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New directions with florals and chevrons


design ideas
& eXPert adVice

cosy arMchairs
sMart desKs


seasonal dishes
With rich FlaVours


Paolo Moschino
lulu lytle
andy sturgeon


Bright looKs
For autuMn

Homes with
From simple country
to new bohemian style




*78 VICTORIAN TERRACE Eclectic furniture,

bold colours and lively pattern refect the freespirited natures of this homes travel-loving owners.

108 SHELTERED HAVEN A refuge of trees

88 COASTAL RETREAT Natural beauty and

a sense of calm enhance the glorious location

of this cedar-clad Danish property.

98 ARCHITECTS DESIGN A passion for

timber and the environment informed the

transformation of a former guest house in Sydney.

106 BE INSPIRED We take our cue from

the Sydney house and show you how to make

a feature of wood in every room.
our CoVEr

*118 MANOR HOUSE This listed, mixed-period

property has been sensitively updated to create

a wonderful family home.

and native plants on New Zealands South Island.

*148 DREAM GARDEN Andy Sturgeons compact

hideaway in Brighton has a lush, tropical feel.
191 LIVING WALLS The sky is the limit
when you begin to garden vertically.

*56 WINTER FLORALS Moody and atmospheric,

the latest fower motifs add exquisite drama.
*152 CHEVRONS Whether used subtly or loud
and proud, this sharp motif brings a graphic edge.

175 A WORLD OF QUILTS Inspirational

patterns from cultures around the globe.

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21 H&G EDIT Events, shopping, gardening and style

ideas, plus the latest news from the design world.
48 TRAVEL The Georgian market town of Ashbourne
is an ideal base for exploring the Derbyshire Dales.

51 MOVERS & SHAKERS Rupert Till on his

intricately woven wire sculptures inspired by nature.

68 IN SEASON Chrysanthemums provide vibrant

colour in autumn borders and as cut fowers in the home.
*199 A LATE AUTUMN MENU Seasonal recipes.
226 WE LOVE The Pig on the Beach on Dorsets
Jurassic Coast offers local cuisine and quirky rooms.

137 KITCHEN Industrial grey and rustic fnishes

endow a Kent barn conversion with natural warmth.
*142 LIVING ROOM A palette of aqua gives
Lulu Lytles scheme a feeling of wide, open skies.
144 BATHROOM This architecturally informed and
glamorous room is splendidly appointed.

*146 BEDROOM Cool blues and parquet ft for

Versailles in a gorgeous Paolo Moschino scheme.
From smart blinds to luxuriously plush curtains.


187 ADVICE Celia Rufey answers your queries.


23 CHARCOAL & CORAL New pieces in chic colours.

29 HEATHER SHADES Heathland colours, woven
with grey, that bring comfort and warmth.

39 WOODEN SPOONS Elegant, artisan utensils.

49 H&G TRAVEL Great oers from Cuba to Como.

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of 24.99 for 12 issues,
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173 OKA DISCOUNT Save 15% online and in store.

179 H&G TRAVEL Stylish European trips for less.


*181 NEW ARMCHAIRS The latest designs.

*184 ELEGANT DESKS Sleek and smart looks.
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it may be because my birthday is in November,
but I have a particular soft spot for brooding autumn days,
especially when I am out on a walk at dusk and can just
catch the woody scent of a bonre. It was this mood that
the team and I hoped to conjure up with this months
Homes & Gardens, from the sydney house that cleverly
uses dark shades on page 98 to the stunning New Zealand
garden filled with russet foliage on page 108. Our lead
decorating story on page 56 celebrates dramatic floral
prints; we picked up on the trend from this seasons collections and created gorgeous
room schemes in moody hues. It makes a refreshing change of pace from the vibrant
blooms redolent of summer with which we are all so familiar. No less bold is our
round-up of ideas for decorating with chevrons on page 152, which showcases four
different ways to use this motif.
The plethora of rich hues and patterns in this issue has spurred me on to re-cover
two Knole sofas I have. For many, choosing the fabric is the challenge, but for me it is
nding an upholsterer. I have never had a large piece of furniture reupholstered, so I
will probably be spending most of my time sorting out this part of the project. It will
be well worth the effort I am sure, as there is nothing more wonderful than a trusted
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The people, products and places creating a buzz this month

We love the rich, timeless

feel of this still-life scene,
taken from this months decorating
feature celebrating dramatic florals
on page 56. Dark and intriguing, it is
proof of how colour and form can
create atmosphere and mood.

STYLING EmmA ThomAs And ALi Brown PhoToGraPh KATyA dE GrunwALd

Flowers in a Vase with Shells and Insects wall

hanging, from 125, Surface View, 0118 922
1327, Antique plaster hand,
1,650 set of six, Appley Hoare Antiques, 020
7351 5206, Large 2.8 litre
jug, 98, Richard Batterham at David Mellor,
020 7730 4259,
Gunmetal table, H48xdiam50cm, 160, French
Connection, 0844 557 3285,

H&G EDIT | shopping







& Coral
Dusky greys with a punch of pink
1 | Hand-dyed and wonderfully soft.
Velvet cushion covers, from 64 each, Kirsten

2 | Striking choice for walls and floors.

Aladdin B tiles in Smoke and Milk and Coral and Milk,

20cm sq, 113.41sq m, Martyn Lawrence Bullard at
Ann Sacks, 020 3055 0802,

3 | Charming piece for everyday use.

Teapot in Grey, H16cm, 65, Sparrow & Co,

0141 423 7638,

4 | Eye-catching glass with delicate detail.

Bubble lights in Peach and Grey, H24xdiam27cm,

420 each, Rothschild & Bickers, 01992 677292,

5 | Luxurious and cosy for chilly nights.


Alpaca blend blanket, 195x160cm, 469,

Mae Engelgeer at Couverture and the Garbstore,
020 7229 2178,

6 | Rustic style with an elegant twist.

Dawa bottles, H15.5xdiam6cm, 79 set of two,

Otago, 020 7871 4434,

Feature Laura Vinden

7 | Modern take on a classic shape.

Bromley wing back chair in Charcoal,

H104xW73xD85cm, 554, Rowen & Wren,
01932 847538,

8 | Simple design that makes a statement.


Faux shagreen drum table in Coral, H45xdiam40cm,

375, Oka, 0844 815 7380,

9 | Inspired by the Pearl Islands off Panama.

Coral rug, 795sq m, Designs from the Seashore by

Deidre Dyson, 020 7384 4464, l


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Roll Call
Following on from the
success of its fabric
collection launched in
2012, Liberty, 020 7573
9676,, has
introduced a range
of complementary
wallpapers, along with
new colourways for
existing designs. Head
of design at Liberty Art
Fabrics-Interiors, Emma
Mawston, explains: We
worked with soft muted
tones such as Cashmere
and Camomile but, for
those really wanting to
make an impression,
introduced bold China
Blue and Lagoon
Spice, perfect for
those who embrace
pattern and colour.

Liberty wallpapers,
from 59 a roll.

silk route What do you do

fine lines

beautiful pieces are the result
of a collaboration between
international designer Tord
Boontje and interiors brand
Porta Romana. Taking their cue
from the classic Windsor, these
Triwood chairs are available with
a Twig or Herringbone back,
H68xW35.5xD35.5cm, 1,788
each, and are made from
sustainable ash that has been
simply fnished to allow the
beauty of their grain to sing out.
Contact Porta Romana, 01420

with your beloved Liberty silk square,

your mothers Dior, your grandmothers
Jacqmar or your aunts Herms, when
the delicate scarves become too fragile
to wear? Instead of leaving them to the
the moths, pop them over to Selva.
There, founders Pandora and Tom
Harrison will clean, stretch and handstitch them onto a silk background and
carefully mount them in bespoke perspex
box frames to create pieces of hanging
art with a very personal heritage. Selva
has also launched its own collection of
framed vintage scarves, with prices
from 400. For details call 07714



On Wednesday 19 November we are offering 60 Homes &

Gardens readers the opportunity to meet designers Tricia
Guild, 020 7351 5775,, and William
Yeoward, 020 7349 7828,, at a unique
event that will include inspirational talks on decorating at
Christmas, as well as a chance to shop at both of their
stores on Londons Kings Road with an exclusive 20 per
cent discount. The event runs from 10.30 to 12.30am.
Tickets cost 20; to book your place, call 020 7893 7625.

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Italian brand Calligaris, 020 8994 8110, calligarisinteriors.
com, has joined forces with up-and-coming Italian designers
to create the CODE collection of furniture and accessories.
Moss, by Busetti Garuti Redaelli, has mirror and storage
modules which you can confgure to create your own piece.

3 of the best
Mirrors, 88 each;
containers, 111
each; both Calligaris.

Our pick of the most inspiring shows
around the country this month

Out Of AfricA Always looking to unearth new brands, we

were thrilled to come across online design studio Otago. Having spent
time in Africa, co-founders Anna Rose and Eddie Sercombe wanted
to offer individual, crafted pieces and champion traditional skills from
marginalised communities, so they set about sourcing ethically made
products with an emphasis on quality. They now work with a non-proft
organisation, NEST, which helps artisans build sustainable businesses and
keep up with demand while maintaining quality. The debut collection
showcases crafts such as Maasai beading, weaving, and brass and metal
casting, but all with a modern touch. Otago also offers interior design and
product sourcing services. Contact 020 7871

Set in a beautiful old building in the heart of

Farnham, this years Art in Clay showcases
ceramics by both up-and-coming and
celebrated makers from across Europe,
including Franoise Dufayards distinctive
brushwork designs. Besides being a trove
for collectors, it is also the perfect place to
pick up a unique handmade Christmas gift.
15-16 November. Adults, 5; concessions,
4.50; children under 15 free. The Maltings,
Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7QR,
0115 987 3966,


The permanent new John Scott Gallery
at the Jackfeld Tile Museum in Shropshire
houses an amazing collection of British
decorative tiles donated by a private
collector. It features tiles and panels by
prestigious names, including Pugin, Morris
and Bawden, with one-off pieces from
private homes and ornate panels from
hospitals and other public buildings.
Adults, 8.50; concessions, 7.75; children
under 18, 5.75. Jackfeld Tile Museum,
Salthouse Road, Telford, Shropshire, TF8
7LJ, 01952 884124,


Runner and carpet specialist Roger
Oates, 020 7351 2288, rogeroates.
com, has launched the London
Collection. The four new herringbone
designs, 70cm wide, 115m, feature
a fresh, tonal colour palette that would
suit any interiors scheme.
For more pattern inspiration, visit our blog

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Taking inspiration from the traditional

Japanese tea ceremony, this charming
exhibition showcases around 300 teabowls
and small vessels from more than 60
world-renowned ceramicists, including
pieces by legendary Japanese and British
potters alongside contemporary designs
by some of todays leading makers.
Until 16 November. Free entry. Oxford
Ceramics, 29 Walton Street, Oxford OX2
6AA, 01865 512320,


Heathland colours,
woven together
with a hint of grey,
bring texture
and richness to
winter schemes

Smashed Berry, emulsion,

36 for 2 litres, Paint by Conran.

Deep Mauve, Chalky Interior

Matt, 41.50 for 2.5 litres,
Marston & Langinger.

Antiquary, Elite Emulsion,

42.50 for 2.5 litres, Zoffany.

Pearl Colour 100, Absolute

Matt Emulsion, 35 for 2.5 litres,
Little Greene.

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1 | Selam in Mulberry, linen, 137cm wide, 143.74m,

Zak & Fox at George Spencer Designs. 2 | Umbria
Woodland wallpaper in Arcadia, 23.86m, Fardis.
3 | Toulouse tile in Taupe, 20cm sq, 174.90sq m,
Fired Earth. 4 | Underwood Abaca Macrame braid
in Wood, 84m, Samuel & Sons. 5 | (From top) Craie;
Prune Bleue; Prune Rouge; Mauve Moyen; all acrylic
emulsion, 21.50 for 1kg, Emery & Cie. 6 | Etienne
in Amethyst, linen, 134cm wide, 73.80m, Lewis &
Wood. 7 | Silk velvet in Taupe, 140cm wide, 212m,
Fox Linton. 8 | Clark in Violet Ronce, cotton, 140cm

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wide, 44.50m, Nobilis. 9 | Flat chainmail tieback,

8cm wide, 80m, The Silk Gallery. 10 | Marrakech
Hexagon tile in grey, 14.7x12.7cm, 645.44sq m,
Fired Earth. 11 | Corin in pewter, viscose mix, 138cm
wide, 60m, Romo. 12 | Hagga 909 rug in Antique
purple and White, 339m, Sinclair Till. 13 | Patina
wallpaper, 33m, Rebel Walls. 14 | Watson 1-1258082, polyester mix, 150cm wide, 30.90m, JAB
Anstoetz. 15 | Tansy in Smoke, linen, 138cm wide,
100m, Robert Kime. l

STyling Laura Vinden (MoodboARd), emma Thomas (pReViouS pAge)

phoTogRAphS ania WaWrzkoWicz (MoodboARd), emma Lee (pReViouS pAge)

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Homes & Gardens design
correspondent celebrates the
new generation of technically
advanced bamboo products
Nowadays, there is so much emphasis
on new materials that it is pleasing to see
old ones used in new ways. Take bamboo,
for instance, once best known for
its use in clunky conservatory furniture,
its now referred to as green steel by
Asian architects in tribute to its strength
and eco-credentials, and is being used for
many avant-garde structures, including
entire houses.
Here in the UK were seeing a new wave
of bamboo products, from small bowls to
fooring and even ambitious staircases,
such as those by EeStairs,
(below), which exploit the materials
strength, lightness and fexibility. Its fully
sustainable, and the fast-growing plant
quickly shoots back up after it has been cut.
Bamboo, which is relatively inexpensive
as a raw material, has a natural fnish
which is pale and interesting in appearance
rather than rich and grainy. New
technology can now produce large, thin
sheets of laminated bamboo, which are
strong and stable, so it
has become possible to make elegant
contemporary furniture and storage units,
as seen at The Futon Company, Bamboo works best
for thin pieces (maybe combined with
metal or plastic) because it is extremely
dense and actually more expensive than
most hardwoods when used in thick
chunks, says director Robert Pearce.
Spun bamboo is also marvellous. The
craft was developed in Vietnam and is now
used by Habitat,, and Tesco,, among others for
beautiful yet inexpensive designs. Thin
strips of bamboo are laboriously glued
together into a coiled circular sheet then
shaped by hand into bowls, dishes, lamp
bases and so on. Inside, a lovely concentric
pattern is created, revealing the beauty of
this artisan technique. As Ros Humphries,
buyer for lighting at Habitat, explains,
Bamboo offers an appealing alternative to
the machine-made perfection of spun
metals or turned wood.

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CloCkwise, from
top The centre

features a bookshop
and resource centre;
the farmhouse dining
room with its mural
by Guilermo Kuita;
a giant milking pail
by Subodh Gupta
stands outside the
gallery; Untitled
stacked chairs by
Phyllida Barlow
in the piggery;
the farms former
cowshed is now the
Roth Bar & Grill.
Hauser & Wirth
Somerset, Durslade
Farm, Dropping
Lane, Bruton,
Somerset, BA10
0NL, 01749 814060,

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From quaint country town to

international art destination Bruton
in Somerset was once home to little
more than a clutch of antiques shops,
a restaurant with rooms and a post
offce, but change is on its way.
Renowned studio Hauser & Wirth
has just opened a pioneering
world-class gallery in the buildings
of the once-derelict Durslade Farm,
creating an extensive complex for
art and garden lovers alike.
This new venture will show
innovative exhibitions of modern work
in fve gallery spaces, along with a
schedule of events, such as gardening
workshops and lectures, theatrebased seminars and family Saturdays.
The art also spreads outside, with
large-scale sculptures occupying the
courtyards. Its easy to spend a day
exploring the site, including the
landscaped garden by internationally
acclaimed designer Piet Oudolf. For

a break from artistic indulgence,

on-site restaurant The Roth Bar & Grill,
located in a former cowshed, serves
delicious food made from local
ingredients. Of course, art plays a
key role in this space, too, with works
ranging from Henry Moores drawing
of lobster claws to neon chandeliers
by Jason Rhoades. There is also a
gorgeous six-bedroom farmhouse
that is available to rent. Full of
character, its interior celebrates
the historical idiosyncrasies of the
18th-century Grade-II listed building.
Original fttings are combined
with vintage furniture and unique
pieces by Hauser & Wirth artists,
including a specially commissioned
mural in the dining room and a
video installation that projects
on to the walls of the living room.
Open Tuesday-Sunday; free to visit.
Stays in the farmhouse start at 1,500
for a four-night, midweek visit.

words sarah baldwin photographs hlne binet; aaron schuman; alex delfanne

A new artistic hub that celebrates its unique position in rural

Somerset is set to become the latest hot-spot for creative souls


stay and play

Marking the launch of its largest collection

to date, BoConcept is offering its customers a chance to experience
the product for themselves in one of three fully furnished apartments.
Showcasing the brands signature mix of modern design and modular
options, the chic locations are in New Jersey, Dubai and Berlin. Each fat
costs a reasonable 60 per night and can be booked for up to three days.
To request a booking, visit your nearest store. Contact

BalaNCiNG aCt

Imola chair in Blue Colorado leather, H110xW95x D99cm,

3,822; Monza table with smoked-glass top, H75xW190xD100cm,
2,699; Adelaide chairs, H84xW45xD59cm, 299 each; Como
shelves in matt ash-grey lacquer, H26xW154xD26cm, 299 each;
Mezzo corner sofa in Mole Estoril leather, H83xW285xD235cm,
8,820; Kuta foor lamp, H200xdiam40cm, 299; Neutron rug,
diam150cm, 579; Plaza rug, 170x240cm, 1,159; all BoConcept.

Of all the lighting ranges

that were presented this
season, designer Michael
Anastassiades IC collection
for Flos is the one we most
covet. Divinely elegant, the
pieces feature a minimalist,
blown-glass sphere, which
appears to balance on a thin
metal stem. Shown above is
the S1 pendant, H48xdiam
20cm, 238, Flos at Aram,
020 7557 7557,

Hone your interiors eye with the innovative new online course My Design School from KlC school of design.
Running from 27 October to 28 November, it covers all the principles behind creating stunning room schemes.
H&G readers pay just 199, a saving of 100. Call 020 7376 3377 or visit, quoting code HG1014.

sitting pretty
Newly arrived to the sofa scene
is Arlo & Jacob, arloandjacob.
com, an online retailer offering
contemporary and classic
designs without a hefty price
tag. Each piece is made to
order using traditional
methods at its Derbyshire
factory; one person works on
each product from start to
fnish. There is also a range
of armchairs, footstools and
accessories, with footstools
starting at 275, armchairs
at 450 and sofas at 735.

Elton sofa in Cornfower Blue,

H73xW143xD87cm, from 735.

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Wooden spoons

Our choice of elegantly shaped and pleasingly tactile artisan designs

1 | Spreading tool, L17cm,

20, Hatchet & Bear.
2 | Bespoke chopping board
and spoon, Mathias Hahn.
3 | Lemonwood strainer
spoon, L50cm, 17.50,
Summerill & Bishop.
4 | Swedish wooden spoon,
L15.3cm, 25, Sticks & Stones.
5| Buet serving spoon, L33cm,
15, Kirsten Hecktermann.

6 | Porridge spoon, L28cm,

14.50, Hampson Woods.
7 | Coffee scoop, L11cm,
25, Hatchet & Bear.
8 | Coffee scoop, L17.5cm,
$30.75, Analogue Life.
9 | Cawl spoon, L20cm,
65, Blodwen.
10 | Mpingo loop spoon,
L10cm, 6, Fate. l

STYLING Laura Vinden PhoToGraPh Katya de GrunwaLd





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Perfume oil in
porcelain containers,
75ml, 83 each,
The Conran Shop.

Open hOuse

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inspiration and to see how other people have
solved design dilemmas, browse the extensive
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videos online at


phOtOgraphs ian Smith (garden), (liVing room)

vote for your

winning garden
The designers of some of the best gardens
to be created in the past fve years across
Britain and overseas are waiting to hear who
has won in the third annual Garden Design
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The Conran Shop can be

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hoW to Vote
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natural choice
Selling stone, decorative and porcelain
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TREND yellow oCHRe

Besides popping up on the latest fabrics, furniture
and accessories, this hue is also a key colour in
Duluxs Autumn Winter 14/15 palette, which
teams rich, autumnal hues with raw, natural
fnishes. Bright and lively, yellow ochre can be
relied upon to add earthy warmth, but it also
works well as an accent with architectural greys.


Recent graduate
Manisha Harkins
started her career as
a lifestyle journalist,
but retrained as a
textiles and surfaces
designer at Cardiff
Metropolitan. H&G
spotted Manisha at Londons Young
Designers exhibition and was instantly
taken with her strong use of colour
and the eclectic nature of her fabrics.
Have you always loved textiles? It
started when I was around four years old,
and I began drawing. I regularly travelled
between my childhood home in the USA
and colourful, fabric-flled India, where I
was born, and my interest grew and grew.
What inspires you? It changes daily,
from birch peelings or a ceramic shape to
decorative elements from another culture
or an amazing technique by an artisan.
Where and how do you create your
designs? I have a small space at home.
I am a screen printer at heart and use
digital methods as a means to an end,
but I always like to start out by hand.
Tell us about your latest collection and
future plans. Majlis is based on the
variety of colours and textures found in
low-level Arabic seating areas. My designs
can be literal or abstract, ranging from
decorative archways to shifting desert
sands. The more painterly designs involved
collaging small dye samples together, and
my future plans include bringing my new
knowledge of natural dyes into my work.
Manishas fabrics are made to order. View
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Wall in Sunfower Symphony 3, matt

emulsion, 24.29 for 2.5 litres, Dulux
(paint mixing), Yellow
Wicker Linen cushion, 70, Fermoie,
01672 513723, In Between
chair, 409, &Tradition at Haus, 020
8533 8024, Newark
desk lamp, 155, Jim Lawrence, 01473

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all in good taste

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Back to nature From timber grains

to tropical patterns, natural beauty

has long been a strong interiors
trend, but animal prints in
particular have found new
popularity over recent months.
Graham & Brown has tapped
into this with its latest collection,
Skin. The diverse range covers
subtle hues, such as beige and
grey, and vibrant colours, like
turquoise or coral. The wallpapers,
which cost from 24 a roll, are also
embossed and embellished with
mica, glitter and metallic.
Passion for pattern One of
Graham & Browns most successful
collaborations has been with style
icon and Biba founder Barbara
Hulanicki. The latest wallpapers to
be launched under this partnership

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were revealed at 2014s London

Design Festival, to coincide with
the release of The Biba Years:
1963-1975 (35, V&A Publishing)
and the 50th anniversary of the
opening of the Biba shop on
Abingdon Road. The two new
designs, which cost from 60 a
roll, are The Hypnotist and Funky
Flora; both infuenced by early
Biba dress prints.
Trawling the archives Having
launched in 1946, Graham &
Brown has a rich library of designs.
Northern Rose, its Wallpaper of the
Year 2015, was inspired by
hand-painted foral trail artwork
discovered in the archive.
Recoloured in bold shades, the
paper, which costs 26 a roll,
looks refreshingly modern.

from far left

Tiger wallpaper;
Zebra wallpaper;
Leopard wallpaper,
all from the skin
collection, 24 a roll;
Bibas op art dress
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Barbara Hulanicki
and Graham &
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(left), 60 a roll.

For more
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When it comes to stylish wall dcor, this long-running

family business is always one to watch, but its latest
launches are particularly alluring. We round up the
highlights of its newest wallpaper collections



on the road

Floristry in london and bath

Anyone with a passion for foristry who has
attended a course will know the pleasure that
learning to create an arrangement brings. It
was training with renowned forist Jane Packer
that gave Rachel Wardley the inspiration
she needed to launch her fower business.
A day-long workshop became a four-week
career course. Her own shop in the centre
of Bath followed, then fnally she opened a
foristry school, Tallulah Rose, which has built
up an excellent reputation. If youre quick, you
might catch the one-off, two-day Floral Musings
course in London from 14 to 15 October. It
boasts a stellar line-up and offers a real insight
into foral design through a series of lectures
and demonstrations. The course is suitable
for everyone, from beginners to business
owners, and costs 1,600, which includes
meals and equipment. Alternatively, back in
Bath, try your hand at Halloween hand-tied
bouquets on 31 October, 150, or learn to
make a Christmas wreath on 5 December, also
150. For more information on these and the
Tallulah Rose four-week career courses, call
01225 425998 or visit

Stuck for what to do for a

milestone birthday, school reunion,
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time for bed Renowned for its modern sofas and leather

3 of the best GardeninG books

The English Country
House Garden by
George Plumptre,
25, Frances Lincoln.
Chief executive of
the National Gardens
Scheme, George
Plumptres new book
is the defnitive timeline of English country
house gardens. From those he sees as best
exemplifying the type to contemporary
designs, he explores the stories behind
30 different country house gardens. With
glorious photographs by Marcus Harpur.

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RHS Companion to
Scented Plants by
Stephen Lacey,
25, Frances Lincoln.
Extensive expert advice
on selecting and using
fragrant plants in the
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and lecturer Stephen Lacey, and endorsed
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photographs by Andrew Lawson, this is an
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The Splendour of
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Frances Lincoln.
The historic, economic,
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majesty of 100 key species of tree from
around the world has been investigated
by environmental expert Noel Kingsbury,
and brought together in this coffee-tableformat reference book, with photography
by Andrea Jones.

words Luisa Ferdenzi, arabeLLa st john parker, jane akers, sarah baLdwin

upholstery, Italian brand Natuzzi has taken its frst steps into the
bedroom market. Developed by the in-house design team, the collection
features six beds, available in a choice of fabrics and leathers, plus
a range of bedside tables, chests of drawers and media units. Our
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1 | The Devonshire Arms dining room. 2 | Elliots

sells furniture and accessories 3 | The grand
estate of Chatsworth. 4 | Ashbourne church.
5 | Church Street. 6 | Stay at Mappleton Manor.

Great eSCaPe






While the smart rooms of Whites

of Ashbourne (see right) are a
good central option, our favourite
haunts lie further afeld. A short
drive takes you to Alstonefeld
Manor, 01335 310393, alstonefeld, a Georgian country
home with bedrooms offering
views of the walled garden and
decorated with designer fabrics
and roll-top baths. Double rooms
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Mappleton Manor, 01335 350476,, where
George Eliot wrote Adam Bede, is
closer. A private wing offers selfcatering accommodation; with
three bedrooms, it is perfect for
families. From 350 for an off-peak,
mid-week, three-night break.

There is no shortage of tempting

food to sample in the area, from
the Market Place Fish & Chip
restaurant, 01335 344780, and
the Flower Caf, 01335 344090,, to the newly
opened Whites of Ashbourne,
01335 345000, whitesofashbourne. Further afeld, must-trys
offering fne British fare are
The George, 01335 310205,,
near Alstonefeld Manor (see left),
The Peacock at Rowsley, 01629
733518, thepeacockatrowsley.
com, and The Devonshire Arms
at Pilsley, 01246 583258,, both ideal
if youre visiting nearby Haddon
Hall or Chatsworth (see right).

Spend a morning exploring the

cobbled streets, hidden alleys and
yards, stopping off to browse the
range of furniture and accessories
at Elliots of Ashbourne, 01335
as well as the beautiful fabrics,
curtains and lighting at Watson
& Watson and The Curtain
Exchange, both housed in one
building, 01335 347781, watson Take a quick
detour along Dig Street to visit
Pachacuti, 01335 300003,, famous for
its Panama and felt hats, before
strolling along Church Street,
considered to be the fnest stretch
of Georgian buildings in Derbyshire,
and famous for its antiques shops.

From spectacular countryside

to the market towns of Matlock,
Bakewell and Buxton, youre
spoilt for choice for places to
visit in the Peak District. Walkers
should make a beeline to Dovedale
a beauty spot near Ashbourne.
If you enjoy stately homes, several
are an easy drive away. Tissington
Hall, 01335 352200,, is a stunning Jacobean
manor house, while Haddon Hall,
01629 812855,,
is a fortifed medieval manor
house. Chatsworth, 01246
565300,, as seen
in the 2005 flm version of Pride
and Prejudice, enjoys a stunning
setting and is a must-see if
youve never been before.

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fEATurE jane akers PHOTOgrAPHS Geoffrey MorGan, robin Weaver/alaMy

This Georgian market town, with its historic buildings

and independent shops, is the perfect base for exploring
the breathtaking beauty of the Derbyshire Dales




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rupert till
Working from his Cotswolds studio, Rupert captures
the form, character and vitality of the natural world using
intricately intertwined steel, copper and bronze wire
Wo r d s EM M A J PAGE
P hotogra P h s A LU N CA L L ENDER

Rupert with a life-size horse

sculpture made from galvanised
steel wire. The piece was inspired
by his own hunter horse, Tigger,
who is often used as a life model.

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or more than 20 years, Rupert Till

has been producing wire sculptures
inspired by the natural world. Imbued
with a charming simplicity that belies the
complex craft behind them, his pieces make
a striking addition to the open landscape.
Rupert exhibits annually at the RHS Chelsea
Flower Show. In 2012, he was awarded The
British Sporting Art Trust Prize for sculpture
by The Society of Equestrian Artists.

Can you tell us about your background?

As a child, I loved to draw and spent many of
my school days outside drawing the buildings
in pencil, charcoal and ink. At college, I took
life drawing and life sculpture classes twice a
week so, by the time I left to do a foundation
course, I had a good understanding of
putting lines on paper. Initially, my parents
discouraged me from going to art school, as
they were concerned about whether it would
oer a stable career, so I looked for a course
with lots of interesting opportunities. I chose
mural design at Chelsea School of Art, as
it allowed students to explore other media
and experience real-life commissions.
How did your career evolve? I didnt want to
get sucked into the art world, but I did want
a career in art. I decided to pursue sculpture
and, for the nal year of my degree course,
I worked with plaster and wire armatures.
After graduation, I used advertising, fairs
and garden shows to expand my sculpture
business before approaching upmarket
garden centres in the US and Europe.
What attracted you to working with wire?
Around this time, I had returned to Yorkshire,
where I was born. One day I stumbled across
some old pheasant pens stretched wire
netting that had been discarded after the
posts had rotted away. I was intrigued by
the eect and eventually decided to ditch

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sculpting in plaster and work in wire. So in

1993, I began making dogs in wire. My rst
proper commission was for Jilly Cooper, and
then my work was spotted at a major craft
fair and proled by the BBC. I set up my rst
studio in Hovingham, and I started making
the animals I saw around me, including foxes,
hares, hens and geese. The wire was perfect
for scrunching up and modelling. Using
bronze and copper came about through
working with galleries, as it oers collectors
value and guaranteed longevity.

Can you describe a typical day? I live in

the Cotswolds with my wife and three young
children, in a stone house with converted
stables where I have set up my studio. A
typical day involves riding out and sculpting.
I keep 11 horses and ponies, so my days tend
to revolve around them. I work next to the
stable yard, so I can pull one of them out to
use as a life model or take one on a riding
safari to observe roe deer or hares in the elds
around where we live. I work best during the
early morning or late into the evening.

Where does your inspiration come from?

Im a country boy through and through.
My holidays were spent working on a farm
so I was surrounded by animals. I have a
good photographic memory; when Im
working, it doesnt take much to conjure
up those formative experiences, and horses,
roe deer, foxes and hares are still a part of
my everyday life. I rarely resort to looking
at a book or the internet for reference, but
I do keep some samples in a freezer at the
studio, which I can consult if I need to.
If I have an exotic commission, such as
reproducing a tiger or leopard, Ill visit
a private zoo to study the animals.

Tell us about your studio. The space is

divided into three areas, which incorporate an
oce as well as room for all of my materials.
The wire I use is produced in several sizes and
I source it in the UK; I buy in 250 kilos of
bronze wire at a time. I also have trolleys
and a forklift so the pieces can be moved
easily. I usually prefer working outside. It
gives me the space to stand back and study
the sculpture I am working on, which is hard
to do within the connes of four walls.

Talk us through the process of making

a piece. During my initial conversation with
a client, I create simple pen and ink sketches
that play with ideas. Once weve agreed on
the look and feel of the piece, I can begin
making it. Ill often take photographs of the
spot where it will be displayed and then I map
out dimensions. After rening my sketch,
I form a stainless steel armature, while my
studio assistant prepares the copper or bronze
wires by tying them into varying lengths.
Making the sculpture is rather like knitting
with wire, pushing, pulling and sewing
together the various strands. Finally, I will
sign the piece and install it in the landscape.

What are you currently working on? I have

a few projects, including a private commission
for a sculpture to commemorate a National
Hunt racehorse, in full ight over a hurdle in
bronze wire. The challenge with this kind of
piece is to really capture the character, power
and movement of the animal. Fortunately,
Ive been given plenty of video footage that I
can examine in slow motion over and again.
What are your plans for the future? Ideally,
I would like to produce on a larger scale, as
well as continuing to work with the countrys
leading garden designers. The Chelsea Flower
Show allows me to showcase my new pieces to
a wide audience and exhibit alongside some
incredibly creative people. That alone is the
perfect inspiration to keep creating in wire. l
Rupert Till, 07921 771284,

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LEFT A Rider with Horse, inspired by

Ruperts wife jumping on her horse,

is installed outside his studio.
TOP ROW A leopards head, one
of Ruperts more exotic subjects;
A Rider with Horse viewed from
behind; initial sketches help
Rupert to perfect the form and
angle of a horses neck and head.
MIDDLE ROW Boxing Hares are
inspired by those that Rupert often
observes on spring drives through
White Way near Cirencester; the
middle of this piece is made from
darker, patinated wire to create
texture and body; commissioned to
complement designer Paul Martins
garden at the Hampton Court Palace
Flower Show, Moule (mussel shell)
is now displayed in Ruperts garden.
RIGHT Cockerel on a Fork, originally
made for the Chelsea Flower Show,
sits amid the flowers in front of
Ruperts house; a signature tie,
crafted from copper, is ready to be
incorporated into a finished piece.

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Inspired by the rich colours

and textures of historical
tapestries, rug companies
and fabric houses are now
introducing contemporary
weaves and knotting to
create updated designs.
FURNITURE Caribou chair in

Blueberry, H80xW53xD58cm,
1,908, Ochre.
FABRIC Bench cushion in Moldavia
02, cotton mix, 137cm wide,
157.20m, Lizzo.
ACCESSORIES Linen napkin in
Coral, 50cm sq, 18, The Conran
Shop. Tan facet stoneware jug,
H16cm, 165; Faceted chocolate
cups, 320 set of six assorted
colours; all Nicola Tassie at The New
Craftsmen. Fuchsia dinner candles,
9 set of six, Pentreath & Hall.
Russia With Love rug, 1,850sq m,
Jan Kath at Front London. Flowers,
from 40 a bunch, Scarlet & Violet.

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Moody and atmospheric, the latest ower motifs team
deep pinks and reds with strong, dark backgrounds


large-scale pattern
adds intrigue to the interior
of a cupboard, making
a striking backdrop for
neutral ceramics.
FURNITURE Chichester

Housekeepers cupboard in
Charcoal, H209xW135xD65cm,
2,255, Neptune.
FABRIC Apron in Lady Roxana
in Autunno 30100/001, cotton,
138cm wide, 125m, Rubelli.
ACCESSORIES Cupboard lined
with Dark Floral wallpaper,
30sq m, Ellie Cashman Design.
(On top of cupboard) Richard
Batterham bowl, diam17cm, 25,
David Mellor. AK glaze stoneware
jugs, H10cm, 9.60; H13cm,
13.55; both Winchcombe Pottery.
(Top shelf, from left) Small
Richard Batterham teapot, 85,
David Mellor. Six-cup teapot, 16,
Labour and Wait. MW glaze

stoneware jug, H9cm, 8.90;

MW glaze lidded pot, 12.05;
AK glaze jug, H20cm, 28.30; all
Winchcombe Pottery. Large Richard
Batterham jug, 2.8 litres, 98, David
Mellor. AK glaze stoneware cereal
bowls, diam15cm, 8.50 each,
Winchcombe Pottery. (Second shelf,
from left) Screw lid preserving
jars, 5.50 each, Labour and Wait.
Antique pewter tobacco jar,
450, Soane Britain. Shanga Masai
beaded jar, H19cm, 315, Otago.
Richard Batterham sugar pot, 39,
David Mellor. MW glaze egg cups,
4.30 each; MW glaze beakers,
6.55 each; all Winchcombe
Pottery. French jam pot, 8.50,
Labour and Wait. MW platters,
diam25cm, 14.70 each,
Winchcombe Pottery. (Bottom
shelf, from left) Richard Batterham
large bowl, diam27.5cm, 48,
David Mellor. Four-pint casserole
dish, 48.40; MW glaze jug,
H16.5cm, 17.70; both Winchcombe
Pottery. Enamel stewpot,
diam22cm, 38, Labour and Wait.


THIS PAGE Trailing

are given glorious depth
in luxuriously soft and
welcoming velvets.
FABRICS Large oor cushion in

Caipirinha in Cocktail, cotton mix,

134cm wide, 89.90m, Andrew
Martin. Medium oor cushion in
Tulipa Velvet in Multicolour, cotton,
136cm wide, 125m, Jean Monro
at Turnell & Gigon. Small cushion
in Ipanema Velvet in Charcoal,
cotton mix, 138cm wide, 89m,
Jane Churchill.
ACCESSORIES (On wall) Al Fresco
Botanica tray, diam35cm, 19.50,
India Jane. Duck feather box
cushion pad, H71xW71xD10cm,
from 89.99, Glover Bros.

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LEFT A single oversized oral

design can be used to dene
the accent colours in the
rest of the room. In this
bedroom, soft leaf green
and petal pink help lighten
the dramatic look.

FURNITURE Antique copper side

table, H60xdiam25cm, 130,

French Connection.
ACCESSORIES Crt desk lamp,
H40xdiam16.5cm, 110, The French
House. Dark ceramic bowl in White
Circles, diam12cm, 190, Laura
Carlin at The New Craftsmen. Feast
Floral double bedlinen set, 59 for
duvet and two pillowcases; Feast
Floral cushion, 50cm sq, 25; all
Marks & Spencer. Washed velvet
cushion cover in Blush, 70x50cm,
56; Alba bedcover in Cedre, cotton,
260x190cm, 167; Plaid en khadi
pied de poule throw, cotton,
220x130cm, 84, all Caravane.

THIS PAGE Directional

are an ideal choice for
striking a glamorous note,
adding life and personality
to minimal schemes.
FURNITURE Kidney dressing table

Design C with glass top, H76xW101x

D51cm, 395, The Dormy House.
Quilted linen pill stool, H45x
diam38cm, 394.99, De Le Cuona.
FABRIC Dressing table covered in
Rosings 05, cotton, 137cm wide,
40m, Swaer.
ACCESSORIES Palea dressing
mirror in Bronze, H57xdiam36.5cm,
595, William Yeoward. Pembe
horn dish, 116.50; Shanga Ya
Ngozi bottles with Masai beadwork
and leather, 135 for four; Dawa
bottles with brass stoppers, 79
a pair; all Otago.

Full blooming orals

tend to dominate this
trend, but some graphic
designs, such as this
digitally printed fabric that
captures the texture and
depth of velvet, bring fresh
inspiration to the look.
FURNITURE Caribou chair in

Blueberry, H80xW53xD58cm,
1,908, Ochre.
FABRIC Palasini in Damson
FDG2205/02, viscose mix, 137cm
wide, 70m, Designers Guild.
ACCESSORIES Collage wall art,
71-88x65-68.5cm, 700,
Anthropologie. Pomegranate rug in
Charcoal, wool, 274x183cm, 700sq
m, The Rug Company. Al Fresco
Botanica tray (in background),
diam35cm, 19.50, India Jane.


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A classic armchair in a
beautifully understated
oral is all it takes to
add the essence of this
timeless theme to a room.
FURNITURE Spencer wing chair,

H119xW81xD78cm, 3,725 plus

8m fabric, Beaumont & Fletcher.
FABRIC Chair in Harriet Floral in
Cinder, cotton mix, 137cm wide,
149m, Ralph Lauren Home.
FLOORING Vintage Karabagh rug,
1,395, The Rug Company.

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A screen upholstered in
a painterly oral can be
positioned to bring an
indulgent touch to
a functional space.
FURNITURE De Beauvoir panel

screen, H190xW45xD2cm each

panel, 2,250, House of Hackney.
FABRIC Screen in Midnight
Garden, velvet, 137.5cm wide,
98m, House of Hackney.
ACCESSORIES Coriandre and
Gingembre bath gel in crystal
decanter, 30, Alexis Lahellec.
Pink linen towel, 100x165cm,
55, The Conran Shop. Kikapu
Cha Shanga beaded basket,
H48xdiam50cm, 220, Otago.

The free-fowering, two-tone

Chrysanthemum x morifolium
Yohudson Bay (HUDSON
BAY) would look good planted
with Heuchera villosa Palace
Purple in a sunny spot.

In SeaSon



A distinctive favourite of gardeners and forists alike, this Asian native provides
vibrant colour in autumn borders and stunning cut fowers for the home
Wo rd s Va ne s s a Be rrid g e

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C. Shungiku, one of the

few annuals in the genus,
has white daisy-like fowers;
its edible leaves are used
in Asian cuisine.

With radiating magenta

petals and a crisp yellow
centre, C. Mrs Jessie
Cooper will brighten
borders from late summer
into November.

irst mentioned in China at the time of Confucius, around

500BC, chrysanthemums are known to have been grown for
centuries in Japan and Korea before being introduced to
Europe from 1789. Extensive breeding programmes have
since led to the creation of a wide variety of foral forms, from daisylike sprays to flamboyant pompom blooms, which can be loosely
categorised as pot, cutting and hardy. All three provide a lavish range
of colour and shape from late spring through to late autumn.
Hardiness is a highly prized asset, and the endurance of some of the

older varieties is impressive. Take the late summer-fowering Korean

and Rubellum groups; both derive from Chrysanthemum zawadskii,
which is a survivor from the Ice Age.
Recent trials at RHS Wisley have resulted in the Award of Garden
Merit (AGM) being bestowed upon a number of robust varieties that
will fower until November and perhaps beyond. These include the deep
maroon, double-fowered C. Ruby Mound which, teamed with sedums,
asters, Japanese anemones, grasses and heucheras, for example, will
provide colour and interest to the late autumn border.

Frequently chosen for

foral displays, the faming
red C. George Griffths
grows to a height of 1.35m.
Reducing the number of
fowering stems will increase
the size of the blooms.

One of the joys

of arranging
chrysanthemums is
the many different
shapes they offer.
Here, single spray
fowers are mixed
with a refexed-petal
variety, along with
rose hips, for a
seasonal display.

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A hollowed-out
pumpkin makes an
unusual vase for
an informal mix of
C. Orange Allouise,
Yellow Pamela, pink
Breitner Dark and
Payton Blaze Red.

Pots of orange
C. Bronze Fairie
are a bold contrast
to the muted
pinks of autumn

Planting and maintenance

a sunny, well-drained position.
Plant in groups of three or four
and avoid overcrowding.
n Pot and cutting varieties
need winter protection. Both
types can be propagated from
cuttings in spring: pinch out
the growing tip to leave six
or seven leaves.
n Good rain-proof blooms
for cutting include the white
single AGM winner C. Pennine
Polo; C. Syllabub is a
worthy AGM pot variety.
n Hardy varieties, such as
the striking, strongly scented

Where to see
Capel Manor Gardens, Enfeld,
Middlesex EN1 4RQ, 0845 612 2122
ext 1200,
Chrysanthemums in mixed borders
in the walled garden.
Norwell Nurseries, Newark,
Nottinghamshire NG23 6JX, 01636
NGS open afternoon, 12 October 2014;
chrysanthemums, grasses, asters and
other autumn plants.
Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire
SG8 0BW, 01223 206000,
Long mixed border of Korean
chrysanthemums and dahlias.

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AGM C. Carmine Blush, are

reliably weather resistant.
n If you can grow lavender, you
can grow chrysanthemums;
both hate too much winter wet.
n New plants from cuttings
need to be hardened off in April.
Wait until all danger of frost is
past before planting out in May.
n Prepare the soil in spring
by digging in blood, fsh and
bone, and apply a good
compost mulch when planting
between May and July.
n Split plants in May every few
years, and thin out the weakest
shoots in June or July.

Where to Buy
Cotswold Garden Flowers,
01386 422829,
Halls of Heddon,
01661 852445,
John Peace Chrysanthemums,
0191 527 1872,
Norwell Nurseries,
01636 636337,
0845 658 9137,
Woottens of Wenhaston,
01502 478258,

The pleasing
density of compact,
grown en masse
makes an effective

PhotograPhs GAP Photos/MAriAnne MAjerus GArden iMAGes

n Chrysanthemums thrive in

iNspiriNg spaces

PhotograPh mads mogensen

Our choice of irresistible homes and beautiful gardens

This monTh, bold colour and Eastern-inspired pattern

imbue a Victorian terrace with bohemian spirit (page 78),
the owners of a cedar-clad Danish home draw inspiration
from the landscape that surrounds it (page 88), and an
architect-designed house in Sydney offers an intriguing mix
of wood and dark, moody spaces (page 98). We also feature an
11th-century manor house, gently updated to accommodate
modern family life (page 118), and a glorious new Zealand
garden that doubles as an outside gallery (page 108).
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Victorian terrace

Eclectic furniture, bold colours and lively pattern refect the
free-spirited natures of this London homes travel-loving owners
Words Nata l ie Wa iN P hotogra P hs em m a l eWis

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A printed mural of
an antique Indian
textile fragment
makes an arresting
focal point. It looks
so tactile, people
always think its
real, says James.
Bespoke printed mural
ASH0038, Surface
View, 0117 8922 1327,

Hand-painted by an
artist, the pale blue
stencilling on the
walls references the
watery hues of the
Moroccan floor tiles.
Bespoke Moroccan
design tiles, Habibi
interiors, 020 7610 9944,


The bold use of contrasting colours and textures

brings depth and interest to this space, which
leads through to the library (right), where
another printed mural anchors the scheme.
For a similar sofa, try the Bluebell sofa, from 930,, 0333 220 4585, Lollipop
eight-arm chandelier, 3,804, Porta Romana,
020 7352 0440,

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To create a more intimate feel, curtains can

be drawn to divide this dining space from
the adjoining kitchen (opposite page).
For similar Moroccan-style pendant lights, from
50 each, try Moroccan Bazaar, 020 8575 1818, For a similar bench, try the
Vancouver bench, 466.85, Oak Furniture Solutions,
0845 363 6135,

The vibrant colours and textures of the house

extend into the garden, where more decorative
tiling keeps maintenance to a minimum.
Ikat cushions in Ithaki, 71m, Osborne & Little,
020 7318 6000,

Woven storage baskets and a well-loved kitchen

bench, fashioned from reclaimed floorboards,
add charm and personality to the scheme.
Suzani print Bath button-back armchair,
750, Graham and Green, 020 8987 3700,

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few decades have passed since the last hippy enclave danced
merrily out of Londons Notting Hill, but their bohemian values
live on, in spirit at least, in a quiet corner moments from the
hubbub of Portobello Roads vibrant market. The imposing
whitewashed faade of Annie and James Reynolds Victorian
home belies an affnity for colour and texture that is only fully grasped as you
step over the threshold and explore. Set over fve foors, the young couples
fascinating home is brimming with life and one-off treasures.
Annie and Jamess eclectic approach to living is not a new idea to them;
prior to their move to Notting Hill, they shared a fat with two other couples
and a dog, all of whom they were determined to accommodate in their new
home. We wanted somewhere that would provide relaxed communal areas,
but plenty of private living space was also a must, says Annie.
An eight-month search for a family home yielded a vanilla house with lots
of potential for the couple to exercise their vibrant tastes, along
with some careful direction from interior designers Clare Morton and
Sophie Brown. Annie, a former charity worker, and James, a web developer,
wanted the house to refect their love of travelling as well as a passion for
upcycling and sustainable living.
The couple thrives on taking an homogeneous approach to the interior.
I really enjoy the combination of different moods and atmospheres,
admits Annie, who was pregnant with the couples frst child, Edith, during the
renovation, but its defnitely a house for living in; we wanted something we
would use, not worship.
Annies quest for colour and a low-maintenance, well-functioning home

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Furnished with warming wood tones, including

a letter-fronted chest of drawers, this room
is one of Jamess favourites. I enjoy gazing
out on to the garden from here, he says.
The Alpha chest, 995, Graham and Green, 020
8987 3700, Juliette French
salon chair, 599, Oka, 0844 815 7380,

Texture and ne detailing add drama to this

restful space (above right) in the basement.
Classic mother-of-pearl inlay side table,
395, Graham and Green, 020 8987 3700, For a similar ottoman,
try Jasmine, 255, Loaf, 0845 468 0697, Lacquered decorative ladder in
Sea Green, H180cm, 195, Orchid, 020 7384

A Berber wedding blanket clashes with patterned

bedlinen in this otherwise simple scheme.
For similar Berber wedding blankets, from 100,
try Beyond Marrakech,
For a similar metal occasional table, from 310,
try Moroccan Bazaar, 020 8575 1818,

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As we move through dierent stages

of our lives, well appreciate this
house more and more.

led Clare to source an array of beautiful hand-painted tiles from Fez in

Morocco. Its one of the nicest features in the house, says James, admiring
the cheerful foral motif that permeates the kitchen and dining area. Each
room offers something new and dynamic. Indeed, geometric patterns
chosen by the couple, with the help of Clare and Sophies expert eyes, pepper
the entire house and are a reference to the buildings Victorian heritage. On the
approach to the front door, gleaming monochrome tiles pave the way
to the carpet of ceramics that greets you once inside. The fow from outside
into the hall works beautifully, even though the tiles are from different countries and eras, explains Annie.
With an 18-month-old daughter who has a penchant for drawing on
furniture, and another baby girl arriving any day, this was never going to be a
pristine show home. At the moment, I spend most of my time in the kitchen
and dining area with Edith and the table has become a little canvas for
memories she draws on everything, admits Annie.
Their growing family was very much at the heart of the couples thoughts
when designing their new home. I wanted Edith to be inspired by all the
colours, says Annie. Wandering around the rooms, it is clear how much they
enjoy what they have created. As we move through different stages of our lives,
well appreciate this house more and more, she says. The responsibilities
of parenthood may have put exotic trips on hold for the time being, but their
home and family will always provide new experiences to look forward to. l

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The markets of Fez were a rich hunting ground

for interior designer Clare Morton. The vanity
unit was custom-made by a local craftsman to
accommodate the basins she found at a souk.
Interior design, Studio Morton, 07974 267735, Interior styling, Sophie Brown,
07796 263803,

Dark wood ooring and furniture allow

the playful mix of pattern to sing out, while
the traditional Moroccan shutters (right)
introduce a touch of drama to a window
that was added to bring natural light to
an internal bathroom next door. To make
a more graphic statement, the traditional
wing-back armchair (above) was covered
in a colourful contemporary print.
Wing chair covered in Anthropology, 36m,
Warwick Fabrics, 01451 822383,
Asan Jade rug, 325, The Rug Company, 020 7243
7342, Perigord glass table
lamps, 279, Oka, 0844 815 7380,
Wall in Elephants Breath; stencil in Brinjal; both
Estate Emulsion, 39.50 for 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball,
01202 876141,

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Vintage fabrics and a coffee

table designed by the owner,
Charlotte, add personal
touches to this bright space.
NeoWall modular sofa, from
5,441 for two units (one high/
one low arm rest), Piero lissoni
at twentytwentyone, 020 7288
Similar chair fabric, antibes Batik
in chambray, 168m, ralph lauren
at Kingdom Interiors, 01684

coastal retreat

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sound of

Nestled between forest and the

north coast of Denmark, the
Lynggaards home exudes natural
beauty and a sense of calm


Words A l ice Westg At e

P hotogra P hs MAds Mogensen

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Steps lead up to the kitchen

and dining area, which was the
first extension added to the
house; the pale wood flooring
continues throughout the
ground floor to unify the space.
Similar chair, French armchair in
limed wood, 545, Home & Pantry,
020 7226 9528, homeandpantry.
com. Similar fooring, Douglas
Fir treated with lye and white
soap, from 106sq m, Dinesen,
020 3630 0196,

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This space, which has a high

ceiling reminiscent of a rural
chapel, is furnished with iconic
Danish-designed chairs and
a bespoke pale wood table.
The fireplace and hanging
candle holder enhance the
homely atmosphere in winter.
CH24 Wishbone chairs, from
493 each, Carl Hansen at
Skandium, 020 7584 2066, For a similar
bespoke iron chandelier,
try Iron Art, 01225 311273,

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atural forms, from delicate flowers to

branching twigs, permeate the work of
Danish jewellery designer Charlotte
Lynggaard. A similar theme pervades the
interior of her cedar-clad house, where a
strong connection to the environment is evident in the
abundance of organic materials that appear to originate
from the neighbouring forest and the subtle colour palette
borrowed from the nearby coast. Nature is a huge source
of inspiration for me, says Charlotte. Seeing the intense
early morning light from my bedroom window flls me
with energy and life.
The Lynggaards home overlooks a stretch of water called
resund, half an hour north of Copenhagen. Together,
the remote location and the ordered interior foster the
imaginative drive that is at the heart of Charlottes role
as creative director of the family-run jewellery company,
Ole Lynggaard. There are days when I need peace and


Charlotte and Michel clad

the faade of the once-pink
cottage with cedar and added
a broad veranda. The wood
has faded to a beautiful silvery
colour which blends into the
forest, says Charlotte.
Similar parasol, Napoli telescopic
4m round parasol, 1,100, Barlow
Tyrie at John Lewis, 0345 604

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quiet, so I work from home and fnd myself absorbed by

the silence, she says. The feeling of being in the middle
of nowhere allows me full concentration.
Charlotte and her husband Michel, who is a director of the
company, discovered the property many years ago, when
it was the pink-painted summer house of a retired actress.
Michels mother lives nearby and, whenever we came to
visit, we would look through the fence and fall in love
with it a little bit more, says Charlotte. It took six months,
plus many bunches of fowers and jugs of homemade
lemonade, to convince the owner to sell the house to us.
What ultimately touched her was our sheer passion for it.
Charlotte and Michel married in 1995 and the frst
time they stayed here was on their wedding night. Then,
two weeks later, they set to work on renovating the
building. Dating from 1926, it had just two bedrooms, so
the frst job was to add an extension. Over the years, they
have added further sections so that today the house has


This corner reflects

Charlottes love of Japanese
style, with a dark console
table, bought at auction, and
black ceiling light creating
crisp monochrome accents
against white walls.
Three-arm ceiling lamp,
around 2,680, Serge Mouille at
Uber-Modern, 0033 1 4924 0802,

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six bedrooms, more than enough to accommodate their

three children Sofa, aged 18, Laura, 16, and 14-year-old
Julius as well as their Dutch sheepdog, Zeus.
At every stage, Charlotte and Michel worked carefully to
preserve the spirit of the place. We respected the soul of
the house, retaining original features and ensuring that
new sections were added using traditional techniques
and materials, says Charlotte. Above all, they did nothing
that would reduce the amount of natural light. The house
was, and still is, beautifully bright because the sun refects
off the sea, says Charlotte.
With this in mind, there was only one choice of colour
for the walls: Everywhere is painted white, apart from
one bedroom that has vintage wallpaper, says Charlotte.
Shades of grey, blue and brown do appear on fabrics
and furniture, because they are beautifully natural and
dont make too much visual noise. One surprise, then, is
the inclusion of several items of black furniture. I have
travelled a lot in Japan and will always be inspired by



To make full use of space,

the Lynggaards installed a
shower off the entrance hall.

Charlotte has a passion

for straw hats, especially
vintage ones, and displays
a collection of favourites
along the stairs.

Similar stool, Antique elm

stool, 210, Bodie and Fou, 020
8450 5600,
Similar fooring, Milan polished
limestone, 62sq m, Mandarin
Stone, 0160 071 5444,

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the minimalism and decorating style I saw there, says

Charlotte. It adds a Zen-like feeling and sets up lovely
contrasts. If everything were white, it would be too much.
The purity of the scheme is complemented by pieces
of contemporary furniture, most notably the Hans Wegner
chairs in the kitchen. I love classic Danish design, says
Charlotte, especially mixed with vintage fnds, foral fabrics
and raw materials such as stone and dark wood.
Decorative objects are exhibited with restraint. Our home
has very little clutter, to maintain the sense of calm, says
Charlotte. Its made up of pieces that we have collected
throughout our lives items that Ive found on journeys,
at fea markets and in antiques shops, and things that
remind me of special occasions or of my childhood. These
beautiful and meaningful possessions are displayed like
a series of charms on a bracelet. The house is a study in
comfortable minimalism and, for a couple so accustomed
to designing in miniature, this one-off, large-scale creation
seems all the more compelling. l


Tucked under the eaves

and overlooking the water,
this space is described by
Charlotte as the ultimate
room with a view. The
seascape inspired the blue
and white colour scheme,
while the floor has a highgloss paint finish to boost
light levels even further.
Similar curtain fabric,
Handwoven silk 31000/11 in
Azure Blue, 27m, James Hare,
0113 243 1204, james-hare.
com. Similar throw, Quilted
bedspread in Pale Blue, from
375, Primrose & Plum, 01428

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Unreservedly romantic, this

scheme combines traditional
furniture with a vintage floral
wallpaper bought from an
antiques shop in Copenhagen;
even the modern office chair
has been re-covered in antique
fabric to give a softer look.
For a similar antique Swedish
writing desk, try Anton & K,
07875 911776,
Series 7 fully upholstered
swivel chair, around 1,525,
Republic of Fritz Hansen, 020
7637 5534,



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The extension is clad

in western red cedar,
while the original house
is stained black for a
dramatic effect.

Dazzling sunlight streams

into this crisp, white space
via generous windows in
and above the front door.
Similar light, Caravaggio
pendant lamp, from 123,
Skandium, 020 7823

A striking contrast of
dark and light plays a
dening role in the
interior design.

architects design

Into the
A passion for timber and the environment
informed Sydney architect Louise Nettletons
transformation of this former guesthouse
into a home flled with light and character
Words Nata l ie Wa iN P h oto g r a P h s M ik k e l Va Ng

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sIttIng rOOM

Terraces on different
levels at the back of the
house provide the link
with the outdoors that
the couple keenly wanted.
The gnarly stemmed,
yellow cone-flowered
Banksia serrata, Louises
favourite plant, thrives
in this sunny spot.

Louise and Bica the

Labradoodle enjoy
the comfort of a 1970s
raspberry Sedia sofa,
designed by Brian
Kiernan. A photograph
showing the aftermath
of the 1999 Victoria bush
fires co-exists with 18thcentury Chinese antiques
in this eclectic scheme.


For a similar sofa,

try The Old Cinema,
020 8995 4166,
Similar John Gollings
photograph, John
Gollings Photography,
0061 3 9537 0733,

An oversized floor lamp

and retro-style armchair
create a cosy reading
corner in this calm space,
just off the sitting room.
Artemide Tolomeo Mega
Terra floor lamp, 575,
John Lewis, 0345 604
For a similar armchair,
try Johnny Moustache,
07590 928739,

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ouise Nettleton is undoubtedly a busy woman. In fact,

the Sydney-based architect has been so preoccupied
with renovating other peoples homes that it has taken
her 17 years to turn her attention to her own. But it was
well worth the wait, as this transformation has been
a staggering success. Situated in the heart of one of
the citys conservation areas, Louises magnum opus is a fascinating
contrast of dark spaces and glinting light, integrating her passion for
wood with a deep affnity for the environment.
Light and air
Louise moved into her heritage-status home with her partner Michael
Dowe in 1992. The former guesthouse dates back to 1915 but had
undergone a mean makeover by developers so, when the couple
bought it, the interior was a rabbit warren of rooms that were starved
of natural ventilation, not to mention Sydneys glorious sunshine.
I wanted to make the building breathe and sing with light, Louise
recalls. The morning sun here is fierce in summer, but in winter
the house was freezing.
Resisting the urge to open up an entire side of the house, Louise
adopted a gentler approach, using foor-to-ceiling louvred windows
combined with red cedar wood shutters. They are, says Louise,
an incredibly effective way of keeping the house cool and also holding
in the heat during winter. Given her quest for light, it would have

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been tempting to leave the windows unadorned, but the interplay

of light and dark spaces is something that she and Michael enjoy.
This is not your typical architects house, she admits. You dont need
bright light in the library and sitting room; they are peaceful areas of
repose and the darkness gives them a feeling of enclosure that I fnd
very soothing, she says.
WOrKing With WOOd
As you move through the house, wood-panelled walls and a striking
wooden kitchen declare Louises passion for texture and grain.
I absolutely adore timber, she says. I love the feel of it and
its a wonderful material to work with. The cedar wall panels in the
sitting room not only reference the shutters and a cedar-clad side
extension, but complement the carefully chosen mid-century and
Chinese furnishings.
For the kitchen cabinets, Louise used MOSOs engineered bamboo,
which is as durable as it is pleasing to the eye. However, it was the
products environmentally sound credentials that really struck a
chord with her. Its made from sustainable bamboo and theres no
formaldehyde or anything nasty used during the production process.
Its a beautiful, natural material; that is what I love about it.
Having waited so long to undertake the renovation, Louise and
Michael had deliberated every possible outcome for their house. In
the end, however, the brief was refreshingly simple: to create a home

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Louise designed the

large wooden dining
table, from which
she loves to gaze out
to the terrace, where
vegetables and native
Australian grasses
are grown in raised
decking areas just
outside the window.

Three walls were

removed to improve
the flow of space on the
ground floor, but the
original guesthouse
balustrade (above left
and right) survives.
It was the only decent
part of the house; its
quite lovely, says Louise.

Bestlite BL9 pendant

lights, from 179 each,
Nest, 0114 243 3000, Similar chairs,
Arne Jacobsen Series 7
chairs, from 300 each,
Republic of Fritz Hansen,
020 7637 5534,

Poul Kjrholm PK22

wicker lounge chairs,
2,551 each, Republic of
Fritz Hansen, 020 7637

that they enjoy. We had a number of criteria. Connecting the house

to the outside world was important, but inside, its a melting pot of
styles that incorporates everything thats precious to us, says Louise.
This includes a much-loved dirty red primer on the new steel beams,
sliding doors and cornicing, and a collection of antiques sourced by
Michael on his travels to the Far East.
EXtEnding sympathEticaLLy
Ample-sized rooms meant that space was not a major consideration for
the couple, but a narrow cedar-clad addition on the side of the house
(previously a disused alleyway) allowed them to gently extend the sitting
room on the ground foor and create a new bathroom on the upper level.
The louvred windows provide an arresting external feature while
allowing light and fresh air to pour into this bijou annexe.
Minimalist living was out of the question. Treasured cookery tomes
tumble over each other on the bookshelves in the library, which are also
home to many of Louises exotic curiosities. We delight in everything we
have; we dont squirrel it away and forget about it. All of it is there to
bring us pleasure, she says.
As Louise gazes out through the dining room window onto her
beloved banksia (a native Australian plant with fowers that look rather
like hairy yellow cones), it is clear that she enjoys everything about her
home. This house her labour of love goes to prove that the best things
in life are certainly worth waiting for. l

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Louise admits her house

is not filled with the
latest designs. On the
contrary, she has carefully
chosen pieces over the
years that reflect her
love of style and form.

Graphic patterns in
black and white and
bold orange give this
scheme a Seventies
flavour, while the
low platform bed and
dark wood furniture
lend an Oriental feel
that continues in
the bathroom.

Luceplan Constanza
table light, 260.95,
Arredare, 028 9146 0067,

For a similar 19th-century

Chinese altar table, try

The texture of brick

contrasts with the smooth
sheen of Japanese ceramic
tiles, bringing depth and
drama to this space.
Similar wall tiles, Mother of
Pearl mosaics, 399.96sq m,
Fired Earth, 01295 812088,



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philippa thorp

see THe

Timber fooring is beautiful and, if properly maintained, can

last a lifetime. Whats more, there is plenty of scope to create
the look you want, from extra-wide boards to classic parquetry
designs. Coastline oak fooring in seashell (shown), from
74.94sq m; round edge skirting, 22.94 for 6x200cm piece;
both Fired earth, 01295 812088,

be iNSPireD

wood for
every room

As Louise Nettleton proves in her home, this

natural material has a multitude of uses

On sIde

Sideboard Two,
2,450, Another
Country, 020 7486 3251,

Making a sTaTeMenT
a striking piece of furniture in solid wood not only creates
a focal point, but is ideal for adding texture and depth.
Made from reclaimed pine, the alexa bed features an
eye-catching, oversized headboard, designed
to add a touch of drama to
a bedroom. alexa king
bedstead, h162x
1,549, West elm,
020 7637 9150,

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Take a seaT
Dining chairs in assorted
wood fnishes are an easy
way to introduce a natural
feel to a scheme. We love
the Grand Prix by Arne
Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen,
H80.5xW50xD50cm, from
456 each, Skandium, 020
7584 2066,

n Timber-clad walls are

wonderfully versatile. To make a

room seem larger, increase the
scale and proportion of wooden
panelling by using wide boards
either vertically or horizontally.
n Using a mix of harmonious
materials creates a more refned
look. Try combining timber fnishes
with inset stone tops or handles
wrapped in leather.
n Wooden headboards are very
practical and can be carved in
a variety of shapes, from simple
to very ornate, to complement
the style of the room.
n Introducing overscale or
decorative architectural details,
such as skirtings, cornices and
beams, will add grandeur.
n Wood veneers are a great way
of making a piece of furniture or
joinery more cost effective. You
can also take advantage of the
natural patterns by setting the
grains in different directions.
n Play around with painted timber
wall panelling: to create a more
modern look, scale up the
proportion, simplify the detailing,
and use geometric shapes.
n Bring an old piece of wooden
furniture back to life by painting
it in a fresh colour with an
interesting fnish and swapping
the handles for something
more contemporary.
n We use lacquered timber
furniture in the majority of
our projects. It may seem more
expensive but it is incredibly
hardwearing, which makes
it a good investment.
n Wood is perfect for outdoor
use. For a pool house or
potting shed, choose timber
painted in a colour that sits
calmly in the landscape.
Thorp Design, 020 7235 7808, l

FeaTURe gineVra benedeTTi

Tread The boards

Spotty small
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shelTered haven


Penny Zino created this glorious refuge of trees and
native plants on New Zealands South Island as an
antidote to personal loss and hard fnancial times,
and to protect her home from the elements
Words Car o li n e B e C k P h oto g r aP h s Ja n e Ta k aC s

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THIS PAGE Penny built the

stone walls that divide the

swimming pool from the avenue
of Prunus x yedoensis beyond.
sculptural leaves of evergreen
Rhododendron giganteum contrast
dramatically with the blazing
autumn colour of deciduous trees.

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TOP The Native Garden, popular

with overseas visitors, features

mixed New Zealand planting
and the red autumn leaves of
the pin oak Quercus palustris.
ABOVE Flourishes of colour

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can be seen everywhere,

including along the eaves of
Pennys home at Flaxmere.
RIGHT A peaceful rill, shaded
by contrasting trees and shrubs,
runs towards the house.

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ABOVE lEfT Curved box hedges

enclose the rose garden, where
six large box balls surround a
sundial. If it were not for the exotic
trees, this could almost be a
traditional English cottage garden.
ABOVE RIGHT The top pond in
the Native Garden, one of fve
that dissect the grounds, viewed

ll islands are subject to ferce weather and, at

43 degrees south, New Zealands South Island
is strafed by the trade winds of the Southern
Ocean, bringing hot, dry breezes in summer
and freezing blasts straight off the high
mountains in winter. Penny Zino, who created this garden at
Flaxmere almost 50 years ago, fnds the see-saw climate hard
to bear at times, not to mention the earthquakes that can
ravage the island. My plants have to be tough, she says,
and the same could be said of her. Her seven-acre garden,
recognised as one of national signifcance by the New Zealand
Garden Trust for its planting and design, has eased the impact
of tough fnancial times, helped to heal Pennys grief after
the loss of her husband, and has latterly become an outdoor
art gallery where artists are able to exhibit and sell their work.
Penny arrived at Flaxmere with her husband, John, in 1966,
to farm sheep and cattle. The house, built in 1890, had a thicket
of trees within a dangerously close nine feet of the house. They
all had to be removed, leaving the house completely exposed

against the backdrop of Mount

Tekoa. The sculpture, Tilted
Plains, is by Isaac Neame. Echoing
its strong vertical lines are
tall poplars and spiky-leaved
cordylines, while resilient New
Zealand stalwarts, such as
phormiums and grasses, thrive on
the ponds gently sloping banks.

to the bracing winds from the Southern Alps. It took another

25 years to build up the necessary layers of shelter using fastgrowing trees. But today, Penny says with irony, its me whos
still here, having to fell some of those unwanted poplars.
She admits she was a lousy farmers wife, but that was to
the gardens advantage because when one of her children
developed asthma and she had to stay at home for long periods
of time, she began to create it around her. Her mother, a
painter and a signifcant infuence, had advised her to do one
creative act each day. Making the garden was Pennys response.
In 1984, almost overnight, the New Zealand government
removed farming subsidies. Farmers struggled to make a living
but this garden provided the Zino family with extra income. I
started growing fowers, selling them at a local market, and we
found we could get more money from a carload of Gypsophila
than from a truckload of lambs. Penny developed a talent for
growing plants and turned the wool shed into a drying barn,
marketing dried and preserved fowers to places as far away as
Japan. Later, she diversifed by starting a nursery, growing

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ABOVE Flaxmere is a haven for

birdlife, especially waterfowl, which

fock to the garden; one of the
ponds is spanned by an arched
bridge built from reclaimed timber.

old-fashioned and modern roses and climbers, selling up to

20,000 plants a year. At the same time she teamed up with
other local gardeners, and theirs was the frst group of gardens
to open to the public in New Zealand.
When her husband died of cancer in January 1994, it was
a draining time for Penny. The work of the other enterprises
became too much, but gradually the daily cultivation of the
garden and building up her collection of native plants and trees
around a series of ponds became a salve to her sadness. The
garden got better and better, she recalls, each different area
gaining its own style, planted to refect the seasons, especially
autumn, when the trees fame in red, yellow and gold.
In 2003, inspired by her success and her mothers artistic
infuence, Penny and a friend established Art in a Garden, with
75 artists and sculptors exhibiting at Flaxmere. It was an enterprise that led to her old wool shed enjoying a third incarnation
as an art gallery and now, each year, at the beginning of
October, up to 2,500 people visit the event over three days,
while witnessing the garden in its spring glory full of daffodils,
masses of rhododendrons and fowering cherry trees.

Orientation The garden covers seven acres of land at 300m above

sea level on New Zealands South Island.

Soil type Light alluvial soil with areas of heavy silt this is known as riverbed

country running in terraces down to the river.

Special features Planted to refect the changing seasons with spectacular

views towards the Southern Alps and Mount Tekoa.

Garden opening times Flaxmere is open by appointment only and

booking is essential. For further details, call 0064 3314 4504 or visit

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TOP Sunlight catches the

early morning mist that rises

near the swimming pool.
ABOVE The sculpture, Liberation,
by Bon Suter, represents new
hope emerging from the broken

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Living in a property with a rich history
does not mean compromising on the
demands of family life, insists Helen Kaye
of her mixed-period home in Wiltshire



To create a sense of warmth

and depth, the cabinets have
been painted in a variety of
subtle shades of grey. The
huge cracked wooden posts
enhance the relaxed feel
while cleverly breaking up
the expanse of space.

This stair runner inspired

the colours throughout the
house. The stone steps, worn
down over generations, are
one of the best-loved features.

Bespoke Suffolk kitchen,

Neptune, 01793 427427,

Cawdor runner, 180m, Anta,

01862 832477,
Oak leaf and acorn chandelier,
2,460, Richard Taylor
Designs, 020 7351 2567,

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A 16th-century-style dining
table was chosen as a nod to
the propertys historic past.

Every good country home

should have a boot room,
says interior designer Emma.
This one replaced the laundry
room, which was moved to
the top of the house.

Wilmington table, from 2,390,

Early Oak Reproductions, 01323
871386, earlyoakreproductions. Chairs in Blakeney Check,
69m, Colefax and Fowler, 020
7244 7427,

Cabinetry painted in Blue Gray,

51 for 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball,
01202 876141,

n 11th-century manor house once gifted by

William the Conqueror to one of his favourite
noblemen may not seem the most obvious place
in which to raise a modern family. However, this
is precisely the choice that Helen and Jonathan
Kaye made when they moved from London to Wiltshire last year.
Hankering for the peace and quiet of the countryside, they left
their Edwardian town house in search of something with plenty
of character, and they certainly found it in their new home.
Perched by a lake on the edge of a quaint village, the building
is something of an historical jigsaw puzzle, including Norman,
Georgian and more recent architectural additions. We really


The former dining room in the

Georgian part of the house is
now flled with generous sofas
for all the family to enjoy.
Bespoke ottoman, Sims Hilditch,
01249 783087,

wanted to live somewhere with lots of history, says Helen.

Theres a sort of a charm about an old building that you just
cant get with a new one, no matter how you decorate it.
However, with two young children and another on the way at
the time of buying, the couple knew that the house would need
serious updating to meet their needs. The kitchen was tiny and
felt tucked away, while the Georgian wing accommodated an
underused dining room. Extending the kitchen beyond the
buildings original boundaries was not an option, as the property
is Grade II*-listed. Fortunately, interior designer Emma Sims
Hilditch, whom Helen had discovered through a story in this
magazine, hit on the idea of transforming the vast sitting room

Ottoman in Huntingtower
in Grape, 47m, Abraham
Moon & Sons, 01943 873181, Edinburgh
vintage leather sofa, 3,250,
Flamant, 00 32 54 43 32 60,

on the ground foor into an open-plan kitchen-dining room,

complete with a bespoke larder. Meanwhile, the former dining
room became a family sitting room flled with plush sofas.
With the old layout, people would come to visit and fnd
themselves lost in the warren of rooms, says Helen. But the
new layout makes perfect sense. Every room has its purpose
and there are no odd little spaces that we never use.
Its always challenging working on a listed building, says
Emma, but in the end, we got everything we wanted. This
includes the glass box-shaped garden room by Jeremy Lowe,
of BLA Architects. The listed buildings offcer was actually
happier to have a more modern design than some pastiche


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This glass box-shaped design

replaced an extension built
by the previous owners. It is
impossible to match a building
of this age, says Helen, so we
felt it would be better to do
something completely different.

of a Victorian conservatory, which wouldnt have looked right

with the rest of the building anyway, Emma adds.
In choosing the colour scheme, both Helen and Emma were
keen to steer away from the dingier hues of yesteryear in favour
of the soft, warm tones associated with 21st-century country
living. Meanwhile, contemporary features such as the in-ceiling
speakers in the kitchen are much appreciated by the children
eight-year-old Madeleine, six-year-old Alex and two-year-old
Freddie as it allows them to play music to accompany their
impromptu dance sessions on the fagstone foor. The new boot
room is another practical addition and since the children spend
lots of time outdoors, it gets plenty of use.
Despite the modern comforts, you do not have to look hard
to fnd traces of the buildings past. In one of the two guest

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Bespoke glass-box garden

room, BLA Architects, 020
7486 8333,
Circular outline side tables,
840 each, Richard Taylor
Designs, 020 7351 2567,

bedrooms, 18th- and 19th-century visitors have etched the date

into the stone window frames, while the fagstones in the entrance
hall have been worn down by footsteps over centuries.
The Kayes are eager to add to the propertys long list of visitors.
A key part of my brief was to create a home that was ft for lots
of family, lots of friends, and lots of entertaining, says Emma.
Given that Helen and Jonathan have guests to stay almost every
weekend, it seems that she has more than delivered.
We had two families staying with us last New Year, says
Helen, and we didnt feel at all squashed. There are designated
rooms where the children can play, rooms where the grown-ups
can play; it just feels like such an easy house to live in. The


courtyard and the indoor swimming pool have also been put to
good use, most recently, as picturesque settings for Jonathan
and Helens joint 40th birthday celebrations.
So, does Helen ever worry about the extra wear and tear that
all those guests might cause to the beautiful historic features?
The building has survived for goodness knows how many
years, through wind and storm, and people coming in and out,
so it can certainly handle a few more visitors, she says. In fact,
thats one of my favourite things about the house. I love to think
about the many people who have stayed here over the years,
and the many more who will no doubt stay here in the future. l



The textured limestone, chosen

to match the original fagstones,
mimics the wear and tear created
by generations of footsteps.

The hand-blocked wallpaper

in baby Freddies bedroom
was one of Emmas favourite
fnds for the house.

Avignon soft tumble limestone,

60sq m, Beswick Stone, 01285

Alphabet wallpaper, 252 a roll,

Hamilton Weston, 020 8940 4850,



The ceiling was raised to create

a loftier space (also below) that
befts the opulent French bed.

This is Helens favourite

room in the house: Its
so pretty, but in a way
that isnt overpowering.

Oriental Tree wallpaper in Pale

Aqua, 85 a roll, GP&J Baker,
020 7351 7760,
Versailles leafed upholstered
bed, from 5,725, And So To Bed,
0808 141 5838,

Marlborough bath, 2,550,

Victoria+Albert Baths, 020
7351 4378,

Its always challenging working

on a listed building, but in the end
we got everything we wanted.


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36 pages of inspired ideas for every room in your home



Dream spaces This months fve creative schemes


include two contrasting yet stunning uses of a blue palette:

Lulu Lytles living room (page 144) and Paolo Moschinos
chteau chic bedroom (page 146). Plus, a contemporary
bathroom with a luxury spa feel (page 142).
iDeas Stylish looks for windows, from smart blinds
to plush curtains, for a perfectly finished space (page 163).
iNTeriOrs Introduce a smart, graphic edge with
chevron-motif decorating schemes (page 152).
sHOppiNG The best of this seasons armchairs (page 181).
aDVice Celia Rufey answers your design queries (page 187).
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Back to Basics
An industrial grey palette combined with rustic fnishes
and simple cabinetry brings natural warmth and
character to this traditional barn conversion in Kent

november 2014 | H&G | 137


designer Lindsey Pearce,

Plain English, 01449 774028,
budget 70,000, including

can you describe the original space? This

stunning converted oast barn in Kent has a vast roof
that slopes right to the ground. Compared with the
dramatic architecture outside, the kitchen felt dark,
cramped and overburdened with cabinets. On the plus
side, it was a large room with beautiful stone fooring
and exposed beams that frame the windows.
how did you meet the owners? James and Eva
Thorpe moved here from London to be closer to
Jamess parents after their children were born. They
spotted a magazine article featuring our Spitalfelds
kitchen and got in touch. Since their new home is very
traditional, they felt the classic Georgian design of the
Spitalfelds range was an obvious match.

The island is a wonderful

feature and the oak-clad
niches gave us scope to
add a delightful rustic touch
with log storage.
explain how the process began. With James and
Eva changing their minds. I persuaded them to opt for
our Osea island cupboards, which have a more modern
aesthetic, with rustic materials that complement the barn.
Once that decision had been made, we dropped the idea of
Spitalfelds and chose the cleaner Shaker-style lines of
our Long House door for the rest of the units.
did you make any structural changes? Originally,
there was only one door at the end of the kitchen to access
a hallway leading to the laundry, study and cloakroom. I
know how important it is to be able to see young children
at all times, so I proposed an extra doorway to the left of
the island offering more direct access to the other areas.
were there any challenges to overcome? James

and Eva were keen to get the work done and to avoid any
major upheaval along the way. I would have liked to run
a power point to the island, so small appliances could be
used there, but they didnt want to change the fooring
as it covers the entire ground foor of the barn. Digging it
up and replacing it would have been too expensive and
time consuming. Avoiding this paid off: we frst met in
March and the kitchen was completed in August.
how did you establish the layout? The old kitchen
was centred on an Aga in a brick chimney breast at one

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end of the room. I persuaded James and Eva to move the

cooking area and cover the chimney breast with a run of
tall cabinets housing the cooling appliances and main
food storage. Positioning a 3.5m-long island with a run of
base units behind means the cooking area is now more
central in the room, making better use of the space, while
the furniture feels in proportion with its surroundings.
What inspired the design of the island? This

is a wonderful feature but we were concerned that it

would appear too solid, so we introduced open shelving
and perforated zinc door faades. Raising it off the foor
on the longer Osea legs also helps to make it feel lighter.
The oak-clad niches gave us scope to add a delightful
rustic touch with log storage.
hoW did you choose the colours and materials?

All the cupboards are painted in Farrow & Balls Manor

House Gray, which works perfectly with the ex isting
slate fooring and Belgian Blue Fossil stone worktops.
The 5cm-thick rustic oak worktop on the island was
joined on site there was no way wed have got it
through the door in one piece. The unusual slate sink
was made in America and shipped over. It was a bit of an
indulgence, but well worth it for its size and impact. The
antique fnish of the Volevatch taps highlights the aged
look of the original barn and matches the fnish of the
La Cornue cooker. Iron knobs on the cupboards also
serve as a reminder of the barns origins.
any other special features? We installed a boiling
water tap in one of the tall larder cupboards behind closed
doors, partly to create a drinks station with easy access
to the fridge but also to keep it away from little hands. It
has a safety catch, but better safe than sorry. Theres
also a very useful pull-out bottle drawer for olive oil and
other condiments in the island, which is easily accessible
when working at the island or the range cooker.
What is the key to this kitchens success?

Open-minded clients. Im so pleased that I was able to

convince them that the more classic kitchen aesthetic
seen in traditional farmhouses wasnt right for their
oast barn and that the new design should complement
the buildings abundance of character. l

aBoVe The slate trough sink was custom-made in the US. BeloW left On the
end wall, tall cupboards offer plenty of storage for food and conceal an integrated
fridge and freezer. BeloW right The oak surfaces have been treated with Osmo
oil,, to protect the wood from marking without altering its natural colour.

Cabinets, from 48,000;

rustic oak worktops,
900 linear m; both Plain
English, 01449 774028,
400 Series single steam
oven, 3,240; 400 Series
coffee machine, 2,040;
both Gaggenau, 0344 892
Fe range cooker, 5,520,
La Cornue, 020 7591 0110, Volevatch

Bistrot taps in polished

brass, 904, The Water
Monopoly, 020 7624 2636,
Similar Brazilian Grey
riven slate floor tiles,
from 51.60sq m,
Indigenous Tiles, 01993
824200, indigenousltd.
com. Revo factory pendant
shades, 192 each, Skinflint
Design, 01326 565227,



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feature Linda CLayton PhotograPhs aLexis HamiLton


H&G DeSIGn dream living room

Blue note
designer Lulu Lytle,

Soane Britain,

an aqua palette brings

a feeling of wide open
skies to this designers
living room, while
the animal theme
adds a playful twist

Can you desCribe the spaCe? Our apartment is on the fourth

foor of a listed stucco building in west London. It was originally

two fats that had been knocked into one, rather badly, in the 1970s;
we stripped it back to the exterior walls and started again. The
room is large around 7x5.5m and faces south, with two big
windows that give brilliant views across communal gardens.
When the trees are in leaf, it feels like were living in a treehouse.
how did you Choose the arChiteCtural features? My
husband and I were keen for this to be a space where all the family
could be doing their own thing playing board games, writing a letter,
reading at the same time. The bookshelves were all-important,
as we wanted to create a library feel. In order to have long shelves
without supports, they had to be made from sturdy MDF; the 4cm
thickness adds impact to the design. The idea for the freplace
came from my friend and mentor, designer and antiques dealer
Peter Twining, who found the yellow Syrian marble and drew the
design. The chimney breast is mirrored to refect the southerly
light. I had the mirror pre-drilled so that I could include wall lights
and the marvellous oil painting of a mandrill. Peter also devised
the bold quarter-circle cornicing: it hides a water pipe above the
window, but has become an important feature in its own right.
what prompted the Colour sCheme? From the windows, you
see an expanse of sky, and the blues were intended to continue
that feeling indoors. The ceiling is painted a blue-green hue in an
eggshell fnish I love eggshell for its fabulous refective quality.
The seating and rug introduce more shades of blue. I found a
wonderful custom-weave cow print for the chairs an unlikely
choice for such a classic shape, but I love the combination.

but when it arrived, it transformed the look, pulling everything

together. Peter helped me with the scale of the chevron pattern
and he got it just right; it needed to be huge to suit the size of the
room. I would urge anyone to think about the difference a great
carpet can make. We waited fve years before commissioning ours,
as I prefer to live with nothing and hold out for the right piece.
wildlife is a strong theme in the room. Ive collected animals

in various forms since I was very young. Opposite the mandrill

painting is a watercolour of a rhinoceros. In front of the window is
a stuffed anteater in a glass case, facing a crested porcupine, and
hanging from the bookshelves is the framed skin of an emperor
penguin, brought back from an Antarctic expedition in 1919.
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what was your biggest extravaganCe? The bespoke rug

The Bergre armchairs,
8,000 each plus 6m
of fabric; sofa, price on
application, in Old Flax
in Duck Egg Blue, 118m;
The Halma Man
occasional tables, oak,
1,500 each; Perspex
floor lamps with trays,
around 2,000 each;
similar wall lights, The
Chinnery wall lanterns,
from 1,500 each; all
Soane Britain, 020 7730
Armchairs in
Les Toiles de Tours
Vache in Bleu, 4109/45,
224m, Claremont,

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Ceiling paint, Green
Blue, Estate Eggshell,
51 for 2.5 litres, Farrow
& Ball, 01202 876141,
Bespoke rug, silk and
wool, from 720sq m,
Veedon Fleece, 01483
575758, veedonfeece.
com. 18th-century
mandrill painting,
Robert Barley, 01379
688380, robertbarley.
com. Rhinoceros
watercolour, McWhirter,
020 7351 5399,

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dESignEr Roselind Wilson,

Roselind Wilson Design,

020 3371 1779,
BUdgET Around 50,000.

Exquisitely equipped
for pampering, this
glamorous bathroom
was designed to provide
the feel of a luxury
spa and make the
most of the unusual
architectural traits

TELL US ABOUT THE ApArTmEnT. Its the three-bedroom, three-bathroom

second home of a retired couple from Suffolk. The building, in South
Kensington, was originally a hospital. It is mainly Tudor with Gothic
references, which has resulted in some interesting interior spaces.
cAn yOU dEScriBE THE OriginAL BATHrOOm? It was very modern,

all white, with a built-in bath and compact shower. The vanity unit was
overscaled, making it impractical to use. This space is particularly
anomalous as it has a pitched glass roof above the bath and vanity
unit and an internal pitched room within a room.
WHAT WAS yOUr mAin Aim WiTH THE dESign? We wanted the owners

to be able to step into a space that felt like home but with a sense of
being on holiday, where they could enjoy luxury spa facilities.
HOW did yOU STArT? We gutted the space to allow for a generous

wet room shower area and a free-standing bath with an Aquavision TV.
The planning started with the pitched room; to me, it was obvious that
this area needed to house a lounger and be somewhere just to lie down
and relax. Embedding lots of small fbre optics in the ceiling to mimic
a starlit sky was a natural progression.

And THE mATEriALS? Again, its all about luxury. The Arabescato Corchia
marble on the vanity unity has exceptional individual markings that add
depth to the scheme, while the paler veined Calacatta marble is perfect
for achieving the symmetrical book-matched pattern on the foor.
cAn yOU TALK US THrOUgH THE LigHTing? Its controlled by a
water-resistant Lutron keypad just inside the bathroom door. We used
several circuits to provide layers and levels of lighting for different
effects. The system includes a bedside control to operate the vanity
unit on a low-level light setting for use at night.
WHAT mAKES THiS BATHrOOm SO SpEciAL? A culmination of factors
the natural light fooding in, the carefully considered proportions, the
harmonious relationship between the fxtures and fttings, and the
soothing colour palette, which always feels welcoming. l

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WHAT inSpirEd THE cOLOUr ScHEmE? The pitched glass roof casts a
very strong white light, so a soft palette of greens and golds was chosen
to create a sense of calm. The green also complements the tones of the
marble, while brass and gold fttings enhance the opulent feel.

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Vanity unit, including marble top
and sinks, 10,000; brass-framed
mirrored wall cabinet, 2,800; all
City Interiors, 020 8510 0555, city Oort bath, 3,894,
West One Bathrooms, 0333 011 3333, Mimi
deck-mounted basin taps, 629
each, Gessi, 0039 340 1484 836, Zucchetti Bellagio bath

taps with shower mixer, 622.80,

Walton Bathrooms, 01932 224784, Mosaic wall
tiles in Verdi Alpi and Aquamarina,
933sq m, Via Arkadia, 020 7351
7057, Faro wall
light, 1,740, Bella Figura, 020 7376
4564, Bespoke
chaise longue, Hyde House, 01284

to avoid a big, block-shaped

vanity unit, a slab of marble
was foated above an elegant
drawer unit, creating space for
towel rails at each end.
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designer Paolo Moschino

for Nicholas Haslam, 020 7730


With its ornate fabric,

cool blue palette and a
parquet ft for Versailles,
this scheme in west
London exudes classic
chteau style

Can you desCribe the spaCe? This is the master bedroom of a large

Georgian residence in Holland Park. Except for its listed faade, the
house was demolished and rebuilt from scratch, so it is essentially brand
new. Wherever I could, I sourced old elements, such as the 18th-century
French Carrara marble freplace, to put soul back into the space.
What Was the brieF? The owners asked for a chteau in London,
so the starting point was a classic French fabric. I chose a large-scale
pattern and used it everywhere for the walls, blinds and bed drapes;
with a design like this, I believe you either do it or you dont. I much
prefer fabric to wallpaper: its livelier and brings movement to a space.
I had originally planned to wrap it around the bookshelves, but that would
have been impractical, so I had them painted in exactly the same grey
as the one on the wallcovering instead. What prevents the pattern from
overpowering is the generous use of white: the curtains, drapes, ceiling
and rug help to keep the scheme fresh and calming.
blue and White Can be Cold hoW have you avoided this? I chose

lots of shades of blue to warm up the space, picking out various tones
from the patterned fabric. Texture is also key. I used linen velvets on the
sofa and ottoman, and a silk velvet on the headboard; the antique velvet
on the chairs is different, bringing in yet another texture.

to fll it without using too many pieces, so I had a huge four-poster bed
made. The scalloped pelmet was inspired by an 18th-century design
I saw in Italy and the drapes are lined with the patterned fabric so that
when youre lying down, you see only that design; the effect is quite
calming on the eye. The ottoman is large as it conceals a television, but
I got away with it because of the size of the bed. For the bedside tables, I
had a pair of Maison Jansen commodes copied to a smaller scale to ft
the space; they were ebonised for a more modern look. The sofa is also
bespoke the advantage of making pieces to order is that everything
can be perfectly proportioned to suit the size of the room.
What about the Flooring? I bought this beautiful 18th-century oak
parquet at auction; it had been recovered from an old French chteau.
I found out afterwards that Id been bidding against someone from the
Versailles museum, as extra parquet had been needed for one of the
rooms. It adds lots of character to this space. In contrast, the rug injects
a fun, contemporary note. I love using fuffy fokati rugs, as theyre very
reasonably priced and add a nice dose of texture. l
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hoW did you Choose the Furniture? This is a big room and I wanted

I bought this 18th-century oak

parquet at auction; I was bidding
against someone from the
Versailles museum.

Walls, bed drapes and blinds
in Coppelia in Gris, PET 15509-1,
cotton, 119m, Madeleine Castaing
for Edmond Petit at Turnell & Gigon,
020 7259 7280, turnellandgigongroup.
com. Bed,commodes, P-arm sofa,
and ottoman, all custom-made;
curtains and bed drapes in Brussels
in Oyster, linen, 85m; headboard in
Arezzo velvet in Ocean, 98m; sofa
in Serento velvet in Midnight, 125m;
ottomans in Serento velvet in

Kingfsher and Dove, both 125m;

Dante table lamps, 625 each;
Sicily floor lamps, 580 each;
Chinoiserie planters, 555 each;
all Nicholas Haslam, 020 7730
Flokati rug, 165, John Lewis,
0345 604 9049,
Ceiling paint, Not Totally White,
Absolute Matt Emulsion, 36 for
2.5 litres, Papers and Paints, 020
7352 8626,

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This compact, low-maintenance retreat brings
a lush tropical feel and welcome seclusion
to the designers busy Brighton studio
designer profile Twice voted one of Britains top

ten garden designers, Andy Sturgeon has won six Gold

medals and Best in Show at the RHS Chelsea Flower
Show. He recently won the Hardscape and Planting Design
Awards in The Society of Garden Designers Garden
Design Awards 2013, for which H&G is a media partner.
What prompted you to create this garden? My offce is in

a Victorian terrace of shops and houses in the heart of Brighton and

it looks out on to this small garden. My creative team and I needed
a space that would be inspirational to look at and relaxing to sit in,
somewhere we could go to eat lunch and chat.
hoW did the design evolve? The garden is enclosed by old Sussex

fint walls; I liked the idea of a modern design that would complement
them while also creating contrast. It is also overlooked, so it needed
trees and plants that would create privacy, and it had to be low
maintenance, since we have very little time to look after it.
tell us about your inspirations. I was totally inspired by

my Cancer Research garden for Chelsea 2008, and I recycled the

plants from that design to make this one. The show garden was
a contemporary woodland, and the style and planting suited the
site and soil conditions here. We also reworked the stone paving
from our 2007 Chelsea show garden to create the benches
behind the table and chairs.
Would you recommend hard landscaping over grass? I used

a combination of hardwood decking and Portuguese limestone here,

mainly because the garden is shady and we walk on it so much. I love
lawns but grass wouldnt tolerate the light, or the wear and tear. The
paving is staggered: it is narrow in places, bringing the adjacent
planting beds further into the centre, then it moves out to almost
touch the wall. This creates the illusion of a larger space, while the
edging of lush plants helps to blur the lines of the boundary.
hoW do you choose containers? I treat pots as sculptural

objects they have to look good even when empty, as these are in
winter. I also like to repeat the same style of container: groups or lines
of three are effective. Annuals, such as these French marigolds, inject
colour that helps to lift the green foliage scheme; they also allow the
fexibility to change the plants every year, which keeps the design
fresh. If you prefer to use perennials, I would recommend Acanthus,
Liriope and the grass Hakonechloa; all have great leaf structure.
hoW do you keep the plants healthy? We installed an automatic

irrigation system, which is particularly important for the containers

and tree ferns. People often lose tree ferns because the roots, which
are in the trunk and in the ground, dry out, but we have a dripper in the

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top of the crowns, where the leaves emerge, and at the base of the plants
to prevent this. The mild coastal climate in Brighton also means we dont
have to wrap the tree ferns in winter, as you would in colder areas.
does the garden need much maintenance? Not at all. I give my
children the job of cleaning the decking and paving twice a year, and
we replant the containers with annuals in spring. Thats about it.
What tips do you have for designing small spaces? It is vital
to consider the boundary treatment, as boundaries tend to visually
dominate a compact garden. If you have a fence, try growing climbers
up it, or use a pleached hedge to add height and interest. Alternatively,
disguise an ugly boundary with a slatted timber screen or paint. l

key plants

1 | Dicksonia antarctica
(tree fern).
2 | Anemanthele lessoniana
(pheasants tail grass).
3 | Nandina domestica
(sacred bamboo).
4 | Aruncus dioicus
(goats beard).
5 | Astelia chathamica
Silver Spear.
6 | Astrantia Roma.
7 | Tagetes tenuifolia (marigold).

Where to buy
Big Plant Nursery,
01903 891466,
Claire Austin,
01686 670342,
Jacksons Nurseries,
01782 502741,
Knoll Gardens,
01202 873931,

and furnishings

InTervIew ZIA AllAwAy

PhoTograPhs HeleN FICKlING (GArdeN);
AllAN PolloK-MorrIS (PorTrAIT)

The garden is landscaped

with Portuguese limestone
paving and ipe hardwood
decking. Atrium planters
and Globe planter (used
as a table) are all by Urbis.
The glass-topped table
(inside the large Urbis pot) is
from Ikea and the chairs are
Harry Bertoia by Knoll.

the garden is enclosed

by old Sussex fint walls;
I liked the idea of a
modern design that
would complement them
yet also create contrast.

Where to buy
BBS Natural Stone,
01455 559474,
Portuguese limestone.
Urbis, 01759 373839,
Southgate Timber,
01277 890783,
Ipe decking.
Ikea, 020 3645 0000,
01482 649271,
Knoll chairs.




cOntact details



Andy Sturgeon,
Landscape and Garden Design,
01273 553336,

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Decorating with

Whether emblazoned on silk and velvet, or hinted at in muted fooring,
this striking motif gives schemes a refreshing graphic edge
Styling Katrin Cargill PhotograPhS Simon Brown

Here, striped wallpaper is hung vertically and horizontally

to give the impression of panelling, while opposite the
same paper is used to create a dramatic chevron effect.
FURNITURE Bertoia side chairs in Black,

H76xW50xD55cm, 696 each, Knoll at

Gotham. Honeycomb console table in
Plaster White with Black lacquer top,
H86xW150xD35cm, 3,372, Porta Romana.
FABRICS Curtain in Cascade Velvet in
Sienna/Graphite ED85208-5, cotton mix,
135cm wide, 135m, Threads at GP&J Baker.
Cushions in Les Fleches in Cendre 506 Fond
Ecru, 127cm wide, 235m, Le Manach at
Claremont; trimmed in Printemps woven
piping in Mandarin 981-52391-54, acrylic,
5mm wide, 23m, Samuel & Sons.
WALLS Chelsea Stripe wallpaper, 53cm
wide, 65 a roll, Cole & Son.
FLOORING Oak parquetry in Herringbone

Sea Shell, 74.94sq m, Fired Earth.

ACCESSORIES Isola hanging light,

rattan, diam36cm, 2,000; Circular

hand-beaten mirror, gilt, diam61cm,
2,900, both Soane Britain. 1950s
Italian Mangani porcelain centrepieces,
H51xdiam30cm, 4,500 a pair, Birgit
Israel. Black tin candle trays, H3x
diam14cm, 4; H3xdiam19cm, 4.50;
all Petersham Nurseries. Herringbone rug,
llama wool, 182x121cm, 795, Jonathan
Adler. Elveden oak-veneer four-panel
interior door, H198xW84cm, 159; door
knob in Black nickel, H7xdiam8cm, 15;
both B&Q. Door painted in Charlottes
Locks No 268, Estate Eggshell, 20 for
750ml, Farrow & Ball. e


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The depth of this scheme comes

from the layering of chevrons and
the playful use of scale. Wallpaper,
ooring and blinds all featuring
the design create an eye-catching
backdrop for sumptuous seating
upholstered with chevron detailing.
FURNITURE Stanhope sofa, H90xW220x
D74cm, 2,142 plus 17m of fabric, Westcote
Design; legs painted in Chalky Downs 4, gloss,
13.79 for 500ml, Dulux. Pollock chairs with
aged bronze frame, H70xW81xD81cm, 1,517
each plus 5m of fabric, Julian Chichester.
Hampton console tables, H80xW120x
D40cm, 445 each; Costes velvet ottoman,
H39xdiam119cm, 495; all Oka.
FABRICS Sofa in Zig Zag Plush in Travertine
32312-11, viscose mix, 137cm wide, 188m,
Kravet at GP&J Baker. Cushions on sofa in
Preston Linen 3359021, linen, 142cm wide,
251m, Schumacher at Turnell & Gigon;
trimmed in Monkey Fist Yukka T30637-16,
wood mix, 5cm wide, 78.50m, Kravet at GP&J
Baker. Chairs and cushions in Khiva Clay JRCL
97-62, cotton mix, 137cm wide, 206m, John
Robshaw at Tissus dHlne. Blind in Mirasol
in Linen 2013128-16, linen, 137cm wide, 85,
Lee Jofa at GP&J Baker; edged in Orient Point
Dune T30596-416, polyester, 4.5cm wide,
20m, Kravet at GP&J Baker.
WALLS Chevron Chic wallcovering in Elephant
Tusk 3294, 90cm wide, 78m, Phillip Jefries.
FLOORING Wool Iconic Chevron
Charles carpet, 5m wide, 58.70sq m,
Alternative Flooring.
ACCESSORIES Oval Aperture mirror,
H133xW82xD2.5cm, 1,440, Howe. Blue Hawk
or Hen Harrier birch ply print, 100cm sq,
310; Coopers Hawk and Palm Warbler birch
ply print, 100cm sq, 310; both by Alexander
Lawson at Surface View. The Provencale
freplace, Bianco Avorio limestone,
H108xW138xD26cm, 2,220; Herringbone
brick interior panels, H100x W100xD2.5cm,
420; Ducksnest free-standing fre basket,
H24xW46xD33cm, 354; Ballhead fre dogs,
H41xW23xD42cm, 270; all Chesneys.
Vintage taxidermy wood pigeon,
H28xW28xD26cm, 400, Nicholas Haslam.
Illustrated plate, diam18cm, 50, Mint.
Pieces of Pi vases, H24xdiam12cm, 115;
H25xdiam19cm, 175; H22xdiam25cm, 280;
all Mint. Vintage books, Portobello Market.
Green 19th-century French coin collecting
trays, 29x38cm, 120 each, Maison Artefact.
Broughton wooden planter, H50xdiam32cm,
220, Oka. Plant pot, H22xdiam23cm, 10,
Petersham Nurseries. Kaiser Idell 6580 foor
lamp in Gloss White, H135xdiam21cm, 671,
Aram. Zig Zag throw in Camel, 160cm sq,
295, Jonathan Adler. Matte Faceted bowl,
H8xdiam35cm, 180, Mint. Tree Houses. Fairy
Tale Castles in the Air by Philip Jodidio, 42;
The Book of Palms by Carl Friedrich Philipp
von Martius, 90; both Taschen. Malabar Ivory
rug, 365x274cm, 1,535, The Rug Company. e

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Patterned window dressings in the

same shade as the walls can be an
eective way to soften a bold colour
scheme, while salvaged parquet
in a chevron design adds character.
FURNITURE Dakota oval dining table in
White lacquer with antique nickel base,
H74xW240xD120cm, 3,566, Julian
Chichester. Evelyn chairs, H91xW47xD45cm,
575 plus 1.5m of fabric each, The Dining
Chair Company; legs painted in Wimborne
White, Full Gloss, 20 for 750ml, Farrow & Ball.
Reclaimed oak console table, H73xW168x
D62cm, 3,200, Nicholas Haslam.
FABRICS Chairs in Polka in Sauge 10421-74,
cotton mix, 136m wide, 73m, Nobilis.
Curtains in Chevron Bar Silk Warp print in
Leaf BR79785-432, silk, 127cm wide, 116m,
Brunschwig & Fils at GP&J Baker.
WALLS Mountain Greenery 38-6D, matt
emulsion, 38 for 2.5 litres, Sanderson.
FLOORING Cream-painted chevron parquet,
108sq m, Bert & May.
ACCESSORIES Geometric prints by Elizabeth
Ockford, 61cm sq, 395 each, Trowbridge.
Medici wall lights in Plaster White TWL77L,
H59.5xW22cm, 954 each, Porta Romana.
Globe chandelier, H70xdiam50cm, 557.14,
Julian Chichester. Indoor bonsai tree, 495,
Herons Bonsai. Bone Tile jewellery box in
Green, H6.5xW21xD13cm, 32, Oliver Bonas.
Celadon terracotta planters, H27xdiam25cm,
2,600 a pair, Howe. Glazed bowl,
H12xdiam25cm, 15; tin planter,
H14xdiam34cm, 35, both Petersham
Nurseries. Uncorded curtain track, aluminium,
L150cm, 15, John Lewis. e

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A subtle nod to the chevron

trend is made with a contrasting
zigzag on plain curtains, while
sleek ttings ensure that the
decoration remains the focus.
FURNITURE Carbon chair, H79xW47x
D47cm, 580, Bertjan Pot and Marcel
Wanders at Moooi. Vieques steel wash
basin in Grey by Patricia Urquiola,
90xdiam43cm, from 2,697; Fez tap in
Matt White, H118cm, 955; both Agape
at West One Bathrooms.
FABRIC Curtain in Kemble Linen in Sugar
Almond, linen, 140cm wide, 69.60m;
chevron stripe in Skittery Linen in Green
Glaze, linen, 143cm wide, 49.20m; both
Lewis & Wood.
WALL Setting Plaster, Estate Emulsion,
36 for 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball.
ACCESSORIES Circular metal ships
mirror on rope, diam35cm, 35,
Rockett St George. Small print vase,
H13xdiam8cm, 7, The Conran Shop.
Toothbrush, 2.50, Muji. Marvis
toothpaste, 6.95, Balineum. Bath sheets
in Poudre, 92x150cm, 79.95 each, Yves
Delorme at Selfridges. Waffe bath towels,
70x130cm, 39 each, The Conran Shop.
Wash bag in Natura Nero, silk, 140cm
wide, 240m, Alton-Brooke.

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Coloured tiles laid diagnonally are

all the more eye-catching against
dark fooring and ttings.
FURNITURE Vieques steel bath in Grey by
Patricia Urquiola, H60xW170xD72cm, 9,444;
Fez bath tap in Matt White, H78cm, from
1,249; both Agape at West One Bathrooms.
WALL Henley Chevron tiles in Seagrass,
Flint and Dusty Rose, 20x6cm, 405sq m;
Henley Rectangle Field tiles in Flint, 20x6cm,
228sq m; both Balineum.
FLOORING Insight Urban River Side vinyl
tiles, 45.5cm sq panels, 29.99sq m, Gerfor.
ACCESSORIES Skinny Block ladder,
H215xW48cm, 370, Lostine at SCP. French
linen hand towel in Dusky Pink, 55x70cm, 12,
The Linen Works. Harlequin Black and White
tea light holder in Chevrons, H8xdiam7cm,
6.95, Rockett St George. Dead Sea Spa Magik
black mud soap, 3.85, John Lewis. Iris Hantverk
body brush, L30cm, 18.95, Balineum.
Bath sheets in Poudre and Glacier, 92x150cm,
79.95 each, Yves Delorme at Selfridges.
Zinc tub, H39xW84xD44cm, 360, Howe. l


Softly doeS it
The luxurious velvet curtains and
foaty voiles act as a soft foil to the
hard lines of the fooring and furniture
in this masculine scheme. Allowing
the long fabric to pool on the foor
introduces a more feminine note,
helping to balance the overall look.
For a similar fabric, try Varese velvet,
64.99m, Fabrics & Papers, 01273
495500, e

Whether its a glamorous pooling of fabric or
classic louvred shutters, a window dressing plays
a crucial role in the success of an interior scheme.
Here, we offer a wealth of creative solutions

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between the lines

Picking out architectural details adds
defnition to a window. This graphic
black line follows the picture rail and
window frame, while a simple Roman
blind chimes with the neutral scheme.
Recreate the look with Pitch Black, Estate
Emulsion, 36 for 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball,
01202 876141,

shelf life
A wall of windows in a kitchen
need not rule out storage space.
In this room, shelving units
follow the horizontal lines of
the window panes, creating
an interesting feature. Ensure
the objects on display are well
curated so the overall effect is not
cluttered. A carpenter could build
some simple shelves like these;
fnd one through

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top it off
Tier-on-tier shutters are a perfect
solution for a bathroom, offering
privacy, while also letting in plenty
of light. This classic Henley
waterproof design, 655sq m,
from Hillarys, 0800 916 6524,, is an excellent match
for the rest of the neutral dcor,
keeping the feel light and airy.

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ExpErt viEw
a winDow
nina Campbell,

owner, Nina Campbell,

020 7225 1011, nina

Good lighting will enhance the appearance

of your curtains. A discreet row of small
downlights positioned in front of the
window can look particularly dramatic.
JUlieTTe bYrne, interior designer, 020 7352 1553,

n In the words of Elsie de Wolfe,

simplicity, suitability and proportion

are three of the most important things.
As a starting point to see if your
treatment works, take a photo of your
window, get some tracing paper and
draw the design you want over the top.
n Theres often something called
dead light, which is the area between
the top of the window and the ceiling.
Use this space to hang a blind or
position a pelmet rather than
obstructing the view and light.
If you have a short window, this will
make it look taller and more elegant.
n Pelmets are back in fashion but theyre
treated differently now, with shorter,
straighter designs, using less fabric.
n If youve got windows that are
different shapes or sizes in one
room, always try to start the
treatment from the same height and
keep it very simple for cohesion.
n Its important that a fabric hangs well.
Ask to see a metre of it, bunch it up and
see if it will hang nicely sometimes
fabrics can be too stiff. You also have
to think about the appearance of the
curtains when theyre shut and how
youll feel surrounded by all the material.
n Try to fnd a pattern that brings
in the colours you want to use in the
scheme to ensure you dont end up
with a clash or a two-dimensional
look. A good rich pattern can be used
as the mediator, helping to defne the
palette, which can then be integrated
into cushions or upholstery.

fade out The serenity of this

scheme has been achieved by giving
the walls and curtains the same ombr
treatment. It brings interest to a neutral
scheme, with carefully chosen warm,
muted tones ensuring it remains
sophisticated. This fabric is Saraille in
Cocoa, linen, 144m, Designers Guild,
020 7351 5775, e
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Metal finials

1 | Classic twist Cage and Ball finial for

20mm pole, in hand-forged steel in
Mercury, 30, Jim Lawrence, 01473

2 | Decorative detail Teetotum

finial for 13mm pole, in polished
brass, 36, Fabricant, 01765

3 | Country casual Rustic Forge

Shepherds Crook, in cast iron in Black,
36.99 with 28mm pole, Hallis Hudson,
01772 202202,

on the bright side

This lavish curtain reveals
a hit of yellow lining in a
sweeping, sail-style tieback.
It is a decorative way of
introducing another hue and
allowing in more light. Plush
Tamika HTQ03013 is lined
with Tamika HTQ03028; both
50m, silk, Harlequin, 0845
123 6815,

different stripes
Deep, curved pelmets
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ADVICE shutters
What you need to know
before making a final decision
Main benefits Shutters are a great
contemporary alternative to curtains,
providing additional sound and draught
proofng, and are perfect for bay windows,
which are a lovely feature but can be
awkward to dress, says Sarah Quilliam,
head of product design at Hillarys, 0800
916 6524, Shutters ft
snugly into recesses and give a fabulous
sleek look that really draws attention to
the window. Their clean lines also lend
themselves to more functional spaces,
such as bathrooms and kitchens, and
tracked shutters, which concertina, are
ideal for patio doors, as they can be
pulled back for easy access or to make
the most of an attractive view.
Choosing a style Start by
considering how much daylight you
receive. If the room is dark or northfacing, a wider slat and a caf-style
treatment or tier-on-tier design would
be suitable, offering both fexible light
control and privacy. As a rule, we fnd
that no matter how people think
they will use their shutters, in reality
they keep the panels closed and tilt
the slats the majority of the time, says
Mark Carter, founder and director of
Shutterly Fabulous, 0800 012 6615, Therefore, we
tend to recommend they opt for wider
panels, which will make the room feel
more airy and spacious.
Key trends Wider slats are growing in
popularity, but you still need to consider
the proportions of the window. A clean,
neutral palette of off-whites, greys and
taupes is much sought after at the
moment, as well as blonde woods, such
as elm and ash. Wood stains are a way
of adding subtle colour, but be careful not
to overpower the room if you have a large
amount of wood furniture or wood foors,
says Mark. Full-height shutters are the
best choice for tall or wide windows,
adds Sarah. Its a simple yet elegant
style that works on any window, but
particularly adds a dramatic fnish
to patio doors or tall windows.

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tall order
Fitting a track or pole directly
beneath the ceiling rather
than just above the window
makes a room feel loftier.
Choose a pleated curtain
with plenty of stack-back
so it looks full. A recess track
will help achieve this look,
from 44.40 for two metres
with standard gliders at
Silent Gliss, 01843 863571,

panel show
Solid shutters suit the look of
period properties and are ideal
for bedrooms, as they create
a barrier against noise. Dont
be afraid to go for a coloured
option, especially in an
otherwise pared-back scheme.
These panelled designs cost
from 290sq m at Shutterly
Fabulous, 0800 012 6615, e

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ADVICE Curtains

How to get this classic treatment just right

Measure up Its best
to have a pole or track in
place already when youre
measuring to avoid costly
mistakes, as your curtains
must ft the width of this,
not just the window. Always
use a metal tape measure,
as fabric ones can stretch
and arent always accurate.
Measuring the drop is
dependent upon where you
would like the curtains to
fall, says Laura Spencer,
design manager of Ashley
Wilde, 01707 635201,
For instance, foor-length
curtains usually hang 1.5cm
above the foor. For a more
bohemian look, you can
have the fabric pool on
to the foor.
potential pitfalls
Be aware that if the
pattern repeat is very
large, there may be a
certain amount of wastage
when it comes to matching
the motifs on each panel
of the curtain. Some prints

are fendishly diffcult to

match and will cause your
curtain maker problems.
In general, most fabrics
should be fne for curtains.
However, silks and pure
cottons can fade in bright
direct light and very heavy
or stiff fabrics dont drape
well, adds Laura.
Get in line Unless
you have sheers or voiles,
curtains should always
be lined, says David
Adeane, owner of The
Natural Curtain Company,
0845 500 0400, natural
If you have the budget
for it, then lined and
interlined curtains are
a great way to provide
additional insulation.
Interlining is like a thick
blanket that sits between
the face fabric and the
lining on the back, so your
curtains have three layers.
It also creates volume and
will give your curtains a
sumptuous, grand look. e

check mate
These chic caf-style curtains
offer a modern take on the
classic gingham check, letting
in plenty of light while also
providing privacy. The
monochrome scheme and
geometric patterns ensure
the look is clean and sharp.
Curtain in Check in Black,
linen, 35m, Volga Linen, 0844
499 1609,

delicate beauty
A perforated panel is a
decorative way to ensure
gently fltered light. Its an
ideal solution for larger
windows where heavy
fabric may block the view;
if you want to use material,
patterned voile is a good
option. Try Draks, 01869
for a similar bespoke panel.

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aDVICe Blinds

Familiarise yourself with

the options before you buy
RolleR This type of blind is a good
and popular choice when you want
to match an existing scheme. Rollers
are affordable and simple to ft but,
depending on the material chosen,
some light will still flter through, so think
twice if using in a room in direct sunlight.
Roman These timeless blinds are
available in a variety of styles fat,
looped, balloon or dog-eared and can
provide looks that range from soft and
feminine to masculine and tailored.
Venetian Versatility is a key feature
of these horizontal slatted designs,
which can be used for a range of
windows, including skylights, and
are great for controlling light levels.
They can be diffcult to clean, collect
dust easily and are prone to damage,
so are not ideal for childrens rooms.

Pattern Play
In a bay window, having a blind in the centre in addition to curtains
means you dont need to pull the curtains completely closed. Consider
using contrasting patterns, but ensure they work with the palette and
are of a similar style, as seen in this pairing of abstract and chevron
prints from Scion, 0845 123 6815, Curtain in Dhurrie in
Sauterne, cotton, 31m; blind in Kamili 120188, cotton, 27m. l

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Apollo Blinds,

Byron & Byron, 020 8344 7979,
California Shutters, 0800 012 6009,
Draks, 01869 232989,
The English Curtain Company,
01284 581585,
Fabricant, 01765 607755,
The Fabric Box, 0844 811 8280,
Hallis Hudson, 01772 202202,
Hillarys, 0800 916 6524,
McKinney & Co, 020 7627 5077,
The New England Shutter
Company, 020 8675 1099,
Plantation Shutters, 020 8871 9222,
Shutterly Fabulous, 0800 012 6615,
Shutter Shop, 020 7751 0937,
Shutters Inc, 0161 681 1721,
Silent Gliss, 01843 863571,
Sue Whimster, 020 8293 0737,
Thomas Sanderson, 0800 056 2929,
Tuiss, 0800 862 0466,

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Be inspired by charming patterns from around the globe, as designer and author
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Wild goose chase

Although this geometric pattern works beautifully in a clean,

modern scheme, its origins are in early America, when pioneering
women created thousands of quilt patterns that reected their
day-to-day lives. Nature was a particular source of inspiration, with
animals, sky and landscape informing many designs. Wild goose
chase (also called ying geese) was one of the most popular of
these, inuenced by the eeting sight of the birds on their
twice-yearly migration across the continent. A ying geese block
consists of one large triangle representing the goose, anked by
two smaller triangles in a contrasting tone to symbolise the sky. The
quilt itself is simple to make, but it does take time to cut and piece.



This traditional two-tone quilt pattern would t in perfectly in a

contemporary setting, especially in black and white, but could
equally take on a more traditional note with softer, tonal colours.
The sawtooth is one of the most recognisable patterns of the
Amish community, a group which is as famous for its quilts as for
its collective way of living. The Amish people started quilt-making as
early as the mid-1800s, once quilts were deemed to be a practical
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precision of their stitchwork. Straightforward and uncluttered in
design, they combine functionality with exquisite craftsmanship.

Irish chain

Minimal best describes this simple quilt; not only is the pattern
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backing only, with no batting in between. Although Irish by name,
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Postage stamp

This simple design is a charming addition to any eclectic room

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To compensate, the women turned to quilting and began using the
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Our expert Celia Rufey answers

your interior design questions
and decorating dilemmas
profile Celia Rufey has been

the Homes & Gardens decorating

expert for more than 30 years.
She has a wealth of interiors
knowledge and has also designed
her own range of fabrics.

where can I fInd a skIlled

workshop to update my sofa?
Some years ago I bought a Christian
Liaigre Basse Terre sofa with linen
slip covers. The upholstery now needs
attention and a new set of covers, but
I cant fnd a company able to deal with
both tasks for a piece of this quality.
Have you any suggestions?
ar, oxford.
I asked The Association of Master Upholsterers
and Soft Furnishers, 01494 569120, upholsterers., if there were any accredited upholsterers in
the Oxford area. After discovering there were none
in the city itself, and the nearest could not also
provide the slip covers you needed, I called Bruce
Upholstery, 020 8677 0660, bruceupholstery., led by Anne-Marie Bruce, who has
established a considerable reputation for working
on contemporary as well as traditional upholstery.
She confrmed that her workshop would be able
to provide both upholstery and new slip covers
for this exceptional sofa. This company is based
in south-west London and, as is the case with
most upholsterers, you would need to arrange
transport for the piece. The Basse Terre sofa is still
available in fve sizes, from 5,040, at Christian
Liaigre, 020 7584 5848,

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who supplIes trestle-style tables?

I would like a new table for our family kitchen
that is similar to a trestle design. Can you help?
ap, hastings, east sussex.
The style of your kitchen and the space available will
establish which of these tables with trestle features
would be the best ft. The Portobello in rustic pine, H77.5x
L160xW90cm, is pleasingly simple. It costs 199 from
Tesco Direct, 0800 323 4050, Another
attractive option is the solid-oak Rufus, H74xL180xW95cm,
650, with a two-leaf version extending up to L280cm,
750, from Habitat, 0344 499 4686,
Two variants on the trestle-style table, in reclaimed fr,
come in a choice of sizes from Loaf, 0845 468 0698, Speakeasy (above), H76xL180xW95cm, 575,
or H76xL220 xW95cm, 625; and the Champ with metal
detailing, H76xL160xW98cm, 495, or H76xL180xW98cm,
525. The Salisbury, a substantial piece in solid rustic oak, is
available in four sizes, from H78xL180xW90cm, 1,239, up
to H78xL240xW100cm, 1,425, from Barker & Stonehouse,
0333 355 9392,
Designed by Terence Conran, the Clifton, H70xL210x
W85cm, in solid ash, has a light, elegant look. Its curved
tension bar locks the legs in place, while releasing the bar
allows the table to be folded fat. It costs 1,795 from
Benchmark, 01488 608020, From
the same workshop, theres also the Oscar in air-dried oak,
H76xL240xW92cm, from 3,300, and in bespoke sizes.

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who will make a SiNk

iN a SPeCiFiC SiZe? I need to
replace a stainless-steel sink top
measuring 1500x500mm. It can have
one or two sinks or draining boards.
Where can I order one?
mS, Norwich.
I asked DSM Stainless Products, 0115 925
5927,, for a guide
quotation based on a sit-on sink unit with a
single bowl and double drainer. The 304 grade
stainless steel would be bonded to an MDF
subframe, tap holes could be made to suit and
the sink would come with a basket-strainer
waste and overfow kit. The price for this would
be 1,032. GEC Anderson, 01442 826999,, would also make a single
bowl and drainer sink to your specifcations
for 1,370. If you could be a little fexible about
the size, the Pland 316 grade stainless-steel
sit-on or inset Lab Sink 423216 with double
drainer might be suitable. This measures
1448x525mm and costs 744.98 from online
supplier MyTub, 0844 556 1818,

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how ShoUlD we haNG

STaiRwaY? Stairs run up
the centre of our house, so
there is a wall and handrail
on each side. What is the
best way to hang pictures
in this awkward area?

From left
Bonaparte lamp
from Katherine
North Design;
vintage bottles
from I&JL Brown;
Mycenae Urn
from Oka.

wheRe CaN i FiND laRGe aCCeSSoRieS? My home is a spacious converted

barn and normal-size vases and lamps look lost. Who sells scaled-up pieces?
aG, Crosby, merseyside.
There is no one-stop supplier but lots of places
occasionally think big. For lamps, consider the
solid-oak Bonaparte, 395, H92cm including
shade, 90, from Katherine North Design,
01892 784847,
The Ben lamp in mango wood, 175, with
retro Drum shade, 31, is substantial too at
H80cm, from The Olive Tree, 0845 372 0007,
For vases and other large decorative
containers, it is worth keeping tabs on I&JL
Brown, 020 7736 4141,,
whose stock now includes vintage pot-bellied
bottles, H54cm, 145. Decorative terracotta
will sit well in a barn and Pots and Pithoi,

01342 714793,, has the

Pegasus jug, H50cm, 75, as well as foorstanding, metre-high jars. Oka, 0844 815
7380,, sells tall products,
including the Mycenae urn, H68cm, 345,
which has an Antique Grey fnish for a
dramatic touch of classical Greek character;
add fowers for an arrangement of extravagant
scale. Also look to Neptune, 01793 427427,, for its large Charlton handblown glass vase, H51cm, 89.
Finally, Liverpools Bluecoat Display Centre,
0151 709 4014,,
has access to ceramicists and designers in
glass, including those who work to large scale.

Hughie ODonoghue RA, who was

responsible for hanging the 2014
Royal Academy of Arts Summer
Exhibition, gave me useful insights
on hanging pictures in a confned
passageway. In a thoroughfare, he
explains, people do not stop to
consider pictures, but get a feeting
impression. So he would place
no more than one or two pictures
in this stairway, as fewer pieces
placed strategically will achieve
the maximum impact with their
shape and colour. Alternatively,
if the stairway is narrow and there
is a suitable facing wall at the top,
that could be the place to hang
pictures, instead.
Art works best in a simple
environment, Hughie says, so
when choosing pictures for your
stairway, consider how they will
work with the carpet and wallpaper.
Always look at the space frst and
visualise the artwork in that context.
The whole, he concludes, should
add up to a picture in its own right.


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these vertical gardens also
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urban environments

Here, modular panels are

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support structure, which
allows walls of all sizes to
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By Randle Siddeley
Associates, 020 7627

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iving, or green, walls, once the domain

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Ideal for urban areas, they can help keep buildings cool,
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pLanTs TO TRy
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Fragaria Mara des Bois (strawberry)
Galanthus (snowdrop)
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Liriope muscari (lilyturf)
Pachysandra terminalis (Japanese spurge)
Pelargonium peltatum (ivy-leaved
Saxifraga x urbium (London pride)
Tiarella cordifolia (foam fower)
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in advance, so that I can concentrate on socialising rather than
worrying about the food; I want the recipes to be

relatively simple, yet impressive; and I want the menu

to focus on seasonal ingredients that my guests will
love. Its not difcult to tick all three boxes at this
bountiful time of year. Having a fabulous dessert in
the bag is also a boon, so I have chosen a cheesecake
and a panna cotta, both of which must be made ahead.

NOVEMBER 2014 | H&G | 199


PARSNIP GRATIN (previous page)
Serves 6-8

Marinating the lamb will enhance the

avour. If you dont have time, simply
roast as below with the same ingredients.
2.5kg (large) leg of lamb, part-boned
and tied with string
500ml pale or golden ale
300ml chicken or lamb stock
8 cloves garlic, skin on, bruised (bashed slightly)
2 tbsp chopped rosemary, plus 3 rosemary sprigs
2 tbsp olive oil
1 bunch baby or young carrots, scrubbed, trimmed
2 red onions, peeled, thickly sliced

For the gratin

400ml crme frache
200ml whole milk
Butter for greasing
1kg parsnips, peeled and sliced into rounds
100g Gruyre cheese, grated
1 tbsp chopped rosemary
A good grating of nutmeg
Put the lamb in a sturdy food bag or non-metallic


Serves 6

When preparing the Jerusalem artichokes, drop the peeled wedges into a bowl
of cold water with a few slices of lemon to prevent them blackening.
500g Jerusalem artichokes,
peeled and cut into wedges
2 tbsp olive oil
40g butter
Handful of sage leaves
500g mixed wild mushrooms,
cleaned and sliced
garlic clove, crushed
150g baby spinach leaves

For the dressing

1 egg yolk
garlic clove, crushed
Pinch of caster sugar
Pinch of salt
Juice of 1 small lemon
100ml light rapeseed oil

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Pre-heat the oven to 200C, gas mark 6. Steam the

artichoke wedges for 10 minutes. Transfer to a roasting

tin, toss with the olive oil and season well. Roast
for 30 minutes, until tender and golden.
For the dressing, whisk together the egg yolk, garlic,
sugar, salt and 2 teaspoons lemon juice in a bowl. Whisking
continuously, add the oil, drop by drop, until the mixture
begins to thicken, then add the rest in a thin stream. Whisk
in the remaining lemon juice and 2-3 tablespoons water
to thin the consistency slightly. The dressing can be made
up to 3 days ahead and kept covered in the fridge.
Heat 10g of the butter in a frying pan and add the sage
leaves. Cook for a minute or so until translucent, but not
browned, then drain on kitchen paper to crisp as they cool.
Heat the remaining butter until it foams, then add the
mushrooms and season well. Add the garlic and cook
over a high heat for 4-5 minutes, until golden in places.
Add the artichoke wedges and toss to combine.
Spoon on to serving plates with the spinach leaves,
scatter with sage leaves and spoon over plenty of dressing.

dish and cover with the ale and stock. Add the garlic
and chopped rosemary and marinate for 8-48
hours. When you are ready to cook the lamb (and
gratin), pre-heat the oven to 180C, gas mark 4.
For the gratin, combine the crme frache and
milk in a bowl and season lightly. Butter a medium
baking dish and cover the base with one third of
the parsnips and one third of the cheese. Season
with salt, pepper and a little rosemary and nutmeg.
Spoon over one-third of the crme frache mixture
and cover with parsnips, cheese and seasoning,
as before. Repeat the layering, reserving the last
third of the cheese. Cover tightly with foil and cook
for 40 minutes, then remove and set aside.
Remove the lamb from the marinade and pat
dry. Rub the lamb with the olive oil, season well
and put in a large baking dish or roasting tin that
is deep enough to hold the beer and stock.
Roast the lamb for 30 minutes, until beginning to
brown. Spoon any fat from the dish and discard, then
add the marinade, carrots, onions, rosemary sprigs
and 150ml water. Cover tightly with two layers of foil
and reduce the heat to 140C, gas mark 1.
Cook the lamb for 6-6 hours, until extremely
tender. Check after 4 hours and add more water,
if needed. Transfer the lamb and vegetables to a
warmed serving dish, cover with tea towels and
rest for 40 minutes. Spoon the fat from the juices
in the roasting tin and reduce the remaining liquid
to create a rich sauce.
Turn the oven up to 190C, gas mark 5 and
scatter the remaining cheese on the gratin and
bake, covered, for 30 minutes, then uncovered for
5-10 minutes, until golden and bubbling. Serve with
the lamb, steamed, buttery greens and the sauce.



Serves 6

This is a real crowd pleaser: simple, but substantial enough to serve as lunch for four. The squash and pumpkin seeds can
be roasted a few hours in advance. Heat the squash through in a warm oven when needed or serve at room temperature.
600g butternut or coquina
squash, peeled, deseeded
and cut into cubes
3 tbsp olive oil
50g squash or pumpkin seeds
tsp paprika
150g sliced serrano ham
2 handfuls of watercress,
thick stems removed
50g Manchego cheese,
rind removed

For the dressing

1 garlic clove, peeled and
bruised (bashed slightly)
2 tbsp sherry vinegar
tsp Dijon mustard
Pinch of caster sugar
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Pre-heat the oven to 200C, gas mark 6. Toss the

squash with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, season
generously and spread out on a roasting tray. Roast
for 30 minutes, until golden and soft. Set aside
to cool to room temperature.
Meanwhile, toss the squash or pumpkin seeds with
the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, the paprika and a
little salt. Spread out on a separate baking tray and
roast for about 6 minutes, until lightly toasted.

To make the dressing, put the garlic clove, vinegar,

mustard, sugar, oil and a little salt and black pepper
in a lidded jam jar and shake vigorously. The dressing
can be made up to 4 days ahead and kept in the fridge.
To serve the salad, gently toss the squash, ham
and watercress with the dressing in a large bowl.
Shave the cheese over using a vegetable peeler and
scatter with the roasted pumpkin seeds to nish.


Serves 4-6

Brining the chicken seasons it

throughout and keeps it juicy after
roasting. Serve this with mashed
potato for a lling supper or peppery
salad leaves for a lighter meal.
1 large, free-range chicken (about 2kg),
untied, giblets removed
10 shallots, halved and peeled
4 fresh, small bay leaves
5 thyme sprigs, plus extra leaves to serve
50g butter, softened
1 small pumpkin or round squash,
deseeded and cut into wedges
3 small pears, halved and cored
2 tbsp olive oil
150ml dry cider

For the brine

200ml dry cider
100g demerara sugar
2 tbsp rock salt
1 tbsp whole black peppercorns
2 thyme sprigs
3 fresh bay leaves, crushed
Make the brine by mixing all of the
brine ingredients with 200ml water. Put
the chicken in a large, zip-lock food bag
and pour in the brine. Seal the bag, set
it in a bowl or dish, and refrigerate for
6-24 hours, turning occasionally.
Pre-heat the oven to 190C, gas mark 5.
Remove the chicken (discard the brine),
rinse in cool water and pat dry. Put four
shallot halves, 1 bay leaf and 1 thyme sprig
inside the chicken. Loosen the skin from
the breast and put a pat of butter and the
bay leaves underneath. Spread the rest
of the butter over the breast and legs.
Put the chicken in a large roasting tin,
cover with foil and roast for 20 minutes.
Uncover the chicken and arrange the
pumpkin, pears and remaining shallots
and thyme sprigs around the base. Drizzle
with the oil, season and add the cider to
the dish. Reduce the heat to 180C, gas
mark 4 and roast for 50 minutes,
covering the chicken with foil if it browns
too quickly. To test for doneness, insert a
skewer into the thigh: the juices should
run clear, not pink. If not cooked, cover
and return to the oven for 10 minutes.
Rest the chicken on a board, tented
with foil, for 10 minutes before carving.
Serve with the pumpkin, pears and
juices from the pan, and a few fresh
thyme leaves scattered over.



Serves 6

Easy yet elegant, slightly unusual and not too lling this is a fabulous pudding to prepare ahead for a dinner party.
For the sauce
200g fresh or frozen
2 tbsp caster sugar
Juice of lemon

For the panna cotta

650ml double cream
325ml whole milk
vanilla pod
1 tbsp caster sugar
4 green cardamom pods,
lightly crushed
180g white chocolate, chopped
4 gelatine leaves
3 ripe gs, to serve

To make the sauce, blend the raspberries, sugar

and lemon juice with 2 tablespoons water. Pass
the mixture through a sieve to remove the seeds.
Chill the sauce until needed.
Have ready six 150ml pudding moulds (grease
these very lightly with a avourless oil if you wish
to turn out the panna cotta) or small cups, glasses
or bowls (no need to grease if you wish to serve
the panna cotta in them).
Put the cream, milk, vanilla pod, sugar and
cardamom pods in a saucepan, slowly bring to the
boil and immediately remove from the heat. Set
aside to infuse for 20 minutes.
Drop the gelatine leaves, one by one, into a bowl
of cold water. Set aside to soften for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, strain the cream to remove the vanilla

and cardamom pods. Return the cream to the pan,
add the chocolate and warm over a low heat, but do
not allow to boil. Stir until the chocolate is melted.
Drain the gelatine leaves and squeeze out any
excess water. Stir the gelatine into the warm cream,
off the heat, until completely dissolved.
Divide the mixture between the six containers.
Chill for 4 hours or overnight, until set. If not turning
out, spoon the sauce over the top to serve.
If turning out the panna cotta, dip the outsides of
the moulds in hot water for a few seconds, then turn
out on to serving plates and spoon sauce over the
top. Serve each panna cotta with a torn g half.

NOVEMBER 2014 | H&G | 203


Serves 10-12

Blackberries work wonderfully with the ginger base and the vanilla and soured cream lling, but you can use any fresh or frozen berries.
150g fresh or frozen
2 tbsp caster sugar
1 tsp plus 5 level tbsp cornour
200g gingernut biscuits
70g unsalted butter, melted
Pinch of salt
750g full-fat cream cheese, at
room temperature
300ml sour cream, at room
175g caster sugar
Finely grated zest of lemon
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
or extract
5 large free-range eggs,
at room temperature

Put the blackberries and sugar in a small pan

with 1 tablespoon water. Heat gently, stirring, for
5 minutes, until the berries begin to soften and
burst. Pure the berries using a stick blender,
or blitz in a blender and return to the pan.
Mix 1 teaspoon cornour with 1 tablespoon water
to make a paste and combine with the berries in
the pan. Bring to the boil, stirring constantly, then
simmer for 1 minute until thickened. Set aside.
Pulse the biscuits in a food processor to a ne
crumb. Combine with the melted butter and salt.
Press the mixture evenly over the base and a little
way up the sides of a 23cm round springform cake
tin. Chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.
Pre-heat the oven to 120C, gas mark . In a large
mixing bowl, whisk the cream cheese until smooth.
Using a wooden spoon, beat in the sour cream,

5 tablespoons cornour, sugar, lemon zest and

vanilla. Beat in the eggs, one by one, stopping
when the mixture is just smooth.
Pour half the mixture over the biscuit base and
dot a few teaspoons of blackberry pure over the top.
Cover with the rest of the cream cheese mixture and
level the surface. Drag teaspoonfuls of the remaining
blackberry pure over the surface, running a skewer or
spoon handle through it to create a marbled pattern.
Place the tin on a baking sheet. Bake the
cheesecake on the middle shelf of the oven for about
1 hours, until set but slightly wobbly in the middle.
Turn off the oven, prop the door ajar and leave
the cheesecake to cool completely. Chill for at least
4 hours or overnight. Run a knife around the edge
and remove from the tin before slicing.


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Marston & Langinger, 020 7881 5700,
Mathias Hahn, 0790 555 2268,
Mint, 020 7225 2228,
Moooi, 020 8962 5691,

Neptune, 01793 427427,
The New Craftsmen, 020 7148 3190,
Nicholas Haslam, 020 7730 8623,
Nobilis, 020 8767 0774,
Normann Copenhagen, 0045 35 55
44 59,

Oka, 0844 815 7380,
Oliver Bonas, 020 8974 0110,
Otago, 020 7871 4434, otagodesign.

Paint by Conran, 0845 094 9030,
Parker Knoll, 01773 604121,
Pentreath & Hall, 020 7430 2526,
Petersham Nurseries, 020 8940
Phillip Jeffries, 0844 800 2522,
Porta Romana, 01420 23005,
Portobello Market, 020 7727 7684,

Ralph Lauren Home, 020 7535

Rebecca Scott, 020 7352 3979,
Rebel Walls, 020 3000 21116,
Robert Kime, 020 7229 0886,
Roche Bobois, 020 7751 4030,
Rockett St George, 01444 253391,
Romo, 01623 750005,
Rubelli, 020 7349 1590,
The Rug Company, 020 7908 9990,

Samuel & Sons, 020 7351 5153,
Sanderson, 0844 543 4749,
Scarlet & Violet, 020 8969 9446,
SCP, 020 7739 1869,
Selfridges, 0800 123400,
The Silk Gallery, 020 7351 1790,
Sinclair Till, 020 7720 0031,
Soane Britain, 020 7730 6400,, 0333 220 4619,
Sticks and Stones, 07730 129416,
Summerill & Bishop, 020 7229 1337,
Surface View, 0118 922 1327,
Swaffer, 01733 371727,

Threads at GP&J Baker, 01202
Tissus dHlne, 020 7352 9977,
Toast, 0333 400 5200,
Trowbridge Gallery, 020 7371 8733,
Turnell & Gigon, 020 7259 7280,
Twentytwentyone, 020 7288 1996,


Viaduct, 020 7278 8456,

Wesley-Barrell, 01993 893111,
Westcote Design, 01608 659091,
West Elm, 0800 404 9780,
West One Bathrooms, 020 7499
William Yeoward, 020 7349 7828,
Winchcombe Pottery, 01242 602462,

Zoffany, 0844 543 4748,

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This gem on Dorsets Jurassic Coast offers a winning combination of delicious,

locally sourced cuisine, breathtaking views and quirky, cosseting rooms
massage rooms. As with the others in the
group, the heart of The Pig on the Beach
lies in the restaurant and its abundant
kitchen garden; anything that isnt grown
on site is sourced within a 25-mile radius.
For small parties, there is the thatched
summer house that offers an opportunity
for private dinners for 12. And to sleep off
all this indulgence? Look no further than
the characterful and nostalgic rooms with
roll-top baths and eclectic decoration, the
perfect environment in which to soak up
the beauty of this unspoilt corner of Britain.

take it home Ideas for recreating The Pigs nostalgic style

Croft leather chair,
1,350, Rupert Bevan,
020 7731 1919,
Emulsion, 35.50
for 2.5 litres,
Fired Earth,
0845 366 0400,

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Otto sofa in Deep Turquoise velvet,

H85xW213xD100cm, 1,600,, 0333 220 4360,

NeeD to kNoW
The Pig on the Beach has 23 rooms.
Doubles start at 119.
For the perfect rural bolthole, book
one of the romantic thatched hideaways
in the grounds.
The hotel is a great base from which
to explore the beautiful beaches of
Studland, the Jurassic Coast and the
villages of this picturesque part of Dorset.
The Pig on the Beach, Manor House,
Manor Road, Studland, Dorset BH19 3AU,
01929 450288, l

Isabella standard lamp in

Ruby, H200xdiam55cm, 795,
House of Hackney, 020 7739

Stove 3610, H79.5

2,837, Mors, 01788

Feature Giles Kime and laura Vinden

he Pig on the Beach in Studland,

Dorset, is the latest addition to a
growing band of Pigs that modestly
describe themselves as restaurants with
rooms but which, in reality, offer a much
more multifaceted weekend escape. The
frst opened three years ago in the New
Forest and was soon followed by Pigs in
Southampton and Bath.
The newest in the litter is a rambling
arts and crafts house with stunning sea
views, alongside other indulgent features,
not least the shepherds huts that serve as


e xc i t i n g n e w way s t o t r a n s f o r m yo u r h o m e
refurbishments conversions new builds extensions

The population of Britain is growing exponentially. In
London alone, it is predicted to increase by ten million
over the next 15 years. This growth wont just create a
greater demand for new buildings, it will also require the
repurposing and reconguring of old ones. Whereas the
focus of Homes & Gardens is on how space is furnished,
in this supplement it is on how space is used and given life.
Many of the designs we feature are extreme in style; the
London terrace that Studio Octopi stripped back to its bones,
Eldridge Smerins rooess kitchen in Highgate, and Tham
& Videgrds elemental design for a weekend home on the
Stockholm archipelago. Yet the progressive nature of these
buildings forces us to think about what we have and what we
could live without. As well as stimulating projects, there are
thought-provoking views from architects and designers, and
our selection of furniture and accessories that embody these
different directions in interior architecture. Together, we hope
theyll oer plenty of inspiration for how you choose to live.

LOCATION The Chilterns.

ARCHITECT McLaren.Excell.
See page 54.


n EwS
The latest projects, products and innovations.

StA rt ing fr o m S C r AtC h
New builds combining striking looks with functionality.

n Ew D irE Ct i o nS Sh o P P i ng
Furniture with a cutting-edge design.

r o o m for gr ow th
Original ideas for contemporary extensions.

t h E D E S ig nE rS m i nD
Leading architects on how they create spaces.


o lD m A D E nEw
Period homes transformed by clever interior ideas.

n Ew- lo o K C lA SSi C S Sh o P P i ng
Style your home with bold silhouettes and lively pattern.

n E o BA nKSi DE
An innovative London development.

D rA m At iC C o nvE r Si o nS
Repurposing a building gives it new life.

inD u St r iA l C h i C Sh o P P i ng
Monochrome furniture and accessories with clean lines.

B oo K S
Essential reading for architectural inspiration.

D irECto ry
Useful resources to inspire your project and where
to buy the products seen in this magazine.



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Introducing Quirky B, our new patterned carpets

with designs by Margo Selby and Ashley Hicks.
Indulge in patterned cosiness.

fa l l i n l i n e
Wireflow is a minimal
light design system by
Arik Levy for Vibia,
consisting of LED
lamps hanging in
various configurations
from thin rods and
wires to form bold
geometric shapes.
A similar design costs
2,688. Visit


inside track
The latest projects, products and innovations

For design company Dzek,
Max Lamb mixed large chunks
of coloured Italian marble
with a white polyester binder
to form a new engineered
stone for architectural
applications. His creation is
named Marmoreal and it can
be used as tiles or for covering
large areas of walls and oors.

ca p i ta l g a i n s
Londons streetscape
was the inspiration for
Mews, a range of slim
rectangular ceramic tiles
by British designers
Barber Osgerby for
It is available in six
appropriately named
colours: Chalk, Fog,
Pigeon, Lead, Ink and
Soot, from 160.80sq m.

stone with style

If youre embarking on a project, its worth knowing that Chesneys has the
technical know-how to create bespoke interior stonework, such as staircases,
doorways and replaces, and its Architectural Service takes care of designs from
conception to completion. Contact 020 7978 7224,
s pa c e s n e w s


Form and Function

Design duo Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay, known as Raw Edges,, has shaken up the
world of furniture with Islands, a series of fun experimental designs based around cooking, bathing,
dressing and playing. The elements of each piece slot into an A-frame base of Caesarstone,, an engineered stone more commonly used for kitchen surfaces.

order, order
For many of us, large-scale shelving doesnt get better
than Dieter Rams 606 system for Vits, but American
manufacturer Henrybuilt is giving the classic a run
for its money. Opencase is a recongurable system of
hardwood cabinets, metal rods and shelves that can be
used to bring a sense of order to kitchens, bedrooms,
hallways and living rooms. It costs from 1,465. Contact
001 212 966 5797,

rough lux
Plywood, chipboard and OSB (oriented strand board) are best known as rough and
ready construction materials, more often seen strewn about building sites than providing
architectural nishes. But lately weve seen inexpensive sheet materials increasingly
used for interior surfaces, with designers and architects maximising their inherent qualities
of pattern and texture to luxurious eect. As shown above, Dutch interior architect i29,
0031 20 695 61 20,, put plywood to good use, cladding a feature replace in a house in
north Holland, with further touches of plywood shelving and sliding doors in an otherwise
white-and-grey interior. At the Aesop skincare shop in Shin-Marunouchi, Tokyo, Torafu
Architects, 0081 3 5498 7156,, sanded and stained chipboard surfaces in a dark
blue to give them the appearance of marble. These come in at roughly 26 for a 1.2x2.4m
sheet of interior plywood, and 15 for OSB, so you can rejoice if youre on a small budget.
Just remember that the materials need sealing and protecting prior to nal installation,
and be sure to tell your builders that they are not for walking on.

s pa c e s n e w s


ta k i n g c h a r g e
The surface of Marjan van Aubels Current
table harnesses solar energy for charging phones
and tablets. The young London-based designer found
a way to convert indirect sunlight into electricity using
particles of titanium dioxide, which are xed to the
tables glass surface with orange dye. Contact
07775 448967,

n e at i d e a

new kid on the block

The Haller storage system by USM is just as

useful at home as it is in the oce, with its versatile
modular design that comes down to one repeating
chrome ball joint. This unit in Golden Yellow
costs 1,343. Contact 0041 31 720 72 72,

With Sir Kenneth Grange as design consultant,

new British furniture brand Ambrose, created
with Heals, has impressive credentials. The
concept is to champion simple, well-made pieces
suitable for small homes. Visit

Icon refresh selfridges,, has appointed David chipperfeld

to revamp part of its oxford street store to the tune of 300 million. The noted
British architect will be redesigning the accessories area and creating a new
double-height entrance to Duke street on the buildings eastern side.

m a t e r i a l m at t e r s
Flamboyant Spanish designer Patricia
Urquiola has made her rst foray into
kitchens. Introducing a warm mix of copper,
zinc and wood, with an emphasis on
eco-sustainable materials, Salinas for Bo
brings a softer touch to the world of kitchen
design. The glass for the inset patterns on the
worktops is taken from recycled TV screens.
Contact 0039 362 5341,

s pa c e s n e w s


Green liGht
Boccis new 38 series combines white
blown-glass globes and smaller moons
with decorative plants such as cacti to
provide a cascade of light and foliage.
A pendant and two moons costs 2,356.
Contact 07590 815252,

G r e at e s c a p e
Werner Aisslingers 25hours Hotel Bikini
in Berlin really is an urban jungle, featuring
an eclectic mix of the designers celebrated
furniture, stark post-war architecture, extensive
planting and views over the monkey enclosure
of the citys zoo. Budapester Strasse 40, 10787
Berlin, 0049 30 12 02 21 0,

desiGn powerhouse
Londons industrial damsel in distress, the Battersea Power
Station, has long been awaiting a knight in shining armour
to rescue it from further decline. Built during the 1930s and
decommissioned in 1983, the Grade II*-listed building has
changed hands numerous times and there have been many
failed plans to redevelop it from architects and designers
including John Outram, Nicholas Grimshaw, Ron Arad and
Terry Farrell. Visions have included turning it into a theme
park, a hotel and the home of Chelsea Football Club, but it has
nally fallen to Rafael Violy to see through a masterplan,
which will also feature a moat around the station and
surrounding buildings by DRMM, Frank Gehry and Foster +
Partners. Wilkinson Eyre will be responsible for the vast
interior, dedicating the two turbine halls to retail space with
apartments above, and transforming the boiler room into an
auditorium. The development will also include six oors of
oces and a series of luxury homes that will sell for up to
10 million. The advance sale of these will help fund the rest
of the project, with completion due in 2018. Earlier this year,
Michaelis Boyd Associates was announced as the residential
interior architect and designer for the project (show apartment
above). For more information, visit

In prInt
architect DUs has
begun creating the
worlds frst
3D-printed house,
which will be
made from concrete
and plastic. see
new York cool
Workof, a collective of 30
New York designer-makers,
announced itself during
the citys design week by
showing pieces in a mock-up
apartment in the 19th-century
Terminal Stores building.
s pa c e s n e w s


Looking sharp
World-renowned American
architect Daniel Libeskind has
applied his distinctive style to
kitchens. His one-o Sharp
kitchen for Poliform is sleek,
angular and monochrome, with
nishes in hi-tech Corian. This
is a prototype; recreate the look
with the Artex range, from
50,000. Contact 020 7368

no smoking
Planikas Fireline Automatic 3, 4,220, burns with ethanol, leaving no
smoke, smell or ash. The minimal replace is also the rst that can be
controlled by smartphone, which makes using it a cinch for reluctant
restarters. Contact 0048 52 364 11 59,

g e T T i n g wa r m e r
The market for smart heating systems
is hotting up with the arrival of the
Learning Thermostat, 179, from Nest,
0808 169 2307, It tracks
how and when you like to heat your
home and automatically adjusts itself
to your schedule, helping to reduce
energy bills. You can also connect to the
thermostat via your tablet or mobile to
set the perfect temperature for when you
arrive home. Hive from British Gas is
a similar product, at 199 for a full kit.
Contact 0800 980 0649,

Up to the challenge one of the worlds most

exciting architectural competitions is underway: to
fnd the designer of the guggenheim art museum in
helsinki. the organisers received 700 participation
enquiries before it even launched. the winning
proposal will be situated in the citys south harbour
area and will receive visitors by sea as well as on
foot. Visit

sT Y L e T o i n s p i r e : n e w L o n D o n B a r s a n D r e sTaU r a n T s
Berners Tavern This marvellous bar and
restaurant is crammed with vast oil paintings, a
stunningly ornate ceiling and sociable leather-clad
banquettes. 10 Berners Street, W1T 3LF,
020 7908 7979,

n ham Yard

Designer Kit Kemps eclectic style

is on show at the bar and restaurant in the latest
addition to the Firmdale portfolio a trove of ideas
on how to use colour and pattern. 1 Ham Yard,
W1D 7DT, 020 3642 200,

s pa c e s n e w s


holborn Dining room Find British grandeur

with a modern twist at this brasserie at new hotel
Rosewood London. Antique mirrors and leather
banquettes feature. 252 High Holborn, WC1V
7EN, 020 3747 8633,

words riya patel


starting from scratch

Constructing a new home is the best way to ensure a light,
well-planned space with striking looks and high levels of eciency

s pa c e s N E w B U I L D S


LOCATION Stockholm
archipelago, Sweden.
ARCHITECT Tham & Videgrd
Arkitekter, 0046 8 702 00 46,
BACKGROUND The owner wanted
to create a low-maintenance building
which was more substantial than
the timber houses more commonly
constructed in this area.
KEY FEATURES A glass canopy, which
echoes the rooine of the new buildings,
bridges the two parts of the property. It
not only serves as a porch and covered
terrace, but also frames the view of
the Baltic Sea and wooded landscape.
Gabled roofs of dierent heights give
the house its distinctive silhouette.
Photograph: Lindman

LOCATION Luberon, France.

ArChITeCT Studio KO, 020 7437 1018,
BACKGrOUND The house was commissioned by a client
who, having restored an 18th-century farmhouse nearby, was
inspired to build a new house from scratch. The brief was to
create a property that blends with the landscape and makes
the most of the surrounding vistas.
KeY FeATUreS The focus of the upper level of the house
is the view over the propertys lower terraces to the sweeping
countryside beyond. With this in mind, the vast pivoting glass
windows have been kept as simple as possible and the interior is
deliberately sparse. The discreet proportions and planted roof
of this house fuse so successfully with the landscape that it is
easy to pass by without being aware of the buildings existence.
Photograph: Richard Powers

WindoWs have been kept simple to

keep the focus on the sWeeping
countryside beyond.

s pa c e s N e w B U I L D S


The aim was To creaTe a conTemporary

scoTTish lodge ThaT makes a sTaTemenT.
California, USA.
Architects, 001 503 243
designer Mandy Graham and
her husband Christopher
decided to knock down their
existing Manhattan Beach
home near Los Angeles to
build a compact three-storey
home for themselves and
their six-year-old twins.
create a simple, unied feel
throughout, all joinery and
architectural detailing has
been picked out in black, while
white walls and Douglas r
ooring from Danish company
Dinesen soften the look.
Photograph: Jasper Carlberg

ArChITeCT Safdie
Architects, 001 617 629
2100,; interior
designer, Suzy hoodless,
020 7221 8844,
was to build a contemporary
Scottish lodge that, like those of
the 19th century, would make a
strong architectural statement,
albeit in a striking, modernist
way. Safdie was an inspired
choice, with a track record of
creating iconic commercial
buildings, including Torontos
main airport.
KeY FeATUreS Suzy
Hoodlesss challenge was
to work with the structural
elements of glass, granite and
steel to instil a welcoming
domestic feel. Furniture was
specially made to suit the shape
of the room and the colour
palette is based on a photograph
that Suzy took of some moss
on a visit to the estate.

s pa c e s N e w B U I L D S


The house consisTs of

four inTerlocking
boxes wiTh an olive
Tree aT iTs hearT.

LOCATION Winchester.
Studio, 01962 864545,
BACKGROUND The architect was
approached by a couple who wanted
to immerse themselves in building
a new home. Having recently lost a
daughter, they hoped the project
would give them a new purpose and
a positive focus.
prominent location overlooking the
city of Winchester and its beautiful
countryside, this striking upsidedown property stands in contrast to its
conventional neighbours, featuring a
at overhanging roof, dark grey brick,
cedar cladding and grey aluminiumframed windows. The house consists
of four interlocking boxes; the open
space at the centre forms a courtyard
with a single olive tree at its heart.

s pa c e s N E W B U I L D S


Smerin, 020 7228 2824,
BACKGROUND The house was
built on the footprint of a 1970s
property. The owner lived nearby
and, having acquired the plot, was
keen to make the most of its unique
location in Highgate Cemetery.
highlights of the design is a sliding
glass roof that, when opened,
transforms the top oor into a
courtyard. Elsewhere, balconies and
terraces make the most of Londons
skyline beyond. The street faade is
an abstract composition of black
granite slabs that makes reference
to the monumental masonry.
Photograph: Lyndon Douglas

s pa c e s N E w B U I L D S



new directions
Our selection of furniture designs with a striking, cutting-edge feel
styling Laura FuLmine PhotograPh ruy teixeira

s Pa c e s s h o p p i n g


Shapes mirror, H150xW50cm, 220, Hay at

Twentytwentyone. Low media unit, H43x
W200xD50cm, 3,043, USM at Aram. Dark
Blue/Deep Blue bowl, H9.5xdiam20cm, 360,
Sophie Southgate. Collana vase, H38cm,
with glass top, 617, Sebastian Herkner for
Rosenthal. Fuchila chair, H78xW88xD61cm,
700, Marina Dragomirova. Lungo watering
pot, H42xW46xD30cm, 26, Twentytwentyone.
First chair, H80xW38xD49cm, 1,080,
Muller Van Severen at Viaduct. Gimme Shelter
sofa, H113xW160xD72cm, from 4,596,

Moroso. Natural Nantes cushion cover, 40x50cm,

95, The Conran Shop. Right Balance side
table (part of the Right Balance bench), H35.5x
W125xD31cm, 2,000 in total, David Horan
and Malgorzata Bany at Mint. Large Orange/
Blue bowl, H9.5xdiam20cm, 360, Sophie
Southgate. Pom Pom table lamp, H36xW33cm,
486, Calligaris. Callimaco floor lamp, H200x
diam39cm, 740, Ettore Sottsass at Aram. Pelt
chair, H74xW46xD45cm, 510, Benjamin Hubert.
All White, Estate Emulsion, 36 for 2.5 litres,
Farrow & Ball. WHERE TO BUY, pagE 66


room for growth

From unusual cladding to a daring design, these ideas for contemporary
additions will encourage you to think outside the box
s pa c e s e x t e n s i o n s


LoCAtion London.
ArChiteCt Alison Brooks Architects, 020 7267 9777,
BACkground This 19th-century house had lain empty for ten years when the
current owners bought it. It required a full-scale internal rebuild, with the upper- and
lower-ground oors entirely recongured. The architect also added two extensions,
one to the side and the other to the upper-ground oor. Her brief was to create an
adventurous design and unique piece of architecture.
key feAtures The dramatic black additions are the rst buildings in the UK to
be entirely clad in Corian, which requires very little maintenance and can be moulded
into complex shapes. To ensure the new structure did not look heavy or imposing, the
walls were built at irregular angles, and are either fully solid or fully glazed. Although
the house is in a conservation area, planning permission was achieved with the proviso
that the side extension would not be visible from the street. To full this criterion, the
architect lowered the existing basement and excavated a sunken courtyard.
Photograph: Paul Riddle

LOCATION The Norfolk Broads.

ARCHITECT Acme, 020 7998 6319,
BACKGROUND Formerly a mill keepers house, this has been a private residence since
1900. Over the years, ve poorly designed extensions had been carried out, so the current
owners decided to pare the building right back to its original form, and then build a new
single addition to the back to provide the space they needed.
KEY fEATUREs The extension had to have a contemporary look but also be sensitive
to the areas architecture, so it was given a dark colour and an angled faade. This means
it sits in the shadow of the main house and, although it has a modern form and design, this
is tempered by the incorporation of pitched roofs and charred cedar board cladding, both
of which are part of the Broads vernacular style. Oversized windows punch through the
structure, giving expansive views. These frameless sheets of glass have been introduced
to the redesigned original building , too, bringing cohesion to the two structures.
Photograph: Cristobal Palma

inside, there is
beautiful detailing
such as timber lining
and a window seat.

ARCHITECT Hayhurst and Co, 020 7247 7028,
BACKGROUND This extension was conceived to replace a worn-out lean-to on a
Victorian family home, and creates 10sq m of additional oor space. The home is in
a conservation area, so close attention had to be paid to the shape and materials used.
KEY fEATUREs The open-plan extension holds a kitchen, dining room and play
area and features beautiful detailing, such as a timber lining and a wide wooden
window seat. Timber on the exterior links inside and out, while lapped Welsh slate
cladding references the roong of the parent property. The shape of the extension
was also informed by the architecture of the original house; it follows the angled lines
of the return. A green roof boosts the eco credentials and is also pleasant to look down
on from the upper levels of the original home.
Photograph: Kilian OSullivan

s pa c e s E x T E N s I O N s


For subtlety, the

two-storey scheme
is sunk below the
slope oF the garden.

LOCATION Guildford.
ARCHITECT Gregory Phillips Architects, 020 7724 3040,
BACkGROuNd The challenge here was to add a contemporary extension to a
Grade II-listed Victorian country house, which had plenty of original features but
needed a signicant update. A 1980s extension with narrow rooms was demolished
to make way for a 100sq m wing that contains a family room and kitchen on the
upper oor and a swimming pool and games room below.
kEy fEATuREs Subtlety was paramount in the design; planners rejected an initial
proposal for a three-storey addition, as they felt it overpowered the main house.
Gregory Phillips Architects designed a two-storey scheme that is sunk below the
slope of the garden and selected a smooth white render for the exterior to create a
visual connection between old and new. Glass features prominently, allowing the
owners to enjoy the fabulous views, while a large balcony o the kitchen and direct
access from the pool to the garden link inside and out.
Photograph: Darren Chung

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ARCHITECT Paul Archer design, 020 3668 2668,
BACkGROuNd This multilevel addition was part of a revamp of a Victorian property
in north London. The renovation preserved the original home while adding a few bold,
contemporary features, including an entire oor beneath the original house.
kEy fEATuREs The new extension has an open-plan basement level, with space
for cooking, entertaining and relaxing. Its focal point is a striking double-height glass
box at the rear, which allows light to ood in. Douglas r batons clad the upper storey,
overlapping in parts over the glass to cast lovely shadows inside. Wood is also used to
striking eect throughout the interior, including on the walls and in storage systems.
This lends the home a Nordic feel, which was a key inspiration for the design.
Photograph: Andy Stagg

style directions


The challenge for architects and
designers is to create or recongure
buildings that will provide the best
possible setting for our daily lives. But
the parameters of what this means are
ever-shifting with the demands of our
changing world. We asked seven leading
gures in these elds where they nd their
inspiration, about the lessons they have learned
from the past and what they see as the best approach
to the issues raised by the requirements of modern living.

1. Timeless modernism best sums up the design of this eco home by Michaelis Boyd Associates. 2. Glass allows
light to flood into this double-height dining room by Gregory Phillips Architects. 3. Creative duo Lyndon Neri and
Rossana Hu are behind this apartment in Singapore. Its unconventional layout has all the rooms in the centre of
the space with a corridor around the perimeter. 4. Designed by architects Stiff + Trevillion, this family house in
Kensington was crafted with indoor-outdoor living in mind: expansive glazing lets in light and slabs of travertine
flow from inside to out. 5. Chris Romer-Lee of Studio Octopi worked on the redesign of this home. Classic
brickwork is teamed with glass to create a bright extension sensitive to the propertys history. 6. The clean lines
of this design by Poliforms kitchen arm, Varenna, are an excellent match for the light space. 7. Design agency
Minale + Mann redesigned and extended this home. Custom details and one-off joinery create a bespoke look.
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lynd on neri
& rossana hu
Founding partners
of Neri&Hu Design,
0086 21 6082 3777,,
a multidisciplinary architecture and design
oce, based in Shanghai. They recently
collaborated with De La Espada on the
launch of a furniture collection.
Where do you look for inspiration?
We are inspired by the mundane and the
ordinary. The very fabric of Shanghai and
the everyday activities in and around the city
re our imaginations. Although the Western
architectural tradition forms the basis of our
education, culturally, we are very much
Chinese, and there are particular elements
in our work that come from China. We also
like to examine the heritage and customs
of a projects location.
What have you learned from the past?
Everything that we know is from our own or
other peoples pasts. In all ways, we become
wiser and more experienced, although that
doesnt necessarily mean we wont repeat
mistakes. Life is short and our ethos is that
what we do is about the meaning we give to
peoples lives and society, as opposed leaving
material objects behind.
Is colour important to you?
Yes, particularly the shades and nishes of
natural materials as they age, such as copper
with a patina, wood in stained or raw form, and
leather that bears the marks of wear and tear.
Is true open-plan design impractical?
No. It depends on how one wishes to live. It could
be great to live without walls and boundaries.
What is the key to a successful new build?
A careful balance of many things, but most of
all, it should be soulful.
Which materials excite you?
We are always fascinated by wood, for the sense
of life it can provide a space, with both its
appearance and tactile quality.
How can we meet the demand for housing
without impacting on the environment?
Build things to last, reuse materials, and be
smart about making spaces multifunctional.
Who has had the single biggest inuence
on your work?
Le Corbusier continues to be very relevant
when considering form and space. [Italian
architect] Carlo Scarpa continues to inspire us
with his details and composition. [Austrian
architect] Adolf Loos clarity and rigour also
guides our work. The breakthroughs that
Tokyo architect SANAA has achieved by
dematerialising architecture, where structures
become a matter of light and surface, are
amazing, as are lvaro Sizas manipulation
of spaces, David Chipperfields pedagogical
discipline, and Peter Zumthors material
sensitivity and detail.

experience teaches us
solutions, proportion,
aesthetics. sometimes using
a precedent is a conscious
decision, other times it is
g reg o ry p h i lli ps

s ebast ia n Ma nn
Managing partner of Minale + Mann, 020 3176 4499,, a design agency based in London,
Stockholm and New York. The companys work exhibits a rened
industrial aesthetic with an adherence to functionalism. For
Sebastian, good design should be permanent, not a passing fad.
Where do you look for inspiration?
I tend to be most inspired when Im not looking
for it. Travelling from place to place, seeing how
dierently people live and how their culture
inuences their lifestyle, is fascinating. I suppose
its people who inspire me the most. The design
and use of materials then follow.
What have you learned from the past?
Not to dwell on it. When youre designing,
its imperative to refer to the past and consider
the future, but pure design, design that is
timeless, can only be in the present. This, for
me, is important, in order to create something
with permanence, and to avoid following
trends or a particular fashion. Design should
be an expression of creativity in that moment,
and nothing else.
Is colour important to you?
Of course. However, what is more important is
the right combination. The worst thing you can
do is use colour for the sake of using colour it
should have meaning and be representative of
the overall design.
What makes an eective refurbishment?
When you dont realise that a space has been
redeveloped, as if the new part of the house is
meant to be there, then the project has worked.
Changes should t perfectly and become a
natural extension of the house. In the case of a
period property, its essential to be sensitive to
its age and to retain or reinstate certain original
features; however, the layout should t the
particular requirements of that brief.

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Is true open-plan design impractical?

Im tired of copy-and-paste, white-space,
open-plan living. I get more excited when a house
retains a bit of its traditional modesty, with
private, individual spaces that slowly reveal
themselves and tell a story as you walk around
them. And, if there is a hint of a dark secret
along the way, all the better.
What is the key to a successful new build?
It should be sympathetic to its surroundings,
and make the best use of space, inside and out.
A good new build makes a statement and is
not afraid to shout about it.
Which materials excite you?
Bronze, rubber and resin.
How can we meet the demand for housing
without impacting on the environment?
In short, two of the biggest risks to the world are
rising sea levels and the cutting down of trees. As
designers, we must become more innovative and
less consuming, while still accommodating for
the vastly expanding population of our planet.
This means making better use of land, and
being more eco friendly when we build. In cities,
we must start to engage with the concept of
vertical realms.
How can we conserve space?
Account properly for every inch, and allow
space to be less dened and more exible
in terms of use.
Who has had the single biggest inuence
on your work or thinking?
My grandfather.

Mike st if f

g r eg o ry
p h i l l i ps

The director of London-based architectural practice

Sti + Trevillion, 020 8960 5550,,
which works on projects from private residences to
restaurants and takes a collaborative approach to design.

Where do you look for inspiration?

The history of the space and its location
are always an important departure point.
What have you learned from the past?
That very often, the rst ideas are the simplest
and clearest. Stick to your vision.
Is colour important to you?
Colour is important, but it needs to be used
judiciously, as nothing dates as quickly as last
seasons shades.
What makes an eective refurbishment?
Decisive clients and skilled contractors.
Is true open-plan living impractical?
Generous shared spaces engender a better
lifestyle. Everyone needs privacy, but private
spaces do not need to be big.
What is the key to a successful new build?
A building that is obviously new, but feels
like it should be there.
Which materials excite you?
At the moment we are using ceramics a lot,

The London-based architect,

020 7724 3040, gregory, specialises
in creating family homes.

glazed porcelain, terracotta and faience.

How can we meet the demand for housing
without impacting on the environment?
The answer is not necessarily to go up. The
denser, low-rise models of the past, such as
mansion blocks and garden squares, oer
a very sophisticated urban living model.
How can we conserve space?
In Tokyo, the houses and apartments are
smaller, because space is a rare commodity.
Space has become a luxury and we should
value it more.
Who has had the single biggest inuence
on your work or thinking?
Le Corbusier challenged the 19th-century
home in the most radical way; everything
including decoration, window shapes and
circulation was re-addressed. His approach
has been absorbed into modern architectural
thinking and the way we live now, but in the
1920s it was revolutionary.

al ex Michael is
Partner in London-based architectural practice Michaelis Boyd Associates, 020
7221 1237 Recent commissions include Soho House Istanbul
and the MK2 cinema group in Paris. The rm was recently chosen as the interior
architect and designer for some of the new homes at Battersea Power Station.

Where do you look for inspiration?

Travel, and the natural world and materials are
sources of ideas. I get fed up with looking at
architecture magazines with metal and glass
and dierent shapes ying in all sorts of
directions. I nd it exhausting and Im always
looking for simplicity; a sense of space and calm.
Every now and then I come across a building
that inspires me, such as Nall McLaughlins
chapel in Oxford it has such calm and
Hotel Therme Vals in Switzerland.
What have you learned from the past?
Simple design creates long-lasting buildings
with a sense of tranquillity.
What makes an eective refurbishment?
Interpreting and fullling the brief while
ensuring there is light, a sense of space, a good
ow and as little wasted room as possible.
Is true open-plan living impractical?
No, its wonderful for people who want it and
a nightmare for those who dont.
What is the key to a successful new build?
Again, the same rules apply: simplicity,

fantastic light, space and ow. When creating

something from scratch, you should look at
the path of the sun and design morning sunrise
and evening sunset spaces that also make the
most of any views.
Which materials excite you?
I love stonework, timberwork and metalwork.
Nowadays, I try to avoid painting by using
timber joinery and natural European white
plaster as wall finishes.
How can we meet the demand for housing
without impacting on the environment?
Reuse materials and reduce energy and water
consumption, but the essential solution is
super-insulated fabric.
How can we conserve space?
By planning more eectively and avoiding
useless circulation space.
Who has had the single biggest inuence
on your work or thinking?
There are so many architects to choose from:
Le Corbusier, Shigeru Ban, Tadao Ando, Tom
Kundig, David Chipperfield and Peter Zumthor.

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Where do you look for inspiration?

The site and the brief provide the basis for my
ideas. I look for a solution that resolves all the
issues and oers something unexpected.
Its my job to nd the inspired design.
What have you learned from the past?
Everything is from the past or at least
references it in some way. Experience teaches
us solutions, proportion, aesthetics. Sometimes
using a precedent is a conscious decision, and
helps us to oer good, tested solutions; other
times its subconscious. I often nd that a
solution has a familiarity even though I was
not aware of that when coming up with it.
Is colour important to you?
Yes, colour, shade and texture, as we work with
a range of surfaces and materials. Generally, a
palette will be developed for each project.
What makes a successful refurbishment?
Understanding the clients desires, and the
attributes and limitations of the existing
building. I look to nd inspiration among the
pragmatic and practical issues of the project.
Is true open-plan living impractical?
For single occupiers or those without children,
open-plan design provides drama and is great
for maximising the sense of space. It also works
well for families with young children, as they
tend to spend most of their time together.
However, once the children or other members
of the household want to carry out multiple
activities at the same time, then having only
one space becomes an issue.
What is the key to a successful new build?
Producing a building that ts the location,
surpasses the expectations of the owners
and users, is built with high levels of energyconscious, sustainable design and has a
timeless quality.
Which materials excite you?
Were using oversized bricks on a couple of new
builds. Brick ages well, is tough, works with our
climate and lends gravitas to a design. Large
format bricks have a modern aesthetic thats
unexpected in a traditional material.
How can we meet the demand for housing
without impacting on the environment?
All buildings should be energy ecient.
High-density urban living is a great solution,
as long as the apartments and surrounding
open spaces are well considered.
How can we conserve space?
With intelligent design, the use of space can be
reconsidered so that more is achieved with less.
Who has had the single biggest inuence
on your work or thinking?
Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier and
Carlo Scarpa.

Interior architect and

director of Italian furniture
rm Poliform, 020 7368
Where do you look for inspiration?
Inspiration normally comes when I see
a material or shape, or meet someone
complaining about not nding what
designers and producers should have thought
of and provided.
What have you learned from the past?
I hope Ive learned from mistakes or oversights
I should have taken into consideration when
planning, whether for an interior or a product
prototype. When designing interiors, all
areas of the house have to be given the same
attention, not just the main spaces.
Is colour important to you?
Yes, but within a soft and calibrated palette.
I always encourage clients who have a good
collection of artworks to shule them around
regularly to provide changes in mood.
What makes a successful refurbishment?
Planning. In my opinion and experience
you should not begin a refurbishment until
everything has been viewed in layouts, the
details have been studied and the materials
chosen, considering volumes, shapes, textures
and colours. Then lock all of this in a safe,
and never change any of it, as it would have
a negative and unbalanced result.
Is true open-plan living impractical?
No, I dont think so. The most important thing
about an open-plan space is that it has to be
well-balanced in its volume so it doesnt feel
too clinical or cold. In todays world, in which
we do not communicate enough with each
other, it provides the perfect environment
for a family to bond.
What is the key to a successful new build?
Planning and management are vital, with
every trade brought in at the right time to
prepare the space for the next one. This way,
it all ows nicely and runs on schedule.
Which materials excite you?
Manufacturing technology and computercontrolled machinery can produce very
detailed products, close to those once made
by skilled craftsmen. Today, we use very thin
honeycomb aluminium sheets to produce
oating table tops that have the strength
of materials six times the thickness.
Who has had the single biggest inuence
on your work?
My rst mentor, who was a French interior
architect, taught me that no matter what
base colour your client chooses, its how you
combine tones, textures and materials that
makes the right home. From him, I also
learned to be generous; if you start being
mean and trying to save as you go along,
the result will be a disaster.

chr is ro mer -lee

Co-founder of Studio Octopi, 020 7633 0003, octopi., whose work ranges from refurbishing family
homes to creating stylish commercial spaces such
as Saatchi & Saatchis Charlotte Street reception.

Where do you look for inspiration?

James Lowe, Octopis co-founder, looks to the
mountains, while I look to the cities. Within
both realms we take a lot of photographs of
materials, light and curiosities.
What have you learned from the past?
Everything; we are continually informed
by the past.
What makes a successful refurbishment?
You have to strive tirelessly to achieve a harmony
between the existing and the new. Weve done
this type of work for years and yet each time we
begin a project, we relish the opportunity to look
at the sites particular characteristics and to
produce something truly unique. Some of our
refurbishments delicately insert additions within
the existing frame; in others the new and old are
set apart, conversing across the area between.
Its all about the dialogue and so much to do
with the space between objects.
Is true open-plan living impractical?
Were now nding that there is demand for more
clearly dened spaces within the home. The
minimalist multipurpose space has run its
course. We use oor-level changes and a variety
of hinge types to create doors that can be
concealed easily. Internal vistas are very
important; a cellular plan can still be made to feel
unied by long views through the spaces before
being punctuated by the garden or street.
What is the key to a successful new build?
A few years ago, we completed a new house in
Calne, Wiltshire. We quickly realised the site
held all the answers. A former kitchen garden
for the village pub, it was overlooked on all sides
and accessible by the smallest public track. This
meant that it had to be an inward-looking
house, structured by the internal spaces and
their views into a series of courtyards. The

materials took on an agricultural appearance,

and most were left to weather naturally. The
house is very modern compared with its
surroundings but it also has a timeless feel.
We are very happy to let the site dictate the
architectural ingredients.
Which materials excite you?
Our palette is very restrained and consistent.
Variations on this simple scheme usually come
about by discovering new nishes, such as
dierent tones of polished concrete and varying
brick sizes. Were using a lot of Douglas r at
the moment, with a range of stains and seals.
How can we meet the demand for housing
without impacting on the environment?
By building thoughtfully, but with more density.
That doesnt mean always going tall, but it does
mean ensuring areas of higher density have good
access to public transport and amenities. There
are too many homes that are badly designed and
thoughtlessly located, which causes animosity,
deprivation and, ultimately, unhappy urbanites.
How can we conserve space?
In the same way we conserve energy and water,
by only taking what we need. The responsibility
to design ecient housing that is relevant to its
location has to lie with the planners, developers
and architects who create it.
Who has had the single biggest inuence
on your work?
When I was younger, David Hockneys drawings
of Hotel Acatlan were a massive inuence, as
they made me realise that spaces can be read
in so many ways. I spent a lot of time wondering
what the view was from his Bigger Splashs
poolhouse. Now Im intrigued by lesser-known
English architects, specifically from 1930 to
1970. Were hoping to start work on a 1960
Patrick Gwynne house very soon.

each time we begin a project we

relish the opportunity to look
at the sites particular
characteristics and to produce
something truly unique.
c h ri s ro mer-lee
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IntervIews katrina burroughs PhotograPhs;

darren chung; pedro pegenaute; kilian osullivan; paul massey

Khachf e



Clever interior architecture can transform period houses
into innovative homes that oer versatile living spaces

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LOCAtiOn London.
bACKGrOunD This 19th-century house was renovated by the owners
with the aim of maximising space. They wanted a seamless open-plan layout
to suit the needs of their two small children.
KeY feAtures Removing internal walls and adding an extension to the rear and
side has altered the ground oor beyond recognition. The classic Victorian terrace
conguration with its small rooms has been transformed to create a light-lled and
spacious home; a feeling that is enhanced by bright white nishes, steel-framed glass
doors and rooights. To add subtle interest, simple panelling was used on the walls,
giving a nod to the propertys heritage without compromising the modern look.
Photograph: Rory Gardiner

the wooden structure

of the house was
revealed and a display
system created to
interact with it.

ArChITeCT Studio Octopi,
020 7633 0003,
BACKGrOUND The owners of this
Victorian terrace wanted it to serve a
dual-purpose as a home and gallery, where
they could display an evolving collection
of objects, artworks and artefacts from
around the world.
Key FeATUreS The architect
chose to reveal the wooden structure
of the house and created display systems
to interact with it. These were conceived
as ribbons of illuminated open shelving
and closed cabinets that ow through
the property. Contemporary white
walls and slate grey units bring the rich
structural details, which have been
wire-brushed but otherwise left
untreated, into focus.

ArChITeCT Charter Projects,
020 7404 8188,
BACKGrOUND This ve-storey
Grade II-listed property in Bloomsbury
dates back to 1722. In recent years, it
had been used as a solicitors oce and
comprised a maze of small rooms and
passages that had fallen into disrepair.
Key FeATUreS A priority of the
redesign was to have the interior reect
the buildings history. The architect
employed a French polisher to rejuvenate
the panelling and timber, and many of
the oors were reconditioned rather than
replaced. In this ground-oor kitchen,
the juxtaposition of the sleek, modern
cabinetry and the decorative original
detailing is striking, with ceilings painted
white to make the most of the light.

Photograph: Julien Lanoo

Photograph: Birgitta W Drejer/Sisters Agency

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The concepT was To highlighT The raw

maTerials uncovered during The
demoliTion process.

LOCATION Montreal, Canada.

ArChITeCT Anne Sophie
Goneau, 001 514 991 7371,
BACKGrOUND This project saw the
redesign of a ground-oor apartment in a
three-storey property, built in 1887, in the
borough Plateau Mont-Royal. The brief
was to create new light-lled interior
spaces, with schemes that looked
modern yet were true to the original
architecture of the building.
KeY FeATUreS The concept was
to highlight the raw materials that
were uncovered during the demolition
process, so exposed brickwork appears
throughout the home. To keep the look
modern and clean, it is teamed with sleek
white nishes, concrete ooring and
contemporary furniture.
Photograph: Adrien Williams

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windows replaced a
stud wall, maintaining
intimacy but increasing
the flow of light.

ARCHITECT Minale + Mann, 020
3176 4499,
BACKGROUND Both the structure
and the layout of this 19th-century town
house required a dramatic overhaul
to suit the demands of modern family
life. The architect approached the
redevelopment sensitively, retaining
or adding new elements in keeping with
the style of the propertys period roots.
KEY FEATURES Although the
building was gutted, the sense of separate
rooms was maintained. Industrial-style
windows replaced a stud wall that divided
the hallway from the living room; this
allows light to ow and creates an open
feeling, while maintaining the intimacy
of an enclosed space.

ARCHITECT Cochrane Design,
020 7751 0075,
BACKGROUND This ve-storey
early-Victorian house was in a poor state
of repair and divided into ats when the
owner acquired it. The architects brief
was to restore the structure and convert
it back into a single dwelling.
KEY FEATURES Thanks to an
innovative design, this house is now
comfortable and luxurious with a
contemporary edge. A section of the
rst oor was removed to transform the
rear of the property into an impressive
double-height space, which overlooks
the garden. This modern approach is
tempered by the addition of traditional
architectural features such as panelling.

Photograph: Paul Massey

Photograph: Paul Craig

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new-look classics
Lively pattern and designs with bold silhouettes oer an adventurous take on period styling
styling Laura FuLmine PhotograPh ruy teixeira

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Nero outdoor side table,

H40xdiam40cm, 245, Dwell. Tip of
the Tongue light, H21xW21x
D30cm, 780, Michael Anastassiades
at The Conran Shop. Softer than Steel
chair, H79xW40.5xD50.5cm, 470,
Nendo for Desalto at Chaplins.
Metrovia Print fabric, jute mix, 148cm
wide, 151m, Zimmer+Rohde.
Caravaggio wall light, H90xW14x
D20cm, 2,100, Cox London. Roman
open hand in Italian marble, H31x
W9cm, 594, Lapicida. Eli white tall
slim vases (arranged as a pillar), H50x
diam26.5cm, 40 each, Habitat. Vintage
sofa in Elasona, cotton mix, 142cm
wide, 135m, Black Edition. Greca

mirror, 995, Fornasetti at Liberty.

Altdeutsche clock, H207xW63x
D42cm, 2,848, Studio Job for
Moooi. Laval Crown single chair,
H146xW80xD75cm, 3,005,
Stellarworks at Staffan Tollgrd.
Deconstructed Windsor floor
light, H200xW100xD45cm, 395,
William Warren at Heals. Fluid side
table, H48xdiam48cm, 815, Porada
at Chaplins. Falda vase, H27.5x
diam26.5cm, 427, Rosenthal.
On the Rock glass, 60, Lee Broom.
Circus rug, 410sq m, Kangan
Arora for Floor Story. Coral Shadow,
matt emulsion, 38 for 2.5 litres,
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winning formula in other equally dynamic locations, too. In
the heart of Chelsea, Cheyne Terrace, a new low-level red-brick
development, sits perfectly at ease among traditional period
terraces and features extra-large windows, deep balconies, a
spa with pool and its own wine cellar.
NEO Bankside, 020 7998 1888,
Cheyne Terrace, 020 7758 3188,
Native Land, 020 7758 3650,

which are currently on the market, feature sophisticated

schemes with a galleried reception room, a mezzanine floor
overlooking the skyline, a glass staircase, sleek Bulthaup
kitchen, generous terrace and a winter garden.
The penthouses have also been individually designed.
In one, Tom Bartlett of Waldo Works has conceived a scheme
that features textural fabrics, graphic patterns, bold colour
and modern artwork, combined to strike a conceptual note.
By contrast, in another, Kerstin Williams of Reid Williams
Design has created a secluded sanctuary, featuring original
works by living painters in homage to the nearby Tate
Modern and commissioned bespoke pieces by British

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words Emma J PagE PhotograPhs PaUL RaESIDE

Graham Stirk, architect, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Bold colour, inviting

textures and sleek
storage take centre stage
in this sophisticated
design by Tom Bartlett
of Waldo Works.

LoCATIoN London.
desIGNer Harriet Holgate, 07515 121974,
BACKGrouNd Designer Harriet Holgate lived in this former church
before she sold it to the current owner, who then took the unusual step of
commissioning Harriet to renovate the interior.
KeY FeATures It was decided to give the 19th-century building a
pared-back, contemporary treatment, which is enhanced by the high levels of
natural light and absence of stained glass. The furniture maker Rupert Bevan,, was commissioned to create the island unit, kitchen trolleys
and large display piece that serves as a focal point for this impressive open-plan
space. The juxtaposition of interesting materials, such as patinated brass and
burnt and ebonised oak, and white walls has a striking eect.
Photograph: Mark OFlaherty

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repurp osed

dramatic conversions
Disused buildings, whether an old barn, empty warehouse or even a former church,
oer an opportunity for an exciting new lease of life

LOCATION The Chilterns.

ARCHITECT McLaren.Excell,
020 3598 0673,
BACKGROUND This 18th-century
brick-and-int threshing barn was originally
part of a farm estate. In 1997, it was converted
for residential use before being bought in
2009, when further work took place to
create a series of light, open spaces.
KEY FEATURES McLaren.Excell stripped
the building back to create a double-height
open-plan living room and kitchen area at
one end, while four en-suite bedrooms were
converted into a dedicated library and music
room at the other end. The barn now has a
cohesive feel throughout, with white oak,
Bath limestone and basalt adding texture
and a sense of continuity.
Photograph: Hannah J Taylor

The barn now has a cohesive

feel wiTh whiTe oak and baTh
limesTone ThroughouT.

LOCATION Umbria, Italy.

DESIGNER Paola Navone,
BACKGROUND The owners of this complex of agricultural
buildings near Assisi collaborated with the multidisciplinary
designer Paola Navone, who not only refurbished the
structure but also consulted on the interior design.
KEY FEATURES In this part of the complex, the space
is divided into a ground oor and a mezzanine, which is
reached by two staircases at either side of the room. Painting
the interior white makes a real feature of the eclectic mix of
furniture, notably the dining table made of rare prehistoric
wood from New Zealands North Island.
Photograph: Andreas von Einsiedel

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walnut was used for the cabinetry to

complement the existing douglas fir beams.

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LOCATION San Francisco, USA.

ArChITeCT Lineoce Architecture,
001 415 355 0095,
BACkgrOUNd This 110sq m apartment
in the SoMa neighbourhood of San Francisco
is in a former publishers warehouse, built
in 1910. The client lived in the apartment
for almost 20 years before deciding to
commission Lineoce Architecture to
create a more open layout.
key FeATUreS The apartment combines
living and entertaining space in a relatively
compact area, with a new sleeping zone sited
on a platform positioned behind the kitchen.
Bespoke joinery helps to add warmth and
texture while ensuring that the layout is as
versatile as possible; walnut was used for
the cabinetry to complement the existing
Douglas r beams and the ceiling.
Photograph: Joe Fletcher

LOCATION Lincolnshire.
ARCHITECT Jonathan Hendry
Architects, 01472 828320,
BACKGROUND The barns had once been
used as a crew yard, however, more recently
they provided storage for machinery. The
location in open countryside made planning
permission hard to obtain, so Jonathan
Hendry Architects brief was for a proposal
that would win approval. It came up with a
live/work scheme that was carbon neutral.
KEY FEATURES The barn was sensitively
restored and brought up to 21st-century
standards. Where possible, the exterior
walls were preserved and windows and doors
opened up or reinstated. The original roof
trusses were also repaired and the existing tiles
re-laid. Interior partitions were stripped out to
open up the space, then a mezzanine structure
and staircase were inserted. They are made
of exposed oak, which chimes with other wood
features, while its modern nish is a neat
contrast to traditional details elsewhere.
Photograph: David Grandorge

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northeast Italy.
Meuron, 0041 091 794 1773,
by re in the late 1990s, this
collection of agricultural
buildings in the Marche region
required complete restoration,
with the main house converted
to make a triple-height space.
KEY FEATURES Painting the
new internal structures white
not only creates a crisp contrast
with the existing stonework,
but also keeps the space feeling
light. The original windows and
door openings were retained in
favour of a wall of glass, helping to
preserve the buildings character.
Photograph: Hannes Henz


industrial chic
Clean lines and a monochrome palette create a graphic look
styling Laura FuLmine PhotograPh ruy teixeira

Masculo lounge chair, H65xW82xD69cm, 1,079, GamFratesi

for Gubi at The Conran Shop. Element console table,
H95xW150xD38cm, 931, Tokujin Yoshioka for Desalto at
Chaplins. Bucket vase, H54xdiam26cm, 550, Qubus at Mint.
Functional Shapes small box, 570, Philippe Malouin at
ProjectB Gallery. Wooden crows, H15-20cm, 142 each,
Mikael Nilsson at Twentytwentyone. Mantis wall light,
L153cm, 720, Bernard Schottlander at SCP. De Stijl table,

H81.5xW64xD61.5cm, 2,234, Eileen Gray at Aram.

Still Life bottles, 120 each, Akiko Hirai at Flow Gallery.
005/4 light, H90xW60xD15cm, 1,200, Naama Hofman.
Phille desk, H85xW98xD80cm, 3,500; Cor corner light,
H52xW30cm, prototype; both Bim Burton. 699 Superleggera
chair, H83xW45xD41cm, 1,614, Gio Ponti at Cassina. All
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Farrow & Ball. WHERE TO BUY, pagE 66

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b ooks

master works
Architectural inspiration, from designs by leading lights
to pioneering projects from around the world

Robert McCarter,
39.95, hardback, Phaidon.
Providing a complete overview of the
work of Finnish architect, designer,
sculptor and painter alvar aalto, this
study explores all the major projects by
the 20th-century master, using informative
text and striking photography to consider
their environmental and cultural impact.
as Nordic design continues to exert a
powerful influence on what we build
today, this is an essential guide to one of
the regions most celebrated architects.

Architectural Styles: A Visual Guide,

Owen Hopkins,
14.95, paperback, Laurence King.
If youve ever grappled with the
difference between Baroque and
gothic, art Deco and Neoclassical,
this detailed guide should offer some
answers. It uses photographs of more
than 300 buildings to identify the key
features of various architectural styles.
this easy-to-navigate, attractively
laid-out reference work would make
a worthy addition to the bookshelf.

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PhotograPhs Rhapsody

The New Modern House:

Redening Functionalism,
Jonathan Bell and Ellie Stathaki,
19.95, paperback, Laurence King.
Page after page of inspiration can be
found in this book, which features around
50 residential projects from new-build
family homes to experimental conversions.
Its a comprehensive look at the growing
trend of function over form, and designs
that favour a straightforward and modest
aesthetic. each project comes with a full
description, models and sketches.

Superlight: Lightness in
Contemporary Houses,
Phyllis Richardson,
19.95, hardback, Thames & Hudson.
the innovative lightweight plastic cover
of this book hints at the pioneering
content within, which showcases projects
that embody architect glenn Murcutts
philosophy that buildings should touch
the earth lightly. Its message is that good
architecture can have a minimal impact on
the environment while also being beautiful.
Plans bring depth to each scheme.

Detlef Mertins,
100, hardback, Phaidon.
a true coffee-table treasure, this is
one of the most compelling studies of
an architect available. Featuring more
than 700 photos alongside drawings,
diagrams and a rigorous examination
of his work by author Detlef Mertins,
it is a comprehensive record of all
of Ludwig Mies van der rohes most
important buildings, as well as a
biography of the icon. the large format
does justice to the excellent visuals.

Mountain Modern: Contemporary

Homes in High Places,
Dominic Bradbury,
19.95, hardback, Thames & Hudson.
this is an examination of contemporary
architecture that fuses style with comfort
in against-the-odds, high-altitude
conditions. Divided into three sections,
cabin, chalet and Villa, it uses beautiful
photos by richard Powers to reveal
setting, structure and interiors, while the
text outlines how each building makes the
most of its location and the innovative
construction methods employed.

Friedensreich Hundertwasser 1928-2000,

Wieland Schmied,
24.99, hardback, Taschen.
austrian artist and architect Friedensreich
hundertwasser is famous for his avantgarde use of colour and freethinking
approach. this new book plays on these
themes with dramatic use of jet-black
paper, which emphasises each bold hue
and irregular form; the visuals seem to
leap off the page. Imagery is accompanied
by informative and detailed text by his
long-time friend Wieland schmied.

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The BriTish insTiTuTe of inTerior design

why use an
interior designer?

Whether you are buying or building a new house, planning a major structural change or renovating
your existing space, an interior designer will help to bring your ideas to life

he interior design process is complex, involving

knowledge of both the construction industry
and the creative arts. Depending on the
project, an interior designer will need to interpret
the brief, identify potential problems, comply with
relevant regulations and monitor works on site.
Finding the right person for your requirements
may seem daunting, but the British Institute of
Interior Design (BIID), the professional body for
interior designers in the UK, has the resources
to help you make your decision.
In addition to rigorous entry requirements,
which assess training, experience and professionalism,
the Institute requires members to continue their
professional development throughout their career,
ensuring their expertise in the design process,
practice and regulatory matters remains relevant and
up to date. Its website also allows you to search for a
designer by name or by the project criteria and budget.

Benets of using a professional

n They can help you dene and enhance your own style.
n Their knowledge of the design process will help
prevent costly mistakes.
n Experience in the industry means they have contact
with reputable suppliers and skilled tradespeople.
n Designers who are members of the BIID are trained
to make the most of available spaces and to create the
ow and furniture arrangements that make daily
living functional, safe, comfortable and easy.
n BIID interior designers are able to draw on a
wealth of expertise and may suggest ideas and
designs you had not previously considered.
n Members of BIID are required to have a written
contract with their clients, in the best interest of both
parties, and to carry Professional Indemnity Insurance.

Tips on working with a designer

PhotograPh ipc images

n Its a good idea to talk to a number of professionals

before making a choice. Ask to look at their portfolio

and discuss how they work, their approach to design
and the way that they charge for their service.
n Once the choice is made, you should be clear in your
brief and open about the budget. The designer will
help you formulate the brief and this will form the
basis of the professional agreement.
n There may be several solutions to a design project;
try to keep an open mind and the result could well
exceed your expectations.
n Be realistic about time and cost. Allow a
contingency sum for unexpected problems and
understand that doing things well cant be rushed.

About the british institute of interior Design (biiD)

Established in 1965, the BIID is the pre-eminent professional organisation for interior
designers in the UK. The Institute sets national professional standards, promotes
learning and debate, and champions the value of interior design on the national and
international stage. The BIIDs growing membership represents both the commercial
and residential sectors, from heritage to cutting edge. In addition to rigorous entry
requirements, which assess training, experience and professionalism, the Institute
requires members to continue their professional development throughout their career,
ensuring their expertise in design process, practice and regulatory matters is up to date.
It is the only professional organisation for interior designers to have been granted the
prestigious accolade of Institute status by the secretary of state. In the UK, the BIID is
a full member of the Construction Industry Council and, as such, is part of government
consultations to advise on new policy and legislation. Internationally, the
BIID is represented on the board of the International Federation of Interior
Architects and Designers. for more information, visit

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need to know
Organisations, services, publications and events to inspire and help guide your project

The Architecture Foundation,
020 7084 6767, architecture
Organises exhibitions
and events that promote
contemporary architecture
and explores issues of
the urban environment.
The Building Centre, 020
7692 4000, buildingcentre. Provides information
about building methods and
materials, offers specifc
training to help with projects
and arranges talks and
debates on topical issues.
English Heritage, 0870 333
Research the history of the
building you plan to improve
or adapt, and get advice on
conservation and protection
principles in the UK from
this well-known body. It also
holds the National Heritage
List of listed buildings.

The Institute of
Conservation, 020 3142
6786, Charity
that furthers building
conservation by providing
guidance, advocacy, training
and education opportunities.
The Landmark Trust, 01628
825920, landmarktrust. This organisation
restores historic buildings
and makes them available to
the public for short holidays.
Living Architecture,
A social enterprise offering
the chance to holiday in
modern architectural
projects, such as MVRDVs
Balancing Barn and
Nords Shingle House.
New London Architecture,
020 7636 4044,
An independent forum for
debate about architecture,

planning policies and

development in the capital.
Passivhaus Trust, 020
7704 3502, passivhaustrust. Provides advice
and methodology for the
adoption of this Germandeveloped, sustainable
building standard that
aims to reduce energy use.
Royal Institute of British
Architecture, 020 7580
Search for an architect, learn
about upcoming exhibitions,
lectures and flms, and
research topics of interest. It
also runs the Architect in the
House scheme with Shelter,
which matches homeowners
with chartered architects
for a consultation. The
suggested donation goes
to the charity.
The Self Build Portal,

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website providing advice
and useful information
on building your home.

sPEcialist sErvicEs
Details of products and
materials, industry news and
reports from furniture fairs.
Checkatrade, 0845 408
Find trusted tradespeople
in your area.
Green Deal,
green-deal. This government
initiative provides grants
for using sustainable
construction methods
on your build.
IHS (Construction), 01344
Download documents and
data about construction
and design best practices,

current building codes,

regulations and standards.
Land Registry, Holds
details of who owns the land
you are planning to buy or
build on. You can also
download data about the
local property market and
house price index and fnd
tools for assessing food risk.
Material Lab, 020 7436
Explore hundreds of different
materials for architecture
and design and get advice on
choosing the right material
for the chosen application.
Planning Portal,
Head here for details of
Building Regulations, the
permissions needed for a
project, the likely fees of
planning applications and
tree preservation orders.

Specifnder, 020 7692

Searchable building product
directory with news and
case studies.

environmental assessment
methods in modern
construction. This book
also provides information
on various building types.

spaces. Every year it stages

a weekend event during
which private buildings of
architectural note are open
to the public for viewing.


Materials, Form and

Architecture, Richard
Weston, 22.50, Laurence
King. An accessible
introduction to architectural
history, theory and future
through materials.

Grand Designs Live, 9-12

October 2014, Birmingham
This large-scale show offers
a range of seminars, advice
and exhibitors, all focused on
interiors, home improvement
and self-building. It also
takes place in London in May.

Architects Journal,
Weekly magazine with news,
features and technical
information on architecture
in the UK.
Architects Pocket Book,
Ann Ross, Jonathan Hetreed
and Charlotte BadenPowell, 19.99, Routledge.
Provides guidance on
architectural projects,
from Building Regulations
to help with planning.
Building Construction
Handbook, Roy Chudley
and Roger Greeno, 25.99,
Routledge. Familiarise
yourself with the construction
process using examples of
everyday practices and
detailed drawings.
Building Design, bdonline. Website providing
news for UK architects,
including events, exhibitions,
profles and building studies.

Metric Handbook: Planning

and Design Data, David
Adler, 38.99, Architectural
Press. This reference
book provides dimensional
data and basic design
requirements for different
types of buildings. There are
also chapters on general
design elements, such as
acoustics and lighting.
The New Autonomous
House, Brenda and Robert
Vale, 18.95, Thames &
Hudson. Documenting
a couples experience of
building a house according
to sustainable principles.
Phaidon Atlas,
A comprehensive
online listing of notable
architectural projects
from around the world with
project data and images.

Detail Magazine,
Journal of architecture
and construction with
a technical focus.


Construction Handbook,
Mike McEvoy and Anne
Dye, 42, RIBA Publishing.
Attempts to make sense of
the many benchmarks and

Open House,
annually in September,
This not-for-proft
organisation aims to increase
public awareness about
architecture and public

Surface Design Show,

10-12 February 2015,
Business Design Centre,
London, surfacedesign An event
primarily for architects
and designers that centres
around innovations in
surface materials.
Ecobuild, 3-5 March
2015, Excel London, Trade fair
specialising in sustainable
construction and design.
Clerkenwell Design Week,
19-21 May 2015, London,
clerkenwelldesign A three-day
extravaganza of showroom
events, exhibitions and
installations based around
design and architecture.
London Festival of
Architecture, 1-30 June
2015, various venues,
Exhibitions, talks, debates
and flms in which the
capitals architecture
plays a starring role.

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Benjamin Hubert,
020 7561 3658,
Bim Burton,
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Calligaris, 020 8994

Chaplins, 020 8421
The Conran Shop,
0844 848 4000,
Cox London, 020 8880


Dwell, 0845 675


Farrow & Ball,

01202 876141,
Floor Story, 020 7871
Flow Gallery, 020 7243

Mint, 020 7225 2228,
Moroso, 020 3328

Naama Hofman,
00972 52 8492224,
Nest, 0114 243 3000,

Pacha Design,
01288 331505,
ProjectB Gallery,
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SCP, 020 7739 1869,
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Habitat, 0344 499

Heals, 0870 024 0780,
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