found myself staying in a pretty little log cabin at the side of a babbling stream earlier this month and while it was a world away from Livingetc’s edgy, urban style (with its iron day bed on the veranda and squishy tartan-covered sofas), it was a perfect balance of modern and rustic. Its rough-luxe look made me think about how many successful contemporary interiors are an intoxicating blend of influences and trends.
The houses in this issue all echo this clever balance, displaying a wide range of creative ideas filtered through a discerning design eye – from Cassandra and Ed’s paredback, elegant apartment (page 82), which teams raw wood with hits of pink upholstery and brass lighting, to Irina and Darren’s family home (page 40), which combines Victorian oil paintings with hyper-bright photography and an Aga in the kitchen with a silk-swathed master bedroom.
Also in this issue, we’ve been looking ahead to the biggest interiors trends in our special (page 129) – take note, no self-respecting home should be without a hanging chair or piece of taxidermy, plus we’ve been checking out the catwalk to see which fashion directions will be influencing our shopping must-haves this autumn (page 69) – hint, here come the Seventies! Get ready for an inspiration-filled month. House Tours is back! For one day only in September, join us for an exclusive tour of some of the most inspiring houses in London. From vintage colour and pattern to loft-style living, these homes showcase the very best of design and décor. Turn to page 36 for more details. See you there!