that we aren’t alone in our imperfect homes? In truth, life can be untidy and that’s acceptable. Don’t be taken in by the perceived perfection that is thrust upon us everywhere we turn. Love your own home, with all its lumps, bumps and unfinished jobs. Creating a ‘life unstyled’ doesn’t mean that styling is not allowed. The trick is to imitate professional stylists and keep on styling, changing things regularly and playing with different combinations of your possessions. Train your eye to appreciate the obscure, not just the obviously beautiful. If it is beautiful to you, then it’s beautiful. End of story.


The phrase ‘a lotta bang for your buck’ was created for paint. Little else can transform a room as quickly, easily and

RIGHT Imitate this thrifty homeowner and use an upturned wooden crate as a bedside table, first giving it a lick of bright paint to suit your taste. A can of spray paint makes quick work of reinventing small items at little cost BELOW Be bold. In this apartment, the owners have made their mark with bold wallpaper and vibrant paint in the bijou kitchen – even the ceiling and beams have been given a lick of turquoise paint

BELOW Paint your stairs in a rainbow of colours. Stairs tend to be overlooked but are often the

first thing you see when you enter a home. It’s an easy way to update worn old wooden treads

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‘A room with an interesting paint treatment can get away with a multitude of sins – the eye is distracted from the day-to-day clutter’

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In this high-ceilinged kitchen, one wall has been given a coat of pale green paint that contrasts vividly with the terracotta-tiled floors. A colourful mismatched collection of chairs surrounds the table and the walls are dotted with coat hooks that hold frequently used items, such as mesh shopping bags

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inexpensively. You do not need special skills, as with hanging wallpaper, yet you can make a huge impact in very little time. A room with an interesting paint treatment can get away with a multitude of sins – the eye is distracted from the day-to-day clutter and drawn instead to whatever inspired paint job you think up, whether it’s two-toned walls, rainbow-coloured stairs, or multi-coloured furniture. Gone are the days of adhering to rules when it comes to using paint at home – if you can imagine it, you can paint it. And the worst-case scenario is, of course, that you don’t like the results – in which event you repaint. It can be as simple and quick as spray-painting the legs of a stool, or as complicated and time-consuming as creating an intricate geometric design on a blank wall.

Blue Shaker-style pegboard shelves wrap around the walls, which are really practical for children’s rooms, offering plenty of hanging space for all the small items they amass and display

READER OFFER This is an edited extract from Life Unstyled by Emily Henson, with photography by Debi Treloar (£19.99, Ryland Peters & Small). Period Living readers can buy it for the special price of £14.99, including postage and packaging – call Macmillan Direct on 01256 302699 and quote reference HV1


strong, with open shelving for pots and pans adding character ABOVE A bold mustard theme was chosen for the walls, metal bed frame and bedlinen in this child’s bedroom.


LEFT In this kitchen, the owners carried out what was intended as a quick fix renovation, adding wooden cabinets in distressed blue with antique handles. Many years later it is still going

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Choosing a bright colour to paint a floor, such as with the wooden floorboards in this bedroom, is an excellent way to create instant interest and detract attention from the piles of items left around the room. If it seems too extreme, opt for something softer, such as a pale blue. Painting flooring is a good way to conceal scuffed wood or outdated tiles

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On the grapevine As autumn arrives, prune and cut back, then plan ahead for next spring by collecting seeds to sow


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Birds need help finding food as the weather turns, so hang this set of two vintage-style bird cages, made from lightweight iron, from a branch and fill with seeds. H32xDia.19.5cm and H38xDia.24cm, £45. (0844 858 0744;

Get advice on growing apples at home at RHS Garden Harlow Carr’s Autumn Apple Display, from 29 October to 2 November. You can also enjoy a taste of the likes of Yorkshire-bred ‘Ribston Pippin’ or unusually shaped varieties, including ‘Dog’s Snout’. ( harlowcarr)


Nectar and pollen tend to be in short supply in autumn, but there are still many bees and butterflies on the wing and they all need food. Butterflies like a sweet boost to help them stay healthy, or to see them into hibernation, so ensure you have some late-flowering plants, such as Michaelmas daisies, sedums and asters. To create natural food supplies for birds, include some native plants, including crab apple, holly, elder, birch or hawthorn. A bird-friendly garden should also be full of seeds. Let seedheads form on flowers and weeds, such as teasels and thistles, and also on perennials, including alliums, crocosmias, and sea hollies. For advice on making your garden a home for wildlife, visit

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It won’t be long before you’re stoking the first fires in the hearth, so stock up on log supplies and store them in this Gothic log store from The Posh Shed Company. An integral decking base keeps logs off cold and damp ground and allows any excess moisture to escape. H163xW120xD66cm, £616. (01544 387101;

Gardening expert Mick Lavelle provides quick answers and easy solutions to common horticultural queries

Arthur Jack has launched two sizes of window boxes, perfect for Victorian or Georgian properties. Made in England by artisan metal craftsmen, the galvanised steel planters feature a Tudor rose design and are available in L85 or 110cm, with adjustable legs to make them level on a slanted windowsill and aid drainage. They are priced from £170. (01299 827059;


Taking inspiration from their kitchen gardens, the Historic Royal Palaces have produced a range of heritage seed packets – a regal introduction to growing your own. It’s not too late to scatter seeds for an autumn crop, such as radish ‘French Breakfast’, or rocket, £2.99 a packet. (020 3166 6848;


When do I need to take my summer bedding plants out? It is likely that in most locations, a few summer bedding plants will still be struggling on. Although it seems a shame to remove these, especially when still in flower, it pays to be ruthless. Clearing and replacing them now allows new plants to establish in readiness for spring, while the weather is still mild. You can, however, wait until the first frost hits late-flowering specimens, such as dahlias and cannas, before you need to lift these. If you don’t have a greenhouse you can over-winter them in the ground in warm locations, although flowering may be late next year. Cover them with a protective layer of straw, bracken or fleece.



As you bring tender plants indoors to protect them during colder months, keep them well watered with this zinc atomiser. It will coat delicate flowers in a fine mist without damaging them, and costs £12 from Sophie Conran. (020 7603 1522;

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What bedding plants should I plant out during October? This month is the perfect time to plant out wallflowers, forget-me-not, double daisies, primulas, violas (including winter pansies), or other spring bedding plants. Prepare the ground by working in a little compost, and apply a general purpose fertiliser like fish, blood and bone. Make sure the plants are deep enough with the root-ball just below the soil surface. Do not skimp on numbers: for a good display, include 10-12 plants in every square metre. Mick is a gardening writer and senior lecturer in horticulture at Writtle College



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nurture & A haven for wildlife, with its ponds and meadow, this country garden on the Isle of Wight brims with colour, scent and homegrown produce Words JEAN VERNON Photographs HEATHER EDWARDS

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PREVIOUS PAGE Different varieties of dahlias, grown for cut flowers, add vibrant colour to the beds of the walled kitchen garden ABOVE Terracotta pots planted with shrubby bindweed sit at either end of the formal pond, while under the timber pergola are potted standard olive trees LEFT Louise Ness with her daughter Esme and Sophie the dachshund


estling in a hollow between surrounding hills and just in view of the church with which it was formerly linked, the Old Rectory in Kingston, on the Isle of Wight, is a striking and elegant Regency home. When Louise and Derek Ness moved to the house in 2002, with their three young children, the garden was nothing more than a grassy paddock surrounding the pretty stone-built property, so Louise set about making a garden that now feeds the family, is a haven for wildlife, a playground for the family’s pet dogs, and much more. Armed with a heap of gardening books, her own planting lists and some colour schemes, but no formal horticultural training, Louise set about creating a garden that would complement her new home. ‘It was such a pretty house that I wanted to make the setting just as beautiful to go with it,’ she says.


Today the garden is filled with scent, colour and vibrancy. Divided into separate areas, it was designed section by section,

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THIS IMAGE The evening sun shines through Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ and deciduous grass Eulalia ‘Undine’ RIGHT, TOP TO BOTTOM Crab apple tree; squash ‘Potimarron’ is ideal for roasting and baking; cactus flowered dahlia

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more due to reason of necessity. ‘We had huge rabbit problems, so had to wire off an area to work on at a time, and then move on to the next bit,’ explains Louise. The interconnected gardens each have a different style, acting as a canvas for a new collection of plants or style of planting. Nearest the house, there is a soft, country formality. Rosa ‘Lady Hillingdon’ climbs up the walls of the property, chosen because its apricot blooms complement the soft golden stone. ‘I planted lots of roses, lots of scented things, trying to create a formal layout close to the house leading out to more informal areas,’ Louise explains. In summer almost every border is punctuated with bushes of roses – there’s even a rose cutting garden so that she can enjoy displays of her favourite blooms in the house.


The garden can be high maintenance but it’s a labour of love for Louise. Everyone helps out when there is produce to harvest or plants to water, but the rest of the time it is her focus and passion. She plans, plants and prunes, while husband Derek adds form and function to the garden, creating and building everything, from intricate plant supports to summerhouses. The walled kitchen garden is one such project, built by Derek and Louise’s dad from scratch more than ten years ago. The walls have now weathered beautifully and are clothed with trained fruit trees including figs, plums, apricots, cherries and gages. More than 15 beds are filled with vegetables, fruits and herbs, as well as a mass of cut flowers for the house, such as cosmos and dahlias. ‘I simply love the vegetable garden

‘I’ve learned so much about what natural food birds need, such as planting rowan bushes for berries’ Key facts Character The garden has been created to envelop the former rectory in a swathe of country-style planting. It is divided into separate areas including a walled kitchen garden, an orchard, meadows, a rose cutting garden and fabulous borders brimming with roses, perennials and shrubs Size Just over one acre Aspect The front of the house faces south Soil Free draining but fertile soil. Louise adds copious amounts of compost to try and alleviate the soil dryness.  The garden is on a belt of green sand Owners Louise and Derek Ness live here with their three daughters, two dachshunds, a lurcher and flocks of friendly hens and ducks Date of house The property was built in 1829 Open The Old Rectory, Kingston, Isle of Wight opens most years for the NGS. For full details and opening times, visit

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CLOCKWISE FROM THIS IMAGE Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’ line a gravel path leading to a patio seating area, beyond which is a pretty dovecote; Dahlia ‘Ludwig Helfert’; planted borders create a seamless transition between the conservatory and the garden; Louise and Esme harvest veg in the kitchen garden; Euonymus europaeus OCTOBER 2016 117

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in late summer,’ says Louise. ‘The squashes and pumpkins are so colourful. It all takes an awful lot of picking, but I have the whole family to help – I bribe the girls to pick the fruit and fill the freezer up; it’s a really busy time of year.’ In the west-facing Well Garden, an ancient well provides vital water for the garden and ponds. The conservatory doors open out into this richly planted space, where a weathered stone table enveloped in huge Gallica rose bushes gets the last rays of evening sun – a perfect spot to enjoy the harvest of the kitchen garden. A wirework gate leads out to beds of soft pastel and white roses, including the floribunda rose ‘Iceberg’ and Rosa Spinosissima ‘Falkland’, an arching shrub rose with fragrant pink flowers followed by interesting black hips. The next section contains an elegant but more formal rill-like pool edged in natural stone and surrounded by more Rosa ‘Claire Austin’, a soft, double yellow English rose. A vast weathered dining table is the perfect spot for family dining and entertaining.


Outside the kitchen garden is an orchard planted with a range of fruit trees, where a small flock of hens forage for tasty morsels. The wildlife pond is a haven for ducks and moorhens, and a vibrant wildflower meadow is alive with insects. It’s all part of the natural cycle providing food, shelter and habitat for the birds that nest in the hedges along the garden boundary, and the garden wildlife. ‘I’ve learned so much about what natural food birds need, like planting rowans for berries for blackbirds and thrushes, and growing willow for the chiffchaffs,’ says Louise. ‘Lots of people stop feeding the birds in spring but then you miss all the babies coming to the feeders in the summertime, which is fabulous. We have baby woodpeckers on the nut feeders and you can watch the parents feeding them.’ She is particularly proud of how the garden is now brimming with wildlife. ‘We have so many birds and insects that I could spend all day watching them, if I wasn’t so busy gardening!’

TOP LEFT A metal scroll gate leads through from the kitchen garden, planted with a host of vegetables, fruit and cut flowers, down towards the

orchard, planted with a range of fruit trees, including crab apples and quince TOP The scent of Rosa ‘Bonica’ surrounds a blue painted metal

bench, in front of which is a Malus ‘Golden Hornet’ ABOVE LEFT Dahlia ‘Mingus Toni’ ABOVE RIGHT Snapdragon ‘Elegance Bronze’

Gardening f�r wildlife ❋ Don’t cut down seed heads until spring. Although I feed the birds throughout the winter, it is always good to have a range of natural food sources left in the garden. ❋ Leave plant growth standing to provide shelter and protection, not just for the wildlife, but also for the plants beneath. Tidy away old growth as the new growth starts to emerge in spring. ❋ Making a wildlife pond is an extremely good way to attract all sorts of creatures into the garden, from newts, to pond skaters, and dragonflies. It can be as simple as a large container with a few oxygenating plants. ❋ We don’t cut hedges here until late summer as lots of birds, such as blackbirds, have second or third broods, so it is not safe to do it before then.

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1 Use a gate to create a focal point with this bespoke seasoned oak example from Garden Trellis. H210xW100xD20cm (plus frame), it costs around £5,000, including posts and arch. (01255 688361; 2 If picket fencing suits your outdoor space, then this little Pale garden gate will allow easy access. H90xW90cm, priced £49.99 from Homebase. (0345 077 8888; 3 The Sheshan range of gates from The Wrought Iron Gate Company are available in a choice of arch or flat top, with each supplied to fit, galvanised and powder coated. From £454 for a H100xW95xD4cm design. (01323 430932; 4 Add a sense of privacy with these oak bow top driveway gates from Wooden Gate Timber Products. H180xW360xD6.5cm, they cost from £2,299 with fixtures and fittings. (01939 232450; 5 Secure a side path with this elegant Montford tall gate. H183.5xW77xD2cm, it’s topped with a classic arrowhead design, and galvanised and powder coated for resistance to corrosion, £84.49 from Grange Fencing. (01952 586460; 6 When you need to combine a low fence with a gate, this Hampton design, H100xW100x D4.5cm from Forest, creates a pretty effect, £103.99. (0333 003 0026; 7 Commission a bespoke creation from Rayment Wire. This wrought-iron gate has been handcrafted from British steel to fit the space. H90xW100xD5cm, it is finished in Antique Etch on galvanised steel, £700. (01843 821628;


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PREVIOUS PAGE An Edwardian property from the exterior, Polesden Lacey has influences of many styles and eras in its interiors, remodelled by the Grevilles THIS IMAGE Guests would gather for predinner drinks in the Central Hall, under the glow of the silver Victorian chandelier, waiting for Margaret Greville to make her grand entrance at the head of the staircase

Here photographed in the portico at Polesden Lacey, Margaret, the daughter of a brewer, was described as making no attempt at the veneer of a ‘society’ manner, and once said ‘I’d rather be a beeress than a peeress’



f only walls could talk, those of Polesden Lacey would surely have many deliciously tantalising stories to tell. ‘And if [the stories] are with a spice of scandal, so much better,’ as the Earl of Crawford once remarked. For this former country home of Margaret Greville, a wealthy heiress and doyenne of high society, played host to a magnificent roll call of highprofile guests in the early 20th century, who were treated to elaborate dinners then beguiled by dazzling dancers, music, magic and more. Margaret and her husband Ronald acquired Polesden in 1906 to hold weekend parties that were the talk of society. An Edwardian property from the outside, the sumptuous interiors were remodelled by the Ritz architects under Margaret’s guiding hand so as to be fit for royalty, drawing on influences from Jacobean to Georgian styles. Ronald passed away in 1908, before alterations to the house were complete, but Margaret continued to entertain the great and good for many years, bringing along an entourage of staff from her main London residence.

OUR GUIDE: Jonathan Marsh House and collections manager, Jonathan says: ‘Margaret Greville was an interesting character. As Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, once said: “She was so shrewd, so kind and so amusingly unkind, so sharp, such fun, so naughty.”'

What can you tell us about the Grevilles? Ronald Greville, the son of the 2nd Baron Greville, was a captain in the Life Guards and part of the ‘Marlborough House Set’ – the inner circle of Edward VII. Margaret, however, was the illegitimate daughter of William McEwan, founder of McEwan's Brewery, Edinburgh, and OCTOBER 2016 125

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THIS IMAGE AND RIGHT A room designed to ‘impress and intoxicate’, the Saloon in Margaret’s day would have been the main entertaining space. It now also displays her collections from London, including Fabergé, Cartier, Meissen and gifts from Edward VII and Queen Mary

Helen Anderson, a housekeeper of a boarding house. To avoid the scandal of Edinburgh society, Helen was sent to London have her baby, and it was not until Margaret was 21 that William made an honest woman of her mother. William bought Polesden Lacey for Margaret and was a powerful influence on her, so on her death in 1942 she bequeathed the house and estate to the National Trust in her father’s memory. What inspired the design of the interiors at Polesden? There are many influences, as Margaret and Ronald commissioned architects Mewès and Davis, who had recently designed London’s Ritz, and the interior designers White, Allom and Co, who specialised in architectural salvage. Margaret’s instruction for the Saloon was to create a space ‘fit to entertain a Maharaja’, and it certainly does impress, with 18-carat gold panelling taken from an 18th-century Italian Palazzo, and mirrors at both ends of the room reflecting the light from a sparkling 4,000-piece crystal Bacarrat chandelier. For the Central Hall, which had to make an impact as the first room guests would enter, they

fitted a 17th-century ‘reredos’ around the fireplace – a carved wooden screen taken from behind the altar of one of Sir Christopher Wren’s churches, above which hang Flemish tapestries from the 16th to 18th centuries. Jackson & Son created the ornamental plaster ceilings in the corridors, copying the Jacobean designs from Chastleton House in Oxfordshire, and portraits are displayed against Jacobean-style wooden panelling. In contrast, the Tea Room is in a feminine French Louis XVI style, with pastel landscape paintings set into the white panelling.

18th-century French furniture adorns the Tea Room. Afternoon tea was described by the writer Beverley Nichols as ‘the grandest, most formidable, most glittering and altogether most impressive’

Who were among some of the most notable guests to attend Margaret’s parties? Edward VII came to the first house party in June 1909, as did his long-time mistress Alice Keppel. Author Beverley Nichols remembered Winston Churchill holding forth ‘with a good cigar in one hand and a better Armagnac in the other’, and the Chamberlains visited every Christmas throughout the 1930s. Margaret entertained royalty from across the globe, including seven Maharajas, the Kings of Spain and Egypt; Queen Mary would suddenly telephone and announce herself for tea, while the Duke and Duchess of

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THIS IMAGE Margaret’s marble bathroom was designed by Mewès and Davis and is very similar to the style of those that they created for London’s exclusive Ritz hotel LEFT BELOW The chef and staff in the kitchen in the early 1900s. The dinners Margaret hosted were elaborate and indulgent affairs

How were guests entertained? In the Edwardian period dinners were huge experiences and nine courses was not out of the ordinary. All sorts of evening entertainment was laid on, from juggling acts to the Dolly Sisters. Margaret catered to the needs of her guests; on hearing that some of the King of Egypt’s entourage was feeling homesick, she arranged for white-clad musicians to play Eastern music and after-dinner dancing and juggling in the Eastern tradition. She also built a curry kitchen outside the house so that she could serve the Maharajas their local cuisines, yet keep the smells out of the main property. Described as big hearted and cordial, Margaret was, however, not to be crossed – afternoon tea was served at 5 o’clock sharp and not a minute past, and powerful members of parliament were seen to hurry down the stairs so as not to be late. While today the house also displays collections from her London home, in the Saloon pianists still play at the Steinway, keeping alive this spirit of the property’s entertaining heyday.

VISITING INFORMATION On 1 September, two new exhibition rooms will open at Polesden Lacey, telling the stories of William McEwan and Ronald Greville. Margaret Greville’s bedroom has also been restored, with displays of her collections. The house is open daily, 11am–5pm. Admission: Adult £13.60; child £6.80; family (2 adults, 2 children) £34.50. Great Bookham, nr Dorking, Surrey RH5 6BD. Tel: 01372 452048; polesden-lacey


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❋ Renovation ❋ Property ❋ Salvage ❋ Buyer’s Guides 134 IDEAS TO HEAT YOUR PERIOD HOME

We round up the latest options for stoves and fireplaces, and look into the benefits of underfloor heating and traditionalstyle radiators


Discover the latest home renovation products and materials, plus find expert advice on how to maintain an older property


Where and when to hunt for salvaged finds, and ideas for how to use stone architectural features


Expert Ian Rock advises on how to repair and maintain solid floors, from elaborately designed encaustic tiles in entrance halls to simple kitchen quarry tiles


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Property know-how Discover the latest renovation products, and pick up top tips from industry experts

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Hollie Moorland, brand manager at David Hunt Lighting, advises on buying bathroom light fittings

When buying a light for the bathroom, always check the IP rating. This stands for ‘Ingress Protection’, followed by two numbers that refer to the level of protection – the higher the rating, the more protected. Choose fittings with the correct rating according to where they will be sited. ❋ Bathrooms can be split into three zones: 0, 1 and 2. Zone 0 is inside the bath or shower itself. Any fitting must be low voltage (max 12V) and be rated at least IP67, which is immersion proof. Zone 1 is the area above the bath to a height of 2.25m from the floor, where a minimum rating of IP44 is required. Zone 2 is an area stretching 0.6m outside the perimeter of the bath and to a height of 2.25m from the floor, where an IP rating of at least IP44 is required. Also consider the area within a 60cm radius of any tap on a wash basin as Zone 2. ❋ Lighting circuits in a bathroom should be protected by a 30mA RCD – residual current device – and should be fitted by a qualified electrician. ❋

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Douglas Kent, technical and research director at the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), answers your renovation and property maintenance queries

Do you know a remedy for squeaking floorboards? Squirting powdered graphite or talcum powder between boards that rub together can sometimes silence squeaking floorboards, as can replacing missing or incorrect nails on loose boards with flat floorboard nails, or using a nail punch to drive loose nails down. In other cases, it may be necessary to replace some of the nails with screws. The insertion of a screw through a board where it passes over a joist may also alleviate squeaks. The use of screws, however, should be limited to the minimum necessary as they can be visually intrusive. The alternative of timber plugs or pellets can reduce the visual impact of screws but make lifting at a later date more difficult.


What should I consider if I want to cap the chimneys on my house? It’s important to maintain some ventilation to minimise the risk of condensation. This can be achieved by closing off the chimney with a suitable proprietary cap. Alternative solutions are to lay a piece of slate or stone raised slightly on small spacers of some kind (such as pieces of stone) over the chimney top, or to use a lead chimney pot capping with a series of incisions to form ventilation ‘eyebrows’. Inside the house, an air vent should be inserted if the fireplace opening is walled up or you could, instead, use a proprietary chimney balloon. The chimney should be swept before it is closed off. This will reduce the likelihood of soot forming a black, acidic slurry that soaks into the walls and causes unsightly staining. For information on the repair and care of old buildings, contact SPAB (020 7377 1644; spab. If you have a question for Douglas Kent, email*



Can increased vibration from traffic cause structural damage to my old property? SPAB is often asked about whether vibrations can damage old buildings. This is a complex, as well as emotive, subject. The research to date indicates that vibrations from road traffic don’t harm the structure of a reasonably robust period building. They may exacerbate problems in older buildings that have become weakened through poor maintenance, however, perhaps increasing superficial damage, such as minor cracks in plasterwork. Vibrations from certain other sources, such as piling, though, have the potential to cause greater damage.



We’ve been advised that the old plain-tiled roof on our Victorian house needs felting. Is there a legal requirement for this? There is not a statutory requirement to insert underlay below old roof tiles retrospectively, so if your roof performs satisfactorily, such work would be unnecessary. Roofing underlays have been used regularly since the 1930s to provide secondary protection from wind-driven snow and rain. They are often desirable, therefore, but not a technical necessity. Plain roof tiles are ‘double-lap’, so the tail of each overlaps two courses below. Even where tiny chinks of daylight can be seen from inside the loft, the chances of any serious moisture ingress are small. It is most likely to occur where winddriven rain or snow finds its way under tiles, but this tends to evaporate readily without causing any significant damage. The increased ventilation due to the absence of an underlay actually enhances evaporation and also reduces the likelihood of damp problems arising because of condensation.

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We look at the options for stoves and fireplaces, and help you decide whether traditional radiators or modern underfloor heating are the best solution


Esse’s Ironheart is a wood-burning cookstove that will add the perfect cottage feel to your home. The hotplate can fit six pans while you roast a joint in the oven, and the convection panels provide up to 9.7kW of heat. H90xW90xD60cm, it costs from £3,910 and is also available with a domestic hot water boiler and as a gas model. (01282 813235;



he ultimate cosy centrepiece for a room, a wood-burning or multi-fuel stove is also a highly efficient way of heating a space. While the majority of heat from an open fire disappears straight up the chimney, stoves are sealed and designed to burn fuel as efficiently as possible. Ranging from freestanding appliances positioned in the corner of a room to those designed to sit within traditional fire surrounds, stoves are a flexible choice, too. They are mainly available in cast iron or steel, and can be enamelled with a coloured finish. Fuel options include wood, coal (including smokeless fuels), oil, gas, LPG, electricity or pellets. If you choose a multifuel stove, it can be used


The Neo 3W is a 5kW Defraapproved multi-fuel stove that is wall hung but designed to look as if it hangs from the ceiling. It costs £1,470 from ACR. (0121 706 8266; 134 OCTOBER 2016


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Charnwood’s Island III stove features cleanburn airwash technology and a Quattroflow air management system, which balances the air to enable optimum burning conditions. It has a heat output of 12kW, is available in a choice of eight colours and offers the option of a flue boiler. H63.5xW56.5xD35.5cm, from around £2,100. (01983 537777; OCTOBER 2016 135


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with wood or coal, and you will need a grate when burning coal/smokeless fuel. This grate is removed when using logs, as they burn better on a ‘hotbed’ of ash. Generally, solid-fuel stoves tend to produce large amounts of heat, but are less controllable than gas, oil and pellet models. If you live in a smoke control area, you’ll need a Defra-approved stove. Visit for details. For a basic estimate of the size of stove you need, calculate the volume of your room in cubic metres by multiplying its length x width x height. You need 1kW heat output for every 14 cubic metres to give a consistent room temperature of 21°C when the temperature outside is zero. Before making your final choice, consult a HETASregistered installer or retailer, who will make a more accurate assessment of your needs. Where a room has a large fireplace or hearth, don’t be tempted to opt for a bigger stove that will be visually in proportion. Running a stove with too high a heat output for the space it occupies will make the room uncomfortably hot. For a really unique touch, opt for a restored antique stove that has been reconditioned for modern use. Stove Hunters ( offers a wide range of French enamelled designs, with prices starting at around £600.

The Clearview Vision 500 multifuel stove offers up to an 8kW heat output and is approved for use in smoke control areas. It has a large door for an uninterrupted view of the flames and a hot airwash system for clean burning. H100.5xW58xD41cm, from £1,398. (01588 650123;

TOP TIP: To get the most out of your solid fuel, try burning it on a Firemizer grid. It can be laid on the base of stoves and fireplaces to reduce the burn rate and spread the heat evenly, making the fuel last longer and ensuring it is used efficiently. It lasts up to six weeks and costs £19.99 at GREENER MODEL

Arada’s Ecoburn Plus 5 stove, pictured in Devon Cream, comes with a lifetime guarantee. It burns wood or solid fuel and is suitable for use in smoke control areas. H55xW43x D38.5cm, expect to pay around £928. (01297 35700;


The curvy shape of the Scan 66 wood-burner creates a beautiful frame around the fire and adds a Danish feel to a room. Hang it on the wall or choose between different base options, such as this plinth. H94.5xW50xD38cm, around £1,935. ( OCTOBER 2016 137


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Perfect for small sitting rooms and bedrooms, the Harewood 36 black fireplace is made out of cast iron for a classic look. H101.5xW78cm, it’s priced on application and also comes in a polished finish. (


hile traditional open fires are not as efficient as stoves, they are an authentic option for many period homes, and if you have an original surround or grate in place, you should look to restore rather than replace. Do check that the structure of the chimney is still sound. Find a local chimney sweep at If you are specifying a new fire and concerned about efficiency, consider a hi-tech gas-fuelled fire that is highly controllable and offers a realistic effect. If you don’t have a chimney, you could opt for a flueless gas or electric fire, or one that burns bio ethanol, which doesn’t emit harmful gases. Ensure the design of surround and insert is appropriate for your property’s era. In Georgian homes, fireplaces were often open – inglenooks were introduced – with a fire basket or hob grate. Surrounds were of brick or stone. In later years, and in grander houses, marble, slate or wood were used. In the Victorian era, hob grates were popular, but from 1850 the cast-iron register grate appeared. Corbels were often used to support the mantel and from 1880 the smoke hood was introduced. Tiled cheeks were popular between 1880 and 1900. Cast-iron register grates were common in Edwardian times, before Art Nouveau designs came into fashion. Simple, classical models were also popular, often using marble or enamelled slate. Glazed bricks were also often used, as were ornate oak surrounds with mirrors and shelves. Bear in mind that all fires, solid or gas, require a hearth that meets the building regulations.


The Lincoln 58 limestone surround is a sleek, classic choice. Its barrel-ended frieze adds a modern touch, and the two-part shelf means that the top section can be left off, reducing the width to fit smaller chimney breasts. H123.5xW147.5xD26.5cm, £1,794. Shown with the Cubic Modern steel basket, £719, both from Acquisitions. (020 3811 0603;

NOUVEAU STYLE This Carlton rich oak mantel (right) with Alphonse Mucha Nocturnal Slumber tiled front and Gazco coal-effect gas fire is Art Nouveau inspired. POA from Stovax. (01392 261900;


The Inspire 800 Abruzzo Suite (left) is a gas fire that offers 80 per cent efficiency and can be controlled by remote. Its large window enables you to make a real feature of the flames. H47x W84.5xD.29.5; surround H87.5xW127xD38cm, £2,447, Valor. ( 138 OCTOBER 2016


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Fireplaces and chimneys require regular attention to work safely and efficiently. The simplest task is to have the chimney swept by an experienced chimney sweep at least once a year, and more often if fires are lit very regularly Roger Hunt, author, The Old House Handbook


Jamb uses stone from the oldest English quarries to produce its intricate stone fireplaces. The barrelshaped frieze of this mid-18th-century-style fireplace features garlands of oak leaves and acorns tied by ribbon. The elegant opening is surrounded by flat panels, which contrast with the shaped frieze above, decorated with a continuous double Greek key fret. H141xW150.5xD22cm, it costs ÂŁ6,480. (020 7730 2122; OCTOBER 2016 139


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For real wow factor, Bisque’s Arteplano radiator comes finished in etched copper or brass – making for the perfect mix of contemporary design mixed with traditional elements. Because each radiator is individually etched, the surface pattern and tones can vary greatly from one model to another. Guests might even mistake it for artwork. Prices start from £1,484 for H60xW101.5cm. (01276 605800;



raditional cast iron radiators give a nod to authenticity. Fortunately, there is a fabulous choice of styles on offer, and modern versions are far more effective and efficient than original 19th-century models, which were heated by steam. The main choices are between school-style pillar cast-iron designs, and more ornate decorative models, which may be polished or painted. Alternatively, modern stainless-steel designs can be chosen to make a contemporary statement. It is vital to get the size right – calculate the output you need in BTUs (British Thermal Units) using the online calculator at theradiatorcompany. A heating engineer can also work this out. For the most authentic look, invest in original radiators that have been restored and updated to work alongside modern heating systems. Buying non-reconditioned models from a salvage yard or at auction might seem budget-conscious, but do find out refurb costs before investing.


This lacquered bare steel Core radiator goes right to the heart of industrial chic design, and looks equally at home in modern and traditional interiors. It can also be supplied in electric version. The floor-standing six-column (H40xW92.5cm) design shown, with feet, costs £809 at Feature Radiators. (01274 567789; OCTOBER 2016 141


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The Linton two-column radiator in antique brass has an elegant shape and rustic finish. £1,440 for H72xW80cm at The Radiator Company. (01342 302250;


Aestus’ Versailles has a unique textured design with exquisite detailing. Made from cast iron, it comes in two heights and nine basic lengths, in either a standard primer finish or white, as shown. Prices start from £450. (01902 387080;


Tall radiators are ideal for rooms with limited wall space. This Roma Premium white triplepanel vertical Colosseum radiator offers traditional styling. Priced £179.99 for H150xW38cm, (0333 004 6333)


This reconditioned original column radiator, painted in Anthracite, works fabulously in a country kitchen setting. The four-column H91cm design costs £504 for 15 sections, while a similar valve would cost £114 for a pair at The Old Radiator Company. (01233 850082; theold

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UNDERFLOOR HEATING ❋ Concealed in the fabric of your home, underfloor heating (UFH) delivers radiant heat evenly throughout, without the need for radiators, allowing more design freedom. UFH is compatible with most floor types and boilers, although it is slower to start up than radiators and needs to be on at lower temperatures for longer periods. ❋ Both electric (dry) and water-powered (wet) options are available, as are three types of installation: set in screed within the construction of a solid floor, fitted between the joists of suspended floors, or laid on top of existing floors. ❋ UFH is best installed in period properties with suspended wooden floors, provided the boards can be accessed from beneath. It is inadvisable to take up original flooring to lay it, as you will disturb the character. ❋ Alternatively, electric mats can offer quick solutions for single rooms. They heat up fast and work best over small areas.


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Why let valuable rainfall go to waste? Investing in a simple water butt to harvest and store water for the garden can save on the costly and unnecessary consumption of clean drinking water from the hosepipe. This Norway wood-effect 230ltr model, ÂŁ329.99 from The EcoStore, makes an attractive addition to a traditional garden. (020 881 9153; OCTOBER 2016 145

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Timber shutters are one of the best ways to reduce heat loss through the single glazing typical of period homes, helping to trap warmth inside overnight. Clement Browne’s range of bespoke shutters is coated with an acrylic polymer-base Gesso coating, which offers added rigidity and longevity against the elements. The shutters protect from excessive heat and glare in the summer, but also help save energy by keeping the property warmer in the winter months, reducing your heating bills. These shutters in Lindos Blue from the Chalkwell collection are made from sustainable basswood, £320 per m2. (01702 667291;



Jim Lawrence’s striking range of filament LED bulbs look the same as traditional incandescent bulbs, but use far less electricity, remain consistently cool to the touch and have a longer life span. This Deben glass pendant light in Antiqued Brass, H23x Dia.23cm, £114.20, features a 5.5W, BC/B22 Classic GLS LED dimmable bulb, £14.50. Instantly lighting to full strength, the bulb emits a warm white light, will last far longer than an ordinary or compact fluorescent light bulb and has an average lifetime of five years, equal to around 15,000 hours of use. (01473 826685;



Verified by the Energy Saving Trust, the latest additions to Gorenje’s Retro cooling collection of refrigerators not only offer A+++ energy ratings, but IonAir technology, which circulates negatively charged ions to purify the air, destroying up to 95 per cent of all bacteria, mould and odours. The ORB153C Retro, H154xW60xD64cm, has a 229-litre capacity, and is available in nine different colours, including Cream (as shown), Baby Blue and Burgundy, £679. (020 8247 3980;

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Insulating your home is a very effective way of saving energy and, as up to 40 per cent of its heat can be lost through the roof, the loft is a good place to start. Sustainably produced from British sheep’s wool, Thermafleece’s Cosy Wool rolls, from £50 for a 9.44m2 pack at the Old House Store, can be easily fitted without making structural alterations, plus the material is breathable, making it perfectly suited to older homes. (0118 946 9146;


One of the cheapest and easiest ways to save energy and money in your home, without altering the fabric of a period building, is draughtproofing. There are many places where hot air can escape the property; for example, around the frames of windows, doors, loft hatches and through keyholes, letterboxes and chimneys. Common solutions for windows and doors include self-adhesive foam strips, which can be DIY-fitted around each frame – not forgetting thick drapes or draught excluders. Once humble devices, draught excluders now come in myriad styles, such as these beautiful Mulberry designs, £150 each from Amara (0800 587 7645; Gaps between the boards of suspended timber floors can amount to the same area as a small window, meaning a considerable amount of heat can be lost, so it’s also worth investing in filler strips to plug these. When not in use, the chimney is another easy escape for heat. Tackle this by fitting a cowl, or try a reusable chimney balloon (above), an inflatable pillow that fits inside the flue to block cold air and cut heat loss. (


If you want to regulate your heating and hot water anywhere, anytime, Drayton has launched MiGenie, a collection of WiFi-connected heating control packs – known as MiGenie Wishes – enabled by an app downloadable onto an iOS or Android smartphone, tablet or Apple Watch. At a glance, the controls look like traditional thermostats, but utilise smart technology, allowing for greater control of your heating remotely, meaning you can monitor and reduce your energy usage. British built, the MiGenie bundles contain product combinations suitable for all applications, no matter what your requirements. From £149.99 for the single channel room thermostat kit, Wish bundle 1. (0333 600 0622; OCTOBER 2016 147

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Windows are a key feature of a period property, but original single-glazed frames can allow heat to escape easily. Rather than replacing authentic windows with double or triple glazing, why not opt for non-intrusive secondary glazing? CosyHome Company has developed an innovative solution that can be discreetly fitted to the insides of windows without damaging the original frames. Consisting of slim-profile Plexiglass fixed with magnetic strips, the panels can be fitted to the opening sash or casement as an integrated system, or cover an entire fixed window, to improve the total U value of a single-glazed window to 1.7W/m2K. The panels can also be lifted off easily for cleaning. While secondary glazing does not usually require permission, you should contact your local planning officer to double check. Priced from £800–£1,200 for a fully integrated sliding sash system. (01237 429826;

Heating accounts for 60 per cent of your annual spending on energy in the home according to the Energy Saving Trust. With this in mind, updating an old gas-fired boiler to a modern energy-efficient condensing model will not only help save energy, but can shave hundreds of pounds off your bills, too. Given the Green iQ label for its sustainability, the ecoTEC Exclusive boiler from Vaillant offers a 12 per cent increase in efficiency when in domestic hot water mode, plus it has a wide modulation allowing the boiler to operate at a reduced energy consumption – when you only need to heat one room, for example. Available as a combi or system model and for use with natural gas or LPG, the boiler can be controlled remotely via a vSMART control to further enhance its efficiency. What’s more, the boiler is also 85 per cent recyclable. It is priced from £1,400. (0345 602 2922;

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Drawing energy from the air outside, air source heat pumps offer a renewable solution for homeowners looking to lower their fuel bills and carbon footprint. Worcester Bosch’s new 6kW Greensource air-to-air heat pump is ideal for heating a conservatory, extension or loft space without connecting to a main heating system, and can also operate as an air cooler in the summer. Ion Plasmacluster technology further filters the air, breaking down unwanted allergens to create a healthier living space. It costs from £2,000– £2,500, depending on the installer and size of property; expect five units of energy to be gained for every one unit of electricity used. (0330 123 9339;



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Many British homes built in the Victorian era may have had a front path, porch, entrance hall or kitchen featuring encaustic tiles (see page 153). If you have original versions of these colourful tessellated designs, they are well worth restoring to their former glory. ‘Clean them carefully by hand using a good quality ceramic floor tile cleaner,’ explains Lesley Durbin, of the Tiles & Architectural Ceramic Society ( ‘Find an unobtrusive corner in which to test your method or product, and use green pan scourers to apply the cleaner, as they are abrasive enough to work the liquid into the body of the tile, but not scratch the surface. Never use wire wool or hard abrasive material. When the tiles are cleaned, regrouting is often a good idea, as clean new grout will give the tiles a visual lift, and protect the edges in areas of heavy tread. Weak cement grout is preferable to lime mortar, which is likely to stain the tiles. However the choice depends on ‘like for like’ with the rest of the building.’ Alternatively, replacement geometric Victorian floor tiles are available in a wide range of styles and colours at Original Style. (

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From elaborate designs in entrance halls to simple kitchen quarry tiles, solid floors in Victorian homes should stand the test of time. Ian Rock advises on their maintenance and repair

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he Victorians made floor tiling into an art form. In many otherwise quite ordinary 19th-century houses, today you can still see beautifully tiled garden paths and ornate steps leading up to front door ‘vestibule’ porches. The pièce de résistance in many suburban villas was the lavishly tiled entrance hall, a status display echoing the grand stately homes of the aristocracy.



Lift an old carpet in a Victorian hallway and it will hopefully reveal an antique tiled floor in all its faded glory, ready for restoration. Even where modern concrete screeds have been poured on top, the original tiles or stone flags beneath have often survived and can be carefully excavated. Most Victorian solid floors were built on a bed of lime mortar, relying on the fact that tiles or flagstones were impervious so any moisture in the ground could naturally evaporate through the joints between them. They were never designed to be smothered by heavy coverings and tend to ‘sweat’ under suffocating layers of modern foam rubber or vinyl. They are best left exposed, or partially covered with mats made from natural materials, such as seagrass or jute.

PREVIOUS PAGE Quarry tiles, usually red, black or buff, were often used for kitchen and scullery floors, or hallways in simpler homes ABOVE Salvaged quarry tiles are easy to source for your renovation project LEFT A decoratively tiled vestibule floor by a front door was a display of status

Salvage yards are always worth a visit in order to source replacements, and quarry tiles are very common and easy to obtain. Although replica period clay floor tiles are still produced today, these modern ones tend to be thinner than Victorian originals and often slightly different sizes; check also for rounded edges that don’t align properly with the squareedged originals. With many solid floors the tiles or stones were tightly butted without pointed joints. Where pointing is required, use lime mortar to allow evaporation of moisture.


Tiled floors do not require much maintenance, just an occasional light scrubbing with a brush and soapy hot water. Avoid soaking them with pools of water, and do not use abrasive cleaning materials. Victorian floor tiles were generally unglazed, and over time develop a surface sheen from the polishing action of passing foot traffic. Where tiles are stained, specialist tile cleaning products can be used (see page 151). To bring out the colour of old clay tiles or stone flags, simply apply a smattering of beeswax, ensuring the joints are kept clear. Modern sealants should be avoided as they trap moisture and interfere with the frost-resistance of tiles used in exterior porches and front garden paths. Marble floors simply require occasional gentle cleaning and polishing. With woodblock floors, built-up layers of old polish can be removed using a suitable solvent, and the floor given


Victorian floors combined tiles of different sizes and colours laid in elaborate patterns. Geometric tiles were produced in a variety of shapes, such as triangles, rectangles and diamonds. Once blended together these could achieve striking effects, for example by interspersing blacks and whites of varying shapes and sizes, or simply mixing red, black or buff quarry tiles in styles reminiscent of traditional church architecture. More elaborate designs made use of expensive encaustic tiles. These skilfully crafted patterned tiles were inlaid with clays of different colours in fabulously intricate decorative designs. Multicoloured encaustics were usually deployed in combination with plain tiles to form gloriously rich and varied compositions. But tiles weren’t the only option. As well as mainstream suspended timber floors, there was a vogue in the early Victorian period for wooden parquet floors set on a solid base, later revived by the Edwardians as woodblock flooring. In the most expensive homes polished marble would be used to provide a top quality finish. But what might appear to be marble, may actually be imitation ‘terrazzo’ or cheaper ‘scagiola’ made from marble dust or stone chips set in mortar and given a shiny polished finish. Tiles had another inherent quality that made them ideal for flooring – their remarkable durability. In the ‘service areas’ to the rear of Victorian houses, where impressing visitors wasn’t a necessity, kitchen and scullery floors were commonly finished with hardwearing plain quarry tiles (derived from the French word for square). These simple unglazed clay tiles were traditionally made in single colours, typically reds, buffs or blacks, with 15cm2 the most common size. In eastern counties, similar traditional terracotta pamment floor tiles were widely used. Solid floors in kitchens and sculleries were also sometimes surfaced with inexpensive ‘granolithic’, a mix of cement with stone chippings, traditional flagstones, or slabs of slate.

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It is very common to find a few loose tiles, or small areas of damage. If it’s not too obvious, you might simply leave the damaged area as part of the story of the house.

RIGHT Many Victorian homes feature tiled garden paths and steps BELOW Elaborate patterns were created, as shown, by combining tiles in different shapes, sizes and colours


Individual damaged tiles can usually be prised out with a knife and replaced. Where tiles are firmly bedded in harder cement, such as in post-1900 concrete bases, it can be harder to lift them out without breakage. It’s usually easy to re-bed loose or replacement tiles with a dash of lime mortar or tile adhesive. Where a corner has cracked and dropped it may be possible to cut out this localised area and lay a small new section of base. A thin bed of tile adhesive can then be used to fix the tiles in place, using a grey coloured grout so it doesn’t stand out. ❋ SINKING OR CRACKED SOLID FLOORS


If the settlement is not excessive, lay a levelling screed over the existing concrete. Larger areas of loose or damaged tiling are usually caused by structural movement in the base. In severe cases, it may be necessary to relay the entire floor, which is a specialist job. Where a new solid floor is required, limecrete, a natural lime-based concrete, is recommended as it is breathable, allowing any moisture to escape. This can be designed to incorporate clay ‘Leca’ insulation and is compatible with underfloor heating. If the problem is acute but localised, the defective part of the floor can be rebuilt with a layer of compacted hardcore and a new limecrete slab. ❋ DAMP FLOORS

To locate the source of damp, start by looking at the ground around the house, which should be at least 20cm lower than the indoor floor level, and slope away from the walls. Impermeable modern floor coverings, such as vinyl or rubber-backed carpets, can trap damp in traditional solid floors. Other causes of dampness include leaks from defective pipes embedded in floors, or condensation on cold floors in

kitchens and bathrooms, which can sometimes be mistaken for leakage or rising damp. ACTION

To minimise dampness in the ground, remove concrete paths adjoining the house and replace them with gravel next to the walls. Check also for leaks from gutters and downpipes. To allow an old floor to dry naturally, remove carpets or other coverings. Once exposed there may initially be a smell of trapped damp. It can take several weeks for floors to fully dry out but once the house is warm and well ventilated, any slight moisture from the floor will be free to naturally evaporate. Any residual white salts can be brushed off or vacuumed. The ideal floor covering is natural matting, with a border of exposed floor left. Loose rugs of natural fibres, such as wool or cotton, without a rubber backing, are also well suited. Copper pipes run within concrete floors are prone to corrosion and leakage unless protected with lagging. Old defective pipes can be disconnected and replaced with new surface pipework run along walls or skirting. To reduce condensation, install extractor fans to extract humid air. Floor mats made from natural breathable materials can help insulate cold surfaces and reduce condensation. This is an edited extract from The Victorian & Edwardian House Manual by chartered surveyor Ian Rock (£25, Haynes)


Some unevenness and settlement is not unusual in older solid floors. Problems may be more serious where there is a large number of cracked tiles, or gaps of a centimetre or more below skirting. Uneven floors with irregular dips may indicate localised settlement. Where such defects are long-standing and established over time, the floor may now have stabilised, with no remedial work required. However, where a floor has cracked across a corner and sunk, repairs will be needed. In more serious cases, the hardcore base under the concrete can start to compact many years after construction so the floor sinks and cracks. This may be because it wasn’t fully compacted down when built, or the ground below has weakened over time, perhaps due to a water leak. This can leave a void under the surface, which can sometimes be detected by stamping hard with your feet to see if the floor sounds hollow.

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Wallace & Sewell 020 7833 2995 Wayfair 0800 169 0423 Wild & Wolf 01225 789909 Woven 020 7193 0505


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Marketplace Looking for the perfect period-style furnishings, fixtures and finishes for your decorating or renovation project? You’ll find everything you need right here. To book advertising space call Emma Farrington on 020 7970 4421 or email




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Antique Centres, Fairs & Auctions All the events in the antiques world worth knowing about. To include a listing, call Emma Farrington on 020 7970 4421 or email

1 Visit a B2B Events fair for the very best in antiques & collectors fairs, vintage, flea and retro Fairs. Head to Kent for our latest event....

3 & 4 September - Detling Antiques, Vintage & Collectors Fair Kent County Showground, Detling, Maidstone, Kent ME14 3JF.

5 Lincolnshire Antiques and Home Show 11 The Tatton Park Antiques, Decorative & Art Fair

2 & 6 Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair 8 The Harrogate Art & Antique Fair

9 Midland Furniture Auctions

7 Alexandra Palace 1 Detling Antiques, Vintage & Collectors Fair

10 Shepton Mallet Antiques, Vintage & Collectors Fair

3 Sandown Park & Antiques Collectors Market

4 Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair

Browse up to 300 indoor stalls and outside pitches at this cosmopolitan fair in the garden of England. A great selection of goods – from traditional to quirky.

Admission - Saturday 8.30am - £6pp 10am 4.30pm - £5 Sunday 10am - 3.30pm - £4pp, twitter @b2bfairs or 01636-676531

2 Newark - International Antiques & Collectors Fair Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG24 2NY

For all your antique and vintage desires head to Europe’s largest antiques fair. With thousands of stalls offering every kind of product you can think of, it won’t disappoint. Thursday 13th & Friday 14th October Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd December 01636 702326

3 Sandown Park - Antiques & Collectors Market

Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9AJ An admission FREE market featuring a really great selection of antique and vintage goods. Car parking £5 per vehicle. Free minibus shuttle from Esher Rail Station from 8.30am to 2.30pm Monday 17th October; Tuesday 6th December 01636 702326

4 Ardingly - International Antiques & Collectors Fair South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex RH17 6TL Discover an eclectic offering of goods and styles. From rustic chic to traditional antique glamour, you’ll find lots you’ll want to take home at this cosmopolitan fair. Tuesday 6th & Wednesday 7th September Tuesday 1st & Wednesday 2nd November 01636 702326

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5 Antiques and Home Show

Lincolnshire Showground, Grange-de-Lings, Lincoln, LN2 2NA With thousands of international stalls selling the most beautiful antiques, jewellery, furniture, reclamation items, French linens, vintage clothing and accessories. The world famous Lincolnshire Antiques and Home Show is the largest in Europe and attracts thousands of buyers and sellers from all over the world. Monday 10 & Tuesday 11 October 2016 Monday 28 & Tuesday 29 November 2016 01298 27493

7 Alexandra Palace - Antiques & Collectors Fair Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY With a pop-up vintage fair, free valuations by an industry expert AND hundreds of stalls featuring quality stock - from ceramics to glassware, it’s an event not to be missed.

6 Runway Monday at Newark - Antiques & Collectors Fair The Runway, adjacent to Newark Air Museum, Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground NG24 2NY

A single day fair that provides a multitude of choice. Enjoy a treasure hunt for items for the home, garden and you.

Monday 26th September Monday 7th November 01636 702326

8 The Harrogate Art & Antique Fair

Harrogate InternationalCentre, Harrogate, Yorkshire, HG1 2RD At the Harrogate Art & Antique Fair this autumn there will be a huge range of antiques from fine art and porcelain to vibrant Persian carpets and stunning jewellery. With experienced dealers who are happy to discuss the objects they love, this fair has something to interest everyone. Wednesday 28th September, 2pm-8pm;

Sunday 4th September Sunday 4th December

Thursday 29th, 11am-6pm; Friday 30th, 11am- 01636 702326

Sunday 2nd October, 11am-5pm.

9 Midland Furniture Auctions

Midland Furniture Auctions holds one of the UK’s biggest weekly furniture auctions. Every Wednesday their salerooms are packed with the latest ranges and types of furniture. Bidders can expect choice at great prices. Located off the M1 (J28) near Alfreton, Derbyshire. 10 Grange Close, Clover Nook Industrial Park, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 4QT.

8.30pm; Saturday 1st October, 11am-6pm;

10 Shepton Mallet - Antiques, Vintage & Collectors Fair Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 6QN

This weekend fair is renowned as an excellent source for purchasing quality antiques in quantity. Everything from vintage textiles and homewares to furniture awaits.

Friday 16th – Sunday 18th September Friday 11th - Sunday 13th November

Call 01773 832 555

11 The Tatton Park Antiques, Decorative & Art Fair

Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 8QG 45 dealers at this popular autumn fair held at the world famous National Trust property situated just a few minutes from the M6. View and buy a wide range of period & decorative furniture, pottery, porcelain, metalwork, clocks, 19th and 20th century jewellery, objets d’art and much more, with prices for every pocket. 16th - 18th September Complimentary Admission tickets from Cooper Fairs Tel: 01278 784912. 01636 702326

12 Stafford Bingley Hall Antiques Fair

23rd, 24th & 25th September. Staffordshire County Showground, Weston Road, Stafford, ST18 0BD

Yorkshire Antiques & Art Fair

5th & 6th November. Halls 1 and 2, Yorkshire Event Centre, The Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8QZ Amongst the 100s of stands are antiques, vintage and art dealers. From all over the country selling art, antique silver, jewellery, ceramics, glass, textiles, writing accessories, clocks, watches, vintage clothing and accessories and furniture. OCTOBER 2016 163

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Made-to-order timber windows and doors by Lomax + Wood feature in the conversion of The Book House, located within the Wandsworth Town Conservation Area, to 17 private apartments. Traditional box sashes with cords and weights and tall outward opening casement windows, with arched head fixed fan lights, some in a Juliet balcony arrangement, capture the original appearance of this building.

SHAWS OF DARWEN PENDLE This British-made handcrafted Pendle sink from Shaws of Darwen is an elegantly styled, deep single bowl fireclay sink with original weir overflow, based on the great design lines of the original Belfast sink. Measuring 595x460x225mm the Pendle has slimmer walls and comes complete with a 1½” waste outlet to accommodate a slotted waste, weighs 45kg and is available in white and biscuit finishes.

Live a charmed life afloat! Our beautiful, traditional 29 metre Dutch barge is FOR SALE. Fully furnished and equipped for summer cruising in Europe and all-year-round living (winter mooring booked Bruges 2016/17). Stylish, period home: four cosy double cabins, four bath/shower rooms. two comfortable saloons, galley, and spacious deck. New adventures beckon?

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A full range of exclusive kitchen taps are available to complement all Shaws of Darwen sinks. Visit to view the complete range of sink, taps and accessories. Shaws of Darwen Tel: 01254 775111 Fax: 01254 873462



Exquisite Coromandel Crewel Embroidered Fabrics As supplied to the National Trust 0118 979 6222

Bromleighs offer an extensive range of switches and electrical accessories to suit both period and contemporary interiors. Their Forged and Profile Collections are hand-made at their workshop in Cornwall, using inserts manufactured here in the UK. The Hardwood, Bakelite and Period Switch collections are made with British Oak which is hand-stained and waxed. Recent installations include a Chateau in France and the extensive refurbishment of an Irish Castle. Bromleighs also offer a wide range of interior and exterior lighting and architectural hardware. For a current brochure or further information, please call the team on 01208 79490 or

FREE RADON GAS TEST NOW AVAILABLE FROM ENVIROVENT One of the UK’s leading manufacturers of ventilation systems, EnviroVent, is offering free Radon testing for homeowners who live in affected areas. The area’s most at risk throughout the UK are parts of Cornwall, Derbyshire Dales, Banbury, Northamptonshire, Yorkshire Dales, Highlands, Northumberland, Wales, Bath, Somerset, Cheltenham and Lincolnshire. Radon is a radioactive gas with no smell, taste or colour, but which can cause serious health problems for people living in areas with higher than acceptable Radon levels. An increased exposure to Radon levels is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers in the UK and it is estimated that more than 1,100 deaths from lung cancer each year in Britain are caused by Radon. To find out more about Radon or how to arrange a free test kit, please contact EnviroVent

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Timber Conservation™ windows and doors by Mumford & Wood have been specified for a 1950’s re-model in Dorset. The French doorsets with fixed glazed side panels allow maximum light and visual access to the terraced gardens whilst the first floor bedroom has an attractive Juliet balcony feature. THE TWISTER

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The Vintage Home Show – Mid-century, Retro & Kitsch rolled into one stylish show! Back in various locations this Autumn, the Vintage Home Show is full of midcentury & vintage furniture as well as vibrant home wares, retro lighting & artwork. Find great quality items from the Art Deco Period to the 1970’s with over 50 specialist traders hand-picked from across the UK. Door Open 11-4pm Tickets available on the door or in advance. Bristol, Paintworks 25th September Leeds, Pudsey Civic Hall, 9th October Manchester, Victoria Baths 23rd October

Tel: 07880910361 Social Media @vintagehomeshow

Period brass door knobs – Victorian plumbing fittings- Georgian oak beams – reclaimed pine flooring – ledge and brace doors – oak front doors – hand forged iron hinges – brass door knockers – nickle letter boxes – black iron lever handles- brass bib taps – Belfast sinks – vintage enamel lights – Georgian door knobs – cabinet knobs – drawer pulls – brass curtain poles – railway benches – high level w.c. suites – Belfast sinks – reclaimed pine doors – door bolts – door – handles – rosehead nails – locks – latches – door bells – waste plug and chain – butler sinks – brass basin taps – Suffolk latches – window fittings – radiator feet – wc flush pipes – chain pulls – brass and iron hooks – cast iron brackets – pendant lights – industrial lamp shades – Tee hinges


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Quality Oak Beams, Reclaimed & Air Dried Oak - Delivered Worldwide

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Very competitive rates for all grades of listed properties. All types of construction covered e.g Timber Framed, Cob, Lathe & Plaster Etc. Policies can be written with agreed value and no under-insurance clause. Where required Policyholders will be provided with a free survey and qualified advice on rebuilding costs. This in cludes risk improvements and recommendations where required and a written report. (Subject to sum insured). Cover is also available for let properties, occupied and properties undergoing minor works. For full details of the schemes please telephone, email to or obtain further details and a quotation request form at If telephoning please ask for Jason Mayled, Andy Conduit or Judy Brown.


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Handmade bathrooms directly from our factory

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“Top quality reasonably priced!” Curtains, blinds and pelmets etc made to measure & installed. Thousands of fabrics, poles etc. Call now for a home visit by a professional Interior Designer

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& even more RUGS 10 showrooms filled to bursting

Alan & Polly Harrison are direct importers of beautiful hand woven rugs from around the world. We cater for all budgets, small or large and offer the best value you can get. We offer a try at home service so you can be sure to get exactly what you want at an affordable price.

OLNEY ORIENTAL CARPETS 21 High Street South, Olney, Bucks. MK46 4AA Website 01234 712502

Oriental Rug Cleaning and repair service. Call 01234 712502 for advice and quotation. View work in progress on our website.

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Stocking the largest selection of original encaustic, geometric and reclaimed quarry tiles in the country.

Call 01233 850082 MASCo

The Old Radiator Architectural Salvage Company

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Beautifully restored & renovated Aga Cookers

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The founder of Decorative Country Living shares her favourite pieces and pastimes


hen I was a child, my parents moved from a smallish house in London to a large old house in Lincolnshire. To fill the rooms, my mother used to trawl the many antiques auctions in the area looking for furniture. I can still remember tagging along behind her as she viewed the sales, looking at the trays of china, boxes of pictures, and interesting old cupboards, and finding them so thrilling. I think I was born something of a magpie. I love things that bear the marks from generations of use – a worn handle, chipped paint, a foxed mirror, even chips and scratches – they all contribute to the beauty of old things. I wouldn’t say that I favour a particular era, but I do love English country house style, French rustic and Scandinavian clean lines; my style is probably a mix of all three. I tend to be drawn to worn painted furniture, cool, pale colours, pretty floral prints and washed-out linens. I’m so lucky that searching for vintage treasure is also my job and I never tire of the thrill of the hunt. Every time I drive up to a fair, auction or market I feel a frisson of excitement, as you never know what you might find. For curated antiques fairs that capture the look I love, The Country Brocante held in Sussex and the Cotswolds is brilliant (thecountrybrocante. I always seem to find something pretty to keep. Another consistently good antiques fair is the one at Kempton Park. The brocantes of France are great fun, too – my favourite is in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue in south-east France. It can be pricey, but the things you see are just amazing.  One of my most cherished finds is an old mirror I bought years ago at an antiques market.

I think it is part of an old shop fitting. When I looked closely, I noticed it had my initials entwined into the etched leaves and berries. Best of all it was only £20 – I didn’t stop smiling all day! At the moment I’m on the hunt for some old shutters. I live in a three-storey Georgian house and all of its original shutters have sadly been lost. I am trying to replace them, so I always carry a tape measure with me in case I find a pair the right size. I’ve found a few pairs, but my search continues. During my spare time I never tire of visiting country houses. I love our closest one, Belton House in Lincolnshire. It has a wonderful bathroom with a 1930s suite, monogrammed towels and a comfy armchair covered in chintz fabric: perfect English country house style. We also have a family holiday home in Norfolk, so we spend quite a lot of time there. Every year, Sheringham hosts a 1940s weekend where visitors come in amazing, authentic clothing, the shops dress their windows in wartime style and people drive in vintage cars and buses, plus Sheringham has its own original steam railway. It’s such a wonderful sight and I’m always amazed at the effort people go to with clothes, accessories and hairstyles. (01400 273632;



beloved antique mirror; Sheringham train station; she is on the hunt for salvaged shutters for her period home; Amanda loves objects that show signs of age, such as this distressed vase


My vintage world

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE LEFT The Country Brocante fair; the bathroom at Belton House, a Grade Ilisted property cared for by the National Trust (nationaltrust.; Amanda’s

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