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Let our editor introduce you to the June issue of House & Garden

Let our editor introduce you to the June issue of House & Garden

We can swoon at a fabulous design idea – the combination of colours, the clever detail, a decorative wall display – and these days we can glean inspiration on a daily basis just by looking at our phones. But, ultimately, the rooms and images that make us linger are not just about a series of clever ideas or well-chosen colours and fabrics – yes, they can be visually arresting – but about the people behind them and how the interiors reflect their lives. Or it can be about how a designer or architect tailors their vision to that of their client, their sensitivity to the house itself and how particular pieces or objects come to be there.

I feel very strongly about this and it is what we set out to show you in the features that we choose for House & Garden – real houses and gardens with people behind them and stories to tell.

In this June issue, the glorious garden and landscape at Franklin Farm, the Hampshire home of garden designers Kim Wilkie and Pip Morrison, is one such example of this – a life’s work for both of them. The article got held up briefly at proof stage, because Pip was attending to their much loved cattle – the same cattle you can see peering over the wall on page 147, and around which part of the garden was designed. Alexandra Tolstoy’s house is another brilliant example. It could not be more personal, even though it is a rental; every detail is a delight and has been lovingly collected or thought through by Alexandra. It’s astonishing to think that she had only just moved in when we took the photographs featured from page 104. I imagine that much has changed since we were there, such is her great love of collecting. Chrissie Rucker’s Buckinghamshire garden (from page 150) reveals a very different philosophy: only white flowers are allowed, but it is nonetheless the product of a singular vision.

That said, this month’s issue is not short of interiors inspiration – be it clever new takes on patchwork (from page 33), or smart bathroom basin combinations (from page 25). Summer is on its way and, with this in mind, there is also plenty of outdoor content – from stylish garden chairs under £150 (on page 30), to ideas for garden rooms (from page 39) and much more besides. I have images of lunch outside, a pretty tablecloth, roses in a vase and individual elderflower panna cottas served in delicate glasses – check out the recipe on page 162. I like to think that several of you are sitting outside soaking up some early-summer warmth while enjoying the pages that follow this one.

Published at Thu, 06 May 2021 13:31:29 +0000

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