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Homes & Gardens February 2020

Published by TI Media Limited Homes & Gardens celebrates the beauty of classic and contemporary style. Real-life homes with stunning photography deliver inspirational decorating while remaining real and relevant. Homes & Gardens is the ultimate sourcebook of beautiful ideas and detailed information, inspiring its readers to become their own interior designers.

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1 min.
editor

In this issue we turn the spotlight on savvy style. It’s the first time in H&G history that we’ve done a special on beauty within budget. Rather than looking to suggest shortcuts or knock-offs, the focus is on innovative ideas, best-value designs and space-maximising solutions. I love the house by designers Gunter & Co (page 32). It shows how to achieve maximum impact with a small footprint. And I learnt a lot from our ‘Bright Ideas’ feature, for which we asked industry luminaries for their budget-stretching secrets (page 26). Also woven throughout this issue is an interest in sustainability. Most notably, we launch our new columnist, designer Sebastian Cox (page 30). In ‘The Sustainable Life’ he will chart a year working consciously to create beautiful furniture. Sebastian is a champion of…

4 min.
news

SMALL PRINT A contemporary collection of seven charming and timeless designs has, for the first time, been printed on to Romo’s 100% cotton plain Dune fabric to create the Sarouk collection. Delightful designs are presented in a modern palette of warm ochres, dusky pinks, cool blues and fresh greens. The statement geometric shown on the sofa is Escher Multi in Lovage, £45m, Romo. BRIGHT SPARK When Emer Gillespie, founder of Brighton-based lighting brand Spark & Bell, was renovating her home she noticed a gap in the market for affordable, design-led lighting. Her light-bulb moment led her to source the parts and build her own lighting – and this developed into a beautifully curated online shop. This Flexi Neck Swing lamp is £164. HARDWARE FIX Working from a picturesque cottage office in Wiltshire, Corston Architectural Detail’s…

4 min.
bright ideas

‘We often source and collaborate with Studio27 (above), One Brick Lane and The Restoration. All three specialise in upscaling mid-century pieces to add warmth, colour and individuality while respecting the design and watching the budget.’ CAZ MYERS , cazmyers.com ‘A simple trick is a cloth-covered table – be it a console, centre or side table. This can be a traditional treatment with a generous bullion fringe around the bottom or more modern, with a pleated or graphic fabric. A long cover is also really useful for hiding things behind.’ NICOLE SALVESEN , salvesengraham.com ‘When shopping for projects, consider buying internationally rather than limiting yourself to the UK market. Try looking in the US for furniture, the Netherlands for amazing tapware and Germany for appliances.’ IRENE GUNTER , gunterandco.com ‘FOR AFFORDABLE YET INSPIRING FABRICS, I RECOMMEND THE…

3 min.
the sustainable life

It’s that time of year when our workshop and our woodland begin to meet again. As the ground firms up but before bluebells and orchids show their tips, we extract the timber we’ve harvested over the winter and take it back to London to machine cut and dry it ready to be made into furniture. This year has seen a good haul: hornbeam, hazel, birch, chestnut and ash, all no older than 18 years, cut close to the ground from ‘stools’ or root systems that have been throwing up strong, straight, workable young branches for woodmen like me for centuries. This is known as coppicing. Our five-acre ancient woodland in Kent is divided by two banks with adjacent ditches and hornbeam pollards, indicating this remarkable cycle has happened here since Norman times; I’m…

5 min.
character study

Top of interior architect Irene Gunter’s list of dream ingredients for a project are high ceilings and beautiful windows – neither of which this small property in London’s Belgravia possessed. But she is not one to shy away from a challenge: ‘When you are compromised in both those departments, it makes your mind work harder to come up with more creative solutions,’ she says. This house was certainly going to put Irene’s ingenuity to the test. When she first visited, water was pouring through the roof right to the basement, where the living and sleeping quarters were laid out in ‘such a whirlwind of interconnecting rooms that it was almost impossible to make sense of it’. The ground floor, which now accommodates the kitchen and living area, was ‘a weird, ginormous…

1 min.
insider insight

QUICK-FIX Paint and wallpaper. I love decorating unexpected surfaces, such as ceilings, and adding wallpaper where you don’t usually see it used, like kitchens. GO-TO COLOUR The Slate series by Paint & Paper Library – warm and cosy without being oaty or overly yellow. SPACE-SAVER Wall-hung fittings in small bathrooms, from toilets to vanities. WHAT TO INVEST IN Bespoke shower enclosures as off-the-shelf options are limiting; a nice kitchen worktop because you use it every day; good-quality taps. SECRET ADDRESS Cadogan Contemporary in South Kensington for the most amazing art collections. INSPIRATION SOURCE High-end fashion retail store design. The detailing and material combinations always trickle through to residential interiors years later. NEXT TREND More curves in interiors. I’m really looking forward to continuing to explore this theme. YOUR STYLE IN THREE WORDS Timeless, uplifting and eclectic.…