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OUR UNMISSABLE GUIDE TO THE LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL

Modern living CREATING A TECH-SAVVY HOME CONTEMPORARY FAMILY SCHEMES


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AV O N Whittaker Wells 105, Glenfrome Road, St Werburghs, Bristol BS2 9UY 01179 595 773 hello@whittakerwells.com Eton Design 108, Walcot Street, Bath BA1 5BG 01225 639 002 peter@eton-design.com BERKSHIRE Alexander James Interior Design 8, The Pavilions, Ruscombe Business Park, Twyford, RG10 9NN 01189 320 828 info@aji.co.uk BUCKINGHAMSHIRE Morgan Gilder Furnishings 14, High Street, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes, MK11 1AF 01908 568 674 info@morgangilder.co.uk CAMBRIDGESHIRE Que Sera 32, High Street, Buckden St Neots PE14 5XA 01480 819 639 shop@queserabuckden.co.uk TM Interiors Limited MIllisle House, 41, Culley Court, Bakewell Road, Peterborough PE2 6WA, 01733 230 499 richard@tm-interiors.co.uk CHANNEL ISLANDS Clermont West Interiors Avery House, Kings Road, St Peter Port, Guernsey GU1 1QD, sally@clermontwest.com CHESHIRE Interior Workshop 72, Wood Lane, Timperley, Altrincham, WA15 7PL 01619 040 658 alaninteriors@yahoo.co.uk CORNWALL Camellia Interiors 3E, Treloggan Industrial Estate, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 2SX 01637 854 304 info@camelliainteriors.co.uk Dreamboat Design Trebetherick House, Trebetherick, Wadebridge, PL27 6SB 01208 863 399 rockhols@aol.com Eve Hughes Interior Design Ltd 27 Bedruthan Avenue, Truro, TR1 1RW 07826 843 393 eve@evehughesinteriors.co.uk Interior Dynamics The Round House, 37 St Austell Street, Truro, TR1 1SE 01872 242 636 info@interiordynamics.co.uk Tanya - Curtains By Design Black Pearl Studio, Trevellan Road, Mylor Bridge, Falmouth, TR11 5NE 01326 373 416 info@tanyaleech.co.uk DEVON Cool Calm Collected 130, Boutport Street, Barnstaple, EX31 1TD 01271 859 356 info@coolcalmandcollected.net Harris Stephens Design Unit 4, Lear Park, Plymtree, Cullompton, EX15 2JS 01884 277 519 Sitting Rooms 62, Fore Street, Totnes, TQ9 5RU, 01803 865193 sales@sittingroomstotnes.co.uk SofaRooms Unit 11c, Bakers Yard, Alphinbrook Road, Marsh Barton, EX2 8RG, 01392 424 444 info@sofarooms.co.uk DORSET Antiques & Furnishings 339-343 Charminster Road, Bournemouth, BH8 9QR 01202 527 976 antandfurn@googlemail.com

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Country Seats 18, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NQ, 01308 427 968 country-seats@btconnect.com ESSEX Edwards Design Group The Gattinetts unit 2A, Hadleigh Road, East Bergholt CO7 6QT 01206 299 760 info@edwardsdesigngroup.co.uk Inside Job by Lellow 14-22, Mill Lane, Woodford Green IG8 0UG, 0208 5047171 info@insidejobonline.co.uk Lottie Mutton 45, King Street, Saffron Walden CB10 1EU, 01799 522252 lottiemuttonstudio@btconnect.com Sofa Design 1-4, Uppark Drive, Horns Road Ilford, IG2 6PD, 020 8518 0804 www.sofadesign.co.uk GLOUCESTERSHIRE Kingdom interiors The Long Barn, Mitre Farm Business Park, Corse Lawn, GL19 4NG 01684 291037 Upstairs Downstairs 19, Rotunda Terrace, Montpellier Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1SW 01242 514023 homeclimatesltd@btinternet.com KENT Fabrics in Canterbury 72, Wincheap, Canterbury CT1 3RS, 01227 457555 fabricsincant@aol.com LEICESTERSHIRE Elizabeth Stanhope Interiors Ltd 27, Mill Street, Oakham LE15 6EA, 01572 722345 showroom@elizabethstanhope.co.uk Harlequin Interiors 11, Loseby Lane, Leicester LE1 5DR, 0116 262 0994 harlequin-int@btconnect.com LONDON Designers Guild 267 & 277, Kings Road, SW3 5EN 020 7351 5775 showroom@designersguild.com 76, Marylebone High Street, W1U 5JU 020 3301 5826 marylebone@designersguild.com Harrods 87-135, Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7XL 020 7730 1234 Heal’s 196, Tottenham Court Road, W1P 9LD, 08700 240 780 enquiries@heals.co.uk John Lewis Oxford Street, W1A 1EX 020 7629 7711 Liberty Regent Street, W1 6AH 020 7734 1234 interiorstyling@liberty.co.uk Peter Jones Sloane Square, SW1W 8EL 020 7730 3434 Revamp Interiors 26, Knights Hill, West Norwood SE27 0HY, 020 8670 5151 revampint@aol.com 33, Bellevue Road, London SW17 7EF, 020 8767 7222

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SUFFOLK Amor Interiors 16, Friars Street, Sudbury, Suffolk CO102AA, 01787 880 908 sales@amorinteriors.co.uk Cotton Tree Interiors Ltd 24 Market Place, Saxmundham IP17 1AG, 01728 604 700 charlotte@thecottontree.co.uk SURREY Babayan Pearce Interiors Braeside House, High Street, Oxshott, KT22 0JP 01372 842 437 info@babayanpearce.com Sable Interiors 124, Summer Road, Thames Ditton, KT7 0Q4, 02083 989 777 sales@sableinteriors.com Tyne & Wear Tangletree Interiors Ltd 21, Rutherford Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE4 5DP, 01912 327 477 steve@tangletree-interiors.co.uk WEST MIDLANDS John Charles Interiors 349, Hagley Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B17 8DL 0121 420 3977 john@johncharlesinteriors.co.uk W I LT S H I R E Dible and Roy Bridge Street, Bradford-Upon-Avon, BA15 1BY , 01225 862 320 accounts@dibleandroy.co.uk

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YORKSHIRE Fabric Gallery & Interiors 13, York Street, Dunnington, York YO19 5PN, 01904 481 101 fabric@fabricgallery.co.uk Homeworks Charles House, 4, Castlegate, Tickhill, Doncaster, DN11 9QU 01302 743 978 interiors@homeworks-tickhill.co.uk SCOTLAND Louise Bramhill Interiors @ Gideon Robinson 47 Haggs Road, (next to Dollar Rae) Glasgow, G41 4AR 07733 104 366 louise@louisebramhillinteriors.com Mandors Fabric Store Fleming House, 134, Renfrew St, Glasgow, G3 6ST 01413 327 716 fabric@mandors.co.uk Sterling Furniture 40, Denmore Road, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen AB23 8JW, 01224 704 250 76, Moss Road, Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire FK13 6NF, 01259 750 655 The Home Store @ Premier Interiors 57-59, Colvilles Place, Kelvin Ind Estate, East Kilbridge, Glasgow G75 0PZ, 013 5523 3777 ½SRE$TVMRXIVMSVWGSQ Jeffreys Interiors ,IEH 3J½GI 8 North West Circus Place, Edinburgh EH3 6ST 0131 247 8010 ‘The Old Church’, Tay Terrace, Dunkeld, PH8 0AQ 01350 697 222 mail@jeffreys-interiors.co.uk

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE Jamie Hempsall Ltd North Beck, Low Street, East Drayton, DN22 0LN 01777 248 463 studio@jamiehempsall.com

WALES Jaybee Soft Furnishings The Gallery Frogmore Street, Abergavenny, Gwent, Wales NP7 5AN, 01873 855 605 jaybee@kolvox.net Taylor’s etc 143, Colchester Avenue, Cardiff, S. Glamorgan, CF23 7UZ 02920 358 400 paul.martin@taylorsetc.co.uk

SOMERSET The Curtain Pole 64 High Street, Glastonbury BA6 9DY, 01458 834 166 curpole@yahoo.co.uk

IRELAND Brian S. Nolan Ltd 102, Upper Georges Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin 01 2800564 info@briansnolan.ie

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43 SUFFOLK FARMHOUSE Peeling away

126 GASCON BEAUTY Perennials burst like fireworks in this spectacular scheme in France.

50 BE INSPIRED Emulate the distinctive look of

*131 WALLED GARDEN Built from scratch, this classic design now matches its rich heritage.

years of insensitive renovations from this Jacobean property has created a simple, beautiful home.

the Suffolk farmhouse with our pick of homewares.

*94 GEORGIAN TOWNHOUSE An

international couple have embraced a modern take on English decorative style.

104 RIVERSIDE HOME Indoors and out are

136 IN SEASON The glorious diversity of hostas. *139 DESIGN IDEAS Creating a sensory garden. 160 DREAM GARDEN Volcanic stones, cascading pools and naturalistic planting.

equally important in this unique New England house.

112 LONDON REDESIGN A clever approach OUR COVER *STORIES FOR OCTOBER

had to be taken when this listed period property was renovated, with striking results.

*120 BERLIN HOME Mid-century design ripples through an elegant 19th-century apartment.

INTERIORS

*77 FABRICS & WALLPAPERS Pattern comes to the fore in this season’s fabulous collections.

*171 INTERIORS SCHEMES Family living rooms that balance practicality with style. OCTOBER 2016 | H&G | 9


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NEWS AND LIFESTYLE

21 H&G EDIT Events, shopping, gardening and style ideas, plus the latest news from the design world. 36 MOVERS & SHAKERS Fabric and wallpaper specialists have been turning to the archives for inspiration. Here are three designers to discover. *59 THE LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL From pop-ups to new launches, we’ve selected 50 highlights of this year’s event, which is bigger than ever. 195 FOOD FOR FRIENDS Delicious recipes, from savoury to sweet, that demonstrate the versatility and depth of flavour of smoked ingredients.

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218 WE LOVE Head to the Slaughters Manor

House set in the beautiful Cotswolds to experience a fresh take on contemporary country style.

DESIGN SOLUTIONS

144 KITCHEN Rich timber and a sweeping island are a fitting combination for this open-plan space. 151 KITCHEN UPDATE The latest news and products for the heart of the home.

152 LIVING SPACE Industrial touches reference a remodelled London apartment’s former life.

158 LIVING ROOM Crisp architecture showcases a finely judged mix of textures and styles.

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*181 THE SMART HOME How the latest technology can make cooking, entertaining, housework and life in general easier.

191 ADVICE Celia Rufey answers your queries. SHOPPING

*22 THE AUTUMN EDIT The most stylish designs from the high street. *53 BEAUTIFUL SOFAS Sit pretty with our choice of elegant pieces for living rooms.

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Craft champion Heal’s is currently shining a light on South Africa and Swaziland’s emerging design scene with beautiful handmade pieces from established names and upcoming artists, each one with a unique story to tell.

STYLING LAURA VINDEN PHOTOGRAPH SARAH HOGAN

(From left) Double layer vase, H16cm, £70; Marbled blue taper vase, H23cm, £75; Folded bud vase, H16cm, £45; Spot blue taper vase, H29cm, £250; Tea light holder, H9cm, £35; all Lisa Firer; Carafe, H29cm, £45, Ngwenya Glass; Majolica large bowl, diam45cm, £65; Majolica jug, H26.5cm, £50; both Mervyn Gers; all Design Africa at Heal’s, 020 7896 7451, heals.com. Curtain in Spot Voile in White, cotton, £60m, Colefax and Fowler, 020 8877 6400, colefax.com. (On table) Asolo in Porcelain, linen, 292cm wide, £85m, Romo, 01623 756699, romo.com.


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THE AUTUMN EDIT Our round-up of the most stylish designs from the high street 6| 1| Lighting with a honeycomb twist. Brooke pendant, H28xdiam20cm, £100, Laura Ashley, 0333 200 8009, lauraashley.com.

2| Perfect for a relaxed rustic scheme.

Contrast red trim basket, H40xdiam35cm, £35, Linea at House of Fraser, 0345 602 1073, houseoffraser.co.uk.

3| Smart design in a coral tone.

Murray rug, 140x200cm, £120, Habitat, 0344 499 4686, habitat.co.uk.

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4| Two-tone geometrics for a pattern hit. Patterned cushion cover, 50cm sq, £7.99, H&M, 0344 736 9000, hm.com.

5| Antique-inspired with a classic curve.

Fauteuil chair, H92xW76x D92cm, £525, Oka, 0844 815 7380, oka.com.

6| Luxurious mohair for chilly nights.

Markham throw, 140x200cm, £130, The White Company, 020 3758 9222, thewhitecompany.com.

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7| Scandinavian-style pared-back beauty.

Hartwell chest of drawers, H105xW104xD46cm, £750, Ercol for Next, 0333 777 8000, next.co.uk.

8| Brass accents add to a sleek silhouette.

9| Features a subtle seasonal foliage motif.

Harvest pasta bowl, diam22cm, £4, Sainsbury’s, 0800 636262, sainsburys.co.uk.

10| Clean-lined metal and marble mix.

Conran Farley coffee table, H42xdiam71.5cm, £229, Marks & Spencer, 0333 014 8000, marksandspencer.com.

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No.045 task lamp, H55xW50xD15cm, £80, Design Project by John Lewis, 0345 604 9049, johnlewis.com.


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MOON MOO RISINGS RISINGS Inspired by planets and galaxies, Cosmos is the new lighting collection from Porta Romana. These two pendants have won our seal of approval, particularly for their contrasting finishes: the matt, crackled surface of Asteroid, which resembles the moon when lit, and the smooth, glossy surface of Luna. They cost £1,295 each; available from Chelsea Design Centre, 020 7352 0440, portaromana.co.uk.

If you’re seeking inspiration and advice, visit housetohome. co.uk. You can also keep all your project ideas close to hand with digital moodboards.

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Launching at this year’s Decorex, Ashfield is the first wool collection from Ian Mankin, 020 7722 0997, ianmankin.co.uk. Staying true to its British roots, the fabric house has created a range of reversible motifs, including a houndstooth, paisley, damask and honeycomb geometric, alongside its signature checks, stripes and plains. The colours are muted and demure, featuring burgundy, sage, charcoal and navy, and the fabrics cost £49.50m.

Marlborough-based British designer and printer of fabrics, Fermoie, 01672 513723, fermoie.com, has introduced a new design, Calimanco, that is sure to age well. The fine geometric pattern in nine colourways – across red, blue, green, yellow and neutral – in a cotton/linen mix, £96m, is perfect for curtains and upholstery.

FINE LINES Originating from charcoal drawings, Clavering Studio’s pieces marry timeless art with elegant bone china. Its tableware – Clavering Heritage (left), Stapleford Pine and Harthorne – is hand-decorated and finished by the Stoke-on-Trent potteries. The range includes dinner plates, pasta bowls, cups and saucers and mugs, priced from £15. Contact 07833 685093, clavering.co.

IMPORTANT PAPERS One of our go-to destinations for wallcoverings, Wallpaper Direct, 01323 430886, wallpaper direct.com, has launched a new collection, Albany Simplicity. Our favourite print is Mia, £39.95 a roll, which features a floral circular motif with a hint of traditional Indian design. The range is available in seven colourways along with co-ordinating paints.

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SHOP TALK

ROSE & GREY, CHESHIRE Nine years ago, Lyndsey and Guy Goodger set up their inspirational homewares company and they’ve recently opened their first showroom. We ask Lyndsey what would entice our readers to visit?

The industrial-looking showroom houses a collection of diverse pieces found at Rose & Grey’s online store.

Rose & Grey, 31 Atlantic Street, Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 5FA, 0161 926 8763, roseandgrey.co.uk.

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What inspired you to set up the company? It was a passion for interiors and the drive to find beautiful things for my own home that led me to scour Europe. I discovered amazing brands that were hard to find online and then put everything into one easily accessible collection via Rose & Grey. How did you choose the shop’s location? Altrincham is an up-and-coming area, thanks in part to its market, which was named Best Market in the Observer Food Monthly Awards last year. The National Trust’s Dunham Massey park is also on our doorstep and can be combined with a visit to our store. What can shoppers find at the showroom? An eclectic collection of furniture, lighting and home accessories – from vintage leather or velvet sofas to stylish kitchenware and faux plants. The store is divided into zones, which include a Scandinavian-inspired space, a “pipe and slippers” room and a romantic industrial area, alongside mix-and-match lighting. Plus, our creative corner houses a range of fabric samples, rugs and mirrors.

COOL CUBES These resin-topped square metal tables are sure to be one of the hits from the furniture collection at La Redoute, laredoute.co.uk. In a choice of three smart monochrome designs, the AM.PM Géométrie side table, 40cm sq, £125, will add a chic graphic dimension to any contemporary scheme.

Tell us about the design of the store itself. There is an industrial aesthetic that matches the brand, with painted brick walls and a concrete floor, plus an exquisitely crafted oak and concrete till. The zones were made by painting different effects on the floor to create the illusion of tiled and parquet flooring. How do you source your stock? We follow trends and look for beautiful items that are good quality and practical and will appeal to our customers. Currently, we have a lot of marble, wood, concrete and botanicals. Do you source products internationally? The majority of suppliers are based in the UK and Scandinavia. We also visit trade fairs in Paris to discover new and exciting companies. Among our collection, we offer Madam Stoltz, Bloomingville, Ferm Living, Abigail Ahern and Nkuku, but also sell local independent brands, such as Little Knitted Stars’ handmade cushions and UK upholstery experts Tetrad. What sums up a Rose & Grey home? It would be a fusion of industrial, vintage and Scandinavian-inspired interiors; stylish and timeless furniture with fun and quirky accessories that add personality.


THE ART OF COLOUR

TWEED SUITS A collaboration by Jim Lawrence with Lovat Mill – the last tweed mill in the Scottish Borders – has resulted in candle shades in herringbone tweeds and checks. They’re available in a choice of backplates, while the bathroom versions are sealed in a glass cover and fully IP rated. We love this Classic shade in Isla Check Lovat wool, H12xdiam15cm, £18.90. Contact Jim Lawrence, 01473 826685, jim-lawrence.co.uk.

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If you want your garden to be a mass of colour and fragrance next spring, now is the time to plant, propagate and prune. Among the spring-flowering bulbs ready to be planted this autumn is a new variety of narcissus, N. ‘Suave’, from de Jager, dejager.co.uk. This creamy-yellow, red-frilled small-cupped daffodil will look and smell fabulous planted up in pots. Meanwhile, the dainty white Fuchsia ‘Hawkshead’ from Kernock Plant, kernock.co.uk, is perfect for the border. No garden is complete without a rose or two and, having fallen in love with the apricot-coloured, richly scented climber Rosa ‘Bathsheba’ from David Austin, davidaustinroses.co.uk, at Chelsea, we recommend you get your order for the bare root plant in now for delivery in November, ready for planting.


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SOHO STYLE The private members’ club Soho House has responded to requests to buy its furnishing and accessories with a new range, Soho Home, 020 3819 8149, sohohome. com. The sophisticated, timeless collection includes items such as Burleigh chinaware, crystal from Slovenia, and this Podge armchair, £1,650, all of which will add a luxurious feel to interiors.

SKY’S THE LIMIT New for autumn, Le Soir Ikat silk satin trimming by Samuel & Sons, 020 7351 5723, samuel andsons.com, is inspired by the colours of the horizon, from morning haze to burning sunset. We love the Impressionistic tones of the Celestial colourway (right) featuring blues and slates. The trim is 75mm wide, £57m.

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BOOK CORNER GARDEN INSPIRATION Three reads about creating a garden, as told by their owners and designers

1| THENFORD: THE CREATION OF AN ENGLISH GARDEN Michael and Anne Heseltine, £35, Head of Zeus. From neglected wilderness to cultivated formal garden and arboretum, this book traces the development of the Heseltines’ garden, which has been 40 years in the making.

2| LANDSCAPE OF DREAMS: THE GARDENS OF ISABEL AND JULIAN BANNERMAN, £50, The Pimpernel Press. Weavers of garden fairy tales, the Bannermans revisit some of their best-known designs, from Hanham Court near Bath and Highgrove, to Wormsley in Buckinghamshire and Arundel Castle.

3| PRIVATE GARDENS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN Jean Mus and Dane McDowell, £19.95, Flammarion. Landscape architect Jean Mus’ personal tour of the sensual outdoor Mediterranean havens that he has designed, from lush coastal estates to peaceful countryside gardens.

Hillarys, 0800 916 6524, hillarys. co.uk, is backing British design in a collaboration with designer Charlotte Beevor whose collection features abstract florals, vivid brushstrokes and intense shades inspired by a visit to Kew Gardens. The eight prints (above) are anchored by seven co-ordinating plains and are available in Roman blinds and curtains, exclusively at Hillarys from 27 September.

COPPER TOP We’ve been dazzled by the new firey finish of Chadder & Co’s French oil-rubbed copper fittings. It’s available for all its brassware including bathroom and kitchen taps and this Classic London shower valve, £1,390, with a seven inch rose. Contact 01342 823243, chadder.com.

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GET THE HANG OF IT Show-stopping bespoke lighting is on offer with the Pick-n-Mix range from glass blowers Rothchild & Bickers, 01992 677292, rothschild bickers.com. Choose from ���ve pendant styles, in a selection of colours and in either a plain or diamond finish, plus an array of flexes and metal fixings, from £325 for a standard-size pendant. Don’t miss the pop-up showroom at Old Street tube station during the London Design Festival.

SILK CUT If you’re looking for a luxurious experience the new Fiesta collection from Gingerlily, 0343 216 9902, gingerlily.co.uk, should be on your radar. Made with Habotai silk, the striking new colours of orange, black and turquoise can be mixed and matched for a unique effect, while the matt finish creates a more contemporary look and feel. From £49 for a standard pillowcase to £295 for a double duvet cover.

FULL OF CHARACTER Dominique Kieffer’s inspired new fabric collection for Rubelli, 020 7349 1590, rubelli.com, designed by Paola Navone, is characterised by handmade elements that create an imperfect charm. We love the tartan-inspired lines of Outcross, £96m, (below) and the painterly watercolour effect of the printing of the fabric, where different shades of the same hue – such as rich olive and blue shades – appear.

KLC School of Design, klc.co.uk, is broadening horizons for busy people with its Open Learning Diploma Interior Design. Working for 12 to 15 hours per week, it can be completed in two years and, with no qualifications required, it’s perfect for career changers. It costs £1,950, but use the code H&G1016 for a £250 discount.

CRACKLE & POP We’re coveting the new range of crackle-glazed earthenware at Oliver Bonas, 020 8974 0110, oliverbonas.com. In four shades – Desert Pink, Aqua, Blue and Khaki (not shown) – the elliptical platters have a rustic charm while cereal bowls are deep and generous, all with a tactile and slightly distressed feel. From £9 for a plate.

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ONE TO WATCH BEN ROSTON, COZE Inspired by the high-end bedding in hotels, this entrepreneur is on a quest to get more luxury textiles into our homes

From top Danan wool blanket, 114x180cm, £110; towels from £5 for a facecloth; Oxford pillowcase, from £16; bathrobe, £60; all Coze.

Tell us about your background. I studied Textiles and Management at Leeds University, graduating in 2002. Four years later, I joined our family business, Gailarde, which is the parent company of Coze and specialises in the supply of high-end bedding, linen and soft furnishings to some of the world’s most exclusive hotels. I now run Coze with my brother Dan and we’re considered something of a double act in the industry. What prompted you to start Coze? We were getting an increasing number of calls from customers who had experienced the quality of our products in five-star hotels and wanted to own them for themselves. What would make our readers want to buy Coze products? We pride ourselves on fantastic quality and ethical awareness as well as bringing the experience of four generations of artisanal excellence from our parent company. Our range at Coze will include bath mats, bathrobes, bedlinen, blankets, duvets, pillows, mattress toppers and towels. Is there anything that would especially appeal to our readers? We specialise in a clean and crisp look for our bedlinen with only the slightest hint of decoration in some of the embroidered trims, while our blankets, bath mats and bathrobes bring a little more colour to the range. Our bedlinen comes in six different thread counts, ranging from 220 to 600 so there’s something to suit all budgets. And bespoke items can be ordered from our parent company, Gailarde. Where do you see your company going in the future? For now we’re planning to concentrate on growing the e-commerce side of Coze and we are excited about the initial interest we have seen. But a shop is certainly something we have in mind for the long-term. Do you intend to work with any exciting designers? Absolutely. We understand that brands are creating bigger and wider-reaching products and projects through well-thought out collaborations. So once we’re up and running we’re keen to venture into this territory. Visit cozelinen.com.

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SNUGGLE UP It’s always hard to say goodbye to summer but one of the best things about autumn is getting cosy and where better to start than yo our bed? Indulge g in bedlinen by Linen M Me, 020 8133 3853, linenme.com, su uch as w, this linen waffle throw £99.99. Other treats include 100 per cent linen duvets, pillowcases and sheets in shades pe. of lime, mint and taup

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SNOOZE NEWS Warren Evans, 020 7693 8988, warrenevans.com, which specialises in gorgeous wooden bedsteads, has just launched a range of eight different luxurious upholstered beds all available in double, king and super-king size and in eight colour choices. Our favourite is the elegant Chelsea (above, in Steel Blue), from £2,160.


LATIN CONNECTION Showcasing the talents of craftspeople all over the world, Maison Numen, maisonnumen.com, has launched its first collection, Latin Animae, with pieces by designers and artisans from Mexico, Venezuela, Guatemala, Peru and Colombia. Take your pick from unique gifts, linens, tableware and rugs – we love the Guapa tray with its monkey motifs, £40, and the exquisite Juitepec Series of ceramics, £840 for a set of five, all made in Mexico.

A new literary event launches at Chatsworth House in the Peak District. The Chatsworth Festival – Art Out Loud features more than 20 speakers from the worlds of literature, art and museums. 23-25 September; day ticket, £42 with entry to the garden; chatsworth.org.

PINS & NEEDLES

Elaborate embroidery features in both new collections from GP&J Baker – Historic Royal Palaces and Mulberry Home Festival (right) – bringing a rich textural quality. A plethora of pattern and pictorial design runs through the range, including the striking Forest Leaves in Red/Plum, £159m (left).

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INSTAGRAM TRAIL We’re watching a number of style influencers on Instagram. This month, we kick off with interior designer Paolo Moschino @paolomoschino.

CLASSIC APPEAL Inspired by different continents and periods of history, Nina Campbell’s new collection of wallcoverings is not to be missed. Our favourite is the dramatic Perdana (above). It is available in five colourways, but this striking black background really brings out the vibrancy of the florals. All the designs are printed on an easy-to-hang non-woven base and are available through Osborne & Little, 020 8812 3123, osborneandlittle.com.

How would you describe your Instagram (shown)? Fun, happy, inspirational, well-travelled and a great companion. Who would you recommend we follow? Landscape and textile designer Debby Tenquist @debbytenquist – she has a vibrant Instagram for everyone who loves gardening. Follow H&G @homeandgardensuk.

We’ve taken a shine to the new Global Artisan range from Linea at House of Fraser, 0345 602 1073, houseoffraser. co.uk, where relaxed geometrics and earthy colours offer a modern take on the traditional folk look. Cushion, £30; Artisan throw, £60.

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MADE FOR TWO The neat Salvesen Graham two-seater sofa, H94xW124x D76cm, from David Seyfried, 020 7823 3848, davidseyfried. com, is made to order – simply choose your fabric and the paint colour for the legs. It costs £2,200 plus 9m of fabric.

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PAST PERFECT From rich 19th-century patterns to colourful mid-century geometrics, fabric archives are providing a wealth of design inspiration. We meet three specialists whose latest collections have been shaped by works of their creative forebears WORD S EM M A J PAGE

WILLIAM YEOWARD A vast fabric archive has inspired this British designer’s latest rug collection, which brings historical elements to life with a contemporary twist. How did your work with archives come about? Three years ago, a friend gave me five volumes of wonderful archive material, comprising 2,500 largely 19th-century fabrics. Some are English and some French, while the provenance of others is unknown. I really wanted to do something di≠erent and that’s when I came up with the idea of reimagining the designs to create a rug collection. I’ve always believed that designers should never disregard what has gone before – there is so much to learn from the work of others. One should be inspired by previous perfection. How has the material inspired the creation of something new? The key is to think about how people might enjoy these designs today. Many of them are not that appealing to the modern eye in their original form, but a change of scale and colour makes a huge di≠erence. An original fabric might today make a wonderful wallpaper, rug or even a table napkin instead, so it’s important to think beyond the obvious. In many cases I have altered the original designs considerably, scaling up or down, adding and removing elements and choosing new colourways.

PHOTOGRAPHS GAVIN KINGCOME

Tell us about the collection that these archives have inspired. With the increasing popularity of hard flooring, rugs are more important than ever when it comes to giving a scheme definition, so it made sense to bring the archives to life in that way. I’m always very clear about how an archive design can be reinterpreted when I look at it. Colour is a really key aspect: I might see a design in a turgid melon with a dull grey background and know that it would be fresh and appealing in blue and white. I’ve always liked clean colours and natural elements, such as the sky, sand and pebbles, have all played their part in reimagining those designs. We are also working on creating a couple of fabrics from the archive volumes. Why do you think the new range holds special appeal? To find a rich source of work that inspires the creation of something new and contemporary is very invigorating. I think that people care about provenance and history as well as British design, so the idea of archive material being reimagined holds real appeal. The collection is a wonderful mix of new pieces and archive-inspired designs. I’ve used the Teide rug in our London apartment, which blends perfectly into my own drawing room scheme. I also love Riviere, which I’ve redesigned with spots, a recurring motif in my designs. William Yeoward, 020 7349 7828, williamyeoward.com.

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The Teide rug in Ruby sits happily in William Yeoward’s London living room, which bursts with expertly matched colour and pattern; natural elements have played a part in William’s reimagining of archive designs, as demonstrated by the Pebbles rug; spots give a contemporary

feel to the redesigned Riviere rug; the Teide rug in Woad is inspired by the organic exuberance of a volcano; the Rhoscolyn rug references Welsh beaches; the Penrith rug design was adapted from an antique French screen. ABOVE The tiles of Venetian streets were the basis for the crisp geometry of the Venezia rug.

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KAREN BEAUCHAMP, GAINSBOROUGH

The wallpaper designer and artist has reinterpreted the most memorable designs from this iconic British fabric producer’s vast archive.

Tell us about your collaboration with Gainsborough. Creative director and interior designer Russell Sage gave me a free hand with the archive for two new collections – one focuses on bringing the best-loved designs into the 21st century, while the other creates new designs using the archive as a starting point. What kind of material do the archives contain? There are pieces from all periods, including Georgian, Victorian, Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts, Art Deco and 20th century. Gainsborough’s founder, Reginald Warner, collected many during his Grand Tour of Europe in the 19th century.

CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP LEFT Nursery features

a charming animal print; Winter Flower is one of Flockhart’s earliest block prints; a place mat with a bold foliage design.

How are you using the archives to create new designs? I’ve been updating the most interesting designs by recolouring and in some cases simplifying. I’ve also added elements such as stripes and checks to make the collection more contemporary. My aim is to show the skill of the weavers and the beauty of weaving on the old machines. How has the technology used to produce these fabrics changed? Many designs are woven on 1920s manual looms with the original jacquards, but there are also three computerised looms that are wonderful in a di≠erent way for creating highly complex new designs. Gainsborough, 01787 372081, gainsborough.co.uk. Karen Beauchamp, karenbeauchamp.com.

LUCY MACKENZIE, FLOCKHART

This textile artist has reimagined several designs created by her grandparents, whose work was noted for its abstract geometric patterns and nature-inspired motifs. Tell us about the artistic legacy of your grandparents. My grandfather was the artist George Kennethson, who devoted his life to sculpture, while Eileen Guthrie, my grandmother, was a painter with a bold, experimental way with colour, inspired by Bonnard and Cézanne. She was the driving force of the original Flockhart. How did you come across their rich archive? I grew up with the designs, printing with my grandmother in her studio. After my grandparents passed away, my father and I were thinking about how to preserve the fabrics, silk screens and lino blocks and decided it would be great to make them available again.

CLOCKWISE, FROM ABOVE Paisley being

woven; some fabrics from the archive date back to the 18th-century, such as Bryan, first woven at Gainsborough in 1906; the new Renaissance collection, from left, Madurau Red, Paisley Ochre, Candy Stripe Pink and Gingham Stripe Pink.

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How are you using that archive to create your own collections? I selected some of the designs that still seem fresh today and have kept them as close as possible to the originals. Some colours are taken directly from the archive because they work so well and for others I have chosen colours that evoke the palette of the 1940s and 1950s. Which are your favourites? I love Nursery, and have it in my daughter’s bedroom. There are Zig Zag curtains in our bedroom, and Winter Flower cushions in our sitting room. I’m experimenting with the next collection, including florals in multiple colours, and geometric designs for use in upholstery. Flockhart, 020 3137 5127, flockhartfabrics.com.

PHOTOGRAPHS ALUN CALLENDER (GAINSBOROUGH)

Can you tell us a little about the archive? There are 43 designs, most created between 1939 and 1950. For some, we have many pieces of original hand-printed fabric, colour experiments and even sketches and paintings. For others, we just have a very old lino block and a small scrap of fabric.


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GLORY

restored The owners of this Jacobean property peeled away years of insensitive renovations and used a light touch to create a simple and beautiful home WOR DS JESSIC A D O YL E PHOTOGR APHS NIC K GUT T RIDGE/A M BIE NCE IM A G E S

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EXTERIOR

The addition of a loggia-style extension (left) to the rear, which houses a kitchen and dining area with full-height glazed doors, was the brainchild of interior designer Monique Beauval-Nash, beauval-interiors.com, who often works with her architect husband, nashbaker.co.uk, on design projects. KITCHEN AND DINING AREA

Monique designed this scheme (below) with the help of Kitchen Culture. Inexpensive outdoor dining furniture (right), left to weather to a silvery grey, has been brought indoors and adds a cool, rustic feel.

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SITTING ROOM

CLOAKROOM

A freestanding steel fire surround (above) is set within the fireplace; in front are sofas and chairs from Philippe Hurel (above and left) and a coffee table simply crafted from three outdoor benches.

“I decided to go mad in here,” says Monique, who has played with scale by contrasting a small black Vitra basin (below) with a large circular mirror, which neatly reflects the industrial-style pendant lights from NUD Collection.

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Interior designer Monique Beauval-Nash and her architect husband often collaborate on design projects, but their own home, a restored Jacobean farmhouse near the Su≠olk coast, is surely their greatest achievement.

STUDIO

A WRECK REBORN Having lived nearby, the couple had known of the house for a while before they bought it, and it was the perfect challenge for an architecturally driven pair. After several insensitive renovations and years of neglect it was, Monique declares, “a wreck”, complete with deathwatch beetle, rats, jackdaws in the chimney and a nest of grass snakes. Unperturbed, they had the house cleaned and the interiors repainted, living in it for three years before undertaking any major work, so that they could get a better sense of the design that was required. The work took a further three years, during which time Monique and her husband took up residence in the converted cowshed. Their main focus was to restore the farmhouse to its former glory, modernise it and improve the flow between rooms, particularly on the ground floor. The replacement of the once dark, small kitchen with a contemporary scheme including a dining area in an extension opening on to the garden was a particular triumph. This connection with the outdoors is a recurring theme: French doors now open out on all sides of the house. “I think every room on the ground floor should relate to the garden,” says Monique.

According to Monique, this is “the most beautiful room” with doors (above right) opening on to a terrace and views of a nearby church.

AN EXPERT EYE Educated in Paris, Monique approaches interior design from an architectural perspective, so decoration is restrained and

BOOT ROOM

As a nod to the building’s roots as a working farmhouse, the owners have retained this original water pump (above). Hats and scarves are hung on a ladder from Portobello Road market, where Monique had a stall when she moved to London in 1970.

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MAIN BEDROOM

MAIN BATHROOM

“I don’t like to put wardrobes in corners of bedrooms; I think it looks ugly,” says Monique. Instead, she designed a unit (below) that doubles as a bedhead, and forms a corridor into the bathroom.

This scheme (bottom) is typical of Monique’s classiccontemporary style, with a bespoke vanity unit and a Clearwater freestanding bath.

sophisticated, with pale grey walls throughout and simple, elegant furniture, much of which is surprisingly modest. “I often work on very expensive projects,” she says, “but you can create an interior without spending too much money; you just have to have an eye. We invested most of the money in the building itself, which has to be strong and beautiful, and then we furnished it with inexpensive furniture.” In fact, the couple put so much into the building that they sold their London base in Holland Park to pay for it. However, both still travel to London regularly for work. “Now, we sleep on our children’s sofas,” Monique laughs. The couple return the favour by having their children and grandchildren to stay at weekends in Su≠olk, where their loft space, now a stylish two-bedroom apartment complete with roof terrace, makes wonderful guest quarters. OUTDOOR ESCAPE When they have the house to themselves, Monique and her husband tend to spend much of their time working. If Monique does take a break, she escapes to the garden, which she had completely redesigned and replanted, selecting a similarly pared-back palette to that of the house. “I enjoy gardening; it’s how I relax and get away from it all,” she says. “The colours in my garden are mostly white, although I’ll accept a little blue here and there.” With its brick terraces and lawns, the garden is also the perfect setting for large gatherings, such as the one Monique hosted recently for the Franco British Union of Architects, of which her husband is treasurer. “We had a reception and dinner for seventy-four people,” says Monique. “I did quite a lot of gardening in preparation.”

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Monique stripped the French cherrywood commode (top left), which belonged to her mother, and stained it black; the bedlinen is from shops such as The White Company, which she likes to mix with vintage linen inherited from her grandmother.

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V&A INSTALLATIONS There are impressive sights aplenty at this LDF stalwart. See Glithero partner with watchmaker Panerai to transform Stairwell G into The Green Room, which explores the concept of the clock using moving coloured strings; Benjamin Hubert’s studio Layer, together with Braun, is installing Foil – an undulating, 20-metre long LED-lit ribbon mechanism – into the Tapestry galleries; and French designer Mathieu Lehanneur is creating a sea of black polished stone, Liquid Marble (shown), in the Norfolk House Music Room. Visit vam.ac.uk.

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V&A SHOP Following the success of specially commissioned pieces in 2015, this year’s pop-up shop has been created by London-based studio Loris&Livia from DuPont Corian. It will be selling exclusive souvenirs including Pentagram’s London postcode clock (right) and its own-brand Belisha beaconinspired matches and pencils. Visit vam.ac.uk.

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BROMPTON COCKTAIL BAR Weary festival-goers should head to the Brompton Cocktail, to discover real and conceptual interpretations of this elixir, administered to patients at the Royal Brompton Hospital in the 1920s. The Garage, 1 North Terrace, SW3 2BA. Visit bromptondesigndistrict.com.

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THE SMILE Architect Alison Brooks has devised a sculpture, building and gesture in one (right) to enliven the Chelsea College of Arts’ Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground. The installation was designed with Arup and the American Hardwood Export Council. Visit alisonbrooks architects.com.

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LUXURYMADE SHOW This debut show, from the people behind 100% Design, is not just about new works from 50 luxury brands, including Cassina, Poltrona Frau and Lasvit. It exploits the magnificent location of Kensington’s Olympia Pillar Halls, too. From 21-24 September; visit luxurymade.co.uk.

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LONDON DESIGN FAIR Merging TENT and Super Brands, this is full of fresh design gems including ribbed pottery from Benjamin Ceramics, geometric woven rugs from Dana Haim, new Sandberg Wallpapers, poured acrylic bowls from Troels Flensted (left) and carved utensils from Marie Eklund for Cold Press. From 22-25 September; Old Truman Brewery. Visit londondesignfair.co.uk.

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ELECTRO CRAFT SHOW “London is a hub of digital creativity and this gives a flavour of some of the original thinking in that field,” says designer Tord Boontje of his electricthemed group exhibition at 23 Charlotte Road, EC2A 3PB. Visit electrocraft.show.

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DESIGN JUNCTION’S NEW HQ One of the most exciting developments is the relocation of this show to the thriving Granary Square in King’s Cross (above). The area outside Central Saint Martins will be filled with installations, with the focus of this year’s event a two-floor lighting/furniture pavilion in Lewis Cubitt Square, plus you’ll find plenty of shopping opportunities in the adjacent Canopy. Visit thedesignjunction.co.uk.

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PIET HEIN EEK AND SCP FOREVER SHOW The first floor of SCP East in Shoreditch presents the work and world of celebrated Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek. On Wednesday 21 September, hear the designer in conversation, plus see his famous Scrapwood furniture – including new exclusive pieces just for SCP – and ceramics, including Facet (right). Visit scp.co.uk.

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SNARKITECTURE AT 1882 LTD Renowned for its ultra simple and beautiful white installations – notably a white inflated-tube cavern at Design Miami and a tunnel made of 100,000 metres of white ribbon for COS in Milan – Snarkitecture, aka New Yorkers Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen, has collaborated with ceramic house 1882 Ltd on an all-white china collection inspired by scale. Mint, 2 North Terrace, Alexander Square, SW3 2BA. Visit mintshop.co.uk and 1882ltd.com.

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BRIXTON DESIGN TRAIL This dynamic south London borough is the newest area to join the official London design districts. Local artists and collaborators such as architects Squire and Partners will transform the streets into living gallery spaces complete with animations, graffiti art and skateable installations. Visit brixtondesigntrail.com.

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The curator of London-based studio Tiipoi shares her take on Indian craftwork, which will be showcased at the London Design Fair. What preconceptions do we have of Indian design? People consider India a country of fabrication rather than design. Most of our classic objects were anonymously and democratically designed. This show will highlight how people are working in the country now. Has anything changed for Indian designers recently? Young designers have been trying to find their own voices and looking to the West for inspiration. They are now speaking to a new emerging audience in India and answering their own demands for consumer products. What are India’s particular design strengths? Absolutely textiles, whether that’s Leah Singh’s all-over embroidery, or Chinar Farooqi’s Injiri work that showcases the details of the selvedge coming off the loom. India is also a base for experimentation, where you can directly access a craftsman or weaver. How do you see Tiipoi? I think of us as an Indian Muji that retains the handmade element, reinterpreting objects from the Indian household that we may not think of as design. From 22-25 September; visit tiipoi.com and londondesignfair.co.uk.

EVENTS AT CITIZEN M HOTEL The hub of Bankside’s design goings-on, this hotel plays host to a number of talks, including Joseph Joseph founder Richard Joseph discussing his company’s rise to success, plus a secret garden in the atrium in conjunction with Shakespeare’s Globe and garden-themed cocktails in the bar. Visit citizenm.com.


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DESIGN MUSEUM TALKS The team behind this institution is curating the 100% Design series of talks in preparation for the museum’s rebirth in Kensington on 24 November. Events will take place in an auditorium by Miska Miller-Lovegrove. Visit designmuseum.org and 100percentdesign.co.uk.

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100% DESIGN Based around the theme of Experience, show highlights include new pendant lighting from Original BTC, textiles (above) from emerging brand Mairi Helena, and BluePrint Ceramics. From 21-24 September; Olympia London. Visit 100percentdesign.co.uk.

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DEIRDRE DYSON’S GALLERY Not only is this the hub for Chelsea Design Quarter, the designer is opening up her private portfolio of paintings, many of which show distinct influences on her carpets. Deirdre will be in the gallery on Monday 19 September, from 12 noon. Visit deirdredyson.com.

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NORDIC DESIGN Norway and Sweden have their own moments in the sun at the London Design Fair care of the Max Fraser-curated 100% Norway and the Swedish Design Pavilion. Discover finds such as Vera & Kyte’s Amie stool (shown) and the Julius drinks trolley from Klong. Visit londondesignfair.co.uk and 100percentnorway.com.


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DESIGN JUNCTION HIGHLIGHTS Our picks include Op Art glassware by Nicholas Collins, new furniture including a mini indoor greenhouse from Design House Stockholm, sculptural storage from Hagit Pincovici, new eco furniture from Ton, and textiles (below) by Anna-Lisa Smith. Visit thedesignjunction.co.uk.

AMERICAN WORKS Interior designer Holly Hunt’s unique mix of upscale furniture and influential US designers are given a special showcase during LDF with a focus on a number of 20th-century works by the great Vladimir Kagan, who died earlier this year. Expect upholstered collector’s pieces – several of them in Holly Hunt fabrics. Visit hollyhunt.com.

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SIGN WRITING IN BANKSIDE This Design District is the setting for an array of events on the written word writ large. Take part in hand-lettering workshops at Borough Market with travelling American sign painter Mike Meyer on 17 and 18 September, as well as Blackboard Art workshops at the Hilton, or follow Sam Roberts’ Ghostsigns app to spot fading hand-painted building advertisements throughout the neighbourhood. Visit betterletters.co and ghostsigns.co.uk.

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LINLEY’S REVAMPED SHOWROOM New Linley creative director Carmel Allen has transformed the brand’s Pimlico home into a must-see exhibition space complete with concrete floors and exclusive shows from the likes of Felicity Aylieff. See the ceramicist’s monumental vessels (left) during LDF, plus the new Savile furniture collection in collaboration with UK cult designer Matthew Hilton. Visit davidlinley.com.

LONDON DESIGN BIENNALE The first edition takes over Somerset House this September. Expect pavilions from over 30 countries, exploring visions of Utopia. Barber & Osgerby are behind the British entry, while other highlights include London-based Australian Brodie Neill’s Gyro table (right) made from recycled plastic bottle waste. From 7-27 September. Visit londondesignbiennale.com.

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HEAL’S The café at this iconic store is the perfect place to recharge and spot designers and buyers; there’s a customer party on the evening of 21 September, plus the Autumn/Winter collections will be revealed including South African ceramics and its new lighting designs (shown). On top of this, designers such as paper artist Zoe Bradley reinterpret the talismanic Heal’s cat. Visit heals.co.uk.

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SHOPPING IN CHELSEA The cream of the area’s interiors boutiques, from Reed Harris to Tom Faulkner via George Smith, open their doors and create interesting window displays for a late-night event on Monday 19 September. At 3.30pm that day, Kit Miles will also be giving a talk on textiles at And So To Bed, where you can see the new Kensington chair (left) from And So To Bed. Visit chelseadesignquarter.com.

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CANVAS HOME AND THE ISLINGTON DESIGN DISTRICT Fresh from the US, the Canvas home store plays host to ceramicist Linda Bloomfield, who will be throwing and glazing porcelain as part of the Islington Design District’s late-night trail on Tuesday 20 September. Also to be revealed are the Autumn collections, including Salamanca dinnerware and Taroudant vases (right). Visit islingtondesigndistrict.com/canvas-home.

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OXO TOWER WHARF The OXO Tower area is a major destination as Designersblock takes over with a programme of discussions and exhibitors, including Designed in Colour, which is launching tableware based on the British Colour Standard, a 1930s system that ensured all Empire flags, postboxes and battleships were of uniform shades. Visit verydesignersblock.com and designedincolour.com.

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LUNA & CURIOUS The fun lifestyle boutique has collaborated with social enterprise Fine Cell Work on a series of modern graphic bags and cushions based on drawings (right) by the three store owners. The enterprise is committed to training prisoners in how to produce needlecraft goods with design value, and its products will be available during the show at Luna & Curious. Visit lunaandcurious.com.

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PLINTH’S POP-UP This commissioner of unique products from leading contemporary designers, photographers and artists pops up in Thurloe Place, with a mixed show of new furniture pieces by Raw Edges, Richard Wentworth’s ceramics and a real meadow installation from British artist Jacques Nimki. Visit plinth.uk.com.

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THE ALESSI AND MARCEL WANDERS CIRCUS Exclusive to Harrods during LDF, the Marcel Wanders collaboration with Alessi sees the launch of a kitchen collection – a Jester corkscrew, a Strongman nutcracker, and these Tinplate boxes (right) – all with that signature Alessi humour. Visit harrods.com.

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FOCUS/16 Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour’s event offers inspiration from a host of design talents, including talks and a huge variety of new products. Visit dcch.co.uk.

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OUTDOOR FABRICS Weather-proof fabrics have changed the way we approach al fresco living. Focus sees fresh additions to the genre including Pierre Frey’s softly coloured upholstery collection (above right), plus Paola Navone’s collection for Dominique Kieffer at Rubelli in her signature blue and white patterns (above left). Visit pierrefrey.com and rubelli.com.

HOLLAND & SHERRY Heritage brand Holland & Sherry is bringing its new lighting collection from the US. Channelling Art Deco and industrial vibes, the new designs include the beautiful, minimal Azoth sconce (right) in brushed brass or nickel and marble, and the Futurist table lamp with a metal sawtooth base. Visit interiors.hollandandsherry.com.

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SAVOIR BEDS SHOWROOM This luxury brand launches its new showroom at Focus with glittering golden accents, not least courtesy of a new bed upholstered with a bespoke gold foil-printed Harlech fabric (below), created by UK studio Insley & Nash. Visit savoirbeds.co.uk.

PIERRE FREY & LURÇAT French brand Pierre Frey is one to watch for its Jean Lurçat inspired designs. Having been allowed access to his archives, Pierre Frey has reproduced two original wallpapers and fabrics as well as creating a new design, Arlequins (shown), from drawings in Lurçat’s book Les Toupies. Visit dcch. co.uk/Pierre-Frey.

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Be inspired by the designers behind the new collections. At Rubelli, the company’s fifth-generation CEO Nicoló Favaretto Rubelli will be unveiling ideas about collaborative craftsmanship, while artist Alexander Hamilton will be at Lewis & Wood. At Romo, stylist Charlotte Boyd and Villa Nova’s Hayley McAfee will explain how to style and create smart photography.

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One of the highlights of this year’s Focus will be the Art & Interiors exhibition, revealing how art has influenced interior design. Curated by art specialist Sophie Hastings, the display will feature contemporary art that has inspired 30 leading international designers, including Kit Kemp, Kelly Wearstler, William Yeoward and Joanna Wood. Visit dcch.co.uk.

NEW LAUNCHES We’re excited about Whistler Leather’s latest furniture covered in woven and coloured leather (shown). Other highlights include La Terre fringes made from coconut wood strips by Samuel & Sons. Visit whistler leather.com and samuelandsons.com.

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DECOREX Running from 18-21 September, this event will feature a comprehensive programme of seminars, over 400 exhibitors, and the Homes & Gardens Wool Trail. Visit decorex.com.

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FUTURE HERITAGE Corinne Julius’s revered talent showcase is back, focusing on lighting and furniture. “All the people I’ve chosen for the show are investigating really exciting materials,” she reveals. Expect an interactive minimalist chandelier from Tangent, plus textile designer Emma Jeffs’ Twisted Landscape (left).

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NEW COLLECTIONS Watch out for Amy Somerville’s furniture range, which includes the American black walnut, lacquer and white gold leaf Curiosity Cabinet inspired by the idea of old curiosity boxes. Other highlights are I&JL Brown’s new wooden dining furniture collection with lighting from Aerin (above).

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BENCHMARK’S LATEST PIECES Daniel Schofield is a fresh find for Benchmark, which is launching his brass and oak Lear sideboard. Also new is the refined walnut and oak Holworth chair from former sculptor Nathalie de Leval (above), plus an exciting collection from Terence Conran.

DECOREX TALKS Get fired up by inspiring talks, including Designing your Future Heritage with Sean Sutcliffe, Sebastian Cox and Suzy Hoodless; English Houses, based on designer Ben Pentreath’s new book of the same name (both on 18 September); and Colour and Material Trends for Autumn Winter 2017/18 with ColourHive (21 September). Tickets can be booked at decorex.com.

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THE NEW CRAFTSMEN The craft specialist has curated the Craft house, a number of pop-up rooms each filled with some of the best UK-made examples of domestic design today. Find wood eating platters from vessel maker Nic Webb, plus Georgia Kemball’s bedroom textiles (shown) created with the Bristol Weaving Mill.

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H&G has collaborated with The Campaign For Wool to create a Wool Trail map. Pick one up from the H&G stand to tour the companies using this natural and sustainable material.

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FLORAL FANTASY Dense blooms are a hot trend this year. Fall in love with Newton Paisley’s textiles (shown) inspired by conservation work and Boho & Co’s Floralism print on sofas. Beaumont & Fletcher is embroidering florals onto silk and don’t miss the Liberty Fabrics carpet collaboration with Alternative Flooring.

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TIM GOSLING’S DECOREX ENTRANCE HALL

Exceptional British craftsmanship will be celebrated at the entrance to Decorex this year, as interior designer Tim Gosling brings us his take on the show’s theme, the roots of design. He tells us more. How did you interpret this year’s theme? Through my exhibition The Heritage of Chair Making, I wanted to be mindful of the thought processes behind great pieces of furniture designed by the likes of Pugin, who always worked in tandem with interiors. What aspect are you most excited by? Each chair is being presented on a work bench as a reminder that it is crafted by artisans. Around the chairs is a wealth of visual information reflecting the period of the chair. Which ideas are you currently exploring? The fascinating thing for me is how the term luxury doesn’t mean anything anymore. The concept of bespoke is more relevant. Like Savile Row, design houses such as Dedar and Pierre Frey are producing fewer or smaller collections that can be specifically tailored to the needs of designers and customers. It’s the future.” For a chance to hear Tim speak, see page 72.

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WHEN Sunday 18 September, 11.30am. WHERE Design Centre, Chelsea

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DESIGNER EVENTS AT DECOREX Our executive editor, Giles Kime, will be discussing a variety of key issues with leading names at these talks

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1pm DANIEL HOPWOOD Judge on the BBC’s Great Interior Design Challenge and former president of the British Institute of Interior Design with a leading architectural and interior design practice, Daniel will discuss the new luxury consumer.

SALLY STOREY

NINA CAMPBELL

3pm TIM GOSLING, JOANNA WOOD, CAMPBELL THOMPSON & SALLY STOREY Furniture designer Tim Gosling, interior designer Joanna Wood,

And So To Bed buying and merchandise director Campbell Thompson and lighting expert Sally Storey will talk about the impact of Brexit on the future of British interior design.

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TUESDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 12pm NINA CAMPBELL & BARBARA SALLICK Internationally acclaimed interior designer Nina Campbell and Barbara Sallick, co-founder of Waterworks and author of the new book The Perfect Bath, will discuss the evolution of the bath, revealing the emerging trends in bathroom design.


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WALLPAPER (from left) Waterperry in Ink/Grey, £52 a roll, Sanderson. Aravali W6955-02, £79 a roll, Matthew Williamson at Osborne & Little. (On floor) Balabina in Midnight & Jade, £90 a roll, Cole & Son. FABRICS Seat pad in Delphiniums in Coral, linen, £66m, Sanderson. Cushions in (from left) Star in Copper, silk, £150m, Evitavonni. Dragonfly in Sapphire, wool mix, £218.50, de Le Cuona.

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(On rolls, from left) Courtoisie in Moss Green, polyester, £70.40m; Private in Moss Green, polyester, £70.40m; both Casamance. Abberley in Greengage, linen, £118m, Cloth & Clover. Hana in Eden, cotton, £30m, Villa Nova. Brocatello, linen mix, £87m, Nobilis. Soft Angles in Indigo, polyester mix, £80m, HBF Textiles at Studiotex. Royal Garden

Linen in Quartz, cotton mix, £75m, GP&J Baker. Arlequins in Vintage, linen, £136.80m, Pierre Frey. Pollock in Bianco, silk mix, £306.72m, Alton-Brooke. Cushion and seat pad in Nirvana Velvet in Deep Cobalt, viscose mix, £250m, Stark Fabric. Turquoise cushion in Serpentine in Blue Malachite, cotton mix, £75m, Zoffany.

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1| Metropolis in Navy/Teal, cotton mix, £95m, Jane Churchill at Colefax and Fowler. 2| Labyrinth in Emerald City, £120 a roll, Linwood. 3| Montpellier in Lime Blossom, £112 a roll, David Oliver for Schumacher at Turnell & Gigon. 4| Raffles in Green, cotton, £26.50m, Nile & York. 5| Lakebed in Blue, rayon mix, £272, Donghia at Rubelli. 6| Bellport in Aqua, £36 for 5 yard roll, Blithfield & Co. 7| Lisa in Turquoise and Dark Blue, £76 a roll, Sandberg Wallpaper. 8| Junction in Grand Parade, polyester, £119m, Brentano at Altfield. 9| Ammonite in Danube, polyester mix, £59m, Kai. 10| Cairo in Blues on Oyster Linen, linen mix, £190m, Bennison Fabrics. 11| Shell in Ultramarine, 107cm wide,

£179 a yard, Elizabeth Dow at Altfield. 12| Elitis Épure Pachira in Dark Green and Indigo, 110cm wide, £173.80m, Abbott & Boyd. 13| Domino in Chelsea Green, linen, £174m, David Oliver for Schumacher at Turnell & Gigon. 14| Spitalfields in Fennel, cotton, £14.99m, Prestigious Textiles. 15| Le Soir ikat border in Sunset, silk mix, £57m, Samuel & Sons. ACCESSORIES (From left) Trace vase in Aqua, £450, Vanessa Mitrani; Opak tumbler in Green and Orange, £50, Eric Lindgren; Colour key tray, £80, John Derian; Cactus vase, £39; all The Conran Shop. Weather diary plate, £25, Marimekko; Recycled tall glass vase in Green, La Soufflerie, £45; both Heal’s.

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£63 a roll, Thibaut. Champagne in Rose, £199.20 a roll, Pierre Frey. FABRICS Left-hand chair in Coromandel, linen mix, £98m, Nina Campbell at Osborne & Little. Right-hand chair in Everett, viscose mix, £100m, Hodsoll McKenzie at Zimmer+Rohde. (On table, from left) Panthera in Navy and Aqua, linen, £69m; both Thibaut. Cushion in Delphiniums in Coral, linen, £66m, Sanderson. ACCESSORIES Vintage Eastern European milk bottles, £12.50 each, Raj Tent Club.

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FURNITURE Caballero Ottoman, H45xW158xD86cm, £945 plus 4.6m fabric, The Sofa & Chair Company. WALLPAPER 141 Atelier Palette 5380, L300xW136cm, £157 for 2 panels, Brian Yates. FABRICS (hanging, from left) Tie Dye in Moss and Delft (also on cushions), both polyacrylic, £232m, Raoul Textiles at George Smith. Field in Green, linen, £125m, Tord Boontje at Christopher Farr Cloth. Larissa in Grigio/Beige, cotton mix, £220m, Armani Casa at Rubelli. Crossroads in Mist, silk mix, £259m, Mary Fisher for Groundworks at Lee Jofa. Cushions in (clockwise, from left) Lotto in Sapphire and Taupe, Trevira, £74m, Osborne & Little. Splatterwear in Pool Party, cotton mix, £134m, Pollack at Altfield. Sediment in Steel, cotton mix, £25m, Harlequin. Cushion on ottoman in Mandala in Baltic on Taupe, cotton mix, £100m, Stark Fabric. Ottoman in Rousseau in Avorio, acetate mix, £142m, Donghia at Rubelli.

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FURNITURE Palm Springs aqua metal side table, H44xdiam45cm, £50, Raj Tent Club. WALLPAPER Panel in Cornielle in Fuchsia, £248 for 6m roll, Designers Guild. Swatches in (clockwise, from left) Maldives Weave in Island Vibes, £56.10m, Phillip Jeffries. Baltic Zig Zag in Bleu Grise, £39.10 a roll, Casadeco. Masterpiece 358030, £71 a roll, Brian Yates. Capas in Bleached Denim, £66 a roll, Harlequin. Tomita TC64401, £132m, Lizzo. FABRICS (on roll) Octavia Silk in Pink/ Green, silk, £135m, Colefax and Fowler. Swatches in (clockwise, from left) Adorna in Rose, polyester mix, £53m, Kai. Emeline in Multi, linen mix, £73m, Clarke & Clarke.

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WALLPAPER (from left) Kintsugi in Toki,

£300sq m, Fromental. Arcade in Green Smoke, Studio Green and Gold, £97 a roll; Enigma in Vert de Terre and Breakfast Room Green, £86 a roll; both Farrow & Ball. FABRICS (hanging) Water Garden in Blue Iris, linen, £82m, No.9 Jim Thompson at Fox Linton. (On table, from left) Kelso in Silver Lake, linen, £65m, Romo. Gradillo in Indigo, linen mix, £75m, William Yeoward at Designers Guild. Left-hand chair in Phosphorescent in Navy, cotton mix, £195.90m, Beacon Hill. Right-hand chair in Seraphina in Amethyst/ Green, cotton mix, £76m, Colefax and Fowler. Flower arrangement, £120, Billy Loves flowers. Location, Bourne & Hollingsworth, bourneandhollingsworth.com. WHERE TO BUY, PAGE 201

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INSPIRING SPACES Our choice of irresistible homes and beautiful gardens

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THIS MONTH, a new take on classic English decoration in a Georgian townhouse (page 94), sublime river views from a New England home (page 104), how a listed building was given fresh life with a clever approach to design (page 112), and a Berlin apartment with mid-century style (page 120). Perennials burst like colourful ďŹ reworks in an exquisite garden (page 126) and a walled design is inspired by the heritage of its location (page 131).


GEORGIAN TOWNHOUSE

The full ENGLISH When this international couple made the move to Britain, they embraced English decorative style with relish. Now their period family home oâ&#x2030; ers an elegant contemporary variation on a quintessential theme WORD S JENNIF ER GO U L DING P H OT OGRA P H S P A U L R A ESID E

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DRAWING ROOM

The subtle texture and soft gold hue of the handmade wall covering is key to the glamorous yet cosy atmosphere, while an elliptic co≠ee table makes an unusual focal point. Walls in Ishi in Chinese Grass, £682.86 a roll, Studio E at Fromental, fromental.co.uk. Bespoke honed dark Tuscan vein cut travertine fire surround, from £600, Lapicida, lapicida.com.


KITCHEN

“This is the only area where I didn’t follow the designers’ recommendation,” says Kathreen. “They suggested a bespoke hardwood kitchen, but I preferred a German make, which I’d had before and knew would work for me.” Handleless Silver Oak real wood veneer kitchen, around £20,000 excluding appliances, LWK Kitchens, lwk-home.com. Honed Jura mixed limestone flooring, from £59sq m, Lapicida, lapicida.com.


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“We are very keen on family meals,” says Kathreen, who is also an accomplished cook. A generous table, able to seat eight diners, ensures meals are taken in comfort. Ritz dining chairs, £2,353 plus 2.4m of fabric each, Baker, bakerfurniture.com. Dining chairs in Gesture in Cigar, £190m, Pollock at Altfield, altfield.com.

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A few adjustments opened up and simplified the ground and lower-ground floors, making them more practical for family life.”

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mid the tumult of change, it can be tempting to cling to the familiar. This was not the case, however, for Kathreen and Mark Hunt and their two teenage sons, who moved to Britain early in 2013, shortly before they bought a classic Georgian townhouse in London. To this quintessentially English building they could have imported their cosmopolitan style – a reflection of their dual nationalities and extensive travel – but instead, they looked more locally for inspiration. ON THE HUNT “We knew we wanted to be close to central London, but we weren’t sure where,” says Kathreen. After a three-month search, they settled upon this elegant five-storey building in the south west of the city. “It’s nicely proportioned and light with high ceilings, and we liked the garden, which is unusually large for this area,” explains Kathreen. However, there were elements of the house they found disconcerting. “Where we lived before, all the apartments were on one level and it took a while for us to get used to living on multiple floors,” says Kathreen. “Having the kitchen in the basement also seemed strange. One of my sons told me ‘You’ll spend all your life underground’ and, as I love cooking, it’s true, I do.” Given the opulence of the semisubterranean lower-ground floor, Kathreen’s hours spent here are not so bad, surely? She laughs and replies: “We loved our previous apartment, but we enjoy these novelties.” TAILORING THE SPACE While respecting the living arrangements that they had inherited when they bought the property, the family could not ignore the fact they needed to make some alterations to make the house work e≠ectively for them. With the help

FAMILY ROOM

STUDY

Rugs have been used throughout the lower-ground and ground floors to denote areas with designated functions. This rug (left) is used to help define the area where the family watches television.

A built-in desk and matching shelves (above) create a sleek look, which is given warmth by the wall colour and mellow hues of the timber.

Neue sofa, £9,387.34 plus 15.5m of fabric, Baker, bakerfurniture. com. Sofa in Martora in Giallo, £118m, Rubelli, rubelli.com.

Walls in Clunch, Estate Emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball, farrow-ball.com.

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When we moved, we wanted to start from scratch, so we decided not to keep anything from our previous apartment.”

of Dry Architects, an infill extension was created on the ground floor, giving the Hunts a dramatic, double-height sitting room with a conservatory roof, while French doors o≠er excellent views of the garden, which was such an important part of the property’s appeal. These significant structural changes were complemented by a series of smaller adjustments that opened up and simplified the ground and lower-ground floors, making them more practical for family life. “There were a number of odd corridors and small rooms. The new configuration is a much better use of space,” says Claire Collett, of Dry Architects.

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ENTRANCE HALL

A bespoke seven-tier glass and polished nickel chandelier (above) emphasises the grand proportions of this double-height room.

The American brand Baker is one of Kathreen’s favourites. Its Constellation mirror (right), designed by Thomas Pheasant, brings an energising note to the entrance hall.

Lipi rug, from £1,368sq m, Luke Irwin, lukeirwin.com. Interior design, Helen Green Design, helengreendesign.com.

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Constellation mirror, £5,903.36, Baker, bakerfurniture.com.

A CERTAIN ENGLISHNESS “When we moved, we wanted to start from scratch, so we didn’t keep anything from our previous apartment,” says Kathreen. “We wanted the decoration to have an English spirit but as we researched English style, we realised that it is many things, and that it can be very traditional and very modern.” In the end, they settled on a lighter, more modern look, as they felt it was more suited to their way of living, and turned to interior design company Helen Green Design to help them bring it to life. “Their design schemes balance the old and the new in a way we like; they’re classic but with new angles.” The design process was an exciting learning opportunity for Kathreen. “I was impressed by the level of craftsmanship in Britain, and the focus on detail. It could be very subtle, such as the trimming on a cushion, but I’ve learned that that level of attention can make an object very special. Before, I thought a cushion was just a cushion. Now I know otherwise.” Not only has the Hunts’ move to Britain brought them a beautiful new home, it has also provided the opportunity to explore their version of English decoration, which has given them a new outlook on creating the perfect home.


As we researched English style, we realised that it is many things, and that it can be very traditional but also very modern.” MAIN BATHROOM

A blind with a shimmering gold pattern is an invigorating addition to this luxurious scheme (left). The veining of the polished marble walls gives a sense of depth, while Art Deco-inspired details, such as the taps (below), introduce old-fashioned glamour. Walls in Windhurst polished marble, from £347sq m, Lapicida, lapicida.com. Blinds in Flirt in Giggle Gold, £191, Donghia, donghia.com. MAIN BEDROOM

These Italian strung curtains (right) have an appealing shape that draws attention to the sumptuous silk fabric and the handsome Georgian windows. Curtains in Zebra in Ivoire, £156.50m, Lelièvre, lelievre.eu.

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RIVERSIDE HOME

Captivated by

THE VIEW Indoors and out play equally important roles in this wonderfully unique house set on the banks of the Connecticut River in New England WORD S NATAL IE WA IN P H OTOGRA P H S B JÃ&#x2013; R N WA L L A NDER

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VERANDA

Vintage wicker furniture (left) fits perfectly with the period look of the Cordsens’ home. The uninterrupted river views have inspired a number of Kate’s photographic projects. Parsons coffee table, from £599, Crate & Barrel, crateandbarrel.com. DRAWING ROOM

These windows are 11 feet tall. “It feels like a conservatory in here during the summer,” says Kate.

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DINING ROOM

An intricately carved mirror frame and a bespoke mural, which pays homage to a trip to India, are personal touches that bring interest and personality to this space. Hand-painted mural, Melissa Barbieri, melissabarbieri.com.

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itting on the veranda of her charming New England home, photographer Kate Cordsen extols the virtues of the panoramic view of the Connecticut River that rolls away before her. “It’s pristine, absolutely gorgeous, so it’s no surprise that at this time of year we live out here almost all the time.” The river is mercifully free from industry in these parts, and the views have evolved gently since Kate moved here with her husband, Richard, and their two children in 1999. Over the years, their home has changed organically into a boldly decorated dwelling that encapsulates the adventurous spirit and bohemian nature of its inhabitants. The house had belonged to just one other owner, who built the property in 1980 with a nod to Victoriana, which Kate has lovingly absorbed into her own distinctive aesthetic. In the formal drawing room, for instance, an inherited antique ceiling rose provides a decorative counterpoint to the room’s Japanese-inspired restraint, while in the main bedroom, soft curves and a serene palette of muted lilacs allow an elaborately carved fireplace to steal the show. Kate is the first to admit that she tore up the rule book when it came to convention in favour of a more intuitive approach to the decoration. “In my life as a photographer, as well as in our home, what I find most appealing is the hand of the artist,” says Kate. “Textiles that have texture, wall coverings that have a handmade quality with all their nuances and imperfections, that’s

SITTING ROOM

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“The way this house is decorated has grown and evolved as we have,” says Kate. “Beside the fireplace (far left) is an array of antique bottles containing sand, which we have collected from beaches we’ve visited all over the world.”

Artist Matt Austin lived with the Cordsens for a month while he painstakingly worked on this beautiful mural (left). Elsewhere in the entrance hall, old and new collide in considerable style with a contemporary silk rug (above) sitting happily alongside Kate’s collection of Chinese and Vietnamese ceramics.

Sofa in Royal Suede in True White, £171sq m, Edelman, edelmanleather.com. Walls in Parma Gray, Estate Emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball, farrowandball.com. Bespoke rug, Dolma Rugs, dolmarugs.com.

Bespoke gold leaf mural, Matt Austin, mattaustinstudio.com.

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what I’m attracted to.” Family and friends who visit the couple at their idyllic country outpost are dazzled by artistic flourishes and flair the moment they walk through the door. Gold leaf murals by artist Matt Austin glisten in candlelight from alcoves by the front door, while in the dining room another mural by Melissa Barbieri pays homage to a fondly remembered trip to India. “The Anglo-Indian wall is very much a statement,” explains Kate. “I didn’t want to overcomplicate this space with textiles so I left the windows here untreated.” In the sitting room, as elsewhere in the house, the family’s passion for foreign travel infuses the décor. A 19th-century Syrian stool and a decorative side table brought back from Jaipur hint of exotic tales without dominating the scheme. “I grew up in Manila, and after college I lived in Japan, so I don’t think twice about incorporating Asian art in our lives – it comes very naturally,” says Kate. Exquisite examples of antique Chinese porcelain are dotted throughout the house and sit happily alongside contemporary pieces. Ultimately, it is this a∞nity with the past, and the pleasure Kate takes in the gradual and organic evolution of her home, that are the key to its enduring success. However, her highest priority has always been comfort. “I wanted to create an environment that reflects who we are as a family, but also a place where we can relax. It’s a very simple desire.”

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MAIN BATHROOM

Kate opted for a serene look (above), adding interest and depth with textural wallpaper in a soothing shade.

A curtain rail positioned halfway down the window (right) makes the most of natural light, while ensuring privacy in this elegantly restrained scheme.

Walls in Juicy Jute grasscloth in Plum Luck, Phillip Jeffries, phillipjeffries.com. Veronique/ Antoinette bed quilt, from $392, Les Indiennes, lesindiennes.com.

Bathroom design, Klafs, klafs.com.


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LONDON REDESIGN

Original THINKING Planning limitations meant a clever approach had to be taken when this period home was renovated. Now it provides the ideal setting for busy family life WORD S J E SSICA DOYLE PHOTOGRAPHS JONAT HAN GOOCH


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Located in the new basement, this room (left) is surprisingly light. A carefully considered cabinet top display matches the tones of the artworks above. SITTING ROOM

Two sideboards designed by Sarah flank the original fireplace; the one on the left houses a drinks cabinet while the one on the right conceals a pop-up television. Pentagon chandelier, from £1,104, Bella Figura, bella-figura.com. Chrome Chinese Barrel seats, £220 each, Oka, oka.com.

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FAMILY ROOM

As the lower ground floor is not listed, Sarah was able to extend over the garden, creating a “grown-up playroom” where the family can read, watch television and work together. Bend sofa, from £5,000, Patricia Urquiola at B&B Italia, bebitalia.com.

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KITCHEN

Connecting the family room and dining room, this scheme (above and right) employs stylish yet practical surfaces such as spray-lacquered doors and Cohiba granite worktops. A sliding door covered in antique-mirror-effect wallpaper closes the dining room off from the kitchen when Sarah and Matthew have dinner parties. Lustre Tile wallpaper in Pewter, £89 a roll, Zoffany at F&P Interiors, fabricsandpapers.com. Kitchen and joinery throughout, Holloways of Ludlow, hollowaysofludlow.com. DINING ROOM

This chic space (right) is designed for grown-up entertaining, with a neutral palette that contrasts with the strong colours in the family room. Balance shelving, £895; Jill chairs, £354 each; both The Conran Shop, theconranshop.co.uk.


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arah and Matthew Walker moved into this Georgian house in west London in 2004, when its interior design was a far cry from what you see here. “There was a lot of wood panelling and a dark, miserable kitchen,” says Sarah. Although they redecorated and replaced the kitchen, by the end of 2013 the couple realised the time had come to completely refurbish the house to accommodate their changing needs and those of their children, now aged 12, 11 and nine. Here, Sarah explains how she married her modern tastes with the period architecture. What was most important about the redesign? Tall, narrow houses such as this are not well suited to modern life so the redesign was an opportunity to rework the internal space. Our kitchen-dining room, for instance, was on the ground floor, which meant we spent all our time there, but we wanted to find a way that would make it easier to use the whole house. I think the key to it was extending the lower ground floor and moving the kitchen down there, turning the original kitchen into a sitting room and moving the bathrooms.

How involved were you in the project? We asked Holloways of Ludlow to carry out the work. I’ve known Rob Burnett, who started the company with his sister Sarah, for a while – he has an amazing eye. I worked very closely with the team, designing a lot of bespoke cabinetry and cupboards. I love hidden spaces, which we created all around the house. How would you describe the decorative style? I really like contemporary spaces and organic materials, but I also want everything to be functional and comfortable, not purely decorative. We wanted to respect the age of the house by not over-furnishing it; for the look to be clean-lined, letting colours and materials provide the artistic touches. What challenges did you encounter? As the house is Grade II-listed, there’s not a lot we could do in structural terms. The lower ground floor was originally a pottery workshop so we didn’t need permission to change that and add the skylight, but we couldn’t touch the layout on the other floors. What took up the biggest part of your budget? We probably spent about twenty-five per cent of our budget on the joinery. As the walls and ceilings are uneven, we needed a lot of bespoke work done, but it was definitely worth it. In hindsight, would you do anything differently? I’d have spent more time finishing the design concept, seeing it all the way to the end. Little details play such an important part in helping to bring a house to life. What advice do you have for anyone refurbishing a period property? You have to embrace its period idiosyncrasies, otherwise you’ll get yourself in a pickle. At the same time, be determined and trust your own vision. Although redoing the wiring or plumbing is expensive, it’s well worth it. It’s no good having a lovely refurbished house if you can’t have a shower at the top because the water pressure isn’t right.


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Neat joinery in the form of made-to-measure bookshelves and a radiator cover, which allow a discreet space for a television, sit well in this restful scheme that fuses period character and modern design. MAIN BATHROOM

“We weren’t allowed to change the walls, so we built them out to conceal parts of the cabinetry, for example there’s storage hidden behind the mirror (above left),” says Richard McGee of Holloways of Ludlow. CORRIDOR

This area of the first floor (left) houses built-in storage cupboards and the family’s piano. Alpana Suzani chair, £395, Graham and Green, grahamandgreen.co.uk.

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SHOWER ROOM

A hidden workstation (top) allows homework to be neatly tidied away at the end of the day.

Handy niches (right) were built into the wall cavity in the shower, to provide space for easy-to-reach toiletries and preserve the room’s streamlined look.

Curtains in My Dear, 300cm wide, £221.80m, Elitis at Abbott & Boyd, abbottandboyd.co.uk. SON’S BEDROOM

A floating desk (above) provides a large surface area without interrupting the airy space. Louis Ghost armchair, £209, Graham and Green, grahamandgreen.co.uk.

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DRAWING ROOM

This generously proportioned space, reminiscent of Parisian salons of the 18th-century, has been brought up to date with streamlined mid-century furniture, eye-catching sculptures and a 12-seat sofa made to Xavier’s own design. Interior design, Studio Charvet, studiocharvet.com. Bespoke sofa, Ateliers Charles Jouffre, from around ¤15,000 plus fabric, charles-jouffre.com. Sofa in Lavello in Beige/Off White, £108.40m, Sahco, sahco.com. SITTING ROOM

The striking black and white photographs (right) may resemble abstract art, but are actually close-ups of sea shells. Photographs, Philippe Ughetto, illustrationsphotos.fr.

BERLIN HOME

FINELY

With hints of mid-century design rippling through his 19th-century

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CRAFTED apartment, Xavier Charvet has seamlessly created a home of outstanding natural beauty WORD S NATALI E WA IN P H OTOGRA P H S FREDERIC DUCOUT

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he handsome Berlin home that French architect Xavier Charvet shares with his wife Coline and their five-year-old son Gabriel is a masterclass in restrained chic. Superbly nuanced, the interior draws on its owners’ intuitive approach to beauty, as well as their predilection for thoughtful, practical design embellished with artistic flair. The couple bought the spacious apartment four years ago to experience Berlin’s burgeoning creativity first-hand. Although dated, the property was in fairly good condition, but structural adjustments were needed to improve its flow. “Like many late-nineteenth-century properties, it was a warren of narrow passageways with only one small bathroom,” says Xavier. “We sacrificed a bedroom for a bathroom and gently extended other areas, such as the sitting room, by removing unnecessary corridors.” What Xavier calls the “backbone” of the property is a central gallery providing access to many of the rooms. Clad with glossy rosewood, which conceals ugly pipework, it exudes warmth with a dash of old-school drama. PERFECTING A MIX OF PERIOD STYLES When it came to decorative matters, Xavier was keen to preserve traces of the apartment’s heritage, while indulging his penchant for mid-century design. With this in mind, new life was breathed into classical wall stuccos and ornate cornicing

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SITTING ROOM

OFFICE

Xavier has opted for an eclectic mix of furniture including the cabinets (above left) by Modernist designer Edward Wormley, which he found in New York, and the mosaic coffee table (right) that was unearthed in a Belgian market. As Xavier explains, “Winters are very cold and dark in Berlin, but in this room it always feels like being in a park in spring,” thanks to the evocative mural (above), which was painted directly onto wallpaper by the late artist Pierre-Marie Rudelle.

“I enjoy positioning furniture as it would have been in the past,” says Xavier of a vintage Finn Juhl writing desk (above right). “In the 18th and 19th centuries, this arrangement in front of the fireplace would have been chosen for warmth.”

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Xavier opted for a warm wine red and glossy floor tiles to create a cosy feel in this naturally cool, north-facing room (left). Wishbone chair CH24, from £504, Carl Hansen & Son at Skandium, skandium.com. La Cornue Cornuefé 110 dual fuel gas hob range cooker, £5,560, Twyford Cookers, twyford-cookers.com.


in the drawing room, which Xavier paired with contemporary sculpture and a beautifully simple Robsjohn-Gibbings chair. Elsewhere, the sumptuous curves of plump Vladimir Kagan Barrel chairs provide a fluid counterpoint to the crisp, clean lines of the woodwork, while a pair of magnificent Edward Wormley cabinets take centre stage in the sitting room. “The common thread is craftsmanship,” explains Xavier. “It’s one of the reasons I love designing furniture.” Elsewhere, Xavier has embraced a more minimalist approach. For instance, the economy of the bathroom’s clean-cut marble style is what Xavier calls “an illusion”. As he says, “Sometimes it’s the simplest designs that require the most complex decisions.” MAKING THE ROOMS FIT FOR PURPOSE There is a room for every moment of the day in the Charvet household. The drawing room lends itself to formal evening entertaining, while the more laid-back sitting room has been decorated with intimate gatherings in mind. “The mural enhances the cosiness in this room. It’s a very peaceful space, almost meditative,” says Xavier. As elsewhere, his passion for contemporary art and ceramics informs the ambience of the scheme. Flecks of green in the mosaic table complement the warm glow of the mural, while next door the country-style kitchen is painted with flashes of robust red. “The colour here was inspired by a glass of red wine. Bordeaux, I think.” How aptly French.

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Sometimes it’s the simplest designs that require the most complex decisions.” GALLERY

Xavier used the repetitive pattern of the parquet flooring to create the illusion of length in the gallery (above left). Illuminating the space with a soft glow is a light that was a chance vintage shop find. Vladimir Kagan Barrel armchair, from £6,000 excluding fabric, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, carpentersworkshopgallery.com. MAIN BATHROOM

Neat built-in mirrors conceal valuable storage space in the minimalist bathroom (above),

where Arabescato marble creates a luxurious feel. Cubo Biemissione lights, from £360 each, Viabizzuno at Cirrus Lighting, cirruslighting.co.uk. For arabescato marble, try Pure Stone, pure-stone.co.uk. MAIN BEDROOM

The doorway into the bathroom meant there was no space for a bedside table, so Xavier designed the rosewood headboard (right) with hidden storage on each side. “It is also fitted with sockets, so I can charge my phone overnight.”


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GASCON BEAUTY

The crafted

GARDEN A profusion of perennials bursts like fireworks, bringing spectacular colour and breathtaking form to this autumn landscape in south-west France

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he last thing potters Renate-Elisa and Lutz Hillen intended to do when they went on holiday to France in 1991 was to buy an 18th-century farmhouse in Thermes-Magnoac in Gascony, then leave their native home in Germany to live there with their young family. The house and the picturesque countryside had captured the couple’s hearts, however, and although the task of renovating the property was daunting, the adventure was one they could not resist. The house sits on a 12-acre plot which, when the Hillens bought it, was almost all hard-worked farmland. Today it is an organic and biodiverse garden of abundantly healthy, spectacular planting interspersed with sculptures and striking architectural features. The transformation from agricultural land to garden paradise was not without challenges; as Renate-Elisa recalls, “The ground was hard as rock.” An attempt to grow vegetables failed almost immediately, and trees and hedges were few and far between. “There were just six trees, but they were very old,” says Renate-Elisa. “There were two two-hundred-year-old oaks, a chestnut, a lime tree and an ash, which was the same age as the oaks.” Having plied the exhausted clay soil with tonnes of compost and manure, the Hillens began their planting plan, putting in native trees together with fastgrowing bamboos, such as Phyllostachys bissetii, as wind-breakers to prevent the ground from drying o≠ in the summer months. Bamboos are a particular passion of Renate-Elisa, who declares them to be “the most eco-friendly plant on Earth; they can retain up to half of their weight in carbon emissions”. Against this backdrop, she and Lutz have created a series of rooms that allows them to focus on defined plant families and garden styles as well as to provide a stage for their sculptures. Tucked away behind a clipped privet hedge is the Contemporary garden with its large pool, which Renate-Elisa and Lutz built themselves. Three striking stoneware balls, replicating the shape of the surrounding box, sit alongside it. The formality of the box and the tall Mediterranean cypresses is softened by clumps of Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Japonicum’ and Miscanthus sinensis ‘Silberfeder’, which echo the silhouette of the surrounding hills. The array of green foliage, extended with the use of architectural spurges, Euphorbia characias and E. cyparissias ‘Clarice Howard’, creates a harmonious scene, peppered with small touches of colour from perennials such as Sedum ‘Herbstfreude’ (Autumn Joy), with their deep pink flowers, Rudbeckia and Verbena bonariensis, which o≠er interest later in the year thanks to their sculptural seed heads. Further along, a curved grass path leads to a more recent addition, the Italian garden, centred around a Florentine fountain that provides a prominent focal point. Clusters of Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Cassian’, intertwined with Verbena bonariensis, surround the fountain, gracefully floating in the air and echoing the delicate colour of the slate. The adjacent borders are planted with salvias, including the anise-scented sage ‘Black and Blue’, which flowers until the end of the autumn, and roses such as ‘Lavender Dream’, a shrub rose with clusters of small pink semi-double flowers. While this garden paradise seems perfect as it stands, there is no such thing as a status quo here and it is in a perpetual state of change. Most recently, the vegetable garden was relocated to lie closer to the river that flows at the bottom of the garden, a move that caused it to thrive. While Renate-Elisa and Lutz can consider their eye-catching sculptures finished once the final glaze has been applied and the piece fired, their garden, aptly named a jardin remarquable by the French Ministry of Culture, is an ever-changing feast. GARDEN GUIDE

Orientation South-easterly garden of 12 acres in the Gascony countryside. Soil Clay; much improved with compost and manure. Special features An organic garden divided into rooms with attractive architectural features, including a pool, Florentine fountain and sculptures. To visit Open daily except Mondays from May to the end of September (calling before visiting is advised). Les Jardins de la Poterie Hillen, au bord de la Gimone, 65230 ThermesMagnoac, France, 0033 5 62 39 83 48, les-jardins-de-la-poterie-hillen.blogspot.co.uk.

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CLOCKWISE, FROM FAR LEFT

In the Contemporary garden, Phyllostachys nigra f. henonis (Henon bamboo) and cypresses create strong vertical lines, while low-growing Euphorbia cyparissias ‘Fens Ruby’ softens the edges of the pool; perennials such as Rudbeckia and Verbena bonariensis are interspersed with clumps of fountain grass Pennisetum alopecuroides

‘Japonicum’; a trio of stoneware balls draws the eye to a lotus-leaf shaped basin at the opposite corner of the pool; in late summer, bright flower spikes of Kniphofia caulescens lead the way to the Five Senses garden; the red stems and pink blooms of Sedum ‘Herbstfreude’ provide colour and textural contrast to the feathery glaucous foliage of Euphorbia characias and clipped box balls.

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Revisiting the PAST Spurred on by the loss of boundary trees to a new development, Fran Wakefield built a walled design from scratch, inspired by the one that had stood here in the 13th century WORD S CAR O L INE B ECK P H OTOGRA P H S C L I V E B O U R S N E L L

ABOVE Looking across

the box parterre from the house, with the fragrant creamy-white double rose, ‘Albéric Barbier’ underplanted with blue salvia. RIGHT Fran brought these white agapanthus from a local nurseryman who had in turn sourced them from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. They do well in pots as they thrive in the confined space.


T ABOVE A bird bath that Fran found in a reclamation yard is the focal point of this part of the garden. It has a small lip on which bees rest and drink from the water.

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he circumstances that propel us into creating a garden are many and varied, but one of the stranger ones has to be a planning battle. Fran Wakefield has lived in a small village in Berkshire for more than 30 years and described herself as a fair-weather gardener until a developer came along, around 2006, demolished the ancient building that stood next door to her home and put up a series of luxury apartments in its place. “I don’t really like whingeing about it now, but at the time it was awful. All the boundary trees were pulled down, a huge acacia in my garden collapsed due to the building upheaval, and suddenly I went from having a private garden to one that was completely overlooked.” Most people would have put their house on the market at this point, but Fran decided to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and completely redesign her outdoor space. Research into the origins of the land had shown that in the 13th century, there had in fact been a house with a walled garden on this site. Inspired, Fran persuaded the builders to save all the bricks from the demolition of the medieval barn next door and to use them to build her a boundary wall, which ranges

between six and 12 feet in height, a job which “they did absolutely beautifully, complete with buttresses”. The sense of enclosure that Fran gained from this solution reminded her of the visits she had made as a child into the tranquil walled garden that lay within the grounds of her school. “I went back to find the old garden and, although the school had gone, the garden was still there, rather overgrown but still recognisable, and I realised how important it had been to me.” Fran wanted to reflect the essence of that garden within her own, to create a cloistered space for herself, and began by planting 800 box shrubs to form the backbone of a parterre which was interplanted with lavender, roses and foliage plants, such as hostas and Alchemilla mollis. Occasionally, borrowing a technique she has observed in the paintings of landscape artist JMW Turner, who often used a pertinent dash of colour to catch the eye, she too has used a splash of red among the blue, purple and silver to enliven things. Other elements have been selected with equal thought. “Everything is either recycled or a piece of salvage. This has helped make the garden feel as if it has been here for so much longer than it really has.” During the summer months, the garden is


ABOVE Rosa ‘Perennial Blue’, a

scented, semi-double climber that flowers twice a year, adds a dramatic pop of colour to its verdant surroundings, which include a mix of hostas. RIGHT White foxgloves and variegated hostas in pots lend a cottage-style feel to this secluded corner of the garden with its painted wooden gazebo.

GARDEN GUIDE

Orientation A south-facing walled garden of about one third of an acre in a small village in the Pang valley, Berkshire. Soil type Free-draining, chalky soil which has been considerably improved over the years. Special features The garden has been designed and planted with the formality and planting of a medieval monastic garden.

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“abundant with flowers”, and no bare earth anywhere to be seen. “At that time of year, I like it to look like an embroidery, full of colour and texture,” Fran says. As the year winds down, however, she cuts it all back, including the many scented rambling roses which she prunes hard so that, together with the espaliered apple trees and standard hollies, they form a strong architectural component. She keeps the box hedging deliberately high because she likes the formality that it provides, especially during the winter. “I almost prefer my garden in the quieter months of the year,” Fran

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says, “because I have more time to see its structure.” Fran began to open her garden under the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) in 2010 and recalls that she was so anxious about what people would think, she washed the leaves of her hostas the night before. The garden is a great hit with visitors and there is no such cleaning done these days. The tranquil ordered space speaks for itself in a way that the original inhabitants of the medieval village would surely have recognised when they, too, found peace among the flowers in the old enclosed garden.

ABOVE Clipped box domes planted into the lawn against the brick wall provide the garden with strong evergreen structure throughout the year. BELOW LEFT Taking her cue from landscape artist JMW Turner, Fran likes to add dashes of colour to enliven the view and catch the eye. BELOW A bench flanked by two standard golden hollies offers a contemplative spot from which to view the formal parterre.


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ong living, easy to maintain and irresistibly good looking, the majestic hosta is the strong but silent hero of the perennial world. These clump-forming herbaceous plants, be they in miniature or extra large form, are usually grown for their shapely, textural foliage, which spans the full range of greens from the moody blue of Hosta bella ‘Blue Angel’ and bottle green H. ‘Candy Dish’, the grass greens of H. ‘Sweet Sunshine’ and the lime-yellows of hostas such as ‘Dragon Tails’, to the variegated greens with yellow or white of varieties such as H. ‘Paradise Island’ and ‘Whirlwind’. A number of the 2,000-plus registered cultivars also flower in the spring-summer, showing spires of elegant tubular blooms in shades of white through lilac to mauve, and there are even species of hosta, such as H. montana, H. sieboldii and H. plantaginea, that you can eat; the young leaves are forced and harvested before being boiled or steamed.


TOP ROW, FROM FAR LEFT A variety of hostas

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work beautifully in combination, providing subtle interest and excellent ground cover in areas of light to medium shade; although famed for their foliage, pretty, often fragrant flowers are also a feature of many hostas, with colours ranging from shades of white to lavender; container grown hostas are less likely to succumb to slug attacks, but water regularly to ensure the soil remains moist at all times. BOTTOM ROW, FROM LEFT The green shoots of Hosta undulata var. univittata will eventually unfurl to reveal twisted and curled leaves with white stripes; the array of shapes and sizes offered by this perennial is impressive, from the deep smoky blue leaves of H. sieboldiana var. elegans (bottom leaf) – a variety that is less attractive to slugs – to the beautiful, elongated heart-shaped foliage and pale lilac flowers of H. ‘Aoki’(top leaf); the world of hostas has no agreed formal classification system, but most nurseries follow the American Hosta Society’s sizing formula, which is based on the foliage height of the mature clump: dwarf hostas are less than 4in tall; miniatures, 4-6in; small, 6-10in; medium, 10-18in; large, 18-28cm; tall and extra large grow taller than 28in.

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■ Use as distinctive, easy-to-grow ground-cover plants, particularly in moist, shady situations. ■ Plant bare-root hostas in the ground in spring or autumn, or year-round if you want to grow them in containers. Try to avoid potting when the roots are growing during the summer. ■ Top-dress the soil with compost or well-rotted manure and apply a mulch in spring. ■ Cut out the flower stalks once they have bloomed and, when the foliage dies down in winter, pull it out and compost. ■ A plant can be destroyed overnight by slugs. Try night-time slug hunting, greasing the sides of pots, covering the soil around the hosta with pellets, salt or grit, and encouraging natural predators (hedgehogs, birds and frogs).

■ Hosta ‘Wishing Well’, a hybrid by Minnesotan hosta specialist Don Dean, with thick, textured blue leaves that hold their colour even in the sun and look good long into autumn. Available from Bowdens, bowdenhostas.com. ■ H. ‘T Dawg’, a creamy-yellow centred sport of H. ‘Striptease’ which spreads quickly and grows well in both shaded and sunny spots. Available from Bowdens, bowdenhostas.com. ■ H. ‘Venusta’, a little, pale purple-flowering hosta with long, narrow leaves, perfect for pots or raised borders. Available from Plants for Shade, plantsforshade.co.uk. ■ H. ‘Tongue of Flame’, a medium-sized

flowering hosta that is a sport of H. ‘Searing Flame’ and which grows best in half sun, half shaded positions. Available from Brookfield Plants, brookfieldplants.co.uk. ■ H. ‘Fried Bananas’, a medium-sized fragrant flowering sport of H. ‘Guacamole’, with yellow-gold leaves and almost white tubular blooms. Available from Newtonairds Hostas & Gardens, newtonairds-hostasandgarden.co.uk. ■ H. ‘Diamonds are Forever’, a small green and white-leaved sport of H. ‘Diamond Tiara’ that forms eye-catching clumps, ideal for lifting a dark, shady corner. Available from Hutton Hostas, huttonhostas.com.

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Inspired by the positive e≠ects of the physic garden at Castle Park in Bristol, we consider how to plant a relaxing, restorative space that stimulates all the senses WORD S ST EP HA NIE M A HO N P H OTOGRA P H S M A R K B O LTO N

Many of the plants that Emma Coleman has used in her design for St Mungo’s Broadway Castle Park Physic Garden in Bristol were inspired by the ingredients in garden sponsor Jo Malone London’s fragrances.

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F THIS PICTURE Alongside the ruins of St Peter’s Church, the scented garden is maintained by clients of St Mungo’s Broadway. BELOW Climbers, such as Clematis ‘Etoile Violette’ on metal frames, bring height to the informal flower beds.

illed with enticing sounds, scents and textures, sensory gardens are intimate outdoor spaces designed to delight our ears, noses and fingertips as well as our eyes. Sometimes stimulating, sometimes calming, these gardens offer tangible, visceral experiences that can evoke emotions and aid relaxation. With origins in horticultural therapy, which developed in the UK in the 1970s, sensory outdoor spaces were first made to engage people with dementia or disabilities, or children with special needs, and many charities have been set up to take advantage of their benefits. Horatio’s Garden creates gardens in the grounds of hospitals for spinal injury patients and Maggie’s Centres, which offer support to those with cancer, has beneficial gardens at all its locations. The charity St Mungo’s Broadway, which helps people recover from homelessness, recently planted a sensory garden at Castle Park in Bristol with support from perfume company Jo Malone London. St Mungo’s clients maintain the garden, which communications o∞cer Jo Lenny believes promotes well-being, essential to their recovery. “Our clients instinctively know that just being in the calming environment, with the healing powers of herbs and flowers around, helps them through the day,” she says. In fact, the new report Gardens for Health cites a study which showed that a 10 per cent increase in exposure to green spaces translated into an improvement in health equivalent to being five years younger. Gardening is also becoming part of community referrals by GPs, with NHS pilot projects launched in various parts of the country. Meanwhile, the RHS’s focus this year has been on Health, Horticulture and Happiness because, the society says, more than 90 per cent of people in the UK say that just looking at a garden lifts their mood. There is, however, no need for acres of land for a sensory garden – scented hanging baskets, a collection of tactile plants in containers or herb-edged paths are just as e≠ective at providing you with an invigorating experience.

KEY ELEMENTS OF A SENSORY GARDEN ■ Many sensory gardens are simply walks or paths with scented plants, such as herbs, between stepping stones; a winding route works well as it invites you to slow down and look around. A keyhole garden is another excellent sensory design, with a narrow entry opening into a larger space where you can rest. Whatever the design, include comfortable seating in the shade. ■ Smell is one of the most vivid senses as it can improve mood and trigger memories and strong feelings. To capture these benefits, use fragrant plants, but set them at intervals so the different scents are not overwhelming. ■ To stimulate the sense of taste, add pick-and-eat opportunities by planting fruit trees and pots of strawberries or other berries. ■ Encourage people to explore with their hands by placing trees within reach of paths and seats so that the bark can be easily stroked. Some plants simply beg to be touched, such as Stachys byzantina (lamb’s ear), the leaves of which are soft like felt. Choose landscaping materials that have a tactile element, such as smooth pebbles. ■ A water feature, such as a small fountain or spout, encourages people to

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dip their hands or feet in, and children to splash and play. ■ For visual interest, use different textures for paths, introducing pattern with decking or paving and gravel. Consider elements such as flags, sculpture or topiary to catch the eye. Encourage wildlife with feeders for birds and nectar-rich plants for butterflies and bees. ■ When it comes to colour, it is generally believed that hot colours such as red and orange are stimulating, while greens and blues are calming, so aim to create different areas with this in mind. ■ For sound, take a look at wind sculptures and sound fences – rows of tubes that make a melody when a stick is dragged along them – or deer scarers, the tip-tapping bamboo water features from Asia. For a calming natural soundscape, plant bamboo, trees like weeping birch and ornamental grasses such as Briza maxima and Miscanthus, to enjoy their leaves rustling in the breeze. ■ If the garden is going to be used in the evening, you can add mesmerising lighting effects. Consider a fire pit too, and use plants such as Mirabilis jalapa and night-scented stock, which come into their own as the sun goes down.


Small beds are intersected with paths in reference to the history of physic gardens on the site. They are filled with a froth of fragranced perennials and herbs including Valeriana officinalis, cirsium, garlic, chives, irises, fennel, pinks and mint.

PERFECT PLANTS FOR A SCENTED GARDEN Aromatherapist Nicolle Mitchell believes herbs can affect the body and mind when their scent is inhaled. For example, she says, rosemary can ease fatigue and help you focus; and lavender can help induce sleep and ease depression. Indeed, in Kathi Keville’s new book The Aromatherapy Garden (£16, Timber Press), the author describes the scientific case for the relaxing, stress-relieving scents of herbs including camomile and marjoram; the stimulating aromas of basil, peppermint and sage; and

the surprising passion-invoking properties of liquorice-scented plants. There are plenty of other fragrant plants to consider apart from herbs. Catherine Cutler, who created the new Perfume Garden at The Eden Project in Cornwall, recommends including something for every time of year. “Some of the best scents come in winter,” she explains, “such as the shrub Daphne ‘Jacqueline Postill’. For floral aroma, try sweet peas, roses, jasmine and pinks, which produce a wonderful clove-like scent. For larger gardens, my top choice is

Cercidiphyllum japonicum (katsura tree), which gives off an incredible candyfloss fragrance in autumn.” Other scented plants include more unusual herbs such as apple mint, pineapple sage and curry plant. The RHS recommends Houttuynia cordata ‘Chameleon’, the leaves of which smell of lemon; and chocolate Cosmos, which has a vanilla scent. If you only have room in your garden for a couple of pots, then your best option is to plant scented pelargoniums. Rub the leaves to release aromas of lemon or rose.

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Ornamental sage Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’ has striking purple spires and musky scented leaves; the furry foliage of Stachys byzantina ‘Silver Carpet’ (lamb’s ear) is wonderfully tactile; bright and stimulating Penstemon ‘Garnet’ flowers; valerian, also known as “all-heal”, has traditionally been used as a soothing herbal remedy for nervous strain and even epilepsy.


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showroom manager, Mark Wilkinson Furniture, 01380 850007, mwf.com.

Can you tell us about the project? The clients had this new-build, high-specification property in north Cheshire individually designed and were involved in every step of the process. The couple, who are keen cooks and frequently entertain, came to our Manchester showroom looking for a kitchen that was spectacular and sophisticated; one that would be suitable for mass-catering, as well as a more intimate space just for two. We needed to include informal dining and soft seating in the large, open-plan area, which is adjacent to a more formal dining room. How did you plan the layout? When you enter from the hallway, the kitchen is the first “room” you see, so it had to make a strong impression. In a large space, it is important to think about sightlines, and also where everyone can sit or stand and chat at a normal volume. The long, serpentine island unit is eye-catching, provides seating for eight people and has a clear view towards the chef and into the dining room. What inspired the overall design? This required a delicate balancing act between glamour and modesty. It started with our Milan range, which the clients loved for its elegant, built-in pieces. They wanted something that was restrained and refined, and focused on craftsmanship and artisan details, such as the handstitched leather handles and the polished nickel inlays of the cabinet doors. We used the finest-grade American black walnut for the glazed cabinets that frame the pocket doors to the dining room. These tall cabinets are

ABOVE The dining room is entered through double pocket doors that are framed by walnut glazed cabinets with vertical beading detail. BELOW The circular end cabinet, with its thick oak chopping-board top, adds a warm contrast to the island’s granite worktop.

In a large room, it is important to think about sightlines and seating.” filled with fine bone china and crystal glassware which, together with the statement chandelier, create a sense of theatre at the entrance to the formal dining room. How did you make it functional? Cooking capacity was a priority as dinner parties can include up to 20 guests. There are two extra-large ovens, plus a combination oven and microwave, two warming drawers and a spacious fridge-freezer. The Barazza gas hobs are professional grade, with the burners set into the worktop for a neat, flush surface, which makes it easy to slide pans around. Island cooker hoods that obstruct sightlines and clutter the design are a complete

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anathema to me. I would always opt for a powerful in-ceiling extractor with an external motor, if possible. Is there anything distinctive about the storage? Including enough storage in a large kitchen is generally not a problem, but its location must be meticulously

The clients embraced a creative design and loved the idea of sweeping curves.” planned. For example, the beautiful curved wall cabinets add an extra element of style and, although not currently popular, I find wall units really useful for keeping small items and essentials close to hand. The larder is divided and has many shelves to make finding ingredients easier. What makes the scheme special? The clients embraced a creative design and loved the idea of sweeping curves, exotic veneers and unique materials. There was quite a delay while we sourced a special slab of Green Galaxy granite for the worktop, but the couple’s patience was rewarded with an amazing stone from Brazil. With pale striations in an olive base, it looks as though Jackson Pollock has dripped white paint through it.

ABOVE Mark Wilkinson Furniture also installed built-in storage in the media/living area to help keep it clutter free. BELOW LEFT The corner window seat is a comfortable place to plan a menu. BELOW RIGHT A sliding larder cart provides an extra layer of shelving at the front of the cabinet,

while a marble shelf mimics those found in traditional pantries.

CABINETRY The Milan Collection, from £40,000, Mark Wilkinson Furniture, mwf.com. APPLIANCES 400 Series BX 480 double oven, from £6,720; BM 450 combi-microwave oven, from £2,743; WS 461 warming drawers, £906 each; RW 464 wine cabinet, £6,367; Vario RY 492 fridge-freezer, £6,950; all Gaggenau. DA 2900 ceiling extractor, £2,017, Miele. 120 Lab gas hob, from £1,305; 40 Lab wok hob, from £658; both Barazza. SINKS AND TAPS Poise 3388 double stainless steel sink, £1,091; Icerock 3339 undermount sink, £250; both Kohler. Titan taps 4876 Titan, £557; Oberon taps 4861, £301; both Perrin & Rowe. Quooker boiling water

tap, £909. All supplied by Mark Wilkinson Furniture. ACCESSORIES Contardi Messalina pendant lights in Bronze glass, £418 each; Contardi Messalina wall lights, £370 each; Abhika Selenite crystal round chandelier, £4,500; all supplied by Uber Interiors, uber-interiors.com. FURNITURE Fasem Cayman bar stools in leather, from £1,158 each, The Italian Job, theitalianjob.co.uk. WALLS AND FLOORING Walls in Mushroom-Half, Flat Emulsion, £41 for 2.5 litres, Zoffany, zoffany. com. Similar flooring, polished Moleanos limestone tiles, £35.94sq m, Mrs Stone Store, mrs-stone-store.com. Interior design, Uber Interiors, uber-interiors.com.

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KEEP IT SIMPLE

Material Lab’s Jim Biddulph explains why it’s worth visiting The Surface & Materials Show if you’re planning a new kitchen.

What can we expect to see? The show is invaluable for anyone seeking the latest materials for walls, floors and worktops. Highlights include SilicaStone by Alusid, which is made from recycled materials; Alpi’s translucent wood veneer, Radiant; and Agate slabs by Omek, formed of microcrystalline quartz, which makes them ideal for high-impact bespoke applications. What’s new in worktops? Fenix is a super opaque laminate from Arpa that deploys nanotechnology within its surface. It is rich in colour, fingerprintresistant and able to “self-heal” surface scratches. Expect to see easy-clean and bacteria-resistant options, too. How about flooring? Ceramic or porcelain tiles are frequently used in kitchens for their durability, and Johnson Tiles has introduced three new ranges that can be mixed and matched for a seamless design. Is tech influencing surfaces? We’re starting to see technologically infused surfaces being integrated into the home. We particularly like the DuPont Corian charging surface, which features a little transmitter on the underside that allows you to charge a smart device. What’s the future focus? For me, it’s exhibitions like this that make people more aware of developments in surface design and what can be achieved by it. The Surface & Materials Show, 18-20 October, NEC, Birmingham, surfaceandmaterials show.co.uk.

British kitchen manufacturer Burbidge has curated a pared-back collection that offers some of its most popular designs from just £6,500. Called Simply Burbidge, the range is led by Kew, a classic Shaker style available in 25 standard paint colours (shown here in Jute and Putty). Custom colours are also offered with the paint-matching service. Contact 024 7667 1600, burbidge.co.uk.

KITCHEN UPDATE

The latest product and style news for the heart of the home

UNDER PRESSURE Here at Homes & Gardens we hate waste, so the clever Savior food containers, from Ankomn, ankomn.com, from £79 each, have piqued our interest. The design vacuum-seals produce to keep it eight times fresher and all you have to do is twist the lid to lock out humidity and dry air. The containers also speed up marinating, are conveniently stackable and, except for the lids, are dishwasher safe.

DRESSER TO IMPRESS Combining classic design with technology, John Lewis of Hungerford has introduced sensor lights and power sockets to its smart dressers, including the Beverston bifold, above. Kitchens start at £10,000. Contact 0700 278 4726, john-lewis.co.uk.

WALL ART Add a splash of colour to your kitchen with the Aboriginal artwork of My Country ceramic tiles. Shown above is Bush Onion, 30cm sq, £42 a tile, with money from each sale going to the artists and their communities. Contact Bay Gallery Home, 07776 157066, baygalleryhome.com.

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CHAMPAGNE LIFESTYLE TOP Blue Agate surfaces, £87sq m, Omek, omekenterprise.com. ABOVE District range tiles, from £69.53 sq m, Johnson Tiles, johnson-tiles.com.

Always be ready to celebrate with Miele’s new KWT 6112 iG ed/cs compact wine conditioning unit, £2,165, featuring FlexiFrame Plus adjustable shelves that can even hold champagne magnums. Miele, 0330 160 6600, miele.co.uk.

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INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION This cleverly remodelled London apartment references the building’s heritage while celebrating modern textures and refined materials to create a harmonious feel

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The simple palette of neutral, earthy shades exudes a sense of calm, while pops of orange lift the mood.

industrial nature of the building, juxtaposing rough details such as raw concrete and exposed brick with highly refined materials. DESIGNER Daniel Hopwood,

020 3176 6674, danielhopwood.com.

Can you describe the project? This is a classic retirement story: my clients, who had divided their time between London and the Middle East, decided to start afresh, making their one-bedroom west London apartment their permanent home. The 90sq m space is located in a Thirties former factory and we stripped it back to its industrial shell, rejigging the layout to make it better suited to modern living with a larger, sociable kitchen area. The owners are design savvy and were keen to get every detail right, so it was a collaborative effort, with the aim of creating the perfect little jewel that they could enjoy. What is key to planning a space that combines several areas? Good flow is crucial in order to move around more freely, and it is also important to define the different areas within the space. In this instance, I took advantage of the high ceilings and used dropped panels to denote the sitting, kitchen and dining areas; these also had the added benefit of concealing the pipework and wiring. The ceiling above the panels was left untreated and painted a rich turquoise shade. I felt it was honest to acknowledge, rather than disguise, the

What inspired your design for the hallway? The idea of the panelled wall came to me during the demolition phase. In a similar project, I had painted angles in different tones of the same colour and it really worked to stretch the eye, so I suggested using the concept here. This time, we lightened or darkened sections of veneer to make an energetic pattern, routing out thin strips to create lines of brass, which brilliantly disguise the fact that the wall has five doors in it: one to the cloakroom and two sets of double doors to the bathroom and the bedroom. The opposite wall, which divides the hall from the main space, is covered with a wonderful raffia-look paper, and we used another natural wallpaper on the ceiling. The overall effect is warm and inviting, and I love the contrast of walking from a dark space to a lighter one. It makes the living room, with its big Crittall windows, appear even brighter, really lifting the spirits. Can you tell us about the flooring choices? Different areas have different demands – I would never use timber for a kitchen floor, for example, as it will inevitably be ruined within a short of time. The technology for producing porcelain tiles has improved dramatically over the past few years, and I came across this tile when I was looking for an alternative to a Cumbrian limestone that was proving too heavy for a bathroom. Each tile is different and has a nice, earthy feel. When I put the porcelain next to the real limestone, I actually preferred the former. I used two slightly different

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tiles from the same range in order to create a rectangular area to mirror the ceiling panel, with a contrasting strip running next to the wall of units. In the sitting area, we used a chevron parquet that we created with oak planks. These were cut to a straight-sided pattern instead of the classic overlapping design for a more modern feel; and the oak has been treated with different layers of stain in order to achieve exactly the right patina. To add the all-important detail between the oak and the porcelain, we used the fairly traditional approach of incorporating a thin sliver of brass, which will age beautifully. How did you choose the colour palette? I think that, particularly in an apartment, it is important to pare back the choice of materials and colours in order to create a sense of calm. The walls, kitchen units and ceiling panels are pale grey, while the deep turquoise ceiling adds a sense of mystery – I love the way that receding colours create depth. As a contrast to the natural hues of the furnishings and veneers, I introduced accents of orange, such as the brightly painted industrial pillar, which serves as punctuation in the scheme. Can you discuss some of the key pieces in the space? The chandelier, which is made from brass and smoked glass, was an early discovery and such a must-have that I designed the apartment around it. I have hung it low so that you don’t have to look up to enjoy it; I also like the tension that it creates between the table and the ceiling. The apartment didn’t lend itself to bold pattern, hence the choice of the rug, which is hand-shaved to create the effect of pools of water. The pegs in the entrance hall are another beautifully crafted piece, lending a sculptural element to the space. How did you approach the television area? Almost always, I try to hide the TV but for once I made no attempt to do this, as the room was big enough for it not to feel invasive. I hung a beautiful washed silk that resembles a horizon on the wall and, for the audio-visual equipment, I designed a low, marbletopped unit that features the same stained-oak veneer that is used throughout the apartment. It sits on a slim strip of brass, which again helps to tie it in with the rest of the scheme.

Sections of veneer in different shades create a distinctive feature wall in the hallway.

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Like what you’ve read? Hear Daniel Hopwood talk more about this scheme in an exclusive video at housetohome.co.uk/videos.

CABINETRY Bespoke b3E

This bubble chandelier provides a focal point in the dining area, which is neatly separated from the living area by different flooring.

kitchen, including laminate worktops, oak table and bar top, from £45,000, Bulthaup, bulthaup-holland-park.co.uk. FURNITURE CH33 dining chairs, from £457 each, Skandium, skandium.com. Michel club sofa, from £12,706, Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia, bebitalia.com. Blake leather armchair, £5,555, Minotti, minottilondon.com. Noguchi coffee table, £1,324, Vitra at Twentytwentyone, twentytwentyone.com. FABRICS Cushions in Memory, £109m, Kvadrat, kvadrat.dk. WALLS Fade in Charcoal on Silver Silk (behind television); Extra-fine Arrowroot in Denim (in hallway); both Phillip Jeffries,

phillipjeffries.com. Ceiling in Hague Blue, Estate Emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball, farrow-ball.com. FLOORING Pietra del Nord Satin porcelain tiles, £92.94sq m; Excellence Amber Matt porcelain tiles, £66.72sq m; both CDS tiles, cdstiles.com. ACCESSORIES Branching Bubble chandelier in vintage brass with grey glass globes, $15,000, Lindsey Adelman, lindseyadelman.com. IC T1 low table lamp, £342, Michael Anastassiades at Twentytwentyone, twentytwenty one.com. Piano coat rack in walnut, £2,980, Per/Use at Mint, mintshop.co.uk. Shiny Dune rug, £975sq m, Michaela Schleypen at Front Rugs, frontrugs.com.

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NATURAL SELECTION Crisp architecture showcases a finely judged mix of textures and styles in this light-filled apartment

DESIGNER Sue Jones,

co-founder, Oka, 0844 815 7380, oka.com.

Can you describe the project? The clients, who divide their time between Singapore and London, bought this apartment in a tall new development overlooking the River Thames. They wanted the main living space to be modern yet comfortable, precise yet not minimalist, with a mix of styles and an oriental slant. Why did you favour a pale backdrop? I think it was the perfect choice for this new-build, where flawless finishes and crisp edges abound. I used Slate III from Paint & Paper Library because it has quite a lot of grey in it, which works well in this bright, south-facing environment. When furniture and accessories are set against neutral walls, the colour comes to the fore without the space feeling cluttered. How did you plan the storage? Storage is key in any home and it was an early consideration here. We created built-in cupboards, with pocket bookshelves above, against the far wall to delineate between the entrance hall and sitting room. Also, I introduced Chinese trunks as side tables to provide hidden storage.

Can you tell us about the materials and palette? We focused on texture, which brings depth and energy to a neutral space, and chose natural materials as a contrast to the apartment’s clean lines. The range of coir, linen, goatskin and velvet keeps the look interesting, as do subtle patterns, including a fretwork side table and embroidered cushions, while the palette spans restful shades of stone, ochre, sable and grey-green, the latter echoing the tones of the olive tree. How did you choose the lighting? The beauty of a new property is that you can plan concealed lighting on different dimmer circuits. However, I am also an advocate of decorative lighting and used sculptural pieces to add height to the scheme. FIND MORE LIVING ROOM IDEAS AT HOUSETOHOME.CO.UK/LIVING-ROOM

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What about the seating layout? A large, open-plan space that doesn’t have a focal point, such as a fireplace, can be difficult to arrange. I based the scale of the seating around the number of people that you can have to dine comfortably. Here, a large L-shaped sofa provides room to relax, breaks up the space and defines a more intimate seating area. Armless chairs are another good choice, as they can be moved or pushed together. A generously sized coffee table, which doubles as occasional seating, again echoes the scale of the room and, together with side tables, ensures that a surface is always available.


WHERE TO BUY FURNITURE Lamorna corner sofa in Ecru, £2,875;

Charis armchairs in Natural linen, £825 each; Wallace leather coffee table, £1,925; Faux Shagreen bedside trunk in Mole Brown, £625; Shiga side table in Antique Grey, £365; Lenox acrylic drinks trolley, £925; ACCESSORIES Evora cushion covers in Grey Green, from £44; Plain velvet cushions covers in Grey Green,

£46 each; Chyangra goat hair cushion cover in Sable, £78; goat hair rug (on sofa), £136; Trisphera table lamp in Onyx, £265; Feng metal table lamp, £285; Narwhal carved wood wall lamp, £325; Victrola floor lamps, £186 each; Moratorio mirror, £295; all Oka, oka.com. HBN Coir herringbone rug in Natural, £20sq m, Crucial Trading, crucial-trading.com. WALLS Slate III, Pure Flat Emulsion, £42.50 for 2.5 litres, Paint & Paper Library, paintandpaperlibrary.com.

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ROCKY RETREAT Large volcanic stones, cascading pools and naturalistic planting form a crisp contemporary garden carved into a hillside in Luxembourg DESIGNER PROFILE Peter Berg and his business partner,

Susanne Förster, founded their landscape design company, GartenLandschaft in Sinzig, Germany, in 2000. They have since won many awards in Germany and neighbouring countries for their naturalistic, modern schemes. Peter is also the author of several books on garden design.

Who owns the garden and what was the brief? The hillside garden belongs to an architect and his wife, whose new-build house is adjacent to a vineyard, near the Moselle River. Our brief was to terrace the garden using stone, so that it complemented and offered views over the surrounding countryside. The couple also wanted a pond for their koi carp and a space to connect with nature. What influenced your design? This scheme was inspired by the beautiful vineyards and landscape of the region. We also had to work with the terrain – the house is built on a steep hill that drops down twenty feet from the back to the front. I have always admired Japanese gardens, and one of our team is from Kyoto, so many of our landscapes are influenced by Japanese design and the Eastern philosophy of creating peace and harmony through nature. Here, we have used large volcanic rocks as stepping stones through the space; it is a Japanese idea that features in many of my designs.

Can you tell us about the water feature? We set one pool in the decking area that was deep enough for the koi carp, and built two others at different levels to form a small cascade, adding a dynamic element to the design. The pool walls are faced with schist stone and topped with coping that is wide enough to sit on, providing a great vantage point for admiring the fish. Do you have any advice for creating naturalistic gardens? I like to fuse modern architectural styling, seen here in the geometricshaped deck and water feature, with natural materials, such as the rugged granite and natural wood. I then weave deciduous trees, shrubs,

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grasses and perennials around these elements to soften the edges and create a landscape that mirrors nature. In addition, I use plants for bees and wildlife habitats, such as ferns, different types of salvia and thyme, while the grasses, including Pennisetum and Miscanthus, also provide food and shelter for wildlife. What is the best way to use natural stone in a garden? To create a modern rock garden, I would include stones of different sizes. Very large rocks can be used as retaining walls in hilly gardens like this, helping to keep the soil in place. We have also laid large flat stones to make an informal stairway from the front to the back of the garden, and smaller ones to create rocky outcrops in the planted areas. I visit the quarry to choose the exact stones I want, and make a plan beforehand so that I know precisely what I am looking for and the function each stone will play in the design.

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How have you blended the garden into the countryside? The planting here is designed to create harmony between the garden and landscape. Using a range of shrubs and perennials of different sizes, we have tried to blend one with the other without blocking the view from the deck. The plants are in many shades of green, which match the vines and trees just beyond the boundaries, and also the greenish-blue tone of the river, which can be seen in the distance. However, in autumn, everything changes, with many of the shrubs and trees turning fiery shades of red and yellow and reflecting the vines, which are putting on a colourful show at this time of year. I have also created a special palette of blue and white flowering plants to echo the colours of the sky.


KEY PLANTS

1| Euonymus alatus (winged spindle tree). 2| Parrotia persica (Persian ironwood). 3| Cotinus coggygria ‘Young Lady’. 4| Iris laevigata (Japanese iris). 5| Acer palmatum (Japanese maple). 6| Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’. 7| Syringa pubescens subsp. microphylla ‘Superba’ (very little leaf lilac). 8| Lavandula angustifolia ‘Dwarf Blue’. 9| Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hameln’. 10| Parthenocissus tricuspidata ‘Veitchii’. 11| Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary). 12| Verbena bonariensis. 13| Cornus controversa. 14| Polystichum setiferum ‘Plumosum Densum’ (soft shield fern). 15| Ilex aquifolium ‘Alaska’.

PLANT SUPPLIERS Bluebell Arboretum and Nursery, 01530 413700, bluebellnursery.com. Chew Valley Trees, 01275 333752, chewvalleytrees.co.uk. Crocus, 01344 578000, crocus.co.uk.

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The deck is made with ipe; for similar, try Silva Timber, 020 8150 8055, silvatimber. co.uk; and the basalt stones were hand-selected by Peter from Natursteinwerk Reinhold Geilen, 0049 2652 2022, info@natursteinwerk-geilen. de, in Mendig, Germany. Schist stone was used for the pool walls; for similar, try Mandarin Stone, 0160 071 5444 mandarinstone.com. Similar dining table and chairs are available from Rausch Classics, 0049 721 961690, rausch-classics.com.

GARDEN DESIGN Peter Berg, GartenLandschaft, 0049 2642 902970, gartenlandschaft.com.

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NATURAL BEAUTY Luxuriously soft and incredibly versatile, wool is the perfect choice for every interior

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ool is invitingly soft to the touch and o≠ers a warmth and comfort that is hard to beat. Add in its beauty, luxury and durability, and no wonder it is a favourite material for carpets, rugs, upholstery, curtains, cushions, throws and bedding. This natural fibre has been appreciated for centuries and has been spun and woven into cloth since before 10,000 BC. Science is yet to produce a fibre that matches its unique properties.

RESILIENT RESULTS Wool fibres are strong and resistant to tearing, able to be bent back on themselves more than 20,000 times without breaking, and their crimped structure creates elasticity. These robust characteristics make wool ideal for carpets and rugs, the fibres resilient to constant footfall with “bounce back” ability to maintain the best appearance for many years.

SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION COLOURFUL LIFE Wool absorbs dyes deeply, locking the colour within its fibres, to produce hues with a rich and natural bloom that remains colourfast. From fine, silky smooth fabrics to chunky textural weaves, wool offers a natural, subtle lustre that synthetic fibres struggle to replicate.

Sheep produce a new fleece every year, making wool a naturally renewable fibre source, and processing produces minimal environmental impact, especially when compared with man-made fibres. Wool is also biodegradable and growers actively work to safeguard the environment and protect animal welfare, endeavouring to ensure the industry is sustainable for future generations.

NATURALLY INSULATING Just as wool protects sheep from the weather, so it acts as an insulator in the home. Because the fibres absorb and release water vapour according to changes in humidity, generating and holding heat to provide excellent insulation, wool can help to retain warmth, cut down on draughts and energy loss, and absorb noise. Millions of tiny air pockets are produced when the fibres are crimped and tightly packed together. This helps to keep us warm in winter and, thanks to wool’s breathable qualities, also cool in summer.

SAFE AND EASY Thanks to its water and nitrogen content, wool is flame retardant, with a higher ignition threshold than many other materials. It is also not known to cause allergies, does not promote the growth of bacteria, and can reduce floating dust in the atmosphere, trapping the particles in its top layers until they can be vacuumed away. What’s more, the complex structure of wool resists spills and stains and is anti-static too.

SOFA.COM ■ sofa.com offers an extensive choice of sofas, armchairs, footstools and beds upholstered in beautiful fabrics, including a tempting variety of wools. ■ Designs range from a huge selection of sofas in classic, traditional and contemporary shapes to stylish cocktail chairs and chic armchairs with tufted backs. Plus, take your pick from the new dining range, including upholstered chairs, or relax in one of the luxurious beds with a high headboard. ■ Choose your furniture in any size and fabric, and it will be made to order and delivered within four to six weeks. ■ You can expect great value for money, top-quality hand-crafted construction, and efficient delivery.

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WOOL for all SEASONS Whether as upholstery, flooring, curtains or bedding, wool offers a range of benefits – from striking textures, rich colours and extraordinary resilience through to sustainability and natural, breathable insulation. This year H&G has joined forces with The Campaign for Wool and sofa.com to highlight its many design possibilities STYLING HA NNA H D E AC O N P H OTO G R A P H S JA K E CU RT I S

(From top) Flatweave carpet samples, from £125m,Roger Oates. Wool upholstery fabrics, from £35m, sofa.com. Wool carpets, from £45sq m, Alternative Flooring and Crucial Trading. Vintage double cupboard, £445, Design Vintage. Walls in Purbeck Stone, Estate Emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball.


SOPHISTICATED NEUTRALS

(Clockwise, from left) Saturday armchair in Balmoral Celtic Check, H88xW89xD115cm, £870; Knightsbridge kingsize bed in Heron Herringbone recycled wool mix, H128xL255xW170cm, £1,970; Valentin footstool in Swan recycled wool, H39xW149xD65cm, £420; Saturday 2.5-seat sofa in

Ash soft wool, H88xW190x D115cm, £1,600; House scatter cushions in Balmoral Celtic Check and Ash soft wool; 45cm sq, £40 each; Valentin footstool in Heron Herringbone recycled wool, H39xW99xD99cm, £450; all sofa.com. Wall in Purbeck Stone, Estate Emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball.


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EXPERT INSIGHT Wool is a designer’s favourite, thanks to its versatility, natural qualities and stylish attributes. We asked eight interiors experts to share their tips for using wool and maximising its potential in the home

WILLIAM YEOWARD

KIT KEMP

Creative director, William Yeoward, williamyeoward.com.

Co-owner and design director, Firmdale Hotels, firmdalehotels.com.

I love the fact that wool is natural, very practical and hard-wearing. I tend to think of using it in rustic settings, such as a cottage in the Highlands. I might use tartan to upholster a sofa or armchairs, or checks and stripes as an accent to a plain. Adding a tartan border to plain, thick linen curtains can look good, especially if the same tartan is used on a chair or footstool. Or I might add a tartan slip to the back of a plain herringbone armchair, along with tartan armcaps. Blissfully old fashioned and rather fun! As you can tell, I particularly like tartan wool. I’m fond of heather shades, which work well layered in checks, strips and plains to create a very rich palette. The same could be done with autumn tones of chocolate, brown and ochre for a more rustic mood.

BUNNY TURNER Interior designer, Turner Pocock, turnerpocock.co.uk.

We like to use wool upholstery in most of our projects, particularly because it has a beautiful texture that works well with other fabrics and I love the way it absorbs dye so well to produce saturated shades that really pop. I especially like using bold blocks of colour, such as a 3m-long chesterfield sofa upholstered in a teal wool or a winged headboard in red. Wool is a sculptural material that works well on upholstery because it produces a crisp line and smart silhouette, yet also feels soft and comfortable. It is well-suited to the British climate, but structured enough not to feel heavy in summer, and very durable, so is a good choice for upholstery.

In the past, people have been put off by the thought that wool can be scratchy, but usually that isn’t the case, especially with boiled wool, which we love to use as it feels so soft. Boiled wool and wool felt are also ideal for an appliquéd headboard, because they don’t fray, and look really effective. I also love the fact that wool lasts, so you don’t have to replace it often. In heavier weights, it is great for upholstery and headboards, and in lighter weights, for cushions and curtains. I particularly like upholstery in plain wool panels, with edges overlocked in blanket stitch in a contrast colour, as a subtle way of introducing interest to a chair or sofa. Often, I choose natural colours, such as grey, white, smoke, loden or mushroom, as the base wool fabrics in upholstery, and then add a stronger shade if I feel like it. In my own boiled wool fabrics for Christopher Farr, I used embroidery to create variety and vibrancy. That just shows how versatile wool is and that’s why I love it. It feels soft, lasts forever, and you can do so much with it.


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VANESSA HURLEY-PERERA Chief product officer, sofa.com.

When we bought a sofa upholstered in wool about three years ago, my husband thought that it might be difficult to look after, but it has been the exact opposite. It is cosy and tactile, but cool in summer too, thanks to its natural properties. Grey tones can give a classic piece a real modernity – our Celtic Checks are great for making a statement and herringbones can introduce subtle interest. I absolutely love the character of the limited-edition, richly textured Tuscan Wool in deep purple in our latest AW16 collection.

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I particularly love texture, so you will find wool in almost every room that I design. Layering is very effective, so I might combine wool with silks, satins, weaves and prints; a sofa upholstered in wool might have the seat and back cushions in a contrast colour or texture, such as velvet. Leather piping on an armchair creates a crisp look with wool, or a fur trim on a slouchy wool-upholstered sofa can be used for a relaxed feel. Select a wool that is fit for purpose. Fabric durability is measured by a Martindale (rub) test, so check with your supplier that your choice has a high test result to ensure it will wear well. It is worth the effort: wool is naturally beautiful and quintessentially British – after all, we have been using it here for hundreds of years.

As a fabric for floors, wool is the best, not least because it is sustainable, regrown every year when a sheep produces a new fleece. Wool’s construction repels dirt, insulates against cold and noise and adds texture and comfort. The hall and staircase are the first things you see when you enter your home, so why not have some fun? Try combining a bold, broad stripe as a stair runner with a small-scale design as a rug, or mix bright colours. I like runners for halls and stairs in Venetian flatweave, which has a flat “unwoolly” look.

JULIE FLYNN Chelsea showroom team member, sofa.com. We expect our furniture to last, so much so that we offer a lifetime guarantee on our wooden frames. Wool fabric is the perfect complement to this, because it is so hardwearing and still looks great after a lot of use, making it ideal for busy homes. It is also naturally more resistant to staining and doesn’t fade in the way that some fabrics can, so it looks new for longer. We offer 20 different wool fabrics, giving plenty of choice for creating different looks on our sofas, armchairs, footstools and beds. It’s fun to experiment with different fabrics across our furniture; the wool options can create real individuality, whether you want a country look, a touch of mid-century style or a bright statement.

NATALIE LITTLEHALES Marketing manager, Brintons, brintons.co.uk.

Once you have experienced the softness and warmth of wool carpet, you will never look back. We use the wool from British sheep, prized for its comfort and natural “springiness”, which allows the fibres to bounce back after being crushed. Total pile weight refers to the amount of yarn used. Deep-pile carpets feel more sumptuous, while those with more rows of yarn are harder wearing. Woven carpets offer strength and stability, while twist carpets have a textured surface. Plain carpets continue to be popular, especially in granite, flint and smoke shades and in luxurious textures. We are also seeing more sophisticated patterns, such as the woodgrain effects of the Timorous Beasties Collection, which bring subtle interest to a room scheme.


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(Clockwise, from top left) Georgette footstools in Flamingo and Blue Marl soft wool; H41xdiam71cm, £550 each; Cooper 2.5-seat sofa in Amalfi soft wool, H91xW199xD99cm, £1,600; House scatter cushions in Amalfi, Dijon, Blue Marl and Flamingo soft wool, from £40;

Costello armchair in Willow soft wool, H91xW112xD100cm, £870; Club footstool in Dijon soft wool, H42xW150xD67cm, £500; Felix footstool in Dijon soft wool, H43xdiam46cm, £200; all sofa.com. Walls in Purbeck Stone, Estate Emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball.


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1| Whitman in Soft Black, wool, 62cm wide, £125m, Roger Oates.

2| Audrey in Midnight, wool, 400cm wide, £140sq m, Crucial Trading.

3| Capello Shell in Ocean, wool mix, £149sq m, Quirky B with Liberty Fabrics at Alternative Flooring. 4| Wool Pebble in Stade, wool, 400cm wide, £79.85sq m, Alternative Flooring. 5| Kingston in Itschner Light Grey, wool, 400cm wide, £77sq m, Axminster Carpets. 6| Lakeland Herdwick in Scafell, wool,

100cm, 400cm or 500cm wide, £35.99sq m, Brockway. 7| Crafty Hound in Beagle, wool, 400cm wide, £52sq m, Alternative Flooring. 8| Westport in Lemon, wool, 70cm wide, £125m, Roger Oates. 9| Padstow in Arcade Houndstooth, wool mix, 400cm wide, £69.99sq m, Brintons. Floorboards in Downpipe, Floor Paint, £59 for 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball. WHERE TO BUY PAGE 201


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BRIDGETTE KELLY, interior textiles director at The Campaign for Wool, tells us about this recently launched online resource designed to help you choose high-quality wool carpets and which will very soon include fabrics too Why was WoolRetailer.com created? Buying new wool carpet and wool furnishings for your home is enjoyable and immensely satisfying, especially if you can call on expert advice when you need it. So it is good to know that WoolRetailer.com is designed to help you find a local independent wool specialist retailer that not only o≠ers a good range of wool products, but also has a thorough understanding of the material so you can make the right choices with confidence. How does the website work? Simply enter your postcode to find a local independent wool specialist retailer. All of the suppliers registered on the website have completed an industry accredited Wool Specialist training programme, to ensure that their knowledge is comprehensive, accurate and up to date. So if you want to know about the different types of wool carpet, including understanding pile weight and

composition, the different widths available and suitability for various rooms, you know you can rely on their expertise. What else does the website o≠er? It is packed full of useful information about how to choose a wool carpet, from label guides to measuring, choosing underlay and selecting a fitter, and even advice on cleaning and caring for your carpet to keep it looking its best. Our “What’s trending?” pages are designed to inspire, offering the latest ideas for using wool carpets, rugs and runners in interiors. Enjoy browsing new looks for stripes or plaids, natural hues or bold pattern – the choice is yours. Who is behind WoolRetailer.com? WoolRetailer.com is a Campaign for Wool initiative, supported by non-profit making and non-contributory wool organisations around the world to promote real wool as the best choice for the home.


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FAMILY lıvıng rooms In an era of individual mobile devices, creating a convivial space for spending time together is a must. Our classic and contemporary schemes offer easy comfort throughout STYLING A LI B R OW N P HOTO G R A P HS PAU L R A E S I D E

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sofa in Graphite, H63xW312x D215cm, £3,308, Camerich. FABRICS Ottoman in Stone in Sapphire, cotton, £35m, Villa Nova. Cushion on left in Nala in Willow, cotton mix, £47m, Clarke & Clarke. WALL Libretto wallpaper in Craie, £61.40 a roll, Casamance. FLOORING Sisal Aztec in Alabaster, £100sq m, Crucial Trading. ACCESSORIES Sky Over Sea framed print by Andrew Lansley, £125, John Lewis. Grey painted

check cushion, £35, House of Fraser. Graphic cushion, £75, Twentytwentyone. Herringbone Linen cushion in Marshmallow, £35, John Lewis. Dinner plate, £50, Sigmar. Linen napkin with frayed edge, £11, William Yeoward. Olio cream and sugar set, £35; Olio teapot, £45; Olio mugs, £10 each; all Twentytwentyone. Amazon tumbler, £8, Linea at House of Fraser. Large round metal tray, £30, Designers Guild.

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CONTEMPORARY STYLE TO LAST Opt for a durable, not too pale sofa fabric and finely patterned, washable wallpaper that will deflect wear and tear. Add robust sisal flooring and you have the building blocks of a practical, relaxing family room. FURNITURE Fawn AV unit in oak,

£1,295, H45xW220xD45cm, Heal’s. Loki Snuggler armchair in Michigan Storm, H85xW124x D93cm, £1,399, John Lewis. Mr Zheng side table with Antimonio 870 top, H52xdiam52cm £659, Lema. Lazytime corner sofa in Graphite, H63xW312xD215cm, £3,308, Camerich. Chelsea console table, H75xW110xD25cm, £399, Content by Terence Conran. FABRICS Curtains in Dandaloo in Ochre, linen, £90m, Rapture & Wright. Blind in Patina in Storm, linen, £85m, Mark Alexander. Ottoman in Stone in Sapphire, cotton, £35m, Villa Nova. Cushions in (from left) Adisa in Willow, viscose mix, £51m, Clarke & Clarke. Tumbled Linen in Savannah, £32.75m, Tinsmiths. Nala in Willow, cotton mix, £47m, Clarke & Clarke. WALLS Libretto wallpaper in Craie, £61.40 a roll, Casamance. FLOORING Sisal Aztec in Alabaster, £100sq m, Crucial Trading. ACCESSORIES London map print, £45; Ontario frame, £28; both

Habitat. Jetty, £3,500; Limestone Pathway, £3,500; both by Daisy Cook at Northcote Gallery. Lowry picture lights, £324 each, Vaughan. Fish sculptures, £145 each; Ceramic pouring vessel, £295; all William Yeoward. Ortez jar vase, £15, Linea at House of Fraser. Extra-large hand-etched calabash bowl, £25, French Connection. Serif 40in TV in Dark Blue, £1,199, Samsung. Arc floor lamp, £945, Camerich. Flat round basket, £35, Designers Guild. Bojagi cushion, £60, Habitat. Cote Pierre cushion cover in Lilac, £120, Designers Guild. Super soft fringe blanket, £75, French Connection. Patmian Mocha carafe, £690 including bowl; Cream bowl with painted pattern, £90; Chequered lamp base, £399; all William Yeoward. Samantha drum shade in Natural Linen, £35, John Lewis. Little Bird jar, £21; Olio cream and sugar set, £35; Olio teapot, £45; Olio mugs, £10 each; all Twentytwentyone. Large round metal tray, £30, Designers Guild.

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STORAGE ESSENTIALS A generous unit for audio-visual equipment with drawers or cupboards for the associated bits is vital for keeping order. Dress the top with a few carefully chosen pieces for a decorative focus, and choose a sleek television that won’t dominate the room. FURNITURE Fawn AV unit in oak, H45xW220xD45cm, £1,295, Heal’s. WALL Libretto wallpaper in Craie, £61.40 a roll, Casamance. FLOORING Sisal Aztec in Alabaster, £100sq m, Crucial Trading. ACCESSORIES White plaster

ceramic face lamp, £249; Patmian Green cup, £595 for teapot and four cups; both William Yeoward. London map print, £45; Ontario frame, £28; both Habitat. Serif 40in TV in Dark Blue, £1,199, Samsung.


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SURFACE SPACE (above) Ensuring clutter is kept under control is essential to creating a relaxed mood. A slim console table set beside or behind the sofa provides a useful place for table lamps and ornaments or simply to set down drinks or a book without intruding on the scheme. FURNITURE Chelsea console table, H75x

W110xD25cm, £399, Content by Conran. ACCESSORIES Cream bowl with painted pattern, £90; Chequered lamp base, £399; both William Yeoward. Samantha

drum shade in Natural Linen, £35, John Lewis. Little Bird jar, £21, Twentytwentyone. Fine porcelain feather votive glass, £14 set of two, Deservedly-So at Not on the High Street.

COMPLEMENTARY FORMS (above right) Corner sofas tend to be angluar in shape, but adding round side tables and a plush ottoman softens the look to enhance the feeling of comfort. FURNITURE Mr Zheng side table

with Antimonio 870 top, H52x diam52cm, £659, Lema. FLOORING Sisal Aztec in Alabaster, £100sq m, Crucial Trading. FABRIC Ottoman in Stone in Sapphire,

cotton, £35m, Villa Nova. ACCESSORIES Flat round basket, £35; large round metal tray, £30; both Designers Guild. Dinner plate, £50, Sigmar. Linen napkin with frayed edge, £11, William Yeoward.

FABRIC CHOICES (right) Fine spots in various tones on curtains and walls add depth and texture. You could choose an ombre curtain with the darker pattern at the bottom – a practical idea for homes with small children. FURNITURE Loki snuggler armchair

in Michigan Storm, H85xW124x D93cm, £1,399, John Lewis. FABRIC Curtain in Dandaloo in Ochre, cotton, £90m, Rapture & Wright.

WALLS Libretto wallpaper in Craie, £61.40 a roll, Casamance. FLOORING Sisal Aztec in Alabaster, £100sq m, Crucial Trading. ACCESSORIES Jetty by Daisy Cook, £3,500, Northcote Gallery.

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CLASSIC COMFORT An aqua green paint on the walls is a gentle base for this scheme, with soft, snug wool upholstery in neutral and grey tones on deep sofas and armchairs an invitation to linger. A natural wood coffee table and distressed chest of drawers foster an easy mood, as does the painted cabinet in the corner, which keeps the television hidden when not in use. FURNITURE Bluebell sofa in Soft Wool in Ash, H91xW216xD107cm, £1,680, Sofa.com. Hopkirk chest of drawers in Distressed Blue, H101xW102xD37cm, £695, Oka. Martini table, H61xdiam30cm, £345, I&JL Brown. Sunshine coffee table, H45xW120xD70cm, £495, Loaf. Contemporary linen press in high lacquer Birch White with black hand-painted contrast line, H190xW95xD50cm, £3,740, Leporello. Abington armchair in Natural Wool, H86xW82xD96cm, £1,140, Rowen & Wren. Chester armchair, H87xW76xD98cm, from £1,890 plus 8.6m of fabric, The Odd Chair Company. FABRICS Chester armchair in Andes Smoke, alpaca mix, £175m, Mark Alexander. Curtain in Makenzi in Charcoal, cotton mix, £51m, Clarke & Clarke. Blue cushion in Pampulha in Aquamarine, wool mix, £115m, Mark Alexander. Backed in Farne in Natural, linen, £88m, Colefax and Fowler. Striped cushion in Ashan Stripe in Stone, cotton, £35m, Jane Churchill at Colefax and Fowler. Trimmed in Plaza Moss fringe, polyester, £28m, Houlès. Checked cushion in Peverell Check in Granite, linen, £70; backed in Kelby Linen in Granite, linen, £67.50m; both Ian Sanderson. Cushion on armchair in Grace in Cyan JP6437, hemp, £207m, Michael S Smith at Jamb. Pouffe in Gradillo in Indigo, linen mix, £75m, William Yeoward at Designers Guild.

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WALLS Duck Egg, Flat Emulsion, £43 for 2.5 litres, Zoffany. FLOORING Isparta rug in White Wash, 300x208cm, £2,400, Bazaar Velvet. ACCESSORIES Alex hanging lantern in Black, £1,404, Hector Finch. Florence mirror, £125, I&JL Brown. Croft Collection Staffordshire Blue Spot bowl, £30; Croft Collection marble apple, £10; Decoris planter, £20; all John Lewis. Small metal bird, £4.80, Green & Stone. Vintage French footed dish, £28, Pillo. Large glass table lamp with shade, £115, French Connection. Ceramic Blenheim apple, £21, Twentytwentyone. Malvern fire tool set, £450, Chesney’s. Round rattan baskets, from £65 each, I&JL Brown. Birch Ply prints (clockwise, from left) View of Venice; The Blue Jay; Cloud Study: Horizon of Trees; all from £175 for a 50cm sq print, Surface View. Astrantia in glass bottle, £25, John Lewis. Iffley jug, £20, Habitat. Faux flower stems, £8.99 each, John Lewis. Two Tone zinc pitcher, £30, French Connection. Bodi Hurricane vase in Blue, £85, I&JL Brown. Staffordshire Blue Spot bowl, £55, John Lewis. Pillow vase, £8, Habitat. Graphite sculptures, £33 each, William Yeoward. Travel sketch book, £8.50, Green & Stone. Soapstone pomegranate, £5, John Lewis.


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PRACTICAL FURNITURE (above left) A chest of drawers is the ideal corner piece for stowing away odds and ends, cutting down on clutter, and as a surface for ambient lighting. FURNITURE Hopkirk chest of

drawers in Distressed Blue, H101xW102xD37cm, £695, Oka. WALL Duck Egg, Flat Emulsion, £43 for 2.5 litres, Zoffany. ACCESSORIES Florence mirror, £125, I&JL Brown. Croft Collection

Staffordshire Blue Spot bowl, £30; Croft Collection marble apple, £10; Decoris planter, £20; all John Lewis. Small metal bird, £4.80, Green & Stone. Vintage French footed dish, £28, Pillo. Large glass table lamp with shade, £115, French Connection.

NATURAL ART (above) These images have been cleverly printed onto birch plyboard, providing further tactile appeal that’s perfect in both classic and contemporary schemes. WALL Duck Egg, Flat Emulsion,

£43 for 2.5 litres, Zoffany. ACCESSORIES Birch ply prints (clockwise, from bottom left) View

of Venice RAA0056; The Blue Jay RAA0058; Cloud Study: Horizon of Trees RAA0046; all from £175 for a 50cm sq print, Surface View.

MIXING MATERIALS (left) Cushions are an effective way to bring in a mix of pattern and colour. Here, varying motifs and textures in an array of hues keeps the look casual – the key is to choose colours with an earthy or natural feel. FABRICS Blue cushion in Pampulha in

Aquamarine, wool mix, £115m, Mark Alexander. Backed in Farne in Natural, linen, £88m, Colefax and Fowler. Checked cushion in Peverell Check in Granite, linen, £70; backed in Kelby Linen in Granite, linen,

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£67.50m; both Ian Sanderson. Floral cushion in Grace in Cyan, hemp, £207m, Michael S Smith at Jamb. Striped cushion in Ashan Stripe in Stone, cotton, £35m, Jane Churchill at Colefax and Fowler. Trimmed in Plaza Moss fringe, polyester, £28m, Houlès.


DISPLAY PIECE Keep favourite books and family mementoes on show, but in neat order, by presenting them interspersed with ornaments on a stylish open shelf. FURNITURE Ashmolean narrow

shelves, H219xW55xD28cm, £685, Oka. Bluebell sofa in Soft Wool in Ash, H91xW216xD107cm, £1,680, Sofa.com. FABRICS Curtain in Makenzi in Charcoal, cotton mix, £51m, Clarke & Clarke. Cushion in Pampulha in Aquamarine, wool mix, £115m, Mark Alexander. WALL Duck Egg, Flat Emulsion, £43 for 2.5 litres, Zoffany. ACCESSORIES Fabric Changer roller blind in Bare Earth, 200x225cm, £240, Bloc Blinds. Two Tone zinc bowl, £30, French Connection. Elgin Hare book end, £55 a pair, India Jane. Decorative books, £28 each, Trowbridge Gallery. Decoris terracotta bowl, £4, John Lewis. Small enamelled plate, £85, Designers Guild. Alabaster Art Deco bird book ends, £240 a pair, Green & Stone. 19th-century German encyclopaedia, £400 set of eight, Appley Hoare. Vintage dominoes set, £70, Green & Stone. 1940s box files, £10 each, Pimpernel & Partners. Kaito rug in Silver, 170x240cm, £1,045, Heal’s. WHERE TO BUY, PAGE 201


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Audio visual systems are among the most popular and easily accessible smart home features. Sound system by Artcoustic, artcoustic.com.

ome automation is no longer a sci-fi fantasy of the future – it’s here now, and the good news is it’s practical, easy to use and a bit smarter than you might expect. From home cinema and lighting to music systems and security, smart technology promises to put control at your fingertips, so your home works better for you. Far from being geeky, gimmicky and suitable only for big budget new-builds, a lot of accessible home tech is based around lighting, heating and home entertainment. Plus, as with any home installation, you choose the level to suit you; that might be a complex connected design plan with ongoing concierge service from an expert home automation company such as Cornflake or, as the new John Lewis Smart Home experience showcases, a simple start with a few bits of kit out of a box.

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Intuitive response Off-the-shelf solutions are controlled by apps via a smartphone or tablet. They are simple to set up and surprisingly sophisticated, too. Some smart hubs use sensors and algorithms to learn your usage patterns and then start to respond automatically, for instance, adjusting heating to reach the perfect temperature as you walk through the door, but it’s easy to override any function, at any time, such as when you’re working late or away on holiday. What’s available? Music technology remains the most popular, with systems such as Sonos piping tunes into every room. Lighting comes a close second, with intuitive systems such as Philips Hue and LIFX making it easy to create a personalised, responsive scheme that can

double as a form of security, enabling you to turn on lights remotely while you’re away from home. Smart thermostats, such as Nest and Hive, mean you can control central heating, saving energy and money, while home security cameras are also popular. Tailored to your lifestyle Your choices will depend on your household and its needs. New parents might appreciate automated low-level lighting that comes on as they get up during the night, pet owners report feeling reassured by a cat cam, and a good range of basics can be a real boon to the elderly living alone, but do make sure that any system is suitably user friendly. Before buying, check out manufacturers’ websites as they are very good at providing information clearly, often with helpful videos.


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WHERE TO BEGIN What to consider when investing in the latest smart home starter kits Starter kits offer a relatively straightforward entry into the world of the smart home and are affordable, easy to install and intuitive to use, allowing you to start small and build over time. Most starter kits contain a hub or bridge along with the relevant parts, which might be a camera, sensor, thermostat or light bulb. Setting up is usually as easy as registering the product online and downloading an app to enable the constituent parts to talk to each other wirelessly, although thermostats will need professional installation. Many products

that share technology can work together regardless of brand, so your Nest hub can talk to your Philips Hue or LIFX light bulbs, for example, sharing a picture of your habits.

BEFORE YOU BUY ■ Opting for starter kits means you can end up

with several different apps to manage, although the technology will likely simplify in time. Alternatively, invest in a central control, such as the Harmony Hub by Logitech, logitech.com, which is compatible with a vast array of

appliances including TVs and games consoles. ■ Technology can date fairly quickly, so it can

be best to look to the most solid players in the field, which are currently Google-owned Nest and Apple HomeKit. ■ It’s important to factor in all the costs involved, such as installation for a thermostat and extra bulbs for a lighting system. ■ Wireless connections are less reliable than the cabled connections supplied by smart tech companies, so check your WiFi signal strength and also that your mobile phone is compatible.

POPULAR STARTER KITS Smart home technology products from the market leaders Philips Hue, from £59.99, meethue.com. “The Philips Hue connected lighting system for the home allows you to access more than 16 million colours and every shade of white light so you can create a unique lighting scheme to suit your needs,” says Anne-Marie McGarry, home product manager, Philips Lighting. Among its benefits, it can be programmed to dim lights on command and to switch them on when you are away, for security and so you return home to a lit house. The latest kit is White Ambiance (below), offering a range of white bulb temperatures to aid waking, reading and going to sleep. It costs £99.99 for the starter kit, plus £24.99 for extra bulbs (controls up to 50).

Canary all-in-one security, £159, store-uk.canary.is. Stay connected all day long with this smart 1080p HD video camera and alarm system with motion sensor and night vision. Easy to set up, it sends alerts to your phone if there are any security issues and can also sound the alarm. Being a canary, it monitors air quality too. You can use the video function to check on the family or your pets, and there’s no need to worry about privacy as it automatically changes mode when you get home.

Nest, £249, nest.com. The 3rd Generation Nest Learning Thermostat (above) saves energy and quickly pays for itself by learning your heating preferences and automatically turning down the heat while you are out. The Nest Protect Smoke + CO alarm, £89, not only detects smoke and carbon monoxide, it pinpoints the source and lets you know what action to take. It can also tell the difference between steam and smoke and can light your way in the dark. Look for the Works with Nest logo on a wide range of compatible products.

Hive active heating kit, £249, hivehome.com. The Hive thermostat was created by British Gas especially for the British market. It can’t learn your behaviour like Nest can, but it has great controllability and advanced timer settings so it’s easy to set up a schedule that is tailor made for your home, plus it has features such as frost protection and holiday mode. Compatible plugs, window and door sensors and a new lighting range are also available.

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SmartThings, £199 for a starter kit, Samsung, 0330 726 7864, samsung.com. One of the main issues with starter kits is that you can end up with lots of hubs. Samsung had already thought of this when it introduced SmartThings, a dedicated home hub with ready-to-go adds-ons plus the ability to link up with countless accessories of other brands. Newly updated for 2016, it can connect to lighting, heating, security locks and cameras, and any small appliance via a power outlet; you can even control your greenhouse. Buy the hub alone for £99. Belkin WeMo smart home remote Insight Switch, £36.99 from Amazon, amazon.co.uk. In theory, any small appliance can become smart if it can connect to your WiFi. That connection could be the Insight Switch, suitable for lamps, TVs, coffee makers, hair straighteners – anything that has a plug and a simple on/off switch. The app can create schedules for each appliance, and send an alert and turn off any that are left on by mistake. It also monitors power usage, so you can save money on bills, too.

SONOS Play:5, £429, 0808 234 6596, sonos.com. From the go-to brand for room to room wireless music, the updated Sonos Play:5 speaker has richer, crisper sound, neat looks and swipe activation. Use it to stream music all around your home, picking up from a number of devices and delivering through a series of Sonos speakers without the need for a hub. Entry level Play:1 starts at £169 and, if your WiFi is patchy, add the Boost, £79.

Music and television and then smart lighting are the biggest sellers at John Lewis, followed by thermostats and home monitoring. Lots of people start with one item, realise the benefits and come back for more.” KATRINA MILLS, audio and connected home buyer, John Lewis, 0345 604 9049, johnlewis.com.

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■ Protecting privacy is important, so most

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home security systems can be programmed to stop recording as soon as any of the main members of the household are home. ■ There is a lot of good information about smart home technology online, but it is a good idea to see it for yourself, with an expert on hand to answer questions. At John Lewis, we set out to simplify the many strands by picking the best in each category for our Smart Home experience at the Oxford Street store. ■ Visit the in-store Smart Home experience at John Lewis, 300 Oxford Street, London W1C 1DX, and in Leeds from the autumn.

■ Home monitoring is very useful, not just for security but also for keeping an eye on pets and for project management if you are having building work done. ■ There are apps available that will call your phone if the doorbell rings, some of which allow you to communicate with the visitor. Face recognition is also becoming a big part of home security.

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EXPERT VIEW BESPOKE IDEAS PHILLIP HINE, design director, Cornflake, 020 7323 4554, cornflake.co.uk.

■ Cornflake creates bespoke smart home programmes using Crestron as a centralised control system. It is very intuitive and can control practically any electric-based product or service. ■ The right infrastructure is essential and we advise anyone who is building a home or doing major renovations to over-cable. We do as little as possible using wireless kit, preferring to set up separate circuits for the key utility strands, such as lighting, audio-visual equipment, heating and mobile phones. Wireless signals are not always reliable, so cable offers a seamless service. ■ Security is very advanced these days but when considering a package make sure it offers traceability, so if there is an intruder, CCTV footage can specify identifying details such as height, weight and build. ■ Home technology is becoming ever-more capable and interactive glass is one of the latest examples. It is tintable and it can also be connected, so it can analyse the temperature on a south-facing window, for example, and re-use the excess heat to warm another part of the home. ■ With open-plan living, where space is at a premium, you want the space to be flexible and to serve a variety of functions. Automated dividing doors are perfect for this and can transform the space at the press of a button. ■ When choosing a concierge service, consider one that monitors clients’ systems around the clock, as ours does. There is always a backup if the internet goes down and we can reboot Sky boxes automatically or remotely. ■ If you would like to get more of an idea about the potential of smart living, visit the Cornflake Smart APPartment, which demonstrates a wide range of technology, including lighting, window treatments and a recently refurbished home cinema. Viewing is by appointment only; 37 Windmill Street, London W1T 2JU.

Many home automation schemes include a cinema, as shown here with speakers by Artcoustic, artcoustic.com.

USING A DESIGN SERVICE For a complex project, a home automation professional can devise a system that’s perfectly tailored to suit your needs If you are after something more seamless, sophisticated and centralised than the offthe-shelf solutions can offer, seek out the services of a smart home professional. A home automation professional has knowledge of all the products and systems available and will design a custom-made plan for you. A bespoke home automation plan may include everything from a home cinema to a professional lighting scheme, automated window treatments to air conditioning, security to garden irrigation, all brought together through a centralised system and interface. Your designer will choose

the most effective and efficient set-up, programming much of it to be fully automated so you’ll never have to think about it, while elements you might want more control over will be programmed to be simple to use. Some automation companies go beyond planning and installation, with maintenance services that involve monitoring and response to ensure the house runs smoothly at all times. To learn more about the latest home technology solutions, browse a gallery of projects and find a home automation professional near you, visit CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association), cedia.co.uk.

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AROUND THE HOME Appliances and gadgets to make life that bit easier, inside and out CLEVER COOKING Making small appliances smarter offers many benefits. Add a timer function and you can set your washing machine to run remotely, finishing as you walk through the door, or wake up to freshly brewed coffee every day. For cooking, a connected hob and extractor hood will clean the air automatically. ProCombi Plus Smart oven, £1,499, AEG, 0344 561 1611, aeg.co.uk. Keep an eye on dinner via the CookView camera that provides a live feed to your phone, and use the My AEG app to control the oven temperature and humidity.

Responsive lighting by LIFX, lifx.com, changes the mood from work to relaxing in an open-plan kitchen.

THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT Family Hub fridge, Samsung, 0330 726 7864, samsung.com. The biggest appliance launch of the year, this fridge-freezer is currently on show exclusively at John Lewis Smart Home experience. It features a large touch screen that accesses a complete home management system, delivering radio, TV, internet, recipes, calendar and more, all programmed to suit the way you live. Functions include a shopping list linked to your phone, trackers that show what should be eaten first, and cameras that let you peek inside remotely, so you can see if you need to pick up a pint of milk.

Most smart TVs connect to Netflix and Amazon Prime, but even basic TVs can access popular sites such as BBC iPlayer and Netflix via a media streamer such as Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire, Roku and Apple TV – and most cost less than £50. Find out more about choosing the right TV for your home at trustedreviews.com. 4th generation Apple TV, from £129, apple.com. The new Apple TV makes it easy to navigate online content using voice commands. Other clever features include the ability to skip back and read subtitles if you miss a crucial bit of dialogue. You can also customise your screen with a choice of more than 1,000 apps from tvOS App Store.

EXPERT VIEW MAKING THE MOST OF LIGHTING ANNE-MARIE MCGARRY, home

product manager, Philips Lighting, meethue.com.

■ A connected lighting system unlocks the possibilities of light in the home, from simply switching lights on and off automatically to creating atmosphere, enhancing a space and accentuating favourite features. ■ In an open-plan living area, lighting can

subtly divide the space, with a crisp white light in the kitchen and a warmer white in the living area. In a hallway, the mood can shift from practical to welcoming when guests arrive through a nuanced change in the shade or colour of the light. ■ A great deal of apps have been developed that work with Philips Hue, enabling people to experiment with lighting in new and innovative ways – from washing the walls with the dominant colours on screen as they watch a movie to creating the

ultimate immersive gaming experience where lights react to real-time play. ■ Light affects us both physically and emotionally. Having access to every possible shade of white light, with Philips Hue White Ambiance for example, you can enhance wellbeing around your daily routines, choosing a dimmed warm light for winding down in the evening or a blue shade similar to midday natural light to aid concentration or give you an energy boost on a dull day.

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FEEL-GOOD FACTOR A lot of technology focuses on lifestyle choices and health. In lighting, varying shades of white can be adapted to affect mood and aid sleep, while chromatherapy in the bathroom uses colour to relax or invigorate. Dedicated sleep monitors are also growing in popularity, helping to create the perfect conditions for a restful night. Moxie showerhead + wireless speaker, £179, Kohler, 0844 571 0048, kohler.co.uk. If singing in the shower is your thing, you can stream music, radio or news via a high-quality wireless speaker in the shower head, which pairs with Bluetooth-enabled devices.

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Weather Station, £169, Netatmo, netatmo.com. This device includes an indoor and outdoor sensor to measure indoor air quality and the weather. There are also wind and rain gauges in the range.

In the US, there are some great automated products for soil testing and irrigation, such as Edyn and Blossom, and hopefully these will land in the UK soon. The current technology here mostly focuses on garden lighting, home security and weather sensors. Kits such as Samsung SmartThings, which can measure temperature and humidity, can also be used to help monitor conditions in the greenhouse, and even Ikea is dabbling with hydroponics. GreenIQ Smart Garden Hub WiFi irrigation controller, £199, Vesternet, 0345 226 8572, vesternet.com. Control your garden’s sprinklers and watering systems based on current and forecasted local weather. The hub can also connect to a range of devices, including Flower Power and Netatmo Weather Station, and control outdoor lighting according to sunrise and sunset.

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S+ sleep monitor by ResMed, £129.95, John Lewis, 0345 604 9049, johnlewis.com. This clever non-contact monitor tracks the light, sound and temperature in your bedroom, and can sync to your breathing and play soothing sounds to lull you to sleep. If racing thoughts are keeping you awake, use the Mind Clear function to record your to-do list, while a morning alarm moves you from heavy to light sleep, so you wake in the right part of the sleep cycle for a grog-free start to the day. All the while the S+ analyses breathing and body movements, giving feedback to help improve your sleep pattern.

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Parrot Flower Power, £29.99, Currys, 0344 561 1234, currys.co.uk. This sensor assesses sunlight, temperature, moisture and fertiliser to help improve growing conditions in the pot or in the ground, while the app has a database of more than 6,000 plants.

CEDIA, 01480 213744, cedia.co.uk. Crestron, crestron.com. Customised, 01508 528964, customised.uk.com. Cyberhomes, 0333 344 3818, cyberhomes.co.uk. Dianemo, 01245 330101, dianemo.co.uk. Home Technology, 01483 288361, hometechnology.uk. Kensington Home Technology, 020 7937 9444, kensingtonhome technology.com. Living, 020 7411 9849, livinghometech.co.uk. Loxone, 0118 313 0140, loxone.com. NV Integration, 020 7205 2325, nvintegration.co.uk. Pure Home Technology, 01962 809129, purehometechnology.co.uk.


         

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WHERE CAN I BUY COLOURED LININGS? I’m making a bedcover to co-ordinate with curtains but can’t find cotton lining fabric in a matching shade. Is there a company that sells coloured linings in furnishing widths? DW, Newbury, Berkshire. Sisters Catherine Merrick and Rebecca Day, who share a love of curtain-making, set up Merrick & Day, 01652 648814, merrick-day.com, which supplies its own range of 100 per cent cotton linings in more than 60 colours, 137cm wide, £5.04m. The duo are known in the decorating world for their soft-furnishings workroom as well as their series of acclaimed manuals – a new will be out soon. Their catalogue of curtain-making and softfurnishing essentials began as a way of satisfying their own sewing needs and then for the students joining their courses who required products in small quantities. Everything in their vast collection, from poles, portiere rods and lead weights to a full repertoire of linings, is of the quality they use in their workroom, and is delivered from their own warehouse.

INSIDER’S TIP “Try fitting a wool broadloom carpet with subtle stripes to let the room’s colour theme work up from the floor.” HEATHER TAYLOR, floor-coverings buyer, John Lewis, 0345 604 9049, johnlewis.com.

WHAT IS THE MOST EFFICIENT WAY TO HANG COATS? With a household of two adults and two children, I need to reorganise how we hang all of our coats in the hall. Do you have any solutions? AM, Kilmarnock. Considering most people own more than one coat, the majority of rails aren’t long enough for the average family, and the hooks are often too close together. Base your calculation on allocating each person a minimum of three hooks, and factor in more if you often have visitors. The shape of the hooks is important, too; those with a good upward curve and projection will hold clothing better than pegs. If you have space to hang racks in tiers, one for adults above one for the children, try two Nordal six-hook racks, L110xW9cm, £36 from Bell & Blue, 01455 558677, bellandblue.com. A better idea would be to have the required number of hooks fixed not less than 25cm apart on a homemade, or joinery made, painted or stained board. Broughtons, 0116 234 1888, broughtons.com, has a wide range of hooks, with Holloways of Ludlow, 01959 565818, hollowaysofludlow.com, and Relics of Witney, 01993 7046111, relicsofwitney.co.uk, also offering a variety of styles.

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WHICH COMPANY MAKES THIS GLASS? I’m trying to track down slumped painted glass splashbacks that I once saw in a kitchen in H&G. Can you help? RT, Benenden, Kent. This textured glass comes under a variety of names, but Richard Cox at Glassology, 01235 850518, glassology.com, calls it kiln forming. He describes the process as heating a flat glass panel in a kiln to the point just before it becomes molten, when a texture or design positioned beneath will become embossed on to its surface. Glassology made the splashback in this kitchen (left) by Mowlem, 020 7610 6626, mowlemandco.com. You can also try Miguel Hurtig of Nero Designs, 020 7737 8021, nerodesigns.co.uk; Wow Glass, 01708 555133, wowglass.co.uk; and Deco Glaze, 020 8569 8585, decoglaze.co.uk, where the system is described as handmade moulded and comes in six designs. Not all slumped glass can be toughened after this procedure, so check with the manufacturer. If it can’t be toughened, don’t fit it behind a hob as it will be liable to fracture.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR QUESTION The House Clinic service is free to all Homes & Gardens subscribers. There is a £12 fee per query for non-subscribers, who must send their query and payment by post. EMAIL Subscribers, send your query, subscriber number and address to hgcontactus@timeinc.com. POST Send your query, subscriber number or payment and an sae to Homes & Gardens, Blue Fin Building, 110 Southwark Street, London SE1 0SU. Make cheques/postal orders payable to Time Inc (UK). We are unable to answer more than one question per reader each month. Celia Rufey can also help you create an individual design for any room in your home, with ideas for colours, fabrics, paint, wallcoverings and flooring. For full details, visit housetohome. co.uk/decoratingservice.

WHERE CAN I FIND A MODERN WOODEN BATH MAT? Are there any companies that supply contemporary wooden bath mats that will blend in with the wood accessories in our bath and shower room? PY, London SW18.

DO SOFA BEDS STAND UP TO REGULAR USE? I stay four nights a week in my studio flat in London and need a sofa bed with a high-grade mattress. How can I assess quality? GA, Salisbury. Many sofa beds are designed for occasional guests and wouldn’t stand up to regular use. But companies that make mattresses, such as Gainsborough, 01225 779137, gainsborough-beds.co.uk, are likely to produce better-quality sofa beds. Most of its 12 models have sprung slatted bases and come in three mattress grades, including 10cm-deep pocket sprung, with a choice of sofa arms, feet and fabric: the 2.5-seater Metro is around £1,200. Willow & Hall, 0845 468 0577, willowandhall.co.uk, divides its range into occasional and everyday use, with the two-seater Chirton (above), which is sprung slatted with a pocket-sprung 14cm-deep mattress, at £1,189. The four options at The Sofa & Chair Company, 020 8752 8935, thesofaandchair.co.uk, are 10cm deep and pocket sprung: the 2.5-seater Spencer costs £2,780 plus 13m of fabric. John Lewis, 0345 604 9049, johnlewis.com, also stocks a good selection.

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As teak is naturally water-resistant, a bath mat made from this wood is likely to be more robust and keep its looks for longer. Balineum, 020 7431 9364, balineum.co.uk, offers a selection including the Atlantica teak square shower mat with rubber feet, 50cm sq, £88; the Teak mosaic bath mat, 100x55cm, £85; and the Sablon white-washed teak bath mat, 100x55cm, £96. Another attractive option made from oblongs of solid teak, but in a dark stain finish, is the Mesh bath mat (below), 63x49cm, which costs £30 from Habitat, 0344 499 4686, habitat.co.uk.


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he age-old method of infusing food with the flavour and aroma of wood smoke is back on the culinary agenda, with small-scale, smokeries producing top-quality products in this traditional way. Smoking meat, fish and other ingredients transforms them, often making them not only more delicious but also more tender than in their raw form. It’s not a treatment reserved for savoury dishes either. Here, smoked ingredients make their mark in everything from a Caesar salad to a crème caramel. Whether it is hot or cold, sweet or savoury, smoking is here to stay.

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HOT SMOKED SALMON, CHICKPEAS AND LEMON Serves 4

Simple combinations are often the best. Here, Moroccan spices and punchy preserved lemon mingle with the rich flavour of smoked salmon. Always warm through chickpeas, even if serving them at room temperature, as it brings out their nutty flavour and yielding bite. Large knob of butter 1 tbsp olive oil 2 tins chickpeas, drained Finely sliced peel of 2 preserved lemons 1 tbsp rose harissa Salt and ground black pepper 300g hot smoked salmon Juice of 1 lemon Pinch of sugar 2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil Large handful rocket leaves Small bunch flat-leaf parsley

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■ Heat the butter and oil in a frying pan

and add the chickpeas, preserved lemon peel and harissa. Season and stir over the heat, until the chickpeas are warmed through. Transfer to four serving bowls. ■ Break the salmon into large flakes and divide between the bowls. ■ Mix the lemon juice with the sugar, season, then whisk in the extra virgin olive oil. Divide the dressing between the salads and toss through the rocket and chopped parsley. Serve with crusty bread.


MORTEAU SAUSAGE WITH BRAISED LENTILS Serves 4

Of all the smoked sausages the Morteau is surely king. These juicy French oΩerings are smoked for at least 48 hours over woodchips of conifer and juniper imparting a distinctive flavour. 2 large Morteau sausages 750ml chicken stock 400g puy lentils, rinsed 2 tbsp olive oil 2 shallots, peeled and finely sliced 200g cavolo nero, shredded 125ml crème fraîche 1 tbsp Dijon mustard Lemon juice, to taste Large handful chopped soft herbs such as flat-leaf parsley, tarragon and chervil ■ Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Pop in the sausages, cover and simmer gently for about 30 minutes. ■ Bring the stock to the boil. Add the lentils and simmer for about 15-20 minutes until tender. ■ Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan and gently fry the shallots for 10 minutes. Add the cavolo nero and a splash of water and cook, stirring, until tender and wilted. ■ As soon as the lentils are cooked, tip into the pan with the onion and toss with the rest of the ingredients. ■ Drain and thickly slice the sausages. Serve on top of the lentils with extra mustard on the side, if liked.

Hand-moulded serving bowl, £35, Nôm Living, nomliving.com.

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SMOKED DUCK BREAST, PUMPKIN AND APPLE CAESAR SALAD Serves 4

So much more than your average Caesar salad, this vibrant dish is packed full of autumnal flavours. Duck is at its best at this time of year and, when smoked, is the perfect match for the creamy dressing, giving rich depth to the salad. 1kg squash or pumpkin, deseeded and cut into wedges 4 tbsp olive oil Salt and ground black pepper 2 dessert apples Large knob of butter 3 slices sourdough, cut into croutons 160g smoked duck breast, sliced 2 Little gem lettuce 1 Round or other soft lettuce

Handful chives, snipped 2 tbsp coarsely grated Parmesan

For the dressing 1 free-range egg yolk 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed Good squeeze lemon juice 2 tsp Dijon mustard Few splashes of Worcestershire sauce 8 anchovies 100ml extra virgin olive oil

■ Preheat the oven to 200ºC, gas mark 6. Put the squash in a roasting tin, drizzle with oil and season well. Roast for 35-40 minutes, turning occasionally, until tender and caramelised. Set aside to cool a little. ■ Meanwhile, peel and core the apples and slice into thin wedges. Melt the butter in a non-stick pan and fry the apple, turning, until golden. Set aside. Add a little more

butter and oil to the pan and fry the croutons until golden and crisp. ■ Mix the dressing ingredients, except for the oil, in a small food processor. Gradually trickle in the oil until thick and glossy. ■ In a large bowl, toss the squash with the apple, croutons, smoked duck breast, lettuce, chives and Parmesan. Drizzle with the dressing and serve immediately.


LAPSANG SOUCHONG CRÈME CARAMEL Serves 4

Lapsang souchong is a black tea, smoked over pine needles. It has a delicious aroma and is ideal for sweet dishes as the strong flavour can really shine. A classic crème caramel, smooth as silk with its dark, almost bitter caramel, blends with the heavy smoky tea for a subtle but sublime dessert. 300ml whole milk 150ml double cream 1 vanilla pod, split and seeds scraped out 1 lapsang souchong tea bag 50g caster sugar 3 whole eggs plus 1 yolk

For the caramel 120g caster sugar 1 tbsp water

■ Preheat the oven to 180ºC, gas mark 4.

Put the milk, cream, vanilla pod and seeds and the tea bag into a pan. Add the caster sugar and set over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Increase the heat and bring to the boil, then remove from the heat and set aside for 15-20 minutes to infuse. ■ Meanwhile, lightly beat the eggs and yolk in a large bowl. Strain the milk mixture into a jug then pour into the beaten egg, stirring gently, until fully incorporated. ■ For the caramel, put the sugar and water in a pan and warm over a low heat until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat and bubble until you have a rich dark caramel, being very careful not to let it burn. ■ Take a 20cm soufflé or other dish

about 900ml in capacity. Pour in the caramel and quickly but carefully swirl it around so that it coats the base and the sides of the dish. Leave to cool slightly. ■ Fold two long strips of foil to form a cross and put this into a roasting tin. Sit the caramel-coated dish in the centre of the cross and pour in the custard. Pour boiling water around the outside of the dish so it comes halfway up the sides. ■ Carefully slide into the oven and reduce the temperature to 160ºC, gas mark 3. Bake for 30-40 minutes until set. Remove from the water bath using the foil strips and cool completely. You can chill the caramel until you are ready to serve. ■ To serve, carefully turn out onto a lipped serving dish so that the caramel doesn’t run off the sides.

Hand-moulded dinner plate, £30, Nôm Living, nomliving.com.

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