Welcome to the fourth instalment of our House Tours Open Door series. We'll be taking a break for a while... but there's no need to panic. We'll be returning in the autumn with our virtual tours of amazing homes and share the wisdom of more of the world's best creatives.
Besides, we are very much ending on a high note, as our guest this week is the inimitable Alice Temperley. Alice has been kind enough to let us tour her spectacular home, and share the secrets behind what makes it so special.
AT HOME WITH ALICE TEMPERLEY
Joining us today from her Regency country house in Somerset, Alice founded her label Temperley London in 2000, just one year after graduating from the Royal College of Art.
Watch Alice Temperley in conversation with Sarah Spiteri
Alice's brand is known for its focus on luxurious fabrics and hand finishes, and is also the go-to name for romantic boho brides. Alice was awarded an MBE in 2011 for services to the fashion industry, while in 2018, Temperley London was awarded the Butterfly Mark by Positive Luxury for itscommitment to sustainability.
Alice's dreamlike fashion creations often have an air of drama about them. Her home is very much a reflection of that distinctive and desirable approach, as you are about to see...
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Alice grew up in Somerset with her two sisters on her parents' cider farm. She returned to the area a few years ago, and splits her time between London and her countryside idyll.
Her house is steeped in glamour, and combines classical architecture with whimsical boho decorating ideas and rock 'n' roll vibes.
'It's romantic and wildlyimpractical, which is why I love it, of course' – Alice Temperley on her Somerset home
SHOP ALICE'S KEY PIECES
Alice has lived in her incredible home for nine years, building up confident, fantastical schemes that ooze with must-have pieces. Much of her furniture has been sourced from antiques markets in Paris and Kempton, and at Somerset auction houses. But where possible, we've listed paint colours and sources below.
HallwayShop now: Walls inPorphyry Pink Estate emulsion (opens in new tab), £47.95 for 2.5ltrs, Farrow & Ball (opens in new tab) Enquire online: Vintageglass table, Les Couillis Du Chien
Dining room Shop now: Walls in Turkish Blue mat emulsion, £42 for 2.5ltrs, Fired Earth Shop now:Find a similar inlay chest at Graham & Green (opens in new tab)
Sitting room Coming soon: Temperley London cushions Shop now: Find similar vintage sofas at Tetbury Antiques
Master bedroomShop now: Find a similar upholstered leather bed at Indigo Furniture
BathroomShop now: Find a similar bath at The Albion Bath Company
Photography / Paul Raeside
Amy Cutmore is the Head of Audience at Future and works across all the home brands, including Livingetc, Homes and Gardens, Ideal Home and Real Homes. She is known for her knowledge of tech and how to blend it with lifestyle, writing the popular blog Girl About Tech. She has also been the digital editor of Ideal Homes.
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