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Our biggest ever October issue shows you how to decorate with passion

The best of British design and the finest new fabrics, paints and wallpapers

Four seasons shoot for elle decoration
Photography Beppe Brancato Styling Alex Kristal/Made Good

Editor’s letter

The rift-causing debates, seeming disintegration of political process and financial turmoil surrounding Brexit continue apace as we approach 31 October. With it there’s a further erosion, which angers me just as much, if not more – a reduction in our ability to be proud to be British and all that it represents.

I’m a staunch Remainer, anti-Brexit on every level. Whether it’s leaving with a deal or no deal, I don’t want it at all. I think it’s going to have disastrous consequences for our economy, our industry and our social fabric, with an impact that will reverberate for generations and generations to come.

ELLE Decoration October 2019 cover
ELLE Decoration October 2019

Before Nigel Farage, the blond buffoon and the other Nimbys got their hands on it, ‘British’ was a label to aspire to, ensuring the envy of the world, great opportunities and advantages, optimism and openness. Now, it seems to have turned into something pernicious, to be ashamed of, not admitted to in polite company, but this is wrong. It’s time to stand up to the bullies and take back the term as something positive and forward-looking.

So, in the last dwindling days pre-actual Brexit, we bring you the ELLE Decoration celebration of the people, places, projects and pieces that make Britain great; the new talents to watch out for; the established names who have imparted their wisdom; the foreigners who call this country home and make it all the better for it. You’ll also find vibrant houses from our great capital and beyond, plus a stunning shoot highlighting the distinct differences of the UK’s seasons.

And while times may be looking rather bleak, I’ve decided the only way to push on regardless is by transforming my home with a riot of positive colour, pattern and texture. To this end, our biannual decorating special will provide you with numerous options to ditch the dull. Go on…

ELLE Decoration UK

In this month’s issue you’ll find…

  • All that’s new in the world of fabric, wallpaper and paint
  • The Brit List – our pick of homegrown design talents
  • Beautiful homes that define British style
  • London Design Festival – what to see, who to know…


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