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ELLE Decoration Country No. 17

Explore the most inspiring homes in the countryside: from coastal hideaways to rural havens in the latest edition of ELLE Decoration Country. This beautifully crafted and stylish book showcases the interiors, lifestyles and houses of those who define contemporary countryside living. Discover 15 of the world’s most beautiful homes as well as 50 beautiful and useful essentials that will turn a house into a home. This coffee-table staple is a must for all lovers of modern country style.

United Kingdom
Hearst Magazines UK
R 165,73

in this issue

1 min

I’m tired of lockdown. Everything about it, even the word itself. I much prefer the French translation, ‘le confinement’, which really gets over that sense of restriction and claustrophobia. Plus, as with most things French, it somehow sounds altogether more sophisticated. This issue of ELLE Decoration Country, in fact, is meant as a real antidote to the dreaded ‘L’ word. Because, if there’s anything 2020 has taught us, it’s that, in spite of a global pandemic, economic meltdown and political uncertainty, rustic idylls remain constant, the vagaries of the weather and the change of the seasons continue uninterrupted. It’s reassuring and proof that life goes on. Now home-working has changed our opinions of cities for good, the pull of the countryside is stronger than ever. So, on these pages we…

3 min
embrace the exodus

I rocked up at the country pub one Sunday in 1996 with an asthmatic hatchback stuffed full of boxes and big hopes. I was 22, about to move into a South Oxfordshire village and had stopped en route for a solo lunch. Upon entering the ‘pub’ I was gobsmacked to discover crystal chandeliers, champagne on tap, goldfish in the loo cistern (since removed) and so many cool-kitsch decorative quirks that I felt I had walked through a time-space portal straight into Soho. This was my first hour of full-on rural living and I have been continually surprised ever since. Little did I realise that, 24 years later – thanks to the impact of the coronavirus – masses of London inhabitants, among other city slickers, would also be quitting the capital…

5 min
lighting the way

What lockdown and the subsequent change of lifestyle has taught us, if anything, is an appreciation of what’s around us: principally nature. It’s also shown us the need to slow down and perhaps take the opportunity to spend time in idyllic rural settings away from busy, urban lives. For Julian Vogel, CEO of PR agency ModusBPCM and co-founder of Maison Margaux, a luxury tableware hire company, that’s meant a much-needed escape from central London to his beautifully restored 18th-century lighthouse in Wintertonon-Sea, near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, which features in new book For The Love Of White by founder of The White Company Chrissie Rucker. ‘I remember the first time we saw this place,’ Julian recalls. ‘It looked terrible, but it had such incredible potential.’ That was 15 years ago. It’s now a…

2 min
going native

DINERS CAN EXPECT AN IMMERSIVE ISLAND EXPERIENCE, BEGINNING AROUND A CAMPFIRE ON THE BEACH For head chef Ivan Tisdall-Downes and Imogen Davis, the restaurateur couple behind London’s Native, lockdown was a time to stop and rethink. ‘We’ve always been nomadic in a way, opening two restaurants in three years,’ says Imogen of their previous Covent Garden and London Bridge sites, both of which were rented on short-term leases. ‘During lockdown we started to have conversations and someone mentioned that the owner of Osea Island was looking for a restaurant to come on board. We went to visit and it blew our minds.’ Just a 45-minute train ride from the capital, the Essex island (which has holiday cottages and houses for rent) is accessed via an ancient Roman causeway or by boat, depending…

3 min
the barn that friendship built

When Fiona Lindsay and Ange Howell first met, their children, Honey and Ben, were fierce opponents, both trying to be crowned champion of the egg and spoon race at their nursery school in north London. During fêtes, play dates and trips to the park, the two mothers formed an unbreakable bond based on their shared love of interior design. It was obvious then that when Fi and her husband Iain began considering a move to a dilapidated barn in a farm on the outskirts of Ham – a small village with one pub and little else, near Hungerford – the first person to call was Ange. ‘It was full of birds, abandoned, but beautiful,’ says Fi. ‘I sent her a picture and she convinced me that if ever there was impetus…

2 min
to the rafters

Standing proudly on top of a hill overlooking the nature reserve of Lake Gundsømagle, just 25 kilometres outside of Copenhagen, gallery owner Ole Høstbo’s home seems to exist outside of time. Much like the two showrooms – one in the Danish capital, one in Paris – of his Dansk Møbelkunst Gallery, his house is a celebration of Denmark’s enduring design prowess, containing the very best of furniture and art from the beginning of the 20th century to today. ‘Nordic design is timeless,’ he says, ‘and therefore adapts very well to modern houses and a contemporary lifestyle.’ That is certainly true of the pieces on display in his living room, a converted barn so epic in scale that it dwarfs furniture by some of the nation’s giants, such as Arne Jacobsen, Alvar…