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The English Home

The English Home June 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

Sir David Attenborough is not a name that instantly springs to mind when thinking of shopping for antiques, yet in the current climate there is a connection. Since the shocking coverage of single-use plastics polluting our oceans in his BBC television programme Blue Planet, mindful consumerism seems more pertinent than ever. Buying or inheriting antiques is, in many ways, one of the most sophisticated means of reducing, reusing and recycling. And doing so comes with the deep joy of finding unique or unusual ways to add character to your home with pieces that have a history and therefore a story to tell. Inside this issue we look at how to use antiques to elevate interiors in ways that feel current and smart (page 94). Those who have never dabbled in buying…

2 min.

AMY MAYNARD, writer What do you love most about being a journalist? From as early as I can remember I have been asking a lot, and I mean a lot, of questions. It’s great that I’ve been able to channel my inquisitive nature into my career. I love the social side of my work –meeting interesting and colourful people and, of course, getting to snoop inside some beautiful homes. What makes your English home special to you? I get immense pleasure from living in the countryside. I can smell the seasons here in a way I never could when we were living in London. What is your favourite home pursuit or seasonal pleasure in June? I can’t wait until it’s warm enough to sit on the bench outside the back door…

2 min.
home comforts


1 min.
step into summer

We English are a stalwart bunch, determinedly eating al fresco at the slightest possibility of just a few hours of sun. Little wonder, then, that we seek to make the most of it with pretty table linens whilst also preparing for all eventualities with both parasols and garden heat sources. Almost all these buys work as well indoors as in gardens to earn their keep whatever the weather.…

1 min.
space to relax

Conservatories and orangeries have come a long way since their Victorian origins as hothouses for orchids, ferns and other prized exotic plants. Today such garden rooms fulfil our desires for restful, light-filled sanctuaries. And with careful temperature and sunlight regulation as well as beautiful choice of furniture and accessories, they provide a tranquil space to relax in all year round.…

1 min.
tropical eden

Conjure up far-flung lands and balmy summer days year-round with swaying palm fronds, tropical-fruit motifs, and fantastical designs featuring jungle-dwelling animals and exotic birds. For an immersive feel, opt for large-scale leafy wallpaper accessorised with decorative cushions in rich tones. More is most definitely more with this bold look and The English Home team has tracked down some of the best tropical buys to bring abundant flourishes to any interior.…