Plaster pink, distressed walls and plenty of antiques with patina are the hallmarks of a romantically pretty scheme, as Selina Lake takes us through some looks to refresh our homes this spring. We also take a look at the history and heritage of sailors’ valentines, Welsh Love Spoons and acrostic jewellery, while Luke Honey, our columnist, talks about Reverse or Vinegar Valentines – a phenomenon that began in the Georgian era and gave the recipient a rather unpleasant shock! This month’s houses are all full of intrigue and enchanting touches, from Annie Sloan’s colourful home to an apartment in Brighton owned by the director of the Pallant House Gallery. And if a new kitchen is on your wishlist this year, we highlight some favourite companies for whom quality craftsmanship is paramount.
All four homes featured this month display their owners’ eclectic tastes and love of antiques; from an 18th-century merchant’s house overlooking the Loire river, the successful fusion of two distinctly different decorating styles and collections, to Annie Sloan’s colourful home and finally to a bijou apartment in Brighton filled with folk art and elegant touches.
Romantic colours and accessories to give your home a softly pretty ambience.
We are the Champions
Art Fund’s Museum of the Year Winners.
Food News & Recipes
Warming fare from the Great Dixter Estate
Portrait of an Antique
Robert Kime’s Decorative Screen
Collecting Welsh Love Spoons
Discover the history of these beautifully crafted items.
All this and much, much more!!
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