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The English Home

The English Home July 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

‘Buy once, buy well’ and ‘buy the best you can afford’ are adages passed on to me by my parents and grandparents. They all believed it was important to invest in the best quality that budget would allow and avoid waste of any kind. Over the past 50 years or so, the cheaper prices afforded by mass production have undoubtedly democratised design, but they have also, arguably, encouraged a move towards chasing the latest ‘trends’; buying updates based on fashion and whim, rather than love and need. This has resulted not only in increased amounts of ‘things’ to store in home cupboards, but also a more throwaway approach, something which many are beginning to reassess. There is much pleasure to be had in saving for and waiting for truly desirable purchases –…

2 min.

CINEAD MCTERNAN, writer What do you love about your work? Not only do I get to work and create my garden as part of my day job – I’m writing a book about it, which will be published in May next year – I also meet and talk to some of the most passionate gardeners and garden experts, which is always fascinating and often so inspirational. What makes your English home special? We’ve just had our classic, cosy two-bedroom Victorian terrace painted. My eight-year-old son and I chose the colours together from Little Greene, which was such good fun. What is your favourite seasonal pleasure in July? July is such a gorgeous month for a gardener. A lot of the hard work has been done to get the garden into shape for the new…

2 min.
home comforts

1 min.
shore thing

Our island status and beautiful coastlines provide inspiration in many homes. Seaside charm has its place, but a refined approach that looks to exotic shores, too, offers a chic take on marine-style decor. Set a smart yet relaxed Bahamian beach house mood with stylish pieces inspired by corals and tropical shells, alongside accessories with a pleasing nautical undercurrent for a glamorous coastal look.…

1 min.
natural order

There is something so tranquil and reassuring about a room that takes its decorating cues from nature. A calm colour palette and forms inspired by the natural world provide a soothing retreat away from the glare of the summer sun. We suggest mixing in refined accessories and materials to contrast with the earthy appeal of rustic textures and elevate the look to an elegant aesthetic…

1 min.
make it personal

Whether engraved or embroidered, embossed or initialled, opting for beautiful personalised objects can make their daily use all the more pleasurable. Nothing gladdens the eye and warms the heart quite like thoughtfully curated homeware as unique as the intended recipient, as these buys prove.…