The English Home September 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

Our great British design aesthetic owes much to an eclectic mix of influences. For centuries, part of our heritage has been to develop our own traditional craftsmanship, style and skills, whilst bringing the best from overseas to our shores. As a result, our homes are often unique and layered, where an English antique table might be home to a display of Chinese ceramics, or a contemporary lamp teamed with an Indian sari shade. It is part of what makes British style exciting, colourful and diverse. Rather more unexpectedly, we’ve learnt that many of the textiles and patterns we assume to be British have global origins this issue. Who would think that chintz hails from India or that paisley is not, in fact, Scottish? Read the surprising stories behind some our…

6 min

SPOTLIGHT ON… Over 160 years of Sanderson Sanderson’s new One Sixty collection proudly marks the design house’s 160th anniversary, which it celebrated last year. Founded in 1860 by Arthur Sanderson, the company began by importing luxurious French wallpaper before designing and manufacturing its own, showcasing the English countryside as a bucolic paradise. It grew to become one of the most renowned interiors brand worldwide. Granted King George V’s Royal Warrant in 1923, today Sanderson holds Her Majesty The Queen’s Royal Warrant. The new collection celebrates Sanderson’s iconic designs with a compilation of favourite wallpapers and fabrics reimagining famous florals and countryside-inspired motifs, with statement brights alongside classic colourways – all designed and manufactured in England. Glass as a Canvas Artist Emma Britton reflects on 10 years Armed with some of her hand-painted designs and a…

1 min

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show will be held in September this year (21–26) for the first time in its 159-year history. Considered by many to be the world’s best flower show, expect epic show gardens from top designers, spectacular floral displays in the scent-filled Great Pavilion, House Plant Studios reflecting the popularity of indoor gardening, and more. Discover new-season interiors collections from 120 showrooms at Focus/21 at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour. Trade-only from 19-21 September, and open to all from 22-24 September, it will also feature expert speakers, including The English Home Editor Samantha Scott-Jeffries on Thursday 23 September. Visit for details and to book tickets. FEATURE SARAH FEELEY PHOTOGRAPHS P17 © ANDY GORE. P18 (TOP LEFT) © ELLY LUCAS (TOP RIGHT) © JOHN CLEARY PHOTOGRAPHY; (MIDDLE LEFT) © MARK…

3 min
design discoveries

OVER THE RAINBOW The joyful meeting of stripes and colour in these new hand-crafted cement encaustic tiles is made all the more playful with creative positioning – we love the alternate directions used here for a contemporary patchwork effect. Rainbow Stripe Cement Encaustic Tiles, £162 a square metre, Otto Tiles INDIAN ASCENT An array of eighteenth-century Indian textiles from collector Karun Thakar form the basis of four new autumn designs from Soane Britain, including the scrolling vines of this wallpaper, which reproduces a floral pattern originally used as a furnishing fabric. Wallpaper, Arabesque, Hart Green, £150 a roll, Karun Thakar for Soane Britain PERFECTLY PETITE Retaining the same decorative charm and rich detailing as the brand’s most popular designs, the new mini collection (left) from London Basin Company sees some of their best-loved basins scaled down to…

1 min
made by hand

Beautiful craftsmanship is something Britain excels at, from ceramics to furniture making, and embroidery to block printing, there are artisans creating pieces to imbue the home with character, quality and a personal touch. Items crafted by hand often have unique qualities and the care, time and skill taken to make them is evident, whether in purposely uneven edges or precisely painted artwork or expertly upholstered curves. Embracing handmade pieces gives a deeper resonance with purchases that are lovingly made and thoughtfully bought for their exquisite charm, beauty and mastery.…

1 min
geometry class

Revisit lessons of octagons, pyramids, oblongs, pentagons and cylinders in chic yet playful pieces that explore shapes. This is not simply rhythmical geometric patterns, this is about adding dimension and interest with shapely pieces or patterns that play with tesselation and composition of shapes for unexpected design. From perfect circular frames or glossy cylindrical stools to crisp angles of triangular lighting or hexagonal tiles, there is a definite celebration of shapely forms to create smart, sleek features. Mix different shapes for an intriguing display or make a style statment with an unusual piece such as an angular tea set or modern lamp. PHOTOGRAPHS (TISSUE BOX) © WING CHAN; (MIRROR) © ANDREA BARTOLUCCIO…