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SEPTEMBER 2014

Cool & calm


ELEGANT HOMES AND TRANQUIL GARDENS

DREAM ROOMS
EXPERTS SHARE THEIR DESIGN SECRETS

STORAGE IDEAS
EASY UPDATES FOR LIVING SPACES

BOLD LOOKS
Vibrant schemes with clashing patterns

OUTDOOR FEASTS
WITH FRIENDS
CHIC SHOPPING
FROM FABRICS
TO FURNITURE

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H&G CONTENTS
HOUSES

*66 LONDON TERRACE An eortless mix


of antiques and contemporary style has created
an imaginative home full of intriguing touches.

*74 NEW-BUILD MEWS HOUSE This owner


was so uninspired by his 1960s London home, he
began afresh, designing a bespoke space.

beautiful, flower-filled East Anglian garden is the


outdoor space its Danish owners had long desired.

home is a masterclass in the use of colour.

*89 BE INSPIRED Ideas and advice for displaying


art, taking a cue from Elisabetta Pincherles home.

*142 GARDEN ARCHITECTURE We take a


closer look at Louis Calmels glass and steel dome.

*96 VICTORIAN HOME Neo-Gothic architecture

INTERIORS

belies the relaxed, modern feel of this charming house.

SEPTEMBER

*102 RURAL TRANSFORMATION This


*120 DREAM GARDEN Designer Adam
Shepherd has transformed a narrow town plot into
a horticultural catwalk with year-round appeal.

*80 MILAN APARTMENT Elisabetta Pincherles

OUR COVER
*STORIES
FOR

symbols are creatively and meaningfully arranged


in this playful Oxfordshire garden.

GARDENS

*49 THE CLASH Mix contrasting patterns to


create rule-breaking schemes that pack a visual punch.

*90 ARTISTS VISION From Latin inscriptions

122 REFINED UTILITY Eortlessly chic rooms

carved into stone and quotes by Voltaire: words and

with industrial nuances and organic textures. 

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NEWS AND LIFESTYLE

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


inspiration, plus the latest news from the design world.

37 TRAVEL Discover where Venetians go to dine,


drink and shop in our mini guide to this stunning city.

45 MOVERS & SHAKERS Shell artist Linda Fenwick


discusses the process behind her intricate designs.

58 GARDEN IDEAS From wall displays to sculptural


collections, we look at creative ways to show off plants.
*148 FOOD FOR FRIENDS Be inspired to indulge in
an outdoor feast with Alice Harts tempting summer menu.
178 WE LOVE Rosewood London offers the perfect
mix of English grandeur and modern luxury.

DESIGN SOLUTIONS

*110 KITCHEN Clever design tricks and strong accent


colour enhance the sense of space in this narrow scheme.
*114 LIVING ROOM An unconventional mix of
green, blue and geometric pattern makes a bold impact.
*116 BATHROOM In shades that complement its
Hamptons setting, this space exudes New England style.

*118 DINING ROOM East meets West as Japaneseinspired prints are teamed with a Scandinavian palette.

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*131 STYLISH LIVING ROOM STORAGE Chic


solutions, from free-standing pieces to built-in cabinetry.

145 ADVICE Celia Rufey answers your queries.


SHOPPING

*17 WITH THE GRAIN Elegant raw timber pieces.


*25 INKY BLUES Rich shades for an on-trend palette.
*32 RELAXED LINEN Tactile throws, cushions and
table linen with a touch of informality.
41 READER EVENT Design day at Drummonds.
108 READER EVENT A one-day workshop with KLC.
*139 DINING CHAIRS Designs to suit all schemes.
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141 H&G OFFERS Chic pieces from our online shop.


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I FELL IN LOVE WITH A MOMENT


in time when the photographs of our
Summer Feast, on page 148, landed on my
desk. I just wanted to be there enjoying the
glorious food in that fantastic forest setting.
It made me realise that I had forgotten all
about the fun of picnicking. Im not sure Ive
ever eaten such a wonderful repast as the one
we are featuring, but I do remember that my
childhood holidays in Cornwall always included picnics on the beach.
Although I look back with fond memories, my siblings and I grumbled
about having to carry the necessary paraphernalia needed for a day to the
coast, but once there we inevitably took pleasure in paddling in the sea
and hunting for seashells. My collections always ended up languishing
in the bottom of a bucket but for Linda Fenwick, the talented shell
artist we talk to on page 45, they are a precious commodity. Her
detailed designs are impressive in their intricacy and have left a lasting
impression on me, especially the highly patterned interior of her summer
house. This month, we also provide ideas for more unconventional
decorating schemes based on clashing patterns, on page 49. From
geometrics and chevrons to stripes and ikats, we offer plenty of bold
choices for creating rooms packed with personality.
PLUS For your chance to win one of ten goodie bags worth 150, turn
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H&G EDIT SEPTEMBER


The people, products and places creating a buzz this month

We love the striking marble


pattern on this large teapot;

STYLING EMMA THOMAS PHOTOGRAPH EMMA LEE

it sets the tone for a warming and


seductive autumnal palette of
forest green, teal, tan and copper.
Large marbled ceramic teapot,
H23xW31xD15cm, 380; stoneware bowl
in Blue Green, H7xdiam15cm, 75; both
The Conran Shop. Wilton leather drinks
tray, H8xdiam40cm, 95, Leather and
Lavender. Moscow Mule copper mug,
H9xdiam8.5cm, 18, Rowen & Wren. Suri
jug, H21cm, 78, Trunk. Vintage bottle,
10, Phoenix on Golborne. Wrap carafe,
205 with glass (not shown), SCP.
WHERE TO BUY, PAGE 159

H&G EDIT | SHOPPING

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WITH THE
GRAIN

FEATURE LAURA VINDEN

Raw timber with a refined look


1 | Understated design with natural appeal.
Derome light, white-oiled ash, H92.5x
diam50cm, 750, Pinch, 020 7622 5075,
pinchdesign.com.
2 | Tactile drinking vessels or pen holders.
Galb glass, ash, H8.5xdiam7cm, 16;
H11.5xdiam8.5cm, 18; both Pauline Deltour
at Discipline, discipline.eu.
3 | An elegant side table full of character.
Alburni, oak veneer and black steel, H32x
diam60cm, 464, Lucidi Pevere at Ligne
Roset, 01494 545910, ligne-roset.co.uk.
4 | Adds a textured-look to walls.
Wood Grain 92/5028, 72 a roll, Cole & Son,
020 7376 4628, cole-and-son.com.
5 | A flexible and fun lighting solution.
Earl, diam14.4cmxL150cm, 445,
0049 30 692 055 040, Llot Llov, llotllov.de.
6 | Simple yet striking statement piece.
Hiroshima armchair, beech, H79x
W56xD53cm, 734, Twentytwentyone,
020 7288 1996, twentytwentyone.com.
7 | Pared-back style with a twist.
Stick candle holders in Natural, H19cm, from
$178 each, Grain, graindesign.com.
8 | Exudes modern rustic charm.
Oak pinched-waist stool, H45xdiam30cm,
260, Whetstone Oak, 01865 590507,
whetstoneoak.co.uk.
9 | Refined craftsmanship at its best.
Blanket Chest Two, ash, H46xW135xD40cm,
1,400, Another Country, 020 7486 3251,
anothercountry.com. 

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WHEN ONLY THE FINEST WILL DO

H&G EDIT | NEWS

TREND WATCH John Lewis has picked Copenhagen

3 OF THE BEST

as a key look for autumn/winter. As the name suggests, its


inspired by Scandinavian minimalism, but industrial touches
also feature. The materials weve used include wood, glass,
marble and metal in modern, sometimes unusual combinations,
says design manager of Home Pip Prinsloo. A palette of strong
colours is warmed by muted hues, with black for definition and
highlights of aqua, blush and citrus. Products such as the
Copenhagen double bed, 999, bedside table, 275, and Brooklyn
magazine rack, 25, plus the striped mohair throw, 50, and
Bromley floor lamp, 250 (all below), will be introduced in stores
from August. John Lewis, 0345 604 9049, johnlewis.com.

EXHIBITIONS
Our pick of design shows
around the country this month
GLOUCESTERSHIRE ROBERT
WELCH: INSPIRATION AND
INNOVATION Discover the story
behind the work of renowned cutlery
designer Robert Welch, whose
Scandinavian-inspired range, Campden,
co-designed with David Mellor in 1957,
was the first set of stainless-steel cutlery
to be produced in 20th-century Britain.
Until 28 September. Adults, 4. Court
Barn Museum, Church Street, Chipping
Campden, Gloucestershire GL55 6JE,
01386 841951, courtbarn.org.uk.

TYNE AND WEAR CRAFT NOW


See some of Britains most beautiful
contemporary fabrics, glass and ceramics
from designer-makers including Michael
Brennand-Wood, who has earned
international acclaim for his textiles;
ceramicist Felicity Aylieff, whose
exquisite decorative style is informed
by an artists residency in Jingdezhen,
China; and influential quilt artist
Pauline Burbridge. Until 20 December.
Free entry. Shipley Art Gallery, Prince
Consort Road, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear NE8
4JB, 0191 477 1495, shipleyartgallery.org.uk.

CUMBRIA GLASGOW STYLE: ARTS


& CRAFTS FROM 1890-1930
With influences from Art Nouveau (above),
the Celtic Revival and the Arts and Crafts
movement, this exhibition represents a
distinctive art form that emerged at the
end of the 19th century in the west of
Scotland and explores the unique talent
of leading makers associated with
the period. Until 31 December. Adults,
7.25. Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House,
Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria LA23 3JT,
01539 446139, blackwell.org.uk.

PALE AND INTERESTING


Our passion for pastels is here to stay with the new
Dune porcelain tableware by Japanese homewares
brand Kinto. The hand-crafted range is wonderfully
simple and features delicate tones that can be
mixed and matched to create a relaxed yet elegant
table. From 16.25 for a diam11.5cm bowl; available
from 95%, 01993 867078, 95percent.co.uk.

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H&G EDIT | INTERVIEW

DESIGN FOCUS

SIR PAUL SMITH


Since launching his first menswear collection in
1976, Sir Paul Smith has been wowing us with his
playful patterns and colourful style. This year has
seen him collaborate with several renowned design
brands we caught up with him to hear more
CLOCKWISE, FROM
TOP Anglepoise

and Paul Smith have


collaborated on a
special edition of
the classic Type 75
desk lamp, 149;
the new shop at
9 Albemarle Street
in Mayfair; Thomas
Goode china in
Sir Pauls distinctive
stripes, from 75
for a creamer; the
Carl Hansen &
Son sofa, 8,385,
is upholstered in
a Maharam fabric
designed by Sir Paul.

What appealed to you about working with Anglepoise and


Carl Hansen & Son? I really enjoy doing projects that fall

outside my normal day job. Anglepoise lamps have a timeless


style, to which Ive added a colourful twist. As for Hans J Wegners
work (which Carl Hansen produces), it is the designers designer
furniture because its so beautiful but also so simple. When
I was asked to customise some pieces, I didnt hesitate. I kept
it very minimal and selected bold fabrics that I make with
Maharam. Its been a privilege.
Your designs are generally regarded as being quintessentially
British. Is this true for the Carl Hansen & Son and Lladr Atelier
pieces? No. Theres no strong link with Britishness in either.

In each case, its about my personal style and use of colour.


Carl Hansen & Son is known for its minimalism, whereas your
use of colour seems more maximalist. Does this ring true to
you? Some of my earlier work had a lot of content, but if you

WORDS SARAH BALDWIN

review my more recent designs, they tend to be simpler and


often contain a sense of surprise. With the furniture by Hans
Wegner, I have played with this extra element of surprise.
Where do you look for inspiration? I observe everyday life.
It can be a combination of patterns in graffiti or the proportions
of a building; anything and everything.
What of the future; do you have any more link-ups in the
pipeline? Lots of potential collaborations come my way, but
For more
information,
call 00800 2224
4455 or visit
paulsmith.co.uk.

my strength has been to say no. However, when I do say yes,


I react very naturally and instinctively.
Finally, can you share your golden rule for interior decorating?

If its for your home, remember its a home and not a house.

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H&G EDIT | NEWS

GOLD RUSH

With its
distinctive geometric profile and
laser-etched metal finish, the Tessellate
wall light is Aaron Probyns contribution
to Habitats Design Reunion, a project
set up to celebrate the companys 50th
birthday this year. The other Habitat
alumni who have been invited to create
exclusive pieces for the autumn/winter
collection are Shin Azumi, Tord Boontje,
Sarah Campbell, Claire Norcoss and
Simon Pengelly, with offerings spanning
the realms of lighting, textiles and furniture.
Look out for the launch in September.
Habitat, 0844 499 1111, habitat.co.uk.

Tessellate
wall light,
77x77cm,
275, Aaron
Probyn for
Habitat.

TURNING THE TABLES


New crockery can instantly refresh a dining scheme and we love
Marks & Spencers latest design, Blackberry, for its vintage charm and
affordable price. In rich cobalt and white, the intricate 19th-century
bramble motif can be teamed with a clashing pattern cloth to create
a table setting thats right on trend. A 12-piece dining set costs 79,
from Marks & Spencer, 0845 609 0200, marksandspencer.com.
For more pattern inspiration, go to our blog

INSIDE OUT Made of


handblown glass with tiny air
bubbles that cast unusual shadows,
Boccis most popular design, the
Series 14 wall light, has been made
suitable for outdoor use. Measuring
diam10cm, it costs 295, from
Holloways of Ludlow, 020 7602
5757, hollowaysofludlow.com.

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RADIATING
STYLE
Proof that practical pieces
can be aesthetically
pleasing, this solid teak
Spider Web clothes drier,
designed by Anders
Brgger for Skagerak,
will add a striking
sculptural element to
the garden. Measuring
H180xdiam220cm,
it costs 1,049.
For stockists,
visit skagerak.dk.

H&G EDIT | PALETTE

INKY BLUES
Indigo, navy, lapis
and denim layering
rich, saturated blues
with hints of almond
will create a striking,
of-the-moment look

Cornflower Heart,
emulsion, 36 for 2 litres,
Paint by Conran.

Woad Blue, matt emulsion,


35.50 for 2.5 litres, Fired Earth.

Mayfair Dark, Traditional Emulsion, 28.12


for 2.5 litres, Mylands of London.

White, Claypaint, 32.70


for 2.5 litres, Earthborn. 

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H&G EDIT | PALETTE


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1 | Tapis dAvignon in Lapis, wool mix, 140cm wide,


190m, Roger Oates. 2 | Jackson in Indigo,
viscose mix, 140cm wide, 110m, Black Edition.
3 | Napoleonic Blue, Chalk Paint, 18.95 for 1 litre,
Annie Sloan. 4 | Ajanta in Indigo, cotton, 137cm wide,
37m, Designers Guild. 5 | Selvaggio tile in Navy Blue,
444sq m, Ann Sacks. 6 | Ombr pleated fringe
T703/03, 29m, Osborne & Little. 7 | Splatter in Ink,

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45 a roll, Emma Bridgewater at Sanderson.


8 | Lowlands in Peacock, wool, 140cm wide,
150m, Holland & Sherry. 9 | Menlow F6510-26,
polyester, 145cm wide, 37m, Osborne & Little.
10 | Liquid in Indigo, viscose mix, 140cm wide,
156m, de Le Cuona. 11 | Avoca 08, cotton mix,
140cm wide, 38m, Louise Bradley. 12 | Indigo
Denim in Ink, cotton, 137cm wide, 34.50m, Ian

Mankin. 13 | Etch 130633, cotton mix, 146cm wide,


48m, Harlequin. 14 | Lancashire carpet in Navy,
wool, 150sq m, Tim Page Carpets. 15 | Kali in Ink/
Almond, cotton, 137cm wide, 27m, Scion. 16 | Leo
in Indigo, linen, 140cm wide, 175m, Pierre Frey.
Wallcovering, RM900, 110cm wide, 144.80m,
Elitis at Abbott & Boyd. 
WHERE TO BUY, PAGE 159

STYLING LAURA VINDEN PHOTOGRAPHS CATHERINE GRATWICKE (MOODBOARD), LISA COHEN (PREVIOUS PAGE)

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H&G EDIT | NEWS

CHILDS PLAY

CLOCKWISE, FROM
LEFT Woodland

Thanks to several exciting launches, we grown-ups


are now spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting
furniture and accessories for our children. Heres
our shortlist of the best new brands and pieces.

wallpaper, 248
a roll, Sian Zeng
at In-Spaces;
Moineau fabric,
cotton, 136cm
wide, 55.20m,
Camengo; Lazy
Little chair in oak,
275, Jointed +
Jointed.

CAMENGO The French fabric houses latest childrens


fabric, wallpaper and trimmings collection, Summer
Camp, is inspired by carefree holidays, escape and playing
outside. Shown here is Moineau fabric (centre right),
but other equally appealing designs to look out for include
Bulles fabric, Noeuds wallpaper and Guirlande border.
Contact 0844 369 0104, camengo.fr.
JOINED + JOINTED This collective showcases work
by contemporary furniture designers and artisans from
around the globe, all of whom share a passion for modern
craft and design. Now, a selection of existing pieces has been
scaled down to work in childrens rooms. We love the Lazy
Little chair in oak (below right) and Little Round table
in Blue-Grey, both by Freshwest, and the Campaign tall
shelving unit, by Alex Hellum. Contact 020 7371 7766,
joinedandjointed.com.
PIPPI & JIP This newcomer offers a range of pieces
for children by designers and retailers across Europe,
including everything from quirky decorative accessories
to items of furniture. Visit pippiandjip.co.uk.
SIAN ZENG Encourage creativity and let their
imaginations run wild with Sian Zengs magnetic wallpaper
that comes complete with a cast of delightful characters
to move around. Alongside this fun fairytale-inspired
Woodland pattern (main picture), the designer has also
created Dino, featuring dinosaurs. The wallpapers are
available from In-Spaces, 020 7268 3315, in-spaces.com.

Budding entrepreneurs thinking of setting up an online interiors store


should take a look at tictail.com for custom-designed templates, social media
advice and a useful dashboard to help organise tasks and shipping.

A FINE LINE

Following its
recent success at Milans Salone
del Mobile interiors show, Benjamin
Huberts Seams collection of pots for
Bitossi Ceramiche has been launched
in Britain. The linear detailing, created
during the casting process, gives the
pieces a distinctive decorative look.
From 276 for a H23.5cm jar.
Contact 020 7561 3658,
benjaminhubert.co.uk.

MINIMALIST STYLE

Luxury US company Waterworks


has teamed up with studio Shelton, Mindel & Associates to create
Formwork, a range of 60 products with an architectural feel. The white
glass counter sink, 3,725, and single washstand in polished stainless
steel (above), 7,665, perfectly encapsulate the sleek, modern design
ethos. Contact 0800 068 0248, waterworks.com.

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SHOP TALK

DESIGN VINTAGE
A lifelong passion for vintage furniture and interior design
was the inspiration behind this charming Brighton
homewares store. We talk to its owner, Lisa Brass.
What prompted you to move away from interior
design to set up the shop? Id initially planned to do
both, but the shop and website took over very quickly.
Did you face any challenges along the way? Learning
to build a website overnight, enduring weeks without
sleep while developing it, and understanding the
technicalities was painstaking, but vital.
How would you describe Design Vintage? As a
lifestyle emporium. Its about gorgeous modern design
sitting side by side with industrial and vintage styling.
Do you have a preferred interiors style? I tend to
favour a mix of natural woods and very old vintage pieces
set in an all-white interior. Quite Scandinavian, really.
Have you found your tastes have changed since
opening the shop? Ive moved away from the
modern almost entirely, and completely embraced
all things vintage.
What about the future? I want to grow the website
side of the business and will shortly be moving into a
warehouse in the country, with offices and a photography
studio. Ill also continue to promote the shop within
the Brighton area. Some sleep might be nice, too.
Design Vintage, 84 Lowther Road, Brighton, East Sussex
BN1 6FL, 01273 558675, designvintage.co.uk.

Lisas Brighton shop


sells both vintage and
modern homewares
under her design
ethos of mix it up.

WIN ONE OF TEN GOODIE BAGS WORTH 150. To be in with a chance, enter our competition
on page 158 and simply choose which of our three dream rooms is your favourite.

WELL
ROUNDED

Caribou desk
chair, H80xW53x
D58cm, 1,908,
Ochre.

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The latest addition to


the H&G wish list is
this elegantly curved
Caribou desk chair.
Following the trend
for deep, saturated
blues, it is handcrafted using the
finest Italian saddle
leather and has a
stylish slung seat
for comfort. The
design is as suitable
for a desk as it is for
a dining table and
is available in four
colours: Navy, Taupe,
Red and Burgundy.
Ochre, 020 7096
7372, ochre.net.

BOLD AS BRASS

For a serious hit of Park Avenue


chic, see New York designer Jonathan Adlers Art Deco
inspired Scalinatella cocktail table, 1,950. Fabulously
overstated yet also delightfully whimsical, it features a base
made from a single, shiny brass tube that undulates its way
around a Carrara marble top. See it for yourself at Adlers
new boutique on Londons Westbourne Grove his second
UK store. Contact 020 7727 0600, uk.jonathanadler.com.

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RELAXED LINEN
Tactile cushions, throws and table linen all in this
irresistibly soft take on a traditional favourite

1 | Linen cushion in Grey,


50cm sq, 40, John Lewis.
2 | Mini cushion cover in
Dove Grey, 14; feather-filled
cushion pad, 8; both
30x40cm, The Linen Works.
3 | Luni cushion in Mauve,
40x55cm, 51, Caravane.
4 | Linen cushion with fringe

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in Grey, 50cm sq, 29.50,


Marks & Spencer.
5 | Tight weave linen cushion
in Gainsborough Blue,
35x60cm, 36, Oka.
6 | Herringbone linen throw,
170x250cm, 135, Ines Cole.
7 | Juliette cushion, 50cm sq,
185, Ralph Lauren Home.

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1 | Castellet hemstitch
tablecloth in Parisian Blue,
160x275cm, 115,
The Linen Works.
2 | Selena napkin in Lac,
45cm sq, 11.50, Caravane.
3 | West stonewashed table
runner in Charcoal, 140x45cm,
32.90, Linum.
4 | West stonewashed napkin
in Dusky Pink, 50cm sq,
13.90, Linum.

5 | Washed linen napkin in


Indigo, 42cm sq, 11.50, Folklore.
6 | Lario placemat in Jade,
33x45cm, 7.50, Designers Guild.
7 | Plain napkin in Sea Green,
43cm sq, 9, Volga Linen.
8 | Fringed linen napkin in Grey
Blue, 50cm sq, 29 for four, Oka.
9 | Castellet simple hem napkin
in Parisian Blue, 47cm sq, 30
set of four, The Linen Works. 

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WHERE TO BUY, PAGE 159

FIND MORE BEAUTIFUL SHOPPING BUYS AT


HOUSETOHOME.CO.UK/HOMESANDGARDENS-SHOPPING

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COMING UP ROSES
Order your bare root roses now, for
planting in November. We have our eye on
Thomas Becket, an English rose named
for Canterbury Cathedral, which we saw at
Chelsea this year. It has a lemon zesty, old
rose fragrance and is vibrant carmine red
in colour. Plants costs 16.50, or 14.95
each when you buy three or more from
David Austin Roses, 01902 376300,
davidaustinroses.co.uk.

3 OF THE BEST

WALLED GARDENS
Enjoy the last of the fine weather
and feed body and mind in these
historic gardens with tea rooms
NORTH YORKSHIRE HELMSLEY
WALLED GARDEN Built in 1759, this

WATCH AND LEARN


From Open House and Designer
Spotlight to Craft Corner and Home
Fashion Fix, the Housetohome videos
are packed with inspiring design
ideas. You can watch them at
housetohome.co.uk/videos.

garden (above) was renowned for its exotic


fruit houses, cared for by 20 gardeners.
Sadly, all 20 died in the Great War and the
gardens gradually fell out of use until the
1990s. Today, old apple varieties are
grown and horticultural therapy is offered
here. Take a gardening course, or enjoy
the seasonal dishes created by chef
Will Mowbray in The Vine House Caf,
set within the Victorian vinery. Open daily
until 31 October, 10am to 5pm. Adults,
6; children under 16, free; 01439 771427,
helmsleywalledgarden.org.uk.
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SOMERSET THE WALLED GARDEN


AT MELLS A 30-minute drive from Bath
lies this classic 17th-century English
garden dedicated to growing cut flowers,
including cornflowers and poppies, and
garden plants for sale. Join the seasonal
floristry or craft workshops, or take a
more laid-back approach and enjoy
homemade cakes and tea in the orchard.
Open daily until 31 October, 10am to
5pm. Free entry; 01373 812597,
thewalledgardenatmells.co.uk.

STAFFORDSHIRE SUGNALL HALL


Created in 1738 to feed the family and
staff of Sugnall Hall, this two-acre walled
garden has been restored to provide fruit
and veg for the new hall, its tea room and
farmers market. Walks, a gardening school,
plant fairs and a home for hedgehogs are
all on site. Open every Sunday and bank
holiday Monday until 28 September,
11am to 4.30pm. Admission, honesty box;
01785 850820, sugnall.co.uk.

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BESPOKE BEAUTY
Mid-century furniture specialist Talisman is now offering a capsule collection of
12 own-designed pieces, Bespoke, each of which can be customised. One of our
favourites is this low-back French-style sofa, H68.5xW213.5xD78.5cm, 7,080. Head
to the New Kings Road shop in London, 020 7731 4686, or visit talismanlondon.com.

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1| The Palazzina G hotel,

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designed by Philippe Starck.


2| Elegant Elle Elle Murano
glasses. 3| Colourful houses
on Burano island.

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4| The Doges Palace.
5| Rio della Piet canal.
6| Dr Vranjes perfumes

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Paradiso. 7| A selection of
cicchetti. 8| The classical
faade of Palazzina G.

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VENICE

FEATURE SARAH BALDWIN PHOTOGRAPHS ARCANGELO PIAI/SEBASTIANO


SCATTOLIN/JOHANNA HUBER/ALL SIME AT 4CORNERS IMAGES; DOUGLAS
PEARSON/4CORNERS IMAGES; SENTI.CO.UK

Resplendent palazzi, churches, canals and


cuisine define Italys most enchanting city.
September is the time to visit for fresher
weather and the annual film festival

STAY

EAT

SHOP

VISIT

Think beyond the grande dames


and plump for a boutique gem in
a great area. Philippe Starcks
first foray into Italy, Palazzina G,
palazzinag.com, sits on the Grand
Canal near St Marks Square.
Behind the 16th-century faade,
elegance abounds. The 16 rooms
and six suites feature serene
whites and mirrored surfaces,
while the bar is a more lively
affair, with exposed brick, velvet
and leather. The terrace offers a
retreat from the bustle, and next
door is the neoclassical Palazzo
Grassi, a contemporary exhibition
space not to be missed. Doubles
from 352, mrandmrssmith.com.

For an authentic experience,


visiting one of the citys bacari
(wine bars) and grazing on
cicchetti Venices answer to
tapas is a must. Other essential
culinary pleasures include the
classic primo, bigoli in salsa (thick
spaghetti with anchovies and
onions), baccal mantecato,
made from dried cod, and seafood
(soft-shell crab in particular).
Favourite local haunts include
trattoria Da Gianni, 0039 41 523
7210, in Dorsoduro and Castellos
Al Giardinetto da Severino,
0039 41 528 5332, algiardinetto.it;
book a courtyard table and enjoy
inventive fish dishes.

Venice is a joy to explore by foot,


so its worth strolling to discover
one-off finds. For Murano glass,
head to Elle Elle Murano, 0039
41 527 4866, elleellemurano.com,
which stocks a stunning collection
of hand-blown pieces. Marvel at
luxurious fabrics at Gaggio, 0039
41 522 8547, on St Marks Square
a must for anyone with a love
of interiors. The Castello district
has lovely shops, such as Arco
del Paradiso, 0039 41 241 3745,
where you will find local perfumes,
including scents by Dr Gritti and
Dr Vranjes. Libreria Acqua Alta,
0039 41 296 0841, sells history
books and vintage biographies.

Although the mosaics inside the


Basilica di San Marco are hard
to match, there is much more to
Venice. The Secret Itinerary at
the Doges Palace, palazzoducale.
visitmuve.it, takes you behind the
scenes of this landmark. For a
change of pace, walk out to the
Arsenale; this former shipyard
and armoury is the highlight
of Castello. Hop on a boat to
see Burano and Torcello islands
and admire colourful houses,
lace and Venices oldest church.
If you visit during the film festival
(27 August to 6 September), join
the Hotel Ciprianis cinematic
tour; see belmond.com.

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Victoria (right)
designs and
creates all her
pieces by hand,
including cushions
(below), from
60 each.

ONE TO WATCH

VICTORIA UMANSKY
We first spotted the work of textile designer
Victoria Umansky at Clerkenwell Design Week
in May, where she was presenting her first
major show since graduating from Central
Saint Martins. Her latest range features
soft colours and graphic detailing, and is
handmade from sustainable and/or organic
hemp and cotton in her west London studio.
You describe yourself as a designer-maker
can you tell us how you work? Currently,
Im a one-woman show. I design, print, cut
and sew everything myself. Its an effort, but
theres also a real joy in working this way.
Have you always had a passion for textiles?
My grandmother exposed me to lots of arts,
crafts and sewing activities from a young age.
My passion for materials grew from there
and eventually turned into a career path.
I have fond memories of our projects and
all the processes she introduced me to.
When and how did you establish your
studio? After graduating in July 2013, I was
lucky enough to join Textiles Hub London, a
new studio offshoot of the School for Slow
Textiles. It has given me access to a beautiful
space, where Ive been establishing the print
facility, and exposure to a network of other
textile designers who use sustainability as
a cornerstone of their practices.

Where do you find inspiration? Everywhere


be it in colour, pattern, grids, graphic design,
electronic dance music, culture, nature
or fine art. My Ukrainian heritage melded
with a Western upbringing has definitely
affected my outlook. I have become
increasingly interested in combining
traditional techniques with contemporary
aesthetics, and the idea of modernising craft
in the digital age. Im very technique driven
and truly love screen printing.
Can you tell us about your latest collection?
The ranges are influenced by fine art, and
some of the screen prints are done using
hand-cut stencils so are very much one-offs.
I was really inspired by the recent Paul Klee
retrospective at the Tate Modern and I also
drew a lot from Expressionist mark-making,
abstraction and geometrics.
What do you have planned for the future?
Im currently expanding the range and taking
on some interesting commissions. Demand
for the collections is increasing, which is great,
but I need to grow the business, while staying
true to my ethos about making. I also want to
find more ways of incorporating sustainability
into all aspects of my work.
Victoria Umansky, 0797 135 1061,
victoriaumansky.com.

ON FORM

SOFTLY, SOFTLY

One of our favourite new discoveries is Italian


company Once Milano, oncemilano.com, and its superb products made from
tactile crushed linen. Hand-crafted using traditional techniques, the selection
includes linens for the bedroom, kitchen and table, as well as towels, bags
and accessories in a choice of beautiful colours and natural tones. Dishcloths
(above) cost 23 each, and duvet covers start at 195 for a single.

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Pinchs designs never fail


to delight and its latest
pieces are no exception.
Inspired by fishermens
floats, the sculptural Float
table, H48xdiam33cm,
595, is hand-turned,
with a solid oak top and
colourful base, which
comes in several shades.
Pinch, 020 7622 5075,
pinchdesign.com.

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DESIGN EYE

BARBARA CHANDLER
Homes & Gardens design
correspondent finds last years
graduates now in business
at the New Designers show
Some 3,000 new graduates from art and design
colleges all over the country came together at New
Designers 2014, newdesigners.com, to flaunt their
final coursework in front of manufacturers, retailers,
the media and family and friends. Held in Islington,
north London, this was the 29th edition of an annual
exhibition which has, to date, launched an incredible
100,000-plus students into the world of work.
Of all the sections of the show, my favourite is
One Year On. This year, it presented around 60 artists
and designers who have now set up in
business and are selling their wares. In a
matter of months, these extraordinary
entrepreneurs have put their goods
into production a number
combining traditional craftwork
with modern technology and onto
the market. Many are also strongly
influenced by the region in which
they live and work, contributing to
the originality of their pieces.
Silversmith Hamish Dobbie,
hamishtdobbie.co.uk, for instance, is
inspired by the calm of Scotlands rugged
landscape. He mixes traditional handwork
with 3D printing and digital carving, often
adding hardwoods to his delicate vessels.
Anna Gravelle, annagravelle.com, takes her cue
from the harvested fields outside Bristol in making her
textured fabrics for cushions and throws. Winner of this
years One Year On Award, Taz Pollard, tazpollardceramics.
wordpress.com, draws inspiration from Exmoor. In
her moorside garden studio, she throws and slip-casts
innovative ceramics (above), often enhancing the intense
glazes with drips of neon rubber. In Cornwall, a converted
farm outbuilding is the studio for Kai Venus Demetrio,
kaivenusdesigns.com, and his fine woodworking.
Meanwhile, life experiences have helped to inform the
designs of so-called mature students. Textile maker and
mother of three, Angie Parker, angieparkertextiles.com,
draws on memories of a year spent in India and the bright
colours of the graffiti on Bristols inner-city buildings
to inspire the colourful cloths she weaves to upcycle
chairs. Finally, in Devon, Jenny Ayrton, jennyayrton.co.uk,
the mother of a two-year-old daughter, creates magical
sand-cast glass sculptures, moving her production
between a small studio in her garden and a hot-glass
workshop in Bovey Tracey.

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IN THE FRAME

This idea of setting wallpaper within the panels


of a painted door is a clever way to create an individual focal point. The
look hangs together because the base colours are complementary;
the door pairs Aranami BP4603 wallpaper, 90 a roll, with Arsenic,
Estate Eggshell, 36 for 2.5 litres, both Farrow & Ball, 01202 876141,
farrow-ball.com. The wallpaper, which is also used in a warm grey shade
throughout the room, is part of the companys new collection of tranquil
Japanese-inspired designs, available from September.

Tent London has launched its own online


shop, shoptent.co.uk, so you can discover and buy the
work of its exhibiting designers all year round.

SINGING
THE BLUES
Based in a converted warehouse
in east London, Bert & May,
020 3673 4264, bertandmay.com,
offers reclaimed and original tiles
with beautiful patterns and
plain designs for walls and floors.
Its latest launch, the Azure
collection, is the result of
a collaboration with The Conran
Shop. Inspired by the colours
of the French Riviera, the tiles
feature four exclusive glazes
in three geometric designs
(from top), Churriana, Majadas
and Lapis, 20cm sq, 9 each.
A wide selection of reclaimed
wood is also available.

H&G EDIT | READER EVENT

JOIN US FOR A DESIGN DAY


AT DRUMMONDS
Discover the secrets to creating a striking bathroom scheme at our exclusive readers event

n Wednesday 10 September, Drummonds, the iconic


British bathroom brand, is offering Homes & Gardens
readers a day of bathroom design inspiration. Taking
place in its spectacular new showroom (left centre)
on Londons Kings Road, the day starts with leading designer
Christopher Jenner discussing how to create refined and elegant
bathrooms. Christopher, who has recently launched his own
collection of bathroom furniture, brings a fresh, innovative feel
to interiors, a skill that is earning him an impressive reputation
in the design world. After a lunch prepared by leading sushi chef
Eico Kano, Edward Bodenham, whose family owns the historic
Floris brand, will introduce his in-house perfumer, Penny Ellis,
who will offer a fascinating insight into the history of perfume and
the Floris fragrances. Each guest will receive a Floris gift as well
as a 10 per cent discount on Drummonds accessories and the
chance to win one of Christophers new Urbem lights.

IN P ERSO N

ABOVE LEFT Designer Christopher Jenner creates inspiring bathrooms.


ABOVE RIGHT Edward Bodenham will talk about Floris fragrances.

ON THE DAY
10.30AM Guests arrive for coffee.
11AM Designer Christopher Jenner will be interviewed by Homes
& Gardens executive editor Giles Kime on the secrets of creating
a luxury bathroom, followed by a question and answer session.
NOON A tour of the Drummonds showroom.
12.30PM Lunch, with wine, prepared by sushi chef Eico Kano.
1PM Edward Bodenham and Penny Ellis reveal the history of
Floris fragrances.
WHEN Wednesday 10 September.
WHERE Drummonds, 642 Kings Road, London SW6 2DU,
020 7376 4499.
TO BOOK Tickets cost 20 (including lunch and a Floris gift)
and are available from Laura Korol on 020 7376 4499 or
email london@drummonds-uk.com.

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SHELL ARTIST

LINDA FENWICK
From her North Yorkshire studio, this talented maker designs intricate
shell panels for interiors, gardens, loggias and follies
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nspired by the decorative richness of the


shell-studded summer house she designed
for her own home in 2010, Linda Fenwick
set up a studio producing unique shell pieces,
from elaborate panelled mirrors to shell-clad
garden houses, temples and follies.
Can you tell us about your background?
I was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and
moved to Dallas when I was a small child,
where I grew up in a creative atmosphere.
I studied chemistry at Baylor University in
Texas before switching to fashion. After a stint
putting together trunk shows all over the US
for fashion designer Victor Costa, I moved to
London with my husband, James. There, I
took a history of art course at the ICA, along
with several other classes including painting
and drawing. Ive always been interested in
interior design and architecture.
How did you discover your passion for
working with shells? I started collecting
when I was very young, during family holidays
on Sanibel Island in Florida. I made boxes
and mirrors at that stage, but always thought
the extraordinary colours and textures of
hundreds of shells together might form an
amazing textural wall. Then, as an adult
staying with friends on Mustique, I saw some
beautiful shellwork that really inspired me.
My first big project was the shell house in
our garden. I designed it, working closely
with builder Colin Thomas. It evolved as we
worked I never really pictured the finished
result in my head, so when the panels went
up it was an astounding moment. I knew
that I had found a passion in shelling and
decided to take on commissions.
A collection of
marine finds has
been artfully
grouped on the
mantelpiece in
Lindas studio.

Where do you find inspiration? Im


influenced by architecture and Georgian
plasterwork. I also enjoy visiting galleries,
museums, houses and gardens, which always
spark my creativity. I flick through magazines
and see temples, pool houses and spas and
I long to shell them. I also enjoy the mythical
associations that shells hold. The Greeks and
Romans believed they were the symbol of
prosperity, fertility and regeneration.
Can you describe a typical day? I start with
a cup of green tea, checking emails and going
over approved plans for current projects. Then
I go to my studio, picking up a selection of
shells from the tack room nearby. Originally
a ballet room, it has a lovely sprung wooden
floor, lots of light and a wall of mirrors, which
helps me view pieces objectively. If there is a
team of us working, well have a quick lunch
then, at the end of the day, I catch up on
correspondence again. Sometimes clients visit
to buy panels or mirrors, or to see the shell
house, which is open under the National
Gardens Scheme in the spring and summer.
Can you describe the design process?
My initial discussion with the client is about
what kind of piece they envisage and what
style would be appropriate, be it Georgian,
Baroque, contemporary or abstract. Then I
produce some sketches and a scaled drawing,
and sometimes a few layouts incorporating
the shells I might be using. I often mock up a
3D model of the area to be shelled, too. Once
the design is approved, I estimate how many
shells Ill need, then double it. The sorting
process takes time because each shell has to
be the right size, shape and colour and often

needs to be cleaned and polished. Colin cuts,


primes and paints the backing boards for me,
making wooden templates for repeat designs
to ensure accuracy. I lay out the designs with
the sorted shells, then I can begin pasting
them on. The piece dries for several days, then
I clean o any errant paste before polishing.
Panels and mirrors are fitted with wire and
a numbered brass plaque on the back.
Where do you source your materials?
From beaches, friends and online companies
selling ethically sourced shells.
What do you think is the unique appeal
of your pieces? A shell house oers a joyous
natural beauty, which is dicult to describe or
convey in photographs because it partly comes
from the atmosphere that the shells create.
Which is your most memorable project?
I recently worked on a restored loggia in the
gardens of Skipwith Hall, owned by Rosalind
and Charles Forbes Adam. The project was
great to work on because it involved very
clean, clear designs set against a yellow
backdrop. The loggia incorporated a circle of
silvery abalone shells around a marble bust
of Homer. The couple have their coee there
every morning and knowing how much they
enjoy it is the ultimate reward for me.
What are your plans for the business?
I really like working on commissions for
private houses and would also like to expand
into restaurants and hotels. There is so much
scope to create a wonderful talking point. 
Linda Fenwick, 01653 648470,
lindafenwickshelldesign.com.

TOP ROW Scallop shells are often


used for friezes; Linda spent
18 months creating the intricate
design for her summer house; fine
paintbrushes and chisels are used
to clean the shells before polishing.
MIDDLE ROW One of a pair of
shell-framed mirror sconces, which
are often used in recesses either
side of a fireplace; the shell house
in Lindas garden, which was the
inspiration for her business; a
hand-rubbed, wax-framed panel
with a pearl trochus at its centre
and a background of star limpets.
BOTTOM ROW Excess paste is
carefully cleaned off a shelled
tabletop; the tack room is where
Linda houses thousands of shells,
filed by their common names and
labelled in clear plastic containers.

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S TY L I N G C L A U D I A BRY A NT P H O T O G R AP H S P A UL RA E S I D E

We mix bold, contrasting geometrics,


chevrons, stripes and ikats to create vibrant
room schemes bursting with joie de vivre

THE CLASH

THE LOOK

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PREVIOUS PAGE An eclectic selection of plates, with patterns from linear graphics

to more painterly designs, makes for an intriguing mix at the dinner table.
FABRIC Table runner in Pheasant in

Teal, linen mix, 137cm wide, 70m,


Paolo Moschino at Nicholas Haslam.
ACCESSORIES Wood Anemone plate,
diam30cm, 95, Heidi Harrington at
Contemporary Applied Arts. Telephone

wire bowl, diam30cm, 95, The Conran


Shop. In Good Company dinner plate,
diam25cm, 26, Heals. Palladian serving
plate, diam33cm, 53, Custhom. Terra
Firma stoneware plate in Brown, 69,
William Yeoward.

THIS PICTURE Floral wallpaper creates a


bold backdrop to furniture upholstered
in geometrics and stripes. Kingfisher
blue and emerald green lift the scheme,
while touches of black add depth.
FURNITURE Domino long daybed
right arm, H72xW272xD89cm, 3,750,
Designers Guild. Cube with inset castors,
H40xW140xD80cm, 560 plus 3m of fabric,
Clock House Furniture. Elettra chair,
H75xW47xD58cm, 2,617, Viaduct. Grado
45 degree table, H59xW36.5xD36.5cm,
650, Ron Gilad at Molteni&C.
FABRICS Elettra chair in Carnival in Green,
linen, 134cm wide, 115m, Christopher Farr
Cloth. Daybed in Hawthorne in Noir, linen
mix, 137cm wide, 75m, Designers Guild.
Cube in Praslin col 170, polyester mix,
150cm wide, 302m, Missoni Home. Silver
cushion in Le Zebre in Pewter, linen, 122cm
wide, 136m, Brunschwig & Fils at GP&J Baker.
Zigzag cushion in Nossen 601, polyester
mix, 135cm wide, 228m, Missoni Home.
WALLS Celestine wallpaper in Black,
79 a roll, Colefax and Fowler.
ACCESSORIES Plaster white spin table
lamp, H70xW24.5cm, 816, Porta Romana.
Drum lampshade, H40xdiam40.5cm,
92.90 plus 2m of fabric, Heathfield & Co.
Shade covered in Limitless in Cocoa, linen,
138cm wide, 59m, Jonathan Adler at
Kravet. Silk Ikat cushion in Bosphorous,
38x55cm, 49, Sofa.com. Aztec screen
print cushion in Brown/Mint, 45cm sq, 70,
Darkroom. Abstract Diamond silk cushion
cover, 30x50cm, 125, The Conran Shop.
Tile wood tray, 38x68cm, 149, William
Yeoward. Spirale vase, H28xdiam15cm, 750,
Studio Salvadore at Vessel. Herringbone
glass, 750 set of six colours, Thomas
Goode. Ikat fashion rug in Blue, wool/silk
mix, 80x300cm, 3,108, Knots Rugs.

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Large two-tone tiles, a beautifully inlaid sideboard and a pop of acid yellow
breathe life into this industrial-style setting. Upholstery in different patterns
but harmonious colours adds to the pleasing informality of this relaxed look.
FURNITURE Keramic dining table in

White, H75xW220xD97cm, 3,069,


Geoffrey Drayton. Inlay Madia solid oak
sideboard with oak veneers, H154.5x
W140xD48cm, 5,417, Porro at Aram
Store. Ruby chairs, H82xW53xD47cm,
610 plus 2m of fabric each, Fiona McDonald.
FABRICS Chairs in (clockwise, from far
left) Candalu in Grigio and Beige (far
right), viscose mix, 140cm wide, 125m,
Rubelli. Fiona in Citron, linen mix, 144cm
wide, 65m, Manuel Canovas at Colefax
and Fowler. E in Indigo, linen, 133cm wide,
95m, Christopher Farr Cloth. Frivole in
Menthol, cotton, 137cm wide, 77.50m,
Sonia Rykiel Maison at Lelivre.
FLOORING Baroque combination tiles in
Blue/White 60cm sq, 143.33sq m,
Mandarin Stone.
ACCESSORIES So Sottsass plate in Yellow,
80, Darkroom. Nappula candleholder,
H11cm, 22; Cool Grey dinner candle, 3;
both Heals. Black Willow Chinese bowl,
35; Black Willow fruit bowl (on sideboard),
diam30cm, 75; both Burleigh. Plant pot,
H20xdiam25cm, 20, Designers Guild.
Feeling Fluo basket in Green/Natural,
H31xdiam25cm, 50, Heals. Hera vase,
H23xdiam14cm, 195, Jonathan Adler.

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Subtly contrasting geometrics in simple colours


create a sense of movement for a dynamic effect.
FURNITURE Hawk side table, H47xW60xD45cm,
790, Rockman & Rockman at Darkroom.
FLOORING Warped Diamond in Blue and White,
20cm sq, 169sq m, Jethro Macey at WorkHouse.
ACCESSORIES Architettura teacup and saucer,
150; Architettura ceramic teapot, 325; both
Fornasetti at Liberty. Hellraiser fruit holder in Grey,
L37.5xW23.6cm, 66, Karim Rashid for Alessi.
Journals, 12 each, Anthropologie.

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Juxtaposition creates drama, as shown


here by the muted tones of the toile de
Jouy wallpaper and bare distressed
wall that clash with the statement floor
tiles. Build on this excitement with a
graphic rug and trompe loeil screen.
FURNITURE Platner lounge chair in Cato

in Natural, H77xW95xD65cm, 5,360,


Knoll. Rectangular three-panelled screen,
183x132cm, 272 plus 6m of fabric and
14m of trim, The Dormy House.
WALL Versailles wallpaper 99/15063,
120 a roll, Cole & Son.
FABRICS Screen in Trompe Loeil in Lille,
linen, 140cm wide, 79.80m, James
Malone Fabrics at Avorez. Screen trimmed
in Aristotle Greek Key border col 17,
W1.5cm, 37m, Samuel & Sons.
Rectangular cushion in Perspectivo in
Azul and Beige, linen, 150cm wide, 168m,
Vanderhurd; edged in Bailie Wildrye
280-02, polyester mix, 150cm wide, 148
yard, Chris Barrett Textiles; both at Redloh
House Fabrics.
ACCESSORIES Arbeit cushion in
Brown, diam30cm, 46, Clivework.
Knot print (unframed), 50x70cm,
100, Hollys House. Zig Zag Blue rug,
wool, 140x200cm, 365, Michele
Maison at Heals.

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Graphic geometrics form the starting point of this scheme, with the monochrome
tumbling block wallpaper and pastel rug. Keeping furniture simple allows for
experimentation with florals, animal prints and spots for bedlinen and window
treatments. Using a variety of scales will add to the visual impact.
FURNITURE Bed No4 with headboard in
Double Cross on Cream by Charlene
Mullen, 50s-style Antique Bronze legs and
medium mattress with topper, H140x
L200xW200xcm, 11,347, Savoir Beds.
Small Island table, H52xdiam56cm,
1,850, Arflex at Mint.
FABRICS Bolster in Phoenix 701,
polyester mix, 135cm wide, 254m,
Missoni Home. Bedcover in Luiza Dove
7663/05, linen, 144cm wide, 80m,
Black Edition. Bedcover trimmed in
PIN009.001 in Marzapane-Liquiriz,
rayon, W9cm, 34.50m, Dedar. Sheer
curtain in Light Santo Sospir in Galet
FCL044/02, linen, 297cm wide, 85m,
Christian Lacroix at Designers Guild.
WALL La Mosaique wallcovering
MMM447, 100cm wide, 43m, Maison
Martin Margiela at Brian Yates.

ACCESSORIES Ikat cushion in Sophia,

38x68cm, 59, Sofa.com. Silver king-size


top sheet, 149; Silver pillowcases, 50x
70cm, 59 each; all Yves Delorme at The
Monogrammed Linen Shop. Kilimanjaro
glass, 140, Thomas Goode. Black Striped
Murano glass bowl, diam8cm, 80, The
Conran Shop. Bambola Turquoise table
lamp, H42xdiam26cm, 888, Hector
Finch. Drum card shade, H26.5xdiam46cm,
94.45 plus 1 roll of wallpaper, Heathfield.
Shade in Eden Roc in Nacre, 75 a roll,
Christian Lacroix at Designers Guild.
Cubes rug, Tibetan wool, 183x274cm,
4,436, Paul Smith at The Rug Company.
Tracks rug, polished cotton, 510sq m,
Colbourns. Waxed curtain pole and
button finials, diam16mm, 102.20 for
3m pack including pole, finials, brackets
and rings, Jim Lawrence.

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Polished surfaces bring a further


dimension to highly patterned
schemes, reflecting light and
introducing a contemporary feel.
FURNITURE Fishbone coffee table

version 3, H35xW108xD68cm,
1,836, Moroso.
ACCESSORIES Toulouse valet
box, H6xW35xD22cm, 195,
Jonathan Adler. Herringbone glass
in Peacock, 750 set six colours,
Thomas Goode. Gandia Blasco
Mosaiek Grey rug, 170x240cm,
1,090, Javier Tortoa at Heals.
Ikat fashion rug in Blue, 80x
300cm, 3,108, Knots Rugs.
WHERE TO BUY, PAGE 159

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Glass houses
Using glass containers and lab jars allows
exposed roots to become part of the display,
which is particularly effective with plants
that have an extensive root system, such
as bamboo. For orchids, rest the plant on
pebbles, with enough water to create humidity;
for Watsonia, do not allow the water level to
cover the bulb. Add a suitable nutrient feed
to the water and refresh the display by
potting on any plants that have developed
a healthy root system in soil.

GARDEN IDEAS

THE GREAT
INDOORS
From a small-scale collection of exotics in glass to a hanging garden in miniature,
these wonderfully inventive ideas for displaying plants inside are perfect for
adding a creative edge and element of surprise to your living spaces
WORD S VICKI SL EET P H OTOGRA P H S L A R L ESL IE

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Sculptural forms
There are many plants with distinctive shapes
that can be used to make a strong decorative
statement. The drama of this staghorn fern
is enhanced by training its flat, basal leaf
around the container, while the lean cactus
has been teamed with a less-is-more paint
tin that echoes its aesthetic sentiment. Cacti
and succulents are very hardy, almost
certainly the easiest plants to grow indoors,
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Hanging garden
This idea works well with succulents and
hardy grasses that need very little care
and water. Choose a cylindrical container
and plant with interesting forms, such as
rosette-shaped houseleeks, in various tones.
Hanging vegetable and herb gardens are
increasingly popular in town houses; all you
need is good light and protected site.

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2|

3|
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1| Well contained

2| Net asset

3| Off the wall

There is no need to spend a fortune on


containers for a potted garden; simply
look around your home for items to
create an imaginative display. We have
filled a metal light shade and offcuts of
PVC piping with a selection of plants
with interesting shapes and colours.
Proper drainage is essential, so ensure
the containers have holes in the base
or a couple of inches of gravel at the
bottom. Use damp coir around the
plants to give a sense of cohesion.

An old string bag can be recycled as


an unusual container for a hanging
garden, especially where space is
limited. Fill it with sand, pebbles
and plenty of moss, then hang it
in a damp spot with good filtered
light. Once the moss has become
moist and sponge-like, tuck seedlings
into it, then dip the bag in water and
re-hang. This is ideal for fast-growing
salad leaves, which can be picked
for use in the kitchen.

Epiphytes, which are also known as


air plants, grow without soil and can
be used to create an eye-catching
wall-mounted installation. We have
chosen exotic-looking bromelaids,
which have been mounted on a
wooden pallet. Watering is best done
by submerging the entire installation
in water for up to 20 minutes, then
draining it well before repositioning.
Some species of orchid can also be
showcased in this way.

Tropical zone
Create an indoor jungle with a host of ferns,
small palms, large foliage plants and orchids,
set at various levels to enhance the feeling
of being enclosed in lush surroundings.
Some potted plants benefit from a mix of
indoor and outdoor living; a plant that looks
tired after a spell of being inside, will usually
perk up outside. Some varieties, such as
orchids and agapanthus, can be brought
into the house while flowering. 

INSPIRING SPACES
Our choice of irresistible homes and beautiful gardens

PHOTOGRAPH FEDERICO CEDRONE

THIS MONTH, its all about new beginnings,


as an 11th-century manor house is gently
restored to accommodate modern family life,
(page 66), and a 1960s mews home is rebuilt to
create a light-filled and restful living space (page
74). Shades of turquoise lend an air of calm to a
stylish Milanese apartment (page 80), while
Gothic architecture, a contemporary colour
palette and global finds form a fascinating mix
in a Grade II-listed home in London (page 96).
We also visit an Oxfordshire garden that
reflects the wit and creativity of its artist owner
(page 90), and an East Anglian idyll lovingly
created by a Danish family (page 102). 

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CLEVER
ST YL ING F I N OLA I N GE R PHOTOGRAPHS KRIST IN PE RE RS

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LONDON TERRACE
One-o pieces and ethnic antiques are set against
a modern and minimal backdrop, eortlessly
bringing together the two dierent styles of its owners
WORD S SE RE NA F O KSCHA NER P H OT OGRA P H S M A R K B O L T O N

CONTRAST

KITCHEN

Featuring a wide
island, the kitchen
faces onto an
informal family
living area with
one of Sevda
Kleinmans Turkish
rugs overlaid on
a neutral one. It is
overlooked by the
cocktail area of the
sitting room (right).

Natalia coffee
table (right),
2,700, Tyson,
020 7720 9331,
tysonltd.com. Kelso
chairs, 1,750 each,
Julian Chichester,
020 7622 2928,
julianchichester.com.

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FAMILY LIVING AREA

A double-height glass wall


floods the lower ground
floor with light, where Sevda
(below) has used her collection
of antiques to add hits of
texture and colour.
Flax chair, 1,800, Ligne Roset,
01494 545910, ligne-roset.co.uk
Driftwood woven cocktail
table, 3,325, Ralph Lauren
Home, 020 7535 4600,
ralphlauren.co.uk.

GARDEN

Clean lines and an outdoor


fireplace give this space the
feel of an extra room. The
foliage is in striking contrast
to the pale timber decking.
CLOAKROOM

A metallic wallpaper (right)


adds drama to this small room;
it even lines the cubby holes
that were specially created
to hold hand towels.
Hicks Hexagon wallpaper,
40 a roll, Cole & Son,

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020 7376 4628, cole-and-son.com.


Empress console basin, 1,550,
Catchpole & Rye, 020 7351 0940,
catchpoleandrye.com.
DINING AREA

Rich timber hues (far right)


add warmth to the pared-back
kitchen scheme.
CH24 Wishbone chairs, from
493 each, 020 7823 8874,
Carl Hansen at skandium.com.

ENTRANCE HALL

The couples daughter Sadie


sits by the doorway that leads
down to the kitchen and
family living area below.
SITTING ROOM

Although the bespoke


cabinetry (below) is built in,
it has been designed to look
free-standing for a more
relaxed, informal eect.

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The subtle mix


of geometric
patterns is a nod
to the Turkish
heritage of
Sevdas antiques.

ow do you reconcile two different aesthetics in one


family home? That was the challenge Sevda and
Blake Kleinman faced when they bought their
terraced house in west London. I grew up in Turkey
and spent my childhood surrounded by ethnic
antiques. So, from an early age, Ive been drawn to one-off, artisan
pieces, says Sevda, whose family later moved to America, where
she met her husband, Blake. He likes open, uncluttered spaces
and clean edges; he doesnt like anything detailed or folksy. What
might have become the basis for a domestic rift has, instead,
with the guidance of interior designers Liz Moloney and Rachel
Fayman, inspired a home where hand-crafted heirlooms and
modernity happily co-exist.
A BLANK CANVAS
We were fortunate that the previous owner, a developer, had
converted the building from three flats, back into a whole house,
says Sevda, as she leads us in to the sitting room, a well-lit space
that fills the ground floor. At the back of the room, the floor is cut
away and a glass balustrade reveals a vast family living area and
kitchen below. Blake instantly liked the openness, says Sevda,
but it felt a bit cold and featureless to me.
Reconnecting the house with its heritage, using appropriate
features, was a priority. One of the first things we did was to
design the cabinetry; we have three small children Jonah, Sadie
and Asa so I wanted practical storage units that didnt feel built
in, says Sevda. The resulting cupboards are huge but cleverly
mounted on the wall so they appear to be free-standing.
The scale of the 30-foot-long sitting room presented another
challenge. We wanted to divide the space into two seating areas
without compromising the grandeur, says Rachel. The solution
was a sofa with the middle of the back cut away. It divides the
room into two spaces, one with rangy sofas and a large ottoman
surrounding the fireplace, while a pair of dramatic wingback
chairs and a marble-topped coffee table furnish the cocktail
area (the bar is hidden in the cabinetry on the wall behind). To
complete the arrangement, bespoke lighting the result of intense
deliberations fills the airy space beyond the balustrade.
IMAGINATIVE DESIGN
Up on the first floor, a pair of stable-style doors leads into Jonahs
and Sadies bedrooms. The doors are a practical but aesthetic
alternative to the more usual plastic safety gate. Both rooms, says
Sevda, have been designed for longevity, places the children
can grow into; simply decorated, each has timeless furniture
low-level storage from Ikea, an Eames rocker and crafted finds,
such as a moon sticker from Etsy, contemporary prints, or a whimsical bird mobile, made by Sevda. Underfoot in Sadies room, a
cheerful West Elm rug lies on top of a plain rug from Nina Burgess,
a layering device that appears elsewhere in the house. The
contrast between the decorative and the modest sums up the feel
of the home, says Rachel.
Textural layering has also helped change the basement kitchen
and living area. The space was a mix of blonde wood and bright
white worksurfaces and paintwork, so we repainted the doors in
the softer All White by Farrow & Ball and swapped the Corian
worktop for a warmer quartz stone, says Sevda. Combined
with Sevdas other must-have, the Wishbone chairs, and a giant
Ralph Lauren coffee table, and overlooked by more of Sevdas
copper wares, the revised space is, like the whole house, a
felicitous and elegant mix of old and new.

SITTING ROOM

Showing Sevdas tailored style,


the expansive ground floor
sitting room is brought to life
with a clever mix of graphic
patterns and accessories that
are regularly updated.

Interior design, bespoke rug


and coffee table, Amber Design,
020 7243 8956, amberdesign
group.co.uk. Soft furnishings
made by Barbara Collins
Interiors, 020 8656 8688,
barbaracollinsinteriors.co.uk.

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MAIN BEDROOM

As elsewhere, this room is


treated to a touch of ethnic
detailing. Here a folded
screen is casually propped
against a wall.

Paintings, Gina Parr at Thomas


& Paul, 020 7289 6200,
thomasandpaul.com. Small
rectangular cushion in Florentine
Bargello in Dusk, 229.20m,
Schumacher at Turnell & Gigon,
turnellandgigon.com. Anna
bedside table, 1,011, Julian
Chichester, 020 7622 2928,
julianchichester.com.
OFFICE

Well-organised storage keeps


this office-cum-guest room
in the eaves satisfyingly tidy.

Box storage, from 13, The Holding


Company, 020 8445 2888,
theholdingcompany.co.uk.

JONAHS BEDROOM

Imagination is encouraged
to run free here, with books
kept to hand in the small
shelf above the bedhead.
Moon wall sticker, 41.30,
i3Lab at Etsy, etsy.com.

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SADIES BEDROOM

Decorated with an eye for the


future, this room mixes classic
furniture and practical storage.
For a similar bookcase, try Ikea,
020 3645 0000, ikea.com/gb.

BATHROOM

This decorative screen, the


twin of the one in the adjoining
bedroom, provides privacy
in lieu of curtains.
For a similar screen, try Lombok,
020 7637 3286, lombok.co.uk.

NEW-BUILD MEWS HOUSE


By demolishing and rebuilding his London
home, graphic designer Simon Nicholson has
created a property tailor-made for the 21st century
WOR DS ALIC E WESTGAT E PHOTOGR A P H S E M M A L EWIS

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MADE

LIVING AREA

New buildings can seem rather


soulless, says interior designer
Jill Scholes, so we introduced
warmth and texture by lining
sections of the wall, including
Simons workstation (right),

with oak. We also added


pieces of mid-century modern
furniture as they bring
welcome character to a new
building. For colour, Simon
painted the striped canvas
and added bright cushions.

Cushions in Pieni Unikko, 39m,


Marimekko at Skandium, 020
7584 2066, skandium.com. Moreau
sofa, 3,665 plus fabric, Pinch,
020 7622 5075, pinchdesign.com.
Jill Scholes Interior Design,
020 8969 7001, jillscholes.co.uk.

to MEASURE
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KITCHEN AREA

The open-plan first floor living


space has distinct areas for
cooking, dining (above right),
relaxing and working (previous
page), so the kitchen needed to
be kept as simple as possible.
We chose handle-less white
cabinetry and white metro tiles
that would not dominate the
space, says Jill.
Hi Pad stools, 468 each,
Cappellini at Pink Apple, 01234
818456, pinkappledesigns.co.uk.
Optik glass pendants, 115
each, Tinsmiths, 01531 632083,
tinsmiths.co.uk.

he joy of building a home from scratch is that you can design


every inch of it, right down to the door handles. Which is what
graphic designer Simon Nicholson opted to do when he bought
an ugly 1960s mews house in west London five years ago. He
knocked the whole building down and replaced it with a
bespoke home that revels in its meticulous design detail.

Why did you decide to rebuild your property? The original building was
a bad house in a great location. Within twenty seconds of seeing it, I realised
that it should be demolished and rebuilt. It wasnt part of a period mews
terrace; in fact, every house in the row dates from a dierent era, so there was
no architectural pattern that we had to follow.
How did you approach the design? This wasnt a standard site, so developers
models and kit houses would simply not fit into the space. The new house,
which was designed by Prewett Bizley Architects, had to be bespoke. In the
previous house, the living spaces had been on the ground floor, but we opted to
position them on the first floor, which has more light, and included a balcony.
We put two bedrooms on the ground floor for my children, Violetta, 23, and
16-year-old Michael, and the main bedroom in the loft. Each bedroom has
its own bathroom and workspace.
What inspired the interior scheme? I wanted to avoid anything that made
the rooms look sterile and, although they are generally quite neutral, I wanted
them to feature geometric prints and areas of colour. With the help of interior
designer Jill Scholes and her team, we decided which of my existing pieces of
furniture and artwork should be incorporated into the new house, then each one
was photographed and became part of Jills concept book for the scheme. 

DINING AREA

The American black


walnut dining table came
from Simons previous
home and was cut down
to fit the new space.

Romeo Babe S pendant


lights, 159 each, Flos at
Made in Design, 020 7692
4001, madeindesign.co.uk.
Hi Pad chairs, 588 each,
Cappellini at Pink Apple,
01234 818456, pinkapple
designs.co.uk. Curtains
in Jazz Herringbone in
Oyster, 135m, Mark
Alexander, 01623 756699,
markalexander.com.
Paint on walls, Slate IV,
Household Emulsion, 41
for 2.5 litres, Paint Library,
020 7823 7755,
paint-library.co.uk.
Engineered oak boards,
around 100sq m
including installation, FPS
Flooring, 020 8960 6776,
fpsflooring.com.

BALCONY

Folding doors lead out


on to the first-floor
balcony, which provides
an extension to the
living space in warm
weather.
Spark side chairs in
Citron, 210 each, Don
Chadwick at The Conran
Shop, 0844 848 4000,
conranshop.co.uk.
Similar garden table,
Opera round table in
Nutmeg, 179, Fermob
at The Worm That
Turned, 0844 573 8644,
worm.co.uk.

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Tell us about the workstations. We dont have a TV, but our access to
computers and laptops had a radical impact on the design of the house. During
the planning stage, Jill noted which devices we all liked to use at various times,
and where we sat to do this. In this way, she was able to build in fully networked
desks and workstations in a variety of locations, including the childrens rooms,
sitting room and landing outside the main bedroom.
What about the storage? I like fairly minimal interiors, so storage was a
priority. Again, Jill and her team visited us to log our personal effects and judge
how much storage space we would need. She then designed a series of cupboards
that are discreetly styled with simple finger-hole openings or sliding doors so
that you hardly notice their existence. A walk-in cupboard is built into the
wall near my workstation in the sitting room, and we fitted thirty-five linear
feet of hanging space in to the main bedroom. Best of all, there is still space
in every cupboard three years later.
What inspired the wooden windows? These are the solution to a practical
puzzle. I am slightly obsessive about ventilation, security and rain-proofing,
and was concerned that the only way to get fresh air into the ground floor
would be to open the doors onto the balcony. The pivoting oak panels are large
enough to allow air to circulate but small enough to be left open safely.
Small versions are included in the ground-floor rooms and sitting room and
larger versions feature on the second floor.
Every carefully planned inch of this property proves that harnessing the
combined forces of architect and interior designer leads to wonderfully creative
design solutions. It is an absolute joy to live here, says Simon. Theres no
aspect of its design that I would change. We have, I think, reinvented the mews
house for the twenty-first century. 

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BATHROOM

Pivoting oak panels, seen here


and in the living room (far
left), allow ventilation without
compromising privacy. They
match smaller versions on
the lower floors of the house.

Form back-to-wall bath, 1,738,


Laufen, 01530 510007, laufen.com.
Ceramica tiles in Grigio Chiaro,
243.76sq m, Surface, 020 7819
2300, surfacetiles.com. Architect,
Prewett Bizley Architects, 020
7359 2692, prewettbizley.com.
ENTRANCE HALL

The geometric tiled floor is


a nod to the entrance halls
of traditional London town
houses. The mid colour was
used to frame the tiles and
line the floors of the adjoining
utility room and bathroom.

Paint on walls, Grey Birch Lt,


matt emulsion, 38 for 2.5 litres,
Sanderson, 0845 880 5866,
sandersonpaints.com.
MAIN BEDROOM

Cupboards were designed with


self-coloured doors that fit flush
with the wall, while the buttoned
headboard was created by
Jill to dress up the simple bed.
Bentwood Ash double bed,
295, Muji, 020 7436 1779, muji.
eu. Headboard upholstered in
Loft Herringbone in Pigeon,
59m, Kirkby Design, 01623
756699, kirkbydesign.com.

DINING ROOM

A stripe of red paint in place


of a picture rail and wallpaper
on the panels of an heirloom
sideboard add flashes of
warm colour that balance
the turquoise of the walls.

Lotus BP 2027 wallpaper


(on sideboard), 105 a roll,
Farrow & Ball, 01202 876141,

farrow-ball.com. Similar ceiling


light, transparent Murano glass
six-arm chandelier, 1,554, Italian
Lighting Centre, 0800 043 5014,
italian-lighting-centre.co.uk.
LIVING ROOM

The neatly composed backdrop


behind Elisabetta illustrates
her devotion to symmetry.

MILAN APARTMENT

OUTof the
BLUE
A mistake by her painter provided the inspiration
for the distinctive colour palette throughout
Elisabetta Pincherles family home
WORD S ALIC E WESTG AT E P H OTOGRA P H S F ED ER ICO CEDR O NE

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GARDEN

The secluded green space


(left) outside Elisabettas
apartment is much prized
in this urban setting and is
furnished with a mix of vintage
and contemporary pieces.
Similar seating, Maui oak
deckchair frames, 40 each;
slatted oak slings, 22 each;
all Habitat, 0844 499 1111,
habitat.co.uk. Similar table,
Tecknique rectangular table,
449, Bridgman, 020 8804
7474, bridgman.co.uk.

KITCHEN

Tester pots were used to


paint squares of colour on
the kitchen walls (above centre)
while the redecoration of the
apartment was in progress.
Elisabetta decided she liked
the eect so much that she
kept it in the final scheme.

Similar paint (clockwise, from top


left) Cricket; Polka Dot; Tuffet; Milk
Jug; all Claypaint, 31.18 for 2.5
litres, Earthborn, 01928 734171,
earthbornpaints.co.uk.
LIVING ROOM

DINING ROOM

White woodwork stands out


against the turquoise walls
(above left), framing the view
through to the kitchen.
Similar wall paint, The Lido;
similar red paint, Riding Hood;
both Claypaint; 31.18 for 2.5
litres, Earthborn, 01928 734171,
earthbornpaints.co.uk.

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Original features, such as the


doors, were retained and
ceiling mouldings created to
preserve the period integrity
of the apartment. The room is
furnished with vintage Poltrona
Frau sofas and black cabinets
that Elisabetta inherited.
Quaderna bench, 2,495,
Superstudio for Zanotta at Nest,
0114 243 3000, nest.co.uk.
Similar cow hide rug, around
259, City Cows, 020 7099 6616,
citycows.co.uk. 

myriad shades of turquoise


are showcased in Elisabetta
Pincherles Milan apartment.
There is the rich tone in the
dining room, a cool variation
in the living room, and a brooding hue leading
to her studio. Together, these colours create a
host of dierent moods while also maintaining
a sense of cohesion throughout the interior.
When Elisabetta moved to the ground floor
of this 19th-century building 13 years ago, the
walls were plain white and the rooms were
impractically small. So her first task one that
she relished as an architect and interior
designer was to redraw the floorplan to suit
family life with her two sons, Leopoldo, now
aged 13, and 11-year-old Nicol. In Italy,
interior designers are very often architects as
well, so they do not just decorate the walls but

LIVING ROOM

Neat piles of magazines and


books underline the sense of a
fully functioning family home.
Similar print, Grande Particolare

design the space, too, she explains. I look at


each project on an architectural basis.
How did you reconfigure the space? The
ground floor had been made up of three
separate flats, all with tiny rooms. I joined
them together and then divided the space to
create a large living room, a family living room,
three bedrooms and a studio. I didnt want to
change the character of the house, so I kept
the radiators, doors and windows, then added
cornices and moulded ceiling details to make
the rooms look as if they had always been this
size. All I changed, in eect, was the capacity
of the space in which we now live.
What inspired the colour palette? The first
shade of blue was the result of a mistake by the
painter. I had asked him to find a cool white

di Propaganda by Mario Schifano,


124.99, Art.co.uk, 020 8435
6556. Design, Elisabetta
Pincherle, 0039 02 3453 7075,
pincherlestudio.net.

for the main living room, but I returned home


after a long day to find he had painted the
walls light blue. It was a bit of a surprise, but
I thought it sat well with the white woodwork
around the windows, so I decided to keep it.
In fact, I liked it so much I used a variety of
related blue tones in adjacent rooms to create
a visual link between them.
Where did you get the idea for the coloured
panels in the kitchen? These were actually
test areas that I painted when I was choosing
the colour scheme for the rest of the apartment. I bought lots of dierent colours and
tried them out here first, but I liked the look
so much I decided to keep it.
Lots of blue can appear cold. How did you
avoid this? The shades of turquoise I chose

for the dining room, living room and main


bedroom are naturally warm, but I also introduced some earthy hues as hot accents in each
room. In the family living room, for example,
I painted the wall behind the bookshelves in a
dark brown, which creates the eect of a deep,
warm shadow. There is a red line in place of a
picture rail in the dining room, and burnt
orange fabric has been used for footstools and
cushions in the living room.
As a design professional, what or who are
your influences? The symmetry and proportion of classical architecture inspire me, as well
as the work of important figures such as Aldo
Rossi and David Hicks. I also try to experiment
with new decorating trends. I believe that the
colours and styles in my home showcase a
mood we will see more of in the future. 

STUDIO

This room (left), where


Elisabetta works on her
architectural and interior
design projects, has its
own entrance, keeping the
professional and living areas
of the apartment distinct.

Two prints by Italian


photographer Paolo Novelli
(above right) draw visitors
into the apartment.

Photographs by Paolo Novelli,


paolonovelli.wordpress.com.

Similar paint, Milk Jug,


Claypaint, 31.18 for 2.5 litres,
Earthborn, 01928 734171,
earthbornpaints.co.uk.

BOYS BEDROOM

FAMILY LIVING ROOM

Svrta bunk bed frame, 95;


Linnmon/Ullrik desk, 85; both
Ikea, 020 3645 0000, ikea.com/
gb. Similar paint, Borrowed Light,
Modern emulsion, 39.50 for
2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball, 01202
876141, farrow-ball.com. 

Leopoldo and Nicol do


their school work at the
desk (above left and centre),
which originally belonged to
Elisabettas father. The chair
was designed by Aldo Rossi, for
whom Elisabetta once worked,
and Giovanni Da Pozzo.
Quaderna console table, 3,320,
Superstudio for Zanotta at Nest,
0114 243 3000, nest.co.uk.
Similar rug, The Fading World in
Grey/Turquoise, 599, Louis de
Poortere at Modern Rugs, 01388
663738, modern-rugs.co.uk.

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HALL

This subtle scheme is lifted by


artwork in similar shades to
the blues and burnt orange
used elsewhere in the flat.

My work is influenced
by classical architecture,
but I like to experiment
with new trends, too.

MAIN BEDROOM

Wallpaper behind the shelving


units adds pattern interest to
this restful scheme, while an
oversized wire lampshade lends
a bold contemporary note.
Similar paint, Blue Ground,
Modern Emulsion, 39.50 for
2.5 litres; Crivelli Rose wallpaper
in BP 3010, 90 a roll; both Farrow
& Ball, 01202 876141, farrow-ball.
com. Similar lampshade, around
72, Donna Walker Design, 07967
458492, donnawalker.org.

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MAIN BATHROOM

Decorated in grand classical


style, this room features a deep
red ceiling, polished plaster
walls, luxurious dark marble
flooring and an elaborate
Murano glass chandelier.

Montebianco 72 pedestal basin,


838, Pozzi Ginori at Rosco
Bathroom Collection, 01934
712299, roscobathrooms.co.uk.
Similar paint (on ceiling), Rectory
Red, Modern Emulsion, 39.50 for
2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball, 01202
876141, farrow-ball.com. For a
similar antique chandelier,
try The Vintage Chandelier
Company, 07931 303138,
vintagechandeliers.co.uk. 

CREATING A DISPLAY
JULIETTE BYRNE

FEATURE SARAH BALDWIN

A collection of decorative

jewellery can form a wonderful


display. Choose items that
complement each other, then
arrange for them to be framed in
a perspex box to be either hung
on the wall or placed on a coffee
table. Try Dauphin, 01865
343542, dauphin.co.uk.
A coffee table with a glass top
and a mirrored shelf (below right)
is ideal for showcasing eclectic
items, such as interesting pieces
of wood, seashells, sculptural
objects or antique books.
A piece of vintage fabric can
be used as a fantastic wall
feature, especially if stretched
and mounted on battens for a
frame-free effect. If the material
is delicate, protect it in a perspex
box; this will also give it the
appearance of a museum textile.
A collection of colourful glass
paperweights looks wonderful
exhibited on thick glass shelves.
If your budget allows, add
concealed LED lights to show off
the pieces and give the display
cabinet a soft glow. This also works
with other glass objects, such as
items from Lalique, lalique.com,
vases and antique decanters.
For a rustic display idea,
stack recycled apple boxes on
their sides to form a bookcase
wall. Fill it with vintage tins,
wind-up toys, wooden cigar
boxes and other curiosities.
If you have a single item that
you wish to display, give it extra
prominence by mounting it on
a base bronze and stained
wood both look great. The base
will usually be square with a
slightly recessed area to stand
the piece so that it is stable.
Juliette Byrne, 020 7352 1553,
juliettebyrne.com.

INSTANT IMPACT
A wall-hung system is excellent for creating a large-scale display.
String shelving by Nils Strinning (above left) can be modified to suit
and costs 2,118, as shown, Aram, 020 7557 7557, aram.co.uk. We also
love the Royal System (right), a vintage Danish product reissued by
DK3. From 181 for a shelf at Skandium, 020 7823 8874, skandium.com.

BE INSPIRED

THE ART OF DISPLAY


We take our cue from the well-presented objects in Elisabetta Pincherles home

FRAME WORK

HOUSE
HOLD

Books and magazines are troves of


stunning images, but these are usually
hidden from view. Make the most of their
contents with Boox perspex frames.
Rubber balls hold the pages in place so
that no damage is caused. From 110 at
Selfridges, 0800 123 4000, selfridges.com.

Studio shelves in smoked


oak veneer, from 70
each, Ferm Living,
fermliving.com.

ON REFLECTION
The Reed coffee table has a mirrored shelf to give
a different perspective on the items displayed. It
measures H40xW100xD100cm, 3,107, Robert
Langford, 0845 009 0203, robertlangford.co.uk.

ART MATTERS For well-priced contemporary photography, try Artful, theartfulproject.


com; the online gallery sells works by both emerging and established designers. Or for a range of
abstract and fine art, photography and textiles, visit Trowbridge Gallery, trowbridgegallery.com. 

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ARTISTS VISION

Heart of
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At the centre of the garden


there are two stone plinths
mounted with squares of
glass: one is etched with
the word psyche, while its
counterpart, opposite,
sports the word posie,
(the French for poetry).
This was inspired by artist
Georges Braque, who
claimed that poetry was
the quality he valued
above all else in art.

gardening
Using carefully chosen words and symbols, artist-gardener
Janet Boulton has made an outdoor space in Oxfordshire
that is a place of provocation as well as repose
WO RD S CAROLINE BECK P H OTOGRA P H S A L L A N P O L LO K-M O R R IS

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THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE


FROM ABOVE A row

of lettering spells out


umbraumbrae, which
literally means shade of
shades and is an artistic term
expressing the importance
of tone and shadow. It is
the first thing you see on
entering the garden; the
inscription on the wooden
sign reads Live Unknown,
a maxim of the Greek
philosopher Epicurus that
urges modesty, but is also
an idea Janet borrowed
from Ian Hamilton Finlays
garden, Little Sparta, in
the Pentland Hills; the
words Flower Show are
etched into blue glass
and reflect a nostalgia
for the kind of village events

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Janet attended as a child.


The piece is surrounded by
pots of sunflowers, cosmos
and pelargoniums, some
with the label amoris
poma (love apples).
OPPOSITE PAGE,
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP

Two clipped Irish yews mark


the start of the winding
path that leads through the
garden; an old apple-picking
ladder, with a headstone
beneath engraved with In
Memoriam, is a dedication
to Janets lost apple tree
and to all of Britains lost
orchards; the Chamomile
Lawn sign, set between
stone slabs, ironically
highlights the absence of
a lawn within the garden.

ou wont to be too reserved


when writing about the
garden, I hope, artistgardener Janet Boulton
says to me. The witty space
certainly invites exploration and surprise
rather than restrained politeness, as encapsulated by two galvanised watering cans, their
spouts resembling a pair of exultant trumpets
or the barrels of shotguns pointing towards
the visitor, with the words This is not an
attack embossed on a lead panel set in the
brick plinth beneath.
Janet has been painting and thinking about
gardens for most of her life, culminating in
this place, where each word, symbol and
arrangement of objects is laden with meaning.
Of her many influences, it is the late poet and
gardener Ian Hamilton Finlay and Little
Sparta, his garden in the Pentland Hills in
Scotland, that has shown her that gardens can
be places of provocation as well as repose.
She began her garden, near Oxford, in the
early 1980s, when it had nothing to inspire
or save, but, over time, this blank canvas
prompted ideas of space and form. Today,
fences clothed in ivy have become vertical
lawns, a tiny tuft of green between stone slabs
has a sign that reads Chamomile Lawn, and
the word lawn is sandblasted onto glass and
attached to the gate; all playful takes on this
common garden element.
A winding path changes our perception of
the gardens dimensions, making it appear
larger than it is, with the apposite Latin
inscription, Ambulando solvitur? (It is
solved by walking?) upon a stone plinth.
Numerous visits to Italian gardens such as
Villa La Pietra outside Florence, the garden of
the late painter and art collector Arthur Acton,
encouraged Janet to pay close attention to
the way that works of art are placed within a
green space. However, the fascination with
words and the ideas they provoke came from
her 16-year-long artistic association with
Little Sparta. Her response has been to carve

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isolated words into materials such as stone,


wood and glass. Some words have multiple
meanings, some morph into others; for
example, the word hearth, placed at the
gardens centre, evokes hear, heart, earth, art.
The influence of Little Sparta is acknowledged
in a seeming jumble of letters and numbers
carved out of oak; it is, in fact, the postcode of
Ian Hamilton Finlays garden: ML11 8NG.
The Cow Mead allotments in Oxford, a
place I passed for years on the bus, provided
the next source of creative inspiration in 2012.
I wasnt so much interested in the plants, but
I wanted to capture the diversity of sheds, and
their unique position as places of both necessity and invention, Janet says. Out of this
came her latest three-dimensional works of
paper abstract reliefs, with their raised tapestry
texture and interplay of light and shade. She
enjoyed the untamed allotment edges, about
the only place you can be sure to see wild
flowers these days, and encouraged
self-seeding plants such as herb robert and
enchanters nightshade, their itinerant nature
holding the garden together.
There is a vertically planted wall with
the words the allotment holder, and along
the top of the neat wooden shed is a
fitting quote from the final chapter of Voltaires
Candide, Il faut cultiver notre jardin,
meaning that, after everything, the best thing
we can do is cultivate our garden. 

GARDEN GUIDE

Orientation The garden is west facing, long and


very narrow, intersected by a winding path linking
the house to an artists studio.
Soil type The soil was light, sandy and poor but
has been regularly improved by manure and mulch,
with plants being given a liquid feed throughout
the growing season.
Special features An artists small, town garden with
around 40 works of art created over three decades.
Visiting, contact details and more information
Janet Boultons garden is open by appointment
for small groups, from June to October; visit
janetboulton.co.uk or ngs.org.uk. Janets book
about the creation of her garden, Foreground/
Background: About Making a Garden, is available
to order from her website, priced at 10 plus 3 p&p.

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OPPOSITE PAGE, TOP

An arch of ivy flanked by


potted ferns marks the
entrance to Janets studio.
OPPOSITE PAGE, BOTTOM

ILLUSTRATION SCOTT JESSOP

Placed in a dark part of


the garden is a row of
horizontal lettering derived
from Infinite/Infinity/Non
Finito, which is made to
resemble a horizon.
ABOVE, FROM LEFT This
composition, which depicts
the common names of
cottage garden plants, is
a light-hearted play on
the title of Picassos
classic Cubist painting Les
Desmoiselles dAvignon;
Basket is a simple and fond
tribute to Janets long-time
friend, artist and publisher
of her books, Colin Sackett;
a pair of watering cans
atop a plinth inscribed
with This is not an attack
epitomises the gardens
witty and surprising nature,
one that challenges as
well as entertains.
RIGHT Janet has crafted an
expressive outdoor space
full of objects with personal
associations that reflect her
journey as an artist.

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VICTORIAN HOME

TWO
WORLDS
BECOME
ONE

East meets West, classic


meets modern and city meets
country in a sensitively
restored Gothic-style house
WORD S PAT G A R R AT T P H OTOGRA P H S R ACHA EL SM IT H

CONSERVATORY

This is our summer living


room and where I read the
papers at the weekend, says
Isabelle. The bright space (far
left) is simply furnished with
all-weather pieces that can
also be used in the garden.
Gandia Blasco sofa, from
3,300, Barbed, 020 8878
1994, barbed.co.uk. Random
pendant light, 714, The
Conran Shop, 0844 848 4000,
conranshop.co.uk. Similar
pouffe, knitted pouffe, 89,
Marks & Spencer, 0333 014
8000, marksandspencer.com.
EXTERIOR

DINING AREA

A muted palette of soft grey


and white is lifted by graphic
artwork and flashes of azure.
Up to 12 people can be seated
around the contemporary
extending dining table.
Ambrogio dining table, from
2,696, Living Space, 020 7731
1180, livingspaceuk.com. Oak
wishbone chair, 588, The
Conran Shop, 0844 848 4000,
conranshop.co.uk. Flower
chandeliers CL420, from
2,400 each, Bella Figura, 020
7349 1320, bella-figura.com.
Stitched artwork by Penelope
Jordan, 07980 770750,
penelopejordan.com. 

Built in 1856, the house, with


its white plaster-rendered
faade, is reminiscent of
Horace Walpoles Strawberry
Hill Gothic-style villa.

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HALL

Wire chairs by Harry


Bertoia (left) have been
confidently mixed
with antique pieces.

Bertoia side chair, from


756, Knoll, 020 7236 6655,
knoll-int.com. Similar
pendant lights, Sorenson 14
lantern, 2,586 each,
Remains Lighting at Discover
& Deliver, 020 7371 0303,
discover-deliver.com.

KITCHEN

A skylight helps to
illuminate this compact
room (right), which has
been designed to make
use of every inch of
wall space for storage.

Bespoke cabinets, Mark


Wilkinson Furniture, 01380
850007, mwf.com. Painted
in Hardwick White, Estate
Eggshell, 51 for 2.5 litres,
Farrow & Ball, 01202 876141,
farrow-ball.com.

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LIVING ROOM

The delicate embroidered


fabric that hangs above the
fireplace (left) was brought
back by Isabelle from her
honeymoon in India.
Elsewhere, punches of red
enliven the colour scheme
(far left). I struggle to avoid
black, which is my default
colour, she admits.
Walls, Cornforth White, Estate
Emulsion, 36 for 2.5 litres,
Farrow & Ball, 01202 876141,
farrow-ball.com. West End
sofa in black linen, 2,300,
Karavan Interiors, 020 8748
2266, karavaninteriors.co.uk.
Similar cowhide rug, from
64.99, Rug House, 0117 955
5325, rughouse.co.uk.
STUDY

The early 20th-century jade


screen (below left), found in
an antiques shop in Beijing,
inspired the subtle Oriental
mood of this space.
Wall paint, Pigeon, Estate
Emulsion, 36 for 2.5 litres,
Farrow & Ball, 01202 876141,
farrow-ball.com.

hen Isabelle Caprano saw her home for the first time, she
was, she says, overawed by the garden, the tower and the
Gothic architecture. It felt so tranquil and serene. Set in a
leafy corner of south London, the Grade II-listed house
not only offered the interior space that Isabelle and her
husband, Gareth, sought, it was also shielded from the outside world by extensive lawns and trees. For a dog owner Isabelle has two Miniature Schnauzers
and a lover of the countryside, as Gareth is, it was perfect.
The house was built in 1856 and has a flavour of Horace Walpoles
Strawberry Hill Gothic-revival villa, with an imaginative glass conservatory
added at a later date. When Isabelle and Gareth bought the property, it was in
a semi-modernised state. The structural work, plumbing and electrics were
in order, but most of the walls were bare plasterboard, says Isabelle. This suited
the couple, since they were looking for somewhere that needed work. Having
just taken a course at the Inchbald School of Design, Isabelle was keen to tackle
the interior design. My mother had passed on her love of antiques but I had
always been shy about using colour and pattern, or combining old with new,
she says. The Inchbald course gave me the confidence to go out on a limb.
Unusually for a recently remodelled house, the kitchen is relatively small,
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MAIN BATHROOM

Underfloor heating was


installed to ensure unsightly
radiators did not detract
from the luxurious fittings.

Similar bath, Pool free-standing


bath, from 475, Bathstore,
08000 232323, bathstore.com.
Walls, Charleston Gray, Modern
Emulsion, 39.50 for 2.5 litres,
Farrow & Ball, 01202 876141,
farrow-ball.com.
LANDING

A monochrome inlaid chest


of drawers from India
(below right) creates a
striking focal point against
the pale green walls.

Similar chest of drawers, Black


bone inlay chest of drawers,
900, Iris Furnishing, 01273
671443, irisfurnishing.com.

area. Ideally, wed have liked a larger kitchen, says Isabelle, but we werent
allowed to knock down the fireplace wall, so we created a utility room behind,
with a large second sink. Mark Wilkinson supplied the bespoke cabinets,
including cupboards that go right up to the ceiling. We wanted to maximise
storage, says Isabelle, and Im tall, so can easily reach the top shelves.
In our previous home, we had a lovely antique dining table and chairs and
did a fair amount of formal entertaining, she continues, but here, we wanted
to be more casual. Meals are taken in the open-plan area adjacent to the kitchen
at a contemporary table surrounded by Hans Wegner Wishbone chairs. Soft
sheepskins are thrown, Scandinavian-style, over a couple of the seats and
fleeces also add warmth to several armchairs in the living room. As much as I
appreciate a minimal look, I like to feel cosy, especially in winter, says Isabelle.
Wall colours throughout are pale and complementary. I wanted the
rooms to flow from one to the other, says Isabelle. Im a cool palette sort of
person and chose matt shades of paint as they look appropriate in an old house.
The couple travel widely and many of the eye-catching items around the
house were brought back from China and India. Home, however, is where
Isabelles heart is. I like the feeling of living in the country yet being close to
London, she says. I love the fact that this house has so much history and
Im lucky enough to be part of its future. 

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MAIN BEDROOM

I like a bedroom to feel


soothing, says Isabelle of the
neutral palette. Red notes on
the blind and pillows help
to keep the mood cheerful.

Bespoke blinds, Walton &


Solloway, 07957 886939. Stowe
mattress and Sovereign divan
set, kingsize, 6,650, Vi-Spring
at John Lewis, 03456 049049,
johnlewis.com. Emma Levine
tree artwork, Store Street
Gallery, 020 7580 2118,
storestreetgallery.com.
GUEST BEDROOM

A soft, flowing wallpaper


pattern enhances the cosy feel
of this space under the eaves.

Similar bed, Canterbury iron bed,


from 849, Feather & Black,
01243 380600, featherandblack.
com. Rosslyn wallpaper in BP
1908, 90 a roll, Farrow & Ball,
01202 876141, farrow-ball.com.

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RURAL TRANSFORMATION

In perfect

HARMONY
Sedums, echinacea, sanguisorba and veronicastrum, threaded through
drifts of grasses, were the delicate touches chosen to link a 15th-century
farmhouse with the surrounding East Anglian landscape
WORDS VANES S A B E R R I D G E P H OTO G R AP H S A LLA N P O LLO K- M O R R I S

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OPPOSITE PAGE The

planting in the main


formal garden includes
purple-leafed Sedum
Matrona, Echinacea
purpurea White Swan,
Stipa calamagrostis and
Veronicastrum virginicum.
LEFT Steps of Purbeck
stone and blasted
sandstone lead to a bridge
that crosses the lake in
front of the house. A
fountain helps keeps the
water clear and makes a
soothing sound.
BELOW From the second
terrace of the formal
garden, you can look
across to the parkland
beyond through plantings
of Sanguisorba officinalis,
Digitalis parviflora,
Euphorbia characias and
Miscanthus sinensis, which
also offers sculptural
winter interest. 

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shelter belt of oak, ash and hawthorn


frames glimpses of farmland around
Hans and Else Marie Egeskovs home
in East Anglia. The couple moved here
in 2006, having previously farmed and
gardened in their native Denmark and in Australia.
Sadly, this garden would prove to be Else Maries last
major project, as she died shortly after its completion.
It is, however, a fitting memorial, according to her
daughter, Mette Marie Egeskov, and Tom Hoblyn, the
designer with whom she worked closely on creating
a magical, unusual landscape. Else Marie was a very
special client and a delight to work with, says Tom.
Her work needs some kind of proper record.
Mette Marie remembers her mothers excitement
at planting in England. The English have such a
garden culture, she explains. We garden in Denmark
too, but its done on a completely different level in

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England. For my mother, looking at all the gardens


here was like being in a candy shop.
Else Marie knew what she wanted to achieve with
the barren site she inherited. Her garden, she felt,
should complement the house, the earliest part of
which dates from the 15th century, and also connect
visually with the extensive farm. She worked more than
two and a half acres, with an acre and a half of more
formal garden around the house.
Toms brief was simple. Hans wanted water by
the house, while Else Marie wanted a plot full of
flowers that she could wander through. The only
point on which Tom and Else Marie differed lay in
Else Maries desire for roses and cut flowers. As the
site was surrounded by a working farm, Tom felt that
it should be filled with grasses and kept fairly rural.
The result of their work together is a triumphant
accommodation, with sparkles of colour threaded

through drifts of grasses. These flowers and grasses


give year-round interest, peaking in early autumn
when structural seedheads come into their own.
The project was demanding as the site slopes down
to the house and needed terracing. Springs on the land
combined with its heavy clay soil meant it was a feat
of engineering to make the terraces dry enough to
plant. A stream that marks the border between Suffolk
and Essex, to the south-west of the house, was dammed
to create a small lake beside the terrace outside the
sitting and dining rooms. It is wonderful to sit there,
says Mette Marie, looking out over the countryside.
Moving north-west around the house, the formal
garden opens out before you, running along a diestraight grass path edged with Purbeck stone and
stone-blasted sandstone. On either side, geometric
beds are cut through with grass and gravel paths, and
on the far left, between garden and countryside, stands

the pre-existing shelter belt of native trees. The three


terraces are treated as one, with key plants such as
echinacea, veronicastrum and sanguisorba bleeding
through the beds. Used densely closest to the house,
they gradually fizzle out as the grasses take over on the
higher terrace, leading out into the landscape beyond.
Against this naturalistic formal garden, but set apart
and framed by barns on two sides, lies a contrasting
Italianate garden, with mounded Sesleria nitida,
santolina and spiky Yucca rostrata. The plants are from
Toms medal-winning 2010 RHS Chelsea show garden
and were a present from him to Else Marie, who had
been too unwell to attend the show. My mother was
engrossed with this project, Mette Marie recalls.
I have never met a person with more style. This
assertion is amply proved by Else Maries harmonious
garden, inspired by contemporary design and the
walkways of classic English pleasure gardens. 

OPPOSITE PAGE The

lakeside is planted with


aquatics, including flag
irises, and bulrushes,
which are needed to
control the algae.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP

Due to skilful planting,


the formal garden
seems to blend naturally
into the surrounding
landscape; on a platform
in the lake, Hans, a
collector of architectural
masonry, has installed
an Italian well head;
Veronicastrum virginicum
and Echinacea purpurea
White Swan line a grass
path leading through
the terraced garden.

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LEFT The neat shape of


the beds and surrounding
lawn contrast with the
exuberant planting within.
For a contemporary feel,
the far-left bed has a
burnished steel edge.
CENTRE LEFT This grass
path, sloping up to the
shelter belt, is the fulcrum
of the garden. It is centred
on the kitchen window
from which Else Marie
enjoyed looking out.
BOTTOM LEFT A series of
moon-shaped ellipses, cut
into the parkland, mimic
rolling countryside. The
shadows they cast in the
morning and evening are
particularly pleasing. 

GARDEN GUIDE

Digitalis parviflora, Echinacea purpurea White Swan,


Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife), Sanguisorba
officinalis and Veronicastrum virginicum; grasses,
such as Deschampsia cespitosa, Milium effusum,
Miscanthus sinensis, Sesleria nitida and Stipa
calamagrostis; a shelter belt of native ash, oak
and hawthorn; an avenue of Pyrus calleryana
Chanticleer and Parrotia persica.
Garden design Thomas Hoblyn, 01359 252056,
thomashoblyn.co.uk.

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Orientation Most of the garden faces north-west.


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ne of the most creative and cost-effective


ways to transform your home is with the use
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informative lectures and workshops on the clever use
of colour, pattern and texture. This course is an enjoyable way discover the professionals secrets behind
beautiful-looking schemes.

WHEN 5 September 2014.


WHERE KLC School of Design,
503 Design Centre East,
Chelsea Harbour, London SW10 0XF.
HOW MUCH Tickets cost 120 and
include lunch, refreshments and a
moodboard to take home.
HOW TO BOOK To reserve your place,
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COURSE DETAILS*
11.15am Colour
workshop.
11.45am Introducing
textural contrast. This
will include working
with different scales and
patterns and developing
a decorative scheme.
12.30pm Lunch.
1.30pm Pattern and
texture workshop.
2.15pm Creating a
presentation board.
3pm Presentation
board workshop.
4pm Course ends.

KLC SCHOOL OF DESIGN has undergone a review for educational


oversight by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education
(QAA). The school offers full-time, part-time, short and distance
learning courses. For details of other courses, contact KLC School
of Design, 503 Design Centre East, Chelsea Harbour, London
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9.30am Coffee.
10am Presentation
showing effective use of
colour and pattern by
contemporary designers.
10.30am An introduction
to the theory of colour.
This will include how
colour can manipulate
the size of a room,
maximise light, and be
used to create mood
and atmosphere.
It will also cover
different types of
colour scheme.

H&G DESIGNSOLUTIONS
31 pages of inspired ideas for every room in your home

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131

DREAM SPACES Our five chic schemes this month include a


family kitchen, playfully designed with an eye-catching accent
colour and statement features (page 110), a striking dining
room inspired by Japanese and Scandinavian style (page 118),
and a town house garden with year-round appeal (page 120).
INTERIORS Form and function combine in our inspirational
room sets that offer a nod to industrial chic (page 122).
IDEAS We showcase smart storage for living spaces (page 131).
SHOPPING H&Gs pick of the latest dining chairs (page 139).
ADVICE Celia Rufey answers your design queries (page 145).

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H&G DESIGN DREAM KITCHEN

SPACE
CRAFT
DESIGNER Martin Smith,

Holloways of Ludlow,
020 7371 1787,
hollowayskitchens.com.
BUDGET 80,000.

From the splashes


of bold colour to
the unusual island
made of Corian,
design tricks
abound in this
narrow family
kitchen in London

CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE SPACE? Like many Victorian


terraces in London, this one had been extended at the
rear, which added to the kitchen. Although the space is
rather long and narrow, large glass doors on two sides
provide a wonderfully sunny atmosphere.
WHY DID IT NEED RENOVATING? The layout was a little
strange, lacking storage and logic, but the main reason
the new owners called on us was to incorporate a lounge
area into the space; they wanted to create a family room
where they could cook, eat, entertain and relax with their
13-year-old daughter. They also needed more storage so
reducing the size of the kitchen wasnt an option, nor
was losing the dining area. The challenge was to find a
solution that worked in the existing 8.4 by 3.6m space.
WHAT INSPIRED THE NEW SCHEME? The extension
chamfers inwards at one corner where it follows the line
of the boundary wall. At first, this quirky detail felt like a
major hindrance but actually started a train of thought
that led to the use of similar angles across the space.
HOW DID YOU PLAN THE LAYOUT? With the demand

for three zones in one tight area, we needed to ensure


there was a clear corridor for the family to move through
the space without getting in each others way. In order
to accommodate a good-sized dining table, the obvious
solution was to attach it to the island, but we initially
worried that the dining chairs would obstruct access
to the lounge area and the garden beyond. We decided
to angle the table parallel to the line of the chamfered
corner wall, which introduced a sense of symmetry
and opened up the corridors flow. The island also helps
to shield and confine the cooking space. Installing
full-height units, including a fridge-freezer, just around
the corner as you enter the room helps to minimise
their impact and offers loads of storage.
TELL US ABOUT THE ISLAND? This design was
the result of experimenting with many ideas. We
used a specialised computer program to create

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H&G DESIGN DREAM KITCHEN

an accurate three-dimensional model of its faceted,


angular shape. We wanted to maximise the surface
space and minimise the base profile, while ensuring the
structure would be stable and strong. Thus, the side
panels taper slightly to the floor and the underside of the
table tapers sharply inwards to allow for leg room, then
outwards to form a wider base for support. We knew
that Corian would be the best material to achieve such
unusual angles and the split-level surface. The island
is made up of 26 individually cut pieces, from a mix of
9mm and 12mm-thick Corian sheets, all seamlessly
joined. The level change from the worktop allowed us
to create a true dining table, while helping to demarcate
the space between the kitchen and dining zones.

We experimented with
many ideas to come up with
the islands design. It is
made up of 26 seamlessly
joined Corian sheets
WHAT ARE THE ISLANDS OTHER FEATURES? Inside

HOW DID YOU CREATE A SENSE OF COHESION? All the


cabinets were spray-painted to carefully match the tone
and sheen of the Corian. We then added splashes of
colour to break up the space. For example, the black
toughened-glass splashback ties in with the iron top of
the range cooker, while the amber of the Fly-Fly light
pendants is carried through to the soft furnishings.
WHAT IS THE KEY TO THIS KITCHENS SUCCESS? This

is a great solution for the space, but achieving it required


very specific skills and precise coordination of the
various trades involved. Without the confidence of
knowing that I could trust our teams to realise the
design, I may have had to settle for something much
more conventional, and Im absolutely sure that would
not have provided such a holistic solution. 
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TOP Low-level seating allows unobstructed views to the garden through the glass
doors. ABOVE LEFT Boiling water is supplied on tap. ABOVE RIGHT A slimline

cabinet housing crockery and glasses is positioned at the edge of the kitchen
zone. BELOW The high-shine black splashback has a mirror-like effect.

FEATURE LINDA CLAYTON PHOTOGRAPHS NICHOLAS YARSLEY

its bonded Corian shell, the island is essentially hollow,


but we couldnt afford to let it score points on looks
alone. On the side facing the cooker, there is a run
of cabinets that conceals a 60cm-wide integrated
Miele dishwasher, two 35-litre-capacity bins for waste
and recycling, and an undercounter wine fridge. On
top there is a 60cm-wide sink with a Quooker tap
that supplies boiling water instantly.

SOURCES
Fly-Fly pendant lights, 416
each; cabinets, bespoke island
and splashback; all Holloways
of Ludlow, 020 7371 1787,
hollowayskitchens.com. Glacier
White Corian worktop, 310m,
Corian, 0800 962 116, corian.co.uk.
Fridge-freezer IQ700 CI36BP00,
2,999; built-in microwave
HF24M562B, 349; both Siemens,
0844 892 8999, siemens-home.
co.uk. Mercury 1100 range cooker,
3,988, Mercury Appliances, 0870
756 1236, mercury appliances.co.uk.
Tara classic tap, 721, Dornbracht,
024 7671 7129, dornbracht.com. Hot
water tap, 659, Quooker, 0808
1020407, quooker.com. Similar
dining chairs Carnaby dining
chairs, 99 each, Barker &
Stonehouse, 0333 355 9361,
barkerandstonehouse.co.uk.

H&G DESIGN DREAM LIVING ROOM

PERFECT
MATCH
DESIGNER Emily

Todhunter, Todhunter Earle


Interiors, 020 7349 9999,
todhunterearle.com.

Punchy shades of
apple green and royal
blue, combined with
geometric pattern
and clean lines, lend a
distinctly sophisticated
edge to this rich scheme

CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE ROOM? This living room is situated in

a ground-floor apartment in a new-build development in the heart


of London. The apartment forms an L-shape and the living room,
kitchen and main bedroom all open onto a glorious courtyard
garden designed by Justin Spink. I instinctively knew that I wanted
to use a lot of mirrors to pull in the view beyond the French windows.
WHAT WAS THE STARTING POINT FOR THE SCHEME? It was

definitely the wallpaper, which is a strong apple green colour.


The moment I saw the garden, I decided to go for something
punchy to reflect its colours. I love the unconventional mix of blue
and green, hence the blue velvet chairs, blue-and-white ceramic
lamp bases and the framed textiles, which are antique kimonos.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE DECORATIVE STYLE? The use

of bold colours, geometric patterns and clean, contemporary lines


is very American, but we have also introduced more traditional
pieces, such as a pair of arched window mirrors and a large
antique bookcase. These classic designs loosen the scheme and
give it an air of informality, helping to tie it in with the garden.

WERE THERE ANY CHALLENGES? The biggest hurdle was the air

conditioning unit in the wall to the right of the fireplace, which


features a large access panel. We wanted to disguise it as much
as possible and the wallpaper does this brilliantly, as it makes it
recede within the scheme. People often believe that when faced
with a unit like this, a white painted wall is the only answer, but I
think thats often the worst approach you need to be a bit brave. 

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FEATURE RACHEL LEEDHAM PHOTOGRAPH RAY MAIN

HOW DO YOU ENSURE ALL THE ELEMENTS WORK TOGETHER?

The process is similar to combining the different ingredients of a


recipe: you keep adjusting them until you get the perfect balance.
We took swatches of fabric and wallpaper and images of furniture,
as well as a picture of the garden, and laid it all out on the floor. It
was then a question of seeing how everything would fit together;
for example, I loved the Jonathan Adler sofa, but it felt a little too
slick, so we added traditional blue-and-white cushions, which
relaxed the look. We chose a pair of mirrored consoles featuring
distinctive latticework, and wanted to echo the design with similar
shapes, so opted for the arched mirrors and a cushion with a
geometric motif. There is a lot of movement in the garden and
the different patterns help to reflect this.

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SOURCES
Wallpaper, Drag 1250,
60 a roll, Farrow & Ball,
01202 876141,
farrow-ball.com. Opium
coffee table, price on
application, JNL, 0032
10 222 444, jnl.be. Anna
two-door cabinet,
3,231, Julian Chichester,
020 7622 2928,
julianchichester.com.
Lampert sofa in
Brussels Charcoal,
3,595, Jonathan Adler,
020 7589 9563, jonathan
adler.com. Obecca
occasional chairs,
1,635 each plus 5m
fabric; in Khalana
in Marine, 58m; blue
velvet cushions in
Richelieu in Denim,
64m; all William
Yeoward, 020 7349 7828,

williamyeoward.com.
Blue-and-white
cushions in Floral
Sphere, 130m, Zimmer
+ Rohde, 020 7351 7115,
zimmer-rohde.com.
Curtain in Linara in
Porcelain, 34.50m,
Romo, 01623 750005,
romo.com. Overmantel
mirror, Elletson PR & Co,
01672 562160. Arched
window mirror, 875,
Akta, 020 7351 0894,
akta.uk.com. Blue-andwhite square vase lamp;
684; Bedford Ivory
lampshade, 159; both
Vaughan, 020 7349 4600,
vaughandesigns.com.
Antique kimono fabrics,
Daniel Mankowitz,
020 7229 9270,
danielmankowitz.com.

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H&G DESIGN DREAM BATHROOM

AMERICAN
BEAUTY
DESIGNER Philippa Thorp,

Thorp, 020 7235 7808,


thorp.co.uk.
BUDGET Around 20,000.

Generous proportions
and clever storage
solutions are teamed
with a serene palette to
create a sense of calm in
this elegant bathroom
in the Hamptons

CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE SPACE? This is the main bathroom of a

new-build holiday house. The design incorporates the typical architectural


features youd expect from a New England-style property, such as
timber cladding, but we pushed the boundaries by elevating the ceilings.
WHAT WAS YOUR BRIEF? The owners wanted a home where they could

instantly relax. In the bathroom, this was achieved through calming tones
that would resonate with the surrounding Hamptons landscape.
WHERE DID YOU START? Our first step was to raise the head height
of the room from those on the building plan. This created a generous
4.8x2.8m space with a lovely, high ceiling that lends a sense of opulence.
HOW DID YOU PLAN THE LAYOUT? We positioned the bath so it had

a generous amount of space around it, making it an indulgent area in


which to bathe. Both the shower and the WC are concealed behind
separate frosted glass doors, and the WC has a window with glorious
coastal views. The decadent shower is also a steam room with a seat.

WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER FIXTURES? We mainly used the Easton range
by Waterworks, because we wanted to use a local supplier for ease of
building and maintenance. For sanitary- and brassware, we always
specify high-quality products that will stand the test of time.
HOW DID YOU DRESS THE WINDOW? The shutters are half height to
ensure light pours into the room when the blind is fully up. The blind
fabric is a print called Daisy Chain from Vanderhurd.
WAS COLOUR IMPORTANT? The palette of pale sea greens, blues and
lilacs sit well in a coastal environment and reflect the propertys use
as a summer home. The white marble looks fresh and clean in the sun.
CAN YOU SUM UP WHY THIS SPACE WORKS? The use of marble,
together with the size of the room, creates a sense of luxury and
the neutral palette is soothing. The traditional fixtures also add
an element of timelessness. 

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FEATURE LINDA CLAYTON PHOTOGRAPHS RICHARD POWERS

WHERE DID YOU SOURCE THE VANITY UNIT? We designed it ourselves.


It has drawers underneath the basins and at either end. The plumbing
is concealed, but only the minimum amount of space is lost. We opted
for wall-hung installation in order to balance the bath on the opposite
side of the room and to enhance the sense of openness.

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The owners wanted a home


where they could relax. This
was achieved through calming
tones that resonate with the
Hamptons landscape.

SOURCES
Empire free-standing bath,
7,534; Easton Classic
low-profile, three-hole,
deck-mounted basin taps,
from 1,105; Easton Vintage
exposed bath taps with hand
shower, from 1,692; Easton
metal 18in single towel bar,
from 192; all Waterworks,
0800 068 0248, waterworks.
com. Bespoke vanity unit and
frosted glass doors, Thorp,

020 7235 7808, thorp.co.uk.


Paint, Benjamin Moore. In
the UK, try Earthborn, 01928
734171, earthbornpaints.co.uk.
Similar marble flooring,
Arabescato polished marble
tiles, 127.49sq m, Mandarin
Stone, 01600 715444,
mandarinstone.com. Roman
blind in Daisy Chain 1003-1,
160m, Vanderhurd, 020 7313
5400, vanderhurd.com.

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H&G DESIGN DREAM DINING ROOM

CULTURAL
EXCHANGE
DESIGNER Rebecca Craig,

head of design, Sanderson,


sanderson-uk.com.

Japanese-inspired
fabrics and a cool
Scandinavian palette
lend a freshness to
this dining room in
a Cotswolds barn

There is quite a lot of pattern in


one space, but the subtle palette
ensures the effect remains calm

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS SCHEME? I was keen
to show that it is possible to introduce different patterns to a room,
while keeping the look uncluttered. The simplified designs and
restrained palette of ivory and grey with a pop of sharp citrus
yellow give this space a slightly Scandinavian aesthetic, while
the Japanese-inspired fabrics add a fresh feel that creates a nice
contrast to the weathered furniture and industrial lighting.
CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE DIFFERENT PATTERNS? All the designs are

versions of classic patterns. The Japanese willow print on the wall


and panel is a looser version of a toile. Its handcrafted feel is down to
stencil work, rather than traditional etching. The fabric used for the
table runner and cushion features a simple silhouette design, created
by first stencilling, then sponging to soften the effect. The stripe on
the other panels was inspired by Japanese tatami mats; the fact that
its horizontal gives it a more modern look. Completing the mix is the
small geometric print with a fretwork design used for the seat pad.
HOW DID YOU DECIDE ON THE COLOUR PALETTE? For me, grey

is the new neutral and it underpins this collection. Grey has many
different tones, so it can fit in with other colours. Here, the grey of
the willow pattern is a dark charcoal, while the tatami stripe includes
a warmer linen grey and the fretwork design a more yellow-green
version. The varied shades bring subtle nuances to the scheme, and
provide a good foil for the summery yellow which lifts the room.
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE WINDOW TREATMENT? Fabric panels,
hung from a simple wrought-iron pole, are a more contemporary
way to dress windows; the flat surface shows off the design to
best effect and the panels can be moved to adjust the light. The
horizontal stripes have been broken up with a panel of the willow
print; it ties in with the papered wall, helping the latter to sit back
harmoniously within the room. There is quite a lot of pattern in
one space, but the subtle palette ensures the effect remains calm.

SOURCES

The rustic oak table and benches and industrial pendant lights are
beautifully in keeping with the style of the barn, and benches, rather
than chairs, keep the room uncluttered. The ceramics, simple forms
in colours that pick up on the fabrics and wallpaper, chime with the
subtle Japanese theme that runs through the collection. 
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FEATURE RACHEL LEEDHAM

HOW DID YOU CHOOSE THE FURNITURE AND TABLEWARE?

Wallpaper, Willow Tree


213723, 38 a roll;
patterned panel, Willow
Tree 223595, 38m;
striped panel, Tatami
Stripe 223603, 29m;
table runner and
cushion in Dawn Chorus
223597, 38m; seat pad
in Fretwork 223589,
38m, and Deben
232699, 34m; cushion
back in Deben 232698,
34m; all Sanderson,

0844 543 9500,


sanderson-uk.com.
Similar table, Wessex
table, from 3,875;
similar benches, Lyon
benches, from 975
each; all I&JL Brown,
020 7736 4141,
brownantiques.com.
Similar pendant lights,
Titan in White, from
209 each, Original
BTC, 01993 882251,
originalbtc.com.

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H&G DESIGN DREAM GARDEN

THINK BIG
Giant pavers and colourful borders have
transformed this small town garden from a
muddy, unusable space into a leafy oasis
DESIGNER PROFILE Having gained a degree in

photography, Adam Shepherd worked as a freelance


magazine designer before turning to gardens. He set
up his own landscape design business in 2006, and is
known for contemporary gardens that blend modern
materials with bold planting schemes.

CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE SPACE AND YOUR BRIEF? The garden

is long and narrow. Its attached to a town house, with the living
room on the first floor leading out on to a raised terrace, and an
extended kitchen on the ground floor below. My clients are a young
couple with a child. They wanted easy access to the garage at the
end of the site without having to walk through mud when it rains.
They also asked for a garden that their dog wouldnt destroy, and
which the family could enjoy year round.
HOW DID YOU APPROACH THE DESIGN? When I first visited the

clients, the garden was a muddy mess and the dogs playing had
made it almost unusable. My solution was to remove the lawn,
and to use paving to keep the space clean. Instead of trying to
disguise the plots awkward shape, I decided to embrace its length
and narrow width by putting a path down the middle and, inspired
by the double border at RHS Wisley, to put a wide border on
either side. The raised beds close to the kitchen add height to
the design, while the bespoke stainless-steel staircase that leads
to the first-floor terrace makes an eye-catching statement. Despite
throwing out the rule book on designing a small garden, somehow
it really works and the clients love it.
WHAT WERE YOUR INSPIRATIONS? I like to think of my gardens

as stage sets, and this one is like a catwalk, with the drainage channels
on either side of the path resembling the edge of a runway. The
planting scheme was inspired by the way nurseries set out their
plants in rows, with the shorter ones at the front and tallest at the
back, which I always think looks fantastic.
HOW HAVE YOU MADE THIS GARDEN FEEL PRIVATE? I always
believe its best not to get too hung up about privacy in a town garden,
and to accept that youll be overlooked a little bit. Here, Ive made
the garden feel secluded by cocooning it with a number of trees,
including the tall cherry at the centre, a Himalayan birch in one of the
raised beds, and two Acer palmatum (Japanese maples) at the end.
These combine to create a light, leafy canopy that masks the garden
without plunging it into darkness.
CAN YOU SHARE THE TRICKS YOU USE TO MAKE A COMPACT SPACE
SEEM LARGER? When designing a small garden, think big; it may

seem counter-intuitive, but it works. Here, Ive used huge slabs of


slate, which make the garden feel spacious and expansive. The
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such as rhododendrons, yew, tall grasses and blocks of leafy perennials.


I would also think carefully about including lawns in small gardens, as
they can look a bit apologetic when squeezed into a narrow space.
WHAT DICTATED YOUR CHOICE OF PLANTS? Again, the size of the
space was a deciding factor; in a small area, you need to have a group
of plants that will look good all year round as they are always on display.
However, I steer away from using evergreens alone, as they can look
too static and sombre when planted en masse. Here, Ive combined
evergreens and deciduous plants that peak in different seasons bulbs
and blossom in spring, flowers in summer, and plants to provide late
colour in autumn, such as rudbeckias, persicarias and decorative
grasses, including Calamagrostis, the feather reed grass. 

KEY PLANTS
1 | Betula utilis jacquemontii
(Himalayan birch).
2 | Akebia quinata.
3 | Liriope muscari.
4 | Hedera helix (ivy).
5 | Erigeron karvinskianus.
6 | Persicaria amplexicaulis
Firetail.
7 | Pittosporum tenuifolium.
8 | Acer palmatum Bloodgood
(Japanese maple).
9 | Calamagrostis x acutiflora
Karl Foerster (feather reed
grass).
10 | Persicaria amplexicaulis
Rosea.
11 | Salvia nemerosa
Caradonna.
12 | Prunus Shirofugen
(copper-leaved cherry).
13 | Tetrapanax papyrifer Rex.

WHERE TO BUY
Paramount Plants and
Gardens, 020 8367 8809,
paramountplants.co.uk.
Burncoose Nurseries, 01209
860316, burncoose.co.uk.
Crocus, 01344 578000,
crocus.co.uk.
Deepdale Trees, 01767 262636,
deepdale-trees.co.uk.

HARD LANDSCAPING
MATERIALS

INTERVIEW ZIA ALLAWAY


PHOTOGRAPH MARIANNE MAJERUS

The path is paved with


Brazilian black slate. Raised
beds are clad in ipe hardwood.
Trellis screens are in western
red cedar. Bespoke staircase
is by Hollywood Design.

I think of my gardens as
stage sets, and this one
is like a catwalk, with
the drainage channels
resembling the edge
of a runway

WHERE TO BUY
Mandarin Stone,
01600 715444,
mandarinstone.com.
Champion Timber,
020 8949 1621,
championtimber.com.
Silva Timber Products,
01895 271300,
silvatimber.co.uk.
Hollywood Design,
020 7249 1234,
hollywood-design.com.

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Garden Design Consultancy,
07875 203901,
thelandscapearchitect.net.

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Refined UTILITY
Simple silhouettes, organic textures and industrial
nuances infuse functional pieces with elegance and style
to create eortlessly chic and easy-to-live-with schemes
STYLING ALI BROWN PHOTOGRAPHS CATHERINE GRATWICKE

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This study is inspired by


the tools and craft of an
architect or draughtsman.
Set against a simple
backdrop, sophisticated
finishes, such as leather
and gilt on the chair, and
the elegantly tapered
trestle legs introduce
design-led drama and
elevate these pieces
beyond the ordinary. A
carefully curated selection
of accessories and prints
completes the look.
FURNITURE Compass trestle
legs, H63-84xW38xD73cm, 530
a pair, SCP. Enlarged Opera chair
in leather, H96xW58xD66cm,
from 3,700, Soane Britain.
FABRIC Curtain in Velocity
in Castle Rock 06, cotton,
138cm wide, 30m, Wemyss.
ACCESSORIES Design for
a Window (on floor), stretched
canvas VAA0005, 80x50cm, 110,
Surface View. Titus bookends,
29; Faux shagreen A4 paper
tray in Onyx, 85; Kanbalu
waste-paper bin, H35xdiam30cm,
45; all Oka. Lighthouse steps
architects model, H61cm, 176;
antique carved mannequin lay
figure, 2,200; small glass
picture frame (on wall), 12.50;
all Green & Stone. Une Bourse
framed architectural print,
60x79cm, 199 a pair, Oka.
Framed architectural print,
50x35cm, 141, Joanna Wood.
Hermes foot, 17x35cm, 50;
Cycladic head miniature replica
(male), H11.2cm, 150; both
The British Museum Shop.
Silver-plated tumbler, 21.50;
South Star bone inlay pencil
case, 110, Pentreath & Hall.
Hyacinth Dark rug, 366x254cm,
4,200, Ventique. Classic curtain
pole in Beeswax, diam20mm,
17p per cm, Jim Lawrence.

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Bringing in texture via


the hemp wallcovering,
linen drapes and leather
upholstery lends subtle
interest to this living room.
When introducing metallic
accents on furniture and
lighting, slender lines
are more sophisticated.
Decorative elements can
come from framed maps,
hand-worked baskets
and pretty ceramics.
FURNITURE Pescara studded
sofa in Bruges linen in Fog,
H80xW205xD87cm, 3,600,
Paolo Moschino for Nicholas
Haslam. Large loose CBK
full-scroll armchairs in Asti
Marino, H91.5xW91.5xD109cm,
3,359 each, George Smith.
Metal-based coffee table with
parquet top, H46xW163xD90cm,
1,600, I&JL Brown. Crank
side table, H48-64xdiam47cm,
350, Graham and Green.
Gunnebo chest of drawers,
H80xW90xD45cm, 825, Oka.
FABRICS Curtains in Sonoran
in Pewter ED85200/945, linen,
137cm wide, 63m, Threads
at GP&J Baker. Cushion on
armchair in Mahatma in
Driftwood 311B95, linen,
128cm wide, 154m, Raoul
Textiles at George Smith.
WALLS Hemp-look linen
wallcovering TCB-57301, 92cm
wide, 76.80m, Tomita at Lizzo.
FLOORING Engineered
hardwood Palazzo oak in
Old Grey matt PAL1346,
64.99sq m, Quick-Step.
ACCESSORIES Antique
Descriptive Map of London
Poverty by Charles Booth,
23,000 set of four, Soane
Britain. Tongan braid basket,
32, Pentreath & Hall. Glass
votives, 25 each; vintage Italian
bottle, H65cm, 145; Low milk
churn lamp, 380 including linen
shade; all I&JL Brown. Cardoon
candle holder, H27cm, 29, Oka.
Dimensione Desegno fire tools,
266 set of three, Conmoto at
Encompass. Classic curtain
poles in Beeswax, diam20mm,
17p per cm, Jim Lawrence.
Enamel coffee pot, 15, SCP.
Eve milk jug, 18; Eve tea cup
and saucer, 25; both Toast.
Zelda stripe cushions in Brown,
45cm sq, 120 each; glazed linen
cushion in Natural, 45cm sq,
145; all Paolo Moschino for
Nicholas Haslam. Framed horse
prints, 37x45cm, 62 each,
Joanna Wood. Celine two-light
picture light in polished nickel,
W30cm, 552, Hector Finch.
Etched storm lanterns, 55
each, I&JL Brown. Floor lamp,
H76-101.5xW91.5-116cm, 650,
Workstead at Another Country.
Kilim rug NK0005/S3, 8x10ft,
1,728, Vaughan.

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A vintage tabletop teamed


with industrial-style iron
trestles and classic chairs
creates a pleasingly eclectic
scheme. Paying attention
to the finer details, such
as brass hinges and
handles, is key to the
modern utility look.
FURNITURE Vintage pine trestle

dining table, H77xW185xD73cm,


695, Antiques by Design.
Le Manoir dining chairs in
Black, H96xW46xD50cm,
325 each, India Jane.
WALLS Mid Lead, Intelligent
Eggshell, 51 for 2.5 litres,
Little Greene.
FLOORING English Prime oak
herringbone parquet, from
54sq m, The Reclaimed
Flooring Co.
ACCESSORIES Small Hicks
pendant lamp in bronze with
brass trim, H29.8cm, 335,
I&JL Brown. Vintage Hungarian
linen roll used as runner, around
60cm wide, 25m, The Cloth
Shop. Maguelonie tumbler cups,
H7cm, 12 each; dinner plates,
diam26cm, 25 each; side
plates, diam20.5cm, 23 each;
Colbert Astier de Villatte teapot,
230; all Designers Guild. Luxury
Sovereign Old English cutlery
silver-plated forks, 1,240
for six place settings, Arthur
Price. Moriano flute, 5.90, India
Jane. Serve comport with lid,
H22cm, 40, LSA International.
Maury Anis napkin, 9.50,
Pentreath & Hall.

Touches of copper and a contemporary paint palette transform traditional cabinetry


and imbue a kitchen with style. Reclaimed parquet flooring adds a sense of heritage, while
this weathered oak console is a smart alternative to a chunky built-in island.
FURNITURE Long House kitchen,
from 48,000, Plain English. Upton
weathered oak-top console,
H80xW200xD50cm, 965, Oka.
FABRIC Curtains in Carsten Check in
Smoke BR89149-11, cotton, 135cm wide,
77m, Brunschwig & Fils at GP&J Baker.
PAINT Walls in Lead, Absolute Matt
Emulsion, 35 for 2.5 litres; cabinets
in French Grey, Intelligent Eggshell,
51 for 2.5 litres; both Little Greene.

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FLOORING English Prime oak


herringbone parquet, from 54sq m,
The Reclaimed Flooring Co.
ACCESSORIES Rural Luxe storage
jars, 7 each, John Lewis. Mauviel
copper cookware, bain-marie, 220;
saucepan, 230; casserole with lid,
400; Homart Darby round wire
basket, 80 set of two; all Heals.
Pitcher, H16.8cm, 58, Another
Country. Serve low comport,

diam32cm, 50; Serve bonbon jar,


H38cm, 50; both LSA International.
Luxury Sovereign Old English
silver-plated spoons, 1,240 for
six place settings, Arthur Price.
Long-handled dustpan and brush,
59.95, SCP. Black Diamond horse
prints, 63.5x76cm, 120 each,
India Jane. Classic curtain poles
in Beeswax, diam12mm, 14p per cm,
Jim Lawrence.

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The starting point for this


scheme is the four-poster
bed, which is both
masculine and elegant
with its curvaceous metal
frame. Seagrass flooring,
plaster-coloured walls
and a simply crafted
storage ladder lend a rustic
element to an otherwise
pared-back look.
FURNITURE Hoxton armchair
in grey velvet, H69xW61xD75cm,
575, Graham and Green. Hoof
occasional table with marble top,
H71.5xdiam46cm, 2,880, Rose
Uniacke. Tuvalu bed (including
mattress), H250xW210xL160cm,
2,590, Oka. Plain Lacquer
bedside table in Black,
H69.5xW48xD40cm, 532,
Vaughan. Block ladder,
H215xW48cm, 370, SCP.
FABRICS Roman blinds in Stems
3480-04-26, linen mix, 295cm
wide, 79.20m, Camengo. Room
divider curtains in Marese in
Linen, viscose mix, 137cm wide,
58m, William Yeoward.
WALLS Setting Plaster, Estate
Emulsion, 36 for 2.5 litres,
Farrow & Ball.
FLOORING Seagrass Standard
flooring, 18.99sq m, Kersaint
Cobb.
ACCESSORIES Replica head
of Hygeia, H41cm, 340, The
British Museum Shop. Framed
architectural print, 50x35cm,
141.50, Joanna Wood. Similar
ceiling light, Belle Mosque lamp
in distressed brass, 709,
Besselink & Jones. Ebonised
candlestick lamp bases, H83cm,
276 each; red silk shades,
10in, 102 each; all Hector Finch.
Croft basket-weave throw,
130x180cm, 70, John Lewis.
Fringe linen throw in Chalk,
140x225cm, 110; Cassis Rose
housewife pillowcases,
50x75cm, 30 each; Spring
scarf in Silver Dust (on ladder),
30; all The Linen Works. Striped
Poplin duvet cover, 200x200cm,
219; pillowcases, 50x75cm,
33 each; all Lexington. Izi loop
curtain tiebacks, 85cm long,
25 each, Wemyss Houles.
WHERE TO BUY, PAGE 159

FIND MORE BEAUTIFUL


DECORATING IDEAS AT
HOUSETOHOME.CO.UK/
HOMESANDGARDENS-IDEAS

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STYLISH
LIVING ROOM
STORAGE
Modern life requires that the main
room of the home fulfil a multitude
of functions from offering
somewhere to relax and dine to
office space so well-planned
storage is the key to a practical
and stylish scheme. Whether you
opt for streamlined built-in cabinets
or striking free-standing designs,
our inspiring ideas will help ensure
this room meets every need

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PREVIOUS PAGE HIDDEN DEPTHS The ultimate


fuss-free option, a wall of concealed storage is the
perfect solution for those who dont like clutter.
Including an area of open shelving will prevent
cupboards from overpowering a room. The space
between the upper and lower sections of the cabinetry
also makes an excellent spot for displaying occasional
objects or framed photographs. Make the most of
ceiling height by fitting extra-tall cupboards and
storing rarely needed items at the top.
ON DISPLAY Shallow
shelves, painted in the
same shade as the walls,
appear to recede into
the background so are
ideal for exhibiting art.
Floating shelves have a
contemporary look, says
Emma Sims Hilditch,
Neptune, 01793 427427,
neptune.com, which
creates fitted living
room storage. Lighting
concealed in the shelving
can add focus, drawing
attention to the
treasures on display.

With regard to scale for fitted storage,


work from the ground up. Start with
chunkier cupboards at the bottom,
then stagger the shelves with smaller
ones towards the top.
EMMA SIMS HILDITCH, creative director, Neptune, 01793 427427, neptune.com.

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NICHE MARKET
Converting an awkward
alcove into a storage
nook can transform dead
space into a bijou library.
Add a door if you are
looking for a more
streamlined effect or
simply enjoy the colourful
interest that the spines
of the books provide.
Any carpenter should
be able to fit shelves
in this style. To find
a recommended
tradesperson in your area,
visit ratedpeople.com.

EXPERT VIEW
CHOOSING FITTED
FURNITURE

PHOTOGRAPHS GAP INTERIORS/COSTAS PICADAS; IPC IMAGES; JASON BUSCH/ROOMIMAGES.COM; LINNEA PRESS

BARBARA GENDA,
founder, Barbara
Genda Bespoke
Furniture,
020 7978 2349,
barbara-genda.com.

ANGLE POISE This


wall of built-in shelves
embraces the slant
of the ceiling and,
painted plain white, is
a subtle addition to the
room. Shelf heights
can vary; design them
around possessions,
allowing extra room for
lights or large books. 

Take stock of everything you need


to accommodate, such as music
systems, DVDs, books and so on,
and decide whether you want them
on display or concealed. The single
most forgotten issue is coat and
shoe storage; in an open-plan space,
this needs serious consideration.
Rearranging a room will be difficult
once fitted furniture is in place so
dimensions and positioning must
be carefully worked out.
A fitted unit will provide 30 to
40 per cent more storage than a
comparable free-standing piece,
but the size of the units you choose
should depend entirely on the space.
Avoid anything too bulky in a small
room. In general, wardrobe doors
should not exceed 240cm in height,
as they tend to warp or bow. A hinged
door should be no wider than 65cm,
in order to open conveniently.
The quality of the hardware and
materials is important be wary,
as cheaper suppliers may use
substitutes that do not last. For the
best finish, look for veneered plywood
rather than MDF. Solid timber tends
not to be used, as it does not work
well for panel furniture production.
Instead, it is a better choice for
edging on veneered boards framing
Shaker-style doors, for instance, or for
decorative elements such as beading.
To make storage less obtrusive in
a small space, give units a curved or
angled end by the entrance to the
room. For a long run of cabinetry, a
stepped-out design, which brings
forward a central section, adds
interest, or vary the fronts with
drawers and open shelving.
A breakfront wardrobe, on which
the central section extends forward,
is great for concealing a chimney
breast. A bespoke design can be built
to ensure a perfect style and fit.

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PERFECT FIT
Bespoke bookshelves
and cupboards neatly
fill the space around
a chimney breast. This
neutral living room
scheme has been
brought to life by the
display of books, while
the concealed storage
at the lower level is
practical. Try Richard
Baker Furniture,
020 8336 1777,
richardbaker
furniture.co.uk, for
similar made-tomeasure designs.

ADVICE DISPLAY SHELVES


Organisation is paramount to success
CAREFUL ARRANGEMENT Be
realistic about how neat you are when
considering shelving; open displays
are not ideal if you tend towards clutter.
Tidiness and a sense of order are
crucial, but you can be creative. When
organising a display, we like to use a
mix of books and objects, says Philip
Vergeylen, head of design and director
at Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam,
020 7730 8623, nicholashaslam.com.

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CHOOSING OBJECTS The things


that matter most in deciding what
to display on your shelves is colour
and shape and how this allows you to
create an interesting composition,
continues Philip. This should be
carefully planned, but shouldnt feel
as though it has been over-thought.
We try to steer clear of repeating the
same object multiple times, as it
looks too contrived.

PAPER TRAIL
Wallpapering behind
shelves introduces
lively pattern and
makes a strong
statement. Keep shelves
and cabinets simple and
choose a graphic print
in monochrome for a
striking effect. Du Barry
W6013-06 by Osborne
& Little, 020 7352 1456,
osborneandlittle.com,
is a good alternative to
this one. For a similar
sideboard, try Ikea,
020 3645 0000,
ikea.com/gb.

ADVICE MODULAR
STORAGE
Create a one-off look
WHY BUY MODULAR? The beauty
of this type of storage is it offers a
tailor-made solution without the price
tag of a bespoke design. Not only can
it be put together to fit any size of
room, but a statement piece can also
act as a work of art. The modular
concept means that the furniture
can be adjusted to suit all
circumstances and combined in a
variety of ways, says Ian Weddell,
chief executive officer of USM,
usm.com. If your needs change,
a modular unit can be dismantled
and rebuilt accordingly, providing
a great-value long-term solution.
WHERE TO LOOK Brands such as
Gautier, gautier.co.uk, USM, usm.
com, Montana, montana.dk, and
Molteni & C, molteni.it, are good
places to start your search. The
scope offered by modular systems
can be daunting, so its best to speak
to in-store design consultants to get
the most out of the product.

DUAL PURPOSE A free-standing


unit doubles as a room divider,
creating a discreet office in this
living area. Its open design
allows light to flow freely through
the space. This is the Balance
alcove shelving unit, 515 for
H180xW70xD30cm, Content by
Conran, contentbyconran.com. 

PHOTOGRAPHS IPC IMAGES; VIRGINIA MACDONALD

SHOPPING FREE-STANDING UNITS

1 | Chic beauty in soft shades. Montana

2 | Design that makes a statement. PIXL

3 | Simply stylish. A-Frame shelving,

three-unit sideboard, H82xW209


xD30cm, from 1,500, Montana,
montana.dk.

bookcase, solid wood with white lacquer,


H220xW360xD25cm, 6,915, Roche Bobois,
020 7751 4030, roche-bobois.com.

oak, H180xW100xD44.5cm, 895,


Matthew Elston for Ambrose at Heals,
0870 024 0780, heals.co.uk.

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CASE CLOSED
Transform a run of
built-in cabinets by
fitting unusual doors,
which is simple to carry
out but can have a
dramatic visual impact.
Reclaimed or vintagestyle doors, similar to
those in this apartment
on Paris Left Bank,
lend an eclectic edge
to contemporary
spaces. For similar, try
architectural salvage
yards, such as
English Salvage,
01568 616205,
englishsalvage.co.uk.
Apartment available
for short lets through
onefinestay.com.

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ORNATE ADDITION
An elegant dresser
brings a boldly
decorative silhouette
to any room. It
complements furniture
with clean, modern
lines to give an
on-trend, old-meetsnew feel. Glass-fronted
display storage
requires an ordered
approach: use the
visible shelves for
accessories and
conceal practical
pieces in the drawers.
Find a similar one-off
cabinet at French
Finds, 01538 370052,
frenchfinds.co.uk.

SUM OF ITS PARTS


Modular storage is an
excellent solution if
you are looking for
individuality at an
off-the-peg price. This
is the Haller Credenza
in Gentian Blue,
2,060, USM, usm.
com. A sleek take on
the filing cabinet,
it works equally well
for dining, office or
entertainment storage.

DIVIDE AND RULE

WORDS SARAH BALDWIN PHOTOGRAPHS IPC IMAGES; ELSA YOUNG/GAP INTERIORS; ONEFINESTAY

Interior designer Sean


Clarkson, 020 7490
2281, shaunclarksonid.
com, used vibrant
storage to divide this
open-plan space into a
kitchen-living area and
dining room. As well as
stashing audiovisual
equipment, books,
accessories and more,
it makes the oversized
room infinitely more
functional, while bright
shades add flair and
provide instant impact.

ADVICE
MULTIMEDIA IDEAS
Plan to avoid messy cables
HIDDEN SOLUTIONS Technology
is an important factor in most living
rooms, from Wi-Fi access to background
music, and the trend is towards totally
concealed solutions. Although many
modern systems claim to be wireless,
theres no getting away from charging
docks, routers and aerials, all of which
require cables. To keep these hidden,
incorporate dedicated spaces for all
the media you use within your storage,
specifying small insets in the backs of
shelves and cupboards to allow cables
to run behind fittings.
TELEVISION TIP If you are fitting a wall
of storage that incorporates a space for
your television, allow sufficient room
should you decide to invest in a larger
model. Try not to create too big a gap, as
your television will look awkwardly small.
IN CONTROL It is now perfectly
possible to operate technology when
its hidden away, either through special
controls or with bespoke furniture.
Audio-visual equipment can be housed
in made-to-measure units and fronted
with acoustic material that, while
hiding the technology, still enables your
remote control to work, says Helen
Reeks, creative development manager
at Neville Johnson, 0161 873 8333,
nevillejohnson.co.uk. Or, for a more
uniform design, your equipment can be
hidden away in cupboards and accessed
via an IR (infrared receiver) control
positioned discreetly in the room. 

KEY CONTACTS

FIND ALL THE LATEST SHOPPING BUYS FOR YOUR LIVING ROOM AT HOUSETOHOME.CO.UK/LIVING-ROOM

Barbara Genda, 020 7978 2349,


barbara-genda.com.
Gautier, gautier.co.uk.
Hlsta, huelsta.co.uk.
John Lewis of Hungerford,
john-lewis.co.uk.
Montana, montana.dk.
Neptune, 01793 427427, neptune.com.
Neville Johnson, 0161 873 8333,
nevillejohnson.co.uk.
Richard Baker Furniture, 020 8336
1777, richardbakerfurniture.co.uk.
Sharps, 0800 789789, sharps.co.uk.
Sliderobes, 0800 454465,
sliderobes.com.
Strachan, 0800 212637, strachan.co.uk.

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DINING CHAIRS

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3 | Vik carver chair in Citron, H84xW60xD58cm, 595, Thibault Desombre at Ligne Roset. 4 | Theda armchair, H82xW48xD60cm, 695,
Benchmark. 5 | The Drop in Light Pink canvas, H88.5xW45.5xD54.5cm, 697, Arne Jacobsen at Republic of Fritz Hansen. 6 | Catch chair in
Petrol, H90xW58xD58cm, 599, Jaime Hayon at &Tradition. 7 | Truffle low-back armchair, H89xW60xD65cm, 525, Oka. 

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Garden Trading. 3 | About A Chair AAC12 in White, H78.5xW51xD50.5cm, 180, Hay at Twentytwentyone. 4 | Hairpin-leg dining chair,
H82xW55xD52cm, 219, West Elm. 5 | Cover chair in Grey, H76xW56.5xD46cm, 349, Thomas Bentzen for Muuto at Haus.
6 | Bossy, H98xW51xD41cm, 250 a pair, Loaf. 7 | Steel chair in White, H77xW46xD41cm, 295, Folklore.  WHERE TO BUY, PAGE 159
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H&G DESIGN GARDEN ARCHITECTURE

STATELY
pleasure dome
Designer Louis Calmels talks to Homes & Gardens about his Khora dome
of glass and steel, a highlight of this years RHS Chelsea Flower Show
WO RD S VANE SSA BE RRIDGE

easuring a compact five metres in


diameter by seven metres tall, Louis
Calmels glazed rotunda rose jewellike out of the grasses and clipped buxus on
Pavilion Way at RHS Chelsea 2014. This is the
latest incarnation of a form that has inspired
architects and builders for centuries: from
wigwams and desert igloos, the Pantheon and
St Basils Cathedral to Brunelleschis Florence
Cathedral and Palladios La Rotunda and,
later, the Victorians domed glasshouses. It
remains a challenge of engineering.

Where did you get your idea from? When


we visit the Botanic Gardens at Kew, my wife
looks at the plants, but I like to look at the
extraordinary glasshouses and architect
Decimus Burtons lofty wrought-iron Palm
House in particular. Its an incredible example
of the blacksmiths skill; massive, yes, but
its thin supports make it look delicate and I
began to wonder if I could create something
similar but on a smaller, domestic scale.
How did you become a metalworker? Im a
third-generation metalworker; the family
business began in 1922 and moved to our
workshop in Vauxhall in 1956. I started work
here when I left school and Ive enjoyed it and
been successful, but I dont know whether
thats genetic or whether Ive just grown into
it. For years, I learned the trade, making gates,

grilles, railings, staircases and furniture. We


did a lot of theatrical work, creating pieces for
the Royal Opera House, the National Theatre
and the Really Useful Group, including The
Phantom of the Opera and Sunset Boulevard.
More recently, weve concentrated on furniture. I felt it was time to move on to something
new and more ambitious.
What was the starting point? I first sketched
out the dome in pencil, with thirty-six ribs
but, when we made the factory prototype, it
looked over-engineered so we removed eight
to make it lighter and more elegant.
Were there any other challenges? It took
some time to source the right double-glazed
units, particularly for the top panes, but I
eventually found some wonderful artisan
glassmakers in Liverpool.
How long did the project take? Almost ten
years. There were five of us working on it but
we had to keep our main manufacturing
business going during the day, so we could
only work on the dome in our spare time.

Delicate ribs form the


domes framework,
which follows classical
proportions made
popular during the
Renaissance. The
lantern is topped with a
copper-clad cupola that
weathers with age.

Is this really a conservatory by another


name? In a word, no.
For more information, contact Khora,
0845 299 3199, khoraspaces.com. 

IRONWORK THROUGH THE AGES


MIDDLE AGES

1770S

Decorative wrought
ironwork at Canterbury
and Winchester

The famous cast Iron


Bridge is built across
the River Severn

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LATE-18TH
CENTURY
Cast iron is used for
railings, banisters and
garden furniture.

1816

1830-50

1845

John Claudius Loudons


flexible wrought-iron
glazing bar sparks the
building of glasshouses.

The construction of
Joseph Paxtons Great
Stove and Decimus
Burtons Palm House.

The duty on glass


is removed, making
conservatories
more affordable.

IRON AND STEEL

PHOTOGRAPHS HELEN FICKLING (KHORA DOME); JOHN GLOVER/GAP PHOTOS

Cast iron, which is produced in a


furnace then poured into a mould,
was used by Joseph Paxton for
the columns supporting the Great
Stove at Chatsworth and Crystal
Palace. Wrought iron is forged,
malleable and more delicate and
was used to support great spans
of glass in the Palm House at Kew.
Now most glasshouses use steel,
which was mass-produced from
the mid-19th century, and is
stronger and less prone to rust.

GREAT GLASSHOUSES
As early as the 13th century, greenhouses were
built in Italy. During the Industrial Revolution
new methods of fashioning wrought iron were
developed, leading to the construction of grand
glasshouses for exotic and often economically
important plants. They included the Sheffield
Botanic Gardens 1830s Glass Pavilions (known
as the Paxton Pavilions after the architect of the
Crystal Palace), and Kews Palm House (top
and above right) by Decimus Burton (above
left), engineered by Dublin ironmaster Richard
Turner. Burton also designed Kews Temperate
House, which took almost 40 years to build.

1855

WWII

1973

1984-88

2013-18

2014

Henry Bessemer patents a


process for mass producing
steel, which starts to replace

Wrought-iron railings
are removed to provide
scrap metal for munitions
during the war.

British production
of true wrought
iron ceases.

Kew Palm House is


restored, with stainless
steel replacing the rusty

34.3m restoration
of Decimus Burtons
Temperate House

Louis Calmels Khora


dome is launched at
the RHS Chelsea

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H&G DESIGN ADVICE

HOUSE
CLINIC

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.

CAN ANTIQUE KNIVES BE REPAIRED?


Ive inherited my American grandmothers
silver cutlery. Some of the knife handles
have come away from the blades and
others are loose. Who can fix them?
HC, London SW10.
There are a few exceptions, but the usual method
of repairing a silver or bone handle that has
become loose or detached from the blade is to
clean the old fixative from the tine and handle
and re-seat the blade using a non-toxic cement
paste. Several of the dealers at the London Silver
Vaults, silvervaultslondon.com, repair cutlery,
including Steven Lindon at Lindon & Co in
Vault 7, 020 7242 4863, whose charges start at
10 per knife. The restoration and replication
services offered by Facets, 020 8520 3392,
facetsglass.co.uk, encompass silver as well as
glassware and the re-bristling of hairbrushes;
prices for knife repairs start at 25 each.
The Cutlery Hospital at Chimo Holdings,
0114 249 0969, chimoholdings.co.uk, also
re-cements knife blades, from 8.34 each.

INSIDERS TIP
Choose low-iron glass
for mirrors, not float
glass, which has a green
tinge. The effect will be
cleaner and brighter as
the mirror has a greater
capacity to reflect light.
RUPERT BEVAN, 020 7731 1919,

rupertbevan.com.

WHICH CARPET IS MOST SUITABLE? We would like


to fit patterned carpet through the main traffic areas of
our family house. Can you suggest designs that are not
too traditional and wont make the areas dark?
NT, London SE3.
The carpet most likely to retain its appearance under the relentless
tread of dusty and wet shoes is a cut pile, rather than a loop or
flatweave. Choose a design with a high wool content that is rated
for heavy wear. The most concealing colour will be a blend of
mid-tones, in particular, earthy shades. Among non-traditional
patterns, linear designs work well, especially those with stripes
that are narrow and not too clean-cut. Try Chenille Dove, 76sq m,
by Ulster Carpets, 028 3833 4433, ulstercarpets.com. Louis de
Poorteres Move 2006/71 (middle left), 60.59sq m, is a fine stripe
from The Carpet Library, 020 7736 3664, thecarpet library.co.uk,
which offers other interesting variations on the theme, including
Van Besouw 7102/520, 98.82sq m. Strata Elm, 60sq m, by
Whitestone Weavers, 01429 892555, whitestone.co.uk, is a stripe
that offers a good blend of mid-neutral tones, as does Basketweave
Pine (top left), 60sq m. Popular at the moment and practical, too,
are plaids, such as Beaumont Turtle Dove (bottom left), 76sq m by
Ulster Carpets. Also take a look at Houndstooth (above), 75sq m,
from the Padstow collection at Brintons, 0800 505055, brintons.co.uk,
and its Abbotsford and Abbeyglen ranges, 80sq m. 

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H&G DESIGN ADVICE

WHERE CAN I BUY A DOOR


CANOPY? Can you suggest a
supplier of a metal awning to
shelter my wide front door?
CM, Felton, Northumberland.
Take a look at Garden Requisites,
01225 851577, garden-requisites.co.uk,
whose scoop and arched ironwork
door and porch canopies (left) have
pleasingly simple curved profiles,
from 495. Iron Mill, 07783 414218,
theironmill.co.uk, offers steel door
canopies from 375, and you may
also like the variety of styles at Fine
Iron, 01874 636966, fineiron.co.uk.
For bespoke options, you could
approach artist blacksmiths in
the north east. Two whose work is
highly respected are Brian Russell,
01833 660547, littlenewshamforge.com,
and Adrian Wood, 01642 360309,
awartistblacksmiths.co.uk. Either
would work with you on the design
of a door canopy.

GE 290 armchair, 429,


Vita Interiors, 01225 812317,
vita-interiors.com.

WHO SELLS TIMBER CHAIRS WITH SOFT SEAT AND BACK CUSHIONS?
I would like to find armchairs similar to those shown in the living room on
page 78 of the February 2014 issue of H&G, but my budget is limited.
AG, Billericay, Essex.
Those chairs were bought from a company that no longer supplies them. The design has
a mid-20th century Scandinavian look and Ive found several similar. The best for budget
is the Karla in stonewashed grey canvas, 399 from Swoon Editions, 020 3137 2464,
swooneditions.com. The company tells me this chair has been so popular that the recent
consignment sold out in a month and the next is due for delivery in October. Another close
match is the GE 290 armchair (above) based on one by Danish designer Hans J Wegner. It
costs 429 in a choice of upholstery fabrics from Vita Interiors, 01225 812317, vita-interiors.com.
Two companies that will look out for vintage chairs in this style are Bleu, 020 7733 4999,
bleufurniture.com, and Mark Parrish Mid Century Modern, 07957 300848, markparrish.co.uk.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR


QUESTION
The House Clinic service is free to
all Homes & Gardens subscribers.
BY EMAIL Send your query, subscriber
number and address to hgcontactus@
ipcmedia.com.
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than one question per reader each month.
For personalised room schemes by
Celia, visit housetohome.co.uk/
decorationservice.

ARE ANY WALLPAPERS


FADE RESISTANT? Weve added
a side extension with a glass
roof but sunlight is stripping the
colour from our pictures and
cushions. Wed like to wallpaper
the space can you suggest
an option that wont fade?
CP, Kingston upon Thames.
Pigments used to print wallpaper are
designed to resist fading from UV light
but in the situation you describe, the
pattern certainly will fade. It is pale
tones, particularly yellow and pink,
that fade first; darker colours last longer
as they contain a higher proportion
of pigment. The PVC layer on vinyl
wallpapers will slow the effect, but the
design will still lose colour eventually.
You can safeguard pictures by having
them framed with UV-conservation
glass, but the best one-stop solution
for protecting pictures, textiles and
wallpaper is to apply solar control film to
the roof glazing. The highest performing
is High Reflective Silver, 150cm wide,
22m. This filters out not only the
damaging UV element in natural
light, but also heat and glare, which
contribute to fading, too. The film is
lightly tinted and seen from outside
appears mirrored. Two films that block
99 per cent of UV rays are Climate 50,
150cm wide, 33m, and Clear UV, 150cm
wide, 30m, which is the most optically
clear of the three. These films are
supplied by The Window Film Company,
01494 794477, windowfilm.co.uk. 

FIND MORE INTERIORS ADVICE FROM CELIA AT HOUSETOHOME.CO.UK/CELIA RUFEY

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FOOD WITH FRIENDS

Summer

Now is the ideal time of year for an alfresco lunch with family and
friends. Alice Harts delicious mix of simple, seasonal dishes is easy
to prepare and designed to be enjoyed in the great outdoors
ST YLING LUC Y AT T WAT ER PHOTOG R A P H S E M M A L E E

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Hgans Keramik soup/pasta


bowl, 17, David Mellor. For a similar
black metal cooking pan, try The
Vintage Kitchen Store. Land Jules
stemmed glass, 14.99, The
Conran Shop. Simple hem napkin
in Dove Grey, 30 set of four,
The Linen Works. For similar vintage
table linen, try The Cloth Shop. 

MUNG BEAN HUMMUS

FEAST
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HERB SALAD WITH EDIBLE FLOWERS,


TOASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS AND
A BUTTERMILK DRESSING

1 | PLANNING THE MENU


A family feast works best with dishes made for
sharing, without the formality of fixed courses.
This menu serves eight hungry adults, but the
starters and salads should serve six as part of a
more humble spread. The salmon and layered
meringue will be enough for many more, and
leftovers will make wonderful second helpings
or sandwiches. The recipes are suitable for
cooking over a fire pit, barbecue or conventional
oven; pick whichever is most convenient.
The smoothest mung bean hummus.
Whole salmon stued with dill and served

with a preserved lemon relish.


Toasted couscous and charred vegetable

salad with basil dressing.


Herb salad with edible flowers, toasted

pumpkin seeds and a buttermilk dressing.


Black quinoa and bean salad with roast

baby beets.
Meringue stack with summer berries

and vanilla cream.


Gin and rosemary fizz. 

THIS PICTURE Shanagarry

jug, 22.95, Philip Pearce at


Twentytwentyone. Tall wine/water
carafe, 43.50, David Mellor. White
oval platter, 59, Wonki Ware at
The Little Shed. Geometric baby
llama throw, 750, Animan at
The Conran Shop.
OPPOSITE PAGE White extra-large
salad bowl (with herb salad), 99,
Wonki Ware at Summerill & Bishop.
Provenal dessert spoon, 9.80,
David Mellor. Shanagarry sauceboat,
24, Philip Pearce at Twentytwentyone.

Trestle table, 550, Nimmo &


Spooner. (On table) White enamel
saucepan, 18.50, Objects of
Use. Montefeltro Ziggurat bowl,
16.50, David Mellor. White soup
bowl, 17.95, Wonki Ware at
Summerill & Bishop. Shanagarry
lidded pot, 20.95, Philip Pearce
at Twentytwentyone. (On rail)
Kitchen scissors, 8.50, Folklore.
Small enamel colander, 23.50;
Enamel ladle, 16; French
Lyonnaise-style frying pan, 23;
all Objects of Use.

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BLACK QUINOA AND BEAN SALAD


WITH ROAST BABY BEETS

THIS PICTURE Large round bowl


in Charcoal, 85, Toast. Old metal
corkscrew, 15, Re. Vintage serving
spoon, from 7, Jennifers Cutlery.
OPPOSITE PAGE Dinner plate in

White, 18; salad bowl in White (with


couscous), 42; both Soendergaard

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Design at David Mellor. Provenal


table knife, 11.20, David Mellor.
Similar salad servers, Olive wood
salad servers, 12, Woodware at
Heals. Vintage spindle-back dining
chair, 950 set of six; similar bench,
large white-painted bench, 490;
all The French House.

TOASTED COUSCOUS AND


CHARRED VEGETABLE SALAD
WITH BASIL DRESSING

FIRE-PIT SALMON WITH


PRESERVED LEMON RELISH

2 | STYLE YOUR TABLE


Gather chairs and benches from around the
house (ask each of your guests to grab one
for ease), and fill baskets with tableware
and utensils for cooking alfresco. With such
colourful food, neutral crockery looks best. Glass
tumblers work equally for water and wine, and
can be stacked for transportation. An outdoor
lunch like this is likely to run on into the
evening, so have a couple of lanterns close
to hand for when it starts to get dark. 

GIN AND ROSEMARY FIZZ

3 | WHAT TO DRINK
A refreshing cocktail makes the perfect
aperitif and this gin and rosemary fizz is a
sophisticated tipple to enjoy before the meal.
The breadth of flavours in these recipes
require versatile wines that will complement
a broad range of different ingredients.
The nutty richness of an oaky chardonnay
is a great match for the salmon. For a red
alternative, try a bottle of fresh, cherryish
pinot noir or Beaujolais that wont overpower
its subtle flavours. With the meringue, a
bottle of inexpensive, Moscatel de Valencia
or a sparkling ros will bring this indulgent
feast to a delicious finale. 

FOR MORE DELICIOUS RECIPES, VISIT


HOUSETOHOME.CO.UK/RECIPES

THIS PAGE Large white platter,


49, Brickett Davda.
OPPOSITE PAGE Similar
hand-blown wine glass, 24,
Baileys Home. For similar vintage
table linen, try The Cloth Shop.
WHERE TO BUY, PAGE 159

MERINGUE STACK WITH SUMMER


BERRIES AND VANILLA CREAM

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RECIPES FOR YOUR OUTDOOR FEAST

MUNG BEAN HUMMUS


Serves 8 generously

Homemade chickpea hummus


is never completely smooth,
unless the cook peels each pea.
Mung beans, on the other hand,
make a fine-textured hummus
that requires very little effort.
300g mung beans
3 garlic cloves, peeled and
chopped
2 tbsp light tahini, well-stirred
100ml extra virgin olive oil, plus
extra for drizzling
Juice of 1 lemon, plus
extra to taste
Salt and black pepper
Handful mung bean sprouts
tsp paprika
The day before your meal,

cover the mung beans with


plenty of cold water and soak
for at least 8 hours or overnight
in a cool, dark place.
Drain, rinse well and cover
with fresh, cold water in a large
saucepan. Bring to the boil and
simmer for about 45 minutes,
until the beans are completely
tender but still holding their shape,
then drain well. (The cooking time
can vary slightly depending on the
age of the mung beans.)
Blend the beans with the garlic,
tahini, olive oil and lemon juice
until completely smooth. Season
well with salt and pepper, adding
more lemon juice if you like.
Serve the hummus drizzled with
olive oil and scattered with mung
bean sprouts and paprika (or
store in the fridge in an airtight
container for up to 2 days). Warm
flatbreads make the perfect
accompaniment; visit our blog,
hglivingbeautifully.com, for a
delicious flatbread recipe.

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FIRE-PIT SALMON
WITH PRESERVED
LEMON RELISH
Serves 8 generously

A whole salmon always makes


an impressive centrepiece; even
more so when cooked (enclosed
in paper) over a fire pit or
barbecue. To check that the
salmon is ready without
unwrapping it too much, insert
a sharp skewer into the thickest
part, just behind the head.
Leave it for a few seconds, then
remove and touch to your lip.
If its hot, the fish is cooked.

slosh of water, then wrap the


whole lot in a piece of wet hessian
and tie into a neat parcel.
The fire or barbecue embers
should be ashen, with no hint of
flame remaining. Carefully place
one small, wet log on the coals
and cover with the metal grate.
Lay the salmon parcel on top and
cover with the barbecue lid or a
metal dustbin lid for a fire pit.
Leave to cook for 50-60
minutes, depending on the size of
the fish, until the salmon flesh is
just cooked. Alternatively, wrap
the stuffed fish in one layer of
non-stick baking paper and one
layer of foil and bake in an oven
pre-heated to 180C, gas mark 4,
for 50 minutes, or until the fish
just flakes when pressed.
Unwrap carefully and transfer
to a platter. Serve with the relish.

For the lemon relish


3 preserved lemons, drained
and quartered
Handful of flat-leaf parsley, chopped
70g green olives, stoned and
chopped
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

For the salmon


1 lemon, sliced into rounds
1 bunch dill, chopped
2.4kg whole salmon, gutted
Salt and black pepper
To make the relish, combine all

the ingredients in a small dish.


(The quantities are small as the
powerful flavour of the relish means
you only need a little.) Set aside.
Stuff the lemon slices and dill
into the salmon cavity, seasoning
well. Lay out a large sheet of
baking paper and put the salmon
on top. Wrap up tightly, twisting
the ends like a Christmas cracker.
Prepare your fire or barbecue.
At this point, its sensible to work
outdoors. Take 12 sheets of brown
paper or 12 double broadsheet
newspaper pages, arrange them
into layers of 2-3 sheets/pages
and thoroughly soak with water.
Wrap each damp layer around the
salmon, finishing with a further

TOASTED COUSCOUS AND


CHARRED VEGETABLES

tablespoon of the olive oil in


a frying pan with a lid. Add the
couscous and toast over a
medium heat for 4-5 minutes,
stirring, until golden brown and
fragrant, then pour in enough
water to just cover. Add a large
pinch of salt, bring to the boil,
partially cover with the lid and
simmer for 6 minutes or so,
until just tender but not mushy.
Set aside to cool.
Toss the peppers, courgettes
and aubergines with the
remaining 1 tablespoons olive
oil. Spread out on a baking sheet
and roast for about 35 minutes,
stirring halfway through, until
soft and beginning to char.
Alternatively, cook the oiled
vegetables straight on the finely
spaced bars of a barbecue or fire
pit, turning often for 10-15
minutes, until charred in places.
To make the dressing, blitz
2 handfuls of the basil with the
oil and lemon juice in a blender
or small food processor with a
good pinch of salt and pepper.
The dressing should retain a bit
of texture, so stop before it is
completely smooth.
In a large bowl, combine the
vegetables, couscous, remaining
basil leaves and pine nuts
with a few tablespoons of
the basil dressing, serving
the rest alongside.

Serves 8 as a side

With robust charred vegetables


and a fragrant basil dressing,
this salad is bursting with
Mediterranean flavours.
2 tbsp olive oil
150g wholewheat giant couscous
3 red Romano or bell peppers,
deseeded, sliced into thick strips
2 courgettes, sliced or pared
lengthwise into very thin strips
6 baby aubergines, sliced
lengthwise into thin strips
3 tbsp pine nuts, toasted

For the basil dressing

HERB SALAD WITH


PUMPKIN SEEDS
Serves 8 as a side

3 large handfuls of basil leaves


120ml extra virgin olive oil
Squeeze of lemon juice
Salt and black pepper

Feeding a crowd demands a


few simple dishes that dont
require much preparation and
this salad couldnt be easier.

If using an oven, pre-heat

120g wild rocket leaves


Handful of mixed soft summer

it to 220C, gas mark 8. Heat

herbs, such as fennel tops,


parsley, chives and basil
5 fat asparagus stalks, trimmed
and shaved into long strips
Handful edible flowers, such as
viola or chive flowers (optional)
50g pumpkin seeds, toasted

For the buttermilk dressing


200ml buttermilk
100ml extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp caster sugar
Juice of lemon
3 tbsp finely chopped chives
Salt and black pepper
Toss all the salad ingredients

together. To make the dressing,


whisk all the ingredients together
with a tablespoon of water and
season to taste. Spoon the
dressing over the salad to serve.

a roasting tin with the olive oil,


thyme and plenty of seasoning.
Cover with foil and roast for 30
minutes, until the beetroots are
almost tender. Remove the foil,
stir in the butter and 2 tablespoons
balsamic vinegar. Return to the
oven for 10-15 minutes, until
beginning to brown.
Meanwhile, put the quinoa in a
saucepan with 500ml water. Bring
to the boil, bubble briskly for a
couple of minutes, then reduce
the heat, cover and simmer for
20 minutes, until the water has
been absorbed and the quinoa
is tender but crunchy.
Slice the runner beans on the
diagonal very finely. Blanch in
boiling water for 2 minutes, then
drain, refresh under cool water
and drain again. Blanch the broad
beans for 2 minutes then refresh
and slip each bean out of its pale
green outer skin.
Fold all the ingredients together
(including any liquid in the beet
tin), adding a pinch of thyme
leaves, the remaining balsamic
vinegar and the extra virgin olive
oil. Serve at room temperature.

BLACK QUINOA AND


BEAN SALAD WITH
ROAST BABY BEETS
Serves 8

The quinoa doesnt have to be


black, but Ive used it because
black food always looks so
dramatic and this variety of
quinoa is particularly crunchy.
20 baby beetroots, scrubbed,
trimmed and halved, or quartered
if on the large side
2 tbsp olive oil
3 sprigs thyme, plus extra
leaves to serve
Salt and black pepper
30g butter
4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
175g black quinoa
250g runner beans, trimmed
200g podded broad beans
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Pre-heat the oven to 190C,
gas mark 5. Put the beetroots in

MERINGUE STACK WITH


SUMMER BERRIES AND
VANILLA CREAM
Serves 16

For a decadent finish this


gooey-centred, crisp-edged
meringue with soft vanilla
cream, vibrant berries, grated
chocolate and pistachios tastes
as wonderful as it looks.
For the meringue layers
10 egg whites
Pinch of salt
120g light brown sugar
180g caster sugar
275g icing sugar

2 tsp cornflour
1 vanilla pod, seeds only,
or 2 tsp vanilla bean paste or
vanilla extract
2 tsp white wine vinegar

To assemble
900ml double cream
2 tbsp icing sugar
1 vanilla pod, seeds only or
2 tsp vanilla bean paste or
vanilla extract
700g mixed summer berries,
hulled or halved as needed
50g nibbed or chopped pistachios
30g dark chocolate

top and repeat the cream and


berry layers. Top with the second
medium-sized disc, layer in the
cream and berries as before, then
repeat with the smallest meringue
disc, piling up the berries and
cream more generously.
Shower the entire stack
with pistachios and finish by
finely grating the dark chocolate
over the top. Serve any baby
meringues alongside.

Start with the meringue.

Pre-heat the oven to 140C (fan


120C), gas mark 1, and line two
large baking sheets with non-stick
baking parchment. Whip the
egg whites, salt, brown sugar
and caster sugar together until
holding stiff peaks.
Sift the icing sugar and
cornflour over and continue
whisking for 3-4 minutes, until
the mixture is very stiff and has
a shine. Whisk in the vanilla and
vinegar to finish.
Spoon a third of the meringue
mixture onto one lined baking tray
to make a swirled 5-6cm-high disc
about 25cm in diameter. Use the
remaining mixture to make two
20cm diameter discs and one
12-15cm diameter disc. Spoon tiny
meringues around the discs with
any remaining mixture.
Bake for about 1 hour until the
meringues are set and crisp on
the outside, but hardly coloured.
Switch off the oven, prop
the door ajar and leave the
meringues to cool for 30 minutes
or so. Remove from the oven
and cool completely. Store until
needed for up to 48 hours in
airtight containers.
To assemble the stack,
lightly whip the cream with
the icing sugar and the vanilla.
Be careful not to over-whip
the consistency should be
billowy and soft.
Put the largest meringue disc
on a serving platter (dont worry
about cracks or crumbles). Top
with a layer of cream and a single
layer of summer berries. Put a
medium-sized meringue disc on

GIN AND ROSEMARY FIZZ


Makes 400ml of syrup

Rosemary works so well


with the botanicals in gin,
but simply omit the alcohol to
make a refreshing rosemary
lemonade for the children. The
base syrup can be kept in the
fridge for up to two weeks.
300g caster sugar
Zest of 1 lemon
4 sprigs rosemary, plus
extra to serve
150ml lemon juice

For each serving


25ml gin
Ice
Lemon and lime slices or wedges
Sparkling water
Put the caster sugar in a

saucepan with the lemon zest,


rosemary sprigs and 300ml
water. Gently heat through,
stirring, to dissolve the sugar.
Bring to the boil and simmer for
2 minutes. Set aside to cool then
strain and stir in the lemon juice.
To make each drink, pour gin
and 20ml of the rosemary and
lemon syrup into a tall glass with
plenty of ice, citrus wedges and
a couple of rosemary sprigs.
Top up with sparkling water. 

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ADDRESS BOOK
Details of stockists featured in this issue; visit housetohome.co.uk/directory for more listings

Abbott & Boyd, 020 7351 9985,


abbottandboyd.co.uk.
Alessi, 020 7518 9091, alessi.co.uk.
&Tradition, 0045 3920 0233,
andtradition.com.
Annie Sloan, 01865 247296,
anniesloan.com.
Ann Sacks, 020 3055 0802,
annsacks.com.
Another Country, 020 7486 3251,
anothercountry.com.
Anthropologie, 020 7870 4821,
anthropologie.eu.
Antiques by Design, 01245 222771,
antiquesbydesign.co.uk.
Aram Store, 020 7557 7557,
aram.co.uk.
Arthur Price, 01543 257775,
arthurpriceinternational.com.
Avorez, 020 8949 3388, avorez.com.

Baileys, 01989 561931,


baileyshome.com.
Benchmark, 01488 608020,
benchmarkfurniture.com.
Besselink & Jones, 020 7351 4669,
besselink.com.
Black Edition, 01623 750005,
romoblack.com.
Brian Yates, 01524 35035,
brian-yates.co.uk.
Brickett Davda, 01273 414765,
brickettdavda.com.
The British Museum Shop, 020 7323
8898, britishmuseumshoponline.org.
Burleigh, 01773 740740,
burleigh.co.uk.

Camengo, 0844 369 0104,


camengo.fr.
Christopher Farr Cloth, 020 7349
0888, christopherfarrcloth.com.
Clivework, 020 8144 8300,
clivework.com.
Clock House Furniture, 01620
842870, clockhouse-furniture.co.uk.
The Cloth Shop, 020 8968 6001,
theclothshop.net.
Colbourns, 020 7352 8335,
colbourns.com.
Cole & Son, 020 7376 4628,
cole-and-son.com.
Colefax and Fowler, 020 7244 7427,
colefax.com.
The Conran Shop, 0844 848 4000,
conranshop.co.uk.
Contemporary Applied Arts,
020 7436 2344, caa.org.uk.
Custhom, 020 7358 2358,
custhom.co.uk.

Darkroom, 020 7831 7244,


darkroomlondon.com.
David Mellor, 020 7730 4259,
davidmellordesign.com.
Dedar, 020 7351 9939, dedar.com.
De La Espada, delaespada.com.

De Le Cuona, 020 7584 7677,


delecuona.co.uk.
Designers Guild, 020 7351 5775,
designersguild.com.
The Dormy House, 01264 365808,
thedormyhouse.com.

Earthborn, 01928 734171,


earthbornpaints.co.uk.
Emma Bridgewater, 0844 243 9266,
emmabridgewater.co.uk.
Encompass, 02392 410045,
encompassco.com.

Farrow & Ball, 01202 876141,


farrow-ball.com.
Fiona McDonald, 020 7731 3234,
fionamcdonald.com.
Fired Earth, 01295 812088,
firedearth.com.
Folklore, 020 7354 9333,
shopfolklore.com.
The French House, 020 7371 7573,
thefrenchhouse.co.uk.

Garden Trading, 0845 608


4448, gardentrading.co.uk.
Geoffrey Drayton, 01992 573929,
geoffrey-drayton.co.uk.
George Smith, 020 7384 1004,
georgesmith.co.uk.
GP&J Baker, 020 7351 7760,
gpandjbaker.com.
Graham and Green, 0845 130 6622,
grahamandgreen.co.uk.
Green & Stone, 020 7352 0837,
greenandstone.com.
Gubi, 0045 3332 6368, gubi.dk.

Habitat, 0844 499 4686,


habitat.co.uk.
Harlequin, 0845 123 6815,
harlequin.uk.com.
Haus, 020 8533 8024, hauslondon.com.
Heals, 0870 024 0780, heals.co.uk.
Heathfield & Co, 01732 350450,
heathfield.co.uk.
Hector Finch, 020 7731 8886,
hectorfinch.com.
Holland & Sherry, 020 7352 4798,
hollandandsherry.com.
Hollys House, 020 7736 2222,
hollys-house.com.

I&JL Brown, 01432 851991,


brownantiques.com.
Ian Mankin, 020 7722 0997,
ianmankin.co.uk.
India Jane, 020 8799 7166,
indiajane.com.

Jennifers Cutlery, 0115 925 6418,


jennifers-cutlery.co.uk.
Jim Lawrence, 01473 826685,
jim-lawrence.co.uk.
Joanna Wood, 020 7730 5064,
joannawood.co.uk.

John Lewis, 0345 604 9049,


johnlewis.com.
Jonathan Adler, 020 7589 9563,
uk.jonathanadler.com.

Kersaint Cobb, 01675 430430,


kersaintcobb.co.uk.
Knoll, 020 7236 6655, knoll-int.com.
Knots Rugs, 020 7471 4707,
knotsrugs.co.uk.
Kravet, 020 7351 7760, kravet.com.

Lelivre, 020 7352 4798,


lelievre.eu.
Lexington, 01494 787210,
lexingtoncompany.com.
Liberty, 020 7734 1234, liberty.co.uk.
Ligne Roset, 01494 545910,
ligne-roset.co.uk.
The Linen Works, 020 7819 7620,
thelinenworks.co.uk.
Little Greene, 0845 880 5855,
littlegreene.com.
The Little Shed, 01483 808113,
littleshedshop.co.uk.
Lizzo, 020 7823 3456, lizzo.net.
Loaf, 0845 468 0698, loaf.com.
Louise Bradley, 020 7589 1442,
louisebradley.co.uk.
LSA International, 01932 789721,
lsa-international.com.

Mandarin Stone, 0160 071


5444, mandarinstone.com.
Mint, 020 7225 2228, mintshop.co.uk.
Missoni Home, 020 7736 7967,
missonihome.com.
Molteni&C, 020 7631 2345,
moltenidada.co.uk.
Monogrammed Linen Shop, 020 7589
4033, monogrammedlinenshop.co.uk.
Moroso, 020 3328 3560, moroso.co.uk.
Mylands, 020 8670 9161,
mylands.co.uk.

Nicholas Haslam,
020 7730 8623,
nicholashaslam.com.
Nimmo & Spooner, 020 7385 2724,
nimmoandspooner.co.uk.

Q
R

Quick-Step,
quick-step.co.uk.

Re, 01434 634567,


re-foundobjects.com.
The Reclaimed Flooring Co,
0845 371 6131,
reclaimedflooringco.com.
Redloh House Fabrics, 020 7371
7787, redlohhousefabrics.com.
Republic of Fritz Hansen,
020 7637 5534, fritzhansen.com.
Roger Oates, 020 7351 2288,
rogeroates.com.
Rose Uniacke, 020 7730 7050,
roseuniacke.com.
Rubelli/Donghia, 020 7349 1590,
rubelli.com.
The Rug Company, 020 7229 5148,
therugcompany.com.

Samuel & Sons Passementerie,


020 7351 5153,
samuelandsons.com.
Sanderson, 0844 543 4749,
sanderson-uk.com.
Savoir Beds, 020 7486 2222,
savoirbeds.co.uk.
Scion, 0845 123 6815, scion.uk.com.
SCP, 020 7739 1869, scp.co.uk.
Soane Britain, 020 7730 6400,
soane.co.uk.
Sofa.com, 0845 619 8510, sofa.com.
Summerill & Bishop, 020 7229 1337,
summerillandbishop.com.
Surface View, 0118 922 1327,
surfaceview.co.uk.

Thomas Goode, 020 7499 2823,


thomasgoode.com.
Tim Page Carpets, 020 7259 7282,
timpagecarpets.co.uk.
Toast, 0844 557 0460, toast.co.uk.
Twentytwentyone, 020 7288 1996,
twentytwentyone.com.

Objects of Use, 01865 241705,


objectsofuse.com.
Oka, 0844 815 7380, okadirect.com.
Osborne & Little, 020 7352 1456,
osborneandlittle.com.

Vaughan, 020 7349 4600,


vaughandesigns.com.
Ventique, 020 7349 9876,
ventique.co.uk.
Vessel, 020 7727 8001,
vesselgallery.com.
Viaduct, 020 7278 8456,
viaduct.co.uk.
The Vintage Kitchen Store,
thevintagekitchenstore.co.uk.

Paint by Conran, 0845 094 9030,


paintbyconran.com.
Pentreath & Hall, 020 7430 2526,
pentreath-hall.com.
Pierre Frey, 020 7376 5599,
pierrefrey.com.
Plain English, 01449 774028,
plainenglishdesign.co.uk.
Porta Romana, 01420 23005,
portaromana.co.uk.

Wemyss, 020 7376 4430,


wemyssfabrics.com.
Wemyss Houls, 020 7376 4430,
houles.com.
West Elm, 020 7637 9150,
westelm.co.uk.
William Yeoward, 020 7349 7828,
williamyeoward.com.
WorkHouse, 020 7247 1815,
workhousecollection.co.uk. 

SEPTEMBER 2014 | H&G | 159

WE LOVE

ROSEWOOD LONDON
Oering English grandeur with a contemporary twist, this elegantly restored
architectural gem is the perfect foil to city life
heres no shortage of high-end
hotels where you can lay your head
in central London, but finding
one that provides a sense of calm amid
the chaos can be a tall order. This stately
five-star haven in Holborn does just that.
Enter the palazzo-style courtyard of the
Grade II-listed Edwardian edifice and the
frenzied pace of the capital instantly abates.
The award-winning Rosewood Hotel
Groups latest offering has been restored
with the help of English Heritage and
New York-based designers Tony Chi and
Associates. The result is a mix of old-world
charm and understated luxury. Communal
areas feature Cuban mahogany, mirrored

surfaces and rose bronze, with original


marble columns painted black for
a touch of cool modernity. The most
dramatic element is the seven-storey
Renaissance-style staircase in rare
Pavonazzo marble. More subtle but no
less polished are the generous bedrooms
with their sumptuous furnishings, muted
palette and bathrooms stocked with
toiletries by Czech & Speake.
Dining at Rosewood is equally stylish.
Cosy up on leather banquettes for relaxed
brasserie fare in the Martin Brudnizkidesigned Holborn Dining Room, before
retiring to fireside velvet seating in
Scarfes Bar for a nightcap.

NEED TO KNOW
Rosewood London has 262 rooms and
44 suites. Doubles start at 375 per night.
Unwind after a days shopping in nearby
Covent Garden with an indulgent massage
or beauty treatment in the bamboo-clad
Sense spa. Alternatively, head to the
state-of-the-art fitness suite.
Stock up on British artisanal produce at
Rosewoods own deli and enjoy a gourmet picnic
in one of the nearby Royal Parks. The hotel is also
a short walk from The British Museum, Charles
Dickens Museum and Londons theatre district.
Rosewood London, 252 High Holborn,
London WC1V 7EN, 020 7781 8888,
rosewoodhotels.com/london. 

Egyptian stool,
H40xW55cm, 866,
Utility, 0151 708 4192,
utilitydesign.co.uk.

Kaiser Idell
floor lamp,
H135xdiam21cm,
673, Republic
of Fritz Hansen,
020 7637 5534,
fritzhansen.com.

Blocstripe carpet in
Sable Bone, wool, 51sq m,
Alternative Flooring, 01264
335111, alternativeflooring.com.

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Heritage chair, H102x


W76xD95cm, 4,882,
Carl Hansen & Son, 07535
888285, carlhansen.com.

Keraton wardrobe, teak, H210x


W130xD66cm, 1,995, Lombok,
020 7736 5171, lombok.co.uk.

FEATURE ALIX ONEILL AND LAURA VINDEN

TAKE IT HOME Recreate the signature style of a Rosewood suite