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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.

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12 Issues


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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…

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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.…

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the english home

EDITORIAL Editor-in-Chief Kerryn Harper-Cuss Executive Editor Samantha Scott-Jeffries Managing Editor Sarah Feeley Art Editor Claire Hicks Contributing Art Editors Matt Griffiths, Rebecca Stead Sub Editor Lea Tacey Decorating Editor Katy Mclean Features Editor Eve Middleton Homes & Lifestyle Editor Clair Wayman Editor-at-Large Kate Freud ADVERTISING Sales Director Cameron Hay 020 7349 3712; Head of Market Freddy Halliday 020 7349 3744; Advertisement Manager William Bernard 020 7349 3749; Advertisement Account Executive Madeleine Burgess 020 7349 3711; Advertisement Sales Executive Jasmin Nissa Shaw 020 7349 3732; Advertising Production 01202 472781; PUBLISHING Chairman Paul Dobson Chief Operating Officer Kevin Petley Chief Financial Officer Vicki Gavin Director of Media James Dobson Publisher Caroline Scott Circulation Manager Daniel Webb EA to Chairman Sarah Porter CHELSEA CREATE Managing Director Steve Ross Partnerships Director Lyndal Beeton ONLINE Digital Product Manager Ben Iskander Email Marketing Manager Emma Shriwardhankar Digital Executive Jenny Choo PRODUCTION Reprographics Manager Neil Puttnam Printing William Gibbons Ltd…

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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…

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home comforts


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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.…