Inspiring Interiors: Melford Hall, Hillarys & House Beautiful

I’m a tenant: one of the thousands living in London. I really lucked out with my little flat, which is on a lovely, green, quiet street in a nice neighbourhood. With the current housing situation, I doubt I will be able to afford to put down on a deposit for a house in London for quite some time. While I have come to terms with the realities of the London housing market, the only thing I feel I’m missing out on is being able to make big decisions with interiors.

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On Wednesday, I was invited to the Chelsea Harbour Hotel for an event celebrating the launch of a new collection – a collaboration between House Beautiful and Hillarys. The event took place in the penthouse of the hotel, which had incredible views of the city.

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The event featured talks from the team at Hillarys regarding how they came up with the concept and various designs for their new collection. The collaboration features various damask and jacquard fabrics, inspired by global architecture, reflecting trends in the world of interiors. It was really interesting to learn how long the process for each collection takes: unlike fashion, interior trends tend to be more lasting, and a lot of thought went into this current collection. There were also a talk from Julia Goodwin, the UK editor for House Beautiful magazine, about her favourite fabrics and passing on her expert knowledge.

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It was an amazing evening, particularly for someone who used to flick through interior magazines and make collages of her dream home! To find out more about the collection, check out the blogpost about the Hillarys and House Beautiful collection here.

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The event was still on my mind when I took a little trip to the countryside, making the most out of my last few free days before I start my new job. We drove to Long Melford, in Suffolk, and visited the beautiful stately home known as Melford Hall.

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Melford Hall was constructed in the 16th century, and has some absolutely stunning rooms. Beatrix Potter was a relative of the owners, and was a frequent guest. Although managed by the National Trust, Melford Hall differs from most National Trust homes I’ve been to as the family still live in part of the house (closed off to the public, of course).

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Melford Hall is absolutely stunning, with beautiful grounds. Another place of interest while you’re in that side of the world to visit is Lavenham: a quaint medieval village with a rich history based on a prosperous wool trade. (Fun fact: the Guildhall, which I also visited, was used in Harry Potter as the set for Godric’s Hollow!)

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The past few days have been really inspirational: It’s made me want to do so many things, and I’m pinning things on my Pinterest board left, right and centre! If anyone has any advice regarding attractive furnishings and ingenious storage options for small flats it would definitely be appreciated!