House Beautiful UK June 2018

House Beautiful is your one-stop shop for classic decorating looks, with regular and comprehensive colour-scheming pages and a wide range of shopping suggestions for those special details that make a difference. With real reader homes from around the UK - ranging from comfortable country style to the chic city look – House Beautiful provides inspiration and practical advice whatever your decorating tastes. Plus, expert advice on everything from choosing the right mortgage to finding your perfect property.

United Kingdom
Hearst Magazines UK
11 Issues

in this issue

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from the editor

Few things give me as much joy as sitting quietly in the garden with a good book, surrounded by scented flowers and luscious greenery. Thus right now, my latest obsession is trying to recreate that feeling indoors. Thankfully, decorating with plants is big news this season, so I’m really excited. I think you, too, will love our ideas in this issue, especially the eight looks for using foliage in rooms (page 112). Our stunning decorating feature on page 26 takes the trend even further, showing how to use large-scale landscape wall murals, beautifully. And, if you’re inspired by our fresh and cheerful cover shot, then skip to page 43 to see how to recreate it yourself. While we all know that making a great first impression for ourselves is important, it…

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thornback & peel

Juliet Thornback, 45, and Delia Peel, 44, are founders of British interiors brand Thornback & Peel. Their designs are wide-ranging, from quivering jellies and rabbits to cabbages, pigeons and seasonal fruits, all brought to life in a vibrant wash of colour. Here, they explain where they find their quintessentially British inspiration. How did Thornback & Peel begin? JULIET In 2003 I was working as a florist, and in my spare time enjoyed craft, but I struggled to find fabrics that I liked. A friend put me in touch with Delia, who had both the textile printing skills I was missing and a shared fascination for unusual design. DELIA I was a theatre set designer, with a background in textile design. I’d screen print fabric and send it to Juliet, who made up beautiful…

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PRINT REVISITED As the fashion and interiors trend for all things floral continues to gather pace, Little Greene has released its latest botanical collection, the timely Archive Trails II. The designs breathe new life into classics such as Brooke House, drawn in the 1920s and pictured here in Cinder, one of five colourways, £85/roll. GLORIOUS WOOD When master wood turner Ray Key retired from making his unique sycamore chopping boards, retailer David Mellor commissioned Will Elworthy to fill the gap. Formerly a TV producer, Will changed career after taking an evening course in carpentry, which led to a fine-furniture-making degree at the Building Crafts College in Stratford, east London. Will now crafts these beautiful boards to Ray’s original designs in his London woodturning workshop. Available in a variety of sizes, the boards, from…

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california dreaming


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devol kitchens

Despite making some of the most cutting-edge kitchens, bathrooms and ceramics available today, Devol’s beginnings were humble. Established in 1989 by design graduates Philip deVries and Paul O’Leary – Devol is an amalgamation of their surnames – the company began in a rented workshop, renovating antique furniture, making bespoke commissions and adapting pieces to take kitchen appliances. After 10 years, Philip set up a property business and Paul bought a Georgian shop in Quorn, Leicestershire. ‘Paul liked the proportions and utilitarian style of Georgian furniture,’ says creative director Helen Parker, ‘but it was becoming hard to find.’ Undeterred, he decided to build his own. He put a sink cabinet in his shop window with a sign saying ‘kitchens for sale’, found a carpenter to help him and began making freestanding pieces,…