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Homes & Gardens

FEBRUARY 2015 £4.10


timeless style HOMES TO INSPIRE

Th e ArT of Liv ing BeAuT ifuLLy






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Bring your dream kitchen to life through your local builder

When you’re thinking of a new kitchen, you want to know it’ll work perfectly – as well as look beautiful, of course. Which is why it should be fitted by a professional – and why, at Howdens, we only sell to trade customers. So for your first step towards a new kitchen, ask your local builder about Howdens. We have over 580 depots throughout Britain, supplying kitchens, joinery products and appliances from local stock. Each of our depots has experienced designers who will plan your kitchen and be on hand throughout to help you and your builder. To find out more, contact your local builder or to request a brochure call 0800 6888 167, or visit www.howdens.com Kitchen featured is Gloss Flint Grey Integrated Handle


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*70 GEORGIAN TOWN HOUSE Respectful renovation and a masterful mix of disparate decorating styles have given this house real spirit.

96 TOWN GARDEN A surprising urban offering

*80 FINNISH HOME Perfection and purity

lie at the heart of this all-white interior where a sense of tranquillity reigns supreme.

our CoVEr *storiEs for fEBruArY

with all the charm of a traditional knot design.

122 DREAM GARDEN Textured materials and clean lines create a minimalist haven.


*88 LONDON TERRACE Glamorous touches, accents of vivid colour and trompe l’oeil combine with panache in this welcoming home.

*55 ABSTRACT MODERNISM Inspired by this

94 BE INSPIRED Taking our cue from the London terrace house, we look at the art of visual trickery.

*125 SCENIC WALLS Bringing epic scale and

*102 COTSWOLDS CONVERSION Maintaining the architectural integrity of three listed barns informed the creation of this impressive family home.

132 USEFUL SMALL SPACES Inspiring ideas

aesthetic, we show how experimental form and simple design give today’s interiors an innovative edge.

romance to room schemes with printed vistas and murals of picturesque landscapes.

for making every area of your home work hard.

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17 H&G EDIT Events, shopping, gardening and style ideas, plus the latest news from the design world. 45 TRAVEL The historical cathedral city of Ely. *46 WINNING STYLE The fabric and wallpaper designs that caused a stir at our annual awards.

51 MOVERS & SHAKERS We visit Renaissance, renowned for its antique and reproduction freplaces. 64 IN SEASON Using the art of bonsai to make delicate living sculptures for the home.


153 YOUR DAILY BREAD Tempting recipes based on age-old Scandinavian baking traditions. 178 WE LOVE Hotel Monteverdi in Tuscany. DESIGN SOLUTIONS

111 KITCHEN Statement cabinetry in a converted barn. 116 LIVING ROOM Using sophisticated shades of grey. 118 BATHROOM Contemporary styling with marble. 120 DRESSING ROOM Bespoke storage solutions. 150 ADVICE Celia Rufey answers your queries. *142 INSPIRING EXTENSIONS Clever designs and expert opinion to help you plan your new space.


19 VERDIGRIS The on-trend colour accent. *25 DECORATIVE CUSHIONS The latest graphic

prints and richly textured designs.

35 BRUSH STROKES Colourful, tactile materials inspired by a scene from an artist’s studio.

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44 H&G TRAVEL Japan, South Africa and more. 95 H&G TRAVEL Getaways, from Italy to Greece. *137 ABSTRACT & BERBER RUGS Geometrics

and tribal infuences feature in this season’s compositions.


*141 ROCKING CHAIRS Classic to contemporary. 159 H&G TRAVEL Take a great British rail break or enjoy a West End show in London.

161 ADDRESS BOOK Contact details for stockists.

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WELCOME one of the DeCoRAtInG IDeAS that has come to the fore over the past decade is the feature wall, be it covered in a striking paint colour or an attention-grabbing wallpaper. I’ve always thought that the effect works best in pictorial form, as it makes a space feel complete. Murals have been used in grand houses for centuries and historical Chinese papers are exquisitely illustrated, but the advent of digital printing has led to an explosion of fabulous designs for walls, many of which have been showcased in our recent decorating features. however, it was the nordiska Museet wall mural by Sandberg, winner of the Homes & Gardens Best Wallpaper 2014, that inspired our scenic walls feature on page 125. As always, our ideas can only be a nudge to your own creativity, but I think these schemes demonstrate what can be achieved and, while our palette is quite muted, you can go all out with colour for equally impressive effects. If you’d like to see more winning designs from our annual H&G Fabric Awards, turn to page 46. It is a real privilege for us to hold this event and, with over 600 entries, judging day is a truly inspiring affair. Although hard work, it was also fun making our choices with our external judges, designer Kit Kemp of firmdale hotels and Robert James of the Sofa & Chair Company. All the designs were launched last year and are available now so, if you are looking for beautiful fabrics and wallpapers, browsing through this innovative selection is a great place to start.


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HOUSES Gorgeous colour and artistic fourishes take centre stage in this imaginatively renovated home (page 88).

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GARDENS Striking modern features and traditional herb planting are perfectly balanced in an harmonious design (page 96).

DECORATING We show you how to use wall murals to bring a sense of drama and an individual look to room schemes (page 125).

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H&G EDIT FEBRUARY The people, products and places creating a buzz this month

It may be cold outside, but the welcoming glow of an open fire gives this chic living room a warm heart. a soft felt rug and plump cushions add to the cosy feel, while a contemporary log holder and armchair ensure the overall look is consummately cool. Similar log holder, Blade log storage, from £504, Encompass. Masculo lounge chair, H65xW82xD60cm, £1,049, The Conran Shop. Riva 1920 Eco table, H31.5xdiam60cm, £1,050, Heal’s. Curtain in Antique Linen Sheer in Alabaster, 280cm wide, £110m, Westbury Textiles at Altfeld. Wrought iron fre blower, £16.50, Graham and Green. Wrought iron four-piece freside set, £120, Cox & Cox. Leather-lined bucket, £80, The Conran Shop. Handmade Kyrgyzstan felt rug, 160x315cm, £1,775, Felt. Cream cotton woven cushions, 65cm sq, £187 each, Absolute Flowers & Home. Lama offering bowls, £125 set of six, Oka. Cesta lamp, H57xdiam33cm, £514, Aram.

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Perfect as an accent, this green-blue hue has a gorgeous natural depth 1| Handmade stoneware storage pots with character. Pineapple no1 (left), H42xdiam15cm, £625; Pineapple no2, H36xdiam18cm, £595; Mar Hernandez at The Shop Floor Project, 01229 584537, theshopfloorproject.com.


2| Each shade has a unique mottled patina.

Verdigris Industrial copper shade, H28xdiam36cm, £253.20, Factorylux at Urban Cottage Industries, 020 7193 2119, urbancottageindustries.com.

3| Perfect for serving after-dinner cheese.

Marble platter in Natural Green, 30x20cm, £26, Broste Copenhagen, brostecopenhagen.com.

4| Contemporary shape in a restful tone.

Husk sofa, H87xW225xD102cm, from £5,650, Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia at Chaplins, 020 7352 6195, chaplins.co.uk.

5| Cabinet knob with a decorative crackle glaze. Prismatic spring pull, D4.5xdiam4.8cm, £4, Anthropologie, 020 7870 4821, anthropologie.eu.

6| Hand-blown glass with a bold silhouette.

Verdi table lamp in Ocean, H80xW26cm, £413.40, Heathfield & Co, 01732 350450, heathfield.co.uk.

feature Laura Vinden

7| A pleasing combination of form and function. Blink screen, H185.5xW254.5xD3cm, £3,216, Stellar Works at Staffan Tollgård Design Store, 020 7952 6070, tollgard.co.uk.



8| Sleek lines with an exquisite marble surface. Saarinen side table in Verdi Alpi marble, H51xdiam41cm, £1,250, The Conran Shop, 0844 848 4000, conranshop.co.uk.

9| Two-tone glassware with a distinctive fnish.

Carafe, H25xdiam10cm; glasses, H12cm; £260 for five-piece set, Jochen Holz at Mint, 020 7225 2228, mintshop.co.uk.

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Loopie mirrors, H50x W34cm, £199; 95x82cm, £545; both M-Dex Design.

on the curve Wonderfully elegant, this simple mirror is made from bent wood, with a hidden hanging so it sits fush to the wall. The Loopie is available in oak, ash or walnut, although it can also be made in other timbers or stained a specifc colour on request. Contact Miles Dexter at M-Dex Design, 07892 897005, m-dex-design.co.uk.

SmarT SoluTion Adding to its portfolio of clever kitchen gadgets, Joseph Joseph launches the innovative Totem. Offering more functions than a conventional bin without compromising on capacity, it houses everyday kitchen waste and also has a drawer for recycling, a food-waste caddy and a carbon flter. It is available in Stone (right) or Graphite, from £175 for a 50-litre unit. Exclusive to John Lewis, 0345 604 9049, johnlewis. com and josephjoseph.com.


This exciting new fabric brand was set up by a brother-sister team, Lorcan and Sarah Quinn. The duo are passionate about reviving the Irish linen industry, having watched the gradual demise of the once-thriving trade in their hometown of Banbridge, County Down. Weaving is in their genes, they say, so they were eager to keep the craft alive. Lorcan and Sarah converted an old house in the grounds of the last working linen weavers into a studio, and from here they design, produce and pack their products. While championing this traditional skill, Enrich & Endure is also keen to explore new directions; for instance, developing innovative natural yarn mixes to create original pieces. Products include cushions, £84; table linen, from £45 for a set of four napkins; and throws, from £89. Contact 028 4066 9522, enrichandendure.com.

Tiny Town Release your inner Gulliver and build your very own Lilliput with these charming Miniature Wooden Houses by Polish craftsman and designer Irek Jastrzebski. The naïve form of each tiny dwelling is handmade from lime wood, oak or pine, and the designs come in sets of three, in a range of sizes and colours. Prices from £22 for three Mini White and Wood houses by The Bird On The Tree at AtNo67, 07477 520414, atnumber67.co.uk.

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ON THE LINE Coloured wire is a key design trend for 2015, and these hand-shaped, fluoro-bright Beatty baskets, £60 for set of three, Habitat, 0344 499 1111, habitat.co.uk, work the look with impeccable style.

For quick and easy access to our inspirational decorating ideas, beautiful houses, glorious gardens and expert advice, simply download Homes & Gardens to your iPod, tablet or computer at housetohome.co.uk/digital-editions/homesandgardens.

3 of the best EXHIBITIONS Thread, paint and collectables feature in this trio of new openings STOW-ON-THE-WOLD WILLIAM GEAR Be inspired by bold colour and graphic form at this exhibition dedicated to the Scottish painter’s phenomenal output of works on paper. William Gear: Centenary Exhibition of Works on Paper from 1947 to 1996 will showcase 48 of his abstract works, including Red Form (above). 1-21 February 2015.The Manor House, The Square, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire GL54 1AF, 01451 831319, fossegallery.com.


ReADeR offeR WIN £1,500 TO SpENd ON A drEAm BEd Two lucky readers can each spend £1,500 at Button & Sprung

If you are shopping for a new bed, Button & Sprung is a must-visit destination. It offers stylish upholstered designs – all handmade from a wide range of beautiful fabrics – and luxuriously comfortable pocket-sprung mattresses at affordable prices. The company also offers a unique 100 nights’ returns period (with a full refund if you change your mind), free removal of your old mattress, nationwide delivery, plus a ten-year product guarantee. Two lucky Homes & Gardens readers will each win £1,500 to spend on their dream bed and mattress, either online at buttonandsprung.com or at the company’s showroom in Hammersmith, London. To enter, visit housetohome.co.uk/hgbuttonandsprung by 5 February 2015 and answer this question: How many nights does Button & Sprung’s free returns policy last for? Terms and conditions apply; see website for details.

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From Arts and Crafts designs by William Morris to Islamic embroideries, immerse yourself in the world of fabrics with the Whitworth Art Gallery’s Textile collection. The gallery reopens in mid February with double the space, in which you can also see Cornelia Parker, a show dedicated to this compelling contemporary artist. From 15 February. Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER, 0161 275 7450, whitworth.manchester.ac.uk.

LONDON MAGNIFICENT OBSESSIONS What oddities have Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol and Edmund de Waal amassed over the years? See the personal collections of 14 artists at Magnifcent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector at the Barbican. Presented alongside examples of their work, the objects offer insight into each individual’s inspirations. 12 February to 25 May. Adults, £12. Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS, 020 7638 8891, barbican.org.uk.

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DECORATIVE CUSHIONS Our choice of the best new designs takes in rich textures and graphic, geometric prints




1| Chalkney, 60x40cm,

£85, Folklore. 2| Meera in Sparrow Purple, 45cm sq, £20, Habitat. 3| Check in Cloud, 30x50cm, £105, Mourne Textiles. 4| Patmos in Cenere, 60cm sq, £176, Abigail Ahern. 5| Charcoal cosy knit, 45cm sq, £15, Linea at House of Fraser.

6| Shaggy Dog, 50cm sq,

£185, Mourne Textiles.

7| Mongolian, 35cm sq, £99,

Bloomingville at Amara.

8| Super soft, 55cm sq,

£40, French Connection.

9| Natural multi mohair,

40cm sq, £45, Heal’s. Asko rug in Light Grey/Natural, wool, 200x140cm, £260, Heal’s. e

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1| Assemble/Confgure in Blue,

30x60cm, £45, Laura Slater. 2| Technicolour #1, 45cm sq, £70, Room 39. 3| Tetrahedron in Yellow, 40x30cm, £95, Fine Cell Work at Pentreath & Hall. 4| Nantes in Blue, 50x40cm, £95, The Conran Shop. 5| Kelim, 50cm sq, £59, Ferm Living. 6| Foxtrot, 47cm sq, £68, Folklore. 7| Diagonal dip-dyed stripe, 51x41cm, £165, Rebecca Atwood

at Couverture & The Garbstore. 8| John Stefanidis Design 2 in Cream, 45cm sq, £150, Fine Cell Work. 9| Chromascope, 46cm sq, £345, Ptolemy Mann at The New Craftsmen. 10| Wool Jacquard cushion cover, 40cm sq, £49, Toast. Colour block Persian rug, hand-knotted wool, 300x200cm, £5,200, Luke Irwin at The Conran Shop. l WHERE TO BUY, PAGE 161


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Styling Harriet Loraine-SmitH PhotograPhS CaroLyn BarBer







fresh look Fiona McDonald started her interiors business, sourcing and restoring vintage and antique pieces, in 1997. Now, following her passion for mid-century Italian design, she has launched a madeto-order Contemporary Collection of seating and furniture manufactured in Britain, as well as mirrors and lighting handmade in Italy. The range refects Fiona’s Ruby chair, eye for stylish H82xW53x D47cm, £595 design and quality plus 2m of craftsmanship. fabric, Fiona For details, McDonald. contact 020 7731 3234, fona mcdonald.com.


Seasonal Cities. WHAT “City guides for weather-obsessed and travel-savvy Brits”, edited by Marcus Waring. WHERE Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Berlin, New York, Tokyo, Istanbul, London, Moscow, Shanghai, Sydney. WHY Constantly updated sights, events, shopping, eating and weather, so you can plan based on the forecast. 69p per city, iPhone and iPad.

brigHT and beauTiful Trend Marbling As a material, marble has been making waves in the interiors world for some time, and now its distinctive patterns are coming to the fore on fabric, wallpaper, furniture and tableware. From delicate veining to bold swirling designs, the look is set to rival graphic motifs such as chevrons.

Crown Paint’s exotic Organic Discovery trend, featuring this palette of citrus hues, cool blues and strong greens, is the perfect complement to this spring/summer’s key looks of botanical prints and tropical designs. Paint, from £10.98 for 1.25 litres. Contact 0870 240 1127, crownpaints.co.uk.

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Makrana 110918 wallpaper, £59 a roll, Harlequin, 0845 123 6805, harlequin.uk.com. Waved Spectrum coaster, £6, Anthropologie, 020 7870 4821, anthropologie.eu. Ceramic table, H47xdiam38cm, from £720, Elisa Strozyk at Chiara Colombini, chiaracolombini.com.

fans will love The Impossible Project, the-impossible-project.com, one of the few remaining sources of paraphernalia for Polaroid cameras. It sells a good range of flm with coloured and patterned frames, but most exciting is its Instant Lab, from £129, which transforms images on an iPhone or iPod Touch into photos in seconds. Coming soon is Instant Lab 2.0, suitable for iOS and Android phones and tablets.

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inside story Take a guided tour around some of the country’s most beautiful homes, from period properties to new builds, brought to you by Housetohome. Find the videos at housetohome.co.uk/house-tours.


environmentally cool and full of character, the bespoke oak fencing from the Cleft Wood Company, 01296 730930, cleftwood.com, is strong and durable and blends seamlessly with the landscape. Using wood from local thinnings, the company’s designs also include gates and screens.

My sweet If the packaging isn’t enough to make you pick these new artisan chocolates off the shelf, let the promise of their great taste seal the deal. They come in four mouth-watering favours: Chocolate Orange, Hazelnut Praline, Raspberry and Coconut, and Sea Salt Caramel. A box of ten truffes costs £11.95 at costelloand hellerstein.co.uk.

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Hot Water Burns Like Fire, hotwaterburns.org, is a safety campaign promoted by organisations including the Children’s Burns trust, cbtrust. org.uk, and the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, bathroom-association.org. the name is dramatic, but the campaign is timely. Nearly 300 people a year suffer severe scalds from the water in their bath, basin or shower, and two-thirds of these are children. It takes less than six seconds at 60°C for water to burn as badly as a fre. If you live in a new home, you may already be protected. since April 2010, building regulations have required all baths in new builds to be ftted with a device that limits water temperature to a maximum of 48°C. this should prevent the most serious scalds, but a safer temperature would be a couple of degrees cooler. If you live in an older property, one possible defence is to ft an approved thermostatic mixing valve (tMV), set to a maximum of 46°C, to the hot-water supply. However, it’s advisable to avoid setting the entire domestic hot-water system as low as 46°C since this temperature could lead to a build-up of legionella bacteria in the hot-water cylinder. Alternatively, ft thermostatic taps and showers; these typically have a “safety stop” at 40°C. take a look at the showerselect thermostat (left), around £690, by Hansgrohe, 01372 465655, hansgrohe.co.uk. It has a 40°C safety stop, but you can also set a maximum temperature on installation. Another innovation to consider is the eMoto (above right), from £1,547, CP Hart, 0845 873 1121, cphart.co.uk. this device allows each member of the household to set and save their ideal water temperature and fow rate for the perfect shower – and it even lets you run a bath from your iPhone or iPad.

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Homes & Gardens’ design correspondent warns of the dangers of scalding-hot water from showers and taps




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top forM Existing furniture styles at Andrew Martin have been given a modern update via the introduction of cement. With its robust iron frame and cement top, this Lucian console table, H76xW170xD51cm, £1,195, has a bold industrial edge. Contact 020 7225 5100, andrewmartin.co.uk.

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roll up, roll up If you are looking for quirky wallpaper, Wall Library, 01858 540469, wall-library.com, is a good place to start. The online boutique showcases designs chosen for their individuality, many of which are not otherwise available in the UK. Shown is Patchwork Dark by Mini Labo, 52cm wide, £155 for a roll.

MuseuM piece

We love it when a plan comes together, especially when it involves the unexpected, and who better to pull off a sartorial success than two British icons of design, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Gloverall, maker of the classic duffle coat? The result is a limited-edition pair of coats featuring the 1926 fabric Welwyn Garden City by Doris Gregg for Footprints, either as a lining (as shown) or on the outside. The coats cost £350 each and are available at the V&A Shop, 020 7942 2696, vandashop.com.

The largest museum dedicated to Pablo Picasso, the godfather of Cubism and innovator of collage, has re-opened after a fve-year closure. Located in the heart of Le Marais district, Musée Picasso Paris (which comes three years later than expected) promises confdent curation against the backdrop of the immaculately restored Hôtel Salé, a grand and extravagant house that is a masterful example of French 17th-century architecture. We’ll certainly be hopping across the Channel to take a look. For more information, visit museepicassoparis.fr.

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1| Cabana tassel fringe in Cloud, W9cm, £120m, Samuel & Sons. 2| Allegro sisal matting 2807/20, £82.20sq m, Sinclair Till. 3| French carriage oak reclaimed fooring, £145sq m, Reclaimed Flooring Company. 4| Amethyste wallpaper in Blue, 70cm wide, £68.20 a roll, Casamance. 5| Crush velvet in Azure, polyester, 140cm wide, £34m, Clarke & Clarke. 6| Icaria velvet in Indigo, viscose mix, 140cm wide, £65m, Sanderson. 7| Fleurs de Lin cut fringe trimming, linen mix, W9cm, £12.50m, Houlès at Wemyss. 8| Slate silver square mosaic glass tiles, £14.99 for 30.3cm sq, Topps Tiles. 9| Catalina leather, £27.45sq m, Moore & Giles at

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Altfeld. 10| Rosi binding tape T14.03, linen, W12cm, £26m, Tissus d’Hélène. 11| Khan 08, linen, 40cm wide, £111.60m, Lizzo. 12| Raw Silk I wallpaper, 92cm wide, £116m, Altfeld. 13| Palazzo wallpaper, 137cm wide, £50m, Innovations at Altfeld. 14| White Truffe, Pumproom Rust and Coopers Creek, Eco Emulsion, from £41.25 for 2.5 litres, Francesca’s Paints. 15| Blackthorn, fat matt emulsion powder, £19.95 for 1kg, Nature Paint. 16| Patchwork in Sunset, cotton mix, 125cm wide, £132m, Dominique Kiefer at Rubelli. 17| Selle II in Black Linen and Grey, horsehair, 64cm wide, £120m, John Boyd Textiles. WHERE TO BUY, PAGE 161


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fusion feel The latest collection from Marks & Spencer combines nuances of Japanese style with mid-century shapes and a neutral palette of black and grey. Ideal for chic, relaxed living spaces, the pieces include this Chunky Wood table lamp, £99; Loen Dark armchair in Kimi Weave Charcoal, £649; Nayoko three-door sideboard, £749; Cyprus foor lamp, £299; Kuro sofa in Malva Graphite, £849; Conran Kitson coffee table, £299; Knitted pouffe, £89; and Spotted kilim rug, £169. Contact 0333 014 8555, marksandspencer.com.

Hang it all Store your bike in style with a wall rack from Woodstick, woodstick.co.uk. Hand-crafted from wood in a variety of tones, the geometric designs, from £249.90, are gorgeously textured and will make a statement in any space. Shown is Iceberg Burl in Coal Black oak and chestnut burl, £349.90.

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fine line These smart new Grosvenor Blue tiles, 15cm sq, £18 each, by Paris Ceramics, 020 7371 7778, parisceramics.com, are inspired by the pinstripes in men’s tailoring. Available in four patterns, they are suitable for use on interior walls, panels and splashbacks.

These handmade modular planters by three Hungarian designers made their début at London Design Week and we love their utilitarian good looks. Suitable for use inside and out, they are available in three formats – the Basket (left), the space-dividing Wall and the hanging Flow. Simply plant up the pine boxes and place them in the white-painted aluminium frames. Prices start at €120 for the Flow, and all planters are made to order, with a custom-design service also available. Visit getplantus.com; email [email protected]

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Ukulele playing, sewing, Latin… These are a few of the “idle” skills you can pick up at this charming bookshop-cum-schoolcum-café. Founder Tom Hodgkinson tells us more about it How did the business begin? The Idler Academy was born at festivals. My partner, Victoria Hull, and I started running our own area at the Secret Garden Party festival seven years ago. We had a yurt and hosted talks, and bands turned up to play – one of them was Mumford & Sons. Then we set up at the Port Eliot Festival; we called ourselves The Idler Academy of Philosophy, Husbandry and Merriment and held classes in Latin, sewing, grammar and natural history. It was sort of a joke: we had a tuck shop, and I wore a gown and a headmaster’s hat. What did you do next? We enjoyed the venture so much that we decided to try running a full-time venue in London. The idea was to combine a bookshop, café and school so we took out a fve-year lease on a property in a quiet corner of Notting Hill. Emma Thompson became our patron and, on our opening night in March 2011, we held a sold-out class on the philosophy of ancient Greece. Can you elaborate on your concept of “idling”? For me, being idle is bound up with being independent. The

French Renaissance thinker Michel de Montaigne said that he could work hard if the work was undertaken voluntarily, but that he was lazy by nature. That’s idlers for you: we don’t much like the nine-to-fve, so we end up starting our own projects. I am always accused of being un-idle. But if work is creative, meaningful and voluntary, then it’s not really work – it’s play. It’s not always easy though. How has the academy evolved? We have just launched an online version of The Idler, a magazine we frst published in 1993; we update it every day. We’re selling online versions of our courses, too. That means everyone in the world can learn to play the ukulele with us, or take classes in Greek philosophy, public speaking, cookery, punctuation, classical music... It’s great fun. What have been your personal highlights? I really enjoyed our event with Michael Palin. He was very funny, warm and interesting. Also, I loved seeing three hundred people dancing the Lindy Hop in unison to the Sugarhill Gang at our dance class at Festival No 6.

The Idler Academy, 81 Westbourne Park Road, London W2 5QH, 020 7221 5908, idler.co.uk.

Clockwise, from top left The academy’s bookshop focuses on education and philosophy; the shopfront in Notting Hill; courses range from ukulele for

beginners to the history of cooking and many are also offered online; tea, coffee and cake are served in the café or can be enjoyed in the courtyard.

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Soft touch This beautiful new textural Italian velvet is made using an innovative technique that creates a permanent pattern in relief. The reverse of the fabric is printed with a compound which, when heated, contracts to sculpt the hammered metal design. Fortunato in Lion (above) and Smoke, viscose, 137cm wide, £149.90m, Linwood, 01425 461176, linwoodfabric.com.

open plan We love the large scale and geometric shape of the striking Mogu pendant by Ay Illuminate for Belgian brand Heerenhuis. Made from bamboo, this statement piece measures H60xdiam150cm and costs £695. It is available from Different Like a Zoo, 020 7792 4382, differentlikeazoo.com.

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In the Surrey town of Oxted, Leslie Morgan is big news for anyone who has a passion for fabric. Her business, Committed to Cloth, offers workshops with top-notch tutors in a purpose-designed studio. The breadth of the courses is vast, covering traditional and exciting new techniques, and everything from processes involving dyeing, painting and printing to textile construction, collage and stitch. The classes sell out fast – many of those scheduled for the frst half of this year are already booked – so do plan ahead. The website also offers a wealth of inspiration for practising textile design at home. Committed to Cloth, Drewshearne Barn, Crowhurst Lane End, Oxted, Surrey RH8 9NT, 07720 287860, committedtocloth.uk. For more pattern inspiration, visit our blog

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Small iS beautiful With their decorative copper-, silver- or gold-plated grate lids, these limited-edition Soe ceramic bowls by German designer Hanna Kruse are ideal for holding jewellery or can be left empty as an elegant objet. Available in a variety of fnishes, they measure H7xdiam12.5cm and cost from €415 each. Contact hannakruse.com.

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Phnom Penh and the ancient city and temples of Angkor in Cambodia. See Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, by cycle rickshaw. Cruise Ha Long Bay and visit the Imperial City in Hue. Stay in Ho Chi Minh City and visit the Cu Chi tunnels.

South afriCa 16 days, from £1,999 per person. Selected departures up to November 2015. Holiday iNcludeS:

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Kruger National Park, Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, the Garden Route and Swaziland, plus whale watching in Hermanus. A visit to the Winelands and the Cape of Good Hope, and a chance to stay overnight in a tented safari camp.

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dubroVnik, the dalmatian CoaSt and montenegro eight days’ half-board, from £789 per person. Selected departures from april to october 2015. Holiday iNcludeS:

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Dubrovnik and Montenegro with visits to Krka National Park, Mostar, the setting of the famous bridge, Emperor Diocletian’s palace in Split and the medieval port of Trogir.

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1| The majestic cathedral, which dates back to 1109. 2| Topping & Company is a bibliophile’s dream. 3| The cathedral’s striking interior.



4| Relax in comfort at Poets House. 5| A view across the River Ouse to Houghton Mill.



Ely, CambridgEshirE fEATurE sarah baldwin PHOTOgrAPHS colin dutton/4 corners images (HOugHTOn mIll), simon peckham (POETS HOuSE), pawel toczynski/getty (cATHEdrAl InTErIOr), rod edwards/getty (cATHEdrAl)

Find rich history, fne literature, quaint shops and a thriving market in this beautiful cathedral city





When it opened last year, Poets House, 01353 887777, poetshouse.com, was a pleasing addition to what had been a bleak hotel scene. Moments from the cathedral, the converted offce block has 21 spacious rooms, each decorated in chic greys with a free-standing bath, and stocked with Hermès and Bulgari toiletries and complimentary snacks. Ask to be at the front for the best views. Rooms start at £139 a night. A lower-key alternative would be the B&B at Peacocks (right), with double rooms starting at £125 a night.

If you are after charm, head to Peacocks, 01353 661100, peacockstearoom.co.uk, a riverside café serving more than 70 different teas. Coffee lovers might prefer the Café Ely at Spa Ely, spa-ely.co.uk, known for its lattes and macarons made by a MasterChef fnalist. For hearty pub food, try The Cutter Inn, 01353 662713, thecutterinn.co.uk, or head to Poets House (left) for modern British fare. A short drive away, The White Pheasant, 01638 720414, whitepheasant. com, is a local favourite offering a fve-course taster menu.

Topping & Company Booksellers, toppingbooks.co.uk, is a true gem, with a programme of starstudded events, from readings by authors such as Melvyn Bragg to one-off demonstrations by chefs including Yotam Ottolenghi. Trusted design studio Duck Egg Blue Interiors, duckeggblue interiors.co.uk, has a large library of fabrics and wallpapers, while gifts and jewellery can be found at The Eel Catcher’s Daughter, 01353 668564. There is also a craft and collectibles market every Saturday, with gorgeous vintage and handmade wares.

Ely is home to one of Britain’s greatest cathedrals, with a magnifcent octagon tower and stained-glass windows. The city’s second major attraction is Oliver Cromwell’s house, offering a glimpse into times past; evening ghost walks start here (call 01353 662062 to book). The River Ouse is a lovely area, with a must-see gallery, Babylon, babylongallery. co.uk. If time permits, venture out to East Cambridgeshire’s unspoilt countryside to see the fat Fens and vast skies so lauded by writers Trollope and Kingsley. For more information, go to visitely.org.uk.

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winning style We reveal the fabric and wallpaper designs that were best in show at the H&G Fabric Awards

Best FaBric Under £35 a metre

Best emBroidered FaBric

Best wallpaper over £40 a roll

Dash, 137cm wide, £35m, Soul Fabrics collection, Scion, 0845 123 6815, scion.uk.com.

Tobago, 128cm wide, £155m, Anopura collection by Lorca at Osborne & Little, 020 8812 3123, osborneandlittle.com.

Nordiska Museet wall mural, £386 for a 3.6x2.7m panel, Arkiv collection, Sandberg, 0800 731 9622, sandbergab.se/en.

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Best woven FaBric Bohemian Paisley, 123cm wide, £139m, Bohemian Romance collection by Mulberry Home at GP&J Baker, 020 7352 3173, gpandjbaker.com.


Best wallpaper Under £40 a roll Brushstrokes, £15 a roll, Expressions collection, John Lewis, 0345 604 9049, johnlewis.com.

Best FaBric collection

Best printed FaBric

(From top) Lomond Velvet, 137cm wide, £139m; Bohemian Tapestry, 137cm wide, £95m; Bohemian Stripe, 130cm wide, £95m; all Bohemian Romance collection, Mulberry Home at GP&J Baker, 020 7352 3173, gpandjbaker.com.

Bacchus, 124cm wide, £91.80m, English Ethnic collection, Lewis & Wood, 01453 878517, lewisandwood.co.uk. e

Palazzo fooring PAL1345, £64.99sq m, Quick-Step, 0032 56 675211, quick-step.co.uk. Black bamboo ladders (far left and last two on right), H220xW50cm, £36 each, House Doctor at Ovo Home, 01244 329643, ovohome.com. Ladder (second from left), H200xW51cm, £528, Charlie Styrbjörn Nilsson for Gebrüder Thonet Vienna, gebruederthonetvienna.com/en. Black lacquer decorative ladders, H195xW53cm, £195 each, Orchid, 01264 811111, orchidfurniture.co.uk. february 2015 | H&G | 47

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THE SHORTLISTED DESIGNS In 2014, the Homes & Gardens Fabric Awards attracted more entries than ever before. Viewed together, the winners and runners up offer a fascinating insight into the latest looks in colour, pattern and texture, from exquisite prints to exceptionally complex weaves and multifaceted collections Best emBroidered FaBric rUnners UP

Chinese Tracery, £102m, Butterfly House collection, No.9, Jim Thompson, 020 7368 7700, jimthompsonfabrics.com.

Jayshree, £152m, Jaipur Prints & Embroideries collection, Zoffany, 0844 543 4600, zofany.com.

Best FaBric Under £35 a metre rUnners UP

Akana Weave, £27.60m, Robert [email protected], Robert Allen, 01494 474741, robertallendesign.com.

Cornelius, £95m, Baptista collection, Colefax and Fowler, 020 7244 7427, colefax.com.

Kali, £27m, Spirit Fabrics collection, Scion, 0845 123 6815, scion.uk.com.

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Ipanema and Clarendon, Andrew Martin, 020 7225 5100, andrewmartin.co.uk.

Elasona, £135m, Astratto collection, Black Edition, 01623 756699, romoblack.com.

New Ikat, Titley and Marr, 023 9259 9585, titleyandmarr.co.uk.

Chester, £120m, Tribal Collection, Margo Selby, 01227 282758, margoselby.com.

Best WallPaPer Under £40 a roll rUnner UP

Best Printed FaBric rUnners UP

Best FaBric collection rUnners UP

Alberesque and Marlena, William Yeoward at Designers Guild, 020 7351 5775, designersguild.com.

Banyan, £69m, Jaipur Weaves collection, Zoffany, 0844 543 4600, zofany.com.

Lady Roxana, £125m, A Stiller Life collection, Rubelli, 020 7349 1590, rubelli.com.

Willow Tree, £38 a roll, Chika collection, Sanderson Home, 0844 543 9500, sanderson-uk.com.

Best WallPaPer over £40 a roll rUnners UP

Force 9, £169.20 a roll, English Ethnic collection, Lewis & Wood, 01453 878517, lewisandwood.co.uk.

Sumi, £59 a roll, Momentum Wallcoverings Volume 3, Harlequin, 0845 123 6815 harlequin.uk.com.

Kashmira, £65 a roll, Echo Heirloom India collection, Baker Lifestyle, 020 7351 7760, gpandjbaker.com. l

styling marisa daly PhotograPhs carolyn barber

Crochet Stripe, £49m, Artisan Embroideries collection, Harlequin, 0845 123 6815, harlequin.uk.com.

Best Woven FaBric rUnners UP

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Owen Pacey (left) and long-time associate Angelo Attanasio in the Renaissance showroom in east London’s City Road.



Whether reproducing antique freplaces or sourcing architectural salvage and lighting for his London showroom, the Renaissance founder’s keen sense for the exuberantly decorative and unique shines through Wo r d s S A R A H W I L S O N P h oto g r a P h s A LU N CA L L E N D E R

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ver the course of his 25-year career, East End born Owen Pacey has established a reputation as a foremost expert in architectural salvage. As well as o≠ering a vast array of original pieces, from furniture and lighting to mirrors and statuary in his Renaissance showroom, he has developed a bespoke freplace service, meticulously matching historical designs. Owen has gained quite a following, with clients including English Heritage, Grosvenor Estate, Soho House, The Arts Club and the artists Gilbert & George. Tell us a little about your background. I started o≠ stripping pine doors and Georgian cast-iron freplace inserts that I’d bought from a builder. I discovered I could sell them for quite a bit of money, and thought it wasn’t a bad living. It was 1992, and such a simple set-up – a rented lock-up with a caustic soda dipping tank. I fell in love with the whole restoration process and things quickly took o≠, so I upgraded to a shop on Essex Road in Islington. By a stroke of luck, the largest antique freplace dealer in the country was moving in three doors away. I learned a lot from them. When our current showroom came on the market in 1995, I was desperate for more space. The building was a wreck, so needed a complete refurbishment and, back then, Shoreditch was a no man’s land, but I couldn’t have chosen a better location to expand the operation. How did the business take shape? I’d accrued quite a collection of period freplaces from all over Europe to fll the huge space (the basement under the showroom is also packed with pieces, which spill over into a studio warehouse next door). Gradually, I built up a team of experts and we started doing house

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visits as well, restoring old freplaces to their original glory. We soon obtained approval to work on listed buildings, and teamed up with interior design companies on period houses for Grosvenor Estate in Mayfair, The Howard de Walden Estate in Marylebone and The Bedford Estates in Bloomsbury. Once our freplaces are showcased in properties such as these, they sell themselves. What did you do next? I saw a niche in the market for handmade freplaces, with immaculate carving and details, that were indistinguishable from the originals. Clients also asked for an aged effect, so we started developing our own techniques for doing this. Then, ten years ago, I moved into lighting after getting hold of some Baccarat crystal chandeliers that everyone was clamouring to buy. Where do you fnd design inspiration? I’m good at spotting trends, as I see so many fabulous houses and always take the time to talk to the interior designers; I learn so much this way. When I’m abroad, I fnd inspiration wherever I go, from a monastery in Italy to an old Citroen factory in France. Gilbert & George are also a big influence. Where do you source stock? I travel all over Europe searching for unique and interesting freplaces, reclaimed lighting and architectural salvage. I take a trip abroad once a month, usually for three days. Angelo Attanasio, who has worked for me for 22 years, goes around all the markets buying up old components of freplaces, which he then sends to Italy to have moulds made. Describe the process of copying a freplace. First, we take a high-defnition photograph, then make up a mould. A

wooden box is prepared, the freplace is put inside, then a silicone rubber compound is poured in to fll every nook and cranny. All the stages of the ageing process take about a week – remember, an original may have had hundreds of years of wear, with corners eroded and areas rubbed smooth. People wrongly believe that we use tea, but all I’m going to reveal is that dentist’s tools are involved. With freplaces and furnishings, my general rule is to match architectural pieces to the period of the property you live in. Personally, I love ornate Georgian freplaces best. Talk us through a typical day. Every morning starts in the same way – I take my Labradoodle, Maggie, for a walk in the park. After this, no two days are the same. Generally, we look at the job sheets, load the vans and o≠ go the ftters. I spend around half of my time in the shop, and usually meet clients on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I fnish at about 5pm, and by 5.30pm, I’ve got my feet up on the sofa – it takes me 30 seconds to get home from work, as I live above the showroom. My advice to myself is never to fall in love with items in the collection because at some point someone will want to purchase them – lots of people end up coming upstairs and buying my favourite pieces from my flat. What are your plans for the business? I want to convert the warehouse next door, and use it to showcase lighting, such as the old lanterns I’m bringing in from France and a complete collection of chandeliers that I managed to buy from an old Italian palazzo. I’m going to start focusing on high-end copies of lighting, too. I’m also planning to open a second shop this year. l Renaissance, 193/195 City Road, London EC1V 1JN, 020 7251 8844, renaissancelondon.com.


Renaissance’s team of reproduction specialists; an orange Murano glass chandelier, multi-arm Italian Spider designs and a three-cluster motherof-pearl hanging lamp are among the reclaimed lighting on offer in the showroom; master craftsman Angelo Attanasio, who has worked with Owen for 22 years; original Georgian Adam-style corbels are mirrored in a meticulously copied fire surround; an antique chandelier with coloured glass clusters, sourced in France; the components of a sculptural French lion paw fire surround; this corner of the showroom exhibits a typically eclectic mix, including furniture and fireplaces, elaborate lighting and an early Victorian gate. CENTRE The distinctive shop front in London’s Shoreditch.


or discover your perfect bedroom at your nearest showroom visit sharps.co.uk

Simple geometric lines are softened by cool, delicately balanced tones in these striking decorative pieces. Bowl, diam32cm, £650; Cylinder composition, 20x15cm, £310; both Vicky Shaw at Contemporary Applied Arts.


ABSTRACT MODERNISM Revisiting this progressive early-20th-century aesthetic, we reflect on the preference for simple design and experimental form, which brings an innovative and creative edge to interiors STYLING EMMA THOMAS AND LAURA VINDEN PHOTOGRAPHS EMMA LEE

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Bring opulent glamour and sculptural beauty to a desk with an arrangement of substantial, cuboid shapes in heavyweight materials, such as black marble and brass. FURNITURE 62 Series desk, H72xW120x

D60cm, £2,460, Greta Grossman for Gubi; Neat dining chair, H76xW62xD52cm, £425, Magnus Long; both The Conran Shop. Loom stool in Oak, H48xW52xD45cm, £278.43, H Furniture at Clippings.com. WALLS Plain White; Sky Blue; both Natural Emulsion, £38 for 2.5 litres, Edward Bulmer at Pots of Paint. Normandy Grey; Jack Black; both Absolute Matt Emulsion, £35 for 2.5 litres, Little Greene.

FLOORING Pebble vinyl fooring, 200cm

wide, £28m, The Colour Flooring Company. ACCESSORIES Lektor lamp, H40xW54cm,

£365, Niclas Hofin at SCP. Stop black marquina marble bookend, H17xW10cm, £159; H10xW10cm, £114; e15 at Viaduct. Notebooks, from £3.10 each, Native & Co. Brass pen rest, H3xdiam6cm, £150, Minimalux. Brass gorilla, H22xW19xD16cm, from £150, Poligon. Mobile, H80xW60cm, £190, Corrie Williamson at Darkroom.

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Graphic 1930s and 40s-style textile designs provide a vibrant backdrop to furniture and accessories with strong, pared-back silhouettes. FURNITURE Hai chair, H102x W90xD90cm, £798.60; Hai ottoman, H40xW58xD40cm, £199.05; both in Razzle Dazzle in Natural, Luca Nichetto at Hem. Prado sofa in Hot, H87xW240x D120cm, £2,584; cushions in Harald, £649 a pair; all Ligne Roset at Heal’s. Enoki tables, White marble top with Signal White base, H30xdiam55cm, £760; Green marble top with Navy base, H40xdiam40cm, £724; both e15 at Viaduct. FABRICS (From left) Klimt Grid in Onyx, linen, 130cm wide, £156m; Da Da Stripe in Gris, linen, 132cm wide, £166m; Trocadero in Noir, linen, 130cm wide, £150m; Da Da Stripe in Cactus, linen, 132cm wide, £166m; Paris Collage in Rose, linen, 122cm wide, £164m; Da Da Stripe in Gris, linen, 132cm wide, £166m; Harlequin Stripe in Piment, linen, 126cm wide, £166m; Trocadero in Noir, linen, 130cm wide, £150m; all Thomas Callaway for Pattern Works at Holland & Sherry. FLOORING Pebble vinyl fooring, 200cm wide, £28m, The Colour Flooring Company. ACCESSORIES Kelly foor lamp in Antiqued brass and black with Empire Husk linen shades, H183.5xW68cm, £2,332, Porta Romana. Squares Haze cushion, 40cm sq, £60; Walls cushion, 40cm sq, £60; both Victoria Umansky. Metropolis collection vessels, from £40 each, Ann Mercer at Do. Platonism rug, 180x260cm, £4,850, Gamfratesi at Christopher Farr.

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Angular tile designs in soft chalky greys and pale yellows introduce another dimension, while slender, linear furniture is neatly echoed in the artwork on the wall. FURNITURE Bar stools in iroko, H104x W42.5xD43.5, £265 each, Mar-den. Similar breakfast bar, Panco table, H110xW180x D51cm, £1,060, Lapalma at Chaplins. FLOORING After Lowery concrete foor tiles, 20cm sq, £9 each, Smink Things. ACCESSORIES Small metal tray, diam15cm, £15.50; cast-iron teapot, H15xdiam16.5cm, £250; both Native & Co.

Paper Porcelain espresso cup, H7xdiam7.5cm, £19; saucer, diam12.5cm, £19; coffee cup, H7xdiam8.5cm, £26; saucer, diam15.5cm, £26; mug, H10.5xdiam7cm, £26; all Hay. Graphite drawings, Nigel O’Neill at Paul Smith. Cone pendant light, H49.5xdiam39.5cm, £295, Alexander Mueller at Capsbury. Black horse, H10xW15cm, £85, Claire Ireland Ceramics.

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A modern but not minimalist aesthetic underpins these schemes. On the left, an array of shapely ornaments brings interest and personality to a simple setting, while, below, a screen with a hit of neon and palm leaves o≠ers the opportunity to divide the space, creating a room within a room. (This page) FURNITURE Bespoke Geometric Jungle room screen, H230xW270xD10cm, from £2,500, Anna Glover. Basalt table, H30xW50xD50cm, £550, Martin Huxford Studio. Hourglass side table in Piano Black, H60.5xdiam35cm, £1,902, Porta Romana. Letizia armchair in Guatemala Bianco, H75xW65xD62cm, £1,490, Poltrona Frau. ACCESSORIES Cornwall collection ceramic jug, H23.5xdiam8cm, £260, Native & Co. Hitchcock foor light, H150xdiam22cm, £230, Heal’s. (Opposite page) FURNITURE Dang One and Three sideboard, H74.5xW142.5xD46cm,

£1,699, Blu Dot at Heal’s. ACCESSORIES NdP L3 artwork by Nathalie du Pasquier, 100x70cm, £650 (unframed), The Wrong Shop. Parasol lamp in White, H50xdiam36cm, £400, Jonas Forsman at Innermost. Black horse, H10x W15cm, £85, Claire Ireland Ceramics. Spin vase in Turquoise Blue, H25.5xdiam14cm, £172; Rib vase in Mint Green, H25.5xdiam6cm, £127; Flare vase in White, H23xdiam14cm, £177; all Miranda Watkins. Metropolis collection vessel, H23, £50, Ann Mercer at Do. Brass band, H7xdiam20cm, £150, Minimalux. District rug, £550sq m, Kelly Wearstler at The Rug Company. l whERE TO bUy, pAgE 161

Bonsai In SeaSon

An artistic mix of graceful vision and horticultural skill, these diminutive trees make beautiful living sculptures for the home Wo r d s A r A b e l l A St J o h n PA r k e r photographs bu r e Au x

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Bonsai tools You can use standard gardening implements – secateurs, wire cutters and a knife – but for the dedicated enthusiast, it is worth investing in a set of specialist bonsai tools. This typically comprises pruning or twig scissors/secateurs, heavy branch pruning secateurs, a trimming knife, a small trowel, chopsticks, a soft brush and a hard wire brush, root-working sticks, a sieve and a clamp. For the more advanced bonsai gardener, re-potting root hooks, a root sickle, a rake and carving tools are essential.

The art of bonsai

, growing trees on a miniature scale, is an ancient pursuit. The Romans are known to have practised it, as did the Chinese, but it was in Japan that the ability to make a tiny plant resemble a fully matured tree became an art form. The trees are grown to look windswept or twisted and gnarled, weeping and cascading, or strong and vigorous, with trunks as thick as your arm but no taller than the span of your hand. Whether you grow from seed, seedling or cutting, almost any tree can be used for bonsai, inside or out. The skill lies in regular root and stem pruning – or wiring, which forces the trunk and branches into your chosen shape more quickly – and the trick is to keep the tree in a small container. The appearance of great age and elegant form are what make bonsai so irresistible, traits that vary according to how green your fingers are and your artistic skills. You can, of course, buy a ready-made bonsai but, depending on the species, its age and the way it is presented within its container, it can be a very expensive option. With this in mind, it is wise to be fully committed to maintaining the tree, and respecting its heritage, before making such an investment.

trees suitable for bonsai Juniper Larch White, Black, and Scots pines Quince Azalea Spruce Trident maple Japanese maple Berberis Cotoneaster

Chinese elm Pyracantha Beech Cedar English elm Hornbeam Hawthorn Winter jasmine Rowan Crab apple Cherry

As recommended by the National Bonsai Society.

further information n The National Bonsai

Society, thenational bonsaisociety.co.uk; events, advice, guidance and support for growers of all skill levels. n Willowbog Bonsai, 01434 681217, willowbog-bonsai.co.uk; bonsai nursery, workshops, online shop and chatroom. n John Hanby Bonsai School, 01977 610040, johnhanbybonsai.co.uk;

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bonsai classes, nursery and online shop. n The Bonsai Collection at Kew, Royal Botanic Gardens, 020 8332 5655, kew.org; bonsai house, expert advice, workshops and blog. n All Things Bonsai, 07903 406373, allthingsbonsai.co.uk; specialist in indoor bonsai, online care guides and shop, classes and workshops. l

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…and relax

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New year, fresh new you. Explore thousands of beautiful wallpapers at wallpaperdirect.com Pair with the perfect paint at designerpaint.com

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iNspiriNg spaces Our choice of irresistible homes and beautiful gardens


This monTh, we bring you a Georgian town house beautifully transformed by rich colour (page 70), understated chic in a characterful Finnish farmhouse (page 80), and imaginative design in a London terrace (page 88). We also showcase a Cotswolds conversion where original features and natural materials combine to dramatic effect (page 102), plus a city garden offering a charming blend of traditional and modern (page 96).


The selection of softly coloured upholstery and furnishing fabrics was chosen to look as if it has evolved over time. “Searching for fabrics was the most time-consuming part of the process,” says Sarah. Sofa in Old Flax in Sky Blue, £118m, Soane Britain, 020 7730 6400, soane.co.uk. Faux shagreen drum table, £375, Oka, 0844 815 7380, okadirect.com. Antique rug, Gallery Yacou, 020 7584 2929, galleryyacou.com.


Mutual respect for the heritage of this period property allowed its owners’ very di≠erent decorating styles to come together under one roof WORDS NATALIE WAIN PHOTOGRAPHS EMMA LEWIS

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hen worlds – and interior styles – collide, the results are rarely as harmonious as they are in Sarah Atkinson and her partner Garry Pegg’s Georgian town house. The refined four-bedroom home in south London is a masterclass in respectful renovation and decoration, blending contemporary and classic elements without diluting the spirit of each. Sarah tells us more. What condition was the house in when you bought it? It was in fairly good shape structurally, but the interior needed a thorough update, as it hadn’t been touched in ten years. We reconfigured the layout of the main bedroom and bathroom and added a garden room in the basement. Other than that, the renovation was largely decorative. Tell us about your di≠ering interior styles? Garry described my previous flat in Notting Hill as rather clinical. I like minimalism and

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I am naturally drawn to clean, simple lines set against a neutral backdrop. Garry’s old flat in Tower Hill was fairly contemporary, but he tends to appreciate a more classic style and greater use of colour than I do. How did you approach the renovation then? We lived here for a few months before we started any work so that we could understand the house better and get a sense of exactly what we wanted to achieve. Did you have any help? Interior designer Nicole Salvesen, of Salvesen Graham, was very skilled at presenting us with a range of options she knew we’d both appreciate and helped to steer some of our decisions. A fresh pair of eyes was invaluable. How long did the work take? Our jobs keep us very busy – Garry and I are partners in our respective law firms – so the whole process took around two years, with a few pauses along the way. We deliberately took our time, decorating the rooms one by one. Some


Neutral walls are a calming backdrop for the eye-catching sofa (above left) and artwork that Sarah and Garry finally settled on in this room. Artwork by Jonathan McCree, Northcote Gallery, 020 7351 0830, northcotegallery.com. Sofa in Magnolia in Cream/Blue R1351.4, £89m, GP&J Baker, 020 7351 7760, gpandjbaker.com. ENTRANCE HALL

In keeping with the era of the house, flagstones were laid, although narrower ones were chosen for a contemporary feel. Frank console table, £917, Julian Chichester, 020 7622 2928, julianchichester.com. Pagoda globe pendant, Charles Edwards, 020 7736 8490, charlesedwards.com.


Situated in the basement, this brand-new room has no original features to respect, allowing for a playful approach with bold colour, large scale and distinctive form. Granta chair, £1,723, Julian Chichester, 020 7622 2928, julianchichester.com. Chair in Lorca MLF2170-09, £109m, Tupai at Osborne & Little, 020 8812 3123, osborneandlittle.com.



The unusual table was made at the suggestion of interior designer Nicole. “I wasn’t sure about it, even when I was at the auction bidding for the corbels,” Sarah admits. “It was a leap of faith but it paid off. The stone corbels are a classical touch, but with the glass on top it’s more like a modern sculpture.”

The clean, sleek lines of the kitchen satisfy Sarah’s predilection for minimalist living. “It was never going to be in a country style,” she says. “We both felt a simple approach was right for this room.”

Interior design, Nicole Salvesen, Salvesen Graham, 020 3532 3361, salvesengraham.com. Similar antique stone corbels, composition stone corbels, £330 a pair, Lassco Brunswick House, 020 7394 2100, lassco.co.uk. Bertoia diamond chairs, Aram, 020 7557 7557, aram.co.uk.

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Still life oil painting by Jo Barrett, Northcote Gallery, 020 7351 0830, northcotegallery.com. Bespoke handmade kitchen, Harvey Jones Kitchens, 0800 389 6938, harveyjones.com. Ligne Roset Pam bar stool, £354, Heal’s, 020 7896 7451, heals.co.uk. Karlsson Mr White Station wall clock, £47, Wayfair, 0800 169 0423, wayfair.co.uk.


A thoughtful mix of furnishings, from the pared-back French Empire bombé-style cabinets to the Saarinen-inspired table, means this scheme is perfectly poised between the classical and contemporary. Dakota oval dining table, from £3,172; London dining chairs, £866 each (plus fabric); both Julian Chichester, 020 7622 2928, julianchichester.com. Light Drizzle chandelier, Ochre, 020 7096 7372, ochre.net.

decisions were almost intuitive, but others, such as whether to use the purple fabric on the sofa in the basement and selecting the paint colour for the kitchen cabinetry, we agonised over a little more. What compromises did you both make? The house dates back to the 1830s so our priority was to respect and enhance its heritage. We’re both passionate about interiors, but we based our decisions on what would work best in each room, rather than arbitrarily imposing our individual style on it. We originally had a white sofa in the sitting room, but it was totally lost in this setting and, although I was apprehensive about using a more colourful fabric, the room needed greater definition. The crispness of the pared-back kitchen is more my style, but we both agreed this room should be kept simple to focus attention on the original French windows and shutters. How did you personalise the rooms? Allowing the space to guide the style forced us to be more creative. In the dining room we adopted

a mix-and-match approach, teaming sleek, modern furniture with pops of patterned fabric, and choosing classically shaped pieces, such as the chandelier, with a contemporary finish. In the bedroom we introduced texture with a seagrass wallpaper that brings depth to the scheme, which Garry adores, while the muted palette grounds the look in simplicity, which I find incredibly soothing. The basement has been the biggest success, though; it had no real period features so we were able to have some fun. The paint colour on the traditional-style wood-panelled walls adds a contemporary twist that sums up the sympathetic approach we adopted towards our renovation of the house. What is the key to your home’s success? The fact that we put the needs of the house first; that we took our time and learned from our mistakes. Because of that, I think we’ve created an elegant interior that has a lovely mix of contemporary and classic references, but nothing shouts for attention. 쏔 FEBRUARY 2015 | H&G | 75



“The simpler top floor rooms in Georgian houses were traditionally used for sta≠, so we felt we could be more relaxed with the interior here,” says Sarah, explaining her choice of 1950sinspired cushion fabric and lighting.

Sliding doors link the main bedroom (right) with the bathroom (far right), where the organic shape of the bathtub is echoed by the countertop basin.

Eiffel Tower lamp, £95, Graham and Green, 020 8987 3700, grahamandgreen.co.uk. Grasshopper floor lamp, £565, Gubi at Skandium, 020 7584 2066, skandium.com. Grand Kyoto Koi cushions in Cornflower Blue, £49 each, Korla, 020 7603 7498, korlahome.com.

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Barcelona bathtub, £3,400; Barcelona 64 basin, £525; both Victoria+Albert, 020 7351 4378, vandabaths.com. For similar flagstone flooring, try Milan honed limestone, £49sq m, Mandarin Stone, 0160 071 5444, mandarinstone.com.


A variety of different finishes, from the seagrass wallpaper and matt painted furniture to delicately patterned glass, adds layers of texture and interest to the soft colour palette. “It’s a very serene room and I love spending time in here,” says Sarah. Bench in Prestbury in Aqua, £59.28m, Titley and Marr at Tissus d’Hélène, 020 7352 9977, tissusdhelene.co.uk.

Sacramento wallpaper 2293, from £27m, Stereo Interiors, 01892 750003, stereointeriors.co.uk. Gustavian console with two drawers, £712, Chelsea Textiles, 020 7584 5544, chelseatextiles.com. Parker glass lamp, £489, Julian Chichester, 020 7622 2928, julianchichester.com. Laurel mirror in French brass, £1,488, Porta Romana, 020 7352 0440, portaromana.co.uk.

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Flight of Fancy After buying their dream kitchen on impulse, the Taulastos needed a home to match, so they swapped their small city fat for a spacious barn conversion

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Wo r d s S e r e na Fo k S c h a n e r p h oto g r a p h s kriSta keltanen



Known as a kaakeliuuni in Finnish, the tile or ceramic stove (above left) is something of a design classic in northern climes and is a good match for the barn’s 19th-century origins.

The rough-hewn beams of the original cattle barn contrast with the clean lines of new structural elements. To unite the space, the entire floor has been laid with long, glossy white-painted boards, which lift and offset the dark tones of the furniture and exposed black brick wall in the kitchen.

For a similar masonry stove, try Stovemason, 01356 623880, stovemason.com. Similar chaise longue, Kivik chaise longue in Dansbo White, £285, Ikea, 020 3645 0000, ikea.com/gb. For a similar hide rug, try City Cows, 020 7099 6616, citycows.co.uk.

For similar sheepskins, try Cox & Cox, 0844 858 0744, coxandcox. co.uk. Similar foor paint, Gloss foor paint, from £17.63 a litre, Ecos Organic Paints, 01524 852371, ecosorganicpaints.co.uk.

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n the whole, impulse buys are fraught with regret. Think of all those “not really me” lipsticks, the “this year I will get ft” rowing machine or the “that’s clever” electrical boot cleaner languishing in cupboards and drawers. When the usually prudent Tea and Hugo Taulasto made an impromptu buy, however, it was for nothing less than a capacious, handsomely crafted kitchen. “The shop was closing down and the price was irresistible,” recalls Tea. “The only problem was that we had nowhere to put it.” Instead of confning the kitchen to storage, the Taulastos used it as a catalyst to fulfl their dream of selling their Helsinki fat and decamping to the countryside. Today, the cabinetry has taken its rightful place in the Taulastos’ relaxed home, a converted barn in an unspoilt rural setting. Framed by rough-hewn beams with oak foors underfoot, the former cattle dwelling encapsulates that quintessentially Nordic mix of clean lines and natural materials: think linen-clad sofas offset by grainy brick walls; minimalist steel log-burners agleam against muslin curtains and cosseting rugs on pale foors. This air of blissful calm was not achieved without effort, however. “The previous owners had converted the barn into a home and the size was perfect,” says Tea, “but it was a bit of a

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“I’ve always loved a white scheme. There’s a perfection and a purity to white paint that you simply can’t achieve with other colours.”


The capacious island, which has huge drawers for storing cooking equipment, divides the kitchen from the rest of the room. An extractor, bearing an uncanny resemblance to a chandelier, keeps the space free of cooking odours while making a glamorous design feature. Similar chandelier extractor, Celestial, £1,899, Elica at Appliances Direct, 0871 984 4416, appliancesdirect.co.uk. DINING AREA

Floaty voile curtains offer a soft contrast to the bare brick, while providing privacy

without compromising on light levels. Similar rattan dining chairs, Loire dining chair, from £159, Maison, 020 8940 0230, maisonhomeinteriors.com. Similar cake stand, Klara cake stand and dome, £76.50, LSA at Amara, 0800 587 7645, amara.com. ENTRANCE HALL

Tea (above) replaced the old lino flooring with slabs of slate that echo the appearance of the volcanic rock found in this part of the world. For similar slate, try Delabole Slate, 01840 212242, delaboleslate.co.uk.

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muddle. The fooring materials were all different: linoleum, parquet and so on, as were the colours used throughout. The kitchen units were red; the walls, blue and yellow.” Drawing on their love of natural, tactile materials, the Taulastos set about giving the interior an authentically rural feel. Unsympathetic fooring has been replaced with waxed oak boards and, in the entrance hall, irregular slabs of black slate accentuate the harmonious tones of the rest of the house. In the bedroom, garish wallpaper was scrapped in favour of a new brick wall, which brings a warm, textural contrast to the snowy-whiteness of the rest of the house. “I’ve always loved a white scheme. There’s a perfection and purity to white that you simply can’t achieve with other colours,” says Tea. Alongside the decorative adjustments, Tea and Hugo have also made some changes to the layout within the U-shaped, two-storey barn. The sprawling ground foor is where you will now fnd the bedrooms, a breezy living space, an offce, from where the Taulastos run an engineering business, and a garage, which houses the couple’s collection of vintage Porsches, with the foor above it used as storage space. “We were drawn to the house by the fact that it offered plenty of space to work from home, but the original ground-foor layout was badly planned,” explains Tea. To achieve the fowing

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Glazed doors (above left) allow the bedroom to be closed off from the main living area. The sleek wood-burning stove adds a smart, industrial element, while the white wood panelling on the ceiling is typically Scandinavian in style and gives a cosy, wood-cabin effect.

Similar wall mirror, Tall White beaded mirror, £160, Graham and Green, 020 8987 3700, grahamandgreen.co.uk. Similar bedding, Washed bed linen double duvet in Off White, £139.99, LinenMe, 020 8133 3853, linenme.com.

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space that they desired, the Taulastos pooled their design talents to come up with some deft structural tweaks. Behind the kitchen, a wall was opened up to install wide, glazed doors which lead to the large main bedroom, which was previously a huddle of storage and utility rooms. With these removed, it has become a light-saturated space where the bed, draped in gauzy white linen and piled with plump quilts and duvets, has a restful allure. Strategically placed mirrors further enhance the scheme and sliding glass doors lead to the bathroom and a discreetly hidden wet room, both exercises in taupe-tiled simplicity. The earthy tones of the bathroom are echoed in the sauna, which Tea and Hugo situated within the converted silo at the back of the house. Instead of an electric element, the couple has added traditional hot stones and painted the two-storey interior in a surprisingly warm, allenveloping black. In winter, in true Nordic spirit, a spell in the sauna usually ends with a bracing tumble in the snow before repairing to the sitting area of the house to relax. Here, too, is a welcoming interplay of natural textures: sparkling chandeliers, fur throws, and driftwood artworks fashioned by Tea’s mother. The Taulastos couldn’t be happier in their new home. At the heart of it all sits the kitchen that encouraged them to move, proof that not all impulse buys are regrettable. l 86 | H&G | february 2015

In true Nordic spirit, a spell in the sauna usually ends with a bracing tumble in the snow before repairing to the sitting area of the house to relax.



Simple sliding glass doors (opposite page) allow natural light to flow from the bedroom into the windowless bathroom. The utilitarian style of the double-bowl basin is balanced by the more ornate detailing of the tap and mirror.

Housed in a converted grain silo, hence the distinctive circular structure, the sauna is warmed by traditional hot stones, which produce a heat that lasts two days.

Similar basin, Ceramic doublebowl sink, £399, Neptune, 01793 427427, neptune.com.

Similar log basket, Square rattan basket, £45, Not on the High Street, 0345 259 1359, notonthehighstreet.com.

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Interior designer Stephen Ryan encouraged the use of chartreuse to offset the whites and silver-greys of the furnishings. He also had the dimpled cabinets made to bring a witty touch to this classically elegant room. Similar wallpaper, Corteccia in Lime, £46 a roll, Osborne & Little, 020 8812 3123, osborneandlittle. com. Similar sofas, Louis XVI sofa, £3,100, Gustavian, 020 7060 2680, gustavian.com. LIVING ROOM

This more relaxed space (right) is where Philip and his partner watch television. On warm days, the French doors are opened out to the new roof terrace. Similar sofa fabric, Lytham in Mouse, £46m, Villa Nova, 01623 756699, villanova.co.uk.

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LONdON terraCe

Perfectly POISED Filled with accents of vivid colour and glamorous touches, this fve-storey house is now a masterpiece of imaginative design Wo r d s S a r a h Fa r l ey PhotograPhs Ja m e S B a l Sto n

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Slender, leather-wrapped cabinet handles (right) help to emphasise the clean lines of the kitchen, while the striped stools link this end of the basement with the colourful sitting area (below) at the opposite end. Kitchen design, Richard Jackson at McCarron & Co, 020 7584 5736, mccarronandco.com. Disco Gloss double pendant light with telescopic rod, £218, Andy Thornton, 01422 376000, andythornton.com. DINING AREA

The range cooker, one of the property’s remaining original fxtures, provides a decorative focal point for this space, which divides the kitchen and the sitting area. Similar dining chairs, Scarpa dining chairs, £119 a pair, Made, 0345 450 6118, made.com.


hilip Mosley is delighted with the terraced London home he shares with his partner. “I can’t help but smile whenever I think about it,” he says. “I’m so pleased with the way it has turned out.” It has been two years since interior designer Stephen Ryan handed over the keys to the house and the couple moved in, but Philip’s joy in his surroundings remains undiminished. “We gave Stephen completely free rein,” he explains. “He is a very good friend – we’ve known each other for about twenty-fve years – and he had helped us decide on colours and decoration in our two previous houses. This time, however, we handed the whole design project over to him.” Prior to this latest move, the couple had lived in Limehouse in east London for 14 years, in one of the pockets of the East End that had not been bombed. “We loved the property but decided we needed more outside space, especially for our dog, Inca,” says Philip. The five-storey terraced house they eventually found as a replacement is in south London. “It needed to be rewired, re-plumbed and taken right back to the brickwork in places,” says Philip, “but it has a garden and is close to open spaces for long walks with Inca.” The existing extension to the basement kitchen was transformed by the installation of fully retractable doors leading to the garden, and a roof terrace on top, accessed through the frst foor. “We visited the site about once a week, but it was quite stressful to see the bare bones of the building; at the back of our minds we couldn’t help wondering if we were doing the right thing,” Philip says. The renovation took a year and, once complete, Stephen started work on the interior. “We really put our trust in him,” explains Philip. “Moodboards were made for each foor but, I must admit, there were times when we were a bit sceptical. The green wallpaper in the sitting room, for



Philip (right) has a particular soft spot for the trompe-l’oeil wallpaper in this informal space (left). The striking paper is paired with bright cushions and a rainbow striped chest of drawers.

This compact desk (above right) has been neatly tucked into a little-used area by the stairs.

Library – Colourful Knowledge wallpaper, £30sq m, Mr Perswall, 020 8442 8844, mrperswall.co.uk. Westminster sofa, £1,999, Saxon Leather Upholstery, 01204 368413, saxonleather.co.uk.

Similar desk, Ercol Treviso in walnut, £1,695, Matthew Hilton at Heal’s, 020 7896 7451, heals.co.uk. Interior design, Stephen Ryan Design & Decoration, 020 7243 0864, stephenryandesign.com.

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example; that was a bit of a shock at frst, but when Stephen put the whole thing together we thought, wow. He found us some wonderful wallpapers, including the library-effect design in the basement. I love that.” The pictures on the walls were the only furnishings that the couple brought from their previous home. “Collecting them has become a bit of a hobby,” says Philip. “We like going to auctions at Lots Road, which is where we found the painting above the sofa in the living room. We started to buy artwork years ago and found one of our frst pieces at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea.” In the entrance hall, a drawing of a dancer by Mark Demsteader catches the eye; it also provides a clue not only to Philip’s own profession, but to his story. The drawing is of Argentinian dancer Marianela Nuñez, one of the Principal Artists at The Royal Ballet and one of the 100 dancers for whom Philip, as the Ballet’s artistic scheduling manager, is responsible. “I’m also a character artist so I’m on stage quite a bit myself; in May, I’ll be playing Widow Simone, who performs the famous clog dance in La Fille Mal Gardée.” As Philip says, “I started out as a tap dancer, so when I was told in my frst week at The Royal Ballet School that we were being taken to see Swan Lake, I put up my hand and asked, ‘What’s Swan Lake?’ Eight or nine years later, I was dancing in it.” Philip, you see, is the original Billy Elliot, upon whom the flm and musical are based. Born in a northern mining town and spotted at an early age by an inspired teacher – “Julie Walters captured her to a tee,” Philip confrms – he was sent to London at the age of 12 to embark on what has been an enormously successful career with The Royal Ballet. “I still step back sometimes and think about where I grew up,” he says, “but now I’m living in this beautiful house. It’s a total joy to come home to.” l

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A soothing palette of pale celadon and almond (top left) creates an air of calm and tranquillity.

Aqua mosaic tiles give this room (left) a watery feel, with accessories in coral pink making lively additions.

Similar throw, Newport throw in Natural, £100; similar cushion cover, Newport cushion cover in Natural, £40; both The White Company, 020 3758 9222, thewhitecompany.com.

Similar glass tiles, Liquid Glass tiles in Ice, from £179.26sq m, Fired Earth, 01295 814396, fredearth.com.


Dramatic bespoke wallpaper (above) has an aptly theatrical look, while a smart seating area (far left) introduces a luxurious hotel suite aspect to the scheme. Bespoke wallpaper mural, Cole & Son, 020 7376 4628, cole-and-son.com. Similar throw, Cashmere Tartan throw, £495, Johnstons of Elgin, 01343 554040, johnstonscashmere. com. Similar chair fabric, Surabaya in Cobalt, £47m, Designers Guild, 020 7351 5775, designersguild.com. Colonial wallpaper in Ivory, £77.90 a roll, Andrew Martin, 020 7225 5100, andrewmartin.co.uk. BATHROOM

Generous built-in wardrobes are fronted by mirrored doors, helping to boost light levels in the bathroom (left). Similar floor tiles, Stardust in Mocha, 30cm sq, £134sq m, Topps Tiles, 0800 783 6262, toppstiles.co.uk.

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Brooklyn Tin Tiles wallpaper, £219 for a 10m roll, rockett st George, 01444 253391, rockettstgeorge.co.uk.

Soft rock Upholstered in a convincing marble photo-printed silk and viscose fabric, this deceptively soft chair would be a guaranteed conversation starter and a striking focal point. Louis XV Goes to Sparta chair, H114xW85xD87cm, £3,955, Cerruti Baleri at Aram, 020 7557 7557, aram.co.uk.

Rodanthe in Grey, £70 for an 8.23m roll, Thibaut, thibautdesign.com.

on a roll Using a trompe l’oeil wallpaper is an easy way to bring a sense of depth to a room, with designs ranging from wood and stone to murals. Shown is Gallery wallpaper, £263.70 for three 10m rolls, Andrew Martin, 020 7225 5100, andrewmartin.co.uk.

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The arT of illusion

Take your cue from philip Mosley’s trompe l’oeil wallpaper and use elements of visual trickery to add a dimension of fantasy and fun to your home

Fool’s gold

step on it

Keytlery cutlery in stainless steel with a gold-coloured fnish, £210 for a 24-piece set, seletti at Amara, 0800 587 7645, amara.com.

this looks like a classic delft plate but is in fact a rug, designed by Marcel Wanders as a nod to one of his country’s heritage designs. Carpet nr 01, diam240cm, £1,100, Moooi, 020 8962 5691, moooi.com.

MAke An enTrAnCe This ingenious panel will trick the eye and mind into thinking there is a room beyond. Choose from four designs, all printed on an adhesive fabric that can be easily repositioned. Trompe-l’oeil French Doors panel, H210xW84cm, £266, Maison Martin Margiela Ligne 13 at Frenchologie, frenchologie.com.

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design advice Stefan Lopez-Cortezo

n Light and shadow are key to

successful trompe l’oeil. Identify the main source of light in the room and make that the light source for your design, too. n Bring architectural detail to a reception room or an entrance hall by adding classical columns, stone blocks, pilasters or display niches to give the illusion of space, depth and grandeur. n Strips of stepped moulding set in a pattern of frames on a wall is a convincing way to create the effect of panelling in a study or dining space. n Overlapping objects adds a sense of depth and perspective in a display case. Put a cabinet of curiosities in your bedroom or sitting room, for example, and stagger the items on the shelves. n Intrigue guests with a painting of a staircase on the doors of a cupboard or cloakroom. n In a conservatory, a trompe l’oeil scene of an open window or French doors looking out to a garden vista or even a cityscape can create a sense of calm. n Decorate the doors of a TV or drinks cabinet to look like an old bookcase cluttered with books. This will provide a point of interest on an otherwise blank surface. n Make sure your design relates to its surroundings. Be creative, but do not try to recreate the opulence of Versailles in a tiny Victorian terrace. Angel Interiors, 020 8949 2348, angelinteriors.com. l

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Wrought Metal Gate wallpaper, £70 for a 250cm roll, Mineheart, 0845 467 4580, mineheartstore.com.


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Herbal remedy Rescued from its former state as a muddy building site, this verdant city plot now has all the charm of a traditional culinary knot garden Wo r d s Ca r o l i n e B e C k P h oto g r a P h s M a r i a n n e M a j e ru s

The central herb garden comprises five interlinked box-edged ovals planted with bay, rosemary and lavender, and punctuated with annual pink cosmos for summer colour.

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The rill is flanked by rows of spiky, sculptural agaves, their blue-green colour echoing the water’s tone.

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lants and builders make poor partners; but, sometimes, there is no getting round it. You plan a small project and the workers arrive, bringing with them not only machinery and materials but, inevitably, foul weather too. As they proceed, the heavens open, and the plot that you imagined would somehow survive unscathed is transformed into a muddy pit, your beloved plants damaged and probably lost beyond return. You despair and curse the day you ever decided to build. Garden designers are, mercifully, less prone to such vapours. The churned up quagmire that your garden has become is meat and drink to them, a blank canvas for their creative schemes. Which is fortunate for Katherine Winter, whose north London garden was in dire need of rescue after a basement for her house had been excavated. She had wanted a garden of herbs, fruit and beauty, but was left instead with something resembling a swamp. Responding to her distress call, award-winning garden designer Bunny Guinness stepped in to transform the mess into a beautiful space dominated by green with bright highlights. Her clever sleight-of-hand included blurring the boundaries between the garden’s periphery and the landscape of mature trees beyond, making the area look considerably larger than its 50 by 65 feet. “Before I visit, I ask my clients to think about what they would like their outdoor space to be,” says Bunny. Katherine, an American academic, took this seriously and did extensive research. She wanted an English garden, underpinned by order and pattern, a place in which to grow herbs and fruit: “My husband says that I’m happiest when I’m outside picking things.” The couple also wanted a private and peaceful place, that felt more rural than urban, in which to relax. Today, the focus of the design is a box-edged herb garden of five interlocking ovals – a quincunx – planted with rosemary, standard bay and lavender. This feature can be seen from the house and, with its evergreen matrix, provides pattern in all seasons. It is bordered by a low brick framework topped by cedar coping, which doubles as a seat, an ideal spot from which to brush one’s fingers through aromatic herbs. “I wanted fragrance and something to cook with,” says Katherine, so alongside the formal herb garden are mint, parsley, oregano, tarragon and thyme planted in gravel or growing in pots. Herbs can be fickle in English gardens, always wanting better drainage and more sun than our climate can provide, but Katherine’s delight in this space is obvious. “I’m from New York City, so I never take any of this for granted,” she says. Katherine wanted fruit trees too, so Bunny bought some handsome multi-stemmed medlars, a relative of

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Broad, shallow stone steps lead through mixed planting of perennials and herbs complemented by mounds of clipped box.

A decorative iron grill, disguising the basement’s air conditioning, blends beautifully into the garden’s design.

White highlights, including tall spires of Lysimachia ephemerum and generous mopheads of hydrangea, draw the eye to the gate.

Pots of soft-blue dwarf agapanthus add height and interest set along the top of the low brick wall beside the rill.

Viewed across the herb garden, the arching cedar pergola is one of a facing pair planted with espaliered apple trees and pale pink Rosa ‘New Dawn’.

GARDEN GUIDE Orientation The garden faces west. Soil type All the soil for the raised beds and containers was

brought on to the site. Special features The garden is small, but highly structured with

a geometric pattern of clipped box forming the framework of a decorative herb garden. Garden design Bunny Guinness Landscape Design, 01780 782518, bunnyguinness.com.

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the quince, for their seasonal display of blossom, golden autumn foliage and spicy smelling fruit; they have been given prominence in painted Versailles planters. Over the cedar pergola, Bunny has trained Rosa ‘New Dawn’ and espaliered apple trees, which will eventually form an archway linking one area of the garden to another. The supple bark of young apple trees is perfect for this living sculpture; in winter, the textured bare branches are revealed, followed by spring blossom which attracts pollinating insects. The view from the house has not been forgotten either. From the kitchen’s French windows, a simple rectangular rill, which is flanked by terracotta pots filled with agaves, directs the eye to the lushness of the garden. What was once a pit of mud is now a space where the couple loves to sit and watch visiting birds and insects, and the fallow deer that roam beyond the garden at twilight. Plants have healed this place. l


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Country pursuit cotswolds conversion

Complementing magnifcent original features with natural materials and calming tones has transformed a trio of farm buildings into an exceptional family home

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Formerly the main grain barn, this impressive space is the focus of frequent extended family gatherings that Jonathan and Jane love to host. For a similar large pendant lantern, try charles edwards, 020 7736 8490, charlesedwards.com.


ith its fusion of rugged textures, warming wooden walls and soothing colour palettes, Jonathan West and Jane Molloy’s triple barn conversion is a beautiful blueprint for practical and tranquil living. Situated just outside Stow-on-the-Wold, with breathtaking views of the rolling countryside, the group of Grade II-listed, 18th-century barns became the couple’s choice for their new home in 2011, when they decided that the time had come to leave their cosmopolitan lifestyle in west London and, previously, New York for something more gentle and idyllic. A SYMPATHETIC REVIVAL The barns were derelict when Jonathan, a photographer, and Jane, an interiors and fashion stylist turned counsellor, first saw them. “What is now our bedroom was a lambing shed,” says Jane. “All the floors were dirt, and there were no windows, but we saw the untapped potential to turn the three into a one fabulous family home.” Successfully converting old, working buildings into domestic dwellings without destroying the original structure can be a challenge, but it was one that Jane and Jonathan tackled with vigour. “These are magnificent barns,” says Jane, “and we wanted to retain their true architectural character, not transform them into modern white boxes.” RISING TO THE CHALLENGE The couple decided to carry out the work themselves, with help from a local builder, and for the next three years (half of which was spent living on site, sleeping in a windowless utility room), they poured their creative passions into the project. “All the materials and fittings have been carefully chosen and a lot of sacrifices were made to create this home, but our sense of achievement now is exhilarating,” says Jane. Today, as we walk through the large, light-filled house, natural grains, beautiful colours in the form of soft furnishings and framed artworks, and a scattering of hardy industrial


This room provides plenty of space for cooking and dining at one end (right and below left) and Jonathan’s dark room at the other (below) with an open studio above. His vinyl record collection is eye-catchingly displayed in shelving that also forms a halfheight wall on the mezzanine level. Vintage industrial pulley sconce, £117.44, DWVintage at etsy.com. SITTING ROOM

“We opted for a small, snug sitting room and dressed it with vintage furniture and a restored French stove, to create a homely feel,” says Jane, whose father found the 19th-century Chesterfield in a shop on London’s King’s Road. Sofa in dyed vintage linen, Asnew, 01235 522770, asnew-upholstery.co.uk. Restored French stove, Le Calipel, lecalipel.com.

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features all sit together in perfect harmony, complementing the buildingÕs structure of high, steeply pitched ceilings and wooden beams, exposed bricks and newly replastered walls. WINDOWS ON THE WORLD Distinctive window treatments are one of the most inspiring elements that Jonathan and Jane have used to bring individual character to the house. Glazed portholes allow light into bathrooms while metal louvres, of the sort commonly found in barns in upstate New York, take the place of curtains or blinds in the bedrooms. Downstairs, a wall of half-glazed doors rather unexpectedly separates the kitchen and dining room from JonathanÕs dark room, and vast Crittal windows replace the huge barn doors through which horse-drawn carts would once have passed. Perhaps most eye-catching, however, are the sliding doors with built-in louvred windows that hang from metal rods. Based on a door that Jane and Jonathan found in one of the old potato sheds, the new doors were specially made and, when completely pushed open, reveal full-length windows with views across the countryside. The vista is like a “living art form”, says Jane, as the scenes of nature constantly evolve; day changes to night, and the weather rolls around the house. LIVING THE DREAM This large and unquestionably welcoming home has been tailor made for visitors, which is one of the main reasons the couple chose the property in the first place. The barns offer an effortlessly stylish living space for their creative family: JaneÕs sister, a novelist and journalist, regularly comes to stay, while her artist father divides his time between London and here, and he even has a painting studio on a mezzanine overlooking the kitchen. “Everyone who visits is seduced by the atmosphere,” says Jane. “The people in this area are friendly and there is a real sense of community. Our pared-back country life is nourishing and reassuring; weÕve found the perfect place to relax and recharge.” l

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Sumptuous layers of fabric add colour and warmth to this room (below right), creating a pared-back country scheme that can be dressed with throws and rugs for winter or edited in summer. Similar bed, Richmond bed in Light Grey, from £1,950, The White Company, 020 3758 9222, whitecompany.co.uk. BATHROOM

A stable-style part wall (below left), made from overlapping boards and louvred windows, separates the main bedroom and bathing area (below). Similar double basin, Victoria double console basin, £934, Holloways of Ludlow, 020 7602 5757, hollowaysofludlow.com. GUEST BEDROOM

“We wanted to cocoon our guests in a rustic, charming and romantic way,” says Jane of this room (far right). The painted shutters framing the bed and doors that form the headboard were found at an antiques fair. For a similar reindeer hide, try City Cows, 020 7099 6616, citycows.co.uk. HALLWAY

In place of curtains, wooden panels with inset windows (right) slide back on metal rails to reveal lovely views.


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DESIGNER Graham Jones,

John Lewis of Hungerford, 0700 278 4726, john-lewis.co.uk. BUDGET £35,000.

caN yoU DEScRIBE THE PRoPERTy? It is a beautifully

converted barn in the Vale of Pewsey, Wiltshire. When I arrived on the scene, it was in the throes of renovation but, despite the scaffolding and the army of builders, I could see it was going to be something special. WHaT WaS THE DESIGN BRIEF? The owners, John and

Alison Leese, both love cooking and when we discussed plans and priorities, their enthusiasm shone through. They were keen to keep an open-plan layout throughout the main living area of the barn, which includes a dining area and snug with casual seating, and a mezzanine level above. The kitchen was not to be shut away from the rest of their home. Top of their list was a substantial island with a sink, hob and seating all incorporated. HoW DID yoU ESTaBLISH THE LayoUT? We discussed having a peninsula unit or installing cabinets under the windows, but both ideas went in the reject bin as they would have restricted the space and created a separate kitchen. Instead the layout was dictated by the need for six full-height cabinets to house the ovens, larder, fridge and freezer. It’s usually best to group tall units together and only one wall in this room was long enough to take them. The rest of the layout stemmed from this point and is devised for efficient cooking and logical storage. TELL US aBoUT THE DESIGN oF THE ISLaND. This had

to accommodate many elements, including a double butler’s sink, an extra-wide induction hob, a dishwasher and storage as well as seating, which meant it had to be seriously substantial – at least 1.3m deep by 4.5m long. Part of the island is recessed so the stools can be tucked out of the way when not in use. WHIcH maTERIaLS DID yoU USE? For the worktop, we opted for a dark quartz composite stone; it’s extremely practical and durable. John and Alison chose a version with subtle veining, rather than a solid black, which is more interesting and helps to conceal water marks and fingerprints. We added a long section of walnut to define the breakfast bar area and provide a softer surface to lean on. The units are painted in a subtle Biscuit tone, from John Lewis of Hungerford’s own paint range. This works in harmony with the barn’s natural materials. WHy DID yoU cHooSE a DaRk FINISH FoR THE WaLL oF caBINETS? Believe it or not, dark colours can be neutral and can, in some circumstances, make a room look bigger. In this case, the Cocoa paint finish makes the tall units feel less fitted, almost like a separate bank of cupboards, and also prevents the kitchen from slipping into obscurity under the low mezzanine floor. We also took the generous amount of natural light

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The layout of the kitchen was dictated by the need for six tall cupboards and designed for efcient cooking and logical storage.”

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and pale limestone floor into account and decided that the room could definitely cope with the dark shade. WHicH cOOKiNG APPLiANcES DiD YOU cHOOSE? John and Alison wanted hard-working appliances with plenty of bells and whistles, so we mainly opted for Neff. There are four ovens – two combination, a microwave and a steam oven – arranged in a group at eye-level. The big benefit of installing ovens at this height is that it’s so easy to move food in and out and to monitor progress without constantly bending down. The extra-wide induction hob was chosen for its efficiency, sleek profile and safety, which is especially important for island installations. Next to it is a downdraught extractor, which is more discreet than a canopy version. It is a recirculating model that doesn’t require external ducting, so was easy to install. ArE tHErE ANY ELEmENtS BEHiND tHE ScENES? The ABOvE The island offers ample space for cooking and storage. BELOW LEft This pantry cupboard with oak interior is attractive, neat and versatile. BELOW riGHt Trays are one of the island’s handy features. BOttOm Integrated ovens break up the expanse of dark cabinetry.

100cm-wide pantry unit incorporates four large shelves, with the base shelf made from the same quartz as the island worktop, plus three deep drawers. The doors are fitted with spice racks – which more and more customers are requesting – and the interior has a lovely oak finish, so it looks attractive when it’s open. Another practical feature is the pop-up sockets in the island unit. They slide into the worktop when not in use, so you don’t have ugly components at the end of a beautifully crafted piece. A small detail, but so effective. ANY OtHEr fAvOUritE fEAtUrES? The mini island under the stairs is one of our bestselling two-drawer worktables. Here, it is functional, offering prep surface and storage, and decorative, enhancing the relaxed, free-standing look we wanted to achieve. Its fresh blue paint finish helps to lift the under-stairs area, creating a feature in what could have been an awkward space. WHAt mAKES tHiS KitcHEN SO SUccESSfUL? The way

that it fits into the space and works with the rest of the property. It feels as though it is meant to be here and, in turn, makes you relax from the moment you arrive. l

Shaker in-frame kitchen, from £20,000; bar stools, £232.80 each; freestanding worktable, £1,479.60; all John Lewis of Hungerford, 0700 278 4726, john-lewis.co.uk. Doradus quartz worktop, from £400sq m, Silestone, 01256 761229, silestone. co.uk. B16P52N3GB combination oven, £835; C57W40N3GB microwave, £590; C47C22N3GB compact steam oven, £828; T54T55N2

induction hob, £778; all Neff at Currys, 0344 561 0000, currys.co.uk. Double belfast VBK 720 sink, £555.50, Franke, 0161 436 6280, franke.com. Mimas single lever tap, £220, Perrin & Rowe, 01708 526361, perrinandrowe. co.uk. HydroTap boiling water tap, from £1,199, Zip, 0845 600 5005, zipheaters. co.uk. La Perla limestone flooring, £40sq m, Artisans of Devizes, 01380 720007, artisansofdevizes.com.


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shades of grey DeSIGNeR Marisa Daly, 07753 804458, marisadaly.com. bUDGeT £20,000.

sources Walls in Wimborne White, Estate Emulsion, £36 for 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball, 01202 876141, farrow-ball. com. Made-to-measure Roman blinds in Pyramid in Charcoal, from £293 per blind, Eclectics, 01843 608789, eclectics.co.uk. Similar sofa, Long Island corner sofa in velvet, £3,160; similar ottoman, Valentin footstool in velvet, £365; both Sofa.com, 0345 400 2222. Saarinen round white table, from £588, Skandium, 020 7584 2066, skandium.com. Velvet oblong cushion covers in Ochre, £30 each, Home Address, 07720 401955, homeaddress.co. Square blackand-white cushion in Japanese Floral FBF-BW04, £99m, Florence Broadhurst at Borderline, 020 7349 7196, borderlinefabrics.com. Vintage oak matt hardwood palazzo fooring, £64.99sq m, Quick-Step, quick-step.co.uk.

A sophisticated colour palette, sleek modular furniture and streamlined window treatments combine to bring a contemporary feel to this period room


grand freplace and intricate architectural details were the starting point; the aim was to emphasise the period features of this lovely room. The furniture has been limited to a few simple, contemporary pieces to evoke an air of sophistication with a calm mood. HOW DID YOU PLAN THe LAYOUT? This was dictated by the positions of the freplace and the entrance, which is to the right of the sofa. I wanted to create a comfortable seating area centred on the freplace, but without blocking its view from the doorway; to achieve this, the sofa ftted best set forward of the long wall of windows. There also needed to be room to move freely; the ottoman helps to anchor in the scheme, while also leaving plenty of space to walk around. WHAT PROMPTeD THe COLOUR PALeTTe? The walls are painted white to keep the look clean while showing off the architectural fourishes. The use of grey started with the blinds, which are made of a waffe fabric in charcoal. I continued with dark grey tones that would stand out against the white backdrop, adding bright yellow cushions for pops of colour and monochrome patterns to bring depth to the scheme. TeLL US MORe AbOUT THe WINDOW TReATMeNT. So as not to overshadow the original architectural detailing, the blinds were kept plain for an up-to-date graphic look. Their thick fabric makes the room feel warm, and its texture sets the tone for a tactile scheme, complemented by the buttoned ottoman and sumptuous velvet fabrics. WHAT WAS YOUR MAIN AIM WITH THe DeSIGN? I wanted this to be a

HOW DID YOU bLeND PeRIOD AND CONTeMPORARY DeTAILS? The furniture has a sleek low profle, which allows the room’s original details to shine, while the unfussy blinds don’t detract from the classic beauty of the panelled shutters. I chose a wide-planked wooden foor to introduce a subtle modern note, and opted for a chic chandelier that suits both traditional and contemporary settings. l FIND ALL THE LATEST SHOPPING BUYS FOR YOUR LIVING ROOM AT HOUSETOHOME.CO.UK/LIVING-ROOM

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modern and stylish room. It was also important to make the most of the elaborate cornicing, dramatic white marble freplace and traditional wooden shutters. The contrast between those features and the moody grey palette creates a striking look.

The yellow velvet cushions are a favourite detail, adding pops of lively colour to the scheme.”

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all in line DESIgNER Roselind Wilson,

020 3371 1779, roselindwilsondesign.com. BUDgET £72,000.

Drawing on the trend for broad sweeps of exotic marble, this cleverly orchestrated scheme shows how to complement it with contemporary styling to impressive effect

CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE SPACE? It is in a two bedroom, four-storey

mews house in London’s Belgravia. We reconfigured the entire second floor to create a suite comprising the main bedroom, this bathroom and a dressing room. The space allocated to the bathroom is around 3.4x3.1m, so it’s not small by any means, but we had a lot to fit in. WHAT WERE YOUR MAIN AIMS? The owner, whom I’d worked for many times in the past, wanted a very high-end finish, quite unlike anything I’d done before. The main focus was on luxury materials and fittings, while the spatial priority was to achieve a generous layout that incorporated a double vanity unit, separate shower and free-standing bath. HOW DID YOU MAXIMISE THE SPACE? By taking every opportunity to

expand the room. For example, we repurposed a dumb waiter to create a large linen cupboard with ample storage for towels and toiletries. We also stole space from the hallway between the bedroom and bathroom to create a shower that’s generously sized, despite the fact that the wall is sloped on one side and eats into the shower area. WHAT INSPIRED THE CORE MATERIALS? The marble is Turkish Lilac and is stunning. Yes, it’s busy, but we weren’t afraid to use it as the main feature in key areas. We wanted the strong veining to steal the show. The key is not to use it on all walls but to balance it with another stone or tile. Here we tamed the effect with a plain yet undulating porcelain tile in a crisp off-white that matches the white in the marble. The rest of the walls are clad in a textured soft graphite tile. CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE VANITY UNIT? It is positioned directly

TALk US THROUgH THE LIgHTINg SCHEME. We place great emphasis

on lighting and the way it is controlled. The circuits were split to allow the spotlights to be operated separately from the wall lights and under-counter lights. Wall lights were introduced as task lighting and provide excellent illumination for applying make-up or shaving. WHAT IS THE kEY TO THIS BATHROOM’S SUCCESS? The fact that it is easy and comfortable to use. Fitting everything in without feeling squeezed was our biggest challenge; it took meticulous planning and good use of mirrored glass to pull it off. I also love the unique marble. This bathroom is neither overly complicated nor overly designed. l FIND STYLISH LOOKS AND BEAUTIFUL BUYS FOR YOUR BATHROOM AT HOUSETOHOME.CO.UK/BATHROOM

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opposite the entrance in order to create an immediate focal point. We wanted a contemporary look so we chose a modern wall-hung installation with a high-gloss lacquer finish on the doors.

sources Wall-hung lacquered vanity unit, £1,800 (excluding stone top), Alternative Bathroom Company, 020 3375 8989, alternativebathrooms.com. Turkish Lilac marble, £20,000 (including installation), Stone Theatre, 020 7021 0020, stonetheatre.com. Hydrus Grey wall tiles, £91.68sq m, Johnson Tiles, 01782 524000, johnson-tiles.com. White Wave gloss ceramic wall tiles, £102sq m, Bibliotheque, 020 8365 2084, bibliotheque.co.uk.

Oort free-standing bath, £3,800, Consulto Collection, 01732 864101, consultocollection.com. Lulu bath spout with standpipe, £1,300, Dornbracht, 02476 717129, dornbracht.com. Venezia In three-hole basin mixer in Chrome, £547.20; Murano glass handles in White, £297.60 each; both Fantini, 07836 284518, fantini.it. Faro small wall lights in Bronze, £1,400 each, Bella Figura, 020 7349 1320, bella-figura.com.

The marble is busy, but we weren’t afraid to use it in key areas. We wanted it to steal the show.”

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suitE succEss DESIGNER Justin Van Breda,

020 7349 7089, j-v-b.com.

Style and function come together in this lightflled dressing room where bespoke furniture adds decorative charm and essential storage

WHAT WAS YOUR BRIEF? This couple wanted to create a calm and luxurious dressing room in the master suite of their Cotswolds farmhouse. They were keen for it to have a timeless feel that would sit comfortably beside the bedroom. The whole house has a softly elegant tone and this space is no different. It’s a generous size and links the main bedroom to the bathroom, so it had to be decorative but also effcient and tidy. The room has amazing views and wonderful light, so we wanted to maximise those elements, too. CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE ROOM? Built-in cabinetry lines three walls of the square room, with French windows in the centre of the external wall leading to a terrace and the garden beyond. WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR THIS SCHEME? We wanted it to

feel like an anteroom, rather than an overblown wardrobe. It was not to be overly feminine as it’s open to the bedroom, which can be seen through the doorway. The aim was to create a practical, attractive buffer zone between the bedroom and the bathroom, which are very peaceful spaces. We wanted to make sure this sense of calm and quiet continued through to the dressing area. DOES THE ROOM BLEND FORM AND FUNCTION? It’s a happy marriage of the two. Everything is stowed away behind the painted ash doors, which feature a diamond design that brings a classic element and depth to the otherwise simple scheme. Storage, and easy access to it, have been considered in detail. There is a place for everything, including shoes, boots, handbags, jewellery, evening wear and a hair dryer. The joinery is also cedar lined to protect delicate fabrics from moths. HOW DID YOU MAKE OPTIMUM USE OF THE SPACE? We’ve used it

all by tailoring the furniture to the room, from the ftted cabinetry to the bespoke chest of drawers. We took the cornice of the joinery to just shy of the ceiling so that the area above creates the illusion of additional height. Every inch of space within the wardrobe is maximised through the use of modular shelving and plenty of rails.

attention to detail make this refned room a success, while a carefully chosen pale palette and mirrors enhance the feeling of light, creating a space that is both practical and easy on the eye. l FIND MORE INSPIRATION FOR EVERY ROOM IN YOUR HOME AT HOUSETOHOME.cO.Uk/ROOM-IDEAS

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Bespoke joinery; oval deepbuttoned ottoman, £840; all Justin Van Breda, 020 7349 7089, j-v-b.com. Cupboards in Wimborne White, Estate Eggshell, £51 for 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball, 01202 876141, farrow-ball.com. Walls in French Grey, Absolute Matt Emulsion, £35 for 2.5 litres, Little Greene, 0845 880 5855, littlegreene.com. Ottoman in Burley in Aqua, £150m, Veere Grenney, 020 7351 7170, veeregrenney.com. Vintage French oak flooring, 300mm wide, £500sq m including installation, Weldon, 020 3011 0455, weldon.co.uk. Blind in Tendril Vine in Walnut and Sage, £320m, Soane Britain, 020 7730 6400, soane.co.uk. Chatsworth super-king bed in cherry wood, £4,500, Simon Horn, 020 7731 3555, simonhorn.com.

Everything is stowed away behind the painted doors, which feature a diamond design that brings interest and depth.”

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city escape Lean lines, textured materials and beautiful seasonal planting nurture a sense of peace in this urban garden in the capital designer profile Having worked as a teacher and

an estate agent, Annie Pearce retrained as a garden designer at Capel Manor College and set up her design practice in south London in 1998. In 2006 she moved to the Cotswolds, and now creates contemporary and naturalistic gardens in both rural and London locations.

What Was your client’s brief for this garden? The garden

belongs to the owner of a Huf Haus, situated in south London, who wanted a serene outdoor space where he could relax after a stressful day at work. We both felt that the garden should refect the contemporary architecture of his home. This was a wonderful project to work on because the client had no fxed budget and left the interpretation of the design brief completely up to me. What Was the inspiration for your design? I wanted a very clean-edged scheme, softened by seasonal planting, that would feel and look like an abstract modern meadow. The bold horizontal lines of the house, with its refective glass walls, inspired my plan. To create a feeling of lightness, I raised the walkways by a couple of inches so the shadows beneath the cantilevered steps give the impression that they are foating. The channel of water has a very calming infuence on the design, the still water refecting the clouds and plants in its surface and drawing in wildlife, such as birds and dragonfies. The refections also tie in with the glass walls of the house. hoW did you achieve the minimalist look? The garden is simple in design; everything is pared back, with no extraneous details. The colour palette I chose is also calming to the senses, with buff Yorkstone and a white-and-green planting scheme giving the garden a subtle sort of “wow”. Even the stone wall that punctuates the water channel has no decoration or gushing water chute. I wanted it to be a quiet focal point, allowing the eye to rest on the texture of the stones and the refections in the water. Which plants have you used? As the whole garden is visible from the house, the planting has to look good all year round. My client loves to watch the seasons change, so I flled two rectangular beds with feather reed grass, which is deciduous but holds its structure during winter. This is under-planted with Leucojum aestivum ‘Gravetye Giant’, an elegant spring bulb that grows to knee height and resembles a tall snowdrop. As these fade, two varieties of white allium take their place. Box balls and evergreen Pittosporum provide permanent structure and colour, while Cornus kousa var. chinensis (Chinese dogwood) offers seasonal interest, producing beautiful white fowers in late spring and strawberry-like fruits and colourful leaves in autumn. are the plants easy to care for? My client travels a lot so I chose low-maintenance plants. The grasses are left to stand over

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winter and are cut down in early spring; a few weeks later, new shoots appear alongside the Leucojum. I also mulch the beds with Strulch, which is made from wheat straw and keeps in moisture, suppresses weeds and deters slugs and snails. hoW do you maintain the Water channel? Water features

need to be planned carefully so that they don’t become congested with weeds. This one is ftted with a UV fltration system and a pump that is linked to a skimmer. The skimmer sits beneath the bridge and hoovers debris and dust from the surface, while the fltration system kills algae. We don’t add chemicals to the water, which means that wildlife is not harmed in any way. The owner asks a pond specialist to visit once or twice a year, to give the cleaning equipment an overhaul and to remove leaves and other debris. l

Key plants

1| Calamagrostis acutifora. ‘Overdam’ (feather reed grass). 2| Allium ‘Mount Everest’ and Allium nigrum. 3| Trifolium repens ‘William’ (ornamental clover). 4| Ulmus x hollandica ‘Jacqueline Hillier’ (dwarf elm). 5| Buxus sempervirens (box). 6| Cornus kousa var. chinensis (Chinese dogwood).

seasonal planting Deschampsia fexuosa ‘Goldtau’. Galium odoratum. Leucojum aestivum ‘Gravetye Giant’. Selinum wallichianum. Where to buy Jacques Amand International, 020 8420 7110, jacquesamandintl.com. Knoll Gardens, 01202 873931, knollgardens.co.uk. Lorenz von Ehren Nurseries, 0049 40 761 080, lve-baumschule.de. Tendercare Nurseries, 01895 835544, tendercare.co.uk.

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The paving is diamond-sawn Crosland Hill Hard Yorkstone, the free-standing wall is in Crosland Hill walling stone and the decking in the sitting area is made from ipe hardwood. The furniture is from a discontinued range, but similar designs are available from The Modern Garden Company and Encompass.

i wanted a very clean-edged design, sofened by seasonal planting, that would feel like an abstract modern meadow.”



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Where to buy Johnsons Wellfeld Quarries, 01484 652311, myersgroup.co.uk. Wood ’n’ Beyond, 0800 690 6864, woodandbeyond.com. The Modern Garden Company, 01279 653200, moderngardencompany.com. Encompass, 023 9241 0045, encompassco.com.

contact details Annie Pearce, 01386 701024, metamorphosisdesign.co.uk.

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The slender tree branches of this pastoral mural are perfectly echoed in the minimal lines of the crisp, modern furniture.

Positioning a powder-soft velvet chaise in front of an exquisite etched backdrop creates a serene corner for reading.

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WALLS Etched Arcadia mural wallpaper, H274xW366cm, £218, Anthropologie. PAINT Skirting in Light Grey; panelling in Off-White; both Estate Eggshell, £51 for 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball. FURNITURE Aston daybed, H75xL153xW77cm, £3,550, Minotti. Sushi cart, H89xW50xD72cm, £2,400, Mint. ACCESSORIES Aston cushion, £295, Minotti. Marbleeffect plate, £14 set of three, Rockett St George. Arabia teapot, H20cm, £79, Republic of Fritz Hansen. Green stone pot, H5cm, £25, Skandium. Lilos wall light, H16x W23.5xD17.5cm, £392, Areti. Ad Manum hands, from H24cm, £24 each; Pepe Heykoop paper vase cover, £16.50; all Aram. Fan brush, £330, Tereza Galbava at Mint. Grace Aqua rug, 170x240cm, £1,078, Linie Design at Heal’s.

panels of H235xW100cm each, £595, An Angel at My Table. PAINT Woodwork in Skimming Stone, Estate Eggshell, £51 for 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball. FURNITURE Workshop console table, H84xW120x D40cm, £1,750, Magnus Long at The Conran Shop. Tra coat stand in Green stained beech, H162xW47x D32cm, £162, Twentytwentyone. ACCESSORIES Triangle bowl in Dusty Mint, H13.5cm, £34, Aram. Made by Forest ceramics, from £75 each, Bara Vinarova at Mint. Float candlestick in Light Green, H2.5xW15xD11.5cm, £35, Skandium. Charlotte basket, H19xdiam50cm, £127, Ligne Roset at Heal’s. Chelsea White Wash laminate fooring, £22.99sq m, Carpet Right.

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Highlights of deep cobalt and indigo in Hiroshige’s panoramic view of Mount Fuji inspired the rich palette of this room scheme. WALLS Hiroshige’s Regnskyar mural in Brown 609-09, 270x405cm, £432, Sandberg. PAINT Skirting in Light Gray, Estate Eggshell, £51 for 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball. FURNITURE Elton sofa in soft wool in Double Denim, H73xW208xD87cm, £890, Arlo & Jacob. Falcon Bronze coffee table, H35xW160xD60cm, £6,995, Louise Bradley. PK22 chair in Walnut leather, H71xW63x D63cm, £3,686, Poul Kjaerholm at The Conran Shop. Cassina LC1 chair in limitededition hairy-skin fnish, H64xW60xD65cm, £1,620, Heal’s. Tablo side table in Aubergine fnish, H60xdiam28cm, £330, Cor at Aram. FABRIC Curtains in Chiangmai in Indigo, silk, 137cm wide, £168m, Ralph Lauren at Designers Guild. ACCESSORIES Alphabet sofa cushion in Cobalt Blue, 62x46cm, £168; Linum Seta cushion, 50cm sq, £35, Republic of Fritz Hansen. Mesh table lamp, H45xdiam30cm, £1,600, Marine Breynaert at Holloways of Ludlow. Deconstructed Windsor floor light, H200xW45xD100cm, £395, William Warren at Heal’s. Happy ice cream cups with spoons, H3.5xdiam4.5cm, £90 each; Tereza Galbava straw brush, L80cm, from £355; all Mint. Elevated vase in Grey, H22x diam16.5cm, £89, Skandium. Jute braided rug, 200x300cm, £275, The Conran Shop. In the Rough basket (in hall), H32xdiam65cm, £60, Republic of Fritz Hansen.

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This hazy tropical scene brings glamour to a dressing area, with fne fnishes of vellum and faux shagreen enhancing the e≠ect.

A dreamy cloudscape is ideal for a heavenly bedroom hideaway. Pale green linen curtains create a “soft wall” to shut out the world, while darker, moodier storm-cloud blues in velvet and wool offer an inviting contrast.

WALLS Isola Bella hand block-printed wall panels, H290xW47cm, £860 each, Zuber. PAINT Woodwork in All White, Estate Eggshell, £51 for 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball. FURNITURE Sylvy’s dressing table in Grey/Brown vellum, H72xW100xD47cm, £1,585, Julian Chichester. Lantau faux shagreen drum, H45xdiam40cm, £375, Oka. Hanging clothes rack in Grey, L135cm, €169, Ferm Living. FABRIC Curtain in Milano Wool in colour 21, wool, 140cm wide, £74m, Clementine Oliver. ACCESSORIES Rorstrand dish, £250; small bowl, £169; jug, £230; sunglasses, £134; all Republic of Fritz Hansen. Largo laminate fooring LPU1505, £29.49sq m, Quick-Step. Clothing on rack, all Toast.

WALLS Clouded wall mural, H254xW244cm, £156.78, AnewallDecor at Etsy. PAINT Woodwork in Skimming Stone, Estate Eggshell, £51 for 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball. FURNITURE Shale four drawer and one door unit in Credenza Smoke, H91xW132xD50cm, £2,399, Blu Dot at Heal’s. Herald Superb mattress with Prestige divan, W135xL190cm, £3,850, Vispring. December XL chair in pale ash, H38xW58.5xD59.5cm, £895, Twentytwentyone. FABRIC Curtains in Tuscan Linen in Duck Egg LF170/8C, linen mix, 137cm wide, £39.99m, Linwood. Eiderdown cover in Oberon Plain in Petrol 2026/23, viscose mix,

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131cm wide, £52m, James Brindley. ACCESSORIES City Hall table clock, H12cm,

£95, Republic of Fritz Hansen. Wool donkey, £30, Skandium. Wrought Iron Gemm table lamp, H51cm, £330, L’Atelier Natalia Wilmott. Flat round basket in Sky Blue, diam20cm, £29; glass bath bottle (on rug), £45; K-Design rug, 140x200cm, £350; all The Conran Shop. Stone-washed linen fat sheet in Silver, £124.99; Stone-washed linen double duvet cover, £139.99; both Linen Me. Sapphire 11-tog Premier New White Hungarian goose down duvet, 135x200cm, £385, Brinkhaus at Seymour’s of Darlington. l WHERE TO BUY, PAGE 161

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A bed tucked under the eaves is a snug retreat for guests. Open shelves with decorative objects enhance the homely feel, while a built-in drawer underneath is ideal for storing extra bedlinen and blankets. Cotton linen baskets, H26x W37xD26cm, £11.95 each, Muji. Baskets trimmed in (top) 8836/54, 20mm wide, £6.25m; (below) 12458/12, 15mm wide, £7.25m; both V V Rouleaux. Vintage wooden horse, £125, Maison Artefact. Pochette bag, 17x24cm, £44, Once Milano. Hay bamboo tube basket,

H18xdiam11cm, £26.50, John Lewis. Knitted lambswool blanket, 145x178cm, £185, Toast. Linen quilt, 135x175cm, £379.50; single linen ftted sheet, £142; single linen top sheet, £167; linen pillowcase, £46; all Once Milano. Similar reading light, Nordlux Mento Black LED wall light, £59.99, WorldStores.

Wall-mounted heated towel rails and a hanging clothes drier create a highly e∞cient laundry area. The combination can be used on a smaller scale for maximum drying room even in a compact corner. Similar heated towel rails, Five bar wall-mounted towel rail, H130xW112xD14.5cm, from £2,382, Drummonds. Similar hanging rack, Pulley Maid ceiling airer (unpainted), L2.5m, £49.99, Mortens. Green wide-stripe linen Philippe bath towels (on rail and in basket), 65x135cm, £17.99 each; Olive Green linen Tuscany bath towels (on bottom rail and far right), 65x135cm, £17.99 each; Green linen Francesca

hand towel (on hanging rack), 45x70cm, £13.99 set of two; all Linen Me. Metal baskets on wheels, H75xW90xD53cm, £170 each, Out There Interiors. (In left basket) Crown Orb Pattern tea towel in Green, 78x48cm, £12, Hokolo. Three line bath sheet in Green, £250, Pratesi at Harrods. (In right basket) Linen tablecloth with fringe, 175x260cm, £196, Once Milano. All other towels and linens are vintage.

An alternative to built-in cupboards, old painted linen presses have a lovely individual patina and character and o≠er versatile storage. Once you have found a piece that fits your space, you can adapt the shelves, drawers and hooks to suit your needs. White linens and pillows, all The White Company. For a similar armoire, try Appley Hoare Antiques. Antique Welsh wool blankets, £110 each; vintage cushions; all The Cloth Shop. Beechwood ironing board with iron rest, L128xW45.5cm, £216; terry-towelling ironing board cover, L118xW65cm,

£48; both Manufactum. Steam iron GC1020/70, £19.95, Philips at John Lewis. Medium square canvas carry basket with wheels, H58xW45xD45cm, £125, Steele Canvas Basket Co at Generalgood. Tamara Braid custommade fooring in Hogla Water Weed, £252sq m, Capitol Carpets of Chelsea.

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Dedicating a corner of a hall to outdoor clothing will help to keep mud and drips out of the rest of the house. Use it to best advantage with a well-considered arrangement of rails, shelves and storage baskets. Woodwork in Pale Celadon Green HC39, oil eggshell, £25.50 for 1 litre, Papers & Paints. Blind in Padstow in Olive FW076/02, cotton, 134cm wide, £41m, William Yeoward at Designers Guild. Cheletekeh Patchwork rug, 150x200cm, £850, Ramezani. (On top shelves) Shallow lined willow baskets, H17xW52xD34cm, £28 each, The Holding Company. (On rail) Fisher cable crew neck in Driftwood, £85; Brompton blazer in Navy, £149; both Boden. Harris Tweed jacket in Tobacco, £395, Toast. Quilted jacket in Charcoal, £110, Boden. (On lower shelves) Seagrass oblong baskets, H15xW43xD33cm, £25 each, The Holding Company. Wide shallow striped seagrass trays (also on windowsill), H13xW48xD38cm (largest), £40 set of three, John Lewis. (In tray) Felted wool slipper boots in Old Red, £72, Toast. (On foor) Rattan baskets with handles, H36xW45xD54cm,

Creating a cosy nook under a kitchen worktop is a wonderful way to give your dog his own little space while freeing up the foor. Ridged khaki dog bowl, H7xdiam21cm, £36.50; Bolster medium dog bed in Powder Grey Stripe, H17xW82x D68cm, £167; Rope dog collar in Natural, from £54.50; Rope dog lead in Natural, from £70; Love Me Knots rope dog toy, £15; all Mungo & Maud. Glass vase,

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£39.99, Jayne Copperwaite Flowers. Mr Fox rug in yellow, 90x150cm, £159, Scion at WovenGround. Bosse bar stool, H74xW39xD39cm, £25, Ikea. Stool painted in French Grey Mid and Mister David (yellow), both Intelligent Matt Emulsion, £20.50 for 1 litre, Little Greene.

£36 each, The Holding Company. (Boots, from left) Octavia boots, £195; Milly boots, £195; both Dukes. Le Chameau Lady Jameson Low GTX boots, £294.99, The Welly Shop. Huxton boots, £220, Dukes. Hunter Original Tall wellies in Dark Olive, £69.99; Hunter Neoprene Original wellies in Dark Olive £88.99; Hunter Gardener boots in Dark Olive, £52.99; Aigle Lamone Pollen shoes, £42.99; all The Welly Shop. Mariner boots, £99, Boden. Shetland ribbed socks (in basket on windowsill) in Cumin, Darkest Brown and Petrol, £27 a pair, Toast. Whatsit storage bench with tie-on linen seat pad, H50xW120xD40cm, £275, Loaf. Ashley Across Body bag in Tan, £79, John Lewis. (Under bench) Rattan basket with handles, H29xW33xD40cm, £25, The Holding Company. Khaki fshing bag, £180, Labour and Wait. All other items are vintage.

An understairs cupboard is the perfect storage space for cleaning products and utility items. Take an orderly approach by adding clips, hooks and a well-stocked trolley so tools are easily to hand when needed. Interior in Breakfast Room Green, Estate Emulsion, £36 for 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball. (On door, from left) Utility clip rack, L43cm, £7.50, Baileys. Garden broom, L135xW30cm, £26, John Lewis, Wire fy swat, L45xW14cm, £12, Manufactum. Wicker carpet beater, L75xW24cm, £18, John Lewis. Dusting brush, L24cm, £14; Rope doorstop, H28cm, £68; both Labour and Wait. Utility mop, L165cm, £10.50, Garden Trading. (In cupboard, from top) Rosehead hook rail, H7.5xW40xD7.5cm, £32, Garden Trading. Feather duster, L37cm, £12, Labour and Wait. Leather and wood fy swat, L50xW11cm, £35, Perigot at John Lewis. Wooden jute twine spools with twine, L17.5cm, £24 set of two, Manufactum. Wirework peg basket in Chalk, H22xW13, £14.50, Garden Trading. Wooden dolly pegs, £2 for 12; Work in Progress trolley, H88xW45xD29cm, £240; both Baileys. (On trolley) Tea towels, from £5 each; wooden pot brush, L8xdiam5cm, £5; all John Lewis. Galvanised bucket, H20x diam15cm, £13; bottle brushes, £12 set of four; all Labour and Wait. Antique zinc oval planter; antique garden forks; all Petersham Nurseries. Ostrich feather duster (on wall), L110cm, £24, Baileys. Housekeeper’s galvanised bucket (on foor), H32xW37xD19cm, £28, Labour and Wait. Dustpan, L45xW21cm, £8.50, Baileys. Miele Complete C3 Silence Ecoline Plus vacuum cleaner, H38x W59xD32cm, £159.99, John Lewis. l WHERE TO BUY, pagE 161

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A successful addition can dramatically improve your lifestyle and add value to your property. Here we showcase a variety of designs alongside expert advice on choosing the right option for your home

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Perfect Pitch The shape of this two-storey rear extension (far left and left) was inspired by the pitched roof of the parent property. The upper level houses a study with a picture window, while the kitchen addition on the ground foor is ftted with sliding doors set at an angle to face a nearby church spire and the setting sun. It was designed by Robert Dye of Robert Dye Architects, 020 7267 9388, robertdye. com, who estimates a sum of around £2,000-£3,000sq m to construct an extension of a similar nature in London.

A sensitively designed glass link by building frm DJ Leslie, 07711 241286, connects this Grade II-listed vicarage to the Victorian outbuilding. It replaces an unsightly Perspex roof that had previously joined the two structures and this bright space is now used as a reading area. The kitchen, designed by Kitchen Architecture, 020 8785 1960, kitchen architecture.co.uk, was moved from a dark room in the main house to the Victorian addition.

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ExpErt VIEw getting started Paul mcaneary, managing director, Paul McAneary Architects, 020 7240 0500, paulmcaneary.com.

all rounder This two-level extension by Paul Archer, 020 3668 2668, paularcherdesign.co.uk, avoids looking boxy by breaking up the angles with a large circular window. The kitchen and outside space are unifed by a marble worktop that continues through the sidereturn window and provides extra space for alfresco dining. This scheme cost around £250,000, including internal renovation. lofty ambition Floor-to-ceiling Crittall-style windows lend drama and character to this design by Ade Architecture, 020 7993 8542, ade-architecture.co.uk. Going for an industrial New York loft feel, the owners sacrifced a study on the foor above to make way for the double-height kitchen-diner. The foor was also raised to ensure a level connection with the garden. The project cost £150,000-£200,000.

n To determine the cost of your project, I suggest calling a couple of contractors to your home to talk through the work you require in detail. It is absolutely essential that they tell you very specifcally what they are quoting for. n The best way to fnd an architect is through the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), architecture.com. Always view architects’ websites to see whether you like their work. n A good architect should be able to keep costs down by having sound relationships with suppliers and, more importantly, experience. They will often have undertaken similar projects to yours in the past and will know how to deal with any problems. n The most important thing I’ve learned is to involve your neighbours right from the start. If you don’t, they may become increasingly annoyed, to the point where they might try to block the project. n A planning consultant should be necessary only if your architect does not specialise in planning, or if you are dealing with very complex matters. n If your extension meets the requirements for permitted development, a pre-planning application should not be needed. n Planning permissions, applications and regulations may vary depending on where you live. For full details, visit the government’s planning portal for England and Wales at planningportal. gov.uk; for Scotland at scotland.gov.uk (follow the links); and for Northern Ireland at planningni.gov.uk. n You will want to make the most of every inch of your extension. This can include installing recessed storage in thick walls and using the space above doorways or underneath foorboards. n Maximising natural light is also crucial. Your architect should adjust the angles of the glazing to bring as much light as possible into the space.


ADVICE Planning

Make sure your project complies with all the relevant rules from the start Permitted develoPment Within certain parameters, extensions can be built without planning consent. For rear extensions, the government has increased the size limits of 3m from the back wall of an attached house or 4m for a detached property to 6m and 8m respectively, until 30 May 2016; the project must be completed before this date and is also subject to the Neighbour Consultation Scheme. For more details on what’s allowed, visit planningportal.gov.uk/permission. making it work “If you would like to add a larger extension, you will have to work within the system,” says Meredith Bowles, director of Mole Architects, 01223 913012, molearchitects.co.uk. “Firstly, make the addition feel as if it’s part of the house or subservient to it, so it is not in competition. Secondly, don’t make it too big. You will hear various formulas about how much volume is safe to add, but I’ve never come across a council

that actually writes one down. It’s one of those issues that’s at the root of many appeals. Thirdly, consider your neighbours. There’s a planning term, residential amenity, which is a catchall phrase encompassing your neighbours’ right to enjoy their house and garden. Imagine yourself in their shoes and you won’t go far wrong.” listed buildings Adding an extension to a listed building doesn’t mean you have to opt for a conventional design – often a modern structure can help to maintain the integrity of an historic building by its distinction. “An extension that jars with the existing building by being out of scale or featuring materials that look cheap against the original ones is unlikely to cut the mustard,” says Meredith. “We have to be sensitive to both the building and the reasons for its listing.” A good resource for owners of listed properties and the specialist craftsmen and contractors they employ is projectbook.co.uk.

new wave This unique conservatory extension pushes the boundaries of glazing and provided Andy Martin Architects, 020 3397 1999, andymartinarchitects. com, with the considerable challenge of fnding a company that could produce the three large waves of horizontal double-glazed toughened glass for the roof. The internal arched doorways informed the distinctive curved line of the structure, which cost £150,000.

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sIde step In a terraced property, a side return offers valuable extra living space, while taking nothing away from the garden. This extension by Platform 5 Architects, 020 7377 8885, platform5architects.com, has transformed a narrow kitchen into a bright, openplan room. The simple design incorporates the existing brick party wall, paired with an oak-frame roof. Into the fold A rear extension needs to work with all aspects of the building, as shown in this design by Alison Brooks Architects, 020 7267 9777, alisonbrooksarchitects. com. The angular roof line maximises views from the frst foor, while extensive use of glass allows light to food the ground level. The sleek timber cladding extends over the structure to create a sheltered deck. This addition cost around £180,000, including a new kitchen.

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take two In terms of cost per square metre, double-height extensions perform well, though planning permission can be tricky. This is a good example of how a new addition can echo a character property. Local stone was sourced to match, while the sash windows mirror the existing glazing. By Vale Garden Houses, 01476 564433, valegardenhouses.com; projects from £35,000.


ADVICE Cladding Creating a distinctive façade Trends “Lately, clients have been opting for contemporary materials, including patinated metals, such as copper, which change over time,” says architect Gregory Phillips, 020 7724 3040, gregoryphillips.com. “Porcelain cladding, polished plaster (as an alternative to render), timber shingles, blackened timber and long, narrow brickwork are also popular. Brickwork can add texture and will stand the test of time.” praCTiCal ConsideraTions Concealing gutters and downpipes behind cladding will create a clean look, but it’s also a good idea to use rainscreen cladding to extend the life of the building. “When looking at samples, consider whether the material will deteriorate over time and also how it will look over a large area,” says architect Robert Dye. “Well executed edges are key to aesthetic and practical success, particularly as leaks always occur in corners.” If you would like a design that’s perfectly compatible with the character of a period building, using a brick-matching service can be a good approach. Alternatively, a glazed extension will often blend in well.

Industrial materials, such as metals, will mellow with age and balance well with old-stock brickwork.Ó gregory phillips, architect, 020 7724 3040, gregoryphillips.com.

shInIng example The driving force behind this design by Verity & Beverley Architects, 01666 503516, verity-beverley.co.uk, was to create a contrast with the period Cotswold house. The striking copper-alloy cladding from Tecu was chosen to stand out against the stone and because it won’t develop the verdigris patina of pure copper. The construction cost was around £130,000.

well connected This birch-ply angular folded roof was designed to join two existing extensions at either end of the property. Knott architects, 020 7263 8844, knottarchitects.co.uk, ftted large asymmetrical roof lights above the windows and doors of the original house to ensure that plenty of daylight reaches the heart of the home. The project cost around £150,000.

great shape Inspired by cladding used during the 18th century in Lyme Regis, Gundry & Ducker, 020 3417 4895, gundryducker.com, chose hexagon-shaped slate to create a beautiful façade on this Victorian home. The wide side-return extension houses a family room with a window seat looking out to the garden. This project cost around £130,000, including interior renovation.

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Grand openinG The wall-to-wall modern glazing of this rear and side addition opens up the kitchen-diner to the garden. Its shape creates a sheltered outdoor terrace, while continuous stone fooring links the interior and exterior. The extension, by Charles Barclay Architects, 020 8674 0037, cbarchitects.co.uk, cost around £300,000, including the ground foor, lower-ground foor and all fnishes and fttings.

as well as ensuring your extension is a bright space, modern glass is versatile and effcient and can help to control light and heat PlanninG “It’s a good idea to involve a glazing specialist in your project when the architect is preparing the pre-planning application,” says Vanessa Tarrier of Cantifx. “Otherwise, you might be given approval provisionally but, when it comes to showing planners the actual design, you end up having to go back and revise the glazing plans.” Also, bear in mind that if the amount of glazing is greater than 25 per cent of the extension’s foor area, you’ll need to signifcantly increase the thermal performance or factor in ecofriendly heating. For more information about this, visit planningportal.gov.uk. style oPtions “Large glass elevations with minimally framed sliding doors are very popular,” says Rebecca Clayton of IQ Glass. “If you opt for slim sliding doors,

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look for a system with a fush base track, good thermal performance and good weather-testing results.” Rebecca also notes that frameless fat roof lights are replacing traditional lanterns, and there is an emerging trend for Art Deco-style windows that have slim metal frames with horizontal bars. technoloGy “Electrochromic glass is a recent innovation that allows you to control the amount of light entering a space by switching the glass from clear to opaque, essentially acting as a shading system,” says Rebecca. “For a south-facing room, opt for solar-control coated glass, which allows sunlight in without overheating the space.” For further information on all aspects of glazing, contact the Glass and Glazing Federation, 020 7939 9101, ggf.co.uk. l

Key contacts Cladding


Cembrit, 020 8301 8900, cembrit.co.uk. delabole Slate, 01840 212242, delaboleslate.co.uk. Eco Choice, 0845 638 1340, ecochoice.co.uk. English Woodlands Timber, 01730 816941, englishwoodlands timber.co.uk. Fernhill Stone, 0870 224 7201, fernhillstone.com. James Hardie, 0800 068 3103, jameshardie.co.uk. linit UK, 01634 890750, linituk.com. Marley Eternit, 01283 722588, marleyeternit.co.uk. Residentiel Vinyl Cladding, 01767 676100, residentielcladding.com. Tecu, kme.com. Trespa, 01952 290707, trespa.com.

aspect Projects, 0800 085 1045, aspectprojects.co.uk. ayrton, 020 8877 8920, ayrtonbespoke.com. Cantifx, 020 8203 6203, cantifx.co.uk. Centor, 020 8877 8920, centor.com. Everest, 0800 240 4814, everest.co.uk. glasSpace, 0845 230 9569, glasspace.com. id Systems, 01603 408804, i-d-systems.co.uk. iQ glass, 01494 722880, iqglassuk.com. Klöeber, 01487 740044, kloeber.co.uk. Pilkington, pilkington.com. Roofglaze, 01480 474797, roofglaze.co.uk. Trombé, 020 7688 6670, trombe.co.uk. Velux, 01592 778225, velux.co.uk.

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is there a modern alternative to piped sofa covers? Our sofa needs new loose covers and I’m concerned that piped seams might look old-fashioned. Do these serve a specifc purpose or are there other options with a more contemporary feel? aJ, pewsey, Wiltshire.

can moths be eliminated from my carpet? My wool stair carpet was laid a year ago and I already see moths fying out of it. How can I deter them? GK, ely, cambridgeshire. Moths lay their eggs in areas where the larvae can hatch and feed undisturbed; in the case of carpet, on keratin in the wool. The damage occurs mostly around the edges of a room, especially if the carpet is shaded or covered by a rug. Open areas with lots of foot traffc and natural light are rarely attacked, so activity on your stair carpet will be along the skirting or stair strings. Pest Control Direct, 01323 846845, pestcontroldirect. co.uk, has an armoury of weapons to tackle all kinds of household pests, including moths, and you will fnd a full range of products for protecting clothing as well as foorcoverings on its website. The company’s Pro-Active C Moth control spray, £11.70 a litre, is the one to use on your carpet. You need only apply it along the edges, but ensure the treatment reaches the base of the tufts, where the larvae feed, by parting the rows with your hand; repeat after 30 days. If you’d like a professional assessment, Rentokil, 0808 271 6515, rentokil.co.uk, offers a free survey with advice on treatment.

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Piping has no practical function; it is a purely decorative device that helps to defne the shape of a sofa or chair. On traditional-style sofas, piping remains popular. The fnest upholsterers use a pre-shrunk cotton piping cord inside a stockinette sleeve, which is smooth and reduces abrasion. A simpler alternative that you may prefer is the technique of top-stitching over a fat seam line for a sleek fnish; this supports the fabric and offers a more contemporary look. Or, if you’re considering covers in a plain, reversible linen, you might like to opt for exposed overcast seam turnings. For an example of this, see the Quadro Loose sofa by Designers Guild, designersguild.com.

INSIDER’S TIP “For good-quality sleep, buy the biggest bed your room can take. In smaller rooms, choose a divan with built-in storage drawers to release space for a larger bed.” mike meehaN, Vispring, 01752 366311, vispring.co.uk.

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Who sells larGe pendants? Our kitchen and living area is double height. Do you know where I could look for overscale industrial-style lights to hang over the large island? Jd, altarnun, cornwall. Davey Lighting, 01993 882251, davey-lighting.co.uk, is one of many companies that should be able to fulfl your needs. Its Large Spun Refector 7163 (right, above), in polished aluminium or weathered copper with a polished interior, has a classical refnement despite its large profle, H43.5xdiam60cm. Another industrial-style option from its sister company Original BTC, 01993 882251, originalbtc.com, is the aptly named Titan (right, below), a 1940s design. It comes in six colours and the larger of the two shades measures around H42xdiam45.5cm. Also along these lines is the Bastille concrete pendant from Holloways of Ludlow, 01584 876830, hollowaysofudlow.com; the extra-large size, H40xdiam40cm, costs £450. Similar in shape is the Large Cavendish pendant, H46xdiam42cm, £140, from Garden Trading, 0874 5608 4448, gardentrading.co.uk. Also take a look through the Industrial/Retro lighting section at Andy Thornton, 01422 376000, andythornton.com. If vintage lighting appeals, try Skinfint Design, 01326 565227, skinfintdesign.co.uk, not far from you in Cornwall.

Large Spun Refector, £659, Davey Lighting; Titan 3, from £255, Original BTC.

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Which style of basin should We choose? I would like to ft a bowl hand basin on our cloakroom counter, but wherever I’ve seen them used, the surrounding surface is always wet. Is there a particular size, shape or depth of bowl that will help to prevent this? mb, sheffeld.

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Where can i find a suitable roof liGht? Our kitchen extension has a fat roof. If we install a roof lantern, should it echo the style of the house, which is Edwardian, or could we get away with a more up-to-date design? eb, london n3. As your extension is a modern addition, if you’re inclined towards a contemporary roof lantern, it’s unlikely to look out of place. Roof Maker, 0116 269 6297, roof-maker.co.uk, supplies fve styles of roof light and lantern. The Slimline roof light has a slender aluminium frame, which can be ordered in a choice of colours, and the standard double or optional triple glazing is Refex easy-clean toughened glass with a solar-control fnish that refects heat so it

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KNEADING AND RISING The more you make bread, the more you’ll know what the dough should look and feel like at every stage. Many of these doughs are wetter than you might expect, which makes them trickier to handle, so always knead on a floured surface. Kneading without spreading your fingers will give you better control, as will using a dough scraper at the start. You are aiming for a smooth, elastic consistency. After the dough has risen for the first time, you will usually have to knead it briefly again, before a second rising. But be gentle – do not punch – as you need to preserve the air within it. The time required to rise, rest and rise again depends on the flour, the kneading and the temperature in the room. It all takes practice, but the results are worth it.

ANISE AND SPELT ROLLS Makes 25 (previous page)

Anise seed adds a delicious flavour and texture to these buns, which I like to serve with blackcurrant conserve. 50g fresh yeast 800ml lukewarm water 2 tbsp clear honey 500g wholegrain stoneground spelt flour 600g white stoneground spelt flour, plus extra to dust 2-3 tbsp anise seed, plus extra to sprinkle 1 tsp salt 1 egg, lightly beaten


This lovely bread, packed with dried fruit and nuts, is sweet but not too sweet, making it perfect for brunch or serving with a cheeseboard. 50g fresh yeast 800ml lukewarm water 1 tbsp clear honey 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to grease the tray 1½ tsp salt 650g wholegrain stoneground spelt flour, plus extra to dust 300g strong white flour 100g dates, chopped 100g raisins 100g dried apricots, chopped 100g hazelnuts, chopped 1 egg, lightly beaten

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■ Crumble the yeast into the lukewarm water to dissolve. Add

the honey, oil and salt and stir together. Stir in the flours, then add the dried fruit and nuts. Knead on a floured worksurface for 10-15 minutes. Return to the bowl, cover with a tea towel and leave to rise at room temperature for 1 hour. ■ Line a 40x30cm shallow baking tray with baking parchment and oil lightly. Press the dough into the tray as evenly as possible, pushing dimples in the surface with your fingers. Cover with a tea towel and leave to rise in a warm place for 30 minutes. Pre-heat the oven to 220°C, gas mark 7. ■ Brush the focaccia with the egg. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 200°C, gas mark 6 and bake for 20-25 minutes, until the bread sounds hollow when tapped on the base. Turn out of the tray and leave to cool on a wire rack.

■ Crumble the yeast into the lukewarm

water to dissolve, then stir in the honey. In a separate bowl, mix together the flours, anise seed and salt. Add the flour mixture to the yeast mixture and stir until you have a smooth dough. ■ Knead on a floured worksurface for 10-15 minutes. Return to the bowl, cover with a tea towel and leave to rise at room temperature for 2 hours. ■ Shape the dough into 25 small rolls and space out on baking trays lined with baking parchment. Cover with a tea towel and leave to rise in a warm place for 30 minutes. Pre-heat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. ■ Brush the rolls with the egg and sprinkle with anise seed. Spray cold water into the oven to create steam. Bake the rolls for 30 minutes, then cool on a wire rack.


Cheese gives this soft, peppery loaf a delicious salty tang. It is an ideal accompaniment to a supper of soup, salad or charcuterie. 50g fresh yeast 100ml lukewarm water 500g strong white flour, plus extra to dust 1½ tsp freshly ground black pepper 2 tsp salt 175g butter, chilled and cubed 3 eggs, lightly beaten 175g Vesterhavs or cheddar cheese, coarsely grated

■ Crumble the yeast into the lukewarm water to dissolve,

then add 50g of the flour, mix well and leave for 30 minutes. ■ In a separate bowl, mix the remaining flour with the pepper and salt. Rub the butter into the peppery flour with your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs. ■ Mix the eggs into the yeast mixture, then add to the flour and butter mixture with the cheese and stir to form a dough. Knead lightly on a floured worksurface for 10-15 minutes. Place in a bowl, cover with a tea towel and leave to rise in a warm place for 2 hours. ■ On a floured worksurface, roll the dough into a fat sausage shape, then form into a ring. Place on a baking tray lined with baking parchment. Cover with a tea towel and leave to rise at room temperature for about 1 hour, or until doubled in size, depending on the temperature of the kitchen. ■ Pre-heat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Spray cold water into the oven to create steam. Bake the bread for 35-40 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool.

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WHOLEMEAL STARTER All sourdough needs a “live” starter to make it rise and develop its distinctive flavour. When fed, it will continuously expand, and can be used for years. 150g strong white flour, plus more to feed 100g strong wholemeal flour, plus more to feed 300ml water, plus more to feed ■ Mix the flours in a large bowl. Gradually add

the water, mixing until it is the consistency of pancake batter. Every day, discard 80 per cent of the mixture, then add water and more of

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both flours to make up the difference (no need to be exact) and mix well. Feed as above for five to 10 days until the mixture comes to life: when it is bubbly and has a sour smell, it is ready to use. ■ To keep the mixture going, continue to feed daily, as above. If you forget for four or five days, carry on as though there had been no gap.


The first time you make sourdough, you’ll need to begin the starter a few days ahead. This excellent basic recipe uses mostly wheat flour, but you can try adding spelt or einkorn flour to create your own version. Day 1 150ml lukewarm water 100ml wholemeal starter (see recipe, left) 100g stoneground rye flour 100g strong white flour

Day 2 150ml lukewarm water 350g strong white flour, plus extra to dust 2 tsp salt Coarse polenta, to dust ■ Day 1 Mix the water and the starter in

a bowl, then stir in both flours until you have a smooth, very runny dough. Cover tightly with cling film and leave overnight on the kitchen table. ■ Day 2 Put the starter mixture in a large bowl, add the water and mix well. Add the flour and salt and mix to form a dough. Knead on a lightly floured surface for 10-15 minutes; it will be sticky, so using a dough scraper will help. Alternatively, knead for 10 minutes in a food mixer fitted with a dough hook. Transfer the dough to a large bowl, cover tightly with cling film and leave to rise at room temperature for 6 hours, or until doubled in size. ■ Tip the dough out on to a lightly floured worksurface, knead lightly and fold into a round loaf. Leave in a well-floured 21cm proving basket, or similar-sized colander or bowl lined with a well-floured tea towel, in a warm place for 1-2 hours, until doubled in size. ■ When ready to bake, pre-heat the oven to 240°C, gas mark 8, or to its hottest setting. Place a baking stone or a sturdy, heavy-based baking sheet lined with baking parchment in the oven. Dust a flat baking sheet with the coarse polenta and tip the loaf out on to it, so the pattern of the basket is visible on top. Slash the surface of the bread using a sharp knife. ■ Place the bread on the baking stone or lined baking sheet, sliding it off the dusted baking sheet with a jerking motion. Spray cold water into the oven to create steam. Bake the bread for 10 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 200°C, gas mark 6 and bake for 20-25 minutes. Leave the loaf on a wire rack to cool.

RYE ROLLS Makes 20

Include these stoneground rye rolls in your next baking session. They are so easy to make and, filled with sliced cold meats or cheese and salad, will become a lunchtime favourite. 50g fresh yeast 700ml lukewarm water 2 tbsp barley malt syrup 400g stoneground rye flour 500g strong white flour, plus extra to dust 1 tsp salt Cold coffee, to glaze Rye flakes, to sprinkle

■ Crumble the yeast into the lukewarm water, stir to dissolve

then add the barley malt syrup. Mix the two flours and the salt into the yeast mixture and stir to form a smooth dough. Knead the dough on a floured worksurface for 10-15 minutes. Return to the bowl, cover with a tea towel and leave to rise at room temperature for 2 hours. ■ Shape the dough into 20 small oval rolls and place on baking trays lined with baking parchment. Cover with a tea towel and leave to rise in a warm place for 30 minutes. Pre-heat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. ■ Slash the tops of the rolls with a sharp knife, then brush with cold coffee and sprinkle with rye flakes. Spray cold water into the oven to create steam, then bake the rolls for 30 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool.

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Try this wonderfully textured loaf toasted with hummus or serve with Nøkkelost, a hard cheese flavoured with cumin and cloves. 10g fresh yeast 700ml cold water 1 tbsp clear honey 150g oats 500g stoneground strong wholemeal flour 1½ tsp salt Flavourless oil, to grease the tin

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■ Crumble the yeast into the water to dissolve. Add the honey,

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gardens For a copy of our latest brochure or to fnd your nearest stockist, ring 01452 714 800 or visit www.montpellier.co.uk

Regency Handle £102.25/pair

Cottage Wall Light £95.40


Luxury Wash Bag £22

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holidays & travel

www.fabricworldlondon.co.uk for the ultimate fabric design solution

• Curtain & Blind Specialist • Full Interior Design Service • Vast Selection of Designer Fabrics in Stock Visit our website or drop into one of our shops Sutton 020 8643 5127 287/289 High Street, SM1 1LL Croydon 020 8688 6282 6/10 Brighton Road, CR2 6AA

Edgeware Spot Light £162.80

BRITISH CRAFTSMANSHIP AT ITS BEST For a brochure call 01473 826953 or email [email protected] To order: www.jim-lawrence.co.uk Visit our showroom in Suffolk

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Photograph shows the Bellingham 8 stove.

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home improvements

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Hotel Monteverdi Exquisitely restored ancient stone buildings, modern rustic décor and breathtaking views combine to create this little piece of heaven in central Italy


estled in the medieval hilltop hamlet of Castiglioncello del Trinoro, in the Unesco World Heritage Site of Val d’Orcia in Tuscany, is the beautiful Hotel Monteverdi. Spine-tingling views of the surrounding valleys and hills are balanced by the palpable sense of calm that radiates from its stone walls, while the interior has been sensitively restored by designer Ilaria Miani to create a perfect harmony of old and new. Ancient beams, arches and stairways provide the backdrop for the finest linens, fabrics and furniture, designed and produced by local artisans. All of the rooms exude rustic sophistication, with open fireplaces,

large private gardens, 18th-century copper baths and waterfall showers stocked with heavenly organic La Saponaria toiletries. The whole experience is a tonic for the senses. Once your equilibrium has been restored, there’s plenty to see and do. Wander along the village’s picturesque cobblestone streets, home to a fine dining restaurant, wine bar, contemporary art gallery, church and even an Etruscan dig. Or choose from one of the hotel’s cooking classes or farm and wine tours to learn more about the fascinating culinary and social history of the area. However you spend your time in this magical location, you’ll return enlightened and enriched.


■ Hotel Monteverdi has three buildings, with four rooms and six suites, from €450 per night. ■ Dine in the Oreade restaurant, where chef Giancarla Bodoni’s dishes are made from fresh, seasonal Tuscan ingredients. ■ This year sees the launch of the Monteverdi Cooking Academy, which will take place in spring (2 to 6 April) and autumn (26 to 30 October). ■ The hotel runs a yearly artist- and scholarin-residence programme and a gallery. ■ Via di Mezzo, Castiglioncello del Trinoro, 53047 Sarteano, 0039 0578 268146, monteverdituscany.com. l

Pom Pom blanket in Multicoloured, 200x300cm, £149, Maud Interiors, 020 8675 4637, maudinteriors.com.

Brucs small old pine chest, H35x W60xD40cm, £348, Occa-Home, 0330 363 0330, occa-home.co.uk. 178 | H&G | february 2015

Arabesque standing lamp, H136xW48 xD19cm, £190, Oka, 0844 815 7380, okadirect.com.

Le Parc armchair, H71xW70xD85cm, £2,480, Minotti, 020 7323 3233, minottilondon.com.

Feature Jane akers and Laura Vinden PhotograPh cheryL ungar (exterior)

TaKE iT hOmE Ideas for recreating the rustic-chic style of the rooms

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