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ELLE Decoration UK April 2016

ELLE Decoration UK showcases the world’s most beautiful homes and makes good design accessible to everyone through its mix of styles, products and price points. Combining all the inspiration, information and ideas you need to bring your home to life, it is the authority on trends, style and contemporary design.

United Kingdom
Hearst Magazines UK
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12 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
the decorating issue

Decorating: some people’s pleasure, others’ pain – for me, joy! I absolutely love the transformative possibilities of decoration. It never ceases to amaze me how colour, pattern and texture can completely alter your experience of a space. It can cool rooms down or warm them up; make spaces feel larger and more airy, or snug, cosy and den-like. It’s also the bit of the home-making process that gets to be fun! After all of the expensive, boring-yetimportant stuff you can’t see (plumbing, re-wiring, plastering etc), this is where you get to prettify and see instant change. As such, I like to think of my walls as large canvases on which I can play. For example, in a previous home I combined colourcoordinated but different vertical lengths of wallpaper to make a…

1 min.
this month’s contributors

Kassia St Clair Twitter: @kassiastclair Profession Writer FeatureColour theory, p85 Likes Breakfast, running and bed Dislikes Hangovers, rudeness and people who walk slowly Most precious possession The manuscript for the book about colour that I’m writing. I’ve secreted copies – physical and digital – all over the place in case my laptop explodes/gets stolen/dies Favourite colour Currently hovering around bottle green, but changes almost hourly. Recent favourites include incarnadine, flamenco and obsidian Amanda Smith-Corston Instagram: @stylister Profession Stylist FeaturesEmerald City, p142 and Fresh ideas, p158 Influences There’s nothing like an amble around a new area or city, and the joy of discovering new and inspiring places. It nourishes and informs my work Dream buy A sunny plot of land with a view of the sea where I could build my own house with a pool, and make my dreams on Pinterest a reality Favourite…

4 min.
go with the grain

Cole & Son’s new ‘Curio’ wallpaper range takes natural textures of wood, precious stone and mother of pearl and transforms them into original contemporary patterns. This ‘Strand’ design recalls the veining of marble or an exotic, aged timber; the malachite-green and gold colourway adds an extra layer of opulence. The collection features 11 other designs, all inspired by organic materials. ‘Strand’ wallpaper, £80 per 10-metre roll, Cole & Son (cole-and-son.com). FOR MORE OBJECTS OF DESIRE, VISIT ELLEDECORATION.CO.UK/SHOPPING CAPSULE COLLECTION Four years in the making, Japanese fashion label Issey Miyake’s homeware for Finnish brand Iittala is every bit as sculptural as you’d expect from the designer famous for his architectural clothes. The ‘Iittala X Issey Miyake’ range includes ceramics, glass and textiles created using the same pleating and folding technique that has been used…

1 min.
a stroll in paris

This ‘La Parisienne’ fabric by French company Manuel Canovas is one of three new designs created as a tribute to the country’s capital. Have fun spotting landmarks such as Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower among the elegant ladies in 1950s attire. The motif’s subtle repeat makes it feel more like an artwork than a pattern, and the pinpoint flashes of colour allow it to sit equally well in a monochrome or colourful room. It’s also available as a charming wallpaper. ‘La Parisienne’ fabric, £85 per metre; wallpaper, £120 per 10-metre roll, both by Manuel Canovas, Colefax and Fowler (colefax.com)…

1 min.
the great divide

Open-plan living is brilliant, but sometimes a little separation is a good thing. Use floor-to-ceiling shelves to create subtle zones within your space. This Australian home (above) features a bespoke unit, constructed by Doherty Design Studios (dohertydesignstudio.com.au), that not only divides but also screens with a layer of stylish fluted glass. Freestanding models are best if you want to be able to easily switch around the layout of your rooms. Here, we share some of the best options – from geometric marvels to pieces with a more Surrealist slant.…

2 min.
liberty belle

Ever wondered who’s behind Liberty’s spectacular fabrics and wallpapers? It’s textile designer Emma Mawston, who’s worked across fashion and interiors for the iconic London store for 24 years. Her latest project, the ‘Chesham Cabinet’ collection, encompasses a diverse mix of artist collaborations, her own creations and reworkings of archive patterns. Inspiration came when Mawston started researching ideas for her daughter’s dolls’ house – ‘It has yet to be decorated, but this collection evolved instead!’ she says. The ‘Chesham Cabinet’ fabrics draw inspiration from antique dolls’ houses Mawston’s designs for ‘Chesham Cabinet’ (the name is a nod to Liberty founder Arthur Lasenby Liberty, who called the store Chesham House after his own childhood home) draw inspiration from a number of antique dolls’ houses, as well as a 20th-century Dutch ‘cabinet house’ from Liberty’s…