(Joyce) #1

I love that we have put a

pantry on this month’s cover.

Besides being beautiful and full of

ideas, it reflects the trend coming

through in spatial design that sees

contemporary properties, big and

small, ‘speccing’ dedicated prep

kitchens. The space we show is by

interior designer Tom Cox. As a

whole, I am very inspired by his

cottage restoration in the Chiltern Hills

(page 28). He has reinterpreted period style

for 2019, updating classic tropes for the way

we live now. Take, for example, his bespoke kitchen

island. Its design was inspired by the preparation tables

at the 16th-century country pile Burghley House, but it

has been brought up to date with a worn ebony finish,

copper shelf and brass handles.

With just one month to go until our Centenary issue,

preparations are coming on apace. We have planned a

fabulous Summer Festival of events, and I am delighted

to be able to reveal the first here, which is taking place in

partnership with some of our dear friends. Please join me

at Heal’s on Tottenham Court Road on 22 May for a lively

discussion with interior designer Suzy Hoodless and

textiles expert Ann Grafton from GP&J Baker. There will

also be a shopping discount on the night and live music

(more details on page 63). I hope to meet you there.