Past Highlights

Take a look back through some of Jim and Chloe's favourite magazine features from previous years. Featuring their old vicarage house and their holiday home on the Welsh coast.

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High Street Heroes

Written by Ginevra Benedetti
Photographs by Newgate

'If you enjoy designing, avoid anything that might sap your creative juices'.

Jim and Chloe share the secrets to their business success with Ideal Home. With products that boast designer looks and styles that span from traditional to retro, it’s easy to assume Newgate Clocks is a heritage brand. In fact, the company was founded just two decades ago in a small flat in Oswestry, Shropshire, by couple Jim and Chloe Read, who named the brand after the medieval gate their home overlooked.

Jim and Chloe Ideal Home Magazine


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Throwing out the Rule Book

Written by Nicola Wilkes
Photographs by Hugh Burden

Throwing out the rule book and styling from the heart, Jim and Chloe's seaside retreat makes for a relaxing escape from their hectic work lives.

Running their own business producing stylish clocks, mirrors and picture frames, Jim and Chloe Read are no strangers to interior fashions as following hot trends is part of their everyday work. But when it comes to furnishing their own home, they aren’t afraid to throw out the rule book and style from the heart. ‘We knew we didn’t want to adopt the typical seaside colour scheme in this house but instead create a family-friendly coastal retreat that is full of fun and style,’ says Jim.

Jim, Chloe, Ruby, Buster and Lola in Wales

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Buster and Ruby in Borth


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Scribbles on The Walls

Written by Ideal Home
Photographs by Ideal Home

Original features and modern design classics combine with family fun in Jim and Chloe's versatile home.

The spacious living room is full of unmatched but well-chosen furniture, typical of the combination of old and new in the Read family’s Victorian four-bed former vicarage in the Welsh borders where they’ve lived since 2003. ‘We love the original features, such as the cornicing and fireplace,’ says Chloe ‘but we also like the effect of mixing in modern design classics.’

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Vicarage House Kitchen

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Vicarage Bedroom


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Caught in Time

Written by Alice Westgate
Photographs by David Giles

House Beautiful catches up with Newgate's founders, and discovers the perfect balance of old and new. From the outside, Chloe and Jim Read’s home looks every inch the country house.

Set in the Welsh Borders, it was designed in the 1830s by Sir Robert Smirke, who devised the façade of the British Museum. But inside you’ll find a sleek stainless-steel kitchen, contemporary furniture, such as a chair by Sir Terence Conran, and plenty of pop art. ‘The house still has its old doors and windows, but it’s fairly modern inside,’ says Chloe.

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Vicarage House - Outside

Inside Vicarage House

Inside Vicarage House


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Time Flies When You’re Having Fun

Written by Living Etc
Photographs by Living Etc

Over-the-top cocktails, painting the stairs, and how to deal with clutter. Chloe explains all to LivingEtc.

Time flies when you’re having fun – nobody knows that better than the couple behind Newgate Clocks. Chloe and Jim’s clock company started small but has grown into a thriving business with stockists all over the world. Their home in Wales, where they live with their two kids and Tick Tock the dog, is modern and relaxed, proving you can live in the country and still do contemporary.

Chloe Read - Living Etc


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Keeping it Simple

Interiors Editor Clare Nolan
Written by Sarah Stewart-Smith
Photographs by Alun Callender

'The greatest designers in the world always say, keep it simple'. Newgate's founders tell You magazine how they've done just that in their period family home.

Chloe and Jim Read, the couple behind Newgate Clocks, renovated and transformed their 1852 vicarage in just ten weeks. The result? A period family home with an up-to-the-minute twist. Think sleek white walls, striking contemporary furnishings – and giant timepieces.

Jim and Chloe in Vicarage Kitchen

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Ruby and Badger