House Beautiful UK July 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

Summer is finally upon us and whether you’re planning a sultry city staycation or a breezy coastal break, this month we’re bursting with bright ideas to help you make the most of it. According to leading UK retailers, there’s been a surge in sales of outdoor sofas and kitchens, all-weather rugs and firepits – evidence, if we ever needed it, that we all love to escape to a stylish outdoor ‘living room’. Whether you have a sizeable patio, or a tiny balcony, you’ll find some great advice in this issue. In fact, we’ve pretty much dedicated the whole magazine to summer living, with plenty of inspiration from both urbanites and coastal dwellers. I’ve completely fallen in love with the gorgeous harbour-front cottage on p74 and the stunning rooftop garden in the middle…

3 min
pottering about

WHO Emma Lacey SPECIALISES IN Hand-thrown tableware and ceramic design CLIENTS INCLUDE The Conran Shop, Liberty, The Design Museum Shop Ceramicist Emma Lacey’s design studio is run from the north London home she grew up in. Situated in a wooden workspace in the garden, the studio is a hive of activity – Emma darting between the office and studio and her assistant packing boxes of mugs. She’s been running Emma Lacey Engaging Ceramics for 12 years now, producing pieces that truly are engaging. Emma describes herself as being somewhere between a craftsperson and industrial designer: ‘My work is concerned with functionality and aesthetic. I realised during my MA that I wanted to be a designer – my passion was for materials, ergonomics and three-dimensional objects. My pieces fit around the person holding them; that’s…

3 min

The latest shopping, news and trends to look out for this month PURE & SIMPLE Founded by Danish entrepreneur Joy Vasiljev, The Organic Company uses only organic cotton in its pared-back textiles. We love the zero-waste food bags, from £4.50, and waffle towels, from £20, which come in a choice of shades and sizes. Available at Trouva (; VIVA LA VIDA Inspired by a trip to Mexico, designer Georgia Bosson has created a range of vibrant colour-block trays that have us dreaming of outdoor entertaining. The sustainably-sourced birch plywood pieces feature screen-printed patterns in beautiful pigments. And when the sun turns to rain, they’ll bring a touch of Mexicana to your kitchen, too. Below is the Merida large round tray, £68 ( TAKE IT OUTSIDE Swoon has debuted yet another new collection, taking us from…

2 min
w a green

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO OPEN AN INTERIORS SHOP? The idea for W A Green started with a friend’s birthday present. She has great taste and I wanted my gift to be unusual – something she’d love but had never seen before. I couldn’t find anything. The shops in London were doing similar versions of the same thing and it all felt a bit bland. Around the same time, I visited California and saw how people felt so positive about local crafts. I realised there was an opportunity to embrace that ethos and bring it to the UK, so I ditched my job in advertising and away I went! TELL US MORE ABOUT THE ETHOS BEHIND W A GREEN? Our catchphrase is ‘dopamine for the home’, which in a nutshell means every item should…

2 min
5 minutes with… ondine ash

A CHANGE IN CAREER WAS THE STARTING POINT FOR YOUR BUSINESS. WHAT INSPIRED THIS? During the almost 16 years I spent working as a fashion buyer for high street brands, my eyes were opened to the lack of knowledge and transparency surrounding the origins of products in the supply chain. I wanted to establish some control in the production process concerning the goods I worked with and began moving away from fast fashion. Homewares are less transient and are often part of a more considered purchase, so it felt like the perfect fit. AS WELL AS CRAFTING YOUR OWN PIECES, YOU SOURCE AND SELL PRODUCTS FROM MAKERS AROUND THE WORLD I first started making and selling cushion covers in a friend’s shop using fabrics I’d found on my travels abroad. I still produce…

4 min
into the blue

Making waves Fabrics in harmonising shades bring fabulous layers of colour to a laid-back scheme. Dark and delicate Evoke the feel of a coastal landscape with a statement wallpaper depicting seaside flora and fauna. Accessories in indigo and soft sky blues combine beautifully in this modern living space. Sea spray hues Making blue part of the scheme rather than the focus brings a contemporary touch. Here, a blue mosaic-effect wallpaper teamed with cobalt blue seating make for a balanced look. A blue horizon White is a perfect foil for dark hues. Painting floating shelves in deep watery tones creates a point of contrast, allowing ceramics in painterly and graphic patterns to sing out. Setting the tone Inject some instant serenity into a room with the most versatile shade under the sky. Add a mix of prints with motifs inspired…