The English Home
magazine bills itself as Celebrating the Essence of English Style
and it's perennially been one of my favorite publications. It's so much more than a style or decorating magazine. Each issue, you'll meet the owners of period homes and learn the stories behind their search for the perfect property, the renovation process, their hunt for furnishings and their trials and tribulations with building departments, contractors and English Heritage, who holds sway over renovation decisions involving Grade I, II and III listed properties. The latest issue, March/April 2010, includes pieces on Colour Past and Present
(period color choices), luxurious fabrics and fantastic period shoes made to wear today from Henry Kaye
. They've also begun a new series, Guardians of History
, this issue featuring the Duke and Duchess of Rutland and their efforts to maintain Belvoir Castle. The property section is always fun to read, with descriptions of each residence more in-depth than those found in Country Life Magazine - yet another enduring favorite of mine. The English Home is available on U.S. newsstands or by subscription. Enjoy!
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