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The English Home

The English Home July 2017

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

We English are rather a peculiar breed when it comes to never wanting to admit we might need help. Maybe it is our ‘make-do-and-mend’ cultural inheritance? Or perhaps that stereotypical stiff upper lip? I refer to that English reserve about seeking out and paying for professional expertise to get a job done well. Whilst many of our American cousins have interior designers, architects and garden designers on speed-dial, and defer to such specialists just as one might to a dentist, solicitor or hairdresser, many Brits are only just recognising the wisdom of commissioning talent to achieve that dream outcome – and enjoying a collaborative creative relationship along the way. Using a designer doesn’t mean you have poor taste or weak creative vision. It is a simple fact that a designer will…

1 min.
behind the scenes

Enjoying insights of craftsmanship at Howe London as well as learning about the importance and provenance of wood selection from furniture maker Roy – who has been creating pieces for the brand from his Dorset workshop for 30 years. Discussing the importance of championing British Wool with The Good Shepherd, textile designer Emily Watts whose collection is stocked at The New Craftsmen. Our sheep farmers need support if we are to make the most of this incredible, indigenous, sustainable material AND help preserve our bucolic country landscapes. Visiting award-winnning hotel, The Painswick, in Gloucestershire to enjoy good food and a sneak-peek inside one or two of the cosseting bedroom suites.…

2 min.

NIKI BROWES is a writer and editor with a specialism in booking and interviewing celebrities. During the course of her career she has worked on magazines such as GQ, Red, Marie Claire and InStyle. She is also a contributing editor for Harrods magazine. Over the past seven years she has contributed to our My English Home feature series, interviewing a diverse range of talent including Helen McCrory, Simon Callow, India Hicks, Zoe Wanamaker, Anna Chancellor, Bruce Oldfield and Sir Terence Conran. This month she reveals her interview with historian and author Lucy Worsley (see page 70). Niki lives in a converted stable in Nottingham with her husband Nick and son Burt, whilst she also has a stepson Sebastian. She very much agrees with everyone she interviews who tells her that no…

2 min.
home comforts


1 min.
on a sea breeze

For a sophisticated take on coastal style, forsake jaunty nauticalia for elegantly subdued hues, shapely wicker, coral motifs and luxurious materials such as silver, sustainably-sourced shell or mother of pearl. Deep indigo looks timelessly crisp, but layering schemes in a palette of knocked-back sea greens, linen, faded denim and twine avoids a too obvious interpretation of this enduringly popular decorative theme.…

1 min.
it’s only natural

It is easy to underestimate the subliminal soothing power of natural materials in the home. But compare the crackling static of a polyester quilt with a temptingly touchable silk eiderdown and the benefit is quickly apparent. Tactile stone, natural wood, silk, linen, wool, quartz and agate, even fabrics made from sustainable bamboo – all are desirably sensuous interior additions to the well-considered home. FEATURE CLARE STEEL PHOTOGRAPHS (CHESNEYS) © JAKE FITZJONES; (TOM FAULKNER) © DAMIAN RUSSELL; (MACMASTER DESIGN) © ED TRITTON…