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The English Home

The English Home October 2019

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.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Chelsea Magazine
Frequency:
Monthly
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
a letter from home

Enjoying the very different characters of each season is something I relish. I think we are particularly lucky in England to witness such clear markers from season to season, not only in the views through our windows, but in the changes in temperature, flowers, foliage and garden produce. As we bid goodbye to summer and feel the gentle shift into autumn, isn’t it lovely to embrace the transition with subtle changes within our homes, too? I find myself adding extra layers to the beds, extra cushions to the sofas, swapping reed diffusers for scented candles, stocking up on bath oils and being drawn back to my Aga for baking; nothing grand you understand, but apple cake is a favourite at this time of year and a good way to use apples…

1 min.
behind the scenes...

Autumn is a particularly exciting and hectic period in the interiors industry calender. The London Design Festival (14–22 September) sees an explosion of product launches, events and workshops, including Focus at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour and special events at London design districts such as Pimlico Road. This is followed by international design showcase Decorex International (6–9 October) at Olympia, London, where The English Home has its own stand, and where I will also be hosting a panel of designers and makers for a seminar on sustainability in interior design. I am also looking forward to selecting a recipient to whom I can present an award for Best in British Craftsmanship at the event once more. It is a hugely busy but inspirational and fulfilling time of year.…

2 min.
contributors

KIT KEMP Interior designer and co-founder, with her husband Tim, of Firmdale Hotels. See one of her many inspiring designs on page 95 and our cover. What do you love most about your job? I love working with art and craft, and most of all textiles. We get so excited to see all the latest designs and working out how to use them in our hotels. What has been the highlight of your career so far? Building a hotel from scratch. From a simple drawing on the back of a notebook to, several years later, finally walking through the doors of a hotel that we have designed and built ourselves. Of course, we don’t stop there, because we manage and run all the hotels, too. What is your favourite seasonal pursuit in October? Walking…

2 min.
home comforts

FEATURE EVE MIDDLETON PHOTOGRAPHS P16 © (FARROW & BALL) © JAMES MERRELL…

1 min.
chintz appeal

Thought of as a quintessentially English cotton textile, usually floral, the first chintzes were in fact brought to our shores from India in the seventeenth century and have enjoyed popularity in our homes ever since. Today, chintz-inspired designs bring a gently uplifting mood to interiors. When favourite blooms disappear from the garden, bring floral motifs indoors with pieces that mix designs in a variety of scales and soft tones from upholstery to accessories.…

1 min.
woven style

Woven furniture and accessories have an evident sense of craftsmanship and add a homespun yet elegant natural character to the home. Whether rattan – traditionally made from naturally renewable palm – or wicker – which refers to the technique of weaving materials such as seagrass, straw, bamboo or rattan – these homewares work well for both a classic or contemporary scheme in town and country, and look particularly fine when paired with colourful botanical prints.…