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ugust is traditionally the month of high summer and harvest time, with vivid colours in the country side. There can be a feeling of completion and contentment, so enjoy what you have brought to fruition this year and savour your success. There are no shortcuts when making sweeping changes in your house or in your life so celebrate your hard work.

This month we are focusing on my favourite room, the kitchen, so turn to p105 to get some inspiration for a new hub from flooring to cabinets. Add some vibrant seasonal colour to your home with our bright and beautiful decorating ideas on p96 or go for gold with our favourite metal on p10.

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This month PERIOD IDEAS has been... ENJOYING a first look at autumn/winter home fashions - SHABBY CHIC is back and RHUBARB is the colour (we kid you not); WONDERING how long before a 1980s house becomes a period home; IMPRESSED by the assortment of blinds in B&Q; PREPARING the Christmas issue (nothing like a bit of forward planning); DELIGHTED by 1950s New York in the film Brooklyn

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Contents AUGUST 2016

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Essentials 8

News Keep up to date with the latest designs and happenings this month

Real Homes & Gardens


Garden journal The latest news, inspirational ideas and expert advice for your great outdoors



Britain’s heritage Becky Faulks visits Nymans to learn about the life of actress Vivien Leigh


Collectables Margaret Powling explores the history of maritime art

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Editor’s choice Make the most of your home with our stylish selection of products, ideas and expert advice


Lessons I’ve learned Our property expert Kate Faulkner explains how to best prepare your property against the threat of fire

Sarah Raven The queen bee of the British gardening scene reveals her planting advice Kitchen hub Treat yourself with this month’s tasty recipe and kitchen essentials Win a designer shed plus installation from the Posh Shed Company worth over £2,500 Great giveaway Win a Kubota walk behind lawn mower worth £1,020






Neverending story Gayle and John Leader’s characterful garden is an ongoing team effort, evolving every year


Natural beauty Margot and Tom Simpson transformed a rural farmhouse into their ideal home


The beauty of St Barts Interior designer, Barry Dixon, takes us behind the scenes of a stunning Caribbean holiday home


Enchanted garden How Butter Wakefield brought unique charm to a Victorian property


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Interiors 10

Decorating with... gold Add subtle glamour to your home with this precious metal


At home with... Lucinda Croft We chat to the talented Managing Director of Dragons of Walton Street

Kitchen special


Smooth sailing Mix contrasting shades of blue for a cool, coastal look Mattress matters Get the beauty sleep you deserve with our tips for choosing a comfortable bed




Style Edit

Bright ideas Show your home in the best possible light with these tips from the experts


Brilliant bathrooms Our collection of products will help you add some sparkle to your showers


Vintage & country summer Get the classic look this season with our stylish shopping list


Luxury fix The latest fashionable finds and designer details for your home this season


Object of desire Atkin & Thyme’s amber sideboard combines exotic mango wood and brass inlay detail for timeless appeal


Summer brights Welcome the warmer weather with vibrant, eye-catching colours


Style through the ages Charlotte Barber celebrates the fanciful opulence of Rococo style

Create our cover look Combine soft shades with natural textures for a relaxing interiors scheme


Get the look Choose jewel-bright tones and a vibrant mix of coloured textiles for an Indian summer look


The best... barbecue buys Make the most of hot days and balmy evenings by dining al fresco

Take your seat Our guide to choosing the perfect sofa for your home




10 of the best kitchens Breathe new life into your cooking space with our collection of best buys


Easy does it Installing your next kitchen doesn’t need to keep you up at night


Equal footing Find out how to ensure your flooring goes the distance

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Renovating news Read all about the latest need-to-know stories for owners of older properties


Shibori napkins For this month’s craft project, try your hand at a traditional textile technique


Making an entrance Rethink your windows and doors with help from our expert panel


Heat of the moment Period Ideas reviews the history of the fireplace as we prepare for a cosy winter


Pay just £6 for your first three issues of Period Ideas with free delivery direct to your door. Classic inspiration for your home and garden all year long. PERIOD IDEAS 7

NEWS Need to know


HOME STYLE Keep up to date with the latest designs and happenings this month


Add elegance to your bedroom with the vintage appeal of the Suzy bedside table at Sweetpea & Willow, £245. 0345 257 2627,



Create a relaxing space for all the family with the cane furniture collection at Sisters Guild. Available in a range of colours, the sofa is £320, the chair is £240 and the table is £250.

Bring the outside in with the nature-inspired Petite Marguerite chair, £835, in Tulipan fabric by Osborne & Little. For more information call 0808 256 4101 or visit


The Flowerdrop melamine platter from Collier Campbell is perfect for a summer picnic. It brings a bright splash of colour to the party. £8. 020 8964 5203,


Open or closed, the Printworks range of curtains by Clover & Thorne demands attention. Priced from £32.86 per m, this dynamic design looks best against light block colours. 0800 0124 613,


FLOWER BED Brighten up your bedroom scheme with the fresh and vibrant Devon bed linen range from Bohzaar, priced from £18. 01531 553 000,


Spruce up your sofas with this light floral design from an original artwork hand-painted by Stil Haven Design Studio in Sussex. Available from the French Bedroom Company for £49. 01444 415 430,


This mouthblown vase is priced at £45, from Black By Design. Its gentle curves and silk matte finish are sure to complement your best bouquets. 01889 502 716,


BBC Countryfile Live is the big new outdoor event for 2016, allowing you to enjoy Britain’s most watched factual television show first-hand. The four-day event, which is staged in partnership with the National Trust, will be held at the magnificent Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, from 4th -7th August. Visitors can expect live arena shows, animal displays, Q&A sessions with the Countryfile presenters and hundreds of food, drink and crafts stalls. It’s sure to be the rural event of the summer. For ticket enquiries call 0844 249 1000 or visit


Bring some unusual opulence to your next cocktail party with this round brass and marble drinks trolley, £325, at Mia Fleur. The glass spirit decanter adds even more glamour, £46. 0116 298 6393,


INTERIORS Décor ideas

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Add subtle glamour to your home with this precious metal Edited by SUSAN DICKERSON


ling is back, but not as you know it. Metallics have become a failsafe addition to our interiors adding a feeling of warmth and a touch of luxury, over the past few seasons, but unless you’re a Bond villain or a Russian oligarch, the trend has been understated rather than extreme. There’s a softer, subtler feel here which nods to the past and encourages us to reconsider how personal gold can be, from our mother’s wedding ring to old-fashioned gold-plated crockery. Cherished Gold was chosen by Dulux as its colour of the year, evolving from last year’s Copper Blush. Rebecca Williamson, Senior Colour Design & Content Manager at Dulux says, “Gold and tones of gold are being used everywhere in the design world. It is a recurring colour and material at design fairs and in graphic design as well as in the worlds of architecture, fashion, beauty and interior decorating.”


Cushions from back to front: Charmont Fabric: £40 per metre in White Gold, Loire in Blue Steel: £35 per metre, Merivel Fabric in Pewter: £33 per metre, Charmont Fabric: £40 per metre in White Gold, all at Olivia Bard. 01274 360 400,


“Gold has been used through the ages to show the wealth of the home owner, but this modern interpretation of detailed accents, brings an elegance and modernity and set off with gemstones of every hue works with all colours of the rainbow,” says Olivia Bard. Her new Burnished Grandeur collection brings the rich, warm tones of gold, flecked through the woven fabrics, into an eclectic modern palette. The fabrics are inspired by faded French heirlooms, mixing cultures and centuries. You’ve got plenty of options when working with gold. Be inspired by the peacock’s tail and look for purples, greens and blues, or stay pale and interesting with with soft greens and pinks. Remember less is more so use gold in tiny quantities in your cushions, window dressings and details for a subtle effect. This is not about lavish display but more about creating a rich and cosy ambience in your home so that your good taste can be appreciated by family and friends.

Swatch WATCH Mellow colours sit nicely with rich gold tones. 01202 876 141,

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INDUSTRY INSIGHT Fabulous fabric designer, Olivia Bard, shares her thoughts on this year’s must-have metallic Regal and opulent, gold has been used as far back as ancient Egypt and has captivated us for centuries. Gold accents are a strong trend right now and there are so many hues to select in this rich patina from red, orange to yellow. You can go for an aged and traditional look or use tiny contemporary accents to create a myriad of effects. Enjoy the rich beauty gold brings to your interiors.

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Walls: Loire in Blue Steel: £35 per metre; Cushions Left to Right: Laurent in Ruby: £35 per metre, Loire in Blue Steel: £35 per metre, Merivel Fabric in Pewter: £33 per metre, all at Olivia Bard. 01274 360 400, PERIOD IDEAS 11

INTERIORS Décor ideas

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GO FOR GOLD Create a grown-up look with some styling short cuts

Remember that gold comes alive when used in surprising ways – so look for textured plant pots (we like the range available at MiaFleur) and enjoy the visual appeal of green against gold. Consider subtle touches such as cutlery and tableware. Your gold needs to be approachable, rather than touch me not. Gold can be a dramatic addition to the dining table but remember that too many goblets and platters can give the impression that you’re recreating a medieval banquet. Less is more! Don’t forget that gold works beautifully with cream, white and pastels as well as deep greens and blues. This means you’ve got plenty of versalility at both ends of the spectrum. Rest assured that you can probably add a touch to your existing scheme easily without going wildly out of your comfort zone.

Online Inspiration

We’ve compiled our most inspirational paint ideas and colour schemes in our moodboards. Head to to take a look at some classic designs


Star by Julien Macdonald Metallic swirl glasses from £6, gold lustre stemware £9 each, Ice bucket £35, black diamante swirl votive £20, cocktail shaker £18, Lustre confetti vase £36, black votive (set 3) £24, gold flecks bowl £30, gold deco placemat £12, wine cooler £25, gold flecks candle £20, available in September, all at Debenhams. 0344 800 8877,

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Site to see

This month, Exeter University teams up with last year’s RHS Rocket Science exhibition to produce a stunning exhibition at RHS garden, Rosemoor. Running from 26th July-21st August (10am-5pm) the exhibition will use photographs, panels and a hydroponic display to show how science in space contributes to our knowledge of life on Earth. Visitors will also have the chance to vote for the vegetable they think would be the best one to take into space.

Garden Hideouts Chatsworth Shepherd Hut, POA. 01905 794 445,

Bloom of the month


August can be a challenging time for gardeners. The early summer flowers are over, the later summer/early autumn blooms are yet to begin and the garden has been bleached by heat and sunlight. Dahlias are a fantastic way to brighten up your wilting garden at this time of the year, as they are showy, come in a wide range of types and often flower


until the first frosts. Whether you have them in the garden, in pots or even in vases as cut flowers, they can really make a difference when other plants have lost their shine. They are best planted in soil that is fertile, well drained and in full sun, but will flourish in a wide range of soil types. Best of all, each Dahlia tuber you plant will produces hundreds of flowers.

Floral flurry The gardens at Chatsworth House are famous for their beauty, and on 16th August you’ve got the chance to take a little piece of them home with you. Chatsworth is holding a garden floristry half-day, where visitors can pick flowers from the kitchen garden and make a seasonal hand-tied arrangement. Look out for a great learning opportunity, both about the garden at Chatsworth and about the skills of floristry. Course runs from 9.30am–1.30pm, admission £50. 01246 565 300,

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RETAIL THERAPY It’s high summer and there’s always something to do in the garden. Make sure you’ve got the right tools for the job



HELPING HANDS Get the children outside with these kids’ garden gloves from Annabel James, available for £6.95. 0345 548 0210,

The latest news, inspirational ideas and expert advice for your great outdoors A GOOD SIGN Welcome guests to your garden with this cast-iron outdoor hanging sign from Roman at Home, available for £13.50. 01325 327 964,


MAKE IT RAIN Keep your garden happy during the drier season with the SOLC12 weather responsive SMART Solar Automatic watering system. £79.95 from Irrigatia. 0844 801 9750,

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With sweeping hilltop views across the Essex countryside, Hyde Hall provides an ideal venue for its annual flower show. The show will take place alongside the house’s gardens and will be packed full of garden sundries. Nurseries will be selling a variety of young plants and you can admire the traditional rose gardens, herbaceous borders and meadowland. The flower show will take place from Thursday 4th-Sunday 7th August and will be open from 10am-5pm daily. 0203 176 5800,

IN THE MIX For a quick, easy and eclectic way to liven up your garden, why not try some potted plants? These National Trust Flora pots from Woodlodge are an ideal place to start your floral display. Choose your colour scheme then plant contrasting flower shapes and textures in threes to create an organised yet eyecatching feature. 0300 123 2025,


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Enjoy bountiful courgette flowers

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CUT IT OUT Often described as the world’s best gardening tool, the Hori Hori knife is useful for digging, taking cuttings and more. £35 from Genus. 01285 740 004,




SPREAD YOUR ROOTS Are your plants in need of a bit more space? Dressed in Liberty print ‘Phoebe’, this transplant trowel is part of Liberty London’s new garden range, £19.95. 0207 341 234,

Plan a practical and beautiful space

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Harvest and dry your onions


Laura Hillier offers her advice on harvesting, watering and planting during August Harvest is the name of the game on the plot in August, with crops including beans, courgettes, tomatoes, cucumbers, sweetcorn, potatoes, blueberries, figs, gooseberries, currants, early apples and pears all ready to move from the garden into the kitchen. If you have garden gluts, different preserving methods can really come in handy, and help fill your cupboards for later in the year. As well as enjoying the fruits of your labour, there isn’t time to take your foot off the gas with plant care and even getting crops into the ground to fill the gaps over

winter. Salad leaves can still be sown now, as well as spring cabbages, Oriental veg and green manures. Watering is very important on the hotter days – making sure it is consistent and that you understand which crops are thirsty types and which aren’t can be key to success. Another important job this month will be protecting plants from pests – particularly those bearing fruit, which is appealing to all manner of creatures. A fine-grade netting is really useful, but make sure it is pulled taut to prevent any animals from becoming tangled up.


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hen I think of August, I think of tomatoes, picked warm from their vines from the grove in our greenhouse. We now always grow four small-fruited varieties – the super-sweet, thin-skinned Sungold, as well as Stupice from the Czech Republic, which is a huge producer and very tasty, and of course, Gardener’s Delight. With this classic cherry red, each tomato ripens on the vine at much the same time, so they can all be picked and roasted on the vine together. In 2015, this was joined by the bizarrely coloured, Indigo Rose. It has remarkable blue-black fruits, which ripen to red only at their apex.


Indigo Rose is a super-healthy tomato, containing not just the antioxidant pigment, Lycopene, which makes it red, but it also has plenty of anthocyanin too.. Ignore its bruise-like colour - it’s juicy, exceptionally tomato-ey in flavour, prolific and easy to

grow and at the top of the list in terms of healthy foods. Tomatoes go perfectly with basil and August is the month when this herb is also at its bushy best, but don’t just use it in your salads. Harvest handfuls of leaves to make an ice cream. Basil ice cream is like Marmite – you’ll either become obsessed with it, or find it too strange.


To make a 4 litre tub, blend the leaves from 2 large bunches of fresh basil with 1 kg caster sugar in a food processor. Combine with 600g mascarpone and 2.5 litres natural yogurt and pour the mixture into an icecream maker. Freeze/churn for about 20 minutes. If you don’t have a machine, pour into Tupperware containers and freeze for a couple of hours before forking through. Repeat, if possible, a couple of times. Either way, serve it immediately, or put back into the freezer, but eat it soon. It is at its best when freshly made.

Along with strawberry and black pepper flavour, basil ice cream is my favourite and we serve it all the time at our Perch Hill summer dinners. I encourage you to give it a try out of curiosity before you set your heart against it. If you feel summer might be coming to an end, don’t forget to harvest seed from annuals and biennials by the end of the month. Plants such as Cerinthe and Calendula sown in the spring will be going over now and dropping seed where they grow. Before it’s all dispersed, pick whole plants and tie them upside-down in a paper carrier bag and allow the seeds to drop out. They’ll continue to dry, ready for you when you want to autumn sow in the garden in a few weeks’ time. Sarah Raven runs cooking, flower arranging, growing and gardening classes at her East Sussex farm and has presented on BBC Gardeners World. You can purchase her flowers, seeds and kits, plus view a full list of courses at


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Top and tail and cut the larger courgettes lengthways into 1 cm slices. If the courgettes are small with the flower still on, remove the flower and put aside to add at the end (after removing the central stigma). Leave small courgettes whole or cut them in half lengthways.



Make the most of the summer with our picnic picks

1 kg tomatoes, ideally mixed colours, chopped into chunks

Great British Food’s Natasha LovellSmith says... “This delicious salad can be enjoyed over summer using vegetables straight from your garden.”


Oil a griddle lightly with rapeseed oil and then heat until you cannot count to ten with your hand hovering just

above it. Griddle the courgettes for about 3 minutes on either side, depending on size, and put in a large shallow bowl. Add the tomatoes to the courgettes. Scatter in the shrimps and basil.


For the dressing, mix the oils with lemon zest and juice and season with salt and pepper. Dress the salad, and toss well before serving. Serves 8 as a main, 12 as a starter

A courgette contains more potassium than a banana



Few vegetables are as versatile as carrots; these colourful root vegetables can be roasted, mashed, chopped, eaten raw or even made into noodles as part of a healthy pasta dish substitute. Carrots are a key ingredient in a variety of traditional English meals, appearing in roasts, cottage pies and stews – a good thing given their impressive array of health benefits. They are rich in beta carotene, fibre, vitamins and more, benefiting the skin, eyes and hair and combating inflammation. And the best part is, they are easy enough to grow at home. PERIOD IDEAS 19


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he beach hut is a staple of the British summer, along with ice cream, sandcastles and slightly unreliable weather. But we don’t all live within easy distance of the sea, and some of us prefer to spend the warmer months relaxing in our gardens. Thanks to the Southwold shed by The Posh Shed Company, you no longer need to head to the coast every time the sun comes out; you can bring the beach to you instead. The Southwold is based on the traditional beach hut design. There is a covered veranda, which serves as a handy spot to leave garden tools (or even a bucket and spade) and it is wide enough to decorate with potted plants, bunting or a garden gnome or two. Inside, there is a high diamond window, plenty of space for storage and room enough for a workbench or a small table and chair. It’s the perfect spot for making, mending, planting or painting, or simply for relaxing and passing the time.


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REAL GARDENS Stuart Cottage



Gayle and John Leader’s characterful garden is an ongoing team effort which evolves with every year Words and photography GAP PHOTOS/NICOLA STOCKEN

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ertain gardens have a distinctive feel and, the longer they’ve been established, the clearer their sense of identity. The outside space at Gayle and John Leader’s 450-year old Surrey cottage has an overriding feeling of history, and also contentment. “I’m aware of the people who have lived here over the centuries, and feel sure they’ve been happy because the cottage has such a friendly feel,” says Gayle. The secret to this garden, with its ancient pathways, colour-themed borders, formal fountain and secluded courtyards, is teamwork. “But we don’t tread on each other’s toes,” insists Gayle. “I love all the propagation side while John builds the structures, and he’s very proud of his compost heap.” John, who is a retired engineer, is the practical one with an intuitive feel whilst Gayle, a former fashion buyer with an unerring eye for colour, designs the planting. “I’m full of ideas but can’t always envisage how to carry them out, so this is where John comes in,” she acknowledges. “Ours is the garden of a cottage, as opposed to a cottage garden which is a jumble of plants and looks wonderful, but is not orderly enough for my liking,” she adds.


No corner of the gently sloping half-acre garden in the tiny village of East Clandon is untouched by John’s handiwork – including its wooden rose pergola, stone paths, plant supports, border edgings, kitchen garden, steps and walls. In addition, he can claim credit for the back-breaking task of preparing the heavy clay soil. “I either spread a mulch of farmyard manure to add a little guts or dig in compost to make the soil more workable,” he explains. And, what about weeding? “Actually, I do that,” counters Gayle. “I’ve loved

weeding ever since I was a ten-year-old. In fact, I find it very therapeutic.” When they first saw the garden, however, therapeutic was not the first word to spring to mind. It was an uninspiring patch of grass, hedges, a few azaleas, a willow, a much-loved plum tree and some old gnarled apple trees. But they were captivated by the beamed Tudor cottage, formerly home to a succession of cowmen working on the Hatchlands estate. Today, the garden is unrecognisable, a collection of old glass bottles the only clue to the past. “It was never designed in the first place, and just evolved as we enlarged beds when needed,” Gayle explains. Partly walled, the garden holds surprises in every corner. In one, a statue is partly camouflaged by a marvellous pink Crinum powellii, in another an ancient stone trough peeps out from beneath a climbing fig, while in a sunken nook, a stone seat nestles in the shadow of one of the original apple trees. “I think that gardens need lots of seats so you can absorb your

Above Gayle and John try to grow something new every year, with varying success. Top right “Some people jumble all the colours together,” says Gayle. “But I keep soft colours in the centre, hot colours on the edge.”

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surroundings or simply sit and contemplate — you can’t do that if you just walk through,” adds John. Linking the different areas is a continuous, rising lawn, punctuated with mixed flower borders. The sweeping curves and a single right angle are immaculately defined by one of John’s ideas – a continuous steel strip sunk just below grass level over which he mows. Gayle develops her striking plant combinations in the borders. “The secret lies in growing things well to really make an impact,” she insists. In one arrangement, an island bed is dominated by the rich pinks of lythrum, penstemon and argyranthemum, while another focuses on the cool blues and white of hibiscus, Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’, Dahlia ‘Hamari Bride’ and Clematis ‘Prince Charles’. “Some people jumble all the colours together and it looks marvellous, but I like to keep soft colours in the centre of the garden, hot colours on the edges,” says Gayle. She has also created a dedicated hot bed on a spare strip of land wedged between the outer garden wall and paddock, giving free rein to the vibrant reds and yellows of cannas, rudbeckias, salvias and dahlias. Above John and Gayle fell in love with their cottage before their garden. At first, the outside space was uninspiring and in need of a lot of work. Right Gayle has used a variety of plants, some traditional favourites as well as some more obscure examples.


Nearby lies the kitchen garden, a series of triangular raised beds arranged around a central arch of trained apples. Its design and layout were initially delayed by heavy rain and waterlogged ground, but the couple were able to make the best of the situation. “It was a blessing because the area flooded so badly that we realised raised beds were essential, and utilised some old tiles donated by a friend who was having his roof re-done,” says Gayle. Once the beds were built, John covered the paths with shingle laid over a weedproof membrane. Apart from the usual staples —

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potatoes, beans, cabbages under netting and raspberries — they try something new each year, though not always with complete success. “Kohlrabi grew well, but we didn’t like the taste, while the sweet potatoes were a bit pathetic,” says Gayle.


Discovering new and unusual flowering plants is one of Gayle’s great joys. Favourites include the lovely Dictamnus alba, Baptisia australis with its beautiful blue pea-like flowers, Eupatorium ‘Chocolate’ (named after its leaf colour), and a Hoheria tree that each July carpets the ground below with its confetti-like white flowers. “I always carry a notebook on garden visits, and note down anything special,” she says. “Then, however long it takes, I track down the plants — the more obscure, the better.” Despite being excited by the new, Gayle stresses the importance of tried and tested favourites such as hardy geraniums, lupins and delphiniums. “Never overlook the stalwarts of the cottage garden because, when grown well, they are very good plants,” she observes. Gayle’s garden reflects her love of herbaceous flowering plants, but there is still plenty of winter interest with topiary shapes; “They look fantastic covered in snow,” she adds. Even though much of the garden sleeps, it is never far from her mind. Many a winter’s evening is spent as an armchair gardener, curled up in front of a fire with garden catalogues and books, dreaming and planning for the next season. “If you stand still, you go backwards, and it becomes a bit like hoovering a room that’s always the same,” she says. So, nothing is cast in stone as one year’s mistakes shape next year’s successes. “You win some, you lose some but that’s what I love about gardening – you can always try again next year,” reflects Gayle. “It is a game of patience, and it’s no good trying to rush it.” PERIOD IDEAS 27

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ESSENTIALS Designer insight

Go with colours you love - not with a trend


ragons of Walton Street is an upmarket interior design showroom for hand-painted children’s furniture. Now located in the nursery furniture department at Harrods, Dragons has over 200 products including fabric and upholstery, and sells furniture built by British carpenters. The company holds a 30-year-old portfolio of artwork as well as exclusive licenses for handpainting Beatrix Potter, Flower Fairies, Brambly Hedge, Belle and Boo and Paddington Bear, which makes shopping at Dragons a unique and personal experience. Lucinda Croft is the proud leader of the creative team and fully embraces the company motto, which is ‘anything is possible’. My favourite room is... a dining room in a friend’s Georgian house which has an octagonal dining table at the foot of a beautiful staircase. There is an unusually high fireplace, so when you are seated for dinner it glows at eye level and makes the glasses twinkle and the room seem rather magical and intimate.

nestling below. The Downs are so inspiring. When decorating a room I love to... have physical swatches in the room so I am sure of which colours to choose. My inspiration comes largely from... children and their evolving needs. I love things to be beautiful but practical and this has been helped by having my own children.


The thing I like about my house is... the detail. It is a Victorian house but with arched windows between the rooms. The conservatory attached means that light beams through the house, which is wonderful. The current interiors trend I love the most is... things being a bit sparkly with a hint of silver or gold. I think the next interiors trend will be... homes being more colourful and less beige or grey. The place I love the most in Britain is... the South Downs, as they go on forever and when you are on top you can see the sea one side and beautiful villages and cricket pitches.

Lucinda Croft

I wish I had invented... music as it transports people into different moods, times and places. My top tip is... to go with colours you love – not with a trend, so that the room represents you. The worst design disaster I’ve ever had was... when I was pregnant and I limewashed our bedroom walls in pink — it was like being in a womb. I don’t know how my husband put up with it!

If I could make over anyone’s house it would be... someone who lives by the sea with a huge room where we could paint a mural. It would encompass the surroundings to make it seem as if the room was part of the outside. The best advice I ever had was... always see the colours in situ.

We chat to the talented Managing Director of Dragons of Walton Street

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REAL HOMES Yorkshire farmhouse


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Above Margot adds touches of pink to her white theme in the sitting room for a welcoming feel



isitors are smitten before they even get through the front door of the Simpsons’ North Yorkshire farmhouse. The rolling countryside in this area of outstanding natural beauty must make this one of the most coveted spots to live. Tom and Margot Simpson live at the house along with their 18 year old daughter Libby and their 20 year old son Will (when he is home from university). They also own a pair of working Cocker Spaniels, Ailsa and Bubbles. The family moved up from London to North Yorkshire in 1985 and spent the next three decades moving up the property ladder - starting out with a tiny cottage in a small, remote village - until they found their dream home. Previous owners had used the house as a holiday home and maintained its simple white walls and original stripped flooring and beams, which meant that when the Simpson family moved in there was nothing to do but enjoy the views, initially at least!


Sixteen years later and it is clear that Margot and Tom, supported by Libby and Will, have made it their own, keeping the clean simple lines of the house and adding touches of their own classic style. Today, the farmhouse boasts 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms as well as the boot room, TV room and study. The two extra bedrooms were added just two years ago, and the hall was repositioned in what used to be the old playroom. The new design incorporated the bathroom above to create a stunning staircase and gallery, as well as the much-wanted boot room. “It was a big undertaking but living here for so long before finally undertaking the work meant we had planned it extensively,” says Margot. “I was determined that the join between old and new would be seamless – we have spent endless weekends searching around local reclamation yards, but I think the finished effect is worth the effort.”

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REAL HOMES Yorkshire farmhouse Every wall in the house is painted with standard white emulsion. “I’m not fussy about the brand - it’s whatever comes to hand,” says Margot. “Once a year we whip round with a paintbrush and freshen up any patches that are suffering from family wear and tear, including the woodwork!” The fresh white colour palette acts as the perfect backdrop for Margot’s collection of antiques and quirky purchases. There is very little in the house bought ‘new’, with Margot preferring to give a fresh lease of life to anything that draws her attention. “I know instinctively if something is right for us and the house, even if I’m not sure exactly where it will go when I get it home,” she explains.


The kitchen is the one room to which the family made substantial changes soon after they moved in, with the installation of a new Aga the priority. Margot designed the stunning, arched double doors which lead out into the garden and commissioned a local joiner to craft the units for her. With no separate dining room the kitchen is the heart of every party and gathering. Margot sees her house as one complete space with the rooms flowing seamlessly from one into another. “By using the white walls throughout, I feel I can change the feel of a room with furniture and accessories while the flow remains uninterrupted,” she says. She is a huge fan of Peter Silk of Helmsley and admits she never leaves this

I like the idea of buying something new which will be an antique in the future



inspirational shop without making a purchase. “The shop is packed full of sumptuous fabrics, furniture and accessories and I’m an impulse buyer,” she says.

work along the lane towards the house and take in the surrounding views, I fall in love with it all over again,” she smiles. “It never fails to take my breath away!”



Most of the furniture in the sitting room has been collected over the years and re-upholstered in neutral fabrics. However, the Simpsons did splash out on the sofa which was bought new from David Linley just after they moved in. Luxurious silk curtains hang at the windows and, for extra warmth, there are also the original shutters. With an open fire and careful lighting, the white-washed sitting room is remarkably warm and cosy. In fact there are no centre lights anywhere in the house, just plenty of low voltage lamps.

Margot’s future ideas for the property include a garden room, if all goes according to plan. “The positioning of it might impinge on the amount of light available in the kitchen and back hallway though, which has raised reservations,” she says. “I need more time to mull it over!”


As you would expect, the bedrooms upstairs reflect the same love of simplicity and understated style. The master bedroom is home to another of Margot’s reclamation yard successes; she had the foresight to buy and bring home two rusty, unpromising pieces of wrought iron, which turned out to be an exquisitely pretty bed frame. The only room in the house allowed a hint of colour is the new en-suite bathroom with a painted wooden floor and bath tub. It’s not surprising that Margot feels certain that she will never leave her farmhouse. “Every day when I return from Right Margot has selected shades of blue for the floor and the outside of the bathtub




a lawnmower from Kubota worth



Grass act


One lucky reader will win a Kubota W819-PRO lawnmower worth £1,020 this month!

he garden has to be a versatile place, particularly during the unpredictable British summertime. One day it’s a haven of peace and quiet, the next it’s a hub of activity and a meeting place for family and friends. Whether you’re hosting BBQs, cocktail parties or you’re just planning to spend some quality time in the great outdoors, your outside space has to be ready for everything. The lawn is one of the most important parts of your outside space, but requires regular maintenance to keep it looking at its best. Thanks to Kubota, one of the UK’s leading professional mower manufacturers, tending to the lawn is now easier and more satisfying. The new W819-PRO walk-behind lawnmower is a compact yet powerful, self-propelled mower and the ideal garden accessory. The durable machine is capable of

tackling even the toughest lawns, and is especially recommended to homeowners with medium to large-sized gardens. The mower’s streamlined shape and simple handle design ensures that it is comfortable to operate, while an impressive 19” cutting width enables you to cover more space in less time, with less effort – leaving you to put your feet up and enjoy your handiwork.


As a self-propelled mower, the W819-PRO has a special brake which stops the blade when the machine is not in motion, allowing you to safely empty the generous 75-litre grass bag without stopping the engine. It can also be used in damp weather conditions thanks to its large grass chute, and boasts an eye-catching design including Kubota’s signature tangerine orange look.

The W819-PRO covers more space in less time, with less effort – leaving you to put your feet up and enjoy your handiwork This month, Period Ideas has teamed up with Kubota to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a W819-PRO lawnmower, worth £1,020. Quickly turn your lawn into a luscious green space with this fantastic prize, and before long you’ll be wowing your neighbours with stripes inspired by Wimbledon’s Centre Court!

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Simply turn to page 138 or head to to enter this great giveaway. For more information on Kubota and its extensive range of products for your garden, call 01844 268 000 or visit CLOSING DATE: 5th August 2016 T&Cs: Prizes cannot be exchanged for cash, or replaced if lost or damaged. Prize delivery costs are included for UK mainland addresses only.

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REAL HOMES Colonial chic


The beauty of


Interior designer, Barry Dixon, takes us behind the scenes of a stunning holiday home Words & Photography GAP INTERIORS/TRIA GIOVAN


his stunning family getaway high above the glistening blue Caribbean on the French WestIndian island of St. Barts was a dream project for interior designer, Barry Dixon. “It was easy to see why my clients fell in love with the location, who wouldn’t?” he says. “But the property was a throwback to the 1970s and was dark and gloomy, in contrast to the colourful surroundings.” Thanks to the property’s stunning position, at the top of the second-highest point on St. Barts, Barry’s clients had kept their eyes on it and when it finally came onto the market they bought it without a second thought. And so the work began to transform this tired, dated traditional Frenchstyle Caribbean cottage into a dream retreat. Initially Barry worked with the architect Pierre Monsaingeon to restore and transform the exterior of the property, using traditional wooden cladding in keeping with the age and style of the cottage. They installed new louvred windows and laid a lovely stone terrace, which is stylish and low-maintenance in all seasons. After that the exterior painting and interior decoration began. “I didn’t have to look very far for inspiration,” says Barry. “The stunning sea, sky and surroundings were all I needed, so I used fresh turquoise and aqua greens and blues on the wooden shutters and doors and I continued this theme indoors too. For so much of the time the huge doors are thrown open to take in the view, and it seemed natural to bond the two together.”


Inside the property, the light pours thorough huge windows and doors and the off-white adds class to the wooden staircase, balustrade and mezzanine. This is a family retreat so function and style were desirable in equal measure. Barry’s clients set him quite a challenge. They wanted the house to be a summer holiday destination and it also had to host three generations of their family for Christmas so cooking, dining and seating areas were as important here as they would be in a permanent home.


“As we are in the Caribbean, outdoor living is paramount and I decided to create an outdoor dining area where the family can all enjoy the amazing position they are in up here,” says Barry. The house has limited space inside so this was a great decision and ensures guests are sheltered from the sometimes blistering sun.

Right The classic wooden cladding in soft white around the family’s beach house is the perfect foil for the cheery turquoise doors and solid window shutters

I love to make the location the star of the show. The sea and the sky are stunning


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REAL HOMES Colonial chic

Far left Botanical prints work beautifully with chinoiserie-inspired prints and gentle green in this calm and airy living room, which links nicely to the kitchen

The dining area was placed under the eaves and adjustable awnings were installed. The table and chairs are all made from durable materials too so they can stay outside all year round. “I sourced the iron chairs and textured oak table from Mexico, where they have a similar climate and lifestyle but a very different design style,” says Barry.


To create a homely feeling inside and out, Barry used delicately patterned fabrics, again using a turquoise, blue and green palette for curtains, upholstery and soft furnishings. These are echoed by feature walls in the kitchen and even in the utensils, pottery and glassware, placed as subtly as the sea breeze that blows through the property. Outside there is a stunning pool with various seating areas all continuing the classic wooden Caribbean style. There’s a beautifully furnished gazebo with curtains around it to really protect from the sun. Inside you can find builtin seating and a wooden decked floor and at is centre is a carved table filled with luscious plates of fresh fruit and a Moroccan-style metal lamp for evening relaxation. The colonial-style master bedroom has a four poster bed and large French doors that open out onto a sheltered terrace, paved with cooling stone and filled with comfortable seats and cushions.

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LUXURIOUS LIVING St Barts - the place to be for the rich and famous As a child Barry Dixon lived all over the world and this is reflected in his ability to mix styles and create beautifully eclectic settings yet still manage to create homes and retreats that are sympathetic to their locations and culture. “I love to make the location the star of the show,” he explains, “I don’t like to have a living room that is focused on the television or technology, when you have a view like this one to work with, why would you want to point your sofa at anything but that?” Barry’s favourite part of this design is the gazebo. “It’s where everyone can get together day or night and it brings together all the elements of design in this property – the inside and outside united.”


Saint-Barthélemy is the only Caribbean island which was a Swedish colony for any significant length of time, and Sweden’s Three Crowns still appear in its coat of arms. The language, cuisine and culture are however distinctly French. St Barts was for many years part of Guadeloupe, which is an overseas region and department of France. Today it is one of four territories in the northeastern Caribbean that comprise the French West Indies. Apart from Gustavia, the capital, many places on the island testify to its changing fortunes as a colony and now as a French territory. St Barts is a destination of choice for the wealthy especially as a winter haven, and is known for its beaches, gourmet dining and high-end designers.

Above Barry chose a refreshing palette of aqua colours which blend perfectly with natural materials and textures throughout the home. TImber and stone help to ground this tranquil scheme seamlessly


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PROMOTION ANTIQUES FOR EVERYONE Left: Murano glass Angel Fish by Mario Pinzoni for Serguso Vetri d’Arte, exhibited by Morgan Strickland Decorative Arts Far left: KPM Krister vase exhibited by John Newton Antiques

19th century French lacquer doublecorner cabinet exhibited by F E Anderson & Son


Explore a treasure trove of interior design ideas at the Antiques for Everyone Summer Fair 21-24 July 2016 at the NEC


ntiques for Everyone offers the largest collection of high-quality, vetted art and antiques outside London, with the Summer Fair taking place at the NEC in Birmingham from 21 -24 July. Artistry and real craftsmanship are the hallmarks for exhibits at Antiques for Everyone fairs, so if you’re looking for inspirational pieces of furniture, objets d’art, and sculptures to enhance your home, this is the place to be. Period, vintage and modern treasures are a fabulous way to update your home. The team at Antiques for Everyone have interviewed some of the country’s top designers to find out

what you should really be looking for when decorating your period property with antiques. Leading interior designer, Gabi da Rocha explains, “My favourite style is mixing new with old; it adds character and depth to a room. When I can I like to incorporate something unexpected in a scheme.”


The Summer Fair catalogue is full of fantastic furniture pieces including a stunning 19th century French lacquer cabinet, a unique marble inlaid side table and a one-off 1930s cloud back Art Deco sofa amongst other exhibits.

Special TICKET OFFER Antiques for Everyone Summer Fair 21-24 July 2016 Period Ideas readers can buy two tickets for the price of one, saving £15, including free parking at the NEC. To take advantage of this offer visit or call 0844 581 0827 and quote IDEAS16. Halls 18-19, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. For more information and opening times visit

If you are looking to find a striking sculpture then the 1960s Murano blue glass Angel Fish by Mario Pinzoni offers an eyecatching addition to any room scheme. If a head-turning ceramic piece appeals, then there is the rare and extremely fine KPM Krister porcelain vase, circa 1950, exquisitely decorated in the silver studios of Manfred Veyhl. This piece with studies of orchids in silver overlay and bright enamels could be just what you’ve been looking for.


The history of Birmingham’s highly successful pen trade will feature in a special exhibition at the Antiques for Everyone Summer Fair. Did you know that at the height of the pen trade, 75% of everything written down in the world was with a Birmingham pen? A daily talk entitled Inside the nib of a pen collector will accompany the exhibition. BBC Antiques Roadshow specialists Judith Miller, Will Farmer and new speaker Marc Allum will also be sharing their expert advice and top tips on buying art and antiques. PERIOD IDEAS 47

REAL HOMES London living

Enchanted garden How Butter Wakefield brought natural charm to a Victorian property and its surroundings Words GAP INTERIORS/VANESSA BERRIDGE Photography GAP INTERIORS/CLIVE NICHOLS



utter Wakefield has pulled off a clever trick. She’s an American-born garden designer and has created a rural idyll at her west London home. After entering a sophisticated city-style hall, with brass chandeliers, you suddenly emerge into a different world in her bright kitchen and conservatory beyond. A wide lawn is centred on the double stable door, so the eye is carried the length of the garden, making it seem as if you have walked out into the English countryside. A grass-green and white checked table, hand-painted by Butter’s mother-in-law, Felicity Wakefield, adds to the illusion. Butter and her husband, Peter, moved to the brick 1870s house 18 years ago. “The previous family hadn’t touched it in quite a time, so we started with the kitchen and slowly upgraded the house,” she recalls. They installed a Mark Wilkinson kitchen, but couldn’t afford hanging cupboards, so they stowed everything away in double drawers below the work surfaces. They lined the walls with botanical prints, to connect the house and garden.

As their family grew – there are now four children, aged 21, 18, 17 and 11 – the Wakefields increasingly needed more space in the tightly-packed terraced house. Three years ago, they spread out sideways, building a conservatory which merges seamlessly with both kitchen and garden. The kitchen and conservatory are linked by large black and white linoleum, and by tongue and groove round the walls. The conservatory is furnished with floral fabrics, more botanical prints, and floral china. Two shelves of garden books are lined up under the deep window seat which appears to be tucked in beneath the Magnolia grandiflora outside. On summer nights, the room is flooded with the lemon scent of the magnolia’s flowers buttery yellow blooms. “I wanted it to be as gardening-y as possible,” says Butter. “This room plays a huge role in our lives – I am not sure how we survived without it.” Butter, who trained at the English Gardening School in Chelsea, rose with enthusiasm to the challenge of the garden. “When we came here, it was fantastically wild and overgrown. I have been chipping away at it for years and years,” she reflects.

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REAL HOMES London living

“My tastes have definitely evolved, so the garden has been a work in progress.” It’s clear that Butter was enchanted by the existing garden. “The old apple tree had a branch coming right across, propped up by a post,” she remembers. “The garden was lovely and forgotten, but it wasn’t very practical. I have gradually made it a more interesting part of our living space – you can’t afford to waste anything in London.” There were advantages – the apple tree, an old pear tree, and the then tiny magnolia, as well as brick walls dating from the same period as the house. Butter ran a few centimetres of trellis along the walls on both sides to give privacy, as well as a support for her abundant planting. A wide Yorkstone


terrace was laid across the back of the house, underneath the magnolia which acts as a parasol over the table in spring and summer. On either side of the kitchen door are two big box pom-poms in terracotta pots, deliberately over-sized for the scale of the garden. In the spring, pots of small leafed, pinky-mauve lilac (Syringa microphylla ‘Little Pixie’) frame the lawn which runs almost the full length of the garden. The lawn is flanked by cones of box and what Butter calls ‘proper English mixed borders’ of shrubs, roses and perennials. At the far end, trellis panels covered with the fragrant white-flowered climber, Trachelospermum jasminoides, disguise a large shed and storage area.

Above Butter’s eclectic style is influenced by English country style and fresh summer colours Right Lively pink, purple and green hues in the crockery combine with trinkets in Butter’s charming display in the garden room

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It’s not a large garden, no more than 7m by 30m, but it appears far bigger, thanks to the wide panel of lawn, and the abundant spring and summer borders. The sizeable box cones give the garden structure in winter but virtually disappear from spring onwards when other planting grows up around them. The garden starts in January with Christmas box (Sarcococca confusa), followed by the highly scented Daphne odora and then hellebores. “It doesn’t have to be full fanfare,” explains Butter. “Just something of interest has to be happening throughout the year. And I am really keen on scent and proper flowers. Give me fragrant roses, as English as they come.” In spring the garden is burgeoning, with tulips, limegreen Euphorbia ‘Humpty Dumpty’, and, on the right side,


creamy green pompoms of Viburnum opulus ‘Roseum’. Part of the garden’s effect is achieved by themed planting: the two viburnum bushes on the right, south-facing side, are mirrored by the flow of Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Madame Emile Moulliere’ through the shadier border opposite. The adaptable, limey-white Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ appears on both sides, and provides interest from its tight white buds in spring through to its caramel-coloured, drying flower-heads in late autumn. “It does its stuff fantastically well,” smiles Butter. “And it holds things together with the box. I love it all hugger-mugger together.” Another planting theme is the border edging: sides with a tumbling combination of Alchemilla mollis, Astrantia major ‘Roma’ and Geranium ‘Rozanne’, which flowers into late autumn. Behind, the beds on the sunny side are full of poppies and highly-scented, red and pink English roses, including ‘Gertrude Jekyll’, ‘William Shakespeare’, ‘Charles de Mills’, and the early ‘Madame Gregoire Staechelin’, which scrambles up over the trellis. The north-facing side is held together by ferns, including asplenium, dryopteris, polystichum and osmunda. “I am very keen on different forms of foliage,” says Butter. The soft fronds on the ferns, for instance, contrast with the strap-like leaves of an orangey crocosmia, one of the few original plants. “Fortunately, it comes out when the pink has gone and works well with hydrangeas,” says Butter. A garden that is beautiful by day is equally lovely at night, with spotlights in the ground illuminating the box cones and highlighting white foxgloves. “The lighting adds a new dimension,” says Butter “When it starts to get dark, you feel there is a whole world out there, rather than the garden just disappearing into the night.”


Turning POINT Becky Faulks explores Nymans, an English stately home and garden based in Haywards Heath, Sussex


Nymans ruins, © National Trust Images,/Clive Nichols


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© Rebecca Faulks Photography


Right A 1950s television at Nymans, with a theatre front created by Oliver Messel, © National Trust Images/David McHugh Above Vivien Leigh as Cleopatra in the film Caesar and Cleopatra, 1945, costume designed by Oliver Messel, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Developed for generations by the Messel family and owned by the National Trust, the Nymans estate is a tranquil retreat. But today, its grounds are anything but tranquil; the estate is teeming with visitors, and as I enter through reception I’m surrounded by people from all walks of life. The reason for the rush on this particular occasion is a glassworks exhibition by artist, Elizabeth Lamont, who has created a visual story inspired by the house and its contents. And amidst the excitement, preparations for another exhibition are also underway so I meet with Nymans’ exhibition and programme officer, Nikki Caxton to find out more. “We have a very exciting exhibition taking place over the summer months,” Nikki explains as we walk towards a building on the other side of the estate. “It’s called Public Faces, Private Lives and focuses on the actress, Vivien Leigh. Oliver Messel was her favourite costume designer and he did a lot of work with the Victoria & Albert museum, which still has a large collection of items from Vivien’s life.”


The exhibition is set to display over 100 of these items, including a head dress created by Oliver for Vivien, and a

Vivien Leigh: Public Faces, Private Lives will be displayed at Nymans until the 4th September. For more information call 0344 800 1895 or visit

letter she wrote to him when she chose him as costume designer for her starring role in Caesar and Cleopatra. Diaries, photographs, programmes from theatre productions and the visitor book from Notley Abbey, where Vivien lived with her husband, Laurence Olivier, are set to be displayed. “Oliver Messel had his childhood at Nymans,” says Nikki. “One of his first studios was right here in the grounds. Keith Lodwick, the curator of the exhibition, has worked with us in the past and asked us if we would be interested in having it here. It just happened to be at the right time, what with all the refurbishment we’ve been doing. We’ve held off doing our best exhibitions and stories until we had the space to display them effectively, so it’s really exciting to be at a time where we’re finally able to do that.”


But what of the refurbishments? “The house has gone through many changes over the years, but I think there’s no question that it was at its full glory during the 1920s and 30s,” says Nikki. “Leonard and Maud Messel had put their own stamp on the place by 1928, renovating the Regency home to make it look like a medieval house, and until 1947 it was a real hub for the family. There were guests here, and parties... it was the house in its most complete state, but in 1947 there was a fire that more or less destroyed the whole building. It happened on Leonard Messel’s 75th birthday.” There are various theories on what started the fire, although none that would point to any wrongdoing. The most popular thinking is that the pipes were defrosted with a blowtorch, which subsequently set the house alight. As it was so cold, there was no water available to put out the fire before it engulfed the whole house. “Even after the house burned down, the Messel family stayed nearby so they could still see their beloved garden.” Nikki continues. “The Messels were fascinating people and the place was very much their creation. The design of the house was Maud Messel’s idea, and it contained such a lovely, quirky collection of hand-selected items. The Messels created the garden themselves; they didn’t just employ gardeners to design it for them.” PERIOD IDEAS 57

Above View across the forecourt walled garden at Nymans Right Cleopatra costume design by Oliver Messel for Vivien Leigh as Cleopatra in Caesar and Cleopatra, 1945, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London Below Centre to right: director Gabriel Pascal, Oliver Messel and Vivien Leigh discussing the screenplay for Caesar and Cleopatra in 1944 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London



Sadly, even the garden couldn’t escape the elements; 40 years later came the Great Storm of October, 1987, which resulted in the loss of 486 mature trees and many of the beautiful shrubs. But as the saying goes, every cloud has its silver lining. “What happened in the storm was actually quite good for the garden in a way,” Nikki points out. “It had lost some of its original character, and the storm meant this could be restored. There were a lot of trees before and the storm opened up some spaces that had been there in the early days. Some things were irreplaceable; we had a monkey puzzle tree on the front lawn that was synonymous with Nymans, but this was blown down and could not be replanted. That was probably the biggest thing that was lost, but the gardeners were still able to look at photos from the past to put the garden back to how it was in the Messels’ time.”

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© National Trust Images/Clive Nichols


And soon, visitors will be able to view the garden from a whole new angle. For the first time since the fire, you will be able to journey upstairs into the north-east wing and enjoy views that reach all the way to the South Downs. A gallery space will be built to tell the story of the family, while the character of the rooms will still be kept intact.


“The upkeep of the house is very difficult now because all of the walls that were internal are now external,” Nikki concludes. “We’re constantly having to monitor it and make sure that it is never deteriorating, but it’s worth every minute. We have a lot of regular visitors, and for them it’s really special. It’s part of their family days out, a place that they can go for peace. We still have a lot of the estate workers who once lived on the site coming to visit, as well as evacuees from the Second World War. We always think of these places as having a family with a history, but actually it’s just as much a history of the staff who came and went over the years and the people who lived on site. The room we’re sitting in now was one of the estate workers’ houses.” With that, I’m invited to enjoy the grounds and visit the house in person. The garden is beautiful and demands its fair share of attention, but for me it’s the house that tells the real story. Its roofless, skeletal exterior carries the distinct air of having journeyed through the ages, and there are still visible differences between the west end of the house and the imposing Great Hall, as they were actually designed by different architects. The house’s interior might be a convincing 1950s rebuild, but it does offer a small glimpse into what life here must have been like. Similarly, the exhibitions inside offer us the chance to look beneath the house’s surface and discover more about the Messel family’s fascinating history – and this alone makes Nymans well worth preserving.

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Collectables Margaret Powling paints a picture of the history of maritime art


or centuries artists have attempted to capture the sea in all its moods. Indeed, ships and the sea have featured in art since the earliest times, but they really came to the fore in what is now regarded as the Dutch golden age of painting. Considering we’re an island nation, it’s somewhat surprising that Britain – known for poetry, prose, drama and music – wasn’t an especially prominent producer of fine art during Tudor times, when The Netherlands excelled. “Even the frequent and disastrous incidence of war and religious upheaval can hardly account for the absence of great painting in Tudor England,” says professor of modern history, Charles Wilson (1914-1991) in his book Holland & Britain.


“The lavish patronage of the Stuart courts, and the growing demand for portrait painting only served to emphasise the strange lack of native talent,” continues Wilson. “Daniel Mytens, Paul van Somer, Cornelius Johnson … the van de Veldes, [Peter] Lely – these are the names which go to make up the ‘English’ school of the 17th century... yet they are all Flemish or Dutch artists, attracted to England by the promise of handsome patronage between 1600 and 1680. “The painters of seascapes were also well represented. The greatest were undoubtedly the van de Veldes, both of whom were commissioned to work for the Court by the Charter of Charles II in 1675.” Willem van de Velde the Elder (1611-1693) was, for a short time, the official artist of the Dutch fleet and the ships painted by Willem van de Velde the Younger (1633-1707) are said to show almost photographic accuracy. The attention to detail

may have been helped by Dutch chandlers, sailors and shipwrights who introduced new words into our nautical vocabulary, including yacht, sloop, and clinker. Art historian Sir Ernst Hans Joseph Gombrich (1909-2001) says of the Dutch school of sea painters; “These specialists were real specialists. The painters of fish knew how to render the silvery hue of wet scales with a virtuosity which puts many a more universal master to shame; and the painters of seascapes not only became proficient in the painting of waves and clouds, but were such experts in the accurate portraying of ships and their tackle that their paintings are still considered valuable historical documents.” But by the 18th century, the domination of Dutch artists was at an end.


Joseph Mallord William Turner (17751851) is generally acknowledged not only as Britain’s greatest painter, but also one of the finest and most original seascape painters. According to The Oxford Companion to JMW Turner, his marines fall into three categories: “high-sea dramas, coastal views, and purely atmospheric studies.” In 1838 one of Turner’s most memorable and finest works, The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her last berth to be broken up, fills us with nostalgia for the age of sail. Thomas Luny (1759-1837) was another 19th century marine painter who - after a successful career in the capital, exhibiting at the Royal Academy on no less than 29 occasions moved to Teignmouth in Devon, his house

overlooking what are now Teignmouth docks. Even arthritis in both hands didn’t prevent him from executing some remarkably accurate paintings, and it is estimated that he produced over 3,000 works in his lifetime. In the 20th century, the artist Montague Dawson (1890-1973) joined the Royal Navy at the outbreak of WW1. He was present at the surrender of the German High Seas Fleet and, by the 1930s, he was considered one of the greatest living marine artists. As with the van de Veldes centuries before him, his paintings were incredibly detailed and accurate. Another West Country artist, John Chancellor (1925-1984) had only been painting fulltime for 14 years at the time of his death, but his paintings are also acknowledged as detailed historic documents in their own right. Chancellor said that the sea is, after all, a constantly moving subject with great distances and perspectives in play. He followed the principle that “the sea and sky are fundamental, the vessels being intruders in a natural setting largely unaltered by their presence.”


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The Decorative Home & Salvage Show, Cheshire Showground, Cheshire, 5th-7th August Find reclaimed and salvaged materials, restored and upcycled furniture, garden furniture, decorative antiques, and fixtures and fittings for your period home at the extremely popular Cheshire Showground. The stunning rural setting is situated near the grounds of Tabley House in Knutsford and the show is a meeting place for some of the country’s finest traders. For more information, call 01298 27493 or visit


Top right The mighty Clippers - “Taeping” and “Ariel” racing home neck-and-neck with the new season’s tea, Montague Dawson. Above right A haul on the mainsheet, Charles Napier Hemy. Right There is a variety of choice for collectors of maritime antiques. Model ships are especially popular, as well as authentic memorabilia from world famous vessels.

Marine art is an all-encompassing term for a type of figurative fine art that portrays not only the sea but also beaches, rivers and estuaries. Maritime art, as opposed to marine art, also includes those directly connected with the sea: sailors, fishermen, and boat builders. The painting of ships at sea usually falls into two categories: large, fully-rigged, usually naval vessels and paintings of smaller vessels often shown in harbour scenes. Similarly, seascapes refer to works of art that solely depict the sea and typically views from the shore.

The Great Wetherby Racecourse Antiques Fair, West Yorkshire, 6th-7th August This indoor and outdoor event sees hundreds of stalls set up in the Bramham Hall Exhibition Centre and Millenium Grandstand, at Wetherby Racecourse. There’s a wide selection of antique and vintage pieces on show, including furniture, art and jewellery. The site is conveniently located just a few hundred meters from the A1(M), and is within 15 minutes of York, Leeds and Harrogate. 01332 830 444,

Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair, Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, Newark, 18th-19th August The fair at Newark is a regular event and is always eagerly anticipated. With up to 2,500 stalls, and dealers and collectors from all over the world, there really is something for everyone here. With stalls specialising in antique furniture, jewellery, ceramics and artwork, Newark is also proud to be one of the most easily accessible fairs in the UK, situated 90 minutes by rail from London, and less than an hour from East Midlands Airport. 01636 702 326,

Swans of Oakham, Rutland, Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm, Sunday by appointment At Swans, there is a huge variety of antiques available to satisfy all types of collector; from beds to mirrors, books to furniture, artwork, clocks and unusual pieces for the garden. There is also an extensive range of antique lighting on offer, featuring classic French and English pieces from the 18th and 19th centuries. The company’s new 5000 sq/ft warehouse is the perfect setting for the wide range available. To find out more call 01572 724 364 or visit PERIOD IDEAS 61


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Christian Davies Antiques is based in the services Junc.4 M65, Darwen, Lancashire. We carry a large and varied stock of antique bookcases, antique chairs, antique dining tables, cabinets, desks, chests and more covering all periods from early oak furniture right through to the Art Deco Period. A Stunning Quality Late Victorian Period Mahogany Bookcase by Edwards & Roberts of London c.1890-1900 81" high x 18" deep x 30" wide

£4,950 We are open 5 days a week Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm, Sat & Sun by appointment. We offer Free UK Mainland delivery or “Try before you Buy” CHRISTIAN DAVIES ANTIQUES LTD unit C3 & C4 Hulme Court, Commercial Road, Blackburn Interchange Trade Park, Darwen Lancashire BB3 0FE TEL: 01254 873187 mob: 07774 991460 VISIT OUR WEBSITE


STYLE EDIT Interiors that inspire, objects of desire and the very finest of this season’s shopping Compiled by CHARLOTTE BARBER

Madagascar collection, priced from £218 for a footstool, DFS Furniture. 0808 250 8219,

AUGUST’S MUST-HAVES We’re taking the INDIAN SUMMER as our decorating inspiration this month and show you VIBRANT JEWEL TONES and SPICY SHADES. Back on home turf, we’ve put together the best BARBECUE ACCESSORIES for a sizzling season. Check out the best ON-TREND PIECES and LUXURY BUYS. Plus, don’t miss our guide to ROCOCO style


STYLE EDIT Top picks

Luxury fix The latest stylish finds and designer details for your home this season


Missoni’s Sabaudia cushion would look great placed on a bed or sofa, for a stylish pop of colour. It costs £202 at Amara. 0800 587 7645,


Make your morning ablutions a breeze with Egyptian cotton towels from the Renaissance range at Christy. Pile up some Soft Chambray and Petrol pieces and make your bathroom a truly restful retreat. Priced from £4.25 each. 0845 758 5252,



Galapagos Designs specialises in custom furniture and original pieces which have been reworked for contemporary living. This midcentury armchair, restored and upholstered in denim and velvet, is priced at £850. 01483 901 273,

Handmade in the traditional way – using a silk and cotton blend – these Ikat cushion covers will provide a colour crush to your room. The chevrons are bang on-trend, too. Priced at £35 each, My Little Wish. 01932 242 694,


A garden hammock is the perfect excuse to soak up the summer sun and we love this layered look – soft cushions and tactile fabric will create the perfect outdoor oasis. Claribella 131079 fabric, £39 per m, from the Jardin Bohème collection at Harlequin. 0845 123 6805,


For a blast of jungle chic, look no further than this Amazonia wallpaper. This exotic explosion of energy and colours looks fantastic as a feature wall complete with ferns, palms and butterflies. It is priced £12 per roll, Imagine at Arthouse. 01706 239 600, 64 PERIOD IDEAS


Conjure up the feel of a faraway land with these on-trend jungle themed coasters from Lime Lace. Backed with cork, and priced at £9.95 for a set of six, they will brighten up your coffee table a treat. 01423 900 522,


Inspired by open-air cafes and bars in Spain and Mexico, these machine-made tiles mimic traditional handmade tiles. We like this punchy yellow colourway, Oro. Carnival tiles, priced at £79.20 per sq m, Fired Earth. 0845 366 0400,



Thanks to a UV treatment, this Catamaran rug in denim/ivory polypropylene is suitable for outdoor use. The easy-care weave is bleachable and washable. It costs £39 (for a 61cm x 91cm size), at Dash & Albert. 0034 91432 2085,


When it comes to party planning, make sure you mix your mojitos and serve up your sangria in style with glassware that demands to be noticed. These Paloma cocktail coupes are priced at £6 each and the Paloma cocktail tumblers are priced at £5 each, John Lewis. 0345 604 9049,

This zig-zag drum pod is the perfect addition to your seating. Boasting a beanfilled interior and 100% cotton outer, the pouf measures a generous 30cmH x 65cmD. It’s priced at £50 from Next. 0333 777 8000,


Brand new from Graham & Green is the South Pacific collection of dinnerware which has indigo hues on bright white porcelain. Nets, rock formations and waves have been given a stylised twist for graphic effect. Expect to pay from around £9.50. 020 8987 3700, PERIOD IDEAS 65

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Sheer indulgence Atkin & Thyme’s Amber sideboard combines exotic mango wood and brass inlay detail


andcrafted by skilled artisans, this Amber sideboard by Atkin & Thyme is a super example of marrying old and new. Rich-grained mango wood is at the heart of this piece, with polished brass sheeting adding a further, decorative dimension. With a nod to Art Deco shape and symmetry, this statement piece is sure to steal the show in your scheme. Measuring a generous 90cmH x 95cmW x 42cmD, this sideboard comes complete with a centre shelf for optimum storage capacity.

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STYLE EDIT Historical influences Left Muse statue lamp, £470, Mineheart, 0845 467 4580, Below Rococo D’Or bed, £829, Newtons Furniture 01626 333 006,


Rococo In the latest instalment of our design series, Charlotte Barber celebrates the fanciful opulence of Rococo style


himsical and light-hearted; overly ornate with an abundance of decorative motifs, Rococo was at its peak during the mid-1700s. Sometimes referred to as ‘late Baroque’, this design movement originally found favour in France, with its influence soon spreading across fashionable parts of Europe. The essence of Rococo style can be seen throughout the arts, from music and paintings to architecture and literature, and it remains a key influence in interior design. The name Rococo derives from the French word ‘rocaille’, which is used to describe the rock and shell work of the Versailles grottoes. These natural themes and organic motifs were the cornerstones for this embellished style. The acanthus leaf, in its stylised form, is frequently seen on furniture and in decorative plasterwork too, together with shells, scrolls, flowers and knots. It true that the opulence and grandeur of true Rococo style is almost impossible to emulate in today’s modern world, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be inspired by this great design movement and introduce simple touches in our decorating schemes. To capture the heart of Rococo style, you need to be choose a suitable colour palette. It’s essential to keep shades soft and pale – white, ivory and cream teamed with plenty of gold is at the heart of this look, with secondary colours of muted grey or pastel blues and greens used as accent colours. An unexpected element of Rococo style is its asymmetry – don’t be tempted to keep your furniture placement and decorative details neat and tidy. Instead go for an unbalanced look, which will give your space an authentic air. Ornate mirrors and furniture boasting scroll feet were staple 18th century items, together with gilded wall sconces and embellished plasterwork. But be careful not to overwhelm your space – small, simple mouldings and fretwork panels might be just the ticket to give a nod to Rococo style in your own home. One area you can most certainly add a dash of Rococo splendour is with decorative accessories. Generous splashes of gold will bring the Midas touch to your scheme, so consider gilt candlesticks, ornamented wall mirrors and even wallpaper showcasing swags, scrolls and stylised natural motifs. In terms of fabrics, opt for materials with a luxurious feel – velvet, satin and patterned damask will work wonderfully all year round, but light chiffon, sheer organza and fine silks are ideal for the warmer weather. Remember that just a touch of inspiration from the royal palaces and grand houses of Europe will give your scheme a sprinkling of French fancy and an overall feel of faded grandeur, which is perfect as high summer moves into autumn.


One of the finest surviving examples of Rococo plasterwork can be seen at Powderham Castle which is nestled in a beautiful deer park on the banks of the River Exe, just a stone’s throw from Exeter, Devon. The Grand Staircase dates from about 1755 and boasts swirling scrolls, birds, flowers, animals, fruit and foliage, all in its original white on blue-green colour scheme. The castle and gardens are open to the public from March until the end of October. 01626 890 243,

Versailles gold dressing table, £946, The French Bedroom Company. 01444 415 430,

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Clockwise from left Pascale console table, £295, Within Home, Marie Antoinette mirror from the Limited Edition collection, around £8,800, Boca Do Lobo, Aurora wallpaper in beige/gold, £12 per roll, Graham & Brown, Gilded Muse collection, priced from £35 -£195, Wedgwood,


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STYLE EDIT Easy living

Far left: La Siesta Copa double red and orange hammock, £149, Lagoon. 020 7129 1309, Centre: Bloomingville seagrass dipped basket, £28, Quince Living. 0131 618 0806,


Indian Summer

Left: Beaded chandelier in royal blue, £580, Out There Interiors. 020 8099 7443,

Choose jewel-bright tones and a vibrant mix of coloured textiles for fabulous tactile appeal...

MATERIAL WORLD Kantha double (200cm x 200cm) quilt made from vintage saris, £165, Decorator’s Notebook. 0845 474 1747,

IN A PICKLE World of Flavours Indian chutney serving set, £19.95, Kitchen Craft. 0121 604 1111,

EASTERN PROMISE Tajprint cushion, £19.50, Marks & Spencer. 0333 014 8000,

Rated reads For more ideas, pick up these inspirational books

India: Contemporary Design: Fashion, Graphics, Interiors by Diva Patel (£29.95, Roli Books)

VINTAGE TRAVEL See India, Hyderabad art print by C. D. Deuskar, priced from £14.95, King & Mcgaw. 01273 511 942,


ANIMAL MAGIC Elephant lamp and shade, £149, The French Bedroom Company. 01444 415 430,

LEADING LIGHT Ornate metal lantern, £45, Pastel Lane. 07949 339 416,

The Fabric of India by Rosemary Crill (£35, V&A Publishing)

Fabric selection from the Jardin Boheme priced from £44 per m. Harlequin. 0845 123 6805,


OF THE BEST... Indian style print fabrics

Be inspired by authentic colours and patterns for your textiles


An Indian-themed decor lends itself perfectly to a neutral backdrop of pale walls and dark wood floors. Add plenty of colour and texture with natural fibre rugs, animal print fabrics, ethnic textiles, floor cushions and poufs, plus furniture boasting carved details and mother-of-pearl inlay. Unleash your inner explorer and decorate with vintage travel items such as old maps and globes. l

Vibrant and rich colours and patterns are essential for this look – earthy hues such as burnt umber, mustard yellow and rich brown will create an ideal backdrop for jewel tones in ruby, emerald, sapphire, amethyst and citrine. Intricate prints such as Paisley patterns, flock detailing and rustic block-printed designs will all add the right note.


PAISLEY PRINT Pichola MLF2257-01 fabric, £95 per m, Lorca at Osborne & Little. 020 8812 3123,

SCROLL SIMPLE Life & Eternity fabric in Sunflower, £25 per m, Vanessa Arbuthnott. 01285 831 437,

COLOUR WASH Amala NSP1120302 fabric from the Spirit & Soul collection, £33 per m, Scion. 0845 123 6805,

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Make the most of hot days and balmy evenings by dining al fresco 1 Forno multi-grill, £595, Morsø. 01788 554 410,


2 Small charcoal barbecue in grey, £49, Scandi Living. 01428 608 050, 3 Buschbeck Milano masonry fireplace barbecue, £494.99, Internet Gardener. 0115 965 6820,


4 Big Green Egg MiniMax charcoal barbecue, £600, John Lewis. 0345 604 9049, 5 Berkley 3-burner gas barbecue, £127, B&Q. 0333 014 3357, 6 Wooden meat serving board, £21, The Contemporary Home. 0845 130 8229,


7 BBQ Stamp, £15, The Great Gift Company 0845 653 1048, 8 What a Catch mini barbecue, £18, Sophie Allport. 01778 560 256,


9 Weber Q1200 portable gas barbecue, £249.99, Riverside Outdoor Living. 01992 514 778, 10 Set of barbecue tools, £29.95, Annabel James. 0345 548 0210,


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Decorating ideas, practical ways to improve your rooms and expert advice from industry insiders Butterfly Home Eden dressing table mirror, £50, Eden towels priced from £10-£30 each, Eden candles set of three, £10, Eden toothbrush holder, £12, all at Debenhams. 0844 800 8877,

INSTANT INSPIRATION Create a gorgeous BATHROOM with our pick of the best buys and make your BEDROOM into a haven. Choose SUMMER BRIGHTS to wake up your decor and be inspired by our COUNTRY & VINTAGE shopping guide


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Petite chair, £1,160 from Delcor. 0191 237 1303, PERIOD IDEAS 77

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Below British colonial grey lamp table, ÂŁ105 from The White Lighthouse. 02890 480 200, Right Sisal oriental copper rug, POA from Crucial Trading. 01562 743 747, Bottom right Norfolk stripe indigo tablecloth, Oxford stripe peony seat covers and stripe indigo curtain, all from Ian Mankin. Priced from ÂŁ24.50 per m. 020 7722 0997,


uly and August are usually the hottest months of the year, so by now you might just be looking to cool down a bit. If the beach is out of reach then creating a coastalinspired theme for your home can work as a satisfying compromise. And it doesn't require a massive upheaval; a few strategically placed changes and additions are all you need to create your nautical look.

your nautical theme. Moving wicker furniture into the room is a great way to create the feel of a holiday home, and if flowers are to be featured, a soft, washed out colour scheme will add to the relaxed feel.


By gathering seashells, wooden trinkets and small, metallic pieces and combining them together in a bowl, you will create a charming centrepiece with an eclectic 'found on the beach' quality. Ocean-inspired towels, wall hangings, lampshades and natural materials like sisal carpets are practical and subtle ways to evoke a coastal feel, and you can even add in a model sailing boat or two. Adding reds, whites and greens will brighten the room so you can bring the beach to your home without having to clean up all the sand.

Blue is a very easy colour on the eye, and incorporating multiple shades can work wonders in creating the illusion of lower temperatures. Ocean print bedding with navy blue pillows will leave you with a striking look for your bedroom, and scattering marine print cushions in the living room will have a similar effect on the furniture. Your window dressings play an important role in the quality of the light entering the room, so light, airy curtains in whites and pale blues will complement


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Mix contrasting shades of blue with oceaninspired accessories for a cool, coastal look

Linea range: Red cotton cushion with contrast piping £10; Regatta Print Cushion £8; Knitted Geo Cushion, Red £12; Knitted Geo Cushion, Black £21; Set Of 2 Round Dipped Baskets £22.50; Regatta Bottle Holder £12.50; Regatta Throw £28; Regatta 2 person hamper £35. 0345 602 1073, PERIOD IDEAS 79

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Left double bed in denim £545 from Button & Sprung. 0333 320 1801, Right Gradient stripe hand towel, £4; chevron print baskets set of 2, £7; bathroom mirror, £4; all from George Home. 0843 504 7224, Bottom Left Outdoor cushions from Dash and Albert, prices start from £50. + 34 91 432 20 85, Bottom Right Porthole mirror from Live Laugh Love ltd, £24.95. 01342 842 599,

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o, when did you last change your mattress?” We’ve heard the question so many times we’re probably starting to ask it ourselves, but actually, that’s not such a bad thing. Getting the right amount of sleep has a dramatic effect on the quality of our lives, and our beds and mattresses play a key role in this.

Finding the right bed is very important, but the extensive range of beds, mattresses and bed linen can be tough to navigate

Above Bronte bedstead in nickel by the Wrought Iron and Brass Bed Co. Priced at £930 and available in other finishes. 01485 542 516, wroughtironand Right Wooden antique bedstead from Divine Dreams, POA 01691 777 622,


If you last changed your mattress at the time of the millennium, you’re probably due for a new one. The official recommendation from the mattress industry is to replace it every seven years, but there are several tell-tale signs you can look out for. Are you tossing and turning at night whilst struggling to get to sleep? Are you waking up with aches and pains that disappear throughout the day? Did you have a good quality mattress in the first place or was it a contribution from your partner, possibly outdated and with unknown origins? Finally, there are so many choices when it comes to mattresses today that this may be a reason to opt for a new one in itself. But which mattress is right for you? Comfort is mostly down to personal preference, so the golden rule is to try before you buy. If you have a partner, he or she must also be included in this exercise to ensure you are both happy. Spend plenty of time on your purchase, as it is impossible to know whether a bed will be comfortable if you are on and off it in a matter of seconds. Whilst lying on a potential bed, think about what you liked and PERIOD IDEAS 83

INTERIORS Bedrooms Council recommends that you buy a bed base and mattress together as the two are designed to complement one another in terms of support. Of course, bases that are solid rather than incorporating a sprung system are less subject to wear and tear, so if in doubt ask your retailer for advice. If you are replacing the whole bed, you’ll also have the choice of how large you would like it to be. Official recommendations are to purchase as big a bed as the room will accommodate, as disturbances from our partners are some of the most frequent complaints relating to lack of sleep.


did not like about your old one. Could you feel every move your partner made? Was the mattress too hard or too soft? Now is your chance to fix any nagging problems.


The Sleep Council recommends that you buy a bed base and mattress together Top Harmony elegant ivory painted pine French bedroom furniture, priced from £469 at Unique Chic Furniture. 0115 986 9222, Above Wool duvet from Southdown Duvets, POA. 01730 82 7148, Right Edwardian bed from the Original Bedstead Company, POA. 020 7351 1955,


Retailers tend to sell mattresses in firm, medium or hard varieties. The amount of support you will require usually depends on your height, weight and build, and sometimes even the position you prefer to sleep in. Sleeping on your side puts a greater amount of pressure on a smaller area of the bed, while sleeping on your back or your front will distribute the weight more evenly. If two people of very different sizes are sleeping on the bed, it may be worth buying two single mattresses rather than settling on one. For most of us, even replacing a mattress is a rare event, but did you know that getting a new bed base is also important? The Sleep

Once you have purchased your new bed, consider your bedding as fabric can vary in quality and you may need different materials through the year. Flannel sheets are a great way to keep warm in winter, but cotton will provide a cooler feel in summer. Always check the label on satin sheets as they may be made out of anything from high-quality silk to polyester. Remember that a satin weave may look great, but it can be very slippery and is not particularly breathable so it may be best reserved for pillow cases. Finally, check the thread count. In general, the higher the thread count the better the quality of the sheets. The warmth of a duvet is measured in togs, which are scientific units of heat. It is recommended that we use a 4.5 tog duvet for summer and a 9 tog duvet for winter, but the real question is what the duvet should be filled with. A feather and down filler is warm, soft and breathable but won’t suit allergy sufferers. Wool is breathable, resistant to dust mites, long lasting and aids in temperature regulation but some prefer the feel of feathers. Microfibre is popular but can get flattened very easily, and hollowfibre provides greater structure but has tougher, more wiry strands. Again, comfort is subjective so the bedding you choose is largely down to your personal preferences.

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Show your home in the best possible light with these tips from the experts.


I’d like to add some fun to my traditional home without losing its integrity. What do you suggest? If chosen carefully, lighting with a slightly modern twist can really make a difference to your room. And it doesn’t have to be complicated; a playful yet rustic design can bring new life to a room whilst still being in keeping with its traditional look. At Endon Lighting we have a range of designs that combine classic and contemporary, available from all good lighting retailers. Endon Lighting, 0333 003 3308,


Can modern LED bulbs be incorporated into a traditional style of light? Absolutely. There is a huge variety of LED lights on the market, from the cooler white lights to the warmer, more golden look of the Edison bulb. We stock a range of vintage and antique-style lighting fixtures that will accommodate an LED bulb whilst staying in keeping with a traditional theme. Our Dublin 8 light semi-flush antique brass LED ceiling light features tall opal glass shades with decorative brushed metal bands and an antique brass frame, so you can get the look whilst saving on energy bills. dar Lighting Ltd. 01295 672 200,


I am trying to alter the look of my bedroom but don’t want to make any major changes. If you have bedside lamps with shades then change the shades. It’s inexpensive, it’s quick and it makes an immediate difference. And with something as small as a lampshade, you can afford to be bold, adventurous and colourful. Not only is the right lampshade a great statement piece but it will also change the tone of the light in the room, creating a whole new feel. At Pooky, we stock lampshades in a range of colours, materials and patterns so why not take a look? Sophie Amini, Pooky Lighting, 020 7351 3003,


What are the advantages of using dimmer lights? A dimmable fitting will give you complete control over the level of brightness; fittings can be operated individually or grouped together in circuits. You might want to group lights together in order to create an atmosphere across the room, perfect for creating a general ambience or warm and cosy mood when desired. Controlling fittings individually is preferred when our customers want to have the option to highlight certain areas or features of their rooms. This is particularly helpful to people with large open-plan spaces. As stockists of some premium manufacturers such as Astro, Tom Raffield, ZumaLine and Dar, we can offer a vast range of affordable dimmable lights to suit both contemporary or vintage homes. Steph Allen, Dusk Lighting, 01392 873 085,

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I would like to incorporate a light into my ceiling fan – is it complicated? Not at all. Downlights can be a great tool, especially when an existing light has been replaced by a fan. We have a range of lights in different sizes and styles which are all straightforward to install, as well as plenty of technical support to help you on your way. Richard Moore, Fantasia Ceiling Fans, 01959 564 440,


I’m looking for a quick and easy way to accentuate my living room. A customised socket or light switch can be an ideal way to accentuate your wall and requires very little time and effort to install. Whether you want to create a more uniform look for the wall or you are looking for a standout piece, there are plenty of options at Sockets & Switches. As well as the above, we also have metal dome switches available in a range of traditional metal finishes as well as transparent switches for a more understated look. For this and more, visit our website. Gary Jones, Sockets & Switches, 0845 812 3838,


I would like to install outdoor lighting but am not sure where to start.


I’m hoping to change the lighting in my dining room; what factors do I need to consider? When it comes to lighting, you need to combine a practical approach with a flattering look for the room. Incorporating light sources at different heights will create ambience, so use a combination of ceiling, floor and table lamps, with some shining upwards and some shining downwards. Having a reading light for each seat in the room will provide practicality while allowing for a dimmer, softer feel for the rest of the room. For a range of floor, ceiling and table lamps, visit us at Fritz Fryer. Simon Wallis-Smith, Fritz Fryer Antique Lighting, 01989 567 416,

It is always best to be sympathetic to the style and period of your property and to make sure your light is as near to natural colour as possible. There are many excellent warm white LED filament lightbulbs available (I recommend Sylvania) and these will last over five years. Use enough light to make the details you wish to show stand out, as you can make your property appear larger at night by lighting more spaces around the elevations of your home. Do not be overly concerned with how much brightness is required as the simple rule is that the higher up the light source, the bigger the spread of light. The Limehouse Lamp Co specialises in traditional interior and exterior lighting in plenty of sizes and styles, and expert advice is always available. Elliott Maurice, Limehouse Lamp Company, 01273 497 070,

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INTERIORS Bathrooms Hays Of Erroll offers a range of superb bathroom accessories. For more information visit or call 01779 481 996

Antique brass toilet roll holder, £32.50; antique brass towel rail, £59 both from Period Features. 01538 372 202,

Danby White Vanity Unit, £672.73; Danby White Beauty Station, £258.73 both from Croydex. 01264 365 881,

Brilliant BATHROOMS A collection of products to help you add some sparkle to your showers

Bathroom wall lights finished in chrome, £130 each; traditional mirror, £235; Marlborough 1200mm curved basin unit, £1,799 all from Laura Ashley. 0333 200 8009,

10 Series 1 door offset shower quadrant from Merlyn. 00353 5677 91555,

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Suppliers of Original Cast Iron Radiators, Towel rails & Traditional Valves & Fittings T: 01435 868289


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Gather family and friends around the Cuba dining table, priced from £1,150 at Maison Home Interiors. It serves as an ideal spot for a cup of tea and a slice of cake. The crossback chairs cost £125 each. 020 8940 0230,



Embrace the spirit of rural England with these rustic buys DINE IN STYLE

Get out in the great outdoors with the Wollaton 6-person picnic hamper from Internet Gardener. The basket is made from hardy dark willow and includes plates, cups, cutlery and wine glasses for you and your party. 0115 965 6820,



Footstools & More is a family business dedicated to making quality, hand-made, bespoke footstools and furniture accessories. To find out more and to begin creating your own unique footstool, call 0113 3457 526 or visit

This attractive plant pot ladder by The Farthing looks great inside or outside the home. It’s simple wooden design fits perfectly with a traditional look. 0844 567 2400,


‘A walk in the country’ linen mix cushion, £17.95, At Home in the Country. 01484 865 359,

Cushion upholstered in Wildflowers, £54 per m, Art of the Loom. 01200 427 744,

Feather illustration faux suede cushion, £30, The Drifting Bear Company. 01626 879 909, PERIOD IDEAS 93

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INTERIORS Summer shopping


The Milligan retro multi drawer desk, £398, mixes iron, bone and glass handles for an eye-catching office centrepiece. For more information call 0844 409 9834 or visit

STYLISH STORAGE The low-key, natural wood finish of this 8-drawer chest makes it the perfect addition to a neutral scheme, while a staggered design ensures that it stands out in any room. Priced at £480. 0208 508 0411,



Mix classic designs with retro shapes for a distinctive new look CLASSIC APPEAL


This Daisy baby cushion cover from Megan Isabella looks great as part of a ‘60s look. The simple floral pattern costs around £40 and is sure to get your cushions complimented. Find this design and many others at

Kernow Furniture is an online store specialising in vintage, retro and antique furniture. Based in Cornwall, the company stocks a variety of pieces from the 19th and 20th centuries. 01209 861 444,


This custom-built traditional Reading caravan is priced from £15,400. 01953 681 995,

HSP Garden Buildings specialises in handcrafted summerhouses and gazebos.

This made-to-order solid oak hut is priced from £11,995 as standard. 01492 680 509,

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INTERIORS Decorating


BRIGHTS Welcome the warmer weather with vibrant, eye-catching colours

EDITOR’S CHOICE Optic leaf cushion, £29, Danetti

Dash & Albert indoor/outdoor happy yellow rug, from £129, Cuckooland

PAINT PALETTE Use a variety of colours for an exciting look 01524 852 371, Molokai Verdigris Lime Citrica Kubrick Wingback Armchair in Candy Pink with Rainbow Buttons, £379,


Rodeo Drive

Jonathan Adler Globo console table £1,995; Canaan table lamp £625; Jessica Rowe Watercolor 'Nicole' £1,495; Futura Malachite vase £198; Gala round vase £198; Brass hand ring holder £128, all Jonathan Adler

Raspberry Blush paint, £18.56 per 2.5L, Johnstone's

lush 6 per one's

Tier-on-tier Phoenix Wood shutters in Dulux Caribbean Dawn 1, from £230 per m2, The Shutter Store PERIOD IDEAS 97

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Handmade kilims with colourful designs add character to any space and Oriental Rugs of Bath have some of the best-looking ones available today. With prices starting from only £60 in a wide range of designs and sizes, there’s bound to be a rug for everyone. For showroom details, more information and to order, visit orientalrugsofbath or call 01761 451764

C L E A N I N G • R E S T O R AT I O N • VA L U AT I O N


CURTAIN CALL Floral neon curtain sets, POA, Byron & Byron

PAINT PALETTE Use bright shades for a dynamic scheme 020 7736 9876, Summer Plum Limesickle Haapsalu Midnight Sun


Cole & Son geometric prism wallpaper, £92 per roll, Kensington Design

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Zoom, £11.95 per m, Just Fabrics Acapulco fabric in burnt orange, £31 per m, Olivia Bard Ulrika, £40.99 per m, Prestigious Textiles


Paints: Shocking pink; Cloudburst; Mustard jar, all £12.99 per 2.5L, all Crown Paints

BYRON & BYRON 020 8344 7979, CROWN PAINTS, 0330 024 0281,

CUCKOOLAND 01305 231 231, DANETTI 020 3588 1380, JONATHAN ADLER 020 7589 9563, JOHNSTONE'S 01924 354 354, JUST FABRICS 0845 498 9043,

Geometric light shades, £45 each, Rigby & Mac

KENSINGTON DESIGN 020 7938 2000, MADE.COM 03442 571 888, OLIVIA BARD 01274 360 400, PRESTIGIOUS TEXTILES 01274 688 448, RIGBY & MAC, 020 8761 1011, THE SHUTTER STORE 0800 0747 321, PERIOD IDEAS 99

Create our


Mix classic florals and clean lines for a fresh new look






1 Large oval natural wicker log basket with handles, £46.95, The Farthing, 0844 567 2400, 2 Rayleigh Occasional Chair in Varna Sky, from £299, Harveys, 0344 847 2626, 3 Copper flower jar, from £13, Rainy Sunday, 4 Liberty mixed patterns party garland, £10, Sisters Guild, 5 Wetherby blue and white floral ceramic jar, £47, Artisanti, 0345 259 1410,

By the sea

This month’s cover shot blends light blues, yellows and whites for a serene and welcoming look. For more information on the Opal 2-seater sofa and the Lykos lamp table call Harveys on 0344 847 2626 or visit

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Do you drea m of having extra space at home to enjoy quality time with fa mily, entertain guests in style or relax in a tranquil environment? Now is the time to talk to us about making your dreams a reality!

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1 The Alderton sofa/sofa bed in linen cotton dove offers an ideal combination of style and comfort. Priced from £1,596 to £1,744. 0845 468 0577, 2 Wesley Barrell offers friendly, professional guidance to help you with your sofa-buying and interior design schemes. To find out more or to speak to an advisor call 020 7629 2019 or visit 3 Millshop Online boasts a fantastic upholstery service, which is perfect if you’re planning a change for your sofas, armchairs or accessories. For more information call 01604 875 062 or visit



4 The Edmund vintage brown leather sofa, £975, The Chesterfield Company. 0161 820 5657,


Take your seat Make sure that you choose the perfect sofa for you


he sofa is one of the most important furniture purchases that anybody makes for their home. No matter how comfortable or stylish the rest of your living room is, if the sofa is not up to scratch then the entire room could fall short of what’s required. So if you’re planning a change, allow enough time to make a considered choice. Sofa shopping should be an enjoyable experience, and satisfying when you get it right. The first thing to decide is what you want from your sofa. Does it need to be comfortable or functional, or do you value style most of all? If you spend a lot of time watching television, curled up with a book or generally relaxing then make sure the design allows for plenty of cushions and offers enough space for you to stretch out. However, if you enjoy having friends round for get-togethers then a more stylish look could serve you better. The sofa is sure to be one of the first things your guests

notice, so make sure they are impressed when they walk into the room. If you have limited space in the living room or especially low ceilings, the size of your sofa is crucial. To create a cosy and inviting atmosphere, go for a larger option with big back cushions, but try not to overdo it – a sofa that is too big will dominate the room.


If more space is available, then you can ‘set the stage’ for your furniture. Consider a side table, fashionable floor lamp or piece of artwork to frame your sofa, as this will create a charming seating area. A seemingly small but equally significant decision involves your sofa’s legs (or its lack of them). A sofa which sits flat on the floor works better in a snug setting, while one with small legs and a noticeable gap underneath creates a more spacious look. As it is a long-term investment which

could feature in your home for years to come, the material and colour choice for your furniture is vital. A sofa that will see a lot of use has to be durable. Leather is a classic option, but also an opinion divider. Some of us value its luxurious look, but others feel it is uncomfortable and not worth the extra cost. A cotton/polyester blend provides a safe balance as it looks good and lasts well, while microfibre sofas offer a look similar to velvet or suede, but tend to be more hard-wearing. In terms of colour, there is the opportunity to make your sofa really stand out but bold shades aren’t usually the best choice. If your sofa is to stay indefinitely then it needs to be versatile enough to adapt to seasonal trends. There is no need to choose something overly safe or uninspiring, just try not to be too extravagant – there are endless cushions, throws and accessories to choose from if you ever feel the need for a new splash of colour! PERIOD IDEAS 103

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P NELAND FURNITURE LTD - 01299 271143 At Recuro Styling we manufacture doors, drawer fronts, plinths & end panels in almost any size and any colour in the world. Each panel is manufactured from the best materials, to your exact requirements, also having the option for hinge holes to be drilled so you can just screw the doors onto your existing cabinets. Call us today on 0333 335 0371 or visit for further information


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STYLE EDIT Key trend


The Carnegie from Masterclass Kitchens is a celebration of traditional English design. The simple lines, ‘raised and fielded’ centre panel and solid oak drawer fronts combine for a classic period look. Pictured here in ivory and sage green, it comes in 18 painted colours. To find out more about this range and other kitchens available, call 01443 449 499 or visit


Traditional design is given a contemporary twist in this kitchen by Christopher Howard. The room features as part of a family home by the Scottish seaside, and makes great use of the natural light available. The combination of white and blue works to create a smart but comfortable setting. For more information call 01620 842 741 or visit


KITCHENS Breathe new life into your cooking space with our collection of best buys


Large larders and pantries are back on-trend in traditional kitchen set-ups. Store your food in style with this full length pantry with oak spice racks and drawers, painted in Dulux Chiltern white. There is also a cold shelf made from Sapphire Sutton granite. Kitchens are priced from £25,000, available from John Ladbury & Co. 01707 262 966,


The Shaker-style Timeless kitchen range at Funktional Kitchens is designed to bring out the character of older homes. The cabinet doors are made from solid timber, and there is a choice of drawer design; solid oak with dovetail joints or metal with a soft closing system. The range is available in a choice of 24 colours. 020 8341 2020,


Made up of 93 percent quartz, Caesarstone engineered quartz stone is stain and scratch resistant, non-porous and simple to clean, making it ideal for kitchen worktops, splashbacks and flooring. Caesarstone is available in 34 colours (seen here in Statuario Maximus) to suit any setting. 01706 863 600,


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THE OLIVE BRANCH KITCHENS LTD The Olive Branch is your source for traditional pine and country furniture with a unique feel and creative flair.

Beautiful. Bespoke. Unique.

Free standing kitchen island with belfast sink and housing for two freestanding appliances £1700 Tel: 01937 582797


Create an eye-catching feature with an LED illuminated splashback. Tel: 01225 833696 Email:

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Thomas & Thomas specialises in bespoke kitchens, designed specifically for each customer’s individual needs. From worktops to cabinets to custom-built islands, there are plenty of possibilities for a high quality, unique kitchen space. Kitchens are priced from £30,000 excluding appliances – prices vary as everything is made to order. For more information call 01235 851 144 or visit


The new sand oak colour range at Omega Kitchens works perfectly as a subtle base for the room, allowing you to add distinctive splashes of colour with select pieces of furniture and appliances. The versatile shade can be used as part of a classic or contemporary look, and adds style to a busy family kitchen. To find out more call 01405 743 333 or visit


Recuro Styling is one of the UK’s leading specialist refinishing companies. As a supplier of bespoke cabinet doors and drawer fronts, it offers an almost endless variety of colours, ensuring that you are able to select exactly the shade you need. This sophisticated cream kitchen looks great as part of a rustic home. 033 3335 0371,


The Aga cooker is a must-have in any traditional kitchen scheme, and it can become a centrepiece in a traditional family home. This pre-1974, 4-oven deluxe Aga was installed into a Dorset farmhouse by the Aga Exchange. The company has supplied reconditioned cookers and ranges for over 23 years, and has installed over 1000 Agas in that time. 01929 472 121,


This old-meets-new kitchen by Anglia Factors celebrates modern design but remains loyal to its period features as well. The bold colours, clean lines and compact spotlights combine for an on-trend look; while the beamed ceiling, classic blue and white combination and rustic accessories preserve a feeling of history in this farmhouse home. 01473 610 192,


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Marshall Alpha Cooker


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Grill, fan oven, 2 ovens the same large size. DON’T BUY A COPY! £3,128 + VAT


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EASY DOES IT Installing your new kitchen doesn’t need to keep you up at night


o you’ve made the decision; you’re finally going to have the kitchen you’ve always wanted. However as with any major change to your home, the installation can be a minefield so we’ve put together some advice to keep your dream kitchen from becoming a nightmare.


Most of us will know that the first thing to do before embarking on any major project is to budget for it, but it is surprising how many people begin without doing this. Calculating the total amount of money you are able to spend will help enormously when choosing your materials, and will also keep you from having to stop work before the kitchen is finished. Additionally, making a list of kitchen features and ranking them by order of importance will guarantee that you end up with the kitchen you want – with no unexpected surprises. ABOVE: Range cooker from West Country Cookers. 01548 830 069, westcountry

Right: Large island unit with reclaimed pine top from John Willies Country Kitchens. 01425 403 320,

THE CABINETS The kitchen cabinets are generally the most expensive part of a kitchen, so it is important to make the right choice when it comes to these. Choose the best quality cabinetry your budget will allow as well as a colour scheme that suits your home and personality. Raised panel cabinetry is often seen in classic kitchens, and can add an upmarket and elegant feel to the room, particularly if you are purchasing traditional appliances. PERIOD IDEAS 109

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LED splashbacks from Lite Tile 01225 833 696,

If your kitchen is large enough, installing an island can not only create more storage space but also turn the kitchen into a place to sit and socialise, as well as cook.


When installing your new worktops, remember that you will always find a use for more space. Choose a surface that is durable and easy to clean, and remember to co-ordinate it with the cabinets and the floor. Your flooring should also be resistant to damage and dirt as well as being in keeping with the rest of the scheme. Consider the amount of wear and tear your kitchen is likely to see over the years as well as the look and feel of your surfaces. You can definitely achieve a style that is practical as well as attractive.


In terms of appliances, the best policy is to start fresh. Keeping your old appliances may seem like a reasonable way of saving money, but not only will they need replacing sooner than the rest of the kitchen, they will probably be out of keeping with your new and improved design. Your new appliance should make a bold statement rather than standing out like a sore thumb. If the budget is an issue, you can save money by installing new appliances in the same places as the old ones, or spending less on fixtures such as door and cabinet handles.


A hand-painted kitchen from Kitchen Art. 01753 646 631,


The right lighting can make or break a room, and as it is one of the main work spaces in the house, this is particularly true in the kitchen. Choose lighting that will complement your colour scheme and bring out the best in your worktops and appliances, and make sure that the light fixtures themselves are in keeping with the style of your kitchen. Dimmers are a great tool for adding ambience. On a more practical note, make sure there are enough lights to cover every inch of the room and that the light will shine in front of you rather than behind you, so

you don’t end up casting a shadow over the food you are trying to prepare. If the budget is tight, adding track lighting rather than recessed lighting is a great way to lower costs and can actually make an attractive feature if the right products are chosen. There will be no damage caused to the ceiling, the electrical wiring will be simpler and there is a huge range of styles to choose from. Companies such as Lite Tile offer LED splashbacks, which are an ideal way of providing excellent task lighting and make a unique decorative feature.

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We offer a complete design service and we manufacture all our bespoke furniture in our own workshops.


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Take control of your tailored kitchen experience with the White Kitchen Company

hopping for a new kitchen should be fun, exciting and satisfying. As one of the most essential rooms in the home, it is important that you are happy with the design and comfortable in the space. While some installation services can feel rigid and limited, the White Kitchen Company allows you to take control of the buying process to ensure that the finished product is exactly what you want. The online firm encourages its customers to take a ‘design it yourself’ approach when choosing a kitchen, from the style and colour of the cabinets you would like, to the positioning


of every unit and appliance in the room. By following the company’s online guide you can plan every aspect of your new look, even down to the cabinet and drawer handle designs. However, if you would like a little more guidance when making your choices there is also a design service available, including a consultation at your home.


The company operates online only, enabling it to offer high-quality cabinetry at trade prices, direct from the manufacturer. The decision

to ditch high street showrooms, which are expensive to run, was made to lower prices for the customer. According to Christopher Proudfoot, founder of the White Kitchen Company, the firm’s online exclusivity is also reflective of changing consumer trends, as fewer people take a trip to their local store. “More clients have chosen to shop online than shop in person,” he says. The comprehensive website provides helpful advice, an inspiring image gallery and a detailed guide covering every aspect of your kitchenbuying. With over 25 years’ experience in the

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UNIQUE FIT industry, Christopher and his team are also on hand to offer support and answer any questions that you might have by phone or email.


It takes just four simple steps to achieve your custom-built kitchen. First, make a wish list of everything you would like to see in your new set-up, including a choice of materials and finishes. Next, measure your space, and be sure to read the helpful tips online. Then it is time to design your layout, placing the sink and main appliances before completing the look with bespoke cabinetry. Finally, place your order and await delivery of your hand-crafted furniture within eight weeks. It might seem a distant dream to be able to build a kitchen exactly the way you want, but the White Kitchen Company makes this dream a reality. The online service gives control back to you, so that when you step into the room you’re satisfied with and proud of your creation.

To see your ideas come to life and begin planning your custom-built kitchen call 01604 821 003 or visit

When you step into the room you’re not only satisfied, but proud of your new kitchen


Kitchen Special BELOW: Mimica Venato Matt Porcelain (walls) from £53.93 per sq m and Xylem Grey Wood Effect Porcelain (floor) from £36 per sq m at Mandarin Stone. 01600 715 444,

ABOVE: Flooring from Chateau oak flooring collection, in a natural oil finish. Choose from 9 different colours from traditional natural and dark finishes to contemporary light and grey colours. Priced from £70.80 for 225mm wide planks at Fine Oak Flooring. 01727 826 500,

EQUAL FOOTING Period Ideas reveals how to ensure your flooring goes the distance


NATURAL VARIATION ou heard it here first, the best kitchens Other natural stones, such as limestone, can are planned from the ground up. draw admiring glances, and the fact that they Flooring is a big part of the overall have such beautiful natural variation means look of the hub of the home and you’ll that no one else will have a floor quite like be living with it for a long time. Colours inspired yours. Ceramic tiles are a good-looking by nature are a good choice for such a hardoption, whether you would like to mimic working room and should work with most other the appearance of a natural material or you shades if you wish to redecorate. would relish the idea of creating patterns Another consideration is whether you want to have a kitchen to entertain in with sleek fixtures and fittings, or a welcoming space where everyone wanders in from the garden with muddy boots on, and dogs come and say “Hello.” Underfloor heating can take the chill off stone tiles or work beautifully with engineered wood flooring , so if you’re tempted to go for this option, make sure you know exactly which materials your preferred heating system will be compatible with. It is also worth working out if you like the idea of a contrast in your kitchen with granite worktops, white cabinets and a matching dark floor, or whether more complementary tones appeal. Slate is a great choice for a farmhouse kitchen Engineered Antique Oak priced from £57 per sq m., at the Natural Wood Floor Company. 020 8871 9771, and improves with age. It has a naturally riven surface and this texture means there will be fewer slip or trip hazards. 114 PERIOD IDEAS

on the floor. It doesn’t have to look like the chequer board beloved of cleaning adverts. Both subtle and more ornate shapes are available for you to create a distinctive look. However, if you do need to be aware of exactly what you are taking on in terms of fitting costs, sealing and maintenance. Technology in flooring is always developing so listen carefully to what your supplier suggests in terms of product care and don’t cut corners. That tip which your neighbour’s granny swore by may not work with your particular type of flooring in the 21st century. Never be afraid to think out of the box with flooring in an older property. It can be another great way of adding personality to your home. Whatever type of flooring you are drawn to, make sure that you ask the showroom for a sample. That way, you can see how you and your family get on with it before you make a firm commitment. It is also wise to take it with you when you visit kitchen showrooms to see how it will match with other materials for your cabinetry.

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PROMOTION Sussex Stone & Ceramic Ltd



Discover beautiful ways to add value to your home naturally

ussex Stone Marble & Granite had a superb reputation for quality and excellence in the stone fabrication business going back well over a decade, and this attracted the owners of industry leaders Stone & Ceramic Ltd to the company. Time working together revealed a natural fit between the two companies’ expertise and thus Sussex Stone & Ceramic Ltd was born as a partnership between them. Working with its sister company or directly with some of the biggest names in the industry, Sussex S&C is your first choice in UK stone fabrication.


A company is only as good as its workforce and there’s no substitute for experience and quality control. With management enjoying decades of involvement in the natural stone industry

from all aspects, and factory staff having huge amounts of experience and knowledge, rest assured that even the most complicated and delicate of projects is safe in the hands of Sussex Stone & Ceramic. From manufacturing the most unusual worktops, to the fabrication of bespoke high-end natural stone projects, no project is too much for the well-trained and hardworking operatives. Even the very best workers will be unable to perform without the right tools for the job. So Sussex S&C has state-of-the-art equipment including a pair of the latest Intermac Master CNCs, an LCV Magnum edge polisher, GMM CNC saws, and a Flowjet waterjet cutter capable of awesome detail. In conjunction with its skilled staff, the firm is capable of handling almost any task for your stone needs. The company supplies a range of natural

stone products, in materials including slate, limestone, travertine, granite and marble. Look out for a large range of tiles, vanity units, fireplaces, bath surrounds, shower trays and many more bespoke items such as stunning made-to-order granite worktops.


The showroom at Hailsham has many displays from tiles and cleaners to underfloor heating systems. Sussex S&C has imported some slabs ourselves and carry out the manufacturing process at its local factory sited. Everyone in the business aims to please and if they don’t have what you are looking for, they will do their best to acquire it on your behalf through the contacts they have both here and abroad. The team aims to provide you with the highest level of service, the sort they expect as a customer themselves!

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RENOVATION Inspiration and practical advice for owners of older properties

ALL WHITE White is one of the most popular paint colours in the UK, but it can prove surprisingly difficult to find the exact shade you like. With 108 subtle variations on offer, the White Paint Factory solves the problem by providing a full range of whites with hints of lilac, blue, pink, yellow, sage and peach. The high quality and variety ensures you have the perfect white for your home. 020 3794 8108,


The Georgian Group is relaunching its website this summer, giving you the opportunity to join its very active membership. This conservation group was established in 1937 for the preservation of historic buildings and landscapes of 1700-1840 in England and Wales. Since 1971 the group has been the statutory advisor on planning issues that affect Georgian heritage and its ongoing charitable efforts include the funding of grants for a wide variety of projects and annual awards. If you would like to find out more or to enquire about membership call 020 7529 8920 and be sure to regularly check for updates.

RESTORE & REPAIR Bryan Williamson & Daughters is a family business dedicated to sympathetically restoring heritage and listed buildings. With over 20 years’ experience in the industry, the company has worked on over 200 properties and has even cleaned stonework for the British Museum. If you would like to find out more about the firm’s effective and reliable methods, and to view a comprehensive list of the services available including plastering, plumbing and electrics, call 01342 834 829 or visit


Anglia Lime Company has been pioneering the use of lime in construction since 1992, developing products for a wide range of projects. Whether you’re repairing plaster in a 15th century cottage, re-pointing Georgian brickwork or installing a lime concrete floor, Anglia Lime Company can help. The products on offer include lime putty, natural hydraulic limes (NHL), readymix mortars, limewash and lime paints. To find out more call 01787 313 974 or visit

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Shibori napkins Try your hand at this traditional textile technique

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YOU’LL NEED: Fabric dye, from Cotton napkins, from Small wood squares Bucket Rubber bands Twine Old cloth Scissors Rubber gloves

ACCORDIAN FOLD Fold the fabric like an accordion. Then fold it again in the same way but in the other direction. Place it between two pieces of wood,

When choosing fabric, it is important to select one that is made of natural fibres


or any flat-shaped object you don’t mind dying, and bind together with string or rubber bands. The shapes and rubber bands will prevent the dye from penetrating the fabric they cover. The more rubber bands or string you use the more the dye will be blocked.


A pleat and bind technique involves binding the fabric in very close sections, which results in several spider like designs. Pinch and bind equal sections and continue binding towards the centre. Keep binding until you can’t go any further. Add additional rubber bands to make the fabric into a tight bundle.

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Planning ahead Is there anything I can do to protect my windows and doors for the future? Fortunately, modern timber and aluminium products are durable and low maintenance. With just a little care and regular cleaning your windows and doors will continue to perform well and look great. When washing frames use a mild, non-abrasive soap and water, and always test cleaners in an inconspicuous area first, just in case! We also recommend lubricating all hardware components at least once a year, and regularly checking weather-stripping to ensure your patio doors and windows seal airtight. Finally, vacuum the tracks on sliding patio doors and windows to remove any dirt or debris that may be causing a problem. Lucy Martin, Totali Solutions 0333 323 9601,


Making an entrance Rethink your windows and doors with help from our panel of experts

Touch wood What are the advantages of traditional timber windows and doors? Firstly, timber is more environmentally friendly than uPVC, and is a sustainable resource - when properly sourced. Timber also has a longer lifespan on average; around 72 years compared to 30 years for uPVC. Finally, traditional timber windows and doors help retain the authentic value of your period home, preserving character and charm. At The Sash Window Workshop, we use FSC certified Accoya™ or durable hardwood, which are designed to last a lifetime. Richard Dollar, The Sash Window Workshop 01344 868 668,

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What benefits do steel windows bring to a property?

I’m thinking of replacing my door furniture. What’s fashionable right now?

Steel windows are strong and durable but still offer slender and elegant sight lines, perfect for a period home with a traditional look. Our steel is also hot dip galvanised and polyester powder coated, which protects the product and ensures that the window doesn’t rust, meaning that it will last for many years. All our windows and doors can be single or double-glazed, and we offer a wide choice of fittings to give extra character to your set-up; from modern, brass and satin chrome to wrought-iron which we hand craft in our own forge. Mark Glover, Holdsworth Windows 01608 661 883,

Though chrome and stainless steel are still popular, the current market is tending towards alternative finishes such as pewter, bronze, forged steel and black iron, which is particularly effective with timber frames. Designers combine the period look with a contemporary twist, and there is a growing tendency to match door furniture design to window hardware to create a running theme throughout the home. As the use of multipoint locks has increased, especially on new builds, door furniture options have also adapted to include slim backplates. Ian Smith, Stonebridge 01207 500 050, PERIOD IDEAS 123

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Open sesame I’d like a front door made of wood, but how do I ensure that it lasts?

Sealed tight I’m having a real problem with draughts through my windows. What can I do? Ventrolla has over 30 years’ experience in repairing and draught proofing sash and casement windows across the UK, adding strength and energy efficiency in a way that is sensitive to their traditional style. We replace any decaying timber, re-weigh the sashes and make sure the window operates smoothly. In addition, our unique draught proofing system is installed to combat the draughts and rattles common in sash windows, thus improving the heat retention. When the process is finished your beautiful period windows will be ready to last another 100 years! David Greaves, Ventrolla 0800 378 278,

Timber doors are always popular, but they are prone to issues such as shrinking, swelling and twisting, resulting in difficulty opening and closing which can be frustrating. However, there is a solution to the problem. Engineered timber, a lamination of the solid wood which offers stability as the grain runs in opposing directions, creates greater resistance to the elements. Add to this a good, breathable paint system and your front door will open and close with ease, regardless of the weather, for years to come. Nigel Hockin, GBS Joinery 01614 560 501,

Traditional finish I want to give my interior doors more character. What are my options? It is best to try and match the style of your interior doors with the age of your house for a seamless look. Victorian doors are especially popular in older properties. To get the style right you need two long panels above two shorter panels, with mid and bottom rails which are twice as wide as at the top and sides. They tended to have flat panels with moulding around them and were often made of pine and painted. Other attractive options include waxed pitch pine or oiled oak. Simon Berry, Early Doors Ltd 01279 647 200,

Light fantastic I’d really like to have a rooflight or lantern in my home. In which room would you recommend I have one installed? There are many reasons why installing a rooflight or lantern is a great idea, regardless of the room in which it features. We often install rooflights into loft conversions or a room with vaulted ceilings, where they become the only natural light source available. Flat rooflights are also popular throughout the home as they offer minimal visual impact and can be opened electronically, to give ventilation as well as light. Overall, we find that we receive most requests for installations in kitchens and family rooms, where rooflights make the space feel bigger and brighter. K. Knight, 4 Season Doors and Rooflights Ltd., 0330 999 4414,


PROMOTION Windows update

RESTORE & ORDER Becky Faulks chats to the team at Fortis & Hooke about their superior sash window restoration service


hether it’s battling the bleak British winters, or suffering from overuse during the hot summer months, our windows put up with a lot. So it’s not surprising that they can fall into a state of disrepair, particularly if they are original to a period property. Thankfully, Fortis & Hooke is on hand to help. Using tried and tested methods that have been fine-tuned through many years of experience, it helps to restore traditional sash windows to their former glory.



Pieter Booyse, director of Fortis & Hooke, explains exactly what the restoration process involves. “We begin by removing the original sashes from the sash boxes and replacing them with temporary lookalike sashes. The original sash is then taken to our workshop where, using both modern and traditional techniques, we refurbish all mechanical parts and install draught-sealing systems. We then strip the original sashes of any old paint or decoration

and redecorate with an oil-based, flexible paint. The restoration process is then completed by refitting the sashes into a fully renovated, repaired and decorated frame.” The benefits of this sophisticated system are two-fold. As well as providing you with windows that look fabulous, move well and are more heat efficient, any underlying issues that could cause further damage in the future are resolved. This ensures that your revamped windows will last for many years to come.

FORTIS & HOOKE is a specialist in the restoration, renovation and redecoration of timber sash windows. For a no-obligation survey of your windows, call 0800 313 4688 or visit


Fortis & Hooke is passionate about restoration over replacement, and will do everything it can to preserve original features. “The old adage ‘they don’t make them like they used to’ is something we can demonstrate on a daily basis,” says Pieter. “Original windows were made with well-seasoned timber, which withstands the elements much better than newer timber substitutes. It is therefore our opinion that a well-restored sash window is much more capable of providing longevity than a replacement unit.” “We do fit new sashes into existing frames if a full upgrade is completely necessary, or preferred by the homeowner. Our team of expert joiners can replace sashes with new hardwood versions that match the style of the original window. However, we believe that replacement should be a last resort, so we always suggest restoration as the first option.” The company also feels strongly about our English heritage, and believes that in order to respect this, original features should be retained. Windows are a crucial part of our country’s history, as they provide us with a glimpse into the past, back to a time when sashes were still handmade with great care and precision.


Retaining the original timber windows of your property is also environmentally friendly, according to a study conducted by Greenpeace in 1998. It found that sustainably sourced timber uses less energy, contributes less to greenhouse gas levels, uses fewer nonrenewable resources and generates less waste than modern counterparts. Fortis & Hooke uses only Forest Stewardship Council certified timber, which is obtained from sustainable sources, when restoring windows. Once your windows and frames have been restored, the company will run a final check to ensure the sashes are mechanically sound. After that, the team will install a specialist perimeter sealing system, which guarantees that all aspects of your windows are draught proof. As well as reducing the amount of cold air let in by gaps, sealing the sashes has many other benefits, including reducing external noise levels, improving insulation and eliminating rattles. Authentic beading is used as part of the service, which is carefully chosen so that it matches the original beading as closely as possible. As a result, you’ll be left with harmonious, well-constructed sash windows that will complement your original period features and last a lifetime.

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Early Doors have an extensive selection of stylish internal period doors from a range of different eras. When choosing the most suitable traditional doors, you want to make sure it will create significantly stunning effect to the appearance of your property. To see our full range of doors visit


Reeds of Fowey: 01726 832 129 The Farthing: 0844 567 2400


Duresta Sasha sofa in capuchins, priced from £986.30 at Darlings of Chelsea. 020 7371 5745,


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Fine Oak Flooring: 01727 826 500 GH Frith: 0845 490 0600 J Hayden Carpets: 01424 729 113 Millshop Online: 01604 875 062 Oriental Rugs Of Bath: 01761 451 764 Orlestone Oak Ltd: 01233 732 179 Osmo UK: 01296 481 220 Natural Wood Floor Co: 020 8871 9771 Tons Of Tiles: 0845 2014 888 Wellington Tile Company: 01823 667 242


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Adrian Flux Insurance Services: 0808 077 2266

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Country Stile: 01507 527 055 Doris and Co: 01460 477 773 Greige: 020 3141 9030 Holly & Laurel Emporium: 01306 885 460 Just Fabrics: 01993 823 690 Lakeland Paints: 01524 852 371 Prestigious Textiles: 01274 688 448 Pullman Editions: 020 7730 0547

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4 Season Doors and Rooflights Ltd: 0330 999 4414 Bromleighs: 01208 79490 dar Lighting Ltd: 01295 672 200 Dusk Lighting: 01392 873 085 Endon Lighting: 0333 003 3308 Forbes & Lomax: 020 7738 0202 Fritz Fryer Antique Lighting: 01989 567 416 Pooky: 020 7351 3003 Sockets & Switches: 0845 812 3838 The Limehouse Lamp Company: 01273 497 070

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Bryan Williamson & Daughters: 01342 834 829 Bulmer Brick and Tile: 01787 269 232 Cheshire Demolition: 01625 424 433 Delabole Slate Co. Ltd: 01840 212 242 Hawkins Historic: 07734 801 439 Wye Valley Reclamation: 01432 353 606

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Hillarys: 0800 916 6503 Plantation Shutters: 020 8871 9333

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The Chesterfield Company: 0161 737 6918 Traditional Upholstery Workshop: 01994 232 124 Willow & Hall Ltd: 0845 468 0577


Copycats: 01732 866 632 Fortis & Hooke Decorators Ltd: 0800 313 4688 GBS Joinery: 0161 456 0501 Heritage Window Company: 020 8695 2300 Holdsworth Windows: 01608 661 883 Met Therm Windows: 01730 894 745 Sash Window Workshop: 01344 868 668 Silverwood Shutters: 01727 822 600 Totali Timber Solutions: 01977 608 069 Ventrolla Ltd: 01423 859 323 PERIOD IDEAS 129

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Top Montpellier Monte Carlo in pure Bianco Persiano marble priced from £2,500. 01242 582 777, Right The Highlander 7 SG from Dunsley Heat boasts a Metallic Blue finish, part of the new colour range available from Dunsley. 01484 682 635, Far right The Charnwood Country 4 wood burner is priced from £708, including VAT, at Ludlow Stoves. 01584 878 552,



Period Ideas reviews the history of the fireplace ahead of the winter


n original fireplace in your property provides a wonderful connection with the past, as we recall the people who have shared stories around the hearth. Letters, wills and other personal documents were consigned to the flames along with wood and lumps of coal, so your fireplace has probably harboured all manner of secrets! In medieval and Tudor times fireplace and chimneys were considered status symbols as well as being the latest technology. Housing designs were in transition during this time and we should applaud our ancestors’ courage as it is easy to forget that most of the housing stock until the 18th century was thatch and wood. The high ceilings in old houses were intended to keep the sparks of the fire away

from the thatch and it took trial and error before architects established how best to build two-storey houses which maximised the heat yet minimised smoke and draughts from the fire. The mantelpiece or chimney piece, originated in the Middle Ages. It began life

In the Georgian era fashions veered from plain to extravagant with Gothic growing from Rococo elements

as a hood over the grate to catch smoke but the term has since evolved to encompass the decorative framework around the fireplace, such as the jambs, mantel shelf and overmantel mirrors. Once the country house developed, the oak panelled rooms were dominated by stunning wooden over-mantels. We can still admire this incredible craftsmanship in the intricately carved coats of arms and fine details which form what we would now call a feature wall.


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Renovating English craftsmen, to Christopher Wren, who developed what became known as Queen Anne style. In the Georgian era fashions veered from plain to extravagant with Gothic versions developing from Rococo continental styles. The novelist Horace Walpole commissioned two fireplaces at his new house, Strawberry Hill in Twickenham, which were based on tombs in Westminster Abbey, showing that drawing from eclectic influences is nothing new in interior design. Towards the end of the era, Robert Adam’s work came to the fore and he is considered one of the greatest designers of all time. His studies in Italy in the 1750s were dominated by the excavation of Herculaneum, a city that had been buried in 79AD. Original Roman decorations inspired his fireplace designs and he was keen to link the chimneypiece to other features in the room using colours such as pale green, blue, pink, yellow and deep red. The Victorian era ushered in a wealth of mass-produced cast iron fireplaces in a dizzying range of styles and arched versions became popular instead of the rectangular pieces which had set the tone since Inigo Jones’s era. Grates were relatively small with plenty of heat being generated by radiation from the polished metal. By the early twentieth century the first gas fires were installed, leading to a generation adding a bowl of water to the hearth in the hope that it would combat the dry atmosphere.

Top Explore a wealth of options for a new gas fire with the help of the talented team at Nuflame. 020 8254 6802, Middle The Marseille suite with a high efficiency gas stove.The fireplace is hand made to customer order and the stove has a choice of a black door or enamel white or grey. You can find bespoke all British products at OER Fireplaces. 01782 319 350, Left Treat yourself to a lovingly restored cast-iron radiator from the great selection at Salvagedoctor. 01403 266 400,


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EDITOR’S CHOICE Make the most of your home with our selection of products, ideas and expert advice


Give your floors an upgrade with Frith Rugs. From modern and shaggy rugs to Persian and Indian, there is a huge range of floor coverings on offer and you can even fit rugs to your stairs. 0845 490 0600,



Distinctive Country Furniture produces period architectural joinery and furniture, including the 16th century style solid oak panelling pictured above. Also shown is a Wainscot armchair and side table, made in-house, POA. 01935 825 800,

With over 70 skilled craftsmen and women, Kirkpatrick has been producing handmade ironmongery for the past 160 years. From cabinet handles to door and gate fittings, you’ll be sure to find what you need. 01922 620 026,


Wye Valley Reclamation sells an eclectic range of architectural salvage, reclaimed building materials, garden features and more. Pictured is a vintage cider mill, which makes an unusual feature for the garden. 01432 353 606,

FROM LITTLE ACORNS Orlestone Oak is your one-stop-shop for quality oak timbers, beams, frames, oak flooring and joinery products. It’s still not too late to build that summerhouse... 01233 732 179,



Dress up your door with a vintage buy from British Ironmongery. From handles and hinges to window fastenings and outdoor furniture, everything is manufactured using traditional methods and finished by hand. 0845 257 1147,


House your hens in comfort and safety with a chicken coop from Flyte So Fancy. Coops come in an eyecatching range of styles, from traditional designs to miniature gypsy caravans. 01300 345 229,



Use Osmo Anti-Slip Decking Oil as a top coat for your decking for a slip-resistant finish. The oil is water resistant and dirt repellent, allowing the wood to breathe and helping regulate the moisture content so your outdoor flooring won’t be subject to swelling and cracking. 01296 481 220,


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Our property expert explains how to best prepare your home against the threat of fire


eeing the devastation caused by wildfire in Alberta earlier this year highlighted for many of us the fragility of our homes - and lives - when faced with such a terrifying force of nature. While the geographical differences between the UK and Canada mean a similar event could not happen here, house fires remain surprisingly - and frighteningly - common. According to the English Housing Survey Fire and Fire Safety Report 2013-14, as many as one in 60 households had experienced a fire in the previous two years. Even more worryingly, in nearly half of those fires, the smoke alarm didn’t go off because the fire occurred in another part of the house. This underlines the importance of fitting at least one detector on each level of your property (now a legal requirement for landlords) interlinked if possible, so that everyone is alerted, wherever they are. And don’t forget to test them every week!

But while a moment of carelessness can result in tragedy, there are steps you can take to minimise the risk. More than half of those who knew the cause of their fire said it was cooking-related, which makes the kitchen an excellent place to start when assessing your own fire prevention strategy. The chip pan fire we had at our house when I was a kid may be less likely today because of changing techniques, but it’s still a major risk. With pan fires water will only serve to fan the flames and can result in a catastrophic fireball. The London Fire Brigade advises you to turn off the heat, if it is safe to do so, then leave the property and dial 999. Hopefully you’ll already have an escape plan in place, so you can get out quickly and safely if the worst does happen. If not, there are helpful tips for creating a plan at According to the Fire and Safety Report, older properties, particularly those built before 1919, are more susceptible to fire, partly because they pre-date building regulations. Add a traditional wood-burning stove into the

According to the Fire and Safety Report, older properties, particularly those built before 1919, are more susceptible to fire, partly because they pre-date building regulations mix and you have the potential for disaster. Timber-framed buildings and thatched roofs carry additional risks and, although modern innovations – such as specially treated thatch and sprinkler systems – considerably reduce the chance of fire damage, it’s still important to use a specialist insurance company for your buildings and contents cover. Landlords need to keep abreast of the ever-changing regulations, or ideally engage an ARLA, RICS or NALs agent to do this for them. The rules are currently quite grey but are about to change, as the House of Lords is introducing changes in the Housing and Planning Act which could mean mandatory checks on electrics and appliances in rented homes every five years. While landlords must ensure tenants have access to escape routes, that furniture is fire safe and that smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are provided (the latter if you have solid fuel, but worth doing anyway), there is currently no obligation to supply fire extinguishers unless the property is a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO). You’ll find the current rules for England, Scotland and Wales at However, it makes sense to go above and beyond the legal requirements, not only to protect your tenants, but to look after your investment. Whether you live in the property or let it out, make sure it is safe for your family and for everybody staying there.


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