• Plants for the March garden: camellias

    by  • March 1, 2015 • 0 Comments

    RT_caerh0311-9 Whilst on my way in the pouring rain to a photography shoot in central London this week, I counted six camellia trees of varying sizes and planted in front gardens, guarding front gates, scrambling up and over walls, and all in full, glorious colour. I was tempted to stop and pick up one of the deep pink double flowers that had fallen to the ground, to take it home to enjoy before it completely shrivelled and died. I didn’t, but the sight of the huge flowers gleaming like pomegranate seeds from amid the deep green-leaved branches, cheered me and reminded me that spring is around the corner.

    Starting with the scented Camellia sasanqua in autumn and climaxing with the spring-flowering Camellia japonica, the camellia provides the garden with a raiment of colour that can start in the autumn, grow through the darkest months of the year and all the way on into spring. With some 250 named varieties to choose from, the species offers a delectable variety of form and colours, from deep red and shocking pink to creams and bright whites.

    (Pictured above, semi double Camellia reticulata ‘Captain Rawes’)

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    Pea shoot, pea and brown shrimp risotto

    by  • February 28, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Pea shoot, pea and brown shrimp risottoFinally, spring is stirring properly, throwing up new green leaves and shoots to use in abundant handfuls. Of course, our leafy greens (watercress, chard, spinach, pea shoots…) make fantastic side salads, but it’s far more interesting to think outside the box. Alice Hart sees in the season folding pea shoots into a light and fresh brown shrimp risotto. Make sure you use good-quality stock for this risotto, whether homemade or shop bought, as it will make all the difference to the results.

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    Horace Walpole’s fantasy gothic villa Strawberry Hill reopens to the public

    by  • February 27, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Henry Walpole's fantasy gothic villa Strawberry HillFollowing a two-part, £10 million restoration, Horace Walpole’s 18th-century gothic villa, considered to be Britain’s finest example of gothic revival architecture, will reopen to the public this Sunday 1st March.

    The celebrity home of its day, Strawberry Hill was transformed from modest Twickenham house to “my very own little gothic castle” by Horace Walpole, one of the most influential writers, collectors and historians of the 1700s and youngest son of Britain’s first Prime Minister Sir Robert Walpole.

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    Splashback ideas for stylish kitchens

    by  • February 27, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Martin Moore Elland KitchenForm and function combine in our selection of stylish ideas for kitchen splashbacks. Whatever the style of your room, there will be a solution that will enhance the look of your room, from a minimal glass panel through to decorative vintage tiles. Be inspired by this edit of looks for your kitchen…

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    Swoon Editions opens pop-up store in Soho

    by  • February 26, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Swoon editionOnline furniture retailer Swoon Editions is opening its very first retail space in London on 2 March. For one week only, The Swoon Pop-up will showcase a curated selection of more than 40 of the company’s most popular pieces, as well as a  limited-edition range designed in collaboration with some of the UK’s leading textile talent: Emily Humphrey, Michelle Mason and Claire Gaudion. In addition, there will be exclusive promotions all week, plus the chance to win a living room makeover and up to £1,500 worth of products.

    Visit The Swoon Pop-up at 15 Bateman Street, W1D 3AQ from 2-7 March, 10am-8pm, and 8 March 12-6pm.

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    H&G Designer Awards 2015: winners revealed

    by  • February 25, 2015 • 0 Comments

    HG DESIGN AWARDS LOGO_FINAL_280_HI RESIt is with great excitement that we reveal this year’s winners of the Homes & Gardens Designer Awards 2015. The event took place at the British Museum in London, and the evening was opened with a key note speech by the inspiring Deyan Sudjic, who shared his views on the future of design and special insight into the new Design Museum that will be opening soon in Kensington. 

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    Meet the best new tile brand on the design scene, Bert & May

    by  • February 24, 2015 • 0 Comments

    The front of the Bert & May showroomIf you don’t yet know about Bert & May, you should; owners Lee Thornley and Harriet Roberts experiment with natural pigment and pattern to create hand-poured artisan tiles that are perfectly in tune with contemporary interiors. The brand launched in September 2013, and alongside original artisan tiles made using traditional techniques, it offers a vast array of vintage stock from Europe (as well as reclaimed wood flooring). It is our new go-to brand for decorative floor coverings, and a must-include in your little black contacts book. We met up with the pair to hear how their venture got off the ground…

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