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The English Home

The English Home August 2017

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.

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in this issue

1 min.
a letter from home

Welcome to our annual Country Edition – a celebration of country style and lifestyle that focusses on a relaxed and inviting approach to decorating that translates to almost any home. Our team wanted to show the breadth of tastes and design inspirations that fall within a country aesthetic, and our decorating editor Katy Mclean has been particularly busy creating features on four beautiful styles, and curating moodboards of all the perfect ingredients. So if your taste is for a classically elegant country house look, an eclectic bohemian mood, a romantically pretty style or a more pared-back ‘modern country’ palette, we hope to inspire you to create your own take on country style with confidence. One might argue that ‘country life’ is as much about attitude as it is location: living in…

1 min.
behind the scenes

Visiting Sezincote house and gardens with my family Located near Moreton-in-Marsh in the North Cotswolds, its beguiling Mogul-inspired architecture is eye-catching in such a quintessential English setting, but it was the interiors decorated by John Fowler which I truly adored. Enjoying the scent of roses not only in my own garden, but borne on the breeze from other country gardens during weekend bicycle rides. My ‘Gentle Hermione’ rose from David Austin Roses has a delightfully old-fashioned powdery scent and lovely double ruffles. Savouring Rose Petal Jelly from Fortnum & Mason. Making mint tea with fresh leaves from my garden. Testing a lovely new Cythera room spray from Aesop at home with its notes of neroli, patchouli and geranium.…

2 min.

JILL SHEARER is former deputy editor of The English Home and is still regularly in contact as she pursues a freelance career writing and styling for editorial and commercial clients. Having worked in publishing for over 20 years, she has become a specialist in homes and interiors. For the last five years, she has been responsible for sourcing and commissioning house features for The English Home as well as assisting Kerryn in editing the magazine. She describes it as “The loveliest job I have ever had – I will miss it enormously”. She lives in an eighteenth-century cottage in a Wiltshire village with her husband and son (and, until recently, her beloved cocker spaniel Hamish), and has recently started a picture-framing business, adding yet another string to her very full bow.…

2 min.
home comforts

1 min.
in the weave

Woven finishes and natural materials are the perfect accompaniment to any rural interior. Rush flooring, such as that by Rush Matters, has historical precedence for the English country home, whilst pieces made in rattan, straw and willow imbue both a bucolic, traditional charm and a pleasingly sculptural quality to any room.…

1 min.
culinary charms

Say the words ‘country kitchen’ and a plethora of idealised images spring to mind: from dogs nestled by a warming range cooker and a dresser filled with colourful china to swan-neck taps and oak floorboards or large flagstones. It is a look imbued with nostalgia and heritage, yet also timelessly appealing and infinitely practical for modern life. Here, we curate a few style ingredients to complement the look. FEATURE CLARE STEEL PHOTOGRAPHS (JIM LAWRENCE) © NEWTON BASTOS; (ESSE) © DEVOL KITCHENS…