How to be inspired by Kent Homes

Peering in estate agents windows, looking through the property pages and drawling over gorgeous houses on the net can become addictive.  We’re all looking for something, our dream home perhaps or inspiration for what we can do with our own home.  The styles and materials that build those properties can vary vastly from one end of the country to another, so when you spot another house that looks similar to your own, it adds that extra spark of interest. Which is why you may like to know that a new magazine titled Kent Homes & Interiors has just hit the magazine stands (with ahem…three of my articles in it.)  At the head of the production team sits Lee Grover, its co-owner, and Lee has kindly agreed to tell us all about it.

Kent Homes & Interiors Spring 2016 Cover

Hello Lee, thanks so much for taking the time to chat to me. How does it feel to finally hold a copy of the Spring 2016 Kent Homes & Interiors magazine in your hands?

I feel it’s my baby so of course I’m very proud but I don’t intend to rest. My plan is now to improve the magazine by increasing the number of pages and the number of issues being released in the future.  For 2016, we’re producing four seasonal issues and, being Kent’s only dedicated Homes & Interiors magazine, I hope our readers enjoy it and gain inspiration for their own homes.

You’ve wanted to publish this magazine for a long time – can you remember what inspired you in the first place?

I’ve been in the publishing industry for a long time and I’ve always loved working on home interest magazines.  Over the years, I’ve heard from lots of readers who were fed up with seeing adverts for shops and products they could never go and see before buying, because they were at the other end of the country. So I wanted to publish a regional magazine to highlight everything that Kent has to offer.

G. Dalby Stairway Image taken by Amanda Bryant
Take a tour through the Dalby’s ‘Modern Classic’ in the Spring issue of Kent Homes & Interiors magazine. Image taken by Amanda Bryant

Kent Homes & Interiors will be highlighting homes of all ages, styles and decorating tastes – what would be your ‘perfect home’ and how would it be decorated?

I already live in my perfect home.  It’s a Georgian house split up into apartments and I’m very much into furnishings that complement the period features in the property.  My personal taste is to decorate with egg shell paint colours on the walls and bold colour on the chairs and picture frames. I’m also always keen to find something wooden to put on my shelves. 

One of your aims it to highlight Kent’s abundance of independent shops, talented tradesmen, and women, and crafts people. In your home, what’s your favourite item that’s been ‘made in Kent’?

Well, I bought a side table from The Painted Pearl in Whitstable, it’s been upcycled with Authentico Vintage Chalk Paint and new drawer handles and I love it.  I’m now looking for glass vases to put on the top. 

A. Campbell Front Room Image taken by Rachael Hale
Garden blogger Alexandra Campbell reveals her secrets for creating ‘Eclectic Elegance’ in the Spring Issue of Kent Homes & Interiors Image taken by Rachael Hale

Three very special homes are highlighted in each quarterly issue, what else can readers expect to see?

One of the special things about the magazine is that we insist that over 60% of it is editorial and in the Spring Issue we have a very special guest writer in the form of interior guru, Kelly Hoppen.  We also have many other features covering Kitchens, Bathrooms, Extensions & Renovations, Flooring, Home Automation, Gardens, Shutters and Blinds and a lot more besides.

Is there a chance for readers to become involved in the magazine?

Yes, of course! It’s their magazine so if our readers want us to cover something in the magazine they just need to email me at lee.grover@cimltd.co.uk.  We are also seeking houses to feature in future issues so if you have a beautiful home and would be happy for us to come and talk to you, and takes some photos, then again, email me with half a dozen photos.  (For more information about what is involved click here or the tab at the top of this page that reads Your Home In The Press)

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Discover how artist and author Janet Seaward showcases here artwork in ‘Picture Perfect’. All images for this feature were taken by Derek Seaward.

I know that choosing a magazines’ front cover can be tricky – what made you choose the Spring cover and why did you like it?

Having looked at many images we found this one from Wesley Barrell in Tunbridge Wells. It’s light and fresh with a hidden, budding flower to the right of the image which I think gives it that spring feel. 

Now that readers know what the magazine looks like, where can they find it?

It will be on sale in Supermarkets such as Asda, Co-Op, Tesco, Waitrose as well as premier newsagents such as One Stop, Martins and McColl’s.  We also have a facebook page and a twitter account and would love to know what readers think of the new magazine and what they would like to see in the future. (You can also buy a copy through

 

Kent Homes & Interiors Spring 2016 Cover

And finally, when you’re not working, do you have a favourite historical house that you like to visit and, if so, why?

I have an annual ticket for Leeds Castle, which I regularly visit.  I’m one for dragging family and friends on walks around the castle and pointing out the changes of the seasons in the trees and woods surrounding it.  I even play golf at the club there so I can spend more time taking in the views and I always go to their open air classical concert and firework nights.

Many thanks for taking the time to chat to me, Lee. I wish you every success with the magazine.

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Leeds Castle, Kent Photo by David Iliff.  License: CC-BY-SA 3.0

 

2 Comments

  1. gdwest123

    Hello Rachael, looks like a very good mag indeed, wishing it the best of luck. People love reading about ‘actual homes’, and Kent is the most beautiful county in England.

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