JUNE 26TH 2017

This kitchen was part of a complete renovation project by Rise Design Studio, transforming a neglected, run-down North London house into a bright, light living space. The ground floor was opened up and extended, with the kitchen/dining area now flowing directly out into the garden. The Watermark Collection’s Brooklyn taps were chosen for their pure, architectural form and authentic, handmade solidity: Their brushed brass finish provides a visual link to the pendant lights above the island and together they bring a note of warmth to this cool, modern interior. 

Shown here: The Watermark Collection’s Brooklyn deck mounted two-hole basin set in brushed brass finish.

JUNE 22ND 2017

What types of automated blinds are there and what are their pros and cons?
The three main types are:
•    Pros: Ideal when there is no power supply nearby or you don’t want to involve an electrician in the installation 
•    Cons: The only downside is that the batteries will need renewing or re-charging from time to time
Low voltage motors: 
•    Pros: Very small, so great for slim, discreet blinds
•   Cons: Low voltage motors need a transformer. They are not silent and there are also limitations on the flexibility of their operation in that all blinds connected to a single transformer will operate as one
Mains-voltage motors: 
•    Pros: Very quiet, easily individually operated and much more powerful, so useful for large blinds
•    Cons: Motors are larger and need a larger headrail to conceal them

Which types of blind are suitable for automation? 
•    Most types of blinds can be automated - although fitting the motor and other components in discreetly can be an issue with a blind less than 400mm wide  
•    When we make ‘Duette’ blinds to shade awkwardly shaped/sized windows and glass roofs, we always recommend automating them because manual operation is almost impossible if the blinds are out of reach or quite large. This does add to the cost, but the motors are very reliable
•    Shaped Venetian blinds cannot be fully motorised but can have a battery-powered motor which tilts the slats
•    Rectangular (ie normal) shaped Venetians can be motorised with low or mains-voltage motors which can also raise and lower the blind

Are automated blinds compatible with home automation systems? 
•    Yes, our blinds have been linked in with Lutron, Loxone, Crestron, Control4 and other home automation systems  
•    Our blind motor supplier, Somfy, (the French company which makes the very best quality motors) also has its own control system called Tahoma which allows blinds to be operated remotely from a tablet or phone app  

One last piece of advice?
•    If you are building a new home or refurbishing an existing house, it’s always worth providing a power supply for electric blinds when planning a project. Putting in power during the build is simple and inexpensive - which is not the case once it’s all beautifully finished!
JUNE 20TH 2017

Martin Moore and House & Garden jointly hosted a Masterclass with Lee Westcott, one of the UK’s most exciting and influential young chefs. Chef/Patron of The Typing Room in Bethnal Green Town Hall, he has just been awarded 4 AA rosettes for his innovative modern food. Martin Moore’s beautiful Notting Hill showroom offered the perfect venue for a celebration, giving twenty-five House & Garden readers a rare opportunity to see Lee in action outside his own kitchen.  

Preparing a seasonal menu focused on British product, he wowed everyone’s palates with his cooking, which has been described as “pure, natural and honest.” A beautiful kitchen, spectacular food and the chance to see a top chef working close-up…. The perfect recipe for an unforgettable event.
JUNE 19TH 2017

With a very British heritage stretching back nearly 80 years, George Spencer Designs fabrics have a hallmark style of their own; designerly, natural and organic. Luxurious and sophisticated, the emphasis is on natural fibres, textural weaves and craft mills.  

Launching Summer 2017, ‘Shadow Check’ is a graphic deconstruction of traditional houndstooth check, cleverly transforming a design classic into something new, vibrant and modern.  

Shadow Check comes in ten colours. Shown above: Chair upholstered in Shadow Check Denim. Stack (top to bottom) Olive, Taupe, Buttercup, Pale Wedgewood, Pistachio, Aqua.   

Woven in 61% cotton/39% linen Shadow Check is 140m wide and Suitable for curtains, blinds and light upholstery.  
JUNE 13TH 2017

DesignSpace London’s coolly minimalist Southwark flagship showroom makes the perfect venue for Better Letters’ Summer Showcase, running from now until 28th July 2017 (Monday to Friday: 9.30 – 5pm.)

Better Letters (“Lettering Agents & Signwriting Contractors”) represent some of the most exciting signwriters working today, four of whose works feature in this Summer Showcase; James Cooper, Harry Fiever and David Kynaston are all UK-based, whilst Mike Meyer brings a breezy quick-fire style from the USA.  

The twelve pieces of work on show at DesignSpace London demonstrate the diversity of the four artists’ illustrative styles, whilst highlighting their shared focus on craftsmanship and love of the classic artform of lettering and signwriting. 
JUNE 13TH 2017
Adding colour to interiors creates instant energy and interest, and bathrooms or cloakrooms are the perfect spaces in which to take the plunge. A hand decorated porcelain basin from the London Basin Company makes the perfect accent piece, adding vibrant colour in a small way that makes a big impact.
Available exclusively online, the London Basin Company offers ten different basins in a variety of designs and shapes. Every basin is a one-off, hand finished and generously sized; with dimensions running between 39.7 and 45cm in diameter and 14 to 16.2cm in height.  
Shown above (left to right): AdrianaMelodyClarabelleYasmin 
JUNE 12TH 2017

This traditional conservatory was designed, handmade and installed by The Caulfield Company. It replaces a long-lost glasshouse, the outline of which could still be seen on the outside wall of this beautiful Grade II Listed Georgian vicarage in Hertfordshire.
No other reference to the original glass structure could be found, but Mark Caulfield of The Caulfield Company has long experience of reinstating period glass buildings, taking his design cues from the vicarage and from glass structures of the same period. Perfectly in keeping with the Georgian house, this new conservatory features small panel windows with very slender glazing bars. It has an imposing roofline, featuring gothic-inspired gables.  The plinth is in reclaimed brick, carefully matched to the house.
The scheme was submitted for planning permission/Listed Building Consent. Once the plans were approved, the conservatory was hand built in The Caulfield Company’s Yorkshire workshops using solid Sapele hardwood. Its functionality was also kept true to the original glasshouse; eschewing mod cons such as underfloor heating in favour of more traditional heating (radiators in grilled housings) and manually crank-handled roof vents. Climate control is much better than in the original building though, as special glazing methods were used to double glaze the finely detailed Georgian windows.
Highly experienced in sensitive architectural responses to period and listed buildings, The Caulfield Company handles projects right through from planning permission to the design, build and interior finishes. It also offers a complete interior design service.  
JUNE 8TH 2017

Graphite Panelling is part of an exciting new collection of ceramic tiles from luxury stone specialist Lapicida. In warm dark grey, with a lustrous matt finish and raised borders, it offers a new architectural look for interior and exterior walls. 

Expertly curated, Lapicida’s extensive porcelain and ceramic collections for walls and floors comes in a wide range of sizes and a variety of authentic finishes. Chosen to work alongside their premium marble and stone they can be used together in the same projects, often as a solution to weight or thickness issues. Many of Lapicida’s porcelains and ceramics are also frost proof, designed to be used for exterior decorative finishes

In a natural finish, Graphite ceramic tiles come in two sizes (305x305mm and 610x305mm, both 10mm thick) which can be used together to achieve numerous decorative effects. 
JUNE 8TH 2017

Drummonds flagship showroom on the King’s Road hosted an informal and fun filled evening as part of the CDQ Summer party with a variety of entertainment including massage therapists, a tarot card reader, a magician, juggler and fire eater together with a roaming band all on hand to keep guests entertained.

With the sun shining Drummonds was pleased to welcome interior designers, architects and press with a delicious Sipsmith summer cup and enjoy an entertaining evening where everyone could mingle in a relaxed environment. Sales and Marketing Directory James Lentaigne commented “It was wonderful to see the area alive with people browsing and finding inspiration and everyone seemed to really enjoy the evening."

The design emporium Talisman shared the showroom on the evening so there were plenty of quirky curios to amuse including a giraffe in a freestanding ‘Spey’ bath and a brass monkey dangling from the shower creating a talking point.
JUNE 7TH 2017

Towering glazed gables, asymmetric windows, lantern lights, glass boxes and giant bi-folds are all part of the language of contemporary buildings. They make impressive statements, but can be hard to screen - often a necessity for both privacy and climate control. 

This remarkable eco-house in Oxfordshire sits above, and flows into, a multi-level garden with decking and lush plantings. Large areas of glass give views from every angle. This makes screening a necessity for climate control on sunny days and privacy, especially in the bedrooms.

Grand Design Blinds designed and installed bespoke electric blinds throughout. These were planned into the design of the house right from the beginning, so that all the large windows and sliding doors along the front of the building, together with the skylights in the bedrooms, were built with special recesses, completely hiding the blinds when not in use. 

Extra-large roller blinds are used in the open plan kitchen/living room and down the corridor, but the master bedroom needed a different solution to screen the giant (3 metres high x 4.2 metres wide) window with its difficult 90˚ return. 

Here, pleated Duette blinds were chosen over roller blinds: Aesthetically, a roller blind, when down, would look like a blank wall and practically, it’s difficult to achieve total blackout/privacy with roller blinds. It would also have been impossible to use a roller blind to screen the narrow return window. Duette’s pleated construction offers more visual interest, more effective blackout and the ability to make a matching slim blind to screen the return. It also allows a perfect match to the Duette blind which screens the skylight. 

All the blinds throughout the house were connected to the building's Loxone home automation system, enabling them to be automatically operated according to the angle of the sun and the temperature inside the house.

Grand Design Blinds undertake projects worldwide. All of their blinds are handmade to order in the UK.
JUNE 6TH 2017

The newest version of Drummonds’ freestanding Bute bath features a pressed steel surround, fusing the spirit of classic bathrooms with crisp, contemporary styling.

The double-ended cast iron bath takes several weeks to make, using a traditional process starting with raw metal and completed by snow white dry-frit enamelling. The new pressed steel surround features simple dado and plinth detailing which defines the bath’s showstopping curves.

Supplied primed, or hand-painted in the customer’s choice of colour, the Bute bath measures L1700 x W730mm x H585mm.

The Bute bath is also available with a plain steel skirt or a classic panelled hardwood surround.
JUNE 5TH 2017

One of Britain’s longest established fabric houses, George Spencer Designs has moved into a spacious Design Centre Chelsea Harbour showroom. Bright and contemporary, the new space (1100 sq ft) is designed to showcase the complete collection of fabrics and wallpapers. 

George Spencer Designs is also known for finding and representing some of the most original and exciting emerging talent. With the Chelsea Harbour showroom providing significantly more space, three exclusive new names have been added to the roster, bringing in ‘Quercus & Co’ from Australia, ‘Maison C.’ from France and ‘Rebecca Atwood’ from the USA.


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