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Homes & Antiques May 2020

Homes & Antiques is the magazine for people who love great design and beautiful objects from every era, providing a unique mix of the very best of the old with the very best of the new. That's why, as well as being the official magazine of the BBC's Antiques Roadshow, every issue delivers an inspirational blend of heritage and lifestyle.

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
stay creative, stay positive

We all find ourselves in uncharted waters, and the good ship H&A is no exception; the entire editorial team is working from home. It is no mean feat to pull a magazine together remotely but, thankfully, the content of this issue is so uplifting that it has kept our spirits high – and it is my sincere wish that it will have the same effect on you. Has all this time at home left you itching to redecorate? Flip to ‘ Colour Happy’ (p40), in which Sophie Hannam shows us the hues to use to help us stay calm and positive. Or, for a delightful moment of escapism, tour Bridget Elworthy’s classic English country home (p52), which boasts lush gardens, exquisite decor and myriad antiques. While the fairs and auctions we adore…

1 min.
my five favourite antiques in this issue…

GREEN WITH ENVY Now that I’m working from home, I’m on the lookout for pieces to brighten up my desk, like this malachite box. FERN FEVER I’ve learned a new word: pteridomania saw 19th-century Brits fanatically pressing plants, like this one! GUESS THE HAMMER It’s a bit cracked, but that only adds to the charm of this tureen for me. Can you guess what it sold for? LITTLE AND LARGE Artisan Robert Thompson carved a distinctive mark onto his creations, including these simple stools. JUST PEACHY I love the pastel peach hue of this pressed glass cake stand, I just wish it had a lemon drizzle cake on top!…

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this month’s contributors

Oliver Hurley wrote ‘London’s Walls of Fame’ Oliver is the Production Editor of the›English Heritage Members’ Magazine, and was previously a member of the›H&A editorial team. He has also freelanced for publications ranging from›The Guardian›to›Classic Pop. ‘I love having flowers in the house as they can brighten up even the drabbest corner. For me, you can’t go wrong with calla lilies.’ Susi Bellamy her home is featured in ‘Private Palazzo’ Susi is an artist and homeware designer based in Northumberland. She’s known for her bold, graphic wallpaper and fabric designs inspired by time she spent living in Florence, Tuscany. ‘My favourite summer flowers are ranunculi – I love the mix of different colours in the one variety and they brighten up my kitchen.’ Holly Johnson is interviewed by Ellie Tennant in ‘Design Icon: Mouseman Furniture’ Holly is…

3 min.

To future discoveries! While sitting in a rather draughty hall, helping to manage our local Covid-19 support hub, I have just read ‘A Day in the Life of a Conservator’. I found the article fascinating and I was transported back to a couple of hot summer days last year. Not only did we visit the conservation studio at Knole, but also Ightham Mote. We were amazed at the detail and level of conservation taking place, in such close proximity. It truly shows the skill and dedication of conservators from all over the country. Emma also mentioned the alabaster doll’s tea set at Nostell Priory. Nostell was our last trip, just before lockdown. The craftsmanship of the newly restored doll’s house is remarkable. Thank you for providing a welcome, nostalgic break from…

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if antiques could talk...

A future heirloom My father, unfortunately, very recently passed away. He left me this beautiful antique emerald and diamond ring, which I had no idea existed. It was given to me on instruction after his death.›The significance is that my late father’s birthstone is an emerald. There are 10 diamonds in total, therefore the piece is representative of his birthday – 10th May.› The importance of the ring will remain in my heart forever and I hope to pass it to my daughter, who in turn will pass it on along the family line.›This piece is only just starting on its journey as an heirloom and I hope the story of its special meaning will not be lost as time goes by.› Rebecca Fox, via email DO YOU HAVE AN ANTIQUE WITH A STORY? If…

2 min.
the month

1 the CLASSIC HOCKLEY BY SOFA WORKSHOP Does anything sound better than snuggling up on a squishy loveseat, with a cup of tea and a favourite magazine or book? New from Sofa Workshop, the Hockley (from £971) channels pared-back Scandinavian vibes, with sleek tapered legs. Don’t be deterred by its simple shape, it certainly doesn’t scrimp on comfort… 0808 271 4999; sofaworkshop.com 2 the DESIGNER ALICE ARCHER FOR ANTHROPOLOGIE Anthropologie knows how to spot a great creative talent – and the latest range with British fashion designer Alice Archer radiates springtime cheer. Alongside delicious tulle dresses and floaty blouses, Alice has also turned her hand to homeware. We love this cheerful bedding set, embroidered with ripe strawberries, blushing cherry blossom and other blowsy blooms. A square pillowcase starts at £48 and a double quilt starts…