Homes & Gardens March 2021

Published by TI Media Limited Homes & Gardens celebrates the beauty of classic and contemporary style. Real-life homes with stunning photography deliver inspirational decorating while remaining real and relevant. Homes & Gardens is the ultimate sourcebook of beautiful ideas and detailed information, inspiring its readers to become their own interior designers.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor’s letter

I’ll let you in on a badly kept secret: magazines are created well in advance of when they hit the shops – or your letter boxes. So, this, my first issue of H&G is being put together when the shortest, darkest day of the year is still ahead of us; and we are in lockdown again. Still, unlike many, we are lucky to be busy at work, a blessed distraction. Some of the brilliant H&G team are well known to me; others, I’ve only recently met on Zoom. All of us are working remotely. It is the strangest, most difficult of times. And yet we are hopeful, cautiously excited even, because every day, as we work, we are necessarily thinking ahead to spring and the benefits – and relief –…

2 min

ARTISTIC FLOURISH Nothing heralds the arrival of spring like tulips, but it’s a tulip tile from artist Wayne Pate that we’ve been admiring. Working in collaboration with Balineum, this is Wayne’s first foray into terracotta tiles. They feature his painterly geometrics and flora, hand-painted onto tiles by Balineum’s artisans in Italy. The nine patterns are available in three sizes, from £21.60 each. TWO’S COMPANY We’ve been busy at H & G, working in collaboration with Love Your Home to bring you the elegant Bloomsbury sofa and chair collection. The Virginia chair, from £1,197 in plain fabric, or £2,574 in a pattern, captures the feel of a reupholstered vintage classic. Curvaceous legs are a nod to the modern, while smart piping gives an added extra. ENDURING APPEAL Our love for the quiet and elegant aesthetic of…

3 min
one to watch

Q Tell us a little bit about your background. I was born in Spain. I studied translation and interpreting and then did a master’s degree in international relations and diplomacy. So nothing related to ceramics at all. I have lived in many different places including Madrid, Leipzig, San Francisco and Vienna, and then in 2013 I moved to London, where I discovered ceramics and so this journey started. Q Where do you look to for inspiration? I have always looked to nature and its movements and rhythms: often subtle, yet extremely powerful – like the power of a storm or the motion of the clouds in the sky. Conceptually, I look at history and traditions and the way ceramics have been made in different countries. Right now, I am focusing on African pottery. “I…

5 min
a force of nature

The rustic timber cladding on the exterior of this house in Constantia, a suburb of Cape Town, belies the airy and open feel once you step through the front door. However, owner Caroline Topat wanted to keep a sense of intimacy, so that the rooms gradually reveal themselves as you progress through the house, rather than being confronted by one overwhelmingly large, echoey space. ‘While I love open-plan living, there are times when it’s nice to close off an area when you’re entertaining, if the children have their friends over or simply to keep a sitting room cosier,’ explains Caroline. ‘A completely open-plan space can lack warmth, but our home has so many options and interesting corners.’ This property’s layout resembles a series of areas that are connected but unfold as…

3 min
the primaries

LIGHT THE WAY The fiery shade of this statement lamp instantly lifts the scheme. It’s paired with a vase in a similarly bold colour to balance the look. Bobbin console table, £1,620, Julian Chichester. Fali tumbler, £29.95 for four, Nkuku. Shoreham table lamp, £351, Vaughan. Cast plaster relief of clustered plums, £180, Lassco. Number 2 vase in Cobalt, £575, The Conran Shop € THE HOT SEAT Wooden furniture and natural jute flooring is given a new lease of life with a sprinkling of bright primary colours. Create a statement with a single piece in a vivid hue. Here, a red chair delivers drama and works as a wonderful focal point. Barker bookcase in Weld, £3,175, Sebastian Cox. Victoria solid oak dining table, £2,415, Terence Conran for Benchmark Furniture. Ash carver chair, £390 for two, Graham…

3 min
smart home report

1 SURROUND SOUND The latest addition to Sonos’ audio collection is a Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbar that will completely transform how your TV sounds, offering room-filling, surround sound without the need for dozens of separate speakers. Measuring 8.7x114.2x11.6cm it’s surprisingly slim, especially as it contains eight separate woofers and three tweeters all angled to fire sound forward, left/right and also up to the ceiling, to create an all-encompassing effect, especially when watching fast-paced films. Sonos Arc, £799, 2 MADE TO MEASURE A stylish bowl – choose from a range of subtle colours and wood veneer – with a hugely practical secret; it has a built-in weigh scale and small LCD display that makes it easy to measure out your pet’s food. The stainless-steel bowl is removable and dishwasher safe, and there’s also a partner…