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The English Home

The English Home September 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

2 min.
a letter from home

The story, the maker and the provenance of a product have always been as important to me as the piece itself. And I know from connecting with you, that I’m not alone. Price is, of course, always a consideration, but I’d rather save and wait to find something meaningful – something I can feel a connection with – than settle for the faceless, mass-produced, ‘that-will-do-for-now’ buy. Investing in the work of a specialist maker or a craftsman, and thereby helping to preserve indigenous skills from any country, is always satisfying. I think it is important to champion distinctiveness – be that in the form of beautiful Italian silk, Indian crewelwork or hand-knotted rugs from Nepal. Britain, too, has so much to celebrate – from the distinctive weave of Harris Tweeds to…

1 min.
spotlighting talent

Acting as sole judge of the Best in British Craftsmanship Award at Decorex International – the annual interior design event in September – is a highlight of my year. Past recipients of the award include Helen Amy Murray, Archer & Smith, Locker & Riley, Cox London, Aiveen Daly, Hitomi Hosono, Sebastian Cox and Tom Faulkner. Each continues to surprise and delight and I follow their careers with avid interest. I can’t wait to choose and reveal this year’s winner. We’ll announce the result on social media, our website and in our digital newsletter.…

2 min.

DAVID LINLEY, 2nd Earl of Snowdon and founder of design house Linley What do you consider to be the most inspirational British experience or destination? “It could be visiting the Royal Albert Hall to hear the Proms, or Trooping The Colour for the Queen’s birthday. When I go abroad, I find these are the sorts of things that people seem to like. For me, I enjoy brisk walks on the hills in Scotland, unearthing and discovering things such as counting the steps on the way to the top of a lighthouse or visiting one of the amazing follies preserved by the Landmark Trust – those are quintessential British experiences. At Linley, it is important that we observe and are interested in architecture, design and craft. We recently gave a dinner for the…

2 min.
home comforts


1 min.
go with the grain

Wood is not only aesthetically pleasing but calming to the eye and reassuring to the touch. Enduring schemes use different types of wood to add tactile layers of interest and sophistication. Different specialist techniques are employed to create distinguished finishes, such as scorched English oak. More significant architectural features made from wood are a sage investment as they will mellow over time whilst imbuing a heartening sense of gravitas. FEATURE SUZANNA LE GROVE PHOTOGRAPHS (JANE CRISP) © DIANA OLIVEIRAPHOTOGRAPHY; (ERCOL) © UNIQUECAPTURE LTD…

1 min.
gentle pottering

Ceramic or porcelain creations can invest interiors with individual charm and character, along with a refined sense of attention to detail. Contemporary British-made designs range from subtle, classic themes to expressive studies of texture. It is also worth considering commissioning bespoke tableware and kitchenalia, which will add tactile and visual distinction to functional essentials or hero pieces. FEATURE SUZANNA LE GROVE PHOTOGRAPHS (HITOMI HOSONO) COURTESY OF ADRIAN SASSOON, LONDON…