The English Home January 2021

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.

United Kingdom
Chelsea Magazine
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
a letter from home

The start of this new year feels particularly momentous – a time to celebrate new beginnings and a fresh start. Our January edition marks the passing of a challenging 2020 with positivity, and anticipates the changes we will make to embrace new ways of living now that our homes have taken on a new significance. We asked some of the most respected names in the interiors industry to reflect on how they’ve used their homes over the last 12 months, what’s become important, and their design predictions for the year ahead (page 82). Their personal insights make for fascinating reading. Alongside this, our feature on creating a healthy, happy home (page 74) explores how to create interiors for well-being and offers advice for ensuring rooms both look and feel good. Despite…

3 min
home comforts

1 min
a glass act

With its fragile, ethereal nature, glass has a luxurious quality quite like no other finish. Despite being a delicate medium, it is versatile, and used in myriad ways for lighting, furniture, tableware and decorative accessories. Glass can be sculpted, hand-blown, etched, smoked and frosted, as well as come in the form of mirrors, which can be antiqued, and sparkling crystal. A burst of winter sunshine or flickering candles bouncing off glass pieces in the home will ensure an interior has an ever-changing scheme of light and depth. FEATURE CHARIS WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS (REID & WRIGHT)© CATHERINE GRATWICKE, (ARTISANTI) © PERRY HASTINGS…

1 min
cosy nights in

Embrace the long winter nights at home by cosying up in front of the fire. Add sumptuous curtains, upholstery and cushions in a warming fireside palette of oranges, yellows and forest greens. Set the mood with a pool of candle or lamp light, pour a drink and take the time to write to loved ones, start a creative new hobby or simply drift into a pleasant reverie.…

7 min

DIARY events worth noting DISCERNING CURATION Spot top interior designers and discover that perfect piece to finish off a room. The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair in London’s Battersea Park (below) offers a wealth of antiques, collectors’ items, decorative antiques, art, twentieth-century design and accessories under one roof. 26–31 January, Battersea Park, London; ARTISANAL SHOWCASE Exceptional weavings and textile art from around the world will be on show and available to buy at The London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair in Battersea Park, London. Launched in 2011, it is the only specialist fair dedicated to the appreciation of antique rug and textile art, attracting collectors, dealers, designers and homeowners alike. 21–26 January; SPOTLIGHT Sinuous beauty: Ash & Plumb “We consider ourselves editors – not creators – of nature’s finest work,” say Barnaby Ash and…

3 min
the london edit

ORIGINAL BTC When Peter Bowles launched lighting company Original BTC (which stands for British, Timeless, Classic) 30 years ago, he could not have imagined it would become the internationally renowned, family-run business it is today. With showrooms in London, Paris and New York, it has come a long way since its humble beginnings, when Bowles decided he did not like the plastic flex used on a lamp, so designed what is now the brand’s signature woven cotton braid flex. Following a visit to Stoke-on-Trent, where he found a ceramics factory under threat of closure, Bowles took on the business, including all the staff, and began making bone china lamps. Today he works alongside his son Charlie, and together they have acquired several other lighting businesses to create a comprehensive catalogue of world-class…