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The English Home February 2020

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
Frequency:
Monthly
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
a letter from home

February is a time for looking ahead to brighter days and taking opportunity of these still dark evenings to think about future projects for the home and garden in the year to come. Maybe you are planning to move and need to give rooms a little refreshment to make them more enticing, or perhaps you are considering a more significant redecoration to enhance your own enjoyment of your home? When considering where to start, it makes sense to follow the sage advice of the professionals, who, rather than beginning with a particular fabric swatch or paint hue, will first define the desired mood and any practical problems that need overcoming. They also focus on drawing out a client’s particular design aesthetic. I find it can be incredibly useful to think about…

1 min.
behind the scenes...

At The English Home, we love nothing more than meeting and speaking to talented specialists about their work in their particular fields. This issue, I had the pleasure of visiting interior designer Emma Sims-Hilditch at her Wiltshire-based studio to talk about conceiving room schemes for clients, and this resulted in the feature on sitting room design on page 92. Meanwhile, Samantha, our Executive Editor, visited the esteemed and charming food writer Matthew Fort in his own Cotswolds kitchen to talk about his home passions and his gourmet inspirations, leading to the Q&A on page 72. Kate Freud, our Editor-at-Large, met interior designer Janie Money of Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler to glean insights into the story of the redecoration of key rooms at important historic house Weston Park on page 96.…

2 min.
home comforts

FEATURE EVE MIDDLETON PHOTOGRAPHS P16 (GUY GOODFELLOW) © ASTRID TEMPLIER; P18 (STUDIO DUGGAN) © MARIELL LIND HANSEN…

1 min.
back to earth

1 min.
freshly minted

7 min.
notebook

PURSUITS The creative art of embroidery Decorating textiles with needle and thread is believed to date back to ancient times. The oldest surviving example of British embroidery is the stole of St Cuthbert, preserved in Durham Cathedral, from the 10th century. Several hundred years later, embroidery has moved away from the heraldic and ecclesiastical to become a craft form, using techniques passed down from one generation to the next. With industrialisation, machines can recreate the look of embroidery, but the skill has not been lost. Today, with growing consumer desire for handmade, bespoke items, activities like embroidery are increasingly sought-after. As no previous needlework experience is needed, it is the perfect choice for those seeking a creative endeavour. “Start with an easy kit from a company or tutor whose designs you love,” advises Phillipa…