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The English Home

The English Home September 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

My personal hoard of fabric samples, collected over the years, is reaching dizzying proportions (my husband is a very understanding man). I sift through it regularly, dreaming of new schemes, but more often than not it all gets re-hidden tidily from view. However, having read the feature on learning a new skill (page 126) I am determined to make time to refresh my sewing skills and put them to good use. I have made Roman blinds for past homes and a basic patchwork quilt for my daughter’s first bed. And although I’d always rather pay a professional for beautifully made curtains, it would be lovely to enjoy a sense of accomplishment in making a cushion with professional piping. Come to that, there’s an antique occasional chair in my bedroom that really…

1 min.
behind the scenes

Attending the launch party for Original House – a great resource for vintage industrial furniture and accessories based in a barn in an idyllic Cotswolds hamlet. Visits by appointment only. Being completely bowled over (again) by the passion of Nicola and Christopher Cox – husband and wife designer-makers at Cox London. Their new showroom just off the Pimlico Road in London, showcases lovely furniture, mirrors and lighting in situ. Discovering hidden treasures in Cheltenham including a fabulous dome inside a building currently being turned into a new Ivy Restaurant, by Caprice Holdings, due to open in autumn. With this, the influx of interiors brands, and a huge John Lewis under construction, 2018 is going to be an important year in our home town.…

2 min.

ROSE PRINCE , the well-known food expert, has been writing about food for 20 years. She is the author of four cookery books, including The New English Kitchen and Kitchenella and four food guides. She writes occasionally for The Spectator, is a columnist for the Telegraph Magazine and Tablet, and contributes to BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme, Woman’s Hour and Today. Inside this issue, she invites readers into her house and kitchen with a self-penned feature on her own home (see page 46). Rose is currently working on a new book, Dinner & Party, about the perils of entertaining, due to be published in September. You can also sign up to take lessons in cookery with Rose at her own home in the hills of north Dorset. Visit for…

2 min.
home comforts


1 min.
curve appeal

Following the sensual curve of a chair or a chaise longue adds sumptuous style and a sense of tailored craftsmanship to the look and visual flow of a room setting. From contemporary stainless steel to luxuriously decadent sofas, a sinuous element imbues interiors with harmony. Smooth natural wood, plush upholstery and symmetrical bevelled edges all add a deliciously deco undercurrent, too.…

1 min.
paper trail

Whether for invitations, writing thank you notes or simply for the joy of owning it, there is something special about beautiful stationery – particularly in this era of digital correspondence. The thrill of opening a drawer and finding a stash of paper goodies embossed with a sweet motif or a pithy line, or adorned with a pretty floral print, is hard to replicate on a screen, as is the satisfying feeling of writing on smooth paper with a fountain pen.…