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Period Living March 2019

Period Living is Britain's best-selling period homes magazine, offering inspiration, ideas and advice on all aspects of owning an older property. Discover beautiful real homes and gardens to inspire you, insight into the latest decorating trends and interior products that work with a traditional property, guidance from experts on maintaining and improving your home, and lifestyle features with a nostalgic focus. If you appreciate the timeless elegance and original character of old homes updated for modern life, Period Living is the magazine for you.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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editor’s letter

Moving house, and indeed the whole process of finding and buying a property, is thrilling and panic-inducing in equal measure. In my experience, it starts with setting (and then dramatically readjusting) expectations of what’s affordable, optimistically circling on a map the most desirable areas (then realising it would take two hours to get to work), and obsessing over the houses that are just out of reach, imagining that we could secure a bigger mortgage or take on the project of a lifetime. Finally, when ‘The One’ comes along, all common sense goes out of the window as the desperation to secure it takes over – the property’s flaws totally obscured by the rose-tinted haze of its mystical allures. And once you have signed on the dotted line, that’s really just…

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Style the seasons Inject a breath of fresh spring air into a country kitchen with Vanessa Arbuthnott’s new Orchard fabrics. An uplifting mix of retro design and natural motifs, the collection draws inspiration from fruit gardens across the seasons as well as the creative processes of mid-century textile designer Lucienne Day. Choose from ditsy fabrics like May Blossom to the hero print Apples and Pears. £52 per m. TALENT SPOT Meet Lottie Cole, a painter with a passion for period homes. ‘Whether you’re interested in design or not, “home” is something we can all relate to,’ she says. Though most of her interiors are imagined, with a background in art history she finds particular inspiration in the historic and vibrant homes of artists and creatives, and often incorporates pieces spotted at the properties…

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eye on design

Why did you introduce the colours? To inspire people to ‘colour with confidence’. We wanted to embrace the trend for overstated colour and encourage braver, bolder choices within the home. There’s something for everyone in this palette – whether it be a punchy pink, bold blue or a more accessible neutral; it feels fresh, fluid and contemporary yet with a timeless presence. Earthborn’s unique formulas and processes mean you can also feel confident knowing our paint is healthy for you and your home. What inspired the colours? Our inspiration comes from all over; Delilah was a colour we kept seeing at trade fairs, while Bobble Hat was originally developed as a bespoke colour for a customer, and the team just fell in love with it. To us this bluey-green feels reminiscent of a Scottish…

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spring forward

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sunshine shades

As the daffodils begin to bloom, the chicks start to hatch, and the first signs of spring begin to appear, banish winter blues and warm up interiors with sunny yellow. From mellow honey tones to vibrant citrus hues, yellow is a brilliant way of bringing cheer and energy to everyday spaces like kitchens and living rooms, and can be used to create a myriad of inspiring looks. Choose golden saffron hues for a warm, exotic feel in a bedroom; bring zest to a bathroom with splashes of Sicilian lemon, or use moody mustard for a mid-century-style office. Natural and mellow, creamy buttermilk and earthy ochre pigments sit well with the aged materials and textures of old country homes, while acid yellows could add an exciting edge to an urban townhouse.…

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working undercover

AS AN UPHOLSTERER you are going on a journey of discovery into the chair, often finding and revealing fabrics or markings from the past. I feel quite privileged that I get to undress a piece and uncover this history, carefully document it for the owners, and then put it all back together,’ explains Katerina Gibb, as she reviews the work in progress on a shapely 18th-century chair, one of a pair she’s in the throes of breathing new life into. ‘The process of what goes underneath the upholstery is vital,’ she continues. ‘It’s like a fine corset: if you have the underwear right, it really defines the shape of the body and it will look fabulous whatever the client chooses to put on it.’ Her little workroom, which occupies a space…