New Year, New Look for the Heart Home Shop

The Heart Home shop has been given a face-lift ready for the season ahead. Now's a good time to refresh the decor in the home we think. You know, just to help you through the rest of the winter months. When the weather outside is dreary - buy a new cushion, or a new plant holder - that's our mantra here at Heart Home. So, with that in mind we have curated a collection of lighting, furniture, cushions and throws, bed and bath products, kitchen items and decorative products. Just for you. And there are still items left in our sale if you hurry!

Don't forget if you don't see anything you like below, there are more items in the shop (just hit the 'shop' tab at the top of this page). 

Introducing Mendeli Street Hotel In Tel Aviv

Vibrant, cosmopolitan and chic, Mendeli Street Hotel, located in the bustling Mediterranean city of Tel Aviv, encompasses all the cornerstones of sophisticated urban hospitality. Situated just two minutes from the beach, this hotel blends fine cuisine, décor and the latest Israeli art and design trends to provide its guests with a unique Tel Aviv experience.

The hotel is owned by the Steinbach family and originally opened in the 1960s. After it was handed down to the third generation, Mendeli Street Hotel went through a complete rebranding and major renovation, finally re-emerging onto the Tel Aviv tourist scene three years ago.

Since its rebirth, Mendeli Street Hotel has remained loyal to its goal of paying homage to the extraordinary city it’s located in. Upon first entering, visitors are enticed by their surroundings. Tel Aviv’s dynamic art scene is exhibited across the hotel and complemented by the hotel’s contemporary style that utilises clean lines, natural hardwood furnishings and leafy green ferns. The 66 rooms of the hotel mirror the same overall style and are designed to reflect the nearby beach atmosphere. The elegant and sophisticated rooms display different and ever-changing commissioned Israeli artworks, adding to the overall feel of balance and harmony the hotel provides. The Mendeli not only projects Tel Aviv’s signature style through art and design but also keeps up with the city’s up-and-coming culinary scene.

The Mendeli Street Hotel is itself home to one of the city’s best restaurants. Mashya, headed by the renowned Chef Yossi Shitrit, has become a sensation amongst locals and guarantees a fresh and innovative culinary experience. It is the ultimate restaurant adaptation of what the hotel offers. With a dedication to local style and historical authenticity, it is a tribute to Tel Aviv's culture. At Mashya every flavor, smell and sight is deliberate and unique, with Chef Shitrit incorporating local spices and produce with some of the most advanced cooking techniques. With an open kitchen and extensive wine list, this restaurant has become a standout in a city dedicated to sensational dining.

Should visitors wish to venture into the rest of Tel Aviv’s culinary scene, The Mendeli offers proximity to the heart of Tel Aviv. For those wishing to escape the urban life and see more of the country, daily tours can be arranged from the 24 hour concierge desk, providing each guest with a personal and tailor made experience. The Mendeli Street Hotel is a sophisticated tribute to the dynamic character of a remarkable city.

Image Credit Amit Geron

Recipe of the Week - Chunky Vegetable Soup

This warming vegetable soup, served with  buttered, crusty bread or garlic bread, is the ideal winter dish for lunch or supper. 

Serves 4

Prep: 15mins - Cook: 30mins

Prep: 15mins - Cook: 30mins


2 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, peeled and  finely chopped
4 carrots, cut into large chunks
4 stalks of celery, cut into large chunks
1 medium potato, peeled and cut into small chunks
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into small chunks
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 cans chopped tomatoes
2 vegetable stock pots (or similar)
600-900mls water
Salt and ground black  pepper to taste
1 sprig thyme, chopped
2 sprigs of parsley, finely chopped


Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add the onion and cook over a medium heat for 5mins. Add the carrots, celery, potatoes and garlic and cook, stirring for a 10mins.
Add the tomatoes, stock, thyme, 600mls water and seasoning to taste. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20-30mins or until the potatoes are cooked. Add more water if needed.
Spoon into bowls, scatter with  parsley and serves with buttered  bread or garlic bread

Per serving: 239kcals, 7g fat , 1g sat fat, 5g protein, 9g fibre, 39g carbs, 20g sugar, 2.6g salt

Recipe is courtesy of villas.coman accommodation rental site that has many properties available, where you can cook your own healthy recipes.

Kitchen Textiles Range Launch By Sian Elin

Three new prints on double oven gloves and single mitts launch the brand new Sian Elin kitchen textiles range. 

Inspired by traditional Welsh patterns, Melin (Welsh for ‘mill’) combines old and new. RRP £20.

Inspired by Blackwork, Stitch has a Scandinavian clarity of pattern. 
RRP £20.

Atomic updates the ubiqitous mid-century boomerang motif in modern markings and colourways. RRP £25.

Sian Elin will be exhibiting at Top Drawer Jan 15th-17th, Stand K17A, Home Section. Make sure to pop by to see the new collections!

Introducing IzziRainey Homeware and Interiors Products

IzziRainey is a Norfolk-based company established in 2014 by friends Izzi Rainey and Lara Mullis and we were immediately struck by their bright and cheerful products. Just what we need on a dull, dreary January day.

zzi's prints, are based on the culmination of the unexpected colour found on her family’s farm combined with the bold and textural shapes which have always surrounded her in the agricultural environment on the farm in Norfolk. This is now the location of hers and Lara's office and studio, where the changing seasons and farm activity provide continual inspiration for their evolving business.

In fact, all IzziRainey products combine a distinct and edgy nature, which means that they work just as well in a cool country house as they do in a contemporary urban setting. The designs start on paper using a wealth of hand-based techniques and then transformed onto fabric using digital printing.

And we love their latest collaboration with Norfolk furniture designer, Curzon and Co, in which they have combined their eye-catching fabrics to produce a pair of iconic bespoke stools with Curzon and Co’s high quality craftsmanship. 

‘We are so excited that we have been able to work with another designer that shares the same passions as us for British design and manufacturing. To see our fabric used on furniture, our lifestyle range expand and to be working so closely with another Norfolk craftsmen has just been fantastic.’- Lara and Izzi.

5 Murals That'll Instantly Make Your Home More Mindful

Creating a restful home can be done with much more than just a quick clear out at the start of the year. It's possible to maintain that all important mindfulness within your house once those new years resolutions have fizzled out and some of that inevitable clutter has returned. Whether you're a seasoned practicioner of mindfulness, or perhaps you just want to inject a little zen into your home, using one of these murals will be sure to keep your space feeling cool, calm and collected. 

Crisp Pines Forest Wallpaper

Crisp Pines Forest Wallpaper

Driftwood Detail Wall Mural

Driftwood Detail Wall Mural

New Year, New Home

Calm, clean colours like muted blues instill feelings of rest and peace, whilst rougher textures bring your walls, and yourself, back to nature. Bringing the outdoors in with a crisp forest mural will create an immense sense of space, as well as giving you an environment where you can clear your mind and relax.  

Ocean Mist Blue Ombre Wall Mural

Ocean Mist Blue Ombre Wall Mural

Teal Scraped Marble Wallpaper

Teal Scraped Marble Wallpaper

The murals, which are designed and sold by Murals Wallpaper, utilise modern digital printing techniques and capture the designs through HD photography. Your print can then be hung just like normal wallpaper, and makes a stunning impact.

Soft Blue Paint Fade Watercolour Wallpaper

Soft Blue Paint Fade Watercolour Wallpaper

Wallpapers are available at: All prints are custom-sized, made-to-order and priced at £25.00 per square metre.

Recipe of the Week - A Classic Winter Stew

After all of the rich Christmas food we've been eating in the past few weeks, it's nice to get back to something simpler and more wholesome. And this slow cooked beef stew with winter vegetables is the perfect winter warmer after long country strolls with family and friends. What's more, it's less than 500 calories per serving!

Serves 4

Prep: 15mins - Cook: 2 hours

Prep: 15mins - Cook: 2 hours


750g stewing beef, chopped into bite-sized pieces
2 tablespoons of plain flour
3 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
 3 sticks of celery, chopped into chunks
200g swede, chopped into chunks
1 large carrot (about 150g), chopped into chunks
1 large parsnip (about 150g) chopped into chunks
500ml beef stock
150ml full bodied red wine (optional)
3 tablespoons of thyme (or add any other desired herbs to taste)
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
Jacket potatoes and steamed broccoli to serve


Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and make sure you have a large, ovenproof casserole dish to hand
Heat the oil in the casserole dish and fry the beef until brown, sprinkle over the flour and cook for a further 3 minutes
Add the garlic and all of the vegetables and fry for 2 minutes
Stir in the stock, wine and herbs, season with seasoning to taste
Cover with a lid and cook in the oven for 2 hours (or until you get back from your walk!). Serve with jacket potatoes and steamed broccoli.

Per serving: 440kcals, 16g fat , 4g sat fat, 50g protein, 6g fibre, 17g carbs, 9g sugar, 0.7g salt

Recipe is courtesy of, an accommodation rental site that has many properties available, where you can cook your own healthy recipes.

She Sheds by Erika Kotite

Belle of the Garden. Photography: Stacy Bass Photography, p168 – “Twin trellises support the garden’s climbing roses on the Williamsburg Gardenbelle she shed. This impressive architectural structure is actually centered within the brick wall and becomes part of the landscape’s permanence.”

Belle of the Garden. Photography: Stacy Bass Photography, p168 – “Twin trellises support the garden’s climbing roses on the Williamsburg Gardenbelle she shed. This impressive architectural structure is actually centered within the brick wall and becomes part of the landscape’s permanence.”

Have you dreamed of a quiet place where you can get away from it all? Do you have a creative spirit that is searching for somewhere to thrive? Would you like to surround yourself with special things that are yours and yours alone? Do you believe that the best things come in small packages? All over the world, others have felt the same desires and discovered the solitude and splendor of a she shed. They may be described by other names, such as hen hut or lady lair, but the purpose and benefits are exactly the same. 

La casita. Photography: Cody Ulrich, p107.jpg – “A stunning chandelier that Morse made from shells hangs over the main living area of her shed. The sofa serves as her bed when she stays here. Handsome wood flooring is mostly original, painted black. Above the beams, a former air vent now serves as a small window.”

La casita. Photography: Cody Ulrich, p107.jpg – “A stunning chandelier that Morse made from shells hangs over the main living area of her shed. The sofa serves as her bed when she stays here. Handsome wood flooring is mostly original, painted black. Above the beams, a former air vent now serves as a small window.”

In She Sheds, the beautiful new book by Erika Kotite, you’ll see dozens of in-depth examples of these private spaces to inspire you in your own pursuit. Some she sheds are dedicated to making art or music, some to gardening, writing, or reading. The activities are as varied as the women who have created them. But they all share one thing in common: they began as someone’s dream and blossomed into a small slice of heaven. 

The Bridal Shed. Photography by Anne Wells, p59 – “The underside of the roof is swathed in a cotton canopy. (There is a timber roof above.) A storage area to the far end is created with a stud partition that comes out just to the center of the shed.”

The Bridal Shed. Photography by Anne Wells, p59 – “The underside of the roof is swathed in a cotton canopy. (There is a timber roof above.) A storage area to the far end is created with a stud partition that comes out just to the center of the shed.”

Erika Kotite is an editor, writer, and content developer in both print and digital media. She was editor-in-chief of Romantic Homes and Victorian Homes for many years, bringing that experience to producing books for Sterling, Quarry, and Walter Foster. Some of her titles include, Felt Fashion: Couture Projects from Apparel to Accessories, Blogging for Bliss, and The Daily Book of Photography. 

She Sheds: A Room Of Your Own by Erika Kotite is published by Cool Springs Press (£16.99). The book officially releases on 16th February and more information can be found here

The Heart Home Shop New Years' Sale

Lots of items in the Heart Home shop have been reduced so it's a great time to have a little browse. If you're anything like us, January is the month when we feel like adding new items to the home. The decorations are down, the weather outside is dreadful, and summer holidays are a long way away. Now's the time to hunker down, make the home cosy and enjoy being in the warm.

And don't forget, if you don't see anything below that takes your fancy, there are lots more items in the shop. You can find the tab at the top of this page. 

Win Two Top Interior Books

Happy New Year from us here at Heart Home. To celebrate the new year we're giving away two amazing interior books to help inspire you for the year ahead.

The first book is Life Unstyled - How to Embrace Imperfection and Create a Home You Love by Emily Henson. Life Unstyled is about taking inspiration from real homes that are beautiful, creative and inspiring but at the same time a little rough around the edges, with signs of everyday life evident throughout. You can read more about it here.

The second book is The Creative Home by Geraldine James. Let Geraldine show you how to reinvent your home with new and exciting ways to make it uniquely yours. You can see more about this book from a recent extract we did here.

For a chance to win a copy of each of these amazing books make sure to click the link below and fill out the form - That's all you have to do! Good Luck!

Terms and conditions: The prize draw is open to individuals in the UK residents aged 18 or over. Any person or persons connected with Heart Home magazine, without limit, their families, agents, or anyone else involved in the administration of this offer are not eligible to enter. All entries must be received by 06:00 31st January.. By entering this competition you consent to share your email, name and postcode with Heart Home magazine, who may wish to send you mailings in the future. There will be one winner who will receive the prize above. The prize must be accepted as offered (there are no cash alternatives) and they are non-transferable and non-refundable. The winners will be chosen from the list, at random, on 1st February and the winners will be notified by email or post within 7 days. No correspondence will be entered into. Unclaimed prizes will be redrawn after 28 days of the original draw. Heart Home magazine reserves the right to replace the prize with a product of equal value, if necessary. The winners will be asked to confirm their postal address before the prize is awarded. Details of the winners may be posted on the Heart Home magazine website and Facebook page. By entering this competition, you automatically agree to the terms and conditions above. Promoter: Heart Home magazine, 4 Oak Crescent, Wickford, Essex, SS11 7FF.

Preparing Your Home for Winter

The task of keeping warm at home can make winter a very expensive time of the year. By making some changes around your home you can help yourself stay warm for less. 
Follow these simple steps and give yourself more money to spend on hot chocolates, marshmallows and piping hot pizzas for when it’s too cold to walk to the shops! 

Remember to shut your curtains at dusk to keep the heat in and reduce the amount of heat lost through the windows. Using draught excluders is another really simple way to stop heat from escaping underneath your door.
Why stop there? Heat can escape from some unlikely places such as under the letterbox.
Loft insulation can also really help. According to Energy Saving Trust, a quarter of the heat in an un-insulated home is lost through the roof.  The great thing about loft insulation is that it is affordable and has a very short average payback time, meaning you might see the financial benefits of loft insulation just a few years after installing it. 
Turn down your heating just a notch! According to Energy UK, turning down your heating by just 1 degree you could cut your heating bills by up to 10% a year. This is a small change that could really help reduce your heating bill. 
Go one further and put on an extra jumper and a pair of slippers and stay warm whilst saving money at the same time. It’s a great excuse to buy a new thick dressing gown this winter! 

Keep your boiler and radiators in good condition to make even more savings. Service your boiler regularly to ensure it is running safely and efficiently. 
A faulty boiler may start leaking carbon monoxide. Carbon Monoxide cannot be seen, smelt or tasted. When getting your boiler serviced make sure that someone who is Gas Safe Registered and specifically authorised to work on boilers carries out the work. 
If you have an old boiler it may be worth considering upgrading to a modern and more energy efficient model. 
A new boiler may mean a costly initial investment, but the savings over the course of a few years will pay for the cost of the boiler, if your current boiler is past its best.

Frozen pipes can burst which can cause a lot of expensive damage. The coldest parts at the home are often most vulnerable, such as the garage. Use foam tubing, (also known as lagging) to insulate your pipes and reduce the risk.

Foam tubes for this are really inexpensive, and a worthwhile investment to give you peace of mind and prevent the worst from happening.

Whether you are due a boiler service, considering upgrading your boiler or simply experiencing a problem with your plumbing or central heating system this winter, find a local tradesperson in as little as two clicks.  

The 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2016

This is the last Heart Home post for 2016 so we thought it might be nice to look back over the year and see which articles you, our lovely readers, liked the most. No surprises here for us. It seems you love a good house tour, and an inspiring book. Just like us.......

A Pretty, Pastel, Country Style Home of an Interiors Stylist.jpg

10.Traditional Country Cottage Turned Luxury Bolthole

To all our lovely readers

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Christmas Decorations Inspiring Ideas

Christmas doesn’t have to be about glitter and glamour. Adopt a back to basics approach to the holidays this year with some home made decorations, some good old fashioned baking and some artful displays.

A cluster of metallic and dark green vases look even better for their simplicity. Spray paint a few twigs from the garden and just add a ribbon.

Baubles casually displayed on a brass tabletop will look even more eye-catching once the lights dim; allowing the warm colours to glow in candlelight.

Hand Made Wreath

You will need...

Thin twigs from the garden


White spray



Glue Gun

Ribbon to hang the wreath


Gather twigs from the garden and gently bend into a circle shape and secure with wire. Spray white. Using a leaf template, trace onto grey paper and cut out leaves. Attach the leaves onto the wreath with a glue gun. Layering as you go. When one side is done, repeat on the other side. Hang with ribbon.

Paper Tassles

You will need...

Crepe paper




String to hang

Cut a sheet of crepe to 60cm to 25cm. Fold in half.  With the scissors cut strips of fringe, each about 1cm wide, leaving 5cm of uncut paper left at the folded edge. Open up the paper with fringing either side with a solid section in the middle. Start to roll the paper, using the solid centre. Be careful not to tangle the fringing. Then curl it on itself and twist over the string to secure.


Photographs by Andrew Boyd, styling by Claire Boyd. Taken from the Heart Home winter 2013 issue.

Quick and Easy Canape Recipes for the Party Season

None of us want to be in the kitchen when there's a party going on. These quick and easy canapé recipes make the most of precooked and ready-to-eat-straight-from-the pack salmon and haddock fillets. Add a pre-prepared complementary sauce and no-one will know you haven't been cooking for hours.

Lime & Coriander Salmon Shots

Ingredients (Serves 6):
1 x The Saucy Fish Co. Ready to Eat Lime & Coriander Salmon
85g soft cream cheese
2 Avocados
1 Fresh lime

1: Break the Ready to Eat Salmon in to small chunks and place in a blender alongside half a sachet of lime and coriander dressing.
2: Blitz the salmon and dressing together until it starts to form a fine paste.
3: Add 85g cream cheese and continue to blend until thoroughly mixed.
4: Divide the mixture evenly across 6 shot glasses, leaving enough space for the topping.
5: Scoop out the contents of two avocados and place in the blender alongside the remaining sachet of sauce. Blend the two together until smooth and creamy in texture.
6: Top the shot glasses with the avocado mixture and smooth over with a knife to create an even head on the glass.
7: Garnish with a slice of lemon and a sprinkling of black pepper to taste

Sweet Potato slices with Vintage Cheddar & Chive Haddock

Ingredients (Serves 6):
1 x The Saucy Fish Co. Vintage Cheddar & Chive sauce with Smoked Haddock
1 Medium sized sweet potato
25g soft cream cheese
Hot sauce to taste
Sprig of dill

1: Preheat oven to 180’C
2: Carefully separate the haddock fillets so that each lies flat in the pouch and place foil side down in the oven. Leave to cook for 15 minutes.
3: Peel & slice one medium sized sweet potato into small evenly sized chunks
4: Using a griddle pan spray with cooking oil and line the pan with the sweet potato slices spraying once more to cover the top of each potato
5: Leave to cook for 3 minutes on either side pressing down gently to create searing marks on each side.
6: Remove the Smoked Haddock from the oven and place in a blender with 50g soft cream cheese, blend until a paste-like texture has formed
7: Using a tablespoon scoop onto the sweet potato slices and garnish with a sprig of dill

TOP TIP: To create courgette wheels, thinly slice courgette and griddle in the same way as the sweet potato. Top with the haddock mixture, roll and secure with cocktail sticks

Last minute quick and easy fish canapés courtesy of The Saucy Fish Co. & Tastefully Vikkie

Christmas Gifts For Everyone From The Heart Home Shop

Less than a week to go for Christmas it's time to make those last minute gifts a priority. Here at Heart Home we've put together a list of pretty gifts for all. Don't forget to order quick so it arrives in time for Christmas day. Remember, if you can't find it below, just click the 'shop' tab at the top of the page and you'll find lots more to choose from.

A Bold, Retro-Inspired Kitchen from British Standard

This boldly painted, retro inspired kitchen from British Standard is pushing all of the right buttons for us at Heart Home. It successfully marries many of the trends we predict for the New Year for one thing. Namely, the move away from neutrals and pastel colours in favour of the big, the bold and the colourful. The use of patterned floor tiles (yes we know they've been around for a while but we predict they will be more widely used and not just in designer kitchens), and a growing trend for kitchens with bags of personality.

We love the half-painted walls. They successfully mimic the effect of a vintage kitchen without the dreaded, dated dado rail. With wipe-able paint there's no need either for tiles. And we love the way the wall cabinets are painted white to further emphasise the effect.

And what could pack more punch than a blue and white scheme with a few bold red additions? The Smeg fridge is a must for a retro-inspired kitchen and its cheerful colour will brighten the room on even the dullest of British days.

Note also the wooden worktops, butlers sink, brass taps and reclaimed furniture. All great additions to a kitchen that is inspired by our past but is also bang-up-to-date.

Get the look from The Heart Home Shop

Christmas Gifts Over £100 From The Heart Home Shop

Why not go all out this Christmas for your loved ones and really treat them like you really mean it. This is really all about that 'special' someone in your life and so we've put together gifts that are one of a kind that will be treasured forever. And remember, if you can't find it below, just click the 'shop' tab at the top of the page and you'll find lots more to choose from.

Raspberry and Pine Nut Breakfast Muffins

December can be a busy month. What with shopping, school activities, Christmas preparations and parties. So we suggest cooking up a batch of these breakfast muffins at the weekend to make the morning rush just a bit easier. They can be kept for several days in an airtight tin and can even be eaten on-the-go.


·         400g/14oz self-raising flour

·         50g/2oz pine nuts

·         175g/6oz golden caster sugar

·         1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

·         2 large eggs

·         1 tablespoon milk

·         100g/4oz butter, melted and cooled

·         284ml carton of buttermilk

·         225g/8oz fresh raspberries

·         A 12 hole muffin tin lined with muffin cases

Preparation method:

1.       Pre heat the oven to 190C fan oven; 200C conventional oven, centre shelf; Gas 6.

2.       Mix the flour, half of the pine nuts, sugar and bicarbonate of soda in a large bowl.

3.       In another bowl mix the eggs, milk, buttermilk and butter.

4.       Stir the egg mixture into the dry ingredients being careful not to over mix.

5.       Gently fold in the raspberries, remembering that over mixing will make the muffins tough.

6.       Divide the mixture between the 12 cases, they will be quite full and then sprinkle over the remaining pine nuts.

7.       Bake for approximately 25 minutes or until the muffins are well risen and golden.

8.       Allow the muffins to cool slightly in the tin and then remove them to a cooling rack.

Recipe is courtesy of Rangemaster

Little Greene Launches London Wallpapers IV: Archive Chic For Walls

With an established tradition for breathing new life into old designs, Little Greene has once again delved into the English Heritage archives, scouring for historic designs that can be successfully adapted for 21st century interiors. The company’s most recent collection, London Wallpapers IV, is a glorious compendium of authentic motifs, rescaled and recoloured for contemporary living. The collection will be launched at Paris Déco-Off in January 2017.

The collection comprises twelve designs over 58 papers in an enticing palette of classic and contemporary colourways, enhanced with subtle printed textures. Five designs are drawn from existing Little Greene collections, and retain some of their original Little Greene colourways as well as new, updated tones; there are also seven unseen designs in a variety of delightful shades.

Spanning three centuries of British design, the original patterns can be dated back to the years between 1760 and 1950. Mostly manufactured in London to decorate smart city and country homes, each design has its own compelling provenance tracing it back to the original house in which it wasdiscovered.

Albemarle St. (c.1760)

Reminiscent of Spitalfields silks, this paper, found in Albemarle Street, off Piccadilly, had an enormous pattern repeat of 6ft. Originally produced in a dark blue flock on a light ground, it was unusual to find so bold and expensive a paper used as here, in a low ceilinged, second floor bedroom. Such a grand paper would have been designed to have been on show – more often in a downstairs reception room where guests would be entertained. (two new colourways, three retained colourways)

Bayham Abbey (c.1880)

Whilst the original fragment was discovered at Bayham Abbey, on the Sussex-Kent border, the paper is likely to have been produced in London. On a red ground, reminiscent of gothic style, the original paper was made from cellulose wood pulp and machine-printed. (two new colourways, four retained colourways)

Borough High St. (c.1880)

The property from which this design hails was built in the mid-19th century on the site of the infamous Marshalsea Prison, which for nearly 500 years was notorious for the incarceration of London’s debtors, including Charles Dickens’ father in 1824. The earliest paper retrieved from a laminate of four, this gothic trellis design with Moorish influences was the first paper to adorn the walls of one of the properties that replaced the prison in the late 1870s. (five colourways)

Broadwick St. (c.1775)

Found in a row of elegant early-18th century houses in Broadwick Street, Soho, this design is remarkable in that it was based on a botanically accurate reproduction of a plant, Clusia Rosea, first recorded in a famous book the Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands by Robert Catesby in 1743. (two new colourways, two retained colourways)

Chelsea Bridge (c.1850)

Stylistically this pattern is unmistakably French, but the archive piece, which has prescribed very little by way of redesign, came from a prestigious address near the Thames. The decorative stripe either side of the floral column is retained but reduced in weight to give a more balanced feel to the pattern when hung in repeat. (four colourways)

Cranford (c.1765)

This mid-18th century paper, found in Cranford, Middlesex, has a yellow floral ogee motif printed on tothick, hand-made rag paper. It is unusual because yellow, although a popular colour, was expensive and prone to fading.  It was manufactured using ‘slip-printing’, a technique to make the paper appear more expensive than it really was due to its ‘shadow’ effect, which was achieved economically by using the same block to print two different colours. (three retained colourways)

Great Ormond St. (c.1890)

A colourful parrot motif, closely based on one of a multi-layered group of papers removed from the ground floor rear closet of a very early-18th century terrace house opposite Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. This design was subsequently machine-made on cellulose paper in the late 19th century. (three new colourways, three retained colourways)

Old Gloucester St. (c.1870)

Each inset panel within this design originally contained an ornate scene, a reflection of its origins in Bloomsbury, an affluent area with a rich history. Having removed any extraneous detail, what remains is an unrefined but elegant wood panel-effect trompe l’oeil that could be used all round a room in a traditional style, or to bring a timeless architectural feel to a single wall in a more contemporary interior. (three colourways)

Palace Road (c.1895)

A typical historic damask, the design source was originally a woven silk from the 19th century, the effect of which is replicated in the print detail. Like the design High Street from London Wallpapers III, there are known examples of this pattern in more than one location, making it likely it was being produced in significant quantity from as early as the 18th century throughto the late 19th: this is commensurate with the manufacturing capabilities of the industry at thistime. (eight colourways)

Pall Mall (c.1950)

With its single print colour, this paper is a younger sister to the design Marlborough, but carries the same delicate elegance. Amazingly, both papers were recorded from the same property, Marlborough House  overlooking St James’ Park. The date cites the likely origin of the paper used in Marlborough rather than the neoclassical roots of the design, which would be attributed to the architectural trend of the early-19th century. (five colourways)

RichmondGreen (c.1880)

Unbefitting to the quality of this 19th century paper, the surviving sample was retrieved, not from the walls of a smart Richmond townhouse, but from a skip outside it, during a 1989 refurbishment. A delicate tudor rose, the execution is typical of many designs produced in the style of William Morris in the late 19th century. Little Greene has printed it in two authentic Arts & Crafts colourways, three classic colourways and a modern metallic. (six colourways)

Upper Brook Street (c.1920)

The design features brightly coloured kniphofia flowers, commonly known as torch lilies or red hot pokers (African in origin but named after German horticulturalist Johan Hieronymous Kniphof). They were recorded by English Heritage as having been hand-painted and stuck over a pre-hung wall covering in a late-18th century Upper Brook Street house as a bespoke decoration. To replicate a natural scene behind the pokers Little Greene has adapted a motif from its Stag Toile paper. Supplied in a standard 10m roll, there are three drops, each 3.25m in height. The pokers repeat every drop but the full background scene is only completed when all three drops are hung. (three colourways)

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