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July Issue

House & Garden editor Leigh Robertson introduces us to the July issue

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July Issue
July Issue

This month we’ve gone wild for colour and the brilliant things that can be achieved with paint, which you will have picked up from our bold cover. Yellow is, so all the experts seem to concur, the colour of happiness, and its effect can be positively energising given the right shade (be sure to test several options if intended for your walls, though; a misstep could be lethal). What better home to set the mood for our July issue than this charming 300-year-old farmhouse belonging to British interior designer Sarah Vanrenen (The Bright Side, page 72). Going not only for what she dubs a ‘double yellow line’ hue in her study, here clashing joyfully with ikat fabrics and throws draped over a vintage high-backed sofa, she also opted for raspberry, lime and peacock blue over ‘boring’ neutrals. ‘In a nonsymmetrical house that will never be grand, strange colours make it quirky and fun instead,’ she says. We couldn’t agree more.

The H&G team also loved the playful, exotic, but wonderfully chic Jaipur apartment of Dutch fashion designer Marie-Anne Oudejans (All the Raj, page 90), which offers some lively, rather clever, ideas. How dreamy to lie in bed while gazing up at a ceiling painted to look like a tent, garlanded with Mughal-style flower murals.

1. In contrast, ceramicist Martine Jackson’s Atlantic Seaboard home (Art of Fine Living, page 78) works its mostly monochrome flavour to dramatic effect to show off her collection of paintings and ceramic pieces.

2. We think decor editor Juliette Arrighi de Casanova may well have found the perfect ‘millennial pink’ (that most hashtagged of colours) for her Directions shoot, Get out of Town, an update on traditional, country-cottage style. Trust her that there’s more to this pretty pastel than might be expected when used in a modern scheme (skip to page 35 to get the code).

3. And if that isn’t enough colour therapy, look to the lyrical delight that is the garden of landscape designer Dominick Murphy (Untamed by Design, page 84). ‘We like to let nature do the gardening,’ he says, and we can all agree that it’s the best artist of them all.

4. We were thrilled by the response we received to a call for entries to our first Innovators competition. See the 10 brilliant architectural projects, all using glass with particular ingenuity, on page 51.