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Period Living September 2019

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.

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2 min.
editor’s letter

Summer has peaked and soon September will be here, with its cooler, shorter days and hopefully a few last gasps of warm weather. But before you start getting into autumn mode, spare a thought for the bees, who are winding down for the season after a busy few months spent gathering nectar. I don’t have to tell you that bee populations are in decline – reports of their demise often hits the headlines – but I do want to ask you to look at your own garden and see whether you are doing everything you can to help these essential pollinators. Start planning your bee-friendly improvements for next year now – see what seeds and bulbs you can plant over autumn, investigate natural pest-control solutions, and put in a hotel…

3 min.
journal

Ripe and ready Let the rich, juicy tones of bramble-filled hedgerows inspire a sophisticated bedroom scheme. With its myriad purples and flamboyant print, the new Amelie Floral bed set, £49.50 from Marks & Spencer, looks perfect teamed with a textured berry-coloured backdrop. Turn to page 22 for more berry paint ideas. Twist on tradition This season, John Lewis & Partners has delved into design history to seek inspiration for its new furniture collections. Combining cane fretwork detailing reminiscent of Regency bergères, with the clean lines of mid-century design, this new cane chair would be perfect for creating a modern look with a nod to the past. Shown in a versatile Mary Lamb Storm fabric, it costs £799. DESK DELIGHTS Make going back to work after the summer break a little more bearable with the stunning…

1 min.
talent spot

Introducing York-based embroiderer Chloe Giordano, who brings nature to life with her painstakingly detailed hand embroideries. ‘I’m in love with the process,’ says Chloe. ‘I think it’s the tactile nature of fabric and thread that appeals – it can often feel more real to me than a photo or painting.’ Forest animals are a particular favourite. Deer, badgers, foxes and dormice can often be found hibernating in the centre of her embroidery ring. ‘I like capturing the interplay of light and dark on folds of fur, and showing animals curled up is great for this. I also find the poses very peaceful,’ she explains. Chloe tries to observe first hand wherever possible, but also likes referring to nature guides. After the form has been drawn onto cloth each piece takes…

1 min.
eye on design

What inspired your new designs? The China Bird collection has been created from handpainted designs. I spent a few months with my gouache paints and paper set up on my kitchen table. I wanted to make these prints really free-flowing. They had to have an organic feel with lots of movement, and were designed to be fresh and summery with practical colours. My inspiration comes from all over, including many family memories. The fabric Eggs and Bacon was named after a little flower (bird’s-foot trefoil) that we used to pick with my grandmother who lived by the sea in Ireland; she always called the flower Eggs and Bacon. I named the Where’s Cocky fabric after the Where’s Wally? books I used to read with the children. The pattern features the occasional…

6 min.
catch the buzz

IMAGINE THE PERFECT British garden on a warm summer’s day. Do you picture roses and clematis creeping up walls; foxgloves and lupins standing tall amid borders of cottage garden favourites; pots bursting with strawberries; and a melodic symphony of birdsong? And does that romantic fantasy also feature the humble bee, buzzing around between flowers as it greedily gathers nectar? If not, then it’s time for a rethink as bees are the very foundation of not just our gardens, but of the food that we, and many other creatures, thrive upon. They are the busy workers who pollinate our flowers and crops – and to lose them would be catastrophic. The fact that bee populations are declining at an alarming rate is not new information, with reports of increases in colony collapses…

2 min.
what are the different bee species?

HONEYBEES There is only one type of European honeybee, distinguished by its black slim body with golden-amber stripes. Honeybees have been domesticated for centuries and are rarely found in the wild. In any hive there are up to 40,000 bees of three types: a single queen, thousands of female worker bees and, in the summer, hundreds of male drones, who are evicted in the autumn to die. Unlike bumblebees, honeybees overwinter as a colony, living off the food stores they produced during the summer. They make far more honey than is needed, and so the excess is taken by beekeepers for human consumption. Female honeybees can sting if they feel threatened, so don’t stand in front of a hive… BUMBLEBEES Rounded, furry and friendly looking, bumblebees don’t make honey as such,…