Welcome I'm delighted to introduce myself as the new editor of Period Homes & Interiors. I’m passionate about decorating and design, particularly when it comes to older properties. While contemporary homes certainly have their place, for me it’s period houses every time for all the quirks, irregularities and imperfections they offer and the sense of achievement you feel when a tired old interior is brought up to date for our modern lifestyles. It will be my mission to arm you with ideas and inspiration for renovating and decorating your home, so I’d like to hear from you about what you love best about this magazine and what you’d like to see more of (you can fi nd my email address in the ‘Get in Touch’ section below). This issue we’ve taken our inspiration from the Great British coastline to bring you four beautiful, very different homes beside the sea. You’ll fi nd plenty of other coastal infl uences, too, from cool blue decorating schemes to nautical-inspired buys, along with ideas to update your bedroom and a useful buyers’ guide to that household workhorse: the washing machine. Plus we’re delighted to have teamed up with the Antiques for Everyone show, taking place at Birmingham’s NEC from 23-26 July 2015, to offer two-for-the-price-of-one ticket entry plus free parking – a saving of £15. The show will bring together around 230 exhibitors and is an opportunity to shop for one-off pieces of furniture, 20th-century art, jewellery, silver, ceramics and glass. To take up this offer and for show opening times, visit www.antiquesforeveryone.co.uk/phandi.