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PE100: The Power of Pattern
Photography: Polly Eltes/ Narratives
Text and Styling: Celia Rufey/ Narratives

Cottages round a village green are so emblematic of life in the country that it’s disconcerting to discover them between Holland Park and Portobello Road.
Helena , David and their daughter, Carmen, now 16, bought the three bedroomed cottage in 2002. “We all fell in love with it,” Helena says. “It’s rare to find a cottage in London that’s so central and so quiet.”
There was no structural work to be done to their new home but the interior was bland. "There wasn’t any colour, certainly no pattern,” says Helena Gavshon who has headed her own textile design company for more than 20 years, with pattern at its heart. "I specialise in printed textiles from 1850 to 1950, “ she explains.
“I love making pattern, colour and texture work together,“ she says, “not only within a design but in the relationship between different designs. Often the relationship isn’t obvious and that’s what’s so exciting.If this harmony of patterns suggests a fresh take on cottage style, Helena thinks not. “I would do something similar wherever I lived,” she says.
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