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The English Home

The English Home August 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

There is something about the idea of living a country life, either full-time or as a weekend escape, that strikes a deeply resonant chord with many. Perhaps it is an urge towards a slower pace, or a need to have a deeper connection with nature and the changing of the seasons, or perhaps it is a desire to decorate in the relaxed and informal way that springs to mind when we think of a countryside home. Wonderfully, ‘country’ is a look and a lifestyle that doesn’t have to be dependent upon location. It is possible to capture flavours of country life wherever we live: from keeping chickens and choosing romantic, unstructured planting for our gardens, to being more playful in the schemes that we choose for our interiors. Our annual Country…

2 min.

JAN BALDWIN, photographer What has been the highlight of your career so far? A passionate interest in interiors was the start of my career. An early shoot with an interior designer led to photographing The Savoy hotel, resorts on stilts in the Maldives and African safari lodges in the bush. My latest highlight is a book with Ros Byam Shaw, Perfect English Townhouse, which has just been published. What was memorable about photographing the Fyson house feature on page 36? Henry and Kate’s classic Cotswold farmhouse had been beautifully updated in order for it to work as a family home and a working farm ... although I never did manage to see the pigs! The attic was particularly cleverly converted into a pretty bedroom and luxurious bathroom under the eaves. SERENA FOKSCHANER, writer What…

2 min.
home comforts


1 min.
cottage charm

For a more nostalgic take on country-style interiors, look to dainty florals in pretty, faded colours or vibrant brights. Add a handsome range cooker – essential for village fete bakes – complete with a whistling kettle for those vital cups of tea. The look, whilst charming, can be kept from being too twee by the inclusion a few pared-back pieces.…

1 min.
timeless grace

The classic country home is unrivalled in its sense of elegance and grandeur. Complement original architectural features with pieces that have the appearance of much-loved heirlooms and give a sense of an interior that has evolved over time. Look to ornate gilded mirrors, antique furniture, traditional artwork and fabrics with gently faded florals to provide timeless style.…

1 min.
informal rustic

For a truly relaxed country style, think freestanding kitchen cabinetry, inviting seating and a large farmhouse table for everyone to sit around and chat whilst preparing the next meal. Bring the outside in with natural fibres such as linen and seagrass, add some whimsical touches, and keep the mood warm with some brass, copper or wood finishes. The more lovingly patinated, the better. PHOTOGRAPHS (JELKS) © CARL WITHAM; (PEONY &SAGE) © SARAH GARDNER; (OLIVER BONAS) © CLIFF COLGATE/SPIKE IMAGING…