The Simple Things

MY NEIGHBOURH­OOD

RETURNING TO THE RIVERSIDE TOWN OF HER CHILDHOOD, CERAMICIST ISSY TAYLOR- JONES NOW RAISES HER OWN FAMILY IN THE COMMUNITY AND LANDSCAPES IN WHICH SHE GREW UP

- Photograph­y: JEMMA WATTS Words & styling: KAY PRESTNEY

Both Issy Taylor-Jones and her husband Tom grew up in the pretty waterside town of Wivenhoe, in the Essex countrysid­e, and it was their fond childhood memories that brought them back. “Although we both left in our twenties for careers in London, we decided to return so that our children could experience the same sense of freedom that we enjoyed growing up here. The town has a great sense of community and feels extremely safe.” shares Issy.

After house-hunting for some time, they finally found and fell in love with their home in the spring of 2012. It’s a beautiful blend of period character in the original Victorian parts of the building with a modern Scandinavi­an aesthetic in the large, double height kitchen extension. This is the hub of the home, where Issy loves to gather friends and family. It’s furnished with a characterf­ul mix of old and new pieces, alongside interestin­g artworks by Issy’s friends and local artists, while the large vintage chest was a recent find from The Barn in Saxmundham, Suffolk. “We love the natural light and space in this room, which is where we spend most of our time and have great fun entertaini­ng friends. Luckily we both love to cook!” laughs Issy.

The couple and their four children, Mimi, 18, Ben, 17, Flora, 12, and eight-year-old Isla are all also keen sailors and enjoy spending weekends out on their boat. Issy has used a colour palette that reflects their coastal surroundin­gs and love of nature throughout their home, which is decorated with calming tones of blues, greens and neutrals. »

“I LOVE PIECES THAT ARE MEANINGFUL AND HAVE A LOCAL CONNECTION”

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Issy felt that the Essex town of Wivenhoe was a great location to create a family home, featuring a huge kitchen (far left). The Black Buoy pub, where Issy’s son Ben now works, like his uncles before him
 ??  ?? Much of Issy’s home is furnished with vintage finds and bargain buys, including several artworks from local artists. Every piece has its own story to tell, such as the wooden cupboard (right), which was a snapped up for £25 in an auction room. The canvas decoy goose that sits on top of the cupboard was an eBay find, and nods to the rural location, near the River Colne
Much of Issy’s home is furnished with vintage finds and bargain buys, including several artworks from local artists. Every piece has its own story to tell, such as the wooden cupboard (right), which was a snapped up for £25 in an auction room. The canvas decoy goose that sits on top of the cupboard was an eBay find, and nods to the rural location, near the River Colne
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