Period Living November 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
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
editor’s letter

Good ideas can come from the smallest sparks of inspiration. Looking at other people’s period homes is invaluable, and offers so much food for thought. Yet while sometimes I see a complete room scheme that perfectly matches my taste, more often than not I will focus on one or two elements that will lead my imagination onto something else, be it a paint colour, a fabric, a piece of furniture, or a plant for the garden. For example, a Provençal-inspired tile influenced the design of my entire kitchen project, and the lovely Lady of Shallot rose from David Austin was at the heart of planning my newly created front borders, after seeing it in one of our featured gardens. I can’t deny there is a particular thrill to opening up a…

1 min
your journal

RISEN TO THE CHALLENGE There is something extra special about homemade bread, and we absolutely loved Claire Hughes’ focaccia. Inspired by the flowers blooming in her garden, it looks as beautiful as it does delicious. PERSONAL STYLIST When I am asked ‘who is your interior designer?’, I always repeat the same answer – ‘my over 25 years’ subscription to Period Living, of course!’. PL has given me so many design ideas for our house, which was built in a remote village in North Greece 25 years ago. Reading the magazine also helps me to accessorise, finding beautiful table lamps as well as my Dickensian dolls’ house, and even creating displays in my old Welsh dresser. I bought lots of pieces of furniture when I lived in the UK and have had them shipped…

4 min

Cosy up with colour With winter on the way, it’s time to retreat indoors and create warm, homely spaces to relax and inspire. In anticipation, Birdie Fortescue has launched The Wanderings home collection, full of colour and pattern. Shop furniture, rugs, tableware, cushions and throws inspired by cultures across the globe and designed at Birdie’s Norfolk studio. From left: Bel Stripe cushion in Dusky Red, £60; curated Suzani throw, from £700; Striped ottoman, from £1,350. Artwork by Karen Mcendoo. POTTERY WITH PURPOSE Introducing West House Pottery, a not-for-profit social enterprise, which has launched a new ceramics collection that gives back. The pottery supports adults with learning disabilities, who handmake the stylish ceramic range from a studio in Cumbria. Created with the support of a local ceramicist, the range features serving bowls, dinner plates,…

2 min
talent spot

With a passion for colour and pattern and a fabulous eye for design, Polly Carter transforms scraps of unwanted fabric into sustainable statement lampshades that she describes as ‘little pieces of functional artwork.’ An interior designer at the Kit Kemp studio by day, Polly is always surrounded by beautiful fabrics, which have inspired her creative sideline. Having noticed lots of fabric remnants left over from design projects, Polly had the bright idea to save them from landfill by turning them into pieces for the home. ‘I work in such an amazing creative studio filled with stunning fabrics. We have so many offcuts and leftover fabric cuttings from our interior design projects, which I can’t bear go to waste,’ explains Polly. ‘So, I collect them and take them with me to my…

1 min
a warm glow

3 min
cosy country

art direction Sara Bird, styling Marie Nichols, photograph Dan Duchars. Image styling Sally Denning, photograph Mark Scott…