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Winter 2011

When we launched Heart Home almost three months ago, we hoped with all our hearts that it would be a success. The response has been overwhelming and has motivated us throughout the preparations for this, our second issue. We hope you like it. Once again we have to give full credit to our wondeful contributors who have worked so hard to produce a special festive issue for you all.

And a very special thanks to you, our dear readers, for supporting us and for giving us so much positive feedback. You make all the hard work and late nights worthwhile. Have a very happy holiday from all at Heart Home magazine.

Carole, Arianna and Daniel
Arianna Trapani Editor-in-chief

Carole King Editor-in-chief

Daniel Nelson Art editor

Cover image: Photographer John Deed, Stylist Karl Openshaw

Illustration SOWA

22 Eclectic Edwardian 56 Resourceful Renovation in East London 80 House of Memories 106 A Home with History 120 From Lewes with Love

13 May all your Christmases be Bright 32 Lee’s London Lee Broom and his East London haunts 132 Window Wonderland Liberty London and Fortnum & Mason display their wares 104 Young Designer – Heidi Burton

41 Grace Bonney talks about ‘Design*Sponge at Home’ 52 A video interview with Zandra Rhodes 5


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72 Popartrockgirlyeah 130 Aspiring Kennedy 153 Floral Finds for your Home 148 Miss Mary’s suggestions for winter dates 150 Heart Home Diary what to see during Winter 6

140 Artistic Amsterdam 144 Baby, it’s cold outside hotels to keep you warm

89 Party, party, party outfits for all occasions 138 Perfect Pattern the look for all budgets 154 Hidden Gems: Wheelers Gardens

44 All Wrapped Up Christmas wrapping ideas 67 Woodland Christmas finds for a natural christmas 74 Baking - Apple Frangipane Tarts 96 A little something from nothing - Sania Pell shares her secrets 116 Flourishing Décor - decorate with flowers and veggies!



Ellie Walker-Arnott

Jon Day

Oliver Gordon

Simon Eldon

Andrew Boyd


Joanna Thornhill

Kate Baxter

Emily Blunden

Karl Openshaw

Emily Henson

Jeska Hearne


Katie Treggiden

Lauren Bryan Knight

Helena del Rio

To all of the wonderful contributors that have helped to make Heart Home possible, we thank you...

Victoria Dockrell

Claire Marie Slight

Katie Cotgrave

Jane Audas

Hannah Ricci

Sophie Warren- Smith

John Deed

James Balston

Sarah Hogan

Manasi Kashyap

Mowie Kay

Wouter van Ierssel


Claire Morgan

Annie Greevenbosch

Helen O’Byrne

Roberto Banfi

Ellie Trerise


Eunice Yeo

Mary Higgs

Michaela Mildenhall

Rona Wheeldon






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HOME - New Interiors Show
January 2012 sees the launch of HOME with an exciting new retail trade show from Clarion Events. HOME will offer an inspiring selection of stylish, high quality interior accessories, lighting and occasional furniture, from some of the best design brands in the UK and Europe. This exciting event will provide retailers, trade and press professionals, an opportunity to be the first to see and select unique products for the new buying season. The Heart Home team is very excited and will also be attending the show so make sure to come and say hi! To attend pre-register at: www.home-london.net/register-now/
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Style and Glamour
Upcoming interior designer Sophie Patterson has released an exciting new interiors book titled ‘Style and Glamour’. Filled with trade secrets this exciting new book is the perfect accompaniment for anyone wishing to embark on their own interior design project. All the proceeds from sales are being donated to the registered charity Mayhew.

Abigail Ahern Master classes.
A firm favourite of Heart Home, Abigail Ahern will be launching a design school in February with a difference. Classes are one day only and held in the comfort of her home. Be prepared to expect bold, blingy, fabulous and decorative. Hurry though; these popular classes are booking up fast.

Pippa Jameson Interiors
Interior stylist Pippa Jameson has launched a new online interior style service ‘Ask The Expert’. This new service is open to anyone who needs help and advice with their home. With 15 years experience as an Interior Stylist who better to ask?!


Lamps that unite tradition & wit beautifully

Unique shades, restored vintage bases & bespoke commissions. Contact zoe@zoedarlington.co.uk www.zoedarlington.co.uk

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Heart Shopping

Three top Heart Home interiors stylists bring you three different themes. Delve into the worlds of vintage pastels, neon pop and Nordic chic.

May all your Christmases be Bright

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Nordic Chic
Bring the wooden chalet indoors, choose earth tones and organic textures to really bring that Nordic feel to your home. Brighten it up with reds and purples.

A different approach to decorating with baubles. Woods, creams and reds in folksy and traditional styles instantly conjures Nordic-chic. Discover your inner woodland elf with the wide variety of authentic decorations available in stores and online. Styling Emily Blunden



Keep it sweet and keep it simple; a variety of textural organic whites with flashes of a warm colour will have your Christmas lunch table looking Nordic and sophisticated.


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Vintage Wonderland
Styling Joanna Thornhill

No space for a tree? Think laterally and create a wallhanging display with a selection of flat baubles. Use removable 3M Command strips and hang with fishing wire to ensure no trace is left come 4th January – perfect for renters!


Play with scale with your presents – add a row of tiny bows to a large gift, or an oversized decoration to a tiny box. Have fun with unusual shapes by wrapping them in ribbon – the end result is almost too good to unwrap!

Add a little wonderland magic to your dining table – adorn apples in edible glitter and employ ceramic animal ornaments as alternative placecard holders to stand attentively at each plate.

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Heart Shopping Zing up the present pile with neon gift wrap tempered by softer candy hues. Add your own festive style with rubber stamps, Japanese Washi tape or create your own bespoke design with sticky dots in clashing fluoros.

Styling Kate Baxter

Bring on the Neon

Do away with the traditional stolen or mince pies, and jazz up your Christmas afternoon tea with eye-popping frosted cupcakes, kept festive with graphic snowflake toppers.


Neon is one of the biggest colour trends for 2012 so why not dip your toe in this festive season, by hanging jazzy pompoms from the ceiling in vibrant colour clusters, and adding a select edit of statement table top decorations in matt, gloss or glitter tones.


wall coverings with a difference

Dreamwall is the UK’s leading wall-covering specialists in Faux wall-covering solutions of Brick, Slate and Stone. The panels have also been very popular in the commercial market over the last 8 yrs, boasting high profile clients including Harrods, Next, River Island, Lee Jeans, Hackett to name just a few. 01472 750552 info@dreamwall.co.uk www.dreamwall.co.uk Read Hannah’s popular blog DreamwallStyle at dreamwall1.wordpress.com

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£69 Ted Baker

anta Baby..
Pippa tiered dress
£75 Monsoon


Black Austin studded wrap watch,

Heart Shopping

Heart Home editor Carole King writes her Christmas list…

£110.00 Liberty

Flame square print scarf Amber and lavender cologne
£36 Jo Malone

£45 An angel at my table

Darling! cuff

Lorna Syson yellow wallflower
£657 Lorna Syson

Structured stem Willow Bag
£315 Orla Kiely

Getty Images Gallery
Paul Newman & Joanne £150 John Lewis Woodward Framed Print

Inkhead Dinner Plate

£63 Lifestyle bazaar

Quilted laptop sleeve
£49 Ted Baker


Heart Homes

Eclectic Edwardian
From charity shop discoveries to Cavaliero Finn treasures, Janice Redington’s Edwardian house is an eclectic mix of modern and classic with a dash of quirky thrown in for good measure.
Photography Jon Day Stylist Emily Henson Words Claire Marie Slight

If there were ever a house made for the word ‘eclectic’, Janice Redington’s South London home might well be it. Since moving in four years ago, Janice and her husband Tony have created their ideal home through upgrading, decorating and hunting for perfect furnishings– and the result is a gorgeous mix of classic meets modern. First drawn to the beautiful fireplaces, original tiling and airy Edwardian space, Janice and her family decided to look past some much needed improvement work and see the potential of the property underneath. Determined to do as much of the renovation work as possible, Janice first set about stripping the stunning feature fireplaces of a dozen layers of gloss paint; an effort which she openly admits was a real labour of love. Next was the task of stripping the original Edwardian floorboards, as well as renovating the kitchen and hallway and decorating almost



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every room in the house. Conscious of making the most of the original features, Janice tries to keep the walls neutral, using soft furnishings to preserve and highlight certain aspects of the house – and it definitely works, with the striking original features standing out against the pale backgrounds. A seven room house, Janice has furnished her seven bedroom home with finds from a range of sources – many of the pieces are from Cavaliero Finn, while she often visits East Dulwich based boutique Mrs Robinson for any second-hand

leather items. Artwork also adorns the walls, most of it recent; Janice has accumulated most of the pieces within the last 18 months, and explains that she’s developing a love for modern art, feeling her way to find out what she likes. Janice’s favourite way to source new finds? Items gifted by relatives, left abandoned in skips, and donated at the charity shop where she works – she admits to always keeping an eye out for any bargains that are brought in.


“I think British design is quite a mix of things, actually – I suppose some people might think it’s the traditional country cottage style, but I think we’re definitely moving away from that now”


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“What’s nice about this house is that the features really stand out; I’m trying to keep the walls pretty neutral and use soft furnishings for the ‘wow’ bits!”



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acquisitions has to be the bold red and goldpatterned curtains in the master bedroom; brought in as a roll of fabric, Janice decided to rescue it on a whim after it had lain ignored on the floor for several weeks. She laughs now at the memory of struggling with the fabric on the bus home, and also at her decision to pick it at all; she openly admits she would never have chosen it herself due to the strong palette of colours. Now hanging as fantastic curtains, the pattern fits perfectly in with the rest of the room.

“I find inspiration everywhere, but I’m always striving to be that little bit different”
Asked about inspiration, Janice reveals that she doesn’t search for it – instead, she lets it come to her. Sometimes in the form of an interesting colour, and from dress fabrics to a pair of shoes, Janice finds inspiration anywhere and everywhere – but she always strives to be that little bit different, putting together furnishings on a trial and error basis to see what works and what doesn’t.


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“I try not to go looking for inspiration – it just comes to me. Things just pop out sometimes a colour will do, or sometimes a dress fabric, or a pair of shoes”

So, what does British design mean to Janice? She definitely feels that it’s moving away from the traditional country cottage style and suggests that British design is now about an eclectic mix of styles. An Edwardian house with Danish leather furniture, filled with finds from charity shops and designer boutiques? We’d say Janice Redington’s house certainly defines the phrase eclectic mix – a style which we think will definitely have a part to play in the future of British design.


Style steal
Get the look from Janice’s home
Armchair, £950 Vintage Leather Letter To You Cushion, Munchkin Creative £29.99 from from Rose & Grey Cabinet, £450 from Bone Inlay Bedside mydeco.com Fuchsia Lamp, £210 from The Baobab Tree

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Pearl Double

Necklace, £65.99 from Aye Do

Podara Catkin

Green Vase, £138 from

Rowen & Wren

Men in Turbans Fuchsia Cushion, £35 from Plum Chutney


Heart Features

Lee's London
Heart Home had the pleasure of spending one cold November morning with Lee Broom, ELLE Decoration’s newly proclaimed Designer of the Year.

Photographs James Balston

Words Ellie Walker-Arnott



Heart Features

We met at Lee’s studio/gallery which is located in the middle of Shoreditch, London’s mecca for young creatives. His studio is the place where Lee turns his fantasy into reality. For him, making his concepts real and allowing other people to experience them is the best part of being a designer. In his studio there are no limitations. “We do what we want. And when we’ve got exactly what we want visually, then there is the laborious task of working out how we do it” says Lee. In some cases, his creations are about “doing something that seemed perfectly illogical”. The results are neon edged dining chairs, studded footstools and vintage decanter light shades - wonderful collections which bridge the gap between interiors and installation art. Unsurprisingly Lee’s creations are inspired by fashion; he studied Fashion at Central St Martins and has since worked under the legendary Vivienne Westwood. But he is also influenced by London’s architecture. He says “I’m just always looking up in London. Sometimes you’ll see the side of a building and I can see a coffee table instead...”


“We do what we want. And when we’ve got exactly what we want visually, then there is the laborious task of working out how we do it”


Heart Features

Being inspired by quirky antiques and vintage design

As the designer finds much inspiration in the world around him, we thought it was only right to follow him around his beloved Shoreditch and visit some of his favourite haunts. We start off in men’s boutique Hostem in Redchurch Street. Decorated by design duo JAMESPLUMB, the shop, filled with restored materials and avant garde design, is one place Lee admires. As is the antiques shop next door, Maison Trois Garcons. Lee says he loves the “varied eras and unique pieces” on sale and often scours its shelves for decanters. His iconic decanter lights are all made from vintage pieces, so he is always on the lookout for more. Lunch for Lee is more often than not a quick bite to eat from the legendary Brick Lane Beigel Bakery– the sweet dough and generous fillings cannot be beaten and probably fuel the creative energy of most of Shoreditch’s designers. Lee also took us to Epra, a discount fabric wholesaler which helped him take his first steps into the world of interiors. During his degree, Lee used to give decor advice to local bars, draping and pleating the walls and ceilings with fabrics. Epra was his first port of call for sourcing fabrics as a student, and is still the best place to bag a bargain!


Never far from his fashion roots

Lee in textiles heaven

“I’m just always looking up in London. Sometimes you’ll see the side of a building and I can see a coffee table instead...”
Fast food the Brick Lane way

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Leaving with hair suitably quiffed

“I like to do something different each time”


Taylor Taylor, an achingly cool cult hairdressers, is another of the designers favourite Shoreditch gems. In fact it is the place where his hair gets its signature quiff. The last place Lee took us to was the Night Jar – a speakeasy night club where he designed the interior. The plush decor was inspired by old school glamour and the retro cocktails served at the bar. Lee’s most recent project was being asked to bring an edgy East London feel to the new Westfield Stratford shopping centre and his new light installations, chic gold rings, now grace the centre’s ceilings. Flying from one success to the next, Lee is currently designing a collection for Milan. Much to our disappointment, we failed to get anything juicy out of him, so we’ll all just have to wait and see. Whatever he pulls out of the bag this time though is sure to be a surprise. “I like to do something different each time” says Lee. Lee says “sometimes it’s just as bad being too early with something as it is to be too late”, but we don’t think he needs to worry. Rather than a follower of fashion, Lee is something of a trend setter.

Cocktail shakers and oodles of old school glamour


Santa Honey...
Alexander McQueen Skull-print silk-chiffon scarf, £165, Net-A-Porter Moonlight Print Light Sage, £43.00, Bodie & Fou

Heart Shopping

Heart Home editor Arianna Trapani writes her Christmas list…

Issa – Twist-Front Full Length Dress, £788, Matches

Monica Vinader Mini Marie 18-karat gold-plated pendant, £170, Net-A-Porter Wedgwood, 1920 Spring Meadow Three Piece Tea Set, Royal Albert £40.00, Liberty Reiko Christmas baubles, £14.95, Lifestyle Bazaar Gold Finch by Shan Valla, £30, Roost Living


Jet Set Coasters, £48, Jonathan Adler

La volière table lamp, £395, The Conran Shop

J Crew - Honeycomb cable-knit sweater, £90, Net-A-Porter Blue Bird (small), €129, Mariska Meijers

Heart Interviews

Design*Sponge at home
Grace Bonney is the founder and author of the widely acclaimed blog Design*Sponge. Recently, she released her first book ‘Design*Sponge at Home’; here she talks to Heart Home magazine.
By Arianna Trapani
Grace Bonney from DesignSponge.com Photo by Jamie Beck

Lace Doily Table Rubber by Christine Chitnis


Design*Sponge started in 2004; Grace, had hoped it would act as an online portfolio to use towards applying for a job at a magazine. Grace goes on to to say ‘it’s been a happy surprise that the blog became the magazine I had always hoped to work for’. With over 75,000 readers a day, it is one of the most popular design blogs. With now her first book released Grace Bonney is living the dream and is so excited with the result. She describes ‘Design*Sponge at Home’ as being a ‘design bible dedicated not just to inspire people to create their dream homes, but give them the tools and confidence to make it happen’. Grace goes on to say ‘the best part of putting the book together was getting to spend more time with people. So much of my work is done via email, so getting to arrange photoshoots and collaborations with people in person was endlessly inspiring and exciting’.

Grace is in the middle of her US book tour,

which has turned out better than she could have hoped for. ‘People have been so friendly and excited to come celebrate with us and we’ve really enjoyed being able to teach people craft skills at each event and getting to raise money for local arts charities. There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing people with their favourite pages of the book already marked and dog-eared’. With so many exciting projects on the horizon, there is no stopping this entrepreneur; Grace adds ‘we just hired our second full-time employee and will be getting our first office space after the book tour’. British fans can also get excited, as Grace Bonney will be coming over to London as part of her book tour next year - hopefully early March.

Read the full interview on the Heart Home blog »
Dave Alhadeff's Living Room by Dean Kaufman

Monika Biegler Eyers' Bedroom by James Merel

“ The indie

girl band of the design blogosphere

- The New York Times -

- Grace Bonney

Excerpted from Design*Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney (Artisan Books, £20). Copyright 2011.

Heart Styling

All Wrapped Up
Jeska from the lovely blog Lobster & Swan and her friend Rose who runs the shop, Butlers Emporium in Hastings always like to find new ways to wrap Christmas presents. Here they get creative and share with us three simple ways of creating beautiful gift wrapping for the holiday season. 44
By Jeska Hearne


Heart Styling

Angels and lace
Wrap your gifts in a chosen paper design and use the tape to secure, using lots of small strips to add a collaged feel. Then cut scraps of lace the same width as your tags and hand or machine stitch along the top edge. Thread cotton or fine string through the lace to attach the heather sprigs. Then just pop them on to your gifts.


It’s amazing what one can find in old cigar boxes filled with vintage cards and images. By using some seasonal greetings cards and collecting them together along with some favourite lace, two paper designs are created, just right for small presents. The pale old fashioned colours and bright contrasting tape bring vintage and modern together.

What you will need
• printer, scan in seasonal images or download and use this PDF • • • • thin paper (A4 layout paper) cardboard tags lace sprigs cut from 1 potted heather (available from most supermarkets/ garden centres) • • natural jute string for tying contrasting decorative tape


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Red and Gold Travels East

What you will need
• • • • • cream handmade paper cream paper with gold print jute string red card or paper to make tags craft hole punch (or make a card template and cut around for desired tag shape) • • • • • paper/wood flowers origami star gold tape thin gift tags small tassels Choose cream and gold handmade paper for a simple look and add red embellishments for luxury. Wrap your gifts in the paper, secure with clear tape, using a gold Japanese wash tape on some smaller gifts and just put a long strip all around the edge to secure the paper. Then tie with the jute.

Top with tags cut from red card, the one shown was a gift envelope, cut with the craft punch, but you could paint gold designs on plain red card or leave them blank, top with tassels and paper flowers. The tassel used had a silver thread around the top so just use a strip of gold ribbon and some double side tape to change it to gold.

Heart Styling

Rose’s Vintage Velvet

What you will need
• • • • • • velvet or fabric pieces fabric flowers and leaves pretty buckle or vintage brooch ribbon, silver cord small safety pins beaded flower

Wrap your chosen fabric around the presents, tucking it neatly in at the edges. Use safety pins to secure (whilst you tie with ribbons or string) then remove them. Add your chosen decorations to the centres of the bows. Rose used an antique buckle, velvet leaves, silk flowers and a vintage French beadwork bloom.


Tip-boxed gifts work best here or smaller items in bowls then you can sweep the fabric up, simply tie with ribbon and add a vintage brooch or tag.

Handmade Indian paper, tags and star www.thepaperplaceonline.co.uk Japenese Washi Tape www.papermash.co.uk Vintage ribbons and beadwork flowers Butlers Emporium 01424 430687 Tassels-Cafe Maroc 01424 774017 Velvet Fabric www.clothhouse.com Paper flowers www.nordichouse.co.uk Jute string and card tags www.etsy.com/shop/rikyandnina

Heart Interviews

“I made very advanced statements in 1969 and throughout the 70s”


Words Jane Audas Portrait photograph Gene Nocon


Sometimes it is hard to see past her force of personality and striking personal image to remember what a long and distinguished career she has had. Her first shop opened in 1968. The 1970s were seminal years, and her covetable textile and fashion designs from this period still define that decade. 53

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Play video

Branching out from fashion, Zandra took an

finding its curatorial feet as a centre of fashion education. In recent years Zandra’s work has been reassessed, revived and re-collected. It sits outside fashions whirlwind cycle of change, yet is sold in some of the most fashion forward shops across the globe. Her designs remain relevant to those in the fashion know and fresh to those who are too young to remember but are looking for something loud, proud and distinctive to wear.

obvious side step in to theatre and interior design. She designed for Topshop, M&S, MAC and Royal Doulton, amongst others. In particular, her opera work showcases the high theatricality of her surface designs to great effect. On a personal odyssey, in 2003 Zandra founded the Fashion and Textile Museum, for which she commissioned a striking pink building in Bermondsey, London. It is now


Watch the video interview in partnership with Crane.tv

Zandra Rhodes unique and iconic clothes can be ordered via the website www.zandrarhodes.com or with special personal one to one appointment at her fabulous studio above the distinctive Fashion and Textile Museum, by calling 0207 403 5333. Some of her garments can also be found at the exclusive Ricci Burns boutique in Knightsbridge. Her dresses from the 70’s and 80’s are the hottest collector’s items in Hollywood.


Heart Homes

Resourceful renovation in East London
Words Victoria Godrell Photography Olly Gordon

With a little patience and creativity, renovation projects can be done on a tight budget as Sarah Ellison’s quirky Hackney home demonstrates.



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"Most of my things came from eBay, Etsy, junk shops, auctions or are good old handme-downs"








consultant, and her boyfriend Simon found they were unable to afford to buy in Islington, they invested in a three bedroom terraced house in up and coming Clapton, East London in February 2010. Since moving in Sarah and Simon have had to strip the property right back, ripping out all the original features. Sarah describes their task as “bringing it back to life and putting the soul back”, a journey which saw the walls stripped back to bare brick, completely re-boarded and re-plastered and the layout totally redesigned. The kitchen, now the hub of the house, was once four rooms and the current dining room used to be a bathroom. Although Sarah admits they couldn’t afford the poured concrete floor she would have loved, the white painted floorboards perfectly set off the cream cupboards, stainless steel and subway tiles. She admits this is now her favourite room where they love to entertain and hang out with friends. Sarah is very much inspired by Abigail Ahern and describes her style as a mixture of vintage, reclaimed items and design pieces. Her quirky and eclectic collections are perfectly exhibited by the various shades of grey paint and House of Hackney wallpaper which now adorns the walls of the smallest room in the house. Given their tight budget Sarah had to be creative with the sourcing of her materials and furniture, something which also suits her unique style. She is a great believer in reusing and re-cycling and most of her things come from eBay, Etsy, junk shops, auctions or are good old hand-me-downs. She found the French windows in the dining room (from the same period as the house) on eBay for £250. Despite having to be sawn in half to get them in, they now look as if they have been there forever.


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“Sarah describes the house renovation as bringing it back to life and putting the soul back”



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“the French windows in the dining room (which are from the same period as the house) were bought on eBay for £250… despite having to be sawn in half to get them in, they now look as if they have been there forever”


“Sarah describes her style as a mixture of vintage, reclaimed items and design pieces”

The one exception to this rule is lighting. As a self-confessed ‘light junkie’, Sarah believes that the light fittings really make the room. However, even here she used her typical perseverance, sourcing an industrial looking pendant hanging over the stairs on Etsy and persuading the designer to ship it from Texas. Sarah’s next task on her never-ending to do list is the restoration of the hall stairs and landing. She says it is likely to retain a distressed and shabby finish as testament to what the house was once like. Despite horrors such as unspeakable smells, inches of grease and the discovery that the back of the house was moving away from the front, Sarah clearly hasn’t been put off by her experiences. Having been loyally documenting the renovation on her blog, she is now taking an interior design course and hopes to become an interior designer. The couple are also hoping to take advantage of being within walking distance of the Olympic site in Stratford and rent the house out. sarahboughtahouse.blogspot.com 59trehurststreet.wordpress. com/#olympic2012

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Heart Shopping Dalston Rose wallpaper, £72 fromHouse of Hackney

Style steal
Get the look from Sarah’s home
Edison Lamp, £45 from mydeco.com

Acrylic Excelsior Bath With Ball and Claw feet, £1314 from BC Designs

Spring Desk

Spotlight Lamp In Bronze Finish Brass, £142 from Artisanti Antique Bird Cage Tea Light Holder, £17 from dobbies.com

Hackney Empire Luxury cushion, £149 from mydeco.com

Halo Downing Chair, £999


from Leekes

Words and Styling Karl Openshaw Photographs John Deed

Woodland Christmas Finds

Heart Styling

Every one of us loves to decorate our homes for Christmas. Here, stylist Karl Openshaw shares a few tips on creating that festive look without breaking the bank. 68

There is no better time of year to bring the

outdoors in. It’s amazing what beautiful treasures nature has to offer, if we open our eyes and see what lies around us. Be creative and use natural materials to make stunning festive creations. Walking through the woods you can find lichen-covered twigs, berries, pine cones and other inspiring discoveries. Look for things you wouldn’t normally consider, as it’s wonderful what you can put together.

“Look for things you wouldn’t normally consider, as it’s wonderful what you can put together.”

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“It’s not all about big budgets but more about imagination!”
Glorious Christmas wreaths twined with tree bark and twigs covered in Hydrangea heads with berries work so well together. Some of the dullest things can be turned into things of beauty; take old paperback books, for example. We all hate them once they have been thumbed through. Tear off the covers and tie them with twine and wire them into a wreath and they look fabulous. Pages look like old vellum books if they are a little yellow; stacked up with natural finds, these look magnificent. Make a long garland from vines and twigs wired together with florist wire; add pine cones, seed heads and some evergreen foliage for a real focal point. Entwine this around a collection of candlesticks and other treasured objects to really embrace nature. Twisted around a mirror and skimming across a console will make any interior look festive. So get outdoors, start looking around as to what you can forage and gather together and make some striking pieces of your own. It’s not all about big budgets but more about imagination!

Photographs were taken at The French House www.thefrenchhouse.co.uk


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Michaela Mildenhall, otherwise known as Pargy, is the author of the blog which hunts down the best in bold and daring design from the past and present.
Surrealist-inspired interiors are so hot right now, and Pargy for one happens to be super excited about this. There’s currently an abundance of furnishings out there nodding and winking towards the Art of the original Surrealists such as Dali, Miro and Magritte. And what better way to add some bohemian cool to life than incorporate this witty and intelligent trend in your home. Historically, the original Modernist Art movement straddled the 20’s and 30’s. Some Artists went to America, some went mad, others became savvy brand builders, and many of them quarrelled, but the legacy of Surrealism has endured and it now resides in all areas of popular culture (think of the Monty Python films, the furniture of Jaime Hayon and Lady GaGa in her infamous Lobster hat). But for some reason, Surrealism hasn’t really hit big time in interiors..until NOW! Previously it has been seen as a bit too “out there” to be seriously considered within interiors - despite the work of great designers such as Piero Fornasetti. Surreal interiors have now gone mainstream, and although it is still a bit bonkers and very avantgarde darling, the current look is also incredibly glamorous, and can even be pretty (think of the tea ware of Tina Tsang and the wistful Art works of Delphine Lebourgeois). So, before having a go at this tricky trend, it’s probably best to ask the question “what exactly are Surrealist interiors?” Well, in the most general sense the answer is probably anything fantastical (Alice in Wonderland themes would count) and also any items/ themes inspired by Surrealist Artists. In the truest sense, though, it would be the placing of an object in an environment that you wouldn’t expect to see it, or where it doesn’t belong. For example, having fish or lobster images in the kitchen is not surreal, as that is where you would expect to find them. However, on a cushion or some bedding, then you’d be in business! So if you want to go Haus of Gaga and get a bit of a Surrealist vibe for your pad, where should you start? Of course this is not a look for shrinking violets, but if you follow the below tips, it is a lot less scary than you’d think...

This chair by Fabio Novembre caused


a storm a couple of years ago at the Milan furniture fair. novembre.it

Fornasetti Stool “Bocca” (mouth). Size: diameter cm 38 x 46h. Wood, printed, lacquered and painted by hand. From Milk Concept Boutique. milkconceptboutique.eu

To jazz things up, a bit of gold embellishment always works a treat, and/ or go for a few red or pink colour pops for a glam edge. If you only want to dip your toes in the trend rather than dive in headfirst, then the addition of some Fornasetti cushions and fragrance candles will be a beautiful talking point in your home. Be inspired by an Artist theme: Salvador Dali’s

“Bold Surreal statements work very well with big airy rooms that have mostly white or cream walls and furniture”

iconic lobster telephone and the Mae West lips sofa, plus the subconscious doodlings of Joan Miro are very visually arresting. I particularly love the imagery of Rene Magritte. Although Magritte was Belgian, there is something very British about the motifs and imagery in his work – bowler hats, pipes and Granny Smith apples! And don’t forget in these difficult times that Surrealism above all else is very witty and great fun - so just make sure that you enjoy yourself to the max and really explore your imagination and creative side!

This stunning picture is called “Missionaire” and is by Delphine Lebourgeois. It’s available from “A Little Bit of Art”. alboart.co.uk

Alice in Wonderland inspired Ala Carte table by Seletti. seletti.it


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Apple Frangipane Tarts

To fill your house with the welcoming smells of Christmas, try making these easy Apple Frangipane Tarts. For these, I used a mixture of apples that I had in my fridge, and for the frangipane filling, I used a mix of whatever nuts I had in the house – hazelnuts, macadamias and pistachios. But don’t feel constricted to any of these ingredients, change it up and have some fun with it – try pears instead of apples, top with cranberries perhaps, and for the filling, try this recipe with pecan nuts or even chestnuts. You can also use other spices other than cinnamon, and for the icing stars, try cutting shapes out of ready-rolled marzipan, or top with gingerbread stars.
Recipe, styling, photography and text all by Mowie Kay

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Apple Frangipane Tarts
Makes 10-12 mini tarts or one large tart Shortcrust Pastry: 350g flour 160g butter, cut into cubes 3-5tbsp water 1/4 tsp salt Frangipane filling: 100g ground hazelnuts 100g ground macadamias 100g ground pistachios 250g unsalted butter 250g caster sugar 2 eggs Topping: 5-6 apples cinnamon sugar, for sprinkling icing stars, for decorating

and salt in a food mixer until it looks like breadcrumbs. Add the water and fold together with your fingertips only until the pastry just comes together. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

1. For the pastry, mix the flour, butter

2. For the filling, mix the nuts in a bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk the butter with the sugar until light and creamy. Add the eggs and nuts, fold under until just incorporated, then refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Remove the pastry from the fridge, allow to come to room temperature, then roll out on a lightly floured surface using a rolling pin until pastry is 3-4mm thick.

3. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees.


out pastry and cut circles out of the frangipane mixture firms up and is pastry. Line the tart shells with the pastry golden brown. circles. Fill with baking beans and blind bake for 15-20 minutes. 7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. 5. Remove from the oven and remove the beans. Allow the pastry shells to 8. To make the icing stars, simply use cool, then fill with frangipane mixture. star shaped cookie cutters to cut out Don’t over-fill the shells as the frangipane shapes in ready rolled white cake icing. mixture expands as it bakes. Top the Allow to dry then place on top of the tarts tarts with apple slices and sprinkle with and serve with warm custard or vanilla cinnamon sugar. ice cream.

4. Place your tart tins over the rolled

6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until


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House of Memories
It’s no surprise that vintage lover Claire Morgan fell head over heels for a period house with lovely exposed floorboards and charming original features. But turning this house into a home has truly been a labour of love...

Words Ellie Walker-Arnott Stylist Claire Morgan

Photography Andrew Boyd



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Under Claire’s watchful eye, the terraced London house has had a complete makeover. When she moved in “it was a blank canvas”, so it has taken a little TLC to put her stylish stamp on it. Though Claire did bring on board a team of local builders to do much of the revamp, she says she “likes finishing it off and adding all the final touches”. Claire describes her style as “eclectic, sometimes a little bit romantic but always personal.” When transforming the property into the quirky and homely haven she envisaged, being

a stylist has certainly been an advantage - “My house is my props cupboard!” says Claire. Claire is constantly on the lookout for ‘props’ that will bring a touch of homespun charm to her house, and her photo shoots. “I am an addict for car boots. Every weekend in the summer I’m at a car boot!” says Claire. Though Claire has filled her home with trinkets, antiques and ornaments, each item has been selected with care. “Everything in the house has got a certain memory - I know where I bought it from and who I was with,” says Claire.


“My house is my props cupboard!”

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“I like being able to walk out of my door and wave to my neighbours”


“I am an addict for car boots”

Every thoughtfully chosen piece has an emotional attachment for Claire -a lovely concept which lends her house a homely, well loved atmosphere. It is also a refreshing take on sourcing interiors. “I don’t think there is anything in the house that’s actually been bought from a department store,” says Claire. “Everything is from a car boot sale, a junk shop or has been passed down through my family.” Something Claire finds irresistible, and takes a lot of inspiration from, is antiquarian books. “I buy lots of them from Car boot sales. I find that a lot of vintage stuff gets regurgitated in our styles now. I love all the old colours and illustrations, the texts and fonts. Hence all the vintage books around the place!” Claire’s house is now nearing completion. “For the last three years there have been builders in here constantly. Now it is beginning to feel like a home,” she says. Claire and her “best friend” Molly the cat don’t plan on leaving any time soon. Now her house has been transformed into a home, Claire says she’d “like to say here for as long as I can”. She relaxes by getting green fingered in the garden and turning her abundant apple crops into sumptuous puddings and cakes and is loving getting to know her neighbourhood. “There is a little community here,” Claire says. “I know everyone on my street and I like being able to walk out of my door and wave to my neighbours.” www.clairemorgan.co.uk clairemorganstylist.blogspot.com


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“Everything in the house has got a certain memory – I know where I bought it from and who I was with”


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Style steal
Get the look from Claire’s home
from Nordic House Lantern, £59.95 Swedish Crown

Bethany French Bronze Chandelier, £295

from Alexander & Pearl

Vintage Clock, £450

from The Old Cinema

Silver Glass Bowl, £6.95 from Nordic House

Owl Bookends , £17.50 from Drift Living

Chairs, £256.70

Eames DSW from Heal’s


Plantable paper bunting,

£14 from The Green Gables

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Party Party Party

Heart Home contributor Helena del Rio gives us a few tips for what to wear this festive season.


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Christmas Party

Gold-plated Yves Saint Laurent earrings, £215, net-a-porter.com Annick Goutal, Petit Cherie Eau de Toilette, £75, Liberty

Kenneth Jay Lane triple stretch bangle, £80, my-wardrobe.com

Faux fur boyfriend coat, £110, Topshop

Tsumori Tsisato ballet printed silk dress, $1189, lagarconne.com Benefit “They’re Real”, £18.50, Benefit cosmetics Sam Edelman black studded peep toe shoe, £182, my-wardrobe.com


Marc Jacobs bianca leather clutch, £260, Harvey Nichols

Drinks Party
Soft cord jacket, £135, Toast Conroy & Wilcox marie chain, $1550

Aninna Vogel pearl heart and knot earrings, £350 India navy leather pumps, £82, French Sole

A.P.C dark grey silk dress, £280, coogles.com

Jo Malone, Wild Bluebell Cologne, £72 Deborah Lippmann, Daytripper, £14, House of Fraser Laura Mercier, Lip Glace, £18.50, House of Fraser

R12K freston clutch, £65, John Lewis


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Cocktail Party

Kate Spade an ace up your sleeve idiom bangle,$48

Kate Spade year of colour October ring,$78

Matthew Williamson tarnished gold dress, £374.99, Julesb.co.uk Gaggle triple bow court shoes, Topshop, £65

Sequined wallet Zara, £29.99

Great Plains black jacket, £100, Coggles.com

Topshop, £8

Topshop, Rio Rio, £8


Home Front
Kate Spade crystal court drop earrings, $68 Ileana Makri 18-karat skull and ruby necklace, £530, net-a-porter.com

Opi for Sephora, $9.50 Equipment silk satin shirt, £260, net-a-porter.com Balenciaga £59, House of Fraser

McQ Alexander McQueen pointed court shoe, £220, my-wardrobe.com

Anya Hindmarch glitter finish clutch, £350, net-a-porter.com

Emilio Pucci low rise skinny leg wool pants, £630, net-a-porter.com


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Just For Men
Levi’s 511 jeans, £80, my-wardrobe.com

D&G black white spot bow tie, £95, my-wardrobe.com

Paul Smith wool blazer, £675, mrporter.com Dior Homme Intense,£47, Boots

Dolce & Gabana classic leather patent shoes, £380, mrporter.com

D&G white slim dress shirt, £160, my-wardrobe.com


Dear Santa . . .
Moomin decoration minimugs by Arabia, £19, Skandium

Heart Home art-editor Daniel Nelson writes his Christmas list…

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Day Bed One, £1640, Another Country

Missoni Kew Zigzag Cushion, £145, mydeco.com

Maslow shoes, £100, Mr B’s Gentlemen’s Boutique Banana Bud Vase, £48, Jonathan Adler

Oak Owl, £25, British by Design Cushion Gröna Fåglar Linen, 1000 SEK, Svenskt Tenn Acorn Lounge Chair, £1165, mydeco.com Tatebanko Paper Diorama Kits, $12, Poketo Hand-Knitted Urchin Pouf, £470, Darkroom


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A little something from nothing
Words and Styling Sania Pell Photography James Balston

You can create interesting displays in your home for next to nothing with a collection of found treasures, a dose of homemade, a few vintage finds and a little bit of time. Use empty picture frames to create focal points and canvases as backdrops for your displays and have fun styling. Play around with the objects until you find something that works visually for you.


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Add an inexpensive new shade to a car boot sale standard lamp base as a unique alternative to buying a brand new version.


Old, wooden boxes make fabulous storage for things you want to hide. Plant pots painted with blackboard paint means you can have fun with chalk numbers and messages. Bright, exotic plants like this orchid, cheer up any corner. Add an inexpensive new shade to a car boot sale standard lamp base as a unique alternative to buying a brand new version. Frame flea market posters with wonderful graphics as original art. Vintage chairs add character to a house and are often great value. Add something quirky and unique like this folded ruler ornament by Debbie Smyth that I bought at her graduate show.

Look out for old shop drawer units as they are difficult to find at reasonable prices but are great for storage.

Customise an Ikea chair by painting it a colour then add a little fabric skirt. This fabric is by St.Judes. This sculptural wooden sidelight was a car boot sale purchase, simply updated with a new John Lewis shade.

An over-sized, spotty bow tied to the back of a chair makes it a bit of fun

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Silver cotton reels add some shimmer and sparkle to the display and old clock faces give some graphic shape


The silver carriage creates a tiny surprise detail on close up inspection.

Look out for old school chemistry equipment at car boot sales and junk shops to be used as vases. Apothecary jars make interesting displays too; the lettering adds a graphic bold detail. Hyacinth bulbs placed on top of glass vessels, make unusual floral experiments and make a change to the normal bulb vases. Hang objects straight on the wall as a decorative detail. I love vintage keys, as you never quite know what they once opened. Almost all the items were discovered at car boot sales and flea markets.

Paint flowers with fluorescent paint to make an unusual centre point
Natural finds like skulls or fallen branches found on walks can make displays more interesting. Pile up old books with the pages facing forward, they give wonderful height and texture to a display. Use glass domes to encase and highlight a display and use vintage ceramic bottles as vases.


Empty picture frames are wonderful to create height to a display, paint them in a sympathetic colour. Use colours in a similar tone to create unity and then add contrasting colours for visual impact. Add shape and colour with flowers with bold sculptural forms. Drop in bold, graphic colour with postcards or small prints

Beautiful ceramics like these by Sophie Cook are sculptural and a delight to look at. Group three vases together and they will always sit happily together
Group objects made from the same materials together, like these glass items. Mix empty, vintage perfume bottles with your modern ones you use every day. Place them all on a tray to group together, like this vintage rose glass tray bought at a car boot sale. Include contemporary glass vases to stop it feeling too old fashioned and pop a beautiful rose in. Display your favourite jewellery to add some colour, pattern and a different texture.

Evoke a 1950’s sculptural artwork feel with geometric objects. Use old balls in white, wood or black from games such as polo, billiards and boules. Mix in other textures like metal, for some contrast and sheen.

www.debbie-smyth.com www.sophiecook.com Get the book ‘The Homemade Home’ by Sania Pell www.saniapell.com/athomeblog


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Making Strangers

Poetry, people and folk tales rock the world of this whimsical illustrator from Cambridge.

People watching from the bus window inspires the work of illustrator Heidi Burton. “I like to observe situations and facial expressions,” explains Heidi. “People and nature are endlessly inspiring.” During the summer of 2007, after graduating from the University of the Creative Arts in Kent, Heidi was struggling to find a job with her degree in illustration. “I was creating art but not getting very far,” explains Heidi. “My sister told me about Etsy and I quickly opened a shop, first selling prints I made from some of my degree projects, before adding new illustrations.” Heidi’s work was well received by the burgeoning community marketplace and positive feedback encouraged her to pursue her passion further.


Close up photographs Diana Stainton

Portrait photograph Tiina Burton

Words Hannah Ricci

Heidi now works as a freelance illustrator and sells prints, cards, illustrated eggcups and altered Moleskin journals – currently her most popular item. “I started by creating greetings cards with a hole in the front to reveal a story inside,” explains Heidi. “I loved the idea and evolved it into one-of-a-kind journals to give people a format to continue the story in their own way.” Heidi dives right in with her illustrations rather than working on drafts and ideas first. “I find that initial sketches have all the energy and feeling and that gets lost if I try to recreate it,” explains Heidi, who lives with her sister and nephew in Cambridge. “Poetry inspires a lot of my books one day.”

Heidi posts new drawings on Flickr for feedback on which ones to turn into prints. “It’s a useful way to see what captures people,” explains Heidi. “I was surprised when my ‘I like people who smile when its raining’ illustration got so many comments, but now it’s my best seller.” Heidi works hard on providing a unique customer experience, spending up to an hour illustrating the packaging for every item she sells. “I think it is really important to give a personal touch and make each customer feel special,” she explains. Heidi is hosting an Etsy upcycling event on the 14th December at The Trampery in London called Pimp my Table. and plates for a creative makeover.

work and I would love to illustrate children’s Guests are invited to bring their old dishes

Site: heidiburton.co.uk Shop: etsy.com/shop/heidiburton Flickr: flickr.com/photos/heidillustration

Event: etsypimpmytable.eventbrite.com Blog: heidiburton.wordpress.com


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A Home with History
A well-travelled couple bring character and style to their West Oxford property

Words Katie Cotgrave Photography Oliver Gordon

Originally from Ireland, Sarah Lidwell-Durnin and her American husband John moved to Oxford three years ago after living in both Marrakesh and Paris. The couple spent many years travelling around the world before they married, and this is reflected throughout their home; “we are already planning our next escape!” laughs Sarah. Sarah, owner of online store Natural History, and her husband John, who owns Clinic philosophy consultancy, live with their children Beatrice and Honor.

Drawn to the charming location of West Oxford and the great history of the area, the couple’s Victorian house was originally built by Christ Church College for its workers. Only a few of the original Christ Church families are now left in the area and it is very rare for original houses to come on the market. Around the time of the move Sarah was studying for a PhD in 15th century poetry and politics in London. However after the birth of her first baby, Sarah decided to leave her studies and set up


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“With two small children relaxing is a thing of the past!”


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“The store specialises in luxury homewares and stylish gifts”

Natural History. “The store specialises in luxury homewares and stylish gifts inspired by the illustrations found in antique encyclopedia of natural history,” explains Sarah, “It was meant to be highend linen and blankets originally, but when the leather Entomology notebooks and coral cushions were added, they where a huge success.” Lucky for Sarah and John, the 3-bedroom period cottage was previously owned by “a couple with great taste, so there was not much work to be done” states Sarah. “Although when we moved in I was heavily pregnant, and one evening when John had gone out I found myself ripping out the rather tired bathroom floor under which I discovered wooden floorboards! John was horrified when he came home but “luckily we had a skip outside from building an annexe in the garden for guests,” laughs Sarah.


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“I painted everything myself in the house. I do get carried away with white paint as when we lived in Marrakesh our house was fresh and clean and I love the calmness that the colour brings,” explains Sarah. Stunning focal accessories such as the vintage Jielde lamps were brought from Paris and the rugs were found in Marrakesh with the help of hotelier friend, Maryam Montague. Flexible in her style, Sarah is inspired by the Natural History Museum back in her home city, Dublin. She has fond childhood memories and the

aesthetic of the museum has coloured her design ideas. Sarah often takes a trip back to recharge her batteries. Now with two small children “relaxing is a thing of the past!” Sarah explains. The couple would love to extend the house in various ways, for instance to include a Moroccan style courtyard and even a laundry but as Natural History expands in 2012 Sarah has lots on her hands! “Our plan is to build on our products being recognisable in the industry and expand the business in several ways, so next year is a big one for us.”


“Our plan is to build on our products being recognisable in the industry and expand the business in several ways, so next year is a big one for us.”


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“I painted everything myself in the house, I do get carried away with white paint”

www.origin-of-style.com www.thoughtclinic.org moroccanmaryam.typepad.com/my_marrakesh


Style steal
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Butterfly No 1 Cushion, £70 from Natural History Industrial Table

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Lamp, £184.99

from mydeco.com Hampton Round Mirror In Silver, £156 from Raines & Willow

£129 from Graham & Green

Moroccan Leather Pouffe,

Small Round Box, £4 from mydeco.com

Midcentury Vintage Set of Three Suitcases, £165 from The Old Cinema

Hans J Wegner Chair, £399 from Interior Addict Style Peacock


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Flourishing Décor
Spruce up the décor in your home this Christmas with our guide on how to incorporate unusual flowers and vegetables (yes, we did say vegetables) into your scheme.
By Eunice Yeo


Brussel sprouts are always on the Christmas menu! Why not add a twist and incorporate them into your decorations as well? Available in cream, green and purple their beautiful round heads and leaves resemble roses.

Silver accessories will lift your room in an instant. Add some sparkle with a glittery pine cone or decorate with metallic ribbons. Perfect for adding a modern touch, why not incorporate bold colours, this striking look is sure to make an impact!


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Bring depth and texture into your décor by using blue thistles. Their sharp prickles and unusual bluish/purple tones are a real eye catcher!

Add a wow factor to your Christmas table with a stunning centrepiece featuring baby artichokes in shades of green and maroon. Why not try using u-shaped wire pins to secure baubles and artichokes on a plain wreath? This is an easy way to create a focal table statement. Fill the middle with block candles or leave empty for a minimalist look.



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From Lewes with

Fifteen homes later, is serial house mover Sarah Lazenby finally

y ready to settle down?

h Love

Photography Simon Eldon

Words Sarah Lazenby

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“I am a gal who loves rescuing houses rather than animals.”


sight when Sarah set eyes on her Victorian terraced home in the historic Sussex town of Lewes. There was a row of empty beer cans in the hallway, a distinct, unpleasant,murky smell plus a lot of dodgy DIY. “The house wasn’t just tired and unloved, it was exhausted!” she laughs. The location, however, was great. As Sarah and her partner Simon Monk were only planning to rent it while they looked for a place to buy, they tried not to think about all the work the house clearly needed.


t certainly wasn’t love at first

But fate had other plans. “The house just grew on us. It had a lovely welcoming atmosphere despite its major lack of TLC,” says Sarah, who has lived in an astonishing number of homes – 15 of them over the past 25 years. “I am a gal who loves rescuing houses rather than animals so when the landlord said he wanted to sell we bought it eight weeks after moving in and two days before Christmas. Even when the boiler gave up in the middle of our housewarming party, we weren’t put off. We just handed out more mulled wine and put some extra logs on the fire.”


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construction and is extremely handy when it comes to renovation, so together the couple have spent the last 18 months turning their home around. Everything has been done on a tight budget. “Vintage furniture is my favourite way of recycling,” says Sarah, who has furnished their home with finds from flea markets, charity shops and eBay plus bits and pieces from sales.


uckily Simon works in

“Pretty much everything was a bargain and some of the furniture has a story to tell, such as the bookcase in the sitting room which came from a priest’s house in Oxford and the art deco sideboard made in Poland by brothers who sadly died under the Nazis.” “We’ve got a very simple design aesthetic – all the furniture we have bought has to be functional, be made from good materials and not cost the earth. And we have to love it!” On that basis, Sarah and Simon believe in mixing it up a little so Art Deco and Victorian pieces sit side-by-side with midcentury and modern. “I’d be quite happy living in a flea market, rooting among the toot and treasure,” says Sarah. “Lewes is full of them plus antiques shops, an auction house and brilliant, small, independent lifestyle and interiors retailers.” Sarah’s shop local philosophy extends to using local trades people. “My painter and decorator, the lovely Steve, is actually the town’s rock god lead singer with The Contenders,” says Sarah, who loves to use bold colour in her furnishings. “I was a lot more beige once upon a time but a trip to Australia stopped all that.”


“I was a lot more beige once upon a time but a trip to Australia stopped all that.”

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family. “My brother Jonathan is an illustrator so I have some of his Scandiinspired prints on display and his wife Mel makes vintage cushions and twice a year holds an open house for local artists to showcase their work much of which ends up in our house.”


he is also lucky in having a talented

Now their own home is almost finished, Sarah and Simon are spreading their interiors wings. “We’ve been asked to design the interiors of a house in Brighton for a couple with quite distinct and differing tastes. “I might not buy any more houses if I can rescue other people’s homes. That should keep me out of trouble. At least for now!”


“I might not buy any more houses if I can rescue other people’s homes.”

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“Vintage furniture is my favourite way of recycling,”


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Tree, £58, Artisanti Leila Chandelier, £229.96, The Chandelier & Mirror Company Ltd Metal Jewellery

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Coat Hanger, £28, JasmineWay

Winter House Tealight Holder,

£9.95, homehomehome Mallika Cushion,

£45, Plum Chutney

Seabass Gurgle Jugs, £55, The Padstow Mussel Company Upcycled Articulated Engine Desk Lamp,


Romane Dining Mercury Gold Tealight (sold as a set of three), £9.95, Nordic House Ltd

Chair, £99, Gong


Aspiring Kennedy
By Lauren Bryan Knight

Diary of a Texan living in the UK
Sometimes you can be surprised by the combination of things that wouldn’t seem to naturally go together. You know, in that Russell Brand- Katy Perry sort of way. This thought leaves me hopeful in swaying my

The pairing of two quirky elements creates a combination that works in a bizarrely happy way.
English friends to appreciating an authentic American breakfast. I know, I know- all that sweet & salty combined and mixed together. It grosses you out. But surely you were skeptical the first time you saw salted caramel on a menu? Did that ever leave you disappointed? Impossible. So, please, take a leap into the syrupy marriage of sausage and pancakes. Who knows? You may like it, and I’m sure your boyfriend won’t mind it either. There are a few stereotypes in my head of English Christmas that I need to set to resolve this year. These images come from a pot pourri of Hollywood influences ranging from Love Actually, Bridget Jones to various made-for-TV versions of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. While I’m doubtful that Colin Firth will actually manifest in as many holiday settings as I envision, it has become clear that seemingly fictitious items such as mince pies, Christmas puddings and crackers are actually quite rampant within this small island. While I have no working knowledge of any of these festive novelties yet, you can be assured that I will be subtly campaigning to get myself invited to friend’s house for the fun… and crossing my fingers that they are in some way related to Colin Firth.


While applying for a permanent visa, I

I really, really want to tip. Not tipping at pubs

realized it was time to renew my passport. After completing the paperwork, the only task left was to fill the empty 2x2 square on my application with a passport photo. I tossed my hair in a messy bun that could rival any Chelsea (or Essex?) girl, and promptly found myself teetering on a stool at our neighborhood photo lab. “Miss, you’ll need to smile less for a government ID,” the sales clerk sighed.

and cafes might be one of the hardest things about living in England. My friends used to slap my hands and tell me to put the American-sized gratuity back in my purse, but I resisted. Fortunately, London has met my needs as a dining patron: most restaurants include 12.5% service on the bill.

Smile less? How do I smile less? They don’t teach us this in America.
I attempted to suppress my full-blown smile into a sultry smirk. After a few catastrophic shots portraying me as an idiotic pervert, I stopped “Look,” I offered, “This is for a US passport, and they won’t care if I smile. So can I just, you know, smile normally?” As I left the store, I peered into the small envelope to see two small identical versions of myself grinning back at me. Regardless of what passport or visa I may have, I suppose I’m still an American underneath this waxed jacket.

I can’t wait for Christmas.
Everything leading up to it is so lovely, the time spent with family and friends is so rewarding, and then you have Boxing Day to unwind from the holiday blur. While never one to ever complain about an extra day’s holiday from work, I actually have no clue what Boxing Day is and, surprisingly, no one I ask seems to offer any explanation beyond massive department store sales. Oh well, I’ll keep my mouth shut (or stuffed with Christmas dinner leftovers), continue imagining Mike Tyson to be observing reverently, and happily celebrate this special day curled up on my couch.

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Creating London’s most visually compelling Christmas windows takes a momentous fourteen months from conception to completion.Whole teams work all year round to turn mood boards and key words into stunning reality. Here Heart Home shares images of two of the most iconic department stores in the UK.
By Carole King


Photograph courtesy Liberty London


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The Imaginarium, a magical dreamlike st mythical creatures cavort, amidst luxurio Inspired by the 12 days of Christmas wit



tate, beautific and celestial. Fantastical, ous treasures under our planetary systems. th a nod to the Olympic five gold rings.

Photographs courtesy Liberty London


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A fabulous Showtime theme with add stage. Inspired by the glamorous Holly extravagant, theatrical and h



ditional glimpses of scenes behind the ywood era from the 1930’s to 1940’s. It’s has just a hint of Burlesque.

Photographs courtesy Fortnum and Mason


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Print Queen Clarissa Hulse has launched an exciting fabric, wallpaper and homeware range called Kallianthi in collaboration with Harlequin. A sumptuous colour palette of rich oranges, reds, blues and browns is combined with Clarissa’s

trademark prints to create a stunning textural collection that will certainly warm up any home this season. To help you recreate this exquisite look in your home we’ve come up with our style guide to suit any budget.
By Sophie Warren-Smith





KIVIK 3 seater sofa in light brown, £499, IKEA

Claudius sofa, £2,375, Barker & Stonehouse

Westfield sofa, £3,145, Wesley Barrell

Embroidered leaf cushion, £11.99, Dunelm Mill

Safi cushion in crimson, £65, Niki Jones at Amara

John Robshaw Uzbek cushion, £89, Idyll Home

Kenneth Cole Broadway round table, £109, House of Fraser

Ella nest of side tables, £179, The Conran Shop

Autograph Jasper coffee table, £399 Marks & Spencer

Veneto damask fabric in Citrine, £30 p/metre, John Lewis

Wisteria fabric, NCF3883-01, £60 p/metre, Nina Campbell at Osborne & Little

LF1341C/4 fabric in absinthe, £99 p/metre, from the Fin de Siecle Collection, Linwood


Artistic Amsterdam
Heart Travel Words Carole King

Heart Home takes a weekend break with Dutch artist and designer Mariska Meijers in her home city of Amsterdam.
Photos Wouter van Ierssel

You cannot ignore the work of Mariska Meijers; it is vibrant, colourful and full of energy, much like the lovely lady herself. In the few years since she decided to follow her artist dream and give up her corporate job, she has produced not only fine art but a range of stationary, cushions and trays that is recognised around the globe. She also exhibits in Paris and in the US so we were very fortunate that she could find the time in her busy schedule to show us some of her preferred haunts in her favourite city.


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Mariska Meijers

Tea In The City

Tea In The City had moved to its new location in Beethoven Straat just two days before our visit but already it was looking established, with Emma Bridgewater and Mariska Meijers products jostling for space. Upstairs you can sample the tea blends and delicious home made cupcakes in comfort, and very soon baking classes will be on the agenda too. Heart Home couldn’t resist buying the pink and black polka dot cupcake cases with sweet little poodle toppers.

Klevering is Mariska’s first choice when she is looking for a gift. Full of tempting homewares, books, jewellery and toys, it wasn’t difficult to see why. It was hard, but Heart Home did manage to leave empty handed!


Heart Travel GG Interior is situated in the Jordaan District and is a small but perfectly formed interiors shop, stocking mostly fabrics but also full of unusual and beautiful accessories for the home. Heart Home did spot a Mariska Meijers cushion or two looking very much at home.

GG Interieur

Mariska illustrates a popular culinary card series “Appetizing Art”, a line she created in conjunction with culinary author/ journalist Lise Goeman Borgesius and his recipes, so it was no surprise that lunch would be an important part of the day. Le Pain Quotiden was the perfect place to re-fuel and get our hostess to sit still for just a few moments. Heart Home recommends the smoked chicken salad with mixed leaves, tomatoes, parmesan, croutons and pinenut, followed by a trio of sweet tarts. Yum.

Le Pain Quotidien
The American Book Centre is another

favourite for Mariska. A fiercely independent family-run business that is a paradise for book lovers and which also runs a full programme of events and exhibitions.

The American Book Centre


Ariane Inden Cosmetics has been established for 17 years and has an astonishing 241 products! They have been featured in many magazines and are very proud of their green credentials. Mariska finally had to slow down and allow the beautiful Cloudy Faase to make up her face. Heart Home recommends the skin analyzer test to find out your skin type- exclusive to

Ariane Inden Cosmetics
And then the perfect end to a perfect day. A seafood platter and a glass of chilled white wine at the Bridges Raw Bar at the Sofitel The Grand. As we left for the airport, Mariska was rushing off to the studio to paint, bemoaning the fact that she should be going for a run, and simultaneously planning the dinner she was cooking for eight people that evening. Heart Home needed a rest.

Ariane Inden Cosmetics.

Bridges Raw Bar

The College Hotel

Heart Home stayed at The College Hotel. Situtated in the building of a former secondary school it is a warm and luxurious boutique hotel boasting four stars and is a former winner of the Prix Villegiature for the ‘best interior design in a hotel in Europe’


Baby, it's cold outside...
By Ellie Walker-Arnott Come in from the cold and prepare for a weekend of countryside comfort. Heart Home has found three of the best British rural retreats.


thepighotel.co.uk (Rooms start at £125)
Set in the heart of the New Forest, the ultra trendy Pig hotel is the perfect place to escape the niggles and annoyances of everyday life. With warming winter drinks, squishy sofas and roaring fires a-plenty, there is really no need to venture outdoors.

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BYFORDS POSH B&B, HOLT – byfords.org.uk
(Rooms start at £150 – including an indulgent breakfast and sometimes dinner)
In the tiny town of Holt, surrounded by the lush Norfolk countryside and coastline, is Byford’s Posh B&B. Set inside a grade 2 listed building, they call themselves a higgledy piggledy world of pleasure, and we at Heart Home are inclined to agree. Each of the sixteen rooms have been decorated using local, natural materials; exposed brickwork and wooden floors sit alongside leather, silk and thick white towels. While Byfords is the perfect bolthole from which to explore rural Norfolk, if you prefer to keep out of the chill you can easily while the hours away inside its four walls. Start with a lazy breakfast washed down with a Byford’s Bloody Mary, spend your afternoon snuggled up with a book or indulging in a decadent afternoon tea and feast the evening away beside an open fire. Sounds like heaven.

(Rooms start at £88 – including a full English breakfast)
Sitting right above the river Hodder, with glorious views of the Lancashire countryside, the Inn at Whitewell is a haven of countryside comfort. Filled with an assortment of glorious antiques and furniture, the Inn is teaming with character and rural charm. Book one of the seven bedrooms with an open fire for an indulgent weekend away or ask for one of their quirky Victorian bathrooms for a truly unique bathing experience.

THE INN AT WHITEWELL, CLITHEROE – innatwhitewell.com

You can soak up the nearby countryside from the comfort of the dining room, which boasts sweeping views across the valley. Whilst you’re there, enjoy the wholesome and hearty dishes on offer and indulge in a glass or two of the fine wine the Inn prides itself on. If good vino is your thing, there is an independent wine merchant in reception with enough choice to please the most discerning wine connoisseur.


Miss Mary’s suggestions for Winter dates
By Mary Higgs

Mary Higgs is the author of popular website The Great Date Guide.

So, you may have embarrassing memories of going bowling for your 12th birthday (I certainly do!), but that doesn’t mean it’s not an inspired and stylish date idea. In fact, bowling has changed a lot since you were twelve. The new breed of retro bowling lanes are stylish and slick and provide a great venue for a fun night out. Some of the best “boutique” bowling alleys in London are the All Star Lanes. These venues will provide you with a bowling alley, restaurant, bar and even karaoke all under one stylish 50’s inspired roof. If you don’t live in London then just do a search for retro bowling alleys – they’re popping up all over the place! Prices are usually around the £8 mark for one person on one lane (including hiring those fabulously fashionable bowling shoes). allstarlanes.co.uk

Go crazy and turn the conventional picnic on its head! Swap rosé for delicious mulled wine, t-shirts for chunky scarves and overcrowded summer parks for beautifully empty winter commons. Apart from the evil necessity of a thermos flask this is a very cool date and very romantic… If you are organising the date, it’s your job to pack the picnic and as it’s winter, remember that hot drinks and a rug or two will be essential. The beauty of this date is that you can do it anywhere in the UK so be creative! An empty beach in Northumberland, a beautifully bleak moor in Devon, a deserted park in London… take your pick but just remember to wrap up warm. Picnics obviously vary in price and can be anything from £20 to £200. If you live in London and don’t fancy putting the picnic together yourself then we’d recommend ordering a hamper from the Mount Street Deli, where prices range from £45 to £300. themountstreetdeli.co.uk


Surely one of the greatest winter dates? Scarves and hats, mulled wine and roasted chestnuts, pink cheeks and (if your skating skills are anything like ours) pink bottoms! Whether you’re a Torvill and Dean wannabe or a complete novice, outdoor ice skating makes a brilliant date. In London we are spoilt for choice with the most fantastic rinks, from the Tower of London to Hampton Court Palace, The Natural History Museum and of course, the stunning Somerset House. As well as traditional skating sessions, Somerset House are a mixing it up a bit this year with the launch of

The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden is a simply stunning venue. Even if you are not a seasoned ballet or opera buff, you’ve got to give it a try. It’s a wonderful experience, particularly at Christmas. This winter they’re showing the magical story of the Nutcracker, which has been part of my Christmas for as long as I can remember! If you’re

going all out to impress, do a ‘Pretty Woman’ and book a box. However, if you’re not made of money then we’d suggest seats in the lower section of the amphitheatre which give you a fabulous view of the whole opera house. You really are ‘up in the gods’ but we think they’re some of the best seats in the house (and some of the cheapest!). There are wonderful winter ballet productions their Skate at Somerset House Club Nights. A little more glamorous than roller disco, we’re talking late night ice skating to the grown up soundtrack of Lovebox and Ministry of Sound. There are hundreds of outdoor rinks across the UK so take your pick but remember that it’s all about the view, so as beautiful and romantic as possible please! We went skating at Somerset House where tickets start at £10.50 per adult. somersethouse.org.uk/ice-rink all over the country but we’d strongly recommend a trip to London and the Royal Opera House. There’s a misconception that ballet is expensive but tickets for the Nutcracker range from just £5 to £104. roh.org.uk

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Heart DEC Home JAN Diary FEB
By Katie Treggiden

DESIGNERS IN RESIDENCE Design Museum, 24th August 2011 - 22nd January 2012 Tickets: £11 adults, £10 concessions
“As part of its role to stimulate new experimental work from an emerging generation of designers, the Design Museum organises an annual commission and exhibition which supports and celebrates new design talent.”


V&A ILLUSTRATION AWARDS V&A, 6th June - 17th December Tickets: free entry
“The V&A Illustration the best Awards celebrate illustration

published over the last year. Original artwork from the best illustrated book, book cover, magazine and student illustrator of the year will be on display, together with a selection of all competition entries.”

Alphabet - Dalton Ghetti - 1990-2005 - ©Sloan T. Howard Photography

THE POWER OF MAKING V&A, 6 September 2011 - 2 January 2012 • Tickets: free entry
“The V&A and Crafts Council celebrate the role of making in our lives by presenting an eclectic selection of over 100 exquisitely crafted objects. Power of Making is a cabinet of curiosities showing works by both amateurs and leading makers from around the world to present a snapshot of making in our time.”



THIS IS DESIGN Design Museum, 24th August 2011- 22nd January 2012 Tickets: £11 adults, £10 concessions
“The Design Museum collection includes objects that range from the early Modernism of the 1900s to the cutting edge of contemporary design. Drawing on the museum’s collection, this exhibition brings together design classics alongside

A.Richard Allen, illustration for ‘Brat Farrar’

more unusual objects to look at some key themes including archetypes, identity, innovations in manufacturing, miniaturisation and obsolescence.”






















JOHN PAWSON PERSPECTIVES St Paul’s Cathedral, 19th September 2011 – 16th January 2012 • Tickets: £14.50 adults, concessions £13.50, children (6 – 18 years) £5.50
“This is about offering a spatial experience based around a single, sharply honed perspective. The form this experience takes will be shaped by Wren’s own interest in creating scientific instruments out of buildings” (John Pawson)

TEMPORIUM 65 Monmouth Street, Seven Dials, Covent Garden from 1-24 December Tickets: free entry
“Leading designers and brands as well as upcoming young talent come together at our pop-up design store The Temporium, which returns to London this Christmas. 20 different stalls will sell unique gifts and products direct to the public.”



TERENCE CONRAN, THE WAY WE LIVE NOW Design Museum, 16th November 2011 - 4th March 2012 Tickets: £11 adults, £10 concessions, £7 students
“The Design Museum marks Sir Terence Conran’s 80th birthday with a major exhibition that explores his unique impact on contemporary life in Britain, tracing his career from post-war austerity through to the new sensibility of the Festival of Britain in the 1950s, the birth of the Independent Group and the Pop Culture of the 1960s, to the design boom of the 1980s and on to the present day.”

DESIGNERS AND MAKERS AT SOMERSET HOUSE Somerset House, 22 November – 8 January 2012 Tickets: free entry
“Designers & Makers at Somerset House is a unique, festive pop-up shop with a gallery feel, opening this winter in the newly refurbished East Wing. Showcasing the best of British craftsmanship and design in nonprecious jewellery, ceramics, stationery, framed art and glassware, Designers & Makers will offer striking, contemporary and affordable products.”



20 YEARS OF DAZED AND CONFUSED MAGAZINE Terrace Rooms, Somerset House, 4th November 2011 - 29th January 2012 Tickets: free entry
“Dazed & Confused has been a go-to reference for style and culture since its explosive launch in 1991 by Jefferson Hack and photographer Rankin. Curated by Jefferson Hack and Emma Reeves in collaboration with Somerset House, this multilayered exhibition immortalises the magazine’s most infamous visual stories, featuring legendary photoshoots, iconic covers, controversial editorial content and artwork from influential photographers, designers, and artists.”

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FORMEX 2012 Stockholmsmässan, 19th – 22nd January 2012 • Tickets: SEK 200
“The meeting place for business, trends, knowledge and inspiration, Formex is the largest interior design fair for Nordic design. With 800 exhibitors, 24,000 national and international visitors and over 700 media representatives, the fair has been held twice a year since 1960.”

A SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA FOR CHRISTMAS AT THE DOCK Wharf Building, Portobello Dock, 344 Ladbroke Grove, W10 5BU, 8th – 10th December 2011 • Tickets: free entry
“Christmas festivities come toThe Dock this year with a four-day shopping extravaganza and a Sunday food and wine market. Enjoy complimentary champagne and chestnuts at our late-night shopping evening on Thursday 8 December. The evening includes bespoke Christmas card printing from Mr Smith’s wooden and metal letterpress and a personalised gift wrapping service from design and illustration magazine, Wrap, with artists on-hand to personalise each wrapped gift.”



SURFACE DESIGN SHOW Business Design Centre, Islington, 7th – 9th February 2012 • Tickets: TBC
“Surface Design Show is THE must attend event for Architects, Interior Designers and Specifiers looking for innovative surface solutions for the build environment. Over 100 companies will be showcasing pioneering natural stone, wood, tiles, recyclable materials, metal, living materials, paint, illuminated surfaces and coatings that can be used as flooring, cladding, ceiling, wall coverings and more.”


STOCKHOLM FURNITURE FAIR  Stockholm, 7th – 11th February 2011 • Tickets: One-day ticket: SEK 200 online, SEK 230 on the door, Five-day ticket: SEK 300 online, SEK 330 on the door,
“Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair is the world’s largest and most important meeting place for Scandinavian furniture and lighting design. Each year In February over 40,000 buyers, architects, designers and journalists gather in Stockholm to visit the exhibition and a number of other high-profile design events around the city during the Stockholm Design Week.”

INTERIORS UK 2012 NEC Birmingham, 22nd – 25th January 2012 Tickets: Registration now open.
“With over 600 exhibitors and 26,500 visitors in 2011, INTERIORS UK is the definitive business interiors event for people passionate about design and sourcing great product. With an enviable reputation for over 25 years, the show celebrates all that is great about the industry.”
























Heart Columns

Floral Finds for your Home
By Rona Wheeldon

Rona Wheeldon is the writer behind the floral-inspired blog, Flowerona.com
To brighten up your home over the winter months, I’ve put together a collection of beautiful finds in purple and brown tones from UK designers, starting off with Bold & Noble’s wonderful Hedgerow screen print in dark mulberry. You could also add colour to a room by creating a feature wall. So, how about this fabulous Vivienne Westwood Magnolia wallpaper from Cole & Son. To brighten up your sofa, you could add this gorgeous violet poppy linen cushion from Scottishbased, Marram Studio. Hedgerow screen print in dark mulberry. £43, Bold & Noble

Emma Bridgewater auricula tile, £19.96 each, Fired Earth

Mushroom hankie flower oilcloth, £32 p/m, Lisa Stickley

Whilst in the kitchen, a great way to add pattern and protect your table at the same time, is this lovely hand-printed mushroom hankie flower oilcloth from Lisa Stickley. Ideal for a splashback, either in the kitchen or bathroom, is this hand-finished Emma Bridgewater auricula tile, available from Fired Earth. And finally, this very cute Orla Kiely Abacus brown milk jug from Bliss Home would make a perfect addition to your afternoon tea at the weekend.

Vivienne Westwood Magnolia wallpaper, £60 per roll, Cole & Son Violet poppy linen cushion, £47, Marram Studio

Orla Kiely Abacus brown milk jug, £17, Bliss Home


Heart Shopping

WHeelers Gardens

Hidden Gems:

Tucked away behind Turnham Green tube station in London lies West London’s very own secret garden.

Word Victoria Dockrell Photography Manasi Kashyap


“Just seconds from the dreariness of the tube, suddenly you are thrown into a burst of colour”


Heart Shopping Based in leafy Chiswick, West London, walking in to Wheelers is like walking into Doctor Who’s tardis. Just seconds from the dreariness of the tube, suddenly you are thrown into a burst of colour and eclectic garden furniture and art. Although the space itself is small, the proprietors Jason and Spencer Wheeler who have been running this independent gem for over 12 years, have made sure every inch of the site is packed with inspiring displays of beautiful plants and individual quirky garden wares and home ornaments. Wheelers stock a broad range of horticultural offerings ranging from traditional trees and shrubs, to more inventive Buxus and Bay topiary, selected perennials and grasses, orchids, herbs and seasonal bedding and bulbs to name just a few. However, aside from their impressive botanical collection, it is Wheelers’ furniture and garden art which makes it stand out. They claim “We have a real passion for sourcing unusual pieces, which will add individuality to your outdoor space.” Their

“We have a real passion for sourcing unusual pieces, which will add individuality to your outdoor space.”

eclectic collection of garden furniture includes table and chair sets, lanterns, wall art, statuary and ornate mirrors. Their selection is wide and ranges from contemporary pieces with sleek lines to traditional terracotta and stone pieces. They have a beautifully hand picked selection of ceramics

including gargoyles, Buddhas and cats. They also have a wonderful range of indoor ornaments including vases, Moroccan lanterns and wall lights. We were particularly taken with the vintage style


lanterns, hanging baskets and bird cages.

Wheelers also offer garden design, build and maintenance services, headed up by their in-house Garden Designer, Stella Fear. Stella was previously Head Gardener at Holland Park in Kensington and was responsible for re-designing the ‘Earl’s Court Gate’; the park’s main pedestrian entrance. Wheelers recently showcased these services in a local primary school where they were responsible for the transformation of the playground. They created an interactive and stimulating ‘Sensory Garden’ for the children which included: a vertical xylophone and bamboo wall rattle, scented herbs, elegant perennials, as well as a ladybird house and wormery. The garden was heralded by Robert Winston as the “next generation of playground”. The garden centre is also home to Wheelers Flowers, which produce both traditional and contemporary arrangements. They have a very well regarded reputation and even provided flowers for the sets of the James Bond and Batman films. With Christmas fast approaching we will be

“Every inch of the site is packed with inspiring displays of beautiful plants and individual, quirky garden wares”

excited to see Wheelers transformed into a winter wonderland, not only for their stock of Norway Spruce and non-drop Nordmann Firs, but also for their individually picked, unusual Christmas decorations and delightful selection of garlands, door wreaths and table decorations which use fresh greenery, dried fruit, flowers and spices.

Wheelers Gardens Cato’s Yard, Turnham Green Terrace, London W4 wheelersgardens.com/garden_centre

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