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Period Living May 2021

Period Living is Britain's best-selling period homes magazine, offering inspiration, ideas and advice on all aspects of owning an older property. Discover beautiful real homes and gardens to inspire you, insight into the latest decorating trends and interior products that work with a traditional property, guidance from experts on maintaining and improving your home, and lifestyle features with a nostalgic focus. If you appreciate the timeless elegance and original character of old homes updated for modern life, Period Living is the magazine for you.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
$4.55(Incl. tax)
$45.65(Incl. tax)
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
editor’s letter

Fate is often declared to be the mysterious benefactor behind dream house purchases – when someone secures the property they had their eye on for years; the one that ticked every box but was seemingly out of reach, until a chance encounter changed everything. I found my own house through endless hours of trawling property websites, dozens of viewings, and several failed bidding wars. I love living here, but there were plenty of compromises and I don’t see it as my ‘forever home’. However, after reading the stories behind our featured readers’ homes this month, I have a renewed sense of hope that one day fate will intervene on my behalf, too. Laura Yates had admired her pretty Yorkshire stone cottage (page 65) for years, and only dreamed of one…

2 min
your journal

PLAY ON I just wanted to say what a wonderful read the Hope & glory feature was in the March edition. I’m now listening to Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No 1; it really does lift the spirits and ignites a feeling of hope. Carol Lambert RAISING AWARENESS Having been a subscriber to Period Living for the last year, I love reading all the renovation features and seeing the hard work people put into making their lovely homes. However, I wanted to write in to raise awareness of the risks of asbestos that come with these projects. Asbestos is in so many things, from old kitchen tiles and walls to lagging pipes, Artex ceilings and roofs – the list is endless. Unfortunately, I have first-hand experience of the damage this can do as my…

5 min

Petal power Capturing the delights of her Sussex cottage garden, Elizabeth Ockford has launched a new collection of nine beautiful wallpapers. From pansy heads and exotic orchids, to beetles and butterflies, the varied designs in The Garden collection were inspired by time spent immersed in nature last spring, and each takes its name from an influential woman in history. Eleanor, named after Eleanor Roosevelt, is a soft floral stripe based on one of Elizabeth’s watercolours. Pictured in Emerald, a spring-like colourway, it also comes in deep summer and muted autumnal hues, £145 per roll. BOOK SHELF Get a rare glimpse inside some of England’s most exceptional historic houses in Romantics & Classics: Style in the English Country House (£45, Rizzoli). Compiled by architectural historian Jeremy Musson, with photography by Hugo Rittson Thomas, the…

2 min
perfect partners

Buying a new bed is a big decision, especially for period homeowners looking for a design that is well-made, comfortable and complements their interior style. So, Period Living has partnered with The Wrought Iron & Brass Bed Company to present a timeless collection of superior quality beds that work for homes of every era. The six designs have been hand-picked by the PL team, and are made in Britain using time-honoured methods of craftsmanship enhanced by the latest technology. A family business based in Norfolk, The Wrought Iron & Brass Bed Company is the only iron bed maker recognised by the Guild of Master Craftsmen, and the first to be certified as carbon neutral. It powers its workshop with renewable energy, minimises single plastic use, sources only FSC-certified wood for its…

1 min
spick and span

3 min
pink & green