The English Home March 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

I always think of March as a key month for planning to refresh interiors for spring. A time to find inspiration and ideas to put into place as the days lengthen. Over the past year, our homes have had so many roles to play and we’ve expected more than ever from them. They’ve had to inspire our daily lives, provide a space for us to relax and feel secure in, as well as become workplaces and even temporary classrooms. We may feel that we’ve used every inch of space as a result, or that some updates could help our interiors fulfil so many different functions. Our feature on kitchen design looks at the lifestyle of the household in order to plan a scheme to perfectly suit and, indeed, enhance it (p70).…

6 min

SPOTLIGHT ON… Morris & Co’s 160th anniversary Founded in 1861 by William Morris and friends from the Arts and Crafts movement, Morris & Co is celebrating its 160th anniversary this year. Its iconic wallpaper and fabric designs adorn homes worldwide and are instantly recognisable, most notably Strawberry Thief (which dates back to1883), Acanthus (from 1875) and Willow Bough (1887). The brand started out as Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co, a decorating business providing beautiful, hand-crafted products and furnishings for the home. Morris & Co’s output was prolific, driven by William Morris’s enthusiasm and determination, and his wholehearted belief in the Arts and Crafts movement, which emphasised the importance of decorative arts and craftsmanship in the home as a reaction to mass-production. William Morris’s famous maxim still holds true today: “Have nothing in your houses that you…

2 min
design discoveries

SHADES OF SPRING Inspired by intertwined ribbon seen on village maypoles in spring, these new hand-painted glazed wall tiles are available in four shade options to add a lightness of touch. Festive Ribbon tiles, £8.94 each, Claybrook Studio TAPPING INTO STYLE The sleek design of the Oscar wall-mounted tap, with a single cross-head mixer that controls both hot and cold water, is perfect for bringing a touch of luxury to smaller spaces in either a gold or brushed-gold finish. Oscar tap in Brushed Gold, £540; Bryony Basin, £900, both London Basin Company EXOTIC TEXTILES Drawing inspiration from Persia and Western Anatolia, designer Birdie Fortescue’s Spring-Summer 2021 textiles include botanical forms and block-printed borders inspired by Damascus tiles. Scallop placemat, £17.50; Cabbage dinner plate, £21; Saral side plate, £10; Floral Napkin, £14.50, all Birdie Fortescue PURE LUXURY Showcasing…

1 min
fresh start

Gently rejuvenate interiors by taking inspiration from nature with pure whites, tender greens, creamy yellows and duck egg blues for an effortlessly fresh mood. Bring in tactile beauty with furnishings and accessories crafted from natural materials, including carved woods and pure linen. Continue the theme with subtle seasonal patterns such as leafy trellis prints and spring bird motifs. FEATURE SUZANNA LE GROVE PHOTOGRAPH (SOFAS & STUFF) © WILL HOUGHTON; (MARGIT WITTIG) © SIMON BROWN; (DAYLESFORD) © NEIL WATSON; (DESIGNERS GUILD) © JAMES MERRELL…

1 min
perfectly practical

Reviving surfaces, forgotten corners and furnishings with a good dust and clean is a satisfying annual ritual. Make the prospect more desirable with well-made tools for the job, such as natural feather dusters and soft cleaning cloths. To retain the feeling of calm well after spring cleaning has finished, take note of where extra storage would improve the sense of order within a room. To avoid compromising a particular scheme, invest in cleverly designed beautiful storage that is charming to behold day after day. FEATURE SUZANNA LE GROVE PHOTOGRAPH (SCISSORS) © THE LITTLE PHOTO COMPANY LTD…

3 min
the edit

HILL & MAY It was whilst searching for beautiful lampshades for their own homes that friends Emily Stewart and Sarah Serocold realised there was a gap in the market for well-priced, unique designs. They decided to explore whether it was possible to design and handmake their creations in collaboration with skilled artisans, and before long they were taking orders from friends, and Hill & May was born. Though the company is relatively young, the duo have clearly tapped into a popular market. The brand’s impressive collection of lampshades is made from a range of its own fabrics which are all printed by hand on to silks and linens. These can be custom-made into any size, shape or quantity, allowing Hill & May to work on both residential and larger hotel projects. The company…