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reamy summer days can inspire mixed feelings. There’s the pull of lazy days in the garden versus the sense that we could be out and about, going on an adventure. With only finite resources we can struggle to enjoy ourselves and our homes to their fullest potential, so commit to what you have. Whether you believe in a forever home or not, love and accept

where you are now and the next step will make itself known. This month, I invite you to nurture your home in shades of pink, p10, or try this season’s take on pastels on p68. Step inside some lovely properties from p30, and get to know another side to Beatrix Potter on p60.

Susan Dickerson EDITOR

This month Period Ideas has been: APPRECIATING the little things from cups of tea to supermarket roses; UPDATING the living room with new pink lamp shades; GETTING EXCITED about the RA’s summer exhibition; REVISITING She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth by Dr Helen Castor; PREPARING for a wedding at Colchester castle in September and may even be BUYING A HAT.

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Contents JULY 2016


79 Essentials



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


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


Sarah Raven The queen bee of the British gardening scene reveals her planting genius

20 Kitchen hub

Get cooking with this month’s tasty recipe and cocktail essentials


Competition Win a luxurious Parker Knoll sofa worth £1,829 plus four decorative cushions worth £50 each


Britain’s heritage Sean Harris finds out more about Beatrix Potter, the woman behind the stories

Real Homes & Gardens



Collectables Margaret Powling explores the history behind Meissen porcelain


Right at home Anna Vinton digs through history in a beautiful Leicestershire garden


Country escape Melissa Smart combines her New England roots with vintage chic

Great giveaways Win a Sebo vacuum cleaner, a Roman shower enclosure, a beautiful fireclay sink by Shaws of Darwen and much, much more!


Editor’s choice Make the most of your home with our stylish selection of products


Lessons I’ve learned Our property expert Kate Faulkner discusses the pros and cons of buying a second home abroad

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Rooms with a view Ann Allen and Paul Griffen share their dream home in the French countryside


Peace & quiet Kate and Giles Farley created the perfect retreat in a restored fisherman’s cottage A work of theatre Words of wisdom from international garden designer, Arne Maynard



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30 Interiors 10

Decorating with.. pink Give your rooms some TLC with this surprisingly versatile colour


Pure pastel Update your home with ice-cream colours and soothing shades


The imitation game How reproduction furniture can help you get the vintage look without the antique price tag


89 Sleep well

Our tips to help you get a great night’s slumber


Go with the flow The best bathroom experts share their inside knowledge


119 Renovating news

The latest from the world of renovation

Flooring special

Completely floored We help you invest in the perfect floor for your home, whatever your style


Tailored timber Give your home a luxurious yet practical wooden new look

Classic kitchens Celebrate our heritage with English cabinetry


Ask the experts Your burning questions on outdoor living answered by our panel


Precious stone Your guide to choosing the right stone floor for your home

Vibrant shades Create our cover look with these essential items


At home with... Joanna Wood We go behind the scenes with one of the Britain’s best interior designers


Tread gently Treat your feet to some gorgeous rugs and carpets


Open door policy How to buy doors and door furniture with confidence


Past glory What to look for when buying reclaimed materials

Out of Africa Mix traditional patterns and cooler shades for an international feel

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NEWS Need to know


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


Capture the clean, fresh and distinctive smells of the English countryside with this reed diffuser from Summerdown Naturally, £18. 01256 780 252,



This Bloomingville ceramic vase offers an on-trend simplicity, and stylish Scandi design. Its navy colour contrasts superbly with this season’s tropical trend as well. Available from Barbaby & Co.

Get outdoors and enjoy the warmer weather with the range available at Wild and Wolf. The Orla Kiely Kneeler is £37.95, the potting gloves are £14.95 and the watering can is priced at £39.95 01225 789 909,

NEW LEAF The Tropical leaf cushion adds a lush splash of colour to your summer interiors. It’s a fun and sophisticated accessory, available from Laura Loves Design for £65. 01732 369 509,


Add the wow factor to your walls with the wide range of vinyl murals available at PIXERS. This ‘Botany’ option, priced at £277 for 300cm x 245cm, is especially eye-catching this season. 0207 617 7545,


LIGHT SLEEPER Turn your bedroom into a relaxing space during the summer months with the wide and varied range from House of Fraser. The embroidered flower duvet cover is £80, the coral throw, £75, mohair check throw, £75, and duck egg flat sheet, £30. 0345 602 1073,


The DV clock series at In Spaces is one of the trendiest timepieces available. The artistic smudge design comes in a range of colours to suit any scheme. £120. 07879 012 294,


Get ready to ruffle feathers with this unique Peacock mug, from the Oak Room, £9.99. It’s decorative and unexpected, and will be the talk of the table when you next have afternoon tea! 01992 501 040,


Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a complete novice, the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show promises something for everyone. With stunning floral displays alongside demonstrations by industry professionals and celebrity speakers, it’s not only a great day out but also an inspiration for your future outdoor endeavours. And don’t miss the wide variety of artisan food on offer – you might take home some brand new recipe ideas as well! For ticket enquiries call 0203 176 5850 and for more information visit


The Finn Juhl two-tone sofa from My Furniture looks great as part of a retro look, or in a more modern setting. It’s available in a range of colour combinations, and is priced at £569.99. 0115 9000 405,


INTERIORS Décor ideas

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SUMMER PINKS Give your rooms some TLC with this surprisingly versatile colour Edited by SUSAN DICKERSON


f you want a colour scheme which evokes good cheer, serenity and a little playfulness look no further than this season’s ‘It Colour’. You don’t have to channel the late, great Barbara Cartland to put yourself in the pink. Subtle shades of peach and blush can add a sophistication and energy to a space so take the plunge instead of turning to a variant of magnolia. Blush tones are very flattering for our interiors as well as our skintones, and you’ll be delighted to see how nicely they combine with grey, which has become a popular 21st century shade. There’s a subtlety in the paints available today which means getting in the pink and working with your existing pieces ensures taking the plunge doesn’t have to be a huge project.


Chichester 4ft dresser in pink peppercorn £1,910, at Neptune. 01793 427 450,


Start by looking at the palest rose and apricot tones on the market (I have recently redecorated with Valspar’s You’re Blushing and am very pleased with the result) and remember that you can build up a colour in a number of coats. It is true that some red and pinks may need three coats rather than one or two depending on the particular pigment, but the end result is definitely worth it. Pink has been on the radar for the past few seasons – rose-gold is fashionable as a hair colour and as a metallic shade – and Pantone chose Rose Quartz as its colour of the year alongside Serenity (a pale blue). Pink is associated with love, nurture and the heart chakra so give your home a gentle grown-up hug. You’ll find that it works beautifully with grey, white and pops of green as well as blue. It also looks good with taupe, brown and orange so you can use it as a base colour for all sorts of schemes or emphasise existing details. Avoid the temptation to mix and match your pinks as the effect will be both intense and untidy. Your intention is to evoke warmth and a feeling of calm rather than sensory overload.

Swatch WATCH Contemporary whites from The White Paint Factory can work beautifully with pinks and greys in the lounge. 020 3794 8108, Maiko Carrera White Frilly White Belladonna White Farrer White

Whitby modular sofa in Blush pure Belgian linen, at 0345 400 2222,

INDUSTRY INSIGHT Martin Aveyard, design director at Moon and Bronte by Moon, shares his expert knowledge “With natural materials such as marble, concrete and brass leading the way in home décor, dusky pink hues have become the colour of choice to complement them. Thanks to the tropical trend, inspired by the Rio Olympics, flourishing in the home, we’re bound to see brighter shades of hot pink burst on to the scene. If you want to bring pink to a room but are unsure on where to start then consider introducing soft furnishings and accessories. These can be layered against other colours to either tone down or enhance the colour and will create a scheme not overpowered by pink.”


INTERIORS Décor ideas

GOLDEN rules

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Create a grown-up look with some styling short cuts

Take your time to find the right pink for you. Start with whites and creams with a hint of pink and then decide if you are drawn to brownish pinks, orangey pinks or purplish pinks. Be inspired by natural pinks from rhubarb and roses to Himalayan salt. Also consider textures and details in your scheme. You may find that some pieces seem too heavy or fussy in your room once you’ve wielded the paint brush.

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Don’t be surprised if this colour evokes memories. Pink is often a colour we are encouraged to move away from as we mature so you may recall everything from ballet shoes to the Pink Panther. A bold pink can be striking rather than overly feminine. Try colour blocking for an instant refresh and talking point in your rooms. Take a tip from the experts and explore vintage designs. Elsa Schiaparelli’s love of vivid colours ensured that she has a pink named after her.

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Bloom of the month


Synonymous with summer, this classic border plant has been a staple for UK gardeners since the early 1800s. Its blooming season is relatively long, stretching from July to September and partly accounting for phlox’s popularity. Despite their quintessentially English look, phlox plants are actually bred from two North American species, P. maculata and


P. paniculata, and have also made an impression in other parts of the world. At the base of Mount Fuji in Japan, the Shizbazakura or moss-phlox blooms in such volume that an annual festival has been created in its honour. Pictured here is the peppermint twist phlox, which makes a pretty and noticeable addition to any English garden during summer.

Following on from National Picnic Week, Kew Gardens is holding its annual Kew the Music outdoor picnic concerts. With a line-up including Simply Red, Will Young, Bjorn Again, Jools Holland, The Corrs and the Gipsy Kings, the picnic week is a great way to combine a love of music and the great outdoors. Artisan bars and food stalls are available on-site, but you are more than welcome to bring your own picnics. Starts Tuesday 12th July.

Green for good We all know that gardening has health benefits, but could it save your life? Apparently so, according to a recent study by academics from Harvard University’s public health graduate school and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The study found that women who lived surrounded by vegetation had a 12% lower mortality rate than those who did not, which is a great news for the keen gardeners among us. But city-dwellers needn’t miss out – there are many beautiful open gardens scattered around the country which are great places to reconnect with nature and learn.

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The latest news, inspirational ideas and expert advice for your great outdoors JOURNEY THROUGH TIME

Take a walk through 300 years of history at Weston Park. Set in 1,000 acres of Capability Brown landscape, this 17th century estate dates back to the Domesday Book and is widely regarded as one of the most magnificent estates in the country. To mark the 300th anniversary of Capability Brown’s birth, Weston’s Head Gardener, Martin Gee, has put together a selection of seasonal guided walks, the next of which will be the Summer Walk on 28th July and the Autumn Walk, on Sunday 30th October., 01952 852100.

KEEP IT CLEAN This handmade gardening apron from Annabel James includes two pockets with an adjustable waistband, and costs £26.50. 0345 548 0210,

Nights out The warm weather may see your garden parties stretching into the evening and the last thing you want is to cut the celebrations short due to lack of lighting, but ideally your lights will still allow you to see the stars. For a happy medium, try installing some low-key garden lights to guide you on your way. These ice orb lights from Cole & Bright are solar powered and offer the choice of white or colour changing LEDs for maximum fun with minimal upkeep. £9.99 from Wyevale Garden Centres. 0844 288 5129,

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Summer is now well and truly here on the plot! Weeding, irrigation, feeding, planting out and pest control will all be important jobs to keep on top of in the garden in July, as plants are establishing themselves and the fruits of our labour are beginning to show. It will also be beneficial to do some light summer pruning of gooseberries and currants, as well as pinching out shoots on your tomato plants, climbing beans and melons in order to encourage the plants to concentrate on ripening fruits. The more energy conserved for this, the better.

Container-grown crops will need particular care and attention during dry spells, so make sure you provide adequate and consistent moisture. This helps to prevent issues such as bolting and skin cracking, which can have an impact on your eventual yields. One of the real perks of this month is that harvests will be starting to roll in, with strawberries, raspberries, peas, beans, salads and more all ready for use in the kitchen – so enjoy the fresh produce and the gorgeous long days in the garden!



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s the large-flowered gladiolus comes into bloom in the garden, don’t forget it’s still not too late to plant one of this species’ fragrant relations, Acidenthera muralie, which can be packed into pots and into cutting patches. The flat, sword-like leaves look handsome in containers within a couple of months and the flower spikes go on looking good for weeks with only cursory tidying required. I also love these – just a single stem – or a small number arranged in a tall, slim vase. We take our shrubby herb cuttings this month too, plants such as rosemary, lavender, and any of the more unusual sage and thyme. We use lots of rosemary here, in the kitchen and for flower arranging. For that we grow ‘Miss Jessop’s Upright’ with tall, straight, vertical stems, so much better for flower arranging than the pretty, scraggy, weeping forms. Take cuttings now and root them with a bit of basal heat so they are well-set and you have potted them on, ready for planting out in the garden in the autumn or early spring.

Remove as many short side stems (2-3 inches long) from the parent plant as you want cuttings, with a sharp knife. Strip the leaves off the bottom of the stem. Push them into a gritty mix of compost – four or five to a medium sized pot, around the outside - and if possible put them in a propagator with a bit of bottom heat. Keep the compost moist at all times, but do not overwater. On to harvesting, courgette flowers are one of the great luxuries of July. We pick them just as they open, shake them to dislodge any ants or earwigs and then remove the stigma. If we’ve picked a mini courgette with the female flower, we slit them lengthways, two-thirds of the way up the fruit before cooking (this allows the heat to penetrate the courgette flesh). I love the flowers stuffed with a mix of cream cheese, goat’s cheese, pine nuts and thyme (a teaspoon of mix to each flower), dipped into a light tempura batter and fried. The Cretan way is then to drizzle them with a little runny honey for a delightful taste sensation.

It’s also peak season for globe artichokes which crop in succession. In Italy, you’d be thought odd wanting to eat more than the heart, but I love globe artichokes cooked whole and eaten leaf by leaf, dipped into a sauce I learned to make in Italy as a child. For 6 large artichokes, mix 4 eggs, hardboiled, shelled and broken up with a fork, with a very large bunch of chopped, soft green herbs (half flat-leaf parsley and the rest a mixture of chives, fennel, dill and/ or coriander, or one of these), 2 tins of anchovy fillets, drained and finely chopped and about 300ml extra virgin olive oil with 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar. Stir them all together – with freshly ground black pepper - and serve. It makes an artichoke into one of the very best summer meals and with one per person, is perfect for a party. 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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oward Marshall and Robert Entwistle, the founders of Thomas & Thomas kitchens, have between them over 60 years of experience in bespoke kitchen and furniture design and manufacturing. The company has gained a reputation for a style that is traditional, but with contemporary twists and modern technology. It combines fitted and free-standing furniture to ensure all storage needs are met, while at the same time creating a room which you will love living in. But Thomas & Thomas doesn’t just offer fabulous kitchens. The team is also able to design fabulous furniture for other rooms in the house such as utility rooms, boot rooms, cloak rooms and bedrooms. Thomas & Thomas’ design philosophy stems from an understanding of the role of a traditional kitchen within modern family life. Today’s lifestyle demands the kitchen be ‘a room to be lived in’, rather than a purely functional setting. This fundamental understanding of the client’s lifestyle allows a Thomas & Thomas design to fulfil the role of providing seamless practicality and striking beauty within your home. The great thing about working with a kitchen company like Thomas & Thomas is that you won’t just get what you want! The team will work with you and offer myriad suggestions and improvements for things you may not even knew existed or were even possible.

The company values traditional joinery skills and it manufactures all of its kitchens and free-standing furniture, in understated and timeless styles and designs. The company uses only the very best natural materials and fine hardwoods such as English oak, cherry, maple and teak. The design process is personal; it has to be to understand just what is required and to make sure that this is a kitchen you want to live with! Thomas & Thomas will also prepare fully specified plans for your plumber, electrician and architect. Recommended lighting positions are also part of the service, to make sure that you will create the correct lighting for preparation and entertaining. To ensure the highest level of quality, all bespoke kitchens are handmade in the UK and fitted by Thomas & Thomas’ experienced team. They personally oversee every step of the creation and production of your kitchen. The service encompasses so much more than just the design, they work with you on colour, textures and finishes for the whole room as well as appliances. Thomas & Thomas has showrooms in Cheshire and Oxford with a new showroom coming soon in Shipston on Stour, Warwickshire. You are welcome to visit and to see various kitchens all in room settings.

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ESSENTIALS Classic cooking

Kitchen Hub Discover delicious seasonal recipes, the latest kitchen must-haves and inspirational ingredient ideas


YOU’LL NEED: For the topping: 100g caster sugar

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2 oranges (very thinly sliced)

For the cake: 4 eggs 200g caster sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 150g self-rising flour 140g butter (melted) 100g almond meal (ground almonds)

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Orange pan-tart Preheat the oven to 160°C/320°F/ Gas Mark 3. To make the topping, place the sugar, water and vanilla in a 24 cm/9.5 inch non-stick oven-proof frying pan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.





Add the orange slices and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the orange is soft. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Mix eggs, sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer and whisk for 8-10 minutes or until the mixture is thick and pale. Sift the flour over the egg mixture and fold through. Fold through the butter and almond meal.

Pour the mixture over the orange slices and bake for 40-45 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Turn out onto a platter to serve.

Preparation and cooking time: 60 mins, serves 6

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Known for their soft texture and sweetness, mangoes are grown in many different countries and are available to buy all year round. Florida mangoes are characterised by their red-orange skin and are in season during the UK summer. These versatile fruits have a variety of uses, being included in desserts such as tarts, soufflés and ice-creams, added to salad dressings and salsas, mixed into curries and even used in cocktails. Mexico, Brazil and Haiti are among the other main producers of mangoes, and these come into season at varying times of the year.

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REAL GARDENS Leicestershire

RIGHT AT HOME Anna Vinton was instantly smitten with the gardens at Stoke Albany House Words and photography GAP PHOTOS/NICOLA STOCKEN



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garden’s beauty often lies in its tranquillity, and this did not escape Anna Vinton on her first visit to Stoke Albany. “I looked out of the window over this big expanse of lawn, and felt a great sense of peace,” she recalls. Instinctively drawn to this fine English country garden, Anna loved its wide, open spaces and framework of walls, borders, walks and magnificent trees which, despite needing renovation, had retained its essence. “I knew this was somewhere I could happily live,” she says. It is now over 30 years since Fred and Anna Vinton acquired Stoke Albany House in Leicestershire. Built in 1836, the Georgian mansion sits amidst eight acres which include a walled garden, lawns, park and woodland with centuries-old trees such as a superb Atlas cedar. Anna knew little about gardening, but quickly became very interested and started trying different plants, with mixed results. “It’s an ancient site, once part of Rockingham Forest where the Plantagenet kings used to hunt,” Anna explains. “When you look through the plant catalogues, everything is so tempting, but after a lot of mistakes, I realised that soil is absolutely key to success.”


Anna’s bookshelves soon started filling up with gardening books, but the first and most influential was Rosemary Verey’s The Englishwoman’s Garden. “I visited many of the gardens featured in her book, which really conveyed people’s love of their gardens,” she says, before recalling her first garden visit, which was to Barnsley House. “We met Rosemary Verey and I felt so in awe of her. I visited Hidcote, as well, and it just took my breath away. I’m a very visual person so plenty of my ideas have come from visiting other people’s gardens. I’m an avid note-taker of plant names.”


Many of the plants were to later feature in the garden’s herbaceous borders, but first there was rampant ground elder to deal with. “The border spent a year under black plastic to kill the weeds,” Anna explains. Once uncovered, the clay soil was planted with shrubs — berberis, dogwood, ceanothus, euonymus and hazel — to add height and continuous form throughout the year. Colour schemes came next, and Anna decided to group all the hot reds, oranges and golds at the top end, with the cooler shades of blue, purple and pink are at the other. “We’ve pretty much stuck to that, adding whites, creams and coppers throughout,” she adds. “We’ve had to design this border to look good from a distance, ensuring there are large plants that you can recognise from the house, but as you draw nearer, finer details are revealed.” Amongst Anna’s favourite plants are oriental poppies, especially those in less usual shades such as ‘Patti’s Plum’ or ‘Cedric Morris’. Alliums are planted in swathes to trickle

Above Many of the plants at Hidcote were to later feature in Anna’s garden’s herbaceous borders Top right Borders have been designed to look good from a distance with finer details to see close up

After a lot of mistakes, I realised that soil is absolutely key to success.


through the main border, with hardy geraniums at their feet providing the “glue that holds everything together.” Then there are roses, old-fashioned, English and rambling. “They do incredibly well here and I think I tend to favour plants that grow well,” Anna admits. Anchusa is another favourite, but despite three attempts, it just won’t take in the borders. Neither will peonies and bearded irises, even though they thrive a mere stone’s-throw away in the walled garden. “It’s too cold for them,” Anna explains. “The east wind whips through the main border and the plants are always several weeks behind those within the walled garden.”


Above The plants in the walled garden are always several weeks ahead of those in the main border Right The pool incorporates a fountain given to Anna by her mother


Change came about gradually in the walled garden, with the kitchen garden transformed into a delightful potager of boxedged beds filled with topiary, flowers, fruit and vegetables. Running from one side to the other, three separate pergolas now form one long tunnel swathed in Rosa ‘Madame Alfred Carriere’, with aromatic blue catmint at its feet. A Memorial Garden commemorates Anna’s mother-in-law and parents, who died during 2002. “I wanted something that was simple and peaceful with the sound of water, but wouldn’t create lots of work,” Anna recalls. The original idea came from a visit to Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk, that Anna had made with her mother shortly before her death. “We’d admired a circular raised pool in the middle of the garden, and it seemed right to do something similar, incorporating a fountain that my mother had given me.” The pool is enveloped by grass that is allowed to grow longer, with paths cut through. The cool green of the Memorial Garden acts as a foil to the colour all around. Rambling roses cover the walls, whilst

there is a cutting border of beautiful old peonies and the Iris Walk. Planted with scores of glorious bearded irises, it is at its most magical when caught in the crisp, early morning light of late spring. “It’s a twoweek wonder, but the irises are so rewarding to grow and so stunning for that short period, that it’s worth it,” says Anna. Behind the irises run some very old espaliered apples which are reaching the end of their life. “Each year we remove one tree and replace it — that way, we’ll never be faced with the shock of taking them all out at once.” During the early years, it was Alistair Peake, the former head gardener, who masterminded many of the changes, including a rose parterre inspired during a garden tour of the Scottish Borders. “We came across some mirrored parterres and the head gardener was incredibly helpful in advising us,” Anna says. Alistair adapted the design to fit the area between the front facade of the Georgian house and a ha-ha which allows unbroken views of parkland beyond whilst keeping horses and cattle at a distance. The parterre is made up of nine elongated, curving borders: five beds are enclosed in box hedges and filled with pink, white or red roses — ‘Trevor Griffiths’, ‘Winchester Cathedral,’ ‘Rosa de Rescht’, ‘The Fairy’ and ‘Little White Pet’ — whilst the remainder are planted with Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’. Whilst the roses flowering at different times and extend the season, the catmint remains a constant. “It’s such a useful edging plant, and brilliant for attracting bees,” says Anna. It features in the main border, flowering in time to partner the first alliums. “I simply love allium time, when there’s the early promise of everything to come in June: I can’t bear to go away during that time,” she continues. If her absence is unavoidable, then on her return she goes straight into the garden and savours the space. “I especially love to walk round at dusk in summer - the main border is just enchanting in that light - and after all these years, I very much feel it’s my garden.” This garden opens in aid of The National Gardens Scheme charity. PERIOD IDEAS 27

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Country ESCAPE Melissa Smart combines her New England roots with English vintage chic in her pretty family home Words GAP INTERIORS/ANNABELLE GRUNDY Photography GAP INTERIORS/COLIN POOLE

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elissa Smart was born in the USA but moved to England with her husband Richard, who grew up in Cornwall. She moved to sample life in Europe, but the years soon passed and Melissa established a life here, with a business, a young family and an idyllic, rural home. “We had no ties at the time, and I was keen to try life in Richard’s home country, so we could decide where to settle before we had children,” she explains. “Richard went to university in the West Country so we started house-hunting around Bath.” Both were keen to find an older property and they chose a pretty, three-bedroom cottage in a quiet hamlet a few miles from Bath, “We looked at several cottages but this one seemed to receive more daylight than the others, because several rooms have dual aspect windows,” says Melissa. “Also, the village was lovely, and very close to everything we needed.” The cottage was in sound structural condition, but the interior felt dingy and dated, and needed complete redecoration. At the time, Melissa had recently visited

Bath’s renowned American Museum, and was inspired by the reconstructions of traditional New England interiors on display. She introduced deep barn reds, Shaker blues, mustards and ochres in the living areas and the bathroom.


A couple of years later, when Melissa and Richard were revamping their heating system, the couple took advantage of the disruption to replace the dark, terracotta floor tiles in the kitchen and dining room, as well as the dull, cream carpet in the living room. Melissa was prompted to re-think the house’s colour schemes at the same time and the use of natural light was a major factor in her decision. “Our existing colours made everything feel cosy in the winter, but were too sombre for the rest of the year,” she recalls. “Compared to New England, the windows are smaller here and the sunlight isn’t as strong, so we weren’t making the best of the house. I really wanted to use the natural light more effectively.”

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Left The bedrooms are dressed with colourful cushions and classic patchworks, including a quilt found in a New England antique store. Below ”The girls and I enjoy baking together,” says Melissa, “so the kitchen is quite playful and fun.”

Changing the floors instantly made a huge difference. Melissa opted for rustic, cream-coloured flagstones for the kitchen and dining room, with natural, textured sisal for the living room. The space felt larger, fresher and more modern – an airy, neutral palette seemed the obvious next step. However, pinpointing the right shades for redecorating proved a challenge. Melissa started with the dark red dining room, trying numerous tester pots, before making a decision that she quickly regretted. “We used a beautiful, pale grey, which was great until the evening, when it felt really stark and unwelcoming,” she says, “I had to swap it for a warmer cream tone which is softer and seems to suit an old house better. Tester pots are helpful, but until you’ve done most of a room, it’s sometimes hard to be sure you’ve got it right.”


A self-confessed ‘accessories fan’, Melissa found that the new, pale colour scheme allowed her to experiment with all sorts of interesting items, both new and old. Her home contains furniture and decorative pieces brought from America alongside vintage china, local West Country art and second-hand buys that she has painted or revamped herself. “I adore having pottery, painted furniture, glassware and pictures around, but my real love is textiles, especially vintage fabrics,” she says. “A clean, simple background really works because I have such a lot going on.” Melissa is drawn to Scandinavian design as well as English country and New England coastal looks, and is at ease with layering different styles and mixing patterns. PERIOD IDEAS 33

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Her long-serving living room sofas have been recently re-upholstered and, as she was unable to pick just one floral fabric, she used several together. The bedrooms are dressed with colourful cushions and classic patchworks, including a treasured quilt found in a New England antique store. Pale, seaside blues and taupes feature in the many pieces of artwork, and the pretty kitchen is dotted with bold splashes of red and green in the shape of tins, china and fabric. “The girls and I enjoy baking together, so the kitchen is quite playful and fun, with lots of retro knick-knacks,” she says. “We use everything, though – there’s no point in having it otherwise.” Melissa and Richard’s home reflects time spent in New England as well as the family’s ties to the local area. Despite having initially arrived to ‘test the water’, the couple seem set to stay in the West Country for some time to come. “A bit more space would be great, but we love the village and we love this house,” says Melissa.

HOUSE & HOME For Melissa, her home is made even more enjoyable thanks to friendly neighbours and a great sense of community. “It’s the best of all worlds,” she says, “We’re just seven miles from the beautiful city of Bath, and we’re surrounded by gorgeous countryside.” Bradford-upon-Avon is also close by, where you can hire bikes and cycle along the canal. The tow path is really pretty, with several cafés and pubs to stop at on the way. Melissa appreciates her home, and its setting, all year round: “We have cosy fires in the winter, baking with the family throughout the year, and the sound of children and dogs playing all over the house.”

Above Melissa’s style is influenced by Scandinavian design trends, English country and New England coastal looks. Below Pale seaside blues and light, soothing shades feature throughout the home.

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REAL HOMES French fancy

Rooms with a CÔTE D’AZUR


How Ann Allen and Paul Griffen created their dream home



fter two years of living in a house overlooking the Bay of Cannes on the côte d’Azur, the increasing noise of traffic and flow of people persuaded Ann Allen and her partner, Paul Griffen, a retired businessman, to look for a new home inland. “We must have looked at 10 to 12 existing properties in the mountain region of the Var, but they were all in need of repair and modernisation. Besides which they seemed incredibly expensive and the rooms were relatively small,” Ann recalls. “We realised we would need to expand room sizes and began to wonder if building a new house from scratch might be less expensive and infinitely preferable. At least we would end up with large open living spaces and our a tailor made dream.” Ann remembers getting quite worried about the scarcity of suitable building sites. “Paul just happened to ask our estate agents, Agents du Lac, if they knew of any sites for sale and sure enough one had just come onto the market. We knew it was a recent addition to their books because when we arrived there, the white paint on the boulders depicting the boundary lines was still wet.”


The site was south-facing on a steep slope in a mountainous region near Frejus. It had been terraced to grow olive trees and the supporting walls were crumbling but the view was just amazing – overlooking the Esterel mountains which create a dramatic backdrop to miles of undulating farmland enriched with olive trees and vineyards. The shape of the site, which was an open V-shape facing south across the valley, dictated the V-shaped plan of the house which was designed by Ann and Paul and interpreted by a local architect. “It was a 200 square metre, plot which is the smallest parcel of land you can buy,” Paul explains. “There is a rule which prevents buildings to extend beyond 10 metres line of the boundary line and that also determined the shape of our new house.” The couple say they had endless fun times discussing plans for their villa and scribbling ideas on the back of envelopes. “We would talk in


bars, in restaurants and even in bed in the middle of the night – it was so exciting, especially when the foundations were finally laid.” Initially they thought to position the kitchen at one end of the V-shape but Ann decided she wanted it to be in the centre of the house. “The kitchen now opens onto the terrace and has the best view. As I spend most time there, in hindsight I am sure we made the right decision. All the main rooms are on the first floor to make the most of the view and below we have a large amount of storage space

Right The drawing room has white L shaped sofas from a shop in Cannes similar to Oka. Ann picked up her coffee table from a local interiors shop L’Atelier de Moulin de Provence

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Far left The blue bedroom was painted in a French colour similar to Gown Blue by Sanderson 0845 880 5866. The curtains are from Ikea and the bedspread is made up in fabric by Elanbach

and a pool room. One day we might convert the space for changing rooms or even a self contained flat for visitors.” Ann says that a huge amount of their time in early days was spent sourcing building materials, like windows, tiles, and door handles. “Building a new house in a foreign country is not a job for the faint-hearted,” she says. “Also there were lots of hidden costs. 300 metres of retaining terrace walls had to be rebuilt and the access road had to be widened for fire trucks and emergency vehicles. Then we insisted on burying cables to get rid of telegraph poles.”


The interior design of the three-bedroomed house was quite tricky because the couple live there all year round. Ann says the dining room had to be “winter and summer friendly, so I chose a dark red for the walls, which glows by candlelit in winter – especially good at Christmas time – and in summer on hot days we tend to eat on the balcony. On an occasional cloudy day the red is a good colour contrasted with grey skies. The sitting room I chose to furnish mainly in white and cream, but we included a large French style fireplace for the winter and in summer I fill the space with flowering olive branches.” In the bedrooms, Ann decided to decorate in different colours, also reflecting her desire for seasonal adaptability. “One room is white and blue and feels really summery,” she says. “The other one is painted in red to feel cosy when it gets cold for winter.” Having spent a year at Chelsea School of Art doing an interior design course, Ann says she is never happier than when “messing around with paint, decorating furniture. Paul brought a selection of mahogany and yew reproduction furniture and I am having fun making it look like painted PERIOD IDEAS 43

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distressed French antiques. I am working through it piece by piece. After stripping down and painting I wax it with a Liberon antique wax or Pientre a L’Ancienne Teintee as it is called in France. I have also photocopied the royals from a pack of playing cards – heads of kings, queens and jacks to cut out and make into decoupage table tops. I also use sheets of music.” Ann and Paul have, together, channelled their artistic talents into the garden – landscaping and now growing fruit trees- figs, lemons apples, plums, apricots and cherries, tomatoes and peppers. Ann admits, “It has been hard work but we share a wonderful sense of achievement. We often sit out on the terrace under the stars and count our blessings. The view is particularly uplifting. When we first arrived Paul would get up at 5am – even in the rain to watch storms or sun rises. We love it here so much so we don’t need to go on holiday. Actually living here feels like a permanent holiday.”


RIVERIA LIVING The inside story on a Mediterranean hotspot You may know Ann and Paul’s stamping ground better as the French Rivieria, though the côte d’Azur lives up to its name in Occitan of the ‘azure coast’. It includes the sovereign state of Monaco and extends from the Italian border in the east, to Saint-Tropez in the west. The coastline was one of the first modern resorts in Europe, and began life as a winter health retreat at the end of 18th century. It became the holiday spot of choice for the British and Russian aristocracy, and in the first half of the twentieth century artists and writers including Pablo Picasso, Henri Mattise, Edith Wharton, Somerset Maugham and Aldous Huxley enjoyed its charms. Elton John and Brigitte Bardot have homes in the region today.

Above The red bedroom was painted in Rectory Red by Farrow and Ball and the fabric is from Ralph Lauren. Ann decorated her bedside tables and dressing table and finished them in a Gilt cream wax by Liberon

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PEACE & QUIET Kate and Giles Farley lovingly restored a fisherman’s cottage Words & Photography AMANDA TURNER


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REAL HOMES Cornish charm Left Get plenty of sea air nd walk the coastal paths to take in the natural beauty of the area. The natural colours of sand and sea are reflected in the interior of the Farleys’ cottage


ate Farley, a garden designer, and Giles Farley, a software specialist, have transformed their family holiday home and lovingly renovated it. Originally built as a fisherman’s cottage and tucked away in a quiet mews in the centre of Padstow, it was previously owned by Kate’s parents, who were drawn to North Cornwall for their holidays and used to stay at The Seafood, newly opened then by Rick and Jill Stein 30 years ago. “Back then my mother had the good fortune to inherit enough money to buy the cottage, which they spotted on one of their visits,” says Kate. “At the time the writer Patricia Tyrrell lived there with her numerous cats and historically she would often be seen at the window typing away,” explains Kate, Now aptly named Writers Cottage, Kate and Giles let the cottage out through

Harbour Holidays ( making it available for others to create their own story. When it was Kate and Giles’ turn to care for the cottage it was in need of updating and it was an opportunity for them to put their own mark on it. The renovations took place over a period of five years and the first thing the couple tackled was the first floor.


Using a local builder and carpenter, the Farleys replaced the ceiling and removed a partition wall that had created a corridor to the bathroom upstairs opening to open out the bedroom. The artexed walls were stripped back to the original lathe and plaster and rebuilt. “It was a horrible job for

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the builder, who according to my neighbour, appeared from the cottage covered in black building dust,” recalls Kate. The floor boards which had been hidden under carpet, were then sanded and finally varnished. In the bathroom, the couple added a shower where there had been a tiny sit bath and replaced the sanitary ware. “I rescued the wash basin from our old house, as Giles had wanted to sell it and I was so pleased I kept it, as it works perfectly and sets the style of the room”, says Kate. Downstairs Kate and Giles got the builder to completely gut the room in preparation for a new kitchen, removing a stone shelf to the left of the chimney breast and the old kitchen, which had been hidden in a cupboard to the other side of the chimney breast. “It was very basic and consisted of a sink with shelves above to store crockery and a curtained cupboard beneath to conceal the storage of a portable camping stove and a few pans,” recalls Kate. “I had sat in the cottage over the years, pondering where I could place the kitchen and had disregarded putting it under the stairs, because of the onerous task of relocating the plumbing,” says Kate. The couple were pleased, however, to find that it was a possible option when they employed Wadebridge Kitchens, who managed to come up with a design that would do just

that. The kitchen is from Wadebridge’s Masterclass range and is a Sherbourne design, painted in powder blue, which the firm installed along with the traditional oak floor. “For me the most important part of the house is the dining table as it’s where everybody gathers and I was keen to have it under the window, where you can watch the world go by,” says Kate. The dining area doubles as a reading nook, fitted with a bench with a light above and books all down one side that are in handy reach. There is also a power socket, which would be convenient for any budding writer who is inspired to plug in a laptop or simply to recharge a phones

Above The harbour is a charming spot to admire period architecture and local building materials as well as the boats


“As we couldn’t be there at the house in Padstow all the time, it was really helpful to leave the whole room to be completed by Wadebridge Kitchens,” explains Kate. The firm built and fitted the reading area and put in the lighting too, so they had plenty of involvement in the project. “The table was a complete bargain as I was lucky enough to acquire it from a customer of mine, who practically paid me to take it off his hands, “ says Kate. “It had belonged to his mother, who was the wife of the Vicar of Chagford in Devon,” she recalls. The table has plenty of character and adds plenty of rustic charm to the room. The Farleys decorated throughout using Farrow & Ball estate emulsion in Pointing No. 2003. “We found that Pointing is a great shade of white to use because it is a creamy white and doesn’t look too bright in the Cornish light, which artists famously flock to the area for,’” Kate says. If you’d like to stay at the cottage yourself, then get in touch with You can call the team on 01841 533402 or email PERIOD IDEAS 53

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International designer Arne Maynard reveals how to turn your garden into a work of art Photography WILLIAM COLLINSON



Those of us gardening in Britain are very lucky

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think a garden is like a stage set. To put on a play you need a stage, backdrops, props, costumes, players and, of course, the play itself. Only when all of those ingredients come together can the play be performed. The first step is to understand the nature of the play, and that is my most important role as a designer: to interpret the wishes of my clients and understand any influences on the design, such as the landscape and the architecture. Then I can bring my design ideas to the stage. From that moment the creation of a garden becomes an exciting collaboration with a wide range of people, from landscapers and stonemasons to nurseries and craftsmen, and - most important of all – the gardeners who coax it through the early days and ultimately enable the plants to give their best performance. I enjoy greatly the process of working with craftspeople on every detail of a garden. It might be as simple as a door latch or a hinge on a garden gate, but I’m excited to get it right, and to produce something unique to the garden. Old gates or benches often bear the mark of the maker, and feel a world apart from the dull ‘standard’ items that make up the vast majority of what’s on offer today. I find it very satisfying to come across a new, beautifully crafted gate with a lovely latch, balanced to close with a satisfying click, with a small detail on the hinge that echoes an architectural detail in the house. Finding craftsmen to interpret my designs is not always easy, but when we discover the right person the most exciting aspect is that they bring their own knowledge and flair to the design and produce something that exceeds our expectations. There must be a close pairing of craftsman and task. For example, a wall must not just be beautifully and soundly built; it has to work within the garden, too. We can look at photographs and drawings, and specify what we want, or even visit a local example to analyse the style, but the subtle difference between one waller and another will always affect the outcome. A true craftsman constantly makes decisions as he or she works – how smooth the face should be, how tight the gaps, how regular the size of

stone – and, like handwriting, the result will show his or her character. Walls and gates are part of the architecture of the garden – the backdrops, if you will – but the ‘props’, the furniture and pots, lights and sculptures, have a more immediate impact. They are sometimes seen as ephemeral objects that come and go with different fashions or owners, but that is not necessarily the case, and I prefer to think of them as an essential part of the design. I enjoy working with craftsmen who are familiar with traditional techniques and even patterns, but bring their own flair and

dexterity to the work. Terracotta garden pots, for example, once made by village potters up and down the country, were functional and largely similar, but each had a variation that was particular to the maker. Many had a motif or decoration that was specifically for a local house. Although these village potters have largely disappeared and their pots have been replaced by cheap mould-made imports, there is still a handful of potteries making handthrown terracotta in Britain. Of all the elements that make up a garden, for me the most important is the plants. I am passionate about going to small, specialist PERIOD IDEAS 55



Of all the elements that make up a garden, for me the most important is the plants nurseries to find unusual plants, or to search out a better strain of a cultivar. It is worth making the effort to seek out a particularly beautiful plant, even if it flowers for only three or four days of the year. It is like owning a stunning jewel that’s worn only once a year: that occasion is always memorable. These rarities give an air of excitement and refinement. Those of us gardening in Britain are very lucky to have nurserymen and women who are dedicated to growing a very wide range of perennials and roses that allow us to

bring great subtlety to the planting palettes of our borders. Then there are the specialist growers: of ferns and hellebores, of orchids and auriculas, of hardy geraniums and pelargoniums – in fact of almost every genus of plant. These specialists, plant collectors and breeders are constantly looking for new species and cultivars to offer us. I think it’s important to realise what a marvellous resource these specialist nurseries are, and appreciate the vital part they play in the quality of our gardens. When I am creating gardens abroad, I often find that the choice

of plants is much more limited, and have to create impact with restrained, simple plant selections. It certainly makes me appreciate the collaborative relationships I have formed with nurseries at home, and I miss the subtle complexity that is made possible by the sheer range of plants they grow. Excepting the relationship I have with my clients, the most important collaboration of all during the creation of a new garden has to be with the gardener. Just as every stonemason or potter has an individual style that comes through in his or her work, so the gardener PERIOD IDEAS 57


will leave their fingerprint in the way they tend the garden. The planted elements are not static; they change daily, and every day the gardener also makes decisions: to stake a plant in a particular way, to deadhead, cut down, prune, sow new seed, replace a failing plant... the list is endless and constant. Because of where my own passions lie, I design gardens that are intended to be gardened. They are definitely not lowmaintenance. The gardener will and should make their own mark on the garden, and make decisions that will carry it forward.

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Sean Harris discovers the lesser known story of one of Britain’s best loved authors Photography NTPL/JAMES DOBSON, VAL CORBETT & PAUL HARRIS



TopHill Top is largely unchanged from when Beatrix lived there, allowing visitors an authentic insight into the writer’s life. Above Beatrix Potter aged 15, with the family spaniel, Spot.

hen Beatrix Potter self-published The Tale of Peter Rabbit 114 years ago, few could have predicted how successful the story would be. Peter is now one of the world’s most recognisable literary characters, and Beatrix is among the most admired children’s authors and illustrators of all time. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the writer’s birth, and the National Trust have a series of celebrations planned. However, while she’ll always be remembered for her stories, there was more to Beatrix Potter than just her famous ‘little books’. For John Moffat, the General Manager of the South Lakes at the National Trust, the key to Beatrix’s books is that they remind people of when they were young. “There’s a very strong emotional link for people all around the world, because her stories are so synonymous with so many of our childhoods,” he says. “That’s how most people know Beatrix, and we understand that.” The Tale of Peter Rabbit, which sees a naughty bunny attempt to steal vegetables from Mr. McGregor’s garden, is the first of 23 original stories. There follows, amongst others, Squirrel Nutkin’s trip to Owl Island, kind Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle’s laundry service and Tom Kitten’s disastrous attempts to keep clean. Every tale carries a moral, and just enough threat to make that moral memorable.

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Tom Kitten’s story was particularly influenced by Hill Top Farm, which is located near Hawkshead in Cumbria and is perhaps the place best associated with Beatrix. “Hill Top was the most special of places for her,” says John. “It was the first property she bought in the Lakes, and where she went to get away from London. She wrote most of her books there.” As a result, the house serves as a starting point for fans looking to find out more about Beatrix’s life. “Everything at Hill Top is authentic,” says John. “Everything inside belonged to Beatrix and is mostly unmoved. We want to give the sense that she’s here, that she’s just popped out to the garden. The house is exactly how she left it, and really allows visitors to travel back in time.” But Beatrix’s life cannot be contained to one house alone, and there are many sites across the Lake District with links to her. “The Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead is another major attraction this year, showing an exhibition of her artwork,” says John. “There are showcase tours going on all over the Lakes as well, offering a chance to follow in her footsteps.” Wordsworth House is staging Beatrix-inspired art classes, and Castle Cottage, where Beatrix lived with her husband, is open to the public. The sheer amount on offer shows just how much she means to the area, and that her importance stretches beyond her books.


“Beatrix was a major conservationist,” explains John. “The Lakes would look very different now, if it wasn’t for her. She used the money that she made from writing to buy local farmland, to protect it from development. October 1939 saw a significant turning point in her life as she married William Heelis and immediately moved to Castle Cottage, which was within walking distance of Hill Top – leaving London behind for good. Although she didn’t stop writing completely, she slowed down and her efforts shifted toward conservation.” PERIOD IDEAS 61



The ‘Romance and Realism’ exhibition at the Beatrix Potter Gallery includes original illustrations, sketchbooks and excerpts from Beatrix’s coded journal. The Hawkshead gallery is also holding ‘Storytelling Saturdays’ throughout the year, presenting Beatrix’s tales in original ways.

Head to Allan Bank, Grasmere for the ‘Beyond Peter Rabbit’ event to find out what inspired Beatrix, to explore the origins of Peter Rabbit, and to try your hand at writing stories of your own!

Tours of Castle Cottage are available on select days in July. The cottage, which isn’t usually open to the public, offers a unique insight into the life of Beatrix and her husband, William Heelis, including their conservation efforts. Above An oak bureau bookcase in the New Room at Hill Top. Right An illustration from The Tale of Two Bad Mice. Below Hill Top Farm is perhaps the place best associated with Beatrix.


As Beatrix used her wealth to buy up land, she became increasingly involved in the local farming industry and was a regular member on committees geared toward land preservation. “Many people don’t realise that Beatrix was an award-winning sheep farmer,” says John, “which is quite incredible given that she came from an upper-class Victorian background. She kept Herdwick sheep, an exceptionally tough mountain breed not usually desirable for farmers because its wool is wiry and less lucrative. That didn’t bother Beatrix though, and thousands of sheep in the Lake District today are descendants of her flocks. “She was always working toward long-term conservation and was helped by her relationship with the National Trust, which goes back to before it was even formed. Beatrix was a lifelong friend of Hardwicke Rawnsley, one of the Trust’s founding members, and was incredibly active with the organisation. When she died, she donated 14 farms and 4,000 acres to the Trust, which have been looked after in line with her wishes.”

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For John, it’s important that people see how much Beatrix gave to the community. She could have kept what she earned through Peter Rabbit and the rest of her stories, but instead she chose to invest it in land for the benefit of everyone. “Beatrix was always interested in the natural world. She was a scientist even before she was a writer and illustrator,” says John. “Given the popularity of her books, we sometimes overlook how detailed the drawings are – and that comes from a childhood of being fascinated by nature, and of trying to replicate it on paper. In her younger years she gained great attention for her research on fungi!”


This year, the Lake District remembers one of its best-loved residents. “We want to use the year to celebrate Beatrix Potter,” says John. “We have a major project team overseeing all of the activities happening in the lakes, and working with each individual location. We’ve also worked closely with a number of other partners, especially Penguin - who publish Beatrix’s books - and Cumbria Tourism, who want to let people know that the area has now fully recovered from last year’s flooding.” Beatrix’s exact birthday falls on July 20th and parties are planned across the Lakes, but the festivities will run throughout the year. For fans of Peter Rabbit, for readers of the books and for anyone interested in modern English history, it’s sure to be a summer to remember. “I hope that people realise just how important Beatrix Potter was,” says John. “She was much more than a writer, although her books are why she became famous. She was a farmer, land owner and conservationist, and she’s still an integral part to the history of the Lake District.”

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ou might think it a story from the Brothers Grimm, but this is no fairytale – because you simply couldn’t make it up. The history of Meissen porcelain begins in 1700, when Johann Friedrich Böttger – an apprentice at a Berlin apothecary – falsely claimed to have found the philosopher’s stone, something which could turn base metal into gold; the arcanum. When news of his alchemy broke, Böttger became a fugitive, wanted for his ability to magic riches. He was seized by Augustus II the Strong, King of Poland and Elector of Saxony. ‘Augustus the Spendthrift’ might have been a more appropriate name - his funds were low because he bought lots of rare, Oriental, hard-paste porcelain. Augustus believed Böttger at first, so eager was he for gold, and while the alchemist was undoubtedly a prisoner, his incarceration included a laboratory and assistants. Had he confessed his claims to be false, he knew that he’d end up in harsher confinement, or dead, so he fruitlessly continued the pursuit of gold. However, Böttger was not the only person working for Augustus on a valuable project. “Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus was a nobleman with an interest in experimental furnaces,” says porcelain expert, John Sandon. “He had established three glass factories and hoped to discover another arcanum – the secret of making porcelain. Nothing could have excited Augustus more, for porcelain was the king’s greatest passion.”


The two men - Böttger and Tschirnhaus met in the early 1700s. But, by now almost bankrupted by war with Sweden and his

porcelain habit, the king’s patience was wearing thin and he was considering executing the alchemist. He might have done so had not von Tschirnhaus persuaded Augustus to let Böttger help him discover the secret of porcelain. “In 1705 Böttger was moved to a larger laboratory in the cellars of the Albrechtsburg, the royal castle in Meissen,” says Sandon. Böttger may have remained a prisoner, but according to author and antiques writer, Janet Gleeson: “The rooms he occupied had been comfortably appointed, he had been plied with food served on silver dishes… In addition, he had been permitted to enjoy strolls in the exquisitely tended gardens… to entertain guests for dinner, and exchange ideas with the leading scientists and philosophers of the Saxon court.” But just as rapid progress was at last being made, von Tschirnhaus died on 11th October, 1708.


Böttger was devastated, but the recipe for porcelain was now handed to him, and he finalised the formula. In January 1710, the Royal Saxon Porcelain Manufactory in Meissen was formally established, with Böttger as administrator – though, according to Sandon: “He was still a prisoner some miles away in Dresden, permitted to make only a few very short visits to supervise the new factory.” According to Sotheby’s Concise Encyclopedia of Porcelain: “When Böttger died in 1719, he left the factory in a desperate financial situation.” But it eventually achieved

success under Johann Gregor Herold, and was the first European producer of hard-paste porcelain. But at what cost? “Protecting the secret of making porcelain was more important than anything,” says Sandon. “Workmen at Meissen were forbidden to talk with any outsiders.” But by the middle of the 18th century, workmen were increasingly prepared to sell their knowledge, and other German porcelain factories appeared. The industry particularly thrived in the state of Thuringia, which became known as the Staffordshire of Germany.

Further reading

Meissen Porcelain by John Sandon (Shire Books) The Arcanum by Janet Gleeson (Bantam Press) Continental Porcelain by John Cushion (Charles Letts & Co Ltd) Sotheby’s Concise Encyclopedia of Porcelain (Conran)


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Grand opening, Swans of Oakham, Rutland, 16th - 17th July Swans offers a wide variety of antique items, including furniture, beds, clocks and books, as well as pieces for the garden and an extensive lighting range. Join Tom Scott, of the BBC’s Antiques Road Trip, for the opening of a fully furnished, 5,000 sq/ft antiques warehouse with over 500 pieces of decorative furniture and lighting to view. The event features classic French and English pieces, and refreshments! Open 10am-4pm. 01572 724 364,

Monkey business The 21-piece ‘Monkey Orchestra’ is one of Meissen’s most famous creations. First conceived by Johann Joachim Kaendler in 1753, it was revised in 1765-6 by modeller Peter Reinicke, and a 22nd figurine was added to the series in 2006 – a tambourine player. Around 300 pieces were made in the mid-1700s, but Meissen destroyed the majority of moulds, leaving us with a unique, classic collection. Top right The Albrechtsburg, a late Gothic castle in the centre of Meissen. Porcelain was produced here until the 1860s. Left Meissen porcelain is covetted for its distinctive look and exquisite detail. Right All Meissen porcelain features the maker’s signature logo, the crossed swords - one of the oldest trademarks in existence.

An Auction of Vintage Jewellery & Accessories, Fellows Auctioneers, Birmingham, 18th July This auction is unmissable for lovers of all things vintage! With an eclectic mix of trinkets on show, it offers designer and branded pieces as well as high quality costume jewellery. There are sections dedicated to Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian jewellery, along with memorial pieces and lots from Scandanavian makers. For more information call 0121 212 2131 or visit

Hearne’s of Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, Monday-Saturday, 9am-5:30pm Hearne’s is a family run business, with an eclectic mix of quality antique and fine furniture on offer. The company’s fully bespoke service enables buyers to source sofas in any size and fabric, or bookcases and tables to fit any space, painted any colour. The full restoration and re-upholstery service is perfect for anyone looking to revive an old, cherished item. To find out more call 01494 674 112 or visit

Knutsford Antiques, Cheshire, Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm, open from 12-5pm on Sundays Knutsford Antiques has sold antiques and collectables for over 20 years. Located just south of Manchester, it specialises in period furniture, hallmarked British silver, jewellery, and paintings. The shop also stocks Annie Sloan chalk paint, for customers who like to take a hands-on approach to furniture renovation. There will be creative displays throughout July, combining antiques with painted pieces for an imaginative and fashionable effect. 01565 654 092 or for more information. PERIOD IDEAS 65


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You no longer have to search around a showroom or warehouse to find your perfect bathroom, thanks to - an online store which offers everything you need at the click of a button. It sets out to make the buying experience as comfortable and relaxing as a long, hot bath at the end of the day. We’re offering one reader the chance to win the Rochester suite, which includes a high level toilet, a one tap basin and the magnificent Westbury freestanding bath, worth £525. All readers are also offered an exclusive 10% discount on all products at with the discount code ‘PERIOD10’. For more information on the full range available call 0333 241 2121 or visit

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Direct Fireplaces is a specialist retailer, showcasing a stunning range of fireplaces and fireplace accessories. Whether your home is traditional or contemporary, you’re sure to find something to suit any scheme in the wide collection of limestone, wooden and marble options. There is also a vast range of electric and gas fires, to fit modern and classic interiors. Fireplace surrounds can be custom built for individual specifications, and are available in a choice of materials including varieties of stone and wood, or cast iron. This is your chance to win a £500 voucher, to build the fireplace you’ve always wanted. For more information on the range available, call Direct Fireplaces on 0845 450 8350 or visit


Why choose one vacuum cleaner when you can have three? The 3 in 1 triLite is every vacuum cleaner you’ll ever need, with upright, cylinder or aircraft modes. From carpets and wooden floors to tiles or cobwebs above the door, it adjusts quickly and easily to the job. Weighing just 4kg, triLite is fully heightadjustable, simple to manoeuvre and easy to carry from room to room. But the amazing suction power is triLite’s most impressive feature; the advanced cyclonic design and five-layer filtration system combine for a comprehensive clean. We’re giving away two triLite vacuum cleaners, worth £129 each, and both prizes come with accessories worth £60! To explore the full triLite range call 020 3318 3028 or visit


Snuggledown is a premium bedding company with Norwegian heritage, combining years of experience with the latest technologies and expert workmanship for a truly luxurious feel. The microfibre range is exceptionally light and warm, and is surrounded by a super fine 300 thread count cotton jacquard fabric. Snuggledown prides itself on providing exceptional quality and handmade products to ensure that you get the best night’s sleep possible! We’re offering one lucky reader the chance to win a luxury bedding bundle worth up to £655, including three ultimate luxury microfibre duvets and six luxury pillows. For more information on the Snuggledown range call 01942 721 771 or visit

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oman is a leading UK shower designer and manufacturer with an extensive range of products that’s guaranteed to satisfy all your showering needs, and transform any bathroom into a comfortable, spa-like sanctuary. All Roman’s products are designed and created specifically for the UK market, offering the ultimate in quality, precision and craftsmanship. This month, Period Ideas has teamed up with Roman to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a Liber8 Hinged Door with Side Panel Enclosure, worth between £1,162 and £1,200, depending upon the size of your bathroom. As a freshly launched product for 2016, the Liber8 range comes with either a silver chrome or a brushed nickel finish on all components, to

add instant style to your showering space. The company’s signature Ultra-Care glass protection system is also included, as all Roman shower enclosures, bath screens and wetroom panels are pre-coated with a unique product, which ensures that the screens are easy to clean. This means that Roman enclosures retain their sparkle and clarity longer, keeping them looking good as new for years to come. The prize is available in one of three sizes to suit your needs; 760mm, 800mm, or 900mm. To find out more about the full range of products on offer, call 01325 311 318 or visit TERMS AND CONDITIONS The prize does not include installation or removal of an existing shower. Door size and panel size choice up to 900mm only.

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Two readers will win a Shaws of Darwen Classic Butler ceramic sink worth over £500

he kitchen sink is one of the most important spaces in our homes, and one of the hardest working elements in our kitchens. That’s why it’s crucial to choose a reliable and stylish fixture to serve not only as somewhere to wash the dishes, but as a centrepiece to the room as well. Shaws of Darwen has been at the forefront of kitchen sink design for over a century, and has teamed up with Period Ideas this month to offer two lucky readers the chance to win a Classic Butler traditional single bowl, ceramic sink worth £508, plus 3 ½”chrome basket strainer waste. Shaws ceramic fireclay sinks have been manufactured in England since 1897 and the

company still uses traditional methods and materials. The designs have stayed in vogue regardless of fashion trends, and each sink is built to world-class manufacturing standards and proudly stamped with the maker’s signature. At the company’s Lancashire factory, fireclay production has been steadily turned into an art form, as every hand-crafted sink made today brings an original and distinctive look.


The Classic Butler super-size sink (795x460x255mm) looks stunning in any style of kitchen – from traditional farmhouse, to country chic or city sleek. As a heavyweight and hard-wearing installation, it is designed to

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Two readers will win a place on an online antiques course taught by Judith Miller, worth £650


elcome to a new way of learning! MyAntiqueSchool is the world’s first online antiques school giving you a unique opportunity to learn directly from top experts, broadcasters and writers. Whether you’re a beginner with just a fledgling interest in the industry, or a seasoned professional looking to brush up your expertise in one particular area, there’s something for everyone. Courses range from Art-Deco to Mid-Century Modern, to Buying at Auction, Arts and Crafts and more. The school’s panel of expert tutors includes Judith Miller, author of over 100 books on antiques and interiors; Mark Hill, a 20th century design aficianado and Will Farmer, acclaimed Clarice Cliff and glass expert, broadcaster and writer. All three are perhaps

best known for their roles on BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, and they’re joined by other accomplished personalities. When you enrol on one of the school’s courses, you gain access to weekly video tutorials and optional assignments so that you can practise as you learn. Feedback is also available from your tutor and fellow classmates, as part of a simple to use online classroom which enables you to learn alongside students from all over the planet.


For Judith Miller, it’s a really exciting project. “I believe that MyAntiqueSchool will give enthusiasts from around the world first class education at their fingertips,” she says. “There is so much rich information and craftsmanship out there within our expert community that

risks being lost if we don’t find new and innovative ways of reaching out.” This month, Period Ideas has teamed up with MyAntiqueSchool, to offer two lucky readers a place on ‘An Introduction to Antiques’ taught by Judith Miller. The class, which is worth £650, gives students a unique grounding and initial understanding of the antiques and collectables industry. It includes a look at the history of collecting, an explanation of some of the most important genres, and Judith’s insider secrets on how to buy well. In just four weeks you come away with a unique grounding in understanding antiques and collectables and confidence in how to buy well. For more information on Judith Miller’s ‘An Introduction to Antiques’ course, or to find out more about other classes available, visit PERIOD IDEAS 81

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eter Dench is one of the UK’s most celebrated photographers. A multi award-winning talent, he has photographed a long list of famous faces and influential people, and his work has featured in magazines and publications around the world. This month, Period Ideas has teamed up with Peter and The Curators to give one lucky reader the chance to win a bespoke portrait experience worth £1,500. Peter’s career has seen plenty of success. His past work includes a critically acclaimed series in which he explores England and English behaviour, and he has also gained recognition as a sports photographer. His past portrait subjects include Sir Tom Jones, Sir Terence Conran, Jamie Oliver, Olivia Colman, Claudia Winkleman and George Osborne – to name just a few! So this is your chance to enjoy a little star treatment!


The experience begins with Peter meeting you at the location of your choice and a ‘getting to know you’ chat and consultation. Then the fun starts and the shoot begins, before you review and edit the shots. Finally, once your unique portrait has been created, you receive three prints (up to 12” x 16”) and a digital edit. The package is open for individuals or families. This fantastic prize is offered in collaboration with The Curators, a unique service sourcing, curating, installing and touring artwork by both established and up-and-coming talents. The company works with artists, photographers and film-makers to showcase work in public, corporate and private spaces worldwide. For more information call 07791 253 407 or visit To find out more about Peter Dench, visit PERIOD IDEAS 83

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Traditional library furniture by Paragon Furniture, POA. 0208 503 0199,


urchasing an antique is a great way to enhance a period-style home. As well as looking beautiful and usually being built to last, antique furniture can also bring a touch of history to its surroundings. But despite its obvious appeal, going vintage may not be for every homeowner. In previous years, reproduction furniture has been considered a poor substitute for an original piece, but recently our views on this have changed. Many of us enjoy the look of a period style home but don’t insist upon authenticity, so there is a growing market for replicas. The shift makes sense; not every piece of furniture in the past was built to be an heirloom, and if our ancestors were alive today they might be surprised to discover the importance we place on their craftsmanship. In this light, it seems that buying reproduction furniture may not be so bad after all. There are plenty of advantages to buying reproduction pieces. Firstly, you will be able to find out everything about your replica, and it will not come with any pre-existing damage. It will be made with new materials and carry a much lower price tag than its original counterpart, whilst still looking almost identical. And best of all, you won’t even have to insure it. Many companies, such as Paragon Furniture, can offer a bespoke

furniture-making service, so if you do have your eye on a particular antique but can’t acquire the real thing, a copy can be made to your exact specifications. When buying a reproduced piece, first look for quality. One of the potential downfalls of imitations is that they can lack the craftsmanship and detail of original antiques, so make sure your product is built to last. A good furniture-maker will not try to hide the fact that their piece is not an original;

there will usually be a tag or label to state this, or a sign that says ‘inspired by’ if the item is an imitation of a particular artist’s work. In the end, whether you go for an imitation piece or a real antique will mostly come down to the money you have to spend and the reasons you’re buying in the first place. Antiques are an important part of our heritage but if you really just want an eye-catching piece that fits in with your décor then you’re probably better off with a lookalike.

Harmony elegant ivory painted pine French bedroom furniture, priced from £469 at Unique Chic Furniture. 0115 986 9222, PERIOD IDEAS 87

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SLEEP WELL Rethink your bedroom to improve your sleep routine, and wake up feeling better than ever


Above The ‘Charlotte’ is a simple design by the Wrought Iron and Brass Bed Company, to fit with a traditional scheme. At once strong and elegant, it brings classic style to the bedroom. 01485 542 516, wroughtironand Right Find fine antique frames and unusual beds at Seventh Heaven. Pictured is a very rare, king-size, all brass Edwardian bed, dated circa 1910 and priced at £4,950. 01691 777 622,

ew rooms are more fundamentally important to our lives than the bedroom. We may be asleep for most of the time we spend inside it, but that’s what makes it so essential, and why we should give a lot of thought to how it looks and feels. According to the Sleep Council: “If you’re having difficulty sleeping, one of the first things to look at is your bedroom.” It adds that your space should be “pleasant, inviting and welcoming.” With this in mind, it is important to make sure you set the right mood for a restful night. Start with your bed. If you regularly wake up in the middle of the night, or you’re shaking off aches and pains throughout the day, then it might be time for a change. With mattresses, it really is best to try before you buy – and, when possible, to test on a bed base similar to your own. Pocket sprung and memory foam are the most popular options. Memory foam moulds to your body shape and is a little warmer, while pocket sprung varieties tend to provide more ‘bounce’ and a cooler night.


The right mattress isn’t necessarily the most expensive one you can afford, but try not to cut costs too severely. If the price looks good but the product doesn’t feel great, then it’s probably going to feel even worse over time, and you’ll end up replacing it sooner than you’d like to. For Nikki Ashton at Bedsteads of Bath and Bristol: “A good quality, comfortable mattress is a must! Your bed should be something you are pleased to see, and your bedroom should be a place of sanctuary at the end of the day.” However, it’s no good having a comfortable bed if the bedroom itself doesn’t match. If you struggle to sleep then scale back on busy, complicated designs and replace them with soothing, simple shades. In the same way as we’re constantly advised against watching television or using mobile phones in the bedroom, too much decoration can become PERIOD IDEAS 89

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Top left Bedsteads of Bath and Bristol offer a specialist service restoring antique bed frames, perfect for period homes. 01275 464 114, bedsteads– Above left The Festival of Flowers bedding set by Emma Bridgewater looks great as part of a summer scheme. The duvet cover is priced form £40, pillowcases from £9. 01782 407 733, Top right Enjoy supreme comfort with the anti-allergy deluxe range at The Wool Room. Duvets are priced from £89.99, pillows from £54.99, mattress toppers from £139.99 and mattresses from £1,250. 01780 461 217, Above right From bed frames and mattresses to bed linen and accessories, the team at Snug Interiors can help you create your perfect bedroom. 01730 894 754,

a distraction. Everything on show should have a calming influence. Family photographs and a few choice artworks are great, but cluttered bedside tables and daring wallpaper designs can be a problem. Remember that your bedroom isn’t a dumping ground to store odds and ends, but an important haven for well-earned peace and quiet.


If you prefer lighter, brighter colour schemes, there’s no reason for the bedroom to be different. But it is important that when you switch off the lights and draw the curtains, your room is as dark as possible. Darkness encourages our bodies to release the hormone melatonin, which relaxes and prepares us for a good night’s sleep. According to Guy Meadows, the UK’s leading sleep doctor, a good sleep

routine “helps to combat feelings of stress, anxiety and depression,” and has lots of long-term benefits including “limiting our risk of heart failure, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and cancer.” So the darker your room the healthier your routine, and your lifestyle in general. If there’s a street light outside your window, or you struggle to fall asleep during longer summer evenings, then make sure your window dressings are right. There should be as few gaps as possible. One option is to swap cottons for denser curtain fabrics, for a cosy feel. But if you favour a lighter scheme, then go for blackout blinds, which can be discreetly rolled up during the day. Don’t forget how disruptive electrical lights can be as well. If you have to have gadgets by your bed, then try to turn them off, as even small standby lights can wreak havoc with your sleeping patterns! PERIOD IDEAS 91

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GO WITH THE FLOW How to create the perfect sanctuary in your period home

Cabinet reshuffle I want to update my bathroom but in keeping with my period house – what do you suggest? A traditional style of painted unit works really well. A solid stone top and splash back with under-mounted basins and a choice of hardwearing paint finishes on solid oak will not only look perfect but will be practical and allow for plenty of concealed storage whilst making a real statement in your period bathroom. Hazel Lancashire, Finwood Designs 01926 484 037,

Fit for purpose What do I need to bear in mind when fitting a new bathroom?

New beginnings I’m gathering ideas for a new bathroom and I don’t know where to start. Help! Choosing the right bathroom products and fittings is a very personal decision, which is why we like to offer our customers a broad assortment of brands to choose from. You’ll find a full range of high-quality and affordable items. We pride ourselves in offering a comprehensive range, so have a browse at our website at the Bathroom Discount Centre to get an idea of the shapes and designs which appeal to you. Once you’ve set a budget for your project, you’ll have a better idea of the options available and you’ll also need to consider fixtures and fittings which will complement your home and its architecture. Simon Stowell, The Bathroom Discount Centre 020 7385 2330,

First of all, you need to consider your tiles. It’s absolutely vital that you think about where you want your tiles placed, the colour and the size, before you make a final decision, as these choices will have a huge impact on the overall design of the bathroom. Knowing what type of water pressure you have and how it’s supplied will allow you to maximise your choice of product and allow you to achieve maximum flow rates in your new bathroom. Think about your lifestyle and who will be using your bathroom, so that it will meet the needs of everyone in the household. It makes sense to think about doors and door handles, lighting, windowsills, blinds/ shutters and paint too. Finally, spending money on installation is also a high priority. Neil Curtis, Ripples 0800 107 0700,


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Store & order Help! I am struggling with storage in my small bathroom. What do you suggest? How about this neat hook over three-tier basket which will provide you with valuable extra space? It can fit comfortably over a glass shower screen and provide a home for your favourite toiletries. You’ll be pleased to know that there is a ten-year guarantee against rust with this product as it is made from stainless steel. All fixings are included so you can get your bathroom sorted quickly and easily. Once you’ve got everything shipshape do make sure you regularly check your lotions and potions to ensure that there aren’t any empty bottles or boxes taking up valuable space. Peter Pegden, Croydex 01264 365 881,

Floored genius I’m doing up my bathroom and I need some new flooring. What do you recommend? Our new range of vinyl flooring could be the answer. Made from hard-wearing vinyl, Krono Xonic flooring is highly durable and resistant to scratches and scuffs. With an anti-bacterial surface, it is simple to clean, with no need for harsh chemicals. It is available in 8 first-class finishes, so you can get the look of wood-effect or tile-effect flooring to suit your period home. Krono Xonic can offer you an authentic natural look with all the advantages of synthetic materials. The flooring is genuinely high-tech and is more scratch-resistant and robust than most other flooring. Stephanie Bell, Victoria Plum 0344 804 4848,

Tap into style I want to add a bit of luxury to my bathroom without breaking the bank. What should I do? Have you thought about changing the taps? Changing the brassware can make a big difference to the look of your bathroom. Add a touch of luxury to your haven with Bathroom Takeaway’s Relax Waterfall bath filler mixer tap which is only £69.97. You can run a tranquil, lagoon-like bath and create a luxurious bathroom experience without having to invest in a new bathroom suite. Treat yourself to some brand new towels, dim the lights, relax and enjoy your very own spa-like retreat. Beatriz Pardo, Bathroom Takeaway 0333 305 8200,


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English essentials


Choosing a classic kitchen is the way forward says Susan Dickerson

nstalling a new kitchen can be a big upheaval so you need to be sure your new cabinets will suit you, your house and your family for a long while. Much as we admire the style and efficiency of German kitchens and sleek Italian cabinetry, there’s a great revival in English furniture to enjoy. It’s time to take pride in our heritage and celebrate the carpenters and joiners who follow in the footsteps of the mighty Chippendale. Today, kitchen design is finally becoming a recognised, high-value profession and the Kitchen Bathroom Bedrooms Specialists Association ( is committed to ensuring consumers get the best service possible from accredited retailers. Whether you’re drawn to a country-style kitchen or like the idea of a having a kitchen made-to-order, you’ll be surprised by the options available locally. There are plenty of businesses which can rustle up a beautiful wooden kitchen for you without remortaging your house, so don’t rule out going bespoke before you’ve made some enquiries as you may be pleasantly surprised. Do bear in mind that ‘bespoke’ means different things to different people. Some manufacturers provide certain units and styles which can be tailored to fit your space and call

this a bespoke service whilst others stick to a more traditional definition of bespoke, as being made exactly for you and your space, like a Saville Row suit. It is wise to double-check that you know exactly what you are getting and also ensure that you are happy with the after-sales service offered from your kitchen designer before signing on the dotted line. BESPOKE BUYS Another advantage of choosing an English maker is that you can often visit the workshop and meet the people who will be making your kitchen to your specifications. Seeing the care and effort which goes into each cupboard and fitting will ensure you treasure your kitchen even more, and you will get the chance to learn more about the different components and materials available. Dino Mussell at Parlour Farm explains, “Our bespoke kitchens deliver individual and tailor-made functionality. We approach the design and build of all our kitchens by creating a personal relationship; so our customers will enjoy the entire experience. From the first drawn idea to the final carpentry, our team will support your imagination and deliver results.” (01285 885 336,

The English kitchen is often inspired by the farmhouse, the cottage or the townhouse. Whilst designers units can date quickly, sometimes in as little as three years as trends trickle down to the high street, simple classic cabinetry can last a lifetime.

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Mix vibrant shades of blue and pink for an eye-catching look






1 Flower Market patchwork quilted throw, £30, Sainsbury’s, 0800 636 262, 2 Hanging factory lamp, from £175, Furnish, 0345 544 4044, 3 Freya floral cotton cushion, £62, In Spaces, 07879 012 294, 4 Titti Cucù clock, £179, Amara, 0800 587 7645, 5 Weekend garden dining chair by Oxyo, £129, Lagoon, 020 7129 1309,

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Mix traditional patterns with cooler shades for an internationally inspired look

Moroccan cotton pompom blankets, from ÂŁ160, Barefoot Gypsy.


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Below Textured paisley in ultramarine duvet cover, £120; Oxford pillowcase, £40 a pair, both Christy. 0845 758 5252, Right Granville string pendant light, £100; Persia voile, £30; Fusion souk Kelim rug in blue, £340; 6-seater dining table, £399; Diamonds cushion, £20, all John Lewis. 03456 049 049,


he holiday season is upon us, so now is a great time to bring the spirit of travel into your interiors. By using the colourful patterns and rich textures of North Africa and the Middle East you can create a home full of overseas influences, whether you're planning a long-haul trip this year or not. The trick with this scheme is to mix softer shades with more eye-catching pieces, and to combine a variety of shapes and designs for a multicultural look that offers plenty of scope for your individual style. While the Moroccan trend is typically built around intricate and vibrant patterns, this season's take is more inclusive of simpler designs. Geometric shapes are popular and there's always room for decorative scatter cushions, but by matching them with block colours and soothing shades you achieve a comfortable balance. Reds, oranges and purples give a traditional feel, while blues and light greens mix for a cooler interpretation.

Add shades of jade or sapphire for an especially on-trend look and feel. There is a need for comfort at the heart of this style, meaning there's opportunity to introduce an eclectic mix of textiles. Persianstyle rugs are obviously an option, as are multicoloured throws, cushions and Ottomans. Replace hard materials with softer, hand-made products, including authentic Moroccan weave, brushed leather and patchwork quilting. Woven baskets are also a great way to rethink your storage space in keeping with the theme – just don't overdo it. Your home will seem busy and overcomplicated if you gather too many, and you'll never know where you put anything! To finish the look, contrast your fabrics with ornate and luxurious metals. For inspiration, look at the Moorish architectural style, which is characterised by sweeping

arches and ornamental domes. You don't need to fully renovate to achieve the effect, just invest in some decorative lighting or some smaller, finely-crafted pieces of furniture. When looking to add an opulent edge to your scheme, bedside lamps, lanterns and dining table centrepieces are a great place to start. Blend older, time-worn metallics with shinier examples for a true Middle Eastern vibe – but again, 'less is more'. Let your home sparkle, but refrain from fully recreating the cave of wonders; make sure you appreciate your individual pieces! The end result should be an exciting balance between well-travelled and well lived-in, cultured and comfortable.

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Left Vintage kilim mats, POA, Barefoot Gypsy. Right Woven ikat stripe fabric, £20pm; Decoris bamboo lantern, £40; Figueria cushion, £30; Diamond shadow pouffe, £120, all John Lewis. 03456 049 049, Bottom Left Aymara fabric collection, from £25pm, Villa Nova. 01623 756 699, Bottom Right Crocheted hanging lampshades, from £84; Quanda bamboo stools, £110 a pair; Sarianna folding table and bench set, £300, all Out There Interiors. 0208 099 7443,

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estoring original windows is not always a popular solution, as many sash window owners have been erroneously informed that only new windows can provide solutions for draught-proofing and better thermal efficiency. In reality, original windows can be refurbished to achieve the same performance as new ones while still providing benefits that newer windows can never match. Original windows were handmade by skilled craftsmen who used seasoned timber, yet many homeowners have been dismayed after having their original windows replaced with new softwood versions that were not properly painted, and subsequently showed extensive rot within a short period. Unfortunately these people have then had to either replace these windows with hardwood substitutes or spend large amounts of money to have them repaired. “We believe that the company that makes a stand against unnecessary replacement will be at the forefront of English Heritage safeguarding,” explains Pieter Booyse of Fortis

& Hooke. “We have a proven track record in the conservation of original sash windows.” In a recent window restoration project the company undertook, a client had bought a large manor house. It was a Grade II listed property with 36 large sash windows and several original doors. The client was looking for a specialist company that was able to deal with listed properties and had expertise in restoring original sash windows.

safety, as she thought they might be able to open the windows.” As this property had so many windows the team at Fortis & Hooke decided to remove them in batches of seven. The sash windows were removed and taken off to the workshop to be worked on, during which extreme care was taken as the glass was original and the client didn’t want it replaced. The sash windows were stripped back and the wood was repaired where needed. They were decorated with the client’s chosen colour and the windows were draught-proofed before being fitted back in. Security locks were installed so that the children could not open the sashes and ensured that the house could not be broken into from outside. The doors the client wanted restored were also repaired on site. “Our client was happy with the way we handled the windows and the decoration process,” Pieter concludes. “We restored everything with care and when we left they all looked as good as new. So, STOP, don’t replace! Instead, contact us and we will advise you on a cost-effective way to restore and refurbish your original sash windows.”

We believe that the company that makes a stand against unnecessary replacement will be at the forefront of English Heritage safeguarding “We assessed the windows and most of the frames and glass were original,” Pieter continues. “The client wanted them fully restored and decorated. Her home was quite draughty too, so she liked the idea of having draught-proofing done as well. She had two small children and was concerned about their


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Solid & Engineered Oak Antique Brushed Distressed Pre Oiled, Unfinished

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Characterised by its soft grain and natural colours, leading tile specialist Reed Harris’ beautiful new Bark range of wood-effect porcelain floor tiles comes in shades of Avana, Nebbia and Artico. Prices start from £54.95 per sq m for 300 x 75mm tiles, which are perfect for creating a design classic herringbone pattern.

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Completely FLOORED Treat your floors to a stylish new look for summer with our pick of the best products

Mr Jones from the Heritage Collection by Laura Ashley, available for £27.45 per m² at Tons of Tiles. 01752 785 623,

Above Cast stone conservatory flooring suitable for indoor or outdoor use. Five different standard sizes can be combined to create many different patterns. Available from Haddonstone, and priced from £3.90 for a 30cm x 30cm tile. 01604 770 711, Left Flair Rugs ‘Not Before Tea’ Sherb the Owl rug, 100% cotton, priced at £60 for 90 x 90cm. 01457 850 650, Left Wool Fabulous narrow carpet in Diamond, £140/m² from Crucial Trading. 01562 743 747, Right Oporto Light 20mm thick porcelain tiles priced at £72 from SACW Paving. 020 8993 5545,


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Quissac hardwax oiled, brushed engineered oak from Natural Image Wood Floors, 220mm wide x 20mm thick, around £113.76 per m². 01622 840 420,

Above Engineered Antique Oak, from The Natural Wood Flooring Company, priced at £57 per m² 020 8871 9771,

TAILORED TIMBER Smart ways to invest in the best wooden floor on the market


ust as choosing new furniture can be a unique and enjoyable experience, so can the installation of a brand new wooden floor. The right floor can make a real difference to the look and feel of your home, but with so many choices available it can be difficult to know where to start. The first thing to consider is the type of wood you are looking to use on your floor. It is tempting to go for an exotic option such as bamboo, which can make a lovely addition to a room, but be aware that each type of wood reacts differently with the environment and some may be difficult to install. Oak is a popular option as it is durable, timeless and takes wood stains very well. Walnut is another favourite, as while it is slightly softer than oak

Colonial oak flooring with a smoked oak finish from Fine Oak Flooring, priced at £73.20/m² Available in solid oak and wide plank engineered oak flooring. 01727 826 500,

its deep colouring makes it perfect for rooms with a darker finish. However, bear in mind that dirt shows up very easily on darker floors. There is then the question of whether to invest in a solid or engineered wood floor. By the time installation is complete they both look virtually identical, but each has its own advantages in terms of performance.


“Engineered flooring is a fabulous product for period homes, as it has the look of a traditional solid wood floor, combined with the benefits of an incredibly strong and robust core,” explains Peter Keane, Director at The Natural Wood Flooring Company. “This is achieved by sandwiching hardwood ply at a 90 degree

Character grade solid oak flooring from Orlestone Oak, available from £28/m². 01233 732 179,

angle to the above layer. This strength limits movement in the wood, which can occur when it’s exposed to changes in temperature and humidity. The board is then topped off with a hardwood of your choice, so once it’s down, it becomes indistinguishable from solid wood.” However, when it comes to longevity solid wood comes out on top, as if damaged it can be sanded down and refinished over and over again. This means your floor can last a lifetime, which is why so many come with generous warranties. The type of flooring you choose is largely dependent on your circumstances, so make sure you research thoroughly before making your purchase.


Once you have decided on the type of wood you would like, the look of the planks themselves comes to the fore. Narrow, polished floorboards are often associated with formal settings, so if you have an expensive dining table and want to retain a classic look for your dining room, this may be the style of flooring to go for. If you would prefer a more relaxed feel to the room, wider floorboards, possibly of a reclaimed or distressed variety will help. These are only a few of the factors to consider when installing your ideal floor, but they are important ones. To summarise, as long as you choose your floor according to quality, your existing décor and the environment, you won’t go far wrong. PERIOD IDEAS 111

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PRECIOUS STONE Your guide to choosing the right stone for your floors

Westhampton honed marble, £114.96 per sq/m; Marble skirting, £24.96 per 12.8 x 30.5 cm piece, both available from Fired Earth. 0845 366 0400,


atural stone flooring isn’t just a recent trend, but has featured in our homes for centuries – and with good reason! More than any other flooring option stone is reliable, durable, and it also brings a unique edge to your overall interiors scheme. But there are lots of options to choose from and it is important to use the right product for your needs. Sandstone is often seen as a starting point, because it’s one of the most resilient materials available. However, it requires a slight ‘strength over style’ compromise as there isn’t a great deal of colour variety on offer. Limestone is another hard-wearing option but with a more characterful look. Both are especially popular in rooms with heavy traffic, such as hallways and living areas.

Above Inspired by cement tiles and featuring a soft, aged surface, Reed Harris’ Terra Caffe floor tiles are made from glazed porcelain with a matte finish. They measure 600mm by 600mm by 10mm and cost £59.95 per sq/m. 020 7736 7511,


Slate and travertine strike a balance between being practical and looking great. Travertine is a soft, sedimentary rock which offers a natural matte finish, for a touch of warmth evoking Mediterranean style. Slate is perhaps most synonymous with traditional British homes, thanks to its darker, rustic look and firmer feel underfoot. Be sure to ask questions about the quality of your slate though; tile density should increase with the cost, meaning that more expensive options are a lot less likely to damage. While stone flooring always demands attention, choose marble or granite if you’d like your tiles to really take centre stage. Throughout history, marble has been the

Left Bring colour variation to your floors with Fired Earth’s Ardosia slate, £34.99 per sq/m.

material of choice for the rich and powerful thanks to a luxurious shine and variety of patterns, but the flecked appearance of granite gives another instantly impressive look. However, if left untreated then both options are potentially dangerous when wet, and can therefore be unsuitable for bathrooms. Whichever stone floor you decide on, it is important to look after your tiles. The first priority is to keep them as clean as possible –

a task made easier if you can reduce general wear and tear. Softer options like marble and travertine are particularly prone to scratching and can benefit from regular sealing, ideally carried out by a professional. Remember to carefully research any product used on your floors though, and to seek specialist advice before going ahead. Stone floors have been around for hundreds of years, so make sure yours is here to stay. PERIOD IDEAS 113

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Natural Flooring and Bespoke rugs

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Natural flooring is often chosen for its durability and has been a designer’s choice for many years. The natural tones complement both modern and traditional interiors, providing character and texture. J Hayden Carpets has over 20 year’s experience in the supply and fitting of natural flooring in homes and businesses and we also make bespoke rugs from sisal, seagrass, coir and jute. Natural rugs can be bordered with a wide range of cotton and linen bindings, as well as, leather and suede. Samples on request.

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Flooring Special

Explore soft and luxurious rugs in vibrant colours at Oriental Rugs of Bath. There are different sizes and styles on offer. 01761 451 764,

Cormar Carpets’ Sensation Twist range retails from approx. £22 per sq m, coming in a choice of 16 colours in widths 4m and 5m. It is made from 100% Luxelle PP. 01204 881 234,


of colours available. Carpet has come of age! David Cormack, marketing director of Cormar Carpets says, “Adding a brand new luxurious carpet in a fashionable shade can really help to transform the home, instantly brightening and lifting it, and creating a whole new dynamic that no single, other furnishing can. Neutral carpets remain a firm favourite in the home as they emphasise a feeling of space and provide an ideal ‘base’ colour.” Silver and grey carpets can be more sympathetic to spills and stains especially in an easy-clean fibre (01204 881 234, Natural flooring is often chosen for its durability and has been sought after by interior designers for many years. You’ll love the way the gentle tones can complement a traditional interior providing character and texture and the team at J Hayden Carpets are well placed to help your find your perfect match. The business has over 20 years’ experience in the supply and fitting of floor coverings and it also makes bespoke rugs from sisal, seagrass, coir and jute. Natural rugs can be bordered with a wide range of cotton and linen bindings, as well as leather and suede (01424 431 809,

Give your floors a make-over with some gorgeous new carpets and rugs


here’s nothing quite like the soft and cosy feeling of textiles underfoot for instant comfort in a period home, particularly in the bedroom. Wool carpet is a superb investment as wool itself repels moisture and dirt, and it is very longlasting. In fact you’ll be delighted to learn that the wool from one in nine British sheep ends up in a Brintons carpet and the company is proud to be associated with the Campaign for Wool. This is a global endeavour initiated by the Prince of Wales, to raise awareness about the unique, natural and sustainable benefits offered by wool (

Famous British manufacturers include Wilton, Axminster Carpets and Cormar Carpets, so investing in a woven carpet ensures that you are buying British and supporting our industry. The not-for-profit Carpet Foundation is a great resource if you are getting to grips with all things carpet ( and its website is well worth a visit.


After the vivid patterns of the 1970s and the neutral backlash in the 1980s and 1990s, carpet designers have worked hard to show consumers that there is a sophisticated range

The Ella Claire collection is exclusively available from Frith Rugs, frithrugs. Handmade in India and available in a range of sizes, a 2.44m x 1.52m rugs costs from around £649.


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Reclaimed Burmese Teak Parquet

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Flooring Special


This engineered reclaimed Herringbone dark tone oak floor is made from 200-year-old oak and priced £263.74 per m2, at Urbane Living, 020 7138 3838,


Explore some beautiful reclaimed options to grace your rooms


f you have the chance to bring a touch of the past into your home with reclaimed flooring then you’re in for a big adventure. There is a wealth of options available including stone, tiles and marble as well as timber, which will suit your preferences and the style of your house. You need to think about the levels and thickness of your flooring especially if you are covering a large area so it all lies true. Humidity is an important factor to weigh up if you are tempted by a wooden floor or you are revamping a kitchen, utility area or a bathroom. You also need to be realistic about how much wear and tear the room is going to get. It is vital to go through everything with the person who will be doing your installation before making your final purchase.

Reclaimed parquet is dog-friendly and a classic choice for a period property at Parquet Parquet. 01507 313 470,


Buying reclaimed items can be a minefield and you need to check every piece very thoroughly. This is where buying from a reputable dealer is definitely the way forward. Period Ideas can recommend Burgess Reclamation, near Bicester, for its great assortment of goods (01869 346 347, and if you are in the south west, Frome Reclamation (01373 463 919, is a superb yard. The family firm has a large stock of reclaimed floor boards including pine, elm and oak. Be careful if you are considering reclaimed tongue and groove flooring, as unless it has been properly lifted the tongues, and probably the grooves, will be broken and split. Look out for boards which have had carpet stapled or glued to them, as gum and staples are hard to remove. Avoid wormy pine boards and negotiate on price if the boards you have set your heart on are damp. Drying them out can take time and space, so see if you can get a substantial discount or look elsewhere. Underfloor heating is growing in popularity, and reclaimed stone or tiles can work well with it. But do check the maximum thickness which will suit your system so you will get the optimum heat. Reclaimed wood is far more stable than new timber but there is no guarantee that it won’t move. It is wise to ensure that the boards are sealed on the underside to minimise

this and that you always give them plenty of time to acclimatise to the heating. Remember you can use new engineered oak board which can be distressed to look old and would be totally stable. That way you would have a reclaimed look together with peace of mind.

Reclaimed tiles are a beautiful way to bring period details back into your home and our friends at the The Vintage Floor Tile Company will be happy to help your find your perfect match. They have thousands of reclaimed geometric (plain) and encaustic (inlaid with a pattern) tiles for you to choose from. Geometric flooring is priced from £285 per square metre and encaustics are priced individually. 01233 850 082,


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FROME RECLAMATION LIMITED Station Approach, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1RE

We Buy And Sell Period Building Materials, Architectural Salvage and Garden Ornaments

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RENOVATION Inspiration and practical advice for owners of older properties


KEEP IT CLEAN Dry ice blasting is a non-abrasive cleaning process, ideal for restoring oak beams to their original state. The method ensures a thorough clean but inflicts minimum damage onto the surface itself, leaving no chemical residue. The team at Heritage Dry Ice Blasting can offer specialist advice in the field, and the company is also available to help with stone and brick cleaning. To find out more about the services available call 01371 821 601 or visit

Hawkins Historic offers a full range of professional building surveying and building conservation services, specialising in design works, and preparation of drawings and specifications for planning permission. The company also carries out historic impact assessments, works on listed building consent approvals and provides specialist advice relating to historic and listed buildings. The flexible team works with private individuals, local planning authorities and property developers. For more information call 07734 801 439 or visit

Timely tasks:

n Protect your patio furniture by routinely

cleaning your outdoor tables and chairs throughout summer n Reorganise your cloakroom. Wellies

shouldn’t be needed for the next few months – fingers crossed! n Head to the shed and throw away what

you don’t need. Last year’s ‘bits and pieces’ are this year’s bits of clutter.


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


Yeoman Rainguard is one of the UK’s leading providers of rainwater systems. Offering aluminium, cast iron, copper, zinc and stainless steel products, the company provides a comprehensive installation service and is able to work with other trades as one part of a large-scale project. To find out more about the services on offer call 0113 279 5854 or visit PERIOD IDEAS 119

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REAL ROOMS Holyrood Salvage

Salvage STORY I

Holyrood Architectural Salvage has steadily grown into one of Scotland’s biggest reclamation yards

n the early days, Holyrood Architectural Salvage went by a different name. The company founder, Ken Fowler, set up ‘All About Baths’ in 1993, after being disappointed when another company badly restored a bath for his own house. But Ken’s cloud had its proverbial silver lining, and the frustration inspired him to enter into the industry himself. Ken’s first move was to employ local spray painter, David Gallacher, and the pair soon began sourcing roll-top baths for resale out of their workshop in Leith. At first, the business was built on a combination of restoring baths belonging to customers, and buying them to salvage themselves, before selling on. ‘All About Baths’ quickly became a thriving enterprise,


operating in Edinburgh, Glasgow and throughout the Scottish Borders.


Soon, the company outgrew its original premises and in 1996 relocated to the old Dryborough brewery in Duddingston. The move saw available space soar from 500 square feet to 6,600 square feet overnight, and it also prompted a significant name change – Holyrood Architectural Salvage was born. At first, Ken and David’s stock looked a little inadequate in its spacious new home, but when Alan Brown joined the team, they set about filling their floor with all manner of unique and unusual things. Some of their early

purchases can still be seen at the yard, including a pair of columns from a masonic lodge, but most items were quickly snapped up by salvage hunters. And as the number of customers increased, the variety available at the showroom widened too.


Given its background, baths and bathroom furniture was a natural area of expertise for the company, but as it expanded, antique fireplaces became a speciality. Today, a HETAS approved team carefully restores fireplaces, and there’s also a collection of antique lighting, garden statuary, panelled doors, cast iron radiators, furniture and other miscellaneous items.

The staff at the yard have a wide range of skills to tackle all manner of projects and are always on hand to lend advice


Holyrood Architectural Salvage is Edinburgh’s largest architectural salvage yard, with over 8,000 sq ft to explore. For more information call 0131 661 9305 or visit

The team is proud of its philosophy that, when possible, salvaged goods are restored on site, making it easier to fit your purchases at home. The staff at the yard have a wide range of skills to tackle all manner of projects and are always on hand to lend advice. The company has learned a lot after over two decades in the business, and it’s looking forward to many more years of recycling the past to offer unique and unusual products to Scotland’s salvage hunters.


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Open lot bow top caravan from the Gypsy Caravan Company

We round up the best professional advice to help you improve your home The Deco greenhouse from White Cottage Greenhouses

Home from home Could you take me through the options for outbuildings? Quality is important in an outbuilding whether you using it to store tools or as a second home, but this is particularly true of the latter. Your new addition will be an investment as well as a prominent feature in your garden, so it’s important to find the right one. It may serve as a playhouse, an office, a spare room, a retreat for pursuing your hobbies or even as a piece of art to be admired by visitors. One option that has the versatility to tick most of these boxes is a gypsy caravan which has the added benefit that it can be moved around the property or even taken with you if you move house! Laurence Ward, The Gypsy Caravan Company, 01953 681 995,

Growing room My plants are taking over the conservatory but I’m not sure I have space for a greenhouse. What are my options? The right greenhouse can take up very little room. If you need something against an existing wall or even in a corner we can produce a bespoke lean-to or 3/4 span design to suit your site. If you would prefer a building separate to the house, you may be interested in the Deco, which is our smallest free-standing greenhouse; at only 6’1” wide and available in 3 lengths it will sit comfortably in just about any location. Graeme Runeckles, White Cottage Greenhouses, 01270 753 826,

Strength & style I’m looking for conservatory furniture which will withstand light and humidity. Any ideas?

Waterford 5 Piece Corner Suite from the Garden Furniture Centre

As with any furniture purchase, longevity is key. A cheap, low-quality option may not be quite so economical if you have to keep changing it, and this will also impact the environment. Rattan furniture is a popular choice as it comes in a range of natural colours, is durable and is resistant to fading. Our rattan range is top quality and provides a great indoor/outdoor feel, with an attractive simplicity that makes it perfect for the conservatory. Phil Aston, The Garden Furniture Centre. 01564 793 652, PERIOD IDEAS 123

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Keep it cool

Hunter 1886 Series ceiling fan from the Hunter Fan Company

My conservatory gets very hot in the summer – what should I consider when buying a ceiling fan? There are a number of factors to take into account, blade size being the most important. A larger blade will move more air around than a smaller one and the fan can therefore operate at lower speeds which also makes it quieter. The latest DC fans from Mr Ken and Lucci use about 70% less energy and have six speeds instead of three. Also consider if you want a light attached. Hunter Fans are also a great option as they have many useful features such as a patented canopy mounting systems to prevent wobbling. Niki Clegg, Hunter Fan Company, 01256 636 509,

Winter warmer Can I use a ceiling fan to keep my conservatory warm in the winter?

Fantasia Viper Plus fan from Fantasia Ceiling Fans

The short answer is yes. Most ceiling fans (and all Fantasia Ceiling Fans) can be run in reverse mode in winter. This can re-stratify the warm air trapped at ceiling level, and make your central heating a bit more efficient. Remember ceiling fans aren’t only for high-speed cooling or warming. Just having a ceiling fan running on a low speed can help you sleep at night, feel very relaxing and keep the air in the room fresh. Choose a fan that runs quietly (particularly if you will be installing it in a bedroom) and won’t wobble, and make sure that it comes with a warranty. Richard Moore, Fantasia Ceiling Fans, 01959 564 440,

The Heritage Hut from Blackdown Shepherd Huts

15 foot solid oak hut from the Elwy Valley Shepherds Hut Co

Room to spare

All in the planning

I have family coming to stay over the summer and often struggle for space in the house.

Do I need planning permission to put an outbuilding in my garden?

Outbuildings make great spare rooms and will be useful long after the guests have left. There are plenty of options but choosing a high-quality building that makes good use of the space available is key. Our Heritage Hut has a space-saving pull-out day bed and a solid oak folding desk as well as optional extras such as a fire, which can be included at an extra cost. You’ll not only have a brand new guest room but one more reason to get out in the garden as well. William Vickery and George Bannister, Blackdown Shepherd Huts, 01460 929 774,

No – provided yours meets size restrictions and does not take up more than half of the garden, you don’t need planning permission for it although you should still check with your local planning authority. Whether you need an office, a spare bedroom or just a place to relax, an outbuilding can be a great solution. Elwy Valley’s shepherds huts and glamping pods are warm, windproof and fully-fitted with electricity, and can make a practical yet creative addition to your garden. And best of all, should you ever move, you can take them with you. Stephen Akred and Linda Newsome, Elwy Valley Shepherds Hut Co, 01492 680 509,

A garden room from Richmond Oak

Inside out I love my garden but I don’t want to get cold outside in the winter. What would you recommend? An oak-glazed garden room extension would be the perfect solution, whether you have a large, scenic garden to look out onto or would simply like a brighter environment. The key to a welldesigned room that can be used all year round is to ensure you have the best solar-controlled glass, so consider light access along with adequate ventilation and heating. During winter, your garden room can be filled with colour and fragrances from blooms throughout the year and will be a great reminder of the summer months. Marcus FitzGerald, Richmond Oak, 08456 442 257, periodideas PERIOD IDEAS 125

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MAZE LIVING For more information call 01440 710 673 or visit

WOVEN wonders

Bring the indoors out with Maze Living’s fantastic range of garden furniture


aze Living sells high-quality rattan garden furniture in a mix of modern and classic styles across the UK. From modern flat weaves to the old English Winchester style, there is something to suit all tastes. Dating back to the 15th century, rattan furniture has been a popular addition to homes for hundreds of years, and little wonder; rattan is durable, adaptable, inexpensive and always in style. And this year, Maze Living has taken its strength one step further. “Our products have constantly evolved, resulting in a product that is built on a rustproof aluminium frame and made with a synthetic rattan that can survive the highs and lows of British weather,” explains Nick Burke, marketing manager at the Maze group. “The rattan can’t be too brittle, or it will break in cold weather and if it’s too slack then it’ll sag under the hot sun. We feel we’ve achieved the perfect balance.” The Maze group has been in business for nearly 10 years, and is the largest manufacturer of rattan furniture in Europe. Maze Living

sells over 200 lines, ranging from small two-seater tables to opulent daybeds, and everything comes with a five-year warranty and free delivery. Recently, the company has also introduced a new generation of garden furniture made in collaboration with Sunbrella. Made from a specially designed outdoor fabric, the pieces can stay outside all year round without suffering any ill effects and have been featured at the Ideal Home Show and Grand Designs Live. “Our outdoor furniture is taking the design world by storm,” Nick continues. “We’re really looking forward to seeing how it evolves – there is a huge trend towards outdoor spaces that are designed like interiors right now and I think we’re definitely on board with that.” Maze Living currently has a spring/ summer sale running with many products up to 50% off, so now is a great time to grab yourself a bargain. Dining sets and sofa sets can be obtained at nearly a thousand pound discount so you can have quality without the hefty price tag.

“Maze Living is the best place to buy mid-range or luxury garden furniture in the UK,” Nick concludes. “It’s direct from the manufacturer and it comes backed by an industry leading guarantee. What more could you want?”


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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




ecognised as one of Britain’s leading figures in the international world of interior design, Joanna Wood has over 30 years of experience in the industry. Joanna is a Fellow of The British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) and The International Interior Design Association (IIDA). She is also a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). In 1985, Joanna Wood Ltd opened its doors in the fashionable Pimlico Road design district in London. Here, we catch up with Joanna to find out more.

My favourite room is... a Chinese Chippendale drawing room which we are currently designing for a client in Central London. We are using the Chinese dining room at The Royal Pavilion in Brighton, which was built for George IV, for inspiration. I have been working with Hayles and Howe to get specially built plasterwork and mouldings for the room; it’s great fun and is going to look gorgeous. The thing I like most about my house is... that it was built in 1722 and is quite quirky. It has lovely original features which we have restored. I love working with period features and fitting in modern living details and design elements.

My inspiration comes from everywhere! Mainly ballet, theatre, nature, travel and art.


I wish I had invented... electricity! The place I love most in Britain is... London. Whenever I go away and come back I always think how lucky I am to be living in such a vibrant and beautiful city. Not only is the history and architecture wonderful, but London has the best art, theatre, ballet and of course, interior design. When decorating a room I always... think of the client. It is the most important thing to remember when designing a room for someone. It is key to always think about the person who will be living there, as making clients happy is the reason I do this job.

Joanna Wood

My top tip is... always plan. Also make sure you scale; over-scale and under-scale. I would suggest drafting a paper plan and putting it onto the floor before buying anything. You certainly do not want to make a very expensive mistake by buying something too big or too small. The worst design disaster I’ve ever had was... when our team of decorators went into the wrong apartment in Knightsbridge and stripped off the hugely expensive silk wall covering in the dining room. If I could make over anyone’s house it would be... someone who wanted to build a house within the proximity of a desert – it would be a fantastic challenge with wonderful light. The current interiors trend I love the most is... the return of English country house style, in particular period detailing, grand hallways and chintz.

I think the next interiors trend will be... green. I have seen it everywhere recently; we seem to be moving away from bright blue and aqua. I also think chintz is coming back in a big way. The best advice I ever had was... always sleep on an idea and come back to it in the morning. Things always look clearer the next day when approached with a fresh head.

We chat to Joanna Wood, Interior Designer and founder of Joanna Trading.

If I wasn’t a designer I would be a... theatre set and costume designer. I adore the theatre and always find the sets and costumes so inspiring. Discover more at


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OPEN DOOR POLICY How to create glorious period features

Left Enjoy the benefits of double-glazing without spoiling the appearance of your home with Slimline aluminium replacement windows and doors from The Heritage Window Company. 020 8695 0055,


einstating period features in your home is a great way of making your home feel more harmonious and can also add value to your property. Whilst we often think about putting in fireplaces and restoring windows, sometimes doors and door furniture aren’t always given the consideration they deserve. But this sort of investment in your home is certainly worthwhile and something you will appreciate every day. When it comes to doors then Early Doors in Essex is a superb first port of call. Simon Berry and his team can offer exact replicas of original period doors from the last two hundred years in a variety of woods. The site is designed to enable you to order easily following some

Right From The Anvil Pewter Avon on Rose handle set sprung, priced from around ÂŁ68 at The Period House Group. 01427 871 467,


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Explore a great selection of period-style pieces at British Ironmongery, 0845 257 1147,

Researching the original door furniture which was in your house at the time it was built can be a quite an adventure simple steps. Firstly think about the period of your house, then choose which timber you would like your doors to be made from, then select the style your prefer. (01279 647 200, It is vital not to cut corners when buying doors, whether you go for replicas or reclaimed pieces. You need to measure carefully and choose something which you really love as you will be using the doors every day. It is also wise to consider if you want to paint the doors as this may become yet another chore in years to come, and you might prefer to keep them in their natural state.


Before choosing door furniture it is important to see as many different options as possible and also to handle the goods. Sometimes we forget that we are choosing pieces which we will be touching every day so

it is necessary to make sure that everyone in the household will be able to manage the door furniture with ease. If you have ever had the misfortune to be trapped in a room due to dodgy fittings you will understand, and although it makes for an amusing anecdote it is better to avoid such a situation from the beginning. Researching the type of door furniture which was in your house at the time it was built can be quite an adventure in itself and you will be delighted by the variety available. Consider whether you want to keep your house in period style or would rather go for doorknobs which you find attractive. For example, in a Victorian house a beehive handle would be the most traditional style. Some people like to keep the same style throughout their property but don’t rule out having one style upstairs and one style downstairs, after all in the past, the public

rooms would have been located on the ground floor so visitors would see and use the most impressive fittings. Doorknobs have been made over the years in lots of different materials. The choice you have is wide including brass, nickel, chrome, wood, glass and iron. Your decision may be determined by the period of your property, your interior scheme or your personal taste. If you want to add colour consider glass or porcelain. Should you wish to go with the era, brass and porcelain were most popular in Victorian times, wooden doorknobs were favoured in Edwardian houses and the preferred Art Deco look was polished nickel or chrome. The most popular material by far is brass. There is always the option of having replica pieces made by dedicated specialists such as The British Ironmongery Centre and you may also want to browse the extensive range at the Period House Group.

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Glass handles can add a distinctive look to your classic interiors. 020 7483 4477,

Nickel gives a fantastic finish to this classic oval-stepped handle. 01228 672 900,


Victorian-style ebonised beehive handles are just some of the beautiful pieces to be found at Period Features. 01538 384 682,


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Kitchens Mini Nautilus leafed bed for dogs, priced from £719, at And So To Bed. 020 7731 3593,


Our guide to the goods and services you need Antiques, Auctions & Shows

Bamfords: 01629 730 920 Bentley’s Antiques Fairs: 01424 218 803 Christian Davies Antiques Ltd: 01254 873 187 Fellows Auctioneers: 0121 212 2131 Hearnes: 01494 674 112 IACF: 01636 702 326 Knutsford Antiques: 01565 632 743 Pugh’s Antiques: 01568 616 646 Swans: 01572 724 364 The Barn: 01789 721 399


Albion Bath Company: 01255 831 605 Bathroom Discount Centre: 020 7381 4222 Bathroom Takeaway: 0333 305 8200 Croydex Ltd: 01264 365 881 Ripples Ltd: 01225 335 111 Victoria Plum: 01482 379 952


Bedsteads of Bath & Bristol: 01275 464 114 Bed Workshop: 01179 636 659 Divine Dreams: 01691 777 622 Snug-Interiors: 01730 894 754 The Wool Room: 01780 461 217 Time 4 Sleep: 01484 500 560 Wrought Iron & Brass Bed Co: 01485 542 516

Doors & Door Furniture

British Ironmongery: 0845 257 1147 Danico Brass Ltd: 020 7483 4477 Early Doors Ltd: 01279 647 200 Finesse Design: 01207 500 050 Fulton & Bray: 01228 672 900 Period Features: 01538 372 202 Period House Group: 01427 871 467 UK Oak Doors: 0845 838 8737 World of Brass: 0845 260 9009


Raymond Gubbay: 020 7025 3750

Fireplaces & Heating

Charlton & Jenrick: 0845 5195 991 Dunsley Heat: 01484 682 635 Heritage Cast Iron Radiators: 01435 868 289 Nu-Flame: 020 8254 6802



Cormar Carpets: 01204 881 234 Fine Oak Flooring: 01727 826 500 GH Frith: 0845 4900 600 J Hayden Carpets: 01424 729 113 Lithofin: 01962 732 126 Millshop Online: 01604 875 062 Natural Image Kent Ltd: 01580 895 489 Natural Wood Floor Co: 020 8871 9771 Oriental Rugs Of Bath: 01761 451 764 Orlestone Oak Ltd: 01233 732 179 Osmo UK: 01296 481 220 Parquet Parquet: 01507 313 470 Reed Harris: 020 7736 7511 Tons Of Tiles: 0845 201 4888 Vintage Floor Tile Company: 01285 760 886


Chesterfields Direct: 01706 853 636 Crown French Furniture: 0115 837 4024 Distinctive Country Furniture: 01484 663 294 Footstools & More: 0113 345 7526 Kernow Furniture Warehouse: 01209 861 444 Maison: 020 8940 0230 Paragon Interior Furniture: 020 8503 0199 Unique Chic Furniture Ltd: 0115 986 922 Unique Salvage Chic: 01379 672 937

Gardens, Conservatories & Outbuildings Blackdown Shepherd Huts: 01460 929 774 Crown Oak Buildings Ltd: 01732 866910 Elwy Valley Shepherds Hut Company: 01492 680 509 Fantasia: 01959 564 440 HSP Garden Buildings: 01638 583 814 Maze Rattan Ltd: 01440 710 673 Richmond Oak: 08456 442 257 The Garden Furniture Centre: 01564 793 652 White Cottage: 01270 753 826


Adrian Flux Insurance Services: 0808 077 2266

Interiors & Gifts

Arty Farty Designs: 01778 422 950 Country Stile: 01507 527 055 Doris and Co: 01460 477 773 Ehrman Tapestry: 020 8748 8698 Ella James Living: 01572 759 190

Avec Cookers: 01565 830 885 Funktional Kitchens Ltd: 020 8341 2020 John Willies Country Kitchens: 01425 403 338 Kitchen Art: 01753 646 631 Parlour Farm Kitchens: 01285 885 336 Pineland Furniture: 01299 271 143 Thomas & Thomas: 01235 851 144 Unfitted: 0845 3872 020 West Country Cookers: 01548 830 069

Lighting & Switches

Bromleighs: 01208 79490 Christopher Wray: 020 7013 0180 Dar Lighting Ltd: 01295 672 200 Fritz Fryer Antique Lighting: 01989 567 416 Poole Lighting: 01202 647 716 The Limehouse Lamp Company: 01273 497 070

Renovation, Restoration & Reclamation

Bryan Williamson & Daughters: 01342 834 829 Bulmer Brick and Tile: 01787 269 232 Burgess Reclamation: 01869 346 347 Delabole Slate Co. Ltd: 01840 212 242 Frome Reclamation: 01373 463 919 Hawkins Historic: 07734 801 439 Heritage Dry Ice Blasting: 01371 821 601 Holyrood Architectural Salvage: 0131 661 9305 Norfolk Reclaim: 01328 855 321 Old Radiator Company Ltd: 01233 850 082 Wye Valley Reclamation: 01432 353 606 Yeoman Raingaurd: 0113 279 5854

Shutters & Blinds

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Father mug, £19.95, Doris & Co, 01460 477 773,

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Nu-flame produces a range of splendid gas fires which fuse industry-leading efficiency with good looks. Its glass-fronted range has models with up to 90% efficiency, or if you prefer the look of an open fire, the firm has options with efficiencies of 74.4%. 020 8254 6802,


Treat your home to the best in bedroom furniture thanks to the fantastic pieces at The Bed Workshop, which offers bespoke handmade bedsteads in the heart of Bristol. 0117 963 6659,

Try a new hobby with Ehrman Tapestry, the UK’s leading tapestry company, and the sole source of the Kaffe Fasset range. With over 200 kits to choose from their range you’ll find the perfect one for you. Needlepoint is not difficult, only one simple stitch is used and you will have something unique and personal to show for your efforts. Find out more at


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LAST WORD Home from home

If you do enjoy returning to familiar territory and you’re in a position to take frequent or long holidays, a second home abroad could be a life-changing investment.



Kate Faulkner discusses the pros and cons of buying a second home abroad


un, sea, sand and a glass or two of wine from a nearby vineyard can make you wish that holiday feeling could go on forever. I think we can all admit to dreaming of owning a property in our favourite holiday destination so that we can hop on a plane, boat or even train and escape whenever we feel like it. But sometimes with a dream like that, it is really worth considering whether it would be the right thing for you – or finding an alternative way to achieve your overseas dream. I am sure you all like to check out property values when we go away (or is that just me?) and, when you see some of the ‘bargain’ prices in certain parts of the world, it can be tempting to view buying overseas as a cheap and easy investment which will give you free holidays for life. However, buying and owning a second home and especially one abroad is never going to be an easy task and it shouldn’t be – you are taking on a lot of additional financial and

legal risk. So to know whether it is right for you or not, you need to first look at the costs involved in buying, owning and selling it in the future. Another factor to consider is whether you really want to go on holiday to the same place every year. What if it changes? If you’re the type of person who enjoys exploring new places, it might be great for a few visits, but you may soon get bored and prefer to visit other places. If you do enjoy returning to familiar territory, whether to secure some heat or hit the ski slopes, and you’re in a position to take frequent or long holidays, a second home abroad could be a life-changing investment. It could give you pleasure for many years to come and it may even appreciate in value over time. In addition, you won’t have to worry about your holiday accommodation not being up to scratch, because it will be your very own ‘home from home’, and you’ll be able to take breaks whenever you want to, without going through the bookings process.

Of course, if you decide to offset some of your costs by letting out your property, you’ll still have to reserve your own weeks as you’ll almost certainly want to visit at the most popular times of year, at least sometimes. And don’t forget this money will be subject to taxes, possibly in the UK as well as the country you buy in – so make sure you know what these are prior to buying. Although you can find overseas property companies to help you cut through the red tape and offer advice if they are members of the Association of International Property Professionals (, this is no substitute for engaging an independent lawyer. You should factor this cost in to your purchase as it could be several thousands of pounds. Next, when owning a property abroad, be aware your costs will vary depending on exchange rate fluctuations. Even a small drop in value of the pound against the euro or dollar could send your dream property soaring out of budget. Similarly, if you take out a mortgage in the local currency, you’ll need to be prepared for your monthly payments increasing if sterling falls in value. Other costs to bear in mind include any licensing to let the property, sometimes VAT and, of course, maintenance. You’ll need to have somebody you can trust nearby, who can go to the property when you aren’t there to fix it without getting you to pay for things they don’t actually end up doing, or for poor work.


Kate is one of the UK’s leading residential property experts. She writes Which? Property books and regularly appears on BBC and ITV news as well as Radio 4 and 5 live. Find out more at

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