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The English HomeThe English Home

The English Home

March 2019

The English Home brings you seasonal British design and lifestyle throughout the year. Every issue includes quintessentially British kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms and living rooms, with useful advice from leading interior designers and architects on how to achieve classic, elegant style.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Chelsea Magazine
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12 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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a letter from home

March goes hand in hand with a sense of optimism and renewal, as gardens and countryside burst back into life and birds chatter from the hedgerows once more. Goodness knows we could all do with such uplifting sights and sounds after the long nights and grey days of winter, not to mention an extended period of discombobulating uncertainty on the world stage. I cannot help but feel that the latter is significant in influencing the determined turn towards a bolder, brighter mood in interiors. When the world feels so serious, it seems little surprise that colour, comfort, wit and playfulness emit a siren call in design. Certainly, there is a new generation of names in interior design who are injecting an exuberance and a maximalist twist into English style,…

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this month we’ve been…

Wallpaper from the latest collection by textile designer Charlotte Gaisford ( see page 80 ) (PORTRAIT RACHEL SMITH) * Delving into the archives at renowned brands. Read our findings in the April edition.* Following the launch of events celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of leading Victorian art critic John Ruskin, including exhibitions at Brantwood – his former home on Coniston Water in Cumbria – Two Temple Place, London and the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Gallery, Tokyo. Website ruskinto-day.org offers a useful events insight.* Enjoying the Dior exhibition at the V&A. Entitled Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams and tracing the impact of his work from 1947 to the present day, it runs until the 14 July. ■…

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contributors

TIM GOSLING Furniture designer (Tim talks about his favourite book on p146.) What do you love most about being a furniture designer? I love being able to create the first visual image of anything at all for a home with just a pencil and paper. It is such a privilege to work with clients on pieces of furniture that will become part of their daily lives. What makes your English home special to you? I truly love my London home. I travel a lot, which makes me appreciate being there with my dog even more. My books, sculptures, open fires, the lighting, colours and comfort make me feel so happy.What is your favourite seasonal pursuit in March? March is when most of the National Trust stately…

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home comforts

Linen refresh Add a breezy feel to proceedings – whether in the kitchen or at the table – with some fresh new linens in dusky pink and fine monochrome stripes. From left: Plaster Pink napkin, £18 for a set of two; Fine Black Stripe apron, £38; Fine Black Stripe napkins, £18 for a set of two; Plaster Pink apron, £32, all Rowen & Wren Botanical display Harness the uplifting sight of nature’s new offerings with these delicately scalloped planters, offset by delicately decorated ginger jars. Welby ginger jars, from £89 each; Small Scalloped planters, £30 for a set of two; Fluted planters, £63 for a set of two, Sophie Conran Playful patterns Soft, cosy and lightweight, these delightful quilts hand-crafted in India are ethically produced to…

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tea making

Fortnum’s St James Tea for One Teapot, £115, Fortnum & Mason Butterfly Bloom Three-Piece Teapot, Sugar and Cream Set, £195; Cup and Saucer, £50; Three-Tier Cake Stand, £135, Wedgwood T-Timepiece diffuser by TUDelft and Titus Wybenga, £26, Alessi Green Tea Crown Assortment, £15, Newby Vera Wang for Wedgwood With Love Nouveau silver cake knife and server set, £60, Selfridges Classical Cake Stand, from £120, John Julian Plum Asiatic Pheasants Cow Creamer, £32, Burleigh Kit Kemp Tapestry Tea Tray, £300, Fine Cell Work Lisette Glass Teapot, £26, Laura Ashley The soothing ritual of preparing tea provides a moment of calm in the midst of modern life. Spooning leaves into the pot, pouring water from a height and watching as plumes of steam rise from the fragrant liquid is as much…

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letter writing

Ted Baker navy blue fountain pen, £49.95, Annabel James A6 Notebook, £4, Yateley Papers The Small Bascule Desk, from £10,400, Soane Britain Calligraphy Notecards (set of nine with envelopes, boxed), £20, Lucy Bowes Design Meard Magazine Rack in Brushed Brass, £145, Soho Home Desk accessories, from £120, Lutyens Furniture & Lighting Oxford Double Desk Light in Satin Brass, £385, Original BTC John Derian Fern Paperweight, £60, Catesbys (FEATURE EVE MIDDLETON) Personalised Natural Address Stamp, £21, The English Stamp Company Sending hand-written missives is a process rewarding for both writer and recipient. Hearing the pleasing thud of a hand-penned note fall through the letterbox is matched only by the pleasure afforded in taking time and care to write thoughtful words. Create a tranquil setting with accessories to match, and enjoy…

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