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The Gardens of Arne Maynard

Arne Maynard is one of the country’s most sought-after and internationally renowned garden designers. He’s celebrated for his ability to draw out the essence of a place. Written by Maynard himself, and illustrated with wonderfully atmospheric photographs by William Collinson, this beautiful book offers a fascinating insight into how his designs evolve.  Maynard explains that the ‘structure of [each] garden has to “hold hands” with the environment, respecting the architecture of the house and the setting, the climate and the culture, whether urban or in the country’. Some gardens are historical with a modern twist, others very contemporary, but all share Maynard’s passion for plants and ‘green’ structure, and appear timeless in their style.

The Gardens of Arne Maynard

Arne Maynard, Altt-y-bela

Altt-y-bela, in the rolling hills of wet Wales, is Arne Maynard and William Collinson’s current home. The original farmhouse became grander when the extraordinary tower was added in the 17th century.  A froth of fox-eye daisies links the meadow to the house. A criss-cross of box hedging holds the herbaceous planting in an asymmetric space at the back of the house.

Arne Maynard, Altt-y-bela

Pleached crab-apple trees frame the courtyard garden at Altt-y-bela, giving it a sense of enclosure. Under the canopy of standard box balls, Arne grows his rarest, most special plants.

Arne Maynard, Altt-y-bela

At Altt-y-bela the pear arches trained on bent hazel rods form a productive entrance to the kitchen garden.

Arne Maynard, Altt-y-bela

Roses are always essential to Arne Maynard’s gardens. Here ‘Seagull’ is encouraged along the iron railings at Llowes Court in Powys.

Arne Maynard, Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall in Derbyshire is one of the most romantic places in England. Its garden is arranged as a series of terraces, retained by enormous buttressed stone walls and original Elizabethan balustrades. Whilst celebrating its history, Arne Maynard has removed certain layers of planting at Haddon Hall that no longer felt right and pulled the atmosphere of the house and garden together.

Arne Maynard, Haddon Hall

The frame of native wild flowers forms the perfect soft foil for the native topiary at Haddon Hall.

Arne Maynard, Southwood Farm

In this productive kitchen garden at South Wood Farm in Devon, the magenta sweet williams (for cutting) are grown alongside crops of vegetables. All the plant supports and protective frames are made from hazel, artfully woven into shape by the gardener.


Maynard’s passion for colour, plants and design is evident throughout this inspiring book, and he provides the reader with a clear reference guide to the building blocks that he uses in his designs. The main garden chapters are punctuated with features on the ‘essentials’ such as craftsmanship, topiary, borders and kitchen gardens that Maynard uses time and again, creating gardens that are perfect for their settings and that will be a pleasure to garden for years to come.

Every one of Maynard’s designs begins with a process of careful observation that enables him to identify those vernacular elements that will be mirrored or referenced in the garden. This is a technique that Maynard has applied very successfully to the gardens of his own homes, first at Guanock House in the flat fenlands of Lincolnshire and now at Allt-y-bela, his stunning home nestled among the rolling hills of rural Wales. Both gardens are featured in the book, and it’s instantly apparent how different they are, yet how completely in harmony they are with their surroundings.

Arne Maynard has created more than 200 gardens worldwide throughout his 25-year career, including two Gold Medal-winning gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. He and William Collinson live and work at the medieval tower house Allt-y-bela, where Maynard teaches garden design courses and Collinson has based his garden photography work.

The Gardens of Arne Maynard is published by Merrell (£45). Text by Arne Maynard; photographs by William Collinson

Paint & Paper Library relaunches

Paint & Paper Library was founded over twenty years ago by London-based interior designer and acclaimed colour expert, David Oliver. Now under new ownership, the brand has relaunched its two palettes of 85 ‘Original Colours’ and 95 ‘Architectural Colours’ and added 40 unique new shades to complement the existing tones.

Paint & Paper Library now offers its full colour palette in five superlative finishes. Their signature finish, Pure Flat Emulsion, is the mattest emulsion paint on the market. A water-based emulsion paint with the ultimate soft chalky finish, it is also micro-porous, to allow the fabric of a building to breathe; an important consideration for historic buildings. Their Architect’s Matt Emulsion provides a high performance water-based alternative which is completely washable, and offers excellent scuff and stain resistance. Architects’ Eggshell is a low sheen, tough and durable water-based acrylic paint suitable for all interior woodwork and walls, especially for kitchens and bathrooms where condensation may be problematic.

Paint & Paper Library

Wall: Apple Smiles II 570 – Pure Flat Emulsion

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Vintage Home by Judith Miller

Vintage Home (20th century Design for Contemporary Living) by Judith Miller is a practical collector’s guide, a celebration of the many decorative styles of the 20th century, and a guide to combining retro and contemporary pieces in your home. The ‘vintage’ designs covered in this book were all considered to be modern in their day, and many still do appear strikingly modern, despite their age. The book is not only a guide to designers who led the way in the 20th century, but shows us ‘influential pieces’ of each eclectic style, as well as these pieces in contemporary settings (many of them the designers’ own homes). Antiques expert Judith Miller shows how furniture and accessories from around the world, from different design eras and made for every taste and budget, can be sit comfortably together to create a new and individual look.

Verner Panton's Heart Chair

The Heart Chair is probably Verner Panton’s most recognisable design (1959). The strong shape and vibrant colour made it an international success. It holds its own in this brightly coloured room with a dramatic carpet. Photo: Andrew Boyd / © Jacqui Small LLP

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Volga Linen’s new collections

Volga Linen is launching four new fabric collections for London Design Week 2016, including a charming range of Russian folklore designs, a softly textured linen twill, and an elegant broad stripe with a darker top stitch detail.

Volga Linen, aprons

100% linen Bib Apron in bold new colours: Chinese Yellow, Prussian Blue and Plum. £49 each. The aprons can also be monogrammed (see their website for styles and prices).

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Victoria Stainow’s shell mirror & sconces

Bespoke furniture and lighting designer Victoria Stainow works with carefully selected craftsmen, mainly in France, using modern as well as traditional techniques and a variety of rich, materials including polished brass, glass, wood and parchment. Her latest products are the Molene Mirror and Sconces, created by artist Claudio Gonzalez using an original shell found during an archeological dig on the French island of Molene just off the coast of Brittany. The site was originally thought to be from the late Neolithic Period but there were also signs of early bronze age occupation. Most of the shells found on the island are Limpets but the shell used by Claudio is an Ormeau which is extremely rare and contains delicious meat. The shell was originally cast as a souvenir for the diggers on the site and each shell was engraved with the digger’s name on it. Claudio’s brother, an archeologist, was a director on the site.

Victoria Stainow - metal finishes

Some of the many custom finishes available.

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The Country House Ideal

The Country House Ideal, Recent Work by ADAM Architecture is a survey of country houses designed by the Winchester-based ADAM Architecture.  It places the country house in its rich historical context and explores the way in which ADAM Architecture – a practice of five directors, each with a distinct architectural personality – uses historical precedents, techniques and materials to design country houses for modern times.

Adam Architecture, East Hoe, exterior

A new Queen Anne-style wing of East Hoe Manor in Hampshire provides a sympathetic extension to the eighteenth century original.

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Craven Dunnill’s new Ludlow tile collection

Specialist tile company Craven Dunnill has launched the new Ludlow Collection of elongated brick-shaped wall tiles with a hand-made look and a pretty palette of colours.

Each tile is individually crafted with irregular edges and a gently undulating surface. The semi-transparent glaze follows the contours of the hand crafted tile and gives an individual charm and a heritage look.

Craven Dunnill, Ludlow tile

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Mix & match bathroom fittings from The Water Monopoly

The new Rockwell range of bathroom accessories from The Water Monopoly brings new freedom to bathroom design. You can mix and match gorgeously coloured tap heads, showers, flush handles and bath feet – they can complement each other or contrast as you like.

The range features a classic selection of Fifties-inspired colours, along with black, white and a variety of metal finishes. It means that children’s bathrooms can easily be changed as tastes develop and mature. And for hotels, the range finally provides the much longed-for versatility to respond to ever-changing demands of design and budget. For even greater flexibility, The Water Monopoly offers a bespoke colour creation service, so you could match your tiles or wallpaper…

Rockwell taps - The Water Monopoly

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Garden Magic by George Carter

Garden designer George Carter is noted for his witty and theatrical approach to garden design. A Chelsea Flower Show multiple gold medallist, he is currently working on the restoration of the gardens at the Royal Hospital at Chelsea, and has designed and made gardens for Burghley House and Penshurst Place, among other stately homes. He also designs exhibitions, including many at the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace.
In his new book, Garden Magic, George Carter reveals his much-coveted garden secrets – based on his own passion for exquisite 17th century formal garden design – made simple and accessible for all. Photographed at his Norfolk home, he not only shows how he created his own exceptional garden, but also demonstrates quick and easy ways for readers to emulate his style.

George Carter's Garden Magic

George Carter made his gate using different garden tools nailed into a frame.

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Guess Who? kids’ fabrics & wallpapers

British brand SCION, known for its trend-savvy yet affordable designs, has branched out to produce its first range of fabrics and wallcoverings designed specifically for kids. The light-hearted and imaginative Guess Who? collection features whimsical animals, bold stripes, playful patterns and funky florals available in coordinating fabrics and wallpapers.

Children's wallpaper by Scion

Hello Dolly 111266 wallpaper features all the hairstyles à la mode. It’s £28 a roll.

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