Expert Theatre
Thursday 21 June 14:15

Join House & Garden Magazine in conversation with the designers behind the House & Garden Festival 'Decorated Spaces' Edward Bulmer and Rachel Chudley.

Edward Bulmer
Rachel Chudley
Hatta Byng

Edward Bulmer is unique amongst interior designers in also being an architectural historian, ‘colourman’, eco-worrier and farmer whose expertise, passion and knowledge has led to the creation of a range of beautiful, natural and environmentally friendly paints.

Edward’s background is in architectural history, picture conservation and interior design – he currently heads a highly focused design team bringing traditional knowledge and environmental sensitivity to a range of private and commercial projects. What started over thirty years ago as an assistant’s job in David Mlinaric’s office and then assistant in Alec Cobbe’s studio has led to he and his wife Emma running their game changing natural paint company from a converted cattle byre at the centre of their organic farm in unspoilt Herefordshire.

The acclaimed paints are changing the modern paint industry through using only natural ingredients, resulting in the most beautiful finish in just two coats - high quality paints that look beautiful, protect buildings and avoid polluting our environment.

Edward works principally in historic buildings, working to create comfortable, practical and beautiful homes. His aim is to create schemes that are relevant today but resonate with the past - from evidence based restoration to reimagining period interiors, ‘Comfortably modern yet historically resonant’..

Rachel Chudley is known for creative interiors with a distinct use of colour and texture. At odds with formalized style, her work instead reflects its environment and inhabitants; their quirks, passions, and humour. Rachel believes that quality of life is improved with art and her East London studio is made up of artists as well as designers, resulting in truly unique interiors. She collaborates with renowned colourist Donald Kaufman producing bespoke paints for her clients.

'In our House & Garden Decorated Space we have created a jewellery box like room - to glimmer, glint and glisten. We have chosen a dining room for the purpose of wining and dining guests; a space for the night where people walking in can be transported with lighting, colour and drama.

We can create this mood by having deep lacquered paint on the walls and floors, a mural on the ceiling which is much like a fresco, and a mirrored table complete with glassware to enhance the reflection on the ceiling.

We have worked with Surface View, Cox London, FRONT rugs and Jamb as well as exhibiting antique dealers.'



Hatta is the Editor of House & Garden magazine. She arrived at the magazine as Features Editor in 2006, and became the Deputy Editor in October 2013. Hatta studied History of Art and Architecture, and has also worked as an interior designer, as well as a two-year stint for the South African edition of House & Garden whilst living in Cape Town. She lives in west London with her husband and two small children. 

Image Credit: Nicholas Seaton