House & Garden June 2019 issue

Paul Massey

Welcome to the biggest issue of the year, which includes our directory of The Top 100 Interior Designers (from page 111) and, for the first time, The Top 25 Garden Designers (from page 169). From now on, these will be published every year. Choosing the Top 100 requires diligent research into several hundred companies, with endless debate and reconsidering of names over many months. The task is momentous but also exciting, and undertaking it annually will ensure we have a continually evolving and up-to-date list of the designers whom we think are creating the most stylish, the prettiest or the most interesting private homes.

In the years I have been editor of this magazine, I have come to realise the importance of the Top 100 to many people: I feel the dismay of the designers we’ve left off as much as I feel the joy – or relief – of those we’ve included. But I believe the selection we have compiled is most relevant for you, our readers, and most reflective of the pages of the magazine. It also feels right to be featuring our pick of the Top 25 garden designers working today in this much anticipated issue.

Alongside these important directories, we have some spectacular houses and gardens. These include Prince Charles’s Cornish base, Restormel Manor (from page 208), situated in the heart of a thriving estate and appealingly decorated with antiques and country florals by his sister-in-law Annabel Elliot. There is a stylish and original take on cottage style in Sussex by our 2018 Designer of the Year Beata Heuman (from page 192), plus striking London interiors by Nicola Harding (from page 182) and also Rachel Chudley (from page 200) – a new entry in The House & Garden Top 100.

As well as practical advice and useful names, there is plenty of seasonal escapism, including two gardens celebrating the gloriousness of the English summer. Polly Nicholson’s Wiltshire garden (on pages 230-235), from which she runs an artisan cut-flower business, has a particular pull for me because, as a child, I hoped I’d be a florist when I grew up. And gazing at the atmospheric pictures of the private gardens created by Caroline Egremont at Petworth House (from page 222) makes me long to be walking barefoot in the grass.

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    Bag of Tricks, p79

    Charlie Porter gathers up hand-blocked, hand-embroidered and hand-loomed fabrics

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    Carving a life, p101

    Though figurative sculptor David Williams-Ellis lives and works in Oxfordshire, he is proud of his roots in Wales, where he has inherited a manor house on the Llŷn Peninsula backed by the mountains of Snowdonia

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    The Top 100 Interior Designers, p111

    A continually evolving and up-to-date list of the designers whom we think are creating the most stylish, the prettiest or the most interesting private homes

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    The Top 25 Garden Designers, p169

    Britain has such a long and illustrious history of gardens and gardening that it is no surprise we are able to boast some of the world's leading garden designers, many with a truly international client base. Within the context of garden excellence, the designers we have selected here all possess a deep knowledge of plants, an intuitive sense of space and setting - and a certain extra something that sets their work apart from the rest

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    Telling Storeys, p182

    With the help of interior designer Nicola Harding, a couple in London has united three flats in a nineteeth-century house to create a family home, using atmospheric colours and a characterful mix of furniture

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    New for old, p192

    A cottage in a Sussex village has been transformed into a distinctive family home by the designer Beata Heuman, who has given the interiors a bold update with her confident use of colour and playful blend of styles

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    As fate would have it, p200

    An instinct for recognising talent paid off handsomely for the owners of a Victorian house in north London when they selected the decorator Rachel Chudley to shake up its interiors with her exuberant approach

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    Duchy original, p208

    With inviting new interiors by Annabel Elliott, Prince Charles's sixteenth-century house in Cornwall is at the centre of a community regeneration project that includes a sustainably designed plant nursery

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    Revamp, recycle, reuse, p216

    Gabby Deeming and Ruth Sleightholme create low-cost schemes with high impact, combining high-street finds with affordable antiques, repurposed objects and unique handmade pieces

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    Stately seclusion, p222

    Petworth is known for its Capability Brown parkland, open to the public, but in the private gardens, Caroline Egremont has created an exquisite and intimate sanctuary within a series of garden rooms

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    Taking her pick, p230

    An interest in cut flowers has developed into a succesful artisan floristry business for Polly Nicholson, who makes excellent use of the blooms she grows and forages for at her Georgian house in Wiltshire

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    The simple life, p243

    Recipes by Blanche Vaughan that allow vegetables to take centre stage

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    Spice up your life, p252

    Though a new hotel has put Grenada firmly on the modern luxury map, Pamela Goodman is beguiled by the island's vibrant landscape