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The English Home

The English Home April 2018

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

When it comes to decorating or redecorating a home, going shopping for new fabrics, wallpapers and paint colours can be hugely enjoyable and yet also daunting in equal measure. The incredible range of designs, hues, prints and textures can set the mind racing with visions of new room schemes, but committing to a final decision from so much choice can also be a little overwhelming. Even those who have made a decision can suddenly find themselves swayed by the arrival of fresh temptations with the launch of new collections. Or is that just me? We find, in The English Home office, that natural instinct rather than overanalysis is by far the best route to whittling down the options – although the wise decorator will always collect fabric and wallpaper swatches and use…

2 min.

ANNA TOBIN “I’ve been writing for the national and international press since my student days, with my first article published in The Times when I was 18. I write a mix of lifestyle articles and travel around the country styling homes. I love getting a glimpse into other people’s lives and picking up interiors ideas that I can apply to my own home. I once did a shoot where there was a vase sitting on the top of the fridge. I asked the homeowner if she wouldn’t mind moving it, only to find it contained the owner’s grandfather’s ashes. No one wanted to move him, so he stayed in the shoot. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time at my cottage on the outskirts of London with my partner,…

2 min.
home comforts


1 min.
botanical beauty

The delights of the natural world provide a boundless source of ideas for artists and designers. From detailed observations of floral forms through to leaf shapes captured in screen print on modern textiles, botanical images are amongst the most pleasing motifs to use in both classical and contemporary interiors. Be inspired with our selection of beautiful buys for the home. RHS PRINTS © RHS, LINDLEY LIBRARY…

1 min.
mindful buys

Never has there been a more pertinent time to think about sustainable and ethical shopping practices, be it supporting social enterprises and careful craftsmen, or buying ‘green’. With myriad new eco-friendly and ethically-minded ventures offering a wealth of products to consider, The English Home team has gathered together stylish buys with an eye to renewable, recycled, craftsman-made and all-natural materials.…

1 min.
on the fringe

Inspired by ‘flapper’ fashion and art deco glamour, fringing is making a comeback in interiors, bringing with it a sense of opulence and movement. The use of fringed cushions or lampshades adds a touch of playful decadence, whilst opting for a luxurious fringed velvet sofa, armchair or ottoman makes a stronger statement. Surprisingly versatile, fringing works well in relaxed bohemian settings and more refined, ornate schemes.…