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Homes & Antiques

Homes & Antiques May 2021

Homes & Antiques is the magazine for people who love great design and beautiful objects from every era, providing a unique mix of the very best of the old with the very best of the new. That's why, as well as being the official magazine of the BBC's Antiques Roadshow, every issue delivers an inspirational blend of heritage and lifestyle.

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United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
12 Issues

in this issue

5 min
bags of style

Frivolous and functional, private and public, symbol of status, political billboard, environmental statement, a weapon (in the hands of Mrs Thatcher), a carry cot (in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest): the handbag is a fashion accessory quite unlike any other. Combining brilliant craftsmanship, luxurious materials, advanced technology, and eye-catching design, collectors include the Queen, said to own 200 Launer London bags. Other devotees include Diana, Princess of Wales, whose penchant was for Lady Dior quilted bags, Jackie Onassis, who was frequently seen swinging the Gucci saddlebag on her arm, as well as fashionistas and pop icons Victoria Beckham, Rita Ora, Rihanna, and Lady Gaga. For an item with such an illustrious following, and with around 2,000 bags in their collection, it’s surprising to learn the V&A hasn’t focused on…

6 min
a restful retreat

From the moment she saw the four-storey cottage that would become her holiday home, Sarah Laming knew she would use antiques and vintage finds to create the relaxed and lived-in atmosphere she was seeking. ‘I imagined catching a glimpse of a worn and well-loved desk through the doorway of my daughter’s room, with a painting and mirror propped up against the wall, and a low-hanging light,’ she says. ‘I liked the idea that someone, in the middle of something, had just popped out of the room. That feeling was important because we wanted to feel comfortable and at home the minute we arrived here on holiday.’ ‘I liked the idea that someone, in the middle of something, had just popped out of the room… we wanted to feel comfortable and at home…

6 min
colour play

Perhaps it’s not such a surprise given the nature of her work, but artist Clare Woods is definitely not afraid of colour. The rooms of her Hereford home, which she shares with sculptor Des Hughes and their two children Sid and Stripey, pay testament to her love of a rich palette, from corn gold to olive green. The couple have worked on so many houses together over the years, they both know each other’s strengths, says Clare, and they let one another get on with it. ‘I love colour and it’s something I feel quite confident about. With a Georgian townhouse like this it was very much about choosing colours one at a time for individual rooms,’ she says, adding that it’s also important that the colours work together, creating…

1 min
dress to impress

Your article about ‘Shelfies’ in the March issue made me smile. I inherited a lovely Art Deco dinner service from my husband’s parents when we married 24 years ago. Five years later, my grandmother passed away and I chose a tea set and some odd cups and saucers. It seemed a shame to stick them in cupboards so since then I change our china seasonally. Spring is my grandma’s forget-me-not tea set. Summer is a New Chelsea tea set with roses. My favourite is autumn with a Royal Doulton Gem pattern of vibrant Chinese lanterns. Winter is divided into Christmas cheer in December, followed by orange Carlton Ware in January as a reminder that it’s marmalade-making season! Kathryn Ball, Lancashire…

2 min
style. now.

Branching out This spring, American design house Schumacher opens its first UK showroom at Design Centre, Chelsea. To celebrate its growth on British soil, it launches a collaboration with surface pattern designer Neisha Crosland. Neisha’s collection of fabrics, wallcoverings and trimmings entitled Espalier consists of 13 patterns and several colourways of each in velvets, prints, textured wallcoverings and coordinating trims. fschumacher.co.uk ALL IN THE DETAIL Imagery in medieval manuscripts and Renaissance art are at the heart of a new collection at Soane Britain. Cloister Garden wallpaper (pictured) by Sophie Coryndon costs £750 per 10m roll. soane.co.uk Vintage Shops London Designer, shopkeeper and stylist Michelle Mason, who founded Mason & Painter vintage store on Columbia Road, has published Vintage Shops London featuring boutiques, markets and stalls across the capital. Organised geographically into sections (North, South, East,…

1 min
the edit

Sitting pretty Get comfortable this spring with Sofology’s stylish new Pioneer sofa, which comes in a range of sizes and colours. Promising longevity and sustainability, it uses recycled plastic materials in its seat cushions instead of foam and the upholstery is made from recycled yarns. Shown is the four-seater in Sage Green geometric mix, priced at £1,499. sofology.co.uk Statement Stairs Stripes are often favoured for stair carpets but, if you fancy something a bit different, we love this black and white Columbus carpet in a Greek Key design from Carpetright. As a simple geometric it adds interest without being too busy, while the monochrome colourway is sophisticated and works with any wall colour. From £34.99 per sq m. carpetright.co.uk BRIGHT IDEA To celebrate the 50th birthday of Verner Panton’s classic lamp design, Louis Poulsen has…