OUR OCTOBER ISSUE IS OUT. LET OUR EDITOR HATTA BYNG TALK YOU THROUGH THE HIGHLIGHTS...
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My childhood holidays were spent on the North Cornwall coast. Each year, my father would drive his fairly scruffy boat down and we would head out mackerel fishing and lobster potting. Some years, we caught so many mackerel we would have to give them away and it was always very exciting hauling up the pots to find a lobster. I confess to having had a romantic idea of becoming a fisherwoman when I grew up, so the decoration team's decision to take their highlights of the new fabric collections to Cornwall and transform them into the accoutrements of fishing life plays right to my heart (from page 121). In fact, as I write this, I am in Runswick Bay on the North Yorkshire coast, where yesterday evening we bought fresh lobster directly from a little boat as it came in (the next best thing to catching it yourself), before attaching bacon to our lines and catching a bucketful of little crabs on the jetty at high tide. Sadly, they were not nearly as colourful or pretty as the ones in the shoot, nor was the lobster potter so elegantly dressed.
The October issue is always the biggest of the year, to tie in with the launches of new fabrics and furniture and London Design Festival (September 16-24). But this year, the issue is even bigger, incorporating Country House, our 30-page special on ideas for country house style - from pretty and traditional to modern and minimal and everything in between (from page 157). It is packed with ideas and an excellent resource for anybody doing up a house in the country.
To mark this big design issue, all the houses featured are owned by people in the industry. We are all interested to see how the experts live: their vision, uncompromised by a client's brief. Starting on page 218, we enter the private domains of an American classical architect, the owner of a small, specialist fabric company, a young interior designer, and Pierre Frey's president. All are very personal and show an individual flair; several push the boundaries and are not necessarily what you would expect.
And before you turn over, I must draw your attention to page 63, which announces the launch of our own range of sofas and chairs, The House & Garden Collection, in collaboration with Arlo & Jacob. It has been a fun few months - almost a year - in the planning, with our decoration director Gabby Deeming making lots of trips to Long Eaton in Derbyshire to tweak prototypes and discuss the minutest of details. The idea is we are bringing a House & Garden eye and elegance to an affordable, comfortable and useful range of seating. Based very much on the sorts of pieces and shapes we would want in our own houses and incorporating the kinds of details you do not usually find at this price bracket - single seat cushions, painted legs and more - it is an exciting first for us.
To view The House & Garden Collection of sofas and chairs, designed with Arlo & Jacob, visit .