The English Home April 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

Spring is always a time of change, but perhaps this year we are more ready than ever to usher in the new. In fact, renew, revitalise and refresh were the words at the forefront of my mind when planning this issue with the team, as we embrace an optimistic mood. The interiors industry has captured this positivity with its mood-enhancing new fabric and wallpaper collections in designs that reference the beauty of the natural world, artistic inspiration and bright colour palettes (p72). We also wanted to bring one of the most positive hues – yellow – to light, it being perfect for invigorating schemes with new accessories (p30), and pieces with hand-crafted appeal (p32). Elsewhere this issue we’ve taken a look at how to refresh bedrooms in order to create a restful…

6 min

SPOTLIGHT ON… Flora & Fauna by de Gournay Esteemed design house de Gournay is most famous for its exquisite chinoiserie wallpaper, yet it also produces fine fabrics and porcelain pieces including vases, lamps, decorative objects and dinner services. The brand’s Flora & Fauna porcelain dinner service (above) features hand-painted exotic birds flying and swooping inside rims delicately decorated with garlands of peonies, leaves and gold gilt. The design on each plate in the service is unique, the beautiful bird images, such as the colourful Carolina parrot (above), borrowed from the renowned nineteenth-century artists and ornithologists John Gould and John James Audubon. Every piece is hand-thrown, fired and painted using centuries-old techniques, “a rare expression of an ancient craft that has survived almost unchanged into the 21st century,” says the brand. OUTSIDE INFLUENCES Outdoor furniture with…

3 min
design discoveries

HERITAGE AND HISTORY Created as part of the historic Chelsea Barracks development, the 11 pieces in the furniture and homeware collection from interior design studio Albion Nord sees each item crafted by leading British artisans, including this oak side table from craftsman Rory Stride. Elizabeth Side Table made by Stride & Co, £2,000, Albion Nord x The Chelsea Barracks Collection PRACTICAL LUXURY Add a touch of beauty to everyday dining with these gauze linen pieces. They are cut, sewn and dyed by craftsmen in the Veneto region of Italy exclusively for online interiors concept store &You. Table linen, from £60 for four napkins, &You x Once Milano WILD BEAUTY The verdant hues and wild coastal beauty of western Scotland fed artist Angie Lewin’s imagination for her latest design for St Jude’s, producing a bold three-tone print originating…

1 min
ray of sunshine

Yellow is a colour full of hope – it lifts the spirits, signifies optimism and brightens a room. It is no wonder that it is seeing a bit of a moment in interiors as a ‘colour of the year’ at a time when rays of sunshine are needed to break through the gloom. Softer, creamier pastel shades of primrose or daffodil yellows are a gentler way to use this tone than rich mustards or citrusy lemons, and also imbue a prettiness to the home. It works well against crisp whites for a fresh bedroom, or as a charming foil to soft greys for a more contemporary take. A table dressed in yellow would make for a joyous celebration and a yellow accent will add a cheerful glow to any room.…

1 min
in fine tradition

Create an artisan feel to interiors with decor that celebrates folk traditions. Naïve arts, hand-painted furniture, embroidered or block-printed textiles and carved woods combine for a tactile, rustic charm. Whether native skills, Eastern European in influence or more tribal in style, these crafted pieces add an interesting layer of character and intrigue. Often bright and colourful, and simplifying floral or animal shapes, folk designs are perfect for the eclectic home, though for a calmer look, neutral options are also to be found. For an endearing Easter display, seek eggs with decorative folk-style floral patterns – the creatively minded may feel inspired to paint their own. FEATURE KATY MCCLEAN PHOTOGRAPH (PENNY MORRISON) © MIKE GARLICK PHOTOGRAPHY…

2 min
the edit

BARNEBY GATES When childhood friends Vanessa Barneby (who had studied decorative painting and trompe l’oeil) and Alice Gates (a figurative painter) joined forces to create Barneby Gates wallpapers and fabrics, we knew we were in for something special. Founded in 2009, the company is now based in Wiltshire’s beautiful Vale of Pewsey, where the pair design and print their range of idiosyncratically English designs by hand. The majority of their styles give classical ideas a contemporary edge with metallic finishes and often a wry touch of humour. Inspiration typically comes from the natural world with popular prints including the scallop shell, pheasants and pineapples. This spring sees the launch of their wallpaper collaboration with floral stylist Willow Crossley. The two designs, Botanica and Maharani Block Print (left), perfectly reflect Barnaby Gates’ use of…