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Period Living March 2020

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

Following the bleakness of winter, spring is the most anticipated and welcome of all the seasons. As well as brighter days providing a much-needed boost, the unfurling of flora and awakening of fauna offer ample inspiration for refreshing your home and garden. This issue, we reveal how to decorate with a natural, seasonal palette, from serene and verdant greens (page 26) to paints inspired by spring bulb colours (page 20). One key update that is often longed for at this time of year is the kitchen. As the heart of the home, it’s a room that is brimming with nostalgia, reminding us of wholesome family baking sessions and preparing meals for special occasions. So it’s important that a new design honours that history and conveys a sense of warmth and…

2 min.
your journal

This month’s star letter writer wins a Tregothnan Afternoon Tea hamper, worth £75. It includes an infusion teapot, china mug, tea, biscuits and plum jam. ALL FIRED UP The cover of the February issue inspired me to share a recent discovery. In August, my husband and I moved into our 1885 home. There is lots to do with renovating the house, garden and stables/coach house. When we were removing one of the gas fires, we uncovered an original fireplace (below left). We have restored the back brickwork and stripped the paint from the slate surround. Our good friend, a chimney sweep, informed us that originally the surround would have been painted to look like marble. We are thoroughly enjoying our new project and using Period Living as our inspiration. Helen Hunt, Nottingham HOLIDAY DISPLAY Inspired…

6 min.

Into the wild Escape to a wonderful and whimsical world with Clarke & Clarke’s new fabric and wallpaper collection Wilderie, created in collaboration with graphic artist Emma J Shipley. Bringing to life Emma’s fervent imagination, Wilderie blurs fantasy and reality with intricate prints that fuse mythical creatures with the beauty of the natural world. Journey through jungles crawling with winged cheetahs, to paradise lands alive with bejewelled exotic birds. PL loves this Lost World design, available in an array of vibrant colourways, from £40 per m for cotton fabric. RETRO REVIVAL Ercol turns 100 this year, and to mark a century in furniture design the iconic brand is refreshing some classic pieces from its archive. Originally designed in 1962 by Lucien Ercol, the Windsor sideboard is one of the pieces being relaunched, but…

2 min.
best of british

What’s the story behind Roger Oates Design? It was when working on a commission for a private client in the late 1980s that Roger Oates and Fay Morgan uncovered a historic Venetian flatweave sample hidden under the floorboards of a grand country house. Although heavily faded on top, the underside of the 200-year-old fragment was vividly coloured and deliberately patterned. It became the inspiration for our first flatweave collection. Developing a traditional weaving process using specially adapted 1950s Hattersley fabric looms, the company reinvented this narrow-width textile for use in modern interiors. Using 100 per cent wool and daring colour, flatweave became a hit with interior designers. Thirty years on, the colour and design in our collections has continually evolved; although we still use the same 1950s looms. What role does heritage…

3 min.
serene green

A NEW LEAF Looking to bring life to a tired living room? Little Greene has teamed up with the National Trust to create a beautiful collection of wallpapers, each drawing on historic properties in the charity’s care. Inspired by a fragment of leaf design found on the walls of Newark Park, this Clutterbuck wallpaper derives its name from James Clutterbuck, who acquired the estate in the mid-18th century. The simple pattern featured two varying shades of green on a white satin background, and has been reworked into a fresh repeat pattern. Pictured in Lodge, one of five colourways, the paper, £84 per roll, would make for an uplifting scheme teamed with Little Greene’s Sage and Onions paint, £45 per 2.5ltrs of Absolute matt emulsion. THE LAYERED LOOK Sometimes fresh, botanical greens…

5 min.
embroidered evolution

Beyond embroidery designer Alice Selwood’s studio in central Cornwall are windswept fields, traditional granite farmhouses and the picturesque remains of former mine buildings. Inside her converted barn it is, however, a different story. Like an enticing jewellery box, the space, which has beautiful views to St Ives Bay, is filled with colourful fabric and thread, detailed sketches pinned to the walls, and shelves full of Alice’s elegant, modern pieces. At first it seems the two scenes have nothing in common, but in fact Alice’s luxurious soft furnishings and fashion accessories – including cushions, lampshades, wall hangings, clutch bags and purses – are intrinsically linked to her surroundings. Their designs are inspired by both the county’s industrial heritage and its natural landscapes and seascapes – whether it be the dramatic structures of…