House Beautiful UK June 2019

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

1 min
from the editor

I don’t know about you, but I have numerous home improvement projects going on in my head at any one time. Top two right now: a bedroom refresh with new storage, and an ambitious single-storey extension. In both cases, the ideas and possibilities whir around in my mind as I think about how to make our space actually work for the way we live in it. In truth, I feel a bit relieved when summer arrives and my attention turns from indoors to out. Creating a relaxed and welcoming ‘outside living space’ seems easier by comparison. Each year, I add to my eclectic ‘patio’ collection of cushions and throws, strings of lighting and hurricane lamps. It’s a thrown-together look that’s a bit messy, but it helps create a comfortable spot to…

3 min
passion for print

WHO Kangan Arora SPECIALISES IN Handmade screen-printed designs featuring bold Indian-inspired colours and geometric shapes CLIENTS INCLUDE Urban Outfitters, London Design Fair, Heal’s, Ikea Walking into textile designer Kangan Arora’s studio in south London, you’re hit by a riot of colour: rolls of bright fabrics draped over benches; swatches on Pinterest-style moodboards; cushions piled high and an enormous printing table. The Indian-born designer, whose work spans textiles, interiors, branding and packaging, is celebrated for her signature use of bold colour and pattern, which blends the visual storytelling of her Asian heritage with a love of her adopted London. ‘I first started doing what I do because I was homesick,’ says Kangan. ‘I missed the colour, the energy, the chaos of home. In India, everything is hand-painted – hoardings, trucks, water towers, rows…

1 min
style file

BEST BASKET Hone offers a simpler way of comparing products online. Uniting more than 90 brands, including Made, Habitat and Anthropologie, the site allows you to filter searches by price, retailer, style, colour and more. Click on the heart icon and the website will learn your favourites and show you more of what you love. And you can set up personalised price alerts to ensure you don’t overspend ( ONE TO WATCH PETRONELLA HALL The wallpaper and fabric expert brings the natural world to life through her vibrant illustrations of plants and animals. Inspired by the seasonal shades of the countryside, her original designs will infuse your home with a fabulous riot of colour and pattern. We particularly love Fig in Blue (above), £10/roll. Step outside The iconic String shelving system turns 70 this year, and…

2 min
midgley green

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO PROGRESS FROM AN E-SHOP TO THE REAL THING? Katherine grew up in Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire, where she would regularly check out what was on offer at Baileys, a great local homewares store. These visits, which have become fond memories, definitely influenced our decision to become shopkeepers. We met in Falmouth in Cornwall, where we were both studying fine art at the university. After graduating, we moved to Bristol, where we began curating contemporary craft products made by friends. Midgley Green was launched as a website specialising in ceramics, woodwork and textiles by British designer-makers. It’s grown from a small site run from our spare room, to a thriving business based in a Victorian shop. HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE THE ETHOS BEHIND MIDGLEY GREEN? Today, studio rents are rocketing, competition…

2 min
scents of the season

As the countryside comes alive under the summer sun, so do our senses – roused by the evocative aromas of the season. From salty sea air and freshly cut grass, to the sweet scent of roses, Mother Nature’s natural perfumes put an undeniable spring in our step. If you’re looking to fill your home with the same joyful perfumes, these home fragrance collections are striking all the right notes. 1 Ashley & CO Inspired by the connection between fragrance and the memories they evoke, this New Zealand-based company uses natural ingredients to create invigorating scents in the form of candles, diffusers, beauty and even cleaning products. Try the Tui & Kahili scent, a lovely mix of ylang ylang, mimosa and lily, for a daily dose of the exotic. Prices start at £9,…

2 min
søren ravn christensen

WHAT DOES UMAGE MEAN? It is the Danish word for ‘making the extra effort’. HOW IS THIS REFLECTED IN THE BRAND? We really strive to craft products that set us apart from our competitors. Our flexible and flatpacked designs, sustainable materials and reusable packaging are all good examples of this. Creating desirable products that are affordable, while maintaining longevity and quality, takes extra effort. That’s Umage! WHY ARE YOUR DESIGNS FLATPACKED? If everything is compact, we are able to keep more stock in our warehouses, the items are easier to transport and handle and we can offer quicker, more efficient deliveries because our storage costs are lower. Most people are now used to self-assembly, but we try and keep it as simple as possible. You could argue that too much time spent on assembly is…