The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Berkshire Edition

Category: Homes & Interiors

Cool interiors alert!

30 Dec 2016

Wonderful though it is living in these ‘ere countrified parts, the one area that can be under-represented is the cooler end of contemporary interiors. Thank goodness then for one of the grooviest couples I’ve ever met, Russ and Tessa Turner, whose quirky shop Epoch3, selling refurbished period furniture, local artwork and stylish gifts has been like a breath of minty freshness amidst Reading’s otherwise chain-heavy streets.

In this wonderful treasure trove on the Caversham Road (just before the Mothercare roundabout, I managed to park quite easily on Brigham Road, there are a smattering of 2-hour free parking bays in the neighbouring streets) you’ll find some fabulous mid-century furniture (stuff like G-Plan, Ercol, Vanson) with life breathed into it by Russ who lovingly restores and hand-paints the pieces the couple finds at auction, like these Ercol chairs…

They also sell lots of local, original art.

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It’s a biggie!

22 Nov 2016

Well hello there sexy! Uh, I meant the house, but ok, you too.

Well, this is the most expensive Property Flirt I’ve written about so far, giving a little ‘Hey Big Spender’ sequins and shimmy to proceedings. We’re talking 7 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms (yes, really), 5 reception rooms, a wine room and roughly 8 acres of grounds in affluent, elegant Winkfield in Berkshire. Want to take a sneaky peek?

What more to tell you?

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Christmas gift ideas

10 Nov 2016

A cosy wrap, a cool messenger bag for kids and funky ceramics made out of bricks! I’ve pulled my 5 favourite gift ideas from the exhibitors who’ll be at the Windsor Christmas Gift Fair from Thurs 17 to Sun 20 November at Royal Windsor Racecourse.

The Gift Fair is quite simply the answer to all your Christmas gift questions, with over 160 exhibitors selling a range of gifts from the fabulous to the quirky – you’ll find something to satisfy even the most difficult person to buy for on your list.

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Antiques Roadshow is coming to Caversham Park!

21 Jun 2016

Quick! Get up your loft and start rummaging – BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow is coming to Caversham Park this Sunday 26 June! Yes indeedy, foxy Fiona Bruce and the team will be filming the next episode in the 39th (wowzers) series of the show at BBC Radio Berkshire’s HQ, Caversham Park. Apparently, the show was last in Berkshire about 8 years ago when they filmed in Ascot, so we’re well and truly due a revisit.

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