Homes & Gardens August 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

In case our exuberant front cover – featuring interior designer Kit Kemp’s extraordinary kitchen – isn’t enough of a clue (see p72 for an exclusive peek at more of her London townhouse), this issue is a celebration of colour. Here at H&G we are already colour converts, but if you are looking for decor inspiration – and if you have an eye for trends –know that interiors experts foresee bolder schemes becoming a feature in more of our homes from now on, thanks to the dark, dark year we have all just endured. So, let us enliven your interiors with our beautiful colour on colour decorating feature (p38); with imaginative ways to use striking fabrics and wallpapers (p52); with design maven Kelly Wearstler’s sage advice (p63); with – fittingly –…

4 min
the august edit

THE CRAFTED PIECE Handmade by the Yoruba artisans of Nigeria, this lounge chair has been embellished with thousands of tiny glass beads applied to fabric covers that are then stitched onto the frame. Taking up to 14 weeks to complete, each piece is a functional work of art, designed to be both sturdy and comfortable for everyday use – and no two are the same. Yoruba beaded chair, £2,200, Pentreath & Hall. OFF THE SHELF Artist Lora Avedian uses traditional embroidery to make modern artefacts. In Stitch in Bloom (£15, Hardie Grant), she explores the art of couching, a technique used to adorn fabrics. Focusing on British flowers, this book shows how to create a variety of projects that emphasise the joys of stitching by hand. BRAND TO KNOW Founded by Robert Stephenson, Sedilia is…

1 min
seen on instagram @genevievedesign

Tell us about yourself. I’m a designer and creative director based in London. I recently took on the role of head of design for Liberty Interiors. We design and make fabrics and wallpapers for contemporary interiors – archival Liberty prints are reinterpreted and reworked, and mixed with new designs created in our London studio. Describe your Instagram account. I believe in producing work that is distinctive, precious and long-lasting, and I try to convey this. I love to mix colour, pattern and tactile surface with research into historic decorative arts to create modern heritage pieces. I also love experimentation and I like to show the journey of a textile. What is your account’s USP? I put a special focus on surface and process: lustre and matt are balanced with line and tone,…

1 min
the return of real inspiration

LIVINGETC House Tours Live is an innovative event that opens the doors to inspiring houses and amazing schemes. A brilliant day out, it offers the chance to get up close with fresh design ideas, to see how paint colours look in real rooms, meet the creative team behind the most original interiors magazine and take notes on ideas to try yourself. This September’s event is in London’s Primrose Hill, once home to the cream of British rock and roll and now full of beautiful interiors. All six properties are within walking distance, so you can view them at your leisure and enjoy a coffee or lunch in the buzzy neighbourhood. You’ll be outside for much of the day, and we’ve taken precautions to ensure the event will be Covid secure,…

3 min
the sustainable home

My nerves peaked as I Zoomed in to Edward Bulmer’s office; after years of giving interviews, this time I was the interviewer. It’s more pressure, especially with someone you admire. Edward has a mission to change the paint industry, and I don’t want to hold him up. Before buying a house, paint was low on my list of eco concerns. I thought, it’s only a thin layer of material which has, surely, a small impact. But when you scale it up, it matters – and with 703 million litres of paint sold in the UK in 2019, it needed scrutiny. I discovered Edward Bulmer when on the panel for this magazine’s Awards, and I’m grateful I did. Only months later my wife, Brogan, pregnant with our second baby, would be painting the…

3 min
name to know

Tell us about your background. I have a degree in architecture, which gave me some fantastic training in aspirational thinking. Strangely, I emerged knowing very little about how to construct a building but a good deal about design and concept development. Since then, I’ve been a maker of one sort or another. Where do you seek inspiration? Aside from the bottomless pond of colour and beauty that is Instagram, I don’t consciously look for inspiration, although going anywhere with an eager eye will always be rewarding. Often a piece of clothing or a painting will make me want to experiment with new colour palettes, or I will see something incorrectly out of the corner of my eye and it will give me an idea for something entirely different. What techniques, materials and equipment do…