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The English Home

The English Home October 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

Creating this edition has felt hugely momentuous. It is almost exactly 10 years ago that I joined The English Home as Editor, and I truly cannot believe that a decade has passed. So I hope you will indulge me with this little tribute to the industry I love. The world of interior design is even more diverse, energising and fast-paced than it was then – this title has expanded from a bi-monthly to a monthly magazine, our modestly sized team has grown, and every year innovations, launches and new talents continue to delight. You can never get bored in a job when there is always something new to learn, rising stars to discover, and design stories to seek out and champion, all underpinned by the privilege of working with renowned interior…

1 min.
favourite moments

It is always challenging to choose highlights but some of my favourite memories of the past 10 years include: * Interview features with names not only from design but also from stage, literature and fashion, including Sophie Dahl, David Gandy, Honor Blackman, Zoë Wannamaker, Simon Callow, Raymond Blanc and Mary Berry * Commissioning a rose-printed roof for a Morgan motor car for a New Collections shoot at Whatley Manor * Collaborating with young fashion designers and shoe makers to showcase yet more fabric launches in an opulent shoot of peacock hues at Sudeley Castle * Launching our annual New Year Honours Awards * Creating our recent Best of British Hot 150 campaign…

2 min.

JOANNA WOOD, internationally renowned interior designer. Turn to page 86 for her Country Classic sitting room scheme. What are you looking forward to this autumn? “One of the things I look forward to most are the colours of autumn – rusts, oranges, greens, ruby reds, browns and coppers. My new drawing room is decorated in exactly those colours. I love the cooler light of autumn, as it begins to sort of thin and takes on a wonderful, slightly turquoisey-blue quality. I really want to buy an oil painting for above my fireplace – I’ve got my eye on French artist Marcel Dyf, whose work is represented by Haynes Fine Art on the Pimlico Road. I also can’t wait to visit the Gainsborough’s Family Album exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in…

2 min.
home comforts

1 min.
all in a swirl

Whether colourful or neutral, surfaces with a marble effect have an engaging sense of movement. Designs in multiple bright hues are ideal to introduce splashes of colour, whilst also neatly tying into the existing colour scheme by repeating tones seen elsewhere in the room. Groups or pairs of accessories that are decorated in a contrasting marble effect can be used to draw attention to certain areas, such as the fireplace or bedhead. Alternatively, for an understated palette, select a natural stone marble effect and combine with other neutral patterns to create a striking interplay between the layers of pattern. FEATURE SUZANNA LE GROVE PHOTOGRAPHS (PENNY MORRISON) © MIKE GARLICK; (NATIONAL TRUST) © NIELS VAN GIJN/SILVERLESS.CO.UK;(GRANBY WORKSHOP) © LEWIS JONES/ASSEMBLE/GRANBY WORKSHOP; (COMPTON MARBLING) © JAKE EASTON…

1 min.
curve appeal

The scallop shell has been a decorative adornment since Roman times when it was associated with Venus, the goddess of love. Today, its distinctive fluted shape is echoed in embellished finishes on rugs, carved furnishings and lampshades. The soft undulating rhythm of the shape has a restful mood, even when spotlighted in bright colours. By contrast, densely repeating the motif in darker shades brings out an exotic depth and bold character, particularly when used for an expansive area of wall. In its original guise, as a scallop motif, the shell’s symmetrical proportions lend interiors a classic finesse. FEATURE SUZANNA LE GROVE PHOTOGRAPHS (O’HARE & D’JAFER) © ROBERT SHAW…